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January 16, 2009 Volume LXXVI, Issue 5
Hitting the road with Mr. Lott Lady Rebels shoot for a better season
Iâ€™m an FHS bilingual student
This month in
RebelNEWSBRIEFS News Briefs
CoverSTORY Diversity at Fairfax:
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RebelCOMMENTARY Eight years in office and
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what has he done? We have spirit? No we don’t! Need advice? Ask Kevin.
RebelENTERTAINMENT Blu-Ray disc beats
RebelNEWS New budget cuts hitting
closer to home Inauguration preparations well underway in DC
Staff 08-09 Editor in Chief James Lee Catherine Treyz
Managing Editor Andrew Dilworth
News Editor Dan Webster
Entertainment Editor Michael Dadok Myriam Tchatchouang
A mixing of cultures Hispanic students share about growing up in America in a bilingual home
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out the HD DVD January Artist of the Month: Jessica Zelenack
Forget the Foreign Press, read Cailtin’s choices for the Golden Globes
Commentary Editor Kevin Dowd
Features Editor Anurag Bhatnagar Annelise Mikos
Sports Editor Jean DeOrnellas
Copy Editor Aditya Bhatnagar
Online Editor Kevin Poon
Photography Editor Lindsey Bush
Business Manager Jordan Sharpe Aneela Wadan
Staff Writer Brian Berenbaum Jacob Fulmer Steven Kendall Melissa Lin Caitlin Noone Wardah Rashid Zafar Shaw Emily Taylor Neby Teklu Alex Woodill
RebelFEATURES Costs add up for a
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Hispanic Sweet 16
Q&A with Mr. Lott: A Fairfax institution Senioritis sweeps through the halls The White House hosts a new first family
RebelSPORTS Athlete Profile:
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Gymnast Alexa Kopach Swim and Dive Recap David Ladd beats the odds Blue Pit turns pink Update: Boys basketball Girls basketball avenges last year’s 1-22 season
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To our readers: Welcome to the new year! The entire Rebel Roar staff hopes that you had a wonderful holiday season and wishes you all the best this upcoming year. New Years Day for me and my family is always a busy time. In my Korean culture, the day starts off pretty early in the morning. Before the sun comes up, the entire family gathers together to celebrate and have “se-beh” (a tradition of bowing to one’s elders). Each time, blessing for the new year are exchanged as well as a good bit of spending money. In Korean culture, the bigger the family, the fatter your wallet is after New Year’s! Our first meal of the year is a big bowl of “dukk-gook” (rice cake soup). Children are taught from an early age that they’ll grow older one year for each bowl they eat.
Starting this month, the Rebel Roar will be celebrating the diversity of cultures at Fairfax. In the upcoming months, we’ll have a spotlight on a different culture and how it’s impacted students. This month, Editor-In-Chief Catherine Treyz and Senior Writer Wardah Rashid did some in-depth reporting to give you an a close-up look of Hispanic culture through the lens of senior Danny Mejia and sophomore Denisse Orellana. On another note, congratulations to all the seniors for finishing the college application process! Be sure to check out Entertainment Editor Myriam Tchatchouang’s article on senioritis for a preview of what’s to come.
Happy New Year,
This is just one of the many traditions that I’ve grown up celebrating that many of my Caucasian friends never had. And the best part about Fairfax is that I’m not the only one with different customs and traditions.
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Fairfax County School Board votes next month on changing school start times. Fairfax Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting three members for induction January 23, 2009, Harold Stalnaker, Milt Papke, and Brandon Royster. The Pink Pit starts on January 16, with t-shirts on sale for $5 at girls basketball games and during lunch. Fairfax students will be participating in an Its Academic district competition on January 31. German Club is holding an open house this Monday for students interested in trying German. Family Feud finals will be Thursday the 22 after school in the chorus room. Students are
-MLK Jr. Birthday (No School)
-Inauguration Day (No School)
encouraged to come and watch. The winter wear donation drive sponsored by the SGA started during December. Donations are to be brought to the main office for collection. • The play “Singin’ in the Rain” will be playing on January 23, 24, 30, and 31. Tickets are availible online. • The FHS Theatre department offered a three-day winter break drama camp from December 29 to December 31. Students learned the technicalities of theatre there. • The film featuring sophmore Jordan Rummel dancing around Fairfax, which was filmed by sophmore Patrick Mortiere, is going to be featured Fairfax Tourism Website (Pictured in center).
