We Will Succeed.
The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LIV, XXXVIV, 1 Volume IssueIssue 3
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March 2009 2018 November
Varsity football loses to Franklin in last two seconds Christian Nolan Sport Editor
There was no doubt that the varsity football was destined to win the State Championship this year. It came as a great surprise to fans and reporters when the Lancers fell short 17-14 in a last second field goal that gave Franklin High School the the 3A State Title in Annapolis on November 29. The Lancers, who were hoping to repeat their 2017 state title, put up a fight all the way to the final seconds, defensively picking off three interceptions, by Will Coletti, Colby Bannon, and Ben Mussleman. There were an additional two sacks from Matthew Beekey and Dalton Pearl, who combined for one of those sacks, as well as Cole Mitchell’s solo sack and forced fumble. The defense was holding Franklin’s offense to a bare minimum of 14 points at the half, but it was the offense that wasn’t on their stride. Offensively, the boys were not in their game, dropping open passes,
not being able to convert off turnovers, and being held off to only 159 rushing yards. Local reporter Kyle Mcfadden did a video interview with Joey Felton, Ryan Leyh, and Coach Conner after the game where Felton said, “We missed out on a lot of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize off them. We played our butts off. Just the fact that we had three interceptions on defense–e didn’t come away with it.” There are a lot of seniors on the team that are going to be leaving the team, and over that last two years these players have been building a bond that can never be broken. The players had a tremendous year, going 9-1 in the regular season and going to the State Championship for the second year in a row. Linganore football may have lost the 3A state championship game, but Linganore fans remain strong. Oakdale High School plays the 2A state championship game against Howard County’s Glenelg High School on December 2 at 7 p.m. Best of luck Bears!
Drama Disney Trip Highlight Reel Jacob Blue Editor
photo by Lynne Galletti The drama students pose for a photo with Michael Swickard after their performance of Beauty and the Beast.
courtesy of Duncan Slade Cole Mitchell and Nick Vance warm up with defensive line drills.
Winpigler wins Scholastic competition at Shippensburg Lily Weaver Managing Editor
On November 3 and 4, Frederick County took all first place awards for the four categories at the Scholastic competition at Shippensburg College in PA. Grace Winpigler won the overall competition and $500. Winpigler’s art is a ceramic vase object that has triangles coming off from either side. The artwork is a tan color with purple detailing. “When I found out I won I was super surprised, but had a feeling I was going to win something,” said Winpigler. 3rd place overall went to Colleen Avila who received $200. Avila’s art is a canvas with newspaper print plastered on. The newspaper articles are from the day Trump made comments about other countries. Along the top it has the founding fathers head with a hand holding them up. “I created my art last year in Mr. M’s class for our social commentary assignment. It represents when trump made inappropriate comments about countries and used foul languages to describe them,” said Avila. Shelby Tkacik took home fourth place overall and received $100. Tkacik’s winning ceramics piece is a cactus pot. It’s green with spikes coming off from it to represent the needles. Along the top and on one arm it has flowers laying on top. “I was very excited to win, and it made all the
hard work worth it,” said Tkacik. “I think that winning three out of four awards is a testament to the rigor we demand of our students and the commitment they have towards
courtesy of Georgia Geisser Colleen Avila, Grace Winpigler, and Shelby Tkacik posing with Winpiglers winning piece.
their artwork. I am thrilled that our students can compete on a regional level and win; it speaks to our wonderful art department and all the work our students and stuff put in on a regular basis,” said Georgia Geisser, art teacher at Linganore.
Percussionists audition for All-County Ashley Nash Reporter
photo by Jacob Blue Linganore drama and Oakdale marching band students got to watch Epcot’s the end of the day show IllumiNations during an exclusive Disney dessert party.
