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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume 52, Issue 10

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

Prom 2016 The Great Gatsby Maria Pellicier and Kylan Connolly were chosen as this year's King and Queen at the May 7th event held at the Frederick Holiday Inn. Enjoy this gallery of photos.

More online at (From left to right) Juniors Rachel Skowron, Carli Legambi, Taylor Rutley, and Cammi Ledford are all fun and games before prom (courtesy of Rachel Skowron)

Seniors Christian Thompson, MacKenzie Wilson, Sarah Carpenter, Cassie Wheels, Urbana High School senior Nicole Benner, and South Caroliana ACT senior Anna Carpenter pose for a memorable picture at prom. (courtesy of Christian Thompson)

May 2016

Harry Potter Alliance hosts annual Quidditch tournament by Alyssa Mattison Editor

Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is where the world of witchcraft and wizardry comes to life. The co-presidents of the club, seniors Corinne DeFrancisci and Marissa Maze, try to incorporate as many Hogwarts traditions as they can throughout the school year, including the popular sport of Quidditch. This year’s Quidditch tournament will be held on May 17th after school next to the baseball field. Is your team ready? Teams pay $25 in order to participate. Rules are posted in the library, and if you have any further questions, you can contact Corinne DeFrancisci, Marissa Maze, or Mrs. Marsha Thompson in the Media Center. They will take team

registrations until the day of the tournament. n the novels, Quidditch is a game where witches and wizards from the four houses (Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw) compete for house points. The game is played on broomsticks and the objective is to get as many balls through one of the three hoops on the opponent’s side. One score is worth 10 points. There is one twist to this game, however. A “snitch,” a small flying ball, zooms throughout the arena. Two wizards’ game objective is to catch the snitch. If the snitch is caught, the team is given 150 points

photo by Natalie Rebetsky

and automatically wins. The game does not end until the snitch is caught, and it is rumored that the longest Hogwarts Quidditch game is three months! Last year, HPA hosted their first Quidditch match and it went successfully. Eight teams of eight players each participated in the event, and $120 was raised and donated. Read more:

Class of 2016: Seniors count down by Lancer Media

Senior Mary Jane Foster, Urbana High School senior Nicole Benner, seniors MacKenzie Wilson, Sarah Carpenter, Leigh Rankin, South Carolina ACT senior Anna Carpenter, and senior Cassie Wheels smile for the camera before prom. (courtesy of MacKenzie Wilson)

Seniors from all groups are counting down the days until they leave their Linganore classes behind. As Spring Break came to a close, seniors got hit with the realization that the sand in their senior year timer was quickly trickling down. On Monday, April 4th, Lancer Media began documenting different groups of seniors as they celebrate 35 more days of high school.

(Back row left to right) junior EJ Assyrian, senior Brian Traube, junior Desmond Crooks, and junior Tyler Wieseckle. (front row left to right Sophomore Julie Heckert, juniors Jordyn Hollar, Elizabeth McWillams, Cassie King, and sophomore Tori Hollar. (courtesy of Tyler Weiseckle)

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Seniors Laura Glawe and Emma Roerty smile for the camera before prom. (courtesy of Laura Glawe)

(Back row left to right) Junior Michael Vallone, senior Cory Haddock, graduate Awad Osman, senior (and prom king) Kyland Connolly. (front row left to right) seniors Lauren Thompson, Gina DeFrancisci, Briana Pettaway, and George Washington Carver junior Grace Siu smile for the camera before entering the roaring 20s. (courtesy of Briana Pettaway)

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May 2016

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In the Classroom


Health classes make public service announcements about teen issues by Avery Apau Reporter Mrs. Barbara Ferguson’s health classes completed PSA (Public Service Announcements) for their final CRES. Students selected one of the major teen health issues and researched information about that problem. In

partners, they completed a PSA using the Piktochart software. “Its a proven fact that teens don’t have enough information about these topics,” said Ferguson. “The more kids are exposed to the PSA’s, the more they will benefit from them.” “I hope they’ve learned a lot

graphic by Shay Arneson and Blake Hayden

through the research,” said Ferguson as she talked about her students. “I would most definitely do it again.” Shay Arneson and Blake Hayden chose abstinence as their ‘teen issue.’ They informed teens about the benefits of waiting. Kristen Gagne and Kelsey Wie-

graphic by Kristen Gagne and Kelsey Wiegand

gand inform teens about domestic abuse. Joseph Armacost and Mary Contardi share with teens the importance of a strong, healthy relationship.

