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ARGS Stages Women’s History Various Talents p. 8 Appreciated p.12-13 In order to be admitted, students must pass an audition and want to major in one of the available courses. Addie Eliades, daughter of art teacher Christy Eliades, has attended the school for three years.

Female faculty offer advice and reflection on their own lives to share with students. U.S. History teacher, Cynthia Hasley, is an advocate for women’s rights.

The Student Vote Do you think women have achieved equality in society?

37% No

63% Yes

Source: 100 students surveyed Infographic by Jessica Marshall

Annual Showcase For All Arts p. 17

On Mar. 10, student artwork was presented in the annual Spring Fling hosted by the Fine Arts Department. A percentage of the profits raised money for a scholarship.



Prince George H.S. - 7801 Laurel Spring Rd Prince George, VA 23875 - - March 12, 2012

Vol. X Issue 6

President Obama Visits To Address Economy p. 5

President Barack Obama gives a speech concerning the economy and the insourcing of jobs at the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe plant on Mar. 9th. In his speech, Obama stated that over the past two years, various businesses have added four million jobs on American soil. Photo by Jessica Marshall.

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Illustration by Anthony Sudol.

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ur mission as the school newspaper for Prince George High School is to provide a form of media that represents all aspects of student life. The goal is to present factual accounts of newsworthy events in a timely manner. Our publication will be informative, entertaining and reflective of the student body’s opinions. It is the desire of the staff to reach every student and tell as many of their stories as possible. We invite your commentary: The Royal News Opinion page is a forum for public discussion and shall be open to all students. The Royal News will print as many letters as space will allow. The Royal News reserves the right not to print a letter. The Royal News publishes a wide variety of opinions. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Royal News, PGHS, 7801 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, Virginia 23875, or bring them to room A6, or e-mail them to We reserve the right to edit for clarity, brevity, accuracy, legality, spelling and grammar. Please include your name, address and phone number. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. 500 word maximum. Thank you for the support this year. Please continue to communicate on

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he use of technology as a tool in educating students has increased exponentially over the years. Recently, with the popularity of e-readers such as kindles and other devices, students have been more inclined to use these devices in the classroom. However, there is no clear policy in effect concerning whether or not the use of these personal e-readers in school is appropriate. As it stands, it is the responsibility of the teacher to decide if they want to allow students to use these devices in their classrooms. This can be confusing to students who decide to utilize these tools because there is not a uniform policy of which they can abide. Students should be allowed to use their own e-readers to enhance their learning

experience. Every student has a different way of learning and if using an e-reader is how he or she learns, they should be allowed to do so. Teachers advocate finding the way that works best for students to retain information, but by not allowing the use of e-readers in the classroom, they are contradicting themselves. As long as the student uses the device in a way that is not distracting to the others around them, there should be no problem with having the e-readers in the class. The school needs to come up with a clear policy on these e-readers instead of leaving it to the discretion of the teachers. E-readers like any other source of technology, help some students learn better and therefore should be allowed in the classroom as long as the students follow a clear set of rules for their use in school.

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Abortion In America Sparks Controversy


n Feb. 28, the Virginia Senate passed the ultrasound law which requires all women to have an ultrasound before an abortion with the exception of women whose pregnancy as a result of rape or incest. It also requires that the woman be offered to see the image of the fetus and that a copy be kept in her medical records for seven years. The purpose of this new law seems to be to personify the fetus, therefore causing a woman to change her mind about following through with the Faven BUTLER procedure. Abortion is a major conflict in society today. One side displays moral values while assuring abortion is murder, while the other side believes it is simply a removal of tissue done for the child’s own benefit. I believe a child gains its rights at conception and should not have his or her life taken away at the choice of someone else. With that being said, I also think that one should not judge a mother if she decides to have an abortion without being in her shoes to fully understand the situation she is in. With a baby comes many responsibilities. Financial issues are one of many problems that emerge. Thinking of the money our parents spend on us, we should know raising a child for eighteen years costs a great deal of money. This may be a difficult situation to overcome, especially for those who are impregnated at a young age. According to the National Abortion Federation, 35% of teens have an abortion. More than half of all abortions are obtained from women under 25 years of age. The stress, physical and emotional exertion, and preparation that follows pregnancy takes away a lot of the time from a teen when she should be concentrating on school and her future. On the other hand, a child is a blessing that should have a fair chance to experience life like we do. The ultrasound law may save a few lives in the world, but until any more serious changes are made to the abortion law, it will continue to be a controversy that poses a difficult and relentless question of morality.



Is Nutrition Top Priority in the School System?

