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Welcome Back, Track

First Annual Dance-off Heats Up

Track team scores big at first home meet Annie Plotkin, ‘11

Photos by Daniela Cervantes and Lizett Claure-Orellana

Teachers Post Signs of Tolerance John Bardo, ‘11

News Editor

Last year, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) asked teachers to post LGBTwelcoming cards on their door. LGBT refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, all groups toward whom the GSA aims to foster acceptance. The cards include a brief oath affirming an LGBT-friendly environment with a space for the staff member’s signature. As a finishing touch, a rainbow spectrum is printed next to the oath. “By signing [these cards], teachers are saying that this is a safe environment and we prohibit language that is discriminatory, especially toward LGBT people,” said junior Allison Fontaine, vice president of the GSA. According to Fontaine, the campaign stalled as members ceased to ask teachers to post the cards, and also because of concerns about whether approval was necessary to post the cards. However,


LGBT signs such as these were placed on various teachers’ doors. The GSA hopes to revamp its efforts next year.

Assistant Principal Mr. Paul Jamelske recently said permission was not necessary. “It is perfectly acceptable to post these cards,” said Mr. Jamelske. “There have been different versions of them over the years, and I used to have one on my office door in the old building.”


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Despite the lack of posting, there were several teachers who posted signs after requests from GSA members. Among them are social studies teacher Ms. Catherine Sauter and English teacher Ms. Sarah Reese, both of whom were persuaded by Fontaine. Ms. Reese readily signed and posted the card. “I posted it because a student of mine asked me to do it,” said Ms. Reese. “It’s important to vocalize our acceptance here at this school.” Mr. Jamelske believes these cards make certain students feel more comfortable in the school community. “It sends a message, even in a subtle manner, that all students are welcomed and honored,” he said. “The vast majority of LGBT issues are invisible and this sign can heighten everyone’s awareness and sensitivity.” Fontaine hopes to encourage the other club members to renew their efforts to encourage posting more cards in the future.



On May 5, for the first time in four years, a home track meet was held, much to the excitement of the athletes on the team. Along with the comfort of their home track, members of the team celebrated senior night, where they acknowledged the accomplishments of the seniors on track. This was the first senior night in the history of the team. “It was a lot of fun to be recognized for our achievements,” said senior and captain of the track team Cynthia Carson. “It was the first one and hopefully not the last.” Seniors received roses, and were recognized for the number of years they had run track along with the colleges they are scheduled to attend in the fall. Junior Imane Zirari, a distance runner, felt the advantage of being on her home turf. “It was great having the support of a lot of fans,” she said. “It was an inspiration to do well so I had a great race.” Freshman Ariel Bobbett, a member of the sprinting team, said she felt more comfortable at the home track. “Our track is really new and nice compared to other school’s tracks,” said Bobbett. The coaches also saw a difference in the runners, attributing it to the ideal weather and the turf’s familiarity. “They were excited to have their first home meet in four years and a lot of the kids were motivated,” said distance coach Mr. Matt Przydzial. Some runners felt this motivation more than others. “I thought it was more stressful,” said sophomore Manon Loustaunou. “It was our home track and there was pressure to do well, especially since it was the last meet [of the regular season].” The meet was a victory for the girls team, while the boys came in a close second to Falls Church. “It felt great after all the hard work we put in all season,” said sophomore Jasmine Herndon. The event attracted over 100 spectators, both family members and friends, to witness the inaugural track meet. Said sprinting coach Mr. Warren Gillus, “It was our first meet home in four years, all the coaches and athletes were enthusiastic.”




Read a final farewell to four faculty leaving the school this June and check out the latest happenings from around the school.

Discover some of Arlington’s best and worst burger restaurants, and find out what bands and artists are coming to the area this summer.

Learn where the class of 2010 will be attending college, and look back on their high school experience throughout the last four years.



Online Content

Find some of the summer’s best places for exercises, and take a look at our review of the boys varsity baseball team’s season.

Take a look at one student’s thoughts on the Generals Rest Period and a look back at the best and worst of this past school year.

Staff Reporter

Senior Supplement

To keep up with the times, the Crossed Sabres is now online, under the “Activities” tab on the school’s website. Check out photos from the spring musical, some online articles that we did not include in this issue, and see the rules for our summer photo contest.


What’s Going On? School News and Noteworthy Events Wednesday, June 15: Student Directed Shows The student-directed version of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will be performed in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The student-directed production of The Pretentious Young Ladies will be performed at the same time on Thursday, and a compilation of the shows will be performed again at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Friday, June 11: Prom Prom will take place at the Key Bridge Marriott from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. No students will be admitted after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 15: Memories in Words and Music Memories in Words and Music will be held in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. All seniors and their families may attend this variety show event that will feature singing, dancing and bands. Thursday, June 17: Graduation Practice All seniors must report to the cafeteria at 1:30 p.m. for a mandatory graduation practice. Also at this event will be the distribution of IB, NHS and Valedictorian paraphernalia. Wednesday, June 23: Last Day of School This is the last day of school for all students, and students will be dismissed after sixth and seventh period exams, at 12:34 p.m.


