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In This Issue...

Preview of Elections FCPS Debates Security Cameras How to Use the Career Center Horror Movies: Past and Present


October 19, 2011 Cover by Elizabeth Fulmer Photo below by Jessica Miers


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News Briefs Fairfax Considers Installing Surveillance Cameras in School Teen Unemployment Rates on the Rise Neutrinos Possibly Faster than the Speed of Light


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Recommendations from a Music Junkie Homo Explicatus: Rocker Kids Horror Movies: From Horrifying to Horrible

Just So You Know... Hide Yo Kids! Hide Yo Keys! Teacher Sightings! In Memorium: Steve Jobs Is it Still Acceptable to Trick or Treat?

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Fairfax Votes

Rebel Roar Staff 2011-2012 Editor-in-Chief Emily Stone Managing Editor Jessica Miers Copy Chief Walker Carlson News Editor Rachel Tran Entertainment Editor Gabrielle Severson Commentary Editor Brandon Blankenship Features Editor Nikki Strickland

Sports Editor Walker Carlson Art Director Elizabeth Fulmer Business Manager Jessica Miers Staff Writers Suha Khandker Natalia Colon Erinn Fecteau Natalie Shaban Adviser Carl Irvin


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Robinson Shares Her Fashion Secrets Teachers Integrating Interests into Curriculum In Depth: Overcrowding

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Sports Briefs

How to Control College and Career Craziness Perfect Pumpkin Recipes Homecoming Court 2011 Students Share How they got Scared Straight Meet New Admistrator Mr. Chong

Sports For Joslin, Honesty Comes First How Do They Manage?

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Corrections and Clarifications for last issue: In the “Marching Band Attacks the Stuggle Within� article on page 19, we incorrectly identified sophomore Helen Simachew as a freshman.


Letter from the Editor Dear Readers,


his month, we continue to encourage you to make your voice heard. Our middle spread features local elections, which may seem boring at first glance, but take a closer look and realize that many of the issues being debated directly affect students! So if you are old enough to vote, take the opportunity on November 8th. If you aren’t old enough to vote, on page 13 you can read about other ways to have your voice heard by our local representatives. As a school, we also made our voice heard through our selections for Homecoming Court. You can read exclusive interviews with all the Court members on page 19. Maybe I’m a little biased, but the best way to have your voice heard is through us! Talk to us on our Facebook fan page, follow us @FHSRebelRoar, email us at, or send us adorable fan mail, preferably with gifts included. We accept all letters to the editor, guest articles, and pictures for consideration. I know for a fact that there are some seriously opinionated people in this school, so share your opinions with us! The people who usually listen to your opinions are probably tired of hearing them. Sincerely,

Emily Stone Editor-inChief

News Briefs On October 12th, an unauthorized visitor entered Fairfax High School through the field house lobby. “We are a public building, we have a great deal of visitors that come and go from our school. Not all of them are here for legitimate reasons. This person did not have a legitimate reason to be in Fairfax HS. When questioned, he ran from my staff. When Zemar caught and identified, he had a criminal Melgerai, 59, record, [including] sex offenses. He was was taken into cusarrested and taken to jail immeditody by police at around ately,” said Will Gideonse, head 9:00 am while students of security. were taking the PSATs. Photo courtesy of Fairfax Police

Steve Jobs, former CEO and cofounder of Apple, died in his home on October 5. Jobs died of respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor.

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations against the influence of corporations spilled over to D.C. on October 6. The protests have been confused with the ongoing Stop the Machine movement, also focused in DC, but the two movements say that while they support each other, they are not related. Photo courtesy of


Fans of Jobs paid tribute to him at the Apple store in Tysons Corner with apples, flowers, and messages on post-it notes. Photo by Emily Stone

Fairfax Considers Installing Surveillance Cameras in School


fights that have been happening in other schools, [adminn an effort to provide protection and crackdown on istrators] have canceled events such as senior prom. [With misconduct such as bullying and drug use throughout cameras] they would be able to find the students in charge Fairfax County High Schools, all 27 high school prinof the crime and only [the culprits] would suffer, not everycipals have recently signed off and presented a proposal to one.” the School Board that would give them the rights to have Mr. Goldfarb stresses that the intention of installing video surveillance cameras installed in school buildings. cameras is for safety and security. “It is about maintaining The idea of surveillance cameras in our schools has been a safe, secure and drug-free environment, and we believe a lingering topic for over ten cameras could provide schools years, and plans are now being another resource in providing this made after last May’s violent essential need.” He is concerned and unexpected food fights about the students that ride the at both Centreville and West bus or get dropped off early in the Springfield High schools. morning before staff enters the Our school principal, Mr. building. ”It is not unusual to have David M. Goldfarb wrote in a students dropped off as early as 6 September Weekly message to a.m., before staff arrives. We are the community, “Our advocacy not fully comfortable when students for cameras inside schools is are in our building when we cannot neither a response to a recent - Mr. David Goldfarb, protect them. Having cameras insurge in disruptive incidents nor side our main entrance would give fueled by a belief that it will stop Fairfax principal us some additional peace of mind.” all negative behaviors.” The estimated cost of installing Though Fairfax High School cameras in one school cafeteria alone would be around has yet to make headlines for food fights, WJLA News $8,000 dollars. If the School Board decided to have camChannel 7 reports that Fairfax County high schools, collec- eras set up throughout the entire school, around $120,000 tively, have had 16 food fights and a total of 70 incidents dollars would be spent altogether. Fairfax HS has a sufwithin the past two years, according to a survey conducted ficient amount of budget money for the maintenance of with Fairfax High principals. cameras, but several people would rather have this money According to the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilspent on something else they find more worthwhile. Senior ities Handbook, cameras cannot be placed in private areas Gabriel O’Byrne said, “We could use more computers and such as bathrooms or classrooms. However, video surveilpossibly a bigger school…with the 700 freshman this year, lance may start popping up in public areas throughout the I don’t think there is room for cameras.” school such as the cafeteria, the library, the hallways, and The Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform Communications Dithe field house. rector, Michele Menapace, said that if the intentions of the With the watchful eyes of school security officials and camera proposal were actually to stop dangerous activities, administrators, throwing camera lenses into the mix principals and administrators should not have to monitor could make some students feel scrutinized to the point of their school cafeterias anymore. The cameras cannot be discomfort. “It shows that proven helpful if school officials are still on duty. administration doesn’t While some people in our community think that surveiltrust us,” said senior Alex lance cameras are an invasion of privacy and a waste of Rashid. money, video surveillance cameras can serve as a valuable In addition, junior Colin resource, providing visual evidence when incidents occur. Malo said, “The school With accurate footage caught on camera, there would be monitors enough and they little to no need for administrators to interrogate and rely shouldn’t take away the on students that may provide misleading information. little privacy we have.” Video surveillance cameras are very common in Fairfax Many other students County and its surrounding areas, so having cameras in argued that cameras do the school is not too much of a stretch. “There are cameras not affect privacy and are in 7-11 to protect candy bars; we want to have cameras good for the whole school in our school to protect students. You guys are way more community. Senior Allie important than candy bars,” said Mr. Goldfarb. Kelly said, “It would preBefore the final decision on installing cameras is made, vent students from getting Mr. Goldfarb and many other principals are looking to in trouble and our school community for support as well as opinions and Aerial view of the hallway; where help to not take surveillance cameras could potenconcerns. away from their tially be placed. Photo courtesy of Natalie Shaban Natalie Shaban ‘12 education. In Staff Writer cases like food

There are cameras in 7-11 to protect candy bars; we want to have cameras in our school to protect students. You guys are way more important than candy bars.



