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James Hubert Blake High School

November 16, 2012

A pair journeys, returns with unique stories

Brothers from Rwanda bring back cultural insight

by Emily Tchai & Janine Taira x

Brothers freshman Delmar Kaiser (pictured left) and junior Dylan Kaiser (pictured right) are back in the United States after spending four years in the

capital of Rwanda for their father’s work as a diplomat. From Mississippi to Pennsylvania to Malawi to Rwanda, the Kaisers have immersed themselves in more cultures than the average student. They attended a 200-student English-speaking international school with an American-based curriculum in Lilongwe, Malawi, for two years before enrolling in a similar one in Kigali, Rwanda. “I would not say that I have a favorite. I liked all of the places for different reasons,” says Dylan. Their father, American diplomat Paul Kaiser, represented the US in meetings and functions in Rwanda and Malawi and managed funds that the US government gave to the Rwandan and Malawian people. “A lot of people associate Rwanda with genocide, but the genocide ended 18 years ago,” Dylan says.

The Rwandan lifestyle is the opposite of the fast-paced American lifestyle. Says Dylan, “On the whole, people are more laid back in Rwanda. Being on time, for example, is not something that people are as worried about.” Mr. Kaiser adds, “People have different views of time in different parts of the world, and you need to adapt and adjust to this.” “In Rwanda the people are more quiet,” says Delmar. “My mom is from Burundi, a neighboring country with a similar culture, so the cultural change wasn’t hard to adjust to.” Meanwhile, Dylan adds, “I relate more to the American culture. I found it hard adjusting in Malawi and Rwanda at first.” Besides the change in customs, the Kaisers also had to adapt to the climate in Rwanda. Kigali has a temperate climate

with a dry and rainy season because it is located in the mountains along the equator. “It’s hotter in the summer and way colder in the winter here than it ever was in Kigali,” Dylan says, “but few buildings had A/C in Rwanda, so it was hard to escape the heat.” Though they loved whitewater rafting on the Nile and observing mountain gorillas while in Africa, one thing the Kaisers appreciate about Silver Spring is the abundance of entertainment facilities. Says Dylan, “There are more things to do here. You can’t find places like movie theaters in Rwanda.” Mr. Kaiser says, “[Dylan and Delmar] had the opportunity to meet and make friends with people from all backgrounds, share experiences, and learn from each other.”

“I miss my friends in all of the places I have lived, but I keep in touch with a lot of them,” Dylan adds. “One thing I don’t miss is the incredibly slow internet speeds.”

Senior brings fresh perspective from world’s most populated country Aylward adjusts to new idea of American life, public school, culture x by John Beers & Andrea Ortiz Many students consider themselves to be hyphenated Americans, but when it comes to being a Chinese-American, senior Wendy-Marie Aylward lives out every letter of it. Born in America, Aylward lived here for the first few years of her life before eventually moving to China, but her family came back so her brother could receive in-state tuition when he goes to college. Having only been enrolled in Catholic school during her short time in America, Aylward had no idea what to expect coming to a public high school. “I was really nervous about being in an American high school…but I found that Blake is a wonderful place,” she says. “There are no closed, hostile cliques as far as I can tell, and I am friends with all sorts of different people.” One of the many things Aylward had heard about

public high school in addition to cliques and bullying is the terrifying school shootings. “In China no one carries guns, not even the police officers,” says Aylward, “so the idea that anyone in America can have easy access to a gun makes me nervous.” Public high school has proved to be very different compared to Aylward’s school in China. For Aylward, school work is much easier in America than it was back in China. However, perhaps the most noticeable difference was the greater amount of respect students in China had for their teachers. Says Aylward, “When the teacher enters the classroom, the students stand up and greet [the teacher], and don’t sit down until told to do so.” Another place Aylward found lacking in respect is the way people treat each other when it comes to standing in line. “I expected people to be more respectful of each other

when it comes to not cutting in line. People in Shanghai don’t quite understand getting and staying in line [either], so I was hoping for something different,” says Aylward. “But here, at least at Blake, people are constantly cutting in line, and that makes me very disappointed.” One of the biggest differences for Aylward coming from China to America is the amount of times she goes to the supermarket. “In Shanghai there was a farmer’s market pretty much every few blocks,” says Aylward. ”I would go with my mom to buy fresh vegetables and meat, pretty much every day.” While Aylward has found a new home in Silver Spring, coming from a country of almost two billion people, there is one thing that is noticeably different about America. “It’s hard to name a biggest difference, [but] there’s a lot less people here,” says Aylward.

Richli makes a difference with internship in international development x by Paul Choi & Priya Dadlani At the age of 17, it is very unlikely to have an opportunity to work in a huge nonprofit organization, but senior Lara Richli has done that, snagging a great internship at Relief International in DC. Focusing on international development in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, this organization has given Richli a chance to learn and work with issues that she feels passionately about. Relief International supports countries by developing different products for water purification and storage

in poor countries and conducting other economy development projects around the world. “I’ve learned how a business works and what goes behind funding, and the overall organization that lies behind international development,” says Richli. Given the responsibilities of an adult employee, Richli taught herself how to accomplish these tasks independently. Richli says, “It’s pretty crazy to think sometimes that the whole company relies on your for a certain task.” One of her tasks was researching diaspora groups that would be interested in

purchasing products to send back to support their families in poor countries. Her boss said if she could not find anything, the whole organization would assume there was nothing there. That moment for Richli helped her realize just how much pressure she was under and how much her input mattered. Having an internship as professional as this one also helped Richli decide whether or not she wanted to go on to pursue international affairs in the future. “Though I enjoy the experience, it’s not something I want to do for the rest of my life,” says

Richli. That was the beauty of having the opportunity to hold an internship so closely related to an occupation she was interested in. Richli prefers to go on to college majoring in public relations. “It’s just such a great opportunity that I’ve been given, because all other interns are on the verge of, or have already acquired a master’s degree,” says Richli. She was also the first high school student ever that they have hired, which she hopes has influenced them to give more high school students the opportunity to intern at their organization.

All the other interns are on the verge of, or have already acquired a master’s degree.

Lara Richli


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November 16, 2012

Mass infection begins to show symptoms after senior year Senioritis spreads again throughout population, laziness prevalent x by Marce-Erica Adegbembo So what if you have class? So what if you slack off? You have already turned in your college application, so you are free. Who cares about high school anymore? You are so ready for college; it is time to relax. Well, you are wrong seniors. After November 1, your high school career is not over. First, you have to graduate. Senioritis is the most pervasive condition known to seniors. It takes over a senior either at the beginning of the year or after November 1, which is the deadline for most college applications. During these times, seniors are extremely motivated to put the “lack” in “slacking” because they become experts at it. One common symptom of Senioritis is laziness. Seniors start to slack off by not doing homework, sleeping in class, and skipping class because they feel like they are done. English teacher Matthew MacLeod says, “I think they neglect certain important aspects such as the idea that colleges still pay attention to the kind of

behavior, attitude, and grades they end up with at the end of their senior year.” As the years go by, classes start to consist of more busy-work than requirements because students have already earned most of their credits, so they stop worrying about passing. “It’s not that I don’t care about classes,” says senior Deanna Chirgos. “It’s just that they are not that important anymore.” Not wanting to fail students, teachers create remedies like making lessons more interesting. Says Mr. MacLeod, “In the past I used various different pedagogical techniques incorporating various audio visuals and stuff that allows students to do more creative activities, that allows them to move around the classroom.” Mr. MacLeod adds, “Teachers need to be versatile, need to try different things and try be opened minded, But on the part of the student I believe they also need to carry a smidgen of open mindedness and motivation, because the sad fact is regardless of what they may think or believe they are required to be here.”

Another way to cure Senioritis is a revolution. “I would completely overhaul the educational system,” says law teacher Donna Phillips. “I would restructure the student’s day so they weren’t just sitting in seven classes in a row. I would integrate the curriculum so what they did would seem more meaningful to them.” Senioritis not only happens to seniors, but also to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. “I think it starts with them feeling overwhelmed,” says Dr. Phillips, “and I think they look at what they want to be doing in the future that seems more interesting and important to them than what they have to do at the moment to get them there.” When Senioritis poisons a senior’s brain, all one can do is overcome it. Dr. Phillips says, “There is a value in pushing through Senioritis and just forcing yourself to stay on track because that teaches you how to persevere, and perseverance is the number one thing that will help you in all aspects of your life: college, your work, family life, and the future.”

Senior makes fun, durable bracelets out of recycled candy wrappers

Lewanda uses craft to try to generate income for college education

x by Brenna Noone

Recycling: Good for the planet and good for your pocket. Senior Jourdan Lewanda recycles candy wrappers and makes bracelets that she later sells for profit—so yes, recycling can be an effective source of income. Lewanda started making bracelets out of candy wrappers during September of this year, and has her own shop on Etsy where she sells these recycled bracelets. She has sold four bracelets online, including a

custom order from France, and has sold five in person. The different candy wrappers used are starburst, dum-dums, and even snickers! The inspiration behind Lewanda’s decision to start making bracelets out of candy wrappers was due to her need for college money. Lewanda says, “Lots of kids are so dependent on parents; I want a bit more freedom.” Making and managing her business has taught Lewanda many lessons that will get her ahead later on in life.

“I’ve learned a lot about work ethic, responsibility, and business management,” says Lewanda. She plans on continuing her bracelet-making after high school because it is easy to manage her store online. Adds Lewanda, “I don’t have to panic if I leave the state. It’ll be easy to take with me.” Lewanda made her store on, where other people sell their handmade items. “[Etsy] is a very diverse community where people sell anything from small crafts to recipes to amazing

paintings,” adds Lewanda. “It is definitely a unique website.” Because of Lewanda’s extracurricular schedule, she feels that working a job with set hours is unrealistic for her lifestyle. Instead, she makes her own hours for her own business. “I started [making bracelets] because I didn’t have a lot of free time—the good part is that I only list online what I have [and] can make quickly,” adds Lewanda. “I can basically [work] how much or little I want to.” To publicize her newly

founded business, Lewanda takes advantage of social networking sites, like Facebook. “I post occasionally about new things I post [on my website],” says Lewanda. “My friends sometimes share those [posts] for me because they get the candy when I make the bracelets.” If you are looking for a cute accessory to an outfit or to help out a fellow student in her attempt to help pay for her college education, check out Lewanda’s store at shop/dontworrybewrappy.

