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November 2013

Green team members (front row: Erin Kelly, ‘15, Jennifer Funsten, ‘15, Charlotte Hood, ‘16, Nicole Moore, English Instructor, Jessica Kittelberger, ‘14) cheer on the sidelines during the Tug Of War event. Photo by Avani Patel

Ravin’ Ravens: Mad Fun at Stark Raven Ma d ne s s

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n September 3rd, Ravenscroft endeavored on a new adventure. Students of the Upper School were separated into two teams (Gold and Green) to participate in Stark Raven Madness, a half-day of competitive games for the first time. Participants competed in games such as: flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, tug of war, and a scavenger hunt. The name, “Stark Raven Madness,” is a pun of the idiom “stark raving mad,” according to Michael Ronco, English Instructor, who led the event. The term was appropriate because the games were meant to be a “day of controlled chaos.” Ronco explained that the pur-

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pose of Stark Raven Madness was to “start off the year in a positive, happy, new way.” He wanted to “get people interacting not just in the classroom, or with their team, but with their peers.” After the festivities, the final score between the gold team and the green team was ninety to seventy-five, respectively. Prior to the games, freshmen and sophomore students were engaged in activities with their advisors that were developed through Ravenscroft’s partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Juniors learned PSAT test taking strategies from Upper School faculty members and seniors spent the morning with their college counselors working on applications, essays and other college entrance requirements.

Your Thoughts? Favorite Event?

“My favorite event was the water balloon event. It was a super fun way to work with my classmates.” Reed Margolis, ‘17, Gold

“Flag Football. “Tug of war beEveryone could cause it incorpoparticipate, rated more than whether playing on one grade.” the field Abbie Green, ‘16, or cheering.” Green Mimi Lieberman, Faculty, Green

Least Favorite Event? Michael Ronco, English Instructor and leader of the activities, announces the teams participating in the tug of war competition. Photo by Avani Patel

Upper School faculty members, Bill Pruden, Marcia Jones, Laurie Kovalaski, John Karny, Cathy Hair, David Kates and Allison Kelly pull off the victory for the Gold team. Photo by Avani Patel

Stark Raven Madness or Celebration Day?

Stark Raven Madness Day Next Year?

C-Day Stark Day

No. Yes!

Stark Raven Madness on a scale of 1-10? Yes!

“Dodgeball because it was too cramped in the gym.” Eryn Murphy, ‘14, Green

“Dizzy bat, it “The scavenger made me hunt was because feel sick for the it was not very acrest of the day.” tive.” Sophie Raymer, Laura ‘15, Gold Ziperski, ‘17, Gold

Improvements?

A majority of students gave Stark Raven Madness a eight out of ten. “Make it an all day event.” Payne Lubbers, ‘16, Gold

“If it’s hot, have it inside.” Kelsey Frazier, ‘14, Green

“Include the whole school.” Natalie Lang, ‘17, Gold


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Velk called it “a more personal approach” and considering the positive feedback from students and faculty alike, she added that this will t lunchtime on Wednesday, September likely become an annual event. 25, all of the Upper School clubs gathered by the “It was more personal and you were actually Character Tree to present themselves and enlist par- there and you actually talked to them,” added Mel ticipants. Broughton, ‘15, who became a member of Science, From tried and true clubs Billiards, Spanish, Running, Mulike RavensBuild to brand new “I wouldn’t have joined sic Performance, and Disc Club s ones like the Order of the Raven, for the first time during the event. a Harry Potter club, or the popu- all of the clubs that I did if “The open setting was good lar Disc Club, a total of 33 clubs for talking to potential members,” I hadn’t gone.” were represented. stated Sophie Raymer, ‘15, but “I think it opened up the - Mel Broughton ‘15 thought there should have been Students Tiger Harris, ‘15, Greg Harper, ‘14, LJ Young,’14, Chase Storch, ‘16, and Will Bird, opportunity to students to sign more tables. up for clubs they wouldn’t have Although Raymer thought ‘16 sign up for RavensBuild at the Club Bazaar. Photograph by Emi Myers ‘15 from the @NEVARMOREONLINE heard about otherwise,” said Rathe entire experience was posiInstagram. “I think it opened up vensBuild club leader, Liz Gultive she stated, “we should still den. the opportunity to students have the meeting where every Organizer of the event, leader announces their club to sign up for clubs they club Helen Velk, Journalism Instrucand what it’s all about. That way, tor/Student Activities, thought it wouldn’t have heard about people know what they want to was “awesome because instead otherwise.” sign up for ahead of time or know of listening to an hours worth of anything questions they might - Liz Gulden ‘14 of announcements that you’re not have to ask presidents.” President of RavensBuild interested in, it was an interacWith a total sign up of 30 tive process where you could go members, the Harry Potter club A flurry of students sign up for RavensBuild directly to the club you are interested in, get infor- must be looking forward to a year filled with magic at the Bazaar. Photograph by Emi Myers ‘15 from the @NEVARMOREONLINE mation, and sign up all at once. It was much more and spells. Instagram. efficient than the former system.” mi

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and are in the works to support the charity. Jordy Baende organized the Homecoming dance and seniors Josh McCoy and Jamie Mason were hired as DJs. Also, the SGA worked with Fashion for a Cause, led by Kristina Reali, ‘17. to host Pink Day for the Upper School and raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Right now, senior class president Byron Horton is organizing the November Celebration Day with the “Hunger Games” theme inspired by Miles Holt, ‘14. The goal is to raise a lot of money for The American Cancer Society and give Celebration day a new purpose. We also look forward to the Winter Formal dance in January which will hopefully raise more money for the cause. All in all, SGA is getting a lot done this year and if you see an SGA rep be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work! If you have any input we would love to hear it and are always open to new ideas. We look forward to a successful rest of the year!

