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Teacher Retiring After Changes to Graduation Attire p.5 Long Career p. 11 Last year changes were made to the guidelines regulating what was worn under graduation regalia. With the ceremony approaching, the new regulations have incited dissenting opinions.

Biology and Anatomy teacher Roy York decided to retire after twenty-nine years of teaching, twenty-two of which were taught in this county. York will leave behind a void in the science department.

Junior Volunteers as Tour Guide p. 25

Last year, Ashley Shaver participated in an internship at Richmond’s Fine Art Museum, and plans on doing it again this year. Shaver was required to submit artwork or letters of recommendation.



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Vol. X Issue 8

Remembering Mrs. Whited p. 12

Georgian Whited will be remembered by students and faculty, alike, as well as the community as a whole. On Mon., Apr. 23, Whited passed away after a battle with lung cancer for three years. Photo contributed by Wilson Whited.

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ummer break is only 28 days away. However, now is not the time to slip into bad habits and practices. Though the end of the year is near, it is extremely important for students to focus on maintaining the same academic standards that they started the school year with. It is easy to stop doing homework or to stop caring about the grades that are received with thoughts of summer burgeoning in students’ heads. However, to stop trying during the final stretch of school may be enjoyable for the moment, but it can be extremely detrimental to one’s future.

Even with the shrinking amount of school left, there is still time to improve grades to ensure one is in good standing before departing from school. Even for seniors who plan on attending college with the debilitating “senioritis”, it is integral to keep the academic standard that helped them get into their school, because most

acceptances to these colleges are with the stipulation that the student does not slack off in the final days of their final year. For the underclassmen, and seniors alike, teachers are still teaching useful information that will be useful in the next level of classes; By not paying attention or not taking school seriously students will hinder themselves from fully understanding concepts when they are expected to know them in the next year. It is not the summer yet, so students need to keep themselves focused on the goal of finishing the year with strong academics rather than with regrets about knowing that they could have done better. There is still time to improve grades and conversely, there is still time to harm grades as well. Students need to keep their futures in mind before they decide not to be studious because of the impending summer.

variety of opportunities are about to enter the lives of so many students. After nine months of homework, lectures, and early mornings, most of us are looking forward to relaxation. Summer vacation reminds me of going to the pool, hanging out with friends, vacationing, or simply taking a nap in the middle of the day. Although school will be faven butler closed for the next three months, it is important we remember the way we spend our vacation can affect us in the near future. Along with summer vacation come volunteer opportunities, summer jobs, and reading assignments. All of which benefit us when the school year starts back up again. Volunteer and employment work are two activities that are a positive way to pass some of the excess time we may come across. Reading assignments, given by honors teachers prior to the break, should not be procrastinated. If you read a few pages each night, you are using your time wisely and also eliminating the stress of knowing you will have to complete a lot of work at once. It is easier to enjoy the summer knowing you are making progress rather than thinking about how you are not looking forward to doing it when the time comes. There is also the importance of staying physically fit during the break. Excess time can lead to eating unhealthy foods out of boredom. There are a variety of popular summer sports to get involved in, such as cross country or baseball. Not participating in a sport is not an excuse for not being active. Going to the gym, riding a bike, or jogging around the neighborhood can all make a significant difference for your physical well-being. The school year may be over, but the work load is still present. It is important that while we enjoy the break, we make sure we spend our time wisely and productively.



Should Students Be Required To Take Exams? Exams have been a way to track student progression throughout the year. The topic of ending these exams has been an issue. Both sides are presented below.


tudents will soon start to receive their final exam exemption letters. Unfortunately, not all of them will. Final exams, and exams in general, have been an issue of controversy for a while now. Students should have final exams. They help to prepare students for big tests in colcarolina bae lege. In college, exams are required and are on a much higher academic level than the high school tests are. By taking finals, students earn the opportunity to be prepared for their future. These high level exams influence students to develop good study habits. Those who severely procrastinate will feel stressed and cram the day before, and will probably exhibit poor scores. In order to do well and succeed, students will have to spread out their studying to relieve pressure and retain more knowledge to do well. This can be applied throughout the year so students can obtain good grades and exempt. Exams should also be required because the school needs proof that the students have learned what they needed to learn. Of course there are the Standard of Learning tests, but they are the bare minimum and are only available for core classes. Students need to develop good habits and aim for more than just knowing the basics. There needs to be an understanding of how much they have learned throughout the year. School should not be useless, the information learned should be retained. It should prove useful in future college life and for careers. Even though we should have final exams, having them be required with the standards that we have now is good. Maintaining a “B” average, having no disciplinary notices, and having limited absences are good indicators that the student has properly learned what they needed to. There will always be people that complain even though they should not because they had the option of exempting them. By working hard and meeting those requirements, those opposed to final exams can easily exempt them. Whoever takes the finals this year should know, they are not designed to hurt grades. They are used to benefit students and improve education. They can help students become harder workers and more diligent students.



“By taking finals, students earn the opportunity to be prepared for their future.”

“All this time is wasted when it could be spent on actually teaching something entirely new ”

“These high level exams influence students to develop good study habits.“

“The end of year exams just put stress on both teachers and students that could easily be prevented.”


eachers and students are starting their preparation rush for the final exams. Teachers spend countless hours going over the same things trying to get each class ready for their exams. All this time is wasted on reviewing when it could be spent on actually teaching Whitney clements something entirely new. Students would be given the opportunity to expand their knowledge rather than completing review packets that have been done numerous times. Although exams allow teachers to see the progress of their students at the end of the year, they are still simply a waste of time. Students spend hours studying for a test that, for most people, brings down their grade unless they score an almost perfect grade. Exams have such a wide variety of information to remember because they cover everything learned within that school year. It is extremely hard to prepare for the exams because most students have more than one exam to take and the information starts running together. Exams put a lot of weight on the shoulders of students. Their stress level goes way up towards the end of the year because they know exams are coming up. Multiple headaches and late night sessions spent studying becomes a hassle. All this stress from studying and all the time spent seems to be useless afterwards. The final exams are pointless and hurt grades more than help students grades. The attendance policy for the exams is even tougher on students. Students may obtain an “A” in a class, but since they missed more than eight days ,they have to take the exam. This is tough for many people, especially sports players who play out of town a lot or people who have a lot of health issues. Missing school does not mean that you have not retained the same information as everyone else. Especially when the students have the opportunity of make-up work to bring students up to speed. I do not think we should have to take final exams because it brings about a lot of chaos into what are already stressful teenage lives . The end of year exams just put stress on both teachers and students that could easily be prevented. There is a lot of time that is wasted and students could do something more productive things in class rather than spending numerous class periods preparing for the exams.


News Students Disagree with Dress Code


News briefs SOLs will be Mon., May 14Wed., May 23 The senior class trip will be to Busch Gardens on Fri., Jun. 8th. Permission slips and information can be picked up from Mr. Pelter or Mrs. Lee in A-Faculty. Permisson slips must be turned in by Mon., May 14th.

Dark colors required for clothing longer than gown Casey Overton trn writer


n Jun. 9th, nearly all of the senior class will be getting into their caps and gowns for graduation. While most could understand why students are required to wear certain clothing underneath their gowns, it is much less understood by seniors why the clothing underneath needs to be dress clothes. School librarians and graduation coordinators Kim Bailey and Vickie Cosgrove, were interviewed to bring more understanding to the subject. Graduating males are required to wear dark colored dress pants with a light colored shirt (preferably white) and a dark tie. Girls have to wear a dressy outfit underneath their gowns. Shorts, jeans, flip flops, super high heels, and cap decorations are all prohibited. If these rules are broken, the student will not walk in graduation. Each student signs a form stating that they will follow these guidelines. Many seniors seem to disagree with these dress code guidelines and think they are too strict. “I believe the dress code is unnecessarily strict,” senior Kenneth Ashley said. Seniors Brittany Yocum and Lee Smith, however agree with the dress code for the most part. “The only problem with the pants is the heat,” Smith said. Yocum agreed with the girls dress code completely. She did have one complaint though.


“I do not like that the gowns are all green,” said Yocum, “I look stupid in green.” Although he is not opposed to the dress code, Smith uncovered his opinions about graduation and how formal it really should

“I think graduation is more for the parents than for the kids,” Smith said. Cosgrove and Bailey have a different opinion on graduation. They find it very appropriate that the dressy clothes should be required. “We want this to be a formal, dignified ceremony,” Bailey said. One could take into account that the greater portion of the students’ outfits will not be seen and although graduation is more than likely the last time that that individual will be seen on campus. Nevertheless, Bailey and Cosgrove both see graduation as a very special and formal event that should be taken very seriously. Despite this, students are still lashing out at what is to be worn on graduation. Bailey also mentioned that there would surely be parties afterwards at which the kids could do and wear whatever they wanted. Despite this, students are still lashing out at what is to be worn on graduation. Apparently, the desire for comfort and relaxation on graduation that Smith described is not shared by all. “The formality of graduation will never change, not as long as we’re doing it,” Bailey said.

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News Biodiesel Building Without Permit, Future Plans School Board funds of $36,000 in June 2010 not enough to solve production setbacks Chloe Alexander trn writer


he high school biodiesel project began in 2006 with the collaboration of the production systems class, chemistry class, graphic imaging technology class, marketing class, and design, multimedia, and web technology class. The project teaches the process of refining an alternative fuel from vegetable oil as well as enlightens the students about the pros and cons of using such a product. More space was sought at the end of the 2009-2010 school year in order for the project to grow. According to a Royal News article in Oct. 2010, a PEER grant through John Tyler Community College for $10,000, a $5,000 grant from the state of Virginia, and other funding and donations paid for the construction of the new detached biodiesel building. “The School Board in June 2010 used Improvement to Sites/Code 50660948130 funds to complete the building per Prince George County Building Code requirements,” Superintendent Dr. Bobby Browder said in an e-mail interview. At the June special meeting, $36,274.50 was granted for improvements to the new building, located next to the driving range. Vice Chairman of the School Board, Lewis Stevenson, seconded the motion for the proposed amount after the members had discussed the outcomes of continuing on with the project. “The reason for my second to the funds to correct the issues was that they had us so far into the thing that we had to fix it or take on costs to tear the thing down,” Stevenson said in an e-mail interview.

