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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LIII, Issue 7

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

Fidget spinners whirl out of class control Devin Barge Editor

photo by Natalie Rebetsky Connor Browne spinning a fidget spinner on his nose

Fidget spinners are handheld toys that can spin minutes on end with a single spin. This new fad has become a worldwide phenomenon as kids and adults continue to buy this toy, increasing its market value and giving teachers big headaches. The science behind the fidget spinners is quite simple really, the spinner uses several ball bearings that surround a single ball bearing at its center. With little friction, the spinner is able to spin for a long time. The original marketing purpose of these toys, was to assist children who suffer from ADHD, by helping them concentrate in class. But the toys are used for multiple purposes, as its intended audience broadened. Some professionals question the connection between fidget spinners and increased attention. “They help to reduce my urge to move around in class, so I’m not causing such a disruption during class. Just spinning it makes me feel calm,” said Max Jagger, class of 2018. Fidget spinners can help any kid concentrate in class, with just the flick of a finger. They can provide a sense of comfort and peace in stressful situations. Fidget spinners also serve as a quiet and less disruptive alternative to kids who resort to using their phones in class. Even

though they are still toys, students can pay attention to their instructors while spinning the toy underneath to heir desks. That’s one way to look at the situation. “I first saw fidget spinners in an ad on Twitter, so I clicked on it and learned more about it. After I found out what exactly it was, I realized that I had to have it, and now I have three of them,” said Jagger. For others, the toy is a real annoyance–students are NOT paying attention in class because they are busy showing off their spinning skills. “I feel like if students are not diagnosed with an attention deficiency disorder, then they shouldn’t be using the tool since it’s designed for that purpose. There are other ways to cope with stress such as using stress balls, or bendables.” said Ms. Dawn Aburto. The spinners have been banned by schools in entire states and, locally, on some buses and at elementary schools. Even if they don’t disturb others, students aren’t permitted to have toys in school.Even if this popular invention was originally designed to help specific groups of students to focus in school, they are still first and foremost, toys. “I think that the appeal of fidget spinners comes from the fact that they are cheap, easily accessible, and are helpful to most of those who buy them.” said Jagger. WARNING: Attempt these tricks at your own risk. It is smart to perform these tricks over a soft surface, such as grass or carpet in order to assure that your spinner doesn’t break apart from being dropped.


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Past Lancers of the Week Presley Dougherty April 28thth

Sophie Kirschner, the super-artist Nicole Muller and Savannah Sitler Reporters

From superheros, beautiful portraits, and even mermaids, Sophie Kirschner, Class of 2018, has conquered it all. She has had a taste of nearly all of the art classes offered and has explored many different types of crafts. As long as Kirschner can remember, she has been fascinated by illustrators and art. She’s taken an art elective ever since she’s had the opportunity, from ceramics to visual arts to computer raphics.

Sean Butehorn April 14th

Rachel and Rayann Eaves March 24th

Dominic Barbagallo March 10th

Erika Katsumoto March 3rd

Kelly Stouffer February 27th graphic by Nicole Muller

After school Kirschner works a steady job at Little Travelers’ daycare in Mt. Airy and maintaining high grades. Her hobby, drawing, she calls her “second job.” Kirshner’s mother, Kelli Green, said, “I’m proud of the way Sophie sees the world. She takes her time with her art, and, often, little details offer insight to her thinking.”

Alyssa Chappell February 17th

Haley Stone February 10th


Ani BoghossianJames February 3rd

New Market comes alive with monthly events Sydney Rossman Managing Editor

photo by Sydney Rossman New Market will have vendors lining the the streets.

After two years of constant road construction, the town of New Market is finally back to normal, except there are now wider sidewalks and light fixtures. June 10th, New Market will hold their first ever music concert in the community park. The concert will start at 6 pm. The concert will be family friendly. July 8th, New Market will hold the first Movie Night featuring The Goonies. The movie will be fun for the whole family. The movie will start at dusk. There will be different food vendors at the movie night. August 12th there will be another concert in the Town’s Community Park that will start at 6 pm.

September 9th the Town will hold its back to school movie night. This will be the last movie night of the season. It will start at dusk. October 14th will be the last event that will happen in the fall. New Market will close the spring, summer and fall festivities with a concert that will start at 2 pm. If you know someone who makes homemade items let them know that they can set up a table in town for free. All they have to do is fill out a form with the dates they can come to.


