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Bishop McNamara High School 6800 Marlboro Pike Forestville, Maryland

The Stampede Vol 31.1 • October 2009

Peer Ministry + Student Council?

Quinton Cole ‘10 from Peer Ministry and Davina Young’10 Secretary Treasurer, Student Council pose for the camera after school to show the joined unity of their two groups.

The Merge of Two Different Leadership Groups

photo by Joshua Sanders ‘10

by joshua sanders ‘10, Staff Writer Over the past few years, our school has experienced some major changes. Though we may have thought the school’s transformation was over, we are still in the midst of exploring new boundaries. The Peer Ministry group and the Student Council both have important, yet different, roles in the student body, but this summer the two groups worked together to plan the freshman retreat. They also had a leadership conference together over the summer which was

another first for the two groups. Victor Shin, Assistant Principle for Student Life, and Katie Parks-Skerpon, director of Mission and Ministry and Co-chair of the Religious Education department, came up with the idea to combine the groups. “The point is to introduce all the leaders of the school,” said Ms. Parks, “Since we come from a faith-based school, we should show a bit of that in our leadership.” Some students are pleased with the

merging process. “I think it’s a good idea to let the freshmen meet all the leaders of the school because it brings different things to the table,” says Courtney Young ‘10, a peer minister, “Peer Ministry is more spiritual whereas Student Council is more political.” Not every student is completely happy with the change. Student Council member Shanae Davis ‘10 said, “It was nice to work together [on the Freshman retreat] because it made us more united, but in a way it still felt separat-

School Prepares for Arrival of H1N1

sponded by mocking and disregarding what he said. Students need to know that even with general precautions, germs can still spread. Practicing good hygiene and taking minor precautions will help stop the spread of sickness in McNamara. Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can, Accompanied by Comic on Page 4! avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and try to By Thomas Ingle ‘10 avoid close contact with other sick people. Finally, if Staff Writer you get sick with flu like symptoms, stay at home at least twenty-four hours after your fever subsides. The H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) has yet to reach McSome students are doing the right thing. Casey Namara, but precautions are underway to remove Gouldman ‘11 believes students are doing a betmisconceptions and ensure safe practices for every- ter job of practicing safe hygiene at school. She has one in the community. observed her peers sneezing and coughing in their The potential issue of an outbreak at Bishop Mc- elbows instead of their hands in an attempt to avoid Namara is being addressed by Principal Marco Clark the spreading of germs. and the administration via the Newsletter and the H1N1 is another strain of influenza, but what email chain. As stated by Mr. Clark, each classroom separates it from other strains of the flu is the fact has been issued Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer in that the details of what make swine influenza virus attempt to disinfect the rooms and keep our envi- so infectious in humans are largely unknown. H1N1 ronment safe and healthy. Every day after school, is highly communicable and is particularly harmful the janitors disinfect and sanitize every room in the for people younger people (25 and younger). Older school including the weight room. people have antibodies that help defend their bodIs it working? Johnathon DeVane ‘11 said, “I don’t ies against infections such as H1N1. People at higher believe that everyone actually washes their hands after risks to have serious complications to the virus are they blow their nose or after they use the bathroom.” pregnant, have heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes, DeVane also stated that whenever he sees people not or asthma. According to Google Health, there are wash their hands in the bathrooms, he urges them to twenty-seven reported deaths from the Swine Flu at use proper hygiene. On at least one occasion, they re-

ed.” Both of these groups have somewhat different goals, she explained. “There were times where we wanted to do something different but got interrupted by the Peer Ministry leader.” Of course, even the most harmonious of groups have tiny disputes. Will the two groups merge together on future projects? Mr. Shin and Ms. Parks have said that nothing is planned yet, but it is a definite possibility.

the time of this writing. If you think you are experiencing any potential symptoms of the flu, check the CDC online. Vaccine for H1N1 should be available by the first week in October. The vaccinations will be sent out to various distribution sites around the United States. They are in great demand, so getting your vaccination during the first few weeks of its release will be difficult. A vaccination is when an injection of a dead virus is put in your body so that antibodies are made to protect against that virus. It is not a “cure” for H1N1, but it builds up your body’s immunities to it, hence it still may be possible to get flu, but it will not be fatal to your body. The name “Swine Flu” is misleading to the general public and implies that it comes from pigs which it does not. People get the wrong idea that the name means that they will contract Swine Flu from eating variations of pork. It is called the Swine Flu is not because you get it from eating pork or kissing pigs; it is because the flu shares similarities to flu that would be found in the American pig. In order to avoid these misconceptions, we should call it by its technical name H1N1. Bishop McNamara has been taking careful precautionary measures in order to keep us healthy, but there is always improvement that we as individuals can do. Please stay informed, and practice safe hygiene.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Get to know more about the summer reading! On page 2 Annie Czecha talks about her opinion about My Sisters Keeper.

