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Flat Stanley visiting the St. Louis Arch with his friends on spring break. Photo by: Kara Maricic

Spring Break Flat Stanley Contest

Spring breakers having a snow ball fight in the powdery white Colorado mountains. Flat Stanley rocked the scarf. Photo by: Kara Maricic

Spring fever has officially infected the students at Lindbergh, leaving them anxious for spring break. Whether break will include going to a foreign country, visiting the sandy beaches of Florida, or maybe just dedicating the entire week to beating one video game, it’s bound to be a good time. Located on the adjacent page is our friend Flat Stanley. His unique body allows him to fit perfectly in our magazine. Stanley wants to go with you on spring break! For him to go with you simply cut him out and don’t forget to pack him in your suitcase. Next, whenever you’re taking a selfie, a group pic, or a scenic picture make sure Flat Stanley finds his way into the shot. By doing this, its not only a chance to act childish, it’s also a contest. By tweeting the pictures with the hashtag (#FlatStanleySB13) you will automatically be entered to win a free yearbook and other great prizes. For all you that aren’t traveling this spring break, don’t fret. We would love to see Flat Stanley exploring St. Louis with you. Contest is open to all, including you home dwellers.



Catching some rays on the beach with Flat Stanley. Panama City Beach is always a hot spot. Photo by: Kara Maricic


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For the English Department, imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery, pranking is. A tradition started in 2005 when Daniel Murphy (English Department) and Sarah Rausch (Modern Language Department) disagreed on who were more awesome, pirates or ninjas. The pranks have grown more extravagant and the English Department has developed a long list of pranking payback. “We prank out of love. We only prank people we love…to see in pain,” Murphy said. Literally surrounded by love, two years ago on Valentine’s Day, Josh Piontek (English Department) walked into his classroom to find pink streamers taped to the fans, hearts hanging on strings from the doors, and note cards on each desk and surface saying reasons why people loved him.Two months later, Piontek was still finding love notes. “It was like cupid puked all over the walls.I was flipping through a book I hadn’t looked at in a while and there was one of the ‘I love you’ cards tucked in it,” Piontek said. More recently, Eric Meyer (English Department) had his room ‘teachered.’ Teachers and students ganged up to transfer the dim white walls into a version

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of a kindergarten classroom complete with inspirational kitten posters. Murphy, the mastermind behind most of the recent pranks, inspired this birthday prank. “Mr. Murphy had seen a video online of a brother who hacked his brother’s Facebook page. So his brother convinced his friends one day while he was gone to turn his goth bedroom into a little girl’s bedroom. They ripped up the carpet and painted his bed white. They painted everything pink and put decals all over the room,” Valerie Schroll (English Department) said. Upon realizing the extent of the prank, Meyer accepted the fact that he would not be able to convert his room back. “I’m still too much in shock to have any opinion on it one way or the other; hideous is not the right word. It’s gloriously hideous. It is everything I am not. I didn’t see it coming. That’s the best part it comes right out of the blue and just hits you in the side of the head and it hurts and it hurts for a while. It stings,” Meyer said. Robert Langevin (English Department), Schroll, Murphy, and students Katlyn Moore (12), Jack Kenney (10), and Shelby Schroll

(12) also participated in the renovation. “Each teacher contributed a small part. I helped paint the wall. The wall of his room now looks like my daughter’s bedroom. We started at three and were out by six with the smell of fresh paint still drying on the walls,” Langevin said. A consensus among the English Department reveals that the best prank to date was when Murphy decorated Schroll’s room in a baby shower theme, igniting rumors that she was pregnant. “For weeks afterwards people were coming up to me and asking if I was pregnant,” Schroll said. Others favor the prank on the mastermind himself, Murphy. In honor of the marvelous mustache of Mario Pupillo (former math teacher), the male English Department teachers with beards decided to shave all but their stashes, however on the scheduled day only Murphy showed up beardless. “I had the razor to my face and the shaving cream on my mustache; I was going to do that. But I said no, I’m stronger than my friends. I wore it all day in honor of Mr. Pupillo,” Murphy

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said. Many members of the English Department has something that weirds them out. Their weakness provides the opportunity for pranking. Meyer, Schroll, and Matthew Griner (English Department) have all fallen victim to the phobia based pranks. Schroll photocopied cheez-its on cheez-it colored paper and pasted them all over Meyer’s room. She then fell victim to a chicken attack, rubber chickens hanging from her classroom ceiling. Schroll and Murphy deviously pasted Griner’s room with pages from Billy Bud, a book he despises, even taping some pages into other books.

“We are very careful not to disrupt teaching. We know each other well enough that we respect the boandries and limits,” Griner said. With all of the pranks that have been played on each other in the past eight years, revenge has played a key role on choice of targets. Some pranksters have yet to be pranked. Langevin remains fearless and convinced that he will not be on the hit list anytime soon. “I haven’t been pranked yet, but I’m sure my name is slowly climbing up the list. I’m not afraid of getting pranked because revenge is a dish best served cold, my friend,” Langevin

said. Even the most experienced practical joker worries about those seeking revenge. “That’s the problem with being as good of a pranker as I am. I’m always a little paranoid. Especially right after, but then they never do anything,” Murphy said. Those in the English department better keep their eyes open, because in the days following the kindergarten teacher-ization of Meyer’s room a new name moved to the top of the hit list. “There has been a target named,” Schroll said.


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the search for the Perfect Prom Dres KennedyArling

Prom shopping can be a little overwhelming, from hair to jewelry, dresses, and shoes, immense preparation is a mustforperfectpromattire.Apartfromselectingastunning outfit, get ready for booking picture venues and renting or borrowing cars. Before we search for the perfect prom attire, let’s go through the types of styles you are going to be looking through. This will give you a better idea of what dress you may want to look for and accessorize.

