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Prince George H.S. - 7801 Laurel Spring Rd. Prince George, VA 23875 - - November 9, 2012

Volume XI Issue 2

New Choir Teacher Joins Teaching Staff p. 8 Newly hired choir teacher, Jessica Barkley, began teaching on Oct. 17. Barkley was originally an opera singer, but then found a love of the classroom. Photo by Ridhi Patel.

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New guard rails will be built on Courthouse Road at the site of Marvin Massenburg, Jr.’s accident. Construction for the guard rails should be completed within the upcoming weeks.

Students participate in Elf Helpers and the Prince George Food Pantry food drive by contributing canned goods. The upcoming Junior/Senior Powder Puff game is dedicated to supporting the food drive as well. The Powder Puff game will be held on Mon., Nov. 19.

The boys basketball season is fast approaching as students prepare for tryouts. Try-outs for the boys basketball team were held recently on Nov. 5 in the gym.

Guard Rails Built After Accident p. 5

Food Bank Donations Affect Lives p. 12-13

Basketball Season Preview p. 23



Marathon Election Campaign Encourages Partisan Politics

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ur mission as the school newspaper for Prince George High School is to provide a form of media that represents all aspects of student life. The goal is to present factual accounts of newsworthy events in a timely manner. Our publication will be informative, entertaining and reflective of the student body’s opinions. It is the desire of the staff to reach every student and tell as many of their stories as possible. We invite your commentary: The Royal News Opinion page is a forum for public discussion and shall be open to all students. The Royal News will print as many letters as space will allow. The Royal News reserves the right not to print a letter. The Royal News publishes a wide variety of opinions. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Royal News, PGHS, 7801 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, Virginia 23875, or bring them to room A4, or e-mail them to We reserve the right to edit for clarity, brevity, accuracy, legality, spelling and grammar. Please include your name, address and phone number. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. 500 word maximum. Thank you for the support this year. Please continue to communicate on

Writers Debra Thomas-Genevieve Perez-Kolade Olanrewaju-Blier Smith-Sarah Daniel-JoJo Taylor-Lindsay Pugh-Devan Fishburne-Angelica Martinez-Mallory Cox-Roxy Sherrick-John Shumar

Editor-in-Chief Amanda Majewski

Business Manager Chloe Alexander

Managing Editor Quetasia Faulcon


Chris Waugaman

Professional affiliations & awards Columbia Scholastic Press Associations Gold Medalist 2008-2011 Columbia Scholastic Press Associations Silver Crown Winner 2011 Virginia High School Association Trophy Class 2006-2011 Col. Charles Savedge Award for Sustained Excellence 2010 SIPA All Southern 2008-2011

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7801 Laurel Spring Road Prince George, Virginia 23875 804-733-2720 The Royal News is printed at The Progress-Index in Petersburg, Virginia


Section Editors Front page: Quetasia Faulcon-Op/Ed: Nathan Britt-News: Casey Overton-Features: Faven ButlerDouble Truck: Danielle Marshall-A&E : Deborah Gardner-Sports: Kristen Schwalm-Ampersand: Tiana Kelly-Photo Editor/Distribution and Events: Ridhi Patel-Business & Ad Editor: Chloe Alexander-Online Editor-in-Chief: Korrina Smith Online Sports Editor: Courtney Taylor-Social Media Manager: Christina Buckles

Illustration by Anthony Sudol.

Powder Puff Shows Feminine Strength


n 2012, The Democratic Party has declared that there is a “War on Women” in the United States of America perpetrated by the Republican Party. Regardless of whether this is meaningless pandering or not, it has forced the issue of women rights to become a front and center talking point in the campaign for president this year. It is easy to see that the United States has progressed past the turn of the century gender prejudices that so divided our nation. Women are no longer seen as merely caretakers of home and children. Women have gained the right to vote. They can have careers outside the home. They can speak their minds and they can be independent. Over the course of the 20th century we have seen an exponential increase in the opportunities afforded to women.

When women are given the chance to prove themselves they tend to accomplish great things. Their vote helped give Barack Obama four more years as president. When the new United States Senate is sworn in, there will be more women in the Senate than ever in history, Republicans and Democrats. Women are a force to be reckoned with in many, many ways and it is fortunate that the majority recognizes their value. The Powder Puff football game on Nov. 19th is a way to show that the women at our school are a force to be reckoned with and equal to men. The roles will be reversed. The women will be playing the game and the men will be cheering. Our women will show their strength, ability, and determination to prove their ongoing equality to men. They will do this on the field on Nov. 19th and later on in a bigger game called life.

adio. Television. Internet. No matter where you go, you have not been able to escape the continuous onslaught of propaganda from both sides of the aisle. The Commonwealth, being a swing state, has been a huge target for the Presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. It has been nothing to see five or six consecutive political ads on network television Nathan Britt lately. We have also had a fairly contentious Senatorial race in the state between Tim Kaine and George Allen to add to the noise. Finally we can all breathe a sigh of relief because it is all over. Presidential campaigns last about two years when all things are considered. Mitt Romney began preparing for his run in mid-2010 and here we are two years later with the election coming to a close. Because of such a long, drawn out process, people are exhausted of politics. Americans are tired of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and they are ready for normal, passive advertising to return to the airwaves. The contentiousness of this particular campaign has been extremely fierce and even though President Obama has won, there will continue to be ill will between the parties due to how close the election has been. America has yet to nominate a candidate that can transcend the partisan nastiness that we have become so accustomed to in this new post2000 environment. Now that President Obama has won, it is time for the country to look towards our future. The President has no clear mandate for widespread changes in the government and the Republicans still have control of the House of Representatives. This was, in many ways, a status quo election. I doubt much will change regardless of what the President wants. I believe that, without mandate, he will attempt another defining moment with some sweeping reform in his second term. I don’t think this reform, whatever it may be, will bring positive results. However, I do not doubt his ability to accomplish his goals.



