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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LIII, Issue 6

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

Annual Linganore Art Show Linganore celebrates self-expression and creativity of the arts with an annual show. The 27th Annual Art show is on April 27th. It is a culmination of the whole year’s work from all art classes at the school. Upper-level students get a special emphasis and their own exhibits at the show.

Grace Brooks Maggie Keaton's ceramic piece.

Grace Brooks Liam Steel's computer graphics piece.

Grace Brooks Diane Stonestreet's 3-D painting.

Get Ready. Get Set. Go!: Join the Cindy Alvarado On the Road Alvarado to the title because the 5K Again 5K event was originally created by CinSydney Rossman Managing Editor On April 29th, 2017 New Market Elementary School will be hosting their annual Cindy Alvarado On the Road Again 5K. The funds from the event will benefit New Market Elementary School students and local charities. The proceeds from past runs have purchased a running track that is available for the community to use. The event helps provide technology, books and PE equipment for the students. It has also benefitted the Patty Pollatos Foundation, Lungevity, and local cancer research and treatment facilities. This year and last year, the organizers of the run added Cindy

Grace Brooks Megan Wilhelm's photography piece.

Four months ago, I sat in the middle of the lunchroom, going through my Twitter and Snapchat. Suddenly, a friend of mine from Oakdale High School frantically texted me, “Someone’s about to shoot up our school.” Worriedly, I asked what was happening. She responded to me, “I left. My mom took me out.” Amid all the safety concerns in schools across the nation, FCPS has had its hands full in the last four months. With two gun-related threats, FCPS has now had to face what is a national issue, one which that has been on the rise in the last 20 years. School shootings, along with other acts of violence, have been in the spotlight in recent years. Schools are already taking initiative in response to threats in the county. After a gun was brought to school in the backpack of an Oakdale students, security inside buildings was ramped up and all activities were under harsh surveillance. At Linganore in March, police of-

ficers held professional development sessions with teachers to discuss new policies and strategies in response and to prevent violence in school. Social Studies teacher Janvier Beaver found the meeting productive and appreciated what the officers taught, as well as other teachers. “We found that a lot of the things we used to do are different than newer strategies, and was well received by the teachers,” he said. With so much controversy surrounding safety in schools today, where do we go to prevent and protect students and teachers? Our local police officers are providing schools with new information on how to keep the environment safe for students. “We can protect students by properly training police and school staff how to respond to these threats” said Sgt. Mike Easterday, school resource supervisor for the county. After the attacks on Columbine High School, gun laws and the right to bear arms in public became a topic of discussion with lawmakers. However, new data not only says that perpetrators can easily obtain guns, but that they obtain these firearms at home. In data taken by Everytown, a nationally recognized gun safety, and support fund, more than half of shooters in 160 incidents between 2013 and 2015 used guns obtained at home, most likely from the improper storage of these weapons by parents or other adults. Read more at:

dy Alvarado who was the Principal at New Market Elementary School. She was the one who brought the run to life 13 years ago. She passed away in February 2016. This year, the organizers hope to surpass 500 runners and walkers. The registration fee is $25 for individuals and $60 for two adults and up to four children as a team. FCPS employees, Military, Veterans, Senior Citizens, Police Officers or Firefighters had a discounted rate of $15. The Cub Crawls (A short distance run for ages 3 and under)$10 Any current Linganore students or staff can run for only $15. Just make sure you write LHS student on the registration form. The forms can be dropped off at the school or mailed to New Market Elementary School. People who want to participate can register on the day of the event. to register. Read more at link

The evolution of school safety Ethan Hart Reporter

April 2017

Is your life worth a text? Lourdes Jack Reporter One choice could take a life. Choosing to drive distracted is choosing to put lives at risk. In 2015 alone distracted driving killed 3,477 people and injured 391,000. “If you have a phone, my best advice to you is before you start driving, lock it in the trunk. Whatever it is, it can wait,” said Deputy Tim Calimer, School Resource Officer. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The definition of distracted driving has been updated to focus on teens who text and drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that when driving 55 mph, glancing at the phone for 5 seconds is like driving across a football field with your eyes closed. To help limit distracted driving, the National Safety Council (NSC) and NHTSA have posted YouTube videos explaining the dangers of driving and texting. The NSC has created a whole program that helps businesses reduce cell phone use in offices. Less reliance on cell phones

will change their use driving and prevent employee crashes. The NHTSA has multiple campaigns and pledges set up to stop distracted driving. They focus on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All, Phone In One Hand – Ticket In The Other, and U Drive. U Text. U Pay, are their three top campaign slogans. For teens, distracted driving is an even greater danger. Because new teen drivers have the highest crash fatality rates of all drivers, it’s critical that they develop good driving habits that are distraction-free right from the start. “After hearing a lot of crashes on the news, I’m not too big of a fan of driving. It scares me to think that with one decision I make, I could hurt someone or even myself,” said Class of 2018 member India Pack. Read more at


