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Voices in Verse: Poetry Out Loud competition

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Participants in the 8th annual school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition wait for the judges to share the results.

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Senior Jordan Kruger and sophomores Jackie Mashburn, Katelynn Petrasic and Sam Tigner sell chocolate covered pretzels at the Holiday Bazaar. Even though lacrosse is a spring sport, the team decided to get a head start on fundraising for team apparel, raising $200.

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fter the SCA’s community kickoff of holiday giving during November, in which they raised a total of 2,565 pounds of food, other clubs have followed suit. A variety of clubs and organizations have been working hard to organize fundraisers and projects to collect the money needed to achieve their goals and make a difference in the Arlington community. Junior Tiffani Sykhammountry, founder of the new Humanitarian Club, believes that by volunteering, students end up appreciating what they themselves have. “I think that a really important part of being able to make a difference is to get yourself out there and do something,” said Sykhammountry. “To see the impact that you can make is what made me start the club.” The Humanitarian Club has set three goals to achieve this year, “to make people aware of human rights issues, to encourage the local community to take action in enforcing human rights and to organize fundraisers to raise awareness about human rights.” Sykhammountry remarked that the club will be planning to sell candy-

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grams for two or three dollars, and then send someone dressed up as Santa Claus to deliver them prior to winter break. The money raised will go towards a charity project to be held later in the year. The Red Cross Club, which began at Washington-Lee two years ago, has made a tremendous impact through their work on the Zud Project, a project that helps donate warm clothes to those in need, both here and internationally. Apart from sending clothes, they also raised money to purchase other needed items. They sent their collection to countries such as Mongolia, which experience extremely cold winters, and are therefore in dire need of these supplies. Sophmore Enji Tuvshinzaya, president of the club, said that they came in contact with a governor of Mongolia who was touring for his new election, and agreed to hand out the items to those in need. Tuvshinzaya believes that providing one’s time to help others in need promises a better future for everyone, as it demonstrates that unity, one of the club’s strengths. “If we work together and have a motivation to help each other the environment we live in, we will thrive,” said Tuvshinzaya.

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Senior Niti Paudyal, vice president of Key Club, also encourages everyone to take part in fundraisers so that young adults can make their mark in their community. In an interview with Paudyal, she explained how Washington-Lee Key Club, in conjunction with Key Club International and UNICEF, are working on the Eliminate Project to help ‘eliminate’ maternal and neonatal tetanus. This is a 100% preventable disease that is extremely painful for both the babies and mothers that suffer from it. “Our goal for this year is to fundraise and raise awareness about the disease,” said Paudyal. “We are also trying to help Key Club International raise $115 million by 2015 for UNICEF and the Kiwanis.” Key Club members began their fundraising for the program by selling $245 in baked goods and W-L ornaments at the Holiday Bazaar. These fundraisers for charity showcase that making someone happy does not always require a lot of work. Taking part in a good cause and having the will to give one’s time for others can create a huge impact in the local community. As Tuvshinzaya said, “Even if we do the smallest thing, it might mean the world to somebody else.”

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Discover what IB Social Anthropology students thought of their trip to a mosque and why the school assemblies have moved to the auditorium.

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ot all high school students are performers, but every year, thousands of students in the United States stand up and recite poems from memory. The Poetry Out Loud competition, the result of a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is an annual poetry recitation contest. Beginning as a pilot program in Washington D.C. and Chicago, in 2006, the Poetry Out Loud competition has allowed high school students to compete in poetry narration. The competition has multiple levels, beginning in the classroom and progressing to school, state, regional and national competitions. Monetary prizes are offered at both the state and national levels. Last year over 365,000 students participated in WKH¿UVWURXQGRIWKH3RHWU\2XW/RXGFRPpetition. At the school, not all students are required to compete. Some teachers make it mandatory, while others make it an extra credit opportunity and some do not assign it at all. Classroom winners competed in grade level competitions on November 17 and the winners from each grade level went on to compete in the school-wide competition on December 6. Freshmen Claire Spaulding won the school-wide competition against 12 students, reciting the poems: “The Properly Scholarly Attitude” and “Snowy Owl Near

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Features Need new holiday recipes or gift ideas? The Crossed Sabres has your back in a DIY holiday guide.

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Lifestyles Read about the local winners from the Rosebud Film Festival and a new Egyptian exhibit at the National History Museum.

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Sports Clear up the rumor about “IB PE” and learn about a health teacher who plays on the USA Rugby Women’s National Team.

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School-wide poetry competition finishes with a bang

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Ocean Shores.â€? Spaulding will go on to compete at the state-wide comeptition in Richmond on March 15. The school has a special connection to the Poetry Out Loud competition. Not only has the school produced various regional winners over the past years, but in 2007, alumna Alanna Rivera won 3rd place in the national competition, and in 2009 alumnus Will Farley won the entire competition. English teacher Mrs. Sarah Derr credited the school’s success in the competition to “the motivation of the students and dedication of the teachers helping them along.â€? Poetry Out Loud has become a very important program to the school. The competition enables students to practice presenting in front of a group, helping them JDLQFRQÂżGHQFHDVZHOODVVWXG\LQJSRHWU\