DressDefinitions Princess or A line

This type of dress skims the outline forming an “A”, it narrows at the waste and flares at the hem. It disguises hips or thighs and flatters any body type.

Ball Gown

It may be a top with a fitted waste or a corset style top with a billowing skirt. This type of dress visually cuts the body in half and is good for average to tall girls.


The neckline is scooped out with a high waist that falls above your natural waste line creating an illusion of height. This is a great style for shorter girls.



This type of dress clings to your whole body and outlines the silhouette and is good for thin and tall figures.


Sarah Wayne (12) found a dress on Pinterest that she fell in love with. She knew that her sister, who has taken sewing classes at Lindbergh in the past, could replicate it for her. Since the dress was more on the pricey side, she knew this would be a better idea. “I wanted to do a solid color but everyone always does that, so I picked out a patterned fabric with pastels and it’s going to be strapless with a sweetheart neckline,” Wayne said.

Aiken sketchs her dress as she prepares to begin her long work ahead for her dream dress. The sketch shows beautiful detail that will be tedious to create.

Lydia Aiken (11) is taking a creative route to finding the perfect prom dress. The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest is calling girls or couples to display their creativity by making their own prom dress out of nothing but duct tape. The Contest is giving away $5,000 in scholarships as well as $5,000 to the school for the winner. Anyone can enter the contest in hopes of being that lucky individual with the best duct tape dress. “It’s going to take a really long time to finish and I’m not sure how my boyfriend is going to feel about it, but I’m excited,” said Aiken. Duct taping a prom dress is extremely time consuming. It takes around 200 hours to create a prom dress out of about 40 rolls of duct tape. But why make a dress out of duct tape? It’s unique and creative, and will stand out in the crowd. “My inspiration came from a camp counselor I has when I was little who told me about her senior prom where she wore a duct tape dress. She said her mom even had to tape her into the dress! My counselor also told me about how she won a scholarship for her creativity and I’ve wanted to make my own duct tape dress ever since,” Aiken said.



Want another option other than buying a prom dress? Make it! It is a great way to save money and get exactly what you want.Therearemanywaystofindtheperfectpromdresswithout spendingafortune.Somestudentstakesewingclassesandcreate the dress themself while other students have a friend or family memberwhowillcustommaketheirdressforthem.Alsoremember if you happen to find the perfect dress on Pinterst, someone can replicate that for you. Ask around, you’ll be able to find someone who can do that for you. As long as you provide the material, they’ll do the rest.


The dress, shoes, and accesories are all a part of the big night. Be sure to keep some of this in mind when finding the perfect prom dress as wellaswhenyou’rehavingthetimeofyourlifeon the dance floor.

The Dress:

Double sided body tape or glue is a lifesaver. If your dress is strapless be sure to use this so you won’t be pulling up your dress all night. You’ll be much more comfortable all night knowing your dress is secure in place. Nothing catches the light and draws attention like rhinestones and jewels. A dash of glitter will add that extra attention any one-tone dress needs. Feathers or lace are a great alternative to sequins or other classic dresses. Add some funky texture to stand out.

“When ordering your dress, the earlier the better. You need to leave time for altertations and you don’t want to rush,” Megan Wynveen (12) said.

Make sure the length of your dress isn’t too long to trip over once you take off your heels. Also, if you like the elegant train on the back of your dress keep it simple so it doesn’t end up tripping someone on the dance floor.

The Shoes:

Can’t find shoes to match? When in doubt, wear nude pumps. Find a tone that matches your skin and they’ll make your legs look super long.

True, beauty is pain, but are you scared you won’t last the night without your feet killing you? Bring some flip flops to throw on later. Put a band-aid on the back of your heel to prevent blisters from even happening. With a simple dress, add some pizzazz to your heels with head-to-toe beading or shimmer.

“Dont get too nice of shoes because you won’t see them anyway because your dress covers them,” Anne Massey (11) said.

If the dress shows your feet, they will be likely to receive a lot of attention so find a hot pair of heels to accompany and accent your dress. Make sure that your heels aren’t too tall, you don’t want your dress that’s supposed to skim the floor to awkwardly sit above your high heels.

TheAccesories: Before going out and spending tons of money on jewelry and even though “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, try looking for a simple pair of pearls to keep it classy. Be sure that all your jewelry goes together, make all pieces silver or all pieces gold.


If your dress is simple, it’s time to amp up the accessories. Find a chunky different colored bracelet or long dangly earrings to go with a strapless dress.


Less is more. Simple earrings and an elegant tasteful necklace will do the trick that way your jewelry doesn’t overwhelm the dress.

“If you have a simple dress then wear a statement necklace, but if your dress is showy, then keep it simple,” Gianna Curuso (12) said.

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Members of marketing association, DECA, are chosen to represent LHS on different levels of competition and tell about the benefits of being a member of the club.


Talks about DECA, Lindbergh’s student marketing association, have been floating around the school halls a lot lately. Many students who don’t know about DECA are left with the question: What is DECA anyway? In short, DECA is a club that most students in business or marketing classes join. They work to prepare students for the business world after college, whether that carreer be in marketing, hospitality, management, or finance. Not only is DECA available at the high school level, but many students go on to be involved in collegiate DECA. Members do things like community service, attend leadership conferences, hold social events, and network. However, the favorite aspect among most members of DECA is competition. To begin the process, first students must compete at district competition. Students can choose whether to do an individual event or group event in a category of their choice. Some categories, such as Advertising Campaign, require students to prepare a paper and have a presentation ready.


