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Volume XXXVIII, Issue 3

Senior Rachael Ulmer performed in LBT’s The Tempest. Read more about the show in 12 Entertainment photo by Alison Neary

November 30, 2010

Six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day. Statistics are a reality in hallways of LB By Tori Callahan Staff Writer Students face the widespread effects of bullying every day, whether it’s physical, verbal or social. Every October, organizations across the United States participate in National Bullying Awareness month, which promotes the education of young people about the effects of bullying. Swear words, harsh tones and name calling pollute many high school hallways and are accepted as the norm, but verbal bullying can be debilitating to a student’s self-esteem and their ability to work in school. “In one of my classes in seventh grade, students in my class made fun of this boy because he was really smart. The boy eventually transferred schools, and I felt really bad that I didn’t stand up or tell

anyone about the name-calling,” junior Lizzie White said. In some instances, school bullying has led students to take the most drastic of measures, suicide. Massachusetts resident Phoebe Prince was physically assaulted in school and online by other students from her school. After three months of this, Prince committed suicide on January 14, 2010. Name-calling is the No. 1 most common bullying tactic among students in schools and is the most difficult to prevent. The common phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” may be a popular antidote for many students, but emotionally and mentally, words affect students. About 160,000 students miss school every day to avoid being bullied, according to Pacer Teens Against Bullying. School environments are stomping grounds for bullies who adopt

harmful techniques including social exclusion. Students that are ostracized from the “popular” group can experience the emotional effects from this kind of bullying. “I think as a teacher I don’t see bullying because I am at my door or in my classroom throughout the day,” English teacher Anne Vance said. “I think bullying happens in large groups and in the masses, and that’s why it’s not as obvious and goes unnoticed.” The cliques and social groups that crowd the hallways of LB are contributors to the inevitable bullying and exclusion that students experience. Other forms of bullying include verbal bullying, physical bullying and cyber bullying. The hallways are home to pushing and other forms of physical bullying while students are on their way. Pushing, hitting, shoving, punching, tripping and other violent See “Bullying” on page 3

4 things you didn’t know about bullying

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one out of every three students is involved in bullying bullying increased 5% between 2001-2010, which now tops school violence

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Kids who are obese, gay or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied 77% of the students said they had been bullied mentally, verbally or physically statistics courtesy of

Bullying is still a growing problem in elementary, middle and high schools. October was National Bullying Awareness month, and schools across the nation worked to raise awareness to stop all forms of bullying. Cyber-bullying has become one of the most common ways of bullying. photo illustration by Adrienne Ruth


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Bruin Financial Aid Workshop Lecture Hall 7 p.m., Dec. 6 Guitar Ensemble Concert 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Dec. 8 HS Band Concert 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 LBT Holiday Unplugged Little Theatre 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 HS Choir and Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec. 14

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Band director Roy Holder instructs the Symphonic Band during class in preparation for the Winter Concert on Dec. 9. “I admire Mr. Holder’s compassion for students and for music,” said associate band director Mike Luley, who has been working with Holder for the past five years.

Band director Roy Holder announces retirement

Second Quarter Interims Distributed Dec. 16

by Hunter Langdon Staff Writer The LB band has earned the title of Virginia honor band for 29 consecutive years and was the first band ever to be inducted into the Virginia Honor Band Hall of Fame. All of this was made possible because of one man, band director for 23 years, Roy Holder. High school band director Holder made the honor band what it is today, with the help of his associate band directors. Holder has taught 23 classes and accumulated about 100 trophies. Many of his students went to college to carry on their knowledge that began with Holder. Some even enrolled and studied at the Juilliard School. Many students would agree that Holder has inspired them to stay with music and make it a permanent part of their lives. Junior Sahar Wahidi will miss everything

Two-Hour Early Release Dec. 22 Winter Break (No School) Dec. 23 - Jan. 2 Shakespeare Competition Black Box Theatre 2:30 p.m., Jan. 6 compiled by Alexandra Sudak

about Holder next year, she said. “I haven’t known him for long, but I really enjoy his jokes,” freshman Tristan Shaffer said. Holder’s favorite memory at LB isn’t really one but many. “[My favorite memory is] the kids as a whole. The trips and competitions are nice, but it’s about the students,” Holder said. On Nov. 3, the last day of practice for marching band, Holder told the band that the Nov. 5 varsity football game would be his last regular season game, and that he would be retiring after the year was finished. The students gave him a standing ovation and gave thanks for all that he has done. As the students walked away, some were crying, and seniors were saying they were glad to have him their last year, but the majority were talking about what would happen next year. In his final year at LB, Holder will have taught about 230 students in band class and directed 250 students to march. In the three

competitions this year, Holder has taken Grand Champion at Spotsylvania, second place over all at the Oakton Classic and received a score of one, the highest possible score, at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA). He was even considered as a senior on the band’s senior night. In retirement, Holder wants to visit mountains and spend his time outdoors, activities which he hasn’t had enough time to take part in, he said. In the 23 years Holder has been at LB, he has traveled to many places with the band, including the recent band trip to China this past spring. This June, the band will say a final goodbye to its beloved teacher, mentor and musical legend, and will come back to a new band life next summer. Holder will always be remembered and has promised that he will visit the band frequently to watch the magic of music take place as he has for decades.

Confidential “Iraq War Logs” reveal torture, civilian deaths by Hayden Smith Staff Writer On Oct. 22, WikiLeaks released 391,832 classified military documents relating to the war in Iraq, constituting the largest leak of classified military documents in history, according to the WikiLeaks website. “The Iraq War Logs” span from Jan. 1, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2009, and record a total of 109,032 deaths. Nearly two-thirds of those deaths, 66,081, are civilians, or 31 civilians dying every day for the six year period documented in the leaks. This number is 15,000 higher than the official body count released by the Pentagon, according to Iraqbodycount. com, a project dedicated to documenting civilian deaths in Iraq. Even more controversial is the report of an order issued by the Pentagon known as “Frago 242,” which details how American troops are to handle torture cases. The order requires troops not to intervene to prevent torture, telling them instead to file a report with their superiors. The leaks reveal that these reports were almost never investigated. Most of the torture cases were instances of

American-backed Iraqi security forces torturing individuals suspected of links to anti-government forces. British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to investigate the releases, which many believe show that coalition forces have been violating the Geneva Conventions, a set of international agree-

I think they’re completely justified in releasing the documents. Ever ything should be released to the public.What does the government have to hide?

information that could make our troops even more vulnerable to attack in the future…we know our enemies will mine this information looking for insights into how we operate, cultivate sources, and react in combat situations, even the capability of our equipment.” Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has responded to these allegations. He said that WikiLeaks takes care to remove potentially damaging information such as names of Iraqi informants. Despite similar allegations by the Pentagon over previous releases, they have been unable to provide specific instances of information provided by WikiLeaks causing harm to American troops or allies. Although the federal government has strongly condemned the leaks, some people believe that WikiLeaks did the right thing. “I think they’re completely justified in releasing the documents. Everything should be released to the public. What does the government have to hide?” senior Michael Jaster said. It is a question that resurfaces whenever the government’s control over information is breached, and will likely to continue to be a topic of debate as long as WikiLeaks and others continue to operate on its motto: “We Open Governments.”

ments defining what is and is not permissible in war. The Pentagon, on the other hand, has strongly condemned WikiLeaks for publishing the documents, claiming that the release will put American troops in danger. A Pentagon spokesperson said in a press release that the leaks “expose secret

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News 30 November, 2010

Violent crimes against military establishments incite fear Four Marine-affiliated buildings have been under fire for the past month. For unknown reasons, a mystery man has been firing shots at Marine buildings. The FBI has said the shooter has not aimed to harm anyone, according to All shots taken have been aimed at buildings and shot at night, when no one is occupying the building. “If he doesn’t like how the military is working, [he/she] should go around and talk about it, not be shooting bullets,” sophomore Nick Lundin said. It appears, however, that the shooter has a grievance against the Marines. Au-

thorities believe that he is an ex-Marine and that something may have happened during his time serving as Marine to cause him pain and anger toward the corps, according to officials investigating the crime. The FBI is urging the shooter to call them so they may talk to him about his reasons for the attack. “I think [he or she] has a grudge against the military or the policies of the military involving the Middle East conflict or the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ ruling,” AP European History teacher Jim Novak said. “Regardless there’s no excuse for it. It’s an act of domestic terrorism.” The shooter has shot at four buildings so far. He has targeted the Pentagon, a Marine Corps recruiting station and the National Museum of Marine Corps,

which was attacked twice on separate

Regardless there is no excuse for it. It’s an act of domestic terrorism.

by Alex Utano Staff Writer

occasions. Most recently, the U.S. Coast Guard recruitment center was shot at early in November. The same gun has been used in all five shootings. There is no clear indication as to what kind of gun has been

used, but it is speculated to be a type of high-powered rifle, operable from great distances. The Justice Department is offering a $20,000 reward for any information or clear evidence about the shooter. The reward information was released on, Monday Nov. 15, and no reports have been filed thus far. But for the FBI and all the investigators, the search continues for the mystery military shooter. There is much speculation to why he would do it and who he is, but almost no concrete information is known. With A $20,000 reward out there, more people might be drawn into this issue, and now the country waits, wondering if they will ever catch this mystery man.

LB organizations promote student involvement in national issues by Ellen Dando Staff Writer The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it the season of giving, and students are pitching in this year to support an array of charities and events. The Spanish Honor Society will be sponsoring a school supply drive until mid-December. Donation boxes for pencils, markers, sharpeners and other supplies are located in the subschools and Spanish classes. The supplies will be sent to three different needy schools in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with the main recipient being Escuela 10 de Marzo. “We are very fortunate here in Fairfax County,” junior Kelsey Carpenter said. “By giving back to people less fortunate, we gain a wider perspective about the world around us and develop a knack to help others that follows us for the rest of our lives.” The LB Key Club will also be sponsoring a number of events during the holiday season. On Nov. 23, they had a soldier letter writing campaign during one of their meetings. In addition, Key Club will take part in Wreaths Across America on Dec. 11 at Arlington Cemetery. Key Club members will join with other volunteers in the area

and put wreaths on graves of World War II soldiers. “It’s just a nice thing to do,” sophomore Danielle Sawtelle said. “After a long time some families of veterans just don’t visit their graves anymore, and it’s kind of sad to see these people who fought for our safety being forgotten.” The club also provided two families with Thanksgiving food. “I think it’s great all these different things are happening,” sophomore Jasmine Tall said. “Outside of school, few people are motivated enough to do these kinds of charitable things, and it’s awesome we get to do it with friends.” The Coalition of Young Conservatives held a fundraiser in early November to raise money for political campaigns. The club plans to donate its cumulative funds at the end of the year. The SGA held their annual Canned Food Drive from Nov. 8-18. For donating 200 cans of food, science teacher Rachel Couchenour’s fourth period won a free pizza lunch from Mangino’s. The SGA is also sponsoring its annual Toys for Tots Drive from Dec. 2-17. “People can bring new toys for donation to their third period classes,” senior Kares Vanderpuye said. “They go to children in need, and it’s a really great cause.”

photo by Alison Neary

Senior Julie Mudzo, president of the Coalition of Young Conservatives (CYC), takes part in a club fundraiser on Nov. 17.

