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STUDENT NEWS Magazine MVHS VOLUME 8 ISSUe 4 January/February

Senior Point guard Lucas brown scores to put the wildcats in the lead on Senior night against north Stafford making the score 53-51. See page 30.

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The Viewpoint

January | February 2014 Volume 8 Issue 4 Editor in Chief

Megan Clark Assistant Editor in Chief

Sami Toal Social Media Editor

Lexi Stevens Copy Editor

Joshua Guillemette Adviser

Nicole Eshelman

The Viewpoint is a cross-section of the news and opinions of the student body of Mountain View High School. It is a forum of expression published by Stafford Printing. Editorials represent the views of the writers and are not necessarily the opinions of Mountain View High School, its administration or staff. Letters to the editor are welcome and should be submitted to rooms 303 or 307 or sent to mvtheviewpoint@gmail. com. Contact us through Facebook or Twitter.

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Snow away Snow days. I’m all about them. Not even ashamed to admit the amount of times I’ve gone to sleep with my pajamas inside out and the amount of times the plumber had to come out to remove all the ice from the toilets. Not really, but I’m a big supporter of having the day off. When I found out exams were cancelled from the snow, I screamed (out of joy). Snow days are like a gift sent from the heavens. In fact, when I see the actually-disappointed-it’s-a-snowday posts, I can’t help but feel a little annoyed. WE DESERVE THE BREAK. I get it, too much of anything isn’t good, and lately, we’ve been getting too much snow. We have missed 12 school days this year from poor weather conditions and seven of those missed days occured in January alone. Not to mention the foot of snow we got a few weeks ago which added to the amount of lost time. And while we may think “Oh, it’s just a few days of school,” it’s important to remember exactly what we miss – four 90-minute classes or roughly six hours of instructional class time a day. It adds up.

Considering we’ve missed 12 school days so far, that also means we’ve missed 72 hours of class which isn’t good considering IB and AP tests are coming up in May. Let’s say you’re taking the AP U.S. History test in May. You’ve missed at least 36 hours from that class. You’ve missed literally hours of information or received it in a lessened form as teachers struggle to condense lesson plans. This information could be the difference between a four or a five on an AP exam or a six and a seven on an IB exam as exams are graded on a sliding scale; meaning those kids that haven’t missed nearly half a month because of snow days could have the advantage. While the rumors of adding days of school to the school year or adding time to the school day may seem dismal, they also might be necessary. So, for the rest of the year it might be a good idea to keep those pajamas facing the right way and resist the urge to write on Stafford County Public School’s Facebook that “You don’t need no school anyways.” Save it for next year, though.

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Capital Cities trumpeter Spencer Ludwig talks to The Viewpoint’s John Keppeler about his experiences with the band. Wrestlers Junior Beltran, Russell Ramsey, and Jared Swan pin down success.



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... And the winner is ...

Snow saved most students from exams. Most, not all. The Viewpoint staff and Journalism I students were given a timed-writing assignment which was not only turned into their teacher for a grade, but also writers at The Free Lance-Star to be judged in a contest. No pressure. The FLS writers judged the columns and found these to be the best of the best.

1 st The poverty line What? There are poor people in Stafford? by Kayla Mason


ow money can affect every aspect of a person’s life, I’ll never understand. How this one thing determines how I feel every day when I walk through the side doors from the student parking lot and see other people who have never yet had to worry about what’s on my mind every minute of every day. Every day. It makes me think though, that in a school as big as ours, no matter how wealthy this area is, that I can’t be completely alone with this constant reminder, every day. I wonder if my teachers know how hard I work to maintain my grades. I’m never starting on a level playing field with everyone else. When I write a paper, I plan what part of the day I’m going to have to get to the library to print that paper because we can’t pay for ink at home. When anything is started, there is a hole to climb myself out of first to get to the point where I am with everyone else. I wonder if anybody else would rather go to school on snow days because they don’t have heat and it’s warmer to be at school than stay home. Does anyone else have outfits from social services that get returned for store credits to buy clothes that are up to the critiques of the people they walk by in this building? What a job for my mother, who tries every day to make sure we look like every one of

the wealthy kids in this area before we walk out the door. My mother, who cried all of Christmas break because there really were no presents this year, but we didn’t even want any because we knew how upset it would make her. I can’t be alone. I wonder if anyone else comes to school not worried about boys, hair, sports or friends. They’re worried about how they don’t have a working phone to call their mom to tell her they have to stay after school to make up a test. Yes, I know, everyone’s willing to lend their phone. But what about principle? What if I don’t want to use someone else’s phone? What if I should ever be able to use my own phone for more than three months out of the year? Why is that privilege not one of mine? To have a phone with paid service. That luxury. The luxury to go to soccer and not wonder every time if either of my coaches know that I play on a scholarship. Or my teammates? I switched teams for that scholarship. That the car we drive to practice had the door fall off multiple times, which is actually pretty funny, but we’re not completely sure it should be driven. We have anyway for months though, because we do what we have to do. I wonder if the kids who are better off than I am have gotten to experience the important things I have either. Do any of them even know how to live without Netflix or smartphones? Will they be

able to survive if one day they don’t have Internet, TV, heat, rides to the mall or aren’t able to be in the right travel sports league? Do any other teenagers know how to pay their electric bill? Say thank you to sponsors for the Salvation Army Christmas gifts that they have to know kids don’t want? I mean, when will they really actually learn these things that I can already do? Around 59 percent of our country will experience poverty, all of these things, at one point and it just so happens that right now is that point for me. I’m just learning all of how to survive now as a kid in what was listed in 2012 as the seventh wealthiest county in the United States. I wonder if everyone knows that that same number, seven, is the percentage of kids in Stafford County that live under the same line I do. The Poverty Line. So, I guess that means seven out of every one hundred kids that walk through those student parking lot doors, do wonder the same things I do. I guess the best way to get through this time that almost everyone goes through is to laugh. When your car door falls off, it’s funny to make jokes about pushing your brother out, or when the internet goes off to pretend your camping. When this point in time ends, all that matters is the character that you emerge from the situation with, and these are the times that build the most character.

Special thanks goes to Cathy Dyson and the writers of The Free Lance-Star for evaluating the columns. You can look for Dyson’s columns in The Free Lance-Star, at or

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Does she got the booty? What is it that high school boys are really after?

by Sami Toal


hy did the pirate go on the date? Hint: it wasn’t to find true love and live happily ever after. It was to get the booty. And no, the pirate wasn’t a gold digger. I’m talking about “Da Booty,” the one that’s featured in countless works of poetry such as “Gas Pedal,” the same magical force that has started way too many high school relationships and seems to be constantly on the mind of teenage boys. I’m not saying there aren’t guys in high school who don’t want sex. I heard a guy say “ew” completely seriously when asked if his girlfriend and he kiss with tongue, although, he was a freshman. I am saying that it’s hard to find a guy who doesn’t want sex. And the excuses are there- it’s hormones, that’s all teenagers want (male or female) but what happened to a little secrecy? Just the other day, I found myself surrounded by a very thirsty group of guys. I wasn’t the main focus, but instead a distant friend whose name simply popped up on my cell phone screen. “Is she hot?” “Uhh, yes,” because what else can you say about a dear friend? And anyway, I’m convinced that if you don’t find your closest girlfriends incredibly attractive you’re not practicing friendship the right way. “Does she have a Twitter?” “Yeah. Why?” Suddenly my phone is taken from me. “How do you spell her name?” I refuse to answer, but the next thing I know, my friend’s profile picture is being zoomed in, quadrant-to-quadrant as the boys not-so-silently judge her. The final result?


