GOVERNMENT 101: THE 2016 ELECTION
A IN-DEPTH LOOK AT FIRST-TIME STUDENT VOTERS, THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE ELECTION, AND OUR LOCAL STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS
ALSO IN THIS EDITION: A Farewell to Athletic Director Mr. Farrey - Page 3 Winter Sports At a Glance - Page 6 How the Class of 2020 is Adapting to High School - Page 7 The PEER Process: A Look Inside This Student-Run Program - Page 8
TUSCARORA HIGH SCHOOL, LEESBURG, VA NOVEMBER 2016 VOLUME 7, EDITION 1
N O V E M B E R
Letter from the Staff: Safe Internet Use in the Election
Special Coverage: Presidential Election 2016
by The Husky Headline Staff
A Farewell to Mr. Farrey
by The Husky Headline Staff
by Lydia Stonerook
Freshman Phenom: Michael Brennan by Tucker Stuntz
Coach’s Corner by Sara Koochagian
A Preview of Winter Sports by Tucker Stuntz
Is Halloween still Age Appropriate?
This Season’s Sports Tweets
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djustment by Sully Carr
The Balancing Act of Work and School by Lucy Blue
Clubs Uncovered: Model UN
8 PEER P
rocess by Brady Bullington
A THS Honor by Becker Kauffman
Students Take PSAT by Tori Custer
by Anya Sczerzenie
by Katie Johnson
by Nick Matta
What’s your Favorite Haunted Attraction? by Lucy Blue
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT JOHNSON AND ROGER SAYLES. PHOTOS BY SARA KOOCHAGIAN AND ANYA SCZERZENIE
Editors-in-Chief Sara Koochagian
Emily Riley Online Editor Anya Sczerzenie Staff Writers Lucy Blue Brady Bullington Sully Carr Tori Custer Abby Fletcher Katie Johnson Becker Kauffman Nick Matta Lydia Stonerook Tucker Stuntz
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Farewell Mr. Farrey As of Monday, October 8, former Athletic Director Derek Farrey took on a new title - Loudoun County Public Schools Supervisor of Athletics. Mr. Farrey was the first faculty member principal Mrs. Pamela Croft hired before the school opened in 2010. Under Farrey’s leadership, the Huskies won two state titles, four runner-up state titles, eight regional championship titles, and ten district/ conference titles. Junior cross country runner Derek Johnson explained that for him, “[Farrey] became a symbol for
“He never stopped looking
for ways to make our school better. It wasn’t just the facilities either, he was always looking out for our athletes, coaches and parents,”
athletic excellence at Tuscarora.” Junior Brandon Meyer agreed, stating, “Mr. Farrey was loved because of his ability to relate to the athletes; he always tried his best to understand things from our point of view.” Coaches echoed the same positive
feedback about their time working with Farrey. “It was an absolute honor to work with him. He was a great leader, mentor, and role model for both student athletes and coaches. He gave 110% at everything he did,” said second year varsity swim coach Kyle Gallo. As Athletic Director, Farrey covered over six events per week for a group of 36 teams over three sports seasons. He also coordinated the dedication of Fortune Field in 2014, supported the annual Dig Pink volleyball game, and helped organize the Strike Out Cancer Softball game in 2015. Additionally, he helped take the girl’s field hockey team from a club to a Tier 2 sport. “Everyone who participates in a sport greatly appreciates all the effort and hard work he put into making the games, meets, and matches run as smoothly as they did,” said track runner Ty Reeves. Many former athletes, including 2015 All-State running back Noah Reimers, connect their success on the fields and courts to Farrey’s leadership. “He has transformed it from a brand new school to a place with state-of-theart athletic facilities. His unwavering passion for all of Tuscaroras’ sports has helped the identity of our school,” said Reimers. Other athletes didn’t have as much one-on-one contact with Farrey, but still recognized his contributions.