Is Proper Grammar Still Relevant?

With the development of texting and other revolutionary technological communication mediums, proper grammar seems to have eroded. Staffers make their case about the relevancy of proper grammar.


ophisticated language is freedom. The complexity of speech and one’s ability to use expression through writing not only serves as a defense of thought, but may also be used as a dangerous weapon. Knowledge, especially in the realm of language, is power. The subjugation of others is always easier when the suppressed are uneducated. Those who can communicate and express themselves will always rule those who cannot communicate properly. Proper grammar is success. For students, especially seniors writing college applications, proper grammar, correct sentence structure, and intellectual prose are vital to the creation of an essay that will impress college admissions offices. In almost every case, poor grammar immediately discredits the speaker. Improper grammar contradicts the goal of proving that your point of view is viable or the most important. Clear communication is valued. As technology becomes more prevalent, it seems as if the common person no longer needs grammar. From Microsoft Word providing grammar tips and spell check, text messages riddled with textspeak and abbreviations, and everyday speech full of slang, it seems that society has moved away from the importance of sophisticated communication and proper grammar. But this is simply not true. Business leaders and company executives are not just looking for geniuses in their field, but also people who can communicate their ideas. This is why most job positions require an interview for entry into their workforce. Employers want to know how well someone can communicate. A great idea cannot become understood as fact unless it can be properly explained. In the classic novel, 1984 by George Orwell, a suppressive party regime’s goal is to erase rebellion by simplifying the English language and erasing words containing precious ideas like freedom or individuality. As unimaginable as this sounds, it is quite possible to implement this practice and it should be every American’s duty to be schooled in grammar and communication to maintain freedom of speech and thought.

A John Shumar

Courtney Taylor

“Knowledge, especially in the realm of language, is power.”

“Grammar is an indication of the amount of education provided, it is not a clear indication of intelligence...”

“A great idea cannot become understood as fact unless it can be properly explained.“

“Although some speak to sound intelligent, most speak to get a point across.”

ccording to a poll done by, only 15% of people said they write in complete sentences with proper punctuation. The re maining people said they either do not use proper grammar or spelling, or they do not think it is important. Apparently, u ain’t need good grammar now ‘a days. As technology has advanced, it seems as if grammar has gone down the drain. Grammar is defined as the study of the way sentences are constructed. The use of good grammar today is becoming much less prevalent in society. But does it really matter? There are times when grammar is necessary; for example, in the workforce. Grammar can be used to show the amount of education someone has received and become a deciding factor when a boss is looking at applicants. Grammar is an indication of the amount of education provided, it is not a clear indication of intelligence, and therefore should not be used to judge someone on his or her ability. If grammar is used to determine someone’s ability for a job, it diminishes the opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities; grammar can always be taught to someone, intelligence cannot. Someone who has not been given the chance to receive proper education can be as successful as someone who appears to be more adequate with only a little training. Grammar is not a necessity in all areas of society. Although some speak to sound intelligent, most speak to get a point across. When speaking, not everything has to be perfect. For example, grammar police would be quick to point out the incorrect use of ‘ain’t’. However, everyone knows that when ‘ain’t’ is used, the speaker is saying ‘is not’. Similarly, your and you’re and its and it’s is often confused. However, people are intelligent enough to use context clues to figure out the meaning if it is misused. Overall, although grammar looks good in the professional/ business world, it ain’t necessary in everyday language and a few grammar mistakes will not take away from the substance of a conversation.



Straight from the heart and into the yearbook!!! Personalize your yearbook.

The Peerage Staff is now offering the opportunity to personalize the yearbook in a very special way with a senior recognition ad. Space is available to tell your senior how proud you are! To reserve your space, follow these guidelines: Black and white ads: Black and white ads are available in the following sizes for the prices shown:

• • • •

1/8 page: $50 ¼ page: $100 ½ page: $150 Full page: $250

Color ads: Color ads are available in the following sizes for the prices shown:

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1/8 page: $100 ¼ page: $200 ½ page: $300 Full page: $400

Step-by-step instructions: • Simply follow these instructions to ensure that your senior’s ad is included in the yearbook: • Select ad size. • Decide if the ad will appear in color or black and white. • Sketch an ad design, choose a previously designed ad, or inform the staff that you would like for them to design it. • Complete order form provided on the school website. • Scan photos and burn to a CD. They must be saved as jpegs or tiffs. Please make sure your CDs open before you submit them. We do not accept print pictures. • Write or type text for the ad on the order form or attach it to a separate sheet. Song lyrics and copyrighted poems are not acceptable. • Provide payment. It must be cash, check, or money order. • Parents should deliver all of the materials to the yearbook staff on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The staff will be available between 3:00 and 7:00 to collect all materials in the commons. Do not send through the mail. Please do not send materials to school with your child or attempt to simply drop it off in the office. We cannot guarantee that we will receive them. Photo submission guidelines: • Select appropriate photos for horizontal and vertical spaces. • Photos will be enlarged or reduced to fit the layout. • Please write student’s name, contact phone number, and the number of pictures submitted on the CD with a Sharpie. Special Considerations: The yearbook staff reserves the right to reject photos or text or ask the customer to make changes to conform to the staff’s standards.