Lots of kids are so dependent on parents; I want a bit more freedom.

Jourdan Lewanda

Junior shares experiences with travel, life in foreign countries

Roschu shares experiences from countries like England, Germany by Zach Kushner x & Emma Friedman Junior Ezra Roschu has led a life of adventure living in countries on opposite sides of the globe with different social cultures, shifting his views and perceptions from those of the average American teenager. Born in Duisburg Germany, Roschu moved to Dusseldorf, Germany at the ripe age of two and finally to Milton Keynes, England at only six years old. After five years living in England he moved to Silver Spring, Maryland for only a few months before moving back to England. Roschu then returned to Maryland after a year and a half. Though Roschu has lived in America for the past five years, it is far from the top on his list of favorite parts of the world. Roschu says, “My favorite country…was probably England but I have a lot of good memories in Germany so it’s very close between those two countries.” Foreign food has left an impact on Roschu’s preferred cuisine. “I can’t choose a favorite food from any one place because I like a lot of different things,” says Roschu. “My favorite food is pizza and the best pizza I’ve had was in Dusseldorf, Germany.” International contact has led Roschu to create many friendships from all over the world. He still keeps in touch with friends from England and Germany. “I actually had a couple of friends tweet and email me from England asking if hurricane Sandy affected me,” says Roschu.

England and Germany greatly influenced Roschu’s life and athletic pursuits. “Growing up in Germany and England at an early age made me really fall in love with football (soccer) which was basically a way of life in both countries,” says Roschu. “England probably influenced me the most overall because that’s where I lived at my most influential age.” Germany and England are not the only countries that affected him when he was young. “[Germany and England] overall made me who I am along with my mother’s influence coming from Ghana,” Roschu says. American communities are very different from their English counterparts. “Life in Germany and England just seemed more calm for some reason,” says Roschu. “[Soccer] is very significant because it’s part of life there and is… a big reason why I miss and love Germany and England so much.” “My neighborhoods don’t really compare in any way… everything is closer in Europe,” says Roschu. Most places are in walking distance such as shops, malls, and entertainment facilities. Roschu’s neighborhood in England had entertainment facilities, a movie theater, a mall, and an indoor ski lodge within a very short distance. If Roschu could choose one place to live as an adult he would choose England. Says Roschu, “All the countries basically have everything the [others] have…but the feeling and lifestyle when you’re in the country is what’s different.”

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November 16, 2012

Love in the time of high school: Two couples stick together

Junior Lillian Hallmark and senior Brandon Deane (left) have been together for a year and eight months. Junior Sami Wright and senior Calvin Perry (right) celebrate their one year anniversary this month. --Photos by Becca Schwartz

by Jamie Nathlar x

High school relationships are usually considered to be short and casual, lasting only a few months, sometimes just weeks. But at Blake we have quite a few couples who have been together quite a long time. But how exactly have they kept such solid relationships? Senior Brandon Deane, who has been with junior Lillian Hallmark for a year and eight months, believes “The key is finding somebody you enjoy the company of and caring for without any other thought.” He adds, “Our relationship is very

strong because we communicate very well and always listen to each other. We don’t start dumb arguments, we know what annoys each other, and we know how to have fun with each other.” Junior Sami Wright and senior Calvin Perry, who recently celebrated their one year anniversary, agree that communication has definitely helped keep them together. “We talk stuff out and we don’t worry about the small things anymore,” says Wright. “There are still things that we don’t agree on, but we don’t let them get in the way.” But aren’t serious relationships a hard

to committment? Lots of students agree that staying with the same person for an extended period of time can be difficult because not many teenagers are ready for that level of emotional maturity. But Hallmark says, “Long-term relationships aren’t hard if you’re with someone that you feel comfortable and compatible with…obviously you should want to spend time with them and talk to them and be with them no matter what.” But how can you tell if you’re compatible with someone? “You have to feel comfortable and able to talk about everything… communicate, have fun, and get to know the

person before you get serious,” says Deane. Another important element of compatibility is having similarities. Says Perry, “[Sami and I] are like the same person…we have a lot in common.” I can definitely see how it would be hard to be with someone who hates all the things you love. And finally, what to look for if you are looking for a serious relationship in high school? Adds Deane, “Anybody looking for a long-term relationship needs to understand you can’t just like the person for looks... you have to be able to love them inside and out.”

The key is finding somebody for without any other thought.

Brandon Deane

Slum vs. stylish, students’ fashion choices span a wide range Deciding what to wear to school is nice for some, laid-back for others

by Emily Tempchin x & Caroline Wannen

The school halls are filled with colorful and unique students who all express themselves in different ways. One of these ways is through fashion, or the lack thereof. Many students do not dress up for school. This is usually referred to as “dressing slum,” or dressing comfortably and not stylishly. The slum style most often consists of t-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, yoga pants, and generally loose, oversized clothing, meant to keep them warm and comfortable, as opposed to constricted and distressed. Senior Megan Gagern prefers the slum style of dressing for school. “I like to dress slum to school because, especially as a senior, I have no one to look nice for and I enjoy being comfortable at school.” Many will

argue that we are at school to learn, not to impress people with how we look. There are many other students, however, that go for style, not comfort, when dressing for school. Senior Lara Richli is a strong proponent of this put-together look. She believes that putting her best foot forward includes a well-thought-out outfit. Richli has grown up on the notion that a presentable look is the most professional, even when it comes to school. “I think it has to do with the way I’ve been brought up,” says Richli, who grew up in Europe for most of her life. Her grandfather would often have business partners over to their house, so it was important for Richli to look proper. This style comes naturally for Richli who wakes up 20 minutes before school starts to quickly grab anything out of her closet. “Sometimes it’s magical and I find a

great outfit on the spot,” says Richli. However, when a match does not seem to immediately pop out at her, she often skips breakfast so she is not late to school. Richli is not alone in feeling uncomfortable dressing down to go to school, like many others at Blake who enjoy and feel natural when looking nice. “I feel strange if I wear a huge baggy sweatshirt with sweatpants and Converse,” says Richli. This controversy is sweeping the halls of Blake High School complete with judgmental attitudes about others’ styles and choices of attire. The bottom line is that no matter your style or preference, wearing what you feel comfortable and confident in is most important, and what you wear should not get in the way with your schoolwork. Gagern says, “As long as you are comfortable with what you’re wearing, then that’s all that matters.”


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November 16, 2012

I am thankful for a great football season and making the playoffs.

What are you

Senior Kwame Asante

I am thankful for the ability to live in a free society and being surrounded by friends and family. NSL teacher Dustin Jeter

I am thankful for family and a roof over my head and a normal life after Hurricane Sandy. Media Assistant Edie Wood

I am thankful for the my new job at Blake HIgh School. Media Assistant Alexandra Seres

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A guide to the crazine by Emma Friedman x & Maryam Outlaw Cue the hardy breakfast, the loud alarm clocks, and the rubber soled shoes. Break out the cash and the Red Bull because when 5am hits, it is time for the warfront fighting on the heated battlefield that is BLACK FRIDAY! Black Friday is a whirl of excitement for anyone who decides to participate in a day full of shopping and taking advantage of the chance to buy glorious items that would otherwise be too expensive for purchase. Lots of students cannot wait for the day to come. “[I like] the rush that everyone is in and the great deals [too],” says junior Mimi Balemlay. As the day of sales approaches, students’ anticipation is building up. “There is much fun to be had on Black Friday with all of the crazy shoppers that you may encounter,” says junior Teddi Lemberos. “The best part of Black Friday is [the]

absurd amount of en Junior Mahdi ping the day away “I’m excited becau now so I’m about Jordans, some piz some nice jackets, a pencils.” When it come ping day of the yea piece of advice: “B get there early.” Ma admits that he gets r ties. “I usually do and eat a good bre “I’m serious.” Even though time to take advanta portunities to buy there is always a dow all. Says Balemlay, I also get so frustra lines I have to wait Another down ing day is the eager

“I am thankful for everything my parents gave me so that I can share it with the world.” Senior India Banks

“I am thankful for my parents because they are always very supportive of my education and music.” Junior Carolyn Worden

“I am thankful that Hurricane Sandy didn’t hit us that bad.”

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thankful for?

“I am thankful for my parents for helping me with the application process…praise the Lord.” Senior Julia Dennis

“I am thankful for my family and my dogs… they are the center of my life.”

Junior Kristina McKenna

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event too seriously and too far. On one occasion, Malik has even been hit with a car. Says Malik, “[My least favorite part is] probably the crowds and all the psycho people that are trying to fight you.” The Thanksgiving holiday can cause some upheaval for students who miss their best friends and shopping partners in crime. “I’m probably not going to go [shopping on Black Friday] because my best friend who I love so much is out of town every Thanksgiving,” says Lemberos jokingly. “I’ll be spending Friday crying.” Black Friday, if anything, serves as a huge blowout in wake of the end of a holiday that, for some, is very special even through the excitement of the day. “I’m [always] a little sad that Thanksgiving is over but mostly I’m excited [for Black Friday],” says Lemberos. As another Thanksgiving passes, a new celebration takes its place and students everywhere cannot wait for the exhilarating chaos to ensue.

