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pilot Nick Korte (12), one of three captains of varsity football this year

October 3, 2012 /Volume 58, Issue 1/

take the field fall sports captains tackle varsity leadership

October 2012 contents 4&5 6&7 8



marching band gets a new look and a new groove

y 12-17 r o t s er v o

adding a bit of Apple to the classroom

student entrepreneur puts the HuSTLe in STL

sports 9

freshman swims in the London 2012 Paralympics

opinions 10&11

changes in the LHS cafeteria and schools nationwide

entertainment 18 19 20 &

discovering tragedy with the fall play, Antigone

the high price of ending high school

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modern music methods


kennedy andrew carmen brooke andrea esther trevor caleb nikki riley matt ellen anna jamie angela brooke maggie hannah madison

arling mcmunn binder swift radicic raymond casey wells boliaux bess reinsel fields polizzi gender wells ervin mccune roberts keller

business conner

photos kaitlin zoe shelby kara

sotir hall schroll maricic



mirela megan

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letter from the editors-in-chief insightful content as much as we have been. This school year, we’ll be publishing one more Miniissue, six full issues, and the Senior Edition. The year kicks off with the cover story, featuring 24 varsity sports captains, and takes you for a tango with the marching band, a swim in London, crying through the Thespians’ first tragedy, and all the way back to the lunch line in the cafeteria. This debut magazine issue marks the beginning of a new Pilot era. Welcome to the revolution.

Sarah Reinsel and Shannon Wood


What’s this? No more inky hands after picking up a copy of a newsprint Pilot? Pilot 2012-13 is here looking glossy (and might we add gorgeous?) in a new magazine style. We went back to the drawing board and amped up the elements you love most, like modern design and updates on changes that affect you in both the LHS community and the world, as well as fresh features on students you pass in the hallways every day. We’ve been blessed with a talented staff whom we hope you’ll be as shocked and amazed by their


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PURPOSE band honors former

The Spirit of St. of St. Louis Marching Band sports their new uniforms. Designed to honor Bob Spieglman, they fade from Lindbergh green to Lymphoma green. Photo by Shelby Schroll.

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hen it came time to design new uniforms this year, it was obvious that the legacy of Bob Spieglman would be stitched in. “We wanted to make them symbolic of Mr. Spieglman. The awareness color of Lymphoma is lime green. The new design starts at the heart and fades over to the right sleeve to Lindbergh green,” David Wyss (Head Band Director) said. Senior members, who knew Spieglman the best, were impacted by his death. One member, Ryan Torpea (12) asks himself everyday “What can I do to honor him?” “Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I could see him again,” said Torpea. Last year the entire season was devoted to Spieglman. Before every competition the announcers would broadcast, ‘The Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band honoring their past band Director Mr. Spieglman.’ “Last year at the BOA (Bands of America) competition there was [a] giant jumbo-tron with his face on it, smiling. We made the finals for the second time ever,” Torpea said.

The lessons that Spieglman taught his students are still with them today. “He taught me purpose. His thing was walk with purpose and he always related that to everything,” Andrew Bushway (12) said. Michael Bock (9) senses the impact of Spieglman’s legacy and feels that it has made them continue to work for excellence. “Even without [Spieglman] we are still going strong, we are still pushing forward, still striving to be a really good band,” Bock said. Spieglman crafted generations of fine musicians, even inspiring Wyss to take to musical education at Lindbergh. “He was my high school band director when I was a freshman and he was my brother’s for all four years of high school,” Wyss said. Wyss seeks to follow in Spieglman’s footsteps and continue to improve and expand the band.

“I’m proud that I was chosen for this role and continue on with everything that he laid the foundation for,” Wyss said. Wyss’ wishes came true at the Metro East Marching Classic in O’Fallon, Illinois, a competition they had never attended before. The band started their year off by dominating the competition. “We got first place in our division and first place overall of about 30 bands,” Wyss said. To accomplish this, the band had to become very disciplined. They participate in silent rehearsal where the main focus is on the sound. No talking, only music. “Everything is getting better and


marching band has taught me...


