New Bathroom Policy p.7
Armed Forces Recruiters p. 13
Miss PGHS Pageant p. 18
For the past two years, all bathrooms, excluding D and F-wing, were closed during classes. But for the new year, the administration changed the policy, hoping for positive feedback.
Marine and Army recruiters pay visit to try and benefit the student body. Though focused on students interested in the armed forces, they also offer motivation to other students.
Changes have been made to the line-up of the competition, such as causal wear and a chance for every participant to talk.
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Appreciation For Apple p. 9
Junior Matt Jones utilizes Apple resources available through the school. Apple products have become a staple in studentsâ€™ lives through iPods, iTunes, iPhones, and other products contributed by the late Steve Jobs. Photo by Emily Gray.
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ur mission as the school newspaper for Prince George High School is to provide a form of media that represents all aspects of student life. The goal is to present factual accounts of newsworthy events in a timely manner. Our publication will be informative, entertaining and reflective of the student body’s opinions. It is the desire of the staff to reach every student and tell as many of their stories as possible. We invite your commentary: The Royal News Opinion page is a forum for public discussion and shall be open to all students. The Royal News will print as many letters as space will allow. The Royal News reserves the right not to print a letter. The Royal News publishes a wide variety of opinions. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Royal News, PGHS, 7801 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, Virginia 23875, or bring them to room A6, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 trnwired.org.
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Social media creates long term effects
echnology is intertwined in each and every aspect of our lives today. No matter where one goes, some sort of technology is present. The introduction of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace have even extended the usage of this technology. These sites provide platforms for people to express personal opinions and feelings unfiltered and uncensored seemingly without consequence. However, sometimes people are penalized for their postings on these sites at their jobs or even in school. Accounts of bullying on these sites have led to arrests and even convictions of the bully. More recently, the issue of the burn books, which posted negative comments about people, ended up with the creator of the book being suspended. In cases such as these, the punishment does match the crime; however, to a
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certain extent everything one posts on these sites should not hinder one at his or her job, at school, or even getting into college unless of course they engage in harmful activities. These social media sites are used for personal expression of ideas and thoughts, both of which are protected by the first amendment. If this basic right were to be denied in the aspect of social media sites, it provides a segway for other outlets of expression to be denied as well. In light of this, the staff believes that what one does on these sites, to a certain extent, should not determine whether or not they get a job or get into college. But, it is also believed that one should behave on these sites with such an integrity that reflects an accurate picture of them, and be willing to accept the implications of their actions. We believe that even though what one does on these sites should not affect other parts of their lives, students should be aware that it could have negative consequences.
igh school is the ultimate place of discovery. It is the place where everyone is put through endless tests in order to figure out what kind of person you are going to become. Throughout each year, it is possible to grow and learn from mistakes that will shape your future. Some things you Kim carneal will find out do not change as you progress through the few short years of high school. I have come to the conclusion that procrastinating until the very last minute will always be a part of me. There is something about all the pressure being on me to accomplish a goal, whether it be a few math problems or an English essay, in almost record time. Procrastination does not seem like the most ideal character flaw to have but I have learned how to take advantage of it. I seem to only be capable of producing acceptable work when I am short on time. Apparently, I am not able to turn on a switch in my brain to access all my potential. I have to be stressed and losing my mind for my brain to show me that I am competent enough to complete an assignment. The real problem behind procrastination has to be having too much time. I will not accept that it is actually my fault that I do not appreciate having ample time to finish a task. I swear it is all a conspiracy theory that it is impossible to finish something a few days or minutes before it is due. I have used high school to determine I will forever be a procrastinator, but I still might have enough time to change that imperfection. It is my responsibility to utilize this opportunity to become a better me. Hopefully, I will successfully learn how to not procrastinate by accomplishing such goal in a sufficient amount of time.
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Did justice prevail in the case of Troy Davis ?
The Troy Davis execution brought many protestors to the forefront of the argument against the death penalty. Two sides are presented here in response to the outcome of the recent national issue.
n Aug. 19th, 1989, Troy Davis was convicted of killing Georgia Police Officer Mark MacPhail. In his 1991 trial, there were numerous witnesses that held Davis accountable, two of which said that Davis had confessed the murder to them. Though he maintained innocence in his trial, he was sentenced to death. In regard to his recent execution by lethal injection, the fact that he was the only person convicted for this crime 22 years ago definitely supports the decision to follow through with it, though many protested it. Nineteen years after his hearing, the conviction was upheld and successive appeals, including ones to the Supreme Court, were rejected. If courts, including the Supreme Court, continued to reject the numerous appeals, they [the courts] must have believed that the ruling and punishment were suffice. In June of 2010, for the first time in over 50 years, the United States Supreme Court finally granted Davis a trial, in which he could try to prove his innocence. At this trial, four witnesses changed or recanted their testimony. Concerning the controversy of the death penalty, prosecutors argued that, “Davis’ lawyers were simply rehashing old testimony that had already been rejected by a jury.” Though there was no physical evidence that linked him to the crime, some are quick to say that this statement is false, there had to have been some evidence that made the original jury believe that Davis was guilty. Based on that fact alone, no matter who recanted their testimony or lack of evidence, it supports his punishment. The “eye for an eye” belief often stirs up controversy in regard to this certain penalty. But when it comes down to it, solid evidence or not, someone killed Mark MacPhail, Troy Davis was found guilty of his murder, and as a consequence, he was sentenced to death.