Students can also drop off toys for this program at any local Toys “R” Us or Babys “R” Us until Dec. 22. The Red Cross Club is also doing its part by sponsoring a Medical Missionary Drive. Students can bring in toothbrushes, band-aids, shampoo and tweezers or other medical supplies to be sent to countries

in need of medical supplies. All materials will be collected in boxes located in history classes. “It’s really cool we have all these opportunities to help the needy,” junior Serene Lee said. “There are others out there that have a hard time during the holiday season, and it’s nice to be able to help them out.”

Bullying moves online “Bullying” continued from page 1 prohibited in Fairfax County Public Schools, but students experience physical bullying in many school-related settings. “In eighth grade I got tripped on the bus on purpose every day, and I didn’t know how to deal with it. Eventually I got fed up and went to subschool two principal Mr. [Lance] Jackson to talk about it. He talked to the person who was tripping me and made them write an apology letter,” junior Laura Eldridge said. The main weapon against bullying is awareness and education. Students are required to sign a Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) booklet, which outlines the limits of student conduct in school. LB faculty members enforce the bullying guidelines in the SR&R by creating bullying prevention videos. “I’m on the Sexual Harassment and Bullying-Diversified Staffing,” counselor Debra Brown said. “I asked the SGA last year to act out different types of bullying and sexual harassment, and we put together a video to show the student body. We thought the video format would reach the students most effectively.”

An updated version of the video will premier on Dec. 15 during Bruin Block A, she said Physical, social and verbal bullying can be regulated by faculty members with rules and policies, but other forms of bullying such as cyber bullying is taking a more prominent role in and out of schools. It continues to develop along with new technology and includes personal attacks, exclusion or blackmail of another student through text, e-mail and other technology. With constantly developing technology and social networking websites such as Facebook or Myspace cyber bullying is easily accessible for students at LB. A familiar news story and example showed on the faculty bullying video was the story of Ryan Halligan. Student’s at Halligan’s school repeatedly bullied him online, tormented, harassed and used his personal secrets to embarrass him in front of other students. As a result on Oct. 7, 2003 at the age of 13, Halligan committed suicide. “I think the Ryan Halligan cyber bullying story was what most affected LB students,” said Brown in response to a survey she took on the topic.

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Gay Straight Alliance promotes acceptance amid hate by Ellen Dando Staff Writer Amid a recent rash of youth suicides caused by anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) harassment in the country, the LB Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is trying to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment within the school. From Oct. 18-22 the club celebrated Ally Week and showed its support by wearing purple and sporting rainbow-colored ribbons on their clothes and backpacks. “People need to spread a message of non-hate,” sophomore Kira Botting said. “There needs to be equality for all at our school.” The GSA is an after-school club that meets every other Tuesday in C212, German teacher Sarah Zaniello’s room, to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying in schools and to plan events for the future. “People should join GSA because there are lots of supportive people there to befriend, and because it’s a safe and positive environment where people can express themselves without fear of judgment or any harassment,” GSA president junior Kasey Ulery said. “Also there is free food, always a plus.” From Dec. 6-10 the GSA will be sponsoring a Spirit Week or a Rainbow Week where people will be encouraged to wear a different color of the rainbow each day to show support for LGBT students.

Even further in the future, the GSA will be encouraging other students to participate in the National Day of Silence on April 15, 2011. The National Day of Silence is a day when “hundreds of thousands of students n a t i o n w i d e take a vow of silence to bring at- tention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools” according to the GLSEN (Gay, Straight, and Lesbian Education Network) website. Students are encouraged on the website to print out “speaking cards” that explain why they are not speaking and what the first steps can be to end this kind of bullying in schools. “The student body and faculty can help prevent LGBT bullying by standing up to harassment when

photo courtesy of Kasey Ulery

Junior Kasey Ulery, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), passes out food and refreshments at a GSA meeting. While members snacked, Ulery discussed the possible repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law in the coming months.

photo by Alison Neary

they witness it, including when they

hear people say things like ‘that’s so gay’ or use ‘gay’ to mean stupid or annoying,” Ulery said. Using the word “gay” in a negative way is a prominent issue in the majority of schools in the United States, including LB. What some students consider a simple joke is often taken as offensive and an insult to the LGBT community. “I think a lot of people use ‘gay’ as a substitute for derogatory words because then they won’t have to think of a more descriptive term to better fit the specific situation, and they don’t realize that it really

hurts and bothers people.” The GSA is striving towards a day when no one is bullied or harassed based on their sexual preference. “I think if we continue with the actions we’ve taken and are about to take, we’ll be able to change the school,” sophomore Andrea Diaz said. LB’s GSA encourages students to help end any kind of harassing or tormenting whether it be based on race, gender, or sexual preference in their school and community.


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Six things you need to know about Mr. Thomas From LB student to LB principal

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When you were a kid, what did you want be when you grew up?

When I was little, I wanted to be a professional baseball player like half of the world, but I never saw myself ever being a teacher or principal. During high school I didn’t know what I wanted to be; in college I changed my major a lot.


What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?

When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher yelled at me on my birthday. I was scarred for life.

If you could change one thing about yourself from high school what would it be?

I think I would want to change my ability to talk in front of large groups of people. I was really shy back then.


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What do you usually do on a typical Saturday night?

One of two things, either watching my kids play baseball or spending time with my family watching Cops.

What color crayon would you be and why?

Forest green, I like the color, and it’s a good color to hold your life to. Go green.


What superhero would you want to be?

I would want to be Spiderman, that way I would be able to scale walls and have spidey sense. Growing up I loved Spiderman.

photos by Alison Neary

graphic by Rebecca Lim

Battle of the bands: Turn Around vs The Right Condition by Jessica Lim and Divya Williams Staff Writers Through extracurricular activities like school clubs and sports, students find creative ways to express themselves. But a few certain groups of students decided to take a different approach rather than joining a club or trying out for a sport. Turnaround, a popular student band that originated at LB, is made up of two juniors and two LB alumni. While juniors Ean Eschenburg and Paul Karcic are still here in high school; Brandon Gaudian and Matt Fisch have already graduated and are off to college. “I wasn’t originally in the band,” Eschenburg said. “Brandon, Paul and Matt all got together in 2007. I joined in the summer of 2008 as a replacement bassist.” The band, along with many others, performed at Battle of the Bands last year. Battle of the Bands is an annual showcase that gives student bands a chance to perform and be judged by their peers.

“My favorite performance at last year’s Battle of the Bands was probably the one by Turnaround,” sophomore Diana You said. The guys face some difficulties because it’s harder to meet as a group. Although being separated by age and distance has made continuing on as a band harder, the guys find a way to keep it going. “It’s definitely harder to get together to practice and write songs, but we make it work,” Eschenburg said. Another band, The Right Condition is comprised of seniors Brent Gibbons and Tracy Feerick, junior Sean Daughtery and a brand new drummer, sophomore James Adelsberger, who replaced the previous drummer, Chris Barnard. The original band was formed in 2008. “Brent and I just realized we really loved playing together, and we asked around and formed a band,” Feerick said. Feerick started playing in sixth grade when she began taking private lessons. She was also the first member of the band.

The Right Condition practices every Sunday at Gibbon’s house for two to three hours. The band performs an alternative pop-punk genre, but has experimented with some atypical sounds such as funk and metal. They are set to perform at the Battle of the Bands at the 9:30 Club, hosted by the Next Big Thing Tour, in Washington D.C. on Dec. 12. The show begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from any band member. In order to prepare for their performance, they are currently rerunning their pieces to get them down to perfection. The band doesn’t really like to do many covers; instead they direct their focus more towards creating original pieces. All of the band members contribute to the song writing process. They have written nine songs in total and have plans to record a five-song demo within the next month. For the members of these two bands, sports and clubs just weren’t enough to satisfy their desire for a creative outlet. But the alternative they chose seems to be working out just fine. For now, these bands will continue to practice in the hopes of one day making it big.

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30 November, 2010 Feature



THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? graphics by Rebecca Lim

by Tori Callahan Staff Writer The Pilgrims congregated around tables of bountiful foods, steaming venison, duck, wild animal meats, Indian corn, pumpkins and carrots; a flawless food pyramid for the first Thanksgiving dinner. But LB vegetarians approach Thanksgiving with meatless motives and interesting variations to their family’s traditional side dishes. Students are finding easy and interesting ways to keep their tables full with colorful side dishes. Junior Katelyn Sheehan,

vegetarian since 2009, had her first meatless Thanksgiving last year. Her family supports her by perfecting a balance in their Thanksgiving meal so that everyone has an enjoyable dinner. “My dad usually does a full meat spread for Thanksgiving, but since he is a professional chef he is open to experimenting,” Sheehan said. Sheehan and her family create interesting twists on their traditional Thanksgiving side dishes so that way everyone can try something new. Substituting ingredients in order to replace meat offers a wide variety of options to a vegetarian’s dinner experience.

“This year for Thanksgiving my family and I are making four different kinds of stuffing, and instead of using chicken stock we are using vegetable stock,” Sheehan said. Meat substitutes can replace certain ingredients in a Thanksgiving family meal so everyone is able to continue the family tradition. Tofu can be used in place of eggs, cream, milk and cheese. “For Thanksgiving I usually eat a lot of the side dishes. In other circumstances I eat Boca burgers, and sometimes Tofurky, but I have to add a lot of seasoning,” junior Imani Curry-Johnson said. The traditional Thanksgiving meal has

developed into one that revolves around turkey but Sheehan said she’s never found it hard avoiding turkey and has adopted new ways of avoiding it. Sheehan and her family’s meatless alternatives and other side dishes accompany vegetables and grains for a fully traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Other LB students agree that even though turkey is traditionally the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals, the side dishes are equally important. “Turkey isn’t my favorite part of my Thanksgiving meal; I like all of the delicious side dishes,” junior Katie Horton said.