Photo submission limits: 1/8 page: 2 max ½ page: 10 max

¼ page: 4 max Full page: 20 max



National Diabetes Month Connor Livesay (Junior) How do you deal with Diabetes in your life? “I watch what I eat and I also take insulin to maintain my blood sugar levels.” What medicine do you take? “I take Novolog (insulin).” How do you take your medication? “I take my medication through an insulin pump, and the pump works as a pancreas for my body.”

Tashana Singleton (Sophomore) How do you deal with your diabetes? “I have Type 1 diabetes. I can’t eat much, I have to exercise more and keep my weight under control, and watch what I do in order for my blood sugar not to be low.” What medication do you take? “I take insulin and Lantus at night.”

How do you take your medication? I go to the nurse before and after lunch. I take my insulin through needles/injections.”

Nurse April Paulson What is diabetes? “Diabetes is a disease that affects the isallet cells in the pancreas so that a diabetic does not produce insulin. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is a childhood disease that they are born with when the pancreas doesn’t make insulin at all. Type 2 is a condition that develops in a person overtime and is 100% preventable. It can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet.” What is done when a student’s blood sugar is too low in school? Speaking about Type 1 specifically, they have to eat a certain amount of carbohydrate, if they’re still conscious. If they lose consciousness, they have to be injected with a medicine that increases their blood sugar level. This is a medical emergency.”

What should students do to maintain their blood sugar and be healthy with diabetes? They have to moderate their carbohydrate intake. They have to check their blood sugar regularly during the day, and they have to give themselves insulin according to their blood sugar level. What medicines are there? “There is rapid acting insulin, usually given with a meal. There is also a long acting insulin that is given once a day to last the whole day.”


Report cards will be distributed today, Nov. 9 in 1st period. The 2nd 9 weeks last from Nov. 5 to Jan. 24. The homecoming dance was moved to this Sat,, Nov. 10 due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact. The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held commons. The Powder Puff game is on Mon., Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be the senior girls versus the junior girls. The Miss PGHS Pageant has been moved to Dec. 15. at 7:00 p.m. due to a conflict will the VHSL Cheerleading competition. The pageant will be held in the auditorium. Ring Dance is on Nov. 17. The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Juniors can buy tickets next week during their lunch block.



COMMUNITYNews New guard rails are being built along Courthouse Road. The guards rails were installed in response to Marvin Massenburg, Jr.’s fatal accident. Photo by Ridhi Patel.


Any tree along a road must be no closer than 30 feet to the edge of the payment.


The improvements on Route 36 at the Fort Lee gate amounted to 11.4 million in costs.

After student’s tragic, fatal crash VDOT responds

t is 2:25 on a Wednesday afternoon, and students are half-listening to the announcements over the loudspeaker and discussing Homecoming and homework. The minute Marvin Massenburg, Jr.’s name is mentioned, the classroom goes silent. It’s not until the speaker moves on to bus changes the talking resumes. All of Prince George is familiar with the story. On Sept. 25 Massenburg pulled over onto the shoulder of Courthouse Road to allow a police officer to pass. His car slid into Blackwater Swamp and Massenburg could not be saved. The most tragic aspect of Marvin Massenburg’s death is how easily preventable it was. A simple guardrail blocking the swamp from the road would have deflected the car. That is why the Virginia Department of Transportation has undertaken the project of installing guardrails on either side of Courthouse Road where the swamp runs parallel to the road. Without delay, VDOT conducted a review of the site and decided a guardrail was warranted. “We began immediately,” VDOT spokesperson Sundra Hominik said. “We began to


The proposed intersection improvements (turning lane) slated to be made in front of N.B. Clements Jr. High will cost 1.8 million dollars to complete.


prep the site within a week of the review.” Prince George High School students are hugely supportive of the project, though they regret the cost for VDOT to take action. “I feel like there should have been guardrails there before the accident,” senior Joy Arakelian said. “It [is] sad we needed an accident to realize [the danger].” Though Courthouse Road is traveled daily by many students, VDOT has no record of anyone petitioning for a guardrail on Courthouse Road through 1975. “Any place with [exposed] water is unsafe,” Arakelian said. “There still may be other places in the county that need to be looked at.” Arakelian is not the only one to lament the timing of the project. “It [is] about time,” Massenburg’s friend and bandmate, senior Jon Ryan Campbell, said. “The water is so deep there they should have done something before.” “It [is] unfortunate it was too late; it’s been needed a long time,” junior Hannah Tjomsland said. Students were not the only ones impacted by the accident. “Having a child who will soon be driving makes it hit really close to home,” Mother Denise Covington, whose daughter is a sophomore, said. “It only takes a second for a tragedy