Check out page 3 for news on summer vacation and what students did this summer! Mylah Howard’s got the scoop about these experiences.

Back to School Dance was a hit! See what different students say about the fun they had on page 4!



staff of The stampede

From the staff of THE STAMPEDE:

Summer Reading

Week one: no sign of the book list online. Week two: still no sign of the book list. Week three: this is ridiculous. The number one problem with Bishop McNamara’s summer reading program is that we don’t have an adequate amount of time to read them all; it happens every year. The book list gets posted a month after school lets out. (The posting date online for the last summer’s assignments was June 26, 2009.) Our staff agrees that by this time in summer, some people are out of the country, on vacation or in some other place where they don’t have access to a computer or library. This causes the students to cram in two to five books in the last two months of summer. Not only is there a delay in the posting of this list, but the separate reading requirements for classes such as AP and honors don’t go up the same time as the math packet and the summer reading. This is inconvenient for students and their parents who end up making multiple trips to the library or bookstore. We want a one-time, inand-out trip with the list in our hands of all that is needed. There should be a date by which the summer reading assignments for all classes are posted -- all at once. Don’t stagger the pain. We

Editors in Chief

don’t want a surprise in July or August that we actually aren’t finished because more assignments were posted online. The Stampede believes that the students should receive the book list or it should be posted before summer even begins. We understand that teachers have challenging schedules, making it hard for them to meet a deadline date, but it’s expected of the student body each and every day -- it’s called homework. We are giving you this assignment, months in advance. Summer reading list: due June 1st 2010. _____________________________________________________

About this editorial:

The staff editorial is authored through a group process. An Opinion Editor selects one or more topics for debate by the staff. After the staff has discussed the issue and approached a consensus on the topic, the editors write on behalf of the entire staff. Editorials represent the opinions of their authors, not the opinions of the school or its officials.

Jacqueline Corley ‘10 Joshua Crockett ‘10 Design Chief

Jacqueline Corley ‘10 Copy Chief

Dillon DiSalvo ‘10 Online Editors

Alexandra Vinci ‘10 Jacqueline Wills ‘10 News Editors

Brandi Bottalico ‘10 AC (Alex) Brown ‘10 Op-Ed Editors

Brandi Bottalico ‘10 Ann Czecha ‘10 Features Editors

moral and ethical dilemmas. The hope was that it would be tied into the curriculum for all Science and Religion classes. by Annie Czecha ‘10, Editor The book had many types of writing but mainly stream of consciousness and flashbacks jumping from one character’s thoughts to another. This is a somewhat complex type of School wide summer reading raises literature that many students questions in and out of the classroom have yet to be exposed to which makes comprehending it difficult. That may be a big reason why some readers lost interest, but the other major factor was that This summer, the entire school was re- it is considered “a chick flick”. Throughquired to read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi out the book, there was a little something Picoult. I enjoyed the book with its con- for everyone, the troubled teen, distraught cept of morals vs. ethics and the multiple lovers, forgotten child, loving father. But stories being told to form one large situa- the over all tone is the typical “chick flick” tion. However, I feel that it was not a good paradigm, which is where many readers, choice for the entire school. mainly boys, lost complete interest. This The idea of a school-wide book was for made it a chore for the teachers to attempt two departments to be incorporated into having the students participate in a class one summer reading assignment. This is room discussion. an up and coming tradition for BHMS; It is a great chance to make a common this year the Science and Religion depart- day tie into the junior Ethics class, but it ments volunteered. My Sister’s Keeper was is almost impossible to tie it into freshman chosen because of the clear presentation of


Anna are you OK?

