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The Tally Ho Renaissance By Tyler Garling Staff Writer

English Program Will See Changes in 2013-2014 By Meilan Solly

Assistant Editor-in-Chief As the end of the school year approaches, many students are looking towards the upcoming 2013-2014 year. Like years past, it is sure to bring new surprises and challenges such as new friends and harder classes. Unlike previous years, however, the 2013-2014 school year will offer a plethora of English options rather than the previous limited choices. Currently, juniors take either Honors or Academic English 11, while seniors take Academic Eng-

lish, AP Language and Composition, or AP Literature and Composition. Next year, each grade level will have one more option. Junior offerings will be expanded to Honors English, Academic English, and AP Lang. Some current juniors take AP Lang, but they must take it in conjunction with Honors English. Next year, the need to enroll in both classes will be eliminated. As for seniors, a new Dual Enrollment English course will join Academic, AP Lang, and AP Lit as options. Since AP Lang will now be open to juniors, Mrs. Purvis, the

English Department Head, explains that “the curriculum will be adjusted so that it emphasizes American literature, since that is the main focus of 11th grade English in Loudoun County.” While this may not bode well for current juniors who have already taken American literature-based English 11 but wish to take AP Lang next year, the problem will be eliminated following the 20132014 year. “This is the last year rising seniors will be given the option to choose between AP Literature  and AP Language. In the » see ENGLISH, page 7

If you compared a photo of Leesburg 30 years ago to a photo of Leesburg today, you would notice that there have been so many changes that it would be difficult to see each and every one. Countless Leesburg residents have asked what happened to their favorite little restaurant or their favorite little shop in Historic Downtown. During all this change, one thing remained constant: the Tally Ho Theater. However, in recent months, plenty of people are starting to ask what happened to their favorite theater. Tally Ho was built in 1932. It

offered the people of Leesburg an affordable place to go see a movie until it closed its doors in the summer of 2012. You would be hard-pressed to find any resident of Leesburg who has not watched a movie in the historic theater. When word of Tally Ho’s closing hit the ears of Leesburg residents and Tuscarora students alike, many felt as if their memories were being locked away too. Thankfully, owner Don Devine made sure that Tally Ho would not be another lost relic of Leesburg. Once the doors of Tally Ho closed, the renovations began. After all the work was done, the » see TALLY HO, page 7

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Tally Ho’s upcoming events include Drymill Road Presents Bluegrass and Beyond (4/05), the Gold Sauce (4/06), and Open Mic Nights every Wednesday.

Regional Science Fair: Awards and Lessons By Forest Langhorne

Sports Editor and Meilan Solly Assistant Editor-in-Chief If you have trouble understanding names like “Pigment Deposition in Neural Crest During Embryonic Development of the Danio rerio” and “Varying Phosphorus Concentrations and Extraction Procedures in Lipid Quantification of Scenedesmus quadricauda,” you are not alone. Imagine actually researching, developing, and presenting projects like the ones described above, and you will have an idea of what several Tuscarora students faced when they enrolled in Independent Science Research (ISR) and earned a chance to compete in the

Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RSEF). The journey to the RSEF began last spring when students enrolled in ISR. Sara Kidane, a senior, took the class “because it’s [focused on] a single project for one whole year.” While ISR may only consist of one project, the research and time investment necessary to complete the experiment can be daunting. Senior Kimberly Devilla, whose project explores the effect of romantic relationships on academics, comments, “It’s taken me the whole school year so far because it [takes] a lot of time to survey everyone. [It’s a] work in progress.” Despite the time needed to conduct experiments, several seniors stuck with the project for the chance to compete in the RSEF.

