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The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume 52, Issue 6

Drugs can wreck your life: Vote for Classmates 4 Life videos by Lancer Media Staff Alex Ismael, Katie Knotts, and a team of students in Linganore's Learning for Life program have submitted an entry in the Frederick County Classmates4Life video contest. Voting opened Monday, February 22 and will close at midnight on Monday, February 29. Visit the Classmates4Life Youtube Channel to review contest entries. Vote for your favorite by giving it the YouTube “thumbs up!” Your vote helps determine the People’s Choice Award winner. Vote here: http://lhslance. org/e2zqf A gala event will be held on March 2 to celebrate the participants in the video contest.

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Mr. Linganore 2016: Meet the trendy candidates

by Olivia DuBro Editor-in-Chief The annual Mr. Linganore competition will be guided by the theme, "It's Trending." The contestants have been dancing, practicing, creating, and charming their peers in order to get a one-up on the competition. Who are these twelve men who are representing Linganore so proudly? Meet all of the candidates by watching the Lancer Media videos! Watch them at Good luck to all of the contestants! Be sure to come out and support them. The competition will be held in the auditorium on March 5 at 7:00 pm.

Chris Brown

Jacob Butehorn

Tyler Fleagle

Daniel Ross

Matt DeMember

Josh Faulconer

Noah Garabedian

Justin Knotts

Thomas Lang

Carter Schmidt

Matthew Watson

If you or someone you know is involved in drugs and needs help, call for help by dialing the Frederick County Crisis Intervention hotline: 1-800-422-0009. Vote here:

Zackary Yurich

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Black History Month: We need to emphasize modern American role models

by Kennedi Ambush Reporter Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Even beyond the classic examples, there are many African-American inventors, artists, and political leaders who are making differences today, but are not recognized for their contributions. Black History Month is an opportunity to study role models who inspire others. Those who aren’t aware of these people or movements are missing out on an important part of history. So what about the people who are making differences today, but aren’t recognized, including Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, and Ben Carson?

Michelle Obama is the first African American First Lady of the United States. She is also an American lawyer and writer. Obama is a strong African American woman, highly educated and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She is considered an icon of fashion and a children's advocate.

Oprah Winfrey inspires many people and has accomplished so much as an African American woman. Winfrey was born into poverty in Alabama. She is a philanthropist, a talk show host, an actress, a producer, and much more. She was also ranked the richest African American of the 20th century.

Serena Williams is an African American tennis player who is ranked number 1 in women’s singles. She is known as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Williams is the reigning champion of the Olympics, French Open, and Wimbledon in women’s tennis singles and doubles. Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined against active players, male or female.

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Twins: What is it like living with your other half?

Siblings show their love for each other. Clockwise from upper left- Kate and Anne Cameron, Jackson and Kennedi Ambush, Devin and Haley Barge, and Alyse and Gail Montgomery.

by Devin Barge Twin Reporter Since 2014, according to a CNN report, the birth rate of twins has been increasing, with doubles at a record high in 2014. Having a twin for some people can be like having a best friend, someone who shares the same interests, friends, and family. You’d always have someone to talk to when no one is around. For others however, having a twin can be a curse and a burden. It’s constant competition to see who is better. Think sibling rivalry x 10. Most people only know of two types of twins, fraternal, and identical. Surprisingly, there are 7 different types of twins. The other five types are mirror image, half-identical, mixed chromosome, superfetation, and superfecundation. Most of the twins at Linganore are either fraternal or identical twins. Altogether LHS has 22 sets of twins. Seniors, Megan and Morgan Brown, both describe their relationship as “special.” Morgan said, “I like having a twin because we grow up together and get to experience everything together.” The sophomore Clabaugh twins, Noah and Jordan, fight like most brothers and sisters. Noah said, “I would rather have a male twin because Jordan has too many issues because she’s a girl, no