Now, two years later, the building is still not ready to be used according to code. “A Certificate of Occupancy has not been issued for this building,” Deputy Director of Inspections and Code Compliance Jeff Brown said in an e-mail interview. “Once all work is completed, the permit holder or contractor must schedule a final inspection in order for us to confirm that all items noted during the initial inspection have been satisfied.” The biodiesel project has other obstacles in addition to the unexpected changes that were needed for the building and waiting for an occupancy permit. The main source for the production of biodiesel, vegetable oil, has become increasingly difficult to obtain, according to project advisor Randy Bullock. “[Our sources] are mainly county cafeterias, but now vegetable oil has turned into a commodity,” Bullock said. “At one time, restaurants paid to have it removed, but it has flip-flopped into these companies paying them for their oil.” The cafeteria has currently used 335 gallons of canola oil, with 400 gallons

Junior Tyler Thompson gives a tour of the biodiesel building. The biodiesel project began in 2006 to refine alternative fuel from vegetable oil. Photo by Emily Gray. projected by the end of the year. There are five other schools in the county that use approximately the same amount. “[The used canola oil] is being picked up by Valley Protein,” cafeteria manager Thomas Giusto said. “They make everything from it.” In order to bring in more oil to the project, Bullock believes incentives might be helpful. “We are a 501(c) corporation,” Bullock said. “We need to offer local businesses a tax write-off for donating their oil [to the project].” The original processor installed for the project only held about 30 gallons. Now Bullock and the 17 students involved have access to a processor that can hold 150 gallons and can produce up to 450 gallons per day, according to the PGHS biodiesel

web page. The project also deals with making use of the natural waste of creating biodiesel. In Feb. 2012, the first batch of biodiesel was produced, creating a net total of 130 gallons for the entire project. “One hundred fifty gallons of vegetable oil goes into the tank, and it creates 130 gallons of biodiesel and 20 gallons of glycerin,” junior Tyler Thompson said. “Now we are exploring the possibility of making soap from the glycerin.” At the onset, there were thoughts that this project could offset the rising fuel costs of the times. From Jul. 5, 2011, to Apr. 2, 2012, the county has used 121,415.3 gallons of diesel to run lawn mowers, tractors, and buses. At the inception of the project, a B20 blend, which is 20% biodiesel and 80% straight diesel, was tested in older buses to see the effects of using alternative fuels. The use of a blend created too many variables to be able to directly see the effects, but there was never enough created to be able to test the buses with biodiesel alone. Other factors inhibit the motive for further testing as well. “Biodiesel can be a very good thing,” Director of Transportation Ron Rhodes said. “Unfortunately our bus manufacturers have urged us not to use it because it voids the warranty of the buses.” Since the biodiesel manufactured in the project cannot be used in county buses, Bullock hopes to use the biodiesel in Lin Turner’s, Central Warehouse Manager, maintenance vehicles and diesel lawn equipment. Along with the strict occupancy codes, increased costs, and the scarcity of oil, the uncertainty of a new advisor raises questions about the future of the biodiesel project. Bullock will not be returning next year to advise the project, and it has yet to be determined who will take his place. “Hopefully someone will take it over with the same interests as me,” Bullock said. “It is a good teaching tool.” People are still hopeful and supportive of the project. “I would like the project to move into a more fine tuned production facility and the students learning the lessons of taking something good and making it better,” Stevenson said. “[It should go from] a good to great approach.”


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Features Juniors Battle Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Students afflicted with disease raise awareness Tiana Kelly trn writer


hree years ago junior Caitlin Poppell made the decision to join the Arthritis Foundation with her dad and has been working with the foundation since then. May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is inflammation through the joints. This causes swelling and cramping. The most common cases of arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis. Poppell has had symptoms of arthritis since she was eleven months old. When her mother noticed that her knees were over lapping, Poppell had to get a blood test so doctors could diagnose the problem. “Since then I take a lot of medicine to help keep it under control, I get infusions every four weeks,” Poppell said. Poppell had recently gone to Washington, DC to speak to Congress about her condition. “It is always exciting to go because it is not something I get to do every day. It is my third time going so after the first time it was not anything I was not use to. I enjoy going because I see other people who are from other states that come to congress and the meetings as well,” Poppell. There are other ways to raise awareness for the cause. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide event that supports public awareness and raises funds to fight arthritis. It is a tremendous opportunity to help improve the lives of 50 million people

with arthritis. Dosewell, Virginia will be holding the next walk on May 19. Poppell struggles with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. It causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Some children may have this condition for a couple of months while others can have it for the rest of their lives. As they get older it will grow on as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Junior Malik Vaughn also struggles with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hands and knees. When Vaughn was little he had a harder time being able to sit crisscross like other children because of his knees. At times he has a hard time stretching. Even though Vaughn may struggle with this at times, he still is able to run

cross country. “I do not let arthritis get me down or stop me from doing things I want to do,” Vaughn said. “I always try to work against it so I can always say I beat it.” Rheumatoid Arthritis is usually inherited, but sometimes it is not hereditary. Osteoarthritis is not always genetic either. Overuse of the joints and excessive weight on the joints are main ways to develop osteoarthritis. There are ways to prevent Osteoarthritis, such as regular exercise, stretching, and eating healthily. Exercise is good for the heart and cardiovascular system as well as the muscles and joints, not stretching before warming can aggravate the joints, and eating right plays

Junior Caitlin Poppell poses with Representative Randy Forbes after speaking at the Capital State Building on Apr. 18. Poppell spoke about arthritis to Forbes. Photo contributed by Caitlin Poppell. a big part in prevention. “Keeping a healthy weight, strong muscles and limiting high impact activity are some ways to prevent Osteoarthritis,” school nurse April Paulson said. “Studies are not clear but it has been said that glucosamine or chondroitin really help relive arthritis symptoms.”

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Roy York Leaves Behind Legacy Teacher retires after over two decades of commitment Faven Butler trn writer


oy York, the Anatomy and Biolog y teacher, is preparing for the second retirement of his life. After serving in the army for 21 years, he decided to pursue his dream of teaching and guiding students, especially those who are interested in studying sciences after high school. “I saw a need to teach it because a lot of students are interested in the health profession,” York said. “The school was nice enough to provide me with the opportunity to teach it. Anatomy and Physiology are good ways for the students to prepare for the health profession and find out if this is what they really want to do.” York has an undergraduate degree in Wild Life Biology and his Masters in Biology. He also has his second Masters degree in Natural Sciences. He taught Biology and Earth Science when he first came to the high school and moved on to teach Anatomy and Biology. Despite his oncoming retirement, he plans to continue with medical consultations and part time teaching at Richard Bland for a semester a year, which he has been doing for the past 20 years. Although York believes it is time to try something different, some students are reluctant to York’s retirement. “I think this will be a loss to the school,” senior Michelle Williams said. “He is an amazing teacher. He has learned from experience the best way to teach students while making it fun at the same time. He’s really enthusiastic about his

teaching, too.” York has been known to use visual techniques in order to effectively keep his students interested on the subject. “He used Bob the Skeleton when we learned about the skeletal system, pointing out certain bones during a lesson,” Williams said. York uses a technique called “chunking” in which you take all the class periods and divide them into several teaching strategies. “We might do 20 minutes of lecture and then do a text activity, lab activity, or even a power point presentation,” York said. “If you go too long, you lose their attention, so it’s best to keep their spans of attention short.” The fact that this is the last year that students will ever have an opportunity to

experience what it is like to be in York’s class is a disappointment to the students who were planning to have him as a teacher. “I was looking forward to having Mr. York as my Anatomy teacher next year because I’ve heard my friends talk about how much fun his class is,” junior Amanda Terry said. There is also the question of whether or not the Anatomy class will be taught next year. “As of today [April 30] , there is no one qualified to teach the Anatomy and Physiology course on our staff,” said guidance counselor William Havard. “It is a possibility that the class will not be offered next year; however, if we are not able to offer it [the Anatomy class], we will offer a comparable course such as AP Biology or Dual Enrollment Biology.”

Anatomy teacher Roy York uses Bob the Skeleton to help his students understand his lecture. York has been a member of the PGHS faculty for 22 years. Photo by Jessica Marshall. When asked what he would miss most about his job, York replied that he would miss the students the most for each one’s uniqueness. “I learned that I have to earn their respect and they in return earn mine,” York said. He leaves his students with a few words of wisdom “I would advise them that, no matter what you want to do, to always try your best because no one is better than your best,” York said.

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Georgian Whited Impacted Lives Malikah Williams editor-in-chief


n Monday, Apr. 23rd, Georgian “George” Comp ag ni-White d passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Whited was the wife of English teacher, Wilson Whited, and she had three children and three grandchildren. She began working as the copier aid on Sept. 29th, 2003 and became the Guidance Registrar in 2004. Her duties included handling student records, transcripts, processing withdrawals and entries, scheduling, and students’ grades. Previously, she was a teller and work leader manager at Wachovia Bank from 1999- 2003. She graduated from Courtland High School in Courtland, New York in 1963. She then went on to get her Associates of Theology from The Way College of Biblical Research in 1990. Whited was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in the summer of 2009. Despite this diagnoses, she continued to work and fulfill her duties. She left an impact on numerous students’ lives as well as many of her fellow coworkers’ lives. The senior class representatives in the Student Government Association have decided that the senior class gift will be in Whited’s honor. Guidance Counselor, Bill Havard, was a personal friend of Whited and worked very closely with her. He eulogized her funeral and her viewing ceremony. “She was a very special person. We admired her because of the courageous way she dealt with her illness. She is a lesson to young people to make the most of your life and face adversity with resolve. We did not see her as a sickly patient in the hospital, we saw her as a real life force in the guidance office. Her personality permeated the office,” Havard said. “ She was one in a million.”

Photos contributed by Wilson Whited.

“She was a quiet person, but she spoke through her actions,” senior Dax Ellison said. “Her kind and gentle spirit always had the power to brighten my day,” senior MacKenzie Topian said.

“She was a strong, inspirational woman,” senior Jessica Whittington said.

“She was a sweet lady, even if you had a bad day as soon as you walked into guidance her smile could change your day; she made you feel like being in school,” senior Joseph Clements said.

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Days Until June 9, 2012

Senior Checklist

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

Things To Do Before Graduation

Pull a harmless prank on a friend Eat every flavor of frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog Tour the college you’re planning to attend Participate in Senior Skip Day (although there is no such thing) Change your hair to an extreme color Spontaneously ask your high school sweetheart on a date Do all your homework for a week Pull an all-nighter on a Thursday night Go hunting Make friends with a stranger Do something artsy and creative Have a gathering with friends Dine at Cine bistro Read an inspiring book Adopt an animal from the shelter Enjoy a relaxing day with your family Do something to help another Get a tattoo or piercing Watch 5 new movie releases Find appropriate attire for graduation Attend your favorite artist concert Apply for a summer job D. Befriend a person you dislike

Important Senior Dates: May 25-28, 2012: No school May 31-June 5, 2012: Exam Week for Seniors May 31, 2012: Graduation practice at 8 a.m. June 3, 2012: Convocation June 9, 2012: Graduation



A. Senior Olubusola Olanrewaju and Junior Jasmine Jones befriending one another in the Commons B. Colorful paint used in the Art room C. Senior Devan Andrews with his wacky Music Man hair cut D. Senior Keith Jefferson’s tattooed forearm E. Junior Amanda Lopez showing love to her high school sweetheart junior Napu Cabrera