“It allows students to discover the power of tend that understanding to the audience. gives people a different medium to preslanguage,â€? said Mrs. Derr, “and provides Students have mixed opinions about ent in. On the other hand, sophomore Lecia students the opportunity to really under- Poetry Out Loud. Freshman Dakota Wen- Stock said that Poetry Out Loud was not stand and engage with poetry.â€? berg, one of the three students from the her favorite assignment. “We have to do it English on top of the poetry teacher Mr. unit,â€? said Stock. Keith Klein “Which is basically requires Pothe same, except etry Out Loud Poetry Out Loud is 9-12 graders are eligible to compete for his English more nerve rack1,500+ poems in the Poetry Out Loud database classes. He said ing.â€? 8 years that Washington-Lee has participated he likes the 'HVSLWHFRQĂ€LFW365,000 participants nationwide in 2010-2011 idea of poetry ing student views memorization, on the competition, $20,000 college scholarship to the winner of the National Finals recitation and Poetry Out Loud competition. will remain an event As a judge, Mr. the school for many Klein looks for students who understand freshman class who competed in the school years to come. The only question is, which the poems they recite and manage to ex- competition, likes how Poetry Out Loud of the over 1,500 poems will you choose?

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D. Key Club members and president Emily Cook sell food to fundraise for their club. The Key Club is a service organization that does projects for the Arlington County and Washington-Lee communities.

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Holiday assembly takes center stage Administration moves assembly to auditorium Zachary Perlman, ‘13

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place before winter break and will have performances by the band and many other student groups, musical and otherwise.

junior Benjamin Rim, who went on to say how much he enjoys the Holiday assemblies each year. The assembly is a time to celebrate all the different culture’s holidays in unison, and with performances from many different groups it’s set to entertain. Even though there are debates about the changing of the schedule, students still look forward to the event anyway. As Solomon said, “Time to celebrate is great, no BY ISABEL LARROCA matter

In recent years assemblies have been held in the gymnasium, but due to an increase student population the school has moved the assembly to the auditorium for safety reasons, to facilitate evacutation in an emergency situation. Since the auditorium holds even fewer numbers than the gymnasium, the assembly has been broken up into three increments. Classes attend the asVHPEO\ DFFRUGLQJ WR Ă€RRU number, and number of students in the class. In order to EHDEOHWRÂżWWKUHHGLIIHUHQW assemblies into one period third period and Generals’ period are both canceled, Up until this year, the gym was used for assemblies and pep rallies. However, due to the ZKLOHÂżUVWLVH[WHQGHG growing student population, the auditorium is having to be used instead. “I enjoy the setting because of the comfortable VHDWLQJ DQG UHOD[LQJ >DWPRVSKHUH@´ VDLG sophomore Gabe Solomon. While the gymnasium is cramped and uncomfortable, the auditorium provides comfortable seating DQGDUHOD[HGHQYLURQPHQW Both of the arrangements have their pros and cons. Junior Nick Bornbusch thought otherwise about the new decision .“Honestly, I didn’t mind being cramped and uncomfortable in the gym because it was DIXQH[FLWLQJHQYLURQPHQWDQGLWEURXJKW together the school as a whole. Now, I feel like it’s divided and the assemblies are not DVH[FLWLQJDVWKH\RQFHZHUH´ With all the debate about this new change in assemblies most students are not looking forward to the holiday assembly as they usually do. “It really is just a time to BY NOAH PILCHEN celebrate and enjoy the time of year as a Assemblies will now be held in the auditorium. This is do to the large student population, community. Normally I am pumped to sit which poses a safety risk in the gym. with friends and enjoy the different perforPDQFHVLQDMROO\HQYLURQPHQW´VDLGMXQLRU “It’s a great time to celebrate all the festivi- where it is, even if it’s not with the school Ryan Uckert. WLHVDQGWKHHQGRIWKHFDOHQGDU\HDU´VDLG DVDZKROH´ The holiday assembly is set to take

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What’s going on? Important upcoming events that you need to know about Dec 9,10: The fall play, “The CruFLEOH´EHJLQVDWSP7KHSOD\ is about the drama surrounding the Salem Witch Trials that occured in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. 7LFNHWVDUHLQDGYDQFHDQGDW the door. Dec 13: The winter Choral ConFHUWZLOOEHJLQDWSPDQGUXQ until around 8:00 p.m. The Concert Choir, Madrigals, Chorale and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will all perform a variety of selections, including “And WKH*ORU\RIWKH/RUG´E\+DQGHO Âł)ORZHU'XHW´E\'HOLEHVDQGÂł$ 0HUU\&KULVWPDV´ Dec 14: The winter Guitar and 2UFKHVWUD&RQFHUWZLOOEHJLQDW SPDQGUXQWRDURXQGSP The Sinfonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra and Guitar 2 and 3 Ensemble will all perform selections from Handel’s Âł0HVVLDK´&RSHODQGÂśVÂł+RHGRZQ´ DQGÂł,GLWDURG´ Dec 15: Interim report cards will be mailed. Dec 23: School lets out for Winter Break and will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd. -DQ4XDUWHUH[DPVIRUUGDQG 6th period. Jan 16: School is out for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. -DQ4XDUWHUH[DPVIRUVWDQG 5th period. -DQ4XDUWHUH[DPVIRUQGDQG 4th period.