Macy Armagost January 20th

Nick Lang January 13th

Erin Lafferty December 19th

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Senior Destinations

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Oh, the places you'll go

photo by Grace Weaver

photo by Tory Spruill

photo by Tory Spruill

photo by Grace Weaver

Sydney Rossman will slip into Slippery Rock University next year. She will be majoring in Recreational Therapy. Before Rossman moves onto the next chapter in her life, she will be embarking on an European Viking River Cruise. “I have been overseas before and I love experiencing new cultures,” Rossman said.

Grace Weaver will be going from Lancer to Blazer this fall to attend Hood College to study history and to earn her teacher certificate. Weaver hopes to study abroad in Spain or Italy during her junior year. “I want to be able to come out of college with the ability to get a job. I plan to go to law school after college to become a lawyer,” said Weaver.

Brandon Cooper will becoming a Mountaineer at West Virginia University next year. Cooper will be majoring in marketing and interior design. He hopes to study abroad during his time at the university. Cooper chose the school because he and his family have always been lifelong fans, and it is his uncle’s alma mater.

Faith Nalepa, Cammi Ledford, and Cori Nichols will be attending Salisbury University. Nalepa and Ledford both plan to double majoring in elementary education and early childhood education with minors in special education. Nalepa said, “I’ve always have loved the idea of teaching children and helping children with special needs.”

photo by Grace Weaver

photo by Brandon Cooper

photo by Grace Weaver

Garrett Wiehler will be attending American University at the nation’s capital to study international service. “American University has one of the top ten International Studies programs, and that’s my passion,” he said. Wiehler thanks his mother, teachers, and friends.

Emily Daly will be fighting on the Crusader’s side next year at Madonna University. Daly plans to major in hospitality and tourism management. While at Madonna, Daly will be a defender on their women’s lacrosse team. Daly was offered the opportunity to play lacrosse when the coach saw her play at one of her club tournaments.

photo by Tory Spruill

Tory Spruill will travel to Richmond, Virginia this fall to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and study photography. Her first year at Richmond will consist of art foundation classes, where Spruill plans to expand her skills and, possibly, widen her horizons when it comes to her career path.

Emma Wynkoop and Alyssa Yammarino will study at Towson University this fall. Both girls look forward to continuing their activities they were involved with in high school. Wynkoop and Yammarino both plan to study education. Wynkoop also plans to minor in theater. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, I had great ones,” said Yammarino.

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photo by Grace Weaver

Austin Lohneis, Jac Medve and Spencer Young will be travelling Columbia, SC to attend the University of South Carolina. Lohneis will be majoring in criminal justice. “I found that South Carolina’s program to be the best for me.” Medve plans to study finance and political science. Young will major in finance.

photo by Tory Spruill

Megan Wilhelm will be traveling to Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho. She made her choice because “it’s run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, which is the church I belong to… I wanted to be surrounded by people with similar standards and morals.” Wilhelm will study digital photography.

Guess the College!




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Alexa Needle plans to attend St. Mary’s College of Maryland and continue her swimming career. “I’ve been a swimmer for 13 years, and I wasn’t ready to stop,” she said. “I’m looking forward to meeting my new coach and teammates,” Needle said.

Mackenzie Domroe and Moragan Eisenhauer (ASU) Ines Garafolo and Ashleigh Bonnano (St. Mary's) Emerson Maggi and Kassidy Ferris (Cal. U of PA) Emily Barbagallo and Courtney Green (FCC) Maya Hannon (Salicbury) Devin Kohn and Jacob Frey, Ally Graziano, Emily Nemeth, and Miranda Keaton (ECU)














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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 takes theaters across the universe by meteor storm

Beau Cameron Managing Editor As a long time Marvel fan and comic connoisseur, I was skeptical about the developing Marvel cinema. The first Guardians of the Galaxy, however, solidified my faith in the budding franchise. The movie introduced lovable and intriguing characters with complex backgrounds. Its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was released on May 5th, reigniting the Marvel community’s love for the ragtag team of space excriminals. It’s difficult to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 without acknowledging the mastery present in its predecessor. The first movie is all about the development of complex anti-heroes as they

