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the Vol. IX, No. 2
WATCHDOG Lack of School Spirit
Westfield High School
D.C. United Cody Palmer
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Oct. 31, 2008
Nat’l Merit, Achievement Semifinalists Named Olivia Brown Asst. Style Manager
“I really like the fact that they look at your test scores and not at how well you write or what recommendations you have when they name semifinalists” National Merit and National Achievement Scholar- said Nelms. ships provide $2,500 for finalists to put towards their After being named semifinalists, students must college tuition. write an essay that explains their leadership and parSeniors Amanda Lewis, Taylor Nelms, Robert ticipation in the school and the community. They must Marsh, and Kevin also submit a Hu were named scholarship apsemifinalists for plication with the National Merthe assistance of it Scholarship Proan administragram. tor. Andrew OsinIn addition bajo, 12, qualified t o b e i n g re c as a semifinalist ognized by the for the National National Merit Achievement Scholarship ProScholarship Program, Osinbajo gram. was also named The National a semifinalist Merit Scholarby the National ship Corporation Achievement recognizes 16,000 Scholarship Corsemifinalists poration. based on PSAT The National Photo by Olivia Brown scores. Achievement Seniors Andrew Osinbajo, Amanda Lewis, Taylor Nelms, Robert Each year Scholarship recMarsh, Kevin Hu, with Principal Tim Thomas. around 15,000 of ognizes African those semifinalists advance on to become finalists. American high school seniors. About half of the selected finalists are chosen to reThe National Achievement Program only accepts ceive a National Merit Scholarship and earn the title 1,600 semifinalists, a fraction of those accepted to of Merit Scholar. National Merit. “I think it’s a good program. I like how they do it by “It’s great and I think getting good test scores on state so it gives all students a chance to be noticed by the PSAT shows a lot to colleges, especially because colleges and earn money for an education,” said Hu. we’re in Fairfax County,” said Osinbajo.
National Merit Commended Students Brandon Lawlor Jessica Aguero Kenneth Lazor Maarij Ahmad Peter Malm Maurine Anderson Chase McAleese Megan Bentley Amanda McCormack Jessica Chau Anthony Mehalic Daniel Drew Drew Morrison Aimee Evangelista Divya Murali Steven Farrell Mark Nachazel Elaine Goodman Andrew Osinbajo William Greene Omeo Quddus Akash Gugilla Alexander Rice Samantha Henry Haarthi Sadasivam Renee Jones Alec Sieber Emily Joseph Megan Smith Heidi Kalbskopf Jena Stenger Jason Ko Donna Stover Michael Kumar Amanda Stromecki Kathleen Lanigan Jacqueline Wood Brian Lawall National Achievement Commended Savannah McMullen Zodina Beiene Ava Logan-Woods National Hispanic Honorable Mentions Jessica Aguero Aimee Evangelista
Theatre Prepares for ‘A Doll House’ Premiere in her “doll world.” Written by Henrik Ibsen, the show is normally set in the late 1800’s. However, because he saw many similarities between the social dynamics of the Victorian era and the 1950’s, Pafumi made the decision to switch
Pafumi chose A Doll House because he found its small, 15 person cast appealing and has always admired Ibsen’s work. A Doll House, the theatre department’s most recent Although 50 people auditioned, only 15 were main stage production, will open Nov. 14. cast. This small cast sets the play apart from all Directed by Scott Papast Westfield perforfumi, theatre teacher, A Doll mances. The actors House explores how family were able to work dynamics are impacted by t o g e t h e r c l o s e l y, social stereotypes and exand rehearsals were pectations. less chaotic, which The show depicts the enabled the cast to lives of Nora and Torvald concentrate on the Helmer, a married coudramatic work. ple whose interactions are The actors became based entirely on superficial familiar with their social roles; Nora is treated characters and relaas a helpless child while tionships through Torvald handles all serious character building matters. exercises. The family seems happy “So far the chemand harmonious on the suristry has been really face; however, as the show good between the Photos by Mehreen Haider cast members,” said progresses, changes in Nora (Left) Leslie Roth, 12, and Eden Volbrecht, 12, rehearse a scene in which they play old friends. (Right) Jeremy Eden Volbrecht, 12, become evident. It becomes clear that Rommel, 12, and Roth embrace as they portray the sterotypical husband and wife during a rehearsal. who will play KrisNora is not as helpless as tine Linde, a hardshe seems, and may not be completely happy living the setting to this more modern period. working woman with a tragic past. A Doll House fits nicely into the theatre department’s The cast consists entirely of juniors and seniors and NONPROFIT ORG. Westfield High School “Season of Change,” as it ends with one of the char- includes many experienced actors. U.S. Postage Paid 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. acters making a life-changing decision. In addition, “You have to take the skills you’ve learned from the Centreville, VA Chantilly, VA 20151 previous shows and apply it to this one,” said Jeremy Permit No. 6278 Rommel, 12, who plays the character of Torvald and Late Opening Nov. 11 appeared most recently as Romeo in last year’s Romeo Touching Bases will be held on Nov. 11. This and Juliet. event allows parents to meet briefly with teachThe cast and crew have dedicated a great deal of ers to discuss the academic progress of their time and effort to the rehearsal process. “We have children and to schedule additional conferences some of the most dedicated thespians in the cast,” if necessary. The school day will begin two said Leslie Roth, 12, who plays Nora. “The show will hours late, at 10:25 for students. be really powerful.”
Mehreen Haider, Katie Lake Staff Writer, Newsbrief Editor
Do Westfield Westfield Bulldogs Bulldogs
Oct. 31, 2008
"JUST NOT GET IT"?
Commentary by Connor McCeney
Letter Attacks Our Moral Values
For those who have not read it, a letter-to-theApproximately 3,000 students attend our high editor accusing Westfield students of not participating school and not every student who attends the school is responsibly at football games was published in the being inappropriate during games. To make a massive Centreview. The man who wrote the letter expressed assumption that every student at Westfield is immoral his opinion that the behavior of Westfield students is is crazy talk. "some of the worst behavior in all of Fairfax County He further states that his opinion is not based on Public Schools." snapshots, but specific negative behavioral patterns The writer refers to the behavior he thinks appropri- exhibited throughout Westfield's history, even though ate as "the right way" to enjoy a football game. I don't he was only able to produce a handful of incidents and understand how his opinion became the accepted way specifically just the Chantilly game. Essentially, he is to behave, or how he could judge an entire student judging the entire Westfield community based on a body based on isolated incidents at high school football small minority of students at a few football games. games.The The auletter is titled thor states " We s t f i e l d that the perBulldogs Just formance Don't Get of the fans It." To me, should not 2 3 his words overshad4 are slanderow the perous attacks formance of towards evthe athletes; ery student, however, I alumni, parhave noent, and facticed at each ulty mem1 6 7 8 9 5 and every ber associPhotos courtesy of Linus Downes basketball a t e d w i t h 1. Band member, Sarah Devito, 12, adds pizzazz to her marching band routine. game ChanWestfield. 2. Subschool II principal, Pat Williams receives a hug from Westfield's mascot. 3. tilly comes T h e a d - Homecoming Queen Stephanie Novak, 12, is congratulated by friends Ali Hager, u p w i t h ministration 12, and Emma Vantrees, 12. 4. Homecoming King, Chris Kearney, 12, is greeted derogatory s h o u l d b e by excited fans. 5. Westfield ball Reed Lavin carrier runs onto the field. 6. Kim c h e e r s t o particularly Eliasoph, 12, performs her cheerleading routine to an ecstatic crowd. 7. Tyler single out offended by Barfield, 12, comforts his fellow teammate and quarterback Danny Fenyak, 11. s p e c i f i c the article. 8. Alumni, Brendan McDonald remains the spirited face of Westfield football. 9. We s t f i e l d The article Tessa Crescioli presents flowers to the homecoming queen. players. indirectly He doesn't claimed that the administration does not enforce a bring his kids to those games though. strict code of ethics upon the student body which isn’t Now I'm not here to make a bad name for other true by any stretch of the imagination. "I'm extremely schools, I'm writing this specifically to protect my protective of this school and I truly believe I have the high school's name, and to say that these incidents best job in the world. It really upset me when the article are not specific to Westfield students. I must ask, has was published. Of course I had a million responses the author been to other big rivalry games? Has he asking me what I thought. First and foremost, I was attended a heated Madison vs. Oakton game? Are most upset because the author couldn't confront me their cheers so much more morally appropriate? Does about how he felt about our behavior. Everyone has Oakton’s, or any other school’s dance team, not "shake an opinion and a right to express it," said Tim Thomas, their money makers?" The problem is with teenagers, principal. not Westfield. If the writer sees the games as an inappropriate enI am in no way condoning vulgar language or vironment for his young children, he shouldn't bring cheers, but to say that our entire fan section is inapprothem along. Would he let his children hang around priate is disheartening and completely inaccurate. large group of 17 or 18 year old kids in any other Westfield has been open for 8 years, and has become venue? It is a high school football game, after all. one of the most prolific high schools in the area. So to At a rivalry high school football game there could accuse us as an entire school of being inappropriate be between 8-10,000 people in attendance. To say is outrageous. that the school should be responsible for each word The thing people remember about our football team spoken or shirt worn by every person in the stadium last year is their literally spotless record, not spotty is ridiculous. fans or inappropriate cheers.
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What was your reaction to the editorial feature in the Centreview newspaper
"Westfield Bulldogs Just Don't Get It"?
"It was just one group of students. As a whole group we just love our school." -Gavin Seltzer, 10
"The article was way over the top and everything that happens is out of the spirit of the game." -Avery Hobbs, 10
"It's not right to blame all of Westfield when it was just one group. Every school does the same thing!" - Suzanne Patterson, 12, Anthony Alfano, 12 "Westfield has great school pride and everyone should know how to shake their money maker." -Austin Fallon, 11
"It was ridiculous. He overreacted and I think he should've kept his comments to himself" -Michelle Samson, 11
Oct. 31, 2008
Commentary by Bethany Horstmann
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Watchdog Learns Valuable Lessons in Ethics Henry Grunwald, managing editor of TIME Magazine for 11 years and the man who revolutionized TIME for a new generation, believed that, “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately.” The Watchdog editors hold firm in this belief as well. Sometimes, however, in our haste to deal with an issue, such as the role of Facebook in the potential for discipline of students, our need to speak immediately can be our greatest fault. Make no mistake, I firmly stand by this paper’s decision to address the use of Facebook among students and administrative disciplinary action. Moreover, I think it's important that we here at the Watchdog cover issues that matter to the students, and given the increase in social networking among our generation, Facebook is a very important issue; which is why we have followed up in this issue with a story about college admissions and Facebook. I believe, however, that our paper compromised
Commentary by Patrick Deegan
our journalistic standards when we agreed to publish an anonymous commentary. To avoid sounding like a Monday-morning quarterback, please know that I was actively involved in the decision-making process for our Facebook coverage. By allowing a commentary to be published without a name on it, the Watchdog was no longer a vehicle for student opinion, something which we strive to be, but rather a vehicle for bullying. We were so rushed to try and make our deadline, to get the issue out, that we allowed ourselves to be blinded. Allowing anonymous commentaries sets a dangerous precedent. All you have to do is look at chat rooms (and, ironically Facebook), where people can hide behind screen names and computer monitors, to see the effect of anonymity. When there is no responsibility or consequences for their words, people say things they would never normally
think of saying. With the alarming rise of cyber bullying around this country, the responsibility of the Watchdog is even greater. The intentions of this paper were nothing but good, but our execution lacked a degree of experience and professionalism. Our coverage of the Facebook story was never meant to be an attack on any specific person or group. Nor did we intend to allow someone to do so under a veil of anonymity. As a high school journalist, I believe this unfortunate oversight was a valuable learning experience. Journalists have an incredible ethical responsibility to uphold; we must reserve personal judgment and basis, but most of all we must understand that what we print not only reflects on ourselves but influences entire schools, communities, or in some cases, an entire nation.
School Band Needs More Spirit at Away Games Every year when Westfield plays Chantilly in football, students gets fired up for the big game. The football team practices harder, teachers assign less homework, and students paint their chests. Usually this game is the most attended of the season. But where was the band? When the game is at Westfield, the Chantilly band makes the trip to the game. But our band can’t make the short trip to Chantilly? I understand that it had a fourhour rehearsal the next day and a big competition the next weekend (which it won), but it’s Chantilly. No matter what the schedule says, its basically a home game. We had more students there than probably the last two varsity games combined. The band doesn’t need to perform at half-time, it doesn't need to be in uniform, it just needs to be there and at least play when the team scores. It's not like our band is bad, they took first place at the USSBA competition out of 37 bands, so wouldn’t it be good if they were there performing? Even Woodson brought its band to the Westfield-
Woodson game, despite the fact that they weren't in uniform and their whole band wasn't there. Why can't we do the same? Is it a lack of school spirit? Or is it that students have to get together and form a different band for this purpose? It's not like none of the band members went to the game, so why not play? One solution might be to have a small Pep Band of a dozen musicians. This could even be on some revolving basis. It would just be nice to have a presence at away games, a presence that can also make a lot of noise for the Bulldogs. A presence that can bring people together in cheering on our team. That's most important, isn't it? When asked to comment, band director Steve Panoff said: "Providing pep bands to away games is not as simple as it might appear. Music requires a certain instrumentation that goes far beyond 7-12 kids. And most of all, band is not a seasonal event, we start Aug. 11 and play until graduation. Most of the students just want to be regular kids at away games."
Photos by Trevor Dintino
The Westfield band performs during half-time at the Homecoming Game. The band was not present at the Chantilly-Westfield game.
Commentary by Yogita Jasani
Current Courses Don't Teach Important Life Lessons While sitting in class, I realized something: does any of this really matter? Is this going to help me pay my taxes or my mortgage when I grow up? No, school will not help me prepare for any such realities. The fact is, school may be able to prepare you for a career, but it does not prepare you for the real world. Other than career-oriented classes, Westfield really does not have a curriculum that will help students be prepared for what lies beyond high school. After the American financial crisis, it has become apparent that Westfield should have classes that will help us with future needs. Major banks and financial institutions have seen a loss of over $435 billion, foreclosures now seem to happen on a daily basis, and businesses all over the country have failed. So who should we blame for this global financial crisis?
If we wanted to, we could do the obvious and point our fingers at the people on Wall Street or those mortgage companies. But, if we really want to seek out the guilty party here, we only have to look into a mirror. We should have been aware of the consequences of the seemingly easy buying and selling game of homes whose prices seemed to be magically going up and up. As students, we should be learning how to prevent this from happening again. It is crucial that we learn about mortgages, taxes, loans, stocks, business, etc. I think taking a consumer economics course should be required. We should learn how to maintain our budgets and personal finance. We could either incorporate these courses into history classes or make them independent required courses. Besides the financial courses, we should also have
courses dedicated to what some of us call "common knowledge." Geography is a subject that every student should have a thorough knowledge of. Students should know where other nations are located; 53% percent of Americans cannot locate 10 basic countries on a map. We should also have a class that incorporates cultures of various nations. It is important to gain general knowledge of the world and its beliefs. A course that could foster this type of learning would be a religions or anthropology course. Students feel that this information is useless to them because they think they already know it. It is our job as the future generation to learn how we could avoid another financial crisis and how to deal with the future world.
Issue of the Issue
Hadley Zamperini Managing Editor It's advertised everywhere, but what does anyone really know about it? "Going Green" is becoming a national plan for everyone. If we save energy now, then we are prolonging our future and making it cleaner. Not only are adults being targeted to be more environmentally friendly, but kids are too. Nickelodeon sponsors a project called "The Big Help" which stresses preserving and saving the environment, while at the same time encourages young adults to show their patriotism by wearing the colors of our flag and participating in the election even though they cannot vote. At Westfield, there is currently not a single club that relates to recycling or keeping our environment clean. In a school of over 2,000 students, why can't anyone step up and create a club like this to preserve our environment? Every classroom has recycling bins located right next to the door, and yet kids continually throw their recyclable objects into the trash can. It's amazing the little things that you can change in your daily life to make your future cleaner. You can start your day off brighter by joining or starting a carpool. Where ever you live, find some people that you know, or don't know, and ask if they would like to share rides to and from school. It will save you money, and save the environment from hazardous gases. Another way to "go green" during the day is to purchase a reusable water bottle. You can fill it up at your house, inside the school, or almost anywhere else you go. Every year Americans spend over $15 billion on one-time use water bottles. Water from a filtered tap is just as clean as water that comes from a Dasani bottle.
Plant a tree! It's good for the air, can keep you cool, and can increase your property value.
If you do not recycle this, it will take a million years to decompose.
Pay your bills online!
If every house in the US did this then we would save 18 million trees every year.
Turn off the water when you're brushing! You will save four gallons of water doing this
Shorten your shower time!
Every minute you cut from your shower saves roughly five gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment.
Turn off your computer at night!