On November 20, percussionists auditioned for Frederick All-County Percussion. They were given a piece prior to the auditions to prepare and another piece at the audition to see how well they can sight read music. Auditions were about 15 minutes for each person. The students were required to play the snare drum, timpani, and marimba. The timpani is four different drums very close together. There were four judges, two in each room, and they were looking for good tone, rhythmic accuracy, musicality, correct tempo, and good technique. Band Director Kevin Lloyd said, “Being in the All-County Percussion gives real world ex-
periences of playing hard music that students have a short time to prepare. Students are able to work with other students, teachers, and directors that they normally wouldn’t. It gives them more chances to experience more music with new people in new places.” About 25 students auditioned. The AllCounty band will have about 60-65 students from all Frederick County Schools. They will have a three-day practice prior to the performance, along with the guest conductor, at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, on January 26 at 7 p.m. Nick Condrasky, Class of 2021, said “I was really nervous when I was practicing and before I played. When I was called into play I messed up a few times, but it was no biggie.”
Congratulations to students who made All-County. photo by Jacob Blue Linganore drama students got to experience the sights of the floating mountains of Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Sarah Buckley, Amber Gilbertson, Silas Nickerson, Erika Katsumoto, Mackenzie Berry, Mia Fontanilla, Kelly Alt, Adam Seymour, Nickolas Condrasky, Makayla Christy, Luke Hackworth, Chloe Williams, Adam Byrd, Amelia Jansen and Alyson Sniffen.
Special congrats to Sarah Buckley and Adam Seymour on All- State
Distinguished Graduate Ceremony 2018 Lilly Player Managing Editor
The seventeenth annual Distinguished Graduate Ceremony was held during PREP on November 20 for the Class of 2022. Selected freshmen announced and introduced the honorees. There are six categories for LHS graduates to be honored in:
academics, athletics, arts and humanities, business, public service and sciences. Former alumni association present and current committee member Kaye Horr said, “Our Distinguished Graduates always validate the many opportunities for students and the excellence in teaching at LHS. I think the Distinguished Graduates’
stories are important to inspire students to set goals, dream big and achieve their potential.” For 2018 there are six honored graduates. Michael Chavez, Class of 1982, is being honored for academics. Karen Ellison-Seyler, who graduated in 1982, is the honoree for Arts and Humanities. Robert “Bo” Eskay graduated in 1983 and is
being recognized for his career in athletics. Shannon Hammond, class of 1999, is being honored for her business achievement. Colonel David Meyer is being awarded for his public service. Class of 2001 graduate, Dr.Curtis Asbury is the Sciences honoree. “They’re all excited to be honored for their achievements and see
the new school since it was rebuilt,” said Mr. Jeremy Brown, the Distinguished Graduate committee member and event coordinator. After the Distinguished Graduate Ceremony, the honorees spoke in a number of classrooms about their time at LHS and their careers. The DGO Committee organizes and hosts
the event. If you know a graduate of LHS that has excelled in any of the six categories, nominate them on the Distinguished Graduate website, or by contacting Jeremy Brown (email@example.com). Linganore is looking forward to meet the Distinguished Graduates for 2019!
Chavez encourages students to "Build a permanent resume."
Lawyer Hammond praises life without devices: "Be present."
Tabitha Moses Reporter
Emily Webb Editor
Mike Chavez, Class of ‘82, received the Academics Award for his achievements. He is currently the Athletic Director at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, but he has worked at many FCPS schools. He was a teacher and coach at Linganore. At the assembly, Chavez said, “You should always remember those around you that are along the way and their support.”
When the ceremony concluded, the graduates were given a tour of the school.
When their tour was finished, each graduate spoke in two classrooms. Chavez first went to Mrs. Samira Diggs’ room.
After Diggs’ class, Chavez went to Mr. Matthew Kronk’s room to speak to a ninth grade English class. Chavez told the class, "I think the biggest thing to understand is that right now you are building your permanent resume. Everything you're doing now is being recorded and written on that permanent resume, and it will impact your future."
Asbury recommends "Be yourself." Rachel McCoy Reporter
Dr. Curtis Asbury is the Distinguished Graduate organization honoree in sciences 2018. At the ceremony, each honoree spoke to the Class of 2022. Asbury’s speech emphasis was “where you came from, where you are, and where you are going.” He told the students not to put limits on themselves and being wellrounded is the key to being successful.