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Will & Testament

Congratulations Class of


raduation from high school is a huge right of passage for students who have spent the majority of their life in school. As graduates move on to the next stage of their life they take many things with them, but they also must leave many behind. The Royal News provides this senior section as a place for seniors to share what they will be leaving behind as they continue forward. I, Ethan Abele, leave to Harley Perkinson the monster picture I did in Art, to Sara Moon my awesome taxi, to Patricia Forehand my ability to meow, to Shelton Hamilton my ability to grow a beard, and to Mrs. Carr all my gratitude and appreciation. I, Jarret Acfalle, leave everything that belonged to me but was never truly mine but the school’s. I, Chelsey Adams, leave my love for all things music to Sarah Beth Howard, I leave my soul to Ms. Hasley and my hockey obsession to Madame Skiffington. To all my teachers, I leave a big thanks for all your hard work to get us to where we will go. Finally to the Class of 2012, I leave you with a truckload of memories that we’ve shared together to stay in our hearts and minds. Class of 2013 and 2014, you have a lot to live up to. I, Crystal Adams, leave Jahneshia Lela Govans all of my confidence and strength to carry her through her senior year. I, Laken Adams, leave my love of field hockey to Brooke Dancy & Keke, all of my Tan’N Time shirts to Madison Johnson, and all my love of funzies to Kyle and Pat :) I, Tessa Allen, leave to Mandi my vocabulary, to Justice my scrapes and bruises, to Taylor my daily reminder of her cuteness, to Mrs. Webb my strong liberal views, to Mrs. LaBassiere my sarcasm, to Ms. Hasley my respect, to Mr. Phillips my alternate personalities and to the entire underclass my intense hope that none of the teachers go easy on you. And Ian to you I leave my lesbian love. I, Chantale Anderson, leave all my thanks to Prince George for teaching me small and simple life lessons, and I also leave my love to Kendra, one of the greatest people in my life this year. I, Devonte Anderson, leave all my ambition and uniqueness to Bryan Brown. Follow your heart and dreams. To Tyaunna Cleveland I leave my senior memories, remember them and make your own. Finally, to the band I leave my legacy. Don’t forget me, I love y’all! And all my underclass friends y’all were an important part of making my senior year great so I leave my gratitude. I, Devan Andrews, leave all dangerous stunts to Nicholas Alexander;


Good Luck!

all my literary merit to J.T. Stawarz; all my techie love to Briana Koser, Sabrina Rios, and Kayla Hill; all my ginger powers to Danielle Marshall; all my sarcasm to Joey Reierson; all my overt flirtations to Sade Ferguson, Sarah Fitch, Katie Moody, Becky Shumar, and Samantha Jennings; and my love to all. I, Raymond Arnold, leave Quavon Lightfoot all the stress and work that Mr. Witt gives and all other stressful things that come with senior year. Make the best of PG and have fun! I, Nathan Atkins, leave Kris Harrison my amazing basketball skills and my sincere apologies for giving him a black eye. I, Chris Bae, leave my sister Carolina Bae, all my academics, Eli Golden my “guaponess”, my desk for sleeping to whoever gets it, Dr. Moore my name tag, Jun Kim my tennis racket, and the tennis team my enthusiasm. I, Harun Bakimli, leave a quote from John Lennon who said: “All you need is Love”. “And if I live until then, I hope I will love again.” I, Travis Barglof, leave my hardwork and dedication to all the rising varsity football players and the BDS. To all the Class of 2013 I leave all the stress and hardwork. Finally, I leave my patience to my beautiful girlfriend Anna Smith.

leave my love and happiness for you. I, Fontaine Bland, leave the dance team to my beautiful Royalettes. My region 1 position to Nathan Britt. My love for the SGA to Kenneth Kidd and Matt Schneck. My hugs to Caleb Johnson. My jokes to Diamond Kemp, Denise Williams, and Aziza Talley. My “where’s casper!?” moments to Marina, Lindsey, and Caitlin. My pride, love, and loyalty to PGHS. I, Amber Bradley, leave Ty’eke Perry my love and support. I will miss you when I’m gone, a lot. Behave, but enjoy your senior year sweetheart. HAHA I, Matt Branthoover, leave nothing to you lazy jerks. Why back in my day we got less than nothing and we were grateful! I suppose I’ll leave my Herp with Adam Blakemore, my Derp with Nick Alexander, and my smoldering ashes with Megan Jownsun, Cody Hanshew, and Samantha Journies. Hugs and Kisses, me. I, Asia Briggs, leave Dani Duncan two plays await for you; Make me proud. Brina Rios, the passion and stress of Super Tech is all yours! Good luck, you’ll do wonders! Cody Henshew, I leave my love of theatre, I know you’ll treat her well! Love you all!

I, Benjamin Barnwell, leave to Rinaldo Branch my place in JROTC, I leave my hummer to Joseph Paul and my school.

I, Courtney Brockwell, leave the volleyball team to Justice Webb and Katie Garrett, my love for yearbook to Mandi Cummings, all the memories of this year to Marshall, and my love and pride for this school to all the students still here.

I, Mara Barrett, leave the stage to Cody Hanshew, choreography duties to Khalil and Danielle, and all of my love to the PG Players and Prince George 5th block Choir! Best wishes to all of you next year!

I, Logan Browning, leave my pity for the seniors who will not have Mr. York., and my spot on the soccer team to Chris Harrell and my procrastination skills to Jacob Spain.

I, Chris Beaudet, leave a new aunt to Jacob Spain since I “accidentally” got rid of his. My glow in the dark ping pong balls to Ian Douglas. My life savings to Sydney Landreth for classes to run like a normal human. And all my christmas decorations to Mr. Pelter.

I, Doug Buchanan, leave Parth Patel my confidence, Nathan Britt my refreshing perspectives, John Shumar my squat rack, and Brent McDaniel my voice. I also leave the power of the beard to Tyler Pyles.

I, Catie Belvin, leave PGHS running! I, Kayla Bisop, leave my love and encouragement to the band. And to my best friend Brayn Brown I leave with you all the good times we had and I

I, Christal Butts, leave Chelsea Sanders and Aziza Tilley my leadership skills and my great smile. Also, I want to leave her my high cheer jumps and my tuck! I want to leave Aziza my awesome smile, my jokes and my wonderful lunch conversations. Most important I want to leave both of you a great attitude.

Will & Testament I, Heather Campbell, leave my confidence walking through the hallways to uprising seniors. I also give my hard work and thoughts to the 2013 seniors so they can get through senior year with a bang. I leave my confidence also to all the freshman coming over to the high school, don’t be afraid. I, Jalisha Canet, leave Hannah all of our great memories. May you make your senior year awesome. I’ll miss you. And I leave Jeff Ramsey our many laughs. You’ll forever be my brother. Love you guys. I, Kimberly Carneal, leave Amanda Majewski all my knowledge and communication skills to lead TRN to great success next year. I wish you all the best in your new positions next year. I leave Mr. Waugaman the images of my facial expressions to make it through next year without me. I leave Haley Washburn my friendship and love while I’m away at JMU. I’ll miss you <3 I, Kyrisha Carter, leave all my love to Jasmine Lackey and my best friend Brooke Campbell. You guys have been there for me no matter what. May God be with you guys through the rest of your high school years. Y’all have had a great impact on me. This is not the end but my life has officially started. Thank you, I love you. I, Kaylyn Chandler, leave my awesome tennis skills to the PG 10s team. Remember with great power comes great responsibility. My sister Nicole I leave my education experiences. I, Da’quon Chapman, leave Jasmine Jefferson my will power, Michaela Harrison my love and joy, Isaya and Tre’yon Patterson, my love for football and athletic ability, Caleb Johnson my knowledge for the game football, and Jaysean my speed and hard hits. I, Joseph Coty Clements, leave all homework tests, quizes, and drama to the Class of 2013. I, Tevin Cofield, leave I would like to thank Bruce Carroll for helping me become a better person on the football field. I’m glad I came back my senior season to play football for you. I know we didn’t win a state championship like I promised. And thanks for getting me into college to play at the next level. I, Garry Coleman, leave all my school supplies, girls I had and didn’t have and the 35 cents left on my student account to Richard Adams.

Amara Dasalla. I, Joseph Derrick, leave to the class of 2013 a heart warming welcome as they become seniors and that they keep this school alive. I’d really appreciate that the sophomores or juniors don’t trash the halls anymore whoever they may be. Its not hard to keep things clean. I also leave to all my teachers that I felt honored to sit in their classes, my heart and greatest thanks for having me. I hope great marvels pass through this school for many years to come. I, Devona Duncan, leave my favorite nickname “kreampuff ” to Brian Kreemer, my awesome band skills to Taylor Carpenter and my random silliness to Daja Edwards. For 2013, I wish you luck. I, Kimberly Edmonds-Best, leave Tiana Kelly my sisterly love, Ridhi Patel my photography skills. TRN Wired my awesome videos. PG’s choir of all types: my passion for singing and awards. Jerel Blackwell my prayers of a speedy recovery and love for music. Love to godfather Bryan Griffin and enthusiasm to seniors to come. And Prince George High my godly and cheerful spirit. I, Kavon Edwards, leave Prince George High School with confidence that I will become very successful in life and with God’s help I will achieve anything and everything. I, Dax Ellison, leave Tara Bauman my wonderful conversations. Josh W. and Joey R. my daily walks to the table at 11:50. Doug Davis my homecoming crown for next year, Tyler Bassett my great looks. Adam Harris all of my confessions. Tanner Barlow those great retweets. Prince George High School my great memories. I, Wayne Epps, Jr., leave sports at the Royal News to Kristen Schwalm and Courtney Taylor. I, Braxton Evans, leave all my basketball abilities to the basketball team. I, James Fleshman, leave to Brian Kreemer, my leadership and rank in JROTC, to Nick Hunter my music, and to Paul AKA Pittsburg all my humor and jokes. I, Jeb Gammon Folds, leave the PG JROTC Rifle Team to the future cadets. I also leave my procrastination to my lower class friends. And lastly, I leave the brass sousaphone and silver tuba to MJ Massenburg. I, Kory Fuller, leave the writing on Ms. Hale’s bulletin board to her.

I, Rachel Coleman, leave Vicki Miller my love and support for the years to come, and leave Mom copious quantities of tic tacs.

I, Cynthia Fulton, leave everything but all my good memories to Victoria Grimes, and Taylor Davis.

I, Marissa Coles, leave Lexx my kisses, Justice my love and Aaliyah my everything. I will miss you girls dearly and I will never forget you. Love Mari. <3

I, Dalton Gibbs, leave my love to all who will have it; my (hard earned) patience to all who need it; and a promise to all my friends that I will always be there to listen when you want to talk.

I, Carlos Collins, leave the PGHS band and Mr. Warnock my support, Andrew Driskal my jokes, Mrs. Webb my likeness for The Beatles.

