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James Hubert Blake High School

November 15, 2013

Senior embraces music through songs and performances

Rushton participates in five bands, skillfully balances school, friends, tunes x by Nicholas Aylward & Tabi Orock

While his peers are either stressing out over college applications or experiencing their first bouts of senioritis, senior Daniel Rushton is currently trying to balance his schoolwork and maintain an active position in several musical projects. Rushton is currently involved in approximately five bands, two of which involve his fellow Blake students. Rushton is part of Near & Deer with junior Shianne Richardson, and also apart of Fifi and the Golden Axe Orchestra with senior Fiona Molloy. Formed in May of 2013, Near & Deer is a mediocre band of two, with Rushton on vocals and guitar and Richardson on the drums, “We’re sad,” says Richardson when asked to describe their style. Rushton adds, “We’re very sad…And there are a lot of trees.” Near & Deer has one acoustic single “Holy Oak” released on their bandcamp site (neardeer., which they are going to turn electric in the future. Rushton and Richardson are also working on their extended play (EP). Rushton says, “We have four and a half songs. We’re shooting for five on the EP.” The band plans to release their EP, named Mozeltov Cocktail, by winter break. Band mate Richardson says of Near & Deer, “We like a lot of different artists, but we like to put our own spices into the mix.” In classifying its genre,

Rushton describes Near & Deer’s sound as “sad, grungy, music.” Rushton says, “Near & Deer is very, very serious, but Fifi is…” “Not even close,” finishes Dan’s band mate Molloy of Fifi and the Golden Axe Orchestra, Rushton’s second band at Blake featuring Rushton on guitar and vocals again, with Molloy on violin accompaniment. Younger than Near & Deer, Fifi was formed when Rushton asked Molloy to play violin with him during a fire drill. Initially formed to perform just one song at the Big Bengal talent show, a cover of Sufjan Stevens’ “Casimir Pulaski Day,” Fifi and the Golden Axe Orchestra has remained active in their collaboration and practices. They play mostly covers, but are hoping to write some original material. In addition to Near & Deer and Fifi, the musically oriented senior is also in two other bands, Galactic Cannibalism and Read Lead. The former he describes as “indie low-fi funk,” and the latter he says is alternative and inspired by the Midwest emo scene. In addition to the bands, Rushton, or D rush, is also a rapper, and has released one song titled “Swagou (very serious).” The song can be found on Soundcloud under the alias Isinglass. “Music is the only part of my life,” says Rushton, who currently plays a bit of piano, ukulele, drums, bass, but chiefly the guitar. Rushton is looking forward to perform for audiences in the near, and deer, future.

Senior Dan Rushton enjoys writing inspiring music concerning matters such as cats and anarchist governments to play on his ukelele.

We like a lot of different artists, but we like to put our own spices in the mix.

Shianne Richardson

Senior joins University of Maryland’s Club Tennis team, enjoys perks

Chang lives college life, easily makes friends, creates sweet memories x by Maryam Outlaw Students mean it when they say they cannot wait to get out of here, but senior Ryan Chang has taken it up a notch. We may have met him playing on the courts with our Bengal boys, but now he is hanging with some Maryland Terps. Chang, an experienced tennis player, enjoys the sport thoroughly. But when Blake alumnus Christian Jeong advised him to join the University of Maryland’s Club Tennis Team, Chang had to think about it. Says Chang, “I was hesitant because I didn’t think that high school students would be allowed to play on a college team… [but] I accepted his invitation.” Chang finds his acceptance a great decision and feels he owes it all to Jeong. Says Chang, “because of my friend Christian, a whole new world of tennis was opened up for me, and I am eternally grateful that he offered me an invitation to play for the University of Maryland’s Club Tennis Team.” UMD’s Club Tennis team is something Chang considers more intense than high school tennis. “They focus on getting players to think in real-match situations and to practice strategy and match play,” says Chang. “You get to see many different types of players and experience matches with players of all kinds of skill levels.” Although there are about 100 college players

on the Club Tennis team, both male and female, Chang never found it too difficult to fit in with his older mates. “I received such a warm response,” says Chang. “So many of my teammates were supportive that I was playing on UMD’s Club Team as a high school student, and they accept me as any other teammate.”

“Right now, I am a proud Blake Bengal, but I am a Terp at heart.” RYAN CHANG

In almost no time at all, Chang’s age was irrelevant and he found himself getting closer to his teammates. “I love how big the club team is and how it is so easy to meet new people,” says Chang. “Tennis is a common ground for all of us.” When Chang isn’t playing tennis at UMD, he can be seen experiencing the college life and having fun with his new friends. Says Chang, “I find myself going up to campus just to ‘hang out’ a lot. I’ve become acquainted with how dorm life works, and have met many new friends outside of tennis through being in

the dormitories so much.” But it doesn’t end in the dorms. Chang has also gone to multiple social events within the College Park community. “I have been to football games, movie nights, dance lessons, and more just from coming to visit campus so often,” says Chang. Chang loves his UMD surroundings. Says Chang, “the campus is absolutely beautiful and I love the atmosphere it gives, both on and off the court.” While playing with his teammates, Chang has taken away relevant knowledge and guidance. “Many of my teammates have given me advice about senior year in high school, college applications, and life as a college student,” says Chang. “Hearing their stories about their experiences helps me learn a lot more about them, strengthening my friendships with my teammates.” Chang looks forward to his own college experience and would like to attend UMD in the fall. Says Chang, “I feel like I know... how life works at UMD. Going to UMD would be a dream come true.” He adds, “Right now, I am a proud Blake Bengal, but I am a Terp at heart.” He may not pursue tennis professionally, but Chang does plan to always play tennis. “Tennis has never been seen as a career for me, but as something I continue on for the rest of my life,” says Chang. “I’ve heard about a man who was still playing tennis at 100 years old, and I can envision the same for me, too.”


The Blake Beat

November 15, 2013

German foreign exchange student finds comfort in USA

Fellinger shares first impressions of American culture, food, people x by Emma Friedman

Foreign exchange student Annika Fellinger enjoying Blake --Photo by Jasmin Waye

Cultural shock and warm relations surround Annika Fellinger, sophomore and German foreign exchange student, at her new home environment in the USA. Since arriving August 1 from Frankfurt, Germany, Fellinger has felt welcomed. “One thing I love about Americans is that they are really open to new friendships,” says Fellinger,“everybody helps me if I need help, and I really like this!” Fellinger and over 1,900 others used the organization Youth for Understanding to travel to America. “I already talked to a friend of [mine],” says Fellinger. “She is going to be an exchange student next year because she is really jealous [of] all the experiences I am making here in Maryland right now.” Customs and traditions differ in America compared to Germany. With only 600 students, Fellinger’s school at home is smaller than her American high school. “That’s what makes me feel like I am in a corn field maze, [when] walking through the hallways at Blake,” says Fellinger. “[On] the first day of school I was really scared about the security because not one school in Germany owns security guys.” “And the food! The servings of everything are so huge,” says Fellinger. “Yes it is different…but it is okay. I am here to learn living in another culture and this is connected with different foods.” The beginning of her American experience proved challenging because she had been learning British English in German school since the third grade. “But now after three months [speaking] English in the United States, I feel more and more comfortable speaking [the language],” says Fellinger. “Even my thoughts are changed to English.” Fellinger feels relaxed with her host family. “I love them like my German family… They make a lot of things possible for me like visiting nice and famous places and doing everything to make me feel comfortable even in the house or [in relation to] the language,” says Fellinger. Her host family labeled objects in their home to aid Fellinger in learning English names. Adds Fellinger, “It was funny, but it was really helpful to learn!” New experiences in the USA have had a positive impact on Fellinger even if mixed with feelings of homesickness. “At the moment, I prefer America because I’m starting a new life right here in Maryland,” says Fellinger, “but I also miss all my friends and family at home.” Of the many new experiences Fellinger had in America, she has come away with a basic philosophy she can take back to Germany when she leaves at the end of June. Says Fellinger, “I think it is important that every country has their own culture and way to live.”

Junior photographer gets photos published inVogue Italia online

Chimi finds passion in picture-taking, uses talent for meaningful projects by Marie Anne Louis-Charles x & Tabi Orock When she’s not busy with Ambassadors, French Honors Society or tutoring at University of Maryland College Park, junior Ornelle Chimi takes portraits of her peers that have made headlines on the internet. The self-taught photographer started taking photos in her freshman year of high school, but didn’t make waves until this autumn when a portrait of her younger brother was published on Vogue Italia online. Since the first publication, three more of her works have been published on the site. Chimi finds that her passion for photography stems from her love of people-watching. She likes to witness human emotions and capture them. She says, “When I take photos I want the essence of the person to be shown in the photo, not an unrealistic representation of themselves.” With regards to her creative photographic process,

Chimi also acknowledges how meticulous she is about her work. Says Chimi, “I’ll take photos, keep it on my computer for a week and then come back to it then further analyze them.” The Cameroon-born student recently wrapped up a project called “African Youth” in which she captured some of her fellow first generation African students who are now living in the United States. The shoot was characterized by a background of traditional African prints to represent the subjects’ heritage. “[it is a] simple, uncomplicated portrait of the person,” says Chimi. January, Chimi has a new project in the works that will be centered on the portrayal of young women and each of their unique representations of themselves. The female-oriented project will be titled Girls Will Be Girls. Says Chimi, “I’m a feminist, so that’s something I’m passionate about. I wanted to capture the image of girls no matter what they are interested in and whatever they do

with their lives.” On Chimi’s work ethic, friend and former subject junior Tsola Akuya describes the teenaged photographer as being very driven and duteous in her work. Akuya says, “I think she’s doing an amazing job, especially for not having much experience. She photographs like she’s a professional. She has the passion for it, [and] she has the drive to do it.” Chimi advises others to always keep an eye open for inspiration in all aspects of life. A large amount of her inspiration comes from the media. Chimi says, “Books inspire me, music inspires me, and movies... there are lot of things I can get inspired from.” Although Chimi is still developing her talent herself, she still holds insight for artists who are improving in their field. “Do what you want to do [and] don’t follow a certain format,” she says, “as far as the arts go, it’s about creativity.”

I want the essence of the person to be shown in the photograph. Ornelle Chimi

Teachers elaborate on spouses’ fascinating, unexpected occupations x

by Marie Anne Louis-Charles & Jordan McLean

From professionally translating, to holding top offices in government branches, the spouses of Blake teachers hold interesting and note-worthy jobs that leave students wondering what else they don’t know about their teachers. Wakako Damboise, wife to science teacher Eric Damboise, is an interpreter. She works for a pharmaceutical company who does business in both English and Japanese. Says Mr. Damboise, “In meetings there will be Japanese-speaking people and English-speaking people, and in real time she’ll take what one side says and translate.”