Don't just put them to sleep. You will save an average of four cents a day which adds up to $14.60 a year.
Change to Fluorescent Bulbs!
If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.
Turn down your thermostats!
Every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer you set the temperature at leads to a 10% decrease on your energy bill.
Oct. 31, 2008
Lack of Etiquette, Common Sense Evident in Halls One of the questions a Westfield student is often asked as a result of the high enrollment is: “What are the hallways like?” Well, in our first three years the hallways were crowded but tolerable. However, this year it seems that although Westfield’s enrollment is down, the halls are even more packed. It is our opinion that the increased congestion is not a result of more students, but rather a lack of basic manners and common sense. Since all high school students must take drivers' education classes, perhaps the best way to explain the situation in the hallways is through traffic analogies. Possibly the most annoying people in the hallways are the slow walkers. Everyone is forced to weave in and out of groups of these strollers. They some-
times turn a corner and begin walking directly in front of another student, slowly. This seems to happen only when students who walk at a normal pace need to get somewhere on time, as if the slow walker is intentionally trying to make them late. This is comparable to a car driving in the fast lane on Route 66 and out of nowhere, a slow car cuts it off and continues at a slow, annoying pace. Equally annoying is the group of students who decide to congregate in front of the concession stand at the end of the school day. Over 1,000 students who either drive or use the kiss-andride must pass through this hall in less than fifteen minutes and about 50 kids decide to stand directly in the middle of the passageway.
Please, take the standing party to someone's house. Imagine if during 5:00 rush hour, when everyone is done with their day and wants to go home, 50 cars decide to stop in the middle of the road and have a little chat; the result is a 100-car pileup. Furthermore, there are two extreme types of hallway walkers that irritate moderate walkers. One is the overly sensitive type. By attending a school with an enrollment of 3,000, students should expect to be periodically bumped in the hallway. Some students freak out, occasionally screaming obscenities in objection at the person who happened to accidentally brush them (e.g. "Oh no, you didn't!"). No one wants to fight you. No one is trying to touch you. You are not that
cool. Someone just happened to step a foot in the wrong direction, and you happened to be in the way. The other extreme is the type of walker who is completely insensitive to bumping. These type of walkers think that their needs are paramount to others. These are the road rage drivers. Often, groups of miscreant students form “trains” by holding on to each other's backpacks and simply running through crowds of people. Remember the good ole' days in elementary school when kids would walk in a single-file line? Now, we're not asking for that extreme behavior, we're simply asking that students apply the same rules they learn in driver's ed. to the hallway. If all else fails, keep to the right.
Cartoon of the Issue
AN S ' GLE Y D O
By Kevin Reardon
WOby Woody Angle
Happy Halloween! Congratulations on your successful completion of the first quarter! And no snow on the horizon yet! How about the marquee! It is a dream that has finally come to fruition thanks to the work of this community! A level of excitement surrounds the opportunities to display and promote Westfield events. Representatives from student and parent organizations within Westfield, including the PTSA and booster groups, met to determine the best ways to share information with the community including the use of the marquee, electronic and phone messages, and the Watchdog to name a few. Touching Bases, a tremendous opportunity for short meetings between parents and teachers, will take place Nov. 11 between 7:25-9:30 a.m. School will open at 10:25 a.m. that day. This is another example of Westfield’s focus on Bridging Gaps and Building Relationships. These are not long meetings, but rather mini-conferences giving you the chance to meet with each of your son or daughter’s teachers in a short time period. November also holds a number of important and worthy events including the Nov. 5 Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar at Centreville Presbyterian Church and the Sophomore Ethics Day Seminar at Westfields Marriott Nov. 24. Check the calendar on page A-5 of this publication for other important dates. Nov. 3 and 4 are teacher
workdays and school will be closed - although many of you will be here Nov. 4 for Election day. Special thanks go out to Diane Underwood, Amy Sutphin, and the SGA for all the work that went into organizing Homecoming Week. Everything from lunchtime activities to the parade and dance were orchestrated to perfection. Speaking of orchestrated, the Marching Bulldogs received the Grand Championship trophy at the Oakton Classic for the second year in a row. Over 32 bands performed. Congratulations to our student musicians. The boys golf team captured both the Concorde District and the Northern Region championship. Freshman, JV, and varsity football, along with field hockey, volleyball, and cross country continue to be forces in the district and region! Come out Nov. 14 for the theatre’s presentation of “A Doll’s House.” Check the Westfield website for other events which display the broad range of Bulldog talents I would like to encourage all Westfield student drivers to enter the VDOT/Watchdog Highway Challenge. For more information, see page A-15 in this edition of the Watchdog. A final congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists, National Achievement, and National Hispanic winners as well as Commended Students and Honorable Mentions. Getting into any of these categories shows the academic level of Westfield and places these students at the top on a national level.
Westfield High School 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA 20151
Vol. IX, Issue 2
Oct. 31, 2008
Editors-in-Chief Zach Athing Kathryn Chapman Bethany Horstmann Managing Editors Samantha Henry Hadley Zamperini Front Page Editors Amy Hirabayashi, Jessica Liu
News Editors Priscilla Lin, Colleen Wilson Design Editor Carolyn Doan Asst. News Saira Bhatti, Carl Anderson
Principal Tim Thomas News Briefs Katie Lake Style Editors Riham Osman, Kelley Grenn Asst. Style Olivia Brown, Aksheetha Sridhar Feature Editor Justine Atienza Entertainment Editors Jessica Godart, Emily Elcano Runway Rundown Rachael Marker Opinion Editors Connor McCeney, Yogita Jasani Op Ed Color Page Editor Priya Potapragada Bark It Up Editor Andrienne Lowry Double Truck Editor Megan Smith Sport Editors Farhan Majid Laura Bounds
Over the course of the last year, the presidential campaign has dominated conversation across the country. I find it funny that, with the exception of a presidential election year, no one ever talks about politics. But, all of a sudden, when it's time to vote for president, everyone is a political expert. If you try and have any sort of talk about who will be the best presidential candidate, most people start whipping out facts like they have a degree in political science. No one seems to realize that, unless they have some sort of qualification that makes them eligible to make such comments, no one really cares. I'm not saying that it is not good to have an opinion; I mean come on, I'm the opinion columnist. But I hate how everyone tries to out do one another and act like they know more about politics than everyone else. Once a discussion turns into a disagreement, both sides turn defensive and that's when the conversation goes down the drain. People just turn their nose up and keep ranting like they are the all-knowing political genie. People should be passionate about their candidate, don't get me wrong, but the fact is that once someone makes up their mind about one candidate, they become delirious and extremely closed-minded about the other candidate. Once they decide to vote for one person, they all of a sudden see that person as infallible. If you are going to make a statement, at least educate yourself first. Research the issues, and THEN compare your opinions to a candidate's views. It makes me sick when I see someone rant about how great a candidate is and then they find out that they disagree with them on abortion, the economy, or tax policies. Its baffling to me when people make insane accusations about the opposing candidate. "John McCain beats his wife," or "Barack Obama is a terrorist." Are you serious? It scares me to think that some people believe the stuff that comes out of their mouths. I disagree a lot with what both candidates say, but that doesn't mean that I am going to make up stuff about a candidate I don't support. Elections should be won by focusing on the hard facts about a candidate that can be proven, not about trying to downplay the other one by blowing certain things out of proportion. Bottom line: people need to educate themselves about candidates, and actually look for hard facts. Once they understand the opinions and policies of both candidates, then and only then should they make a final decision on who to support.
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Hearing and Vision Testing
SGA 3 on 3 Tournament Hearing and Vision Testing
Theatre Production 8 p.m.
Sophomore Parent Night 7 p.m.
Theatre Production 8 p.m.
18 b Wrestling Scrimmage at Annandale
Winter Sports Pictures
Winter Sports Pictures
Teachers Showcase Artwork, Nov. 3-15 Erin O'Neill Staff Writer
More than 300 art teachers currently teach in Fairfax County Public Schools. Many of these teachers are also practicing artists. On Nov. 3-15 at the Ernst Cultural Center of the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, there will be an art exhibition to showcase the work of talented art teachers. "I am very excited to have been selected for the first show in Fairfax County that showcases teacher's artwork. Westfield is very fortunate to have three
teachers featured in the show," said Florimonte. An opening reception will be held on Nov. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. The first annual Artist Teacher Exhibition will feature 61 teacherartists. Over 300 works were submitted, but only 86 pieces will be represented in the actual showcase. Elaine Florimonte, Kerry Johanson, and Suellen Novak teach art at Westfield and were selected to be in the show. "Ms. Novak really focuses on deatail when she teaches. I feel like I'm a better artist because of her teaching," said Alex Collier, 9.
Writing Contest Deadline Dec. 6 Amy Hirabayashi Front Page Editor
Students in grades 4-12 can participate in the 2008-2009 “Letters about Literature” Reading and Writing Contest. Participants are required to write a letter to the author of their favorite book, explaining how the author’s writing has changed their view of either themselves or the world. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 6. Students in grades four through six will be judged in level one, students in grades seven through eight will be judged in level two, and stu-
Students Released 2 Hours Early
dents in grades 9-12 will be judged in level three. In each state, one winner will be selected from each level. Each state winner will be given a $50 Target gift card, $100 cash and invited to the Opening Ceremony of the March 18 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. State winners will be revealed in March. Six national winners and 12 national runner-ups will be chosen. The six winners will collect a $500 Target gift card and receive $10,000 for their school or community library. The 12 national runner-ups will receive $1,000 for their school or library.
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Regional Football Finals
State Football Semifinals
Orchestra Winter Pie Sales
Sophomore Ethics Day
Winter Sports Meet the Coach Night
Academic Letter Ceremony 7 p.m.
First Quarter Honor Roll Reception
SGA Congress Meeting 2-4 p.m.
Hypnotist Show 5-9 p.m.
Theatre Production 2 p.m.
Westfield Idol Tryouts 2-4 p.m.
Regional Football 1st Quarter Report Cards Mailed Home
Reg. Vball at Cville State Cross Country at Great Meadow State Cheer at VCU Orch. Holiday Craft Fair 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. a
Late Opening at 10:20 for Touching Bases Parent/Teacher Conferences
Winter Sports Begin
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This coming weekend, my mom will be out of town. I am staying at a friend’s house until she gets back. My friend says that there’s a party at another friend’s house that weekend, and the parents have always allowed everyone to drink alcohol. He says that it will be really fun and everyone sleeps over. He is my best friend and I trust him, but I don’t want to get in trouble. What should I do? Sincerely, Lost and Unsure
Pups your age really is faced with a lot of pressure and difficult decisions when lured by eating out of the same dog dish and you don’t want to feel left out. If your pals ran out into street traffic, would you be right on their tail? Did you know it is against the law to be drinking alcohol and even worse for parents who provide it or allow that activity to happen in their home? What would happen if you got caught or someone got hurt? Here’s the poop. The drinking age is 21. I’ve barked it out so many times I think I’m going to barf on those who refuse to accept that there are legal consequences for providing, possessing and or drinking alcohol underage. One can be found guilty by association by hanging out with someone who has alcohol, even though you haven’t had a sip. You can be suspended from school and from participating in sport or extracurricular activity. Did you want to be last known as the drinker or party dog or for messing with a skunk? Instead, why not be remembered as the scholar, musician, thespian, or athlete? According to the Virginia laws, it is illegal for anyone under 21 to possess any alcoholic beverage. It is also illegal for adults to allow (aid and abet) underage persons to possess or consume alcohol. This includes purchasing and/or providing the alcohol. These violations are Class 1 Misdemeanors punishable by one year in jail, and/or 50 hours community service, and/or $2,500 fine. Teens can lose their driver’s license for up to a full year. Virginia has a Zero Tolerance Law making driving under the influence of any amount of alcohol a serious criminal offense for drivers under age 21. Even with that, you could face suspension or even expulsion from school regardless of whether the event took place outside of school hours. There are additional penalties for the use of a fake ID. Some parents think providing alcohol and taking the keys is cool. How stupid is that, when they could risk being thrown in the bad dog pound themselves, lose their license and face $2,500 for each minor served alcohol? Have you thought about talking it over with your parents, counselor, or being honest with your friend? Check out http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/ or www. Freevibe.com for information about risks, personal stories and possible scenarios to help you make better choices. This weekend, maybe you need to find a place to stay where you won’t feel so conflicted. Do the right thing and be safe. If you stay with your friend, you can pretend you’re not feeling well and don’t want to go out. Better yet, tell the truth and say your parents wouldn’t want you to go or you don’t want to get into trouble. Alcohol is the drug of choice for Westfield teens to experiment with. Parents must not condone it or pretend that teens aren’t drinking. As a community, we need to provide the environment where our teens can socialize without the presence of drugs or alcohol. A helpful website for educational support of the 21 Minimum Drinking Age Law is www. why21.org. Parents can also sign up for the Parenting Tips Newsletter sent via email with advice and strategies to keep teens substance free via http://www.theantidrug.com/newsletterasp. Parents and the community play a critical role in the behavior and attitude of teens. Only through banning together and educating ourselves can we counteract lax attitudes of others that foster teen drinking. A strong message needs to be sent that underage drinking will not be tolerated. Thanks for barking, and save me some turkey giblets! Dawg Got issues? Just bark and I’ll scratch your itch at DearDawgy@aol.com or send it to the main office in a sealed envelope to “Dear Dawgy”. Dawg reserves the right to edit due to space and for clarity. Parents: Look for the asterisk in the WHS Student directory for parents who signed the Parent Pledge for hosting alcohol free parties. The asterisk is not a guarantee, but an invitation to call them to double check. Please add an asterisk to the following: Ben Hartley, Kingsley Nwachukukwu, Kelly Rivera, Michael Schlink, and Brendan Shaw. Parents are invited to the coalitions annual “Bong Show” at 7 p.m., Nov. 5 at Centreville Presbyterian Church to learn about teen substance abuse and prevention. It is free: See the flyer insert in this Watchdog issue. The use of 100% federal funds from the Drug-Free Communities and Support Program grant through the Westfield Coalition paid for this advertisement.
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Facebook Contributes to Negative Consquences Adrienne Lowry Bark-It-Up Editor
As college standards for admissions grow higher, students have to work harder to get into the college of their choice. What students may not realize is that their GPA, SAT scores, and extracurricular activities are not the only factors affecting the admissions process. Colleges are beginning to monitor applicants' Facebook and Myspace pages. Some colleges even use companies that specialize in internet background checks to gather information about their applicants. A new survey of 500 top colleges found that one in ten colleges check the social networking sites of applicants. In addition, most of the admissions officers who use social networking sites say that their findings are rarely positive.
At this time, only competitive colleges are resorting to internet background checks, but many colleges are preparing to start. "Currently we do not look at anyone's online profile for admissions consideration, but who knows when that might change," said Jennifer Summer, Clemson University admissions. Setting social networking sites to a private setting does not necessarily prevent colleges from peeking. While some colleges merely search applicants' names on Google, others hire companies that specialize in background searches or hire technologically savvy graduate students, who have a better chance of gaining access to students' Facebooks. Many colleges, however, firmly rely on traditional methods to evaluate students. "We do not look at Facebook or Myspace pages while evaluating
applicants. Our admission criteria is based solely on academic work," said Oklahoma State University. Some colleges completely object to utilizing social networking pages in the admissions process. “Universities do themselves a great disservice by moving from reviewing documents students have supplied to intruding into trolling online profiles," said Andrew Flagel of George Mason University, "admissions officers who do so are at best lurkers, and at worst stalking their applicants, and are basing decisions on information that has no place in the admissions process." "My advice would be not to put anything online that you would not want your family, a potential employer, or a university to see. If you decide to put your personal life online, it is readily available for anyone to view," said Crystal Cobbs, Radford University ad-
"Not necessary, but if it's an option, you have to be careful about what you put up there." -Madeline Arencibia, 12
-Excessive cursing -Pictures of drinking or drugs -Pictures of nudity -Pictures of violence or weapons -Picture of you or someone near you passed out
It's fine with me, there is nothing bad on my profile. It's the real me. -Sommer Alfahaid, 10
How do you feel about colleges looking at your Facebook, Myspace, or other social networking page for admissions purposes?