I, Briana Giles, leave my love,beauty, and brains to my best friend, Brooke Campbell. My reputation to my little cousin Devin, and leave the last desk in the left corner of room B-12 to Mr. JL Owens

I, Derrick Constant, leave Alex too Tall my basketball skills and passion to win. I, Maria Coyner, leave Bryan Cespo with being epically awesome, Sabrina Rios and all other theatre fanatics to keep the P.G. Players alive, Devan Andrews gratitude for all his help, Mr. Phillips with the title of my adopted grandpa. Thanks to you I’ve accomplished more than I dreamed I could, and to everyone I can’t fit in here, lots of love. I, James Dargan, leave every piece of knowledge and life lesson I learned and scraped for to my brother Cameron Stanko and all of my close friends. I leave all of the drama, trouble, and bad relationships behind with school projects, homework, and annoying exams. And these last words “It was all worth it.”. I, Alexius Davis, leave my intelligence and kindness to the upcoming students anxious to graduate PGHS. I also leave my courage to those who will catch a terrible case of senior-itis… Don’t give up! I, Jessica Demas, leave all the high school drama behind and leave my hopes for survivial to my two best friends in VA, Shelby Derrick and

I, Ralph Gore, leave the laughs and jokes that I’ve had to Mr. Pelter, and I want to leave my happiness and memories to Maddy Martin, Whitney Clements, Mandy Almarode, Mandi Cummings, Justice Webb, and Haley Faries. I will never forget you all and I will miss you, ALWAYS. I am very happy that I got to know you all too. I, Helonia Gowins, leave Kendra Williams all the craziness of PG and my love, to Brayn I leave my jokes and bad teachers. And Taijah I leave my rasta bracelet and to Mrs.Webb I leave all my love and smiles. I, Emily Gray, leave the best of luck to rising seniors. I leave my silliness and “Scuvadagatigo” to Hailey and Madison. To Adam, I leave my wild stories and to my brother, Jacob Gray, I leave my pride. I leave my gratitude to all teachers and my fond memories to PGHS. I, James Griffon, III, leave this school with a lot of memories and will remember a lot of my friends that I have known, and those who look at me, did a lot of messed up things to me, and I guess you didn’t get to know me well.

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I, Madison Guidry, leave to Marley Guidry my yellow bandana, to Caitlin O’Hare late night Taco Bell runs, to Mandy all the hatred in the world, to Mandi all my yearbook skills, to Maddy the legacy of our name, and to Whitney the most love a sister could ever give. Good luck to all future classes and go Yellow Jackets. I, Chelsea Hall, leave high jump and the track team to Jasmine Jefferson and all of my jokes and trash talking to Alexus Allen lol. I love y’all and I’m going to miss you two :) xoxo I, Darrica Hardy, leave this day came soo fast, seems like yesterday I was just attending Moore. I will truly miss everyone. I’ve laughed, cried, made mistakes, learned, just experienced so many things throughout my school years. I have no regrets, everything has made me who I am today. Can’t wait until ten years down the road to see how everyone is in a class reunion. I, Kristy Harrison, leave Amanda Majewski with our very unique lunch conservations and all the things we didn’t need to know about the ones we sit with! ;) I also leave all the memories we are about to make at beach week 2012. :) I, Bryce Hayes, leave my condolences to Mr.Whited and his family and my love for the game with PG baseball. I, Sarah Hernandez, leave my brother, Anthony Hernandez, all the courage and excitement of his high school years. To create memories that would last a lifetime. I, Sara Holdsworth, leave my parking pass to my brother Dalton. To Taylor Chaisson and Mikayla Crookshanks, I leave all of our memories and all the window markers in the world. To the PGHS Dance Team, I leave all of my love, strength and dedication from the past four years. I love y’all and best of luck next year. I, Khadijah Holloman, leave Diamond Tyler and Da’Zhane Myler all my love and respect. Make me proud and continue to be the best you can be. I, Jessica Hubbard, leave the Royalettes my dedication and love for dance, Courtney Perkinson, my lovely dance moves, along with my heart, Rachel Pugh, my leadership skills for being captain, Sydney Lilly, my Barbie smile and Kelly Harvey wellness. I hope you are healthy next year! I love you all! I, Kayla Hubert, leave Joy Arakelian captainship of outdoor track, Becky Shumar some extra ferocity, Malik Vaughan all the slow moments I never used up. Jasmine Lackey, I leave you the strength to make it through two more years of high school, have fun. I leave all my love you everyone who did PG Track. I, Luke Humphries, leave to my teachers all of the obnoxious things I said and did in class, to my friends, all of the hilarious things we did and times we had, and to Jess, my love and all of the memories of the last year and the ones to come. I leave the junior class my common sense, good luck finding it! I, Xavier Humphries, leave all my great times and all my love to my upcoming brothers, Brett Stewart, Corey Emory, Steven Price, Trey Moneymaker, and Pat Daniels. I love all of y’all and will miss everyone and good luck you will need it. I, Alisha Hunt, leave Dominique & Diamond my motivation and ambition. I want to leave Davon my good humor, we had too many good laughs. I love y’all, keep them grades up, :) Strive for the best! I, Amber Isham, leave Anthony Sudol, Rachel Pugh, Kaitlyn Snover, Angela Poreda, Larissa Roeleveid, Kelsie Melson and EJ Lawrence all of my love, our inside jokes and everlasting memories I will never forget. I love you all so much, and I will miss you guys when I’m gone. I, Anthony Jackson, leave my little sister Diana Jackson my leadership qualities, humor, and charisma and the knowledge to be successful in life.

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Fifteen States Separate Virginia New River Community College Longwood University Zach Huber

Nathan Atkins Haron Bakimli Mara Barrett Kayla Bishop Matt Branthoover Jessi Ceney Kaylyn Chandler Rachel Coleman Carlos Collins Maria Coyner Dax Ellison Emanuel Guadalupe

Richmond Electricians' JATC Ryan Worley The College of Richard Bland

Kevin Harris Sara Holdsworth Angel Horsley Emily Kidd Courtney Lewis Daniel Long Jessica Lynch Jessica Marshall Haley Matheny Jessica McQuhae Jacob McQuiggan David Mendoza

Jessica Mitchell Noelle Moore Matthew Morris Kaitlyn Nikolaisen Keara Oliver McKenzie Pierce Brandi Pollett Amanda Reese Tiyanna Roger Maekyla Rosendo Cassandra Smith Evan Squire

Carlina Tavarez Jessica Taylor Torrie Walter Patrick West Tony White Hannah Wickline Alicia Williams Michelle Williams Savannah Woodfin Shannon Ward

Jessica Arentz Doug Buchanan Mackenzie Topian

Rachel Arnold Courtney Boney Courtney Brockwell Miranda Brown

Marc Roman Robert Stevenson Alexis Taylor

James Madison University

Chelsey Adams Kimberly Carneal Wayne Epps Dalton Gibbs


Madison Guidry Conner Stevenson

Jessica Hubbard Helen Kendall Carrie Young

Amaya Ray

The Apprentice School Travis Barglof

Ferrum College

Norfolk State

Kenneth Stith Ciarra Taylor

Radford University Logan Browning Holle Draughn Kelly Soloe

Thomas Nelson Community College Alison Nichols

Regent University

University of Mary Washington Sarah Vick

Ethan Abele Benjamin Barnwell Chris Beasley Catherine Belvin Rashell Bonner Brooke Bryant Michael Caster Jessica Demas James Griffin III Darrica Hardy Anna Janis

Danielle Hannuksela

Jay Dee Johnson Brittany Kilpatrick

Averett University

Fontaine Bland Aaron Booker Unique Larry Joshua Slaughenhoupt Jocelyn Smith Tyja Smith MarQuan Stith Davida Williams

Jessica Labriola

School for Massage Therapy Nathan Kemp

Kierra Jones Zane Joyce Courtney Lilly Sterling Noblin Olivia Powell Nicole Roark Kayla Smith Layla Stevens Brett Stewart Edgar Vargas

Jasmine Barber DeQuan Bell Kiara Brown Christal Butts Garry Coleman Marissa Coles Kimberly EdmondsBest Briana Giles Daryl Haynes

Simone James Keith Jefferson Courtney Johnson Ashley Lecorn Andrew Pettaway Milisa Taylor Kayla Towns Jessica Whittington Norman Williams III

Virginia Tech University of Richmond

Devan Andrews Chris Beaudet Elizabeth Nerdig Kaitlyn Rainey

Kelsey Koser Nicholas Taylor

Lynchburg College

University of Virginia

Stephanie Sadler

Luke Humphries Alex Martinez Olivia Tritschler

The College of William and Mary Hampton University Rachel Waymack

Chris Bae Terrence Williams

Virginia Military Institute Girsan Negron Qurros

Keyshia West

Virginia State University

Hampden-Sydney College

Liberty University

Southern Virginia University

Amber Isham

Emily Gray Olubusola Olanrewaju Brian Palomo Zhane Umpierre Natalie Zoldork

Virginia Commonwealth University Old Dominion University John Tyler Community College

Lee Smith

Roanoke College

George Mason

James Dargen John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe Travis Taylor

Tidewater Community College

Aaron Powell

Work Force

Joseph Clements Jeb Folds Kory Fuller Ralph Gore Christopher Kobelt Kaleb Martin

Sid Martin Tia Phan Jeremy Phillips Neal Richmond Chip Sutherland

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Senior Class of 2012 Alabama Huntingdon College Darius Dawsey


Alabama State University Devonte Anderson


Arizona State University

Alabama A & M

Campbellsville University

Elizabeth Oqunbunmi

Denisha Black

Kaylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Vives

South Carolina

Rhode Island


Clemson University of South Carolina @ Columbia

Brown University

Kshatriya Crane

North Carolina A&T

Onodaga Community College

NC State

Kayla Hubert

Shabrisha Huguley-Brooks

Brittany Kongi

Brooke Stoval


Joseph Pervall

Aaron Raines Ciara Ward

Kirkwood Community College

Bethal College

West Point

Long Island University @ Brooklyn



Breyana Vaughan

Harley Weisbrod

NCU @ Charlotte

Kiera Sweetenberg

Kenneth Ashley

New York

North Carolina

North Carolina Central University

University of Houston

Evan May

Edison Bell

Malikah Williams

Missouri Truman State University Janise Varnell

West Virginia

Florida A&M University Full Sail University West Virginia Wesleyan West Virginia University Shyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Asia Daniels Keith Valenta Chelsea Hall Natianna Melvin Kierra Miles

Florida State University

Georgia Spelman College Amber Bradley

Danielle Perry

Jamar Johnson

Armed Forces

Jarret Acfalle Tessa Allen KyRisha Carter Derrick Constant Devona Dunson Kavon Edwards James Fleshman Sarah Hernandez Kevin Hill

Christopher Spates

Xavier Humphries Alisha Hunt Anthony Jackson Matt Knuaston Zachary Moran Nick Passopulo Sade Pearsall Mindelle Smith

