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Managing Editor Megan Porter examines the evolution of women’s participation in the Olympics

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n July 27, senior Hollis Tardy, as well as billions around the world, were mesmerized by the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London summer Olympics. For the next week, she seldom left her couch, not wanting to miss a detail of the action packed competitions. But it wasn’t only the incredible muscle and talent that fascinated Tardy. She realized the importance of this year’s Olympics in terms of gender equality. For the first time, every single participating country brought with it a female athlete. For the first time, more women from the United States competed than did the men. For the first time, boxing was expanded to create events for women too. And the list goes on. “It’s encouraging to see such an emphasis on women empowerment from the Olympics,”

sophomore Faith Isbell said. The Olympics marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the legislature which demanded equal opportunity for women in every aspect of education and activities, especially athletics. As the games unfolded, women across the world took a giant step towards equality. In the 1908 London games, one of the first modern Olympics, only 37 women competed, none of whom hailed from the U.S. In 1908, 1,963 men competed. At the 2012 London games, 4862 women competed compared to 6041 men; women made up 44 percent of athletes. This marked also an increase from the 2008 Beijing Games, where only 42 percent of the athletes were women. Junior Augusta Aston, a fan of the “Fab Five” and their gold medal in the team gymnastics competition, said that “these Olympics showcased women’s

strength, talent and love for their sports and showed that women’s dedication to sports is equal to that of men’s.” The numbers still show, however, that the two genders are not completely equal. But a showing by the first female competitors from Saudi Arabia showed that there is hope for the future. Saudi Arabian Wojdan Shahrkhani competed in judo and her teammate Sarah Attar competed in the 800 meter track race. After her quick defeat by Puerto Rican Melissa Mojico, Shahrkhani told BBC “Unfortunately, we did not win a medal, but in the future we will and I will be a star for women’s participation. It was the opportunity of a lifetime…Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era.” Tardy said she believes that it is important for all women to continue striving for equality, and she is inspired by their

progress so far. “When young girls see female athletes succeeding in something that has historically been dominated by men, I think it is very powerful and it shows them that they can reach their goals too,” she said. Isbell was especially inspired by Attar and US gymnast Gabby Douglas. “I truly admire how Gabby Douglas was able to unexpectedly rise above to win the AllAround Title in gymnastics,” she said. “I like knowing that we have such amazing role models to look up to.” Seventh grader Bebe Sullivan has been taking gymnastics classes for over six years. Her gym encourages the girls to participate in every event, but her highest score is on the vault. Sullivan’s favorite gymnast to watch was Gabby Douglas. “Watching the olympics inspired me to work harder,”

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she said. She wants to get more competitive after watching the olympics and continue gymnastics through high school, but does not plan on becoming Olympic caliber. “I would, but my gym doesn’t do that,” she said. Athletic Director Tina Slinker agrees the importance of these successful female athletes as role models toward young girls. “Women as role models is a powerful tool in influencing young people to strive to accomplish goals beyond imagination,” she said. Especially when these role models teach important values such as “to endure defeat with grace and dignity and to rise above all adversity and challenge with character and perseverance.”

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to higher education, math and science, sexual harassment, and standardized testing, among others. The Title IX Statement itself states that, “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Flipping to Fame

Junior Miranda Ferguson broke the Guinness World Record for most consecutive back handsprings, garnered worldwide fame.

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bona fide celebrity lives among us. She has been featured on domestic and international news outlets such as ABC News, Daily Mail, MSN, Huffington Post, USA Today, BBC Canada, New York Daily News, Jezebel, Metro (a UK Newspaper), Courier Mail and The Herald Sun (both Austrialian newspapers), to name a few. While her fellow juniors took the PSAT on Oct. 17 , junior Miranda Ferguson was on a plane to New York City to formally receive her Guinness World Record framed certificate for completing 35 back handsprings from a standing position. This charmed life, however, did not come without its challenges along the road to world-

wide fame. During halftime of the St. Mark’s football game on Oct. 5, Ferguson said that colder temperatures and gusty wind amplified her nerves and made her less confident. “I was really nervous for her,” senior cheerleading captain Natalie Sampson said. “We didn’t have her doing any hard stunts because we were afraid we were going to tire her out, but I knew she could do it.” Before halftime, fans in the stands expressed the same sentiment. “She can do it. We have faith,” senior Ellen Crowe said. At the same game one year ago, Ferguson completed 20 back handsprings and set her sights on breaking the world record.

To build up her endurance, she began practicing on the golf course behind her house, any high school football field or virtually any random grassy plot of land. “My mom would just pull over the car and be like ‘go’, ” Miranda Ferguson said. To improve her form, she had private lessons with cheerleading coach Billie Odem, who works with Sachse High School and Rowlett High School in Garland, Texas. “It was hard to get past the 25 point,”Miranda Ferguson said, “but after that it wasn’t too bad.” Ferguson’s mother and fellow cheerleaders served as major sources of encouragement. Ferguson said that many times PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CATHY FERGUSON

THIRTY-FIVE TO GO Junior Miranda Ferguson backflips her way across the football field while her teamates cheer her on.

she wanted to quit. She told her mom she might give up her dream of breaking the record. “I was like ‘No ma’am I don’t want you to feel like you quit,’” Kathy Ferguson, Miranda’s mother said. Little by little, Miranda Ferguson built up strength. At practice on the Tuesday, Oct. 2, she completed 32 back handsprings, enough to tie the record. Before the big day, Kathy Ferguson, also a St. Mark’s cheerleading coach, took care of the logistics. The paperwork filed with Guinness World Records in order to attempt to break the world record took four to six weeks to process. Kathy Ferguson contacted two witnesses, a requirement from the Guinness organization. The witnesses were LeRoy McCullough of the National Cheerleaders Association and Isis Pochciol of ASI gymnastics. They were present to verify that Miranda Ferguson completed the record according to the rules. Such stipulations included that she had to start from a standing position, not wear any protective gear on her hands, move continuously and stand up after each back handspring. McCullough said that the Guinness World Record witnesses were surprised by Ferguson’s superior form. “After 32, she really had to push through for those last three, but she did a really good job. She kept pretty good technique the whole time,” he said. Video footage of her back handsprings, along with written statements and forms from the witnesses, were sent to Guinness World Records to confirm that she had broken the record. Regardless of the technicalities, when Ferguson stood up after her 35th back handspring, “the stands erupted,” Kathy Ferguson said. The Guinness representatives presented her with a shirt that read “World Record Holder” as her cheer team surrounded her.

“Her team was precious and sweet,” Kathy Ferguson said. “They all ran and loved on her. It was such a good feeling that it kind of brought tears to everybody’s eyes.” For Miranda Ferguson, her halftime stunt was a way to bring the community together. “I really wanted to get people to the game and get them excited,” she said. “I really wanted to make it more about them and less about me doing something.” Neither Miranda Ferguson nor her mom ever expected the amount of fame that her world record attempt garnered. Kathy Ferguson posted a news tip to Fox 4 to do a small story, but soon the video of Ferguson’s flipping frenzy went viral worldwide. Miranda Ferguson said that, when she heard she was on Yahoo! News, she screamed and headed straight to her computer. “It was really exciting because I didn’t think it would go anywhere,”Miranda Ferguson said. How wrong she was. On the morning of Oct. 11, Miranda Ferguson appeared on NBC’s Today show while fellow Hockadaisies lived vicariously through her by watching on the television in Tarry House. NBC 5 covered the viewing party, capturing the anxious anticipation of all those who donned their dress uniforms to squeeze into couches and corners to catch a glimpse of our hometown celebrity. Dressed in her St. Mark’s cheerleading uniform and once again enduring the frigid temperatures and gusty wind (this time at the plaza outside the Today show studios in New York City), she gave a handspring demonstration, completing 24 before coming to the end of the mat. This time, however, Miranda Ferguson had her Guinness World Record and Matt Lauer’s suit coat to keep her warm. Mary Clare Beytagh Web Editor


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HOCKADAY VARSITY SWIMMING Those interested in joining the swim team faced a new obstacle this year. In order to ensure a more competitive and committed team, Varsity Swimming Head Coach Bobby Patten required prospective team members to complete a time trial during the first week of preseason. In addition to the requirement of finishing a 50-meter lap under 50 seconds in freestyle, swimmers were required to perform two other strokes. The 34 of the swimmers who stayed through the preseason made the requirement and determined to work hard as a team the entire season.