June 9, 2010

-Andrew Elliott ‘11

Librarian Mrs. Lynne Healey


Ms. Lynne Healey is retiring after three years of working here as a school librarian. She jokingly described her move from her previous job at Yorktown to Washington-Lee as a “promotion.” What connected Ms. Healey most to the school was the students’ respectfulness and love of literature. “I get into book discussions with many students. Because the school is so diverse, there is a diverse interest in reading,” she said. She also enjoyed helping students conduct research. Compiled by Abigail Bessler

Crossed Sabres

Saying Goodbye to Teachers Another school year is almost complete, and with this comes the necessity of saying goodbye to staff members who will be retiring. The four staff members below are easily recognizable for the important roles they have played during their time here.

Counselor Ms. Paula Keating John Bardo, ‘11

News Editor

Counselor Ms. Paula Keating began her job at the school in September 2001, a few weeks before terrorists attacked the Pentagon just four miles away from her new workplace. Many students had parents employed at the Pentagon, so the counseling department worked to keep students informed of developments and help them cope with the sudden shock. “It didn’t matter if you had two years or 20 years in counseling, no one was prepared for that,” said Ms. Keating. Attempting to contain panic during the September 11 attacks was one of many tasks that Ms. Keating confronted during her lifelong career in counseling, which will end in June as she retires. Ms. Keating began counseling students at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Later, she took jobs at Massachusetts high schools and middle schools. In 1990, Ms. Keating moved to Arlington where she worked for nine years at Thomas Jefferson Middle School until finally taking a job here. The most challenging aspect of counseling for Ms. Keating is the necessity for flexibility. “You may have a specific set of goals you want to accomplish on any given day, and everything is changed the moment you walk through the door because of a crisis or emergency with a student or family,” said Ms. Keating. Despite the challenge, Ms. Keating still welcomes this aspect of the job. Junior Claudia Cisneros is one of Ms. Keating’s current students and remembers her counselor’s services helping with the


Andrew Karpinski, ‘11

Staff Reporter


Ms. Paula Keating has been a school counselor for her entire professional career. She plans to retire to New England and see the world.

transition process from middle school to high school. “She gave me details about all of my classes and was really supportive,” said Cisneros. Dr. Marie Bullock, Director of Counseling Services, also praised Ms. Keating’s skills as a counselor. When Dr. Bullock first met Ms. Keating, she noted that Ms. Keating “was very organized and really liked working with kids.” Dr. Bullock also noted Ms. Keating’s sense of humor and said that it will be difficult to replace. By this time next year, Ms. Keating and her husband plan to relocate to a house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts or perhaps somewhere in New Hampshire. Her primary interest is traveling, and she plans to spend much of retirement exploring the world. Her first destination: Tuscany, Italy.

Social Studies Teacher Dr.George Spanos Annie Plotkin, ‘11

Science Teacher Mr. Ron Revere

Staff Reporter “It’s different, but it works,” said senior Nathaniel Root, referring to Dr. George Spanos’ teaching method. The teacher of psychology, theory of knowledge and philosophy is retiring after his 20th, year at the school. In his newly-found free time, Dr. Spanos looks forward to being able to do things such as traveling, guitar playing, movie editing and visiting his grandchildren. However, it is a bittersweet departure. “I’m going to miss interacting with the best and brightest students in Arlington County,” said Dr. Spanos. Students who have graduated still remember their theory of knowledge classes with Dr. Spanos in particular. “Dr. Spanos was a unique teacher; he really pushed his students to think outside the box and engage in different theories and world views,” said 2005 graduate Chris Blank. Dr. Spanos has been contributing to the school for over two decades, both teaching and introducing new programs and ideas to the school’s curriculum. “He’s been a pioneer with senior experience as well as a great teacher,” said Assistant Principal Mrs. Margarita Cruz. “He’s hard to replace.” As some parting advice to future philosophy students, Dr. Spanos said, “I’d paraphrase an ancient Chinese classic: ‘One of the first steps to understanding The Great Learning is to understand how to investigate things. Encountering anything at all in the world, [students] must build on what they already know, and probe still deeper.’”

Taking over the theory of knowledge classes will be English teacher Mr. Keith Klein and math teacher Mr. Matthew Przydzial. Social studies teacher Mr. Robert Summers will teach the IB philosophy course. Those teaching the classes are excited about their new job assignments. “I can’t replace Dr. Spanos; I have giant glasses to fill,” said Mr. Summers. “He has been a tremendous contributor to the philosophical growth of students at the school in his career. I look forward to the challenge of teaching philosophy.”


Dr. George Spanos taught philosophy at the school for 20 years. He looks forward to catching up on some hobbies and spending time with family.