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Junior Hunter Balog

“I am thankful for the Redskins-Dallas game on Thanksgiving because I plan on going.” Math teacher Marcus Wiggins

“I am thankful for people who still use correct grammar and punctuation when they speak.” Junior Dylan Miller

“I am thankful for the food that will be on my table.” Junior Yodit Denu

“I am thankful for the opportunity to play ice hockey every day.” Junior Bobby Walker


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November 16, 2012

Bengals lose razors, grow hair

Men’s health research helps inspire “No Shave November,” students gladly take part x by Zema Meseretu

As October ends and November begins, students and people around the world are participating in an annual tradition of unshaven glory. “No Shave November,” “Movember,” or whatever else you call it, is celebrated by people everywhere in the United States and all over the world. The original foundation of No Shave November is kind of bushy—pun intended—but the reason is one that is comprehensible and potent. Movember is a movement that helps support and raise money for prostate cancer and other research for men’s health. Students have come up with creative and competitive ways to participate in No Shave November. Though Movember participants are typically male, juniors Kaylie Deshler and Torie Broer have been participating in their own competition since freshman year. The friends made an agreement not to shave for the entire month. “We’re really competitive,” says Deshler. The girls keep the competition fun by declaring that the person, who first shaves for any occasion, loses and buys lunch. Senior Everse Pullen is also participating in No Shave November for competitive purposes with a friend. “It really makes [the activity] all the better,” says Pullen. The Movember movement was originally directed towards men. Men begin Movember 1st clean shaved and spend the rest of the month trimming and grooming their stashes into unique and classic shapes. Junior David

It’s what separates the boys from the men. Musa Malik Thomas is also a participant of No Shave November. Thomas, who usually gets his hair cut every 2-3 weeks, vows not to cut his hair for the entire month. “It’s going to be kind of hard not to get a haircut because my parents usually want me to,” says Thomas. Senior Musa Malik, who is known for his already voluminous hair is also participating in No Shave November. Whether one participates as a way to support men’s health research, a way to compete in pleasant rivalry with a friend or just out of pure winter laziness, No Shave November can serve as an interesting twist to Senior Musa Malik shows off his five o’clock shadow at the a student’s winter. start of “No Shave November.” --Photo by Marina McCaney

How much do students really know about Thanksgiving origins?

Different interpretations of the holiday provide a roaring discussion by Priya Dadlani x & Yvette Mingia Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and fun. Every November we celebrate this holiday by spending quality time with our families and close friends. But… why? How many of us know the real reasons for our annual Thanksgiving festivities? Senior Patrick Richard spends each Thanksgiving with

his immediate and extended family, eating and talking. Richard says, “We celebrate Thanksgiving to praise the pilgrims.” Although pilgrims do have something to do with the origin of Thanksgiving, we do not celebrate this holiday to praise them. So what is Thanksgiving really about? Says senior Paul Choi, “We celebrate Thanksgiving because we like to eat food.” Okay, so this is not quite the cor-

rect meaning of Thanksgiving, but with all the good food that is cooked, it is totally easy to understand the reasoning behind this statement…right? However you view Thanksgiving, it is important to at least remember the actual meaning behind it. “Thanksgiving is about celebrating ‘thanks,’” says senior Stevie Botto. He is getting warmer! Thanksgiving is partly celebrated to say thank you to our Earth, thank you to the

harvest, and a thank you to the ones we are most grateful for. Whether it is your family, your friends, your dog, or even your cell phone, this is the time to say you appreciate them. “Thanksgiving is when you come together with your loved ones and give thanks [to God] for all that has been done for you throughout your life,” says junior Clauton Kum. He adds, “We celebrate it with food and gather with family

and loved ones.” So this is what Thanksgiving should look like! We should be celebrating the things that we are thankful for not only as one person, or one family or even one country, but all together as a people. So this year you can sit down around the table with your family and wait to say what you are most thankful for, before digging into that tender and delicious turkey leg in front of you.

We celebrate [Thanksgiving] with food and gather with family and loved ones. Clauton Kum

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Long term substitutes bring new point of view, much needed change


Despite interest caused by replacements, students miss their original teachers by Emily Eaglin x & Emily George Many Bengals are used to seeing new teachers at the beginning of the year, and saying goodbye to their old, beloved ones who retire or transfer schools. This year however, lots of students have long term substitute teachers, so they get the best of both worlds. A change of scenery in the classroom happens to be just what many students were asking for, especially those who love the joy of walking into class in the morning and feeling the relief that there is a sub. However, many teachers are on maternity/ paternity leave, or are out due to recovery from an illness. These teachers include Danielle D’Anna (Dance), Melanie Wilson (Special Services), Sara Hartenstine (Art), Mike Kelley (English), and Nicole Houchens (Science). The long-term substitute teachers, such as AP Environmental teacher Crystal Carroll (sub for Mrs. Houchens), have lots of new lessons to teach in and outside of their subject. One of her main morals that she hopes students will stick to long after she has left in mid-November is a lesson in academic involvement. “I’ve worked hard… encouraging the students in the class to be pro-active in their learning and not to depend on someone to feed them the answers,” says Mrs. Carroll. Long-term substitute English teacher Alden Michels (sub for Mr. Kelly) also enjoys the accepting and kind-hearted community at Blake,

but unlike Mrs. Carroll who has never been a whole-year teacher, Mr. Michels has been a permanent teacher for five years. “I love this place. Every interaction I’ve had with the staff has been positive and welcoming,” says Mr. Michels, “and they are so supportive.” Long term substitute dance teacher Deborah Kirkland (sub for Mrs. D’Anna) has impressive arts experience which makes her better qualified for the job. After graduating from performing arts school Duke Ellington and majoring in dance, Mrs. Kirkland has been keeping busy by working as a National Jazz recording artist and singer/ songwriter. As a former Blake mom, Mrs. Kirkland exclusively reserves her talents for teacher friends at Blake. “I love it here, and I love bringing a more advanced spin to the class,” says Mrs. Kirkland. After their subbing jobs end, Mr. Michels and Mrs. Carroll will miss Blake, but will look forward to possible jobs at Blake in the future. “I am mostly saddened [to leave],” adds Mrs. Carroll. “I will miss the staff and students here at Blake very much. I am impressed with the integrity, spirit, and dedication the staff has for the students and for each other.” Mrs. Carroll’s plans once she returns home include tidying up her back yard and garden, and reading a book. But like so many other long-term subs, she just cannot stop loving teaching. She adds, “After doing that, I know I would get bored and would like to be back in the classroom encouraging students to learn. I have found out that life is never boring in the classroom.”

Environmental science substitute Crystal Caroll helps out senior Charles Harper with a lab. --Photo by Sami Wright

Staff has ‘Locks of love’ for charity group

Donations go to children suffering hair loss by Emily George x & Ann Cirincione

If you are looking to change up your appearance and help millions of children at the same time, Locks of Love may be the place for you. Many teachers at Blake have already shown their support for the charity organization by donating various amount of their hair. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization whose mission is to return a sense of self, confidence, and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss. “It’s a very, very small and superficial price to pay to help people,” says English teacher Juliana Downey. “It’s a very simple and easy thing to do to help a cancer patient be able to live a better quality of life.” Mrs. Downey donated ten inches of hair last June for the first time. She was inspired to do so after her mother-in-law died from colon cancer. Says Mrs. Downey, “Seeing my mother-in-law in so much pain made me realized how tough it must be for a child who doesn’t really understand what’s happening to them.” Locks of Love was created in 1997 by Madonna Coffman after both she and her 4-year-old daughter developed alopecia—a loss of hair from the head or body. Knowing the organization donates primarily to English teacher Julia Downey -Photo by Marina McCaney children, says Mrs. Downey, “I don’t understand why someone wouldn’t donate their hair for this cause.”

Information Technology Systems Specialist Timothy Hall has also recently donated 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love. Says Mr. Hall, “I chose Locks of Love specifically because I wanted to help someone who might be…suffering from an illness which affects their appearance.” At the age of 13, Mr. Hall suffered an eye injury that drastically changed his appearance, causing him to feel self-conscious at one point in his life. “It is my hope that my hair might go to someone who also might be having a difficult time dealing with the fact that their appearance has changed or is changing due to a medical condition,” says Mr. Hall, “and that my donation might ease a bit of their struggle.” Special Education teacher Kelly McLaughlin has donated to Locks of Love four times, with the first being unplanned. Looking for a drastic change, Mrs. McLaughlin discovered the organization accidentally. “I grew up in a family that always ‘paid it forward,’” says Mrs. McLaughlin. “The more research I conducted, the more I was drawn to helping kids have as ‘normal’ childhood as they could one ‘lock’ at a time.” Each custom-made Locks of Love prosthesis requires six to ten inches of hair, so they are always in need of donations. After receiving a thank-you card in the mail, Mrs. McLaughlin says, “With Locks of Love, I know I am making a difference.”

Delicious thanksgiving dish idea for your hungry friends, family

Delectable stuffing recipe sure to impress even your angry grandma

x by Jenna Beers

Thanksgiving is just under a week away, and Blake students cannot wait to gobble up the delicious meals that will soon grace their dining room tables. The delectable flavors of moist turkey, smooth mashed potatoes, and sweet pumpkin pie are enjoyed by many, but one dish seemed to be lacking in the flavor department; the stuffing. While most recipes for this dish only call for bland ingredients, this recipe adds zest to a traditional stuffing that can perfect a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal. This recipe makes 16 cups, enough to fill a 20-24 pound turkey. It freezes well too, if you have leftovers. Best results if prepared 1-2 days in advance. Ingredients


12 cups of corn bread cut into one inch cubes 4 tablespoons olive oil 5 teaspoons dried thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 pounds of turkey sausage, casings removed 3 cups of chopped onions (optional) 2 ribs celery, chopped (optional) 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions 1. We use the cornbread recipe from a bag of yellow cornmeal, but you can use whatever you prefer. Make enough batter to fill two 8x8 pans (as specified on cornbread instructions) but bake in two 9x12 pans for thinner cornbread that is easier to cut into cubes. 2. Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. 3. Place cornbread cubes into extra-large mixing bowl and add two tablespoons of olive oil, two teaspoons thyme, salt, and pepper. Toss mixture and spread out onto two baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes and then cool. 4. Brown sausage in non-stick pan on stove. Break sausage into crumbled pieces. Drain fat from sausage.

5. Mix sausage and cornbread mixture in large mixing bowl. 6. Add two tablespoons olive oil into pan. Over low heat, sauté onions, celery (if using them), and cranberries in pan until soft (Approximately 10 minutes). 7. Add vegetables and cranberries to cornbread and sausage in mixing bowl. 8. Stir remaining thyme, sage, and parsley with rubber spatula into mixing bowl. 9. Slowly pour chicken broth, ½ cup at a time, into bowl to moisten mixture, gently stirring while adding. 10. Cool mixture completely before stuffing turkey. DO NOT stuff turkey the night before. OR bake in a covered dish at 350˚F for 30 minutes.