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new study suggests about 10,000 people in the United States are wrongly accused of serious crimes each year. In 1989, Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of murdering Mark Allen MacPhail, a Savannah, Georgia offduty officer. It took the courts twenty years to get Davis a real trial. Either the courts are not working hard enough, or there is nothing of which to accuse him. Secondly, the witnesses were not sure if Davis really committed the crime. Even before it was all said and done, witnesses recanted their statements, saying it was not him. There are so many reasons why this case is “bizarre” just on how the situation was handled. Davis continuously said he was innocent in all those years, and he never backed down. This case received international publicity. Around 20,000 people signed a petition on the freeing of Troy Davis. However, Davis was executed on Sept. 23, 2011, at 11:07 pm by lethal injection. Right before Davis was executed he had a few final words to his loved ones and even to the family of officer MacPhail. Davis said many sentimental quotes, but the most touching of all was when he stated right before his death. “May God bless your souls.” Though I do not think it was necessarily fair, it is possible that it was meant to be to show what kind of person Troy Davis really was. They did not have any evidence to hold him accountable for the murder. The judicial system kept a man in prison for 20 years because of what witnesses said, but did so without actual evidence at all. Yes, people make mistakes and may need to be punished, but if we do not do right with solving a situation, then how are we standing for freedom, liberty or equality?
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n The Homecoming game will be held this Fri. at 7:30 pm against Meadowbrook.
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n The Homecoming dance will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8-11 pm in the Commons. Today is the last day to buy tickets during all lunch blocks.
Senior Hannah Taylor sits in front of Maze Hall at Richard Bland College looking over her notes before math class. Photo by Kim Carneal .
Unigue Larry op/ed editor
s seniors Brittany Hodge, Hannah Taylor and Stephanie Ramirez were preparing for the most important year of their high school career, they were faced with various choices and opportunities. One particular opportunity stood out to each of them, specifically, the chance to get ahead start in the college world. Juniors that can maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher have the choice to continue their senior year in high school or take the opportunity to finish, their high school career at Richard Bland College. Students must take a required placement test in order to qualify for this educational experience. “The placement test tells you what levels of specific subjects you are allowed to take,” Taylor said. Students must adapt to the college lifestyle. They are treated just like every other college student would be; however, they
must take the equivalent classes required to graduate from high school. “It is a great way to get ahead for yourself and get away from the high school,” Ramirez said. These select students have the advantages of having more control over what they are able to do and the benefit of being able to be treated as an adult. In order to maintain that privilege the students must be able to handle all of their responsibilities. Those responsibilities include adjusting to the different schedules of each class, managing time wisely, and making studying a priority. “You no longer have that ‘play time’ to waste at your expense,” Hodge said. Unfortunately, this chance to advance does not come without a price. If a student decides to attend Richard Bland College he or she must pay tuition, including the costs of books, before being able to take any classes. Students also do not have access to the same financial aid a regular college student does because they are still in high school. “I did not get a dime of financial aid. I could not get any student loans or any help whatsoever, I had to pay out of my pocket,” Taylor said
Gas money is also a very big concern when it comes to the students’ college life. Some students have even switched their forms of transportation just to cut down on the expensive spending amounts. “Gas prices are far too high and even though a lot of the students have jobs to pay for them it can still affect their schooling negatively,” Hodge said. The students also get all of the credits for both high school and College at the same time. The students have the ability to earn up to 36 credit hours. “It is an investment in your future,” said Guidance Counselor William Havard. Due to the fact that these students are still enrolled in the high school, they are still allowed to attend all of the social events such as the talent show, homecoming and prom. The students however do not get to see the friends that they have grown to know during school unless they make the choice to also continue to take classes at the high school. “It is a wonderful opportunity for serious students, but it is a shame to miss out on your senior year,” Guidance Counselor Nancy Odum said.
n Girls basketball will hold an open gym on Oct. 19th for all girls interested in playing JV or varsity basketball from 6-8 pm in the gymnasium. n The PTA is sponsoring the ”Whack A CAR” event that will be held at the Homecoming game. The prices are $1.00 for one hit, $3.00 for 4 hits, and $5.00 for 8 hits. n A free SAT workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 am-1 pm at Walnut Hill Elementary School in Petersburg. Scan code to see more breaking news on www.trnwired.org
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A wing to A wing bathroom 35 seconds Fast Facts: A wing to D wing bathroom 2 minutes and 34 seconds Senior Doug Buchanan uses the A wing bathroom rather than making the journey to F wing. The old bathroom policy required everyone to use the two bathrooms located at the rear of the commons. Photo by Emily Gray.
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his year, students have benefit in using all the bathrooms in the school. There will no longer be signing in or sprinting to the bathroom in between classes. In the past two years, the students had to go to D wing for girls and F wing for boys to use the bathroom, they had to sign in, and were monitored while in the bathroom. “The administration does not dislike limited bathroom access, but this year I am putting my trust in our students to do the right thing,” Principal Tracey Smallwood said. “I am hoping that the people that were doing wrong have either changed their ways or left the school.” Students really appreciate the open bathroom policy. It makes the school day more manageable and less hectic for them. “Mrs. Webb told me that all the bathrooms are open and that is great to know,” senior Gerald Jackson said. “Now I do not have to walk all the way to F wing. Last year, when I really had to go, I ran.” That long walk to the bathroom was
also very time consuming. Protecting class and instructional time is important not only to teachers, but to students. “I only use the school restrooms when it is completely necessary, but now knowing that I can go to the bathroom and will not miss much of what is happening in class means I can go and not have to hold it in,” senior Kaitlyn Nikolaisen said. Less class time is going to be wasted with all the wing bathrooms open especially for students who use the bathroom several times during the day. “I love it,” junior Brooke Payne said. “This changes my school life drastically. I go every day, at least twice a day, and I usually have to leave during the middle of class. This cuts down on the amount of time I am out of the classroom.” Principal Smallwood’s trust in the students is not unconditional; it can be undermined by misuse and abuse of the open bathrooms. “We are going to try keeping all the bathrooms open and see what happens,” Smallwood said. “Teachers are keeping track of the students in the classrooms and if they see that students are abusing this privilege it can be taken away. Any issues with smoking, graffiti, or any other negative behavior will force the administration to reevaluate the
open bathroom policy.” If the old policy were to be implicated again, students would not be happy. “I would be furious if we had to go back to the old policy,” Payne said. “It would make me late for class and it makes me feel like they cannot trust us.” As for other students having all the bathrooms open is a life saver. “I would hate it if we had the open bathrooms taken away from us, A wing bathroom saves my life,” senior Doug Buchanan said. The students know that certain negative behaviors can get their bathroom privileges taken away. Smoking, graffiti, and damaging the bathroom are obvious violations. “I believe there are other ways that the students can abuse our bathroom privileges like texting, skipping class, and fighting in the bathroom,” Payne said. As much as the students want to keep the open bathrooms, Principal Smallwood wants to keep trusting them with this responsibility. “I want this to work, I do not want to give the privilege and have to take it away,” Smallwood said. “I do not want to let the students down, but I do not want to be let down either. I just want the students to prove themselves to us.”
