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Volume XIC • Issue 9• April 29, 2011

Former Japanese exchange student discusses impact of devastating earthquake

VAJTA holds first jDay at HHS

Luke Stephan


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arrisonburg High School will host the first ever jDay on April 29-30. The event is organized by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers. “[jDay is] a statewide journalism conference to help train staffs for next year and to fill the void left when VHSL canceled their fall championship workshop held annually for years in Richmond,” said Valerie Kibler, adviser of the HHS publication, The Newsstreak, and VAJTA board member. The conference will feature two keynote speakers, the opportunity to attend five instructional sessions with topics for both students and advisers, a carry-in competition, a Best-in-Show competition, and write-off competitions. The two keynote speakers both come from outside Virginia. Bradley Wilson, an adviser at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker on Friday and Aaron Manfull, the media adviser at Francis Howell North High School in St.

Newsstreak editors Phillip Bannister and David Proctor work on different technological platforms. Journalism in the age of digital media was a primary focus of this workshop. Photo by Valerie Kibler.

Sports Briefs Check out newsstreak. com to keep up with your spring sports teams wins and cancellations/rescheduled events due to weather.

The VHSL AA outdoor track state meet will be held at HHS on June 3-4. Updated sports scores Feature package stories Advertisement forms Breaking news Video footage Reviews and columns Poll of the week Picture of the Day

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SPECIAL SENIOR ISSUE!!!!! Senior baby pictures Where are seniors going next year? The year in review Profiles of valedictorian and salutatorian along with top 10 seniors Pop Culture over the past 18 years Senior columns Senior advice for incoming freshmen Senior wills and much, much more!!!!!

Great effort goes into selecting principal William Imeson staff reporter


ince former principal Irene Reynolds announced her retirement last summer, the school board has been searching for her replacement. Interim principal Dr. Perry Pope was appointed to the position in January, but the school board has spent most of this semester looking for the long term principal that can best serve HHS. A principal must have many qualifications and attributes to effectively work in the school system. “[The administration is] looking for administrators with at least three years of experience, a proven track record, academic success for all students, and collaboration with the staff and the community,” HCPS Superintendent Scott Kizner said. While these guidelines may seem strict, Kizner also wants “a new principal who is a good listener, approachable, a team player, and has a sense of humor.”

single one, but they should go to big sports games, concerts, musicals, banquets, anything in which the school can be D r. Pe r r y represented well,” Pope said. The principal not only goes Pope, I n t e r i m to these events to represent the school, but also attends as Principal a form of preventive maintenance. In case anything goes wrong, the principal needs to be there to take charge and After Reynold’s tenure as prinhandle the situation. cipal, Kizner believes the hardest “The principal is the first one part about finding a new principal [to the school] in the morning and is remembering that the new prin- the last one to leave at night. The cipal will be leading the school in last person in the door to my office a new direction. needs just as much attention as “We don’t want someone ex- the first,” Pope said. “That’s why a actly like Mrs. Reynolds; we want good principal follows what I like to look for new leadership,” Kizner to call the clear desk theory.” said. Pope came up with the clear According to Pope, the school desk theory during his days as a board is not only looking for an in- principal. It is a policy in which the dividual who has experience in the principal's desk is clear of papers school system, but also the energy and materials and “there is nothfor the full time job and it’s addi- ing between [the principal] and tional requirements. that person”. The principal needs “A principal should go to as to be able to establish a good relamany school events as possible. Of tionship with all individuals in the course, they can’t make it to every See Principal on Page A3

The principal is the first one [to the school] in the morning and the last one to leave at night.”

DECA students will compete in Orlando Michael Johnson sports editor


he DECA team, consists of senior Ali Byrd, Emily Knupp, Adrian Zamora, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Brown, and Justin L’ecuyer. They all worked hard in states and got the opportunity to compete in the national competition in Orlando, Florida on April 29. “I am excited about the trip to Orlando because it is over my eighteenth birthday, we are going to Dis-

ney World, and we are doing all of this while competing for the national title,” Byrd said. In Byrd’s competition category, she takes a 100 question test. If she does poorly, then she goes home, but if she does well, she gets to compete in a job interview for a financial position. The winner gets a scholarship. “I hope I get to the interview and it would be even better if I place and get a scholarship,” Byrd said. Brown is another student who is competing at the national competition. See DECA on Page A3 “I am excited

t least 13,300 people have died after a megathrust earthquake devastated the northeastern coast of Japan. International agencies are mobilizing to aid the survivors, while the government attempts to manage the damage incurred at several nuclear power plants. “Its been two weeks since it happened,” said Daiki Ishikawa, a former exchange student at HHS, “but radiation is still leaking from the power stations and they are still talking with the power company about the way they should stop it.... they should take a risk and make a decision.” Even so, Japan was not the only nation to feel the effects, as tsunamis forced evacuations as far away as Oregon. The quake struck in the early afternoon 45 miles off the northeastern coast of Japan’s Honshū region. These types of earthquakes happen when a tectonic plate is subducted, or forced under, another tectonic plate. The destructive force of these earthquakes is unrivaled, and with a magnitude of 9.0, even the Japanese were helpless against the Tōhoku earthquake. Risako Fujii, a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo, was at home during the quake. ”I felt the house shake,” said Fujii, “we’ve had a lot of earthquakes in Japan, but I've never experienced such a big shake.” Fortunately nothing serious happened to Fujii or her family. “But,” she says, “one of my friends [was] near the epicenter. She is fine, but her house was broken by the tsunami.” HHS’s Key Club has stepped up to provide aid to victims of the disaster. “It was in a time of need,” said Emelyn Jimenez, the Key Club’s Club Motivator, “we saw how many people were affected and lost someone they loved.” The improvised drive was a complete success. “Key club is all about giving back,” said Jimenez, “we raised a little over $2000 in two weeks by dollar a day Wednesdays and [by] pulling at people’s heartstrings.” Among the worst news received was the fact that several nuclear reactors had been affected by the blast, particularly the Fukushima nuclear reactors. Several explosions rocked the plants soon after the quake, though the reactor itself remained intact. Even so, the quakes and blasts left the cooling system unable to function. While the Japanese government has evacuated many people from around the plant, and has

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Freeze Frame

Schedule changes will happen next year Nahla Aboutabl staff reporter


ith new school years come new changes, and next year is no exception. Rumors have been circulating among students and teachers about the “drastic changes” that could occur next year, creating an air of excitement. But are these rumors true? GuidTrends in the world of manis and pedis


ance counselors and vice principal Mike Eye say that change will come, but not as drastic as some have thought. Changes include the not so popular decision to get rid of early release and late arrival and the incorporation of more full year classes. “We’ve directed that there will be no more late arrivals or early releases for juniors or seniors anymore. The decision came from outside the school, we [the school] Get a glimpse inside the world of track and field


were just informed,” Eye said. Not all students oppose that decision though, as they will still have a chance to have junior-senior seminar. “Not having early release and late arrival doesn’t upset me as much because it’s junior/senior seminar that saves me,” junior Kerri King said. Guidance counselor Tim Meyers thinks the decision was made

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“Under the Sea” Prom will take place on May 14 from 8- midnight. Sherry Burcham Anderson memorial 5k run and walk is scheduled for May 14. SAT exams will be administered on May 7 and June 4 All-State Chorus will take place this weekend. Congratulations to Dorrall Price, Grace Clough, and Jessica May for representing HHS at the festival AP exams will take place from May 2-12

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News Briefs The last math competition of the Virginia Math League is to be held after spring break. VML is a competition in which students have a certain amount of time to complete a set amount of questions. Excellence awards to be given on May 1 at the awards banquet. Teachers from every department nominate students who fit the criteria.

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Special senior shirts agreed on by five member student council John Gomez-Lemus


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here are less than 60 days before the end of the school year and it is the end of the road for the graduating class of 2011. The troopers who have made it through four years of hard work and dedication are celebrating their accomplishments by wearing special shirts emblazoned with the words “HHS Seniors” on the front and “It’s so nice to Be #1 Twice”on the back, in reference to the last two digits in the year 2011. In addition, all seniors will take an excused skip day to be temporarily liberated from their academic responsibilities.

A small student council, representing the seniors of the school, is responsible for many of the privileges that seniors enjoy today. It is composed of the following five members: Emily Knupp, Priscilla Harrison, Aidan Newcity, Alison Domonoske and Ali Byrd. They have vouched for the interests of their constituents like the ones listed above to the administrative hierarchy above them. “We [the council] planned the graduation itself, the senior field trip, and the special tshirts,” councilwoman Knupp said when asked about what they have done for the end of the year. The council meets on select occasions either in one of the library conference rooms or the counseling offices. Most seniors are looking forward to the spe-

cial privileges being offered to them this year. “I like them. I have ‘senioritis’ and I’m ready to get out of here,” said Daniel Horst. “I really like them because I get a day off school and I get to sleep in and relax,” fellow senior Ivan Saavedera says. Rebekah Strickler thinks, “It’s cool and it’s a good way to commemorate the year and all our hard work.” Sam Obenshain finds that “it’s basically tradition for the seniors to do this, so it isn’t out of the ordinary. However, it’s still nice to do this.” For those seniors who want to buy the special shirt, please contact Priscilla Harrison or sign up in the main office. Please have your size ready when you order. Shirts of any size are $8.

Walton’s children’s play Terrible Skunk Breath premiered Easter weekend Paulina Rendon


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chool librarians have a simple job description, which is, at the least, to be a librarian. They help you find a book you are looking for, check the book out, and answer any library-related questions they may have. Not very many librarians are known as script writers, and even fewer can say that their plays are performed every year by the students in their high school. HHS librarian Bradley Walton can attest to all of these things. Walton started working at HHS 11 years ago and he did indeed start as just a librarian. After two years, Walton decided that instead of doing ‘Star Wars-ized’ versions of Shakespeare plays, Walton decided to give writing his own plays a shot.

“Doing Shakespeare was something that intimidated me. I mean, it was my idea, nobody forced me,” Walton said. “It just seemed insane that I did it. ‘I’ve done Shakespeare and I’m not dead. What’s the next crazy thing that I can try doing?’ was literally the thought process.” Walton wrote his own play and put it on at the high school. He said it took him a lot longer to write the play than the ones he does now, and that “while there were a few moments during the play I really wanted to crawl under my seat and die,” Walton attributes the mistakes more on bad acting methods and bad directorial decisions as opposed to bad writer decisions. The spring play was Stanley Swartz’s idea since the beginning. He asked Walton to write and produce the plays on his own - but still as a part of his drama program. Swartz reads the scripts ahead of time and they were also run by

former principal Irene Reynolds for approval. This year’s spring play is entitled Terrible Skunk Breath and it is slightly different than the ones Walton has written before. “I wrote this play for my daughter,” Walton said. “And she’s actually in it. She plays a character named Floras Eisenfouler, the daughter of the Blight Eisenfouler, the leader of the skunk commandos.” According to Walton, his daughter has been very excited to be in a high school production, working with the high school kids. While her part is not that large in the play, “she’s into it, the way some people put a lot of energy into what’s important to them.” The story of the play revolves around the character of Jay Tennant, which is played by senior Chris Pyle. This is his first play he’s starred in, but not his first year do-

ing the spring play. “At first I was really anxious because it’s the largest role I’ve ever gotten, but after having weeks of rehearsal I’m starting to ease into it,” Pyle said. “The hardest part is definitely remembering all the lines.” Pyle’s character Jay has more than double the number of lines that the second-largest role (Craig) has; 286 and 109 lines respectively. Despite the extra work, Pyle loved being a part of the spring play. His favorite part about it this year was the whole fact that because it is written for Walton’s daughter, it is a kid’s play. Senior Kait Arthur agrees. “It’s a good senior play because it’s fun and light, as opposed to last year’s play was kind of dark,” Arthur said. “It brings out the inner kid in us before we’re forced to become adults.” Arthur, who plays Jay’s mother

Mrs. Tennant and doubles in the role of his toothbrush has been a part of Walton’s spring play productions for all four years of her high school career. Her favorite part about it all is “that we get very close.” “We get to know each other. Like now there’s ten characters, and in the musical there’s four times that. And you really get to know who they are and not just their names or something. You know who they are and not just of them,” Arthur said. Another of Arthur’s favorite things specific to this year’s show is the theme of the play, which is “listen to your mother, and brush your teeth.” As this is her final year in Walton’s play, Arthur hopes for a big turnout when the play premieres at the high school Easter weekend, April 22 and 23.

