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The student newspaper of Linganore High School Class of 2020 Edition

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What to expect when you're expecting freshman year

June 2016

LHS is full of interesting and exciting classes taught by even more interesting teachers. Lancer Media has created a series of profiles to inform the incoming class of everything they need to know about freshman classes. Mrs. Rebetsky: English

Hannah Haught Editor

Mrs. York: Special Education and tutoring

cartoon by Avalon Gravley

Mr. Beaver: Government

Alyse Montgomery Reporter

Grant Kastel Reporter

photo by Grace Weaver

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What to bring: All students receive Chromebooks, which should be brought to class everyday pre-charged. Bring lots of lined paper and pencils. Homework to expect: Most homework consists of reading assignments, and is completely managable with proper planning. What to look forward to: This class has lots of group work, good novels, and room for creativity.

Ms. Poffinberger: Health and Fitness

Alyse Montgomery Reporter What is needed: To ensure students are prepared for their first day of health/fitness, students should bring paper, pencils, a calculator for basic calculations, and athletic clothes/shoes to change into for gym. What is learned: Students will continue to learn nutrition information, drug information, family life, how to function in everyday life and “not be rude,” said Ms. Andrea Poffinberger. While in freshman fitness, students will learn lifelong fitness tricks, how to stay active, and explore different activities in order to find one they

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What to bring: Bring any material or class work that's incomplete. Type of work: This has no homework of its own. Instead, focus on assisting students with their homework from other classes. Type of students she works with: She helps students of all grades with all different levels of education whether it be merit or AP.

Activities done: Lots of projects, document based questions (DBQs) for their CRES, and note taking. What to look forward to: The Civil Rights unit is a popular topic, as well as many other cases. What is needed: Students will need loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, and their provided government book. The way in which students choose to organize their notes and other assignments is totally up to each individual student.

Mr. Lastova: IED

Devin Barge Reporter

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personally enjoy. Attitude to have: Continue to demonstrate good sportsmanship and hard work. In no circumstance should students call a peer a “try hard.” Everyone should give his best effort.

What to bring: A pencil and your engineering notebook. What kind of work is done: Students learn how to measure and convert. Then they learn projections (how to draw objects by hand). Eventually, student log onto the computers to use 3-D modeling software so that they can simulate and animate how the objects will interact with each other. Students also learn how to 3-D print objects and innovate. IED also has tests and open note quizzes. What to look forward to: Mr. Lastova think it’s the projects students like, whether they are individual or with groups. It’s nice to have the every day practicali-

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ties where what you would learn in a science or math course meshes into what IED student do every day. IED teaches skills that students will be able to apply in future classes. What’s your biggest pet peeve? Lastova says he doesn’t like when students forget to cap their 4’s (a drafting practice). He also doesn’t like when students don’t listen.

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What to Expect

Things I told my younger sister before her freshman year Grace Weaver Editor

photo by Alyse Montgomery Grace Weaver tries to gice advice to younger sister Lily Weaver Before my little sister had her first day in high school, I gave her some advice on what high school is all about. Don’t stand in the middle of the hallway before school. Everyone else is trying to get through, and they have no problem walking through you to get to class. Go to the home football games. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

Listen to what your teachers are saying. They know what they’re talking about and are only trying to help you. Do your homework. It matters in high school. Join a club or sport. You want to get involved to meet new people. While you may find new friends, choose the ones who you want to be your core group of friends and keep it that way. Choose your new friends wisely. Their behavior reflects back on to you. Go to homecoming: whether it’s with friends or a date, you’ll have so much fun. Talk to mom and dad when you have a problem. They will be more helpful than you think. Don’t join in the popularity contest. Being nice to everyone leads to more friends in the long run. Do what you want. Don’t let your friends make you feel bad for joining something that you are interested in. Dress nicely every now and then. You will feel better about yourself. It’s okay to have a bad

hair day every now and then. It happens to everyone. Drama will happen, it’s inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to a part of every little fight. Nobody thinks that it is cool. Some people say that upperclassmen are so mean, but in reality they aren’t worried about you. BE YOURSELF AND ENJOY THESE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