courtesy of Morgan and Megan Brown

Twins, Haley and Devin Barge. courtesy of Marlene Barge

offense.” Jordan said, “I would change the gender of my twin because I need a sister, and boys are annoying.” Morgan thinks Megan is the favorite. “She’s the angel child in their eyes, but secretly she is the devil child,” Morgan said. Mrs. Susan Peterson, parent of seniors Brian and Jonathon, said, “The most difficult stage of parenting twins was when they were newborns. I had to feed two babies, nurse two babies, and change both of their diapers. I barely slept when I was taking care of them. “I like to look at the boys as individuals and not so much as twins. They are fraternal twins and have completely different personalities. Brian is more interested in sports, like cross country, and he is more outgoing. Jonathan is more quiet and is into to computers and things in the technological field.” Every year, the first week of August, twins gather from around the country at Twinsburg, Ohio to celebrate multiple births. This year’s theme is “Twinfinity and Beyond.”

courtesy of Noah and Jordan Clabaugh

courtesy of Brian and Johnathan Peterson

graphic by Grace Weaver

Sibling rivalry and revelry: Is it cool to go to school with your kin?

by Grace Weaver Editor Oh that dreaded moment comes… You see your sibling walking down the hallway way towards you. What are you going to do? Turn and walk a different way? Keep walking and pretend like you didn’t see him/her with the possibility of getting in trouble at home for not saying “Hi?” Or suck it up and say actually acknowledge the brother or sister. Even though most of us have sibling experience, it seems like it’s a one-ofa-kind crisis. The positive side of having a sibling at school is that it can be fun hearing about teachers in common and other gossip around the school. Junior Kate Cameron said, ” I love going to school with my sister. She’s my best friend. It’s the best experience a sibling could ask for.” While some people have a different view. Devin Barge, a sophomore, said, “This is my sister who I love SOOO much.” Nell Darby, a blogger for The Guardian, talked about her personal experiences, “Studies have identified that siblings may provide some shy children, at least, with a sense of ‘protec-

Lancers take on World Scholar's Cup

by Kasal Smith Reporter

On February 27 and 28, a diverse team of students will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the international World Scholar’s Cup at the British School of Washington. The local team, guided by experienced coach and social studies teacher Seth Roberts, includes Brendan McCann, James Ensor, Garrett Wiehler, Samantha Buckman, Dalton Monague, Hugh Norko, Richard Zhang, Kasal Smaha, Emily Barbagallo, Burke Roberts, Maleeha Coleburn, and Laura Glawe. These

students are broken into four teams of three for the purposes of preparing for and attending the championship. “I joined the World Scholar’s team because I like to learn about how things apply to the real world and interact with other people that like to do the same,” said junior Garrett Wiehler. This year’s topic is “An Imperfect World,” which sets an almost cynical tone. Team members have been training weekly for the Washington, D.C. Regional Round, devotedly honing and polishing their argumentation and essay-writing skills. These activities help the team to prepare for two of the four different sections of the event: the Team Debate and the Competitive Essay Writing competition, respectively. These contests, along with the Jeopardy-style Scholar’s Bowl and the multiple-choice Scholar’s Challenge, form the core of a World Scholar’s round. “The best way to prepare for the

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World Scholar’s Cup is to go through the list of given topics and try and tie each one back to the topic,” Burke Roberts, team member and senior at Tuscarora High School, said. “I try to find out the symbolism behind each topic.” Its first competition was held in Guanju, South Korea, but is now held in cities around the world, including locales such as Jakarta, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Rio de Janiero, and Prague. This season’s final round will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, in late June. Those teams that place well at the Bangkok Global Round will take part in a post-season competition known as the Tournament of Champions, held at Yale University. This past year, two Linganore teams attended the prestigious event, where senior Maleeha Coleburn placed 7th in the Cooperative Essay Writing event.

