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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LIII, Issue 5

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

March 2017

Lancer Media sews pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles Sydney Rossman Managing Editor

A pillowcase is the last thing you feel when you fall asleep. For children with cancer, alone in a hospital room, the bed and pillows can be the stuff of nightmares. On March 10, Lancer Media decided to sew 100% cotton pillowcases to be donated to children who need a comfortable place to lay their heads. The class made nine pillowcases for donation with the help of Mrs. Susan Rossman and three borrowed sewing machines. Reporter, Mallory Maher, said, “This was a very fun and special workshop that was enjoyable. It felt really good that I was able to do something small that will make a big difference. I want to get my own sewing machine to continue to help others.” Ryan’s Case for Smiles, formally known as Conkerr Cancer, provides homemade pillowcases for children who are hospitalized for an illness. The charity was founded in 2007 in memory of Ryan Kerr. Ryan’s mother, Cindy Kerr, the CEO and Founder, began making pillowcases for her son more than a decade ago. Although Ryan lost his battle with bone cancer, his legacy lives through Ryan’s Case for Smiles. With the help of thousand volunteers, the organization has been able to help over 50,000 patients in over 362 hospitals who participate. The hospital stay is often terrifying. As many as 20% of children who survive cancer develop PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma can be reduced by improving the experience. The charity’s goal is to create and distribute fun pillowcases to give children an emotional boost while going through chemo. The patterns of the fabric are the fun part. Lancer Media students donated $5 each, and the money went toward fabrics that Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky, advisor, selected and purchased. In this case, it was dinosaur robots and ladybugs. A pillowcase can be made with 3/4 yard

of the main fabric and 1/3 yard of the contrasting fabric. “With every stitch, every yard of fabric and every pillowcase, we get one step closer to our goal of helping kids with life-changing illnesses or injuries, feel better to heal better. This is the mission statement for the organization. When the Rossman family proposed this charity to the local Howard County 4-H Program Coordinator, Chris Rein thought it was an amazing idea. Over the course of three years, the Rossman family, with the help of Rein, has lead five pillowcase workshops. They have been coordinating with Marcy Kelly, who is the Baltimore Chapter coordinator.

When picking out the fabric make sure is follows the following guidelines: • Must be 100% cotton • Doesn’t have glitter • Pick out fabric that is fun, colorful novelty prints • Not flannel • No religious symbols

700 pillowcases distributed every five to six weeks year round. The pillowcases are given to children ages 0 to 21 years old. In the ten years that the organization has been active, they have been able to distribute 1.5 million pillowcases. Some children who have suffered from illness in the hospital continue to cherish their Ryan’s Case for Smiles was named the charity partner for The Great Inflatable Race Philadelphia. The race will be held on June 24th at Warminster Community Parking starting at 9 am. Use CASEFORSMILES to get 5% off of the race ticket. Anyone who wants to sew can help a child who is photo by Sydney Rossman battling cancer. This project Journalism students are excited about sewing is easy enough for children pillowcases for charity. as young as 7, with supervision. There is a video on Kelly said, “Being the Chapter the website that guides volunteers Coordinator for Case for Smiles is through the sewing process. The orrewarding. I have met amazing chil- ganization has a very easy pillowcase dren and their families, worked with instructions that includes pictures to fabulous volunteers, child life spe- go along with the steps. cialist and other coordinators across The Rossman family will pick up the country. I am grateful for these donated pillowcases from Linganore interactions and relationships.” High School. Contact Lancer Media In three years, other 4-H coun- if you would like to donate a pillowties, Frederick and Montgomery case, County joined the pillowcase workshops. The local groups have made 100 or more pillowcases that will help a Read more at child feel better in the hospital. Kelly said that the Baltimore chapter has approximately 500 to

