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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume XXXVIV, XXXVIV, Issue Issue 11 Volume

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March 20092018 September

Emily Reed

Lancer Media Kitchen: Make your own funnel cakes! courtesy of Gabby Shifflett

Emily Reed Co-Editor-in-Chief

Total Time: 30 – 45 minutes Makes 8-10 funnel cakes Ingredients 2 Eggs 1 cup of milk 1 cup of water 4 tablespoons of vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Oil for frying (vegetable or sunflower oil) Confectioners Sugar for dusting

courtesy of Patricia Beachy

Austin Welty with his Jersey cow.

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Alexa Bonney's show goats take a break from being washed, blowed, and clipped.

courtesy of Brianna Mallick

Brianna Mallick stands with her pig in the sale ring.

courtesy of Patricia Beachy Caroline Pellicier stands at the Rabbit Sale as an FFA ambassador.

Directions 1. In a deep pan or fryer, heat oil to 375°F. **Do this first because the oil takes longer to heat up then the total time needed to prep the funnel cakes. You will need to cover the bottom of the pan with about an inch of oil. 2. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, water, and vanilla until well blended. 3. In another bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth. 4. Check the consistency of the batter. It should be thin but not watery. To make batter thinner, add a tablespoon of water. To thicken, add a tablespoon of flour. 5. Ladle the batter into a funnel. (A measuring cup will work as a substitute funnel). Holding the funnel several inches above the oil, move the funnel in a spiral motion until a disc roughly six inches in diameter is created. 6. Fry 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain off excess oil on paper towels. 7. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to taste; serve warm.

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Ryan Mondonedo receives the Character Counts award for Linganore.

Monday Monday, October 1 is Pajama day. Start off spirit week by coming to school in your most comfortable PJs.



Homecoming Spirit Week Tuesday Wednesday Thursday On Tuesday, October 2 wear your throwback clothes to school. Dress in your best old school outfit and earn your class some spirit points.

October 3 is Wacky Wednesday! Come to school in your craziest clothes and show your school spirit.

Thursday, October 4 is class color day! Freshman wear blue, Sophomores wear yellow, juniors wear red, and Seniors wear rainbow.

Friday Friday, October 5th is Red, Black, and Bow day! Wear your school colors and as many bows as possible. Each bow you wear earns a spirit point for your class.


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Co-owner of the Derby, Dan Caiolas said, “I have trained hard and put many hours in to make the Derby the best it can be. We want our customers not just to come in to eat but to have a culinary experience.” Michele Blue and I went to the Derby on September 16. Judging from the number of cars in the parking lot, we knew the dining experience would be a packed one. A hostess at the Derby, Logan Moore said, “I love the people there, they are so sweet and great to work with. My boss is super understanding and very flexible.” Once seated we were handed our menus which were loose pieces of paper held together by little clipboards. I thought this little unique spin on the menus added a quaint charm to the overall dining experience. The decor of The Derby was designed by Staci Caiolas, Bonnie Wingate, and Judy Robinson. An original design aspect at the Derby is the inclusion of little derby hats modified to accommodate the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. Whether the derby hats are being used as light shades or as decals for the menus, you’ll be looking for new caps each visit. I ordered salmon, seasoned and pan seared with a lemon butter caper sauce with fries and jasmine

Th e bri Derb ne n w fl gs a y Ne w M avor t ar ke o t Jacob Blue Editor

On September 17, the Derby, a new bar and restaurant, opened in downtown New Market. Dan and Staci Caiolas own the Derby. Both of them are graduates from the Culinary Institute of America with more than 15 years of culinary experience. Putting a flavorsome twist on local delicacies all while using locally grown produce and ingredients is a Caiolas standard. The Caiolases opened the Derby in New Market because the Caiolases live close to the location and it’s an equal distance away from Mt. Airy, so they can manage their other site. Students can look forward to an after-school menu as well as reserving the Derby for parties to come and eat before homecoming or prom.