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April 2017

Bright Lights, Big City: Morgan Maher lives the NYC fashion When people say “living the dream,” I immediately think of my sister, Morgan Maher. My sister lives in Lower Manhattan in New York City and works for Marc Jacobs International as a photographer. She has attended New York Fashion Week, worked with industry professionals, and has had the pleasure of meeting some of today’s top models. However, all of this didn’t come easy. Hard work and dedication truly do get you far, and my sister is a perfect example. Maher, member of the class of 2013, decided that photography was what she wanted to make a career out of in high school; however, she loves all kinds of art. "I am a photographer for my 9-5 job, but I write, paint, sculpt, and have started making these wacky short films. I am an artist and constantly need to be expressing my ideas no matter how weird or serious they are. And I know this job is the beginning of my journey and I’ll live a lot of lives and work in a lot of different fields before I retire,” said Maher. Maher took classes at the Arts and Communications Academy her junior and senior years, which is hosted at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. This helped her to build her portfolio and experience. She had decided that she wanted to go to an art school, as well as go to school in the south.

“At SCAD I majored in photography, but as I progressed, I became more interested in fine art practice. I got to the point where I was taking independent study classes and following my interests through the photographic study of program, but wasn’t necessarily taking photographs,” Maher says. Our parents were very supportive of her decision, although the distance was intimidating. SCAD is around a 10 hour drive from our house, making visits home limited. While in college, Maher took summer classes and studied abroad in Lacoste, France. The dorms at the SCAD Lacoste campus were located inside a renovated castle in a culturally rich area. The SCAD Savannah campus was just as beautiful, but in its own way. My family and I loved getting to take trips down to Savannah whenever we got the chance. The weather and the city are both beautiful. Our father, Ed Maher believes that in this point of our lives, being a student is our full time job. In college, being a student comes first, and everything else comes second. I recognize that not every family has that choice. We all knew how competitive her school would be, but if anyone could make their mark, it was Morgan. He regularly reminded her that it would help if she always went above and beyond, seized every opportunity, and do the best she could in every assignment. Maher graduated from

Brandon Cooper Editor

Terrapin Record Label and have been in the studio several weekends.

Mallory Maher Reporter

courtesy of Morgan Maher Morgan Maher (right) and Zoe Cohen (left) pose in skirts with Manhattan skyline.

SCAD in 2016, in three years instead of four. She took extra classes and put in 100% effort, 100% of the time. In 2013, Maher became an intern for Marc Jacobs, getting the permanent full-time job as a photographer later in the year. Shortly after graduation, she moved into an apartment in Brooklyn with some people that she knew, but not too well, and had an hour commute to work. Several months into her job, her friend Zoe Cohen came into work

asking if anyone was looking for an apartment because one of her roommates was moving out. Maher took this opportunity and moved into a new apartment in Chinatown with two of her best friends, Zoe Cohen and Claudia Frolova. Frolova is a designer for ZAC by Zac Posen, and Cohen is in charge of the social media for Marc Jacobs. Read more at:

The label held a competition to see who would be the first band signed to the student run label and jacket. won. The students running the label help produce the music and music videos. Currently the band has finished their first single, “Sugar”. This will be one of five songs on their EP, “Sugar on Blue Days.” The band predicts the EP will be on iTunes and Spotify in June. “My favorite thing about jacket. is creating our own music to strike a certain nerve in people or evoke a

feeling. Sentiment is something we try to keep consistent in all of our songs,” said Knight. Knight is the lead singer with Watson on bass and backup vocals. Tauraso plays lead guitar and Belski is on drums. Knight is the common thread in the band. Knight and Belski have been playing together since sixth grade and have been life-long friends. Read more at:

Student band “jacket.” signed by UMD recording studio

In July 2016, the band “jacket.” was officially formed. Linganore students Jackson Knight and Nick Belski are one half of the band. The other members are Linganore alumni Bryce Watson and Middletown student Cosimo Tauraso. jacket. is an alternative, indie rock band that has performed at places like UMD and the Otto Bar in Baltimore, where the band sold over 40 tickets. This spring they were signed by

photo courtesy of Jackson Knight jacket. at University of Maryland

Sean Butehorn performs acrobatic stunts for Worlds Summer Etzler Reporter

Sean Butehorn may just seem like your average sophomore. He gets good grades, has many friends, and does “normal” teenage activities. Many describe him as outgoing and fun to be around.

photo courtesy of Sean Butehorn Sean Butehorn and his team at practice

A humble Clark Kent by day, Butehorn’s super power that he is part of the Emilia’s Gymnastic and Acrobatics team in Laurel, Maryland.