Things my older sister told me before my freshman year Anne Cameron Reporter A short story based on true events– I sat at the kitchen table, sipping on a mug of lukewarm coffee. It was noon, the midday sun warming my back. That summer Saturday I had neglected to change out of my pajamas, throwing a blanket over my shoulders and stumbling downstairs in a drowsy haze. It was a tired morning, and I was content in my exhaustion. I didn’t remain that way. “GOOD MORNING, ALMOST FRESHIE!” Startled, I fumbled my drink, some of the liquid splashing onto my hand. My sister slid into the room at full speed, smashing into the table. Grinning, she dusted herself off and straightened. I clutched my coffee to my chest, curling in on myself protectively. “What are you doing?!” “Saying good morning to my favorite sibling.” “Right.” My sister may lean toward the cheerful side, but this behavior was strange even for her. “Did you just get up? She scoffed. “I’ve been up for hours!” “Why?” “Because you’re going to high school in four days!” “Three days.” “Whatever. The point is,” she grabbed a chair, spinning it around and sitting. Her gaze was solemn. “It’s time you had the talk.” “No thanks,” I replied lightly. “I already had that when I was ten.” “Don’t be snotty. I meant about high school. I’m trying to give you some advice here.” I sighed heavily, knowing resistance would be pointless. “Fine. Lay it on me.” “Well for starters: it’s not college. You can’t go to school in pajamas.” “Your infinite wisdom astounds me.” My voice dripped with sarcasm. She made a show of considering her words and ignoring mine. “Well you can, but you probably shouldn’t. It’s unprofessional. More importantly, don’t stop in the middle of the hallway.”

She tilted forward in her seat. “Don’t do it. It is the most annoying thing you Cartoon by Jade Pack & Megan Reeseman can ever do.” Grace Weaver's Rule #1 Don't stand in the middle of the hallway while “I doubt people actu- people are trying to get through ally do that.” “Oh right. If you start dating someone, I don’t “Oh they do! They’ll stop walking on their care how much you like them, don’t make-out with way to class or park themselves in front of the them in the hallway. Nobody wants to see that.” staircases, as if we all don’t have places to be!” “I’ll keep that in mind,” I said dryly, comShe flailed her arms for emphasis. pletely unconvinced. “Any other advice?” Dodging her hand carefully, I sipped my cofShe rolled her eyes, but continued. “Know fee. “Rude.” that in your first month or so, most upperclass“Upperclassmen will mow down anyone who men won’t want to talk to you. Just avoid them tries to pull that stuff. Don’t be one of those people for a while.” “I wasn’t planning to ask them to lunch.” I stood, setting my empty mug down. Time to end this ridiculousness. “Well, you’ve done a great job giving me this pep talk. I think–” “Hold up, I’m not finished yet.” I paused in my motions, locked by her serious gaze. Slowly, I sat back down. “High school isn’t easy, and I’m not going to pretend that it is. After freshman year, it only gets harder.” Depressing much? “Great, I have a lot to look forward to. Now could I please–” “But there are also so many good things about it. You have an opportunity to be involved in more clubs and activities. You’ll be building up a resume, thinking more about college. Although you probably already have all that figured out, don’t you? You’ll meet new people–some that you like, some that you don’t get along with so well.” photo by Grace Weaver “All that experience is going to change you. Kate Cameron tries to give younger sibling Anne That’s a pretty scary thing.” Smiling, she punched Cameron advice. my arm lightly. “But I know you better than anyLittle Sib. Don’t.” Her accusatory finger tip grazed one else. And you’re going to do great. my nose. This was a surprising vote of confidence. It “Anything else?” took me a moment to collect myself before I could “Yeah, if you get yourself a cuddle buddy–” speak. “Thanks, sis.” “A what now?” “Are you tearing up? Aww, my little sib is such “You know?” She waved a bit, as though a a sap!” She crawled over the back of her chair, vague hand gesture would explain everything. “A leaning forward to hug me. main-squeeze, a plus-one?” My incomprehension “Wait, hey! Get off of me!” disappointed her. “A significant other?” “What was your point again?” I cut her off.