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graphic by Joseph Armacost and Mary Contardi

Lancer Media wins local and national recognition Lancer Media wins 22 awards from the annual Frederick News Post competition by Lancer Media On April 27, Lancer Media traveled to the Frederick News-Post for the annual Frederick News-Post/ Mike Powell Excellence In Journalism awards ceremony. Of the 96 awards, Lancer Media won 22 individual awards. In most categories, Lancer Media took at least two titles. “I am so proud of all of the journalists. Yes, these awards confirm individual achievement, but most of these articles were great because of the teamwork and support the reporters received from their peers. Like a state champion sports team, it’s combination of skill and the ability to work well together to realize one goal,” said adviser Natalie Rebetsky. The FNP awards were another reminder of the incredible year Lancer Media has had. Only a week before the awards, they were named a Distinguished Site by Student Newspapers Online.

“Visiting the Frederick NewsPost and seeing people get recognized for their hard work in journalism will be something that I miss. I am honored to have been able to attend the award ceremony for the past three years, and I hope it will inspire other students to take journalism,” said senior Alyssa Mattison, an editor for The Lance. City Editor Pete McCarthy of the Frederick News-Post helped to shape Lancer Media by providing guidance to the growing journalism program in 2013-2014. “It is great to see students from Frederick County’s high schools who are passionate about journalism and doing such great work informing their communities. The Frederick News-Post is pleased to able to applaud their achievements, and we look forward to seeing some of these students join what we consider to be a crucial profession,” said McCarthy.

Lancer Media achieves SNO Distinguished Site Award

by Lancer Media Lancer Media has won the Student Newspaper Organization’s (SNO’s) Distinguished Site Award for the 2015-2016 school year. Of the over 2,000 websites that SNO hosts, Lancer Media is the twelfth to win the award this year The Lance earned six individual badges to win the highest honor. The badges include Continuous Coverage, Site Excellence, Excellence In Writing, Story Page Excellence, Multimedia and Audience Engagement. To recognize The Lance’s achievement, Principal Dave Kehne purchased two banners. One is displayed on the balcony on Main Street, and the second is a goal-setting banner that will hang in the journalism classroom. Journalism students will have it as a daily reminder of this year’s achievements and next year’s goals. SNO was created by Jason Wallestad, adviser of the Knight Errant, a high-school journalism program in Minnesota. With the partnership of Tom Hutchinson, the

two created the flexible publishing site exclusively for scholastic news programs. They knew that teachers and students needed a newspaper product that answers the challenge of school journalism. Lancer Media staff studied the badge requirements, and then student leaders set reporting goals to match. For example, what would have been a print-only review of the spring musical became a four-video interview package. “Throughout the semester, we have set goals to acquire these badges. In the process, we learned so much about time management, focus, and exploration into the rapidly-changing world of journalism and communication. It’s been a great way to keep us focused and driven,” said Editor-in-Chief, Olivia DuBro.

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May 2016


The Lance


We local girls suffer from Bieber Fever Bridget Murphy Reporter Bieber fever–it’s real. Girls are catching it and have had it for years. (Boys are more low-key and won’t admit they like him. They just like his music.) It is so contagious that there is a name for all who have it: Beliebers. The cause behind the disease? Justin Bieber.

dancers to the audience. One boy’s name was Jetson, Justin then dropped his mic jokingly and said, “That is the coolest name I’ve ever heard.” Leading into his song “Purpose,” which I consider the best song on his album, he said,”How do I word this correctly? No matter if you have a purpose or you’re looking for your purpose, there is always a purpose. Purpose is very important. I think you guys are amazing, and if a simple guy like me can lose himself and then find himself again, I think you guys can do the same.” (Heart pounding.) Throughout the concert, Bieber sang some of his most-loved songs including: “Baby “(2010 My World 2.0), “Boyfriend “(2012 Believe), “Life is Worth Living” (2016 Purpose), “What Do You Mean “(2016 Purpose), “No Pressure” (2016 Purpose), “Been You” (2016 Purpose), “Company” (2016 Purpose), “We Are,ft. Nas” (2016 Purpose) and many more.

