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From a bird’s eye view... Birds and the bees page 4 Hanover faculty especially fertile this school year. Students go Gaga page 9 Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour a hit in Charlottesville. Beat PH! page 12 Hawks crush Patrick Henry Patriots 49-21.
Yay or nay: single-sex schools NICK ALLEN opinions reporter
Education throughout America and the world is presented in a variety of ways; one somewhat controversial method is single-sex schools. Are there benefits to single-sex schools? Do these benefits carry enough weight to justify the genderbased segregation of schools or even classrooms? All-boy and all-girl schools were once very common throughout America. Longwood University was once an all-female school and many colleges such as Yale University and Harvard University boasted maleonly campuses Harvard remained an all-boy school until 1989, when it merged with the all-female Westlake School. Hampden-Sydney College remains a male-only school today. One argument in favor of gender-segregated classrooms points out that students can focus much more effectively on their studies when members of the opposite sex aren’t present. Simply stated, flirtatious students are not studious students. Honestly, not much can be said to refute this. Important as it is, education seems to fall into the background when students become romantically involved. Addtionally, different genders are generally more inclined towards different teaching and learning methods, as well as subjects or professions. Some argue that the merits of more streamlined or individualized classrooms outweigh any apparent drawbacks. One could say that since school, especially high school, is designed to teach students book knowledge as well as skills to help them for the rest of their lives, taking away the unique dynamic that the opposite sex brings to the classroom could not possibly benefit students. Since every student will be interacting with the opposite gender for the rest of their lives (segregated workplaces haven’t been popular since Industrialization), we would be doing our students a disservice by not giving them valuable experience in interacting with their peers of the opposite sex in the classroom. Sex-segregated schools, both past and present, have presented positive and negative aspects to the classroom experience. We may view sex-segregated schools as outdated and ineffective because they aren’t as common, but they are a part of our past and helped rear previous generations.
$75 cost revs up controversy among students ASHLEY DUSTIN news editor
According to Assistant Principal Frances Warnick, Hanover County public schools are about a million dollars from where they should be budget-wise. As a result, the school division has raised the parking pass prices from last year’s $50 to $75 to offset the county shortages. Juniors and seniors seem to be the ones most affected by the $25 increase. The upperclassmen who drive to school daily are now forced to pay the extra money if they want to drive to school on their own. The price raise was unexpected and many students are curious as to where the money is going. The parking lot hasn’t changed, nor have any improvements been made, so why have the passes suddenly become so expensive? “[$75] is way too much for just parking! $25 is a reasonable price. They should work something [better] out with the students,” junior Michael Midyette said. However, there are many students that are not as outraged over the increased price. Some even find the change quite manageable. They feel the increase is justifiable because the extra money will come back to help them in some way. “The increasing cost of the parking does not really matter to me, it is a hard time right now and the county board is just looking for something to squeeze money out of. Throwing an extra $25 is not going to kill anyone. I understand where the board is coming from and I cannot blame them for their effort to save jobs,” senior Braden Mason said.
To the surprise of many, Hanover County parking pass prices carry the highest price tag in the county as well as many neighboring countries in the Richmond area. Last year, Henrico County parking passes were a mere $15. However, they too are subjected to budget cuts and are tight for money so the cost of their passes have also been raised this year. Even though other schools are raising their prices many students feel that $75 just crosses the line. “Hanover County probably has higher prices because other counties like Chesterfield and Henrico have more schools,” Warnick said. Warnick is correct; Henrico County is able to collect more money from the eleven high schools in Henrico County, compared to the four in Hanover. Sheer quantity allows Henrico to sell more parking passes at a cheaper price because they are selling to a larger crowd. Some quarrel with that logic. “Even if other counties have more schools, they need more money simply because they have more schools. Since Hanover only has four schools we don’t need as much money,” senior Blake Potts said. Parking pass fees, along with many other cost increases, were decided last spring, when the Hanover County School Board met to discuss the 20102011 budget. Board members agreed that the price of all high school student parking passes would rise from $50 to $75. This was one of a only a few alterations made to help raise revenue for the county. Additionally, to conserve money, teacher and coach stipends were cut, health insurance premiums were changed and the food service fund
was refined. However, the budget change that has had a direct impact on students and parents is still the issue of the parking pass cost. Many students feel exploited that the county is forcing them to offset the budget. Seniors especially seem to have an objection to the cost increase. At registration and schedule pick-up before the beginning of the school year, all seniors were required to pay the mandatory $25 senior fee, in addition to other specialized class fees, before they were allowed to get their parking passes. “Well, because the parking pass was $75 and you already had to pay $25 senior fees, technically senior passes were $100,” senior Abbey Williams said. $100 is considered a hefty sum for almost everyone. Paying to simply be a senior, some feel, is almost as outrageous as paying $25 extra dollars for a parking lot that didn’t change. Public schools are supposed to be less costly than private schools; however, recent changes have challenged that notion.
The lot is normally full before seniors leave for early release. On average, approximately half of the student body drives to school on a regular basis. Regardless of grade, all students are required to pay the $75 parking pass fee in order to secure a spot in the parking lot, pictured above. RUTHIE CHEN
New dress code stirs students ASHLEY DUSTIN news editor
As of now, all students have received the five-inch note card that reads, “Shorts and skirts may not be shorter than five inches above the knee,” either at orientation or on the first day of school. This is a new policy being carried out; in previous years shorts, skirts and dresses could not be shorter than fingertip length. However, that is no longer the case. As early as last spring, the administration attempted to enact this policy, but because the students and parents had not been informed of it in the handbook at the beginning of the year, it was not strictly enforced. This year, however, it was added, and now the students who have signed it, are agreeing to the five-inch rule. The faculty is working extremely hard to enforce this rule; students were notified about it multiple times through the handbook, teacher warnings, note cards and announcements during assemblies for each grade. Students were also pulled as a result of their outfits as early as Sept. 9, the second day of school. After being pulled, the students are
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forced to wear Hanover County gym shorts over the clothes they wore to school that day. “I definitely think this year is a lot stricter. I got stopped at 8:20 a.m. and was forced to wear gym shorts on top of a romper that I thought was completely appropriate. That never happened last year, this was my first time to get stopped all through high school,” senior Charlotte Stockdale said. Surprisingly, the new dress code is meant for both males and females; it’s not targeted directly at girls. But fortunately for the boys, it doesn’t affect them quite as much as it affects the girls. Athletic teams have been affected as well. Starting last year, the cheerleaders were no longer allowed to wear their uniforms to school. Now the field hockey uniforms have also been banned, because they, along with many other sports uniforms, do not meet the qualifications set forth in the new dress code policy. This raises questions among students who ask whether or not it is fair to have a different standard for the athletes. see DRESS CODE, page 2
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September 29, 2010
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HEAT SHATTERED MORE THAN RECORDS This summer’s record temperatures also shattered library window ASHLEY IRELAND news editor
Imagine this. It’s another hot, sweltering summer day. The school’s air-conditioner is on full blast and feels like a breath of fresh air, compared to the stuffy humidity outside. While entering the library, there is a crunch. Glass from the upper tower of the library is scattered all over the floor and utility men are crowded around the little circular tables and on ladders debating how to best fix the newly-broken window before school starts. Welcome to the lives of the librarians. All sorts of things were affected by the summer heat; from cars, to air conditioners, to power outages, but unfortunately some damage occurred to the library’s tower window, as
well. “I came in one day over the summer and there were all these men standing in here, because it had happened the day before. The people who actually discovered it were the people who cleaned the carpet,” librarian Kimberly Weis said. “Of course our first thought was vandalism but as we started to investigate it, we realized there were 100 degree-plus days that heated the pane up and blew it out.” This summer was filled with record-breaking temperatures. According to the Richmond TimesDispatch website, the months of June, July and August recorded an average temperature of 81.3 degrees, which beat the record of 79.6 degrees in 1900. (Refer to the graph below to look at the records of this summer’s temperatures.)
The school’s windows are insulated glass units which use two panes of glass to keep in the heat. “The assumption was that water had somehow seeped through the cavity between the two glasses and then because of the temperatures that we experienced this summer, ‘hottest July ever - as they are calling it!’ It had caused the water to turn into steam/ moisture-gas, therefore creating an expansion that was not endured by the glass. Hence, the shattering occurred,” Electronics instructor M.J Ghahrai said. Hanover wasn’t the only school that suffered damages over the summer. Laurel Meadow Elementary also had one of their windows blown out. “We had one window shatter by our court yard,” Laurel Meadow Principal Karen Carpenter said. “We
have a church that takes place at our school on Sundays and they came in and found the shattered glass. The temperatures I guess were too high for the window.” Having an entire pane of glass replaced only a few weeks before school starts was no easy task, especially when there are difficulties with the first attempt to replace the original pane. “I know it was a while to get [the window] back in because the next window pane that came in was defective, and they had to wait for another one to come in. They got it in the first week of school and they had to bring the big lift out here. There were all kinds of men up there on the roof. They had to do it from the outside,” Weis said. Thankfully, it was taken care of before the start of school.