Are the Black Friday prices worth the chaos and commotion? ESHMA








“I think it is a great part of the American culture. Especially in today’s economy, we need a day where everything is cheap and easy to buy.”

“I don’t understand why it’s necessary. What’s the point of it?”

“I don’t care about Black Friday because it’s just not important. I go shopping all the time, but it is fun.”

“If the item is on “sale” the buyer tends to buy more of them, so the stores are still making money. Not to mention it’s a great way to get all your Christmas shopping done!”

Chris Dullea

Jessy Claure

Emoni Tavarez

Allison Kelley photos by Alison Neary

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Students plan for a future at U.S. military academies As first quarter ends and second quarter gets under way, many seniors at LB are feeling the stress of applications and deadlines. However, some LB students already have that weight lifted off their shoulders because they have been accepted or have finished their applications to military academies across the country. Out of hundreds of students, only a select few have made the decision to apply to military academies such as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy. One student at LB knew her college fate before senior year even began. Senior Amanda Harrison did not procrastinate and managed to finish her application at the end of June. To apply to West Point, Harrison requested and completed a PreCandidate Questionnaire. She then had to receive a nomination from a U.S. representative or a senator. Once she submitted her application, the admissions office evaluated three keys

areas in her application, her academic performance, potential leadership skills and physical aptitude. She also had to pass the Department of Defense qualifying medical examination. She then received the news that she was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 15. “I was ecstatic that all my hard work paid off,” Harrison said. “My parents were with me [when I received the news], and they were really, really proud, making me feel loved and special. They treated me to dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant to celebrate.” Two other students at LB learned that during the first quarter that they would also be attending a military academy. Along with Harrison, seniors Michael Fletcher and Nick Laffosse will also be attending West Point. Both are members of military families and have participated in the JROTC program at LB since it was introduced last year. This has prepared them for the vigorous lifestyle they will experience at West Point. The program has helped them develop leadership and critical and creative thinking. It has also showed them a little of academy life. Each week they do fitness

activities and uniform checks. “This is something that I have wanted to do my whole life, to be a cadet and an army officer,” Laffosse said. “I am excited

I am excited that I will have the opportunity to serve the United States, and in a way, give back to those who have fought and died for our freedom.

by Alison Neary and Adrienne Ruth Photographers

that I will have the opportunity to serve the United States, and in a way, give back to those who have fought and died for our freedom.” Other students are still waiting for news of their acceptance. Seniors Chris Williams and Kristina Roller have dreamed about attending a

military academy since they were young. “I have wanted to attend the Naval Academy ever since I saw the Marine Drill Team when I was 9-years old,” Williams said. Like Laffosse and Fletcher, attending a military academy is in Roller’s blood. Raised as an Air Force brat, Roller’s father Mike Roller has been in the Air Force, and her brother Sam Roller is currently attending the U.S. Air Force Academy. She knows that life at the academy will not be too different than her life now; she will still be waking up early and spending time in classes studying. However, Roller and other cadets will be pushed harder academically and physically. There is a lot expected of first year cadets at all the military academies. “The first year is extremely difficult,” Roller said. “No music, you hardly leave campus, and you are not allowed to walk anywhere, only run. I would also be expected to follow the strict honor code and keep myself in peak physical shape.” “I want to spend my life defending our country,” Fletcher said. “Attending an academy to become an officer is a great way to prepare for a leadership role in the United States military.”


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Editorial Policy Published nine times a year, this studentrun paper is an open forum produced by the journalism department and is given free of charge to all Lake Braddock high school students. The Bear Facts is an independent newspaper serving the students, the faculty and the Lake Braddock community as a forum for student expression. Editorials reflect the opinion of the editorial board and unless otherwise noted are written by a member of the staff. The editorial board solicits responsible commentaries and letters to the editors but reserves the right to edit for style, grammar or lack of space. Letters and commentaries containing obscenity, racial slur or libelous comments will not be published. A letter to the editor must provide the name of the writer and include some sort of contact information of the writer. The letter should also specify the author’s title if that title is relevant to the topic discussed. A letter will not be excluded from the newspaper solely because it conflicts with the views of the newspaper or past or current editorials. All letters must be signed by the author, or they will not be published. They can be printed “name withheld upon request” if deemed appropriate by staff. The Bear Facts is located in room L202 and can be reached by calling (703) 426-1087 For any questions, problems and submissions. Responses may also be e-mailed to

The Bear Facts 9200 Burke Lake Road Burke, VA 22015 (703) 426-1087 Fax # (703) 426-1093 Vol. XXXVIII No. 3, November 30, 2010 Editors-in-Chief: Brittany Hopkins and Rebecca Lim Managing Editor: Nistha Acharya News Editors: Alexandra Sudak Feature Editor: Natalia Arancibia and Latianna Harris Editorial/Opinion Editors: Emilie Norris and Buck Sayed Spread Editor: Blake Murphy Entertainment Editors: Noura Bayoumi and David Kim Sports Editor: Dani Klein and Katelyn Mathis Copy Chief: Katie Wagner Business: Marcelo Garcia and Sourina Sandara Web Editors: Blake Murphy and David Kim Newspaper Adviser: Kathryn Helmke

Healthier food choices leads to discontent

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According to the CDC, one fourth of Virginia residents are obese. Obesity is defined by having a body mass index of 30 or greater. A person’s BMI is calculated by measuring their height and weight, which gives insight into a person’s body fats and weight categories. Being obese can lead to cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. This is a startling statistic that if correct, would mean that one out of every four students and faculty in the hallways of LB are at risk for these diseases. The cause of obesity is taking in more calories from food then you burn off during your day-to-day activities. The accumulation of these excess calories over time causes a person to gain weight and eventually be categorized as “obese.” The amount of calories a person takes in daily depends primarily on the type and amount of food a person consumes. Fairfax County Public Schools serves lunch and breakfast to 140,000 people daily, and is a major food supplier for teachers and students during the day. Consequently, FCPS is responsible for two out of three meals that some students and teachers consume—the majority of their calorie budget. This gives FCPS the unique opportunity to determine exactly what students and teachers consume while in school, especially because students are not able to leave campus for lunch. There is no debate that as a responsible food supplier, FCPS should do its best to ensure that students and teachers are eating responsibly and are being provided with fresh, nutritious food. School cafeterias are notorious for being thought of as disgusting, horrific places to eat meals, but for the most part FCPS does a good job of providing a


good environment. There is, however, a concern that FCPS and schools around the country, in an effort to revolutionize their menus and prevent obesity, are infringing on a student’s choice to choose what they put in their own bodies. The line has to be drawn between providing students with healthy food alternatives and tyrannically limiting what food students and teachers are allowed to consume. This school year, FCPS and Energy Zone have removed several items from their school menus including Pop-Tarts, syrup and salt. No longer will chocolate milk be a dietary staple for elementary school children like it was for our generation, as FCPS has removed chocolate milk from the elementary menu as well. This is not an isolated event. Schools across the country are participating in this “food revolution” and are inundating their menus with fresh, nutritious foods that they deem are healthy enough for students to eat. Though a positive idea in theory, it comes at a cost: Students should be allowed the ability to make their own responsible choices and dictate what they are able to feed themselves. This new policy is a slap in the face to any FCPS and LB students who choose to eat their meals in the cafeteria. What this new policy demonstrates is that FCPS truly believes that high school and middle school students are mentally unable to make their own healthy choices, that FCPS thinks that can make our choices for us because they deem the choices we make ourselves inappropriate, that as a staff we are unable to determine whether or not we should add a packet of salt to our French fries. FCPS’s vision is “providing students food and nutrition knowledge, skills, and values


Making A Point Dear Mr. Sayed, I applaud you on obtaining a thought-provoking and incendiary column. Bravo! I look forward to mulling over your convictions in the future. However, the Nov. 3 column addressing the “issues” of the Pledge of Allegiance was rather cliché and ignorant, generalizing facts, utilizing sensational language and standing as an excellent example of Godwin’s Law (i.e. that any argument will eventually come to a parallel concerning Hitler, the Nazi, or Fascism, and is thus considered moot because in all sincerity, using Hitler as your evidence illustrates a lack of notable supports. In short, you’re playing the Nazi card.) I will not argue that your choice topic is a non-issue at best, considering the apathy of the student population, and the relative simplicity of merely refusing to say the pledge, if it is indeed so offensive (a reasonable request, and one allowed under current regulation as a student right.) Instead, I will deal with facts. You present valid court cases; I present “Tinker v. Des Moines” (1969), which ruled, according to Justice Abe Fortas, that “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” guaranteeing a freedom to exercise personal belief and expression as long as it does not disrupt the educational environment or infringe on the rights of others.


they will need for a healthy body in an everchanging global society.” We are forced to ask ourselves how we are supposed to expand our nutritional knowledge if we are too immature to make our own nutritional choices. Offering up a solution to this problem is difficult because this is not just one county taking drastic measures to prevent obesity. There is a hysteria that is sweeping the nation and causing county after county, state after state, to buy into this craze. Michelle Obama and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver are at the forefront of this cause as whistleblowers advocating for fresh foods and school intervention. Jamie Oliver was quoted in a speech at that the food industry does not deserve to police itself and that the government should intervene and limit the choices of food producers and grocery stores. Does this not mirror the situation that we as students find ourselves in right now? Do not confuse this situation with students once again complaining about cafeteria food or a petty squabble over PopTarts. This is a gross infringement by FCPS on one of the few privileges students have while at school. All we can do is caution the students, teachers and parents of LB to take caution in this climate of fear and think twice before giving up your rights for the sole purpose of “fighting obesity.” This policy does warrant some serious thought from all members of the school community but does not warrant a “we want our salt back” campaign or a boycott of the cafeteria. That would be petty and useless. However, in the meantime, we will have a salt shaker on loan in the publications room, L202.


