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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School

Volume 52, Issue 1

12013 Old Annapolis Rd. Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick celebrates 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act signing of 1964

1964 protest: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Sydney Rossman Reporter The Frederick community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a march on Frederick on September 26. The purpose was to commemorate how much the city has progressed since the legislation, and

a new generation can learn from this experience. Major sponsors included Hood College and the City of Frederick. FCPS declared that student participants were excused from school on that day if they provided a parent note indicating permission. Carol Wuenschel,

the Executive Director for Human Resources at Hood College, believes that “sometimes to move forward, we need to see what success has been achieved to provide motivation to keep making progress.” Passing historical landmarks, the marchers started at Harry Grove Stadium at 9:30 a.m. and ended at the front steps of Hood’s Alumnae Hall, with the formal program ending at 1:30 p.m. The Frederick Visitor Center hosted an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Read the full story at http://lhslance. org/sTQBF

Latin 1 vs. Spanish 3: Classes battle for language title

Teachers Ms. Carter and Mr. Snow check answers for students Joel Tate, left and Jake Booth, right.

Sydney Rossman Reporter Latin is battling Spanish for the title: World’s Greatest Language. Mrs. Deborah Carter, Latin 1 teacher, said, “Total World Domination.” That’s what she hopes to accomplish. The Latin 1 and Spanish 3 classes have competed in vocabulary, grammar and history challenges every Friday for the past four weeks. They meet in the media center during first

period. In the first battle on August 29th, Latin won with a final score of first place (997) and Spanish was 2nd (901). One week later in the second battle, Spanish won with the score of 988 and Latin came in second with 927. Nobody can claim the title of “World’s Greatest Language” yet because the last battle can change the whole game. The battles are taking place to encourage students to use what they have

learned in class and view the language from a different perspective. It is a way to make class fun and interesting. “I’m hoping for Rome to lose the war and for us to rewrite history! I’m aiming for students to learn in a way that provides them a positive experience and gives incentives to achieve beyond a letter grade,” said Spanish 3 teacher Mr. Jake Snow. Every week, the two classes receive challenges to prepare them for the “real deal.” The students have four days to learn vocabulary, grammar, and history of their languages. While it may seem easy, the pressure is on! Read the full story at http://lhslance. org/sTQBF

September 2014

Back to School Welcome new teachers! Find additional teacher profiles on our website!

Ms. Samantha Hartman Algebra I and II

Ms. Rosa Maria Labarta World Languages

Ms. Kathryn Papuchis Social Studies

Mr. Seth Roberts Social Studies

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People you need to know Find additional staff profiles on our website!

Ms. Ilana Blum Freshman counselor

Mr. James Hines Social Studies

Mrs. Peggy Rice Office Secretary

Ms. Tatyana Partch School Nurse

Mr. Jeremy Brown Transition Education

Mr. David Kehne Principal

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Volume 52, Issue 1

How has Twitter changed politics

Emily Gorham Reporter

Years ago, if you wanted to connect with government and voice your opinions, you would have to write a letter, get an address, and send it off, with no way of knowing whether it reached its destination or not. Now, it’s as simple as sending a Tweet to your local political representative. Over the past few years, social media has revolutionized the way we share our opinions and participate in society. This is especially true for teenagers and young adults. According to the Pew Research Center, almost 90% of young people use social networking sites. This increase has had numerous effects on society, especially in the world of politics. Over 90% of members of Congress have social media accounts. President Barack Obama is one of the

most popular Twitter users, with over 46 million followers. Why do politics and social media work so well together? According to Rachna Choudhry, it’s the easy access to information. Choudhry, co-founder of the social media platform POPVOX, which connects Congressional data with public opinion, says social media has “helped to connect people sharing the same experience or viewpoints in real-time, which hasn’t been possible previously.” The ability to get information in a fast and easy way has created a new generation of informed and politically active citizens. Because the flow of communication is so immediate, politicians must respond. Read the full story at http://lhslance. org/qanTF


September 2014

Reflecting on Robin Williams’ life Genie you’re free Erin Stewart & Madeline Sheehy Reporters

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died at the age of 63 on August 11th. Marin County’s assistant chief deputy coroner, Keith Boyd, told a news conference that their official preliminary cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging. Williams’s family, friends and fans across the world were very devastated after hearing the news of his death. Robin Williams stared in many blockbuster films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting. On the big screen Williams portrayed funny, happy and empowering characters; however, fans were unaware of his daily internal struggles. One of the world’s funniest men, and seemingly most joyful personalities,

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“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams was facing a dangerous disease that impacts nearly 1 in 10 adults in the United States, depression. Depression affects any age, but a lot of it hits in the teen years. Major depression, according to the National Library of

Medicine, is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Read the full story at iZ4bY

Drama stages classic Our Town

Photo from the original Broadway production of “Our Town” (1938)

Lily Johnson Reporter Following last year’s Shakespeare Twelfth Night and spring musical Curtains, the fall play, classic American drama Our Town, will be a challenge for staging and acting. Opening night for the show will be Thursday, November 13th at 7:00 pm.