Most interpreters aspire to go freelance, meaning they work on their own terms and are hired by companies or people to translate when needed. Mr. Damboise says, “[Wakako] has a friend who translated for Obama and the Chinese President.” Right now she likes the stability of working for a company, but she hopes to advance to a freelance in the future. Says Mr. Damboise, “I don’t know how she does it.” Fred Wagner, husband of government teacher Mary Wagner, is the Chief Council of the Federal Highway Administration. Says Mrs. Wagner, “He’s basically the top lawyer for the Federal Highway Administration.” Mr. Wagner was appointed by President Obama

himself, so that means he won’t have the same job when Obama leaves office. “When President Obama is done being President, my husband is done with this job,” says Mrs. Wagner. Mr. Wagner and his office run the legal department of the Federal Highway Administration. When a bridge, a barrier, a median, or a road needs to be fixed, Mr. Wagner’s job is to figure out the ramifications and legalities for the construction. His dream is to one day become a Supreme Court Justice. Mr. Wagner isn’t the only spouse working for the government. Meredith Stewart, wife to social studies teacher Scott Mendenhall works for the National Archives in College Park. “Her whole

thing is getting records online and getting people to participate in projects like transcribing and doing things with [the records],” says Mr. Mendenhall. Although she currently works with the Archive’s website, in the past she has also worked with classified government documents and George W. Bush’s presidential library. “My wife actually organized George W. Bush’s t-shirts,” says Mr. Mendenhall, “so it’s a really cool job.” A job in the archives proves useful for Mendenhall’s curriculum. “There is a connection between both of our jobs. When she found interesting things she would tell me about it,” says Mr. Mendenhall.

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November 15, 2013


Students spend period interning, pursue passions, interests Professional opportunities help Bengals head start desired career path

x by Adam Beuttler & Shak Magona An internship can be a great kick starter to a career, giving students not only an edge over other candidates but also being an exciting experience that not too many students can share. An internship is an opportunity to earn gain early experience in the career you see yourself having in years to come. A student can also get an internship in a career that they are interested in to figure out if they can see themselves doing it in the future. “It gives people an idea of that they want to do when they get older,” says senior intern Alexandra Krakaur. Mr. Pazulski, the teacher in charge if internships at Blake, says “Every year we get a variety of interns who have interests in such a wide range of professions.” Mr. Pazulski works his way through 50 through 60 students interested in internships during the spring. He has seen every internship request from a teacher’s aid to an intern in law enforcement. Senior Alana Kominski interns at the Montgomery County Humane Society treating any animals that they may come across. Kominski loves working with animals and is very happy to have gotten this internship. “I might want to become a veterinarian, but I’m not really sure,” says Kominski. Most interns only work for one person or company but senior Stephen Han works for two teachers at Blake creating videos for Mr. Pazulski and aiding Mrs. Knott with Eubie TV. “It really helped me understand the process of starting a project and ending a project on a deadline,” adds Han. Working for both Mrs. Knott and Mr. Pazulski may be tiring, but Han enjoys practicing his videography and website design skills. Seniors Sarah Bridegum and Krakaur both have internships which help prepare them to become great elementary school teachers. “I pull small groups out into the hallway to make sure they understand what the class is learning especially if they are struggling and falling behind,” adds Bridegum. Students may learn that they like doing something more than they had originally imagined. Webmaster Justin Chan was able to learn more about managing a website from controlling Blake’s website. “Sometimes it’s a little tedious because of all the work…It’s not that big of a deal,” says Chan. Interning also gives students the opportunity to figure out if the career is actually for them. Senior Stephanie Van Albert was able to see firsthand the rigors of career administration from interning at Summit Business. “I’ve learned a lot about business but also about working in an office with a lot of people,” says Van Albert who wishes to continue in the business career.

Senior Stephen Han shoots video independently for Ms. Knott with his own Nikon camera.--Photo by John Kos

Students participate in No Shave November, raise awareness, support for male illness Annual tradition allows Bengals to understand prostate cancer, publicize disease, promote health x by Yodit Denu Every fall the weather gets colder, the pants get longer, and the need to shave religiously decreases. No shave November is an event that allows men (and women) to retire their razors for a whole month. For those who do not know, No shave November is an event that takes place, well, throughout the month of November. Men and women alike can participate. The men will usually grow facial hair for the whole month and women will abstain from shaving their legs and armpits. Many students in Blake participate in this event. Junior Paul Kennedy says “I got introduced to [no shave November] by some seniors last year and I thought it was a cool thing and a fun way to support men’s prostate cancer.” Other students, such as senior Daniel Rushton participate for personal reasons. “I originally started to do it because I heard it was to raise awareness for male cancers and my grandfather battled prostate cancer,” Says Rushton. The lack of razors and the abundance of hair do serve a purpose. By not

shaving, it raises awareness for prostate cancer. “One of the cancers that are not widely promoted like breast cancer,” says Kennedy. “I think we need to focus on men’s prostate cancer and promote it,” adds Kennedy. No shave November does come with various positives and negatives. “You see people in the hallways walking around full beards and stuff and it is funny,” says Kennedy. Not only is it funny, but it gives these participants a break from their usual routine. “I love that I can be lazy and not shave,” Says Rushton. However, the huge increase in body hair does have its snares, “my least favorite part is my family telling me it looks gross all the time and that I need to shave,” Adds Rushton. Although there has been an increase in participants of No shave November, it may be for the wrong reasons. No shave November does have a significant meaning. Kennedy says, “It should not be a month where you do not shave. It should be a month where you do not shave, but you are also going out and about in your community and promoting the search for the cure for men’s prostate cancer.”


The Bla

November 15, 2013

Student dishes out favorite Thanksgiving recipe: America’s classic pumpkin pie

Junior gives step-by-step for traditional holiday treat

Delicious pumpkin pie perfect for any Thanksgiving table. --Photo by Dennis Chan

x by Kloe Johnson Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means spending time with families, being thankful, and eating all of the delicious food that will soon have everyone wanting seconds. The savory flavors of turkey, mashed potatoes, and an array of vegetables are only some of the appetizing foods waiting to be devoured. One of Thanksgiving’s most famous desserts has been overlooked in the flavor department: Pumpkin pie. While this famous pumpkin pie dish is easy to acquire at your local grocery store, actually knowing how to make authentic pie is slowly escaping our generation. This recipe makes 6-8 servings and takes roughly 1 hour and 35 minutes to make. Ingredients 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten 1 cup half-and-half 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional 1 piece pre-made pie dough Whipped cream, for topping Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color. For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated. Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.


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November 15, 2013

Fluffy mashed potatoes, golden-brown turkey, pies Delicious foods to get you hungry for Thanksgiving x by Bronwyn Evans You walk into your kitchen to see family members bustling about, stirring dark and heavy steaming pots filled with gravy or soup. Your aunt—second cousin, maybe?—who says she remembers you when you were this big, orders you to chop up some veggies, and you comply. The onions make your eyes water, but this aunt says that she’s going to make her famous cheesy onion casserole and she needs those onions finely sliced. You remember from last year— the caramelized onions and mushrooms coated with butter, Swiss cheese melted on top of soft French bread, a recipe handed down in your family from generation to generation. You’ve finished with the onions, and move on to mashing sweet potatoes for your dad’s signature meal: sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallow on top. You remember being a child, maybe

about five, serving heaps of steaming sweet potatoes on your plate solely for the sugary, gooey taste of lightly browned marshmallow. You see your uncle stirring the boiling water, adding crushed cranberries, cubes of spiced pears, and some sugar. You can smell the cranberries from where you’re standing, and you step forward to volunteer yourself for taste-testing. Right before you try it, you prepare for the sour taste of cranberries and sweet maple syrup on your tongue. Next come the green beans, cooked with fried onions and creamy mushroom sauce. The way your cousin makes it is perfect—the green beans aren’t watery, but are basted with chicken broth. The chewy mushrooms and soft green beans harmonize with the crispy onions and the red pepper spice. You begin helping your grandmother, now. She’s cooking the main meal: the turkey with its counterparts,

the mashed potatoes and gravy. You always have loved the rosemary seasoning your grandma makes. She always seems to get the skin that roasted, golden-brown glow. The rosemaryseasoned, tender white meat is perfectly complemented by the rich gravy and fluffy mashed potatoes. But dessert has always been your favorite part. Not everyone you know loves pumpkin pie, but you love how much your family gets into it. Everyone works together to make the flaky, crumbly crust and the syrupy pumpkin mixture spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. You help yourself to a slice when no one’s looking, enjoying how easy it is to slide your fork through the dark-colored pie. Thanksgiving is meant to be spent with people you love and food you enjoy. Whether your family is big or small, loud or quiet, vegetarian or meat-loving, enjoy your Thanksgiving in good company with yummy foods.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving in good company with yummy foods.

Alumni face issues returning home for the holidays x by Courtney Hutchinson Numerous Blake alumni have the opportunity to see their families a handful of times a year, one of these treasured occasions is the time around Thanksgiving Break. The only thing preventing graduate of the class of 2011 Gwen Giles from seeing her family is the cost of plane tickets. “Attending school on the West Coast makes it hard to visit home often, but I am still able to make the best of it,” says Giles. This Thanksgiving, Giles is staying on the West Coast and spending Thanksgiving with some friends. Other graduates such as alumna Maya Campbell have similar plans for their Thanksgiving holiday. Campbell, who attends college in Oregon, will make this year her third time spending the holiday away from her family. “It makes me sad, especially since it’s been for three consecutive years,” says Campbell, a junior at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. “For some, it’s the first few years that are the toughest,” says alumnus Marc Assoua. “Some of my friends only get to visit their family for Christmas, and I never see most of them after a few first visits,” he adds. Assoua, who attends American University in Washington, D.C., plans to spend his first post-graduation Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family. Other alumni such as Jalen Marshall and Briana Livesay are rushing home to spend time with their families. Marshall, who attends University of Maryland Baltimore County, will make this his third Thanksgiving with his family since his graduation in 2011. “Even though I am privileged with the opportunity to see my family often, I will always want to see them,” says Marshall, who visits his home at least ten times a year because of his college’s proximity. “Who would want to miss out on Thanksgiving?” he adds. The siblings of many alumni also feel at a loss with their siblings away from home. Junior Logan Dreher, sister of Mckenzie Dreher, is not looking forward to spending Thanksgiving without her sister. “My birthday is around Thanksgiving so it kind of feels like a double loss,” says Logan Dreher.

Blake Alumnu Gwen Giles and her family-photo provided by Gwen Giles.


