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Competition heats up, Hylton dishes in x by David Hylton It is now the year 2012: the year that the war of the singing shows started. Not only do we have American Idol (which let’s admit- is a flop now), we also have The Voice and The X-Factor. So how do you choose which show to watch? I’ll give you the lowdown for each. American Idol: If you want to have just background noise while cooking dinner, this show is the way to go. Ever since Simon and Paula have left, it is so washed out that it is hard to find anything particularly exciting about it. It is now in its eleventh season so there isn’t much hype to try out for the show anymore. The X-Factor: Basically, it’s what American Idol used to be, but with a splash of sophistication with it. This show isn’t just about getting up on the stage and singing a song: it’s about being a star. This is what makes it so much more exciting than American Idol- they are looking for people who will actually sell records, people you will actually listen to or go see in concert, not just
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someone who does nice covers of songs. The Voice: This show, I got to say, out of all the three is my favorite. The judges are all, for the most part, household names that are still relevant to our generation and because of that, they are able to make their audience laugh. They joke around with each other which gives the show a much more “chill” and uplifting feel. But the show isn’t just all about laughs- out of all three shows; I feel that this show is also more intimidating because the contestants have to literally face off against each other before they are even allowed to be voted on. All in all, there’s no denying American Idol has been washed out, now it’s just deciding if you want the new replacement to be a sophisticated version of Simon Cowell’s first project here in America or if you want to take the new, hip road with The Voice. You decide.
How to navigate the obstacle course that exists in our hallways Junior breaks down twists, turns of arduous adventure from class to class x by Michael Errigo 9:09 comes and the bell ending my second period class sounds. Every day I suffer through an odyssey of sorts as I go from journalism class in D253 to art class in E170. If only I had NASCAR announcers to narrate my voyage. Unfortunately, I do not own my own personal NASCAR announcers (who does in this economy?) but here’s what I think they would say if I did. Let’s call these announcers Chuck and Rusty because I feel like that’s what all NASCAR announcers are named. Chuck: We’re coming to you live from D253 as Michael prepares to begin the race as today’s announcements come to a close. There’s the bell and he’s off! Michael successfully navigates D hallway
and now has a decision to make: should he take G hallway to F or C hallway to E? Uh-oh, looks like he’s heading down C! Rusty: No! What is he thinking?! Chuck: The decision is already proving costly as Michael faces his first obstacle of the contest as two friends are having a conversation in the middle of the hallway ahead. Rusty: This is astonishing, Chuck. They don’t seem to notice or care that other people go to this school! Chuck: Michael makes the turn into E hallway and slightly bumps a girl walking by him. She turns around gives him just about the dirtiest look I’ve ever seen! Rusty: That’s filthy, Chuck! Chuck: Time’s running out as Michael reaches the stairs at the end of E.
Watch out! There’s a couple in the stairwell showing some serious PDA. They seem to forget the fact that they are in a public stairwell! Rusty: I just threw up a little bit, Chuck. Not even kidding. Chuck: Thanks for that, Rusty. Another student passes through the door as Michael walks down the stairs, will they hold it for him? No! They just let it close with no regard for another student! Rusty: Denied!
Chuck: As Michael enters downstairs E hallway two freshmen run by at full speed for no apparent reason! Rusty: What’s going on down there, Chuck?! This isn’t middle school! Chuck: The bell rings as Michael slips into his art class only to discover that half of the kids haven’t even arrived yet! What a race! Until the next time Michael wants to use imaginary NASCAR announcers, I’m Chuck and that’s Rusty; thanks for joining us.
If only I had Nascar announcers to narrate my voyage.
Senior tired of diets, overly-skinny girls, advocates weight gain
Appel loves women with curves, wants a lady who knows how to eat
x by Isaac Appel
I’m tired of girls trying to lose weight and fit that sought after image, so I’m going to give you tips on how to gain weight. Girls are constantly trying to lose weight, and get that skinny Victoria Secret model body that all—or almost all—men want. They frequently go on diets and exercise excessively to reach that goal of “beauty.” My only question to this madness is “Why?” There’s nothing sexier than a girl whose muffin top just plays peak-a-boo with your eyes; it wants to pop out and show itself. It likes the attention. So no more diets, no more workouts—let’s get fat. Step one: Give up on being the twig that you once so desired. What men don’t tell you is we don’t like curves…we like rolls. Rolls on rolls, on rolls. We want to lose things in your rolls and find them later. It’s our foreplay. Don’t feel embarrassed by it: we love them and you. Basically this
step is designed to allow the end result; adding Step two: process. Pretend age boy and just face with evin the house. w i t h choc-
the mind to accept more to love. Start the intake you’re a teenstuff your erything Start the
olate and ice cream and work your way down to potato chips and candy. The pain you most certainly will begin to feel in your stomach is your body’s way of trying to make you give up. But you aren’t a quitter because quitters are losers, and you, my friend, are most certainly a gainer. Step three: Eat out as much as possible and go for the greasy, cheesy, fattening foods; basically McDonalds should be your best friend now. Hit that place up and do your thang ordering ridiculous amounts of food. I take my lady friends there because I like to know that I’m helping them to reach their goal of becoming obese. Step four: Relax, take your time, enjoy sitting on the couch and letting nature do its work. You will soon begin to feel heavier, as in sexier. Don’t let the main stream media trick you into thinking skinny is pretty. It’s all about having more to love. Thickness = greatness and don’t you forget it.
