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GIRLS’ LACROSSE: The girls end a successful season with a deep run into the playoffs.

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CORPORAL PUNISHMENT FOR PUPILS: Texas decides to use paddles for something other than rowing boats.

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Volume 39 | Issue 8 | Thomas S. Wootton High School | 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Md. 20850 | May 27, 2010

Budget cuts reach new extremes Christine Chang staff writer On May 19, the County Council and the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) reached an agreement to cut an additional $24.4 million from the 2011 fiscal year budget. The $24.4 million sum marks the end of much wrangling between the County Council and the BOE, after the Council required additional cuts beyond County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed budget, which itself already contained a $137.7 million cut in slashes from the Board of Education’s fully funded budget. At a press conference at MCPS headquarters last Wednesday, BOE President Patricia O’Neill stated that the previous threats of litigation to prevent the Council from making further reductions in Leggett’s proposed budget are now nullified. Additionally, teachers will not be forced to take unpaid leaves or furloughs, as the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee of the County Council had initially proposed earlier this month. MCPS Superintendent Jerry D. Weast stressed the need for consensus among all parties involved. “We are already past pain,” Weast said. “But it will be more harmful to not come to an agreement.” After the elimination of the health trust fund program, the freezing of salary increments, and the significant employee reduction in the central office branch of MCPS as a result of the original reduction, the latest round of cuts may increase class size, eliminate transportation to magnet school programs, and necessitate further teacher surpluses. According to Student Member of the Board and Wootton senior Tim Hwang, the combined efforts of the Board, various MCPS employee unions, and student advocacy groups have done the best they could to mitigate reductions that were deemed inevitable. “In the worst case scenario, we’ve done the best we could to prevent a catastrophic setback,” Hwang said. Weast and the BOE’s Budget Advisory Committee will determine the specific areas from which to take the $24.4 million in cuts, which will be announced in June. Principal Dr. Michael Doran believes the cuts will not have detrimental effects on the majority of Wootton students. “We’re just sitting here with our fingers crossed, waiting for news of how the latest cuts will affect us,” Doran said. “Looking at the big picture, Wootton students won’t be affected very much, as students in other parts of the county might be.” However, with six teachers slated to leave this year due to surpluses and a hiring freeze in place, the remaining teachers could be forced to assume more responsibility and lose at least one planning period, causing Doran to be concerned about potentially see BUDGET, page 4

Robert Yin:

A Smile Remembered

along with their red, white and blue Mardi Gras beads and school apparel. “He just knew so many people so well,” senior Lindsey Allen said. “He affected so many people in such a short amount of time.” Senior Katie Falk reflects on his ability to unify the people around him. “He was always bringing everyone together and making them laugh,” Falk said. Senior Jack Stonesifer created a Facebook group to commemorate Yin, whom he knew through both Supertonics and their church. The group, titled “Rest in Peace Robert,” currently has over 2,000 members. Members have been posting their memories of Yin and

Jessica Ding editor emeritus On May 11, a plan was proposed at a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) meeting to eliminate the current loss of credit (LC) policy. The new regulation will go into effect starting the 2010-2011 school year. The current LC policy states that a student must have five or more unexcused absences or 15 unexcused tardies during a semester to receive loss of credit for the course and a failing grade, unless a letter of appeal is approved by the assistant principal. The primary reason for revising the LC policy was to address the inconsistency between the LC policy and the MCPS Grading and Reporting regulations, which state that attendance cannot be used to determine the grade that a student receives in a class. Such rules clearly contradict the current LC policy, which dictates that a student receive a failing grade, or an “E2,” upon losing credit for a course. MCPS Consulting Principal at the Office of Organizational Development, Suzanne Maxey, cited that in addition to the incongruity with the Grading and Reporting regulations, inconsistencies exist regarding the enforcement of the LC policy. It is the teacher’s responsibility to initiate the LC process for a student, sending a warning letter and an official LC notice to administration to be sent home to parents. According to Maxey, administrators believe this process does not occur with enough uniformity. A third reason for the new regulation is that the LC policy tends to have a greater impact on economically disadvantaged students,

see ROBERT, page 3

see LC POLICY, page 5

photo by Becca Lurye (above) and courtesy of 2008 yearbook (above right)

A music major at Grinell College, 2008 graduate Robert Yin was a dedicated musician in the Wootton community.

Alumnus suffers fatal injuries in track meet Emily Burklow, Drew Endick & Eleni Kessler editors emeriti On May 17, Robert Yin, a 2008 Wootton graduate, passed away after an injury which took place during a pole vaulting accident on Friday, May 14. Yin, a member of the Grinnell College track team, fell on his back after missing the pit. He suffered from severe brain trauma and seemed to be stabilizing, but ultimately his brain did not stop swelling. The day after his death, students commemorated the Wootton alumnus by wearing school colors, since Yin was a patriotic student who often exuded school spirit. Many students also painted his initials on their faces

Loss of credit policy eliminated from MCPS

Boys’ tennis team breaks Montgomery County record Will Browning sports editor

The Patriots’ tennis team reeled off the most historic season ever in Montgomery County tennis. After finishing the regular season at a perfect 11-0, they went on to sweep all seven brackets in the Montgomery County championship – a first in the history of Montgomery County boys’ tennis. Although the Patriots finished as one of the best county tennis teams ever, they will not be at full strength during the state playoffs. Junior Anton Kovrigin, who will be playing in a national tournament, would have no doubt been a contender to win the state title. Junior Eiichiro Okuyama and freshmen Alex Hahn and Mateo Cevallos all qualified to play in the state playoffs and are expected to compete for the state title.

“I expect them to all perform extremely well at states,” head coach Fevronia Cresham said. “We will be missing Anton, but we can still do well without him.” The Patriots sent Okuyama, Cevallos, Hahn, juniors Jacob Lipman, Akshay Shanker, Leeya Maizels and sophomore Julian Mu to represent Wootton at the regional tournament that determines the representatives for the state championship. Okuyama lost in the regional finals against Blair’s Dukyoung Park. Park defeated Okuyama 6-2 and 7-5; regardless, Okuyama still clinched a spot in the state playoffs. “I’m happy that I got to the finals and the opportunity to play for a regional title,” Okuyama said. “Hopefully I can photo by Will Browning

see TENNIS, page 15 Junior Eiichiro Okuyama sets up to unleash a powerful serve.



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Texas school district brings back the paddle Corporal punishment reinstated to give students stronger consequences Anna Tragotsi & George Ewald news editors

94 year old graduates college

A school district in Texas brought back a way to restore disipline in the classroom. Laws in Temple, Texas now allow and encourage teachers in its 14 schools to paddle misbehaving students. Twenty-one states allow some form of corporal punishment while twentynine have banned this practice. Ten percent of students are paddled nation-wide every year, according to statistics collected by the Federal Department of Education. In poorer parts of Texas where there is a higher proportion of children from minority and single-parent families, the use of corporal punishment increases dramatically. Kagan nominated for the high court According to federal statistics, the President Obama has use of corporal punishment has been nominated current in sharp decline since the early 1970s, U.S. Solicitor General when states began to outlaw the pracand fellow Harvard tice. The most recent data from the alumnus Elena Kagan Department of Education shows that to be the new Su342,038 public school students were preme Court Justice. paddled in 2000. This number has deThe Senate will begin creased from 1.5 million in 1976. Data confirmation hearings is not included from paddlings in prion June 28. vate and religious schools. Almost a quarter of all students Fakih is first Muslim named Miss USA who received corporal punishments in On Sunday, May 16, Rima the United States were from Texas. Temple is a small town with a popFakih, a 24-year-old Lebulation of around 60,000 people. anese immigrant from They banned the practice of physiMichigan was named cal punishment and then brought it Miss USA 2010. Fakih is back to the city’s schools through a the first Arab-American, unanimous board vote in May due to Muslim or immigrant to the demand of authoritarian parents win the Miss USA title. who longed for the orderly, traditional Fakih will be competing school systems of the previous decades. for the Miss Universe “Without paddling, there were no title later this year. consequences for kids,” Temple school board president Steve Wright said. Maryland has outlawed any form photos courtesy of MCT Campus | used with permission of corporal punishment since 1993. However the civil code allows parents and guardians to use reasonable punishment evaluated in light of age and condition of the child. Many of the school’s faculty do not agree with these laws. They would

94-year-old Hazel Soares graduates from Mills College, an Oakland liberal arts college for women. Soares is the world’s second oldest person to graduate from college. She was born in California in 1915, but was not able to attend college because of the Great Depression.

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Administration in the Temple, Texas school district has voted to make student paddling an acceptable form of punishment in the classroom. Most U.S. school districts have outlawed this practice.

rather let the parents deal with punishing the children. “I would not feel comfortable at all paddling a student,” social studies teacher Amy Pollin said. “The most effective form of punishment is with the parents; they know what works best with their children.” According to Principal Dr. Michael Doran, paddling is a short-term solution that does not prevent the forming of bad decisions. “Growing up in England, we were paddled,” Doran said. “The paddling never really changed the behavior. We were just more concerned about not getting caught so we wouldn’t get paddled instead of actually learning from our bad decisions.” “If teachers had the option to paddle students at school I would try to act my best all the time,” junior Ilan Simanin said. In the most recent ruling concerning paddling in schools in 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, is applied only to convicted criminals but not to students.

NEWS Senior planning sponsors call for new tradition Senior Planning sponsors and English teachers Alex Barron, Nick Hitchens and Steve Orders sent a letter to all seniors on Monday, May 24, publicizing their initiative to stop the senior tradition of vandalizing the school after the last senior exam. The sponsors also made an approximately six-minute video in which they read the letter, which was shown during English classes. For the last several years, seniors have celebrated the end of their high school career by throwing old assignments around the hallways. This practice, while well intended, can seem insulting to faculty members

who worked hard on creating years’ worth of coursework. “There is nothing worse than seeing papers all over the floor that you painstakingly graded,” Barron said. Their motivation to end the negative tradition stems from their disappointed perception of the conduct of last year’s seniors. “We were overwhelmingly depressed by what we saw,” Barron said. “[The sponsors] got together and decided this cannot happen.” The Senior Planning sponsors referenced the recentStudentGovernment Association spring project which focused on raising environmental awareness in justifying their stance. “Anyone wasting paper is bad,” SGA President

“I think paddling is wrong and it’s a form of child abuse,” sophomore Daniel Hamburg said. It was also ruled that teachers could punish children without parental permission. “It is an example of teachers taking advantage of their position by abusing students,” freshman Kimberly Klausing said. Corporal punishment in schools is illegal in most places and has been banned in most of Europe for several decades. In the past few years, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Pakistan have all outlawed the practice. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 30 that teachers could use “physical force” to restrain fighting students, but were not permitted to use disciplinary instruments such as a paddle or strap. “I think that it’s under the teacher’s discretion on how to deal with misbehavior because a teacher deserves respect from the student once they enter the teacher’s classroom,” senior Christiana Chang said.

BRIEFS Drew Doherty said. “The school wastes a lot already.” Senior Picnic a success Friday, May 7 was the date of this year’s highly anticipated Senior Picnic at Smokey Glen Farm organized by Senior Planning. The event began at 5 p.m and ended at 11 p.m. Many seniors opted to play games for the majority of the evening, including Ultimate Frisbee, kickball, and soccer. A barbecue dinner was also served. There were also basketball hoops and volleyball and badminton nets to occupy people’s various interests. The night concluded with a slideshow of seniors over the ages to drive home the feeling of nostalgia sur-

rounding this time of year. Consroe wins Hall of Fame Award At the awards ceremony on May 19, Andrew Consroe was awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame award. The award is given to one junior every year for representing the best of Wootton’s student body through excellence in academics, community service and extracurricular activities. Consroe’s senior picture will be framed on the wall across the hallway from the main office alongside those of all the Hall of Fame recipients in the history of the award, including that of Amy Levine, the class of 2010’s recipient.



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Monk receives teaching award, will travel to Argentina Ilana Avergun editor emeritus

Social Studies teacher Liliana Monk has been accepted to the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program for the upcoming year. Monk is one of only 24 teachers from across the United States that was recognized by the program as an example of excellence in teaching. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was proposed to Congress in 1945 by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world,” according to the program’s mission statement. The program provided award recipients with the opportunity to study in an overseas research center or university while leading classes and seminars for students and teachers in the host country. For the 2010-2011 program year, countries participating in the Fulbright program are Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Monk has chosen to complete her exchange in Argentina and plans to integrate the courses she teaches at Wootton, U.S. Government and AP Human Geography, with the curriculum she is creating for her Argentine students. “In Argentina, students are generally less involved in terms of learning about the other political systems of the

world, and they know very little about the United States,” Monk said. “Through teaching and creating a dialogue between students in the two countries, I hope to make them understand what the U.S. is about, what we care about, and how similar it is to what they care about, too.” Preparations for entry into the program began for Monk in October of 2009. “The application was impossible,” Monk said. “So long.” In order to be considered for the award, Monk had to complete an application in which she included extended essays, an original capstone project designed to benefit both students in her home community and abroad, and three letters of recommendation written on her behalf. All of this was submitted before February 2010. Monk received high praise in her letters of recommendation from the Dean of the Professional Immersion Master of Arts in Teaching (ProMAT) program at Johns Hopkins University, the Chair of the Human Geography department at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and Wootton principal Dr. Michael Doran. The program is generally a three- or six- month exchange, but Monk has not yet solidified plans as to exactly when or how long she will be abroad next year. Monk, one of the writers of the A.P. Human Geography exam, plans on fulfilling all of her duties both with ETS and Wootton throughout next year.

photo by Ilana Avergun

Mrs. Liliana Monk exibits her award winning teaching skills during her AP Human Geography class.