In July alone, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported an overall average temperature of 82.8 degrees, topping the 17-year-old record of 82.4 degrees for the month. July’s average high temperature was 94.8 degrees, and, as shown in the graph above, also had the highest average between warmest and coolest temperatures at 77.9 degrees. RUTHIE CHEN
Hawk Eye New classes at Hanover come in twos STAFF 2010 2011 NICK ALLEN news reporter
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Hanover is known for offering a wide variety of classes, and although this year holds true to that, some classes offered last year aren’t being offered this year. While AP European History and AP Music Theory have been added to the list of available courses, Jazz Band and IB Design Technology have been cut due to the combination of a lack of interest and budget cuts. “AP Euro is the only class that had sufficient enrollment to offer this year,” guidance counselor Shelby Edmonds said. AP European History almost
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“I just think it’s dumb because our volleyball outfits don’t pass the dress code, and volleyball games are schoolsponsored. So I can wear my spandex to school for a school function, but not
wasn’t offered this year, but interest increased and the course is now offered at two different times, B4 and A3, both taught by Justin Godard, who also teaches US History (AP, advanced and standard). This class is entirely new to Hanover. The AP European History curriculum covers European history starting at the year 1450. The course focuses almost exclusively on Europe with little regard for how other countries influenced or were influenced by Europe. AP Music Theory is back this year after a year-long break. Last year Jazz Band took its place on the schedule due to a large number of musicians entering high school, as well as
returning students, interested in jazz. Jazz Band, the daughter class of Jazz Ensemble, is not offered this year due to the limited number of musicians and available blocks. Student musicians interested in taking this jazz class generally enrolled in AP Music Theory or Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Band is expected to be offered next year, while AP Music Theory most likely will not be. IB Design Technology, which was going to be counted as a weighted science credit, has been removed from the list of available courses because enrollment was not sufficient. It may be added in future years, just as AP European history was.
during the day? It just isn’t consistent,” sophomore Mary Dustin, who plays on the girls’ volleyball team, said. It is also commonly felt that this rule is particularly unfair to taller girls. Since tall girls typically have longer legs, five inches above the knee on their figure is much less than five inches on a shorter girl. Many of
them feel they are limited to bermuda shorts or capris. Some taller students have expressed frustration with this. “It’s incredibly unfair to tall girls to be held to the same standard as average girls. I’m 5-foot-11 so no shorts are five inches above the knee for me. Those would be called capris,” Stockdale said.
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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY Homeschoolers may have the option to participate here
Homeschool students may be given the opportunity to play on school sports teams. HANNAH TIBBETT
MAX BERRY news reporter
Extracurricular activities are an important part of a public school education, and very soon it may be part of a home-schooled education as well. Hanover County is considering allowing children who are taught at home by their parents to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. This has created a debate over whether or not this is fair to students enrolled in Hanover, who could get replaced on their teams by home-schooled kids who perform better in tryouts. “I am totally opposed [to allowing homeschooled kids in sports],” World History teacher Brian Smith said. “I will go on record saying I’m not opposed to home schooling but [the parents] chose to separate their kids from us. They aren’t entitled to the same privileges. We work
very hard to establish a community here at Hanover.” Fellow coach and world history teacher Chris Pace said, “I think you need to go to school here if you’re going to play here. The culture of our school would be lame without extracurricular activities. If you’re homeschooled, you’re choosing not to be in public school; no one’s making you be homeschooled.” Sports players feel similarly. Junior Taylor Napier, a tennis player, said, “Are they really considering that? I’d probably be disappointed if I got replaced.” Junior Hailey Kitchen, a sideline cheerleader, said, “I don’t believe I should get replaced, but if homeschooled kids come they should get a fair shot [at making a team].” In contrast to Kitchen’s statement, Junior Tyler Peck, a volleyball player, had this opinion, “In my mind I don’t think
it’d be fair because there are rules you have to abide by to play sports here.” However, it’s not just sports players who could be edged out. Drama productions are also extracurricular activities, so homeschooled kids would be allowed to participate, which could possibly edge out Hanover students who try out for the same role in a play. Freshman Bailey Rummel said, “If they [the homeschooled kids] were better than me, they deserve the part more than me.” Junior Violet Sparacio said, “I would feel happy for the person who got it, because they deserve it I’d feel disappointed because I did work hard for it, but I could always do stage management.” Sophomore Matthew Prousalis said, “I suppose I would be disappointed, but it’s not my decision who gets the role.” Some would argue that homeschooled kids have the same rights as students who attend this school to participate in extracurricular activities. Others would make the point that not only do homeschooled students not pay the same fees as students who attend public school, but also that it was their parent’s choice to keep them out of school, and thus separate their children from a public school society. Regardless of Hanover County’s decision, freshman Abby Kindle said, “I would just outdo them because I’m awesome.” Evidently, most students seem to think that homeschoolers should not be allowed to participate in county sports. “I’d feel terrible, it’s my school, not theirs. I probably have worked harder than them anyways,” sophomore Rachel Gaunt said.
New Credits NICK ALLEN
The Virginia General Assembly planned to place new graduation requirements upon incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 school year. These new requirements included two additional diplomas. Unfortunately, the General Assembly passed legislation which delayed these new requirements until the 2011-2012 academic school year. The Standard Technical Diploma and the Advanced Technical Diploma were both part of the new requirements, as well as the addition of one required credit of economics and personal finance. One other provision of the future graduation requirements states that beginning in middle school, all students must have an Academic and Career Plan. Although not in effect, all four diplomas are described in the current Program of Studies. The Standard Technical Diploma will require a minimum of 22 standard credits and six verified credits while the Advanced Technical Diploma will require a minimum of 26 standard credits and nine verified credits. The 2008 Board of Education Agenda also provided that “students completing the requirements for the Standard Technical Diploma may be eligible to receive an honor deemed appropriate by the local school board.” The incoming class of 2014 is bound by the same diploma requirements as all current Hanover students with one exception: Algebra Concepts, which was offered as a math credit in years past, now only counts for elective credit.
Dr. Baughan is replaced by Dr. Baughan PANSY SALE HANNAH TIBBETT news reporter
Just weeks before the new school year started, Dental Technician teacher Irving Baughan left Hanover to work in downtown Richmond. His replacement, however, just so happens to be Linda Baughan, his wife. “I love dentistry and teaching dentistry. I live in Hanover county and found it a wonderful opportunity to continue teaching a subject I love,” she wrote in an e-mail. It would be easy to believe that Baughan was given the job simply because of her name, but that clearly is not the case. Linda graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a master’s degree in biology and went back to school to earn a doctorate in dental surgery at the VCU Medical Center. After years of practicing dentistry, she ended up returning to VCU in 2007. However, this time she did not return to be a student again. She came back to teach
in VCU’s Department of Endodontics, which specializes in root canals. After teaching at VCU for a while, Linda wanted less hours so she took a job with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College as a part-time teacher. There are relatively few students who
“When the position at JSRCC/HHS became available, I looked at it as the perfect opportunity to continue to contribute to the profession.” -Dr. Baughan participate in Hanover’s specialized classes although the school is known for offering a wide variety of technical subjects. Additionally, students from neighboring
high schools such as Lee-Davis and Atlee must travel to Hanover in order to take advantage of the technical classes and the professionals who teach them. This follows suit for optometry, as well. So, it seems she’s reduced her hours even more by becoming the Dental Technician class teacher. As the Dental Technician teacher for Hanover County, Linda only teaches two blocks, A2 and B2. “When the position at JSRCC/HHS became available, I looked at it as the perfect opportunity to continue to contribute to the profession,” Linda said. Even though Linda is a part-time teacher, she plans to continue to contribute to the world of dentistry. “I love teaching Dental Anatomy. This course is the starting point for an education in dentistry. I hope the young people will consider dentistry and oral health professions as possible future career options,” Linda said. Both students and teachers seem to like the idea of Dr. Baughan replacing Dr. Baughan.
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Constant chaos with attempted burning of Koran Terry Jones, a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, wants to burn the Koran
The Koran burning is being protested in many places in and out of the United States. Terry Jones feels that all Americans hold this belief, however, many have stood up in protest. BAYLOR.EDU
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If it were a Christian man who did this, would they burn the Bible?” senior Jade Foster said. Events such as these have the potential to cause a lot of tension between U.S. armed forces and the Islamic people of the Middle East. “I don’t think the pastor should burn the Koran, because not all people who are Islamic were involved in 9/11 so that would disrespect the whole religion,” junior Kayla Harris said. Jones would resent Harris’ statement; he said “We are here to send a message to those who do not mind bombing buildings, who do not mind threatening the president.” Some students like junior Johnna Keyser agree with the pastor’s point of view. “I think it’s wrong to burn the Koran but I understand his reasoning.” After various conferences and meeting with the president, Jones decided to
Sept. 11, 2001, was a horrific day for all of America. Many lives were lost and the American perspective of the Islamic community changed for the worse. Nine years later, new stories seem to be sprouting up from just about everywhere. For example, Terry Jones, a Christian Pastor living in Gainesville, Flordia has threatened to burn the Koran, Islam’s holy book. Also, in New York City the construction of a Mosque is being protested near ground zero. The Islamic community seems to look upon Jones’ threat as a threat from the entire United States, not just Jones. This is similar to the American community taking the prospective mosque as a sign of disrespect. “It’s ridiculous to blame the whole religion for one small group of radicals.
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“suspend” the burning of the Koran under a few conditions. He demanded that the plans to build the mosque near ground zero be terminated, news that, however temporary, was received with general relief. “For America right now, it just isn’t the right thing to do,” Horticulture and Florticulture teacher Adrian Austin said. According to the pastor, the builders agreed to this deal. However, the people working on the mosque stated that no deal was made. Jones said that he would have canceled the burning of the Koran if the mosque builder had agreed to cancel his plans. What most people believe is that Jones only temporarily suspended the burning, not cancelled it completely. Some suspect that he plans to burn the holy book of Islam on a later date. “It is not his place. He shouldn’t do it,” sophomore Sara Kilmeier said.