Athletes should be given more flexibility with homework deadlines Bailey Spore Reporter

Participating in high school sports is not easy. With practices every day and games or meets once or twice a week, many studentathletes struggle to balance school work and sports. Teachers should sometimes give more time for homework because of this. I realize school comes before after school activities, but athletes are struggling in classes because of the loads of homework they have. Student-athletes have to find a way to balance school work with games and practices. Many students don’t do sports just because of the amounts of homework they get. There just isn’t time. At the same time, many athletes love the sports they do and wouldn’t give it up because of extra pressure to complete homework. Not doing homework hurts grades, which could make athletes ineligible and would lead to them not being able to participate in sports. On the other hand, if they do their homework, there is a possibility of being up to or even past midnight. Having to wake up the next morning with only five or six hours of sleep leads to academic struggles. “My student athletes complete homework almost all the time. I will make an exception once in a while for a student who will come to me and say they have an away game and won’t be able to get homework done" said Mrs. Jamie Hendi, government teacher. Read more at:

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rice, and my mom ordered a chicken parmesan panini which was panko crusted with fried chicken breast and house made honey mustard. The Derby has a signature sandwich called the Seafood Club. It has a crab cake, and shrimp salad served on a toasted brioche bun topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and Old Bay mayo. When we got our food, my salmon looked like a golden marshmallow. With every bite, I had to hold back the urge to gobble down the whole thing. The fries were seasoned exquisitely with a nice crunch, and when the lemon butter caper sauce soaked into the fires, it caused a flavor that can only be described as one of a kind. My favorite part of the whole experiences was how the salmon paired with the jasmine rice. These two majesties went with each other like peanut butter and chocolate! I will be recommending this pairing to everyone. As I ate the salmon, every bite was crisper than the last. My finale bite ended the adventure with a satisfying bliss. My dining partner, Michele Blue said, “I felt like I was in a little European type restaurant. The owners did a great job with the decor. I got the chicken parmesan panini. Huge portion, the food was yummy. Nice varied menu.” While we were waiting for the check, we noticed a huge Julie Child quote painted on the wall. The quote read, “people who love to eat are always the best people.” This quote sums up the experience we had at the Derby with a big red bow. It’s funny how people who love to eat and people who love to cook always have a way of finding each other. I would highly recommend visiting the Derby as soon as you can, you won’t regret it.

No sweat: Gym should not be required for athletes Emily Webb Editor

Amidst all of the excitement of the new school year, one thing has not changed — gym class. For decades, students have replaced school clothes with running shoes and braved a semester of enforced physical activity. From haphazard volleyball games to the dreaded PACER Test, gym class is familiar to all freshmen. From my personal experience, gym has always been a “get it over with” kind of class. This year, I have gym class first period, and by second period, I am red-faced, sweaty, and worn out. It’s not that I hate exercise-I love it. For me, and many other athletes, it’s the inconvenience of having to fulfill a credit first period when I’m already running for cross county for two hours at practice every day. “Whether students should have to take a formal physical education class, especially if they are on a sports team” is not a new debate topic. But today, with so many students competing on school and travel teams outside of the formal school day, and with these sports growing more competitive and intense, it’s time for change. One of the main arguments concerns the repetition. The purpose of gym class is to get students moving and to increase physical activity. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adults should be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Taking a physical education class meets this expectation, but only for 9 weeks out of the 144 weeks a student is in high school. That’s a mere fraction of a student’s high school experience. However, if a student is involved in a sport, they are spending at least, if not more, time than this being active. This makes the added time spent in a gym class excessive. Varsity soccer captain Christian Nolan said, “I was definitely more active during during soccer practice than gym class.” Another purpose of gym class is to teach students team dynamic and