When he talked about the present, he said “Always be yourself. Be vulnerable. Put
yourself out there.” He told the students about when he is working in the medical field he has to be himself and earn the trust of his patients. Without their
trust, there is no way he can treat his patients properly. After the ceremony was over, the Vice President of SGA, Luke Goundry, gave Asbury and his father a tour around the school. Then Goundry guided Asbury to a journalism and science classes, where Asbury gave advice and answered any questions the students had. Asbury and his father ended their visit with lunch in the Learning Commons, catered by Friscos.
Soccer coach Bo Eskay suggests "Get out of your comfort zone." Sammie Hoefs Editor
Robert Eskay Jr., a 1983 graduate, is the 2018 Distinguished Graduate in Athletics. He is the founder of FC Frederick, a local soccer organization. Eskay excelled in soccer during his time in high school.He was a multi-sport athlete and was also active in student government all throughout his time in school. His
love for the game helped shaped his career with FC Frederick. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, he focused on his career in law until he was given the opportunity to found and
manage FC Frederick. While touring the school, Eskay was
shocked by how much the building had changed since his high school days. Dominic Barbagalo, SGA President, accompanied Eskay throughout the day. During third block, Eskay visited two physical education classes. He gave the students advice for high school and beyond. “Get outside of your comfort zone and take advantage of everything that is offered in high school," said Eskay.
Class of 1999 graduate Shannon Hammond received the 2018 Distinguished Graduate award for Business. She is the founder of Hammond Law, LLC, a firm that specializes in elder law. In early 2018, she also started a real estate brokerage with her brother, Justin Grubby. During Hammond's speech at the Distinguished Graduate ceremony, she had lots of advice for the Class of
2021. She emphasized the importance of perspective when going through high school
Hammond talked a lot about how her failures, which seemed devastating at the time but actually helped her in the long run. “Fall-
ing short doesn’t mean failure--it means earning your stripes.” After the ceremony, Hammond toured the school with Class of 2019 and 2020 Presidents Shay Arneson and Emily Webb. She visited a sociology class taught by Mr. Darren Hornbeck and an accounting class taught by Ms. Leanne Elsemore. Her dedication to kindness and service proves that she, without a doubt, deserves the title of Distinguished Graduate.
Meyer chooses dependability above all Braden Weinel Reporter
Colonel David Meyer was honored with the Distinguished Graduate award for Public Service at the ceremony on November 20. During the ceremony, Meyer talked to the freshman students about his experiences in high school and gave them wise advice about how to dig deep and be great at what you love. Meyer said “Be you. I was the only one of my friends who didn’t play sports in
high school. When you choose to do something, do all of it and be great at it.” Meyer also talked about the opportunities students get as they
grow up and the life habits they can learn in high school. After the ceremony, Meyer and his escorts
visited two classes before attending lunch with the rest of the honorees. Meyer first visited Mr. Burch’s American Studies 2 class. Meyer then visited a Journalism class. One thing in particular that Meyer talked about was how it feels to be back at Linganore. He remembers a lot, but a lot has changed as well. “Linganore is a place I remember fondly, but it’s not my place anymore, the last time I was here was 28 years ago.”
Musician Karen Ellison-Seyler urges students to "Be different." Alexandra Dembeck Reporter
Karen Ellison-Seyler, member of the class of 1982, is the 2018 Distinguished Graduate honoree in Arts & Humanities. During her time at Linganore, Seyler dedicated the majority of her time to the arts. She participated in choir and her own band, Hydra. “I was the only girl in my woodshop class. That was my thing. This (high school) is the opportunity to try new things. Do something
that interests you. Be different.” Seyler said. This motto carried Seyler through her music career. Despite what others said or thought, Seyler pursued her love of music and started an
80’s tribute band, The Reagan Years. After the ceremony was over, Seyler, her
husband Sy, and her son Sebastian, a current student at Linganore, went on a tour of the school with SGA officers Ashley Perise and Morgan Miller. Their first stop, predictably, was Kevin Lloyd’s band class. Students asked her questions about her musical talents and performances. Seyler said, “I would say that one of the biggest performances we have done was at President Trump’s inauguration."
