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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School

Volume 51, Issue 8

April 2014

12013 Old Annapolis Rd. Frederick, MD 21701

Junior Michael Fink runs for Board of Education student member Will Foreman Reporter

Trumbull wins air rifle Distinguished Marksman award

Samantha Buckman

Reporter Senior David Trumbull won the Distinguished Marksman award at the regional air rifle championships, which took place in Camp Perry, Ohio, from March 27-29. The NJROTC Rifle Team had qualified for one team (four people) to attend, largely due to the high scores of David Trumbull and junior Robert Milburn, who had shot the qualifying postal match earlier in the year. With Trumbull and Milburn were senior Danielle Plugge, sophomore Brian Traube, and freshman Samantha Buckman as an alternate. On the first day the participants had a training session, as well as rifle and gear check in. This included equipment check, range instructions, and an hour of practice to learn how the range operates. At a national level competition, each small part of rifle and shooter equipment and clothing is thoroughly checked. There are specific weights, measurements, and dimensions that apply to each component of the rifle and the shooter’s gear, all of which much be checked before the shooter is allowed to compete. The air rifle range at Camp Perry is an electronic range, or an air rifle range that uses targets that operate in conjunction with a computer system, capable of detecting the exact location of the shot down to one tenth of a millimeter. The system then displays that information on a computer screen that is located next to the shooter’s location. Plugge shot 502 the first day and 496 the second day. Milburn shot 506 the first day and 501 the second day. Traube shot 496 the first day and 502 the second day. Trumbull shot 535 the first day and 542 the second day of competition. All of these were higher than the personal goals that each set for themselves. Through the duration of the trip, the team enjoyed various activities such as bowling, laser tag, playing at an arcade, eating at local restaurants, playing cards, and hanging out with the rifle teams from Patuxent and Annapolis high schools. Each participant had a few things to say about their experience at the trip. Milburn said, “It was a great chance to have fun and bond with friends, as well as experience competition on such a large scale.” Plugge said, “It was really fun to hang out with everyone. I totally wish I could do it again.”

The Frederick County Board of Education makes the major decisions that influence the educational success of all FCPS students. Headed by superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban, these individuals include Joy Schaefer, Kathryn Groth, Zakir Bengali, Colleen Cusimano, April Miller, Jean Smith, Brad Young, and a student from a Frederick County high school. Junior Michael Fink, Jr. wants to fill the student seat and impact student futures. Fink has already appeared on FCPS TV and been quoted in The Frederick NewsPost, but the final decision about who the student member will be will not be made until May 2nd, after a vote by school delegates. “I think I could better represent the entire student body of Frederick County. I think that it would put me in a great position to impact the middle and high school careers of students for the better,” said Fink. “As student member, I would try

to broaden the unified sports program,” Fink said. “I would also like to help implement a dialogue on bullying and drug use in schools.” The recipient of the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. award, Fink is deeply involved in LHS unified sports. He is a captain of the unified

“Mike best displays his leadership qualities by asserting himself in situations that are challenging, and encouraging others to do the same through his example. The outcome is usually successful for both Mike and others,” said Peters. “Mike would be a value

Junior Homecoming Prince Michael Fink, Jr. rides with Princess Andrea Huston during the 2013 Homecoming Parade.

tennis team and has also participated on the unified track and bocce ball teams. “[Unified sports has impacted me by] letting me meet new people, befriend them, and mentor them. It’s changed me a lot and made me into a better person,” he said. Mr. Robert Peters, FCPS Energy Specialist and Head Coach of the Unified Track Team, commented on Fink and his campaign.

added addition to the BOE because of his ability to articulate his opinions on high level issues and advocate for positive change on student concerns.” “Mike has helped other students succeed [on the Unified Track Team] through his positive influence on his team.” Read the full story at http://lhslance. org/HnNBA

NAHS Holds 24th annual art show and induction Jackson Rammling Graphics Editor

The 24th annual art show featured student art that was created in all art classes this semester. Some of the art was was previously displayed at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center where they won many awards. At the evening event, $1500 was given out in scholarships. They were divided evenly among seniors Rachel Cleveland, Meghan Newcomer and Laura Shumate. See the full gallery at