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competitive etiquette. However, if a student is on a sports team, wouldn’t these things be taught within the sport? High school coaches do not tolerate unsportsmanlike behavior, and team dynamic is formed naturally through getting to know teammates. One of the most important lessons students are supposed to gain from physical education classes is healthy habits to carry throughout their lives. But, student athletes are already applying these skills and habits in their lives because the success of their team relies on it. Fitness programs in schools aren’t irrelevant. They teach important skills and motivate students to be more conscious of their health and fitness. Despite all of my complaining, I think health classes do have an important place in high school education. It is important for students to be informed about their physical and mental health to prepare them for life outside of high school. But, I believe that once taught these skills and information in a health class, it should be a choice whether a student implements them in their life, it shouldn’t be forced. For a long time,

many have argued that Health should be more than a half credit. There are plenty of topics students don’t cover. Maybe that is a good solution. I recognize that it would be difficult to prove that a student is actively participating on a sports team, and the line is blurry as to what counts as “regular physical activity.” Would all sports count, or does a student have to be on varsity? How long does a student have to participate in the sport for it to count? Additionally, what is included under the blanket term of “physical activity”? All of these questions and many more are relevant and would need to be discussed before any change could occur. Physical fitness is important, and being active should be a priority in students’ lives, but there needs to be flexibility. Forcing students to take a gym class won’t ensure they continue the habits they are taught. Instead, students should be given the choice what to do with their time. Being given this responsibility in high school will teach students how to balance different aspects of their lives. Gym class should be an option, not an obligation.

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Arts and Entertainment

September 2018

Almost, Maine: How the drama department chose the perfect fall play

by Cara Bond Reporter A sign-up sheet is posted in the halls of D101, and the thespians know that it’s time. Soon after the notice comes auditions, callbacks, tech meetings and rehearsals. The fall season of theater has begun, and it starts with the 2018 fall play Almost, Maine. Even among theaterlovers, Almost, Maine is a production that isn’t familiar to many. When the 2018-2019 theater season was revealed to students last spring, the announcement of the play came as a surprise.

“I really wasn’t expecting it,” said Katie Galletti, a junior who has been involved in theater since her freshman year. “I had never heard of it before, and it seemed kind of weird that they would choose a show like that.” The irony though, is that Almost, Maine is popular in the broader theater community.. In fact, it’s ranked the number one high school play in America, according to the Educational Theatre Association’s 2018 survey. The original skepticism shown towards the play upon its opening in 2006 was turned

around in later years as popularity grew. According to Dramatists Play Service, who own the rights to Almost, Maine, there have been almost 3,000 productions of the play in the United States and Canada since 2008. In comparison, the most popular 2014-2015 production, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, had a total of 27 productions. The financial results of the play have not been officially released, but it is estimated that licensing fees have exceeded $1 million. The financial and social success of Almost, Maine among its high school audience is no surprise, given the nature of the show. The play consists of nine short scenes that explore the themes of love and loss on a midwinter’s night in the remote, almost nonexistent town of Almost, Maine. Each scene focuses on a different couple as they work through issues they face with themselves and

each other as they navigate through their romantic life. The unique way the scenes are formed and brought together is captivating to not only an audience, but the company putting on the show. Mrs. Angela Smithhisler, the fall play’s director, spoke of her experience with the


Pete: Amber Wenttang Ginette: Bryn Kerney East: Beau Cameron Glory: Gabby North Jimmy: Rowan Gallagher Sandrine: Emma Davis Marvalyn: Mackenzie Berry Steve: Tommy French Gayle: Macy Armagost Lendall: J.D. VanDine Deena: Katie Lehman Shelly: Natalie Blue Phil: Josh Todd Marci: Patricia Hatley Hope: Eilis McCormick Man (Daniel): Rick Guariglia Rhonda: Julia Lizmi Dave: Jacob Blue Director: Mrs. Angela Smithhisler

play and what about it drew her attention. "The script is brilliant," said Smithhisler. "Metaphors it just portrays regular people falling in love, and I think that can be very relatable to a high school audience.” The nature of Almost, Maine as a romantic comedy gives an opportunity to bring the play closer to high school. The characters can effortlessly be applied to a high school setting. “It’s not really age specific,” said Smithhisler. “It can be teenagers falling in love, for that matter.” Some of the actors themselves have expressed their love for the show they’re performing. Patricia Hatley, who plays Marci in the fall play, explained how she felt the romance portrayed in Almost, Maine is topical to a high school audience. Almost, Maine is a new and fresh take on romance. Read more