There will be another 7:00 p.m. showing Friday, shows at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be available for order in October. Our Town, set in the early 20th century, was written in 1938 by American playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder. The drama takes place in three acts, all about the main three stages of the every human’s life. Act One is about Daily Life, Act Two expands on Love and Marriage, and finally Act Three concludes with Death and Loss. Our Town tells the story of a small New Hampshire town known as Grover’s Corners. The show is performed without a set, and the characters act out everything with minimal or no props.

“When the show first opened, it turned American theater on its head as it was one of the very first shows to start with the curtain open with an exposed, bare stage. This invited the audience to focus on the story, which is the point of the show. It is about the people of the town and their story. Who they are, and how they live,” said Mr. Julian Lazarus, drama teacher. The Stage Manager is a real character in the play and the narrator of the story. Junior Abby Weinel has been cast in that role. “The Stage Manager brings the town together and gives the show life,” Weinel said. The cast was posted shortly after September auditions. “Auditions are always a funny thing,” says Lazarus, “The final show never looks like the Read the full story at:

audition.” Senior Jacob Moorman is George Gibbs, a young boy who is struggling to choose between going to college and his love for Emily. He experiences the typical pull of guy friends and baseball against girlfriends and dating. Senior Dee Dee Dolan is Emily Webb. The character is unsure of herself and her beauty and worries that she is too smart. What are the opportunities for young women at this time? “She’s a smart girl and could certainly go to college, but she ends up settling for living in her hometown with a husband and kids,” Dolan said. “She could really do just about anything.” Read the full story at 9RvPO

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September 2014

Classic Why are audiences held captive n o v e l by Orange is the New Black In the time between scenarios. All these makes her crime and her plots follow a similar sentencing, Piper has thread; an outsider is a c t i o n lived a quiet life with brought to a prison and her fiancé, Larry. The feels overwhelmed. p a c k e d show revolves around Seeing this, I have her struggles and to ask myself, why movie

Cast of Orange is the New Black courtesy of Netflix

Erik Chapman Reporter A self-professed good girl and her drug running ex girlfriend, an ex mafiosa, and a transgendered hairdresser. Is this the setup for a Lifetime sitcom? No, it’s Orange is the New Black, America’s new favorite prison drama. Ever since its second season was released in June, Orange is the New Black, a dramatic series about life in a female prison, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Whether it be praise or scorn, it seems like everyone is talking about this show. One

would think that a show about criminals in a prison wouldn’t garner so much attention. So, why is a show about convicted felons so appealing? The answer reveals a lot about ourselves. Orange is the New Black is a Netflix original series about a woman named Piper Chapman, an upper middle class woman living in New York City, who is required to serve a fifteen month sentence in an all women’s prison. Her crime, transporting a suitcase of drug money to her exgirlfriend, occurred about ten years before the start of the series.

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the perspective of Achilles’ companion, Patroclus, whose own doom eventually leads to the invincible demigod’s death. The twist that Miller makes, to the dismay of some critical readers, is portraying the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles as one of lovers instead of close friends or, as the film Troy (2004) depicted, cousins. In an interview with Gregory Maguire (the author of Wicked), Miller said, “I had been intensely frustrated by a number of articles I had read that kept sidestepping the love between him and Achilles, which to me

relationships with the other inmates. The plot of Orange is the New Black is not necessarily a new idea. Hollywood is saturated with films that strike the same chord. In the Shawshank Redemption, an innocent man is sent to prison and finds that he doesn’t belong there, feeling in the end that he must escape. In Cool Hand Luke, an Army veteran is sent to work in a Florida chain gang, but has trouble assimilating. In Brubaker, a well intentioned warden disguises himself as a prisoner as a means of uncovering sexual abuse, corruption, and fraud. For those who have seen Orange is the New Black, these are all familiar

are we so obsessed with prison dramas? In an interview, Oakdale High senior Dylan Powell said, “Prison is a big part of American society, for better or worse.” I think Dylan might be on to something. Although crime rates have been going down, the rate of incarceration has risen exponentially. In 2012, 2,266,800 adults were considered incarcerated according to Department of Justice statistics, almost one percent of the adult population. When a TV show allows us to level with its characters, it’s not too hard to imagine wearing that orange jumpsuit.

Homer’s work but in the end also a strong piece of Miller’s own. The characters and story are retold in such a modern, creative way that they have the feeling of being hers and nobody else’s. While the beginning of the novel is a bit cliched, the plot develops quickly, drawing readers in.

The book The Giver by Lois Lowry was recently made into a film starring Brenton Thwaites (as Jonas) and Odeya Rush (as Fiona). Because I read the book in middle school, I was excited to see the film. The movie is a cross between the book and an action packed Star Wars type film. The movie is good but it’s different than the book I remember. The “children’s” book has been turned into a typical dystopian type teen movie. It has a lot more violence, romance, and special effects. It is a movie like Divergent, The Hunger Games, and Maze Runner. I still thought it was really great, just different than the book. The Giver is about a boy named Jonas who is different from anyone else in the community. He has special traits that qualify him for the rare job of memory keeper; therefore, he is one of two who know about the past. His community was created to make everyone equal to make life easier. There are no colors or feelings in order to keep everyone happy and there’s not a rebel against the community. Jonas gets the memories and starts thinking, why aren’t these feelings, these things allowed in their world?