November 16, 2012

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Sigwalt, Kuhney take home prestigious honor of school’s top athletes of season, p. D5

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Blake football makes historical march into playoffs

Junior running back Tayhad Campbell returns a kickoff against Seneca Valley, October 12. Seniors Qur’An Gauthier and Tosin Hassan follow --Photo by Brian Schallhorn

x by John Beers

As they left the field November 9 in Westminster, the sting of defeat could not erase the pride felt by the varsity football team as the first playoff football team in Blake history. The 4A North Regional Semifinal game against the Westminster started off as a defensive struggle early in the first quarter. On Westminster’s first drive of the game, senior safety Ricardo Malcolm stepped in front of Westminster quarterback Danny Kern’s pass for an interception that gave Blake the ball at the Blake 27 yard line. After fumbling the ball, the Bengals defense again came up huge, stopping Westminster on fourth and two from the Blake six yard line to regain possession. “We worked hard as a unit all season long to show up big in those games and positive things like that just motivated us to

do even better,” says Malcolm. After Westminster took a 14-0 late in the first quarter, junior cornerback Mark Davis returned the ensuing kickoff to the Westminster 35 yard line, giving the Bengals great field position heading into the second quarter. However the Bengals failed to capitalize and wound up trailing 28-0 at half. The Bengals again started strong in the second half. Malcolm added his second interception on Westminster’s first drive to give the Bengals the ball at the 30 yard line. The interception set up a 30 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Stefan Sigwalt to junior running back Marquis Robinson two plays later, bringing the score to 28-7. However, this proved to be one of few highlights of the second half, as Westminster would go on to score the next 23 points, and win

Hard work, committment shown through Bengal boys’ efforts Talented team falls short in playoffs, looks toward next season

x by Jamil Gordon & Michelle Ung

After much hard work filled with tough practices, the boys’ varsity soccer team fell short in the playoffs and ended the season with a record of 9-4-2. The boys lost in overtime to the Springbrook Blue Devils 1-2,October 31. The only goal scored for the team was by senior forward Osman Conteh. “We had another successful season, but disappointing at the end,” says Head Coach David Edlow. October 23 the team won the last game of the season against Richard Montgomery, 1-0. Senior midfielder Jason Mayorga scored the game winning goal. “I feel like we played a great game and had a strong defensive output,” says Mayorga. Junior goal keeper Matt Russell finished the game with six saves. Suffering a loss at home, October 18, with a score of 1-3 against the Blair Blazers, the boys were disappointed. The single goal was scored off an assist from Mayorga to junior forward Jose Cooper. “I was ready for the pass from Jason and was able to score” says Cooper. but Blair’s of-

fense overwhelmed. The Bengals proved victorious as they beat the Paint Branch Panthers 3-1, October 16. All three goals were scored by senior midfielder Tanner Giles-Tucker. “I think we played very well that game because we knew it was a game we could win, so we went out and did just that,” says senior defender Yonata Negatu, who also contributed an assist to a Giles-Tucker goal. The team won a tough overtime game, October 10 against Kennedy with a score of 4-3. Goals were scored by Giles-Tucker, junior forward Tanner Williams, sophomore defender Darien Waters, and junior forward Emmanuel Oppong. “It was a really fun game; it could have gone either way but in the end we executed and were able to come out with the win,” says senior defender Stevie Botto. October 8, the boys were able to come out with a win against the Springbrook Blue Devils, ending with a score of 2-1. Russell finished the game with nine saves. “We always like playing our rivals because it’s fun and challenging at the same time,” says Botto.

the game 51-7. Says senior safety Kwame Asante, “[The game against Westminster] really showed our flaws as a team [and] I am happy about that. Sure we lost and all but you have to be thankful for those things because even though you don’t come up with the victory, you learn how to improve.” Even with the lopsided score, the Bengals still are proud of their effort against the Owls. The defense was able to hold a Westminster team that averaged 325 yards passing a game to 212 yards and forced the Owls to totally alter their offense game plan. “The score may not show it, but our defense started out really strong,” says Robinson. “We did our jobs, it [just] kind of came up to a match up point where we couldn’t win.” Continued on D3


Lady Bengals shine all season long

by Andrea Ortiz x & Zach Kushner

Ending the season with an impressive record of 12-4, the Lady Bengal field hockey team did not disappoint as they played every game like it was their last. The Lady Bengals played South River High November 7 in the State Semifinal. Junior Victoria Wolsh marked the only goal for the team, as they were defeated 8-1. Says senior Fran Inman, “I wish we would have played a little harder and not given up at all throughout the game, but we still played really well.” Inman had missed the past three games due to a torn ACL. November 1 the Lady Bengals defeated Walt Whitman 3-0, winning the school’s second ever Regional Final. With three goals from senior captain Caroline Wannen, the Lady Bengals cruised to their eighth shutout of the season. “It felt like we were on top of the world,” says senior Lillian Watkins. “I was so happy I was able to be a part of Blake history.” In the Region Semifinal, the Lady Bengals took on the Montgomery Blair Lady Blazers, winning 4-0 with three goals from Wannen and one by senior Anna Galeano. “I think in the Blair game we came out with a passion, and played our best game of the season,” adds junior captain Nicole Lertora.“We did the best we could, and that’s what matters.” With nine seniors leaving the team after this season, including top goal scorer, Wannen, the incoming seniors will be expected to step up. Lertora believes in the team and has nothing but hope for them next season. “I think we have a lot of talented girls on the team that are going to step up and be great leaders and players,” says Lertora. Despite having lost in the semifinal, the Lady Bengals are proud of their successful season. Says Lertora, “I’m really happy with how far we went in the playoffs, our record, and our team chemistry.” The success can definitely be attributed to how close the team was with each other. She adds, “The team really bonded and worked really well together, on and off the field.” The girls will miss the great times of the season including coach Patrick Howley’s jokes, blasting music in the locker room before games, and the creative cheers performed at practice. “I’m really going to miss interacting with them all after school,” says Inman. “But I couldn’t have asked for a better senior year.”

It felt like we were on top of the world LILLIAN WATKINS

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Tough schedule not enough to weaken strong team spirit x by Caroline Wannen By overcoming obstacles, the Lady Bengals finished out their season with heart and hustle, winning four of their last six games. October 26, the Lady Bengals wrapped up their season in a 0-1 loss to Kenwood in the regional quarterfinal playoff game. The team showed relentless hustle, struggling to extend their season further into the playoffs. However, the girls simply could not find the net and had only one defensive relapse, which resulted in a Kenwood goal. Despite the season-ending loss, the Lady Bengals were proud of how they played against an unknown team. The Lady Bengals took on the Richard Montgomery Lady Rockets at home on October 23, winning 2-1 to give the team a positive boost heading into playoffs. Senior forward Denise Venero buried a goal in the back of the net, along with junior midfielder Kaylie Deshler in order to give the Lady Bengals the victory. October 18, the Lady Bengals faced a tough Blair Lady Blazers offense, as the team fell 0-4. Despite the tough loss, the team stayed positive as playoffs got closer and closer, and worked to improve their weak spots. In an intense consortium game against the Paint Branch Lady Panthers October 16, the Lady Bengals prevailed in a 2-1 victory. The team was led by experienced senior midfielder Andrea Ortiz and defender Lindsey Comer, who both scored one goal. “We really wanted to get that consortium win. Paint Branch is always a tough opponent,” says Comer. “We really showed up to play.” October 10, the Lady Bengals had another strong win against the Kennedy Lady Cavaliers 4-1. Deshler, senior midfielder Hannah Kenney, sophomore forward Elana Harris and junior Yoselin Milloy each found the back of the net once for the Lady Bengals to secure the victory. In another tough consortium battle, the Lady Bengals brought their A-game against the Springbrook Lady Blue Devils, winning 7-0. Deshler, Kenney, Milloy, junior forward Melinda Tchokogoue, and freshman forward Elizabeth Iduma each scored once for the Lady Bengals, while Comer pounded in two goals. Despite a tough schedule early on in the season, the Lady Bengals rallied and won four of their last six games. They finished with a record of 6-7.

Junior Kaylie Deshler tears up the field, scoring a goal against Richard Montgomery. --Photo by Becca Schwartz

Young team has high hopes for next year’s season, girls undefeated Youthful superstars leave cross country with extremely bright future

by John Kos x & Kwame Asante Wrapping up eighth in the division, the girls’ cross country team finished undefeated and the boys ended 3-3, and they look forward to improving next year. Although both the boys and girls came in eighth in regionals November 1, they stayed positive, looking forward to next season. Says junior captain Greg Bell, “Next year I hope to make it to states; we came really close this year.” The girls finished 6-0, the best record the school has

ever had. In Counties October 20, the Bengals earned their way to Regionals. The girls placed 17 out of 20 with a score of 530 behind Bethesda Chevy Chase who had a score of 60. “Most of us worked hard and our coaches came up with new and challenging workouts every day, which included lots of planks.” said junior Miles Douglas. The boys finished 23 out of 24 with a score of 655 and were also allowed to move onto Regionals. They finished behind the first place winners, Walter

Johnson who had a score of 68. “We all need to improve to be at our best and keep up with the competition,” says Douglas. “Next year I think that the girls can stay at the top of our division and the boys can move up a position or two.” The girls finished fourth October 14 in Cross-Counties with a time of 24:09, behind Montgomery Blair who took first with a time of 21:37, Albert Einstein and Springbrook who took second and third respectively. Says freshman Catherine Oberfield, “I think we’ve done

really well this season and wer’e [young] so we can only get better and I hope we get to states next year.” The boys finished seventh out of eighth in Cross-Counties with a time of 19:18, behind Albert Einstein who took first with an average time of 17:08. “We had a lot of new people on the team including the coaches, which brought about some changes,” says Bell. “But, overall it was a good season.” In their meet against Paint Branch on October 9, the girls won 15-50 but the boys lost 16-

47. “I liked the course but we got completely demolished; out of their entire varsity, seven came in the top ten,” says Douglas. Despite their tough time at regionals, both the boys and girls are hopeful for next season. With only two seniors leaving the team, they hope their experienced underclassmen will lead them to states. Says leaving senior Tony Harris, “The team has a lot of under classmen with a lot of potential and in no time I’m sure the cross country team will really give the other teams a run for their money.”