Other categories like business law and ethics, require one to tell what they would do in a scenario given to them five minutes before presenting. Based on each group or individuals’ presentation combined with test score, students are ranked with other members in their category. If one is ranked high enough, they could win a trip to state competition held at the Lake of the Ozarks. If they win at state, they have the opportunity to qualify for national competition, which is held in Anaheim, California this year. Last year, three students: Erik Broome (11), Vadal Johnson (11), and Alec Hubbard (12) headed to Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Nationals were really fun. We got to meet a ton of new people from all over the country, we saw the Jabbawockeez (from America’s Best Dance Crew) perform, and we listened to a speech from the C.E.O. of Men’s Warehouse,” Johnson said. Competition is no easy task, though. There are many obstacles and difficulties that each team or individual has to overcome, and try to succeed in the end as best they can.


“Because our category required us to write an 11 page paper and prepare a presentation ahead of time, Vadal and I put in close to 40 hours of work between the two of us,” Broome said. Many members would agree that the hard work is worth the experience, and not to mention the scholarship if a student(s) win at the national competition. “As president, I set the agendas for our bi-weekly meetings and plan things with our advisors and communicate them to our other officers, who then take the information for our classes,” Stephanie Fei (12) said. Fei and all of the other officers of the club work hard to make DECA a great club for our school, and it is a beneficial club to join whether students are planning on going into business or not. “It offers so many great opportunities that will change your life if you take it seriously. You meet so many new people and learn how to interact with all different kinds of personalities,” Lindbergh DECA co-president Austyn Yarbrough (12) said.


DECA dress-up... Members of DECA are required to dress professionally for all competitions in which they or their group take part in. The men are expected to wear a formal suit and tie, while the ladies are expected to wear a blazer over a dress or with a skirt and a blouse.


Erik Broome (11) and Austyn Yarbrough (12) are dressed in formal DECA competition wear. Broome, as well as Yarbrough are headed to state at the Lake of the Ozarks. Broome will present along with his partner, Vadal Johnson (11), and Yarbrough will present as an idividual. Photo By: Kaitlin Sotir


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Stealing Silver over the past two and half years has developed into what it is today: five Christian guys playing music. Will Gerdel, Jake Niles, Greg Primo, join Lindbergh’s Ryan Torpea (12) and Andrew Bushway (12) forming the alternative rock group. The band has gone through a transformation both with sound and members; their journey is portrayed in their music. “The music is about our experiences in life and how we cope with them; how we progress as people. We don’t openly admit that God is how we cope with our problems, but we do allude to it sometimes,” Torpea said. A biblical reference to a story in Genesis where Joseph reunited with his brothers after being sold into slavery when they accidentally ‘stole silver’, the band first choose the name because of the story. The connection became apparent later as the band developed. “It’s a testament to how God works in weird ways,” Bushway said. Often labeled “Christian rock,” the band’s biggest influences are 90’s music and other specific artists. “Our sound comes from trying to

Andrew Bushway (12) plays a song off of their new record. The recording process took nine days for drums. “Recording is a struggle but it’s fufilling,” Bushway said. Photo by: Nikki Boliaux

sound like those people and failing. We’ve tried a lot to be like Switchfoot and John Mayer, and what you’re hearing is a bunch of teenagers and their interpretation of that type of music. We made this sound as the baby of John Mayer, Switchfoot, the Classic Crime, and Parachute,” Torpea said. The band is currently recording their first album, the title of which remains a secret, but is jokingly nicknamed “The Life and Times of Will Gerdel.” This time around, however, Stealing Silver is recording a little differently. “We originally recorded in our producer Mark’s house, but the scheduling didn’t work at all. We brainstormed and Ryan’s basement immediately came to mind because it’s a big space that we could isolate easily, and there was a separate room for Mark to be in,” Bushway said. On their first demo, it took a year to finish recording drums and bass. With the help of Marc Bowyer, a family friend and producer of the band, who had worked on Stealing Silver’s demo and a few Grammy nominated projects all drum parts were finished in nine days,

Will Gerdel (Class of 2012) listens to the playback of the last take. Ryan Torpea (12) set up a fully equiped recording studio in his basement. “We listen for how well the part fits in the context of the song. Beyond that, tone and various other things can all be further adjusted in post production,” Gerdel said. Photo by: Nikki Boliaux

really only recording for three and a half days. “Usually we scratch track, which is where you get the format of the song and then you go back individually and overdub the actual parts. This time to get a better sound overall and a better energy we took the drum scratch tracks as the actual tracks. We took scratch tracking more seriously,” Bushway said. Recording is going smoothly and the band hopes to be finished by the end of the school year. Staying true to their aesthetic, the band remains focused on their sound, or failure to sound like everyone else. “It’s almost the story of our lives for the past year and a half. It’s what we’ve gone through, it’s the struggles, it’s the conflict and the resolutions that we’ve found. It’s what we’ve learned in the past year and a half,” Torpea said. Stealing Silver will play at The Lamb’s Inn Coffee House on March 23 at 7pm performing new songs. For updates on the release of their new single and album, like their Facebook page.