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September 27, 2010
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FROM EGYPT TO MECHANICSVILLE New student acclimates to an American public school JOHN WATERS features reporter
Sophomore Ahmed Soliman is a student from “a very crowded” Maali Salam School in Alexandria where he was born and raised, located in northern Egypt. Soliman has been in America for about a month and a half. “My impression of this school is that it is not that different from my old school in Alexandria,” he said. However, schools in Egypt function very differently than schools do in America. In Egypt, the students stay in the same school from kindergarten until graduation. When Ahmed leaves Hanover, he said, “I am going to miss being here.” He has already made friends and has taken a liking to certain teachers like Michael Goodrich-Stuart and Victoria Hutto. Life in Egypt is somewhat differ-
ent than the life we live every day in America. The musical style that Egyptians listen to is also very different from what we listen to in America. While Americans have grown up listening to musicians from all different genres, the Egyptians listen mostly to classical Egyptian music, so it is easy to imagine the culture shock Soliman experienced. Soliman said, “I love Lady Gaga and The Jonas Brothers.” Nobody has even heard of these artists in Egypt so he definitely has some culture. While Americans can’t wait for football season in America, in Egypt they look forward to the other type of football, or soccer, rather, as Americans would say. Soccer is the most popular sport in Egypt and across the globe. While Ahmed doesn’t play soccer, he does enjoy watching it. But he does play basketball and golf. It appears that Soliman may be-
Ahmed Soliman works on an assignment in the library for Mr. Goodrich-Stuart. CAITLIN IVEY
come a thespian since he took drama in Alexandria and has a desire to act. He has also taken a liking to American television and movies. He watches many shows on Comedy Central and
enjoys Two and a Half Men. Some of the movies he has seen are 17 Again and the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween. “I really like horror movies,” Soliman said.
New arrivals, especially in the science department
Newborn Rosemary Adele Fitzgerald squirms on her blanket in the hospital, while her dad, Larry Fitzgerald, watches over her. LARRY FITZGERALD
Physics teacher Daniel Bartels cradles his new baby boy, Dylan Jude. KATE BARTELS
Eight-year-old Izzy Bartels gets to know her new little brother. KATE BARTELS
After being in labor for 20 hours, Kate Bartels, wife of AP Physics teacher Daniel Bartels, gave birth to Dylan Jude Bartels. Dylan was born on September 8 at 12:17 a.m. Dylan weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Band director Amy Birdsong gave birth to Finn Garrison Birdsong on September 12 at 3:59 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 1.8 ounces and was 19.75 inches long.
IB Coordinator Brian Letourneau and his wife were celebrating her new job at the Melting Pot when she broke the news of her pregnancy to him. Letourneau was so excited, he accidentally spilled a glass of water all over the table. Science teacher Rebecca Woodall is expecting a baby girl on the same day as Letourneau. SODA sponsor and science teacher Kari Phlegar is expecting a baby on
February 14. Possible names are Joshua Ray or Olivia Marie, depending on the gender of the newborn, which they will learn at the end of September. Jessica Orth, also a science teacher, is expecting a baby on March 16. She and her husband chose to find out the gender of their baby the day he or she arrives. They will select a family name for his or her middle name, but they have not decided on first names.
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Many teachers welcomed new members of their families over the summer. Others are expecting a baby sometime next year. Rosemary Adele Fitzgerald was born on August 27 at 5:21 p.m. to Jackie and Larry Fitzgerald. Rosemary weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Students experience a different culture in Germany DEREK MARTIN features reporter
Ever wondered what it would be like going on a vacation with your teacher? Some students may consider it a dream, but most would classify it as a nightmare. Several students from the German classes were able to attend a summer trip to Germany with German teacher William Wurm and had the chance to experience a wonderful adventure. The group consisted of 12 students and six adults. The group left on June 21 and returned on June 29. “We were able to watch movies on the airplane, but the food was awful and you couldn’t get comfortable in your seat,” junior Sara Faust said. The group stayed with an even lager tour group that included many students from around the United States. Since they had to visit many places all around Germany, the group stayed on a very tight schedule. Everyone had to be awake early
and on a tour bus by 8 a.m. After they visited the place they were going, they had, on average, five to six hours of shopping. They would return to their hotel by 8 p.m., where they had two hours of free time until bed check at 10 p.m. One major tourist attraction that was visited was the World War II concentration camp, Dachau. “It was definitely the most memorable and historical place we visited,” sophomore Sara Shaw said. The group also visited the Marienplatz. This is the central square of Munich that has been around since 1158. “We saw a lot of major German monuments: the English Gardens, as well as the stadium where the Olympics were held,” junior Cameron Holl said. “We also saw the BMW museum and the Swiss Alps, which was my favorite part,” he concluded. “My favorite part was being able to swim in a Swiss Lake; it was very,
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very cold but still a lot of fun,” Shaw said. The trip definitely strengthened their German as well as their relationship with Wurm. Shaw did happen to find a few things weird about Germany. “The country itself was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Instead of pushing down a knob to flush a toilet, you have to push a button,” she said. “Also instead of having sheets on the beds, they have sleeping bag-like things to crawl into.” Faust said that there were a few incidents on the trip where travelers found themselves in trouble. In one of the many restaurants that the students stopped in, an adult from North Carolina bought one of Germany’s famous drinks. After he tasted it and decided it was too bitter, he thought he could sweeten the drink up with some sugar. The man then put sugar into the drink and was surprised to see an explosion come from his mug.
The students stop for a photo in the Swiss Alps. DEREK MARTIN
“This is the first and only time I’ve ever prayed in my life,” senior Luke Davis-Lee said in an old Swiss church. SEAN SCHAEFFER
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Every month, the students in the B4 Emerging Leaders class are striving to make the world a better place through contributions to the community. To make this possible, the students need your help. The class is collecting school supplies for Bowling Green Elementary School for the month of September. Items needed include, but are not limited to, tissues, crayons, notebooks, markers, pens and pencils. Pennies for Peace will be the next
drive in October. This organization collects donations to build schools in Afganistan and other countries. Sometime later this year, the students will follow in the footsteps of last year’s Emerging Leaders group by collecting recylables, with the help of Ms. Corsentino’s class. Each student leads his or her own year-long project, but everyone comes together to help. If you’re a junior and you’re interested in applying for Emerging Leaders next year, see Mr. Axselle.
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September 27, 2010
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STUDENT MAKES SACRIFICES FOR MUSIC
Humble beginnings and pure talent escalate into a record deal
While working in a recording studio, Lawhorn advances his singing and songwriting career. He has had many unique opportunies to improve his skills. JJLAWHORN.COM BRITTANY ALLEN features editor
Two months before the end of his junior year, would-be senior JJ
A “League” of their own ANNA WEST features reporter
The things that are being taught in schools today have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of those things we will remember for the rest of our lives. In the League family, teaching is something their dad did, and now is something they are doing. They will remember the times they have had together and will have working alongside one another. “I like [teaching with my family]. It’s fun. It’s what I wanted to do. We all get along; we were waiting for this to happen,” math teacher Allison League said. She taught math at Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield County before coming to Hanover this year. “Hanover’s a nice school. I like the teachers and kids. It’s a 12 minute drive from my house, and I grew up in Hanover. I think it’s a good fit,” she said. How many of us would like to be working alongside one or more of our siblings? You’d probably expect some tension between them or some type of sibling rivalry, right? That really isn’t the case within the League family. “It’s great [that] I get to talk to [Allison] every single day. It’s not too different than usual. I just get a bunch of jokes about my brother [math teacher Tyler League] being here. We are all different, we get along pretty well,” career tech teacher Charles League said. “I think I’m a good mix between them,” Allison said. Charles didn’t disagree with that statement. “I’m really cool, my brother’s not, and she’s kind of cool,” Charles said. The League siblings’ father also teaches as a substitute. “He’s taught for a long time. He has a lot knowledge. If I have a problem he’s usually dealt with it before,” Allison said. We all learn and grow from our parents, and if we have a problem and don’t know what to do they are usually the ones we go to first. The relationship at home versus work isn’t all the same. “It’s interesting; it’s a different relationship, a professional relationship,” Tyler said. The four Leagues are doing something they love. They enjoy having each other around. “It’s always fun with my dad, always has been,” Charles said. Next time you feel like arguing with your siblings or parents, just realize that one day you could end up working alongside them.
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Lawhorn’s career in country music took off. He began playing in small shows but eventually escalated to more widely attened events, such as when he opened for Justin Moore in
Syracuse, NY, and Stoneburough, PA, on the weekend of Sept. 4 and 5. “I’ve played shows before, but I hadn’t opened for anyone that big,” Lawhorn said. “It was just me and my guitar in front of thousands of people. It was crazy” And people have taken notice of Lawhorn’s talents. He has been approached by various labels, including multiple meetings with Big Machine Records. His current producer is Jeremy Stover, who also helped jump-start the career of Justin Moore, artist of the Number One hit “Small Town U.S.A.” Lawhorn has made other acquaintances involved in the singing and songwriting business who have influenced his goals and aspirations in a positive manner. “The most interesting and coolest people I’ve ever met are some of the songwriters. I’ve gotten to write with Grammy award-winning writers. If the artist thing doesn’t work out for
me, I’ll fall back on being a professional songwriter.” Lawhorn has already had experience writing most of his own material. “I’ve got a CD and a single coming out in the fall or early spring. Every single one of the songs, except for one, I’ve written or co-written,” he said. Because he plans to focus on advancing his career as a country music artist and songwriter, Lawhorn has decided to forgo a traditional senior year, instead enrolling in a few online courses to complete his diploma. “It kind of sucks. It’s boring, to be honest, because I never get to see anyone,” he said. But some sacrifices must be made to accomplish certain ambitions. To hear more about Lawhorn’s progress, people can join his group on Facebook. His personal website is in the process of being set up and his music will be available for download on iTunes sometime this fall or early spring.
