We Will Succeed.
The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LV, XXXVIV, 1 Volume Issue Issue 6
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March 2009 April 2019
It’s a four-peat! Lancer Media Alt earns “Best Idea” becomes a SNO Distinguished Site award for medical app in hackathon
Julie Walker Managing Editor
courtesy of Natalie Rebetsky
For the last four years, The Lancer Media team has earned the distinction of being a SNO Distinguished site. SNO is a student newspaper site that publishes stories written by high school and college journalists all over the country. Badges required to earn include Excellence in Writing, Multimedia, Engagement, Story Page Excellence, Continuous Coverage, and Site Excellence. To achieve each one of these badges, the Lancer Media team submits stories, slideshows and videos to SNO. Once all six badges have been achieved, the newspaper earns the top honor. The Lance has been a SNO participant and the newspapers have had 3,906 stories published since 2013. SNO hosts 2,814 student
newspapers and The Lance is ranked 18th in the nation. The Lance is one of only three student newspapers to become a Distinguished Site on the East Coast, and was the first high school in Maryland to become a Distinguished Site this year. Five stories have been accepted to Best of SNO in the 2018-2019 year. The entire journalism team is always hard at work writing stories and creating multi-media content to submit. Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky has been Linganore’s journalism teacher for over 30 years. She plays a huge rule in the success that The Lance has accomplished. “The best part about this program is that it is student driven. If they want to win the distinction, they make the plan,” said Rebetsky.
Current Editor-in-chief Jacob Bolger said, “Winning this award has made me a more confident writer. I feel like when we achieve the Distinguished Site award, it gives us something to show for all of our hard work throughout the year.” The key ingredient in The Lance’s four time success story is teamwork. Every student is a puzzle piece in the Lancer Media team, and everyone plays a role in winning these badges, whether their story wins a badge or not. Co-Editor-in-Chief Emily Reed has been present for all four consecutive winning years. “My experience with journalism has been extremely positive. I love writing and working with others, and The Lance has an excellent team work environment.”
Peggy Rice loves being Little Lancers' Honorary Grandmother Leah Bolger and Jacob Bolger
Having previously been named First Class employee numerous times, Mrs. Rice worked in the front office for over 18 years and never failed to bring smiles to those around her. Rice has recently been titled the Honorary Grandmother of the Little Lancers’ Preschool. When she retired in 2015, she was escorted to her car by the former principal, Mr. David Kehne, and was surrounded by the marching band. At least once a year, Rice has returned as a long-term substitute secretary. Ms. Kate Lane, preschool coordinator, said, “It’s just a cute title because Mrs. Rice worked here and comes back as a substitute secretary, plus three of her grandchildren have come through the Little Lancer’s program.” Lane described her gratitude for Rice. “She has come and helped out when she’s at school. When she worked here full time, she always made sure that the parents were greeted with
courtesy of Kate Lane Mrs. Peggy Rice comes back to Linganore after 18 years of service to be named "Honorary Grandmother" of the school pares them how to be good a smile, and she always students, and, most imporlooked forward to seeing evtantly, shows them how to eryone." respect others.” Her third grandchild, “My favorite time Kate, is a Little Lancer in with the kids is watching Spring 2019. them play and being a part Kate will graduate from of their life growing up. the Little Lancers program Being ‘Nana’ to them has in May. given me so much joy and “I think it’s super cool pleasure seeing all their that my grandma works beautiful accomplishments here! She always, always, always, comes to visit my in life,” added Rice. class. I think it’s cool that It is obvious that Mrs. she’s the honorary grandma Peggy Rice is a role model cause she comes to play with and has influenced generaus sometimes,” said Kate. tions of both Little and big Lancers. Rice loves the program. She said, “Little Lancers prepares them to be indeRead more at pendent away from their https://lhslance.org/ parents, gets them ready qd4me to learn how to share, pre-
