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TUESDAY JUNE 10, 2003
VOLUME #48 ISSUE 13
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SAY GOODBYE TO SENIORS
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A look into the advantages of playing on a Little League team before high school.
Check out a map of the U.S. and track where seniors will be heading after high school
Read about the growing popularity of cell phones and find out all different types that are available
The staff reflect on the past experience of The A-Blast seniors
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NEWS BRIEFS Lecture hall to be renamed After serving as Principal of AHS for nine years, Principal Donald Clausen will be honored by having the Lecture Hall named after him. The Fairfax County School Board allowed the naming of “Clausen Hall” after parents and co-workers requested to commemorate Clausen’s leadership and pride in AHS.
Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbraum will be visiting AHS today during flexes to speek to English classes
Holocaust Survivor Speaks Today Henry Greenbaum, Holocaust survivor, will be here today during flex periods to talk to English classes about his experiences. Greenbaum was born in Poland, and in 1939, when he was 12, was forced to live in a ghetto with his family. Greenbaum and his family stayed in the ghetto until 1942 when he was sent to a labor camp. One year later was forced in Auschwitz, where some of his family members were not as lucky as he was and were put to death. Greenbaum went on a four-month Death March. He was liberated in April 1945 and now lives to speak to others about his experiences. He works at the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC and will speak to juniors in IB English today during flex.
Principals step out of office BY ANDREW SATTEN Co Editor-in-Chief After a tenure that spanned three and a half decades of service for Fairfax County Public Schools as a teacher, coach, administrator, and principal, a career launched even a year before the Woodstock spectacle, the “Don” of AHS is moving on from his nine-year principal post at the helm of AHS. Though never one to command the spotlight, his presence and leadership style have been vital in elevating the school. Despite the fact that he is moving on from AHS, in retirement he will continue his quest of providing service to others, planning on going full circle and returning to volunteer in Latin America where he met his wife and underwent a stint in the Peace Corps before coming to the D.C. area. Iowa Roots Clausen hails Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as his hometown, citing it as an ideal place to be raised. The city which numbered nearly 75,000 people was described as “A great town to grow up in, the kind of place where you never locked any doors,” said Clausen. Born May 24, 1943, he was the youngest of three children in the Clausen family. From first through eighth grade he attended Trinity Lutheran School, a small building which only had two rooms and meshed students from a number of different grades into the same classroom. For his high school education, Clausen transitioned to his large hometown public high school. “I
COURTESY OF DON CLAUSEN
Principal Don Clausen (far left) and Administrator Barbara Fugate (far right) pose at Marshall High School during the 1980s where they were part of the administration team.
wasn’t a terribly gifted student in high school, I was a B, C student that could have done better,” said Clausen. “I was interested in athletics, and that’s all I did.” A free day would be spent playing “baseball all morning, and golf all afternoon.” In high school, Clausen was equivalent to what at AHS is deemed a “Three-Peat Athlete,” as he played high school football, basketball, and played behind the plate as catcher for a state champion baseball team. Prompted by his team’s run to title, Clausen shaved his “Clausen” continued on p. 3
After 15 years at AHS, Dr. Fugate says “good-bye” BY MARTHA AMOAKO Former Feature Editors
As she reflects on her experience with the AHS staff, Dr. Barbara Fugate’s voice takes on the emotional tone of one who will soon depart from a close-knit family.
Principal Donald Clausen, along with Mike Hanna, the principal of Storm Lake High School in Iowa, took part in a discussion group on Fri. June 6 on Capitol Hill to discuss with members of the community how they have increased the role of parents in school life, strengthened community, and built on academic programs. “We talked about all of the positive aspects of our schools,” said Clausen. “We mainly concentrated on what makes diverse schools better and stronger.” AHS was a chosen representative due to the fact that over
60% of the student body is minority and 46% of students taking IB and AP classes are minority. Storm Lake as witnessed a large influx of minority students, from 475 in 1990 to 625 in 2003. Both Hanna and his staff have worked to raise the achievement levels of all parts of the school, as well as mixing together the schools already diverse population. With more than 80 different countries represented by the student body, AHS is one of the most diverse schools in the country, and with an ever-increasing diverse population it, has become necessary for schools to grow and expand, not just in size, but in programs and classes as well. Clausen and Hanna spoke in front of a panel from the American
Youth Policy Forum, a group which looks into the policies of kids in all part of the community, not just school. “In some ways we were just preaching to the choir,” said Clausen. “They’re more progressive thinkers, an open minded group of looking at and for change.” Both AHS and Storm Lake serve as centers for diverse student bodies throughout the nation and will continue to grow and expand with their surrounding communities. The conference was moderated by Eileen Kugler, mother of AHS Alumni Alex and Sara, and an advocate for diverse schools. She is also the author of Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why diverse schools are good for all kids.
BY SABRINA STACY Atomic Articles Editor
Let the exams begin... How much preparation have you given (or will you give) to your final exams? A great deal
19% A little
23% Somewhat TERRY ASHE
25% Not at all
33% —The survey was administered to 219 students by The A-Blast staff during B, C, and D lunches on June 5
Baseball slides into regionals Senior Travis Johnson slides into home during the first regionals tournament game on May 22 and makes the game-winning run against Woodson. This was baseballs first district title since 1980. The baseball team lost during their second regionals game against Yorktown.
“Fugate” continued on p. 4
Students to graduate in one week
Principal speaks on Capitol Hill BY JOHN REISS Entertainment Editor
“If I’ve had any success it’s only because of the support of the people that I work with,” said Fugate. “A person is only as good as the people around her.” After spending 46 years in education, 15 of which were spent at AHS, Fugate is retiring. She speaks with the same ardor of a person who has just arrived for the first day of a terrific new job. “The individualism of [students’] personalities makes it fun because everyone is different,” said Fugate. “I like to see students succeed whether they’re going to college, the working world, or the military. I want to see them get a good start in life.” Fugate was born in southern Texas. Her career in education began shortly after her high school graduation. At the time of her graduation in the early 1950s, there were primarily three fields open to women; nursing, secretarial work and teaching. Her love of interacting people, specifically young adults, propelled her toward teaching. She later attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she received a B.S. in education and biology. While attending Baylor University, she met her future husband, Kearby Fugate, in a biology course called Taxonomy of Seed Plants. She married him when she was 25 years old. She cites mutual respect and support as the basis for the success of her long marriage. Fugate spent the initial part of her career teaching elementary and junior high schools in Port Arthur, Richardson and Dallas, Texas. Then, she moved to
The Class of 2003 will graduate on June 17 at 7 p.m. at DAR Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C. Transportation to the ceremony will be provided by the All Night Graduation Celebration sponsors; cost will be $12 per person. The All Night Graduation Celebration will take place after the ceremony at South Run Recreation Center. At the event, graduates may participate in various activities including mock casino gambling, games, recreational sports and swimming. The celebration will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. “Graduating is one of the biggest accomplishments and all my hard work had paid off for a reason,” said senior Howard Anane. The graduating seniors who paid their senior dues will be granted four free tickets to Constitutional Hall. Between 2,200 and 2,500 people are expected to attend this ceremony. “I am delighted that they are graduating,” said government teacher Will Young. “They are absolutely wonderful to work with, and I’m sure they are going to be a credit to the educational system of Fairfax County.” However, this year extra security precautions are in place. Metal detectors, bag and personal belonging searches and body searches will occur at Constitutional Hall. Also, there will be no camera boxes due to construction at Constitutional Hall, but people will be allowed to take pictures from their seats. Graduation rehearsal will take place on Friday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium. Graduation would not be complete without a guest speaker to add some words of wisdom to the graduates before leaving for high school. The President of George Mason University, Dr. Merten will be speaking to the class at Constitutional Hall. Graduation would not be possible without the Grim “Graduation” continued on p. 4
2 EDITORIALS “Yes. I think it’s pretty correct. They test you on knowledge everyone should know.”
—Monica Dinh sophomore
“No, not at all. A lot of people don’t test well and can’t work under pressure, but that doesn’t mean they’re dumb.” —Chris Roe sophomore
Standarized tests ineffective BY ABBY SEGALL Co-Editor in Chief SAT Stressful Anxiety-provoking Trail For the average teenager, the SAT brings nothing but negative feelings. The standardized test do not represent the student’s intellect; it only illustrates how well the student tested one day out of their whole life. Not only do these test not demonstrate the teenager’s true knowledge, it also adds too much pressure on to the student’s already stress-filled life. It is enough having to worry about which classes to take the following year, or keeping up their grades in their current classes. Having to take the SAT only adds additional burden on to the student’s ever-growing list of things he or she must be good at in order to prove themselves worthy to graduate and get into a decent college. In addition to rejection by school and college administrators, if these students do not do well on these tests, they must face the unsympathetic critics made up of their parents and peers. Doing well on a standardized test is a status symbol in high school. The students who did well boast about their fantastic scored, while the students who didn’t do their best because they happened to be sleepy the day
of the test, try to keep their disappointing scores a secret rather than be ridiculed by the cruel judges. There are many reasons that students do not do well on the SATs other than being inadequately intelligent (aka dumb). Perhaps there is not enough time for the slow reader to finish the test, or pos-
Junior Aziza Dang studies a SAT preparation book. Like Dang, many high students use books such as 10 Real SATs to prepare for this stressful test.
sibly the student is confused or bored by multiple choices. On the other hand, give that same student an essay any day if you want to see them shine. Different abilities, different learning styles, different ways of expression should be taken into account. Colleges are becoming more and more competitive as well as demanding higher test scores. When students attempt to be accepted at a college, why must the SAT be the crucial factor in that decision? Much more important is that the student should be judged on their GPA, the classes they are taking, ad their extracurricular activities. Do they challenge themselves, do they have a special talent, will their point of view challenge other students? I’ve heard it argued that for bigger universities, standardized tests scores must be used because too many students apply and they need a quick basis of judgement, but couldn’t the GPA, class types, essay and after-school activities serve the same purpose? Every student has many different assets, and being judged by one test is unreasonable and unjust. The students all want to have others see their more outstanding capabilities, not their ability or inadequacy at test-taking.
The SAT should still be available for students to take, however less importance should be placed on them. For example, Bates College in Lewiston, Maine does not require the SAT (while many other colleges do require it). However if the students would like to show the scores they are more then welcome. This relieves the pressure to do perfect and gives the students a chance to breathe. If more colleges could be like Bates College, then students would not be so overwhelmed with pressure and anxiety. The most unfair thing about the SAT is the help available to those who can afford to spend $300 to $600 on prep courses. Where does that leave the student without the cash? At a disadvantage. This stressful, aggravating and unfair test is a seriously flawed interpretation of one’s abilities and knowledge. I’m not asking it for be banished because that’s unreasonable. However, less importance should be placed on the SAT. ABBYISS527@AOL.COM
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“No because it doesn’t test your common sense. It’s ridiculous to have to take them for college.”
BY JOHN REISS Entertainment Editor —Amanda Green junior
“I don’t think so. It’s not a subject you study about. It doesn’t mean you’re smart or not.” —Mohamed Jama junior
“In some ways because it tests your knowledge like math and verbal, but not in every area.”
—Carlos Miranda senior
“I don’t think it represents your knowledge. It just shows what you have learned in high school.” —Stephanie Carrion senior
“Absolutely not because everybody has a different learning style, and not every learning style is geared toward a three-hour long exam.”
TUES. JUNE 10, 2003
Do you think that the SAT accurately represents someone’s intelligence?
“In God We Trust,” or at least most of us do. Some astute students may have noticed a small plaque in the front lobby of the school that states our national motto, which was established on July 30, 1956, “In God We Trust.” I find it hard to believe that in a school with 88 nations represented, that we all trust God. I mean some of us might trust in Allah, Shiva or might not even trust anyone at all, but I can gurantee that not everyone trusts in God. For those of a political mind, they might believe that this plaque is in violation of the 1948 Supreme Court case of McCollum vs. Board of Education of School Districts which decided that religious instruction in public schools was a violation of the establishment clause, and therefore unconstitutional, setting in motion the “separation of church and state.” However, last year, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 108 on July 1, 2002, which made it is necessary for all Virginia public schools to post the national motto “within plain view” of students and staff. Virginia is not the only state however to pass such a law. In states throughout the country students can see our nation’s motto in their school. For myself though, it seems that it is quite clear cut. Regardless of the how much this law is not in violation of the Constitution, I don’t like think that we should have to walk past a sign everyday reminding us of whom to trust.