Brush your teeth! Seniors Kait Arthur and Chris Pyle perform a scene in Terrible Skunk Breath in which the toothbrush, played by Arthur, attempts to reason with Jay Tennant, played by Pyle. Rabbit! Junior Allison McKenzie rehearses for one of her roles as a rabbit who acts as a guide to Jay Tennant when he is lost in the forest. Photos courtesy of Sam Martin

Ten students to travel to Costa Rica as part of exchange program Annual cultural exchange gives participants new appreciation for life in a different world fore. Students will spend the night with the family, go to school, sit sports writer in on classes, and observe the differences between school in Costa uring the winter, Rica and the United States for the which is the summer first two days in Costa Rica. months for the SouthAfter a few “shadow days”, the ern Hemisphere, 15 students will take a series of day students came to Harrisonburg trips which include such activfor two-and-a-half weeks and lived ites as whitewater rafting, bungee with American families. The cul- jumping, and scenic expeditions. tural experience was wonderful The trip inside the trip will be a for everyone involved. three-day outing to a resort which This summer, 10 students will sits at the base of a live volcano. make the return trip and go to During the day it is hard to see the school, take scenic trips, as well as top of the volcano due to cloud experience a cultural transforma- covering but at night orange lava tion in Costa Rica. Four students spewing out of the top is clearly from HHS and six students from visible. Students from past trips Broadway High School will be have concurred that the live voltraveling to Costa Rica (and Pana- cano is truly a wondrous sight. ma) as part of a student-exchange “At first, I wasn’t that excited, but after seeing lava, I thought it was pretty cool,” senior Leo Arango said. After students return from the volcano trip, they Sophomore board another bus for a beach resort. A three hour Margaret bus ride and ferry ride King later, students will be at a huge beach resort, Playa Tambor. Students say that Playa Tambor is the best because students enjoy program. the number of activities availThe trip begins with flying out able as well as an all-you-can-eat from Dulles Airport to Panama buffet. The activities range from City, a 4-hour flight. Students will swimming in one of the 11 pools, tour Panama City before going to to soccer, basketball, tennis, table a resort on one of Panama’s many tennis, and a safari within the beaches. After a few days there, boundaries of the resort. students will fly from Panama City “Tambor was the best,” recalled to San Juan, Costa Rica. The stu- junior Ryan Waligora, who went dents will board a bus to Colegio on the trip last year, “So many Metodista, the school in which things to do and so little time to they will meet the people they will do it all.” be living with. Students will return after a few “I am not that scared because days at Tambor. They will have a I am staying with the girl that my farewell dinner at one of the stufamily hosted,” sophomore Mar- dent’s house before boarding a garet King said. plane back to the United States, For many though, it may be capping off a wonderful start to a scary experience because they their summer. have not met the host family be-

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“I am not that scared because I am staying with the girl that my family hosted.”

Crater! A tour group from the previous year stands in front of the crater of the Volcano Poas, in Costa Rica.

Volcano! Students in previous years traveled to the Volcano Arenal in Costa Rica as part of their trip.

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Residents of Japan cope with aftermath of earthquake Japan from A1

assured the public that there is no problem, radiation levels in Tokyo reached 20 times that of normal conditions. Out of over 13,000 deaths that Japan has faced, five of them were employees at the Fukushima plant. Naoto Kan’s administration has been criticized as of late because of its slow and erratic response to the disaster. “I can't trust the Kan administration,” said Fujii, “I dislike Kan as prime minister...he doesn't make a suitable leader.” Despite the government’s assurances that the situation is under con-

trol, radioactive isotopes of iodine and cesium have been detected in the tap water of several cities in northern Japan, and the Japanese government has upped the legal dosage of radiation that nuclear-sector employees are allowed to receive. “Of course there are different opinions between government and power company,” said Ishikawa, “but if they are really thinking about the people in Japan, the first thing they have to do is to stop leaking radiation as quickly as possible. I think that is the first priority.”

Committee works to select new principal Principal from A1

school system. The process for selecting a new principal is very difficult. A committee consisting of Kizner, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources, the director of middle and secondary education, two teachers from the high school, and a high school student advisory committee all contribute ideas and concerns in regards to the type of principal they want. During the selection process, HCPS advertises the job opening and conducts interviews with many applicants. If the applicant is appealing enough, Kizner and other administrators will

visit the area where the applicant is from. During their visit, they will try to obtain an idea of what the educational and social environment is like. People from around that community and associates of the applicant are interviewed to get an outsiders perspective on how the applicant is around students, what kind of person they are, and how heavily dedicated they will be to the position. Of all the qualities required for the job, one of the most important things Pope believes a principal needs to have is a passion for the job. The principal needs to “want to do all of the requirements and love every minute of it.”

Schedule to change slightly next school year Schedule from A1

because no other school around the area has that privilege. “The school board just said ‘no’ to late arrival and early release. I think it’s because most schools around here don’t have that. It’s the chief complaint among students, but there will be mentorship classes, though,” Meyers said. As for classes, there will still be four blocks a day but there will be more full year classes.

“I understand what [the school board] is trying to do. They just want to help students graduate. I don’t mind having full year classes. It makes things less confusing,” junior Anna Boisen said. Not everyone agrees with Boisen, though. “I dislike having full year classes because it seems like it will take a long time to finish [the classes],” junior Ryan Maphis said.

New Electives

Career Electives

Advanced Marketing: An upper level course for students who have already taken marketing, sports marketing or fashion marketing. Students will prepare for careers in marketing or post secondary education. Applications of technology and DECA activities go along with the course. Teacher: Mallory Cromer Prerequisite: Marketing course Grades: 11-12 Early childhood, education and services: For students who are looking into a career in home, family or institution based

child care. The course focuses on planning and organizing beneficial activities as well as child monitoring, critical thinking and entrepreneurial opportunities. The course will also provide students with hands on experiences through on site labs and local day cares. Students combine class instruction and on the job training. Teacher: Stevens Prerequisite: none Grades: 9-12

Music Electives

History of Rock an Roll: The first part of this class will focus on

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jDay offers training for state journalism students, advisers jDay from A1

St. Charles, Missouri, will be the keynote speak-

theme park secrets to increase profit at school publications. “Copyright 101”, taught by Brian Schraum and Adam Goldstein of the Student Press Law Center, is a class that will teach students what is legal and what is not when using the work of others. Kibler has high hopes for the conference. “It should be a good opportunity for kids and advisers from around the state to get to know each other while learning about their craft. I hope that staff members will get the opportunity to bond and really get psyched up for next year. Virginia has some of the strongest journalism programs in the country and we wanted to provide an educational opportunity that would help to make them even better,” she said.

er on Saturday. “They’re very modern, current. They’re at the top of their game,” Kibler said. Wilson and Manfull, in addition to delivering their keynote addresses, will be teaching classes along with dozens of other speakers. “It’s a really good combination of college students who are going to be journalists, to yearbook reps, to college professors and advisers, to high school advisers, and professional journalists,” Kibler said. During the five class sessions, students can choose between numerous classes. “Run Your Publication Like a Theme Park”, taught by Mike Taylor and Tammy Bailey from Balfour Publishing, offers to reveal how to apply Friday, April 29, 2011 6-7 p.m. Registration - Auditorium Commons area (Turn in Carry-in & Best-in-Show entries)

10 - 11:00 Adviser Reception (room 138) Saturday, April 20, 2011

7:30 - 8:30 Welcome - Auditorium Keynote Speaker, Bradley Wilson

7:30 - 8:30 Continental breakfast for advisers (room 138) Breakfast items for sale for students; Registration continues

8:45 - 9:45 Class Sessions #1

9 - 9:45 Class Sessions #2

10 - 11:00 Student social: Ice cream + speed media (auditorium commons)

10 - 10:45 Class Sessions #3 Write-Off Competitions

11 - 11:45 Class Sessions #4 Noon - 1:00 Adviser Luncheon/ Official VAJTA annual membership meeting; Lunch provided for students in auditorium commons 1:15 - 2:00 Keynote Speaker, Aaron Manfull in Auditorium 2:15 - 4:00 In-Depth Class Sessions #5 4:15 - 5:00 Awards Ceremony, Auditorium

DECA students advance to national competition DECA from A1

about the trip because I did so well at states and I think I have a legitimate shot at nationals and could win some scholarship money,” Brown said. “I am also excited to visit Orlando. I have never been there before.” Brown’s competition is a little different than Byrd’s. He is given a sheet with a case study explaining an issue that a company or business is facing. It is his job to come up with a solution to the problem. He has ten minutes to come up with ideas. He then has to go in front of judges, present his solution, and answer any questions that they may have. The judges will rate him on his ideas and presentation. By the end of the competition, Brown will have done two presentations

and taken a test. The three scores are then added together and the top overall scorers win. “My goals for the competition are to place in the top five and win scholarship money. I would not be disappointed if I do not win because the overall experience is a reward itself,” Brown said. “However, I have my sights set on doing very well after finishing second at DECA states as well as in the DECA Finish Line Challenge. Those two events have prepped me well and lead me to believe that I can place very high at DECA nationals.” Brown believes that the whole experience is enjoyable and it is great preparation for real life.

Coming to a classroom near you: Fall 2011 music history and how, cultural and geo-political conditions impacted it. Once the class enters the 20th century, it will focus on rock and roll by the decades as well as its influences. During the course, students will learn the elements of genre, rhythm, composition and how these principals relate to modern music. Students will also learn how music has influenced culture. Teacher: J.R. Snow or music department faculty Prerequisite: none Grades: 10-12 Mac Music: Students will study music technology and its appli-

cations. They will be instructed on the uses of Garage Band, Finale, Sibelius and Pro Logic Audio. They will also gain basic music literacy and some music history. Teacher: J.R. Snow or music department faculty Prerequisite: none Grades: 10-12 Musical Theatre: if you are interested ins tydying musical theatre, this class is for you. Students will learn about musical theatre history, dance, production and singing. Teacher: Houff or Swartz Prerequisite: Drama 1 or 1 year of Choir

Grades 10-12 Jazz Theory/Jazz Combo Level II: for students who have taken Jazz Theory and want to learn more about the music. Teacher: Snow Prerequisite: Jazz Theory/ Jazz Combo Grades: 10-12 Piano/Keyboarding Level 2: For students with piano experience who whish to expand. Teacher: Houff Prerequisite: Piano Level 1 or teacher permission Grades: 10-12





n May 3, the United States will, for the first time, play host to World Press Freedom Day, an event that will focus an international spotlight on the state of press freedoms in our own country as well as abroad. You and your administration, and in particular Secretary Clinton, have been commendably forceful in pressing foreign governments to remove the fetters from online communications that obstruct the free flow of ideas. As Secretary Clinton said in her February 15, 2011, address on Internet freedom at George Washington University: “Some take the view that, to encourage tolerance, some hateful ideas must be silenced by governments. We believe that efforts to curb the content of speech rarely succeed and often become an excuse to violate freedom of expression. Instead, as it has historically been proven time and time again, the better answer to offensive speech is more speech.” Regrettably, the United States will lack the full moral authority to advocate for world press freedom so long as our laws fail to effectively protect the majority of the Americans who gather and report news each day: Those working for student media. The values conveyed by journalism – attribution, verification, fairness, accountability – are the values that every young person needs as a citizen of the online world. Because the professional news media cannot be everywhere, our society needs candid reports from “embedded” student journalists to tell us what is going on inside of our schools. Yet far from embracing the educational benefits of journalism, school after school has done just the opposite. Those bearing the brunt are America’s journalism teachers, the best of whom go to work every day certain that the question is when, not if, they will be fired in retaliation for what their students write. A generation ago, the Supreme Court rolled back students’ First Amendment rights significantly in its Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier ruling. We have now 23 years of experience with Hazelwood – a generation of students from kindergarten through college – and it is undeniable that Hazelwood, having done nothing to improve student learning or school safety, is a failed experiment on America’s children. American’s most vulnerable journalists need those who have spoken out so persuasively against censorship abroad to speak with that same forcefulness at home. We urge your administration to publicly acknowledge the unfinished work of press freedom in our own nation, to denounce the shameful practice of stifling candid discussion of school issues, and to ensure that this World Press Freedom Day concludes with a global commitment to protect the rights of all journalists, even the youngest.

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April 29, 2011 The Harrisonburg High School Newsstreak The Policy The Newsstreak is published by the students of Harrisonburg High School every month. Reproduction of any material from the newspaper is prohibited without the written permission from the editors. Advertising rates are available upon request. It is the policy of the Harrisonburg City Public School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding nondiscrimination in employment and educational programs and services. The Harrisonburg High School City Public Schools will not discriminate illegally on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, disability or age as to employment or educational programs and activities. Editorials appearing without a byline represent the majority opinion of the staff, but not necessarily the opinion of the adviser, school administration, or the school system. Signed editorials are accepted from people on the staff, but are subject to editing according to published guidelines and policies. Editorials may be edited for special reasons. Letters to the editor are encouraged and must be signed and a telephone number must be given. Names may be withheld if the editorial staff feels there is a just cause. The Newsstreak reserves the right to edit and may refuse to publish ads or letters deemed inappropriate, libelous, or obscene. Please drop your letter by room 444 or give them to any staff member. Letters may also be sent to the high school. The editors and staff : Editors-in-Chief: Print: Maria Rose, Phillip Bannister; Online: David Proctor, Alison Domonoske Managing Editors: Vanessa Ehrenpreis, Jack Burden Section Editors: News - Maria Rose Opinion - Lauren Martin Style - Christine Choi Feature - Aidan Newcity Sports - Vanessa Ehrenpreis Fun Director: Lauren Martin Advertising Manager: Lauren Martin Business Manager: Savanah Cary Photographers: Emily Jamieson, Maria Rose, Paulina Rendon, Olivia McCarty, Phillip Bannister, Aidan Newcity Cartoonist: Emily Knupp Page Designers: Christy Stearn, Emily Jamieson, Lauren Martin, Paulina Rendon, Michael Johnson, Kavya Beheraj, Heather Hunter-Nickels, Mark Duda, Maggie Siciliano, Ama Ansah, Phillip Bannister, Christine Choi, Celia Ehrenpreis, Maria Rose, Vanessa Ehrenpreis, Aidan Newcity, Ben DiNapoli Staff Reporters: Nahla Aboutabl, Kavya Beheraj, Emmett Copeland, Heather Hunter-Nickels, Michael Johnson, Christy Stearn, Shane McMahan, Mark Duda, Alex Hickman, Maggie Siciliano, Ben DiNapoli, Anastasiya Kalyuk, Charity O’Connor, Rachel O’Connor, Lukas Stephan, Peter Byrd, William Imeson, Zach McDonnell, Simona Byler, Xuyi Guo, Ali Byrd, Mia Karr Freshmen Reporters: John Adamek, William Bleckley, Emerson Bonga, Austin Coffey, Megan Coverstone, Anthony Duong, Celia Ehrenpreis, Kevin Franco, Johnathan Gomez-Lemus, Jessica Jolicoeur Professional Affiliations: The Newsstreak participates as a member of several journalistic evaluation services including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA-2009 Gold Evaluation and 2005 & 2009 Silver Crown Winner), Quill&Scroll Journalism Honor Society (2010 First Place International Award), National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the Virginia High School League, Inc. Trophy Class Award, and the Southern Interscholastic Press Association All Southern Ranking. opt out notice: If you do NOT want to allow your student’s full name or image to appear on the school newspaper site, please send an email to vkibler@ harrisonburg. stating: I understand that the school newspaper,, now has an online version of the publication. I DO NOT want my son/ daughter (place student’s name here) to have his or her name or image published on this online venue.