Guard Rails Lindsay Pugh trn writer


to occur.” Covington travels Courthouse Road every day and has often wondered why there were no guardrails on the road. Covington in fact passed through the road the day of the accident, but made a route change that lead to her family being several minutes earlier than they usually are. “I really [cannot] explain why we made a diversion that day; if not we may have witnessed the accident or been caught up in it,” Covington said. Though many students feel the project’s progress is going slowly, it should be completed within weeks, according to Hominik. “The work is based on a number of factors, like weather, so there is not an exact date. We expect it to be done soon.” “They should do it as fast as they can,” Tjomsland said. “Another accident can happen.” Sophomore Sydney Bakke agreed, but empathized with VDOT. “I think it’s important [to finish] but it also costs money and they have to follow their budget,” Bakke said. “I’ll feel much safer when I begin to drive knowing no one else will crash or run off the road on Courthouse Road after the guardrails are put up.”


Safety improvements on the Temple Avenue Interchange of I-95 in Colonial Heights amounted to 6.5 million.


The warning and barrier gate replacement on the James River Bridge amounted to 1.1 million dollars in costs.


The grid deck replacement on the James River bridge amounted to 3.8 million dollars. All information was obtained at http://www. Use the QR Code to read more on TRNWIRED.ORG



Students Welcome New Choir Teacher

Seniors take on a leading role to prepare choir class for new teacher Deborah Gardner A&E editor


essica Barkley was substituting in for a choir teacher when suddenly a light bulb went off in her head. She remembers thinking “This is where I belong.” Barkley started her new job as choir teacher on Oct. 17th, giving students a new permanent teacher for the school year. Barkley moved from Binghamton, New York, and although she is not used to seeing so many hills, she enjoys the quiet, country community of Prince George. “Things are slower here, which is refreshing,” Barkley said. “There is a slower pace of life, and the weather is much nicer.” Barkley has been an opera singer for over ten years now, starting from the time she was in college. For the past four years, she has taught a little bit of everything, including chorus and general music for grades K-12. “I’ve been a musician for a long time,” Barkley said. “I started out as an opera singer and performer. Then I decided to go back to school for chorus education. After I did

some substituting, a light bulb went off in my head. I knew what I wanted to do.” Before Barkley started her job, the students had to figure out a way to learn music independently. Seniors Ashley Wilkes, A’marah Hawkins, Abria Humphries, and Jahmyah Garrett took on the role of becoming teachers. The choir students noticed that there was more pressure on the students to stay productive in their fifth block class. “We had no one to make decisions for us; we had to make them ourselves and deal with the students’ opinions of them,” Humphries said. Former choir teacher Danielle Morreti left music for the students to go over and rehearse. In an attempt to try to give students a way to enjoy the class and learn about one another, the class would play games to stay connected. “My favorite was when we played hot potato because we learned something new about each other every time someone got the potato,” senior Edward Brazile said Students outside of the choir class may have thought that the students in the music room were just fooling around since there was no formal teacher in the classroom, but the choir students were determined to be as prepared for their new teacher as

possible. The advanced choir class prepares to sing by `“We practiced new and old music; ev- practicing voice warm-ups. Choir teacher erything we knew. We did new warm-ups, Jessica Barkley joined staff on Oct. 17. went over singing techniques, and continPhoto by Ridhi Patel. ued some of the things Ms. Morreti left us,” Hawkins said. and is determined to reach those goals. Once Barkley began her job, students “My goals are to put on some wonderquickly adjusted to her warm and caring ful concerts and to get to know the students character. While some students felt the and staff better,” Barkley said. class was learning without the need of a The fifth block choir class has many teacher, other choir students felt they were events they will be participating in this year in desperate need of a one. and now that they finally have a teacher “We are just thankful to have a teacher. who is more than willing to help them, they This is my first year in here and it was get- plan on having extraordinary performancting kind of boring without one,” senior Ja- es. maal Gooden said. “We’re adjusting just fine. It’s only been Even though Barkley has only been a couple of days since she came, but we alteaching the fifth block class for a few ready feel like one big family,” Wilkes said. weeks, she is already leaving a good impression on the choir class. “She’s very professional and she encourages me to love music in a different way,” Hawkins said. Barkley feels it is a key aspect to make sure students learn things they can use throughout their life. “I feel it is my job to teach students how to sing properly and let them develop a love of singing independently,” Barkley said. With teaching music being Barkley’s dream career, she has set goals for herself

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Teacher Values Former Vegetarian Lifestyle

Owens reflects on early vegetarian diet and reasons for discontinuing Faven Butler features editor


nglish teacher James Owens is not only an avid runner and participant in endurance races, but he has also been a dedicated vegetarian from the age of 19 to last year, for a total of 11 and 1/2 years. With Oct. being National Vegetarian month and Nov. 1st beginning World Vegan month, Owens reminisces about the years he spent practicing vegetarianism. “I became an ovo-lacto vegetarian when I turned 19. After moving out of my parents’ house and attending college, I was introduced to a lot of new eating habits,” Owens said Vegetarianism comes in varying degrees. Ovo-lacto means egg and milk; in other words, ovo-lacto vegetarians do not eat animals but are still allowed to consume egg and milk products. Even though his father was hunter and his mother was big on cooking, his parents still supported him in his decision. Despite his family’s omnivorous eating style, Owens decided to follow through with this new kind of diet. “I did not like the idea of living off of a dead thing, and I decided it was a good time in my life to try something new,” Owens said. Because Owens felt vegetarianism was a healthy choice, he did not think it was difficult to maintain that lifestyle. “A lot of people say they cannot be a vegetarian because they like the flavor of actual meat. My diet was rarely lacking in flavor because of the soy products I ate, which had all different types of flavors including chicken, hot dogs, and my favorite, shrimp,” Owens said.