“He has done lots of things and contributed a lot of his time so Husky athletics can be great. I wish him luck for his new position and know he’ll
Farrey volunteers with the athletic boosters to help out at the tailgate on September 9th. This was one of his last community events as a Husky. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT JOHNSON do great things,” said state champion swimmer Simon Shi, who graduated in 2016. The Tuscarora Athletic Booster Club worked directly with Farrey since the school opened, coordinating everything from fundraisers to the windscreens hanging on the football field fences. “Every new school goes through a growth period and stumbles along the way. Mr. Farrey grew the Huskies
Athletic programs with such speed and grace that we became a competitor in no time,” said booster club member Valerie Meyer. “He set the tone for the Athletic Department. It was his vision for THS to have the best athletic facilities in Loudoun County and I think we would all agree that he achieved that,” said Barbara McCord, mother of three THS athletes and treasurer of the booster club. Kristen Chubbuck, president of the Husky Athletic Booster Club, praised Farrey’s leadership over the past seven years. “He has supported his athletes and coaches with strong leadership and in turn has created a stronger sense of community within THS.” Derek Farrey has always been a man of few words, but he wanted to share a few with those he left behind as he moved onto his new opportunity. “I will miss all of you dearly, from our staff to the athletes, booster club members, and community friends. I can’t describe in exact words how much this place, the people, and the events have meant to my life; I will cherish them forever. I will always bleed black and blue and will forever be a husky at heart.” BY LYDIA STONEROOK
Students Still Like to Get Scared
While Halloween is commonly thought of as a child’s holiday, Tuscarora students make it known that we still celebrate despite our age. By Nick Matta “Halloween is for everyone. Everyone deserves free candy. Dressing up just makes it fun. Brush off those haters.”- Bri Cabassa 12th “I think that it’s a time for not only children, but also for teenagers and adults to connect with their childhood and be a kid again.” - Zaina Khushabakht 10th “Halloween can be celebrated by anyone, no matter their age. It is just important that the older you are you celebrate in a different way.” - Gillian Bishop 11th “Trick-orTreating should be for kids. Halloween isn’t age specific.” - Robert Johnson 11th “Halloween is for anyone who wants to celebrate it. My street has a block party and we have a pot luck. I hang out with friends and the little kids on my street and pass out candy.”- Claire Berg 12th Markoffs Haunted Forest 22.5%
Fright Night 10.8%
Children of all ages gather along King Street for the annual Leesburg Halloween parade on Monday, October 31. Students from the marching band, young democrats club and key club participatecd in the parade this year. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT JOHNSON
Where do you
BY LUCY BLUE
*Survey pulls from 120 Tuscarora students
As teenagers growing up in this digital age, often our most acessible source of information is social media. While this is a great and easily accessible source, it can be hard to differentiate between fact and fiction. Over the course of this election, social media has had a big impact on how students view the candidates. How can we be sure that the information we are getting is valid? As a news organization, fact-checking is something that we do on a regular basis. In order for us to publish something for our school, whether it be online or in a printed magazine, it is our duty to make sure that all our information is factual and without bias (excluding editorials). As a factcentered body, we want to remind the students at Tuscarora that while information concerning the election is abundant and easy to find, it is also important to remember that it might not be true. In this generation we are blessed with the availability of technology pretty much all of the time, and have tons of information at our fingertips, some of which is reliable and some of which is not.
