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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School

Volume 51, Issue 4

November 2013

12013 Old Annapolis Rd. Frederick, MD 21701

Five Lancers honored with distinguished graduate award Morgan Buchanan Editor

Every year, six Lancers make a return to high school, but why come back? These alumni are making a special appearance to receive a Distinguished Graduate Award. The award recognizes success in academics, arts, athletics, business, humanities, and public service, unfortunately there were no entrees in the athletics category this year. The winner of each category receives a plaque and gives a presentation to the freshman in the auditorium. They talk about the effect of Linganore on their careers, and their road to success after graduation. This year the assembly will be held on November 26th during 2nd period. 2 Dr. Janice O’Hara 97 ow f1 N o Acadmeics s s a Cl Class of 1972 O’Hara is the assistant principal at New Market Elem. and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College. She has a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD. s as





Winslow Burhans Public Service Class of 1983




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Kirsten Brown Humanities Class of 1990 Brown works in the District Court of Frederick County as Assistant State’s Attorney and Chief of Violent Crimes. Read the full story at category/dgo-2013/

Everybody knows about the risks associated with cigarettes. We’ve all seen the ugly lung cancer pictures. Users understand how the main drug in cigarettes, nicotine, can cause people to be hooked for life. But now there is a new product that’s starting to gain more mainstream popularity that is

often thought of as a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes, often called ecigs, allow people to inhale a vapor containing nicotine without inhaling the other dangerous chemicals that cigarettes contain. Because of this, many people use ecigs to help them quit smoking, but are e-cigs just a scam to make more money?

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Maestri began as a programmer for Freewebs Inc. He is co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Metamoki. He created Facebook’s Mob Wars. 0 99

Are e-cigs safer than cigarettes? Kobi Azoulay Reporter

Fiore taught English at Frederick High School. She is an adult author; Taste Test was her first published novel. She has a BA and an MFA.


Drama tackles Twelfth Night in 1960’s Hawaii Read the full story at

Burhans is the mayor of New Market and the vice president of Burhans Cabinet Co. He has a BA and an MBA. 1 of

photo by Noah Ismael Chaney Schultz, Andrew Baughman, Jacob Moorman, and Sean Blough perform in this year’s play, Twelfth Night.

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Black Friday: how do we survive it? Caitlin Denny

Reporter Americans on Thanksgiving Day eat turkey and pumpkin pie, watch football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and of course, give thanks and spend time with their family and loved ones. Thanksgiving Day is also common for many people to look at advertisements of sales. This leads to the early holiday tradition that we all love to hate-- Black Friday shopping. We all see the videos on YouTube and the news every year where shoppers get trampled or get into physical fights, usually over the last iPhone available in black. As shocking and silly as that seems to us, this shows just how materialistic society is today.

A shopper looks for a great deal at Target on Black Friday. photo courtesy of MCT

Junior Rachael Strasberger agrees. “It’s ridiculous what people go through just to get a good deal on something. There are so many people wanting the same things you want. It’s cold, and most of the people shopping in the same stores as you are mean. I don’t get it.” According to the National Retail Federation, last year, a whopping 247 million Americans went Black Friday shopping, and the average person spent $423.66. (The total amount spent? $59.1 billion). One of these people who contributed to the $59.1 billion of sales is junior Colleen Laverty. “I went shopping with my friend around 10:30 in the morning, so it wasn’t too crazy. We got a lot of great deals. I got a $50 sweatshirt for $5, so I was excited about that,” said Laverty. Impulse shopping is a downside to great deals. “There were some things that I bought that I wouldn’t have normally gotten if it wasn’t so cheap,” Laverty says. Most Americans on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season claim that they mostly buy presents for family and friends, and don’t generally buy things for themselves. Strasberger, Laverty, and Cristina Magnanelli, also a junior, agreed with this statement.

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What NOT to get your boyfriend or girlfriend for Christmas this year (Left) Author Phoebe Kolesar and her boyfriend exchange holiday gifts Phoebe Kolesar


Gift giving during the holiday season is always stressful, especially if it’s for that special someone. The Lance has come up with a gift guide of “do’s” and “don’ts” to make shopping for your boyfriend or girlfriend a little easier this year! DON’T buy a gift card. The only thing a person thinks when opening a little card with a little piece of plastic in it is that the gift giver put LITTLE thought into the matter. While it may be convenient for you to pick one up at a register, the little effort will definitely show and, sadly, create a poor impression of you. DO look around in the store where you were planning to buy the gift card. Picking out an actual item from his or her favorite store shows effort even if the item may not be their style. Girls can be picky, but that’s what gift receipts were made for.

DO buy perfume or cologne because it’s always a safe bet for any guy or girl. It can also be masked as an awesome way to help them with that B.O. issue… Whether you get a restock of that same Hollister cologne they wear every day, or spice things up with a new scent, they will most likely appreciate it. For girls, maybe try Pure Seduction by Victoria Secret, or any type of jewelry accessory. DON’T buy products such as makeup, deodorant, teeth whitener, or Proactiv because while they may need them, your partner may look past that and take offense, possibly resulting in future relationship problems. No one wants to spend Christmas alone.

