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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume 52, Issue 8

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

Class of 2016: Tell us your future, “kick” off summer with Warped Tour tickets

April 2016

The halls are alive with “The Sound of Music” by Lancer Media

by Lancer Media

Class of 2016, do you want a chance to see artists like 3Oh!3, Waka Flocka Flame, We the Kings, Mayday Parade, and Sleeping with Sirens, among others? You’re in luck! Lancer Media has two Warped Tour tickets up for grabs. All seniors have to do is pose for a Lancer Media Destination photo. To Enter: Class of 2016: Lancer Media wants to know what your next “step” is. Is your destination high education? A career? Entering the armed forces? Post alone or with friends who share similar plans. We will edit the photo to reveal your postgraduation plan. Put on your hat, t-shirt or other gear and come to room C203 Periods 1, 2,

photo by Cassie Louis Abby Weinel performs "The Lonely Goatherd" as Maria in The Sound of Music photo by Natalie Rebetsky Lancer Media goes behind the scenes of The Sound of Music graphic by Devin Barge

or 3 to take the photo. Each person in the photo will be entered in the contest. The picture will be posted on the window of the Student Services on Main Street between April 13 and May 13. The winner of the tickets will be announced on social media on May 17 (Senior Picnic).

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Towson University roars for Karly Johnson and Kobe Boampong

photo by Tory Spruill Cast members take a bow after opening night of the spring musical.

Class of 2016: Seniors count down by Lancer Media

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.

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April 2016


Barbie's new bod causes a buzz SGA and class council officers elected: Ben Rose wins SGA president by Alyse Montgomery and Bridget Murphy Reporters

April 1st, students participated in a school election to choose who would represent them in their class councils and Student Council. The candidates had the entire week to campaign, and voter turn-out was high. Students ran for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian for their class, as well as the positions of President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Parliamentarian for Student Council. With the students’ impressive campaign posters and campaigning strategies, the student body had a tough choice to make. With all the ballots in, the winners of the election were announced at the end of the day. Results posted on the SGA website are below. Freshman Ben Rose locked in the position for SGA President next year. Rose said,”I think it is really cool to be President. I plan on creating more fundraisers and trying to draw more attention to our events and get a bigger crowd.” Class of 2018 members Jack DuBro and Tommy Moyer won their positions of Class of 2018 President and Treasurer respectively. As president, DuBro intends to “make club sports on the weekend to help raise money for prom.” DuBro feels that his campaign posters were a crucial part of his success. Jack also thinks social media and the candy he handed out to peers helped him win the race. Tommy Moyer feels his “hard-working, overachieving” attitude and his value of leadership positions will do him well during his time as treasurer for the Class of 2018. Learn more about the other members of Student Council and other upcoming SGA events at the Linganore High School SGA website.


Class of 2017 Council:

President- Ben Rose (pictured) 1st VP- Hank Beiter 2nd VP- D. Barbagallo Parliament- Josh Watson

President- Jac Medve (pictured) VP- Harry Rasmussen Secretary- Lexi Watson Treas.- Tyson Tregoning Historian- Austin Lohneis

Class of 2018 Council:

Class of 2019 Council:

President- Jack DuBro (pictured) VP- Kenneth McQuay Secretary- Shea Stewart Treas.- Tommy Moyer

President- Teddy Britton (pictured) VP- Shay Arneson Treas.- Charlie Rasmussen Historian- Emily Wolfe

Elena Guardia The new Barbie Fashionistas are displayed in Walmart.

by Elena Guardia Reporter Barbie's New Year's resolution must have been a "new me." In January, iconic doll Barbie got a makeover. There is now a Barbie who looks like everyone, in every shape size and color. Barbie now comes in 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, seven different skin colors, a flat foot, and three new body shapes, in addition to the original doll, tall, curvy, and petite. These new Barbies are a part of the Fashionistas line. Mattel hopes this makeover is a step to teaching young girls that all body

types are beautiful, and that diversity is in. During an interview with CBS, Mattel President and COO Richard Dickson said, “What Barbie looks like - her body type, her ethnicity, her career - this is all part of the evolution of the brand and what we believe is the right conversation around the world to have with kids today.” Barbie, took the toy market by storm after her debut in 1959. After almost 60 years she has remained a trendsetting fashionista, with a mission to encourage girls to pursue their dreams. For years, Mattel, her manufac-