In a country where it is completely normal to live next to someone who has seen the hardships of war all their life, or lived uner a dictatorial rule, it doesn’t seem right for us to put them through that again. Not that the U.S. falls under either of these categories, but some of the more attractive features of coming to America, are the freedom of religion and the freedom from not living under any established deity. However, this is not the only circumstance of separation and church and state, relevant in our schools. The Pledge of Allegiance complements the national motto in the line “One Nation under God.” When the Pledge was first written in 1892, the words “under God” were not included. Then in 1954, two years before the passing of the country’s motto, an amendment adding the line was made. President Eisenhower stated, “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future...” Eisenhower’s idea of transcendence has an interesting way of representing many religions when it only reaffirms one. Now, don’t think that I am unpatriotic because I don’t support the pledge, or that I don’t support our motto be-
Making the Grade CLAUSEN’S RETIREMENT MARKS END OF NINE GREAT YEARS
—Robert Christie Computer Graphics teacher
Despite his tendency to stay out of the spotlight and maintain a low profile, Principal Don Clausen has led the school for the last nine years with the perfect blend of authority, understanding and people skills. The faculty commends his hand-off leadership, and his services will be missed next year. In retirement, he plans on volunteering in Central America with his wife, where the two originally met while working in the Peace Corps. 1996 OLYMPICS BOMBER CAUGHT
After eluding the FBI for five years, Eric Robert Rudolph, who is charged with the bombing of the ‘96 Olympics that killed one person and wounded 100 others, was finally apprehended in North Carolina. Although Rudolph’s arrest brings closure to families of the victims, it took the FBI 6 years to track down the culprit. Rudolph is also accused in the bombings of an abortion clinic in 1998 and a gay nightclub in 1996. FCC DEREGULATES MEDIA OWNERSHIP
On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relaxed or in some cases eliminated media ownership regulations. The new lax restrictions will allow consolidation among newspapers, television and radio companies. Opponents of the relaxation believe the deregulations will give the media too much power to sway the public’s opinion. 9/11 DETAINEES’ CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSED
A 198-page report submited by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine on the detention of 762 immigrants, showed that many of the detainees were arrested without probable cause, and that they were physically and verbally abused. The majority of the 762 immigrants, who were from Arab or South Asian descent, were taken into custody after the U.S.’s nationwide terrorist sweep after the 9/11 attacks.
cause I’m not Christian, which I am. I only believe that in a country built on freedom of choice and liberty, we should pay more attention to it. Our country is becoming increasingly diverse, to the point where it may seem reasonable to change the motto to “In Allah We Trust,” or “In Buddha We Trust,” etc. The point is that while these laws were established at a time when Christianity was the predominant religion in America, Christianity is not anymore. Granted that Christianity is not the only religion which worships under God, it was the primary influence on the current laws we have regarding religion. How can we as a people, expect to become unified when our younger generations are being exposed to and influenced by a single religion, which may hinder cultural backgrounds or infringe on their rights established by the Constitution. Keep in mind though, that these rights are applicable to all ages and races, toddlers to senior citizens, Americans to ArabAmericans. Despite the establishment of a country of religious freedom under one deity, under Supreme Court precedence a student cannot be forced to recite the pledge, and as an exercise of my First Amendment rights, I do not stand for the pledge, not because I do not believe in America, but because I do not believe that we are one country under only one God. RECKLESENDEAVOR@AOL.COM
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NEWS 3 The ‘Don’ of AHS Departs the
TUES. JUNE 10, 2003
CLAUSEN THROUGH THE YEARS
—“Clausen’”from pg. 1
head in celebration, assuming a hair style which is similar to the look he sports today. Clausen’s mother, Wilma, was not pleased by the stunt, but commented that “Don never got in any trouble,” since he was always too busy playing sports. In a 1994 A-Blast article marking the beginning of his tenure, Clausen was quoted as saying, “When I was in high school, I didn’t even know what girls were.” It wasn’t until his senior prom that he ever really went on a date. In terms of hobbies and activities, Clausen was very active in the city recreation programs, always interested in the youth. His mother recalled him often lending or giving up his sports equipment to kids who did not have any. And to balance out his athletics, he was also very involved at his Lutheran Church, singing as a choir boy. For college he attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he continued his athletic pursuits by playing both football and baseball. During the summers while in college he returned home with his father at a company that manufactured construction cranes. During his childhood, just as today, Clausen maintained a low profile. “All through his youth he was a very quiet person, very humble, in fact even now I don’t think I know of all his accomplishments,” said Wilma Clausen. Peace Corps Launches New Perspective Clausen graduated from Valparaiso University in the middle of 1965, and considering the point in the year, there were few teaching openings. He was able to land a brief position at an inner city parochial school in St. Louis, Missouri. “That was the first time that I came face to face with people that looked different than me, and it was a bit of a shock,” Clausen said. With no clear direction or job, Clausen decided to enter the Peace Corps, in which he was assigned a physical education post in Ecuador. During his 27 months in the Peace Corps, he often coached the youth of the region, taught in schools, played on a team in Ecuador’s professional baseball league, and even helped set-up a little league baseball organization. In 1967 while on a assignment at a small coastal town called Manta, he met his wife Patricia, who now works as a nurse practitioner. “What really strikes you is the depth of the poverty, contrasted with the hope of the people,” said Clausen. This exposure set the stage for a lifetime of devotion towards helping the people of Latin America,
along with a global perspective that allows Clausen to embrace people of all beliefs and cultures. “Once you do become aware of what the bigger world is like, then it’s very hard to turn back from that... and it’s a reciprocal thing, it enriches your life,” said his wife. Clausen’s extensive time abroad has also allowed him to refine his language skills to the point in which he now speaks fluent Spanish, a skill that has aided him as principal of AHS, which features a large Hispanic population. Since the Peace Corps experience, Clausen and his wife have made repeated trips back to the region to work on projects. Through an organization called Witness for Peace, he worked as an election observer in Nicaragua, a region that suffered under heavy Contra activity between warring drug lords. Clausen recalled hearing gunfire off in the distance while he worked the polls during the day, and one instance in which a man was carried in on a stretcher to vote after both his legs had been blown off by land mines. The church has also played a critical role in his life, and ties in to his passion for working in Latin America. “He’s a firm believer in living his faith, not just going to church on Sunday, but going about it on a daily basis,” said Tim McKinney, father of senior Caitlin McKinney, fellow church member, and friend. Clausen attends Lady Queen of Peace Church Catholic Church which has a reciprocal relationship with a number of sister parishes in Latin America. “It’s not just about raising and sending money, its really about trying to form connections with the people,” said Clausen. For their efforts, Don and Pat were a featured couple on a video entitled Stories of Solidarity that documented their involvement in Latin America through their church. Clausen often travels on missionary and volunteer trips to the regions in which the sister churches are located, along with housing Latin American church member when they travel to the D.C. area. Through their travels, the Clausen’s have developed many strong friendships in the area. Even for their 25th anniversary, Clausen and his wife returned to Ecuador to celebrate by working in the region, Patricia employing her medical background while Don utilizing his educational experience to make a difference. His social awareness extends beyond just Latin American issues, as he also is a strong pacifist and adamantly protested the war in Iraq by attending rallies on the Mall. True to his “practice what he preaches” mentality, Clausen’s concern for the environment prompt him to commute to school every day in an environmentally-sound Hybrid Electric Toyota Prius. “Any social issue that comes along, he is invariably going to view from the side of the poor and disenfranchised,” said McKinney. Post Peace Corps: From Ecuador to Educator and the Road to AHS After the Peace Corps experience Clausen married Pat, and in August of 1968, the couple relocated to the D.C. area. And so began Clausen’s 35 year tenure in Fairfax County Public Schools. Langley was the first stop on his teaching trail, a school in which he also coached the football and baseball teams. In 1973, he tried his hand at teaching physical education at the elementary school level at Kings-Park Elementary, before being elevated to an administrative post at Oakton High School in 1976. After Oakton, he spent seven years as an assistant principal at Marshall High School, in which he worked with Safety and Security Specialist Cliff Cornwell and Assistant Principal Barbara Fugate both of whom he was later reunited with at AHS. During Clausen’s tenure at Marshall, his daughter Tonya was a student at the same time. Clausen
assumed another assistant principal job, this time at Thomas Jefferson High School, however, did not feel his services were needed at the position. After being turned down for a few principal positions, in 1994 he landed the job at Annandale, taking over for Ray Watson, becoming only the fourth principal in the school’s history. At the Helm of Annandale “Annandale just provides that excitement, there’s something different everyday,” Clausen exclaimed with his signature smile. From his inception at the school, he has always advocated an “open-door policy,” and executed a hands-off leadership style. “He’s not the sort of boss that goes around hitching up his pants and ordering people around,” said Assistant Principal Jon Fredrickson. “He sort of allows people to become professionals, and brings out the best in them.” Many of his co-workers and friends highlighted “Clausen the comedian,” and the dry sense of humor that he brings to the work place. “Whenever you are with him, especially at a serious situation, with Don, it’s just not quite as serious. He’s very serious about helping other people, but at the same time takes himself lightly,” said McKinney. One of Clausen’s landmark achievements over the last nine years was reforming the public’s perception of AHS. In 1994 when he took over, the media consistently fed on racial tensions at the school, repeatedly citing “the incident,” a conflict that spilled over from the weekend into school one Monday in which their was an altercation between African-American and Hispanic students. “A lot of people jumped on it as a means to transfer to a predominantly white school,” said Clausen. Instead of following the school’s precedent of laying low, Clausen launched an aggressive preemptive media blitz, putting pressure on the press to cover positive elements of the school, marshaling parent support, launching a peer mediation program and prejudice reduction workshop, and setting up student-parent panels at feeder schools. In recent years, he has endeavored to further raise the bar at AHS, establishing the Academic Task Force, launching the I.B. Program, and playing a critical role in the school’s five-year renovation. Though he adopts a rather quiet persona, generally preferring to stay out of the spotlight, he places tremendous importance on being at as many school events as possible, at times working 18-hour days. “Watching kids succeed, whether it’s on the field, in the classroom, or in a play, is the best part of the job,” he said. “and where else would you get all that free entertainment.” Geri Lee, Clausen’s administrative assistant, highlighted his keen awareness of everything that goes on at school. “In terms of the issues, he usually sees them coming before they even get to him,” she said. “He’s got that balance between a person who really cares about people, but at the same time can take a stand and enforce the rules, and that can be a difficult thing to do,” said Safety and Security Specialist Cliff Cornwell whose relationship with Clausen dates back to the 1980’s at Marshall. Cornwell cited instances in which he has seen Clausen go toe to toe with some of the toughest gang members around if a discipline issue arose. And despite his efforts to stay out of the spotlight, his accomplishments at AHS were nationally recognized when Met Life awarded him with the Building Bridges Award, for working to unite the diverse Annandale community, along with being named the FCPS 2000 Principal of the Year. Clausen also assumed numerous leadership roles in organizations including being the chair of VHSL, currently chairing the FCPS Principal’s Association, serving on the board of directors for the Network of Education for Central America, and the Patriot District consul. Family Man, Friend, and a True People’s Person “One of the things that makes him so special is his ability to relate to such a wide variety of people. He’s just as comfortable and acts the same with a celebrity or a big politician as [he would] with some of the poorest of the poor of Central America,” said McKinney. Clausen has two kids, Tanya and Jeffrey, both of whom were married this Spring. His wife Patricia described him as a very “hands on father,” delving into whatever his kids’ interest were, whether it be coaching his son’s soccer team or working back stage at his daughter’s ballet performances. However, his wife cited that he likely would never go to another Nutcracker performance, after being in attendance for countless performances each year throughout his daughter’s childhood. ?He and his wife seem to be best friends, always seem to be doing something together,? said McKinney. And even despite his long hours, Don makes a point of splitting the cooking responsibilities at home, as his wife highlighted his flair for baking breads. “Don is a man of great integrity, if he says he is going to do something, you can bet he is going to do it,” said McKinney. “I trust him and respect him as much as anyone I have ever come across.” Clausen’s presence at AHS was also one of the key factors in McKinney’s decision to move into the Annandale district for his daughter Caitlin to attend school there, and Clausen even aided the family in finding their current residence. Post Annandale When Clausen first came to AHS in 1994, in an ABlast article he said, “I will remain at AHS until I retire,” and true to form, he kept to his word. “Just the fact that he worked for 35 years tells you something about where his dedication lies,” said Fredrickson. After 30 years in the county, Clausen was eligible for full retirement benefits, however he opted to stay another five years at AHS. Assistant principal Barbara Fugate described Clausen as being a mentor-like figure. “He’s the kind of person I could always go to. It’s like a friend is leaving, and as I like to say, I don’t ever like to say goodbye, just I’ll see you again,” said Fugate. When Clausen is relieved of his post on July 1, he said the first thing he is looking forward to is sleep. He will also be occupied helping his two newly wed children get set-up in homes, and has a retreat with his wife planned for New Mexico. “I’m going to get back in shape too, lose 25 pounds,” he said. And after taking a few months off, Clausen and his wife plan to team up and delve once again into their passion for working in Latin America. “My wife, she has all the skills, I just help out with what needs to be done,” said Clausen. And though it will no longer be at AHS, that’s exactly what he will continue to do-get the job done.
Clausen holding his first daughter in a sack in 1967.
Clausen making a mockery of his dog during the early 1970’s
Clausen in the kitchen with his kids during the early ‘70s. His wife cited his flair for baking breads
Clausen with his daughter, Tonya, and wife, Pat.
Clausen with his wife, Pat.