Stephanie Barrett (12)

Samantha Gilbert (12)

John Heuer (12)

Kaycee Miller (10)

Ian Smith (10)

Katherine Moorz (10)

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practice has changed. We spend a lot of time working on the fundamentals of marching, which is critical to how you’re scored when you go to a competition,” Firth said. The new uniforms symbolize a little piece of Spieglman that his students carry with them every time they walk on the field they do so with purpose.

n this year’s show easiest dance to learn. theme ‘Arrhythmia,’ The complex number, with the Spirit of St. Louis multiple intricate lifts and a Marching Band kicks it up romantic theme, requires a notch with the performers two members to make the dancing the passionate fiery tango. dance Keegan believable, Ellis (11) which turned and Amy out to be Steinke’s troubling. (11) passion “It was a for dance little weird at started at a first. We just young age. have to put on Elis has a character for danced for two minutes 14 years, and then we’re while Steinke done,” Steinke started when said. Keegan Elis (11) and Amy she was Dancing Steinke (11) perform the three. in front of a tango during football’s halftime show. This is only When stadium full the second year that the the band of people is band incorporated dancing directors nerve- racking, into their performance. found out but it doesn’t Photo by: Zoe Hall. that they had faze Elis. two competitively trained “I’m past that now dancers on staff, they because I’ve been dancing formulated the idea of a in competition all my life,” more visually stimulating Elis said. aspect of the musical Steinke on the other number: ballroom dancing. hand feels the strain of “My studio is all girls nerves still. so we don’t do partnering “Everyone’s counting at all. Last year was the on you. I got more nervous first time that I ever did,” last year than I do this Steinke said. year though,” Steinke said. The tango isn’t the


better,” Wyss said. Ryan Firth (11) was a freshman during Spieglman’s last year. He has seen the band program progress through the years and soar under Wyss’ leadership. “The new direction that [Wyss] is taking us in is helping us to start fresh which is why we are doing a lot better than we have in years past,” Firth said. Wyss drills the basics, knowing that they are what separates good bands from great ones. “The way that we

Color Guard tango causes extreme passion, irregular heartbeat

Madeleine Norris (9)

Jared McBride (9)

Samuel Mayfield (11)

Shravan Dommaraju (11)

Elizabeth Woods (11)

Payten Jarvis (9)


[TECH] NICALLY advanced Innovative iPads become future of classroom learning


Ryan Gallager (9) uses his iPad to take notes throughout his Algebra iPad class. iPads are being piloted in several math and science classrooms this school year. Photo by: Zoe Hall




elieve it or not, iPads are being used in the classroom for something other than tagging friends on Facebook. Lindbergh freshmen are utilizing Apple iPads in classrooms to help with taking notes, doing homework and having an organized and updated calendar. The Apple products are used in Algebra 1 and Biology. “It’s great because in math I can be sick but still get my notes and homework and not really miss anything,” Ryan Gallagher (9) said. Although the lightweight iPad is a substitute for traditional books and a great alternative to endless amounts of paper, students don’t necessarily prefer this method. They do, however, enjoy it. “It’s just an extra convenience to me, it’s nothing special. It’s an extra

responsibility that I didn’t want, but I appreciate it,” Gallagher said. When faced with the question of why freshmen deserve this extra treat rather than upperclassman, the ninth graders had a reasonable answer. “It’s something new that they’re starting and they want to test it out on us,” Maddie Holloway (9) said. When a freshman was enrolled in Algebra 1 iPad they are automatically also enrolled into Biology iPad. This was a happy surprise to students when they opened their schedules in the summer. Freshmen and parents went to an iPad meeting before they received their iPads and were informed about Lindbergh’s huge new plans to teach with these products. They also learned the iPads are free for the whole year, but just like a book, if anything happens to it there will be a

hefty fee. Working with an iPad is a new great way to learn, but there is access to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so it is also a distraction. If faced with the decision to choose between a regular class and an iPad class, Gallagher and Holloway agreed that they would choose the iPad class so that way they have no excuse not to do homework and would not have to leave class or use hall time to stop at their lockers. “I kind of think I’m lucky to be in this class because I hate lockers and the teachers we work with allow us to listen to music, and that’s something I love to do,” Gallagher said. The positive reaction to the new technology makes it apparent that the school plans to contiune riding the technological wave.

