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Volume 41 No. 1 T.C. Williams High School - 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 September 6, 2011

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Principal Maxey focuses on attendance and tardiness with new policies, while stressing the importance of engaging, meaningful instruction in order to empower students to want to come to school.

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IN THIS ISSUE

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news briefs ---------------------------------------- p.3 TC goes global with international academy ---- p.4 titans take over gov school ----------------------- p.4 new admin: lead social worker -------------------- p.4 TC FAQs ------------------------------------------ p.5 the who’s who of TC’s administration ----------- p.6

titans do summer drama ------------------------ p.10 keira moran, local superstar -------------------- p.10 meet the new laptops ---------------------------- p.11 school lunch menu ------------------------------ p.11

sports

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fall sports preview

football & golf ----------------------------------- p.12 field hockey & volleyball ------------------------ p.13 cross country, band, cheer ---------------------- p.14

don’t wanna be an american idiot---------------- p.7

feature

tina & teresa ------------------------------------- p.15 school map -------------------------------------- p.16

titans on time: TC’s attendance & tardy policy - p.8

welcome back titans! calendar of events

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First day of school Field Hockey @ Herndon

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Volleyball @ Falls Church

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Volleyball vs. Yorktown (home)

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Field Hockey @ West Springfield

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XC @ Annandale, Lake Braddock, Woodson

XC vs. South County, Lee, West Springfield (home)

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Volleyball vs. Mt. Vernon (home) Field Hockey @

Volleyball vs. Woodson (home)

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planetarium show early release, teacher professional time senior makeup pictures

Field Hockey @ Lake Braddock

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Volleyball @ West Springfield

planetarium show registration opens

Volleyball vs. Mclean (home)

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Volleyball @ Fairfax

Field Hockey vs. Lee (home)

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XC @ Woodson, West Springfield

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Field Hockey vs. Centreville (home)

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ACT test

club & activity fair

Field Hockey vs. St. Stephens (home)

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Field Hockey vs. South County (home)

college night

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Volleyball @ Lake Braddock Field Hockey vs. Annandale (home)

Field Hockey vs. Oakton (home)

Football vs. Woodson (home)

Volleyball - Titan Clash (home)

Football @ South County

academy of finance induction

King Street Campus BTS Night

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Field Hockey @ Edison

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Football @ Westfield international academy underclass & grand opening staff pictures

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iefs-news briefs-news briefs-news briefs-News acap kicks off new multimedia campaign

Teens Talk, a group of Alexandria teens, worked with the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) this summer to launch a new media campaign on adolescent pregnancy. The group has been working all summer and is planning a kickoff event October 1 after the T.C. football game. Teens Talk’s goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate in Alexandria. A blog was created to help raise awareness of what “sex means” and how “it’s your sex life.” The blog can be found at blog.alexgetreal.com, and is updated every Wednesday and Friday. Other information about the life of a teen parent, how to engage in safe sex, what it means to have sex and how your decisions affect others around you can be found on ACAP’s website, alexgetreal.com.

announcements to be televised seniors rock For the first time ever at T.C., a televised morning program will be aired daily. Advanced TV Production students will host and produce “Titan Everyday.” News and announcements will be covered in episodes that are less than ten minutes long. It is not yet known what date the morning broadcasts will begin.

tc survives natural disasters

In late August, the East Coast experienced two natural disasters. On August 23, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, Virginia shook several East Coast states; multiple aftershocks followed. The National Monument and National Cathedral both had minor damage. On August 27, Hurricane Irene, a category three, reached the East Coast, causing millions of dollars in damage and at least 20 deaths. It also caused tornadoes in several states, including Virginia and Maryland. Mandatory evacuations were issued in response to Hurricane Irene in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. At T.C., because the building is made of steel, there was little damage other than wall cracking on the third floor from the earthquake.