Thus, I do have the right to say any or all parts of the pledge, and even use such time for personal reflection, meditation or prayer, as you coin it. Similarly, I have the right not to, as long as I am respectful of others during this determined period. “What happened to the separation of church and state?” you wonder? I motion to claim that it doesn’t really exist, at least within the language of the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Note the exact wording - freedom of religion is preserved, and no state mandated religion shall be instituted. Exact separation, however, is never explicitly stated, but rather, implicitly interpreted. Thus, we as students have a right to exercise our beliefs and convictions (which some may coin as religion) in school, whether it be through wearing head coverings, observing specific holidays or choosing what to say or do during the pledge No one should be able to stop or question you, and I wager you will receive nary a glance from your peers for doing so; frankly, I get more weird looks for participating in the pledge then opting out. You make the radical claim that the pledge is indoctrinating our youth, and you may have a valid point to an extent. But how is a pledge for a youth organization that for one, excluded a majority of citizens (whereas every citizen in the United States is free to pledge), and two, forced members to adhere to such a pledge (whereas U.S. citizens have the same right to opt-out of the pledge) make for a good comparison? To quote cliché, it is apples and oranges sir. To sum up, the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate our First Amendment rights to religion and speech, for it provides an alternative for all beliefs (or non-beliefs) and is an act of speech within itself. Still, I respect your opinion on the matter, and your courage in addressing such a topic in the newspaper. Keep up the deep thoughts and eloquent journalism! Danielle Suzanne Smith, senior

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“When I was in second grade I was given a PS2 for Hanukkah. I was so excited I ran to the TV and ripped it out of the box. Since I was only 8 it was really hard for me to figure out all of the cords and plugs. I was really eager though, and I wasn’t really concerned with whether or not everything was where it was supposed to be. I plugged the PS2 into the TV but when I plugged it into the wall I was electrocuted. The electric shock hurt a lot and turned my whole arm red. Then I had my dad do it for me and he was able to get it started without getting shocked so I was really embarrassed.” Mark Derner, sophomore

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“On Thanksgiving 2004, my uncle and aunt and their kid came over. We were all eating a lot of food and I was kind of moody because everyone was having fun, and I wasn’t. I went in the other room, and my uncle followed me. He offered me some food to cheer me up but I didn’t really want it. He kept bugging me and was like ‘come on, just eat it.’ I ate. and it tasted really good. After I ate it I figured out it was crab cakes. and that’s seafood. I am allergic to all seafood so after I ate it I went to the hospital. and I was there the whole night. I felt really cold and I couldn’t breathe that well because I was swollen. and it was blocking my lungs. My uncle felt really guilty.” Alec Klindworth, freshman

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“So it was the day before New Years, and we were in Paris, coming back from India. We missed our flight, and it sucked because it was so cold we were stuck in the hotel. The hotel was so small, like the bathroom, nobody could fit into it. It was really hard. We were so confused, and we didn’t know what was going on because of the time change. We didn’t even know what day it was. We missed New Years because we didn’t know what time it was back in the states. The next day we got a new flight, but that flight got delayed for an entire day because of the winter conditions over here... Our flight was 26 hours in all, and we had to circle the airport for an hour.” Gurpreet Kaur, freshman

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“We were all finished making Christmas dinner, and we had all of our food spread out in the kitchen. My mom thought it would be nice to make eggnog to drink with dinner. She put all of the ingredients in the blender and was ready to finish the recipe. She turned on the blender right as she remembered she forgot to put the lid on it and eggnog flew all over our kitchen and on our Christmas dinner. Everything was still really good but kind of tasted like eggnog.” Sarah Fornaris, senior

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Tenth Grade All-A Jacob Amburn Karan Baboota Sophia Chase Joshua Choi Maria Eklund Jefferson Griscavage Junghee Han Manuel Pancho Javelona Warren Jong Maria Kellam Ah Reum Kim Alexandra Krebs Mai Lam Jordan Leek Kevin Lum Leslie Martinez Fuentes Katie Metress Carly Minesinger Katherine Monogue Marisa Paipongna Luis Paz-Perez Nicholas Phandinh Sukhdeep Randhawa Kyra Rodi Noah Rudisin Danielle Sawtelle Ashlyn Smith David Smith Aaida Tesfa Ha Ram Yoon

Eleventh Grade All-A Elise Ahrens Emily Amburn Klaudia Amenabar Karolina Arancibia Valuskova Caroline Bates Rebecca Beauchamp Bao Bui Jared Cachuela

Kelsey Carpenter Hye Min Choi Patrick Clark Matthew Daniels Mary Doering Aspen Doran Katherine Drummond Kristin Edwards Charlotte Ellison James Engelhardt Thomas Farrell Christen Garland Nichole Gerber Zachary Greenfield Karen Hernandez-Ponce Su Hling Shilpa Iyyer Catherine Jamshidi Deeba Kohi Emily Kubik Carter Lane Margaret Laub Courtney Lawson Justin Le Anais Lee Serene Lee Sara Linares Velasquez Aaron Liu Samuel Malone Jesse Mark Darryl Mason Ryan McAuliffe Taylor Parry Alison Rieck Gordon Saunders Emily Schell Morgan Silvers Austin Thomas Christine Tran Gabriela Urias Johnathan Yetton

Twelfth Grade All-A Danielle Ager Maria Ali Hannah Arbach Viana Azizi Maxwell Baran Courtney Bradshaw Melanie Brodner Duncan Cannon Andrew Chen Jia Chen Karen Chen Eric Chirtel Jeremy Conover Brooke Cox Briana Crabb Breanna Cunningham Ashley Danielsen Diana Dias Jacob Fant Yessenia Garcia Velasquez Sakina Girnary Paige Goodman Annie Guo Steven Hoang Alycia Hogenmiller Ian Huang Kathryn Hughes Maerna Kauffman Rachel Kim Nicolas Laffosse Nadia Laher Casey Lardner Sabahat Latif Patrick Letson Shani Levit Michael Mann Anna Markowitz Jessica Medrano Michael Nebrich Trinh Phan Matthew Ridder Olivia RoDee Samuel Rubenking Abigail Ruff Andrew Russell Katherine Sandfry Danielle Smith Laura Smith Michael Stewart Elizabeth Stromberg Monica Taylor Eric Torres Jacquelyn Tyra Krizia-Ivana Udquim Beejal Ved Paola Villegas Soruco Minzy Won Yi Yan Man Hua Zhu

Ninth Grade A/B Mohammed Aljubori Alexandra Altobelli Saad Amin Devin Armstrong Jama Ayalew Samantha Ball Hasini Bandara Sarah Bard Gillian Bashaw Evan Beauchamp Victoria Benton Brian Betsill Karina Bonilla Matthew Bowles Lauren Bradshaw Emily Brennan Elizabeth Callahan Tessa Cate Corrie Chamberlin JIng-Ting Chen Lydia Chen Hwijin Choi Jeong Min Choi Hannah Christen Eunice Chun Stephanie Chung Justin Clemson Claire Colburn

Rachel Collister Faith Cooper Allison Copeland Georgia Cotter Jared Cottrell Caroline Croghan Lida Daniel Kacy Decatur Mashianeh Dehghanpour Audrey DeLapp Isabella DeLuca Nan Denette Deanna Di Silvio Grace Doerry Bailey Dolloff Robert Douthwaite Caitlyn Draffen Robert Eaton Jasmine Edmond Madison Edwards Jane Eklund Rima Elhaj Dustin Ercolano Jeffrey Escobar Oscar Espinoza Caroline Ezekwesili Michael Facinoli Hajera Faqiri Andrea Farinelli Patrick Farrell Colleen Fenton Samuel Fiedorek Benjamin Fields Marie Fletcher Alejandro Flores Eric Ford Isabella Beatrice Franco Grant Gallagher Helen Gibbons Emily Gondar-Besser Matthew Hafer Cheryl Hafner Christopher Hall Kathryn Hall Genevieve Hammersley Lance Hammond Robert Harrington Tyler Harrison Laura Heger Stephania Henriquez Johanna Hernandez Scott Holden Savannah Holder Gi Un Hong Cory Huddleston Jennifer Hunt Alana Hutchinson Long Huynh Tess Irelan Madison Jenkins Anne Johnson Kathryn Johnson Leina-mei Johnson Taylor Jones Chae Eun Jung Sarah Kelley Ah Reum Kim Christine Kim Hyesoo Kim Won Kwem Kim Eric Knickmeyer Karen Ko Ryan Kossover Julia Kuhn Katherine Kunc Andrew Laffosse Kayla Langley Spencer Langley Aaron Laub Chloe Lawton Creson Lee Dongjun Lee Ethan Lee Grace Lee Hannah Lee Joong Hyun Lee Madison Lee Kevin Lestz Darling Lievano Perez Todd Lincoln Meekhol Lu Jeta Luboteni Nora Lyle David Malinowski Elise Malouf Caitlyn Mandela William Marcois Kelly Martin Mitchell Meaney Helina Meressa Kareem MohamedAmeen Craig Moman Patrick Moore Patrick Mueller Tyler Mundrick Victoria Ngo Andy Nguyen Kristine Nguyen Minh-Nhat Nguyen Bonnie Nordstrom Christopher Park Unyoung Park Amanda Patterson Rachel Pehrsson Aron Petros Tho Pham Nicholas Porter Leanne Poussard Timothy Putnam Kristina Randall Samuel Reznikoff Ashley Robinson Alexandra Rocha Sarah Roche Maxwell Rowshandel Carl Runk Margaret Ruud Renee Ryckman David Samuel Matthew Sandfry Anna Sasseville Jonah Scharf Liam Schenking Dylan Patrick Schuler Tristan Shaffer Veeda Sherzadah Kwang Shim Vijay Shivakumar

Waad Shoriz Stephanie Shrieves Brianna Silva Supreet Singh Alexandra Smith Rachael Smith Alexandria Snow Marlon Sosa Abigail Sowa Kellianna Staier Mallory Stathis Megan Stevens Monica Supko Catherine Ta Glen Thomas Haley Thomasson Brian Thompson Garrett Tobin Kristen Towberman Laura Townsley Huy Tran Sarah Tran Tuan Tran Mason Trump Valerie Truong Maria Turmel Douglas Uriona Nicholas Viens Ursula Vilca Vega Miriam Wade Andrew Walker Colleen Wallace Scott Welty Matthew Whalen Sarah Whitmarsh Barbara Wieczkowski Thomas Winkler Noah Woodruff Grace Youn Haley Young Andrew Zdancewicz