Plagiarism: If you don’t credit artists, you are a thief

by Spencer Derrenberger Reporter Elizabeth Anderson Watermark Editor Have you ever experienced a theft? Not your wallet–a theft of your art. Imagine this: You create a piece of art and you consider it your absolute best work. You are so proud of this masterpiece that you decide to post it on social media. Slowly, you gain likes and even a few positive comments on the piece. A week or two later, though, you’re shocked to see that another account is posting your piece as their own work, gaining more likes and comments than the original post. How do you deal with this? Many students don’t understand the importance of crediting artists and the consequences that go along with media theft and plagiarism. Reposting or claiming any piece of media, such as art, photos, videos, and writing, is considered theft. In the

graphic by Spencer Derrenberger

school, plagiarism in school work is against the Honor Code. The 2016-17 LHS Student Handbook states on page 6, “Violations of this code will result in the total loss of credit for the assignment and the recording of a failing grade. It may also entail loss of credit for the course and additional disciplinary action.” This offense can also lead to loss of participation in extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, this does not happen often, as teachers do not know every single time a person plagiarizes. Outside of school, however, the school cannot control the outcome of media theft. Usually, these cases do not go to court, but if they do, the art thief can expect to pay a fine of somewhere between $200 to $150,000 for each work stolen, according to Purdue University. Additionally, if

the thief makes profits off of the work, they will expect to pay the dollar amount equal to that. The worst consequence of media theft is serving jail time. Instances like these are rare, but possible. When these cases are not examined in court, artists typically have to struggle alone. Every artist has the rights to their work. These rights include being able to reproduce, sell, and exhibit their works. Unfortunately, many people infringe on these rights when they steal the original artist’s work by reposting without credit. With lack of credit, others end up assuming the art is up for grabs to repost or put on merchandise. This is very frustrating, and a feeling that Twitter user @MyOneHen knows all too well. @MyOneHen has had a passion for art since they were a child, often inspired by various CLAMP, a group of Japanese manga artists. The Twitter artist recently tweeted about how their fanart piece of Cardcaptor Sakura, a popular magical girl anime, was stolen and placed on a poster to be sold by an unknown seller on Taobao, a Chinese shopping website.

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Rappers and Rap Sheets: the negative impact on culture by Andrew Lyons Reporter From 2017-present, “mumble” rap has become extremely popular, with Lil’ Pump as the mascot of this subgenre. Lil’ Pump, who frequently uses a new-age drug commonly called “Lean,” celebrates breaking the law in social media, his videos, and his lyrics. This is a problem because mumble rap artists show off, and generally advertise, violence, sex, and drugs in their lyrics, music videos, and social media. This method of advertisement is used by rappers in America to appeal to younger audiences. Lean’s stark purple color and rappers’ brightly colored hair, clothes, and other accessories utilize vivid colors to attract people’s attention. When will listeners turn away from this kind of shock advertising? Childish Gambino’s “Feels like Summer” music video was released in September 2018 which highlighted big names in rap, old and new. The rappers all causally

interacting with one another to amuse the viewer, yet the true meaning lies in what the viewer is not paying attention to, the lyrics. Behind the video and the beat, the lyrics pertain to the global catastrophe that is global warming. The whole music video is a metaphor for how we are distracted by petty drama in our culture. We’d rather click on the newest colorful-looking inappropriate rapper’s music video than an article on the dangers of environmental pollution. I’m guilty of this, too. It’s something as a culture, a nation, as members of humankind we must fix. If you are consuming rap music as music, a beat, a remedy to outside noise, then it’s fine to listen. The line must be drawn, however, when artists’ actions affect your actions, when the rapper’s personality becomes yours. Think about how you’re letting the music you are listening to affects you. Read more


