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Harrisonburg High School • 1001 Garbers Church Road • Harrisonburg, VA 22801 • 540.433.2651 • Volume XIC • Issue 8• March 29, 2013

Artists celebrate Youth Art Month Mia Karr Managing editor

For the past 18 years, the Harrisonburg City Public Schools have taken time to honor the art of students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. During Youth Art Month, an exhibit of approximately 200 student works is held in the Massanutten Regional Library. This year the exhibit is running from February 26 to April 11. Art teacher Jauan Brooks is one of the teachers involved in the event. “Youth Art Month is a time to celebrate the arts,” Brooks said. “A lot of academic programs are recognized in different ways...the arts don’t have a lot of ways to be recognized.” Brooks and her fellow art teachers throughout the school division choose twenty pieces of artwork to be displayed.

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Spring Arts debuts at HHS Showcase PHOTO BY CELIA EHRENPREIS

AMAZING ARTWORK. Librarian Christa Hoover admires the art on display. Art students from all city schools were invited to submit work. The display wil be up at the Massanutten Regional Library until April 11.

Robotics team competes in first meet of season

DECA members travel to VA Beach Ellie Plass Staff reporter DECA students traveled to Virginia Beach to compete in the state competition on March 1. The DECA club is for those who are involved with the marketing program. The objective of the class is to prepare upcoming leaders for the business and marketing world. In the past, students have been required to make it past the district level before going to states. However, this year since so many DECA clubs in the Shenandoah Valley are reforming, HHS and Turner Ashby discussed who to send to Virginia Beach without a district competition. DECA adviser Mallory Cromer accompanied them on the trip to Virginia Beach. “Students competed in marketing categories,” Cromer said. Senior Robby Ross experienced his first DECA trip this year. “[My favorite part] was trying something new,” Ross said about the trip. Ross placed third overall out of 54 competi

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WAIT YOUR TURN. Seniors Jordan Leaman and Hayden Rutherford wait for their turn to compete at the robotics competition on March 14-16. The Big Blue Botics placed 29th out of 65 teams in the regional competition held at Virginia Commonwealth University. The first two days of the meet were preliminary, then on Saturday the semifinials and finials took place. Teams from all over the western hemisphere, like Canada and Mexico came to the competition. The teams were asked to create a robot that could throw a frisbee accurately and climb a jungle gym.

This year the robotics team has four times the number of members it did five years ago. The previous six-man team, now has a whopping 24 members and is headed off to its first competition, with the hope of more competitions to come. Math and STEM teacher, Geoffrey Estes, has sponsored the club since the beginning. “I was asked [to take charge of the program], but what it boils down to is that we teach math, science, and some engineering, but we don’t always have time to show how you can apply it,” Estes said. “To me, this is an outlet to apply the things we’ve learned in our classes.” This year’s competition challenge, Ultimate Ascent, is to build a robot that can throw a frisbee accurately and climb a jungle gym.


Spring Play, ‘Senioritis’ casts members, starts practices for upcoming show Luke Gibson Style editor After the seasons of Musical and One Act have come to an end, the drama department begins their work on another of the school’s yearly shows, the Spring Play. This year the play is titled “Senior-itis”, and is written by librarian and forensics coach Bradley Walton, following the annual tradition. The play follows a handful of Seniors as they try and survive their final year in high school, before moving on to the daunting concept of attending college. “It struck me that ‘Senioritis’ seemed like a good title for a play. It seemed like a title that would make people look at the description and be incited to perform it if it were in a publisher’s catalogue. It sounded like the title of a play that might be able to find an audience and make money,”

“[After two Spring Plays] I decided to try writing a play, and we’ve done an original play every year since.” Bradley Walton, Spring Play director

Walton said, explaining his motives for writing in simple terms. Walton has been directing the Spring Play since he first started at HHS. “My first year here, 12 years ago, Mr Swartz wanted to have a full-length non musical play as part of the drama offerings, but he was already directing a play for his church in spring, so it was something he was not able to do himself. I had been one of his students in high school, and extremely active in drama. I also had a theatre minor in college, so he asked me if I would be interested in directing the play.” Walton didn’t begin controlling the writing until a couple of years in, but the

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tradition stuck after he decided to write an original piece. “We did Shakespeare for the first two years. Part of my reason for doing that was because it was intimidating to me. Having done and survived The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the next thought was that I’d try writing a play. It was something I kept doing each year, and we’ve done an original play every year since then,” Walton said. Although Walton had been hoping for more than the six people that attended auditions, the group is a close one that is committed to creating a strong production.

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Junior Tyler Edwards is in his third year of being a regular cast member. There are several differences he has noticed between Spring Play and other school productions. “Musical is [very different], being much larger and our high point in the year. One act is more of a competition piece. This is just an opportunity to put on a show. It’s a lot smaller, after the big points in the year, but it’s a lot of fun,” Edwards said. There are several characteristics of this production that he enjoys. “[My favorite part is that] the production is a lot more laid back than the other productions. It’s also done with a different group of people, and I also do it because Mr Walton is the director. We have a close working relationship because he’s my forensics coach, To have it directed by the same writer is also pretty cool,”

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Coming Up School board news State debate and forensics coverage Spring sports in full swing What’s up with the wacky weather? Scheduling for next year SAT and AP prep courses State journalism workshop Highlights of Chicago trip College dorm room decorating

March 29, 2013


News Briefs CLASS WARS GOING STRONG Class Wars are in full swing. Students will receive class chips for attending different events. Drop off your chips in your class jar located in room 444. Updated thermometers on the bulletin board outside room 444 provide students with the totals for each class. SAT PREP ASSISTANCE There will be SAT prep held three weeks prior to every SAT date. The study sessions will take place from 2:45 to 4 p.m. in room 181. SAT DATE The next upcoming SAT date will be May 4. For more information on how to register, visit the counseling center, or visit: The deadling for registering is April 5.



Fine Arts Department travels to Chicago Isaac Falk Opinion editor This April, students in the HHS Fine Arts department are visiting the windy city of Chicago. The trip is open for all students who participate in a fine art class or program like band, drama, or art. The purpose of the trip is to expose students to cultural performances and exhibits. Senior Sam St. Ours is one of the students going to Chicago in April. St. Ours performed in plays and musicals at HHS for a number of years.This year it was, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Elephant’s Graveyard. St. Ours is excited to go to Chicago to see the city and experience the culture.

“It’s one of my favorite cities,” said St. Ours, “This is an opportunity to take theatre classes and see a lot of shows.” Senior Emma Peifer is a four year art student who is going on the Chicago trip. For Peifer, the city and the city’s museums is what drew her in. “I’m excited to go to the art museums and to see and learn more about the art I’ve been studying in school,” Peifer said. Peifer is excited to experience the art she has learned so much about. Senior Ellie Pruett-Fiederline plays oboe in band. Pruett-Fiederline has gone on many trips with the HHS band before, but this will be one of the few times where she is not required to play in a concert or march, as part of the trip. For Pruett-

Library opens Virtual Book Fair Ana Hunter-Nickels Staff reporter

DOROTHY J. HALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester in 2013-14 are eligible for the Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarship. Applications are due April 1. DOROTHY J HALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester in 2013-14 are eligible for the Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarship. Applications are due April 1. SPRING BREAK Spring Break will be from April 1-5. Students and teachers will return to school on April 8.


SING OUT. Senior Sam St. Ours sings at the Springs Arts performance as part of an a capella group.

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tors. He will be going to compete at nationals on April 23, in Anaheim, California. There are two parts that every competitor must complete, the first is a roleplay. Students are given a business situation which they must act out, an angry customer, or a job interview, etc. The judges for these skits are usually business owners or customers. The second is a test, where competitors have to show your basic marketing knowledge. Participants were placed on one of two teams. One one team, students competed in one role play and one test. On the other team, individuals completed two role plays and one test. Students also participated in the Leadership Academy while on the trip. The Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for students to participate without competing. Those who do this will usually be DECA officers for the next school year. Juniors Shane Burke, and Sydney Knupp both enjoyed the trip. “I liked competing to extend my knowledge,” Burke said. Burke competed by himself, rather than in a team. Knupp on the other hand, enjoyed meeting new people the most.

Fiederline, the choice to go on the trip was simple. “I love band trips. I’ve gone on the New York trip and the trip to Disney World.” Pruett-Fiederline looks forward to seeing the Chicago Symphony, live. This trip is the first time the entrie HHS fine arts department has gone on a unified trip. “This year is important because it’s the start of the fine arts academy,” PruettFiederline says, “It’s an incentive to be more active in the fine arts department.” “What’s special about this trip is how it incorporates all of the fine arts,” St. Ours said, “Whether you’re an arts student, a drama student, or a music student there will be something for you to do.”

Getting low on books to read at home? The HHS library is holding a Virtual Book Fair. The school library will be getting 25% of the funds raised. This money will be used to buy books for the students. Debbie Witman is one of the librarians helping to advertise the Fair. “We thought we’d try something different and let the students look books up themselves,” Witman said. The Fair was open from March 6-18. “The Book Fair is not like the Book Fairs at the middle schools that are targeting a younger audience. This fair is open to anyone,” Witman said. The Book Fair is not at the school like you would expect; however, it is online, and sold books, CDs, and DVDs. The books ranged in price depending on how new they were and if theyhard or soft cover. “Despite the fact, that the books ranged between $5 and $15, they were still cheaper than getting them at Barnes & Noble,” Witman said.

SINGING SOLO. Sophomore Isabelle Burden performs a solo at the Spring Arts performance. Burden was accompanied by junior Abe Nouri on guitar.

HHS begins offering SAT prep to all students Gina Muan News editor While by no means the ‘be-all end-all,’ SAT scores play an important role in colleges’ admission decisions because the test results provide a quick way to gauge student competence in a wide array of subjects. SATs make for effective comparison across the country and are an alternative to student GPAs which fluctuate from district to district and are easily affected by grade inflation. Although many high schoolers take the SATs at least twice, some only have one shot at the test, whether due to the cost or an inability to endure the five hours of timed testing more than once. Institutions like Blue Ridge do offer SAT preparation courses. Unfortunately these sessions are pricey, at $150 per six

classes. In January, the guidance department at HHS devised a more accessible alternative for students seeking help with SAT style questions. “The existing programs require a cost, which is in most cases too expensive for many students. We wanted to provide something where anyone could receive [SAT] preparation without having to pay,” guidance counselor Lisa Warren said. As someone taking her SATs for the first time, senior Carrie Jennings took advantage of these preparation classes. “The practice tests helped me learn how to budget my time. I wanted to do well, and even though answers were provided, some of them didn’t make sense. Having someone explain them was really nice.” “The classes start three weeks before an SAT test. They are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 to 4 p.m. in Lab 181.

Each class is centered around online SAT preparation. Students can actually take a full practice test. And if they don’t know how to answer a certain question, they can ask for help from the teacher,” Warren said. Math teacher Brian Nussbaum is the only HHS teacher who has volunteered to oversee the prep classes. So far he has had many students come by. “It is an opportunity to give [students] an extra push, because a lot of the time they understand the content, but the format of the test is confusing. “The math sections were difficult, but it would have been worse if I hadn’t taken the classes. I saw some questions I recognized. Depending on how I do when I find out my scores, I might take [the SATs] again. And I’ll definitely go to the prep classes the second time around,” Jennings said.