Calendar of Events
-Boys and Girls Basketball vs Robinson
-Gymnastics vs Robinson
-Teacher Workday (No School) -Chinese New Year
-Teacher Workday (No School) -Basketball vs Chantilly
-Start of 3rd Quarter -Gymnastics vs -Wrestling vs Herdon Centreville
-Dance Team vs -Basketball vs Centreville Centreville -Dance vs Robinson
-Singin’ in the Rain -Basketball vs Herdon -Swim vs Yorktown
-Singin’ in the Rain -Basketball vs Westfield -Swim vs Herndon
-Gymnastics District -Basketball vs Tournament Oakton -Wrestling District Tournament
-Varsity Wrestling Tournament -Singin’ in the Rain
-Singin’ in the Rain -Its Academic District Competition
-Wrestling District Tournament
-Regional Wrestling -Regional Wrestling -Valentine’s Day Tournament Tournament -Regional Wrestling -Basketball vs Tournament Robinson
It’s been eight years since George W. Bush was elected the country is in its greatest economic crisis since as the 43rd President. From his controversial victory the Great Depression. Most of us have felt this over Al Gore to the recent shoe-attack in Iraq, it has recession in some way, and it is not projected been a rocky road. Here are the top five to improve in the near future. No matter how events and incidents that will define his Unemployment is at 6.7%, and presidency. questionable his later the month of November saw 1. September 11: No matter how decisions have been, the biggest one-month decline questionable his later decisions have been, in jobs in nearly 34 years. Bush was remembered in a positive light Bush was remembered 4 . A f g h a n i s t a n : for his response to the terrorist attacks. in a positive light for Unfortunately for the He responded quickly and decisively his response to the thousands of U.S. troops against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and serving in this war, the war in terrorist attacks. in 2002 passed the Homeland Security Afghanistan has been overlooked and Act, establishing the Department of Homeland Security. overshadowed by the fighting in Iraq. Not even a month Bush also passed the USA PATRIOT Act, which was after 9/11, the U.S. attacked the Taliban, the group ruling supposed to help the government against terrorist the nation and protecting Al Quaeda, the masterminds attacks. However, this bill was controversial, as it behind the attack. Eight years later, Osama bin Laden is allowed the government easier access to private records still in hiding, and over 550 Americans have been killed. and recorded telephone conversations. Bush’s response, while hasty, was to invade and install a 2. War in Iraq: On the other hand, Bush’s greatest democracy in an area ravaged by internal fighting. blunder was the invasion of Iraq, presumably to find 5. Katrina: The biggest internal problem the U.S. had weapons of mass destruction. Apart from the removal faced since 9/11, Hurricane Katrina devastated New of Saddam Hussein from power, this war has been Orleans and much of the surrounding area, as it was a complete failure. It has cost over 4,100 American unprepared for a storm of its size and intensity. Bush’s casualties and over $800 billion. Unfortunately, U.S. response was slow and underwhelming, and the agencies involvement hasn’t been able to quell the Sunni-Shia responsible squabbled instead of rescuing those in conflict that has lasted for hundreds of years, and this need, restoring power, bringing supplies, and stopping internal conflict has delayed the U.S. effort to set up a crime, especially in New Orleans. Communication strong post-Saddam democracy. Regrettably, the war has between FEMA, local authorities, and the Department cost nearly 700,000 Iraqi civilian lives as well. The war of Homeland Security was poor, and the slow response was the major reason Bush got reelected as Americans led to nearly 2,000 deaths and tens of thousands without didn’t want to change leaders in a time of war. Now it homes. seems, many are regretting this decision. 3. Economy/National Debt: As of December 30, Andrew Dilworth & Anurag Bhatnager ‘10 Managing Editor & Features Editor the U.S. national debt is $10.6 trillion. To put this in perspective, this has been a $5 trillion increase since 2000, when Bush was first elected. To go with the rising debt,
Fairfax’s Thoughts on President Bush:
What do you think Bush will be remembered for? ”His amazing ability to never say what he means.” -John Gillen
that happened during his administration because he does not make the decisions on his own.” -Tiffany Herndon
“Being the absolute, without question, ireffutably worst president of this great nation.” -Andrew Jordan
What was his most memorable moment? “When he got hit with a shoe.” -Thomas Park
What was his worst moment during his presidency? “Not beating up the guy who threw the shoe at him.” -Andrew Rosenberger
“All presidents are well remembered by history , Bush’s quotes will see to that.” - John Gillen
“George Bush should not be blamed for the bad things
Spirit Week lacks pep
pirit week in many high schools is viewed as a time to spirit week as a service project that would raise awareness relieve stress, get about the environment. They crazy, and show your also wanted to steer away from class pride. The latest the traditional spirit days such spirit week, held from as, crazy hair day and pajama Monday December day, which are featured every 8th to Friday Dec. 12th year. wasn’t as lively as Instead of having bird homecoming week calling contests and dance or spirit weeks in competitions that nobody pervious years. participates in during lunch, Many can argue we should have Guitar Hero that this lack of spirit and Rock Band competitions, has to do with too which will allow more students many after school to contribute to their class activities and sports, pride. Although, new ideas along with too much such as “dress like an animal” homework. Therefore, and “go green” are thoughtful students don’t have Junior Lizzie Basalyga paints faces before the pep rally. and unique, they’re too hard to enough time to dress Photo by Mr. Neave. follow and many people just up or even remember. Senior Francesca Lee says, “… give up. Sophomore class president, Nina Udeshi states there weren’t as many announcements, and many that “Although this past spirit week wasn’t as great as people just forgot to dress up”. previous ones, leadership and I are working hard to At first, leadership had the idea of a competition come up with new ideas that will liven up the school’s between boys and girls, but decided not to because they pride.” felt it would leave the school divided. Lee also states that leadership, “…wanted to go for a more united and Zafar Shaw ‘11 helpful spirit week idea.” So, instead they used the past Staff Writer
Getting into college: a hit on students’ moral conscience
haring answers before tests, cheat sheets in desks, and copying homework from friends are a few of the countless ways to cheat in school. Cheating, of course, is prohibited, but apparently most students do it anyway. Sophomore Kenny Choe believes that at least 90% of students cheat in school. Worse yet, he sincerely believes that of that 90%, none of the students feel guilt or remorse for their decision to cheat. Sophomore Sudeep Nugooru thinks differently. According to him, 99% of students cheat, and 30% of them feel guilty for doing it. What compels students to cheat and feel nothing about it? What could possibly be so important that it wipes out the human conscience to feel guilt and remorse for an act that is considered to be both stealing and lying? The answer is college. A student’s GPA is so important to getting into college that most students would be willing to risk the danger of getting caught and destroy their own credibility just to successfully pass a test or quiz. Is it really worth it? Students say, “absolutely”. The pressure that students undergo outweighs their conscience. Pressure from teachers, parents, and society to do well in school can be a lot to handle. That is not to say that it is an excuse
to break the rules, but it is the truth. Many adults frown upon cheating. They cannot understand what it is that makes students feel the need to cheat. They cannot understand how students can sink so low. Yet the reality is that things have changed from the way they were. With each year, it gets harder for students to be accepted into college. Nowadays, a good handful of students have tutors or go to prep classes to improve grades. More and more students each are challenging themselves with AP and honor course. Parents are urging their children to begin playing an instrument or join a sport at a young age in hopes of increasing their chances of getting into a first-rate college. With all this increase in standards, there is no wonder why students of the 21st century feel an extreme panic and pressure on their shoulders. In the end, it only cones down to how the individual student can compare and compete with his or her peers while everyone is only getting better. We are sacrificing our morals in exchange for good grades and success.