Stout defense, strong quarterback play lead Bengals to playoffs

Shutouts against Springbrook, Blair highlight teams dominant season x by John Beers Continued from D1 As a whole, the team also takes a great sense of pride in the history they made in getting to the game against Westminster. “It was a great feeling knowing that we were the first team to make playoffs in school history,” says Sigwalt. “It was really special to all of us to finally move our program in the right direction.” “We worked to win playoff games but I feel we can look back and say we left a legacy even w/o the much desired banners,” says senior defensive lineman Folarin Orimolade. Leading up to their playoff appearance, Blake took on the Einstein Titans in

their final home game of the season, November. After trailing 14-6 at halftime, the Bengals took a 20-14 lead with just under 8 minutes left in the game, but could not hang on, losing 28-21. The Bengals really hit their stride in their final two road games of the season, a 28-0 win against the consortium rival Springbrook Blue Devils, October 26, and a 29-0 beat down of the Blair Blazers, October 19. The game against Springbrook was the team’s most complete of the season as Sigwalt completed his first 19 passes en route to a 265 yard, 3 touchdown performance, while the defense forced four turnovers. The defense again thrived the week early in sloppy conditions against Blair, as they forced an

astounding 11 turnovers, highlighted by an 75 yard interception return from the end zone by Asante, and 9 fumble recoveries. “Our defense is probably one of the most athletic and physical in the county… and they just happened to reach their peak around the Blair and Springbrook games,” adds Sigwlat. The Bengals were lead throughout the season by the outstanding play of both Sigwalt and Malcolm, and will surely miss them and the other season starters next season (See D5). Sigwalt set school records with over 1500 yards passing and 11 passing TDs. Malcolm was the leader of the defense, leading by example with his seven interceptions. Adds Sigwalt, “It feels great to have broken some records

at Blake, but in some ways I receive too much of the credit and really my success was due to my teammates’ success around me.” “I had an amazing time playing all four years with Blake football I wouldn’t change it for anything and I’m honestly going to miss each and every player and moment I spent as a Bengal,” adds Malcolm With momentum behind them, the team will look to players like Robinson, Davis and sophomore defensive end Eric Assoua to lead them even further next year. Says Robinson, “It’s our first time getting close and once you get close you just want to do more, so I am really fired up for next year.”


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Experienced combat athlete brings new talents to mats Kee’s Mixed Martial Arts background brings unique qualities for sport by Kwame Asante x & Danny Gonzalez Senior Kumani Kee is no stranger to physical combat, but this winter he’ll encounter a different style: wrestling, possibly the most arduous of all forms of combat. As the winter season approaches, Kee seeks to add a sixth form of combat under his belt by joining the wrestling team. Never having experienced the rigor or form of wrestling, he enters as a novice. However, Kee is excited to take on this

new sport. Says Kee, “I’m here to enjoy myself in a new sport and practice a new form of discipline.” Though wrestling is unfamiliar to Kee, he is in no way an untried athlete. He has years of experience with TaeKwon-Do, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Kick-Boxing. His father introduced him to boxing around the age of seven. Says Kee, “I started boxing with my dad when I was seven or eight. Just sparring with him, on our own…that’s just something we did. I would hit him, he’d hit back. Not hard though…but I learned a lot from him.”

Martial arts have served Kee as more than a way to have fun. It has been a means of growth and maturation since he started. Says Kee, “I’ve learned discipline. There’s always someone out there training to beat you. That’s why I train like I do.” Kee affirms discipline earned him esteemed belts in three types of martial arts, as well as a boxing record of 25-5-6. “MMA is different from other sports because it requires a lot more discipline,” he says. While being bullied throughout elementary and middle school, Kee used his fighting as a method of demanding re-

spect. But his outlook has shifted: “Never look [to] fight. It’s unnecessary. The more you know, the easier it becomes to hurt someone. Not to be cliché, but with power comes responsibility,” says Kee. “[I’ve also learned] patience…you can’t advance faster than you can learn. You never speed when learning. You never want to jump belts. It takes repetition,” says Kee. He hopes to bring whatever skill he has to the wrestling team. Though he lacks wrestling experience, he hopes his Mixed Martial Arts background and work ethic will help him as he enters the mat.

Junior learns life lessons from competitive trampolining, gymnastics by Danny Gonzalez x & Maryam Outlaw A trampoline, a deafening crowd of spectators, and a patient group of four judges waiting for a 15 second routine. For a trampolinist like junior Stephanie Van Albert, this is all what she has trained countless hours for. Van Albert was six years old when her gymnastics coach of Fairland Sports and Aquatics recommended she try out for the trampoline team. “All the other athletes were teenagers and I was the only six year old so it was

intimidating but I tried out and I made it,” says Van Albert. Fast forward 11 years and you will find that Van Albert has won the Level 10 Trampolining Nationals competition and participated in an Olympic development program back in 2009, where she trained with other Olympic athletes and their coaches. Although Van Albert is accomplished, her career came with a bit of hesitation. She says, “I think at the beginning [my parents] were a little worried about it because you think of trampolines and flipping and you think it’s really dangerous but… now they’re

big supporters.” Van Albert does compete individually, but her and her teammates are definitely a unified group. Says Van Albert, “We’re now really family. We’re really close and we know how we can help each other, that everyone learns in a different way, and that we can support each other.” Usually Van Albert competes against other teams, but she has gone up against her fellow teammates before and finds the situation okay. “I want my teammates to do as well as I do. I want us all to show what we’ve been practicing,” says Van Albert.

“There’s still a lot of support even if you’re competing against your best friend.” Competing, for Van Albert, is “normally really stressful” but the athletic prodigy has learned to keep the situation under control. “It’s important, I’ve learned, not to overthink it because when you overthink it, you start to look at what could happen instead of believing that you actually can do it,” says Van Albert. Throughout her journey, Van Albert has learned to mature mentally. She says, “I think [gymnastics] really helped me grow up… It taught me a lot about other

people working together and having respect for your coaches and other athletes.” Van Albert also learned a lot about the mindset she finds will benefit her in the end. She says, “It taught me that a positive attitude really does a lot in the end.” A l t h o u g h Va n A l b e r t doesn’t know exactly what she’ll be doing in the future, she plans to keep close to gymnastics and trampolining.“[Gymnastics is] a big part of my lifestyle,” says Van Albert. “I still want to keep it a part of my life in some way because it helped me grow so much.”

Boys, girls basketball teams ready to hit court’s hardwood once again Ambitious squads expect hard off-season work will pay off this winter x by Zema Meseretu & Yvette Mingia The girls and boys varsity basketball teams are preparing for an action packed and challenging season. Both teams are ready to make a strong appearance and a fresh start. “Our biggest rival has to be Paint Branch. They have really strong guards,” says senior guard Danielle Snowden. Teams like Paint Branch and Springbrook are friendly rivals who the girls feel give them a good fight but are also fun. Adds Snowden, “It’s always a better competition when you’re playing against your friends.” The girls feel ready to take on new teams and will work together to have a strong comeback. “I think the team has a lot of potential this year. One

of the big things that happened over the summer was that the team became a closer family. We’re ready to go against our most rivaled competitors,” says senior guard Michele Wallace. Wallace looks forward to playing this season because of team chemistry and focus on their goal of winning. “We want to give people something to cheer about. People come out to support us all the time, and we really appreciate it. It means a lot.” The boys’ team has high expectations and are determined to move forward on their “Road to Comcast.” They have been preparing for the season by spending hours conditioning in the gym, and improving skills. A lot of the guys have also been involved in spring, summer, and fall league teams. “I’m excited; bigger and better things are coming,”

says senior guard Deshante Brown. Although there is the loss of three 6’6” and 6’7” players, the team is confident in their defensive guard. “We’re losing height but we’re gaining a lot of good guards,” says guard senior Stefan Sigwalt. The team is excited to play local rivals, but are not worried about competition. “I feel confident, our team will be disciplined, ready to go, and ready for war,” says guard Breon Herbert. The boys hope to bring intensity to games and play the way they know they can. “Hopefully, we’ve done everything that we’re supposed to do,” says Coach Marcus Wiggins, “and if we have, then we’ll be at that top two to three teams in Montgomery County Public Schools.”

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Nominee Catherine Oberfield, Cross Country

Nominee Ricardo Malcolm, Football

Athletes stand out, bring pride to school community

Students show A-game all season, recognized for hard work, talent by Jamil Gordon x & Michelle Ung

Franchesca Kuhney, Volleyball --Photos by Brian Schallhorn

The male and female fall athletes of the year are senior Stefan Sigwalt and senior Franchesca Kuhney. Kuhney spent her high school years playing for the varsity volleyball team. “I am honored to be the fall athlete of the month,” says Kuhney. Having made the team since freshman year she has experience and respect from fellow new teammates and students. “Every practice I always try my best even though sometimes I feel like giving up, my teammates are right behind me to help me back up,” says Kuhney. Her experience in playing volleyball and her free-spirit in helping others improve are the main reasons why she is the fall athlete. “I owe my teammates and my coach for making every season an extraordinary experience,” adds Kuhney. She started playing volleyball at a young age and recently made The Gazette All-County Volleyball team. “Even though my high school career is over, I can’t wait to start a new journey in my college career,” says Kuhney. During the season, Kuhney has made 18 kills and four digs, averaging about two per game. With the season over, Kuhney is spending her time focusing on school. “I get to do activities that I couldn’t do during the season now, but still progress in my training,” adds Kuhney. Last year, Sigwalt was the backup quarterback behind alumni Julian Carr, but has now stepped up to the plate without a problem. “At first I wasn’t sure if I could be a leader or bring the team to the playoffs,” says Sigwalt. He led the team to their first ever playoff appearance where they fell short to Westminster High School. Even though the team lost, Sigwalt is still out on the field helping his teammates improve for next year’s season. Sigwalt is listed first in the Montgomery 4A East League and third in Montgomery County for passing yards, with a total of 1,571 yards thrown. He also has completed 11 touchdowns this season. Says Sigwalt, “It felt good finally bringing us [Blake] into the playoffs and ending the season with a good foot forward for next year’s team.” Sigwalt plans to play college football, but for now he is focusing on the upcoming basketball season. Four other students were nominated for fall athletes of the year. Varisty soccer players, seniors Jason Mayorga and Lindsey Comer, cross country runner freshman Catherine Oberfield and varsity football player senior Ricardo Malcom, stood out this year with great performances during their seasons. Great job guys!

