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SIRI MAKES A COMEBACK: The IPhone 5 offers various new feaures, while sticking to its classic feel.

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QUEENS OF THE COURT: Girls’ tennis dominates opposition as they serve up a string of wins.


THE TALK ABOUT SOCKS: A look into the evolution of scocks throughout the years.



PLEASE SIR, I WANT SOME MORE: Healthy options in the cafeteria leave students begging for seconds.


FIRE IN THE HOLE: The main gymnasium ignites due to a freak accident.

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Volume 42, Issue 2- Thomas S. Wootton High School - 2100 Wootton Parkway - Rockville, MD 20850 - October 4, 2012

Boys’ soccer tears up the field, leaves record intact Shemaiah Ellis staff writer On Sept. 27 the varsity boys soccer team challenged the Magruder Colonels, at Magruder. Halfway through the game the Patriots went up 2-0 but unfortunately due to inclement weather the game was cancelled and postponed until the following day. Picking up at the end of the first half, the Patriots fought hard to come out with the final win 3-0. Goals were scored by leading scorer, senior striker Matt Hoy, junior striker Jared Nozick and junior midfielder Urgy Eado. On Sept. 20 the varsity boys’ soccer team took on the Gaithersburg Trojans on home turf. With five wins and no losses under their belts, the boys were feeling confident, ending the game with a win, 7-1. Goals were scored by senior striker Matt Hoy who put up three goals this game, junior striker Jared Nozick and Chan Park scored one each, and senior defender Andrew Jasen scored the last two. “We are getting better with every game, and our talents are really showing as the season progresses,” forward Nozick said. In midfield, seniors Danny O’Neil, Will Billingsley and Spiro Tsakos held the ball well for majority of the game, which made a great difference in the possession percentage of the game. Going back to the defense, which contains seniors Sam Lansat and Sam Sumerlin

Photo by Adam Hurwitz The Gaithersburg goalkeeper falls to the ground and watches the ball glide into the back of the net while junior Chan Park celebrates the goal. Wootton won the game 7-1, helping to maintain the team’s undefeated record. Gaithersburg has won one game during this past season, against Wheaton’s team.

as well as junor Caleb Oh and Matt McDonnell for this game, the backs did their job well by holding the defensive line close. Lastly, senior goalkeeper Elliot Burklow and junior Jeremy Yeager divided their time well and split the halves. Only allowing in one goal, the goalkeepers continued to stay on their toes and keep attentive throughout the games. On Sept. 14 the team took on the Damascus Hornets, which was expected to be an easy match. “This game wasn’t expected to be that hard because we have usually beaten the Hornets by a good margin in the past,” Yeager said. The Patriots won 3-0 with

goals by Hoy, Oh and Nozick. “The Damascus field wasn’t that good, and the rain that occurred that day didn’t help at all either,” McDonnell said. Despite this the Patriots played to good potential, and were able to rotate in some bench players like junior mid-fielder Antonio Ortiz-Mena, as well as junior defender Alex Panagopoulos and senior Andrew Sybing. Earlier, on Sept. 11, the boys’ soccer team came to victory, with a 2-0 win against the Northwest Jaguars at home. With an enthusiastic crowd and strong attitude, Hoy and Nozick scored the two powerful goals.

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Spotlight on ‘Buddy’ Mercado

A familiar friend goes beyond the call of duty Tracy Yu staff writer Universally beloved and unrelentingly friendly, the school’s custodian of 25 years, Freddy Mercado, widely known as Buddy to students, has become a school icon, the second mascot of the Patriots. He greets masses of students by name everyday, and has seemingly figured out a magical formula to make even the most sleep-deprived of teenagers smile sincerely on Monday mornings. In this respect, he is a miracle worker. Mercado can often be seen pushing carts, painting, waxing, cleaning tables– anything to keep the 1970-established building in mint condition for students and staff. “As a building service worker, we do everything,” Mercado said. “There’s multiple duties. There’s no limit.” Besides making the hallways sparkle, Mercado dotes on students with a wide-open heart, and everyone–the intellectuals infected with the AP bug, the towering athletes, the quiet thinkers, the music-makers–is naturally swept in by his inherent kindness. He can easily identify and place a name to hundreds of faces, as he cheerfully calls out ‘Hey, Buddy!’ to everyone he encounters. “When I see a student having a little

problem, I make them laugh and give them advice, and the sadness disappears! They say ‘Buddy, you made my day!’ It makes me happy,” Mercado said. A perpetual source of laughter, Mercado has provided students with many amusing tales to regale their friends. “He called me Shakira instead of Sarika one time,” sophomore Sarika Rao said. “He’s my favorite staff member ever.” This sentiment is echoed throughout the entire school. “He’s well-loved by staff and students,” buisness manager Phil Hill said. “The faculty likes him as much as the students do, for sure.” Another fellow Patriot, sophomore Cynthia Chen is also a fan of Mercado’s kindhearted character. “One time I aimed my trash at the trashcan, but instead hit him right in the chest. He forgave me because he’s such a goodperson,” Chen said. His daily efforts never slip away unrecognized by the community.Mercado receives a thick stack of thankful letters during Teacher Appreciation Week every year. The blank pages are distributed by homeroom teachers, and hoards of students effusively fill them with their thanks for the smiley, morale-spiking service worker, who keeps the environment clean and happy.

For most of the game the Patriots had majority of possession with Nozick and Hoy passing the ball accurately. “We have a couple of attacking players, especially our strikers Hoy and Nozick, who are downright lethal goal scorers with a hunter’s mentality,” coach Doug Schuessler said. The forward line that consists of Hoy and Nozick have put in a total of 12 goals within five games, which has made a huge impact in the season so far. With upcoming games, at Magruder and at home against Richard Montgomery, the Patriots hope to maintain their undefeated record.

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Photo by Adam Hurwitz Freddy ‘Buddy’ Mercado stands in front of the school, ready to welcome the incoming students.

“They send me lots of appreciation letters every year, I never expected to get so much appreciation. It’s very kind. I always say ‘thank you’ back,” Mercado said. An important fixture in the school’s bustling atmosphere Mercado claims that it is infact, the students who make this school a desirable place to be. “The school is always empty without my buddies. I’m always missing them. It’s not the same. They make me happy. You are all my buddies,” Mercado said.

In a span of less than 24 hours on Sept. 14, three college campuses were evacuated due to bomb threats. On Sept. 17, LSU was also evacuated for a bomb threat. Although all of the threats were credible enough to warrant an evacuation, no bombs were found. The first of the threats occurred at the University of Texas at Austin. At approximately 8:35 am on Sept. 14, the school received a call from a man with a Middle Eastern accent who claimed to be with al-Qaeda and claimed to place bombs all over the campus. He claimed the bombs would go off in 90 minutes, according to University of Texas spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon. At 9:53 am, the entire campus was evacuated as University officials alerted students through the emergency alert website as well through sirens and text messages to “immediately evacuate all buildings and get as far away as possible.” Students and staff evacuated while the entire campus was searched, however there were no explosives found. Buildings were re-opened at noon but classes were canceled for the rest of the day. The legitimacy of the threat increased with the context of Islamic protests in the Middle East toward the US. The evacuation was also ordered out of caution to avoid such tragedies as what happened at Virginia Tech in April 2007, when students were not alerted or evacuated. While the first see BOMBS, page 4



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Light catches fire on gym ceiling, causes nuisance and damage Second fire-related incident in two weeks causes administrative concerns Jared Beinart staff writer The main gym caught on fire after school a few hours before the varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 14. “Something happened to the light and it got very hot, and the stuff around the light was dripping and the light just gave way and fell onto the floor,” Principal Dr. Michael Doran said. The fire was first noticed by members of the school’s band and the Flags team. “I was walking by the gym and I looked through the window and saw a fire,” sophomore Sam Berman said. Berman is one of many members of the band to see the fire. “I was like oh ‘my gosh’ there is a fire in the gym,” Berman said. Like many others around the gym at the time, Berman was surprised to see that the main gym had caught on fire. “Because of the heat…it started to smoke, I don’t believe there was any fire,” Doran said. What was left after the accident was a black burned circle near the bottom left corner of the gym, marked off by cones to make sure no students messed with the spot. Doran has assured that the

gym is safe and that the rest of the gym has been checked for any other problems. “It was really kind of an unusual occurrence. So when [the maintenance people] came in… they looked at every single one of the lights and made sure that they were all tight and that there was nothing visually wrong,” Doran said. The question left for students and staff to figure out is will this be the last of fire troubles for Wootton. “That’s two already this year,” Berman said. Berman is referring to the two hour-long evacuation that occurred a few weeks ago, which was due to the sprinklers malfunctioning however this event had no effect on the majority. Gym classes cannot use the full length of the gym due to the burnt floor left by the fire. This will cause some inconvenience for gym classes, but it should not be a huge problem for gym teachers. “When the floor burned it buckled…[we] want to wait until it unbuckles completely. Then we will call in people to put down a new floor,” Doran said. The gym is watched by a few cameras during school-day hours. “[The problem is that] they look down in only two places, where the fire fell we couldn’t see what happened….

Photo by Adam Hurwitz Freshmen Kirill Stakhovsky, Keeran Navaratnam, Stephen Bray and sophomore Alonzo Warren take a look at the damage caused by the fire. The area was marked off to prevent further damage.

in the corner you could see a little smoke,” Doran said. This accident could have the school rethink on where to place these cameras. The good news is that everyone was safe and the issue was resolved as soon as possible. The incident caused no delay to the varsity football game, and events went on as scheduled.

How Wootton sees it: Abortion and gay marriage Jonny Harvey news editor Many controversial topics have arisen during this presidential campaign, two of which are abortion and gay marriage. The abortion issue deals with whether the national government should be involved in whether women are al-

lowed to get abortions. Some argue that abortion is inhumane and is the killing of another of another human being. A lot of the issue stems from Biblical beliefs and the uneasiness of the idea that one will take away a possible life. Some argue that a women should not have to keep a child who would be too hard to support financially. Rape victims are another issue, claiming that they didn’t make the decision to

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conceive a child and shouldn’t be forced to keep the child. The gay marriage issue stems from biblical beliefs and a fear of changing social mores. Some people argue that based on their religion, marriage is meant to be between and only between a man and a woman. Others argue that people shouldn’t be penalized due to their sexual orientation and deserve equal right.

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Yearbook is awarded prestigious CSPA gold medal Tyler Kessler editor-in-chief

For the second year in a row, Fife and Drum, Wootton’s yearbook, earned a gold medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for their 2011-2012 and 41st edition. Fife and Drum received 894 out of 1000 points landing them in the 8001000 gold range. The scoring is based off of three categories: reference, verbal and visual. Reference refers to the information within the yearbook such as index and historical facts about the yearbook. The verbal section includes the writing within the yearbook— for example, the seed moments concept. Lastly, the visual section entails all of the photography and artwork within the yearbook. Fife and Drum scored 190 out of 200 for reference, 324 out of 400 for verbal

and 380 out of 400 for visual, receiving AllColumbian honors for both reference and visual. In order to be successful in last year’s yearbook, adviser Evva Starr and former editor-in-chief Rachel Smilan-Goldstein attended an intensive yearbook training camp during the summer prior to the school year. They then took much criticism from a CSPA crown judge about Goldstein’s cover for a theme of “A Common Seed,” highlighting various students “seed moments,” or moments where they truly felt that they were a part of the school. Throughout the yearbook, paragraphs and pictures of an individual student were displayed showing their seed moments. Along the bottom of the pages were cut-out pictures and quotes from students revealing their seed moments, in a brief format. Rolling with the harsh criticism from

critics at the camp about Fife and Drum’s theme and cover, Starr and SmilanGoldstein took in all advice to improve and make the yearbook the best it could be. “Overall, the yearbook was awarded the gold medal because the theme, design and content flowed together effectively to create a cohesive book,” Goldstein said. The one thing that yearbook tried to improve on from the previous year was the text. “There were stories on spreads, which I had never had before,” Starr, said. “I was truly impressed with the quality of writing by the general staff.” This year Fife and Drum hopes to match its gold performance of last year. “We look at all the good things that we did in last year’s yearbook and try to duplicate that again this year,” senior editor-in-chief Jennifer Chemtob said. “The yearbook is a work in progress, and we always try to make