Owens prepares a vegetable serving for dinner. He was formerly a vegetarian for more than 11 years. Photo contributed by James Owens.

Although Owen’s diet was initially working out fairly well for him, he eventually had to stop being a vegetarian in order to continue running marathons, something he has loved doing ever since he was in high school. He remembers the accomplishment he felt after completing the 100K race last September. “I believe it is important to try your best at doing what you like to do. Running is something I love which is why I was proud of myself when I ran the 100K, whereas before I couldn’t complete it,” Owens said. He began to run longer races. What started off as the 5K and 10K races turned into ultra marathons, which are anything longer than 25 miles. The more vigorous the races became, the more Owens felt a need for meat during and after difficult exercises. “I started craving shrimp. My body was telling me I needed more protein and iron. I could get these in vegetables, but it was more abundant in meat products,” Owens said. “Shrimp was the first thing I had after being a vegetarian for more than 11 years.” Owens said he did not feel any noticeable difference when first eating real meat; but after only 2 of weeks of replenishing his diet, he recovered thoroughly. “I knew if I was going to continue activities like that I was going to have to treat my body appropriately,” Owens said. Although Owens is not currently living a vegetarian lifestyle, he plans to resume vegetarianism in the future. He believes that you have to have an adamant attitude to pursue vegetarianism, considering there will not be many people to support your decision. “Vegetarianism is not a difficult way to live, but it’s a lot easier when you buy your own food. I strongly encourage anyone who’s interested to try, but do not expect much support from those who are not vegetarian or vegan,” Owens said. Although Owens is no longer a vegetarian, he values their eating lifestyle just as much as before. He plans to resume his vegetarianism later on in life. “I definitely believe I am going to have a vegetarian diet in the future, especially when I’m done with endurance running,” Owens said.

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Overwhelming Don

For Food B

Help Support Needy Fam

The senior class also helps contribute by hosting a can food drive and donating it to the food bank. The can food drive is done during the powderpuff game. The senior class also donates all of the money raised during the game to Elf Helpers. All of the food and money donated is given to local families who are in need. Any remaining food is sent back to the eople are coming and going with carts full of food. food bank. With just five volunteers, the Prince George food bank The senior class sponsor, John Pelter, and Rick Massey, a teacher at manages to serve the entire county. On Mon. and Fri. J.E.J Moore Middle School, work together to head up the operation. from 10 am to 2 pm the food bank is open and work“It is a great mix to give a really fun event for the students and someing to help support surrounding needy families. thing that helps the community as well,” Pelter said. “One of the coolest The Prince George Food Bank is very important to things to see is how many people donate more than what is required to the community. Between 30-40 people come in each participate in or watch the game.” day reaching 500 plus families monthly. Last year, over 1,300 dollars and a cart full of food was raised. The Through the donations given to the food bank, they are able to help food drive takes place every year during the powderpuff game. many families. Andrea Barnes, the director of the food bank, said that they “Sometimes events over time lose attention, but powderpuff has are heavily supported by the county; donations come in everyday the grown,” Pelter said. “All of this has to do with the students, staff, and parfood bank is open. ents. It would not get done without them.” Along with donations, the community helps support the food bank by Powderpuff takes place at the prime time for the Prince George Food offering up hours to volunteer. Churches, students, and organizations are Bank. The holidays substantially increase the number of people coming all key to keeping the food bank running smoothly. in needing food. The food bank sets a goal to ensure that every family has Most of the volunteers come from the local churches. The food bank something to eat on Thanksgiving. Last year, one hundred plus turkeys has 13 surrounding churches that volunteer. were given out as a Thanksgiving meal. Senior Pamela Harsh is one of the student volunteers. She spends “During the holidays we try to give all the larger families a turkey to her free time helping to make a difference in the community. celebrate,” Barnes said. “We also try to provide the smaller families with a “I mostly hand out food to the people that come to the food bank,” whole chicken. We try to provide for everyone.” Harsh said. “I enjoy working at the food bank because I enjoy helping With the high demand of food, the food bank is able to stay above other people. I help because I get what I need so I want to help others get water with the help of other organizations working hard to help provide what they need.”

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to families in need as well. The Chesterfield Colo Social Ministries, CCHASM, is a non-profit organ and takes food donations. Around Thanksgiving ing meal packages. “The Thanksgiving meal packages helped 2 through two separate events; one for Prince Ge Hopewell VFW and one for Chesterfield, Colonia at the Chesterfield fairgrounds,” Sharon Juozapa CCHASM, said. The holidays are a time that the whole com to provide for the less fortunate. It is a time to giv can be a part of the seasonal happiness.