courtesy of Amy Rupp Ashley Alt and her group were given the "Best Idea" award for their app. MedAux. Emily Watson for the app came from Alt’s Reporter father, Mark Alt, a computer programmer. The four Freshman Ashley Alt teammates did some debatcompeted in the Carroll ing on the first day, but deCounty Hackathon from cided Alt’s idea was best. February 22-24 and was “We also have a cyber recognized as having one of security competition for the best ideas for a future beginners. It’s called the app. The event was coordi“Capture the Flag Compenated by MAGIC, the Midtition.” We try to get stuAtlantic Gigabit Innovation dents involved in those. We Collaboratory. just do as much as we can When most people hear to help students acquire hackathon, they think of a new skills and demonstrate group of people doing nethem in environments like farious hacking projects on the hackathon or capture computers. In reality, hackthe flag competition,” said athons have a basic goal, to Robert Wack, a member of help people grow in their the Board of Directors for ability to design, build, and MAGIC. pitch an app. People of all skills levAlt’s team envisioned an els can participate in hackapp, MedAux, which would athons. Hackathons may compare prices of mediallow an award-winning cal procedures. This would app to be fully designed and drive down prices because used on the market. consumers could compare During both days, there what doctors and hospitals wasn’t a strict schedule. charge. There were meal times, but “I like that MedAux other than that, teams just answered a question that worked in their own work many people face when spaces. seeking medical care. A “It was just a lot of fun number of judges commentplanning new things and ed that it was a great idea, showing our idea,” said Alt. and they mentioned liking On March 30, Alt went that the app used data that back to meet about her was already available,” said team’s app with the coordiAmy Rupp, MAGIC Execunators of the event. “We are tive Director. continuing on and thinking Alt was mainly focused about making it an actual on design and tech while app,” said Alt. one of her partners, BrianHackathons are for all na from Walkersville High kinds of people. They come worked on the business asat different levels from pect. The two other teamthose who want to learn the mates, Sidhant and Steven, ropes to experts in the field. both from McDaniel College People who are new to hackhelped in all areas. athons should plan a team “We used a website that ahead and think through helped us create it because their idea fully. This isn’t we only had two days to required, but may help the make the app,” said Alt. The overall atmosphere event go more smoothly. of the event was hectic as Alt hopes to major in teams tried to build an app computer science and is acin two days. Teams aspired tively looking for affordable to earn one of five awards: hackathons to challenge Best App, Best Design, Best her. Tech, Best Idea, and Best Pitch. There wasn’t a lot of Read more at planning or preparation that anyone could do other https://lhslance.org/ than come up with ideas for s856z an app topic. Inspiration
Student Voices gives students voice in the midst of redistricting by Emily Webb Managing Editor
Three high schools redistrict quickly to alleviate overcrowding by Emily McNally Reporter
Frederick County Public Schools plan to redistrict starting in the 2020-2021 school year, and three high schools will be affected: Urbana, Oakdale and Linganore. Redistricting typically takes one year to complete and another year to
implement. The students affected will be redistricted in phases. At this time, about 20,0 This study is going on because some schools are overcrowded and some are under capacity. There was a public Linganore-OakdaleUrbana (LOU) Redistricting Study Meeting on Monday, March 18,
and they discussed an important aspect of the redistricting process– grandfathering students who already attend the schools. The final decision has not been made. The redistricting leadership has put out three different proposals (maps) for each elementary, middle, and high school. So overall
there are nine maps on the FCPS website available to look at. View all FCPS content concerning redistricting by following the QR code below.
