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The Outlander Sneak Peek NoVa Cupcakes page 4
A list of popular cupcake eateries in the Northern Virginia area
May 2011 Spring Edition
Cover photo: Historic spring house preserved on Woodgrove’s campus by Adriana Canby
Mean Green Recycling Machine page 6
Co-editors in Chief: Florence Thompson Riley Webster
Welcome to Chadrock page 8
Online Editors: Adriana Canby Lexi Darnell Devon Williamson
Students take the planet’s future into their own hands
After suffering life-threatening injuries, junior Chad Niergarth comes back to become one of Varsity boy’s lacrosse’s lead scorers
Look Who’s Here Next Year page 12
With Woodgrove functioning as a full four grade school next year, new teachers have been hired to accommodate the student body. See what familiar faces you’ll be seeing in the halls next year
Spring Fun page 14
With the weather finally feeling like spring, take advantage of the local outdoor activities
Photo Editor: Meaghan Fitzgerald Print Editor: Kathleen Davis Ad Manager: Katie Edgin Writers: Sohail Basha Jodie Burnett Kevin Connell Ashlyn Dacey Cody Dennis Gus Erickson Julie Habighorst Addie Healy Colleen Murphy Clay Onderdonk Mustafa Shoja Emily Walters Abigail Whitmer
Cupcakes have become extremely trendy and popular, with multiple specialty shops popping up around the Northern Virginia area.
by Riley Webster Contrary to the name, the Red Velvet Cupcakery in Reston Town Center is not solely dedicated to the ever popular red velvet, although their “Southern Belle” red velvet cupcake is delicious enough to keep them in business alone. No, the Red Velvet Cupcakery offers a myriad of cupcake flavors including Devil’s food, Birthday Cake, Cookies and Cream, Vanilla Bean, and Peanut Butter Cup, to name a few. Each is made with decadent, high quality ingredients such as valhorna chocolate or gourmet vanilla beans. However, don’t let the names fool you; their cupcakes taste simple and light, and their buttercream and whipped cream cheese icing are per-
fectly creamy without being too sugary. One cupcake costs $3.25, or $36 for a baker’s dozen. Located in downtown Leesburg, Lola’s Cookies and Treats has garnered a lot of attention across the DC area, winning the Washingtonian’s “Best of Leesburg” Award. In their small, homey shop. Lola’s has six cupcake flavors for sale every day, in addition to their homemade cookies and treats. You can always expect to find the Coconut, Milk Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache, and the Madagascar Van i l l a cup-
cake. However, the other three seasonal flavors are interchanged daily. Some of their feature flavors include Pumpkin, Apple Spice, S’mores, and Lucious Lemon, which is deliciously tart and fresh. The cupcakes themselves are incredibly dense and moist, and would almost be better off without the massive amount of icing. A single cupcake costs $3.15, $18 for 6, and $36 for a dozen. Lola also offers online shipping for their special cookie, bar, and chocolate tins. The Cakelove kiosk in Tyosn’s Corner Mall sells cup-
cakes just as delicious as the ones made in specialty stores and restaurants. Cakelove sells cakes and cupcakes baked from scratch, and was started by a man named Warren Brown who gave up his job practicing law to follow his true love: baking cakes and cupcakes. Seven stores in the DC/Metropolitan area later, Cakelove has garnered widespread recognition, and for good reason. Their basic chocolate, vanilla, strawberry flavors are delicious, and there more intricate varieties such as Toffee Crunch, Bananan Split, and Salted Caramel are innovative and unexpected. $3.25 will buy you one cupcake, 6 will cost you $19.50, and $39.50 for a baker’s dozen.
EDITION Morgaine Rhiannon
Mean Green Recycling Machine
by Cody Denis and Mustafa Shoja Walking the halls at a furious pace, running into classrooms, cleaning up other peoples trash, and recycling paper and plastic products to help the environment. This is what members of the Green Team, a student run group created by AP Psychology teacher Mr. Tim Greening, do every Friday, sacrificing their open lunch so they can have a positive impact on the environment. The Green Team schedule consists of meeting with Greeing on Fridays, with anywhere from as little as 5 to as many as 15 members at the beginning of open lunch, and going around to all the classrooms and collecting the recyclable materials. Capwell Taylor, a member of the team, “joined to help the environment.” “Being a part of the Green Team helps solve our energy crisis,” said Taylor. After discovering that the school janitors weren’t staffed to recycle, resulting in all recyclable material be-
Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incerator.
