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Issue 6, Volume VII - Friday, February 13, 2009 Prince George High School’s Student Newspaper 7801 Laurel Spring Rd.. Prince George, VA 23875 804-733-2720 - www.trnwired.com

TEACHERS SHARE IMPACT OF BLACK HISTORYp.14-15 February is nationally celebrated as Black History Month. Teachers Antoine Ford, Michelle Ingram, Brenda Lockhart, Terry Walker, Lisa McDaniels, and Monique Woodard share their insight on the importance of the Civil Rights movement, and how Martin Luther King Jr. ‘s contributions to the movement directly affected their Photo illustration by Madison Moss families and lives. Sitting down with academic ‘Super Senior’ p. 11/ ‘Cinderella’ musical tryouts provide equal opportunities for all p. 19


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here has recently been an outbreak of salmonella found in peanuts and peanut by-products. In 2006, a similar case arose between E.Coli and spinach. One person died and more than 180 people got sick. According to U.S. News and World Report, “More than 80 companies have issued recalls for everything from cookies, crackers, cereal and candy to ice cream, trail mix and dog treats.” To date, eight people have died and more than 500 people in 43 states have gotten sick; also, more than 1500 products have been recalled. The outbreak has spread as far as parts of Canada. The Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is being held responsible for the incidents. The PCA is a main supplier of peanuts and peanut byproducts to many other companies in America. A product at one of the PCA’s plants located in Blakely, Ga. reportedly failed an inspection test but still was shipped out. Later news declares that the product passed the same test at a different time. Other news is that the company knowingly shipped products that had traces of bacteria before the outbreak. The first signs of the salmonella outbreak appeared in nursing homes and later quickly spread. The main concern arising today is how to stop the outbreak. Many have turned their attention to the FDA and CDC but even they are stumped as to how the issue can quickly be resolved. All that is recommended is that products be pulled off the shelves in stores; the FDA is even advising that products produced by the company in 2007 be thrown away. President Obama has also announced concern about the outbreaks due to his daughters consumption of peanut butter. This deadly outbreak is becoming more devastating each day there is no answer. All citizens should be concerned for their health and the health of others and become more conscious of what is being eaten.

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Second Semester marks the half-way point of the school year. Mid-term exams are done and over with, giving students time to fit regular study-time back into their schedules allowing students to be a little more at ease when they begin to look towards the upcoming end of the year.

Matchmaker results became available to students the first week of Feb. As short personal surveys are completed and results are matched according to compatibility, Matchmaker, a student-based fundraiser, brings fun and entertainment to the student body.

The intercom system is now successfully repaired.

The system is used to spread announcements throughout the school. Unfortunately, it has become a class interruption now that administrators have the ability to make announcements to the whole school.

Fan attendance has improved but is still necessary to improve

our team’s morale. We need to support our fellow Royals because they are an asset to this school. Our encouragement can only push them farther.


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Culturally designated months draw supportive reactions

Taswell- “I think it’s good because I think everyone needs to be educated on what happened in history. Even with black history, I think people underestimate some of the things that black people did in the past. I just think everyone needs to be educated, not just for black history but for all types of different races.”

Aguilar- “I think it’s good but I also think it creates a boundary between the different races. There’s not a specific month for every single race, only a few, and there is no white history month so I think it creates separation.”

Barnes- “I can agree with what both said. I do agree that in American history curriculum there should be more about black history and then we can integrate it together and not separate. I think the whole idea of it is to kind of bring everybody more together.”

Should any of these months exist? Should more cultures/races be added to the celebration calendar? Taswell- “I think so. It shouldn’t just

Public Forum

How do you feel about months that are dedicated to the celebration of different races in America?

Shabree Taswell Senior

Jaccob Barnes Senior

Kyle Kelly Senior

Public Forum

There are currently months in the year that are dedicated to the celebration of different races and cultures. However, an issue develops as to whether or not there is reason to keep the months in the year. Selected students have willingly gathered and shared their opinions in a round-table Q&A discussion.

Laura Aguilar Junior

Public Forum

Taswell- “I think so because some people kind of go overboard with their pride. It’s good to have pride for who you are, but some people will take it to the extreme and throw things into other people’s faces, which can increase tensions.”

Aguilar- “I think that it shouldn’t be like you’re supposed to be really proud of your race or culture just for that one month because it makes you seem like that is your only time to be proud. When that happens you’re going to want to use it to your advantage and that could cause a lot of tension.”

Barnes- “A lot of people look at it as their giving attention to somebody for no reason. If people could look at the historical aspect of it and not so much as the racial aspect of it, there will probably not be as much tension, but that’s just how the world is.”

How do the months help improve our understanding of cultural history? Barnes- “You’ll see teachers do some sort of specific project, like a project on a famous black who contributed to history or something. I don’t think many people really take advantage of it unless they have to.”

Barnes- “I think it can be solved by just Do you think that the making a broader lesson plan in school. Just don’t focus on the basics that show how America was founded, but focus on every important thing that happened in history.”

Kelly- “Those who want to become

cultural pride created by these months could stimulate any racial tension?

more in touch with their heritage can do so and it also serves as a reminder to others of the great melting-pot that is America.”

Aguilar- “Being that I am Hispanic,

Kelly- “Personally, I have no problem with any of the cultural months and I do support additions to the list of races that are celebrated in America. I don’t see how these months/days have caused any harm to anybody.”

Kelly - “Yes. Races that are left out

Aguilar- “I think many people shut it

I know the Hispanic month is in September, but I don’t think that others do. I don’t think that it’s as acknowledged as it should be. Black history is one of the more obvious ones, but you can’t really control that. So I don’t think the months make a difference because they’re not as effective as they should or even could be.”

be a couple races because there are a lot of different races in the world. I think everyone needs to be educated because a lot of people are still ignorant just about different races and things that they have done.”

have the potential to become jealous and there could be conflict between the supporters and the opposition to such celebrations.”

down just because it does kind of look more towards one race and no one likes to feel like they’re not included.”