On March 14th, over 220 students from schools around the county arrived at Tuscarora in order to participate in the RSEF. Judges, many of whom are experts, interviewed students and eventually chose winners. Tuscarora senior Justin Aird won first place in the Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical category for his project “Using a Capacitor as a Lightning Rod to Deflect Lightning to a Place of Absorption as an Alternative Energy Source,” while senior Sarah Hilado’s project “What is the Best Solution to Prevent the Collapse of Buildings Caused by Mechanical Resonance?” won second place in the same category, plus the CIA Award. For more winners, check the list at the end of this article. Now that the 2013 RSEF is over,

most participants are done with their projects. However, that does not mean they failed to gain anything from the experience. Aird believes participating in the fair was beneficial because “[it was] a chance to present science I’ve been working on to experts so I know if I’m right.” ISR advisor Dr. Kagan, who has helped students execute and edit projects throughout the year, hopes his students gained “the ability to be criticized and not take it personally, and to be able to defend themselves and what they are passionate about.” Next year, a new group of upperclassmen will take ISR and participate in the fair. Devilla offers this tip: “Choose a project that you’re willing to put effort [into] because [ISR] really is time consuming.” Kidane adds, “Don’t do a project

you won’t commit to or one you’re not interested in.” Aird advises students to “make sure to follow the rubric” and “know everything on your board” for the actual fair. Winners from Tuscarora Justin Aird: 1st place in Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical Sarah Hilado: 2nd place in Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical, CIA Award Andrew Corso: CIA Award Lili Samios and Dagney Palmer: Mosaic Air Traffic Management Award Gentry Bowen: Commissioned Officers Association Award Kimberly Devilla: American Psychology Association Award and Northern Virginia Dental Society Award Laura Vasquez-Bolonos: Aspiring Scientist Award

Letter to the Editor

Political Analysis: an Early Preview of the Statewide Races By Jack Minchew Assistant Editor-in-Chief With the exception of presidential campaigns, March and April in Virginia are usually quite bland and empty months for politics. The state legislators have finished their annual session, but the governor hasn’t signed or vetoed all their bills, and, as usual, the only ideas and legislation to report on from Washington, D.C., are the lack of any new ideas or legislation at all. Beneath the thin, calm veneer of a non-political month, however, candidates from both parties are jockeying for positions in the statewide races still 8 months away. The race for governor is perhaps the most high profile race this election season, as Virginia is one of only two states in the country to hold state elections on years offset from presidential elections (the other state is New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie is expected to be re-elected). Virginia is also the only state that limits governors to one term, forcing immensely popular Republican governor Bob McDonnell out of office. The Democratic nominee is former DNC (Democratic National Committee) chairman Terry McAuliffe, and the Republican nominee is current state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. This race is shaping up to be a battle of the more radical wings of each party, as Cuccinelli is considered to be extremely conservative on many issues such as the role of government and social issues, and McAuliffe is considered to be even

more liberal than many national Democrats. Right now, with the recent decision by Bill Bolling to stay out of the race altogether, this race is projected to be an even 5050 match, and will likely not shift until later this summer. One interesting item about the Virginia governor’s elections is that in every election since 1977, the party that won the presidency lost the race for governor the next year, just as McDonnell won the governorship the year after Barack Obama won Virginia in his historic 2008 sweep. Further down the ballot, the action becomes more intense. In the battle for Lieutenant Governor, seven Republicans are angling for their party’s nomination, and two contenders are fighting for the Democratic nomination. I’ll just run through them quickly. Republicans: Scott Lingamfelter, State Delegate; Steve Martin, State Senator; E.W. Jackson, Republican activist; Susan Stimpson, Stafford County Supervisor; Jeanmarie Davis, former State Delegate and Senator; Corey Stewart, Prince William County Supervisor; and Pete Snyder, businessman. This year, Republicans are choosing their nominee through a party-run convention in which the individual county committees select delegates who go to a convention in Richmond to select the nominee over a period of two days. As could be expected, this method usually nominates more conservative candidates, as most moderates tend to shy away from

2 days of standing in a conference hall listening to long and droning speeches. Most analysts predict a win by Pete Snyder, who is running a high quality technological intensive campaign, or Scott Lingamfelter, who has a strong Tea Party backing. Democrats are selecting their candidates this year through a conventional, state-run primary, which is run using state money, and where anyone can vote at their usual polling place. This year, the Democratic candidates are Aneesh Chopra, a former Obama advisor, and Sen. Ralph Northam, a state senator. The race has been very close recently, but all indications show that Chopra may be moving ahead. He has recently won two Northern Virginia straw polls, indicating a firm base of support in the most Democratic region of the state. In the race for Attorney General, two Republicans are competing for the nomination, as well as two Democrats. The Republicans are State Delegate Rob Bell and State Senator Mark Obenshain. Bell has earned conservative accolades in the past two years as the primary architect of a conservative property rights amendment, while Obenshain has long been known as a consistently conservative Senator. Bell appears to have a slight edge, but Obenshain should not be counted out, especially in a convention scenario. On the Democratic side, former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax will be facing Loudoun County State Senator Mark Herring (who