Clausen standing next to two nuns in 1999
Clausen poses next to a podium in 1999
Clausen recieving the State Football Championship trophy from coach Dick Adams in 1994
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AHS hit with viruses
Washington D.C. when her husband was offered a job with the Food & Drug Administration. From there, she taught at Langston Hughes Intermediate. During this period, she taught Grant Hill, the now famous basketball player, when he was in the seventh grade. She remembers that Hill was a motivated student who had a very supportive family. “He’s a wonderful young man. It was great to see him become successful both academically and professionally,” said Fugate. Fugate acknowledges that she was a strict teacher who held her students to high standards. “The rules for the class, were established at the beginning of the year and the same rules were still in effect at the end of the year,” said Fugate. “There were never any questions about what to expect in class.” At the same time, she enjoyed different aspects of her students. “I like [students] who are really academically challenging, and ones that I can challenge academically. I also like kids who may have to struggle in the beginning, and I like to see their satisfaction when they succeed.” Throughout her years teaching, Fugate remained dedicated to her job despite times of disappointment. “When I was in a classroom, I didn’t get frustrated. I got disappointed when I knew that students could do better and were not working toward their full potential.”
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday May 23-25, the AHS domain was hit with the Elkern.cav.c virus. The virus, which infected the Sasi attendance system, is rated “Medium” in danger. The source of the virus has yet to be determined, but administrators stress caution to faculty when opeing e-mail attatchments.
AHS Awards Excellence Annandale Rotary Club Medal Julia Ehrenfeld Annandale Rotary Scholarship Elaine Filadelfo, Saman Hussain, Martha Amoako Pamplin Leader Award Richard McCormack Annandale Lions Club Scholarship Faezeh Razjouyan Dartmouth Club of Washington Bryce Chadwick Wellesley College Book Award Lauren Sherman Student Government Association Awards Myerling Danielle Rumber, An Nguyen, Elizabeth Rhee, Karlyn Hixson, Ashley Dubler Elmer Timberland Lodge Scholarship Natalie Wallace Taiwanese-American Scholarship Saman Hussain United States Air Force Awards Romina Contreras, Jordan Bonds, Akin Arikan, Alex Romero, Mendrault Peralta United States Air Force Math Award Ashley Dubler United States Air Force Science Award Faezeh Razjouyan NVADACA Rachel E. Peters Scholarship Award Natalie Wallace Fairfax County Women’s Sports Awards Ashley Welch, Kari Kraus, Katie Littlefield Boys State and Girls State Representatives Kojo Asamoa, Elias Chamoun, Edward Gibson, Nhut Mich Le, Vernon Liechti, Donald Martin, Andrew Menegat, John Reiss, Junaid Shams, Alex Silano, Angela Briggs, Julia Ehrenfeld, Ashley Lippolis, Gilda Villela
-by Matt Weist Sports Editor
Assistant Principal Barbara Fugate sits down with English teachers for a retirement celebration.
school,” said Fugate’s secretary, Mary Wolfe. Although AHS has changed significantly since Fugate arrived, it does not trouble her. “Demographically, it’s changed, but young people are young people. So it doesn’t’ really matter where they come from, I still want them to succeed.” During her 15 years at AHS, Fugate has developed a close bond with the faculty and staff. “The faculty and the staff work so hard to make this such a good school.” Likewise, AHS staff members also
agree that Fugate will be greatly missed. “Someone can take her place, but she can never be replaced,” said Wolfe. “She has exceeded in every area of her job professionally. We’ll function without her, but she will definitely be missed,” said English teacher Nancy Grim. Fugate and her husband plan to move back to Texas after her retirement. “I’ll just take it one day at a time.” She leaves with these words of advice to the graduating seniors: “Whatever you do, make sure it’s the best that you can do.”
Baseball hits stride at regional tourney The Atoms moved on into the regional quarterfinal game Wed. May 28 against the National District runner-up Yorktown Patriots, but lost 8-3. The Atoms got off to a rocky start giving up two homeruns in the first four innings and were snakebitten on offense, hitting the ball hard, but right to the Yorktown defense. “It was a tough game, we lined into a double play, and had several sure hits taken away from us,” said Coach Matt Caudle. The Atoms loss ended their improbable winning streak at five games. Caputuring the first district title since 1980, the baseball team was celebrating on May 22. But after the jubilation and excitement, the Atoms had more games to play opening the regional tournament on May 26 at home vs. the Woodson Cavaliers. The Atoms’ played a sloppy game, but still went into the bottom of the 7th inning with the score tied at 4-4. With the bases loaded and one out, junior Chip Brandt hit a fly ball to centerfield which went just deep enough for senior Travis Johnson to tag up and score the winning run in the Atoms’ 5-4 victory.
“I was expecting to score that winning run,” said head coach Caudle. “We had been on a roll ever since the playoffs started and I knew we wouldn’t be denied.” As for next season the Atoms are only losing four seniors, but they include two time All-region honoree Travis Johnson, 2nd team All-district Outfielder Loren Sexton and the no. 1 catcher Bobby Morganthaler. “It all starts over again next year,” said Caudle. “Once the season starts next year, we will only be the defending District champs, and everyone will be gunning for us.” Of those returning the Atoms only have one .300 hitter coming back next season, junior Evan Ashe, who has been a two-year starter on the varsity team. And only one pitcher has previous varsity experience, junior Ted Gibson. Gibson was a key contributor in the playoffs, picking up two crucial Patriot District tournament victories over West Springfield and Lake Braddock, both of which he pitched 5 plus innings. “If we can play like we did in the playoffs and improve our hitting, we will have a solid chance to repeat,” said Homerun kings make regionals Gibson. But after the first district title in over 20 years, The Atoms moved on into the regional quarterfinal game Wed. May 28 the Atoms are satisfied with the improvements and ac- against the National District runner up Yorktown Patriots. complishments achieved over the course of the 2003 season.
BY JARED SMITH Sports Editor
AHS Seniors gathered for Senior Night last Tuesday, the final meeting for the class before graduation. Members of the Class of 2003 had a chance to meet with friends and review their final year at Annandale High School. Held from 4 to 6 p.m. after school on June 3, seniors purchased yearbooks and looked back on their four years together. “It’s nice to be able to spend time with friends and get our yearbooks,” said senior Meagan Ogletree. Senior Night was also an opportunity to tend to last minute administrative issues, namely library obligations for seniors who had outstanding payments or overdue library books. Class president Anteneh Addisu and vice president Andrew Satten each addressed the members of the class and took the time to thank their class sponsors, Jennifer Hogan and Hudson, on behalf of the entire class. “We appreciate everything they’ve done for us,” said senior Katie Burton, “we couldn’t have done everything we did without their help and dedication.”
However, she remembers that there were some tiresome times. “Late at night when you’re grading papers, you sometimes wonder why I did do this,” said Fugate. After teaching at Langston Hughes Intermediate, Fugate moved on to Marshall High School. Then, she later accepted a position at AHS. “When I walked in, I though I had my work cut out for me,” said Fugate. For the past 15 years, she has multitasked several duties. She is the Department Head for the English, Autotechnology and Marketing departments. “These departments have teachers that have been so supportive of the things we have tried to do,” said Fugate. The members of these departments have also greatly appreciated Fugate’s efforts and work. “I’ve known her since 1993 and she has 100 percent of the time been there for the English Department,” said Jacqueline Foote, English teacher. “She has also been there for the students by making sure that every student is treated fairly.” In addition, Fugate is responsible for ordering and receiving textbooks, handling student obligations, planning graduation and performing other tasks as well. Currently, her schedule is very busy because of the imminent arrival of the 2003 class graduation. “She goes above and beyond. She is probably the one person at AHS who has done something for everyone in the
Senior Night held
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Fugate’s 15-year tenure ends
Seniors Elaine Filadelfo and Christine Sabotta view each others yearbooks and eat pizza at Senior Night, June 3.
Time for cap and gown —“Graduation” from pg. 1
help of Nancy Grim and Mary Wolfe the the Graduation coordinators and Barbara Fugate the graduation administrator. “It’s going to be a dignified ceremony which the graduates deserve, it takes everyone to accomplish such a thing,” said Grim. Graduation this year will be a time to look back on the past and all the memories which the students shared amongst friends and teachers. Although some seniors are just excited about leaving the past behind. “I can’t wait to get out of
Annandale and not having to see people I don’t like,” said senior Cameron Mittelman. Throughout the ceremony there will be a presentation of special awards to seniors who have made great accomplishments during their years at AHS. Awards for citizenship, service, and faculty will be handed out as well as the top ten academic best awards. The student will receive a wooden plaque for their achievement in these areas. With the year coming to a close, finals approach and colleges decisions
have been made. The seniors have finally received their high school diploma and will move on to different adventure. “I’m very excited for all my students and I’m sad to see most of them go,” said computer graphics teacher Robert Christe. High school is the last step before becoming an independent person and taking that big and scary step into a different experience, whether it be college or taking a year off to explore yourself. The possibilities are endless.
Seniors recognized with awards BY STACEY MARIN Staff Writer For on of their last events together, the Class of 2003 gathered in the gym on June 4 for the senior awards ceremony. The ceremony honored seniors for their academic accomplishments over the last four years, as well as selected underclassmen that deserved special recognition. The Annandale Rotary Club Medal was the first award presented, and it was awarded to Julia Ehernfeld. The criteria for this award were that it went to a student who showed leadership, did community service for their school and community, and maintained high academic standards. The Annandale Rotary Club also awarded scholarships to Elaine Filadelfo, Saman Hussein, and Martha Amoako. Jack Hiatt, the SGA sponsor, presented awards to the SGA officers that helped lead this year’s government. For leadership, awards were presented to 2002-2003 SGA President Danielle Rumber, Vice President An Nguyen, and Treasurer Elizabeth Rhee. Outstanding Leadership awards were given to Ashley Dubler and Karlyn Hixson. The United States Air Force was represented at the ceremony and presented awards as well as recognizing students who had enlisted in the Air Force. The USAF Science Award went to Faezeh Razjouyan while the USAF Math Award went to Dubler. Romina Contreras, Jordan Bonds, Akin Arikan, Alex Romero, and Mendralt Peralta were honored for enlisting in the USAF. The US Army presented a scholarship to an athlete who showed leadership on and off the field and had high academic standing, which went to Ehab Awodallah.
Three Fairfax County Women’s Sports Awards were distributed at the awards ceremony. Katie Littlefield was honored for journalism coverage of women’s sports, Kari Krauss for dedication, leadership, and character to a sport and team, and Ashley Welch for Sportswoman of the Year, for success in athletics, school, and helping the Annandale community. “I felt really honored to win this,” said Welch. “There are so many worthy female athletes at Annandale.” Awards were presented to students from each department head in the school. The departments that gave out awards were Auto Mechanics, Business, English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Journalism, Marketing, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Physical Education, and Social Studies. Every department gave an outstanding student award, and most had other awards within the department. All students attending Governors School, as well as Boys and Girls State, were also recognized. Also, 85 students received Presidential Academic Excellence Awards, and were acknowledged for their accomplishments. The PTSA gives two scholarships a year, both named after previous principals of AHS. The James G. Finch Scholarship is a $750 award, and was given to Andrew Satten and Filadelfo. The G. Raymond Watson Scholarship is a $500 award that was given to Michelle Beland and Isata Kamara. Next year, an award will be added to honor Principal Don Clausen, who is retiring at the end of the year. The PTSA also honored students in all four grades who received all A’s for the first three quarters. There were two freshmen, six sophomores, one junior, and one senior.
Teachers set to retire Coffing, Sadananda, Mitchell retiring BY AMANDA SHEAFFER Sports Xtra Editor After facing sniper threats, a hard, bitter and cold winter, going to war, and a rainy 20022003 school year, it has finally come to a closing. Even with all these occurrences, students, and teachers and staff recognize those teachers, administrators and staff who have made their years at AHS memorable. Many standout teachers and other faculty members are making their careers come to an end. Many teachers and staff along with Don Clausen and Barbara Fugate are also retiring. Richard Tabor, who is a counselor, is also retiring. He has spent many of his years at Annandale and has helped students all around the school. Mrinalini Sadananda,a chemistry teacher, taught and influenced many young students lives here at AHS. Glenna Coffing, science teacher, and contributed 21 years as a staff member at AHS. Coffing has shared many stories and life long goals and mottos with her students, her main motto being: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Along with teachers and counselors, Winnie Mitchell, Guidance Office Assistant for 11 years, is retiring. Students, teachers and the staff would all like to thank each one of these teachers and staff members for their long and prosperous years at Annandale, for this school would not have stayed as strong if they had not contributed as much as they have to the school.
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AHS ALL NIGHT GRAD CELEBRATION THANKS FOR SAVING LIVES!! The All Night Graduation Celebration Committee would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have contributed to Annandale High School’s 2003 All Night Graduation Celebration. Your generous contribution will enable over 200 parent volunteers to hold a safe, chaperoned, drug and alcohol-free celebration for our g raduating Seniors!