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Put your thinking cap on: Is hat ban truly necessary? x by Matt Present You would think that across the board, administrators would disagree with the adage “rules are meant to be broken.” However for the second year in a row, the administration has lifted the hat ban for students who paid a dollar as part of a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. So I wondered to myself, why the hat rule? Why not lift the dress code and have students show up in their underwear? How
about pay a dollar and we’ll let you gamble in school or even skip 7th period? My only conclusion is this: the hat ban is the only rule which is unnecessary and frankly, downright stupid. As a big hat guy, I was disappointed when I came to Blake freshman year and found that students were not permitted to wear hats during school. Not only did I not agree with the rule, I also failed to understand its purpose. When I asked around, the answers I got from faculty members were that it is
a safety precaution, as hats tend to be a distraction in class, and wearing a hat indoors is rude. Despite the horsing around in the hallways and mob rushes when there is a fight, I’ve never felt unsafe in my four years at Blake. With that said, I’m very confident that I would feel no less safe if students were permitted to wear hats. I am truly hard pressed to figure out what dangerous objects students could hide in their hats that couldn’t be hidden in a jacket or backpack, both perfectly allowable accessories.
Although I suppose students could throw their hats during class to cause a disruption, the same could be done with any other accessory such as a necklace or bracelet. Furthermore, punish the students who are causing the distractions rather than the students who would be wearing their hats peacefully while they take notes. Some say it is rude for people to wear hats indoors, but times change. This is our generation, not the generation that most of the faculty grew up in. And in this day
and age, it is fair to say that nobody is offended by someone wearing a hat in a building. So please administration, be honest with yourselves - the hat rule is simply unnecessary. Let students put on a winter hat if their ears are cold, let kids put on a fitted if they’re having a bad hair day, and let students rock snapbacks just because they’re cool. There are so many beneficial rules at Blake that protect our safety and keep order during school, but the hat rule simply isn’t one of them.
Simplicity forgotten as teens get caught up in modern complexities
Students encouraged to take step away from technology, live undistracted x by Savannah Doane-Malotte Teenagers and adults alike are constantly plagued by distractions—work, technology and school all overwhelm our lives, suffocating us with complications. The only resolution to this problem is simple: live simply. We are bombarded with the idea that if we aren’t stressed to the point of a heart attack, we aren’t doing enough. If we leave our iPhones at home or don’t answer every single call, we’re accused of not communicating well enough. As a society, we’re obsessed
with unnatural and man-made things that are invented to ‘improve’ our lives, when in contrast they just make things difficult. Think about it: whose life is more meaningful—the Amish or Britney Spears? Next time a beautiful day pops up, go and enjoy it without your phone, iPod, or schoolwork clogging up your time with nature. When you see a sunset, don’t Instagram a cliché picture of it, instead just sit and watch. Don’t let beautiful scenes become commonplace. Time with friends and family is way more important than getting in those extra
hours at work or running errands. Life is not meant to be convoluted and stuffed with labor, it’s meant to be spent with the people you love. It doesn’t matter how successful you are if you have no one to enjoy it with. Our need to be entertained is so extreme that we are constantly downloading the newest games and starting a new TV series just to occupy our time. We’re always updating our Twitter accounts, stating that we’re ‘bored’ even though we have massive amounts of things to amuse us. Have you ever wondered why that is? It’s because technology can never satisfy our lust for
activity – we don’t get any life experiences or lessons out of getting the highest score in the world for Temple Run. Replace your time spent with these worthless things with gardening or exercising. Do something that’s beneficial for you and can make your life worthwhile. Even though it may seem that people whose lives are clogged with complexity seem to have it all, all they really have is anxiety and envy for those who have less demanding lives. The fast-paced life is not all it’s cracked up to be, so remember: slow and steady wins the race.
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Senior names most interesting Bengal twitters to follow
Best tweeters bring intrigue, wit to timelines with distinctive personas x by Danielle Moore
Though we think Twitter is no more than an easy outlet to a spur-of-the-moment thought, what people tweet is a reflection of their personality and character. Everyone’s timeline mirrors the unique personalities of each person they follow. I guess it is true that you can get to know a person without even having met them. We all see those crazy Twitpics and Instagram uploads
from hilarious friends, relationship and philosophical tweets from our emotional friends and explicit rant tweets from our “tell it like it is” friends. So, what in general makes someone’s Twitter interesting to follow? Showing natural personality and sharing information from their private lives outside of what we know of them from school. Based on my observations of Bengals on Twitter, here are some of Blake’s finest tweeps
(twitter people) to follow: 1. @PlaneeJaynee is not plain at all. Her raw humor never gets old and the Twitter community can appreciate her honesty and lightheartedness. We love that she tweets her every thought. 2. @Mal_ah_ki is the nice guy who never neglects to wish the ladies goodnight, talk about how soccer is better than any other sport, or get sent to Twitter jail. 3. @rickwitdakicks’ per-
sonal anecdotes about his “Mova and Bova” and strict capitalization of every word keeps us loling. 4. @p_broaduss always keeps it one hundred…letting us know when she wants sushi or when “Belinda” is annoying her or sleeping on the couch. 5. @livn_DAVIDaloca has a fabulous Twitter for his name alone. His sass is witty and never boring. Follow him for his mockery of the latest celebrity scoop!