News / Opinion Focus on school improvement: time to update attendance codes Noah Ismael Editor in Chief

Mt. Airy leaders ask for feedback about possible teen center

Isabella Marcellino Reporter

Do you spend your weekends with nothing to do? Do you sit at home and wish that you had somewhere to go to hang out with other teens? Teens may be excited to hear that The Mt. Airy Community Board is considering building a permanent teen center. This teen center might include a theater/concert area, a lounge room with food and drink, and maybe even some indoor sport facilities. The mayor, along with several other volunteers, started a teen center in the basement of Town Hall. When they outgrew the space, the events were moved to Mount Airy Middle School. The organizer believes that now there is an even greater need for the teen population of greater Mount Airy to have a place to get together. The Mount Airy Teen Center was for use by area teens aged 13-17. The teen center was open on some Fridays from 6:30-9:30 pm. Activities included movie nights and time to hang out with friends.

Senior Tyler Graham, intern for the mayor, has made many contributions to the idea of a teen center. He said, “Mayor Pat Rockinberg appointed me to the Community Center Task Force late last year in the interest of having youth representation on the board. As a task force, we must choose a location for the center, choose the programming and activities that will occur in this center, and ultimately everything about it.” Graham started by making a survey to get student input. Take the survey at Junior Jackie Brinkman said, “I’d love to take exercise classes such as Pilates and Zumba at the teen center.” According to Tyler Graham, possible locations are still under exploration. “I think a great place for the teen center would be in downtown Mt. Airy,” said Junior Madeline Sheehy. The main question for the Mt. Airy task force is how much the students would pay to attend.

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Here are some of Lancer Media’s more lighthearted picks for a new attendance coding system: Code 2014 Senioritis Code 2015 Junior who already has senioritis Code 2017 Freshman lost in building Code 100 Door to building was locked Code 102 Fashion emergency Code 102.1 Fashion emergency-Trouble getting pencil skirt on Code 102.2 Fashion emergency- Skinny jeans too skinny Code 102.3 Fashion emergency- Couldn’t find favorite t-shirt Code 102.4 Fashion emergency- Shoes didn’t match Code 102.5 Fashion emergency- Bad hair day Code 102.6 Fashion emergency- Parent said short shorts were too short Code 102.7 Fashion emergency- Makeup issues Code 103 Feminine issues Code 108 Bleeding from shaving Code 109 Sibling issues Code 110 Had to finish homework Code 112 Contact lens stuck in eye Code 113 Dog threw up on homework Code 114 Lost e-cig Code 115 Bathroom delay Code 116 Random doors locked in building Code 118 Had to report to probation officer Code 120 Ran out of minutes on phone Code 121 Overslept Code 121.1 Overslept- Alarm clock didn’t go off Code 121.2 Overslept- Parent didn’t tell student to get up Code 121.3 Overslept- Stayed up until 3am playing video game Code 125 Smell of manure made student nauseous Code 126 Farm responsibilities Code 126.1 Farm- Tractor wouldn’t start Code 126.2 Farm- Busy milking cows Code 126.3 Farm- Feeding the animals Code 127 Had too much gas/feeling bloated Code 128 Ran out of gas (car) Code 130 Traffic (General) Code 130.01 Traffic- Long line on Old Annapolis Road Code 130.02 Traffic- Light at 75/Old Annapolis too slow Code 130.03 Traffic- Pulled over for speeding Code 130.04 Traffic- Lost car keys Code 130.05 Traffic- Vehicle was stuck in mud Code 130.06 Traffic- Stuck behind tractor

Updated FCPS Attendance Codes

graph by Isabella Marcellino

In February 2014, The Washington Post and other news outlets described the medical coding system used in the United States and the new ICD-10, the manual of approximately 68,000 medical codes that hospitals and insurance companies will use for diagnostic purposes and records. The codes are everything from serious to funny. There are codes for your average broken toe, pregnancy, and a heart attack, but did you know that there’s a code for that toe that has gone unexpectedly missing (Z89.419)? All these different codes made me think: here in our school system, we have different codes for absences. For example, code 01 means a legal absence due to a death in the immediate family, 02 is for a legal absence accompanied by a parent’s note, 03 is for a legal absence accompanied by a doctor’s note, and 20 is an illegal absence due to truancy.