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The Lancer marching band has been a longtime community favorite, playing their show at halftime every football game and playing the National Anthem. The band also dominated in county marching band competitions, and was awarded "Best High School Marching Band" of 2016 by Frederick Magazine. Director Mr. Kevin Lloyd received the Outstanding Music Teacher Award from the Maryland Music Educators Association for his work in the music department.




The cast and crew of Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play produced an outstanding fall show, featured for the youth in Frederick County. During the showings, the drama department also hosted a children's book drive. All books were donated to the Maryland Book Bank in Baltimore. Cast members also interacted with elementary age students who took a field trip to the school to see the excellent program.


Friday night lights are a weekly fall tradition, where students show support for the outstanding team. The Tribe "paints up" and sports the school colors in support of the varsity football team. For the Homecoming game, the Varsity footcourtesy of Becky Stalnaker ball team took on the Thomas Wootton Patriots in what was a statement victory. The Lancers coasted to a 50-0 win, with all 50 of their points coming before halftime.


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National Art Honor Society member, junior Melissa Darling, participates in face painting at Lancer Candy Lane. Every year, LHS sponsors Lancer Candy Lane, a community-wide event for children and families. Different honor societies as well as clubs, teams, and organizations of Linganore put together activites for youth to enjoy. Santa is always a big hit.


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The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) hosted a winter dance to raise money for the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LBGTQ+ youth. The dance was for members of GSA and a guest of their choice. The dance was a great success. It was produced by advisors Ms. Jessica Baker and Ms. Samantha Hartman and members of GSA.





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The Student Government Organization produced a winter semi-formal for students of all grades to attend. After a long week of selling tickets and decorating the cafeteria, everyone had the opportunity to attend a dance during Valentine's Day Weekend.




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The varsity boys lacrosse team faced Mt.Hebron for the state title at Stevenson University on May 24. At the half, Linganore was in the lead by 3 points. When it started to seem like Mt. Hebron didn’t have a chance, the tides changed. Mt. Hebron came as close as 1 point away within the last quarter. Pulling through, as usual, Linganore scored and won with the final score, 9-7. Linganore had won their second MPSSAA 3A/2A State title.

The annual competition of Mr.Linganore is a community-wide event, with a huge amount of student support. This year's winner was Matt DeMember, senior class president. Mr.Linganore is organized by advisors Mr. Jeremy Brown and Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky, as well as student volunteers and the community of Frederick County.


The National English Honor Society (NEHS) gathered on the school sidewalks to write their favorite poems with the community. The annual event shares the words of many poets, all of which students can see on their way in the school each morning. Poetry on the Sidewalk is a great way to start National Poetry Month. photo

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SMH Cartoon: Don’t “octopy” the halls with PDA by Amanda Anderson

In high schools in the spring, love is in the air. Cartoonist Amanda Anderson shows what the rest of us see.

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What to do if you're an incoming athlete: Go to schools that hold athletic camps in the summmer. Go to workouts with the team. Practice in your free time. Give 110% at tryouts. Turn in athletic packets early, not the day of tryouts. Follow your sport: Boys' Lacrosse: @LancersLax Cheer: @LinganoreCheer Football: @linganorefb Softball: @LancersSoftball Baseball: @GoLHSbaseball Boys' Basketball: @linganorebb Girls' Basketball: @girlsBBlhs Volleyball: @LHSvolleyball Boys' Track: @LancerBoysTrack Golf: @LinganoreGolf Wrestling: @wrestle_LHS Poms: @lancerpoms Fall Football Field Hockey Volleyball Soccer Golf Cross Country Unified Tennis Cheerleading Poms (all year round) Winter Indoor track Basketball Indoor Cheer Swim Unified Bocce Ball Ice Hockey Wrestling Spring Lacrosse Softball Baseball Track and Field Unified Track and Field

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