“Hey, can we come hangout with your friend and you?” Yeah, because that doesn’t make me feel used at all and seems like something I’d totally be up for. “Wait,” they question, “does she have a boyfriend?” My phone still in their greedy little hands, they text my friend asking if she has a boyfriend. She says yes. Suddenly, all plans are cancelled. “Can you let us know if you’re going to hang with any other hot girls?” No. So maybe I’m just bitter the attention wasn’t on me, maybe I have creepy friends and need to find better ones, but either way my experience showed they truly couldn’t care less what my friend was like and were focused far more on what she looked like. Maybe the lesson here is that girls need to be super concerned about their profile pictures because that right there is grounds for a guy wanting to hit it or quit it. Either way, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely shocked and horrified at the whole ordeal. The group of guys is generally known as a nice group of kids, and maybe they really are, but they’re definitely not after a girl based on her wit and charm. My hope is that as the previously mentioned pirate matures, he’ll want a girl for her intellect and personality, but my fear is he’ll be hitting up for most of his life trying to get the booty.

140 brain cells or less

Twitter has turned American teenagers into insufferable people.

by Nathan English


stopped using Twitter several months ago and I’ve never looked back, and I feel that many other people should do the same. The concept of Twitter isn’t a particularly bad one, and the site has had some positive impacts. It’s allowed for by-the-minute news reporting, helped to start revolutions, and has made us all even more connected than we were before. Unfortunately, the way I’ve seen high school students use and obsess over Twitter has turned it into a plague. The first problem with Twitter is that most high school students have nothing interesting to say. This may sound harsh, but it’s true. Scroll through any random teenage Twitter feed, and you’re likely to find angst-ridden complaints about superficialities, vague subtweets towards events and persons unknown, pseudo-intellectual quotes, and ugly duckface pictures. To quote Rooney Mara’s character from the film “The Social Network”: “As if every thought that tumbles through your head was so clever it would be a crime for it not to be shared.” Whenever I hear someone say “So I was on Twitter yesterday…” I immediately lose interest, because I know that whatever keen insight they’ve gained from watching a dramatic argument between their friends or getting a retweet from celebrity is not important. The shallowness, idiocy, and celebrity worship dumbs people down and becomes just a distraction from actual problems and issues.


Sure, actual problems and issues might get a short amount of Twitter airtime, but soon we’re back to useless trending topics like #TheLegalWifePilotEpisode and #WeWantBack24MillionClickVevo. Another problem is that the short bursts of information may seem convenient, but this also gradually dumbs people down. People no longer want to read anything of any length to absorb information, and want it to be in short bursts. In the real world, not everything is going to be neatly paraphrased and summarized. Finally, when stupid people have a forum to express themselves…they will. Twitter has become a hive of utter ignorance, and there are plenty of websites dedicated to exposing this. For example, some of my favorite ignorant tweets are “There isn’t a ‘vowel’ in my name, it’s just Max”, “What’s Obama’s last name?” and “Rosetta Stone did not sit on that bus for you gays to be asking for equal rights”. I die a little inside and out when I read things like that. Put all of these ingredients in a blender and you have a repulsive shake that I know I’d like to not take a drink of. Social media may help us connect to those around us, but what’s the point when we’re connected to a bunch of idiots?

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Rising Star


Emma Zinck rocks Country Idol Aspiring musician Emma Zinck shares her experience with Country Idol and auditioning for The Voice. by Sami Toal


efore walking on the stage, Emma Zinck closes her eyes and says a quick prayer. She thinks, “Calm down and just do what you got to do,” and that’s exactly what she does. Zinck auditioned for the WFLS 93.3 sponsored Country Idol competition held at the Spotsylvania Mall Friday, Jan. 24. She sang “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes. “I didn’t make the first audition,” said Zinck. “It was bad song choice. I was off that night, and I had a lot going on. I wasn’t very focused.” The following morning, Saturday, Jan. 25,

Zinck returned to the audition alone with no distractions, this time singing “Stay” by Sugarland. “When I made it, they called up 10 out of 30 people, the 10 that made the cut. I was moving on to Round 1, and would be competing against 30 people since they picked 10 people from each audition.” Round 1 was Feb.1, and took place in front of around 100 people at the inn at the Olde Silk Mill in downtown Fredericksburg. Each contestant had two minutes to sing from part of a song. Zinck chose to sing “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.

“I had actually never heard that song before until about a week before Round 1. A friend recommended it to me in chorus so I looked it up and found that I really liked Miley Cyrus’s version.” One judge asked after the performance if she had been singing that song her whole life with Zinck responding humbly that she had only just learned the song a week before. She advanced to the Round 2, which also consisted of contestants singing two minutes of a song in front of the four judges. Zinck sang “Stay” by Sugarland once again, and advanced on to Round 3. Round 3, the last round, took place Feb. 22 at the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill. Participants sang one song of their choice and one song that the judges chose for them. “I feel confident,” Zinck said before the final round, “and I think the judges seem confident, too.” After her performance in Round 2, Will Garcia, Country Idol judge and CEO of DMV Studios said, “You’re really good at what you do. You look like a professional, and you might just be the one to win this.” The winner of Country Idol wins $1000 as well as 20 hours of recording time with Third Stream Music & Design. “I want to record some of my original songs but recording is really expensive.” Zinck continues, “I think it’s been a good experience, even if I don’t win. The judges give a lot of good advice that helps me as a musician. It’s been funalthough, the prize would be nice.” Zinck said, “Whatever happens, I just like the feeling of being on stage. I like seeing people smiling and appreciating what I love to do.” Jan. 11, Emma Zinck went to Philadelphia to audition for NBC’s The Voice. “My family and I arrived at the Philadelphia Convention Center around 5:20 a.m., with registration starting at 5 a.m. There were only about 100 people there and we waited in line for about two hours, which is nothing considering some people wait in line all day.” After a pat down and ID check, Zinck had to register again where she received a bracelet and was told to wait in a room with about 50 people. Since she is a minor, her dad accompanied her everywhere. “They took us by groups of ten into the actual audition room. We walked in and sat down in chairs. In front of us, the judge was a young woman with a laptop.” The judge then called each contestant up one at a time, Zinck being to the third person out of the 10 to sing. She sang “How to Love” by Lil Wayne and sang for a minute. “I thought I did fine, other people said I killed it,” said Zinck. But after everyone was done, the judge stood up and said, “The Voice has raised their expectations a lot in the past season and I don’t think you all are vocally ready.” “I was a little disappointed,” said Zinck, “but I heard it’s like the lottery. Don’t count on making it even if you’re good; it involves a lot of luck, so I didn’t get my hopes up too much to begin with.” Zinck found the audition process odd and not necessarily a reliable way to find contestants. “It just seemed weird how she had a computer, and it was only one judge about 25 years old. Who is she to say we aren’t good enough?” Despite not making it, Zinck stays positive. “Know who you are and what you’re capable of. Listen to others’ opinions but know that if you don’t succeed once it doesn’t mean you stink.” january | february 2014 l the viewpoint l 7