A tradition at many high schools, including T.C., is painting the senior rock. Every year, the senior class gets to express its pride by adorning the rock that sits outside the front of the school with Titan heads and plenty of red, white and blue. However, in years past the rock was only painted once at the beginning of the new school year. Senior Class President Phuongnhi Tran wants the rock to be repainted every month so many seniors can get the chance to show off their class spirit.

test scores climb

The 2010-2011 school year proved to be very successful academically. After a year of transformation, T.C. students had the highest test scores ever, with 83 percent passing in Mathematics, 93.85 percent passing in Writing and 94 percent passing in English. T.C. also had the highest Advanced Placement participation yet and 95 percent of the entering senior class graduated. The administration hopes to keep this momentum going by showing the data to students during assemblies the first week of school.

bts nights approach With the school year starting, that means Back-to School Night is imminent. Back-to-School Night is an opportunity for parents to come to the school and meet teachers, who can tell parents what their class is about and what students will be learning. T.C. will host two Back-to-School Nights, one at the Minnie Howard Campus and another at the King Street Campus. Minnie Howard BTS Night is September 20 at 7 p.m. and the King Street Campus BTS Night is September 21 at 7 p.m.

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titans learn super math

T.C. is now offering a Differential Equations class, a dual enrollment option for students who complete Calculus in eleventh grade. The class is sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College and allows students to earn college credit. It will be taught by math teacher Louis Kokonis. “Differential equations are extremely important in the world of science, mathematics, economics and engineering,” said Kokonis. “In the field of chemistry and physics most of the fundamental laws…are based on differential equations.”

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TC goes global with International Academy

Amy Ackerman managing director

During the 2010-2011 school year administrators and staff discussed plans to departmentalize T.C. The plans were put on hold with the exception of T.C.’s new International Academy, which will include the English Language Learners (ELL) and foreign language classes. In a school system

where the student body speaks 73 different languages, Principal Suzanne Maxey wants to “focus on that group of students that have language challenges… [in a] fun, supportive way.” With 179 students currently enrolled in the International Academy, the department’s chair, Susannah Courand, has high hopes for the new wing. “We are an academy within [the school] where teachers and a support team are dedicated to the suc-

cess of students who have the difficult task of learning English while simultaneously learning the content they need to graduate high school,” said Courand. The support team includes a counselor and social worker to ensure that students have a successful school year while “addressing their unique academic, social and emotional needs,” Courand said. The support team will also encourage these students to become more

Titans enjoy Governor’s Schools

Sarah Carroll managing director

“Those were some of the best three weeks of my life,” said senior Elaine Bledsoe about her experience at French Governor’s School. The Governor’s School programs, which are managed by the Virginia Department of Education, are held on college campuses for several weeks each summer; they offer instruction in foreign languages, humanities, math, performing arts and other subjects. After arriving at Washington and Lee University, Bledsoe took an oath to speak only French for the three-week program, during which she studied French culture, pho-

netics and even Arabic. She participated in a variety of other activities. “I did soccer, theater and DVD, where we created a DVD…with pictures and videos [from the Academy],” said Bledsoe. The students also went on field trips to the French Embassy and to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Bledsoe loved it. “My favorite part of Governor’s School would probably be the people. The students, residential advisors and teachers all worked together,” she said. “I would absolutely recommend it to other students. It definitely improves your language skills, looks great on a college application and is a great experi-

ence overall.” Bledsoe was not the only T.C. student to attend Governor’s School. Junior Catherine Beall and Senior Joseph Powers spent four weeks at Radford University for the Humanities program. Like Bledsoe, they attended classes every morning. Beall studied Bioarchaeology, a branch of anthropology in which human remains are analyzed, and Forensic Victimology, which addresses legal issues and victimization, including hate crimes. “We had a lot of thought-provoking discussions,” said Beall. “[My outlook changed] on different controversial topics in today’s society.” Powers studied Religion in American Politics

involved in the T.C. community. The foreign language classes will hold a special role within the International Academy by providing assistance to the ELL students. Courand discovered that ELL students were enthusiastic about the new wing. She said, “Students who are learning English want to be supported to achieve academic success as they access rigorous content curriculum and move forward toward graduation.”

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and Introduction to Digital Film Production. After classes ended each day, humanities students enjoyed open-mic performances, dances and creative projects. They also played sports and talked. “The best part was the conversations,” said Powers. Beall agreed. “My favorite part of Governor’s School was getting to meet so many interesting people from around Virginia,” she said. “I learned a lot, but beyond that I just thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the experience.”