courtesy of Marissa Ryder

On Friday, April 29th, Justin Bieber gave another outstanding performance in the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. As someone that went the concert, I would have to say the seats were packed, from the floor all the way to the nosebleeds, and the Verizon Center has a capacity of 18,277 people. That’s a lot of love. New singer/song-writer Moxie Raia was the opening act. During the concert she went by her stage name, Yo Moxie. Moxie was signed to US label Capitol Records, and she is most commonly known for her new song, “Hey Love.” The first song that drew attention was a cover of rapper Big Sean‘s single “Beware.” Post Malone (Austin Post) followed Moxie. He is most commonly known for his hit single, “White Iverson” from last year. His is a totally different rap sound, but I liked both performers. Justin opened the concert up with his hit song, Mark My Words , from his new album, Purpose. The crowd went wild. I admit it. I cried–just a little. Even from the very far distance, I was shaking. From 11 year old girls to 27-year-old women, Justin recognized everyone in the room. (He really counted each age–I guess anyone over 27 doesn’t count.) He took time during the concert to thank his followers. It was a huge crowd, but each person felt like he was talking just to them. A memorable moment from the concert was when Bieber performed his song, “Children.” There were five child dancers who came on stage and after the song, he talked to each child, introducing the

courtesy of Marissa Ryder

Sophomore, Olivia Felton, who went with me says that she is a fan of Bieber because, “He is so talented, but at the same time he is very humble about it.” Since 2010, when I saw Justin perform at a Maryland State Fair, he has changed his sense of style, music and he has matured. He has become a mature performer–no more state fairs on his schedule. Justin went through a rough patch around 2014 when he was charged for a DUI and resisting arrest in Miami Beach during a drag-racing incident. I have forgiven him, as have all of his Beliebers. In 2015, he came onto the Ellen show and confessed that he needed help. He did not want to be a “bad boy” anymore. Read more at:

Slide over to the Web Store to play Slither, just not in school

Devin Barge Reporter It seemed like everyone in Linganore was slithering into the computer labs to play Slither in April after its release. was developed by Steve Howse in 2016, and by early May, it was in the App Store at number 2 Top Free Apps. For Lancers, the fun ended the first week of May, when FCPS blocked access. Slither has a very basic concept. The player starts out as a small snake. The snake eats the glowing orbs to get larger, and the objective is to be the longest snake in the game. Why is this game so addicting? How can people get so worked up over snakes running into each other? Besides the opportunity to make a creative username for your snake. People like it because there isn’t much skill required to play this game. is very similar to the 2015 hit game Created by Matheus Valadares, is a game in which the player is a cell, trying to become the largest one in the multiplayer server. In order to get larger, the cell needs to eat smaller randomly generated multi-colored dots. However, if you’re eaten by a cell larger than you, then you die and, you have to start all over. “It’s gets addicting because you want to be the best on the leader board and beat everyone,” said sophomore Cameron White. There are plenty of games that students can access through their Google Chrome FCPS accounts, but these two are now blocked. Students visit a website that is not primarily used for school purposes, a school’s technology coordinator can request that this site be blocked from student access. Read more at

Prince: Pop singer’s death leaves this generation without royalty Sylvia Nelson Reporter On April 21, the legendary pop singer was pronounced dead at his studio, Paisley Park. My family, extreme Prince fans, spent the day watching Purple Rain in memorium. My mom has the DVD, and I’m pretty sure it’s scratched from how many times she has watched the movie. Prince was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1992. But he became a advocate for artists when he fought for his rights in the music industry against his record company, Warner Brothers. This is when he changed his name to a symbol and became “The artist formerly known as Prince.” According to Rolling Stone, when he first started creating music, he influenced Janet Jackson’s producers and 1980’s dance-pop music, from his keyboard-dominated Minneapolis Sound. He influenced the LGBT community by the way he dressed and how he sang. Prince showed that you did not have to be a girl to dress in a halter top and

“Real music lovers are actually my favorite kind of people because they like to know, rather than just be told what to think.”

— Prince

tight pants. He was on stage in high heels at every concert. When Prince sang, he incorporated both male and female sound. By doing this, Prince influenced gay black men to not hide who they are. On Twitter, after his death was pronounced, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits. His music left me forever changed.” Katy Perry also tweeted, “And just like that… the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace, Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…” Fans are remembering Prince in different ways. Some are leaving messages outside Paisley Park. At a store called First Avenue in Minneapolis, fans gathered to remember Prince and listen to his music. Two fans, Harry Awe and Josh Combs, handed out “Purple Rain Pancakes" in Minneapolis. Read more at:

May 2016

The Lance


Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Varsity lacrosse won the County Championship against Oakdale on May 7. They won 10-5. The team is 13-1 this year, and won their first playoff game on May 14 against Damascus.

courtesy of Linganore Lacrosse

Girls Varsity Softball

Varisty softball is 16-2 this year and have moved on to playoff season.