“I’ll do it from Argentina if I have to,” Monk said. The award also represents the continuation of family legacy as well. Monk’s father received the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching as well, and completed his exchange in Israel. “He was the first person I called,” Monk said. “He was very pleased.” Monk looks forward to her experience in Argentina and feels privileged to be receiving such a prestigious award. “I feel very honored to get the award,” Monk said.

Students mourn loss of Robert Yin: Patriot, musician, athlete, and friend Supertonics leader Jonathan Helwig admired Yin as an underclassman, and the group messages to his family. wanted to pay tribute with to their friend and At Wootton, Yin was known for his mentor during this annual showcase. involvement in numerous extracurricular “Whenever I make an executive decision, activities. During his senior year, Yin was I look back on what Robert would have captain of the track team, a member of done. He never had many solos; he was more Senior Planning, the leader of the male a focused on pumping everyone up,” Helwig cappella group “Supertonics” and a violinist said. “He was a team player with a ton of in the school orchestra and at the Peabody energy…I feel like we’ve lost a member of Preparatory Institute. He graduated as a [Wootton’s] family.” Distinguished Scholar having earned a While there has not been a formal schooldiploma through the Humanities and Arts wide opportunity for students to remember program. Yin due to HSA scheduling, Principal Dr. On May 18, the track team held a meeting Michael Doran respects that many students to remember Yin, who received the team’s have taken it upon themselves to honor Yin Patriot award for sportsmanship his senior on their own. year. During the meeting, students informally “I think [students] are being very mature told stories about him. Senior captain Jessie about [Yin’s death]. They are very, very sad Rubin suggested ways runners could honor and hurt,” Doran said. “My job isn’t to tell their former teammate during the next day’s people how to deal with their loss.” Math regional meet. teacher Cecilia Rajter, mother of senior “Every race you’re in, think of [Yin]. Lindsey Allen, has been affected by Yin’s Do it for him,” Rubin said. “That’s what he death as both Yin’s would want.” mentor and family Many students, friend. She was deeply including senior impressed by the Corinne Duvall, students’ efforts to shared fond memories support each other of their impressions during the time of of Yin. During shock and sadness Duvall’s first season -senior Lindsey Allen following news of the on the track team, community’s loss. she was intimidated as one of the youngest “It was moving as a staff member to see members of the team and did not know if how students pulled together,” Rajter said. “I Yin, a captain at the time, knew who she was. was touched by students helping each other During one race, she recalls Yin’s enthusiasm and helping me. It might not show every day and encouraging sprit. how much [staff members] care about each “As I came around the curve, there student, but [we] truly [do].” Robert was, cheering my name,” Duvall said. Although Yin was involved in many “It was a realization of what track was and social groups, he was always perceived as what the team meant.” attentive and caring by his friends and family. Track coach Kellie Redmond prepared “People have best friends, but he just a speech which was given before the track had so many best friends,” Allen said. “He meet on Wednesday. Current track members just knew so many people so well.” Senior and Wootton alumni gathered in the center Maddie Li developed a close bond with Yin of the field for a moment of silence and during his time at Wootton. to hear Redmond’s words. Redmond was “No matter how crummy your day was, so overwhelmed with emotion that she was he could cheer you up,” Li said. “He realized unable to finish her speech. Fellow coach what was really important in life… he was Steve Orders completed the speech for her. always putting others first.” “He was a big part of the heart of the Even though Yin graduated two team and a part of everyone’s success,” years ago, his presence was still felt by Redmond said. “He clearly had a purpose. underclassmen. His exuberant personality He was such a good friend.” and unwavering friendliness allowed him That night, at the Festival of the Arts, to connect with students of all ages during Supertonics performed Yin’s favorite song, his time at Wootton. Junior Sarah Foster, “Danny Boy,” with current and former whose older sister Christine was close with members of the group. The song affected Yin, remembers Yin going out of his way to audience members and singers alike. Senior spend time with her. from YIN, page1

He really lived life to “the fullest. He affected

so many people in such a short amount of time.”

“He was like my older brother,” Foster said. “He would make it a point to hang out with me too.” Yin would always spend time with Foster, even when her older sister was not home. Allen had a similar experince with Yin, her older sister Lauren being one of Yin’s close friends. “Even though he was friends with my sister, he would always talk to me and make me feel special,” Allen said. “He made everyone feel special just by talking to them.” Yin is not only remembered for his charisma, but also his work ethic and focus on a variety of activities. “[Robert] was accepted in all kinds of groups… he was fun to be with, a quiet leader,” Doran said. “He was a role model. Kids seemed to look up to him.” “He was funny and goofy, but also serious and determined,” Foster said. “He Yin participates at a track event for Grinnell college. was never upset, even when he was going through a hard time.” Yin had the ability to make his peers and mentors feel better with his infectious laugh and perpetual optimism. During the track meeting, Redmond commented on his power to brighten any situation. “His smile every day would light up the whole track,” Redmond said. “Everyone here was truly touched by him.” Like Foster, Allen was able to establish a sincere friendship with Yin. She recalls one rainy day at track practice when no one wanted to run outside. Yin was the only athlete to face the dreary weather and began to have fun by himself in the rain. Through his own actions, Yin was able to motivate Yin poses in the Wootton Music Department with felthe rest of the team to join him outside for a low class of 2008 graduate Katina Kempel. surprisingly fun-filled practice. “He would encourage people to do things because he was there,” Allen said. “He could make you do things you wouldn’t normally do.” Grinnell College will be holding a memorial service for Yin in the fall when students return to school. Yin’s friends will be received at Pumphrey’s Colonial Funeral Home on Friday, May 28 from 3-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. A viewing will take place at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville from 8:30-10 am the following morning, and the service will begin at 11 a.m. Even though Yin has passed away, he will always be remembered as a bright and talented young man. “He was a friend, brother, athlete, musician, and singer,” Foster said “You can’t Yin dances as part of his act during the formerly annual event “Mr. Wootton.” describe him in words.”

photos courtesy of Facebook group “Rest In Peace Robert”


4 MCPS budget cuts pose more issues for faculty

from BUDGET, page1

Gatewood said that her low teacher morale. surplusing merely sped up her Doran is chiefly concerned plan to relocate. with the possibility of additional “It is definitely sad, staff reductions in the special knowing that for seven years education department, which I had considered Wootton my assists and oversees the home,” Gatewood said. “Last estimated 60 students in total year when I was sure that I had who are performing below their to leave, I sort of started to let grade level. go, and that made the transition “For those students, next much easier. I felt appreciated year might even be worse,” here and loved. It’s sad, but it’s Doran said. “It’s just not exciting too because I’m moving good.” on to new things, and hopefully Wootton English teacher it will be refreshing to teach in a Barbara Gatewood and Media new environment.” Specialist Anita Anderson are Unlike Gatewood, two known teachers surplused Anderson claims that she this year. was completely unaware of Teachers were surplused county-wide surplusing efforts based on their seniority regarding her position as media compared to other teachers specialist. throughout “The the county, thing that It’s like someone else got a b o t h e r s as opposed to their speeding ticket, yet we have me the seniority most to pay the fine because the that we,is amongst teachers at law is perverse.” the media Wo o t t o n . -BOE president Patricia O’Neill specialists, T h e s e didn’t teachers k n o w were subsequently forced to re- our jobs were on the line. We enter the job search process and couldn’t speak out against it,” apply to other schools. Anderson said. “After receiving According to both teachers, the news, I had to go back to although they are leaving class and I knew I couldn’t cry. their positions at Wootton It’s going to be really hard to involuntarily, they are content leave my home school.” with how their respective Although Anderson situations panned out. originally wished to remain as Citing an oft-discussed one of Wootton’s two media desire to move closer to specialists until her retirement, extended family in Florida, she is pleased that she will be

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Superintendent Jerry Weast of Montgomery County Public Schools gives his revised budget plan for the 2010-2011 school year at the May 24 board meeting.

teaching at nearby Julius West Middle School in the coming fall. Separate from teacher surpluses, MCPS is also facing a potential $52 million penalty in state aid for not meeting the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement, a Maryland law that requires every school system to spend at least the same amount per student in their school system as they did the previous year. Because of the economic recession, decreased state aid, and increased enrollment in MCPS in the 2009 school year, MCPS did not meet the MOE requirement. School officials claim the MOE requirement to be an unfair imposition because the County Council is the final arbitrator on funding for the MCPS budget. “It’s like someone else

does asset management, tracking all the hardware and software that comes out of As the end of school draws near, the company. “I really like what I do there, students are beginning to consider their so the internship is enjoyable for me, I gain experience from it, and I get paid,” Spector plans for the summer. Many students this year will spend said. Junior Devin Goodman, after interning their time at a summer job or interning for at the Montgomery County Circuit Court a more educational experience. last year, decided to intern at the Public For students, having a job or internship Defender’s office for this coming summer. can provide valuable experience. Both “I’m interested in law and after activities add to one’s resume, and students interning at the Montgomery County Circuit gain hands-on experience doing something Court, I wanted that they do not something necesarily have the It’s difficult to find a job at the d i f f e r e n t , ” chance to do during the school year. beginning of the summer because Goodman said. While Students also that it the time when everyone learning and work in order to starts thinking about where they observing the earn spending are going to work.” work of a Public money and even Defender, to start saving for -senior Sarah Rozman the handscollege. on experience Junior Hannah Goodman will Botelho decided to work at a summer camp gain will be vital to his future. after attending camp for 10 years. However, students tend to have “I still wanted the camp environment, difficulty finding summer jobs as everyone and I also wanted to make money over the starts to think about summer plans at the summer,” Botelho said. This way, Botelho same time, usually towards the beginning is able to do something she enjoys without of summer. wasting time or money. “It’s difficult to find a job at the “I wanted to work at the camp I had beginning of the summer because that is gone to for so many years,” Botelho said. the time when everyone starts thinking “it’s going to be fun getting paid to work at about where they are going to work,” senior my old camp” Sarah Rozman said. “This is also the time Senior Scott Spector interned during when all the college students come back to the school year at Global Exchange take the jobs they have had previously, and Services (GXS) through school. businesses would rather employ the college He then decided to intern at GXS over the summer, where they will pay him for students they’ve already had than train a the first time. GXS interlinks international high school student.” Like Botelho, Rozman will also works businesses through servers. Spector at a summer camp, which proves to be

Biology classes dissect fetal pigs, learn about human anatomy Daniel Wadler editor-in-chief

got a speeding ticket, yet we have to pay the fine because the law is perverse,” O’Neill said. “The penalty falls to the school system, not the County Council.” On June 15, the state board will announce whether they will grant the waiver that MCPS is seeking. According to Hwang, the cumulative effect of the budget cuts portends a longterm setback for the school system. “I think it will be detrimental in the long run,” Hwang said. Concurrently, Weast hopes that he will be able to make reductions in a way that will not adversely affect the students, which he says remain his top priority. “We’re trying to cut down the costs to keep this problem from recurring,” Weast said.

Summer jobs provide students with experience, income and fun Ali Schumacher staff writer

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sometimes more beneficial than job at a restaurant or store. “Working at a summer camp has advantages because you apply earlier, hear back quickly and are guaranteed a job over the summer,” Rozman said. “It’s much more stable.” For the next few weeks, the search for a summer job will be difficult, as this is the time that all students start searching. Internships are usually coordinated months in advance; however. They provide a different and enriching experience in comparison to school or a summer job. “Internships expose students to a completely different world other than traditional learning in a classroom at school,” Career Center Coordinator Lynda Hitchcock said. “It is a really great opportunity for students to see what the real working world is like, it also gives students an opportunity to think about what they would want to do after college or highschool.” Experiencing and observing work through an internship can tell a student whether or not they would enjoy that line of work before determining a major for college. Similar to summer jobs, the search for an internship is more difficult than students think it is. “Students have to be diligent to find internships,” Hitchcock said. The most common internships are found in government agencies within a government, like the City of Rockville, City of Gaithersburg, or the Montgomery County Government. “It’s easier to get better internships if you take Student Service Learning hours instead of money,” Goodman said.

For over 25 years, the biology department has held the tradition of dissecting fetal pigs late in the second semester as a way to help students learn more about human anatomy. Honors biology classes began dissecting on April 29 and took the lab practical on May 6. Regular biology classes began their dissections on May 24 and will take the lab practical on June 8, one day before exam review day. The lab practical is an assessment that takes place after the week of dissection and tests students’ abilities to name the various parts of the pigs’ bodies. The pigs come from Carolina Biological Supplies, the company from which the biology department receives many other materials. “You never know which students will go into dentistry,” biology teacher Sanford Herzon said. “Before I let them work on me, I will have to ask, ‘How did you do on your lab practical?’” This has become a running joke through the biology department, according to Herzon. “My favorite part [of the dissection] is the reaction of the students on the first day,” biology teacher Mr. James Forsberg said. Herzon agrees. “The second day, I can’t get them away,” he said. Herzon remembers enjoying his own fetal pig dissection in high school. “The feeling of being able to cut something open that was once alive was fun,” sophomore Ilana Green said. “Some pigs were red and blue on the inside. It was cool,” sophomore Rachelle Kromash said. Wootton is one of few schools in the country to dissect real pig specimens; many others only use computer simulations. “While a computer program can supplement learning, I don’t think it can ultimately replace the real experiment,” Herzon said, later comparing a surgeon who had never dissected a real specimen to a solider going into battle with no actual combat experience. Many students were quickly sidetracked, partaking in ulterior tasks such as naming their pigs and manipulating them like dolls. “My group and I had a lot of fun with our pig,” sophomore Laura Sureff said. “Someone named their pig Wilbur,” Kromash said, recalling the novel “Charlotte’s Web.” “I was going to cry.” “Some get over-excited and it draws them off a little bit,” Forsberg said. Herzon believes the students were not excessively distracted. “We teach them to respect the organisms,” he said. “They’re teaching us even though they’re not alive.” Religion generally poses very few issues in regard to the activity. “Every once in a while, there’s a student who might say that for religious reasons they can’t partake [in the dissection], but the next day they’re right in there,” Herzon said. Carolina Biological Supplies preserves the fetal pigs in a special solution. The solution also gives off an unpleasant odor. “The entire hallway would smell rancid,” Forsberg said. “The smell was absolutely horrible,” sophomore Jean-Phillipe SanGiovanni said. “One girl almost threw up on the first day,” Kromash said. “But it got better over time.” In the end, despite the odor, students enjoyed the experience overall and felt satisfied with the educational benefit. “I thought it was very informative because the pigs’ biological make-up is very similar to humans,” sophomore Kevin Goldberg said.