Attendance moves in Wright direction

Lauren McCracken managing director

This year, Terry Wright returns to T.C. as Lead Social Worker, a new position created in the midst of major efforts to improve the school’s attendance. Before coming with her current title, Wright was a social worker at Jefferson-Houston Elementary and at T.C. before that. The position was created to coordinate the school’s at-

tendance and tardy programs. In previous years, each Academy or Learning Community was independent. Now, all grade levels send out the same messages and follow the same policy. Wright oversees the Learning Communities to ensure that attendance is consistent across the board. She is serious about her job. Wright has even shown up at students’ houses to get them to school. However, she will not waste her time drag-

ging in someone who is truly unwilling. In that case, she is not afraid to call in a School Resource Officer or even file against the student in court for truancy. However, to avoid such situations, administrators are working actively with teachers to figure out how to make instruction and curriculum more “enticing.” Wright stresses the importance of faculty acting as role models – starting classes on time, calling in subs less

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frequently, and being more visible and invested. In addition, she explains that not only teachers but administrators, hall monitors and students need to take responsibility. Wright says that Titans can help the cause by persuading their friends and peers to come to class by using positive, encouraging language. In improving attendance, she asserts that “everyone has a role.”


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TC FAQs what happened will we will we still with the tripod have Titan have the 40% survey last year? policy? Up? Teachers and administrators have Yes, but not until afreceived results, and are using them in handling discipline, academics, and even some social aspects of the school. Some things that improved from previous years included teacher caring, discipline, and opportunities for reteaching and reassessment.

do we have IB classes? Yes. T.C. will have a middle-year program for ninth and tenth graders.

is my iap being used this year? Yes. As a cornerstone of the school’s transformation, Individual Achievement Plans will play a part in teaching students to write their own goals and plan for academic success.

ter winter vacation. Because there are so many changes , including massive new curriculum guides, the faculty felt it would be too much to take on all at once.

are there department wings?

No, with the exception of the new “International Academy,” which brings foreign language classes together with T.C.’s population of English Language Learners.

Yes. An incomplete assignment becomes an “I” in the grade book until it is made up. If a student fails to make up an assignment, the “I” becomes a 40%.

will there be student assemblies? Yes. During one period, one day a month, a student from each class will go to the auditorium and discuss with peers, as well as Ms. Maxey, ideas, issues, and concerns about the school.

are there still will there be bathroom another Friday check-ins? Night Lights game? Yes. Students using the reNo. Last year’s event was a huge success, but unfortunately it came with an equally huge price tag. Administrators are looking into bringing it back in seasons to come, but not in 2011. However, administrators are still looking for ideas for other fun events that engage the Titan community. Ms. Maxey urges, “If you think of anything, tell us!”

strooms during lunch periods must sign their names and the time. The logs not only act as a deterrent but also provide administrators with information that can help resolve conflicts.


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Who’s who at TC Suzanne Maxey Principal

Greg Forbes Terry Wright Director of Guidance Lead Social Worker

executive associate principals

Tammy Ignacio EAP, Minnie Howard

Michael Cohen Assistant Principal, MH

Steve Colantuoni EAP, Athletics/ Student Activities

TBA Assistant Principal, MH

Peter Balas EAP, Curriculum & Instruction

Jessica Hillery Administrative Intern

Mark Eisenhour Principal, Pathways to Graduation

Kathy Taylor Academic Principal

Pierrette Hall Academic Principal

had not been decided when Theogony went to press

Kennetra Wood Dean, LC 9

Gregory Baldwin Dean, LC 10

Michael Diggins Dean, LC 10

William McGreevy Dean, LC 12

Fulton Vinson Dean, Pathways to Graduation


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Managing Directors Amy Ackerman Michelle Avila Sarah Carroll Rachelle Ehrman Ryan Holtz Lauren McCracken Iva Quint

Senior Staff

Rihana Ahmed Steve Fernando Cristina Hernandez Maizie Nelson Kelsey Satterfield John West

Junior Staff

Wafaa Ahmed Emma Beall Megan Embrey Kieran Hampl Michael McGonagle Lailah Numan Sarah Paez Lora Strum

Sophomore Staff Emily Church Rosa Procaccino Sydney Schaedel Cassandra Cowart Kevin Cruz-Lovo James McLaughlin

Faculty Adviser Mark Eaton

The Alexandria City Public Schools does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Inquiries should be directed to the Section 504, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 2000 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, Virginia 22311. Theogony is a student forum published for the students and staff at T.C. Williams. Editorials represent the opinion of the majority of the editorial board. Opinion columns and letters to the editor are the view of the individual authors. Theogony reserves the right to edit all material published herein to meet ACPS school policy or space limitations. Editorials, commentaries, columns and letters to the editor express the opinion of the writer and not necessarily that of the staff or the adviser. Theogony encourages letters to the editor concerning any topic of concern to students. All letters must be signed. However, Theogony will withhold the name of the writer if requested. Unsigned letters will not be published. Theogony reserves the right to edit letters.