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Will & Testament

I, Simone James, leave to all the 10 and 11 graders just have fun your senior year. I, Jay Dee Johnson, leave my hard work and will to succeed to all the young athletes coming up! I, Courtney Johnson, leave my memories, the laughs and the hope that the gas prices go down as you drive… it’s a recession. I, Jamar Johnson, leave Mrs. Andersen my therapy slips, Jack my awesome calc skills, Jacob my weirdness in psych, and the wrestling team my legacy of getting injured. I, Nathan Kemp, leave the belief to stand up for what is right, to always be unique and an individual and to never be ashamed of who you are. I, Helen Kendall, leave my torn up dance pawz to Ashton Allin. You’re gonna be Gotta Dance’s next star! I leave my blue body paint to Alex Wiseman because no one’s a better 4-H smurf than you. Finally, I leave all the rest of my senior wisdom to my sister Virginia. This school’s all yours now, I know you’ll be great. Good luck boo! I, Joshua Kent, leave my outgoing character and odd sense of humor to my best friend Eric Kawsinzki. The last couple of years have been great man. Whether it was helping me move or skipping class to go to Walmart, we’ve had a lot of fun. All the best man. I, Emily Kidd, leave my brother, Kenneth, my parking pass and best of luck in years to come; Katelynn, my best friend, the snacks and memories of lunch, 5th block and our many dates; Nellie, all the diet cokes he could ask for; and Mr. Hettinger, the moneybag for cookie days, “Shaboom!” and the name “Peanut”. I, Christopher Kobelt, leave the spirit of White Chocolate with the Theater class, as well as I leave my study habits with Amanda Lopez, my regards to Mr. Kaufman, my 10th grade World History teacher, my creativity to Mrs. Eliades, and finally I leave hope for a better school. I, Brittany Kongi, leave my creeping skills to Sam Marshall, story time to Mrs. LaBossiere, my nerd swag to Marshall Dunn and fun times in D-5. I, Kelsey Koser, leave the claim to the tallest girl in school to Angela Poreda. I, Jessica Labriola, leave Shannon and Shelby my love. I leave Raven my wisdom. I leave Anna my calmness, and John my conversations. To Viki, I leave my craziness and Michelle my understanding. To all my teachers I leave my thanks. Good luck underclassman! I, Unique Larry, leave Ridhi my tape and deep thoughts, Leah my advice, Tasia my singing skills, I leave Shelby my obsessive people skills, Tiana a filter, Faven the ability to control herself, Eli a poke. And to all of my TRN nerds, I leave the ability to RISE up! And last but not least, a thanks to all the faculty and staff. I, Joo Lee, leave Melissa Tomlin, hey best friend! Hopefully you’ll have two district titles by the time you’re reading this. If you do get stuck, remember to grunt. I think you have the best grunting sound ever! Lastly, enjoy the senior year! I, Courtney Lilly, leave my soccer records. I, Daniel Long, leave all my Chemistry and Spanish notes to Brent McDaniel, my FIFA skills to Bradley Cooper, and my love for Soccer and my heart to Sarah Horning. I, Jessica Lynch, leave Jodi Hackett my love and good grades, and to Kathie Ayala my boss chick-ness (haha you should get this). I, Tyler Mace, leave to the boys varsity soccer team, my number 13, to represent bad luck to opposing teams and good luck to ours. Wear it well.

I, Jessica Marshall, leave Courtney Brockwell all of the lame jokes and insults about Mr. Witt, Jessi Ceney, four years of on and off friendship and countless laughs and memories, Malikah Williams our talks out in the hallway and books we never read in English, and to PGHS, the best three years of my life. Good luck Class of 2012! I, Kaleb Martin, leave Logan the responsibility of the low brass section leader to make sure they play loud and support with air, Karl I leave my thanks for all the musical knowledge he has given me all these years I have known him, and last but not least, PGHS I leave all my homework and high school problems. I, Haley Matheny, leave a new tradition to Prince George girl’s soccer. Find the Golden Ball… your first clue is to find the quote and coach will give you the next clue… don’t forget next season! I, Evan May, leave the PGHS Marching band my drum major skills. I leave to Mr. Nelson my AP Euro notes. To Taylor Carpenter, I leave my German skills. To Jack Semrau, I leave my study skills. To all my underclass friends, I leave them a great senior year. I, Jacob McQuiggan, leave all my love to my friends and teachers. I, Natianna Melvin, leave all my love and laughs to Brayn’ Brown, advice to Tiffany Heard and Katherine Szozda, music and craziness to Taijah Ishmael and Kaneesha Collins, piccolo to Madison Pham, “hugs” to Kendra Williams, and amazing section leader skills to Ellen Scudder. Good luck loves, Nati will miss you! I, David Mendoza, leave my hard work, dedication, and passion to my soccer team, NHS and SGA. Appreciation and admiration to Mr. Nelson, Mrs. Britt, Mrs. Grieco, and Mr. Havard. And my love and handshake to Chan the Man, my favorite sophomore. I, Carsey Meredith, leave Zachery Matthews my love and support for his senior year, Kaleigh O’Keefe I leave my pom poms and my spirit for her third year in cheer, and Valerie Belcher our “feathers” because birds with the same feathers flock together. I, Jessica Mitchell, leave my thanks to everybody who helped me realize the person I want to be in life; and to Luke Humphries my heart, bestfriendship, and faith in our future. I, Ashley Moore, leave Daniel Moore my misery and bitterness. I hope you have fun at the high school. You’ll do amazing, I’m sure. I, Elizabeth Nerdig, leave Jack Semrau the tradition of Nose Goes, Becky Shumar the two mile, Melissa Tomlin the cross country captainship, and Joy Arakelian my bathroom stall that I use before practice. I, Kaitlyn Nikolaisen, leave Katherine Szozda all my midget love, my crazy awesome badminton skills and my cranberry juice <3 and Jackie Thomas all of our super legit converstions. I, Sterling Noblin, leave RUN. I, Moniqua Nowell, leave the memories of laughter with my friends the 1/2 decent school lunches lol and my thanks to all the teachers who encouraged me and taught me. I, John O’Keefe, leave my charm, good humor, and athletic skill to my siblings, who lack these three necessities needed in their futures. Also, they can fight over my parking spot. I, Busola Olanrewaju, leave Corrine Harris my attitude and smart mouth, Jasmine Jones all my conversations about boys and our laughs, Chantell James the morning conversations we had about anything and everything, Michaela Harrison my brains, my brother Kolade all the teachers I had. Most importantly I leave you all my love. I, Brian Palomo, leave to Alex Smith my running shoes, to John and Bailey my Frisbee and skills at ultimate, to Jack Semrau and Bradley

Cooper my skills in FIFA, to all underclassmen my extreme case of senioritis, and finally to all future AP Calculus and Chemistry students I leave my wonderful, non-existent notes. Use them well. I, Danielle Perry, leave my volleyball leadership to Katie, Jasmine, Michaela, and Justice. My phone spot to a future yearbookie. The lunch table to Alan, Elizabeth, and Jacon. The memories and experiences of high school to Katie and Caleb. I, Joseph Pervall, leave Pat Daniels, the 54th jersey, Zach Relford the wrestling team, and to Caleb, Zack, Tyler Pyles and Brevard the BDS legacy. I, Andrew Pettaway, leave Aaliyah Johnson my smile, my love, and my hugs. I, Tia Phan, leave only expectations for the class of 2013. May you all grow up and learn from your mistakes. Stay in school and study hard! You’re almost there so don’t quit just yet! Every little bit of effort counts! Good luck! I, McKenzie Pierce, leave my strides of hard work, success, conscientiousness, and organization to my two cousins, Mitchell Smith and Emileigh Tucker. Good Luck! I, Brandi Pollett, leave Jeffery Ramsey Jr. my heart. Remember you’ll always be in it. Also do well your senior year. Hannah Conner I leave my kindness and all the crazy adventures we have. Kaitlyn Fazio I leave my smartness and the ability to deal with Hannah next year. Curtis Williams I leave my humor. Mrs. Webb I leave all the good memories we had in U.S History and Gov’t. I, Olivia Powell, leave PEACE! I, Aaron Raines, leave all my ambition to Corrine Harris along with the lessons from my mistakes. To Korrina and Amanda I leave my newspaper adventures and to Adam our A-Lunch girl problems. To the rising seniors I leave patience…and to PGHS I leave thanks for great memories. I Katelyn Rainey, leave my senioritis to the class of 2013, my ACUs to Cadet Walls in hopes that he no longer gives up on himself, my exhibition rifle to that ambitious LET 1 next year that wants to spin, my queen bee crown to Mr. Newbold, and my heart to the JROTC battalion, though they already have it. I, Amaya Ray, leave Michaela Harrison my love and all the deep good boy talk at lunch, Jasmine Jefferson my love and all them frustrating volleyball arguments, and Dominique Gray all the short jokes I got daily. I, Crystal Reynolds, leave laughter and fun to all the friends I leave behind, but here is some advice: It is better to have loved then lost, then to have never loved to all. However, don’t rush into love too fast. Think ahead to the years before you, and be ready to take life by the horns. Never give up. I, Fatin Rhone, leave my girls, my swag, my jokes, my charm to Trent Jackson. My young boy will take the throne June 9,2012. Turn up. I, Neal Richmond, leave all my stupid times behind for everyone to remember me by and for me to move on and succeed in life wish you all the best of luck. I, Nicole Roark, leave “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagined”- Henry David Thoreau, is a quote to live by and I plan on doing so. I will greatly miss the Art Department of our school. Good luck everyone with your future. I, Stephanie Sadler, leave my yearbook chair to my sister, Vanessa Sadler, I leave all the afternoon snacks at my house to Kristafur Harrison, I leave my parking pass to Caitin O’Hare, and my collection of books to Kaitlyn Snover.

Will & Testament I, Joshua Slaughenhoupt, leave Zachary Sink the responsibility of leading the Royals’ football program and giving PGHS a season where hard work and dedication is represented in victory instead of frustration. I had the same task and made it my obsession, yet I fell short. Heart, unity, and effective leaders like you will give the country, coaching staff, and team what they deserve. I, Cassandra Smith, leave all my wisdom, strength, frustration, and great memories to Abbi Breeding and Jennefer Woodlief. I leave my gratitude to my teachers for helping me make it through, and my undying love to Elijah Patterson. Thank you (: I, Jocelyn Smith, leave my faith, spirit, and happiness to Kenneisha Helms. Keep your head up doll. Things always change. I leave my nonchalant-ness and attitude to Vivian Lam. Let people talk, it’s only jealousy. To Ashley Shaver, I leave my confidence. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! And last but never least, I leave Jackie Thomas my awesomeness! I, Kayla Smith, leave my biggest secrets to my firend Simone Jones. I leave my honesty and wisdom to my friend Daja Edwards. My love and my hugs to all of my friends and family. And last but not least, my memory to the graduating class of 2012. Also, to my teachers I leave all my bad grades, I won’t be needing them where I’m going. I, Lee Smith, leave all my love that I possess to all who remain when I have gone. May this be a reminder for you when looking back on the moments we shared. Our paths are split ahead, but perhaps, God willing, we may meet again. Until then, I will always be your affectionate friend. I, Mindelle Smith, leave all the wonderful teachers that taught me the most in life, expanded my knowledge and actually cared about what they do. I leave the hot when cold and cold when hot hallways and classrooms, school lunches and smiley janitors. I leave tons of homework and papers that all will be recycled, but what I keep is memories. I, Tyja Smith, leave my common sense to Zhaleigha Culpepper, my motivation to Jahneisha Govans, all my loveliness to Tyvanna Cleveland. I, Kelly Soloe, leave Dr. Moore my failing grades and determination, the cheerleaders all my love and spirit, Mr. Witt my games on Bored. com, Dax and Jess my love and acceptance to RU so they will join me in a year or two, Chelsea, Alexus, Katelynn, or Jordan, my captain position, and Jamar my high school memories and my heart.