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‘The Kissing Song’ torments Tardy Station Challenge expectations of future

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ne of my earliest memories of school, of childhood, of life was sitting on the playground – I was too lazy and introspective for all that “playing” and “having fun” stuff all the other kids were Erika Bedwell into – with my eyes squeezed shut, fingers planted firmly in my ears. The reason for my isolation being a song that I’m sure you have heard. A song that still keeps me awake at night sometimes, it’s rhythmic chant buzzing in my ears like so many ghoulish mosquitoes. A song that still haunts me, even after all these years. “Erika and [Insert Boy’s Name] sit tin’ in a tree, K-I-S-SI-N-G First comes love, then comes marriage, Then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” I’m sure I was not the only preschooler in the world who was tormented by this song. I’m not sure how far it goes back. Perhaps great men and women were teased by this song. Perhaps Abraham Lincoln himself was taunted by that very tune while chopping wood with his friends in Illinois. I can hear it now: BULLY: Abraham and Mary Todd sittin’ in a tree… ABRAHAM: You better stop it! BULLY: …K-I-S-S-I-N-G! ABRAHAM: No, seriously. Stop it. A tree just fell on Carl.

This song – Does it even have a title? I’ll just call it “The Kissing Song” for the rest of this column. – is probably the reason I’m so dubious of love now. “The Kissing Song” so simply and efficiently laid out a specific time line for devotion – you fall in love, you get married, you have a baby – that it gave me an unrealistic depiction of what love really is. “The Kissing Song” leaves no room for the common mistakes often made my two people who fall in love, or at least convince themselves that they have. I’ve never heard an additional verse or line of the song that alluded to how hard love can be. To be fair, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage, then comes a trial separation followed by an emotionally exhausting divorce” doesn’t really have the best ring to it. It doesn’t even rhyme. But on the other hand, it’s a fairly realistic depiction of what a lot of kids with divorced parents grow up to see. I’m not saying “The Kissing Song” should be abolished or altered – I’m probably biased in my hatred of it due to the fact that the [Insert Boy’s Name] I was often paired up with was the sort of kid who constantly sniffled in class. I’m just saying that “The Kissing Song” has a lot of psychological dimensions to it simply by being so onedimensional. There’s nothing wrong with falling in love, getting married, and having a baby. But anyone who thinks they can live out “The Kissing Song” and skip all the complicated steps in between is just kidding themselves.

This is a contest to see who can come up with a solution to the growing problem students are having with tardies to school. TRN and a teacher committee have developed this contest to help find a way to encourage students to avoid being tardy to class. All you have to do is devise a reward or an incentive to make students want to get to school on time. The most creative and effective idea will win a prize. The top three ideas will be published in the paper during the March issue. Please submit your idea with your name, grade and 5th period teacher. You may use this spot here to write it down. Make sure it is legible.

Contest Deadline is Friday, February 27th. Turn entries into A6 or drop them off in the library. Incentive Plan: ___________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ______________ Grade: _____________ 5th Period: ______________________________


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Fund-raiser forms feelings

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Matchmaker compares characteristics to show compatibility

PGHS Food Service

associates are conducting the “Biggest Loser-Cafe,” a fifteen week weight loss competition. It began Feb. 2 and runs through May 15. Initial weights and goals have been established for every week.

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atchmaker m a t c h m a ke r, make me a match. Find me a find, catch me a catch. Matchmaker matchmaker, look through your book and make me a perfect match.” And that is exactly what the Matchmaker fund-raiser does every year around Valentines Day. Sophomores sold the results from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6 in the commons this year. They were available during lunch blocks, and were once again sold for two dollars. “The SGA sophomores are the ones in charge of the fund-raiser. The money we raise goes toward our senior events such as prom and senior bash,” sophomore SGA representative Adain O’Hare said. The Matchmaker is based on a survey that a student takes in order to determine their interests and personal qualities. The results of the surveys are then compared with the other students’ surveys in the school in order to find a compatible match. Most students fill out the surveys and turn them into the teachers, but not as many purchase the actual lists. “I filled out the form, but I don’t plan on buying it. I mean, I already have a boyfriend and I have plenty of friends, so I don’t need to pay for a list of people to date,” junior Britney Ceney said. Other students, however, do plan on purchasing the data matches whether it be for a potential relationship match, or just for a good laugh. “I think the matchmaker is fun. It’s cool to find out who you are compatible with. I always do them and buy the lists when they come out,” junior Rachel Zoldork said. The sales are usually a great success and provide good profits for the SGA. But not too many students take the matches seriously. Students in the past have not formed relationships based on the data match results, and students presume the same trend will continue this year. “I don’t actually know anyone who has

News briefs

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Monday, Feb. 16, and no class for students. Interim Reports will be handed out on Wednesday, Feb. 25 during homerooms.

club news briefs

Matchmaker results names six compatible students and six students who are the most opposite. Photo by Brittany Carpenter started dating because of the matchmaker. I don’t think anyone considers dating the people on their lists just because they were matched,” junior Brittany Johnson said. The Matchmaker fund-raiser is a fun, school-approved activity that everyone can participate in. Upon occasion, students are matched with friends or even boyfriends and girlfriends. This usually results in a more positive reaction from the students purchasing the lists. But in most situations, due to the large amounts of students that participate in the Matchmaker surveys, students do not get their friends on their lists. “Its not as much fun when you don’t know the people on your list. It’s a lot more fun to have people that you know and socialize with. We don’t ever think anything of it, we just joke about it for a day, and that’s it,” Zoldork said. The cost of the matches is usually two dollars. It is not a steep fine to pay for the matches, but some students do not

find amusement in the compatibility tests. Therefore, other students may not feel the need to support the fund-raiser. “I think it’s completely pointless. I don’t even fill out the surveys, so I’m definitely not going to buy the matches. It might raise money for the school, but I wont be spending my money on it,” senior Gaetano Manila said. But there are other students that purchase the matches just to support the sophomore class. “Whether you take them seriously or not, the matchmaker is a cool way to raise money. They’re not super expensive or anything, and they’re a nice way to have fun. You just have to keep in mind that it’s a good school fund-raiser and that we should support it regardless,” Johnson said.

GSA Share the Love

raffle winner ended Thursday, Feb.12. Prize was a gift certificate of $30 to El Caporal, two tickets to the movies, and a bouquet of flowers.

PG Players won first

place at the District One Act Play Competition on Sat. Feb. 3. They also won three out of six acting award given.