To move or not to move? Parents rely on reputation to make their choice by Sierra Rossman Reporter
When choosing where to live, schools are the major factor. Every parent wants their children to have the greatest education possible, which is what brings many people to the Frederick County area in the first place.. At these schools, the interest in taking Dual Enrollment classes is rising, therefore decreasing the number of students who are taking Advanced Placement courses, and ultimately, the number of tests. Students are offered a variety of academic challenges at each school. If
a parent or child wants challenge- all of these schools offer challenging programs for those who seek rigor. An extreme reaction of the redistricting could be an influx in homes on the market in some areas if the parents want to keep children in the same schools. They could choose to move for many reasons: the belief of a better education, keeping the children with the peers that they have grown up with, and history of their older children graduating from that school. Cindy Knedeisen, a Linganore parent whose children will not be af-
fected by the redistricting, pointed out that every school is different. “You would think that because of the core curriculum all schools would be teaching the same thing, but all the schools can’t be the same. There are going to be differences. There are different teachers and different atmospheres that will affect the learning,” said Knedeisen. Changing schools is never easy, so when it is brought upon them through no change of their own, many may be confused, but the redistricting will also decrease class sizes and further improve the
quality of education, so the social experience may improve. A study was conducted by The Institute of Education Sciences, a branch of the US Department of Education, and it was found that following class size reduction, student achievement improved. Although there are mixed feelings, the redistricting has to happen- it’s the right educational move. Accepting the change earlier and preparing one’s children will help the redistricting go smoothly and overall be a more positive experience for everyone.
Staff sensitive to student anxiety but see smaller classes as more important by Gabby Llewellyn Reporter
In 2008, LHS was rebuilt, and students and teachers moved into the building that is now Oakdale High School for a two-year stay. In 2010, Linganore moved out of the Oakdale building and the schools’ student population divided. Oakdale opened with only 9th and 10th grade, and students who were in the Linganore district went back to LHS. This gives some teachers at LHS an insight into the anxiety
of the current redistricting problems, such as splitting up families and switching schools. Physical education teacher Andrea Poffinberger, who was teaching when Linganore and Oakdale formed two different schools, said the situation “reduced population and staffing,” and “dropped the enrollment” of the school. Lower class sizes could be beneficial for students and staff at the schools. Science teacher, Jessica Baker, stated that class size is one of the most important things to keep in mind in regards to the students
during the redistricting. "We had class sizes up to forty [students]. And so, being a science teacher, I can only safely have about thirty students in my classroom at lab stations, but with increased class sizes I have thirty-five kids in my class sometimes.” So along with simple overcrowding that could happen with large class sizes, it could actually be unsafe in some classrooms if there are too many students. Redistricting would even out class sizes at the
schools where population would increase otherwise. Teachers also ensure that each student gets an equal education, no matter what school they attend. Teachers throughout the year actually meet with other teachers, and we do professional learning communities. We share resources throughout the school year. We have no problem sharing resources with other teachers,” said Baker. New boundaries will be adopted in November.
Simeon Nelson. The pair went to Weinel’s chemistry and journalism classes. Both Weinel and Nelson felt the shadowing experience was a great experience but wished the day could have lasted longer. “I thought it was interesting how different but similar the schools were. It was great to check out how another school that isn’t too far from mine can operate differently. I could definitely see how a student transitioning would feel much more comfortable after a shadowing experience,” said Nelson. Although not the original purpose of the program, Student Voices can ease the anxieties and difficulties of adjusting to the LinganoreOakdale-Urbana redistricting. For many, the shadowing experience and program as a whole helped to inform and comfort the fears about
With redistricting on the horizon, many students and families are emotional about the change and stuck in their vision of what makes their school better. However, the Student Voices program has helped me to see that there is no “best” high school. The program, led by Eric Louérs Phillips, Toby Huesser, Colleen Bernard, and James Hines, held sessions on November 29 and February 4 to teach students leadership techniques, brainstorm improvement ideas, and share experiences. The two sessions worked to lead up to an event that would put together all the time and work participants put into the program. On March 14, students from Linganore, Oakdale, Governor Thomas Johnson, and Frederick High S c h o o l paired up to shadow and host each other at their schools. T h e shadowphoto by Natalie Rebetsky ing experi- Braden Weinel and Oakdale's Simeon ence really Nelson work in Weinel's journalism class. opened my eyes to the similarities and differenc- redistricting. “Redistricting was es between Frederick County schools. I hosted not a consideration Nyah Stewart, a senior when we planned Stufrom Governor Thomas dent Voices last sumJohnson High School. mer. However, it has Through our various helped students who conversations as she participated in the profollowed me around gram meet peers and my classes, I learned a learn about schools they lot about not only her may not have had to opschool, but mine as well. portunity to learn about We discovered that al- during their time as an though there are dif- FCPS student,” said ferences between our Phillips. Across the board, schools, they are more similar than we original- participants agree that ly thought. We both left the Student Voices shadthat day more informed owing experience was and open-minded about extremely valuable. I know I can’t speak for our schools. Although my shad- everyone, but I think owing experience was that if the program was eye-opening and taught expanded, the redistrictme valuable lessons, it ing process would be a was not as relevant to lot smoother. Student redistricting as the Lin- Voices widens Frederganore-Oakdale pairs ick County’s horizons and achieves its vision were. Class of 2020 mem- statement: “To build ber Braden Weinel is a school and system culparticipant in the pro- ture where everyone gram and hosted Oak- belongs, is valued, and dale High School senior has a voice.”
