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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume XXXVIV, Issue 3

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

November 2015

Distinguished Graduate Ceremony Honors Successful Alumni The Distinguished Graduate ceremony is a way to honor those who have graduated from Linganore High School and have risen to success. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 24th in the auditorium. This year, the five alumni recipients are: Tamara Krauch Mills (Academics), Elizabeth Maestri (Arts), Kevin Law (Business), Harry Wachsmuth (Public Service), and Daniel Getsinger (Science). During the ceremony, the honorees will speak to incoming freshmen about how the graduates' time at Linganore inspired them to achieve.

Past Distinguished Graduates (a partial list)

Sciences & Arts & Academics Humanities Athletics Public Service Business Mark Spurrier (Class of '93)

Babara Nash (Class of '63)

Shawn Hatosy Adam Plesniak (Class of '01) (Class of '94)

Dennis Poole (Class of '69)

Lisa Raines (Class of '83)

Daniel Strayton Perry Jones, Jr. Richard Metcalfe (Class of '70) (Class of '70) (Class of '89)

James Fry (Class of '76)

Christine Conko

Cara Consuegra Christine Curley James Barger (Class of '85) (Class of '80) (Class of '97)

(Class of '85)

Faye Cannon (Class of '67)

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Tamara Mills

by Katie Lehman/Emily Seth Reporters

Mrs. Tamara Krauch Mills, is currently the Coordinator of Instruction, as well as the Supervisor of Fine Arts, Physical Education, Health, FACs, after school programs, and summer school for Worcester County Public Schools. Mills has worked at many schools at several positions, typically centering around Visual Arts. From 2001 to 2009 she worked as a Visual Art specialist at Pocomoke Middle School, with a part-time position as an adjunct art professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2004 to 2008. Mills has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Salisbury. Read more at

graphic by Jeweliana Hendrickson

graphic by Jeweliana Hendrickson

graphic by Jeweliana Hendrickson

graphic by Jeweliana Hendrickson

by Haley Barge Reporter

by Amanda Anderson Editor

by Olivia King Reporter

by Katherine Montgomery Reporter

Liz Maestri

Kevin Law

Harry Wachsmuth

At a young age, Elizabeth Maestri was drawn to the stage with a longing for theater. Maestri, a 1999 graduate, is now a playwright in Washington, D.C., who has had her plays reviewed and critiqued on major stages. Critiques of her shows have appeared in BroadwayWorld, DCist, The Washington Post, DC Metro Theater Arts, and many more. Her success embodies the reason she was chosen to be the recipient of the Art and Humanities Award at the ceremony. “Take advantage of your amazing teachers and your free education," said Maestri.

Kevin Law, graduated from Linganore in 2001. He took his passion for learning and made an app called Cambly, to help others learn English. Law says he is "honored. And I can't wait to come back and see the new school!" Law started Cambly in 2012. Users can learn English face to face via video with a tutor. Cambly offers a learning schedule, from as little as 15 minutes a day. If a language learner uses the app for 30 minutes a day, the cost is $100 per month. Law says, "I like that I can help a lot of people."

Police officers call him Lieutenant, but in high school he was called Wayne. He was a sports fanatic from playing football and ice hockey, to running and weightlifting. He was title winner for lifting the most weight in his class.In high school, Wachsmuth was a part of the “I Can” club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He played on the Linganore football for three years. Wachsmuth two favorite teacherswere Marie Slobojan (English) and football coach Dave Carruthers. As a barrack commander for Frederick County, Wachsmuth is in charge overseeing troopers and helping to prepare police officers.






School News

Daniel Getsinger

Daniel Robinson Getsinger is an accomplished aerospace engineer who graduated from Linganore High School in 2003 and earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA in 2012. Currently, he works as a mechanical engineer for General Electric in Albany, New York. When he was in high school, Getsinger was mostly interested in his math, science, English and history classes. High school was the beginning of his appreciation for the “beauty of mathematics in describing the fundamental laws of nature." In addition to having an interest in the majority of his academics, Getsinger played soccer year-round. Read more at


School News

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Two win at Shippensburg Art Show Out of the fourteen LHS students to enter, all advanced for a chance to win the Scholastic 144 at the open reception on October 31st, where the winner would be announced. Junior Kennedy Todd's ceramic piece entitled "Heart Tree" won Best of Exhibit and senior Marla Wills won an honorable mention for both of her photographs entitled "Artic Blast" and "Vapor." art by Kennedy Todd "Heart Tree" ceramic piece

photograph by Marla Wills "Arctic Blast" honorable mention

photograph by Marla Wills "Vapor," an honorable mention

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Latin Team takes second place in Classical League Competition By Ryan Bond Reporter

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"Et tu, brute?"