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RISE IN CRIME CORRELATES TO D Burglary rates increase from last year and economy is to blame Jami Davis trn writer

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rime rates in local communities have been rising and people are realizing it may be directly related to the downturn of the current economy. Theft, burglary, and shoplifting have been appearing more and more often as the current economy declines. In the country during the final months of 2008 the number of burglaries rose eight percent compared to the same time period in 2007 according to WTOPnews.com. “Crime rates have been rising lately, especially home break-ins in our area,” said School Resource Officer Pearson. Sophomore Josh Morris lives in Branchester Lakes, an area where a number of home break-ins have been occurring recently. Morris lives near the apartments where the break-ins took place and noticed something new about the worth of the stolen items. “It was the first time something big has been taken. There has been a lot of crime around the neighborhood. People had been taking bikes and things, but this was the first time it was something big, like electronics and TVs,” Morris said. Things typically taken during home break-ins in the area include computers, laptops, X-Boxes, Wii Games, and jewelry according to Officer Butch Pearson. Crime Solvers is trying to help the police to solve the robbery cases in Branchester Lakes, but they need the help of the students and the community. “At this time the department has little information and needs the community’s help. We are following up on all leads and tips. I urge anyone with any information to call Crime Solvers,” Officer Pearson said. Although items and money are being

taken from homes, people are also being burglarized in person. Senior Wayne Pompey was assaulted in a nearby Wal-Mart while shopping for a birthday card for a friend. “A guy came up behind me and said that he just got out of jail and said he needed money for the bus. He was grabbing me and touching me. I was really freaked out. I gave him five dollars and then he followed me around the store, probably to make sure I didn’t tell anyone,” said Pompey. Pompey agrees with the theory that crime is increasing because of the condition of the economy. “Times are hard for people. People are getting desperate,” Pompey said. Along with Pompey, Morris believes that the economy may have an effect on crime rates. “Times are getting hard for people and people are getting laid off. More robberies or deaths may happen because people are getting desperate. People are going to want to defend their families and material possessions so weapons may be more available,” Morris said. Senior Reema Patel had to endure an armed robbery firsthand while working at Dunkin’ Donuts at The Crossing in Hopewell. “It was the day before Christmas Eve and the guy came in with a gun and told us to take the money out from the cash register and left saying ‘Merry Christmas’. Roughly $300 was taken,” Patel said. Patel agrees with both Pompey and Morris on the economy’s effect on crime. “The guy maybe needed money for Christmas presents. The prices are high and wages are low. It is hard to keep up with a high standard of living,” Patel said. No matter the reason for the rise in crime there are always ways to protect yourself, your possessions, and your homes. “Make sure you secure your home and cars. Lock them. Install alarms and/or cameras. Beware and watch out for your neighbors. Report anything suspicious to the police,” Pearson said.

Officer Butch Pearson keeps an eye on the county and the recent rise in crime. Photo by Daniel Pead


DECLINE IN ECONOMY

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By the Numbers

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at least burglaries happened in the county last month.

8burglaries percent rise in in the last months of 2008 compared to burglaries in 2007.

2:1 ratio for the increase

in crime for the increase in unemployment. there has been a increase of the murder rates in big cities.

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Couple begins married life early

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Time Tested Love Beth and Daniel Andersen

Delbria Walton trn writer

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raditional wedding vows are words most of us do not expect to exchange until after high school, but for senior Gabrielle Johnson and her husband Ricky Johnson as they stood in front of the Justice of the Peace at Petersburg Courthouse these words were uttered a lot sooner. Gabrielle met her husband three and a half years ago. They will have been married for one year on March 4th 2009. She is now 17 and her husband Ricky is 20. To legally get married in the state of Virginia you have to be 18 years of age, but with the consent of your parent or guardian you can get married at 16. At the wedding Gabrielle was 16 and her husband was 19; with the consent of her father, tons of paperwork, and a few hours Johnson joined the ranks of thousands of married couples. “I could not wait. I loved him and he loved me and we wanted to be married right away and we did, well a few weeks later,” Gabrielle Johnson said. “We got married because I loved her that’s why you are supposed to get married not for money or fame but love,” Ricky Johnson said. Being a wife and a high school senior comes with its ups and downs for Johnson. But she said it’s all worth it because she is the happiest that she has ever been. In the beginning Johnson and her husband started out as friends because he was dating someone else, but luckily for Gabrielle that did not last long. It was not love at first sight but it was a love that both were prepared for. Despite all the love they have for each other Johnson says there is a lot of growing up to do when you are married. Many of us think that being boyfriend and girlfriend is a big step but marriage is a life long commitment that comes with some territorial rules. “You have to get [accustomed] to each other’s habits, ” Gabrielle said. Johnson says the good times outweigh the bad no matter how difficult things seem at times, there is always a way to make it better. “Whenever I am angry or upset Ricky’s smile melts all my troubles away and it is like

When did you first meet? Mrs.: April 11, 1991. We were in high school.

When did you get married?

Mr.: July 27, 1997. 7/27/97. Mrs.: He likes the 7’s.

What’s the best aspect of being married? Mr.: You have someone to share your life with every day, from minutia to the very memorable and momentous. It’s being around your best friend all the time. Mrs.: I was going to say that.

Senior Gabrielle Johnson and husband Ricky have been married since March 2008. we were never angry and I was never mad that is the most important thing, having someone who can make you forget your troubles,” Gabrielle said. Johnson gives her insight on why she thinks most people get divorced and oddly enough it is her favorite part about being married. “I guess the best thing about being married is getting to have him with me and we are like a team, hooked into each other, maybe that’s why so many people get divorced because they are hooked to someone that probably is not right for them but that’s not Ricky and me,” Gabrielle said. “The best part thing about married is always having someone around to hold,” Ricky said. Senior Nicki Pate, friend of both Ricky and Gabrielle, says that their love is inspirational. “They have a good marriage and they still play around like normal teens, but they have a serious marriage. They have a great commitment to one another,” Pate said. Although Gabrielle and Ricky love each other dearly, they have hard times like any normal couple. As far as the financial aspects of their marriage, Ricky is in the military and part

of his paycheck goes to household bills. Extra expenses such as their cell phones and groceries are paid for by the other half. “Our families really don’t get along, but they love me and I love them. We do have little spats but nothing more than who will wash the dishes or make the bed,” Gabrielle said. The Johnson’s have big plans for the future: Ricky plans to stay in the military for at least another twenty or thirty years and Gabrielle plans to go to Southside to get her RN to become a nurse practitioner. As far as kids, Johnson wants a lot of them but after she gets her Master’s degree. For this couple it really is a blessing being married to each other. “ We’ve had our ups and downs but honestly he is my best friend even when I hate everyone else he is still there and I love him and he loves me. Its great to marry your best friend,” Gabrielle said. Gabrielle and Ricky plan to be married forever. They are the example of love knowing no age limit. Gabrielle also has some words for the naysayer of young marriage. “Anyone who doubts it can get an invitation to our 50th anniversary,” Gabrielle said.