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Junior Matthew Jones sits at a mac while learning that Steve Jobs died. Photo by Emily Gray .
Steve Jobs will always be remembered for his great contribution to technology
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ct. 5th, 2011 is the day that will forever be known as the day that Steve Jobs died. Jobs was the cofounder and the CEO of the dynamic Apple Company. His contributions to the technological world some believe are only surpassed by the invention of the Internet. He changed how people viewed the use of computers with the invention of the personal computer in 1984 and he changed the market of the cell phone with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Apple products are used widely throughout school for multiple personal and educational uses. These innovative products have become essential to everyday lives. Many classes utilize these
products such as PGTV and Digital Input Technologies. “[Apple Products] have become the industry standard of video editing,” PGTV advisor Lisa Britt said. “The Mac is what college communication departments are using.” Some classes rely on these products to teach students despite having more options beyond that of the Apple Products. “[Digital Input Technologies] requires us to use PDAs so we chose iPods because you can do so much more with the iPods,” said Janet Carr, Digital Input Technologies teacher. Apple also helps educational institutions by offering discounts on their products to college bound students and teachers with programs such as Apple Education Pricing. “The impact of Apple products on education has been astounding,” Carr said. “We are always looking for ways to get resources in order to better teach our children. There are educational applications free to use in the classroom and there really are apps for just about everything.”
Not only do these products lend themselves to educational uses, but also personal enjoyment. “Apple products help get things done faster and at a better quality,” sophomore Victoria Wright said. “ I use them for my music and Internet.” The impact Steve Jobs had on mp3 players with the invention of the iPod is something that can be seen everywhere. “The biggest technological change was the iPod,” chemistry teacher Dr. Kevin Moore said. “it transformed the mp3 from the walk man to a file you could take anywhere,” Chemistry teacher Kevin Moore said. With the loss of such an creative mind, one tends to question the future of this company “I am very sad that a lot of his innovation and his mind are gone,” Wright said. “ He is not going to be there for Apple anymore to make new products.” However, Jobs did leave a succession plan to keep the company running after realizing the severity of his pancreatic
cancer. He also announced that his successor would be Timothy Cook after resigning from being CEO in August. “Steve Jobs left behind a legacy so great in technology you have to wonder if it stops here because of his death,” Carr said. Jobs is an inspiration to many students and teachers alike due to his perseverance and dedication to his company. He had to sell his Volkswagen bus to start the Apple Computer Company, now Apple, in his garage in the early 70s. “Every young person has to have a beginning and when the passion is there, the motivation is endless,” Carr said. Jobs and his products have truly had an impact on not just individual people, but on the world. His additions to the technological world will forever live on. “He envisioned technology in ways that we could only dream and he made it happen,” Carr said. “Every time you pick up an Apple device from now on, you will know this was truly a great invention from a man who would never give up.”
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Junior Abria Humphries rehearses her role as Carlotta Walls. Walls was a member of the Little Rock nine. Photo by Korrina Smith
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he play, Walk With Me follows a 1954 Supreme Court case dealing with segregation. The play is open to all audiences who wish to experience the feel of a time filled with racism and prejudice. The play will take place at the high school on Thurs., Oct. 20th, at 7 P.M. The result of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka declared segregation to be unconstitutional in public schools which made all schools across the United States desegregate. Arkansas did not comply with this law until the fall of 1957, when it finally let black students enroll in Central High School, an all white school in Little Rock. When the nine black students ar-
rived on the first day of school, the National Guard blocked them from coming in. Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus announced this action was done to keep the peace. Junior Abria Humphries is the only high school student in the three man show. She plays the major role of Elizabeth Eckford, a teenage black girl who must overcome adversity and racism while constantly being knocked down by others. “I feel like Elizabeth and I have a lot in common, because we are both very studious and let unnecessary drama roll of our shoulders, until it is unacceptable,” Humphries said. The other two actors are 2007 alumnus Bryce Kephart, who plays Ken Reinhardt, and Travis Kennedy, who plays protestor, President Eisenhower, Miss Huckaby, Hugh Williams, Mr. Reinhardt, Mr. Penton, and coach. Since there are only three performers, each actor must play numerous roles at once. Humphries also plays the roles of Minnijean Brown, Carlotta Walls, a white
protestor, Governor Faubus, God, and three stereotypes. “I take every person at a time, switching characters is somewhat like turning on a light switch,” Humphries said. Humphries’ roles take a lot of preparation, notes, and thick skin. She struggles with the stress of every role she plays. “The first day of practice I cried during practice because of so much stress,” Humphries said. As a black girl, it is extremely hard to play a role of Governor Faubus and the giant role of playing God. “It is weird to play the role of a white man that despises blacks when I am a black woman,” Humphries said. “This makes it hard to capture the correct emotion.” Each character Humphries plays is very important to her, she handles every role differently but is working hard to master them all. While playing her numerous characters, Humphries performs three monologues that represent stereotypes of the 1950s. She plays a high school girl remem-
bering how she could of helped a black boy with a heart condition, a prim and proper mom who is contemplating if she gave her son good advice between a fight between a white and black student and she is a black custodian who was cleaning and could not help a black boy who was being bullied. “The day before practice I had a complete meltdown because I know if I do not get it right the audience will not respond,” Humphries said. Humphries goes over lines over and over again to make sure there is no slipups between transitioning characters. She tries not to psych herself out so the day before practice by trying to encourage herself to do her best so failure is not an option. “Being in this play is an honor because it is such an important event in history and means a lot because I am a modern day African American and it shows how far we have come,” Humphries said.