That being said, it is also important to remember that if you are the one publishing the information, you are positive it is correct. With all the rumors circling in high school alone, who knows what is actually true? Make sure before posting a political comment or attack on another candidate that the reason behind it isn’t false. Remember, only you can be responsible for what you read and post online. Be sure to fact check and look for bias before believing what you read or posting something. Keep in mind that the information you get about the election doesn’t all have to be found on social media, there are plenty of online (shown below!) and print sources that will give you factual and unbiased information. http://www.factcheck.org/tag/ presidential-election-2016/ http://votesmart.org/ http://2016election.procon.org/ http://www.ontheissues.org/default. htm http://pollenize.org/
WRITE IN CANDIDATES: WORTH THE VOTE? While the exposure is great for getting people to Thoughts and opinions from people across vote, it also has plenty of negative effects. “I think the globe are constantly residing under our fingertips and resting in the palm of our hands. social media will influence young people who will instead search under hashtags instead of watching With this innovation, the modern world has a full debate video,” said Linhart. The media tends changed exponentially in just a few decades to take quotes out of context, and it can give the from the time Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet in 1990. Even when we are completely audience a wrong or biased view on a candidate. All of us are human, and it’s hard to stop ourselves alone, we are always connected to someone from putting the biases into what we put online. else. The introduction of social media has only increased awareness of what is going on around It’s difficult not to give into conformity, when everyone’s opinions are circling around our us, from serious problems such as equality, to heads. “Young people tend to believe what they silly discussions over the color of a dress. So it would make sense that the upcoming presidential see and hear right away, even if it is not true,” said election would be at the forefront of everyone’s sophomore Abby Klein. minds. “It’s kind of hard to avoid when it’s all over With all of the buzz regarding hacking and the possibility of a rigged election, it’s hard to ignore the internet and social media,” said freshmen Anna Kasun. Sophomore Sarah Linhart has not the reality and threat of the situation. Technology been able to get away from news of the competinghas become the infrastructure to our daily lives, candidates. “The election is literally everywhere,” but it is fragile enough where it can all collapse with just a few keystrokes. “The more we advance said Linhart. According to data from SocialFlow, a company in technology, the easier it will be for people to that does social media publishing and advertising,figure the voting system out,” said Klein. the election has been everywhere. Frank Speiser, Also, negativity tends to come out more on the the co-founder of SocialFlow, agrees that this is internet. Instead of seeing the good things, the bad the first election that the candidates have used is almost all that people see. “It’s good and bad for social media to their advantage. By using social influencing voting decisions. It’s good because it media, the campaign can reach a wider audience gets it out there, but bad because it usually only says the negative things about the candidates and at a lower cost. Compared to the presidential race in 2012, the that could change one’s perception of a candidate,” said Kasun. “It gives people false impressions amount of people using social media has also seen an increase. According to the Pew Research of candidates and wrongly influences their Center, sixty-five percent of Americans above the decisions,” said junior Katie O’Sullivan. age of 18 are now a member of a social media site. No matter how the election changes in the The amount of Facebook users has raised sixty future, there will always be opposing opinions and views. Whether it’s on social media, the news, or percent in the last four years, and Twitter has extended its reach to about 385 million members. even a face-to-face conversation, voters will find ways express themselves. Social media has been Another study released by the Pew Research Center revealed that two out of three Millennials the outlet for this election, but only time can tell believed social media is where they were most what the next four years has in store for us. likely to learn about politics, compared to fifty BY TORI CUSTER percent of Gen-Xers and forty percent of Baby Boomers.
With the presidential election right around the corner, the people of the United States are going to have to vote for who they believe is better suited to sit in the Oval Office. But what if you don’t like any of the options presented to you? Is there another way to cast your vote? There is a solution: write-in candidates. According to Bloomberg, 43 out of the 50 states allow write-in candidates on their ballots come November 8th. You are allowed to write in whoever your heart desires. According to some students in a survey, some people they would put Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, even Don Juan Ribero. The sky’s the limit with options of who you can choose, including yourself. According to junior Evin Tunador, if able to vote he would put himself because, “I could beat Trump and Clinton easily.” However sophomore Maria Lozado said, “No, because I don’t think many people would agree with my point of view, since I was raised by Hispanic parents who taught me different morals than what other people live by. I feel like many people would automatically judge me because I am Hispanic. The races and religions of Presidential candidates play a big role in elections.” The only problem with voting for a write-in candidate is that there is a rule in the Commonwealth of Virginia that states if you write-in a candidate, they must have stated they have a candidacy and have filed for a slate of electors with state election officials, according to the Richmond TimesDispatch. If they do not meet these requirements, then your vote will not count towards the election. BY SARA KOOCHAGIAN
BY ABBY FLETCHER
MEET YOUR CLASS PRESIDENTS!
Every four years, a politician is elected to run our country. In Tuscarora however, a new student from each grade level is elected each year by their peers to represent their class. What makes them stand out as students? FRESHMAN PRESIDENT: BEHNAM PALEWICZ SOPHOMORE PRESIDENT: SKYLAR OGDEN JUNIOR PRESIDENT: ELIZABETH BULLOCH SENIOR PRESIDENT: ABBY FLETCHER “I am hoping to give the 9th grade a larger voice. My main driving point is to advocate for all freshmen. Considering not many freshman care about elections, I �igured I might as well do that for them. ”
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“I really want to make the sophomore class feel more inclusive, I think sometimes people might feel less accepted and that it’s hard to �it in, and I just want people to feel like it’s a safe place to be!