Teen Unemployment Rates on the Rise


or those high schoolers who were excited for school to let out last June and ran out to get as many job applications as possible, it quickly became obvious that jobs were scarce. After filling out endless applications and driving miles across the city, a few motivated students succeeded in nabbing a job, but more students failed in their endeavors. Could it really be that so many students had horrible applications and were not worth a job, or is it because of the surprisingly low rate of employment for teens? Seeing that only 55% of teenagers aged 16-19 currently have jobs, it may be more than a few spelling errors and a non-existent job history that are keeping students “Even though my focus right from employment. now is on school and not work, What does this a lot of teenagers need jobs to mean for students support their family.” now? It means adult-junior Sruthi Davuluri hood is being post-

poned for nearly half of the teenage population. By simply having a job, even if it only lasts for the summer, young adults are brought into the working world and exposed to its realities. By gaining an early experience in the working world, the number of adults living with their parents, currently at 5.9 million, will decrease and give the young adults an opportunity to begin living on their own. But with the economy suffering and the Baby Boomer generation suffering along with it, many jobs that were reserved for teens are being given to 55 to 60 year olds. Until the economy begins to improve, student working rates may stay at the 55% area, or, even worse, the rate of teenage unemployment may continue to grow. “I’m lucky to have a job, I actually work two. One job I work every Saturday and the other job I work three or four times a week. It’s a really good source of income for me,” said senior Courtiney Kennedy. She’s had one of the jobs for over a year, and the second job she started during the summer. Unlike many students in the country, Kennedy is quite lucky to be able to have the experience of a couple high school jobs. However, much of the teenage population in the United States is still deprived of work opportunities and valuable teenage experience.

Gabrielle Severson ‘12 Entertainment Editor

Neutrinos Possibly Faster than the Speed of Light


or more than 100 years, scientists have based research and several scientific ventures around the premise of Albert Einstein’s theories, particularly his theory of relativity. The theory of relativity concluded that nothing can travel faster than light, which goes at a speed of 300,000 kilometers or 186,000 miles per second. However, researchers at CERN, Europe’s Organization for Nuclear Research, believe that they’ve made a new discovery, challenging the credibility of Einstein’s theory. According to the Science AAAS website, the 1300-metric-ton particle detector named OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) was launched and proved that, on average, neutrinos, which are tiny subatomic particles, were 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. 16,000 neutrinos were shot from CERN, the particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, at a 730 kilometer distance for 2.43 milliseconds. Then, the ratio of the distance and time was calculated to get the velocity. Though the OPERA researchers were careful about making precise measurements, they are still skeptical of the reliability of the results; the speed of the neutrinos could be up to 10 nanoseconds off, since only one experiment was performed. Physics teacher and ex-astrophysicist Ms. Neda Doneva said, “One experiment is not enough to form a theory, so it can not be concluded that neutrinos are faster than the speed of light... but I look forward to

The OPERA particle accelerator is used to test the speed of neutrinos. Photo courtesy of seeing more research and experiments in the future to prove this.” Until there is sufficient evidence regarding the scientific breakthrough of the velocity of neutrinos, researchers cannot say for certain if they have made a revolutionary discovery or just encountered a glitch in the experiment.


Rachel Tran ‘13 News Editor

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Recommendations from a Music Junkie


ometimes it can be a bit difficult for the average music junkie to find new music that’s not on Hot 99.5 or DC 101.1. So here’s a little introduction to a range of music that students may not have heard before, and bands similar to them. Be inspired to go forth and find new music of your own... then share it with all the other music junkies you know. For students who like: AWOLNATION, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend -Late of the Pier / dance-punk from Castle Donington, England -Crystal Castles / electronic from Toronto, Ontario, Canada -The Postal Service / electronic indie pop from Los Angeles, California For students who like: Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park -R.E.D. / heavy rock from Nashville, Tennessee -Day of Fire / hard rock from Nashville, Tennessee For students who like: Death Cab for Cutie, Muse -Isles and Glaciers / experimental rock from United States -Nada Surf / alternative rock from New York, New York For students who like: All Time Low, You Me At Six, Hey Monday -Fireworks / pop punk from Detroit, Michigan -Let’s Get It / pop rock from Dayton, Ohio -The Ready Set / indie pop from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Gabrielle Severson ‘12 Entertainment Editor

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Homo Explicatus: Human Unraveled

#The Rocker Kids Band Tees: Rocker kids would never be caught without a band tee. Black tee’s with wild graphics depicting a favorite band’s logo. (Can be purchased at Hot Topic) Rubber Bracelets: Also readily available at Hot Topic, these rubber bracelets don’t necessarily have to be band-related, just simply have to be kickbutt. Black Skinny Jeans: A universal style icon between many fashion styles, the skinny black jeans, or skinny jeans of any kind, are an important part of the “Rocker Kid” look. Black Vans: Similar to the black skinny jeans, black Vans are not absolutely necessary, just some type of skater shoes. The shoes, contrary to popular belief, are probably the most important aspect of the style. Afterall, first impressions are the only impressions!

Photo by Gabrielle Severson

Gabrielle Severson ‘12 Entertainment Editor



Horror Movies: O From Horrifying to Horrible

ctober is all about watching movies that offer skin-crawling chills. The adrenaline rush that comes from ax murderers appearing from seemingly nowhere, or zombies swarming a house with only a few lone survivors inside is addicting. Whether it be old 70’s, 80’s and 90’s movies that scar for life, or newer films that are about as scary as an episode of Teletubbies, horror movies are an almost mandatory festivity around Halloween. Much has changed in the world of horror, though. There were reports of fainting and hysteria at the first theater showings of the 1973 hit “The Exorcist” contrasted with the ringing laughter in theaters at showings of “Paranormal Activity” from 2007. Here’s a guide for all the adrenaline junkies at Fairfax looking for a good scare, comparing movies over the years and telling you what to watch and what to skip:



Supernatural movies are hard to compare, since supernatural can range from ghosts to witches to exorcisms; however, they are important to consider because they help remind viewers that monsters and murderers are not the only things that terrify them. Paranormal films play on the fear of the unknown. The 1999 mockumentary, “The Blair Witch Project” toys with the imagination of viewers, combining a shakily filmed tape where the villain is never seen for multiple nights, creating a common fear of getting lost in the woods. “Paranormal Activity” (2007) tries to revamp the same idea, with “homemade” footage of doors opening and noises supposedly caused by a demon, while exposing viewers to the possibilities of what can happen when they’re most vulnerable-- in their sleep. The winner in the “paranormal” category isn’t clear cut, though, as the 2010 movie “The Last Exorcism” is something Rebels may want to watch for reasons more than just a scare....

Slashers are the sub-genre of horror that hasn’t seen much of a change in quality over the years, as the depth of their plots typically don’t extend past there’s a serial killer in town, and now he’s out for revenge, while the action usually consists of a man appearing from nowhere with a big knife. The 2010 remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” tries to improve on the typical plot, but ends up making the film almost laughable with the amount the killer talks. The only thing slasher movies have going for them is the dread a viewer feels, knowing a killer is going to pop out and attack the heroes, but Freddy Kreuger does a great job of making that fear disappear with his endless chatter. “Halloween” is a step in the right direction-- the villain doesn’t speak, and the plot is concise yet interesting-- but the film to watch this season is the timeless slasher classic: Scream. There’s a reason at least one kid wears the movie’s iconic mask every Halloween; since its 1991 release, “Scream” is still a satisfying horror film, with plots twists to appease even the toughest critics, and action to appeal to any adrenaline junkies.