An introduction into Islam Social Anthropology students visit Islamic Center LQWHUHVWLQJWRIXOO\H[SHULHQFHWKH,VODPLF culture and see how those outside of that Staff Reporter culture are viewed. “It was interesting to wear the hijab and noticing how people It has been ten years since the SeptemWUHDWHG\RXGLIIHUHQWO\´VKHVDLG ber 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Senior Nina Troy also found it interand in the past decade the American meesting how strangers reacted to the group’s GLD KDV VHHQ WR WKH YLOLÂżFDWLRQ RI DQ HQclothing. “The trip really changed my view tire religion and culture: Islam. However, on stereotypes... the imam was very inforWashington-Lee seems to be making a mative and I learned a lot about Islam that FRQFHUWHGHIIRUWWRFRPEDWWKLVYLOLÂżFDWLRQ I never knew before. The most interesting effectively. thing, however, was the Metro ride to the This past month, IB Social Anthropolcenter. We were all wearing head-coverRJ\ VWXGHQWV DWWHQGHG D ÂżHOG WULS WR WKH ings, and we were getting looked at much Islamic Center of D.C., an international PRUHFDUHIXOO\WKDQLVQRUPDO´ PRVTXH QHDU 'XSRQW &LUFOH 7KLV ÂżHOG Another senior, Olivia Weltz, added trip was in correspondence with the class’ that she feels that “this trip ought to open study of rural Iraq through the ethnography COURTESY OF PILAR CURTIS up people’s eyes, who have been, to some Guests of the Sheik. Many say that this trip IB Social Anthropology students pose in their traditional Islamic clothing. The H[WHQWEOLQGHGE\WKHFRPPRQSRUWUD\DORI promotes openness and diversity within a students visited the Islamic Center as a supplement to their reading of Guests of the WKH,VODPLFIDLWK´ school already lauded for its diverse facSheik. +RZHYHU H\HRSHQLQJ WKLV ÂżHOG WULS ulty and student body. trip seem to concur. Senior Taylor Brandt was, it is merely a small step in the right IB Social Anthropology teacher Mr. RIH[SRVXUHWRFHUWDLQWKLQJV´ Vogel agrees that this trip promotes openHe adds that this is especially important VD\VWKDWVKHZDVÂłQRWVXUSULVHGWRÂżQGWKDW direction towards acceptance and undermindedness, saying, “I believe that the LQDWLPHZKHQÂł,VODPLVDEVROXWHO\YLOLÂżHG none of the negative stereotypes of Muslim standing of Muslim culture, and diversity PRUH H[SRVXUH \RX KDYH WKH PRUH RSHQ in the media, mainstream culture and espe- culture were at all present or visible at the in general. We must each strive to eliminate ignorance and foster openness in our PRVTXH´ minded you become. Close-mindedness FLDOO\LQ+ROO\ZRRG´ Senior Casha Stempniewicz found it community. seems to stem from ignorance of and lack 7KH VWXGHQWV ZKR DWWHQGHG WKH ÂżHOG

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Meredith Sweeney showcases her talents in many mediums

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Sophomore Meredith Sweeney has been involved in art since elementary school and is currently taking art classes. She has won multiple awards for her work, and plans to continue pursuing her talent at both Governor’s School this summer and possibly at an art college when she graduates.

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Hugo hits the theaters Martin Scorsese adapts Brian Selznick’s hit novel for the big screen Paige Taylor, ‘12 Special Sections Editor A truly masterful blend of narrations and illustrations, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an enticing novel full of adventure and despair. Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, it is enchanting tale full of challenging obstacles for Hugo, an orphan, to overcome. With 284 pictures within the 533 pages, the story depends equally on the detailed illustrations as it does actual words. This winter, Selznick’s FKLOGUHQVERRNKLWPRYLHWKHDWUHVLQDÂżOPDGDSWDWLRQHugo. In the book, Hugo lives in the walls of a train station LQ 3DULV ZKHUH KH PDQDJHV WKH VWDWLRQÂśV FORFNV ÂżOFKLQJ food whenever he gets the chance. His unique situation has the ability of touching even the coldest of hearts, as he is completely alone, void of a mother and a father. The premise of this novel is revealed following the death of Hugo’s father, who had discovered a human-like machine at the museum he worked at. Working together, Hugo and his father tried to give life back to the automaton. $IWHUKLVIDWKHUGLHG+XJRFRQWLQXHGWRÂż[WKHPDFKLQH stealing parts from a toy maker’s shop in the train station. The automaton that Hugo works on throughout the story is propped upright with a pen in its hand at a desk. I was not sure what this machine was supposed to do until they revealed its purpose at the end. I was still left somewhat confused as to why the automaton was originally constructed, although the machine’s purpose was actually quite interesting. Although Hugo is depicted as a thief, his attempt to carry out his father’s last wish seems honorable the way Selznick describes it. His determination is admirable and Selznick creates a character that one can really relate to. Even though I am not usually a fan of 3D movies,

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Athletes of the Issue Jewel McNeil â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12 Indoor Track

CS: How long have you been doing shot put and discus? JM: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been throwing since sophomore year, during outdoor track. CS: How does the team look this year? JM: Pretty good. There are lots of good kids this year and we may even make it to regionals. CS: Why do you enjoy shot put and discus? JM: ,OLNHWRSOD\EHFDXVHLWÂśVGLIÂżFXOW,WÂśVD lot of hard work to to be a thrower. CS: What do you normally eat before a big meet? JM: I usually have a Clif Bar and drink a Gatorade. CS: What is your favorite brand of running shoe? JM: Nike! CS: Who are your heroes? JM: My Grandma, my Father and Superman.

