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Global Magazine 2015

Written and Edited by Nancy Morgan, Corinne Wallace, and Natasha Velasquez

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A Special Thanks We would like to thank Mrs. Bradshaw, the Magnet Coordinator for being such a great sponsor for this project! There are so many ways in which she helped from the very beginning of the process until we were finally able to publish a magazine that we are truly so proud of. She really went out of her way to help us succeed and create the best product we could and we would like to sincerely thank her for that. We would also like to thank Ms. Binns and Ms. Clowe for keeping us on schedule with our project, and helping us with anything we needed. We definitely would not have been able to publish this without their help!

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Table of Contents Letter from the Editors


About the Global Program




Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


Optional Trips


Tips for Global Students


Global Journals


What does Global mean to students?


Senior Interviews


Farewell to the Global Class of 2015


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Letters from the Editors Hi, My name is Corinne Wallace and I am a senior in the Global Ecology Program at PHS. In the Fall of 2015 I will be starting college with a major in Early Childhood Education with the hope of becoming an elementary school teacher. This year I had a double period internship at Monocacy Elementary School where I was a teacher’s aid in Mrs. Eye’s 3rd grade classroom. If anything, this internship has confirmed the fact that teaching is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I absolutely love my students and love seeing them learn new things. I have been an avid dancer since the age of three and have been a competitive dancer since I was 13. I am currently a member of the 2014-2015 PHS Poms Squad. I am also a member and CoLeader of the H.E.R.O. anti-bullying club, in which I travel to our local elementary and middle schools and teach lessons on anti-bullying. Joining Global my freshman year was probably the best decision I ever made. It took me out of my comfort zone and pushed me. It also enabled me to learn new things, explore the outdoors and make the most amazing friends. Global has made me fall in love with hiking and backpacking and I hope to be able to continue doing it for the rest of my life. Creating this magazine has been so much fun and I hope you enjoy reading it!!!

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Dear reader, My name is Natasha Velasquez and I am a Global senior at Poolesville High School. I went to Roberto Clemente Middle School and was part of the Math, Science and Computer Science program. Although I loved being in that program I was eager to be in Global at Poolesville. Being in the Global program has been an amazing experience and I can not imagine being in any other program. Not only has it allowed me to go out into the world and experience things but Global has made me the person I am today. In addition to being a Global student, I have been a member of different clubs at PHS. Freshman year I was part of the Recycling Club and Dance Club. I tried out for Poms my sophomore year and have been on the team since. I am now senior co-captain of the team. Whether you are a incoming freshman, current student, teacher or parent, this magazine is intended to show you what Global is all about. Poolesville High School gives students so many opportunities to be the best that they can be and to be honest all the programs are great. Hi, My name is Nancy Morgan and I am a senior in the Global Ecology Program. I am excited to start my four years at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Fall of 2015. I will be majoring in Kinesiology with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. This year I had a triple period internship at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists assisting the physical therapists and exploring the field. I absolutely loved my internship. I was a four year senior on the Varsity Golf team, and threw shot put and discus in indoor and outdoor track and field. I also was a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the Interact Club. I also enjoy dancing and taking self defense classes. I view joining Global as the best decision I made in my entire life. Global created in me a love for the environment and a love for exploring that I now view as central to my personality. I love hiking, backpacking, exploring, and just enjoying everything that the environment offers. I absolutely loved going on the optional cross grade field studies over my four years and I am inspired by the spirit of the Global Ecology Program. I have loved working on this magazine and doing the layout has been so much fun! I hope you all really enjoy it!

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About the Global Ecology Program Welcome to the Global Ecology House! Applying Just as with the Humanities and Science, Math and Computer Science programs , Global looks for academically well-rounded, exceptional students who are in the process of completing their last year of middle school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Students who are interested begin the application process in the fall of their 8th grade year. There is an Information Night at the beginning of December for all interested students and their parents. The application process involves completing the application with written personal statements, acquiring letters of recommendation from their 8th grade teachers and taking the magnet exam which is given in the beginning of December. Once all of these items have been completed our teachers and magnet faculty begin the intense two month evaluation process, during which students are evaluated on grades, overall coursework, letters of recommendation, written statements, essays and test scores. During the second week of February decisions are mailed to all applicants. Those who were accepted attend an Invited Meeting at Poolesville in the weeks that follow. After being accepted Congratulations! You have been accepted into the Global Ecology House at Poolesville High School! Whether you are admitted into just Global or multiple programs, you and your family will be invited to an information session during mid-February, called the Invited Meeting, in which you will meet the teachers and some current students. We highly recommend this night whether you are sure you want to be in Global or are considering another program. This night allows you to gain more information and most of our students have said that this night ultimately helped them decide to attend PHS.