Though we love the people, the trending topics are even better. No one can forget about the #RyanDeane stint over spring break, involving a huge majority of seniors and essentially sending many of them to Twitter jail. Despite the entertainment from our peers, it can always stir up a little drama and misunderstanding too. Headache from the commotion or stomach ache from laughing, there is no denying that we hate to love Twitter.
Everyone’s timeline mirrors the unique personalities of each person they follow.
Teacher-student romances hit airwaves despite ethical standards Junior cringes at absurd relationships, urges appropriateness in school x by Priya Dadlani In March of this year, a business teacher at a California high school quit his job, divorced his wife and left his kids to be with another woman—a young woman. This teacher, James Hooker, 41, left his wife and family for an 18 year old student whom he taught at his school. They both claim they are simply “following their hearts.” Obviously, these people need to double check their hearts’ navigational abilities because it is never, was never, and will never be okay for a teacher to date a student. To even be on a level with your students where romantic feelings can develop is sick on both parts, but
especially for the teachers. The teacher is the adult in the situation and, out of everyone involved, they should know better. The mother of the 18 year old girl is rioting on social networks and in the courtroom to get Hooker arrested for seducing his student. Mothers of teens are already on edge and paranoid; imagine if you told your mom you were dating your math teacher. Real great topic to bring up during dinner. Just because Aria in the television series Pretty Little Liars dates an English teacher, Mr. Ezra Fitz, doesn’t mean it’s okay or cool to date a teacher. Movies like Election, Notes on a Scandal, Easy A and many more address this issue. These shows and movies most
definitely make dating a teacher look cool and sexy, but in reality, that’s just plain nasty. No offense to teachers, because I’m sure some of them were great catches back in the day, but they should be looking to date people their own age and if they’re looking at students to date then they should immediately choose another profession. Most real life high school students would cringe at the idea of dating one of their teachers. It’s gross to me how an older man or woman can look at a little 16 or 17 year old and “fall in love.” I believe in true love, but I can guarantee that no one was meant to be with their teacher. Find love in your own age group. A couple years here and there don’t hurt, but a couple decades here and there… now that’s a different story.
Shows and movies most definitely make dating a teacher look cool...that’s just plain nasty.
Digital Graphic Artists Wanted for 2012-2013! If you are a freshman, sophomore or junior and have talent in the digital arts,
The Blake Beat wants to talk to YOU! Send five examples from your digital portfolio to adviser Kevin Keegan at Kevin_N_Keegan@mcpsmd.org.
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Nannies deserve credit for raising high-profile children From singers to television personalities, celebrities opt for caretakers x by Brenna Noone Celebrities seem to be able to do it all, right? We all know that they receive help from their personal staff—whether it be a make-up artist, a stylist, or a personal trainer—but who takes care of the kids when the moms are busy with all this upkeep and, of course, tied up with their pressing careers? The nannies. You see celeb moms who are photographed with their kids all the time. Popular mother of six, Angelina Jolie, has as many as twenty five staff members, including several live-in nannies; so, maybe what we see in magazines is not as picturesque as it may appear. Why shouldn’t these nannies get credit for their hard work, caring for celeb’s kids? And why are these celebs portrayed as super-moms, when in fact they cannot even manage to take care of their own flesh and blood without a nanny? We already think celebs are great and awesome—we don’t need to deify them and not show how they really are. We will still love them. Celebs are seen as heroic and almost god-like, and many magazines photograph them as being so, but celebs are people, just like us. They can’t work long and extraneous hours during the week, keep up their high-maintenance physique, make special guest appearances, and keep tabs on their kids. They have to pick certain ones to focus on, and many have nannies take care of their kids so they don’t have to focus on that aspect of their lives. Whether celebs’ priorities are skewed is a totally different story, but still, they can’t do it all, and we shouldn’t expect them to be able to. Lots of celebrity moms use nannies. These include; Christina Aguilera, Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett, and even Kate Gosselin whose fame was the result of her TV show where she is glorified as being an amazing mom to sextuplets. Even this infamous mom uses a nanny to help care for her kids! Why pretend? Let’s just tell it how it is: celeb moms use nannies and they can’t do absolutely everything. However, the nannies who are vigilantly watching and caring for the celebs’ kids are the real heroes. They work crazy hours and are sometimes mistreated—yet they are in high demand in the Hollywood scene. These nannies are the ones that deserve a round of applause for their work that help celebrities do what they do best—entertain.