CS: How long have you been playing basketball at Washington-Lee? JB: This is my fourth yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1 year on the freshmen team and 3 years on varsity. CS: Why do you like to play basketball? JB: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my get-away place. I can hang with friends and play with all of the guys on the team. CS: What has been your favorite memory of W-L basketball? JB: Last year when we beat Yorktown at the home blackout game. CS: Who is your favorite superhero? JB: Jack-Jack from The Incredibles. CS: Who is your celebrity crush? JB:=DFK*DOLÂżDQDNLV CS: What is your favorite workout song? JB: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superstitionâ&#x20AC;? by Stevie Wonder

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An Athletic Equation Ms. Beth Black tries to balance rugby, teaching to master the sport that she picked up as an inexperienced college freshman. Staff Writer Years later, Ms. Black is a top-tier No ordinary teacher would pack their professional at her sport. Last week, she bags and jet to Dubai for several days to participated in one of nine stops in the play rugby. But then again, Ms. Beth Black International Rugby Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (IRB) Sevens is no ordinary teacher. While instructing 6HULHV ,W ZDV WKH ÂżUVW \HDU KHU WHDP ZDV freshmen and sophomores in standard invited to the Dubai stop. Ms. Black, health curriculum at Washington-Lee, Ms. captain of her Sevens Series team said, %ODFN ÂżQGV WLPH WR FRPSHWH RQ WKH 86$ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dubai is a city like none other I have ever Rugby Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Team which visited. Dubai was celebrating its 40th competes with other teams with much anniversay so it was a special time to be richer rugby histories such as England and there.â&#x20AC;? When asked about the culture and experience of travelling to the country, New Zealand. Ms. Black was originally a soccer she commented that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the architecture was player during her adolescence. She unique and intricate, the people were proud DWWHQGHG -DPHV 0DGLVRQ 8QLYHUVLW\ ZLWK of their city and boasted about being home strong hopes of making their soccer team, to the tallest building in the world, the Burj but was cut during the last rounds of Khalifa.â&#x20AC;? Sports-wise, Dubai houses a complex tryouts. This prompted Ms. Black to open her eyes to other activities at the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Sevensâ&#x20AC;? on the outskirts of the annual sports fair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw some girls tossing city. During games, the stadium is sold out around a rugby ball and questioned what with 40,000 fans from all over the world. Ms. Black noted the excitement of fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; they were doing.â&#x20AC;? From that point forward, she has tried â&#x20AC;&#x153;yelling and cheering, which was a pretty

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amazing experience.â&#x20AC;? Black has traveled a long way from the discouraging situation she initially faced at James Madison. Her Sevens team is looking forward to future stops in New Zealand, $XVWUDOLD &KLQD (QJODQG DQG ÂżQDOO\ RQ her home turf in Las Vegas. However, the jet-setting and athletic recognition on the world stage has its drawbacks. When asked how she balances teaching health to high-schoolers with playing rugby, VKH FOHDUO\ RXWOLQHG VHYHUDO GLIÂżFXOWLHV One is the fact that rugby is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a moneymaking sport in the states.â&#x20AC;? Internationally, Ms. Black claims, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is a lot more exposure, education, and familiarity with rugby, so athletes may be treated differently across the world than they are here.â&#x20AC;? She gets no payment for contributing to the Sevens teams and instead invests ample money, time and energy of her own into the pursuit. Regarding her professional occupation as a teacher, she thanks â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington-Lee and Arlington County Public Schools

for being very supportiveâ&#x20AC;? of her rugby endeavours. She has consistently been DOORZHGWRUHSUHVHQWWKH86WHDPGXULQJ large international events such as the Sevens in Dubai. Although rugby is her passion, Ms. %ODFNDOVRÂżQGVLWGLIÂżFXOWWROHDYHWKHDUHD frequently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I miss the school days with my students. They are very supportive of what I do and [it is] very hard to leave them for extended periods of time.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, the Womens Sevens Team is always looking for support through IXQGV 5XJE\ GUDZV VLJQLÂżFDQWO\ OHVV DWWHQWLRQ DQG VXSSRUW LQ WKH 86 WKDQ LQ other countries. This makes for opponents such as New Zealand to be unfairly more VXSSOLHGWKDQWKH86WHDP Ms. Black ultimately led her team to fourth place in the tournament behind Canada, England and Australia. In the tourney, the team won two matches. Their ÂżUVWZDVDYLFWRU\RYHU6RXWK$IULFD and their second a close 14-7 victory over China.