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What makes you unique? Or a better question: what makes Tuscarora unique? The Tuscarora student body does not know how many people actually care for this school. The student organization PEER has put up the biggest fight for the causes of individuality and friendship within the school. What does our student body do in return? We throw it right back into the faces of those who actually care. Most of the time one would think, “Hey, let the seniors lead us,” or “The seniors will show us the way.” But in actuality, the seniors aren’t doing a thing for our school or our students, just like the Class of 2012. Instead, seniors are leaving another imprint on the underclassmen, showing that it is better to hate our own school and disrespect those who inhabit it. Think about the amount of effort that PEER put into Unity Week just to get students to branch out and try talking to someone else, or to be kind to somebody and expect no reward. People are wondering where we are going to be in a few years. Nowhere. We, as upper classmen, are not taking this position seriously. We are showing no signs of change from our predecessors. What will that do to our sophomores, or better yet, our freshmen? One day they will be seniors, and if we don’t teach them, they will be doomed to repeat our mistakes. So, what does make Tuscarora unique? Right now, general immaturity

currently represents most of Tuscarora’s students). This is yet another race that is far too close to call. Herring recently won an influential Democratic straw poll, but it was only by 28 votes out of more than 300 cast, a lead that can be insignificant in a statewide primary.

and blatant disrespect for the administration and those who want to make a difference. Are the students willing to change? February 26th was the day of the Black History Month assembly, which was yet another opportunity for us to show respect to the people who went through so much to put on a performance for the Tuscarora student body, and yet again we managed to come up unsuccessful. Yes, the assembly was a bit slow and didn’t mesh as well as it had in prior years. But we had excellent effort out there and a great MC. The fact is that some people were willing to take time out of their busy lives to show the true purpose of Black History Month. They put on a show and tried to appeal to us through ethos (ethics) and pathos (emotion). But then again, that would require common sense and feelings in requite. Throughout that assembly, all I felt was general disrespect. As soon as the lights dimmed, the standards of this new age were shown. To both my left and right, the cell phones of most of the senior class were lighting up the majority of the auditorium, and all of the light kindled into one large flame of disobedience, neglect for authority, and apathy. Excellent job yet again, seniors! Excellent job of setting an example for everyone at this school! So I ask yet again: what makes Tuscarora so unique? Insubordination. Is there still a chance to change if the student body puts this much effort forth?

-Toriano J. Davis, senior

My early predictions for the ballot in November: Governor: Terry McAulliffe vs Ken Cuccinelli Lt. Governor: Aneesh Chopra vs Pete Snyder Attorney General: Mark Herring vs Rob Bell

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Coming Soon to a Television Near You By Claire Frank Staff Writer

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Winter was a rough time for students with its strange weather, hectic school schedules, and favorite television shows on hiatus. While the weather may be still be weird and school isn’t any easier, students can rejoice because season premieres have come and gone, bringing back beloved shows to fans and offering options to those looking for something new. Celebrity Apprentice Premiere date: March 3, airs on NBC at 9 p.m. on Sundays Description: Watch the intense sixth season of this reality show hosted by Donald Trump, where celebrities compete to support the charity of their choice by becoming Trump’s apprentice. This season’s contestants are Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Marilu Henner, La Toya Jackson, Penn Jillette, Lil Jon, Claudia Jordan, Omarosa, Lisa Rinna, Brande Roderick, Dennis Rodman, Dee Snider, and Bret Michaels.