Sacred Scripture without disrupting the already planned lessons and disrupting the flow of the class. The Science classes are facing the same issues. Chemistry was not a focus point of the book but the functions of the body were which made it much less difficult for Anatomy class to be linked in, but Chemistry is going to take some creativity. I liked the book because of the style in which it was presented and the multiple main characters. This novel made the reader listen to a girl’s story as told by everyone but her. This shows that Kate’s family makes choices for her life without asking her. I believe that every character did bring something different to the table which made it seem like this is possible in the real world. With the ironic twist in the end, Picoult finished it with an epic story ending. I honestly feel like it was a great concept to have a book that can be tied into classes for the entire school. When there are so many different classes offered under one department it becomes a very complex obstacle to tackle. Overall, the assignment to read the same book was a good idea to unify the school, the book just needs to be more generic to flow into all curriculum.

Sports Editors

Nicolas Barnes ‘11 AC (Alex) Brown ‘10 Joshua Crockett ‘10 In-Depth Editor

Grace Kelly ‘10 Photos Editor

Jacqueline Wills ‘10 Video Editor

Alexandra Vinci ‘10 Graphic Artist

Joshua Sanders ‘10 Staff Writers

AJ Gonzalez ‘10 Thomas Ingle ‘10 Marie Blair ‘11 Taylor Brown ‘11 Alexis Jenkins ‘11 Brandon Joyner ‘11 Megan Timms ‘11 Matthew Nunez ‘12 Megan Ardovini ‘13 Jerica Deck ‘13 Photographer

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So, How Exactly Does the Stampede Operate? The Stampede is the official student newspaper of Bishop McNamara High School. Its editorial board and staff are composed entirely of students, and they oversee every aspect of the newspaper’s operation, including the stories, photos and page design for every issue. As journalists, our first obligation is to the truth, and our first loyalty is to our readers. Stories are chosen for their relevancy to our community. We strive to balance what is important with what is entertaining. Above all, we seek to keep our readers informed of what they need to know. The Stampede will not publish any material that is determined to be false, libelous, indecent or harmful in any other way. The Stampede welcomes

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staff has discussed the issue and approached a consensus on the topic, the Opinion Editors write on behalf of the entire staff. Corrections will be published in the first print edition after an error is identified. The staff of The Stampede love their school and wish to protect its reputation; any criticism is done in the spirit of improving our programs and helping the school further its mission. The Stampede is also an educational endeavor -- its staff is always learning, striving to improve. The faculty adviser teaches the journalism class and instructs the staff in the craft of journalism, including writing, photography, new media, page design and ethical and legal obligations. This newspaper is subject to

prior review by school administration for educational purposes. As the paper is owned and financed by the school, and because we are a private institution, this newspaper is not considered an independent forum and its staff is not granted full First Amendment protections. The staff feels grateful to the administration of Bishop McNamara High School, for their support of our efforts and their repeated affirmation of the benefits that a student press provides to a community such as ours. The staff and adviser of The Stampede have benefited from training and educational opportunities offered by The Maryland Scholastic Press Association, The American Society of Newspaper Editors, The University of Nevada - Reno,, Towson Uni-

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Summer 2009 Sensational Summer Experiences By Mylah Howard ‘10 FEATURES EDITOR Hanging at the pool , going to the movies ,and random family trips! You think your summer was amazing? Take a look at our students’ experiences. Summer ‘’09 was full of excitement, pride, and compassion for many of them. Hope Wiseman ‘10 won the title of “Miss Outstanding Teen District of Columbia” in mid July. She later traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete against fifty-four contestants in the Miss America Outstanding Teen contest. She describes the experience as “Exciting!” and said, “I wish I would have cherished the experience more.” (PHOTO PICTURED LEFT) Daniel Artin ‘10 traveled to Addis Abab, the capital of Ethiopia, for volunteer work with Artist for Charity. Artist for Charity is a non-profit organization that is founded on the belief that all people, regardless of place of birth, sex, or current medical condition; are entitled to certain basic rights, especially education and healthcare. Daniel worked with sixteen orphans who were all living with HIV. He taught different subjects such as English, Math, and Chemistry. (PHOTOS ON TOP RIGHT.) Kendall Williams’10 landed a job working with Novel Teens Ink as a journalist. Her work was published five times in the District Chronicles, a free publication in D.C, and 360 Secz, a Hip-Hop Magazine. Her Work Can be found at the restaurant Bus Boys and Poets. Ava McCoy ‘12 had the chance to travel to China with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. On her seventeen day adventure, she saw The Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, and she went to the location where the 2008 Beijing Olympics took place. Ava describes her experience as “Eye opening!” (PHOTOS PICTURED TOP LEFT) Jacqueline Wills ‘10 was selected to participate in a two week musical theater and drama intensive workshop at Signature Theatre in Shirlington, Virginia. On July 23, the fifty participants performed in a showcase on the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. She describes her experience as “extremely intensive.” She said, “I would eat, sleep, act. It taught me a lot about the business.” (PHOTOS PICTURED BOTTOM RIGHT) Shannon Anderson ‘10 participated in a Lead America Medical Conference. The conference was held at the California Berkley Medical Center. She was able to learn about various types of medical fields, get to know teens that all had the same love for medicine as she does, and visit Pier 39 and the Golden Gate Bridge. She said, “It was amazing, I learned a lot. I made so many friends; everyone was so different!” (PHOTO TO RIGHT) (Pictured bottom left is Alexis Jenkins ‘11. This summer she had the exciting opportunity to travel to Guatemala.)