O’s and Nats ready for big playoff run Jared Beinart staff writer

The Major league Baseball (MLB) regular season is coming to an end, and usually around this time fans living in Maryland or D.C. would have to watch as other teams in the league get a chance at glory. However, this year it was both the Nationals and Orioles that have burst into two playoff and possibly championship contending teams. The playoffs officially start on Oct. 5 with the wild card teams fighting for those last remaining spots to play in the post-season. As for now, all the National fanatics know is that their team has clinched a playoff berth. “It gives me more pride in a Washington team,” sophomore Cece Kobylski said The Nationals finally having a winning season has brought hope and pride to many fans. “It’s finally nice to have a Washington baseball team make the postseason after a 75-year playoff drought,” sophomore Jason Korolkoff said. After having several poor performances the Nationals have surprised the entire league with outstanding performances from many young players. “[Bryce Harper] will be a long time AllStar by the way he performs at such a young age,” Korolkoff said. The Orioles, who are at the

m o m e n t tied for first place in their division, currently clinched a spot in the post-season, but may have to face the dreaded one game wildPhotos courtesy of MCT Campus card playoff. Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds Bryce Harper prepares to face celebrate a home run against the After many Blue Jays on Sept. 26. the Phillies on Sept. 25. years at the their star pitcher Stephen bottom of Strasburg potentially hurting the the division, the Orioles have Nationals playoff chances. “I also astonished fans with their think [the Nationals] will at least performance this season. pass the first series and maybe Many fans were surprised the second,” junior Lucas Camp to be at the top of the division said. Some feel that even without for most of the year and to Strasburg, Washington still has have the chance now to bring a chance. “If the Nats pitching home a championship title. The holds up, I can see them winning,” Orioles have given hope to fans junior Geoff Israel said. Thought for years to come due to great both teams have proved they are performances from players such playoff worthy, they are still both as center Fielder Adam Jones and young teams. “In future years [the left fielder Nolan Reimold. Nationals and Orioles] will get Though making the playoffs better with age,” sophomore Max was tough, the opening games Strasser said. of the post-season are one of After making the playoffs the most crucial times for a once in their history in 1981 as the baseball team. Many factors play Montreal Expos, the Nationals are into winning playoff games; back in contention for a World such as having all of the players Series title. After 15 years since healthy and prepared to play in the Baltimore Orioles last made any situations. The Nationals are the post-season, they are as well going to have a bit of trouble this ready to bring home a title. post-season, with the benching of

it as great as we can.” The theme of this year’s yearbook is “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” with lots of neon colors over a black background. With a decided theme and direction this year’s staff is working to keep improving and hoping to earn a CSPA gold medal for a third straight year.

Photo by Ross Davis Yearbook editor-in-chief Jennifer Chemtob, senior, holds the gold medalist certificate.

Question 7 to decide gambling’s fate Sophie Lehrenbaum managing editor November 6 will undoubtedly be a momentous day with plenty of conflicting views from both sides of the political spectrum, as eligible citizens throughout Maryland elect the leaders for their national and local governments. However, the state government is putting a number of referendums up for vote as well, notably the Gaming Expansion Question. The Gaming Expansion Question, more commonly referred to as Question Seven, is a legislatively-referred state statue regarding whether or not to expand commercial gambling. The measure would enlarge the variety of games currently permitted at existing casinos by authorizing table games, expand the number of allowable lottery machines from 15,000 to 16,000, and would permit an additional casino to be constructed in Prince George’s County. Proponents of the measure argue that it could create over 12,000 jobs in Maryland, as well as provide an estimated $200 million in funding annually for Maryland’s public schools. “I personally support [Question Seven,] as it would create job opportunities [that] parts of Maryland are sorely lacking,” junior Steven Bower said. A number of jobs opportunities would come from

the casinos themselves while others would potentially spring from the new construction prospects it would provide. At the same time, many against the initiative argue that the money would not necessarily go toward schools because the Governor can remove money from the Education Trust Fund (which is where the money is intended to be going based on the initial legislation) to balance the state budget. Some feel like passing the referendum may lead to an alternate set of unprecedented negative consequences. “I am opposed to Question Seven because it simply is a way to generate revenue for the state,” junior Dana Rodriguez said. “The reality is that the state is unwilling to cut certain programs and instead wants to find a quick, alternative way to produce money.” There is also the belief that the law would act as a further tax on the poor because their is a stereotype that generally less wealthy or educated people tend to gamble more. With both sides enthusiastically asserting why their belief is correct, it becomes difficult to judge what the outcome of Question Seven will be; in the meantime, the public will be exposed to a flurry of propaganda from both sides so, come Election Day, many people will already be sure about which side they would like to support.

Increase in speed cameras creates uproar in community Josh Lee business manager Over the summer, large numbers of speed cameras were installed all over Montgomery County, including the school area as well as small or quiet roads such as Dufief Mill Road. This has puzzled many residents of the area as there are few accidents along these roads. This year, 18 new stationary cameras were planted, adding up to a total of 115 cameras in the County. The majority of the money collected from paid speeding tickets gets used for a variety of things, to maintaining roads to updating traffic technology. In 2006, the Maryland General Assembly authorized a pilot program involving the use of speed cameras throughout Montgomery County. The state legislation allowed the use of photo radar speed monitoring systems in residential and school zones, where speed limits are generally 35 miles per hour or less. In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley introduced the Senate bill, which allowed authorization for the use of speed cameras in both school zones and highway work zones on a statewide level. The bill was put into effect on Oct. 9

of the same year. In 2011, new cameras known as “Portable Camera Units” (PCU) were deployed. These new cameras have built in technology and flash in one unit, which makes it convenient for moving from area to area. This is useful for catching speeders in areas where mobile units cannot be placed as well as substitute for pole cameras. The cameras are a substitution for police patrolling for speeders. No attendant is needed for these new units. According to the city of Rockville’s website, these cameras were designed to reduce speed in residential areas and school zones as well as change poor driving behavior. The state also hopes to have reduced accidents thanks to these new cameras. In the City of Rockville, cameras located in school zones are restricted for use from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday. Reactions have been mixed among the community. Science teacher John Fitz said that as a parent he definitely “understands why they are there.” However he has been tagged by cameras multiple times and has found them to “be a nuisance.” In addition, he believes that the community will eventually condition themselves to slow down at the

respective a r e a s , rendering the idea pointless Students have also had things to say regarding the matter, Photo by Adam Hurwitz m o s t l y c o m i n g The speed camera located on Hurley Ave. f r o m is painted green and is one of the Portable l i c e n s e d Camera Units first deployed in 2011. drivers. “[The cameras] should rot in a hole,” senior Alice Gorodetsky said. Other students have responded positively, especially Diana Jordan after she saw a rude neighbor get ticketed. “It felt so good to watch him get what he deserved.”


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False alarms create scare nationwide from BOMBTHREATS, page 1 threat was still being evaluated, another bomb threat was called in to North Dakota State University (NDSU) at 9:49 am, also on Sept. 14. According to FBI spokesman Kyle Loven, who told KXAN news that the call had the threat of an explosive device. The threat prompted a similar message to that of the University of Texas, stating that “NDSU is requiring all employees and students to leave campus by 10:15 a.m. This includes residence hall students, who, if necessary, should walk to locations off campus. This also includes the downtown buildings and agricultural facilities.” Again the campus was searched though the search did not yield any explosives or obvious dangers. The university’s buildings opened back up at 1 pm, with classes resuming an hour later. The third of the first set of bomb threats came at the smaller Hiram College in northeastern Ohio. The college posted on its website that it received a bomb threat in the afternoon of Sept. 14 and it was taking the threat seriously. The campus was searched and, just like Texas and NDSU, no explosives were found. “It’s really messed up,” senior Guillame Pierre-Louis said. “Even though there are bomb threats at colleges I’m still going to go.” It is not clear if the bomb threats were related, as only Texas gave a description of the caller, nor is there a motive for the bomb threats at the time. Although they all appeared credible enough to warrant a

Romney creates accidental controversy on leaked video Sofie Jacobs managing editor

Photo courtesy of MCT Campus Students wait outside the evacuated campus of University of Texas at Austin under rainy conditions. Scenes like this were common place at all of the affected campuses as students, staff, faculty and visitors waited for hours for police and university officials to declare the campuses safe.

full evacuation of three college campuses, disrupting students schedules as well as classes. A fourth campus in less than a week was evacuated due to bomb threats. Louisiana State University (LSU) was evacuated after a 911 call at 10:32 am with a vague threat, according to Kristine Calongne who told the Los Angeles Times. After slightly more than an hour, officials sent out an evacuation notice through social media. In what has become all too familiar, the campus was searched yet no explosive devices were found, and the campus was reopened later that night, although classes were canceled for the day. However unlike the rest of the bomb threats, a suspect has been arrested. According to police, William Bouvay Jr., 43, admitted to making the phone call that claimed several bombs were stashed on campus and would go off about two hours later. Although all of the campuses were evacuated completely, some thought it was overkill while others believed it was necessary. “What if they ignore it and there’s a real bomb, They have to take it seriously,” social studies teacher Matthew Winter said. “On the other hand if it happens every day it disrupts the whole university. Do you go on the side of order or safety?”

Mitt Romney was captured on video calling 47 percent of Americans “people… who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them” in a secretly-taped video at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser on May 17 at the home of a donor, Mark Leder. “My job is not to worry about these people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said. The video was released Sept. 17 by the liberal political website Mother Jones. This misstep sent the Romney campaign into a tailspin as the Obama campaign jumped at the chance to embarrass the Republican nominee, creating videos highlighting Romney’s apathy and unwillingness to cooperate with nearly half of America. An ad, released Sept. 18, shows voters reacting to the video. A young woman says, “It shows that he’s out of touch.” Later, an African American boy adds, “As a president if you’re trying to separate by demographics, separate by classes…you’re not really a president.” This ad highlights the public’s newfound lack of trust in the candidate, and that the closed-door fundraiser was the only time his true character was revealed. “It just shows how self-centered and egotistical Mr. Romney is. He thinks everybody relies on him and the government for everything,” sophomore Sam Goldberg said. “He came across as very dispassionate…it made him seem like he was only after wealthy voters, pushing him even more into the view that he is elitist,” junior Tess Dhyani said.

Students, though too young to vote, still formed their own opinions on how well, or poorly, the candidate’s political views. “His ideas really don’t add up with my values,” junior Sara Strei said. “He seemed like he somewhat-respected all Americans, but this really shines a true light on him.” This infamous 47 percent video is one of the many gaffes made by the political candidates this election season. It is one of Romney’s worst and, though a domestic issue, follows many blunders regarding foreign affairs. While in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Romney called issues surrounding the Olympics, such as “the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials,” “disconcerting.” Critics were furious, like Felicity Spector, Channel 4 News in London, who wrote that Romney undertook a “charm offensive, that has proved rather more offensive than charming.” Later in the summer, Romney was skewered for his comment that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had such different economic success because “culture makes all the difference.” The media jumped, calling Romney a “racist” and “bigot.” The Democrats have taken every chance to jump on Romney’s many gaffes and highlight his weaknesses in political ads. However, the Republicans have done the same to Obama. After a summer of poorly handled foreign affairs and decisions, this sets the campaign back even futher. An upcoming debate against incumbent President Barack Obama concerning foreign policy will be one of Romney’s first opportunities to try to regain ground. He then will defend these remarks during the second debate, where topics will include domestic policy.

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Tensions rise in Middle East Baby panda abruptly dies soon after birth Katie McRae managing editor

Mia Saidel editor-in-chief

On the night of September 11, what began as protests at the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya, escalated into an unrelated attack by Libyan extremists killing four people and wounding three. U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was among the deceased victims of the attack. As the ambassador to Libya, Stevens supported Libyan revolutionists in the struggle to Photo courtesy of MCT Campus overthrow dictator Egyption riots at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya lead Muammar el-Qaddafi to the death of American ambassador Chris Stevens. and help the people representing America in the of Libya to progress into a more Middle East because this is not the democratic country. first time an attack has threatened At first there was speculation [diplomats].” as to whether the attacks on Foreign demonstrations the embassy were spontaneous against the United States in or planned, but after further response to the video were not investigation, the Federal Bureau solely in Libya, but also in Egypt of Investigation (FBI) concluded and Tunisia. Several U.S. embassies that the raid on the embassy was were shut down in fear of violent premeditated. protests. The extensive knowledge on Before the raid on the embassy the layout of the U.S. embassy and safe houses, president Barack consulate and the use of rocket- Obama condemned the antipropelled grenades (RPGs) and Muslim video released on the other weapons indicated an internet. After the attacks on the orchestrated attack. The planned embassy, Republican candidate attacks may have been executed by for the presidency, governor Gaddafi loyalists in response to the Mitt Romney politicized the support the United States offered event, saying the country should the rebels during the Libyan civil never “apologize for America’s war. values.” In a poorly timed political “In some ways I was shocked, argument, he clarified that but in other ways I wasn’t Obama’s sympathy was for those surprised,” social studies teacher offended by the video, and not for Matthew Winter said. “It was the terrorists who endangered the unfortunate because [Stevens] lives of Americans. seemed to be a great friend to After the violence on the the people of the country, and an embassy, Obama gave a speech advocate for them and America.” condemning the attacks. The The initial protests were planned attack on the embassy has sparked by a YouTube video triggered a strong reaction to the that was considered offensive to terrorists compromising the safety Muslims. The video negatively of American representatives. depicted the prophet Muhammad “It only takes a few people as a pedophile and a killer, among to do a lot of damage,” English other things, which incited the teacher Ann Evans said. “I am aggressive protests in Benghazi. concerned with anti-Muslim The video was not removed or sentiment in the United States.” shut down by U.S. officials because Speculation continues to freedom of speech found in the whether the protests at the first amendment protection of embassy were to intentionally rights. create a diversion for the “Measures should premeditated attack on the safe have been made to remove houses. However, it remains the video, because our society unclear if these events are was disrespectful in putting connected. The violent response other religions down and [the to the expression of anti-Muslim video] compromised safety,” sentiment ultimately has led to junior Natalia Jaffee said. “I increased tension in the Middle was very worried for the people East.