ing dumped in the trash, the students took matters into their hands, and the Green Team was formed. “I thought it was ridiculous that the school wasn’t recycling, and when I heard that Mr. Greening wanted to create this group, I definitely wanted to join,” said junior and Green Team memeber Charlotte Dawson. When the Green team goes on their weekly run, the members break into groups of 2 people, and these pairs go through two hallways each to collect both paper and plastic recyclables. However, the cost for the members often involves missing a large portion of their open lunch, though many of the members view this as a necessary sacrifice. “The environment is far more important than open lunch,” said Taylor. The team has helped Woodgrove become more environmentally conscious. “It’s something that should be seen as a personal responsibility” said
There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can can be recycled.
junior Nick Spare. “I hope that by participating I can change the attitudes of others and motivate others to do their part in preserving this planet we all share”. Though currently the main activity of the Green Team consists of collecting the recycling on Friday, the Green Team wants to expand their influence on a healthy and clean environment. The team wants to work on such projects as replacing the Styrofoam trays used in the cafeteria with reusable ones. “I feel like there has been more awareness in the school about recycling efforts. However, the participation in the club and the overall level of eco-friendliness in the school could definitely be improved,” said Dawson. “We’re getting the job done said,” said Mr. Greening “but we want to do more”.
Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
by Adriana Canby and Kathleen Davis What would you do if you lost the thing you loved most in life? Some would accept the fact that they would have to live without it. Others would try to get it back, but give up out of frustration. But when Chad Niergarth was faced with the prospect of never being able to play lacrosse again, he responded with fierce determination and passion that allowed him to recover in half the expected time and claim his spot on the Woodgrove lacrosse team as lead scorer. While Niergarth was driving to a friend’s house with junior Darren Baker in the car, a drunk driver ran them off the road. “All I remember was getting really hot and looking at Darren; there was glass everywhere. The whole front of the windshield was busted out. I
looked at Darren and looked at my arm and said, ‘Darren, I’m going to die.’” Baker and Niergarth had to wait 25 minutes for someone to come after they called 911 because they were in a rural area. After both were rushed to the hospital, Niergarth found he had a broken femur, ankle, sternum, and a wrist cut open to the bone. Doctors told him it would take him a year to recover, and that he would probably never play lacrosse again. Niergarth was devastated. “It’d kill me [not to play lacrosse].” Jeffery Lewandowski, Niergarth’s high school coach, visited him in the hospital. “When I walked into his hospital room, my thoughts were not of lacrosse, but a hope to see him stand on his own two feet again. I did not think we would see Chad on the field this sea-
son or ever again.” But Niergarth was determined to get his position on the team of standout attackman. His love of the game and fearless determination helped him on the road to recovery. Recovery for Niergarth was estimated to take a full year. He did it in six months. Throughout those months, he went through four surgeries, including one on his leg, an arm surgery that lasted nine hours, and a skin graft for his wrist. He went through physical therapy to learn how to walk again. His junior year started in a wheelchair. But Niergarth progressed steadily, graduating from the wheelchair, to a walker, and then a cane. Soon, he was ready to once again prove his ability on the field. On March 12, 2011, the Woodgrove lacrosse team scrimmaged Bishop
9 The lacrosse team’s leading scorer recovers from injuries to dominate the offense.
Chad Stats Jersey # O’Connell High School, and it was soon apparent that the old Niergarth had returned with a vengeance. He scored four goals and had three assists during the course of the scrimmage. “It was the happiest I’ve ever been, playing lacrosse,” Niergarth said. All that is left from the accident is a shifty ankle, a large y-shape scar on Niergarth’s wrist, and a new protectiveness from his parents.“Now they’re tight on me,” Niergarth said. Now when you go to a lacrosse game you can hear students and parents yelling from the home stands “Way to go Chad” “Yeah Chad” “Is that Chad?” cheering on the lead scorer and the announcer yelling out “Welcome to Chadrock.”
Assists as of 4/28
Goals as of 4/28
Bleeding Blue &
Cheerios Loud & Proud
During the first few football games a new cheer was shown to the student body. After first seeing the Cheerio cheer, many students responded tentatively, but some took right to it. Soon enough, however, the Cheerio had everyone standing up and putting their “spoons up high”. Some people simply began requesting to perform it more at games, but juniors Michelle Crowley, Megan Marcellin, MaryKate Edwards, and Sarah Wallace took the Cheerio to a whole new level. On Superhero day during the Dedication Spirit Week, Crowley had the idea of being “Super Cheerios”. The original outfit was just a matching t-shirt and capes, but the girls couldn’t just stop there. “We developed a deep and fiery passion for the Cheerio when we heard it
at the first football game, and we knew we had to incorporate it into our spirit week outfits somehow,” said Crowley. As more spirit days came, the girls created a collection of matching Cheerio spirit wear. Now, the outfits consist of their original cheerio shirts, visors, shoes, glasses, sparkly spoons, pajamas, and two Cheerio capes. As their outfits became more distinct, the girls decided to name their Cheerio group “The Kr3w.”