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features Rachel Waymack doubletruck editor
hen a student enters the commons and sees the table with handouts, the pull-up bar, and someone in uniform they know exactly what it means, an armed forces recruiter is visiting. With the Marines sending a recruiter every other Tuesday and the Army doing the same every other Monday, these recruiters quickly become common sights to the students. Recruiters have not wasted any time in trying to reach students, both the Marines and the Army sent recruiters within the first month of school.
“In order to develop a lasting relationship we have to be seen and people have to know we are going to be there,” said Sergeant Victor Robinson, first class Army recruiter. “Students can expect to see Sergeant Robinson every Mon. at lunch at 11:00 so now we can start to build up that relationship.” For Robinson, becoming a recruiter was not something he chose to do but rather an order he received from Army command. But had he been given the chance, Robinson would have served as a recruiter on his own accord. “I like to make a change in people’s lives; you are much more than just a recruiter, you are a mentor, a teacher, a coach,” Robinson said. “We wear a lot of hats and we get to help people out of a lot of bad situations.” Staff Sergeant Marine Corps recruiter Krystopher Volp was also instructed to serve as a recruiter by his chain of command. Though Volp is serving because of orders, he still recognizes the importance and benefits of serving as a recruiter. “It [visiting high schools] is very effective; it is the main staple of being a recruiter,” Volp said. “It is fun getting to interact with the kids.” Even for those who no longer serve as recruiters, the time they spent as a recruiter still has a large impact on them. “[Serving as a recruiter] was a very rewarding experience and I was exposed to different situations in the high school system,” said Sergeant Treon Simon, JROTC instructor and former Army recruiter.
In addition to the recruiters like Robinson and Volp that one sees in the commons, recruiters also come to speak specifically to senior and junior JROTC cadets. For JROTC teacher Sergeant Colonel Alvin Chandler, the recruiters’ visits serve as another way of pressing upon his students the importance of having a plan of action for after high school and showing them some of the possible paths they can take. “The first question I ask my seniors every year is ‘where are you going to be one year from today and how are you going to get there?’,” Chandler said. “If you are going to do something after high school you need to make yourself familiar with the procedure and make yourself smarter on your options.” Robinson agrees that a recruiter’s main goal should be not only to recruit members for the armed forces, but also to help students on their path of life. “We are not just to recruit but also to talk to young people about life plans and what to expect after high school,” Robinson said. “We are about listening to their problems and issues being their mentor and coach Because recruiters are citizens’ link to the world of armed forces, they often play a huge role in an individual’s decision to join a branch of the armed forces. For those like graduate and Marine Justin Collins, a recruiter was the deciding factor in choosing which branch of the military to go into. “My decision to join the Marines had a lot to do with my recruiter; I really liked the Marines and the recruiter was really cool, Sergeant Evans,” Collins said. “I started talking to him and I decided the Marines was the right decision for me.” While others like senior Josh Kent, who already knows that he wants to join the army, may not see recruiters as vital in their own decision they do appreciate their effort and importance. “From what I have seen, they seem effective. They bring back people from the high school to do home station recruiting so I think they do a pretty good job,” Kent said. For Robinson, the real reward of his job comes not specifically from recruiting people, but from the satisfaction of leaving work every day knowing that he has done something to help someone. “I get to help students who do not have financial support, who cannot afford college like other students. My favorite part is getting to help that student out,” Robinson said. “It is a better feeling than anything to help someone out when they cannot help themselves.”
Recruiters influence student body Sergeant Krystopher Volp offers help to students who have questions about joining Marines. Photo by Rachel Waymack.
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What about college are you most nervous about?
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College-bound seniors have many decisions to make from choosing wh essays. Because of the amount of stress placed on students, programs a
Senior Carrie Young “Keeping up with my grades because you have a lot more freedom and can get distracted easily.”
Junior Joy Arakelian “Moving out and going somewhere far away because you’re so used to living with your parents and going to the same school.”
Sophomore Damien Crewe “The things I am most nervous about are the tests and exams.”