DON’T buy things with a secret motive. Guys, don’t buy your girl the new Call of Duty game Ghost just so you can play it at her house, and Girls, don’t buy your guy a dog tag necklace engraved with “TAKEN 11.?.13” just to let other girls know, because he will NEVER wear it. DO buy things you can enjoy together such as Chipotle (No one dislikes Chipotle). Get a couple’s psychic reading to see how long your relationship will really last-- beware; you may be ringing in the New Year single. On a serious note, maybe consider getting your girl a chick-flick classic on DVD such as Mean Girls, Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, or She’s the Man and watch it with her. Complete this with blankets and hot cocoa. Girls, try to find the new COD game or GTAV if they don’t have it yet.

DON’T go overboard with expensive jewelry and flowers or clothes and shoes, etc. because it may make your partner feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable, especially if all they got you was a small iPhone case displayed in line at TJ Maxx. Talk about a loselose situation. But on the other hand, don’t cheap out with a stale box of candy. DO try to find a balance and set a price range with one another. Also, a little effort goes a long way when making homemade gifts. Some suggestions are a photo album/scrapbook, picture frames with pictures you have together in them, or maybe posters. Read the the full story at : http://lhslRead the full story at


How awkward is awkward? Real teen moms Brennan Nolan silence, except the has a name, it’s face uphill battles Reporter only difference is it called the “awkward Have you ever been in a position of what’s known as “awkward silence?” Imagine that you are in that awkward

takes years to get out of it. Most teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 know what this feels like. This feeling and process

photo by Brennan Nolan Cassie Wheeles, Maria Pellicier, and Matthew Watson pose with their middle school awkward phase pictures.

phase.” Not one single teenager skips this miserable stage of life. Puberty causes rapid physical and emotional imbalance. It’s the process of transforming an ugly duckling to a swan. “The worst part about it is that you’re not really accepted by people and then afterwards, people still think that you’re weird,” said sophomore Cassie Wheeles. Read the full story at:

The wisdom about wisdom teeth? Erin Formulak Reporter

Imagine sitting in the chair in the dentist’s office, lying under a bright light, the dentist poking around in your mouth

early twenties. Some people don’t need to have them removed, but others aren’t so lucky. “If the teeth are erupted (through the gum tissue) we use leverage forces to

photo courtesy of MCT Campus Dr. Cary Goldberg and assistant Vonnie Poppell extract wisdom teeth from a patient at the Center for Dental Excellence in Flossmoor, Illinois.

with a tiny mirror. He consults your file for a moment before telling you, “We’re going to have to get those wisdom teeth removed.” What are wisdom teeth? Contrary to their name, there is no real “wisdom” involved. They are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or

loosen the teeth and remove them. Teeth are connected to the bone with a ligament and this space is used to loosen the tooth. If they are under the gum tissue (Tissue Impaction), a small incision is made and the tooth is delivered in total and sutures are not always required. If the tooth is under the gum and the bone

(Bony Impaction), a larger tissue incision is made, followed by a small window cut into the bone and then the tooth is sectioned and removed in small pieces. By taking out the tooth in small pieces, the surgical wound is much smaller and healing faster,” says Dr. Rick Rogers, local dentist who has plenty of experience with removing wisdom teeth. According to Rogers, he determines if a patient must have the wisdom teeth removed based on the amount of available space he/she has in his/her mouth. If wisdom teeth are left in when they should be removed, pain and infection will occur. “I was 16 years old [when I got my wisdom teeth removed],” says junior Sarah King. “I had to get them out because they hurt my mouth and were moving my [other] teeth.” King was nervous leading up to the procedure because she was scared that she wouldn’t wake up from the anesthesia. Read the full story at: http://lhslance. org/5HcUM

Olivia DuBro Reporter

I’ve been on my own & a single parent since I was 17. Is that glamorous? I don’t have relationships with either of my parents & I struggle dealing with teenage emotions & adult responsibility. T h a t ’ s glamorous?

~ Teen Mom 2 star, Kailyn Lowry

The show Teen Mom is about four young mothers all struggling with the same problems: relationships, finances, childcare, getting an education, and keeping a job. These stories are not unique-- all single teen moms deal with similar struggles. These are stereotypes of teenagers with babies, but they are extremely accurate. According to StayTeen, a website devoted voicing the risks and effects of unplanned pregnancy, roughly 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20. That's more than 700,000 teen pregnancies each year. LHS graduate Kaycee Casper is a real mom behind these statistics. Several months after she graduated, she gave birth to her baby girl, Riley Jane Casper. Riley is a happy, healthy girl who just celebrated her first birthday, but the past two years haven’t been easy for her family. Kaycee explains that her life changed drastically once she learned she was going to have a baby. “I have to have a job and work really hard for my necessities. I used to just work to have

money for wants. I basically have two jobs because being a mom is a 24/7 job,” said Casper. Keeping a job, while being a single mother, is difficult. A study conducted by the Sleep/Wake Research Centre and the Research School of Public Health found that in the first week of the baby’s life, moms get, on average, 1.5 fewer hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep impacts motivation, work ethic, and judgment. While many mothers stay at home with their infants, teen moms have to work during the day, and several go to school at night. “Having a baby is really time-

photo courtesy of Kaycee Casper Baby Riley Casper plays outside after celebrating her first birthday.