Slipping AND


As snow days dwindle, students make the dangerous trek to school all over Stafford County. Are the consequences worth the risk? by Megan Clark


ven though senior Samantha Foltz was driving a do in the morning: staying safe. safe speed and staying off her phone, driving home On any given morning there are stories similar to from a volunteer job at the library turned out to be Foltz’s making their way through the halls at school. much more eventful than she originally thought. Driving is dangerous without hazards such as bad When her car hit black ice, witnesses said that her car weather and distracted driving. spun out of control, rolled twice, landed into a ditch. The best way to stay safe in snow or ice is to stay off Foltz said, “I had to crawl out of the car and get strapped the road says School is cancelled for a to a stretcher. Then they rushed me to Mary Washington reason. When there’s a snow day take the opportunity Hospital.” to catch up on your After being Netflix shows. checked out at the If you have to go hospital with only out on the roads, minor injuries, the there are various doctor delivered things drivers news: Foltz’s life should be aware was saved by one of to stay safe and samantha foltz thing alone… out of a dangerous her seatbelt. accident. According Foltz is fine, but for her car … not so much. Foltz said, to the number one thing drivers should do “It’s important for people to know the importance of if they must be on the roads is to reduce their speed and safe driving because if I had been on my phone or going increase their braking distance. a little faster or not wearing a seat belt, I’d be dead.” The general rule is that in icy conditions, the driver Foltz added that “safe driving makes a huge difference should give them self three times the breaking distance between life and death.” that they normally would. When breaking, make sure As students bundle up on the way to school it’s to break softer than normal to avoid skidding. If you do important to keep in mind the most important thing to start to skid, ease off your brakes.

“SAfe Driving makes a huge difference between life and death.”

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The Federal Highway Administration website states that on average, there are over 5,870,000 vehicle crashes each year. 23 percent of these crashes—nearly 1,312,000—are weather-related. Out of these crashes, nearly 31% are due to snowy conditions and 12% are due to icy conditions. To avoid being a statistic, notes to keep your headlights on, wipers working and be prepared with the proper equipment if you get stuck. Behind the Wheel instructor Cindy Zeller backs this information. Zeller said, “ First of all, when driving in the

snow, reduce speed and increase following distance. Brake a lot sooner. Stay home unless you absolutely have to go out. This applies to all inclement weather [including] rain and fog.” Additionally, it’s important to remember the basics like wear you seatbelt. Foltz is not the first person to be saved by her seat belt, and she won’t be the last. The few seconds it takes to buckle up is in your favor. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that wearing your seatbelt can decrease serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. There’s also some less common information to keep in mind when braving winter weather. The Weather Channel reports that you should break gently to avoid skidding on wet or icy roads. Don’t spin your wheels, you’ll only get If you find yourself sliding or yourself more stuck. your back wheels skidding, the first thing you should do it remove your foot from the accelerator. Then, you should steer in the diIf you have a shovel, use it to clear rection you want you wheels to go. away snow from your tires and underSo, if your wheels are sliding left, neath the car. steer left. A word on brakes: If you have standard brakes, pump them. If you have anti-lock brakes, do not Pour sand, Kitty Litter, gravel or salt in pump them. Instead, slowly apply the path of the wheels to help the car brakes . The brakes will pulse. No get more traction. worries, that’s normal. If your front wheels skid, take Turn your wheels from side to side to your foot off the gas and sift into neutral, but don’t try to steer imtry and move the snow away. mediately. At this point the wheels should skid sideway and traction should return. Now, you can steer Use your floor mats to get you moving. in the direction you want to go. Put them under the wheels that are slipWinter weather makes driving ping. This will ruin your mats, though. tricky for even the best of drivers. Be safe. *Information from The Weather Channel

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Say yes to YES! What is it?

Looking to make a change in your county? Check out the YES Program and find out how to become involved in local government. by Joshua Guillemette

Donna Krauss

How to Get involved.

Looking to join YES? Go to this website:

Donna Krauss “The world is changing and our community is changing. [...] We really wanted to have that younger generational impact.”

10 l the viewpoint l january | february 2014 If you have any questions about YES, contact Donna Krauss. Her phone number is (540) 658-4622. Her e-mail is

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Youth Engaged in Stafford is a program designed by Stafford County government for students to who want involve themselves in local government. “We wanted our youngest citizens to have a voice,” one of the coordinators, Donna Krauss, said. With currently seven students enrolled, these students join one of 13 committees. Committee members will hear about policies, discuss them, then influence voters’ decisions on the issue at hand. Dress code, attendance and “good academic standing” are some of the regulations required to stay in this program.

Why join?

Students will participate in meetings and discuss with county officials policies to decide whether it is in the best interest for Stafford to implement these approaches. In the YES Program, there are 13 different committees. Agriculture Commission, Board of Social Services and Rappahannock Area Youth Commission are just a few of the many commissions and boards. Each has their own functions and abilities. It looks good on a resume or a college application. YES offers communication skills and leadership roles. “Students will gain access to other leaders in the county, other government employees in the county where they can possibly have an opportunity to do an internship,” Krauss said. Participants will also learn the ins-and-outs of what it means to be in business-type meetings and the responsibilities in those meetings. Junior Ryan Gish, a current member of YES and a Mountain View student recommends this to anyone who is interested in government and politics. “If you’re interested, you get to see first-hand how government works,” Gish said.

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Sophomores Nick Frampton Blake Woosley aim for Vine fame. Woolsey said, “We hope to be Vine famous one day. It will be life-changing.”

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Seniors Paul Giordano and Cooper Richards have been working hard in getting their Vine fame. They have copied famous Vines and redone them to make them more personal. In their Vines, they have worked together to build each other up. Giordano said, “We wanted to do it for the laughs and give people a reason to use the application. It [being vine famous] would be a funny achievement but a well-accomplished one!”

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Seniors Paul Giordano and Cooper Richards both take a break in front of the camera.