What advice do you have for young newlyweds? Mr.: Make a commitment to love each other every day. Love is a choice, not an emotion. Mrs.: It’s all the more important in our culture where commitment isn’t emphasized. Marriage is often viewed as a convenient contract that’s potentially transient. Mr.: Understand you are marrying and committing yourself to who that person is going to become – not who they are the day you get married. Be committed to honoring changes and that they’ll change Mrs.: One of the cool things is that we’ve grown up together. There aren’t many things we can look back on in our lives when we weren’t together. Mr.: That can also be hard, too. Mr.: Your spouse is always changing. Mrs.: You can’t be rigid. Mr.: Be mature and sensitive to honor and respect who that person is becoming. You should not consider divorce as an option because when you do that you will always find a way to reconcile differences and problems. When it’s an option, it’s an excuse not to work on problems. Accept that you won’t love feel in love with your spouse every day, but choose to love your


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PGTV’S SET PLAYS INTEGRAL PART

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C. Backdrop – The back drop has a history: an art class from twelve years ago created it. Before a production it has to be aligned with the anchors and their desk. Not too complicated.

D. Lighting – Lighting is controlled and arranged by the camera man. In order for the anchors to look descent the lighting has to be just right. It keeps glares out of eyes, reduces the amount of shine produced by the faces of the anchors, and makes even the least attractive anchors look like America’s next Next Top Model.

B. Producer Station – At the producer station sits the nerve racked producer. The producer is the one who assembles all of the scenes, Public Service Announcements, and other promotional videos. In order to do this the producer has to under go fierce training of equipment such as the Casa Blanca editor, they have to major the finesse needed to control the DVD/VHS/miniDV recorder.

A. Camera and Teleprompter – The camera and teleprompter are possibly the two most important things. Without the teleprompter the anchors would be lost with what to say. With speeds controlled by the “teleprompter guy” (who sits at the close left of the anchors) it displays the daily messages of current events and announcements for the greater population of Prince George High School to inherit. But in order for them to view this information, it must be channeled through Mrs. Britt’s coveted camcorder.

E. Anchors – Anchors tend to come in all colors shapes and sizes. Now these are not the typical cast iron anchors you see aboard your late day cruise liner. The anchors of PGTV hold down the desk with their flashing voices and stunning looks. They take a few measly words and turn them into a listening masterpiece.


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Features

Sitting down with academic ‘Super Senior’ A. Mr. Shillinger used to be in charge and now Mrs. Labossiere is the head. We always have at least one new lawyer to help us along with two constant ones.

Kim Phillips works hard both in, after school as member of clubs

Q. What are some of the significant things that you have taken away from being in the Model Judiciary? A. I have gained a better understanding of the law in general. I understand how criminal cases, civil cases and how the courts work. I wouldn’t have understood the concepts if I hadn’t done the club. My tenth grade year I was put in the spotlight and I had no idea what I was doing. But I still had to get my team working together without any background. I won my first and second trials and had a hung jury for my third.

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olleges are not just looking at grades anymore and brown curlyhaired senior Kim Phillips is a step above all the other applicants. “I am in thirteen clubs,” Phillips said. This super senior took a moment out of her busy schedule and spoke about how she got involved and two of her major clubs, Model UN and Model Judiciary. Q. What other clubs are you involved in? A. Model UN, Model Judiciary, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Envirothon, Academic Challenge, Biodiesel Club, Spanish Club, Winter Guard, NHS, Beta Club, Tri-M, and Spanish Honors Society. Q. What leadership roles have you taken on? A. I am the Drum Major of the Marching Band, President of the Model UN, and I’ve been a lead lawyer for model judiciary for the past 3 years. Q. How did you step into the leadership roles so early? A. Someone needed to do it because jobs needed to be filled. Q. What was club picture day like for you? A. Club picture day was awful! I was barely in any of my classes. In fact, I had a physics test that day that I completed in about 20 minutes.

Q. What is the scariest aspect for you? A. The scariest part is the bus ride – getting there. Everyone is stressed and nervous as they prepare for their presentation. The bus ride there is nerve-wracking. Once you get there it feels great and you are the center of attention. I didn’t even have my closing written my 10th grade year until 3:00. We left at 3:30. I was freaking out and crying, but all turned out fine as soon as I was in the spotlight.

Model UN – Q. Why did you first decide to join the club? A. My sophomore year and I was to talking to Mr. Shillinger. It was really interesting. We get to represent a country that we have never been to. We also get to interact with people from the country and from around the world. Q. What is your favorite snack to keep you powered up for the Model UN? A. Before court or going to the UN conferences I always make sure that I’ve had breakfast, but right before I like to eat oranges. I’m not sure why but they’re downright delicious. Q. After being in Model UN is there a certain place you want to visit? A. I’ve always loved to travel and see new places, and being in the model UN gives me the opportunity to learn about different places. I don’t think that I can

narrow it down to one or two places I’d like to visit because there are so many. Model Judiciary Q. Why did you first decide to join the club? A. ’07 graduate, Jennifer Stoltz, was the lead lawyer and so I decided to try. I ended up with three roles: cross-examination, opening, closing for the defense. I was really thinking about going to college for law, but that changed with chemistry. I now want to be a chemical engineer. Q. What is your favorite part about being in Model Judiciary? A. Actually being able to go out and present the case. It gives me an adrenaline rush. You are before actual judges and a whole courtroom of before so it is kind of intimidating. Personally, I just enjoy public speaking. Q. How has the club changed?

Q. What do you do on the bus ride over? A. On the way to the courthouse I am usually going over my opening and closing statements to make sure they are perfect. When or if I feel comfortable presenting my information I will sit back and talk or listen to my music, nothing specific, just random music. Q. How do you deal with stress? A. Honestly, I rarely get nervous, but when I get stressed out, I tend to sit down and listen to jazz music. That really is the thing that helps the most. Q. Suggestions for President Obama to help the world come together? A. I strongly believe that in order to have peace you must be peaceful. The concept of fighting to reach peace does not register in my mind. I know that there are many that disagree with me, but I would tell him to reach out with peaceful intentions. I honestly believe that peace is the only thing that will bring the world together.