The end of this school year will mark a final goodbye from science teacher Mr. Ron Revere. Mr. Revere has taught science to students for 28 years, the last 12 of those here teaching regular and IB Physics as well as astronomy. Many students say that anyone who has spent a year in Mr. Revere’s class is immediately introduced to the heavy work load that he plants on his students, especially in the IB Physics class. “I was previously warned about how much work I’d have to do this year in [Mr. Revere’s] class. But [the workload] still shocked me and I spent many of my nights up late completing my physics notes,” said junior Sandra McCartin. While students recognize that there is a lot of work in Mr. Revere’s classes, there is also a common agreement that he creates a fun atmosphere in all his courses. He has been known for letting out loud screams during class at times of excitement or when a student incorrectly uses a physics term. Mr. Revere has been interested in physics since childhood and eventually received a teaching degree from Colgate University after graduating from William and Mary. He also admits that one of his “selfish wishes” is that students will look back on his class as an overall fun learning experience, and not a class that they dreaded going to. Shortly after the school year ends, Mr. Revere will move to Surfside Beach, SC, where he plans to spend his time relaxing and enjoying the summer at his home a few blocks away from the beach. He said he will miss all the staff at the school, especially his “physics buddies.” “I will miss lunch in the penthouse everyday and all the laughter and good times had there,” said Mr. Revere. One student who has become one of Mr. Revere’s biggest fans over the years is alumnus Zach Warburg, who took IB Physics his junior year. Warburg said that he learned much in Mr. Revere’s class, not only about physics, but also life lessons. “He instilled in me a sense of discipline,” said Warburg. “I am proud and honored to call him not only my former teacher, but also my mentor and more importantly, my friend.” The importance of a strong bond between student and teacher is also significant to Mr. Revere. “I will miss the students. [They] always were the whole purpose of being a teacher. Regardless of my personal age, my students always remained ageless, and that, in turn, kept me young.” When asked if he had one favorite memory from teaching at this school, Mr. Revere said that there were too many wonderful memories to single out just one. “As a physics teacher I felt blessed to always have the best toys and the best students...I loved my job for 28 years.”


Crossed Sabres

June 9, 2010

Summer Concert Series Kirby Miller, ‘13


Business Manager

School is almost done and students are dispersing into their many summer activities, be they work, sports or just hanging out. An entertaining way to spend your time with friends during the summer is to go to concerts. The metropolitan area is having many shows, tours and festivals coming through this summer. Here are just a few.

Act Playing



Ticket Price

Where to Purchase Tickets

Adam Lambert and Orianthi Lynyrd Skynyrd Tim McGraw

June 27 July 9 July 10

Rams Head Live Jiffy Lube Live Jiffy Lube Live

$44 $31-$65.50 $25.50-$65.50

Vans Warped Tour featuring Hey Monday, Mayday Parade and many more La Roux Honda Civic Tour featuring Paramore, Tegan & Sarah and New Found Glory John Mayer Kings of Leon Black Eyed Peas MGMT

July 20

Merriweather Post Pavilion


July 28 July 31

Rams Head Live Merriweather Post Pavilion

$27.50 $21-36

July 31 August 7 August 10 August 14

Jiffy Lube Live Jiffy Lube Live 1st Mariner Arena Merriweather Post Pavilion

$36-$79.50 $36.50-$61.50 $37.50-$79.50 $25






June 9, 2010


Growing Out of the Happy Meal B G R PHOTO BY NOAH PILCHEN

Noah Pilchen, ‘12

Features Editor

Move over Five Guys, there is a new burger joint in town, coincidently called: Burger Joint . Started in 2009, Burger Joint serves up more than just the typical bun and patty. With 12 unconventional burger choices, four different sides and four shake flavors, Burger Joint provides up to 192 options for a satisfying lunch. From the standard cheeseburger, to a burger made of ahi tuna, BGR satisfies even the most bizarre taste buds. They even grill a burger that weighs 15.4 pounds in total. It consists of nine pounds of beef and is topped with two heads of lettuce, eight tomatoes, three red onions and four pickles. If one customer can finish the whole burger, it is free. ‘The 9 Pounder’ is also served with a side of Maalox, an antacid. If you are not into eating nine pounds of beef, BGR also offers a seasonal lobster burger, a Greek inspired burger, a vegetarian burger and many more. Burger Joint looks like it was taken right out of the 1980s. Album covers line the wall, ‘gnarly’ colored lights hang from the ceiling and 1980s tunes blast through the restaurant. The loud music resulted in a few misheard orders, but they were quickly corrected.