The nutrition of the meals being served in the school system have been questioned throughout various occasions. The issue being debated is whether or not the school lunch options are nutritious.


tudents have always complained about the lunches at school being unhealthy, but according to the National School Lunch Program, our school meets all of the requirements needed for serving the lunch that we eat. Schools are helping students to deborah gardner eat the right amount of nutrients when students eat school lunches. Students are more likely to eat their vegetables and drink their milk when given the option for free with their lunch. Students who bring their lunch are more likely to bring sodas and sweet foods like candy. Our lunch also gives us an opportunity to get a salad instead of the options of the other meals. The cafeteria also provides on some days the option of fresh Dominos pizza which is another way to eat something different. If our school did not have the right nutritional requirements, than I am sure we would not be getting fed the food at school that we do now. One of the requirements is that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat. Students complain that the options like the fries are too fattening, but students are given the option to swap their sides for different and healthier sides like mashed potatoes and green beans in certain lines. I have had school lunch plenty of times and I think that there are plenty of options for different meals when you go to the “Hot Meal” line. One of my favorite option is the meal with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. It is not up to the school what the students eat because students also have an option of taking their own lunch to school. The students that feel the school lunch is unhealthy may also take up a form of exercise.


Con Danielle marshall

“... our school meets all of the requirements needed for serving the lunch that we eat...” “Though it may seem like the cafeteria is improving there are still several issues that have yet to be addressed”

“It is not up to the school what the students eat because students also have an option of taking their own lunch to school...”

“When students eat healthier, it helps their brain function and focus”


ver the years there has always been this huge debate between the students and staff in schools all across America about nutrition in schools. This seems to be no different for our school. Every year our lunch cafeteria seems to try to improve what the students options are for meals each day. Though it may seem like the cafeteria is improving there are still several issues that have yet to be addressed. What exactly happens if a student is lactose intolerant? They only have two other options besides milk and that would be juice or water. Not including the things you can buy at the snack line that might tempt you to buy unhealthy items like cookies or chips. Also it seems that the food is good only when it has been dipped in grease. So far the only good options in the lunch line include salad, fruit cups, and the occasional veggie on the side. Everything else seems to be fried or frozen and just reheated. Now I understand that it is very hard to make homemade lunches for 1,000 students but I feel that there needs to be more options. Now if a student does not like what the cafeteria is serving they go to the snack line or just do not eat. I think that this can be solved by putting even more healthier things in the lunch line like fruit salad one day or perhaps something along the lines of a stir fry. These are just a few more nutritious idea than just a cheeseburger. When students have eaten healthier it helps their brain function and focus. The effort to fix the cafeteria should not only be about becoming healthier, but about helping the students brains in the school function the best that they possibly can.



News Obama Visits Rolls-Royce Plant in Prince George President encourages citizens to invest in ‘Made in America’ production Malikah Williams Editor-in-Chief


t 12:57 p.m., Friday, Mar. 9, President Barack Obama took to the podium at the Rolls Royce plant in front of a crowd of close to 1,000 people, making it the first time a president set foot in Prince George since 1909. The President spoke about the economy, jobs, and secondary education. “Over the past two years, our businesses have added nearly 4 million new jobs. More companies are bringing jobs back and investing in America,” President Obama said. “And manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s.” The decision of the President to speak at the Crosspointe facility was partly due to the fact that it is known for its advanced manufacturing and the economic revitalization of surrounding areas. “This company is about to hire more than 200 new workers, 140 of them right here in Petersburg, Virginia,” President Obama said. “So the economy is getting stronger and when I come to places like this, and I see the work that’s being done, it gives me confidence there are better days ahead.” In January, the President announced new plan for his “An Economy Built to Last” plan which laid out ways to encourage insourcing and bringing back jobs to America, of which Rolls Royce was a part of. Rolls-Royce is the leading provider in the world of power systems and services for use on land, at sea, and in the air. In the United States alone, the company employs more than 7,700 people in 26 states. “I was a part of that meeting at the White House where insourcing was the topic and

that is very much linked to creating new jobs in manufacturing,” said James Guyette, RollsRoyce North America Chairman, President, and CEO. “It is really important that our country has a competitive environment to return jobs back here.” The President also publicly announced a new proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation that would make United States’ manufacturers more competitive and encourage more investment. “I am laying out my plans for a new National Network of Manufacturing Innovation and these are going to be institutes of manufacturing excellence where some of our most advanced engineering schools and our most innovative manufacturers collaborate on new ideas, new technology, new methods, new processes,” President Obama said. “And if this sounds familiar, that’s because what you’re about to do right here at Crosspointe.” Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), which Rolls-Royce helped found, will be opening later in the

summer. It is a collaborative research center that will work with educational partners such as the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State and others. “He was right on target with what he said about education and advanced manufacturing,” Virginia State University President Keith Miller said. “In order to prepare for our future, we need higher education, we need government and we need private industry to move our economy forward.” President Obama also remarked on the importance of education and making it affordable to all while mentioning the Valedictorian of Petersburg High School, Kenneisha Edmonds. “So let’s make sure students like Kenneisha have teachers who bring out the best in them. Let’s make sure if they want to go to college, their families can afford them to go to college,” President Obama said. Overall, the event had an overarching theme of restoring confidence and security of the country in the future.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with audience members at Rolls-Royce after giving his speech. Obama focused his message on supporting more domestic production, like the work being done in Prince George. Photo by Malikah Williams. “Rolls-Royce is choosing to invest in America. Not buying stuff that’s made someplace else and racking up debt,” President Obama said. “But by inventing things and building things and selling them all around the world stamped with three proud words: ‘Made in America.’”