Donations from all over the county come together at the Prince George Food Bank. Photo by: Danielle Marshall

onial Heights Alliance for nization that raises money g they collect Thanksgiv-

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NUMBERS PG Food Bank serves

500 plus families on average monthly

100 plus turkeys were given out last year at Thanksgiving

13 churches have volunteers serving at the PG Food Bank

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Andrea Barnes, director of the PG food bank, organizes boxes of cereal to be given out. The Food Bank is open Monday and Friday. Photo by: Danielle Marshall

of donations were donated to the PG Food Bank last year

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Guess The Desk





“I like to have unique “The fact that I have a swirly

Sunflower as the central and interesting stuff on my desk. It keeps element of my cart reflects things interesting dur- my effort to have a sunny ing the day,” Physics disposition, but the fact that teacher David Pollard I also have a big hammer lets people know that I do said. not mess around,” English teacher Beth Anderson said.


Looking at a teacher’s desk, how do they describe the teachers? Are they messy or clean? Does the teacher personalize them or are they plain and boring? What does their desk say about them, as a teacher?



Do you think you can guess which desk belongs to the teacher on the left?


“I love my desk, I have all my stuff in it I need for my classes. I also have the best paper weight in the school,” Ecology teacher Matt Weston said.








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Juniors Celebrate Special Night

Upcoming A&E EVENTS The final movie in the famous vampire novel series will be at theatres soon. Twilight:

Breaking Dawn Part II

debuts on Nov. 16.

Steven Spielberg’s latest movie Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Lincoln is coming to theaters Nov. 16. Many of the scenes were shot in neighboring Petersburg last winter.

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tudent after student walks across the stage, all showing proud expressions on their faces as they prepare to receive their class rings. As they are escorted by a guest of their choice, the students walk to the end of the stage where they are greeted by Smallwood, who presents them with their ring. Afterwards, the juniors enter the only dance of the year where they are the sole attendees. This is the Junior Ring Ceremony and Dance. The dance, held especially for juniors, will take place on Nov. 17 after the ceremony, which begins precisely at 7:30 p.m., and lasts until midnight. Many juniors are excited for the dance, for multiple reasons. One is that it is an event specifically for the junior class. “It should be more special than homecoming, like a prom that’s less formal,” junior Taylor Gonzalez said. “Because it’s the juniors’ one big event for just them, it should be memorable.” Juniors are looking forward to this exciting event. “I think it’s going to be more fun for the juniors, it’s just for us,” junior Dillon Franz said. It’s an opportunity for juniors to have

a special experience all to themselves, and is accompanied by the ring ceremony, another reason juniors are enthusiastic. Buying a ring is not a requirement to attend the dance, but one must purchase a ticket in order to attend. “The juniors need to understand that buying a ring isn’t the focus of this event,” junior sponsor, Carol Bolyard said. “It’s a celebration of the beginning of the junior year.” The dance is simply for the enjoyment and recognition of the juniors, and their class as a whole. If one wishes to attend primarily the ceremony, they must sign-up where the tickets are sold during their lunch block. Juniors consider this more than just a fun social gathering, it is also a representation of all the progress they have made by completing two years of high school already. “The ring I’ll have on my hand will really show my pride as a junior,” junior Eric Wells said. The preparations for the ceremony and dance began in Sept. The main focus has been planning the decorations, the food, and anything that the juniors may want. These decisions are made exclusively by the juniors and approved by the supervisors of the dance. This is another great example showing that this ceremony is solely for them. The proper attire is not specified for the juniors, however jeans and tennis shoes are

Class of 2013 celebrates the receiving of their rings by participating in their Ring Dance. The dance takes place immediately following the ceremony in the commons. Photo contributed by Dallas Smith not advisable. “It doesn’t have to be formal,” Bolyard said. “But semi-formal to formal is usually the route that the juniors take.” Understandably, most juniors think of this dance as an extremely significant event in their high school career. It serves as acknowledgement for their hard work and achievements as high school students. “The ring ceremony and the dance is really the next big step towards graduation,” junior Erica Skiddle said. Those who are not involved with the planning of the dance have very high expectations for the event, because it will be the celebration of such a momentous year in their lives. “I think the music is going to be the latest and greatest,” Franz said. Even though the date of the dance is not quite here yet, the juniors have been prepared for a long time. The prominence of the event is triggering the excited reactions throughout the class. Many juniors have been looking forward to this ever since they placed orders for their class rings in Mar. of last school year.

Latest Music Releases: Taylor Swift’s new CD Red is in stores and is available on iTunes now. The CD costs $14.99. The high school will be presenting the play Little Women on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The play is about four sisters who grow up while their father is away at war.

Junior Dance is on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the commons.