turer, has been criticized for Barbie’s one-size doesn’t-fitall body image. For example in an article published by Pacific Standard the reporter said, “Barbie is just one of countless influences in girls’ lives that stresses the unrealistically thin figures Western culture expects of them.” Licensed clinical psychologist and professor at Gallaudet University, Dr. Mary Hufnell, PsyD, thinks that toys, and Barbies specifically, can have a large effect on how children view themselves. “I think the exposure has a profound effect on how kids internalize what’s valued and what is expected by our society and culture.” Senior Kate Mannarino was one of the many girls who played with the popular doll. “Barbies did give a very unrealistic expectation of what a girl should look like, especially at such a young age. Personally I didn’t know any better and didn’t realize how unrealistic her body type was.” Read more at:

Apau speeds in to a new opinion about raising the speed limit by Avery Apau 65 mph many people drove Reporter 70 or 75. Plenty of teens running Now that the speed limit late for school might enjoy on this road has increased, putting “the pedal to the drivers are mostly likely to metal;” however, increasing increase their speed as well, the speed limit on route 70 is to 75-80 mph. not a good idea. If drivers are going way Since Monday, April 4, over the speed limit they could 2016 the State Highway Ad- be putting themselves and ministration raised the speed other drivers at risk of getting limit on two parts of Route into a car accident that could 70. be fatal. The speed limit along the 31 miles from U.S. Route 29 in Howard County to state Route 144 in Frederick County, and a 45-mile stretch between state Route 180 in Frederick County and the Pennsylvania line will be 70 mph. The previous speed limit for I-70 was 65 mph. This 65 limit will stay the same near the Baltimore Beltway and around Frederick. by Jade Pack and Megan Reesman Last year, the Many drivers like the U.S. had the highest oneyear percentage increase in change since people were drivtraffic deaths in half a century ing 70 mph anyway. Deputy Tim Calimer, the according to data released by the National Safety Council LHS SRO, worked in the (NSC). Research has not traffic unit for seven years, determined the causal rela- enforcing laws and handling tionship, but there is some crashes. Deputy Calimer said, “Nospeculation that the improving economy has helped to put body does the speed limit anymore, but most crashes, more drivers on the roads. The number of fatalities whether minor or serious, are from speeding alone has gone results of speeding” This increase in speed is up over the years. When the speed limit was not necessary.

At 65 mph people were able to get to where the they needed to go in a reasonable time. Raising the speed limit is hurting drivers and the U.S., rather than helping them Think of all the money being spent on gas. In one study, using a Subaru Outback, driving an average of 5 mph faster than a speed limit of 65 mph would save a driver 4 minutes for every hour spent on the road, but causes drivers to spend at least 46 dollars extra on gas every month. If the average driver goes 5 mph over the speed limit on a road like I-70 they are paying 79% more for gas than a driver who is following the speed limit going 65 mph. In addition to this, the Association for Safe International Travel estimates that on average, road crashes cost 820 dollars per person. This money lost could be used for other things besides paying off damages caused due to speeding. By raising the speed limit on I-70 the State Highway Administration is also creating a need for speed amongst drivers who are already speeding. I don’t see a good reason to be happy about this change.

April 2016

Lastova nominated for 2016 Frederick County Teacher of the Year

Alyssa Mattison Editor Congratulations to Mark Lastova for being nominated for the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Teacher of the Year Award! Eleven teachers from various high schools in Frederick County were nominated for the high school award. The winner from Frederick County will be nominated for the Maryland Teacher of the Year Award. In order to be nominated for the FCPS Teacher of the Year award, teachers (including research and media specialists) must be a full-time teacher, have a minimum of five years of teaching experience, be a leader in their school and community, have an interest in issues and trends, and have advanced training and education. “I don’t expect to gain anything; I just enjoy teaching and hope to continue challenging my students,” said Lastova. Lastova is the department chair for LHS Career and Technology Education. He teaches many classes including Architectural Engineering Design levels 1-3, Introduction to Engineering Design, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering


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photo by Anne Cameron Students have made a path of kindness in the A hallway