Best Buddies Builds Bonds Best Buddies is a non-profit international organization whose goal is to help tailor relationships between disabled and non-disabled kids. It presents the opportunity for disabled kids make more friends, learn positive social skills and become more involved in the world. The club hopes to give non-disabled kids, or peer buddies, an appreciation for differences among people. Best Buddies is sponsored by Casey Burke, social studies teacher, and Sharon Denisar, career and transition teacher. Denisar, a new teacher, says she is thrilled and honored to be a part of the club. Burke described the five years that the club has been in the school as memorable. Each year the club goes
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"It's kind of invasive and I don't think it's right. Those pages are personal. - Denzel Marlow, 11
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missions. "I am well aware of how little control students have over these pages, especially in the new Facebook. A friend or worse, not a friend, can post and tag pictures, real and doctored, add comments to your wall," said Flagel. Colleges are not the only institutions which look at personal profiles. Many companies look at employees' social networking pages when considering them for a job. Companies are less likely to hire or intern someone who looks unprofessional on the site.
bowling. “All the members have fun no matter their skill level.” An annual free dinner from the Italian Restaurant Maggiano’s, is “always great and so much fun.” The president, Hannah Miller, 12, shared the same excitement for the group. “It is a lot of fun. We had 52 people come to the first meeting! That was the most yet,” said Miller. Her best buddy, Thomas, has been her buddy for three years, “He is a sports fan and tons of fun,” said Miller. Charles Taylor, 11, has been in the club for three years, and is also a best buddy. Taylor mentiond that the parties and Maggiano’s restaurant were the events he enjoyed the most. The club meets once a month, and each time meetings consist of games, crafts, and other activities for the best buddies to do together.
Virginia Offers Governor's School Caroline Chen Staff Writer The Virginia Governor’s School for Academics and the Fine Arts gives students a chance to be with other gifted and talented students from around the state in a 3-5 week program. At Governor's School, students will be exposed to a regimen of discussion, learning, and experience in the field in which they have proven their individual talent. In addition to being part of a prestigious program, high school students get to experience a college lifestyle. The program is open to all sophomores and juniors with a very competitive GPA (3.8 or above), PSAT or SAT scores in at least the 90th percentile or higher, and a strong slate of courses (four or more Honors and AP classes). Corresponding experience in
their selected field helps as well. The criteria for the Arts are slightly different with a strong emphasis on auditions. A limited number of “mentorship” experiences are also available, but extremely competitive. Mentorships are at Virginia college campuses and as in the case of the internships, they are at other determined locations. Although Governor’s School does not take place until the summer of 2009, the application process is a lengthy one that begins at the school level. The final part of selection is made at the district level. Applicants do not know the results until April. Applicants may self-nominate although teachers can nominate students. For more information visit the Governor’s School website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/ VDOE/Instruction/Govschools/ The Westfield contact person is Matthew Dell’Orso, counselor. To contact Dell'Orso, call 703-488-3843 or email email@example.com.
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T h e Vi r g i n i a D e p a r t m e n t o f Transportation is working on a statewide initiative to promote automotive safety. Twenty-five Pledge cards will be randomly drawn out of the VDOT box to win one of over 25 prizes. The drawing takes place Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Publications Room, C-109. Students do not have to be present to win. The decision to reform teen driving habits was made in response to the many
fatal accidents involving teens these past few years. Mike Salmon, VDOT Public Affairs, along with the Watchdog, wants to increase safety on Virginia roads through the Highway Safety Challenge. This program emphasizes safe driving, especially among teens. Virginia has seen numerous fatal crashes involving teens. VDOT is trying to help reduce these accidents. Last year Salmon worked with West Potomac and Hayfield to get students to sign a pledge card and drop them in the VDOT box for a raffle.
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The pledge card consists of five keys to safe driving: buckle up, avoid distractions, share the road, drive drug and alcohol free, and obey the speed limit. The pledge box is located in the main office. One entry per person please. Virginia State Police and VDOT are also helping by persuading nonprofit and private sectors to join the challenge to reduce the number of deaths by 100 on Virginia highways by the year 2010.
Are you Virginia's next traffic fatality? Buckle up Avoid distractions Share the road Drive drug & alcohol free Obey speed limits
HIGHWAY SAFETY CHALLENGE Are you Virginia's next traffic fatality?
Last year, more than 1,000 people died on Virginia's highways. Research shows that a majority of those persons killed were young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Take Virginia's Highway Safety Challenge today by signing the pledge card below promising to buckle up, avoid distractions, share the road, drive drug and alcohol free, and obey speed limits. Take the Challenge, sign the pledge card and drop it in the raffle box located in the main office, and you will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes. To find out more about Virginia's Highway Safety Challenge, visit www.safeVAhighways.org
Are You Up For Virginia's Highway Safety Challenge? Name:____________________________________________________ E-mail Address:____________________________________________ Phone Number:____________________________________________
All entries must be signed and completely filled out and placed in the box in the main office no later than Nov. 19 to qualify. One entry per person!
In 2007, more than 1,000 people died in traffic crashes on Virginia's roads. These victims were our family members, friends, classmates and neighbors. They lost their lives because of a driver's careless and dangerous actions. I,_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, from Westfield High School, take the Challenge to be safer on Virginia's roads by always wearing my seatbelt and making my passengers wear theirs too, not talking or texting on my cell phone, sharing the road, not speeding and by not using drugs or alcohol.
America can no longer allow the failed short term fixes of old politics to reign in this country. For too long we have allowed oil to be our sole source of energy, ignoring the long term cost of oil dependence despite the warning flags of the 1970s and 80s; for too long we have allowed our economy to be, as New York Times columnist Thomas Freidman has said, “bailed out instead of built up”; and for too long we have allowed the politics of fear to dictate our domestic and foreign policy. Barack Obama’s policies reflect this fundamental need for America to change its way of thinking, to adapt our economy and policies to an increasingly global world. Of course, I am not suggesting that Sen. Obama will be able to magically change everything in Washington. The reality of the situation is that either candidate will be facing an uphill battle with the Bush administration leaving America’s global reputation shattered. However, Barack Obama gives us the best chance of redeeming our position of respect and authority in the world. If we want to deal with the emerging crises in North Korea, Sudan, Iran, we need a President who will sit down at the negotiating table. In recent weeks, and in the first of the debates, John McCain has admonished Obama for his willingness to sit down at the negotiating table, and at a campaign rally McCain expressed reservations about meeting with the President of Spain, one of our allies in the North American Trade Organization (NATO). Obama’s global appeal cannot be denied. A Sept. 10 BBC poll found that Obama was favored four to one on average across 22,000 people surveyed in 22 foreign countries. I firmly believe that in the coming years, a nation’s abilty to adapt effective energy policies will play a large role in its global impact. We only need to look at the recent resurgence of Russia, which has garnered most of its power and money from increased oil production. However, the era of oil is bound to come to an end, and the sooner the United States can face that reality and adapt our stagnant and ineffective energy policy, the better. No longer can ethanol, a flimsy, ineffective solution to alternative energy which expends almost more energy than it saves, be our only solution, nor can offshore drilling. All environmental arguments aside, drilling is simply a band-aid for a bullet wound, and it is the backbone of McCain’s ineffective energy policy. No amount of offshore drilling can compensate for the fact that America, composing only 5% of the world’s population, uses 25% of the world’s oil. Obama understands what John McCain does not, that an effective energy policy is the centerpiece for an effective foreign and economic policy. Obama projects to end foreign oil imports by 2012, a proposal that is considered well within the range of possibility by economic and energy experts. History shows that nearly every country which has revamped their energy source, weaning off foreign imports, have reaped economic growth. Look at Denmark and the changes they made following the oil crisis they faced in the 1970s. According to the New York Times, Denmark now has “one of the most competitive clean-power industries in the world.” Obama calls for a “cautious approach” to nuclear energy and I believe he is right to exercise concern and good judgment rather than making a rash decision like McCain just to ease the fears of voters. A study commissioned at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was met with considerable agreement by the scientific community, called for a more thorough, multi-year study by the Department of Energy to evaluate nuclear energy’s long term cost, safety and waste disposal methods. Again, Obama understands the long terms implications of his actions, and will not leave future generations in peril for our short lived benefit. There are a range of other issues—equal pay for women, productive immigration policies, education reform, and universal healthcare—which I believe only Barack Obama can effectively lead us through. Barack Obama understands what it takes to bring America back to its prominence in this century.
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Yes, America needs change. The question is what kind? In the midst of this hotly debated election, I, along with many Americans find myself torn on the tough issues facing our country. Early on, I was caught up in the eloquence of a very gifted speaker: Barack Obama. However, as I gained a better understanding of our nation’s problems, I found one candidate gives me what I need: facts. Campaigns for change should consist of clear cut objectives supported by concrete facts and examples not an overabundance of ideas with no substance. John McCain has clearly shown he is more than capable of leading our country based on his policy and years of experience. McCain’s plan to lower taxes and federal spending will assist businesses in generating competition. Not only does McCain respect the hard work of small businesses across the U.S., he wants to enable them to bring more jobs back into the country thereby increasing competition, which stimulates economic growth. Barack Obama has consistently attacked McCain’s plan, arguing that it’s simply a way to give money back to large corporations. What Obama fails to acknowledge is the number of jobs that McCain’s plan will bring back to the U.S. Through his service to our country and experience in foreign matters as a member of the Senate, McCain has clearly demonstrated his extensive knowledge of effective foreign policy. He has voted against his own party and has been proven right in instances where he stood up for his convictions. In 1983, he voted against the placement of troops in Beirut, Lebanon, claiming that the U.S. government would be unsuccessful in establishing peace. McCain was correct…241 Marines were killed. He has been a strong supporter of the surge strategy, which has brought us closer to victory in Iraq. Obama’s plan to meet with foreign leaders without any pre-conditions displays his ignorance of etiquette and foreign policy. John McCain recognizes that there is a time and a place for relationships with many foreign leaders, and fostering a relationship just to please the rest of the world is not in the best interests of our country. John McCain’s energy plan is a solid one. Not only does he propose to eliminate US dependence on foreign oil, he defends his position with a clear solution. He plans to begin offshore drilling now while calling for the building of 40 nuclear power plants to be completed by 2030. Nuclear energy, used by countries such as Denmark, is the cleanest form of energy that exists. Barack Obama plans to waste time looking for renewable energy. This not only costs more but produces more waste, as well. Obama says that he considers nuclear energy a possibility. A possibility? Obama is ready to talk about possibilities, McCain is ready to implement real change. John McCain has shown that he has core beliefs and values and can stand up for his convictions even when they are unpopular. He has shown a consistent willingness to go against his own party and compromise with the opposing party when necessary. McCain has proven this in his campaign finance reform efforts and in his involvement in the Gang of 14. The Gang of 14, led by McCain in 2005 and consisted of seven democrats and seven republicans who showed they were not afraid to set aside partisanship for the greater good. Barack Obama has not demonstrated an ability to compromise, because on significant issues he rarely goes against his own party. Finally, John McCain supports a baby’s right to life. Abortion is morally wrong. Not only does Barack Obama support abortion, he supports partial birth abortions, and he voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Advocates for abortion say it is necessary when a pregnancy threatens the life of a mother, and in cases of rape or incest. However, statistics show that only 1% of abortions take place due to rape or incest, and only 6% take place due to health threats to the mother (The Alan Guttmacher Institute). Therefore, we are essentially allowing 93% of aborted babies to be killed for selfish social reasons. Senator John McCain has proven he has the leadership necessary to solve the tough problems we are all facing as Americans through his experience and his continuous efforts to do what is best for the American people.
Judy Feder has lived in Northern Virginia for 30 years, and from 1999-2007 served as the Dean of the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University. In education, she supports reform of No Child Left Behind. She believes that drilling is part of comprehensive energy strategy, but would also increase oversight and end tax breaks on oil companies. Feder would make health care more affordable and guarantee coverage for all Americans. She supports a time line for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq. To promote economic stability, she would provide tax breaks for working Americans, crack down on fraudulent lending, and invest in “green” jobs.
Frank Wolf is currently serving his 14th term in Congress. Wolf believes we need to take a long-term approach toward energy independence by utilizing domestic energy sources, supporting clean coal technology research, investing in the development of alternative fuels, developing the hydrogen economy and promoting energy conservation. He thinks in order to improve health care, we should make a commitment to medical research. On the topic of immigration, Wolf opposes amnesty but believes that we should welcome legal immigrants while enforcing immigration laws more strictly. He has worked against gang violence and drunk driving and supports emergency personnel.
Mark Warner was the governor of Virginia from 2002-2006. Warner believes that our new energy strategy should invest in renewable energy and eliminate dependence on foreign oil. He would fight to make health care affordable and universal, and supports a plan for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq (without artificial time lines). In order to be economically competitive in the future and create high-paying jobs at home, Warner believes it is necessary to invest in the education system. In the Senate, Warner would also invest in and work to improve the aging infrastructure in America to prevent future bridge collapses and failure of other structures. He supports the 2nd Amendment and supports a woman’s right to choose.
Jim Gilmore served as the Governor of Virginia from 1998-2002. His energy plan aims to achieve energy independence by increasing domestic production, investing in alternative fuels, and creating tax incentives for the development of new technologies. Gilmore plans to lower health care costs by encouraging people to maintain health savings accounts and making medical liability reforms. He strongly supports the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and believes we should increase border security and crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Gilmore supports the 2nd Amendment, opposes Roe v. Wade, and supported the 2005 Virginia Marriage Amendment that banned civil unions.
If you could vote in the 2008 presidential election, who would you vote for and why?
“Barack Obama. I agree more with what he is going to change. If anything happened to McCain, Palin would be president and she is unqualified.” -Carolina Herrera, 11
“Obama because he brings hope to the new generation. I love his plan on the Iraq War because we need to get out of there.” -Shane Grannum, 10
“Obama. I don’t like M c C a i n . H e ’s t o o old.” -C.J. Shambeck, 11
John McCain voted for the use of military force in Iraq in 2002, and strongly supported the troop surge of January 2007. He does not support a timetable for troop withdrawal, nor does he support associating war funds with a timetable. Barack Obama has opposed the Iraq War from the start, and as president would propose a 16-month withdrawal time line that would remove all troops from Iraq by 2010. He opposed the January 2007 surge, but has since acknowledged that it has resulted in lower levels of violence.
John McCain approved the 2001 Patriot Act, which gave law enforcement agencies more authority to combat terrorism abroad and at home. He opposes torture and would close the controversial military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He did not vote on the 2007 extension of the Bush administration’s wiretapping program, but has expressed support for the program’s continuation. Barack Obama approved the 2001 Patriot Act. He opposes torture and would close the controversial military prison located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Barack Obama voted against the 2007 extension of the warrantless wiretapping program.
John McCain would send three additional troop brigades to Afghanistan, and apply the “surge” technique used in Iraq to the conflict in Afghanistan. As president, he would appoint an ‘Afghanistan czar’ who would be based in the White House. Barack Obama would send two additional troop brigades to Afghanistan and focus on providing more incentives for American officers to train security forces and support a judiciary. He also proposes an additional $1 billion in nonmilitary assistance each year, with special measures taken to prevent the corruptive use of this money.
John McCain supports the $700 billion Wall Street bail out package as well as increasing the maximum amount of money covered by federal insurance to $250,000. He has advocated a spending freeze on everything except defense, entitlement programs, and veteran affairs. Barack Obama supports the $700 billion Wall Street bail out package as well as increasing the maximum amount of money covered by federal insurance to $250,000. He plans to reform the financial sector include calling for new oversight of investment banks, increasing disclosure by financial firms, and applying more consistent rules to all financial institutions.
John McCain believes that competition will stimulate energy and lower prices in new energy. He opposes windfall profits tax on U.S. oil companies, and restrictions on offshore drilling. He supports the development of nuclear power plants, and would promote renewable energy markets. Barack Obama would increase funding and energy standards to promote clean, sustainable sources. He supports windfall profits tax on U.S. oil companies. He would explore safer ways to use nuclear power, and has said he is willing to consider allowing offshore drilling in limited locations.
John McCain would promote the use of alternative energy sources, including nuclear. In 2007, he introduced the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act, which reduced the nation’s greenhouse gasses through trading markets as well as the promotion and use of advanced technologies. Barack Obama would like to make the United States the leader of a new international partnership that would combat global warming. He would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing the recommendations of top scientists, and would introduce a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard to encourage the faster development of low-carbon non-petroleum fuels.
John McCain opposes federally mandated universal health care coverage. He believes that competition will improve the quality of health care. Under his health care plan, each family would be given a direct refundable tax credit for $5,000, and each individual would receive a $2,500 tax credit. Barack Obama would create a national health insurance program geared toward individuals lacking employer-provided insurance and who do not qualify for existing programs. Coverage would only be mandatory for children. Americans would have the choice between this public insurance program and certain private plans meeting national standards.
John McCain is in favor of instant criminal background checks on gun purchasers and would apply such laws to sales at gun shows. He voted against an extension of the ten-year assault weapons ban, and voted for a 2005 law protecting gun manufacturers from lawsuits stemming from acts committed with their products. Barack Obama is in favor of instant criminal background checks on gun purchasers and would apply this law to sales at gun shows. He is in favor of permanently reinstating the assualt weapons ban, and he voted against 2005 law protecting gun manufacturers from lawsuits stemming from acts committed with their products.
John McCain voted for and supports No Child Left Behind, but says that more educational reform is needed. He proposes redistributing Title II funding incentive bonuses for teachers, recruiting highly qualified teachers, and toward the schools themselves. Barack Obama has said that he supports the goal of No Child Left Behind, but believes that the law needs significant reform. He would like to provide college scholarships for teachers, invest $10 billion a year in early childhood education, and provide $1 billion for the creation of teacher mentor programs.