21 Reasons Why: Maryland should raise the smoking age to 21
Madeline Hull Reporter Seven states-California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, Virginia, and over 400 localities like Washington, D.C-have raised the legal age to purchase smoking materials to 21 to prevent teens from vaping and smoking. Having seen the problems in my high school concerning the frequent Juuling and vaping in class and bathrooms of Juuls and other vape materials, I hope Maryland legislators will move quickly to become the eighth progressive state to act. While there are some who have different views, I have an overwhelming number of reasons to support the bill, 21 reasons in fact. Reason 1: Smoking is the main cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people each year; that’s more than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Reason 2: Young adulthood is a critical time of development and experimentation. Studies suggests that nicotine use during adolescence and young adulthood has long term impacts on brain development. Reason 3: Lung cancer is the most common cancer for both women and men in the United States. The risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher in smokers compared to non-smokers: 15.9 percent for current male smokers; 9.5 percent for current women smokers. Men who smoke more than five cigarettes per day have a 24.4 percent higher chance of getting lung cancer compared to a male who doesn’t smoke. Reason 4: California’s Tobacco 21 law that raised California’s legal smoking age and the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. It became effective in June 2016, Data for 15-16 year olds showed a 45% reduction in sales of tobacco products to underage buyers before and after the law. Reason 5: Everyone has been aware of the risks of smoking, but the long term effects of Juuls and vapes are inconclusive because they are
a newer electronic cigarette products. There’s no question, though, that putting any smoke in one’s lungs is not healthy. Reason 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked current and former smokers when they originally started smoking. The CDC found that 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers had already tried smoking by the age of 18. Reason 7: If Governor Hogan signs the bill, the fine will increase for selling vape products to a minor from $1,000 to $2,500 and raise the legal age to prevent students under the age of 21 from trying vapes, Juuls, and cigarettes. Fines mean more revenue for antismoking campaigns, research, and education. Reason 8: Vaping is the newest gateway drug. Teens who have started to vape have a greater risk of eventually using marijuana. Students between ages 12- 14 who have tried e-cigarettes are 2.5 times more likely to become heavy marijuana users and smoke pot at least once a week. Reason 9: Secondhand smoke affects humans and pollutes the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, children exposed to secondhand smoke have increased risks of sudden infant death syndrome, middle ear infection, asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Reason 10: Smoking costs the United States $170 billion in health care funding each year. or have no family history of having seizures and have had one.” said school nurse, LeAnn Windsor. Reason 12: In July 2015, a CDC report found that three quarters of adults favor raising the tobacco age to 21, including seven out of 10 smokers. Reason 13: In a March 2015 report by the Institute of Medicine, one of the most prestigious scientific authorities in the United States, strongly agreed that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a positive impact on public health and save lives. Reason 14: Seizures among children and teens are a common side effect of vaping. “Juuling is such an epidemic, I think they should have changed the age years ago. I’ve seen students who have never had a seizure before or have no family history of having seizures and have had one.” said school nurse, LeAnn Windsor. Read seven more at https://lhslance.org/hllkl