The Lance wins SNO Distiguished Site 2017 Grace Weaver Editor-in-Chief Lancer Media has won the Student Newspapers Online's, SNO, Distinguished Site Award for the second year in a row. SNO sponsors 2,086 different high school newspapers, and Lancer Media was the ninth high school website to win this award. Last year's twin was in April. This time, the newspaper staff achieved the six badges a month earlier. To earn the highest honor, The Lance has to win six individual awards first. These awards include Story Page Excellence, Continuous Coverage, Site Excellence, Excellence in Writing, Multimedia Excellence, and Audience Engagement. Journalism students have been keeping track of their awards on a huge banner in C203. Every time the

students won one of the individual badges, they would place 2017 underneath. Editor-in-Chief, Grace Weaver, was in charge of how the site looked and how it was organized, among other things. Within the first three days of the challenge, Lancer Media won the Site Excellence badge. This means that all of the stories on the site had been published in the past two weeks, the site was organized well with little or no white space at the bottom. "After I realized that this was one of the requirements for an award, I got really picky about how the site looked. I wanted to make sure that it was up to the standard no matter what," said Weaver. Support Lancer Media at

At 15, Barbagallo aims for pilot’s license Jacob Bolger Reporter

H e flies planes through the air as a hobby, but is well grounded in his education, Student Government, courtesy of Domiand soccer. nic Barbagallo Dominic standing Dominic Barnext to a Liberty XL2, bagallo is a which he frequently member of flies. the Linganore High School Class of 2019. One of the things that set Barbagallo apart from other Linganore students is his passion for aviation. In order to earn his pilot’s license, he attends bimonthly classes where the students are educated on a specific topic, such as engine stalling or mechanical failure. After this, students get to put their skills to use by flying with an instructor. “The pilot’s seat is the real first class,” said Barbagallo. “I believe one of his biggest accomplishments in flying is his confidence as a pilot. He’s more at ease in the cockpit than behind the wheel of a car,” said Una Barbagallo, Dominic’s mom. He can earn his pilot’s license soon, before he gets his driver’s license. You can earn your pilot’s license at age 16. He is currently the second vice president, a position in which he helps the president and vice president fulfill their duties. When he is an adult, Barbagallo wants to either fly in the military or fly as an airline pilot. Erika Katsumoto March 3rd

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March 2017

Priceless adventures for $10 or less

Madison Reeley Reporter

High school students should all be able to create their best memories with their friends but, so much entertainment comes with a price tag. The movies for two at a Regal Theater is at least $12 per person. Dinner at a mid-priced restaurant like Family Meal, costs around $30 for two people to eat. There are actually some fun activities and hangouts in Maryland that cost less than $10. Some of them are just hidden from us. Downtown Frederick: Window shopping and ice cream float = $6.50 Downtown Frederick is a great local place to go with your friends or on a date. Start at the Visitor Center located on S. East Street, where you can learn more about our area. There are plenty of cute stores to shop at, or even go window shopping. It doesn’t cost much and you can make a day of it. Emily Dellone, Class of 2018, is a frequent visitor of Downtown Frederick, and is employed by Firestone’s Culinary Tavern on N. Market Street, so she has the opportunity to witness the downtown scene first-hand. “You can buy really funny things there like knick-knacks and gifts for someone,” said Dellone. “There’s a shop called The Pop Shop on North Market Street which

photo courtesy of Amy Weaver Lily Weaver and Makayla Glock pose in front of the angel in Downtown Frederick.

sells hundreds of types of sodas. Every time I go there, I pick a root beer that I like, and they make a root beer float for me,” said Dellone. Owner Michelle Schaffer offers over 400 kinds of soda and 16 ice cream flavors to make your own unique float for $6.50. A can of soda, hot dog, and chips is $5.00. Dellone even found her homecoming dress from Alicia’s in Downtown Frederick. She loves the character of the city and all the events that go on downtown. During the Downtown Frederick events, you can walk the streets and see displays that convey a theme. It’s fun, free, and it gives you an op-