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Morrow issued sixmonth suspension from taekwondo Lexi Pace staff writer After a screening on Feb. 14, senior Emilia Morrow was suspended from Taekwondo for six months, as she tested positive for two types of diuretics: hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide. This drug screening was endured by Morrow after her silver medal performance at the U.S. Open for the bantamweight division in the sport; forcing her to relinquish her medal in addition to her suspension. Because of its select participation as compared with many sports, the rules and regulations regarding drug illegalities of taekwondo are particularly obscure. Unless athletes reach the Senior National Team level, they remain relatively uninformed as to which substances are banned by the USA Drug Administration (USADA). “Being ignorant to the USADA rules, I did not know—as I know many other athletes wouldn’t have either—that I needed to declare any medications I am taking to USADA prior to the competition,” Morrow said. Morrow’s personal doctor prescribed the diuretics that she had taken. Both of the diuretics were taken for personal health reasons that were completely unrelated to her performances in taekwondo. Due to the obscurity of the sport, relatively speaking, as well as the rules and regulations set to it by the USADA, Morrow’s doctor did not know that these substances were banned to the sport. “A month [after the drug test] I got a

letter in the mail explaining that I tested positive for two illegal substances found in the diuretic,” Morrow said. The whole experience was unfamiliar for Morrow, as this was the first drug test she has ever endured. The testing was specified to only silver medalists at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas this year, thus Morrow was tested at the competition in February. The resulting suspension of six months began at that date, taking Morrow out of the core competitions for this year— Nationals, Olympic Team Trials, World Championships and the Pan American Games. “I honestly feel that six months is extremely harsh,” Morrow said. “This was my first time being tested and I was unaware of the rules. The drug was prescribed by my doctor and obviously had no affect on my performance during the competition.” Morrow, a hopeful for the Taekwondo Olympic Team, is affected by the suspension in the sense that, as stated, it takes her out of contention for the biggest contests for this year. The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has proposed that Morrow become a spokesperson for them, in order to spread knowledge to other athletes about the processes USADA impose for other sports that may have unclear regulations reguarding drugs. “I never expected anything like this to ever happen, as I’ve never really seen it happen to any other athlete,” Morrow said. Morrow hopes to compete in future events and is trying to stay positive. “All I can do is continue training and stay positive,” Morrow said, “although it is hard watching everybody compete while I’m on the sidelines.”

MCPS to terminate LC policy from LC POLICY, page1 and has had an adverse effect on African American and Latino students in particular. Under the new plan, students who accumulate unexcused absences must undergo an intervention with school administrators to determine why they are missing classes. With the new LC policy, there are many fears among teachers, administrators, and parents, that students will be more likely to skip school. In response, Maxey advised school administrations to campaign for the importance of attendance. “I think taking away the loss of credit policy is good because no one intentionally wants to lose credit in a class. However, it could be a bad thing because now people could take advantage of this and purposely be late to class,” junior Rachel Soberman

said. Although a student is now unable to lose credit in a class, consequences including a parent conference, the right for teachers to deny students the opportunity to receive credit for work done in class, and detention will be enforced. As with the previous LC policy, teachers are not required under the new policy to allow students to make up work missed due to unexcused absences. “I am extremely pleased that the loss of credit practice will be removed from our schools,” Student Member of the Board Timothy Hwang said. “This will allow our focus to return to the importance of students attending school and address the causes for lack of attendance, rather than the bureaucratic paper documentation for loss of credit.”

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Immigration laws spark conflict Arun Raman staff writer On Monday, April 19, the Arizona Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070. This immigration law requires police near the border of Mexico to investigate whether people are in the United States illegally. Arizona has an estimated population of 460,000 illegal immigrants. Since Arizona contains the biggest border adjacent to Mexico, many immigrants come to the U.S. through Arizona. The law makes it a misdemeanor for a legal immigrant to be in Arizona without carrying legal documents required by federal law. Police are obligated to make an attempt to verify a person’s immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien. Police are required to arrest any person who is an illegal alien or not in possession of legal documents. A person arrested cannot be released without proof of immigration status. “The immigration law is completely reasonable,” junior Michael Dwyer said. “Penalties in other countries are harsher; America is too lenient. [This law] will keep people from coming here illegally and will help our national security.” There are four forms of identification that a person can present to prove that he/ she is here legally: (1) a valid U.S. driver’s license, (2) a valid non-operating identification license, (3) a valid tribal enrollment card, or (4) any valid federal, state, or local governmentissued identification. If none of the four forms of identification is available, a first class offense is a fine of up to $100, in addition to court costs, and up to 20 days in jail.Following offenses can result up to

30 days in jail. “Arizona’s law requiring police to demand immigration papers from suspected illegal immigrants is discriminatory, unAmerican, and unconstitutional,” junior Chris Klingshirn said. “[The new law] will lead to the harassment of legal immigrants.” While some people are in disagreement with the law in Arizona, others agree with the terms of the bill. “Although these immigration laws are discriminatory, it is not all bad,” junior Justin Stuart said. “If citizens in Arizona are outside, they’re likely to have a form of identification with them in their wallets to show police officers” As a result of the law, many people have staged protests n Arizona’s capital, Phoenix. According to Fox Nation, the Los Angeles City Council view “Arizona’s action similar to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation of Japanese Americans during World War II.” “This is a country of immigrants and a country of laws,” social studies teacher Nia Cresham said. “To ignore basic fundamental freedoms, like liberty, based solely on what a person looks like to a law enforcement officer is a violation of our Constitutional rights and liberties. Those liberties guarantee citizens freedom from government persecution - and while some of the victims of this law may not be citizens, they are still entitled to basic human freedoms.” Cresham also acknowledged that from this debate comes an opportunity to learn and to question our choices as a country. “I think [the new law] is forcing people to think about it and to take sides. While this can be divisive...I am hopeful that it will help in the long term as we evaluate ourselves by how we treat the weakest in our society,” Cresham said.



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Arizona immigration law imposes discrimination Amidst liberal criticism, the state of Arizona will enact a new immigration law this summer. The new law, titled SB1070, will allow police officers to arrest illegal immigrants, rather than immigration officers only. Illegal immigrants are reaping the profits of the state’s economy while the legal citizens are in need of jobs. However, by allowing police officers to arrest illegal immigrants, the law may become a scapegoat for legally discriminating Latinos. All the law requires is a “reasonable suspicion” that “the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States.” Immigration officers are well trained to handle arrests and investigations of illegal immigrants, while police officers have not mastered the training to do so. While illegal immigrants do need to be arrested, police officers do not have the credentials or the experience necessary to confront them. Because of the strong majority of Latin American illegal immigrants, their culture and characteristics are put in danger of suspicion. An officer may question a suspect for merely speaking Spanish or having features of a Latino. While America can put faith and trust into the officers, the resentment of immigrants by communities throughout Arizona may pressure them into acts against the Latin American population. Even though illegal immigrants do not pay income taxes, they contribute to the country’s economy by working low wages. Employers illegally hire them to avoid paying minimum wage but in return the consumers do not have to pay a high price for goods. Because of the increasing number of immigrants in America, the economy has shifted to depend on them for low-end jobs in assembly lines. Besides the illegal immigrants, legal immigrants may also be affected by the new policies. Under the new law, picking up a passenger on the street for the purpose of employment is a class one misdemeanor. The extreme measures of this new immigration law will not be an effective way to decrease the amount of illegal immigrants in bordering states. The restrictions may be hurtful to other legal activities and businesses and cause abuse and discrimination against all Latin Americans with high resentment of immigrants. sm

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The new MCPS Policy gives students the ability to miss classes without losing credit. What do you think about the new LC policy? “I think it’s pretty cool to miss school and not lose credit because it’s less pressure and you don’t get in trouble if you miss a couple days of school.” - Noah Rabin, junior

"I do believe grades reflect what a student has learned. [They are] not tied to attendence. But I also believe the more a student attends class, the more they will learn." - Ms. Jackie Alton, science department resource teacher

“That’s not fair!” - Annabel Bernardo, senior

“I know [ the current LC policy makes it] hard for people on vacation but it also encourages people to come to class.” - Brianna Dillard, freshman

If unrestricted, whaling practice will harm ecology Phyu-Sin Than Opinion Editor On Earth Day 2010, President Barack Obama commented on lifting the ban on whaling that has been enforced for 39 years. The Fisherman’s Protective Act of 1967 was written to prevent people from hunting whales all across the world, but removing the act will be deleterious to the global ecology. While whaling may be a profitable sport or commercial business, whales are becoming extinct due to high amount of hunting. As Earth’s dominant life form, human beings have a responsibility to preserve all other species and to save those in danger from extinction. Especially after taking advantage of almost all the natural resources and mass producing genetically modified animals and plants, humans have already made

negative impacts on the environment. It is important to understand that our intervention with nature has high consequences. For the sake of future generations, preservation must take place now to ensure the existence of all plants and animals on earth for the next century. By lifting the ban on whaling, it will be step backwards from the goals of the 21st century Green Movement. Even if the initial changes in the practice of whaling are not too dramatic, further complications will arise regarding the other forms of limitation on the whaling industry. The ban lift will cause conflicts between Green Movement lobbyists and the whaling companies. However, these issues seem miniscule compared to the extinction of whales, which will inevitably ruin the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem.

Even though Obama plans on lifting the whaling ban, he does acknowledge the need to protect whales from becoming extinct. The national and state governments need to invest more money and time to use all its resources to prevent illegal hunting of whales and other animals. Even though whaling is much more commonly practiced in other countries, United States has an obligation to set an example. The unethical conduct of whaling must be drawn to public awareness. The national media outlets need to pressure the Obama administration to make an official statement on the new whaling policy. The public also needs to be informed on the International Whaling Commission’s stance and whether the United States will still participate as a member of the commision after these changes have been made.

Once the public is aware of these details regarding the issue, they can begin to realize just how deleterious the whaling practice will be to the environment. The modificatoin of the Fisherman’s Protective Act will act against the country’s strive to be environmentally friendly. It will also create unneccesary political split between the different parties and with countries with various stances on whaling. Because there has not been an official statement from any institutions about this issue, the International Whaling Commission, along with lobbyists from several interest groups, is anxious to hear more from the presidential administration. Until the official statement is made, however, all we can do as inhabitants of this earth is hope that the ban whaling will remain in tact.

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Yes, it gives women control of their bodies No, the practice is immoral and unethical The decision for a woman to end her pregnancy lies solely on herself. It is not the government’s duty to create laws that make abortion clinics and abortion itself illegal. If the government takes away a woman’s control of her body, they will infringe upon the ideals our country was founded upon. If a woman is impregnated, she should be able to terminate her pregnancy if she needs to without facing harsh criticisms from society and state. Furthermore, the decision to end a pregnancy can often be a more mature decision than carrying one through. If the government did not allow a woman to end her pregnancy, the baby might be subjected to poor conditions during the pregnancy and outside of the womb. If the woman gives birth without preparation, the baby might end up in a foster home. However, in a study conducted by MIT, it was found that foster homes are becoming too crowded, meaning that a child would not get the care or attention it needs. Opponents claim that abortion is murder in the form of “infanticide.” However, in the first trimester, when most abortions occur, the fetus is not developed enough to exist apart from the mother, and thus cannot be considered a separate person. If an abortion is the best option for the mother and the child, it should be legal and accessible. In the case of rape or incest, a woman who is not permitted to abort her pregnancy will most likely undergo addition-

al psychological trauma, which will inevitably affect the child. Adoption is often cited as an alternative to abortion, especially for teens who become impregnated. However, the mother must still decide after giving birth to give up her child. According to the research firm Child Trends, very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies--only about 2%. Thus, those mothers who are truly unequipped to care for a child may accept the responsibility anyway because they do not wish to give up the baby. Abortion should not be seen as an act of aggression, but as a last resort. The government should have no say on what a woman does with her body. Abortion needs to remain legal because it gives a woman control over her body, an issue that is critical to civil rights. The issues surrounding sex and childbirth are much more complex than they were in the days of women’s rights activists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who supported efforts to end abortion. By opposing abortion, society takes a step back from the accomplishments of Anthony and Stanton in the field of w o m e n ’s rights.