‘Grocery Wars’ wage in Olney; stores try to knock out competition x by Michael Joiner A cold war has finally erupted into a full out battle just around the corner from our high school, and each side has taken many approaches to gain support for themselves. Olney, Maryland brings to you… The Grocery Wars. One of the five competitors that will remain a consistently strong fighter in the war is Giant—and it is understandable why it is so heavily preferred; it is a medium sized store with a great selection of foods that you don’t find in some of the other stores (my favorite item is Allen’s Guava Juice). Giant looks like a very bright and clean place, and, ignoring its parking lots’ awkward entrance and exit, there aren’t many negative critiques. Giant is a definite, solid place to shop for food. My review on Roots is this: don’t waste your time shopping there. Honestly, it is the farthest away from its competitors (which should help it), but it still gets the least amount of shoppers. The food at Roots is overpriced and it is
much harder to find coupons for Roots than any of the other stores. If you are driving north on Georgia, there isn’t even a left turn lane into the shopping center. It’s like they don’t want me to buy from them! Shoppers is in context the third world country that entered the war with little to no supplies. Shoppers is in a great location but the actual store itself, compared to the others, is just gross. The food options are highly lacking and the actual store itself doesn’t look clean at all (why would anyone want food from a place that looks contaminated?). With the opening of the new Harris Teeter over this past summer, there have been many complaints as to why a movie theatre (best local hangout spot for us teens) would be replaced with a grocery store. Not to mention, this Harris Teeter is gigantic; there have been times where I was walking through it and found myself completely lost in this maze of expensive food—which is not put into aisles that help me find what I need. The one positive thing about this store is that it is by far in the best location of the 5, since it has the biggest
parking lot and is easy to get to. Even more recently built than Harris Teeter, Safeway is one of the best renovations to the area, being less than two months old. Its floor plan was designed in a way that perfects all of the kinks that the other stores have. Everything is organized in a manner that is easy to find things and has practically anything you could ever ask for. This Safeway has a lower level parking lot, with a lobby entrance and an elevator the size of two elephants (if we were talking about warfare, this would be the nuclear bomb, BAM). It is truly unbelievable that there could be so many places in such a close area to shop for food, but when it comes to making the decision on where to go, most people draw a blank. This war doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon, but I must say that I am looking forward to the next addition to the Greater Olney Area’s grocery line. Maybe Whole Foods will be next to join with a giant superstore that is shaped like a spaceship, which will literally hover over its competitors; you never know.
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Racial ignorance is revealed through reactions to Hunger Games cast Prejudice exposed through Twitter response to hit series adaptation
I am so disappointed and ashamed of my generation. I thought we had moved passed letting race determine who should live and who should die - apparently not. A life is a life, people; race, social class religion etc. is not a contributing factor - which, by the way, is a theme in the books that were not read carefully. One tweet stated that even though he read Rue as having “darker skin,” he “didn’t really take it all the way to black.” That’s interesting, so this person read the book correctly they just couldn’t
x by Alex Reeves Along with the release of the much anticipated Hunger Games movie came extreme fandom, billions of dollars spent on tickets and full blown, unadulterated racism. Many fans of the books (I use fan lightly) were livid to find that characters Rue, Thresh and Cinna were cast as black in the movie adaptation. Besides the fact two out of the three characters mentioned were described as having “dark brown skin” in the books, why should it even matter? If they acted their part well, race should have absolutely nothing to do with it. According to Jezebel.com, agitated fans tweeted about their frustrations saying: “Why did the producers make all the good characters black?” Well, maybe the producers weren’t totally opposed to a black person playing a cool role. The article included other tweets, such as: “EWW Rue is black… I’m not watching” and more worrisome, “when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad.” I’m sorry, what? Rue is the adorable, twelve year old little girl that you loved, cared and feared for but just because she happened to be black, her death becomes obsolete? So, if you knew she was black, you wouldn’t have cried? If it took something this small to bring out the racism in America’s youth, I fear for the continued development of prejudice in our country.
I am so disappointed by and ashamed of my generation. wrap their head around the fact that a redeemable character was black. Am I the only person that sees a problem here? In the case of the leading role of the franchise, Katniss, they cast Jennifer Lawrence who is white with blonde hair even though the character is described as having olive skin and dark hair. This, however, did not cause people to tweet racial slurs. People let her acting do the talking – not her skin color. Why couldn’t such courtesy be offered to actors of other races?
Seven easy steps to make sure your college choice is perfect one x by Lucas Irvin A college visit is a choreographed show, designed to emphasize the strengths of a school and cover up any weaknesses with evasive, vague language that sounds good but doesn’t mean anything. Here is what I have learned from my way too many college visits about finding your dream school: Visit not once, but twice. So much of your first impression of a school depends on your tour guide. My college list was completely reordered once I went on a series of second visits without any accommodating, uninterested, sarcastic or awkward tour guides. I am going to attend St. Mary’s, which I had regarded as a backup plan until I revisited and loved what I saw the second time around.