Teens are not ready to vote at sixteen Alex Dembeck Reporter
A local competition would improve theater performances Cara Bond Reporter Commercial theater groups have always had ways of comparing their success to others. There are the Oscars, the Helen Hayes Awards, the Golden Globe Awards. The list of accolades for theater is long. What about student theater groups? In Frederick County, at least, there is no official competition or set of awards that students can use to compare their success to others. Aside from the audience attending their shows, the hard work of high school theater participants is almost never seen. For thespians, it seems like the hard work never stops. Audition information for the spring musical Beauty and the Beast has already been posted, just a week after the end of the fall play. Students prepare their shows for months at a time; including the week-long period where students will stay at school until 8:30 in the evening known as “tech week.” What comes after this process? Usually it’s a weekend of performances that are immediately followed by the disassembling of the set, and then the school’s next production. These shows are the measure of success that theater students follow; months of preparation and advertising pay off when the auditorium is filled with audience members ready to see the production. Unlike most extracurricular activities, theatrical productions measure their success by that audience feedback. Sports teams will compete against other schools and strive to be better based on the results, but theater students don’t have that opportunity. The drama department evaluates its success based on its own past productions since it doesn’t have the chance to officially compare to the work of other schools in Frederick County. “Success is pretty relative when it comes to theater,” said senior theater student Maggie Clugston. “Monetarily, I believe our program does pretty well compared to other schools, and the quality of our
shows compares to any other program in the county pretty well.” But how is Clugston measuring that? Although there is no official competition between theatrical productions in Frederick County schools, theater students often attend the performances at other schools. “When I see another school’s production, it fills me with pride and hope for the future of theater in FCPS,” said Clugston. “It inspires me to be a better performer, and just makes me plain happy to see everyone I’ve gotten to know through theater thrive onstage.” Currently, Frederick County doesn’t have an official competition for theater students. There is, however, a branch of theatrical competition in Baltimore: the Cappies. The Cappies of Baltimore is a branch of national theatrical competition that allows theater students in the Baltimore area to compete against each other. There are currently thirteen chapters of the Cappies in the United States. The Cappies of Baltimore is open to schools in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Carroll County. The Cappies involves student and professional critics alike as high school theatrical performances are evaluated and awarded for their success. The competition is designed to celebrate the excellence of theater students and motivate schools to create outstanding performances. “I believe a competition between schools would be beneficial to all programs in FCPS because it would give them something to strive towards,” said Clugston. “It would motivate me and my fellow drama students at Linganore to be the best we could possibly be. I don’t necessarily think it should be competitive,” Smithhisler express some concerns on the idea of competition as opposed to a festival. The Cappies is always welcoming applications for chapters in the United States. Maybe in the future, Frederick County theater students will have a chance to show their talents.