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his year, the Student Government Association (SGA) accepted the challenge of working with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to expand the focus and mission of SGA. The major goal was to transform SGA, essentially a glorified party planning committee, into a forum for student concerns, a true voice for the student body, and a catalyst for improving each student’s Ravenscroft. In addition to organizing traditional student events such as dances and celebration days, we strove to “take the pulse” of the student body to see what might be improved, and to decide how we might improve it. After one quarter of hard work, we can report that many of the changes have been very successful. The real work began even before the last school year was over. To make sure that all of our events went as scheduled, we had to get those events onto the master school calendar by early June, when the school

schedule was finalized by the Leadership Team. The next step was changing the way the SGA operates. We decided to create committees for each major event so that: 1. The committees could meet and work on their own schedule 2. More students would get practice taking on leadership roles 3. Our weekly meetings on Tuesdays could be used for deciding how the SGA should be repurposed. Then the rebranding began; this was the exciting part! The representatives you selected met and decided collectively what issues we see on campus and how to solve them. Overall, two major issues were noticed: the fact that the campus seems so closed off to outsiders, and that SGA did not have a major charitable impact. Both of these issues relate to the relationship that Ravenscroft has with the community. The overall goal of the following two events is to use the talents that students already have and use them to benefit the community outside of our gates. The first committee, headed by sophomore class president, DJ Washington, developed an initiative to transport some of the residents of

the Cypress Hill Retirement Home to a concert in December with the intent to form a connection with the residents while increasing support for those performing! This project is intended to take off at a December performance and we’re very eager to see it happen. Similarly, sophomore class vice president Sydnie Schwartz, is working to get visual arts students to volunteer their talents for art therapy. Two other events proposed to fix this issue are being pioneered by Mary Grady Bell. She is working with two committees: one to host an exchange between Ravenscroft and Millbrook’s SGAs in order to foster a greater understanding of other area high schools, and a conference to be held on campus in March at which the student governments of several North Carolina schools will come together to share experiences and brainstorm new approaches to the issues we all face. All of these events are designed to give the SGA a new, more genuine impact on the campus and the community. In order to address the second issue, the charity impact, SGA conducted an Upper School poll and the American Cancer Society was selected by popular vote. We are thrilled to support such an amazing cause. So far, several events have contributed

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How Many Seniors Does It Take to Solve a Rubics Cube?

ith first quarter completed, the workload is increasing and studying is a top priority… for some students. Others direct their concerns to old issues and new changes that have already affected the Upper School this year. Peter Bogue, the new Head of Upper School, sat down to discuss some of the major topics around Ravenscroft.

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lthough you may want to keep your PDA to a minimum around Mr. Bogue, a hug will not send you to Mr. Billerman’s office any time soon.

“I’m not a huge proponent personally of public displays of affection. There’s certain things that are your business and nobody else’s business.” Mr. Bogue answered. But how strict is too strict when it comes to enforcing PDA rules? “A hug goodbye… I don’t think that’s inappropriate.”

Shoulder Rule

While the dress code is not scheduled to change, Bogue made it clear that some alteration is not out of the question.

Mixed Hallways

“I have not heard of any talk of changing any portion of the dress code,” said Bogue. Despite this reveal, he added that “fashion changes and what’s socially and culturally acceptable changes from year to year... I wouldn’t say it’s off the table. We are always willing to consider.”

Powderpuff Cheerleaders

The absence of male cheerleaders

for the powderpuff game this year angered students. Bogue, who describes himself as “a big proponent of traditions” believes that the anger needs to be redirected.

“The male cheerleaders were not told that there couldn’t be a halftime show… the only rules were that they couldn’t wear the cheer leading uniforms which are too small and inappropriate, and they could not be overtly sexual.” The absence of the traditional male cheerleaders was a letdown to not only the students, but to Bogue himself. “I think there could have been a really fun halftime show… there was a lot of room for something really fun to happen that could be a great new tradition. I don’t think doing nothing was great. It could’ve been fun.”

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New Head of Upper School Peter Bogue gets to know seniors Robert Lippitt, Corey Chandler, and Grant Glenn during their 2nd period Study Hall. Photo by Liz Gulden

Male Homecoming Representatives

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stepped in to discuss the idea of adding male representatives to Homecoming Court. While this issue may not be on the minds of many students at Ravenscroft, other schools do allow males to be voted onto Homecoming Court.

“I would have to think about that for a while… the Homecoming thing is gender specific which is not totally fair, I understand. It really should be something that you should deal with through student governments and say, ‘has this outlived it’s usefulness?’”

Powderpuff Game

“I’ve never seen a better group

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Future Changes

“I was accused on Twitter for rigging the game for the juniors to quash the seniors. I was surprised. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

ogue’s practical approach to making changes in the Upper School will put students at ease. He does not have any significant changes planned for the near future; rather he plans to continue to adapt to a new school and community. Getting to know students this year is “certainly a priority” for Bogue, who is eager and excited about joining the Upper School.

of more than 300 students in my life… I thought it was great,” remarked Bogue. “At my old school you’d have pockets of students dancing and a lot more hanging out, chatting, walking outside than there was everybody dancing the whole time.” He also touched on the topic of Breathalyzers at dances. Ravenscroft does have a Breathalyzer on campus during dances, but students are not checked upon entry like at other schools because as Bogue described, it “fosters a culture of distrust… If we ever got to that point, we wouldn’t have dances.”

his reply to this popular issue.

He described that the match was competitive, but admits that the senior’s “coaching could have been better” and that the “top weapons were not adequately used.” While the Juniors’ victory surprised the entire Upper School, Bogue explained, “even the Harlem Globetrotters lose to the Washington Generals on occasion.”

N: Where did you go to

PB: Baltimore, Maryland. N: What is your family like?

PB: I have a wife, Jenny,

two sons, Tyler and Teddy, and a pug.

N: Who was your childhood idol? PB: Cal Ripken.

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“I need to be here and experience a lot more of Ravenscroft’s culture before I can form an opinion one way or another.”

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Many students may not know much about him. Bogue agreed to answer all of the The Nevarmore’s burning questions from background and hobbies to greatest fear.

N: Where did you grow

“I do like the locker situation. In terms of the benefits that it provides students, I believe they outweigh the benefits of a “senior hall” experience.”

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How well do you know Peter Bogue?