Act like a college student. I got different impressions from different visits because my second visit was less of a show and more of a collegiate experience. If you want to know what it would be like to live for four years at any school, spend a day pretending like you already are. Lose the parents. Go to a class. Eat lunch in the dining hall. Chill with students. Try to find a bunch of fun, cheap things to do. But don’t do anything illegal-that’s not a good way to leave a good impression on a school that still has to decide whether to accept you. Talk to Mrs. Moore. College & Career Center Coordinator Kathy Moore has been the single most helpful resource for me in getting me through the college search. After talking to her on several occasions and combing through her extensive resources, I realized that the colleges I was looking at
this time last year were not what I wanted. Four of the five schools to which I applied were not on my radar before I had met with her. She will listen to what you’re looking for, see what you can do, and point you in the right direction. Research and plan ahead. Before you go several hours out of your way to check out a school, make sure it’s what you want to see. While riding in a car down to North Carolina, I realized that one of the schools I was visiting was not what I was looking for. I then tried to schedule a visit and a hotel somewhere else the day before, which is difficult to do anywhere during spring break. Interview. Make sure that you interview at every school you seriously want to go to, because it is a great way for schools to get to know you and expressing interest
is taken into consideration for acceptance and financial aid. Don’t jam all of the visits together. Space out your visits, because visiting multiple colleges in one day causes all of your visits to blend together and you won’t be able to distinguish what you like at one school and what you like at another school. Skip the clothes. Sporting collegiate clothes is high school fashion. After buying clothes to three schools I am not going to attend, I realize how wasteful it is. Soon enough, a college T-shirt will not be in fashion. People don’t still wear bar/ bat mitzvah T-shirts. That trend has passed. So will college. You’re looking for a place to live for the next four years of your life. Take care to make sure that it’s a life you’ll want to live.
Senior warns of dangers of acquiring alter-egos behind monitors Social networking sites allow users to adopt new, different personalities x by Leah Patterson We can all debate the pros and cons of social media until our faces turn blue, but no matter what you think of the technology, it’s here to stay. And with it comes a new phenomenon – an increase in people adapting alter egos online. I’m not referring to people creating an original character and pretending to be an entirely different person; I’m talking about a person creating a whole new version of himself or herself online. Someone’s Facebook profile and Twitter account can paint them as the funny, intelligent and witty person they have always wanted to be. Since no one can see how much time you actually spend crafting that perfect 140-character tweet or the detailed, quote-filled “About Me” section, it’s easy to pretend that
this all comes naturally. But be honest, you know you spent hours perfecting it. A lot of these “alter egos” actually come from material that is someone else’s in the first place. Social networking sites are filled with quotes from Dr. King, Einstein, Gandhi, John Lennon – anyone that is admired for their wisdom and inspiration. And there’s nothing wrong with this – often these quotes are very beautiful, touching and even humorous bits of wisdom, but they shouldn’t be used to represent you and your personality. Other people’s quotes don’t make you wise and other people’s jokes don’t make you funny. But what’s the problem with this? Who cares if everyone just acts different than their real life personas? Superficially, this doesn’t actually cause any obvious, tangible issues. People will awkwardly fumble their way
through social media and everyone else will be none the wiser. But shouldn’t we worry about people being so desperate to be accepted that they pretend to be someone they’re not? As cliché as it may seem, it’s important that we are comfortable enough with ourselves that we do not have to present a whole new version of our personalities. We should be okay with not being just as funny or inspirational as that one tweet made us seem. Obviously, this is probably a sweeping generalization of our generation and social media, but that doesn’t mean it’s not relevant. As much as the internet can be a great way to connect other people around the world, -if not used right- it can paradoxically serve to pull us further and further apart from ourselves. There has always been the pressure to pretend to be someone you’re not; the internet just makes it easier.
As cliché as it may seem, it’s important that we are comfortable enough with ourselves that we do not have to present a whole new version of our personalities.
