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Harrisonburg High School • 1001 Garbers Church Road • Harrisonburg, VA 22801 • 540.433.2651 • Volume XC • Issue 6•February 27, 2014
Oklahoma! opens after big snow delays premiere Celia Ehrenpreis Editor-in-Chief
Anticipation for the opening of this year’s musical Oklahoma! was running high leading up to the debut on Friday Feb. 14. Opening night was originally set for Wednesday Feb. 12, but was pushed back until Friday because of severe snow conditions. Sophomore Jaymie Inouye played the female lead, Laurey Williams. “The snow upset everyone at first because we had to push back our opening, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise because the cast was really tired from all the late night dress rehearsals, and got to have extra rest,” Inouye said. “By the time Friday came around, we were ready to preform.” Inouye prepared for her role by watching other actors’ interpretations of Laurey among other strategies.
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St. Jude’s Fashion Show raises money through modeling Ariel Vogel Feature Editor February means a lot of things; 28 days, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and, at HHS, the production of the winter musical all are key elements of the month. However, it means one very crucial thing to a large group of children: the St. Jude’s Fashion Show. Every February, Harrisonburg High School hosts the fashion show, along with Reflections Bridal, Prom and Pageant. The show not only lets girls show off their beauty but it raises money for an important program in the US: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization that treats children, with “no child denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.” Maurizio Antonnicola, the fashion marketing instructor at HHS, is also the sponsor of the Key Club. He has arranged for Key
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Wellness program kicks off for faculty
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WELL I’LL BE! Cast members of Oklahoma! senior Jason Tran, senior Jack Adamek, junior Eddie Mestre, junior Graham Rebhun, sophomore Andy King and sophomore Valerio Aleman rehearse “Kansas City”, a song and dance number in the first act.
City schools provide English language classes Mia Karr Editor-in-Chief There’s one question that Welcome Center Coordinator RaMona Stahl gets asked over and over again by the parents of children entering the Harrisonburg City School system- where can I take English classes? Now Stahl is involved in an effort to help answer that question. She serves as coordinator for a program, now in its second year, that offers an English class for parents of HCPS students through a partnership with HCPS and Massanutten Technical Center (MTC). The class, which is held at Spotswood Elementary
School, is offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights for two hours and runs from Jan 8 until May 15. MTC provides teachers for the program, while HCPS works out logistical details and finds childcare. This is Stahl’s first year as coordinator of the program. “I was in charge of coordinating with MTC, finding child care...basically being responsible for making sure everyone is on the same page,” Stahl said. “There’s a lot of front end work that I did.” Some of that front end work was coordinating registration. Although there PHOTO BY MIA KARR
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Fine Arts Academy integrates curriculum Brenna Cowardin Managing Editor
Ellie Plass Style Editor Wellness. A word, that by it’s very definition, means to be in both a good mental and physical state. The teachers of HHS are hoping to achieve this end goal of wellness by participating in a city-wide fitness program. Sponsored by Anthem, the insurance provider for the city schools, the program challenges teachers to record the physical activity that they do. All it takes is a simple registration, and having to record the miles they walk. The program gave away pedometers to many of the teachers doing the program- all for free. Employees in the entire HCPS system are competing to see who can do the most activity- not who can lose the most pounds. “We, of course, are in that competition as Harrisonburg High,” said Mary Inge, a CTE teacher. “We have won, but not since I’ve been here. It’ll be interesting to see [who wins], because we have so many more teachers this year,” Inge said. The teachers of HHS are not satisfied
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CRAFT TIME. Children of parents who participate in English-learning classes through the city schools work on a craft during the class.
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RHYTHM TIME. Freshman Eleanor Alger creates a triple measure beat in the Fine Arts Academy. Other academy members created a dance to the beat. Dance teacher Amber Corriston and Academy Director J.R. Snow lead this class as part of a rhythm unit.
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The Fine Arts Academy is a family, and they have to be if they’re going to perform during every class. The students spent the first six weeks of the class participating in team building activities to build that family. Art teacher Jauan Brooks is one of the Fine Arts Academy teachers. “I love that [the Fine Arts Academy] has become a family pretty quickly. We worked really hard at the very beginning...with building activities and trusting activities, so we got to know each other because we are asking them to expose themselves through the arts every time we have class, and if you’re not comfortable doing that, you’re not going to really delve into it, especially as freshmen,” Brooks said. The Academy is based on concepts. For instance the students just began a unit on texture and they have covered color, space, line and movement. Each of the six fine arts teachers teaches a lesson on the unit, and the students complete a cumulative project that displays how all of the arts work to-
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gether on that topic. The students are separated into different strands based on their main interest of the six fine arts, visual art, creative writing, choral music, band, drama and dance. “It’s really exciting because nothing like this is happening in our area. When we were building this program, Mr. Snow went across the country to [visit] several programs,” Brooks said. “No one is building a program that includes the piece [of all the arts] working together...That’s the thing that’s really unique about what we do and what we think is really special.” Freshman Molly Campillo’s favorite part of the academy is the way everything interacts. “I like how we get to do something for all the strands [during a unit],” Campillo said. Professionals in the fine arts world have come to visit the academy. A professional pianist and an actor came to talk to the class as well as perform for the school. The students in the academy have a chance to question the artists about their careers. These interactions are built into the curriculum.
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News Briefs Virginia Girls State Eleventh grade females can now apply for the Virginia Girls State, held June 15-21at Longwood University. The program focuses on Virginia government. Applications are due to Mrs. Linden by Mar 3. SAT Prep Six SAT prep courses will be offered at Blue Ridge Community College from Mar 19- Apr 30, Mar 20-May 1, or Jul 14-18. The fee is $150. Make-up Days HCPS have announced that Apr 21 and Jun 5 will be the make up days for HHS. St. Jude Fashion Show The St. Jude fashion show for HHS will be held in the auditorium on Feb 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AP Boxley McDonald’s Scholarship High school seniors who demonstrate leadership, and show participation in various activities can pick up an application in the career center. Scholarship due Mar 3 to Mrs. Linden.
24-hour project premieres Sydney Little Online Editor-in-chief Starting at 5 pm on Jan. 24 and lasting until the same time on Jan 25, Court Square Theater hosted the 24-Hour Project. It was a day of performances, including different forms of comedy, music and dance. The festival was initially designed to raise money for the theater, with a $10 entrance fee, while also celebrating the fine arts. Although the event happened at the end of January, the planning for the festival started in July when artists first turned in applications. These were then reviewed by a panel of judges who chose from the many submissions, acts that they thought would entertain their crowd the most. From this selection process, they asked 46 acts to perform at the 24-Hour Project. Two of these, included acts from HHS seniors Luke Gibson and Aubtin Heydari. Throughout the allotted time, around 40 people came and went to the festival. Sophomore Jaymie Inouye went with a group of her friends. “I was only there for about an hour and a half, but it was a very interesting hour and a half. Luke's act was hilarious. I think that he is so talented in stand-up comedy and thinks of genius ways to make people laugh. Aubtin performed some poems too which were really very good,” Inouye said. This was the first year for the 24-hour project. “I thought that it was run very well for the huge task that it was. Maybe just smoothing out some timing and the overall flow of the night, but really I was very impressed,” Inouye said. The festival’s purpose was to bring more awareness to the arts. “I think that they should keep doing it, it's a really neat idea! It was really cool seeing all of the different ways the arts are being represented around our community and it was just a really neat environment,” Inouye said.
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with only the program, however. While the wellness program has about half and half male versus female participants, one of their other projects is geared towards the women who teach here. They’ve taken on several other things to help teachers achieve well-being, including trying to have the mammogram bus from Rockingham Memorial Hospital come to our school. “Sometimes that’s a test that people put off, and so this way you don’t have to take off from work. You just slip out, do it, come back in. It’s a wellness kind of thing, to keep yourself healthy,” Inge said. They’re also working on getting several immunizations to come to the school, to make keeping healthy easier for those who work a lot.
JROTC holds annual ball for cadets Austin Swift News editor
Months of work can and will produce smiles all around, even with a group that may be known for their order and seriousness. Before the fun and dancing though, work and preparation must be put in. The first meeting of the Ball Committee for the 2014 Blue Streak Battalion Ball was held in mid December and continued after winter break with weekly meetings leading up to the Feb. 15 event, which ended up costing around $5,500. Maria Medeiros, head of the Ball Committee, said the group had to schedule the
dance with Holiday Inn, call the DJs to tell them where and when it was, make hundreds of name cards that were placed at assigned seats and arrive two hours early to make sure no mistakes were made in the set up. As a class, JROTC participated in dance classes taught by Karen of Dancing With Karen. “The dance classes were really fun, we actually learned how to dance. They brought in a dance instructor from a company downtown to help us,” senior Eric Colon said. In addition to dance classes, a class period was used to teach etiquette. “The seniors taught etiquette to the un-
derclassmen, so they learned to eat properly and what to do in the receiving line,” Colon said. As far as dates go, the ball is not restricted to just JROTC members, as there were some people coming from different schools. “We had to buy ourselves a little bowtie and pay for our dates, but that was it,” Colon said. “The dancing is what I’m looking forward to the most. They’re always fun, but they get better and better each year. The food is delicious, too. It isn’t the best, but it’s still good,” Colon said. The ball, which ran from 6-11 p.m.,
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Cast overcomes snow obstable to deliver performance MUSICAL from A1 “I wanted to make sure that I did Laurie justice, because the way some actors play her she can be perceived as shallow. I think she is a very real character, and one that a lot of people can relate to. When I read through the lines I tried to think of how I would react to these situations, and think logically,” Inouye said. Senior Lillian Poirot played the role of Gertie Cummings. “Gertie is fun to play because she is very flirtatious and carefree, and of course her laugh was fun to experiment with as well,” Poirot said. Both Poirot and Inouye agree that this year’s production is completely different from past shows. “Millie was so much fun it was colorful and crazy, but it was unrealistic. Oklahoma is much more serious, and I felt like it could happen in real life,” Inouye said. “[Oklahoma!] is com-
pletely different from any musical we’ve done in previous years. Millie and How to Succeed were both kind of jazzy and frilly, and Les Mis was a classic. This year is more old and western themed,” Poirot said. As a senior Poirot will miss working with the cast and the process of musical next year. “My favorite memory from this year has to be rehearsing with everyone, and learning from our mistakes,” Poirot said. “Fortunately there haven’t been any major mistakes during the performances. A couple snafus like my skirt falling off, and a ladder falling down but that is it,” Inouye said. Both Inouye and Poirot’s favorite scene is “The Farmer and the Cowman”, a big ensemble dance number at the beginning of Act Two. “I’m not in it, but love watching that scene from backstage each night. The choreography is fabulous and the energy is so high,” Inouye said.
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LET’S DANCE. Senior Abe Nouri and sophomore Jaymie Inouye, who played the main characters Curly McClain and Laurey Williams practice waltzing outside the auditorium during a dress rehearsal.