TEXT -ology Texting is something students do throughout the day. So why not recieve texts from teachers as well? Teachers have taken this challenge and are now using Remind101, a mass text message service intended to quickly inform subscribers, to brief their students about need-to-know information.

“I think It’s a great way to keep in touch with my students,” Michelle Stortzum (Business Department) said.

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tudents taking French are also surprised this year to find out that the majority of their homework and their books are now available on the VHL learning center website. The website is new to the French Department and students are all able to personalize their information within the website. “You can go on the website and do your homework. There are also flashcards to help you learn,” Bayleigh Caldwell (11) said. A summer seminar was held

amongst the French teachers and they reviewed many books until they finally found the one that is perfect for their students to learn from. This is the first time French teachers have ever used this kind of technology. Featured in the new criteria is a new hard cover book, an online book, a personalized website, online games, online notes, and online homework. This accomplishment is huge for the teachers. “Anytime teachers get new textbooks it is a lot of work for us

French students have started accessing their books online this year. Having an online textbook makes learning a more immediate experiences. Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir.

because we are starting from scratch. The online assessment that has been pretty easy, the way it is set up is actually user friendly and actually makes my life easier,” Sarah Pincus (French Department) said. Students agree that the online transition is pretty simple. “It was an easy adjustment because other classes have done some online things before,” Rosemary McCoy (11) said.


French classes experiment with high tech learning


hustle to the top Entreprenuer Matt Durney starts a clothing empire.

Matt Durney (12) shows off the original Hustle hoodie. Check out his other prodcuts on Photo by: Katlin Sotir




“There are two types of people: those who are made to run their life and those who will go on to work for others,” Michelle Stortzum (Business Department) said. Matthew Durney (12), who enrolled in the Entrepreneurship class offered last year, has proven to the Lindbergh community that he is definitely the type of person who was made to lead his own life. At 17, Durney formed his own clothing line called HuSTLe Clothing Designs, a company whose goal is to promote positivity, encouraging others to follow their dreams, and to promote teamwork among the citizens of the St. Louis area in hopes of building a better community. “Graphic designing is certainly challenging, but by using the plan we discussed in class, I’m confident that Matt is moving his business in the right direction. As is the case

with Matt, when students have a business, it consumes them,” Stortzum said. The idea of HuSTLe came to Durney shortly after the St. Louis Cardinals’ memorable victory in the 2011 World Series. The teamwork portrayed in the seemingly neverending fight to the final game of the series showed Durney that truly anything is possible as long as one works hard to their goal and helps support others along the way. With the encouraging help of several family members and friends, Durney has advertised his company through social networking where he shares photos of products and updates on the progress of the company. Along with his own graphically designed products, Durney has collaborated with a fellow peer, Vinny Bee, who also has a dream of

getting started in the music industry. By designing a new t-shirt to help this up-and-coming singer’s career, Durney is clearly passionate about not only his line of work, but also about aiding in other’s ambitions. “It feels good and it helps open other people’s eyes to what a great community St. Louis can be,” Durney said. In the hopes of showing off the talent that St. Louis has, Durney is in the process of expanding his company to cover not only clothing, but other arts such as music and dance. He advises everyone that the community can come together to help one another reach their goals. “Be positive, work together, and hustle. No matter what your dream is you have to just go for it, that’s what it’s all about,” Durney said.

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Paralympic swimming since she was only three years old, Colleen Young (9) was the youngest participant in the 2012 Paralympic games in London. Young found her love for the water soon after she began to walk and began swimming at the competitive level when she was only eight. The training and trials for the Paralympics took place in Bismarck, Germany and took two long, hard weeks. The Paralympic athletes stayed in the Olympic Village- the same place and rooms as the Olympians we came to know this summer. “I felt so privileged and cool to be staying in the same place as all the other Olympians who had stayed there weeks before,” Young said. As far as medaling goes, Young finished in 5th place in the 100m breaststroke. She was the youngest of the paralympian swimmers, so her finish was widely considered a strong accomplishment. Some may ask what it is exactly that drives Young to keep swimming, and the answer is her outstanding perseverance and love for the sport. Young said that it’s not only her love for the water itself, but also the confidence that goes along with it. After finishing in 5th place for the 100 breaststroke, she said had never felt so