While Shakespeare’s Latin-language-inspired Julius Caesar may have been a tragedy, the Latin Club’s achievement at their first Certamen was quite the opposite. A Certamen is a competition game of fast recall of facts about classical civilizations and its peoples, languages, and cultures. courtesy of Deborah Carter The team consisted of Latin I team poses at competition. Allie Hudson, Bekah Boswell, Penny Owens, and Gia Haemmerle. They competed in the Advocates for Homeless Families trivia competition. The students, all of whom are Latin I students, placed second. The Certamen took place on October 31st at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Along with the trivia competition, the Certamen was a costume party in which members dressed up as characters from Greek mythology. Boys dressed as Odysseus, girls as Calypso, and couples came dressed as Scylla and Charybdis. The National Junior Classical League, who organized the event, is an organization that encourages the interest and appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greek and Roman society. The Maryland chapter consists only of Linganore and Dulaney high schools, but has plenty of members and plenty of fun. In addition, the Latin Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to their Toga Trick-or-Treat last week. They were able to raise over $150 to donate to UNICEF! Read more at:

Harris wins math essay contest On October 28, 2015, Cassie Harris was announced the winner of the FCPS-sponsored math essay contest, “In the perfect math class…” Any 4th-12th grade student enrolled in a Frederick County school was eligible to participate. Though there was no monetary prize awarded to Harris, she will read her essay to all middle and high school mathematics teachers on February 16, 2015. Congratulations, Cassie!


Excellence at French language and culture competition By Alyssa Mattison Editor On Saturday, October 24, three teams represented Linganore at French Language and Culture Day hosted by Alliance Francaise de Frederick. During the event, speakers such as Thomas DeWayne Cash and Mukendi Tambo, who represented Ambassador Francois Ballumuene, spoke about how the French language and culture has affected their lives. Later French cuisine was served, various dancers and musicians performed, and various middle school and high school teams competed in a trivia competition as well as a fable competition. The first team consisted of four French Advanced Studies students: sophomores Sofia Schuller and Thomas Moyer and juniors Madeline Frick and Valerie Coblentz. Three French 3 students, senior Alyssa Mattison, junior Elizabeth Gaudlip, and sophomore Madison Reeley, formed the second team. French 1 students freshman Joe Armacost and Katie Lehman, sophomore Samantha Iorio, and junior Micah Hewitson formed the third team. Of sixteen teams, the Advanced Studies students won first place during the trivia competition, and the French 3 students tied for third, but ultimately placed fourth after a tie-breaker question. “The trivia was a lot of fun

courtesy of Dragana Blonder French students present their interpretation of Jean de la Fontaine's fable the Ant and the Grasshopper.

and I got to learn some new things,” said Reeley. During the fable competition students chose a fable written by famous french poet Jean de la Fontaine. Students then had to present their interpretation of the poem on stage, in French, and were graded on creativity and understanding of the poem. Even though the French 3 students didn’t place in the the top three teams during the trivia competition, they finished in first place during the fable competition with their interpretation of the fable the Lion and the Rat. French 1 placed third in the fable competition, presenting their poem The Ant and the Grasshopper. Read more at:

French Culture Quiz

Answers: A, B, A, B, A, B, A, B


November 2015

1. The Tour de France is what kind of race? A. A bicycle race B. A marathon

2. What is Paris' nickname? A. The City of Love B. The City of Light

3. Which artist is French? A. Claude Monet B. Vincent Van Gogh

4. What is the Bastille? A. A French band B. A French prision

5. "Les Miserables" is a A. musical about French Revolution B. group during French Revolution