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'Ultrasound Law' Signed By Governor Bill passed requiring ultrasound before performing abortion Olivia Tritschler trn editor


he controversial topic of abortion used to only be whispered behind closed doors, but since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that abortion is legal, movements have been spurred into action. According to the www.newsleader. com, representatives in the Virginia General Assembly postponed for a year passing a bill defining personhood first introduced by delegate Robert G. Marshall back in Nov. 21, 2011. It defines personhood as all unborn children during all stages of development, who have all the rights and protections every citizen has under state and national law. “Lots of conservatives believe life begins at conception. Therefore they believe abortion is killing a person. It goes against their whole moral values to abort a child, a baby,” government teacher Louise Thornton said. “They believe that the fetus has the same rights as a person who is born.” Another bill dealing with abortion was just signed into law on Mar. 7, by Governor Bob McDonnell. The HB 462 bill was

started by Delegate Kathy J. Byron. This new law states that an ultrasound must be administered if a woman is thinking about getting an abortion. “I very much agree with both,” senior Rachel Coleman said. “The beginning of life and the cells multiplying is a living being. An ultrasound gives her [the mother] a clear view of what she is doing, so she is not misinformed.” The Virginia General Assembly has two houses, the House of Delegates and the Senate. Both the House and Senate represent VA districts, with the senatorial districts being larger. The state legislature is set up in a similar way as the national legislature, and the bills have to be researched, debated, and voted on in the same way. “It had to be introduced, go through committees, and then voted on in the floor of the House of Delegates,” Thornton said. “It must go through the Senate. Ultimately it will go to the Governor for his signature, but he can recommend attachments and it will go back to both houses.” Both sides have gained influence through interest groups in recent years. The pro-life include National Right to Life and Operation Rescue with their opposition being Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights Action League. “In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision came out and it surprised lots of people. At that time people against abortion began to mobilize. They formed interest groups like National Right to Life and they have worked to elect presidents

Republican Governor Bob McDonnell answers reporters’ questions on Fri., Mar. 9. Earlier on Wed., Mar 7, McDonnell signed into law a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. Photo by Wayne Epps, Jr. who are pro-life. They also have used the grassroot movement to elect congressmen to state legislatures,” Thornton said. “At the same time the pro-choice people are doing the same thing. Abortion is an issue that is going to polarize the nation because people have strong views on both sides and both think they are right.” At times, protest tactics reached extremes with protesters attacking abortion doctors and clinics. While these bad images are associated with certain pro-life interest groups, there are groups and individuals that support the same cause but without the violence. Coleman is involved in her church with supporting their beliefs. “We do not do big rallies or protest on it, but we are very open about our views,” Coleman said. “We are not ashamed about it.” Opinions on abortion vary even within the Republican and Democratic parties, but the movement is gaining momentum across the nation. “My parents from a young age informed me of there being a certain sacredness to life,” Coleman said. “I would prefer abortions not being legal, but I’m definitely against it being paid for by government funds.”

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Features Governor School Offers Alternative Education ARGS provides learning environment for gifted, talented Korrina Smith trn writer


he Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS) is a school for students gifted in areas of theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, dance, vocal arts, visual arts, instrumental music, literary arts, or technology. During the school year, students take eight courses which are divided into four classes on “A” days and four classes on “B” days. “A typical schedule consists of four core classes, a language course, and three electives,” junior Addie Eliades said through a Facebook interview. Eliades is a musical theatre major at ARGS, who is currently in her third year at the school. “Appomattox Regional Governor’s School has come to feel like a home away from home to me, though I can easily attribute part of this to the fact that I spend more time at ARGS than I do at my real home,” Eliades said. Unlike the typical school, students might be found eating lunch in the hallways or the school courtyard, not just the cafeteria. “In the mornings, students mingle around their lockers or cram on homework at the library,” Eliades said. “After school, students can be doing anything from an orchestra rehearsal to a soccer game to helping with the school recycling.” When a student auditions, they will audition for the major they would like to take corresponding requisite classes in during their time at ARGS. If students can fit courses other

than the ones that correspond with their major into their schedule, they are encouraged to do so. “I take a literary arts course, Creative Writing, for example, even though I am a musical theatre major,” Eliades said. “Everything we do full-circles back to the arts and technology.” After a student’s freshman year they can switch to a different major, but after that the major they have chosen is final. The audition is slightly different for the different areas students may be applying for. A student who is auditioning for musical theatre will sing a musical theatre song, participate in acting activities, and dance to choreographed dances. “The process of applying is long and hard,” eighth grader Meade Wilson said. According to Eliades, every student

applying will participate in an interview. The application will encompass a transcript of the student’s academic record, a resume, and an essay. “First you had to fill out an application,” eight grader Jenna Taylor said. “Then, you had to get two teacher recommendations, get those sent to the governor’s school, and wait for them to send you a letter saying what your testing room was to take the five hour test.” Wilson and Taylor have just recently applied. “Now, we wait for our letters,” Taylor said. Students who are applying to ARGS may have different reasons for applying, but they all have the same goal of getting the acceptance letter. “I decided to try out because I think I would fit in more there, and that they

Dancers from ARGS dance team pose at the end of the Lancer Dancer Competition at Manchester High School in Feb. 2011. ARGS offers specialized courses geared towards areas of theater, arts, and technology. Photo Contributed by Addie Eliades. would challenge me more there,” Wilson said. Trying out for the ARGS is something to consider for any student who is gifted in areas of theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, dance, vocal arts, visual arts, instrumental music, literary arts, or technology. “It is wonderful to work in a creatively vibrant environment and to outreach to the community doing what I love,” Eliades said.