Protesting with your wallet: Does it work? Garrett Wiehler Managing Editor

Throughout history, economics and protesting have gone hand and hand: during the Revolutionary War the patriots boycotted British-made goods. In the midst of the civil rights movement along with marches and sit-ins, there were boycotts of segregated public transportation, but is boycotting effective or even easy? Effective? Maybe. Easy? No. In 2012, when Chick-fil-A’s CEO was supporting anti-gay rhetoric, I still went to get my four piece chicken strip meal with a lemonade, but I ate my food with a twinge of guilt because I disagreed with the views of the Chick-fil-A company’s CEO. I had no “beef” with the staff of the local Chikfil-A, so what should I have done? Now many people are beginning to protest our controversial President by boycotting products and services related to his businesses and his supporters’ businesses. Trump’s multiple business holdings, that pose a potential ethical nightmare, have also been put in the spotlight by activists boycotting the Trump name. From Ivanka Trump’s fashion line to Trump Ties, boycotting anything related to our Commander-in-Chief has become a quick and easy way to be an activist. When one chooses not to buy something it is just as easy as sharing a Washington Post Editorial or meme, but makes the person boycotting the product feel like he/she is “doing something.” Yet, is protesting Trump really going to make that much of a difference? Probably not. In fact just this week Ivanka Trump’s perfume became Amazon’s top-selling fragrance as Trump supporters responded to the

portunity to explore the streets of Downtown Frederick as you follow the displays. Every first Saturday of the month there is on street entertainment along with late night shopping and dining. Delaplaine Art Center, on South Carroll Street, is another great feature of Downtown Frederick. The admission is free and the Gallery even displays artwork made by FCPS students sometimes. Outside of the art gallery, also open to the public, there are beautiful sculptures, benches, and a view of Carroll Creek and the rest of downtown Frederick.

Also in Frederick, Baker Park is a place to go with friends or a date. The area has features like the covered bridge and gazebo which makes for a pretty picture-worthy view. The park has free entry and several possibilities for entertainment or relaxation. Movies at Holiday Cinema = $4.50 Going to the movies is always fun, but it’s very costly. Lucky for us, there is a movie theater on The Golden Mile that lets you see movies for a fraction of the price. Holiday Cinema is owned and run by locals. photo by Grace Weaver View of the bell tower located in Baker Park.

graphic by Garrett Wiehler



Transfer students benefit from unique programs Emily Reed Managing Editor

boycotts against the Trump name. Yet, I think that, for many, the large scale difference is less important than the personal one. Trump critics, myself included, just don’t want to give the man, or his family, our money. I sleep better knowing I have tried to take action. There is an app made by Democratic Coalition Against Trump, a political action committee. The app, called BoycottTrump, keeps an inventory of all companies that have ties to Trump so consumers can instantly see what companies they may want to avoid purchasing goods from. Before blindly boycotting the companies on this app, though, it is important to note that BoycottTrump keeps a list of Trump-related businesses that is almost too comprehensive.

photo by Garrett Wiehler Garrett Wiehler, Dillon Mitcham, and Lincoln Robisch enjoy the landscape of Baker Park.

A small but mighty 4.6%, or 64 students, of Linganore’s population are out of district transfers. Linganore welcomes transfer students in hopes that they will enrich our student population and increase diversity. An out-of district transfer is a process that allows students to attend a school outside their assigned attendance area because it provides a program for their specific needs or they are a child of an FCPS employee. Out of district transfer students have to comply with the same school rules and regulations that are currently in place. The school reserves the right to dismiss transfer students if their grades plummet or they are prone to tardiness and have behavioral issues. This year, FCPS ruled in Regulation 400-15 that all current transfer students must reapply every year before May 1 to renew their request for another year. Of the 63 schools in Frederick County, 14 schools are restricted due to over capacity, 12 of which are elementary schools. Linganore is only at 83% capacity, so students can transfer to attend LHS. Urbana High School is the only restricted high school in the county. One of the most common draws for students to transfer into Linganore is the Project Lead the Way engineering program. “The PLTW Program is helping me become a nuclear engineer which is my lifelong goal. It’s a great resume booster to tell colleges that I’ve been in a national pre-engineering program,” said Lourdes Jack, a transfer