amazing in her entire life. She felt so accomplished and proud. To be the parents of an Olympic swimmer, it takes a lot of sacrifice, time, and commitment, her parents have given a lot for her to be where she is now. They didn’t go to the training for the games with her, but they did come to watch the actual Paralympic meets in London. “My favorite part of the entire experience was seeing my parents in the t-shirts that they bought to support me right before the meet,” Young said. After Young’s experiences this past summer, she plans to keep training for the next Olympics. Young hopes to get better and better in order to one day be in first place. With Young’s capability and resilency, there’s no doubt that she can push herself to win it all one day. Young swims with her club team, Clayton Shaw Park. She trains with them mornings and nights. In the winter, Young plans to swim for Lindbergh. The competitiveness of Lindbergh’s swim team in comparison to the Paralympian Swim Team will be a big difference. “It doesn’t matter to me, I just want to swim,” Young said. Colleen Young (9) swims in London’s paralympic games. Teh Freshman began swimming when she was just a toddler.

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student returns home after swimming in olympics


Spencer Floyd (9) looks down at his food with disappointment. Some students end up throwing away their fruits and vegetables. Photo by: Zoe Hall

Darius Gilliam (12) enjoys his pineapple-strawberry fruit cup. These cups are a popular choice at lunch.


Photo by: Zoe Hall


“You can’t force people to eat certain foods, if they want to be [unhealthy] then let them,”Josephine Fox (9) said.

An LHS student munches on cinnamon apples with her burger and fries. LHS has tried to make fruits and vegetables more appealing by including options such as adding cinnamon and other spices to fruit and veggie wraps. Photo by: Zoe Hall

price of healthy

Federal government requires students to buy healthier lunches RileyBess


alking in the lunch line, grabbing a cheeseburger and potato chips, and suddenly a student realizes this isn’t “healthy enough.” On July 1, Michelle Obama’s new food initiative policy, stating that students in grades 9 through 12 must receive at least a half cup of fruits or vegetables with each school-provided lunch and students in K through 8, must recieve a ¾ cup of fruit or vegetable with their lunch each day, went into place. “You can’t force people to eat certain foods, if they want to be [unhealthy] then let them,” Josephine Fox (9) said. Some students have been complaining that being forced to buy a fruit or vegetable with their meal is raising the price of their lunches. They fear that the price of their lunches will affect their ability to be able to continue buying lunch. This is causing students to be more cautious about buying lunch

from the cafeteria. “The food prices are already expensive, and some students can barely afford that. If they [raise] the prices, it will make this situation worse,” Breanna Ladd (10) said. What some students don’t realize is that the fruit or vegetable that they buy usually comes with their lunch. The fruits and vegetables are not actually driving up the prices. If students keep their meal price within the $2.65 range, then fruits or vegetables come with their lunch free of charge. This healthy addition is just giving students more for what they pay for. “I think there’s been some miscommunication. The price of the lunch includes the fruit or vegetable. So it’s not like we’re forcing [them] to take it,” Gloria Holliday, Director of Dining Services at Chartwells said. Students should know that this policy was not the district’s idea. It was initiated by the First Lady Michelle Obama

and LHS is required to follow it. “It’s something that the federal government is telling us to do,” Holliday said. The question is, can the government tell us what we can and cannot eat? “I think it’s important for [students] to have a healthy eating choice,” Anna Pearl Wright (10) said. While some students feel that the government can initiate this, others feel that they should not. “The government has no right to tell us what to eat,” Daniel Hof (9) said. Even though there are many changes, Chartwells hopes that students will continue to buy their lunch. “We need to make sure that the students are wanting to participate in the [lunch] program, but we need them to understand that it’s not the district instituting this, it’s not Chartwells instituting this, it’s the federal guidelines,” said Holliday.