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John West staff writer

This summer, while traveling with my family, a snooty German taught me a valuable lesson. On the monorail at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, I noticed a pair of European teenagers. As they approached the train with their flattened hair and capri pants, I chuckled to myself, “Definitely Germans.” Surely enough, when they got into the car, they were blabbering in German. I was impressed with myself when I actually understood most of what was being said (thanks, Herr Levine). However, one of the teenagers said something that struck me. He laughed, and responded to whatever his friend said with “tchja, daemliche Amerikaner!” I understood that one phrase to mean “Yeah, dumb Americans!” I just looked over at the foreigner, and thought to myself, “He’s making fun of us?” When I stepped off the train, I did not think hard about what happened. To me, his comments were nugatory. I am intelligent, and most Americans that I know are too. And I wholeheartedly believe we live in the greatest place on Earth. So what do I care if some Germans make fun of us?

However, about a month later, while perusing pages on StumbleUpon, I came across a page called “Why Americans Should Never Be Allowed to Travel,” a compilation of anecdotes about silly things that American travelers have said to travel agents, such as “Is it possible to see England from Canada?… They look so close on the map.” Upon reading the stories, my first reaction was that of amusement. However, I then thought about the Germans. Is this really our image in the world? Do people actually think of us as morons? I decided to do a few internet searches. Alas, “Stupid American stories” were not difficult to locate. That same day, I watched the first episode of the new season of Jersey Shore, which MTV broadcasts to people all around the world. Snooki make a comment that she could not find Italy on a map, but that she knew that it was “shaped like a boot.” This is unacceptable. I am not going to blame anyone for the status quo, and I realize that Snooki is a mor o n . However, our generation has a chance to repair the image that our people

have unfortunately acquired. Americans are not dull. We have some of the sharpest and most successful people in the world here. However, we need to be aware of the world and people around us. Surely, you can locate Italy on a map, but what about Afghanistan? Also, do you know the capital of Canada, or the President of Mexico? These countries share land borders with us and yet many of us are simply unaware, or indifferent to simple facts about these very important countries. Granted, the Germans I witnessed making fun of Americans were probably not doing so because they met someone who didn’t know who their Chancellor was. However, odds are, before they came to our country, they heard the same negative stereotypes about Americans concerning our general “stupidity.” And then, someone most likely did or said something archetypal of a dumb American, confirming all the stories that the Germans were told about us. We are the future of America. We must educate ourselves about the world surrounding us, and stop acting as though we are the only place that

matters. America is arguably still the most culturally p owe r f u l nation on Earth. However, it is essential that the rest of the world respects us for us to remain so great. We need to care what other people think about us. Throughout this school year, in addition to whatever you might be studying in class, it behooves you to learn about the world. A lot is going on outside the U.S. of A, and our general ignorance of it makes us look bad. Keep yourself informed about the world. Educate yourself about other places, and other people. In the future, we ought not to be laughing at stereotypical dumb Americans, because the stereotype will be dead. Respect will not only be good for the country, but also for your own personal image, as you are an American too, and people have pre-conceived notions. And if you need one other reason, remember this; a European man in capri pants shouldn’t be laughing at you.