Spreading hope across the globe ANNA WEST features reporter
“It tested my faith a little bit. I was determined to help them know about God and take it back to their homes,” freshman Josh Kegal said. Camp Hope is a place where underprivileged children and young adults with rough backgrounds get to stay for a free week-long overnight camp. Kegal wasn’t the only one who attended Camp Hope this summer. “Megan DiSesa and I stayed overnight with these seven-and eightyear-old girls and it was ridiculous. We’d get up at 8 a.m. and did things nonstop, so you’d think they would be tired; but they stayed up till, like, four in the morning talking about little girl things. I had a good week, but it was tiring,” junior Rachel Walters said. The kids just get a chance to be themselves and learn about God at Camp Hope. “I helped them know a little bit more about God because most of them don’t have great lives at their home,” Kegal said. Sophomore Hannah Scarborough was excited about helping make a difference in these young peoples’ lives, as well. “[I enjoyed] getting to know the
Counselors help campers take part in a teamwork activity in Camp Hope Latvia. The counselors stayed in Latvia for two weeks creating unbreakable bonds of friendship and trust with the campers as well as with each other. ASHLEY IRELAND
kids and making a difference in their lives, and knowing I was put in the position to make that difference. That means a lot to me. I looked back on my life and realized how lucky I am,” Scarborough said. Freshman Chace Blackburn also joined in on the fun this summer. “It’s not about being authoritative, it’s about being their friend and listening to them because they don’t get
Clark designs for the future
Senior pursues dream of becoming an architect JOHN WATERS features reporter
Senior Miles Clark entered into an architectural design competition with the criteria of designing the blueprints of a library. First, Clark won first place in the local competition, and then he went on to the regional competition where he again won first place. Clark, overjoyed, then went on to the national level where 13 regions of the United States are involved and he won third place and a $1,500 scholarship which he plans to use at Virginia Tech to get a degree in architecture. Clark was not at all disappointed with getting third place in the national competition because he thought it was an honor just to get as far as he did. Clark got started in architectural design in the sixth grade and has pursued it ever since. He says he got his inspiration from his grandfather, who had been an electrical engineer all of his life since he got out of college. He must have looked up to his grandfather as a role model to him. Once Clark gets his desired degree, he plans to get a job in construction designing blueprints, and if not that, then he plans to fall back on engineering as a backup plan. He hopes that architectural design
Teachers from the League family working together on a daily basis
or engineering will take him very far until he retires or tires of it, which is highly unlikely. He has no specific preference for what type of building he would like to design, though he is interested in public buildings like libraries and apartments. However, Clark is not sure if that is what he will fully commit to. If neither of those work out he just may pursue a career in running considering his experiences with the track and field team. He performed in the one mile and two mile runs and still runs as a hobby. Clark gained a lot of experience and knowledge from the competition. He also got to learn from his mistakes because the judges gave them feedback in each competition. This was intended to give the contestants the ability to improve upon their designs. Regardless of whether Clark will use his new knowledge in another competition or in his profession, he has certainly learned much from his experience in the competition. “I am extremely determined and motivated to reach my desired career.” Clark said. Compared to other engineering students, Clark has a significant advantage, considering his noteworthy recognition within the Commonwealth.
New album from JJ Lawhorn soon to be made available to the public
that at home,” Blackburn said. Camp Hope in Richmond is not the only location Hanover students went to over the summer. They also went to Camp Hope in Latvia. Blackburn went to both Richmond and Latvia. “They are really different and incomparable. I feel like the kids in Richmond were more open. The kids in Latvia were shy and need you more,” Blackburn said.
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Top 10 Sept. highlights 1. Beating the Patrick Henry Patriots 49-21 on Sept. 10 2. Rachel’s Challenge Assembly on Sept. 23 3. Meeting up with friends after three months 4. Exploring Asia’s Geography: Interactive Map on Sept. 28 and 29 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 5. Back-to-school shopping 6. A newly-revamped student section at football games 7. Cooler weather following record-breaking heat in June, July and August 8. Release of Taylor Swift’s music video to her new single, Mine 9. All new episodes of MTV’s Jersey Shore AC S&K
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RACHEL’S PLANS FOR THE YEAR New Managing Staff heads The Hawk Eye CHALLENGE
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RUTHIE CHEN managing editor
In the somewhat harrowing and infinitely uplifting words of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the infamous Columbine High School shooting on Apr. 20, 1999, “Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer...I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.” Filing out of the auditorium in small groups, the student body was strangely quiet on Sep. 23 after the Rachel’s Challenge assembly. With a starkly simple yet emphatic choice of words, Scott evoked tears, silence and emotion in her heartfelt message to teenagers nationwide. Through her death many have come to appreciate the facets of life that are so often overlooked or taken for granted; she urges all to allow kindness and, at the very least, sympathy for others to pervade thoughts and actions. While such a notion might come across as cliche or cheesy, the message is powerful and meaningful, and serves as a much-needed reminder for the school year. Be kinder than necessary, because everyone is going through some sort of battle. Don’t allow first impressions to mar potential relationships. Never forsake or undermine the significance of others to bolster the significance of ourselves. The assembly lasted a mere hour, but Scott’s challenge to the future leaders, thinkers and caretakers of America rings eternal. Every human being has an innate capacity to empathize with others. Be it a survival instinct, a social necessity, or a coping mechanism, it is a shame that some have regressed to apathy instead of progressing towards sympathy. In
school students learn to spell, balance equations, write five paragraphs and divide fractions, but when do they learn how to treat others? When will they fully understand the impact we have on those around us? Is it when we enter the “real world?” When we go to college or start a family? No. The time is now. People throw words around with seemingly inconsequential jokes or petty comments, but never contemplate what they mean. They release words but never know what to do with them once they come back around.
The person you are now is perhaps the greatest indicator of the person that you’ll be in 20 years. We are constantly forming standards for ourselves and others, cementing habits, both good and bad, forging friendships and establishing ourselves in relation to the world around us. As we continue with our lives, we should honor Rachel’s Challenge by honoring ourselves and others. Dream big, but remember that in order to do noble things, we must all first learn to do humble things with great nobility.
September 29, 2010
THE GODS FAVOR MARCHING HAWKS Hawks embrace Sparta with their latest marching band show CHRISTINA COX arts reporter
Next time you go to a football game, pay attention at halftime. When the clock times out and the players leave the field, a new team takes their place. The Marching Hawks have been working since August to perfect their show, and this year’s theme is Spartacus. At the end of last year, Amy Birdsong, the band director, chose a group of themes. The rising seniors took a vote, and it was decided: Spartacus was the new theme. Many students remember last year, when the drum majors dressed up as Batman and Superman and Birdsong’s son debuted as Jack Jack from The Incredibles. Everyone wants to know if there are any surprises for the show this year. “They don’t really tell us,” junior Julia Poyer said. “But I know the [color] guard is dying/killing each other. [senior] Justin Ott twirls [senior] Genevieve Campbell off a platform, too.” The drum majors will also be sporting togas in reference to the Spartacus theme. After marching for three years, it’s a big change to be directing the entire band. For Ott, “The difference
Hawks get the crowd excited by playing in the stands during the game. CAITLIN IVEY
Senior drum majors Genevieve Campbell and Justin Ott dress to match this year’s marching band theme. CAITLIN IVEY
The marching band takes the field at Patrick Henry High School. They have prepared for this since August. CAITLIN IVEY
between marching and being a drum major is that we don’t march, but still have to know the counts; and it’s not just our instruments, we have to memorize all the music.”
Getting a whole band ready to perform is a challenge. Students recieve their music in June, but they only have two weeks in August to memorize their music, as well as learn how
Behind the scenes of IB art
to march. “Last year we marched and played the entire show for the first football game, which if you consider how short band camp is… it’s pretty impressive. Our goal this year was to meet that same precedent. We have been working really hard during camp and after school and we’ve learned the whole show, but now we have to focus on making it look good; making sure we’re in line with each other and that we move at the same time,” senior Kylie Wash said. “I think we’re better prepared this year than other years. The leadership really stepped up to bring it above and beyond,” senior Jordan Mason said. Going to football games and hanging out with kids who share a love of music isn’t all students get out of marching band. Each year, the band takes a trip out-of-state and usually gets to march in a parade.This year, the trip is to Orlando, Florida. And it seems the most anticipated event is the Harry Potter theme park in Universal Studios. “I and a few of my friends are actually planning to dress up in costumes when we go,” Wash said. “It’s totally nerdy, I know, but how many times am I going to get to go to Hogwarts?”
