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Harpeth Hall School • 3801 Hobbs Rd, Nashville, TN 37215 • Volume 36 • Number 3 • December 11, 2013

HH welcomes new head BY CATHERINE FALLS AND SHELBY POTTER News Editors


NEW HONEYBEARS JOIN THE HH COMMUNITY: Ms. Stephanie Balmer and her family will join Harpeth Hall in July 2014. Mamenta

In 1998, Harpeth Hall welcomed a new head of school, Ann Teaff, whose fifteen years at the Honeybear den changed the school and the lives of hundreds of girls. From her memorable convocation speeches to her eagerness to listen to any girl’s stories about her day, Ms. Teaff demonstrated her position as the bedrock of Harpeth Hall. Now, in 2013, the Harpeth Hall community greets its next leader: Stephanie Balmer. Personable and well-spoken, Ms. Balmer is a high-powered administrator with an impressive admissions background at Agnes Scott and Dickinson Colleges. Her long tenures at both colleges indicate strong interest in individual institutions and the desire to stay at Harpeth Hall long-term to lead the school to greater heights. Ms. Balmer earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at Murray State University in Kentucky and her master’s degree in finance and marketing at Mercer University Stetson School of Business and Economics in Georgia. She comes to Harpeth Hall from Dickinson College, where she was at the helm of admissions, financial aid programs, institutional research, athletics and communications. Before her employment at Dickinson College, Ms. Balmer was the vice president for enrollment and dean of admission at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women. At both of these institutions, she gained the insight and experience of an influential educator, as seen in Agnes Scott College’s increase in applications whilst she was employed at the women’s college. Her support for girl’s education represents itself well in her past association with Agnes Scott College, which is sure to represent itself when

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New key cards for HH students

Photo courtesy of Joanne

she starts working at Harpeth Hall. Ms. Balmer has enjoyed well-deserved, enthusiastic support on the part of the faculty and student body. Mrs. Adams, one of the teachers who was part of the search committee, said, “She is very personable. She can make a connection with you that feels very authentic, right off the bat. I think you will know her, and she will know you.” Ms. Balmer was a parent favorite, and students throughout the school are eager to get to know their new head of school and see what she will bring to Harpeth Hall. “I hope she retains the spirit and enthusiasm Mrs. Teaff always had when talking about the school, but I also hope that she brings something different that shows her own personality,” said Ms. Adams. “I am excited to begin a new academic year and to meet the girls, faculty, administration, staff, trustees, parents, alumnae and friends of the school,” said Balmer. “Hearing first-hand from members of the community about what makes Harpeth Hall a special place to them and to learn of their ambition for this great school enthuses me in many ways. This will be such an adventure, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Harpeth Hall community.” Her daughter, Isabel Balmer, will enter Harpeth Hall as part of the Class of 2020 in the fall of 2014, and Kirkman House will be a hotspot with a new honeybear head. Her husband, Lauren Balmer, will work in management for a local healthcare organization. Harpeth Hall is excited to gain a new addition to our school family and looks forward to many years with our new head.

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In an all-school assembly on Dec. 3, Harpeth Hall has announced the addition of student and faculty key cards to help increase our campus security. With these key cards, students will able to access certain main doors during the school day. These measures are in part due to the thefts of the past school years and will help control the flow of off-campus visitors, so that the school will know who is on the property at specific times. According to the administration, these security measures are for the safety of all students and faculty and will continue to provide Harpeth Hall with exemplary safety before, during and after school hours. Each student will receive their key card in January for the second semester of the school year. Students will be also given a lanyard to hold their key card, which will be worn at all times during the school day. To help prevent against unwanted entrances by non-Harpeth Hall personnel, lost key cards must be reported to the Harpeth Hall administration oimmediately. The student will then pay a fine to replace her key card. To prevent student traffic issues during class transitions, the doors will remain unlocked so that each student will not have to scan her respective key card every time the door closes. This will help the key card become a system of safety rather than a hindrance to daily class life. Senior Abby Biesman said, “I think the key card system will enhance campus security. I think it’s a really great idea.” Visiting students will also experience a change in their tour of Harpeth Hall. When visitors tour Harpeth Hall, they will have to go through certain access points where they would then be let into the school by the security administrators. Cameras will be on these doors so that the administrators would know who would be coming through those specific doors. These new security measures will certainly keep the campus secure; however, they will require student participation to fully utilize the cards’ full potential.

STUDENT KEY CARDS: New security measures at Harpeth Hall will allow for students to access doors, such as this one at Patton, with a key card. Photo by Shelby Potter

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Unconquerable soul: Nelson Mandela remembered by world Bear turned bison

Senior signs with Lipscomb


Nelson Mandela, former South African president and apartheid revolutionary, passed away Dec. 5 at age 95. Jacob Zuma, the current president of South Africa, said, “Our nation has lost its greatest son; our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.” Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years because of his work against the apartheid system in South Africa. On Feb. 11, 1990, Mandela was freed and went on to become the president of South Africa in 1994. Known in South Africa as Madiba because of the name of his clan, he was the first black president of South Africa, and during Mandela’s tenure as head of state, the system of apartheid was dismantled. Mandela is renowned for

his work to achieve democracy across the world. He was a visionary who fought for equality for all people. Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off

one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and has inspired leaders across the globe, many of whom were present at Mandela’s memorial service. President Obama said of Mandela’s death, “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages”. M a n d e l a’s funeral was held Sunday, Dec.15 in Qunu, South Africa, following the Dec. 10 public memorial service in the FNB Stadium in Soweto. Flags have been ordered to half-mast in Nashville, as well as around the world, exemplifying his global impact. Junior Lizzy LeBleu said, “Mandela inspired a lot of people, and he gave the world a standard to live up to.”


Senior Kennedy Potts has officially committed to play basketball for Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Potts signed her letter of intent to play for the Division I Lipscomb Lady Bisons in an all-school assembly on Nov 14. Potts is a senior member of the Harpeth Hall varsity basketball team. Anne Weingartner, Harpeth Hall Head Basketball Coach, said, “Kennedy is the hardest working player that I have ever coached. Early on in her career she set a goal to PROUD POTTS: The Potts family poses at play Division I basket- Kennedy’s official signing. Photo courtesy of HH Athletic ball and had worked ex- Department tremely hard to achieve that goal.” Not only does Coach Weingartner speak highly of Potts, but her teammates do as well. Senior LG Himes said: “On and off the court, she’s such a team player. She always strives to improve.” Kennedy has played basketball at Harpeth Hall since her entrance to the school in seventh grade. She plays shooting guard and point guard, and she was awarded All Region her junior year. Potts said, “I really love the coaches at Lipscomb and I’m excited to get to know all the girls on the team. I look forward to playing on a Division I team. Go Bisons!”