Only weeks ago, the community of the National Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C. was expressing unabashed excitement with regards to the birth of a giant panda cub conceived on Sept. 16 through artificial insemination. However, the celebration was short-lived; the unnamed cub died of unknown reasons on Sept. 23rd. Resembling a stick of butter in size, the panda cub brought immense joy to the zoo community because of the hope that it brought in protecting the endangered species. The reason for the cub’s death is currently under investigation, although the initial necropsy revealed signs of unusual abdominal fluids and discoloration of the liver. “The panda symbolized birth, and it was meaningful and catastrophic in that it was an intuitive transition back to one’s childhood,” Alternative One Coordinator Randy Alton said. “That’s why the panda story touched people universally. Any parent could identify with the tragedy.” Although the full necropsy report will not be released for another two weeks, zoo officials say that it is not uncommon for the mother panda to kill her own offspring by accident. Baby pandas weigh around four ounces when they are first born, and there have been several occurrences in Chinese zoos where mothers accidentally crushed their cubs while attempting to nurse. The first few weeks of a panda

cub’s life are critical, as they are in a fragile condition and mothers must provide warmth and nourishment for their cubs to ensure good health. The cub’s birth was considered a triumph because the mother panda, Mei Xiang, had five false pregnancies before giving birth to her first cub, Tai Shan, who was only recently returned to his homeland in China. The second cub’s birth Photo courtesy of MCT Campus signified a turning point at Xiang, a panda at National Zoo in Washington, DC, was the zoo, giving optimism Mei born in 1998. to researchers who have been seeking new ways to understanding,” Zheng said. create offspring. “They’re the quintessential Chinese With only 1,900 pandas animal.” left in the world, researchers Because pandas are registered at the National Zoo have been as one of the most endangered formulating preservation methods species in the world and are to protect the species and have considered a national treasure extended the panda exhibit to in China, the Chinese have an additional five years with the implemented legal protection of consent of the China Wildlife the highest order. Conservation Association. The There are currently 33 panda parents of the cub, Mei Xiang and reserves in China in varying Tian Tian, are the principal focus provinces that are protecting half of the research being conducted. of the panda population, and a Pandas have not only attracted ban on logging was implemented visitors to the zoo, but have also in 1998 to open up the possibility served as a bridge between cultures. of restoring lost habitat for pandas. “They symbolize the relationship Although the zoo has suffered between China and the US,” senior a loss, zoo officials reported Jennifer Wang said. “Before, there that the event was a lesson to be was a lot of animosity, but the learned from and new preventative pandas have helped pull the two measures will be taken to further countries together.” preserve the species. Senior Serena Zheng agrees For now, researchers are with the cultural significance of examining the factors that the pandas. “Pandas have been surrounded the cub’s death and will diplomatic gifts to develop cultural build from them for the future.

Chicago teachers weeklong strike comes to a close Washiq Ahmed managing editor After a one-week strike, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was able to reach an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and public school officials on Sept. 18. The strike caught a great deal of national attention as the conflict between CTU and school officials eventually escalated to the Illinois Supreme Court. Previously, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals claimed that CTU was right in asking that recently laidoff teachers had priority in rehiring situations, but the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the lower court and ruled that laid-off teachers did not have the right to be placed in a priority pool. Instead of pursuing the ruling, CTU consented to dropping the lawsuit after renegotiating talks with the school district. The strike left 350,000 students with abandoned classrooms, while 26,000 union teachers joined picket lines and held to their demands. Tentative contracts now have union teachers receiving 17 percent of salary raises over the next four years. Also there will be pay increases for teachers with more experience and additional degrees. The city maintains a $1 billion budget deficit, which means officials must redistribute public expenses in order to balance the increased raises. Although Chicago teachers have an average salary of $76,000, according to the school system, union teachers remained firm that continued pay raises were necessary to deal with higher costs. “I thought it was selfish, teachers are already paid either $75,000 or $76,000 depending on who you ask, which on average is [what I believe] way higher than what most MCPS teachers receive,” senior Robert Martin said. The compromise between CTU and public school officials left the officials with their much desired teacher evaluations in place, but the actual evaluations were mitigated after negotiations. School

Photo courtesy of MCT Campus Chicago teachers celebrate their agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel after seven days of negotiations.

officials argued that the implementation of teacher evaluations were necessary to properly assess teacher performance. However, the CTU claimed that teacher evaluations were a distraction and could not serve as proper indicators of performance. In the end, both sides agreed to a deal where the evaluations would be put in place only after CTU’s consideration on teacher evaluations were taken into account. “I think teacher evaluations are important in determining how exactly a teacher is doing,” junior Alice Zhou said. “I don’t know how effective the newer version will be or if it’s even worth doing.” Across the nation, several other school systems and teachers unions will likely struggle to come to agreements as well. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers in New York City continue to spar over contract issues and newly mandated teacher evaluations from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Some speculate a strike in New York City will likely be avoided because unlike officials in Chicago, New York City school officials have the ability to levy fines against public workers who choose to strike. “I think teachers are part of the stake holding process but at the same time there needs to be accountability,” teacher Randy Alton said.


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Blasphemy Day needlessly offends people Religion: one of those controversial topics we cannot talk about with friends, like politics or Twilight. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is an organization dedicated to “a secular society based on . . . humanist values.” With headquarters in Amherst, NY, and many branches including one in Washington D.C., they promote a complete separation between church and state. One of the ways they try to reach these goals is with Blasphemy Day, celebrated on Sept. 30, when people insult religion to protest “blasphemy laws,” or laws that stop people from insulting religion. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, blasphemy is a capital offense. Ireland outlaws expression that offends any religion. Even in some states in the US, there are laws regulating what one can say about religion. Besides laws, recent attacks on several US embassies occurred as a protest of blasphemy, and several people died as a result. What these countries are doing to protect their religion is wrong. This does not make Blasphemy Day right. CFI wants to place religious beliefs on the same level as political beliefs. However, religious beliefs are more personal and widespread than political beliefs; about 40 percent of the electorate vote while about 85 percent of the country claim to belong to a religion. Religion came long before politics, and will probably stay long after. If members of a religion are trying to promote bigotry, persecution or war, then speaking out against those people is not just allowed but admired. Speaking sacrilegiously for the sake of being sacrilegious is allowed, because freedom of speech is a basic human right. However, just because people can insult religion does not mean they should. At Wootton, there is great diversity in religious beliefs. We all deserve respect for our religious beliefs or lack thereof. Blasphemy laws are an affront to free speech. These laws should be opposed by all citizens of the countries that have enacted them. One should be able to speak one’s mind. That being said, CFI should think of another way to protest these laws without offending people. On Sept. 30, students should act as considerate toward others as they do on every other day, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Atheist, Muslim or Pagan. Hopefully the rest of the world can learn to coexist as well as we can.

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What do you think of blasphemy?

As long as religious people do not impose their religious beliefs on other people, no one has the right to tell someone that their religion is illegitamate. -Max Fowler ‘15

If you don’t want someone to speak out against your religion, don’t speak out against their’s. Respect. -Garrett Hardy ‘16

I think it depends on personal morals. What some find blasphemous others would see as fine. It’s kind of depends. -math teacher Barbara Silcox

I believe in speaking out for what’s true and right in this world, and everything has flaws, including religion.

I don’t mind it because I don’t practice a religion. -Xiao Yu Cai ‘14

- Saba Hashemi ‘13 photos by Maria Zlotescu

Islands in Asia distract from issues Mia Saidel editor-in-chief In the past few months, heighted contention has risen between three powerhouse East Asian countries, with Japan struggling against China and South Korea for sovereignty over sets of islands deemed to be abundant with natural resources. China has been fighting for Takeshima against Japan due to the possibility of natural gas deposits under fishing grounds, while South Korea has struggled with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, which are supposedly near massive undersea oil sources. Although the dispute was sparked largely from centralized authorities from all three sides, the conflict has elicited national responses from the public, which have raised additional concerns for East Asian diplomatic and economic relations. With hard economic times falling on the global economy, it is not wise for East Asia (particularly China) to be battling when domestic tranquility should be prioritized. With China’s recent economic downslide, Chinese politicians and officials are guiding the public’s attention toward the island conflict in order to stabilize national sentiments toward the central government for the upcoming election. However, the support for the demonstrations is stimulated by greed for public -Mia office; instead of fixing domestic problems head on, China is avoiding the confrontation by giving light to an insignificant problem such as the need for control over a set of islands. This will only delay the central government from gaining control over the fiscal and employment issues within the country. The dispute is not mending diplomatic relations in any way; these three countries have had sensitive histories with one another, particularly with Japan as it lies in the middle. The Senkaku Islands have been under a battled ownership since the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century, when the islands served as a territorial boundary between the Ryukyu Kingdom and Qing Empire, and continued to be a topic of debate during World War II. China’s anger has been gaining momentum since the controversial school textbook conflict in Japan that gave ambiguous explanations of Japan’s role in the War as well as questioning as to whether the event even occurred. Banners all over China were present at demonstrations

with Japanese soldiers depicted. In South Korea, citizens have also been fueled with resentment stemming from the Japanese occupation from 1905 to 1945. The pain from an unfair hand dealt in history remains as the underlying motivation for protests; Japan should fully acknowledge history and formally apologize to China and South Korea for its past. Without a clear history for all three countries to abide by, they cannot move on and maintain peace. History must be confronted first in order for modern Asia to have common ground. The issue between South Korea and Japan also heightened tension at the London 2012 Olympics, with South Korean soccer player Park Jungwoo holding a poster promoting nationalist sentiments about the Senkaku Islands. “I think Park Jungwoo did the right thing,” senior Kyoseung Lee said. Exports from these countries have faced potential threats as well from this conflict. South Korea has only recently broken the cultural barrier between itself and Japan by exporting its entertainment industry, largely through the K-pop phenomenon and televised dramas. However, the issue has gone so far as infiltrating the glamour of the pop culture world: South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee was threatened by right-wing Japanese nationalists and was forced to cancel her promotions for her drama in Japan due to anti-Korean Saidel sentiments. Also, flagship stores of Japanese companies located in Beijing such as Aeon, Uniqlo and Shiseido have temporarily ceased operations because of heightened tension and attacks. Commercial matters should not be impacted by problems concerning uninhabited islands; although these countries hold cold faces toward each other with politics, they depend on each other in the global market. With boycotts in China against Japanese products, stock prices have been falling over the past month as well. After such dedication from each respective country in forming crafts to appeal to one another, it is a waste for them to battle over uninhabited islands. The misinterpretation of historical documents as well as the greed for natural resources has fueled tension in East Asia, which has re-kindled post-war anger that has driven nationalists to voice their thoughts. Instead of bringing unnecessary attention toward the islands, East Asia should confront their past and embrace economic partnerships to bring about relative peace.

“History must be confronted first in order for modern Asia to have common ground.”