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Allison Ullrich (12)

Carley Nickel (12)

Holly Hatfield (12)

Tommy Skosky (12)

Ronnie Bass (12)

Nick Korte (12)

Ali Mather (12)

Allie Schneider (12)

Jennie Brown (12)

Kyle Pieper (12)


Claire Stonner (12)

Kevin Rogers (12)

Sarah Reinsel (12)

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Ellie Lorenz (12)

Erin Farrell (12)

Patrick Ries (12)

Mackenzie Brown (12)

Garrett Krueger (11)

Erin Shaffer (12)

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Jordan Mayer (12)

Kaitlin Sotir (12)

Emily Lichtenstein (12)

Brian O’Neal (12)

Courtney Schaper (11)



The good cop, bad cop leadership style of girls golf’s two captains is more than apparent this season. Two opposites, Kaitlin Sotir (12) and Courtney Schaper (11), each bring something useful to the table. “I’m more of the yelling and screaming one, while Courtney is more of the drive of the team, she’s got more of the talent,” Sotir said. Schaper has been playing golf since her father first brought her to the course when she was a young girl, while rowdy captain Sotir never had played before her sophomore year. The team is acting like a close-knit family on and off the course. “We kidnapped the girls, which we’ve done the past couple of years. We all go out to breakfast together and get to know each other,” Sotir said. Golf isn’t all fun and games according to both captains. “The hardest part of being captain is having to communicate with all the girls and spreading information,” Schaper said. Sotir also knows how golf can be difficult. “Its been such a pain, trying

to figure out what kind of t-shirts we want,” Sotir said. Proven by the 2012 golf captains, the good cop bad cop strategy is a recipe for success.

to sometimes deal with disrespect,” Brown said. The captain’s jobs include various duties that need to be done before each game begins. “It’s really cool because you get to go out to the coachs’ meeting with the umpire and shake hands with the other team captains, which is fun because I’m friends with a lot of them,” Reinsel said. “[Being a captain] made me well aware of the people around me and taking their feelings into consideration,” Brown said. The senior duo needs to keep their own chins up in difficult situations, because their actions will set a tone for the whole team. “I had to learn how to keep my own attitude up Jordan Mayer during the games, because (12) I know my attitude will reflect on everyone else,” Reinsel said.

swimming Boy’s swimming captain Jordan Mayer (12) found himself diving into a huge leadership role this year. “When I was picked I was really proud, I’m glad my coaches trust me,” Mayer said. The sport of swimming has picked up popularity. The team hasn’t seen so many new swimmers since its start at Lindbergh. “I’m glad people have started recognizing swimming as a cool and respectable sport,” Mayer said. Theres no dispute swimming develops your muscles throughout your entire body, maybe even more than any other sport. “My body has changed alot since I started swimming, I feel more in-shape,” Mayer said.

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Sotir Kaitlin

(12) and Courtney Schaper (11)

Unlike boys soccer, the softball team returns just two seniors as Sarah Reinsel (12) and Mackenzie Brown (12) take charge on the diamond for the fall season. Reinsel and Brown’s responsibilities are of course shared with the upperclassmen who get the team motivated and pumped for games. “A big pro of being captain is getting the team ready for games, the only con is having

Mackenzie Brown (12) and Sarah Reinsel (12)

volleyball Nobody this year on volleyball is safe from working in the trenches. Captains Allie Schneider (12) and Ellie Lorenz (12) both agree that success is a result of hard work and dedication. “We are all treated equal, the coaches expect the same out of everyone,” Schneider said. She and Lorenz both know what they have to do to make the team work. “I feel like I need to hold the team together and pick everybody up if we are down,” Lorenz said. The enthusiasm is contagious according to the captain duo. “Our fans can expect to enter a packed gym with action all around. You will feel the excitement in the air,” Schneider said. Volleyball season this year is enhanced by a ton of experience brought on by the many seniors. “I’m anxious, this year’s team has a ton of potential and I’m excited to see how far we go,” Schneider said. The girls are off to a great

Football The Flyer’s Football lineup is headed by captains Nick Korte (12), Kevin Rogers (12), and Garrett Krueger (11). After suffering the loss of 33 seniors from the previous year, both under and upperclassmen have to step their game up. Captain Nick Korte is confident that this year’s group of seniors are equipped to handle the loss of last year’s impact players. “Having the added pressure of coaches and other players looking up to you and [being] looked towards when mistakes are being made or when good things happen benefits us,” Korte said. Rogers echoes the sentiments of Korte. “A lot of people look up to you, especially when you’re a senior,” Rogers said. Krueger also acknowledges the stress of being a leader. “A lot of pressure [is put on you] which is a con because if the Kevin Rogers (12), Nick Korte (12) and Garrett Krueger (12)

team does bad, you’re the one asked why, but being a captain is great because a lot of people look up to you and having that feeling is awesome,” Krueger said. The three captains all agree that the most important aspect of being a role model is imperative for the team to develop the underclassmen and show the upperclassmen how to act.