BUSINESSES, RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS and RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS 7-Eleven, Inc. American Car Wash Corporation Annandale Florist, Inc. Annandale Veterinary Medicine Practice, LTD. Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel Arthur Murray Dance Center Bally’s Total Fitness Bank of America - Lake Barcroft Belmont TV, Alexandria Bilmin Company, Inc. Bowl America Bracken Opticians Cannons Baseball Team Century-21 Howell & Associates Chadwicks Restaurants Cherner-Lincoln-Ford-Mercury Circuit City Foundation Clyde’s at Mark Center Comedy Sportz DC
Crossroads Cleaners Crystal Springs Water, Alexandria Branch D&P Printing DaVinci Family Restaurant Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center Henry F. Dutson,DDS,MS,LTD EB Games E-Campus.com Einstein Bagels, Falls Church Einstein Bagels, Annandale Mark Egber, DDS, Ltd. Feline Friends Firestone, Fairfax Richard D. Fischer, DDS For Eyes Frank and Company, P.C. Rosa Guerreiro, Optometrist Hair Cuttery Harris Teeter, Annandale Hollywood Video Holy Spirit Catholic Church Home Depot, Annandale
Michael L. Houliston, P.C. International Spy Museum Jewish Community Center K&B Plumbing & Heating Kiwanis Club of Annandale Lifetime Fitness, Fairfax Luggage Outlet Luray Caverns Magill’s Restaurant John A. Marino, DDS, P.C. Mason District Democratic Committee Modells Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Nail’s Hurricane Northeastern Supply, Inc. North Springfield Civic Association Paul Michael’s Hair Salon Pinecrest Exxon PInecrest Golf Club Pizza Hut Price Costco, Newington
Shear Shack SkateQuest Six Flags America Smith’s Center Sprint Store Starbucks Coffee Co. Stratton Publishing & Marketing Squire Rockwells Temporaries Now Tippy’s Taco House Thomas Summerville Company Tower Records Trader Joe’s, Annandale Tourmobile Sightseeing Utica Contracting, Inc. Valentino’s Salon & Day Spa Virginia Commerce Bank Washington Freedom Whole Foods Market, Annandale Windows Plus, Annandale Xerox Corporation
Personal Donors Amyalene & Michael D. Ackard Dorothy Bowers Mr. and Mrs. Donald Burke Bob & Lisa Clark The Dekker Family Larry & Cathy Edmonds Ron & Carol Edwards Steve Yaroch and Rita Foley Robert E. Frye, Sr., Member at Large FCSB
Robert A. and Diane Marie Fulcher Robert & Ann Gisch Greg & Julie Henry Randy & Diane Hixson Shelley and David Hollowell Donna Hores Marilyn B. Jackson Elizabeth D. Koppelman William and Susan Kynes Vonnie Malek Nancy & Bob McIntyre
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy McKinney Sina and Beth Molavi Ilryong Moon Mr. & Mrs. Richard Pectol Suzanne Podhorecki Joel and Carlie Ross Cindy and Elliott Rubino Anneli & Douglas Sexton Andrew & Deborah Sherman
Pat Stevens Kathleen Sullivan Vivian Watts Richard & Karen Weinberg
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AB T 6 FEATURES Team sports: not just for your little brother the
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Name: Jim Barker Years coaching: 11 Team Coaching: ANSLL Reds Best part of coaching: The look on parents’ faces when their struggling child finally masters a technique they have been trying to perfect all year. Started coaching because: He loved baseball and wanted a better coach for his son
Name: James Barker Age: 8 Team: ANSLL Reds Years playing: 4 What he learned: How to pitch and hit far Positions played: Short stop and catcher, but he likes short stop more
BY STUART DUNBAR Staff Writer
to play hockey. M.J. Mayassi is a firstyear referee and a last season player, ending his 15-season career. Mayassi is a freshman and is one of a few high school players that still plays roller hockey at the REC. Mayassi has 11 goals and 14 assists on his undefeated 5-0 team. “It’s hard to be the best,” said Mayassi. He has played center his whole career and has won countless faceoffs. Mayassi started playing hockey because he frequently watched it with his dad, and plans to start
playing ice hockey after finishing football for A H S . Mayassi is not only a great hockey player but Victor Black poses before his game. also a referee. In his first season as a refas lettering in any high school sport eree, Mayassi makes $7 an hour but if you can’t letter in all sports.” receives a raise at the end of every Ellison shows devotion to winning, season. At a seminar, Mayassi reas he has two hour practices and does ceived extensive training in the fields not coach or participate in any other of formations, rules, and penalties. sport. “This is the best job you can have, Though sometimes they make because the owner works along side bad calls, referees are always needed B UN
Roller hockey is composed of two elements; fun and competition. It is growing extremely fast in the number of players, and at Wakefield RECenter, approximately 264 players on 24 teams play. Roller hockey is growing rapidly in popularity not only in leagues, but in colleges, high schools, and professional leagues. A vast number of colleges and high schools have clubs that continue to grow in exponential proportions. Only players between five and fourteen years old are eligible to play at the REC. Hockey is played in two 17minute periods, with a two minute halftime. The short six game season with only a possible four game postseason d i s a p p o i n t smany who hope for a longer season. Each team is composed of 11 players, but only four skaters and one goalie are allowed on the court at once. Playing time could be long for the starters, so the REC designed line changes, so that after every whistle or two, a line change would be made with new players on the court. Roller hockey games are played on Friday from 6-9 pm and on Saturday from 4-10 pm. Coaches play an important role in the sport. “I teach anything that’s necessary to get the W, whether they do it or not is up to them.” said coach Ben Ellison, which be obeyed by his players. In his five years of coaching, Ellison has 24 championships under his belt. Ellison, 25, started coaching when he was 18, and is currently coaching six Wakefield REC teams and the Lake Braddock High School roller hockey team. Ellison’s best team is the Red Wings, who have won a record nine championships in a row, and are 4-1 this season. “This is a league that is safe, sometimes competitive, and is growing
rapidly in popularity,” said Ellison, “but most of all it is quick and fun, played indoors, and kids have a blast.” Ellison did play roller hockey as a kid, but due to an injury had to give it up, and turned towards coaching. Coaching is all volunteer work, where he gets paid nothing and gets no benefits. Ellison feels that a student should be able to play in a club sport as well as a regular sport, saying that “There should be no such thing
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Name: Charlie Mallory Grade: 9 Sport: Swimming Team: Broyhill Crest Barracudas Record: 16-1 Stroke: Breaststroke Years Playing: 10 Awards won: many first places Cost per season: $120
Many students participate in several different sports outside of AHS. Some of the most popular of these sports are roller hockey and ice hockey
of you and you learn to make decisions on the fly.” In the end, roller hockey comes down to the people playing it. Victor Black, a 13-year old 7th grader at Lake Braddock, has played for six seasons as a goalie, and will leave roller hockey after this season when he moves to Virginia Beach. Black adores roller hockey because of how fast it moves and how easily a team can comeback and win. Like all great goalies, Black has an idol that he follows. His is Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the goalie for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, which is Black’s favorite team. Giguere is an amazing player, leading Anaheim to their first ever Stanley Cup. Giguere has a record of 134 with a 1.39 GAA (goals against average), saving 95.4% of the shots against him, to go with four shutouts in this postseason. Black is playing like his idol, going to the state games for Virginia and winning the gold medal. Black has also gone to the championship game once at Wa k e f i e l d R E C e n t e r. When Black Mayassi moves to Virginia Beach, he plans to start playing ice hockey and will try to continue into college. Black is currently on the Raiders with an 03 record. The Raiders usually lose by only one goal, but despite a poor defense, Black still makes highlight saves. Ultimately, players of all ages, race, and gender can enjoy the fun and competition that roller hockey provides.
Little league baseball trains for the real deal Name: Brittany Nelson Grade: 9 Sport: Basketball Team: AAU Position: Shooting Guard Favorite team: Washington Mystics Idol: Coco Miller Awards won: one championship Years Playing: 9 Cost per season: about $400
BY JOE WILBUR Staff Writer As he steps up to the plate, he tries to remember his newly learned hitting technique: elbow back, swing to the shoulder. The pitcher receives his signal as the batter analyzes the plate. Realizing the family pride at stake: his older brother hit here seven years ago and his
dad taught over this plate 11 years ago, he readies himself. He swings, feels the contact, and remembers to follow through to his shoulder. The latest in Barker baseball legacy is well on his way. This is one of the many families that have made baseball a huge part of their lives. [High school baseball] is just a little more intense and competitive, said Alex Barker, a freshman who played on the JV team this year and played 10 years of little league before coming
to Annandale. At AHS, the Varsity baseball team has Matt Caudle, an experienced coach who has 23 years of high school baseball as well as the more pliable little league team experience under his belt. His son’s T-ball team is easy to teach because they often seem more eager to put in their all. “They’re just more energetic,” said Caudle. In the first few years of little league, the main focus is learning the rules of the game. They learn how to pitch well, hit efficiently, and perform the best at
Name: Dana McRae Grade: 9 Sport: Swimming Team: Ravensworth Stroke: freestyle and breaststroke Awards won: first place in breaststroke Years Playing: 9 Practice: 1 hour practice Idol: Brittany Nelson Reason started: signed up by her mom Cost: free
Careful coaching causes content competitors Jim Barker encourages his team in the dugout during the game. Little League often stresses team building rather than wins.
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their position. Annandale North Springfield Little League is one of the most popular leagues for kids, Caudle ranging in age anywhere from kindergarten to sixth grade. Once they finish sixth grade, children change into prep league and then into Babe Ruth for eighth grade. If students want to continue little league, they can go into Senior Babe Ruth league for ninth grade. Most little league coaches spend more time on building close teamwork and relationships while most high school teams emphasize training and maximizing talents. “[little league] gave me a chance to be more than just a teammate,” said Alex. Neither little league nor high school baseball would be nearly as fun or rewarding without the leadership of the coaches. Jim Barker, an eleventh year coach of ANSLL, is coaching the Reds this year, mainly because his son is on that team. He started coaching because he loved baseball and saw “how badly the other coaches were doing,” that would be coaching his son.
Did you continue with the sport?
Most high school baseball players have played in some kind of Little League before coming to AHS. Most say it was a crucial step
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FEATURES 7 Things to know before getting a piercing Q: What are the risks of an infection? A: Serious infection, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C. and AIDS can be contracted through an unsteril needle. The best way to sterilize a needle is to use an autoclave, which is when each individual instrument is wrapped and exposed to intense heat to kill bacteria. Minor infection, such as puffyness, swelling, and redness can be avoided by taking necessary aftercare procedures, which include cleaning and rinsing with a cleaning solution.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JULIA SINGER
The ‘hole’ truth The pains and pleasures of teenage piercing Body piercing is a popular form of self expression for teens BY AMY NOVAK AND JULIA SINGER Journalism 1 and Copy Editor Walking up the long stairway, she started having second thoughts. What was it going to feel like? Would it hurt? Am I going to regret this? With a reassuring squeeze from her friend, she took a deep breath and opened the door. Inside an assistant welcomed her with a friendly smile, and helped her pick out her barbell as her father filled out a release form. Then she met her piercer. Decked out with extreme tattoos all over his arms, almost every possible place on his ears pierced, and multiple piercings on his face, she was instantly reassured. This guy was an experienced professional. After showing her the working autoclave and placing all items inside to be sterlized, he explained the procedure. In a couple minutes she was lying on the table, staring at a plush monkey hanging from the ceiling and hearing the piercer count to 3. By the time he reached 2, a needle was sticking through her belly-button and a second later the curved barbell was in place. After recieving an after-care sheet with instructions, she was back on the streets of Georgetown enjoying the new ring through her belly-button. Piercings are one of the most interesting
forms of body modification. No matter what style a person has, there is always a variety of choices from parts of the body to pierce to the jewerly used to adorn it. Over the years, body piercings have become a commonplace in soceity. Before getting a piercing, many things should be considered. Before getting the actual piercing, researching the subject is advised. Find out where you will be getting pierced and meet the person that will be performing the procedure. Be aware of health precautions, such as using an autoclave to sterilize medical instruments and jewerly. Make sure the needle is brand new and that it is opened from a package in front of you , so that potentially deadly diseases such as Hepatitis B or AIDS are not contracted through a dirty needle. “Professional” piercers can be found everywhere from the streets to the beach, but what separates the professionals from the amateurs is experience and health precaution. Since there is no such thing as a “certified” there is no formal, rigid training to become a piercer, so it all depends on experience. If the piercer has a lot of piercings it is assumed that they are aware of how to take care of a piercing and have experience. l taste, tolerance of pain, and amount of money willing to be spent. There are many different places on the body that can be pierced. Facially,
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there are the ears, the nose and nostril, the eyebrow, the lip, and several variations of the labret. Orally, the tongue can be pierced in several places. Also, the navel (belly button) can be pierced.
With a multitude of choices and piercers, body modification continues to be an influence in society. Boy or girl, hiphop or rock, piercing is always a stylish accessory option.
Q: What piercings are the most popular with teens? A: The ear is the most popular, with its availability of piercers and the low risk of infection. The navel, (belly button), and tongue are also very popular. Q: How old do you have to be to get a body piercing in Virginia? A: In Virginia, you must be 18 or older without parental consent. Q: Does it hurt? A: It depends on the person’s pain tolerance although if performed by an experienced body piercer, the pain should be minimal. Q: How long does the whole procedure take? A: The entire procedure takes 10-15 minutes. Most of it is preparation for the actual piercing, such as preparing and sterilizing the instruments. The actual piercing takes a couple seconds.