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tion. Although there was a large amount of interest in the program, the limit was set at 50 parents, since there are only two teachers and providing child care is necessary. “...There just aren’t enough programs for people who are really interested in learning English, and if there are reasonably priced language learning opportunities they get filled up very fast and that has certainly proved true in this case,” Stahl said. “We want to continue to explore ways in which we can provide more opportunities for people...This is very much a first step for us.” Some ways that Stahl hopes they can do this include offering classes at different times or at times when child care is not a need. “One of the things that were working at in the Harrisonburg City Public Schools and at the Welcome Center is finding ways to help our families be more connected to the schools.We’re very aware that the level of comfort in language that our families have...makes a huge difference in what kind of supports they can provide to their
child to be successful in school,” Stahl said The parents, the majority of which speak Spanish or Arabic as a first language, have a broad range of English proficiencies. At registration, each parent did a simple entrance examination to assess their proficiency. They were then divided into two levels- beginning and intermediate/advanced. (There are more students in the beginner class.) Students will have access to Rosetta Stone, both inside and outside of the classroom. Even though they are learning in a fairly traditional way, these are not traditional students- instead of bringing backpacks and textbooks to class, many bring their young children. “One of the things we’re really committed to is providing an enriching experience for children as well,” Stahl said. The task of doing this has fallen to volunteers from the Key Club. “The Key Club has been awesome about providing interpreters for parent/teacher conferences and because I’m very involved in that parent/teacher conference organization I’m aware that Key Club is a huge resource for us. Additionally, we have a huge number of bilingual numbers in Harri-
sonburg City Schools and Key Club reflects that... it’s great to have folks that can communicate effectively with our little kids,” Stahl said. She also hopes that Key Club volunteers can assist in the classroom and with helping parents learn how to access Rosetta Stone. Junior Key Club member Sanarea Ali was eager to volunteer. “There are people who can’t speak English and I just wanted to help them because I had the same problem,” Ali, whose native language is Arabic, said. “I wanted to help them communicate.” Stahl found that many interested parents couldn’t make the time commitment while balancing jobs and young children. The ones that could have proven to be dedicated. “The second registration night it was one of those ridiculously cold, below zero nights and still people came out and showed up on time and brought their kids, and we had a really good turnout the first week of folks that had registered,” Stahl said. “Even though we’re definitely in a learning curve, parents have really stuck with us and been determined to pursue English learning.”
Academy members incorporate all types of art in their study FINE ARTS from A1
“Five more [artists] are coming this year. We have one experience day for each topic we cover, and that is one way we experience the fine arts,” Campillo said. At the beginning of the year, the class wrote their own rubric for what each concept’s final project would be graded on. “[The teachers] asked us what we thought good art was made of, and the words that showed up the most became the basis for our rubric,” Campillo said. The Academy hasn’t changed much since the beginning of the year. However, some topics the teachers planned on covering will not be taught this year. “The structure of [the Fine Arts Academy] classes haven’t changed very much since the beginning of the year,” Brooks
said. “We did eliminate some of the concepts that we had anticipated teaching because students and teachers thought we were moving too fast and that we needed to slow down so they could experience what we were teaching more fully.” Still, Brooks wants more time to teach. “[I want to] have more time. I think that we are all so passionate about this and we are all so passionate about the individual things that we teach, not having individual lessons is really frustrating. Especially when we’re teaching something like color. For an art teacher to encompass that in 60 to 90 minutes...is so hard,” Brooks said. Another challenge with teaching in the Fine Arts Academy is the wide range of experience between students in different strands. “I have to remember that [not all of the
students are familiar with visual art] and I have to balance that so that everybody can get something out of it,” Brooks said. However, seeing the students from one strand experience another strand is enjoyable for Brooks. “[I love] watching people learn, watching people do things that are outside of their norm, watching someone who I know is a visual artist, get up and dance, and I know that they’ve never danced before,” Brooks said. Brooks is excited to see the students grow throughout high school. “I can’t to just watch them and follow them for four years and see how they grow... not only in their strands but as people because they’re so much richer because they’ve experienced all these other things.”
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Key Club to host this event for the past couple years, and he said that there is always a good turnout. “Key Club provides snacks and ushering and we have about 300-400 people who turn out,” Antonnicola said. The money is raised through ticket sales, both at the door and from the models. “Every model has to earn $100--sell ten tickets--and all money goes to St. Judes,” Antonnicola said. Senior Walkiria Estevez, who has modeled in past years and is planning on modeling again, said raising money was one of the best parts. “I like the cause. I like being able to raise money for kids with cancer,” Estevez said. Senior and president of Key Club Sara Franco explained that models in the show
wasn’t usually very involved in the show. “I joined Key Club last year but I just took pictures [at the show]. I don’t want to model because I’m shy,” Franco said. Instead of modeling, Franco said she would volunteer behind the scenes, as she still believed it was a good cause. “Those kids really need the money. It’s really sad to see the pictures and know they’re so young but have so much future. It’s nice to know that we as students can help them,” she said. Antonnicola described that the show not only raises money for a good cause but it raises the confidence of the girls modeling. “I like how the girls are shy about do-
ing it [but when] they come out [they] feel proud of themselves and [proud of the fact] that it’s not just for show. They think, ‘I’m not just beautiful in a dress; I’m helping children at St. Judes,’” Antonnicola said. Franco agreed, adding that it was her favorite part. “The fact that by doing things that are fun, you can help other people. It’s nice that girls can use their beauty to help the kids,” Franco said. Estevez explained that she enjoys being able to spend time with the other models and wear beautiful dresses for a good cause. She wore her favorite dress her junior year. “It was this big poofy pink dress. I fell in love it it; I felt like I was Cinderella,” Estevez said, smiling.
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Artists display work during musical Victoria Giron News editor The annual HHS musical showcases all the fine arts programs that are offered at HHS. The show has singing, acting, and music, but there is also an art show that takes place in the auditorium side commons. The art displayed at the exhibit is all made by students. Students from all grades who are taking an art class have art displayed at the show. Art teacher, Jauan Brooks takes all of the art pieces and arranges them. “We average about 200 pieces of art per show,” Brooks said. Brooks, along with the help of fellow art teachers Kelley ShradleyHorst and Jenna Longenecker try to get a wide variety of art pieces. “We try to get at least one piece of artwork from all the students,” Brooks said, “Sometimes we will ask students to submit
something and if the students don’t want to, then we don’t put in their work.” The art show was set up after school on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the day the musical opened. The three art teachers set up the show with the help of student volunteers. AP Art students and Art 4 students get to have their own personal exhibit at the art show where they showcase multiple pieces of art. “I have four seniors who are doing senior shows this year,” Brooks said. Brooks said that the comments that teachers and other people give is what makes the art show fulfilling. “A lot of teachers see students that might not necessarily do well for them in class and then they see their artwork and say ‘Oh my gosh this kid is really good at something!’ and it’s another way for them to communicate with those students. Seeing the reac-
Close Examination. Audience members stopped before, during and after the musical to take in the artwork. tion of people when they see what we see on a daily basis. We get to see it all
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Expression. Art students had their work on display during the musical performances.
Valentines library displays books we love to hate Julexus Cappell Op/Ed editor Valentines Day is synonymous with hearts, pink and red, and “love in the air” every year. HHS’s librarian Bradley Walton thought it might be interesting to switch things up a bit this year with a “Books You Love to Hate” display in the library. “That’s just the kind of person I am,” Walton said. “Valentines Day is just so heavy on the love, and there’s nothing wrong with
love, but after a while, love gets old, so I felt like there needed to be an alternative to love.” Walton questioned what he could even do as an alternative to the usual decor. So he kept the rosy and crimson hearts in the display, but not without a catch. “It seemed to me that a book display with hearts and the usual Valentines Day trappings, but when you look closer it is actually filled with comments like ‘I hate this book, this book
is crap.’ I thought that was funny,” Walton said. The HHS library has done this in past years, but only one or two times according to Walton. He did notice that he had a lesser turn out than in past years. “I know we’ve done it at least once or twice, but we don’t do it every year. It worked out well. I know the last time we did it we got a pretty good response on it. I don’t feel like we heard back from as many people this time,” Walton said. Another reason for the
JROTC ball huge hit with cadets JROTC from A2 themselves, which caused
started with the receiving line, where cadets would enter the ball and greet the guests of honor, the Sergeant Major, the Colonel and the higher ranking officers along with their dates. From there, people entered the dining and dancing area where they socialized until the start of dinner. “I look forward to the food, the dancing and interacting with people. The receiving line was awesome too,” sophomore Jerson Yanes said. Before dinner was served, the posting of the colors was performed by the color guard, followed by the reciting of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Cadet Creed and the toasts. Dinner, which began at 7, offered a choice between a grilled chicken breast or roast beef, which were both served with corn and potatoes. “Dinner was my favorite part, because I got to sit down, talk with friends, joke and laugh. I could barely taste the food though. There was no flavor,” Quann Thomas said. Towards the end of dinner, cadets went in front of the crowd to perform impersonations of certain officers and even the Sergeant Major and Colonel
the room to fill with smiles and laughter. Guest speaker Dr. Pam Cobbler, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia winner in 2004, spoke of what she had gone through in a wheelchair and how that still did not stop her from influencing and helping others. She had come up with the acronym W.H.E.E.L.C.H.A.I.R to help and inspire those both in a wheelchair and out of one. “Wheelchair- I didn’t know anyone with a wheelchair until I got mine, but now it’s a part of life. Honor and health- be emotionally, spiritually and physically healthy. Education- general knowledge is important, but also life education. Exercise- staying healthy is important and is something JROTC focuses on. Leadership- doing the duties in JROTC makes you leaders. Communicationcommunicate with people with disabilities. Helping others- similar to leadership, you have to serve and have a servers heart. Army (for JROTC)- respect of the Army. Accessibility (overall)- do I have a place to park? Ten feet of space? Automatic doors? I believe- I believe we live in the greatest country in the world, in God, people are still good and working hard results in success. Respectrespect things and people,
the time and other people don’t know what happens in our world,” Brooks said.
be responsible, be on time and do it,” Cobbler said. Following Cobbler’s speech was the senior dedications and superlatives, which were a form of sending-off for the seniors. They each had prepared a short speech, which consisted of their favorite moments in the class, advice to the first year members and other thoughts on the experience, most of which were both heartfelt and humorous. “I’ve had a lot of memorable moments in JROTC. You guys are my family. I’m closer to you guys than my real family,” Gian D’elia said. After a good amount of laughs were shared, the retiring of the colors was done and thus began the dancing. Off came the coats and on came the smiles, as the calm, serious environment was filled with blaring music, jumping and yelling. “The worst parts were having the new kids understand the complete work that went into this and also the weather leading up to it. The good is that it’s Cecilia’s (Valdez) senior year and she has been an encouraging figure for the underclassmen. When they needed her she would help, but when they didn’t, she would stand by and watch,” Sergeant Major Russell Wilder said.
“Books You Love to Hate” display is to promote discussion and interest in books according to Walton. “Hearing what some people say some might ask ‘Is this book as bad as everyone says it is?’” Walton said. The top most hated book at HHS this year was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Some other books that received negative recognition included Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, and Little Women.