C6 Cristela is America’s own “Miss Crustacean.” -----------------------------Yes that’s why it’s the Naked Mole RAP! -----------------------------Jay and Lily are so cute. -----------------------------Just because it’s outside your personal experience, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. -----------------------------Kirsten who? KIRSTEN HINES! Woohoo!! -----------------------------It’s scarf weather again...get excited. -----------------------------Dennis Chan is obsessed with Tabs #Truelife -----------------------------194 days until graduation, seniors! -----------------------------“Bit my shiny metal as-” “Good news everyone!” -----------------------------Shout out to Mr. Kelley -----------------------------To Jay - your hair looks pretty today. -----------------------------Thanks Tabs I feel the love. -----------------------------Congrats Girls Cross Country! -----------------------------Maryland kind of sucks a lil bit, let’s be honest. -----------------------------EHASD - Elana Harris Always Singing and Dancing. -----------------------------Grace Johnson is my boo #wifey -----------------------------We’re sorry for laser tag, Mr. Schenk! -----------------------------That ref, though... -----------------------------Read ice hockey...please?? -----------------------------Who else is sad that Rita’s is closed now? -----------------------------I voted POOTIE TANG for junior Homecoming Princess -----------------------------Don’t be bums! Come out and join baseball #BBB -----------------------------Come see Pippin!! -----------------------------“Proficiency in a world language opens doors for global opportunities.” -Dr. Kenel Stevensen, world languages teacher. -----------------------------Shout out to my manz - -----------------------------“Punkin’ and wreckin’, i don’t give a heckin’” -----------------------------“And you said blood...oooooooh.” - Sami Wright -----------------------------There’s still time to vote Zach Kushner for Homecoming Queen! -----------------------------RIP Sean Taylor #21 -----------------------------BVBS >> -----------------------------Do you like cheese? My favorite’s gouda. -----------------------------Operation Find Zachy K’s headband -----------------------------4 Brownie reward for he/she who finds it -----------------------------It is pink, blue, and yellow underarmor -----------------------------And the arch of his foot really was in a class by itself. -----------------------------Blake Soccer Swag -----------------------------Nicholas Park is so super fabolus and obviously the most majestic creature to set foot onto this world. -----------------------------When I say destruction now, I don’t want no peace, hater. -----------------------------Boosted for BlakeScape ------------------------------

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I like white guys -----------------------------but not you.... -----------------------------Guys I’m so proud of us we pulled through and the show is opening tonight! We’re gonna be great. -----------------------------Boys soccer rox my sox -----------------------------Black Student Union in a week guys -----------------------------Go support the Blake Varsity Cheerleading team @Blair tommorrow. -----------------------------Coffee & la dispute nag nag nag -----------------------------#Notgettingintocollege -----------------------------#RT -----------------------------This is censored -----------------------------Noooo she wasn’t ready! #KevinHart -----------------------------Whatcha doin? Eatin corn! -----------------------------Jaime Lee will you go to prom with me? -CareT -----------------------------Yes Caroline. I will. -----------------------------Project Change this Tuesday at lunch! -----------------------------In the amp! Bring your friends -----------------------------GAME DAY GAME DAY GAME DAY -----------------------------Mr.Yates is the best -----------------------------G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S -----------------------------Flying first class -----------------------------DON’T FORGET TO FLOSS -----------------------------Nice nuts (pisatchios) -----------------------------Come out and support the ice hockey team -----------------------------Tanner Williams please have my baby Sercet admirer -----------------------------DAN RUSHTON ROCKS MY SOCKS -----------------------------IS THIS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW -----------------------------May 28th can’t come any sooner -----------------------------We crave a different kind of buzz -----------------------------J’s on my feet -----------------------------Pure Heroine>>>> -----------------------------You can call me Queen B -----------------------------Where is Jesses McCartney tho? -----------------------------It’s okay tho, he is still hot -----------------------------I saw him in concert!! He was so good ahh. -----------------------------Come see Pippin y’all! It’s a great show. Support your friends. -----------------------------I love you Aaron Tveit, you are my one and only. <3 -----------------------------HE WAS A SK8R BOI SHE SAID SEE YA LATER BOY -----------------------------That’s not a duck, dummy! -----------------------------Thanksgivukkah is coming up... -----------------------------I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL -----------------------------Plants sprout between my toes and tickle my feet and it makes me laugh. -----------------------------WE NEED TO HAVE A MASQUERADE BALL THEMED PROM -----------------------------Miley Cyrus is my queen -----------------------------Tabi was at a sporting event. WHAT?! -----------------------------I hate college apps ha ha #killme ------------------------------

UnClassifieds See any BEAT staffer to buy your Unclassified in our next issue. 70¢ for the first ten words, 5¢ for each additional word Sorry about laser tagging. - Mr. Schenk’s 4th period AP Lit -----------------------------Can you please define your use of truth? -----------------------------The arch of his foooooooot! -----------------------------Boutta buy dis ticket #swag #blakescape -----------------------------Shianne be the bait with those colored tips. -----------------------------I love Alison Comer. -----------------------------We’re making h13story at Blakescape Dec 10th -----------------------------Kaylie Deshler is a goddess. -----------------------------Halloween and Thanksgiving aren’t real holidays. Christmas 4 LIFE -----------------------------Maryland’s weather is very bipolar -----------------------------How come he doesn’t have any clotheses? -----------------------------Hamilton P8 Shanish -----------------------------#Blakescape #videogames #customink @ Money Maker Mike -----------------------------Hope is for Presidents and dreams are for people who are sleeping. -----------------------------Marry me Kaylie Elizabeth Deshler? -----------------------------Blakescape! Blakescape! Blakescape! Blakescape! Blakescape! Blakescape! -----------------------------I’m sorry father, it won’t happen again. -----------------------------Frizelle loves reading Seventeen magazine. -----------------------------BVGS loves Kaylie Deshler. -----------------------------I’d go country for Hunter Hayes. ---------------------------#BVBS -----------------------------This grape juice tastes like communion -----------------------------Number 14 at Parkdale is cute -----------------------------Mr. Hendje bought an unclassified. Yay! :) -----------------------------Shirley Temple -----------------------------#14 I like your perm -----------------------------www. -----------------------------Come to UMBC Friday at 8:30pm #BVBS States -----------------------------MASQUERADE BALL THEMED PROM -----------------------------Number 14 has a sick perm. -----------------------------After all, I’m just an ordinary housewife and mother. Just like all you housewives and mothers out there. -----------------------------Curtis is pretty -----------------------------Almost state champs -----------------------------All of BVBS has Beyonce thighs -----------------------------Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt elderberries. -----------------------------Fiona Molloy, more like Nerdona Nerdlloy -----------------------------#14 I like your perm. ------------------------------

Tina you fat lard come get some dinner. BVBS is going to states!!! -----------------------------#BVBS -----------------------------Come and see Pippin tonight and Novemer 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30pm! -----------------------------Here is the meaning of life: If the elephant does not cross the river, it will never obtain the pomegranate, and the elephant will starve. -----------------------------Hollaaaa it’s our second issue of The Blake Beat!! -----------------------------I’m obsessed with the stripped version of Wrecking Ball. -----------------------------Why is she wearing a lampshade on her head? -----------------------------Emily keeps stealing my lotion. “It absorbed too fast,” she says. -----------------------------#BVBS -----------------------------Shout out to my Pippins I love you guys. <3 -----------------------------Alex, from Sheffield-Eng-Shef-Arctic Monkeys. -----------------------------Levko Karmazyn is my crush. -----------------------------No he’s mine, back off -----------------------------To my little milk dud-- I love you Abe! Good luck tonight! <3 Maryam -----------------------------Warm that bench David! <3 Maryam -----------------------------Can you feel the love tonight? -----------------------------We are all going -----------------------------But dat Scandal do?!?!?!??!?!?! -----------------------------Tanner Williams is perfection -----------------------------I believe in Sherlock Holmes. -----------------------------We can’t stop, and we won’t stop. -----------------------------WE NEED TO HAVE A MASQUERADE BALL THEMED PROM -----------------------------39 days until christmas -----------------------------Said it once before... -----------------------------I’m a southern belle, and crazier than hell -----------------------------I love the back row of J2 -----------------------------Hottie Mahdi with a swimmers body -----------------------------Nobody can handle my swag. Yolo. #TYBG -----------------------------Congrats to all of the sports teams who have done well so far! Shout out to Boys Soccer, Girls Cross Country & Cheerleading <3 -----------------------------Who are all these new teachers? They bout fine as... -----------------------------COME OUT TO INDOOR TRACK -----------------------------We’ll make it through junior year together! -----------------------------And the official theme for prom is -----------------------------SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKIN ------------------------------

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November 15, 2013

Live student go-go band impresses Homecoming attendees

Various members of the band Atomic Crank Band assemble together to pose for a group photo. --Photo provided by Josh Jones

by Logan Dreher

x& Ariel Gomez

Newly formed “Atomic Crank Band” (ACB) brought gogo back this homecoming October 12 with a memorable performance despite the adversity they faced, infusing the crowd with a love for the genre. The band was inspired by the go-go band that performed two years ago, when most of the members were freshmen. Says junior and lead vocalist Zach Berry, “we thought we’d bring back the joy of our freshman year and bring go-go back to the courtyard.”

However, the band also took into account the area they live in when deciding what type of music they would play. “People in the Washington D.C. area like go-go” says junior Joshua Oxley. “We wanted to do a style of music that was popular in this area.” Junior members of the band include drummer Thomas Plihal, Oxley, Colin Tucker, Ayana Brown, Maya Eaglin, Berry, pianist Vinson Do, Joseph Oxley, senior Tayahd Campbell, and sophomore Christopher Latona. ACB began practicing a month before homecoming, although the band was not approved

by administration until the week of the dance. “We did it on pure faith that the school would prevail and let the students have a voice,” says Do. Do, Eaglin and Berry were in a band called “The Basement” in middle school, so their performance at homecoming was a reunion. “We’ve performed together a while ago so we knew everyone’s talents,” says vocalist Eaglin. “We decided to come back together to make homecoming better.” On homecoming day the weather was less than ideal, but the band embraced their misfortune. “It was amazing because it was raining...we didn’t think people

would go outside because of it,” says Plihal. “We were hesitant in starting the performance, but when we started, people ran into the rain and everybody got into it.” “It made the all the hard work and practice worth it,” adds Plihal. This experience was unlike any other the band had before. “We were worried it was going to rain on us, and it did rain,” says Berry. “We were worried no one was going to come because it was raining. We were worried about so many things, but it all turned out alright.” Despite the positive feedback, ACB is unsure of their future.

“We attempted to play at Springbrook’s [homecoming], but that didn’t end up working out,” says Oxley. “We still jam every now and then,” he adds. Other band members have a more positive outlook towards their future. Says Eaglin, “everyone in the band is willing and wanting to play again, so we’ll see what happens.” Berry has a similarly optimistic opinion of the future. Despite being denied at Springbrook, he says, “I don’t know if there is a future, but if there is, I’m sure that all of Blake will definitely be behind us.”

Sophomore travels around world in 15 years, settles in American home After living in India, Russia, Mali, Moscov adjusts to life in Maryland x by Emily George and Yodit Denu From the United States to India to Russia to Mali and back, sophomore Nikolas Moscov has traveled the world. He traveled the world since he was a one year old and gained new insight and influence for his future. Moscov’s mother, who works for US Aid, a federal agency that does diplomacy work for the government, is the reason for his family’s frequently changing living circumstances. This year is Moscov’s second continuous year living in the states due to his verdict to complete high school here. “The American-based school curriculums found in other countries interested me, but more opportunities are found here,” says Moscov. These extremely different settings take time getting used to. “It’s harder to make friends here—but I’m adjusting fine,” adds Moscov. The smallest school Moscov has attended contained roughly 200 Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12 students. With 12 students in his class and being considered a larger class, Moscov was very familiar with his

peers; unlike the larger atmosphere present at Blake High School.