Psychological Thrillers Movies that mess with the mind and send a chill down the spine. Whether it is watching a video and getting a call saying you’ll die in seven days, or interviewing serial killers and hearing their twisted stories, these are the movies sure to keep people up at night. “One Missed Call” is sure to creep out even the toughest viewers. The plot revolves around people getting phone calls telling them the exact time of their death. Not scary enough? “The Ring,” presents people watch a sketchy video and receive a call telling them they will die in seven days. Both movies have similar premises, so some may think that their plots are a tried and true recipe for great scares. Rebel Roar staff members agree, though: nothing will horrify you more than delving into the dark, twisted depths of a serial killer’s mind in the 1991 hit: “Silence of the Lambs.” If you’re looking for a movie to keep you up all night, the winner is clear.

Zombies have become extremely popular in recent years, making them one of the only subcategories of horror that has seen an actual improvement from their early movies. In 1968, “Night of the Living Dead” was released, one of the first zombie flicks. The plot? Not great. It leaves a lot to be desired, and the characters are terrible. The female lead spends the entire movie sitting in a near catatonic state. The 1990 remake of the same movie was an improvement- the heroine was actually seen kicking some zombie-butt! The biggest upgrade, however, came with “Dawn of the Dead,” released in 2004; zombies can actually run in this film. The movie does have it’s comedic sides, along with some strange scenes (giving birth to a zombie baby? Really?), but its got great elements to it. Full of truly frightening zombies, characters with some depth, and a satisfyingly realistic ending, “Dawn of the Dead” is the zombie movie to see!

Erinn Fecteau ‘13 and Suha Khander ‘13


Staff Writers


Just So You Know...

Ready yourselves, ghouls and goblins! Grab your masks and pillow sacks, Halloween is so close now; prepare yourself for mayhem. The best holiday is right around the corner, so as my gift to you, you’ll notice that my writing this month is a lot less harsh than many previous months. I promise to take it easy on you all, but there are still some things that need to come to light. Prepare yourselves, Fairfax, for mischief! Nothing is as it seems.


McDonald’s Monopoly

Fairfax Rebels rejoice! The time is now to band together, my brothers, and form an alliance to conquer the impossible task that is McDonald’s Monopoly. Throw your money to the gutters and destroy your health for what!? To dominate Ronald McDonald once and for all, and win the million that is rightfully ours! So whether we win free food, or $1 million, we should all join together and share our cherished pieces to this puzzle! This only happens once a year, and our time is NOW! Let’s take this addicting game and beat it once and for all; just please don’t throw away your pieces! Donate them to one of your fellow peers and help us win!

Philly CheeseSteak Challenge

Many of you may not be too familiar with this most prestigious of rituals around Fairfax County Public Schools, but let me tell you, this is probably the most exciting thing that will ever happen to you throughout your stay here at Fairfax, so be sure to enjoy it and at least give it one shot. The idea of the challenge is to, as a Senior, get marked onto attendance as present for 1st period, ditch school, drive to Philadelphia, get a cheese steak, eat said cheese steak, and make it back to school before the buses leave for the afternoon. Odds of you making it? Slim to none, but if you are so successful as to shatter the speed limit and disrespect all authority in attempts of conquering the ultimate challenge, you may just be the coolest person to grace this whole Earth.

Vote 4 Pablo!

Enough said. You deserved Homecoming King more than anything, buddy. Let’s give it up for the most selfless, kindhearted person in the entire Senior class. Couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than the kid who’s gone all four years without doing a single mean thing to anyone. I applaud you, sir.


Toddlers And Tiaras

As the 4th season wraps up this fall, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on our significant failure as the human race for promoting such a degrading show over the last 3 years. We’ve been awarding money to mothers who bully their children into becoming the spitting image of their failed childhood; the girl they could never become. This show has ultimately taught us the awful side of family values and distorted our view of true beauty by forcing toddlers to cake their face in make-up and wear clothes that are a little less than appropriate for pre-schoolers. Having this show promoted in the media can only lead to these children growing up and tormenting their kids just the same, destroying our society.

Chain Statuses

Students, faculty, promoters of the peace, for the love of God, I beg you to stop plaguing society’s news feed with obnoxious reposts that no one cares about! We are not in third grade anymore, people, cut the unnecessary posts and get over yourself. It’s insignificant how many people send a heart to your inbox, or how many times someone reposts your status about cancer. Honestly, it’s so old. Say something about what you believe in for once, and stop following these lame, childish trends.

“Cool Story Bro”

There are some things in this world that I’ve come to realize I might not ever understand; things that are just so far gone, that humanity might not ever recover from a failure of such epic proportions. Walking around with “Cool Story Bro” or “Cool Story Babe” branded on your clothing in capital letters is a prime example here. If you’d like, I can mass produce shirts that say “I’m An Ignorant Child” in the same font and colors so you can look nice and fresh with your poser skater friends. Please throw these ugly, egotistic, sexist pieces of garbage in the dumpster where they belong.


Brandon Blankenship ‘12 Commentary Editor

Hide Yo Kids!

Hide Yo Keys!

Teacher Sightings!



ou sit in classes all day and hesitate through boring lectures on top of mounds of homework, struggling to survive the extraneous task that is high school. But at the end of each day, you are set free to roam the urban wilderness for 17 hours until you are mandated to repeat these steps once again; five times a week, 194 days a year. The worst part of it all, however; learning how to make peace and maintain a healthy alliance with your greatest ally, and strongest foe, the faculty. You work all year to ensure stability for a measly 90 minutes in the heated battle field that is math class, then you part ways to rebuild defenses and cool off from a long day of book work, until a sudden obstacle is thrown in your path; encountering the teacher outside of the classroom. But how!? I thought they were weakened by natural light! Allergic to the fresh air! Here we were, led to believe that they were spell bound to these walls for eternity, only showing themselves under a full moon, but somehow they have broken free and spotted you amongst various shopping malls and supermarkets. We all know the feeling, teachers too, that awkward “…Hey” you give when you realize Running into Mr. Cribbs that this fun opoutside of school could be the pressing leech has most terrifying experience of encountered you your life. when you’re most Photo by Brandon Blankenship vulnerable. “What should I say? Can they give me a referral? Is this graded..?” You scramble frantically for a way out, but realize you’re trapped. There is no way out now. “Hey Mr. Cribbs,” you respond instinctively. Just remain calm and collected as if they are your friend, while keeping a close eye out for escape routes; your endurance may pay off significantly. Remember your training, and if you make it out alive, rewards will await you. Just try not to let them catch you acting mischievous and land yourself a desk next to their own. And remember, no matter how awkward your encounter may be, an act of courage here could go a long way.

t won’t happen to me,” “My doors are locked so they can’t get in,” “That doesn’t happen at Fairfax High School;” all of these are reasons to believe your car won’t be broken into at or around Fairfax, and I hate to be the one to tell you, but they are all wrong. It can, and has happened to students at our beloved high school. During a field hockey practice, and I’m sure this is not the only occurrence, three cars parked on Rebel Run at the bottom of the field were blatantly broken into, including my own. First let me say that all of these cars were locked, so don’t think that just because you are diligent in making sure your doors are locked every day that you are immune to having your car broken into. How did they get into the cars if the doors were locked? Don’t ask me. The odd part of these break-ins was that the only things stolen were a sweatshirt and soccer pants from the car of junior Katie Rossbach. “It was frustrating because I always make sure I lock my car, and that didn’t matter,” said Rossbach. However, more valuable items were left in the cars. It makes no sense! Steal a dirty sweatshirt but leave expensive RayBans? Please tell me the logic in that. In my car, where I had left my camera and GPS-neither of which were stolen, thank God-- the “robbers” had somehow managed to jam the end of my GPS cord under the passenger side seat in a way which made it nearly impossible to get out. With the amount of effort it took to get out, I can only imagine how hard it was to get in, meaning whoever did this decided to spend a rather large amount of their free time messing with cars, and NOT take anything of real value? Really? I mean seriously, if whoever did this is reading-and I hope you are so you’ll do what you should by apologizing to Rossbach and returning her clothing-what is the point in that other than to be incredibly annoying? Let me tell you, if that was your goal, you succeeded.