Stem classes participate in STEM Day
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LISTEN UP. Guest speaker Dr. Pam Cobbler talks to the JROTC cadets about what it means to be a leader at their annual military ball.
Students from HHS and the middle schools Thomas Harrison and Skyline all congregated for one day to showcase their ventures into the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, or S.T.E.M.. These students worked during the school day and met after school to plan and discuss what they would present on Feb. 22. Harrison Chicas is one such student. He is a sophomore at HHS and is on the S.T.E.M. Day Chair, the group of students who orchestrated the S.T.E.M. Day festivities. “We’ve been building bridges and we are going to be having a dome there, so we are going to give people a hands on experience of what we do,” Chicas said. The STEM Chair was responsible for the activities at S.T.E.M day. “[The S.T.E.M. Chair ]is just the people that decide what we will and won’t do at STEM day. We try to make it fun for people of all ages,” Chicas said.
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It’s time to focus on root of problem It’s up to us find ways to help people before tragedies occur NEWSSTREAK STAFF EDITORIAL According to the National Center for Children and Poverty, approximately 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder. It’s clear that mental health is a very relevant issue to the student body at our high school, and at all high schools. Although it can be a sensitive topic, we think it is important to cover. Our decision to cover mental health was spurred by the recent tragedy in which Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds’s son, who suffered from mental illness, stabbed and attacked Deeds and then committed suicide. Incidents like this, as well as school shootings perpetrated by mentally ill gunmen, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Virginia Tech shootings, briefly turn the public and media eye to issues of mental health care in the country. However, we believe that we can not just focus on this issue after a tragedy occurs. Deeds has introduced legislation to increase the amount of time a patient suffering from mental illness can stay in emergency custody from six to 24 hours and create a direc-
tory of available hospital beds. We support Deeds in his efforts. We think it is critical that there are hospital beds available for people who need them and that more funding is given to mental health care in the state. This is a critical health issue, but it is often pushed aside in favor of other concerns. We also wish to emphasize that the blame for tragedies, such as the Creigh Deeds tragedy, does not lie with the mentally ill attackers or with mental health professionals who are forced to make very difficult decisions and are often short of resources. There are not any easy answers in these circumstances, however, that does not mean that there is nothing we can do. One thing that can be done is
to bring more awareness about mental health issues, and the need for more funding, to the attention of the public, and to our school public here. As teenagers are especially susceptible to mental illness, it is important that high schoolers know that there are people they can talk to if they need help and that mental illness is not something shameful. Historically, mental illness has been something kept behind closed doors, but as about one in five adolescents have a mental health disorder, it is hardly something rare. We hope that Creigh Deeds is successful in passing his legislature and that mental illness starts to get the attention it deserves.
WHAT IS THE STAFF EDITORIAL? The unsigned staff editorial appears in each issue and reflects the majority opinion of the Newsstreak Staff Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is comprised of all editorsin-chief, page editors, advertising managers, photographers and selected freshman journalism students. In no way does our opinion reflect that of the school system or the administration.
THE ACTUAL VOTE The board voted 15-0 to support raising awareness about mental illness in our community and society in general. We are behind the efforts of Senator Creigh Deeds as he introduces legislation in the Virginia Senate to change the status quo.
Mental health professionals offer insight Rafael Snell-Feikema Online Editor-in-chief Mental health is difficult to understand. It takes place inside of our heads - the storehouse of our very personalities and beings, and the most complicated (and perhaps incomprehensible) part of us. It is also often stigmatized -- associated with the Hollywood depictions of the mentally unstable as dangerous or at the very least perplexing. “[Mental illnesses are] some variation of what we all have - we all get sad, we all get nervous, we all get angry, we all don’t want to do what we are told to do sometimes. There are just variations of worse or better so far as those symptoms go. [...] There is that model that says that mental illness is just like any other illness - you wouldn’t be embarrassed to tell people that you have diabetes so you shouldn’t be embarrassed to tell people that you have depression. It’s some part of who you are and a difference in the way you function and you need some extra help -- that’s all. You need to wear glasses and you need to take ADHD medication,” director of HHS’s therapeutic day treatment center Laura Ogden said. The truth of the matter is however that mental health problems are ubiquitous -- and that often all that is needed to solve them is support. “[One of the most important things] is just people having someone to talk to. Studies have shown that even if you’re not in formal treatment someplace -with a counselor or something -- as long as you have people in your life that you can talk to that can really help a lot of problems. [...] Just having that connection to somebody else is right off the bat a really big important thing and beyond that, just knowing what help is out there [so that] if your problems do get too
much for you to manage if you know that there’s some place you can go or there’s somebody you can call in the community,” Coordinator of the Psychiatric Emergency Team at Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center Ellen Dotas said. Half of people will experience some sort of mental illness within their lifetime, a new report from the Center for Disease Control concluded, the two most common mental illnesses being depression and anxiety. As such, it’s important to have the structure required to deal with such problems, that structure being an asset that has in its current state failed many, most publicly in the case of Creigh Deeds. “Things like depression and anxiety are really common with a lot of people. Anxiety can be related to whether someone has anxiety problems in general or, with a lot of kids, just social anxiety. [Some kids] get really anxious in certain situations and don’t often know how to handle it. That’s something that’s pretty common both in high school and college kids that we see. Depression I think is just a big problem in our society. [For some] it’s something that passes [and for others it’s] something that sticks around, but at some point in their life almost half of people experience depression. It’s definitely a big thing and a lot of kids have so much pressure and stress on them that it’s really easy to start feeling depressed about it,” Dotas said. There is no one cause to mental illness - it is a tangled web of overlapping disciplines of study and reinforcing elements of the world. Some of these illnesses are by way of genetics and some are by way of trauma, and most are by way of a combination of factors. “[People] can have experiences that can cause them to have difficulty dealing with the world. Serious traumas. And particular-
ly if those experiences happen during the more developmental years, that can have a real impact on how the brain generally functions and that can lead to someone having a bit more difficulty dealing with problems. Some people are just genetically and biologically predisposed to having challenges and then situations can make that worse. Somebody who might have a genetic predisposition to depression and then when something that they perceive as sad happens then they’re gooing to struggle more. And then there are the things that are just purely biological. With people that truly have ADHD, it’s a biochemical thing. That’s a struggle with the brain not being able to completely control how to filter out the world. So there are all these different aspects of it. Most mental health issues are all of the above,” Ogden said. Both Ogden and Dotas prefer counseling over medication when it’s feasible - as Dotas said, “There is no magic pill.” But both also say that medication can be helpful and often times necessary. It’s illustrative of the complexity of such issues. Most important, however, as it will always be, is support. “For whatever somebody’s going through there is a lot of help out there. For people in school that would be using some of the resources you’re already talking to -- either a teacher or a counselor who might know some other resources in the community. Anybody 14 or older can call a counselor and get help even if your parents aren’t really supportive about counseling. You don’t have to be 18 to talk to a counselor,” Dotas said. The final takeaway is that mental illness is not something to be afraid of - it’s something that happens, and happens frequently -- and something for which people need to be helped, not stigmatized.
Guidance counselors trained to deal with mental health issues Julexus Cappell Opinion Editor For intern and future guidance counselor Christy Norment, her main reason for wanting to work in the mental health field is to help people. “I believe the most important thing about being a human is helping other humans,” Norment said. Being a school counselor not only reaches out to students, but their families, communities, and teachers at school as well. “I will be helping students which is the primary part of being a school counselor. We kind of think of the mental health of the entire school community,” Norment said. Although Norment is unsure of where she will be working after her internship, she has experience in elementary, middle, and high school counseling work. Common mental health disorders for teens are depression,
anxiety, and eating disorders according to Norment. “These are the most common things adolescents tend to deal with and they apply to a lot of adults as well. Depression is a wide diagnosis. It can build and be very severe. Anxiety, same thing. There’s a huge spectrum,” Norment said. If students are dealing with mental health issues, a great place to start would be talking with their school counselor. “We [school counselors] have a wealth of resources if you need something more than is offered in the school,” Norment said. She also suggested to talk with your parents or guardians. “They [parents or guardians] could talk with your family physician or you could talk directly with your family physician. They often have a lot of information about services out there,” Norment said. Norment also praised the legislation in Virginia for their mandates on school counselors and
specific requirements. “For Virginia school counselors, we have some pretty good legislation comparatively. Virginia actually mandates that we have school counselors in our schools. I was surprised to find how many states do not require that mandate. Further, they even specify how many students per school counselor. Even fewer states do that. I feel like Virginia is doing pretty well comparatively,” Norment said. Although school counselor programs lost about 5 percent of funding through sequester and Congress this year, the Federal government still provides funding. “It could be worse,” Norment said. Research shows that having adequate counseling services reduce disciplinary referrals in school, improves student attendance, academic performance, and development of social skills according to the U.S. Department of Education.
WHERE CAN YOU TURN FOR HELP? - Your guidance counselor Make an appointment with your guidance counselor in the HHS counseling center - Sentara RMH Behavioral Health Make an appointment by calling 540-564-5960 Emergency: Call 540-689-1000 - Charis Institute for Psychological and Family Services/ Center for Behavioral Health 540-568-1876 - Child and Family Guidance 540433-1374 - Counseling and Psychological Services 540-568-1735 - Family Life Resource Center 540-434-8450 - Harrisonburg Rockingham County Community Service Board 540-434-1941 - McNulty Center for Children and Families 540-433-3100 - RMH LIFE - Outpatient Services 540-564-5629 - RMH, Mental Health Center 540-433-4577 In order to find services for a particular mental health issue, you should visit the comprehensive directory of mental health services in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro found by going to http://www.isat.jmu. edu/common/projects/psycprojects/scdir/Local.htm
MENTAL ILLNESS BY THE NUMBERS
of all U.S. adults have some sort of serious mental health illness by gender:
of adult females
of adult males by age:
4.1% 5.2% 3% age 18-25
age 50+ by race
4.4% 4.2% 3.4% 2.0% 1.8% Hispanic
Native Hawaiian/ Other Pacific Islander
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Information from National Institute of Mental Health
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Mental Illness Look Like?
You simply can’t spot a mental illness by looking at someone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, two in every 10 children under age 18 have some type of mental disorder. Mental illness does not discriminate. Why then is there such a stigma associated with the numerous conditions that are defined as mental illnesses? Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds survived being attacked by his son who later committed suicide. Deeds is now on a mission to change the way our society deals with the mentally ill. One day at a time.