“The Americanbased school curriculums... interested me, but more opportunities are found here.”

Nikolas Moscov

Having lived in India for four and a half years, Russia for two years, Ghana for four years, and Mali for

three years, Moscov has experienced it all. Says Moscov, “living in Mali was my favorite which is interesting because it’s such a poor country.” Because of the smaller schools, the community was a lot tighter and its culture became alive in everyone. “The music [in Mali] was amazing, the food was really good, and the people were really nice,” says Moscov. The hospitality found within the cultures overseas opened Moscov’s eyes and allowed him to obtain a new perspective regarding social values. “I found that the people here are more high maintenance,” Moscov adds. Though he plans to complete most of his education here in the United States, Moscov is eager to begin visiting places he’s never been before. In the future, Moscov hopes to join the Peace Corps and start travelling the world again. “[Wanting to join the Peace Corps] was a decision that was heavily influenced upon travelling as a child,” adds Moscov. After experiencing first-hand what living in multiple struggling economies is like, Moscov envisions his future consisting of helping the less fortunate all whilst engulfing himself in various atmospheres.

Even highly-crazed shoppers ponder: Black Friday, still worth it? by Michelle Carter x & Marie Anne Louis-Charles As Thanksgiving approaches quickly, millions of shoppers are bracing themselves for the latest sales and the hottest holiday buys. Yes, that is right, Black Friday time is here. What exactly is Black Friday? Black Friday sales usually begin in the wee hours of the morning. Freshman shopper Khan Nguyen says, “[my] family and friends raid the mall for cheap deals.” Many people have made the journey to stores on Black Friday. Senior Allana Dawkins catches up on sleep beforehand to be able to pull an all-nighter. She says, “I don’t go to bed [on Black Friday]. I sleep

through half of Thanksgiving.” While some students get up before the sun does to benefit from Black Friday deals, others rise at a more moderate hour. “I don’t believe in getting up at 3 am to wait in line for stores to get open, but I do wake up around 7 or 8,” says sophomore Sara Kohorst. “I know from experience that stuff is still around at 8 am,” she adds. There are others who disagree about Black Friday’s importance. “Personally, I think people who pull all-nighters are kind of crazy,” says freshman Keren MirAlmaguer. “Sometimes there’s too many people and you can’t get what you want.” Some students see the logic in both waking up early and not participating in Black Friday shopping. Sophomore Nata-

lia Iglesias says, “some [shoppers] are just insane. Some are okay.” Some do not feel as if Black Friday deals are good enough anymore to warrant waking up early in the morning, yet the experience is still worth it. “I think the Black Friday deals are okay,” says sophomore Ally Young. “It’s more about the experience, so if you don’t enjoy going, I don’t think it’s worth it.” A decline in quality sales have been observed by students who have participated in Black Friday over the past couple years. “A few years ago I have found some pretty quality deals but last year there was nothing special,” says sophomore Elizabeth Iduma. “Now there is nothing good.” Another reason for the decline in

sales on Black Friday has a lot to do with the newfound success of Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving where online retailers sport cheap deals throughout the day. Many who do not want to brave the Black Friday crowds will, instead participate in Cyber Monday. Dawkins says, “people don’t feel like getting up at five and leaving their houses.” While some students believe Black Friday isn’t as rewarding as it was in the past, others believe not much has changed. “I think some deals have gotten worse while others have gotten better,” says Kohorst.” But regardless, there are still sales that I like to take advantage of,” adds Kohorst.


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James Hubert Blake High School

November 15, 2013

Boys continue to break boundaries, advance to states

Varsity soccer team shatters records after winning division title, regionals

The varsity boys’ soccer team after their defeat of rival school Springbrook; players discuss gameplay in pregame team huddle.--Photos by Sami Wright

x by Torie Broer The Bengals have been shattering school records all season. Tonight a large crowd is expected at University of Maryland Baltimore County at 8:30 to support the Bengals as they face the Severna Park Falcons in the state finals. This season the Bengals have made unprecedented accomplishments. Amidst a nine-game win streak the boys’ team won the division championship title for the first time in Blake history. “Words can’t even express how proud and elated I was,” says senior captain and goal keeper Matt Russell. “It was the best game I have ever been a part of.” This season the boys have had three players voted onto the Maryland all-state team, including senior midfielder Jose

Cooper, senior captain and midfielder Raul Escobar, and senior captain and defender Dunchadhn Lyons. Says Cooper, “We all put in a lot of work, but it’s nice to see it pay off.” This season the Bengals broke multiple Blake records, including shattering the record for most wins in a season for boys’ soccer. Their record of 15 wins has far surpassed the previous 10-win record. “I am ecstatic that we have been able to go so far and do this well this season,” adds Lyons. This season our Bengals have led the county in the number of goals scored for the first time in Blake history. “[The team has] an attitude where they work so hard and just refuse to lose games,” adds coach and social studies teacher David Edlow. “They will do whatever it takes to get the result every time they step out on the field.” Once playoffs began the boys set their

goals to the state championships. Senior defender Ezra Roschu says, “This is the best chance for us to make a name for ourselves. With the great form we are in we are relishing in success.” November 5, the Bengals battled their way against the Perry Hall Gators, through double overtime, pulling out a victory in penalty kicks to win the regional championship in addition to their division title- yet another first for Blake. Making it to the state semi-final match was a first for the Bengals. After their win against the Parkdale Panthers the 2013-2014 boys’ soccer team has become the third boys team in Blake history to advance to the state finals. After everything the Bengals have put into their season they are seeing the results in their stats. Says Mr. Edlow “[With] the

work they put in on a daily basis, on and off the field, they deserve all of the accolades that they get.” In preparation for tonight’s highly anticipated match Lyons adds “We are capable of beating anyone when we play on our game. If we play with passion and intensity we could be the state champions.” The Severna Park falcons have not seen defeat since the state finals last year. Senior midfielder Metuge Esong adds, “I’m really excited, but also nervous, it’s a big game.” “They’re a tough team, and we really need to come out and bring it…we need to play like we did against Perry Hall,” adds senior defender Carlos Cabrera. “We need fans… come out and support the boys’ varsity soccer team! Let’s win Blake a state title!”

Student athletes express anticipation for upcoming winter season

Tryouts, practices commence this afternoon after weeks of preparation

by Courtney Hutchinson x

Tryouts for winter sports begin today, and as students discuss their hopes for the upcoming season, they also reflect on the tough transition from the fall sports. Senior swimmer Lillian Hallmark explains how the team hopes to improve from last year. Hallmark says that with swim only being a few times a week and her previous sport being every day, she will be able to do more things outside of school. “Since swimming only practices twice a week… I will have more time to myself,” says Hallmark. Hallmark also says since there will be a lot of swimmers and divers on the team, the experience is grander. “There is a larger amount of seniors on the team compared to last year,” says Hallmark. “With a lot of experienced swimmers the team should be able to come together as a team under greater leadership.” Returning player sophomore Rachel Sigwalt says

the potential of this team is very promising. “Our boys look really good and we have a lot of fast freshman girls,” Sigwalt adds. Senior Demote Ojinnaka, returning player for the boys basketball team is also looking forward to the upcoming season and plans to work hard and set a good example for his teammates. “[I am looking forward to] the fans, the competition, [and] rival games,” says Ojinnaka, “and playing with my teammates and taking a leadership role.” Sophomore Charles Snowden hopes to have a successful season for basketball on both the JV and varsity level. Snowden says being successful in basketball takes a consistent work ethic on and off of the court. “The Blake basketball team will be the hardest working team in the county,” adds Snowden. Girls Basketball team prospect sophomore Monica Hallmark says she is looking forward to the entertaining season she is going to have with her team-

mates. “I’m looking forward to having fun both on the court and during practices,” says Monica, “[and also] increasing skill.” Junior Brooke Lauren Gil is planning on continuing Poms through the winter. Gil hopes to keep doing well since Poms was undefeated last year. She says the road to competition will not be easy. “It takes a lot of commitment and time,” says Gil. “It’s a lot of hard work and you have to have the desire to do well.” The desire to win has bought together the Poms as a team. Adds Gil, “I love my team no matter what the difficulties are… in the end we all have become a family.” Cheer also wants to push through another season and do well in competitions. Junior Camryn Cheatham says that she hopes the squad will do well as they compete in competitions tomorrow. “My hopes are that we get [along] and we have a spirited team for the season,” adds Cheatham.

I’m looking forward to having fun both on the court and during practices.

Monica Hallmark


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November 15, 2013

New baseline concussion testing for all student athletes County hopes pre-season awareness will help prevent head injuries

x by Zach Kushner Student athletes spend seven hours in school cramming information into their brain and then put their heads at risk during their sports after school. This year, county implemented baseline concussion tests are required for all high school athletes, no matter the sport. Players will take this test before the season starts when they do not have any head injuries. The new tests review basic brain function such as memory and reaction times. If an athlete does

get a head injury, they will take this test again to see if their brain function was affected by the injury to assess the severity of the head injury. In addition to the baseline tests, parents now have more forms that they must sign to prove their awareness of concussions and tell if their child has a past history of concussions. Says Athletic Director Jared Fribush, “We have increased the number of items that we are doing not only to decrease concussions but to care for and monitor concussions.”

A sport that comes to mind when talking about concussions and head injuries is football. Senior Captain Devin Cannon suffered from a concussion while playing football. He says, “For all players to be safe I believe all schools should enforce a rule that makes all coaches teach their players the proper fundamentals on how to tackle another player.” Football teams are required to practice 21 days before their first game and some of this time should be dedicated to proper technique. Mr. Fribush says, “There are kids who have never

played before, we can teach them technique but with a lack of experience, and it’s a continual process.” The “Heads up Campaign” is an attempt to teach these kids to tackle with their head up because head-down tackling will increase the chances of head injury. All sports have potential for concussions. “Look at a sport like lacrosse where boys wear helmets and girls don’t,” adds Fribush. “There are arguments on why the girls should wear a helmet to protect their head but

there are other arguments that [a helmet] would make them feel like they can be more aggressive which could then lead to more concussions.” Even if concussions may not be excessive is sports like field hockey or cross country, they still have to all take the baseline test before the season starts. Says junior field hockey player Zoe Hatzes, “I think it’s [a good thing]. It’s better safe than sorry.” With these new rules in place, the county hopes to see a large decrease in student-athletes acquiring concussions.