Nominee Jason Mayorga, Soccer


Stefan Sigwalt, Football --Photos by Brian Schallhorn

Nominee Lindsay Comer, Soccer


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How to break the heart of a true D.C. sports fan in only ten days x by Michael Errigo So apparently, all of DC sports read my last column. As flattering as that may sound, it’s not necessarily a good thing. I know what happened. They read my last column, they were puzzled by my unbridled joy, mocked my abundant hope for the future, and laughed at my foolish optimism. They then proceeded to break my heart. Just to prove me wrong. It all started with the Nationals game the night of my last column’s release. To try and explain what happened, why it happened, or why we as fans deserved it would be pointless. But I will say this: the Nationals deserve a big thank you from us fans no matter how far they went into the postseason. Thank you for giving us something to root for. Thank you for letting us feel victory 98 times. Thank you for giving us hope for the future. There

was a moment in Game 5, when we were one out away, when I thought to myself “I wonder what the NLCS will feel like?” The fact that I even had a chance to think that is reason enough to thank the Nationals for a great season. The following weekend was the worst football weekend I’ve ever experienced in my life. Maryland really got creative with their loss, missing a game-winning chip field goal after coming back against NC State with their fourth string quarterback. Really a strong effort by Maryland for “Most Painful Loss of the Weekend.”

But that award would have to go to my beloved Redskins. Giving up a 77 yard, wide-open touchdown to Victor Cruz immediately after we took the lead on one of the best drives I’ve ever witnessed is just plain mean. That was the final straw. The naïve, hopeful fan in me was gone. I was back to being the passionate but pessimistic DC sports fan that I thought I had escaped. Apparently not. Neither team has recovered from that nightmare of a weekend. Maryland has not won a game since and they currently have a linebacker playing quarterback. The Redskins have

also been winless since the Giants game. The performances against Pittsburgh and Carolina reminded me of the terrible Redskins teams of 2009 and 2010 that haunt me in my dreams. Even though the Wizards are off to a bad start, I still believe they can have a strong season. John Wall and Nenê will make them look like a different team when healthy. One thing we can do right now to improve is to take point guard A.J. Price, couple him with GM Ernie Grunfeld and offer them to every team in the league for 25 cents. Literally one quarter. It would be the greatest trade we’ve ever made. I guess I will have to look at the glass as half full though. D.C. United is doing great (see D7), Maryland basketball looks really good, and the Redskins still have plenty of games to play. I only hope I won’t be writing a similar article for the next issue. I don’t think my heart can take it.

San Fransisco evades elimination twice to capture World Series title Giants come back, sweep Detroit Tigers to complete stunning postseason x by John Beers

After coming back from the brink of elimination twice to make it to the World Series, the San Francisco Giants rode their momentum to sweep the Detroit Tigers and win their second championship in the last three years. The series started off with a bang as Giants’ third basemen Pablo Sandoval joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Former Cy Young award winners Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum combined to outduel reigning league MVP Justin Verlander to take the series opener

8-3. Pitching took over for the Giants in games two and three, as left-hander Madison Bumgarner and journeyman right-hander Ryan Vogelsong shut down the potent Tigers’ lineup. Bumgarner rebounded from a rough outing in the National League Championship Series as he held the Tigers to two hits over seven innings while striking out 8. The Giants capitalized on two bases loaded situations in the seventh and eighth inning to take the game 2-0. In game three, the Giants took advantage of the Tigers’ mistakes to score the games only two runs. Vogelsong and Lincecum com-

bined to pitch 8 scoreless innings and closer Sergio Romo locked down his second consecutive save. The final game of the series was perhaps that most exciting, as the Tigers awoke from their offensive slumber. Triple-Crown winner Miguel Cabrera’s two-run homerun in the third, gave Detroit their first lead of the series at 2-1. Homeruns in the sixth inning by San Francisco’s Buster Posey and the Tigers’ Delmon Young left the game tied at 3. The game remained tied until the top of the tenth when NLCS hero Marco Scutaro singled home Ryan Theriot to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. Romo again closed

the door on Detroit, striking out Cabrera to secure the win and the Giants championship. San Francisco and Detroit went through different paths to reach the fall classic. In the ALCS, the Tigers made quick work of the New York Yankees, sweeping the series. After tying game one at 4 with a ninth-inning comeback, the Yankees surrendered two 12-inning runs to lose 6-4. The Yankees also lost captain Derek Jeter to a fractured ankle, and could not rebound in his absence, being outscored 13-2 in the final three games. After falling behind 3-1 in the NLCS, the Giants proved to be the comeback kings,

as their pitching held the powerful Cardinals to one run over the last three games. Marco Scutaro hit .500 in the series to earn NLCS MVP. After the Orioles topped the Rangers and the Cardinals beat the Braves in the Wild Card games, the postseason began with four exciting Divisional Series matchups. All series went five games as the Tigers conquered the Athletics on the arm of Verlander, the Giants came back from an 0-2 hole versus Cincinnati, CC Sabathia pitched the Yankees past the Orioles and the Cardinals barely got by the hometown Washington Nationals.

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Student talks about experince, passion for uncommon sport Julian Raul hopes to qualify for Junior Olympics via North American Cup x by John Kos Fencing, for some is only a sport that they see on television during the Olympics, but for junior Julian Raul, it is a sport he practices a three hours a day four days a week. Raul began fencing in eighth grade after two of his friends brought him to the District of Columbia Fencing Club for classes, where he got hooked. Since then he has gained a great amount of experience and has become a Division One. “I started relatively late for competitive fencers. I feel very accelerated in my learning… I am happy with where I am,” says Raul. “My first competition that I won was the first competition I ever went to,” Says Raul. “I came in expecting a quick loss, and surprised myself, my coach, and my parents.” Since then Julian has traveled around the country for fencing competitions, visiting cities like Atlanta, Reno, and Los Angeles amongst other places. At some of the larger competitions there may be anywhere from 250-300 other fencers looking to win. “Some of my best results have been placing highly at very large competitions, not necessarily winning,” says Raul. By ranking highly in competitions Raul has the chance to qualify for the Junior Olympics. Says Raul, “it is a long, arduous task” In the lineup of his upcoming tournaments is the North American Cup in Virginia Beach where he will be hoping to qualify for the Junior Olympics, where he will compete in the ‘under 20’ and ‘Division One’ events. “Division one is the event for the best of the best. It is where are the Olympians are competing for spots in the 2016 games in Rio,” says Raul, “I am not hoping to win. A top 64 finish would be nice.” Fencing four days a week and teaching classes on Saturday is no easy task, and it has added a great amount of pressure to his life in a lot of ways. Says Raul, “But I [also] find it calming. Junior year being really stressful; it’s something I have to look forward to almost every day.” Julian enjoys the closeness of this uncommon sport and the fun he receives from it. Says Raul, “[I love] the amazing friends I made in [this] tightly-knit sport, and more importantly, the incredible fun of fencing itself.” Raul has learned many things from fencing including physical health, hand eye coordination, mental sharpness, and speed among other things. Says Raul, “the most important lesson I learned is that patience is not the act of waiting. Patience is what you do while you are waiting.”

Julian Raul --Photo provided by Raul family

Five year drought ends as D.C. United has break-through season x by Andrea Ortiz

With an injured captain, a young coach and a constantly changing line up, Major League Soccer team D.C. United has ended their season second in the Eastern Conference and are now in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. D.C. started the season slow, losing their first three games. Soon after they ran a seven-game undefeated streak and were first in the Eastern Conference for a considerable amount of time. The strong effort of the team did not go unnoticed as coach Ben Olsen was asked to coach the MLS All-Star team against Champions League winners,

Chelsea. United’s very own Chris Pontius scored the game-tying goal and won Most Valuable Player of the match. Due to Hurricane Sandy, D.C. gave up their home field advantage against the New York Red Bulls and played the first leg of the playoffs at home November 3. Even though they had many opportunities in the first half, including a missed penalty kick by Pontius, D.C. could not find the back of the net. In the second half, two own goals by New York defender Roy Miller and D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid marked the only scores of the 1-1 tie. Later, 19 -year- old United defender Andy Najar was ejected after throwing the ball at the referee

in retaliation for a yellow card. Postponed by a snowstorm at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, the second leg of the playoff game resumed November 8. The first half ended scoreless with many missed opportunities for both teams. Hamid and New York defender Rafa Marquez were both ejected from the match in the second half, making the game ten against ten. A saved penalty kick by United backup goalie Joe Willis kept the score at 0-0 until D.C. rookie midfielder Nick DeLeon scored an incredible goal, ending the game at 1-0. United played the first leg of the Eastern conference final against the Houston Dynamo November 11. Undefeated at

home, Houston won 3-1, easily making this match one of the most controversial in MLS this season. Plagued by injuries, D.C. had used all their subs early into the second half. However, they led 1-0 with a goal from DeLeon. Before the half, Houston defender Andre Hainault committed a foul earning a red card. The referee allowed the game to continue and Hainault later scored the first goal for the Dynamo. The second leg of the playoffs will be November 18 in D.C. To win the Eastern Conference, D.C. must win by at least 2-0 to tie the goal differential. With four injured starters, it will be interesting to see Olsen’s line up.