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Since Obama’s inaguration, the government institutions have been more liberal about their views on abortion. While options and choices are nice, the country’s morals are depleting due to increasing liberalism. Abortion is one of those issues that needs moral guidance before the luxury of making decisions. According to the Guttmatcher Institute, ten percent of births in the U.S. are from teens. Out of the pregnant teens from ages 16 to 19, 27% end in abortions. With easy access to abortions, teenagers are less likely to use contraceptive methods. Abortion itself does not always contribute to unwanted pregnancies, but it increases the lack of care of the dangers of unprotected sex – such as contracting STIs. According to the Washington Post, at least three percent of D.C. residents have HIV or AIDS, a 22% increase from 2006. The age in which teenagers first experience any sexual behaviors is also decreasing each year. While it used to be common to wait until marriage, the average age for losing virginity is 17. Both contrace ptives and abortion photo courtesy of

Healthcare reform will be beneficial for Americans I would like to reply to Garrett Schaffel’s article in the April 30, 2010 issue of Common Sense, in which he argued that health care reform is now ‘dragging’ America into socialism and ultimately harming the American people’s wishes. Although Schaffel is entitled to his own opinion – and in America, opinions are what allow our government to function effectively – he presents few facts to support his case, and I would like to highlight many that he ignored. Although many Americans are disappointed that the new health care reform bill is limiting the amount of privatization in America and is ‘forcing’ people to have their own health insurance, the reform was not passed for socialistic purposes – its intent is to help Americans who are not getting the care they need simply because they cannot afford it. To clarify, health insurance is important for all Americans because it provides a safety net in case of an accident or medical condition that may come about without warning. Schaffel proclaimed in his article that “not all Americans are dying souls” and that the millions of people who do not currently have insurance have not purchased it simply because it is their

“choice” and “they don’t want to buy insurance.” However, I think it would be a safe bet that Schaffel – a young, healthy teenager, who, given the choice, would not want to buy health insurance for himself – nonetheless has it, chosen and paid for by someone else, his parents and/or their employers. Why wouldn’t someone want to reassure themselves – and their family members – that their medical expenses would be covered in case they were hit by a drunk driver, or they developed a heart condition, or they needed an x-ray for a broken bone? That they wouldn’t go bankrupt or have to sell their home in case of serious illness or injury? What do you tell your family if you are severely injured and cannot go to work anymore because you can’t afford to pay for care that would enable you to work again? Say you are one of the “32 million uninsured Americans” who doesn’t feel like paying for health insurance. Say this American was in critical condition from an accident and ended up going bankrupt because his medical bills cost much more than he could afford. I guess we would have to say that it was his choice to suffer

the consequences. While Schaffel declares that ordinary people do not need health insurance since they can simply buy medicines they need, he apparently does not understand that many Americans cannot afford to buy the medicines they need, and it is health insurance that can often make the price of expensive medicines affordable for our citizens of modest means. If this were socialism, the entire country would be under one, national health insurance company, and all private insurances would be eliminated. That is not what the recently passed legislation enacts, nor do I think this will happen. Our nation is trying to make health insurance more affordable and more accountable to its people, considering that years of privatization and little oversight have allowed insurance companies to skimp on health care in order to maximize their profits. Fortunately, the bill has passed, and those who do not currently appreciate it will learn how much better off they – or someone they know – will be with it. -Allegra Pocinki class of 2010

contribute to the morally unethical conduct. While parents and guardians must teach morals to today’s youth, society – especially the government institutions and the healthcare field – must implement morally right decisions for teenagers. Less access to abortion will encourage teenagers to take preventive measures before deciding to engage in intercourse without contraception. School health classrooms must also advocate protection and prevention. Health teachers should primarily encourage abstinence and secondarily encourage the use of contraceptives. Abortion should not even be an option for teenagers because there are many dangers involved in unsafe sex. Abortion itself is also a procedure that has serious medical complications and puts patient at risk. According to National Right to Life, women have described abortion as “intense” and “severe.” The NRL researchers rated the pain as more painful than a bone fracture or about the same as “cancer pain.” While contraceptions may be the change of the last generation, the new generation seeks solutions rather than prevention – such as morning-after pills and abortion. Even though they are better options than bearing an unwanted pregnancy, they cannot prevent STIs. The spread of STIs effect society as a whole rather than focusing on one person as opposed to abortion. The best long-term solution to unwanted pregnancies is to teach abstinence to the youth and restore generations of ideals that have depleted in the past decades.

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Girls’: 5-0 Boys’: 3-2

Girls’: 9-2 Boys’: 9-3

May 28/29 @ Morgan State

Girls’: Lost in Second Round Boy’s: State Final Tomorrow 8 pm @ UMBC



17-2 Lost to Whitman in Second Round

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Lost To Blair in First Round

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Volleyball Co-Ed: 8-2 Boys’: 10-0 Co-Ed: Lost in 2nd round Boys’: Lost in Finals

Baseball ends strong season with loss to Whitman Steven Fitzwilliam staff writer

The varsity baseball team’s aspirations of a state championship this year were shattered May 17, with a devastating 6-3 loss in their first playoff game against Whitman. After achieving a 17-1 record in the regular season, the team was awarded the number one seed and first round bye. However, in the second round, Whitman was able to seize an early lead and eventually ended Wootton’s season in disappointment. “I had high expectations for the playoffs because we did so well in the regular season,” senior pitcher Max Simon. “I was expecting the team to come out with high intensity in hopes of murdering the other teams in the playoffs. I did not think Whitman would be such a challenge, but we did not play our game.” Senior pitcher Alex Hindman played with his typical skill in the first inning, retiring Whitman’s first three batters. Then in the bottom of the first, Wootton was able to string a couple of hits together and emerged with a run. Whitman responded with a run in the next inning. The game went into the top of the third tied 1-1, but Wootton began to fall apart. Whitman, with the help of three Patriot errors, lit up Hindman for four runs on four hits in the third inning. “We had too many errors, and couldn’t take advantage of situations when we needed to,” Simon said. “In the regular season we were stronger on defense and were more

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Senior pitcher Alex Hindman throws to junior first baseman James Wallerstedt in attempts to pick off a Whitman runner in the teams loss to Whitman in the regional semi-finals on May 17.

explosive on offense.” The most memorable inning was the fourth inning, which stood out as the low point of the game, and possibly, the low point of the season for Wootton. It started with a questionable call from the umpire, giving Whitman’s lead-off hitter a single after a close throw to first. The very next play, Whitman’s runner attempted to steal second, but a spectacular throw from senior catcher Andrew Weinstein and an incredible tag from senior shortstop

Alex Kelly seemingly had him out for the second time. However, the umpire again called the runner safe. This angered Kelly, who protested the call. Head coach JD Marchand came out of the dugout to argue the call himself, but Kelly managed to get off one last comment. The umpire then ejected Kelly from the game. “Some people can blame the umpires but in the end it all falls on us,” junior second baseman Pete Spiropoulos said. “We made

mistakes in the field that cost us and there is no excuse.” “[Kelly’s ejection] didn’t affect us that much,” Marchand said. “Having him in the line-up and in the field would have helped, but [junior shortstop] Greg [Albertini] got a base hit in his place.” Both Spiropoulos and senior right fielder James Fitzwilliam hit solo home runs, but the team’s bats were quiet for the majority of the game. In the last two innings, Whitman only let up two hits, as they delivered Wootton a 6-3 loss. “I could completely feel the disappointment, shock, and sadness radiating from [the team,]” senior center fielder Coki Cruz said. “I’m sure that I can speak for the team when I say we weren’t expecting that outcome.” Despite the devastating loss in the playoffs, the regular season was filled with plenty of achievements. “[After the game] I told the team it was a disappointing loss,” Marchand said. “They had a good season, and worked hard all year. They should be proud of what they accomplished.” Eight different players on the team hit homeruns this season. Cruz, Fitzwilliam, and Spiropoulos tied for the lead with four each. Hindman and Simon each held .66 and 1.65 ERA’s through the regular season with a total of 94 strikeouts. Hindman, Cruz, Kelly, Simon, and Spiropoulos were all selected to play on the All-Division team.

Girls’ lacrosse season ends with 9-8 heartbreaker to Sherwood Katie McKenna sports editor

The Wootton girls’ lacrosse team ends their season earlier than expected with a loss to Sherwood in regional semi-finals. The team posted a final record of 10-3, losing to only Holton Arms and Sherwood in the regular season. After receiving a first round bye and knocking off Paint Branch in the second round, 21-3, the lady Patriots seemed to have the region clinched. In the second round of playoffs the Patriots handled Paint Branch easily. The team looked good out of the start and were able to stay strong through out the game. “[After earning the top seed] we got to face a lower ranked team, so that game we were able to work on things that we needed to correct,” head coach Anne-Marie Steppling said. In regional semifinals the Patriots were matched up with the 10-4 Sherwood Warriors, whom the Pats lost to in the regular season, 8-6. This game would prove who truly is the top girls’ lacrosse team in the county. The Patriots took an early 8-3 lead and sustained that lead through halftime. “We needed to kill more time while we were up to maintain control of the game,” Steppling said. After halftime Sherwood came back strong returning with five goals of their own to tie the game at eight. With 1:07 left on the clock the Patriots senior attack Erika Burns drew a foul and earned a free position and sent a shot past Sherwood goalie, KC Emerson, putting the Patriots up 9-8. After what seemed to be a routine free

position, the Warriors called a time-out and began to protest the goal the Patriots just earned. Sherwood claimed that the referee did not blow the whistle to signal for Burns to shoot and because of that they were not ready for Burns to take her shot. After nearly 10 minutes of deliberation the referees decided to deduct the Patriots goal and left less than a minute on the clock. Burns got another chance to shoot the goal, but this time it is stopped by Emerson. “I didn’t even know what was going on when they took away the goal, but I looked at the scoreboard and the 9 changed back to an 8,” Burns said. “I was in complete shock because there was nothing in the play that deserved to have the goal taken away. I was heartbroken because when I scored the goal everyone was so happy and ran over to congratulate me, but to have it all taken away felt horrible.” With under a minute left on the clock Sherwood regained posession and a player drew a foul and earned a free positon. The Sherwood player was able to send her shot over the head of sophomore goalie Angela Bauroth. This goal put Sherwood up 9-8 with only five seconds left on the clock. When time expired the Pats left the field stunned by the loss. “It is unfortunate when a game is determined by the officials,” Steppling said. The season overall was a success for the Patriots, earning the number one seed going into the playoffs and showing their dominance in the county by defeating private school powerhouse Bullis. “As a whole I’m very proud of what

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Freshman Marisa Cresham faces off against Paint Branch defender in their second round playoff victory, 21-3.

we accomplished this season. Despite the unfortunate outcome, we still took the number one spot for the regular season and defeated most of our biggest rivals. We worked hard and saw the benefits,” Burns said. “This season surpassed my expectations definitely; we showed that our team can compete with anyone and play at different levels,” Steppling said. The Patriots will graduate 11 seniors this season and look to rebuild in time for next season. The team hopes to be just as powerful and dominating as this season.

“If we work hard there should be no question that we will be just as good. I want to prove to everyone that our loss was just a fluke,” junior high attack Amanda Carlson said. With the loss of the seniors there are big shoes to fill for the rising seniors and underclassmen next season. “If the underclassmen work hard over the summer and into next year then it will not be a rebuilding year at all. We should be just as dominant as this season,” Steppling said.


11 Boys’ volleyball falls to Sherwood in championship Common Sense - May 27, 2010

Katie McKenna sports editor

The Wootton boys’ volleyball team finished their regular season with a perfect 14-0 record and they were the front runners for the county championship. The Patriots were the only undefeated team in the county other than the know power house Sherwood. In the county semi-finals the Pats were set to face the Walter Johnson Wildcats on May 11. The Pats started off the match slow losing the first set 19-25, but they were able to rebuild and take the next two sets 25-21 and 2513. In the fourth set the Pats were once again upset by the Wildcats 19-25 and were forced into a fifth set to 15. The Patriots easily took this set from Walter Johnson 15-4, which advanced the Patriots to the county championship. “It felt grate after beating Walter Johnson in a nailbiter, because we hadn’t really been challenged in the regular season. It was nice to see that we had what it was going to take,” senior outside/ right side hitter Tony Malinauskas said. Beating Walter Johnson put the Patriots into the county

championship match against the also undefeated Sherwood Warriors on May 15 at Magruder. “Going to the championship was a big accomplishment because we worked so hard the entire season just to get to that point,” junior setter Aaron Yee said. This was a showdown of the best teams in the county fighting to remain undefeated. In the first set was a true display of how evenly matched these two teams were and why they were both undefeated in the regular season. The first set was a fight to the finish, but the Warriors were able to edge out the Patriots for a 2927 victory. The next set was again hard fought, but the Patriots lost their momentum towards the end and dropped that set 25-22. The third set would determine if the Warriors would sweep and get the victory over the Patriots, but with stealth hitting from Malinauskas and beautiful sets from Yee, the Pats were able to easily take the third set 25-14. In the fourth set the Patriots seemed to fade away as the Warriors easily took the set and the victory 25-14. “We had a great season this year

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Senior right side hitter Tony Malinauskas spikes well over blocker in the team’s 3-2 playoff victory over the Walter Johnson Wildcats.

accomplishing almost everything we wanted to, even though we did not win counties we still had a lot of fun and enjoyed every moment of it,” Yee said.

The Patriots will graduate five seniors including Malinauskas who was the core of the team’s offense. “This is a talented group of players and if they work hard

enough they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with next season,” senior outside hitter Zo Asmail said.