Cross country season dwindles down, runners continue to succeed

Girls finish strong in state competition for first time in school history

x by Jordan McLean The members of Blake’s cross country team have been moving up in county and regional rankings as the season draws to a close by setting personal bests and beating out tough competition. The girl’s team has had a successful and an undefeated season with a record of 8-0. In the fifth annual MCPS Consortia Cup Cross-Country Championship October 12, the girls team placed third out of seven other teams. The team was led with great speed by sophomores Catherine Oberfield, Holyna Nhean, Riani Carr, and Onesty Peoples and juniors Lily Prokop and Maika Taguchi. In the Consortia Cup, Oberfield placed third out of 82 runners with a time of 21.09. Oberfield ranks as the 18th fastest runner in the county, and her coaches have projected her to rank third in the Region Cham-

pionship meet which took place on Halloween. Says Oberfield, “My goal is to get a personal best and that in itself is hard to do.” The boys placed 6th in the Consortia Cup and have a record of 3-5. The team was led by seniors Bryan Citrenbaum, Miles Douglas, and Gregory Bell, junior Joshua Oxley, and sophomores John Stout, Arnold Chonai and James Newport. Oxley came in 7th place out of 47 runners with a time of 17.46 and Bryan Citrenbaum followed closely behind in 14th place with a time of 18.12. The girl’s impressive record is not only a result of their evident speed, but their strong team dynamic as well. Says Maika Taguchi, “We are a really united team and we work really hard.” Adds Taguchi, “The girls are definitely very strong.” In the recent Montgomery County Public Schools Cross Country Championships, the number of competi-

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tors increased immensely. Instead of the regular season two team meets, or seven teams of the Consortia Cup, there were a total of 24 different teams competing. The girls came in 12th place, with Oberfield coming in 18th place by breaking 20 minutes with three seconds to spare in the 5K. The team was again led by Oberfield, Nhean, Carr, Hines, Prokop, Peoples, and junior Martha Sam. The boys came in 23rd place, with solid runs by Citrenbaum and Oxley. Freshman Ethan Miller stepped up to the plate and joined Citrenbaum, Douglas, Bell, Oxley, Stout, and Newport to help the boys round out their times. The team competed in the state competition for the first time in school history Saturday. The girls ran hard and made the Bengals very proud. Says junior Sydney Steel, “Our team is really strong and continues to get better.”

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November 15, 2013


New varsity cheer coaches elevate team to top of pyramid x by Alyssia Graves & Kloe Johnson

Cheer coaches Natalie Barnett, Marcia Johnson, and Adrienne Crutchfield--Photo by John Kos

The varsity cheer squad prepares for their upcoming competition in hopes of taking first place behind the leadership of their new coaches Adrienne Crutchfield, Natalie Barnett and Marcia Johnson. All three coaches share a history in cheer. Thanks to their experience, the coaches provide an edge by adding new aspects to existing teaching styles. With a new coaching style, the coaches bring something new to the program that was not present in previous years. After placing top three the last two years in their county competition, Blake plans to come back stronger than before. “I’m shooting for that number one spot,” says Coach Adrienne Crutchfield, “They are one team so we have to be in this together for the outcome that we are striving for.” This year they hope to take first place. Cheering since she was four years old, Ms. Crutchfield shares her knowledge and experience of the sport with the squad. “I feel as my inspiration comes from things that I have done in the past that I would like to share with others,” adds Crutchfield. Ms. Crutchfield uses discipline as her main method in coaching the squad. “I am a coach that is all about discipline... it can come off as hard or harsh but in the end my girls always appreciate the outcome,” says Crutchfield. Instead of discipline, Mrs. Johnson uses organization and her perspective as a parent as her method in coaching. “I realize that you won’t do your best if there is something bothering you or on your mind, so I try to help you work through it or resolve the issue so that you can be 100% into cheer,” adds Mrs. Johnson. Preparing for a big sporting event is stressful for any coach. Mrs. Johnson likes to handle the stress by creating a game plan for the team. “I like to break everything down, week by week, count by count, line by line. I like to teach everything in pieces all in sequential order. This way it becomes second nature,” says Mrs. Johnson. Despite the inevitable drama that comes along with a team of all girls, this year’s squad seems to get along incredibly well. The team members and the mix of personalities has become major inspiration for the coaches. “I see how much motivation, drive, energy, and passion they have with it, and then I run with it,” adds Mrs. Johnson. All of the coaches share the same hopes for competition. “My only hope for comp is that the girls work as one...and perform to the best of their ability. If they do this, have fun and smile there’s no stopping us,” says Mrs. Johnson. The team has worked hard throughout the season and plans to show it at their county competition tomorrow.

Multi-sport student athletes Football players reflect on struggle to keep up efficient pace quitting team, discuss regrets by Jordan McLean x & Jenna Ramirez With the commencement for winter sports under way, three sport athletes struggle to accurately prepare for each season physically and maintain their rigorous academic schedules and plentiful social activities. In high school, it is extremely common to see students play more than one sport. However, there is a special group of students who have demonstrated athletic ability in a sport during each season. These students must figure out how to balance three different sets of skills, along with their academics and life outside of school. With practices everyday lasting until the early evening hours, three sport student athletes are forced to learn how to manage their schoolwork with a sport occupying their schedule the entire year. Says sophomore Monica Hallmark, who plays volleyball, basketball, and softball, “Playing three sports has really affected my academic life because I have to really budget my time and make sure I am getting all my work done.” When trying to balance academics and athletics, many three sport athletes find it helpful to be in season, as practice adds a structure to their after school schedule. Says senior Caroline Tatnall, who is on the field hockey, swimming, and lacrosse teams, “If I didn’t play a sport, I would go home, waste time and procrastinate.” Three sport athletes play from the first

day of fall tryouts, August 15, all the way until late October, depending on when their playoffs end. Winter sports begin November 15 and last until the end of February. Spring sports begin March 1 and end midMay. That means three sport athletes spend approximately only one month’s time not playing a sport. With such a small gap in-between sport seasons, it becomes increasingly difficult for three sport athletes to brush up on their skills when their time is being occupied by a different sport. Says Hallmark, “Playing multiple sports is challenging sometimes because in a new season I am used to the last one so I find myself incorporating other sports in the one that I am playing.” Three sport athletes also find limited time to hang with their friends during the school year. Finding a balance between sports, academics, and friends has become increasing difficult for student-athletes. Says junior McCallah Ott, who plays field hockey, basketball, and softball, “I don’t get to hang out with my friends a lot. I’ll get invited places but I always have practice or a game so I have to miss out.” To many three sport student athletes, the love of the game makes even the hectic schedules and conflicts worth the effort. Says senior Matt Russell, who plays soccer, basketball, and baseball, “Sports have always been a stress reliever. I have always found excitement and love in every sport

that I play.”

Sports have always been a stress reliever. Matt Russell

by Alyssia Graves x & Shak Magona

When thinking about a football team, one thinks of family, however the Blake varsity team has had a considerable number of players turn in their jerseys, reducing the number of players during the year. This season the football team had a hard year, finishing off with a record of (1-8). However during the year some students were unable to continue playing and left the football team. “It’s unfortunate, I don’t want anybody to quit,” says head coach Tony Nazzaro. Mr. Nazzaro believes however, that only players who are truly dedicated to the sport are willing to stick to the program. “Football is a sport you have to be 100% committed to really participate” adds Mr. Nazzaro. “It’s a difficult sport, and it’s not for everyone.” Players often felt disheartened by the lack of playing time they got throughout the season and believed that they were unable to show their potential. “I feel like there are certain players they [coaches] choose from the beginning that they know that they are going to play and the rest are just put to the side” adds former player Diego Munoz. However team captain Mark Davis believes that everyone has a role only they could play and everyone contributed something to the team. Davis says, “Each and every person on that team had a spot” further outlining the importance of each player. Players quitting also hurts the

team, “A lot of us feel like they just abandoned the team,” adds Davis. “We thought we were going to be a family throughout the entire season.” Players do not feel the same way about those who quit and feel that the bond was broken. The loss of players does not mean that the team would slow down. Wide receiver coach Achille Hendjie believes players leaving only gives others a chance to fill in where they left. “They had to work harder to compensate” adds Mr. Hendjie. “The ball’s going to get kicked off anyway Friday nights at 6:30 regardless if we have 50 people or 25 people.” While some players feel distant from the team by their early departure, Mr. Hendjie still sees the bond between players. “They were part of the football team before they’re all still family” adds Mr. Hendjie who believes that those players are dealing with their own certain situations. Players are looking toward the future hoping to redeem the teams name after this season. This is motivating the team to not only come together more, but to form a true unit. “Honestly we just have to come together” says junior Trevor Eaton. Players are not only motivated to come together as a family, they plan on spending more time in the weight room working out. “We’re going to be working out a lot in the off season so we are not going to be slacking” adds Eaton. The Bengals have high hopes for next season and anticipate players staying on the roster permanently.


Students play unique sports outside of school

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November 15, 2013

Student sets records, beats personal bests

Sophomore succeeds while running 5Ks, 2-mile-runs

Athletics not offered catch attention of talented teens by Ann Cirincione x & Jacqueline Hyman

Everyone knows the typical sports offered at Blake, but there are many students who participate in athletics outside of school, which they have been involved in for many years. Senior Julian Raul started fencing in eighth grade when he was convinced by friends to attend a practice, and now trains 12-15 hours a week at the DC Fencers Club, one of the biggest clubs in the country. Says Raul, “Fencing is amazing because you connect with so many people from all around the country.” Raul recently competed in the Junior Olympics, which is a national event held every year for those who are able to qualify. “It was really fun to see so many amazing fencers,” says Raul. “My parents were definitely proud, they were really supportive, and they both were always there to cheer me on—it was great.” Senior Victor Phimphachanh has played badminton outside of school ever since he was six years old. Says Phimphachanh, “My dad brought me and my brother to a recreational center, and he just let play and saw if we liked it and we started playing from there.” Now, he competes in national and international competitions. Along with badminton, Phimphachanh also participate in Blake tennis, two sports that share many similarities. “They do help with each other but they also give each other bad habits, because it’s a different way of playing,” says Phimphachanh. “If you have badminton, you have more precision…[and] tennis helps [with]...running and sprints.” Balancing sports and school can sometimes be a challenge for the two seniors, especially with their sports not being offered at Blake. Says Raul, “There are definitely a lot of late nights of doing homework after practice, and taking schoolwork with me on trips for tournaments.” Adds Phimphachanh, “I just try to space out my time as evenly as possible.” Both seniors wish that their sports were provided in a school setting. Phimphachanh has proposed a badminton club, but has not received enough support to actually start the organization. Raul thinks that offering fencing at Blake would be a good experience. “High school fencing can be really fun, and would be a cool sport to have,” he says. Raul and Phimphachanh also both plan on continuing with their sport, and hope to someday make it to the Olympics. Says Raul, “I’ve always wanted to see if I could make the Olympic team, so that’s the final goal if everything works out.” He also plans to fence in college, knowing that the whole experience has been “really fun, but not really easy.”