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Irish Heritage Influences Lifestyle TAL N E N I T N TRANSCO D RAILROA

Traditions impact celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Kristen Schwalm trn writer


ith St. Patrick’s D a y steadily a p proachi n g , Irish descendants are eager for celebrations and family gatherings to begin. The holiday is named after the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. There are many Irish traditions that are kept throughout the day of Mar. 17.

Natives like to have a big feast to honor St. Patrick. Though some that are not native still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The biggest tradition and a major symbol of the day is the adornment of the color green. Americans like to wear green so they will not get pinched. However, the color green has a bad reputation in Ireland. Since the color was on the flag that was flown during the time that Ireland was not free, the color is considered unlucky in the country. Americans like to celebrate the holiday by having and participating in parades and feasts. Irish descendants have many different foods and drinks that correlate with the holiday. Some examples include: corned beef, cabbage and beer. “On St. Patrick’s Day, we always have corn green,” junior Pamela Harsh said. There are many symbols that correlate with the holiday. Leprechauns are portrayed as happy little elves. However, the legend says they are really mean and untrustworthy. If one happen to come across a leprechaun, the legend states that

they are supposed to take that person to their pot of gold. Another famous symbol for the holiday is the shamrock. It is green and has three leaflets. The saint chose this as the symbol to represent the idea of holy trinity. The components are Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Many believe that a shamrock is a four-leaf clover; however, it is not. When a four-leaf clover is found, it is said to represent God’s Grace. But many people just believe it is lucky. Americans with Irish heritage or background are proud of what their ancestors have accomplished during the past. “I am proud knowing the things we accomplished during history, like the building of the Transcontinental Railroad,” junior Nelson Leary said. The Irish have had a huge impact on America. Their presence is dominant in the Northeast. “They are a big group in the Northeast, places like Boston and Chicago,” history teacher Sabine LaBossiere said.

Illustration by Anthony Sudol. Other Americans have a personal connection with the Irish heritage. “They sent me a wife. Ms. Magill’s family came from Ireland. Today she is known as Mrs. Britt,” history teacher Nelson Britt said. The world has adopted a procedure of pinching someone if they are not wearing the color green. Originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue. However, the color green was adopted because of Ireland being nicknamed the “Emerald Isle”. It was also chosen for the color because green is known as the symbolic color of Spring and the shamrock is green. “To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I like to wear lots of green,” Leary said. People of the Irish heritage are extremely proud and like to try and persuade fellow Irish peers to show their heritage and not be afraid or shy about it. “Everyone who is Irish should say it to the world and be proud,” Harsh said.


Women's History Month E Library Media Specialist Kimberly Bailey

Guidance Counselor Nancy Odum

What woman has been the biggest influence on you?

Do you think women’s history is adequately taught in school?

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“Oprah Winfrey, her life is a true example of reaching the American dream. She also uses her wealth to bring awareness to many social issues.”

“I think history needs to be taught and not separated by gender or race.”

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Do you have any female role models?

National Women’s History month encourages appreciation, celebration; female school officials share experiences, lessons


Aaron Raines and Leah Holiday trn writers

omen’s History month was established as a national holiday by Congress in 1987 as a means of celebrating and commemorating the accomplishments of women throughout history. The month of recognition was created in response to nation-wide pressure from numerous groups and individuals. The National Women’s History Project, a group that emphasizes the importance of women in history and society, chooses a specific theme each year for the month and chose this year’s theme to be women’s education and empowerment. The purpose of Women’s History month is to recognize and celebrate the achievements of all women.

“Melba Cross, my grandmother. She is practical, she does not waste anything and works from sun up to sun down; she is unafraid, she tries new things and is not afraid of failure because she keeps trying until she accomplishes her goal.”

What advice do you have for female students? “Women need to be strong independent individuals and only depend on themselves.” What did you do before you were a guidance counselor? “I taught for fifteen years and before that was a floral designer.”


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How do you want to be remembered?

How do you want to be remembered?


“I would like to be remembered as a kind loving wife, mother and friend.”

“I hope that at some point that I can make a difference in someone’s life.”

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of students believe the should do more Numbers school to stress women’s his- s tory


Elicits Recognition US History Teacher Cynthia Hasley

Who do you think is the most important female historical figure?

“Abigail Adams, Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells, women who were not afraid to do what they thought was right and did not allow society to keep them in their ‘place’.”

Do you have any female role models?

“Any women who tired to break the retraints of us being kept in place.”

What advice do you have for female students?

“Get a strong handshake, speak up, be willing to participate, and develop enough confidence to be able to take on he things you want to change.”

How do you want to be remembered?