Melissa Lin ‘10 Staff Writer
If you enjoy having a space to park in every morning, then be happy to attend Fairfax High School rather than a school with virtually no parking such as Annandale. Photo by Allie Sawyer
Count your blessings (and parking spots)
t seems these days, especially in the miserable winter months, that all anyone can do is complain about school and how bad it is. I have to agree to a certain extent. No one likes being bossed around and having to do work for seven hours every day, including myself. But knowing people that go to other schools around the county, I have heard things about other schools that make Fairfax seem like one of the best around. Let’s start with the obvious. Take a look around the school. Three and a half years worth of bothersome remodeling looks like it was a great investment in retrospect: a new library, a new lobby, a cafeteria with Plasma TVs, and a couple million dollars worth of technology (and flashy safety vests which all of the teachers love). Having a one floor school (with the exception of the library) saves countless trips up and down crowded stairwells which students in basically every other high school in the county have to make every day. As far as athletic facilities go, the school has a brand new track, one of the best fields in the Northern Region, and a superior field house. Now take a look at our cross-town neighbor, Woodson. The school is currently being remodeled and has tons of construction equipment lying around, plenty of trailers, and consequently, limited space (sound familiar?). Lucky for Woodson, they will soon be rid of such growing pains and will have a nice remodeled school. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for schools such as Herndon or Oakton, both in need of a facelift.
There are many things we take for granted at our school. Parking, especially since the throngs of trailers have disappeared, is a pretty fortunate circumstance that we have. Just take a glance at the parking at Annandale, where parking is so scarce (only 96 spots) that sometimes whether or not you get a spot depends on your GPA. Imagine .05 being the difference between waking up extra early and riding the bus with the freshmen and sophomores or having a spot to park in every morning. Fairfax’s parking easily doubles that of other schools. You need not look only at other schools in the county to see what a great school we have. Look at the entire country. Even if you factor out looks and cosmetics, schools from around the U.S. as a whole don’t quite compare to most Fairfax County Public Schools, let alone Fairfax. Maybe when you were a young boy or girl (or maybe even recently) you were complaining about something, likely food, and your parents told you about all of the starving children in third world countries. I ask you to do the same, except whenever you complain about life here at Fairfax think of the poor souls that attend the parking-less Annandale and the construction-ridden Woodson. Try to be grateful to have a nice looking school with great things because most don’t. Now, if we could only generate some school spirit…
Kevin Dowd ‘10 Commentary Editor
Alumni Day comes to Fairfax
n January 8, 2009, approximately 45 guests Photography Studio, Graphic Studio, and the Fashion were invited to the annual FHS Alumni Design departments. Day. Those “I feel like the fashion guests had academy class has really a significant prepared me for my major thing in and definitely helped me c o m m o n ; decide that majoring in they all were previous fashion is what I wanted students from all the to do,” said alumni Caitlin different sectors of the Giroux. FHS academy classes. The academy had to be The alumni shared invited by their teachers in their experiences in order to have the chance to college and in life after listen to the alumni. school with the current To join an academy academy students. They class you have to fill out spoke of how taking an application when the classes during signing up for courses. The high school affected courses allow students to the decisions they gain hands-on experience made concerning their Catlin Giroux visits Fairfax with her assortment of self in their desired field of majors and job fields. designed clothing. Photo by Kevin Poon. study. The alumni conversed with students in the Music and Theatre, Dance, Music Kevin Poon ‘10 and Computer Technology, Korean, T.V. Production, News Editor
Budget cuts affect late buses, not school spirit
he effects of the economy’s recession are noticeable for late buses on Thursdays in late spring for afterschool throughout all aspects of our lives, and they are about SOL reviews. to become more noticeable in our Dr. Brabrand is proud to 2009 school year. As the county be principal in a district that tightens its wallet, students at puts such high emphasis Fairfax will notice the effects of on education, noting that a series of budget cuts reflecting Superintendent Jack D. Dale the need to be more moneyand the school board members conscious. are taking all the required steps Sophomores and juniors to ensure that budget cuts have may have noticed an increase a limited effect on the students in class sizes from last school in FCPS. “Although you cannot year to this year. This increase, control what year you were which averaged .5 students per born in,” he said, “you should classroom, is expected again in Due to recent budget cuts, this will be the scene be offered the same educational the 2009 school year. experience regardless of the on Mondays after school. Photo by Dan Webster. Thursday late buses will no economic conditions.” longer be offered beginning second semester, limiting Comparable to the hope inspired through the speeches afterschool clubs and activities to Mondays. The and goals of President-Elect Obama, Dr. Brabrand budget cuts are also expected to have a large impact on believes that 2009 will continue to be a successful year the fine arts at Fairfax, due in part to the large cost of despite the required budget cuts. Students will be transportation required by the Academy programs. informed of all changes due to the budget cuts as they Despite the effect the budget cuts are having on these are finalized. aspects of our school, Principal Dr. Brabrand remains optimistic and continues to “keep the main thing the Brian Berenbaum ‘10 main thing.” The school will be providing the funding Staff Writer
Preparations begin for an historic inauguration
fter the landmark 2008 presidential election, moment. D.C., Virginia, and Maryland residents are people have been scrambling to get their hands on also renting out their homes for the event and this can tickets for the January 20 be a bargain for people Inauguration. Throughout who are willing to be a bit D.C., hotel rooms along more adventurous. the parade route began Requests for tickets to filling up quickly after the event have reached the election results were record numbers and announced in November. the Joint Congressional The rooms that are Committee, which available in the area range distributes the tickets, from $500 to well over a had to turn people $1,000 a night. There are away. The President a considerable number o f Inaugural Committee rooms that have also been also announced that set aside for VIP guests. it would not take any Most hotels also require a more volunteers for the minimum stay of four or event because it can’t Preparations have already begun for the inauguration in five days which sets the provide housing and anticipation of a record crowd. Photo by Catherine Treyz. price for people attending transportation for them. the inauguration at a couple thousand dollars. However, It is estimated that one to five million people will be for people who are willing to make a longer commute to coming to D.C. for the January 20 event. the nation’s capital, there are other options available. It is recommended that people take the Metro The further away the hotel is from the actual because it will be close to impossible to find a parking Inauguration ceremony the cheaper the price will be space amidst the crowds. President Elect Barack Obama for people hoping to catch a glimpse of the historical and Vice President Elect Joe Biden will be arriving in Washington with their families by train. Senate Inauguration Obama’s inauguration is an important event in history th th and is a significant step in moving towards the future. If • The 111 Congress was sworn in on January 6 you are willing to endure the crowds and chilly weather • Every two years about one-third of the it will likely be well worth the trouble. Senators are up for re-election • Rollin Burris, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick for senator, was not allowed to replace Barack Wardah Rashid ‘09 Staff Writer Obama’s vacant Senate seat
Math Moves U Award given to FHS teacher
aytheon Corporation annually awards the Math Moves U Award to teachers, students, and schools. This year Ms. Tricia Colclaser, a math teacher here at Fairfax, was granted the award. “Personally, I won $2,500 from Raytheon Corporation and the math department was also awarded $2,500 by them. [With the money] I want to buy a Document Camera that projects any object or student’s work onto the Smart Board.” Ms. Colclaser received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in math at the University of Virginia. After eight years of teaching, she still manages to
involve her students. “I keep students motivated, keep as many involved as possible, do many hands on activities, use technology, and I get to know my students so I can relate to them inside and outside the classroom” says Ms. Colclaser. Colclaser grew up in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She did not always want to be a math teacher. “I wanted to be a pediatrician or a system engineer. [But if I wasn’t a teacher now,] I would be a ski instructor in Colorado.”