Recommended for: fans of reality shows and fans of celebrities competing Grimm Premiere date: March 8, airs on NBC at 9 p.m. on Fridays Description: Portland detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) has inherited the ability to see supernatural creatures, so he must fulfill his duty as a “Grimm” to maintain the balance between the mythological world and the real world in the second season of this fantasy crime drama. Recommended for: fans of fantasy, fans of crime dramas, and fans of anything supernatural Dancing with the Stars Premiere date: March 18, airs on ABC at 8 p.m. on Mondays Description: Celebrities partner with professional dancers and compete in the 16th season of this hit reality show. This season includes Wynonna Judd partnered with Tony Dovolani, D. L. Hughley with Cheryl Burke, Jacoby Jones with Karina Smirnoff, Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko, Andy Dick with Sharna Burgess, Victor Ortiz with Lindsay

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Arnold, Zendaya Coleman with Val Chmerkovskiy, Aly Raisman with Mark Balas, Ingo Rademacher with Kym Johnson, Kellie Pickler with Derek Hough, and Dorothy Hamill with Tristan MacManus. Recommended for: fans of reality shows, fans of dancing, and fans of the celebrities competing Revolution Premiere date: March 25, airs on NBC at 10 p.m. on Mondays Description: Season one of Eric Kripke’s sci-fi drama emerges from a four month hiatus to bring a world without modern-day technology and electricity to life. Survivors Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), and others must fight for survival as they struggle to return power to this electricity-starved world. Recommended for: fans of sci-fi and fans of apocalyptic scenarios Doctor Who Premiere date: March 30, airs on BBC America at 8 p.m. on Saturdays Description: Follow the adventures of The Doctor (Matt Smith) and his current companion, Clara Oswin (Jean-Louise Coleman), as they travel through time and space in the second half of the seventh season of this rebooted sci-fi series that began its legacy 50 years ago. Recommended for: fans of science fiction and fans of BBC Game of Thrones Premiere date: March 31, airs on HBO at 9 p.m. on Sundays Description: Return to Westoros for the third season of this critically acclaimed drama, and watch as the Seven Noble families fight for power and survival. Full of suspense and plot twists, Game of Thrones leaves fans begging for more. Recommended for: fans of fantasy shows, fans of shows set in medieval times, and fans of action.

I Demand a Column: The Double Edged Sword By Danny Sedlazek

Entertainment Editor Trap music is one of the new staples of both the electronic and club scene. The genre combines the tribal “trap-rap” drums – snappy snares, huge kicks, and flurries of syncopated hi hats with the adreline pumping shrieking of heavy dubstep. The combination of the two is enough to make the most innocent tiny lamb go feral with dance. It’s a fairly young genre, and only recently became mainstream with Flosstradamous and DJ Solo breaking through in the past six months. The genre has been bouncing around in the underground realm of consciousness for the past few years, however. In 2012, the duo TNGHT released an EP that is very hard to classify. They work with trap drums scaled down to their bare minimum structure under huge sub-bass. It uses all of the components of trap music, but pushes them in a more ambient direction: it seems Post-Trap. Trap has already moved on from its genesis into new territory in less than half a decade. To put this into perspective, it took rock almost five decades to move from its initial idea. Even at that, Post-Rock is still barely differentiated from actual rock music. Post-Trap sounds nothing like trap music, yet clearly is rooted in the previous genre.

How did this rapid shift occur? Thank the Internet; It’s allowance for even easier access to information and data sharing has forever changed music. New genres are being created all the time and then advanced in short time spans. This is especially true with electronic music, whose sound boundaries are nearly endless. However, we can see the effects of the Internet revolution far beyond electronic music. Cloud Rap has become one of the most popular sub-genres of rap with A$AP Rocky, Flatbrush Zombies, and Lil B all making significant contributions to the genre, which is only three years old. Yet Cloud Rap already seems to be losing popularity. Its most popular contributor, A$AP Rocky, has already abandoned the genre, and it seems more and more hip hop artists are trying to bank on the dubstep revolution rather than the Cloud Rap push in order to strike it big. So we can see the Internet leading to two major impacts on music: we’ll see more rapid burnout fads like Cloud Rap, Psy, and Odd Future that will generate a huge online presence and get a couple of mainstream hits then, when the attention span of their fans move on, fade into cult status. It won’t be beneficial to music as a whole, but it will swell the record industry’s pockets. It could also result in rapid advancement and fusion of genres never thought possible. James Blake is pioneering Post-Dubstep by infusing dubstep ideas with soul elements and ending in amazing results. 8-bit music is also being pushed into new, melodic, and epic directions at an unimaginable rate. The Internet is a double-edged sword for music; hopefully one side is duller than the other.