“For my fairness in treatment, integrity, and doing something about injustices.”


Guidance Counselor Tara Bauman

Guidance Counselor Evelina Davis

What woman has been the biggest influence Do you have any female role models? on you? “My mom, she pushed me and always “I have always admired Princess Diana stressed to me the importance of eduand how she touched everybody and cation because she could not get it and everything she was involved in.” she knew I needed it. That is why I am here today.” Do you believe women have achieved equalWhat advice do you have for female stuity in society? dents? “I do, I think everybody has the same “To strive to be the best individual, not opportunities, if they embrace them or woman, but individual they can be.” not is up to them.” What do you consider your most valuable What is the most important lesson for young contribution to society? women to learn? “My two sons.” “It does not matter how many friends you have or how old you are, you just How do you want to be remembered? need to be okay with yourself that is “For my contribution to the field of the important thing. It is not the num- education in public school, higher edber, but the quality of people you sur- ucation, and Christian education. All three are equally important.” round yourself with.”



of students believe of students said that of students rate the women’s history dewomen’s history is school’s coverage of serves its own month somewhat important women’s history as of celebration to them fair

The Background of Women’s History Month 1978: Sonoma County, California’s public schools established a local women’s history week. Other schools around the nation quickly followed Sonoma’s example. February 1980: President Carter declared the week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. 1980s: Women’s history efforts gained momentum through support from state education departments as well as numerous essay contests sponsored by various groups. 1986: 14 states had already declared March Women’s History Month. 1987: Congress declared March National Women’s History Month. Information gathered from http://


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“Philadelphia because I just love being there.” – sophomore Trenton Jackson



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“Puerto Rico because I like the beaches and visiting my family.” – junior Bryan Crespo



“Chicago because it’s my birthplace and it holds a lot of my childhood memories.” – senior Janise Varnell

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! SPRINGBREAK EDITION

WHERE TEACHERS GO DURING THEIR SPARE TIME Do they party? Do they have friends? Do they have lives outside of school? Students wonder about the personal lives of teachers. In reality they do everything students do, especially travel. If you want to bump into your teachers during Spring break, then you will probably find them at their favorite vacation spots.

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“My favorite destination spot has been Florence, Italy. I have been there twice and enjoy the architecture, like Il Duomo, and the food,” - English teacher, J. L. Owens “I love to go to Blue Ridge Mountain, NC especially during the fall to look at the fall foliage and going on picnics,” Fashion Marketing teacher, Kimberly Beales “One of my favorite cities is Edinburgh, Scotland because my family is from the area and I like the history and culture. Plus, they have a very awesome ghost tour,” French teacher, Marcia Skiffington “Lake Gaston, it is quiet and relaxing,” - Biology teacher, Chrystal Barnwell “The Masters in Augusta, Georgia, because it is the hardest ticket in the world to get, and that is how Mr. Hettinger and I roll,” - World History teacher, Travis Carr.


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Spring Fling Spotlights Individuality

Students display creativity for community Adam Blakemore trn writer


nce a year, the school system holds a large celebration of all the student’s work in the fine arts. It is a day of singing, watching performances, and browsing through student made pieces of art. The Spring Fling was held on Mar. 10 this year, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J.E.J. Moore Middle School. It took place inside the school, throughout the hallways, the gymnasium, and the school cafeteria. Among those that were viewed are many works of art created by students. The art that they worked on in class was showcased at the event, with the hope of selling them and raising money for the Fine Arts Educator’s Scholarship. These students were also competing to have the most highly ranked art pieces, attempting to win a prize ribbon and a scholarship. The winner received not only the recognition of everyone that attended, but also of the local art community. “The spring fling helps embody the passion that students have in support for

our school’s arts. Without it, some of our work would never get seen by people other than our classmates,” Caleb Togger said. “I put a lot of effort into my work. I made a graphite self portrait, and it probably took me three weeks of hard work. I really put my heart into it.” Students feel very strongly about the pieces they are entering into the Spring Fling. “I feel like it is the best piece I have ever done because I really put my heart into it,” junior Shelby Derrick said. Also on display was a portion of the school’s fall drama, William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” performed by sophomores Sarah Fitch and J.T. Stawarz and seniors Mara Barret and Matt Branthoover. The students have gone on to other performances and have had trouble relearning their lines. “It was really difficult to relearn my lines, but I feel like it makes me better as an actress, like a training exercise,” Fitch said. “But I feel as if all of us have put so much of ourselves into it.” The scene was slightly different then the original, as the woman who played the nurse, Marcia Skiffington, was not among the cast members, and the scenery had been reduced significantly. Since the time slot was only ten to twelve minutes for each scheduled show,

Face-painting was one of the various activities that one could participate in at the Spring Fling on Mar. 10. At the event, senior Courtney Boney took home first place in her class. Photo by Jessica Marshall. the scene had some limitations on it. But the actors feel like they are up to it. “We really have a good balance between us. We play off each other and react well to what the other people are doing. We have a lot of talent and we want to show that off to the world,” Fitch said. Drama teacher, Daryll Phillips, had confidence in the performers and great faith in their ability to recapture the feelings from the original performances. The scene he chose was the second balcony scene, and he felt that the high energy and emotion in the scene would really catch peoples attention. “I have full confidence in these young actors, and I know that everyone will enjoy it. It is the scene where Juliet’s father gets angry and blows up at her, which keeps everyone entertained,” Phillips said. “And I think it is great that the Spring Fling seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year. It is a huge success, and even I am guilty of buying a couple of pieces of art myself.”