What are your life goals? To be healthy and happy. What is the weirdest thing a student has ever done? My first year of teaching I was in a middle school and my students shrink wrapped my desk and put it in the middle of the street. I immediately knew who had taken it. What is a pet peeve of yours? When students ask questions Alex Woodill ‘11 but don’t pay attention to the Staff Writer answer.
Viva la vida
Two students share their bilingual experiences
¿Qué pasa en la casa?
This is a first in a series featuring Fairfax High School students who are bilingual.
American culture] when I came here because I didn’t know the language very well, but I got the hang of it by watching TV and learning new words,” says Orellana. here’s an old joke: Both Mejia “What do you and Orellana call someone who speaks speak English two languages?” and Spanish “Bilingual.” at home. “I “What do you call speak Spanish someone who speaks at home most one language?” of the time, “American” but sometimes As amusing as that I speak joke is, at FHS there ‘Spanglish’ are many students too,” says who are changing that Orellana. stereotype of America. “Well, my Two such students are p a r e n t s senior Danny Mejia and both know sophomore Denisse English and Orellana. understand it, Mejia, the student but sometimes behind the voice I have to of the morning translate for announcements, was my mom since born in Baranquilla, Mejia, above, leads students as the emcee at the Homecoming pep we came after Colombia in 1990. He rally. Photo courtesy of Mr. Neave. my dad. My dad moved to Virginia in June is very fluent [in 2003 after living in Colombia for eight years, Costa Rica English] and my mom can understand it but speaks for one year, and Florida for four years. “I remember little of it” how difficult it was learning English back in third grade “I pretty much speak Spanish wherever I go. It will and I didn’t know anything, but once I learned it, I felt as sometimes come out when I don’t even know it. I speak if English was my first language,” says Mejia. Spanish with my friends, my family, at school, anywhere Orellana moved to the United States from Bolivia you name it,” says Mejia. when she was seven years old. Her father had already Mejia sees many advantages to being bilingual. At been living in the USA, and she and her mother moved FHS, Mejia has had the opportunity to help other Latino to reunite with him. Since then, she too has immersed students in homework and in other ways through herself in American culture while still embracing Latino/Hispanic programs. her Bolivian background. “It was hard [to adjust to In the 2007-08 school years, Hispanics comprised
Know your facts!
13.9% 16.6% In the 2007-08 school year, Hispanic students comprised 13.9% of the FHS student body.
Also, in the 2007-08 school 16.6% of FHS students were ited in English proficiency.
approximate he is speaking. 13.9% of the Orellana and FHS student Mejia express love body. “I feel for their adopted that more h o m e l a n d , people look at America, but you when you deep pride in are a minority, their Hispanic especially background. a Hispanic, Both have lived and you are in a Spanish succeeding speaking country so much in for the first half school,” Mejia of their lives and says. “I work in America for the hard at school second half, and for the grades now balance the I get and the two cultures with things that I do ease, whether it’s with leadership at home, church and the Student or FHS. “I am Government proud of being Council to show Orellana, left, enjoys the company of her friends at lunch. Photo by Hispanic,” says that it doesn’t Wardah Rashid. Mejia. matter if you’re a minority, you can still achieve many things in life.” Catherine Treyz & Wardah Rashid ‘09 Mejia hopes that his bilingual talents and hard work Editor in Chief & Staff Writer will one day land him a seat in the Senate or win him a gubernatorial election. Mejia and Orellana are very involved in extracurricular Next month in activities. Orellana is involved in the FHS AVID program and the French Club and Mejia participates in chorus, SG Council, and plays drums at his church. “One of the many reasons for why I work so hard in school is because I want to show hope to other Latinos in our school that we can be the leaders of our school even though we are a minority,” says Mejia. As for whether it’s difficult to be bilingual, Orellana says, “It’s not very hard, but I sometimes can’t translate Grade: 11 some words from English to Spanish, so it can be kind of a burden.” Born: Incheon, South Korea Mejia, on the other hand, says that he becomes so accustomed to speaking English and Spanish back and Languages spoken: Korean and English forth that sometimes he doesn’t even know which one
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In the 2007-08 school year, 7.9% of FHS students were enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
What he has to say: “Being bilingual allows me to be more well-rounded and multi-cultural. I think that’s cool.”