Thanksgivukkah 2013: Bringing holidays together BY BJ NEWELL Multimedia Editor

In 1863, United States on, starting on the 25th of President Abraham Lincoln the Jewish month of Kislev proclaimed Thanksgiving a and lasting for eight nights, federal holiday. Lincoln dethe Jews would celebrate a clared it should be a day of festival of lights as a show “thanksgiving and praise to of thanks to God. our beneficent Father who Chanukah usually falls dwelleth in Heaven.” in December, but because Though Thanksgiving is a Jews use a lunar calensecular holiday today, in the dar while the rest of the past, it was closely associated world uses the Gregorian with Christianity. Despite calendar, holidays tend to Thanksgiving’s Christian shift around. Nonetheless, origins, it has evolved into the unusual crossover of a day for all Americans to Thanksgiving and Chagive thanks. This year, Jewnukah, endearingly called ish Americans are twice as Thanksgivukkah, may not thankful – for the first time happen again for another since 1899, Thanksgiving falls 79,000 years. Thanksgiwithin the eight days of Chavukkah has even been nanukah. tionally recognized. Chanukah is a Jewish festiMenurkeys – turkey val that celebrates the victory shaped menorahs – and of an unlikely group of heroes cornucopias filled with called the Maccabees who dreidels and chocolate gelt faced the Greek army and are no longer unheard of, won against all odds. The traand t-shirts are available dition of lighting a menorah is with the slogan: “Thanksa symbolic representation of givukkah 2013: eight days how the Jews were able to find CHANUKAH +THANKSGIVING: The Newell family celebrates “Thanksgivukkah” with a feast and commemorative t-shirts. Photo courtesy of BJ Newell light, liberty and latkes”. enough oil to burn in the MenoFor a funny, musical expure, kosher oil lasted for eight whole days until the Jews rah for the eternal flame for one planation of Thanksgivukday, even though the Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) was were able to get more. To celebrate the survival of the Jew- kah, David Paskin’s “The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah” is a ransacked and pillaged. By some miracle, that tiny bit of ish people and their culture, it was declared that from then YouTube must-see.




Green goes green: Harpeth Hall builds strong

roots for campus-wide environmental awareness BY AMY JO WEAVER Staff Writer

If the extent of your concern for global warming is using a Camelbak water bottle and wearing Toms, you are probably not alone. According to a Harris poll, only 27% of Americans describe themselves as “environmentally-conscious.” Perhaps memories of “An Inconvenient Truth” have faded (and been marred by accounts of exaggeration), or people have just resigned any hope of reversing climate change. Whatever the case, the environment has taken a back seat to issues such as the economy and health care over the past few years. However, recent events such as the conflict in Syria and the super typhoon in the Philippines have put climate change back in the spotlight and sent policy-makers and scientist scrambling for solutions. Exactly how are they related? Syria has been plagued by civil war since climate change caused a severe drought from 2006-2011 and displaced over 1.5 million people. In terms of superstorms, Upper School Science Teacher Dr. Schott said: “Regarding hurricanes and typhoons like the one that just hit the Philippines, when you warm the oceans it provides more energy for these tropical storms and thus creates these colossal storms.” With events like these, people are beginning to realize that climate change is not just an inevitable misfortune for polar bears and island dwellers, but an impending menace for us all. As temperatures get milder, mosquitoes, ticks and jellyfish will expand their range, weather patterns will drastically change and everything from public health to the economy will suffer enormously.

What are the Honeybears doing to reduce our environmental impact?

Thanks to Ms. Teaff and Harpeth Hall’s Green Team, a fair amount. According to Dr. Schott, the Green Team’s main focus this year has been recycling and awareness, especially with the recent switch to a single stream system. Along with recycling, Harpeth Hall has implemented several “green” initiatives in recent years. These include the garden which has provided vegetables for our dining hall, and working with architects to maximize energy efficiency in buildings including the athletic center which incorporates 24 sustainable features.

Areas in which we can still improve?

Again, Schott reiterates awareness about recycling: “You still see teachers and students who just throw things away; it’s just not a part of their thinking process yet. It hasn’t

What can you do to help? Harpeth Hall Green Team Tips 1. Eat more veggies: Beef production generates more greenhouse gas emissions than cars (about 15% of total emissions). It also uses 30% of Earth’s land surface including most of the Amazon rainforest which has been converted to grazing land. The production of 1 lb. of beef consumes 145x more fossil fuels than potatoes. 2. Return wire hangers to the dry cleaner: More than 3.5 billion hangers reach landfills each year, amounting to 200 million tons of steel that could be put to new use. 3. Give your old cell-phones to Dr. Schott: Cellular phones and other mobile devices often contain toxic materials that seep into the groundwater and pollute the environment.

GREEN TEAM GIRL: Senior Amy Jo Weaver shows her recycling prowess. Photo by Elizabeth Leader

become a habit.” Indeed. In one trashcan, 30 plastic water bottles were discovered in a school trashcan. Other areas of improvement include limiting the amount of energy we use and the number of cars on the road. Unfortunately for Nashville, Green Hills was built at a time when cities were not designed for any mode of transportation other than driving. Still, students in close neighborhoods (with similar after school schedules) are encouraged to carpool as much as possible.

Is it enough?

As much as everyone tries to cut their own impact, many people think too much of the damage is irreversible. Still others believe that while some warming will be inevitable, we can reduce the extent to which we will be affected. Dr. Schott said: “I’m a little pessimistic only because we tend to have short term thinking. But maybe if there are enough of these things like the Philippines and other disasters, they might shake us a bit and we’ll say ‘you know maybe there is a problem here and we should do something about it.’”

4. Bundle up: Rather than blasting the heat in the wintertime, turn your thermostat down to save not only energy but money (Turn it up in the summer). 5. Wash clothes with cold water: Most detergents work well regardless of water temperature. Using cold washes in every U.S. household would save the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil a day. 6. Choose sugar and bar soap: Splenda accumulates in the groundwater, and bottled soap contributes 2.5 million lbs of plastic to landfills. 7. Become a hipster: Shopping for clothes at Goodwill or other thrift stores can cut down the amount of new goods (and energy) being used. 8. Save your banana peels: As Ms. Teaff demonstrated with her recycling/garbage bags in assembly, most of our “trash” can either be recycled or composted.

Seniors soar to success in National Merit Scholarship Contest BY ERIN SUH Editor-in- Chief

Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students take the Preliminary SAT, a standardized test used to practice for the actual SAT and to allow students consideration for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Around 50,000 students score high enough to be recognized by the program; these students are notified the following September as to whether they have achieved the title of a Commended Scholar or Semifinalist. About two-thirds of the top 50,000 scorers in the country receive a Letter of Commendation, placing them in the top two percent of test takers in the nation, and the remaining third is named a Semifinalist, placing them in the top one percent. Semifinalists can then advance to be a Finalist based on their academic achievements and other requirements. This year, twelve Harpeth Hall seniors were named National Merit Scholars, which is an in-

crease from the six Semifinalists and four commended scholars in the Harpeth Hall Class of 2013. The six commended scholars at Harpeth Hall are Ellie Beahm, Abby Biesman, Charlotte Hughes, Catherine Jones, Ashley Lanquist and Amy Jo Weaver. The six semifinalists in the Class of 2014 are Morgan Dentz, Lauren Grace Himes, Hannah Maclellan, Reid Patton, Claire Ramage and Jocelyn Sitton. These students were recognized in an all-school assembly on Oct. 14. “Being a National Merit Semifinalist has opened up so many doors for me. It’s strange how doing well on one standardized test can make colleges see you in an entirely different light,” said Senior Morgan Dentz. “A few colleges are willing to pay full tution for Merit Scholars, and my top school is willing to give me up to $2500 a year to help me out with tuition cost.”