He travels all over the world for competitions: China, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Belgium, and all over the United States. Butehorn started gymnastics at the age of three when his mom decided to have him try classes. He tried out for the team and made it. He has stuck with the sport ever since. “I love how there is a different challenge every day. It’s cool to be able to experience different situations. I also have a lot of fun,” said Butehorn. Butehorn practices 25 hours a week. He has placed 3rd in the 2016 World Age Group Competition in China. His group is the only junior men’s group to medal at Worlds ever for the United States. He has also placed first in many other competitions. Read more at:

Pat Carson: A familiar face with a unfamiliar backstory

Matt Gelhard Reporter

Pat Carson grew up in Chicago, with her mother and father. She roamed the house with seven girls and five boys. Before she moved to Maryland, she worked for West Virginia senator Robert Byrd. She did office work for the senator and that was no easy task. She loved being on Capitol Hill, from taking the train to just looking at all the nooks and crannies. She subbed at many schools, including the old Linganore, when her children were growing up. It was her part-time job–her main job was to raise her children. She subbed at South Frederick Middle so much the school opened an opportunity for her to become a media aid at the school library. This eventually brought her to Wilde Lake High School in Columbia

photo by Eathan Hart Pat Carson and Matt Gelhard chat about her job as a subsitute.

, MD, where she was the media specialist for the next 11 years. She retired happily for six months, but she says she was bored, so she went back to substituting for Linganore High, after she read that Linganore was struggling to find substitutes. Read more at:


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April 2017


Stress Awareness Month: How do we cope with our feelings? Katie Lehman Editor

Rose Fiore Matthew Gelhard and Christian Nolan grab a snack and test their knowledge of proportions.

Nutrition & Portion Sizes: Overeating is as easy as (2 slices of) pie Rose Fiore Editor With fast food readily available, many young people don’t feel the need to making their own meals. The meals they choose at fast food restaurants are often too big and most don’t have the right nutrients.

Most people thought that there were at least 20 pretzels per serving. Sadly, the serving size is only 17 and has 110 calories. Seventeen sounds like a lot of pretzels, but when you look at the plate, you realize how tiny it really is. There are 16 servings per bag.

Psychiatric patients in the ‘50’s had the same level of stress and anxiety as high school students do today, according to the American Psychological Association. Shocking, right? Well, not for students. If anything, it makes sense to them. Since 1992, April is ‘Stress Awareness Month’, and for good reason. Not all people recognize that stress can be a serious mental and physical ailment. The truth of the matter is that stress impacts students in a big way, and it’s important to raise awareness. All high school students know stress in some way. Many students know anxiety, too, as anxiety stems from stress and both go hand in hand with each other. Whether it is an occasional problem, or a day to day experience depends on the person, their classes, and the school environment. But in the end, everybody stresses. “Not only do you have work from the days you missed but also you have work for the days you get back, which you can’t do until you master concepts covered while you’re gone. So it’s an endless catchup cycle.” said junior Allie Hudson. It can be hard to focus and learn when a student is under stress. Which so much pressure on grades and colleges, it can be a lot to bear. This kind of stress on students not only decreases the chances of them reaching full academic potential, but also results in more risk behaviors. This amount of stress can carry on into college, and even result in developing mental illnesses, like serious depression and anxiety, among young adults.

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“School expects all of us to wake up early, go to long grueling classes and then have at least a half hour of homework in each class, which puts a lot of stress on us kids. School also expects us to have fun, which we can’t do because we’re stuck doing hours of homework,” Class of 2020, Maddie Kahler said. These factors are what needs to be addressed more, in order to help lessen their effects. So how are we, as a school, going to help those around us who are stressed? A good first step is to figure out ways to cope. Stress balls are one way. These foam balls come in a variety of shapes and design and are made to squeeze and bunch up in order to relieve stress. I have my own stress ball, shaped like the spiral rock from the game Hearthstone, in my backpack everyday to avoid getting so stressed I get physically sick. The stress balls work because when you’re stressed your body tenses up. By squeezing and releasing the ball it relieves the tension in your muscles and creates some relaxation in the body.

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“13 Reasons Why” blends polished storytelling with suicide awareness Madison Reeley Reporter

Only three people guessed the correct serving size—nine chocolates. Most thought that there were only three chocolates per serving. One piece is 22 calories. There are eight servings in one bag, making it all too easy to reach in and eat without thinking about the calories.