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more than senior Jackie Choucair. On Nov. 3, the New York Times featured two miniature distance runners, Kaytlynn and Heather Welsch, ages 12 and 10 respectively, and their incredible results in various marathons and triathlons. The two girls have run over 160 endurance races within the last two years. In the age of “Helicopter parenting,” this article brought up an age old question: how much is too much for these young children? The pressure to succeed, particularly in sports, exists in society today and pervades the Hockaday community. Director of Athletics Tina Slinker said she has noticed increased athletic participation at an early age in the Hockaday Lower School. “I think they’re playing too many hours a day and they are specializing too early,” she said. Seventh grader Maria Harrison started playing soccer in pre-kindergarten and later joined the select soccer club, Sting, in the second grade. She currently practices four times per week and travels five times per year for tournaments. However, that will increase to traveling twice per month next year when her teams joins Elite Clubs National League. While soccer doesn’t “take much away from [her] schoolwork,” Harrison recognizes that she does have to miss “a lot of things,” such as parties, because of her intense schedule. On the other hand, senior Anase Asom, who began club soccer in fourth grade, said it is “pretty hard” to balance schoolwork with soccer, especially during the winter when she goes from “practice to practice or game to game,” she said.

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We Are Young “My grades improve because I’m so stressed but it’s not a very happy time in my life,” she said. “I always notice that I get really tired around January or February.” But Asom said that, at the end of the day, she is happy with her decision to stick with soccer though many classmates have quit due to struggles with the time commitment. “I realize it’s a good way to exercise. It’s fun. I’ve been doing it for so long so I would encourage it as long as you don’t take it to the extreme. Mimi [Anase’s sophomore sister] plays a ton more than me, because I know she likes it a lot more than me,” Asom said. “You’re able to balance everything if you like it.” This pressure starts at an early age. In order to combat the competition in the Lower School, Lower School Head Randal Rhodus added a new position in the Hockaday’s Parents Association this year: Lower School Extra-curricular activities liaison. The position was assumed by Ed Johnson, father of fourth-grader Hudson and third-grader Scout. Johnson organizes sports teams through the YMCA for each grade, including soccer, basketball and softball, as well as manages the Adventure Princesses and Girl Scout Troops. He also places new girls on the teams to ensure that every girl receives the opportunity to participate. This position came about in order to preserve a healthy amount of competition in Low-

er School. Rhodus said she has noticed a definite change in the competition level since she herself started at Hockaday in the first grade. “Many of our students are involved in so many activities after school that they don’t get the unstructured play time that girls need,” she said. “That’s a big difference from when I was here.” Since Lower School sports are not directly run by Hockaday but comprise mainly of Hockaday students, Rhodus said she wanted this position to include all students, especially new ones, and ensure that the Hockaday cornerstones are upheld throughout all ages. “There was competition among Hockaday teams in different sports that we didn’t feel was healthy since we are a community and a family,” Johnson said. “We just needed someone to handle the situation.” Johnson has teamed up with Slinker to provide a new message to parents, coaches and children. “Winning is not on the scoreboard,” Johnson said. “Winning is getting these kids to love the sport so much that they come back next year.” Slinker has met with each coach, primarily parent volunteers, as well as each grade level in order to cement the philosophy and mission statement of Hockaday sports. “We want to set the standards now with the Pre-K class going forward,” she said. “Some of the classes have the ingrained culture already with competition. There are parents who are competitive in their jobs every day and it definitely filters down to their children. We are setting up the culture for sports to be fun at this age.” Rhodus appreciates the increase in the positive messaging in Lower School sports. “I think this year there is a really good feeling of wanting to PHOTO BY MEGAN PORTER

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promote play and sportsmanship as the fundamentals to Lower School,” she said. There is already pressure to join multiple teams or start club sports. Coaches hope for girls to commit to one sport year round when they are just 10 years old, according to Johnson. Especially for his older daughter, Johnson is debating whether to stay with the YMCA soccer team or switch to a club team. “As a parent, you’re in the decision between the environment she’ll improve the most in, which is the club soccer, versus the environment she has the most fun in, the YMCA soccer,” Johnson said. But societal pressures are influencing his decision. “We’re a society that’s all about improvement,” he said. “Fun is not a priority, it’s all about being the best you can be.” Johnson hopes to keep the fun in the sports by not allowing his daughters to specialize in one sport, or at least not yet. “Our philosophy at home is that we allow our girls to do an individual sport and one team sport as well,” he said. Currently, his daughters both play soccer in the fall and basketball in the winter, while Hudson focuses on swimming and Scout chose to specialize in gymnastics. Like Asom, Johnson sees the need for a balance. “In team sports, you have to interact with people, you have friendships,” he said. “In individual sports it’s much more about time with yourself. I think you need a healthy balance of both.” Johnson said he dreams for his daughters to each find one passion, but not for a few more years. He added that, while some parents are competitive about joining club or academy sports in lower school, varsity letters and college recruitments are off of most parent’s radars at this point. However, Johnson does fear athlete burnout, which Slinker said contributes to approximately 12 out of 15 kids choosing not to continue a sport in high school. Johnson said he hopes to reduce this burnout rate by keeping their playtime free and easy in Lower School. “Kids burn out from playing in structured environments where they’re constantly held in check,” he said. “We’re trying to make it more play and less structure.” According to Slinker, who hopes these new enactments will maintain the all-important balance, sports, especially in the Lower School, should always be a release and an escape from the pressures of school or social issues. “We’ve become so outcome based instead of enjoying the journey of playing the sport,” she said. “At the end of the day, no matter what level you play on, it still needs to be fun.” Megan Porter Managing Editor

CHEST PASS Hockaday Lower School athlete Emma Simons passes the ball to her teammate Sarah Crow in a game against Greenhill.


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Here be Dragons Math Teacher Jessica Chu becomes Hockaday’s first Dragon Boat Racer

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here is a dragon that lives at White Rock Lake. She is big enough to eat 22 human beings every weekend. As she approaches her target, her drumming heart thunders across the water and her 20 legs help her glide through the blue-green surface of the lake. The dragon is an orange and white beauty—a professional racing boat purchased two years ago by the fledgling Dallas DeLite dragon boat club, the only professional club in Dallas. Math teacher Jessica Chu co-captains the team, which had very humble beginnings. So humble, in fact, that the club’s first practices consisted of sitting on a bench and practicing with fake paddles. Dragon Boating started more than 2000 years ago in China. A respected poet named Qu Yan was exiled for his political poems. When he drowned himself in the Mi Lo River, local fisherman raced to his aid and beat on drums and stirred the water to keep fish from eating his body. Ever since, Dragon Boat races have symbolized the people’s love for Qu Yan. Over many years the annual festival grew into a popular sport that then spread around the world. The sport itself also changed. Now the races consist

TO THE BEAT THE DRUM Math teacher Jessica Chu rows in a Dragon Boat Race at White Rock Lake. She has raced for five years and is now co-captain of her Dallas-based team.

of long, shallow boats-similar to canoes-that hold 22 people: 10 pairs of paddlers, 20 total, plus the “sweep” who steers the boat in the back and the drummer whose beats keep the paddlers in sync in the front. The teams now wear athletic clothing, not traditional Chinese garb. The boats are still decorated with the traditional detachable dragon head and tail and the sides of most boats have painted scales, but the sport has even evolved to hold highly competitive international competitions which require very expensive, specially designed (but still man-powered) racing boats.