Olivia Tritschler online editor-in-chief
pplying to colleges or universities can be a stressful process, but because of the economy and resulting college policies the application process may be even more nerve-racking. According to usnews.com, many colleges have had to limit the number of needy students they admit, leaving students with greater need for financial aid at a possible disadvantage. As a result, scholarships have gained more importance in the eyes of applicants as have programs like GRASP, an organization meant to make the application process for scholarships a little easier. Originally, GRASP stood for Greater Richmond Area Scholarship Program, Inc., then in 2009, the name changed to GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. It is a Virginia based program that is found in participating schools around the state. GRASP is a non-profit organization funded by numerous schools, foundations, businesses and donors. The scholarship programs offered by GRASP appeal to students interested in college but worried about the costs of higher education. “I am interested in scholarships because they would really help with paying for college,” junior Samantha Jennings said. “Money is tight in this economy and college is getting more expensive.” GRASP has been helping high school seniors in the Richmond area since 1983. Last fall, the program branched out into other districts including Prince George, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Dinwiddie. Retired guidance counselor Jay Costello is the advisor for Prince George. “I started [working] here when I retired from the military,” Costello said. “I was here for four years and then
when the ninth grade wen me over. So GRASP kind Though the program main goal is to help first g and help provide financial secondary education by th Since the program is pends on the donations a tions and individuals give “Each school has to k said. “It is what they call a companies can contribute Scholarships can be in gle in classes and do not h tions for scholarships var needed. “Not every scholarsh Costello said. “You have t for a lot of things. It is not Between Oct. and Jan leges and scholarships. A mendation letters are need “I think a lot of stud high and I do not want “They might not say that t you get into the grove it is Another new financi is SOAR Virginia. In SOA participate in the program long as they meet the crite throughout high school. E ers will be chosen to parti “They will qualify fo which is a program that
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here to apply or deciding what topic to write about in their college and advisors are available to assist seniors with these many choices.
nt over to Clements they moved of fit perfectly for me.” m is open to anyone, GRASP’s generation students go to college l aid to those who cannot pay for hemselves. a non-profit organization, it deand contributions that corporae. kick in a little money,” Costello 501(c) operation and that means e money and get tax exempt.” ntimidating for those who strughave a very high GPA. Qualificary and having all A’s not always
hip is geared for the 4.0 student,” to look because you can qualify t always having the best GPA.” n. seniors start applying to colApplications, essays and recomded for both. dents think ‘my GPA is not that to do the essay’,” Costello said. to me or to their parents but once s not a bad thing.” ial program that starts this year AR tenth graders are selected to m’s early scholarship assistance as eria and then stay in the program Each year fifteen new tenth gradicipate in the program. or $500 a year to [Virginia]529, is run by the state of Virginia,”
Costello said. “Parents and grandparents invest in mutual funds so while their children get older they will have some money in the program to go to school.” High school seniors have a wide range of scholarship opportunities open to them and it is up to them to decide which are worth their time. “I plan on applying for an ROTC scholarship because I think that ROTC teaches leadership and respect for all high-schoolers,” senior Benjamin Barnwell said. There are also other ways to find information on scholarships. For example, there is a scholarship booklet produced by guidance counselor Tara Bauman that is handed out in Oct. Another opportunity for seniors looking for help with paying for school is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, that gives out government loans. Students should be on the look out for all kinds of scholarships, because every little bit of money adds up. “500 dollars does not sound like a lot of money, but when you go to school that is a couple of textbooks,” Costello said. “And you can do a bunch of things and make a bunch of money.” Costello meets with students and parents on every Wednesday starting in Oct. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In these sessions, Costello helps seniors apply for scholarships. This application process is the important first step towards getting scholarships and being accepted into a college. “Students need to go after things,” Costello said. “Do not sit back and wait for something to happen. Students are at the age where they have to make things happen for themselves and if you sit back it is not going to happen. The sky is the limit”
Numbers 93% of students plan on attending college 84% of students plan on applying for scholarships 30% of seniors have already begun applying to colleges or for scholarships 68% of students do not fully understand the college application process 91% of students do not know what FAFSA stands for Information based on the received responses of PGHS students on 100 distributed surveys
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A&E Gamer’s Corner
New Modes Fuel
Gears of War 3
ne of the most anticipated games of this 2011 year has been Gears of War 3. It recently came out on Sept. 20th at most major game stores. Each store offered a different character skin for preordering the game. For example one character Dom has a “Rambo commando” appearNick Tritschler ance as opposed to his normal military outfit. Gears of War 3 offers a newly improved version of the much loved horde mode, which now includes boss waves, a bigger variety of enemies, and an all new system of fortification allowing a player to better defend against the enemy horde. The old horde mode offered limited pro-
tection and a limited variety of foes. In the new horde the five sets of ten waves still occurs, but with different enemies each time. Horde mode is a game play experience where you and up to four friends can fight off the locust horde in fifty waves with increasing difficulty. The new range of foes makes horde mode more interesting. In addition to the new foes, the fortifications in the new horde mode helps the player’s team fend off the horde easier by use of barriers, decoys, manned turrets, unmanned turrets (sentry guns), and controllable mech suits (silverbacks). The more you buy these fortifications, the more you can upgrade them and the more helpful they become. Another mode offered is the brand new beast mode. In this mode the player becomes the locust horde trying to defeat a group of humans (cog soldiers). This mode lets you play as the enemies that are
the most annoying and tests your skills. The game also offers the versus mode, as in the previous Gears games, but with AI (artificial intelligence) players to fight against and alongside you. Gears of War 3 offers a new team death match mode which allows players to respawn on average fifteen times as a team, unlike the warzone mode which had no respawns. Finally there is an all new campaign and arcade campaign mode. The campaign mode follows up on where the sec-
Open-World RPGs Offer Another Dimension
ver since I’ve started playing games when I was six, I’ve loved playing Open-World RPGs (Role-Playing Games). This is mainly because the first game I played was Super Mario 64, which was an Open-World RPG. In OpenWorld RPGs, you can go anywhere in the game you want, it gives you freedom. You can also have inDale Mullins teractions with any of the NPCs (Non-Playable Characters). These games are the most fun because they resemble real life and are extremely entertaining. Good examples of Open-World RPGs are Final Fantasy XII, Assassin’s Creed series, Dragon Age series, Shadow of the Colossus, infamous series, oKami, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. They are unique
in their own way, but still are Open-World RPGs. All of these games are in third-person style of playing except The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which you can alternate from firstperson to third-person. In third-person, you look into the game from behind your character, and in first-person, you look in from your character’s eyes. The newest game I’m looking forward to is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is the sequel to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is also a first-person/third-person OpenWorld RPG. Skyrim’s predecessor, Oblivion, was an amazing game that got Game of the Year and has had a five-year anniversary. It has around sixteen miles of land and water that can be explored. It also has an amazing story-line. Bethesda Game Studios are the makers of The Elder Scrolls I: Arena, II: Daggerfall, III: Morrowmind, and IV: Oblivion. All of these games were wonderful games, and there is no doubt that Bethesda Game Studio’s The
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn’t going to be any different. Many people have already agree that Skyrim is going to get Game of the Year. Skyrim is the game that I’m looking forward to this winter, which hits shelves on Nov. 11, 2011. It has been one of Bethesda’s most anticipated games. Bethesda has a new graphics engine, called The Creation Engine, which makes the scenery and details breathtaking. They also have a new story telling device, called Radiant Story, which lets the game track everything you do and helps make the game unique. Skyrim will also have something that none of the previous The Elder Scrolls games have had, dragons. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim should be a highlight to anyone who loves first-person/ third-person Open-World RPGs. Skyrim wiil no doubt be one of the most entertaining games ever made. I have pre-ordered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition and am counting down the final days till the game hits the shelves.