Boys’ lacrosse continues on their hunt for the state title

Jared Wasserman sports editor

The first-seeded boys’ lacrosse team defeated the visiting Paint Branch Panthers, Churchill Bulldogs, and Whitman Vikings to emerge from the 4A West Region of the state playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Patriots defeated C.M. Wright high school on May 21, 11-10. Then score was close all game and going into the fourth quarter the Pats were down one goal. Senior midfielder Tim Lenardo scored two late goals to give the Pats the lead, 10-9, but Wright responded with a goal of their own tying the score at 10. With just over a minute left on the clock the Pats were able to find junior attack Chris Doran unguarded in front of the goal and he was able to score which put the Patriots up 11-10. This victory set the Pats up for a state final match up againts 19-0 Severna Park on May 26. On May 19, the Patriots defeated the

Vikings by the score of 11-5 as senior attack Jeff Zifrony tallied three goals and three assists and Doran added three goals of his own on the night. Led by senior goalie Bobby Riso, senior defender Reid Shepard, and sophomore long-stick midfielder Curt Brooks, the defense played their best collective game of the season in shutting down Ithaca-commit Pat Slawta and Amherst-commit Booey Ghani. The victory extends Wootton’s Montgomery County winning streak to 64 games. “It’s a great feeling knowing that throughout my entire Wootton career I never lost a game to any other MoCo schools,” senior midfielder Gordie Gold said. “I feel like I’m part of one of the best programs throughout MoCo history.” Amidst a constant downpour of rain and a soggy playing surface, Wootton dismantled the Churchill Bulldogs, 19-7, in the Regional Semifinal on May 17 behind four goals and

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Sophomore midfielder Chris Cornelius pushes a Paint Branch defender out of bounds in their 14-2 victory.

five assists from Zifrony and four goals from junior midfielder Alex Kyle. Kyle’s rocket outside shot and Zifrony’s quickness behind the goal were on full display when it mattered most. “Alex had a breakout game; he did a real nice job,” Wootton head coach Colin Thomson said. “Jeff ’s been solid all year long— I think they just did an excellent job.” The Bulldogs went up 3-1 with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter off goals from senior midfielder Matt Risk and senior attack Matt Bank. A penalty-filled first half stifled the Patriots’ offense, leading to just an 8-5 advantage at intermission. However, Wootton poured it on the visiting Bulldogs in the third quarter with quick goals from Zifrony, Kyle, Doran, and Brooks. “We wanted to score right away and not let them back into the game,” Zifrony said. “We knew that a quick three goals would seal the deal.” “We had a lot of emotion in the first half,” Thomson said. “We settled down and started playing better lacrosse [in the second half].” A goal by Risk with 3:01 left in the third quarter cut the deficit to 14-7, but Churchill would draw no closer as the Wootton defense tightened, allowing their attack to possess the ball for the majority of the fourth quarter. The Patriots held the Bulldogs scoreless for the final 15 minutes of play. “I give credit to the offense,” Shepard said. “We had the ball so much [that] every time they got it they tried to force plays and made careless mistakes.” Wootton advanced to the Regional Finals after defeating Churchill for the first time in postseason play. “To come out and play the way we did and beat them by 12, it feels great,” Zifrony said. “We knew coming into the game it would be physical but we kept our heads and executed.” After a sluggish first quarter in which an overmatched Paint Branch squad played close with the host Patriots, Wootton outscored the Panthers 7-1 in the second period en route to a 14-2 victory in the

Regional Quarterfinals on May 15. Goals by Kyle and sophomore attack Max Romm gave Wootton a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first, but the Patriots blew numerous opportunities on the crease and appeared to simply be going through the motions in their first action of the postseason following a first-round bye. “We started off really slow and we never really got into our settled offense,” Zifrony said. “Once we slowed it down and ran our plays, we were able to score some goals.” That lethargic mindset quickly changed ten seconds into the second quarter, as Lenardo fed Zifrony on the crease to extend the lead to three goals. Then, two Wootton attackmen, two Paint Branch defenders and the goalie jostled in front of the net for a lose ball that Lenardo eventually punched in with 10:53 remaining in the half. Added scores by Zifrony, Doran, as well as junior midfielder Matt Greenblatt and sophomore midfielder Chris Cornelius put the game out of reach at the half and propelled the Patriots into the semifinals. “We just wanted to put the first quarter behind us and come out and play smart without making stupid mistakes,” Zifrony said. Playing without injured senior defender Jeff Ford, the experienced trio of seniors David Yaglom, Jay Senter, and Shepard fortified the back-line as Riso saw few threatening shots against him. “The defense had a very solid game,” Shepard said. “We’re playing well at the right time of year. If we can eliminate some careless mistakes and mental errors we’re going to be in great shape.” After three straight losses to open the season, Wootton has cruised through their county schedule and appears as poised as ever to complete the title run that has narrowly eluded them in years past. “It’s playoff time, my mindset is win or go home and that’s it,” Shepard said. “Every game could be my last, and I’m going to play that way.” The state championship game against Severna Park on May 26 ended too late for this edition.

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Panagos, Neofytos A. Michigan State University Pandey, Ananta D. Barnard College

Papatsenko, Ilya University of California, Berkeley Park, Byong W. Hampshire College

Parzow, Benjamin P. University of Maryland, College Park Pehoua, Lyssia C. Montgomery College

Peller, Abby R. York College of Pennsylvania

Peng, George C. Montgomery College

Pocinki, Allegra J. Swarthmore College Poltorak, Zofia Towson University

Poon, Benita University of Maryland, College Park

Porter, Jeffrey M. Ohio State University

Potasznik, Jonah Z. University of Maryland, College Park Pugh, Alan T. Whitman College

Rasnake, Julia C. St. Mary’s College of Maryland Ray, Joseph Montgomery College

Redden, Rebecca N. Montgomery College Reid, Issac J. Montgomery College

Reineke, Alexis D. Georgetown University

Revinzon, Regina M. University of Maryland, College Park Reyes, Kassandra I. Salisbury University Rhee, Justin S. Indiana University at Bloomington Ricci, Drew T. University of South Carolina **Rickman, Ira H. University of Maryland, College Park

Riddle Wilder, Anna C. University of Maryland, College Park

Siasi, Shayan Towson University

Silverman, Julie R. University of Wisconsin, Madison Simon, Max B. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Xi, Ann D. University of Maryland, College Park

Xu, Jingyou University of Maryland, College Park

Xu, Zhiyuan University of California, Berkeley

Yaglom, David University of Georgia

Simpson, Eleanor R. University of Maryland, College Park

Yan, Wei University of Maryland, College Park

Singh, Navneet Z. University of Maryland, College Park

Yang, Eunmi University of Maryland, College Park

Singhal, Aakash University of Maryland, College Park

Yang, Wenye University of Maryland, College Park

Smilan-Goldstein, Jordan A. George Washington University Smith, Joanna C. Montgomery College

Smith, Luke M. University of Notre Dame

Smolen, Stefan F. Virginia Tech University Snyder, Cori M. Towson University

Sobchenko, Maxim A. Miami University of Ohio

Solomon, Adam R. Washington University in St. Louis

Son, Jong Hyun University of Maryland, Baltimore County Soto, Jaime E. Catholic University of America

Sperling, Carl Rochester Institute of Technology

Stafford, Brooke A. Coastal Carolina University Stein, Jason R. McDaniel College

Stern, Joshua P. University of Michigan

Stoeber, Philip D. University of Maryland, College Park

Stonesifer Jr., John D. Marshall University

Streilein, Ryan S. University of Maryland, College Park

Su, Andrew Y. University of Maryland, Baltimore County Su, Dennis Y. University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Suda, Marie-Helene S. Working Sullivan, Justin D. Working

Swann, Riell M. Montgomery College Sy, Haines L. Cornell University

Sybing, Matthew B. University of Maryland, Baltimore County Tadepalli, Sirisha University of Maryland, College Park Tadesse, Malida Columbia University

TaieTehrani, Alidad Montgomery College Taitz, Kayla D. University of Maryland, College Park Tedesco, Sofia P. Grinnell College Thakkar, Tejal D. Cornell University Thakur, Amol S. University of Maryland, College Park

Yao, Gerald Emory University

Yao, Simon University of Maryland, College Park

Yeager, Allison G. Dartmouth College

Yen, Valina R. University of Maryland, College Park

Yi, Caroline H. University of Maryland, College Park

Yokley, Savannah M. University of Georgia

Yook, Esther W. University of Maryland, College Park Yu, Allan D. University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Yu, Melissa A. University of Maryland, College Park Yu, Shuang University of Maryland, College Park

Zacks, Benjamin R. Pennsylvania State University Zahavi, Claire R. University of Maryland, College Park

Zahedinia, Farshad A. University of Tel Aviv (Israel) Zamora, John P. The Catholic University of America

Zegowitz, Keith P. Towson University

Zhang, Clayton H. University of California, San Diego Zhang, Jason D. University of Maryland, College Park Zhang, Kay Undecided

Zhang, Kewei Carnegie Mellon University

Zhang, Lesley L. University of Maryland, College Park

Zheng, Margaret University of Maryland, College Park

**Zifrony, Jeffrey A. Indiana University at Bloomington Zolet, Caitlin E. Colgate University

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P A T R I O TP R O F I L E S JEnn Chen: Volleyball

Alex Hahn: Tennis

Gordie Gold business manager

Robert Logan staff writer

The co-ed volleyball team’s season has come to an end with an impressive 11-3 record. Although the team boasted many talented players, the one who stood out match after match was senior captain Jenn Chen. “If we didn’t have Jenn this year, we wouldn’t have been half as good as we were,” senior Eddie Shi said. Chen started playing volleyball at the age of nine, and by the time she was 12 she was playing on a junior Olympic club team. However, her focus never photo courtesey of Julie Bradley drifted from her studies or Senior captain and setter Jenn Chen jump serves a ball against PoolesWootton volleyball. “My older sister was ville on senior night in front of home crowd fans. every ball, sacrificing her a pretty good volleyball Mention. “The best thing about body as she goes. player, and when she went her, though, was that even “Jenn has to be one to camps when we were though she came in as a great of the top, if not the top younger, I would sometimes freshman player, she never athlete I have ever coached tag along. That is mainly stopped trying in 18 seasons at Wootton,” where I picked up to do things Malinauskas said. “She is the game,” Chen Aces: 22 better—she intelligent, humble, hardsaid. i m p r ove r d working and exceptionally Throughout Kills: 6 her attitude, talented.” her Wootton t e ch n i q u e, Although she is one of Wins: 11 volleyball career, d e f e n s e the top volleyball players in Chen’s star Losses: 3 and game the area, Chen has decided perfor mances s t r a t e g y , not to continue her career have certainly and she just in college, despite receiving been noticed not became an all-around leader many offers. only by her teammates, but She plans on attending throughout the entire state on the court,” head coach Mary Malinauskas said. the University of Michigan of Maryland. Since her Chen is humble about where she will study presophomore year, Chen has her accomplishments and med. been both the girls’ and co“I knew that I wanted ed volleyball teams’ floor does not let them go to her head. to go into pre-med, and captain. “I really just played pursuing volleyball in “Jenn is fearless,” Shi volleyball for fun,” Chen college would take way too said. “She is fast and throws her body around the court.” said. “I never really thought much time,” Chen said. receiving any “But, I am really going to Along with being about accolades.” miss the volleyball team. the team captain and She is one of the quieter I’ll miss being able to hang floor captain, Chen has members of the team, but out with my teammates and been honored with the when she is on the court the feeling of winning after second team All-Gazette her demeanor is completely those really tough games. I Montgomery County and changed; she is loud, will miss it all.” was named a Washington energetic and hustles after Post All-Met Honorable

On a team with an 11-0 record, every player has a role in the season’s success. Playing alongside powerful upperclassmen, freshman Alex Hahn has flown under the radar, but he still emerges as one of the top contenders for the state title. Since he started playing competitive tennis, he has developed quite a knack for the sport. In his time at Wootton, Hahn has been a force, dominating all of his opponents. “Alex is very intense when he plays,” junior Japhoto by Will Browning cob Lipman said. “He never Freshman Alex Hahn serves the ball in the Patriots 7-0 sweep of B-CC. messes around and is a great athlete.” things from Alex.” The pair has been so Most of the success Despite his many acco- dominant this year that they the Patriots have had this lades, Hahn doesn’t believe have swept every opponent season has come from the he can be called “the star” they have faced. many returning players, of the Wootton team just “Alex is a calm, collectand a few elite yet. Hahn ed player. He is smart and freshman who Hahn will vie for has had a athletic. And his steadiness have helped remarkable is key in close matches,” the doubles State season thus Cresham said. “He did have turn Wootton into the county far, but it a few close sets this year, Championship bepowerhouse. is hard to even though he did not lose “So far, ginning May 28 at stand out a set all season long, and he our team has on a team was always able to figure it o b v i o u s l y University of Mary- with seven out, play through whatever been the best n a t i o n a l l y was not working for him, around, and we land, College Park and section- and win.” should continally ranked Along with Hahn and ue to keep playplayers. Cevallos, the Patriots are yet ing well,” Hahn said. “Although my season to lose an individual match, Hahn is currently was pretty impressive, I singles or doubles. ranked first in the Mid-At- could have definitely played Hahn and Cevallos allantic among 14-year olds. better,” Hahn said. ready have taken the region, He has also been dubbed Hahn will compete but now look to finish the “potential star” by head with fellow freshman Mateo tournament with a state ficoach Nia Cresham. Cevallos as a doubles team nals win. “I expect him to con- in the state tournament. “I think we should be tinue to improve – he could “I think it depends on able to keep up our undebe as good as [junior Anton the level of competition feated streak as long as we Kovrigin], no question. I there,” junior tennis player stay focused and do our also see him as a leader – Charlie Sun said, “but I’m job,” Hahn said. especially since my captains sure the two can go far in will be seniors next year,” the tournament and even Cresham said. “I expect big win.”