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“It has often been said that 80 percent of life is showing up,” Principal Suzanne Maxey wrote in a letter sent home to families regarding T.C.’s attendance policy this year. “We need students to show up every day,” Maxey continued, which is why attendance will be a major focus of the coming school year. A new policy involving students, teachers, administrators and parents is in place to keep students in class. The goal is not simply to punish students for missing classes, but rather to allow students to “buy back” missed instructional time. By working with their teachers, students are able to create a plan to make up assignments and learn missed material. While all students are entitled to them, buy-back plans do have their limits. If a student has excessive unverified absences in a class, the teacher may contact a social worker to create a more involved approach. The lead social worker, Terry Wright, is another part of the new attendance policy. Wright and the other social workers are responsible for monitoring student attendance and alerting parents when their children miss class. Instead of each academy having its own attendance policy like previous years, all attendance concerns will go to the social workers to keep a uniform policy throughout the school. The attendance policy does not leave out tardiness. If students arrive late to school, they shoul go directly to Carol Parker in the main office for a pass to class. There will be no check-in desk outside the main office; instead the delayed arrival will be recorded and sent to Wright, who will determine if it is an excused tardy. Tardiness to class will be handled differently this year. In an effort to empower students, there will be no more hall sweeps. Maxey wants students to take responsibility and get themselves to class on time. Of course, if students abuse the freedom, Principal Maxey will happily bring back hall sweeps at the start of every period. When a student does arrive late to class, the teacher records that student’s name and sends it to Wright in the attendance office. Instead of getting a “Titans on Time” pass or going to the TIP table, a student who is only a little late may join the rest of the class, meaning less wasted instructional time. Three unverified tardies become one unverified absence, which adds to any other class absences a student may have accumulated that quarter. “After all, this is important,” said Wright, a strong advocate of the buy-back system. She and the rest of the administration genuinely want students to succeed.

Maizie Nelson staff writer

the evolution of TC’s tardy policy

In the old T.C., late students had to report to the TIP table for a pass to class.

In the new T.C., a man would patrol the school on a Segway to get students to class.

Academic secretaries issued passes and reported tardies on a computer.

The TIP table returned!

Students report to the morning late desk.

Late students will report to Ms. Parker, and three tardies result in an unexcused absence.


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After three unverified absences in a block class or five in an embedded class, your teacher will contact your parent/ guardian, alerting him/her to your absences.

If you miss another class, your teacher sends you a Credit Make-up note, alerting you that you are in jeopardy of an “F1” (failing due to attendance).

buyback basics

Unverified absences are recorded on a quarterly basis. Each quarter allows for one buy-back plan.

You and your teacher will create a buy-back plan to recover missed instructional time and complete missing assignments. Both your parents and dean must sign off on the “Buy-Back Contract” you create with your teacher.

Your teacher will change the unverified absences to recovered absences if your buyback plan is completed. If you fail to complete the buy-back plan, your teacher submits an F1 request form to your dean.

WHAT ABOUT...

...the morning late desk? This year, instead of waiting in line at the infamous late desk, tardy students will go to Carol Parker in attendance, whether they have notes or not.

...parent notes? Contrary to popular belief, an excuse from a parent is acceptable for a student who missed school. However, administrators are not afraid to draw a line when it comes to students who are constantly missing classes. ...hall sweeps? Many people believe that hall sweeps are inconvenient, because students must report to their Learning Communities before finally returning to class. This year, there will not be hall sweeps – to start. If a student just barely missed the bell on the way into class, the teacher can simply mark that student tardy and continue with the lesson. Principal Maxey asserts that this is not “backing off,” but rather saving instructional time. However, if a student is very late, teachers may send them to their Learning Community. ...off-campus lunch? For yet another year, there will be no off-campus lunch at T.C., not even for seniors. The school had a huge problem with skipping because of letting students out in previous years. In order to gain privileges such as this, students would have to prove to administrators, over time, that they are trustworthy and accountable. ...student IDs? Administrators say that student identification cards will be vital this year. Students will not be required to wear them, but will be required to have them at all times. IDs will be used to check out books in the library, gain admission to sporting events and dances, and buy school lunches.


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Moran performs at Hawaiian music festival Emma Beall staff writer

In July, junior Keira Moran won admission to the Kaua’i Music Festival in Hawaii and a chance to perform all four nights of the festival. Moran had just made a music video for her original song “When I’m With You,” when she stumbled upon a contest being held by Smashtune.com, a website that allows songwriters to share their music with other aspiring artists. “I was really just hoping to get [maybe] 30 YouTube views, but decided to get the word out that I was in the contest to make my video more visible,” said Moran. “Pretty soon my video was in the top ten in the Pop category, then the top four in Pop, then before I knew it, I was in the top four overall, and then I was in first!” Moran performed in front of hundreds of people each night. “Going to Hawaii was a fantastic experience!” she said. At the festival, Moran performed with Makana, a Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, and

talked to BC Jean, who wrote “If I Were A Boy” for Beyoncé. She also met Judy Stakee, the manager for Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Katy Perry. She worked with Jason Blume, who has written songs for Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and Jesse McCartney, and is one of the few individuals who has ever had songs on the Country, Pop and R&B charts simultaneously. “I was so flattered that I got to work with him,” said Moran. Moran has been taking piano and making up songs since she was little. “I actually wrote two songs that I played and sang at a piano concert when I was in third grade,” she said. “[However] I really began to get serious about songwriting a year ago.” Moran is influenced by Queen and the Beatles, her two favorite bands. She also admires Alicia Keys and Billy Joel, who she mentions in her song “This Moment”. “[Joel] shows so much emotion through his singing and piano,” said Moran.