Basic body jewerly Ring Ring-style jewerly is comfortable to wear, allowing greater air and blood circulation. They are easy to clean and allow swelling when first pierced, which encourages healing. Rings can be used in navel, tongue, eyebrow, nose, ear, and lip piercings. They come in a variety of design and color, and are available for purchase in stores and online.
Straight barbell Straight barbell Straight barbells are a popular style of jewerly, with its comfort and availability. The barbell shaft is threaded on the inside, which is held in place by screwing the ball/end into the barbell. With its circular movement, it first swells and the heals quickly. It has an assortment of uses, and is most commonly worn on tongue, ear, eyebrow, and nose bridge piercings.
Curved barbells Curved barbells are similar to straight barbells, with the exception of a 1/4” curve to them similar to that of a banana.They are most commonly used in naval piercings.
Q: How long do piercings generally take to heal? A: The time a piercing takes to heal depends on the individual. Factors such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, and poor health can take a piercing longer to heal. Provided there are no complications, (e.g. infection), most piercings take a minimum of 6 weeks to heal. The navel takes the longest to heal, (3-4 months), because of the location, movement, and exposure to clothing. Q: Why do piercings take so long to heal? A: There are two main stages of healing a piercing endures. During the first stage the scar tissue is very weak, and has only 30% of the strength of normal skin. The piercing also heals during this stage. Once that stage is completed, for approximently 2 months the scar goes through the maturing phase when the scar regains its full strength.
Q: Are pierçing guns dangerous? A: Yes, although the guns were orginally designed to pierce ear lobes, they still cause problems. The action performed damages the tissue when the studs in the gun are forced through the flesh. Sometimes when used to pierce the nose or top-ear, swelling and pain occur which can lead to pernament lumps. Also, since the guns were designed to not come into any contact with bacteria, nose piercing is extremely dangerous. When it is inserted into the nose the gun comes into contact with bateria. Since the gun cannot be sterilized properly, it is possible for the bacteria to be transmitted to the next person. Q: Why are ear piercings less expensive than other body piercings? A: Piercing ears with a gun takes almost no training, skill or experience. Body piercings must be done using an Aseptic or “sterile” technique to reduce infection and tramisission of deadly disease. The piercing must be performed using sterilized instruments, specific jewerly, and covered afterwards with a sterile bandage, (all of which cost money). www.bme.freeq.com
10 FEATURES What’s your favorite amusement park and why? “I like Busch Gardens [best] because I like Apollo’s Chariot.”
— Joe Kruse freshman
“Kings Dominion because I like riding the Rebel Yell forwards and backwards.”
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— Nicole Mott freshman
“I like Six Flags because it has Superman, and it’s new so the bathrooms aren’t too stinky.”
— Lizzie Waxler
“Kings Dominion the best because they have a good variety of rides.”
— Maryanna O’Neill
“[I like] Kings Dominion because it has The Volcano.”
Whether it’s sitting in the front cart of your favorite roller coaster with your hands up in the air and your heart beating intensely, dripping with water after just stepping off of the log fume, or standing in line to buy a funnel cake with your best friends, amusement parks have always attracted people of all ages. And whether it is Six Flags, Kings Dominion or Bush Gardens, everyone has their favorite park. Plunging 50 feet through the water like an anaconda, or feeling weightless flying through the air like Superman, rollercoasters take away reality and put people in a supernatural world. Rollercoasters are very popular rides at amusement parks and always bring the longest lines. Sophomore Scott Anderson stated his opinion on why amusement parks rock, “One word--rollercoasters.” Many other students here at AHS, agree with Anderson. Even though the lines are ridiculously long for a 30 second ride, that does not change their minds about riding that awesome coaster. “I’m a roller coaster fiend. I love going with my friends and riding all the rides, even though most of my friends are wimps,” said freshman Kaity Burdette. Freshman Anna Hubacher agrees with Burdette and said, “ I love rollercoasters and amusement parks are usually somewhere you can go with friends.” Big, huge drops, corkscrews, loops, flips, twists and sharp turns are the main excitement of rollercoasters. These features make people want to ride numerous rollercoasters and to experience any one that they can. There are also so many different ways to ride: sitting up, laying on your stomach, standing up, or dangling in the air. Every rollercoaster is unique in its own way to bring you both an awesome rush and unforgettable ride. They can be built out of wood and various types of metal. Either way, the thrill of the drops and turns are not determined by the material of which it is made. “I like the metal ones because are smoother to ride on, but the wooden ones are more exilerating because you don’t know if they are going to break,” said junior Maryanna O’Neill.
Volcano is one of Paramount Kings Dominion’s most popular rollercoasters. It shoots you out of a volcano at a very high speed and then corkscrews down and around the volcano. It was voted as the favorite rollercoaster by students here at AHS.
Rollercoasters, however, are not the only attraction amusement parks hold. There is a huge variety of rides and games that the public seek. Water rides are also very popular and hold just as long of lines as most rollercoasters, especially on hot, humid days. The Log Fume and White Water Canon are famous water rides from Paramount’s Kings Dominion. Senior Mike Scott said, “ [I like] seeing girls on water rides!” Searching for attractive members of the opposite gender, also known as “hotties”, is another favorite thing to do for teens at amusement parks. Sophomore Helen Johnson laughed as she said that she likes to see all of the hot guys at amusement parks when she visits. Looking for new people from the opposite sex with your friends seems to be enjoyable for all teens. Amusement parks also give you a place to go hang out with your friends. Sophomore Jessica Arias stated that, “[I love amusement parks] because I love walking around doing basically nothing but waiting in line and sitting on my butt, but still having fun.” Even if you choose not to
ride one the many exhilarating rides, you can still enjoy playing games, going to Old Time Photos, lounging in the Lazy River, or eating anything you can imagine! Freshman Chris Jenkins is easily pleased with amusement parks because “they give you something to do.” Amusement parks have anything imaginable, from rides to food, you name it, they got it. The trip to an amusement park is also an enjoyable experience for a family trip. There is a portion of the park for everyone, even your younger brother or sister. Almost every amusement park contains a “kiddie park” where youngsters can go enjoy the same rush on small “kiddie coasters”. There’s also a place for mom to go-- lay out at the pool in the water park. Dad can go eat and enjoy rollercoasters with you and your friends, as much as that might kill you. So, as you can see, amusement parks all over hold one of the most exciting days you can experience. They have attracted many people in the past and will continue to attract many more in the future.
What's your favorite roller coaster? —Travis Johnson Senior
Best theme parks The Low-Down on Parks in Town
Loch Ness Monster
Superman Hypersonic XLC other
38% Go to amusement parks once a summer
Distance: 75 south of D.C. Park Times: 10:30 A.M. - 10 P.M. General Admission: ad. $42.99 ch. (3-6) $28.99 (2 & u) free Season Pass: $89.99 # of Rollercoasters: 11 # of water rides: 3 Water park? yes Kiddie park? yes Special events? yes Dinning: a variety that entertains young and old, has everything from sit-down restaurants to funnel cake stands. Website: www.kingsdominion.com
Busch Gardens How many times do you attend amusement parks?
Once a summer 2-4 times a summer
like Kings Dominion over any other amusement park
4 or more times a summer Never
Six Flags America
62% prefer to go to amusement parks with friends
18% favor Six Flags over any other amusement park
Distance: 150 mi. from D.C. Park Times: 10 A.M.- 9 P.M. General Admission: ad. $44.99 ch. (3-6) $37.99 (2 & u ) free Season Pass: ad. $99.99 ch. (3-6) $84.99 # of Rollercoasters: 5 # of water rides: 4 Water park? no (Water Country USA is outside of park) Kiddie park? yes Special events? yes Dinning: unique dinning experience, gives you the opportunity to eat in different countries; has sit-down restaurants as well as stands in the park. Website: www. buschgardens.com
These survey was distributed during C and D lunches on May 22 and 23. 300 were distributed, 268 were returned.
Distance: 15 min. east of D.C. Park Times: 10:30 A.M. - 9:30 P.M. General Admission: $35.99 (under 54”) $24.99 (3 & u) free Season Pass: $62.99 # of Rollercoasters: 8 # of water rides: 2 Water park? yes Kiddie park? yes Special events? yes Dinning: variety of choices, from fun, quick bites, to sit-down family restaurants. Website: www.sixflags.com
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FEATURES 11 Cellular Syndrome
Do you have a cell phone?
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They are equipped with things such as text messaging, games, the Internet, voice dialing, voice memos and even digital cameras. These features entice teenagers to purchase cell phones because they are appealing. Cell phones are everywhere after school in the Jock Lobby, in the halls, locker rooms, Freshman Julie Wolf gabs on her cell phone after school in the JockLobby. Many students have begun and even in class. using cell phones to keep in contact with their friends and family. In a bandwagon effect, cell phones have spread like wildfire. BY CAITLIN BECKETT, MOLLY STERLACCI & ALEX For some, it is all about popularity. Keeping up with WAHL the times is what cell phones are all about. Several stuStaff Writers dents just want to have the new product that everyone is talking about. One of the fastest growing forms of technology among Some also go for the looks. A sleek, silver flip phone teenagers today is the cell phone. New age cell phones could be used to impress someone or show off to friends. are small and compact, but ironically are loaded with tons However, cell phones surely are not all about popularof fresh features and accessories that appeal to the teenity. Junior Pati Mohamed bought her cell phone partly age society. fÒ or emergency reasons.Ó In general, adults own cell phones for the simple purIn an emergency situation, a cell phone can become a pose of being connected to people, however teenagers are lifesaver. Living in America with heightened terrorist more demanding when it comes to buying a cell phone. alerts, parents and students alike feel more secure with a Growing up in the age of technology, teenagers are aware cell phone. of the numerous possibilities that are available in modIÒ got my cell phone because my mom bought it after ern cell phones. 9/11 for safety,Ó said freshman Nathaniel Farrar. Features can make or break the purchase of a cell The primary reason for having a cell phone is keeping phone. T Ò ext messaging, flip phone, personalized features, in touch with people. Cell phone owners are constantly games, good ringers,Ó are the features that freshman Anna connected to everyone, everywhere. In the technology Hubacher looks for when buying a cell phone.
age, people have begun to crave the connection that a cell phone creates. The cell phone connection brings owners into the global village. H Ò aving a cell phone provides a way to keep in touch with family and friends,Ó said junior, Mahlet Girma. Some people could buy a phone because their covers can be changed, and at malls and other stores cell phone covers are available for purchase. There are numerous styles, and many teens enjoy replacing the covers change the look. By adding accessories, teens are able to individualize their cell phone. This especially appeals to teenagers because many like to be unique. Other accessories include headsets, carrying cases, batteries, antenna boosters, and even radiation shields. Modern features such as text messaging allow people to send messages from cell to cell without calling, but by text. Games can keep someone content in a boring situation and the Internet can become useful when a computer is not handy. Various other features attract to cell phone buyers as well. The newest addition to the cell phone is a digital camera. Now people can send messages not only through voice, but image. An image can be sent to spread the news. Cell phones plug people into a network around the world. Whatever reason one has for buying one, a cell phone is useful. Cell phones started out with one purpose, but as time has progressed, their technology has changed immensely. In the future cell phones will surely evolve even more.
Yes No 40.6% 59.4%
FEMALE Yes No 26.5%
What kind of cell phone do you have? Motorola Nokia Samsung
The cell phone evolution
This survey was administered to 266 students by A-Blast during A, B, C and D lunches on May 20 and 21.
Do you think cell phones should be allowed in school and why?
Doctor Martin Cooper, known as the father of cell phones, is seen holding the first ever cell phone made by Motorola in 1973.
The first Ericsson handheld phone created in 1987.
The 1991 Ericsson GSM cell phone named Sandra.
The 1995 Motorola flip phone.
The 2000 Qualcomm cell phone from Sprint.
The standard 2001 Nokia, which has become ever so popular among teenagers.
The new 2003 Motorola TMobile cell phone.
The 2003 Sanyo 5300 from Sprint with a built in digital camera.