Everything you need to know about this college basketball season x by Michael Errigo

It’s that time of year again as college basketball is upon us. I am back to break down what (and who) to watch for this season. 5 Teams to Watch For (Game to Watch in Parenthesis): Indiana Hoosiers: Indiana comes in as the team to beat this year, led by sophomore forward Cody Zeller. Paired with a strong freshman class and numerous returning contributors, Zeller looks to bring Indiana basketball back to its glory days. (2/10 @ Ohio St.) Kentucky Wildcats: Star

freshman Nerlens Noel leads John Calipari’s latest class of future NBA stars. This one and done factory will once again be competitive as they look to defend their national championship (12/29 @ Louisville) NC State Wolfpack: After a solid performance in the tournament and an offseason that produced the greatest recruiting class the team has had in a decade, NC State come in as the top dogs in the ACC. Only time will tell if they can live up to this hype. (11/27 @ Michigan) UCLA Bruins: Talent-wise, UCLA may have the best starting lineup in the country. However, this

program has experienced attitude problems in the past and if you add in three fantastic freshmen (including #1 prospect Shabazz Muhammad) who all want shots, this team may implode. (1/24 @ Arizona) Michigan Wolverines: Built around sophomore guard Trey Burke and formed by juniors Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan in addition to highly touted freshmen Mitch McGary and Glen Robinson III, Michigan’s starting lineup may not be the Fab Five, but they’re pretty darn close. (2/2 @ Indiana) 3 Players to Watch For: Doug McDermott (Junior

Forward, Creighton): This preseason All-American averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds a game last year. I think he will not only improve on these statistics, but he will lead Creighton deep into March. James Michael McAdoo (Sophomore Forward, North Carolina): After losing four players to last year’s NBA Draft, Roy Williams and UNC will turn to McAdoo to fill the void. He showed enough flashes of brilliance last year to make me believe he is the man for the job. Aaron Craft (Junior Guard, Ohio State): He has already estab-

lished himself as a brilliant defender and an exceptional facilitator. With Jared Sullinger and William Buford gone this year, he has a chance to show he is also a star on the offensive side of the ball. 1 Bold Prediction: Last year I predicted Kentucky to win the national championship and they did. While that choice may have been pretty obvious, this year’s may not be. When it’s all said and done and March Madness has given way to April applause, I believe the Michigan Wolverines will hoist the championship trophy that Monday night in Atlanta.

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Jazzy Bengals join forces to make beautiful music x by Zema Mesaretu & Emily Tempchin

Rather than playing video games like some of their peers, seniors Andrew Latona, Greg Chaimson, Wesley Hunn, and freshman Chris Latona spend their time together playing music. Through this, they have created their band, Up Your Alley, which brings them together most weekends. The older Latona is on the guitar, Hunn is on the tenor saxophone, Chaimson is on the trumpet, and the younger Latona is on the drums. Although they do not limit the type of music they play to one genre, they lean towards traditional jazz. The band members have written individual pieces that they practice together, but have not yet performed those pieces live on stage. “It’s not easy, but when we all focus and bring out voices to the table, we really make something great,” says Hunn. Much of the music comes from the Real Book, a composition guide that includes many jazz standards. Some of the songs they play include “Impressions,” by John Coltrane, “Oleo,” by Sonny Rollins, and “Speak No Evil,” by Wayne Shorter. These pieces were all composed

It’s great playing interesting music with interesting people. Chris Latona

Seniors Wesley Hunn, Andrew Latona, freshman Chris Latona, and senior Greg Chaimson show off their instruments. --Photo by Rachel Lader

by saxophonists, but Up Your Alley play songs by other types of instrumentalists as well. The group first started out as a few friends playing music together recreationally. The boys’ band became official when instrumental music teacher Rachel Lader, found a gig for the guys at Columbia Station in Washington, D.C.“We play around the state, mainly [at] local parties, events, festivals, etc.,” says Chris. Although they will play anywhere an opportunity arises, the members do have preferences. “A jazz venue would be nice to play at. Or a jazz festival,” says Hunn. The band occasionally plays for money, but is also willing to play simply for the experience. Each member enjoys playing in the group for various reasons. “I enjoy the special nonverbal reminders of loving communication,” says Andrew, who focuses on the instrumental aspect. Others, however, refer more to their band members. Says Chris, “It’s great playing interesting music with interesting people.” Three of the band members are leaving for college next fall, leaving the fourth behind. “Hopefully, we will still be within a reasonable range with each other so that we could have a few reunion gigs,” says Chris. The members are going their separate ways next year, but there’s still hope to get together over school breaks to play.

Dancers reap benefits of working together, look forward to future x by Emily Tchai & Chante Goodger All people want to succeed in life, and Dance Dimension teaches students the discipline needed in their lives and how to paint pictures with the beautiful vessel with which they were born: their bodies. Dance Dimension is not your typical run-of-the-mill extracurricular activity. The Columbia-based pre-professional dance company consists of members ranging from elementary students to college students who all share a passion for modern dance. “[Dance Dimension] is a wonderful place to use your imagination,” says artistic director Marilyn Byers. “You can connect to your inner self, the environment, your dreams, and other people.” There is not an extensive application process—anyone who wants to explore the intricacies of this art can simply

join, regardless of previous dance experience. Senior Christine Ricciardi joined the company last year after leaving her ballet troupe, and she enjoys the change. “Ballet is more structured and has more rules, whereas modern dance has a lot more freedom and interpretations,” says Ricciardi. “You can go more places with modern dance.” In addition to intensive dances, many of Byers’ repertoires include central messages that provide a worthwhile learning experience for both the dancers and the audience. This year, one of the pieces that the company will be performing is “Tom O’Bedlam,” a three-part dance that details the struggles of beggars and the mentally ill. Byers has worked alongside and studied under many famous and prominent figures in the modern dance world, such as Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais; she incorporates their complex techniques in her pieces.

However, especially with performances around the corner, the demanding pieces lead to late rehearsals. “[Practice] can be very stressful, especially with school work and the pressures of senior year,” Ricciardi says, “but in the end, it’s well worth it. Knowing that we have a dance down perfectly after we’ve worked so hard is a great reward.” The company is finally reaping the benefits of their work. In January, Dance Dimension will be travelling to the Virgin Islands to perform and teach workshops to local students. “Performing in a new environment will be a great experience for us,” says Genevieve Legowski, a freshman at Wilde Lake High School, who has been in the company for seven years. “We’ll also be able to grow stronger as a group.” Dance Dimension’s fall concert takes place at Slayton House Theater tomorrow at 8pm.

Senior wins rare opportunity to attend conference in New York City

Teen Vogue’s Fashion University gives Watson chance to meet design idols greet, and exchange ideas with by Jane Hwang influential people in the fashion x & Tara Adhatamsoontra industry. “I had to respond to a If it is true that many girls would kill to work in the fashion industry, senior Deneen Watson should sleep with one eye open. Watson had the chance of a lifetime after she won a place in Teen Vogue’s Fashion University. The Teen Vogue Fashion University is a threeday meeting in New York City where students get to meet,

series of essay questions about design, my fashion inspirations, and samples from my portfolio,” says Watson. 1600 young teens from all .over the world applied to be a part of this prestigious program, but only 500 contestants were selected. Watson had the opportunity to meet a designers such as Christian Siriano, the winner of Project Runway, Danielle and

Jodie Snyder of DanniJo, and Nicole and Michael Colovos of Helmut Lang. These designers were featured to share their insights on different aspects such as digital media, entrepreneurship, fashion design and fashion styling. “We got to, meet, and exchange ideas with these influential people,” says Watson. “We gained insights from the creative [minds].” Watson’s journey to the Big Apple has a great, positive influence on her. “I learned that

becoming a success does not happen overnight,” says Watson, “It takes a lot of patience, skill and perseverance.” Her stay at NYC helped her to determine what pathway she will take for her future plans. She plans to double major in marketing and fashion design. She says, “The business side of fashion is just as important as the creative side.” Her journey to NYC and Teen Vogue taught her that being a success in the fashion industry does not happen overnight, but

instead requires a lot of patience, skill, and perseverance. She learned the importance of specialization in a particular niche. The famous fashion designers that Watson met all started designing small and worked their way up. With a lot of hard work, time, and dedication anyone can become a success. “With a lot of hard work, time, and dedication anyone can become a success,” says Watson.


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Art Student of the Issue x By Emily Tempchin

Darien Ellis --Photos by Sami Wright

Artist of the Month senior Darien Ellis has been chosen for her originality in more than one art form at Blake. Ellis considers expressing herself through artwork as one of the most rewarding parts of high school. She is enrolled in both a fashion illustration class and a studio art class in the school. She looks forward to taking art classes over the summer to express herself and further improve her skills. She has continued to find inspiration in different aspects of her life for her pieces in both art classes. Ellis looks to her friends for her bursts of creativity and inspiration. “Although there are many famous and talented artists, I find that what my friends do around me is more intriguing and fascinating,” says Ellis. She is influenced by emotions, and that in turn influences her artwork. “Depending on how I feel, I take what’s inside and put it on the paper or canvas,” says Ellis. Various pieces of Ellis’ art are displayed around the school, but she her best work was the very first assignment in art teacher John Overman’s seventh period class. Each student had a picture taken of his or her torso and needed to manipulate it by cutting out various sections. The artwork really came together when the cut-outs were either redrawn or, in Ellis’ case, replaced by other objects such as waterfalls, which was her favorite part of the twoand-a-half week project.

Ellis’ work, “My Reflection,” represents her emotions. Projects like these allow her imagination to run free. The senior has been intrigued by art for as long as she can remember, and doe not plan on stopping any time soon. Says Ellis, “My favorite thing about art is that it is somewhat therapeutic.” She is open to many different types of projects, but her favorites have few guidelines, allowing for the most freedom in her work. These types of projects allow others to see how Ellis views things through her artwork.