The candidates do not significantly differ on the issue of immigration. Both supported the immigration reform legislation proposed by the Bush administration, which would have improved the enforcement of existing laws, improved border security technology, and provided a legal means to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Both voted to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
John McCain believes that marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman, and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act. However, he voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Barack Obama opposes samesex marriage, but supports civil unions that would give homosexual couples ‘the same legal rights and privileges as married couples.’ He opposes a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, and he voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. He would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
John McCain believes that “Roe v. Wade” should be overturned, and has said that he would nominate Supreme Court justices who would vote to over turn this decision. In 2003, he voted in favor of the Prohibit Partial Birth Abortion bill. Barack Obama opposes any constitutional amendment that would overturn “Roe v. Wade.” He did not agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
“McCain because Obama is always talking about Bush and I don’t like that or his views.” -Alexandra Bar, 10
“I like Obama’s universal health care because it’s a socialist idea.” -Will Clayton, 12
“McCain because he is good for America. His views are good and very convincing.” -Sean Ross, 9
“Barack Obama because he will take better care of the country and bring back the troops.” -Victoria Kelly, 9
“McCain because he will be excellent for our economy.” -Chris Luckett, 11
“Obama because the Republicans in the past years haven’t been good presidents. We are now in a war and that has just made things worse.” -Nick Thayer, 9
“Obama appeals to me. I think its time for a democrat.” -Mariam Hall, 11
“McCain because he shares my views. For example, he is pro-life.” -Elizabeth Reilly, 11
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Denver Broncos Add Royal Touch Gus Coughlin Staff Writer
It has definitely been a great start to a career for former Westfield football star, and now starting Denver Bronco wide receiver, Eddie Royal. A graduate of the Class of ’04, Royal was a key factor in the success of that year’s football team, and a win in the Virginia state championship. During the '03-'04 season Royal received All-State honors as both a receiver and a kick returner and was selected as Group AAA Player of the Year by The Associated Press. In addition to being named Best Offensive Player of the Year by The Washington Post, Royal was also ranked 13th in the nation among wide receivers. In his senior year at WHS, Royal racked up 41 receptions for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns. In college, along with former WHS teammate and now Virginia Tech quarterback, Sean Glennon, Royal was able to
accumulate 4,686 all purpose yards, the He was named to the All-American and highest in Virginia Tech school history. All-ACC teams. After completing his education at Virginia Tech, Royal was chosen as a second round pick in the 2008 draft by the Denver Broncos. The Broncos knew that their draft pick was a good one, as there was preseason talk that Royal had the potential of becoming the top receiver and kick returner the Broncos have had in 25 years. After receiving a $2.25 million signing deal, Royal needed to prove his full potential. And that's exactly what he did. In his five NFL games, Royal has accumulated a total of 321 yards with two games totaling over 100. Current Westfield students are excited to see a graduate succeed. Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com "He got me more points than Westfield graduate Eddie Royal anyone else for my fantasy team celebrates after a game-winning catch and it's even better that he is from Westfield," said Aaron Scoville, 11. against the San Diego Chargers.
'Bong Show' Addresses Teenage Drug Use Mason Bartlett Staff Writer
Leslie Churn, Student Assistant Coordinator, will host an Alcohol and Drug Services Presentation on Nov. 5. The event will be held at Centreville Presbyterian Church from 7–9 p.m. The coordinators of the event include Leslie Churn, Westfield High School, Karen Case, Chantilly High School, and Leslie Roberts, Centreville High School. Churn, Case, and Roberts will discuss issues dealing with teen alcohol and drug use. The presentation will focus on signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use. Experts on such signs and symptoms and guest speakers will be in attendance. It will also highlight resources from
which students can receive help, such as The Alcohol and Drug Youth Services Student Assistance Program, or ADYS. ADYS is a partnership between Fairfax County Schools, Safe and DrugFree Youth Section, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Alcohol and Drug Youth Services. The program's primary goal is to offer help for at risk students to succeed academically and socially by addressing any concerns related to drug and/or alcohol use. This popular program is often referred to as “The Bong Show” by enthusiastic parent attendees. The presentation will include an updated power point and a large display of alcohol and drug paraphernalia. A detective specializing in organized
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crime and narcotics from the Fairfax County Police Department will be a guest speaker at the presentation, focusing on youth drug use. Parents with questions or concerns will have time to voice them at the end of the presentation. The program is open to parents from the immediate and surrounding communities and will be free of charge. If parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, social workers or other professional staff have further concerns, they may refer a student for a free initial drug screening. Those needing further formal assessment may make an appointment with ADYS free of charge. All information gained through referrals will be kept confidential by ADYS.
Late bus days started on Sept. 29. Late bus days are Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Late bus numbers are posted on the front door next to the main office. Students must have a bus pass provided by their teacher to ride a late bus.
Touching Bases Nov. 11
On Nov. 11, all students will come in two hours late to allow time for Touching Bases. Touching Bases is an opportunity for parents to come in and talk to their children’s teachers. Parents will have a couple of minutes with each teacher, to have mini conferences, reflecting over the past two months. Parents who are interested in hearing of their children’s school experiences are encouraged to attend.
Holiday Craft Fair
The Orchestra Boosters are hosting the 2008 Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westfield. Vendor spaces will be available for $60 per space. Students will be given a discount on space rental of $30. The PTSA is also allowing school groups one space at no charge if they set up their own fundraiser. Orchestra is planning a bake sale, and guitar is planning to sell drinks, candy, and a raffle. They hope to make the craft fair an annual event sponsored by the orchestra boosters.
Tryouts for Westfield Idol will be held on Nov. 13. Tryouts are open to all students. They will take place after school in C119.
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SGA would like to thank everyone who helped with the 2008 Homecoming Parade.
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National Honor Society
Applications for NHS are available in the folder outside of A122. Applicants must be juniors or seniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Applications are due by Nov. 7 at 3 p.m.
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Hello Bulldogs! At this point we are at the end of the 1st quarter and report cards are coming soon. If you are doing well, congratulations and keep it up. However, if you feel like you are already slipping behind, make sure you are seeking help from your teachers, counselors, and parents. Your success is our success! As always, your counselors are here to help in your school experience: academic, social, and personal - our doors are always open to you.
Log on to your Family Connection account through Blackboard to explore careers, search for colleges/technical schools, discover learning styles, and track your interests.
Most - if not all seniors - will contract the dreaded “Senioritis” bug that infects the motivation and energy to finish the senior year in a strong fashion. It is problematic for many seniors despite their plans. However, for those who are college bound, you must know that colleges rescind offers of admission, put students on academic probation, or alter financial aid packages as a result of contracting “Senioritis.” Colleges may reserve the right to deny admission to an accepted applicant should the student’s senior-year grades drop. (Many college acceptance letters explicitly state this.) Admissions officers can ask a student to explain a drop in grades and can revoke an offer of admission if not satisfied. Because colleges do not receive final grades until June or July, students may not learn of a revoked admission until July or August, after they’ve given up spots at other colleges and have few options left. According to a 2007 New York Times article, the University of Colorado at Boulder rescinded admission in 2006 for 45 students, 10 of whom had attended freshman orientation, selected classes, or met roommates. The University of Michigan sent out three different letters to incoming freshmen with poor final grades: 62 issuing gentle warnings, 180 requesting an ex-
Counselors' Corner planation, and 9 revoking admission. Twenty-three would-be freshmen found themselves without a college when the University of Washington revoked their acceptances during the summer because of poor final grades.
and leadership qualities. Choose depth over breadth: it is better to be deeply and passionately committed to an activity, rather than just superficially involved in multiple activities. Consider interests and abilities: choose Tips for combating Senioritis activities that complement and enhance * Remain excited, active, and focused specific interests and skills. Seek a balance: achieving a balance throughout your senior year. * Maintain a challenging course load. between academics and extracurricular Take the most rigorous courses avail- activities can be a challenge. Too many able that you can handle including AP activities can take away from study time and lead to burnout and exhaustion. courses. Count working and volunteering: * Enjoy the senior experience—responsibly. Celebrate school: attending commitment to working or volunteering football games; going to the prom; shows responsibility by maintaining a level of employand participating in ment or commugraduation festiviUpcoming dates nity service while ties, clubs, sports, Oct. 31 End of 1st quarter doing well in and volunteer work. Nov. 2-3 Teacher workdays (No school. * Commit to an in school for students) Use internships ternship or careerNov. 6 ASVAB test to develop interNov. 7 Report Cards mailed home focused job, which ests: internships Nov. 10-14 Sophomore orientations can help you make Nov. 11 Touching Bases (late open help you discover informed decisions ing) activities you feel about education and Nov. 13 Sophomore Parent/ passionate about. career goals; or try Student Night Work experience college early by takNov. 24 Academic Letter Ceremony assists in identifying a class at a local Nov. 24 Ethics Day at Westfields ing career intercollege in a subject Mariott ests and goals and that interests you or Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday provides an opin which you excel. portunity to apply * Keep a calendar of activities and deadlines (tests, col- classroom learning. Realize that inclusion in most lists and lege applications, senior-year events, extracurriculars). Don’t overextend publications is not significant: colleges and employers are interested in actual yourself. * Don’t obsess over the admissions pro- achievements. Colleges and employers cess to the point that everything else, DO NOT give much weight to being including grades, suffers. It’s all about listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students or other "name balance and making the right choices only" accomplishments. Choosing Extracurricular
Part of high school is making friends and sharing experiences. The key is finding what interests you and where you want to spend time. We suggest you consider the opportunities afforded Westfield students through clubs, sports, or the fine/performing arts. Participating in an extracurricular activity - be it student government, a sport, a part-time job or volunteering— while maintaining good grades, demonstrates: time-management skills, ability to prioritize, motivation, responsibility,
Around the County Oakton High School Oakton Outlook
Oakton has a new 60-foot movie screen purchased for $22,000. It is used for replays of football games, advertising on the field, and movie nights. The Senior Class of 2008 donated the screen to the school, but an editorial in the paper felt that the seniors spent their money on a screen that will be put away and not used much. Oakton can take advantage of this misguided purchased in ways other than looking for a refund, according to the paper. At the first movie night they had with the screen, only 10 students showed up. Oakton was expecting to have more people at this event. The Class of 2008 thought that more students would use it for clubs or community organizations. The editorial in the Oakon newspaper felt that any money gained from the use of the movie screen should go to charity.
J.E.B Stuart High School The Raiders' Digest
Football coaches tossed up their hats in celebration after ending a 25 game losing streak--- the Raiders were finally victorious. The heavy rainfall did not affect Raider spirit. "It was like a movie, it was raining and everyone was so excited to yell and to jump up and down in the rain," said a Raider fan. More and more students are getting the Raider fever and want to support their winning team.
Fairfax High School Rebel Roar
Homecoming dances today are so much different than they were 20 years ago. Decades ago, Homecoming was much more significant than it is today. At Fairfax this year, the students were more excited during Homecoming week. Years ago, the dance was more formal; girls dressed similarly to the attire worn to prom today. Pre-Homecoming customs and the styles of music that we have at our Homecoming dances are much different than those of a couple decades ago.
Career Center News Sophomore Night
Planning for College – Sophomore Night is Thursday, Nov. 13 (snow date Wednesday, Nov. 19) at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Randy Doss, Director of Admissions at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. will conduct the program. He will discuss choosing a college, applying, and helpful tips. Sophomore parents are welcome. Do to the overwhelming response in the past, the program is open to sophomore parents only. Come early to get a good seat.
Financial Aid Night
Financial Aid Night is Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Auditorium. (Snow Date Dec. 10) Learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process along with information on the CSS Profile and general scholarship searches.
Seniors and juniors, want to know what careers are best for you? Sign-up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)? The test date is Thursday, Nov. 6 (A-Day). The ASVAB is given by the Department of Defense as a career education tool. It is helpful for students in grades
11-12 to explore occupational areas in which they may have abilities and interest. It is free and there is no military pressure or obligation. Sign-up deadline is Oct. 29. See Mrs. Villars, Career Specialist, in the Career Center to register for the test. The ASVAB is open to seniors and juniors.
The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Forum is an opportunity for one sophomore from Westfield to participate in a leadership building weekend at the University of Richmond during the spring. The leadership seminars motivate and develop future leaders, preparing for positions in schools and helping expand talents that will serve them and their communities in the future. Pick up applications in the Career Center G110. Deadline is Oct. 31, by 2:30 p.m. SAT Registration
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These tests are not offered at WHS. Register online at www.act.org or pick up an application in the Career Center.
Colleges are visiting the Career Center during October and some in November. College information sessions are open to juniors and seniors only. To view a list of visiting colleges, log on to Family Connections, or look at the list on the Career Center web page. Students must pick up a pass in the Career Center no later than two days (by the period) before the visit. All passes must be signed by the teacher of the class the student will be missing.
FBLA Meeting Nov. 6 With more than 200 members, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is one of the largest clubs at Westfield. The club's primary goal is to teach students about the business world. Last year at the state FBLA Conference in Reston, Westfield was recognized for having the third-largest chapter in Virginia. The next meeting will be held Nov. 6 to celebrate American Enterprise Day. A local entrepreneur will be a guest speaker. Contact any business teacher for more information.
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Theatre Presents Arabian Nights Oct. 31 Newsbriefs Kelley Grenn Style Editor
Arabian Nights will be performed by the Theatre Department Oct. 31. The play was written by many people over the course of hundreds of years. Musa Ghaznavi, 11, and Shaina Kholi, 12, play the lead roles. It is directed by Susan Pike, ESOL teacher. "I will play Scherezade, who is captured by the king and by telling several fairy tales to him, he falls in love with me," said Kholi. "I am playing Shahyar, the king,
who has sex with women every night and ends up killing them because my original wife has cheated on me," said Ghaznavi. Golshan Jalali, 12, plays several different roles in the fairy tales, from the Scherezade understudy to an oddly named character, Persian. On Halloween weekend, the Theatre Department will send its 45 minute play to the VTA, Virginia Theatre Arts at the Virginia Theatre Conference, in Reston Town Center. "Each year we usually perform in
Richmond, but this year we will perform in front of other theatre departments at Reston Town Center," said Jalali. The students rehearse the play for two hours every day, to make sure they are ready for the big performance. "At first rehearsals were a little shaky, but I know in the end the play will be successful," said Ghaznavi. "At first I didn't really know what the play was about, but I'm really hoping for a good turnout and I'm sure our hard work will pay off," said Kholi.
Boys Leadership Builds Future Opportunities Alicia Post Asst. Photographer
30 members meet to participate in many team-building activities, such as cookouts, sport activities, and various outings. Last year the young men took a field trip to Hershey Park. This year the group plans on going to Busch Gardens. Williams is anticipating a group from Ford's Theatre to come
perform, "One Destiny," for group members. Many community guests, including attorneys, doctors, college Pat Williams, Subschool II principal, representatives, and business leaders started a boys leadership group last year have come in to talk to the boys about called the Alliance of Concerned Men’s future job opportunities. Group. “It is fun to be with your friends to Williams works with five other discuss your future sponsors: TSRC-West and get ready to teachers Kathleen Ramey, attack upcoming Debra Youngberg, Mitra obstacles and Nelson; and attendance succeed in doing officers Kevin Angelo so,” said Anthony and Mitzi Seger. Estrada, 10. The leadership group Michael Jordan, focuses on self-esteem, 11, feels the boys' communication skills, leadership group conflict resolution, peer helps participants tutoring, counseling, job prepare for lifelong training skills, college responsibilities. applications, life skills “Our mentors training, and restorative gave us hope for a justice. surprising future “ We h a v e g r o u p and are preparing discussions on how to us mentally for a do better in school and life-long journey how we should organize of potential our money,” said Nick Photo by Alicia Post Rose, 11. Lauri Ligon, intern counselor, works out a problem with Michael Jordan, experiences,“ said Jordan. Once a week, the 11, and Anthony Estrada, 10, during a meeting in the Lecture Hall.
The Interact Club is a way to get involved and help the community. Projects include cleaning highways and volunteering at school events. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month in B104 at 2:15 p.m. The club goes on trips after school and on weekends. Contact Becky Rice, club sponsor, for more information.
Interested in joining the Step Team? The club is looking for new steppers. No prior experience is needed. The Step Team performs during pep rallies and at halftime at varsity basketball games. Contact Jason Sachlis, club sponsor, for more information.
The EDGE Club is a student-led, Christian-based club that promotes leadership. Its mission is to connect students to their spirituality. The teacher sponsor is Mike Greiner, and the adult leader is Lucy Martinez. EDGE meets on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. in B108. Each meeting includes food, worship, a message, and games.
Looking for a club with a laid-back atmosphere? Anime Club is the perfect place to relax while enjoying episodes of anime shows. The club meets Mondays and Thursdays after school in D106. Contact John Butterfield, club sponsor, for more information.