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ogue likes the current locker assignment concept because it puts students close to their advisors, which makes an advisor’s job easier while placing underclassmen next to upperclassmen, who can guide the younger students and offer advice. He agrees, like most students, that there may not have been enough communication to the students when the decision to change was being made.

college? PB: Yale University.

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pet peeve? PB: People who lack effort

N: What are some of your

hobbies? PB: Golf, movies, traveling. N: Is there something that many people here don’t

know about you? PB: I like HGTV!

N: What is your favorite

movie? PB: The Shawshank Redemption.

N: What is your favorite food?

PB: Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs.

N: What is your ideal vacation destination?

N: Who would you cast as yourself in a movie? PB: Justin Timberlake.

PB: Maui. N: What is your biggest fear?

PB: Heights. N: Which superpower would you choose? PB: Superheroes are lame. N: What are your favor-

ite sports teams? PB: The Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles.

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you’d like to add? PB: I’m just really excited to be here. It’s been a great experience.


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y now, I’m sure everyone has heard all the talk about Syria, the rebels, the Assad regime, and that it sort of seems like Egypt and Libya all over again. What is going on? Why have millions of people fled the country? What is all this talk about chemical weapons? What is this tension between President Obama and Vladimir Putin? How did this all start and how can it stop? Well, before we can even begin to piece together the giant puzzle that is Syria, we have to know how this all started and why.

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he turmoil in Syria traces its roots to the end of World War I. Syria was established as a French territory after somewhat random lines were drawn to make boundaries for new countries formerly held by the Ottoman Empire. The problem with the random boundaries is that they split up several ethnic and religious groups. Once Syria gained independence in 1946, this really became an issue as the country was plagued by military coups due to the incredible diversity of people. During the Cold War, Syria signed a pact with the Soviet Union which led to the Ba’ath party coming into power (The Ba’ath party is a non-religious socialist party in favor of creating one united Arab state). Ever since, the Assad family of tyrannical dictators has ruled Syria.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, left, met with President Barack Obama at the United Nations 68th General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. (Allan Tannenbaum/Abaca Press/MCT)

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ow that we know what caused the conflicts, we can find out how the revolutions started. Inspired by the Arab Spring protests of Egypt in 2011 (remember Mubarak?), Syrian protesters demonstrated for democracy in their country. In response, the Assad regime kidnapped, tortured, and opened fire on the civilians. Once the protesters started uniting under newly-created rebel factions and acquired arms, the peaceful demonstrations turned to all out civil war. This civil war has forced many from not only their homes, but their country. The refugee agency of the U.N. has reported that over 2.1 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, the majority to Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Many of these people will be permanently displaced from their homes due to the destruction of neighborhoods and even entire towns.

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o where does the US stand? Where does Russia stand? What is the impact of the chemical weapons, and what is the world doing about them? As it currently stands, the Obama administration has not yet decided on what exactly the U.S. will do, but American responds, “it will be a limited, narrow act,” according to recent press releases. Many Americans are opposed to any sort of strike against Syria, in part because of the result of intervention in the civil war in Iraq. On the other end, Russia, having an alliance with Syria, has blocked any International intervention with the Syrian government, so if the U.S. and its allies want to act, it will be without U.N. support. Russia also, up until the U.N.’s report about the recent strike, denied that Syria even used chemical weapons against its civilians. This has brought tension between the U.S. and Russian governments, especially after the report revealed that over 1,400 people were killed with the chemical weapons attacks, 400 of them children. No one seems exactly sure what to do about Syria, and at this point, most Americans are up in arms about the President’s proposed plans to take military action, no matter how major or minor they may be.

Evan Grimes,’16

“I believe that we as a country should not involve ourselves with any other world affairs, especially the problem in Syria. I acknowledge what they gave done is a crime against the guidelines the UN has set in place, and the treaty that was created post WW1, but we are not the world’s policeman. Nobody assigned us the job. It is detrimental to the already weak economy, and it’s just not our job.” Chris Antonello, ‘14

Andrew Pruden, ‘16

“I believe that unless the Syrian government complies to the regulations set up to destroy their chemical weapons then the US and France should have all the right to become actively involved. I don’t think that the US should send troops into Syria but I do believe that it would be alright to launch air strikes and have ships fire on Syria.”

“I can’t stress enough how terrible a decision it would be to enter Syria now. Not only has the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warned Americans to ‘expect everything’ should we get involved, but our executive administration is acting in an extremely weak manner. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that should the U.S. enter Syria, the attack will be ‘unbelievably small.’ That’s like a mother telling her son, ‘You are in so much trouble for stealing the car! I’m so mad but you’re in hardly any trouble at all!’ If the US attacks Syria, it is not likely that they will try to attack Americans on our soil, but there is nothing stopping them from attacking American allies like Israel. If something like that happens, then we’ve just locked ourselves into another war.”


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The Lowdown on the Government Shutdown Austin Morin, ‘15, Gets the Facts

Reason for the Shutdown? “It all comes down to a game of politics.”

- Bill Pruden, Director of Civic Engagement

Each year, Congress is required to pass a budget by October 1st, which

they failed to do this year causing the shutdown. Problem: The political majority of the current House of Representatives is Republican while the majority in the Senate are Democratic. The House tried to pass a bill that would defund ObamaCare in order to balance the budget, but the Senate voted against this bill due to the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) was passed in 2010. The House tried to pass a second law that would not allow taxes on medical equipment and to delay ObamaCare by a year. This Bill was also vetoed by the Senate. So, the government shut down for 16 days in an attempt to put voter pressure on the members of the House and Senate to take action and find a solution.

What, Exactly, is a Shutdown?

Cartoon from MCT Campus

Will it be a Success for Congress?

“This is likely to backfire on the Republicans who initiated it as evidenced by the previous

shutdown when Bill Clinton was in office which arguably scored him a second year in the White House,” added Pruden. As far as around the globe other countries will look at our government with a raised brow, as to wonder,WHAT THE HECK IS THE U.S. DOING?

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ny non-essential government personnel were sent home without pay and national parks were closed. That meant about 800,000 people went without a paycheck, but will receive back-pay. According to a recent Time Magazine article, the government “took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, and reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.”