Sports Sees Changes in Senior Roster By Forest Langhorne Sports Editor

Some people have a sport that they care about more than all the others. Whether they’re a football buff, a basketball fan, or a lax bro, it’s a sport that dominates their time and hearts. H o w e v e r, not everyone is in the same situation, and when these people participate in sports, it can lead to erratic participation. And year after year, upperclassmen, and seniors in particular, have proven to be the most likely to switch or drop out of sports in high school. One senior who switched sports this year is Tyler Demoss. Demoss, who in previous years had participated in varsity cross country, where he had been a starter since the inaugural season, switched to varsity football this year. “Football has always been something important in my life,”

says Demoss. While he enjoyed his time participating in cross country, he had always wanted to play football, and with his senior year approaching, Demoss decided to give it a try, concluding, “It was a great way to finish high school.” Demoss’ decision illustrates one of the main reasons why people decide to switch sports — to try out something new. Out of the 6 seniors interviewed, 4 of them cited curiosity in other sports as at least one of the reasons they had switched, and 2 of them listed it as the main reason they had switched. Not everyone who switches a sport does it out of curiosity, however. One such senior is Forest Doss. Doss, who in previous years had participated in cross country and tennis, switched from tennis to track this year. “Even though I was good at tennis, playing it my senior year would have yielded virtually no benefits. I was accept-

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Junior Bella Chua was captain of the girls’ JV soccer team last season. She switched this spring to track after an ACL injury. ed early decision to VA Tech so doing a spring sport at all didn't really matter…being a cross country runner, I knew running long distance with Coach Harry for track would at least keep me in good physical condition,” Doss commented. This highlights another reason why seniors tend to switch sports more than others, and especially during the spring. Once seniors have applied to college, a lot of the incentive to continue with a sport is lost, as many people participate in high school athletics mainly for college applications. After seniors send out their applications, they lose the motivation to spend time on something that in previous years

had taken up lots of it. Then they switch or drop out, an extracurricular extension of the trend of seniors to lose motivation in the second semester, which is commonly called senioritis. However, seniors are not the only upperclassmen who are switching sports this year. A notable number of juniors have also switched sports this season, or joined a sport for the first time. According to a poll conducted for this story, 8 juniors have either switched sports or joined a new sport in just this spring season, not counting juniors who tried out for a new sport and got cut. But despite different situations and differences in age, the reasons

given for switching sports were the same, with 5 of the juniors saying they had joined a new sport out of curiosity and the other 3 all listing different reasons. Besides switching sports, many juniors and seniors are also dropping out of sports this year. While students dropping out of sports is not an uncommon phenomenon, the impacts it can have on sports rosters coupled with students switching sports can be serious. For example, out of the 12 players the Tuscarora boys’ tennis team had last year, 4 of them either switched or dropped out this year, which drastically changed this year’s roster. The famed Tuscarora boys’ varsity soccer team lost 2 of their star defenders from last year, seniors Ben Ogedegbe and Miles Davis, who dropped out in order to play on their club teams. This year, sports have seen their rosters rocked by the effects of upperclassmen switching or dropping out of sports. As juniors and especially seniors switch, join, or drop out, teams have had to adapt to new athletes and deal with the effects of what these changes mean. While it is yet to be seen how these changes will affect this year’s performance, they are sure to bring changes, and it will be up to the team’s new rosters to make sure they turn out well.