from Urbana. “It exposed me to all different types of engineering and I enjoy the challenging classes,” said Dalton Pearl, a transfer from Brunswick. Aside from the engineering program, these students all expressed their joy of being a part of Linganore’s welcoming and friendly community. “Moving from West Virginia and then to Urbana was tough.It was a relief coming here and being so welcomed. I didn’t feel like an outsider anymore. It’s more family oriented

graphic by Emily Reed 64 (4.6%) out of the 1383 total of Linganore's population are transfer students.

and people are willing to help one another here,” said Jack. While I didn’t come to Linganore as an out of district transfer because of the engineering program, I too felt seamlessly integrated into the community and engulfed in the encouraging atmosphere. Linganore treats their transfer students as an equal and valued part of the Lancer team which means more than any special program they can offer. Read more at


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March 2017


Dreaming of spring break: Where would you go if money was no object? by Grace Brooks Reporter Spring Break this year is April 14th through the 21st. And what would be better than to spend it away from Maryland? Spring break is a time to relax and get away from jobs and work. Choosing a place to spend spring break with the whole family can be difficult, but it’s not too late to book a getaway.

Islamadora, Florida

For those who don’t have their passports or don’t enjoy plane rides, there are great places to go in the United States. Florida gives the feeling of being in the foreign tropics, while still being in America. Islamorada Florida is a beautiful, tropic wonderland in America. Jessica Mitchell has gone to Islamorada since she was three and stays at her beach house in Ocean Harbour. She goes jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, and fishing. The beaches have white sand and crystal clear blue water. Fresh seafood is in every restaurant. Islamorada has beautiful weather, 85 degrees with a light breeze.


Aruba is a Dutch Caribbean island. The plane ride is less than five hours and the destination is worth it. Aruba offers a diverse selection of Caribbean foods. Natalie Kucsan went in the summer of 2016 and could only say good things. The water of Aruba was perfect for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and jet skiing. Aruba is close to the equator so it can get hot, but there is a nice breeze. “Aruba was really pretty. Baby Beach was really nice and the water was so clear. When I went we snorkeled and had a jeep tour around Aruba,” said Kucsan.

Dublin, Ireland

If you were looking for a place with a lot of history and accents, Dublin, Ireland would be for you. Dublin is rainy and chilly, but beautiful nonetheless. Horse racing is a must see when in Dublin. Another day time activity could be shopping in the city. During the night, Dublin comes to life. The streets become filled with people. There is also a beautiful castle called the Wilton Castle. The castle is on the countryside and people can actually stay there in a room. Read more at

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Podcast: Battle of the FansWho is better? Swift or Grande by Lily Weaver and Mallory Maher Reporters Throughout many lunch and class discussions of who is better, Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift, the two biggest fan girls, Mallory Maher and Lily Weaver, finally put this argument to a rest. At least everyone hopes. Listen to the podcast to get caught up on both artists. Look for future Battle of the Fans podcasts. Tweet @lhsjournalism to suggest a battle. W: Taylor is really good at performing her songs

and is really good at introducing her songs, but I think Ariana has better choreography. M: Taylor Swift’s are more theatrical and is more of a performance not just basic singing and dancing and there is more acting involved. W: Well it is called a concert. M: She’s a very Christmas spirit. Well it’s not really Christmas it’s more like Swiftmas. Listen to the podcast to hear the full argument! Vote for your fave on Twitter @LHSJournalism