Would allowing teens to vote at 16 have changed the midterm elections? Probably. After students began to use their voice in light of tragedies, such as the Parkland shooting, many politicians have acknowledged that teens aren’t simply focused on their social lives. They are worried about their futures and the future of the country. Though this is true about the teenagers who have recently spoken out, they only make up a small portion of all teens ages 16 to 17 in the country. The majority of students in this age group aren’t informed about politics or only have an understanding of politics that is portrayed through social media and I believe we aren’t fully capable of making educated decisions that are different or independent from our parents and other adults around us. Citizenship requires informed voting. Sixteen-yearolds are not informed. The voting age was changed once before, in 1970, when Congress lowered it from 21 to 18. The idea behind this was that eighteen-year-olds are able to fight for their country but not able to decide who represents them. Today, there is no reason for a further change. As a sixteen-yearold, students are still legally required to attend school and are still generally under the care of their parents or guardians. Takoma Park, Maryland; Greenbelt, Maryland; Hyatts-
graphic by Alex Dembeck
ville, Maryland; and Berkeley, California have all lowered their voting age to 16 for local elections. One reason that they did this is because they believe it will bring more people to the voting booths. Although it does create a larger group of people who are able to vote, it doesn’t mean that the ratios of eligible voters who vote to eligible voters who do not vote is guaranteed to increase. In Takoma Park’s 2013 election, only 17% of 16 to 17-year-olds who were eligible voters actually voted. When it comes to teen voting, one of the newest concerns is the effect that social media will have on the opinions of young voters. Janvier Beaver, government teacher, said, “In teaching at Linganore High School for twelve years, I believe students are more interested in politics than any point in my career. Social media has definitely peeked students’ interest in politics.” But does that translate to informed voting? A study by Joseph Kahne, professor of education policy and politics, and Benjamin
Bowyer, senior researcher at the Civic Engagement Research Group, showed that there was a direct correlation between social media use and political affiliation. This can be seen as both positive and negative. It may help teens form their own opinions and easily align with a political party earlier, but it could also limit the views of teens to a particular party’s ideas. Although students know more about politics due to access to social media, their views of politicians and issues can become confused. Social media can also pressure students into voting without deeper examination. A study by Ipsos Mori, a UK research group, more than a third of young people said that their vote was influenced by something that they saw on social media. The brain of a 16 year old isn’t fully developed. On average, brain development doesn’t stop until mid to early 20’s. Even at 18, views are still forming. Therefore, having a 16-year -old vote would be irrational itself.
Pittsburgh stands as one after mass shooting Emily Lotito Reporter Driving through the streets of Pittsburgh, all the homes look cozy and filled with life. People were celebrating Thanksgiving and preparing for the holidays. On Wilkins Ave outside of Pittsburgh, there is the synagogue where a deadly shooting happened. The building looks normal; there are stained glass windows and has the Hebrew name and the English name below it. Observers would never think that there would be a shooting at such a strong building. When my family and I visited the synagogue, we didn’t say any words to each other. We mourned for the lives lost. We placed rocks along the memorial with flowers. In Jewish tradition, mourners place a rock at the grave site of deceased. At the memorial,
there was a sign from the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh. “We are saddened and distressed for The Tree of Life Congregation and offer the support of our prayer and love to all involved. May peace be in the hearts of all our sisters and brothers in the Jewish community.”
How could someone come into a neighborhood filled of beauty and want to kill people because of their religion? “I couldn’t believe something like that could happen
in that area that was so close knit. Almost everyone [present] was crying.” Shari Lotito said. My mother comes from Lakewood, New Jersey where all sorts of ethnicity, races, and religions fill the streets. She says it’s different from Frederick and Pittsburgh because locally there isn’t much diversity. There isn’t a big Jewish community like Lakewood where everyone would see Hasidics walking during the weekends. Visitors could walk around Lakewood and Pittsburgh to meet many Jewish community members. People meet Reform Jews, Conservative Jews, Reconstructive Jews, Orthodox and Karaite Jews. The best part is, even though the groups see Judaism in many ways, they still stand together and fight against the hate.
Maryland basketball preview: Can the Terps make a deep run? Erich Miller Reporter
I predict that the Maryland Terrapin Basketball Team will have a successful season even with the incoming freshman. Predicted Statistics Record: 25-7 Big Ten: 2nd Tournament: Sweet 16 Incoming Freshmen The Maryland Terrapins most recent game was against Penn State on December 1st. A lot is expected from the Terps, who are led by Junior Anthony Cowan. The Terrapins have also added their best recruiting class of all time, including, five-star recruit Jalen Smith. The freshman class has high hopes, and I’m not the only one expecting a good season from the Terrapins this year.