Blu-Ray victorious over competition S
tarting in the late 1990’s, were given the advantage of time. were considered too expensive. AfHDTV sets began to Although it was not much time, only ter this tough start for Blu-Ray, they emerge in the market. got a break with the release of These new advanced the PS3. Each and every unit was TV sets allowed the shipped with Blu-Ray as its main customer to experimeans of storage. The use of Bluence an entirely new Ray in PS3 has been considered level of entertainment. the saving grace for the device. However, there was A domino effect began after no standard way to rethis crucial blow to HD. It startcord or even play this ed with the corporation monster, new HD content. This Warner Brothers, when they anled to the infamous nounced in early January 2008 conflict between the DVD they would only release videos formats, Blu-Ray, and HD. in Blu-Ray as of May 2008. Due About eight years ago, at the to this major company dropCombined Exhibition of Adping HD, all of their umbrella vanced Technologies (CEATEC), studios dropped it as well. This the first prototypes of the Bluchain reaction was not limited Ray disc technology were deto studios, as even American veloped. These early protoretailers such as Best Buy and types came as a result of two movie rental stores like Blockprojects branching from Sony Blu-Ray players demonstrate their potential buster said they would no lonand Philips. In the years follow- for high quality performance at Best Buy. ger carry HD titles. With that, ing the exhibition, the project Photo taken by Michael Dadok. the struggle for video format was officially revealed as Blu-Ray, around a month, it caused Blu-Ray ended, and HD was conquered by and the Blu-Ray Disc Association to lag behind. Blu-Ray struggled the superior DVD format, Blu-Ray. was established by nine members. with only a small selection of titles When the first HD players were to endorse and to make matters Jacob Fulmer ‘10 released around June 2006, they worse, the players for Blu-Ray discs Staff Writer
Dear Kevin, Well, I’m sure you get this all the time but there’s this one special girl who I’m trying to impress. With Valentine’s Day approaching, what do you recommend?
Here at Fairfax, you are not on your own when it comes to wooing your potential mate. You can buy a Rebel Roar Valentine’s Day ad which will include a hand-delivered candy gram to your love’s classroom for only $3.00. Personalize your own ad and it will be placed in the February issue of the Rebel Roar.
Choral prodigy rises above fellow singers
Are there any singers that inspire you? Country singers inspire me, especially Martina McBride. Her voice is crazy awesome. I have always loved her and have been amazed by her. Do you play any other instrument? I used to play saxophone and I am currently learning to play the piano. What do you like about the Fairfax High School Chorus? Well, Ms. Martone is a really good choral director. She is really good at teaching students how to sing. She is friendly with all her students in choir and she is approachable.
Jessica Zelenack sits for a photo during Lunch. Photo taken by Allie Sawyer
he Artist of the month is an interesting student who stands out as one who needs to be recognized. This month a very special choral member has stood out above other artists, Jessica Zelenack, a junior at Fairfax High School. She has participated in many extracurricular activities here at Fairfax. She runs track, plays field hockey and ice skates at Fairfax Ice Arena. How long have you been singing? I joined chorus in 8th grade. What choirs are you currently in? Fairfax Choral Society and the high school chorus. I also helped establish an a cappella singing group, the Rebel Trebles. I co-direct it with Rachel Derrick. What kind of songs does the group sing? Contemporary music, but we make it a cappella. We add beat boxing and if there is, for example, a guitar part we sing it. What is the best part about chorus? The best part is when all the singers hit a perfect harmony, singing good music, and working together to make a really hard song perfect. What inspired you to start singing? I have always loved it. Whenever I heard music playing, I started singing with it. When I decided to get a little more serious with it I liked it even more.
What is your favorite kind of music? I like all kinds. I can’t even pick a specific type. But as far as singing goes, I love country.
What can you say about singing in general? It’s really fun. Chorus is really different than any other music class. It’s all about your voice. It all comes from you, which makes singing really rewarding, especially if you do it well. What are your plans for the future? I want to major in music. I’m just not sure what I want to do with that as a major. Maybe I will teach, like Ms. Martone. I know I want to pick a good music school. Are you taking any other music classes? I’m in AP Music Theory with Ms Benson. It’s a really hard class, but it’s going to help me understand music better. We already started writing our own music, and I can recognize notes. Every month the Rebel Roar is always looking for new students to spot light. We are looking for anyone involved in the arts at Fairfax to showcase the abundant talent that this school has. If you have any suggestions for artists that you think deserve the spotlight, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allie Sawyer ‘10 Staff Writer
CAITLIN’S CHOICE AWARDS
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Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of an ex-addict with a nearly bipolar personality rubs everyone in her family just the wrong way, and it feels so right.
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publicity they receive. When a film is nominated for a Globe Award, advertisements for it become focused more on the nomination than the movie itself, hoping to draw in more viewers. However, the films and stars that are given an award are often closer in line to receive an Oscar. The Globes’ choice of award recipients may often seem arbitrary and unfair, because they often are. Many talented actors often get left out of the race, leaving the prestigious Academy Awards as their last chance for formal recognition of their work. Some surprising contenders were left out of the Globe nomination ring
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this year, such as The Dark Knight for “Best Drama” or a “Best Actor” nomination for Clint Eastwood’s performance in Gran Torino. Even one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2008, Milk, only earned Sean Penn a “Best Actor” nomination. Other surprising choices include the contenders for “Best Supporting Actor.” Both Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. of Tropic Thunder fame earned a nomination although Heath Ledger is almost certain to win.
Caitlin Noone ‘09 Staff Writer
Hispanic twist to the Sweet 16
17 here are some girls that dream of their Quinceañera or she has in the family. from the time they are five. No one can forget Years before their Quinceañera, the Quinceañera dress, girls will have planned the event a large part of the in great detail. It’s like planning expenses. A traditional your wedding, but for your 15th Quinceañera dress birthday. It’s unbelievable how has a corset on the top much a family will spend on one with a wide skirt, like 15-year old, all for one special a ballroom gown. The day of the year. outfit should match the theme In Hispanic culture it’s not of the Quince. Traditionally girls the teenage girl’s Sweet 16 that wear pink or white dresses, but is celebrated, but her 15th. A can change depending on the 15-year old’s birthday party is theme. The dresses also cost an more than just a day of birth, it’s average of $400 or more. Many a religious event to celebrate a times, to cut down on expenses, girl’s coming of age, leaving the a dress from a previous relative’s adolescent life and becoming Quince will be fitted for the a mature adult. It’s like a Bat upcoming Quince. Mitzvah and a Sweet 16 mixed Second, if not the most into one, with the highest important and the most expenses. expensive part of the There are few limits to how Quinceañera, is where the far a family will go to give their Quinceañera will be hosted. birthday girl the party of her It could be a church, hotel, life. An average Quinceañera restaurant, or on a boat. The list costs between $5,000 to $10,000, of places are almost unlimited, depending on the family’s and therefore prices can range budget. The whole family pitches Samantha Woodill with her escort at her and differ tremendously. To in to contribute to a Quince by Quinceañera. Photo courtesy of Alex Woodill. save money, the Quince could be paying for individual parts. There’s renting a location placed in the backyard of a family member or a friend’s for the Quince, usually a reception hall, the caterer, the home, but is almost unrealistic depending on the guest entertainment, the photography, and a whole laundry list and the amount of space provided. An average guest list of other parts that are divided up and covered by list is around 50 to 100 people, and that is not counting individual family members. The more a family member the people who haven’t RSVP’d.The entertainment, the contributes to the Quince, the more bragging rights he photographer, the caterer and all of the other minuscule parts that make up the Quince is provided by different family members. To make it less expensive, the best cook in the family does all the food. People bring a digital camera and take pictures, which is less expensive than hiring a professional photographer. And local DJs are not that expensive so families like to choose them as Reception Hall 5,000 entertainment. There are many different ways a family Caterer 1,000 can pay for a Quinceañera to keep it affordable and Entertainment 500 fun. Even the low budgeting families will find a way to Photography 250 pull off a Quinceañera. From the day of birth to her 15th Dress 350 birthday, the family will save as much as they can for Invitation 150 their daughter. The most priceless part of a Quince is Gifts 500 the joy and happiness it brings to the girl. The memories Memories Priceless are priceless.