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September 2018

A Simple Favor: Friendship gone wrong The Nun: Jump scares aside, not much

reason to watch

Rachel McCoy and Ashley Nash Reporters

Drama/thriller A Simple Favor (rated R) features Stephanie Ward (played by Anna Kendrick), who is a vlogger who realizes she doesn’t know her new best friend Emily (played by Blake Lively) as well as she thought. Two moms, with opposite parenting styles, meet at their local elementary school when their kids become friends. The two boys insist on playing together, forcing the moms to socialize, too. Stephanie sees the highprofile life that her new friend Emily lives, as well as the well-rounded relationship between Emily and her husband. The two women begin to share their stories, including how Stephanie lost her husband and her half-brother in a car accident, and how her money is tight. The “play-dates” include a casual margarita and sharing secrets. Emily then asks Stephanie for a simple favor: to pick up her son and take him back home because she is swamped at work and because her husband isn’t in the country. The next day, Stephanie begins to get worried because Emily isn’t answering her phone. She then calls Emily’s husband to find more information about Emily’s disappearance. This leads to an abandoned car and a body in a lake. This plot intensifies with a suspenseful life insurance policy and a little boy who says he talks to “Mommy.” The movie is intriguing, especially

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with the inclusion of the “closet.” The plot kept turning in directions that we didn’t think were possible. The music, often dance scenes, added a sense of fun to the movie which makes the conflict underneath even more suspenseful. The costumes tied into the roles that each of the moms played. Emily is the kind of person who always looks immensely professional. We see Stephanie vlogging from her kitchen in a relaxed skirt. This movie is a lot like Gone Girl, because the women in both movies go missing, and everyone goes on a hunt to find out what really happened. Both of the movies also blame the disappearance on an innocent victim. Even though the plot seems “simple” here, we were guessing until the end. We thought that the movie showed a familiar story but with an up-to-date angle. The actors portrayed their roles with passion, and we felt like it was “real” life. The movie is worth the theater ticket: don’t wait for the digital download.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers. James Wan has built his own Roman Empire of horror films, and as everything great has a downfall, The Nun might be his Constantinople. The Nun, rated R, horrified me in a way that no movie has done since the release of The Conjuring in 2013. I went into the movie praying that it would scare me. After watching a minute-long teaser, that gave me chills with the ominous “Watch till the end,” there was much excitement going into the theatre with my ticket for the horror film. Unfortunately, he did not deliver. The Nun premiered on September 6. The Box Office brought in a whopping $53.5 million on opening weekend, which exceeded their budget by $31.5 million. But despite making almost double their budget for the film, “Its script utilizes the kitchen-sink approach common to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters-and the film is worse off for it,” said Katie Rife on AV Film Club. One reason I think The Conjuring‘s franchise, Wan’s most popular series, is amazing is because the films are (loosely) based on real life cases from

paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. But The Nun, while scary in theme, did not have that “this might happen to me in real life” terror to it. As a horror film junkie, something I look for is a story line and character development that connects me to the plot. The Conjuring, Conjuring 2, and Annabelle all delivered this beautifully, so what happened with The Nun? Let’s start with the major but totally predictable plot twist where all the nuns that Sister Irene, the protagonist, sees are actually dead. She’s talking to their ghosts and seeing how they all died at the hands of Valek. All in all, The Nun could use a lot of work in their explanations during the movie, but could definitely decrease their brilliant talent for giving me a heart attack every five seconds of the film.