Robotics team kicks off season Walton writes another spring play ROBOTICS from A1

“[This year’s robot] looks promising,” Estes said. “It’s about 120 pounds, and it does everything it’s supposed to do.” On March 14-16 regional competitions were held at Virginia Commonwealth University. The first two and a half days were preliminary competitions, and on Saturday afternoon, semi-finals and finals took place. The HHS robotics teams competed against over 65 other teams across the state and even a few teams from around the world. “We competed against teams from Canada, Mexico and many other countries, but the majority of the teams were from the Virginia area and surrounding states,” Estes said. The challenge took place on a 52 foot long field, where a red and blue alliance were formed on either side of the field. These teams are randomly generated for every match. Each round was about three minutes long. The first 30 seconds of which the robot has to everything on its own. In the next two minutes, students have control over the robot, this is called ‘drive time’. In the last 30 seconds, ‘the endgame’, the robot climbs the jungle gym. Most team members believe the competition to

be the best part, but Estes likes to watch the students problem solve. “I think a lot of people tend to think the best part of the season is if we get the robot rolling at the competition, that’s icing on the cake,” Estes said. “The best part to me is the process, watching the students problem solve, design, re-design if they have to, problem solve again.” Estes thinks the teams can place well this year. “I’m feeling very good [about the competition]. I think we’re going to place high,” Estes said. “The past two out of three competitions we’ve placed in the top 20, and I’m looking for a top 10 spot this year.” Junior Bailey Swayne and senior Premal Patel are both team members and have been involved with robotics all through high school. This is Patel’s fourth year, and Swayne has been part of robotics since fourth grade. “I enjoy the club, and I enjoy robotics... The fact that you get to build a full blown robot in just six weeks, is amazing. Also, our mentor, Mr. Estes, he doesn’t just give the answer, he helps you get to robotics,” Patel said. “It gives you a chance to see what you could do with your life.” Swayne sees robotics leading to a future career. “I do robotics because I

cal engineer when I grow up; I find it really interesting,” Swayne said. Both boys are excited for the competition. “This year’s robot is the best robot we’ve built. If we need to get to something it’s really easy; it’s really designed well,” Swayne said. “Most people find competitions amusing,” Patel said. “The robot is already built so all we have to do is play with it and fix minor details. Everything else is just enjoying our time there.” Swayne has faith in the team’s ability, and their robot even though they are an obvious underdog, when looking at other 20 to 40 person teams. “Our team is smaller than everyone else’s, but were just as good,” Swayne said. Patel sees the past years’ competitions as learning experiences. “The experiences we’ve had have helped us excel,” Patel said. Patel hopes for a top ten finish, though Swayne sees the team coming in number one. The competition took some wild twists for the Big Blue Botics team. Bouncing between fourth and 16th place, HHS finished 29th out of 65 teams after meeting multiple conflicts headon.

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Junior Mariah Flick started last year and decided to return. “I really enjoy being on the stage, in an acting situation. I’ve never really been in the musical, so this is my chance to get on stage,” Flick said. “[Rehearsal] is a very live environment. People are always throwing ideas out, because Mr Walton’s pretty relaxed. He’s very open to suggestions, so people often give them,”

Edwards and Flick have been cast as the parts of Stevie and Andrea, respectively. Edwards sees his role as a challenge, but one his is keen to try. [My part] is different because it’s more of a ‘rough on the edges’ type of guy. One of the things I’ll have to deal with is slowing my speech level because he’s supposed to be slower mentally, therefore I have to put on an aloof type of edge. I’ll have to try out stuff I haven’t done before,”

Edwards said. Flick however, feels that she can relate well to the struggles of her character. “I like my character, I feel like my part is similar to who I am. She’s very afraid of going to college and I’m very afraid of going to college because I don’t know what it’s like. She also wants to be a writer; I want to be a writer as well.” Flick said. The performances will take place April 26 and 27, both at 7.30 pm.

Youth Art Month in full swing ART from A1 Jackson had her artwork

This year HHS students submitted everything from Art II identity projects and mandalas (colored pencil drawings on black paper) to Art I stippling (value studies done in dots) to pieces of their own choice submitted by AP art students. On March 9, an opening reception was held for the artists. The event included a powerpoint display of art students in the classroom, food from Dairy Queen and a meet and greet with art teachers. “[The art students] enjoy and celebrate what they’ve created,” Brooks said. “It’s something we look forward to every year.” This is the second year that sophomore Emma

selected to be a part of the exhibit. The project Art 2 students were given was to pick three words that inspire their final project last semester. The words “assembly”, “glow” and “detachment” lead to an acrylic painting about the Underground Railroad. Melding two art forms into one, Jackson took inspiration for her artwork from a song, “Keep your Lamps” performed at HHS choir day. “I feel really happy [to be chosen],” Jackson said. “That was one of the paintings I did that I felt really proud of.” Sophomore Emily Holmes is another secondyear art student with work featured in the exhibit. Her

“identity” project is a pencil drawing broken up into squares that each feature something that has to do with her life. “Art is a way of expressing yourself. It makes school seem more interesting than just regular school,” Holmes said. “Art class has taught me a lot of techniques. It taught me to express myself in a more formal manner.” The Youth Art Exhibit is one way to help the community see the benefits of art education. “[The exhibit promotes] exposure to the arts. A lot of people can have misconceptions as to what art is in the schools. It teaches students to be creative problem solvers and think differently,” Brooks said.

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Prom plans Debate team wins districts, regionals After coming along

Katrina Sokolyuk Style editor

The HHS Debate team managed to hold on to their title as Region III debate champs after competing in the VHSL Regional Tournament held on March 16. The team took home many achievements including the team of juniors Rafael Snell Feikema and Fernando Gamboa taking first place in policy debate and Aubtin Heydari and Neil Mehta taking second. Junior Daniel Roth took second place in Lincoln Douglas debate, and the team of senior Lydia Hatfield and junior Michelle Waligora took fourth place in public forum. “Michelle and I didn’t do as well as we had hoped, but we debated our hearts out and that’s what matters,” Hatfield said. “It’s hard to lose, because you’re literally losing an argument.” The pair still managed to earn themselves spots as alternates for the state competition next month.

Debaters spend hours poring over literature pertaining to their debate topic as well as many days spent after school in coach Peter Norment’s room going over arguments. “I spend up to ten hours reading up on my debate subject,” Heydari said. “That’s also how I spend a lot of my summer.” Student Congress members juniors Kelly Ndayzigiye and Miranda Wilson and sophomore Morgan Heckman qualified for States. Juniors Madeline Leach and Evan Dotas earned fifth and second place respectively. Senior Robby Ross took third place in the competition and was also elected as Outstanding Senator. In all, HHS will be taking 11 students to States in Debate as they try to defend their state title. “We’re actually one of the better debate teams around,” Hatfield said. “Hopefully, we can hold onto our title as State Champs.”

Sydney Little Feature editor


REPEAT. Junior debate team members Daniel Roth and Jack Adamek show off their recent trophy for winning the Region III debate title. The team will try to defend its VHSL-AA State Championship later this April.

Luncheon set to recognize 4.0 students Mary McMahan News editor Graduating with highest honors is a notable effort that only a handful of seniors achieve at the end of their four-year high school career. This year a large number of seniors received a 4.0 cummulative GPA or higher. To celebrate, Coordinator for Gifted and Enrichment and Secondary Differentiation Specialist, Gail Collins, organized a luncheon in which each of the selected students will recognize a teacher who has had the greatest impact on their education. Each student must select one of their instructors from kindergarten through twelfth grade and write a 250 word essay that explains why the selected instructor had such a profound impact on their lives.

The essays will be compiled into a booklet with other students’ essays. At the luncheon, students will have the opportunity to share with fellow classmates, teachers and parents their reasons for commemorating that specific teacher. They have the option of simply reading the essay they wrote, sharing a few words of gratitude, or coming up with their own presentation format. For example, last year, three students chose to perform a piece of music for band instructor, J.R. Snow. Students and their parents sit at the tables with the teachers they have chosen and get to enjoy the experience together. Last year, teachers were presented with engraved acrylic star statues that listed the students who had selected them for this prestigious award.

Senior Michael Eckstein is one of students graduating cum laude and will be honoring a teacher at the luncheon. “The luncheon itself is a nice treat to get out of class and go to a celebration,” Eckstein said. The students will be missing part of a school day to attend the event. “I think the most important part of the event is to recognize the teachers that have made an impact on our years of education,” Eckstein said But recognition from the luncheon isn’t the only benefit. “The reward comes from the opportunities that a high GPA brings...especially college,” Eckstein said. The luncheon will be held on April 9 at the Spotswood Country Club. This is an early release day for students.

As the date for prom gets closer and closer, Diane Ehrenpreis, mother of junior Celia Ehrenpreis, heads the committee for After Prom. Ehrenpreis is in charge of reserving space, fundraising, and many other elements needed to make After Prom a success. Although there isn’t a specific budget, Ehrenpreis emphasizes that it runs into thousands of dollars. “Our donors help immensely, both public and individuals, and we are looking at each expense with an eye towards getting value for our dollar,” Ehrenpreis said. After last years success, After Prom is again returning to James Madison University’s UREC, which has to be reserved months in advance by Ehrenpreis. “It’s a great venue for this type of relaxed informal follow-up to the prom. We welcome junior and senior students to participate, hang out with friends and enjoy being on a university campus, perhaps for the first time,” Ehrenpreis said. Fundraising for this has been off to a great start this year, with two sponsors from JMU, the Campus Coalition on Alcohol Abuse and the Office of Community Relations. “We are excited to announce that the Office of Community Relations at JMU has agreed to match every dollar raised from the HHS community up to $2,000,” Ehrenpreis said. Although many parents of the junior class volunteer to help Ehrenpreis with the plans, volunteers are still needed to help in sub-committees such as publicity, food, decorations, chaperones, prizes and games. All of this is necessary so that by the time the doors open at midnight on May 18 everything is reserved and ready. “We want every eligible student to be in the house that night, making a good time for all, so plan to attend and bring your friends,” Ehrenpreis said.

New members Prospective engineers tour Virginia Tech inducted at NHS banquet Salar Haji Staff reporter

Kendall Bailey Sports editor The annual National Honor Society banquet welcomed over 40 new members to the society on March 14. The organization inducted only 30 students last year. The applicants were judged for admission in four categories: scholarship, character, community service, and leadership. To qualify to apply, each student had to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Scholarship looks at how well each student performs academically in school and good grades. Each applicant was required to write an essay on the type of person they are to assess their character. The committee looked for involvement in school and community service to go alongside with academics. Students were expected to be actively involved in clubs, sports, organizations, along with assuming leadership in their activities. Once all of the applications were submitted, an anonymous committee blindly judged each student in the four categories, and decided to accept half of the applicants. A formal banquet was held to officially induct the new members and praise them for their hard work. The newcomers were read the definitions and expectations of the four pillars that construct the society, and then took the oath to live up to these rules as a member of the society. New member Mallori Mendez was pleased to become part of the National Honor Society because she thought it would benefit her in many ways. “I’m looking forward to being able to put [National Honor Society] on my college applications. I think it will look really good to admissions committees and raise my chances of getting accepted,” Mendez said.

HHS recently conducted a field trip to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA based on featuring the college’s engineering department. The purpose of the trip, held on February 28, was to educate students who are interested in engineering and considering majoring in the field during college. As Virginia Tech is renowned for its engineering department, there are few better places to go for such an experience. The “mastermind” behind this great trip was gifted and talented coordinator Gail Collins. The group had two parent chaperones who drove the small bunch to Virginia Tech. Once the group arrived, they were immediately escorted by two students from Tech with an engineering major to go over all of the engineering programs offered at the college. Afterwards, the group went to get lunch on campus. Later, the group continued their tour of campus and the classes. Towards the end, the main group split up and took a more specific tour of the key landmarks of the campus like the Drill Field. “It was a great learning experience for

me because not only was it fun and educational, but I got a chance to see how the classes were and what the campus as a whole looks like,” junior Zhyar Abdul said. Although the trip helped students fig-

ure out whether they were willing to continue their engineering pursuits, it also exposed them to more options in the field other than the “big named” engineering careers.


LET’S GO HOKIES. Prospective engineering students toured Virginia Tech where they witnessed a demonstration by graduate assistant Dr. Dennis Huaong

Five forensics team members advance to state event To be a part of the forensics team en-

Felicia Tran Staff reporter

tails being well versed in a multitude of categories and exemplifying elocution in a competitive setting. Forensic regionals was held at Waynesboro High School on March 3. To go onto regionals, HHS had to place in the top three at districts. Students who made it to regionals were sophomores Merrill Harmison, Evan Dotas, Mia Karr, juniors Deb Halpern, Ellen Upton, Tyler Edwards, Daelynn McCleve, Luke Gibson, Austin Coffey, Daniel Roth, and senior Jesse Henninger. Upton has been a member of forensics since freshman year and placed second in

regionals. She and Halpern form a duo which does humorous interpretation. Duo Interpretation involves two people who present some sort of skit without looking at one another. “Leading up to regionals, we practiced during lunch and had our scripts memorized,” Upton said. Dotas made it to regionals and placed fourth for his first time going to regionals. He spent a lot of time researching once regionals came around. “Well, I spent the days leading up to regionals by reading every article about China or the U.S. government that I could find online,” Dotas said. Unfortunately, despite all his hard work, he didn’t get to advance to states. But Dotas seems content with his place. “I can’t complain. I was a bit disap-

pointed, but to get fourth in region for my first year, that’s all right with me,” Dotas said. Overall as a team, Dotas and Upton are proud of how they placed in regionals. “I’m very satisfied with how everyone did and how the team performed overall,” Dotas said. “I’m very proud of my team because many of us have never gone on to states before. Also, we’ve done really good this year and almost all of us went to regionals and five of us are going onto states,” Upton said. The five students who represented HHS in the state meet on March 23 were Karr, Gibson, Upton, Halpern and Henninger. The competition was held at HHS. Results were not known as of press time.