ond one ended with the humans scattered around the world trying to survive. You play as the same characters from Gears 2 but with an addition of five new companions. The arcade mode adds points to the campaign. The only problem with this game is that less amount of people own it so group playing is limited. It is a gory game so it is not for the faint of heart, but I strongly recommend purchasing Gears 3 if you enjoyed the last two or like first person shooters.
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A&E Jessica Marshall managing & front page editor
reparing for the third annual Miss PGHS pageant, the success of the previous years ushers in high expectations. This fall, new additions have been added to the set up of
the competition. Co-sponsoring the pageant, English teachers, John Pelter and Sonya Lee are key in getting girls involved and making sure the show runs smoothly. “Basically we have had interest meetings, put information packets together, and have tried to help give all the information to the students that are interested and try to help them out along the way,” Pelter said. [“They were given a detailed list of all the dates that were coming up and we just try to guide them through that, and help take the girls through the actually process so they can get ready for it.”] Pelter has co-sponsored Miss PGHS since it began in the fall of 2010. He believes the success of it has been influenced by various different factors. “We have not had a pageant in a long time and I think that when you do not have something for a while, it peeks interest.” Pelter said. “We try to keep the pageant a fun and relaxed atmosphere. They enjoy it because we are not up there cracking the whip like you might see on some reality shows where it is just a horrible, stressful thing.” Like past years, girls participating have had to find sponsorships as a way to help raise money for the show. “The sponsorships the girls have to find are only $100 and they are allowed to split that,” Pelter said. “We try to work with the girls the best that we can and we try to reward the sponsors by announcing them, we put them in the program, we give them free tickets to the event.” Even though some things have remained the same, suggestions from previous girls have influenced new decisions regarding the agenda for the competition. “Normally the girls have only worn a gown, but this year we are going to do two
Behind the scenes: Miss PGHS
Third annual Miss PGHS pageant to be held for senior girls Third annual Miss PGHS pageant being held for senior girls Emily Lipp smiles brightly while accepting her award. Lipp won first place in last year’s Miss PGHS pageant. Photo by Janai Cunnigham. parts. When they first come out they will be in a casual outfit of their choice and they will change later to their gown or dress,” Pelter said. “Every girl is going to be speaking this year so you can see a little bit more of their personality. Plus, they all come up and introduce themselves, who they are, introduce their parent or guardian, and then introduce who their sponsor is.” Throughout the pageant, the girls are judged on different categories and on a point scale by various judges. There is a certain way that these judges are picked. “ “We take ideas from people we know or that are connections. We’ve reached out to local radio and TV personalities before. The basic concept is that we want a person out of the county and someone that has no connection to the county,” Pelter said. “We want to keep any relations or family members out because we do not want to appear in any way, shape, or form unfair or bias.” Once the top ten is announced, each
girl is asked a question. Afterwards, the judges make their final decisions on who the winners are. “We have a second runner-up, a first runner-up, and the winner. We also have Miss Congeniality. We announce the awards in that order and we invite last year’s winner to crown the new winner,” Pelter said. “Miss Congeniality is voted on by the girls themselves. They vote on Friday afternoon after rehearsal. We tell the girls to vote on whom they enjoyed on hanging out with the most, who helped you the most, and made this an enjoyable time for you.” In the pageant of 2010, Delbria Walton was named Miss PGHS. In 2011, Emily Lipp won first place. Both girls were also awarded Miss Congeniality. “Winning the pageant was a total shock. I had no expectations because I wasn’t the ‘pageant type,’ but I went in with a good attitude and the idea that it was all in fun,” Walton said.
“I was definitely in shock when I heard my number called, but I took the title as being a role model. I have two younger cousins and they look up to me,” Lipp said. The former queens enjoyed the pageant and took away memorable experiences. “I learned a lot about myself in the pageant. It took a lot of courage to get up in front of people you didn’t know and let them judge you. So I definitely gained some confidence and it was a blast,” Lipp said. To girls participating in Miss PGHS 2012 and future pageants to come, both Walton and Lipp offer advice. “Have fun. Make this an experience not a competition, it will mean a lot more that way,” Walton said. “Be yourself and let your true personality shine threw,” Lipp said. “The most important thing though, besides that, is to smile until it hurts.”