Learning for Life students raise awareness for Pay It Forward Day Olivia DuBro Editor-in-chief On April 14, students Sarah Webster, John Paul Beall, and Suscha Campbell accompanied by staff members Mrs. Pamela Knight and Mrs. Mary Cate Henry, delivered bags of popcorn to teachers around the school as a way to “pay it forward.” There was a note attached to the bag informing the recipient that they were randomly chosen as an act of kindness. Pay It Forward Day is a day “about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference.” Basically, it is a day where you should do kind things for the sake of being kind. The idea is presented in many novels and a movie. This year, Pay It Forward Day is on April 28. On Pay It Forward Day, the group members plan to deliver what they call “Birthday in a Box” gifts to the Heartly House in Frederick. The bags will be filled with balloons, pizza coupons, decorative plates and napkins, and small treats. In order to pay for the birthday box materials, the class is accepting donations until the 28th. They have been raising money with Kehne’s Beans (a coffee/tea service for the staff) and by selling popcorn

photo by Olivia DuBro


Learning for Life students John Paul Beall, Sarah Webster, and Suscha Campbell deliver a bag of popcorn to Natalie Rebetsky.

to the staff about once a week. In addition, in the downstairs “A” wing, students are “walking the path of kindness” by writing kind things they can do to promote positivity on paper “feet” and posting them on the walls and lockers.

Eight run for BoE: How will they support students? by Kasal Smaha Reporter photo by Alyssa Mattison Mark Lastova, nominee for the FCPS Teacher of the Year Award, engages his students in discussion about engineering.

Design and Development. Lastova is one of two qualified to teach Project Lead the Way classes. Patrick Greene teaches Digital Electronics. All of the courses offered provides hands-on experiences in computer sciences, engineering, and biomedical sciences. Students develop problemsolving, critical and creative thinking, and communication skills. Linganore has been recognized by the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering as one of the top 25 “Source” schools that send students to study engineering at UMD. “He teaches some complicated subjects, but he makes everything easy to understand. He also has a good sense of humor and builds good relationships with his students. I always enjoy his classes,” said senior Corinne DeFrancisci. During the final selection, the panel will review all nominees’ short essays and conduct an interview with each nominee at the end of April. The panel will then award one teacher with the FCPS Teacher of the Year Award, and that person will be eligible for the Maryland Teacher of the Year Award. “Mr. Lastova teaches in a way that encourages creativity that really isn’t available in other classes. In math and science, there is usually a set process on how to do a lab or an equation, but Mr. Lastova uses his position in the PLTW classes to stimulate as much creativity as possible from his students,” said senior Kylan Connolly.


This election season, Americans have been subjected constantly to news stories and polls covering the race for the Oval Office, in which five candidates remain. How soon forget about the campaigns closer to us, like the one for retiring US Senator Barbara Mikulski’s seat and for the eight spots in the House of Representatives open this cycle. Even closer to home is the sprint for three seats on the Frederick County Board of Education, an organization that is often given little attention despite its incredible importance to the community. As the governing body for Frederick County Public Schools, the Board is responsible for every rule, regulation, book, dollar, and class that FCPS creates, spends, or maintains. The Board also hires the Superintendent of Schools, an office that has been held by Dr. Terry Alban since 2011. The Board of Education consists of a council of seven individuals, with widely varying backgrounds. It also has a student member, who does not have voting privileges, but serves as the representative of all Frederick County Public Schools students. Sarah Perez, a junior from Tuscarora High, currently holds the position. Board of Education members serve for staggered, four-year terms so that only a few seats of the seven are up for election in an election year. This current election has three seats open. Currently, there are eight candidates running for the open positions; of the eight, two are incumbents seeking re-election. The candidates are Dr. Zakir Bengali (incumbent), Michael Bunitsky, Lois Jarman, Dr. Ken Kerr, Jay Mason, Shirley McDonald, Cindy Rose, and Joy Schaefer (incumbent). The third incumbent, Kathryn Groth, will be retiring this election cycle and will not seek re-election. The candidates state that they want to serve on the BoE because they feel a sense of duty to the students and teachers within the educational

system in addition to the community that FCPS serves. Of this commitment, Dr. Bengali, a retired scientist and educator, said, “This is the way to pay back my [dues]… to the community.” The candidates also agreed that the budget for the school system would be an issue regardless of who wins this Board election. Candidate Jay Mason, a realtor, summarizes the necessity of good budgeting. “Good schools are like good businesses,” he said. “It is important to know how to use your funds properly.” Candidate Cindy Rose also predicted that getting the Board to agree on issues may also be a future problem, stating that “Consensus is always the hardest thing to gain. You need four votes to accomplish anything.” Where the candidates begin to diverge, however, is in their priorities. Jarman and incumbent Bengali both believe that one of the most important problems that the school board must address is the overwhelming class sizes that are so common in Frederick County schools. Both candidates are of the opinion that the classes that Frederick County schools offer “are not designed… to have as many as 35 or 40 students,” said Bengali. Ken Kerr, Frederick Community College’s current English Department chair, wants to ensure that high school prepares students for college and finding careers. Kerr thinks that “FCPS does a really good job with the elementary grades. It’s when the children start to become young adults is where we start to falter.” Both McDonald and Rose agree that the removal of standardized tests from the curriculum should be one of the Board’s priorities.