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Year-round coaching: benefit or detriment? other spaces.â&#x20AC;? The Gunston Bubble is one issue for schools who rely on athletes who possibility, but at a rate of $140 per hour, play multiple sports. Foreseeing this issue, Abby Boshart, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 Staff Writer practices will quickly become expensive. many coaches have chosen to allow their Coach Grove also said that many baseball multi-sport athletes to miss out-of-season This school year marked the beginning players already participate in baseball year practices for in-season sports. Senior lacrosse player Meredith Randle of a new era for high school sports in round, so it may be unnecessary for him to is really excited about the new policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I increase the number of practices. Virginia. Starting August 1, coaches were love the new policy!â&#x20AC;? commented Randle. Even though â&#x20AC;&#x153;practice makes perfect,â&#x20AC;? allowed to begin holding practices and â&#x20AC;&#x153;It forces me to condition in the off-season, this rule could possibly create several giving informal instruction to players. In the and that makes for a better program all issues for the school and the students. past, training time has been largely limited around.â&#x20AC;? Although many girls lacrosse School systems to in-season practices, discouraging out players have may be unable to of season coach and athlete contact. Now, been typically pay coaches for with the exception of Sundays and three 10 involved in day â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead periodsâ&#x20AC;? at the beginning of each their extra time, out-of-season so the out-ofseason, out-of-season high school coaches leagues, this season practices can instruct their players year round. change in rules would be purely This common rule is also effective in will give them for several other states and the implementation voluntary the chance to the individuals of this rule in Virginia will help level the receive training who run the SOD\LQJ ÂżHOG EHWZHHQ DWKOHWHV DFURVV WKH specifically teams. Field or nation. In the past, many student athletes from their high gym time will have played on club and travel teams to coach perhaps also be offset this disadvantage, but the programs -Senior Meredith Randle school whenever they a problem for are often expensive and far away. Now, free need it. Athletes schools whose coaching will almost always be available will get to play to those students who could not previously facilities that are the sports they already booked access it. love and no time will be lost getting back with in-season sports practices. Baseball Head Coach Mr. Doug Grove into shape. For coaches who are involved with believes that this change in rules could It may take some time to witness the possibly be advantageous. The baseball PRUHWKDQRQHVSRUWLWPD\EHGLIÂżFXOWIRU ultimate effects of this continuous coaching, them to hold practices for two different team only has ten practices before their EXWLWVHHPVODUJHO\EHQHÂżFLDOIRUERWKWKH sports at once. This could be a similar ÂżUVW VFULPPDJH LQ WKH VSULQJ VHDVRQ VR any extra practice time is a welcomed issue with multi-sport players. Athletes athletes and the coaches. If these challenges change. Coach Grove, however, does have would be unable to attend out-of-season are overcome, year-round coaching will some concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space is a problem,â&#x20AC;? practices due to the fact they are playing allow Virginia athletes to work harder on he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basketball uses the gym in the an in-season sport. This could force players their respective sports and improve faster winter so we are thinking about renting to focus on a single sport, and would be an than with the current schedule.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Year round coaching] forces me to condition in the off-season, and that makes for a better program all around.â&#x20AC;?

PE Goes IB IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science will be a serious class Angela Mestre, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13

Staff Writer

Washington-Lee prides itself in being the only high school in Arlington County that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, allowing students to take college level courses recognized at an international level. Beginning in the 2012 academic year, the school will widen its already broad range of IB classes with the adoption of several more courses into the program. One class in particular is the topic of mixed scrutiny by the student population: Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SEHS), or as it is commonly referred to in the buzz amongst students, â&#x20AC;&#x153;IB P.E.â&#x20AC;? The course proposal was initially regarded with little seriousness on part of the students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;P.E. and Health were never very challenging,â&#x20AC;? stated junior Kyle Conway. In Conwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, the new IB course will be an advancement of the Physical Education classes, set in a more structured environment. He imagines a class consisting of rigorous timed sprints around the outdoor track, but that â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids will probably take it just to boost their GPA.â&#x20AC;? Conway represents a large number of students that are unfortunately ill-informed. Although current juniors cannot enroll in SEHS, sophomores and freshmen are elegible, and the next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s course decisions are approaching fast. Mr. Chad DeMagistris, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IB coordinator, plans to begin next week enlightening the students on the new IB classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[SEHS] received a big hoorah from the upperclassmen when I introduced it at the IB test enrollment,â&#x20AC;? recalls DeMagistris, who is hoping the underclassmen have similar enthusiasm for the course. SEHS is a pilot subject as part of the Group 4 Experimental Sciences in the IB Program, along with subjects such as

&KHPLVWU\ DQG 3K\VLFV $FFRUGLQJ WR WKH ,% RIÂżFLDO ZHEVLWH students will explore the underpinning concepts and models to collaboratively investigate solutions to global questions relevant to this subject. The SEHS course curriculum incorporates the concepts of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition in context of exercise and health. Through class work as well as experimentation, students will acquire a thorough understanding of human performance over a two-year period. Athletic trainer and P.E. III teacher Ms. Andrea Paight is enthused and excited to teach the second year SEHS students. She and Ms. Elizabeth Black, the future teachers of the class, will be attending a training session in Kansas City, Missouri in the upcoming summer. Paight believes this specialized course will suit students who are interested in athletic training, physical therapy, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;how the human body works in accordance to health and exercise.â&#x20AC;? Students should understand ART BY MAHEEN SHAHID that this is a science-based course; very little physical activity is involved. Still, SEHS is a non-traditional science course that will appeal to the non-traditional student. Students will be involved in many lab-based, hands-on activities, such as developing effective weight-training programs. A large portion of the SEHS curriculum will also be dedicated to the study of health, including nutritional, therapeutic and preventive health. As IB Sports, ([HUFLVHDQG+HDOWK6FLHQFHÂśVÂżUVWWHDFKHUVÂł>0V3DLJKWDQG0V Black] are building this program from the ground up,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Demagistris. IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science is really not â&#x20AC;&#x153;IB P.E.â&#x20AC;? as many students think it will be. The class intends to produce the next generation of personal trainers, orthopedic specialists, and even wellness counselors. Paight assures, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be awesome!â&#x20AC;?