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Learning The Global Ecology program would not be possible if it weren’t for our incredible teachers. Whether you’re in Geographical IS (Foundations of Technology), Chemistry, AP World History or any other Global class you will be taught by the most enthusiastic, friendly and caring teachers you will ever meet. Not only do these teachers have the same environmental passion as all of the students, they truly care about each and every single one of us and will go out of their way to help us succeed. These are also the people who accompany us on our famous field studies. Our field studies are what make this program what it is. Because we go in the classroom to out of the classroom and it helps us apply what we are learning to real life. Our trips range from going to monuments and museums in DC to study US History to going on 4 day hikes in West Virginia where we study alternative forms of energy.

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Teachers By Corinne Wallace While most of this magazine describes the Global program, we wouldn’t be able to be a part of this amazing program if it weren’t for our fabulous Global teachers. During your time in Global you have the privilege to be taught by these very caring teachers. They not only teach us in the classroom, these are the people who bring us out into the field. Our field studies are one of the major components of our program and are definitely what sets us apart from the rest. The trips allow us, as students, to not only go out and explore the environment but also help us to draw connections between what we are learning in the classroom and what is happening in the real world. Our teachers are organized in teams by grade level. They work together, along with our Head of House, Ms. Binns, to plan trips that will most enhance our coursework for that year.

Field Studies Coordinator Mr. Sparrow

Ninth Grade Teachers Mr. Morrell Honors U.S. History Mr. Gardiner Foundations of Technology Mr. Rogers Honors Biology

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Tenth Grade Teachers Mr. Short AP National State and Local U.S. Government Ms. Adah Honors Chemistry

Eleventh Grade Teachers Mr. Savino Honors Physics/ AP Physics Ms. Snavely AP World History

Twelfth Grade Teachers Ms. Clowe AP Environmental Science Ms. Binns AP Environmental Science/Global Head of House

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FRESHMAN YEAR By Natasha Velasquez Let’s start off by saying that freshman year is great. There are so many new people and teachers that it might sound scary, but once you make friends and really get to know the teachers you’ll realize that you made the right choice with Global. First of all, by being a Global student you will come to realize that you always have to be prepared for trips. You will understand the do’s and don’ts. There are also numerous field studies that you will get to go on! Trips range from going to the National Zoo biomes to walking around the town of Poolesville, but no matter where you go it will be fun. In addition to the trips, you will have three Global classes: US History, Biology and Foundations of Technology. Keep in mind that ninth grade is the only year that you will have a “Global block”, where the last three classes of the school day are exclusively Global classes.. Freshman year is the year to have fun, get used to being in high school, study hard, and get to know everyone because those are the people you will be spending time with for the next four years.

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Harpers Ferry is one of the most memorable trips you will go on as a Global student. Not only is it the only overnight that everyone in your grade will go on, but it gives you a sense of what Global will be like. You get to interact with teachers and really get to know the students. There are so many activities planned out for you. I promise that you will enjoy yourself. Rain or shine get ready to have a blast!

“Global gives me a perspective on learning that you can’t receive anywhere else. Besides just learning in class, we learn in the field on our field trips. These trips connect all of us with our fellow peers and teachers, and give me memories that I will never forget and always cherish” - Freshman Donald Vogel

“What I appreciate about Global is that it really opens up our eyes to the world around us. It gives us the knowledge to understand and preserve our planet and it’s history, and to ultimately be passed on to the future generations. It gives us the opportunity to leave the world a better place than when we arrived.” - Freshman Connell Oberman

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SOPHOMORE YEAR Starting off sophomore year, Global By Nancy Morgan students are in a unique position. They are no longer new to the school. They know their way around and they have close friendships with students that they met the previous year . While sophomores are used to going out on field studies and managing their schoolwork, their 10th grade year is still a year of transition. Sophomores take their first AP class, leave a structured Global block, and prepare to be upperclassmen. There are only two required Global classes sophomore year, AP National State and Local Government with Mr. Short and Chemistry with Ms. Adah. NSL field studies often take students to D.C. to see

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I love Global because it’s a fun program full of supportive people. I think Global has changed me in a positive way and I am a much more supportive and caring person. I think Global sets apart the students from others because we are a very close program” - Sophomore Arona Baigal

various aspects of the government inaction. While NSL trips are typically more formal, visiting museums and meeting politicians, the Chemistry trips take students to less glamorous, but still fun and educational sites. Chemistry trips include touring wastewater treatment plants, recycling and trash centers, and outdoors to test stream health and explore the properties of water in the form of ice. Sophomore year is the first year without a Global block. Because of this, the trips become important for connecting the two Global classes.