Nikki Strickland ‘13 Features Editor

Brandon Blankenship ‘12 Commentary Editor


In Memorium: Steve Jobs


e are born for a moment, placed on this Earth amongst struggle and chaos in faith of someday changing the course of history and leaving a sliver of our memory that lives amongst the generations post our existence. It is our nature, however, to lead a mediocre life and wait for someone to teach us right from wrong so we can one day make a change ourselves. But once in a while there is one human who breaks the cycle and leads others through their vision, daring to be different, changing the world forever. They come and go predictably like everything else, but their influence and memory lives forever among us. Through their music, fearlessness, revolution, and innovation, we find guidance within these individuals, and carry on their legacy to one day make a difference ourselves. Steve Jobs of course, was recently added to this list of Great American Innovators, as his life, in an unfortunate turn of events, came to an abrupt end. The students at Fairfax will typically remember Jobs for his iconic inventions such as the iPod, Macbook, and iPad which were landmark advancements for our generation. But we must also carry his memory of hard work, creativity, and bravery, through insurmountable odds and with death right over his shoulder. Steve Jobs always displayed a calm, cool, and collected attitude while doing exactly what he loved. Given up for adoption shortly after his birth and having lost his biological father at such a young age, Jobs spent most of his time aimlessly wandering, trying to make sense of his purpose here on Earth. After compiling massive student loans from colleges he had no desire in attending, Jobs took a leap of faith and dropped out to follow his dreams. This endeavor led him to co-found Apple Computer Co with long time friend Steve Wozniak, and they developed and marketed their first personal laptop within a year.


The computer was not an instant success, with a shiny price tag of $666.66 ($2,572 Current USD). However, over time his partner helped him in accumulating millions of dollars for their project. After a brief hiatus from Apple in 1985 due to a power struggle between Jobs and former CEO, John Sculley, he returned to lead the computer market and transform his company into a multibillion dollar international organization that currently has more money on hand than the U.S. treasury. With the company valued at $323 billion at the time of his death, Jobs undoubtedly held the key to running a successful business. Unfortunately, though, his battle with pancreatic cancer was inevitably taking its toll. A few short months ago, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Co and Pixar Animations to live out the last few days that were allotted to him. Then, on October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs lost his battle to cancer, and became another casualty to this horrendous condition. Steve was buried Friday October 15th during a private service held at Stanford University with no public service planned yet. His memory however will long remain after his recent passing through our love for his products, respect of his story, and gratitude for his guidance. He was a role model to many of us, and he will be greatly missed.

Brandon Blankenship ‘12 Commentary Editor

Is Trick or Treating Still Acceptable?


alloween is like a utopia for sugar addicts. It’s the one and only night where begging neighbors and indulging on large amounts candy and sweets is considered socially acceptable. However is there an age limit to this beloved tradition? A cute little third grader can get away with going door to door wearing a vampire costume but imagine an awkward teenager with a face full of acne knocking on your door for free candy. Although there are a plethora of reasons as to why I feel this way, I’ve decided to spare you the tedious rant and save a few trees. First of all, if you’re old enough to watch MTV and going around asking for candy don’t expect adoring gazes from neighbors; more than likely they’ll give questioning looks. So please, unless you are just accompanying siblings to keep an eye on them, spare everyone the awkwardness

and just stay home. Secondly, why go scouring for the neighbor who gives the best candy when you could stay at home, watch scream inducing movies, or throw a party? The adrenaline rush you get when you’ve just been scared out of your mind is surprisingly refreshing. If that doesn’t suit your tastes, invite a bunch of friends and ask them to bring a bag of candy to make a candy bar that caters to everyones’ taste buds. These are great alternatives to the once appropriate tradition of trick or treating. If you’re cool, you’ll stay at home or just accompany younger siblings but if you decide you have no shame, by all means be my guest and condemn yourself to a night filled with awkward looks.

Suha Khandker ‘13 Staff Writer


airfax Votes

“I look forward to being your next state senator and helping to create a business friendly environment to get our economy moving again ...Together we can get Virginia back to work. My goals are to create jobs and grow Virginia’s economy, improve education and lower taxes and reduce wasteful spending.” -Jason A. Flanary, 37th District Senate

“As your school board member, I will provide transparency in decision-making by requiring clear and accurate information which is readily available to the public, value community input by offering stakeholders more participation in decisions which impact our students and schools... and promote collaborative leadership by working together with the Board of Supervisors to best manage our county’s education.” -Sheree A. Brown-Kaplan, School Board at Large

“Fairfax County schools “My priority is to build on are the best in the nation the programs that have and I will do everything made FCPS a national in my power to help keep model for success. I am them that way. It is committed to the followcritical that we give our ing goals: instituting teachers and students the full-day kindergarten, resources they need to restoring trust and transsucceed. I believe we have parency to the to hold the line on taxes school-board, improving and cut wasteful spend- teacher compensation, ing. Finding the balance abolishing athletic fees, between providing quality supporting sports, music services, without burden- and arts programs and, ing families and busiexpanding healthy food nesses is critical.” options.” -Dave W. Marsden, -Ryan McElveen, 37th District Senate School Board at Large

“I’m seeking a Fairfax County School Board at-large seat because for too long we have allowed our focus to drift from education to issues with little value to our children and their futures. We need to make remedial education obsolete. I can bring a more analytical, less political approach to the governance of our education system.” -Lin-Dai Y. Kendall, School Board at Large

“[I] will stay ahead of the curve on important issues including class size, discipline reform, and critical infrastructure investments. We need a ‘new norm’ that values feedback from parents, teachers, and taxpayers about administrative spending and curriculum decisions. If elected, my goal will be continuous improvement for all students. I’ll never stop listening to you!” -Lolita I. ManchenoSmoak, School Board at Large

“I am Gerarda Culipher, candidate for Virginia’s 34th Senate seat, and I am asking for your VOTE on November 8th, 2011. I will relentlessly work to cut your commute and cut your taxes precisely because I’m for your family.” -Gerarda Culipher, 34th District Senate

“I’ve been representing “The topics [Ilryong] “As a School Board memin the Virginia Senate hopes to address as ber, I will ensure that Fairfor four years and an at large candidate fax County Public Schools: seeking re-election. I’m are: maintaining are the best schools in the so proud of Virginia continuous improve- country, produce graduates that we’ve been able to ment, recruiting and with essential 21st century keep a balanced budget maintaining the best skills, provide students without rasing taxes teachers and employ- access and opportunity during this recession. ees, efficiency and the to participate in the arts, I’m looking forward to audit committee, clos- athletics, and other extraways to expand higher ing the achievement curricular activities, give education. I also want gap and increasing teachers the support they to find more transpor- stakeholder and com- need to resist ‘teaching to tation options for folks munity involvement” the test,’ reduce class size in Virginia.”, and increase compensation - J. C. “Chap” Peterson, on Ilryong Moon, for our teachers.” 34th District Senate School Board at -Theodore J. “Ted” Velkoff, Large School Board at Large