Greg Primo (Vianney class of 2010) uses foot pedals to add effects to expand his guitar sound. Primo plays lead guitar for Stealing Silver. “I use the pedals to make rad new tones; from chimey and clean to huge and dirty to sometimes warbley, crazy spaceship noises,” Primo said. Photo by: Nikki Boliaux


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books and words were in the air after missouri read-in day on friday, march 8th. English Classes took a day off and read for the hour, and students went to elementary schools to read books out loud to their younger peers. it’s all a great reminder of just how important reading is. it creates a community. it’s a way to serve. It’s a means of escape. It’s the dinosaur way of procrastinating. And it’s also the best way to learn and to learn to think. so Find


a cozy overstuffed armchair and a snuggie, and enjoy the


next few pages of the Pilot, bookworm-style.


with Kaci Brennan (11) An avid reader and book club member

What kinds of books do you read? Mostly fantasy and science fiction, YA (Young Adult) stuff. I’ll read realistic fiction every once in a while, like my favorite book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green… It’s such a beautiful book. I have the boxed set. I really like the books that retell fairy tales; I’ve read a lot in that sub-genre. There are a lot of twists and turns. I know you are in the Lit Glits book club here at LHS, are you in any other reading groups? I don’t do group reading really, but I volunteer at libraries like Oak Bend County Library. It’s right down the street from my house. There they have TAG meetings, which is the Teen Advisory Group that sets up teen programs at Oak Bend and Tesson Ferry libraries. Do you see yourself in a career with books? I want to be a book editor, possibly. Especially for YA books because they’re so interesting and have so many different genres surrounding them. What are some unique opportunities you’ve had in the world of books? Usually the author things I go to are through the county library. They bring in authors all the time. That’s how I got to meet my favorite author actually, Tamora Pierce. She writes very female-centric books with women heroes and lady knights. It was cool to hear her speak about the books and feminism. I got to meet her and have her sign my books. It was so exciting to meet her. We could only get two books actually signed, but the other two she stamped and finger printed because she had to have surgery on her wrist soon. But it was really cool to hear more about the characters and what she thought

about them, her favorites, and how she writes them. She’s got this whole universe that she writes in, kind of like J.K. Rowling but there are many different series that go out of that universe but they’re all connected. It’s really interesting and intricate so it was really cool to hear how she keeps all of that straight. She has character sheets so she remembers all the details she’s written about them. There was actually a writing workshop that I went to at Oak Bend and it was given by Wendelin Van Draanen. She was really cool and had lots of advice about plots and writing. Then I saw her the next day at the book signing and she remembered me and we talked. When I went up to get a picture with her she was like “get closer, get closer!” and she pulled me onto her lap and that was the picture. She had pink in her hair and my hair was pink too. Do you ever write anything? Not really, occasionally I’ll think of something and map it out in my head. But I don’t write it down because either I don’t have time or the motivation to. I much prefer reading. What do you think about the books we read in school? I like some of them, but a lot of them I don’t. I really liked the books we read freshman year, To Kill a Mockingbird and Fahrenheit 451, those were some of my favorite books of all time. Those were really, really good. Just, some of them aren’t like Turn of the Screw. That book was dull and dry. I prefer reading for pleasure, but the analysis can be interesting sometimes. Like back to The Fault in Our Stars, John Green talks about all these things like motifs that he put in the book purposefully. So it’s interesting to know that the authors do that stuff on purpose sometimes.

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TFIOS is a developing teenager’s dream. Reshaping the stigma of cancer for its readers, Green’s protagonist, Hazel Grace Lancaster, faces the disease with wit and a dull, yet appreciative look at life. Hazel shows an insight into the mind of a common, intelligent teen as she faces the prospect of her own death and the effects it would have on those around her. These views are thrown majorly into question when a charming, unlit cigarette smoking, one-legged, attractive boy named Augustus Waters shows up. Green offers a book with a plot, but his more important success is his development of themes, including an insight into suffering, an author’s perspective and difficulties, and love. Each page is brewed with a blend of stark and engaging humor. The uniqueness of this book makes it not only a must read, but an enjoyable experience.

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Made more famous this year by the movie adaptation, Chbosky’s Perks is a tiny book that packs a punch. A gifted freshman named Charlie faces a new school year by writing letters to an unknown friend. In a series of letters, Charlie explains making friends with upperclassmen then watching them go on to college and following some twisted scenarios within his own family. He does this all in simple sentences. Though Charlie’s perspective is interestingly innocent as he seems to discover problems within his past and himself as the reader does, Chbosky tries to tackle a few too many of the standard “controversial” topics which make it less believable. Most people I’ve talked to have said the same thing, skip the book and rent the movie... it has Logan Lerman.



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This is how Sci-Fi is supposed to be written. Lu places two counterparts against each other: June, a highly skilled and trained in military combat girl loyal to her country called the the republic and a street rat fugitive under the codename Day who works solo under the radar to cause problems for the country. Though containing the usual dystopian test to file people according to the government’s liking, fear of an oppressive government with cruel leaders, and star-crossed lovers, Lu constructs it in a way that makes it a page turning rampage, but not hokey. Each detail is carefully examined, the way Day or June would within the book, and used to its potential, turning the plot along, showing Lu’s skill. Though the theme seems similar to Scott Westerfield’s Uglies Trilogy, it’s worth the read especially for The Hunger Games and Divergent lovers.

Divergent Insurgentveronica Roth


In the dystopian world that Beatrice lives in, once teens turn 16 they must take a special serum which causes them to hallucinate into a controlled dream that determines the group or faction they will live in for the duration of their lives. The factions are distinct and have nothing in common: Erudite is logical, Dauntless is reckless, Candor is studious, Amnity is cheerful, and Abnegation is selfless. But Beatrice doesn’t fit the mold, she’s Divergent, and must choose her faction. Her choice gets dangerous as she tries to drift under the radar of a complexly corrupt government. The book has a page turning plot and an interesting concept, but that’s about it. Roth tries to make Beatrice seem tough and animalistic with simple sentences and flighty emotions, but I found myself bored and rolling my eyes at the blatant cliff hangers and predictable romances. Violence is overused to the point where it becomes mundane and ineffective as a technique, especially in Insurgent. These books are good for airports and road trips where the reader has nothing better to do than put herself or himself in Beatrice’s shoes. For a truly perspective changing dystopian novel, the classic called The Giver would more effectively accomplish the job.