Chu and the Dallas DeLite decided to purchase a real dragon boat: a 600 lb, $26,000 investment. The dragon boat, stored in the White Rock Boathouse when not in use, is moved to the water for practices, which are scheduled from March through October on early Saturday mornings. They add Sunday practices before big races. Dallas DeLite, whose logo looks a bit like that of the Sprite soda and whose uniforms are dark green athletic jerseys in their races, has grown in members since the team began to enter into competitions. Total membership is up to

30 now. The extra members, Chu said, are helpful because sometimes team members can’t travel for races. “It’s hard because all of our races aren’t here, usually,” Chu said, “We can’t always rely on people schedules being free, and people have families.” Chu first began rowing with Jovin Lim, Dallas DeLite’s coach, in her first experience with dragon boating at the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2007. A group called the Chinese Student’s Association introduced her to the sport at Austin’s annual festival. Tight-knit communities foster close friends, and Chu

said DeLite is no exception. She said that the friendships made by Dragon Boating are the best part of the experience. Effective teamwork is the building block for racing success and strength actually comes second. “It’s not all about the youthful thing, it’s about the teamwork and how much you believe in it and in each other,” Lim said. “There’s really no other sport that you can hang out in a boat and go on the water with 20 other people without having to talk to each other.” Emily Wechsler Features Editor

Keeping in Shape SPC Regulations force athletes to maintain fitness individually

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wice in the fall season, the Hockaday lacrosse team fell to major rival Ursuline in play day tournaments. Some players, such as junior Catherine McGeoch, brushed off the losses as no big deal. But the games “frustrated” senior Mollie Anderson. “I was really mad after the loss but it just makes me more excited to work hard and beat them during the spring season,” Anderson said. McGeoch justifies the loss because Ursuline had practiced for two hours per day, five days per week since September. On the other hand, Hockaday’s fall team, Hlax, practices for one hour every Sunday, with a minimal attendance level. This is due to regulations from the Southewest Preparatory Conference which apply to Hockaday, but not to Ursuline Academy or other schools not part of the Conference. One

regulation states that only two players can be with a coach at any time when they are practicing the specific sport in the offseason. SPC President and Cistercian Athletic Director Dan Lee said that rules limiting offseason practices have been in place for “15 years or so.” Hockaday Director of Athletics Tina Slinker said she understands the reasons for these regulations and believes they align with both Hockaday’s and SPC’s philosophies of athletics and competition in High School. “We want to encourage our girls to play at least two sports instead of specializing,” she said. Hockaday’s lack of off-season practices, however, causes many girls to join club sports in order to increase individual skills and practice time. “I joined a club team because I wanted to play in the offseason so I could keep my

skills up and could continue improvement instead of having to start over every season,” McGeoch said. Instead of playing a winter sport, McGeoch trains in the wellness center almost every day. “The trainers help if I have questions on how to improve whatever I want to work on,” she said. “But I do wish Hockaday had structured workouts for offseason athletes.” Slinker said she hears the suggestions for offseason practices, but, as a coach, would prefer for her players to instead play an additional sport. “I actually believe it’s better for you at your age, unless you’ve really crossed that path that you know you want to be seen for college for one particular sport,” she said. In contrast, the St. Mark’s lacrosse team hosts practices every day after school for any athletes not involved in anoth-

er sport. Senior Jay Park said that they work with their coach in the weight room on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and “play lacrosse and do stick work without Coach Lee” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Slinker said she could en-

Hammond appreciates this program because of its flexibility, as the attendance level is generally low in the offseason. “We tried it in summer but not many people do it. People just go to SMU or Flagpole Hill and we run together,” said

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vision offseason programs being added in the future if other schools begin to follow the same path. She recommended that girls who desire offseason training join McGeoch and the Hockaday trainers in the Wellness Center. “We don’t really support offseason programs right now,” Slinker said. “We could, and you guys could come in for it at anytime, but it’s not like we create it. You could come in and work with one of our fitness trainers, or six of you could. We have that option, but we don’t organize it as coaches.” Slinker said, however, that she noticed a difference when Hockaday plays public schools, especially at the beginning of a season. In November, her varsity basketball team played Highland Park. The Hockaday team had held just six practices while Highland Park’s team had been together for months. The cross country team also holds off campus practices for athletes. Hockaday track and cross country coach Laboris Bean hosts practices at SMU which are open to all of his runners. Sophomores Claudia Hammond and Harper Clouston attend once or twice a week for two hours each.

Hammond. “Only about ten girls came every once in awhile but it was really helpful.” But Slinker appreciates Hockaday’s and SPC’s philosophy because it decreases athlete burnout. “You may be behind, but you won’t be burnt out, and you won’t be as injured compared to teams who play year round,” she said. McGeoch agreed, adding that she believes Hockaday teams catch up quickly when it comes time to play teams such as Highland Park High School, Ursuline Academy and other non-SPC schools during the regular season. Eight months of daily practice can take a toll on single sport athletes, while McGeoch and other Hockaday athletes maintain a balance between fitness training and one to two other sports. “I guess it somehow always works out that we are where we need to be when it counts,” McGeoch said. “It can boost their confidence if they win in the offseason, but those games don’t really matter so it doesn’t bother me.” Megan Porter Managing Editor


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The Hockaday team fences for the first time at Hockaday in a tournament meant to bring more recognition to the sport

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n an effort to shed a little more spotlight on an all-too-often forgotten sport, Head of the Athletics Department Tina Slinker brought the sport’s state tournament to Hockaday, the first fencing competition the school has ever hosted. On the weekend of Nov. 2, fencing teams from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, The Parish Episcopal School, Lovejoy High School and Lighthouse Christian Academy came to Hockaday to compete in the state tournament. Hockaday girls placed first, second, third and fourth in the women’s individual foil competition and first in women’s epee. Despite Hockaday’s efforts, the tournament lacked support from the community, with less than ten people in the stands during Sunday’s events. “It would be nice if more people could come to cheer even if they came only for 30 minutes, just to see a couple of bouts and experience fencing,” senior fencer Katie Bourek said. Slinker said that it will take time for awareness for the sport to grow. “I think we can always do more to promote this sport.” After three years of fencing at St. Mark’s, senior Hailey Tahk said she appreciated the chance

to be able to fence at Hockaday and have the school’s attention. She added that, because the sport is largely a mind game, people do not often recognize the physical strength and endurance required to excel in it. “There’s a lot of footwork and concentration though there is an intense physical component as well,” Tahk said. Sophomore Aashima Garg explained that, because it is not a sport included in the Southwest Preparatory Conference, fencing has not always been popular among members of the Hockaday community. “Being able to have this tournament at Hockaday allowed us to do really well and make both Hockaday and St. Mark’s proud,” she said. Varsity fencing Coach Michael Kim said that the popularity of the sport has risen nationwide due to the coverage it received during this year’s Olympic games. “It isn’t known to most of the population but since its televised during the Olympics, [popularity for the sport] is picking up.” While fencing may not be the most popular sport in the school, it is one of the most unique, particularly because it

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DAISY ATTACK Sophomores Catherine Kirby and Mary Zhong fenced at the tournament on Nov. 4

is combined with the St. Mark’s fencing program. Fencing is the only joint Hockaday-St. Mark’s Varsity sport. The programs merged because of the expense of the equipment necessary to sustain a fencing team. Also, the schools can share a team because physical differences between boys and girls are not too prominent, explained Kim. But some differences do exist. While boys are more aggressive, girls are able to keep up due to their greater agility and tactical approach to the sport. Though it has disadvantages, such as Hockaday students missing the first 15 minutes of

practice while commuting to St. Mark’s, Kim believes that the joint program is overall beneficial. He said it helps the athletes gain experience to practice with a more diverse group of fencers. St. Mark’s sophomore Burke Garza has benefited from practicing with a greater variety of fencers. “I do like having [the girls] there,” he said. “Girls tend to have a more agile style of fencing. It keeps it interesting.” The girls also think positively of the practice arrangements. “I think we are pretty content with practicing with boys because it builds up our stamina

and we get to see them and hang out every day,” Tahk said , “Boys do a lot of weird stuff and it’s funny to watch.” Although practicing with boys at St. Mark’s is entertaining and more feasible, the fencing team is just as much a Hockaday varsity team as a St. Mark’s varsity team. “Fencing takes enormous discipline and dedication,” Slinker said, “our girls represent Hockaday in a positive and wonderful manner.” Avita Anand Staff Writer

Morgan Allen, Samantha Toomey and Cameron Malakoff explain their physical therapy exercises

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very athlete’s most common experience but worst fear: pain. And not just the pain the morning after a challenging workout. It’s the bad pain, the pain that makes you immediately know it is more than just some soreness. Eager to get back into their regular workouts and practices, many girls turn to physical therapy to rehabilitate muscles and

heal their injuries. A few partake in particularly outlandish types of physical therapy.