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JUNIOR YEAR By Corinne Wallace By this point in your Global career you have the whole field study concept under control. You’ve become very good at managing classwork you missed while in the field. There aren't as many field studies because you are taking more AP classes. While some may say junior year is one of the more difficult years in high school, you will learn a lot of new and amazing things this year that you will remember for a lifetime. During your junior year in Global you will take AP World History with Ms. Snavely and you will have the option of either taking Honors or AP Physics with Mr. Savino. During this year in Global your field studies become more specific to each subject as opposed to being more broad as they were in the previous two years. Your field studies for AP World are spent at places of worship such as temples and cathedrals as well as museums in DC.

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“I love that Global gives us the unique opportunity to explore real world problems out in the field. There is only so much you can learn in the classroom.” - Junior Katie Kavanagh

Whereas for Physics we venture to places such as Calleva’s Rope Course and Hershey Park to bring physics to life. The cool thing about physics trips is while you experience these trips Mr. Savino takes pictures of the situations and upon returning to the classroom he uses those pictures to teach the lessons. So not only are you working with a real life scenario, it’s a real life scenario that you personally experienced. This definitely helps you understand and remember concepts that you are being taught. Another cool aspect about Global is while we go on a lot of course specific field studies, every year we do a stewardship trip. We spend a day cleaning up the

environment, whether that be helping manage or clean up a flower bed or picking up trash, we do it all. This allows us to give back to the community as a program and realize that individuals can make a difference. No matter what grade you are in you always are given the opportunity to help and benefit the environment!

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By Corinne Wallace

SENIOR YEAR Well, you finally made it to Senior Year, the year you’ve been looking forward to since your first day of high school. Of all the years you have been in Global, your senior year definitely takes a different perspective! This year you will focus on the bigger picture. Whether that be on field studies or in class, you are frequently asked “Well what does this mean in terms of the world?” This forces you to think about how issues that may be centralized to a certain region affect the world as a whole. This year involves a lot of critical thinking in terms of Global issues, whether that be pollution or

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poverty. During your senior year, unlike the first three years, you only have one required class, AP Environmental Science or APES. This course is taught by either Ms. Binns, our Head of House, or Ms. Clowe. While you only have one class you are required to take, you also, during your senior year, must complete a senior project. This is the final requirement you must meet in order to receive your Global Certificate, and while it is a challenging task, you are allowed to pick the project. This means you could explore an area that you are interested in whether that be education, in which you would do a project like “Project Wild� or original research that you conducted through an internship. It is 100% up to you as long as it has an environmental thesis and is approved by Ms. Binns. You can read more about how seniors decided on different senior project options in their interviews on page 26. The highlight of senior year is definitely Canaan Valley, a four day optional trip to West Virginia. During this trip you become immersed into the environment going on long hikes through the mountains to learn about various biomes and bringing together a lot of the information you have learned over these four years and applying it to this one trip. You can read more about this trip on page 18 along with all of our other optional field studies.

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CROSS-GRADE TRIPS By Nancy Morgan Whenever anyone asks me my favorite part of the Global program, I tell them that without a doubt, the optional trips are the best experience that Global offers students. I have been lucky enough to go on overnight trips to Port Isobel and the Karen Noonan Center with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, backpacking across the Appalachian Trail, and optional trips to Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Morgan State University, and Canaan Valley. These trips are where the true spirit of the Global Program can be found. On optional trips, students spend a lot more time with classmates. Optional trips are filled with hiking, star gazing, field research, stewardship projects, boat rides, excruciatingly long bus rides, fajitas, and my personal favorite, marsh mucking.