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Seniors drawn to more institutional scholarships NEWSSTREAK STAFF EDITORIAL It’s the time of the year when high school senior’s worries transfer from where they’re going to college to how they’re going to pay for it. In a way, it’s a much scarier worry. Students with reasonably good grades and standardized test scores can rest assured that they will be accepted somewhere, even if it’s not their first choice. And community college is always an option. Paying for school, however, is a different animal. Students can’t exactly control their families’ financial situations, adding an element of helplessness to paying for school. Of course, there’s need-based financial aid, but as all too many students know, that’s often not enough. Financial aid packages are frequently heavily dependent on loans, something that horror stories in the media have taught students to avoid at all costs. Then there are scholarships. In general, these fall into two categories: institutional scholarships, which are hosted by the colleges themselves, and private scholarships, which are hosted by other sources, like community groups or clubs. Institutional scholarships certainly have no problem drawing applicants. It’s not unusual to hear of competitive ones that award less than one percent of their applicants. However, they are often worth more than their private counterparts, with some matching the cost of attendance of

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a school. Although the reward for focusing on these types of scholarships is great, the chances of receiving one are fairly slim for even an above-average student. In addition to competitive institutional scholarships, some schools have what are referred to as “automatic” or “guaranteed” scholarships, for which students must meet a certain benchmark to receive. These are usually offered by schools of lower academic quality in hopes of drawing top students. Private scholarships, on the other hand, are usually worth relatively little money, but nearly have to beg students to apply for them. Just check HHS’s counseling website; literally hundreds of private scholarships are available for students to apply for. If there are tons of them, and many are fairly noncompetitive, why do so many receive so few applications? It seems that students only find large scholarships worth their time to apply for, even if the student’s chance of receiving that scholarship is fairly low. This most prevalent strategy to winning scholarships for high school seniorS, of focusing on large, competitive scholarships instead of small, noncompetitive ones, seems somewhat ridiculous. The benfits of a large number of small scholarships are more than they initially seem. They can be used anywhere, they’re ususally very easy to apply for, and they can add up quickly. A $1000 scholarship might not seem like much in comparison to a full tuition one, but the chances of a student receiving the $1000 are far greater.

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 editors-in-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 editorial board voted 7-0 that we agree that seniors are searching for the larger institutional scholarships when it comes to paying for post secondary education and are foregoing the smaller scholarships.


North Korea’s bark much bigger than bite

The editors and staff Editors-in-Chief: Print - Mark Duda, Celia Ehrenpreis Online - Maggie Siciliano, Ben DiNapoli Managing Editor: Mia Karr Advertising Managers : Austin Coffey and Bryndal Fulginiti Photographers: Ana Hunter Nickels, Sukriti Adhikari

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Isaac Falk Opinion editor

With North Korea up in arms, many people are frightened by the prospect of a modern war involving nations armed to the teeth with a nuclear arsenal. Others fear that China will ultimately support North Korea in their endeavors, and that will initiate a third world war. However, the much more likely scenario is

the tirade North Korea is throwing will settle into a slumber. It’s happened before, it will happen again. North Korea is a dog that likes to bark a lot, but never really bites. That’s not to say there is no substance behind their claims. In March 2010, the South Korean ship the Cheonan was mysteriously sunk. An international investigation concluded the ship was sunk by a torpedo fired from a North Korean ship. North Korea denies the attack. After threats in March 2010, North Korea ended up shelling the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing two South Korean soldiers and injuring 17 civilians. In both cases, armed conflict did not arise between the two nations, so this current war of words is unlikely to result in any large scale conflict.

North Korea is somewhat of an enigma, it is almost a practice in an Orwellian dictatorship. The state media depicts a unified nation under Kim Jong-Un, where the leader is an almost divine being, the state media went so far as to call him, “a great person born of heaven.” The level of devotion the state media pays to the leader is reminiscent of a Big Brother style autocracy. Due to North Korea’s enigmatic nature, the future of the nation is also shrouded in mystery. It seems to depend on what exists below the facade the state media presents. Either all the people in North Korea are truly indoctrinated, and respect and fear their current government; or there exists large scale resistance we have yet to see. If North Korea is primarily composed of the former, then we are in for more

years of false threats followed by small scale conflict. If the latter exists, then there exists the possibility of revolution, through either armed resistance or political means. Regardless, North Korea has demonstrated time and time again they are all bark with a little bite, like a chihuahua. Unless they intend on utilizing their “nuclear arsenal”, we have little to currently fear. Their arsenal is predicted to be non-existent at this point, and the recent nuclear test indicates they are still operating on an early Cold-War era level of nuclear arms. We currently have the capabilities to prevent the launch of any nuclear weapon by North Korea, provided we have proper warning prior. And let’s just say, North Korea is anything but subtle.

Encounter with Connect Four board ends well


Mia Karr Feature editor

When I was in fourth grade, I ended up on crutches for a week because my room was too messy. The tragic episode began when I was getting ready in my room. The floor was completely

covered with clothes, so when I decided to jump off my bed for whatever reason, I landed on a Connect Four board buried under the mess. Connect Four boards are not known for being particularly lethal, but this one left me with stitches in the bottom of my foot. Although this incident left me with a small scar and the disheartening realization that the Waterman Elementary School elevator is not as cool as one would assume, it also taught me a few things. Since I am suffering from severe writer’s block, I will share these delightful lessons with you now. First, I realized that someone is a true friend if they will still like you after they have watched

you experience a nervous breakdown. I left out a critical part of the story- my friend, Brenna, who many of you know and love, was with me that day. She had the pleasure of listening to me frantically sob that I was going to bleed out on the way to the hospital, and also the presence of mind to get my mom when I screamed bloody murder (no pun intended) after it happened. Despite the fact that I think I scared her half to death, she has remained in touch. Secondly, I learned that I’m not that great at learning from my mistakes. When I tell adults this story, their response is usually, “I guess you keep your room clean now!” Actually, no. Even though keeping my room in

good order would have been the logical response, I never really got around to doing that. I also still like to play Connect Four. I guess that just goes to show that just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean you automatically learn from it. You have to put effort into getting something out of it. I think I got something out of this whole experience, even if it was only this column. When unexpected things happen to you, it’s good to make the best of them. I’m definitely an optimist, but it’s worked for me so far. So pick friends that will stay calm in a crisis, learn from your mistakes, and never underestimate the hazards of a Connect Four board.

Brighten up spring by planting more flowers


Mary McMahan News editor Let’s just say Lowes and The Home Depot are going to be selling million of flowers this spring. I don’t think anything both-

ers me more in the spring than when people refuse to “springify” their yard. I’m sorry, but that patch of dirt and weeds by your porch is an eyesore. Flower seeds are extremely cheap, so there’s no reason why you can’t spend $3 buying a pouch of sunflower seeds and maybe some perennials. In the springtime, I look forward to the warmer weather. No more freezing to death each morning on the way to school. I love spending time out on my back porch; enjoying the longer periods of sunlight and the smell of freshly cut grass. However, my backyard is

never the definition of a springparadise. More than likely, the ground is torn up from Abby running laps around the yard trying to find her ball. She literally creates mini trenches in the yard because she runs in the same path every time. Besides creating a World War I- esque scene, Abby also enjoys decapitating flowers. All that’s left in the flower beds at the end of May are withered green stems. I would think that she’d consume the entire flower; but no, she tears off the bulb on the top. The whole process is like a game to her. The higher amount of decapitations, the more fero-

cious she thinks she is. Maybe by the end of this spring, at least one flower will have survived. So, I guess it’s not really my place to judge other people’s yards when my back yard resembles a battle zone. However, I don’t think the appearance of the yard is the most important attribute of spring. The memories that we make outside are what we remember the most. So, get outside these next couple of months and enjoy the warmer weather and the beautiful scenery. In the end, the flowers are just an extra perk.

March 29, 2013



We all could use a nice holidayafter the long session of school between winter break and spring break.

SIPA HHS’s journalists traveled to Columbia, S.C., to participate in a journalistic conference. Congrats to those who won awards.

As spring comes to blossom, so do the spring sports at HHS. Many teams are now practicing to prove HHS can win the gold.

College Decisions Arrive Regardless of what the actual decision is, April 1st marks the end of a long wait for seniors longing to hear from their dream college.

Spring Television As life blooms from the ice and snow, so does the line-up of good shows on television. Winter is coming (Well, not for us).

Read, Write, and True

Joshua Byrd Staff reporter Every morning at school the principal asks for everyone to stand and say the pledge of allegiance. Few say it and even fewer stand up for it; just ask any high schooler and they can attest. The pledge is 31 words. Saying the pledge can take less than 15 seconds of your day. Seriously, why can’t we all just

HHS Debate Multiple HHS students placed high enough in regionals to advance to states, congrats to those who made it to states.

Shorts Season As things begin to heat up, we can all take off our heavy jackets and start to run free in our summer apparel.


stand and say 31 words? These students, who can’t take 15 seconds out of their day to say the pledge, will send 3,399 texts in one month. That means they will send close to 107 texts in a day. Yet they still don’t have time to stand for the pledge. People have fought for the rights that we have today. Before the Revolutionary War, you were either jailed or killed if you spoke out against the British government. People didn’t have the freedom of speech, whereas we now have the inalienable right of free speech. We are allowed to speak our minds without government interference (up to a point). We have even fought for the freedom of speech for those who aren’t U.S. citizens. In Operation Iraqi Freedom we deposed tyrant Saddam Hussein and consequently the citizens of Iraq gained basic rights. Saying the pledge is extremely simple, all you do is stand up

and say it. Why is it so hard for people to say the pledge? Do they not respect the country, the country that gives them the right to free speech? Or is it that they are too tired? Many U.S. soldiers and citizens gave their lives for what we take for granted today. The troops and citizens who died for our rights deserve respect, give them that respect by standing and pledging the flag. Some people say the reason for not saying the pledge is because of the word God in it. One nation under God does not specify which god we are talking about. So based on the religion it can mean any different god you worship. Now, if you are an atheist that is fine. The constitution gives people the right to choose any belief. You have the right to not be religious, if that is what you choose. If that’s the case, just skip the under god part, but do not snub the entire pledge.

ORigin of Fear

Macklemore Coming to JMU R & B artist Macklemore is coming to JMU to perform and many local teens are excited to see one of their favorite artists live.


Stand up for the Pledge. It’s easy

Spring Break

Spring Sports Begin


• The word fear is derived from the old english word faer, meaning sudden peril or danger

• Fear is an evolutionary adaption to avoid dangerous scenarios that would threaten survival

• A fear can be obtained by an experience or can be innate, there since birth

• The emotion of fear can be traced to the amygdala region of the brain

• Fear triggers the flight or fight response, meaning you either run from the situation or confront it

• The state of being fearless is called aphobia and the person is in a “battle trance”

Bieber Tantrum After being harassed by the paparazzi in the UK, Justin Bieber had a minor breakdown and was carried to his car by the driver.

• Common fears include the fear of: Spiders, heights, snakes, needles, and public speaking

• Confronting a fear typically results in overcoming said fear, so long as the encounter is safe

Oz Oz the Great and Powerful turned out to be a huge flop, a shame considering The Wizardof Oz was such a great film.

CPAC The Republican pow-wow resulted in a flop featuring Sarah Palin acting as herself, a debacle at a panel over racism, and the snubbling of Christie and McDonnell.

Lil Wayne’s Seizure R & B artist Lil Wayne suffered a seizure and was immediately taken to a hospital. Lil Wayne is said to be recovering and in good spirits.

Freak Snow Storms Is it spring or is it mid-winter. Snow storms in March are ridiculous! It’s time for flowers to bloom, not time to be building snowmen.

Movie Doldrum Even with all the new life around us, there appears to be no new life in the theatres. We now have a long wait until any good movies come out.