HONORED HONEYBEARS: The National Merit Commended Scholars and Finalists after receiving their assembly recognition. Photo courtesy of Joanne Mamenta



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Too many service drives, not enough dimes Staff Editorial There are roughly 49 different clubs in the Upper School, nine of which were formed on the basis of community service. This year, all of the clubs have been encouraged to participate in or host at least one service project during the school year. It is not uncommon to receive three emails within a week announcing three different drives for three different clubs. Most of these drives last for a few days, and between all of our schoolwork and after school activities, we sometimes do not even read these emails until the drive is over. A few weeks ago, the Service Learning Leadership Council hosted a gratitude week and a poster was placed in the junior lobby on which students were encouraged to write down what they would be willing to give up in order to donate. Yes, we would be willing to give up a morning coffee and a movie night with friends, but between the past few casual days and Act Now hot chocolates, we already did. We are not saying that service is bad, but it sometimes

feels overdone. Those who gave five dollars on the last casual day or bought an Act Now bracelet are less inclined to throw in some quarters to the penny war. We understand that there are multiple drives because there are so many places that need donations, but we also feel that none of the drives ever raise a significant amount of money because of this. The number of drives per quarter should be limited in order for each to be more effective, and instead clubs should be encouraged to go out into the community to do service. If this happened, we would raise more money or supplies per drive as a community, and more students would be encouraged to experience the true purpose of service. Meaningful service does not have to come from material donations—it can come from serving a meal to the homeless, volunteering at a nursing home or delivering those presents to the children’s hospital.

GIVING GRATITUDE: Sophomore Ashlyn Dentz writes on the gratitude wall during gratitude week. Photo by Joanne Mamenta

Happy “hall”idays: Celebration of nothing BY ARIN CHAMBERS Opinions Editor

Christmas is approaching. I savor every minisWhile a single grade is not an accurate sample of cule detail about this time of year; the music in the entire Harpeth Hall student body, I asked my every store, the lingering smells of cinnamon and fellow seniors if they would be offended by decopumpkin, and the fear of being politically incorrations in the senior house. Ninety-seven percent rect. Ah, Christmas at Harpeth Hall. replied with a resounding “no.” What happened to I dread the holidays. Thanksgiving signals a majority rules? It seems democracy is no longer the warning for the days to come that will be spent best policy. Ignoring religion as if it is not a central on my toes, waiting for the rare moment when I component of human nature for most people is unsay something that is not quite acceptable. As if reasonable. By this logic, I assume that I should now misspeaking is the worst offense, now I am chasfail to recognize the heritage of my fellow Africantised for displaying an icon of my beliefs. When American students. Additionally, I also want to take did putting up a Christmas tree become a way to a moment to discredit any Native Americans and eschew other religions or morals? When did talkPacific Islanders. If you are not heterosexual, good ing with friends about Shabbat turn into murder luck. Imagine in a few years’ time we will no longer of the first degree? Now should I reference every celebrate black history month, the thanksgiving asreligion as to not offend anyone? sembly will not exist and infinity initiative? Long I will preface my stance on the matter with the gone. While this is clearly a dramatization, the disimportance of separation of church and state. It regard of policy and openness for religion is akin to is a wonderful thing. We are privileged to live in downplaying race and other individual characterisa country that allows girls to commune in an attics of a human being. mosphere of higher education; however, there is a While the school has a policy in place that allows discrepancy with teaching acceptance and exhibreligiously affiliated groups to meet on campus, iting acceptance. they are not allowed the same privelages as schoolComplete religious abstinence is understandsanctioned clubs. Does this not suggest that our reable, but the lack of regulation on the matter is ligious diversity is less important than our diverse puzzling. Our school has no established policy for interests? holiday displays. There is no rule in the handbook Imagine if students were allowed to have belief or that states what students are allowed to display, yet religiously based clubs. It would alleviate stress to there is a case by case method of judgment for stube part of a club where one could gather her musdents who want to display holiday decorations. CELEBRATE GIRLS: Mums the word on campus once holiday season begins. Photo by lim friends to talk about that misfortunate test grade While the method has developed out of fairness Elizabeth Leader and spend a moment in prayer. Perhaps it would be to all belief systems, judging religious displays in enlightening to start a group that gathers atheists this way is, in actuality, not fair in the least. Either and christians and discusses aspects of beliefs and no displays are allowed, or all are allowed. Justifying certain instances sends the message non-beliefs. that Harpeth Hall administration values specific religious and cultural displays over othLearning from one another is the gift we have been given by Harpeth Hall, and I want ers. to be able to learn from each aspect of all my friends, not the aspects deemed acceptable. I never considered what Harpeth Hall’s policy was on decorating until I had a grandiose But what is acceptable? vision of the Senior House christened in lights and trees. I discussed with friends the idea The greater issue is not whether students can throw up a few decorations or meet to talk of communally deciding on decorations and attempting to incorporate every belief or lack about your God or my God. The issue is Harpeth Hall’s lack of firm delegation on allowed thereof into one great smattering of senior house awesomeness. I naturally assumed that topics of discussion. This discourages girls from broadening their worldview. our grade was allowed to decorate given the current state of the science hallway. This was All around our campus, the slogan “celebrate girls” is printed on banners. This holiday an incorrect assumption. An interesting thought occurred to me: “When were we ever season, let us go forward and celebrate one another, but not what each of us believes. asked about our stance on the matter?”

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SI T CURIOUS: Students observe the 3-D printer in action. Photo courtesy of Joanne Mamenta

BLING BLING: The new 3-D printer can print bracelets. Photo courtesy of Joanne Mamenta




Hashtag honeybears: Students take to Twitter

LOGOS Issue 3 December 16, 2013 Editors-in-Chief Elizabeth Leader Jocelyn Sitton Erin Suh News Editors Catherine Falls Shelby Potter Opinions Editors Arin Chambers Carson Hewett