Cryotherapy

During field hockey preseason, sophomore Cameron Malakoff strained her hamstring and attended a physical therapy where her body temperature was lowered to 30 degrees for three minutes at a time in hopes of a

quicker recovery. This process, called Cryotherapy, blasts her body with air ranging from -133 to -320 degrees. Malakoff had a total of six weeks of physical therapy. She also underwent regular physical therapy at Southwest Sports and Spine and muscle activation treatment at The Move Project. Cryousa 6901 Snider Plaza Suite 250

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Airrosti Sophomore Samantha Toomey felt a sharp pain in her lower back whenever she served in volleyball, so she went through four rounds of physical therapy at Airrosti Rehab Centers. Airrosti stands for the Applied Integration for the Rapid Recovery of Soft Tissue Injuries and has many locations throughout the metroplex. Toomey said she had a “deep tissue and muscle problem,” which was fixed by an “incredibly painful massage.” Each visit, the doctor “would do deep tissue physical therapy... on my entire back, my IT bands, my calves and occasionally my bottom,” she said. “It was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced.” “I would even start sweating and crying at points” because the pain was so excruciating, she added. Afterwards, Toomey stretched each muscle out with a foam roller

For Those Bored of Their Workout Routines 1.Explore new trails

Many trails have opened up across the Dallas metroplex where you can walk, run or bike. Wellness Center trainer Kathy Fetchman recommends the Northaven Trail in Dallas, Santa Fe Trail in East Dallas, Dallas Nature Center (7171 Mountain Creek Parkway), Heard Museum in McKinney and Cottonwood Trail, which runs along North Central Expressway from Spring Valley Road to Forest Lane. Rowlett, Irving, Lake Ray Roberts in Sanger and Joe Pool Lake all have well maintained off-road biking trails. Lake Ray Roberts in Grand Prairie also offers horseback riding. The new Audubon center at the Trinity River would be an excellent place to hike, canoe or kayak.

2.Cross-fit training

Hockaday personal trainer Jenny Francuski especially recommends this for athletes. Cross-fit is a strength and conditioning program with gyms across Dallas. Francuski describes it as “an intensive workout that works on general overall fitness and tends to attract people who are pretty intense about working out.” Fetchman uses this on a daily basis, as it is a great way to “strengthen your body with a reduced risk of injury by using a wide range of equipment and doing many different exercises.” CrossFit Dallas Central offers at a variety of times and for a variety of levels. CrossFit Dallas Central: 5626 Fondren (214) 750-3643 http://dallascrossfit.com

3. Pilates/Yoga/Pure Barre

Pure barre combines pilates, ballet and weights to give a full body workout. Hot Yoga is becoming extremely popular, generally around 90 degrees fahrenheit at Sunstone. Sophomore Phoebe Smith frequently watches the “Pop Pilates” youtube channel, led by a “super bubbly and fun pilates instructor.” This channel offers exercises for abs, legs, arms, full body and cardio and is “such a good workout and it definitely makes you sore the next day,” said Smith. youtube.com/blogilates Pure Barre: 5919 Greenville Avenue (214) 361-2882 Sunstone Yoga: 11661 Preston Road (214) 764-2119 x102 Pilates Unlimited: 6434 East Mockingbird Lane #210 (214) 553-8771

4. Exercise in the water

Continuous laps might become boring and monotonous, but try volleyball or even the classic Marco Polo. Water jogging is a great way to reduce the impact of a regular run while staying in shape. You could also check out an “aquacise” or water volleyball class at the nearby Town North YMCA. Town North YMCA http://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/ town_north/schedules/ 4332 Northaven Road Dallas, Texas 75229 214-357-8431

and did exercises to strengthen her core. Finally, Dr. Lederman taped her back with Kinesio tape to increase blood flow and recovery time. Kinesio tape supports and stabilizes joints and muscles without constricting their range of motion. Dr. Seth Lederman Airrosti 2909 Lemmon Avenue Dallas 75204 http://www.airrosti.com

Chinese Acupuncture Sophomore Morgan Allen injured her ankle playing soccer in August and missed the first part of her field hockey season as a result. She goes to Dr. Park’s Chinese Acupuncture, where Dong Rae Park locates her pressure points and then massages them. He also uses acupuncture, using needles and occasionally adding pads with electricity to increase circulation and reduce swelling through shock therapy. Dr. Dong Rae Park 11661 Preston Road Suite 170 Dallas 75230 214-691-3210 general@wholisticherbs.com

Megan Porter Managing Editor

5. Walk wherever you can

Reduce gas (especially with these high prices) by trying new methods of transportation. Dust off your old roller blades and go for a swing around the neighborhood, walk over to your nearby friend’s house or bike your way to Starbucks. Your Pumpkin Spice Latte will be that much more rewarding if you do!

Megan Porter Managing Editor


THE FOURCAST HOCKADAY April 12, 2012

No Hype for Vype

Senior Maggie Fobare shares about her awkward covershoot COVERGIRL Senior Maggie Fobare won a contest to be on the cover of Vype’s spring issue.

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ess than a month ago, senior Maggie Fobare only dreamed of being on the cover of a magazine. Now, however, “Vype Magazine” has made her dreams a reality—or so it would seem. “Don’t get me wrong, I really am honored, but I wish it was for InStyle or something,” Fobare lamented. Although there is no celebrity gossip or Who Wore it Best, “Vype,” a regional high school sports publication, selected Fobare and 22 other athletes out of all Dallas high school students to compete to be featured on the cover of their next issue. So why Fobare’s lack of hype for “Vype”? “Well, first off, they messaged me on Facebook to let me know that I was nominated. I thought it was a scam at first,” Fobare said, “in fact I still kind of do.” The excitement and dedication Fobare’s classmates displayed throughout the competition made up for Fobare’s lack

of enthusiasm. “The website only allowed you to vote every thirty minutes, so every half hour I pulled out my phone to vote,” senior Hannah Cyr said. Numerous other Hockaday students did the same and Fobare collected 3,433 votes by the end of the week, which earned her third place and a spot on the cover of Vype. “My classmates had my back. After a while I kind of wanted them to stop…I wanted to win the contest until I actually won the contest,” Fobare said. Fobare arrived at the shoot with her hair in a ponytail, expecting a quick and casual affair. She was caught slightly off guard. “In my entire life, I have never experienced anything as awkward as that photoshoot,” Fobare said. Modeling with fellow contest winners St. Mark’s junior Bear Goldstein and Greenhill senior Cyerra Holmes, Fobare said that “the photographer had us do weird poses with

our lacrosse gear. It’s really hard to look cute when you have a mouthguard on.” Goldstein agreed, “It was a huge honor, but the photoshoot was weird. They had us pose in strange ways and there was Katy Perry music playing in the background the whole time.” After the photoshoot, Fobare answered questions for Vype’s online article. “They asked me questions about Hockaday lacrosse and about my future plans in college,” said Fobare. Although she jokes about the Vype experience, Fobare, who signed to Northwestern University for lacrosse, is happy to have a souvenir of her memories of high school sports. “Yes, it was awkward, and, yes, I may not have actually wanted to win,” Fobare said, “but I am happy that I’ll have a keepsake to bring with me to college.”

large areas, including access to higher education, math and science, sexual harassment, and standardized testing, among others. Collegiate athletics reflected this same wide difference between the two genders and athletics. Women received limited opportunities to play sports both in high school and college. While 170,384 men played sports in college in 1971, only 29,977 women competed. The funding for college sports also demonstrated the huge gap between men and women’s sports. Across the board, no college offered funding for women’s sports anywhere close to that for men’s sports. In 1973, the University of Arkansas, which had a total sports budget of $2.05 million, used only seven to eight thousand dollars for women. Most universities mirrored these numbers. Syracuse University gave $90,000 to the men’s athletic program, but only $2,000 to the women’s program in 1969. Head Lacrosse Coach Elia Kochan’s alma mater, Syracuse, had a coach who was “very into Title IX” and pushed from her team to use the iconic Dome. However, her team always wore school-issued “men’s football cleats and men’s football under-armor.” Over 50,000 men earned college scholarships based on

athletics, compared with only fifty women at the most. The few women athletes practiced at the worst times, received hand-me-down equipment, and raised their own money for trips or new supplies. Most boys taunted any female athletes, and chanted derogatory terms. In fact, Slinker’s male classmates told the girls that “they would not date any girl in athletics.” Title IX has allowed sports team to be created for women from lower school soccer teams to varsity programs in high school to the Olympics. Over 100 years ago, at the 1908 Stockholm Olympic Games, only 37 women competed, and none were from the United States. In the 2008 Beijing Games, 4,746 women competed alongside 6,450 men. 280 of these women were from the United States, compared to 310 American men. Junior Ramie Payne appreciates the increase in female athletes in the Olympic games. “I love watching women in the Olympics because seeing what they have accomplished makes me want to push myself harder in order to reach my goals,” she said.

