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Snow days force teachers to catch up labs have been affected and so have projects that require an extended amount of time,” Lazar said. “For example, before the fly lab even began I had to delay the start date we had snow days prior to that and many of the flies died. Time in labs such as this is crucial, and when we have extended weekends it is impossible to check on the flies when necessary.” Not only have snow days affected Lazar’s scheduled labs, but her loss of class time has forced her to remove pieces of her schedule “I don’t really want to do it, but for all my classes it’s now to the point where I’m looking at the curriculum and I have to take out activities and hands-on projects and labs, things that I’ve wanted to do, but might not have time to squeeze in,” Lazar said. Since Lazar teaches seniors, she has considered altering her final exam to make it more creative or project-based. “Just like I am throughout the year, I need to keep the class interesting without too much pressure, because


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pressure is not helpful for anybody,” Lazar said. “Everything is just crammed now, and there isn’t really much we can do. The challenge for me is just realizing it is what it is and we can’t change the fact that it is what it is. We have to adjust.” With the spring sports season in full swing, the inclement weather schedule seems to be a necessity already, as

tryouts and practices for many sports have been forced to move indoors. “The cold and snow are always a challenge to spring sports,” Head Softball Coach Caity Butler said. “We have to improvise and change plans on short notice when practicing inside. It does make it harder to achieve the necessary drills needed to prepare us for games.”

“Snow days have prevented us from being able to see our fields and we haven’t had a single outdoor practice yet,” Softball senior Carly Potts said. “It’s disappointing that we can’t practice outside because we have scrimmages and games coming up, and we need time to practice on our actual field to prepare the right way.” Despite a slow start to the season due to bad weather, Butler admits that her team has adapted to the challenges at hand. “The girls are taking each day as a new challenge, but have graciously accepted the fact that we can’t be outside and are working hard on the drills that we can do,” Butler said. “Even with the modification to our practice schedules, their attitudes have remained positive and skills are improving each day.” While sports such as lacrosse and soccer have the ability to utilize turf once the snow melts, which dries much faster than dirt, baseball has already cancelled their first scrimmage, as the fields have not yet begun to thaw out.

Artist Showcase Senior Artist Amy Reynolds recently finished her IB Visual Arts pieces. She chose to do the SL route, meaning she has spent the last year working on her project. Her theme is “Colors Through Nature.” She uses her theme to showcase the beauty of color throughout nature.

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The Mr. Annandale pageant consists of four categories: elegance, talent, muscle and spirit. For the elegance category, the contestant will walk out in their nicest formal-wear with their female escort. In the talent category, each contestant must present a special talent to the audience. For the muscle category, each contestant will attempt to prove that they are the manliest of all the competitors. For spirit, each contestant must provide a clever way of showing school spirit. “I’m really excited to be returning and for the free pizza before the competition,” senior Lewis Folli said. Last year Folli won Mr. Fan Favorite. After all the contestants have competed in all four categories, the judges will consult with one another to crown Mr. Annandale. This year, teachers John Hawes, Pat Hughes, Phillip Harris, Norm

Ash and Kathleen Mathis will make up the panel of esteemed judges. The judges will work together to crown Mr. Muscle, Mr. Talent, Mr. Elegance and Mr. Spirit; then, they will finally crown Mr. Annandale. P r e p a r a t i o n f o r t h e M r. Annandale competition has been extensive, as the Leadership students and contestants have worked to make the event as successful as possible. “The boys have worked really hard and put in a lot of time on the weekends to prepare for the competition,” Pratt said. The juniors competing in Mr. Annandale are: Abu Kamara, Aviad Gebrehiwot, Dre Wright, Jacob Velasquez, Ron Alston and Tony Gibbs. The seniors competing are: Ali Imran, Mustafa Elrayah, Nick Torrico, Eric Mejean, Lewis Folliand Carlton Johnson. All participants who have not yet turned in their papers must do so by the end of the day to Pratt.

Last year, enior Lewis Folli won the Fan Favorite award. He is competing also this year.