Boys Varsity Baseball

The Varsity baseball team, 6-11, just finished conference play and are now in the playoffs. They beat Frederick on May 14 with a score of 6-1.

courtesy of Andrea Poffinberger

photo by Kennedi Ambush

Stellar individual track and field performances lead to success at Frederick County Championships came into the outdoor season as the Frederick County cross country champion from the fall, as well as the runner up at the 2016 MPSSAA 3A Indoor State Championships in the 1600. Micah is also known for his impressive, recent 3200 PR of 9:40, as well as his long time rivalry with Oakdale runner Evan Kowalk. The two have ran together since they were little and ran for the Lightning Running (Club). Hewitson also anchored the 4×400, helping his teammates, Class of 2016 member Thomas Lang and Class of 2018 members, Clay Buckman and Lars Eklund, to a second place finish. While happy with his performance Wednesday night, Hewitson has even bigger goals for regionals: Win the 3200, 1600, and the 800 titles, as well as break 2:00 in the 800. While only a freshman, Belmaggio has already developed a solid strategy that lead to his fourth place finish in the state for the indoor 3200, as well as this year’s county title. He crossed the finish line with an impressive time of 9:56.09.

by Alyse Montgomery Reporter On Wednesday, May 4th, the girls and boys varsity track teams headed to Middletown High School to face their fellow Frederick County teams for the 2016 Frederick County Championships. The boys team finished fourth overall. While the girls team finished last, they brought a team loaded with individual talent. Girls Class of 2019 member, Morgan Matthews, and Class of 2018 member Katie Gallagher hurdled their way to the top ten in the 300 meter hurdles with times of 50.80 and 51.69. Matthew’s continued to jump into the top ten with a ninth place finish in the long jump for her jump of 14-04. Gallagher along with Class of 2017 member, Olivia Wolfe, Class of 2016 member, Kayla Harner, and Class of 2017 member Paige Badostain raced to a sixth place finish against some of the state’s best competitors. Badostain anchored the girl’s 4×100, out running Brunswick’s anchor in the last seconds

Micah Hewitson leads the pack to a county title in the 1600 meter run at the Frederick County Championships.

of the race, clinching a time of 53.84 for her team, only 3.22 seconds shy of the state qualifying time of 50.62. With regionals in the near future, Badostain and her teammates plan to improve their hand-offs, potentially allowing them to shed the seconds needed to punch themselves four tickets to the 2016 Outdoor State Championships. Boys Helping them to their strong finish, was Class of 2017 member, Micah Hewitson. Micah Hewitson

Lancer Media Staff

Richmond and Martinazzi sign to play lacrosse in college

A Distinguished SNO Site

by Elena Guardia Reporter On May 10, seniors Alex Martinazzi and Justin Richmond signed their letters of intent to play lacrosse in college. Martinazzi signed to Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Richmond signed to Saint Michael’s College. Both boys were accompanied by their families and coaches as they made their verbal commitments official. Martinazzi, who plays midfield, is excited to continue his education and lacrosse career at LRU next year. Lenior-Rhyne lacrosse finished the 2016 season as 13 in the nation for NCAA Division II. “I’m excited to be going to Lenoir-Rhyne because of how small of a school it is. Everyone will know everyone.” Martinazzi says it was always a dream of his to play lacrosse in college, and he’s very happy that his future coaching staff, as well as teammates, have the same goal as him– to win a championship. Richmond, who who also plays midfield, cannot wait to be on campus this fall. “I can’t wait to be with all my mew teammates. Its great not only be


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Editor-in-Chief Olivia DuBro

Video Editor photo by Elena Guardia

playing in college at the next level, but also to be in such a beautiful place and a great school in Vermont.” Richmond, who who also plays midfield, cannot wait to be on campus this fall. “I can’t wait to be with all my mew teammates. Its great not only be playing in college at the next level, but also to be in such a beautiful place and a great school in Vermont.” The Saint Michael’s Purple Knights are also in the NCAA Division II in the North East-10 conference.

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Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky

Reporters Kennedi Ambush Avery Apau Devin Barge

Alex Ismael

Anne Cameron


Elena Guardia

Amanda Anderson

Grant Kastel

Emily Gorham

Alyse Montgomery

Hannah Haught

Bridget Murphy

Alyssa Mattison

Sylvia Nelson

Grace Weaver

Kasal Smaha


Tory Spruill

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