“I decided to take the initiative to become president this year. I really want to help our class reach its goal, which is ultimately to pay for Prom. It’s also really fun to get to work with a bunch of different people!”
“I feel as if I can relate to all the students. I had ideas that I think would change the school for the better. Instead of complaining about things I want to make them happen.”
Eighteen and Eligible
For most students, November 8th is just another day off school. But for some seniors, it will go something like this-- they’ll pull into the parking lot of their old elementary school (or another polling place), walk through the forest of Clinton and Trump signs, and wait in line for a turn at the ballot box. These seniors will be voting for the first time-- in the highly-anticipated, highly controversial 2016 presidential election. Only those seniors whose 18th birthdays fall on or before Nov. 8th will get to cast a ballot. Before students vote, they must register, which can be done in many ways. Eligible voters can register at the local DMV, post office, or library. Registration can also be done online or by mail. Online registration is particularly popular among students. “Young people have their tech with them 24/7,” said Mrs. Austin, who teaches AP Government. “You can register online in 10 seconds. It makes life simpler for them.” Given how many ways there are to register, what’s surprising is how many young people choose not to. Voter participation among youth is traditionally low in the United States. In the 2012 presidential election, only 45% of Americans ages 18-29 voted. In contrast, the rate among people 30 and older was about 66%. “I don’t think it’s surprising,” said senior Connor Dixon, who registered online. “Our age group is not the prime audience for politicians, so many people feel underrepresented.” One reason young people don’t register is that they are frustrated with the small impact of their one vote among millions of other ballots. “I think the main reason people don’t vote is they feel that their vote doesn’t count.” said senior Sydney Austin, another student voter. Some youth voters simply don’t care about the election’s outcome. “Young people tend to be apathetic to the entire electoral process. They don’t see how it affects them.” said Mrs. Austin. “The best thing to do is explain to them how the election will affect them and their future children.” As for the seniors who do decide to vote-though their parents’ voting can certainly be an influence, a lot of the time seniors decide to vote because they simply believe it is the right thing to do. “I think voting is very important. People complain about how our country is run all the time, but then they don’t have the initiative to do something about it.” said Sydney Austin, who is still an undecided voter. “Voting is my way of contributing.”
BY ANYA SCZERZENIE
BODY IMAGE ON THE BALLOT
Each month brings new information to the public about the candidates, especially through social media. The election of 2016 has opened the eyes of voters and the general public to a variety of ideas, events, and controversies. This year one dispute in the election has turned to body image and criticizing women. The lead candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have both put in their opinions on the matters and used it as leverage against one another with ads and tweets. For example, Hillary talked about Ms.Universe and how Trump had called her names. This talk has lead many news organizations such as, CBS news and CNN, to bring up body shaming and how it’s prominent in the United States. According to dosomething.org, lowself esteem is a thinking disorder that causes negative behavior and false assumptions. Along with low-self esteem, body image is also a factor to body shaming, due to the way the person perceives themselves due to their surroundings like looking in the mirror. 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up in their looks and performance in school, and 40% of boys in middle and high school work out regularly with the goal to increase body mass. As years progressed, many believe social media has made it more and more difficult for people to be happy with themselves. “Due to social media, there has become more pressure for both genders to conform to a certain type of beauty,” said junior Taylor Vigil. On a positive note, many people are becoming more aware of this issue. Dove is one example of a company with a campaign to help combat this issue. The Real Beauty project helps to boost self esteem, and help many feel confident about themselves. According to dove.com, they have reached out to 17 million people, and they hope to reach out to many more. With many more of these campaigns, many hope the stress of body image in politics and in social media will decrease with time. BY KATIE JOHNSON
-First Walmart Opened -March on Washington -Beatles arrive in America -”To Kill A Mockingbird” Published -Berlin Wall was built -Trump begins High School -Clinton begins High School -Kennedy Assassinated -Trump graduates from the -John F. Kennedy Elected -Minimum wage raised to $1.25 -Cuban Missle Crisis -Lyndon B. Johnson sworen in New York Military Academy -Civil Rights Act Signed What was happening when they -Johnson is relected were teenagers?