County Game: Preview of Season? By Meghan Kolcum Staff Writer

Spring is in the air, and another soccer season is in full bloom. As captain of the boys’ varsity soccer team, senior Preston Phillip’s hopes for the season are to make sure everyone in the game is on task, organized, and ready to play. “I try to make sure that I am a leader on and off the field,” states Phillips. On March 11th, the boys competed in what will most likely be one of the most intense games of the season. They faced Tuscarora’s biggest rival in boys’ soccer, the Loudoun County Raiders. Tusky Terror was loud and ready, and due to victories in previous years, fans were expecting a big win. Senior goalie Adam Kight thought differently, feeling confident yet also a bit unsure since there were a few gaps that needed to be fixed. As more people arrived at the game, it was easy to feel the tension in the air coming from both sides of the field. The Raiders and Huskies strode onto the field with angst and adrenaline. New players stepped out onto the field for the first time after losing seniors Ben Ogedegbe, Miles Davis, and Armando Garzon. “Although it may be more difficult for us to play, we will play with what we have,” says Phillips. As the game began, the Huskies brought a lot of energy to the field. They came off strong in the first quarter, scoring two goals. After the five minute break during half-

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Senior goalie Adam Kight kicks the ball out of the goal box after a save. The Tuscarora boys’ soccer program placed second in the state last season. time, the competition changed as the Raiders began to take control, running the ball up and down the field. The lack of communication between the Huskies was apparent, and Tuscarora lost the lead gained in the first half as the score climbed to 2-2. As the clock ran out and the score was tied, the game went into overtime.The first five minute half was all but a breeze for the Raiders, as they scored a goal bringing the score to 3-2. A fortunate shot and a bit of luck had now fallen into the hands of the Raiders. As the second five minute half began, the Huskies came together to work as the determined team we know them to be. After one more goal, Tuscarora ended the game with a tied score of 3-3. When the first game of the sea-

son ended in a tie, disappointment could be seen on all the faces of the boys as they trudged off the soccer field. Kight believes that immaturity is the reason their team came off flat, and that a lack of response to adversity may have been a contributor to the outcome of the game. The first game may have ended in a tie, but with more practice, finding out where the new players fit onto the team, and building up defensive players, more wins may just be in their future. “Briar Woods will be an interesting game to go out and see [from] the soccer standpoint; they are definitely our biggest rivals,” says Kight. Come out tonight to see the next game for the boys as they face Woodgrove High School at home at 7:30pm.


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Looking for an unusual alternative to a traditional book? Consider a litograph. Litographs are decorative prints created with text from classic novels such as Peter Pan, Les Misérables, and Pride and Prejudice. The designs, created by 18 artists across the globe, are made exclusively of words and can usually hold the story’s entire text (up to 75,000 words). The text is clean and legible, allowing people to read entire novels on the posters. The Litographs company was founded in 2012 by American entrepreneur Danny Fein. The company, which is based in Plainville, Massachusetts, ships worldwide in hopes of promoting literacy through a unique and interesting medium. Fein’s company is partnered with International Book Bank, sending a new book to a community in need whenever a litograph is purchased. It also offers discounts to libraries in order to encourage reading, especially amongst students. Although litographs are not sold exclusively on the company’s website, www.litographs. com, the website offers the highest amount of designs. Litographs sold elsewhere tend to be slightly cheaper, but they are not part of the partnership with the InternaENGLISH from Page 1 future, AP Language will be an 11th grade class, and AP Literature will be a 12th grade class,” Mrs. Purvis says. AP Lang is not the only course changing; an entirely new class is being introduced. Dual Enrollment, which is offered jointly with Northern Virginia Community College, is “a way for students to receive a 0.5 GPA bump while simultaneously receiving college credit for successful completion of the class,” as Mrs. Purvis phrases it. Seniors who successfully pass the Dual Enrollment class will receive a guaranteed six hours of college credit from NVCC. Unlike the college credit requirements for AP classes, students taking Dual Enrollment do not need to pay or pass an exam in order to receive credit. However, they must pass an enrollment exam to take the class. So, why were these changes made, and how will they affect students? Samantha Peppers, a junior, believes the changes are a result of the fact that “there’s currently no middle ground” in senior English courses. This is true, as juniors face a jump from either Honors to Academic or Honors to AP once they reach senior year. Mrs. Purvis confirms this, saying, “The changes are being made in order to give students more options.” Many students are pleased to hear about the new English of-