Teens illegally inebriate BY ELLEN SPIVEY Arts and Entertainment Editor

underaged binge drinkers has gone up consid- drank an estimated 15 to 20 shots before he The current alcohol policy erably since the drinking age was changed. passed out. His fraternity brothers left him on in America not only contains Currently, more than 90% of all alcohol a couch in the fraternity house checking his unrealistic expectations but also consumed by 18-20 year olds is consumed pulse once every hour or so. They found Bailey serious consequences. When the during binge drinking. The majority of dead the next morning. Bailey’s parents blame drinking age was raised to age 21 alcohol-related deaths does not take place his death on the legal drinking age saying that back in the 1980s, the hope was to on roadways anymore; it is behind closed if what they were doing had not been illegal, reduce the growing number of highdoors, hidden in the dark corners. The the boys would have called the cops and Bailey way fatalities among young adults. sad part is this excessive drinking might still be alive. The law was a major success concerning or drinking just to get drunk Call this story what you will, but it is true that vehicle-related deaths, reducing them a has bemany alcohol-related deaths could be avoided whopping 13%. This is just a small piece if college stuto a very large dents like these puzzle, though. were not afraid What needs to to get caught. be brought to Why send cops light is the fact on wild goose that lives are chases to catch not only being a kid holding a lost to alcohol beer in his hand on the highway at a party, when but also off the they can put highway. more of their It is no sefocus on the still cret that young prominent issue adults, college of driving under students in parthe influence? ticular, are irreBy lowering the sponsibly condrinking age to suming alcohol 18, the alcohol DEADLY DRINKING: Studies show an increase in binge drinking among teenagers. Photo by Elizabeth Leader despite the leissue can be more gal restrictions, easily monitored and it is being done in an irresponsible manand handled. Rather than telling a college stuner. Alcohol is seen as the “forbidden fruit,” come the norm in American society. A prime example of a life lost to alcohol is dent not to drink, tell them how to do so in and when you tell a young adult no to alcohol, Gordie Bailey. Bailey was an underage college a safe and responsible manner. Spread awarein many cases you are prompting them to use student enrolled at one of the nation’s top party ness and educate about the dangers of excesit. They have mastered the art of “pre-gaming” or “loading up,” which entails drinking copi- schools: University of Colorado at Boulder. sive drinking rather than try to eradicate it beous amounts of hard liquor before going out to Gordie was undergoing a common fraternity cause, bottom line, it is not going away. avoid being seen by the police. The amount of ritual known as “hazing.” His task was to drink 10 gallons of hard liquor in thirty minutes. He

Pep rallies begin to lose significance BY ALLIE CHAMBERS Staff Writer

I have never been an athlete. I learned at a very young age that sports simply were not for me, but just because I lack hand-eye coordination does not mean that I lack in school spirit. I love my school with my entire heart and beam with pride whenever I hear about a team’s win, see a dance concert or a attend a play. However, even with my school pride, I have to question the point of pep rallies. After being at Harpeth Hall for what will now be my seventh year, this question has weighed on my mind for several years. Take our most recent pep rally that came right after the PSAT. All students were shuffled

into the gym where we quite unenthusiastically played dodgeball. Admittedly, some girls got into the competitive spirit, but I also observed many faces that looked less than amused. After that, there was a quiz bowl until it was time to leave. This game was particularly bizarre, because the questions were incredibly random, and only a small number of students participated. It is difficult to understand how activities like this enhance our school spirit. I would find an extra 20-40 minutes of free time more helpful and enjoyable than a pep rally. Our time would be much more productive going to teachers for help, going to the library, working on homework, talking to a college counselor, warming up for dance practice

or catching up with friends. Whenever I think of pep rallies at other schools, I think of the entire school rallying together to support one another and not playing games simply, because there is nothing else to do. It hardly seems that this is the best use of our time or the best way to garner school spirit. It seems like pep rallies have great potential to be fun and enjoyable if more time was spent in planning activities that would engage all students and if they occurred at times when there is something to be celebrated or a big game to get excited for. I believe this would be a much better alternative to an impromptu game of dodgeball or a quiz bowl in which less than half of the student body participated.

Features Editors Arianna Frederick Jayne-Stuart Garber Charlotte Hughes A&E Editors Kate Griffin Erica Spear Ellen Spivey Sports Editors L.G. Himes Lizzy LeBleu Backpage Editor Lilly Wimberly Multimedia Editors Abby Biesman Mia Brady Maggie Draughn BJ Newell Copy Editor Abby Biesman Advisers Adam Wilsman Tad Wert Logos is a student publication of Harpeth Hall. It represents the students’ voices, views and opinions. It is in no way reflective of the faculty, staff or administration of the school. Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Leader, Jocelyn Sitton or Erin Suh, Editors-in-Chief, or Adam Wilsman, adviser. Logos encourages Letters to the Editor. Letters should not exceed 250 words, and they must be signed by the author to be considered for publication. Logos reserves the right to edit the letters for length, grammar, and content. Letters may be submitted to Opinions Editors Arin Chambers and Carson Hewett.


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Baby bears crawl through halls BY ELEANOR SMITH Staff Writer

There has been an abundance of babies born during the fall of the 2013-2014 school year. A pregnant teacher or new mom walking the halls has been almost as common a sight as an L.L. Bean backpack. Because the sight of a baby bear on campus causes almsot as much excitement as a visit from the Dodecs, Logos decided to formally introduce you to these little bears. English teacher Armistead Lemon has kept her baby’s first name a mystery. However, his last name will be Stewart, because that is Mrs. Lemon’s husband’s last name. As for funny pregnancy habits, she said, “I didn’t crave anything unusual, but I have been hungry all the time! The hunger sneaks up in a fierce way, and sometimes I have had to leave class quickly and eat a mozzarella stick or cottage cheese in the workroom

and then hurry back. I try not to eat in front of my students because I know we’re all hungry most of the time.” Her boy is due Dec. 8. Amy Evans is due to have a daughter just five days earlier on Dec. 3; her name will be Charlotte Green Evans. Mrs. Evans said, “We’ve always liked the name Charlotte, and Green is for Green’s View in Sewanee where my husband proposed”. During her pregnancy, Mrs. Evans craved sugar all the time, instead of her usual salty foods. She said, “Everything is basically the opposite of what feels normal, which keeps it interesting.” In an effort to help the Harpeth Hall student body, here is a timeline of the babies born this fall/summer. Papa bear: Adam Wilsman Name: Charles Frederick Wilsman Weight: 8 lbs. 9 oz. Fun fact: Already, young Charles loves the band Queen.

Mama bear: Liz Nelson Name: Travis Joel Nelson Fun fact: Coach Nelson said she did not have any strange food cravings or habits, however, she went jet skiing the weekend before Travis was born.

Photo courtesy of Liz Nelson

July 29

Sept. 10

Photo courtesy of Adam Wilsman

Oct. 24

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Mama bear: Kristen Bernet Name: Reagan Carter Bernet Weight: 8 lbs. Fun fact: Reagan is named after two presidents of the United States: Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

Mama bear: Rachel Cupit Name: Andrew Conway Cupit III Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. Fun fact: Dr. Cupit was determined to stay on campus as long as she could before her baby boy was born.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Cupit

Photo courtesy of Kirsten Bernet

Exam Day Checklist BY JULIA PAIR Staff Writer

Three pencils: Remember to bring sharpened #2 pencils. Many of the exams have a scantron section. Breakfast: If you wake up late, at least grab a granola bar. It is hard to concentrate when your stomach is rumbling. Calculator: Put fresh batteries in your calculator the night before, and make sure your calculator is working properly. Water: Bring a bottle of water to hydrate your brain. Leave it under your desk during the exam so it doesn’t spill on the test. Extra Paper: If your exam has an essay section, bring extra lined paper. If you have a math exam, bring graph paper. Make sure to ask your teacher if it is okay to bring extra paper.