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the notebook paper interview

Matt Mills Junior Matt Mills discusses his talents and skills including martial arts, gaming and singing. by Megan Clark

Megan Clark

VP: What was your training like? MM: Training was every day, twice a day, for two hours, and on Fridays, we spared between the best students. The next world championship was in Ocean City, Maryland in 2010. I won gold in all of my divisions, but I didn’t win grands that year. There were three years that I held my title. The last year I competed was 2011 because of travel expenses. VP: Singing? MM: All my life growing up has been singing. My brother sings, my sister sings, my whole family sings, so it came naturally. I’m adopted so they always joked, “Oh, it’s in the blood,” but I’m actually probably best out of the three of us. VP: is there competition between you and your siblings? MM: My brother is actually ranked second in Virginia for opera singing. We all were in a touring choir together. It’s called Maranatha. VP: Do you have plans to pursue singing? MM: I don’t know If I really have plans to pursue singing, but now I’m in madrigals. Maybe a minor in college. VP: What are you interested in doing in college? MM: I’m actually interested in going into film. VP: Gaming? MM: I’m such a nerd! The video games didn’t start with Call of Duty. I was terrible at COD when I first played it. My go-to game was Gears of War 2. I didn’t understand how good I was at it until I was in a game with other pro players. We didn’t understand who they were until we beat them, and they lost their minds. I started playing with them and playing online tournaments. I won the Dr Pepper tournament in 2012 with my doubles partner. I saw that there was more money in Call of Duty, so I asked them to teach me. I was terrible at first. I

The Viewpoint: So, rumor has it, you’re a martial arts champion, Call of Duty qualifier and super singer. Matt Mills: Yes, but let’s talk about martial arts. In 2008, I moved to Europe, because my dad was in the military. There was a really nice gym and a martial arts class. The instructor, was a world renowned-instructor. The style he taught was Tae Kwon Do. I

started, and practiced a lot. In 2009, I qualified for the WOMAC World Champion. I went to Dublin, Ireland where worlds was held. I ended up winning each division I was in. I got a gold medal in weapons, weapons fighting and fighting. Each person who gets a gold medal competes against each other in their own division called Grands. That year I actually won Grands as well.

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played free for all tournaments the first year, and I won two free-for-all tournaments that year. Then one of their players left their team, and they asked me if I wanted to play. We did win a majority of the online tournaments which is a good source of money. VP: What does a tournament look like? MM: It looks like a large convention of some nerdy stereotypes. I really can’t explain it any other way. People dressed up in costume as their favorite characters. VP: What’s the average age group of people you’re playing against? MM: The majority of the people in the pro circuit are older and in college, any where from 18 to 25. VP: How do you deal with the pressure? MM: You can’t hear anything because your head phones are sound proof. There’s not really dealing with the pressure, it’s just constantly there and I constantly make mistakes because of it. It’s a pretty big deal. After every match, everyone is screaming at each other and if anyone loses or if anyone wins, it’s a big deal. Everyone has huge egos. VP: What is your favorite activity out of the ones we’ve talked about? MM: My favorite is fighting. I wish I continued. That was huge in my life. VP: Do you think you’ll ever go back to it? MM: I don’t know. I keep in contact with my instructors, and they ask me that a lot. I want to. I want to train for a year and see if I can make it to worlds or undefeated or something, but so much has changed. I was young then and I’m definitely not as flexible. That’s a problem. Fighting was my favorite over all. Easily. VP: How do you keep up with everything going on? MM: With all of this going on, it helps that practice times for Call of Duty are extremely late. We play from 11-3 a.m. three or four times a week, It’s easy to keep up with everything else in my life because it’s out of the way. It’s a schedule, so I’m not tired most of the time. Also, energy drinks make the world go round.

Your Costly Addiction Have you ever wondered how much money you spend when you think you’re saving? by Lexi Stevens

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UnderAge Drinking After weekend horror stories and Prom looming on the horizon, do students consume alcohol and how are they able with such strict laws in place?

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Alcohol Consumption

Students share their opinion on underage drinking along with Dr. Jim Stemple and Deputy James Early to explore why underage drinking remains prevalent.


by Sami Toal

ociety views underage drinking in two different lights. Movies tend to glorify wild high school parties while the average community condemns its use. All Stafford County public school students participated in the D.A.R.E program which educates formative minds on the dangers of drug and alcohol use. But for high school students, do these lessons cease to exist? In conducting the research necessary for this article, surveys were given out to a representative population to gauge students’ alcohol use as well as how they are able to drink. When given the survey, many students were fearful of answering truthfully due to their suspicion of being tricked into admitting to a crime. “Drinking under age is a class 4 misdemeanor,” said Deputy Early. “If caught you’ll have to pay a fine. If it’s a continued problem you’ll have to go through a program at juvenile intake.” In the past, people have faced long-term suspension for alcohol use at homecoming and prom, emphasizing the life-changing effects of underage drinking. “I’ve seen teenage pregnancies, death, rape, debilitating accidents,” said Early. However, many students still decide to drink. “A lot of it has to do with where your priorities are. If you’re drinking and have bad grades, your priorities aren’t right,” said Principal James Stemple. “It’s forbidden. It’s about the risk, it’s the thrill of it, it’s the thought ‘I’m invincible’.” Some students refuse to break the law based on lessons taught in the classroom and lessons learned through personal experience. “I don’t drink alcohol,” said freshman Marcus Dodd. “I am a minor. I can’t afford it, and I’m not interested in drinking.” Furthermore, with programs throughout the school such as Safe Teen Drivers advocating against drunk driving, some may be wary of making high-risk decisions. “We’ve gotten people to think twice,” said Stemple. Despite serious repercussions from underage drinking, students still do it. While there could be a million reasons as to why, the big question is how. How are teens gain-

ing access to alcoholic beverages? While the survey showed that about 23% of students polled take their parents’ beverages without their knowledge, 29% of students polled claim that parents willingly give them alcohol and allow them to drink if they stay at home. The idea stated behind this, as evident by responses in the surveys, is that teens are able to drink and have fun, while avoiding drunk driving and injury. Also, some students said that their friend’s parents let them drink in the safety of their own home. Deputy Early said, “Parents are allowed to give their children a small amount of alcohol in the confinements of their own home.” For example, wine at communion is acceptable for minors because of the small amount of alochol given for religious purposes. “But if a juvenile is drunk, that is illegal. If a juvenile gets hurt, that’d be neglect on the parents which could be charged as a felony depending on the injury.” This exception aside, Deputy Jenna Wojciechowski said, “Under the Code Section of Virginia 4.1-305, no person under 21 can consume alcohol.” Parents who allow their children’s friends to drink are contributing to the delinquency of a minor which can earn the participant jail time for committing this class 1 misdemeanor. “Schools are doing their part, so it’s time for parents to step up,” said Early.