Andrew Dudka, ‘12

While the prices at BGR may seem steep, they are fitting for the quality of the meal you get. When you first order your burger, the cashier asks how you would like it cooked (medium, rare, well done, etc.,) a difference from the customary fast food burger. Another difference from fast food places was that the burgers and fries were not soaked in grease. “Because the burgers weren’t greasy, the buns weren’t soggy, which was a really good change to normal fast food burgers,” said senior Caroline Birasa. “Caution: We take no responsibility for missing fingers as you eat these fries. They are highly addictive!” reads the warning on the Burger Joint menu regarding their regular and sweet potato fries. Although the sweet potato fries could have been cooked a little longer, the regular fries were ‘highly addictive’. If you are going to BGR on a weekday, make sure to check out the “Daily Lunch Special,” it contains a burger, or veggie burger, regular fries and a soft drink. It costs about $9 and is roughly $4 cheaper than purchasing the components separately. Since 2009, Burger Joint has made its way into the Washington Post twice and the Washingtonian three times, including the Washingtonian’s ‘100 Best Bargain Restaurants of 2009.’ Even though Burger Joint has a new location on Lee Highway, students may not want to go there for lunch due to time constraints. BGR is located at 3129 Lee Highway.



is comprehensive, with all of the staple sodas and several syrups to add to drinks. The burger itself was decent, but a little reliant on toppings for taste. The bun was fairly good, although not made on-site. It is rather thick and could have absorbed some of the flavor of the burger. The option to change how the burger is cooked would be helpful to add taste, although cooking all burgers well done is good for safety. The fries come in a good portion and Big Buns did not disappoint on taste. The sweet potato fries are exceptional and recommended. The mahi-mahi is tender and flaky, and the black bean and mango salsa adds just the right amount of tang. Two things, however, stuck out in my mind after leaving the restaurant. A burger including cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce with an order of fries ran for $9.56, and that was without paying for a drink. This is a hefty price tag compared to the likes of nearby Chick-Fil-A or Chipotle. Also, there was no easily visible place to dispose of recycling. In this county it surprised me to notice this lack of alternative trash disposal. Big Buns remains a strong option for a meal for those in the Ballston area, however, for those worried about their carbon footprints or their wallets, it may not be a location to frequent too often.

Four Arlington burger joints put to the test

Business Manager

With over 250,000 ways to have a Five Guys burger, it is almost impossible for customers order a meal that they do not enjoy--and I am no exception. Five Guys has been my favorite burger joint for a long time, and that does not seem likely to change any time soon. Not only did Five Guys originate in Arlington, but the original Five Guys is still open today and is PHOTO BY one of many Five Guys in the metropolitan area. I have eaten Five Guys enough in my life to write a review on it without even buying a burger, but turning down the chance to get one was something I was not going to do. I ordered my usual, a little cheese burger with everything except tomatoes. The nice thing about Five Guys is that the little burger is all that is needed to feel full. The Five Guys full-size burger is too much for most people to handle. Along with my burger, I shared regular sized french fries with my friend. They offer a larger portion of french fries, but yet again, it is too much food for most people. The regular is even big enough that two, potentially three, people can share it. For having such large meals, most customers would think that Five Guys would be expensive, but actually their prices are relatively reasonable. Five Guys burgers start at $3.29 for a little hamburger, and go up to $5.79 for a bacon cheese burger. Most toppings, like ketchup, onions and tomatoes are all included in the price. French fries are inexpensive as well. Regular fries cost $2.59 and large fries cost $4.19. Along with the great food and low prices, Five Guys also has good service. Even during the busy lunch and dinner hours, Five Guys service is just as quick and friendly as any other time of day. With more than just five guys working in the kitchen, the employees cook and deliver food faster than most other burger restaurants can. The quality and speed of a Five Guys meal cannot be found anywhere else in Arlington.



The closest Five Guys restaurant is located at 2300 Wilson Blvd.

ELEVATION BURGER Emily Walker, ‘12

Sports Editor

Catering to students and adults in the Ballston area for nearly four years now, Big Buns has become a staple in the diet of many. Nestled in a Ballston plaza between Grand Cru Wine Vineria and Mary’s Cafe, the apple-green walls and creative slogan of “I like Big Buns” is easily recognizable and certainly draws attention to itself. Yet another aspect that sets Big Buns apart is its unique style of ordering. From fresh portobello mushrooms to mahi-mahi fish to chicken, the restaurant provides some differentiation from the standard beef as the main point of a burger, although the standard grilled burger is still present. Next, there is the choice of whether the grilled entrée will go on a bun or over lettuce. Twelve different toppings ranging from $0.35 to $0.75, including the obvious staples such as bacon and cheese, to less common options, like black bean and mango salsa, can be added. Continuing the theme of distinctiveness, Big Buns produces four specialty sauces to accompany their burgers: buttermilk herb ranch, a honey mustard sauce, chipotle pesto aioli, and sweet chili vinaigrette. The ordering process is rounded out by a choice of sweet potato or normal french fries, followed by a fountain drink or a milkshake. Upon entering the restaurant, customers are greeted by the cashier, who was helpful with the somewhat complex ordering system and open to questions; however one can feel rushed by the need to “call” out the type of protein chosen in order to get the item on the grill faster. A free drink with any entrée purchased to students with an Arlington high school ID is an attractive prospect. The drink bar