Sophomore Catherine Oberfield shows off her cross country form and prepares to run a marathon. --Photos by Dennis Chan

Jordan McLean x by Sophomore Catherine Oberfield has already had quite the running career here at Blake. With records broken and personal best times shattered, she strives to continue to improve and share her talents with her Blake cross country and track teammates. Oberfield leads the girls’ cross country team with some of the fastest times on the board. She continues to drop time with every meet, and just recently broke a 20 minute time in the 5K, with a time of 19.23 at the Montgomery County Championships. The sophomore started running 5Ks and shorter distances in sixth grade, and when she arrived to high school it was a whole new ballgame. “I started running a lot more and longer distances because high school was more serious” says Oberfield. “I had to step up my stamina and times,” adds Oberfield. At the County Championships on October 19, Oberfield placed 18th overall, meaning she is the 18th fastest girl in all of MCPS. She also placed third in the Consortia Cup on October 12. Her coaches predict that she will be seeded third in the

region at the Region Championships. Oberfield sees running not as work, but as a passion. “Running is therapy for me,” says Oberfield. She adds, “I like to run with my friends and just talk to relieve stress.” She wants to continue running as she gets older, if not in college then just as a hobby. Just last spring as a freshman on the track team, Oberfield broke the school record for the two mile run with a speedy time of 12 minutes and 47 seconds. Very few athletes come close to breaking records throughout their high school career, but Oberfield did it as a freshman. Says Oberfield, “My goal is just to get a personal record which is hard in itself because you are trying to beat your fastest time, which was hard to get initially.” She adds, “I hope my times can help my team and my personal improvement.” This upcoming March, Oberfield plans on running the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon with cross country assistant coach and Blake teacher Stephanie Staub. Running 26.2 miles should be a great way for Oberfield to get some last minute training in before her anticipated spring outdoor track season.

Ice hockey glides its way toward successful season by Bronwyn Evans x & Ariel Gomez It is a fresh new start on the ice for the Blake Ice Hockey team, as they slide back into their skates and prepare for the highly-anticipated season. After celebrating their first win in the team’s history last season, the team is ready to continue improving. “I want us to win as many games as possible this year,” says junior Cristian Maldonado, “but I also want us to play hard as a team and leave an impression this season.” T h e team has added some new strategies to their playbook in order to achieve this goal of improvement. “Our break in system should really help us score some goals this year, especially with our power play,” says junior Kenny Wong. An important part of the team is remaining positive and developing its teamwork. They have high hopes that players can pull through and go far in their season. Says senior Kevin Wright,

“I want to develop skills as a team, and get some wins to get to playoffs.” Ice hockey sponsor and web design teacher Ted Pazulski adds, “The program philosophy is to instill a dedication and passion [within players] and that, as a team, you are more than just an individual.” Although it is seen as a purely physical and aggressive sport, hockey requires of its players a certain mindset and mentality that not everyone is

the other athletic teams, if it isn’t too much trouble.” The players are excited for the upcoming season and their passion for Ice Hockey only grows as the season progresses. Says senior Julia Bell, “Hockey is unlike any other sports, its speed and the mental aspect are just so unique.” As the only girl on the team, Bell faces different challenges, but she has grown accustomed to having only boys as teammates in Ice Hockey. “I’ve played on all-boys teams my whole life, I just look at them like a team of brothers,” she says. Even though the team has high expectations for Kevin Wright their season, recapable of. “There is always a danger maining on top is not the team’s first level that keeps you on your toes,” says priority. “What matters is the amount of sophomore Elie Blanche-Caron. effort we put in and if we don’t win, that’s Ice hockey is not officially in the fine as long as we fought our hardest,” Blake Athletics Department, causing adds Wright. many members of the team to feel frusCome out to support the Blake Ice trated. “Ice hockey needs to be promoted Hockey team! The team opens its seaand shown more the same way as other son against Northwest tonight at 7:00 at athletics,” says Maldonado. Rockville-2 Ice Arena. “We want to get Maldonado adds, “The team pic- more high school students coming out to ture should be put up on the wall with our games,” adds Mr. Pazulski.

What matters is the amount of effort we put in and if we don’t win, that’s fine as long as we fought our hardest.

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November 15, 2013

Boys’ soccer salutes careers of 16 seniors Varsity girls’ Veterans recognized as team travels to state finals

coach resigns from successful lacrosse program Players mourn departure of longtime mentor, friend x by Darien Waters

Senior soccer players tear up the field in final practices before the state championship game. --Photos by Sami Wright

x by Elana Harris This year 16 seniors will leave the Blake boys’ varsity soccer team after successfully winning the region championship and making it to state finals for the first time. As the fall sports season comes to a close the team will band together to fight their way through playoffs. With the majority of the players this year being seniors a strong bond was built among them. “This was one of the best group of seniors I’ve ever had. These guys are just all one family and work so hard for each other,” says head soccer coach David Edlow. “It just makes it fun every day to come out here because they genuinely enjoy being with each other on and off the field.” The group did not originally all begin on the same team. Senior captain

Tanner Williams played on varsity by himself his freshman year, while some were moved up after regular season along with many others that were put on varsity their sophomore and junior year. “We’ve become a family. I consider all my teammates my brothers,” adds senior captain Dunchadhn Lyons. As the years continued the boys were able to become closer. The team also includes transfers like seniors Carlos Cabrera from Springbrook, Metuge Esong from High Point, and Carlos Valdez from Paint Branch. “Coming from Paint Branch to a winning team is like the best feeling ever,” says Valdez. “I’m excited that I transferred.” Valdez played varsity at Paint Branch and transferred to Blake this year. The three players were able to instantly click with the team. A large amount of the seniors spend their time together. During lunch they

can be found on the second floor in the corner of the A and B hallways laughing about practice, talking about their girlfriends, or helping each other do last minute homework. “The strong bond is what makes this team so good and so hard to beat,” adds Mr. Edlow. Outside of school many of the players play on the same soccer teams including the Pachuca, Montgomery Rush, and Calverton Champions soccer team. The senior team also had times when their chemistry was not as strong as it could be. “After a loss we’ll start blaming each other and then we polarize into our separate groups, but after the next practice we’ll be alright,” says Williams.“Winning and losing are both as equally important when building a good team relationship.” A core group will be gone soon, but for now they are focusing on making this current season count.

We’ve become a family. I consider all my teammates my brothers. Dunchadhn Lyons

Senior analyzes teams, predicts future results x by Zach Kushner DC sports teams have not been at their very best so far but the Washington Capitals are out to change that, just as they have for a few years now. Award for most consistent winning DC team goes to the Caps. Don’t worry, the Wizards and Redskins are consistent too. This is the second straight 3-6 start for the Skins and the Wizards are at 2-5 right now which is a good reflection of last season’s losing record. 29-53 was the best they could do a year ago. At least last year they could use the excuse of having a shorter season which is probably the reason they did not bring home a championship. After scoring just 32 goals all of last season, Caps captain and right wing Alex Ovechkin has already racked up 14 this year including an overtime gamewinner against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday which put him in a tie for the overall league lead in goals scored. In addition to the 10-8-1 Caps, Ve-

rizon Center is also the home of the Wizards. Since the season is so long their poor start is nothing to be concerned about. Point guard John Wall and guard Bradley Beal are two bright spots as Wall is averaging 9.6 assists per game and Beal is scoring 19.3 points per game.

While the Caps and Wizards still have a long road ahead of them, the Skins are already over halfway through their season and find themselves in the same position as last year. Coming off of a loss to one of the worst teams in the National Football League,

the Minnesota Vikings, the Skins will play arguably their biggest game of the season this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. If quarterback Robert Griffin III can win every game for the rest of this season I firmly believe that he goes 3-6 on purpose just to make the season exciting in the end. He is just testing out the loyalty of the fans to see if they will go to the Eagles game to cheer for their home team. With a solid 16 point season, DC United finished last in all of Major League Soccer. Every team in the league, with the exception of two other under-achievers, won at least three times as many games as them. The New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City both won over five times as many games. My bet is that the Capitals will win the division, the Wizards will finish in either eighth or ninth place to possibly make the playoffs and because of how awful the National Football Conference East is, the Redskins will still be able to make the playoffs and win their second straight division title.

Girls varsity lacrosse is looking for a new head coach as previous coach Janis Maloney steps down from the job after 9 years coaching the roaring Lady Bengals. Coach Maloney began her career at Blake as a Field Hockey coach, but took over the job in 2001 when the lacrosse team was in need of management. She stayed through the 2004 season until another teacher took over. She made her return to Blake Lacrosse in 2008 and has been with Blake since then, coaching both junior varsity and varsity. In terms of Coach Maloney’s resignation, she cites her increasingly popular personal training studio in Olney as one of the reasons she decided to move on. “It became difficult to keep up with all the responsibilities of coaching,” says coach Maloney, “so I thought it would be in the team’s best interest if I stepped down.” Among her players, there is no doubt that coach Maloney will be missed. Senior Victoria Wolsh, who spent two years on coach Maloney’s team, says that “[Maloney] always knew how to tell you what you were doing wrong and how to fix it.” To many on the team, as Wolsh adds, “She was like a mom away from home.” Coach Maloney admits that leaving after the 2013 season was not an easy task, and there are many things she will miss. “I will miss the players most of all,” she says. She also remembers the fun times at practice when the team was able not only to work hard, but to have fun doing so. Another senior and two-year player in the Maloney era, Kristina McKenna, says that the best part about her former lacrosse coach is that she isn’t too absorbed in the sport. “She didn’t care that much about winning, she cared about us as people,” adds McKenna. “She still wanted us to win, though. There was a nice balance.” Moving forward, coach Maloney plans on continuing her with her business, but has not ruled out being involved in lacrosse some time in the future. Although coach Maloney will be gone, she will not be forgotten. Players remain optimistic about life after coach Maloney. “We move on from here and dedicate our playing to coach Maloney,” says Wolsh. “[The next coach] has big shoes to fill.” When asked just how much coach Maloney would be missed on a scale of one to ten, Wolsh says “it would be a 100.” The proceeding coach remains unnamed; regardless, they have big shoes to fill.


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Varsity girls’ field hockey bids farewell to eight seniors

Team suffers emotional loss to rival Sherwood in playoffs to end season

Junior Amanda Long and seniors Nicole Lertora and Caroline Tatnall work together and fight hard for the ball during playoffs.-- photo by John Kos

x by Brian Dicken After an impressive double overtime win against Springbrook in the section semifinals of playoffs, the Lady Bengals suffered a loss to Sherwood in the section finals to end their season. Even with the loss to Sherwood, Blake field hockey is still a team to watch, finishing this season, like many previous seasons, with a winning record. Junior forward Madeleine Noonan-Shueh played her first full year on varsity this year. “I was hoping that we could have made it farther in playoffs but it’s okay because I was happy with the season overall,” Noonan-Shueh says. One person can’t win alone in a

team sport. Junior midfielder Joan Wood describes the teamwork this season as “really good.” Says Wood, “We are all really close and all friends.” After the thrilling win against Springbrook, Wood adds, “ [I am] proud to have gone this far.” Hustling when on the field can end up making a big difference in the outcome of a game. According to senior midfielder Caroline Tatnall, the hustle this year was good. “We worked hard and all gave 100% effort every game,” Tatnall says. “We worked really well together. We were all really close.” Teamwork is the key to winning games and all the players know how important it is to communicate. “We worked

well together because we trusted each other both on and off the field,” NoonanShueh says. “I’m really proud. I think it was a really good season.” This trust is cited by the team as one reason they were successful this season. The success this year may come at a price. This year’s team has eight seniors that will not be on the team next year, including all four of the team’s captains. While this transition will be difficult for the rest, they feel that it is one that they can come back from, and improve from next year with a new fresh team. This Blake team is one that had not played together much before this season. “I am proud of this year’s performance because most of us hadn’t played together

before high school,” Wood says. “So considering that, I think we did really well.” One thing that the team is proud of this season is that they all got possession time. “We don’t just have one star player. We all work together and all got the ball,” Wood says. They hope to build on this and get even better with this to ensure success next season too. The juniors who will be returning next year agree that, while this season was good, there is still room for some improvement. Says Wood, “We need to do more conditioning, running, stick skills, and working as a team.” They plan on training extremely hard during the offseason in order to come back sharp and ready to win next year.