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Is there a cure for the modern I unplug to be more plague of the digital age? than just another post Olivia Goldstein Editor But first let me take a selfie. I can’t go on any social media site without seeing arms outstretched, cheeks sucked in and

post selfies. Many people say it’s for attention. Everyone wants to feel confident and receive positive attention, but is posting a filtered self-portrait making us even more self-

Ellen DeGeneres takes a selfie with attendees during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

coy smiles drowning my news feed. Yes, the selfie, the plague of the modern age. Even Pope Francis and President Obama have taken selfies! There is no scientific reason why we find the need to

conscious? Are apps like Snapchat and Instagram breeding “selfie addicts?” According to many articles including one from MailOnline, British teen Danny Bowman became so

Kyle McFadden Reporter College sports have seen major transformations over the last decade. Conference realignments, socialmedia, merchandising and advertising have shaped athletes all over the nation. With these forces, college athletics are not “just a game.” Should college athletes be paid? The National Labor Relations Board determined that the football players at Northwestern Universityare employees of the university, not student-athletes as the NCAA claims. The players have the right to form a union and bargain over their working conditions. They will want to be paid, just like professional

athletes. This case will probably advance to the Supreme Court in the near future. No one disputes that, college sports have become a business. Universities will do virtually anything to bring in a star athlete who can draw in revenue for their campus. My perspective of paying college athletes is that it’s going to ruin college sports forever and it should not happen. There are pros and cons of making athletes employees of the universities they attend. How will affect the athlete phenoms like Johnny Manziels and Andrew Wiggins of the future? Putting “salary” and “studentathlete” in the same sentence sounds unappealing, but it could be beneficial for collegiate athletes.

obsessed with taking pictures of himself that he dropped out of school to devote 10 hours a day to taking the “perfect selfie.” Bowman suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (excessive anxiety about one’s own appearance) which eventually led him to attempt suicide. Though this is an extreme case, with the rise of selfies and self-image issues, this generation may see more incidents like this in the future. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one in three plastic surgeons has noticed an increase in nose procedures (10%), hair transplants (7%) and the ever cringeworthy eyelid surgery (6%). Read the full story at: http://lhslance. org/2H5DE

NCAA Student-athletes being paid? It’s a possibility

Kain Colter announces that several Northwestern football players wish to join a labor union during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (Courtesy of Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune/MCT)

After all, the players are the ones putting on a show for the fans and bringing in revenue for their universities, and yet the players don’t get a share of the profits. If coaches, store owners, schools, and conferences profit from college football, then the players should, too.

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Rebecca Downs Reporter Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Vine, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest. There are so many ways for us to be connected. Perhaps sometimes we need a break from it all. I am trying to unplug myself from society by giving up The author unplugs all social media for 40 to be more than just another post. days. Let’s just say, it’s a day by day struggle. Yesterday was better than today. We’re obsessed with social media. According to The eBusiness Guide, Facebook has about 900,000,000 monthly visitors; Twitter 310,000,000; YouTube 165,000,000; Pinterest 150,000,000; Tumblr 110,000,000; Instagram 85,000,000. Snapchat has about 400,000,000 snaps per day. This year on March 7th and 8th, the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging became a worldwide movement. During this twentyfour hour window, participants turned off their phones and other electronic devices to reconnect with the world around them. This is what gave me the idea for my Lenten efforts. The sponsors estimated that over 13,000 people took the pledge to unplug for 24 hours. According to NBC, the unofficial participation rate was estimated in the tens of thousands. Unplugging and staying unplugged is hard for me. I am so used to my constant access to the world; when it was cut off from me, I felt lost. I think this feeling is very common. We don’t talk to people face-to-face; we message them. We don’t ask people about their vacations; we have already seen the pictures. Remember the panic you felt the last time you went for your cellphone in your pocket and found it empty? Whether people want to believe it or not, technology can cause harm. According to The Huffington Post, technology use can reduce focus and productivity, increase stress and disrupt sleep. My friends were horrified by the idea of unplugging. When I told them about my plan, most of the responses I received were something along the lines of, “That is a good idea but I would never be able to do that.” Junior, Jordan McLain says she is on her phone most of the day, unless she is doing homework. I suspect she is in the majority. Some may call our generation overly dependent on our technology, but it does tell us about the world. Maybe we need to log off and go see the world for ourselves. English teacher, Ms. Nicole Cafarelli said, “ I support the idea that we all need to step back and unplug for a bit. I believe that we are missing out on experiencing the world around us when we are so singularly focused on our technology.” Read the full story at:

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Sports Midseason: boys lacrosse heats up Will Foreman Community News Editor

“We need to work on gelling better as a team and learning to trust one another.” Sophomores Daniel Ross (attack) and Wade Stieren (midfield) played on varsity last year as freshmen and photo courtesy of Pete Austin are looking to expand Junior midfielder Derek Wilson carries the ball versus Westminster. on their experience from last year. Last year’s season came Ross was recently to a painful end after losing featured in an article by to Westminster in the the Frederick News-Post second round of the playoffs, that focused on the recent a whopping 26-1 beatdown. game against Tuscarora This year, however, the and a crazy behind-theLancers are looking up. “My back shot. expectation for this year is Ross has verbally for us to compete at our committed to play lacrosse highest level,” said varsity for Army at West Point. head coach Rich Thompson.

Flashback to 2011 “Kenski scored three times in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 4:59 remaining on an underhand rocket-shot that found net, and found the Lancers the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A/4A title with a 13-12 win.” That year, Linganore boys’ lacrosse put together an impressive 15-1 season, losing only to South Carroll, en route to the state championship. Since then, Linganore has put together an impressive 10-3 season in 2012, and a disappointing 5-9 season in 2013. This year, the Lancers are 5-3, losing only to perennial powerhouses “What we do well is Westminster, Middletown, controlling a good number and rival Urbana. of face offs,” said Thompson.

to repeat as County Champions this year, I believe we will define success for our team with the leadership from our seniors,and the intense s u p p o r t from our underclass,” said Peters.

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County champion unified track team focuses on performance and friendship Angelica Burr Reporter

Linganore hosted their first meet Friday, April 11th. Although unified sports isn’t all about keeping score, they performed admirably and scored in many different events. Everyone was especially excited because there are seven teams participating, two coming from Carroll County. Mr. Robert Peters, FCPS Energy Specialist is the head coach. Assistants include Mrs. photo by Angelica Burr Susan Delizia, Mr. Mark Sunkel, The team listens to Mr. Peters talk about the plan for and Mrs. Cheryl Novotny. the day on April 8th. On April 4th the Unified Track team had time trials, determining of getting their of similar ability for the which category the runners will time (track events) competitive meets.” Peters compete in at district competitions and distance (field said. and meets. events) scores Our track team has At the time trials, “all team to enable each one of the largest in the members participate in their member to be state, having almost 60 respective events for the purpose seeded with others runners. “While we hope

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Andrea Huston Reporter

As of April 10th, the girl’s tennis team record is 5-4 and the boy’s team record is 6-3. On April 10th both the girls and the boys won their matches 3-2 against Thomas Johnson. Winning for the girls: first doubles Andrea Huston and Courtney Shrider, second doubles Sara Kubic and Caitlin Kubic and third doubles Brianna Scott and Rhiannon Wiland. Winning for first singles Harrison Rasmussen, second singles Andrew Tran and first doubles Sam Brady and Alex Beaumont. On April 9, 2014 both the girls and boys won their match at South Carroll. The girls won 3-2 and the boys won 4-1. Winning girls: first doubles Andrea Huston and Courtney Shrider, second doubles Sara Kubic and Caitlin Kubic and third doubles Taylor Thomas and Maddie DiNardo. Winning boys: first singles Harrison Rasmussen, second singles Andrew Tran, first doubles Sam Brady and Alex Beaumont and third doubles Alex Dao and Matt Raabe. On April 8, 2014 the girls and boys won their matches against Frederick at Frederick. The girls’ score was 3-2 and the boys’ score was 3-2. Winning girls: second singles Brianna Scott, first doubles Andrea Huston and Courtney Shrider and second doubles Sara Kubic and Caitlin Kubic. Winning boys: first singles Harrison Rasmussen, second singles Andrew Tran and second doubles Alex Dao and Rahul Patel.

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