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser... To All The Boys I've Ever Loved and so is her movie Emphasis on Loved Kendall Martin Reporter

On September 7 a new romantic comedy movie Sierra Burgess is a Loser came out on Netflix. I do not think it is worth your viewing time. A girl named Sierra Burgess (Shannon Purser) who is smart, but unpopular, and made fun of for her body size, is texted by Jamey (Noah Centineo). Jamey thinks he is texting a hot cheerleader Veronica, (Kristine Froseth) that he met earlier at a restaurant. Sierra, being as lonely as she is, can’t help but text back. Soon they begin texting each other every day and getting into deep conversations over the phone. Sierra is afraid to tell Jamey who she really is because she thinks he will not like her for her appearance. She ends up making a deal with Veronica to help her out. The two of them start making plans and helping each other until the whole lie unravels.

I was very excited for this movie to come out because it had Noah Centineo in it as one of the main characters. Centineo is also in a newer movie To All the Boys I Loved Before and he did a great job playing the character. In my opinion,his performance in To All the Boys I Loved Before overshadows this Netflix movie. I was expecting this movie to be fun and enjoyable to watch, but I got bored halfway through. I could guess what was going to happen at the end fairly quickly. The trailer had already summed up the whole movie. In general I think that they definitely could’ve done a better job with the making of it. It was to much like other teen movies. The popular girl and then the unpopular girl team up and you can always just guess what happens at the end. I would not recommend this movie to watch because it did little to keep my interest.

Tabitha Moses and Maya Apau Reporters

Imagine this. . .your secret love letters are exposed to the public. This happens to a girl named Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor, who has a wild first couple months of junior year when she starts hanging out with heartthrob Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo. It’s wild because of the crazy deal she makes with “The King of the Lunchroom” Peter Kavinsky. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a romantic comedy that premiered on Netflix in August. Condor and Centineo put on enchanting performances that wow people with their emotion so much, that this Netflix Original has people shipping (wanting character or actors

to become a real couple) the two actors in real life. Let’s not even get started on all the girls talking about wanting a boyfriend like Peter Kavinsky. Centineo has strongly impacted the rom-com genre and has become a real heartthrob of the summer. Jean has never experienced romance before, but now she is undergoing all the elements of a relationship. To fully portray the character Condor had to think like a teenage girl with no knowledge of love, going through her first relationship. So if you’re ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters, then this movie is definitely a must see! If you are looking for a realistic high school story, this is not it. When Lara Jean’s letters were leaked to all of her previous crushes, some confronted her and others didn’t care, but her secrets were safe with them. However, realistically speaking if one’s secrets were to be released, it would be guaranteed that everything would be spread all throughout the school. Yet we still dream that we can all be our own Lara Jean.


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September 2018

Will Cioffi leads cheer at Bull Run Invitational Carson Buck Reporter

Cross country athletes in their cheer at the Bull Run Invitational. Andrew Lyons

On September 22, the boys varsity cross country team took part in the 2018 Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High School. Linganore recorded an 8th place finish with a score of 251 points and a 6th place finish from senior Michael Belmaggio (16:31). The team ran into problems early with senior Ben Dill starting the race sick. Dill said, “Even though I’m sick, I have to run for the team today.” Ben Dill did just that running a time of 18:40, 20 seconds slower than his previous time at the 2017 state meet even while suffering from an illness. Senior Will Cioffi ran a 17:17 at the meet but was disappointed because he had not been able to catch Oakdale runner Kyle. Cioffi said, “[It was a] very disappointing performance.” Rival Oakdale only managed a 10th place finish with the absence of Colin Dempsey due to injury.

Senior Gunnar Eklund, recovering from injury, ran an 18:42 on the day, a good step towards later season races. Seniors Allejah Seraton and Ben Rose both ran the historically difficult course for their first time. Allejah ran a time of 18:52 and Ben Rose ran a time of 22:59. Senior Allejah said, “My biggest problem was my lack of experience.” This biggest obstacle at Hereford is the long, steep hill twice in the race. Ben Rose said, “I was doing so well until the last quarter mile. Then I died.” For a lot of runners on the team, this was their first experience on the course. Freshman Marty Ratchford had issues in the start saying, “It was like a wall. I couldn’t get past anyone at the start.”