A cellular society... and there’s no going back The cell phone revolution continues, sparking new innovations and concerns BY ERICA SATTEN Atomic Athletics Editor Gone are the days when businessmen could take vacations and tell their bosses that they couldn't be reached. Gone are the days when teenagers could avoid friends that they didnÕt want to talk to. Over the last twenty years cell phones have burst into society, making the world more connected, and now there is no going back. The business world, family life, and teenage social scene have all been radically transformed as we experience a cellular revolution. This new world wide market has spurred economic growth and created hundreds of cell phone companies. Students coming out of college or others seeking employment have been given one more job area to pursue. Businessmen now have the ability to contact their clients anywhere at anytime. C Ò ell phones have caused business and personal life to become more of a single activity and this is important because everyone is just trying to stay connected,Ó said Steve Miller, who is in charge of national distribution for Nextel. Now that these mobile phones have invaded the market, other products are becoming obsolete. Beepers, which used to be seen clipped onto the pants of most businessmen are becoming rare. W Ò hy have a beeper when you could just be directly reached?Ó said freshman Julie Wolf. Everyday cell phones are upgraded and they are taking over the jobs of other products. T Ò he next generation of cell phones will have much more data use and they will have more games,Ó said Miller. V Ò ideo phones are going to be the next big push.Ó Although business people were the Many cell phone companies have first to begin pur- developed ear pieces such as these due to chasing cell phones, radiation concerns. interest in this popular product has now spread like a wildfire to consumers of all ages. Cell phone companies are urging people to expand their calling circles and are
now marketing to everyone. T eenagers are becoming a primary target for cell phone advertisements. As one walks past the jock lobby after the bell rings on a Friday afternoon, one can see cell phones in the hands of many anxious students who are deciding what to do now that the weekend has finally arrived. According to a Key Findings United States survey, in 2002 about onethird of the teenagers in the United States owned cell
agers using cell phones, parents can be put at ease with a simple periodical call. P Ò roviding my daughter with a cell phone has made me less worried about her safety because it gives me peace of mind that she can get a hold of me if she is in a tight situation,Ó said parent Valerie Nelson of freshman Brittany Nelson. Many students remark that numerous family fights have been avoided by just using their cell phone a couple of times a day to inform their parents of their whereabouts. Some cell phones Nights and Weekends? have also made it easier to keep in touch with Unlimited distant relatives through unlimited long distance minutes. 5,000 Lastly, mobile phones have led to 1,000 families being able to take care of household errands more effi1,000 for $10 extra ciently. If a family member is driving around town and has their cell phone on, other family members can call and have them pick up items that are on their way. Although cell phones have made our lives easier in a number of ways, they have also created certain hazardous conditions and hardships. One of the most prominent cell phone concerns is talking while driving. A 2002 Harvard Cell Phone Study shows that about 570,000 injuries a year result from drivers talking on phones while their cars are in motion. Teachers also have to struggle against so many students having cell phones. Even though cell phones must be turned off during school hours, occasionally a ring will interrupt the focus of a class. Finally, scientists and doctors are debating the possible negative effects that cell phones can have with regard to cancer through radiation. There are is no definite proof that radiation from cell phones is linked to cancer, but cell phone companies have already developed earpieces to avoid direct contact by the user. As cell phones continue to evolve and change the way we live, the world becomes smaller and more connected. IÒ love my cell phone because it always keeps me connected to my friends and family,Ó said freshman Laela Shallal.
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phones and that number has risen over the past year. Cell phones allow teenagers to locate their friends around the clock and plan get-togethers on the spur of the moment. Mobile phones keep teens on the go. Not that anyone would do this of course, but teenagers with cell phones can also deceive their parents and go to places that they would normally not be allowed. By calling their child's cell phone, a parent cannot use a home phone number to check and see if their child is really where he/she claims. Mobile phones allow teenagers to keep in contact with old friends and to start fresh contacts with new friends. C Ò ell phones have made it easier for me to reach my friends and for them to reach me. I have dial up Internet at home, so I can't get calls when I am online. Now because of my cell phone I can get calls and talk online at the same time,Ó said senior Vincent Keung. Other teens that have to pay for their cell phone plans say that this technology cuts into their social lives in a different way. Junior Nicholas V ezega said, M Ò y phone sometimes hurts my social life because often my bill exceeds over $200. This keeps me from doing certain activities on the weekends because I don't want to spend any more money.Ó With high schoolers and other children being out so much, parents are always plagued by some type of worry regarding their childÕs whereabouts.W ith so many teen-
Ò Yes, because you need cell phones just in case you need to make an emergency call.Ó —Jose Rodriquez freshman
IÒ think people should be allowed to have them in school, but they shouldnÕt be used during class.Ó —Kelly Beam sophomore
Y Ò es, I think cell phones should be allowed in school if they are turned off during the day, because people need to use Ñ Maggie Purdon them after sophomore school.Ó
—Dea Yoon senior
Ò Yes, I believe that cell phones should be allowed in school. AnnandaleÕs current cell phone policy is appropriate.Ó
Y Ò es, I think they should be allowed in school, because right after school we canÕt go home and pick up our cell phones because we have lives and it is more convenient.Ó
—Julie Hindman English teacher
AB 12 FEATURES The video gaming world the
TUES. JUNE 10, 2003
—Elisabeth Lien freshman “[XBox] Because you can play really cool games on the XBox” —Saad Karimullah freshman
“XBox because you can save all your stuff, like music and games” —Abdul Johnson sophmore
“I Like the XBox because you can download music to that junk” —Jesus Andino sophmore
“[PS2] Because it has DVD capabilities and it has good games and good graphics” —Ahmed Pierce junior
“I like Gamecube because over the years Nintendo has been my favorite company and I still believe that it is the best” —Ejaz Zeb junior
“I feel that the [XBox’s] threedimensional effects are good and that it is also a DVD player” —Kevin Judson junior
“I like the PS2 because it has a DVD player built in and good graphics” —Rizwan Chaudry junior
“[PS2] because it has good graphics and because of the game ‘Vice City’ ” —Ibrahim Najdi senior
BY BILAL JAVED Journalism 1 Video games today are becoming a part of life for many students at AHS. Many people play video games for fun and enjoyment. Most find video games as good entertainment for their leisure time. There are many types of games that are played everyday by many people. Video games come in many different genres from role playing to strategy, fighting, adventure, sports, and many more. On average a new game costs between $40 to $50. There are many consoles on which video games are played, among the most popular are X-box and Playstation 2. With game systems being upgraded every five years people find a different look in games. The graphics play a vital role in
bringing r e ton-
actual look in the games. Games quire various skills, from butmashing to war strategy. Strategy games require complex thinking as well as hand-eye coordination to maneuver characters on the screen. “Good stratgy games make you think,” said History teacher Mr. Dunnell, “ Good strategy game can BY BEN RODEN
“I like the [PS2] graphics for the games, and it also looks nice”
Video game popularity has grown to surpass box office movie sales
be addictive.” “Playing and buying games are just a [waste] of time and money,” said junior Nausheen Senior Mike Flint Shahid. But many people like to play games because they think its a good ATION PHOTO ILLUSTR
What is you favorite video game system and why?
way form of entertainment instead of boredom. “When I need to entertain myself I like to play games “ said sophomore Daniel Borris. With games being upgraded and new versions arriving every year, graphics and gameplay advance exponentially. Video games have become an addiction that has entranced millions of Americans. So many infact, that video game revenue has surpassed box office movie sales in revenue.
Computer-like videogame consoles BY OMAR NACHAWATI Journalism 1 The gap between gaming consoles and computers has decreased significantly over the past 12 years. Current systems such as Microsoft Xbox with an Intel Pentium III processor, a hard drive, and networking capabilities have tried to blur the line between consoles and computers. Even prior systems such as the Sega’s Dreamcast made great strides being the first Internet ready console and having support for a subset of the Windows operating system called WindowsCE. This mainstream form of data storage has facilitated the production and decreased game production cost. New games for current consoles are ten dollars cheaper than older systems whose games initially costed $59.99. Yet, due to the increased ease of pirating CD-based games, piracy has become an increasng problem despite lower costs. Many amateur developers exist because of fewer re-
quirements needed to develop for a system. Independent developers have released many neat games and useful software, most of which have been GPL’ed, general public licsensed, allowing users to copy and distribute their software free of charge. However, most are not licensed, giving the the ‘hacker’ nickname. Popular PC games such as Quake II and Doom have been rereleased by hackers for systems such as the Dreamcast. Free media players also exist for these systems, allowing any user with a CD burner to burn compressed movies and audio in MP3, MPEG and even DIVX formats and play them in their console on a larger sized screen. Another big portion of amateur software released for consoles are emulators. Emulation allows consoles or com-
puters to play a system they do not have by imitating the functions of that system with software code. Many older systems like the original Nintendo and Super Nintendo as well as more recent ones like the PSOne can be played without the original hardware through the use of an emulator. Attempts have also been made to port the Mulitple Arcade Machine Emulator, which has the ability to play several thousand arcade games. Besides individual software releases, several amatuer developers also attempted to get the free and popular Linux operating system to run on systems. The Linux micro-kernal, the minimal Linux operating system stripped of features such as media players and word-processors have successfully been ported to the PSOne and PS2 along with the Xbox and Dreamcast. As long as software continues to be made for consoles by the amateur community, and video game companies continue to mainstream their systems the gap between gaming consoles and computer systems will contiue to shrink.
How much do you spend on videogames? BY BEN RODDEN Journalism 1 How much money is spent on video games? Games, on average, can cost between $10 and $50. Current consoles range in price, where a Nintendo Gamecube can be purchased for $150, but the Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation 2 costs around $180. If one game is bought every week for an entire year, at the average price of $49.99, it would cost $2, 599.48. Since buying games can be expensive, renting games before purchase costs aroun six dollars, and can give enough insight into the game to help decide if the game warrants a purchase. Trading in old games can cut down the cost of purchasing
a new game. Also, used games are sold at several retailers for a discount price. Older games can be traded into stores such as Funcoland, Gamestop, or Electronics Boutique for store credit or cash. The “trade-in value” varies depending on the system the game is made for, how recent the game is, and how well the game has sold. Games are usually shipped on Monday and arrive in stores on Wednesday or Thursday. Games can be reserved prior to release through a deposit. Games such as Grand Theft Auto Vice City or the most recent Legend of Zelda have sold thousands of preorders before their official release. Playstation 2 currently has the largest selection of games to chose from due to
launching a year prior to the other systems and widespread third-party support. Between consoles, accessories (such as extra control-
lers), and the games themselves, video games can add up. Though some stores sell games for different prices, usually the prices are all the same since the manufacturer recommends a set price that is followed. No matter which console, or what games, the cost can be cut down through “trade-ins” and used games.
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Crazy for Coffee
Interview with an extreme coffee drinker, junior,Donald Martin
Frappuccinos, mochas, lattes, in today’s society coffee is becoming increasingly popular among high school students. Coffee has become a popular drink for both teenage boys and girls for many reasons. Donald Martin, a junior here at AHS has a specific scedule for his mornings. Wake up, eat, brush your teeth, and drink coffee. That’s his motto. Donald Martin is a prime example of a “coffee fanatic.” Whenever coffee is mentioned while in his presence, Donald instantly becomes interested. Donald drinks coffee at least once a day. You will never find him without his coffee cup, especially in the morning. For Donald, there is no such thing as too much coffee. “I started drinking coffee when i was thirteen, I just got hooked on the flavor of it,” he said. “I drink coffee
mainly in the morning , but sometimes I splurge and drink one in the afternoon as a treat,” said Donald of his coffee drinking habits. Donald’s fondness of coffee was passed down to him from his parents. Both of them drink coffee, which is probably why he has grown to like the drink so much, and why he started drinking coffee at the age of thirteen. Because Donald’s parents are both coffee drinkers, it is easy to see why he is a big fan of homemade coffee. However, whenever he cannot get that special coffee from home, Donald is always ready to head to the nearest Starbucks like many other teens and get his favorite from the local coffee cafe. “Caramel latte mochas are the best!” Donald said with enthusiasm. As far as the many myths about the effects that coffee has on your health, Donald doesn’t pay much attention to them. “Some say coffee
stumps your growth, but being 6‘’1” feet tall, I don’t think that’s a problem,” he said. “Coffee wakes you up in the morning and makes first period more bearable. I don’t think coffee has changed my personality, it’s just a drink that I enjoy, especially with my friends!” Donald’s friends Anh Duong, Liz Nettles, and others like to joke around with him because he is so “attached” to his coffee. They smile and call him “territorial” whenever he gets mad at them for stealing his coffee cup. They all agree that Donald can be very temperamental when it comes to his coffee. However, when you look at the large population of the student body here at AHS, even though Donald may seem like he is a little extreme when it comes to coffee, he is just one of the several examples of the many coffee drinkers we have here at our school.
Anh Duong Grade: 11th How often do you drink coffee? 1-2 times a week What is your favorite type of coffee? frappuccino
BY KIMIKO YERICK Arts Editor
Junior Donald Martin sips his coffee. Donald Martin uses coffee to relax and get ready for the day.
You know you’re drinking too much coffee when....
Shilla’s Cafe (shown above) is a great place for people to relax and enjoy coffee.