Lady bengals’ impressive comeback season comes to close at 7-4-3

Varsity girls’ soccer highlights team chemistry, success, new players

x by Logan Dreher & Jenna Ramirez Girls’ varsity soccer earned a number two seed in the playoffs after ending their comeback season at seven wins, four losses, and three ties, with only seven upperclassmen. After an average 6-7 season in 2012, the soccer program looked to recover with a winning season. Coach Lewis Schrumm added five sophomores and six freshmen to the returning seven upperclassmen. Says coach Schrumm, “I was a bit nervous with all the young players but our senior captains did a great job of making everyone feel welcomed.” Leading the Lady Bengals this season were senior captains Torie Broer, Kaylie Deshler, and Yoselin Milloy. “I think we had a great season. We’ve had the best record we’ve ever had in Blake girls’ soccer,” says

Milloy. The soccer program boasted wins over rival Springbrook, along with ties against rivals Sherwood and Paint Branch. Says coach Schrumm on the Sherwood game, “Based on previous year’s results no one expected us to battle them to a 0-0 tie. The girls defended so well and worked together as a team. It was great to see the frustration on the faces of the Sherwood players.” After ending their regular season with a loss to Walter Johnson, the Lady Bengals earned a bye into the playoffs thanks to a number two seed, only behind rival Sherwood. Varsity girls’ soccer battled Springbrook again in the sectional semifinals and advanced after a 1-0 win. They went on to play rival Sherwood once again, where they lost 5-0. Although the Lady Bengal’s playoff run was

short, the ladies are satisfied with their season, citing their chemistry as a main factor to their success. Says freshman defender Lindsay Bridegum, “It’s better [chemistry] than I thought it would be. We all get along really well and play really well together.” With the soccer program only losing five seniors, the coaching staff and players alike are looking forward to another great season next year. Says coach Schrumm, “We are losing some great seniors but the young talent bodes well for the future. Also, with the success of this season, I’m hoping the incoming 9th graders will chose to play soccer at Blake.” The winning season has also ended a long Blake soccer career for many of the seniors on a positive note. “I’m proud of our team and I’m going to miss them next year,” adds Milloy. “I think they’re going to do well next year. They know what they’re doing.”

Winter runners welcome new head coach, look forward to season

by Kate Campbell x& Jenna Ramirez Winter track athletes have high hopes for indoor track tryouts, with the return of assistant coach Abner Wyatt and new head coach Brandon Tynes. “I first began coaching for the Hampton City Track Club my sophomore year in high school,” says Mr. Tynes, who held numerous coaching positions prior to coming to Blake. He held coaching positions at Lake Taylor High School and

Norfolk State University in Virginia. Four years ago, Mr. Tynes also coached “5 Star” a successful track and field program that he started with friends. Mr. Tynes will be the third person within the last three years to work as head coach within the track program. Says junior Kaela Jones, “I’m looking forward to more organization and learning different techniques, but I don’t know what else to look forward to with the constant changing.” The rehiring is replacing

Rebekah Dietz, who spent a year coaching both track seasons. “I will be rooting for Blake even when we compete,” says Ms. Dietz, who is relocating to Springbrook for transportation reasons. “I’m leaving with so many great memories,” she adds. “I felt that Coach Dietz was really growing with us and I’m really going to miss her,” says junior Joseph Oxley. “She was always looking out and caring for people. I’m sad that’s she’s going away.” Despite the loss of Ms.

Dietz to rival Springbrook, students are still looking forward to having Mr. Tynes as the new coach. “Many of us participate in running all year and our family is ready to accept him with open arms,” says sophomore Brandon Coleman. With other losses including previous team captain Darius Oxley and nationally-ranked long jumper Marc Assoua, members of boys’ track feel Mr. Tynes is a determining factor of their performance in the upcoming season. “No one likes to lose

and we have a lot of competition this year so I hope he’s ready to win,” says Joseph Oxley. Similarly, Mr. Tynes has high hopes for the Blake track and field program. “I am looking forward to building upon the great foundation that Blake already has,” he says. “There is a lot of work to be done to get to the level of success that I want to achieve, but from the vivacious student athletes I have met I’m confident that we will get there.” The track and field season officially begins this afternoon.

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Pippin takes Blake stage for second time, jumps from 2001 to 2013

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The Stage Company is coming full circle with this year’s fall production of Pippin, which was the first show that director Michel D’Anna ever participated in at Blake. In 2001, Mr. D’Anna came in as a guest director after the previous teacher had to leave in the middle of the school year. Principal Christopher Berry had earlier taught with Mr. D’Anna, and asked him to come help from Magruder. “The fact that he was here was very comforting for people,” says Mr. Berry, “and it was clear that he knew the show and had a vision” Adds Mr. D’Anna, “Blake bent over backwards to welcome [me] and give [me] a tremendous amount of support.” There are many differences between the first time the show was done at Blake and the show being created now. For example, the leading player’s character has been rewritten as a female part rather than a male part, as in the original Broadway show. Says Mr. Berry, “I’m looking to see how [a female leading player] is received. I think it’s a good thing in many respects.” Mr. D’Anna also believes that the students’ priorities have changed over the years. “They’re far more focused toward their futures, they know what they want to do as far as college or what their careers are. They weren’t like that back then,” he says. “People lived in the theatre. Now when we finish rehearsal, a lot of folks are ready to take off home.” During Blake’s first production of Pippin, adult support was far greater, according to Mr. D’Anna. Now, many students largely aid in putting together the show. “What I like is that the students place their mark on the show and the program,” says Mr. D’Anna. There are student choreographers, technicians, painters, and more. Mr. D’Anna chose Pippin this year in the attempt to have a successful show. He says, “We’re kind of running out of really good things to do, so Pippin I know was a pretty big show and one that I wanted to do.” Mr. Berry supports the decision and likes Pippin in a high school setting. “Every generation has a different interpretation of this show,” he says. “The message is somewhat timeless, in terms of coming of age and making choices in your life.” Both men are very dedicated to helping produce the best show possible. Before Mr. Berry became principal, he had an active role in the arts programs as Signature Coordinator. “Theatre’s in my blood,” he says. “[And I] don’t have as much time to do it now just because of my role [as principal]. I miss doing it.” “Every minute of my life I’m thinking about the show,” adds Mr. D’Anna. Mr. D’Anna stands on one of the original set pieces from the 2001 production. --Photo by John Kos

Stage Company travels to New York City, experiences taste of city

Actors, dancers meet adept guest speaker, take away essential lessons

by Shak Magona x & Maryam Outlaw Fresh from the Big Apple, students got a chance to learn from the professionals about what it takes to make it in the “biz,” on their New York field trip October 23. At 7am, students left the school and began their long trip to New York, arriving at 11am. Stage company members were treated to a workshop session later in the day when a friend of theatre director Michel D’ Anna discussed topics such as reputation as well as the journey to Broadway. “It was really cool since he was in ‘the business,’” says freshman Georgianna

Georgopoulos. While in the workshops, instructors informed the group about the importance of being a positive person, rather than a gossip. “Your personality is what helps you get picked for plays,” says sophomore Marcus Hundley. Hundley adds, “In the Broadway world it is easy for your personality to be spread around, leading to either more or fewer jobs.” Students learned multiple do’s and don’ts while at their workshop and received advice with regards to real-world theatre. Says junior Luis Zuluaga-Orozco, “[I learned that] your reputation goes a long way and will affect the type of jobs

you get.” After discussing the business of Broadway, students sat to watch the Broadway musical hit Matilda, which many, like sophomore Julie Jordan, found entertaining. Says Jordan, “We got to experience really talented people and notice how they use their voices and acting to really portray a story.” While in New York, students were allowed to shop and eat to their heart’s content in the places surrounding the area of Times Square. “We tried many types of foods New York style,” says sophomore Tess Maltagliati. Since there are many cultures in New York, the students had a lot to choose from.

Students greatly enjoyed being able to share experiences such as dining and entertainment in another state. “We got to see a lot of things we wouldn’t be able to see in Maryland,” says Zuluaga-Orozco. He adds, “It was a great experience and if anybody has the opportunity to go on a field trip like that, they definitely should.” Senior Jocelyn Ko considers this only one of many bonding moments for Blake Stage Company and cares for the show she experienced. “I think the valuable experience that I gained was just being lucky enough to go attend a Broadway show,” says Ko. Adds Ko, “For a lot of us, it was our first time going to see one, so that made the trip super special.”

Marching band creates routine, spreads word about pedestrian safety x by Adam Beuttler & Alyssia Graves In an effort to promote pedestrian and bike safety, the marching band gathered at Upper Senate State Park in the District of Columbia October 25 for the street smart campaign. The street-smart campaign encourages pedestrian and bike safety. During the fall and winter, there is an increased number of fatalities due to pedestrian accidents. The campaign urges pedestrians and drivers to be aware and alert in order to prevent future deaths.The band was able to take part in promoting this campaign. The band, consisting of 70 members for this particular event, played Amazing Grace.“The bell rang [and] a few members of the band solemnly placed their instrument down,” says music teacher Rachel Lader.

Each student one by one then walked off of the field. By the end of the piece, only one band member was left. Junior Jordan Weber, a trumpet player, played taps and then sat his instrument down and walked away as well. By all indications, the performance was very moving. “The audience was silent for minutes after the performance, many with tears streaming down their faces,” adds Ms. Lader. The audience consisted of parents and family members of people who have lost their lives due to pedestrian accidents. “It was hard for me to play,” says sophomore Christopher Latona. “There were family members in the audience who had lost a loved one.” This year, the Blake marching band competed at Reservoir High school for the first time. Even though the band placed fourth out of eight other schools, some

members, such as senior Rebecca Hill, loved it. Says Hill, “It was a lot of fun. We got fourth place, but I think we’ve really improved this season and getting a 78/100 is really good for our first year!” The Marching Band is also looking forward to competitions such as performing at Disney World in spring 2014. Hill says, “It will be more of a parade for the marching band but it will still be a lot of fun!” This trip occurs every four years, so the students are very excited for this wonderful opportunity. In regards to the first competition, Weber adds, “We didn’t come out in first, but we did pretty well.” The marching band is very proud of the work they have put in this year. They hope to improve and do better in their next competition.