Fashionistas break down this season’s perfect outfit one piece at a time by Tara Adhatamsoontra x & Brittany Hargrave

Every winter, people everywhere have been wearing pullovers, tights, and Uggs during the wintertime to defend against the cold front. This year with all the new winter fashion trends, you can be warm and chic without sacrificing either. With winter winds approaching, add some edge to your dull wardrobe this season with equestrian boots. These boots are a nice alternative to the typical cliché footwear typically associated with the colder months. Trust me, you don’t have to ride horses to hop on this trend. They’re chic, super versatile, and come in a variety of different shades and colors. Looking for a full proof outfit for a hot date? Try beige riding pants, a navy top and coffee colored riding boots. This ensemble is sure to leave an impression. Layering clothes is clearly a no brainer for the winter, but you can layer in a way so you don’t look like frumpy. Start off with a fitted shirt, preferably long sleeve, then layer a cardigan over it. To add some flare to your ensemble mix fabrics and textures. Next, to complete your look throw on a warm jacket and a thick scarf. This season you cannot go wrong with a parka, trench, long puffer, or military and camouflage coat, which are all the rave. Senior Tydryn Scott rocks a unique outfit for the winter. She is seen wearing a thick infinity scarf around her neck, which is for the oversize look this winter. On top she has on a jean jacket and a graphic tee shirt. On the bottom she is rocking a pair of harem pants, which if you wear correctly can be super trendy. She then pulled it all together with a pair of ankle boots with some detailing and

some socks that she tucked into her pants to give her outfit edge. Winter is a time of cold, dry weather. We know you are dreading the harsh way it has treated your skin in the past. Except this year with these beauty products, you will definitely be prepared and spared. Body wash: Fighting dry skin starts in the shower. Many just pick up the most colorful bath wash you see in the grocery store, but there are wiser choices. With C. O. Bigelow Derma Remedy Intense Dry Skin Therapy Body Wash you will feel like the next Einstein in skincare. Also a quick tip- avoid long hot showers during the winter because it will leave your skin feeling dry. Lip treatment and Lipgloss: During the winter months it is vital to keep your lip conditioned and presentable. Cracked lips have met their match with the Sugar Lip Treatment sold at Sephora, which is a must have this season. Smooth this on at night and you will wake up with transformed lips. Also, this season you can throw in some color without overdoing it with Cremesheen Lip Glass sold at M.A.C. This lip finish is creamy and not sticky. Put this on over your Sugar Lip Treatment to give your lips that extra boost and natural look. Hand lotion and hand sanitizer: Even though it is cold and dry outside your hands do not have to be. With shea butter hand lotion from L’occitane your hands will be left quite moisturized with its thin consistency and natural ingredients. While your hands are fighting dryness, your body is fighting germs. During the winter time germs are in abundance, to help protect yourself against them use Bath & Body Works PocketBac hand sanitizing hand gel. You will fall in love with Iced Gingerbread, its petite size and delicious scent will brighten up your winter spirits.

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November 16, 2012


Reality tattooing show is truly masterful

x By John Beers

Audiences have been captivated in the past by shows like Miami Ink and continue to fall in love with reality competitions like The X Factor and Master Chef. Well Spike has found a way in to take the best of both and combine them into their up-and-coming, winner-take-all tattooing competition: Ink Master. The show, which is in its second season, features 16 of the best tattoo from around the country competing for a $100,000 dollar prize and a write-up in Inked, a well-renowned tattooing magazine. Each episode consists of “flash challenge” and a final tattooing challenge, after which the judges eliminate one of the contestants from the competition. The flash challenges are not limited

to tattooing, and are designed to show of the artists technical skills such as line-work and use of colors. Past flash challenges have included painting on amputees prosthetic legs and cutting lines in hair. In a change from the first season, the winner of each flash challenge controls which tattoo each other competitor does in the knockout round. Each knockout round has a different theme which the judges evaluate the contestants on. Some of the more notable themes include from the past seasons include photorealism, where the contestants try to replicate a photo in a tattoo and American classic, where the “canvases” were all military veterans who got tattoos that featured stars and stripes. In a recent episode centered around new age tattoos using lots of a color, some of the more

John Beers

History hits the big screen in movie masterpiece


Michael Errigo

intriguing tattoos were a phoenix in a girl’s groin area as well as a brain on the back of a man’s head. What really sets the show is not the superb art work, but the characters it attracts both in the artists and guest judges. Some of the notable guest judges have include linebacker Terrell Suggs, and NBA players Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Matt Barnes. The contestants take it to a whole other level though, with constant behind the seen smack talk and mind games. My favorite contestant this season is Kay Kutta, an artist from North Carolina who instigates all the smack talk. Overall, this is an excellent show with high quality tattoos and even high quality drama. New episodes come on every Tuesday at 10pm, with plenty of reruns in between.

by Michael Errigo

Making movies about history is hard because, for the most part, the screenplay has already been written. One of the greatest stories written by our history is that of slavery and the 13th amendment. For a while it seemed like telling this story was a tall task for any director or any actor to fully execute. That was until Lincoln came out last Friday. Every show was sold out at Bethesda Row, the only theatre in our area that had been chosen for the limited release. Luckily, I bought my tickets ahead of time and stood in line with movie buffs and history majors alike. I was there for many reasons. I wanted to see if it could live up to its hype (especially its powerful trailer). I wanted to see if Steven Spielberg could take our history and make a drama out of it, especially at a

grueling 150 minutes. I wanted to see how Daniel Day-Lewis, despite being one of the greatest actors of our time, could possibly do justice to one of the greatest human beings in history. I was also there because I love movies, and this one seemed good. But mostly for the first three reasons. Let me start my actual review by saying this is a masterfully crafted movie. From the superior acting to the crisp cinematography to the powerful music, this film delivers. Every great movie has its star, and in this case, said star is nearly invisible. Daniel Day-Lewis practically disappears into the character of Abraham Lincoln. I found myself thinking of the character as Abraham Lincoln instead of merely a man playing Abraham Lincoln. He gives personality and life to a man that most of us have only seen in a history textbook. Day-Lewis is supported by an impeccable cast highlighted

by Sally Field as wife Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as House member Thaddeus Stevens. The movie pays extremely close attention to historical facts and provides a great inside look at the inner-workings of American politics. Most of the action happens in the House of Representatives, which may sound boring to some but I assure you that the snappy, well-written script makes the verbal action just as exciting as the physical action. The beginning may seem slow-developing at times but I thought it only added weight to the events later in the movie. At its core, Lincoln is a very well made, very entertaining movie. It is as simple as that. I could spend 1000 words praising the films intricacies and accomplishments but in my view, a simply good movie deserves a simple praise: Well done.

Skyfall falls short of 007 film predecessors

Lack of ‘Bond girl’, fight scenes dooms lastest title by Priya Dadlani Ahhh, James Bond – such a classic. From Russia with Love, License to Kill, Octopussy, Tomorrow Never Dies—these were a few of the films that shaped the character of James Bond, 007 Agent. This past weekend the latest addition to the James Bond series, Skyfall, came out in theaters. Beginning with the great opening song called “Skyfall” by Adele, I was excited for the movie, ready for an action packed evening. But I was sadly misled. Skyfall was not an action packed, suspenseful thriller with gun shots, death, and one beautiful young Bond girl adding a feminine touch to the plot. Instead it was like a soap opera with more drama and less gore. If one is not familiar with the Bond movies, you would enjoy Skyfall. But these


movies have some guidelines to follow. First of all there has to be one Bond girl—Skyfall had two so-so female characters that did not play huge roles. There also have to be multiple fight scenes that make you creep up to the edge of your seat—Skyfall had only one. There should be more technology gadgets like watches that can tell you the location of your enemy or iPhones that double as guns. This movie had limited gadgets unless you want to count big screen computers and hard drives. I will say that Skyfall started out really well with a great car chase scene which definitely set the tone for a high-paced movie. But after the first 30 minutes the intense feeling died out and the rest of the movie was a blur of storytelling and houses burning down. Being a fan of Daniel Craig, the Bond since 2006, I was highly disappointed by his bland

acting. Although Skyfall was ten times better than Quantum of Solace, it could not compare to Casino Royale. Javier Bardem played the villain Silva, a creepy ex-agent who left MI6 to run his own illegal affairs. Although Bardem usually delivers a great performance, he didn’t make for a good bad guy. Silva was creepy in all the wrong ways - you didn’t want him dead; instead you’d rather pass him a moist towelette and some sanitizer. Maybe the movie as a whole was good, but it failed to live up to the high standards set by the past Bond movies. After almost falling asleep multiple times during the opening night of Skyfall, it’s hard for me to vouch for the beloved, sexy character of James Bond. So I won’t, instead save yourself the 11 dollars.

Priya Dadlani

Marley documentary reveals history of legend

Senior captivated by biography about reggae music idol x by Zema Meseretu

Zema Meseretu

Earlier this year I went to downtown Silver Spring to the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center with my brother to see the Bob Marley documentary, Marley. Director Kevin Macdonald also directed familiar films like The Eagle and State of Play, as well as many other invigorating documentaries. I cannot even begin to describe how powerful and inspirational this film was. Usually when you watch a documentary you learn solely about the person or event, but with Marley, the audience is nourished with an abundance of fine points. Not only are you given the oppor-

tunity to learn about the legend himself, but the documentary gives you general knowledge of the history of Rastafarianism, Afro-centrism, Reggae, Ska, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and other African cultures. I sat there and just embraced the legend of Nesta Marley; I learning things about him I never even knew (those who know me know that is pretty surprising). Fun Facts: Marley had 11 children within seven different relationships. He was born and lived in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, with his mother. He only saw his white English father a handful of times. Marley was not popular to African Americans before he became a household name to White Americans.

Reggae fan or not, this documentary is enjoyable for all. Live performances by Marley himself and personal home video footage really help the viewer connect with the legend. Questions answered and mysteries solved, the film offers it all. Forty-four years ago this month marks the time Marley began exploring Rastafarianism, which is when he met Mortimo Planno of the Divine Theocratic Temple of Rastafari in Kingston, influencing Marley’s well-known and admired music. I recommend that everyone see this documentary. My opinion may be biased, but I highly believe that there is something for everyone enclosed in Marley. Jah Bless.


November 16, 2012

The Blake Beat

Support the Blake Stage Company, Come see LEGALLY BLONDE! Only two days left to see the musical sensation of the fall. Tonight and Tomorrow night at 7:30pm Tickets are only $12. Cheer on your friends and have a great time! Karina Acevedo Giselle Alfaro Wendy-Marie Aylward Amara Britt Ayanna Brown Niara Brown Michelle Carter Addison Cole Riley Cruickshank Lydia Curdts Allana Dawkins Logan Dechter Emily Evans Gabriella Garcia-Ruiz Leah Goldberg Becca Glatt Nicole Grenados Carmen Hamlett Charles Harper Rebecca Hill Abby Hines Kirsten Hines

Marcus Hundley Jacqueline Hymen Sam Jaffe Adalia Jimenez Julie Jordan Lisa Kessler Amanda King Nicole Kister Sophie Klein Jocelyn Ko Jessica Krieger Matt Krieger Cassie Le Jourdan Lewanda Keenan Lo Tess Maltagliati Eli Marsh Chloe Martin-Poteet Julian McConnie Rosie Meile Max O’Grady Faith Ore

Matt Parsons Calvin Perry Heidi Peterson Lafayette “Wallace” Phillips III Ryan Reynolds Tiara Royal Laura Savary Charlotte Seay Jordan Sloane Nia Smith Samantha Steel Sydney Steel Sandra Steen Sandra Waithaka Chloe Wehling Sami Wright Luis Zuluaga

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