Liberal arts colleges losing their raison d’etre Yesenia Montenegro Editor Colleges and universities all over the country have begun removing arts and humanities majors. As a teen who has grown up bilingual in German and has been learning Spanish since middle school, I am frustrated about how devalued foreign language study has become. Even colleges in this area, such as McDaniel College, have already started the process of removing German, Latin, and French majors and minors. The leadership is waiting for the trustees’ approval in May. This is ironic because in 2017, McDaniel College was ranked 11th in Maryland as a top college in Maryland for the quality of their foreign language program. “German-American day activities are still planned for this fall, which will coincide with its 25th anniversary, but this will probably be its last year,” said the head of the foreign language department at McDaniel, Martine Motard-Noar. Most colleges require some form of language proficiency for their students. Students looking to enroll at the College of Arts and Humanities at UMD need to have completed at least four classes of the same language in high school. Students who are trying to meet UMD’s general requirements for admission to college need two credits of a language. Studying a language doesn’t mean learning a language–that’s unfortunate. In America, fewer than
one percent of people are proficient in a language studied in a U.S. classroom. Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, professor of German language at Hunter College in New York and chair of the American Association of Teachers of German Testing Commission, showed in a study that a student that has taken two, three, or even four semesters of a foreign language does not have the professional proficiency needed for a job requiring someone bilingual. With colleges removing even more ways for a student to become fluent in a language, students looking for jobs will have fewer opportunities. So how does this affect someone like me? I grew up in Germany speaking English and German. In seventh grade I started learning Spanish as well and will be taking the AP Spanish test this spring. Since middle school, I have had the opportunity to take Spanish I through AP Spanish, but if foreign language classes are going to stop at the college level, many high school students may not want to continue their foreign language studies to reach that high level of proficiency. Since moving to America,
I have been continuing my German studies at the GLC in Potomac. Last year I completed the DSD II, which will allow me to go to college in Germany. It also allows me to receive the Seal of Biliteracy. While Maryland has been trying to promote the Seal of Biliteracy, higher education is scaling down on foreign language study. “They’re cutting all the programs that make you a well-rounded person. They are pushing math and science, but people need to learn how to communicate and learn about other cultures,” said retired German teacher, Joanne Freimuth. Being trilingual gives me lots of opportunities for careers. Speaking at least one other language is criteria many employers look for in a candidate. Employees are willing to pay a lot for their bilingual employees. Bilingual employees can generally earn anywhere between 5 and 20% more per hour. If opportunities for studying foreign language are decreasing, receiving benefits like this will be much harder. “I want to have a better understanding of different cultures and how they interact with one another in a daily setting."
NEHS decorates windows with poetry Alexis Fowler Editor On April 1, students from the National English Honor Society used their creative poetry skills to decorate the school’s cafeteria windows, organized by officer Jacob Bolger. The idea was to contribute to National Poetry Month and inspire others to dive deeper into poetry. Adviser of National English Honor Society Natalie Rebetsky encourages the students to build a sense of community and expression through writing. The poetry on the windows event is an activity aiming to promote poetry through the school. Natalie Rebetsky National English Honor Society member Kaley Henyon decorates a window. Members showed their appreciation for poetry by writing famous quotes on the
cafeteria windows for all to see, including Robert Frost, Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss. “Personally I have loved reading poetry because it helps me view writing in a different way. It’s a fun way of expressing yourself,” said NEHS member Amanda Lindsay. National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to conserve poetry’s role in society and vital contribution to cultures around the world. This celebration involves
grades K-12 and inspires children to become more active in the culture of writing and enhances the achievements of authors around the world. National Honor Society Member Dana Kullgren said, “Poetry is often forgotten by a lot of people because prose is more popular in our society. It’s important to take time to appreciate something we might not spend a lot of time thinking about. Read more about the poetry contest at lhslance.org or go online .