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Along with the Kaua’i Music Festival, Moran has performed at the Del Ray Music Festival, First Thursday and St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub. Junior Nadia Magallon saw Moran perform at St. Elmo’s in July. “I think she’s very talented and she has her own style,” said Magallon. “She doesn’t sound like every other over computerized female singer. She actually has talent.” Moran is planning to put her CD on photo by maria jones iTunes soon. “It will either Junior Keira Moran performed at St. Elmo’s Cofbe nine or ten fee Pub in Del Ray on Wednesday, August 3. She played several of her original songs including songs,” she said. “Don’t Change a Thing” and “It’s Only Getting Better” and covers of “Breakeven” by the Script, and “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers.

Titans’ Drama Department plays on Megan Embrey staff writer

For those students who are involved in the T.C. Williams Drama Department, summer was not a time for relaxation. Without schoolwork holding them back, they had two months to plan and perform in

preparation for the upcoming year. Senior Sam Jones and junior Samantha Williams both performed in Little Theater of Alexandria’s “Hairspray”. “I think it kept me on top of my game for future shows in general,” said Jones, who was cast as Link Larkin for the production. “I played a totally different role

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The cast of Hairspray was the big hit at the Little Theater of Alexandria when the show opened in July.

than I usually play.” Williams found it to be a worthwhile experience as well, saying it, “undoubtedly kept me on the top of my game for this year’s upcoming shows.” Besides keeping her singing voice strong and honing her acting skills, “I met so many people who do theatre as a career,” Williams said. “And [I] was able to see what truly pursuing theatre looks like.” Regarding hopes for the upcoming year, Jones would like to see T.C. put on “something for everyone,” meaning an ensemble-centered musical, “so that there is no definite lead role,” whereas Williams

encourages T.C. to produce “Beauty and the Beast.” “I think we’ll have the perfect cast for that show,” Williams said. As far as changes to be made from previous years for this year, Jones would like to see a comedy included in the line-up, while Williams would like more time devoted to putting on the musical; it was given approximately five weeks of production time last year. Although the title of the fall play is undecided, the show will be performed November 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm.


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Meet TC’s new laptops

Amy Ackerman managing director

Upgraded to Windows 7 and Microsoft 2010

click the THEOGONY icon on the desktop to stay up to date with the latest news!

Nook Study allows students to read eTextbooks Smart Notebook Suite allows for more interactive learning

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Wireless Internet access: students may still be able to connect at home, but certainly will be able to connect at all local schools, libraries, and rec centers Laptop distribution should begin by the end of the second week of school

Mark your calendar for October 1 OCT Join “Teens Talk” from 5:30-7:30 for Music & BBQ For more information, check out alexgetreal.com

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FOOTBALL Steven Fernando staff writer

After a shaky start to last year’s season, when the Titans lost 35-2 in the season opener, the team rebounded to go 6-4 during the regular season. The team had a three game winning streak, toppling West Springfield, Annandale and Woodson. Despite the good season, the Titans failed to reach the playoffs in 2010. There are no new coaches this season, and with over 90 players attending tryouts in August, head coach Dennis Randolph has plenty of talent from which to choose. Junior Alec Grosser, starting quarterback, believes that the team needs to unite and stay competitive in every game to reach the playoffs. “We need to play more as a team instead of as individuals, make big plays in big spots and stay injury free,” said Grosser. Westfield, Robinson, Lake Braddock and West Potomac will all prove to be tough opponents, according to Grosser. “We need to really prepare for all games and we expect every game to be tough.” Head Coach: Dennis Randolph photo by michelle avila