Poms The nationally ranked dance team will kick it into the highest gear with Erin returning seniors Erin Farrell Farrell (12) and (12) Ali Mather (12). and Ali The process Mather (12) of becoming a captain of the poms team is a rigorous one. “We do speeches about why we would be a good captain, and then the underclassmen and seniors vote,” Farrell said. Mather is well aware of the hard work the team will encounter over the next several months. “A pro of being team captain is that you get a lot of good leadership experience and you can give input to how the team is run. But cons are that it is a big commitment and it’s time consuming and there is a lot of work that comes with that,” Mather said. The captain’s jobs include leading team stretches, workouts, and assisting the coaches in what needs to be done at practices and competitions. “It has made me become more responsible and organized, and has made me step into a new leadership role.” Mather said.

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start despite the loss of two key seniors last year and have hopes of winning districts again this year.


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Varsity captains Jennie Brown (12) and Carley Nickel (12) are in control this year for the cheerleading squad. Both earned their roles as leaders because of their popularity among the coaches and teammates. “Well last year we did really well so I’m expecting us to pick up where we left off. We have to be incharge of practice and lead the girls during our routines,” Nickel said. Not only do the captains command the team during practice and at school, they also have to pick up extra responsibilities outside of school. “We both got to design our t-shirts this year, it was a big responsibility,” Nickel said. Both captains agree being in charge has its benefits. “We get first pick on basically anything, whether it be eating or picking seats on the bus,” Brown said. As captains of such a large team, they help to bring a sense of unity to the group. Anyone could only hope for such dedicated top dogs.


Emily Lichtenstein (12), Allison Ullrich (12) and Holly Hatfield (12)

tennis Trio Holly Hatfield (12)Alison Ulrich (12) and Emily Litchenstein (12) lead the tennis team this year, all of whom are confident in the chemistry of this year’s group. “The team is getting along really well this year,” Ulrich said. Tennis has picked up more new players this year than in other years. “It’s good to see new faces at this year, tennis is such a good sport to play,” said Hatfield. Being captain is no easy task, which is why it’s delegated to three people. “The extra responsibilities are important, but they aren’t impossible to keep track of,” said Litchenstein. Sometimes spreading the duties that come along with leadership roles is the best way, as proven by the tennis captains.

Jennie Brown (12) and Carley Nickel (12)

Senior leadership certainly won’t be a problem for this year’s soccer team as the Flyers return three impact players, Brian O’Neal (12), Ronnie Bass (12), and Patrick Ries (12), who all promise a dominating campaign. “It gives us a leadership role and its our job to help get the team on the right track,” Reis said. The duties of the soccer captains include but are not limited to being a role model, making sure everyone is on time, and leading stretches and warmups. “It’s a lot of responsibilities, but it keeps me on my toes and is a good experience,” Bass said. All three players agree that the most successful game of the season so far has been the victory over Lindbergh’s nemesis Vianney, taking the cake in a 1-0 thriller. Much pressure to compete and succeed in the season is put on the trio, but it has been a very positive experience. “It teaches you to put your team first, and look out for your teammates,” O’Neal said. Brian O’Neal (12), Patrick Ries (12), and Ronnie Bass (12).