History of coffee and the rise in popularity 600- Coffee migrates from Ethipoia to Arabia 1554- Constantinople’s first coffee houses open 1616-1650- Coffee is first brought to Holland, and first coffee houses open in Venice, and England 1668- Coffee is introduced to North America 1675- King Charles II orders all London coffee houses closed, calling them places of sedition 1809- The first coffee imported from Brazil arrives in Salem, Mass. 1873- The first successful national brand of packaged roast ground coffee, Ariosa, is marketed by John Arbuckle 1928 - The Colomian Coffee Federation is established 1962- Peak in American per-capita coffee consumption--more than three cups a day 1971- First Starbucks opens in Seattle 1975- Global coffee prices rise dramatically after Brazil suffers a severe frost Early 1990’s- Speciality coffee catches on in the U.S. 1998- Starbucks approaches 2,000 U.S. outlets, with as many planned for Asia and Europe
Something sweet from Shilla’s BY CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ Staff Writer Have you ever found yourself at home on one of these many rainy days, wondering where to go or what to do? Days like these are perfect for Shilla Bakery and Café. It’s an ideal place to enjoy good coffee and delicious treats at an affordable student friendly price. Shilla is located on 7123 Little River turn Pike, in close vicinity to George Mason Public Library. As you walk inside of Shilla you first see the many shelves of baskets filled with goodies. You look over to your right and you find all kinds of pastries, filled with sweet red bean, strawberry cream, and green bean. On your left there is a variety of breads and other colorful pastries. To the front you’ll find beautifully decorated and colorful cakes. They are decorated with various types of flowers and fruit. There is also a variety of bite size cakes. When you have finally made your pick, and walk up to the counter, there are many types of coffee to choose from, such as mocha, latte and cappuccino. For hot summer days Shilla also offers cold coffee drinks. Smoothies are also on the menu. At Shilla’s, you can find a vast variety, you have a choice of pineapple to banana smoothies. Shilla also serves more substantial subs if a pastery is not what you are looking for. You pay at the counter and prices usually vary from 95 cent pastries to $2-5 lattes and smoothies. Coffee and pastry in hand, there are scattered black tables and some comfy sofa style chairs to choose from. As you enjoy your coffee and pastry, you’ll find that the pastries do not innudate your tastebuds with too much sweetness. This is because the butter that is used to bake the pastries is butter cream and therefore is not sugar based. Overall, Shilla is a good place to relax with friends and the prices are reasonable for students who are trying to watch their budget.
the coffee. 43.You’re offended when people use the word “brew” to mean beer. 44.You named your cats “Cream” and “Sugar” 45.Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position. 46.You have a picture of your coffee mug on your cof fee mug. 47.You think being called a “drip” is a compliment. 48.You can’t even remember your second cup. 49.You help your dog chase its tail. 50.You speak perfect Arabic without ever taking a lesson. 51.Your Thermos is on wheels. 52.You soak your dentures in coffee overnight. 53.You introduce your spouse as your “Coffee Mate” 54.Your first-aid kit contains 2-pints of coffee with an I-V hookup. 55.You can outlast the Energizer bunny. 56.You short out motion detectors. 57.You have a conniption over spilled milk. 58.You don’t even wait for the water to boil anymore. 59.Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale. 60.You don’t tan, you roast. 61.You don’t get mad, you get steamed. http://www.caffeineaddicted.com/t oomuchcoffee2.htm -compiled by Cristian Hernandez
week. 22.Your eyes stay open when you sneeze. 23.You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee. 24.You forget to unwrap candy bars before eating them. 25.You don’t need a hammer to pound in nails. 26.You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s not plugged in. 27.You’ve built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers. 28.Starbucks owns the mortgage on your house. 29.Instant coffee takes too long. 30.People get dizzy just watching you. 31.When you find a penny, you say, “Find a penny, pick it up. Eighty-four more, I’ll have a cup.” 32.The Taster’s Choice couple wants to adopt you. 33.Your taste buds are so numb you could drink your lava lamp. 34.You’re so wired, you pick up AM radio. 35.People can test their batteries in your ears. 36.Your life’s goal is to amount to a hill of beans. 37.You channel surf faster without a remote. 38.When someone asks, “How are you?”, you say, “Good to the last drop.” 39.You want to be cremated just so you can spend eter nity in a coffee can. 40.Your birthday is a national holiday in Brazil. 41.You’d be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison. 42.You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell
1.You ski uphill. 2.You get a speeding ticket even when you’re parked. 3.Juan Valdez has named his donkey after you. 4.You haven’t blinked since the last lunar eclipse. 5.You grind your coffee beans in your mouth. 6.You just completed another sweater and you don’t know how to knit. 7.You sleep with your eyes open. 8.You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer. 9.You lick your coffee pot clean. 10.You spend your vacations visiting “Maxwell House” 11.You’re the employee of the month at the local coffee house and you don’t even work there. 12.You speed walk in your sleep. You chew on other people’s fingernails. 13.The Nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse. 14.All your kids are named “Joe” 15.Your only source of nutrition comes from “Sweet & Low” 16.You buy 1/2 and 1/2 by the barrel. 17.Your so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas. 18.You can type sixty words per minute with your feet. 19.You can jump-start your car without cables. 20.You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite mug. 21.You’ve worn out your third pair of tennis shoes this
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How old were you when you started drinking Coffee? 6.2%
.8% Thirteen Fourteen
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Grade: 12th How often do you drink coffee? 1 time a week What is your favorite type of coffee? capuccino
Sharie Baldoz Grade: 10th How often do you drink coffee? 3 times a week What is your favorite type of coffee? chocolate brownie frappachino
Fun and facts Espresso meaning of the word espresso Latin: comes from the word Expresere which means “to press out” Italian: means a cup of coffee brewed especially for you Espresso is a small 1 to 2 oz. shot of pressure-brewed coffee using between 6.5 and 7.5 grams (about 1 Tablespoon) of finely ground coffee. Brewing takes about 25 to 30 seconds. Properly brewed, an espresso will feature a layer of rich dark golden cream, called crema on the surface. This crema is one indictor of a quality espresso. Drinking the espresso is also considered an art. In Italy, you could witness people sitting in an Italian cafe breathing in the aroma of the espresso as they hold the cup and saucer. After this is done, they drink the entire beverage in 3-4 quick gulps before they finish the ritual by firmly tapping the cup back onto the saucer. -compiled by Kimiko Yerick
Coffee Recipes Ice Cream Parlor Mocha Sodas Serves 4 Ingredients: 1⁄2 cup hot water 4 scoops chocolate ice cream 8 teaspoons finely ground coffee 1 quart club soda 2 cups milk sweetened whipped cream Place hot water in a medium sized pitcher. Stir in coffee. Finely grind into a powder texture, until dissolved. Stir in milk. Place one scoop of ice cream into each of 4 ice cream soda glasses. Pour coffee/ milk mixture equally into each glass. Fill glasses almost to brim with club soda. Top with sweetened whipping cream Frosted Mochas Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup freshly brewed coffee 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened 6 tablespoons chocolate syrup 1 cup prepared cold coffee Place hot coffee and chocolate syrup in blender container. Blend until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Pour into a medium bowl. Add softened ice cream and cold coffee. With rotary beater, beat until smooth. Spoon into tall glasses, and serve immediately. http://www.eureka-java-gold.com/ recipes.htm#FrostedMochas
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Where are you working this summer?
“I work at Tysons II as a salesperson at Godiva Chocolate. I get to meet people, plus working with chocolate what more could you want?” -Rita Amani junior
Finding the right job for the summer months BY CHRIS SOPHER, AMY SUDDARTH, AND STACEY MARIN Ad Manager, Arts Editor, and Staff Writer
“I’m probably going to work at Powhatan Springs Pool because I love swimming and helping people.” -Lindsay Callahan freshman
“I’m working at Finish Line because it’s an athletic store and I’m into sports.” -Alicia Oben freshman
“I’m working at Forest Hollow Swim Club because it’s an easy job and it’s fun.” -Spencer Wise sophomore
“I’m working at the Luna Grill to make money to go places over the summer.” -Angelica Roy junior
While many AHS students are already employed, many have been left in the dark without jobs as summer begins. Still want one? Even as summer begins, jobs are still available. We’ll go through the options and give you a foolproof guide to getting a job. If you’re looking for a good job where you can make money and get a nice tan, there are many swimming pools located all around the Annandale area that may still be hiring. NV Pools is a major company that manages 73 pools in Northern Virginia. Starting wages are $6.00 an hour, but you can always work your way up to a higher paying job. Basic requirements for NV Pools lifeguards are to be certified in CPR and First Aid, as well as having lifeguard training. To fill out an application, go to www.nvpools.com and click on Lifeguard Services to find an on-line application. So maybe pools aren’t your thing, but you’re still interested in an outdoor job. Neighborhood Services is a great outdoor company that is run by Coach Adams. The company provides lawn maintenance such as lawnmowing, laying mulch, and other landscaping. They focus on residential yards so the work is always close by. All of the employees of Neighborhood Services are AHS students and alumni. As of right now, there are only about 16 employees, but they’re always open for more. “We’ve been in service for 22 years,” said Coach Adams. “We’ve probably had over a thousand kids over the years working for us.” Some students, however, would rather have a more “professional” job. Several local businesses and restaurants employ AHS students over the summer. Smith & Clarkson’s, a small Ravensworth deli, and DaVinci’s, a small Italian restaurant in Alexandria, both employ many high school students. One popular job for teenagers is babysitting. The pay ranges from $20-$80 a day, and most babysitters do not have to file income tax claims. It is usually best to start with families in your neighborhood or with whom you are acquainted. Word of mouth often helps in getting your name out. Many older students find jobs at retail stores, such as Old Navy, American Eagle, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Borders. Pay is generally better than that of younger-employing jobs like lifeguarding. However, these businesses may require a background in retail before employing. Interested in one of these jobs? Follow our procedures and you’ll be rolling in the summer cash. FINDING THE RIGHT JOB Choose a job that’s right for you. Pick something you excel at, enjoy doing, or something you’ve had prior experience do-
ing. You will find the road to employment easier, and you’ll find yourself making quite the good employee. Once you’ve chosen a job you’re interested in, call the employer and inquire about the job’s details: hours, wages, and requirements. APPLYING The most important aspect of employment may be the application. Many employers do not have time to meet individually with each of their applicants - your application is your representative. Word your responses professionally and exploit your good qualities. Find references: call employed friends you know well and ask them if they’d mind serving as a reference. References show your employer that people know and trust your abilities.
FIRST DAY ON THE JOB When you first meet your employer, be sure to make a good impression. Show your interest for the job and work hard - it may sound like sucking up, but you’ll show your employer that you’re both dedicated and valuable. There are many more opportunities than those discussed here, and many are available through websites such as Monster.com and JobSearch.com. Ask around, call local businesses - there are almost always jobs available to teens, and if you look in the right places, you’re bound to be seeing the summer cash.
“I’m working at MicroMem Computer Store because the pay is good and I’m doing what I like.” -Austin Van junior
Senior Hayley Fletcher at work at Smith & Clarkson’s deli in Ravensworth plaza. Smith & Clarkson’s employs many AHS students.
A Look Into Summer Jobs
“I’m interning as assistant principal at Falls Church High School in addition to starting the football program at Stuart.” -Vincent Randazzo English teacher
Name: Edgar Sorto Grade: Junior Place of Employment: Neighborhood Services How long have you been working there? A little each summer since I was a freshman. What do you do? We take out roots, put mulch down, do a lot of landscaping and clean-up work, and just get dirty. How much do you make? $9 an hour. What’s your favorite part of the job? Coach Adams flips out at someone everyday and gets really mad; it’s really funny.
Name: Sara Fargo Grade: Sophomore Place of Employment: Alexandria Pastry Shop and Cafe How long have you been working there? Six months. What do you do? I wait on people, write on cakes, serve food, and do a lot of cleaning. I’ve also made a few cakes and pastries. How much do you make? $6.50 an hour. What’s your favorite part of the job? I’ve been going there since I was little, so it’s a good first job for me.
Name: John Bechtoldt Grade: Senior Place of Employment: Forest Hollow Swim Club, Sleepy Hollow Bath and Racquet How long have you been working there? Two years at Forest Hollow, first year in current job at Sleepy Hollow. What do you do? At Forest Hollow I am assistant swim coach, and at Sleepy Hollow I am assistant manager. How much do you make? I have a paid salary at Forest Hollow, and I make $8.50 an hour at Sleepy Hollow. What’s your favorite part of the job? Work sucks.
Name: MJ Mayassi Grade: Freshman Place of Employment: Greg Keim’s Hockey League How long have you been working there? One year. What do you do? I referee for hockey games and give lessons to little kids. How much do you make? $7.50 an hour. What’s your favorite part of the job? The little kids are hard to teach, but it’s fun in the end.
Are you working this summer? THIS SURVEY WAS GIVEN TO 155 STUDENTS DURING ALL LUNCHES
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With diversity comes style
In and Out list of 2003 Ladies
The Male Prep
Freshman Jordon Jones considers himself a thug and has been dressing with old school style for about two years. His best friend Javis Burton inspires him because of his hip sense of style. “If I could dress like any celebrity it would be Nelly because he has the most throwback jersey’s.” Jones says he isn’t able to hang out with people who don’t dress similar to him. When going to the mall he has to go into Sports Zone & Foot Action, “because they have tight gear.” Many guys at AHS dress similar to Jones, because it has a fresh look and the jersey adds a sporty edge.
The Diva Junior Charlene Ferrell says Gwen Stefani inspires her, but she doesn’t have enough time to dress like her in the morning, “It’s just too much!” If it’s not the Gwen Stefani look, she wears whatever is comfortable and cute. Categorizing is something she is totally against, as she never labels herself or anyone else. Even though all of Ferrell’s friends are totally preppy, Ferrell doesn’t consider herself a prep. “Don’t care about what people think about you, you should wear what you want.” Ferrell definitely has a diva attitude.