Emily Jamieson - OP/ED A4

You are beautiful and loved Staff Editorial


igh school is inane. It is fun. It is annoying. It is boring, catastrophic, euphoric, embarrassing, chaotic. It is wonderful. High school is a phase. Much of what we attribute to the high school experience though, does not have to do so much with high school as it does our relationship with the people around us--friends, enemies, frenemies, teachers, coaches, competitors, acquaintances, lunch ladies, locker buddies--the atmosphere in which we immerse ourselves. Some us may like to believe that we are strong, confident individuals who do not require the approval of others, but there is one truth that makes us all inevitably connected as adolescents: we all just want to be loved. Which, of course, then prompts some of us to have great high school experiences (with tons of love), mediocre (with tons of love, just jaded about it), or miserable (maybe not as much love as you’d like). We thrive on interaction; we are built for communication, laughter, romance. And people our age, especially in a generation centered on the ‘social scene’ (try to deny it. I dare you.), come to depend on each other for support, entertainment, and unfortunately,

emotion. This is a regrettable, if unavoidable part of life. Other people’s actions will always, impact your mood. We have no control over that. But we also have no control over whether or not said person affecting said mood decides to break your heart or buy you a pony or date one of your friends or text you ‘good morning’. The only thing that you can ever be sure of is yourself, and of the way you react to other people. You might be asking yourself, “So...yeah. What’s your point?” Oh, dear reader, let me tell you. Recent, unimportant events have reminded me of what is important in life. In the end, it is not about the awards, or the grades, or the races, or the petty “personal business” that people hold above you. It is about what you can take away from each relationship you have held and what you have learned, because no matter how brief or tumultuous it may have been, it still is important. Otherwise, it would not have happened in the first place. You cannot allow yourself to be overrun by the actions of a specific few, because there is no point in letting others dictate your life. It is yours. Just remember, whoever you are, you are beautiful, and you are loved. I can promise you this with 100% certainty. Maybe you should allow yourself to believe in it too.

Are you ready for school to end? When the temperature starts to rise, more and more students come down with a serious case of ‘senioritis’. Interestingly enough, you don’t even have to be a senior to catch this malady! Simona Byler


staff reporter

couple of days ago, I stubbed my toe. My dog was standing at the window, barking incessantly at God knows what (probably a leaf blowing in the wind or other completely normal occurrence), so while I was hurrying over in attempt to shut him up, my big toe ran full force into the bottom of a chair leg. Blind rage flooded my mind and I cursed loudly at the piece of furniture which was placed perfectly to induce pain. Hopping around on one leg, my stream of obscenities started to slow as the sharp pain in my foot faded to a dull throb. I regained my composure, told my dog to be quiet (he had not stopped barking despite my yelling) and curled my toes under my feet to ensure they were still in working order. With five on the right, five on the left, my day returned to normal, or as normal as my life as a high school senior ever is. With graduation fast approaching, my future seems to be at my doorstep. This fall, I plan on attending college. Now, if you have not been through the whole college selection process, I will let you in on a little hint: it is stressful. Though I may look well put together on the outside, I am, in fact, just a confused and unpredictable 18-year-old who has no business making important decisions for her future yet. And though

I believe you can get a good education no matter where you decide to go, the step of actually choosing a school can be an overwhelming one. Like me, the majority of my close friends are also looking to further their educations after graduating. And there are, give or take, a million colleges in the country where you can choose to spend the next four years of your life. I believe picking a school is a completely individual decision that you have to be selfish about; no one else can make the choice for you. This being said, many friendships I have had throughout high school will soon become long distance relationships as we all head on to the school that is the right fit for each of us. Always a little apprehensive to a big change, this scares me. Of course I am anxious about college for a number of reasons: living away from home, new academic challenges and being stalked and killed by my roommate (wait, no, that is a movie). But what I am most nervous about is losing touch with the people with whom I have spent years building relationships. My friends have been an ever-present force in my life, and I owe my sanity, and insanity, to them. What I am trying to realize is, though being separated might at first leave me confused, angrily cursing and hoping on one foot, this discomfort will eventually fade. And even when this pain fades, I know that, like my toes, my friends will always be there.

We believe...

Jake Durden


sports reporter

omelessness is not contagious. It is however, an epidemic in America. A group of six boys and EIGHT? girls from Streaks Serve the Burg took several days of their spring break and devoted them to helping the homeless in Washington D.C. Before venturing to our nation’s capital for the alternative spring break trip, I was shrouded by misconceptions about homelessness as much as anyone could be. I supposed that I would be cooking and sharing meals with raggedly clothed vagabonds with long histories of substance abuse. Most of us that went on the trip were a little nervous going into the first meal we were to share with the homeless. It only took a few hours of service and fellowship for me to realize that this was not the case. Homeless folks who came to the meal we were serving that night were just ordinary people to me. People with a past, a difficult present, and most importantly: a future. One of the men I spent time with on my first evening was a man who went by “T” and would not disclose the rest of his name to anyone. He had grown up in Southern California and was a huge fan of the USC Trojan and San Diego Chargers football teams. We talked about the NFL, NBA, and other mainstream sports. I gained more sports knowledge from him than he did from me, despite my daily devotion to ESPN. Perhaps the most unforseen and special thing T and I shared was a love for competitive dominoes. We were the only two people at the meal who knew how to score dominoes, and not just play to go out first. Fate must have brought him to the table where I had previously been playing with several others before the meal was served. As soon as T sat down, the smack talk started. He talked trash to me for the next several hours, often emphatically slamming a domino on the table when he scored a large sum. Though he got the best of me in our first game to 100 points, I emerged victorious in the second lengthy match. Though we came from opposite corners of the country, were in opposite life situations, had different colored skin, and the fact that I was half his age, T and I enjoyed some healthy competition and a fellowship that made my trip worth it in itself. A study conducted by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty stated that 3.5 million people are likely to go without a home or permanent residence in a given year. One third of these people are children. Victims of homelessness are in dire need of food and shelter on a nightly basis, and without well organized and resourceful groups to aid them in their plight, they are helpless. However, it does not require a trip to the District of Columbia to impact the homeless. By starting in the community and reaching outward from there, anyone can make a difference in the life of another human being,who just happens to be homeless.

Model minority can be forgotten minority Xuyi Guo


staff reporter

hate to be controversial, but lack of controversy means lack of attention. That has too long been the story for Asian Americans. The label of the “model minority”, generated by an unusual amount of socioeconomic success, has become the ironic muzzle on the Asian American community. Asians are portrayed as hard-working, family-oriented machines, who are apolitical and incapable of anger or leadership. The differences between ethnic groups under the “Asian” umbrella term go largely ignored, and their struggles go largely unacknowledged among the general public. But Asian Americans need a voice too, or voices, just like everyone else. “Model minority” is a term that originated in the 1960’s, describing Asian Americans as a minority group which was able to achieve a high level of success despite historical obstacles. Asian Americans, whether it is due to selective immigration, cultural differences, or some other reason, have managed to achieve a higher median family income and average level of education than any other major racial group

in America, including whites. But success can be a double-edged sword, and praise of Asian Americans’ success has been used to stifle them politically and mask the issues that face the community. How often do you hear about Asian American issues in national politics? In fact how often do you even see Asian Americans on television aside from the token news reporter and medical drama doctor? In politics you hear about other minority groups all the time, but Asian American issues are largely ignored. Perhaps it is because Asian Americans are not politically vocal, are not a united voting bloc, or are too small of a group. I do not care what the reason is; it is not an excuse. One would think Asian Americans had no problems at all; they have adapted to fit in just fine in American society and have evaded all the concerns facing other minority groups, right? Wrong. As I mentioned before, Asian American is an overly broad umbrella term. Would it surprise you to learn that Cambodian, Hmong, and Laotian Americans on average experience just as much poverty as Latinos and Blacks and have less education than either group? How often does anyone hear of the need to decrease

the income gap between Cambodian Americans and whites? How often does anyone hear of the need to close the achievement gap between Laotian Americans and whites? Most of the time, Asian American struggles are lost in the margins, while America is misled by the text. Then there are the everyday racial microaggressions, and I do not just mean Alexandra Wallace. Asian Americans face a range of microaggressions from second class treatment at restaurants, to the glass-ceiling blocking promotion, to simple racist slurs, to heightened expectations in school due to “positive stereotypes.” Heck, when I moved to a new school in seventh grade, the man at registration asked if I needed a translator before he even tried conversing with me. I am tired of reading articles about racial equality and minority events that specifically leave out Asian Americans. I am tired of people pretending that Asian Americans have not historically faced discrimination and do not now. I am tired of Asian Americans being left in racial limbo, with neither the power of white privilege nor the acknowledgement of true “minority status”. I am tired of not having a voice.

Too bad we can’t hold on to our childhood Emily Jamieson


staff photographer

was watching The Sandlot a few days ago. For those of you who had a deprived childhood, The Sandlot is about a group of boys who play baseball in a sandlot (hence the title). One day they are playing baseball when one of them hits the ball over the fence where a “man eating” dog lives. They would have just brushed it off and bought a new ball, but the ball they hit over the fence had been signed by Babe Ruth. Throughout the movie, they go through all these outrageous situations that kids get themselves into when it is summer. Once it was over, I realized something; I am not a kid anymore, nor will I ever be a kid again. I will never run around the neighborhood with my friends getting into trouble, I will never

want to go to the park in the summer just to hangout, I will never play pretend. I will never be a kid again. I was overcome with nostalgia as I sat there watching the credits on the screen. When I was kid, my summers were about getting hot dogs at Red Front with my best friends, walking everywhere, going to the mall, riding bikes and pretending they were cars. Summer was about staying outside all day, it was about running around and going on adventures. Everything was so simple when I was a kid. I miss being young, in six months I will be eighteen, an adult! You could say I am not excited about being an adult in the least bit. I remember when I was a kid, I was always wishing that I would grow up. Now that I have grown up, I wish I were a kid again. I just can not win, eh? This summer is about trying to make it my best because it is my last official carefree sum-

mer before I say goodbye to Harrisonburg and go to college. Junior year has showed me how much I want to be a kid, I would give anything just to be 10 again. But that is impossible, it will never come true. And dare I say, it is pretty childish to be wishing that. I cannot change the fact that I am growing up. In fact I will never go back to those kinds of summers. My summers will now be about getting ready for senior year, college, being an adult and doing adult things. I will just have to get used to that fact. Before I know it, I will be reminiscing about being 17, but that does not mean that I cannot reminisce about the good ol’ days. My perfect summer will always be one an image to me; riding my bike in the middle of the street laughing with my best friends, singing along to Simple Plan. As corny as that sounds, that is how I want to remember my childhood.

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April 29, 2011

Lauren Martin- OP/ED A5

Different situations bring differing outcomes What’s Luke Stephan

staff reporter


o division is more salient in the world than that between men and women. This begs the question; who has it harder? This ambiguously worded inquiry has spurred heated debates in living rooms, lunchrooms, bathrooms, and any other kind of room you would care to imagine. Now, attempting to analyze this quandary is hard enough. Keeping it clear of misogyny and crude kitchen jokes is even harder. But, I will attempt to keep the observations objective and the debate civil.

Well, let’s start with who is harder to raise. Boys, on one hand, are reckless, violent, and messy, while girls are needy, prissy, and overly-complicated. As a general rule, boys are harder to raise in the early years, while girls become the hassle in the tweens. Boys have it harder in school. Hands down. At least in the primary school years. An educational system based on a walled up, visual-auditory experience is far harder, generally speaking, for the sex that find hands-on learning to be more attractive. In terms of self-esteem and interpersonal relationships...well that’s a hard question. Girls tend

to be more insecure and less confident as they get older, focusing more on their image and the perceptions that others have of them. Girls also tend to be less guarded with their emotions (not more emotional per se), which can either help or harm them depending on the situation, but certainly making them more vulnerable to emotional pain. Guys often find that they are the ones who are expected to take the initiative, along with shouldering the blame (justified or not) of anything that may happen in a relationship. Now, let’s be blunt here for a second. There is an exponential relationship between how attractive

a girl is and how easy her life is. Even so, being a mother is much harder than being a father, not to mention having to carry around demon-spawn that kick you from the inside out nine months at a time. Furthermore, girls have it far harder physically; feminine problems outweigh any problems that men might have with their bodies. Overall, the argument is sort of moot. There are so many generalities and deviations from the norm that any argument framed against the sex at large would not hold for a significant portion of the population. Girls have girl problems and boys have boy problems. The End.