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The James Hubert Blake administration, faculty & staff congratulate these students on making 3rd Quarter Honor Roll 9th Grade Thaina Acosta Barnabas Afley Tyler Ager Angel Aguiluz Sarah Ajih Oritsetsolaye Akuya Troy Alexander Princess Anyaibe Helina Arage Kimberlyn Arevalo Ezana Assefa Tiffany Azenon Monique Bediako Sage Bennett Zachary Berry Ayanna Brown Kathryn Brown John Bunke Kate Campbell Psalm David Camua Elana Carr Aleata Carrell CHUN CHAN Arnold Chonai Nicholas Chow Richelle Claytor Alison Comer Aaron Cooke Erika Cornejo Daniel Del Pino Katherine Delaney Margaret Delaney Zana Dempsie Natnaial Denu Brian Dicken Vinson Do Kieran Dollemore LOGAN DREHER James Drew Kira Dunlap Maya Eaglin Kathleen Edquiban Olivia English Damian Epes, Jr. BRONWYN EVANS EMILY EVANS Paul Farrell NAOMI FESSAHA Juan Fisher NAILAH FISHER Hunter Freeman Jonathan Fuchs Moses Ganya Gabriella Garcia-Ruiz Brooke Gil Daniel Goldberg Ariel Gomez Tenay Graham Alyssia Graves Elizabeth Gross Andrea Guirola Benjamin Haley ELANA HARRIS Zoe Hatzes Markel Hawkins Frank Hedgepeth Jina Huleis Jolin Huleis Courtney Hutchinson Mohamed Ibrahim Ashley Jackson Brandon Johnson Grace Johnson Zachary Johnson Cameron Jones Cheldone Jones Danielle Jones Kaela Jones Fatu Kabba Colleen Kalkofen LEVKO KARMAZYN Saabir Kee Paul Kennedy Lisa Kessler Dina Khadder Nikos Koufos Filip Laestadius Nicholas Le Mark Lee Keenan Lo Amanda Long Marie Anna Louis-Charles Samantha Lowenthal Samantha Luckert Michelle Markward Myles Marshall Chloe Martin Poteet Wyatt McInturff Ashley McLaughlin Janelle McLaughlin Jordan McLean Mariatou Mendy Stephen Michur Tillie Mirsky Malik Morris Kate Murphy TANZEEM NAQVI Olivia Ndebumadu Ornelle Ngouompemy Chimi Anh-Thu Nguyen Tyler Nine MADELEINE NOONAN-SHUEH Christopher Nugent MAX O’GRADY Atijavansa Ok Adedemola Orimolade McCallah Ott CAMERON PAYTON Camila Penaloza Bryan Pharaon Adassa Phillips Serenah Pizarro Thomas Plihal Leon Polyzos TAANYA PUTHRAN Keyri Perez-Roque
Jenna Ramirez Amber Reese Bryson Reyes Marygrace Reyes Thalia Reyes Shianna Richardson Taylor Riddick Monica Romero Francesca Sabelhaus Martha Sam Kyla Schweber Adrian Sebion Gerardo Serrano, Jr. Stacy Shin Colleen Simmons Petra Sipowa Minta Frank Aime Sipowa Nkwankam EMERSON SIRK Ian Smith SAMANTHA STEEL Sydney Steel Nicholas Steffes Avery Summers William Taggart Maika Taguchi Blen Teshome Jullie Thieu Perry-King Tita Renee Treacy Joshua Trejos Dalena Trinh Sally Tucker Isaac Umar Alice Umoh Muoy Hong Ung Natalia Ventura Chensley Villasson Jacqueline Villatoro Keri Walker Kyle Washington Darien Waters Deborah Waters Jasmin Waye JORDAN WEBER Chloe Wehling Rachel Williams Ebony Wolfe Sydney Wolk JOAN WOOD Reyna Zelaya 10th Grade Ayodele Adesanya Alexis Afamefune Hassen Alajmi Yousef Alamin CLAUDIA ALARCO Abigia Arage MARY ARRONE Kyeong Bae Krista Baker HUNTER BALOG Tiffany Barrett Nicole Barriga Sean Bartley Gregory Bell JULIA BELL Grayson Boone Sarah Bridegum TORIE BROER Silvia Buglio KEVIN BUI Kimberly Callahan Jewel Campbell Sherry-Mae Canoy MICHELLE CARTER Justin Chan Raymond Joseph Chang Ryan Chang Stanford Chang Chukwujindu Chia zor ANN CIRINCIONE Bryan Citrenbaum Matthew Clanton Kaelyn Clark Rene Cordon Shannon Corry Alexis Crispin RILEY CRUICKSHANK Gabrielle Cudjoe Mark Davis Yancy Del Cid Yodit Denu Kaylie Deshler Natalie Domaas Miles Douglas Ashley Escobar Raul Escobar Stephanie Filho Jason Fleischer Emma Friedman MAIA GADSDEN Emma Gilchris t REBECCA GLATT Tyler Goins LEAH GOLDBERG Oscar Gomez William Graves Patrick Griffin Sandra Guevara Christian Guzman ALEXANDRA HADYKA LILLIAN HALLMARK Bethany Hamson Asha Henley Rebecca Hill Kirsten Hines Cathleen Ho Thao Hoang Ashley Holmes Roxana Huaman Alexis Hughes George Hyde Jacqueline Hyman Ashley Johnson Steven Johnson