Claire Stonner (12) and Erin Shaffer (12)

In the girls’ side of cross country, runners and captains Claire Stonner (12) and Erin Shaffer (12) are leaders of both rookies and veterans, being prime examples of how to act and how to work. “When you’re a senior you have to worry more about the whole team and make sure everybody else is comfortable,” Shaffer said. Having to pick a captain is hard enough. “Being “captain” in cross country comes from merit and time put into the sport. I wouldn’t say that Erin and I are captains in the traditional sense since there wasn’t an election held, but we’ve been on the team longest and put a lot of effort into cross country,” Stonner said. To get the team closer, everyone gets Gatorade buddies before each meet, giving the team a feeling of family bonding. “We draw out of a hat and get them something before their race,” Shaffer said. As one of the senior leaders, Shaffer helps out younger teammates by giving them advice to improve their performance. “I always eat Sharkies sports chews

“Last year I kinda goofed around, but now I need to be serious and take responsibility,” Pieper said. The counterpart to Pieper, fellow senior Skosky is also excited about his role as captain. “People look up to you, and the recognition after a good meet is great. It’s helped me learn about leadership and becoming an authoritative figure,” Skosky said.

boys xc This year, standout runners Kyle Pieper (12) and Tommy Skosky (12) are in charge of carrying the load for the boys cross country team, pushing the group to new limits. Hand-picked by the coaches for their leadership abilities, Pieper’s and Skosky’s job includes taking care of the freshmen and underclassmen and leading practices and stretch routines. “I’m expected to be a leader, and everybody looks up to me,” said Pieper, who placed second on the team in the Forest Park Meet earlier this year, running five kilometers in 16:56, which is an average of a little less than 5:45 mile times.

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before my meets, so I gave them to my buddies,” Shaffer said. The whole team has been practicing hard before and after school, trying to improve. “We are all equal on the team and we all contribute, it’s not just us seniors,” Shaffer said. Stonner looks at the upcoming season with an expectation of seeing results from the work that the dedicated ladies put into developing themselves. “It’s not going to be a golden year, a year to remember because athletes are born with talent. It’s going to be a year we look back on and see how much we progressed as a team because of the heart we put into it,” Stonner said.

Kyle Pieper (12) and Tommy Skosky (12)




his year the Lindbergh theater troupe will take a few risks. “We believe Antigone is the first tragedy Lindbergh’s ever done,” Nicholas Schaeffler (12), student director said. The fall play will be a tragedy, a genre never before seen by Flyer eyes. What better play to get the tragic ball rolling than Sophocles’ Antigone? The step out of the box and into the drama was created by Jessica Laney (Theater Department), the director of the play. “We’ve haven’t done anything dramatic lately, all we ever do is comedy, I thought it was time to change,” Laney said. But the change won’t be too controversial; the material of the play is generally audience appropriate. “I honestly would say [the play] is PG. The only reason it’s not G is because there are several suicides… that will be interpreted by chorus members, which could be dicey for little ones,” Laney said.

The chorus looks offstage. The have been preparing for their scenes since the beginning of the year. Photo by: Zoe Hall





ntigone is unique in that it has many attributes different than plays seen today. For example, when watching the tragedy, the audience is essentially watching the chorus watch the play, guided by their actions. One thing the chorus doesn’t do is give opinions, freeing the audience to have their own personal view of which side is right, and which is wrong. The play is about a young woman, Antigone, faced with a decision to either give her brother the burial he deserves, or obey new rules that outlaw such a thing. “The law forbids anyone to bury, or even mourn anyone who dies against Thebes,” Loren Howard (12), who plays Antigone, said. She must now decide where her loyalty lies. “It is about the struggle between loyalties, is it with your family or with the government. Which is more important, the few that are closest to you, or the whole society? And Sophocles, the writer, never tells the audience what to think. The verdict is out even to the very last line,” Laney said

Loren Howard (12) and Greg Hurula (12) go through their lines. The characters hate each other, but the actors don’t. Photo by : Zoe Hall

Director Laney shows choreography to Greg Hurula (12). Most of the play was coreographed by the characters themselves. Photo by: Zoe Hall