Artist of the month
IB art students work hard to prepare for their exam ALEX HOWELL arts editor
A mixed media piece in senior IB Art student Anna Gordon’s summer portfolio. CAITLIN IVEY
Senior Joe Jarrells works on an art project. He will include it in his IB portfolio. CAITLIN IVEY
Past art projects decorate the art room. These projects once adorned the hallways. CAITLIN IVEY
This summer, while some students were hanging with friends or laying out at the pool, others were creating works of art for their summer portfolios. International Baccalaureate (IB) Art is a class in which students have the opportunity to learn about art, create art, and then showcase their art in front of a judge. It is offered at Hanover as an IB Standard Level (SL) class or an IB Higher Level (HL) class. Over the summer students were required to create a portfolio with three pieces of art. “IB has really specific dimensions for our artwork. Whatever we want to draw is open to interpretation, as long as it is on a certain size of paper,” senior Kathryn Mayes said. For her summer portfolio, Mayes created a portrait and printing block. She is still working on another piece to complete the three works of art. “For my summer portfolio, I did pencil and charcoal drawings along with a Conté Crayon [white crayon] drawing,” senior Curran Henry said. Mayes and Henry are both in the IB Art HL program. At the end of this year they will participate in the IB exam, which consists of three parts. The first is an external evaluation where an art critic trained in evaluating IB exams grades 25-30 pieces the students bring with them. “I’m kind of nervous about being judged for the exam because we have to have so many pieces of art,” Henry
said. The second part of the exam is an internal assessment where IB Art teacher Cindy McNamara evaluates the students’ art. She grades them according to the IB scale, in which students are eligible of receiving a score of one through seven. The final part of the IB exam is the Candidate Record Booklet. The Candidate Record Booklet consists of all the pages in the artist’s sketchbook, where all ideas, future pieces, and sketches are located, along with pictures of their final works. All of this is sent somewhere in the world to be graded by IB scorers. “We’re responsible for having 20 pages in our sketchbook every nine weeks in order to prepare for the exam,” Henry said. The scores are graded anonymously and sent back to students the summer after they send them off. Senior Joe Jarrells is currently working on a piece he hopes to include in his portfolio as well as the adjudication for the IB exam in May. “We were assigned to do a project on an art article. Mine was on Leonardo Da Vinci and I chose to focus on his painting, Battle of Anghiari. I’m modernizing it by using rugby to represent the battle scene,” Jarrells said. The IB Art students are all working arduously to prepare for the exam this year and they are all aware of the difficulties to come. “It’s going to be a really strenuous year but I’m excited about what we’re going to accomplish,” Mayes said.
AP music theory returns to Hanover CAITLYN DELILLE arts reporter
AP Music Theory commonly has the reputation of being an especially brutal class. Maintaining an A is nearly impossible, so in the past not many people have signed up to take it. But this year, so many people signed up that underclassmen were turned down for enrollment because juniors and seniors filled the available spots. “I took AP Music Theory because I wanted to broaden my musical horizon,” junior Charlie Frise said. Common goals among students are the ability to compose their own music as well as learning to transpose other pieces. Music theory has an end of the year AP test with two parts, written and sight-singing. “The class seems really challenging but it seems like it will be worth the
Students currently enrolled in AP music theory
turmoil,” junior Rachel Laux said. A typical day in AP Music Theory begins by turning in and going over the homework. The class then practices rhythms and music note names in different clefs with the Smart Board. Students are expected to learn how to read different clefs such as treble, base, alto and tenor. There are five main objectives in this class, first is sight singing. “This is going to be so funny because I can’t sing,” junior Demi Barber said. Second is ear training. “Even if you can’t hear a note right now and just know the name right off the top of your head, you can train yourself to. You just have to practice hearing the different notes,” music teacher Amy Birdsong said. Third is basic theory. Basic theory is as defined as “the study of the theoreti-
Cost of the marching band Orlando trip
cal elements of music including sound and pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation.” Fourth part is writing. This section is where the class will learn how to write rhythms in different time signatures. Fifth is music structure and analysis. By learning about music structure and analysis the students learn how to compose their own music along with knowing how to write in different music styles. Another requirement for this class is learning how to play the keyboard. By studying the keyboard they learn how the different notes relate to each other. After the birth of her baby, Birdsong needed a long term sub. Her long term is Ms. Nicole Dovey. Dovey was a student teacher for Birdsong three years ago here at Hanover, and now she is returning to teach.
Members of Hanover’s marching band
Kathryn Mayes EMILY SMITH arts reporter
Q. How long have you been taking art? A. “Since seventh grade.” Q. What is your favorite art class to take? A. “Fine arts.” Q. What piece of work have you done that you are most proud of? A. “One of my pen and ink drawings.” Q. Where do you get your inspirations from? A. “When I am working on my art I like to listen to my iPod on shuffle, and that helps me a lot.” Q. Who is your favorite artist? A. “Joseph Cornell because he is different from any other artist I have ever seen.” Q. What do you enjoy the most in your art class? A. “I really like when we have a drawing project. I like to draw people the most.” Q. Do you plan on continuing your art career? A. “I would really like to go to school for art and hopefully find a job in the art field.” Q. What project did you have the most fun making? A. “We had to make sculptures out of Styrofoam and it was fun to cut it out in any shape I wanted.” Q. What is a funny story about yourself and art? A. “One time I was painting in my room, I reached to grab a coal out of this box I have and hit the jar of ink over. I got ink all over my carpet. I tried to hide it from my parents but my mom found the towels I used to clean it up with. So now I am no longer to do art in my room. All of my supplies have to be in the garage.”
Sketches required for IB art sketchbook
September 27, 2010
ENTERTAINMENT LAURAJANE BLASER
INCEPTION: MIND-BENDING FILM Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the action movie of the summer CHANCE LEE entertainment reporter
If a person were to use one sentence to describe Inception, it would probably be something along the lines of “What just happened?” because that’s the way a lot of people will feel when exiting the theatre. Inception is a film written and directed by Christopher Nolan who also wrote/directed The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. The plot of Inception at its most basic level follows the exploits of Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a thief who has the technology to enter a person’s dream and steal information. Cobb has a lot of personal issues, ranging from his inability to return to the United States to his inner turmoil over his wife’s death. Cobb’s main goal in the film is to implant an idea into the mind of Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) in order to get him to dissolve his business and do things differently than his recently deceased father. Upon doing so, Cobb’s employer will allow him to reenter the United States Inception is confusing to say the least. The dream world DiCaprio and his team enter has a lot of rules. For instance, time moves slower in a dream than it does in reality, in most dreams if you die you wake up, and the other subconscious people who reside in dreams (called projections) will attempt to viciously murder people who mess with the dreams too much.
A zero-gravity scene from Inception, a summer box off ice hit. DIMFUTURE.ORG
During the first part of Inception, the plot is somewhat clear. However, this changes when the movie starts discussing dreams within dreams. By the third quarter of the movie there are three dreams going on within each other. While that’s not too difficult to follow, it begins to get a bit hectic when there is a van plunging into a river, a zero gravity fight in a hotel, a military operation, and a strange dream limbo going on all at once. That isn’t to say the plot is not enjoyable. It actually makes one wonder about the complexities of actual dreams, and it can become pretty
engaging. The plot requires a lot of thinking and isn’t intended as a casual flick. The fact remains that the writing is clever, and the action fits well with everything else. A few things do go awry with the plot such as events happening simultaneously while other things are overshadowed even though they should have been explained in more depth. Fischer’s issues with his father outweigh Cobb’s wife issues to the point that they are an afterthought. Also Ariadne’s character as the dream architect is incredibly underdeveloped
until it feels as if she is a replacement for a character who never really shows up. The special effects in Inception are stunning. The audience is treated to zero gravity, numerous slow motion sequences, an entire city bending at a ninety degree angle and a huge battle in a snowy mountain fortress. All of the effects are pulled off nicely, making spectators feel so immersed in the movie that they believe these impossible things could actually happen. The music in the film doesn’t warrant any special commendations. It’s dramatic when it needs to be, and it’s serious when it needs to be. In conclusion, the music fits as well as it should so don’t expect to be totally blown away by it. All things considered, Inception really does make for a nice film that will more than likely go down as one of the better movies of 2010. The film possesses smart writing that makes a person think, and it is very intriguing. The film simply was not intended to be a casual experience, but instead is a mind-bending thriller. However, one glaring issue is the ending. The film’s ending doesn’t resolve anything, but instead just raises more questions. In fact, the second the credits began to roll, there was a loud groan of disappointment emanating from the audience. In light of these issues, Inception is definitely worth seeing, and it is highly recommended that anyone who enjoys intrigue and Matrix-style.