Will we feel strong effects in our area?

Sara Brown, ‘14, Shares her Thoughts...

The shutdown is did not have a big effect on the Research Triangle area. However, any nonessential

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy

Chris Antonello, ‘14, Weighs In

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or the shutdown, since the Republicans were unwilling to abandon their ultimatum and the Democrats were unwilling to negotiate. However, I believe President Obama was right to agree to negotiate with the Republicans just to end the shutdown, even though it took so long. It was selfish and irresponsible for the Congressmen to allow this to happen, especially since it just cost the government a lot of money and hurt America’s middle class. It is a shame that the Congressmen were so divided along party lines that they refused to sacrifice their reputations within their parties

for the good of the country. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) is still fully supported by President Obama and the Democrats and is still in full operation, basically all the government shutdown accomplished was the creation of major problems for the average citizens of the U. S., many of whom were furloughed or denied access to certain services that were halted during the shutdown. However, the President’s statement that he would agree to sign whatever bill would end the government shutdown shows that he understood the importance of ending the stalemate, even if it required a compromise, and this first step by Obama probably led to the formation of such a bill in the Senate. Casting Votes: Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina, voted for the bill in the Senate, her reasons being that the shutdown was completely unnecessary and did nothing but harm the middle class. In contrast, Congressman George Holding, a Republican who is also from North Carolina, voted against the bill in the House of Representatives because he believes that the way to solve the debt problem is to cut spending, not to borrow more. While the government shutdown accomplished nothing and only brought harm to the country, President Obama and Congress’ sudden decision to negotiate and form this bill prevented the government shutdown from lasting much longer than it already had. Not So Grand Finale: President Obama signed a bill that would end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling to $16.7 trillion, repay furloughed workers, and open a joint committee to discuss the budget, all within a week. Although the bill was approved by majorities in both the Senate (81 to 18) and the House of Representatives (285 to 144), the opponents of the bill were mostly Republicans. They believed that ObamaCare, formally titled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be defunded in order to end the debt crisis.

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grants that fund research colleges like UNC, NC State, and Duke were on will be on hold until the budget issue is resolved completely, according to Pruden.

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.” - Ronald Reagan

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would tell the American people that “I am unhappy with what Congress is doing, but I can assure you that we can make it through this shutdown if it happens. Since government employees who were furloughed in previous shutdowns were eventually paid in full, that will likely be the same case here.” Instead of sending a message like the one above in a speech on the first day after the government reopened, President Obama said that just because “you don’t like a certain president” or “a certain policy,” doesn’t mean that you should shut down the government. It upsets me to say that this is very poor leadership. Instead of pointing fingers at “Republicans in Congress,” the president should be having frequent meetings with Speaker Boehner and President Pro Tempore Harry Reid (D-NV). On September 30, instead of telling the American people that a government shutdown would be terrible for the country, he should have handled the issue by speaking in a more optimistic manner. In the midst of the shutdown, President Obama also mixed himself into the debate about the name of the professional football team, the Washington Redskins. While this may be an important issue to some people, I believe that the President was attempting to distract the media from the health care debate. As President of the United States, it is crucial to be straight with the American people and be willing to negotiate with all members of Congress. I am not pleased with how the federal government has been running lately. I was never in favor of a shutdown of the national government, but between that and funding ObamaCare as it stands now, the former is definitely the better choice. Despite what many people want the public to think, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unfair to many Americans. Congress is totally exempt from all taxes and regulations related to the law. Businesses have several more months to prepare. If these groups of people have special treatment for the new law, why doesn’t the rest of the American population? Every time that Congress needs to balance a budget, the automatic response is to simply raise the debt ceiling. This plan is detrimental to the future of the American economy. If the US government continues to pile up its debt, businesses and other countries will not trust them and therefore hesitate to do business with the United States. A rising debt may incline the federal government to begin printing more money, thus initiating inflation. Background: At the end of September, as Congress worked on a budget plan for the next fiscal year, many representatives believed that the best way to balance the federal budget without raising taxes or limiting funding to other programs was to defund the new Affordable Care Act. This Act, often referred to as “ObamaCare,” passed in 2010, was, among other things, designed to enable all American citizens to have access to a health insurance plan. In order to “roll out” this new law, the federal costs would be fairly high. Despite the ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius that ObamaCare is constitutional, many Representatives and Senators still found the Act to be an overbearing effort on the part of the federal government. In addition, they found that many Americans were in favor of the new law. For these reasons, Congress voted to “shut down” the federal government of the United States beginning October 1, 2013, the same date as the start of the public launch of the healthcare.gov website and phone service for Americans to begin signing up for health insurance. The government was slimmed down mainly through the closing of national parks and monuments and temporarily furloughing around 1 million government employees. In our AP Government and Politics class mock House and Senate sessions, I chose to represent Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Both the House of Representatives and the Senate eventually developed plans to reopen the government, while acknowledging the issue of balancing a budget. After much debate, a bill was passed to end the shutdown and avoid default by raising the debt ceiling once again. While both Boehner (a major contributor to the negotiation) and Cruz supported the deal to end the partial shutdown, they both commented that they would not stop pushing for the repeal of ObamaCare.