Candidates in High School: BY LYDIA STONEROOK
1965 -Selma Movement -Clinton graduates from Maine South HS -Medicare and Medicaid created
Freshman Phenom: Michael Brennan
Michael - My favorite moment was at regionals when we qualified for the tournament and I played really well. It was our best tournament of the year and it came at a good time. T - What are your goals for next season as a sophomore? M - Next season I want to win states as a team because I think we’ll be a little better. I had the lead after round one as an individual but then lost it in the second round.
Brennan was named Viva Loudoun Athlete of the Month for October. PHOTOCOURTESY OF LIFETOUCH
You may not know who Michael Brennan is personally, but this past golf season you probably heard his name once or twice. The Tuscarora Golf team just wrapped up an unbelievable season, taking home a conference and region title. This team was led by freshman Michael Brennan. He started off his season in early August, shooting a 70 at the South Riding Golf Course beating out quite a few players. He continually shot low scores throughout the season and led the Huskies to a conference championship, shooting a 71 at the 1757 Golf Club on September 21.
On top of that outstanding result, Brennan led the Huskies to their greatest title of the season, taking home the Region 5A North title. He shot the same score of 71 as he did at the conference meet. Brennan then went on to place 5th individually at states. Nonetheless, he had a great first season as a Husky golfer. I had the chance to catch up with Brennan and talk about the season: Tucker - What was your favorite moment from the season?
Winter Sports Preview
What is it like to coach the students at Tuscarora High School? Well this is the third place where I’ve coached; I previously coached at Freedom and Park View as well, so everywhere is similar. We’ve had more success at Tuscarora than my previous stops. So that certainly helps all the time we put in, but what i have found at Tuscarora maybe more so than at the previous places I have coached is the family feel. BY SARA KOOCHAGIAN
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Girls Basketball • Successful season last year with 13 wins • Conference 14 champions Boys Basketball • 2015-16 season 17-1 in the regular season. • Practicing and weightlifting since the beginning of the school year
T - When did you know that golf was going to be the sport for you?
M - Probably when I was in fifth grade because before that it was basketball and golf but then I realized I was better at golf.
T - I know it may be early for you to be thinking about this, but do you have intentions of playing golf in college? M - Yes I do, I want to play at Stanford.
BY TUCKER STUNTZ
Sports Tweets Tuscarora HS Golf @Huskygolf
Lets goooooo! Second golf 5A regional champs in 7 years! Congrtulations Tuscarora huskies!
@TuscaroraHusky Great job THS field Hockey! 2-1 win on senior night!
Tuscarora Volleyball @TuscaroraVBall
Congratulations to Varsity on their 3-1 win over Heritage! Dig Pink this THURSDAY! Wear your PINK!!!
Tuscarora HS Cheer • Loss of star Kyle Copeland. Gymnastics • Placed first overall at 5 out of 6 regular season meets • Conference Champions Boys Swimming • Back in action these last few weeks as they get ready to get back in the pool. • Loss of star Simon Shi Girls Swimming • Huge win over Park View at beginning of season Wrestling • The wrestling team has been working hard this preseason • The team has not only been focusing on wrestling skills these first weeks of school, but also weight lifting and running. STORY BY TUCKER STUNTZ
Junior Alex Bailey during a game last winter. Bailey is back and looking to dominate Conference 14. PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFETOUCH
ZERO DEDUCTIONS!! Regardless of the outcome tonight, we could not be more proud of this team! #GOHUSKIES
Tuscarora XC @THSXC2016
EXTREMELY good showing by everybody today. PR’s left and right and finally hitting our stride. Great job today huskies
Clubs Uncovered: Model UN You’ve probably walked past the posters in the hall or seen “MUN is fun!” written on a foreign language teacher’s whiteboard. But do you know what those letters stand for? Model United Nations-- or MUN, for short-- is similar to a debate team and exists in many high schools. The club is a mock version of the reallife United Nations in which students take on the roles of delegates from various countries around the world. The students act as negotiators, researching and discussing various issues from around the globe, from economic to environmental. “We discuss what’s going on around the world. Each student is responsible for a specific country, and at each meeting they update us about what’s going on in that country.” said Ms. Angela Deady, a German teacher and the sponsor of MUN. But Model UN isn’t confined to their home school. They have been competing at conferences sponsored by local colleges and high schools since 2012. On November 5th, fourteen members of Tuscarora’s Model UN will be participating in the threeday AmeriMUNC conference at American University. Model UN meets in the mornings before school, but the days vary depending on the members’ schedules. During these meetings, members usually research their countries and prepare for upcoming conferences. “It gives you an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and learn about other cultures and countries,” said Deady. “And it is fun.” BY ANYA SCZERZENIE