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SHOULD STANDARDIZED TESTING BE MANDATORY IN SCHOOLS? Yes, the tests help schools with curriculum Allie Greenspun staff writer

In schools across the country, the thought of standardized testing is enough to make any student groan. Scantrons and number two pencil pencils haunt the dreams of children across the country. However, whether students or teachers like it or not, standardized testing is an integral and important part of the American education system. The statistics obtained from these tests are needed to compare literacy and measure progress in schools. State-mandated standardized tests are administered in all states throughout the academic year. While most students consider standardized testing an annoyance and often a disruption to their academic schedules, it ultimately helps more than it hurts. As part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) created in 2001 under the Bush Administration, schools all over the country are required to use these tests to measure the progress of students in order to make sure that no student is lagging behind the rest in terms of academic performance. If they are, teachers can be alerted and take necessary action. The act also mandates that teachers meet higher qualifications in order to benefit students. In Maryland, the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) test students’ knowledge on skills and processes that should be an integral part of their overall education. They are administered to elementary, middle and high school students in March every school year. The results from these tests allow the state of Maryland and individual counties to evaluate each school’s

No, standardized tests are a waste of time

Danielle Koval level of performance. Any deficiencies staff writer noted in categories across the board are then integrated into school curriculums. The No Child Left behind Act was These adjustments to the curriculums passed in 2001, which mandated that every make a world of difference to students’ student had to meet academic benchmarks knowledge on certain subjects that they and standards to graduate high school. otherwise might never have learned. Many people are now carefully considering Standardized tests are used in every the effects of standardized testing. Among state in the country. Scores from these these individuals are parents, teachers, tests are used to compare counties within a principals and administrators who are all state, different states in the US and the US looking out for the students’ best interest. to different countries. A competitiveness The pressure these people are put through often forms between schools as a result because of these assessments, along with of comparing scores, which motivates the misleading data that these tests provide, individual schools to strive to fill their reveal that standardized tests are not a students with the knowledge needed in order beneficial use of society’s resources and to score well and outrank other schools. time. Through these more rigorous curriculums, Standardized tests are used to measure students will gain more knowledge and student understanding of the concepts understanding of information than students they have been exposed to throughout their did decades ago before the No Child Left school career. The Bush administration Behind Act was enacted. passed the No Child Left behind Act in Most students, including myself, hate order to improve the education system the idea of these tests when the time rolls by raising test scores and making teachers around to take them, but the truth of the more accountable for their students’ matter is that without them students would performance. not be nearly as academically advanced as Standardized they are today. By tests have not aiming to outline improved student problem areas for achievement to students in order the extent the to correct them and program was opening students expected. In up to college fact, in 2002, the scholarships and United States’ programs, these test scores were tests are essential 18 in the world in to students’ mathematics on education and the Programme photo courtesy of MCT Campus the improvement of Students in Texas prepare for Standarized Tests. for International school curriculums.

Student Assessment (PISA) and dropped to 31 in 2009. According to the National Research Council, test-based incentives are ineffective. Members believe that “despite using them for several decades, policy makers do not yet know how to use testbased incentives to consistently generate positive effects on achievement and to improve education.” The next question that arises is whether these tests are appropriate for students who are unfamiliar with English and are learning it as a second language. Currently, standardized tests are only able to accommodate the majority. As a result, students with learning disabilities are forced to take the same tests as other children. A 2007 University of Maryland study found that “the extreme pressure teachers are under . . . was leading to a decline in creative and higher-order thinking, time spent on assignments, and the amount of high-cognitive content found in the curriculum.” As a result, children who want to learn more than what is found on a test are unable to do so. Instruction time where students should be gaining a better understanding of a broader range of topics is being consumed by monotonous standardized test preparation. The more excessive time teachers spend preparing students, the more disinterested the students become and the less motivated students will be to perform at their best ability. Ultimately, standardized tests have proved to be counterproductive by producing ineffective results. They are unfair, not representative of some groups and a major consumption of instruction time.

Cafeteria selection are actually healthier than students believe Olivia Benzaquen staff writer

As cafeteria food is brought up in conversation, the words, “gross,” “disgusting,” “bad for you,” or the classic “ew,” will most likely be heard. “I don’t eat cafeteria food,” senior Ashley Foster said, “It does not look appetizing and I know how unhealthy it is.” Many other students have similar responses. Contrary to popular belief, MCPS provides students and teachers with nutritious and delicious meals, which most students do not take advantage of. This is a concept that is damaging to schools and cafeterias; it needs to change. School cafeterias have a reputation for being unhealthy and unappetizing. The popular documentary “Supersize Me” did not help offset this reputation either. The film displayed students with stacks of junk food on their trays. However, perhaps it is the students who are to blame for unhealthy choices. Students are given healthy options, but continue to make bad decisions. Everything is good in moderation, so cafeteria continues to offer their popular cookies. “After I eat the lunch I bring, I buy a cookie for dessert,” junior Evelyn Vartanian said, “I feel like the cookie monster because the cookies are the only thing I buy.” Just because the cafeteria sells dessert does not mean it is overall unhealthy. It may surprise students when they realize that there are healthy choices to choose from because of the preconceived idea that all cafeteria food is

unhealthy. “The mission of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services is to provide a variety of appealing, quality, nutritious meals,” as stated on the MCPS website. “Sometimes, foods, such as whole grains, are not particularly acceptable to students, but recognized as highly beneficial and healthy. In these instances we will try different forms of the product, believing that, over time, students will become more accustomed to having these foods as a regular part of their diets.” MCPS has made alterations to the lunch menu to make cafeteria food more nutritious and enjoyable, such as providing 20 different options of fruit and vegetable side dishes including: corn, Caesar Salad, whole grain vegetable rice, fruit cups and sweet potato bites. In addition, most options are made with whole grain, like rice, personal pizzas, shrimp poppers, soft tacos and nachos. Astonishingly, the most unhealthy lunch option the cafeteria provides is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the cheese snack, which has a total calorie count of 517. Students can find a list of all breakfast and lunch menu items and nutrition facts on the MCPS website. Upon hearing the phrase “cafeteria food,” students should think like science teacher Stanford Herzon. Herzon said the cafeteria is a smorgasbord. “Cafeteria food is a culture. Every cafeteria will have something great,” Herzon said. “I think the chili is awesome and the sweet potato fries rock.” The cafeteria food stereotype should be dismissed; healthy food should be eaten and enjoyed, not shunned and scorned.

photo courtesy of Adam Hurwitz Tator Tots, one of the numerous sides offered in the cafeteria, are about 170 calories.



A SOCK-ING STYLE All throughout the school, students are noticing an unusual pop of color and pizazz in the most likely of places: right on the smelly feet of the average high school student. If you have ever been on the bleachers for any athletic event, you probably saw an assortment of brightly-colored, knee, ankle or high socks. Although mid-calves were originally associated with lacrosse players, all kinds of students wear the socks with pride. But how do high school athletes choose the type of sock that they pull onto their feet? According to senior varsity soccer player Palina Ivanova, “That is our coach’s job. This year’s socks are a lot more comfortable than last year’s.” Each member of the varsity soccer team was given one red and one white pair of socks to match their Under Armour uniforms. Some claim to have been sporting the socks before they came into style, including junior Jack Wallerstedt. “I guess my parents just bought them for me,” Wallerstedt said. Not everyone’s parents seem to have such good taste; Wallerstedt’s parents were luckily ahead of the nationwide trend. No definite reason exists as to why these socks are so popular. “I think they just think it looks really good with their uniform,” former girls’ varsity lacrosse coach Anne-Marie Steppling said. Many feel the socks provide an aesthetically pleasing bright contrast to lacrosse uniforms. Others think that the mid-calves are just a craze and will be tossed aside into that dreaded pile of items that no self-respecting object would be caught in. “I think a lot of the guys are just going with the flow,” sophomore Richa Mishra said. Whether the socks are just a fad or now a permanent staple of a high school student’s wardrobe, one thing is certain: they add much needed comic relief and an effervescent spirit within the walls of this school.

Senior Justin Meltzer shows off his Nike mid-calf socks.

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It’s as if everyone suddenly decided to start dressing identically, donning neon, mid-calf socks. Mid-calves, before only worn by teenage boys, middle-aged men and tourists, were popularized by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, a.k.a RG3. Specifically known for his crazy maroon-andgold striped socks with “Go catch your dream” emblazoned on the front, he has pioneered one of the most outrageous fashion fads yet. The trend was first led by lacrosse players who wore the ‘Adrenaline’ brand, and other sports and brands soon caught on afterwards. Though Adrenaline was the start, the socks have branched off and been sold by other popular brands such as Nike and Adidas. They gained popularity as more and more boys began to wear them, and then girls also got into the trend, typically styling them with athletic shorts and sneakers or flip-flops. Just get ready for when RG3’s shoulder pad trend takes off.


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Common Sense - October 4, 2012

Two strikes down, one until unions win Jake Brodsky staff writer

Since the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire, in times before Christ, there have been labor disputes. Today, the nation is faced with multiple strikes. The National Football League’s referee lockout, the National Hockey League’s player lockout and the recently ended Chicago teachers’ strike are all current labor disputes. The NFL referee lockout, which began at the end of the last league year, has caused the regular officials to miss the kick-off of this year’s NFL season. The replacement refs received largely negative responses. “They really hurt the game because they don’t know what they are doing,” sophomore Reid Vincentz said. Over the course of the young season the replacements have blown pass interference calls, mismanaged the clock, had issues spotting the ball and even allowed a four timeout half in the week one Cardinals Seahawks game. The NFL had to remove one referee from a New Orleans Saints game after it was revealed he was a fan of the team. “The replacement refs are ruining the integrity of the game,” junior Laura Cholvibul said. The main things the referees’ union wants are to receive better pay, higher staffing levels and the ability to arbitrate over their salaries. The key issue is pension, which would cost $20,000 per person, per year.

The NFL, a multi-billion dollar industry, refuses to pay this for 121 officials. The business owners are crushing their employees because they have the ability to. The NFL can afford to put the best product on the field, but will not, and some fans believe this will hurt everyone. The NHL lockout began officially on Sept. 15, when the players union and the owners were unable to reach an agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Before the old CBA expired, the players received 57 percent of all hockey related income photo courtesy of Huffington Post while the owners received NFL replacement officials have recently become known for missed calls. Two made 43 percent. The latest offer differing calls despite standing next to each other at Green Bay v. Seattle Sept. 24. from the owners has the of the new CBA and the maximum length players receiving 49 percent of income. To that a contract can be offered for. the players this is too much of a reduction. The main difference between this and The players also want to introduce a last year’s NBA and NFL lockouts is that system of revenue sharing to help make up hockey is not as popular as these sports. for the financial losses that some teams are “If hockey went away tomorrow I wouldn’t absorbing. At the moment teams are putting care,” said physical education teacher Paul in $150 million dollars, but the players want Kirk. However, in a town with a thriving the number to increase to $250 million. hockey team like the Washington Capitals, Owners are willing to increase pay, but not hockey season will be missed by more than by that much. Other issues on the debate a few people. “This really disappoints me include the way salaries are paid, the length because I love watching Capitals games and

am going to miss to them,” junior Mike Kim said. Lastly there is the recently resolved Chicago Teachers’ Strike, which began Sept. 10, and lasted eight days. The teachers wanted more employees and raises. Initially the teachers’ union wanted 30 percent average raises over four years, however they settled at 17.6 percent. The strike has also resulted in a longer school day and hiring nearly 500 teachers, but the merit pay program based on test scores has been stripped. The raises and hiring of new teachers has a high price tag of up to $295 million. The state may have to implement higher property taxes in order to pay for this. Chicago Public Schools could be facing up to $1 billion deficit. The deal still needs to be ratified by overall union membership. As a result of this strike students missed eight days of school, however the extended school day added a total of two years to the time spent in school by a student starting first grade next year. In Montgomery County, teachers are not allowed to unionize, in order to prevent strikes. The first strike recorded by history occurred in Rome 494 B.C., while the largest strike in American history occurred in 1959 when 500,000 steel workers struck until they received better pay and to protect a contract clause that guaranteed worker jobs and hours. The steel workers won both.