Coach’s Corner: Girls’ Lax Coach Anne-Marie Steppling Girls varsity lacrosse coach Anne-Marie Steppling talked with sports editor Jeff Zifrony to review the girls’ season.

(Mr. Shooting Space, BFG). Play Wootton Lacrosse. And then I ask them if they are hawn-gry.

Q: What is your coaching strategy/ philosophy? A: Control the ball, and control the game.

Q: What were your expectations coming into this season? A: To challenge ourselves. We played a very tough beginning of the season against two private schools. We had to develop a full team plan quickly. I think Wootton plays better when they have to play up.

Q: How would you describe your coaching personality? A: Relaxed with a pinch of intensity. I have high expectations for my girls on and off the field. Q: What kind of things do you do/say to prepare the team for games? A: Fundamentals- keep it simple. I give them an objective. Talk about the type of team we will be playing or the specific refs we will have

Q: Would you consider this season a success or disappointment? A: I would say a success because the girls were one of the most complete “teams” on and off the field that I have had. Because of their support and focus at practice we were able to win some well-played games over Bullis,

Blake, and rival Churchill. Q: What is your outlook for next year’s team? A: They also have to get ready for a challenge, just like varsity was this year. We will see the same opponents as this year, which means that they will have to keep improving their footwork. Graduating 11 seniors leaves room for the rising sophomores and juniors to take charge. If they think that they can walk into those 11 spots, they are going to be in for a rude awakening come next season. It is not enough to make Wootton’s team; you have to ask yourself, “Could I make the Bullis, Churchill, Blake, WJ, Sherwood’s varsity etc.?” With that being said, we have some great talent down on JV, and their fundamentals will be a great addition to varsity.



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Girls’ track wins regionals, boys’ team places fourth Will Browning sports editor

The girls’ 4x800 relay team finished first in the regional meet at Walt Whitman High School on May 19, itself an exciting accomplishment. But even more astonishing was their time of 9:05.23—good enough for a Montgomery County record and the second best time in the entire nation. “It was an unbelievable moment,” head coach Kellie Redmond said. “I had never seen them so determined. They ran from the heart and they held nothing back; it was inspiring to watch.”  Although the girl’s 4 x 800 relay team was making headlines with their record-breaking time, the performances by the rest of the Lady Pats were strong enough to give Wootton a first place finish at the regional meet. The 4 x 800 relay team, made up of seniors Jessie Rubin, Andrea Maxwell and Corinne Duvall and sophomore Grace Corbett, was integral to the Patriots’ first place finish, but contributions by other Pats were just as important. Rubin also placed first in the 3200 meter run, while the girls 4 x 200 team finished third. Senior Saarah Abdur-Raoof placed fourth in the triple jump. The Lady Pats had strong competitors in the pole vault as well, as senior Caroline Canter

and sophomore Molly Shaw placed second and third. The girls 4 x 400 team was particularly strong, placing second with a team made up of seniors Kerry Ahearn, Maxwell and sophomores Casey Dowling and Corbett. Dowling also had a first place finish in the long jump, capping off an impressive day for both her, and the girls’ team as a whole. “We build on every meet,” junior Maya Walsh said. “We’re able to compete at such a high level because of our work ethic.” The boys’ fourth place finish at regionals was also impressive, as the team has just begun to come into its own. The boys’ 4 x 800 team finished sixth, and juniors Seth Margolis and Taariq Elliot placed second and seventh, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. The boys performed particularly well in their field events, as senior Matt Gordon placed second in shot put and junior Shawn Bhalla finished third in the pole vault. Senior Nate Baruch placed first in the dicus throw good enough to qualify for states. The boys’ and girls’ track team will look to follow up their recent success at regionals, May 28 and 29 at Morgan State University, for the state championship meet. The Patriots will send 25 athletes (14 girls, 11 boys) to the state championship. The Patriots continued their

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photo courtesy of Corinne Duvall

Senior Corinne Duvall (third from left) rallies from behind in the 4x800 relay. The relay team placed first in regionals and posted the second best time in the country.

momentum from an excellent regular season with a superb showing at the County ‘A’ meet at Clarksburg High School on May 12 and May 13. The girls placed second, while the boys placed tenth in the Montgomery County Championship. “We gave it our all and we will look to repeat our performances at regionals and states,” junior Rori Kameka said. The girls team had a great finish to an already undefeated regular season. The Lady Pats went 5-0 in division meets and finished second in the County Championship. Rubin won both the 1600 and 3200 meter run, while Maxwell dropped over ten seconds off of her personal record in the 1600 meter (placing fourth overall). Corbett, Maxwell and Duvall all had strong performances in the 800 meter run, placing third, fifth and sixth, respectively. Freshman Gwen Shaw dropped 1.6 seconds off her school record, winning the 300 meter hurdles. The girls

4 x 200 team placed third and the 4 x 800 team placed second. The girls capped off their undefeated regular season by finishing an astounding second out of 21 teams. The boys had a strong finish to an already solid season as well. They finished 3-2 in divisional meets during the regular season and placed a respectable tenth out of 23 teams in the County Championships. Margolis and Elliot both capped off successful seasons with strong showings at Counties. Margolis placed sixth in the 200 meter dash, while Elliot placed sixth in the 400 meter dash. The 4 x 800 team set a new season best with a time of 8:15.04, which was good enough for fifth. Gordon beat his personal record in the shot put by almost two feet, placing third in counties. Senior Nate Baruch placed second in the discus throw – crushing his previous personal record by eight feet.

Girls’ lacrosse phenom makes junior national team Junior defender Stephanie Dwyer to play for DC Metro in Women’s Division Tournament Dwyer is excited to take part in this highly respected tournament. The tournament showcases the best high Junior lacrosse school, post-collegiate and club women’s player Stephanie lacrosse players throughout the country. In Dwyer has been time, it has grown into one of the largest selected to play women’s lacrosse events in the nation. on the DC Metro Some tournament highlights include team for the division championships, a U.S. Team Women’s Division exhibition, an annual high school all-star Lacrosse National game and a premier recruiting opportunity Tournament. She for high school players. STEPHANIE DWYER was registered by The section in which Dwyer will be her coach and attended an eight-hour tryout competing in is the Schoolgirl Division, where she made it to the final round of the which features high-school-aged players day. representing the U.S. Lacrosse region in After a few days of anticipation, it was which they live and play. announced that she and roughly 75 other This year, approximately 54 teams from 9-11 grade high school lacrosse players had across the country will be placed into six made the team. Dwyer stood out in a field of divisions, which are further broken into nearly 200, and was the lone Patriot selected. pools. The teams will compete in Divisions “I didn’t have I and II to win the [Dwyer] is not only a great high expectations Valerie Walchak Trophy, going into tryouts, player, but a great teammate. named for the coach but I just worked She brings a positive attitude petitioned the United as hard as I could States Women’s Lacrosse and a strong work ethic, and and tried my best Association in 1980 to her hustle sets her apart from to impress the create the Schoolgirl all other players.” coaches,” Dwyer Division. said. -lacrosse coach Anne-Marie Steppling “When I found out The tournament I made the team I was will take place on May 29 and 30 in Bel Air, ecstatic because I was not sure I would make Md. It has been a major event in women’s it,” Dwyer said. “I was really happy my hard high school lacrosse since it started in 1933. work paid off.” Michael Krakower managing editor

photo courtesy of yearbook

photo by Ashley Gladner

Junior Steph Dwyer calls out to teammates in their 9-8 loss to Sherwood in the Maryland 4A regional semi-finals.

Despite receiving this honor, Dwyer’s focus remains on Wootton lacrosse – whose season ended May 17 with a regional semifinal loss to Sherwood, 9-8. “[Dwyer] is not only a great player, but a great teammate. She brings a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, and her hustle sets her apart from all other players,” head Wootton lacrosse coach Anne-Marie Steppling said. Playing in the tournament will give Dwyer a good opportunity to impress college scouts. She is considering playing in college, but has not yet made up her mind if collegiate athletics are in her future.

improve on my finish and come away with a state championship.” Doubles partners Hahn and Cevallos came out on top in their bracket, defeating Whitman’s doubles team 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5 in the regional championship. The game went deep into the third set and unlike the regular season, the two freshmen faced adversity for the first time. Heated trash talking fueled by their Whitman opponents kept Hahn and Cevallos occupied, but they were able to come back despite the conditions. Down 4-5 in the third set, the two were able to rally to win 7-5 and keep their undefeated streak intact. Doubles partners Lipman and Shanker and mixed-doubles partners Mu and Maizels both lost in the semifinals. Each team played valiantly, but failed to gain a spot in the state playoffs, as only the regional finalists advance. “Regionals come right on the back of counties,” Cresham said. “Its tough for a mixed team to practice and become familiar with each other.” Nonetheless, the Pats still capped off a brilliant season by sending a reasonable amount of participants to the state playoffs. Cresham’s mid-season prediction that the Pats would sweep every game and every set in the county playoffs was one set away from being fulfilled. The Pats could not keep their perfect set record intact – the only mishap that would appear all season. Pat’s sophomore Gabriel Fan lost a set in the county playoffs, but won the match. “My goal in the beginning of the season was to go undefeated and sweep counties. Our team almost went above and beyond that - almost sweeping without losing a set,” junior Eiichiro Okuyama said. “It was tough when we lost that one set but looking back on our season it was still a historical run. And since it wasn’t perfect, it gives the team the incentive to make next season perfect.” On May 12, the Pats capped off their perfect regular season with trophies to show for it, after sweeping all seven sets of the county championship. Kovrigin defeated Blair’s Park in the number one single’s bracket, while Okuyama won the number two single’s bracket. The Pats finished off their undefeated regular season, with two divisonal wins at Quince Orchard and at WJ on April 26 and 28. Their historic regular season dominance was unparalleled to any other previous Montgomery County tennis team. “I love this team,” Cresham said. “They are good players, but they’re good people as well. They all get along and look out for each other – I’m extremely lucky to have them.”



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Co-ed volleyball upset in second round at the end I thought we had improved to the point that we could The co-ed compete with any of volleyball team finished the other coed teams the season with an with a good chance of outstanding 11-3 winning against any of record, falling only them.” to traditional county The Patriots forces Damascus, started out strong Paint Branch and in the match against Gaithersburg. Magruder, easily taking The Patriots were the first set 25-15. set to face Magruder in In the second set the first round of the the Patriots were still Maryland 4A playoffs, able to edge out the but they ended their Colonels with an easy season early with an victory of 25-17. unexpected loss to Again the Pats Gaithersburg in the were able to beat the second round of Colonels 25-21 and playoffs. emerged with the 3-0 “The team was win. a very competitive “Our team works group and didn’t let exceptionally hard in the silliness take away practice and games to from what they were improve our skills and doing on the court,” this game showed our head coach Mary abilities, I am proud Malinauskas said.  of our win,” junior “Going in [to the outside hitter Abby season], I thought we Hsiung said. would be reasonably In the second good, but not great.  round of playoffs the The season exceeded Patriots were set to my expectations in that Katie McKenna sports editor

What’s Good in Sports Each issue, sports editors Jared Wasserman and Jeff Zifrony break down the who, what, where, when, and why of the sports world. The end of an era. We’ve covered everything from fantasy football to fair weather fans to the Olympics, columns on par with the likes of Wilbon and Wise if you ask us. While Jeff ’s career as a journalist ends with this column, Jared’s career will continue in the Maryland journalism program next fall. So for this issue, instead of covering relevant topics such as the arrival of the “John Wall dance” or the meltdown of our Caps in the first round (*&$% you Halak), we’ve decided to predict where our lives will take us 12 years from now. We’ll start with Jared. After four years at Maryland, Jared graduates at the top of his class. After landing a job as the senior columnist for the Washington Redskins, Wasserman decides to move on to bigger and better things. At the age of 26, he founds the NHSFPWUBWTSS (National Honors Society for People Who Use Big Words to Sound Smart). Jared introduces this society into every high school in America. At 28, Wasserman turns his program into a worldwide non-profit organization to help illiterate children in Sierra Leone. Wasserman is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Wanting to live more of a settled lifestyle, Wasserman moves back into the Wootton district and decides he wants to teach. Jared lands a job molding minds in on-level English and is currently in his second year teaching the subject. In addition to teaching, Wasserman also coaches the varsity basketball team, is the sponsor of the equestrian club, Litmag, future business owners of America club, trumpet club, and club awesome (formerly known as freshman planning). Jeff will forgo his place in the Indiana business school and accept a full-ride to the University of Kentucky to play lacrosse. Realizing that Kentucky in fact has no lacrosse program, John Calipari will eventually spot a distraught Zifrony draining lefthanded half-court shots in a pitch black gym and offer him a starting spot at the point, replacing the Washington Wizard’s very own John Wall. Jeff averages 17.8 points, 7.2 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in his fouryear career at Kentucky despite never really playing organized basketball previously. After adding 140 pounds of upper body muscle to his 5-11 frame, Zifrony’s knees and ankles buckle, ending a potential Hall-of-Fame NBA career before it gets started. At the age of 23, Jeff takes his UK degree to Build-a-Bear, where he develops a line of zebra stuffed animals that can do laundry and sing show tunes simultaneously. After the zebras attempt to take over the world in the mold of “I, Robot”, Jeff is imprisoned in a federal institution until he is 29. Eager to show the world that he’s not an evil mastermind with animalistic tendencies, Zifrony finds a cure for acid reflex and retires to a beach-side villa in Guam with Jake Gyllenhaal. I hope our readers, no matter how few, have enjoyed reading our column as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it. Maybe we’ll come back in 12 years and write a guest column, given the earth hasn’t melted and neither of us is in jail. In summary, as Charles Barkley put it, “I’m not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” If nothing else, remember that Wootton.

match up against the Gaithersburg Trojans, whom they beat in the regular season 3-1. The game was hard fought and full of talent, but in the end the Patriots could not finish to seal the win. The Trojans ended up beating the Patriots 3 sets to none, but this game was not a true display of the Pats abilities. “ O u r [Gaithersburg] game started out sub-par and that shook our confidence and by the time we recovered Gaithersburg had already put the match away,” Malinauskas photo courtsey of Julie Bradley said. “This season was Junior Abby Hsiung serves the ball in the team’s senior pretty good overall. We night victory over Poolesville. “I expect next year were matched up with senior captain and for the underclasssome of the tougher setter Jenn Chen said. The Pats will men to step up and we teams, but I am happy we beat teams like graduate nine seniors should be just as if not traditional county and most of the more competitive than forces Magruder starting line-up leaving this season,” Hsiung and Gaithersburg [in a big shoes to fill for said. the regular season],” next season.