High School Diplomats
Want to apply for a10 day program at Princeton to interact with Japanese students? Apply online at www.highschooldiplomats.com or for further contact information: High School Diplomats Program P.O. Box 25 Fairfax, VA 22038
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'Exotic Impressions' Wins for Marching Band Jessica Liu Front Page Editor
Kicking off the school year with two first place titles, the Marching Bulldogs surpassed other bands in the US Scholastic Band Association Northern Virginia Regional and the Oakton Classic competitions. The US Scholastic Band Association Northern Virginia Regional competition was held Sept. 28 at Herndon High School. At the event, there were 37 bands from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The U.S. Marine Corps band was also featured. Westfield was placed in Division 6 with the largest high school bands. The bands were scored by seven judges, who evaluated them in categories of marching, general effect, and music. Composed of four songs, "Crossing the Border," "Sandstorm," "Gifts of the
Earth," and "Mecca," the marching band performed their halftime show arrangement, "Exotic Impressions."
Awarded first place with best music and percussion, Westfield held the highest scores.
Photos courtesy of Steve Panoff
(Left) The Marching Bulldogs perform "Exotic Impressions" at the Oakton Classic. (Right) Drum majors Lauren Baker and Micaela Anderson proudly raise the Grand Champion trophy while holding other awards.
"Westfield stood out. The audience was blown away with the band's stage presence. Everyone was overwhelmed with spirit and was very energetic," said Steve Panoff, band director. In the Oakton Classic, 32 high school marching bands competed at Oakton High School. The James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes and Virginia Tech Marching Virginians were exhibition bands highlighted. Marching bands were judged on their repertoire, performance, and coordination. Drum majors, color guard, and percussion were judged individually. Based off their performance, the Marching Band was awarded the Grand Champion trophy. Their drum majors, color guard, and percussion won first place. This is the second year in a row Westfield has won the Grand Champion trophy.
Sophomore Ethics Day Arrives on Nov. 24 at Marriott Dylan Carter Staff Writer
Striving to instill important values in young minds, Ethics Day returns this year on Nov. 24 at the Westfield Marriott. Working with local businesses, Westfield sponsors a day-long event for the Sophomore Class at the Westfield Marriott. Ethics Day challenges students with difficult scenarios, and questions their reactions to moral issues. They are divided into groups, each with an adult facilitator.
Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in thoughtful discussions. "I was called on by the judge to speak last year, and share my opinion. Afterwards, someone approached me and suggested I should consider law as a career path. It was a great experience," said Becca Sussman, 11. The students hear from police officers, lawyers, and learn valuable lessons from seniors. "In light of recent events, including the economy, Facebook, and questions brought up by the presidential debates, we need to help facilitate conversations
about consequences and decision making,” said David Jagels, lead assistant principal and chairman of the Ethics Day Committee, Assisting Jagels in organizing the event are Thomas Sakole, social studies teacher; Phil Cox, social studies teacher; Scott Davies, Subschool VI principal; and Brian Grainer, Subschool III principal. Jagels has tied ethics day into this year's school theme, PRIDE. Skits performed by seniors acting out different ethical situations will tie into the components of PRIDE: personal responsibility, respect, integrity, discipline, and excellence.
This will be a precursor for the official Pride Kickoff Week in the first week of December.
Many adult volunteers are needed to serve as group facilitators during the event from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guidelines are provided and no preceding experience is necessary. It is a great chance to work closely with students about tough decisions that teens have to make. To volunteer or to request more information, contact Kim Gilbert at Kimberlygilb@gmail.com.
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Faculty Participate in NYC, Marine Corps Marathons Faria Ahmed, Callie Schwartz Staff Writers Kristi Williams, English teacher and varsity soccer coach, will be taking part in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2. The NYC Marathon is one of the largest in the world and attracts more than 100,000 people with its $600,000 prize. Williams was inspired by Rebecca Rice, Emotional Disabilities teacher, after seeing her run in the NYC marathon. “It was the first marathon I had ever done. Ms. Williams came and watched me run. It was difficult, but when it was over it was the best feeling,” said Rice. “I know Becky trained for a very long time, so it was fun to see her reach her goal and be there to congratulate her,” said Williams. Williams will be joining Paula Radcliffe, the world record holder for women’s marathons and winner of the previous NYC Marathon. “The unique thing about the marathon, and running in general, is that amateurs, even first time runners like me, get to compete alongside elite professional runners like Paula Radcliffe. That makes it such an amazing athletic event to be a part of,” said Williams. Williams has been running 3-4 times per week for 3-6 miles per run. On Sundays, she runs 12-18 miles and is soon planning to run 20 miles. “I weight train at the gym so that I
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Becky Rice runs in the New York City marathon. Rice will continue to be a part of the marathon this year, as she supports friend and coworker, Kristi Williams. will be strong enough to support the abuse my body takes in the race,” said Williams. Williams has developed Achilles tendonitis, which forced her to take time off from training since the last marathon. “Right now I am trying to rehabilitate
my left Achilles as much as possible so that I can get that last long run in and start to taper for the race,” said Williams. Tapering is training less to conserve energy and strength. Williams has a set plan to get through
the grueling 26.2 miles. “I heard some good advice; run the first ten miles with your head, the second ten with your legs, and the last 6.2 with your heart,” said Williams. Williams plans to continue with running after the NYC Marathon, but is unsure if she will do a 26.2 mile distance marathon again. “I definitely see myself running 10Ks and half-marathons for as long as I can. I love the 13 mile distance. I would love to make running a reason for traveling to new places and racing in cities where I have never been,” said Williams. Athena Sotirchos, Spanish teacher, and Dave Jagels, lead assistant principal, participated in the Marine Corps Marathon, which runs through Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. The race course passes through many monuments, giving it the nickname ‘Marathon of the Monuments.’ Rice also participated in the Marine Corps Marathon. “The NYC marathon was more exciting but I trained for both the same,” said Rice. Jagels trained for 6 months, doing two short runs a week and a long run on Sundays. “It was a great experience. Everyone kept calling out my name and cheering me on as I ran by. I felt like I had to acknowledge everyone who said something. By the end of the race my arms were tired of waving ‘thanks’ to people. I loved it,” said Jagels.
Palmer Plays Goalkeeper for DC United Academy U16 Team Joelle Andraos, Caroline Chen Asst. Double Truck, Staff Writer
Kody Palmer, 10, has been playing soccer since he was seven years old. After nine years of play, at age 16, Palmer is now playing for the D.C. United U16 academy team. Palmer has previously played for the McLean Hurricanes, NVSC Jr. Royals 92, and MATT Darts. Last year, Palmer was the goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team. Palmer tried out for D.C. United in August and has been training with the team for the past two months, 2-3 days a week for two hours. A typical day at training begins with warm-ups and stretching. Afterwards, the team splits up according to the positions they play, which allows Palmer to specifically focus on his goalkeeper training. Forty-five minutes into the practice, the team begins to scrimmage or play short-sided games. Once practice ends and the U18 team arrives, Palmer and the other goalkeepers practice with them for 30 minutes. Although the team was put together in September, they have not had any games so far. The team will have their first tournament Dec. 4-8 in Los Angeles, CA at the Home Depot Center and will be regularly playing games starting in February. “It feels pretty good to be a part of something that could definitely help me prepare for college or to possibly go pro,” said Palmer. Along with the many hours of training, Palmer also has to balance his time between school work and friends. “I try to get as much school work out of the way as I can before I go. As far as friends go, I make time for them on the weekends as much as I can,” said Palmer. Through D.C. United, Palmer has met a variety of people. “I’ve met
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(Left) Kody Palmer, 10, directs his defenders during a practice game to work on his skills. (Right) Palmer, who plays goalkeeper on the boys varsity soccer team, trains with Louis Crayton, goalkeeper for DC United’s First Team. Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen, Louis Crayton, and Luciano Emilio. I’ve also met the head coach, Tom Soehn and the General Manager, Dave Kasper,” said Palmer. Aside from being able to meet many soccer professionals, D.C. United has also given Palmer the opportunity to receive training from previous English Premier League goalkeeper, Alan Kelly Jr. “It’s awesome to be able to work with him. He’s an Irish goalkeeping legend,” said Palmer. Palmer is inspired by many professional soccer players, but his ultimate idol is keeper Peter Schmeichel of Manchester United. “He was voted ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ in 1992 and 1993. He was also inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003,” said Palmer. The opportunity to play with DC United U16’s, a USSF National Academy Team, has helped Palmer develop in areas besides athletic skills.“It’s a great environment to be a part of, because D.C. United is not only helping us grow as soccer players, but as men as well,” said Palmer.
Senior Girls Win Powderpuff Game
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Katherine Harris, 12, runs before having her flag pulled by Flora Elelbrock, 11. The senior girls won the Powderpuff Game by a final score of 14-6.
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The Secret Life of Bees Flies onto the Big Screen Jessica Godart Entertainment Editor
The Secret Life of Bees was written by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of The Mermaid Chair and God’s Joyful Surprise. After being transformed from a novel into a screenplay, The Secret Life of Bees opened on the big screen on Oct. 17. Queen Latifah, Paul Bettany, Dakota Fanning, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys are among the actors starring in the production. The story, set in South Carolina, follows 14 year old Lily Owens (Fanning) during the year 1964, a time of racial division and cruelty. When her stand-in caretaker, an African American woman named Rosaleen (Hudson), is arrested, Lily gets
the courage to break her out of jail. (Okonedo), June (Keys), and August The event leads Lily to leave home (Latifah). with Rosaleen, where her abusive faAt first, the sisters are unsure about ther has treated letting Lily her more as a into their burden than as home, but a daughter since they soon the death of her begin to admother at age mire her as four. if she were Lily then goes their own in search of the daughter. truth about her August late mother ’s grows espelife. cially close As Lily and to Lily and Rosaleen arrive the two dephoto Photo courtesy of imdb.com velop somein the town of Ti b u r o n , t h e thing of a two meet the Boatwright sisters; May mother-daughter relationship, some-
thing Lily had never experienced. But after August takes Lily under her wing as a beekeeping apprentice, trouble begins to arise as it becomes clear that both Lily and the Boatwrights have hidden secrets. The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful movie for those who enjoy a more heartfelt sentimental theme. It is a perfect mother-daughter movie. Although there are many differences between the book and the film, Sue Monk Kidd’s heartwarming book was well translated onto the big screen. The actors do an excellent job of connecting with each other in a heartwarming, feel good movie, that will have audiences smiling from the heart.
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“I love the song, ‘All I Ever Wanted’ because it is fun and reminds me of summer.” -Hanna Skahn, 12
New up and coming country singer Chuck Wicks has taken the country music industry by storm with his top hit songs “Stealing Cinderella,” and “All I Ever Wanted.” His debut album, “Starting Now,” contains 11 songs, almost all of which Wicks either wrote or co-wrote. Wicks has taken these songs on tour, opening for Brad Paisley in 2008, along with performing alongside other known artists such as Taylor Swift, Jewel, and Julianne Hough. After graduating from high school, Wicks attended Florida Southern to play baseball, and it was not until his senior year that his love for country
music soon took over and became his life. Wicks moved to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his career in music, but he soon discovered that the road to succeeding in the country industry was not as easy as he had expected. Not landing an album right away, Wicks spent the next four years gaining experience by crafting and writing songs with well known Music Row writers, where he developed his own style of music. Wicks’s determination and years of practice finally paid off. After hearing the top single “Stealing Cinderella,” he landed a deal with RCA records where his debut album, “Starting now,” was created and released in January 2008.
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“‘Starting Now’ is awesome. Best country album I have ever heard.” - Jake Chelena, 11
Twilight, the hit novel by Stephanie Meyer, is finally coming to the big screen on Nov. 21. Summit Entertainment director, Catherine Hardwicke, and screen writer, Melissa Rosenberg, have collaborated with Meyer to bring this popular novel to theaters. After months of planning and production, the movie version of Meyer’s best seller, Twilight, has been much anticipated by readers. Meyer was not worried about the integrity of the novel being lost once it was made into a movie. “Summit’s vision of the Twilight movie continues to dovetail very closely with mine, and I’m comforted to know that my ‘baby’ is in the right hands,” Meyer announced. Twilight focuses on Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a Phoenix native, who moves to the rainy, small town of Forks, Washington, only to discover that the town is home to a coven of ‘vegetarian’ vampires. Swan accidently falls in love with
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Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) during her first biology class at her new school. An old family friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), warns Bella of the dangers of associating with vampires, but Bella decides that the Cullen family is harmless. Her life is put in danger, however, when, during a friendly game of vampire baseball, a less than hospitable vampire, James (Cam Gigandet), vows to steal her life. Picking out a cast for this film was a difficult task for any casting director because every reader has a different vision of what they think the characters should look like and it can be difficult to find actors who look just right. “Bella is a fictional character, and she looks different to everyone, no one is going to match up perfectly with your mental picture or mine,” said Meyer, who appears in the movie in a short walk-on role. “I’m pretty happy with the cast. Between Edward and Bella, I think they were the best for their roles,” said Saira Bhatti, 11.
“I’m excited that the movie was moved up. I hope they don’t ruin it.” -Lisa Cox, 11
“I’m excited to see the story from everyone’s point of view, not just Bella’s.” -Meghan Leach, 11
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Legendary Video Game Arrives on Hollywood Set Justine Atienza Feature Editor
Three years later, Payne becomes an undercover operative for an Italian Mafia family, the Punchinellos. In June, 2005, Collision Entertainment Later, he is betrayed by them. and Twentieth Century Fox decided to In the sequel game, Payne is led to translate the renowned video game Max jail for murder but Payne into a film. because of his conRemedy Entertainment brought forth nections with a senthe humble beginnings of the video ator named Alfred game Max Payne in July of 2001 and the Wooden charges are sequel, Max Payne: the Fall of Max Payne, dropped. in 2003. After he is bailed Producers were concerned with out of jail, Payne ensuring that fans of the video game journeys to New version of Max Payne would not be York to join the disappointed by the Hollywood movie NYPD as a homiversion. Because of this, the film is very cide detective. similar to the games. The Max Payne In the Max Payne video game, the video game was the action starts with Max Payne returning first to integrate cinhome late to find members of his fam- ematic techniques, ily killed by drug junkies. Looking for such as slow morevenge, Payne joins the DEA in order tion “bullet time” which was inspired to find the junkies.
from the Matrix films. The film was Mark Wahlberg plays the infamous directed by John Moore, who is well- character of Max Payne, along with a known for his blockbuster hits, Behind stellar cast, including Mila Kunis, who Enemy Lines, The Omen, and Flight of the plays Mona Sax, and Chris “Ludacris” Phoenix. Bridges as Jim Bravura, an internal affairs agent. The cast also includes Donal Logue, who acted in Runaway Bride and Just Like Heaven. He plays Alex Balder, Max Payne’s partner-in-crime and best friend. "I've played the games and I'm so stoked for the movie," said Mike Johnson, 10. The film also featured singer Nelly Furtado, as Balder’s wife in her first movie debut. Together, they team up to figure out who was behind the killing of Max’s family and to put an end to the corruption and deception that plagues New York’s gritty streets. The movie opened nationwide on Oct. 17.
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Although the G1 is a step ahead of the iPhone, some are still reluctant to purchase it. "I have the iPhone, but I wouldn't
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trade it for the Google Phone. The iPhone is easy to use and has fun games and has access to my music," said Arthur Pickett, 9.
Do you prefer the Google G1 phone or the Apple iPhone?
Google released its newest product on Oct. 22. The newest cellular phone is called the T-Mobile G1, which is comparable to the Apple iPhone. The phone is carried exclusively by T-Mobile. The G1 is thicker but narrower than the iPhone 3G. It weighs 5.6 ounces compared to the 4.7 ounce iPhone. Priced at $179, the G1 is also slightly cheaper than the $199 iPhone 3G. The G1 has a slide-out keyboard as opposed to the touchscreen keyboard of the iPhone. A 3.0 megapixel camera is available on the G1, whereas the iPhone is equipped with only 2.0 megapixels.
Both phones offer features such as Wi-Fi access, maps with GPS, and touchscreen. According to FOX News, the G1 will not be able to connect to Apple's iTunes. Google's phone will, however, contain an application that lets users download music directly from amazon.com. Perhaps the most significant difference between the G1 and the iPhone 3G is that the G1 is powered by Android, a system developed by the Google Company. Entertainment Weekly reports that the new Android software allows customers to use the applications on the Google Phone more effectively. The G1 is available in black, white, and brown. Apple's iPhone, however, currently only offers white and black.