Arion Jones GABRIELLE JONES Madeline Kalen DONG KANG Daniel Keller Eunseo Kim Aja King AMANDA KING Jocelyn Ko Alana Kominski Emily Kong Megan Kong John Kos Alexandra Krakaur CLAUTON KUM ZACHARY KUSHNER Cassie Le Gracia Le Jamie Lee THEODORA LEMBEROS Sindy Lemus Hernandez Nicole Lertora Christina Lim DUNCHADHN LYONS Carlos Niccolo MacAlino Schaech Magona Madhi Malik Kevonn Martin THEODORA MARTIN Kristina McKenna Dylan Miller Sarah Miller Tatyanna Mitler Mary Molloy Nyah Muhammad Diego Munoz Jamie Nathlar Brigit Ngaleu Tavon Ngangum Johnny Nguyen Kevin Nguyen VAN NHAN NGUYEN DAPHNE O’GRADY Demonte Ojinnaka Emmanuel Oppong Maryam Outlaw MELANIE OUTTARAC Nicholas Park Chelsea Paz Estefania Perez Victor Phimphachanh Samuel Preza Ashley Puglia Julieta Quiroga JEREMY RADOV Diarra Radway Julian Raul Julianne Reyes Maiah Richards Micah Richards Cristela Rivera Ezra Roschu Tiara Royal Aaron Rubinstein Matthew Russell Pierre-Michel Saint Amand Kara Savercool Neneh Sey Ada Seye Ashley Sheibaniagdam Brianna Shifflett Larson Shilling Brett Silverman Margaret Simpson Sundeep Soni Joel Sorto Sophia Stanley Thomas Stanton David Steele Tanner Strub Noah Sturdivant NINA TAN CAROLINE TATNALL Melinda Tchokogoue Dianne Techwei Emily Temple Marie Toto Kelsy Turner Karley Valdes NIVICAR VALENTIN Jennifer Valladares STEPHANIE VAN ALBERT Heather Veli Tan Vo Robert Walker Tanner Williams Victoria Wolsh Dashawn Woody CAROLYN WORDEN Kevin Wright SAMANTHA WRIGHT Fatou Yatassaye FELICIA YAU Michelle Yeung Robert Zinnes 11th Grade MOHAMMED ABBAS Aiman Abdelmouti Tara Adhatamsoontra Nora Adjah-Provencal Emmanuel Allotey Ji Woong An Kwame Asante Gaston Assoua Ewane Kristina August Angela Bair India Banks JENNA BEERS John Beers Michael Bireda KATHERINE BLACKFORD Roman Borris Paul Bourelly Graylyn Broadnax Michelle Brooks
Madison Bruffy Toure’ Burgess THAIS CALDERON Megan Cameron Cory Camp Rebeca Cedillo GREGORY CHAIMSON Maurya Chaurasia Kevin Cheung Michael Chheang Deanna Chirigos RYAN CHOE Hoyoung Choi Peter Chu Reyna Claytor Nicholas Colburn Lindsey Comer Andrew Conchas Miya Cook Cory Covington LYDIA CURDTS Priya Dadlani BRANDON DAVIS Nicholas Davis Aliya Dean Brandon Deane Julia Dennis Alison Dionne Albert Djoum, Jr. Julia Doh McKenzie Dreher Emily Eaglin Darien Ellis Monica Eng Michael Errigo Alexus Ford Matthew Forsythe Aryn Frazier Michael Frimpong Connor Gaffney Megan Gagern Tanner Giles-Tucker Corey Glocker Derek Glocker Chante Goodger Jamil Gordon Eric Gottlieb Jose Granados Anjelica Grant Candace Grant PAUL GREGG Emily Greitzer Anna Haley Brandon Hargett Brittany Hargrave Funmilola Harris Antony Harris, Jr. Bradley Harrison Marvin Hart IV Kellen Healy Vivian Henderson Brittany Herbert Azalia Hernandez Olivia Hubbard Jodeh Huleis Jane Hwang Samantha Ignacio Samuel Jaffe Zachary Johnson IRENE JONES Melania Karmazyn Tharana Karzai MANPREET KAUR Kumani Kee Hamza Khan-Tareen Barzillai Kim Yoseph Kinfu Rute Kiros MICHAEL KISTER Kaitlin Klumpp MINA KONAKA Ava Koufos Franchesca Kuhney Cecilia Kwakye Ashlin Lee Dae Kyu Lee Westin Lee Jourdan Lewanda Blaine Lowry James Luskey Ricardo Malcolm Robert Mangels Eli Marsh Marina McCaney Marissa Metzger Latoya Mills Brandi Murrell MICHELLE NGUYEN Brenna Noone Kerl Oben Adefolarin Orimolade Andrea Ortiz Olivia Park Jennifer Perez Calvin Perry Kevin Pharaon Fenguese Pierre Mariuxi Pintado Meghan Proctor Jared Puwalski Vijay Raju PRADIP RAMAMURTI Timothy Ramey Karelin Ramirez Ryan Reynolds Christine Ricciardi Christopher Richard Patrick Richard Lara Richli Andrew Riedel Estefan Santos Rebecca Schwartz Katia Segura Susan Shelton-Der Min Shim Sandra Simmons
Names in all caps indicate Straight A’s