These students anonymously answered why “Yes”, it’s OK to drink underage “In most modern European countries the age range is anywhere from birth to 16 for someone to legally drink alcohol” “YOLO” “If you are at your home and your parents allow it you’re not doing any harm” “Out of all the times I drank not one person has been injured” “The age should be 18, if you can go to war you should be able to drink”

These students anonymously answered why “No”, it’s not OK to drink underage “Not good for health” “It’s easy to get into trouble and it’s illegal” “We’re not mature enough” “A child’s frontal lobe is very sensitive and affects the brain negatively, prohibiting good decisions among other things” “The frontal lobe reaches full development between 21-25“


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Profession: Teaches Earth science, Oceanography and IB environmental science Obsession: Snowboarding Is snowboarding extreme? From my point of view I think it’s extreme because I always try to out do my last run. If you aren’t falling then you aren’t pushing yourself. How did you get hooked? I had friends that boarded. It’s exhilarating. I feel free because I used to ski, the enemy of snowboarders, then I switched over to the dark side. What’s your motivation? The fact that I haven’t mastered it yet. Advice to other boarders? Never board alone. Recently you had an accident and broke bones. How did this affect your view of snowboarding? It made me want to go out even more because I couldn’t. Even despite getting an injury will you continue to snowboard? Yes, definitely. DO you think you’ll ever quit? I’m sure there is a time when I’ll quit but even as an old man I’ll at least sit on the board.

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battle of the beards Duck Dynasty made beards trendy. Senior Trenton Wilson and security guard Scottie Ralph make them worthwhile. by Erinn Black

Security guard Scottie Ralph created an unusual fund raiser, one with a positive purpose behind it. Establishing his beard fame during this football season in The Free Lance-Star, senior Trenton Wilson is competing against Ralph in a beard competition. What is a beard competition? Good question. Ralph got the idea from NFL players who use their facial hair to collect money for a charitable organization. As much as these men love their excessive, scruffy beards, they are competing against each other to see who can raise the most money for the Children’s Cancer Research Organization. Whoever wins will be granted the opportunity to shave the other’s beard any way they would like. “I have a lot more students than he has teachers,” said Wilson. He added, “My beard is more amazing than his.” The event is currently in the process of finding its fame on 99.5 and B101.5 as Mountain View High School’s first annual “Beard Off.” “ This year we had a lot of people affected by cancer and we thought it would be a good idea to show our support for them by doing a donation for cancer,” said Wilson. “There is no better feeling in the world than knowing you could save somebody’s life by donating that $1.” Campaigning begins the first week of March and donations will go directly to Ralph and Wilson. “It’ something you never want any of your kids to go through, “ said Ralph. “It’s a way for us to help out.” Competition will begin on Monday, March 3 and end on Friday, March 7. Shaving of the loser’s beard will take place on Friday morning in the cafeteria. january | february 2014 l the viewpoint l 21

Oscar Campaign 2014

With the 2014 Academy Awards scheduled for presentation on March 2, The Viewpoint reviews a few of the Best Picture nominees. by Nathan English

‘12 Years a Slave’ is heart-wrenching without being cliché If you don’t feel sad and broken by the end of “12 Years a Slave” then you have no empathy. Another film based on a true story, “12 Years a Slave” follows the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man in the 1840s who is captured by slave traders and must earn his freedom back while enduring a hard, brutal life in slavery. This film could’ve turned into a sappy, melodramatic tearjerker that beats the audience over the head with the message that slavery is bad. However, under the expert hand of British director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), “12 Years a Slave” is an engaging and genuinely heartfelt dramatic success. All the actors are firing on all cylinders with their performances, especially the sincere Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon. The audience feels for Solomon the entire time as he endures hardships along his journey, from being betrayed by those he thought would help him escape to watching

families torn apart at a slave auction. Other notable performances include Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, who was nominated for the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The film’s depiction of slavery is very brutal, but never feels exploitative or gratuitous. It takes a very realistic approach to the evils of this institution, and the story stays relatively free of predictable clichés. Although the pacing is sometimes fairly slow, there’s never a moment where the audience isn’t invested. The powerful story and fantastic acting combined with gorgeous cinematography combine to make “12 Years a Slave” a visceral movie experience that is well worth your time. The film has been nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Of all the movies in 2013 that showcased or satirized glamour and excess, “The Wolf of Wall Street” puts them all to shame. This is to be expected from director Martin Scorsese, famous for such acclaimed films as “Taxi Driver”, “Goodfellas” and “The Departed”. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is based on the true story of stockbroker Jordan Belfort and his illegal exploits working his way up Wall Street, heavily engaging in drugs and sex along the way. The film uses the same formula as previous Scorsese films “Goodfellas” and “Casino”, following a consistently fast-paced threehour rise-and-fall story of a criminal figure, laden with profanity and complete with a voiceover narration. But the film is different enough from its predecessors that it does not feel recycled, and the formula succeeds once again with flying colors. Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort gives a charismatic and convincing performance that may be the performance of his career, winning him this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Notable supporting performances included Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie (who is very easy on the eyes). The film is easily Scorsese’s most stylish, indulgent, and over-the-top film to date. It’s is overflowing with vulgar humor, making it not a film for the easily offended, as the constant barrage of narcotics, profanity and nudity may be hard for more squeamish viewers to handle. In fact, the film recently became notorious for dropping over 500 f-bombs. However, all of the film’s excess, while crass, is truly hilarious. The three-hour runtime may also be a bit excessive for some viewers, and the pace slows in the last hour when the world starts crashing down around Belfort. Otherwise, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is great entertainment, and I highly recommend it. The film has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture.

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is another Scorsese triumph

Need a great book to read? Consider getting involved with your school by reading. by Katie Jones

The Knight and Rouge series offers action and comedic distraction. by Katie Jones


Library hosts Kindle Tournament

Take a break from dystopia

After receiving a very disturbing letter from his family, Fisk must return to his home town in order to protect what is most precious to him. However, what lurks in the shadows of town is not Fisk’s only problem. He must deal with the shadows of his past as well as the trials of his future. If that’s not enough, when Sir Michael arrives as an unredeemed man, things just don’t seem to work in the pair’s favor.

There is a display case outside the library that will be up-to-date on the progress of the tournament.



n other book-related news, students interested in reading who prefer a kindle joined MVHS’s Madness in March Kindle Tournament. The Kindle Tournament is a battle royal for the best book out of 16 selections. The books - all published in 2013- are young adult and categorized into several different genres from romance to science fiction to historical fiction to mystery. Librarian Sherry Hession said that current books were picked on purpose. She said, “The hope was that no one had read them.” Since the books move ahead on a bracket, it was hoped that students would come to the books without preconceived ideas as to which ones would be better than others. Hession added, “We wanted it to be a fresh, new thing.” Nearly two dozen students are participating in the tournament. Freshman Emily Britton is one of those students. She said, “My English teacher wanted me to join since we discuss books; plus, I enjoy to read.” Students signed up for a genre they liked and were given two books to read. From those two, they rated which one they thought should move on. All four groups did the same and chose their favorite book to move on. Like a Final Four bracket, that made two books go head-to-head. Group members then read the other book chosen to advance. They had to evaluate that book as well. Finally, the last two books face off in a battle to the death. Of sorts. After the tournament is over, there will be a pizza party on April 2 as well as a raffle and a drawing for a $25 Barns and Noble gift card for participants. Interested in following along? The following are the books battling to be the best: Sylo by D.J. MacHale Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Dodger by Terry Pratchett Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Taken by Joelle Charbonneau Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher Statistical Probability of Love at first Sight by Jennifer Smith The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Poison by Bridget Zinn An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw Winger by Andrew Smith The Archived by Victoria Schwab Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Six Months Later by Natalie Richards Hostage Three by Nick Lake

In a time where knights are no longer the norm, Sir Michael, a young man who’s a little off-the-mark, acquires a reluctant squire, Fisk, whose only other option was going to prison. With that, the adventure is on. After freeing a convicted murderer, the unlikely pair must redeem themselves by recapturing the villain at large. However, when the world looks down upon unstable knights and despises thieving conmen, redemption is not as simple as it seems.