Sweethearts of Harpeth Hall CHARLOTTE HUGHES AND JAYNE-STUART GARBER Features Editors Ask anyone who are the proverbial Beyoncé and Jay-Z of Harpeth Hall, and they will answer Joe and Denise Croker. Ask Mr. Croker how he met his Bride, and he will respond with the following story: Sitting in a fateful Spanish-English class at the University of Kansas, Mr. Croker leaned over to the beautiful brunette in the front row and said, “You must be Denise Grohwin,” to which she replied, “You must be Joe Croker.” Her directness stunned him, and he replied “I guessam.” If you were to ask Ms. Croker’s side of the story, it is decidedly less interesting, yet undeniably more accurate. Through 15 years of working together at Harpeth Hall, the Crokers have developed with time into the King and Queen of the English hallway. Come 2017, the whole Croker clan will take dominion of the Upper School: from the Freshman pod, to the English Hall, to the Senior house. The Crokers overall keep their relationship friendly at school, with the exception of the ‘First day of School’ flowers, and the occasional visits from Mr. Croker to the second classroom on the left where Ms. Croker dwells. One would think that with the excessive amounts of times the Crokers spend together both at home, and at school, the couple would be tired of each other. However, this is not the case. The crokers thoroughly enjoy their shared co-workers, experiences and workplace. When asked her favorite thing about the Croker couple, Senior Kirstin Roberts said,

Weathering winter at HH BY CHARLOTTE HUGHES AND LILLY WIMBERLY Features and Backpage Editors December is upon us, and with that beautiful influx of Justin Bieber music and ABC’s “The 25 Days of Christmas” comes an annoyingly snowless drop in temperature and the promise of a two month long winter break. Before we can break out the eggnog and celebrate, however, there is one last obstacle looming in the way: taking those pesky, exams (depending on how much of an overachiever you are). As we approach midterms, here are some tips on how to prepare for hibernation in the Hall.

1. Hope your first period teacher is okay with you wearing sweatpants to class. Body temperature and motivation level are shown to be directly proportional. 2. Try not to visibly mourn the cart as you make the daily trek down to the cafeteria. Tears will only make your face colder. 3. Blankets do not count as non-Harpeth Hall outerwear right? Choose one in green or gray and hope for the best. 4. Pair your Sperrys with white fuzzy socks (until they inevitably get banned). 5. Go see all the holiday lights, they just might counteract the darkness in your soul. 6. Mock everyone wearing Uggs, while secretly envying the fact that their feet are definitely warmer than yours. 7. Spread some white-out on those bags under your eyes and make use of dry shampoo, cause you probably saw your last shower a week ago. 8. Convince yourself you are bringing the ugly sweater back. You are not. Pair with leggings and Steve Madden combat boots for maximum effect. 9. Make use of insta-filters to look tanner than your current pasty self - spray tans will not be acceptable until Feb. 1. 10. Close your eyes, and comfort yourself with the thought that six months from now it will be June.

“Mr. Croker would always call her his beautiful bride... that was the cutest thing.” “She [Mrs. Croker] is a great person to work and live with,” said Mr. Croker, emphasizing his words with a fistbump between himself and Ms. Croker. Little known amongst Upper Schoolers, but no less important, the Griswolds are often known as the HH of HH, short for the hipster hunnies of Harpeth Hall. The Griswolds are fairly new to the Harpeth Hall community; however, they have made their mark with their many quirks, such as their recent quest for an experienced chicken sitter. Mr. Griswold is a Middle School science teacher, and Mrs. Griswold is one of the Upper School English teachers. Although the Griswolds swear they are “unromantic” while at school, the students who have witnessed their stroll together into school beg to differ. Mrs. Griswold said, “I think it is really sweet that he walks up me up the stairs on the Upper School side before heading for the Middle School.” Much like the Crokers, the Griswolds enjoy working at the same school. However, with Mr. Griswold working in the Middle School, and Mrs. Griswold working in the Upper School, Souby lawn provides a degree of separation that the couple enjoy. Both agree that the mild split is healthy, because occasionally Mrs. Griswold sometimes pops into his classroom during her free blocks to say hello, or to give updates on their son, Calvin.

Grace’s gift guide BY GRACE POLLOCK Staff Writer

Mom: Every mom loves a nice-smelling

candle, so buy her a nice one in her favorite scent, and see her face light up (not literally).

Dad: A classic Frank Miniter novel, “The Ul-

timate Man’s Survival Guide” filled with a variety of “dad humor.” It discusses hunting, the art form of tying a bowtie and even the rules of professional wrestling. What more could a dad want?

Brother: Get NBA2K14 for

your sports-obsessed brother. He will be making virtual dunks and computerized ally-oops like its he is Kobe. Not to mention he will think you are hip for knowing what this game is.

Sister: Home-made hot-coca

kit: Just layer the ingredients in a jar for one or two cups of perfectly rich hot chocolate and attach a little card with instructions. This is a yummy and creative gift for any chocolate-loving gal.

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Ole Norman rocks Frist with retrospective exhibit BY ERIN SUH Editor-in-Chief

his most well-known paintings, “The Problem We All Live With,” Rockwell places a hollowing image to segregation in the 1960s through his subject, Ruby Bridges. Spanning five rooms, the exhibit traces different focuses in the iconic illustrator’s art. Each room focuses on a different focus of Rockwell’s work such as American roots, the reflection and formation of American character and idealism and the American dream. Finally, in the last room is a full collection of all 317 of his “Saturday Evening Post” covers. The rooms capture the different points of views and focuses of Rockwell’s work, and the exhibit as a whole provides a diverse collection of his work. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is here until the Feb. 9, 2014, and it is a must see. It does not take a Rockwell aficionado to appreciate the story of America that the artist tells through his paintings.

Evolution of Norman Rockwell

Though the Frist has been a Nashville staple since its opening in 2001, its offerings sometime seem to be overlooked and forgotten by Nashville natives. However, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell has garnered popular interest among Nashvillians and visitors alike. Rockwell’s popularity persists today as his masterful and meaningful depictions of 20th century America still resonate with Americans. The exhibit spans over 56 years from the American frontier to the changing times of the ‘60s. The exhibit provides a walk through America’s vibrant history in the 1900s. In “Daniel Boone (Pioneer Scout),” “Portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower,” “Portrait of John F. Kennedy” and “The Law Student,” Rockwell portrays icons of American history. “Four Freedoms” echoes the words of Franklin Roosevelt as the United States began its involvement in the World War. In perhaps one of

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‘Let’s get this show on the road’ brings new style to dance concert BY ALLIE CHAMBERS Staff Writer

BALLET BEARS: The level III ballet company brought grace to the stage during the fall concert. Photo by Marie Maxwell

Let’s get this show on the road. What an appropriate theme for the fall dance concert, which was filled with dances of every genre. The show opened on a strong note with the Level III jazz company dancing to “Let’s Go.” It continued with “Freedom,” by the Level I company, which displayed advanced choreography and technique. The Upper School companies dazzled me with their impressive routines, and the middle school dances, like usual, did not fail to put a smile on my face, especially the one entitled “The Tennessee Homesick Blues.” The beautiful senior pieces were the highlight of the show, and the dances displayed every senior’s capabilities and strengths. The

girls danced with passion and energy that is hard to muster as high schoolers. Another one of my personal favorites was the hip hop dance. It was fierce, empowering and a crowd-pleaser as always. I noticed some differences in this fall dance concert that I had not seen in the previous years, which I thought to be refreshing. The always over-the-top finale ended with the entire company, clad in black sparkly outfits, dancing to a mashup of songs from the musical “Memphis.” The performance was a fantastic routine to end the show, and it was clear that the audience admired the whole company’s energy and passion as they came together on stage as one big, crazy family.