Samantha Sinanan Laura Smethurst Rebecca Smith Joo Yeoung Song ANNA STEINFELD Nicole Sterling Sarah Sterling Julia Stewart Kelly Stock Jean Suazo JANINE TAIRA McKenzie Tarner Lucas Tax EMILY TCHAI Emily Tempchin VALDES TITA Lena Traore Sopheak Ung Estefania Velez Denise Venero Natasha Virjee Wanjiru Waithaka Helena Waks Michele Wallace RUSSELL WANKE CAROLINE WANNEN Lillian Watkins Deneen Watson Matthew Weiss Kiana White Chris-Ann Whitehead Natalie Wiggins Kionna Wiley Bryan Wilkerson De’Asia Winslow Cassandra Wolsh Karissa Wong RACHEL WOO Hannah Wynne Rebecca Yim 12th Grade NICOLE ALEXANDER DERICK ANSAH Isaac Appel Mamadou Bah Quinndolyn Barnes David Bartlett Brian Battaglia SARON BIREDA Danielle Blocker Stephen Bonhag Brittany Bradley Carla Brizuela Jordan Brooks Christina Buckley ANTHONY BUI Katya Buresh Elizabeth Butler Nicole Byrd Javian Caceres Alexa Calderon Bria Campbell Selena Castillo Estevan Castro MAN CHAN Joshua Chang Victor Chau Joal Chen Charles Cheng Hiu Chiu Molly Cohen Samantha Comer Cameron Constantine Charles Conteh Ciera Cooke Philice Cowan-Jeremiah Courtney Cristaldi Bethany Crump PHUC VU DANG Ryan Deane Angelo Dibiasi George Dixon Savannah Doane-Malotte Christian Domaas Moortala Drammeh Alexis Earley Sara Elalami Marciana Esteves KATHRYN EVANS Matthew Evans MARY FERNANDES Hayley Fixler Angelique Fleming LANE FLYNN Angelica Fortunak Linus Francis Amanda Freeman KRISTEN FRESE Kathryn Fuchs Reina Fuentes Matthew Gagern NEVA GAKAVIAN Ginayra Garcia Katie Garcia Valentina Garcia Jacob Gill Hayley Glantz Shawn Glisson Claudia Gomes Jake ‘Sloth’ Gordon Matthew Grady Ramanda Graham Bridget Gratton Charles Gross Sarah Hagan Da’Shawn Hall Kiery Hall Weiss Hamidi Kimberly Hanson Lucy Harrelson Jack Hawvermale Amy Heim Heather Heim Gloria Henriquez Tyasia Hutchinson
Ryanne Hyatt LUCAS IRVIN Amina Irving Rachel Jaffe Christian Jeong Devon Johnson Michael Joiner ASHLEY JUDAH Rebecca Kalinich Aziza Kearse Nekia Kelsey Cross Klemko ROBERT KORYCINSKI Cecile Kwekam KEVIN LAM Austin Larkin ZOEY LEE Adele Leishman Irene Lemberos Samantha Levitt Emily Lindsay Sarah Lipkowitz MATTHEW LIPSHULTZ Eugene Litman COLLEEN LIVINGSTONE Dontava Lodenquai Jenny Lon Zachary Long MONIKA LOONEY JULIE LOPATKA Brianna Lopez Kayla Mack Ricardo Mancia Alimatu Mansaray Andrew Markowitz Dionte Martin Johana Martinez Meredith Mathis KYLE MCARTHUR Courtney McKenna Melissa McNabb Charis McNamara Matthew Mehallick MacKenzie Meyer Kristina Mitchell Tara Mitchell Danielle Moore Alexander Morales Michael Morris JUAN MOSCOSO Richard Muhammad Amanie Musa Mihir Nakrani Michala Nathlar Christian Nava Victor Nicholson Tayler Nine Nnamdi Odoazu Damiola Oluremi Alexandra Paintsil Lauren Paniati SEONG HWAN PARK JONATHAN PARKS Leah Patterson Antonella Perez Ferrero Jessica Perla Jesse Peterson Grace Plihal Sarah Prather Matthew Present Andrew Price Taylor Proctor Zachary Radov Andrea Ramirez Tai Ramsey Maurice Rankins III BROOKE REHMAN Johnelle Revell Elizabeth Ann Reyes Samuel Rivera JAHMILA ROBERTS Maryangel Rodriguez Traceyan Rosel GHULAM SALLMAN Rushsheika Sewell Emma Shannon Kyle Shaw MATTHEW SIEGEL Andrew Simmons EMILY SIMMONS Jehwo Sims Danielle Smith Sarena Sok Taneigha Swingler Naiani Sykes Nicholas Tatnall Megan Taylor Horatio Thracklebush Sterling Tillman Kimberley Torchenot Emily Touch Emma Towriss Kimberley Toxie Savannah Tryens-Fernandes Samara Tu Nicole Tuttle Joann Valentin Karen Vanegas Darlyn Vasquez Lynne Virgil Phabiene Volcimus Antonio Wade II Cadijah Walcott Cheyenne Walker Denise Walker Erica Wang Zhichen Wang BRANDON WEBER Jeffrey Welder REBECCA WELLMAN Kielan Wilcomb Jenna Williams Larisha Winley Leisha Winley Ellen Wood Rhea Wyse Kevin Zelaya
The Opinion section of the May 4, 2012 Issue.