" Linganore had an 8th place finish with a score of 251 points and a 6th place finish from senior Michael Belmaggio (16:31)."

Hereford annually hosts the state championship. Running the course was a good experience for the young runners who won’t be lining up for the state meet this year, but they will be in the future. Linganore looks to ruse the race result as a building block for the state meet on November 11th.

Snyder, Catoctin transfer, strikes gold for Linganore soccer Braden Weinel Reporter

The boys varsity soccer team is off to a rough start this season, but with senior, Lukas Snyder on the field, the soccer team plans to win. Senior captain Lukas Snyder transferred from Catoctin High School as a freshman to come to Linganore for the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering program. Snyder has been able to help the soccer team with his skill and determination. Snyder made the junior varsity boys team as a freshman, and became a starter on the varsity team as a sophomore. Snyder started playing outside back for the team in his sophomore and junior year but this year is playing centre-back. Snyder adds speed, physicality, and confidence to the defensive line. Despite the Lancer’s record of 1-4, Snyder benefits the team on and off the field. Snyder played recreational soccer until eighth grade when he switched to club soccer to play at a more competitive level with others. He started his club career playing for the Alliance Soccer Club. Snyder played there for two years before switching to the A.S. Roma Soccer Club. He now plays for

Lukas Snyder goes in for a tackle against Westminster attacker

the Football Club of Frederick, also known as F.C. Frederick, alongside high school teammate Kojo Benefo. Benefo, who has been playing with Snyder for four years, holds his longtime teammate to a high standard. “He puts his heart on the field every time he plays. He increases the team’s overall skill and potential. He is a player that can be trusted when on the field. He is a real leader,” said Benefo. One of Snyder’s best attributes is his speed. This year, the senior captain broke the school record for the Man U fitness test with a score of 30 repetitions. The Man U fitness test is a 120-yard sprint test.

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A concept for an indoor stadium Courtesy of Spencer Derrenberger

As weather cancellations increase, moving outdoor sports inside might be the answer Ethan Hart Managing Editor

This fall 2018 sports season, at least one sporting event a week has been canceled. The constant postponement of games and practices has had a negative effect on all teams, ranging from their on-field performance to their chemistry. Given that these weather cancellations are becoming more common with time, schools must begin to explore alternative options for the near future. These weather cancellations could become irrelevant if counties were to introduce moving outdoor sports to an inside setting, such as the addition of cover-up domes or indoor athletic facilities for schools to use. These cancellations have many negative effects for those involved with running the event. Money is wasted buying perishable food for concessions. Rescheduling games can also cause conflicts, which can result in sports such as soccer and baseball having to play two games back-to-back. Athletic Director for FCPS Kevin Kendro shares many concerns about the widespread effect of canceled sporting events. “The postponement or cancellation of athletic events affects FCPS and our individual schools in many ways. Our athletic directors must work with the opposing school’s athletic director, as well as the officials, transportation, security, boosters, and others to coordinate rescheduled events. Additionally, our parents and spectators have to adjust their personal schedules.” These effects call for change, and the process of adding cover-up domes or indoor stadiums to counties for the use of the schools is one step closer to eliminating weather-based cancellations. Cover-ups could eliminate rain and lightning-based cancellations entirely. Costing around $100,000 at the least, these cover-ups would require significant funding from the county, schools, and outside sponsors. Cover-ups would not be able to support all athletic fields per school, and multiple cover-ups would become a big financial burden on the schools and counties. Another alternative that could prove viable in the future is the addition of a shared indoor stadium and athletic facility. An indoor stadium could house multiple outdoor sports and could potentially accommodate the same amount of fans that are present at outdoor stadiums. Differ-