Tenth Grade A/B Nailah Abdalla Sebastian AbdullahNeuenschwander Mohamed Abisourour Michael Abler Spencer Achiu James Adelsberger Rachel Alber Jasmine Amaya Diva Anaya Grace Andricosky Trevor Anwyll Michala Apel Brianna Aragon Roya Asmati Miranda Ayhan Meliksah Ayvaz Rachel Baker Jeniffer Barahona Cabrera Victoria Bean Heather Berg Scott Bergstresser Andrew Berlin William Berrios Brittany Bills Paul Botelho Kira Botting Ryan Boyles Jordan Breaux Michael Brobeck James Bruniany Natalie Butler Heath Camphire Gillian Cannon Cindy Carias-Loarca Margaret Carson Wesley Chan Jean Marco Chanchu Jing-Shuan Chen Flisha Choi Waymon Chung Jimena Claudett Ramirez-Gaston Wilson Claure Galindo Jack Colburn Nafisa Conteh Winsome Cooke Vikram Cross Shannon Culverwell Ellen Dando Jewel Davidson Micah DePeiza Mark Derner Michael Dioquino Garett Driscoll Jacqueline Dupuy Jasmine Duran Mason Earp Tsion Efrem Faith Elseth Jeannette Essimi-Menye Kathleen Galligan Mallory Gerndt Megan Goldsby Lindsay Goodman Laura Grable Alex Gransback Kieran Grealish Raquel Greeley Sydney Green Shannon Griel Charlie Gutierrez Joseph Han Colin Harrington Amanda Haverkamp Yoon Jung Heo Alexander Horvath Alexandra Hunter Matthew Jaster Maya Kabro Monica Kiel Eunjee Kim Jessica Kim Joshua Kim Mulgyeol Kim Paul Kim Kathleen King Kristian Ko Sarah Kraft Aidan Lardner James Lau Kathy Lee

Sea Jin Lee Kailey Leinz Elizabeth Leonard Charlene Lertlumprasert Alex Lewis Montipa Lim Jessica Lin Taylor Livick Christopher Lloyd Daniel Lyons-Harrison Madeline Manhertz Bryce Mann Sarah Manzo Bridget Marcinkowski Heath Marquardt Tiffany Marquina Elisabeth Martinez Stephanie Masters Micaela McGaw Zaira Medrano Maria Mercado Claros Alexander Miller Joanna Miner Megan Moody Rachel Moon Emily Moran Courtney Morris Austin Moser William Mudd Sung Ju Mun Loren Nebrich Ashley Nguyen Brandon Nguyen Christine Nguyen Carter Niehoff Jessica Oo James Panagiotopoulos Christy Park Do Yeon Park Maria-Jose Pastor Puja Patel Katherine Patterson Ana Pereira Mejia Isabelle Perricone Joseph Pitrelli Joo Pok Jennifer Portillo Daniel Quirke Alec Ramsey Brandon Ray Andrew Reynolds Melissa Reynolds Amanda Ridder Michelle Rocha Alvarez Spencer Rodgers Marcelo Roman Michael Romans Kimberly Ross Willow Ruud Bryce Sadler Camila Sandoval Jill Schwartz Jordan Secrist Bryan Shaw Daoyu Shi Meredith Shock Haidar Siddiqui Fabrizzio Silva Martinez Allison Slomski DeAnni Smalls Nathaniel Smith Hye Rin Song Joseph Speranzo Morgan Stearns Emily String Aracely Suarez Alicia Suchicital Mishalini Suresh Jasmine Tall Khoa Tang Elaina Taylor Bronte Thurgood Samuel Tobin Brittany Treible Caitlyn Truong Victoria Truong Jose Ventura Isaac Villa Heejin Wee Megan Wells Jongbum Weon Timothy Wilmoth Baylee Wilson Hannah Wojszynski Karen Wong Jacklyn Wu Christine Yao Byung Kweon Yoo Megan Zinn

Eleventh Grade A/B Lina Abdul-Khalek Clayton Abernathy Hannah Aboulhosn Saachi Agarwal Taura Alam Seamus Anderson Barbara Arnold Ashley Baboota Madeline Becker Lindsay Beckett Ada Beltran Soliz Katherine Bergh Kimberly Betsill Samantha Bonner Joshua Bosley Caroline Brantlinger Victoria Callahan Andrew Carter Daniel Castellano Mi Hyang Chang Alejandro Chipani Joshua Cho Yae-Jin Cho Kieun Choi Torie Chomko David Chun Fatima Civil Elisabeth Clymer Morgan Collier Sergio Coro Santi Catherine Coulter Scott Cox Shelby Crow Kyle Crum Imani Curry-Johnson

Sean Daugherty Sarah Davidow Callah Davis Sarah Davis Abbey Decatur Anna Delaney Gabriela Diaz Aponte Emily Ditto Alyssa Dizon Christopher Donlon Brian Donovan Stephen Dries Tyler Durbin Juliana Dzura Maria Elias Elias Gabrielle Marie Erestain Aaron Fausser Alisa Fayyad Denise Fedlan Melanie Felix Bailey Felschow Charles Feola Tamana Frahmand Gennesy Garcia Alexander Ges Jena Gilmore Joshua Gilstrap Connor Gingrich Madelaine Grabski Christopher Granito Colin Gray Hannah Green William Greenwood David Grippin Fernando Gutierrez Alexandra Haines Xi Han Jackson Hannam Denison Hatch Madeline Hay Brianna Hogan Luke Hollenbeck Majd Hosein Scott Huang Ladan Hussein Viet Huynh Catherine Jackson Anup Jasani Evelyn Johns Sarah Johnson Jessica Johnston Geralynn Kaus Samuel Kent Matthew Kessenich Ameera Khalefa Catherine Kim Paul Kim Victor Klatt Zakery Koster David Koven Allison Kraft Jonathan Kraft Lauren Kristin Valerie Laub Daniel Lawson Sarah Lawson Alisson Ledezma Breanna Lee Jun Mo Lee Conner Lewis Andrew Long Joseph Macisso Martin Maltenfort Patricia Mann Vinh Mao Martin Marano Jessica Marino Thalexia Martinez Braschi Reese Mason Alyssa McGarry Kevin McGee Sean McGowan Zachary McKnight Caroline McLaughlin Mariah McMackle Nicole Meaney Benjamin Medina Summerlin Meredith Kelly Metcalf Taylor Meyers Michelle Mills Donna Moberg Mahtab Mollajafar Jennifer Moran Taylor Morgan Justin Morris Mitchell Mueller Karen Munoz Blake Murphy Taylor Mutchler Daniel Napier Lee Neighbors Kimberly Ngo Nicole Nguyen Quynh Nhu Nguyen Caleb O'Neil Byron Ortiz Reyes Ju Yeon Park Sangyoon Park Sunghyuk Park Nathan Parker Reynaldo Pastor Heather Patton Julia Peters Charlynn Pham Emaleigh Phelps Marie Phu Jacalyn Polis Cassaundra Porter Megan Porzio Diana Prado Matthew Presuhn Jeremy Prohaska Tyler Quigley Caroline Ramirez-Gaston Edwin Ramos Jake Rieder Kristen Riehl Austyn Ries Casey Riley Taylor Riley Jorge Rodriguez Natalia Rodriguez Caceres Adam Rothe Devin Rothwell George Rudebusch Megan Ryan

Alicia Sadler Jacob Sage Julia Sanders Daniel Sauerbier Andrea Selecman Alexander Sergio Farah Shahsavarian Rabia Shamim Sara Sharif Katelyn Sheehan Sara Silversmith Robyn Singer Trajan Smeeth Stryker Smith Hana Song Edmund Sparrow Madison Spoutz Anthony Stampone Elizabeth Stoddard Jonah Stover Juliana Swartz Diana Tanner Annel Tapia-Lima Richard Tkac Colin Tribble Alessandra Troncoso Erin Tuthill Justin Um Jennifer Wallace Cara Weidinger Nicholas Weiler Robert Whitacre Gloria Williams Lindsey Willstatter Elizabeth Wipperman Sharon Wojcik Brian Workman Danielle Wyant Christopher Wyatt Theodoric Xie Dawen Yang Neil Yavorski Emily Yeh

Twelfth Grade A/B Brittany Addison Alisa Akers Karoy Alba Shannon Allin Tahmina Amani Rachel Andricosky Saung Hun Ann Keily Arita Louise Arteaga Nema Arvin Ismail Azimi Paul Beatty Christopher Belen Kyle Belfort Brittany Bentley Kaitlyn Bernhardt Tyler Berst Varun Bhatnagar Michelle Bishop Jessica Bourneuf Kelli Boyle Ilana Brener Joshua Brito Laura Burkhard Emily Burns Karen Cespedes Dylan Chance Edward Chang Won-Cheol Chang Kristin Chase Alisha Choi KiYong Choi Lauren Chubb Philip Chung Carl Cilke Jack Cobb Margaret Collins Claudia Daugherty Isaac Davidson Lundy Davis Erin DeLuca Benjamin Deng Diane Diamond Alissa Diaz Nicolette Dickman Vasiliki Dimopoulos Carmiel Dizon Leah Doordan Tyler Dunn Kamrin Eflin Rachel Eichhorst Hisham El Mawan Ariane Emerson Dylan Evans Tracy Feerick Tara Fialkow Jessica Fisher Michael Fletcher Hayley Flynn Sophie Fornaris Alexandra Froede Anna Gai Jitendra Gairola Hye Gang Marcelo Garcia Severich Meena Gardizi Joseph Garzon Robyn Gianiny Brent Gibbons Mary Gibson Christina Gilbeau Katherine Gilmore Alisha Giri Jessica Goldsby Raymond Gonzalez Miguel Gonzalez Flores Peyton Gravatt Paula Green Igor Guerrero Coronado Joshua Hafer Laurissa Hall David Harris Latianna Harris Elliott Hartman Allison Hein Alyssa Henriquez Olivia Hepler Jaclyn Hess Morgan Hogan Jake Holmes Bria Hopkins