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Big Concepts Worth Contemplating

Formal Education - Creativity Conundrum

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or underemployed. sarcastic proposal about the Syrian there will be problems that need solvAccording to Robinson, this president voluntarily turning over ing. As long as there are problems, is because students aren’t develop- its arsenal of chemical weapons for there will be jobs for those who are ing creative thinking skills required the international community for de- passionate about solving them. Eventually, this will change to differentiate themselves and bring struction. Immediately following this beingPeterson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ new ideas to the table in elementary, brief, the Russian government put in our idea of success. Instead ofBrian middle, and high school. a request to the Syrian Foreign Policy a state of fame or wealth, it might beRavenscroft is no exception. Bureau and the plan has slowly been come about adding to something you are passionate about. Be that quanAlthough there are arts programs and put into motion. one required arts credit for graduaKerry’s restricted and narrow tum physics or contemporary dance, tion, creativity and lateral thinking minded thinking presented this idea president of the country or peace are harshly curbed. Teachers make ef- as an impossibility when in reality, corps volunteer. forts in classes to allow a multitude of thanks to the creative thinking of the use perspectives in ideas, but our school- Russian government, it became a vibeca tized . — ing system simply does not allow the able plan to stifle human rights violaa ot Sir Ken Robinson; photo is a ’re n lly stigm amount of abstract and diverse think- tions. y e h t a k u ing that the world needs. t screen shot from his TED talk. n c i th as a e l w We have big problems: evolvp Robinson, PhD, and speaker o r e pe d, o v e ing viruses, cancer, climate i u t l travels the world and advoa a v re change, Syrian nt, c asn’t cates for creative learning.

t has undoubtedly become the job of schools to teach students skills that they will need to be successful in later careers but this idea in principle begs two questions: What is success? Is the way we go about striving for it truly effective? Success is officially defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose” according to the Google dictionary, but Merriam Webster has altered its definition to be “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” Scarily enough, this has bea come our reality. Our generation’s rilli school b , t definition of success has inted alen good at arebellion, govt creasingly y l e gh ernment shut downs, debt, y hi they wer n a M g poverty, Many of these problems n i h b e c o m e have beenetc.visited by past generations the t geared towards money which have made little to no progand fame. As such, our schools have ress. New ideas must be developed been created to form an army of by new thinking patterns. preprofessional teenagers ready to This isn’t to say that there is march out into an industrialized so- no evidence of change. The College ciety. Board is making a concerted effort to Although once effective, this move courses away from rote memopattern is proving more and more in- rization and towards more analyticompatible with contemporary indus- cal thinking skills. The “how’s” and try and the modern workforce. Part “why’s” are becoming more emphaof the problem is that no one truly sized in the curriculum but the thinkknows what type of jobs or careers ing remains linear with a thick line schools are attempting to prepare us between right and wrong. Being right for. and being wrong should not be mutuThe job market is as competi- ally exclusive. tive as ever. According to the 2010 Historically, almost all revonational Census, 73% of college lutionary ideas were considered silly graduates are in jobs unrelated to and dismissed as unimportant. Take, their major and 53% are unemployed for example, John Kerry’s joking and

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How do we change?

Well, it comes down to our educational philosophy. Maybe, instead of awarding points and grades for “correct” ideas we should dedicate more time and energy to the process of finding ways to make solutions work or simply giving students other outlets. Give students the flexibility to form and develop ideas without penalizing them. Students should also take it upon themselves. Take risks. Understand that every grade will not determine whether a student will go to an Ivy League School or not. The difference in college admissions will come from individuality and what applicants can bring to the table. The world is in constant demand for unique thinking skills and innovative problem solving. For as long as humans populate the planet,

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” ― Ken Robinson

Thoughts from the Journalism Class members about this TED talk... Define Success...

Class Contributions...

Depends on each individual person; what is success to one is failure to another.

In class, the teachers want you to be best in science & math because that is where the jobs are.

Leaving a legacy of a more diverse community behind you is success for those that follow. Successful people are helping to change people’s lives for the better.

A lot of what I consider success happens outside of school

Earning the Conference Championship title. Being happy while having money is success to me.

It is not the same to everyone

Succes means that you are happy at what you do.

Book smarts don’t necessarily mean street smarts.

There are people who strive to be a top of class, but don’t really know what they want to do. School does kill creativity. Even in art class, you have to draw what was assigned to you

Society makes you think you have to go to college when in reality, there are other alternatives that are better fits. You don’t have to go to the best college to do what you want to do and get the best education for you. Most students view fine arts as a box to check off and may miss an opportunity to get involved with something they really like.


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Nomination Without Representation Ravenscroft Traditional Homecoming Court Only Represents Half of the Upper School Community T

he fact that the word court is attached to the word Homecoming leads one to believe that the entity would be a fair representative of the entire Upper School. Currently, only girls are included on the ballot, thus representing only roughly half of our community. Homecoming Court needs a makeover, remodelling, and redefining, or this Ravenscroft “tradition” will continue to be seen by many as a meaningless, superficial, pain-in-the-butt tradition. Every fall when Homecoming rolls around, Upper School students shuffle to advisory, sit down, and vote to nominate girls within their respective classes for Homecoming Court. In recent years, the members of homecoming court have been perfect examples of the ideal Ravenscroft girl, but while it’s great that winners can feel loved and popular, the “tradition” of Homecoming Court has well overstayed it’s welcome. Background: Homecoming events were started by universities in the mid 1800s to welcome back alumni while uniting them with the current student body in hopes of creating one larger, spirited entity. This tradition was soon adopted by high schools, public and private alike. The concept of “the court” at a co-ed school is usually a panel of upperclassmen that are voted upon to represent the overall school and usually consists of a King, Queen, Prince and Princess unless at a singlesex school which, of course, would have King and Prince or Queen and Princess. At some schools the election for “royalty” serves as an election for organizers of Homecoming week. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the court is chosen after individual interviews. The girls then gather a team of students and build a float for the annual Homecoming parade. Based on the leadership of the girl and creativity of the float, the queen is chosen. This is a fun and meaningful tradition. However, at Ravenscroft, the court’s purpose is unknown, and the “tradition’ is simply to follow the rudimentary procedure that the average high school is expected to. It is a wonder that guys are excluded from the Homecoming Court tradition. If girls are subject to the ridicule and ranking of popularity associated with the court, so should boys. Whatever faction of the student body the Court is supposed to “represent,” it must not be fully represented with the male counterpart. Most schools, with exception of allfemale schools, have a court of guys and girls, so it seems both random and suspicious as to why there are no boys on the court. Homecoming court is a national tradition that is expected to be honored at most high schools, including Ravenscroft. Students have become increasingly bothered by the meaningless “tradition” in the recent years. If guidelines are set and the election is presented as a popularity contest, while not every girl is going to be happy, at least there’s no room for speculation or confusion. Fortunately, the queen and court of 2013 were both well-rounded and popular, but without some reshaping of the “tradition” the court could become full of Regina George’s or cease to be entirely.