ent teams could schedule practices on a different field in the facility, and contests could be scheduled without cancellation. From a monetary standpoint, few stadiums could be constructed per county, as the cost to maintain an indoor stadium is higher than the cost of maintaining an outdoor stadium. Although such an investment would attract many high-level funders, the cost of maintaining a facility and for the construction of it would be in the millions. Dangerous temperature affects the athletes and teams more than anything else. Rising temperatures have even contributed to heat strokes, especially in football. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR), there has been an average of three heat stroke deaths per year in all levels of football per year since 1995. In addition to heat, thunderstorms and lightning are a constant threat. All FCPS sporting events will be delayed and/or postponed if there is lighting in the general vicinity of the area. Football players are more at risk than anyone with a large amount of equipment necessary for them to be able to play and to stay safe Varsity football player Graeson Ruch would love to see the weather improve so the football team can maintain a consistent schedule. “There is a different energy when we get to play on Friday nights,” he said. The varsity baseball team has also been affected by the recent bad weather. In spring 2018, they had their first seven games canceled and postponed and constantly had to practice in the gymnasium instead of an outdoor baseball field. Baseball player Garrett Schwartzbeck thinks that the weather cancellations put their team at a disadvantage. “It was terrible because we couldn’t practice any situational plays, which was a result of not having the field to use. We used the gym the most we could, and still stressed continuing to work hard despite the circumstances.” There are many questions as to how the scheduling of sporting events will be handled in the future.

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Sept. 2018

In the eye of a hurricane: September 2018 By Elizabeth Anderson What do you do when the townspeople you helped on a North Carolina mission trip become the morning headline? For the city of New Bern. . . Dear Florence, Pounding against People rich in poverty-Swallowing their children, Snuffing out lights That we struggled to put there. Tightening your chokehold On a town where grief is love, Where sadness means friends, Family--a town that gives More than it gets. What possesses you to believe That you can take possession of

Homes Communities Lives-Lives that we touched, People who touched our own. Our mission was to help; The storm’s is to destroy. Rumbling, roiling, tempestuous anger Claiming the sand and sea-You are a monster And they are helpless In Your Wake. Dear New Bern, People of soul and heart, Song and joy-Your pain is ours. Your tragedy is ours.

What is The Watermark? Lancer Media wanted to create an opportunity for students to leave their creative mark on Linganore. The Watermark aims to represent the creativity of students by allowing them to express themselves through whatever media they choose. Our site is a place for students to showcase their creative abilities. Students are able to make a watermark: their own distinguishing and lasting feature on this school. We encourage anyone and everyone to participate in this creative endeavor. See our website here:

You gave me a Summer of gratitude What can I give now?

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Editors in Chief



Beau Cameron Emily Reed

Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky

Managing Editors

Jason Byrd Christian Nolan Julie Walker Emily Webb Jacob Blue Sammie Hoefs CatieJo Tansey

Grace Gaydosh Tyler Roman Elizabeth Anderson Ethan Hart Lilly Player Lily Weaver

Over the next several weeks, The Watermark will be accepting submis- Cara Bond sions for our October contest, "Overgrown." Your prompt is to create Carson Buck something- whether it be a short story, poem, art piece (traditional or Alex Dembeck digital), or photograph- inspired by the word “overgrown.” Please keep Haley Enders content appropriate for an audience of all ages. First and second place Emily DiPasquale winners will each receive an Amazon gift card! Details below. Tabitha Moses William Quansah Who can enter? Middle and high school students in FCPS


Reporters Peyton Johnson Dana Kullgren Emily Lotito Andrew Lyon Rachel McCoy Ashley Nash Katie Roach Josh Tidd

Kendall Martin Ryan Sheehy Bailey Spore Maya Apau Erich Miller Spencer Derrenberger Braden Weinel

The views and advertisements in this newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of FCPS. We respect the rights of student journalists Winners will be announced by Friday, November 9. Certificates and and the rights afforded to them by the First Amendment and Maryland prizes will be distributed appropriately. We can't wait to see your sublaw §7-121, Education Article. missions! How many entries can I submit? One submission per category

Deadline: Thursday, November 1

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The Lance September Issue  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2018-2019 School Year,

The Lance September Issue  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2018-2019 School Year,