6. What is baked inside a King cake? A. A ring B. A plastic baby Jesus

7. Which fashion label orginated in Paris? A. Louis Vuitton B. Prada

8. Which French character existed? A. Hunchback of Notre Dame B. Man in the Iron Mask

Digital Photography creates distorted tape potraits By Ryan Bond Reporter

Everyone likes a good portrait of themselves, right? Well, not everyone I guess. But what if your portrait was made to look like something out of a horror film? Tracey Ellis-Guss’ Digital Photography students tried the tape portraits, where the subject of the photo gets their facial features stretched using invisible tape. A lot of invisible tape. The project was a one-day assignment, and students partnered up to create the ghoulish masterpieces. The original idea was that of New-Mexico resident Wes Naman, whose idea was to capture the “vibrant and bizarre expressions on the faces of both men and women” using the sticky adhesive. Naman’s idea of the tape portrait came to him after applying the sticks to himself to test a lighting setup. I suppose that’s one way to test a lighting rig.

courtesy of Jeweliana Hendrickson Tape potrait of Peyton Kidwell

Natalie Rebetsky was a teacher who volunteered to have their face stretched with the tape. "I was really intimidated by the idea of having gobs of tape stuck to my face (especially because I wear a lot of makeup), but it was actually really fun. Gina [DeFrancisci] did a good job,” said Rebetsky.

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Arts & Entertainment

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Martian "Bring Him Home"

by Ryan Bond (Best of SNO) Reporter

Space, the final frontier. Wait, that’s not right; that’s Star Trek. While Captain Picard and his crew are off exploring the vast corners of the known universe, astronaut and botanist Mark Watney is stuck on Mars, fending for himself in the vastly deserted wasteland of the Red Planet. Twentieth Century Fox’s newest film, The Martian starring Matt Damon (Rated Pg-13), made its debut in theaters on October 2. I finally got to see the film, and it certainly met my expectations. Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of Andy Weir‘s novel of the same title tells the story of Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the resident botanist on a team of researchers sent to space as part of the Ares III manned mission to Mars. The mission of the Ares III is to retrieve samples from

the surface of Mars for NASA to investigate. About two-thirds of the way through their month-long mission, a massive dust storm hits the HAB (the team’s base) and forces the team to abandon the mission. During the evacuation, however, Watney is struck by flying debris and is thought to be dead. Commander Lewis (Jesica Chastain), attempts to find Watney but to no avail, and the team evacuates to the Hermes, the station orbiting Mars. Now stranded on one of the most desolate planets in the solar system, Watney must use his wits and extensive botany expertise to survive. Throughout the movie, to stay sane, Watney keeps a video diary using the various cameras placed throughout the HAB. Back on Earth, news of Watney’s survival travels fast, and with the whole world watching, it’s up to NASA and the crew of Ares III to hatch a plan to “Bring Him Home.” The Martian was directed by critically acclaimed director Ridley Scott, whose more notable works include his role as director for the original Alien. Damon does an amazing job of capturing Watney’s personality and sense of humor. Watney also has an atmosphere of sarcasm. Read more at

REVIEW: Selena Gomez releases "Revival": celebrates adult sound by Alicia Nasto Editor

Talented pop singer and Disney star, Selena Gomez, began her journey on Barney & Friends with her close friend, Demi Lovato. As she progressed in her career, she starred in a few movies and Disney T.V. show, Wizards of Waverly Place, and released four studio albums. Through the years, many of her songs have become major hits. Selena Gomez’s new album, Revival, was released on October 9, 2015. Within the first month of the release, two of her songs, “Good For You” and “Same Old Love,” have already made the top 20 on the Hot 100 Billboard Charts, and have become some of my personal favorites. Selena Gomez has taken her first step outside of Disney. Revival is her first full length release not associated with Disney’s Hollywood Records. As she stepped away from Disney, she found her new, more mature sound – hence the album title and song, “Revival.” This song has an R&B feel. Most of her songs have been love songs about relationships she had experienced, but “Revival” is about her love of music and personal calling. Her sense of emotion towards this rebirth is portrayed through metaphoric lyrics about chains holding

her down, and rather than her career just being a dream, it is for her “survival.” She announced her feeling of awakening in an interview with the New York Times. She said, “…I was held to this expectation of being the good girl.” The new maturity in her music is also shown on her album cover. She posed nearly