Kirby Miller, ‘13

Crossed Sabres

Lifestyles Editor

Eating organic foods, ones processed without chemicals and farmed without the use of pesticides or other toxins, has become somewhat of a fad recently. Local stores, shops and even burger joints are hopping on the organic bandwagon. Elevation Burger, a national chain, is devoted to creating quality burger meals out of all organic ingredients. Elevation Burger offers multiple varieties of hamburgers, starting with the generic hamburger and cheeseburger options, and including vegetarian and vegan burgers. There is even a “Vertigo Burger,” which can be topped with up to ten patties, for the ultra-ravenous. For sides, you can pick from french fries, mandarin oranges and a side salad. Elevation Burger offers a variety of fountain and bottled drinks, and for dessert they have chocolate chip -oatmeal-pecan cookies and milkshakes. When I went to Elevation Burger with my family on a Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was quite crowded. Though the line to order was not long, the small restaurant has minimal indoor and outdoor seating and was over-crowded with patrons. When you order, you start with a basic burger and then add as many toppings as you want. With toppings ranging from staples like lettuce and tomatoes to eccentric add-ons like hot pepper relish and balsamic mustard, you are truly the burger master. When we finally got a dirty table after another family left, I sat down to eat my cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, raw onions and mustard. I had ordered “Elevation Sauce,” a secret recipe creamy, sweet tomato sauce but it had been forgotten. Also left out were the sautéed onions that were ordered on another hamburger.


Poor service aside, I was satisfied with my burger. The toppings were noticeably fresh and the bun was lightly toasted. The free-range, grain-fed beef was tasty, and not salty or dry. However, it was well done, and you do not get the option of having your burger done medium or rare. I also sampled a veggie burger, Veggie #1, which claims to taste “oven roasted” and like a regular beef patty, which it certainly does not. Veggie #1 tastes like compressed mystery vegetables, lightly grilled until only slightly soggy. A side of french fries fried in olive oil was good, but nothing stellar. But that is alright, because the french fries are not what Elevation Burger does best; they are best at crafting quality milkshakes. An Elevation Burger milkshake is thick and rich, and like their burgers, highly customizable. You start with vanilla, chocolate or coffee ice cream and can add in one or two toppings. Toppings include Oreo cookies, chocolate syrup, bananas, guava, pineapple and more. For my milkshake, I used chocolate ice cream and strawberries, and was highly satisfied. Elevation Burger is reasonably priced, and my meal, not counting the milkshake, cost less than $9. All in all, Elevation Burger is tasty, but nothing outstanding. Their promise of organic and local ingredients is really the only thing that sets them apart from the crowd. The nearest Elevation Burger is located at 2447 N. Harrison St.


Crossed Sabres

June 9, 2010

How to Get That Beach Body Luisa Banchoff, ‘13

Online Editor

Summer exercise suggestions

Among the many things that make Arlington a stand-out county are its public parks and trails. This fact combined with the need for summer exercise makes for a great excuse to get outside and get moving in Arlington this summer!

Bon Air Park is a great place to bring a family to enjoy the sun and beautiful scenery. The basketball and volleyball courts are also ideal for athletes.

For Hiking: Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Potomac Overlook is a forested park that merges with trails such as Donaldson Run and Potomac Heritage. A large part of the main trail follows a stream that empties out into the Potomac River. The park also has an interactive “Energerium,” an exhibit to educate children about energy use, located in the nature center. Why go here? This park is a tranquil alcove ideal for nature-loving hikers. With its various altitudes, this is the park to go to when training for more difficult, long-distance hikes. The end of the trail offers a nice fishing spot by the Potomac River.



For Tennis & Recreational Activities: Bluemont Park

For Tennis & Recreational For Jogging & Biking: W & Activities: Bon Air Park & Rose OD Trail Garden On a sunny day, Bon Air Park is swarming with people. It is no surprise, considering that there is a large picnic area bordered by the Four Mile Run stream on one side and a rose garden with two tennis courts on the other. Lodged towards the back of the park is a basketball court, a shaded volleyball court and a large space ideal for field games. The W & OD Trail also passes through this park. Why go here? Bon Air Park is not only a valuable place for athletes but also the optimal place to spend an afternoon outside. If you enjoy flowers and have an eye for color, bring a camera.

Just across the way from Bon Air, Bluemont Park is home to nine tennis courts, a soccer field, three baseball diamonds, a volleyball court, a basketball court and even a disc gold course. The W & OD trail picks up where it left off from Bon Air and continues through the woods, running parallel to Four Mile Run for some distance.  Why go here? Bluemont Park offers the ultimate variety of things to do. You can spend your time at the tennis courts, playing field games on the fields by the baseball diamonds or host a barbeque while playing a game of disc golf in the woods. With all of these setups within walking distance of one another, you can do as many as you please in one afternoon.


The W & OD Trail, starting in Loudoun County and ending in Arlington, follows a historic railroad route. The trail runs through both Bon Air and Bluemont parks and continues on through the woods alongside roads until it finally ends at South Shirlington Road in Arlington. The scenery along the trail is varied, depending on where you start and finish. The trail runs along the Four Mile Run stream for a long distance, occasionally criss-crossing with the Four Mile Run Trail. Why go here? No matter how far you plan on going, the W & OD trail is a useful pathway to take for any amount of exercise. The trail is useful for getting around or simply enjoying nature. You can get off the trail to take a break at parks such as Bon Air and Bluemont or stay on track. If you feel like getting somewhat lost, you can even switch to the Custis or Four Mile Run trails when they intersect with W & OD.