tion’ in the school environment…” and Mrs. Ilana Blum, school counselor, agrees. Blum said, “They feel safe because the older sibling feels like it is their job to protect their sibling. They can do this in my different ways: introducing them to their friends, showing them around the school, or just being that person to lean on after failing a test.” Seeing your sibling at school is both a blessing and a curse. Here are some Pros and Cons: Pros of having them at your school: You get extra set of eyes and ears at the school They can help you with the classes they’ve already taken You always know someone at the school events so you don’t have to walk in by yourself If you don’t hear something important at school then they are there to fill in the extra info Your teachers already know about you :) Cons of having them at your school: They are always there and know if you have gotten into any trouble You have to live up to their standard or improving your teachers’ expectations You never know what the sibling are telling your mom and dad until you get in trouble Being seen in the hallway with your sibling can be “embarrassing” Your teachers already know about you :( According to Springer Link, “Half of the economic inequality comes from family and community influences…” So if you’re an older sibling, then don’t always have a bad attitude during school. You could be hurting your sibling’s success. On the other hand, if you are a younger sibling, don’t take everything big brother or sister as the truth. Go out and explore. Maybe you’ll find something that interests you. The worst thing that you can say after four years is follow in the footsteps of a sibling without making your own path. You don’t want to live with that regret.

February 2016

Arts & Entertainment

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I’ll Give You the Sun Hopelessly devoted to Grease– gives readers much more just not “Live” by Hannah Haught Editor

When we typically want to escape in books we go to fantasy or sci-fi, but when we really just want to sit down and read a book we can really relate to, realistic fiction is the clear choice. I’ll Give You The Sun delivers situations readers can connect with, along with situations some of us could only imagine. I’ll Give You The Sun is written by Jandy Nelson, who also wrote The Sky is Everywhere. I’ll Give You The Sun is set in the modern day fictional town of Lost Cove. The story revolves around twins, Noah and Jude Sweetwine. The story chapters switch between both twins at different ages in their lives. The story goes from one chapter with Noah

photo by Hannah Haught

at ages thirteen to fourteen to the next with Jude at sixteen. This puts an interesting spin on the plot, since the reader not only gets to see from both characters’ point of view, but also from different ages. Of course, this leaves a lot to be pieced together, but the puzzle makes the book very compelling. The two voices narrating the book are very distinct with little quirks each character has. Many times in Noah’s chapters, he’ll explain his emotions during events by describing a painting. In Jude’s she frequently pulls out passages from her grandmother’s “bible” (A personal diary off odd superstitions) that help her find her way. Noah is the more shy and reserved of the two twins, he feels like an outsider in his world but it’s alright because he has Jude. Noah is the yin to Jude’s yang. Jude is very adventurous and dangerous. She fits in and gets along with everyone, very much the opposite of Noah. These two complement each other though, due to their differences the story never gets slow or boring. This book does a pretty good job of developing minor characters and making them seem realistic. Most of the minor characters go through a lot of really great character development. They learn and grow just as much as Noah and Jude do, without taking the focus away from the two main characters.

One of my favorite minor characters was Noah and Jude’s mother. She went through a lot of changes in the book and Nelson really took the time to develop her and show this different side of her through hints in the book. She is always a presence whether you can tell at the time or not and she really ties the story together. She is a very dynamic character who just had this larger and larger aura as more is learned about her. One of the big strengths of I’ll Give You The Sun is its intense emotional impact. It builds up relationships, aspirations, and characters so beautifully then makes them all come tumbling down. This happens again and again throughout the book and there’e never one of these moments that doesn’t leave the reader either frustrated or sad. Nelson has a way of only keeping something good long enough for you to get attached to it before she writes something in to destroy it. Nelson also has a habit of working in artistic metaphors that instead of obstructing the reality, tie it together, which I really love about her work. The book also addresses tough topics such as coming to terms with sexuality, heartbreaks, growing apart from people we love, and the deaths of family members. The realness and raw emotion of the book made it very powerful and helped leave a lasting impact. One thing I didn’t like about the book, though, was how slow events moved in Jude’s point of view. I felt like in Noah’s chapters, the plot advanced quickly and actually seemed pretty short, but Jude’s seemed to drag on for a while. The book also left a few loose ends and resolutions to be desired. As the book started with Noah, it ended with Jude, and although I thought this to be a nice creative touch, the book didn’t quite elaborate on how Noah ended up except from the small bit in Jude’s eyes, and I think it would’ve been nice to have a chapter with Noah at age sixteen as Jude often reflected on time periods that Noah covered in her own, but it never happened the other way around. Overall, I’ll Give You The Sun is a fantastic book that is entertaining to read from beginning to end, and does a fantastic job at tugging at your heartstrings. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a little trip into Noah and Jude’s little reality.