STUDENT LIFE High school is a giant stepping stone in someone’s life. Students are learning the laws of the road, getting behind the wheel themselves, taking AP classes, and even getting a head start on their after school career by gaining work experience. Sophomore Sarah Gresens worked at a barn during her freshman year, because she wanted to make money and loved working with the horses she cared for. She would get home around eight p.m., finish whatever work she could, try to do homework in the morning, and during FLEX as well. “You shouldn’t be on your phones during FLEX, because it’s important to use that time to get your work done,” says Gresens. She agrees that FLEX time is not only important for students who work, but all students in general. That way, one has more time to hang out with friends after school or take on other extracurriculars. Junior Sophie Aros started her own microbusiness with baking her
freshman year, because it was a stress-reliever. Then she realized that the business could benefit herself, and others as well. “Sometimes the responsibility does become difficult when you have to choose between using the half-hour for baking versus getting extra study time in,” says Aros. “For me it helps to not put things off, coming home right after an event and starting homework. It [the responsibility of the business and school] also means taking advantage of FLEX.” Most students who work a job during the school year can agree that as long as you keep track of your assignments and practice time management-by utilizing FLEX time, for example--working does not have to get in the way of a thorough education. Having a job through high school can benefit a student in many ways, and although balancing school and work can be difficult, for some students it’s worth the hard work. BY LUCY BLUE
The seniors and juniors met on October 26th for the annual powderpuff football game. The senior girls beat the juniors with a score of 8 - 0. For more photos, visit our website: huskyheadline.com
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT JOHNSON
A Big Adjustment The first year of high school can be different than the last year of middle school. Many students can become overwhelmed with the work they have to do, but some others adjust to high school quickly and believe it is almost the same amount of work as middle school. Kathleen Covas, a 9th grade student who believed high school was difficult to adjust to said, “High school is a lot different from middle school.” Ian Chance said, “Since my mom works at Chantilly High School she told me what it’d be like.” Josh Martin said, “There was less homework than I expected.” Jonathan Meeks and Ethan Jefferies both over thought what high school
would be like and expected to be behind in work, but they are both doing just fine. Justin Eng and Karli Cominiti. They said, “High school is similar to middle school, and the classes are pretty easy so I am able to get my work done.” Emerson Stelle, another freshman who thought high school was not as bad to adjust to said, “It’s not that bad if you have good time management.” Juliana Azzarita and Iman Baig said, “The work is harder, but I thought I’d get eaten alive and I’m fine. Also everyone in my classes are easy to be around. Finally freshman football player, Andrew Gold said, “Freshman friday was a lie.” As you can tell all freshman have different thoughts on how adjusting to high school is. Some believe it was hard
The class of 2020 gathers in the freshman section of the bleachers for the firs pep rally of the year. BY SARA KOOCHAGIAN adjusting and others believe it was easy to adjust to, but most believe it was easier than they pictured it being. The adjustment from middle school to high school can be a huge adjustment in
people’s lives, but at least they have a few week to do it. BY SULLY CARR
Making it clear with PEER! Members of PEER explained to students that they are ready to help them sort out any issues or problems they might have. Positive experiences in educational relationships, or PEER, is a class students can take to help other teens deal with their emotions and stress. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT JOHNSON.