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Thought Recently, there have been new restaurants opening up in the Colonial Heights and Petersburg Area. Texas Roadhouse and The Cookout are two examples.
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exas Roadhouse, a country western theme restaurant, is opening in Colonial Heights in October. Because of the rapid growth of Colonial Heights and the surrounding area due to the expansion of Fort Lee, the growing chain of 350 thought it would be make sense to open their restaurant here. Walking into Texas Roadhouse, one could expect to find peanuts thrown across the floor and line-dancing every hour and very friendly people. The restaurant is upbeat and its fun for all ages to enjoy, from young children to senior citizens. Fresh produce is brought in everyday and butchers spend all day in 36 degree coolers cutting steaks, unlike other competitors. Prices range from about $7.99 for
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he Cookout, a restaurant that has already opened in Colonial Heights is more of a fast food restaurant. You can make your order by going through the drive-thru window or walking up to the window on the side of the building. The Cookout came to Colonial Heights for the same reason Texas Roadhouse did. The company owners liked the demographic and felt the nearby college was a plus. The food served at The Cookout is food for anybody and everybody. This includes burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and Carolina style barbeque.
The food at The Cookout is also fairly priced. You can buy a combo there for $4.83, which is about a dollar less than other fast food restaurants.
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Coach Carroll (left) brought in his old high school coach Coach Austin (right) to be an assistant coach for the Royals. Photo by Kevin Harris.
How long have you been running cross country? “This is my first year doing cross country.”
Mentee brings in mentor to help train the Royals Kevin Harris sports editor
or a coach there is sometimes that one person who gives them their first opportunity to coach. For Royals football coach Bruce Carroll, Tommy Austin is that person. However, that is not the only thing that connects these two men. “Coach Austin coached me in high school then gave me my first opportunity as an assistant coach fifteen or sixteen years ago,” Carroll said. “So, he has been a figure in my life for at this point twenty-five years or more.” These things give Carroll a tremendous amount of respect for Austin. So when Carroll had the opportunity to bring Austin in as an assistant on his team he did not hesitate. “Knowing how he interacts with players and the impact he can have I know it is something that can benefit our guys and the program and where we are at and where we
are trying to go with it,” Carroll said. Austin responded favorably to Carroll’s request to come to Prince George and become a part of the coaching staff. “I was honored that he would ask me to be a part of the things that he and his staff are doing at Prince George,” Austin said. “I was also grateful that he thought that I might be able to contribute in some way to the program.” After considering the situation Austin decided that it was too great an opportunity to pass up. “Bruce and I have been close for many years and we have always shared ideas and bounced things off of each other,” Austin said. “Because of our long lasting friendship there was no hesitation on my part when he offered me the chance to work with him and the quality people associated with the program.” Austin coaches the quarterbacks, defensive backs, and special teams. “He knows everything there is to know about football.” Junior quarterback/defensive back John Ford said. “He really helps the offense.” Austin enjoys being part of the
coaching staff. “I have not had this much fun coaching in many years,” Austin said. “Everyone associated with the program is very positive about its direction and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the great things being done at Prince George.” Coach Austin brings experience with him. This is something that players and coaches alike both see as a big positive. “He has a tremendous amount of knowledge of the game,” Carroll said. Austin has had experience with all different levels of coaching. “He has coached for over thirty years and he has coached at every level,” Ford said. Players appreciate and even admire Austin’s extensive knowledge. “He has a lot of experience, he was a college coach,” “sophomore Trey Moneymaker said. Coach Carroll and Coach Austin have been player/coach, head coach/assistant coach, mentor/mentee, and the past few years they have been just friends. Today they are still friends, however the roles have flipped and Carroll is now the head coach and Austin is his assistant.
Who or what inspired you to run cross country? “I think the team did. Just because they are a really fun bunch of people; love them to death.” How do you train outside of practice? “I run sometimes. I do ab workouts and stuff.” What do you do before a meet to prepare yourself? “I make sure I eat right, no junk food; [it] never helps.” When was your best performance at a meet? “I think my last meet [Oct. 5 vs. Colonial Heights], I broke my personal record.” Do you plan on continuing cross country in college? “I though about it, but I am not sure yet.” What has been your best experience as a part of the team so far? “I think the best experience would just have to be how fun it is. Not just the running part, but just everyone together, it is really nice.”
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Compete At New Heights Athletes learn to balance both academics and athletics at the collegiate level Wayne Epps, Jr. sports editor
ut of all the students that participate in high school athletics, only a select number are granted the opportunity to continue their athletic careers in college. The transition from high-school to college may be difficult for non-athletes, but that transition is more complicated for student athletes as they work to adjust to both college life and college athletics. Class of 2011 graduates Albert Williams and Emily Marshall have both gone on to participate in college athletics. Williams is a member of James Madison University’s football team and Marshall is a member of Radford University’s cross-country team. Both are now experiencing life as collegiate studentathletes for the first time. While participating in different sports at different universities, Williams and Marshall have gone through differing experiences, but
they have also experienced some of the same things. Both have noticed how much more committed their college teammates are. “Everybody there wants to win,” Williams said in a phone interview. “Nobody is there just to be there. Everybody is there for a reason, and that is pretty much the reason they are in the school. And they know if they do not perform playing football, they are either going to get kicked out of school, or they are not going to have anything else to do. For Williams, there is no comparison between the intensity of practice in high-school football to the intensity of practice in college football. However, for Marshall in crosscountry, the jump is not as large. “The intensity at both levels is there, because it depends on how hard you are going to push yourself, but workouts are [a] bit longer and more organized,” Marshall said in an e-mail. “At [the] college level, running is definitely at a faster pace, the intensity has been kicked up a few notches.” With a schedule of weight lifting at 6:00 AM in the mornings on certain days and practices in the afternoon, Williams has found that football has interfered with his academics.