Students Get Involved On Nov. 8, parents, teachers and students of the legal voting age will have the chance to submit their votes for this year’s local elections. For students, some of the most important candidate seats on the ballot would be the “atlarge” seats on the Fairfax County Public School Board. At-large candidates can directly impact schools such as Fairfax High School by working on major school issues and starting new academic projects. Voting; a concept that many Americans tend to overlook, especially students. Whether it’s an election for the nation’s new president or an election for local government candidates, voting remains the crucial connector between the national, state, or local government and the American people it represents. For those eligible to vote, it’s time to drop the overused excuse of, “my vote doesn’t really count,” and participate in one of the most important civic rights granted to American citizens; the right to have a say in government. The right to vote. Although most students at Fairfax are not yet eligible to vote, it does not limit opportunities to get involved in elections and be informed. During the volunteer fair on Sept. 23, political groups offered students chances to get involved and help out with campaigning while also earning volunteer service hours. The Fairfax County Democratic Committee, even offered chances for internships. Senior Elena Kysar took advantage of the fair and joined the Democratic Campaign with Chap Peterson. As a volunteer Kysar will hand out surveys, poll people and help out at events such as the fall festival while at the same time learning more and getting experiences in politics that interest her. “I’m planning on attending political orientated schools, like American and GW, it’s where my tendencies lie,” Kysar said. The Volunteer Fair isn’t the only time for students to

get involved. Fairfax High also has a Young Republicans club available for students to join. As of now there is no established Democrats club, but it is always possible to create a new club with the permission of the school. Just simply go to the school website and click on the clubs link. The school also offers an opportunity to apply to the Youth Leadership Program, a paid summer internship with the opportunity to get involved with several departments of the Fairfax government. Even if students aren’t involved in a program or club, there are still many other ways to get political opinions out by writing letters to school board members, making suggestions or even expressing complaints. Students are almost always allowed to attend school board meetings which makes getting involved and being informed as simple as attending a few meetings. School board elections may not seem like a huge deal, but whichever candidate is elected will directly impact all FCPS students.Though the voting age may limit students from directly voting in elections, parents can serve as a proxy to student’s opinions and candidate choices. Students under the age of 18 should encourage parents to vote for certain choice candidates and school board members in the upcoming November elections. The options to get involved are endless. No matter what age, it is never too early to start taking an interest in local, state and national politics. At the end of the day, it’s the American people who have the final say in government. For more information on the November 8 election candidates and chances to get involved or volunteer, visit www.

Elizabeth Fulmer ‘12 & Jessica Miers ‘13

Art Director & Business Manager and Managing Editor

Voting Info:

Election Day November 8 6 a.m to 7 p.m Where (in Fairfax County) -Little Run Elementary School -Wakefield Forest Elementary School -Woodson High School -Laurel Ridge Elementary School -Oak View Elementary School Villa Elementary School -Robinson Secondary School -Bonnie Brae Elementary School -Eagle View Elementary School -Fairfax County Government Center -GMU - University Hall

Robinson Returns to Share Her Fashion Secrets


kay Fairfax High School, this page is supposed to be for alumni to tell students about college. Well I’m going to NOVA and there is not much to tell. It’s just like high school but in different buildings, and harder. So I decided that I wanted to write about something I’m actually interested in, fashion. So here is my fashion Do’s, Don’ts and opinions. Dress according to these rules and you could possibly follow in my “best dressed” footsteps…if you’re lucky.

Emily Robinson Alumnus writer


1) LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. 2) If you wear tight jeans, wear a looser top, if you wear a tight shirt wear looser fitting jeans. (Same for skirts) 3) Never wear knee-high socks and skirts. 4) Light jeans or acid wash jeans with rips are trashy. 5) If you have to dress up for school, don’t wear a homecoming dress and silver fancy shoes.

APPLY TO BOTH: BOYS: 1) If you have exposed belt loops, wear a belt (or suspenders if you want, just not both). 2) Do not wear navy blue and black, any other shade of blue and black are fine. 3) Do not wear brown and black, even if you have something that has brown and black in it. Pick one to accessorize with, not both. 4) If you HAVE to wear socks with moccasins, make sure they’re white. 5) You don’t just have to wear blue jeans, try colored pants and jeans for a change.

1) Unless you fit in the size XXL in shirts, do not wear them! 2) Same goes for jeans, do not Photo courtesy of Emily wear baggy jeans, Robinson make sure jeans are fitted, but not tight. 3) If you wear a tie make sure it hits somewhere right above or right below your belt, and always tie a double Windsor knot. 4) Don’t wear pajama bottoms to school. IF you’re going to bum it, wear sweats. 5) Don’t wear polos or nice shirts with basketball shorts.

Teachers Integrate Interest into Curriculum


love teaching, and as a bibliophile, I have an ardent passion for certain authors and texts,” says English 11 and AP English Lang teacher, Mr. Michael Hrabak. Hrabak has his class read excerpts from the book Friday Night Lights, also a popular television show, to help teach. Each year, teachers are starting to integrate more of their own interests or popular culture into curriculums rather than strictly following school districts’ recommendations. “I attended the Library of Congress’s 11th Annual National Book Festival, and I had the extreme pleasure of hearing the eminent historian David McCullough speak to a crowd of a couple of hunMrs. Chu places the Harry Potter dred people,” “sorting hat” on one of her students.

said Hrabak. “He spoke to the idea of teachers bringing their passion into the classroom… by teaching the books that teachers love, and not the works that people dictate to them.” This evolution is not only evident in the constantly changing classroom atmospheres, but also in required work. Ms. Laura Chu’s grade 10 English class, for example, is split up into various “houses” as depicted in the Harry Potter series. Students are split into either Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin houses, and take exams called O.W.L.S (Ordinary Wizarding Levels), straight out of the popular movie and book franchise. “The class is very interesting and unique. It’s a fresh change,” said sophomore Nick Shafik. “I know I have responsibility to, at bare minimum, instill the love of reading into my students like my teachers nurtured and instilled into me many moons ago, and bilaterally, the students enjoy the texts at a deeper level when you exude excitement that they can see and feel in the classroom,” Hrabak said. “Without the idea of integrating your passion into your teaching, we cannot really call it teaching at all.”

Erin Facteau ‘13 Staff Writer

Photo by of Erin Facteau


In-Depth: Overcrowding The lion roars overhead as crowds of students surge through the halls, crammed body to body, yelling phrases such as, “Get out of the way!” “Get off me!” and “Move it freshmen!” Welcome to Fairfax High School. Population: 2600. It’s not uncommon for a school’s population to gradually increase over the years. However, for FHS, “gradual” is far from an accurate description of this year’s trend. With a freshmen class of nearly 800 and school offices predicting a continuation of the trend, overcrowding at FHS has started to show its effects. Buses are overloaded, finding teachers has become a game of hide-and-seek, classrooms are now filled to capacity, and even the shortest walk to class can be stressful and difficult.