The PEER Process
Have you ever wanted someone your own age that you could talk to about issues that you’re going through? You might feel like you’re alone, and someone that could possibly relate
NHS: Making the Cut
NHS is a national organization with four pillars; scholarship, service, leadership, and character,”said National Honors Society President Brie Gisseman. Although NHS is very involved here at Tuscarora, it is not always very well known, and many students don’t know everything that they organize. The NHS is very involved in academic and extracurricular activities. One of the things that the NHS is most well known for, is it charity events, such as the recent hair drive. “The hair drive went great!” said Gisseman, “We were able to collect a total of 135 inches to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths with the help of Salon Montage.” The hair drive was run by NHS, which was partially inspired by charity organizations such as Locks for Love. This inspired Salon Montage to have a similar hair drive event this spring. “One of our main goals
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and help you is nowhere to be found. Well, there is a group of students that can help you with issues through an organization called PEER. PEER stands for Positive Experiences in Educational
Relationships and the name says it all. The positive relationships that are formed are between students and their peers. Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Kotarsky are the leaders of PEER and they both agree that the part they the love most is what PEER stands for and the kids they work with. The way that the program works is simple. If you needed advice on a problem between you and a friend, for example, you would go to the Guidance office. Then you would go to your normal counselor and request that you’d rather talk to a PEER student. The student would come, you’d explain your issue, and they would give advice. At times, it may take a student some time to open up with the
counselor. “The hardest part is forming the initial relationship,” stated senior Meghan White, a member of the organization. One thing many people don’t realize about PEER is that it isn’t a club, it’s a class. There seemed to be a general consensus among all of the members that one negative is that, “We don’t get taken seriously among others,” said senior Ashley Clancy. PEER is something unlike any other group of at Tuscarora. “The benefit of helping out the people,” said junior Tyler Kijak, is what he believes is the best part of it all. It’s something that can help any student through their problems due to the knowledge and experiences these students have learned. BY: BRADY BULLINGTON
Senior Serene Lapid is first in line to get her cut during the NHS Hair Drive on October 15th. With the help of Salon Montage, the NHS managed to collect 135 inches of hair to be donated. PHOTOS COURTESY OF @TUSCARORANHS TWITTER for this school year is to really engage our members and provide fun ways that they can volunteer,” said Gisseman, she added,“I think that it’s really hard in high school to find the time to really make an impact, and by providing great opportunities, we hope that we can turn our members into life long volunteers.” Volunteering always seems to be a priority to many high school students,and it can help provide a good habit and hobby to do for the rest of their life, according to Gisseman. NHS also tries to help all of Leesburg, not just THS Gisseman tells me. “Many of the events that NHS participates in are outside of THS because one
of our goals is to benefit not only Tuscarora, but also the Leesburg community,”
“Many of the events that NHS participates in are outside of THS because one of our goals is to benefit not only Tuscarora, but also the Leesburg community,”
she said. “For our NHS this year, we also wanted to expand our outreach into the community, and inspire those outside of Tuscarora to get involved, which was part of the reason why I wanted to do the Hair Drive.” said Gisseman. Community outreach is one of the main characteristics of NHS.
The national NHS website describes NHS as “The nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.” Gisseman also suggests that any student interested in joining NHS, to show these qualities in their everyday lives. “Keep your grades up and find something that you are passionate about that helps others!” BY BECKER KAUFMAN
Students Take PSAT
On Wednesday, October 19th, Tuscarora High School students took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, or PSAT, in their fifth block class. For most members of the class of 2020, it was their first time taking the practice exam. Up until now, the only experience freshmen have with standardized tests is the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests that only require a student to pass. “It was definitely more diverse and asked a lot of questions where you really needed to think about your answer, especially the reading one,” said Tuscarora freshmen Anna Kasun. “It’s worded different,” said ninth grader Iker Cruz, who also believed the reading comprehension was tricky.
“Make sure to pay attention in class, think outside the box, and refresh on old topics and concepts that are iffy” The PSAT scores don’t count against students unless they are trying to get into a special program, such as the Governor’s School. Because of this, many students don’t take the test seriously. What they forget is that the SAT, a test taken during junior and senior year that is needed to get into college, does count for you. The PSAT is not only great practice for this test, but it can make sophomores and juniors eligible for a National Merit Scholarship. The tests also can help students decide what AP classes they should take. The advisory teachers handed out a PSAT packet that included a practice test. The College Board website also provided many ways for students to prepare for the standardized test. After freshmen finish their first year, they hope to use these resources and other testing strategies next year. “I should have taken my time on the tests instead of rushing and not caring,” said freshman Ali Custer . BY: TORI CUSTER