consuming,” Kaycee says. “Things with Riley’s dad got confusing and tenser, and I don’t have the time or energy to invest in another boy,” she says about dating. A teen pregnancy not only affects the parents of the baby, but also the parents of the teens. Kaycee’s mother, Monica Casper, has a huge involvement in her granddaughter’s life. Kaycee and Riley both live with Mrs. Casper, so Grandma is Riley’s main caretaker while Kaycee is working. Read the full story at:


Linganore sports teams shine during fall season

The varsity and JV field hockey teams Reporter both had a strong season with varsity This fall has making it to the been an exciting one regional semifinals. in the Lancer sports community. With Soccer the football team in The boys’ JV team postseason play, fans finished with a record still have a lot to look of 7-5 and the girls’ JV forward to. Linganore with an undefeated also had some successful seasons record. Varsity soccer be building come to an end. Boys’ will toward success in the and girls’ varsity next couple of years. soccer had a good run in the playoffs and Although the future is the boys’ and girls’ bright, Linganore had JV soccer teams both a lot to cheer for this had winning seasons. season. The varsity The JV and varsity boys ended the year volleyball teams with a 7-5 record. also had successful Volleyball seasons, but were bumped out of the As for volleyball, playoffs by Tuscarora. the girls’ ended an

team suffered a close loss to Tuscarora in five games. Coach Ferguson said, “The team improved a lot over the course of the season… We worked hard to overcome obstacles.” She added that the team had a strong serve but needed to “have more consistent hitting.”

Kyle Brodt

photo courtesy of Neal Shleimer Junior Abby G1raham and senior Camille Nelson block the ball in a close match against Middletown.

impressive regular season with a record of 12-4. Unfortunately, in the playoffs, the

Teens love author, YouTube celebrity John Green Ryan Stark Reporter

John Green is one of America’s rising stars in teen culture. The man has worked in a variety of forms: ask anyone, and there’s a good chance they’ve come into contact with his work in some way, whether it be reading one of his books, watching his Crash Course videos for AP World, or interacting with fans on Tumblr. He’s undeniably everywhere in teen culture. For many, like sophomore Sara Combs, it’s “…his books that drew me.” His novels include such titles as Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and his most recent The Fault in Our Stars. All have been hits: Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars have both been on the New York Times bestseller list for young adults for 48 weeks; Paper Towns has been on for 34 weeks. Each book recounts, in extraordinary ways, issues teens may face. In Combs’ words, “They’re realistic, yet have some unrealistic components which make them interesting.” For example, The Fault in Our Stars is a story about a terminalcancer-stricken girl falling in love with another cancer survivor. Of the issues, most of the novels deal with relationships between teens. According to sophomore Will Foreman, the characters are “…intelligent, easy to connect with, and simple to understand.” It may even feel like the characters know exactly what’s going on in the reader’s head. Green isn’t afraid to mention bouts of smoking, drinking, or even sexual experiences to develop a character, setting up troubling situations to further the plots and make the characters seem as flawed and believable as any teen. The books are acclaimed otherwise, too. As a testament to its storytelling prowess, Looking for Alaska is used across the country in English classrooms as required class reading. The Fault in Our Stars is being made into a Hollywood movie based on it, directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The shooting process recently finished in October, and the movie is due out June 16 of next year. In addition to his novels, Green has a huge internet presence with his YouTube channel: Vlogbrothers. Read the full story at:

Field Hockey

The field hockey girls weren’t going to go unnoticed this year either. The team had a 10-4 regular season record and was a strong favorite in the playoffs this year. They made it to the regional semifinals

against rival Urbana, but were unable to pull out a win in a nail biting 2-1 loss.


The JV and Varsity Chearleading squads placed firdst at the Frederick County Cheerleading Competition making them the new reigning Frederick County Champions. The Varisty squad advanced to the regional competition, placing fourth and earning a bid to the State competiton. Read the full story at: mtGq5

Football contributes to rise in conconcussions Kelly Angeletti Reporter

When athletes participate in sports, there is always a risk for injury, but recently there has been more focus on the increasing number of concussions at the high school, college, and professional level. This is the case especially for football. I n early November, sophomore football player Daniel Ross says he suffered a concussion when he went head-to-head with someone several

times in one play. “I’ve been out for two weeks. I got moved up [to varsity] so I’ll probably be back and suit up in Friday’s [November 15] game,” said Ross. “Concussions are like most injuries, first degree, second degree, and third degree. They vary in the severity of the type of concussion the individual will have,” said Varsity football coach Rick Conner. Read the full story at: muw5T

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