Bottle Flipping: Game, sport, or classroom disruption? by Mathew Gelhard and Christian Nolan Reporter In 2016, bottle flipping became an endless competition, holding its own as a hobby in everyday life. It still continues to this day. For those who don’t know what it is, bottle flipping occurs when you take a water bottle, drink the water until there’s about 2/3 of water left, and begin flipping the bottle. The object is to flip the bottle 360 degrees so it lands sitting up. Bottle flippers continue to do it as many times in a row as they can. Some “professionals,” try to flip water bottles on top of basketball hoops, over houses, and even on top of other water bottles. They experiment with sizes of the bottles and with motion. For example, they could flip a water bottle onto a skateboard. Why is this so popular? In May 2016, Mike Senatore, a student at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, uploaded a bottle flipping video. Senatore introduced the idea of bottle flipping while doing it in a school talent show. Over six million people have seen the video. The idea of bottle flipping spread like wildfire, and bottle flipping was the next big thing. Senatore said in an interview, “It’s incredible. Spain, Germany, people in Australia, people from all around the world are doing it. It’s just incredible.” One “professional,” Garrett Reese (Class of 2019), has been bottle flipping ever since he first saw the video on social media, and continues to do it today. Reese said, “Bottle flipping is something I do for entertainment, whether I’m bored or with friends. I love seeing people’s reactions when I show them a video of the ‘flip’ or do it for them in person. After multiple failed attempts, once you’ve finally landed the flip there’s no better feeling of accomplishment.” Bottle flipping is popular because anyone, anywhere can do it. Everyone has access to a water bottle. It’s mindless. It’s not a tricky activity. It’s a challenge that people try to prove it’s probable more than impossible. Also, after they get the flipping down, they move onto flipping more difficult

objects and more extreme heights. In addition to the idea of it, bottle flipping keeps many people occupied and out of the house. Around the world, people have been taking water bottle flipping to the extreme, and some have achieved unofficial world record flips. A group of men were able to flip a bottle that can hold 130 liters off a bridge and landed it. People (mostly teachers and parents) who witness this media

graphic by Tory Spruill phenomenon oppose of the idea because of it’s unproductivity. The sound it makes when it hits the surface can be obnoxious and disruptive. It’s distracting to the one who is attempting to flip the bottle and the other observers around it. Assistant Principal Andrew McWilliams said, “Kids attempting to flip the bottle isn’t the end of the world, but it gets frustrating when it becomes a mess or a distraction.” As time went on people became “creative” about the game of bottle flipping. Instead of just flipping the bottle, it’s a contest to see who messes up first. In the “bottle flipping game” people take turns trying to flip the bottle. As soon as the bottle is flipped to its base, the next person is up. That person has to flip the bottle back onto its base, but if the competitor fails to do so, he suffers a penalty. McWilliams continued, “Dropping water bottles from certain heights on kids fingers is just, well, stupid.” It’s funny to think, a water bottle, something people use every day, can turn into a worldwide competition/disruption. Bottle flipping is dying out, but the idea will never be forgotten.


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March 2017


The madness of NCAA basketball Ethan Hart: Villanovanished

Ethan Hart Reporter On March 18th, the #1 seeded Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team sadly passed away at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers, with a final score of 65-62. They had been battling poor shooting from their start, and after a hard fought 40 minutes to stay alive, they ultimately suffered a fated death.

Welcome to Lancer Media Madness! For the length of the NCAA Tournament, we will be analyzing and predicting the big games, the upsets, and the sports phenomenon that is March Madness. Below, we have made our picks for our champion to cut down the nets in Glendale, Arizona for the Final Four. Who do you think will win? Tweet your answer at @lhsjournalism, ethanhart1331, @CNOL_LHS, and @GelhardMatthew . We’re halfway through the tourna- and coach Frank Martin, are streakment, and March has been as wild as ing into Friday’s game against Baylor coming off a huge upset win over ever. Through these first two rounds, Duke. This team, although undersupwe’ve seen top-seeded teams blow plied with talent, has one of the bigtheir championship hopes, and their gest hearts of any team in the tourfans’ brackets. With Duke and Vil- nament. Who knows, they may have lanova gone in the Round of 32, new a chance for some surprises. Although severely overlooked, #11 teams have emerged in the running for postseason success. The highly Xavier has played higher than their underseeded Wisconsin Badgers have questionable seeding assigned to emerged as underdogs, throttling #1 them. Spending parts of their season seeded Villanova and head into a without their most dynamic playSweet 16 matchup against Florida maker Trevon Blueitt, expectations were low heading into the tournawith confidence and fire. The #9 seeded South Carolina ment. But after spending the last Gamecocks have proved themselves two rounds knocking off Maryland worthy of their first Sweet 16 bid in and Florida State, Xavier has earned school history. The grit-and-grind a spots as one of the more elite procast, lead by Sindarius Thornwell grams this year when healthy.