Celebrities Under Pressure from Constant Exposure


elebrities are always in the public eye. They are stalked, they are photographed by the paparazzi, asked for autographs from fans and constantly judged by people who do not know or understand their situation. People always want to know what they are doing, where they are going, who they are with and what is going on in their lives. None of this information is anyone’s business but their own. Celebrities never get Tasia Faulcon the space or privacy they need to keep them sane or even feel a little bit normal. Fan may say that this is what they asked for when they took the steps to get them famous, but no one is prepared for everyone to be in their business all the time. Since the release of her remixed “Birthday Cake,” and the friendly Happy Birthday tweet, there has been a lot of critical speculation on Rihanna and Chris Brown’s reemerging friendship. Some people think that Rihanna should never talk to Chris Brown again because of the incident that happened between Rihanna and Chris Brown a few years ago in early 2009. People have been saying that Rihanna being cordial and friendly towards Chris Brown makes her a bad role model for young girls, when it in fact teaches them that all situations should not be handled with anger and violence. The people that are judging Chris Brown and Rihanna’s situation have no right. They want Rihanna to be vicious towards Chris Brown, and to publicly slander him, but if she does not want to, that is her choice and if she did that would not be so great for young girls to admire her for either, that would just show them the worst way to act in a situation. Normal people need to try to look at situations from a celebrity’s perspective, even if that may be impossible. If everyone always wanted to know what was going on with non-celebrities and judged noncelebrities all the time, they would not know how to deal with it, so why put others in this situation, they are still people and want to be treated as everyone else.




Gamer's Corner

Dark Souls, Sequel to Demons Soul Destroys Evil


he main phrase from the menacingly hard RPG, Dark Souls, the sequel to Demon’s Souls is “Prepare to Die.” Many people have played this game and all have died. The purpose of this game is to destroy all the evil from the world, the Demons. Dark Souls starts out with your character in the Undead Asylum, an asylum that imprisons the undead. Oscar, Knight of Astora, helps you escape Dale Mullins for your cell by dropping down a body with a key on it. you use this key to escape and quickly stumble your way right to the lair of the Asylum Demon. This is the first, however easy encounter with a demon. After the fight is over, a giant crow swoops down and carries the character off to the land that has been over run and destroyed by demon, Lordran, to purge it of the demons. The adventure starts with the crow dropping the character off at a Bon-


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fire in The Firelink Shire, which he uses to save the games progress and replenish his health and Estus Flasks, used to heal the character. The character immediately meets the Crestfallen Warrior. He gives information on the path, which must be followed. The two Bells of Awakening must be rung. Going to the Undead Burg or the New Londo Ruins starts the journey. Most usually go to the Undead

that are in this area such as the Hellkite Dragon, Capra Demon, Havel the Rock, Black Knight, Heavy Knight, Prowling Demon, Armored Tusk, and the Bell Gargoyles. This may sound like a lot of Bosses, but there are a great number of others. This game’s difficulty just increases from the moment the first enemy is killed to the last. This game requires strategy, preparation, and leveling up to be able to progress father in the game. There are many ways to prepare for the upcoming enemies. You can locate escape routes, increase the power of you weapons and shields, reinforce your armor, level up your status, and use magic. Dark Souls has been considered one of the hardest games ever, but if you choose your pates wisely, prepare yourself, and be patient, you can beat this game in time.

Burg because it is the easiest way. As you leave the Firelink Shrine, you encounter some undead soldiers. Once you make further progress, more Bonfires and enemies are found, since all enemies are resurrected except MidBosses and Bosses. The second Demon likely to be encountered is the Taurus PLEASE NOTE THIS GAME HAS BEEN RATED M FOR BLOOD Demon. He is fun to fight, however, hard AND GORE, PARTIAL NUDITY AND VILOENCE to vanquish. There are a few other Bosses


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Hunger Games Creates Suspense Students anticipate movie release of popular book series


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his spring, the popular book series known as The Hunger Games is expected to come out with a movie on Mar. 23. There will be a midnight showing at Regal Cinemas in Colonial Heights at 12:30 a.m. The Hunger Games was written by Suzanne Collins. The story is set during the future in North America, which is known as Panem. Panem is split into twelve districts and every year, the twelve districts are required to send one boy and one girl to compete in the hunger games. The games are battles to the death ,which are televised for all to see to let everyone know that the government is always in control and they cannot rebel. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, urgently ‘volunteers as tribute’ to compete in the hunger games in her sister’s place, who was originally chosen. The Hunger Games is a trilogy covered in three books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. In all three books, there is a considerate amount of violence throughout the story. It has not been confirmed whether the other books in the Hunger Games trilogy will have movies as well. Despite the violence, people still love the books. The fan base has grown in the past few months, especially for the upcoming movie. “I was interested in The Hunger Games because I thought it had an interesting plot and characters,” junior Alexandra Crowder said. The characters and the plot have appealed to a large audience in the time that the books have been out. One reason is that the characters are easy to understand and have