Photo by Jessica Miers

“Sometimes it just becomes a hassle because there are so many more freshmen that it feels like every hallway I go through, I’m pushing and shoving. It’s a struggle this year to get to class on time,” said Junior Travis Godfrey. Several other students like Godfrey also expressed their frustration. Sophomore Kelly Anderson said ,“A lot of my classes are far apart and I can’t walk quickly because of these constant roadblocks.” Along with the constant struggle of getting to class, buying lunch and eating it in the time left is also nearly impossible for students in crowded lunches especially for those in “D” lunch. “I think it’s way too crowded everywhere at school, especially the lunch-line because once you finally get through the long line and sit down to eat, you have only a few minutes left. There’s just not enough time,” said Sophomore Caitlyn Blankenship. Because of the growth of the student body, FHS had no other choice but to expand. All marketing students were relocated to the new trailers near the tennis courts to relieve crowding in the main school building. Now, marketing students can avoid the crowded walk to class. However, the weather is sometimes inclement and occasionally students may have to make this trip to the trailers in snow, wind, or even a torrential downpour. “We’ve made the best of the situation with the trailers. We even name it Deca Island,” said junior and advanced


marketing student, Brian Latimer. “Trying to stay dry when it rains is a challenge, but it fits into the survivor mentality we’ve taken,” he added. Photo by Jessica Miers However, for senior advanced marketing student, Becky Goldman, having class in the trailers is just another unnecessary burden added to an already stressful routine. “I personally don’t understand why the marketing classes have to be shoved aside for all of the incoming freshmen,” Goldman said. “What this school needs is a second level,” she added. Just like the new trailers, new teachers were also hired in response to the influx of students. However, with 46 new teachers, and a lack of classrooms, most teachers will be required to “float” through the halls varying classrooms. For students, this may make it harder to stay in contact with teachers and find them when help is needed. “It sucks not knowing which classes your teachers are in apart from when you have them because if you have a question about homework, a test, or anything, you have to search around the entire school just to find them,” said junior Barbie Rejendra. Junior Aneesa Zarzis added, “I think the fact that there are floating teachers is just a huge problem because sometimes it’s very necessary to find them before or after school and there’s never a set place to go looking. Also, all the teacher carts in the hallway are like produce trucks on a highway. Meddlesome and annoying.” Photo by Jessica Miers “They’re everywhere,[teachers] except when you’re trying to find them,” added junior Will Park. However, some relief is in sight. Recently, programming classes in D lunch have switched to C lunch to reduce crowding in the lunch-lines. As for other unnecessary road-blocks such as couples meeting in the middle of the halls between classes, Goldman added, “Stop making out and get to class.”


Jessica Miers ‘13

Business Manager and Managing Editor

How to Control College and Career Craziness Taking Advantage of the Career Center


hether students are looking for advice on where to go and what to do after high school, or hoping to find scholarships for which they qualify, the career center is the place to go. Fairfax High School’s career center is full of information and resources to help students accomplish all their goals. The three main purposes of the career center are to aid students in preparing for college, learning more about careers, and applying for scholarships. The career center has lists of which colleges are best for certain majors, where they are located, what they are best known for, and other useful information. Ms. Maureen Kim, the FHS career center specialist, also is always willing to help students find any information they are looking for, as well as help them complete their applications. There are always scholarships that can be applied to through the career center as well. Right now the Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award is open and is offering a scholarship of $10,000. Kim’s advice to students looking for scholarships is to “apply to many. It takes many applications to win one or two, but students should be persistent.” Some other resources found in the career center include SAT and ACT information, Photo by Nikki Strickland volunteer opportuni-

Photo by of Nikki Strickland

ties in the community, and local job listings. Currently included in the list of jobs kept in Kim’s jobs book is the Four Seasons Tennis Club, which is looking for student employees. Many local businesses go through the career center to look for applicants when they are hiring. Kim is also in charge of helping students looking to join the military, those who are looking into the gap year option, and those applying to technical schools. So the moral of the story is that if you want any information, scholarships, or just some good advice, a visit to Kim is the best choice. The career center is there for exactly that purpose. Kim thinks it’s great because, “It helps students make informed decisions.”

Nikki Strickland ‘13 Features Editor

Senior Year Time-Line


eniors have piles of paperwork to fill out during college application season, and most of it is due at different dates. The purpose of this calendar is to make the process a little less confusing and overwhelming.

October 21

October 22

November 1

Last day of Late Registration for November SAT


Applications to most colleges for Early Action and Early Decision due


FEATURES Making College Visits Worthwhile


aking a good impression on the admissions representative is an important step to getting into colleges. While some may say that impressions don’t matter because the people reading your application won’t take their personal biases into their decision, look at it from another angle. Imagine reading two applications and choosing one to accept. Wouldn’t the applicant with a firm handshake seem like a better choice, over the faceless applicant that never made the effort to get in touch? Biased or not, that is human nature. And in that situation the applicant they remember meeting definitely wins. College visits should be taken as an opportunity for the student to be the applicant the admission representatives remember. So with that in mind, question asking is a great way to make a good impression. That kid sleeping in the back is not going to be the one the admissions rep is going to have fond memories of. If they think a student is bored in their half-hour college visit, why would they think that sleeping student would be any less bored once they got to college? Some tips for having good college visits are to “do some research before you walk in,” said guidance counselor Ms. Jennifer Washechek, “Have a list of questions.” However, students shouldn’t stress about not being prepared. College visits are there for you to learn more about the school, according to career center specialist Ms. Maureen Kim; you don’t have to be an expert before you get there. Kim said, “They are very informal,” and are all about “getting to know more about the schools.” According to Washechek, what is good about going to college visits is that students get to meet the people who will actually be reading their applications. Often times the admissions representatives will give students their cards. This allows the reps to be contacted directly if the students have any more questions during the application process, according to Washechek. In addition to attending the college visits here at FHS, now is the time to look into visiting the schools in person to get a better feel for what it would be like to be a student there. Washechek said, “Do both. Go in person during the school year.” That way you can see students instead of just a vacant campus.

Nikki Strickland ‘13

Here are some questions from the College Board to help get you started:

Features Editor

Senior Jesse Colligan attended a college visit with Lynchburg college. Photo by of Nikki Strickland

1. What do students do for fun? Is there a good balance of academics, social life, and extracurricular activities? 2. What are the types of food plans? 3. What kind of facilities does the student center have? 4. What is the most popular major on campus? Why? 5. How would you characterize the academic pressure and workload?

Family Connection Family Connection is a great resource for students to keep track of their GPS, sign up for college visits, look for scholarships, and prepare for the SAT’s and ACT’s.

Service Hours Many classes and clubs at Fairfax High School require students to get in and out of school service hours throughout the year. Here are some tips for getting the service hours you need:

In School: -Ask your favorite teachers if they need help grading papers or organizing. -Talk to the Leadership class to see if they have anything you can help with.

Out of School: -Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, or with another community organization. -Sign up to coach a youth sports team, like basketball this winter.

November 4

November 5

January 1

Senior Dues:

Application to Pathways Program due

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

Applications to most colleges for Regular Decision due

Now-Thanksgiving: $30 Thanksgiving-Feb. 1: $35 After Feb. 1: $40


Perfect Pumpkin Recipes


ired of the same old Halloween inspired recipes? Well here are some different types of pumpkin specialties you’ll surely love. Before this, I had never made any sort of pastry and I have to admit making these “specialties” wasn’t as easy as it seemed. But it was a new and overall fun experience for me. I would definitely recommend the pumpkin juice and pie for those looking for a traditional meal, but for those looking for a new and more challenging experience I recommend the pumpkin pastries. Either way you’ll surely get a kick out of the experience.