Brittany Hopkins Emily Horton Jessica Hunt Yoonyoung Jeong Elizabeth Johnson Kimberly Jones Kevin Kane Travis Kane Brian Kaplan Israel Kassim Amritjot Kaur Allison Kelley Neil Kelliher Sharooz Khalid Azma Khan Mahrim Khan David Kim Rachael Kim Rebecca Kim Samuel Kim Woojae Kim Ye Rim Kim Yeong Seon Kim Danielle Klein Alexandra Kosmakos Agata Kowalska Seth Kramer Kathryn Kubik Minnie Kwag Tara Landy Emily Lavery Donovan Lawhorn Geoffrey Lawhorn Sara Leach Alexandra Lee Hyo Lee Kyu Hee Lee Joseph Lestz Luke LeVan Rebecca Lim Michael Lin Gabrielle Lindemann John Long Craig Longmire Ronni Lopez Kristen Malinowski Telemachos Manos Abigail Maquera Kerry Martin Raquel Martinez Laura Matt John McKenzie Brennan McQuillen Maggie Metress Amanda Montejano Jordan Morris Rameen Nawrozzada Alison Neary Scott Nordstrom Emilie Norris Bill Obregon Silva Michael Okada Elise Orlick Melissa Owusu Henry Paredes Sor Bi Park Tomasz Partyka Nicolas Peek Diana Pellegrino Rebecca Peng Ana Pestana Falen Petros Duy-Bao Phan Ashlie Pincince Nicolas Pineres Cory Portch Brittney Powers Mary Puglisi Andrew Reinecke Nancy Rhee Rebekah Rifareal Stephen Romans William Rosenberg Logan Russell Bobuck Sayed Madison Schiefer Adam Seraj Sarah Shapiro Saima Sharif Shelby Sheridan James Shin Catherine Shuster Fiorella Silva Martinez Griffin Smalfelt Coriston Smith Amanda So Khalid Soliman Esther Suh Corrie Swenson Gabrielle Tantillo Alex Tavernier Angelica Tibbs Kenneth Towns Christopher Tragakis Binh Tran Quynh Tran Rachael Ulmer Kares Vanderpuye Kathryn Wagner Reanna Wallmow John Warner Roman Washington Joshua Weaver Andrew Weidinger Erin Wells Alexander Woodyard Monica Zinn

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Young celebrities pay high price for fame and glamour by Latianna Harris Feature Editor All over the media are hearing different stories about celebrities gone wild. Lindsay Lohan goes from jail to rehab and back again, Miley Cyrus strips her Hannah Montana identity along with half her clothes alongside Vanessa Hudgens’ provocative picture scandal, and then of course you can’t forget the meltdown queen, Britney Spears. With all these celebrity breakdowns and scandals happening you have to wonder, is Hollywood to blame? Lindsay Lohan, most known for her leading roles in The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls, has been making headlines for getting busted for driving under the influence (DUI), cocaine possession and multiple tries at rehab. She is currently in her third year of probation for a DUI from 2007. She was on trial for breaking her probation by failing two drug tests for cocaine and amphetamines in September. The trial resulted in her being ordered by the court to return to the Betty Ford Health Clinic in Los Angeles until early January 2011, this being her fifth time in rehab,

according to alcoholrehap. info. “I think Lindsay Lohan is just all messed up,” sophomore Brandon Ray said. “She got out of jail after just 13 days because s h e ’s f a m o u s . And nothing is keeping her in rehab. She needs to get fixed.” M i l e y Cyrus became an instant celebrity starring as the main role in Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. Although the attention was good before, now she’s experiencing the negative aspects, finding that it’s not so easy transitioning from innocent little girl to “mature” young woman with the entire world watching. She’s made

Country music stars go primetime at 44th CMAs Claire Edwards and Brittany Treible Staff Writers On Nov. 11 ABC aired the 44th Country Music Awards. They were hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who had nominations for Female Vocalist, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. This year, Paisley won Entertainer of the Year for the first time. Taylor Swift took him top honors last year. The award is the most prestigious and important, so it is always a great honor to win it. “I was very happy [that Paisley won] because he’s very attractive and has awesome music,” sophomore Ella Von Canon said. “He deserved it because he is a great entertainer.” There were 11 categories that singers, their albums, songs and music videos could be nominated for. For Duo of the Year, Sugarland had the pleasure of taking the award home for the fourth year in a row. “I think that was an acceptable choice,” sophomore James Driffen said. “I definitely agree that they should have won.” Miranda Lambert was up for nine

nominations and won in three of the 11 categories: Music Video of the Year and Song of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” Album of the Year for Revolution and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her fiancé, Blake Shelton, won Male Vocalist of the Year. Like Lambert, this was Shelton’s first time winning a Country Music Association award. The winner for Group of the Year was Lady Antebellum, whose single “Need You Now” won for Single of the Year. Some students disagreed w i t h t h e g r o u p ’s w i n , especially because charttopper Rascal Flatts celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. “I was a little sad [that Rascal Flatts lost], but Lady Antebellum has some pretty good songs,” freshman Annika Lanning said. Musical Event of The Year, which awards the year’s best duets, went to Shelton and Trace Adkins for their song “Hillbilly Bone.” K i d R o c k , Ta y l o r Swift, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood all performed at the awards show. This is Paisley’s and Underwood’s third year co-hosting the awards. photo courtesy of

headlines for a provocative Vanity Fair photo shoot, her performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards and for her new music video, “Who Owns My Heart” according to “I find that boring and kind of pathetic as a ‘This is how I’m going to celebrate becoming more mature’ by fitting into some adolescent boy’s fantasy of a woman,” physics teacher Bob Irelan said. Vanessa Hudgens is most widely known for her role as Gabriella Montez in Disney’s High School Musical movies. About a month after the premiere of High School Musical 2 on Disney Channel inappropriate

pictures began to surface, according to Then another scandal broke in 2009 when new pictures of her leaked, according to “[The scandal] would’ve made me lose respect for her, but I never really had any,” Ray said. The most well-known breakdown happened in 2007 when Britney Spears went from gaining a bad reputation to fullon crazy. The once named “Pop Princess” was known for her four albums released prior to the breakdown, Baby One More Time…, Oops!.. I Did It Again, Britney and In The Zone. Her downward spiral started in 2004 when she married twice, the first lasting 55 hours and the second lasting three years. She then broke down in 2007 when she was photographed partying with Paris Hilton, shaving her head and losing custody of her kids. “I think it was coming because if you look in the past, all the other celebs have a downward spiral also,” senior Samantha Mamph said. Being given the responsibility to influence millions of young girls across the world comes with lot of pressure, but is it what’s causing them to lash out and rebel?

Ballet is hallmark of holidays Yoli Manzo Staff Writer The month of November means Thanksgiving meals, and leaves changing colors, but for others, it means getting ready to showcase the much-anticipated ballet, The Nutcracker. “It’s a Christmas story about a girl named Clara, she gets a nutcracker for Christmas and then falls asleep and has a magical dream, which seems real. She goes to the Snow Kingdom and has these adventures,” senior Kelli Boyle said. During the holiday season, rehearsals are taking place and tickets are selling out. For student dancers, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. “This is my 14th year; I’ve been doing it since I was three,” said Boyle, who danced

in the Burke Civic Ballet’s production in November. There are so many things to enjoy about The Nutcracker such as the songs, playing the part of Clara or just watching the performance. “My favorite part is the actual performances. We work really hard and when we have dress rehearsals and you hear applause instead of the director yelling through a microphone, it’s a big difference,” Boyle said. The practices for the big play consumed a lot of time, and it took up many hours of the week just for rehearsals. Balancing play practices and school work is one of the main difficulties. “I get my work done, but I fall asleep in class sometimes. We rehearse five hours a week for the two weeks before opening day and three times a week,” Boyle said.

Senior Briana Crabb poses for Burke Civic Senior Kelli Boyle, along with core and demi Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker photo soloist dancers pose for Burke Civic Ballet’s shoot. Surrounded by her is the core and demi production of The Nutcracker photo shoot. soloist dancers. photos courtesy of Briana Crabb and Greenwood Photography

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This year’s production of The Tempest was supported by fantastic actors including the ghoulish Caliban, well spoken Prospero, convincing Stephano and sensational Ariel. All of these actors and actresses saved the show from borderline confusion caused by the detracting theme of Lost and shameless manipulation of Shakespeare. Opening with a confusing sequence of events, the play quickly split into three subplots, the first about Prospero and his daughter, who are now long inhabitants of the island; the second regarding Alonso and the plane crash victims; and the third Stephano’s humorous friendship with Caliban the m o n s t e r. F o r a u d i e n c e s unfamiliar with the story, these subplots and family relations became difficult to follow and once lost, boring. Caliban, unrecognizable beneath scraggly black hair and grotesquely green skin, stole the show with her spine tingling voice, which balanced perfectly with her humorously awkward motion on stage. Also convincing in his arrogant superiority, Stephano fully embodied his role and evoked laughter from the audience. Together they created comedic relationship between a drunken survivor and officious foot kissing monster.

Surprising and refreshing, P r o s p e r o ’s d e l i v e r y o f his lines were heavy with emotion, meaning and inflection, frequently absent in high school productions. Prospero’s monologue took on a professional appearance in creative use of lighting, enhancement of the mood with music and a solemn, mystic and conciliatory deliverance and setting. The theme of Lost detracted from the continuity of the plot, added confusion and threatened the credibility of the production as a whole. Built on the assumption that everyone watches Lost religiously and is familiar with its references, the addition of lines and scenes didn’t blend well with the original play. For those who aren’t Shakespeare buffs and don’t obsessively or voluntarily read his comedies, the ending to The Tempest is not in fact Prospero and Ariel (often played by a man) kissing in silhouette to a Pepto-Bismol pink backdrop. Perhaps the director decided that the LBSS audience couldn’t comprehend the true ending, as written by Shakespeare, which was neither sickeningly sweet nor empty of meaning. While it may be more suitable for high school audiences, few directors choose to let Romeo and Juliet live happily ever after. Tempest was bluntly Disney-a-fied, ending with meaningless bliss where statements on equality and slavery once lingered.