Softball season ends with first-round loss to Blair

Michael Krakower managing editor

The softball team ended their season with a crushing 10-0 loss to Blair on May 13. Both teams emerged competitive, but Wootton’s shaky defense and inability to finish on the offensive end left them on the losing side. The Pats left nine runners on base throughout the game, and five in scoring position. “We left way too many people on base,” head coach Alton Lightsey said. “We just couldn’t produce runs.” The playoff loss was in keeping with the Patriots’ tumultuous regular season. They finished the season at 5-11 after winning three blowouts in their last seven games. The girls beat B-CC 11-2 on April 28, Northwood 16-3 on May 4 and Magruder 11-2 on May 8. The team also had a close call against Seneca Valley at home on May 10, rallying back from a four-run deficit in the fourth inning but ultimately getting edged out by one in the seventh. After losing five seniors last year, the team found themselves lacking valuable experience that might have made for a more successful season. Four freshmen (Emily Boring, Ellie Gesiskie, Andrea Kemp and Hallie Rolfes) were asked to step up and play on varsity to fill the void left by the seniors. Although a young team bodes well for future years, Lightsey attributes many of

photo by Ira Rickman

Freshman Ellie Gesiskie takes a swing against Seneca Valley’s pitcher at home on May 10. The Pats played hard, but ultimately lost 5-4.

the team’s woes this season much support from the rest to this lack of experience. of the pitching squad. “We just didn’t know how Sophomore Casey to win,” he said. “Anytime Haynes provided O’Lone there is a lot of turnover, with some much-needed the mentality is going to be relief in most games and different.” recorded 21 strikeouts, but Aside from experience, Haynes pitched half as many the team also lacked solid innings as O’Lone. Senior pitching as a E m m a result of the If the pitchers work Barlock was d e p a r t u r e hard during the off- the team’s of 2009 season...we will be in only other graduate pitcher, A n d i great shape for next p i t c h i n g season.” Garnher. eight innings -varsity coach Alton Lightsey throughout Junior K a t i e the season. O’Lone, this year’s ace, Lack of depth in the pitched in 12 of the team’s pitching rotation proved to 16 regular season games. She be detrimental to the team’s earned three of the team’s success; however, the 34 five wins but could not find errors allowed on the season

also contributed to the losses. Hitting was much of the same story over the course of the season as the team finished with a collective .249 batting average. Only 14 doubles were recorded this season, seven of which came from the bat of senior Rachel Laufer. “I look for a hit every time I step up to the plate,” Laufer said. “I just try to put the ball in play and hopefully produce runs.” Laufer’s aggressive mentality has enabled her to tear opposing pitchers apart. Laufer recorded the team’s lone home run against B-CC on April 28, and carried the team offensively with a .521 batting average and an astonishing .812 slugging percentage. “In my opinion, Laufer is without a doubt the best hitter in Montgomery County,” Lightsey said. She also led the team defensively with only two errors in 59 total chances. Although Laufer will not be around to contribute next year, Lightsey is confident in the team’s ability to bounce back from a disappointing season. Five seniors will graduate this year, but Lightsey believes the team will be able to recover and grow from the valuable experience they gained this season. “If the pitchers work hard during the off-season, we will put together a very good defensive team and we will be in great shape for next season,” Lightsey said.



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tton: The Brutally Honest Truth

Wootton High School: Pressuring kids into taking harder classes since 1970. Only at Wootton does an “A” stand for average, a “B” stand for bad, and AP is just Another Period. It’s a place where three homeroom classes are designated for people with last names from CHA-CHE. Where you are more likely to witness a spontaneous dance off than watch the football team win a game. Where the latest graphing calculator is always on the top of everyone’s Christmas list. Most importantly, where a good grade comes before sleep, mental health and dignity. - Steven Fitzwilliam May 2007: A record 1,261 students leave school early for doctor appointments. Absolutely no relation to “Wootton Palooza.” March 2008: Ice Hockey team wins state championship successfully moving past field hockey as the most important hockey team at Wootton. April 2008: For the school’s spring project, the SGA brings the Pat McGee band and the Gym Class Heroes to Wootton to stress the importance of cheap concerts. May 2008: Seniors trash the school and vandalize the parking lot as they leave the building after their last exams, going down as the worst senior prank in history* *Narrowly beating out the previous year’s “Cups in the Commons” June 2008: It is announced that the second floor bathroom by the English department will be closed indefinitely after the heir to Slytherin is caught reopening the Chamber of Secrets. September 2008: Former English teacher and yearbook adviser is arrested on drug charges. How bout that? October 2008: There is a massive water main break on River road, completely flooding the street and stranding many people in their cars, but more importantly getting us out of school early. January 2009: Tim Hwang is elected Student Member of the Board, running under his campaign slogan, “I’m taking 17 AP classes, so I should have time for this too.” September 2009: The variety show “Mr. Wootton” is cancelled, permanently putting an end to the male on male pillow fighting epidemic. October 2009: SGA President Drew

Doherty forgets the pledge of allegiance, deeply disappointing his first grade teacher. January 2010: Churchill students are caught hacking into the school system to improve their grades, because buying their grades was becoming too much of a hassle. February 2010: The entire school unifies behind bronze medalist speed skater Simon Cho, citing the fact that “he almost went to Wootton.” March 2010: Wootton sponsors several foreign exchange students from China to get a true American experience. When one student was asked to comment upon her arrival at the school, she replied, “Oh my god, its Ethan Hawke!” April 2010: Six different kids get stuck in detention and find out that the normal Wootton stereotypes don’t apply. They all have something in common whether they are a jock, prom queen, nerd, Asian nerd, cool Asian, or a flag squad member. June 2010: Ira Rickman graduates. Facts >> Eat It Up Population: Approximately 2500 Traditional Cuisine: Cup of Noodles, Chipotle, Taipei Tokyo

Literacy Rate: 100.7% Health Hazards: Anxiety, Stress, Cafeteria Food Freedom of Speech: Limited only by Facebook Shared Cultural Experiences: Puttin’ On The Hitz, Thursday Night Live

Grant will add new flare, gullwing doors to school buses by 2013 Jeff Hilnbrand school transportation expert After seven months of deliberation, business manager Philip Hill enthusiastically inked his John Hancock on the paperwork that will allow all county-provided buses that shuttle Wootton students to be revamped with the hottest new decorations and gadgets that the market has to offer. The transformation’s target completion date is early 2013, with the 26 new vehicles debuting for current freshmen. “Riding buses will be more appealing to our hip students than ever before,” Principal Dr. Michael Doran said. “With our parking lot spaces filling up so quickly, the more students riding public transportation, the better.” Buses will undergo a series of state-of-the-art upgrades and tweaks administered by Rancidz Custom Auto Inc. that even Ms. Frizzle would be impressed with. Body kits from Carbon Creations will give buses an edgier feel, while DeLorian-esque gull-wing doors will replace squeaky, accordion-style ones. Fresh super-bright

L.E.D. headlights with lunar accents and Omega black-chrome spinning rims will complete the façade. “I wish my Mom’s car looked half as cool,” freshman Brock Martinez said. But these improvements aren’t all for show; some pieces will serve productive functions too. Fiberglass spoilers will beautify the unsightly rear and reduce drag, killing two birds with one stone. In response to parents’ concern that the traditional stop sign arm is not visable from all angles, buses will be equipped with stylish `pulsing ruby-red underglow lights that operate when boarding travelers. As for the interior, Doran spared no expense. Headrest-mounted television screens will allow students to watch the MCPS channel on their way to school, boosting both academic success and bus tranquility. Newly installed seats will revolutionize the way students ride buses today. Out with the crusty green plastic seats—in with the alligator skin mounting pads with reclining capabilities, implanted massage rollers and retractable armrests. An additional lounge will occupy the back

quarter of the bus, complete with leather sofas and soda bar. “I myself intend to ride the student buses if the man will let me. My own ride isn’t as tricked out as those busses will be,” Chemistry teacher Francis Geraldson said. While it used to be common to stare out the window or talk to friends during the duration of the trip, riders’ eyes may soon be pointed in a new direction: down. An in-floor saltwater aquarium, containing over 15 species of rare fish and sea life, will span the length of the new buses. “I’m jealous of the freshmen that won’t have to encounter the dusty black rubber floors,” sophomore Reena Yarburg said. “I wonder who’s going to feed the fishies, though.” Perhaps the most costly investment will be the new supercharged engines and requisite five-point racing harnesses, coming in at 30 grand per bus. “With all the budget cuts, I was disappointed that we weren’t given the proposed $3.1 million dollars, but I guess we’ll just have to make do,” Doran said.

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Common Sense - May 27, 2010

Theater program faces extreme changes Samantha Ritwo staff writer The Wootton theater department is getting a facelift. Both onstage and backstage, big changes are being made to the previous system in hopes of revitalizing the community and providing a more accurate taste of what theater is like in the real world. Onstage, the biggest difference will be that next year there will be two major productions – a play in the fall and a musical in the spring – as opposed to three. “We’re probably one of the very few who do three full scale productions like that,” theater director Adam Graham said. According to Graham, he is contracted by Montgomery County Public Schools to put on only one play and one musical per year. “The extra show that we do here is the musical, not the play,” Graham said, contrary to popular belief. “Even though people always think of musicals as being the most important thing, the fall musical is the extra show here, not the main show. No high school does just musicals. It wouldn’t be fair to the kids in the school.” Many factors came into play for the decision to reduce production frequency although the prominent reason was the time consuming nature of three full-sized productions. “I’m going to miss doing three shows, but I understand that Mr. Graham needs to have a life,” sophomore and crew member John Minderman said. Assistant director junior Samy Kirby agrees. “I think it’ll be good for stress management,” Kirby said. Graham also hopes that putting on two main productions instead of three will redirect attention to the strong acting community within the department. “This will help us refocus where the focus should be, and the focus in the fall really should be on the play,” Graham said. “Next year the play will be the Cappies show, so it deserves the credit that it should get as a legitimate show, not just another show that we have.” Another reason to perform only two shows is to avoid timing conflicts with the calendar. This year, both musicals “Aida” and “Bye Bye Birdie” struggled opening night, immediately after both winter and spring break respectively, and although this was not a primary motivator for the elimination of the fall musical, the calendar next year does not seem to offer sufficient room for three shows, with a late spring break forcing the to-be-determined spring musical to occur in early April.

“Trying to shove another show in there in that slot would probably be kind of difficult to do,” Graham said. Graham also hopes that two shows will allow for more time to be spent on each show, thus making them more elaborate with bigger sets and more hours spent in rehearsal per show. “This show is very involved,” Graham said, referring to the fall play Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. Having two large productions instead of three is not necessarily a permanent change. Instead, Graham would prefer to play it by ear and see how everything works out. He also mentioned the possibility of performing an additional fall musical every other year. In the mean time, musical theater is still alive and well. A musical review is in the works for next year. Graham, alongside musical director Ms. Jacqueline Serratore, are compiling songs from shows performed in musicals on the Wootton stage, and Graham will write narration to connect the songs into concert to be performed in the fall. “There will, in affect, be three shows, but one of them will just be more of a musical review. It’s a fun way to reflect on the past five years,” Graham said. The fall play additionally incorporates musical numbers into the show. “It is a shame sometimes to not be able to do even more than three shows,” Graham said, “but we have to find more creative ways to get our kids to perform.” Graham plans to have performances from his theater classes next year as well. Another change to the system next year is the introduction of the tech director position, which will be filled by rising senior Andrew Consroe, along with the redefining of the stage manager position, which will be taken over by rising senior Samy Kirby. Previously, stage manager was the title given to the student in charge of tech crew. The position has been held by senior Dahlia Ting for the past two years, and Ting’s responsibilities ranged from delegating building tasks for the crew to organizing set plans to calling cues during actual productions. This is a lot of work for one person to manage alone, and it is also not the accurate job description of a stage manager in the real world. In professional theater, the tech director is the one who creates set plans and is completely in charge of the construction and maintenance of the set. Meanwhile, the stage manager works closely with the director during rehearsals, taking notes and coordinating blocking and other aspects of the show. For the actual production, the same stage manager is the one who calls the cues and directs the scene changes, because he/she is the most familiar with the

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Promising changes for theater next year include the change to a single fall show, a new tech director and a redefined stage manager position.

timing of the actual show. “Stage manager is a huge position just for one person – very stressful – so I think it’s good that they’re splitting it up for two people to take on,” Kirby said. Kirby had the added benefit of working with Mr. Graham this year as the assistant director, preparing her for her role as stage manager next year. “I think being assistant director this year helped me a lot to see things from cast perspective in addition to crew, so I think that definitely helped me prepare for next year,” Kirby said. Graham foresees this alteration being a permanent one. “It has to be, only because from an educational standpoint, I have to teach people how things actually work in the real theater outside of this school,” Graham said. “In every theater in America, in real theaters, this is how it is done.” Ting agrees that this change is beneficial. “It works really well for Andrew and Samy’s personalities and their strengths and their weaknesses,” Ting said. “I think it’s good because that’s how it is in the real world, and then it’s less pressure on one person. It’s more divided, and people can really focus on what they’re doing.” One final change is that many of this year’s leadership team will be graduating in June. The current stage manager, both assistant stage managers, and head sound are all seniors and have all held their positions for two years, so several fresh faces will be replacing them. “I hope that under the leadership of the present sophomores that it should be fun and go well, and hopefully

Congratulations! Second Festival of the Arts to the cast and crew showcases talent in visual arts of the spring musical Bye Bye Birdie for an impressive five Cappie nominations!