"Google phone. The slide out keyboard makes it easier to text because my thumbs aren't agile," - Nora Jones, 12 "Google phone, because I broke my friend's iPhone after I tried to shave my head," - Austin Fallon, 11
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"iPhone. It lets me rock out to the Wiggles on YouTube when the TV is off," - Brandon Woodson, 10 "iPhone because the sensitivity on the iPhone is better than the Google phone," - Austin Redman, 9
With Halloween around the corner, many of you are probably searching through Blockbuster for the latest horror flick, only to discover that all new movies are lame and not worth your time. Some of you may resort to some costume party or just chillin’ in your own house handing out candy to the “spooky” little children passing by. But come on, let’s get real, Halloween’s not Halloween without a good old-fashioned horror movie. Alright so let’s brainstorm through some of the good possibilities: -Saw (any of them are a worthy choice, as they all have jaw-dropping endings) -Scream (Very bloody, but fairly light on the scary) -I Know What you Did Last Summer (Classic!) -When A Stranger Calls (which I’ve been told scares the bajeezes outta you) -The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which I'm not gonna lie, even scared me!) -The Sixth Sense (everyone must eventually see it, why not now?) Okay, so I’m warning you to go against your urges to go pick up movies such as Stay Alive, I Know Who Killed Me, Boogeyman, The Grudge…. I’m just trying to help you high school students save money and time. I was once one of you new horror movie watchers, and I've determined the difference between a lame one and a 'sink in your seat' flick. Alright, now once you select your horror movie, it’s time to come up with the ultimate prank to play on someone once the flick has ended. What's Halloween without someone getting goosebumps or chills; it's part of a thrill of the night! Now if any of you know me, you are well aware that I’m not one for masterful pranks, just the usual shaving cream on hand once the victim has fallen asleep, or shouting "boo" to someone as they round the corner. Therefore, I can’t really help you here, but if you happen to think of a real whopper to pull on someone, be sure to let me know. Okay, so far we’ve covered the movie, prank, and now it’s time for the costume 4 talk. Some popular selections I've noted from Hilary Duff's A Cinderella Story, (which is a good movie, but not really one for Halloween), a present labeled "From: God, To: Women," or the regular angels, scream character, princesses, vampires, witches; whatever you choose, just make sure you go all out with it. Now you're all ready for a horrific Halloween! So lock your doors, bolt your windows, and hide under the covers because Halloween is a fright fest; you never know who you might bump into….
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Oct. 31, 2008
(Top) Westfield’s award winning marching band was featured in the Homecoming Parade. The band’s theme for the this year is “Exotic Impressions.” (Below) The varsity cheerleading team showed their school spirit during the parade.
(Top) Chris Kearny, 12, was named Homecoming King during the Homecoming pep rally, and Stephanie Novak, 12, was crowned Queen during the halftime show of the football game. Here, the two stand together immediately after Novak was crowned.
(Top Left) The Bulldog mascot rides on the Class of 2009 float, which won the annual float competition. (Top Right) The girls varsity volleyball team, which hopes for a district title this season, participates in the parade. (Left) Nancy McCarthy’s seventh period class won the banner competition and its banner is displayed during the parade. (Right) Elayna Render, Maggie Render, Katie Stulga, Hannah Hueling, and Maddie Hahne come prepared for the shower of candy that is thrown off the floats. (Bottom Left) The theatre float advertises its fall mainstage production, A Doll’s House. (Bottom Right) The Fairfax County Police Department promotes responsible decision making for students attending Homecoming.
Oct. 31, 2008
Krall Tumbles Her Way to National Ranking Emily Elcano, Amy Hirabayashi Entertainment Editor, Front Page Editor
Paige Krall, 11, is a National Award winning gymnast. Krall has been a gymnast for 11 years. “I first started with 'Mommy & Me' classes, then I joined team gym,” said Krall. She practices five hours a day, six days a week. "Although I know I have to practice to get better, it doesn't leave me a lot of time to hang out with my friends," said Krall. Krall begins practice with a 30 minute warm-up. She spends an hour on all four events which include the bars, vault, beam and floor routine. Krall finishes her practice with arduous conditioning. After leaving Capital Gym where she trained for seven years, Krall now practices at Apollo Gymnastics. Her new
and got stuck in my joint, and I couldn’t move it. I also broke my other elbow,” said Krall. Krall has met Olympic All Around Gymnastic Champions Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin. Because of her special circumstance, Krall has an off-campus waiver which allows her to miss seventh period everyday. Freshman and sophomore year, Krall’s seventh period class was P.E. To make up for what she missed, Krall completed projects and other activities from home. “It’s really nice, I get to go home and do homework because I don’t have time after,” said Krall. She plans on getting a college scholarship for gymnastics. Krall is interested in the University of North Carolina, the University of Denver, and the University of Photo courtesy of Paige Krall Florida. Krall aspires to participate (Left) Gymnast Paige Krall, 11, salutes the judges after finishing a performance at a competition in front of a large crowd. (Right) Krall in the 2012 Olympics; however, she realizes the amount of time concludes her floor routine with a front split in the air. and work she would need to put into it. was so exciting. All of my hard work Florida, and California. “Maybe I would have a shot, if I didn’t paid off," said Krall. Training six days a week comes with Krall’s favorite event is the bars. a price. “I had surgery on my elbow want to go to college and work really Some of the most difficult stunts Krall two years ago because my bone broke hard,” said Krall. coach, Ken Anderson, is a well-known gymnastics coach. Placing fourth at Nationals in 2006 is Krall’s best achievement. After last season, Krall was ranked sixteenth in the nation. "Placing fourth at Nationals
can do include double backs, two and a half twists, and a front handspring one and a half twists. Being a nationally ranked gymnast requires Krall to travel. She has competed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio,
Annual Renaissance Festival Offers Fun, History Bonnie Cansler Staff writer
Since 1977, the Renaissance Festival has been open to all families to enjoy. The festival ran from Aug. 23 to Oct. 19. The festival was open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. Anne Arundel County, MD, has hosted and sponsored the festival ever since the launch of the event. The festival is a re-creation of a 16th century village, named Revel Grove. It is in a 25-acre wooded area with 85 acres of free parking. The village consists of craft and food booths, five pubs, ten major stages, and a jousting arena, plus many games. King Henry VIII and his family visit every day of the festival. Ticket prices for children from ages 7-15 were $8, adults from 16-61 were $18, and seniors were $15. A typical day at the festival began with the gate opening at 10 a.m., and the King welcoming the crowd at 9:45 a.m. The king rode through the crowd with his newest queen on white stallions and announced the opening of the Festival. Once inside, programs containing information about the day were distributed. There were hourly shows and performances, as well as unscheduled performances along the walkways by musicians, dancers, and singers. Along the walkways, basket weavers created as many baskets as possible in a day, and glass blowers
showed off their skills to the audiences. The festival staff consisted of over 600 people. Every day, over 14,700 people came to the festival, some to eat the famous smoked turkey legs made famous by Louis XV. No pets or weapons were allowed. However, the festival shops sold weapons such as swords, daggers, and knives. The weapons had to be in the boxes at all times while the festivities were going on. Every weekend had a different theme. Some themes involved pirates, peasants, and other 16th century fashions. On Oct. 18 and 19, couples were invited to renew their vows at the Royal Stage, with a reception for couples immediately afterwards at the White Hart Tavern. The booths within the festival sold various goods such as incense, jewelry, and clothes. "My family and I go every year. It's fun, but the only problem is the prices for everything are expensive," said Steven Klix, computer science and algebra teacher. Games such as pinball, axe throwing, bow shooting, and shooting star throwing were available. Families could also pay to ride on an actual elephant. “It was really fun. My friend David, my girlfriend, and I had a lot of fun. There were even two Photo courtesy of Steve Klix doctors from Doctor Who there, so it was really Math teacher Steve Klix shares time with his son at the interesting,” said Nick Rocha, 12. Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County, MD.
Astronomy Course Makes Curricular Comeback Carl Anderson Asst. News Editor
It has been 20 years since astronomy has been offered as a course in Fairfax County Public schools. However, Andrew Donnelly, science teacher, recently succeeded in reintroducing the class. The course is also offered at other schools in Fairfax County; however, Westfield's astronomy class is the only astronomy course in the county to be taught without a planetarium. As a part of the curriculum, astronomy requires an ongoing field trip known as the Starry Night Lab, which takes place at Observatory Park in Great Falls. There, the students learn about constellations, planets, and much more about the dark sky. Students are required to attend five of the starry night labs throughout the school year. "Seeing a shooting star at the Starry Night Lab made me enjoy the labs even more," said Chris Smith, 12. Parents of astronomy students were asked to help assist in the labs and a large group of parents were involved because many wanted to participate in
the labs. At least three parents per lab Last November, Donnelly was course offering, but would also count as were needed. granted approval by the school and one of the four required science classes A variety of subjects are covered in the Instructional Council. Not only for the Advanced Diploma. Many items were purchased includastronomy: scale of the cosmos, the solar would astronomy be added as a ing sextants, which aid in system, planetary scimeasuring angles and altience (composition of tudes of celestial bodies. planets), life/death of Last year, Donnelly a star, and cosmology shadowed other teachers (the Big Bang). in the county in order to "Astronomy, dedevelop a lesson plan. spite the amount of At least 30 students work, is very rewardwere needed for the class ing and we get to to be offered; over 120 stulearn many interestdents signed up. ing things about the Donnelly had no idea universe," said Andy there would be so much Crumpler, 12. interest. He is teaching Approval for asfour astronomy classes tronomy to be a class and only one physics class at Westfield was a this year. long process. "I'm excited to see so Two years ago, many kids who normally Donnelly introduced wouldn't take a fourth the idea of having an science find something inastronomy class. He Photo by Carl Anderson triguing about astronomy. discussed his plan with the principal Astronomy teacher, Andrew Donnelly, points out constellations during I'm glad that this class and the department the Starry Night Lab at Observatory Park in Great Falls with students keeps them interested in Andrew Crumpler, 12, Philip Eberhart, 12, and Chris Smith, 12. science," said Donnelly. chair of science.
Oct. 31, 2008
Danies Brings Personal Insight to ESOL Program Mona Ahmed Staff Writer
Carmen Danies, English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, did not plan on entering the teaching field. As a student at the University of Maryland, she was on her way to a career in science. "I did not choose education, education chose me," said Danies. As a child, Danies lasted only one morning in kindergarten. "My mother took one look around the classroom at all the toys. She said that I was not going to learn anything here before she whisked me away," said Danies. After that, Danies was homeschooled by her mother until first grade. With South American born parents, her first language was Spanish. Early on, she was able to read and speak Spanish fluently but she struggled with English. During her childhood, Danies experienced what every English learner goes through, including being bullied by other because she couldn't speak English well. "It was my first exposure on how cruel kids were, how cruel they can be, and how adults continue to be cruel," said Danies. Danies has a strong connection with her students because she experienced the same difficulties that they currently face.
while accepting other world views. The club annually hosts International Night, where the culture of many different countries is highlighted. "Sponsoring the International Club allowed me to realize that students didn't feel a part of the school. Efforts to have Hispanic students become part of the club was a microcosm of a larger problem within the school," said Danies. Danies is involved in Hispanos Al Progreso, which is an "initiative to involve Hispanic parents, faculty, and staff with the students," according to Danies. Danies, along with Hilda Ventura, the Hispanic parent liaison, is working to unite the Hispanic students within the building and give them a sense of direction. "For years I have been bothPhoto by Mona Ahmed ered by the disparity between Carmen Danies, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, works with where Hispanic students are and where they need to be," said ESOL student Eduardo Lopez Baralt, 10, on an in-class reading activity. Danies. "Nothing has changed in the learnthe needs of the various skill levels. She Danies believes that culture ing process, nor how people react to you teaches her students one concept at a cannot be left behind just because since I was in school," said Danies. time and makes sure they master one "you're in America now." Danies teaches students from all skill before they move onto another. She also wants Hispanic parents to over the world. Her students come from Danies also serves as the sponsor of be aware of American school expectaplaces such as Central America, China, the International Club. tions. and Egypt. The club allows Danies to see her "Much remains to be done, but havMembers of each ESOL class are students operate in a extracurricular ing an initiative for supporting Hispanic separated by skill level rather than by environment, working with others who parents opens up more possibilities," grade. Danies gears her lessons to meet are ambassadors for their own cultures said Danies.
What do you like about Carmen Danies' Teaching?
"She's a good teacher because if I don't understand something, she helps me to get it." - Diana Perez, 11
"Ms. Danies has a strong background and research which she applies to her students and to the classroom." -Patricia Skiffington, ESOL Dept. Chair
"She speaks slowly and if I don't understand, she tells me to look it up in a dictionary." -Hamza Malik, 9
"She's a great teacher, she makes learning easy and she likes her students."
- Abdul Mohammed, 9
" She teaches really well, and she's patient with her students." - Byung Il Moon, 11
Marketing Co-Op Provides Experience
Samantha Henry Managing Editor
education students must be enrolled in at least one business or marketing class. Students who desire a business job Working for a local business during would need to join a business course and school hours is a part of the Marketing those interested in a marketing job must and Cooperative Internship. Co-op al- sign-up for a marketing course. lows student to gain knowledge about a Students can apply for cooperative particular career while receiving school education during course registration. credits and a paycheck. Interested students may also contact Students can enroll for either fifth, Ginny Muller (for business co-op) or sixth, or seventh period sessions. Stu- Brian Day (for marketing co-op) to disdents in fifth cuss the benefits of through sixth this program. periods are alAv a L o g a n lowed to leave Woods, 12, works school during that at the Navy Fedtime, regardless eral Credit Union as of whether they an intern in a CAD work during that technician position. time or later in She generates inforthe day. Seventh mation about every period students single desk location are not allowed to at Navy Federal, leave school, but gathers data, and receive an addihelps creates pretional credit for sentations explainPhoto by Samantha Henry i n g d e p a r t m e n t school. Students receive either one Senior Ava Logan-Woods interns for the functions. or two credit hours Navy Federal Credit Union. She works with depending on how various people, many hours worked during the school such as project managers and function year: 396 hours for one credit, or 720 analysts. hours for two credits. A student is alSupervisors understand her co-op lowed to apply their summer hours situation so they are very helpful and untowards the required hours. Cooperative derstand her need to keep grades up.
Oct. 31, 2008
Bose Anticipates Junior Black Belt Aly Lowry Staff Writer
Avi Bose, 9, will be receiving his junior black belt this November in Tae Kwon Do. Bose has attended the Mount Kim Tae Kwon Do Center for four years, where he practices an average of two times a week. As the test approaches, Bose goes in for extra help, practices more often, and for longer periods of time. To receive the junior black belt, students take a test, in which they must be able to simultaneously fight at least three other people with black belts, break boards with their hands and feet, speak a select number of Korean phrases, and know every belt's form. After taking the test, students have a special ceremony where they receive their new belt. Photo courtesy of Katie Lake “I learned a lot of stuff I didn’t know before. I learn something new every class,” said Bose. Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea about 2,000 years ago, and is used by the South Korean military. It is a form of unarmed combat used for self defense. Translated, Tae means foot, Kwon means fist, and Do means way. Thus, Tae Kwon Do means the way of the foot and fist. It can also mean the art of kicking and punching. There are a total of 12 levels, and each requires the mastering of new skills. The junior black belt is the last step before Bose reaches his final goal of acquiring a black belt. Tae Kwon Do not only requires physical strength, but also mental strength. Students are encouraged to meditate to become
mentally fit. Students learn to respect their masters and always have to refer to them as 'sir.' If any student breaks the rules of their master they are disciplined by doing extra exercises, such as push-ups on their knuckles. Tae Kwon Do emphasizes the importance of learning from mistakes in Tae Kwon Do. While he practices the Masters will critique him and the other students. Bose feels that only by fixing his mistakes will he learn and improve. "Tae Kwon Do builds discipline. You must be very confident in every thing you do, and you must have a good work ethic," said Bose. Bose’s favorite move is the tornado kick. He jumps in the air, makes a 360 degree turn, and kicks his leg out. Bose can also count to 69 in Korean, which took him two months to learn. Now that Bose has reached a higher level, he is able to help his two instructors teach younger students. While Bose feels that fighting is the toughest part of Tae Kwon Do, it remains his favorite part of the sport. “I like to release my anger; it makes me feel tougher,” said Bose. His greatest inspiration is his parents. They have pushed him to never give up, even when going to practice and competitions felt like a chore. "At first I didn't like it at all, and I wanted to quit," said Bose. Bose plans to continue practicing Tae Kwon Do even after he reaches his goal of black belt.
Song Wins $1,000 Scholarship for Essay Dylan Carter Staff Writer
“I signed up for this contest to help me practice for upcoming contests, since I need the scholarships for college,” said Song. Song received a $1,000 check and is saving it for Every year, the Armenian Education Center holds an essay contest as an opportunity for students to re- college, which she hopes to attend at the University ceive scholarships. June Song, 12, won this year’s essay of Pittsburgh. contest with her award-winning research paper. This years essay question was about the Armenian Genocide which occurred in 1915 during World War I. Seniors, Peter DeFluri, Alex Fagan, and Justine The purpose of the contest Atienza, attend the is not only to give students annual ring breakfast the opportunity to win on Oct. 7. The rings money for college, but also serve as a sentimental to raise overall awareness remembrance of high of genocide. school and have always This goal is carried out been very popular. by the Armenian EducaStudents get to choose tion Center, which is spethe color of their jewel. cifically targeted at youth. Many students choose Song usually prefers the color of their leisure writing on topics birthstone. Students of her choice; however, were served Poptarts she saw this competition as a good learning op- and bagels. Photo courtesy of Gary Bender Photo by Mehreen Haider portunity.