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Justifying ‘My Love’ for JT BY KATE GRIFFIN Arts and Entertainment Editor

If you were so unfortunate as to not have attended the Justin Timberlake 20/20 concert, bring out the Kleenex because you will most definitely regret not going after reading this. As Nov. 15 quickly approached, my expectations for the concert were high. One could say that I was overly eager, as I had purchased my tickets in June and had an outfit planned weeks in advance. My prep-work for the concert paid off, however, because once I walked into Bridgestone and found my section, I realized my seats were primely located and my put-together look overshadowed those of the dancing drunks surrounding me. Showtime could not have come soon enough, and Justin kicked off the show without any sort of talking introduction. He then proceeded to serenade the crowd with an hour-long, continuous medley of some of his most popular songs, starting off with “Pusher Love Girl” and “My Love.” His stage was clad in black and white decor centered around a screen the length of one side of the arena. The screen showed videos of he and his dancers as well as 3-D images that changed form to the beat of his songs. The biggest surprise of the night was probably when his stage lifted from the ground and then hovered above the crowd, moving to the back of the upper bowl seats. He performed a set of songs on his levitating stage and then proceeded to walk down a ladder and onto yet another smaller stage, where he sang a few country and slow songs. However, it was not just his angelic singing voice that blew everyone’s minds. I have never seen such perfect dance moves and quick footwork in person. His dancers, nicknamed the Tennessee Kids, were equally impressive and they virtually never stopped dancing the entire show. Justin only took a short break from singing to talk to the crowd and go into an intermission. He somehow managed to pack in 30 songs and two encores into a three-hour show. According to many other equally excited concert attendees, the concert was “life-changing and swoon inducing.” Everyone could feel Justin and the Tennessee Kid’s energy from returning to their home state. The crowd fed off the good vibes and I did not see a single person not dancing. Justin was truly impressive. His former NSYNC boy band look, harmonic singing and robotic dance moves are long gone. He proved that he is capable of putting on a spectacular one man show that delivers without need for lip-syncing or four other boys by his side.




Odds in Hunger Games franchise’s favor BY ELLEN SPIVEY Arts and Entertainment Editor

Coming from a gal who has obsessed over both of the popular series, I have come to a conclusion. “The Hunger Games” trilogy beats the “Twilight” franchise in more ways than I can count on one hand. In light of the recent release of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” here is why you should take out your fangs and fold up your Taylor Lautner posters.

The heroine

Katniss Everdeen is the perfect female protagonist. She shows immense bravery and strength when she volunteers to fight for her life in the games in place of her younger sister, has two handsome, flawless-in-different-ways boys hopelessly in love with her and manages to take a stand against the Capital. Meanwhile, the insecure Bella Swan seems to spend majority of the series helplessly trying to decide between two boys who fight over her as if she is a toy. You cannot even compare the two.

The Twilight movies are dreadful

It is universally accepted that the Twilight movies were not as well made or acted as The Hunger Games movies. The Twilight films have consistently received below a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a trusted movie reviewing site that places a percentage based on published reviews. Meanwhile The Hunger Games and its sequel were much better received by critics and audiences alike both scoring above an 84%. The Twilight movie franchise coasted off the popularity of the book, relying on its die-hard fans to see a sub-par rendition of their beloved novel. By the fourth movie, it seemed as though even the cast had given up on making a remotely good film.

The love story comes second

Box office statistics of the Hunger Game Series: The Hunger Games: $684,510,692 Catching Fire: $673,365,000 Mockingjay Part 1: Set to release on Novemer 21, 2014 Mockingjay Part 2: Set to release on November 20, 2015

This final point is perhaps the most pivotal. Yes, there is a love triangle in “The Hunger Games,” but it is not the sole focus of the story. The story is about one brave girl’s leadership in the revolution of a dystopian society. Despite advances from both Gale and Peeta, Katniss has bigger fish to fry. Furthermore, when the love story does come into play, it is a much more believable one than Twilight’s. Gale and Peeta both love Katniss unconditionally and would do anything to make her happy even if it means they cannot be with her. Jacob and Edward are two self-obsessed, mythical creatures whom Bella’s life revolves around while she is unremarkable in her own right.

Box office statistics of the Twilight Saga: Twilight: $392,616,625 New Moon: $709,827,462 Eclipse: $698,491,347 Breaking Dawn Part 1 & II: $1,541,857,233

Hot buns: Nashville takes on classic American meal BY ERICA SPEAR Arts and Entertainment Editor

Nashville is home to several diverse restaurants; however, the burger joints are top notch. Logos has decided that the top five burger restaurants in the Nashville area are Burger Up, Five Guys, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip and The Pharmacy. Here is a dissertation of these top-ranking restaurants: Five Guys is one of the most famous burger restaurants in America. Despite being a fast food chain, Five Guys never fails to give you a fresh, delicious finished product. Their cajun fries are great as are their cheeseburgers. Five Guys is a great alterantive to eating at an expensive, sit-down restaurants. It has received notable awards such as America’s Fastest Growing Fast Food Chain and Washington Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Number 1 Burger.

With its original location being in the hip neighborhood of 12 South, Burger Up has worked its way up to being a Nashville classic. All of the meat they use is local, and they have a very diverse menu. The 12 South location is rather small and the tables are cramped together, creating a very tight environment, but their delicious food makes up for it. Burger Up can tend to get a little bit pricey, but nonetheless, it is a Nashville tourist and native favorite.

Located on Charlotte Pike, Bobbie’s Dairy dip is only open during the summer months. Bobbie’s might be known for their ice cream sundaes and banana splits, but they make a great burger as well. Although Bobbie’s is known for their great food, it is very small and only outdoors, so unfortunately the line builds up very fast, making the service slow.

An East Nashville favorite, The Pharmacy really knows how to shake up the burger scene. Although is it notorious for having a long wait, the service is great and so is the atmosphere. Their classic burger is the farm burger, which incorporates fresh meats and cheeses with a fried egg on top. Having received very high marks from critics, everyone must eat at The Pharmacy.