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Football Frenzy Anna Collawn

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n September 20th the Ravenscroft Varsity football team played Pine Lake Preparatory for the homecoming game. After Pine Lake kicked off, #80 Greg Harper, returned it for an 87 yard touchdown within the first twelve seconds of the game. It was an exciting and “hype” game as the Ravens crushed Pine Lake Preparatory with a final score of 57-8. Ravenscroft had a total of 411 yards of offense, while Pine Lake had only 29. Coach Gonet is happy with his team’s performance as he said he was “happy, they had a good solid game, and everyone on the team was involved”. When asked about the injuries on his team, he answered that the injuries have affected his team dramatically: “significant injuries are keeping the good players out.” Although they have other players on the team “it’s hard to replace experience.” Overall, Gonet is very pleased with how his team has “showed up” every Friday and competed to the best of their ability.

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Greg Harper, ‘14, sprints down the field during the Homecoming game.

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n Saturday September 21, about 350 Upper School students piled into the Auxiliary Gym in the Finley Center for a night of dancing and fun. DJ Josh Mccoy, ‘14, played a variety of music from new “dubstep” songs to classic beach music. In recent years, the dance has been held in the cafeteria, DJ-ed by a professional. Through ticket sales and donations, SGA raised approximately $1550 for the American Cancer Society.

Jamie Herakovich

Emerson Storch

Sara Kasbekar

“It was really annoying because it was rigged for the juniors.”

Homecoming Dance

“I think the Homecoming game was an easy win. We should play more intense rival teams to get everyone excited.” “They had a new football program, and it would’ve been more fun if we had played a more competitive team.”

“It wasn’t fair because juniors have next year to win.”

Senior

Donald Fuller, ‘17, takes a hit from both sides. Fuller completed the Homecoming game with 3 touchdowns and 115 yards. Photo by Dr. Watters

“I’m “I though in favor it of was pretty hoopfun. skirts Josh for McCoy did a good Josh McCoy next year.” Mark Laskowski job.” Rachel Hianik

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s tradition goes, at halftime of the Homecoming football game, court nominees are escorted onto the field by their fathers. Starting with freshmen representatives Carolyn May ‘17 and Mary Neff ‘17, the girls elegantly marched onto the field despite the chance of rain and high humidity. The court held a variety of girls from athletes to musicians, even including a set of sisters. The 2012 Homecoming Maid of Honor Rachel Wakeford, now a freshman at East Carolina University, joined the group on the field to present flowers and the crown to the new queen. After much anticipation Vanessa May ‘14 was named Maid of Honor, and Mary Grady Bell ‘14 as the new reigning Homecoming Queen.

2013 Homecoming Queen, Mary Grady Bell, ‘14, and her parents Vic and Mary Grady Bell.

2013 Homecoming Court Members: Nina Barnett, ‘15, Brittani Bryan, ‘14, Charlotte Spence, ‘15, Claire Zaytoun, ‘16, Chelsea Schlacks, ‘16, Kira Muller, ‘16, English Bernhardt, ‘14, Vanessa May, ‘14, Mary Grady Bell, ‘14, Claire Fuscoe, ‘14, Juanita Perdomo, ‘14, Mary Neff, ‘17, Carolyn May, ‘17, and Eva Simmons, ‘15. (Olivia Aschman,‘15, missing from photo.) Photo by Dr. Watters

2013 Homecoming Maid of Honor Vanessa May, ‘14, and her parents Andy and Sara May.


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Power Up, Powderpuff Sydney Jordan

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Senior

Collin Vernal

“The Home- Faculty coming Varsity football game was good, but I’d rather play someone who is better and not so easy.” Jennifer Cohen

“It’s very exciting. I had no expectation for the juniors to win. I was yelling and stomping my feet. The junior moms were very rowdy.”

raditionally, the senior girls dominate in the annual Powederpuff Football game. However, this year’s junior team members were game changers. For the first time in 24 years, the junior team would not accept defeat and led by coaches Crawford Sloan, ‘15, and Garrett Hicks, ‘15, they snuck by the senior girls with an 8-6 victory. No matter how hard the seniors fought, they could not pull through in the end even with the help of coach LJ Young, ‘14. The junior fans were going crazy with an electric sense of excitement throughout the entire game. Sideline to sideline, both teams put in their full effort and had a great game both ways. Seniors and juniors made their mark as one of the toughest games Ravenscroft Powderpuff has ever seen.

Fall Roundup

Fall Roundup took place on Saturday September 27th this year. The day held a myriad of

Delaney Roberts

games, rides, and boundless fun. Lower and Middle School students participated in games and activities, earning tickets for one of many prizes. In place of the Lip Syncing competition that has taken place in the past, a talent showcase was held. Upper School students and faculty participated, including a band comprised of of Upper School teachers Kevin Flynn, English Instructor and Dr. Nelson Nunalee, Science Instructor, as well as Middle School Social Studies Instructor, Garrett Cummings. Upper School students spent the day running game booths and volunteering through Key Club or other Upper School Cubs. When not volunteering, many students utilized the rides.

Staff Writer

First Time Upper School Volunteer, Delaney Roberts, ‘16, Shares Her Experience

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omehow I managed to catch a fistful of tickets thrust at me. The blaring hot sun was barely covered by the tent roof, but somehow this child didn’t seem to notice. “The bubble wand, please,” he said sweetly. “Ok honey, give me a second,” I replied with a smile, counting all 40-or was it 20?-tickets necessary to buy the butterfly shaped bubble wand on my right. It was hectic. I wasn’t feeling that great. But it was so worth it. Fall Roundup is basically a fair in Ravenscroft’s borders. Large crowds of people walk in and ride rides, play games, or eat food and simply walk around. I, however, was volunteering the whole time. I didn’t exactly expect to enjoy it in the intended way, but I actually did while working hard and earning community service hours. I felt like some sort of cashier since I was one of the volunteers who counted tickets and gave kids prizes. I’d love to volunteer again next year. The little kids were really cute and, despite how unorganized I was sometimes, the parents were very patient. If I am not volunteering next time, I’ll be riding some rides or running around in Laser Tag. Nevertheless, I still had a great time.