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Seniors Set to Send off Satellites in March
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Seniors David Goldberg, Kevin Mohan, and Dhiman Sengupta spent their summer, and most of their junior year, designing different types of electronic models that will be sent to space. This project, overseen by the United States Navy, is called Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE). The purpose of the experiment is to study the conditions that other satellites face when orbiting the Earth. Goldberg, Mohan, and Sengupta will send their models to space in two satellites named Castor and Pollux. Professional engineers at the Naval Research Lab, located in Washington D.C., assembled the two satellites, and the students built their parts at Westfield. “We heard about this experiment at the beginning of last year, around October, from a physics teacher, Doctor Davis, who also announced it to the school. Davis provided us with lots of guidance including the logistical support,” said Mohan. Mohan’s love for science began at an early age. “My interest in space science originates from my childhood, playing with wires and circuit boards with my grandfather, who used to teach at MIT. He is my source of inspiration, being a famous space physicist involved in cosmic ray physics.” The boys, who are all in the school’s rocketry club, FOGE (Friends of Galactic Explorers), started working
the satellite, so it can measure the acceleration with limited battery power and operating memory,” said Goldberg. “I worked on my own project that included the embedding and development of the software.“ They corroborated on their experiments with other high school students from Chantilly and Marshall. “I have learned a lot from this experience, and besides it looking great on our college applications, it will also help me out a lot when I am older,“ said Mohan. “I plan to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and be able to one day understand his research publications archived in the Harvard and Dept. of Energy databases.” Both Castor and Pollux are expected to take off in March 2009.
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One of the satellites expected to launch in March. Seniors David Goldberg, Kevin Mohan and Dhiman Sengupta worked on it for almost two years. on the project a year ago. They plan to keep working until March of next year, when the satellites will be launched. “I mostly worked on the hardware programming. This specific hardware is something that connects to
Kevin Mohan, 12, receiving an award from the National Space Club President this summer at NASA Goddard Center for his work on the satellite.
The dancing incorporated both men and women who danced around in circles wearing customary German attire. “The dancing was really majestic, and there was a beautiful dance with Rife and his wife that I enjoyed watching,” said Welker. Attending the event was an incentive for extra credit in all German classes, however students displayed a genuine interest. “The extra credit was a plus, but I definitely got a taste of the German culture,” said Welker. The students not only tried different German food and experienced the culture, but also to speak German. “We would go up to people and start talking in German but nobody really spoke the language, which was weird, so we didn’t get to practice much but it was still a good experience,” said DeFluri.
Seniors Peter DeFluri, Taylor Nelms, and Ben Sykes renact a German dance performed at Oktoberfest.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mohan
Glenn Rife Dances at Town Hall Oktoberfest Kelley Grenn Style Editor
German teacher Glenn Rife performed traditional German dances for an audience at Oktoberfest, in South Riding at Town Hall on Sept. 27. The event included German food and traditional German dancing. Not only did Rife’s family accompany him, but seniors Benjamin Sykes, Peter DeFluri, Thomas Welker, and other German students were came out to support their teacher. “It was really fun, there were various German foods and dances, although we decided to sit out on the dancing,” said DeFluri. “Rife’s son was wearing traditional lederhosens, which are basically like leather trousers and it was a really interesting and fun experience,” said Sykes.
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Clay Takes Center Stage in Professional Show Katie Lake, Dana Vivirito Newsbrief Editor, Staff Writer
Kevin Clay, 10, acted in Broadway: The Three Generations for the grand re-opening of the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. The production consisted of the abridged versions of Bye Bye Birdie, Girl Crazy, and Side Show. There were five performances of the show, starting from Oct. 2 and running to Oct. 5 Clay had the opportunity to work with professional actors, such as Lisa Brescia, who played Elphaba in the Broadway show, Wicked, and James Snyder who played Malcolm in She’s the Man. “All the professionals in the show were really nice and helped me along. They showed me all the ropes,” said Clay. The professional actors and actresses Clay worked with showed him the hard work that goes into becom-
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Kevin Clay, 10, along with the rest of the cast of Bye Bye Birdie performed in five shows from Oct. 2-5.
ing a successful performer, something Clay aspires to be in his future. Auditioning for the role of Randolph Macaffee, the youngest character in Bye Bye Birdie, Clay was required to sing an upbeat song for the directorial staff at the Kennedy Center. Though he appeared in three songs, Clay took center stage in his solo “Kids.” During the two weeks of intense rehearsals, he devoted time and energy to prepare for the production. “It was worth it to have to squeeze in homework. It was a professional, and obviously, a good experience,” said Clay. Clay also acted in the school’s performance of The Wiz last year. He intends to continue acting throughout high school, and as a possible career. He feels his experience in this show will move him closer to his goal of becoming an actor.
Speak Out: How Do You Like to spend your Time on Halloween?
“Last year I went to Bunny “I like to dress up as a Cray- “This year on Halloween, inMan Bridge on Halloween. It ola crayon and jump out at stead of trick or treating, I’m was really fun because my the little kids who come to going to the football game friends and I freaked each my door. It is definitely worth against Centreville.” other out and got really it to see their faces as they -Abby Fallon, 9 scared.” run away screaming.” -Michelle Samson, 11 -Kevin Fox, 10
“I’m going on a cruise for Halloween and I’m planning to trick-or-treat on the boat, which is something I have never done before.” -Matt Ritter, 12
“Every year my mom sets up a haunted house for the little kids in our neighborhood.” -Sam Howell, 11
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Herndon Snaps Football's 22-Game Streak Woody Angle Opinion Columnist/Sports writer
with a halftime score of 14-14. Defensively, the Bulldogs did not play poorly, but gave up a few big plays that allowed the Rams to stay in the game. Woodson As the end of the regular season nears, Westfield “Robinson played better than most people exExcited for Homecoming, the Bulldogs took the field remains a Concorde District contender. Despite specupected. They were good and surprised us a little bit,” lation that this year's team would be inexperienced confidently and had their way with the Cavaliers. said linebacker Ben Casper, 12. Offensively the Bulldogs could not be stopped. Jorand incapable of continuing the winning tradition, Dual threat senior running backs Jordan Anderson it showed that it is still a force to be reckoned with. dan Anderson, 12, diced Woodson for 171 yards and a and Jackson carried the offensive load for the Bulldogs, The Bulldogs face long time rival Centreville for their whopping three touchdowns. Jay Jackson, 12, got in on with a combined 300 yards on the ground. Anderson season finale tonight, and proved why he is one of the top running they will look to end the backs in the region, stomping for three season on a strong note. touchdowns and 190 yards. Jackson rushed Centreville, who has won for 80 yards of his own on ten carries. only one game so far this The Bulldogs left the field victorious, but season, has never beaten shaken with a 21-14 lead, after the Rams put the Bulldogs. up a tough fight. Herndon Chantilly No one thought that In the past few seasons, Chantilly has the Bulldogs, who were surpassed Centreville and Oakton as West66-2 in the regular season field’s biggest rival. Fans showed up hours since 2002, would have before the game to tailgate in anticipation of any trouble trumping the the match-up. Thousands packed into the Hornets. Charger stands. Westfield was coming Critics doubted Westfield’s ability to peroff of a 22-game winning form in the big game. The Bulldogs shocked streak, its last loss coming the Chargers, rolling to a 32-7 victory. in November of 2006. But Many predicted a battle between senior no one told Herndon, who running backs Torian Pace of Chantilly and was fired up for its HomeAnderson of Westfield. Anderson prevailed, coming Game. rushing for two touchdowns and receiving Underestimated, another one. Herndon shocked the Photos by Trevor Dintino But Anderson was not the only Bulldog Bulldogs and played an (Left) Jay Jackson, 12, struts up field past a Woodson linebacker. (Right) Tyler Barfield, who stepped up. Fenyak had his first real extremely close game. Be- 12, stares down a would be Woodson tackler as he prepares to make a block. breakout game, tossing for 137 yards and tween big special teams three touchdowns. More importantly, Feplays, a safety, and a two-point conversion, at the end the action as well and scored on a 15 yard run. nyak had no turnovers. Senior wide receiver and cornerback Cole McInturff of the fourth quarter the score was tied at 15. Evan Winfrey, 12, dominated the highlight reel with At the end of regulation, the Bulldogs scored a had a huge game. McInturff not only had 55 yards two interceptions, a touchdown, and a sack. touchdown that would have given them the victory, receiving, including a 12-yard touchdown snag, but “I’ve been playing against those same guys since but the play was called back due to an illegal block in he made big plays on both sides of the ball. McInturff youth league, so I’ve developed a deep history of riheld down the secondary with a great interception the backfield. valry against them. I just tried to play my hardest and The Hornet defense effectively blocked the Bull- and multiple pass deflections. “We’re starting to come do work,” said Winfrey. Winfrey’s big plays earned dog offense, allowing only one offensive touchdown together as a team and we get better every week,” said him the Cox On Demand High School Player of the in regulation, the other coming from a blocked punt McInturff. Week Award. A strong effort from the Bulldogs was too much for returned for a touchdown. Winfrey’s two interceptions paced a defense which After the first overtime, the score remained tied. In Woodson, and Westfield cruised to a 41-6 victory as posted three turnovers and did not allow Chantilly’s the second overtime, however, things got interesting. Homecoming celebrations began. Pace to get into the end zone. Robinson Herndon scored first, leaving Westfield in a seven The team executed the coaching staff’s game plan One of Westfield’s biggest nail-biters this season by dominating the line of scrimmage and forcing point hole. After Danny Fenyak, 11, punched one into the end came from an unexpected source. Robinson entered Chantilly to throw more. Westfield’s victory extends the Bulldogs record over zone, coach Tom Verbanic made a risky decision to the game with two losses, both coming from extremely go for two, and the win. Fenyak's pass was swatted close margins. Robinson had the Bulldog's attention the Chargers to 8-1. down at the line, along with the Bulldogs' chance of victory.
Field Hockey Wins Districts, Advances to Regionals Skylar Lisse Staff Writer
After duking it out for three long months, varsity field hockey finished its regular season with an impressive 13-3 record. With district quarterfinals and semifinal wins under its belt, the team qualified for the regional tournament and met Chantilly in the district finals.
Westfield traveled to Herndon on Oct. 15 to take on the Hornets in a district game. The Bulldogs easily defeated Herndon by stopping the Hornets' transition into their offensive end.
Although the Bulldogs played well, the Chargers had several fast breaks that led them to a 2-0 victory.
On Oct.23, Westfield walked off the field with its first district championship title. Unfortunately for the Chargers, this was the second time they were defeated by Westfield in a championship this year. After over forty long minutes of no score, Amanda O'Sullivan, 12, put the first goal in. Shortly after, Kelsey Grainer, 11, put one in off of a corner to make the final score 2-0.
On Oct. 21, Westfield hosted the district semifinals in another high tension game against Oakton. The Cougars came looking for revenge, and held Photo courtesy of Sue Spencer the Bulldogs to a 0-0 score at halftime. Kat Kendrick, 12, and Stephanie Poppe, 11, prevent After several minutes into the second half, Westfield two Chantilly attackers from scoring. put in the first goal which was followed by another within seconds. The game ended with a 2-0 victory "We were really disappointed by this loss. It would for Westfield. have been a huge confidence boost to have won this Herndon game especially since we beat them in the Bulldog After beating Herndon 4-0 to finish their regular Tournament," said Molly Gift, 11. season, the Bulldogs defeated the Hornets for a secFairfax ond consecutive time in the first round of the district On Senior Night, seniors were recognized for their tournament, 2-0.
achievements and plans for the near future. “It was kind of sad that it was our Senior Night because we realized that this season is our last chance to play together,” said Maddy Curry, 12. Eight seniors started. After a difficult first half, the Bulldogs rallied and scored. However, they could not catch the Rebels who walked away with the win. “Even though we lost, it was still a special night for all of us seniors. We’ve all played together for the last four years and watched the older people before us play on Senior Night, so it was cool that it was finally our turn,” said Ameera Ahmadieh, 12.
Shutting out Centreville 1-0, the Bulldogs advanced to 12-1. The score was 0-0 at the end of regulation. After several minutes of overtime, forward Gift put in the winning goal. Grainer played a key role in shifting Bulldog possession from defense to offense, always keeping the transition smooth.
Since Westfield opened its doors eight years ago, the field hockey team has never beaten the Oakton Cougars. Without several starters, things did not look good this time either. Several underclassmen, notably Blair Duncan, 10, and Haley Flannigan, 11, and a few senior leaders carried the team to an improbable 2-0 victory. The tight defense enabled the offense to get more opportunities, allowing them to dictate the game's pace.
Jessica Liu Staff Writer
With an undefeated record, the freshmen football team hopes to continue its successful season. The team had a tough game against Woodson, barely pulling out a win 2422. After giving up a late touchdown to the Cavaliers, the Bulldog defense managed to stop the two point conversion. The offense was led by a strong performance from quarterback Matt Pisarcik. In its next game, the team faced Fairfax in a showdown of two tough offenses. Westfield dominated on both sides of the ball leading to an easy 5514 win. “Our team has really started to come together and we have been working hard to improve and play at our best,” said cornerback Zach Howard. The team faced a tough challenge against Robinson in its next game and proved more than ready for the challenge, winning 29-6. Pisarcik connected with fullback Jared Andre for a score while running backs Anderson and Campbell turned
in strong performances. Linebacker Anderson and defensive end Alex Krall led another excellent defensive performance holding the Rams offense to a score. After two big road wins, the Bulldogs came home and tried to avoid a letdown against Herndon. The offense found itself in gear as it drove down the field, leading to three quick first quarter touchdowns. The team won 41-0. In a big game against rival team Oakton the Bulldogs once again came up big winning 35-7. The team the team dominated the 3rd quarter scoring three times en route to the victory.
Photo by Trevor Dintino
Quarterback Matt Pisarcik rushes.
Colin Gibson Staff Writer
at home and beat Fairfax, 41-6. A rage of rushing touchdowns by Monticue, Nick Rose, 10, and John Elias, 10, With a record of 7-0, the boys JV complemented Spees’ fantastic perforfootball team continues to roll by teams mance. Spees threw three touchdowns without a sweat. After two wins to open to push his total to nine. I n the year, the team their fifth game the boys got took on Woodson past Robinson, 26-21. and came out on Spees played hard once top, 27-13. again, throwing four touchBoth Harry down passes. He found faVan Trees, 10, miliar faces in the end zone and Brian Monand hit Scoville and Turner ticue, 10, had twice each. defensive scores. In a 35-0 win over HernMackenzie Spees, don, Spees threw four touch10, threw touchdowns for the second condown passes to secutive game. receivers Timmy Scoville brought down three to put his touchdown McElaney, 10, and Photo by Trevor Dintino total at six, and Turner caught Garry Turner, 11. “I think our Quarterback Mackenzie his sixth as well. Meanwhile Monticue teamwork and Spees, 10, sits with his top communication receiver, Garry Turner, 11, rushed for another touchhelps us a lot, we during the Herndon game. down. In an anticipated give our best effort. I think if we keep match up against Oakton, the team working harder and harder in games delivered once again, 44-14. Spees and and in practice, we will achieve our Turner connected for two TDs, while Spees ran for another. The last game goals,” said Brent Herbstreit, 10. For its next game, the team stayed will take place against Centreville.
Suzanne Decker Staff Writer
Oct. 31, 2008
were an undefeated team as well and we weren’t passing as well as they were,” said Sarah Wagner, 9. JV Bulldog volleyball posted its first “Our passing was off, we didn’t loss to South County, 2-1. keep a good attitude, and overall we “The things that made us go wrong just didn’t connect,” said Kelly Fisne, were that we weren’t calling the ball 10.Suffering a loss to Centreville 2-0 the enough and we weren’t focused. They JV volleyball team dropped to 6-2. “To get us prepared for our biggest game of the season so far against Centreville, we’ve practiced mostly on agility, staying active, defense, serving, communication, and passing,” said Caroline Arnold, 10. “We made a lot of hitting errors during the match, which was a big factor in the reason why we lost in two. Centreville also played a very smart match and did not make many mistakes, you have to give a lot of credit to them,” said Coach Dan Courain. “We prepare for every match the same so I don’t think it was anything in the practices Photo by Rhonda Newman before hand that impacted the Taylor Grenn, 10, bumps the ball for a kill. outcome of the match.”