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alaskajohn green

When Miles Halter aka Pudge goes away for boarding school to “seek a great perhaps” he encounters more than he had expected. He meets a group of pranksters including a beautiful, rough and ready girl named Alaska. The book is formatted by the days before and days after. Though the plot as explained here sounds dreadfully typical, Green’s killer writing style makes all of the difference. When talking about this book, Green simply refers to it as being “about grief.” Pudge’s marvels and frustrations with the changing world about him makes him a a refreshing reflection of a teenager-- a job Green accomplishes like none other.

the book

Zusak’s The Book Thief is most famous and unique because it is written from Death’s perspective. Death marvels at the trials of Leisel Memigner as she grows up as a Hitler Youth with a Jewish man, Max, in her basement in Nazi Germany. The Book Thief is a treat for not only lovers of historical fiction, but plot and style lovers. It even includes a segment of a picture book. Death’s obscure commentary is enough to make the book a worthwhile read along with simple themes with elaborate development. Readers be warned though, the beginning is a slow start, stick with it for the rewards.




thirteenreasons why jay asher

thief markuszusack

towns john green

A box of tapes that shows up on Clay Jensen’s porch leaves him walking around his town into the hours of the night in a cold sweat.The 13 tapes were left by his friend for a night, Hannah Baker, who had committed suicide a few weeks before. The book is written from Clay’s point of view with Hannah’s tape narration in italics, creating a side-by-side effect. Asher certainly keeps the reader turning pages by using the count down technique until the thirteenth reason. While he does get his intended message that people should take more responsibility for their actions and care for people who show signs of suicide while treating them with respect across, Asher, like Chbosky, seems to bite off more than he can chew with controversial topics and does so insensitively with Hannah’s sassy, biting character. People I’ve talked to who have felt suicidal have disliked this book.

Paper Towns’ plot style is similar to Thirteen Reasons Why in that it’s an adrenaline rush hit list. Quentin “Q” Jacobsen’s childhood crush, Margo Roth Spiegelman, shows up at his bedroom window in head to toe black ready to seek revenge on those who’ve bothered her. The plot races between fast moments and teenaged realizations which to some readers seems annoying, especially if they don’t like Green’s signature voice style. I actually liked the book because of this. The humor is quick and particular, drawing attention to the temporariness of life for teens in modern times.

what’syourfavoriteyoung adult book?

That Summer Do Hard Things

Eat, Pray, Love

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

The Gallagher Girls SeriesEragon

Harry Potter

The Help


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Leviathan Twilight A Northern Light

All things

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movie adaptation What is the Best


Harry PotterMarley andThemeHobbit

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Life of Pi

The Bourne Trilogy

The Notebook


Safe Haven

Lord of the Rings The Hunger Games

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


Gone with the wind

and into the book club to discuss their Fictional Fan Favorites


“Do you even need to ask why? ‘You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.’ Pretty much the best unwanted marriage proposal ever,” Megan Roegner (English Department) said.


“I’m obsessed because I admire that his work is still culturally relevant in today’s society. And I named my dog Huckleberry,” Lindsay Capobianco (English Department) said.


“He’s a strong man and he’s in control of things and he has lots of money. And that’s why you should like a man,” Valerie Schroll (English Department) said.

Twilight Saga

Harry Potter

The ADventures of Sherlock Holmes

Will The Last Song

Percy JAckson and the Lightning Thief


The Great Gatsby

The Hunger Games

English DepartmenT‘ s Heartthrobs

Jacob Black

Ron Weasley HermioneGranger

Sherlock Holmes

Peeta Mellark GaleHawethorne KatnissEverdeen

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Dear John



Jay Gatsby Daisy Buchanan

Student‘ s TOP FICTIONAL crushes

JohnGreen “I’m a fangirl of the Vlogbrothers,” Carrie Hantak (English Department) said.

whatwastheworst schoolbook?



AHeroofourTime The Crucible Of Mice & MenThe Stranger Catcher in the Rye


History Textbook PrideandPrejudice Fahrenheit 451 Anthem

House on Mango Street



“One of my favorite books from when I was young, like 7th or 8th grade, was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m trying to get my daughter to read it now. I like the satire and the ridiculousness of it,” Griner said.

matt griner (english Department) On The Red Tent “I thought it was a strong example of women interacting within a community. Even though it was set in biblical times, the ideas and practices are still relevant today,” Thomas said.

Laura Thomas (Math Department) OnACHristmasCarol: “I like books that have a historical setting, not necessarily historical fiction. A Christmas Carol talks a lot about economic struggle in the 19th century,” Tobias said.

Brian Tobias (social Studies Department)

“Wallace is supposed to be the next great 21st century author. Consider the Lobster is a collection of nonfiction about the irony and jadedness of living in the 21st century world where everything is too cool, and he tries to work his way out of it,” Meyer said.


“It’s all about why these people go further and further into risk without thinking logically, about people making irrational decisions and what that leads to,” Barton said.

Jane Drabik (Librarian) On Kane & ABel: “It takes you into the story of Americans in the Phillippines during World War II. It was really and interesting book,” Drabik said.


On Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

On Consider the Lobster:

All things

favor ite books

Doug Barton (SCience Department)


textbooks and anthologies aren’t the only thing on teachers’ Eric Meyer (english Department) shelves






Appetite for


The freedom to eat



Learning how to deal with real world situations is a part of high school. The role of our education is to teach us and to prepare us for the life in our community as adults. I believe that introducing an open lunch policy at LHS would give students the privilege that many have been vying for, as well as allow for demonstrating the Six Pillars of Education taught here. But wait- what is open lunch? In simple terms, an open lunch policy would allow students to leave campus to get their own food within the time period allotted for lunch. In this time period, students are free to do as they please, as long as they are back to school on time. Many students are craving this freedom. An appetite for open lunch is heard all around the cafeteria. “Everyone wants more variety in the food. On top of that, food is usually picked over by third lunch. It would work if there were rules to go with it, like a sign out system or a three strike policy,” Jennifer Faerber (11) said. Enforced guidelines and rules would definitely be a must, in order to keep those students who qualify in line. “The privilege should only be extended to upperclassmen. The underclassmen don’t have cars and parking spaces. Also, underclassmen couldn’t get rides from upperclassmen, because that would be unfair to freshmen and sophomores without older siblings or friends,” Samuel Ladd (12) said. However, there are potential drawbacks for this system, and reasons why it is not currently allowed. “Parents trust us to keep kids here. Part of our responsibility is to ensure all students’ safety,” Pam Mason (10th Grade Principal) said.


Parents and teachers might think that this amount of trust invested in the student body is a larger responsibility than what is safe; is it possible for a system like this to work? In fact, it is indeed possible. Clayton High School has put this policy into effect. “The open [lunch] is really loose. We have 45 minutes for lunch and half-period ‘lab periods’ after science every other day. I’d say most people go to Staub’s which is a little grocery store in walking distance. People who have cars go anywhere from Qdoba to IHOP to McDonalds,” Christopher Longman (10) a Clayton High School student, said. Longman added, “I think open campus is good because of that understanding that you don’t abuse it. People appreciate that they’re trusted and it provides an opportunity to get away from school, get some fresh air,” Longman said. Longman’s sister shares similar praise of the policy. “Open campus is beneficial because it provides a level of independence that I think is important, particularly for upperclassmen as they take on more responsibilities and prepare to go off to college,” Emily Longman (12) said. “I think the one drawback Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir is the inability to regulate where people are going, but it’s not a huge issue because when the school holds students to high expectations, they tend to rise to the occasion.” While there are obvious drawbacks to this arrangement, the benefits are clear. Positive arguments that show all of the assets of this freedom can be made for this system.

Subway Lindbergh High School

1.0 Miles from LHS

Schnucks .9 Miles


from LHS

Jimmy John’s

Taco Bell 1.4 Miles from LHS

.8 Miles from LHS

Pizza Hut 1.1 Miles from LHS

Lindbergh Boulevard and the streets branching off of it offer many choices of food options. Although, in order to keep students safe and make sure that everyone gets back to class on time, a two-mile radius policy might be what can help the system to work efficiently.

Photos by: Kaitlin Sotir







What happens after



personal, such as a likeness for the outdoors. “He has to fish or it won’t work. I can’t date a guy who’s too prissy to go fishing,” said Melissa Kersting (12). With such a simple must-have, Kersting was able to find a quick and fool-proof way to find her soul mate. “I just ask him if he likes to fish, and if he doesn’t then I just stop talking to him,” said Kersting. For others, it takes less to please and thus, a more likely match is possible. “You know what’s attractive? Good grammar, spelling and punctuation,” said Robert Langevin (English Department). In Langevin’s case, all he has to do is ask them to write an essay, and his pursuit of love is complete. Again, this requires both parties to be interested in each other. Some students have progressed passed a simple conversation and condensed the wide selection of worthy guys down to only a few. Surprisingly the they can do this without even talking to the candidate. This efficiency is achieved by demanding simple things that can be discovered by the naked eye. “I’m attracted to intelligence and a lack of facial hair,”


Adam Witte (10) said. Somewhat similar to Langevin, Witte should require only an IQ test, and then maybe a quick rub on the face to check for whiskers. It’s mind blowing how easy it is to find love isn’t it? But some have watered down the process even more, and then boiled it down to an even simpler plan. “He has to have good teeth,” said Nicole Smithson (12). It’s obvious Smithson is a firm believer in love at first dental check up. Some students have found an even more efficient way to find true love, by narrowing down their options to not a select few but a select one. When asked what she was attracted to, Courtney Franky (11) replied “Doug Tate” without hesitation. Franky should be commended; she has found a shortcut to finding the perfect match by giving herself only one option in the entire universe. She will never have to waste her time on another pointless boy who is just not meant for her.


Ahh high school, the time in everyone’s life where adoration can be short lived, skin deep, and more frequent than a full moon, yet more intense than any other kind of love. The evidence of teenagers’ love sprouts up on social media sites like Facebook more often than the zits on their faces, making everyone aware that the next two weeks will be the happiest time in their lives. Though these “relationships” are frequent, choosing the perfect temporary other half can be a long and in-depth process. Each person, girls and boys, have their own speculations and requirements that must be met in order to be a perfect match. “I’m attracted to outgoing girls with a shady past. So I can be intrigued by their mystery. But being in jail is as shady as I’ll go,” said Nick Ciaramitaro (11). Surprisingly, not every girl Ciaramitaro talks to is open about their jail time right off the bat. So constraints like these require dedication and effort to discover. Any girl Ciaramitaro spends his time talking to is a gamble on his part, and she should feel flattered by his faith that she is scandalous. But some qualitative speculations are less


Narrowing the options for true love makes it just that much easier

This donkey has won “best teeth in show.” 100% match for Smithson.


This gentleman fishes everyday, and has for the past 76 years. 100% match for Kersting.


We’re all used to the stories our parents tell us that begin with the overused phrase, “when I was a kid”. Sure, some of the tales that they tell are just exaggerations that they got from their own parents, like the classic uphill hike they had to struggle through to get to school. But some of what they say is actually relevant, like with dating.