April 2016

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Are you a Disney freak? Test your knowledge of Mickey and friends by Anne Cameron Reporter

10. In Beauty and the Beast, which wing of the castle holds the enchanted rose? A. The South Wing B. The East Wing

1. Who was the first Disney princess? A. Cinderella B. Snow White C. Belle

C. The West Wing

D. Ariel

11. Which Disney villain lived in Hell Hall? A. The Mad Doctor B. Madam Mim

2. Which of these is an original Disneyland ride? A. It's A Small World B. Splash Mountain C. Jungle Cruise

D. Pirates of the Caribbean

3. What is trapped inside the crocodile from Peter Pan's stomach? A. A horn B. A clock C. A timer

D. Captain Hook

4. Which animal was Tarzan raised by? A. Elephants B. Leopards C. Bears

D. Gorillas

5. What does King Louie want Mowgli to do? A. Tell him how to make fire B. Become his slave C. Leave the jungle D. Teach him how to swim

D. The North Wing

C. Professor Ratigan

D. Cruella de Vil

Photo by Natalie Rebetsky 6. In Aladdin, what is the name of Jasmine's pet tiger? A. Raba B. Rajah C. Razah

D. Raja

7. How many eggs does Gaston eat for breakfast? A. 4 dozen B. 1 dozen C. 5 dozen

D. 6 dozen

8. Who kidnapped Hercules when he was a baby? A. Death and Disease B. Famine and Death C. Pain and Panic

D. Panic and Disease

9. What is Ursula's name when she becomes human in The Little Mermaid? A. Vanessa B. Victoria C. Veronica

12. What was the name of the owl in The Fox and the Hound? A. Big Brother B. Big Mama C. Beatrice

D. Big Daddy

13. Which Disney full length animated feature starts and ends at Christmas time? A. Lady and the Tramp B. Peter Pan C. Alice in Wonderland D. Mary Poppins 14. What is the name of Governor Ratcliffe's dog from Pocahontas? A. Peter B. Penny C. Pierce

D. Ursula

D. Percy

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An open letter to Justin Bieber: Frederick is for you! by Olivia DuBro Editor Dear Mr. Bieber, A recent article posted by WMAC News, which describes itself as “a fantasy news site” where “most articles are satire or pure fantasy,” claims that you are planning to move to Frederick, Maryland. Apparently, you are very tired of the “L.A. lifestyle,” and would love to settle in a place where “the people… are real… they’re genuine.” Needless to say, girls all over Frederick County were sharing the story on all social networks, texting all of their

fellow Beliebers, and swooning over the possibility of meeting you on our local streets. I guess the Justin Bieber-loving population of Frederick will be forced to let go of the dream, but I should let you know, we all think that you’re making a big mistake. Frederick has so much more to offer than drooling fans. Looking for a good place to say “Sorry?” In downtown Frederick, the 35-acres of lush grass, water features, and flowers of Baker Park provide scenery so beautiful, it would be hard for anyone to refuse a heartfelt

apology there. Imagine the annual July 4th celebration with Beiber as the headline in the Baker Park Bandshell. How about Frederick in the most beautiful time of the year? Want to lead your girl to the mistletoe? Frederick offers an array of ways to get into the holiday spirit, including the Festival of Lights, the Scents and Sweets competition, and a holiday art show. If you’re in a more somber mood, say you’re spending the season alone, there is a candle-light tour of historic homes during the season that will appeal to your more spiritual

side. In “No Sense,” you told us, “The sun don’t set unless you’re watching it go down with me.” The views of the sun setting from Sugarloaf Mountain are about as good (and romantic) as it gets. If you’re really looking for a place where the people are down to Earth, there’s no competition. Frederick County is 660 square miles of beautiful land, much of it devoted to family farms. Read more at:


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The Lance: Issue 9 Spring 2016  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2015-2016 School Year, Issue 9

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The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2015-2016 School Year, Issue 9