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Ice Hockey seeks support JV hockey team attempts to join varsity ranks Manbir Nahal, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14

Business Manager

On Black Friday, the WashingtonLee/T.C. Williams JV ice hockey played an exhibition game at the Verizon Center against division rivals Yorktown. For PRVW SOD\HUV WKLV ZDV WKH ÂżUVW WLPH WKH\ ever worked on the ice with the team, an organization combining students from the two schools due to the low number of players at each. However, the team has expanded drastically with over 35 players VLJQLQJ XS WR SOD\ LQ WKH WHDPÂśV ÂżIWK season. 7KH WHDP ÂżQLVKHG RII ODVW VHDVRQ LQ fourth place in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League with seven wins and three losses, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best record yet. Veterans feel that the team is on the rise and improving. Coaches feel that the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in the JV league will soon come to an end and that the team will join the competitive varsity league, which has become their goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have played two years for the team and I am pleased to see the major improvement,â&#x20AC;? said sophomore goaltender Matt Stewart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of work to do and still have to worry about this season but EHFRPLQJYDUVLW\FRQWHQGHUVLVGHÂżQLWHO\D possibility.â&#x20AC;? Head coach Matthew Seney is optimistic about the possible jump. At a recent team meeting Seney said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as both schools have enough players, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have one main requirement to be eligible to compete at the varsity level. The coaches worked hard last season along with the SOD\HUV WR JHW LQ WKH WRS ÂżYH LQ WKH >-9@ league. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the players and coaches for the team to progress.â&#x20AC;? While the players build on the last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, they also want to build a fan base here at school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was mainly parents and passersby at the rink who were cheering in the stands,â&#x20AC;? said Stewart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only a handful of students were seen at a limited amount of games.â&#x20AC;? Some players are spreading word of the team around the school and the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; friends have made Facebook pages for individual games,â&#x20AC;? said sophomore Sam Douthit, a forward on the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name has been spreading all over the school and getting recognition so I am glad that our classmates have knowledge of us.â&#x20AC;? The largest requirement for the team WREHFRPHDYDUVLW\WHDPLVRIÂżFLDOVFKRRO DIÂżOLDWLRQ DQG LQYROYHPHQW E\ VWDII $Q athletic trainer must be on site at practices and games which has been an obstacle due to the fact that the home rink, Kettler Iceplex, is located off-campus and trainers need to attend simultaneous practices that take place on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. However, some students have volunteered to manage the team, which is seen as a step towards being recognized by the school. First year player freshman Ewan Marsden craves the need for wider recognition, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be great to have a bigger staff and fans at our games to support us. Support would be greatly appreciated.â&#x20AC;?


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December 9, 2011

SPECIALS

Crossed Sabres

DRIVING DANGERS Risks of texting while driving

Mina Matias, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15

Staff Reporter

Texting and driving never combine well since it just adds more risks to operating a car. Teens and adults who engage in risky driving can be considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;distracted driversâ&#x20AC;? and are a step closer to having an accident. Above all other the phonerelated risks such as talking, dialing or reaching for the phoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;texting is considered to be the most dangerous. A driver typing or dialing on their phone is three times as likely to get into a car crash. A driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention is diverted for 4.6 seconds when they receive and decide to respond to a text message, according to edgarsynder.com. They may not react quickly enough to press on the brake when there is a stopped car ahead. Regulators say that texting

distracts drivers visually, manually and cognitively. Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involve teens between the ages of 16 and 18 who used their phone while driving. This percentage is expected to grow 4% each year. According to the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These numbers show that distracted driving remains an epidemic in America and they are just the tip of the iceberg.â&#x20AC;? A report from the National Highway Safety Administration revealed that the majority of car crashes are linked to distracted driving, claiming up to 5,000 lives and causing 550,000 injuries across the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not worth the riskâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; since there are many more risks on the road, why add more?â&#x20AC;? said gym teacher, Sara Fiorini. Under proposed guidelines, drivers caught using their hand-held devices while behind the wheel will IDFHDÂżQHRI7KHZDUQLQJ goes for commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses as well and violators will be subject to civil or criminal penalties that JRHVXS

BEATS ON THE GO

Driving under the influence The many perils of drinking and driving

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COMPILED BY LUCY NALAND

According to the Arlington Partnership for Youth in 2010:

32% of sophomores and 43% of seniors admitted to using alcohol in the past 30 days. Lucy Naland, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15