naked with only her arms and legs covering her up, mimicking one of Jennifer Aniston’s old pictures. Some other of the claimed pop artist’s songs are on the edge of R&B, such as “Revival,” “Perfect,” and “Good For You” featuring rap artist A$AP Rocky. Songs “Good For You” and “Same Old Love” have both reached the top 20 songs in the U.S. The majority of the songs

on Revival are catchy and fun to listen to. “Same Old Love,” Gomez’s new single, was unique to the other love songs she had written in the past. Even though there is a difference to the accustomed Selena Gomez sound, she has not lost her musical charm. The lyrics to “Same Old Love” were repetitive, but had an enjoyable beat. This is the kind of song that would easily get stuck in your head, but because there aren’t very many lyrics, it gets annoying fast. One fatal flaw in “Same Old Love” is the music video to the single. The production does not clearly illustrate the song’s meaning. In the video, Selena Gomez starts out walking out of a hotel and starts lip syncing in a car, and, of course, it’s raining outside. Throughout the video, there are random shots of a depressed child staring at a fish tank and couples on the street. To top it all off, in the end she runs on stage and performs for the cheering crowd. She is picture-perfect gorgeous, but the style of the video is one we have seen too many times before. Her Revival tour starts with the first performance on May 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be coming to Washington D.C. on July 4. Tickets have already gone on sale .

Nickelodeon launches nostalgia channel, The Splat

by Kaylee Henry Editor

Remember all of those cartoons you used to watch when you were a kid like, CatDog, Rugrats, Hey Arnold and many more? Kids of the 90’s, it’s time. Your childhood is about to be resurrected and celebrated. Nickelodeon, the mastermind of cartoons, has created The Splat which strictly features all of the beloved 90’s cartoons every night from 10pm to 6am. “When I found out about The Splat, I didn’t believe it was true, because I had wanted a channel like this for so long. Today’s kids’ cartoons are horrible compared to ones I used to watch,” said kid of the 90’s,senior Madeline Cul-

bert. The Splat launched on October 5th 2015. Nickelodeon began teasing their viewers with the hashtag #TheSplatIsComing back in September via YouTube. “We have been listening closely to our first generation of "Nick kids" that are craving the great characters and shows they grew up with watching Nickelodeon in the ‘90s,” said Cyma Zarghami, President of Viacom Kids and Family Group in a press release. The Splat airs programmed based on themed weeks and monthly programming stunts. See page four for the answers to the quiz!

Timers ready. . .test your knowledge on how much of a 90’s kid you truly are. Set a stopwatch on your phone and match the name of the character with the numbered picture below and fill in the blanks. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) How fast were you?

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by Olivia DuBro Editor-In-Chief

courtesy of Michelle Kirk Junior Chris Reibman goes up for the header.

Marina Rupinski Junior Field Hockey (10-7) Marina was the third top field hockey scorer in the county this season. Goals: 11 Assists: 8 Games Played: 17

Montanna Hill Senior Soccer (16-2-0) Montanna Hill has led the Girls' Varsity team in goals scored. Goals: 19 Assists: 6 Games Played: 18

Hannah Laughter Senior Volleyball (12-4) Hannah Laughter led the Girls' Varsity Volleyball team in digs. Coach Barbara Ferguson said her passes were invaluable. Digs: 327 in 61 games

Jack Staub Senior Football (10-0) Jack Staub is the leading Varsity Football team reciever this year. Receptions: 26 Yards: 338 Touchdowns: 4


Enough is enough: spirit buckets or spoiled buckets?

Star Fall Athletes

Our teams have had outstanding fall seasons. Here are a some of the many of our individual shining stars.

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Don’t change soccer rules: keep your head in the game by Kyle Walsh and Brennan Nolan Reporter, Editor