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Leveling the Playing Field

Title IX has opened many doors for women athletes in the past 40 years GRAPHIC BY MARY CLARE BEYTAGH AND EMILY WECHSLER

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thletic Director Tina Slinker entered Portales High School, in New Mexico, as a bold freshman, set on her path to accomplish one goal: to give girls the opportunity to play sports just like the boys. After much persistence, her school finally added women’s basketball and track and field teams for Slinker’s senior year. She went on to play basketball for Wayland Baptist in Plainview, TX., then a nineteen year coaching career at the University of North Texas, finally landing in her current position at Hockaday. None of these opportunities would have been open to her if not for one small, usually forgotten, law passed in 1972: Title IX. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to play because it gave me so many life opportunities I wouldn’t have had without sports,” says Slinker. Title IX paved the path that eventually arrived at 11600 Welch Road and drastically changed her life. Since it was passed forty years ago, Title IX has increased athletic programming for women from Pre-K soccer to the Olympics, but of sixteen Hockaday girls surveyed, one, junior Jackie Choucair, knew of the legislation. And only because it had been suggested to her as a potential JRP topic. Most female athletes take for granted the many chances for them to play and “don’t realize what it’s like to not have the opportunity,” said Slinker. Title IX, part of the Education Acts of 1972, states that “no person shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, be treated differently from another person, or otherwise be discriminated against in any interscholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural athletics offered by a recipient, and no recipient shall provide such athletics separately on such basis.” Athletics were created when Hockaday was founded, as one of the four founding cornerstones. However, there were hardly any other schools to compete against, so the green and white teams were created to provide a competitive athletic environment between the Hockaday girls. Green and white has decreased as such an important activity with the increasing opportunity to compete against girls from other schools.

OLYMPIC WOMEN Female athletes now have the opportunity to compete in many different Olympic sports that did not exist prior to the passing of Title IX in 1972.

According to the 1972 Cornerstones, there were a junior varsity and varsity field hockey, basketball and soccer teams, swimming, varsity tennis, volleyball, softball, as well as sports that are no longer offered here at Hockaday, like archery and synchronized swimming. As an all-girl’s school, Hockaday girls were presented with many more opportunities to play sports than other schools across the nation. In fact, only one out of every 27 high school girls played an interscholastic sport in 1971. In the 1971-1972 school year, 3,666,917 boys competed in high school sports. Only 294,015 girls were able to do the same. The road for Title IX was hardly an easy battle. After being inspired during the fight for equal rights during the Civil Rights Movement for African-Americans in the 1960’s, women began to push for equality for women in educational activities. A few key congressmen and congresswomen fought for the passage of what is now known as Title IX of the Education Acts, passed in 1972 and signed into law by President Richard Nixon. It was very short in wording, and Congress passed it with little consideration for the consequences it would have, especially on women’s athletics. However, Title IX was not strictly for athletics, it required gender equity in ten

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SPORTS&WELLNESS

THE FOURCAST HOCKADAY November 16, 2011

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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n the first day college coaches were allowed to contact high school players under NCAA regulations, Kelly Amonte-Hiller, head coach of Northwestern University lacrosse, emailed senior Maggie Fobare. That was Sept. 1, 2010 when Fobare was only a junior. On Nov. 10 the following year, Fobare officially signed to Northwestern to play lacrosse in the fall of 2012. Fobare has been committed since Dec. 6, 2010 when, after attending Northwestern’s lacrosse winter camp, Fobare met with the coaches and “they offered me a spot on their team,” she said. Northwestern has won two consecutive NCAA National Championships, and Fobare knows she’ll “be ready to fight for a national championship.” She is especially excited to join three good friends already on the Northwestern lacrosse team, whom she has previously played with throughout her high school career: Taylor Thornton’09; Jess Carroll, St. Johns ’11; and Haydyn Anigian, Highland Park ’11. “It makes me feel better since I won’t be alone,” Fobare said. Fobare looked up to Thornton from a young age and got to know her during her freshman year on the Hockaday Varsity Lacrosse team. “Taylor will be a senior once I get there as a freshman so she’ll take care of me,” Fobare said. “Your team really becomes your family, your closest friends.” Gabriella Flibotte, a junior lacrosse player at Northwestern and Thornton’s roommate, coached

PLEDGING WILDCAT After a year of verbal committment, Fobare signed to Northwestern on November 10th.

Fobare at the Northwestern camp this summer and said, “it is clear that she is definitely going to thrive here.” Flibotte sees Fobare’s strengths in her “unbelievable ability to change directions quickly,” her scrappiness and her capability to score goals. “Overall,” Flibotte said, “life is good when you’re rolling with two daisies on a team!” Fobare, who has played lacrosse since sixth grade, always wanted to pursue athletics in college. Fobare looks forward to the colder weather in Chicago along with the freedom of college life. She plans to prepare for the change to college lacrosse by following their summer workout schedule and “buying some more jackets.” While preparing to create a new legacy at Northwestern, Fobare will leave a lasting impression on the Hockaday Lacrosse team. “Her skill and threat to the goal always make more oppor-

tunities,” junior Ali Purnell, who has played with Fobare for two seasons, said. “She leads the team with confidence.” Fobare has won numerous awards over her high school years, including All-SPC, All-District, All-State, and All-Star Recognition for both her sophomore and junior years. She was also awarded Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News in 2010. Fobare will continue preparing over the next year for the awaiting challenge, but said she is “so honored to have been given this opportunity to play lacrosse at such a high level. I’m definitely nervous but so excited to step out onto the field as a Wildcat for the first time.” And no doubt the experiences and lessons learned at Hockaday will help this Killer Daisy blossom to perform as a ferocious Wildcat next year.

Megan Porter

The choice between pursing Select Soccer, Hockaday Soccer, or Both

HUSTLE HARD Senior JJ Hayes moves the ball up the field for her select soccer team

hen it comes to sports, soccer is the most popular on earth and it is gradually gaining more popularity in the U.S. When it comes to Hockaday, soccer is one of the most played sports by its students. Although the majority of Hockaday girls quit playing recreational soccer after fourth grade, according to a recent Upper School student survey, about 20 percent kept with it and joined a select soccer club team in fifth grade in order to develop stronger technical skills and gain a better understanding of the game. Sophomores Dalton Youngblood and Evie Peña and seniors Brittany Blakey, Aleksandra Fuller and J.J. Hayes, began playing select soccer in fifth grade. While the majority of them quit, PHOTO PROVIDED BY JJ HAYES