JV Field Hockey
Dana Vivirito, Aly Lowry Staff Writers
a great job at finishing plays,” said Lindsay Toma, 10. The game against Chantilly was JV field hockey rounded off its season given extra significance. with a record of 6-3-3. The Bulldogs wore pink bandanas The Lady Bulldogs tied the Oakton and ribbons to support breast cancer Cougars with a score of 1-1. awareness. The goal was scored by Karlee Sposa, The game was close and despite 10. having a losing score at the start of After the tie, the team was deterhalftime, the Bullmined to come dogs came back to out with a win tend the game in a over their rival, tie with a score of the Centreville 1-1 after a goal by Wildcats. Martinez. With a goal Coming into the by Aly Lowry, game with their 9, the Bulldogs’ game faces on, hopes were the players were achieved with a ready for their last win of 1-0. game of the season Spirits still against Herndon. high, the team The game endcame out and ed in victory with beat Fairfax 2-0, a score of 2-1. with both goals The goals were by Jackie Martiscored by Abby Fallon, 9, and Marnez, 10. tinez. “The defense The Lady Bulldid a great job dogs were happy at pushing the Photo courtesy of Sue Spencer to finish out their ball forward for the offense and Courtney Cleveland, 9, dribbles past an s e a s o n o n t h i s high note. the defense did opposing player after stealing the ball.
The Sports Analyst by Jack Rafferty
I can only speak for myself when I say this, but I really do miss seeing the dog loving, dynamic, dual threat quarterback number seven scrambling down the field like no one has ever been able to do in the game of football. Some, mainly animal lovers and tree huggers, may take offense to this. However, let’s be honest, Michael Vick got way too stiff of a sentence. Wait, Michael Vick killed dogs. He marketed and made a profit off of the transformation of innocent dogs into aggressive, bloodthirsty beasts. He deserved what he got. He was sentenced to 23-months in prison and is currently serving the second half of his sentence at The United States Penitentiary in Kansas. Pac Man Jones has been arrested for assault, spitting on a woman, felony vandalism, and possession of marijuana. Chris Henry has multiple gun and concealment charges, aggravated assault with a firearm, and an alleged assault of a 16 year old kid. Ray Lewis was indicted for murder and aggravated assault. Am I the only one that is shocked, even appalled by this? Let me clarify. Michael Vick is sitting in federal prison for hurting dogs. DOGS. Pac Man, Chris Henry, and Ray Lewis are all on active teams after hurting people. What? Is it more important to put a man in jail for hurting a dog than hurting another human being? Not one of these three men has spent more than a week in prison, and yet Michael Vick will be there for 23 months. So, essentially, our society has gotten to the point where it is viewed worse to hurt a dog than it is a person. However, this may not be the case. Maybe it’s the fact that there are such a large number of well publicized cases where people hurt other people and not so many where people hurt animals. The extensive coverage this case received could have put pressure on the D.A. to hit Vick with a harsh penalty. Regardless, letting a man off with murder with enough incriminating evidence against him for a conviction is despicable. Letting a man get away with spitting on a women is pathetic. Putting away a man for 23 months for hurting dogs, comparatively, is tragic, and clearly illustrates the flaws of our judicial system. I miss Michael Vick and the individuality he brings to the game. He was, without a doubt, the most electrifying player in the game, capable of turning a broken play into a 60 yard touchdown scramble. I can only hope that the former top pick in the draft can overcome his now tarnished reputation and thrive once again. On a side note, can I get a HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!?!?
Oct. 31, 2008
Boys Golf Wins Region Title, Girls Send Three to States Kara Moore Spotlight Senior Editor
On day two, the Bulldogs continued Girls Golf their consistent play as they improved With a perfect season on the line, the on their first day score resulting in a Lady Bulldogs finished their regular season low 292. season 5-0. Team members have blown Wind was a big through Langley, factor on day two. Centreville, WoodAs the scores were Boys States Indiviual Results s o n , M c L e a n , posted, the Bulldogs C h a n t i l l y, a n d achieved a large 19 Player Score Place Year Edison this season stroke margin for the winning by large Tim Ritter 143 1st Jr victory. margins. 148 T 3rd Jr Tim Ritter, 11, Wes Liu On Sept. 25, 149 T 5th Sr joined the team as Brian Keith Westfield played 150 T 7th Sr the Bulldogs all fin- Jack DeBell a match at Fairfax T13th Jr ished in the top ten. Jimmy Sanders 158 National Golf T 13th Jr Westfield dominated Sara Stanley 158 Club in the rain. the leader board. Bethany HorstWestfield was the mann, 12, Theresa only team to have all players who LaRose, 12, Stephanie Smith, 12, and entered into the tournament posted Chelsea Kim, 11, led the varsity team to average scores in the 70s, sweeping the a 145-164 win over Chantilly. competition. Regional qualifiers started Oct. 1 at “I believe the win gave our team a Twin Lakes Golf Course. Prior to the huge boost of confidence going into big match, the team went through range states. We had a good chance of taking days and played at Twin Lakes often. home the state title,” said Ritter. When it was time to compete, the
Lady Bulldogs were ready to go. The players were mixed up with students from other high schools around After sweeping its competition in the region. districts and regionals, the boys var“Playing with different people from sity golf team finished the season with other schools was different, but at a disappointing third place in states, the same time there was not as much held at Independence Golf Club in pressure on my shoulders. It was a fun Midloathian. experience and was very relaxed,” said Boys Golf Cameron Schupp, 12. During a tense competition, the boys At the end of a long round, Lauren golf team took home the Concorde DisStalnaker, 12, Horstmann, LaRose, trict Championship. Schupp, Autum Russell, 12, StephaThe field consisted of seven teams nie Smith, 12, Chelsea Kim, 11, and with the Bulldogs scoring a 590, winning Kara Moore, 10, advanced to the State first place over second place Chantilly Qualifier on Oct. 15 at Twin Lakes Golf (609), and third place Centreville (613). Course. This qualified the team for the Northern The Lady Bulldogs began the day Regional Tournament held at Fairfax with a good start having all of the playNational Golf Club on Oct. 7 and 8. ers shoot under 55 on the front nine The boys varsity golf team finished holes. the first day of the Concorde District The back nine were the deciding Tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Club holes for the team. in Clifton, VA with a solid performance Horstmann, Russell, and Kim qualiscoring a 298, which had them in 1st fied, earning them a spot in the State place with a four stroke lead. Tournament on Oct. 24 and 25. The tournament results did not come out early enough to be printed in this issue. “I am really excited for States. Our team has had an undefeated season and this is the perfect way to end it,” said Kim, who is also a co-captain of the team. Smith, LaRose, Schupp, and Moore ended their season on a good note by shooting below 120 for 18 holes. “I think the team played extremely well. Each player has improved and Photos by Geri Esposito and Carol LaRose I’m proud of the (Left) Concorde District Champions: From Left: Sean Dougherty, 11, Wesley Liu, 11, Jimmy Sanders, 11, Brian Keith, 12, Shabril Brewer, outcome this year,” 10, Tom Cave, 10, Jack DeBell, 12, Sara Stanley, 11, Coach Tim Vigotsky, and Tim Ritter, 11 (Not Pictured: Patrick Mcdevitt). (Right) Megan said Coach Pete Stolmack, 11 chips out of long rough for par during regional qualifiers at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Smith .
Girls Volleyball Finishes 15-5, Prepares for Post Season Shelby Romine, Brittany Bonzano Staff Writers
Girls varsity volleyball posted a 15-5 record in the regular season and competed in Districts on October 27-30. Regionals begin on November 4th. “I feel that we are very ready and also extremely excited about the post season,” said captain Sammy Spees, 12. With last year’s season cut short due to a regional loss to Stone Bridge, head coach Jim Bour is entering this post season with a different attitude. “Last year we had some bad breaks, but we are moving forward and forgetting about the devastation that was brought upon us last year,” said Bour. Captain Kelly Murray, 12, along with 11 other returning players from last year ,are setting the bar higher this season.
Westfield won 3-0. The team won 3-0.
Not only is Centreville the biggest local rival of the Bulldogs, but the Wildcats have won the past three district championships. “We were all so pumped and this was the most exciting game so far,” said Emma Stewart, 11.
“The third match our nervous feelings were gone, and it was all about getting the job done,” said Spees. Westfield won match three, 25-22. Match four, Centreville tied the score 2-2 with a 25-14 win over Westfield. In the fifth match, Westfield came back from an 0-7 deficit and pulled out a win 16-14. The overall game score was 3-2.
Westfield played very well and secured another victory over T.C Williams, 3-0. “Everyone had a good game and gave a great team effort,” said Stewart.
“Oakton served as a preparation game for Chantilly,” said Spees. Westfield won over Oakton 3-0.
A big crowd wearing pink came out to support the girls on Breast Cancer Awareness Night but still, Westfield fell to Chantilly for the second time. The energy started to fall apart for the Lady Bulldogs when they lost the first match 25-14. But the squad battled back, narrowly missing wins in the second and third matches, 25-22 and 27-25.
Playing at the home gym of the defending regional champs, Westfield surpassed all expectations and won 3-2 against Langley. “Everyone played unselfishly and although it went back and forth, we were able to get the win,” said Bour.
“We were so fired up from the Hitter Julie Stevener, 12, tips the ball over the Wildcats Chantilly game that we were seeking revenge from Herndon,” said blockers. The team went on to win 3-2. Stewart. South County Spees came out with many kills Westfield won the first match, 25-15. “South County is a very good upand-coming team, but the girls were In the second match, Centreville fought which was a big factor in the competitive 3-1 win over the Hornets. able to come out on top,” said Bour. for a 25-20 win. Photo by Rhonda Naman
The game against Robinson was not only the last game of the regular season, but also Senior Night for the Bulldogs. With nine girls playing in what could be the last home game in their high school career, there was a lot on the line. “We all came together and played well as a team, it was a great Senior Night, “ said Kelley Grenn, 12. The girls put forth the effort to pull out a 3-0 win.
Scoreboard Opponent WHS 15-5 3 0 Robinson 3 Herndon 1 0 3 Chantilly 3 0 Oakton 3 T.C. Williams 0 3 Centreville 2 S. County 3 0 3 2 Langley 3 0 Fairfax Madison 3 0 3 0 Yorktown
Oct. 31, 2008
Spotlight Seniors by Nicole Erney and Kara Moore
Julie DeGregorio has been dancing for 13 years. It started one day, at the age of Brian Keith has been playing golf since the age of ten. “My dad would always four, when she was watching dance on television. take me to the driving range on the weekends so I could practice,” said Keith. “After watching for awhile I looked up at my mom and said, 'I want to be just like The next few years Keith continued to participate in golf camps during the that,'” said DeGregorio. Her mom then signed her up for dance classes at Rhythm summer and began playing on the course at the age of 13. Street in Herndon, where she Keith knew that when he still dances today. got to high school he would try Being varsity team captain out for the varsity golf team. this year, DeGregorio has her F re s h m a n y e a r, K e i t h eyes set on making the team clinched the number four the best it can be. spot on the team. Each year “My goals for the team are he continued to move up in to be well-rounded overall, his position. His junior year, to have continued success by Keith was awarded Northern improving ourselves as a team Virginia All Region Player of each week, and to do well in the Year. our Pom routine,” said DeGre"Brian is one of the best gorio. players in the northern reLast year, DeGregorio was gion and will undoubtedly on a team that received the be successful at the college Grand Champions Award with level,” said Head Coach Tim the team scoring the highest in Vigotsky. the competition. Keith uses his skill and tal"The team looks up to her for ent to help younger teammates being a strong dancer. She has to be successful as well. so much experience and was “Brian is this year’s co-capthe best choice for captain," said tain and is a true leader on the teammate Jennifer Storch, 12. team and leads by example. He “Not only is Julie a fantastic works very hard on his game dancer, but she is also a perfect and is committed to improvPhoto by Rhonda Naman captain. She has no problem Julie DeGregorio and Brian Keith have excelled academically and athletically in high school. ing. He takes the underclassbeing a leader and helping men and tells them what they Rebecca Canty (co-coach) and I with tasks, while also listening to the team and need to do to be successful and what is important when representing the team and conveying their concerns to us,” said Cindy Kilmer, varsity dance coach. Westfield. Brian exhibits great character and integrity, which as a coach are the most DeGregorio is hard working and dedicated to the team, but also finds time to en- important qualities to success," said Vigotsky. joy the experience. Her favorite memory is dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” In his final year on the team, Keith has stepped up by leading his team to the each year at halftime for the Halloween football game. Concorde District Championship and winning the Regional Finals at Fairfax NaDeGregorio is involved in multiple school activities other than dance. She is a tional Golf Club. member of the Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Quill and Scroll, Badminton “For so many years we never got first place in the District Championship. We Club, and is an editor for the yearbook. With all of these extracurricular activities have always held second place and to be at the top feels great, ” said Keith. DeGregorio still maintains a GPA of 3.89. Besides golf, Keith works hard to keep his 3.76 GPA consistent. When he is not “Julie is an extremely well-rounded young lady who is dedicated to anything on the golf course, he participates in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training she commits to. Julie is responsible and can balance her busy schedule with a very Corps (AFJROTC), Young Marines, and is a local swim team member during the mature attitude. She is one of the busiest high school students I know, and is still summer. always able to give 100% to dance team,” said Kilmer. Keith does not know exactly where he wants to attend college, but he plans to After graduating, DeGregorio is aspiring to go to New York University, where attend a school with a military program to pursue his dream of being in the Air she plans to major in dance. After college, she wants to join a dance company. Force. Keith hopes to play golf in college if time permits.
Team Qualifies for Regionals Geri Esposito Staff Writer
Districts were held at Burke Lake on Oct. 22. Jessie Hartman, 12, finished 16th overall with a personal best of 19:20. Closely following Hartman, were teammates Leah Carroll, 11, and Brianna Berling, 10, finishing at 19:44 and 19:52. The team finished fourth in the district, qualifying them for Regional’s. Jack Canatsey, 12, placed 11th in his race, with a personal best of 15:57. Placing in the top 15, Canatsey individually qualified for Regionals and is the only boy on the team to advance. The boys team fell short, placing sixth in the District. Both junior varsity teams competed at Lake Fairfax at the Dodson Double Dual Meet. For the Freshman Sophomore Boys
race, Will Steinhilber, 10, finished first for Westfield and placed 19th overall. Matthew Bielen, 10, and Morgun Frejo, 10, were top finishers for Westfield in the Freshman Sophomore Boys race, finishing at 19:09 and 19:23. Josh White, 12, finished first for Westfield in the Junior Senior Boys race with a time of 18:06, which allowed the boys to take fourth place. Amanda Cameron, 9, finished sixth place in the Freshman Sophomore Girls race with a time of 21:33, making her an alternate for Districts. Lea Oriol, 11, finished first for Westfield in the Junior Senior Girls race with a time of 22:34. Key performances by Hanna Skahn, 12, Cassy Gorgos, 12, Becky Mattox, 12, and Rachel Johnson, 12, all contributed to the JV girls finishing in fifth place overall for the season.
Photos by Geri Esposito
(Left) Peter Malm, 12, and Maddie Senior, 11. (Right) compete at the Octoberfest Invitational. The girls placed ninth overall and boys placed tenth.
Dalton Okolo Staff Writer
Coach of the Issue
offensive line of the football team. Though he played football he enjoyed baseball more and only played one Coach Lindsey Ott has been coach- year in college. ing for 26 years. Nine of those he has Coach Ott tries to make every praccoached at Westfield, developing sev- tice enjoyable but he also wants his eral star receivers. receivers to know what to do when it He has churned out receivers such as comes down to game time. Eddie Royal, who now “Coach Ott is anistarts for the Denver mated and funny Broncos and All-Game when he coaches, day performer, Johnny but he also knows Pickett. what he is doing,” “A good receiver said receiver Zach isn’t the strongest guy Sargent, 12. on the field, it is the Before coaching person who knows exfootball at Westfield actly what they’re doOtt coached football ing. My receivers have and baseball with to know how to block now head varsity just as well as they can football Coach Tom catch,” said Ott. Verbanic. When he When Ott is not came to Westfield coaching on the footthe team was in need ball field, he is teachof a receiver coach so ing chemistry to tenth he decided to fill the and eleventh graders. position. “I’d rather be coach“I have been ing, but at the same Photo by Alicia Post coaching with Coach time there really isn't Lindsey Ott teaches his students Ott for 25 years and that much of a differ- about the particles of an atom he is a really good ence between coach- during his chemistry lecture. coach, but he is also a ing and teaching,” said great teacher. Ask any Ott. kids who have had him as a teacher Besides football, Coach Ott enjoys and they will say that he was one of baseball, which he used to coach at their favorite teachers, he’s just a great Fairfax High School. He keeps busy role model,” said Coach Verbanic. by being involved with lacrosse; one As far as his plans for the future he of his sons was part of the Chantilly plans to keep coaching as long as he State Championship Team. and his players are having fun. "I love Ott went to high school in Colorado coaching and teaching, hopefully I can Springs where he was a guard on the continue to do both," said Ott.
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