By Danielle Matta

On Friday, March 15th, Tuscarora High School’s halls were occupied by students clad in attire other than just skinny jeans − little green hats and red beards, to be precise. The sophomore class council dressed up as leprechauns for their sponsored Sham-a-Gram fundraiser to celebrate the upcoming Irish holiday on the 17th, as well as to deliver candy and shamrocks to make 5th block students’ mornings a little greener. The previous Wednesday and Thursday, sophomore class officers manned a table during lunch, selling king-sized chocolate bars like M&M’s, Twix, Kit-Kats, and others, each for a dollar. Students were able to buy a chocolate and a shamrock (on which they could write an optional message) for themselves or a friend. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, the Sham-a-Grams were then delivered during the first class of the day at the end of the week. The money made from the fundraiser goes towards the 2014 prom, along with the rest of the money raised by the sophomore class during the past two years. And according to Thomas Kronenberg, 10th grade vice president, the funds are well on their way to reaching his personal goal of $10,000. Much of the money came from the last recent sophomore sponsored event, the Neon Night Dance back in February. Both Kronenberg and Mrs. Benedum, one of the sophomore class sponsors, were pleased with the

outcome of the dance. “It was a huge success. The DJ was fantastic, the lasers he had were awesome, and I liked the fact that it wasn’t in the gym, because the cafeteria was perfect for it,” Kronenberg says. In fact, the dance was so popular among students that the council not only made back what they spent but doubled it in ticket profits. And there’s more where that came from — the 10th grade class council definitely has more up their sleeves, and are currently in the process of planning some sort of outdoor event for the imminent spring-time weather. Although the Sham-a-Grams were not expected to make a huge profit, the council saw them as an opportunity to get rid of the candy from the Neon Dance that was leftover from the refreshments table, while also making a little bit of extra money. “If we make ten bucks, that’s ten bucks more than we had before. If we make $50, that’s awesome. If we make a $100, swell. But they really just wanted to dress up as leprechauns,” says Mrs. Benedum. Truly though, the accomplishments thus far from the sophomore class council are impressive, and how much money and student participation they receive during their events fundamentally affects most of the school. “In the end, it all comes back to prom,” says Kronenberg. “That’s why we are making all this money and fundraising. If we reach my personal goal of 10,000 dollars, then we’re going to have an awesome prom.”

While Tally Ho was in its theater days, it would occasionally have musicians and comedy acts live on one of its two stages. Though one of their most popular comedy acts Last Ham Standing moved to nearby Franklin Park, the music has stayed. Its future looks bright for the talents in the area, including Ford, who has already played there. Could this be the spark that Loudoun’s music scene needs? It very well could be. “Now that Tally Ho is a just a dedicated music venue, I think if I ever get the chance to play there again, it will be really cool,” says Smith. Smith’s band, The Lamonts, is well-known around Tuscarora, but they would no doubt relish the opportunity to play at Tally Ho. As stated earlier, Tally Ho is a venue that welcomes all ages, something that sets it apart from other music venues. Leesburg offers a great amount of entertainment for people of all ages, but Tally Ho allows all of those ages to enjoy music under one roof. It may be the cog that reinvigorates Leesburg’s night life. “Hopefully, Leesburg will start to become more into going out

and seeing music. It will be easier to get people out to see live music,” says Ford. In the digital age that we live in, people aren’t as enthusiastic about going out and enjoying what the real world has to offer them. It’s much easier to discover new bands on YouTube than discover them the classic way: seeing them live. However, you miss out on the experience and sound only a live show can provide. Although the digital age provides a problem for live music venues, social media may be essential to Tally Ho’s success. When it was a theater, Tally Ho would offer free seats to its Twitter followers and Facebook event attendees. Now, utilizing both Facebook and Twitter to the fullest would be the perfect way to get the word about upcoming shows, especially in the younger crowd. The new Tally Ho may have had a rockier start than it intended, with several shows being canceled, but not everything starts out perfectly. Like all great success stories, Tally Ho has to start out small, but in no time at all, Tally Ho and the culture of Leesburg will both experience a renaissance.