Rich in history, the W & OD trail is a great place to go for a jog and get immersed in nature.

Success on the Diamond

Generals’ baseball victorious season


Sean Magner, ‘12

Staff Reporter

“This could be a once in a generation team, in terms of their offensive ability,” said varsity baseball coach Mr. Doug Grove. “It’s taken a lot of hard work for those guys to get where they are. That’s something else to lead the region, because there are some good teams out there.” Based only on the team’s record, this year has been fantastic for the school’s varsity baseball team. In the regular season, the team had a record of 15 wins and five losses, and is currently first in the district, with 13 wins and one loss. The varsity players were not the only ones with success, however. The junior varsity team had 13 wins and five losses in their season. “The whole program has been doing really well this year,” said Mr. Grove. “We had a really good varsity season, and the [junior varsity] probably had their best record in 20 years.” Many of this year’s junior varsity players are expected to graduate to the varsity level next year. According to Mr. Grove, the varsity team has many talented and strong seniors and other returning players, and had two transfers as well, seniors Ben Coffman and

Ryan Dickt. One factor in the team’s success is strong players. “We have a lot of three year players and they’ve just come together as a team, really support each other and have good at bats,” said assistant coach Mr. Terry Dwyer. Some players, like senior Jeremy Seipp, attributes working hard outside of the regular season to his success. “In the off-season I was working with personal trainers for lifting and private tutors to get my swing down and really perfect my defense, and plug everything in baseball together,” said Seipp. Several players agreed their best game was the team’s senior night on May 4. When the team was losing by several runs, and came back in the fourth inning to score four more runs, including senior Christian McGillen’s two-run homer. Senior Tom Edwards also performed well, with two diving catches and pitching four innings without the other team scoring. For many of the players and coaches, however, baseball is about more than just winning and the team’s record. For Seipp, baseball is about the spirit of the game. He said, “Anything can happen in baseball, that’s the craziest thing. I just love the sport.”



June 9, 2010

Crossed Sabres

College Bound

Hard work in athletics leads to oppurtunities at the next level Andrew Elliott, ‘11


Come August, rising college freshmen across the country will be filing into their dorm rooms, embarrassed by the tears of their parents or scared by the heavy metal music their randomly assigned roommate is blasting on his or her computer. But for senior Maddy Farber the college experience will have already begun when the rest of the class is still getting dorm room keys, as she practices with her Division I teammates for pre-season training. Having first played soccer when she was five, Farber will be playing mid-field when she attends Cornell University this fall. Only 331 schools in the United States compete at Division I, the highest level in NCAA athletic competitions. To be selected to participate on a team of this caliber, athletes must exhibit strong athletic ability. Farber is one of nine, hand-picked high school seniors who will be joining the Big Red team next year. Walking into a school with an undergraduate admission of almost 14,000 can be extremely isolating, but Farber hopes the team will provide an immediate social circle. “From what I’ve been told, being on a varsity sports team

going into college is a great thing,” said Farber. “I’ll get to know all of the girls on the team before classes even start.” Farber has competed at many levels in high school and on travel teams, but she fully expects the college level to provide a new degree of challenge. “The play is much faster, much more physical, and just generally requires much more of you.” With such a high level of competition, building a balance between sports and academics is vital. With IB coursework and her position on two teams, Farber is wellversed in attempting to strike this equilibrium. “It’s not like skipping soccer or doing poorly in school were options, so I just learned to get it done.” Still, Farber recognizes that as she prepares for college, the commitment will be even greater. “The Ivys are allowed fewer hours for sports teams for some reason, so that should be a little helpful, but I know I’ll have practice, a game, fitness or weight training pretty much every day.” Though soccer has proven an integral part of her life for many years, Farber describes herself as “realistic” concerning her future in the sport. “Soccer isn’t my life, it’s a hobby that I have really enjoyed and have stuck with, and I hope to move on to other things after college.”


Maddy Farber and several other student athletes worked hard throughout their high school athletic careers and are now planning to play in college.

Two Teams Take District Titles

Girls soccer and boys lacrosse both defeat Yorktown in championship games


Congratulations to the girls soccer team and the boys lacrosse team. Both played well throughout the whole season, and their hard work finally paid off when they both won their respective district titles. The staff also bids farewell to the seniors, many of whom have played for the team for their entire high school career.