IB requires that the Art exam be administered earlier in the year, with earlier submission deadlines as well. Students can elect to begin IB Visual Arts their junior year, taking the HL level, a two year course that requires 12-18 works and 25-30 submitted sketchbook pages, along with a 15 minute oral exam. Students can also elect to take the SL level, which is only one year and requires only 8-12 pieces of art, with 15-20 of sketchbook pages submitted, along with the 15 minute oral exam also required for HL. In addition to HL and SL, another aspect that makes IB Visual Arts unique is that there are two options for both levels. A student can choose Option A, which most students choose, which is studio-based. This means IB grades the work on a 60/40 scale in favor of the artist’s artwork and a lesser grade on their sketchbook. A student can also choose Option B, which has only been chosen twice in AHS history. Senior Amelie Trieu is one of those two. Option B is more research based, meaning the 60/40 grade is more in favor of the research in the book and less focused on their studio work, so they are required to submit more workbook pages than Option A. This also means they have less work to present at the show. “When I first heard about Option B during Photo 2 I thought it was the best because of my interest and appreciation for art history and world cultures. I knew that I wasn’t very interested in the experimental process of art and I would rather study artists and art movements. I wanted to take the self directed art history course AHS doesn’t offer,” senior Amelie Trieu said. For many IB Visual Art students, the upcoming art show is a culmination of the past four years of art at AHS.

“I took photography my freshman year and after seeing all the seniors in IB [Visual Arts] really inspired me to keep taking art classes,” senior Amy Reynolds said. Many students choose to have multiple mediums in their show such as graphic design, paint, photography and sculpting. “I use mainly acrylic paint, but I sometimes dabble with watercolors. I like using paint because it’s always come easy to me and I don’t like trying out my hands with clay,” Reynolds said. This was also an opportunity for students to experiment with other mediums of art they don’t normally use. “I feel I’m best at photography, but my teachers wanted me to experiment with a different medium which is why I decided to do sculptures as well,” Chandler said. The IB Art Show will be taking place on March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Clausen Hall. There is no admission fee and food will be provided. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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“Light in the Sky” Acrylic

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Trieu’s photograph “Untitled” shows the symbolism and color of butterflies in the world.

Band succeeds at states BY SEAN TO Staff Writer Months of hard work have finally paid off as both Concert Gold Band and Symphonic Band scored multiple superior ratings at state assessment. This year ’s state assessment was held at Jeb Stuart High School Feb. 28-March 1. Both bands each played three pieces that they had to prepare for and then each band entered the sight-reading phrase. They were given pieces that share the same level of difficulties as what each band played. Afterwards they were given about 10 minutes to prepare and then were judged based on how well they could play it in one attempt. Concert Gold Band took home three superior ratings from all of three judges and received a 2, the second highest possible score, for their sight-reading. The three pieces that they played for their main performance were Gallant Marines by Robert King, An American Elegy by Frank Ticheli and Symphonic Dance No. 2 by Clifton Williams. “My favorite piece was An American Elegy because it was emotional, poetic and flowing” senior Josh Musih said. Concert Gold Band fell a bit short of a perfect score, but nevertheless they are proud of what they accomplished. “I wasn’t surprised, after we finished playing I knew we played at a superior level, we were anchored by our seniors this year like Michael Sgrecci [who is 4x all-state band],” Musih said.

Symphonic Band was able to score a perfect line, superior ratings across the board. They played Canzona by Peter Mennin, Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa, and A Longford Legend by Robert Sheldon. “My favorite piece is Canzona because I love the composition of the piece, its not just like where the woodwinds have the melody, it switches around, it goes from woodwind to brass, like a complete circle,” Musih said. “It helps show the uniqueness in each section,” senior Kamran Shahbaz said. This year’s symphonic band was very team-orientated and they credited this to their success at assessment. “We don’t have any key members, everyone is a key member, because everyone contributes in a way,” senior Ahyeong Park said. This assessment was the last for several seniors and many of them displayed their dismay in leaving soon, but flashed their pride in what they accomplished over the past 4 years. “I felt very proud of myself and the entire band, I felt very satisfied that I finished my band career with a superior” said Park. Scoring several superiors is no easy feat, the hard work of both bands show how powerful the band program is here at Annandale. The Annandale Band program is now eligible for yet another Virginia Honor Band banner that will be displayed proudly in the band room.

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