by Elena Guardia Reporter On January 31st, 2016, the FOX television network aired a 140-minute production of Grease Live, a remake of the musical Grease, which became an instant classic after the first movie was released in 1978. The Broadway version of Grease opened in 1972. Under the direction of Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski, the remake followed the same plot line. In my “greasy” opinion I’d say the changes are more bad than good. Taking place in the 1950s, Sandy and Danny have to say goodbye after a summer fling. The two heartbroken teens are unexpectedly reunited when Sandy transfers to Rydell High, where Danny is the leader of the T-birds, a group of popular greasers (guys who love working on cars–rule-breakers before modern gangs), and Sandy begins to hangout with the Pink Ladies, led by Rizzo. Sandy and Danny try all year to be together despite the differences in their cliques and personalities. Grease Live made some changes from the movie version, but not all were for the best.

courtesy of MCT Campus/FOX Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit are Sandy and Danny in "Grease: Live."

These changes include the addition of two Broadway Grease songs titled “Those Magic Changes” and “Freddie My Love.” In “Freddie My Love,” Marty (a Pink Lady) longs for her love who is serving overseas. The song drags on and the the production of this particular scene took away from the main focus of the story. It was an unnecessary addition. It’s likely that’s why the song did not make the cut in the original movie. The live audience had the best seats for the show. They were seated on stage and on screen. While the seating arrangement made sense for Sandy’s big cheerleading

scene, it did not make sense for the rest of the movie. It was more of a distraction than a positive addition. The female leads of this movie were powerhouse actresses. The lead female role of Sandy was originally played by Olivia NewtonJohn in the 1978 production. Julianne Huff blew the role away in the live TV production. Overall, if you are not a huge musical fan, Grease Live will not change your mind. If you are a musical fan, and enjoy the classic story of Grease, Grease Live is worth the watch. Read more at

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Indoor color guard team conquers competition jitters by Tory Spruill Reporter

The indoor color guard team placed fifth out of seven this February 6, with a score of 61.21 at Musselman High School. This year's show has a theme of "Acceptance", under the direction of instructor, Will Hernandez. They remainder of the competition schedule can be found on the marching band website. courtesy of Charles Spruill

A little bug ruins the big game: How the Zika virus is affecting by Anne Cameron Reporter

The Olympics has been the world’s greatest sporting event for more than a century. Even when mankind was in its darkest time, we still banded together for this showcase of human strength, skill, and power. And now the games are being threatened by mosquitoes. Impossible, isn’t it? How could our world’s best athletes, the pinnacle of human strength, be threatened by a simple insect? These little bugs are carrying the Zika virus, a nonfatal but debilitating and untreatable disease that causes fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. More recent articles question if Zika (combined with other viruses) is contributing to paralyzation. It has been spreading rapidly throughout several countries such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Brazil- where the 2016 Summer Olympics are to be held. If you were a world-class athlete, preparing for your Olympic experience, how would you feel about competing in Brazil? The World Health Organization recently declared that the rapid spread of the Zika virus constitutes “an international public health emergency.” They are now re-doubling their efforts to create a vaccine for the virus and halt its growth.