When asked how many W-L students they believed participated in underage drinking, Over the last few years, preventing most survey respondents thought that half Elena Amparo, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 elements of great driving songs and will underage drinking and driving under the or more of the student population was Staff Reporter GHÂżQLWHO\ NHHS \RX HQWHUWDLQHG WKH QH[W LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHKDVEHFRPHDODUJHIRFXVIRUKLJK involved. time you hit the road, no matter how you schools nationwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so proud to see some of our own Whether you are just going down the chose to play them. This effort to work against underage Washington-Lee students creating public street to the grocery store or across the drinking is important because this behavior service announcements about having fun country on a road trip, listening to music â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive My Carâ&#x20AC;? by The Beatles is can lead to other risky behaviors such as without alcohol. I believe students also can make a boring drive much more about a girl telling the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrator that GULYLQJ XQGHU WKH LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH$FFRUGLQJ WR need to take ownership of the problem and exciting. he can be her chauffeur when she becomes Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help bring about positive change,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Although you can listen to anything you a movie star. The song is lighthearted and website, madd.com, hundreds of American Robertson. want, some songs are particularly good to upbeat. teenagers each year die in car crashes that Therefore, it is important that listen while in the car. These songs usually involve some sort of substance abuse. Car Washington-Lee offers school-based have strong, steady beats and choruses that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is a Highwayâ&#x20AC;? by Rascal Flatts crashes are the leading cause of death programs and initiatives to encourage are catchy and fun to sing along to. describes a highway as a metaphor for life. for teens; one out of every three of those students to make good choices about their In addition, some of the greatest driving 7KLV VRQJ KDV VWURQJ YRFDOV D FRQÂżGHQW crashes is alcohol-related. health and safety. Announcements, aired songs often have car-related themes, tone and a very smooth sound. So what are Arlington high schools during the morning news program, as well although this is not always the case. doing to address this problem? as coaches and teachers speaking out to There are several ways you can get â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Highwayâ&#x20AC;? by Bon Jovi is about Principal Gregg Robertson noted that students about making good choices are your hands on the perfect music for the ÂżQGLQJ \RXU ZD\ LQ OLIH ZKLOH GULYLQJ communication is key in discouraging just some of the ways in which the school next time you hit the road. down a highway. The tone of the song is students to drink and drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the is helping to educate others. One option is buying CDs at bookstores, triumphant. addition of the new county programsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; With all of these precautions being music stores, or even borrowing them Second Chance, the Arlington Ready taken to prevent and discuss the dangers from your local library if you chose not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Road Songâ&#x20AC;? by Eve 6 is about Coalition, The Partnership for Children, of underage drinking, statistics point to to spend money on them. Once you have fast driving down an open road at night in Youth and Families and more, we are positive outcomes. put the music on your computer, you a worn-out car. The song has simple, witty trying to create increased dialogue between The increased awareness about can easily burn CDs with mixes of your lyrics and a carefree attitude. all relevant groups: students, schools and underage drinking and driving under the favorite driving songs for yourself and parents.â&#x20AC;? LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH SDLUHG ZLWK WKH QDWLRQZLGH your friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Day is a Winding Roadâ&#x20AC;? by Arlington high schools have continued efforts of MADD and many other similar Another option is connecting your iPod Sheryl Crow is about hitching a ride with their coalition to support students in organizations has contributed to an overall to your car stereo. This would conveniently a stranger and learning about them. The choosing not to participate in risky decrease in underage drinking rates. place your entire music collection at your QDUUDWRU RI WKH VRQJ UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWV RQ OLIH DQG behaviors such as drinking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t MADD reports that from 1991 to the ÂżQJHUWLSVEXWWKHLQVWDOODWLRQLQYROYHGFDQ compares it to a winding road. The song is matter whether it is a General, Patriot, or present, the use of alcohol among 8th, be complicated. laid back and has a mellow sound. Warriorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we want all of our Arlington 10th, and 12th graders has dropped 45%, Playing CDs is a good option because children to be safe and well,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. 30%, and 18%, respectively. most cars nowadays are equipped with CD â&#x20AC;&#x153;AM/FM Soundâ&#x20AC;? by Matt and Kim is Robertson. With these statistics in mind, the players and you have the ability to control about waiting for a ride. Although it is not Despite these efforts at the Washington-Lee community is hopeful the music you play. about driving, the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun electronic administrative level, a recent survey of that students will make better, more wellThe following six songs, listed in no sound and simple, memorable chorus make W-L students points out the need for informed choices about underage alcohol particular order, have all the necessary it a good driving song. additional support at the student level. usage. Staff Reporter


OPINION

Crossed Sabres

December 9, 2011

Occupy DC:

pro Emily Walker, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12

Editor in Chief

It seemss like it is time for the revolutionary movemnt of our generation. On September 17, a group of Canadians working with Adbusters, an anticonsumerist magazine, joined with some New Yorkers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupy Wall Streetâ&#x20AC;? in 0DQKDWWDQÂśV /LEHUW\ 6TXDUH VSDUNLQJ D QDWLRQDOPRYHPHQWWRÂżJKWÂŤZHOOWRÂżJKW something. While having no clearly stated goals is sort of the hallmark of the movement, there is at least one thing everyone in the movement seems to agree on: corporate corruption is leaking into the government. The majority of â&#x20AC;&#x153;occupiersâ&#x20AC;? blame the wealthiest 1% of the population for the 8QLWHG 6WDWHÂśV HFRQRPLF SUREOHPV EXW others believe fault lies elsewhere. After attending a General Assembly meeting of Occupy D.C. and going two other times during the day, I have come up with my own list of reasons to support the movement. I do not blame the 1%--those people worked hard to get where they are today and have every right to do whatever they want with their money. It angers me that corporations are able to lobby the government and persuade them with PRQH\WRSDVVODZVWKDWEHQHÂżWWKHPQRW the people. Take the bill that made pizza a vegetable, for example. The company that makes pizzas to be sold to schools realized that the bill allowing the Department of Agriculture to establish nutrition standards for federal school lunches would threaten WKHLUSURÂżWVVROREELHGFRQJUHVV One young man at Occupy D.C., who ,ÂśOOUHIHUWRDV3KLOLSVDLGWKDWÂłPRQH\DQG politics is bad, no matter if you support >D SROLWLFLDQÂśV@ LGHDV´ 3KLOLS KDG EHHQ sleeping in a tent in McPherson square for three weeks, and continued to say that it is unfair that our political leaders are more interested in getting corporate money to fund projects in their districts to get them reelected than working for reelection by SDVVLQJODZVWKDWZRXOGEHQHÂżWWKHHQWLUH populace. 6LJQLÂżFDQW SROLWLFDO FKDQJH KDV \HW to occur, but one of the major successes of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been raising awareness. Because of the movement, which since September 17 has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and 1,500 across the globe, people are more aware of government corruption, and other issues like lack of transparency, skewed income distribution (consider that in the United States in 2005, a CEO made 262