A new legacy is Bourne: Final movie disappoints Ryan Shults staff writer

“The Bourne Legacy” should not be compared to the other Bourne movies. It has nothing to do with Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, or the corrupt CIA agents hunting him down. Its story pretends to intertwine with the first three blockbusters, but is a dull, unnecessary fourth installment to a series that should have remained a trilogy. What was so great about the first three Bourne movies was that even if the viewer didn’t understand the elaborate, hard-to-follow storyline perfectly, they were still fun to watch. Audiences enjoyed keeping up with all the twists, turns and back-stabbings. “Legacy” has a tired story that is not complex, and the screenplay is so unsure of itself that it doesn’t know how to tell its own story. Here’s the premise: Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner, is one of many field operatives for the US Defense program being used as lab rats to test super enhancement

pills, nicknamed ‘chems.’ While the government is cleaning up the public mess Bourne left in the previous movie, they decide to shut down and destroy all evidence of other controversial projects, including the chems experiment. Top government agents are sent all over the world to assassinate anyone who has anything to do with the program. To make things worse, Cross’ body has become reliant on the ‘chems.’ The longer he goes without them, the weaker he gets. As unoriginal as that may sound, there are way too many boring speeches filled with science mumbo jumbo that, by the time the movie finally explains what’s going on, the audience loses interest. An action film has failed when viewers want to shout, “shoot someone already!” at the screen. While a majority of the movie is a waste of two hours and 15 minutes, there is one very good quality; Rachel Weisz, who some may remember from “The Mummy” (1999) or her Oscar winning role in “The Constant Gardener” (2005). She plays Marta Shearing, a scientist who supplied the ‘chems.’ When the government eliminates the project,

a bulls eye is put on her head. After Cross rescues her from an assassination attempt, the two team up to locate the last batch of the super pills before Cross dies without them. Weisz is a step up from Julia Stiles, who played a similar character in the originals. In fact, Weisz is the best thing about the movie. Her character is smart, well-written, and, in a movie packed with characters viewers don’t care about, incredibly likeable. If the script really wanted to be daring, they would have no Cross character, and Weisz alone would get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Another example of the story’s laziness is that (spoiler alert) Cross and Shearing get together at the end. While Bourne usually managed to avoid clichés and be unexpected, this film has two lovers sailing off into the sunset. How can viewers believe these two characters love each other when spend most of the time arguing. They don’t even seem to like each other. “Legacy” is a disappointing end to the franchise. After seeing this, no one will hope for a fifth.

Get schooled in success with tips to prepare for the PSAT

as knowing the general directions for each section beforehand, so a student can go directly to the questions and manage their time more efficiently. Another hint is to earn as many points possible on the easy questions. This sounds like one of the most basic statements, but main An annual pattern reflects the implicit high-school-hierarchy, only to be validated once message is that rather then spending away precious seconds trying to work their way through more: a wave of confused freshmen will be herded into testing locations for need to put some complex trig equation that they do not really know, a person should first attack all the them somewhere and the sophomores will submissively slouch to a desk, aware of what questions that will be easy points for them. Then, they can take the opportunity to go back “joys” await them. The juniors will be furiously calculating what scores they need to obtain to the more challenging questions with their remaining time. in order to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, all while the seniors will smugly munch On the PSAT, one is also penalized for each incorrect answer: An erroneous solution will on glazed donuts, finally reaping the benefits of four years of standardized testing. On Oct. cost you a one-fourth point deduction for a multiple choice and a one-third point subtraction 17, the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to students in grades nine through 11. for a grid-in. However, there is no penalty for skipping questions and “PSATs are definitely important because they provide…a when one cannot narrow their answer choices down to two and make “PSATs are definitely [measure]...of how much more you have to study for the SAT,” an educated guess from there,that is when they should probably skip it. junior Uday Misra said. Whether one has a lot riding on this test important because they Finally, like a chapter out of the worst, nerdiest nightmare, or they just merely want to gauge their personal level, the writers provide…a [measure]...of periodically check the scantron sheet to ensure that the question number at Common Sense have compiled a list of test-taking tips to make how much more you have in the booklet matches up with the multiple choice number on the sheet. the process a little easier. Not doing so is a recipe for questionably low scores and extremely upset Rest is a primary necessity when it comes to test taking. to study for the SAT” parents. Disney got it right with “Sleeping Beauty;” as cliché and obvious Though this is critical, possibly just for the sake of one’s own mental -j unior Uday Misra as it sounds, everyone needs their eight hours. A lack of sleep health, the predominant tip that many seniors maintain is that the trick limits a person’s ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve to the PSATs is not to worry too much. “It’s important to not stress about PSATs and just problems. Establishing a preemptive, consistent sleep routine several weeks ahead will make pace yourself while you’re taking it,” senior Tali Cowen said. the night before even easier. And for an entire fourth of the student population, PSATs are a sweet symbol of the Another evident but effective technique is eating a hearty pre-test breakfast. The end of a series of required examinations that they have laboriously slaved through. “I am Snickers ads may lead people to believe that the only consequence of hunger is turning excited to sleep in this year and I’m glad that all that testing is almost over for me,” senior into an unbearably sassy diva, but a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Heather Brody said. Medicine showed a significant spike in math test scores after children ate breakfast, versus no To every student who is not a senior; bear in mind that even underclassmen are only breakfast at all. Eating breakfast also makes the hours-long affair feel a bit better. several standardized tests way from trading in their multiple choice for muffins. When it comes to test day, there are also a few techniques that will save some time, such Sophie Lehrenbaum managing editor



Common Sense - October 4, 2012

Jessie J wants money; independents don’t Patriot Threads Today’s abundance of free music drowns out the sound of yesterday’s record labels Break away from dated Rebecca Jahnke features editor June of 1999: Napster makes its online debut. Designed by college-aged teens to address their peers’ desire for easy access to MP3 files, the site has three ingredients: an MP3-exclusive search engine, peer-to-peer file-sharing that allows users to download songs directly from the machines of fellow users worldwide and Internet Relay Chat for users to connect with one another. Ready for download, the program is quickly snatched up by users. July 2001: The site, now a breeding ground for piracy galore, meets its demise. Millions of dollars are owed in settlements to artists and their respective record labels. For music enthusiasts, Napster was a goldmine for sharing songs without splurging on entire records. For industry professionals, Napster was a nightmare--what made it popular with consumers was their basis for shutting it down. Yet, given the major breakthrough Napster had on how music is exchanged between artists and fans, music executives knew better than to brush it off. As summed up in 2010 blockbuster “The Social Network” by Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker, a Napster cofounder: “Napster wasn’t a failure. It changed the music industry for better and for always. It may not have been good business, but it pissed a lot of people off. They’re scared of me, pal.” Fast-forward to 2012, and the animosity has taken new form. The proposal of a Universal-EMI merger seeks to create a mega-label that would control pay-per-song digital distribution sites. Yet, whereas labels used to be the single catalyst for churning out music stars, today’s pop divas and radio hitmakers are challenged by the rising generation of underground musicians who choose to put out free material. Contracted publicists and recording studios have given way to selfpromotion through social media and homeproducing via high-quality music software. With these changes, up-and-comers have the option to ultimately remove third-party record labels from the relationship between them and their fans. As this trend catches

rather than searching for originality and talent. The blogs give fans the freedom to explore up-and-coming artists, rather than rely on record labels to dictate the next big thing. For once larger-thanlife labels, the blogs are diminishing their power over music junkies, causing them to lose their monopoly over the music industry as a whole. “I think at a label, someone would be like ‘make sure you get your video graphic courtesy of Peninsula Press up, here’s your marketing team to do on, the music industry is shifting to an online this, here’s your team to do this.’ It’s platform--making record labels somewhat just us doing this, so it feels more intimate,” outdated. Shapiro said. “I couldn’t even imagine us having done Many student music fans agree that the this on a record label because everything we’ve artists who choose an independent track are done has been so rooted in social media,” said less stale than the carbon-copied performers Cal Shapiro, vocalist of independent band labels churn out. Timeflies. “I think it would’ve been a lot less “Top 40 music all sounds the same and fun; this is such an organic way to do it.” there are so many more artists out there who The music blogs that support independent make music more for the love of music. artists also play a role in the prevalence of Listening to guys like Timeflies, Huey Mack free music. Sites like Good Music All Day, and Mike Stud is definitely the way to go,” Fresh New Tracks, Sound is Style and Swag senior Kevin Mooney said. Sold Separately are centered on finding and Given the range of original work, the publicizing new artists and their material--and endless remixes and bootlegs of re-mastered providing a download link for the songs they current tracks and the surplus of free finds promote. These blogs are not encouraging within the fast-rising EDM genre, free music piracy of copyrighted music--their sole offers something for everyone. purpose is to look past mainstream music and The online music industry is not without uncover the wealth of legally free songs that trepidations: file-sharing sites like HulkShare exist in the web’s crevices. and MediaFire still pose a risk to established, By exposing audiences to a sampling of label-represented artists. Nowadays, web new, free music without the commitment of surfers can even convert YouTube videos to buying an album, users can stumble upon MP3 files in the click of a button. Yet just lesser-known artists that labels shelve or because people can download copyrighted overlook, bookmark blogs that match their music does not mean they should. taste and find songs not available on Itunes. “I feel bad doing it; at the end of the Being that the blogs are free, those day, there’s a moral obligation to buy music who run them are solely motivated by their that artists are not putting out for free,” love and appreciation for the art of music, sophomore Karrie Shi said. resulting in eclectic archives of original finds. Thanks to independent artists, a new On the flipside, label executives are in model for online music distribution is on the the business for the extrinsic, monetary horizon. Perhaps Shapiro puts it best: “Given motivator. When deciding who to sign, artists the way the music industry is today, you are reduced to the profits they’ll bring in, can’t just charge people for music and think culminating in a standardized, assembly-line they’ll stay around. You need to give them process of finding the next big moneymaker something.”

Apple upgrades bring new features for diehards

iPhone 5 and iOS 6 make their Apple family debuts, provide technological advances Stavros Tzamaras staff writer On Sept. 12, Apple announced that the new iPhone 5 was set to hit store shelves nationwide on Sept. 22, cueing an onslaught of rumors and speculations. Now that the newest installment in the iPhone series is here, it’s time to shed some light on the highly-anitcipated product. While some argued that changing the iPhone was a criminal offense, Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive disagrees. “We take changing it very seriously,” Ive said in a press conference. “We don’t want to just make a new phone, we want to make a much better phone.” Featuring an innovative new, larger four-inch retina display, the iPhone 5 has sparked a range of opinions regarding its value. “Made completely from aluminum and glass,” the iPhone 5 weighs in at a feathery light 112 grams, whereas the 4S weighed a whopping 140. Aside from the weight difference, the 5 also packs a more powerful processor. Called the A6, this new processor is more advanced and more powerful than the 4S’s previous A5, allowing for smoother graphics and better

multitasking. “It’s up to twice as fast as the previous generation,” Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield said. Faster processing, web streaming and performance is all thanks to the new apple A6 core processor on board this advancement of iPhone technology. Another new feature of the 5 is the new 4G LTE capabilities. This means faster web browsing while on the go. This new capability also allows Phone 5 users to “facetime” (a mobile video call) from virtually anywhere. Thanks to LTE there will be no more waiting five minutes for a friends’ facebook pages to load and no more unnecessary lag when surfing the web on a mobile device. All of this new hardware is supported by the new iOS 6 software that was released a few days prior to the phone. The software comes with new capabilities for the phone including a newer and more responsive version of Siri, the ability to take panorama pictures with the camera app, and “Apple maps” which is replacing the old outdated navigation app, aside from general bug fixes and updates. Aside from all this progress in software technology, controversy still surrounds iOS 6. Due to disputes between the Apple and Google companies, Apple

cut out the YouTube app (which was owned and produced by Google) in an attempt to limit Google’s influence on the new iPhone. For those who still want the YouTube app, upgrading to iOS 6 means having to download the individual YouTube app from the App Store. The maps have also changed in iOS 6. “I like the new 3D feature, but I miss the street view that is gone because of the Apple-Google dispute,” senior Keyan Javadi said, Apple also created new headphones to accompany the new iPhone. Instead of the old headphones, Apple is giving iPhone 5 buyers “earpods,” which underwent rigorous testing and development before they were released. “We tested over 600 ear types to make sure they fit perfectly in any ear type,” Ive said. The iPhone 5 is available on most major cellular service providers and starts at a price of $199.99 with a two-year contract, but it graphic courtesy of Apple may take up to four weeks Apple released the newest member of the iPhone family, the iPhone 5, on Sept. 22. The phone’s unveiling came to get one. right after iOS 6 was released to eager tech junkies.

summer styles with shoe and denim tips Jaime Dacosta staff writer

With diversity in their fashion style, Students are making it a point to show off who they are. Don’t be surprised to see an outfit, a shirt or accessory that catches your eye and wonder,” Where did you get that from?” In the past two weeks I have seen a multitude of styles and trends throughout each grade. Back to school doesn’t just mean we are hitting the books again, we’re also hitting the mall, looking for a wardrobe filled with the latest looks. From shoes to accessories we are all looking to keep our own style while infusing the newest trends. Fortunately for the student body, Patriots know how to incorporate these trends to coexist with the dress code policy. Toms seem to be the fastest growing shoe in recent memory; there is not a day that goes by that I don’t see Toms on someone’s feet. I love the simplicity of the shoe and the possibilities are endless. TOMS Fall 2012 sets out to impress… and impress it has. The line features tribal prints, warm colors and tried and true favorites like the Classics shoe. For the daring, TOMS Fall 2012 line features a red glitter Classics shoes that just screams Wizard of Oz. This season is all about floral prints for girls. The floral print trend has dominated most Spring/Summer 2012 runways and now the floral jeans trend has become one of the season’s hottest hits. Add twist to your wardrobe, with a lovely pairs of floral jeans. These jeans are available in soft pastels as well loud hues with floral images For guys, mainly the season has been filled with shoe releases such as the Jordan “Raptor 7” and “Fire Red 4,” The Lebron 9 and its endless color-ways have run rampant over the hallways with the bright “Summit Lake” edition, The classic Nike or Adidas running shoe and its many editions can be seen on the feet almost any athlete with endless editions of from the Nike “free run” to the Adidas “adisport” series. Sperry’s also continue to dominate the hallways. With the tan and dark brown colorway, Sperry’s are common among students because they are easy to manage and match with. My Tips for Denim: 1. Colored Jeans - After being popular for several seasons now, colored jeans are now becoming a denim regular, If you don’t already own a pair, get on it! For fall, these jeans are available in practically every color under the sun, but be on the lookout for denim in some of the season’s trendiest colors like pink and green, as pictured below 2. Printed Jeans - Floral and leopard and plaid, Printed denim is popular for fall and a fantastic way to incorporate some pattern into your look. Not sure how to style printed jeans? Pairing them with a solid colored top will always look chic, but try mixing prints for a bold, fashion-forward look. And no matter what your pattern preference, there’s likely a pair of jeans out there for you. 3. Coated Jeans - If you’re looking to add a little edge to your wardrobe, look no further than this season’s coated jeans. These jeans have a waxy, leather-like texture making them a unique addition to your closet. 4. Jean jackets - They can make even the simplest outfit look fashionable.