Posts beginning in 2014 from the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), an organization focused on preventing youth concussions and injury, suggested that youth soccer organizations should take heading out of the soccer program until high school. As a high school soccer player, I do not agree with this move because heading is a skill that youth soccer players learn before they start high school soccer. In high school soccer, heading is very useful in situations like corner kicks and one-on-one balls. The CLF estimates that only 1 in 6 concussions received are actually diagnosed, and 3.8 million concussions occur every year. The goal of the CLF is to “eliminate soccer headers prior to the high school level. Attempting to head the ball and colliding or falling is by far the greatest risk of concussions in youth soccer, causing more than 30,000 concussions each year. Heading accounts for nearly one third of concussions in youth soccer. The CLF argues that heading the ball or making head-to-head contact with one another can interfere with the development of the brain. Linganore Athletic Director Sonny Joseph said, “The game has changed over the years. More use of the head and the contact can sometimes be dangerous,” but he doesn’t anticipate the rules changing. The Senior Boys Director at FC Frederick soccer, Chris Spinks, agrees. “I think that children should be exposed to heading at a young age. They use smaller soccer balls.” According to Spinks, for every 10,000 athletes exposed to competitive soccer, females have a concussion rate of 4.8% whereas whereas males have a concussion rate of 2.8%. “If you’re going to be playing soccer in high school, you need to have experience with using your head beforehand,” said Senior Boys Coach at FC Frederick, Jim Beck. Beck believes that there is a very small chance of sustaining a concussion from a ball to the head. “Going up for headers and hitting another player is where it becomes dangerous,” said Beck. There are other dangers, too. Heading is one of many. Read more at

Amidst the excitement of pep rally day, you may have seen a comical herd of girls carrying buckets half their size frantically searching for someone on the football team. If you’ve watched for long enough to see the actual awkward exchange, you’ve probably watched the exhausted girl struggle to hand the bucket over and the football player quietly mumble “thanks.” When did Linganore’s ‘Red, Black, and Bow’ day become “Red, Black, and Bucket’ day? The idea of spirit bags is that the teams that perform alongside the varsity football players on Friday nights create bags full of snacks, drinks, candy, and small gifts for a football player as a ‘good luck’ memento. It used to be a nice gesture to show the team that they were appreciated by their peers. As a member of the pom and dance team, one of the teams who makes the now-buckets for the football players, I have made a spirit bucket three different times. Never once had I questioned why my teammates and I spent roughly 2-4 hours decorating a bucket and anywhere from 1-5 hours shopping for a football player. I think it’s time to discuss the idea of modifying the tradition. “Getting the boys spirit bags has been around for as far back as I know, which is 15 years or longer. They were spirit bags at one time, then laundry baskets, and then changed to buckets four years ago,” said cheer coach Janet Ingram. These buckets aren’t your typical pails; we’re talking about ‘Home Depot All-Purpose Buckets’ size. Spirit bucket makers fill these to overflow. In addition to the excess of size, the biggest problem is financial.

cartoon by Emily Seth

Generally, buckets cost a family anywhere from 50 to 150 dollars, a lot to spend for a peer (and often, an unfamiliar one). Christmas gifts for close friends rarely cost that much. On the contrary, the pom and dance team also makes spirit buckets for a pom and dance teammate chosen at random. “I like making teammate buckets so much more because I feel like you have a better connection with them, and you have an idea of what they want and like,” said poms dancer Maggie Hall. So what would happen if each team made their own teammates buckets or bags? Each team could decide their own limits and if they wanted to participate or not. Would the football players be hurt? “I wouldn’t care,” said football player, Alex Martinazzi. “It doesn’t affect how we play.” “It’s nice, but we don’t need it,” football player, Kyle Fahey, agreed. I propose that we get back to the “spirit” of the week and show encouragement and school support through more thoughtful and less material means. Read more at

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Advisor Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky Editor in Chief Noah Ismael Oliva DuBro

Editors Amanda Anderson Jeweliana Hendrickson Gail Montgomery Alicia Nasto Brennan Nolan Sydney Rossman

Reporters Haley Barge Ryan Bond Riley Faulconer Rose Fiore Kaylee Henry Krista Kelly Olivia King Sianna King Katie Lehman Sarah Molineu Katherin Montgomery Emily Reed Kayley Russell

Contact us at The Lance is an independent student newspaper. The Frederick County Public school system does not discriminate in the admission, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age national orgin, religion, or disability. Answers for page 3 quiz: 1. Arnold (Hey Arnold!); 2. Donald (The Wild Thornberrys); 3. Winslow (CatDog); 4. Tommy Pickles (Rugrats); 5. Clarissa (Clarissa Explains It All); 6.Kenan & Kel; 7. Helga (Hey Arnold!); 8. Chuckie (Rugrats); 9. CatDog (CatDog); 10. Doug (Doug)

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