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Theater Students Stay Awake for 24 Hours to Direct and Perform Play Students from Cary Academy Join This Year

“I think it’s going be crazy and exciting and fun! We have rest times scheduled for 1:00 am and 1:00 pm, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen!” - Sophie Raymer, ’15 (prior to the event)

Gina Patalano STAFF WRITER Plenty of Ravenscroft students

have had their fair share of all-nighters. However, the Ravenscroft Fine Arts Department has taken this to a whole new level. During the first week of September, drama students from Ravenscroft and Cary Academy performed in the “24-Hour Theater.” These thespians allotted a 24hour period to script, rehearse, and perform two separate plays in the Black Box Theater over the week-

end. The students were split into two groups, where they decided on the basic elements of their settings, characters, props, and genres. The final task was to include a common phrase somewhere in both plays that was chosen by director and Ravenscroft Drama Instructor Jason Sharp. Looking back on the event, it seems that the time and effort put into the production paid off and led to two wholesome performances. The first was a play wherein the gods of Olympus were placed in a high school alternate universe. Several interpretations

Photos provided by Gwen Shope

of the ancient gods clearly depicted the creativity and extensive thought put into the script of the play. These junior thespians all seemed to enjoy the experience, and they were taught to improvize to the fullest extent, according to Sharp. Ultimately, they returned to their respective homes after the production to catch up on some much-needed rest.

Allyson Take, ‘15, Gaelan Bergstrom, ‘16, and Kristin Zillmann, ‘16, are running through their scripts to perfect their upcoming performance. Photo by Gwen Shope

On Right: Thespians in the process of brainstorming ideas for their 15 minutes of fame. Photo by Gwen Shope

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Ravens in the

Alex Kansler, ‘16, on Lake Gaston, NC during the Summer Photograph by Alex Kansler ‘17

@ALEXXCKANSLER47 Lake time - Kansler saw the life ring with her family’s name on it and thought “Perfect artsy photo opportunity!” She chose to use the snazzy black and white “Inkwell” filter and the photo became an INSTAsuccess. Trevi Fountain - On a Mediterranean Sea cruise this summer, Alex visited Rome and got a picture of “what seemed like a cliche movie scene.” Making a Splash - Kansler was, “just chilling” on her dock when she thought, What would they look like frozen in a moment? Our thoughts: Awesome. Fall Roundup - September 28 marked Ravenscroft’s annual Fall Roundup and Kansler took the opportunity to snap a picture with some friends, Gabriella Reiter, ‘17 and Rebecca Brandes, ‘17. “It was just a moment I wanted to save with my friends.” Croatia Marina - Kansler spent part of her summer on a Mediterranean Cruise and took a minute to grab this picture in Croatia. Venice gondola ride - The star of any visit to Venice, Kansler got to ride on a Venetian gondola.

Her Insta: Est. in March 2012, Kansler has a great mix of pictures ranging from the full out artsy to candids with friends. Throw her a follow!

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Creek from an adventure hike Photograph by Adam Jordan ‘16

@ADAM_JORDAN15 Nature Made - A throwback Thursday from a Summer adventure to a creek Soccer- Jordan wore a customized jersey from Munich, Germany. “It had my name on it and everything. I thought it was really cool.” Ravens Football - “A picture I take pretty much every week at all the ravens football games. I work in the radio broadcasts of the game, so I like to take a pic before each game.” Homecoming Dance - Emma DeMent, ‘16, Dixie Finley and Dixie Finley (former students), Bridget Ulrich, ‘16, Rob Sar, ‘16, Mackin Boylan, ‘16, Justin Barber, ‘16 and Adam Jordan, ‘16 pose for this picture of “the guys doing sorority squats and just taking a funny picture!” Kodak moment! Ravens from the Box - Up high in the press box, Jordan took a quick pic of the homecoming game before all of the action. “I had lots of fun that night!” says Jordan. Pirates Game - Insta video! Jordan went to a Pirates baseball game and says, “The atmosphere was electric,” right before a big hit.

His Insta: Want an in on Ravenscroft sports? Adam is your guy. He’s got you covered on all sports as well as his day to day life.

on Instagram

Color Run with Nina Barnett, ‘15 Photography by Jack Van Lokeren

SGA spaghetti Dinner at the Waring household Photography by Rosie Waring ‘14

@JVLOKEREN

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Color run - “Me and Ninz (Nina Barnett, ‘15) went to the color run and after there is a dance party thing and we looked ridiculous.” Powderpuff- After the crazy Junior powderpuff victory Van Lokeren, “needed a “super fan” picture. Junior fans are better than senior

fans” OBX - At the Outer Banks for the Fourth of July weekend Van Lokeren met up with, “Some old friends and I brought John [Bailey, ‘15].” Baxter - A super cute picture of Van Lokeren’s dog, Baxter. He was “looking real good,” so Van Lokeren posted his picture just in time for National Dog Day. Perfect timing. Throwback with Max - THROWBACK THURSDAY! Van Lokeren describes this very well in a word, “awkward.” Featuring Max Van Lokeren, ‘17. Snowman - After three days of winter flurry in New Hampshire, Van Lokeren and his friends built a 6’ 7’ snowman in his front yard using almost all of the snow. In the words of the creator himself, it was a “work of art.” Crocs - “I’m a fan of crocs.” Enough said.

His Insta: Just like Jack himself, his Instagram is always there for a good laugh. Six and a half foot tall snowman? Crocs galore? Check it out! Follow him.