Sir Michael and Fisk were just getting accustomed to the quiet life when Michael’s crush, Rosamund, asks him for help. Feeling as if it’s his duty, Michael agrees to aid the fair maiden. However, her request is not as simple as smiting a villain; Rosamund intends to run away in order to be with a street performer. For Michael it’s not just a matter of tracking down an off-the-grid man, it’s having to let go off the person he cares for the most. Of course, Fisk is along for the ride to keep Michael in check.

Sir Michael and his faithful squire, Fisk, may be up against their most viscous villain yet, and he’s not kidding around. Where will this newest addition to the pair’s story take them I’m not entirely sure. However, I know that it will be a fast-paced continuation full of suspense and just the right amount of humor that makes this series great. Thief’s War is due to be published February 27.

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Books to Movies 2014


Our favorite books are becoming movies. You still have time to read these books, so jump on it. by Ashley Friedl

BOOKS Vampire Academy

Dark Places

By Richelle Mead

A thrilling murderous tale that shows how girls aren’t as dainty as they may seem.

By Veronica Roth

By Ron Rash In Theaters: TBD

A brain-twist of a novel, creating a rebellion in your mind and hope in your heart. The ending will blow your mind and leave you enraged with the characters.

By James Dashner

By Gillian Flynn In Theaters: TBD

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In Theaters: June 6

Starring Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster), Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) and Laura Dern (Mrs. Lancaster)

The Maze Runner

Gone Girl

Starring Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne) and Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne)

Fighting cancer and finding love when it was most needed fills this novel. John Green’s books are about faulted characters who are easily relatable for teens.

A dark novel showing a power hungry woman and her vicious husband.

Full of twists with a disturbing ending, this novel will keep you guessing until the end on who is the killer.

In Theaters: March 21

Starring Shailene Woodley (Beatrice Prior), Theo James (Four) and Kate Winslet (Jeanine Mathews)

The Fault In Our Stars By John Green


Starring Jennifer Lawrence (Serena Pemberton) and Bradley Cooper (George Pemberton)

The trilogy is heart wrenching, but leaves you wanting to know more. In this dystopian world Tris must choose where she belongs, relating to most people in the world who feel like they never truly belong.

By Cheryl Strayed In Theaters: TBD

Starring Reese Witherspoon (Cheryl Strayed)

In Theaters: Feb. 7

Starring Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway) and Lucy Fry (Lissa Dragomir)



A woman with nothing left to lose makes the biggest decision of her life. It is suspenseful and full of humor.

This six-book series is funny, chilling and filled with romance and butt-kicking. The main character has a wicked sense of humor and a strong wit.

By Gillian Flynn In Theaters: Sept. 1

Starring Charlize Theron (Libby Day)


In Theaters: Sept. 9

Starring Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Will Poulter (Gally) and Kaya Scodelario (Teresa)

The Lego Movie Warner Brothers has built a masterpiece which is shaping up to be a real block-buster. by Jonas Chechak


If Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman aren’t too old to play with Legos, no one is. Pratt voices Emmet, a completely ordinary Lego minifigure who always follows the rules. Emmet is mistakenly identified as “The Special,” a Master Builder who must save the world from the evil Lord Business (Ferrell, “The Campaign”), who seeks to destroy the entire Lego universe as they know it by attaching everything together and stifling creativity. To do this, he must work together with his fellow Master Builders, including the wise wizard Vitruvius (Freeman) and his new love interest, Wyldstyle (Banks). The animation is absolutely stunning, with everything made to look like stop-motion (the ocean scene is especially amazing). The action scenes are fast-paced and exciting, but not disorienting, and giving the whole movie a very energetic feel not often seen in children’s movies. The attention to detail is monumental, even down to the little scratches a well-used minifigure would have when a character gets a close-up. There are so many little details and references to various Lego sets going on the background that I wanted to pause it every five seconds just to see everything. Speaking of references to Lego sets, it seems like every single past Lego set has some sort of cameo. Everyone from Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) to the Fabuland sets from the ‘80s are featured somewhere. Benny (voiced by Charlie Day) is from the Classic Space sets and his helmet is broken in exactly the place the actual minifigures’ were notorious for breaking. No matter what Lego sets you played with as a kid, whether it be Shaquille O’Neal and his NBA All-Stars, Knight’s Kingdom, even Bionicle, the Lego Movie will bring all the memories flooding back. “The Lego Movie” manages to have very deep messages about teamwork, creativity, and acceptance while keeping it light-hearted enough for

kids to enjoy. Amid the madcap action and ever-present humor, Emmet, Lord Business, and the rest of the cast learn how anyone can be “The Special” if they just try and believe in themselves.

Video Game

A video game based on the events in the movie has also been released. The game play will be similar to previous Lego titles like Lego Star Wars and Lego Lord of the Rings, with the player taking control of various characters from the movie to complete missions either by themselves or in multiplayer mode. In a first for Lego games, the entire environment will be made out of Legos. Throughout the game, the player learns how to build in new and exciting ways, just as Emmet must do in the movie. The Lego Movie Videogame has been released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Nintento 3DS and Windows. Pricing varies from $29.99 for the 3DS and PC versions to $59.99 for the Xbox One version.

Building Sets

Along with the movie and the video game, 13 brand-new Lego sets based on scenes from the movie are being released, as well as individually packaged minifigures of the characters. The sets allow builders to recreate dramatic scenes from the film, like the Super Cycle Escape, Bad Cop’s Pursuit and Lord Lair. Prices Business’s range from $12.99 for the small Getaway Glider to $89.99 for the 738 piece Lord Business’s Lair. However you want to enjoy “The Lego Movie,” whether it be watching the film, playing the game, or simply building the sets, it’s time to bring out your inner child and most importantly, be creative!