Deeds introduces legislation in Virginia Senate to improve care for mentally ill Mia Karr and Joshua Byrd Editor-in-Chief and Opinion Editor Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds never expected the tragic end to his son’s battle with bipolar disorder. On Nov 19, 2013 Deeds was attacked and stabbed by his 24-year-old son, Austin “Gus” Deeds. Creigh Deeds survived the attack, but was left with a series of scars across his face. Gus committed suicide right after the attack. Less than 24 hours before the incident, Deeds had taken his son to the emergency room to be committed, where he found no available beds. Gus had to be released because of a law that makes it impossible for an individual to be held in emergency custody beyond six hours. After his release, a clearly agitated Gus returned home and attacked his father. After this tragedy, Deeds, who is currently serving in the 2014 General Assembly session, has made it a priority to improve the state of mental health care for those like Gus who desperately need it. He has introduced a bill to extend emergency custody order from six to 24 hours, giving time for a better evaluation and the ability to have a patient moved to another center if needed. Although Deeds was told there were no beds for his son when they were at the hospital, the day after the attack, three hospitals around the area just one to two hours away said they had beds and no one had contacted them. Deeds hopes to create a psychiatric bed registry to make sure available help can be given to those who need it. Another bill introduced by Deeds will direct the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to look over and review facilities and set new standards for officials who evaluate mentally ill patients in emergency custody. He has also suggested a joint subcommittee to study the delivery of mental health services. Deeds gave an emotional interview to Scott Pelley on the CBS’ 60 Minutes. “The system failed my son,” Deeds said on the show. The news segment also included interviews with several parents of children with mental illness who have struggled to get the care they need. Gus was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011. According to the American Psychological Association, this is a mental illness in which “common emotions become intensely and often unpredictably magnified.” The American Psychological Association also sights data that the rate of diagnosis for children has more than dou-
What Defines Mental Illness? “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”
*Definition source: MentalHealth.gov bled since 2001, and that 4% of the adult population will have bipolar disorder at some point in their lives. Dr. David Onestak, the director of James Madison University’s Counseling and Student Development Center works with students similar in age to Gus Deeds. He sees several ways in which both high school and college teachers can help with mental illness. “The first thing I can suggest is soliciting the expertise that exists around them. Hopefully the counselors at the school keep up to date on the most recent developments in student mental health,” Onestak said. He relays the importance of teachers having someone to go to if they think a student is experiencing a mental health issue. For this reasons, members of the JMU counseling center talk to professors at the university about common signs of student mental health issues and ways they can approach students to offer help. He emphasizes that it is not the job of a concerned teacher to be a counselor, but to gain more information about what a student is experiencing and get them professional help. The web can also be a good, if unreliable, resource. “The web has really good kinds of informational resources...but the web is also fraught with problems if you go to the wrong areas of it,” Onestak said. He suggests looking for information on the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association websites. As important as it is to have professional resources for students to go to, Onestak says that the mental health industry is grossly underfunded. “If you look at the resources that do into physical health care, they don’t dwarf mental health services, they obliterate mental health services,” Onestak said. Physical health care services also get more attention. “There’s a stigma attached to mental
What Are The Warning Signs? - Feeling sad or down - Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate - Excessive fears or worries - Extreme mood changes of highs and lows - Withdrawal from friends and activities - Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping - Suicidal thoughts
- Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations - Inability to cope with daily problems or stress - Extreme feelings of guilt - Alcohol or drug abuse - Major changes in eating habits - Sex drive changes - Excessive anger, hostility or violence *According to Mayo Clinic website
health care that I would like to change. That’s a national issue,” Onestak said. “People are willing to talk about all kinds of difficult ailments that they experience... but there’s a stigma to mental health that encourages it to continue to remain in the shadows.” Onestak sees the issues of underfunding and stigma as especially damaging to high schoolers, who are more likely to have a mental health issue than a physical one. Such dangerous illnesses as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia often show their first signs in high school and college-aged people. Additionally, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens, according to Onestak. At JMU, enrollment has grown 27% since 2000, while the number of clients at the counseling center has grown 110%, with little increase in resources for the department. Although Onestak agrees with Creigh Deeds that more beds are urgently needed for mental health patients, he cautions against the oversimplification of the issue and the blaming of the mental health industry. “When some unfortunate event happens, you see the whole mental health industry indicted. The media makes it look like they were totally incompetent. It’s so difficult to make decisions about what’s going to be in [the patient’s] best interest,” Onestak said. He describes the tough battle between two values- wanting to offer care to people with mental health issues that need it and aren’t capable of making the decision for themselves, and not wanting to take away someone’s personal liberty by involuntarily hospitalizing them. Furthermore, although more funding might have made a bed available for Gus Deeds, all the funding in the world can not solve the complexity of mental health issues. “No one should be under the illusion that no matter what we do were going to eradicate such issues in the future. If it was easy, it would have done by now,” Onestak said. As tough as the issue is, Creigh Deeds is working hard to bring it to light. Recent school shootings, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where the perpetrators of the crime have been mentally ill, have further turned the public’s attention to this critical issue. As Deeds said on 60 Minutes, “We'll use Gus, I hope, to address mental health and make sure that other people don't have to suffer through this." *We contacted Senator Creigh Deeds’ office via telephone and email on several occasions. His office denied our request for an interview
Myth versus Fact Myth: Children don’t experience mental health problems. Fact: Even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24. Unfortunately, less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs. Myth: Mental health problems don’t affect me. Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2011, about: One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue. One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression. One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
Fast Facts about Mental Illness 1. 1 in 4 Americans (approximately 61.5 million) experience mental illness in a year. 2. 70% of the youth in juvenile facilities have mental illnesses. 3. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States (higher than homicide), and the third leading cause of death in people 1524. 4. Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the United States in people age 18-44. 5. Approximately 26 percent of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness. 6. Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults− about 42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessivecompulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias. 7. Approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost onehalf of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. 8. One-half of all chronic mental illness begin by the age of; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays− sometimes decades−between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help. 9. Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. 10. Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults— about 2.6 million people— live with schizophrenia. 11. Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder. 12. Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition. 13. Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. 14. Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults− about 14.8 million people− live with major depression. 15. Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults about 2.6 million people live with schizophrenia.
*Statistics from National Alliance of Mental Illness
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Two weeks of competition coverage captures viewers American skaters wow audiences Ella Marian Sports Editor Figure skating hasn’t always been about tight costumes with beautiful leaps and spins the air. It was started by the Dutch as a way to communicate when the canals froze. It didn’t change until American Jackson Hainesmade it more elegant. His idea for the sport wasn’t at first a success in America, so he travelled to Europe with high hopes. He spent most of his time teaching in Vienna, Austria and his style was referred to as “International Style of Skating.” In 1976, Haines was added to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. After Haines, Americans Irving Brokaw and George H. Browne took action in response to Haines’ style of figure skating. Before it was added into the Olympics, Brokaw and Browne created the “International Figure Skating Champions of America”, which was the first ever competition arrangement for figure skating. It wasn’t until 1908 that it became a sport in the Summer London Olympics. Sixteen years later it was then moved from a summer olympic sport to a winter one, according to the U.S. Figure Skating Association In the United States alone, we hold 46 medals and 14 of them are gold. The US Figure Skating Team is brand new for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The team consists of Jeremy Abbott, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Polina Edmunds, and the pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White along with nine others. In the women’s short program, on Feb. 8, Yulia Lipnitskaya (age 15) for the Russian team took first
place with a score of 72.90. The fifteen year old opened her piece in a very dramatic fashion and skated to music that sounded like ballerina jewelry box music. She won the judges with her beautiful spins and her amazing flexibility. Carolina Kostner for the Italian team placed second with a score of 70.84. Kostner performed a beautiful and flawless piece to “Ave Maria”. Kostner told a reporter in an interview that she wanted to skate to something that made her cry. Kostner’s jumps were spot on and with very good height, but it wasn’t enough to beat the flexibility of Lipnitskaya. Japan’s Mao Asada placed third despite her little mess up. Asada performed a triple axle that had magnificent height, but while coming down to land, her skates stuck together for a bit and caused her to fall. Asada got up immediately, trying to pretend that nothing happened. Throughout the rest of her piece she was unrelaxed and performed a little more heavily. In the short ice dance program, on Feb. 8, U.S. pair Charlie White and Meryl Davis placed first with a score of 75.98. They dance in sync to a song from the film My Fair Lady. They were both very relaxed, into the music, and their tricks were dead on. The two have been skating together for 17 years. The Sochi Olympics even showed little films of them from when they were very young. In second came the Canadian pair Tessa Virture and Scott Moir with a score of 72.98. They danced to the Ella Fitzgerald song “Dream A Little Dream Of Me”. They both floated in their piece and matched really well.
Ben Hill, 12th Favorite Sport: Hockey
Mina Koo, 10th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Aries Armeistreiser, 9th Favorite Sport: Hockey
Jerry Hertzler, Faculty Favorite Sport: Curling
Patrick Badia, 9th Favorite sport: Ice Skating
Kaelah Ringle, 10th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Mariah Flick, 12th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Jadah Kilby-Woodward,9th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Alison Mcgranahan, 10th Favorite Sport: Skiing
Bailey Swayne, 12th Favorite Sport: Downhill Skiing
Abby Boticelli, 9th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Sako Haji, 10th Favorite Sport: Snowboarding
Parker Strickland, 10th Favorite Sport: Women’s Skeleton
Neil Perrine, 11th Favorite Sport: Downhill Skiing
Hannah Daniel, 9th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Miranda Stoner, 11th Favorite Sport: Figure Skating
Opening ceremony unique, entertaining Faith Runnels Sports Editor The olympics are the biggest sporting event shown on television, with 2012’s viewers at any time averaging out to 31.1 million people, making it the most watched event in history. Even more people (31.7 million) all around the world got together to watch the 2014 winter games kick off, with the opening ceremony on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia. This opening ceremony was unique in its intense focus on Russian history as it has developed over the years. The ceremony started off with a young girl going through a ‘dream-like’ set of
scenes suspended in midair displaying different events and important aspects of Russian history. Sophomore Chase Berkshire was rather confused by the ceremony, but liked the overall gist of it. “I thought for the most part it was just trippy, like the people who created it were on acid. Especially the first alphabet part and the part where she flies on the air. But, I mean, they put a lot of money and time into that, and it looked good. I just didn’t understand it,” Berkshire said. The “Parade of Nations” is a tradition in every opening ceremony of the Olympics, where most athletes participating in the games walk into the stadium, country by country. This march was run in the Cyrillic
alphabet, to accompany everything else Russian about the ceremony. “I loved how the olympians walked out from their certain countries. How they came out from the ground. There was a big map above it and it showed them walking out of their countries on the map. That was pretty cool,” Berkshire said. Because the vast majority of the ceremony was based on Russia’s development and history, most viewers who are not Russian did not take as large of an interest in the ceremony. However, by watching the ceremony from any perspective, it was obvious it had an enormous amount of time and money put into it, especially with the different elements of song and dance involved.