characteristics that real people often share. “I like Katniss because while she loves Peeta and Gale, she does not completely lose herself to one of them,” junior Angela Todd said. Around the school, the excitement for the upcoming movie is evident. “I am going to the midnight showing,” junior Taylor Clark said. The teachers around the school share sentiments on the book like the students. Some teachers are fans of the series. “The books are well-written and they grab you from the first few pages,” Librarian Kim Bailey said. “Once I was done with one book, I had to read the next one.” However, there is some concern when it comes to the movies. Many believe that the books will not fully capture the tone of the book. “I am afraid that it will not be as good as the book,” English teacher Sonya Lee said. “I am afraid it will not meet expectations.” The portrayal of the violence and brutality in the books are the main concern. Teenagers are forced to murder each other in order to survive the challenge put on their shoulders by the Capital. There are several instances where the deaths of the teenagers

are explained in detail. “I am afraid they are going to mess it up,” Crowder said. “There is a lot of violence in the book and I do not think that they will properly show the brutality of the book.” Although there have been a large amount of books that have had terrible movie turnouts, the prediction on how the movie will do is hard to guess. “I think they have a lot of standards to live up to, so it is hard to say [how the movie

will do],” Clark said. “But if it is good, it is going to be really good.” Despite the worry, there are those that are not deterred from the thought of the movie. Instead, they show their love for the books. “I have read all of the Twilight series and I have read all of the Harry Potter series,” Bailey said. “This is by far the best series I have read in a while.”

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bill that would allow home-schoolers to participate in athletics at public schools was recently making its way through the Virginia General Assembly before it was voted down on Mar. 1. The “Tim Tebow law”, as it was called in reference to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled in high school but played public school sports, was passed by the House of Delegates in early February but the Senate did not approve it. I personally was for the bill. I feel that homeschoolers have a right to participate in public school athletics, because their parents pay the same taxes that get sent to public schools as the parents of public school students. Academics and athletics are two different things.

Academics are the most important out of the two, and if the parents of an athlete believe that the best route for their child to take is homeschooling, then that should not limit their choices for athletics. Right now, home-schoolWayne epps, jr. ers are limited to participating in club sports that come with a cost. Those teams do not get the same exposure from college recruiters as high school sports do. A talented athlete does not deserve to get passed over for a scholarship just because they are home-schooled. Obviously, some rules and regulations would have

had to be put in place to make things fair if the bill was passed into law. Before it was killed, the bill required that home-schoolers go to the school that is in the district that he or she lives in. In addition, the athlete would have had to have been home-schooled for at least two years prior to joining a public school’s sports team. The bill also should have included strict academic regulations for home-schoolers to make sure that their work compares to the work of students receiving public schooling. There was also an amendment in the legislation that would have eliminated the law after four years if it did not work. Considering that and the other things that I mentioned, I believe that the bill should have been given a chance.

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The “Tebow Law” was a bill that was recently voted down in the Virginia General Assembly. It would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in athletics at public schools. The issue being debated is whether or not the bill should have been passed.


ecently a controversial law was shot down in the Virginia General Assembly. This law is the “Tim Tebow” law. It was named after the Denver Broncos quarterback who was home-schooled. If it had been passed this law would have made it so that home-schooled students have to be allowed to compete in high school athletics. This law is ridiculous and should not have been passed for a few reasons. Why should students that do not even go to the school be allowed to compete on that school and its sports teams? For one thing it is not like the students do not have anywhere to play. There are programs designed just for home-schooled

Con students to participate in. It could also cause problems internally within the team. A student who is homeschooled might not relate to a regular high school student. This could end up hurting the team and the players. There kevin harris are also the eligibility requirements. The Virginia High School League (VHSL) says that a student has to have passed five credit courses the previous semester and also be taking five credit courses in the semester in which the sport takes place. How can someone prove

that the classes that are taken and the grades in a home-schooled environment are comparable to those in a high school environment? I understand that the home-schooled student lives and pays taxes in the county. However, if the student is not a part of the school on the academic side he should not be allowed to compete with that school athletically. If we are going to allow this why not allow any student to play wherever he wants to. Home-schooled students have their own teams and leagues just as high school students have their own teams and leagues. It has been this way for years and that is exactly how it should stay.