Gaga visits John Paul Jones Arena
English teacher Victoria Hutto attended Lady Gaga concert on Sept. 8 CHANCE LEE entertainment reporter
Lady Gaga astounds fans with outrageous outfits during her concert. EN.CHI.GOV
For those who don’t already know, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is an American recording artist who goes by the stage name Lady Gaga. Gaga originally got the name from music producer Rob Fusari. While Gaga was attempting to come up with a stage name, she received a text message from Fusari with the words “Lady Gaga” on it. It turned out that Fusari originally meant to type the name of a Queen song titled “Radio Ga Ga” but due to the autocorrect feature on the text message, “radio” was changed to “lady.” Shortly after this mishap, Germanotta became Lady Gaga. In addition to two albums (The Fame and The Fame Monster), Gaga has embarked on two tours. Her second tour the Monster Ball Tour, began on Nov. 27, 2009, and has so far been slated to end on May 5, 2011. As a part of The Monster Ball tour, Lady Gaga made a stop on Sept. 8, in Virginia to perform at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
Several students and teachers attended the concert. One teacher who went to the Charlottesville concert was English teacher and Yearbook advisor Victoria Hutto, who went with a friend from college. Even though the Charlottesville concert was the first Lady Gaga event Hutto had been to, she has been a fan of Gaga since her debut album hit stores in 2008. Hutto said she was a Lady Gaga fan was because, “She’s a really unique performer. I like the combination of musical ability and theatrics.” However a few of Hutto’s students told her she is “too old” to be listening to Gaga. During the concert, Hutto described the atmosphere as “intense.” According to her, no one sat down during the performance. Throughout the concert, Gaga reportedly wore seven or eight outfits, with one in particular appearing as “a tree with fringes.” Hutto stated that the outfit itself would have been easier to sketch rather than describe. One of the numerous students who attended the concert was junior Oliver Lawrence, who is reportedly a big
The Last Airbender a disappointment Many of this summer’s anticipated films were box office flops LAURAJANE BLASER entertainment editor
Of the many movies that premiered over summer break, few stood out as the genius products they were advertised to be. Movies like Inception, Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid and Eclipse ended up coming out on top with the highest total earnings. As in most cases, where there are winners, there must be losers. This summer’s blockbusters added proof to that statement. The Last Airbender, a highly anticipated movie for fans of the TV series, was one of the losers. Although the film garnered a good amount of money, the movie itself was disappointing. The film was based on the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, an animated TV series. “It [The Last Airbender] was stupid; I had to go with my little cousin.
Total MTV Video Music awards Lady Gaga won
It was a little kid movie,” junior Johnna Keyser said. “The little kid, Aang, was scary; his eyes creeped me out.” Freshman Miana Sebra also saw the movie. According to Sebra, the majority of the audience viewing the film were kids. “It was kind of fake. I like the cartoon better. I didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t realistic,” Sebra said. Another film, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, turned out on the bottom along with Marmaduke and Charlie St. Cloud. Charlie St. Cloud had the chance to be a breakout movie for Zac Efron, but the film ended up not grossing as much as was expected. Freshman Ashley Ward saw Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Cats & Dogs was yet another blockbuster failure of the summer. According to Ward, most of the audience viewing the movie was children
The cost of a ticket for the Gaga concert
as well. Ward decided to see the movie because “I liked that they had talking animals.”
Aang, the last airbender. BLOG.FENRIX.NET
The amount of tours Lady Gaga has done
Lady Gaga fan. Lawrence said, “I believe she brings a new element to the game.” According to Lawrence, during one of Gaga’s songs the microphone was cut off for about five seconds until one of the dancers onstage helped her turn it back on. Despite this very minor setback Lawrence said that “Just the presence of her there energized everyone.” Another student who went to the concert was senior Abbey Williams. According to Williams, many of the other spectators attended the concert in costumes, and possibly were trying to emulate Gaga. “Everyone was really pumped,” Williams said. “I left feeling like Lady Gaga and I were friends.” Williams attended the concert with friends, despite the high ticket prices. Unfortunately Lady Gaga fans will have a long wait before the next concert. The next time she’ll be in the area will be on Feb. 24, 2011, at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Gaga fans should mark their calendars now to ensure that they can get tickets.
Video Music Awards 2010 CAITLIN IVEY entertainment reporter
If anyone was looking to leave the MTV Video Music Awards as a winner, it was sure to be Lady Gaga. Out of 13 record-breaking nominations, Gaga emerged with a total of eight wins, which included Best Collaboration for her video “Telephone” with Beyonce, as well as Video of the Year for “Bad Romance.” Also topping the nominations for this year were Eminem and Justin Bieber. As promised to her fans, Gaga also announced the name of her upcoming album, “Born This Way,” which is expected to be released some time this upcoming year.
The number of minutes Inception lasts
September 29, 2010
OPINIONS KENDALL BURGESS
THE GREAT DEBATE ON SUMMER
Questioning the value of having a traditional summer vacation KENDALL BURGESS opinions editor
All school year, students yearn for the freedom of summer vacation to arrive. The downfall of these traditional three months of vacation is that they may be placing a strain on students’ ability to achieve their personal best. Summer vacation was created nearly a hundred years ago for rural parents who needed their children’s help with the crops. Nowadays, it’s highly unlikely to hear about kids being made to do hard labor on the family farm all summer. More commonly, students’ summers are spent by the pool, at the beach, at summer camps and doing other non-educational activities. This would be more accepted if it wasn’t making students’ scores drop, but studies have shown that it is. A consistent instruction period, using a year-round curriculum, has shown to be the most effective method of achieving highest scores. This is most likely because there is no time wasted getting students back into the routine of school days, and teachers don’t have to play catch-up at the beginning of the year for their students to be up to speed. Another problem diminished by this system would be students giving up at the end of the
Students using the year-round curriculum spend their entire year working extremely hard in the classroom setting. KENDALL BURGESS
With the break in effect, students can spend time at the beach and river, enjoying the summer weather. KENDALL BURGESS
year because they are so ready for summer to begin. You also have to consider that students do have the option of taking summer school if they need remediation or are interested in advancement. However, the percentage of students actually attending school in the summer is very low. Making the decision optional obviously lowers the percentage because students feel like they need the break. “Summer vacation is all people look forward to the entire year. It’s the only way to make it through the stressful year without falling into deep depression,” senior Abbey Williams said.
The year-round curriculum may be better for education but some parents are fearful that if they make this change it will affect their family in a negative way. Many parents and students use the summer as time to go on family trips, relax and just spend time together. A problem working parents face is the fact that their jobs are not postponed for summer vacation. Inevitably, they may not be able to be home with their kids anyway, so therefore they send them to day/overnight camps or hire a nanny. Older students, like those in high school, use the summer to get a job and make money to last them through
Beauty queen loses crown
Does she need a new hair color or an attitude adjustment? EMILY WIGGINTON opinions reporter
It’s been said that beauty pageants are about inner beauty and being a role model for girls of all ages, not about looks. However, for Miss Teen Whanganui in New Zealand, this wasn’t so. Olivia O’Neil, the 15-year-old winner of the crown was stripped of her stature when she dyed her blonde hair back to its natural color. She won the contest with her hair dyed and highlighted blonde. Once she won, she was told to keep up the image by doing 20 sit-ups a night and wearing a lot of make up. O’Neil dyed her hair to dark brown a few months after the contest and posted her new look on her Facebook. An organizer of the pageant, Barbara Osbourne, then asked if it was a wig or not. O’Neil stated it wasn’t and that she had a right to dye her hair as she wished and if that was unacceptable then “maybe the pageant life wasn’t for her.” Osbourne, offended by the comment, reportedly asked for the crown back so that she could give it to someone with a little more respect and told O’Neil “she would never go far
in life.” O’Neil returned the crown to the organization and, hurt by Osbourne’s words, complained about the treatment of the pageant girls. The pageant organization denies that her hair color was the real issue, but rather the quarreling between O’Neil and Osbourne, which then begs the question, are the pressures of pageants purely part of the sport or is it crossing the line into bullying? O’Neil overreacted as most girls would; jumping down the throats of the pageant organizers when asked if she had changed her hair color. The fact is that it was expected of her to keep up the look with which she had won. O’Neil never had to return the crown but in a huff threw it back in their faces because of a fight with the director. This was certainly a childish thing to do and to cry that it was “stripped” from her is completely unfair on her part. Perhaps she was offended by Osbourne’s comment, but the pageant life isn’t an easy one where everyone is sweet and nice; it is a competition. The girls who win have a reputation to uphold as role models. To throw a hissy fit as she had done just proves
that she never really deserved the crown in the first place. However, the fact that Osbourne commented that she would amount to nothing was uncalled for. She could have handled the situation much more civilly and could have worked through the issue of hair color, by finding out if the upkeep of the winning look was directly stated as a rule or simply an expectation. Osbourne’s comment was snide and rude, but at the same time O’Neil seemed to be looking for a fight. For someone with a crown, this most likely isn’t the greatest plan. Pageant life doesn’t seem like an easy one. The ups and downs of winning and losing, the rude remarks of others trying to get to you, and those from a pageant organizer are all part of the job. Pageant organizations though should probably look more closely at the people they hire and make sure they don’t overstep their boundaries with demands and remarks. It should be their job to make the girls feel good and keep them calm. They should accommodate them as well as they can when the pageants come around, not antagonize them to the point of Facebook yelling matches and falling royalty.
“Restoring Honor” one step at a time
Glenn Beck rally places faith, hope and charity above politics CHRIS STEGNER opinions reporter
On Aug. 28, political figurehead Glenn Beck gave a speech on “Restoring Honor” in our country and in our government. In his speech, Beck stated he didn’t even realize that it was the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He also made a statement that “it’s time for the white people to reclaim the civil
rights movement.” He’s stating that he thinks that our government should be less involved in our lives. This is contradictory to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which King talked about the government helping out African Americans by giving them their civil rights, and protecting them from the harsh treatment of local laws in some states. It is one thing to be a conservative, but when you have someone like Beck, who is represent-
Massive amounts of supporters attended the Glenn Beck Rally. This day was “coincidentally” the same as the “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago. OLIVIER DOULIERY/ABACA PRESS/MCT
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ing the Republican Party and making it seem like the Republicans are a bunch of radical, crazy racists, it comes across as counter productive. Aren’t the speeches made by King and his involvement in the civil rights movement for everyone, not for one ethnicity to claim as their own? So what is up your sleeve, Mr. Beck? A large number of people would argue that Beck has no right to claim or reclaim leadership of various movements at his own whim. Supporting a movement is one thing, but insulting or undermining the influence and significance of another group accomplishes nothing. The bottom line is this: it’s not right for one man to go and make a speech on the anniversary of another’s famous oration without even noticing that it’s on the same day, then to go and say that it’s time for the white population to claim the movement back from African Americans. Don’t forget that in many prior occasions, Beck made claims that King was a socialist. It sounds like the event was set up to slander what King stood for and diminish the importance of the honor King deserves.