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After 30 years and more than 400 wins, Coach “O” says goodbye hitting it around in the yard they will have that voice in their head yelling “get your stick down.” “My favorite memory of O’’ was in 11th grade when I went to church at the beach, and she Diane “O” Miller is one of the most success- didn’t know I left because I didn’t tell anyone. ful coaches that this school has ever seen. In her She told me to pack my stuff and go home, and 30 years as the head field hockey coach she has I started crying cause it was only Monday. And won 22 district championships, seven regional we didn’t leave until the following Saturday,” championships, and has taken her team to the senior Maggie Metress said. “It’s OK though, state championship five times. because she’s a teddy bear on the inside.” Miller definitely knows how to win and what Although many incoming freshman are it takes to be a true champion. Over the years original scared of Miller, they warm up to Miller has been able to coach many good her sarcastic and warm-hearted attitude very teams and quickly. been able “Her [Millto shed e r ’s ] l a u g h some of is so contaI’ve learned a lot from her brilgious,” sophher laid back style. She liance omore Maria o n has a great fun-loving Jose Pastor youngpersonality. said, “Whener playever you here ers and her laughing, coaches. you just want to laugh too.” From 1995 to 1998, Miller’s team After coaching high school field hockey at won four straight regional titles. P.E. the same school for 30 years it becomes part of teacher Amy Haak, who played for your day to day life and it becomes part of you. Miller during this four-year stretch, Miller has become the iconic symbol for LB field graduated in 1998. During her time hockey, and she will be missed by all that have with LBFH (Lake Braddock field hock- been a part of this prestigious program. ey), she learned a lot both about life and “I will miss the incredible kids I had the field hockey from Miller, she said. Haak privilege of coaching and their parents. Also the is now an assistant coach, as well as the JV friends I have made in the 30 years of coaching,” coach here at LB, and she will be stepping she said. up as O’s replacement next season. “I’ve learned a lot from her laid-back style; she has a great fun loving personality, which has helped the girls to want to play for her and that’s a big reason for her success as a coach,” Haak said. Last year the team had no seniors and a less than .500 record of 9-10. However, this year the LB field hockey team was able to turn it around and be very successful going 21-2, winning the Herndon Invitational, District Championship and Regional Championship. With eight seniors on the team this year it was their last year along with O’s, and they wanted to win every game for her because they knew how hard she had worked to get the program to where it is now, and she deserved to go out on top, senior midfielder Brittany Hopkins said. photos courtesy of Kathy Merriwether Many players on this years’ team are Top: The team celebrates Coach O’s 400th win after beating Eastern View 3-1 for the Herndon sad to see Miller go, but they have so many great memories of her and have Tournament Championship in 2008. Middle: LB defeated the Westfield Bulldogs 2-0 for the Regional learned so much that whether they are playing title in 2008. Bottom: LB triumphed over Annandale 2-0 to win the Patriot District Championship. Left: college field hockey, club field hockey or even The team celebrates after beating McLean 2-0 for the Northern Region Championship. by Zack Hopkins Staff Writer

Athlete of the Issue

Winter athletes bundle up

How long have you been playing field hockey?

by Claire Edwards Staff Writer

I have been playing field hockey for 5 years.

Winter sports are underway. Basketball, swimming and winter track are some of the few winter sports that students are partak-

What position do you play and why? I play right midfield. I play right mid because I can help on defense and offense. How does it feel to have such a successful season senior year? I plan on playing club field hockey in college.

Why did you start playing field hockey? I wanted to start playing field hockey after I played floor hockey in seventh grade and “O” came in and basically told me I was going to tryout. photo by Alison Neary compiled by Dani Klein photo by Alison Neary

Seniors Ashley Fisher and Kristina Roller bundle up before track practice.

ing in. Most of these sports take place indoors. At the same time, spring and fall athletes must keep in shape for outdoor sports during the off-season. Sophomore Joanna Miner is a varsity cheerleader. Since winter cheer was cut, Joanna has to stay in shape on her own for fall cheerleading next year. “[To stay in shape for cheerleading] I go running a lot,” Miner said. “I have my own fitness plan for cardio and core fitness. And I go to tumbling classes.” Junior Joey Prascsak plays offensive right guard for football. To stay in shape, he goes to the gym. Working out in the winter can be viewed as a hassle because outdoor workouts are not as convenient because of the temperatures and weather. “It’s not that much of a hassle to work out in the winter because you’re in an enclosed building,” said Prascsak. The gym is a great place to workout because it is inside and you can try many different activities. Some people also have workout equipment in their homes. There are programs that you can get on DVD and do them in your own home such as pilates and yoga, which help keep people in shape. Being an athlete means committing to working out no matter the weather outside. “The season for cheerleading is only three months long,” Miner said, “but it is a yearlong commitment. So you have to stay in shape the whole year.”

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The defensive line is essential to winning games by Brittany Treible Staff Writer This football season, the team went 11-1 in the regular season. But if it weren’t for the offensive and defensive lines they wouldn’t have made it this far. If the team doesn’t work together they fall apart. It’s like pieces of the puzzle, if one is lost or doesn’t fit, it can’t be finished. But in football terms, if one player d o e s n ’ t accomplish their task,

Defensive End Emmanuel Adetunji #1 Senior 6’2” 225 lbs

then the opposing team advances. The Bruins put a lot into practicing, which translates onto the field. “It’s really hard to describe the first time we run on the field for the first series [of plays],” senior Eric Street said. “You always have butterflies in your stomach because you’ve been preparing it for all week.” When going on the field, the job of the defensive line is to keep the other teams’ quarterback from making advances. The defensive tackle and defensive end rush the quarterback on passing plays and block the running back on running plays. They have to

Defensive Tackle Mike Newman #99 Senior 6’3” 290 lbs

work together to watch for openings in the offense to sack or tackle the quarterback, which will then lead to loss in yardage. “[My job is] simple, but the most important part of the defense,” senior Justin Cherry said. “If you don’t do the one thing you need to do, the opponents’ offense could end up making big plays.” During practices the defense and offense perform different drills because they defend different positions. “Defensive line works with hands and the offensive line does techniques,” senior Emmanuel Adetunji said. In order to get prepared f o r k i c k off on the field, some of

Defensive Tackle Eric Street # 97 Senior 6’0” 220 lbs

the players have routines that get them pumped. “I eat two Power Bars, [drink] two Gatorades, a strawberry AMP and I listen to lots and lots of music,” senior Mike Newman said. But other players take a different approach for readiness. “I try to calm down and think about what I have to do and just get it done,” Cherry said. Having a competitive spirit helps. “I feel pumped because I know I want to win, and if I don’t win I get angry,” Newman said.

Defensive End Justin Cherry #36 Senior 6’3” 180 lbs

Fans prepare for Caps season Shooting safe on the range by Alex Utano Staff Writer The Washington Capitals were on top of the world last spring—Presidents Trophy winners as best team in the NHL, Southeast Division Champions for the third consecutive year, and a 3-1 series lead on the eighth seed Montreal Canadians in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But in a matter of days, their world came crashing down, and they were out of the playoffs as the Canadians stormed back to take the series in seven games, and the Caps became the first ever No. 1-seeded team to blow a 3-1 series lead. Now the past is behind them, and they enter the new season with a new goal, playoff success. However, the Caps remained very quiet this offseason only making minor signings and trades. The Caps let go a good amount of members from last season, as they saw centers Brendan Morrison and Eric Belanger, winger Scott Walker, defensemen Joe Corvo and Shaon Morrison, and goaltender Jose Theodore part ways. They called up five players from their AHL (American Hockey League) affiliate and two-time Calder Cup (AHL Championship Trophy) winners the Hershey Bears for their first full season, and added another prospect from Sweden to the roster. This year, defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner will play their first full season as Caps rather than splitting time between Hershey and Washington. Last season Carlson, a first round draft pick in 2008, played 22 games in the regular season scoring one goal and adding five assists. He also dressed for all seven playoff games and impressed the Washington fans by scoring a goal and three assists in the seven-game

playoff defeat for Washington. Alzner, who was the fifth overall selection in the 2007 draft, is more familiar with the Caps. He played 30 games in Washington back in 2008-2009 and recorded one goal and four assists. Last season, he played 21 games and got five assists. He did play during game seven of the playoffs for the Caps, but recorded nothing. Sloan, who is expected be the Caps’ seventh defenseman and isn’t expected to play all 82 regular season games for Washington, has experience as well. He has played a total of 66 games the past two years and has scored three goals and added eight assists. Also, Sloan has played in two games each of the past two years during the playoffs, grabbing only one assist. Michal Neuvirth, a name many Caps fans know, is now competing with Semyon Varlomov for starting goalie position. He’s played a total of 22 games in the past two years and recorded an impressive record of 11-5 with goals against average of 2.80 and a save percentage of .911. In the AHL, Neuvirth led the Hershey Bears to back-toback Calder Cup Champions. Now for rookies, Marcus Johansson will be centering the third line this year. Johansson was the 24th overall pick in 2009 and recorded 10 goals and 10 assists last year in the Swedish Elite League. For new caps players that have played a full NHL season before, DJ King and Matt Hendricks fit the bill. Enforcer King was acquired over the offseason for prospect Stefan Della Rovere and is expected to play winger on the fourth line. Injuries have been nagging him the past few years, but he looks healthy enough to play this year. Hendricks, who is another enforcer of the NHL, played his first full year with the Colorado Avalanche last year and got nine goals and seven assists.

by Ellen Dando Staff Writer Returning from a winning season consisting of five wins and only three losses, the LB rifle team completed the try-out process just in time for the shooting season to start. This is the rifle team’s fifth season, since its creation in 2006, and they’re starting off on a high note with a $2,000 grant they received over the summer from the National Rifle Association. “The purpose of the Friends of the NRA Foundation is to help promote and encourage the shooting sports to families in the area,” head coach Matthew Shuster said. “The equipment used by the team is very expensive, and this grant will help the team purchase equipment for use during the season.” The gun primarily used by the rifle team during matches is a .177 caliber single-shot air rifle. In competition it’s shot in three different positions from a target 10 meters away. The three positions are prone (lying down), standing and kneeling. Lead pellets are used for better accuracy and less of a chance of ricochet. “We’ve had shooters train at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs,” Shuster said. “Some shooters actually end up going to college on shooting scholarships.” In fact, last year rifle team captain Alexis Todaro ranked second in Virginia for her shooting average. She also went to the Junior Olympics and was recruited to the Air Force Academy because of her rifle achievements A normal rifle team seasons runs from November to February with a mandatory practice held every Saturday. Optional practices are held three times during each week. There are eight matches in addition to the league championship that LB participates

in during the season. This season the championship will be held on Feb. 26 at Landon High School in Bethesda. “There’s a lot of friendly competition between team mates and encourages us to try harder,” sophomore Cardie Diessner said. “I love being on the rifle team because I get to meet a lot of people, and I love shooting.” Returning members encourage others to join the team. “People should join the rifle team because it’s a lot of fun,” Diessner said. “You also get this great feeling of accomplishment when you beat your old high score.” The rifle team is looking forward to another successful season this year and got right to business after finishing try-outs Oct. 23. Their first match will take place on Dec. 18 against West Potomac. “Joining the team is a great opportunity to learn about the shooting sports in a safe environment,” Shuster said. “You will learn discipline, concentration, focus and consistency in a safe environment.”

photo courtesy of Kevin Johnson

The rifle team has mandatory 7 a.m. practice every Saturday.