Television takeover: Netflix catches Harpeth Hall’s eyes

december 2013

Inside Upper School head’s headphones

BY ERICA SPEAR Arts and Entertainment Editor

In 1997, Scotts Valley, Calif. native Marc Ran- ers, it is not uncommon to walk around the halls dolph headed to then-popular movie rental store: and see girls watching the most recent episode of Blockbuster. He went in to rent a movie and left their favorite shows. $40 poorer; it turns out that his late fee on the “When my family got a Netflix account I found movie “Apollo 13” had been raised. Fed up with myself watching more and more TV because I the situation, it was this that sparked the most- had unlimited access to all my favorite shows. It popular video streaming website of all time: Net- consumes a large amount of my free time,” said flix. Sophomore Grace Bradley. Overall, “Gossip Girl” Originally an online DVD service with no late takes the cake as Harpeth Hall’s favorite Netflix fees, Netflix requires a subscription of $8 per month show with 22% of responders to a survey listing it that gives unlimited access DVDs and streaming as their procrastinating mechanism. through the Ne t f l i x internet. As “When my family got a Netflix account I has also Netflix rose found myself watching more and more TV v e nt u r e d to popularinto new ity through- because I had unlimited access to all of categories, out the early my favorite shows. It consumes a large offering 2000s building amount of my free time,” said Sophomore their own their revenue Netflix Grace Bradley and consumer original base over the movies course of ten years, Netflix came out with its on- and TV shows such as “Orange is the New Black,” line streaming program in 2007. The introduction “House of Cards,” “Suits” and season four of “Arof streaming online and with internet-connecting rested Development.” Thirty-three percent of devices is what caused Netflix’s surge in popular- Harpeth Hall girls have watched a Netflix original ity. With the growing irrelevance of DVDs, some TV show, of which the most popular is “Orange say that Netflix single-handedly was able to put is the New Black.” Blockbuster and Hollywood Video out of busiThe range of content makes Netflix an unparalness just with the introduction of their online leled tool for video viewing, many girls claim that streaming system. it detracts from the amount of time they spend on Today, Netflix streams hundreds of thousands school and has been reported as the number one of movies and TV shows, but with competitors distraction on the internet. Five hours is around like Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and Redbox In- the average amount of time that a Harpeth Hall stant, it can be hard to keep up. One of Netflix’s girl watches every week on Netflix. biggest flaws and causes for consumer complaint Netflix has changed the face of TV and movie is that it can often take them months to upload viewing for the average consumer. Evertone has the most recent season of a TV show. With Hulu enjoyed the benefits of its user-friendly platform Plus having instant access to the episodes, this and large catalogue of titles while simultaneouscauses some competition. Despite this, Netflix is ly feeling the ramifications of excessive viewing still the most popular streaming website on the time. Ultimately, Netflix has made it easier across net and at Harpeth Hall. the board to watch movies and television shows. With over 75% of our student body as subscrib-

Faculty iPod Mrs. Hill Have I Told You Lately that I Love You? Van Morrison 10th Avenue Freeze Out Bruce Springsteen Arc of a Diver Steve Wiwood Love’s in Need of Love Today Stevie Wonder Yellow Coldplay

Year crossed out: Puzzling end for 2013 A C R O S S D O W N

2. Do it for the _______ 5. Most unnecessary use of school funds 9. Meth 13. Royal heir to the throne 15. I love _______ more than I love you 16. Current guidance counselor 18. A feminist’s nightmare 19. South East 20. MBA’s lame prom theme 1. Worst app update 3. Glee loses glee 4. Once every 70,000 years 6. Most likely to secede from Logos 7. HH’s not-so-estranged receptionist 8. Twitter’s biggest troublemaker 10. A Catholic girl’s dream 11. She came in like a ___________ _____ 12. Government’s day off 14. Worst iPhone update 17. Mrs. Teaff’s successor

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Best Movie: Catching Fire

Best Concert: Beyonce

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Best Country Tune: Round Here-Florida

Starbucks Drink: Peppermint Mocha

Best Seasonal

Most Famous Instagrammer: Sar-

Best Assembly: Ruta Sepetys

Best TV Show: New Girl

Best Place to Buy Coffee: Starbucks Best Jam in your Car Song: Come and Get it-Selena Gomez Best Place to Buy a Dance Dress: Nordstrom Best Excuse for Being Late: “I wasn’t feeling it” Best Claim to Fame: BJ Newell/Lizzy LeBleu play for Moon Taxi Best Album: The 20/20 Experience-Justin Timberlake Georgia Line

2013 W orst of: Worst Fashion Trend: Monogrammed Skirts

Worst Movie: 21 and


Most Memorable Miley Mishap: VMAs Most Outrageous Demerit:

Nike Socks Worst Intersection: Abbott Martin/Hillsboro Worst

Breakup: Ms. Teaff and Harpeth Hall Worst Pod: Junior Lobby



December 2013

HBN moves mountains with first state title BY LIZZY LEBLEU Sports Editor

If this does not sound fun enough, On Saturday, Nov. 2, the HoneyCoach Weingartner said, “practice afbear Nation experienced something ter practice, they pushed through what glorious. The crowd roared as the they referred to as ‘Navy Seal’ workteam hugged, jumped and celebratouts,” complementary of Harpeth Hall ed. Head coach Meggie Lucas even Alumna Austin Reeves, United States got the classic cooler dunk from the Naval Academy graduate and former team. Surface Warfare Officer. The varsity soccer team had just A quote on the backs of the playdefeated Father Ryan to claim the ers’ shirts said, “I am a member of a 2013 girls’ Division II-AA soccer team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, title. Not only was this a big moand in the end it is the team, not the ment for the team, but also for the individual, who is the champion.” The school itself, as it received its first team did not only wear this quote on ever title in Harpeth Hall history. their shirts, but also on the field. To make matters even more impresAfter defeating the St. Agnes stars in sive, the championship game was a close 4-3 semifinal, the Honeybears Father Ryan’s first and only loss of advanced to the state championship their season. on the night Nov. 2. The Honeybear This win, as one might imagine, Nation was alive and well, with over did not come easily. The Honeybears 150 fans in the stands. Just as the team (or “Honeybadgers,” according to got out their pregame jitters, they the announcer at the championlined up and were greeted by a lovely ship) survived grueling and intenrendition of The Star Spangled Banner sive practices that made them want on the harmonica. With the coined to “pass out and die,” according to term “protect the honey” engrained Junior Sophie Pilkinton. However, in their brains, the Honeybears came these practices absolutely paid off. It out strong and finished stronger. The was obvious which team was more final score, 2-1, was achieved by Seprepared for the championship in nior Kirstin Robertson with an unasterms of speed, strength and agility. sisted goal in the first half and Senior “During most practices, the Rebecca Morris with a goal assisted by coaches would make us run… as Robertson. we were running, they would tell us In short, the game was incredible. that it was all going to pay off in the Packed stands full of enthusiasm and end,” said Junior Jaclyn Sherman. a team with as much drive as a steam “At the time, all we wanted to do was throw up, but after we won, we VICTORY NEVER TASTED SO GOOD: Senior champions celebrate after making honeybear history with their 2-1 win. Photo engine, the Honeybears came out to win, and win they did. Led by “nine became appreciative of every sprint courtesy of HH Photo Gallery incredible seniors, they were extraorwe ever ran.” dinary from day one,” said Coach WeChampionship titles surely do not “The entire team worked extremely hard this season,” come easily, but when you have Coach Jim Romero and said assistant Coach Anne Weingartner. The team also en- ingartner. The 2013 Harpeth Hall soccer team achieved a an assistant coach who happens a graduate of the Naval joyed the recurring “Beep Test Mondays.” The Beep Test is major milestone in the school’s history and that game and Academy on your side, chances are that you will be pretty a test that, in short, measures how long a person can sprint its spirit will go down in history. Coach Weingartner said, “I will never ever forget this in-shape for the big game. at increasing rates until she cannot anymore. season and these girls.”