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Gnabilane Mvele

All the incredible and majestic creations and drawings of artwork have always been fascinating to many people and it’s no different for junior Gnabilane ‘Theresa’ Mvele; an art student with muse and motivation. Ever since she was little, Mvele has been interested in the arts. Her uncle played a big part in getting her to love to draw as well. “My uncle would come visit me from Paris…he loved to draw,” says Mvele. Mvele plans to pursue art in her later educational life with the hopes of furthering her exploration of different art forms. She wants to do more with different styles. Mvele also loves to make emotion one of the keys to her drawing to inspire her. Mvele has no specific theme or objects that recur in her artworks, but she does make sure to make use of different colors and medias and never sticks to

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just one specific form like painting or drawing; “I like to play around and make it interesting,” says Mvele. However, emotions are not her only source of inspiration; life in general seems to create a perfect canvas for Mvele to express her feelings and thoughts; “Everything around me, I get inspired by,” says Mvele. These events include people’s emotions, school and everything generally going on in people’s lives. Mvele does not plan to ever give up her taste in music and inspiration; “I just love everything about [art], how you can express yourself in different ways in colors and shapes,” says Mvele. “Instead of saying it you can just draw it out…it’s just amazing.” Many artists believe drawing, painting, and just creating a picture of the world around you is a very motivating and inspiring talent. Mvele hopes that she will continue to use her talent far Mvele’s artpiece entitled “Anonyinto the future. mous” depicts musical instruments.

Fashion experts address morning beauty routines, sweatpant vices by Alyssia Graves x & Tabi Orock Excuse me ladies, I need to use the restroom and you are blocking the stall. I understand you are running late and all and didn’t have time to finish your makeup this morning, but I need to get through. I don’t understand why you are still trying to do a smokey eye at 7:24 and class starts at 7:25. And are you really straightening your hair right now? Please try not to burn the school down. Seriously girls, if you don’t have time to get ready in the morning, I have the perfect solution for you. Wake up earlier. It is ridiculous how three girls attempt to share one mirror to finish getting ready in the morning. And yes, people do notice when you go into the bathroom looking like you just rolled out of bed and leave looking like you are about to walk the runway. You can’t walk into school looking like Scary Spice and expect a rushed make up job in the ladies’ room to magically turn you into Sasha Fierce. It is important to look presentable to school, but getting ready in the bathroom is not acceptable. Public restrooms can be used for quick touchups, not for staging a 30 minute beauty tutorial that only applies to you. Seriously ladies, please reevaluate yourselves and your beauty routine. There is no need to spend an extra 20 minutes in the morning finishing getting ready in the school bathrooms. That should be done at home. It’s okay to add a little lip gloss and make sure your edges are slicked back, but that’s it. Just get ready at home. Point, blank, period.

Hello again, Bengals. It is November and cold weather is officially in style. However, this is not the end of the world. A drop in temperatures does not mean that we should all suddenly forget our sense of style and dorn those gigantic, grey, fleece tents commonly referred to as sweatpants. To be fair, sweats are great for sitting at home or taking out the trash, but that is it. Let’s not get crazy and start wearing them to places where people can see us. That is a criminal offense against your own body. These fleece body bags look good on no one and they go with nothing. Wearing sweatpants to school on a regular basis says one or two things about you: 1. you don’t care if you look like the poster child for Lazy-R-Us or 2. Looking good just isn’t a priority for you. Falling into either category is a cry for help, and I hear you. We all have our days where we simply cannot deal with the cold, or school, or just life. However, there is a way out. We don’t have to resort to the big ugly grey. Ladies especially have more options than I can count. With the invention of tights, leggings, and harem pants, I fail to understand why some ladies continue this “fresh out the bed” look that automatically comes with the sweatpants territory. I know that Drake said girls in sweatpants are the prettiest but, when is the last time you saw any of the models in his videos rocking the fleece look? Think about it, I’ll wait. I say this with love, Bengals. Make warm, fashionable choices because those Aladdin-shaped fleece pants are doing you no favors.

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REVIEWS FOR YOU Thor: The Dark World hits hard on silver screen x by Bronwyn Evans

In an era of increasingly bad sequels to great superhero movies, Thor: The Dark World is definitely one of the exceptions: it’s exciting, hilarious, and sometimes even unpredictable. The storyline continues from the first Thor film as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) continues to protect the Nine Realms while his adopted brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), is imprisoned in Asgard. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) accidentally awakens an ancient race of vengeful creatures, led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who attempt to plunge the entire universe into darkness. Thor calls on Loki for help to save not only his beloved Jane, but also Earth, and pretty much the entire universe. Thor: The Dark World does not fall short

of being exciting and action-packed. The very first scene starts with a fight, and many more follow between Thor and Malekith. My favorite thing about the second Thor is that the director managed to incorporate Thor’s time with the Avengers in New York City into the film. For instance, Jane comes into contact with Loki for the first time, and recognizes him from the news coverage of the Avengers. She walks right up to him, slaps him in the face, and declares, “That was for New York.” Humor played a huge role in the film, with smug and sarcastic Loki being one of the funniest, in my opinion. He has the power to create illusions and make himself and others look like different people. There’s a scene

where Loki makes Thor look like a beautiful woman as they’re escaping prison and jokes, “My, my, you look ravishing, brother.” The film could also, at times, be unpredictable. Granted, the plot is pretty common: “The entire universe could cease to exist as we know it, and we need insert superhero’s name to save us all.” Regardless, there were many points of the movie where I was caught completely off-guard. I also liked how Jane has an actual personality. She’s an extremely smart and talented astrophysicist and doesn’t play into the alltoo-common role of damsel in distress. I fully recommend seeing Thor: The Dark World if you’re looking for a funny, clever, and compelling film, whether you love superheroes or not.

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Eclectic East Asian eatery impresses hungry junior x

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by Elana Harris

Zen Asian Grill and Sushi is one restaurant that should always be considered when going out to eat. Nestled in the Burtonsville Town Center, this fairly new restaurant offers delicious Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. The lighting is somewhat dimly lit and helps add to the tranquil atmosphere. I recently went there with my family on a Friday night and there was when there was no wait. The restaurant is decorated with life-size Terracotta soldier statues and lanterns, giving it an Asian feel. It also features a peaceful waterfall fountain that adds to the calm relaxing feel. The service at Zen is also good. The waiters and waitresses all have wonderful

attitudes and are very knowledgeable of the menu. Our waitress made great suggestions on what drinks and food items to order which. The restaurant includes a sports bar (not that we should be there), and tables and booths that give each patron their privacy. The carefully crafted sushi is superbly served and presented. The cherry blossom roll, special tempura roll and dynamite roll are all good choices. Each bite is a piece of mouth-watering goodness for your taste buds. The tempura roll is extra crispy and the dynamite roll had a special kick that really makes it “explode” in your mouth. The restaurant also prepares nicelyseasoned vegetables including green beans and steamed broccoli. The veg-

etables are complemented with tender braised beef that add a little zest to the meal. Along with the sushi another excellent item is the House Lo Mein. The fried rice is cooked to perfection and is decorated with shrimp, chicken and tender pork. The pricing is somewhat on the high side, but the restaurant also features a lunch menu with fair prices. Aside from the food, they have great parking. Their bathrooms are orderly, clean, and smell very nice, which is always important. The restaurant stays open late and the waiters are always welcoming. And, for all you vegans and vegetarians, they have a menu just for you. If you’re ever nearby don’t be shy to add some Zen to your life.

Senior anticipates following weeks of Justin Bieber’s Music Mondays

Singer excites fan releasing songs before new movie


by Paola Arbaiza

Forget #ManCrushMonday, Worldwide sensation Justin Bieber has been taking over the most hated day of the week with #MusicMondays, releasing one new song on iTunes at midnight for ten weeks until the release of his new movie, Believe 3D. The songs JB is releasing are what he calls his “music journals.” During the time period where it seemed like Bieber couldn’t get his act together, he was actually writing a lot of songs, getting time in the studio as much as he could while still touring the world. Bieber started off #MusicMondays with the one song he teased his beliebers

with for months, “Heartbreaker,” which instantly went to #1 on the iTunes chart minutes after being released October 7. There is no doubt this song is about his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, but even she shared her liking for the song. This record has a very unique rhythm to it, something very different from Justin’s style of music. Justin has released another tune called “All That Matters.” The Biebs says this is one of his favorite songs he has recorded and I have to say, it is mine too. This song has a complete R&B type vibe, it comes out so smooth and the lyrics are astounding. The way he can effortlessly put his feelings into words and made them flow so easily makes the song such a success. Another track, which Justin tweeted

to be one of the most important songs he’s written, is called “Recovery.” The second you play the song Justin comes out with the beat along with lyrics that accompany the tune very well. Bieber is very honest with his music, and this song shows that he really wants people to know his side of the story, to see him as a human being who makes mistakes. Justin has promised his fans that if each song gets to the #1 spot on the iTunes chart, he’ll also give them #filmfriday where he releases a small clip of his upcoming movie that is being released on Christmas day. Justin says that each week the songs will continue to get better, so these last four weeks should be mindblowing!

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Music lover bears witness to historic performance

Senior applauds Pearl Jam’s premier Baltimore concert x by Nick Aylward

Nick Aylward

After 23 years as a band, Pearl Jam still delivers a show with the same energy and power as they would in 1991 as 20 year olds. Pearl Jam performed October 27 at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, which was the first time in their career to ever play in Baltimore, making this show a historically significant performance. The concert itself was electrifying. They covered songs from their first album, Ten, all through their tenth and latest studio album, Lightning Bolt. Pearl Jam’s performance ranged from hard driving punkinfluenced “Mind Your Manners” to signature ballads as “Better Man,” along with which

the whole crowd sang. The band played for three hours, including two encores, with a combined set list of 32 songs. Absolutely amazing. The show included a stunning light show, with lightning bolts flashing behind the band, and large bulb lights hanging from moving cables, which the band began kicking around and dodging as they played during the solo for “Porch”, the last song of the first encore. Eddie Vedder, reminiscent of when he would climb 20 feet high pavilion structures, jumped onto the one of the bulbs and sang as he swung above the pit crowd. On a sadder note, October 27 was also the day Lou Reed, of The Velvet Under-

ground, passed away at age 71. In observance of his death the band dedicated their song “Man of the Hour” to Reed and also paid tribute by covering Reed’s song, “I’m Waiting for the Man.” The crowd also played a crucial role in making this show the success it was. The sold out concert was packed with dedicated fans, both old and young. When the band went offstage, they cheered for more, extending the intended hour and a half show to the three hour stretch it became. This historic show is arguably one of Pearl Jam’s best shows, and is definite proof that these 90’s grunge gods are still in their prime. Going strong and hammering out great music to the masses.


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