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the school year. It would be nearly impossible to have a job during the school year, especially if the student is an athlete. This would take away a lot of potential workers for places like Kings Dominion, local pools and other businesses that employ students. “I’m a host at Cracker Barrel during the summer and that’s how I make most of my money. During the school year I play sports, so I’m too busy to have a job on weekdays,” junior Tyler Peck said. Another point you have to consider is the cost of running the school three months longer than the traditional school year. The budget is dropping consistently with no signs of slowing down. A reality of this situation is certain counties, including Hanover, may not have the funds to keep schools running longer than our current allotted time. While some may be convinced that America should do away with the old tradition of summer vacation, it probably won’t happen for a while. Each way has its downfalls, but the yearround school seems to have more controversy against it. People, in general, dislike change, and this would be a decision affecting nearly all students across the U.S. It would surely be a change that people would put up a fight against.
Free Radio EMILY WIGGINTON opinions reporter
Free radio may slowly be dying as the Performance Rights Act wanders its way through Congress. This act will start taxing commercial radio for the music it plays. Sadly, singers and musicians are not able to make as much money as they used to due to the downloading society the world is turning into. Recorded music and traditional concerts cannot draw as many people as everyone is downloading and sharing music freely (and also illegally) with friends, family and even complete strangers. Radio is fighting the bill the best they can, claiming they are, as they always have, providing free advertising for singers and musicians, both known and unknown. The fact that the radio industry is better off financially then the rest of the music industry does not mean the government needs to tax it. Even though the fee would most likely only reach up to $1,000 per year per station that doesn’t mean it won’t be harmful to the radio industry. Many small, local radio stations cannot afford to pay that much for all the music they play on a daily basis. The bill could cause them to tank, not to mention that if stations have to start paying taxes they might not want to play local artists, thus causing them to play the same songs repeatedly. “I think radio stations would start playing the same songs which is more annoying than hearing commercials,” junior Brock Buchanan said. In order to pay for this small fee, they would have to start selling more ad airtime to accommodate the tax and buying the music in the first place. This causes more commercial breaks, which causes listeners to tune into another station. This means fewer listeners and less business. So by making sure the music industry itself doesn’t fail, the government could be in the process of destroying the radio.
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September 27, 2010
UNCOUTH MESSAGES UNCOVERED Texts from Last Night hits Hanover with humorous tales ALLYSON SCHETTINO copy editor/humor editor
As a society that is so heavily reliant on the use of technology as a means of communication, we have utilized just about every avenue that we have access to. Whether we’re using webcams, the internet, or cell phones it seems that no one is unreachable anymore. Nearly any thought or experience that could ever take place is now able to be transmitted across the world in a matter of seconds. The barrier between people has been broken and as a result people are communicating more than ever. But as the phrase usually goes, technology will be the downfall of humanity, or at least in this case, the downfall of the dignity of whoever sent these text messages. Most everyone is probably familiar with the website Text from Last Night; it’s an archive of some of the most idiotic text messages ever sent. The success of the site could possibly be attributed to the universality of the situation. This writer has been on the receiving end of many of these text messages, and ultimately this resulted in a quest The mission was to find a personal list of regrettable moments conveyed through text message. I’ve traveled the nation, searched high and low, and much to my surprise, it only took a short while to compile this list of the most ridiculous messages ever. Though my quest came with some sorrow and pity for the idiots who wrote these texts, hopefully you’ll enjoy their unfortunate and/or embarrassing nature, I’m sure the people who wrote them are no longer laughing.
(804)- Yeah, I still can’t decide which of the Jersey Shore cast members I want to model my life after..
(804)- I found myself at Dave and Buster’s eating chocolate cake on country western karoake night, alone. The waiter asked me if I was okay. Twice. (804)- Driving down 301, just passed a man asleep on his riding lawn mower. Best believe, we’re in Hanover. (757)- And by “it went that good” I mean I told her the plot of 300 as my lifestory and it took her like 15 minutes to figure out. (434)- By the way the fattest man alive got married yesterday and I still don’t even have a boyfriend. (209)- Oh and by the way, when you’re on the hood of a car, ten mph feels pretty darn fast. (804)- Yeah, I’m about to throw down at a monster truck rally. You should really be here. (361)- I’m really going to have to reconsider our friendship if you keep using Ashlee Simpson lyrics to describe your emotions. (618)- At Busch Gardens the sign
for the Griffin says, “Make sure your glasses and weave are secure.” I don’t make these things up. (850)- Question: If I wake up with one eyebrow mysteriously vanished, do I have to shave the other one to match? (857)- West Virginia truck stops are full of people with killer beards and mustaches. (442)- I gave a liter of Mountain Dew to their three year old at 11:30, they walked in the door at midnight, I took the check, and left promptly at 12:01. Let’s just say they won’t be asking me to babysit again. (540)- My professor was lecturing us about how ignorant Americans are, he then proceeded to tell us we didn’t know geography—and he followed that statement up by asking us what the capital of Boise was. Yeah, I’m paying for this class. (918)- I just licked mashed potatoes off my blackberry, I think it’s time to make some life alterations. (614)- I’m sorry if your life is a sore
(804)- My car accident would have been a lot cooler had I not been listening to Celine Dion when it hapened.
(518)- That bad? (793)- Full length cargo pants, a wife beater, a headband, and a partial unibrow.
US mourns the loss of legendary figure Legendary quarterback Brett Favre dies from tackle at 76
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Oct. 14, 2035, marked the day that the world of football, as we commonly know it, ended. Football’s greatest hero, the legendary Brett Favre, died a horrible and grizzly death at the merciless hands of Jake Blones, the New York Giants 350-pound line backer. Favre was 76 years old. Favre will be revered as the NFL’s oldest player, the only quarterback to break 2,000 touchdown passes and the first (and hopefully not the last) person to play in a wheelchair. Favre was given grief and endlessly ridiculed by the media, as well as the public about his age for over thirty years. However, no amount of pain or injury (physical or emotional) could keep him from playing the game he loved so dearly, not even his neardeath injury that caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down. Favre was able to continue to play football after doctors and NASA engineers created a state-of-the-art wheel chair specifically designed for athletes who don’t have the sense to quit. The wheel chair is complete with oxygen tanks and football buffer to keep the football clean and aerodynamic. With this versatile piece of technology, Favre continued to play quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. “It worked well, because Favre is a god among men,” the son of the legendary King of Pop and coach of the Vikings, Blanket Jackson said. However, no piece of techology
was able to revive Favre after the intense tackle that ended his life. As for Blones, authorities have decided since they were playing football, no charges will be filed. Blones will be released from custody later this week. Blones was unavailable for comment on the horrible act he committed but his official spokesperson gave this statement to the press.
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“Mr. Blones deeply regrets the events that culminated in the death of a great hero. He considers his acts unspeakable, and his dearest sympathy goes out to Favre’s family and fans.” However, Favre, whose legacy went on far too long in life, will continue in death. Vikings manager and owner, Justin Bieber, has decided to retire Favre’s position of quarterback after his untimely demise. “It just wouldn’t be right,” Bieber
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said, “I feel as nation we must honor Brett and everything he has done for this team and America. All that we can do now is keep our hopes up and pray for a great running back.” A statue of Favre is expected to be placed in front of the Vikings stadium, and a smaller one will be placed at every field he played on. “It just makes sense to do it that way because everywhere he went he influenced it in a positive way,” Bieber commented. The statues will be unveiled in a nationwide service on Oct. 10 of next year as a last birthday tribute for “football’s titan.” Beiber and other Viking executives have already decided to ask the Pope and several members of the religious heirarchy to make an appearance and bless the the holy statue of Favre at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. “Oh, it’ll be pure gold,” Bieber said, “It’s going to be something like nine feet tall, real nice details, he’ll be doing the classic Heisman pose, but instead of a football, he will be holding the world. We chose this because that’s how important he is to us or—was.” Bieber then grew very emotional and left the interview promptly after ending that statement with tears in his eyes. Recently rumors have been circulating, raising hope for a national holiday, with importance that would rival even Christmas, to honor our fallen hero. Brett Favre, our friend, our father, our brother, our champion, our leader. You will be missed.
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subject. (715)- My life has hit a new low, forgot a fork. i am eating fettucini alfredo with a Madonna cd I found in my car, oh and I’m alone. life doesn’t get any sadder than this. (803)- Girl sitting next to me in history just said to her friend “and I haven’t even cried yet.” Challenge accepted. (561)- So I’m at “the Bell” feasting on my taco, minding my own business, and the guy next to me starts talking to me. Seemed normal at first, the weather, politics, etc...then he said... and I quote “I can push a bowling-ball up a flight of stairs with my tongue.” That just happened. (236)- Homie-G needs to figure out he’s soo 2005. (512)- Well, the only human I could logically compare her looks, style, hair, and attitude to is Steven Tyler. (657)- Just corrected the spelling of every Tupac song on my iTouch. Time well spent.