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The 29-4 Big East champion’s success was short lived, after only defeating Mount Saint Marys in the Round of 64. The Wildcats had many Big East relatives also participating in the NCAA tournament such as Xavier and Butler, both who advanced to the Sweet 16. The Wildcats were a fun but calm team to watch, as playmakers Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart led them to a #1 seed in the tournament. Past failure haunts this team in its death, as they had only reached the Sweet 16 once in the last 7 years. One local NCAA bracket hopeful said in regards to the passing that “I would like to sincerely thank the Wildcats for screwing up my bracket.” Rest in peace Villanova, the tournament will surely not miss you.

Christian Nolan’s Case for UCLA

UCLA as a freshman, he averaged Christian Nolan almost 15 points, 6 rebounds, and Reporter The UCLA Bruins are ranked leads the country dishing out 8 asthird overall in their conference Pac- sists per game. 12, going 28-3 on the season down The freshman from Foothills to the wire. With March Madness Christian High School in California, coming up, the Bruins have the 7th TJ Leaf, put up big numbers in his highest percentage chance to win it high school career. Leaf averaged 26 all. I chose this team specifically be- points per game, along with 12 recause this team has the #1 offense, bounds, and 5 assists. With UCLA according to indeLeaf is averagpendent analysis ing 16 points, at Team Rankings. and 8 rebounds com out all thirtyper game. He two teams competis the second ing in March Madbest in scorness. However, ing this season they need to work behind Senior on their defense. guard, Bryce Of 32 teams in the graphic by Tory Spruill Alford (almost postseason, the 17 points per Bruins most likely game). hold the worst defense sitting at In early March, Leaf injured his #90. left ankle against Washington early UCLA’s roster recently recruited in the first quarter and did not rethree freshmen, and currently start turn. If the Bruins stay strong and two, Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf. balls to a Sweet 16 or Final Four Lonzo Ball, a point guard from spot, Leaf would be able to play Chino Hills High School in Califor- again. nia, averaged 19 points per game, \ along with 7 assists and rebounds Read more at in his senior year. When he came to

Matt Gelhard is sure about Arizona

Matthew Gelhard Reporter It may be cold in most places, but the Arizona Wildcats are cranking up the heat all the way from the MidWest. They have traveled the windy roads of the Pac-12 and earned a #2 seed in the tournament, and a big win against Oregon to obtain the Pac-12 championship. The Wildcats may not be undefeated, but all their losses came to top-16 teams on the RPI. All have been within 7 points other than the breakdown against Oregon. Oregon and UCLA were their biggest losses early in the season, but the biggest wins have been against these same tournament competitors. Recently the team have been out rebounding, not relying on one man by spreading points around the starting five (4 of 5 average more than 10 points a game), and not falling under the pressure against high power offenses in comeback situations. The groundbreaking discovery during the season wasn’t someone who started on the court. This player had a starting spot on the bench until a fateful night in the Pauley Pavilion. \ Read more at

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Editors in Chief

Natalie Rebetsky

Tory Spruill Grace Weaver

Managing Editors Beau Cameron Hannah Haught Emily Reed Sydney Rossman

Editors Devin Barge Brandon Cooper Rose Fiore Katie Lehman Lily Weaver Garrett Wiehler

Video Editor Alex Ismael

Reporters Grace Brooks Mason Eddins Matthew Gelhard Ethan Hart Lourdes Jack Mallory Maher Christian Nolan Madison Reeley Cindy Zheng

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