Trayless Tuesdays? Will Maryland ban styrofoam from school cafeterias? Ashley Baker and Lindsey Russo
Maryland will be the first state to ban polystyrene foam containers as a result of of their long-term damaging effect on the environment. Linganore should incorporate a program such as “Trayless Tuesdays” to better prepare for the change. A popular alternative, paper boats can eliminate the polystyrene foam waste. The state’s Democratic Party dominated the General Assembly to pass the ban this year, but it is still pending action from the Governor. The ban is planned to begin January 1, 2020, and would ban the use of polystyrene foam by businesses which
sell food. Maryland Democrats may choose to accept an amendment that would delay implementation of the ban for six months, meaning it would start in July of next year. Polystyrene foam is a big part of the plastic problem in our oceans. The lightweight foam containers are usually littered to the ground and when they sit on the ground for a while, they soak up toxins. Then the wind carries them to different areas, mainly falling into a body of water. “The main things we see are the Styrofoam trays used in the cafeteria. I personally think that using the plastic trays would be a better al-
ternative,” lead custodian Michael Bowles said. The only benefit of using Styrofoam trays at lunch is the quick clean up process. “Styrofoam can create issues with the landfill; however, it’s a big time saver in terms of our job and the amount of dishes we generate every day,” Karen Borroughs, cafeteria staff member said. “We have a duty, I think, to future generations to start seriously curtailing the use of single use plastic,” said Delegate Brooke Lierman, politician in the Maryland Legislature and represents District 46 in Baltimore City. According to the National Geographic, every year, an
Students prepare for the future at the college and career fair
photo by Madeline Hull Sierra Rossman talked to Admissions Counselor Jennifer Reid from Shenandoah University. Madeline Hull Reporter
On April 1, Student Services held a College and Career Fair during PREP and lunch shifts on Main Street. Every table had representatives and alumni who helped interested students find their perfect college. A total of 29 different colleges, universities, armed forces, and local businesses had tables at the fair. A few of the tables with representatives included McDaniel
College, Mount Saint Mary’s, Towson University, the AirForce, and the National Fire Academy. “Attending a career fair is a good opportunity for students to explore career options available at a variety of schools and businesses,” said Student Services secretary Ms. Failor when asked about the importance of the fair. Joshua Brown the directory coordinator from Liberty University talked to many students. He was very energetic and engaged well with all students. He began talking about courses, majors and actives students can do at Liberty, “We have your typical things, like business communications and physiology, but we have our own BAR credited law school; we have our own medical school; even our own airport if you want to learn how to fly planes, fly drones or work on planes.” But not all students want to go to college. Some students choose to go straight from
high school to a career. Electricians, radiology technicians, and manufacturing machinists are only a few options out of the 36% of the job openings that do not require an education beyond high school. The Airforce and the National Fire academy were only two out of the 10 tables that doesn’t require anything above a high school diploma. “When I was applying, I only applied to one school. I didn’t know about all my options, so being here and helping students with find their perfect college fit is important to me,” said Admissions Counselor Jennifer Reid from Shenandoah University. One of the biggest reasons students left the cafeteria to talk to colleges was the swag they offered. Read more at: https:// lhslance.org/zrz4d
Strahlman wins Junior Frederick Co. NEHS Common Reader Scholarship Lindsey Russo Editor
On March 22, Matthew Strahlman received the Junior Common Reader Scholarship for the Frederick County National English Honor Society. One junior and one senior recieved $250 dollars from an FCPS Gifts for Education Grant awarded to the Linganore High School NEHS in order to start the annual local scholarship. Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky wrote the grant with NEHS President Emily Reed. They hoped the local scholarship would attract more students to participate in the national contest.
Matthew Strahlman was surprised with the Frederick Co. Scholarship. photo courtesy of Nancy Doll
Everything I Never Told You and The Samurai’s Garden were the novels for this year’s Common Reader essay. Students had seven prompts to choose from. There were 25 entries for the local scholarship. The finalists received a letter
of congratulations and a certificate. All participants received a letter to thank them for writing the essay. “I think what set my essay apart from everyone else’s was what I wrote about and how I wrote around the prompt I chose. Also I think that my analysis of the book was pretty unique,” Matthew Strahlman said. The scholarship was supported by the Frederick County Literacy Chapter. “He’s a great student and kid, and we are very proud of him,” said Scott Strahlman, Matthew’s father. Read more at: https://lhslance.org/ v3tpn
photo by Lindsey Russo Many students mistakenly try to recycle styrofoam trays.
estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions.