keep those feet moving. I, Carlina Tavarez, leave the rest of the classes with the memories and friendships made with each year we have spent together. I, Alexis Taylor, leave the dance team to Jasmine, Corrine, Courtney, & Rachel. Keep momma straight for me. Also, I leave all the glitter in Prince George County to Cindy King. I love you girls! I leave Mrs. Mary Jo and all her mood swings to Danielle Marshall. Have fun! I, Ciarra Taylor, leave all of my fun and silly memories to DaZhane Myler, my green light to Matt Jones, my prob & stat memories and arguments with Mr. Witt to Brooke Dancy, every last binder, notebook, and school work to all of my underclassmen babies, and leaving last but not least my love, arguments, laughs, and senioritis to Michael Kanney. I, Jessica Taylor, leave my spot in dance to Korrina Smith… Just kidding, I’ll see you next year. ;) My memories of Mr. York to the classes below me who will never have him as a teacher, and my calculus notes to whoever dares to try and decipher them. I, Milisa Taylor, leave Chelsea Saunders my famous toe touch, all my tumbling skills, my captain spot, and my cheer spirit! I love you and I know you’ll do great next year. Aziza Tilley, I leave our friendship that got stronger and all our laughs at the lunch table. I, Nicholas Taylor, leave to Olivia Willoughby all my hope and honest desire to see you succeed in your soon to be senior year in high school. I hope your last year in high school will be exciting, full of accomplishments, and fun. You are a great person and very talented especially in art. Also and most importantly you are a great girlfriend and I love you! I, Travis Taylor, leave Kyle and Pat our field house memories, Ben Poe our brotherhood, Madison our college rivalry, JoJo my success in sports, Mom all the borrowed lunch money I owe her. #loveyouguys #2012 I, Mackenzie Topian, leave my Mandees: The picnic game, Sunday Funday, 4-H Camp, SGA, and the greatest friendship ever. Chadler Shirer: Merp & Change. Mr. Nelson: My late SGA agendas. Caleb Johnson: “Pretty sweet” & awesome PGTV videos. I, Kayla Towns, leave my place in Jazz Choir, Acapella Choir, and Gospel Choir to Jahmyah Garrett. Hold the alto section down, Baby Girl. I’ll only be 15 minutes away, call if you need me :) I leave my loudness to my sister, KiAsia Towns.

I, Evan Squire, leave Malik Alexander all my friendship, musical knowledge and love and support. I leave my thankfulness to Mrs. Webb, Mr. Warnock, Mr. Owens, and Mrs. Lipscombe.

I, Olivia Tritschler, leave my little brother all the adventures of high school, the soccer team all the wins and laughs at Amanda’s house, and the Royal News all the awards and good luck. Class of 2012!

I, Layla Stevens, leave To Amanda Majewski our really great hugs and laughing over everything.

I, Forrest Tucker, leave Breyon “Bre Bre” Stith my ability to attract females, and Greg “Littlefoot” Parson my unsurpassed athleticism and greatness on the court.

I, Conner Stevenson, leave my helmet to Kyle Powroznick, my Cledus to Nick Glasscock, all of my Prob and Stat work that I NEVER did to Mr. Witt, my government textbook to Mrs. Webb, and all of lies for being tardy to Ms. Curtis. I, Mister Stevenson, leave Bryson my trendy ways, Tristian my love for TOMS, Nathan my lack of care, Parth all of the finest Middle Eastern rugs, Brent my voice, and John my humor. To Maddy, I leave my kind hearted jokes, and Lindsay my mean spirit. Lastly, I leave whoever is brave enough to take it, my arrogance. Good luck to you all! I, Kenneth Stith, leave Brian Collins I leave my football cleats with all my football memories and Patrick Daniels I leave my #2 place long snapping record. I leave all my love to Tasia and Faven (twins). I, Marquan Stith, leave my quickness on the football field to Treon Paterson, my kicks to my bro Breyon Stith, my hard work and dedication to the Commissary to Scooby. I, Chip Sutherland, leave my love to Rachel Elizabeth Bailey, good times and memories to all those who know me, and always remember

I, Zhane Umpierre, leave Alexus Victoria Allen, Tayla Jakay Smith, & DaZhane Kayan Myler my love, my jokes, my humor, my everything. Y’all are my favorite girls ever lol. Also, Nikki I leave you my pimp skills lol. And Greg Parson my drama & my orange juice. Also, Alexus & Tayla, I especially leave y’all my secrets! & my long lasting friendship. I, Edgar Vargas, leave all the good times in 5th block, the skills days in Mrs. Dunn’s class, and the funny class periods with Mr. Owens. Thanks to all my teachers and hope for the best for the Class of 2013. I, Janise Varnell, leave Cynthia Johnson my will to say no. I, Breyana Vaughn, leave my brother Brenton Vaughn everything I got accomplished, everything I tried to accomplish, and everything I wasn’t even close to accomplishing. I leave Ebony and Amanda all my Donness, stay chill, don’t care, just relax and senior year will go by fast. To everyone else make this year the best. I, Kayl’n Vives, leave my crappy yet improved artwork to Ms. Mahaffey.

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I, Torrie Walter, leave Amanda Majewski our great lunch conversations, and the good times we are going to have at beach week! I, Ciara Ward, leave my ambition to be great, my broad outlook on life, and my plan to give journalism a breath of fresh air to the staff of the Royal News Paper. Secondly, I leave my love and strength to Melanie, Aziza, and Adam. Lastly, I leave best wishes and goodluck to all my teachers and administrators, especially Mr. Waugaman. I, Shannon Ward, leave all of my procrastination to the students of PGHS. I also leave my love to Mrs. Britt, thank you for always being there for me and being a helping hand. I will never forget the lessons you taught me. I, Rachel Waymack, leave to my sister Meredith all of the fun and craziness that comes with the high school; to Danielle I leave the doubletruck and to her and the rest of TRN staff I leave all of the times staying after school way past dark; to all of my teachers my sincere thanks; to my friends all of the memories and jokes; and all of the underclassmen my sarcasm- use it well. I, Lizzie Weisbrod, leave the drama to all juniors and sorry to my besties, you’re on your own, good luck loves. Shout out to Jammers and Ashley, Blake, Shelby, Kaleigh. Love y’all all so much. Have a great year. I, Patrick West, leave my love for Prince George and hope for all those who pass through its doors. Prince George High School is not just any high school filled with memories, dreams, and experiences… This is our high school, our beginnings. Never forget where we all started, united under one roof. Never forgot PG. And to the track team, keep on running. I, Hannah Wickline, leave Justice Webb my strength in dealing with all the people who going to try bring her down. And I leave Hailey Heyliger my best wishes in finding better friends haha Love you girls. I, Alicia Williams, leave good luck to the Class of 2013. I wish you the best and hope you achieve every dream you dreamed of. I, Kara Williams, leave Gloria Grimes the ability to make it through her senior year without messing up horribly, like failing a class or not making senior year the best of her high school career. I love Gloria, I’ll miss you! I, Malikah Williams, leave Matt my gavel, Juice the task of working with The W, and the TRN staff a pillow for those late nights at school. To Mr. Waugaman, my gratitude for everything; Mr. Nelson, appreciation for teaching me what a real leader is, Mr. Darby all my invisible ink homework; Mr. Havard, an amplitude of hugs and thanks. To all the teachers and my peers, I will never forget all the memories and life lessons when I become POTUS. :) I, Michelle Williams, leave my support and enthusiasm to Lady Royals, I love you all and good luck next year! I’ll miss you guys! I, Kelsey Wilson, leave Chelsey Wilson a couple of words of advice… friends come and go, but stay true to who you are. You are a star in every aspect of the word and I love you dearly. Live your last year to the fullest. YOLO. I, Savannah Woodfin, Joshua Blackwell, for his senior year, my love and support. Also the ability to come to school. I, Carrie Young, leave my facials to the dance team, my punctuality with deadlines to Yearbookies, my spirit, dedication and extreme stress over Homecoming Walls to the SGA, my routine cries and enjoyable conversations to Mr. Nelson, and my love to Mrs. Britt who gave me the best pep talks and hugs. I, Natalie Zoldork, leave Chandler Shirer and Blair Johnson to represent morning practice swag and smell of chlorine, Chandler Shirer the car rides that will never be forgotten, Melissa Tomlin the memories of a long lasting friendship, Jessie Honaker a great high school experience, and a big thanks to all the teachers! :)

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Friends Bond Over Summer Movie Line-up


Choir Groups Perform for Competition

Various school choirs participate in FiestaVal Aaron Raines trn writer


n May 18, the school choir will travel to Newport News High School for the Fiesta-Val. The Fiesta-Val is a choir competition that happens every year. High schools across the country can bring different choir groups as well as their school bands to the competition. Toni Luckett, the school choir director, will be taking four groups this year. She will have students competing in jazz, gospel, mixed, and chamber choir. Luckett is confident that all four groups will succeed. Last year the choir competed and their hard work paid off. They won best over all and ranked superior in all groups. Luckett also proved herself as a talented director, winning superior director as well as distinguished director. According to Luckett, although the name Fiesta-Val may lead some to believe it has a Spanish theme, it does not. In fact the competition itself is not even the highlight of the trip. Each choir performs in a room with judges only, eliminating the pressure of performing

in front of other schools. This will be the first year of competition for junior Abria Humphries She will be competing in jazz and chamber choir. Humphries favorite song that the choir is performing is “And So it Goes”. She is excited about competing and enjoys the class. “Being able to come to 5th block knowing that for the next hour and a half I will be in a place where I can sing without judgment is great,” Humphries said. Kayla Towns, a more seasoned choir member has been singing in a school choir since the eighth grade. This will be Towns third Fiesta-Val, Her favorite part of choir is performing at concerts and competitions, her favorite competition being Fiesta-Val. Towns is competing in all four groups and her favorite song is a jazz number called “I wish” by Stevie Wonder. “I like it because the base line is funky,” Towns said. This jazz song is also the favorite to junior A’marah Hawkins. Both Towns and Hawkins agree that the day before as well as the day of competition can be stressful. Senior Andrew Pettaway agrees that the girls are stressed out while the boys are more relaxed. “The girls are dramatic,” Pettaway said. Towns admits that the practice before competition is tough. Everyone is tense and anxious. This is Hawkins second year going to Fiesta-Val and she is excited to do well.