United States luge team gives valiant effort Victoria Giron Feature Editor
As the sliders raced down one by one trying to get the best time, I was hoping to see the U.S. get a good time in the event. Historically, Germany has always been number one at Luge, but I thought maybe the United States could beat them this year. I was quickly proven wrong as Germany slid its way into number one in the men’s single Run and won the gold medal. The U.S. unfortunately ended up placing thirteenth. Women’s single run was more exciting to watch because the U.S. did really well the entire time. U.S olympian Erin Hamlin took home
the bronze medal in which was exciting. However, Hamlin was beaten for second and first place by two Germans. In the doubles run, where there is a team of two in one sled, the U.S. ended up in eleventh place and Germany once again took the gold medal with Austria in second and Latvia in third. The team relay was exciting because Hamlin was on the relay team and I thought she could perhaps lead the team to a medal. Unfortunately, the U.S. came in with a time of 2 minutes and 47.555 seconds, a mere two seconds away from Germany’s team that finished in first. The U.S. ended up in sixth place. Although the U.S. only won a bronze medal, it was still riveting to see how teams could be beat a mere
COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL Norway 10 4 7 21 Germany 8 4 4 16 United States 8 6 11 25 Russia 7 9 7 23 Netherlands 6 7 9 22 Switzerland 6 3 2 11 Belarus 5 0 1 6 Canada 8 10 4 22 Poland 4 0 0 4 France 4 4 7 15 China 3 2 1 6 Austria 2 6 2 10 Medal Count as of Feb.21
millisecond. Luge gets its name from the sled that athletes use to compete in the sport. With luge, sliders, people who compete in luge, have to lay down feet first and steer by flexing their calf muscles or exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat. Sliders rely on steering and gravity to maneuver themselves down an icy track at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour. The sport is notorious for being one of the most dangerous winter olympic sports and has resulted in a couple of deaths. Luge is competed by having a slider go down a track one at a time and timing it, sliders then compare their times at the end to see who had the fastest time.
COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL Sweden 2 6 5 13 Slovenia 2 1 4 7 South Korea 2 2 1 5 Japan 1 4 3 8 Czech Republic2 4 2 8 Finland 1 3 0 4 Great Britain 1 0 2 3 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 Italy 0 2 6 8 Australia 0 2 1 3 Latvia 0 1 2 3 Croatia 0 1 0 1
Skiing always classic winter olympic favorite Danny Dombrowski Staff Reporter When you think about the winter olympics, skiing often comes to mind. Many sports in the games are skiing based including three major groups; freestyle, cross country, and alpine. Freestyle skiing includes moguls, aerials, ski cross, ski halfpipe, and ski slopestyle. Cross country skiing includes classic, skiathon, sprint, team sprint, mass start, and relay. The third and probably most wellknown is alpine skiing which includes combined, downhill, slalom, super g, and giant slalom. Freshman Abby Hissong skis locally at Massanutten and enjoys watching the olympics. “It’s inspirational to watch the best in world compete in a sport I participate in,” Hissong said. Sophomore Lettie Rose is a snowboarder, but still enjoys the sport and watching it on television. “It’s a great sport because they are such great athletes and fly down the slopes,” Rose said. My favorite out of these events, is cross country skiing. It’s pretty much like running a marathon but with skis on. After watching a round, you really have to ask yourself, how good of shape am I in? This is definitely one of the hardest sports in the games. The course at Sochi is said to be the hardest course ever created. The last American to win a medal in this sport goes back to 1976, when Bill Koch took silver. This year Kikkan Randall is the favorite for winning in Sochi. She is in the best shape of her life and on paper she is considered by most the next United States medal winner in the event.
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Hair, makeup and nails, oh my! Classy eyes made easy Materials: eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara and an eyelash curler (optional)
Rafael Snell-Feikema Online Editor-in-Chief
Step one: Start with
a clean eye.
Step two: (Optional) If you want a fuller looking end product, curl your eyelashes. Do this with a lash curler by simply holding down on your eyelashes for about thirty seconds. Step three: Take out your eyeshadow. Apply a medium-dark color to the middle of your lid, a lighter color to the inner corner, and the darkest color along your eye’s crease.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH SCRIBANO RAPUNZEL’S TRESSES. Scribano’s hair has never been cut, despite the annoyances of having long hair because it is a symbol of her religious faith.
The basics of braiding
Whether you’re on the high school swim team, an avid hiker, or painting a set, knowing how to braid is very helpful to those with lengthy hair. It doesn’t matter what type, braids solve the never ending problem of having loose hair in a girls face, and it only takes a few minutes to complete.
The Fishtail braid
The Regular braid
Step six: Apply your mascara. Use more or fewer coats depending on how big you want your lashes to become.
The religious symbolism behind her choice means that Scribano will put up with these irritances, and it’s likely that her hair will only grow longer.
Hair length is always, sometimes inconveniently, expressed in relative terms. Short hair or long hair is only really a comparative measurement, and when someone says that a person has “long” hair, the question is always “How long?” If the person in question is senior Sarah Scribano, the answer is “very long.” Scribano’s light blond hair goes down far past her waist, the result of having not once cut it in her life. “I have never cut my hair before. It’s just a personal choice that I’ve made,” Scribano said. Scribano says this remarkable choice was fueled by her religion and that she sees her hair as symbolic. “I am a Christian, so not cutting my hair is a symbol of my choice to walk for God,” Scribano said. Although long hair can result in many inconveniences from care, Scribano says she would never cut it. Aside from the personal value she has placed on her hair already, long hair does have advantages. “I don’t have any intentions to cut it. I have waited this long, so I think it would be pretty sad to lose it. The thing about my hair is that I have an infinite amount of ways I could wear it, not that I always do, but it is fun to try out different things,” Scribano said. This is, however, not to say that there are not downsides to her lengthy hair. “Sometimes it gets caught in things. I’ve gotten it caught in a person’s bookbag zipper while walking down the hallway. There was one time when I was younger, I was running into a bedroom and my hair got caught on the door knob. Since I was running fast, it caused me to slip and [I] fell flat on my back and got the wind knocked out of me,” Scribano said.
Step four: Blend the colors together for a more unified look. Step five: Take out your eyeliner. Brown, black, or grey work best depending in your skin tone. Close one eye, and drag the pencil along the top crease of your eye, creating a thin but visible line. Next, drag it along the very bottom of your open eyelid, completely lining the eye. Note: If you’re more advanced at putting on eye makeup, adding a slight pointed tip to the top line known as a cat-eye can be done by dragging the pencil slightly up and more thickly at the end of lining your top lid.
Scribano’s hair is symbol of her beliefs
6 Step one: Part hair into two sections, left and right.
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Holsinger finds passion in nail art
Step one: Part hair
into three sections, middle, right and left.
Alexis Dickerson News Editor Senior Cassidy Holsinger sees painting her nails as more than just a hobby. To her, it’s art, and the art runs in the family. “I started because my mother used to do nails after high school, and as I got older it became a great mother daughter bonding time,” Holsinger said. Being an amatuer self-manicurist, Holsinger is picky about her brands of nail polish. Her favorite is Sally Hansen. “I love Sally Hansen because she’s always coming out with new products specifically for nail art,” Holsinger said. Holsinger mostly comes up with design ideas by herself. “Sometimes I go on Pinterest for inspiration if I’m stuck on an idea,” Holsinger said. Like most artists, she has favorites of her creations. “My favorite nails I’ve ever done would be between my Domo nails or my Hunger Games nails. The Domo nails are just so cute and are a perfect touch to an outfit. And I love my Hunger Games nails because I did them for the premiere of the movie which is a great memory for me,” Holsinger said. Holsinger loves nail polish that matches everything. “My favorite nail polish color would be minty blue. It’s really easy to use because it doesn’t clash with many other colors,” Holsinger said. Nail polish can be pricey, but easy to find. “I get my nail polish anywhere I can. From CVS to Walmart to even the Dollar Store,” Holsinger said. Nail polish from CVS can cost anywhere under $5-$15, and at Walmart, it costs $5 and up. Holsinger’s advice to future nail artists is to just keep going. “I think the best advice I can give to anyone wanting to do nail art is to never get frustrated and give up. It can get really hard with the small details but it’s all worth it In the end,” Holsinger said.
HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND ON YOUR HAIR? Less than five minutes:
Step three: Similar to step two, take a small piece of hair from the outermost part of the left strand, and pull it across the top of the left strand to join it with this right strand. Step three: Take the left strand in your hand and pull it over the middle strand (previously the right strand) and place the left strand in between the middle strand and right strand, making it the middle strand.
Step four: Repeat this, alternating placing the outer left and right strand into the middle. Do this until the hair gets too short to work with, and then tie the end of the braid to hold it in.
Braid #3: The French braid
30 Ten to 20 minutes: 28 About 30 minutes: 22
Step one: To prep the french braid, comb back the part of hair so there is not part.
Step six: Take the left strand, and just like the previous step, gather loose hair from the top of the left side of the head, join it with the left strand, and then place the whole clump of hair into the middle.
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Step four: Take the left strand and move it over the middle strand (previously the right strand) making it the new middle strand. Step five: Take the right strand, and instead of moving it over the middle strand, gather a small amount of loose hair on the same parallel from the top of the head, join it with the current right strand, and then place the right strand over the middle piece.
Step two: Gather a medium portion of hair from the top of the head, and separate it into three sections.
Five to 10 minutes:
Forty five minutes to an hour:
Step two: Take the right strand in your hand, and pull it over the middle strand and place it in between the middle and left strand, so the right strand has become the new middle strand.
Take the right strand and move it over the middle strand, making it the new middle strand. INFOGRAPHIC BY AVA REYNOLDS
Step seven: Repeat steps five and six until there is no loose hair left, and then continue the braid into a regular braid until there isn’t enough hair to continue the braid, and tie it.
Take a small piece of hair from the outermost part of the right strand, and pull it across the top of the right strand and join it with the left strand.
Step four: Repeat steps two and three until the hair gets too short to work with, and tie the end.
February 27, 2014
Oklahoma! Behind the Scenes
Swartz, Warne spend hours designing set for musical Ariel Vogel Feature Editor Students are milling around, asking which paint brush to use and what paint to mix. Fine Arts instructor Stanley Swartz is standing on top of a ladder, using a paint roller to reach the farthest corners of the looming barn in front of him. He is working on the set for HHS’s musical, Oklahoma!, which opened the second weekend in February. He and Paul Warne, the father of a student in the show and the HHS Drama Department’s main set designer, collaborated to come up with a final design that satisfied them both. “Both [Paul and I] separately researched past productions and discussed what worked and what didn’t. Then I gave him my requirements, like where the orchestra will go, and when he comes back with drawings, we tweak and make corrections. When he’s finished, we start working on the stage and as we do that, more stuff gets changed because some ideas he had won’t work practically. It’s a balance between aesthetic quality and practicality,” Swartz said.
He pointed out a huge, metallic, futuristic-looking tree--in the midst of being built-that is sitting to the right of the stage and explained that the tree itself was a gamble because of its size and actual effectiveness. The rest of the set, however, seemed to really be pulling together. “We want the overall concept [of the set] to be August in Oklahoma in 1906,” Swartz said. He indicated two platforms that were sitting on the most forward ends of the side sections of the audience. “We deliberately designed it so the side platforms are the same level as the stage for a panoramic view, so the audience feels like they’re sitting in a field,” he said. Although the auditorium itself provides a variety of obstacles for any set design, circumstances this year provided a different situation. “We usually try to do levels [with the set], but [District Band] is here ten days before opening, so we couldn’t. We’re hoping we’ve managed to be clever enough and include enough vertical stuff so that people don’t think about it,” he said. Among the auditorium’s weaknesses is the lack of an orchestra pit.