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The Song of Achilles is a tune you don’t want to miss

Finding good books to read nowadays is a task for the brave. I find that, depending on a reader’s luck, taking a dip into the pool of literary choices can have either rewarding or horrific results. Take a chance on the novel The Song of Achilles. While there have been mixed views for Madeline Miller’s first novel, it has been fairly successful since it was published in August of 2012. The story is a retelling of the epic The Iliad by Homer. Miller artfully tells the story from

felt so obviously at the story’s heart.” The book begins with Patroclus being presented as a suitor to Helen of Troy, famous for her unspeakable beauty. Miller then takes the reader through the tale of how Patroclus is thrown out of his home kingdom by his cruel father – all because he accidentally causes the death of the son of an important noble. All of the facts surrounding the life and story of Patroclus are purely Miller’s own as very little is ever revealed about his character in The Iliad. Because of this, the novel may, in fact, be a retelling of

Amanda Anderson Reporter

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September 2014

Former professional coaches boys soccer Soccer Stats

( 9/25/14) Wins, loses, ties: 4 - 2 - 1 Winning %: 0.643 LHS vs. Westminster: 3-1 LHS vs. Oakdale: 2 - 1 LHS vs. Frederick: 2 - 3

Kyle Brodt Reporter With three decisive wins against South Carroll 2-1, Catoctin 2-0, and South Hagerstown 6-0, Linganore soccer is looking to improve on a 7-6 record and a 2013 first round playoff loss, and the man to lead them is new head soccer coach Andres Moreno. He replaces longtime coach Josh Gilmore who took an assistant coaching position at Hood College. Coach Moreno has plenty of experience, playing at the professional level in Mexico for the Tigres as a goalkeeper. He coached a semi-pro team in Mexico’s until he moved to the area in the early 2000’s. He then coached for Seneca Valley High School and led them to a division title. As well as coaching at LHS, he is a coach for the Frederick Alliance Galaxy club team. In 2012 he took

his team to the national tournament but lost in the National Finals. He also trains goalkeepers throughout the area and was a goalkeeping coach for the Washington Freedom professional women’s team. Moreno is optimistic about the team. “There is a lot of good talent here… We all want to be state champions,” but he recognizes the obstacles that come with a new coach. “The team will need to get to know the system.” The team has experience with five seniors Alan Flint, Kyle Johnson, Nate Mejia, Neal Roberts, and Preston Windnagle. Coach Moreno says it will be tough to replace that talent next year. He thinks the juniors and JV players can fill those shoes. “We have a strong JV team to come up… My vision for this team is in two years, we will be state champions.” Senior midfielder Neal Roberts said, “Coach is very enthusiastic… I think we’re going to improve.” Roberts says a good strength will be the team’s ability to execute set plays. “The team is in shape,” said Kirk.

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Scores: LHS vs. TJ: 42 - 15 LHS vs. North Hagerstown: 46 - 6 LHS vs. Westminster: 26 - 7 LHS vs. South Carroll: 35 - 6

Cheerleaders and poms pump up crowd Magena Straight Reporter Football games are one of the biggest reasons students like going to school in the fall. Cheerleaders and pom and dance are an important part of the game because they pump up the crowd.

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Lancers sweep first four football games

Reporters Amanda Anderson Kyle Brodt Erik Chapman Emily Gorham Andrew Huston Lily Johnson Alicia Nasto Brennan Nolan Julia Peigh Mackenzie Peterson Sydney Rossman Magena Straight Madeline Sheehy Erin Stewart The Frederick County Public School system does not discriminate in the admission, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion or disability.

Lancer cheerleaders do a stunt at the first game of the season against South Carroll

CHEERLEADING: “This year, we have a very young team but extremely talented. So, I foresee great things for this group of girls due to their overall talent and with the experience and leadership of our older girls. They work hard and work well together. They truly know what the meaning of “team” is” said Jan Ingram, Head Varsity Coach. In both previous seasons, the girls moved on to the state level to compete with the top 18 schools. Captains for the varsity cheer squad are Kelly Carmichael, Alex Palmer, and Alexandria Hammersla.

POM AND DANCE: “Our team is closer this year than we have been in the past. I think this helps us work better together to execute great routines,” said poms dancer Moe de La Viez. “I am trying to keep a positive attitude and work as hard as I can to show that the poms team is better than before,” said de La Viez. “Football games are more enjoyable to me. It’s something about the bright lights and the people in the stands that gives you a rush.” Head pom and dance coach Michelle Richardson said, “My team is amazing, and they really work hard. There is always things we can work on though to make the team and year better. We are constantly working on technique and raising the bar as well as trying to add different styles to our routines.”

Poms at summer camp.

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The Lance Issue 1 September 2014  

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The Lance Issue 1 September 2014  

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