Lightbulb Learning Services Presents…

Athlete of the Issue

Nick Apseloff

College App Camp Summer 2010

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Staff Reporter Nick Apseloff is arguably the strongest kid in school. He rips phone books apart as a hobby and lifts fellow classmates high above his head. In addition to the great strength he shows around school, he has also proven to be a strength on the lacrosse field. For the past three years Apseloff has become a vital factor on the varsity lacrosse team and in their success. Apseloff admits that he did not always set out to become a lacrosse player. “I quit taekwondo in seventh grade and needed something to do,” said Apseloff. “My neighbor played lacrosse so I decided I would start playing.” Teammates say the aggressiveness needed in taekwondo carries over into Apseloff’s lacrosse game. “He is a very physical player who doesn’t stand down to anything or anyone during games,” said sophomore teammate Jarrod Nagurka. This season the team won the district finals game against Yorktown, clinching

the district title for the first time in the team’s existence. Apseloff was out for most of this season with a torn hamstring, but finally returned a week before playoffs began. “This has definitely been the most fun season of my career,” said Apseloff. “We started off the year flat with a few rough losses, but as the season progressed we got better both individually and as a team. I’m just happy to contribte my part to the team.” Apseloff is just as impressive off the field as he is on it. He is attending the University of Virginia in the fall. Of course, despite his success on the lacrosse field, the thing that Apseloff is most known for around school is the absurd amount of strength that he seems to possess. Apseloff said that when he began bench pressing in 2005 he could only bench 65 pounds. That is a far cry from the whopping 375 pounds that he successfully bench presses today.


At the SCA Olympics in April, senior Nick Apseloff tears a phone book in half. This was just one of many times that Apseloff showed off his tremendous strength through this act. He played an instrumental role in the seniors’ triumph over the faculty in the tug-of-war at the end of the assembly.


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Apple has always been somewhat of a technology celebrity. With the release of the iPhone in 2007, Apple entered the market for smart phones. However, the sheer complex simplicity of the iPhone has set it apart from the competition. Apple’s cutthroat secrecy has led to some unwanted publicity, such as the Chinese man who committed suicide after losing a prototype iPhone back in July. It appeared that history had repeated itself when an Apple engineer lost his prototype iPhone at a bar in Redwood City, California. The lost phone was concealed in a 3Gs look-alike case. After cracking open the clever disguise, Gizmodo reporters found the new iPhone. The phone never passed the boot-up screen; Apple had erased the software over the Internet once they discovered it was missing. To confirm the legitimacy of the mysterious phone, Gizmodo disassembled it, revealing the genuine Apple components inside. Gizmodo compared the prototype to the current model. The prototype iPhone is much sleeker in design, with a flush back and aluminum sidings. Apple has increased the size of the rear facing camera, as well as including a flash. In addition, there is now a front facing camera as well as a second microphone. The battery is about 16% larger than the current model’s.


Generals’ Rest Period Debate: Should the newbies get the day off?

Unconscientious Apple engineer spills the beans Connor Lay, ‘12

June 9, 2010

Sean Magner, ‘12


These new features are possibly for video chatting on the go and softwarebased noise cancellation. Apple has already released the beta for the iPhone operating system 4.0, and hackers have already opened it up. Further scouring into the beta software might reveal the nature of this new feature. There are many features the current iPhone lacks. Many would love the option to arrange apps into folders, instead of having to flip through a magnitude of pages. Multitasking, the ability to run multiple apps at once, would greatly benefit those who depend on their phone for email, web browsing and texting. Support for Adobe’s flash would be appreciated; however, Steve Jobs has already written it off as outdated with the release of the iPad earlier this year. Even small additions, such as custom themes and backgrounds, would be really complaisant on Apple’s part. Many iPhone owners jailbreak their phones by cracking the system software, just to install custom themes and icons. The ability to do this would save many the hassle and risks of jailbreaking their expensive iPhone. More wishful thinking, such as Internet streaming of one’s personal media library, might still be just a fantasy. On the bright side, the prototype definitely shows Apple is heading in the right direction. For those of you who are thinking about purchasing an iPhone, patience is the key.

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After taking my first ever AP test as a sophomore on Monday, May 3, I looked forward to what I hoped would be an easy rest of the day. However, after spending most of Sunday studying and Monday testing for four hours, I was greeted by some Spanish bookwork and a particularly confusing math lesson. Juniors and seniors, however, got to relax after a test, as long as they signed up for Generals’ Rest Period, which allows students who apply, to leave school after their AP or IB test. While originally it was meant as extra studying time, I feel that realistically, it should just be a chance to take a break. IB and AP tests can be stressful, and after a long year of preparation, students deserve a short break. Unlike the upperclassmen, sophomores and freshmen are not offered Generals’ Rest Period. That does not seem fair, especially if they are taking their first ever AP test, whether in freshman or sophomore year. Any student taking an AP or IB test, even if it is only one, should be offered time to recover and study for other tests. Fairness aside, one main problem with offering Generals’ Rest Period to underclassmen is transportation. Very few sophomores and freshmen have their driver’s license, let alone a car to drive home. Perhaps some of them could get driven home by upperclassmen who have a license, but that could involve various safety issues, and would require a way to ensure that the underclassmen actually did have someone to take them home.