Most people guessed that there were 30 goldfish per serving. Surprisingly, there are a whopping 55 Goldfish and 150 calories per serving. The small plate doesn’t seem to have 55 pieces, so that’s why it’s so easy to overeat.

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13 Reasons Why is a recently released Netflix original series that focuses on suicide. As far as shows go, this is not one that you should watch if you’re looking for an uplifting or happy story. While this story is not a happy one, it is still captivating and important. The show is based on the novel 13 Reasons Why. The show takes place shortly after the suicide of 17-year-old Hannah Baker. Before Hannah takes her life, she makes tapes explaining exactly where she feels her life went wrong. She gives the tapes, with very specific instructions regarding what to do with them, to a trusted friend. The show switches between present day and flashback as Clay, a recipient of the tapes, pieces together exactly what went wrong. The story is complex and requires the viewer’s full attention. Don’t start watching the show for background noise and expect to know what is going on by the end of an episode. Each episode represents one of each of the 13 tapes Hannah made. The episodes are an hour long and always end with a cliffhanger. It will be hard not to binge watch this show all at once. By the end of the season, it is perfectly clear what happened to Hannah, but as her story unfolds, others are just developing. There are still questions left unanswered and a few major unresolved plot twists that will make you wish Season 2 was already released. According to What’s on Netflix, as of April 1, the series has not yet been renewed. While the story behind the show is not factual, it

is based on some very real and serious issues that everyone should be aware of. The most prevalent issue displayed in the series is suicide. The creators of 13 Reasons Why knew they were creating a show with an uncomfortable subject matter, but they made it anyway. The show’s purpose is not only to entertain but also to raise awareness for the prevention of suicide and other tragedies. The show includes a “behind the scenes” episode, which explains each tragedy, why it is included and the decision process about how to present each tragedy. Writers, actors, and even the producer, Selena Gomez, give insight into their thought process when making the show. Beware though, this behind the scenes episode includes several spoilers. Finish the show first so you understand what the creators and actors are talking about in the interviews and keep from ruining the show for yourself. One of the main points stressed throughout the show is that it’s important to get help if you see warning signs for suicide in a friend, or if you are having suicidal thoughts yourself. Call 1800-273-8255 if you're having suicidal thoughts

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TV Shows

Never-Ending Netflix: Our top picks for shows to binge on There's no chance at boredom for the rest of the year when you can stream your favorite shows for 5, 10, or (as Devin Barge did with The Walking Dead) 16 hours. Are you going on a road trip? Are you trying to find a way to destress after a very long term 3? The Lancer Media staff has the perfect solution to your problems. Whatever you may be in the mood for, we have you covered. Read additional Netflix reviews at:

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Garrett Wiehler Managing Editor

Matt Gelhard Reporter 5 Seasons, 138 Episodes Arrow is a captivating series that gives a modern twist on the D.C comic, The Green Arrow. Stephen Amell plays the main character, Oliver Queen, who is rich man turned into trained fighter with a vengeance against the vile opposition who killed

Sydney Rossman Managing Editor

3 Seasons, 36 Episodes For an animated show about a horse in a world of other animals and humans, Bojack Horseman is one of the most human television shows on TV. The depressing reality of the story is masked behind witty writing and hilarious jokes.

graphic by Tory Spruill Hannah Haught Managing Editor 6 Seasons, 136 Episodes On the surface, New Girl looks like any other sitcom. The concept is simple enough, a girl moves in with three guys and has to adjust to her new living situation. As the show carries on though, it grows into something so fun and amazing.

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8 Seasons, 171 Episodes Vampire Diaries is an imitation of your typical Twilight movie. It has wolves, vampires and the best part is the love triangle. If you were Team Edward or even Team Jacob, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

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Katie Lehman Reporter 1 Seasons, 13 Episodes Jessica Jones isn’t your typical Marvel hero, and has a more exciting, darker story line. If you love Marvel Comics and movies, or just like action, mysteries, and drama, then this show is for you.

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Lily Weaver Editor 12 Seasons, 269 Episodes Grey’s Anatomy will have you in a puddle of tears from the first episode to the last. Although the show is still going on, there are 12 seasons on Netflix. It took me about 2 months to watch all 12 seasons, but then again I wasn’t ‘binge’ watching.

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Managing Editors graphic by Tory Spruill

Grace Weaver Editor-in-Chief 1 Seasons, 244 episodes Ever seen someone solve a murder with a tooth and some equipment? Bones is the show to watch. Forensic Anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, and her FBI sidekick, Seeley Booth, try to solve murders by studying the bones of the victims. The show is set in D.C. but covers the whole DMV area.

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