From the other side of the whistle Senior Julia Pair sees sports with different perspective BY JULIA PAIR Staff Writer

Almost everyone has seen a soccer referee before, but does anyone know what it takes to become one? To become certified with the United States Soccer Federation, referees have to go through some serious training. Youth soccer refs are required to take a set of classes that both in a classroom and on the field. It is actually a 12-hour course with a final exam, and contrary to popular belief, most referees are not simply retired atheletes. High school referess must have reffed at least 75 games as a center, 25 games as an assistant referee, have passed the 12 hour training course and have passed a physical exam. All refs renew their certification every year with a three-hour course on rule changes. Many soccer refs are current or former players, but anyone can apply to become a ref. If one can take the training course and passes the certification test, they are certified. An integral part of athletics is the role of the referee during an event. Of course, many athletes have most likely been

frustrated with a call made by a referee. Here is some advice from the other side of the whistle that elaborates on why athletes and spectators should trust the referee’s decisions during a game. 1. Rules inevitably change each year, and referees recieve a new rule book according to the problems encountered the previous year. It is highly probable that their socalled “controversial call” may have resulted from a change in a rule change. 2. The refs make mistakes, but not deliberately. Most referees have no reason to be biased in their decision making. 3. There really is not much one can do to revoke a call once it has been made. Gary Schott, Upper School science teacher and sports aficianado, said referees are “a necessary, but sometimes annoying, part of the game.” Arguing with the referee does not serve a longterm purpose and bad calls are just an inevitable part of the game. It is better to respect the referee’s decision and get one’s head back in the game.




Fall 2013 Started from the bottom: what it Sports Recap takes to become a varsity sport BY KEELY HENDRICKS Staff Writer

Coxswains. Prone mats and scopes. Way enough. These may be unfamiliar terms, but they are all part of the lingo for the up-and-coming riflery and crew teams. Harpeth Hall has been working to make these typically unorthodox sports a part of the Athletic Department. Three years ago, the riflery team was brought back from the dead, so to speak, after having dissolved years earlier. Now, team members are proudly wearing their varsity team uniforms. In 2012, the crew team was finally put into action with a bunch of green rowers who did not know port from starboard. Now, it is a common occurrence for a rower to yell “Way ‘nuff!” when they want someone to stop (a.k.a the daily struggle of being a rower amongst fellow landlubbers). It takes a bit of an adventurous, and resilient, spirit to be on a young team. The crew and riflery teams are passionate for what they do, and are not going anywhere anytime soon. As ideally as it seems, these teams did not just spring out of the ground fully equipped and ready to go. Try introducing a completely new sport to Harpeth Hall, enticing girls to gamble their social lives (and money) on something they have never tried before and then training these rookies to fiercely adore it enough to be committed. Coach Sutton said, “Three main components contribute to the decision of adopting a varsity sport. The interest level of the sport must be consistent at the club level for at least two years, the school must be able to financially sustain the sport, the sport must fit the overall mission of athletics at Harpeth Hall and will complement the other athletic teams for each season.” So much for the impromptu springing out of the ground plan. Junior Reagan Abernathy played an integral role in starting the riflery team when she was a freshman, along with her father and then eigth grader Anne Rajbundit. It was hard to get new shooters on the team. The starting prices, which could be up to $2,000, turned away interested girls who did not want to invest so much in a new venture. As a club sport, and one that is very unique at that, they found it hard to gain recognition and advertisement for their team. Abernathy said that they were always “trying to be taken seriously,” despite their obvious success (e.g. Abernathy was the only girl in Tennessee to make the All-State Riflery Team).

State runner-up

As of this year, riflery is now a varsity sport, and the hard work ethic of its girls is clear. They were not about to let Riflery Team fade into the recesses of memory so easily. Crew, in its second year as a club, is making strides towards becoming a varsity sport. Coach Sutton saw the potential in this sport several years ago. Although it did not take off at first, the crew team now exists. Another benefit of starting new sports is that they create niches for girls who may still be looking for what they like. However, like the riflery team, the crew team has had their fair share of challenges. The equipment, which includes boats, oars, launches and engines just to name a few, is extremely expensive, so the team was mainly dependent on MBA for their first year. Also, because rowing is a less prominent sport in the south, it is hard to find enough girls to fill a boat. “You have to let go of your expectations and let the team build the program up at its natural pace. The reality is that the team isn’t yours; the program belongs to the athletes who build it, and it’s your job as a coach to facilitate their success, not for them to facilitate your own,” said Crew Coach Ashley Case. Case, a former rower from the University of Tennessee, said that these two years have been all about patience and comrpomising. So, what are the next steps? Like riflery, crew must be a club sport for at least one more season before becoming a Varsity sport. The team is already pretty advanced for a club, considering they now have their own equipment (two 60-foot boats as an example) and two former collegiate rowers as coaches. However, this prestigious title comes with responsibility. Coach Sutton said, “Varsity sports require a high level of commitment and dedication, and varsity athletes perform and compete at a high level.” An embryonic team simply cannot meet these high standards. Each sport needs time to grow as a club and gain girls who are committed. These two years, which are nothing in the long scheme of things, are what strengthen and inspire the team to come out of the shoot as fierce competitors in the world of varsity sports. It is a goal that the crew team, along with any new sports team that has come before us and will come after us, has worked towards with admirable persistence. Despite all the trials that may come with starting a new sport, the teams, the coaches and the Athletic Department know that by doing so, they are contributing to a long legacy of athletic excellence and becoming a part of Harpeth Hall history.

“You have to let go of your expectations and let the team build the program up at its natural pace,” said Crew Coach Ashley Case.

State runner-up

State champions

Junior Regean Abernathy wins second place in he MBA Riflery classic.

Photo courtesy of HH Photo Gallery

State semi-finalists

Finished fourth

ON THE WATER: The Harpeth Hall rowers take on the competition in Knoxville during one of their regattas.

Photo courtesy of HH Photo Gallery



logos .december 2013


EXAM EDITION Hair that has not been washed in days-- Or dare we say... weeks?

Lenovo that (much like airplane tray tables) must stay in the upright position at all times, lest it die spontaneously and without warning

Bags under the eyes bigger than her Longchamp tote

Calculator that is questionably hers...nevertheless, it needs new batteries every two days

Paper that was due last Thursday Book that she “read” for class today Illegally worn sweatpants under skirt, effectively disguising the fact that leg hair has reached a length rivalling that of an MBA boy’s

Only backpack that’s big enough to fit everything

Unzipped skirt from fifth grade and, let’s face it, those emergency midnight snacks have added up, haven’t they?

Cramming in that physical exercise whenever its possible, I.E.: casual tondues in the hallways

Timid attemps at organization -- go color-coded or go home


December 2013  

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