Sim City Despite all the hype, and success of its predecessor, Sim City proved to be a failure. The online requirement for playing is proving to be a disastrous trend.

Allergies Even though spring may be beautiful, some of us will be unable to see the beauty through teary eyes. As the flowers grow, so do the pollen levels.

Excessive Pope Coverage While the papacy is an important thing, the news media spent an unnecessary amount of time on papal coverage. Important world events were occuring while the cardinals voted, the coverage could have waited.

Irrational fears afflict HHS students Faith Runnells Staff reporter Clowns, horror movies, and haunted houses are all common fears. Some people, however, have fears of things more unusual, such as balloons and toucans. Junior Salvador Saravia has an unusual fear of balloons. “I just hate the possibility that they might pop at any moment, especially when they are outside. They just pop so loud, and my absolute biggest fear is them popping in my hands,” Saravia said. “I think the cause of my fear is one time I over blew a balloon and it popped in my face, and ever since then I have been scared. But I’m fine just seeing them as long as I don’t hear them rub against any-

thing or pop,” Saravia said. Freshman Sophia Hartman also shares a fear of balloons. “I just don’t like how they pop so loud and lots of times they fly all over the place when they get a hole in them or they’re being popped” Hartman said. Freshman Tucker Wyatt is scared of toucans. Unlike Saravia or Hartman, Wyatt was not born with an innate fear, he came to fear toucans because of childhood experiences. “When I was little, I would go to my grandparent’s house and they would have this huge stuffed toucan right next to my bed. I’d have a nightmare about toucans and then I’d wake up and the toucan would still be there looking at me. It was the worst,” Wyatt said. Wyatt’s fear has even spread

from toucans to other birds. Wyatt is scared of not only toucans, but also other birds who resemble a toucan. “Toucans are just the most colorful and intimidating creatures. Everytime I see one, and sometimes even other bird looking like it, I just feel like it’s going to poke my eyeballs out,” Wyatt said. Whether or not fears are derived from experience, a person’s fear can really affect their behavior. A person’s fear can come to include objects that are only tangentially related to the original fear. Fear tends to be a visceral experience. For Saravia and Hartman, the sound of the balloon is what causes fear. For Wyatt, the sight of a toucan or toucan-like creature is enough to frighten him.

Unusual Fears Alektorophobia- fear of chickens ArachibutyrophobiaFear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth Aulophobia- Fear of flutes Abarophobia- Fear of gravity Basiphobia- Fear of walking Cathisophobia- Fear of sitting down Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors Clinophobia- Fear of going to bed Cymophobia- Fear of sea swells Cypridophobia- Fear of dining or dinner conversations Dermatiphobia- Fear of skin Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of school Dipsophobia- Fear of drinking Dromophobia- Fear of crossing streets Eleutherophobia- Fear of freedom Ereuthophobia- Fear of blushing Euphobia- Fear of good news Geniophobia- Fear of chins Genuphobia- Fear of knees Gephyrophobia- Fear of crossing bridges Geumophobia- Fear of tastes or flavors Hagiophobia- Fear of holy objects, holy people, saints Hippophobia- Fear of horses Homichlophobia- Fear of fog

Conquering fear liberates Jackson

Hyalophobia- Fear of glass

Bryndal Fulginiti Staff reporter

Hylephobia- Fear of wood

Most people have something that they fear in life, whether it be spiders, snakes, flying in an airplane, skydiving, or bridges. For sophomore Emma Jackson her fear is heights. All of Jackson’s life she’s been scared of heights. It wasn’t until she took a team building course called Challenging Yourself that she changed. In that course she did team building exercises and activities to improve self-confidence. One of those exercises was to climb a two story pole and jump off. “It wasn’t easy for me to climb the pole and jump off. I was really scared, but what helped me through it was looking down at

Good News in the World

Strides in HIV treatment: An infant was treated immediately after birth for HIV, and over time the virus was eliminated in the child. In addition, research suggests that early treatment after HIV infection can cure one in ten patients. India implements harsher rape punishments: Following a series of rapes in India, the Indian parliament passed a bill implementing harsher punishments for those convicted of rape. Malala Yousafzai Returns to School: Malala Yousafzai, the Afghani girl targeted by the Taliban for her views on women’s education, returned to school.

my friend who was standing at the bottom of the pole cheering me on,” Jackson said. Jackson still has times where she has to face her fear, but each time is a little bit easier for her. “It’s always hard for me when I go to visit my uncle because he lives on the fourth floor of his building and sometimes when I go and look out his window I catch myself getting really scared because of how high up I am,” Jackson said. Jackson’s biggest fear about heights is that she is going to die, or fall off. “Every time I get scared because of how high up I am, I don’t think about anything else except for one thing. I am going to die,” Jackson said. For Jackson climbing the pole

at the course wasn’t the only time she has faced her fears. She has also climbed to the top of a very shaky platform where she was hooked up to a zipline and sent flying. “The platform you had to stand on to do the zipline was really scary because of how shaky it was. I was so scared that I was going to fall off it,” Jackson said. Now that Jackson has overcome her fear of heights, doing different things like the zipline or climbing the two story pole isn’t as hard for her. “There are times that I still get scared when it comes to heights, but once I do something like the zipline or climbing the pole I’m scared while doing the activity, but once I make it to the bottom I’m so relieved,” Jackson said.

Bad News in the World North Korean threats escalate: North Korea has stepped up the violent rhetoric in response to UN sanctions. North Korea has threatened to dissolve the armstice between North and South Korea, and to destroy the U.S. United States sequester: Congress was unable to pass budget cuts to reduce the deficit, so automatic cuts came into effect. The cuts were across a variety of government agencies, much to the chagrin of both parties. Return of the Swine Flu: Health experts are on the alert for a rare, new strain of the H1N1 virus that is resistant to many modern day antibiotics.

Ideophobia- Fear of ideas Levophobia- Fear of objects on the left side of the body Linonophobia- Fear of string Nebulaphobia- Fear of clouds Nomatophobia- Fear of names Olfactophobia- Fear of smells Pogonophobia- Fear of beards Odontophobia- Fear of teeth Oneirophobia- Fear of dreams Phobophobia- Fear of fear Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple Scopophobia- Fear of being looked at

March 29, 2013

The new epidemic taking HHS by storm: A History of Zombie Films 1968- Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero) ORIGINAL This movie follows seven people who get stuck in an abandoned farmhouse and are attacked by the ‘living dead’. 1982- “THRILLER” (Michael Jackson) This music video of pop icon Michael Jackson dancing with the dead has been voted as the most influencial pop music video of all time and is also the mostwatched video in the world, with over four billion views. 1998- Nightmare of the Living Dead (Jonathan Ash) At the end of the 20th century, a virus is set loose in England that reincarnates the dead after the host has died. 2000- Teenage Zombie House Massacre (Jarred Bulls) A small group of teenagers throw a party at an old deserted place when they are attacked by flesh-eating zombies.. 2002- 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle) Four survivors cope with the destruction of a very contagious disease that broke out 28 days earlier. 2003- The Revolting Dead (Michael Su) An immortal druid priest unleashes dark powers upon a family of robbers who destroyed his sleep. 2004- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Alexander Witt) A survivor of a manmade plague and a team of warriors work together to try and save the earth. 2005- Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (Ana Clavell & James Glen Dudelson) An unexplained viral outbreaks comes back to haunt those who tried to cover it up. 2010- The Crazies (Breck Eisner) REMAKE When a small town right outside of the big city turns into chaos because of a mysterious toxin, the Sheriff has to find out why everyone is becoming a maniac.

Zombie Fever The



Viewers call The Walking Dead, ‘best zombieapocolypse show on TV’ Mary McMahan News Editor Millions tune into AMC to see blood-thirsty zombies walk around and search for their next meal. The Walking Dead centers around a group of humans who are still alive during a zombie epidemic. The main character, Rick Grimes, wakes up from a coma to discover that he is not living in a postapocalyptic world in which “walkers” roam the earth looking for remaining humans to eat. He meets many other survivors on his journey to find his family members, unknowing if they are still alive. The show is based off of a comic book written by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard that was also called The Walking Dead. Not only do people watch it to see people’s brains be blown to pieces, but they are fascinated by the emotional and social issues that arise between the remaining survivor and the characters around him. Many viewers find the deep mental and social attributes to be the most fascinating aspect of the show. The show first premiered in October of 2010 on AMC, but has not become very popular among students until recently. On the night that the show comes on, Twitter blows up with tweets and hashtags centered around the zombie phenomenon. One of the top ten worldwide trends is mostly likely to be something related to the show. “[The Walking Dead] is a really good show. It has

I SEE ZOMBIES. The Walking Dead, a TV show about the zombie apocolypse has recently grown in popularity among students of HHS. an interesting plot and relatable characters that you end up caring about,” junior Chris MacAdams said. MacAdams has been watching the show since the first season aired in 2010. Junior Jacob Byrd is one of the most dedicated fans in the school. Byrd tunes in every Sunday night to find out if the remaining survivors are going to make it or not. “My favorite scenes are when characters have to put down their loved ones. It’s so emotional and you can almost feel the same pain that they are going through,” Byrd said. Byrd has been watching the hit series since it first aired, like most others who are obsessed with the zombie-apocalypse show. “[The Walking Dead] is the best zombie apocalypse show on tv. There’s shootouts, drama, romance, and zombies getting wrecked,” Byrd said.

What would YOU do in a zombie apocalypse?

“I would start out by buying a lot of food, and a supply of water, would find a stable shelter, then find expendable people I can trust like my mom, my family, God, and other people who are skilled in the U.S. military. Then I would need weapons, preferably automatic, If not, a bow and arrow will do. Then if I had time, I would create a farm and find good fertile land, and finally stay in one place.” -Josh Dove, 9 “First I would get rid of everyone I don’t like. Then I would go to Walmart, break into the gun section and clear out Walmart eventually making Walmart my home to wait it out. I probably would fly in my brother, mom, dad, and a few other close friends to join me.” -Christa Stader, 10

Warm Bodies appeals more towards female audience

Victoria Giron Staff Reporter

Romanticized horror stories, like Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, bring in a lot of money for the entertainment industry, so it comes as no surprise that the adapted movie version of Issac Marion’s Warm Bodies, a story about a zombie falling in love with a human girl, brought in more than $85 million at the box office, making it the top grossing movie of its opening weekend. Movies like Warm Bodies usually appeal to women. In fact, 65 percent of people who saw the film were female. Sophomore Evan Dotas was among the minority of males who took a trip to the theater to watch Warm Bodies. “It looked good and I was looking to see a movie at the time and not a lot of good stuff was showing and Ariel Vogel told me I needed to go see it. I thought it was really good,” Dotas said. Junior Samantha Blake also went to see the zombie flick. “I thought the movie was a little cheesy, but still cute,” Blake said, “And I liked that Nicholas Hoult (R) was hot.” Blake went to see it because she likes Hoult, who she had first seen on the tv show “Skins UK”. “[My favorite part was] when R’s best friend M was like ‘Hell Yeah!’ after he hadn’t talked the whole movie, besides grunting,” Blake said. Another reason for the success of the movie was that it had a good story with static characters. The film received a “Certified Fresh” rating on the online film review site Rotten Tomatoes, in comparison to the Twilight Saga which received an overall “rotten” score. Warm Bodies centers around a zombie named R who lives in a zombie-infested airport along with other evil creatures called Bonies. Meanwhile, a human named Julie sets off along with her friends and boyfriend to find medical supplies to combat the zombie apocalypse, and are encountered by R who eats Julie’s boyfriend’s

We’re The Perfect Fit!


-Jake McDaniel, 11

“I would take any gun and take over an oil rig. Then I would supply it with food and make fire axes to prepare for attacks.”

“I would sail to an island near Japan that is considered to be the healthiest part of the world because this island has no disease.” -Morgan Neary, 11

COLD BODY, WARM HEART. Warm Bodies focuses on the budding relationship between Julie, a living human, and R, a zombie and how their eventual romance develops throughout. brains. R then sees Julie and falls in love with her, and takes her to his lair. R now has Julie’s boyfriend’s memories from eating his brain, which leads to Julie and R getting closer as R becomes human again. The two fight Bonies along the way. The movie sounds really cliche, but in reality it is more humorous than it is romantic. Parts of the movie are taken from the story of Romeo and Juliet, which might be why it appeals to more of a female audience. The movie has enough action and gore to attract a male audience.