Both Emily Marshall (left)and Albert Williams (above) continue their athletic careers in college. Marshall photo courtesy of Radford Athletics. Williams photo contributed by Nic Sulc. “[Football] really takes a lot away from [academics], because I am never able to study in the morning before I go to class on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays when I lift,” Williams said. “And then also, practice right after school starting at normally 3:30 and lasting until like 7:30.” However, for Marshall, school and athletics have not gotten in the way of each other. “Being part of the team does not interfere at all [with academics] in my opinion,” Marshall said. “Since we have to have mandatory study hall hours, running and studying are practically second nature to me.” Having played only one year of highschool football, the game of football has not been as much of a second nature for Williams. He faces the task of catching up to other players who have more experience. “Anything you can think of, I am behind in the game of football from just playing the little football that I had with the little competition that we had as well,” Williams said. Williams has also found that he has to work harder to compete on his team at JMU than he would have in high school. “You definitely have to work a lot harder here than in high school,” Williams said. “Be-
cause, everybody here is better than you are.” As part of the college athletic experience, both Marshall and Williams benefit from a range of amenities in addition to their athletic scholarships from free equipment to free tutors. “We barely have to lift a finger,” Williams said. “All we have to do is perform on the football field.” After all of the buildup and preparation, finally getting to suit up and step onto a game field in college was a surreal and nerve-racking experience for Williams. “I cannot tell you how nervous I was,” he said. “When I ran out, it felt like I was floating when I was running. I could not feel my legs when I was moving. It was a different feeling. I just look up and there are people everywhere, in front of 25,000 people.” Making the jump from high school athletics to college athletics requires immense dedication and hard work. In spite of being given the opportunity to continue an athletic career, simpler times can still be missed. “I kind of miss high school, I really do,” Williams said. “But college is the best years of your life, so I just have to live it up as much as I can.”
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PhotoGallery RIGHT: Coach Ann Lambert addresses the varsity field hockey team during a game against Hopewell on Fri. Sept. 30.
BELOW: Senior Laken Adams works past a defender in a game against Hopewell on Fri. Sept. 30. The Royals lost 1-0. All photos by Faven Butler.
ABOVE: Junior Lindsey Varga and Coach Ann Lambert look on during a game against Hopewell on Fri. Sept. 30. LEFT: Sophomore Tristyn Sheaffer pushes the ball upfield in a game against Hopewell in a game on Fri. Sept. 30.
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Lions Foster Confidence
o far this NFL season, the Detroit Lions have probably
Sophomore Varsity Boys Volleyball Setter
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How long have you been playing volleyball? “I have been playing for three years, one year on JV and two years on varsity.”
How long have you been playing volleyball? “I have played for five years, one year on JV and four years on varsity.”
What made you decide to play volleyball? “My seventh grade P.E. teacher said that I played pretty well.”
What made you decide to play volleyball? “My mom always played volleyball. I would watch her and play with her. She encouraged me to try out.”
What do you do to get focused before a game? “I would either listen to my iPod, sleep, or play Red Dot with the team.”
What do you do to get focused before a game? “We watch the JV game and bond as a team.”
How do you and your teammates work on team unity? “On some of the home games we head out to Luca’s before the game.” Do you plan on continuing to play volleyball after high school? “Yes, I would like to play volleyball for the college that I attend.” What is your best memory from playing volleyball? “Being able to play varsity during my ninth grade year.” What has been your best experience as a part of the team so far?
How do you and your teammates work on team unity? “We went on a trip to the river for the weekend over the summer.” Do you plan on continuing to play volleyball after high school? “Yes, I plan on playing either in college, or at least playing on a club team in college.” What is your best memory from playing volleyball? “Making varsity my freshman year. I remember thinking I will never play, I’m not as good as the other girls. My first game I played was against Colonial Heights. I went in and played pretty well.”
“Just have fun.”
What has been your best experience as a part of the team so far? “Never give up and try your hardest for everything.”
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been the biggest surprise. The Lions have been a historically bad franchise, Wayne Epps, Jr. with an all time record of 500 wins and 593 losses. However, this season, the Lions are off to a 5-0 start. Hardly anyone probably predicted that the Lions would look quite as good as they have this season. They are largely the same team personnel-wise as last season, which they finished with a 6-10 record. They return a majority of their starters on both offense and defense from last season. In addition, they have quarterback Matthew Stafford back at full strength. He started only three games last season because of injury. The Lions also have the same head coach and offensive and defensive coordinators from last season, which they started 0-4. Stafford, the starting quarterback, is a large part of the success of the Lions. However, his return from injury, by far, is not the most integral part of the Lion’s success. The most important thing started growing last season. Their confidence grew when they finished with four straight wins without Stafford, and it has continued this season. The Lions have won thirteen straight games between the end of last season, and this season; with preseason games included. They did not need to go out and hunt for big free agents to try to win, rather they believe in what they have, and they are making the most of it right now. That sentiment is very important. Sometimes what you need to succeed is right in front of you. You just have to grab it, believe in it, and make the most of it.
Hopewell defeated Varsity Field Hockey 1-0 an away game on Mon. , Oct. 10.
Boys Varsity Volleyball defeated Petersburg 3 games to 0 in a home match on Tues., Oct. 11.
Girls Varsity Volleyball defeated Petersburg 3 games to 0 in a home match on Tues., Oct. 11.
Football faces Monarchs for Homecoming Junior Caleb Johnson blocks an outside linebacker in a game against Thomas Jefferson on Fri., Sept. 16. The Royals won 51-16. Photo by Emily Gray.
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