ARTS Common Sense - October 4, 2012

Social networking and photo-editing come together in smartphone application Courtney Pories arts editor

A picture is worth a thousand words, which is one of the reasons why the popular mobile application “Instagram” is becoming so successful in the world of social networking. With Instagram, anyone can be a photographer and choose a filter to make a normal picture look like a work of art. Recently, the app has become a popular trend among teens and adults alike, who upload billions of photos daily. There are nearly 100 million users, many of whom are Wootton students. “I usually take pictures of me and my friends or any random that I see that seems cool and catches my attention,” senior Bryce Andrukitis said. “It’s like Twitter but with pictures.” Sophomore Aaliyah Dixon also uses the app. “Instagram is a place where you can post pictures of really anything to express yourself, your hobbies and your interests.” Dixon also uses Facebook, but she likes Instagram better. “It’s better than most social networking sites because it’s enjoyable while not being so addicting.” Companies are also starting to use Instagram to their advantage. Red Bull, Sharpie, MTV, ESPN and Puma are just a few of the major brands using the website to help promote their company by producing beautiful pictures of their products and engaging their customers in their ads. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Zooey Deschanel, Harry Styles and even President Barack Obama all have Instagram accounts, with Kim Kardashian being the most followed person with over 3.6 million followers. “I follow Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber because it’s cool to see actual pictures from their daily lives,” senior Audrey Huwae said. “Seeing them post things on Instagram and Twitter makes them seem more real and less distant, and more like regular people.” Instagram will soon be connecting even

photo by Courtney Pories

Instagram is an app that allows people to take a picture of any object and apply different filters to make it look artistic and professional.

more friends together now that it has recently been purchased by Facebook. The one billion dollar deal is expected to close later this quarter according to an announcement by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg who posted the announcement on his Facebook profile on Monday, September 24. “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests,” Zuckerberg said. So keep checking Facebook over the next few months and see if there’s a change, but in the meantime, continue using the app independently and see what the hype is all about.




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Preparations for the fall musical are underway Goureesh Paranjpe staff writer

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The Theatre Department begins its fall season with the terrifying yet comical story of a giant Venus flytrap in the musical Little Shop of Horrors. With a cast and crew made up of both new and returning members, the production has hopes of achieving another awardwinning performance. “Considering we are only a few weeks into our rehearsals, I can say that the show is shaping up pretty well,” music director Carla Ingram said. Ingram has worked with Wootton in numerous musical productions in the past, and after a three-year leave, returned this past spring to help produce the award winning performance, The Wizard of Oz. “We have a small cast, but it’s a talented cast and everyone is perfectly fit for their role,” Ingram said, “Our biggest challenege right now is our lack of time.” A few experienced actors have made their way to the spotlight this year. Seniors Kayli Modell and Mike Neild will be starring as Audrey and Seymour. Modell starred as Dorothy in last year’s spring musical, The Wizard of Oz. “I’m so thankful to be given the opportunity to play another lead role at Wootton,” Modell said. Although this is Neild’s first lead role, he is no stranger to the long hours the show will require. “I can always find time to get most of my school work done and memorize my lines, even if it does mean less sleep. What makes the rehearsal process so much fun is that since I’m doing it with my friends, we are all devoting ourselves to something we love to do,” Neild said.

Also returning to the cast is senior Elgin Martin, who has already taken part in seven shows in his high school career. “Overall, this show is nothing like Wootton has done before,” Martin said. Martin will have a behind-thescenes type of role, starring as a giant, man eating plant. “There is a lot of dark humor involved and the music is like a cross between Motown, rock and your typical Broadway show-tunes,” Martin said. “This show is going to be something special. If you have never seen a Wootton production before, this is the one to start with.” Burak Demir is also thrilled to be a part of the show. “It’s kind of like we are going back to normal. For the longest time, Wootton has always had a fall musical until only recently in 2010,” Demir said. This will be Demir’s sixth show, but only the second where he appears as a member of cast, having participated in the pit orchestra for his first four shows. “The return of the fall musical gives us a chance to do more of what we love to do,” Demir said. Directing the pit band this year will be Caroline Herman, who has helped with numerous shows in the past. “The type of music we will play for this show does not require the flutes, clarinets or other instruments we typically use,” Herman said. Rather than the usual performing band, the show will feature a four piece rock band, featuring Aaron Tian, Hannah Hassini, Patrick Fowler and Jamie Logan. “Working with the show is always as much fun as it is rewarding,” Herman said. The show will run Oct. 25, 26 and 27. Tickets can be purchased on the Wootton website for $8 for students.



Common Sense - October 4, 2012




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Tomorrow vs. Blake

Football rebounds to go one game over .500

Nellie Allentuck staff writer

After early victories over Whitman and Kennedy building up to a 2-0 start, the Patriot’s move to 3-2 record after a strong win over Walter Johnson but losses to Damascus and Richard Montgomery. Wootton is undefeated in conference play and second in the 4A south division being edged out only by Churchill, who bears a 4-1 record. The Patriots had a strong offensive showing against Walter Johnson scoring 29 points, the most that they have scored all season. Freshman wide receiver Trevon Diggs received three catches for 137 yards. Diggs is currently ranked ninth among wide receivers in the metropolitan area for total yards. Meanwhile junior wide receiver Jibri woods rushed for 94 yards on just 25 carries and scored two touchdowns. Along with the strong offense a key part to the victory was the Patriots tenacious defense. The defense started out strong allowing only two points in the first half and only 12 total while holding Walter Johnson’s quarterback to only 78 yards. Wootton went on to win 29-12. A week earlier against Richard Montgomery, the Patriots allowed Richard Montgomery to score 13 unanswered points in just the second quarter, making the score at half time 13-0. The Patriots came out strong in the fourth quarter scoring two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ellis connected with senior wide receiver Joe Stapleton for a 31-yard touchdown, but missed the extra point. The Patriots then did an onside kick, receiving the ball back, setting up for Woods to

run for 55 yards into the end zone followed by an extra point kicked by junior kicker Eric Shumacher, tying up the score at 13 apiece with little time left on the clock. The Rockets drove, and scored making the score 20-13 with little time left on the clock for the Patriots. The Patriots received the ball back, and made it all the way down to the 15-yard line. Wootton had time for one more play before time expired. The ball was snapped, and Ellis stood in the pocket searching for the perfect play. The ball was thrown but couldn’t be caught. Wootton lost to Richard Montgomery in their closest game of the season with a final score of 20-17. Woods rushed for 113 yards throughout the game, a season-high by 78 yards while Ellis threw for a seasonhigh 184 yards. “I think our run game and our mental toughness will be key. If we just focus on what we do best we should be just fine,” Stapleton said referring to the losses against Damascus and Richard Montgomery. Against Damascus the Patriots loss by a final score of 37-8, scoring their only touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Ellis passed for 164 passing to five different wide receivers throughout the game. Senior tight end and linebacker Miles Green lead the team in rushing running with 39 yards on only eight attempts, while Diggs received three passes for a total of 70 yards. “We will definitely be trying to improve our run defense and mental toughness,” said Stapleton, “We had too many fixable mistakes against Damascus”. Stapleton scored the team’s only touchdown, receiving a catch for 21 yards from Ellis. Ellis is currently ranked 23 among quarterbacks for total yards in the metropolitan area,

throwing for a total of 720 yards so far this season. “We were very prepared for Damascus, we just didn’t have a consistent competitive edge throughout the game,” Woods said. Wootton has had trouble establishing a strong run this season. In the first three games of the season against Whitman, Kennedy and Damascus the Patriots have rushed for just 191 yards with only 59 yards in the loss to Damascus. That all improved against Richard Montgomery and even though they lost, they rushed for 118 yards, nearly doubling how much they ran against Damascus. “We take each game one at a time,” Woods said. Woods has been a key part to improving the Patriots run game. In the past two games Woods has rushed for a combined total of 207 yards after rushing for only a combined total of 91 yards in the team’s first three games. Wootton plays at home tomorrow night against Blake who is 3-2.

Girls soccer looking for consistency after rough start

Girls’ tennis looks to rebound from first loss of the season

Sam Eichberg sports editor

Elliott Burklow sports editor After a strong, undefeated 2-0 start on the season, the girls’ tennis team has been working hard to keep its reputation as one of the best in Montgomery County. Last fall, the Patriots were co-champions with Churchill and Whitman, and together these three teams are considered the teams to beat in regular season competition. On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Patriots hosted B-CC in their eighth match of the year. The Barons, while not considered among the county’s best, have one of the best players in the county with senior first singles player Anna Rozenburg. Rozenburg was the only player last fall to defeat Class of 2012 alumnus Megan Hahn, but in the end she fell to Hahn during last May’s state championships. This year, it was junior first singles player Aishu Iyer’s daunting task to face Rozenburg. Iyer held her own through two sets, but the B-CC player proved to be to be too overwhelming, winning 6-1, 6-1. Luckily, the rest of Iyer’s teammates dominated the B-CC competition, as the Patriots beat the Barons 6-1. In the two team’s first rematch since last year’s county championship, the Patriots traveled to face Churchill on Sept. 24 in what would be a true glimpse into the postseason. After victories from sophomore third singles player Kathy Kim, first team doubles Katarina Sherman and Karrie Shi and second team doubles Cherrie Wang and Shelby McGinty, the Patriots found themselves tied 3-3 with the Bulldogs through six matches. Unfortunately, the third team Churchill doubles duo narrowly beat sophomores Sophie Wunderlich and Kylie Yassin after a close match of 6-3, 6-4.

photo by Nellie Allentuck

Senior wide receiver Joe Stapleton breaks a tackle as he looks to score in the team’s game against Damascus.

photo by Adam Hurwitz

Junior Aishu Iyer serves the ball into play in the team’s match against B-CC. Wootton won 6-1.

With this result, the final score was 4-3 in favor of Churchill, giving the Patriots their first loss of the season, making their record 6-1. “It was very close, and Churchill is a good match for us,” junior second singles player Hannah Hwong said. “This year we did a lot better against them than last year; they were really surprised that we were so close and so strong, both physically and mentally,” Hwong said Despite losing the match, coach Fevronia Cresham remains hopeful for team success. “Since we lost to Churchill, we can’t win the division. But we can win counties very easily,” Cresham said. Previous to the Churchill match, the Patriots blew through their opponents, coasting to a 6-0 record after their 7-0 victory over Blair on Sept. 19. In addition to beating the Blazers, Wootton beat three different teams in the seven days before the Blair match. These opponents included Richard Montgomery, Sherwood and Kennedy, only losing three of 21 individual matches through these team matches. The Patriots’ will face another challenge today, as they host the third team from last years threeway county championship, Whitman.