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Wolfpack makes shirts inspired by manager Jimmy Clements
photo courtesy of Dawn Aburto The wrestling team surprised Jimmy with new shirts Grace Corbitt Editor
The wrestling team surprised manager Jimmy Clements with matching “Big Nasty JC” t-shirts on the morning of the state match. Even better, the wrestlers told Jimmy he was going with them to the state contest. Clements and his Wolf Pack must be lucky indeed, as the team came away with a second place title at states. The team surprised Clements on the morning of the state event in Mrs. Mary Cate Henry’s Learning for Life class. Jimmy said he has been obsessed with wrestling since 2010. Knowing his love for wrestling, the team was more than happy to name him manager. Clements joined the team about two matches into the season. He was in charge of keeping time in the wrestling room and picking out the music for practices. He selected motivating WWE themed songs like “The Rising Sun.” He would also travel to the team’s matches for support. Clements takes pride in being their number one fan. Jimmy wears WWE clothing almost every day and is obsessed with anything involving the World Wrestling Entertainment media company. He made his interest in
WWE apparent to the team, which gave them the idea to make Jimmy his own wrestling shirt. Jimmy had designed the shirt, and the team wanted to actually produce it for him. Dalton Pearl, a member of the wrestling team, took control of getting the shirts made. His mom also helped out with production. The shirt had a wolf on it which represented Jimmy’s all time favorite wrestling group called “Wolfpack.” It also featured the WWEstyled wrestling name that Jimmy picked out for himself : “Big Nasty Jimmy Clements.” “The name is something Jimmy picked out a long time ago if he ever made it big in the WWE, but to us he already has,” said Earl Blake, three-time state wrestling champion. Clement’s parents, Allison and Clayton Burgee, were extremely grateful that the wrestling team did this for their son. Clayton Burgee said, “All of this has definitely been a wonderful confidence booster for Jimmy.” The team presented the shirts to Jimmy and they all wore them to the state championship match. Jimmy said that getting his own shirt and getting to go to the states wrestling match was “absolutely wonderful.” The team bond goes even further than the wrestling room. The whole team has planned to go to Clements’ house in April to watch Wrestlemania 35. “I wish the team the absolute best for the future!” said Jimmy. Read more at: https://lhslance.org/ o6wk9
Boys lacrosse beats Middletown Ashley Martin Editor On March 29 the varsity boys lacrosse team played against the Middletown Knights at Middletown. Dominating the start of the game, the team ended the half 11-7. Unfortunately, with a couple mistakes, the Knights caught up but not enough to beat the Lancers. The game ended with a victory of 17-12. Number 19, Roman Larrocco was the leading scorer of the night with 9 goals. Following him was Cooper Fabry, Noah Grenis, and Cole Blanche. Larocco said, “Middletown was a good team, and
they have a couple players that make you pay for your mistakes. I thought our team played really hard, and even when they went on some runs, we always had an answer.”
Courtesy of Roman Larocco
Roman Larocco, number 19 catches and starts to carry it down the field.
Head Coach Richard Thompson said, “Though we made several mistakes during the course of the game, we were still able to come away with a victory. As for the season our goal is always the same when we have as much talent as we do this year and that is to return to the state championship.” The boys Lacrosse team is 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the CMC spires division.