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Annelise Jensen ‘10 Features Editor
Mr. Lott: The beast behind the wheel A
ll high school students anticipate the thrill of driving themselves and friends to and from school, the movies, and the mall; the high school experience just isn’t the same riding the bus. However, everyone knows that you have to work hard to get that permit and license and keep it. That’s where Cleveland Lott, the Fairfax High School Driver’s Ed teacher, comes in. Mr. Lott teaches you the rules of the road as well as other interesting and important things to know before you get behind the wheel. How many years have you been teaching Drivers Ed? I’ve been teaching Driver’s Ed for 11 years (but he’s been at Fairfax longer). Where did you start teaching? I taught math in Georgia. Where did you work before FHS? I was in the Army. What are some tips that you would give to students in Driver’s Ed? -Practice, practice, practice! -Learn the rules of the road. -Practice with a good, qualified driver. -Always remember, it’ll take five years for you to become as experienced as other drivers. Have you ever yelled at someone or taken the wheel away from them during class? Yep. This girl had never been in a car before. She didn’t know what to do with the key. And I lost my control, but so did another guy. Have you ever not followed the law? Yeah. Have you ever gotten into an accident behind the wheel with a student? Twice. What was your first car? A 1952 Ford Did you pass the Driver’s Ed test on the first try? No comment. =) There’s a lot to know about the road and driving habits. When it comes down to understanding how to drive and succeeding at it, Mr. Lott is the person to talk to.
Jordan Sharpe ‘11 Business Manager
Mr. Lott is one of the most recognizable faces at Fairfax. He is easily distinguishable for his signature swagger and colorful accent. Photos by Lindsey Bush.
Student Opinions on Mr. Lott Junior Erin Leighty“Mr. Lott is funny because he made fun of all the dumb people. And he let us wear the drunk goggles.” Sophomore Seena Gurbutwal“He’s short tempered, but I like him. I think he’s cool. He’s funny. He’s kind of strict but he’s funny, even if he’s not trying to be.” Sophomore Jessie Mason“He’s the best! Mr. Lott is my favorite teacher in the whole school! My number one favorite teacher.”
Senioritis: an academic epidemic
enioritis; some are just getting it while others have applications and mid-year reports have been sent in. had it since freshman The only known cure is: year. Graduation. Senioritis is a crippling This virus is already disease that strikes mainly beginning to find its way high school seniors. around Fairfax as more Symptoms include seniors receive acceptance procrastination, laziness, letters in the mail, and, as excessive absences and we enter 2009, seniors can tardies, skipping class, a feel graduation getting change in normal attire, a closer and closer. “Senioritis lack of studying, a generally is a real thing. I suffer from dismissive attitude, and The average senior rates his or her Senioritis at 7. it daily,” says Senior Kyla multiple, multiple senior Graphic by Andrew Dilworth. Koerber, “I can barely make skip days. One really knows that they have Senioritis it to school on time after my trip to Starbucks!” And when you leave your backpack in your car trunk from Krissy Zapf’s only motivation to come to school is “to 2:10 p.m. – 7:20 a.m. This virus can be deadly to one’s play the finance game in business and to see Kameron grades, as the carrier becomes totally apathetic about Wiley.” While J.J. Gleason says, “This bag on my back is their grades, classes, and homework. just for show.” This virus is so overwhelming that Darryl Side effects include: failure to care about school work, Prescott confesses, “Yeah, I never open my backpack complete and utter apathy, and not graduating with the anymore. I just put papers in but I can never find the your class. Most cases of Senioritis tend to start after college strength to actually open my bag and do it!” But there are still about five more months left to go, so don’t let Senioritis get the best of you. Remember that colleges still have the ability to rescind your acceptance if your grades get significantly worse. By letting Senioritis take over your school work, you risk bringing that type of attitude to college. So show the college of your choice that you are able to beat the disease that is swarming high school seniors everywhere!
Myriam Tchatchouang ‘09 Entertainment Editor
J.J. Gleason and Darryl Prescott sleep in the halls in between classes (left). These seniors have had enough of school (below). Photos courtesy of Myriam Tchatchouang.