Youngblood and Fuller stayed with their teams. Peña, who played center and outside midfield for Sting and later for the Dallas Texans, quit after her freshman year. “Select soccer requires a huge time commitment and I didn’t feel like it was worth sacrificing my time for soccer when I don’t have any plans to play in college,” Peña said. For Peña, quitting was no problem at all. “I still get to play at school without the yearlong commitment,” she said. Like Peña, Blakey quit because she did not want to play competitively in college but also because playing both select soccer and Hockaday soccer was too stressful. “I remember having to sprint from Hockaday soccer straight over to club…It’s pretty exhausting, and having to come home at nine to a pile of homework and chores to do was pretty time draining,” Blakey said. However, Blakey misses select soccer because “it really shaped [her] personality,” but she adds that quitting was the right decision. Hayes dropped soccer this past June because she was forced to. The new Southwest Preparatory Conference rule states that a student cannot play under the coaching of both her club and school team if both are involved in SPC. Hayes quit because her coach, Alan Platts worked for Hockaday as a seventh grade soccer team coach. Even though he had no influence on the varsity team, she was still forced to quit because he worked at Hockaday. “It was very frustrating.” Hayes said “I loved club soccer and the girls on my club team. I decided that I didn’t want to play club soccer if I couldn’t play for Alan or be with my other friends…so I just quit altogether.” Although still upset by the new SPC rules, Hayes continues

to go to club soccer practices with her teammates just to keep up her skills and also reunite with her friends from other schools. Some players, however, have continued with their commitment to their select teams. Playing on the Hockaday team and on her select team, Sting ‘96 ECNL, Youngblood has remained devoted to her select team since fifth grade. Youngblood has played soccer ever since she could walk. She enjoys it because she can get her “fitness in without it being really boring.” Youngblood chose not to quit because she feels as though she has a responsibility, not only to her team but to her teammates, to be there on the field playing her best soccer. “It will help me out in college,” she said. Can you explain how that will help her in college? Fuller has also stuck with her club team for the past eight years. Fuller plays for the fun of playing but also “to stay in shape and follow through with my commitment.” However, she wishes she had “more time to find other things I love to do.” One thing everyone agreed on was that they enjoyed the experience of playing on a select soccer team, learning the values of working together and bonding with girls from other schools. “I really miss the girls on my team and strangely enough, driving an hour every Saturday morning to play games,” Hayes said. While most of the girls who did quit miss their friends and traveling across Texas to play soccer, Hayes also said, “I think that the Hockaday soccer program is probably one of the most successful athletic programs at Hockaday…no one on the varsity team is just playing to get out of PE –everyone really cares about the team and the sport.”

Bent Into Shape

Megan Neligan reviews varius yoga and Pilates studios in town Whether trying to find her center or enjoying following fitness trends, many Hockaday girls have tried yoga or Pilates at some point or another; however, unless you’re a diehard yogi or really into exploring new ways of staying in shape, it can be hard to hit your stride with yoga or Pilates. Yoga can sometimes be too slow for some people to qualify as a workout, rather than nap time; but for others who try hot yoga, attempt power yoga, or see a huge Pilates machine, an intimidating first experience can scare them away forever. With these yoga and Pilates studios, however, you feel welcome from the very first time, will get a good work out, and won’t pass out from heat exhaustion.

Karmany Yoga Studio

Located on McKinney Avenue, just south of Mockingbird Lane, just a 10 minute drive from Hockaday. Rated as the Best Yoga Studio in Dallas two years in a row by D Magazine, Karmany strives to make their classes accessible for those at all different levels. The studio is comprised of one very large yoga studio, which can be packed with as many as forty or more people or as few as five, and one smaller room used for Barre classes taught a few times a week. Teachers range from the stereotypically mellow teachers to the more intense teachers who really push you: either way, you will sweat just as much as you would while running several miles in the heat so make sure to bring a towel. Another great thing about Karmany is that the studio is donation-based; this means that if you can only contribute five dollars that week, that’s alright! It’s not free, of course, but it makes working out cheaper and more feasible for students.

Park Cities Pilates For a more traditional look at Pilates, try Park Cities Pilates, also located on Lovers Lane near the toll road. The teachers stick very closely to Joseph Pilates’ teaching style and increase student’s flexibility without straining muscles. If you are worried about making mistakes in a big class setting, do not fear. Though Park Cities Pilates does some classes, much of what they do is for private appointments or semi-private appoints which you can set up with friends to fit with your schedule and really personalize the workout to fit your needs. Park Cities Pilates offers both mat classes and classes using Pilates machines.

Beyond Pilates Beyond Pilates Studio, located on Lovers Lane just west of the toll road, offers Pilates and barre classes, as well as a class mixing both together. Teachers use upbeat music to really get your heart rate going and encourage you to stretch yourself to your limits during workouts. Implementing Pilates machines, the classes address almost every muscle in the body by using low weights and high repetition. Their clientele includes young, female professionals for the most part and so Hockaday girls can slide right into the mix and enjoy their workout. Non-slip Pilates socks are required and can be purchased on site; however, if you’re just trying it out for the first time, you can get away with not using them. With the high energy of the studio and its teachers, you will be surprised how fun Pilates can be.


SPORTS&WELLNESS

THE FOURCAST HOCKADAY September 30, 2011

Foreign Fitness

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Such Great Heights

Students attempt exercising overseas

It was like I wore jeans to winter formal.

SENIOR MEGAN NELIGAN

She’d run on the road over to the track at a nearby elementary school and then finish up her run along the beach. “The beach was definitely the hardest part,” admits Dorey. For Dorey, fitting in a daily workout wasn’t too difficult. Everyone in her family went on a run when they woke up and met up afterwards for breakfast. Though she struggled with the humidity and terrain of beach runs, she enjoyed the change of scenery. She also had plenty of time to participate in other activities, like surfing. Dorey isn’t keen on swimming laps in the ocean and suggests running as a really great way to stay in shape for any sport. The best way to stay fit is by doing a workout that you find enjoyable. Running every morning keep Dorey fit, “it really paid off,” she said. Road tripping to Iowa this summer made sophomore Sarah

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Startz an expert on working out on the fly. While vacationing, Startz said she would “pick up a few cheap fitness magazines and try some of the workouts in them using the fitness centers.” Alternatively, working out in new places can be just another aspect of touring. A leisurely stroll or intensive run is not only good exercise but, as Startz points out, “a great way to see the place you are visiting or get ideas about where to go for the rest of the day.” Be warned, you may turn into the spectacle yourself. After a few too many incredulous looks (What is that girl doing? Running?), during her monthlong stay in Italy, senior Megan Neligan switched to a monthlong membership at a local gym. Upon starting a new fiveday-a-week workout routine at a beautiful European-style gym, Neligan quickly learned how different Italian gyms are from their American counterparts. Initially, Neligan got the same weird looks, but “figured it was just because I was a young girl amongst guys in their 20s and 30s.” But she soon discovered that it was her apparel and the way she worked out. The Italian women went to the gym dolled up, never broke a sweat and wore what Neligan calls “fromstreet-to-the-gym outfits and makeup.” They wore cute tanks, she wore big t-shirts. They wore black leggings, she wore Nike shorts. They wore fashionable sports shoes, she wore actual running shoes. Oh, the “You Belong with Me-ness” of it! Neligan sums up the experience as “just embarrassing, as if I’d worn jeans to winter formal.” Working out on vacation doesn’t have to be a daily dose of the reality left behind, but a cultural experience unto itself.

fter graduating from Hockaday, two certain graduates, along with many others, decided to pursue their respective sports in college. Taylor Thornton ’09 currently plays lacrosse at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. Jackie Guevel ‘10 runs indoor and outdoor track at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Penn. A junior at Northwestern, Thornton helped lead her lacrosse team to the NCAA Division 1 Championships her sophomore year, where they defeated Maryland to become the 2011 National Champions. Guevel earned recognition as an All-American runner three times by placing in the top eight at three different races in track during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Thornton explains that female athletes, especially the women’s lacrosse team due to their recent success, are “regarded well at school,” with many fans attending the games and providing support across campus. At Carnegie Mellon, Guevel says that female athletes are “equally dedicated and talented as the male athletes” and receive equal attention in the student press. However, none of the university’s sports teams pack the stands because “most students at Carnegie Mellon are intensely focused on academics.” Thornton has been starting on the women’s lacrosse team since freshman year, but her favorite memory comes from this past spring 2011 season. It was Northwestern’s second game of the season, an away game at the University of North Carolina, a major rival. The game remained tied at six goals each, and only 15 seconds remained in overtime. Thornton held the ball under pressure, drove through two UNC defenders and scored the game’s winning goal. It was “a really surreal and neat moment,” she said.

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TAKE FIVE ON VACATION

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With the ability to transition from workout to walk about, it will also hide a bad hair day when you are on the go.

Carryon-ready, they can be bought almost anywhere you are traveling. Magazines like Seventeen are known for their workouts that can be done easily and with little equiptment.