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Senior sets eyes, voice on top spot Yvonne Spratley focuses on repeat trip to state forensics finals competition Nate Hunt trn writer

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fter ranking fifth place last year at the VHSL State Forensics tournament senior Yvonne Spratley continues to hone her public speaking skills through serious prose interpretation speaking. Spratley joined the schools forensics team in Feb 2008 after her teacher heard her read aloud in class and recommended forensics as something she would be interested in. “Ever since then it has grown to be one of my passions,” Spratley said. Spratley attended the New Kent

Invitational Forensics Tournament on Jan 19 and topped her competition earning first place. But by defeating all of her competition is not the only way Spratley measures her success. “Getting through all of my pieces with few to no mistakes and knowing that I put in my best efforts is success enough to me,” Spratley said. Spratley admits that she doesn’t typically practice on a day to day basis but has developed a unique method of her own. “A few days before a competition I begin to start standing in front of my mirror and I rehearse over and over again. At the actual competition I often go into a corner and practice my speech to myself some more. I develop a gradual rhythm to help me remember the piece to a point,” Spratley said. At the tournaments Spratley performs serious prose which is any serious published selection of prose, such as a scene from a short story or novel. Throughout the tournament Spratley performs three times for three different judges and in some cases may have to perform in finals round against the top five or six contestants. “I chose to do serious prose interpretation, because naturally I am a serious person. I think it just naturally fits

my personality,” Spratley said. But getting up and performing is often times the least challenging part of preparing for an upcoming tournament for Spratley. “Before going to speak I feel nervous of course, until I open my mouth to speak, then I forget about all of that. Finding a good piece, that’s the main challenge for me,” Spratley said. Forensics coach Chris Waugaman offers his best advice to assist the team in all ways that he can. “Mr. Waugaman is a really good coach and he often suggests things for me and I pick from that. I do however plan to go out on my own to find a piece for myself for the next competition,” Spratley said. After her coach suggested a few selections Spratley decided to perform a piece from “Mules and Men” by Zora Neale Hurston at the New Kent Invitational Tournament. “Judging is different for each event, but normally they look for the speaker’s volume, poise, articulation, gestures, and the emotion displayed throughout the performed pieces,” Waugaman said. When it comes down to the actual competition Spratley believes her strongest asset to be her voice. “I am such a little person that no one

Juniors Sarah Habermehl and Delbria Walton, along with senior Raymond Ceasar, surround senior Yvonne Spratley as she displays her 1st place trophy for Serious Prose Interpretation. The forensics team competed at the New Kent Invitational Tournament on Jan. 17th. Contributed photo. really expects me to have such a strong voice. I enunciate very well. It’s almost like a secret weapon,” Spratley said. As this is her last year, Spratley plans to finish strong and has very high goals set for herself. “This year instead of coming in fifth at the State meet I want to be in the number one spot,” Spratley said. Spratley will have that opportunity after placing at the district meet on Feb 19. Her chances of reaching her goal is backed up by her support from others. “Just from a sponsor’s standpoint, Yvonne has had a lot of success based upon the work she’s performed. I think she has impressed a lot of people,” Waugaman said.


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Black History Month

Antoine Ford Math Teacher

Who do you think was the most important person of The Civil Rights Movement? Why? “ Martin Luther King Jr. was a positive leader who stood up for our rights even when it was very dangerous to do so. He sacrificed his life so that we can have the same opportunities as all people.”

How has the fight for civil rights affected your family? “ I remember integration very clearly. I went to an all black school until the fifth grade. We did not have the same resources as other schools. We were openly discriminated against. Now, my children have the same chances and opportunities as all other children.”

Michelle Ingram English Teacher

Brenda Taylor

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Who do you think was the most important person of The Civil Rights Movement? Why?

Who do you think was the most important person of The Civil Rights Movement? Why?

I don’t think there was one person who was the most important. The truth is that if there hadn’t been anyone of them today’s society would be a lot less unified.”

“I feel the most important person in the Civil Rights Movement was Dr. Martin Luther King, but he would not have done what he did had it not been for Rosa Parks’s decision not to give up her seat on the bus. He was also assisted by President Kennedy and President Johnson who signed the Civil Rights Bills.

How has the fight for civil rights affected your family? The fight for civil rights has brought my family closer and it had made us appreciate the diversity within our own family.”

What areas do you think need improvement for all women and men to be equal?

What areas do you think need improvement for all women and men to be equal?

“In payment, if a man or a woman does the same job and has the same tenure and are equally qualified, then their pay should be the same.”

“I believe both men and women should realize that we are different but are very capable of accomplishing the same goals with effort.”

How has the fight for civil rights affected your family? “The fight for civil rights has allowed my family to go to “intergrated” schools, have a choice of what community we wanted to live in, have employment oppurtunities.

What areas do you think need improvement for all women and men to be equal? Equal pay for equal jobs is definitely one area that needs improvement.

Terry Walker

Lisa McDaniels

Who do you think was the most important person of The Civil Rights Movement? Why?

Who do you think was the most important person of The Civil Rights Movement? Why?

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“The Civil Rights movement worked because of the collective efforts of many people and many races, Martin Luther King certainly played a major role in inspiring and bringing people together.”

How has the fight for civil rights affected your family? “It has allowed us to have the opportunities that we have today.”

What areas do you think need improvement for all women and men to be equal? “Acceptance, tolerance, and treating others the way you want to be treated all need to be improved.”

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“Martin Luther King because he raised public consciousness of the Civil Rights Movement. He started the movement to end racial segregation and racial discrimination.”

How has the fight for civil rights affected your family? “The fight for Civil Rights has allowed not only my family, but all American families to be treated as equals.”

What areas do you think need improvement for all women and men to be equal? “I feel that women and men are, for the most part, treated equally. It is the mind set of certain people that needs to change.”

Monique Woodard Choir Teacher

Who do you think was the most important person of The Civil Rights Movement? Why? “We all know who comes to mind when we think about the Civil Rights movement (Martin Luther King, Jr). But, I have to say the people who participated in the marches, and protests were important. Even the most important figures could not have gone as far without the people behind it.”

How has the fight for civil rights affected your family? Sometimes I get angry when I see film clips, and photos of the events in the 60’s. At the same time, I am thankful that my family can have equal opportunity because of the Civil Rights movement.”

What areas do you think need improvement for all women and men to be equal? Honestly, we have come a long way. The only area that needs improvement is the mentality of those who still think in terms of inequality.”