SENIORITIS BREAKDOWN SCALE(1-10) # OF SENIORS WITH RATING 1 3 2 3 3 2 4 10 5 12 6 12 7 21 8 21 9 9 10+ 29
Meet the first family
istory will be made on January 20 when the Obamas move into the White House. President Obama, his wife Michelle, her mother Marian Robinson, and their two daughters, Malia and Natasha (who goes by Sasha), will be the first African American family to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue their home. Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, will need to cope with the challenges of being the First Children. Not only do they receive media attention, but they also have to adjust with the loss of the time spent with their parents, especially President-elect Obama is joined on stage by his family, Michelle, Malia, and President-elect Obama. Sasha Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, after Sasha will be the youngest Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last August. resident of the White House Photo courtesy of demconvetion.com. since John F. Kennedy, Jr., who was an infant in the White House in 1961. The girls attend the Sidwell Friends School, a private school in D.C. where Vice President Joe Biden’s grandchildren attend (Presidents Roosevelt, Nixon, and Clinton’s children also attended). Michelle Obama, a lawyer like her husband, used to be the Vice President at the University of Chicago Hospital. She met her husband at a law firm where they both worked, and they married in 1992. Michelle has become a big part of pop culture. She has recently been mentioned in Vanity Fair’s list of “10 of the World’s Best Dressed People”. In May 2006, Essence magazine listed her among “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women”. She has also appeared on Larry King Live and the Daily Show. Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, moved in with them during the campaign, and helps her look after the children. Robinson will also join the family in the White House to help Michelle. President Obama promised his two daughters a dog if they made it to the White House, and he has stated that he will come through on his promise. The family is considering rescuing a dog from a shelter. Considering Malia’s allergies, the dog will have to be hypoallergenic. President Obama will need to make many important decisions in the coming future. Let’s hope he gets this one right.
Aditya Bhatnagar ‘10 & Anurag Bhatnagar ‘10 Copy Editor & Features Editor
Athlete Profile Alexa Kopach
unior Alexa Kopach has been competing in gymnastics since she was seven years old, and was Fairfax’s representative at regionals last year. She took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions from the Rebel Roar about gymnastics, her team, and the nature of sports. How did you get into gymnastics? When I was little I did dance and gymnastics. My mom said I had to choose one and I always enjoyed flipping over my couches at home, so I chose gymnastics. I was often hyper and running around like crazy and my parents thought it would suit me. How is the Fairfax team? I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve and how much effort all the girls have put in this season, but I’m excited to see what the rest of the season holds. Shout out to our seniors: “You girls have been so great and I’m going to miss you so much!” I am always amazed at our coaches’ dedication to supporting us and making us better. They all have very busy schedules, but also take time out of their day to pass on something that is special to them. They’ve really made the effort to convey their passion for the sport to us. Describe a normal gymnastics workout. Most practices we set up all four events (vault, bars, beam, floor) and we focus on the events that we
need to work on most. Something really unique about our practices is that they are all combined with Oakton and Madison High Schools. Everyone is really supportive of each other and we’ve become very close. What is the biggest meet you have competed in? At the high school level I competed as an all-arounder at regionals last year and qualified for states, but was unable to go. I really enjoyed representing a team and not just competing as an individual. As far as club competition, I was fortunate enough to be able to compete in a competition in Ohio, where I competed against girls from all over the eastern part of the nation. It was a great experience to see what other girls could do, and it helped me to set goals for myself and aspire to be the best I could be. What is your least favorite thing about gymnastics? My least favorite thing about gymnastics is the fear that comes with trying new skills. I would definitely say that a large part of gymnastics is mental. It’s completely worth the struggle when you get the skill though, so there’s really no downside. What are your thoughts on
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gymnastics not being a sport next year? It really makes me sad to see something that has been such a large part of my life, and something that has made me who I am, be cut from the athletic program for financial reasons. You can’t buy discipline, character, or true friendships. For some girls, this is the only sport they participate in and as I’m sure many athletes at Fairfax will agree, sports are a major part of the “high school experience.” It would disappoint me to see any of our sports cut, not just gymnastics, because people have spent a lot of time building up and shaping those teams to be something the athletes can be proud of and just have fun with. I know that the school board is working very hard to do what’s best for the students, I only hope that they will consider other paths in the way of cuts. What is your favorite thing about gymnastics? My favorite thing about gymnastics is the feeling it gives me, especially when I’m competing. The adrenaline rush I get when I’m flipping and twisting is incomparable to any other feeling. No matter how great that feeling is though, at the end of the day your teammates will be there cheering you on, and that is truly a special experience that I will treasure for a long time. “I love you girls!”
Jean DeOrnellas ‘09 Sports Editor
22 The boys swim and dive team is prepared to finish their season with the best record in recent history. The team beat Oakton, last year’s state runner-up, and won by a commanding margin against Westfield and Centreville. The team’s only loss came to Robinson, the six time state champions. Districts is shaping up to be very interesting, as Fairfax beat Oakton, Oakton beat Robinson, and Robinson beat Fairfax. The girls swim and dive team suffered losses against two very tough teams, but finished the year strong with wins against Westfield and Centreville. Several relay teams and individual swimmers on both squads have already qualified for postseason meets. Fairfax swimmers Alex Price, Elliot Meyer, and Ian Schumacher get ready for the 50 freestyle against Oakton. The boys swim and dive team is 3-1. Photo by Mary DeOrnellas.
David Ladd sprints onto the FHS scene D
avid Ladd is a very talented and hard working my all.” runner who came to Fairfax a few months after his Drummond’s favorite quote is “This is my office. The freshman year. He has been running indoor and outdoor track is my office.”This motto has motivated Ladd. “I am track since he arrived. truly working as hard in school as I do in track. This is Ladd is a sprinter who runs the 55m dash, 300m my year.” Ladd says that it was Drummond who made dash, and 200m relay. He runs the 300m to get him get serious. And it is now Drummond’s goal to see better for the 200m. During the outdoor season Ladd through his high school career. he runs the 100m, 200m, and 100m relay. Ultimately it is Ladd’s goal to go to the Olympics Ladd’s main focus is outdoor track. “I run and win the 100 meter. “Right now my 100m time indoor to help for outdoor; it’s conditioning,” he is 10.97s and my 200m time is 22.43s. By the end of said. “Outdoor is my favorite because it gets this outdoor season I want my 100m time to get me better. That is where I shine.” down to 10.4 and my 200m time to be under 22 He looks to his team and coach for seconds.” success. “[Junior] Daniel Hildreth helps This coming year Ladd is looking forward me get better, he is my competition.” to the 2009 Nike Nationals. He also says he Before Ladd came to Fairfax, he is looking forward to the NCAA Clearing remembers being ranked at the very House, which is a convention that helps bottom of his district in Atlanta. Now, athletes who want to compete in college. however, he is one of the top runners He is working on getting his grades up and in the Northern Region. He claims attaining athletic scholarships. He would his success is all because of his coach. like to go to Penn State and schools in Texas, According to Ladd, Coach Drummond is California, and Florida. David Ladd is one of a “super good coach, who teaches me a the stand-outs on the lot of life lessons. He has inspired me to Allie Sawyer ‘10 FHS track team. Photo Staff Writer do better in school and give everything by Allie Sawyer.