“It’s always a problem because we have to think of new ways for the actors to be heard over the band. Microphones obviously help hugely, but we do things like putting the band in the back so they don’t overwhelm the singers,” he said. HHS first did Oklahoma! 14 years ago at the old high school. However, many of the features Swartz used for the previous productions were not an option this year because of the positioning of the room. “The room is landlocked, so there’s no access to the stage from the outside, so I can’t have the surry, there are no massive structures, no antique hayrake,” he said, explaining that these were features of the set from the original production. However, despite the challenges presented by the room, the show came together. Through volunteer work from the “drama papas,” the was assembled fairly quickly. “There are dads with construction businesses who can do this quickly because they have the skills and tools,” he said. “Some people [who volunteer] don’t even have kids in the school. They believe in what we’re doing.”
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REACHING FOR THE SKY. Behind set designer Paul Warne stands a handmade tree, complete with leaves that have been precisely cut out and stuck on.
Drama mamas dress cast members to nines Isabelle Burden Online Editor
Seniors Lilian Poirot and Aubtin Heydari
Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical from the mid-1900’s is a staple in the musical theatre world. Not only does the score, plot, and dancing stand out, but so do the old-western style costumes. HHS is fortunate enough to have diligent, hard working “drama mamas” who do just about every behind the scene task possible. These women sew, mend and create beautiful new costumes for the cast every year, and were especially on their A-game for this production. Senior Lillian Poirot is very appreciative of these ladies. “We’ve been blessed with great costume ladies to make all of our outfits amazing,” Poirot said. When you think of Oklahoma!, you may think of a drab musical with not much color, but that isn’t the way Swartz has decided this show is going to be. Students are having tons of fun with their swirling skirts and fun cowboy hats, and it shows. In the showstopping number, “Cowboy and the Farmer”, flashes of ruffles and colorful skirts are all over the stage while cast members high-kick, jump and two-step. This number has
I WEAR YOUR GRANDAD’S CLOTHES. Costume ladies Julie Hatfield and Sharon King work tirelessly with other moms to provide stunning costumes for 55 cast members. been worked on for many hours, and the costumes have definitely helped the actors get into character and come up with cute accents that they can add to their dancing. Poirot loves her extravagant outfits saying, “I like how I get to wear fancy costumes with lots of lace and big petticoats. It’s one of the perks of being the rich girl in Oklahoma!” It is true, Poirot’s costumes are
much fancier than the average Oklahoma resident, for she is the daughter of the territories main merchant. Oklahoma! uses these wonderfully constructed costumes to create backgrounds and characters for these actors, and cast members are greatly appreciative of all the hard work the Drama Mamas have put into this production.
History of Oklahoma! 1998 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Best Musical 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical
1947 Theatre World Award: Dorothea MacFarland Revived in 1979
Oklahoma! opens on March 31st, 1943
Revived in 1951
1944 Special Pulitzer Prize
Oklahoma! closes on May 29th, 1948 with 2212 performances Infographic by Austin Engle
1980 Theatre World Award: Harry Groener
2002 Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical 2002 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Shuler Hensley, Outstanding Choreography: Susan Stroman 2002 Theatre World Award: Justin Bohon
2000 Revived in 2002
1999 Olivier Awards for Outstanding Musical Production, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Shuler Hensley, Best Set Designer: Anthony Ward, Best Theatre Choreographer: Susan Stroman
February 27, 2014
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Freshman Sierrah Minkler Is high school what you expected? (Laughs) “Yes.”
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Sophomore Kyle Motsinger What is the hardest part about high school? “Probably all the groups-all the social groups that are there and you pretty much have to pick one.” What group would you say you’re in? PHOTO BY AVA REYNOLDS
“I’m in a couple of them...it’s more of a mixture.”
Sophomore Jesus Escobar
What do you want to accomplish throughout your high school careers? “I don’t know, passing?”
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Freshman Zeus Willis What is one thing you want to accomplish before you finish high school? “I want to be on the drum line of the marching band.”
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Freshman Quentin Bennett What is one thing you want to accomplish before you finish high school? “Become fluent in a second language.”
What is the hardest part about high school? “People see you as an adult, but you aren’t ready for the big world yet.” How do you feel like you’ve changed since freshmen year? “I have more of a positive attitude about life than I used to.”
Sophomore Amber Lewis
Sophomore Yasmine Rodriguez How do you feel like you’ve changed since freshman year? “[I] have stronger work ethic [and I’m] more motivated. [I’m] going through honors classes and seeing I can do it.”
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How do you feel you’ve changed since the beginning of freshman year? “I was getting really bad grades like F’s and D’s and I brought my grades up to A’s and B’s.” How did you bring your grades up?
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Senior Naomi Lee
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Sophomore Karan Chalishajar
Freshman Anna Bishop
What is one thing you want to accomplish before you finish high school?
How have you changed since the beginning of the school year?
“I want to get a decent score on the SAT.”
“I’ve matured more being in high school. I’ve become more responsible.”
“I started studying more.”
In the summer of 2010, Brandon Stanton, a photojournalist, decided to take pictures of people in New York City in order to catalogue and map its inhabitants. What started as one man’s photoblog soon gained national attention. “Somewhere along the way, HONY be-
gan to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met,” Stanton said on his HONY blog. Humans of New York is now a #1 New York Times bestselling book and has 3,215, 128 likes on Facebook as of February 20, 2014.
February 27, 2014
Let them eat
(Cup)cakes The Cupcake Company caters to all sweet tooths Brenna Cowardin Managing Editor I am the victim of a torrid love affair. The creamy chocolate ganache seduced me in all the best possible ways. It was the best spent three dollars of my life. I am in love. I entered The Cupcake Company full of anticipation. I had been there once before and I remembered it like a dream, so heavenly, it could only be found outside of reality, but this was no dream. I was standing in The Cupcake Company for the second time in my life and I was surrounded by the world’s most beautiful and delectable dessert. Choosing was the most torturous part of the experience. There were vanilla caramel macchiato cupcakes, cherry cheesecake cupcakes, carrot and mint cookie cupcakes. After long deliberation, I decided on the chocolate ganache, a chocolate cupcake with beautiful, shining, creamy chocolate icing, smoothed to perfection, and a singular chocolate chip on top, an elegant flair. Served on a black, plas-
Shank’s Bakery bakes tasty, flavorful cupcakes Mia Karr Editor-in-chief
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Greenberries has laid back vibe Austin Swift News Editor Forget the times of coffee shops being limited to just coffee, this is the twenty first century and pastries are taking America by storm. Among the enormous chain coffee shops lies Greenberries, a small little shop on West Market Street with an earthy vibe. Shelving over twenty five different pastries, they also offer chips, sandwiches, bagels and yogurt with soda, juice or water as an alternative to coffee. They’ve also taken into consideration the health factor, as they offer more than a few gluten free foods. Greenberries sell pastries of
tic plate with a silver fork I originally thought was metal- it turned out to be the classiest plastic fork in the history of plastic forks- the cupcake looked glorious. Part of me just wanted to look at it forever, but the rest of me couldn’t wait to dig in. When I did, the world stopped. The chocolate ganache was the perfect mix of sweet and bitter. I savored every bite. The shop is tiny, and basically in the middle of nowhere, but it was relatively busy for a Saturday afternoon. The cashiers seemed a little tired and possibly sad perhaps because they weren’t allowed to eat all of the cupcakes that they bake- I would be sad too. The small children running around were overwhelming, yet very adorable. The interior of the small bakery could be described like that as well. Cupcake decor covered the walls, and a floor to ceiling chalkboard was a chaotic but cheerful sprawl of badly drawn cupcakes and scribbles. The Cupcake Company is worth the long drive and the expense. My love affair with chocolate ganache will continue for days to come.
all kinds, from triangle scones to crumb cake to raisin bran muffins, just to name a few. Their many croissants include chocolate , ham & swiss cheese, spinach & feta cheese, strawberry and cream cheese. They also have many varieties of muffins like, blueberry, cranberry-orange, apple, raisin bran and chocolate. In addition, they pleasure taste buds with cookies of all flavors, cakes of all kinds and scones of all shapes. The simplicity of their wifi password, 12345678, is an example of the laid back nature of the place as well. The combination of the pastries and a nice cupof joe could very well prove to be an excellent get-away from the harsh cold.
A mocha cupcake in a small downtown bakery commands a certain amount of class. It’s practically a different species from the mass-produced, icing-strangled “desserts” found in the aisles of your average supermarket. So, I was feeling appropriately hopeful when I walked into Shank’s bakery and ordered a substantially-sized chocolate cupcake with light brown icing and three artfully arranged coffee beans on the top. (My other options were a vanilla cupcake with strawberry icing or an array of mini cupcakes.) The cupcake did not disappoint. The first bite revealed that it indeed fulfilled it’s name as I was blasted with a burst of rich mocha flavor. Upon further examination, I found that this was coming from the icing, and the cupcake itself was solid chocolate. While I’ve found some chocolate cupcakes to be dry and flavorless, this one was neither of those things. However,the icing
was still the real star of the moment. Some people would probably find it too sweet, but I enjoyed it without getting overwhelmed almost the whole way through. However, the coffee beans proved more successful as a garnish than something for actual consumption. Another large asset of the cupcake was its ability to stay in a cupcake-like shape while I was eating it. As someone who often ends up with icing on their nose and needs several napkins to make it through a meal, the cumbersomeness of cupcakes can be a disaster. However, this one was about the least messy a cupcake can possibly be. It was also quite filling for its size. Shank’s itself is a boon to downtown Harrisonburg. It offers a variety of desserts and breads at reasonable prices. I’ve met friendlier staff, but the cute little building can’t be beat for an urban cafe experience- or as much of an urban cafe experience as you can get in Harrisonburg. I’ve encountered some cupcakes I didn’t like, but this mocha cupcake and I became fast friends. I would gladly go back again and try some of their other flavors.
New Leaf Pastry Kitchen has tangy mango mousse cake Ariel Vogel Feature Editor A small bell jingles as the antique doors of New Leaf Pastry Kitchen swings open. The quaint room has an open baking area at the front sectioned off by a display case filled with pictureperfect pastries and the counter. The restaurant, which shares a room with the Visitor’s Center (why Harrisonburg need a Visitor’s Center is beyond me), has a cozy-but-not-cluttered arrangement of glossy, small wooden tables. The owner and main chef, Shawn, is always present but not usually running the register. Instead, customers get to see him doing what he does best: creating edible masterpieces. Because all of the cakes are made by the hands of the master himself, the food isn’t particularly cheap; there was maybe one pastry under four dollars.