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Towards the end of the year, there is a cross grade field trip opportunity for students of all grade levels to backpack on the Appalachian Trail. Over the two days students are on the trip they hike a total of 11 miles on the Appalachian Trail. While the hike is not too strenuous for students, it is definitely not a walk in the park! After a very productive first day, having hiked 6 miles of the Appalachian Trail, learning about the flora and fauna of the region and “leave no trace” principles, students reach Blackburn Cabin where they will spend the night. The time spent at the hostel is just as exciting as the time spent on the trail. Students from across many grades, who sometimes have never spoken to each other, bond over stories from the day, and stories of Global trips, favorite memories about Global, giving advice to the other grades, sharing “what Global means to you”, performing skits by the different grades, and of course, food. On the second day of the trip, students hike 5 miles until they reach the Global bus to head home. For the last section of the trail, students spread out and go on a silent hike, so that they can be more aware of their surroundings and find a more personal connection to nature, the trip, and the program.

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Each year, the Global program offers an overnight field study to one of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Environmental Education Centers. It is a cross grade field study, so any student in the program is invited to sign up for the trip. This year I went on the CBF trip to the Karen Noonan center. It was freezing cold but we still spent most of our time outside doing activities. A Global student knows that there is no such thing as bad weather, only unprepared students. For three days we lived without phones, without connection to the rest of the world, and without watches. When you are on a CBF trip, you live on “Island Time”. We went crabbing, and caught a large sum of zero crabs. We dredged for oysters, learned about the history of the area, went to see the restoration of skipjacks, took night hikes, went stargazing, prepared food together, and went marsh mucking. As the only senior on the trip, I had the pleasure of reading The Lorax to the group, carrying on the Senior Story time tradition. The trip takes students to the Chesapeake Bay where they can observe, first hand, how the bay has experienced detrimental impacts as a result of an increased human presence. The trip exposes students to a really great cause, Saving the Chesapeake Bay.

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As a senior in the Global Ecology program, the greatest opportunity is the chance to go on the optional trip to Canaan Valley in West Virginia. After spending three years with your classmates, you feel like you have a pretty good idea of who everyone is. Canaan changes that. The time spent at Canaan brings everyone so much closer and friendships are built upon and created. The hiking is amazing. While hiking you are presented with an opportunity to connect with the environment and your classmates on a much deeper level. We learn about the history of the Appalachians, current energy issues, acid mine drainage, and the ecology of the region. The view at Lindy Point is the most breathtaking thing I have ever experienced. There are so many opportunities that can be life changing, where you can truly see the spirit of the Global program.

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1. DO NOT procrastinate.

By Natasha Velasquez Being in the Global program

Tips for Global Students

means frequently going on field studies. Sure it is fun, but it also requires students to make up missing work. Not only that but if we do not go out on our trip or if the trip is canceled for any reason, you get to go to class so if you don’t have your homework done it will be a rough day for you. 2. Always be prepared. This tip is pretty self explanatory but take it seriously. Bring everything you might need on field studies. Rain jacket, hiking boots, sweatshirt, lunch and water. Remember that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad

clothing. 3. Keep your grades up. Global students go on trips an average of twice a month and teachers expect you to do all your work whether you go on a trip or not. Plus, there are a lot of cool optional trips that you can choose to go on but you have to have good grades. It is easy to let things slip so stay on top of things. Freshmen- Before your first trip get a good pair of hiking shoes and a nice rain jacket because you will be using these for the next 4 years. Seniors - Enjoy your last year as a Poolesville High School Global student. Time really does fly by and senioritis is real so don’t let it get the best of you.

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What not to wear


rust me when I say that what you wear on field studies can totally ruin the experience for you if you are not prepared. By this I do not mean whether your outfit is cute or not because no one really cares. I mean wet socks, damp muddy jeans and not enough layers is not comfortable... at all. Keep in mind that each field study has its own dress code. Whether you are a freshman or senior, teachers will send you back to class if they feel that you did not come prepared. Definitely ask the teacher what to wear beforehand. Remember, dress for the weather, not for fashion!

Global students can find themselves in many dirty situations and being prepared is the most important factor in making the situation enjoyable!