SGA Meeting - Rosie Waring, ‘14, got a picture at the SGA pasta dinner she hosted at her house. Ravenscroft football - After three years of Sports Medicine, Waring took a quick pic on the sidelines of one of her last Ravenscroft football

games. Interlochen portfolio - Rosie Waring, a fine artist? HECK YES! “I like to promote my art. I feel like it’s unique to me and school doesn’t give the art students a lot of chances to show our pieces,” explained Waring. Michigan lake - Waring has been going to Crystal Lake every summer since she was two and looks forward to going back for years to come. Can you say artsy? Cliff diving - This summer, Waring spent two weeks in Hawaii with Audrey Hammerstein, ‘14. This picture was taken at a, “cliff on the north shore that people jump off of in high tide.” Hollywood - Rosie visited her cousin in Santa Monica and got the quintessential Hollywood Sign picture. Globe - This picture was a, “random project” that Waring has started to chronicle her travels, one of her passions.

Her Insta: Fine art. Literally. It is totally easy to keep up with what she is doing.Your SGA president deserves a follow. Check out the Ravenscroft SGA Instagram at @RAVENSCROFTSGA.

@NEVARMOREONLINE The Nevarmore has an Instagram! Keep up to date on school events, spirit days, sports, and more. Hippie Day- Daniella Solovay, ‘15, Haley Gardner, ‘15, and Liz Gulden, ‘14 get in touch with their natural side. Powderpuff- The Junior girls pose for a quick pic before the powderpuff game. Homecoming Pep Rally- Boy/girl pairs from grades 6-12 and faculty lined up for a cheese puff and shaving cream beard contest.

Article, Page layount and Pictures from the @NEVARMOREONLINE Instagram: Photography by Emi Myers ‘16


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Student Teacher Twinning! Fonz strom

Connor Irey, ‘14

Aaron Sunstrom

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Billy Chissoe, ‘17

Math Instructor

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Bill Chissoe

Computer Science Instructor

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Haley Gardner, ‘15

Tiger Harris, ‘15

Caroline Hansen, ‘15

Peter Bogue

Head of Upper School

Angela Santucci Fine Arts Instructor

Michael Erikson, Math Instructor

Travis Schafer, ‘15 Photos by LifeTouch

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Riddle Me Raven Cartoons by: Axel Barth ‘15

ANSWER: Blunt

RIDDLE: What has to be broken before it can be used?

RIDDLE: What month has 28 days?

ANSWER: All of them

RIDDLE: What word means “to the point” and also “not pointed”?

RIDDLE: What goes up but never comes down?

ANSWER: An egg

ANSWER: Age

RIDDLE: Which word keeps the same pronunciation when you take away the last four letters?

RIDDLE: When can you add 2 to 11 and get 1 as the correct answer?

ANSWER: Queue

ANSWER: Add two hours to 11:00 and you get 1:00


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Meet Me in St. Louis

Photos by Rodger Israel

A Glimpse of the First Quarter

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STAFF WRITER

Senior Quarterback/Kicker: Jamie Herakovich N: Who are your favorite

JH: My younger brother Cooper

country singers?

JH: George Strait and Alan Jackson N: What are your pregrame rituals? JH: Go to the training room and get ready N: What do you eat before games? JH: Jersey Mikes N: Who is your inspiration?

(6 years old)

N: Gatorade or powerade? JH: Gatorade! N: Favorite verse? JH: *Christian* - “With men this is

impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26”

Morgen McCreedy, ‘14 N: What is your favorite

N:

MM: setting/setter (only

MM: Undecided N: Favorite music? MM: Country

position? position)

N: What is your pre-game

warm-up?

ent off the court but on the court we are very close and really enjoy being around each other. Very cohesive.

Do you want to play volleyball in college?

N: After college goals? MM: Physical therapist N: Something no one

MM: nothing specific N: Does your team mesh N: Gatorade or Powerade? well? MM: We get along very MM: Gatorade

knows about you?

MM: I am an open book!

well, of course we are differ-

George Reddin, ‘14 N: What position do you play?

GR: Left center back N: Whats your favorite soccer memory?

GR: Beating Charlotte

Latin my junior year in the state tournament

N: How do you feel your team is doing overall?

GR: I think we’re doing pretty well, our record is good. but we can do better

N: Any superstitions? GR: Half a bagel (pop-

pyseed) with lite spread of cream cheese, put shinguards on right before game.

N: Favorite soccer team? GR: UNC, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and GR: Borussia Dortmund Clemson, South Carolina N: Inspiration? N: What do you like to do GR: Zlatin Ibrahimovich in your free time? N: How old where you GR: “I’m the best FIFA

N: Favorite music? when you started playing GR: 2 Chainz soccer? N: Powerade or Gatorade? GR: 3 years old GR: Gatorade, it’s better N: After college? N: Nike or Underarmor? GR: Probably not in college GR: Nike N: Top 5 colleges?

player in my grade” (better than David Silver) and I like to chill.

N: Who is your biggest rival?

GR: Durham Academy and favorite team to play is Gibbons


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Varsity Team: Post Season Varsity Boys Soccer The team was able to make it to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before losing to Charlotte Country Day 2-1. They finished the season with a record of 14-5-1.

Varsity Girls Volleyball The team passed through the quarterfinals and lost to Covenant Day in the semifinals. They finished the season with a record of 25-5. Above: The team poses with their trophy after winning the tournament at North Raleigh Christian Academy.

Varsity Cross Country Both guys and girls teams made it to the state playoffs. The guys team ending in 11th place, and the girls in 4th with a nearly undefeated season. Sophomore, Maddy Ringenbach (pictured on the left), placed 4th at the state level. On left: Maddy Ringenbach, ‘16, finishes strong. On right: The Cross Country teams being recognized at halftime of the football game on Fan Night.

Varsity Girls Field Hockey

The team made it through the first round before losing to Charlotte Country Day 3-1. They finished the season with a record of 8-11. On left: Hattie Gale, ‘15 dodges around her opponent. All photos by Dr. Watters

Avery Edwards: USA Mel Broughton

STAFF WRITER

Ravenscroft senior tight end Avery Edwards was selected to represent the United States U-19 football team to compete against the U-19 Canadian team in the International Bowl, which features just 50 of the top student-athletes in the country. The game is scheduled to play on February 7th, 2014 in Texas.

School Records Set: Career Total of 2,067 Receiving Yards Avery Edwards, ‘14, carries the flag as the team storms the field ready to compete.

Career Total 25 Touchdowns


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