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supposed to be about love. It’s the day when getting Kayla Carneal candy, flowers and a cute bear from your significant other is twice as sweet. So while I was in Hallmark the other day, I decided to take a look at a few of the humorous Valentine’s Day cards. Most of them had inappropriate comments in them, which can be funny, but not exactly what you’d want to get from someone on the day that’s supposed to be about love. For example,“If they had candy hearts that say what I really want them to say…they’d have to keep them behind the counter and require some form of I.D,” said a less perverted card. I just don’t see why someone would want to give or receive that type of card. Why has Valentine’s Day become some commercialized joke? It didn’t originate that way, but somehow society has found a way to take the meaning out the most loving day of the year. Lately, the day of love has become all about boxes of chocolate, singing teddy bears, expensive dates, and perverse cards that do nothing to show someone just how much they mean to you. Whatever happened to the days when Valentine’s Day meant showing someone you actually care? Try telling them how important they are to you. Take your significant other to a simple restaurant that you both like, and don’t make it all about the money spent on the evening. And if you can’t find the way to say exactly how you feel, for Pete’s sake, find a card that actually expresses your feelings for the person you love instead of pure lust. And just to get my point across again, here’s another example,“To my wife, Honey I love you even more than TV… Plus you’re a lot more fun to watch when nothing’s on.” Seriously, let’s at least attempt to make this holiday a little more meaningful and stay away from the crude jokes and the cheap candy.

Cinderella musical tryouts provide equal opportunities for all Madison Moss trn editor

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t is time to break out the brooms, pumpkin carriages, and glass slippers! Although those are a few prime points to the ‘Cinderella’ story, those will not however be requirements for auditioning for the musical. This year’s spring musical is Roger’s and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’. The production was the basis for the madefor-television movie starring R&B singers Brandy and Whitney Houston. There are several teachers involved with the auditions and selection of performers. Theatre teacher Daryl Phillips, band director Michael Warnock, English teacher Elizabeth Houlihan, and choir director Monique Woodard. Each teacher is involved with the selection of performers, but they also has their specific niche. Phillips will be dealing with the acting aspect of the production; Warnock will help in the selection of pit instrumentalists; Houlihan will assist with the dancing area, and Woodard will help with choosing the pit chorus, and she will also assist with the selection of on-stage performers. There are twenty-two roles up for grab at the audition, not including pit performers. As with any play production, everyone is welcome to audition. Being a musical performance though, there are specific requirements the students auditioning must meet. “The students will, of course, have to be skilled in acting. In addition to that, they need to be exceptionally talented in singing, and dancing. We need people who will be able to sing and dance at the same time on stage; we need a core of strong dancers,” Phillips said. The musical Cinderella was picked from a selection of different musicals. “We considered doing Hairspray, but we could not acquire the rights to the musical. That left us with Pipin and Cinderella. We chose ‘Cinderella’ because we have good actors available in the school, and we also have a large amount of talented female performers. As you would suspect,

Cinderella’s glass slipper sparkles for upcoming play auditions. Photo by Madison Moss the musical is dominated by female roles,” Phillips said. The auditions will be held on Feb. 23rd, 24th, and 25th. “The first two days will consist of the acting and singing auditions. Students must prepare a song to perform in front of the teachers, and there will be a reading from the script. The third day will consist of only the dancing portion. The selected choreographers will have created a routine to teach the applicants, and they must perform it in front of the teachers as well. Applicants only have to come to one of the first two audition days, but ALL applicants must attend the third, dancing portion,” Phillips said. Besides the auditions for the main production, there will be selections for pit singers and pit instrumentalists. “I normally select the pit singers from the advanced classes. My fifth block class is required to perform as pit singers, and if I need more performers, I hand select them,” Woodard said. Woodard also assists in selecting the

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singers who will be on-stage performing. “I look for people who have a strong capability in singing. They must be able to have good articulation, be energetic, and be able to sing out loud enough for an audience to hear,” Woodard said. There will also be pit instrumentalists chosen. “To choose the pit performers, I usually take volunteers. I also pick the best players from my band. The type of instruments being played depends solely on the musical. To be in the pit, however, they don’t necessarily have to be in a band class, but they have to be able to play their instrument well, and be able to focus on practicing with the schedule of the musical,” Warnock said. With the auditions in Feb., it gives the actors roughly three months to prepare for the final performance date. The musical will be presented in May, and the teachers involved in the production expect it to be a hit among the student body. The story is well known, and easy to understand, and it will be sure to entertain all.


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Team keeps lifting despite coach change “It is just weird not knowing who your head coach is going be,” junior Wayne Long said. Also the players have their minds on whether the arrival of the new head coach will be a good thing. “I worry about what he is going be like, if he is doing what we as a team want, and whether he will do better or worse,” Long said. “Generally first year coaches don’t do well.” Spencer Lambert Although these distractions and worries do exist, the players feel they trn editor need to continue on in their off season training in order to stay on track so that they will have every opportunity he field house is to improve for next year and be yet again alive competitive. “We need to be prepared for next with activity, as the football team season,” junior Chris Taylor said. “It is very important,” Hubert begins their offsaid. season weight“You just got to do the best you training program can, and just get bigger and faster,” in order to stay fit Wells said. and build their strength and speed to Although the players admit that become more competitive for the next there has been some confusion created season. For the veteran players attending, by this off-seasons situation, they feel weight training is an all too familiar that weight training itself and the practice, but the off-season departure workout regiment that goes along with of Head Coach Mark Tomlin has given it has not changed. “We basically are just lifting the situation a new twist and has taken the players away from their usual because we can’t do football stuff in the off-season,” Long said. “Everything focus. “No one really knows what is going is pretty much the same.” “It’s not really affecting weight on” sophomore Thessalonia Hubert training, either way we would do the said. lifting, exercises, and running,” Taylor “It’s difficult and stressful without said. a coach,” junior Cody Wells said If any differences exist, the players The players have found themselves feel it is minimal. somewhat confused, wondering what “We have differed in only some to expect and what to do during ways from Tomlin’s plan,” Hubert said. their workouts to prepare for the new Even though Tomlin’s departure coach. deprives the team of it’s former central “We don’t know what the new leadership fi gure, the team’s leadership coach is going to be like,” Wells said, “There’s a little bit of confusion with has in no way been dismantled. The not knowing what the new coach is rest of the coaching staff is currently intact and because of this the players going to want from us.” “There’s a lot of confusion,” are getting the leadership and guidance Hubert said. “There is not much of a they need to improve during the offclear focus anymore, with the hassle of season. “There is more than one coach,” finding a new coach.” Taylor said. For some players it is not “Coach Tomlin’s leaving really necessarily confusion they are feeling, hasn’t affected my weight training, but more of a kind of awkwardness at because I follow coach Daniels’ game the unfamiliar situation. plan,” Wells said. “He is still here and

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I’m hoping he is back next year.” Also the players themselves are stepping up. Tomlin placed confidence in many of his players to lead, and now that he has left they are doing exactly what he hoped and are becoming voices in the locker room and are helping to push the team forward. “Coach has always picked a leader for us to fill, and as of now I am a leader,” Taylor said, “ He looked for a leadership role from players who really want it, and who people respect in a way.” Most of the teams current seniors are not attending weight training, but are still contributing to the team by expressing their concern and encouraging even more players to step up and lead, especially next years seniors. “Upcoming seniors should

Senior Cody Engle spots junior Cody Wells as he presses the bar during the teams off-season weight lifting program. The team has kept progressing forward despite the uncertainties with the Head Coach situation. Photo by Devyn Pachmayr definitely step up, because all of our seniors are gone, our captains are gone, and now Tomlin is gone , so somebody needs step up in the weight room,” senior Cody Engle said. Engle feels that it is very important for the players attending weight training to work together. “Not many people are at weight training so it is important to stick together,” Engle said. “They need to motivate each other and work with each other.”