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GLOBAL JOURNALS By Natasha Velasquez


t the beginning of freshman year you will receive your very own Global journal. It will not only be where you will respond to all of the prompts, and reflect on each field study but it is where you will keep track of everything you do in the four years in the program. Take pride in each entry because it won’t only count as a formative grade but when you are a senior it will be fun to look back to your freshman year entries. Also, take your time when you do an entry. Everyone's entries are different and unique so don’t just write a couple of sentences or copy what your friend wrote. Pictures of Global Journals from Seniors Valarie Bakley and Christine Chang

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What Does Global Mean to the Students? We asked students in Global “What does being a Global student mean to you?”. These are some answers we received.  “Taking a comprehensive view of the world and applying what you have learned in a way that will have a real impact on its future, especially from an environmental standpoint.”  “Being in Global has really reaffirmed my love of the environment and given me so many opportunities to explore it.”  “It's means being adventurous and open minded.”  “To me, being a Global student means being an ambassador. As a member of the GEH it is your duty to always the be the "bigger" person. You learn your place in the world and you discover a whole new menagerie of opportunities to help people, but likely the most important job is to be informed and spread the truth. In this world full of misinformation and deceit, having people to truly inform people is invaluable. But unfortunately it is not so easy. You must be able to educate those who would prefer to be uneducated and can be very insistent on this, but you must persevere for if you are able to educate at least one person, one human being, you will have done a world of help to this troubled world and you will have nudged our future in the right direction.”  “Being conscious and aware of what's going on with the environment and working towards improving and preserving it.”  “It means being a steward of the world.”

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Senior Interviews By Natasha Velasquez In order to graduate as a senior in the Global Ecology House, students must complete a culminating senior project. Students work on these projects over the time span of about a year. The projects cover a wide range of topics. They include a 10 page research paper. At the end of the year, Global students present their projects. We interviewed a few students about their projects. Priya Shukla What is your senior project? What did you do? My project revolves around blocking varicella zoster virus in neurons. I worked at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Department of Neurology in basic and clinical research and the outpatient and critical care units. Why did you choose that project? I chose my internship because it would give me exposure to the field of neurology both in research and clinical applications. My project itself was chosen by my mentor. What was your favorite part about your project? My favorite part was going to clinic with my mentor. Usually, students just shadow, but I actually got to interact with patients, which is very rare, even for students in med school. What was the most difficult part about your project? The most difficult part was definitely adjusting to working in a lab without the strong background in biology and chemistry. Other than me, the youngest staff member in the lab was a senior neuroscience major at Johns Hopkins. So I came in really not knowing anything. I had to spend a lot of time outside of work to catch up and learn material that was necessary to understand what was going on in lab. What did you learn about yourself? I learned that I really want to be a doctor. Most students that do internships only get to see the research aspect of medicine, but I was fortunate to be able to see how the research translates over into clinical applications. I really liked the way my mentor interacted with his patients and made everyone in the room feel comfortable. He exemplified the type of doctor I want to become.

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Sydney Abella What did you do for your senior project? For my senior project, I went to the farm “House in the Woods” in Rockville and completed a wide range of activities that the family typically does throughout the year. This included planting, pulling out grown vegetables, feeding the animals, etc. Why did you choose this project? I chose this project because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and place myself in a situation I never thought I’d see myself in. What was your favorite part about your project? My favorite part was being able to play with their animals! I fed goats and cows, and played with their dogs and cats when I had a minute or two to spare. What was the most difficult part about your project? The most difficult part was performing each task perfectly so that it met the expectations of the farmers. Many tasks were lengthy and tiresome but I had to push through and give all my effort just as the farmers do daily. Would you recommend students to piggyback on your project? I would recommend students to continue this project! It was a great learning experience. Being a farmer takes a lot of strength, dedication and hard work. Though to many people farmers just plant vegetable and feed animals, I learned that there is way more to it. Some of my projects included math, engineering, construction, finances, etc.

Ryan Siegel What did you do for your senior project? My group and I worked with companies called DaVinci, who programmed, and APL, who sponsored our project to create an interactive slide show for elementary school kids to learn about marine pollution. Why did you choose this project? I think it was Valerie who posted on the Facebook group last year, looking for people to work with these companies and design it, and me and a few friends decided we would take that offer. What was your favorite part about your project? My favorite part was when we finally finished the storyboard, which is our main part of the project. What was the most difficult part about your project? The hardest part is definitely communication and cooperation Who were your group members? Dylan Blanc, Bradley Andres, and Daniel Miller

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Global Seniors

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Class of 2015

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Second Edition of the Poolesville High School Global Magazine Written and Edited by Nancy Morgan, Corinne Wallace, and Natasha Velasquez