Facial shaving causes many rough patches, irritation Zach McDonnell staff reporter


’ll admit it: being a girl is far harder than being a boy. There are many reasons why: birth, first and foremost. However, shaving is not one of those reasons. I’ve known that guys have it harder in that respect for about, oh, seven years now--when I first shaved my face. And before you argue that girls have to shave their legs so that boys won’t see them as overly feministic freaks, just consider this: I shave my face. Think shaving your legs is bad? Try shaving above your Adam’s apple. Try shaving millimeters from your lips. Try shaving in a place people can actually see. You see, girls can cover up their legs. It’s pretty standard practice to wear pants. But hiding your face is a right re-

served for Muslim women, bank robbers, KKK members--which most men are not. The face, however, is a perilous region to shave. Many men’s countenances don’t make it out intact. “Tug-and-pull” is not just some advertising crap; for the short hairs on the stretchy skin of the face, it is very real and even more painful. Even products that are supposed to reduce the pain of face-shaving--i.e. aftershave--are excruciating. Unless done with grueling, time-consuming care, shaving almost always ends with a face mug that’s worn down, dried out, and cut up. The physical pain of shaving the face is bad enough. There’s also the, erm, societal pressure of shaving your face. It used to be that the beard was a symbol of virility, of quarkiness, even of intelligence. Our ancestors had the long, flowing beards of wise men, and even as recently as the ‘70s and ‘80s, men were allowed by

society to have glorious moustaches that would triumphantly span far beyond the philtrum and end at each corner of the mouth. But now, “metro” is in vogue, and it’s difficult, if not impossible, for men to keep up. We can either confine ourselves into being facenude or be seen as a bum, a slob, a sexual predator (ever heard of a “molest-ache”?), or an old man. Indeed, in these days, a beard is a symbol that a man has given up on his life or his appearance, unless, of course, that beard is crafted into one of those stupid hipster moustaches. The point is this: considering the fact that the face is one of the most visible and sensitive parts of the body, guys have it harder with shaving, and after hearing the arguments of several girls who tried to vie for the legs-are-worse position, and I will never be convinced otherwise. That said, girls have somewhat harder lives overall. Wee! I’m gonna go pee standing up now!

males females

who has it harder?

Females suffer not so obvious issues Lauren Martin


fun director

eing a female is ... well it can be a lot of things. Being a female can be difficult, and not for the obvious, over-complainedabout reasons you may be thinking. Yes, there is menstruation and child birth (big whoop!) but the reasons I’m referring to are vastly different. Clothes are one of the biggest points of irritation for females. You cannot just roll out of bed and put on the first shirt and pair of jeans you find. Oh, no. We are, first, forced to pick the under garments that are most appropriate for the outfit we are mentally preparing. If we’re wearing jeans, any underwear will do, unless the jeans are white or not jeans at all, then we must resort to special underwear that prevent unsightly underwear lines. The same goes for bras. You cannot wear your red cheetah print bra with a plain white

shirt, unless of course, you wear a camisole can see the point. Another frustration females feel is the complicated social world that we are forced to participate in every day. Society says we should look presentable every day so that we can make friends and attract potential “better halves”. Society also says we should conduct ourselves in a manner that would make our mommas proud. We are taught to treat our men like kings and to have dinner ready when they come home. Males, on the other hand, have zero social standards to live up to. They shower when it is convenient and bond with their “bros” over football and hot wings. They don’t have to wear the latest trends and carry stylish bags to try and fit in. Males go through women like they don’t have feelings. They mistreat, cheat on and dump us before we even know what hit us. Females are too emotional to treat our relationships so poorly. Whether it be with our boyfriends, best friends, or mothers, we find it

hard as nails to be unkind and deceitful. Except for those occasional females. The back-stabbers, the home-wreckers, the talk-behind-yourback-but-smile-in-your-face types. We, as females, cannot escape those occasional females, no matter how good or genuine we try to be. We will always have to suffer those killer glares, we will always have to withstand those fiery rumors that blaze through the hallways behind us. Guys can have as many girls as they want. Females get called obscenities for doing the same. Guys never worry about moisturizers, waxing, eye liners, lip gloss or a weekly mani-pedi. Females never stop worrying. To the male population, sweat is synonymous with hard work and manliness. To females, sweat is undesirable and unforgivable. For a male, life may not always be harder, but life will always be simpler. A male’s life will always have less- less clothing, less caring, less preparation, less heartache, less embarrassment- always less.


Graduation back at convo

The graduation ceremony has been moved back to the Convo center at JMU. Originally, it was scheduled for the stadium at HHS.

Graduation in...

43 days

including weekends

Scavenger Hunt What could be better than hanging out with your friends all weekend while competiting to make $2oo? Not much!

New principal hired The HCPS has hired new principal Tracy Shaver, currently the principal at Manassas Park High School in Manassas, VA. Shaver will start this summer.

New electives With the addition of so many new classes, a few have caught our attention. History of Rock just sounds epic. Sign up, now!

Newsstreak Online: Pacemaker winner Congratulations to the entire Newsstreak class for winning the “Pulitzer prize of high school journalism”!

What’s NOT

Countless factors play into feminine hardships Maria Rose



eing a guy is hard. Being a girl is harder. Boys do not have the pressure of thinking what to wear to school. Pants and a shirt. Bam. Girls have to decide what to wear depending on the weather, what day of the week it is, between dresses and shorts, between heels and flats and boots... It goes on. Boys can stuff their face and people laugh. Girls can stuff their face too, and people will laugh. But sometimes people judge more when she’s got lettuce/spaghetti sauce/ various food items all over her face than if it were a boy. Boys are expected to “do work” in relationships. Girls have to make boys feel like they’re successful in all their

endeavors and ensure that at least the illusion of satisfaction is maintained. Boys open the car door. Girls open their hearts. Boys cooking is cute. Girls cooking is expected. Boys get to stand up and pee. How cool is that? Girls have to sit, which is unfortunate, especially in public bathrooms. Boys get to wake up and not worry about washing their face/ pretty business. Boys can move on quickly, without being analyzed too much. Girls can do what they want, but their motives are studied, made into pie charts, and quantified by statistical significance. Boys can flirt shamelessly. Girls can flirt shamelessly also, but then they are often regarded as...uh...loose women. Boys boarding schools have

fun. Girls boarding schools sound catty. Boys are fun. Girls are catty. Boys have physical, manly fights, and know how to wrestle. Girls fight with their glares and whispers and the way they decisively pretend to not hear you when you say, “’re going to prom with whom?” Boys have bathing suits. Girls have bathing suits that aren’t actually bathing suits, but specifically structured and specially designed super hero outfits intended to create the Wow Effect on the opposite sex. Their mortal enemy is any other girl who creates a larger Wow Effect. It would make for a terrible movie. Or, something like Baywatch. Boys can say what they feel. Girls? Are you kidding? Boys’ parents get to fawn over the girl (or not, depending).

Girls’ parents have to interrogate the boy and eye him beadily as he brings her home. Boys swearing is...normal. Girls swearing is just not classy. Boys can have facial hair and it’s not weird. Girls try very hard/too hard to not have excess hair on their face. Boys can be girly sometimes. Girls have to be boyish, many times. In the end, boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. Of course these are generalizations, and the greater majority of people I know don’t conform to them. However, the fact that these stereotypes exist in the first place (and yes, I know, reiterating them just reinforces them) is comical to the fifth degree. So don’t be offended. They’re true, or at least once were, which is all that matters. Whatever. Girls still have it harder.

Seniors: We need your baby pictures for the special senior edition!!!! Drop them by room 444 or send them digitally to vkibler@harrisonburg.k12. or upload them at

Nuclear fall out in Japan The disaster caused by the hurrican and tsunami in Japan just continues to worsen

Donald Trump for Prez? Self procliamed god of philantropy, Donald Trump, has been hinting at running for Head of State. Let’s hope Amera isn’t saying “You’re Fired!”

Confused Weather When the weather goes from fifty degrees one day, to eighty degrees the next, it’s hard to tell what season we’re in.

Gas prices The rising price of gas is out of control. We suggest carpooling to save costs at the pump.

Elimination of early release and late arrival For those of us who enjoy sleep (which is all of us) an option to come to school a little later or leave earlier is much anticipated. Without it, we lose a loved, if small benefit of scheduling.

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The art of

Paulina Rendon- Style A7


Chinese origami becomes popular worldwide Ama Ansah


feature editor

rigami is an art form that has been around for as long as humans have had paper. The paper craft originated in China in the second century and soon spread to Japan, where it was used for practical purposes such as wrapping up left over fish. As

paper became less expensive, origami became more popular and was used in decorations or as play things for children. In recent years, origami has become popular in the U.S., along with other Japanese things like sushi and manga. The oldest origami how-to book was published in Japan in 1797. The book, titled Hiden Senbazuru Orikata [The Secret to Folding One-Thousand Cranes], showed readers how to fold the sacred

crane figure. Soon, other origami books followed, not just focusing on one bird, but on many shapes and designs. This helped spread origami’s popularity. Two of the most popular origami creations are the boat and the crane. The boat because it actually floats in water, operating as a piece of art and a functional toy, and the crane because it signifies good luck. These designs have always been favored by the Japanese.

In the late 17th century, decorating fabrics with origami boat and crane designs was in vogue. Prints featuring the two favorite figures also fed the craze. In the nineteenth century, the German concept of Kindergarten was introduced to Japan. Origami found another use as something to be taught to young students. It was thought that paper folding taught children creativity and dexterity. As Japanese legend has it, if one

can fold 1000 paper cranes, their greatest wish will come true. in Japan, the crane symbolizes luck. This legend came to prominence in the west through the story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, the true story of a young Hiroshima victim who hopes to be cured of leukemia by folding one thousand cranes.

Mailhot combines math, creativity in paper-folding Zach McDonnell


staff reporter

aking origami is more complicated than it seems. It’s more complicated than memorizing the steps to build, say, a paper airplane. Senior Jemma Mailhot, a physics whiz who’s extremely skilled at origami knows a little something about that. “There is a lot of mathematics in origami,” said Mailhot. “[You have to] draw the basic structure out on paper, add more lines, and create model without actually folding it,” Mailhot said. The senior called the math involved in origami “intriguing.” Mailhot has not always known about origami. In fact, she learned the craft fairly recently--as recently as the eighth grade. When her eighthgrade teacher instructed her class on how to make a paper crane, Mailhot “loved the symbolism that the crane represented and decided to look into the history of origami.” From there, she fell in love with the art form as a whole and was determined to learn every-

thing. In other words, Mailhot is almost entirely self-taught in origami. Indeed, origami has become almost secondnature to the senior, who says that the hardest part of origami is “finding the right colors to go together.” Mailhot claims that she has made “almost every geometric shape there is” into an origami model. Moreover, she’s created ten original models. Of all the origami models created in its long history, the senior’s favorite is the Kusudama, which is a ball composed entirely of origami flowers. Despite her skills in the craft, Mailhot said that she gives away most of what she makes away. She has a job, but still finds time to make origami in her spare time. She “usually makes something whenever someone asks [her] to.” She’s even commissioned to make shapes for birthdays and weddings. But therein lies one of Mailhot’s greatest joys in origami: “Since I mostly give everything away, I love seeing my friends receive whatever I make them.” Paper blooms. Mailhot commissions origami shapes for birthdays and weddings. Photo by Jemma Mailhot

Nuncio hopes to make a wish on 1000 paper cranes Anastasiya Kalyuk


staff reporter

hen students are asked about origami, the first thing they may recall is the legend of the wish that may be granted when one folds 1000 paper cranes. Even though most people who set out to accomplish the task may not believe that the wish will be granted, they willingly choose to continue on their path to make more origami. “I first learned how to make origami when I was six. My brother taught me how to make paper boats and I continued making things out of paper,” junior Ismael Nuncio said. The story of the legend basically tells the tale of an atomic bomb and how a boy

with cancer makes the thousand one year, they “I have around cranes in order for his wish to be would have to ninety at the cured to come true. make about moment. I want “It’s an uplifting tale. I bethirty cranes lieve that the moral is, if you to make 1000 by Junior a day in order have enough determination and to accomplish the end of the I s m a e l the task. patience to make one thousand cranes, you can do anything you Although year but I’m not Nuncio put your mind to,” Nuncio said. Nuncio has sure how that’ll Even though some believe in not decided go.” the moral of the story, they do on what to not take that into account until wish for he they get their wish. hopes that an “I believe in the moral but I won’t take it idea will come to him when he gets to the to heart,” Nuncio said. end of his goal. His reason for this is because if he took “I have around 90 at the moment. I want anything too seriously, he would not find it to make 1000 by the end of the year, but I’m fun anymore. not sure how that’ll go,” Nuncio said. They Patience is a key ingredient to achieving take a couple minutes to make. “I make the goal of one thousand cranes. If some- them every day,” Nuncio said. one had the goal to make all thousand in Origami is a complicated form of art. If

Legend goes that if you make 1000 paper cranes you will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.