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Players are signed ; ready for college careers Five students’ dreams of playing after high school are realized by signing with colleges Josh Stewart trn editor

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rince George was well represented Feb. 4, 2009, on National Signing Day. Five commendable athletes signed to colleges and took the first step in continuing their athletic careers into the collegiate level. Seniors Bryan Yates signed with Chowan for football, Meredith Powroznik signed with Radford to play soccer, Eric Tucker with Patrick Henry Community College for baseball, Ryan Montgomery committed to Norfolk State for baseball, and Thomas Worley signed with Eastern Mennonite University also to play baseball. With these commitments from these students comes an array of emotions and feelings related to the completion of high school and looking forward to the future in college. “It feels great, I don’t have to worry about college like everyone else, I’ve just got to stay focused on finishing up high school now,” senior Bryan Yates said. Signing with a college for athletics not only takes away social pressures but workload deadlines that are associated with the college application process as well. “I feels really good, I don’t have to send in any letters of recommendation or wait for acceptance, like I would have had to if I had applied regular,” senior Ryan Montgomery said. No matter what the signing and committing to a school means to a high school athlete, remaining grounded and focused on the task in front of them is always of the utmost importance. “What I have to do now is stay focused on the future season and my schoolwork,” senior Eric Tucker said.

(Very top) Senior Bryan Yates , accompanied by Former Coach Mark Tomlin, William Havard, and his family, smiles after signing with Chowan University in North Carolina, continuing his football career. (Above) Senior Meredith Powroznik joyfully signs with Radford university located in Radford , Virginia, to play soccer. Contributed Photos

(Above) Senior Cody Eric Tucker grins as he signs on to play baseball at Patrick Henry Community College. (Top Right) Senior Thomas Worley Represents his new team , the Eastern Mennonite University Royals . (Bottom right) Senior Ryan Montgomery signed back in Nov. with Norfolk State University to play baseball Contributed Photo


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Track team avenges last year’s mishap Track participants reflect on ways of preparing for district meet Jordan Minter trn writer

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n Feb. 12, 2009, The Prince George indoor track team and seven other teams did travel to the Arthur Ashe Center for the Central District Track Meet. The Royals were anxious to compete this year because the District meet never happened for them last year due to snow and ice. Unfortunately, not every track member has the opportunity to compete. Only those that have achieved a qualifying time, distance, or height can advance through the higher levels of competition. Although they cannot compete, the idle athletes still have an important role to play. “They still provide support for the rest of the team by cheering us on and acting as support staff,” senior hurdler and high jumper Bryan Yates said. Although most of the track members already know if they qualified or not, some still need an opportunity. The last chance meet is the last regular meet of the season, which means that it will be the last opportunity for them to make their qualifying times. While some athletes franticly put all efforts on the table, the ones that did qualify use it as a chance for further preparation or even relief from pressure. “It’s nice because there is relief in not having the stress of having to qualify in just one meet. You can just get out

there and enjoy the run,” sophomore long distance runner Jose Rodriguez said. The team is young, but the underclassmen bring new excitement and enthusiasm. “I’m excited because it is my first year that I can actually count in the districts. Eighth grade members are not allowed to contribute in the competition, “explained distance runner Courtney Lewis. Despite the lack of age and experience on the team the coaches are still confident. “We are younger than usual, but we have a strong core of veterans that are showing them the way. The team has worked hard this year and has had a good showing in past meets. As a unit we feel good, we have a lot of confidence.” Head Coach Dan Rivera said. Not only do the athletes compete for the district title, but they are also competing to move on to regional and possibly state-wide competition. There are two ways to make it to higher competition from districts, placement and qualification. As athletes move up, qualification times, heights, and distances increase to create higher levels of competition. The top six placers in each event in the district meet will move on to regionals, and the top six placers in each event in regionals will move on to states. Sometimes placement can be used to circumvent the qualifications. “I am not really that worried because I already qualified for the districts, and I can get into regional competition through my placement in districts,” Rodriguez said. As districts draw nearer, it is becoming evident that the Royals will rely on the enthusiasm of the new competitors, experience of the veterans, and the determination of all members to dominate over the seven other schools.

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Athletes shoot for top

Team prepares for upcoming district competition with determination Kenneth Wooten trn sports editor

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n athlete begins to jump. Several opposing players jump towards him to block the shot. The ball leaves his fingertips. It makes its way towards the rim. The buzzer sounds. As fans watch without taking a breath, the ball hits the rim. It goes in. That is what the Prince George Royals Varsity Basketball team hopes to do at Districts; come out on top of all competition. With Districts for basketball approaching very soon for the boy’s varsity team, their main focus is being prepared to go against some tough teams.

Boys Varsity Basketball Team stands ready to play their game against Matoaca while focusing on becoming prepared for Districts. Photo by Brittany Carpenter We are going to condition harder in and out of practice, so we can keep up with everyone else’s pace,” sophomore Albert Williams said. Besides the fact that each team mate plans on conditioning more, some of the athletes believe that certain team contributions will help in the end. For me, I feel my biggest contribution to the team when we play at districts will be my teamwork. The teamwork of each athlete on our team is also very important though in order for us to come out successful in the end,” senior Kenneth Hall said. For Williams, his biggest contribution to the team though will be something else besides his teamwork. My energy on the bench and on the court to get the team pumped is the biggest contribution I will probably make during the whole competition,” Williams said. Working together as a team is one of the preparations that the team plans on developing even more before the competition approaches. I believe we will do better at districts than last year because we are a group of fighters,” Hall said. Now even though the players have a constant focus on preparing for the competition that lies ahead, each athlete also is looking forward to several things

when districts comes around. I’m looking forward to winning the District Title. I’m also looking forward to getting a banner hung up in the gym,” Williams said. As most players look forward to the reward and accomplishment of winning the district, junior Devon Grandison on the other hand wants to have fun. I’m looking forward to some good games from all of the teams. It will be challenging, but what is fun if it’s not a challenge,” Grandison said. As the basketball season winds down and gears up for the Districts competition, each athlete and the coaches come together and push the team in on preparing for the tough contest. Regardless of how difficult the practices are, each athlete is required to mentally become ready for the tournament along with staying physically ready. I feel like the team is going to do well at the District competition. We will be ready for the challenge and will play with everything we got,” Williams said. For each athlete on the boys basketball team, Districts may be a really competitive time, but no matter what happens, the team is ready to take on any challenge that the competition may bring.