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t has been a long five years for Ace Attorney fans. With Capcom teasing a sequel to Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney since a month after its release in 2007, it has been difficult to ignore how the franchise has been neglected. With Alex Crowder such a long time since the last release, it is not hard to believe that the beloved series is dead. OBJECTION! When Capcom’s panel at Tokyo Game Show opened with that iconic shout, an uneasy excitement grew within the fanbase. When they announced not one, but two new Ace Attorney games, both starring the iconic Phoenix Wright in surprisingly good looking 3D, fans erupted. But there’s still doubt hanging in the air, mostly surrounding Ace Attorney 5, the next main installment in the series. For one, key characters that were

introduced in both the original series and Apollo Justice are missing. Phoenix’s most loved assistant’s – Maya Fey’s – whereabouts were laughed off when they were questioned. People asking about the seven year – now eight year – gap in the story between the original trilogy and Apollo Justice were brushed aside. Despite having two already established assistants in the series, yet another new one has come to take the place of both Maya and Trucy Wright (the assistant in Apollo Justice). The titular attorney from Apollo Justice has also not been confirmed to make a reappearance, leaving us with four new characters and Phoenix so far confirmed. Still, it’s hard not to be excited, especially since it has been a long time since we have seen Phoenix Wright starring in a proper game as an attorney. While I have my doubts about the newly appointed writing staff, I have faith that as we get more details the negative murmurs will become more positive. For people who have no experience

with the Ace Attorney series, all three of the original games (Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations) are available on the Wii Virtual Console for 10 each. Apollo Justice is unfortunately still not ported, but is available used on the DS for 20 dollars. Alternatively, if you want to play it on the go or are interested in better graphics, Ace Attorney HD – which includes the first three games - is coming to the iOS this year. With the first games at such a low price for hours of entertainment and puzzle-solving, I will always recommend giving at least the first game a try. Ace Attorney 5 is currently up for release in 2013 on the 3DS in Japan, and has been confirmed for American localization. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is currently up for a Nov. 29, 2012, release on the 3DS in Japan, but has not yet been confirmed for a North American release. Ace Attorney Trilogy HD will be released in the late fall or early winter period on the iPhone and iPad.

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Girls Volleyball Senior Night

>ABOVE: Freshman Alexis Lyons dives in an attempt to dig a deep spike. Lyons has been a varsity player for one year. >TOP LEFT: Senior Jasmine Jefferson attacks the ball in an attempt to score a point on the Royals’ senior night. Of the twelve members on the team, six are seniors. “My mind-set on senior night was to do whatever it takes to get a point, even if that meant not hitting the ball as hard as I could,” Jefferson said. >FAR LEFT: During a time out, the team discusses the previous play and how to improve. The Royals faced the Matoaca Warriors on Tues., Oct. 23. The Royals were victorious in the first game, but then dropped the last three. Their scores were: 25-22, 11-25, 19-25, and 23-25. >LEFT: Senior Angela Poreda tosses the ball for her serve. Poreda has been playing at the varsity level for one year. “Senior night was a really emotional game for myself and also the rest of the team,” Poreda said. “It was our last game of the season in our gym and we all felt the pressure. Even though we did not win senior night, I still felt proud of the way I played.” All photos by Kolade Olanrewaju.



Permanent Trainer Needed The athletes are frustrated with the fact that the school does not have a permanent sports trainer. They are not as comfortable as they were last year when the school had a full time trainer. The school needs a permanent sports trainer as soon as possible. “We have been very blessed for a quite a while to have our old trainer and more blessed than we realized.” Russell said. While sophomore Montae Bradshaw was playing quarterback, he got hit hard. With halftime just around the corner, Bradshaw took three steps back and felt his ankle roll. He already had previous issues with his ankle and this hard hit did not help his recovery. When Bradshaw went down, one of the trainers went out to help. “She did alright,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t like that we don’t have a permanent trainer. I wish it was like last year because it was better having our old trainer there. Now there is no trainer.” To become a sports trainer, one has to have at minimum a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, health, physical education, or exercise science. After they go to college for four years to obtain their bachelor’s degree, they have to take a test and be examined by a supervisor in clinics. A high school sports trainer is supposed to be able to examine the injury and declare whether or not that person needs to go to a physician or if it is just a minor injury. The trainers also need to check in with the coaches, parents, and athletes about the injury. They need to know if the injury is getting better or worse. It is very important that every school have a trainer. “Each school should be seeking a trainer, however that is not always possible,” Russell said. Having a trainer makes the athletes and coaches feel much safer. “If anyone is out there, can you come be our trainer,” Bradshaw said. The school is in dire need of a permanent sports trainer. The trainers are here to protect and serve the athletes.

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fter a player spikes the ball, on the way down she hurts her knee. After the play is over, her teammates help her to her feet. The trainer sees that the athlete is i in pain and runs out

on the court to help. As the player goes down, the person running out to the field or court is the sports trainer. Checking for concussions, wrapping ankles, and caring for athletes are all jobs of a sports trainer, which the school is lacking at the moment. Currently the school does not have a permanent trainer. The athletic department is trying to acquire a new trainer. By the middle of Nov. a decision will be made on a new and stable sports trainer. If the trainer is approved, they would sign a contract making it a full time deal in January. “Two times a week we have people from John Randolph come and check on injuries,” Athletic Director Billy Russell said. “ We have had no complaints from any parents, athletes, or other teams this year about not having a trainer.” When the trainers are not at the practices, the coaches have to watch out for injuries. The coaches are the ones who wrap the players’ ankles before practice. Usually, this is a job for a trainer, but because the school does not have permanent trainer, the coaches have to take control. It is very different going from having a full time trainer to barely even having one at all. It is tough for the athletes to get used to. “For wrapping ankles we just get Coach Wags to do it,” sophomore football player Heath Pack said. “I would rather have our old trainer back because I felt more comfortable around him.”