Natalia Colon ‘12 Staff Writer

Pumpkin Pastries Directions:

1. To make filling add eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl, mix until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, salt and spices. Add evaporated milk 2 eggs, slightly beaten and mix well. 3/4 cup sugar 2. Bake the filling in a large casserole dish 1 lb. canned pumpkin (or 2 that has been buttered or sprayed with pam. cups fresh, roasted in the Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Keep oven oven) door closed and reduce temperature to moder1/2 teaspoon salt ate (350 degrees) and continue baking for 45 1 tsp. cinnamon minutes or until table knife inserted in center 1/2 tsp. ginger of dish comes out clean. Cool filling completely 1/4 tsp. cloves on a wire rack. 1/2 t. allspice 3. Make or purchase pie crust pastry. Roll 1 2/3 cups evaporated milk (1 pastry thin and cut into circles approximately can) 4 inches in diameter. Put a spoonful of the cool Pam or butter for greasing pumpkin mixture towards one side of the cencasserole dish ter of the circle. Fold over the crust into a half9 oz. pie crust pastry (enough circle and firmly crimp the edges closed. Cut for two single standard pie with a paring knife three small slits in the top crusts) for venting. Place on a greased cookie sheet. 4. Bake at 400 degrees only until crust is a light golden brown, approximately 10 minutes. 5. Serve at room temperature.


Pumpkin Pie

Photos by of Natalia Colon

Pumpkin Juice



1 1/2 cups Cooked, strained pumpkin(or canned) 2/3 cup Sugar 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 1 1/2 cups Evaporated Skim Milk 3 Eggs 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon Ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon Ginger 1 teaspoon Grated Orange Peel 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon Salt 1 Unbaked Pie Shell

Preheat oven to 425 degree. Mix pumpkin, sugars, orange peel and spices in large bowl. Add evaporated milk and eggs. Mix all ingredients well Pour pumpkin filling into pie shell. Bake at 450 degrees for fifteen minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes more. TIP: If crust begins to get too brown, loosely cover crust only with foil. Recipes Provided By Harry Potter Recipes



2 cups chopped edible fresh pumpkin chunks 2 cups apple juice 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup apricot juice (optional) 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste) 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon allspice


1. Grind the pumpkin pieces up in a food processor, and squeeze out juice through a fine mesh strainer or a piece of cheesecloth. 2. Mix all juices together in a bowl, and stir in honey and spices. Chill thoroughly in fridge. 3. Stir again, and pour the juice over ice to serve.


Homecomi g C ourt 2011 n Who would you like to thank in an acceptance speech? “I would like to thank all my supporters and all my teachers who have helped me succeed.” What advice would you give a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year? “Stay focused.” What is your dream Homecoming theme? “Club-like.”

Pablo Santiago & Paulina Tammaro

Who would you like to thank in an acceptance speech? “The teachers who nominated me-because I wouldn’t be here without them-- and my parents, who made me who I am today.” What advice would you give a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year? “Get involved, and don’t feel ridiculous if you go all out during spirit weeks. Also, give everyone a chance.” What is your dream Homecoming theme? “Mexican fiesta!”

Jisoo Kim

Allie Kelly

His dream homecoming theme: “Pineapple under the sea.”

Her dream homecoming theme: “Barbie!”

Mitch Ardinger

Leah Smith

Advice for a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year: “Be yourself.”

Her dream homecoming theme: “Under the sea!”

Matt Frank

Jenny Thai

Robbie Ashton

Angela Wi

His dream homecoming theme: “Harry Potter.”

Advice for a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year: “Stay actively involved, participate in as much as you can, respect your teachers, peers, and other faculty, and express your school spirit!”

Sal Juarez

Cassidy Tammaro

Advice for a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year: “Be like me.”

Advice for a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year: “Don’t be shy and play football.” Photos by Elizabeth Fulmer and Emily Stone

Advice for a freshman who wants to be on Homecoming Court during their senior year: “Put money in envelopes and slip it under your teachers’ doors.”

Her dream homecoming theme: “Petting zoo!”

Emily Stone ‘12 Editor-in-Chief



Students Share how they got Scared Straight

“I was walking around Fairfax Corner with my friends and some random guy popped out of nowhere and scared us half to death! Brandon Lee ‘15

Brandon Blankenship ‘12 Commentary Editor

“I went to Fright Fest at King’s Dominion last year with my friends and all the guys that chase you around in masks, ganged up on us and made us beg for mercy! I love being scared!”

“Last winter I was driving my car when the ground was still really icy, and I ended up sliding off the road and over a baracade. When I finally realized what happened I was upside down in a ditch.”

Diana Hartford ‘12

Leah Smith ‘12

“I was on a Boy Scout crew trip, at 12 am on the Shenandoah River. We had no fire wood, so we were in the pitch black woods trying to find some, when we heard leaves and sticks cracking around us.” Nick Moran ‘12

Meet New Administrator Mr. Chong


ew year, new students, new trailers, and new teachers. With a large influx of students this year, “changes” has become the theme for the 2011-2012 school year. Along with the new teachers, a new assistant principal, Baek Chong, was also hired to help manage this year’s crowd of 2,600. This year, Chong is responsible for students with last names Huo-Men. Chong graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Social Studies education and George Mason with a master’s in education leadership. This is his 15th year working in Fairfax County Public Schools, having previously worked at South County Secondary School and Laurel Hill Elementary School as an assistant principal. After hearing about FHS’s high academic reputation, he decided to work at Fairfax HS. Photo by Rachel Tran

“I had heard great things about the school-- excellent teachers, great community support, diverse student body, [and] great traditions,” said Chong. So far he enjoys Fairfax and can feel the school’s hospitality, “Everything is great so far. The staff has been welcoming and the students are personable. I’m trying to get to know as many students and staff as possible,” said Chong. As the new assistant principal familiarizes himself with the environment, he establishes goals to further help the school. Chong said, “I have two goals this year. One goal is to work with staff to make sure that Fairfax remains one of the best all-around schools, and my other goal is to work with students to make sure that they take advantage of all the opportunities that Fairfax High has to offer.” Now a part of the Fairfax family, Chong is proud to be a rebel and eager to help students succeed. Chong said, “The best part about Fairfax is that students and staff take ownership and pride in what they do here.”

Rachel Tran ‘13 News Editor



Sports Briefs Field Hockey Dominates


he Lady Rebels are going into the Liberty District Playoffs as the number one seed, giving them a first round bye. They ended the regular season with a 5-1 record, losing only to McLean. “Getting the bye is a huge mental lift,” Coach Amber Beaudoin said. “I don’t like all the extra time between games, but I’ll take the security of knowing we made the regional tournament any day. Plus, the number one seed means we only have to go through one of the top four teams, not two, to make it to the District Championship game.” Beaudoin’s team plays in their first playoff game Wednesday, October 19 at Madison High School, 7:00, as they go for their third straight Liberty District Championship.

Cross Country’s Strong Core


s the boys cross country team makes their run into the Liberty District meet, they are buoyed by a strong core of five runners. In cross country meets, teams’ scores are determined by the places of their top five runners. For example, a first place finish would give a team one point. The team with the lowest score wins. “Some of the other teams might have faster guys than us, but because our runners are usually packed close together at the finish, we have a chance of doing well,” said Coach Mark Whalley. With the District Championship scheduled for October 27, Whalley admits his team is “not the strongest, but not the weakest,” and has a chance to be one of four teams to advance to Regionals. Photo courtesy of Daniel Vanderplas

Volleyball Tries to Break Slump


he Fairfax varsity volleyball squad started to emerge from a rough couple weeks, winning at home against Madison and South Lakes in their last two games. Coach Christine Zanellato’s team had started strong, going 4-2 to start the season, but struggled in a long stretch of road games, losing five out of six games from September 19 to October 11. The Rebels have another home game coming up on October 20 against the Herndon Hornets.