How to Make an Origami Crane Begin with a square piece of paper



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Infographic by Heather Hunter-Nickels



Fold the legs all the way to the top

Fold each of the four pocket legs in half

Pull out the head and tail of the crane, make a small bend at the tip of one to indicate the head





Bring the pockets together, hiding the folds

Open and flatten both folded pockets

Open a pocket


] Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the opposite side, in the other pocket

Fold it in half again

Fold each side of the pocket halfway in

It should look like this



It should look like this

Fold it in half

anyone wanted to learn how to make cranes, or any other form from paper, they could check out a book, learn from someone else, or use the Internet. The traditional way of learning would be from a master to a student, but unfortunately that is more common in Asia than in the Harrisonburg area. “It’s sad to say, but I did learn from the Internet,” Nuncio said. Despite his the way he learned it, Nuncio still enjoys his task. Because making the cranes is a part of his daily schedule, he enjoys the relaxing time he spends folding the paper into the right shape. “It’s relaxing,” Nuncio said. “I don’t have to worry about school or homework or anything. I just have to focus on making sure the crane doesn’t come out, like, deformed or something. It’s hard, but I feel like I’ve gotten better since when I started.”


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The ABC’s of Vitamins VITAMIN A Vitamin A is necessary for normal vision, immune fuction, and reproduction.

Eat Fresh Eat Local Savanah Cary


VITAMIN B Vitamin B processes carbohydrates and proteins and is responsible for converting food into energy.


VITAMIN C Vitamin C protects cell damage and forms collagen in the body.



Vitamin D metabolizes calcium to help create strong bones.

Business Manager

hile Harrisonburg has numerous grocery stores and other outlets for purchasing food like the Farmers Market, a new kind of grocery store is coming to Harrisonburg this summer. The Friendly City Food Co-op located on the corner of Wolfe street and Mason street downtown, will be a fully functioning grocery store with an emphasis on local foods. “We will definitely be prioritizing local organic and fair trade,” Suzi Carter the marketing, membership, and outreach coordinator for the Friendly City Food Co-op said. “However we are mainly putting an emphasis on local because we feel that is what our community really wants.” The co-op will purchase food from Rockingham County first, and if they cannot find what they need there, will move to the surrounding five counties. After that, they will purchase from all of the Shenandoah Valley. The co-op is aware that not all products grow here year round and some do not grow here at all. If they cannot find the foods they need within the state, they will look to the national organic market. For the few foods they will have to get internationally, an emphasis will be placed on fair trade products. “Everything that comes from the local area will have buy fresh, buy local tags on them, everything from Virginia will have Virginia Grown tags on it, and everything else will be labeled appropriately,” Carter said. “This ensures that people know where their food is coming from.” The amount of local foods will change seasonally. In the late spring summer and fall there will be an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Even during the off-season, foods like meats and canned, dried, pickled and frozen products like relishes, sauces and jams will be available. “Also with the co-op opening we will be encouraging local farmers to extend their growing season by building season-extenders like Hoop-Houses and hydroponic systems that will help them to continue to do lettuces, or greens or other vegetables throughout the winter months, so that

would be available to our local community members,” Carter said. Though the grocery store is set to open in June, they are still trying to work out some kinks in their plan. They are current working on setting up contracts with local farmers, but are mainly dealing with problems in distribution. “We are working against many federal regulations. For example, milk is actually shipped out of state to be processed, then it is sent to stores,” Carter said. “So we are working with local groups trying to get those creameries developed here so we are keep our foods from traveling so far.” The co-op will be incorporating local foods into all departments of the store. Some departments will have to change with the seasons, but others will remain constant. “We will be focusing on valueadded products such as sauces, relishes, and jams, and then also staples like flour and baking mixes,” Carter said. “These are food products that people often don’t associate with local, but are grown and processed here.” While Friendly City will be a full service store, it is unique from other grocery stores because it is locally owned by 1200 members of our community. Each member has an equal investment in the store and has paid an equal amount of $205. “If you are expecting [Friendly City] to be like Wal-mart, that expectation won’t be spot on. It will be very high quality hand picked items rather than having ten to fifteen options for the same item,” Carter said. Overall Carter is excited about bringing more opportunities to buy locally to our community. “Local foods are fresher, healthier, they are more nutritious, and they just taste better. They are a big influence on the local economy by keeping our dollars in the community,” Carter said. “It also forms connections between urban areas, suburban areas and rural areas in ways that bigger grocery stores can’t do. Also, they are just better for the environment by reducing the emissions because of the reduction in the number of miles the food travels to get to our plate.”

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Food Stats 1. 17 % of petroleum demand in the US is for the food production industry. 2. Smaller farms tend to be 2-10 times more productive than larger farms. 3. 90% of the agricultural subsidies benefit corporations and big farmers growing food for export; while 500 family farms close down every week in the United States. 4. According to Farm Aid, every week 330 farmers leave their land. As a result, there are now nearly five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930’s. Of the two million remaining farms, only 565,000 are family operations. 5. Hawaii imports 90% of its food. 6. In 1866, 1,186 varieties of fruits and vegetables were produced in California. Today, California’s farms produce only 350 commercial crops. eatlocal/#localvglobal 7. Farmers’ markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer. 8. OTA findings show that by the end of 2009, organic food sales represented approximately 3.7 percent of total U.S. food sales. 9. Sales of locally grown foods jumped to $5 billion in this past year from $4 billion in 2002, according to Package Facts, the market research publisher. The number of farmers markets has grown dramatically too. Federal officials counted 4,385 markets in 2006; that’s up from 1,755 in 1994. 10. Why Eat Local Food? ~Tastes best because it’s freshest ~Supports local family farms ~Strengthens our local economy ~Protects our land and conserves fuel

Cafeteria strives to include more local foods Vannessa Ehrenpreis Managing Editor


VITAMIN E Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells from being damaged.



Vitamin K is important in clotting blood and in bone health.



rocery shopping can be a nuisance. Grocery shopping for 4,500 students between the ages of four and 18 is a challenge. As Harrisonburg City Public School’s Nutrition Program Director, Andrea Early undertakes the task of determining what food should and can be bought for all of Harrisonburg’s schools. Early strives to purchase a substantial percentage of food from local sources, as part of a local food initiative called Farm to School. The Farm to School program [FTS] began in 1996, as an effort to bring local, nutritious food to schools’ cafeterias. Since 1996, the program has expanded to a national scope, with branches in 48 states, over 2000 programs, and almost 10,000 participating schools nationwide. Virginia is home to 25 farm to school programs, with Harrisonburg City Public Schools as its “most progressive” program in the state. “We’re the most progressive program in the state, I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, but it’s true,” Early said through her signature gleeful smile. “Other divisions are really starting to look at [FTS], and momentum is picking up. HCPS are the pioneers, but we don’t want to be the only ones.” After years of involvement, Early has recently been appointed the Virginia state lead for FTS. “I accepted the position as more of a side project, it just wasn’t something I could turn down,” Early said, grinning about her latest accomplishment. “[The state lead] is the point person to communicate instate issues to [the national organization], and keep tabs on state policy regarding FTS. On the other side of that, I communicate from the national level to the state level. I’m also the person on the ground here to really gauge interest in FTS.” HCPS began its FTS program in

We’re the most progressive program in the state... HCPS are the pioneers, but we don’t want to be the only ones”

Andrea Early, H C P S Nutrition P ro g ra m Director

2007, and received about one percent of its annual food from local farms at the time. After four years of growth and work, Harrisonburg now receives about ten percent of its food from local sources. “Currently we buy about ten percent of our food locally, and that’s a pretty high number. We started at one percent, last year we were at about five, and this year we’re at ten,” Early said As the locavore “revolution” has picked up speed, more schools have been added to the FTS ranks. The amount of locally grown food served in school lunch systems has increased by 300 percent since the establishment of FTS. The success of the program is even evident in state legislature. The Virginia Farm to School Week Bill passed through the state Congress in 2010, and designated one week in November to be a state-wide Farm to School week. Early is pleased with the current status Harrisonburg’s program, but hopes to expand it in upcoming years. “Right now [HCPS] is about maxed out with the amount of local food we can buy. The main growing season, summer, is when we’re not in school. We basically miss the biggest and best crops of the year. We’re trying to preserve and freeze in-season produce so it can be used at a later date. Those are really the next steps for the program,” Early said. Early is a strong advocate of local food for many reasons, the primary being it’s nutritional superiority.

“[Local food is beneficial] because it’s nutritionally superior, doesn’t require lots of travel, and really keeps money in the local economy,” Early said. “I spend five percent of the budget on local food, which is so much money, about $71,000. To be able to put a face [of a farmer] with those dollars means a lot.” Local food does have its setbacks, especially when such a massive number of diners is involved. Economic obstacles, and student opposition have been Early’s main concerns. “There’s always the question of how the food is going to get to our schools. We have these big food suppliers, but we need to figure out to get things to us. Price is also a problem. Local food is more expensive, and sometimes things are just out of our price range, which is unfortunate,” Early said. Perhaps more concerning is the student resistance to local food. A primary goal of FTS is to improve students’ diet and health, but in an age dominated by processed and pre-packaged goods, it is difficult to coax students out of their pre-formed habits. “Student opposition has also been an issue [with local food]. Kids are used to other things, and it’s usually very difficult to introduce new options-- even if they’re better,” Early said. Currently, the only way for students to distinguish what is local food in the lunch line are e-mails to teachers. The Cafeteria staff notifies the teachers and faculty of what will be local in the upcoming week via e-mail. Teachers can then pass the information along to their students, but rarely do. Next year, Early would like to have small signs in the lunch line which would inform diners of what is local. Early herself tries to “make conscious decisions” about eating local and encourages others to do the same. “I became increasingly interested in local food, and the FTS program itself over the years. I just want others to be the same way.”

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What’s your driving pet peeve?

Fashion faux pas all too common in high school Charity O’Connor


Staff Reporter

et peeves in general are the worst; However, fashion pet peeves are particularly annoying. School is where a good chunk of all student’s days are spent. This is where much socializing takes place. On the way to class, strolling through the parking lot, or getting lunch in the pizza line, an HHS student sees hundreds of fellow students a day; they also see hundreds of fashion faux pas a day. Teachers and students alike grumble about the sometimes horrendous ensembles that can be seen at any given time in the halls of HHS. Senior Kait Arthur has particularly strong feelings about a few fashion transgressions, “I don’t like sandals with long socks,” she said, “I’ve seen my dad do it on occasion.” Arthur admits to another pet peeve, popular among a few HHS students, “I see a lot of bare midriff on a lot of people who should not be allowed to bare their midriffs,” Arthur said. Sophomores Lydia Hatfield and Madeline Culbreth also have strong feelings about the topic. “I don’t really like when people wear leggings as pants, they’re not pants!” Hatfield and Culbreth agreed. Hatfield feels school is where she sees most of her worst pet peeves “because its such a communal place for fashion viewing,” Hatfield said. Though students see a lot, CIS teacher Vickie McAlister sees it all. As she does hall duty or while in the classroom, dress code violators are what get to her the most.

“Knowing that you’ve broken the dress code, like wearing spaghetti straps, then putting something over it to make [the shirt] legal, and then walking up and down the hall carrying it so everyone sees you is the worst,” McAlister said. She feels that there are clothes that should not be worn at school, and the way some students find loop holes in the dress code is unfair. From the perspective of a boy, senior Thomas Wong dislikes when girls show too much. “[I hate] when they’re trying to flaunt a lot of their stuff,” Wong said. Wong also dislikes what he refers to as the “goth” look, a look lacking in color, supplemented by all black pieces of clothing. According to the Harrisonburg High School S o p h o - Dress Code, “Students’ mores Lyd- dress and appearance ia Hatfield should not cause disruption, and Mad- distract others from the eline Cul- education process, or breth jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of students or others.” The code goes on to say that midriffs, tank tops, and revealing clothing are not allowed along with suggestive logos and shorts that are not fingertip length. The code can be found on page 52 of the student handbook. Though the school dress code is strict on measurements, lengths, and specifications, it cannot prevent the socks-with-flip-flops, leggingwearing, all-black-wearing students from fueling others’ pet peeves. It’s true that clothing is a form of expression, so while unresolved fashion pet peeves may get to many students, unfortunately, there is not much that can be done.

“I don’t really like when people wear leggings as pants, they’re not pants!”

Annoying statuses on

Status updates are a crucial aspect of Facebook. And while it is fun to know what people doing, there are sometimes when it’s better left unsaid.

Town Crier: This status updater finds it nec1. The essary to tell us about what exactly is going on in the world, whether it be Michael Jackson’s death or the weather. As if we couldn’t look outside the window. The Vague Emo: This guy makes statuses about their life in a vague way, intended to get you to ask about their health. “I wish something made life worth living...” How do you want us to respond to that?


“When people cut you off on the interstate.” -Junior Claire Glick

“How my passengers are critical of the route I take.” -Teacher Marc Healy

“When I am at a red light in the right lane and the person in front of you won’t turn on red.” -Junior Brady Cockerham

“People that run red lights or stop signs.” -Junior Raymond Hyser

“When people in the passenger seat tell me how to drive.” -Senior Irina Kukolj

“When someone speeds up to pass me then slows down in front of me.” -Junior Nevin Heckman

“The biggest thing for me is when I see little kids not buckled in the back seat.” -Teacher T.J. Butler

“I hate it when people go super slow in the left lane on 81.” -Senior Pip Marmorstein

Inspiration-er: This person 3. The spends an exorbitant amount of time


crafting a perfect, deeply introspective status. In actuality, you sound like a terrible imitation of a wanna-be Ghandi. The Pedophile Bait/Desperate Planner: This person informs the us of their every move with, “Gonna shower! Text ittttt!” What are the multiple ‘t’s for? And when you’re asking on Facebook who’s free on Friday night, that’s when you know it’s going to be a lame evening.