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tional Book Bank and therefore don’t ensure the donation of a new book to a community in need. There are 83 litograph designs currently available, and new designs are released every Tuesday and Thursday. Subscribers of the webpage receive $10 coupons off each litograph on the day it launches. Each poster comes in two sizes, 24 x 36 inches or 18 x ferings. Lauren Short, a sophomore, is one such person. She is taking AP Lang next year because “it offers a bigger GPA weight.” Short believes the change is positive because “it’s much better for GPAs.” Josh Morrison, a junior, agrees that the changes are beneficial. “[Offering more courses] gives more options and better choices. It doesn’t force people to do something they’d be uncomfortable with,” he says. While some sophomores are eager to get a jumpstart on their AP English classes, others are not. David Chalmers is one such sophomore. “I don’t like English,” Chalmers says. “[Taking an AP I don’t enjoy] would take too much time.” He believes, however, that the option is overall “good because kids who had high expectations but found Honors too easy can take AP next year.” As for rising seniors, the premise of earning college credit without taking an AP exam is an exciting prospect. Mrs. Purvis adds that Dual Enrollment is “an ideal option for current juniors who are already planning to take several AP classes next year who recognize that English is not their focus.” The Guidance Department reports that an estimated 130 students are hoping to pass the enrollment test and take Dual Enrollment English. Morrison is one of them. “I don’t want to be an English major,” he says. “I’m taking enough other AP’s [without an AP English].”

24 inches, and either in black and white or in color. The prints are individually created with a printing press, which means no two prints are exactly the same. On January 31, 2013, Litographs began releasing t-shirts, which are also created with a printing press in a process called all-over printing. The t-shirts are in black and white and come in unisex and women’s deep V-neck options. There are currently six designs available: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, On the Origins of Species, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. TALLY HO from page 1 doors opened once again, but, in screen, Tally Ho greeted them with sounds of music, something that Leesburg had been missing. When Tally Ho reopened, its renaissance began. “As a theater, I don’t think Tally Ho was doing very well. Now that it’s a music venue, I think people will actually go. Leesburg didn’t have a place for live music,” says senior Cassidy Ford. Tally Ho is now functioning as Leesburg’s first live music venue, and it has been drawing crowds from all around Loudoun County. Since it reopened, Tally Ho has featured DJs playing dubstep, bands playing classic rock, and even shows targeted towards children. What’s probably the best thing about the new Tally Ho is that it is very much a family venue unless certain shows have an age requirement. Junior Clay Smith was one of the many residents in the Loudoun County area who were excited for Tally Ho’s transformation into a music venue. “I used to be in a band that played there when it was just a movie theater, and it was a lot of fun,” says Smith.


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Playing since she was four years old, Lilly Thomas is now an 11th grade centermid on the Tuscarora varsity girls' soccer team. She has high hopes for the team this season and thinks it is very possible they will make it to districts and eventually regionals.

Kathryn Hammler

Kathryn Hammler is an 11th grade slapper and center outfielder for Tusky's varsity softball team. She has been playing since she was four years old. "My mom played [softball] and my dad plays baseball, so I grew up watching them Thomas is involved with Tusky's soccer team because she both. It was something loves the feeling of accomplishment that comes with playing I was always interested the sport. She hopes this year to score more goals. "Normally in," she says. I am more of an assister, but I really want to try to score and "I love being a part of the team. All the girls shoot more," she says. are like a family. We do it year around; we have conditioning and practices. We all get to know each other so well, and it's just like being part of a family. It's just great."

Joe Kreiter Helen Senior Joe Kreiter is involved in the Academic Fortman Competition Team, NHS, and Latin Club. He is also a member of the THS literary magazine staff.

Kreiter became a member of the lit mag because he saw how big of a deal it was at Loudoun County High School. "I wanted to be a part of something that big at Tuscarora," he says. Kreiter can't wait until the lit mag publishes the final product because the staff worked so hard on it. His favorite moment in the lit mag's history was "opening the box of last year's published magazine and seeing it for the first time."

John Heberle

"I wanted an after school activ ity in the spring that would take up my time, and I really liked la crosse, so I decided to play lax."

Sophomore Helen Fortman is involved in drama and The Sound of Music, Tuscarora's spring musical. She decided to join because she enjoys singing and wanted to be more involved. She looks forward to seeing people enjoy her work. "The people [are my favor ite part of drama] because they are fun and laid back."

Dylan Cromwell

"I have always liked football since I was really little, and it's always been a passion of mine. I've always enjoyed it; it's just a great thing."

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March 2013 Edition