I settled on a sunny Mango Mousse Cake, which was bright yellow the whole way through and topped by slices of white chocolate. The cheerful delicacy was presented on a tray, accompanied by water I had requested in a tall glass and a folded napkin with silverware sitting neatly on top. The entire arrangement had the feel of the restaurant: neat, classy and outright adorable. The room (or half of one) was surrounded by windows, and my table was nestled in the corner with sunlight drifting in. Each of the tables had a small collection of flowers, and my golden tulipesque bouquet meshed beautifully with with my cake. They do say not to judge a book by its cover, and I believe that phrase is applicable in this situation. Sure, the cake slice looked pretty, but how did it taste? Well, heavenly. The alternating layers of creamy mango and fluffy
mousse were complemented by the crunchy chocolate and the dense, bready base. Although the slice wasn’t very big--and was gone in less time than it takes to sing the first verse of You Are My Sunshine--it filled me up sufficiently with its thick, creamy layering. The flavors burst in my mouth: the tang of mango, the sweetness of mousse, the subtlety of the base. Every bite of that cake was worth the four dollars and too many cents that I paid for it, and I’m sure the other beauties in the case reach the same standard. There are desserts for everyone; coffee cakes, chocolate delicacies, my fruity indulgence and even breakfast pastries line the shelves of their Display Case of Heaven, as it shall be known as from now on. Although the goods were a little pricey, it you have an extra dollar to spare, this is definitely the place to go for a snack that will leave your head spinning.
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FANCY FOOD. The New Leaf Pastry Kitchen offers many pastries.
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February 27, 2014
Indoor track team’s hard work pays off
Every little thing done right, every single day Ella Marian Sports Editor The HHS indoor track team has put another season to a close. The Lady Streaks (girls indoor track team) won the conference meet on Tuesday Feb. 11. Coach David Loughran has seen improvement in many of the players. “Laurie Serrell and Brenna Cowardin have grown in to all-region level runners and leaders. All of our jumpers have grown under coach Vennable and Butlers work, and Olivia Yutzy is a hurdle monster. Abrahm Amine and Nathan Wood have upped their games, as well,” Loughran said. Most of the runners on the indoor team used this season to help prepare themselves for the upcoming spring sports or to keep up their progress from fall sports. Senior Vica Shindyapin first joined indoor because she likes to run and wanted to get herself into shape for soccer and outdoor track. “My favorite meet was the first one that I went to and it
was very cold and I was excited and I was interested to see what other schools thought of us,” Shindyapin said. According to Shindyapin the other schools didn’t really like the HHS team. “They were basically hating on us, and I’m like ‘I don’t even know you so don’t hate on me,’ but we owned them so it’s all good,” Shindyapin said. Freshman Ella Shulgan joined the track team to continue running since the cross country is over. Shulgan is a long distance runner on the track team and has found to like cross country better than indoor track. “I think cross country was a lot harder. We do a lot of sprints and stuff in indoor, but cross country was more about the milage and getting endurance up,” Shulgan said. Junior Laurie Serrell has been doing track ever since she was in sixth grade . She first started in elementary school just running around in gym and on the mile. “We would always have races and no one really tried in elementary school, and so I
would always do really well because I was cocky. So in middle school I decided to try out for track and I wasn’t half bad. Then in highschool I started track and I was a lot worse than I thought I was. I just kinda never stopped,” Serrell said. Serrell’s favorite meet this year was the last Liberty meet because there were lots of other schools that were there and she broke her personal records in all three of her events. It was Serrell’s goal at the beginning of the season to break 2:30 for her 800 meter run time and she ran her leg of the four by 800 meter relay in 2:29. Another goal of Serrell’s is to make to states with her four by 800 meter relay team. Like Serrell, junior Rozda Askari has been doing track for a long time. Askari first started track in sixth grade. “I joined track because my friends did at first, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do. It’s a competitive sport, but compared to other sports you have more fun with others instead of competing with each other at a difficult level,” Askari
said. Askari’s goal this season to be able to go to regionals. Askari’s favorite meet was one of the Liberty meets. “You get lots of free stuff and you get lots of information about the college and you see a lot of other schools, at least like 20 other schools were there,” Askari said. Junior Isaiah Hartzler started track his sophomore year during the spring season. He first joined for the competition and wanted to try it. Hartzler’s goal for districts is to place first in the entire thing. Hartzler also participates in B’s Athletic Training (B.A.T.S). “We all stay after practice and after our normal workouts all do our special speed training workouts,” Hartzler said. For students looking to join the track team, Loughran needs you to be doing your best at all times. “Be willing to do every little thing right, every single day. Leave your whining at home, and embrace delayed gratification,” Loughran said.
Gymnastic season comes to a close Celia Ehrenpreis Editor-in-Chief The Blue Streak gymnasts didn’t have a lot of competition on Wednesday February 5, at the Conference 23 meet. The only other team competing was neighboring high school, Turner Ashby. HHS beat TA for the first ever Conference 23 title, scoring 126 points to their 119. However both teams automatically moved onto the Region meet held at Stone Bridge
High School on Sunday Feb. 16. From there only individuals who qualify made it to the State meet, however no gymnst from HHS advanced. Senior Malli Mendez qualified for Regionals in the floor event and vault. “I try to improve my personal score every meet. We also set goals as a team, this time it was to reach 120 points,” Mendez said. Mendez enjoys the floor, and vault events most. “Gymnastics is a lot about repetition, we practice the
same things over and over again to improve technique. Our team has worked really hard a practice and previous meets [for the post season],” Mendez said. Senior Chloe Scanlan enjoyed the Conference meet because it was small, and the team felt unified. “My goal going in to the meet was to do my best on the beam and vault,” Scanlan said. Neither Mendez or Scanlan plan to continue gymnastics in college. “I don’t want to injury my-
self anymore, and I feel like that is a possibility if I do club [gymnastics]. I will really miss the practices and the girls next year,” Scanlan said. Mendez says she will miss the team the most next year. “We’re really close, and we have fun at practice,” Mendez said. Six girls from Harrisonburg made it to the Region meet where they received 6th place in the team competition.
Swim season proves to be successful Josh Byrd Opinion Editor
The HHS swim team had amazing season some would say. The boys team placed 2nd in the conference meet. In total 17 swimmers will be advancing to regionals. Junior Austin Bell, a three year veteran to the team, had high hopes for the season, but he broke his foot right before the season started. That didn’t
stop him from advancing to regionals in two events, the 200 and 500 freestyle swim. Sophomore Gavin Boontarue, a first year member made it to regionals in the 400 freestyle relay. The girls team experienced a great season. Newcomer and Freshman Zoey Fox made it to regionals in three events. One of which was the girls 200 IM A relay team. Fox, Sara Franco, and Ashley Riley also compet-
ed at regionals for their third place finish in the 200 Medley Relay with Sydney Little at conference. Fox and Franco swam in individual races at regionals; Fox in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and Franco for the 100 backstroke. SSophomore Alison Kasch also made an appearance at regionals for the 200 and 400 freestyle relay and in the 400 freestyle relay with Abby Strickler, Merrill Harmison
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and Katheryn Hulleman. Also for the girls, Senior and team captain Sydney Little will be heading to states for the 100 breaststroke swim. But this wasn’t just a good year for the swimmers. All three drivers, Abney Johnson, Timothy Zepp, and Jerek Arellano will be heading to states. “I thought we did really well,” Coach Richard Morrell said when talking about the season.
Winter Sports INDOOR TRACK
The girl’s indoor track team took the first Conference 23 Tournament championship, placing first against five other teams, including Louisa, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Handley, and Albemarle. Many girls placed in the top 6 places at the tournament, advancing them to regionals. Olivia Yutzy took the 55m hurdle 1st place, Rebekah Good took first in the shot put, and Mikaila Williams won the long jump. The boys team also competed in the conference tournament and came out with 5th place overall. Many boys will also compete at regionals on Saturday, Feb. 22nd. at Liberty University.
GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL
The girls varsity basketball team ended their regular season on 3-14. The girls advanced to the conference tournament but were unfortunately knocked out in the first round against Fluvanna County High School on February 18th. The girls ended their season but will continue off-season workouts and training throughout the year.
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
The boys varsity basketball team finished their regular season with a record of 6-16. The boys also advanced to the Conference Tournament, beginning on February 18th. The boys won their first game against Louisa County in our home gym at Harrisonburg with a score of 77-71. The boys will advance to the second round, against John Handley High School on Thursday February 20th.
The girl’s varsity gymnastics team also won their first Conference Tournament against the local Knights of Turner Ashby. The team came out with a close victory of 126 points to 119. Both teams advanced to regionals on Saturday February 15th. Six girls were able to compete at the regional tournament at, but unfortunately no girls advnaced to the state meet. The state meet will be
PHOTO BY JOSH BYRD
SWIM. A heat of swimmers is shown at the Conference Tournemant on February 8th. LINE UP. Swimmers align at their blocks to prepare to begin their races at the Conference Tournament on February 8th.
Q&A with wrester Jake Urbanski Q. How did the season go? A. I got second in districts so I’m going to regionals. Q. What was your best match? A. I pinned a kid in 27 seconds in districts, and he had pinned me a week earlier too. Q. When did you start wrestling? A. 3rd grade. An MMA fighter told me I should join the wrestling club. Q. How had the team prepared for this season? A. We had a lot of new people who were having their first year of wrestling but the coaches did a great job of getting us prepared and many of us were ready for districts. Q. How long were the practices? A. The practices are typically one and a half hours in the beginning of the season and more like one hour at the end and on mondays and wednesdays we lift for a little while. Q. What’s your best memory of wrestling? A. Probably when i won the middle school district tournament. It meant a lot to me because it was the first time I won a tournament and this was when I was in seventh grade. I’m pretty excited about going to regionals though.
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STAY ON YOUR FEET. Sophomore Jake Urbanski warms up for a wrestling practice.
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Sports Briefs LITTLE ADVANCES TO STATES
The girls swim team placed fourth in their conference tournament on Feb. 8, allowing Sydney Little, Ashley Riley, Abby Strickler, Allison Kasch, Merrill Harminson, Zoey Fox, Sarah Franco, and Kathryn Hulleman to advance to regionals. In regionals on Feb. 15 they place sixteenth with Sydney Little advancing to states.
WRESTLERS ADVANCE TO STATES
The wrestling team had their conference tournament on Feb. 8, ending with Jake Crux, Jesus Leo, Yad Artem, and Trevor Jackson going to regionals. After regionals on Feb. 16, Yad Artem and Trevor Jackson advanced to states.
BOYS SWIM AND DIVE MAKES IT TO REGIONALS
The boys placed second in their conference tournament on Feb. 8, allowing Jacob Byrd, Josh Byrd, Aaron Gusler, Derrick Crites, Gavin Boontarue, Paul Kim, and Andrew Rath to go to regionals. In regionals on Feb. 15 they placed 21st.
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL BEATS WAYNESBORO
The JV girls won their game on Feb. 5 against Waynesboro with a score of 32-30. They lost their last game against Robert E. Lee on Thursday Feb. 6 with a score of 38-42.
Tennis team welcomes youth Faith Runnells Sports Editor The HHS girls’ tennis team is expected to be a relatively young team this season, with only three returning seniors. After graduating six seniors at the end of last year, the team will have a lot of new and young players coming out this upcoming season. More freshman and new players than normal are coming out this year. Freshman Noelle Warne is planning on coming out for the team. She has been playing tennis for seven years, but in the past four years she has been working on her skills a lot. Warne is looking forward to the upcoming season with the team. “I’ve never been in a situation where it’s competitive, so I guess that could be fun. Also just being in a team situation, and meeting new people and stuff [will be fun],” Warne said. Senior captain Lucy Rose has been a member of the tennis team since her freshman year, and is especially excited for this season.