Pet peeves frustrate students, teachers alike

Rachel O’Connor Staff Reporter


ttempting to make your way through HHS’s overcrowded halls can be annoying; lots of things about HHS can be annoying. Everyone has pet peeves. Many students hide them, but others are all too open about their numerous aggravations. Senior Emily Blatt has had four years to grow out of her school pet peeves, but, on the contrary, they have grown more annoying as time goes on. She quickly declared her number one pet peeve: “When juniors park in senior parking,” and then her mind jumped to the next peeve, which she elaborated on. “I hate people who make out in the hallways; just do it at home. I

don’t want to see it, no one wants to see it.” Once again, she realizes she has another: “I really, really, really hate it when people spit gum under the desk and you put your jeans in it,” Blatt said. Physics teacher, Elizabeth Barrett’s pet peeve is the same one as nearly everyone else. She hates starting school so early. “7:30 physics [the students] are all like, ‘uhhhh,’” she described, mimicking their tired behavior. Many students don’t go to bed in time to receive a full, recommended eight hours of sleep with the current starting time. Senior Sam Obenshain is peeved by sick students. “I hate people who sneeze or cough and don’t cover up. You’re spreading your sickness all over the place,” Obenshain said, continuing with an anecdote about someone

whose sneeze sprayed on the back of his neck in class one day. Other students list their school pet peeves easily, as if they are always on their minds. Having to go to study hall before sports’ practices annoys junior Zackary Kraimeche. “I don’t think we should have to sit in study hall for 20-30 minutes,” Kraimeche explains, “it’s just inconvenient.” Freshman Anna Wyatt gets annoyed when random people come up and play with her hair and junior Jayne Slocum is aggravated by people who crowd the hallways or walk unnecessarily slowly. Pet peeves run rampant through the student body of HHS, and it’s hard to do anything about them because it’s nearly impossible to please every annoyed student. But pushing these angry thoughts

to the side is doable, and may be the only way to calm one’s easily disturbed nerves.

After being cooped up together for too long, it’s understandable that we get on each other’s nerves every now and then.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a restaurant?

“When the waitress forgets about us and doesn’t refill my drink.” -Senior Scott Measell

“When my glass gets empty.” -Senior Maria Adamson

“Don’t sit me next to a family with kids!” -Teacher Nancy Faulkner

“The silverware because other people use it.” -Senior Alina Chepelyuk

“When the waitress tries to take my menu before I am finished reading it.” -Freshman Sara ShenkMoreno

“I hate when there are big groups of people who are really obnoxious.” -Senior Anthony Brown

“When people chew with their mouth open.” -Freshman Ryan Phillips

“When people talk about their personal problems when I am trying to eat.” -Senior James Giordano

“When you get a refill and they bring you a new cup, but leave your old one on the table.” -Sophomore Robby Ross

“Brats. People who cannot control their kids.” -Sophomore Trevor Cockburn Infografic by Ali Byrd

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Newsstreak staff members traveled to the fall JEA/NSPA convention in Kansas City, Missouri where they attended multiple sessions, participated in write-offs and celebrated adviser Valerie Kibler’s recognition as the Dow Jones News Fund National Teacher of the Year. Photo by Mary Strickler.

Newsstreak staff members traveled to the spring JEA/NSPA convention in Anaheim, California where they visited Disneyland and toured Hollywood and L.A. before the convention began. Photo by Heather Denman.

Anaheim convention attendees were excited to meet keynote speaker Steve Lopez, L.A. Times columnist and author of The Soloist which was later made into a motion picture starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. They also enjoyed the second keynote assembly featuring sister journalists Lisa and Laura Ling. Laura discussed her time in captivity in North Korea and her sister’s efforts to secure her release. The Newsstreak staff received its first ever Pacemaker Award for the online www. site, one of only 10 high schools in the country to receive this honor. Photo by Heather Denman.

The entire Newsstreak Staff sports this year’s neon shirts that they wear on distribution day each for each issue and during scholastic journalism week. Photo by Mary Strickler.

Maria Rose- Editor-In-Chief “I like working in a community that is a team. It’s hard to put something great out there, and as Editor-InChief, it’s your responsibility to make sure it happens. Being EditorIn-Chief is a challenge, but it’s a challenge that I thrive on.”

Nahla Aboutabl- Online Blogger “I like having a blog because I like to write what I think instead of what others want me to write. Blogging is more personal.”

Peter Byrd- Sports Columnist “I grew up reading the sports section of the paper every day and figured it would be fun to write a column of my own. My favorite column I wrote this year was on Cam Newton playing through the allegations against him.”

Olivia McCarty- Photographer “I really enjoy photography because I get to go to lots of after-school activities. I like to go behind the scenes, because photographers usually get to go places that others can’t.”

Ama Ansah- Feature Editor “[In] feature writing, you are focusing on the stories that are newsworthy but have a human aspect. [They are] interesting to read because the writer and the reader get to focus on the person as a person.”

Jack Burden- Managing Editor “As the online managing editor I basically do the work of an Editor-InChief. The best part of working online for me is getting my work seen by a larger audience.”

Paulina Rendon- Style Editor “You definitely have a lot more freedom than you would on a news page. There is more of a variety than on any other page. For one issue your page could be on a restaurant and then music on the next. The design lends itself to creativity.”

Emily Jamieson- Op/Ed Columnist “In a column, you can write your opinion about anything. I like column writing because I don’t have to get interviews or write about something I don’t want to.”

VHSL Writing/Photo/Design Competition Emma DiNapoli Honorable Mention Sports News Ama Ansah Third Place - Straight News David Proctor Honorable Mention - Straight News Savanah Cary First Place - In Depth Feature Maria Rose Third Place - In Depth Feature Emma DiNapoli Honorable Mention - Editorials Emily Jamieson Second Place - Photo/News/Feature Tricia Comfort First Place - Front Page Layout Phillip Bannister First Place - Inside Page Layout Phillip Bannister Second Place - Inside Page Layout Lauren Martin Second Place - Advertising Lauren Martin Third Place - Advertising Madison Wilson/Alison Domonoske Second Place - Infographics Jessica Strickler Third Place - Infographics Vivian Tejeda Third Place - Editorial Cartooning JEA/NSPA Fall Convention in Kansas City Write-Off Winners David Proctor Editorial Writing - Superior Lauren Martin Advertising - Superior Christy Stearn Feature Writing - Excellent Mark Duda Review Writing - Excellent Jack Burden Editorial Writing - Honorable Mention Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Valerie Kibler National Journalism Teacher of the Year Southern Interscholastic Press Association Convention Winners Simona Byler Editorial Column-Third Vanessa Ehrenpreis Feature Story-Third David Proctor News Feature Story-Third Maria Rose Personality Feature Story -First Jake Durden Sports Column-Third Phillip Bannister Academic Photo Best of Convention Phillip Bannister Academic Photo-Honorable Mention Maria Rose News Photo-Award of Merit Phillip Bannister Pictorial/Scenic Photo-Honorable Mention Olivia McCarty Portrait Photo-Award of Merit Luke Stephan Special Effects in Camera Photo-Honorable Mention Aidan Newcity Sports Action PhotoHonorable Mention Maria Rose Student Life PhotoBest of Convention Paulina Rendon Student Life Photo-Award of Merit The Newsstreak received an AllSouthern rating for both the print edition and the website and was named outstanding newspaper for Virginia For the first time in HHS history, the Newsstreak won the Scroggins award which is for the top overall newspaper from all the best of state newspapers in SIPA (Southeastern U.S. from Maryland to Oklahoma, to Texas to Florida) National Scholastic Press Association, NSPA Newsstreak Online ( Pacemaker Winner JEA (Journalism Education Association) Maria Rose Virginia’s Student Journalist of the Year and National Student Journalist of the Year runner-up Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Columbia University, NYC Valerie Kibler, Newsstreak Adviser received a Gold Key from CSPA at the spring convention in New York City. JEA/NSPA Spring Convention in Anaheim Write-Off Winners Maria Rose Feature Writing - Superior Kavya Beheraj Review Writing - Excellent Alison Domonoske News Editing/ Headline Writing - Excellent

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PROM: Under the Sea Music through the ages

2011 Prom Court Members

Bill Turner, 1964-

I can’t remember back that far to what music they played, but it was probably some of the Beatle’s early stuff. All I know is that I danced like a wild man.

Valerie Kibler, 1984- There was a

lot of Journey at our prom. Don’t Stop Believing was our class song, and that was before all the Gleeks came out.

Tim Meyers, 1971- We listened

to anything by James Brown, the Temptations song My Girl was big. I didn’t know how to dance, none of us did. You just grab and hold on and rock back and forth a little. My junior year my date dumped me the next day, said her boyfriend was coming back from college and I was just a fill in. But the music was good.

Cara Walton, 1992- The music

was so loud you could hardly stand to be in the room, but the hair bands were really big- Poison, Nirvana. There was a lot of early hip hop, MC Hammer, Madonna. High school dancing hasn’t changed that much.

Bradley Walton, 1992- I remember

they played You Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC. I danced badly but she [Mrs. Walton] was a little more coordinated. The music was so loud you didn’t really want to be in the room.

Jauan Brooks, 1990- The song

Shout was classic, then there was stuff like Janet Jackson but I can’t really remember what all was played. Vogue by Madonna was popular and I might have actually vogued.

David Rush, 1995- We didn’t

have prom at my school, we had a junior/senior banquet. There wasn’t much music involved that I remember, it was more important how you got there. I took a sports car there, but I really wanted to have a carriage pulled by freshmen.

Kim Hook, 1989- If I recall [the music] was mostly top 40, just the things that were popular at the time. There were also some songs like Stairway to Heaven, some longer ballads like that that we danced to. Infographic by Simona Byler

Erika Bravo Date: Edwin Chilin Dress: Hot Pink Most excited for: To see who is going to win the crown.

Morgan Wheatley Date: Jake Johnson Dress: Coral Most excited for: Taking pictures.

Emily Blatt Date: Thomas Wong Dress: White and Purple print Most excited for: Everything before Prom

Ali Byrd Date: Michael Johnson Dress: Green Most excited for: Dinner before Prom

Jake Johnson Date: Morgan Wheatley Plans before: dinner at Morgan’s house Most excited for: After prom.

Thomas Wong Date: Emily Blatt Plans before: dinner at Morgan’s house Most excited for: Going with a big group of friends.

Michael Holmes Date: Irina Kukolj Plans before: dinner with Irina Most excited for: Dancing.

Joanna Nevin Heckman Li Xie Hernandez Date: Joanna Date: Erik Date: Nevin Hernandez Garcia Heckman Most excited for: Dress: Purple Dress: Ivory Getting to jump Most excited Most excited for: on the inflatables for: Seeing what Having a great at After Prom. Prom is like. time with friends. *not all members of prom court are pictured

Kait Arthur Dress: Lavendar Most excited for: Getting ready for the big event

Kathy Rodriguez Date: Jeremy Cortes Dress: Hot Pink Most excited for:my dress

After prom extravaganza being planned by parents William Imeson staff reporter


hile the Prom dance takes place on May 14, the party really starts to liven up at after prom. After Prom is the post-dance time for students to loosen up and change out of their clothes and have some old fashioned fun with their friends. In years past, after prom has taken place at U-Rec and in the school gym. There are games to play and prizes to be won and good times to be had by all.

Last year the Prom committee organized inflatable bouncy castles and laser tag games and set them up in the gymnasium. This year, the plan is to have some of the same equipment and games, but set them up in either the parking lot at HHS or the Vally Mall. Some students remain skeptical about holding after prom at the mall. “I wish we had gotten started on finding a venue earlier,” prom committee member Jayne Slocum said. ”It would have been more fun to hold it at the water park or U-Rec, but other schools booked them before we did.” The mall does not offer certain op-

portunities for fun like the water park or U-Rec. These venues are always popular because students can go rocketing down water slides or stay up all night shooting hoops and climbing rock walls. The mall is merely a building with stores, so the inflatables and set up will be key to the entertainment. The parents of the junior class are in charge of the decorations and will set them up the days prior to that Saturday. The company that provided many of the activities used in last year’s After Prom will be hired again by HHS.

Introductions back on after near cancellation Christine Choi Feature editor


he lack of success in 2010’s prom introductions led to the hesitation and almost cancellation of intros. The prom committee first cancelled introductions due to the budget and lack of participation last year. After hearing the news of prom introduction cancellations, parents have offered lots of help in efforts to bring it back. “It’s a tradition parents are more into rather than students” junior class president Conner Whitehouse said. “Last year, there was a negative $1,000 in the budget due to the photographers and decorations we bought and not enough couples signed up.” Between $1,000 and $1,500 was spent on Introductions,

and now since there are no more formal pictures taken, the students wanted the money to go toward more decorations in the forum and more food. Only nine couples participated in introductions last year. “They think the students should have the experience, and they want to see their students introduced,” prom adviser Bonnie Anderson said. After offering help with decorations and lowering the cost, parents were able to get introductions back. Professional pictures aren’t being taken, which helped reduce the cost drastically. “Introductions will now be held regardless of how many couples sign up to participate. The prom court and crownings will be held at introductions and couples must sign up by May 6 if they are participating in introductions as it takes a lot of time to get the programs ready,” Anderson said.