“Well, first I would contact my husband, and then I guess we would need to buy some ammo for our guns. Then I would board up our windows in the living room and buy a generator for heat. I guess we are going to need some food, so I can tell my husband to quit his job at Costco and stock up on water, canned foods, and diapers-- lots of diapers. When the zombies come, we will need to shoot at their heads and chop their heads off if they get too close-- the only way you can kill a zombie is if you go for their head. And then I guess we will need to get in touch with our parents and make sure that they are okay and fill the cars with gas in case we need to escape. If I had to pick a superpower to have during a zombie apocalypse I would want to have the skills of Katniss.” -Chemistry teacher Kasey Hovermale

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Spring Bling

Warm weather welcomes new wardrobes Colored Boots trendy for Spring pants Nishat Jamil Editorial cartoonist

define spring fashion

As the season warms and the first spring flower blooms, the fashion blossoms into something more bright and lively. Students shed their sweaters and trade them off for sun dresses. Junior Megan Miller wears dresses along with her cowboy boots. As a former resident of Georgia, Miller chose this style partly because she enjoys country music and she finds it a good way to express her southern roots. “It’s a way to express myself,” Miller said. Miller sports this style in the spring and summer time, about once or twice a week. She usually picks out dresses that have a floral pattern or have a bright color, and pairs it with her chestnut colored boots. “It’s a cute [outfit], you don’t have to wear tight clothes,” Miller said. “[You need] just a cute

This spring the big news is colored pants. Throughout the school day the hallways are a splatter of pinks, oranges and blues. Some use it as a way to express themselves and others are tired of the original blue jean.

sundress.” Sophomore Tori Armentrout is no exception to the fashion as well. Deciding that outfit looked good on her, Armentrout wears this ensemble on days with warm weather and on the days when she has to dress up for sports. “[The best part about the outfit is] the boots,” Armentrout said. “They’re comfortable.” As for pattern, she also chooses flower print for her dress. “It goes well with brown boots.” Sophomore Kelijah Madden occasionally wears flower print pants to school. She thinks the flower print probably looks good with shirts or scarves, but she prefers the flower motif on pants. “I’m different,” Madden said. “I like doing different stuff.” Wearing that kind of pattern to school is definitely a bold statement, and perfect for the coming spring weather.


FUCHSIA. Sophomore Michelle Huynh sports dark pink pants.

UNIQUE AND CLASSY. Sophomore Kelijah Madden shows her style through bold patterned pants.

Spotlight: Good Fashion


FASHIONISTAS. Senior Elena Gerome, senior Sarah Bell, junior Megan Miller, sophomore Tori Armentrout and junior Simara Allen show off their great style.

Boys have comfortable fashion sense Kerri Hofacker Sports Editor

DOVE. Senior Emilee Burke pulls off an elegant light grey.


Senior Jyar Abdullah: “I shop at Belk and my style is modern, but it usually changes.”

Juniors Garrett Thompson and Abe Nouri are some of the few boys who care about what they wear to school every day. They do not go to the extreme that they need everything to match every single day, but they do make the extra effort to look decent when they show up. Nouri said that his outfit tends to reflect who he is as a person. “[My style] doesn’t completely describe me, but it does kind of show who I am because my outfits are usually laid back and I see myself as a laid back person,” Nouri said. Thompson said that his style is representative of a character from the television show Glee since he watches it and likes how that character dresses. Even though he bases his style on someone else Thompson still believes that his personality is shown in his outfits. Both boys do most of their shopping at Target

and Thompson will occasionally go to American Eagle for jeans or sweaters. Nouri says that he likes to spend as little money as possible but still manage to look good. His favorite thing to buy is either flannel or paisley shirts. “My favorite thing to wear would probably be my brown wing tip shoes because you can dress them up or wear them with casual clothes,” Thompson said. Style is another way of expressing yourself and Nouri and Thompson both believe that what people wear says something about them. “I definitely think that colors and patterns say a lot about a person. You can sometimes tell what kind of mood they’re in based on what color shirt they have on,” Nouri said. These students find ways to express themselves through their clothing, and let their personalities show through what they have on. People might not think that it is important what they wear, but people can tell a lot about you from what you have on.

Students share meaning behind their rings LIME GREEN. Senior Mercedes Ledesma goes bold with neon.

Isabelle Burden Staff repoter Whether it’s a bracelet, a pair of earrings, or a ring, many students have something they wear on a daily basis that has become a staple of their style. Senior Gracie Burzumato wears a specific ring every day since she received it from her dad for her 15th birthday. “There’s a funny story about how I got it, actually. My dad originally gave [the ring] to me for my

COBALT. Freshman Isis Gutierrez wears a close spin off of the traditional blue jean. INFOGRAPHIC BY BRENNA COWARDIN

History teacher Kirk Moyers

14th birthday, but I on her mom’s dresser and lost it at the beach asked to have it. so he gave me a re“I wear it every day,” placement for my Richard said. 15th,” Burzumato Junior Evan Yoder said. wears a different kind of She is never seen ring. A purity ring is a Gracie Burzumato Chloe Richard Evan Yoder without it because, promise to yourself to stay “It’s special because “My mom gave it to me a couple abstinent throughout your my dad got it for me.” The ring is a years ago. I wanted it because it is teen years. silver band decorated with a cross so simple that it goes with everyWhether it’s a sweet gesture and a heart laid over top. thing and I thought it was pretty,” from a parent, or an impulse gift, Sophomore Chloe Richard also Richard said. or a reminder of a promise to yoursports some special bling. Her ring Despite its outer appearance, self, the jewelry you wear defines is much simpler than Burzumato’s; the ring holds sentimental value your style. it is just a simple band. for Richard. Richard just saw it

History teacher Jay Blair

Choral Director Bethany Houff

Junior Madison Ward

Sophomore Norma Malvaez

Junior Lucy Rose


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Spring Arts Festival lets students showcase talent Festival grows in its second year Celia Ehrenpreis Editor-in-chief


s the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, or in this case, put on a show-stopping festival in under a month. This year’s Spring Arts festival was even bigger than last year’s. Assistant director Phil Saunders took the lead on the project. Saunders helped create Spring Arts last year to celebrate and showcase the arts at HHS. He is in charge of almost every aspect of the festival. “[Drama teacher] Stanley Swartz and I serve as supervisors over the festival. We have the final say over performances, as we want to make sure they are all appropriate and showcase many different types of art,” Saunders said. In addition to this huge responsibility, Saunders choreographed the opening dance number, which he loved doing. Interested students auditioned for roles at the beginning of March, they were asked to do a cold reading from chosen scripts and perform a monologue. After roles were assigned there was about a month to pull everything together. The different numbers usually practiced by themselves, but were pulled together by a couple of dress rehearsals. The show itself took place on March 21. Some highlights of the festival were three studentdirected one act plays, four senior solos, and performances by three a capella groups. Junior Evan Yoder sang in two out of the three acapella groups that performed. “I have never sung in a group

with guys who have such high quality voices. We sounded even better because it was paired with a great arrangement,” Yoder said. The men’s a capella group sang a mashup of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day, “Trouble” by Taylor Swift, and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. Junior Lillian Poirot performed a duet with fellow junior Breanna Hostetter. The two performed “Titanium” by David Guetta. “I really enjoyed showcasing our voices,” Poirot said. Poirot also participated in fine arts director J.R. Snow’s a capella group and the closing hip hop number, choreographed by Saunders. The senior directed plays were a huge component to the success of the show. Directors received complete control over their productions. “They got to choose the play, cast the actors, and design the set and costumes. [They] are in charge of scheduling and running rehearsals and making sure their actors are performance-ready. We wanted them to take on as much responsibility as possible,” Saunders said. The senior solos were a new addition to the festival this year. Saunders described them as, “a farewell to their time at HHS”. Interested seniors performed a song of their choice during the festival. Another new aspect of the gala was the addition of visual art. Art students were encouraged to submit their work to be a part of the festivities. “I love the feedback we get from the community afterwards, and knowing that for some parents, [Spring Arts] is their favorite show throughout the year,” Saunders said.


PERFORMANCE TIME. Junior Jack Adamek and sophomore Graham Rebhun were part of senior Kaelyn Warne’s ten-minute play, The Kill.


TOE TAPPING. Sophomore Rachel Cavoto performs a dance at Spring Arts.

BEHIND THE SCENES. Senior Kaelyn Warne sets up for The Kill at a dress rehearsal. She was one of four senior directors.

Senior-directed plays highlight Spring Arts Festival Title of Play


The Kill

Kaelyn Warne

The Wedding Story

Love Poem

Cast Simon: Graham Rebhun Wayne: Jack Adamek


Director’s viewpoint

Cast Viewpoint

The Kill is about two guys who have roomates. One has a creepy dream and there is a surprise ending.

“I’ve always wanted to become a director and I’m so glad that I finally get to be one.” -Kaelyn Warne

“It’s quirky, but it’s fun to put on.”- Graham Rebhun

Nancy Carrie Logan Narrator: Luke and Sam St. Ours Gibson Wife: Deb Halpern Husband: Aubtin Heydari

The Wedding Story is about a narrator who starts to tell about a couple and how they met and how perfect they are together. While he’s talking, the couple is in the background and they speak up and they say, “Actually we met in a bar and our marriage isn’t that perfect.” This causes an argument between the narrator and the couple on what is the true story.

“It’s very comedic-not to be taken seriously at all and it has some themes to it. I think people will enjoy it.” -Sam St.Ours

“I’m super excited about our show. It’s really funny, it’s really quirky, and everyone is doing a great job making it their own.” -Deb Halpern

Maggie Siciliano

Love Poem is about an uptight English Major and a hipster poet, and how they clash over differences but come to an eventual affection for each other

“I think the audience should look forward to the power struggle that happens on stage, and the unique dynamic within the show.”-Maggie Siciliano

“I really like this play [Love Poem] because it is different from other plays. I love how the conversations and dialogue make it realistic. The situation with the two characters is awkward... I love it! We can talk about it, the play is so relatable.” -Jaymie Inouye

Laura: Jaymie Inouye Jeff: Abe Nouri


Singers make HHS history as first female a capella group Faith Runnells Staff reporter


he HHS drama department has excelled this year, from the one act winning states, to the success of the musical, and now an all-female a cappella group has been formed for the first time. Seniors Nancy Carrie Logan and Kaelyn Warne co-founded

the group last summer. The group couldn’t practice as much during the winter because of conflicting schedules, but they now have more time to focus on the music. “There’s always been an allmale a cappella group, so we wanted to start a girl’s one. Normally all-girl groups aren’t as successful at a cappella- you need the lower voices, which guys have. I guess we just wanted

to beat out the boys,” Logan said. Music director J.R. Snow also has a co-ed a cappella group for the school, and there has previously been an all-male group as well for the school. “For a cappella you need people with a specific style of voice, people who can read music and different people’s voices to blend well, so we held auditions this year for the group to get the best selection of people. We also need

people who know how to read music,” Warne said. There are twelve girls in the group and they will begin to have regular practices soon. Sophomore Laurie Serrell is the group’s beatboxer, and she is very excited about it. “I’ve never been involved with any [choral music] before, so I was nervous about auditions but I guess I’m excited also,” Serrell said.

A new a cappella based movie, Pitch Perfect, had a little influence on the new HHS group. “We had already started the a cappella group before Pitch Perfect came out, but the movie did have a slight influence on us and we want to be like the group, but only the good parts of it,” Warne said. The girls’ a cappella group will debut at the Spring Arts Festival.

Choir, band receive high scores at district assessment Valerio Aleman and Mia Karr Staff reporter and Managing Editor


he bands and choirs of HHS annually participate in the band and choir district assessments. The object of this annual assessment is to judge the bands and choirs in each participating high school to test the skill of the musical group as well as the director. Getting good scores on the assessments can lead to getting awards such as the blue ribbon award. On March 8 both concert band and symphonic band received “straight ones”, or a superior rating, the best score possible out of five possible scores (superior, excellent, good, fair and poor.) The high school choir assessment was on March 16. All of

HHS’s choirs participated in this year’s assessment. This was the first year the HHS Men’s Chorus participated. Each choir sang an unjudged warmup song and two judged songs. Men’s Chorus, Treble Choir, and Women’s Camerata received an Excellent score for their performance and a Superior score for their sightreading. Honors choir received a Superior score in both performance and sightreading. Sophomore Alicia Coverstone is a member of Women’s Camerata. She had mixed feelings about the assessment. “I felt that the singing went fine but the sightreading wasn’t as good as it could have been, even though we got a Superior score,” Coverstone said. “The sopranos could have worked together more.” “Ms. Houff has high expectations for all of her choirs,” Coverstone said.