“It should be really fun. We lost a lot of people, but I’m excited to see what the new freshman and the new people on the team will bring to the team dynamic,” Rose said. The new youth of the team will change the team dramatically, as four of last year’s seniors were in the top six. It’s the scores of the top six players that comprise the team score and determines whether the team wins or loses. “Last year everyone who was in the top six was returning and had all had experience from the the year before and two years before. This year, only two of us will have played in the top six, so four of us will be completely new to everything about tennis, so that’ll be interesting,” Rose said. The team is going to have a lot of new people this year, but that won’t change everything for the team. Returning junior Ann Bauhan is looking forward to the season just the same. “Practices are always fun because we’re pretty much all friends on the team so it’s just like spending two hours after school with all your friends. Ten-
nis is just a fun game to play and the team is fun. I just can’t wait for the season,” Bauhan said. The boys team, on the other hand, will have a relatively experienced, returning team this year. Senior Antoine Timbers has been playing on the team for four years now and is looking forward to the upcoming season. “I feel like we’re going to be really good this year. We have
a lot of returning juniors and sophomores. And we don’t really have any tough competition, so I think we’ll do really well,” Timbers said. The leadership of being one of the only two returning seniors on the team is also something Timbers looks forward to. “I’ll be more and more motivated this year [because of my leadership]. I’ll want to win a lot more,” Timbers said.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANN BAUHAN
PRESERVING ENERGY. A portion of the girls on the tennis team are resting before their matches last season. Tryouts start on February 24. Tryouts can last up to two weeks. Athletes must have a VHSL physical form completed and on file in the athletic office.
Soccer team hopes to make it to states Yogesh Aradhey Staff Reporter
JV BOYS BASKETBALL WINS LAST GAME OF THE SEASON
The JV boys beat Waynesboro on Feb. 5 with a score of 44-43.
Spring Sports Tryout Dates
Starts on March 1. All you have to do is sign up, have a physical, and show up to practice. The first week will test how fast you are and then begin to place you in the races best suited to your abilities.
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MOVING FORWARD. Senior Camille Cummings kicking the soccer ball to the other team’s goal in a game last year. Both the boys and girls teams will begin tryouts on February 27. Athletes must have a VHSL physical form completed and on file with the athletic department. Forms are available from the AD’s office.
Holding an undefeated record in the normal season last year and hoping to achieve the same this coming season in spring, the HHS boy’s soccer team is already at work. Sophomore Abner Johnson is a returning player. “We practice out of season at Skyline. During the season, we practice every day after school until five,” Johnson said. Others, such as sophomore Parker Strickland are participating in indoor track to stay in shape for the upcoming season. Last year they lost a game in penalty kicks to the team that went on to become the state champions. “That shows how far we could have gone if we put 100 percent,” Strickland said. Many players have set personal goals they want to achieve this upcoming season. Freshman Juan Perez Cardosa is hoping to qualify for the varsity team. “Last year I played JV, this season I want to get into varsity. In addition to getting better at my foot-
work,” Perez Cardosa said. After the graduation of two of their players, the coaches are “looking for new talent”. For anyone interested in trying out for the team, Johnson says that it never hurts to try. “Always try out. There is no bad consequence and he (the coach) tells you what you can improve on.” Johnson said. The girls team, on the other hand, has an agenda of their own. Junior Hannah Durden is optimistic about what the team can accomplish. “We have made it to regionals but lost for the past two years,” Durden said. This is Durden’s fourth year of playing for the school the first being when she was in eighth grade and moved to varsity as a freshman. Prior to Durden playing for the HHS team, she played SVU travel soccer and rec center league. Since the actual season is yet to start, the team has been focusing on team bonding in their out of season practices and “Making sure we are all a team” Durden said. For the team as a whole the goal is to make it to states this season.
Baseball team managing time wisely John Earle Staff Reporter
Tryouts start Feb. 27. Tryouts can last between a week and a half and two weeks. Students will go through first cuts (can be within the first five days), second cuts and final cuts.
It may seem too early for baseball since winter is still here, but now is the time for the team to prepare for the season which is right around the corner. The season starts up in one month and the baseball team is getting back into the swing of things. After only five wins last season, shortstop and senior Kyle Templeton looks to add more wins this spring. With tryouts coming at the end of the
month, the team looks not for just more wins, but a leader to guide the team through the season. Head Coach Kevin Tysinger is in his first season as a head coach for HHS and hopes to improve the team. “Tryouts are just like anything, it’s an evaluation of skills, coaching ability, and grades,” Tysinger said. Sophomore Tucker Wyatt, looks forward to being part of the talent on the team. “I’m excited to see what we all can do because we have a lot of new guys and new arms,”
Wyatt said. Junior Ryan Kiser is a pitcher and first baseman on the team who wants more wins this season and to make the first team all district as a first baseman. Tryouts begin on Feb. 24, which is stressing some players out while others seem to be relaxed and ready to play. “Tryouts aren’t difficult because once you know that you’ve made the team for a couple of years you have an idea that you’ll make it again,” Kiser said. Some players have spent the off season either playing
for a summer league team or a showcase team. The team also has been practicing year round with fall workouts and winter workouts. “Our first goal every season is to be on the top of the district and improve from last year along with double digit wins and make it to regionals out of our conference,” Coach Tysinger said. The last time that a baseball team from HHS went to a championship was back in 1916 which was the first baseball championship ever.
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Tryouts start Feb. 24 and lasts for three days. Cuts happen on the last tryout date.
Baseball Tryouts start on Feb. 24 and last a week.
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Alexis Dickerson News Editor Senior Miranda Wilson, who participates in both outdoor and indoor track, reveals her daily routine as a track runner. Although she does both, she especially admires outdoor track. “Indoor’s better. I just feel like we are a tighter group and we know each other better,” Wilson said. The outdoor track coach, Coach David Loughran, runs the practices from 3:20 to 5:20. Wilson runs 40 to 50 minutes on days they aren’t planned to work out. Their workouts consist of lane-8 and working out in the weight room. Lane-8’s are where you run the outer lane of the track. And the coach has markers on the track for the runners to pick up. They also run the loop at the school. Before running, the track team is required to stretch. Their stretching techniques include Frankensteins, quad rockets, green bays, and inch worms. Wilson has advice for those in the future who want to run track. If you run indoor and you’re a distance runner, wear
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURIE SERRELL
BACK ON TRACK. The girls track team placed first in the Handley Invitational last season. The team will begin practice on March 1 after school. layers. Those who are thinking Junior, Nicole Downey, also Downey said. about running outdoor should enjoys participating in outdoor “I ran in middle school, but wear shorts and a tank top. track. I started outdoor track my Because if you’re a distance “I love running outside in the sophomore year,” Downey said. runner, you don’t actually run nice weather and being with the inside. team every day after school,”
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Celia Ehrenpreis Editor-in-chief
FIVE DAYS A VEGAN
I am not a morning person. I hate dark skies, early alarms, and getting out of bed. However, part of my daily ritual involves one of my all time favorite things: breakfast food. Lucky for me, my mother loves cooking breakfast food. I’m completely and utterly spoiled when it comes to my morning meals. I come downstairs almost every day, to a plate filled with sausage, eggs, buttered toast, and hash browns. I am known in my family as the queen of dairy, when I was little I would butter both sides of my bread, a habit I have reluctantly given up. Milk, cheese, and eggs are major staples in my day to day diet, so when faced with the task of eliminating my favorite foods, I was unsure if I could do it. The rules for the experiment were really quite simple, eat vegan for five days. No animal by products and absolutely no meat.
When I embarked upon my five day vegan journey, I was most upset at the prospect of having to give up my lavish breakfasts. The first morning I had a bowl of hot porridge, and a banana. The meal was quite an adjustment, but the oats kept me surprisingly full until lunch. The school’s vegan options are limited to say the least. I quickly understood why vegetarians and vegans pack their meals, the salad and peanut butter and jelly option would get old pretty quick. Upon returning home from school, I
ALL PHOTOS BY CELIA EHRENPREIS EAT UP. Fried potatoes accompany cooked onions and carrots. The main part of the dish was the mushroom stew, which was a hit!
realized that my house was not fit for a vegan. Dairy, and meat filled the fridge, enticing me with their forbidden fruit (although I did eat plenty of unforbidden fruit, let me tell you). I couldn’t have my normal snack of Cheez-Its because, well, they contained cheese. It was time to outfit my fridge with edible options, so off I went to the grocery store. If anyone with dietary restrictions hasn’t discovered the Friendly City Food Co-op, I suggest you check it out. Located downtown, it has healthy alternatives for all kinds of eaters. The already overwhelming idea of grocery shopping by myself was heightened by the daunting prospect of not buying any meat or animal by products. I walked through the maze of food items, buying fresh fruit, veggies, and pasta. I shot the large display of local cheese a longing look before picking up some red pepper hummus as a substitute. I had never before put so much thought into what I eat, no more cookies, mac and cheese, or yogurt.
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As the days passed, eating vegan became easier. I felt more refreshed and healthy. My mother made the transition easier by mostly joining in my challenge. She cooked healthy dinners for myself and my father, but drew the line at soy milk in her coffee. My previous dislike for vegetables began to ebb after I had meals filled with salad, carrots, and peas. Over the course of five days I found myself less hungry than usual. I also though far less about food in general, except to remind myself that I couldn’t eat something. In the end, eating vegan turned out to be an enlightening and refreshing experience. I have gained a huge amount of respect for people who are full time vegans. Their dedication to a healthy lifestyle is one that I envy. I would recommend going vegan to anyone trying to become fitter, or just looking for a lifestyle change. After the five days, I feel confident that I will choose oatmeal over Eggs Benedict for breakfast, once every blue moon.
STEAMY. This Asian inspired stir fry was probably my favorite vegan dish. Fried mushrooms, carrots, peppers, and greens with purple rice made for a great dinner!
MUSHROOM STEW. Mushrooms are a great substitute for meat, if used as the main component of a meal. It is important to keep tabs on the little things as a vegan. For example, in this stew we used vegetable broth instead of the usual beef. YUMMM. Winter squash and vegetable soup. This soup was a delicious vegan dinner. It was filled with winter vegetables and seasonings.
EATING HEALTHY. This was my vegan school lunch, salad, veggies, a PB and J and some juice. Disclaimer: I did not eat the cheese stick or the ranch dressing for the veggies! DELICIOUS DINNER. Fried polenta (a cornmeal substance) and homemade tomato sauce with basil was a great vegan dinner! It was very easy to make, and didn’t leave me hungry.
THE GOODS. Grocery shopping as a vegan is tough, let me tell you! My normal purchases were no longer valid, so I had to get creative!
SALAD, SALAD, SALAD! Over the five days, I ate a large amount of leafy greens. Beans were also a major component of my diet.