What many people don’t know is that the Kr3w didn’t just stop there. They hosted a Cheerio convention in February. They bought, sampled, and rated all 11 flavors that the Cheerio company had to offer. After their convention, they all agreed upon designated Cheerio names. Crowley became Honey Nut, Marcellin became Multigrain, Edwards became Frosted, and Wallace became Cinnamon Burst. The girls all agree that the Cheerio brought not
only them closer as friends, but the school closer as well. The cheer itself gave spirit to the fans even if the team was down and had the added benefit of confusing opponents. The Kr3w itself, though, brought more spirit into the school. The head turning capes brought smiles on the faces of many in the Wild. Now anytime you look into the Wild, you’ll see the four caped girls literally holding their spoons up high. “I feel that our Cheerio costumes have shown Woodgrove that there is no such thing as too much spirit. We’ve amped up the level of spirit and I hope that the Cheerio lives on and makes history at Woodgrove. Cheerio Forever,” said Crowley.
by Florence Thompson
Maggie Buxton Extreme Spirit
In a new school it’s normal for spirit to be lost in the hustle and bustle of just trying to get the students to attend the after school games. At Woodgrove, however, that’s not the case. The students at Woodgrove stand up in support of their teams and yell as loud as possible. In the Wild, certain voices can always be heard no matter where you are. One of these distinct voices comes from sophomore Maggie Buxton. In a school without seniors, Buxton took the initiative to step up and “get the crowd going and screaming,” at the football games. By simply being herself, Buxton pushed on to try and make the Wild as loud as possible. Though she didn’t do it alone, Buxton successfully got the crowd going every game with creative cheers she made up such as “Wood-what? Woodgrove!”; “We are the Wolverines Ahoo”; and “W-O-O-D-grove!” After seeing the initial lack of spirit in the student section, she felt she had to step up because “no one else was cheering.” “I feel like since we’re a new school we really need to come together like one big class. We have to start a lot of new things and I just wanted to be a part of it all,” says Buxton.
11 What makes a true wolverine? Is it the spirit you show for the school, the respect you exhibit at games, or the hard work you do in your classes? Being spirited is simple, but real spirit is shown through dedication. Coming to as many home games as possible isn’t enough. It takes painting your face, cheering till you lose your voice, throwing yourself into the event, and being a true Wolverine leader.
Brad Gilson Hardworking
Junior Brad Gilson, takes “pride in his grades and attends other school sports,” but what really makes him a true wolverine is his skill on the court. Scoring more than 30 points a game, Gilson led the new team past the district championships to the second round of regionals. Early on, games were lightly attended, and the team’s record showed potential, but a few key losses knocked them lower in the standings. The December 10 tournament win against rival Loudoun Valley was a big boost. As Gilson started getting recognition in The Washington Post for his 26-point-per-game averages, the team drew out bigger crowds, and soon the stadiums at home games were beginning to fill up. After the defeat of the 2nd seed team, Broad Run, in the first round of districts, more people began coming to games. The more the fans began to watch, the more they began to point out the skill and talent of Gilson. The team defeated third seed Briar Woods to make it to the District Championship, where they lost to ultimately state champions, Potomac Falls. Gilson was supported by fans, who developed cheers for him. Similarly, as the community became more involved, many young basketball players could be heard saying, “Mommy! I’m going to play like Brad Gilson today!” “I feel honored and accomplished to have younger kids look up to me. I guess they enjoyed watching our basketball team play and compete against bigger and more athletic teams. Going that far took a team effort, but next year we want to be State Champs,” says Gilson.
12 Next year, I’m looking forward to...
As Loudoun Valley shrinks, Woodgrove students see some familiar faces. “ Learning More” -Andrew Mengel, 9
Q & A with Mr. Alex Bennett, U.S. Government teacher What classes would you like to teach? I would love to teach AP Government, Government and or US History.
“Better Football” -Taylor Villanueva, 10
“Improved athletics” -Alex Reardon, 11
How will the big move effect you? I think the move gives me a chance to start all over. Like New years. I have a fresh start where I can build a better reputation and rebuild my teaching career and correct the mistakes I have made with teaching. A new environment will re-energize the soul for teaching. How excited are you about cominghere? I am very happy and excited to be coming there.