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he Viewpoint: You moved out of your parents’ house at 17 and lived on your own before getting on board with Capital Cities. How was that transition in your life and how did you live day-by-day before joining Capital Cities? Spencer Ludwig: I didn’t really have a choice. At the time my mom needed to rent my room out, so I had to figure it out very quickly. I had a friend, who was a senior in high school the same time as I was, but at a different high school. He worked at the local farmer’s market selling pastries, so as my first and only job that was not playing music, I took over his job and he went to college in San Francisco. I stayed in Los Angeles to go to college there. By this time, I had been playing the trumpet for about a year, so I tutored kids in my area for private trumpet lessons. Between the farmer’s market job and teaching lessons, I had enough money to cover my portion of the rent for an apartment near CalArts, where I played jazz for four years. By this time I quit the farmer’s market job because I found that I was selling a product I didn’t

believe in, and I focused on music more. Eventually, I began tutoring students at my former elementary school where the principal hired me as a music teacher. I began to think that teaching was where my future was after college. During this teaching stint, I was performing at local bars and clubs as a trumpet player by night. Capital Cities eventually heard me playing at a fair and asked me to record with them. We’ve been playing together ever since. TV: 2013 was a big year for Capital Cities; you guys brought home a MTV Video Music Award for the music video for “Safe and Sound” and a Grammy nomination for the “Kangaroo Court” music video. How do these accolades make you feel? How do you plan to top 2013? SL: We plan to revisit all the places we’ve been with a bigger and better show. The momentum we gained from 2013 helped us build a larger fan-base, so now it’s all about coming up with a more extravagant, exciting show. Whether that means incorporating props or lights in a way or having guest appearances

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and making that show that everyone saw once or twice this year is ten times better with some kind of extreme curve-balls that we don’t even know yet. I mean, we haven’t even really had time to discuss how we are going to do that, but we have intentions of making sure that the show is something you really weren’t expecting and not just a replay of us playing the songs. Stuff like what are we going to be wearing, what the stage is going to look like, what’s the set going to be like, things like that is what we’re asking ourselves. TV: How different is it being a trumpet player in a mainstream music world composed of guitars, drums and vocals? SL: I think it’s great to be a trumpet player especially in the Capital Cities setting because it allows me to create a character and a voice in this indie pop world. Especially within the pop world, it’s all about creating melodies, so it forces me to incorporate trumpet in a different way as opposed to like jazz or classical music. It definitely stands out on its own and it has its own unique voice. I like to parallel myself

Capital Cities trumpeter Spencer Ludwig talked with Viewpoint staff writer John Keppeler to discuss what jamming to fame feels like. by John Keppeler

as a lead guitar player; I just use a trumpet instead. I think it’s great to collaborate with those different types of settings, and the electronic sound really inspires me to play really aggressively and come up to the intensity of the electronic music. It’s awesome and it’s very high energy, which I like. TV: How long have you been playing the trumpet? Why did you decide to start playing only a year before college? SL: I’ve been playing the trumpet for about 6 years. I started out with the saxophone in elementary school but I played a little bit of everything. In high school I played the French horn and learned a lot of classical music. Last minute I decided I wanted to go to school for improvisation. I wanted to become like Miles Davis who was a major inspiration for me in my later high school years.

“Miles Davis just taught me that we all have a unique voice and if you can confidently deliver that, then it will be heard and received well.” - Spencer Ludwig

TV: How does Miles Davis inspire you to play the trumpet? SL: It’s all about the way that he expresses himself and his original sound. His trumpet playing is kind of like his own voice and it’s as aggressive and unique as Jackson Pollock or something. He’s just throwing it all out there and is so confident in what he’s saying. He has a really unique way of throwing himself into music. You can really never stop heading towards that goal and what I learned from him is

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At the time I was just obsessed with him and I still am very much obsessed with Miles Davis. I am forever in awe of his greatness and completely inspired by him. I could listen to one of his songs for the rest of my life and find something new about it that would inspire me today. He really inspired me to pick up the trumpet and master the ability to express myself originally and creatively on an instrument. He did it so beautifully on the trumpet that it inspired me to do the same thing, so I picked up the trumpet my last year of high school and said, “I’m going to try this and if I get into school for it, then I will get good at it.” So I pushed myself to play good enough my last year of high school to get into college for it. Flash forward to now, I would have graduated from college this spring but this past semester of college ran into a very busy touring schedule with Capital Cities. I decided to join the Capital Cities team full time and it has been a great decision. Going back to school is definitely, in my mind, something that I would like to do, but I’m going to wait for that opportunity to present itself because right now there is a lot of momentum with Capital Cities. I essentially went to school to get a job like this so I think that my four years was still spent productively.

that you’re constantly developing yourself every day and constantly developing your voice every day. I feel like every time I perform I have an opportunity to deliver to my audience who I am today and what I have to say. While as good as it can be in that day and I’m proud of it in that moment, I also know that the next day it will be different and better. I have a lifetime of exploring that and it’s really inspiring to know that no matter what, I have basically, until I die, the opportunity to access myself in as many ways and as many times as possible. Miles Davis just teaches me that we all have a unique voice and if you can confidently deliver that, then it will be heard and received well. TV: What’s it like being on tour with Capital Cities? SL: The environment is like family, we’re all brothers. And I’m not just saying that. We’ve slept on couches together, we’ve been in vans, buses, hotels and planes and every day we are happy to see each other, perform together, eat dinner together, and tour together. There’s a lot of camaraderie amongst us and we’re all just so grateful that we have this opportunity that the music that we play has given us. We’re soaking it up for as long as we can. We love each other; we are all like best friends and we hang out when we aren’t touring or playing music as well. The environment is really positive and encouraging. For all the things we do on the side, like if I ever have another gig or if anybody ever has a birthday party to play at or whatever, we’re supportive and we try to go to each other’s things and support each other.

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Winter Athletics:


Game Time

“Teamwork makes the dream work.�

Swimming: boys: 2nd in conference and 6th in regionals Girls: 1st in the conference and 3rd in regionals

Megan Clark

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Track: Girls: 1st in conference Boys: 3rd in conference Girls basketball: 11-10 for the season 5-2 for the conference

Boys basketball: 15-1 3 for the season Coach Porter

Jennifer Graves

5-1 for the conference

Gymnastics: 1st in conference and 5th in regionals

Wrestling: Erinn Black

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39-2 for the season

triple threat

The Viewpoint has a one on one interview with the top three wrestlers Senior Jared Swan, Junior Jr. Beltran and Senior Russell Ramsey. page and photo by Erinn Black

Jared swan Senior Jared Swan is currently ranked 1st in the state and is undefeated this season. He holds a record of 52-0 with 42 pins. Swan said, “Wrestling is a way for me to express myself. I tell myself before each match if I show no fear, then I won’t be scared.” Swan won his championship match placing 1st in the 5A-North Region bracket for his first time. He placed 1st in the Conference 15 Tournament at 170lb. winning by a pin. “The hardest thing about wrestling,” said Swan, “is the weightlifting and being strict on yourself. You have to give up having fun to have a hard practice or give up going out to eat with your friends just so you can make weight the next day.” Swan was undefeated in the Titan Duals and placed 1st in the tournament. He reached his 150th win in his high school career at the MVHS vs. Riverbend dual. In Colonial Forge’s Marine Corps Ultimate Challenge Wrestling Tournament, Swan finished 1st with all wins. Competing against 16 other teams in the Tucker Invitational, Swan won 1st place in his weight class. “My coach has been strict on me,” said Swan. “He doesn’t deal with the BS. He is not afraid to tell me how it is and show me what he knows.” Swan is captain for the varsity squad and his intentions are to win states for his last year in high school. Swan said, “Wrestling is a one-on-one sport with someone the same weight as you and same technique as you. It doesn’t matter where they are from or what they did to get there, all that matters is what’s settled on the mat.”