Not so shaped up CARTER VANHUSS humor writer
Americans, we face a crisis of epic proportions. We are being overrun by infomercials attempting to coerce our elderly citizens into buying meaningless items that will ultimately serve no purpose. For example: Shape-ups, by Skechers. This product is seen as an attempt to fight obesity among Americans, but do not be fooled, Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Montana is deceiving you. Shapeups have deceived our oldest generation into thinking they more than just a standard pair of sneakers with a piece of a tire hot glued on the bottom. Another example of this tomfoolery is Crocs. These shoes are perfect examples of large corporations tempting our population into buying worthless products to support their own lavish lifestyles. The company seems to have taken some basic Tupperware and melted it down. After this, they market them to old people and naïve children, who believe they actually look trendy. The elderly population seems to have been swiftly taken over by the swarm of rubber shoes. The once wise and experienced people of a glorious age are now wearing shoes that are about as useful as aerated garbage bags around your feet. Not only do older citizens wear these fashion disasters, but they also attach snazzy clip-on jewels known as Jibbitz. These attachments are of a wide variety of designs, ranging from American Flags (my personal favorite; it accompanies denim overalls quite well) to space shuttles that grandma and grandpa think that they can wear to be even more “hip” than the average Crocs-wearing citizen. We, as Americans, must protect those whom we love and rise up to defend our elders from this plague of infomercials and ugly shoes.
September 29, 2010
SPORTS JAKE LEE
HAWKS START SEASON STRONG Cheatham scores four touchdowns in resounding victory against P-H TAYLOR DAY sports reporter
It’s 7 p.m., there are crowds of people dressed in blue and green and some are even covered in paint. What could this all mean? It’s football season yet again and the football team is once again taking the field against the Patrick Henry Patriots for its season opener. While most people were enjoying their summer, sleeping in, and going to the beach, the football players were at school preparing for the first game of the season. “We’ve lifted all off-season. We’ve gone through two-a-days and conditioned. We’ve watched a lot of film and have studied a lot,” senior guard and linebacker Brad Goldsmith said. Ever since the devastating loss to Phoebus on Dec. 5, 2009, the team has been working hard to get ready for another run at the State Championship. All of the players seem to have a lot of optimism going into the season. Sophomore defensive lineman and linebacker Stu Maines said, “I’m as pumped up as I can be [for the game].” Going into the regular season
there were a lot of injuries to the team. Many people who were not expecting to start were pulled up the depth chart and even a few Junior Varsity players moved up to the Varsity roster, one of those being freshman guard Scott Denton. “It’s another level going to Varsity. It is faster than JV and Varsity has better people,” Denton said. After all the build up and anticipation, the team finally went out on the field to receive the kickoff and proceeded to run the ball up and down the field. The Patriots just did not seem to have an answer to the rushing attack. The Hawks’ points quickly filled up the scoreboard as Hanover raced out to a 35-7 lead by halftime. The offense was not the only side of the ball that was creating noise. The defense was massacring the Patriots’ offense and holding them down really well. Sophomore Stu Maines said, “The defense was intense. We played physical and won the fight in the trenches.” Walking off the field at halftime break the players heard the phrase “No letdown! Do not let them back
into this game!” from coach Just. The Hawks could not let the Patriots back i n t o the game.
The team came out to start the second half looking ecstatic and ready to blow their county rival up again during the second half of football. While the scoring may have slowed down a little bit, the hits were just as brutal as the first half. One of these big hits came from sophomore cornerback Donte Haynesworth who earned Hanover’s Hit of The Week. Haynesworth laid out the returner during a kickoff in
the second half. “I knew it [the play] was either going to be a knockout hit or a kicking team possession. X [Xavier Crocker] and Zae [Marzae Brooks] were getting me pumped up by yelling ‘savage!’ and ‘wakaa!’ As Palmen kicked the ball high and I saw the player from the other team look up I had already decided that I was going to destroy him. So as he caught the ball I made a good hit and the crowd was yelling,” Haynesworth said. The team kept up the intensity and beat the Patriots 49-21. Senior running back Deane Cheatham had a great game. He carried the ball 18 times for 138 yards and four touchdowns. His hard work and effort earned him recognition as the Richmond Times-Dispatch Athlete of The Week. Cheatam said, “We played physical and aggressive the whole game. The offensive line really got after it. If we keep playing the way we did it’ll be a great year for us.” BEN TOMS-LUCY
Girl’s field hockey knocks out several district competitors KENNY SPURLOCK sports reporter
Being first in the district with eight seniors and 16 juniors, the field hockey team has been training long and hard to be the best in the district. With a 7-1 record, already defeating the Atlee Raiders, and the Lee-Davis Confederates, the girls are continuing to work hard in practice. “Practices during the school year aren’t that bad. They’re just two hours long and we do the same thing almost every practice. We’ll typically work on stick movement, or finishing and crossing. That’s where we have to improve the most,” junior Lauren Kesler said. In the month of August the girls had three-hour practices, with conditioning and drills at the end. Now that school has started the team works on technical things and occasionally conditioning. The team’s hard work has
paid off tremendously, with the defeat of every team in the district and only one loss to Deep Run on the 19th of August. They continue to be successful with good teamwork on and off the field. Practice is key in a sport such as field hockey, but also team bonding is just as important. “We all get along well and even hang out outside of practice. We have team dinners a lot so everyone is with each other,” junior Abbie Wisner said. The girls feel that they’re more than players playing a sport. They treat each other like family. “The field hockey team is pretty much a bunch of friends, all playing on the same team,” senior LeeAnne Kesler said. Junior Brenna Crawford also plays and she is very pleased with their season so far. “I play defense or defensive mid field, and we are having a phenomenal season by far,” Crawford said.
Senior Haley Durant dribbles toward the goal in an attempt to score against Varina.JAKE LEE
With so many juniors and seniors on the team, a lot of players will be lost in the coming years. This year many players tried out to make the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. “It’s much bigger this year than last year’s team,” Wisner said. With so many people on the teams it’s hard for the JV and Varsity teams to work with each other. “I was on JV last year and we used to scrimmage varsity a lot and have team dinners together, but now the teams are more separated due to the size,” she said. Everyone on the team has her own favorite player or someone they look up to on the field. “We’re all good players, and we all have things to work on,” Kesler said. The roster is filled with dynamic veterans who have been playing since their freshman year. “I’d say [senior] Maria Piccolomini is up there as a lead scorer. [Senior] Nicole Shelton is also a good mid-
fielder along with [junior] Abby Bellows. Defensively, we’re very strong with [junior] Madelyn Clark, [junior] Rosie Easter, myself and sometimes Abby Bellows is in the back. [Senior] LeeAnne Kesler is our keeper and she has definitely been a great part of the team,” Lauren said. The girls are led by Sarah Bottorff, who also coaches girl’s soccer. ”Coach Bottorff has been the varsity coach since Hanover first started a team in 2007. She is encouraging our team to meet our full potential and to set high goals for ourselves as a team,” Crawford said. Lots of memories were set on the field; some bad and some good. “We were ahead by one, and Atlee was bombarding our goal. Everyone was holding their breath, but LeeAnne saved the game with her resplendent goalie skills,” Crawford said. The girls plan on having a great season and winning the district tournament in Oct.
Junior Courtney Browning runs past defenders and attempts to shoot towards goal. JAKE LEE
Mechanicsville Little League team goes to the World Series KENNY SPURLOCK sports reporter
Most students in their early years of childhood played many sports, such as karate, soccer, horse riding and football. Imagine playing the sport of baseball, and competing against teams across the country. Last month teams from all over the globe represented their homelands in the 64th Little League Baseball World Series. This year the Mechanicsville Little League team qualified and competed in this big tournament. This has been the second time in three years that Mechanicsville has gone to the World Series. It also has been the fifth time a Virginia team has played in the World Series. After winning districts and advancing to states, the boys were outscoring opponents 101-6. Mechanicsville then
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won the seven-state Southeastern Regional Tournament played in Greenville, South Carolina. They soon defeated the state champs of Tennessee 10-7, West Virginia 7-5 and Florida 4-1 in pool play. In the regional semifinals, they shut out the South Carolina state champs 12-0. In the regional championship game, Team Virginia defeated Eleberton, Georgia, 6-3. The boys soon flew to Taylor, Michigan, to continue the tournament with a 15-0 record. “When we were there it was cool because we were signing autographs to people we didn’t even know,” sophomore Jeffrey Decker said. Decker is a part of the Mechanicsville Little League and in the tournament he hit four home runs, which was the most in the United States.
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In Taylor, the boys beat East Legion team 4-2, but were soon defeated by Texas Central Legion team (the U.S. Champions) on a walk-off, and lost to a West Legion team in the very last inning. “If we had won those last two games, we would have been in the USA Championship game,” Decker said. Decker and freshman Matt Correly are the only Hanover High representatives on the team. The majority of the team goes to Lee-Davis. Junior Bryant Lowry plays baseball for the school team and says that it was weird watching kids that young playing so well. “When I was 14 and a part of the Mechanicsville Little League, we went to the World Series. This year
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I wasn’t on the team so I was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t a part of it,” Lowry said. Lowry, though beyond the JLWS qualifying age, still enjoys watching the tournament every year. “I liked watching the World Series because it was cool watching kids younger than me play the sport I like the most,” Lowry said. The United States has won 32 championships, while Taiwan Taipei has won 17. Qualifying to go to the World Series is a very difficult process. Teams consist of all-star players from their region, and they compete against one another to win their district to be a part of the big tournament. There were eight U.S. teams and eight international teams that made it to the playoffs this year.
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