A necessity for any workout, iPods are perfect for travel. Their compact size allows them to be stowed in a carryon plus what’s a workout without pump-up music?

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QUICK-DRY CLOTHES Wet clothes need to be avoided at all costs when living out of a suitcase, which makes anything that dries quickly ideal. Tops like this one also come with a built-in bra, allowing for more room in your suitcase.

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JUMPROPE

No gym? No problem. A jumprope is great because of its small size and versatility; it can be used almost anywhere.

Comparing the game of lacrosse at Hockaday and at Northwestern, Thornton notices a huge difference. Not only does the game play quicken, but “the ball is rarely dropped, everyone is fast and the skill level is much higher.” Rising to the challenge, she has improved and changed her playing style since graduating from Hockaday. “I have much better stick skills and field sense in college, and I am savvier with the ball,” Thornton said. Also, with the required weight lifting in college, she is physically stronger; this has also improved her speed and play. PHOTO PROVIDED BY JACKIE GUEVEL

t’s summer and you’re going on vacation. You have a topten-list of things to do and chances are, working out isn’t one of them. But what if you need, or even want to work out on vacation? You do have to return to real life, eventually. For athletes like junior Kaitlin Dorey, a week long beach vacation on the Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy (St. Barts) didn’t mean a week away from working out. As a competitive swimmer, Dorey constantly has to stay active—getting back in the pool after a week without training is no fun. Although she doesn’t speak any French, she said “[immersing] myself in a French-based culture was really different,” and she did not intend to miss out on the fun. So, every morning Dorey would wake up early to run.

Hockaday alumnae continue to pursue athletics

Scholar Athlete Jackie Guevel-10’s competes in a hurdel event for Carnige Melon.

Guevel also notices many changes between high school and college running. The biggest difference is the addition of another season, which is indoors and an increased amount of meets on the weekends. However, the duration of practice and the types of workouts did not change much. Guevel competed at a meet almost every single weekend for second semester during her freshman year of college. While “it’s exciting because you get to spend time with your teammates and compete against other schools,” Guevel must be able to handle her academic work and plan ahead to be able to travel each Saturday. She says that her proudest moment was making it to nationals in both Indoor and Outdoor track. She was an All-American in three events: placing sixth in the 55-meter hurdles at Indoor and placing seventh in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles in the Outdoor national race. Runners who finish in the top eight at nationals are regarded as All-American. With Thornton entering her junior year, the women’s lacrosse team will have high expectations after defeating Maryland at the National Championship this year. After her team placed second during her freshman year, “it was awesome to see our young team this year grow throughout the season and see all of our hard work pay off,” she said. Guevel does not plan to compete in running professionally, but she does plan to continue an active lifestyle, maybe even by joining a running club after college. She would also consider finding open meets if “I still want that aspect of track” once she is older. Thornton says that she will “never rule anything out” about pursuing lacrosse after college. She says that if she becomes a graduate assistant or goes to school for her master’s degree, she would consider playing again. These athletes, along with many others, decided to pursue athletics after they left Hockaday due to the experiences and coaching offered here. Megan Porter


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THE FOURCAST

THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL JANUARY 25, 2011

New to the Team Junior Aleks Fuller begins career as a Hockaday student; Hockaday soccer

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t is hard being the new player on a team, whether you are a freshman or upperclassmen. But it is even harder to join that team after being a new student, too. Junior Aleks Fuller has mastered both of these. Transferring to Hockaday from Frisco High School, Fuller has managed the stress of junior year, the fright of being a new student and earned a spot on the Varsity soccer team. Already into the soccer season, Fuller sees huge differences between Hockaday’s team and her Frisco team from last year. “My team at Frisco had a lot of seniors, and they basically ruled,” she says. “Here, there isn’t a certain group of people that are leading, and it feels so much more like a team.”

Coach Rod Skaife describes Fuller as a “talented player with a lot of experience” and says that she has “really had an impact all around.” “She just gets along with what she should do quietly, and doesn’t make a lot of fuss about it. The team very much appreciates what she’s done,” Skaife says. Sophomore Hollis Tardy, a teammate of Aleks’, comments that she “has awesome skills and can see the field really well. She has helped our team this year…it seems like she has either scored or assisted almost every goal.” Fuller has scored nine goals so far this season. Skaife appreciates this contribution as well, “we’re really benefiting from the fact that she can score well. Without people who can score, you don’t

win games, so it’s been a huge bonus for us.” Fuller said the transition was easy, as “everyone was really welcoming and nice so it was easy to adjust.” Although she joined the team as an upperclassman, Fuller believes the transfer as a junior was less scary than if she was a freshman. It helped that she already knew a few girls, “like JJ Hayes and Haley Freeman,” both juniors, from playing club soccer. “I’ve played [their] team like twice already this season,” she says. Fuller has played on Sting Soccer Club for the past three years. She joined this team after playing on FC Dallas, so she has known the feeling of being the new girl before. She believes club soccer to be very beneficial to her playing ability.

“I already knew some girls on the team, plus it helps to have a lot of practice outside of school soccer.” Skaife did not see any difficulty with her transition onto the team. “That’s one the beauties of coming to this school, people are really accepting of each other, and really appreciate that it’s for the good of the team,” he says. “It was an easy transition for her to fit in.” Fuller agrees. “Everyone’s been so nice and really welcoming. I haven’t felt excluded,” she says. “There is no tension. On my old team, there was a lot of tension because everyone was really competitive, so it feels so good to be a part of this kind of the team.”

THAT’S ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF COMING TO THIS SCHOOL, PEOPLE ARE REALLY ACCEPTING OF EACH OTHER.

—Megan Porter

We’re All in This Together

Senior Sarah Stewart tears ACL, still has high hopes for the team

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enior Sarah Stewart began this year with high hopes for the basketball season. After shattering her pinky finger in a game against Greenhill last year, Stewart looked forward to an injury-free season. Fate thought otherwise. In a recent game against Oakridge, the team’s first counter of the season, Stewart took a fall at the end of the first quarter and tore her ACL. She had surgery last Monday. The four-year member of varsity and co-captain of the team will be out for the rest of the season, but she plans to attend every game and cheer her team on. Even without Stewart, the Hockaday varsity basketball team hopes to make it to Division I of the Southwest Preparatory Con-

ference this year. Last year, the team won the Division II Championship, and they hope to go a step further to win the DI title in 2011. “This year’s team has a strong team chemistry,” says varsity coach Vonda Stephens. There are seven seniors on the team, some of whom have played together on varsity for four years. “Several of us have been playing together since third grade, and it shows this year,” says captain and senior Jenny Mitchell. Back when they were a few feet shorter, Stewart, Mitchell, and seniors Payton Hughes, Kristy Gudmundsson and Sarah Kee played on the Mystics basketball team, which began in third grade and continued throughout middle school and the girls’ freshman year. This “dream team” now forms a large part of the very

close-knit varsity team and their teamwork shows on the court. Although they did not come to Hockaday until high school and were never players on the Mystics, seniors Allie Kirchoffer and Karen Chen contribute to the seniority and leadership that the underclassmen look up to. One of those underclassmen is Shelby Anderson, the only freshman to make varsity this year. Including Anderson, there are five players on the team who are new to varsity this year. “I love the atmosphere of the team because the upperclassmen are supportive and great examples,” Anderson says. “At one of the games the team cheered ’She’s a freshman’ once I scored and it was very encouraging.” With so many talented players, the team believes they still

have a good shot at making it to Division I. To do so, they will have to win at least four of their seven counter games. “We want to compete at the highest level,” says Mitchell, “which means pulling together all the different parts of the game: shooting, rebounding, defense and reducing turnovers.” Coach Stephens hopes the team will “improve with every game, and regardless of the outcome, have each game and practice be a learning experience.” Stewart is confident in her team’s ability to achieve their goals. “We know what we need to do,” she says. “No excuses, no anything. Just do what you need to do.” —Nina Quirk

GETTING BACK ON DEFENSE Seniors Karen Chen (left) and Kristy Gudmunddson (right) chase after J.T. Coats during the Student-Faculty Basketball game last month.