Captains: Alec Grosser, Aaron Tovsky, Joe Lincoln, Za’Quan Summers

Players to watch: junior Alec Grosser (QB), senior Jalani Winbush (DB, RB), senior Manuel Benites (K, P), senior Jose Urrutia (OL), senior Percy Haskins (WR)

VOLLEYBALL

Michelle Avila managing director

Finishing the regular season as the fourth-placed team in the Patriot District, the Titans volleyball team ended the 2010 season with an 8-9 record. For the first time since 2001, the Titans also hosted a first-round district tournament match but lost to Lake Braddock. After having success last year, the team has high hopes for this season but knows that hard work will be key in achieving its goals. “[Our team goal is] to win districts,” said junior Kate Whitmire. “And the expectation to reach this goal is to work our hardest in every practice. Coach Burch has told us how much every practice matters in making us a better team.” Senior Grand Roberson agrees. “This year we will beat [Lake Braddock],” said Roberson. “[And] because we had such a good season last year, this year we plan on going further. Our ultimate goal is to be able to put something up on the empty volleyball banner in the gym.” Head Coach: Michael Burch Captains: Team does not operate with captains Players to watch: junior Kate Whitmire (OH), junior Sydney Trout (OH), junior Kelly Devarics (S), senior Grand Roberson (OH)

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FIELD HOCKEY Michelle Avila managing director

Winning four of their first five games, the Titans field hockey team started off last season on a great run. However, a close 3-2 loss to Annandale in the first round of the district playoffs put an end to the Titans 11-7 season. After having such success last year, the team has set high expectations for this season. “The team is really trying hard this season to connect more with passes and become a stronger team with a more positive attitude than last year,” said captain Sofie Leidolf, a senior. “We also expect to go far and hope that all our training and hard work takes us there.” Captain Emma Bracken, a junior, echoed those goals. “Our expectations are to work hard and for it to pay off with wins,” said Bracken. “Having ten seniors graduate last year was difficult, but we have a good, solid team this year with a lot of heart, dedication, and determination.”

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Head Coach: William Heresniak Captains: Sofie Leidolf and Emma Bracken

Players to watch: senior Sofie Leidolf (Forward), junior Emma Bracken r (Midfielder), junior Megan Boyle (Goalie), senior Ollie Field (Defender), senior Lauren Livesay (Forward), freshman Emily Moncure (Forward)

GOLF

Steven Fernando staff writer Coming off of a 5-4 season and failing to reach the regional tournament last year, the Titans golf team has set high goals for the 2011 season. Under the leadership of returning coach John Kennedy and incoming coach Philip Engle, the Titans are aiming to dominate the region. The team has started off this season 2-1 with their only loss coming in a close affair against regional powerhouse South County. “My goal is to challenge South County for the league title and to develop our younger players into consistent contributors this season and for seasons to come,” said Engle. Senior cocaptain Zach VeShancey feels confident in the team’s abilities. “Our expectation at the beginning of the season is to finish in the top two in our district, which would send the whole team to the regional tournament,” said VeShancey. According to VeShancey, for the team to reach success, it is essential for them to come together and play consistently. “We’re just trying to put together more days where we can post four solid scores,” said VeShancey. “In the last few years we’ve failed a little bit to pick up our other players when they have a tough day, and if we can start posting four or five good numbers as opposed to two or three, we think we can beat every team we play.” Head Coaches: Philip Engle, John Kennedy Captains: Garrett Kennedy, Nathan Ribyat, Zach VeShancey Players to watch: senior Garrett Kennedy, senior Zach VeShancey

photos courtesy james cullum, regan kireilis (alexandrianews.org)

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CROSS COUNTRY Steven Fernando staff writer

The Northern Virginia area is one of the most competitive regions for cross country in the entire state and reaching the state finals is a daunting task for any team. However, last season, both the boys and girls cross country teams had success. The boys team finished seventh in the Patriot district, while the girls team ended fourth in the district and placed twelfth in the region. According to head coach Mike Hughes, the girls team will have the best chance of reaching states due to their wide array of talent. West Potomac, Lake Braddock, West Springfield and South County will be T.C.’s toughest opponents this season, as well as defending state champion Annandale. There are currently several unfilled spots for runners, so anyone interested in running should contact Coach Hughes as soon as possible (Room B225). photos by ryan holtz

Head Coaches: Mike Hughes, Laurel Taylor, James Garner Captains: Yet to be chosen