are forced to work as a team. In Volume 2, the team has been well-established as warriors for hire. They’re working a job for a race known as The Sovereign at the beginning of the movie–a group that Rocket accidentally antagonizes by stealing some of their batteries. The second movie is, at its core, a sequel. It’s ability to stand alone may seem like a “yes” or “no” question, but it’s hardly that simple. For instance, Emily Reed said “I only watched forty-five minutes of the first movie before seeing the sequel, but I still understood and enjoyed it. Maybe it’s not quite a standalone movie, but it’s close enough.” By incorporating elements from the previous movie, it becomes difficult to appreci-

ate the depth of Volume 2’s storytelling and character development without seeing the first movie. However important plot pieces that were acknowledged in the first movie (Quill’s alien heritage, Gamora’s relationship with Nebula, Drax’s familial past, etc.) were readdressed so that first time watchers could keep up. For followers of the franchise, the reveal of Quill’s father, Ego, was shocking. Already deeply invested in Quill’s emotional journey, seeing his search for answers come to a head was painful and brilliant. Viewers sensed the “off” feeling that Ego gave off, while simultaneously hoping that Quill could find his happy ending. Characters such as Rocket, Drax, and Yondu had more screentime, and thus more time to be developed. Our perception of Yondu is transformed from the merciless ravager of the first movie to a good-natured but deeply broken man in the second. Rocket is no longer just comedic relief, but a being heavily struggling with questions of his own existence. Read more at

English 101 students propose to change life for the better Brandon Cooper Editor

Dual enrollment students in English 101 class completed their last projects, an extended research project. Their task is to propose an idea that will improve the world. The students must write a 5-7 page essay on their proposal and give a presentation to their class to persuade them to act on their proposal. Each paper had credible sources, including an interview, to prove that they had a plan and that it could be accomplished. Elizabeth Gaudlip presented her argument, proposing that all drivers should download an app on their phones that prevents them from texting and driving. This will be a big step in cutting down on the deaths caused by distracted driving. The app would block all text messages from coming into the person’s phone so they would have no reason to look down. Nick Belski proposed that

school should start later in order to make students productive and improve learning. “I really think that students should be able to sleep in and get at least nine hours of sleep,” said Belski. High schools in Montgomery County have already started

Photo by Brandon Cooper Emma Wynkoop proposes effective ways to save the bees

going to school 15 minutes later than Frederick. Howard County is going to change to 8:00. Students in Howard County start school 7:25. Sophia Heitzig proposed how to prevent ACL injuries and tears. Heitzig brought in an actual MRI of her ACL to show the damage it does to one’s body. She suggests that high

school athletes are required to do certain exercises to strengthen knee ligaments so help prevent tears of ACLs. Morgan Eisenhower presented a more local proposal. Eisenhower proposed that we extend the Mt. Airy Rails to Trails. Rails to Trails is a foundation that works hard to find, build, and promote the conservation of trails extend the trails to provide more accessibility to places like downtown Mt. Airy and other neighborhoods. Frannie Davis argued that there be more integration of the arts in school. She brought up points saying that the arts make one more intelligent and helps build social skills. “I’m glad I got to both do and watch the presentations because I got to learn about new things,” said Will Pellicier. Read more at

May 2017

Are we PREP-ing for success or just relaxing? Emily Reed Managing Editor Linganore’s mission is to equip students for life-long learning through lessons in academics, accountability, and attitude.” That is the message proudly proclaimed on the front page of our school website. Yet, in PREP, unfortunately, we are beginning to lack the accountability and focus on academics to live up to the promise of our mission statement. If students received a grade for PREP, this would benefit them tremendously and by extension, it would help Linganore High School together reach their mission statement. PREP was created to eliminate the extra tutoring time after school that was often inconvenient for studentathletes and, instead, create a time in the day for students to finish homework, study, catch up on missing work, and receive extra help. It’s 35 minutes built into the day where students can be productive so that they have more free time at home. Yet, many are playing Clash of Clans on their phones or checking Snapchat. Some talk noisily amongst their friends about their weekend plans and disrupt others who are trying to work. Or perhaps others are sitting silently but they’re in a rush to finish Thirteen Reasons Why or catch up on The Blacklist on Netflix. Are these really the best uses of time? From experience, I’d say no. I’m guilty of relaxing in PREP and putting off my homework until I get home. I make excuses and say that I’m too tired to do my homework and that I have time to do it later. What I don’t realize then is that after a long school day, I’m more tired than I was in the mid-morning when PREP takes place. If PREP was graded, it would hold me and other students accountable for being on task for just 30 minutes out of the day so that homework doesn’t cut into our already scarce free time even more than it already does. Even if students don’t have homework, reading a book (or The Lance newspaper) would engage your mind more than

a Netflix show. The main counterargument is that school is long and breaks in the school day are necessary to keep students energized. Last year we didn’t have a break or a study hall in the day, and there was no complaining because nobody knew anything different. If we were able to survive without breaks then, couldn’t we