By AJ Gonzalez ‘10 Staff Writer From cooking and fashion, to poetry and culture, McNamara has always had a good reputation for great clubs. With the new school year unfolding, two exciting clubs have been added to the already impressive list of fifty-four clubs held here at McNamara! The guitar club, moderated by teacher John Shryock, and the re-introduction of Model UN, moderated by teacher Justin McClain are the newest arrivals on the list. Mr. McClain’s goal for Model UN is to “expose students to global issues going on throughout the world.” In model UN, students will learn more about international relations and how to help solve global crises around the world. During regular club meetings, members will be discussing global current events. Mr. McClain does plan to have guest speakers and field trips to embassies throughout the year to learn about other cultures. Eventually, they will go to the UN building in New York City. Model UN should be joined by people willing to dedicate their time and commit to learning about international relations. For musicians wanting a place to hang out after school, there is always the new guitar club, moderated by Mr. Shryock. He says this new club is “to give a singer or songwriter and other performers a place to be, perform and hang out with each other.” No prior knowledge about guitars is necessary but a desire to learn about music is. It will be “a place where bassists and singers to be in the spotlight,” Mr. Shyrock says. However, this club is not an opportunity for free lessons. As Mr. Shyrock mentions, “It’s a club, not a class.” Plans for this club over the year have not yet been determined, but there will possibly be a concert in the future. Students looking for anything to do in their spare time have plenty of choices. With the new guitar club and model UN now joining the list, there is definitely something for everyone.

(left) Members of guitar club listen attentively during their first meeting. Pictured Left to right Donald Gibson ‘12, Jesse Miller ‘10 and Dallas Magee ‘12. Photo By Thomas Ingle ‘10




So, How was the Back to School Dance?

Andrew Smith ‘13

Kelsey Jones ‘11

“It was Awesome. The best five bucks I’ve ever spent.”

“It was so loud. When I went home I had ringing in my ear.”


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Zoom On McNamara McNamara students support football team at away games by putting on Maroon and Gold to go “tailgating”

Jaron Henderson ‘10 Thomas Hayden ‘10 Matthew Cullen ‘10

Dance-a-thon participants showing their positive attitudes after dancing for so long.

Dillon DiSalvo ‘10 Stephen Geary ‘12 Peter Snow ‘10

Veronica Hunt ‘10 straightens Nathan Hartmann’s ‘10 hair

Khyla M.Anderson ‘13 “It was so much fun. I heard a lot of sophomores saying it wasn’t going to be fun but it was.”

By Brandi Bottalico ‘10 OPINION EDITOR

Joey James ‘10 “It was amazing, I had the time of my life.”

Jacqueline’s Top Ten Summer Movies 1. 500 Days of Summer 2. Inglorious Basterds 3. Up! 4. Transformers 2 5. Public Enemies 6. Away We Go 7. Hurt Locker 8. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince 9. Orphan 10. Easy Virtue

Preview On a New Feature photos by Thomas Ingle ‘10

Zoom On McNamara is a new feature combining the new Stampede website and photos about life around McNamara. Usually, this feature will premiere on the website, however since the website is still under construction, the newspaper is providing a preview of this exciting new feature. Comic

(below) Life’s Grim is an original comic written and drawn by Josh Sanders ‘10. Story that goes with the comic is on Page 1.

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First issue of the year, produced in a few weeks. Design by Jackie Corley '10.