Cross country teams continue to dominate by Divya Williams Staff Writer Year after year, the cross country team continues to dominate at the district, regional and state levels. At the regional meet at Burke Lake on Nov. 4, the Bruins dominated the 2.98 mile long course. The girls’ team photo courtesy of won the title of regional champs, and the Senior Tara Landy competes in a cross boys were runners up. This constant success is long past country race.

surprising to the LB community. LB cross country is known for their dedication and have earned pride for not only the team, but the whole school. Although the team lost a lot of valuable seniors last year, the girls’ team is supported by a lot of underclassmen this year. Sophomore Sophie Chase finished first at the regional meet, followed closely behind by freshman Hannah Christen in fourth place, senior Casey Lardner in 10th place, freshman Katie Roche in 22nd place and senior Tara Landy

in 38th place. “Underclassmen are being given the opportunity to step up and not only become better runners and teammates but better leaders,” Chase said. At the state championship, Chase came in second with the fastest run for an LB girl ever, and for the boys, senior Sam Rubenking came in fifth. “Together we are still one team, one family, fighting together against pain and tears and rejoicing in victory and pride,” Chase said.

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Hispanics make a statement for the San Francisco Giants, hit a three-run by Nico Pineres homerun off of Texas Rangers’ pitcher Cliff Staff Writer Lee in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 3-0. Those three runs proved to be Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Lou the winning World Series winning runs. “It’s definitely really cool to see how Gehrig, Edgar Renteria. Out of those four names, one sticks out. Edgar Renteria, a far Hispanics have come in the sport of Colombian-born shortstop, has recently baseball,” senior Michael Quinteros said. Quinteros, the only Hispanic player on joined an elite group. Hitting one World the Varsity Baseball team last year, feels Series winning hit is big enough, but these proud to call himself a Hispanic baseball four men have done it twice. In 1997, while playing for the Florida player, he said. “Around here there aren’t that many Marlins, Renteria hit a single off of Hispanic players, but across the country Cleveland Indian’s pitcher Charles Nagy in the bottom of the 11th inning of game there are so many,” Quinteros said. “When we [the varsity baseball team] went to seven. Then on Nov. 1, 2010, Renteria, playing Florida, there were so many teams with a lot of, or only, Hispanics. There was an entire team from Miami that only spoke Spanish, it was really cool.” Renteria hasn’t just given a name for Hispanics in the world of baseball, but he has helped expand the multitude of opportunities now available for the future of Hispanic athletes. “Hispanics’ talent has been developing in a lot of sports,” sophomore Maria Pastor said. “People used to think Hispanics only played soccer, but now the best players in the world in a lot of sports are Hispanic or Spanish. Like Nadal in tennis, Messi in soccer, and even the best field hockey player in the world is Hispanic.” The Colombian shortstop isn’t normally known for his hitting though. With only a career batting average of .287, Renteria’s hitting is just poorly clutch. What Renteria is truly known for is his fielding, shown by his .969 career fielding percentage. His fielding has allowed him to become a key player on so many different line-ups. Having such solid numbers in the MLB since 1996, Renteria has been carving a path for Colombian athletes for graphic by Rebecca Lim 14 years.

Volleyball spikes to victory by Angie Garcia Staff Writer The volleyball season has ended and Lake Braddock made it to the second round of regionals. They won district finals and got to the second round of regionals. The team is happy with their accomplishments and are hoping to get better next year. As the team got into districts, more practices had to be added because of the tough competition that the girls faced in regionals. “Our practices didn’t change much,” senior Emily Lavery said. “The coach just added Saturday practice when we made it into districts.” The girls on the team didn’t mind the Saturday practice because they were all committed to winning regionals this year. But unfortunately the girls lost in the second round. “We tried our best,” Lavery said. “And even though we didn’t make it, we are still happy for the title we have won for our school.”

photos by Alison Neary

Left: Senior Danielle Ager gets down in the ready position as she waits for the ball to be served. Right: Senior Emily Lavery is all focus as the ball comes her way. Top: After a point is scored, the team gathers for a few words and talks strategy for the next play.

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and maybe set themselves up well for the Bowl run. stretch run. In addition, any serious injuries Meanwhile, the San Diego Chargers have that could take weeks to heal would help several wide receiver injuries and are getting the player rehab the injury and at the same their bye at the right time in Week 10. Right time not cost the team that he plays for by after the bye, they get their receivers back missing a possibly important game. against a defensively-challenged 2-6 Denver Brett Favre’s suffered numerous ankle, Broncos. This will be a tune-up before knee and chin they play conference injuries throughout rival Indianapolis, who the season, resulting has been stricken heavily in one of his worst with injuries, including It might seasons as an NFL to NFL All-Pro Dallas seem like it’s quarterback, but Clark at tight end and both a fair thing they were all after Joseph Addai and Donald to each team, week 4, the week Brown at running back. but in reality, the Vikings had Even third receiver Austin it isn’t always a bye. Had they Collie had sustained a like that. gotten a later bye, concussion. say in week 8 or Sometimes the byes 9, Favre would be much more rested and are used to make roster changes to a team at least would be more healed going into when they find it necessary. the final half of the year, giving the team a Controversial wide receiver Randy better chance. Moss got traded to Minnesota during New But down in New Orleans, the Saints England’s bye week, and since that occurred have had big wins against the Pittsburgh the Pats are a stout 5-1. Steelers and then against division rival Then, during Tennessee’s bye week, they Carolina. They entered their bye week picked up Moss through waivers. They have 6-3 and then blew out NFC West-leading struggled to an 0-2 record since then with Seattle by 15 points. Once again, the Saints Moss receiving just one pass in two games, look to be in fantastic position for a Super the worst two-game stretch of his career.

Since 1990, the NFL has given teams one week of rest, known as a bye week. The week is used to help teams in numerous ways, including healing injured players, planning a game for an extra week, or simply just giving teams a chance for a break. The byes are also used as a one week break for the two best teams in each conference during the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs. Team byes are spread out from weeks 4 through 10, and this can actually help and/or hurt some teams. Sometimes, the weeks end up being a savior or an ill-placed crapshoot for teams. For example, the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys had a bye week in week 4, long before the season’s been decided. The Vikings and Cowboys are both 3-7 right now. Since the teams had their byes, the Vikings and Cowboys have struggled to 2-5, effectively ending any thoughts of playoffs this year. If the bye week was, say, about three weeks later, these teams could make a huge change or two during that break photo by Al


Sports fans live dreams through fantasy league by Justin Richardson Staff Writer Football is America’s favorite sport. It’s only fitting that fantasy football is America’s favorite fantasy game. Apparently, this includes LB. Marketing teacher Mel Morgan’s marketing class take this game just as seriously as hardcore NFL fans. “Each class period has a league. It’s a live draft in class, and I pick captains based on football knowledge,” Morgan said. For those that aren’t familiar with fantasy sports and how they work, here’s a description. In a league. there’s at least one administrator that can make the rules of the league, specifically, if it’s public or private, how many teams are allowed into it and if it’s a prize league or just a normal league. There are two types of drafts: auction

drafts, where users get a $200 wallet to use on players, or a live draft, which is similar to the NFL style. The live draft works in a first-to-last format, similar to the NFL, except after the first round, the pattern reverses to make it more balanced. There are several needs each team has to get. They must have one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a team defense/special teams and a kicker. In addition, there’s a running back/wide receiver spot that needs to be filled as well. After that, the rest make up bench players to sub in for the starters in multiple situations. The teams all play each other for a set number of weeks as a regular season, and the last few weeks of the NFL regular season are used as playoffs for the fantasy leagues. Depending on the amount of users and the preset rules, the style of playoffs can

As the team started winning more games and went to district finals, they got more support from the students at LB. “We definitely got more fans this year,” junior Emily Amburn said, “which was a big surprise because volleyball doesn’t usually get many student fans. It was really fun and exciting.” “My advice for girls who want to join Lake Braddock’s varsity volleyball team next year would be to just work hard, keep playing volleyball, improve your skills and have lots of commitment for the sport,” Lavery said.

change among leagues. “We play 14 weeks and then playoffs for two weeks,” Morgan said. In fantasy football, anything can happen. Some years a drafter can go out and win their league, and the next year get only a couple of wins. Though the teams are obviously influenced by the amount of talented players their drafter got, it’s certainly more than just that. Even schedule differences can help or hamper a team’s success. Like in the NFL, luck, injury, good and bad matchups, momentum changes, strong performances, and even bye weeks can heavily influence the teams in the league. “In fifth period and third period we have a 7-3 team, and in second period the Raleigh Raptors and Austin Grillers lead with an 8-2 record,” said Morgan. In a sport that’s competitive and gripping like the NFL, fantasy football follows suit.


Field hockey Won the Herndon Invitational, districts and regionals Made it to the state tournament Finished 21-2 Girls’ volleyball Won districts for the first time ever Made it to the second round of regionals Finished 16-7 Football vs. Langley, W 34-10 vs. Robinson, W 24-23 Won districts Competing in regionals Cheerleading Second place in districts Fourth place in the regional semi-final tournament Cross Country Girls: Placed second in districts, won regionals, fifth in state Boys: Placed second in districts and regionals, eighth in state


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1. Senior Maria Ali tailgates before the football regional semifinals. 2. Seniors Bob Sayed and Luke Esper in The Tempest. 3. Junior Sarah Fick and Senior Kate Bongiorno as Ariel and Eloise in The Tempest. 4. Senior Rachael Ulmer licks senior Jimmy Day’s shoe in The Tempest. 5. Sophomore Kyra Rodi and senior Rachel Eichhorst celebrate after the girls’ volleyball team scored a point against the Saxons. 6. Junior Eric Long and assistant coach Mel Morgan after winning against Robinson. 7. Seniors Nicole May and Luke Esper in The Tempest. 8. Senior Dylan Evans being escorted by his family on Senior Night. photos by Alison Neary


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