or the Lady Rebels Varsity Basketball Team this season is shaping up to be the most successful in recent memory. However, despite their new found success, fan attendance has been less than desirable. As a result, the leadership students have thought of a new way to get people excited about Lady Rebels Basketball: the Pink Pit. At its core the Pink Pit is virtually the same thing as the Blue Pit, which is a large group of fans all wearing the Blue Pit t-shirt or just wearing blue, grouped together in the stands and thus creating, as the name suggests, a pit of blue. The pit serves two vital purposes: intimidation and support. On the intimidation side, what’s more daunting then a massive color coordinated crowd? Answer: Nothing. Also, the voices of hundreds of fans as one is not only foreboding to the other team, but uplifting to our team. So it seems only natural to transfer this manpower to help out the Lady Rebels, however, there is one crucial change. Instead of wearing blue, everyone will be wearing pink, hence the name Pink Pit. “The Pink Pit is a great way to support the team and it gives energy to the players on the court. It really pumps us up!” said Varsity captain, Junior Caleigh Patterson. At this point I know Photo by James Lee. you’re asking yourself: “What could be intimidating about the color pink?” Besides the fact that real men are secure enough to wear pink proudly, you have to consider the man power. Color aside, the true purpose of the pit is to have hundreds of loud and supportive fans all grouped tightly together. Hundreds of people all shouting together? That’s intimidating. No school will want to mess with our pit, even if it is pink. So Rebels, you must come out and support the Lady Rebels by joining the Pink Pit. You can buy the Pink Pit t-shirt during lunch or before the game against Centreville on the 16th. Oh, and as a great bonus, the shirt is only five dollars. Clothing for five dollars in this economy? Yea, that’s a steal. So make sure you buy a Pink Pit t-shirt and join in on the very first Lady Rebels Pink Pit at the Centreville game on the 16th, which is at home at 7:30 pm. On a cold winter night, what could be better than jumping around and shouting with a hundred of your closest friends to warm you up?
Dan Webster & Jacob Fulmer ‘10 News Editor & Staff Writer
Leadership hopes that the pink pit will help fill out the empty bleachers at Lady Rebels basketball games. Photo by Jake Fulmer.
Boys basketball tips off
oach Kelly’s seventh season with the boys varsity basketball team has had a rocky start. Halfway through the season the Rebels are 3-7. After losing to Hayfield at home, 51-62, the team rebounded and beat 19th ranked Hayfield in the Mount Vernon Holiday Tournament 53-50. The win was huge for the Rebels; knocking off a top twenty ranked opponent. “So far the season is ok, but we’re not satisfied,” Coach Kelly said, “We’re too inconsistent. We need to work on our team defense, better decision making with the ball, and executing.” Although Coach Kelly is expecting more from his Rebels, he still loves coaching them, “I really enjoy coaching this group of guys. They have great camaraderie and the team chemistry is better then before.” Senior captains Gian Bretana, Kabel Moody and Chris Regensburg provide a strong foundation for the Rebels. Moody leads the Rebels in points, averaging a little more than 15 points per game. Regensburg is known for his tough defense and great leadership, and Bretanta’s key assets are his great athleticism and outside shot. “We have a lot of depth off the bench too. There are about eight to ten guys that play a very significant role on our team,” says Coach Kelly. As the season continues to progress, the Rebels will focus on each individual game playing a lot of good basketball. “It’s important to be playing your best basketball come February, for the District Tournament,” says Coach Kelly, “We want to make some noise in the Regional Tournament.”
Jordan Sharpe ‘11 Business Manager
The Lady Rebels get a make-over
The girls varsity team is stocked with fresh faces and ready to rebound from last year’s 1-22 season
The New Guard
From left: Freshmen Nicole Freeman, Liz McNaughton, Ashlee Williams, and junior transfer Lauren Burford have brought a welcome increase of talent to the program.
The “Old” Guard
Clockwise from right: Captains junior Caleigh Patterson and sophomore Jordan Sharpe provide experience and leadership on the young team, along with senior Morgan Godwin.
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or the girls varsity basketball team, the season has already been a success. There is a lot of work left to do, and a lot of goals left that the team would like to accomplish, but the team is 6-7 as of Jan. 13, including several last-minute losses. The record isn’t spectacular, but the really remarkable number is the first one. Last year, the team won only one game. Head coach Marcus Konde is enthusiastic about the increase of talent from last year. The addition of junior Lauren Burford has transformed the face and play of FHS basketball, but she is not the only newcomer on the team. A new spring league for rising freshmen allowed the coaches to discover and cultivate new talent, leading to several finds. Freshmen Nicole Freemen, Liz McNaughton, and Ashlee Williams were all placed on varsity, and see significant playing time. Freshman Haley Machen was also recently placed on the team. “This is probably the first year that we haven’t lost anyone to private school,” said Coach Konde. Instead, Fairfax is on the winning side of the private school vs. public school battle. Burford transferred to Fairfax from St. John’s, a private school in DC. Burford has been recognized by several national news services as a top basketball player, and has been a staple on the Washington Post’s highest scorers since her arrival at FHS. However, even with one player recognized above the rest, the team has stayed together. Drawing on experience from summer and fall play, this team of newcomers has become a bonded, cohesive unit that is poised to bring FHS basketball out of its rut. With only one senior, four freshmen, and the team moving to the Liberty District next year, the future looks bright for FHS basketball. However, the team is not content to rest with the small gains they have already made and wait for the future. One month remains in the season, and the team is hopeful that future benchmarks are still around the corner. “I would anticipate us having our first regional berth,” said Coach Konde. The team likewise is looking forward to the rest of the season. In the words of junior captain Caleigh Patterson, “We have some payback for a couple teams.”
Jean DeOrnellas ‘09 Sports Editor