Rebels Win Homecoming


n what might not have been the prettiest game, after more than ten years, Fairfax finally gave homecoming fans a victory. It took a beat-up Thomas Jefferson team that struggled in the red zone, but regardless, the final score had Fairfax on top by 13 in a shutout. The Rebels are now 6-1, one of the best starts in school history. The Rebels started hot, forcing a fumble on the kickoff, and recovering within 10 yard line. Within minutes, they were up seven, after Anthony Bowen scored his first touchdown of the game. Although they didn’t convert on the two point attempt, it didn’t take long for the Rebels to get back in the endzone. Their next drive Bowen took it in again, putting the Rebels up 13-0. At the time, it seemed like Fairfax was on the way to a blowout. The Jefferson offense was consistently stopped inside the red zone by a solid Rebel defense. Apparently having little confidence in his kicker, the Jefferson coach opted to go for it on every fourth down within reasonable field goal range, and his offense could never convert. After a long game of stalling offenses, time finally expired and the Fairfax student section emptied onto the field. It was a long time coming, but the Rebels finally came home in style. Photo by Jessica Miers


Walker Carlson ‘13 Sports Editor

For Joslin, Honesty Comes First


reshman golfer Eric Joslin looked up at the scoreboard after finishing his round on Monday, October 3, the first day of the Northern Region tournament. Eighty-two it said. Not bad for a cold, rainy day, he thought.  If he really played well Tuesday, he might move on to the state tournament. In fact, if not for those six shots he had to take on the 18th hole, he’d be in great shape, but he still couldn’t help feeling optimistic.   He found his name on the board and glanced at the 18th slot.  Wait…  He checked the score again. Suddenly the cold got colder and the rain got wetter, and there were no more good feelings. Joslin moved from Dallas to San Antonio, the summer of 2007.  His father, an assistant director of human resources in the federal government had been relocated again, this time to a golf course community.  Joslin didn’t have much prior exposure to the game, though. He had never played before, but now he found that he literally couldn’t escape it. “I kinda got into it that way,” he said.

He started to play more often on that course in his backyard. After a year, he realized something; he was pretty good. “I guess after one year of playing was when I got serious,” he said. “I started to play in a bunch of tournaments. I went to Arizona to play also.” That’s when his golf game began to soar. In each of the tournaments in which Joslin played, the result was the same. The kid who had been golfing for just over 12 months was going home with all the trophies. Only one tournament was an exception.  It was an international event in Arizona.  Joslin was competing against international golf prodigies, and finally he didn’t return victorious. But he did finish fifteenth.  Joslin was a budding prodigy among prodigies. Joslin’s mind went blank.  He couldn’t believe what he was seeing, didn’t believe what was on the scoreboard. Does anyone else know?  They couldn’t possibly. For a split second he considered keeping it quiet. Who could it hurt, anyway? It was the summer of 2011, and Joslin had just started golfing for the Fairfax High School Rebels.  He had moved to Fairfax the summer before, and it wasn’t long before he found out that high school golf in Virginia was an entirely different game than what he was used to out west. “It’s a lot more competitive here,” he said, “[the older players] have an advantage.  A big one.” He was playing against golfers who were older, stronger, and more experienced, and, at first, it showed. “He started a little slow,” said Fairfax golf coach Jeremy Owens, after Joslin shot an 89 and then an 81 in the two rounds of the Rebels’ first tournament.  But he didn’t stay down for long. “I recover very well while I play,” Joslin said. “Some guys get down on themselves and lose it if they mess up.  I fight back if I have a bad hole or a bad shot.  So I guess [the older players] have an advantage physically, but not mentally.” That resilient attitude is what Joslin used to pull himself back up, as he played in the Cougar Classic, an invitational tournament hosted by Oakton High School, just four days later.  He was not only tied for first place in the whole tournament after 18 holes, shooting a 72, but he won it all in a head-to-head, one-hole, sudden death playoff round. He is the only freshman to ever win the event. From then on, Joslin was as consistent as any golfer on the team, averaging 39-40 strokes in nine-hole matches, according to Owens.  He was even able to perform under the pressure of District Playoffs. He posted one of the top five individual scores in the district and became Fairfax’s only player in the Northern Region tournament.

Joslin after winning the Cougar Classic. He was the first freshman to ever win the event. Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Joslin.


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SPORTS “Go talk to the official,” Owens told the freshman. Joslin knew he had to at this point.  If what he suspected had happened, it was the only thing to do.  It was the right thing to do. The rain broke, but the cold was unyielding as the sky grew darker and Joslin made his way to the scoreboard.  He asked to see his scorecard. The official obliged, and Joslin checked the scoreboard’s last slot one more time; “5.” His eyes scanned down the card, to the eighteenth hole; “5.” Joslin showed the official the card again. He told him what happened. The official just looked down at the kid. “You know what this means, right?” Joslin looked up at the official. “Yes.” “I think I’ll improve a lot,” Joslin said. “Next year I will come back and do my best to be way better than I was this year.” “Eric is a fine young man that shows great promise,” Owens said. “I hope he’s able to really focus himself and make personal sacrifices to step up his game.

“He has a lot to learn from his upperclassmen as well, so I hope he stays humble in the process. If he’s mature enough to learn from our captains and other golfers, I think he’ll be in good shape,” said the coach. Joslin came completely clean to the scorers.  He showed them the scoring mistake on the eighteenth hole, how the scorer had recorded a five, when he had actually shot a six.  He had signed the card, so he took the responsibility.  That was all it took to disqualify him: one point.  He wouldn’t be playing the next day; he wouldn’t be going to states. “I was really bummed,” he said. “No one caught it. Everyone thought the score was right. “But I felt like I did the right thing,” he continued, “I couldn’t live with it. Knowing if I made it to States that I didn’t deserve it, and knowing that I took away the opportunity from someone else. So I guess I have no regrets.”

Walker Carlson ‘13 Sports Editor

How do they Manage?


football team is made up of many different types of people. There are the players who practice every day after school. There are the coaches who work the players hard to ensure a winning team. Then there are the managers who make sure the players are taken care of. According to senior Kat Spigner, who has been a football manager for three years, “making sure the players are hydrated and taken care of is the main thing we do. We also clean, help the coaches and athletic trainers out with anything they may need help with. From the sideline or at practice, if we see something happen to one of the boys, we ask them if they are okay and tell the athletic trainers to check on them and then they do whatever they feel best.” Senior Lily McGrail, who has been a manager for two years, added “we make sure that [athletic trainer Brett] Gustman can do his job on the field.” Along with tending to the players, football managers help the Athletic Trainers out by filing, getting equipment from storage, and copying important papers. They also clean the Athletic Training room and the players’ equipment every Friday, which they have dubbed “Super Friday Cleaning on Friday.” Spigner says that managing football is different from managing other sports because they are expected to do more jobs. Although the games are the most fun part of being a football manager, Spigner says they are also the hardest.

“You’re on your toes the whole time, ready to do what you’re asked to do and what you’re expected to do. They are definitely intense,” she says. Both Spigner and McGrail say that their favorite part of managing the football team is the friendships they build with the boys and watching them grow throughout the season. Spigner says they are like a family. McGrail agreed, adding “Family is a really good word to describe us. We fight a lot but at the end of the day, deep down, we like each other.”

Suha Khandker ‘13 Staff Writer


Manager Lily McGrail gets ready for football practice. Photo by Suha Khandker

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