Senior Spotlight DaNeshia Williams Girls Basketball

1. How long have you played basketball?

“Since the 3rd grade”

2. What was your best play/best game?

“When we played Hopewell and I scored about four 3-pointers” 3. Who inspired you to do better in basketball?

“Everyone who lived on Fort Lee played so I just picked up on it” 4. How do you practice on your spare time?

“I go to Branchester park or McLaughlin Gym on Fort Lee and play”

5. What do you enjoy most about basketball?

“The beginning of each game when the girls and I get hype”

6. What are your pregame rituals?

“I listen to music”

7. Do you eat anything specific before a game?

“No, I eat whatever”

8. What position do you play?

“Shooting Guard”

9. What is your favorite aspect about basketball?

“Shooting 3’s”

10. Do you plan on playing in college?

“No”


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ational signing day for college athletes brought hype and excitement to Prince George once again this year, with athletes Josh Stewart signing for a variety of sports. Seniors Ryan Montgomery, Eric Tucker, Brian Yates, and Meredith Powroznik all agreed to extend their athletic careers into the collegiate level with their respective school choice. No doubt that this says something about our athletic programs, school, and most importantly our county. Yet there is still more that can be done to raise our sports status at the collegiate level and beyond. The athletes that signed are all superb athletes and showcase commendable character, but opportunities are being missed here. The Tidewater region of our state is a goldmine when it comes to high school athletic talent. College and pro scouts dream of picking up just some of these talented individuals and developing them further. With our counties close proximity to Fort Lee and the diversity and people that come from all over the world, there is no reason why we cannot take advantage of the prospects and be just as good if not better than the Tidewater region. With the development of this incredible sports talent, our county would dominate not only in our district, but the region as well. Instead of fairly large school districts such as Chesterfield and Richmond being players on the high school sports scene, Prince George would be a perennial powerhouse in the high school sports world. The use and development of the talent that comes through our schools doors, would elevate some of our athletes to unprecedented heights, bringing our county prestige and honor. The full potential of our county is not being seized and skills and attributes are going unused. Our county holds a high pedestal in the high school sports world, but there is always room for improvement.

Sophomores Matthew Skinner and Latisha Rouson show their enthusiasm as fans at the pep rally before the homecoming game. Photo by Taryn Langley

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Always room for improvement

Students show die hard fanhood Fans play integral part of all sports Devyn Pachmayr trn writer

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eople respond to energies. We respond to both negative and positive energies. It depends on the individual to how he or she responds to the signals they pick up from another. An entire crowd can put off a vibe that can affect a teams mentality as a whole. Athletes need motivation to keep them going strong. Lately, the fan attendance at Prince George sporting events has been disappointing. Fans have always played a large role in the athlete’s performance, and without support athletes are forced to motivate themselves to peak performance. Whether you’re a high school student expressing your team spirit or a die-hard national league fan, your presence in the stands and your screams that get lost in the crowds may seem pointless. Your body and your cheers could possibly be that extra push that motivates an athlete to excel. “An athlete motivates themselves before a game, but the influence of

the fans adds that little kick of desire.” Junior and varsity soccer player Desi Scott said. “It can be flipped around, though, if you go to an away stadium, the opposite teams fans can be mean and get you out of your game. An audience influences you mentally, either negatively and positively.” Scott said. There are different breeds of fans that can be discerned by their level of intensity. There are those that paint their face, but on a costume and cry when their team wins, there are those that wear jerseys and show support openly, and there are those that are closet fans that avoid conflict with rivaling team fans. “I’ve been a Washington Redskins fan since April 13, 1992, the very day I was born. I’m a fan because my grandfather is a fan, it’s always been that way.” junior and varsity football team member Johnny Stables said. Fans are the backbone of a succeeding sports team. The audience motivates and encourages the team to push themselves to victory. “Fans are important because they motivate the players to be better. Can you imagine being in the NFL running out onto the field in front of thousands of screaming fans? It must be the best experience in the world.” Stables said. Although fan attendance at Prince George sporting events has not been up to par, there are a few dedicated students

that know the importance of supporting the Royals. “I go to every wrestling meet that I can manage. I like being able to go support our guys. The matches are a lot of fun to watch, I get really into them.” junior Taylor Jones said. Dedicated fans, whether family or regular spectators, have an unspoken respect for the team. The invisible bond between team members and their fans is impervious. “I feel that some of the fan attendance has an effect on the boys, especially the parents, they have a huge impact.” Jones said. Athletes succeed because they have a reason to win, they have something to prove. They do not have a reason to continue pushing themselves when the necessary motivation and support is missing. “I love having fans come see me play. When you have fans to cheer for you it makes you want to do better and get a goal or a score.” Sophomore and junior varsity soccer player Angela Gerard said. Fans are necessary for any team’s survival; a vital part in the success of a team as a whole. An audience has the power to lift a team to its highest point or to drown it in its self-consciousness. Either way, the people in those stands are a needed presence in determining the outcome of any game, match, or meet.


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The varsity boys basketball team defeated Matoaca 75-66 on Feb. 04 in an adrenaline packed game.

The varsity girls basketball team defeated Dinwiddie 70-49 on Feb. 04.

The indoor track team was unable to participate in last home meet due to weather on Feb. 04.

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Sophomores (from left to right) Matthew Skinner, Latisha Rouson, and Alex Cain not only wear school colors but also scream and yell during a pep rally to show just how much spirit they have for their school and their athletes. Photo by Taryn Langley Upcoming Sports Events Boys Basketball : Districts Competition on 2/17

Girls Basketball: Districts Competition on 2/17

Winter Track: Indoor Track Central Regionals on 2/20-2/21 at Arthur Ashe Center

Wrestling: Central Regionals Competition on 2/14 at James River


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