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Football Ramps Up Workouts


t takes hours of hard practice to produce the on-field effect that the football team wants. In the past, Virginia High School League regulations have hindered the team from getting as much work in as they want. Thanks to the Virginia High School League, all sports teams can now practice out of season. This new rule was adopted in February 2011 by a 20-6 vote of the VHSL executive committee. At face value, this new policy gives free reign to all schools regarding extra practices. But it also provisions that the regions, districts, and school districts may regulate it as they wish. It originally just provided for offseason conditioning but it now includes full team practices as well. In light of this new change, the football team has added more preparation time for the season. The coaching staff intends on being even more prepared going into next season. “It’s exciting to be given these new op-

portunities because now we can focus more on player development in the off season,” said assistant coach Hezekiah Butler. The reception from football players has been predominantly positive. They think that it could only help the team. “It’s a good way to incorporate new players and teach them football skills,” said senior Doug Buchanan. The Central Region has limited its schools to two practices a week for no more than 3 hours in the offseason. So far, the school district has not done anything to further restrict the workouts. Some argue that the discrepancies between regions provide an unfair advantage to teams in certain regions. The VHSL has not yet commented on this concern. There has also been something implemented by the VHSL called a dead period. This has been established to provide time for in-season tryouts. One of the dead periods has just been observed in February for spring sports tryouts. Within a year, there are three regular dead periods and one at the beginning of the athletic calendar year in July. The football team has been able to add another day to workouts. They plan on centering the spring program around getting stronger in the weight room. Players have

Girls Soccer

How long have you played soccer? “Since I was 5 or 6 years old.” Who or what inspired you to start playing soccer? “I tried it and I liked it. Also my dad played.” What do you do before a game to prepare yourself? “Listen to my music and get focused.”

New rule allows teams to practice year round Nathan Britt trn writer

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Junior Drew Kennedy participates in offseason football workouts on Mon., Mar. 5 at the fieldhouse. A new rule passed last year allowing teams to have practices all year. Photo by Wayne Epps, Jr. been happy about having the opportunity to get more work in to improve their game. “I intend on taking advantage of this change because it gives me the opportunity to get better and benefit the team the best I can,” said sophomore Trey Moneymaker. The football team has also decided to implement cuts in the upcoming year. The numbers are expected to increase and the number of people trying out will exceed the capacity of the football program. This is even more motivation for players to get better. Players are increasingly working more outside of school. “I have been doing extra outside conditioning and working on position technique,” said junior John Shumar. The cuts are not expected to be huge, but it is a big change from the accept-all policy that has been in effect. The coaches have high hopes for the future of the football program and think that these changes will help further the development of the team.

Do you plan on continuing to play soccer in college? “I might play club soccer.” What has been your best in game performance of your career? “When I scored vs. Meadowbrook.” What has been your best experience on the team so far? “Going to Amanda’s house and all the laughs and hanging out with the girls.” What are your team expectations for this season? “We are going to win districts and go to the regionals.” Do you have a motto or quote that you live by? “Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard.”



Girls Varsity Soccer will travel to play Clover Hill at 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Mar. 14.

Boys Varsity Soccer will travel to play Henrico at 7 p.m. on Wed., Mar. 14.

Boys Varsity Baseball will travel to play Benedictine at 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., Mar. 15.

Senior Soccer Experience Abounds

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oaches might be happy to have just five returning seniors to their team. For head soccer coach Tommy Harrison, that number is double; he has ten seniors coming

Senior Chris Spates takes on a defender in a scrimmage against Lee-Davis on Thurs., Mar. 8 at home. The Royals won the game 1-0. Photo by Wayne Epps, Jr.

back. Those ten seniors, six of which started last year, are hoping to improve upon last season. Between the ten of them, they have fifteen years of varsity soccer experience. “All of them have the potential to start,” Harrison said. “I could see where all ten of them are on the field at the same time” With all this experience coming back, both coaches and players are very excited. “Having that many seniors on the team shows that we have a lot of experience,” Harrison said. All of those seniors have been in the program for at least a year if not more.” With so many seniors, some coaches might start preparing for the next year and the loss of those players. This is something the Royals do not plan on doing. “Our number one priority is this year, absolutely positively,” Harrison said. “We feel like we have some goals to accomplish this year, and if you start to think about next year, then you kind of lose sight of what you are doing. Obviously, we are going to lose those ten players and we will have to figure out some-

thing for next year but right now our priority is focusing on who we have this year and how they will help us win this year.” The last two years, the Royals have suffered from losing seasons. The 2010 campaign resulted in a sixth place finish in the district with a 4-10 record. They followed that up with a fifth place finish in the district in 2011 and a 6-7-1 record. “Our experience will be very valuable,” senior David Mendoza said. “Also, we are all tired of losing so our drive to win is great.” As with most teams, even the experienced ones, the Royals have a couple of players who will be seen as leaders. This year for the Royals, those leaders are senior defender Chris Spates and senior goalie Travis Taylor. These two players also double as the most experienced members. Spates has started since his freshman year and Taylor since his sophomore year. “[Starting since sophomore year] gives me plenty of experience,” Taylor said. “I know what to expect in big games.” Next year, the Royals will be without all the experience from this year. They will be rebuilding, but are optimistic. Junior Brandon Hilliard will be one of the senior players next year. “There are six juniors this year, so if they all come back, we will have six seniors on the team next year,” Hilliard said. “All of which have leadership qualities to help us improve.” Despite a 5-1 loss in their first scrimmage against Clover Hill on Thurs., Mar. 1, the team has high hopes for the rest of the season. “We want to make it to regionals and take over the district,” Taylor said.

March 2012  

The March issue of the Royal News

March 2012  

The March issue of the Royal News