The girls’ varsity soccer team has looked streaky so far this season, with its record currently at 3-2. For each win that the girls have gotten thus far, they have followed up with a loss. Hoping to gain some momentum heading into the remainder of the season, the girls welcomed Magruder on Sept. 27 for a Thursday night showdown. Wootton showed dominance early, as freshman Jazmyn Sollars continued her outstanding rookie campaign with a rebound goal to put the Pats on the board. Sophomore Marina Callahan added to the lead with a breakaway goal minutes later, giving the Patriots some insurance from the Colonels. Junior Pilar McCarthy netted the third goal for the Patriots off a rebound in front, continuing her impressive season. Callahan buried her second goal of the night with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, to extend the lead to four. “It was nice to come out ahead since we’ve struggled a bit in the past,” head coach Tracy Seek said Unfortunately for Wootton, who was fully controlling play, thunder and lightning were spotted nearby, delaying the game for 30 minutes. As the inclement weather persisted, the game was postponed for another date, where the final 11 minutes of the first half will be played as well as the entire second half. “It stinks to play so well, and to

not even get the win,” McCarthy said. “But I’m sure we can do it again.” Prior to the game against Magruder, the Pats played an away game at Gaithersburg on Sept. 20. Wootton got off to a slow start, with the first two Trojan goals coming early in the first half. “The first two goals came pretty quickly, and we were kind of shell shocked, and couldn’t respond,” Seek said. The Trojans scored once more and the Patriots tallied a goal as the result of a penalty kick after Callahan was tackled inside the 18-yard box. Junior Alexis Greene took the PK and kicked it to the top corner to put Wootton on the board. “It was a disappointing loss, but we worked hard, and it showed us what we need to work on,” junior Jillian Goldschein said. For their third game of the season, the Patriots played at Northwest against the Jaguars on Sept. 11. It was a close game until the end, showing a defensive effort from both sides. With the score knotted at 0-0, the game headed to overtime. A few minutes in, McCarthy scored the golden goal to secure the win for the Pats. “It was really exciting, but I was surprised,” she said. “I didn’t think it would go in, but sometimes you get lucky.” The Patriots have upcoming games at Walter Johnson on Friday, Oct. 5, and against Whitman at home on Monday, Oct. 8. The games against Damascus and Richard Montgomery were played too late for this edition.


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Trzeciak leads cross country team in PA and VA with [the size of the gap] for this time in the season.” The JV teams were also successful at Oatlands. The upperclassmen boys, led by As cross country season runs on, the teams seniors James Liu and Nick Chung, who continue to improve. The teams two Saturdays placed sixth and 19th respectively, finished of long travel, including the 2 hour trip to sixth overall. The underclassmen boys Carlisle, PA, and the one hour-long travel to came in fifth, with sophomore Nathan Leesburg, VA, were well worth the drive. Nadal leading the way and finishing eighth. The Carlisle Invitational on Sept. 29 had The upperclassmen girls all finished in the senior captain Josh Trzeciak and the varsity boys top 110 of 408 total runners, earning them finishing sixth. Junior Dana Sung finished 36, 16th place. leading the girls to a 10th place finish. The boys and girls also beat Churchill Of the 51 teams from the area at the Sept. on Sept. 18 in their first home meet. While 22 Oatlands Invitational, the boys came in the girls grinded out a one-point win, 27eighth overall, with senior captain Josh Trzeciak 28, the boys won convincingly, 19-44. finishing fifth, followed by senior captain David According to coach Kellie Redmond, Levine at 44, sophomore Patrick Munro at 69, Churchill’s girls’ team has improved greatly junior Declan Devine at 32, senior Christopher photo by Adam Hurwitz this year, and the Wootton girls expected a Siu at 139, senior Will Quakenbush at 163 and Senior Susan McGrattan and junior Belen Balangero lead a pack of cross-country runners up the Frost Hill as the Patrijunior Foster Ting at 183 out of a field of 357. ots hosted Churchill on Sept.18. McGrattan finished seventh while Balangero finished twentieth, as the girls’ won 27-28. tough match. “Our girls ran tough and they did what they needed to do at the end of the race,” “I was happy with the team’s performance,” senior captain David Levine said. “We were the top [Montgomery County] school at Oatlands, but I feel like we still have room for Redmond said. “I’m proud of how they looked for Sept. 19. I thought they ran gutsy and they knew that it was close so all of them were really pushing it.” improvement.” However, on the boy’s side, Churchill has dropped off drastically since last year. After The girls were less successful, placing 25 out of the 38 teams. After junior Dana Sung’s 20:52 finish, which earned her a 30 overall place, the girls’ varsity runners all finished within losing top runner William Conway to graduation, Churchill is not nearly as strong. “I’m happy with how they performed yesterday,” Redmond said. “We had some really 1:15 of each other, and all were within the top 185 out of 259 runners. “We obviously want that [1:15 gap] to be shorter and we can always improve, but that is good races and I’m really happy about how we are closing the gaps there. There’s not such pretty good,” senior captain Kirsten Schroeder said. “Our team has similar talents. We are in a big gap between our number one and our number seven. We’re really starting to close that a similar range and the position we have in the squad keeps changing. But overall I’m happy up a bit.” Adam Hurwitz features editor

Golf team shooting under par, soaring like a birdie Eric Shumacher staff writer The golf team is off to a strong start to their season. They are first place in their division, which consists of Whitman, Walter Johnson, Churchill, Quince Orchard, Northwest, B-CC, and Damascus. They are also in second place overall in the county, close behind Walter Johnson. So far, there have been six co-ed matches. In their sixth match at Little Bennett Golf Course on September 24, the team scored 205 overall. They emerged victorious against Whitman, Churchill, and Quince Orchard. In their fifth match, the team scored a 203 overall, losing to Churchill and Walter Johnson, while defeating B-CC. They played at Needwood Golf Course on September 18, 2012. In their third and fourth matches, the team scored 212 and 193, respectively. They played at Bretton Woods Golf Course on September 10 against Damascus, Whitman, and Walter Johnson and they played at Poolesville Golf Course on September 12 against Whitman, B-CC, and Northwest. The golf team’s total strokes so far are 1217 with an average of 202.83 strokes per match. The team so far

has won against 13 teams, and lost against only three. “We have done well so far this season and we hope to keep up the good golf” said senior captain Ethan Richardson. The co-ed District Tournament is quickly approaching. It will be held on October 1 at Poolesville Golf Course. It will be an 18 hole event. In the District Tournament, each school brings five golfers to compete and all five scores will be counted. The selection process for picking the team will be based on scoring average for those golfers who have played in coed matches. Expected to compete in the co-ed District Tournament are sophomore Delany Shah, junior Allison Wong, sophomore Justin Feldman, senior Harris Benjamin, and sophomore Graysen Bright. “The District Tournament has some fierce competitors, but I think we will do well,” said junior golfer Wesley Chen. The girls District Tournament will be held on October 3 at Laytonsville Golf Course. In order to qualify for girls districts, individual girls must shoot 97 at Poolesville Golf Course and 94 at Laytonsville Golf Course. Girls must shoot this number or below at either of the two courses that they will attempt to qualify at in

order to move onto the State Tournament. Players may only qualify at one course, not both. First place right now for girls is sophomore Delaney Shah. Shah shot 34 and 36 in the first two matches (girls only). Her average for the two matches is 35 strokes. Shah is also seventh place overall for coed after six matches with an average of 38.17 strokes. Second place right now for girls is Allison Wong. Wong shot 40 and 36 in the first two matches (girls only). Her average for the two matches is 38 strokes. Wong is also thirteenth overall for coed after six matches with an average of 39.33 strokes. Tied for third place right now for girls is Graysen Bright. Bright shot 36 and 45 in the first two matches (girls only). Her average for the two matches is 40.5 strokes. Sixteenth place right now after six matches for coed is Justin Feldman, with an average of 39.83 strokes per match Fifth place right now for girls is Andrea Rao. Rao shot 41, 49, and 39 in first 3 matches (girls only). Her average for the three matches is 43. The girls’ and coed teams both also competed in the district tournaments. For golfers who qualified, the county championships will occur on Oct. 8

JV volleyball beats Rockville, Quince Orchard; loses to Magruder before they struck out of bounds. However, they quickly continued with five more consecutive scores. The tables turned when the Patriots sent a forceful spike that they The girls’ junior varsity volleyball team reigned victorious against dove for, and missed. After another intense rally and several intimidating the Rockville Rams on Friday, Sept. 20, at home. The game started on a serves from Peng that ended in a string of aces, the scores finally pulled high note, as sophomore co-captain Jenny Yang served the first ball over even at 13. the net and straight onto the other team’s court for ace. Immediately “The second game was a little rough,” coach Ludema said. “I was a succeeding the first point came a second score, within seconds of the little concerned. We were halfway through and down by about five, but first – the ball was tipped over the net before the opponent had the once we got the serve back on our side, I was confident we would win.” chance to touch it. The third point came just as quickly, as the Rams The lead swung back and forth between the teams as the end of served and struck out. the second set neared. The ball was furiously passed through the air in Between the team’s powerful spikes and aces, they easily maintained a series of skillful serves and spikes, until the referee blew the whistle their status as the dominant side, steadily leading the score. However, and announced that Rockville had used an illegal double-set, giving the Rockville displayed an array of their own strengths during the set’s point to Wootton. Rockville then obtained the upper hand as their score second half. They endured a long, intense play that had the audience quickly flew up from 17 to 22 points, exactly even with the Patriots. A screaming in their seats. The Patriots dove to deflect their hits, and few plays later, the ball was served by returning sophomore Elizabeth ultimately, the point was awarded to them: We had such a long rally in Leung, and then shanked out of bounds by Rockville, securing a one play,” sophomore co-captain Courtney Peng said. “It must have Wootton victory that had the Patriots reveling in their triumph. “I heard went back and forth, and back and forth at least seven times. I’m proud photo by Adam Hurwitz they were undefeated this year, before we beat them. I feel elated to ruin of us for overpowering the other team.” Freshman Isabel Beck prepares to spike the ball in their winning streak,” said freshman Catherine Liu. The set ended exactly the way it began – an intimidating serve from the team’s match against Rockville on Sept. 20. The Patriots traveled to face Quince Orchard on Sept. 24. Wootton co-captain Peng that slammed into the opposite side of the court – and took control of the game early, winning sweeping the first two sets, turned into a win. beating the Cougars 2-0. The Rams opened the second set by securing the first two points, but the Patriots On Sept. 28, the team hosted volleyball-powerhouse Magruder. After two close sets, the matched their pace, as they swiftly stepped up to score twice as well. Soon after their fifth Colonels proved to be too much for Wootton, as the Patriots lost 2-0. score, an imposing series of plays began, as the Rockville players stole the next five points The team’s next game is against Northwood tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Tracy Yu staff writer



Common Sense - October 4, 2012

JV girls’ soccer defeats Magruder, improves record

Goureesh Paranjpe staff writer

The JV girls’ soccer team, with momentum in their favor, added their second win to their season. With a dominating performance, the girls were able to defeat Magruder 8-1, advancing their record to 2-1-2. “We came prepared after working on our possession and finishing,” freshman Lauren Weiner said. Weiner was one of many players who contributed to the lead, along with sophomore Abbie Jolles who scored a hat trick. Jolles has been a large contributor to the team’s success as one of the lead scorers. The girls must keep up their success going into their next game against Damascus. “They are a very physical team,” said Weiner. The team will continue to brush up on their fundamentals such as finishing and practicing formation in hopes of beating Damascus with the same skill that attributed to their controlling performances. The previous week, the girls were able to outperform Gaithersburg. The talented squad was able to blow out their opponents 7-0, and add their first win of the season. “We came out ready to win,” Jolles said. “We weren’t going to stand losing another game.” Within the first five minutes of the game, the girls nailed two goals bringing the score to 2-0. This was reminiscent of their game against Northwest last week, where the girls scored two early, but ended up falling behind 4-2 and finally brought the game to a tie in double overtime. Determined not to let their past repeat itself, the girls proceeded to score another four goals before the second half, bringing the overall score to 6-0. Beginning the second half, the game was already decided as the girls were simply outperforming their opposition. “Coach Unger told us to take this opportunity to sharpen the aspects we need to work on,” Jolles said. The team displayed excellent sportsmanship by deciding to play a defensive game and not run up the score. This did not stop the girls from tacking on an additional goal, because within the last three minutes of play, a corner kick by Jolles was headed by a Gaithersburg player into her own net, raising the final score to 7-0.