SERIOUS SINGERS. Honors choir earned a superior rating for both their performance and sightreading at the Virginia Music Educator Association’s District Choral Assessment.

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What are your favorite classes? “I like dual enrollment English because you get credit for college and the way you learn in that class is different than other classes that I have taken. There aren’t any small cumulative grades, but rather just big assignments.” -Elena Gerome, 12 “My favorite class was AP Environmental Science because it was interesting and it was the first AP class that I took. I took that class because my biology teacher, Mr. Goble recommended it.” -Brian Rodriguez, 12

“I like Advanced Sports because I like the teacher and I am also planning to major in sports management.” -Ryan Phillips, 11 “My favorite class is horticulture because I like plants. It will also help me when zombies will come and if you know agriculture, you will survive.” -Ambar Gonzalez, 12 “I like architecture drawing and designs because I want to pursue an architecture degree. I like how we use CAD, creative animated designs, to make houses in the computer. Mr. Botteicher introduced me to this class last year when I took tech transfer.” -Giancarlo Antonnicola, 12 “I like fashion marketing because it gives equal opportunity for both sexes. And also because I needed a marketing class.” Travis Schreiber-May, 12 “I like drama because I like the teacher, Mr. Swartz. He is fun and he is one of my favorite teachers.” -Felicia Flanders, 12 “My favorite class is geometry because I have friends in that class. My teachers also lets us work in groups and it is easy to understand when you are discussing with your friends. It’s even easier when your friends understand.” -Zaid Sabah , 12 INFOGRAPHIC BY SUKRITI ADHIKARI


TEST TIME! Student in honors Biology take their test. Taking this class will prepare a student for AP Biology, should they choose to take it.

AP classes can be worth it in long run Mia Karr Managing editor As students become juniors and seniors, they receive more opportunities to take classes that test their mind, dedication and endurance. Last year, senior Sarah Kaylor was eager to take one of those classes, AP Biology. “In the beginning of my junior year I was really into medicine and the idea of becoming a doctor. [AP Bio] was a lot more molecular and plant related than anatomy, which is what I was really interested in,” Kaylor said. Even though the class was not what she expected, Kaylor did not consider it a waste of time. “It taught me how to study,” Kaylor said. “That class definitely taught me how to be a hard worker.” To prepare for tests (with each having a study guide of up to three pages), Kaylor made flashcards and would study for as long as three or four hours. On average, she completed up to two hours of biology-related work a night. “I wish I would have known how hard it was,” Kaylor said. “I didn’t know how much time and effort I’d have to put into it.”

Senior Ellie Pruett-Fiederlein had a similarly overwhelming workload when she took AP English Language as a junior. “The majority of my homework for junior year came from that class,” Pruett-Fiederlein said. Since the class was not testbased, most of the work came from reading and writing essays. “[If you take the class], read all the books because it’s the easiest homework you’ll get. Don’t take the busy work too seriously...but still do it.” PruettFiederlein said. She also advises learning how to prioritize your workload. For Pruett-Fiederlein, taking AP English was not just a way to earn college credit, but also an asset to her possible future career. “I’m interested in doing international relations. If I work for an NGO (non-governmental organization) it’s good to be able to write and edit for them.” For Kaylor, taking AP biology helped her revise her career roles. Although she cites a variety of factors for ending her ambition to be a doctor, AP biology was one thing that lead her to explore different career areas. “It helped me to realize how

much more there is to biology than just anatomy,” Kaylor said. “If you’re really into science and the whole idea of biology, you

should take the it. You have to dedicate yourself 100 percent to the class.”


Hands-on classes make learning more fun Brenna Cowardin Style editor “Learning” is typically stereotyped as a mundane activity in which excessive notes are taken while watching powerpoints. However, it’s the hands-on application of that learning students most enjoy. Junior Jasmyn Arrington has been involved with her favorite class all three years of her high school career. Mary Strickler, the yearbook adviser, runs a fun class. “Yearbook is the best class that I’ve taken because I get to be with my friends, and I get to write a lot. We like to have parties. We like to talk to each other, and it’s not a strict class,” Arrington said. However, it’s not all about fun and games. “[Yearbook] has taught me how to be a better writer, and it’s taught me how to communicate with people because you have to go out find people and have an interview,” Arrington said. After three years of experience, Arrington knows the specific details of creating an awardwinning yearbook, year in and out. “It’s a good atmosphere,” Arrington said. “I’ve been in yearbook for a while now, and I know

what to do and how the class runs.” Junior Tabatha La Freniere is enjoying the first year of ceramics classes being offered at HHS. “I was very interested with the subject itself. I was interested in learning how to make pottery,” La Freniere said. “I really wanted to make a mug so I could drink tea out of it.” Art teacher, Kelley ShradleyHorst introduced ceramics for the first time this year, and so far, it’s a big hit. “I look forward to this class,” La Freniere said. Senior Dawn Harris is taking Early Childhood Education for the second year in a row, and although some of the material is the same, Harris learns new things every day. “[I like Early Childhood] because it’s all hands on, you do a lot of projects. It’s not like sitting in a desk, looking through a book,” Harris said. “I would say it’s probably my favorite class because you get to talk and play like little kids.” ECED teacher Kathy Amend delivers a creative curriculum. “We make weird things, like play-doh and cookies,” Harris said. Harris recommends the class to incoming freshmen.

WORK BREAK. It’s not all fun and games, but an intermission from the norm is appreciated by senior Erin Goodstein. “I took it last year, and I rec- day,” Morrell said. Biology is required to graduommend it because it’s more hands on, it’s another credit, it’s ate, but Morrell took honors beeasy, I really like it, and I learned cause she plans on being a marine biologist. more,” Harris said. The consensus seems to be Sophomore Margaret Morrell loved honors biology this past consistent that hands-on application makes class much more semester. “[My favorite class] is prob- enjoyable, but there’s one or two ably biology, even though it was a students out there who just love hard class, the teacher, [Mr. Bair] to take notes and find powermade it really fun and learnable,” points exciting. When it comes down to it, “fun” is simply an Morrell said. Morrell enjoyed the unpredict- opinion, and the perception of a great class changes from person ability of every class. “Something happened every- to person.

From literacy to logistics, core classes have purpose Austin Coffey Advertising Manager Language Arts is more than just reading and writing. Although the primary goal is to expand literacy skills, it provides each student with experience in several other ways, such as critical reading and writing. Essential social skills are also taught, like public speaking and critical thinking. Additionally, it exposes students to the world of literature. “Our goal is to teach students communication skills and critical thinking that will benefit every student regardless of what the future holds for them,” Instructional Team Leader (ITL) Cathy Soenksen said. Mathematics teaches the application of formulas in everyday situations and helps students learn to think logically. “Our goal as a staff is to come together so me can teach or make

new ways of teaching students the world of math. Our goal as a department is to get students thinking mathematically so that they can think logically not only now but in the future as well,” ITL David Rush said. Science is a department in which teachers strive to give students an objective understanding of the world. It aims to implement intelligent ways of thinking into everyday life, and build students understanding of the use of science. This will be beneficial for jobs that may be done in the future. “Our job is to prepare every student to succeed and to contribute to a better world. We will strive to do this in an academicallychallenging, safe, and nurturing environment where all students, parents, and community members are active participants,” ITL Jerry Hertzler said. The Social Studies department is dedicated to educating students

of the previous events of the world, providing classes on European history all the way through to U.S. Government. These classes teach about the past, but provide skills for noticing the trends in today’s world to predict what will occur in the future. “How can we prepare young people for the future, if they don’t understand the past? If you don’t know where we’ve been, you simply cannot know where you are going. That is why we teach history, because it allows us to learn from our mistakes so we don’t make them again,” ITL Mark Healy said. Physical Education is another department vital to the school. This department allows students to improve their physical fitness and achieve their goals in the course. “Physical Education is an essential aspect of the total education that contributes to the development of the individual, through human movement. It is a carefully

planned sequence of learning experiences designed to enable all students to become physically active and to improve fitness levels,” ITL Paul Rath said. The World Languages provide students with the opportunity to learn another language or several. The classes teach grammar and vocabulary, as well as the cultures, ethnicities and history of the countries of origin. Spanish, French and Latin are currently offered, with a native speaker Spanish class also available. “This department exists in HHS because we live in a large world with many different people, and our goal is to help students learn to communicate with other people of different cultures,” Instructional Team Leader Phil Yutzy said. The Special Education program is designed to assist students who have disabilities with their work in the classroom. The idea of allowing everyone to have an equal

opportunity motivates teachers help these students live up to the expectations of standard classes. “Our goal is to help students with disabilities to function successfully in public education, as they require certain accommodations and services that all need to be met throughout the school day. We are here to assure that these services and accommodations are met throughout the school day, allowing the students to compensate in the classroom,” ITL Melanie Smith said. Blue Streak Academy (BSA) is a section of the school designed to remediate and tutor children who need help in their regular classes, ensuring that all of the students have an equal chance to succeed in their high school careers. “We are here to make sure that all students at HHS have the equal opportunity for success,” ITL Kris Vass said.

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Moyers selected for ten day China trip Smith plans Gina Muan News editor


hen it comes to travel, World History teacher Kirk Moyers is a self proclaimed wuss. But Moyers put aside reservations when it came to sending in his application to be selected for a trip to China during the summer. A smart choice, since he ended up being selected from 36 other school districts as one of 25 teachers to fly overseas on June 23. “I almost didn’t fill out an application because it required a whole bunch of essays. But I changed my mind because I figured it would be a pain if the opportunity

presented itself and I didn’t even try for it,” Moyers said. Faced with a late notice of acceptance, Moyers originally figured his application hadn’t been chosen. He found out he was a finalist on Dec. 12. During Christmas break, Moyers was officially selected as a member for the China trip. The ten day tour aims to expose American instructors to the different style and methods of teachers on the other side of the world. Entirely paid for by Education First, a global leader in funding international education and student travel, the trip allows teachers to compare school systems through cultural immersion. “I’ll be going to see two separate schools [in China.] It’ll be interesting to

collaborate with the other teachers and talk about how they do things,” Moyers said. Over the course of his stay, Moyers will be visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, popular locations which feature iconic constructions like the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace. “My goal is to document the trip with a daily web page and set up a pen palesque relationship with students in China so that [when I get back] we can contact classrooms through Skype or something. It’s going to be fun,” Moyers said. “I’m not looking forward to sitting [on a plane] for fourteen hours, but the experience as a whole will definitely be worth it,” Moyers said.

Heie adjusts to English schooling for part of childhood Anna Wyatt Staff reporter


round the same time that students in Harrisonburg arrive at their second block classes, students in Manchester, England are just getting off of the public double decker buses that transport them to and from school everyday, and preparing to start their school day. Freshman Noah Heie lived in Manchester for four years from 4th grade to 7th grade while his mother got her PhD at the University of Manchester. While living in Manchester, Heie got the opportunity to attend Trinity Church of England School. The schools in England work differently than the ones in the U.S., Heie says. For one, high schools in the U.S. don’t have

recess. “In England, everybody had a 20-minute recess, even the high schoolers,” Heie said. Along with the freedom of a 20-minute recess, Trinity students are allowed a 45-minute lunch period with the option of eating anywhere on campus. Compared to the lunch options at Harrisonburg, the food at Trinity, which is a public school as well, was of a much higher quality. It had two cafeterias, each having three different sections serving different types of food, including things like a baked potato bar, a pasta bar, and a pizza bar with four different kinds of pizza to choose from. Another difference between Heie’s old school and Harrisonburg is that at Trinity, all students are required to wear uniforms. In fact, many of the public schools

in England require uniforms as well. Heie describes the Trinity uniforms as being very formal. “We had to wear black dress pants, black dress shoes, and a bright red blazer with a tie,” Heie said. He also admits that the uniform was very uncomfortable. Besides the dress code and cafeteria options, Heie also remembers a different focus when it came to sports at Trinity. “Everyone was obsessed with soccer,” Heie said. Heie remembers many students arriving extraordinarily early to school just to play soccer. The free time during lunch and recess was also used for soccer playing. Overall the whole school schedule is very different in Manchester Heie says. Summer vacation only lasts for six weeks for Trinity students. However they do get more breaks and time off during the year Heie admits. “I definitely like summers better here though,” Heie said.

nine month voyage to Australia Celia Ehrenpreis Editor-in-chief


o worries. That seems to be the unofficial motto for all things Australia. A laid-back beach vibe is typically associated with this Eastern Hemisphere country. Family and Consumer science teacher, Bridget Smith has decided to take nine months off next year to leave the U.S. and explore Australia. Smith’s father is Australian born, and the majority of his family lives there. Smith has dual citizenship because of her father, and lived there when she was quite young. After graduating high school in 2005, Smith also visited Australia as a graduation gift. “I really wanted to take advantage of my dual-citizenship, normally I’d have to get a visa. [I’m going because] I want to get to know my dad’s side of the family. They live in Geelong which is in the southeast region of the country,” Smith said. From November to July of next year, Smith will travel all around Australia, becoming accustomed to a new way of life. “There are not a whole lot of differences between the U.S. and Australia. The food is similar, and the people speak English, even though some words are slightly different,” Smith said. Her younger sister recently moved to Australia, and for the first part of Smith’s trip, she will stay with her, working odd jobs to bring in income. For the rest of her trip, Smith will spend time sightseeing, and visiting with family in Geelong. “My mother is worried I won’t come back. I am more of a warm weather girl, so Australia will be a nice change from Harrisonburg weather,” Smith said.