The Individual Marian McLaughlin, sophomore, has been inspired from Nirvana and Led Zeppelin, her two favorite bands. McLaughlin doesn’t limit herself and she’s able to get along and fits in with everyone. McLaughlin doesn’t categorize herself nor does she use labels. “I get along with all types of people including preps, thugs, and even the conservative crowd.”
The Conservative Junior Rohina Hussain has worn her hijab (head covering) and her jilbab (body covering) since middle school, “because its part of my religion and Islam is a very important part of my life.” Hussain receives more respect from guys because when guys view her sense of style they have a tendency to respect her m o r e . Hussain was mostly inspired by her Muslim sister at the mosque (Dal AlHidra.) “I would never change my style because I am very proud, to represent my religion.” Hussian is sometimes judged in a bad way, “they see me as a terrorist, but than again I am just a typical teen like everyone else.”
“I just enjoy dressing like a prep, but I don’t necessarily act like one,” says, Jairo Martiez sophmore. “I always shop at American Eagle, Structure, and/or Aeropostale, because I like the look they are selling.” Martiez has been dressing like a prep since 8th grade, he says its better than being a thug. “The preppy look just fits my description.” He was inspired by his friends, who are mostly white, who dress like preps. “If I could dress like any celebrity it would be Keanu Reeves, because he has such a awesome sense of style, and I really likes the sleek look.” Martiez feels he isn’t different from anyone else because he dresses similar to other students here at AHS.
The GQ Guy Junior Qais Nasseri, enjoys the clean cut look, because he feels more motivated coming to school every morning. “My mom inspires me because she always makes sure I am dressed up and look proper.” Nasseri looks and feel confident walking down the halls with his stylish look and attitude. He enjoys shopping at Armani, Structure and Kenneth Cole because he really likes the trend they set. Nasseri will buy whatever fits, is comfortable and looks good on him. “People think I am stuck up just because I dress like a structure model.” If Nasseri didn’t dress the way he does, he would most likely wear a typical white shirt and blue jeans. —By Nigeen Sadozai Staff Writer
IN —Ultra mini skirts —Polka dots —Fish nets —Cargo pants —Thick strapped tanks —Jersey dresses —Flip flops —Hats —White and pink OUT —Long ankle skirts —Hawaiian print —Panty hoes —Spaghetti straps —Flower dresses —Sandals —Scarfs —Yellow and black
IN —Fitted jeans —Jersey’s —Buckled belts —Muscle Shirts —Converse —Color Collar shirts —White suits OUT —Baggy jeans —Tank tops —Chains —Baggy shirts —Adidas —Black —White Collar shirts —Black suits Sources: Seventeen Magazine: June 2003, Teen People Magazine: June/ July 2003, Vogue Magazine: June 2003.
What do you think about the fashion here at AHS? “The fashion here at Annandale sucks because nobody can really dress because they don’t have any type of fashion sense.” —DeAundra Heatley junior
“The fashion here is very unique because of the diversity we have here at AHS.” —Robel Abraham junior
“Most students at AHS don’t match, and I really hate that.” —Silvie Castillo junior
“I believe only 10% of AHS students can dress, but 90% dress pretty weak” —Matt Lindsley freshman
“I think it’s competitive and pretty casual. AHS students compare themselves with others, they try to be what they aren’t.” —Faisal Inam senior
AB T 16 FEATURES A-Blast seniors say good-bye the
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What will you miss most about working on The A-Blast?
“All the silly shenanigans that take place on late nights and the loud reverberating sound of a particular someone’s burps.” — Chae-Wha Park Photo Editor “Just talking with my best friends and making fun of Weintrauts ugly mom on late nights.” — Alejandro Salinas Entertainment Editor “The late nights, Phil yelling at me to get my page done, your mom jokes, and all the friendships I’ve made.” — Crystan Blanco Arts Editor
So Long, Seniors
“Late nights because they solidify friendships and my overall journalistic experience from working on such a high caliber newspaper.” — Hana Ngyuen
Left to right, Top Row: Andrew Satten, Javier Sanchez-Yoza, Shabier Bahramy, Ryan Teichler, Chris Rauer, Erik Rooney, Philippe Podhorecki, Second Row: Amanuel Beyene, Mike Mahn, Cameron Kynes, Lauren Sterlacci, Sarah Sherman, Crystan Blanco, Alejandro Salinas, David Marin, Third Row: Laura Hollowell, Rachel Jones, Chae-Wha Park, Hayley Fletcher, Hana Nguyen, Katharine Kishiyama, Saman Hussain, Kathy Saupp, Rachel Johnson, Wala’a El Barasse
The senior staff members of The A-Blast worked hard on stories and put in long hours after school. Here’s a recap of the varied accomplishments of all 28 graduating seniors. In-Depth Editor “Your mom jokes, making fun of Weintraut, field trips with Phil, and of course, the best co-editor ever, Hana.” — Hayley Fletcher In-Depth Editor
“I will miss the hilarious hijinxes that occur on late deadline nights and the interactions with such awesome people.” — Philippe Podhorecki Co-Editor-in-Chief “I’m going to miss the immensley sociable atmosphere on latenights.” — Edris Qarghah Editorials Editor
Philippe Podhorecki Co-Editor In Chief On staff for three years, Philippe has served on all different levels. He has served as Staff Writer, News Editor and Co-Editor in Chief. Besides writing his “Phun with Phil” column, Philippe was always present on late nights, and his mom was always providing the staff with delicious food. His shoes will be very hard to fill. Philippe will be attending Lynchburg College in the fall. Andrew Satten Co-Editor In Chief Andrew has also been on staff for three years, as Copy Editor, Editorials Editor and Co-Editor In Chief. Andrew has always been there to give guidance and keep The ABlast atmosphere positive. He likes to be recognized as a “player-pimp” and he will always be remembered for his not-so-top-notch computer skills and his ability to fight with Philippe. Andrew will be attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Reid Edwards Managing Editor Serving on staff for three years, Reid has been Technology Manager, News Editor and Managing Editor. Although he was hard to find on late nights, he was always there to write a last-minute story and to help finish the pages. His random rantings will be missed. Reid will be rooming with Mike Mahn at the University of South Carolina next year. Edris Qarghah Editorials Editor Edris, a two year staff member, was Editorials Editor this year. While he was noticably absent for much of the school year, Edris contributed greatly to the newspaper when he was here. His editorial column, Q’s Commentary’, discussed many important and sometimes controversial issues. Edris will be going to the College of William and Mary this fall. Hayley Fletcher In-Depth Editor On staff for two years, Hayley has provided a calming influence in an otherwise hectic A-Blast room. She has served the staff as Academics Editor and In-Depth Editor, both years with her other half, Hana. Her surveys and smiling face will be missed as she goes off the Virginia Tech in the fall. Hana Ngyuen In-Depth Editor Also serving on staff for two years, Hana filled her positions as Academics Editor and In-Depth Editor with nothing lacking. She always had a vision for her page and tried her hardest to make it a reality. Hana always was willing to help with extra projects or volunteered to do extra stories. She will be attending James Madison University. Martha Amoako Features Editor On staff for two years, the chant of “Martha, Martha, Martha!” could often be heard in The A-Blast room. She has done a wonderful job working as Features Editor and contributing to all sections of the paper. Her academic performance is one to be admired. She will be attending Brown University in the fall. Laura Hollowell Peoples Editor As a Staff Writer and Peoples Editor, Laura has been on staff for two years. Her laugh reverberated through the halls, and she often was not the steadiest in her chair, falling out of it numerous times. Her smiling face and cheerful attitude will be missed when she attends Virginia Tech next year. Saman Hussain Peoples Editor Ever the positive thinker, Saman was always using her sarcastic humor to lighten the mood in The A-Blast room. Serving for two years as a Staff Writer and Peoples Editor, Saman was always eager to get her page done on time. She will be attending the University of Virginia next year.
Wala’a El Barasse Cultures Editor Serving two years on staff as a Staff Writer and Cultures Editor, Wala’a always had an idea in her head and the sarcasm that comes with working on staff. Wala’a, fondly referred to as “Wally,” made her page the most interesting that it could be. Wala’a will be attending George Mason University in the fall. David Marin Sports X-tra Editor On staff for two years as a Staff Writer and as Sports Extra Editor, the phrase most often used towards him was “long time no see.” David was good at providing a few laughs on late nights, although his co-editor didn’t find him very funny at times. David will be attending the University of South Carolina next year. Alejandro Salinas Entertainment Editor Serving on staff for two years, Alejandro was became Entertainment Editor in the middle of last year. His pages were always strategically filled with Buffy and Erik Zotnik as a guest writer. Even in his extreme negativity, a select few staff memebers were able to get to know “Big Al.” Alejandro will be attending William and Mary in the fall. Crystan Blanco Arts Editor Beginning her two-year A-Blast career as Ad Manager, Crystan continued her passion for the paper by producing well-planned Art pages every issue this year as she spent her final year on staff as the Arts Editor. Crystan will attend Shepard University this upcoming fall. Cameron Kynes Weekend Editor Two year editor from Cultures to Weekend, Cameron strategically placed Cecilia Mallory in every issue. His pages were always prompt and nicely done. Rising above the standards set by last year’s Weekend editor, Cameron was important in the production process. He will be attending the University of Florida in the fall. Katherine Kishiyama Weekend Editor First year editor after her previous year on staff as a Staff Writer, Katherine wrote her columns with wisdom beyond her years. She was a valuable member to staff and someone that no one ever had to haggle or worry about. Even in the worst of times she kept a positive attitude. Congratulations and good luck at Mary Washington College. Ryan Teichler Business Manager Known for his humor, jokes about his mom, and always on time labels, three year staff member Ryan served his time as a Staff Writer and Business Manager. On a more serious note, his presence in journalism and on staff will be missed. He will be attending the College of Charleston in the fall. Rachel Jones Ad Manager Trying to balance athletics, school and A-Blast is a tough task, but Rachel excelled in all three areas. Her sweet manner in dealing with the stressed out staff made everyone calm down a little. She was on staff for two years as a Staff Writer and Ad Manager, and is wished the best of luck as she attends the University of Virginia. Chae-Wha Park Photography Editor Chae-Wha’s smiling face and wonderful photography skills were greatly appreciated throughout the year. Whenever a last-minute shot was needed, she could be counted on. She was a three year staff member, serving as a Photographer, Atomic Agenda Editor and Photo Editor. She will be attending Duke in the fall. Chris Rauer Photographer Whenever he was needed, he could surely be found playing on the PC. After a transfer from yearbook, he fit right in with the rest of the staff. With an unknown number of photo credits this year, he completed his career on The A-Blast with one year as a photographer. He will be attending George
Mason University in the fall. Sarah Sherman Photographer/Staff Writer Sarah double-hit this year, taking photos and writing excellent stories. She always came through when the staff was in a bind. She will be attending Mary Washington College this fall. Ateneh Addisu Staff Writer Even though he has been a great member of the staff, Anteneh, a first year staff member will most be remembered for winning “Annandale Idol” and the pajama scandal. His free-stylin’ was wonderful and it is uncertain what will be done without him next year. He will be attending Duke in the fall. Erik Rooney Staff Writer Erik was a staff writer this year, and has been on staff for two years. His movie reviews were always excellent, as were his other articles. He will be attending Marymount Manhattan College this fall. Kathy Saupp Staff Writer Serving as a staff writer this year, Kathy also added her insightful commentary about topics ranging from bathrooms to backpacks in her column ‘Kathy’s Quandaries.’ Kathy will be going to Towson University. Lauren Sterlacci Staff Writer Lauren has always been eager to help with a story and is someone that everyone enjoyed on staff for three years. While her nicknames include “Ster-lousy” and “Jasmine Blair,” everyone knows that she has always put forth great effort and it is greatly appreciated. She will be going to Coastal Carolina. Shabier Bahramy Videographer This was Shabier’s first year on staff. His excellent work as a videographer greatly contributed to the video yearbook. Amanuel Beyene Videographer Amanuel, a first year videographer, always helped lighten the mood in class. His ever-growing hair and desperate attempts for a good “your-mom” joke to retaliate against Weintraut always had everyone laughing. He will be going to Morehouse College. Rachel Johnson Videographer This was Rachel’s first year on staff. Her work as a videographer paid off, it came out great. She will be attending Auburn University in the fall. Thanks for everything Rocky! Mike Mahn Videographer Mike has been on staff for three years, working as Entertainment Editor last year and then videographer this year. He will be going to the University of South Carolina with Reid this fall. Javier Sanchez-Yoza Videographer The A-Blast would not have been able to function without ‘Jav-ie’ this year. Calls of ‘Javier is here’ were frequently heard in class, since he was almost always there, even when it was just to hang out. This was his first year on staff. His work as a videographer and support on late nights will be missed . He will be attending George Mason University next year. The entire 2002-2003 A-Blast staff would like to thank our graduating seniors for all their hard work and dedication to this newspaper over the last four years. They will be greatly missed and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. Written by Caroline Friedman & Abby Segall