Success this season seems to be a common theme for the junior varsity field hockey team. With an undefeated record of eight wins, with the most recent being Gaithersburg on Sept. 21, Clarksburg on Sept 24, and Churchill at home on Sept. 28, JV field hockey is looking to keep its win streak alive with their last few upcoming games. In the game against Northwest on Sept. 19, the team won 6-1, despite being deprived of four days of practice due to the extended weekend and missing their goalie due to an injury on the varsity squad. “We played like we normally would have,” freshman Lacey Rubin said. “Jessica Bonilla did a great job as our goalie.” Since the varsity goalie got hurt, JV goalie Athena Sardelis had to move up, leaving the JV team with a volunteer defending the goal. Nevertheless, the team managed to crush Northwest, scoring two of their six points in the first five minutes of the game. New goalie Bonilla let in one goal early in the game due to a fast break - the

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JV football looks to season strong

JV boys’ soccer undefeated Elliott Burklow sports editor

photo by Sam Eichberg

Freshman Maddie Mays wrestles the ball away from a Magruder defender during their 8-1 win.

JV field hockey continues win streak Stavros Tzamaras staff writer


“I knew going into Boys’: 5-0 the game, my teammates Oct. 6 at WJ would all want the win as much as I did,” freshman Oct. 11 vs. Girls’: 2-1-2 Today vs. Today at Gabi Bianchi said. Bianchi Oct. 6 at WJ B-CC Magruder Northwood has played exceptionally throughout the season. Abby Jolles, Allicia Elliot, R E C O R D S & S C H E D U L E S R E C O R D S & S C H E D U L E S R E C O R D S & S C H E D U L E S who scored twice, Bryn Fanger, Rachel Warsaw and Bianchi also contributed to the six goals scored against secondary family,” to continue to “strive forJake Brodsky Gaithersburg. ward for success and winning ways.” Myers staff writer The girls performance dynamically The junior varsity football team lost its believes “through Through U.C.A.R.E. (Unity, changed since their last game against Northwest, indicating a clear improvement third game of the season, on Sept. 15, to Da- Commitment, Accountability, Responsibility, in their mentality toward their desire to mascus 31-6. The team was overwhelmed by and Education) [he sees] this group of young win. After an early lead, the girls fell short Damascus’ defense and their systematic rush- men reaching nothing less than the stars.” “It’s a sham that Coach Meyer can’t be by half time and faced adversity against ing attack. The only touchdown scored by the with us. We liked and respected him as a coach a talented Northwest team. “During Patriots was an incredible catch by freshman and a person. We hope to remember what he halftime, Coach Unger and our three Brent London, who totaled four catches for taught us” said sophomore Todd Schleicher. captains pumped us up and we entered 31 yards. Sophomore quarterback David PerSophomore Jake Ledner said “he was a good the second half playing aggressively,” roots went 9-17 for 98 yards and one touchcoach and it sucks that he’s gone.” down and one interception. freshman forward Maddy Mays said. Other players say they wish there had Other standout players were sophoBianchi proceeded to score in the been more closure in his departure. “They second half followed by a clutch penalty mores Reid Vincentz, Bryan Castillo, Jason should have given us time to say good bye,” kick by Alicia Elliot to equalize the game. Lazar, and Joey Castelli. “This was a really said freshman Jack Fisk. Players will miss him After two overtimes, the game concluded tough loss, but we need to keep our heads up also as a leader. “He was a great coach and a and keep fighting to improve for the rest of with a 4-4 stalemate. great person, [he was] very inspirational and I “We need to consistently play hard,” the season,” said Castelli. wish the best of luck for him” said Clark. The team has also faced the loss of Bianchi said. The girls proved on Sep 20 Myers also was known for bringing his that they have what it takes to perform their coach. JV head coach Michael Myers had son MJ to practices. “It so sad that he had to as a dominant team. “Through practice, to resign for personal reasons. Myers said that leave. We’ll miss him. I’ll miss playing with His we become prepared to win. We go out he, “suddenly and surprisingly had to resign son, MJ the most,” said sophomore manager strong, finish strong and play 70 minutes out of nowhere for personal reasons,” and that it “kills [him] to have to leave the pro- Ellie Kobylski. for 70 minutes.” The results for the game against Walter The girls will play against Walter gram and of all times right now, in the middle Johnson on Monday Oct. 1 were too late to be Johnson on Oct 6 in hopes of adding of the season when [he is] needed the most.” included in this issue. Myers wants the team, who “has become [his] another win to a promising season.

first time the team has been scored on this year - but the goal was not an unwelcome occurrence. “It’s good that we got goals scored on us, so that the pressure was off our chests,” freshman Rachel Maizel said. With goals scored by freshmen Rubin, Alexa Schoenfeld, and Sara Keller, and sophomores Mindy Pasternak and Ellen Morris, coach Lesley Stroot was pleased with the way the team played. “We are getting stronger with each practice, and I think it shows in our games,” said Stroot. More motivation strikes the team as Stroot is taking leave for the next two weeks due to the birth of her son. Assistant coach Jacquie King will be coaching the team in Stroot’s absence. “We love [King], she’s a great coach and were excited to have her lead us while coach Stroot is out,” freshman Marisa Morakis said. Stroot hopes to come back to see her team still undefeated, healthy, and remaining determined for the rest of the year. Until then though, King is going to have to keep the girls in shape mentally and physically in order to beat their long-time rivals, the BCC Barons, on Oct. 8.

After a lackluster preseason, the JV boys’ soccer team turned its momentum around with a 7-0 season opening win over Sherwood, and has not looked back since. With solid defensive framework and a lot of offensive production, the Patriots look unstoppable heading into what will be its four hardest games of the season. “It’s going to be a tough end of the season, but we are going to fight it out,” sophomore goalkeeper and captain Devin Weiner said. Through this point in the season, the Patriots are satisfied with their progress, putting in the effort in practice with the winless preseason to fuel them. “It’s been good,” freshman defender Dylan Parr said. “Everyone is working hard and we are controlling the ball really well.” Last Thursday on Sept. 27, the Patriots faced the Magruder Colonels, searching for their fifth straight win to continue its undefeated streak. The two teams played evenly, tied at 1-1 with 10 minutes left in the game. In an attempt to break the tie, freshman midfielder Rizwan Bashir sent a lob across the middle, where sophomore striker George Samaras

photo by Sam Eichberg Freshman Harrison Burke heads the ball in an attempt to score.

met it with a one-time volley into the net, putting the Patriots up 2-1. Freshmen Cristobal Corvalan and Harrison Burke each added a goal with less than a minute left, as Wootton won 4-1. Coach Kraig Bauer was impressed by his team’s flexibility in meeting whatever challenges came up throughout the game. “We seem to be better at adjusting to conditions mid-game,” Bauer said. “We’ve been able to deal with adversity.” In their second home game of the season, the Patriots hosted Gaithersburg on Sept. 20, looking to avenge their loss to the Trojans during the preseason. After offensive production from both teams, the Patriots found themselves tied at 2-2. The Patriots were given a prime opportunity to take the lead with less than 10 minutes to play after aggressive foul inside of the penalty box. Sophomore captain Erik Gunnarsson stepped up to take the penalty kick and buried the ball in the net. With this goal, the Patriots reigned victorious, winning 3-2. After grinding out the win, Weiner was happy with the team’s effort. “Gaithers-

burg was the hardest team we’ve played so far,” he said. On Sept. 14, the team traveled to face Damascus on its home turf for the first time in many years. Despite dominating possession, the Patriots were unable to score for much of the game. A breakthrough came in the final 10 minutes of the game, when freshman striker Harrison Burke scored off of a cross. This goal proved to be the decisive point, as the Patriots won 1-0. After basking in the glory of their 7-0 season opening win over Sherwood, the Patriots had to refocus on their home opener against Northwest on Sept. 11. After a tedious back and forth struggle for 80 minutes, the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, forcing a 10-minute overtime period. With just one minute left in the period, in a miraculous turn of events, sophomore goalkeeper Benedict Ray had a skillful one-on-one save, and then punted the ball to assist freshman Al Mirzania for a goal from outside of the penalty box, giving the Patriots the 2-1 win. The Patriots also faced RM on Wednesday, Oct. 3.


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Field hockey dominates rival Churchill in 3-1 win Ryan Shults staff writer

Friday night, Sept. 28, varsity field hockey played Churchill, continuing one of this school’s longest rivalries. The team was nervous and it did not help that Churchill scored the first goal, but the girls could not be psyched out. They remained confident and focused. With help from all of her teammates, senior Carly Pascal took the team to victory by scoring two goals, ending the first half of the game 2-1. Pascal scored again in the second half, leading to the 3-1 win. Not every game is expected to be an easy win. One of the more challenging schools they planned to face is Churchill. Last season the team did not come out victorious against the Bulldogs. This year, the girls did’t plan on letting that happen again. “We are going to use our anger from losing last year and channel it to beat Churchill this year,” senior forward Kyla Kaplan said. The team won their fifth game of the year, Thursday, Sept. 20, against Northwest-

ern, with a final score of 5-0. This was the fourth victory for the girls, continuing their winning season with no losses and one tie, due to unexpected rain showers canceling a game. The Patriots outplayed and out ran the Northwestern team. Coach Kearney Blandamer said that this season speed and endurance are top priorities and are emphasized during practice. While the Northwestern girls seemed sluggish, huffing and puffing across the field, the Patriots dashed for the ball, always getting to it before any Northwestern player could. In fact, a majority of the game was spent in the Northwestern zone. Goals were scored by Allie Band, Rowan Kubeluis, Carly Pascal, and Carly Mustich. “The [team] continues to jell as a unit,” Blandamer said. This is turning out to be an exciting season for the varsity field hockey team. The team is still undefeated and plans on keeping it that way. “We will continue to demonstrate smart team defense and an aggressive attacking style that we have shown in recent

Photo by Elliott Burklow The Patriots defend their goal on a Churchill penalty corner in the teams’ game on Sept. 28. Freshman goalkeeper Melynn Oliver and her defense defended multiple Churchill penalty corners. Wootton won 3-1.

contests,” Blandamer said. Although the team has enjoyed their many victories, there is a much bigger prize to be won. To the girls these were not just field hockey wins; they are steps taking them

closer to their goal of going to counties and then states. “We’ve got 10 exciting weeks ahead of us,” Blandamer said. The game against Magruder was played too late to be included in this edition.

Volleyball dominates competition, hopeful for postseason Shemaiah Ellis staff writer The girls’ varsity volleyball team got the season off to a strong start with four straight 3-0 wins. Unfortunately, the Patriots lost to the Magruder Colonels 3-1 on Sept. 28. Even with sweat and tears put into the game, the girls came up short. On Sept. 24 the girls’ team came to victory 3-0 against the Quince Orchard Cougars, despite facing a rowdy opposing crowd. “Even though we have five wins and one loss, which is great for our season so far, we really needed to iron out the problems we had between the hitters and setter,” sophomore Jessica Wang said. Starting off the game with enthusiastic energy, the setters got right to work, setting up prime opportunities for key hitters, such as sophomore hitter Colleen McKenna. The first set was close but the Patriots edged out the Cougars 25-20. The second set started out slow for the Patriots as the Cougars went ahead 5-0, but senior Lily McWilliams took charge and had some great hits across court, as the Patriots conquered and won the second set 25-10. The last set was intensely played by both teams with the Patriots exceeding and winning 25-16. On Sept. 20 the Patriots competed

Photo by Adam Hurwitz Sophomore Jessica Wang bumps the ball over the net in the teams’ game against Rockville. Wootton won 3-0.

against the Rockville Rams in front of a large home crowd, winning 3-0. “I was really excited for this game because our last game was executed so well by the team,” junior Emily Meyer said. With high hopes the Patriots got riled up to play, defeating the Rams

25-9 the first set. The Rams came out strong the second set, but the Patriots fought back, ending up with the 25-13 win. With, the last set coming up, the Patriots achieved victory ending the match 25-19. On Sept. 13 the team took on the Mont-

gomery Blair Blazers, winning 3-0. “With this win and last win under our belt we are feeling more confident than ever, giving the players a great boost,” senior hitter Jordan Weissberg said. Starting this game, McWilliams stepped up as a captain and gave the rest of the team some words of wisdom before starting the match. “Keep your heads up high; we need everyone to give 100 percent,” McWilliams said. Some players were still disappointed about the loss of two matches before the girls needed to come out with clear heads. “Winning this game is exactly what we needed to set ourselves up for our goal which is States,” McKenna said. On Sept. 11 the girls took on the Seneca Valley Eagles, succeeding 3-0. Starting off the first set strong, McKenna had a strong hit across the net for the first opening point. The team fed off each other’s energy to give them the 25-10 win of the first set, and a 25-8 win the second set, ending with a 25-8 win the last set. “Winning the first set is exactly what we needed to prevail to win the game overall,” setter Emily Meyer said. With the next few games away and against hard competition, the girls will practice hard and perform well so that they can eventually accomplish what they want in the long run, which is winning states.

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