The Gospel Choir claps and sings as they practice for competition. The Gospel Choir will be one of four choirs that will participate in the Fiesta-Val on May 18. Contributed Photo from the Gospel Choir “A’marah is stressed everyday even when it has nothing to do with her, she wants everything to be perfect,” Towns said. They all agree that while choir can be stressful it is also a place where they do what they love. Luckett prides herself on creating a place where her students can enjoy themselves. The competition will take place on May 18, and all participants will enjoy a fun filled day at Bush Gardens in Williamsburg on May 19. For the entire trip, the choir has raised enough money to afford an ocean front view hotel in Virginia Beach. The entire choir worked hard all year to be able to afford the trip. They sold strawberries a very distinct fundraiser product for the choir. No other student association in the school sells strawberries. They also created a fundraiser at Virginia Diner and sold candy. “My life is a fundraiser,” Luckett said. The choir as well as Luckett are excited to perform. They hope to deliver their best and come home champions. Overall they can not wait to sing their hearts out and have some fun in the sun.

s the school year come to an end, friends will still want a way to connect during the summer. The perfect way to stay in touch with friends when you are no longer in school is to go to the movies to catch up. There are tons of movies coming out this summer, which include Men in Black III Snow White and the Huntsman, The Amazing Spiderman on Jul. 3, and The Possession on Aug. 31. In Men in Tasia Faulcon Black III Agent Jay, who is played by the talented actor Will Smith and Agent Kay, played by Tommy Lee Jones, are back at it again, fighting evil aliens. In this film Agent Jay goes back in time and meets a younger Agent Kay to take down the villain of the film, Boris. Men in Black III will be in theaters May 25. Snow White and the Huntsman is sure to entertain audiences in the theater. This film is about the evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron, who sends a huntsman out to kill Snow White, (Kristen Stewart). However, the Huntsman decides not to kill Snow White, but to train her in how to defend herself. This movie will come to theaters on Jun. 1. This is one movie I will definitely be seeing this summer. Everyone’s friendly, neighborhood Spiderman is hitting the big screen again in Marc Webb’s adaption of The Amazing Spiderman. Most people know Peter Parker’s backstory of being a nerdy teenager abandoned by his parents as a child from the original movie Spiderman. The Amazing Spiderman when Peter sets out to learn about his parents’ disappearance he finds Dr. Curt Connors lab his dad’s ex-partner and then things start to go wrong. The perfect way to end your summer with friends is to see The Possession, a movie about a girl who buys a box with an ancient, evil spirit inside of it which unleashes evil in their home. All of these movies sound amazing and will definitely brighten up the summer.


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BELOW: Senior Mara Barrett and sophomore Joey Reierson, play Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, respectively, as they tell Winthrop, played by sophomore Danielle Marshall, that they are together.

ABOVE: Senior Matt Branthoover plays Charlie Cowell with a shocked reaction to Harold Hill, played by Joey Reierson, who roughs him up when he threatens to tell citizens of River City that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crook. RIGHT: Director Darryl Phillips gives the cast a pep talk while Mara Barrett lightens the mood before the show. All photos by Unique Larry.

ABOVE: Sophomore Chandler Bradley plays the character Constable as he performs Rock Island, which is about Harold Hill swindling money.

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Gamer's Corner Diablo III Provides Hope for Games Ending in 'Three'


t is hard to not be both skeptical and excited for Diablo III; good games with ‘three’ at the end usually do not have the best luck in the world. Half-Life 3 (or even Half-Life 2: Episode 3) still has not shown its face, Mass Effect 3 has launched what appears to be gaming’s largest com- Alex Crowder munity protest and Ninja Gaiden 3 completely threw away its famous difficulty level in favor of mediocre hack-n-slash gameplay. So why, with such a track record behind the number, would anyone even want to poke Diablo III with a thirty foot pole? There should be hope, however, because Blizzard has history with breaking expectations. World of Warcraft still remains the world’s largest MMO, and both StarCraft II and WarCraft III revolutionized the real-time strategy genre. The first

Diablo also brought real-time combat to the dungeon crawl genre, and Diablo II, still played by millions, perfected it. Looking at previews and even playing a bit of the beta, however, Diablo III is shaping up to be the best of the genre. Leaping from Diablo II to Diablo

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III, you will quickly notice that, except for the Barbarian and the Sorceress, now called the Wizard, no classes actually carried over. Instead of the Necromancer, Amazon, and Paladin, Diablo III sports the Witch Doctor, Monk, and Demon Hunter. Also unlike the previous game,

no class has a set gender, and all can be male or female. The idea of Diablo III is simple, you are an adventurer that lives in Sanctuary twenty years after Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto are slain. Darkness is coming to the world of Sanctuary again, however, and it’s up to you to grind your way through dungeons, grabbing all the loot you can while killing enemy upon enemy. Diablo III is PC only, but do not let that dissuade you if you are mainly a console gamer. Even if you do not have a computer to run it on, Blizzard has announced plans to bring it over to console. Diablo III has a chance to do a lot of things: bring back the dungeon crawler, bring glory back to the hack-n-slash, and prove that not all games with a three can be a disappointment. The way things are going with its development, I cannot see any reason to doubt that all three of these will not be true. PLEASE NOTE THIS GAME HAS BEEN RATED M FOR MATURE FOR BLOOD, GORE AND VIOLENCE.

coach Emory would like to thank the Seniors this year for all their hard work and dedication.

Thanks to Josh Harget, Andraey pompey, nick passopulo, travis barglof, andre’ nix, and especially joseph pervall. good luck on your future endeavors !

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Student Pursues Art Through Internship

Junior gives tours at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Deborah Gardner trn writer


ot summers are usually spent by a pool with friends or to just relax after a long school year, but that is not the way junior Ashley Shaver plans on spending her summer. Last summer Shaver took an internship at Richmond’s Fine Arts Museum and also plans on doing it again this year. Anywhere you fly around the world you can see a variety of unique man made objects. At Richmond’s Art Museum they have different categories of art such as Greek art, abstract art, East Indian art, East Asian art, African art, and the well known Picasso. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond was the first edition built in 1954. “There was this one project just made out of popsicle sticks that you could walk

through and it was see through that I thought stuck out to me the most,” Shaver said. The art that Shaver was interested in the most did not have a name of what it was called or who created it. “The creator took everyday things from coffee shops and weaved the coffee straws to make a tunnel and a wall that you could crawl and go inside of,” Shaver said. To a lot of young artists, having an inspiration or an artist to look up to by their styles of art can be difficult to develop when looking at the art inside some museums. The artists of paintings in the Richmond art museum were hard to find out, which Shaver did not like in particular. “I did not like that we did not get enough information about who did the art and how long it took,” Shaver said. Shaver was a tour guide last summer at the Richmond, Virginia Art Museum. Shaver got the job through an internship that any student is able to get once they go through the right steps. “You have to go on their web site and they tell you to either send photos of your

artwork or have recognition from art teachers or other teachers. You have to also write a couple of paragraphs of why you want to do it,” Shaver said. Art teachers Mahaffey and Eliades take their art classes to the museum where students can build their inspiration. “There was a piece called The Way that expresses free motion and flowiness. I could see myself doing something like that,” junior Olivia Willoughby said. “It felt like it was expressing my emotions.” Even as a tour guide you can still enjoy yourself at the museum. Shaver enjoyed walking around with the groups she was giving tours to and explaining about the different exhibits. Like every other job, Shaver had guidelines that she had to follow. “We had meetings, we had to meet there on two different days a week,” Shaver said. The thing that Willoughby did not like about the tour was that there was some of the exhibits were closed due to the fact that they were under renovation. Sophomore Kayla Dunn pointed out a more common reason that people may

Junior Ashley Shaver shows off a piece of artwork to junior Kristine Cherry. Shaver is a summer intern for the Virginia Art Museum in Richmond. Photo by Deborah Gardner. dread museums. “I did not like that the museum had a lot of walking, but I liked all of the artwork,”Dunn said. The same way Shaver got an internship for the museum is the same way that any other student can get their internship. “The tour was nice. You were able to go at your own pace and the Picasso exhibit had some of his sketchbooks,” Shaver said. Students of any grade will be able to enjoy their time spent at the museum whether if it is because they work there or are going for a tour. “I would recommend other people going because it is something people should not miss out on,” Willoughby said.

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Unwritten Rules Govern Diamond Conduct Wayne Epps, Jr. sports editor


pitcher is in the middle of the game of his life. He has not allowed a hit in five innings and he sits alone in the dugout focusing on the next half-inning. Then, a teammate comes up to him and congratulates him on his in-progress no-hitter. Nowhere to be found in any baseball rule book, that teammate just broke one of the “unwritten rules” of baseball. There are numerous written rules that players must follow in every baseball game. However, there are also several unwritten rules of baseball. These rules are not officially a part of the game, there are no official repercussions if one is broken, but they have come to be expected guidelines of etiquette that players and coaches alike follow. Some of these unwritten rules include not talking about a teammate’s no-hitter when it is in-progress, not stealing bases when you have a big lead, not attempting to steal third base with two outs, not stepping in front of an umpire or catcher while walking to the batter’s box, not admiring a home run, not attempting to bunt to break up a no-hitter, and attempting to hit an opposing batter with a pitch if one of your own batters gets hit. Even though these particular rules are unwritten, some feel that they are necessary in the game of baseball. “[You] need to have them because everyone pretty much follows them,” sophomore shortstop and second baseman Mark King said. “You have some teams that don’t, but most teams will, and it makes the game more fun.” From the coach’s perspective, there are times when it is necessary to break one of the unwritten rules, like not stealing third base with two outs, to gain an advantage. “Well, there are some things you don’t want to do, but there are times when, it just depends on the type of team that you have,” head baseball coach Mickey Roberts

Senior Girsan Negron winds up on a throw to first base during a game against Petersburg on Tues., May. 1. Negron was involved in an incident with an unwritten rule in a game against Varina on Tues., Apr. 10. Photo by Nathan Britt.

said. “You have to take some chances and you have to do some things that maybe go against what they say you should and shouldn’t do. There are times when you may have to try to steal third base. If the catcher doesn’t have a very good arm or something like that, or the third baseman’s not very good, not very mobile, you may

want to try to steal third base, they can throw the ball out in left field.” At the high school level, there are particular unwritten rules that are broken the most. Roberts has witnessed teams that have continued to steal bases despite holding a big lead. “When you have a big lead, you don’t

keep stealing bases and running up the score,” Roberts said. “And that’s probably the one thing I see from time to time in high school baseball, that there are some teams that will just go ahead and do that. And, you just don’t do that in baseball.” Over spring break, the Royals had first-hand experience with the unwritten rule that a team should hit a member of the opposing team with a pitch if one of their own batters gets hit, and it proved beneficial to them. In a game against Varina on Tues., Apr. 10, senior Girsan Negron accidentally hit a Varina batter with a pitch. When Negron came up to bat, the Varina pitcher hit him in retaliation, putting him on base. He ended up becoming the winning run in the game, and the Royals went on to defeat Varina 3-1. Some of the unwritten rules involve a little superstition. Not stepping on the foul line while running on and off the field may be considered one of those rules. “They say touching the line is bad luck, so it’s a rule nobody really ever does,” King said. “I always just jump over the line and never touch it.” Unwritten rules can be taken seriously. When one is broken, teammates may not be shy in letting it be known. “I’ve broken a couple on accident,” junior outfielder and catcher Jerrod Reed said. “Guys give you a hard time about it. I’ve never done it on purpose before, but [I’ve] stepped on a couple foul lines.” Even though unwritten rules can be serious, at the end of the day, players and coaches do not look too much into a rule being broken against them. “You just got to let it go, because sometimes they don’t mean it and they just go back because they’re upset or something,” King said. “But, you just got to let it go, because you got to keep playing, you can’t really worry about the other team.”