“Having seniors” - Hannah Debeljak, 10
“It’s like New Year’s.” -Alex Bennett
next year Q & A with Ms. In Sim, AP Literature and English 10 teacher How do you feel to be reunited with Mr. Noland? I am bloody THRILLED to be reunited with Mr. Noland. He’s the bomb. He has taught me how to become a more approachable teacher and a more compassionate person. Teaching capable students is a pleasure, but to teach with a faculty member who complements your own shortcomings is an immeasurable bonus. How excited are you to be coming here? THRILLED. EXCITED. Jillian. Lucy, my Tea Party Hostess soccer phenom. Riley. Mark. Kelsey. Michelle. That horrible little McCarthy boy. So many memorable students and a brand new facility with the honor of teaching the first graduating class of Woodgrove HS will be a joyous, unique event that I’ll never ever have again. Few teachers ever become part of history of graduating its maiden seniors and I look forward to this event with pride. Having the quick-witted Mrs. Pyle and the phenomenal Spicers there is an added plus. How will the big move effect you? Gosh, I guess Mr. Noland will have to help me shlep a few boxes from Valley to Woodgrove. Besides the mundane moving of boxes, I will miss the Valley students tremendously. Valley students have demonstrated aptitude, diligence and love toward their learning, their learning institution and their teachers. I shall miss this for sure. What classes do you want to teach? I am happy to teach any class, so long as it is an English class. My favorite course has always been the English 10 Honors course as Brit-
ish Literature is my favorite literary genre. This is the beginners’ course for the AP English Literature course for those literature lovers: they have young, bright minds and lots of earnestness that are in need of an introduction to the ever witty Jane Austen, the ever bawdy words of the Bard, the pithy remarks of Oscar Wilde and the meaningful examination of one British dystopian novelist. Oh, I’d be excited to teach AP English Literature too.
During the cold winter months, many people begin to experience something called â€œCabin Fever.â€? Cabin fever is when a person begins to feel claustrophobic when they are stuck inside or isolated after a long period of time. The cold weather causes people to stay inside much more so they begin to feel suffocated. Some great ways to break away from this with the warm weather coming can be : hiking, rafting down rivers, camping out, and enjoying many other fun spring activities.
One of the most popular hiking sites is Bears Den. According to guide books, it is one of the best hiking places in the U.S. Bears Den offers many great hiking trails ranging from difficult hikes, to easy beginner trails. One of the suggested trails is Nature trail, which is an easy, one mile hike. Other suggested trails for begin-
ners include: Demonstration trail, a one and a half mile hike, and Historic trail, which is only half a mile and is great to walk in the morning. More challenging trails include Crescent Rock, which is a six mile hike. Although this trail is more difficult, it provides a beautiful view of the Shenandoah Valley and the rock climbers.
by Katie Edgin and Meaghan Fitzgerald
An excellent camp ground where you can bring your motor homes or trailers and camp out is Watermelon Park, which is located in Berryville. Camping costs ten dollars for everyone over ten years old, but anyone under this age gets in for free. If your in the mood for a leisurley drive, Skyline Drive runs for over 105 miles and is a great place to take a drive on a beautiful day. It
provides an excellent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can enter at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250. The entire route takes about three hours. There are also many places to stop along the way to view the scenery or walk around, including seventy five looks of the stunning Shenandoah Valley.
Harpers Ferry is just an hour outside of D.C and offers historical sites, hiking, and other outdoor activities. It includes museums about the Civil War, industry on the river, and the town life. Harpers Ferry also provides a lot of fun water activities. It includes white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. If you would prefer to stay out of the water, you can go on the Zip Line Canopy Tours, or go mountain biking. For just ten dollars at Water Melon Park, you can enjoy a slow ride down the Shenandoah River in tubes. Also for ten dollars, you can buy a floating cooler so you can cool your drinks for when you get hot going down the river. You can also rent canoes and kayaks. The park also includes soccer fields, a play ground, and a place to play volleyball.
The Outlander staff picks their favorite summer songs Florence Thompson:
Whine Up, by Kat De Luna
Party Like a Rockstar, by Shop Boyz
School’s Out, by Alice Cooper
Midd Kidd, by Allen Jokers
Brown eyed girl, by Van morrison
Ocean Avenue, by Yellowcard
Hard in the Paint, by Waka Flocka Flame
Whip My Hair, by Willow Smith
sweet Honey, by Slightly Stoopid
Island in the Sun, by Weezer Abby Whitmer:
And She Was, by Talking Heads
Sohail Basha: Summer of ‘69, by Water, by Brad Paisley Break Out, by All Time Bryan Adams Meghan Fitzgerald: Low Adriana Canby: You and Me, by Dave Emily Walters: Matthews Band Surfin’ the USA, by The Flake, by Jack Johson Beach Boys Katie Edgin: Riley Webster: Kids, by MGMT Clay Onderdonk: Little Secrets, by Devon Williamson: Lust for Life, by Girls Passion Pit Naive, by The Kooks