According to the Washington Post health reporters, “the WHO said the pathogen, which was virtually unheard of in the region a year ago, is spreading so fast that it could infect as many as 3 million to 4 million people within 12 months.” In early February, President Barack Obama announced that he would ask Congress to approve his plan to fight the Zika virus. He is requesting “1.8 billion dollars to stop the Zika virus, with 200 million dollars going to research that will help defeat the disease via a future vaccine.” The Brazilian government has called for calm. For most people, the disease is mild. Alarming reports, though, are about the children of infected pregnant women. These babies have been born with several defects, including microcephaly, or irregular smallness of the head, which can lead to brain deformities. The CDC is trying to determine a causal link. Several Olympic athletes have considered pulling out of the Olympics. Hope Solo, the U.S. female national team’s goalkeeper said in an interview “If I had to make the choice today, I wouldn’t go.” The U.S. Olympic committee has urged competing teams to take precautions when attending the event and

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to not compete if they truly fear for their health. In addition to athletes, thousands of visitors, training personnel and volunteers must make decisions about attending. Mr. Jeremy Brown, work study coordinator and a volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics, said “Zika is obviously a health concern, but it shouldn’t affect the games. If you simply take precautions and make smart choices, then there’s nothing to worry about.” In Brazil, over 1 million people have contracted the virus. While there are no reported cases of the disease originating in America, international travelers have come to the U.S. carrying the infection. I’m not a fan of bugs, but I never thought a global panic would be caused by a mosquito. Read more at:

Twelve sign to college athletics: three to play for West Point” by Olivia DuBro Editor-In-Chief

On February 4, families, students, teachers, coaches and players gathered in the main gym to watch 12 seniors commit to the athletic programs at colleges around the country. On National Signing Day, high school athletes officially make an agreement between themselves and the colleges. Dante Butler, Elizabeth Coletti, Matt DeMember, Montanna Hill, Hannah Hoefs, Tyler Fleagle, Justin Knotts, Nathaniel Musselman, Emma Roerty, Daniel Ross, Jack Staub and Wade

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Steiren signed their letters of intent. Coach Rick Conner, head of the football program, was the master of ceremonies. He said, of the athletes, “They didn’t have a good game. They had a good four years. It didn’t happen by accident.” courtesy of Natalie Rebetsky

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Which is better, snowboarding sport if they take lessons. or skiing? An introductory lesson for by Bridget Murphy Reporter

In the first Winter Olympics of 1936, skiing was a very popular sport. Snowboarding wasn’t added to the Olympics until 1998. The first professional snowboarder to win a gold medal in the Olympics for snowboarding was Canadian Ross Rebagliati. Snowboarding now has the icon of Shaun White. White started snowboarding at the age of 6, after he took up skateboarding. White is largely credited for popularizing snowboarding and making it cool. In a Lancer Media poll snowboarding is more popular by 13.2%. Probably, the age of the respondents influenced the result. In the greater population, skiing and snowboarding have about an equal number of fans. Many skateboarders find snowboarding very easy because it uses the same motions and skills. In the poll, one participant stated that he, “associates snowboarding with skateboarding because I have done that before.” For those who don’t skateboard or have much experience, newcomers find it very difficult to snowboard. Many who prefer skiing explained that it is a much easier sport. One participant said,“ I could never understand the concept of snowboarding, and I always fall over.” Participants can increase their enjoyment of either

snowboarding or skiing, along with an all day lift ticket, and rental equipment is $87 during the week and $99 during the weekend at Ski Liberty. It is less expensive, $77 in the evening. A skiing supporter said,“I feel more in control of my speed on the mountain and feel safer being able to fully control my speed rather than snowboarding.” One common misconception is that snowboarding is

courtesy of MCT Campus

more dangerous and more injuries result. In a study from the Vermont Ski Resort, snowboarders were often hurt more than skiers. According to the National Ski Areas Association, in the 2014/2015 season in Colorado, there were 42 catastrophic injuries: of the 42, 34 were skiers and 8 were snowboarders.

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Web Editor Noah Ismael

Managing Editors

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Olivia DuBro Gail Montgomery

Kennedi Ambush Avery Apau

Video Editor

Devin Barge

Alex Ismael

Anne Cameron Ethan Dye


Elena Guardia

Amanda Anderson

Grant Kastel

Emily Gorham

Alyse Montgomery

Hannah Haught

Bridget Murphy

Alyssa Mattison

Kasal Smaha

Grace Weaver

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The Lance: Issue 6 Spring 2016  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2015-2016 School Year, Issue 6

The Lance: Issue 6 Spring 2016  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2015-2016 School Year, Issue 6