Today the answer to the question ‘is it facebook official?’ is what defines a relationship. But back in the day promise rings and letterman jackets were the sign of ones heart being taken. “We all wanted a letterman jacket, it had their name on the back to show who you went with” said Stella Viehland. Junior rings were also another way for guys to ask their gal if they wanted to ‘go steady’. According to Pam Mason (10th grade principal), there were no such things as ‘friends with benefits’ unlike how it is today. The rules of dating during their high school years involved a lot more preparation than a simple text inviting someone to a party that night. Without the pleasure of personal phones, no date could start without a phone call to the significant other’s home phone where there was a high chance in first talking to the parents or often worse a sibling. “My mom would always make my friends identify themselves while on the phone. So there were no secrets when a boy called,” said Stella Viehland.


However, girls were often treated to several dates with different boys before deciding to wear just one name on her jacket.



Along with the awkward phone call to get through, the process of picking a girl up for a date required a lot more work when it came to meeting the parents. Being on time and dressing to impress were two of the rules that must be followed to ensure a pleasurable meeting with the date’s parents, especially their father. The idea of honking to get a friend outside was unheard of, even more than arriving in a dirty car to pick up your date. “If I had a date, I would spend the day cleaning and waxing my car. Everything had to be pristine for that night,” said Mike Slyman.


Most important in pleasing the parents was to make sure to get your date home on time,or even better early.. Curfews weren’t anywhere near as late as they are today, and it was the boy’s job to make sure his date was home on time.

“Even on prom night, our date was expected to get us home at the right time, there was no spending the night out like the kids today,” said Mason. As high schoolers today, we use the simple luxury of technology to get to know possible significant others and the even more casual luxury of friends with benefits to fill our social calendar. Our parents however had to go through a more rigorous obstacle course, around parents, curfews and the perfect first impression to be able to land their date. No matter what their other exaggerations are, the memories of their dating scene




The ins and outs of St. Louis music locales explored on a variety of traits MeganStringer

The buzz and hum of the music, bobbing heads dancing in the background, and one loud song blasting from a main stage; most concerts have this in common. Teenagers and adults alike flock to stages all over to see a favorite band or artist, but a lot more goes into the experience than who’s performing. St. Louis may not exactly be a live music hub like Nashville, but there are still a few gems here when it comes to music venues. The Peabody Opera House, The Pageant, and The Firebird all stand out from the rest, and for different reasons.



The Peabody is one of the larger concert venues in St. Louis, excluding any arenas. There’s a certain elegance surrounding the place; even the name has “Opera House” contained in it. It’s certainly a sight to see on the inside as well. Attending a concert here could compare to visiting the queen for some. Regal red seats look down upon a small but bustling center stage, and a large lighted ceiling adds to the atmosphere. Walking up the steep steps, it’s as if a real opera or theater production is going on rather than a concert. “The Peabody Opera House is by far my favorite [venue]. It’s the right size, it’s nice and newly redone, and it’s


not too big either. Even when you’re in the back you can still see pretty well. I really like when a venue has organized seating, and I like having my tickets and knowing that I’ll be able to see the band,” Kaycee Miller (10) said. But the question begs, is an opera house really the place for a concert? The Peabody has formal seating, however it’s not necessarily a problem that this venue is directed toward opera and theater rather than concerts. “If anything, the seats at The Peabody could be a little restricting, but it doesn’t pose much of a problem if everyone wants to dance. The last show I went to at The Peabody everybody was up

and dancing,” Brian Barrett (11) said. Some would argue that The Peabody is almost a little too large to be a good concert venue, but every place has its perks. Being able to hear is an important part of any concert as well. “If [a venue] is too big, then that effects the sound too. Echoes are annoying,” Miller said. Going to The Peabody, music lovers can expect a classy atmosphere rather than a rowdy or crazy one. They also tend to have performances from more well-known bands and artists. Although The Peabody is great, it doesn’t have some key traits like other venues.

The Pageant The Pageant is a much smaller venue compared to The Peabody. Near the Delmar Loop, it still entertains some more well-known bands, and gains some popularity for the performers who visit. This venue is praised for being just the appropriate size. “The Pageant is good. I like small venues, because you can be closer to everything and it’s a lot more personal than say, an arena concert,” Ruby Nevelow (12) said. Being a high school concert-goer can be hard. Everything costs money, and attending concerts regularly is a good way to blow cash. However, it’s worth it. But

what’s more frustrating than anything is not being able to attend a show because of age limits. “The Pageant is great. They almost never have 18 and up shows, and it’s just a really nice place. Being open to minors is definitely one of my biggest priorities in a venue, next to good lighting and air conditioning,” Barrett said. Meeting the band after the show proves difficult at some venues, but The Pageant is never one of them. Waiting by the buses or stage doors to meet the band after a show at The Pageant works nearly every time. However, the perks of this venue don’t appeal to everyone.

“I don’t care for The Pageant as much. It’s loosely organized, and you have to get there really early just to get a good spot. And if you do get a good seat, people are always jostling around so you have to work to defend it. If you’re not in the front, you can’t see. If the concert is in the winter and you have to wait outside for a good seat, then you’ll just have to freeze until they let you come in,” Miller said. Regardless of looser structure, The Pageant ensures a more traditional live music atmosphere. Employees are always talkative and welcoming, only adding more to the already cheerful ambiance of a concert.