"I make excuses and say that I’m too tired to do my homework and that I have time to do it later." do so now? If you think about, in some ways study hall is a break. It’s 30 minutes of independent study which typically isn’t a big head scratcher. By just being on task in study hall, students would receive an easy A for PREP. This would improve their grades in other classes as well. Some PREP classes are already on task, so this wouldn’t be a big change. If the school commits to doing this, they need to be consistent. All PREP classes need to be strictly graded on students being on task during this time. Another solution proposed by Mr. Chris O’Connor, physical education teacher, is to have an incentive or reward for good behavior. He also said that there should be “current events and academic but non-class specific activities to complete during PREP.” While this is a great idea, it runs into the same problem of consistency. How do you regulate what current events and rewards each class gets? The most simple way to fix the problem of underutilized PREP time is to have it be graded. It might sound like a chore now to give up this free time but in the end, it’ll benefit you.



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Lancer Media predicts NBA 2017 individual awards Ethan Hart, Christian Nolan, Matthew Gelhard Reporters

Rookie of the Year

Christian Nolan- Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers Ethan Hart- Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks Matthew Gelhard- Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers

Most Improved Player

As the NBA Playoffs continue and teams face their fate on elimination, we reminisce back unto a season filled with headlines, controversy, and pure basketball. With such a great season, comes extraordinary hardware and individual rewards for some of the league’s best players. Our team of writers gives you our insight on our award picks for the 20162017 regular season. Take note that there were many candidates for each award, and we as critics could only choose one player who we thought fit best for that specific award. Additionally, statistics are provided by ESPN. Tell us your thoughts on our picks on Twitter @ethanhart1331, @CNOL_LHS, and @GelhardMatthew.

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Christian Nolan- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks Ethan Hart- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks Matthew Gelhard- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Sixth Man of the Year

Christian Nolan- Andre Iguodla, Golden State Warriors Ethan Hart- Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets Matthew Gelhard- Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

Defensive Player of the Year Christian Nolan- Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz Ethan Hart- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs Matthew Gelhard- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

Most Valuable Player

Christian Nolan- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs Ethan Hart- James Harden, Houston Rockets Matthew Gelhard- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Prom dresses through the decades Lourdes Jack Reporter As the famous rhyme goes, April showers brings May flowers. For the month of May, ‘tis the season not only for flowers, but also for the social event of the year, prom. Now it’s the time when girls can’t find the perfect dress, until they try on the dresses available in the whole store, and guys have to get creative with promposals. In the 70's, clothes were picked for their down–to–earth styles. The tan and green pants seemed to slowly make their way to popularity as did the striped shirts and checkered pattern flannel. I t Nina Kobren (Bell) atshould be tending 1973 prom with her first boyfriend David no shocker that the Fischer . dresses for Prom during this era were floral and did not show figures as much. Prom in the 80’s was everything from the head-banging punk rock music to the puffy Natalie Wack shoulder (Rebetsky) attending dresses that 1979 prom with Brian Kehoe. were every bright color under the sun. Men wore blue and white suits because, come on, black is too boring.

Prom in the 90s consisted of you getting a shimmery dress that when the light reflected on it you became a walking disco ball. The chunky black or glittery heels were plastered to every girl’s feet and their hair was either curled or braided into knots. Last, but not certainly not least, our most recent prom goers of the 2000s. Prom of 2000s was scattered with short dresses to ball gowns. Tira Gordon attending Pearl bead1998 prom with Mike ed chokers West. to long neutral colored shawls. Spaghetti strap dresses were totally the it factor of the dance and some people were brave enough to give strapless dresses a go. “ T h e Angela and Justin man picSmithhisler attending tured is my the 2006 prom. high school sweetheart and husband, Justin. We started dating in ninth grade and have been together ever since! Also, that year at Prom, my nemesis (his ex-girlfriend) showed up to Prom WEARING THE SAME DRESS AS ME. It’s ironic, no?” said Angela Smithhisler. Read more at:

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