Can they exceed expectations? I believe if the talent came to fruition they could make an even deeper run then the sweet 16. The Terps top recruit, Jalen Smith, is the third highest recruit they’ve had since the recruiting system came out in 1988. The system shows the top 300 players ranked across the U.S. Jalen Smith is ranked the #10 recruit in the country and fans expect a lot, but some people don’t remember that there are also five other incoming freshman. He will be a force in the paint, being able to score down low. He also poses as a threat behind the 3-point line. He is currently the Terps number one draft prospect. In high school, Jalen averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds, destroying his
competition. Small Forward Aaron Wiggins, the Terrapins fifth best recruit in the last 10 years, also has high expectations. He may not need to be the star this year. Wiggins is a great perimeter shooter and will help replace Kevin Huerter who left for the NBA last season. He shot 43% from three in high school. Eric Ayala is the second point guard on the team. He is expected to help out Anthony Cowan in sharing the responsibilities of point guard. Last year, Cowan led the Big Ten with 37 minutes per game, which is unreasonable for any player. The average player plays 20 minutes per game. Read more at: https://lhslance.org/wr0sc
Wrestling has high hopes for success Braden Weinel Reporter
photo by Braden Weinel Earl Blake and Frankie Dickinson match up on the first day of practice.
Last year, the wrestling team made history by reaching the dual meet regional finals for the first time. This year, with several returning wrestlers, strong coaching, and talent from new participants, the team hopes to go even further. Long time Urbana head coach, Ben Arneson, returned to his alma mater
in 2016 to head the Lancer wrestling program. At Urbana high school, Arneson won one dual meet state championship, five regional championships, and seven county championships. In his second season as the Lancer head coach, he brought the team to the regional dual meet semi-finals where they faced off against against Manchester Valley High School and won by a tie-breaker. The Lancers advanced to the regional finals, but, unfortunately, were beaten by Tuscarora High School. Arneson said, “I believe that we have the talent, ability, and right group of kids to contend for a state championship this year.” Among the Lancers lineup is senior captain Earl Blake. Blake is a three-time county champion, two-time state
champion, five-time allAmerican, and a twelve-time national team member. He is committed to wrestle at Kent State after he graduates high school. Blake believes that the team can bring home a state championship this year. Blake is a role model for the other wrestlers on the team and through him comes hard work and intense training. “I try to lead by example. No matter how hard the practice is, I continue to push through and show the other wrestlers that they can do the same, ” said Blake. Freshman Sean Mullineaux is an experienced wrestler. Before high school, he wrestled for the Warriors Wrestling club and the Predators Wrestling club.
Boys indoor track and field look to defend their 3a state title our long distance runners are
William Quansah Reporter
On November 19, boys indoor track and field began their first full week of training for the 2018-2019 winter season. Last year’s 2018 3A State Champions have runners coming off winning the cross country CMC Championship and a second place finish in the cross country 3A State Championship. The concern is the loss of seniors that propelled them towards last season’s title. Last year, only four of the team’s returning underclassmen scored points in individual events (Will Cioffi, Colby Bannon, Carter Holsinger, and Michael Belmaggio).
photo by Bailey Spore Senior Allejah Seraton performs his workout.
Despite this setback, long distance runner Michael Belmaggio is still confident the team can perform well this season due to having an allaround strong team. “We do not have the best runners in the region, but we have many capable ones. Many of
coming off a successful cross country season. We have to remember we can win as a team if we push each other.” The team is led by Mr. Bill Eckard and Andres Wright. After three weeks of training, Linganore will have their first meet, the Terry Baker Invitational, on Saturday, December 8th at Hagerstown Community College. There will be seven more meets after that before the team enters championship season including County Championships, CMC Championships, and State Championships. Read more at: https://lhslance.org/qse6g
Why being cut from a sport is never the end I came in about 30th, which Carson Buck Reporter
Being defeated is not the end. I went from basically sitting on the sidelines freshman year of soccer to being on a state title winning team in cross country the following year. Athletes need to think outside of the “bench.” It’s possible to try a new sport and be successful. In the summer of freshman year, I remember I was excited to be playing a high school sport, and I was deciding between ether soccer or cross country. I chose to play soccer, and I didn’t regret the decision at first. It was my first high school sports experience, and I had fun, even though I played few minutes of the games. I didn’t feel I contributed much to the team, so I still had a sliver of a thought in the back of my mind that, what if I had joined cross country? After my freshmen year of fall soccer, I signed up for winter indoor track. It was my first taste of competitive running. I remember my first meet vividly. I was running a 4×200 meter relay. Thinking back on it, I had no idea what I was doing running that event, but I was happy to be running at my first meet. I had the mindset to want to improve.