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Girls strength training learns self defense at Strive Martial Arts cializes in teaching girls how to fight off an attacker. T h e self-defense class lasts for about an hour. It involves activities such as acting out dangerous scenarios courtesy of Andrea Poffenberger and wrestling a partner to Strive istructors Derek Watson and Anthony the ground. Lewis demonstrate self-defense tactics. It is important Grace Corbitt for young women have this Editor information on how to keep ourselves safe, which is why On April 3, Girls Strength the girls take the field trip Training took a field trip each year. ¨Taking this class was a to Strive Martial Arts in Germantown. The class spe- lot of fun. I feel a lot safer now knowing all of the tips that
the instructors gave you,” said Jaylin Graziano. Coach Poffenberger, girls strength training teacher, believes this field trip is a great lesson on using your voice and staying out of abusive relationships. The class is also great for strength training because it has a good amount of exercise. The instructors also told the girls that being aware of your surroundings is key and to never put too much trust into a stranger. Strive Martial Arts offers classes other that self-defense for women. They have it for all genders and they also do martial arts classes for all ages. Read more at: https://lhslance.org/ xhld8
Boys track & field places second, aggravated by the heat
Keifer Spore Reporter On March 30 the boys varsity track team had a meet at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. Linganore finished 22 points behind Oakdale, putting them in second. The weather conditions at the meet weren’t the best. The temperature rose to 76 degrees. Contrary to photo by Emily Webb what spectators would Ben Dill passes competition during the 800 meter race. expect, the athletes didn’t enjoy performnew school record for outdoor the high jump Colby Bannon ing on such a hot day. Many were badly sunburned track, and a new PR for Hols- placed third. because of being outside all inger in outdoor; although, during the indoor season he This meet was one of the day. “It was mentally stressful, jumped 15’1”. Holsinger also longest meets of the year, lastbecause I wanted the weather got a PR in the 300 meter ing from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to be a bit cooler for my sub Hurdles, running a 43.87, Most of the athletes spent the 4:20 mile attempt,” said Will and in the triple jump, jump- day waiting in the heat until ing 39’9″. their events. Cioffi. There were a few othMichael Belmaggio placed first in the 3200 meter er podium finishes as well, Read more at: with a time of 9:36.02. Carter Will Cioffi placed second in https://lhslance. Holsinger won pole vault with the 1600 meter. Ethan Hart org/87h84 a height of 14’ 07”. This is a placed third in the discus. For
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Mark Lastova coached the girls soccer team in the late 1990s.
Lastova named new coach for girls soccer Bailey Bennett Reporter Four days before the first varsity girls soccer game of the 2018 season, head coach, Howard Putterman resigned. Putterman stepped down to take a position as an athletic director at Tuscarora High School. Putterman had been coaching LHS girls soccer for 10 years and had just led the team to their first state championship in school history. After his resignation, assistant coach Phil Werner coached for the remainder of the season, with help from the junior varsity coaches. The girls team went 13-71 for the 2018 season In preparation for the 2019 season, Mark Lastova, who’s involved with Project Lead The Way and an experienced soccer coach was announced as the new head coach on February 8. Lastova brings experience that is deeper than most coaches. Lastova has coached both of his children for many years and coached in both the girls and boys programs at Linganore. He coached at the Soccer Association of Columbia for 20 years and at Thunder Soccer Club for 5 years. Lastova also hand-
selected 4 teams and took them to 3 international tournaments in Aberystwyth, Wales, Portsmouth, England and Limerick, Ireland. In 2012 Lastova decided to stop coaching to enjoy watching his own children play. After being in the stands for seven years, Lastova said, “ I decided to coach again because I missed being on the sideline. Watching from the stands really inspired me to coach again. It’s going to be good to get back out there on the pitch. I am looking forward to working with such a talented group of girls.” Midfielder, Sammie Hoefs said, “I’ve only heard good things about Mr. Lastova. I am very excited, and I can tell he’s going to bring a lot to the program.” After watching various games this past season, Lastova said he will focus on getting the girls strong and conditioned before tryouts and getting to know individual players in order to plan for the season. Lastova is looking for well- rounded players with aggression, technical ability, commitment and good work ethic. As a coach it is important to him to clearly communicate with his players and push them to their full potential.
Spring Sports Shout Outs Sophomore Matthew Cunningham throws
a one hitter against defending 3A State Champions, Thomas Johnson High School for boys varsity baseball. Senior Cole Lee hits a walk off single in the seventh inning to defeat Frederick High School in boys baseball.
Girls varsity lacrosse defeated Thomas Johnson High School with a score of 20-2. Junior varsity softball defeated Tusca-
rora High School 19-1.
Junior Cole Blanche scores seven goals and one assist against Thomas Johnson High School to solidify a 18-3 win. Congratulations to boys tennis players Charlie Rasmussen, Jacob Halpert, Evan Gobien and Dylan Young for their win over Tuscarora High School.
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