Dean Koo

Mohammed Ihmed

Binita Pokhrel

South Korea



We didn’t have lunch or a library. You were only able to buy something small like water, but we only went to school for a few hours, not like here. We didn’t have many sports. Most people liked to play soccer, [instead of sports like] basketball.

In Nepal junk food is everywhere, but really good. Sometimes there are homemade foods, and you can bring your own lunch. Sports are pretty much the same, but the focus is mostly on basketball. The basketball season goes throughout the whole year because there really isn’t any extreme weather.






Lunch was pretty great, because it was all funded by the government. We had a different meal every day. We definitely had sports, but in elementary school there isn’t Little League. But after lunch we would get an hour of recess. The major sport in Korea was soccer, so everyone there played it. We weren’t given letter grades, just percentages. Our grades were also based on just our final tests. There were around 12 different subjects in elementary school and 16 in high school.

There’s no grading system like A, B, Cs, they just give percentages. Unlike the American grading system, you don’t have homework grades. The grades are strictly based on the exams. The passing score is 40 on all the exams. The teachers wouldn’t punish Here students go to the teachIf you didn’t do your homeus for [not doing homework], er’s room, but in Nepal teachwork, you’d have to kneel but if you didn’t do it a second ers came to us. Until recently down outside the class and the teachers were also allowed time, they would give you a hold a chair over your head. to hit/slap the students as zero. punishment, but they are banning this now. School is not that big in Nepal, There were around 12 different We had seven classes all in so classes are pretty big. Masubjects in elementary school one room. We had Kurdish, jority of the classes have 40-50 and 16 in high school. We also English, Arabic, Math, Hishad mandatory study periods, tory, and Science. Science was students but it also depends Chemistry, Biology and Earth on the schools itself. so sometimes students get Science. home at 9 p.m. In high school they have to wear uniforms. It’s quite stylish, however.

There weren’t grades like an A or ways to get extra credit. The grade was a percentage, and there weren’t report cards either. Also If you failed a class, you would have to redo all your classes over the summer.

We had to wear a uniform of jeans and a t-shirt.

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FLYING. Coach Bryant Vennable observes an long jump attempt by freshman Kaitlynn Nicholas during practice. Vennable is the new jumping coach, overseeing long, and triple jump, along with JMU student David Butler.

Athletes transition from indoor to outdoor track Anna Wyatt Staff reporter Now that the indoor track season has come to an end and outdoor track is just starting up, it’s easy for HHS runners to step back and compare the two similar sports. One obvious difference that can be simply gathered from just looking at the two names, is the location. One might conclude that one is held indoors and the other is held outdoors. However, this is not entirely true. While the majority of time during in-

door track is spent indoors, there are many activities that require runners to venture outside despite the bitter cold. Senior Erin Goodstein has participated in both indoor and outdoor track for almost her whole high school career. While she enjoys both, she admits that she prefers outdoor to indoor. “During indoor we usually wear tights, Under Armor, and coats, but during outdoor we can just wear shorts and t-shirts,” Goodstein said. Another difference between the two seasons of track is the variety of students on the team changes from indoor to out-

door. English teacher David Loughran is the coach of both indoor and outdoor track. “We lose some people during indoor to winter sports and musical. During outdoor, we lose people to other spring sports,” Loughran said. Junior Chris Hyser and Senior Akia Morris along with Goodstein all agree that outdoor track tends to be more serious and intense. “The atmosphere during outdoor track is more competitive than that of indoor. There’s also a bigger team, more events, and more fans at meets,” Hyser said.

Boys Tennis Schedule 4/4 vs Rockbridge County (H) 4/9 at Turner Ashby (A) 4/12 vs Broadway (H) 4/16 at Robert E Lee (A) 4/19 at Wanyesboro (A) 4/23 vs Fort Defiance (H) 4/26 at Sportswood (A) 4/29 vs Eastern Mennonite (H) 5/3 vs Turner Ashby (H) 5/6 at Broadway (A)

Girls Tennis Schedule 4/9 vs Turner Ashby (H) 4/11 at Eastern Mennonite (A) 4/16 vs Robert E Lee (H) 4/18 at Broadway (A) 4/19 vs Wanyesboro (H) 4/23 at Fort Defiance (A) 4/26 vs Sportswood (H) 5/3 vs Turner Ashby (H) 5/6 vs Broadway (H)

Outdoor Track Schedule

JUMP! Sophomore Isiah Parker attempts a hurdle as coach Gary Bugg, and fellow teammate, Tim Zepp look on.

4/10 at Fort Defiance (A) 4/13 at Turner Ashby (A) 4/17 at Waynesboro (A) 4/24 vs Broadway, Fort, Lee (H) 4/30 vs TBA (H) 5/1 TBA 5/8 at Broadway (A) 5/10 vs TBA (H) 5/16 at Broadway (A)

Cross country runners transition to track Sam Imeson Staff reporter Running can be a hobby, something you do to make sure you get out of the house or something you do to stay in shape, but for some, running is a serious sport that requires lots of dedication to be the best at. For the cross country team here at HHS, whether they run for a hobby or run to be competitive, they all take it very seriously. Almost all of the runners on the cross country team run track as well in the Spring. “For track we do more

workouts than we do in cross country, in cross country we just run around the city. I run the same long distance though in both sports. For track I run the 800 meter and sometimes the mile,” Junior Chris Hyser said. “I do not think track is as hard as cross country because the runs are a lot longer in cross country. I run the 800 meter and the 2 mile during track season, I feel that track is more competitive than cross country,” Junior Jake McDaniel said. The atmosphere for track meets may also seem

more competitive seeing as how everyone can see you running the whole time, whereas in the cross country spectators can sometimes only see you for a few minutes of the race. “The workouts for track are a bit more difficult, but the main difference between the two sports is the time commitment. Track takes up more of my time than cross country did,” Senior Jordan Leaman said. The Blue Streaks track team will look to make a run for the District title and these distance runners could play a substantial part in that.

GETTING READY. Sophomore Tim Zepp gets a running start before jumping a hurdle during outdoor track practice.

Tennis team prepares for another successful season Kerri Hofacker Sports editor After several years of dominating the district and making runs to the regional tournament, the boys tennis team has descended from the top for a rebuilding year. The team graduated six seniors, five of which were in their top six, and the only returning member of the top six is junior Antoine Timbers. This means that many members of the team need to step up and fill in the holes left by the seniors. “It is going to be hard to be competitive this year, but we’re going to do our best and hopefully we’ll make it to the playoffs again,” Timbers said. In the past four years, the tennis team made it to regionals and was one of the top eight teams in the

state last season. This was because the team had a lot of experience leading them, but now younger players are going to have to step up and take on that leadership role. Seniors Robby Ross and Joe Measell, along with junior Rajen Tandel, will be a huge asset to the top six. Ross has been on the team the past two years, but this is the first year that he will be one of the top contributors. With several young players, the boys tennis team hopes to make it past the district tournament and into regionals and maybe even qualify for states. Making it to regionals could be difficult, but Timbers seems confident in his team. “We just have to work at it and hopefully we do the best we can,” Timbers said.

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WATCHING THE BALL. Junior Antione Timbers follow through on his forehand shot.

This year, the tennis team has quite a few new members. They will be the future to the program, but can they help the team get to states and stay there? Freshman Peter Kim is on the tennis team this spring, but he’s on the varsity tennis team since there isn’t a JV team. “I play tennis because it’s fun,” Kim said. Kim has played tennis for two years while others have played for several years. Usually people are influenced by someone to play a sport and that was the case for Kim. “I was influenced to play tennis by Antoine Timbers,” Kim said.

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Schedule of events: Apr 5 Apr 6 Apr 9 Apr 12 Apr 16 Apr 19 Apr 9 Apr 12 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr 9 Apr 12 Apr 13 Apr 16 Apr 19 Apr 23 Apr 9 Apr 12 Apr 16 Apr 19 Apr 23

BASEBALL A Liberty H Alleghany A Turner Ashby H Broadway A R.E. Lee A Waynesboro SOFTBALL A Turner Ashby H Broadway A R.E. Lee H Fort Defiance BOYS SOCCER A Turner Ashby A E.C. Glass A Tournament A R.E. Lee A Waynesboro H Fort Defiance GIRLS SOCCER H Turner Ashby A Broadway H R.E. Lee H Waynesboro A Fort Defiance




Athletes take steps to prevent injuries Anthony Duong Sports Editor Becoming sidelined is an aspect of sports all athletes try to avoid. Injuries can keep athletes out of their sports for vast amounts of time, or even permanently. When entering a sport, most athletes are constantly reminded that their safety comes first. Whether it’s hitting others in pads, wrestling on the mats, or running around the track, injuries are always a risk. The prevention of injury is dif-

ficult; it’s bound to happen in every sport you see. Rolling ankles, popping knees, and concussions, are recurring sights when encountering the trainer’s room, but preventing these injuries will always be the goal. Sophomore track athlete Campbell Rutherford shares his opinion on injuries in sports. “Injuries are going to happen, it’s something you hit or miss, but when it happens, it can affect the performance of the athletes on the field and off. It’s something you don’t want to see happen to anyone,” Rutherford said.

Knee injuries, playing through pain, and physical therapy are a familiar sight for junior Kevin Franco. Franco tore several ligaments in his knee while playing freshman football. For the majority of Franco’s high school career, he has been forced to wear a knee brace. Franco recently had full reconstructive knee surgery and will be ready to play for the 2013 football season. “The injury to my knee was something I had to get past when I was playing football. It’s always been a problem, so I finally got the surgery. I’m definitely glad

that I won’t have to be putting up with my knee in the future, right now I just want to rebound and be more careful,” Franco said. HHS football quarterback Ryan Nixon expresses his feelings about injuries after breaking his fibula during football season. “Awareness for injuries in sports is a must, it hurts your team, but most importantly, it hurts yourself,” Nixon said. Injury prevention has become the priority for athletes and trainers, even classes like ACL prevention have been implemented to prevent further injuries.

Taylor helps lead Streaks to win over Judges Max Johnson Staff Reporter Sophomore forward Jackson Taylor is coming into the 2013 soccer season with high expectations. He is coming off of a freshman season that beats most; being named first all district team

after scoring 15 goals at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He spent last soccer season as the only freshman among a junior and senior-filled varsity team, which adds to his potential considering that Courtland is home to one of the best soccer teams in

the state. HHS, whose team has placed high in the state the past several years, has high expectations for Taylor. After Harrisonburg’s opening win to Handley High School, Jackson and his fellow Blue Streaks lived up to their previous records, defeating the

Handley Judges 4-2. Jackson had two goals along with an assist, with juniors Henry Gotay and Luis Vargas each scoring the other two goals. “Hopefully we can keep this intensity up for the rest of the season, we all played well [the night of the Handley game,” Taylor said.

PREGAME. The boys varsity soccer team warms-up in the main gym before practice. The team is off to a good start, beating the Handley Judges 4-2.