times the amount that an average worker did) and the unwillingness of congress to address the issues of unemployment and economic downturn. Another occupier I met, Walt Joback, said that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;continues to contact FRQJUHVVPHQ ZKR DUH ÂżJKWLQJ ZLWK HDFK other,â&#x20AC;? trying to further their own political agendas rather than help out strggling Americans. His opinion on government ÂżJXUHV DV D ZKROH" Âł7KH\ DUH DFWLQJ OLNH juveniles.â&#x20AC;? Unfortunately, Occupy movements in other parts of the country have brought attention to the issue of police brutality. In Oakton, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, control methods that are supposed to be reserved for violent crowds, were used on peaceful protestors. People have also become increasingly aware of censorship, like when police used vans to block journalist access to Zuccotti Park when occupiers there were being arrested. From what I have seen of the Occupy movement, this is undue violence and VXSSUHVVLRQ RI SHRSOHÂśV H[SUHVVLRQ RI their dissatisfaction. In McPherson Square, there are health, food, media DQGÂżQDQFHWHQWVDVZHOODVVDQLWDWLRQ public relations and white anti-racism committees. Does that sound like anything negative to you? In addition, there are compost and recycling bins set up to reduce waste, a program to create â&#x20AC;&#x153;safer spacesâ&#x20AC;? for the LGBTQ members of the movement (with the goal of acceptance becoming the norm in the rest of the country), and even a few solar panels. Though the occupiers are politically, socially and environmentally friendly, I will not pretend like the movement does not have weaknesses. A lot of the food that is going to the occupiers is leftovers from restaurants that might be better spent IHHGLQJ :DVKLQJWRQ '&ÂśV KRPHOHVV population. The group is self-describes as leaderless and demandless, which makes the movement seem less legitimate. However, this perception might change when Occupy D.C. publishes its declaration. It is my hope that if protesters stay steadfast in their peaceful opposition, that the government will have no choice but to address their concerns. I encourage anybody who has not been to Occupy D.C. to check it out and, as it was said during a General Assembly meeting, â&#x20AC;&#x153; welcome to our revolution of ethics and values.â&#x20AC;?

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Alice Maggio, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13

There are several things wrong with these protests, one of which being the GHÂżQLWLRQ RI ZHDOWK\ WKDW WKH SURWHVWHUV A large number of protesters have been believe in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Dreamâ&#x20AC;? used in turmoil for three months now, occupying to be that a family would work hard to a section of Washington D.C. This uprising become prosperous. Contradictory to has come about in the district through this idea, the protesters are angry that WKH LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH RI 2FFXS\ :DOO 6WUHHW LQ they have no money, and want to change Manhattan, New York. The two share prothe economy, but they are not willing the same anger towards the weak to work for it. Instead, and ironically, they economy, and are camping out in public parks, and not working for the riches they desire. The irony is that the protestors are enraged at where the economy stands, and that there are wealthy individuals who are not getting foreclosures on their homes and not having enough to eat. The solution to this uprising hostility is simple: work hard in order to get what you want, not sit around in a community of tents in a public park. Secondly, the lack of communication of a list of demands in the form of a petition, document, or VSHHFKLVDPDMRUĂ&#x20AC;DZ2QWKHRFFXSLHUÂśV s h a r e local website, they stress the point that the same they are not a political party, and do not i d e n t i t y : KDYHDVLQJOHGHÂżQLQJOHDGHUÂł:HGRQRW the 99%. have a spokesperson and we shall never T h e have oneâ&#x20AC;ŚWe are not a party, and we will 99% is never be.â&#x20AC;? There is nothing wrong with PHOTOS BY EMILY WALKER simply the these philosophies, but the fact that their m a j o r i t y demands have not been clearly drawn up, of people in America that are suffering whether it is done through a document, IURP WKH ÂżQLFDO PHOWGRZQ 7KH  RI VSHHFK RU SHWLWLRQ VKRZV Ă&#x20AC;DZV LQ WKHLU people, in the eyes of the protesters, are struggle. They must be clear and civil in the wealthy people who are not struggling order to get what they want, not occupy a in the debt of the country. The protesters public area in a vain, angry protest. are upset that they are getting their homes To add to this point, they have taken from them, and that there is not accomplished little. They have captured enough money for them to cover grocery the eyes of the media around the world, shopping and rent. Americans have mixed and the millions that have joined the feelings about the protest, but I, however occupation. Despite the interest, what have know what I believe. they actually accomplished in the time they At the beginning of the occupation, have been protesting? Sure, this outburst most people were misinformed about the amongst the people is making history, like protest, believing that it was like the 1960s the Vietnam War protests in the 1970s, but and 1970s anti-war protests all over again. there is really no reason for the struggles They believed that the occupiers were the people are going through, especially merely angry young people who would when very few changes have taken place soon disperse. Older people, younger because of this protest. people, educated, uneducated, men and Basically what I am saying is that the women alike were all out there to help with protestors need to become more serious the struggle. The thing that is different about about what they are doing. It does not even this protest compared to the rebellious ones necessarily have to be on all fronts of their thirty years ago is that the occupiers are not expression of disapproval, but at least one. necessarily young college students looking Either go home and start working, or put to change their world, but a myriad of more effort into having what they are doing VLPLODUO\DIĂ&#x20AC;LFWHGSHRSOH,QP\RSLQLRQ EHFRPHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQWLDO7KHFXUUHQWHFRQRPLF the way in which they went about this issue situation of our country leaves no room for is immature and pointless. slackers. Photo Editor

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OPINION

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