BEHIND THE CHARACTERS t first glance, it seems the characters in Antigone would need to be played by somber actors who don’t stray far from the black and white of the script. But the cast of this production is full of energy, ready to fill in the gaps of each part with their own interpretations. “We have a lot of creativity in this, a lot of the choreography you see out here we made up,” Greer Wetherington (11) said. ANIGONE- the tragic heroine. Played by Loren Howard (12). Antigone is not the average bear. Not only does she openly decide to break the law, she must do it alone. “The word I would use to describe [Antigone] the most with is ‘strong,” Howard said. Playing a character with such rare traits was no easy task for Howard, but she found a few tricks to get around the outrageous circumstances. “None of us have dealt with a situation where we have to bury our brother against some crazy law…. But what situation have you had that same emotion you feel you

would have if this were to happen to you,” Howard said. CREON- king of Thebes; Played by Greg Hurula (12). It’s pretty hard [to be Creon]. I’ve never been a king before… but I get to scream a lot, I’m good at that,” Hurula said. Hurula himself is surprised he was given lead role, because he is brand new to Lindbergh this year. “I hope nobody thinks ‘Hey he’s the new kid and he came in and stole the role,” Hurula said. CHORUS- narrates the play, and guides the audience. The chorus introduces all of the characters and guides the audience to the emotions they should be feeling. “The chorus explains what is going on. We react to what [the characters] say… and direct attention to them on stage,” Weatherington said. “I would describe a chorus as together… they make decisions as one body.” But this chorus isn’t always one body. “It can get pretty difficult to divide out lines because we all want to be remembered,” said Wethrington.




TRUE cost of senior year


From senior pictures to project graduation, seniors are spending, on average, $3000 by the end of their last year. Unlike the rest of the student body, Seniors have to pay for things like ACT and AP tests, college visits, application fees, springbreak, prom, and graduation. Talk about a lot of money! Being the top dog at school can get pretty pricey.


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hether it be jamming in the car, zoning out with headphones in class or downloading a new song on a computer, people are finding newer and faster ways to listen to their favorite songs. Students and teachers at Lindbergh alike are passionate about the websites and devices they use on a daily basis to consume music. Some students prefer websites that are easy on the wallet. “I like [Pandora] because it’s free and it gives you a variety of music, I use it all the time,” Missy Costa (11) said. Pandora, an online music website, creates music stations specific to every person. For example, Taylor Swift fans can use Pandora to create a music station with songs and artists that sound similar to her. Other websites like iTunes and YouTube are also popular among students. “I never use iTunes. I use YouTube because I can download songs for free straight to my phone,” Chuck Houska (11) said. In the past, people would buy music from iTunes and listen to it on their iPod. Today, many people now use websites to download music for free.

“I used to buy music on iTunes for $.99 but when songs started to cost $1.29, I started using YouTube and listening to music for free,” Aaron Peek (10) said. “I still use iTunes to put the songs onto my iPod but instead of buying them, I download an MP3 from YouTube that was free.” The fact that most music websites are free attracts many users, but the people who don’t know how to download free music are still buying it from iTunes. “I buy music on iTunes and play it on my iPhone,” Alana Archdekin (9) said. When asked if she downloads any music for free, she said, “No! I don’t even know how to do that!” The main drawback of these


What music websites do you use?


In a poll of students about how they obtain and listen to music, Pandora was deemed the most popular website overall and the site that students think is best.

What is your favorite music website?

Trends, devices and preferences continue to change the way people listen to music

How often do you use these websites?

What music website do you think is best?


iPod Touch


As technology changes, so does the device music is played from. In past years, people listened to CD players but as time went on, iPods, iPod touch and iPhones became more popular.


websites is that most are not portable. If students have a smart phone, there is an app that corresponds with each website that makes it portable. If not, their only means of portable music is an ipod or MP3 player. “If I’m going to download music onto a portable device I would buy it from iTunes but if I’m just listening to music at home, I’ll use Spotify,” Jordan Watt (11) said. Spotify, a Swedish music streaming service offering digitally restricted access of selected music from a range of major and independent record labels allows users to listen to specifics songs upon request. The first six months of membership is free, but there is a limit to how much music users can listen to. The main drawback of Spotify is that music can only be played from a computer. Because listening to music on the internet is so easy, teachers at Lindbergh have been using this to their advantage. “I like to play music during passing time, I think it just relaxes the atmosphere and calms people down before class,” Tim Lombardo said (Social Studies Department). One thing’s for sure, the way people listen and access music will continue to change as technology does the same.

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Pilot Issue 1  

Welcome to the Revolution! The first issue of Pilot.

Pilot Issue 1  

Welcome to the Revolution! The first issue of Pilot.