Photo By Isabella So


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THE FOURCAST

THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL OCTOBER 6, 2010

On Top of Their Game

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eredith Mihalopolous w a s thrilled w h e n she found out she made the varsity field hockey team. But she was even more scared. She feared making mistakes or not fitting in with the

to have other freshmen on the team to play with on the field. They usually practice near each other and share in each other’s victories or disappointments, she says. Though the four are the first freshmen on the team in a few seasons, Coach Jennifer Johnson says she does not look at the players as fresh-

Wechsler, the team’s starting goalie, just started playing field hockey this summer. But her lack of experience has not hindered her success. A club soccer player, Wechsler started playing field hockey on the field but quickly became frustrated about getting “out of the way of the ball.” As goalie, Wechsler en-

Photo by Megan Porter

THEY EACH ADD DIFFERENT THINGS TO THE TEAM, AND THEY’VE DONE IT PRETTY IMMEDIATELY.

FIGHTING FOR IT Catherine McGeoch comes out with the ball after battling Meredith Mihalopolous during practice.

older girls. Luckily, she was not alone. Three other freshmen, Catherine McGeoch, Evie Pena and Emily Wechsler, also made the team. They are the first freshmen to make varsity field hockey in three years. Although Pena says the older students have been “very welcoming,” she is grateful

men or seniors during tryouts. “It depends year to year on the athletes whether or not I take freshmen. When everybody comes to try out, we’re not really looking at what class they’re in. It just happened this year that we had four [freshmen] that had the skill to go on.”

joys being “the only person who can use their feet” because it reminds her of soccer. “I always liked playing goalie in different sports so I thought it would be fun to play goalie now,” she says. Although it is sometimes hard to be “off on [her] own” working on her goalie skills,

Wechsler says all her teammates are “definitely supportive and really nice.” But guarding the goal brings on a lot of pressure, so even when Wechsler “is a senior, I’ll still be nervous,” she says. With the exception of Wechsler, the other three girls have played field hockey for Hockaday since seventh grade. Mihalopoulos and Pena started playing at camps in Lower School. And all four of the girls did a few camps this summer to prepare them for the transition. Johnson advises that the best way to practice in the summer is to participate in camps. “This can help fill the gap that exists between the level of eighth grade sports and varsity sports,” she says. McGeoch noticed the biggest difference in the “pace of the game, and the intensity of the playing and practicing.” Although middle school sports, provided a place to learn skills and gain experience, it is a much “faster and more skillful game on varsity,” says Wechsler. Johnson believes the girls “have been adjusting well to the new pace of the game” so far. “They each add different things to the team, and they’ve done it pretty immediately,” she says. —Megan Porter

VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY’S CURRENT RECORD: August 31: Win (1-0) against Episcopal School of Dallas September 2: Tie (1-1) against All Saints Episcopal School September 11: (Field Hockey Festival at Hockaday) Win (1-0) against Kincaid Loss (2-0) against St. Stephen’s Tie (0-0) against St. John’s Red Win (1-0) against EHS

September 16: Win (3-0) against Oakridge School September 21: Tie (1-1) against Trinity Valley School September 23: Win (1-0) against Fort Worth Country Day School September 28: Win (1-0) against Greenhill School

Photos by Megan Porter

SHE SHOOTS... Meredith Mihalopolous shoots just wide of the goal, which is defended by Emily Weschler (right) while team managers junior JJ Hayes and senior Connor Thomas look on.

BLOCKING UP THE BALL Evie Pena (right) positions herself into a defense stance in an attempt to block junior Claire Banowsky.


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THE FOURCAST

THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL APRIL 21, 2011

Watch out, Prince William Sophomore Ginny Mattingly uses her riding skill for a unique sport

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aybe you are familiar with it from the iconic logo of the Ralph Lauren clothing line, or perhaps you have seen pictures of Prince William and Prince Harry playing the sport. Polo. It’s a sport most

high school and recently began playing again a few years ago, introduced her to the game. “He knew that I rode, so he brought me out there one weekend, and I just really loved it,” she says. Although she has ridden horses since she was a toddler, Mattingly has played polo on and off for about 4 years. This

POLO IS PERFECT FOR ME BECAUSE IT’S SO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER SPORT, IT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST HORSEBACK RIDING.

Photo Provided By Ginny Mattingly WHACKIN’ IT WITH HER RACKET Sophomore Ginny Mattingly hits with her polo racquet during a Sunday practice. She started playing a few years ago, but after getting more involved this year and buying her own equipment, Mattingly hopes to continue playing in college.

people know very little about. But sophomore Ginny Mattingly, a polo player at the Dallas Polo Club, has more of a personal relationship with the sport. Mattingly became involved in polo when her uncle, Finn Stubbs, who played in

year, however, she is starting to take the sport more seriously and getting more involved. “I started keeping up with it this year and buying my own equipment. I want to continue it in college,” Mattingly says. She currently plays with

Stubbs, Polo Club owner Bill Walton and a few guys who are just out of college. Walton’s daughter, Madeline, a junior at Episcopal School of Dallas, and son, Will, usually play as well. Since she is relatively new to the sport, Mattingly says “it’s really fun when I make a play because I’m still considered the new member of the team.” Mattingly does not want to buy a horse now and have to sell it in two years when she leaves for college, so for now, she just rides other people’s horses. She has been riding for so long that she can easily switch between Western and English riding. “Every weekend when I was little, I used to go to a friend’s ranch,” Mattingly says. “We’d ride together and do rodeos. Then I also did English riding at Merriwood, [a stable in Plano].” According to Mattingly, polo provides almost a mix of both styles of riding—the speed and thrill of Western and the English saddle and riding style. Mattingly says that polo “is kind of like field hockey but your mallet is 53 inches long… and you’re on a horse.” At the polo club, most of the practices are simply scrimmages against the other members. However, the players also have tournaments, where Mattingly says the Club “basically just invites a bunch of people to come watch us do what we usually do.” However, they also play against the polo teams from University of Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Members also take a trip to a tournament in California once a year. Mattingly hopes to expand the sport to other high school students. “I went once last year, it was lots of fun learning a new discipline on horse-back. I usually do jumping so it was interesting to learn about this new style of riding. I’m excited to become more

involved this summer,” sophomore Grace Howard says. Stubbs is attempting to start high school leagues in the next few years in schools including Hockaday, St. Mark’s, Cistercian, Jesuit, Episcopal School of Dallas, Highland Park, and a few other private schools in the Dallas area. Playing against colleges increased Stubb’s enthusiasm to get high school kids involved in Dallas in order to better the Texas college teams. He has already talked to Jesuit and found “an eagerness to listen and learn about the sport for their kids.” Also, he has mentioned the league with other private high schools in Dallas and has found sincere interest Along with help from Walton, he hopes the schools will be able to start playing within the next two years. “I’m doing everything I can to introduce the sport to kids and I will support it all,” says Stubbs. Although there are a lot of rules to the game, she says that all the basics are pretty simple and easy to catch onto. She encourages anyone with riding experience to come out and try it. Stubbs says that he “loves the sport and thinks it’s a great sport for kids.” Polo has also provided Mattingly with a job for the summer. She is going to work at Stubbs’ barn near Cedar Creek Lake. She will learn to give vaccinations and exercise the horses. The new Polo trainer also works at that barn, and Mattingly plans to learn from him and get lessons as they exercise the horses together. “Polo is perfect for me because it’s so different from any other sport. It’s so much more than just horseback riding and a lot more fun than any other sport I’ve played before,” Mattingly says. —Megan Porter

Polo Fast Facts: - Field: 300 yards long - Originally used as a training game for cavalry units - Two teams with four players each - Hit the ball through two posts to score - The players use a different horse for each chukkah

- Periods of play: - Called chukkas - Can have either 4, 6, or 8 chukkas - Most common: 6 chukkas - Each are 6.5 minutes long

-Positions: According to Mattingly, “All players go everywhere on the field, usually in a line, so that if the first player misses the ball, there is always someone behind them to save it. We don’t really play positions, you fall in line on offense and play man-on-man for defense.”

-Equipment: - Protective helmet - Riding boots up to the knees - White trousers or jeans - Knee Guards - Face Protection (a bared mask attached to the helmet or a pair of glasses)

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