During the homecoming game on Fri., Oct. 26, junior Ryan Prigge discusses an injury with the temporary athletic trainer Josie McMahon. Prigge has scoliosis and was being treated for a hurt back. The Royals defeated the Colonials 36-0. Photo by Kristen Schwalm..

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Basketball Season Begins

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How long have you been playing volleyball? “I have played volleyball for five years.”

During tryouts on Mon., Nov. 5, coach Dave Hettinger instructs potential players on what he expects from them. Tryouts were held the week of Nov. 5-9. Photo by Blier Smith.


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t is three o’clock on the first day of tryouts and a group of around 60 hopeful basketball players line the wall. They all realize they have just under a few hours to impress the coaches enough to find a spot on the team. Head boys basketball Coach David Hettinger has the task of building a new team after evaluating players during the tryout period. “I will be looking for the best guard and forwards for the team,” Hettinger said. Tryouts began Nov. 5, directly after school in the gym. Pre tryout conditioning prepares players for running and physical aspects of the sport while also going through drills to ensure that everyone on the court understands the game plan on day one. Although conditioning is not mandatory, it prepares inexperienced players. “Whether or not you show up for conditioning has no effect on making the team or not,” Hettinger said.

While conditioning is seemingly less stressful due to the lack of extreme evaluation, tryouts are quite the opposite. “The players need to show up ready to play basketball,” Hettinger said. Players tryout for the team with all different mind-sets. Some could be nervous because it is their first time stepping on the court for school, while others perhaps are the seasoned veterans that have returned to lead the team. One of those seasoned veterans is senior Jeffrey Ramsey, who is familiar with the process of trying out. “We do a lot of running, and handling and dribbling drills,” Ramsey said. Some of the newer ones to the tryout scene are briefed on the first day, learning basic skills. After the basics have been practiced over and over, they proceed into the other, more difficult drills. “We work on gauntlets, ladders, and twelvetwenty-twos,” said senior Malik Alexander. The players are then separated mainly by age, but also by their skill level and whether Hettinger needs to better evaluate their performance. The team lost six seniors from last year

which has lead to some unrest in the team. “We don’t have a lot of team chemistry this year,” Ramsey said. “We really need to learn from our mistakes, and listen to our coaches and old players.” It could be easy to lose a step with a lack of chemistry on the team. “We will step up as the underclassmen from last year and work together as one unit,” Alexander said. There is a lot to be worked on from the first day especially when it comes to specific elements of the game. “We are running, doing footwork, and defensive slides,” Alexander said. According to Alexander, defensive capability plays a major role in looking for a player. “If you play defense better than someone, you will most likely be on the team,” Alexander said. Alexander has high hopes for the upcoming season. “I look forward to winning the banner for the district championship,” Alexander said. The team plays home only on weeknights at 7:15 or 7:30. Home games are held in the school gymnasium.

Who or what inspired you to play volleyball? “My cousin originally asked me to come out and play and then I made some friends.” How do you train outside of practice? “The volleyball team gets together on Sunday’s and plays volleyball on a sand court.” What do you do before a game to prepare yourself? “I eat, joke with my friends and listen to music. I listen to Dubstep, metal, and rap.” Do you plan on continuing to play volleyball in college? “I want to try and play intramural. It is like a fun activity for volleyball.” What has been your best experience as a part of the team so far? “Going to districts was my best experience from being a part of the team.”


Winter Calendar

Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule 2012-13

Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule 2012-13

Wed., Nov 14 @ Highland Springs - 7:30 PM Tues., Nov 20 @ Cosby - 7:30 PM Thurs.,Nov. 29 @ Ft. Lee Tip Off Tournament Tues., Dec 4 @ Hopewell - 7:30 PM Thurs., Dec 6 vs. Dinwiddie - 7:15 PM Tues., Dec 11 @ Petersburg - 7:15 PM

Sat., Nov 17 @ Hermitage - 9:00 AM Thurs., Nov 29 @ Deep Run - 7:30 PM Tues., Dec 4 vs. Hopewell - 7:30 PM Fri., Dec 7 @ Dinwiddie - 7:30 PM Sat., Dec 8 @ Monroe - 3:30 PM Tues., Dec 11 @ Petersburg - 7:30 PM

Pictured below: Junior Grace Burch attacks the ball in order to gain possession back for the Royals. The Royals were defeated by Cosby 6-0. Photo by Blier Smith.

Field Hockey Travels To Regionals

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n Oct. 31, as kids all over the country crowded the streets asking for candy, the varsity field hockey team traveled to compete in regionals. This was the first time the majority of the team had the chance to be a part of the regional tournament. In order to advance, they would need to beat Cosby. At half time, the Royals were down 3-0.

Their original excited mentality was beginning to fade. “At halftime the coach talked about how we were still in the game and could hang with them,” junior Grace Burch said. “After the first half, though, the mentality went to ‘we cannot do it’ even though we wanted to win.” In the end, the Royals ended their season by being defeated by Cosby 6-0.

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