Boys varsity soccer reloading Austin Swift Staff Reporter The boys varsity team began their first practice Monday, Feb 18, and are looking forward to a great season. Boys varsity coach Ted Erickson is looking forward to rebuilding his team after losing the majority of his starters from last year. The varsity team has 20 players, with only eight of those players returning from last season. “Our strength is our youth, we have a very young team with sophomores and freshmen, all with the desire to win championships that we haven’t won in a while. [The players] all have passion for the game, we didn’t just take a basketball player and morph him into a soccer player. We are really athletic for the first time in a couple years and we also have height and muscle to go along with that,” Erickson said.

Even though Erickson is hopeful that his new team will provide them with an advantage, several cons go along with having such a young varsity team. “Our youth is also our biggest weakness, and we are only getting three seniors returning from last year. It’s a brand new team and [the new players] will need time playing together to adapt. This will be more of a reloading year of new faces and learning, not rebuilding,” Erickson said. First year varsity player sophomore Carlos Pulido says the team has strong defense as well as offense this year, but lacks communication with one another. Despite the drastic changes, the boys varsity team is projected to have a successful season, and finish among the top three teams in the district. “We have to be confident in our youth, and the tough teams like Fort, Waynesboro and TA will be a good test,” Erickson said.

FANCY FOOTWORK. Sophomore Jackson Taylor and junior Jacob Byrd practice their defense.

EYE ON THE BALL. Sophomore Adonis Hernandez dribbles the ball.

GOALKEEPING. The boys varsity team practices their shooting and goalkeeping.

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Sports Briefs TENNIS TOPPLES LEEMEN The girls tennis team took on the Lee ladies of Robert E. Lee High School on Mar 15. The Streaks were victories and won the match 7-2. Seniors Gina Muan and Sarah Rose led the Streaks to their first win. STREAKS TAKE ON PANTHERS The boys varsity baseball team traveled to Page County High School on Mar 15 to play the Panthers. The Streaks kept the game close through four innings, but after a rough fifth inning, the Panthers took the lead and held on to win 7-1. JUDGES STOP STREAKS The girls varsity soccer team traveled to John Handley High School on Mar 14 to play the Judges. The Lady Streaks fell 1-2 against the Judges on a cold Thursday night. They were led by sophomore Hannah Durden. GIRLS THROTTLE GIANTS The varsity girls tennis team took on Waynesboro High School’s Little Giants in their second district meet on Mar 19. The ladies beat out the Giants 9-0. Senior Gina Muan and junior Lucy Rose led the team to their second district win, improving to 2-1 and 2-0 in the district. BOYS TENNIS DROPS MATCH The boys tennis team opened up their season with two straight losses to Rockbridge and R.E. Lee, which was a district match.

Young pitching team hits softball field Bryndal Fulginiti Advertising manager This year’s varsity softball team is a team that could surprise everyone. After losing most of their seniors, especially the pitchers, the team is left with two less experienced pitchers. Sophomore Katherine Komara sees the team as strong, though. “Most of the players this year are utility players meaning that they can play multiple positions. If someone isn’t there, or they are hurt, then someone else is able to fill in and play their spot for them,” Komara said. This is Komara’s second year playing on the varsity team. “We should definitely be a strong hitting team. At first, our pitching wasn’t very good since we lost all of our pitchers, but we were able to get some of our other players to step up and work on their pitching skills for us. We also have really good fielding,” Komara said. “If the team stays focused we should do really well, we just have to work together and act as a team to help us do good,” Komara said.


New cage benefits teams Sam Imeson Staff reporter Varsity baseball coach Mark Mace had been attempting to get a new indoor batting cage for his team to use since the day he took the head coaching job. “I initiated the move to get the new cage,” Mace said. “Our indoor hitting area was not sufficient for what we needed.” There was already a cage in the multipurpose room, but it was very old and did not meet the needs of the team and coaches. “The cage in the multi-purpose room is terrible, [the baseball team] needed this new cage really bad,” coach Kevin Tysinger said. Although having the cage now is great, getting the cage to the high school and then assembled was no easy task. The cage itself was assembled by AA electric, which is run by Todd Abernathy. “The cage took way too long to get here, it was supposed to be at the school in November,” Tysinger said. “We could have had it up before we did but we were missing a part to the cage.”

Sophomore adds to team TJ Kirkland Staff reporter Sophomore Christopher Whitelow was the only freshman on the varsity baseball team last year and is one of the many sophomores this year. Whitelow also started for the varsity basketball team this year. “It was challenging being the youngest on the team last year and I have even higher expectations for myself going into this season,” Whitelow said. Whitelow started as a freshman playing catcher while senior Bryce Baughman was out because of shoulder surgery, and this year he will be playing third base. Whitelow comes into this season with more experience as a fielder as well as a hitter. He played travel baseball with the 18u Shenandoah Valley Baseball Association team over the summer and hit at their academy in Bridgewater during the winter, which will give him an advantage over some players this season.

Nishat Jamil Editorial cartoonist As the girls lace up their shoes and slip on their gloves, a fresh faced coach looks forward to a great season of softball. English teacher Hannah Bowman heard about the job opening from Darrell Wilson, the HHS athletic director. “[He told me] there was an opening and it was something I wanted to do since I played in high school,” Bowman said. “This is my first time coaching softball.” Bowman has always had a passion for softball, ever since she first joined a team when she was four years old. As the coach, Bowman provides guidance for her team, both academically and on the field. “Specifically on the field, [I am] teach-

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The baseball team had a good start to their season in a scrimmage against Central High School on March 4, beating the Falcons 18-3. The team should be competitive this year, and even better in the years to come because there is only one senior on the team this season. The number of seniors in the coming years will give the boys more chemistry and experience, and help them remain competitive in the district. “I like how our team is friends with each other and we had a lot of team chemistry two weeks into the season,” Whitelow said. Second year head coach Mark Mace helps the team with the fundamentals of hitting and how to play the game the right way. It helps that they have a relatively young team so Mace is able to coach them in how he wants them to play and how he wants things done. It’s fun and exciting being on varsity [baseball] as a young player because it gives me a lot of experience and my teammates are great,” Whitelow said.

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The cage cost $7000 and was paid for with the money from the baseball team budget and a glow in the dark golf tournament at Heritage Oaks golf course that was sponsored by Harrisonburg baseball. The Harrisonburg Little League also donated $1,800 towards the baseball team in exchange for baseball clinics provided by Coach Mace and his players. The greatest contribution to the baseball team may have come from HHS alum John Wade. With the cage being as big as it is, 70 feet by 15 feet, it can be used for many different things, not just hitting. Tysinger explained that the cage can be used for pitchers to practice pitching the full distance when the team is stuck inside for practice. Already in the first two weeks of having the cage, both the baseball and softball teams have taken full advantage of the new equipment. “It has been a lot better than previous years thats for sure,” junior varsity coach John Boyers said. “We definitely get a lot more done when we can not go outside.” This new addition will allow the teams to have full practices even when they have to move inside because of poor weather.

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ing skills to new players,” Bowman said. She has to make sure that her students are keeping up with their studies so they will be able to play. Bowman also makes sure that her players have a positive attitude so that they can enjoy the game. Sophomore Rosanni Lake, who has played softball since her freshman year, approves of her new coach. “She’s really nice and sweet,” Lake said. “[Coach Bowman] is tough when she needs to be.” “I am looking forward to seeing a bunch of girls who just started playing softball improve a lot,” Bowman said. “We don’t have a very good youth program in Harrisonburg,” Bowman added, which might lead her players to face off against players who have been on a softball team for ten or more years. “We don’t have that kind of experience.”



Pitching key to good season The Valley District is very competitive in baseball this year. With many new additions and losses to every team, the race for first could be as close as ever. Here are my predictions for the 2013 season. 1. Spotswood Pitching is a huge part of high school baseball, and if you want to look for a good pitching rotation in the Valley District, you will want to look at Spotswood. The Trail Blazers return right-handed Austin Nicely, left-handed Tucker McCoy and Jimmy Miller will be the third man in the rotation. Helping offensively will be Josh Lasam, who was hitting .454 at one point last season, and Cole Lokey. 2. R.E.Lee Like I said before, pitching means a lot. And arguably the best pitching rotation around would be Robert E. Lee. Lee is not nearly as strong offensively as Spotswood is, which could be a huge problem. 3. Harrisonburg Strong returning offensive and defensive players for the Streaks include Matt Shifflett, Chris Whitelow, Sam Imeson and Bryce Baughman. Players that didn’t play last year but will play a strong role this year will be Jordan Dove and Kyle Templeton. 4. Fort Defiance Fort returns Trevor Lam and Clay Harris, two powerful hitters. Almost everyone else in their lineup can hit consistently which will make them tough to pitch against. They will need someone to step up and be a consistent pitcher if they want to be successful. 5. Waynesboro After a season cut short last year, a team full of juniors and sophomores are back in action and ready to contend for a district title for the Little Giants. They don’t have stand out pitching or stand out hitting, but they know the game and play extremely well together. 6. TA Turner Ashby is known for its outstanding baseball program, but this year could be another rebuilding year for the struggling Knights. The Knights will be led by all district player Evan Hanifee. 7. Broadway Broadway lost three of their top five hitters and return a very weak pitching staff. They also return junior shortstop Bradley Ritchie and left fielder Zane Hollsteter who both contribute a lot for the Gobblers.

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Mark Duda Editor-in Chief The students of HHS know that they’re endlessly talented, but their parents and the community might not be so acutely aware. The Spring Showcase and Spring Arts festival, both held on March 21, helped to show some of that talent off. The Showcase, which ran concurrently with parent-teacher conferences, gave an opportunity to student and community groups to display their club’s or organization’s information. The HHS robotics team, Big Blue Botics, had their last two years’ robots to show off. The National Art Honors Society set up arts and crafts booth for the visiting parents and their younger children. The JROTC program showed off their trophies from the competitions they’ve won this year. Student groups weren’t all that were in attendance, however. The Harrisonburg Fire Department, Massanutten Regional Library, and the Astronomy Outreach program all set up booths. The auditorium commons and main hallway were filled with booths set up by the different organizations. Senior Cameron Ritcher volunteered at the NAHS booth, helping visitors to make their own watercolor sea creatures out of paper cutouts. “If you color the paper [with markers], it will bleed when you dip it in the water, so they come out looking like watercolors,” Ritcher said. “Hopefully this is a fun activity for the kids who come with their parents, so they can have a craft to take home with them.” A series of performances, beginning at 2 p.m., began with the robotics team displaying their work. The team, which recently competed in the regional competition, displayed their last several years worth of work: a robot that shoots basketballs and one that throws frisbees. Freshman team member Kayla Leaman hoped that the event would help with recruiting for the team. “We want people to see what we’re doing and want to join. We really need girls [to join],” Leaman said. Later in the day, the second main event of the day began: the Spring Arts show. In its second year, the show featured a range of performances, from musical to comedic, all student-run. Three short student-directed plays were shown, as well as musical performances from acapella groups and individual/ duet performers. According to attendeees of the event, the turnout was a bit disappointing in comparison to last year, perhaps because the show was moved from a Friday to a Thursday. However, the performances were very well received by over one hundred spectators. The Showcase was an effort of the Home-School Relations correlate committee, a group of teachers who worked together to help show off the bright spots at HHS. English teacher Verity Caron served as the chairperson for the event.

ANIME MANIA The HHS anime club displays their collections at their Spring Showcase booth. The club is dedicated to Japansese culture.

CREATIVE WRITING HHS’s award-winning literary magazine, Imprint, showed off some student art at the Showcase.

ARTS AND CRAFTS Junior Miles Donahue creates a project at the National Art Honors Society booth.

WATERCOLORS Senior Sarah Kaylor volunteers at the National Art Honor Society booth. Visitors to the booth were able to make crafty watercolor pieces that they could take home with them. EXPLORE The Astronomy Outreach organization set up a booth with demonstrations at the showcase

PROGRAMMING Freshman Kayla Leaman works on the HHS robotics team’s robot at the Showcase.

MILITARY FUTURE The JROTC program showed off their trophies and equipment at the Showcase.

ORIGINALS Senior Sam St. Ours and junior Abe Nouri perform their original song “Alonzo”.

SOLOIST Junior Garrett Thompson performs a solo piece at Spring Arts.

ULTIMATE Senior Trevor Cockburn prepares this year’s competition robot at the robotics team’s display.

MARCH MADNESS Cockburn shows off last year’s robot, which shot basketballs, for spectators.

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