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PhotoGallery RIGHT: Sophomore Alex Smith competes in the boys 3200M race during a Central District quad meet on Wed., May 2. Smith placed first overall in the event.

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BELOW: Athletes compete in the girls 200M dash during a Central District quad meet on Wed., May 2. Meadowbrook senior Paris Cotman placed first overall in the event.

ABOVE: Sophomore Deondre Anderson competes in the boys 4X400 relay during a Central District quad meet on Wed., May 2. The Royals placed second overall in the event. LEFT: Seniors Eric Taylor, left, and Dequan Williams, right, compete in the boys 200M dash during a Central District quad meet on Wed., May 2. Taylor placed seventh and Williams placed sixth overall in the event. All photos by Wayne Epps, Jr.

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Trio Leads Royals Attack Three underclassmen have led Royals in scoring this season Chandler Shirer trn writer


hen the whistle blew, the referee stood w i t h his arm pointed at an angle. The team was ready for the corner kick. Junior Valerie Belcher stepped up to take the kick. Freshman JoJo Taylor stands on the other side of the field, along with the rest of the team, ready to run in and attack the ball. Belcher kicks the ball and Taylor runs in to head the ball. The ball goes in the net and the team scores. As they run back, the team gathers in the middle to give everyone a high five. The Lady Royals soccer team currently holds a second place spot in the Central District. The team is being led by Belcher, Taylor and junior Dallas Smith. They are the leading goal scorers on the team. Smith and Belcher played with each other when they were younger and ever

since the started junior varsity soccer in eighth grade. Now, they continue working together because Smith plays center-mid and Belcher plays forward. “I think the girls enjoy playing with each other because of their competitive nature,” head coach Kendall Warren said. During games, the girls form a triangle and play off of each other. In order for the goals to come, each girl is constantly running off of each other and making herself open for the ball. Through practicing everyday after school, the girls have learned to work well together and become more and more successful in goal scoring each game. “When we do drills and games at practices, I put the three girls on the same team,” Warren said. Going into this season, the team did not start off the way they are now. The team has had to be moved around in their positions several times in order to find the right fit for everyone. The team came into this season without three starting players from last year. They lost an outside-mid, a sweeper, and a stopper. They were Ashley Locklear, Angela Poreda and Kristen Treglown. “I think the hardest thing we went

Junior Dallas Smith tries to beat a defender in a game against Thomas Dale at home on Tues., May 8. Thomas Dale defeated the Lady Royals 4-0. Photo by Kevin Harris through this year is replacing three starting players because we had to fill their positions.” Belcher Said. After the first couple games, the team has been able to grow together and find the starting lineup that is good for them. Belcher believes that Thomas Dale is the toughest test for the team. The team has lost to Thomas Dale twice this season, 3-2 on Thurs., Apr. 5 and 4-0 on Tues., May 8. “Thomas Dale was the hardest team to score against because their sweeper is good and very fast.” junior Valerie Belcher said. Currently, the team has just one more regular season game left on Tues., May 15 at Matoaca at 6:30 p.m. After that, the team will enter the Central District tournament, which will kick off on Mon., May 21 at Matoaca. The girls have high hopes, for finishing off this season. “My goals are to win districts and finish the season strong.” Belcher said.

Royals Breed Success


ne thing that I believe a lot of students today do not know, or that has been forgotten, is that there have been some athletic alumni from the past who have gone on to do great things in Wayne Epps, Jr. the pros. There have been some athletes whose accomplishments I have recently discovered and that I feel should be known by more here at Prince George. Take Johnny Oates for example. The 1964 graduate played three standout seasons at catcher for Virginia Tech before being drafted by the Orioles in 1967. Oates went on to play 11 seasons in the major leagues. While a player, Oates appeared in two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Later on, after retiring, Oates went on to be a major league manager for 11 more seasons. As a manager, Oates won 1996 AL Manager of the Year and three AL West titles with the Texas Rangers. Then, in football, there is Larry Brooks. Brooks was a 1968 graduate who went on to excel at Virginia State University. After his time at VSU, the defensive tackle was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1972 NFL Draft. During his eleven year career, all with the Rams, Brooks went to five straight Pro Bowls from 1976-1980, and was a first team All-Pro selection in 1977 and 1979. In addition, Brooks started for the Rams in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980. Brooks is currently a defensive line coach for the VSU football team. Prince George High School has a rich history of alumni who have gone on to do great things in not only athletics, but in all different kinds of professions. I have no doubt that that tradition will continue into the future.

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Kayla Hubert Kevin Harris sports editor


he votes are in and the 2011-2012 TRN Athletes of the Year have been selected. Senior Adontis Shelton who runs track and plays basketball is the male Athlete of the Year. While senior Kayla Hubert who runs cross-country, indoor, and outdoor track is the female Athlete of the Year. Shelton started playing basketball at the age of three. His father is a big reason he started playing. “My dad put the basketball in my hands and I have been playing ever since,” Shelton said. Hubert started running track in ninth grade. She got started in her sport differently. “At first I wanted to run track to have something to do,” Hubert said. “But the more I got involved on the team the more I wanted to run.”

Adontis Shelton

Shelton had a standout senior year. As the Royals second leading scorer he averaged 21 points 10 rebounds and 5 assists on his way to a selection on the All-district second team. He also earned all-tournament honors at the Ft. Lee Holiday Tournament in December. He feels his best performance was against rival Hopewell at home on January 13th. That game he had 21 points and pulled down 22 rebounds. He also earned player of the game honors on five occasions. Hubert’s career has included a fourth overall finish at 2012 districts for cross country and earning runner-up honors in the 1,000M at the 2012 indoor track district championships. She was named 2011 most improved on the cross-country team. She also earned MVP honors last year for outdoor track and was the captain for the indoor track team and also is the captain for the outdoor team. Practice does not end for these athletes when the coach dismisses them in the afternoon. They put in extra work outside of school to try and gain an edge over their opponents. Shelton goes to the gym on Fort Lee almost everyday to work on all aspects of his

game. “I lift weights, take shots, and do anything I think will make me better,” Shelton said. Hubert does extra running and tries to eat healthy to help her prepare for meets. “I do workouts such as long runs over weekends and breaks with other teammates,” Hubert said. “I also do some core workouts.” Both athletes have special memories from their respective careers. For Shelton his best memory came on senior night. His last points at home came from a dunk against Matoaca on February 7th. For Hubert it was being a part of the Indoor track team that won the 2011 central district championship. Now that Shelton’s high school basketball career is over he looks forward to college. He has not yet decided between Virginia-Wesleyan and Louisburg College (NC). Hubert still has some outdoor track left. However, she has decided to attend North Carolina State University, where she has not decided if she will run cross-country.

fixture between Manchester United and Fulham, I saw a Man U defender bring down a Kevin Harris Fulham player in the box. It looked like an easy call. The player would have had a shot on goal in the dying moments of a 1-0 game in favor of United. A penalty kick should have been awarded with a chance for Fulham to equalize. The referee did not award the penalty and Fulham lost the game. Referees have been a part of sports for as long as the players themselves. They are the most hated and most loved all at the same time. With one blow of the whistle they can decide a game, a series, or even a championship. Every sports fans team has been affected by a referee at some point. However, in between our praising or cursing of referees nobody ever stops to think how hard their job is. Do not get me wrong I have yelled at my share of referees, but they have to watch the entire field of play, all while making calls in real time. Sometimes it is not until we at home watch the replay in slow motion that we see the right call. Sometimes the referee is just plain wrong and makes a terrible call. However, the calls I am talking about are the questionable ones. Anybody can look at a slowed-down replay and make the correct call, but for sports such as soccer and baseball where only a few things or nothing at all is reviewed, it can be a lot tougher. In the Fulham-Manchester United situation I feel that the referee made the wrong call, but he also had a tough view of the foul. So I am not saying that referees are always wrong nor am I saying they are always right. I am just saying next time your team is affected by a bad call try and look at it from the referee’s perspective.


Varsity Baseball defeated Thomas Dale 5-1 at Thomas Dale on Tues., May 8.

Thomas Dale defeated Girls Varsity Soccer 4-0 at home on Tues., May 8.

Thomas Dale defeated Boys Varsity Soccer 3-0 at Thomas Dale on Tues., May 8.

briefs Softball Offense Drives Success Kristen Schwalm trn writer


Junior Ginny Miller runs to first base for a base hit during a game against Meadowbrook on Thurs., May 3. The Royals defeated the Monarchs 15-0. Photo by Wayne Epps, Jr.

s a batter prepares for her next at bat, there can be many scenarios running through her mind. This is the case for sophomore Whitney Clements and junior Sydney Landreth.. They are the two leading RBI hitters in the Royals lineup. The acronym RBI stands for run batted in. A player can be credited with an RBI each time they hit the ball and a runner that is already on base scores. A batter can obtain an RBI in several ways. Some include: a base hit, the drawing of a walk when the bases are loaded, a sacrifice fly or bunt, being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, a fielding error, or a fielders choice. Having a batter that can respond to being in a situation where they can get a hit is key for the team. They rely on the leadership skills of players like Clements. “I never let my teammates give up on themselves,” Clements said. “I have a lot of experience on the field, but I believe what I best contribute to this team is putting them before myself in every way possible.” The team is currently tied for first in the Central District with Dinwiddie. They are looking to prevail in districts and move on to have success in regionals. “We want to win the district championship, make it to the regional tournament, and win regionals,” head coach Pat Waguespack said. “We are also looking to improve our hitting in the second half of the season to make it even better than the first.” The team is confident that they

have put in the work required and can achieve the goals that they have set. “We all are very confident in reaching the goals we set from the start,” Clements said. “We’ve worked extremely hard to get to where we are. We aren’t a perfect team but we have perfect parts that make us who we are.” Another factor that influences the team is their pitching rotation. “Pitching and fastpitch is always key,” Waguespack said. “Jennefer Woodlief along with Ginny Miller’s pitching is very critical to us. Everybody on the team is important to us because we play a very good defense.” As of Thurs., May 3, Clements has 24 RBI’s and Landreth has 14 RBI’s. The two players bat back-to-back in the Lady Royals’ lineup, with Clements batting third and Landreth batting fourth. When up to bat, Landreth looks forward to having the spotlight on her. “I practice hitting a lot and being in high pressured situations is something I like to do,” Landreth said. “I like having expectations from others because it makes me want to get the job done and be a key player on the team.” Landreth does not only contribute to the team from a statistical perspective, like Clements, she acts as a leader. “Sydney is one of our team leaders; she is one of the people under a leadership position on and off the field,” Waguespack said. With a record of 14 and 1 as of Tues., May 8, the Royals feel that they can accomplish big things in the postseason. The district tournament will start on Tues., May 22 at Matoaca. “We have something special this year,” Clements said. “We are closer than any other team I have ever been a part of. When the game gets tough and doubts set in, we don’t sit around and hope that something happens. We get out there and we get the job done.”

May 2012  

May issue of The Royal News - student newspaper of Prince George High School

May 2012  

May issue of The Royal News - student newspaper of Prince George High School