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-Best song to get ready to: We Are Who We Are by Ke$ha -Best song to drive to: I’ve Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas or Raise Your Glass by P!nk -Best song to slow dance to: Best I Ever Had by Drake -Best song to grind to: Get Low by Lil’ John -Best song to group dance to: Cupid Shuffle by Cupid

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Hijabs make fashion statement Nahla Aboutabl

looks that will match the spring season. “I like using cotton in the Spring, because it’s a lighter staff reporter fabric. I also like using brighter colors and more floral patterns,” sophomore Dania Almufti said. “I also wear one scarf, as opposed to layering.” ijab is the Islamic head covering that many Ways of wrapping the hijab also differ from season to Muslim girls wear and, just as many girls get season, mainly because of heat, or the lack there of. Usuhaircuts in the spring, Hijabi’s (girls who wear ally, Hijabi’s layer their scarves to achieve a more volumed the hijab), also renew their look for the new look. In the heat of spring and summer though, layering is season. Hijab scarves come in many styles, colors, and patset aside for thinner scarves. Girls also tend to hang their terns so in Spring, many girls like to freshen up their look scarves more loosely to get more ventilation around their and use lighter colors, more patterns, and use lighter fabrics faces and necks. Many also like to change the style they to lessen the heat. Lots of hijabi’s also choose to create new wrap their scarves by either thinking up new ways or watching any of the many Hijab tutorials on Youtube. Clothes are also an issue for some Hijabi’s since stores usually sell shorts and tank tops in the spring, cloth that don’t fit the Hijab dress code. Shopping becomes more of a problem than it would be naturally because less long sleeved t-shirts can be found, if none at all. Hijabi’s have learned to cope though and came up with ways to make these clothes fit hijab. “Malls here in the summer usually sell clothes that I can’t wear like shorts or these very short skirts. As a hijabi of course, that makes shopping in the summer difficult. Layering light clothes works though and I try to make cute outfits with what I have,” junior Rafal Adbullah said. Hijabi’s are used to these setbacks though, and have learned to live with them. Still, like hijabi’s in the Middle East, girls here try their best to ignore the heat and inThat’s a wrap!Roubinah and Asmah Niaz wear thin patterned scarves for warmer fuse their personal style and self expression weather. Photo by Nahla Aboutabl. in their attire.


Work it! Senior Marwah Bani-Hani flaunts her style. Photo by Nahla Aboutabl.

New season, new look: HHS girls try out new hair styles for spring Kavya Beheraj news editor


so much more practical, and in that regard, yes, I do enjoy [short hair more than long hair]. “ On the other hand, junior Angela Huynh, who also cut her hair significantly shorter in the spring, is not pleased with the results. “[I don’t like my current hairstyle because] it’s so short. I can’t do much with it,” Huynh said. “[With short hair,] you just have to put it up in a ponytail. You can’t curl it, you can’t even braid it.” Huynh went to Westside Barbershop and cut six inches off her hair, which was previously down to the middle of her back. Her hairstyle before was also lots of layers, but this time she decided on a regular trim. “The lady [at the barbershop] showed me how much six inches was, and I didn’t think it looked that short,” Huynh said. “After the haircut, I realized my hair was shorter than I had thought.”

he turning of the seasons after a long, dreary winter inspires some people to change. The change might not be drastic; in fact, it can be as simple as getting a new hairstyle. Junior Gwen Elwood did exactly that. “I cut off a foot [of my hair],” Elwood said. “I went to The Studio [Hair Salon and Day Spa] downtown. I just wanted something different and I thought that [cutting my hair] was a good way.” Elwood donated her cut hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from hair loss as a result of a medical condition. “Basically, from what I know, you just cut off so many inches and you send it in [to Locks of Love],” Elwood said. “They make wigs for children with cancer and who are in need of some hair.” Elwood cut her hair mostly because she wanted something different. “I thought that was a good way to help. [My last haircut before this one was] probably a little more than a year ago. I’ve had a couple trims, but not anything drastic,” Elwood said. She decided during the Before.Elwood sports long hair winter musical to get her in her school photo. hair cut, because it was not allowed for actors and actresses to cut their hair while it was After. Elwood enjoys her short locks. Photo by Ama Ansah going on. She knew at that point that she wanted to donate it to Locks of Love. Cutting hair shorter in the spring seems to be a trend for “Variety is the spice of life. You just have to try different some girls. The changing weather is one popular reason. things once in a while, and it’s fun. [I chose my hair to be in] “[People cut their hair shorter in the spring because] it’s a different style, with lots of layers,” Elwood said. a lot cooler and it’s a lot more practical,” Elwood said. Elwood really appreciates and enjoys her new hairstyle, Huynh agrees, but also concedes that people may just be although at times she admits she regrets it. looking for a change. “My head feels so light now, it’s crazy,” Elwood said. “For “[People cut their hair shorter in the spring] because long hair, it takes so much shampoo and so much time. It’s they’re looking for a new style to replace their old hairhard to deal with sometimes. And it’s so much more prac- style,” Huynh said. tical. Every once in a while I kind of regret it, but it’s just

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With warmer weather fast approaching, a little Spring cleaning is in order 1. Start with a clean room, or you’ll just make a bigger mess. 2. Pick a spot to be focused on, such as shelf, and begin cleaning. 3. Get three boxes and label them “Out of Place,” “Garbage,” or “Charity” 4. Buy plastic organization bins with lids. 5. Evaluate each item you take out. Ask yourself if you have used this item recently. If not, you may want to think about getting rid of it. 6. Put the things for charity in the bin labeled “Charity” 7. Stash things that belong in other rooms in the Out of Place box. Store found parts such as one glove or sock and other things that may eventually be found. 8. Put any trash you find in the bin labeled “Garbage” 9. Stack the labeled bins neatly on the shelves and floor of the closet, making sure the ones you need to get into regularly are easy to get to. 10. Donate charity items to places such as Good Will, Mercy House, or Gift and Thrift.

Toss it! Hickman found lots of unnecessary items in her closet. Photo and infographic by Alex Hickman.

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Exploring alternatives to nail salons Molly Denman Staff Reporter


oing to a salon to get a manicure or have acrylic nails put on is fun but, while both look great, salon visits can be time consuming and not everyone can afford to pay the fees that they charge or the high price of gasoline to get there. Fortunately, for those who want cute nails but do not want to shell out tons of money, or spend up to two hours getting it done, there are many cheaper, more convenient alternatives. Acrylic nails are really cute and are good for special events like prom and homecoming, but they can cost anywhere from $30-$40 at a salon. They are not only expensive to apply, they are also very expensive to keep up and a new set can take an hour and a half to two hours to apply. Getting a “fill-in”, the term used to describe maintaining acrylic nails as the nails grow, costs around $18-$22 and takes an hour or longer. Nails need to be filled in about every two weeks to keep them looking nice. However, there is a faster, easier, and cheaper solution. Available in any drug store, grocery store or super-center are glue-on nail kits. The nail kits contain many different sizes of nails to ensure a custom kit and the best part is they only cost $3-$6 (depending on the brand). Nail kits come in different lengths and

Pretty nails! Girls try out cheap alternatives to the nail salon. Photos by Heather Hunter-Nickels

styles including French, American and other designs. They take less than half an hour to apply and the nails typically stay on for about a week; the instructions say not to leave them on any longer than that. Although they need to be replaced every week, it is a much better bargain than going to a salon. For girls who prefer to have their own natural nails, there are several options. There is a new alternative product to nail painting; Sally Hansen Salon Effects stickon nail polish. These are strips of nail polish that adhere to the nail. The excess polish strip is filed off. There are an assortment of colors available and, even cooler, prints such as zebra and cheetah. The stick on nail polish costs about $9 and lasts a little over a week. They can be found in any grocery store or super-center. They are very simple to put on and the best part is there is no drying time required. For those who like nail polish, there are many products that can be used to spice up a manicure. A Sally Hansen product called Nail Art Pen is perfect for creating a nail design. The pens come in many different colors and only cost about $6. There are many different options for athome manicures that are inexpensive and fun. These cheaper alternatives will save you money and provide all sorts of nail styles that can be changed anytime without the hassle of going to a professional salon.

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VCU may not pass eye test, but makes final four Peter Byrd Sports Writer


hatcha talkin bout Bilas? These shirts, a knockoff from the famous saying “Whatcha talkin bout Willis”, became an instant hit after the third round of the NCAA tournament when VCU dismantled #3 seed Purdue. It was the Rams’ third consecutive win of the tournament over a power conference team. Virginia Commonwealth previously harassed the University of Southern California with suffocating defense en route to a 59-46 victory and Georgetown University by thoroughly outplaying the bigger and stronger Hoyas on both ends of the floor. After the brackets were released on CBS on Selection Sunday, ESPN analysts Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas let the world know how they felt about the inclusion of VCU in the field of 68. The eye test is a sports term used to describe how good a team looks when you watch them live, not stats on paper. The point of the eye test is that if a team does not pass the eye test then the selection committee would not consider them a team for the final field of sixty-eight. Bilas stated that “VCU does not pass the eye test, let alone the laugh test.” Boy, was he ever wrong or what? VCU played in a “First Four” game in Dayton, Ohio against the fourth place team in the Pac-10 conference, USC. VCU manhandled USC and booked a ticket for Florida where two days later they would play the eighth place, but heavily favored, team in the Big East. VCU dominated from the tip off and ran away with the game by a score of 7456. They earned a date with the second place team in the Big 10, Purdue. VCU used an incredible assist to turnover ratio, 26 to 4, to blow out the Boilermakers. Joey Rodriguez played like a true floor general, scoring 12 points, dishing out 11 assists, while finishing with an impressive 0 turnovers. VCU played Florida State, an upper echelon (third best) ACC team. The Rams were physically over-matched and badly outrebounded by the Seminoles but thanks to a Bradford Burgess layup with 7.9 seconds remaining in overtime the Rams danced on to the Elite 8 with a nail-biting 72-71 victory. Kansas took out Richmond in the Sweet 16, preventing an all-Richmond matchup in the Elite 8. VCU entered the game

versus Kansas as a huge underdog because Kansas was ranked as the second best team in the whole tournament behind Ohio State. However, by halftime the Rams had hit the Jayhawks in the throat and surprised the whole world. Virginia Commonwealth held a 41-26 advantage at intermission. The Rams withstood a furious rally by the veteran Jayhawks and made free throws down the stretch to win by a score of 71-61. The Rams were able to pull the upset because of their ability to shoot the three. Kansas helped on defense at every position, creating an open man every time. Jamie Skeen, a 6’9 senior center who can hit three-pointers, led VCU with 27 points. As a team VCU made 12 of 25 three pointers and 17 of 22 free throws. Kansas did not help themselves, making only 2 of 21 three-pointers (9.5%) and 15 of 28 free throws (53.6%). VCU took out five teams from five of the six power conferences in their unimaginable run to the Final Four. Unfortunately, the Rams were knocked out in their national semifinal matchup against fellow mid-major Butler. The Bulldogs controlled the tempo and played a half court game. VCU could not find opportunities to speed up the tempo and shot themselves in the foot by missing a number of layups, albeit contested layups. The Rams ran out of gas and came up one game short of the National Championship losing to Butler, the eventual runnerup by a score of 70-62, a score that was not indicative of how close the game really was. There is still a bright future for the Rams. Shaka Smart turned down an offer for the North Carolina State job and VCU inked the 34-year old coaching phenom to an eightyear contract extension that will increase his annual base pay salary from $325,000 to $1.2 million per year. Virginia Commonwealth’s run to the Final Four was more impressive than their Colonial Athletic Association counterparts, George Mason’s, in 2006. The Rams had to play an extra game just to make the field of sixty-four. They also won four of their five games by double digits, dominating games from start to finish. They tied the record for lowest seed to reach the Final 4 as an 11-seed. They stunned the world with their magnificent, almost storybook ending, run that started (and ended) with them as one of the last four teams in the tournament. Who’s laughing now Bilas?

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Varsity softball team supports breast cancer awareness with pink sweatshirts Paulina Rendon


Feature Editor

reast Cancer is an illness that affects about 12.7 percent of women. This means one in every eight are plagued with the disease. The survival rate for breast cancer has been increasing steadily over the course of several years, being aided by medical improvements and the quicker recognition of the symptoms in order to get faster treatments. Breast cancer is a disease that not only affects the bearer, but their their family and friends as well. Victims rely on a strong support system of their friends to get them through the treatments, as well as donations from the community in order to pay for the treatments. The Harrisonburg High School Varsity Softball team decided to join the cause. Sophomore Makayla Foley knows a woman, Katie Masoncup, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and together they looked for a way they could raise some money in order to her while she was dealing with her condition. Eventually they came up with the idea to raise awareness by the theme of their softball sweatshirts. “I think [the sweatshirt] will say ‘Save Second Base’,” said junior Suma Haji. “Second base like softball, and like when in a relationship, getting to second base...” The sweatshirts are going to be hot pink. “[I think] They are unique, and they are for a really good cause,” said junior Destiny Arellano. Five dollars from each of the team’s sweatshirts is going to be donated to Masoncup’s chemotherapy fund.