"It's possible to try a new sport and be successful." Funny thing is that this was my only 200 I ever ran in high school. I still have a terrible 200 time. I started to run the 4×800, and I found an event I liked at the time. My first time running at regionals was my freshman year. I somehow made the 4×800 team even with an injury. This was my first taste of running success, and I was hooked. I then moved on to the outdoor season of track, which I was most excited for. The outdoor season has more opportunities, more events for a distance runner. The race I remember the most was a race called “The Devil Takes the Hindmost.” Every lap of the race two people are eliminated. The race starts with a field of about 80 or so runners.
was fine for me, considering it was my first season. It’s a school tradition for freshmen to run the race each year. The turning point for me mentally was my second place in the JV championship mile. It’s not really that impressive in terms of achievement, but for me, it was the mental aspect. It made me believe I was a distance runner. I tried out for soccer sophomore year because my dad was a club soccer coach, and my compromise with him was to do soccer one more year and then do cross country the next year. I was cut from the team that year, and I’d say it’s probably one of the lowest moments of my life even though my heart wasn’t really into playing soccer. Getting cut is basically a like being cast down to the bottom of a deep well with no escape. That’s how I felt. I called up my now coach Andres Wright and explained the predicament that I was in, it was one of those lifechanging phone calls because from then on I had the lifeline to escape the well and the line was the cross country team. The team was an amazing experience, but it was tough for me to get a spot on varsity that year. Each week it seemed like I was in and out of the varsity team going from 7th runner to 8th runner and back to 7th. It took a lot of hard work for me to be successful on the team. I realized I loved the sport because it rewards people for the immense hard work they put into it. The cross country team is like a second family, and the community of runners is amazing. A lot of the people who are cross country were formerly from other sports. In addition, a lot of people don’t realize that the scholarship opportunities are immense because in running the only thing that determines your skill is your time. Cross country won a state title in 2017 , and I felt at that moment honored to be a part of something special. It was special it had been 27 years since our school’s last title. I remember the joy of the celebrations. It was the happiest I’d felt in a long time.
DECEMBER CONTEST "A LONG WINTER'S NIGHT" The Watermark is accepting submissions for our December contest, "A Long Winter's Night." Your prompt is to create something--whether it be a short story, poem, art piece (visual or digital), or photograph--inspired by the concept of a "long winter's night." Please keep content appropriate for an audience of all ages. First and second place winners will each receive an Amazon gift card! Details below. Who can enter? FCPS middle and high school students How many entries can I submit? One submission per category Winners will be announced by Friday, January 11. Certificates and prizes will be distributed.
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NOVEMBER CONTEST ENTRIES: "THE TIES THAT BIND US" "My Struggles Bind Me"
by Lexi Keeling
My struggles bind me. I’ve been through it all. Most people can’t imagine it, but it’s all I recall.
I was lost and broken, completely aware. My life was in shambles, it felt so rare.
Trauma kept occurring, making me scared. It wouldn’t stop coming. I was never prepared.
But my struggles have shaped me. They made me strong. My struggles bind me. They make me belong.
by Spencer Derrenberger
First came the fire, then the divorce. My family was broken. It felt like a curse.
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My eyes drift to the turquoise sky Setting slow in my rear view mirror
Red string still knotted around my pinky End frayed End cut
The moon is a headlight its twin broken mirroring my own (So I took the back roads cops don’t bother with)
The breeze carries death through open windows filling my car with Fall
There is peace scattered among loose gravel I hope to capture some between the grooves of my tires But can it fight against the friction of spinning 70 on a road built for 40
I dread spring for it will remind me of you. Darkness lays thick before me But I close my eyes to complete it And loosen my grip on the wheel
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