The band Geographer opens for Freelance Whales at The Firebird. This venue gives an up-closeand-personal concert experience. Photo by: Megan Stringer

Possibly one of the smallest venues in St. Louis, The Firebird isn’t known to many. Those who are familiar with it will know that live shows there almost never go wrong. With one small main stage, the closest audience member is no further than a few yards from the performers. Everything is up close and personal, an aspect many find enjoyable in a good concert. This venue is so

personable for artists such as Dan Eschmann (10) and his band, Without Hazard, who have played their own concert here before. “I enjoyed playing The Firebird. It’s not too little and not too big. They focus on just the music, there’s not much else going on there. Good sounds and acoustics make a good venue,” Eschmann said. The Firebird benefits from having the stage up close and personal. The concert

atmosphere here is exactly what comes to mind when thinking of a good show. “When you go to a concert, the music is supposed to be all around you, you’re supposed to be able to feel the bass drum in your chest, and that just doesn’t happen at places like The Peabody,” Eschmann said. Whatever venue one may prefer, there’s something in Saint Louis for everyone.


The Firebird


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Submit an awardwinning film to the LHS ‘RECORD’ Film Festival MadisonKeller

This year, movies are bigger than ever. Achievements in acting, visual effects and belowthe-line production are being awarded left and right in Hollywood and elsewhere, professional and amateur. Pilot editor, Shannon Wood (12), has taken it upon herself to provide the opportunity to achieve such heights for students at LHS by carrying on the tradition of the annual film festival. Those involved would like to encourage you to participate for a multitude of reasons. First; it’s awesome. Cool and interesting people will be abound. Second; it’s super fun. Filmmaking is a great way to collaborate with your friends or express your own ideas in an interesting medium we all know and love. We hope the festival is welcoming; we intend to give you a relaxed, creative hub where your work is celebrated and recognized. Here, Lindbergh resident experts John Kovacs (12), Jacob Estes (12), and graduated Michael Rich, founder of the LHS Film Fest, share their tips regarding the major jobs in amateur filmmaking, and I’ve added a few of my own. We hope they help you in producing an award-winner.


April 19th at 7 pm in the LHS auditorium. All are welcome to view studentmade films and enjoy the evening. How to submit: send any video production under ten minutes to SWOODPILOT2013@GMAIL.COM by April 15th.


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John Kovacs (12) “Don’t write too much. It usually ends up being pretty long when you film it.” Jacob Estes (12) “Don’t sound like an idiot. You’ve got to have a story with meaning, it can’t be just a bunch of pointless plot.” Michael Rich “Write a story based around the resources you have. If you write a story set in space with maneating aliens who drive rocket cars, then you’re probably going to have a hard time executing it. Be creative, but realistic.”

John Kovacs (12) “If you have to cry, make it convincing. When I have to cry I usually think about sad things like Krispy Kreme going out of business.” Jacob Estes (12) “Don’t be cheesy. You’ve got to try and pull through your real emotions.” Michael Rich “Listen to the director.”

John Kovacs (12) “Make sure your actors don’t have too many speaking parts.”

Jacob Estes (12) “Know what you’re doing. You can’t just be messing around out there in some director’s chair, you’ve got to tell people what to do, lay down the law.”

Michael Rich “Give your actors a clear vision of what you want them to do. Just throwing them in front of a camera is going to make them nervous and scared. Work with them and make them feel comfortable.”

John Kovacs (12) “I’m sorry. That’s my advice - I’m sorry you have to edit.”

Jacob Estes (12) “Know your stuff. Make the right cuts at the right time. Know which effects to throw in where.”

Michael Rich “Don’t let a shot drag on too long and don’t be afraid to cut anything. If your movie begins with a character waking up and going to work, it’s not necessary to show them pouring their cereal, putting on clothes, brushing their teeth, petting their dog, going to the bathroom, reading the newspaper, watching the Today show, getting stuck in traffic, yelling at other cars in traffic, scratching their butt, etc. Leave it on the cutting room floor.”


the actor the writer Forget your audience. What they want doesn’t matter. They don’t know what they want until you give it to them.

Study and research. Be familiar if not intimate with the emotions you are portraying. Acting is not faking, it’s feeling.

Know exactly what you’re saying in every scene, every line, every expression of your actors. Have a very clear concept and share it with everyone involved in your production.

Be creative. Film is visual storytelling - this is what makes a movie different (and better) from other mediums. Do something new, something interesting, or something crazy.




Track members discuss their goals for the 2013 season



February 25 marks the start of the 2013 track season. For seniors, that means it’s the last chance to give it all they’ve got in hopes of earning a place in Lindbergh track immortality. Breaking a school record is always in the back of a track athlete’s mind, especially once they have reached this point of their high school career. Setting a record in any sport is impressive, but for track it is taken to a higher level. Field events such as high jump, pole vault, shot put and long jump are individual events. Any record set in these events was accomplished by one person on their own. In comparison, track events can be set by either a relay team of four or by an individual. For this reason, track athletes sometimes feel that setting a record that could ultimately stand for many years is even

more prestigious than other record-setting performances in other sports. Several seniors on the track team have set the ultimate goal for this season: breaking a school record before they graduate. “I feel pretty good about this upcoming season. It was sad at the end of last year because a bunch of seniors graduated and they made up the majority of the sprinters,” Emily Broadhacker (12) said. It will be a challenge this season for any relay team that included seniors last year because their spots will have to be filled by newbies. Jordan Yanker (12) has been on the track team for three years already and has accomplished more than most jumpers do in their entire four years. Yanker has qualified for state the past 2 years and plans to medal this season. “I’m just gonna do my best and I’ll try for the long jump and triple jump records this year,” Yanker said. With only inches between Yanker and the long jump record, this season will take hours of extra workouts, weekend practices and dedication to meet her goal. Besides practice during the season, outside work is needed to be done by these athletes in order to break records. “I train all year round, I run 2-3 times per week and lift weights about 4 times a week too,” Sebastiano Ferko (12) said. Although he hasn’t broken any records yet, Ferko is Lindbergh’s 4th best long jumper in history and plans on breaking the record this season.




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