“[I don’t know her] but I know that she has stage four and we’re raising money to give to her,” said sophomore Rachael Defriece. The stages of cancer are based on several things: the size of the tumor, whether or not lypmh nodes (lymphatic filters which filter out bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells) are involved, whether the cancer is invasive (infiltrating) or non-invasive (confined), and whether the cancer has spread beyond the breast. According to, stage four is described as the last stage, and is an invasive cancer that has already spread to other parts of the body; “usually the lungs, liver, bone, or brain”. “She was diagnosed with Stage Four really fast, and she didn’t even know,” Foley said. “So I thought we could help out and raise money.” Foley got to know Masoncup from working under her management at her previous job working at You’re A Star, a gift shop on East Market Street. When Masoncup was diagnosed with cancer, she went to her softball team for assistance. “They were really excited about doing it, they really supported it a lot,” Foley said. As for herself, Foley likes the feeling of knowing she could help someone else just by raising money. She decided to help Masoncup so that “she would be able to know that there are people who don’t know her but still care about her.” Masoncup has been fine lately, and she is preparing to begin a round of therapy every day in the summer. As well as monetary funding, Masoncup’s been supported in other ways by the softball team, like the softball game dedicated to her on the sixteenth of April, which she unfortunately could not attend.

Beat it! To raise awareness for the girls softball team’s cause, the grounds keepers have painted pink ribbons across campus. Photo by Vanessa Ehrenpreis.

Shepard University offers Vondrak soccer scholarship Aidan Newcity

vironment. She liked the fact that it was far enough from home. She can still come visit, but she still Feature Editor away has her independence. Vondrak has been playing soccer since she was passionate soccer player from age six has little and it is a permanent part of her. When she was finally reached her goal of playing soccer young, she started off roughly with her skills, but over in college. Senior Lexi Vondrak has comthe years, she has learned great things, and has really mitted to Shepherd University in West Virrisen to her full ability. Her life is basically soccer. ginia. Shepherd University is located on the border “I couldn't see my life without soccer. I wouldn’t of Maryland and West Virginia, and is a division 2 do anything without it,” Vondrak said. school. She heard about Shepherd through a recruitVondrak likes soccer for many reasons. She likes ing website. the teamwork, the physical “I used to get need, but mostly she likes what “I couldn’t my name out there. Shepherd conemotions she can get rid of. tacted me by email and phone. see my life “I love the fact that I can reThey also asked me to come down lieve my stress and anger [when without socfor a visit and a chance to play with I am playing soccer],” Vondrak the team,” Vondrak said. cer. I wouldn’t Senior said. That trip was a success. One Her childhood dream was to Lexi do anything day in the fall, she drove to Shepplay in college, but she has also Vondrak dreamed herd, WV and took a tour around of playing in the pros. without it.” the campus. She fell in love with As she has grown up, she is reit, the layout and everything about alizing college is good enough. it. Her interaction with the soccer Playing college is a huge accomteam was the deal closer, though. plishment for her, and she is proud. “I got to play and practice with the girls. I really “My dream is to go pro after college, but my realliked it. The girls were really nice and inviting. I liked ity is that college is where I am going to end, and the how they did a lot of team stuff as well,” Vondrak pros are not going to happen for me. But I am alright said. with that,” Vondrak said. Another reason for picking Shepherd was the en-


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Long, triple jumpers train hard Ben DiNapoli


style editor

he long and triple jump are arguably two of the hardest disciplines in track and field, involving a mix of athleticism, speed, good timing and a favorable wind. With origins dating back to the first Olympic games, the long and triple jumps have been present in the modern games since 1896. The long jump has a very straightforward procedure compared to its triple counterpart. The IAAF, the In-

ternational Association of Athletics Federations, states that the lengths for the runway, usually made of either vulcanized rubber or some other track material, has to be between 40 and 45 meters, or about 130 feet. At the end of the runway lays a 20 centimeter wide board that marks the foul line. If a competitor should cross this line when jumping, his attempt would not count. Competitors start at the end of the runway, and with a full sprint, leap from the foul line into a pit of fine sand, trying to go as far as they can. Factors such as wind speed and direction can greatly affect how far a jump

Jump! Sophomore Ashley Brown practices the long jump. Photo by Olivia McCarty.

goes. Most time, competitors have three tries to set their longest jump, with only their longest being counted. The triple jump has the same concept as the long jump, but involves three additional steps. These steps include the hop, the skip, and the jump. On the same sized runway as the long jump, competitors sprint down the runway until they reach a takeoff mark. At the takeoff mark, competitors perform the first step: the hop. The hop is more like a cycling motion, intended to launch the athlete forwards instead of upwards. Next, the skip or the step is another running leap, intended to move the athlete as close to the sand pit as possible. Once the competitor’s foot touches the runway again, they start the last step in the triple jump: the jump or leap. Almost exactly like the long jump, this last step launches the athlete into the sand pit. Triple jumps tend to range in 15 to 18 meters in length, while the long jump ranges in the 6 to 8 meter range. Both disciplines are extremely difficult, and require a special blend of talent to complete. The best jumpers train vigorously for a season in order to perform their best in this challenging competition.

4x400 teams looking good as season nears end Shane McMahan


sports writer

fter several successful years for the HHS track team, this year’s 4x400 relay teams will look to accomplish many of the goals that they set in pre-season workouts. “We just want to advance as far as we can this year,” senior Lovell Delves said. “We know we have the talent.” This year’s 4x400 relay team on the boy’s side is composed of Delves, ju-

nior Wayson Lee, junior Nevin Heckman, and senior Keith Thomas. “I think that we can advance pretty far this year because of the squad we have,” Lee said. The girls 4x400 team, which has been extremely successful in recent history, is composed of junior Vanessa Ehrenpreis, freshman Celia Ehrenpreis, who is Vanessa’s sister, junior Joanna Hernandez, and senior Haley Wenos. “I think we have a good shot of going to states,” Wenos said. The Streaks have participated in

How to high jump 1) The athlete approaches the high jump with a hard stride. 2) Gradually on the 5 to 7 step approach, the athlete makes a Jshaped curve towards the crossbar. 3) Once they reach the crossbar, the athlete propels himself/herself upward off his or her preferred foot.

4) The head passes over the bar first, then the athlete arches their back and flings their arms and legs upward to curve them above the crossbar

five meets thus far, and only expect to get better as the season progresses. “We are going to have some rust at first, but as long as we pull it together late in the season I think we will be alright,” Delves said. Delves explained that even though they go into meets as the underdogs, they have faith in one another. “Our 4x4 team is one of those teams that has the mix of sprinters and distance runners, and even when we might not be favored to win, we will always give 110 percent and are always ready to win.”

Air time! Senior Pavel Makayed practices the pole vault. Photo by Olivia McCarty.

How to pole vault Kevin Franco staff reporter 1)The grip You place your top hand on the top of the pole, and you place your bottom thumb where your elbow would be. That’s where your bottom hand goes. 2)Run According to Pavel Makayed, “ You run 12 steps with the pole” 3)Plant According to Pavel Makayed, “There is a box where

you want to plant your pole, and when you plant you put your hands straight” 4) The push Then all you do is simply push off the ground. 5)Rocking back/Swing After you push, you will have to bend with the pole and it is extremely important to get your body vertical to get a solid jump. 6)Getting over the pole You kick your feet out and arch your back and get over the pole. Then clear the pole by throwing it back to get it out the way.

How to Set Up Blocks

The runner must measure one foot (the length of the runner’s foot) from the starting line.

Passing the baton The runner then sets the block another half length of his foot from the front.

Lead person takes off on passer’s signal.

The passer tells the receiver she’s ready by saying ‘hand’.

The foot that is going to be in the back has to be set one and a half foot lengths behind the front of the blocks.

That signals the receiver to extend her hand palm up.

The passer then says ‘stick’, making the transfer to the receiver.

5) Once the hips pass the bar, the athlete tucks and gracefully descends towards the mat on a successful attempt. The receiver then takes off for the next leg of the relay. All of this must be done within the transfer zone.

The runner gets both feet in the blocks, sets his fingers just behind the line, turns his arms inward and locks them, then leans forward in preparation for the ‘set’ signal from the race starter. When the starter says set, the runner raises his back and prepares for the gun to fire, signaling the beginning of the race. If a runner false starts, he could be disqualified on the first or second false start.

Good dreams of Olympics in shot put Anthony Duong


Heave! Freshman Rebekah Good practices the

staff reporter

reshman Rebekah Good is currently participating in her first track season of her high school career throwing the shot put. With the talent Good has in shot put, many friends and coaches consider her a rising star. Good’s brother, RJ Good, has been her biggest inspiration and has urged her to come out and do her best. “When you know you’re good at something it is fun to do, I want to reach larger goals in the future and shot put gives me a chance to spend time with my friends. I enjoy the experience,”Good said.

If you work and practice hard enough, you can reach the goals you want.”

Last year, Good competed and won the eighth grade invitational for shot put. She is gaining ground in the event and is also excited for this season so that she can compete against others. Good also participates in other sports, such as basketball and cheerleading. She also enjoys playing those sports because it will keep her busy as the years go by. Good is focused on shot put because she is hoping to one day fulfill her dream of going to the Olympics. “Hopefully I will make the Olympics

one day,” Good said. “If I practice hard, I think I can make it,” Good said. freshman Good looks forRebekah ward to her future Good high school years, and plans to make it somewhere in sports. While not in school or participating on the track team, Good enjoys participating in other sports and hanging out with friends. “If you work and practice hard enough you can reach the goals you want, I am still on my path to my own goal,” Good said.

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Weighing the pros and cons of apple products Savanah Cary managing editor


pps available on the iPad, iTouch and iPhone have become popular among students and teachers. Whether it is for games or for educational purposes, there is an app to fit each need. Sophomores Robby Ross and Ben DiNapoli use their iTouches to play games. “In the world of apps nothing beats Smurf Village,” Ross said. “As an OS (Original Smurfer) I was able to get the app for free then spend my days and nights tending to my smurfs.” Smurf Village is a game similar to the

popular game Farmville. The object of the game in Smurf Village and Farmville is to plant and harvest crops for money. However, in Smurf Village, smurfs are the farmers and players aim to advance past certain levels based on how many crops are harvested. There are also mini games within the game to help pass time while the player waits for his crops to grow. “[The game] is addicting,” DiNapoli said. “Whenever you harvest your crops, you just feel like you are doing something good.” The game is so addicting DiNapoli must find times to check on his smurfs during school. “I have to play during school or my crops will wither,” Dinapoli said. “My smurfs are always in motion.”

Pocket Guitar Pocket Guitar allows for a realistic guitar experience that fits in your pocket,


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Keep track of the calories you have burned and the distance you have run.

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The Artist

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The Jock


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Kindle for iPhone Amazon Kindle application provides the option to buy and read books on your mac products.

Smurfs’ Village

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On each iPad there is access to the Internet as well as many educational programs and games. “While there is no word processing system for iPads, students are able to use google docs through the Internet,” Flick said. “We also try to get apps for each subject, and there are some great math and foreign language apps.” While the school has only had the iPads for a short time, Flick sees how useful they are for both teachers and students. “Since it is the newest technology, it really engages the students and gets them interested in what the teacher is trying to teach,” Flick said.

Tiny Wings creates the perfect pocket game for being bored or a distraction in class.

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However, Apple products are not only used for gaming. The release of the Apple’s newest product, the iPad, opened a whole new world of apps. HHS now has iPads available for students and teachers to check out in the library. Currently there are 70-90 apps available on the iPads at school, and that number is steadily rising. However, it has not been easy or cheap to get to that number. “Originally we were able to purchase one app and install it on every device, however, Apple caught on to that idea pretty quickly and developed a voucher program for schools to use,” Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Diana Flick said. “So now we have to pay for each app individually for each device.”

iFitness offers many different exercise techniques and video demonstrations.

Photoshop Express is a simple version of adobe photoshop in the palm of your hand.

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The top applications of 2010

Android competing with Apple

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ndroids are increasing in popularity among the student and teacher body at HHS due to the blast of interesting applications available for them. In the band room Senior Matthew Mendez whips out his android to identify a song played on a practice A.P. music theory exam. He was using SoundHound, one of the many interesting applications on his HTC incredible, a phone that runs of the Droid platform. “There are so many applications,” Mendez said as he flipped through his phone listing them off, “3G mobile Hotspot, which is basically an Internet connection; GPS, a compass and leveler, Anti-Theft, Google Docs, FM Radio and Pandora....” Mendez laughs as he admits to knowing everything about the Droid. He is only one among many who own this generation defining phone. In her classroom in the science hallway, Physics and Biology teacher Elizabeth Barrett said, “I love my android.” She is big on using the Internet. Her bookmarks include Harrisonburg High School’s home page, the weather, news, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, S.P.C.A.’s web page. Barrett is able to use her phone to post student grades and check out what animals are in need. “I like to see what animals are in need because I volunteer

[at the SPCA] and adopt from there,” Barrett said. Senior Sam Obenshain has an Android x. He gets the most use out of his Facebook app. and the 3D Watch Dog, which “lets me know when I’m about to go over my Internet limit,” Obenshain said. Aside from social networking he digs the strobe light app. “It can light up in different colors and it’s a lot brighter than you think,” Obenshain said. Senior Emily Rutland has a purple Android 2.0, which she too “loves.” Her favorite game is Angry Birds, a popular game in which the goal is to kill pigs by catapulting birds at them. In a generation that is all about getting instant information on the spot, the Android operating system and all of its applications seem to have become the ultimate tool. An app for everything! The android Samsung Fascinate (released last year) offers a complete touch screen interface along with “Market”. An online store for applications, games, books, and tools. The extreme number of options that Android phones offer make it competition for the Apple iPhone. Photo by Phillip Bannister.

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