If over 100 students were taking an AP test on a specific day, they cannot all be accounted for easily, and cannot simply be released to go wherever they want, like the nearby Ballston Mall, after their test. The school has a responsibility to ensure the students are safe until they are at home, and cannot fulfill that responsibility with over 100 unsupervised students wandering around. But perhaps there is a way around the transportation issue. A system where students have to have their parents sign for and identify a reliable way for their child to get home after a test would ensure the school knows where students were going. Some reliable methods of transportation could include groups of students living near each other taking a Metro bus home together. Several school buses could be temporarily hired to take home any students without a license. Perhaps some of the applicants for Generals’ Rest Period could walk home, if they could verify that their house or a friend’s house was within a decent walking distance, and their parents approved. Not offering Generals’ Rest Period to sophomores and freshmen is unfair. Especially when they are taking an AP test for the first time, they deserve a rest. There are some safety issues involved with letting more students apply, but there are also many solutions. Next year, as a junior, I will be able sign up freely, but I hope underclassmen will also have the chance to take some time off after a long year of hard work.

“What Did We Learn This Year?” We know by Cheers and the Jeers! Cheers


• December 18, 2009: Avatar becomes a movie phenomenon, with the highest • Early June, 2009: The landscaping contractor reveals that the school’s sports box office earnings of all time. But what made it even more special was its message of teams will not be able to use the new practice at the corner of Quincy St. fields for the respect for native cultures and the environment.

2009-2010 school year. So for some reason, the contractor wants its grass to be in tiptop condition before a team tramples all over it.

• Mid-January 2010: Students receive a second winter break of one week due to • September 13, 2009: Kanye West infamously shows an outrageous lack of a record-breaking snowstorm which more than made up for the previous disappointing courtesy to Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards. Really Kanye? winters.

You just had to upstage an innocent young singer to let the world know you thought she could not possibly deserve it? Lame.

• April 16, 2010: Battle of the Bands, sponsored by Latin teacher Ms. Nora Kel• April 6, 2010: A student writes a bomb threats on a bathroom wall, forcing ley, is successful in raising $645.55 to help the Haitian victims of the January earthprincipal, Mr. Gregg Robertson to go on the morning announcements to assure the stuquake.

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The Nook’s New Scholastic Look Digital textbooks gaining momentum

Abigail Bessler, ‘13

Photography Editor

In the early months of this year, nearly 11,000 students from all over Arlington took the same survey. On May 6, the school board received those results. We all took it: it was the survey asking a variety of questions about our access to computers and other technology. The results were just what the school board needed to finalize their plan for next year’s elementary school textbooks. It was time for the social studies textbooks to turn digital. The survey revealed what percentage of students had computer access, 92%, and then broke that number down by race. Ninety-eight percent of whites have computer access, 96% of Asians, 88% of blacks and 80% of Hispanics.

It’s computer time, but it’s learning time. - Mrs. Sally Baird

The question is, should this accessibility issue affect the school board’s decision to transfer their textbooks online? If the online textbooks were the only available



Freshman Danielle Harris takes full advantage of her favorite electronic product, and these products are now being used to reduce the need for sometimes expensive textbooks.

learning tools for all students, I would say that the online textbooks were a terrible plan for Arlington Public Schools. However, the school board has found a solution to the accessibility problem. Dr. Mark Johnston, the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Arlington Public Schools, has an idea for an answer. “Our current thinking is that we would purchase enough print versions to cover the students who indicated that did not have access to digital information,” he said, “plus some additional number to have available to students who may at times want access to print.” Not only does Arlington Public Schools

have a solution, but they also know how to implement it. According to Ms. Sally Baird, Chair of the School Board, because the students entered in their ID numbers before taking the survey, they can pinpoint students who do not have online access. “The school system wants to move into that change [to technology] directly, but in a measured way so that we assure that students and accessibility are accounted for,” she said. The real benefits of online textbooks are their portability and the ability to update the information in them. Instead of carrying around old, outdated textbooks, students can log on anywhere to a more

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up-to-date version. Although internet connections are not available everywhere, this is outweighed by the benefit of a lighter load. Using the computer for our schoolwork is no new idea for us high school student, but for elementary school students it could be a huge change. The survey showed that 29% of elementary school students say they have not used a computer for schoolwork at all this school year. Although they might not spend time on the computer doing homework, Ms. Baird pointed out that elementary students still use the computer often to play games. “[With the online textbooks] it’s computer time, but it’s learning time.” Of course, one possible problem could be increased eyestrain for students reading long textbook chapters. Of course, Facebook and other sites have prepared us to be perfectly apt at reading long digital paragraphs. The biggest and perhaps the most important change is the increased use of technology at school. The use of online textbooks has the potential to save paper, lower costs, and provide more interactive information than with hard copies. Ms. Baird predicted that in the future, if these social studies elementary school online textbooks work well for students and teachers, there will be more and more content online. This means that online textbooks could soon spread to the high school level. This comes as good news for technology junkies. Editor’s note: Adoption of digital social studies texts for secondary schools is pending.

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