Runners to watch (girls): senior Hannah Clark, senior Grace Garrahan, senior Kathryn Hendley, senior Shannon Smythe, junior Eileen Nakahata, sophomore Sydney Schaedel, sophomore Stephanie Slaven, freshman Hannah Smythe, freshman Isabel Jones Runners to watch (boys): senior Nicholas Ahumada, senior Scott Young, junior Eyob Acheme, junior Jonathan Forbes, junior Adugna G’Mariam, junior Grant Raycroft, sophomore Nick Brown, sophomore Brendan Kerwin, sophomore Daniel Powers, freshman Anteneh Girma

CHEERLEADING

MARCHING BAND Drum Major - Kate Aplin Field Captain - Eva Lorentz Field Captain - Alex Wolz Drum Captain - Jordan McCoy Section Leader - Emily Dooley Section Leader - Maria Jones

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photos courtesy of the dooley family


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Tina The Titan Dear Tina, I got my license last year, and I flipped burgers this entire summer so I could buy myself a car. I want to drive it to school, but the parking pass for the garage costs more than the car itself! Combine that with gas prices and I might as well go dig my bike back out! I thought I could park in the circle, but I’m only a junior and I heard that seniors have first pick of parking spaces there. I’m afraid that if I ignore this rule someone’s going to, like, egg my car or something! I don’t know what to do. From, Parked and Screwed

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Dear Parked,

Good job getting that car! Welcome to freedom! While I do admit that the parking passes are expensive, sometimes they can be a good option. The garage keeps you from having to park in the rain or snow, and also guarantees you a space. Is that worth the money to you? However, the circle is free and closer to the classes on the Rotunda side. The circle can get crowded and, yes, the seniors do occasionally steal the good spots, but they’re reasonable. No one’s going to egg your car or go all Incredible Hulk on you just because you parked in their spot. If you do find yourself in a parking scuffle just calmly ask the other driver if you could have the space. Also, if you get there early enough you can pick out your own space. Love, Tina

Dear Tina, I followed my mailman down the street every day until I finally got my schedule. I’d been waiting all summer to see if I would finally be in a class with my friends for senior year. However, once I opened the letter I saw that I was in two classes I’d never signed up for! I mean, what would I do in four APs? I’d never do that to myself! And, I have two teachers that the seniors last year nicknamed “FunSucker” and “F+.” I don’t know if I can handle that! And, I was very specific when I told my counselor that I did not have a problem repeating gym for my senior year; why am I suddenly enrolled in AP Stat instead? Running the Pacer I could do, but Stat? I don’t even know any statistics beyond that the Situation spends up to four hours in the gym for his abs. Help! From, Mismatched Schedule

Dear Mismatched, While scheduling mistakes are annoying, they aren’t the end of the world! As for the incorrect classes, just go talk to your counselor or Mrs. Silverman; they will be glad to help you get in the right classes. Now, I know you wanted to be in a class with your friends, but maybe you’ll make new ones? No one can have too many friends right? Also, as for those two teachers “F+” and, what was the other one? “Fun-sucker?” Give them a chance. Maybe their teaching style didn’t work for those other seniors, but it could be just what you need. You could even turn “F+” into “A+” if you really put your mind to it. If you’re still miserable in October, go talk to your counselor and see what can be done. Good luck in your final (hopefully) year of gym! Love, Tina

Dear Tina, I looked for you all summer! I did just as you said. I was in Starbucks at exactly 3:31 p.m. on June 31 and didn’t see you anywhere! I waited for an hour and even bought you a latte! From, Tony the Titan

Dear Tony, Oh, dear. Well, you do know that June only has 30 days. Right? Oh, and thanks for the latte, it was the thought that counted. Love, Tina P.S. Maybe we can try again on November 31?

Teresa La Titan Querida Teresa,

Querida Solitaria,

Acabo de recibir mi horario para el duodécimo grado, y hay un problema. No tengo clases con ningunos de mis amigos. Llamé a mi consejero, pero ella no pudo cambiarlo. ¿Qué debo hacer? Atentamente, Solitaria

Lo siento que no tengas clases con tus amigos, pero necesitas esperar. Es posible que te gusten las personas en tus clases. Puedes conocer a amigos nuevos. Después de unas semanas, si todavía no estás feliz, entonces debes hablar con tu consejero otra vez. ¡Buena suerte! Teresa


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