Junior Beltran Junior Beltran is currently ranked 2nd in the state with a record of 51-1 for the season with 35 pins and three techical falls. Beltran said, “Wrestling is a way for me to show my talent. It is the second part of my life.” He won by two pins and a 14-4 win in the 5ANorth Regional bracket making it his third year placing 1st. He finished 1st in the Conference 15 Tournament at 120lbs. “The hardest thing about wrestling,” said Beltran, “is the non-stop practicing and keeping your weight in check.” Beltran reached his 150th win in his high school career at the Titan Duals after finishing 5-0. In the Marine Corps Ultimate Challenge Wrestling Tournament, Mountain View wrestled against Colonial Forge, the 1st place team in Conference 5, where Beltran was awarded the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler finishing in 1st place. Facing 16 teams in the Tucker Invitational, Beltran was again awarded Most Outstanding Wrestler finishing 1st with seven pins. “The greatest thing about wrestling,” said Beltran, “is that anything can happen and you’re on a team, but it’s mostly an individual sport. I can’t blame my losses or my mistakes on anyone else. If I win, I actually win.” His combined record for high school is 152-17, and he has been a captain leading the team for the past two years. “My goal for the season is to be the 1st state champion at Mountain View,” said Beltran, “and to be a two-time state champion with 200+ wins in my career.”

russell ramsey Senior Russell Ramsey is currently ranked 1st in the state while holding a record of 48-1 for the season with 30 pins and three techical falls. “Wrestling has been most of my life since I was 10,” said Ramsey. “It means a lot to me because I’ve been working hard at it for as long as I remember. Besides from my family, it is one of the most important things in my life.” Ramsey earned himself the 5A-North Region championship title where he reached his 150th win in his high school career. He placed 1st in the Conference 15 Tournament at 152lbs. with a 5-0 win against Brooke Point. Ramsey placed 1st in Cosby High School’s Titan Duals winning all matches. In the Marine Corps Ultimate Challenge Wrestling Tournament, Ramsey finished 1st against one of his top opponents Colonial Forge’s Dylan Hunziker. In the J.R. Tucker High School’s Wrestling Invitational, Ramsey placed 1st in his weight out of 16 teams. “What you put into it is what you are going to get out of it,” said Ramsey. “Although it’s a team sport, it is also individual. If you put a lot of work into it, someone on your team can’t ruin it for you. If you win, then you truly do win.” Ramsey was nominated as one of the varsity captains his first year on the squad. His goal for the season is to place 1st as a state champion. “You have to work really hard to get what you want,” Ramsey said. “You can’t rely on teammates, coaches or good standings. It is you on the mat and how well you do is what you get.”

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E.J Fisher & Lucas Brown

Winter Sports

Basketball Stats

Erinn Black

It’s not as easy as it looks. The Viewpoint catches up with seniors EJ Fisher and Lucas Brown to find out how they do it. by Erinn Black The Viewpoint: Describe the relationship between you and Lucas on and off the court. Ej: Lucas is the point guard. He looks up the court to try to find me or I look to try to find him. Off the court, I’ve known him since I was young so we go way back. Lucas: On the court, we always look for each other. We usually combine to score half the team points. We are always trying to play off each other and provide for our team. Off the court, we’ve basically been brothers. I’ve known him since first grade. TV: How do you get your team ready for each game you are about to play? Ej: We go into the locker room and joke around while listening to music. We settle in when it’s time for the game. Lucas: Go into the locker room, play some loud music and focus in when the game is about to start. TV: How do you present yourself to be a leader on the basketball team? Ej: I just try to do my part then hopefully the other guys will follow, and we get better as a team. Lucas: I lead by example. I try to work my hardest and play my hardest so my teammates can follow. TV: What team is your biggest rival and why? Ej: I would have to say North Stafford because they are close by, and it is always a big game. It is always a live game so we have to put on a show for them. Lucas: North Stafford because they are disrespectful.

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TV: What has been your most memorable game/ play of the year so far? Ej: I would have to say in the Christmas Tournament. In the championship game I had a buzzer beater and went coast to coast. [Coast to coast: going from one base line to the other] Lucas: Senior Night when I hit the game winner against North Stafford, still can’t believe it happened. TV: How has your coach affected you as a player? Ej: He has really been pushing me and trying to make me better. If I’m not going hard enough in a drill he will let me know. That is why I am the player I am today. Lucas: My coach is my dad and he’s really hard on me which makes me better because he pushes me. He knows how good I can be. TV: Is there any particular song/ technique you do before each game? Ej: Before every game we dance and jump around to music. Lucas: We do some things that you can’t hear. (laughs) TV: What are your plans after high school, sports-wise? Ej: I’m going to college, but I’m not sure if I’m going for sports. Lucas: Go to college and play basketball. TV: Who is your biggest support? Why? Ej: My dad and my mom. They try to make it to every game. Lucas: My dad , mom and grandma because they come to every single game and always support me. Also, Gretchie because I love Gretchie.

Lucas: 22 points against Chancellor EJ: 22 points against Chancellor - (2) 3 point shots EJ: Game winning lay up with one second on the clock in the championship game of the Joe Cascio Tournament. - 6 points Lucas: 7 points against Lee in Joe Cascio Tournament Lucas: 29 points against Yorktown in Falls Church Tournament. - 10 assists - Scored 19 points in the 4th quarter/ OT - 3 point shot EJ: 15 points against Yorktown in Falls Church Tournament Lucas: 19 points against Osbourn - 11 assists EJ: 17 points against Osbourn Lucas: 15 points against Patriot Ej: 11 points against Patriot - 3 point shot Lucas: 17 points against Black-Hawks Ej: 14 points against Black-Hawks - 3 point shot lucas: 30 points against NS - 3 point game winning shot Lucas: scored 21 points against NS in the regional play-off game - (2) 3 point shots ej: scored 9 points against NS in the regional play-off game


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“You do not have to be number one to be a winner. Being a winner is going out and doing everything you can do to your best, but also being gracious when you come out on top and gracious when you don’t!” - Debi Thomas World Champion figure skater

as quoted by Coach Pattie Sullivan to encourage students signing their commitment letters.

Time 3:00 P.M., February 6, 2014 place Mountain View High School Library

Seniors commit to play sports for the college teams of their choice. See more photos on MV the Viewpoint’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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