Featured Actress: Divya Mouli Female Dancer: Tara Youssefi

Melissa Frohman staff writer

The annual Wootton Arts Festival took place in the auditorium and gymnasium on May 18 and 19. The Festival serves as an opportunity for Wootton students to showcase their accomplishments in art, dance, music and drama. The festival is organized by Wootton’s art teachers. The first section of the Festival was music-centered and took place several weeks ago. Remaining photography, ceramics, studio art, fashion design and paintings were displayed on May 18 and May 19. Teachers chose pieces from their various art classes to be displayed in the festival. Pieces were chosen based on how well they represented the objectives of each assigned project. Middle and elementary school students

Male Vocalist: Jonathan Helwig Lead Actor in a Musical: Alex Garretson Song: “Honestly Sincere”

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Art students created masks to demonstrate the individualty and artistic talent that they each possess.

are encouraged to attend the festival, so that they are able to get a preview of the art choices they will have when they attend Wootton High School. The festival also provides opportunities for Wootton students and their families to view their own work, as well as their classmates’ work. The festival is a county wide event that has been taking place in Montgomery County for at least 30 years. Wootton obtained the freedom to decide the dates of the show this year by buying specific panels for display that are normally rotated between Montgomery County high schools. Each AP art student is given a private section at the show for their art work to be displayed. AP Studio Art senior Wendy Kaufman has admired the AP art work for the past three years and was excited to be one of those students this year. Her concentration is themed “animals,” and includes paintings, drawings, and collages of animals. Kaufman says she drew inspiration from an animal-themed display she admired at the Festival last year. “It’s amazing how I am at such a high point in art right now,” Kaufman said. “AP art is a huge commitment and I’m proud that I was able to accomplish it.” Many teachers, friends, and families are unaware of the amazing talents that these art students have. The festival provides an opportunity to discover those skills. Kaufman agrees that Wootton’s art students are highly skilled due toWootton’s

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Various forms of student art were on display during the festival, including senior Eunice Ahn’s pottery.

great teachers that help students excel in art. “The artistic ability at Wootton is amazing and really competitive,” Kaufman said. An addition to this year’s Festival was a performance put on by the Supertonics as a way to honor Robert Yin, a former member of the Supertonics who recently passed away. The current members, as well as alumni Evan Pappas, Jonathan Loewy, and Brad Harlan, sang one of Yin’s favorite Supertonic songs, “Danny Boy.” Many people on and off stage were struggling to control their emotions during the song and the audience gave a standing ovation at the end. Senior Supertonic member Jonathon Helwig helped organize this performance in honor of Yin, a close friend to him. “At first I was shocked,” Helwig said. “I felt motivated, though, to put this dedication together because I felt the situation called for it and the Wootton community would appreciate it as much as we appreciated him.”



Common Sense - May 27, 2010

A cappella festival displays immense musical talent

Samantha Ritwo staff writer On Saturday, May 8, Wootton hosted its third annual A Cappella Fest in the auditorium. Seven groups competed, and the concert began at seven o’clock. A cappella is a type of music that is pure singing without any background support from instruments; the only sound is produced purely by the performers’ voices. The competition was a means for multiple groups in their area to showcase talent which is often overlooked or not given the proper opportunity to share. The entire event was organized, planned, and produced by senior Jack Stonesifer who started this tradition two years ago. The collegiate a cappella group hosting the event, which entails performances in each act and introducing each group, was Johns Hopkins University’s mixed (both male and female) a capella group the Octopodes. There were five judges for the competition – Amanda Aldag, Kevin Dixon, Jimmy Leathers, Jonathan Minkoff, and John Russell – all of whom have had experience performing and/or performing a cappella. The show opened with a performance from the Octopodes. With 12 members dressed in a mixture of black and dark blue, their college’s colors, the group looked sharp and professional. Their first song was powerhouse number “Hate on Me,” which was recently on the hit TV series “Glee.” They also performed a strong rendition of Gavin DeGraw’s “Chariot,” opening the show strongly and setting the evening right on track. The first high school group to perform was Wootton’s own all-male a cappella group, the Supertonics. Dressed in their superherothemed t-shirts, the Supertonics opened w i t h “More Than Words.” The choice to go with a slower song benefitted the group whose strong harmonies shined. The second song choice – “Africa” – had an equal focus on the vocal talent, and it became apparent that the group was emphasizing its powerful vocal range as opposed to silly gimmicks and antics that it has previously been known for. The energy and excitement was

still there, but it was channeled in a more effective manner, setting the bar high for following performances. Next up was the Maret school’s Grace Notes, an all female group. Their first song was a clever mix of songs “Tainted Love” and Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” Their other choice was a rendition of “Carry On,” exhibiting the girls’ soft and melodic voices. The song was a bit long and lost cohesion for a little, but in the end everyone came together with strong harmonies, providing a strong finish. Third was Wootton’s all female a cappella group the Acabellas, a personal favorite for the evening. The girls made wise decisions in their song choices, performing Imogen Heaps’s “Hide and Seek” followed by “Mama Who Bore Me” from musical “Spring Awakening.” Both songs had a wise musical range and provided the group with ample opportunity to demonstrate their strength and excellent skill. The timing was perfect for the group, whether it was coordinating hand gestures or knowing when to continue singing after a pause. The group also controlled its volume well, effectively growing louder with the progression of the song. Their enthusiasm shined, and both songs were very well done. The last group to perform before intermission was Blair high school’s InTone Nation, which was introduced by a member of the Octopodes who used to perform in the same group. Dressed in red and black, the group performed popular songs “Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani and “Mercy,” also performed on “Glee.” The group did not come across as solid as previous performances, Junior but members of the Gavin Kramar sings a solo for group were smiling Chaos throughout, and it was incredibly obvious that they were enjoying themselves on stage. The soloist during “Sweet Escape” was a bit high pitched, but this may have been intentional to sound reminiscent of Gwen Stefani. Rapping in the background during the second song was also slightly questionable but ultimately did not take away from the performance. After a twenty minute intermission, the Octopodes again took the stage, singing hits “Since U

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Acabellas perform “Hide and Seek” and “Mama Who Bore Me” during the festival with perfect timing and pitch.

Been Gone” and “Bad Romance.” Both songs were exciting and strong, giving a preview to the college level of performance, which sounded practically professional. A common trend throughout the evening was that every group was thrilled to have the chance to perform and finally share what they have been working on all year. The first student group of act two was Smithburg Secondary School’s VoCoLoCo. A group of only four, they did not let their small size distract them from keeping their eye on the prize, mixing comedy, personality, and talent all into one. Their first song was “Stand By Me,” and the group was very coordinated and in sync both vocally and physically. VoCoLoCo was also the only group to utilize the time between songs to introduce themselves and talk to the audience. The second song – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – was led by a female vocalist, but backed up by the other three making animals noises and gestures in the background, adding laughs to their version. The sixth group of the evening was Wootton’s co-ed group Chaos. Their first song was “Let Me Entertain You,” and despite sudden mic feedback, the group persevered with smiles and contagious enthusiasm. They slowed things down with their second song – “How to Save a Life” – with fitting vocals and the accompaniment of Stonesifer was vocal percussionist, adding an extra level to the performance’s greatness. The final act for the night was Whitman high school’s Descant Touch This, who only performed one song, a Lady Gaga Medley. This is the first year the group has existed,

and they seemed to still be struggling to find their footing, although their mix was unique and a good choice. While the judges deliberated, the Octopodes performed one last time with six songs, all incredible and spirited. Particular renditions of note were a cover of Muse’s “Uprising” and Paramore’s “Misery Business.” Although not all of the songs chosen were once at the top of the charts, the group made each cover shine with talent. Finally, the judges reached a decision and the winners for announced. Best female vocalist went to Wootton senior Jordan Smilan-Goldstein and junior Stephanie Wasser for their beautiful solos in “Mama Who Bore Me.” Best male vocalist also went to a Wootton student, senior Austin Lee, for his solo in “More Than Words.”. Best arrangement went to Pilar Fitzgerald of Gracenotes for her arrangement of their second song, “Carry On,” while most showmanship went to Wootton’s Chaos and reasonably so as they persevered through microphone issues. Deservingly, Stonesifer also won best vocal percussionist. In terms of overall competition, third place went to InTone Nation, second place went to Chaos, and first place was taken by small group VoCoLoCo. The evening ended with an encore performance by the winning group, proving why they deserved to win. The only disappointment of the evening was the dismal turnout for such great talent. Although Stonesifer will be graduating this year, he hopes the tradition will carry on, and that this festival is only the beginning.

member on the morning announcements, both working with behind-the-scenes sound equipment as well as reporting. He also admits he has dabbled in freelance Photography and Graphic design. “My favorite thing about photography is probably the ability to freeze a moment in time,” Devine said. “I have also been doing a lot of studio portraiture lately, but otherwise I like to work in industrial design. I like to build and create. I guess you could say it’s a bit like inventing as well.” According to Devine, a little known skill of his is building and designing furniture, both industrial and interior. Carpentry is only one of the many unique hobbies of the future entrepreneur. Devine also enjoys musical creation, including recording and mixing electronic music. “I guess you could say I’m artistic,” Devine said, acknowledging his unconventional talents for a high school student.

A self-acclaimed quirk he also mentioned was his love of “dressing up” in tuxedos at random events such as Puttin’ On the Hitz, International Night and Thursday Night Live with fellow senior Aaron Fensterheim. The formal attire is usually matched with suspenders, a top hat and an occasional accesory, such as a brief case of cane. “I’d wear a tux any day, why not,” Devine said. Fensterheim and Devine have also gone rock climbing several times together, to add to his long list of hobbies. His taste in music ranges as much as his talents; including music from the ‘90s, electronic and techno, and other current artists. His favorite songs include remixes of popular artists such as Imogen Heap, Jesse McCartney, and Lady Gaga. Next year, Devine will be attending Pratt University and hopes to continue his wide array of interests throughout his college career in industrial design.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Arts and tech connoisseur Wolfie Devine Anna Agarunova staff writer photo courtesy of Wolfgang Devine

Wo l f g a n g Roman Angus Devine: an exceptional name, fitting for an exceptional person. S e n i o r Wolfgang “Wolfie” Devine admits that he has dabbled in WOLFGANG DEVINE several different kinds o f artistic expression, ranging from head sound technician for Wootton Theater to expressing himself through photography. He has refined his skills in the technical aspect of theatrical performances through his years of experience in the sound booth of the auditorium. “I’m the guy behind the scenes running

up microphones and wires,” Devine said. “A lot more goes into it then you’d think,” Devine said. “I generally work with getting the mics on the actors before they have to go on in both musicals and plays. I have worked on almost every show Wootton has put on since my freshman year. That’s something like 13 shows.” As a member of the crew leadership team, Devine was also an active contributor to the construction of the sets, often helping to design critical pieces like the train and the kitchen in this spring’s “Bye Bye Birdie.” When he isn’t working late nights on the shows with stage crew he is sharpening his technical career in his work as a DJ for community events. He has worked several birthday parties as well as cast parties, generally held by students in the musicals after the productions last show. “Those are always a lot of fun,” Devine said. Wolfgang has also been an avid


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Auto-Tune received little use in the early 2000s Artists use mild pitch correction in live shows as a “safety net that guarantees a good performance.”

Pop artist Cher uses Auto-Tune to bring her single “Believe” to popularity. This was the first time that such technology had been used for artistic purposes, as opposed to for corrective needs. Antares Audio Technologies introduces the Auto-Tune Pitch Correcting Plug In, regarded as the first Auto-Tune software.

Auto-Tune features begin to come standard in popular home and professional audio production software including Apple GarageBand and Adobe Audition, among others. R&B singer T-Pain revives Auto-Tune’s role in popular music with early singles including “I’m Sprung” and “U And Dat.”

Fun Fact: Exxon engineer Andy Hildebrand stumbled on Auto-Tune while analyzing seismic data. He realized that the technology could be applied to modifying audio, and is now accredited as the inventor of the apparatus.

Auto-Tune appears in about 90% of mainstream music, spanning across all genres. The Anti Auto-Tune Movement emerges, accusing Auto-Tune of becoming a mere gimmick. Despite immense criticism, AutoTune has and will continue to influence modern popular music.

Auto-Tuned artists change face of today’s music Jeff Hilnbrand features editor

I have a mission for all you dedicated radio listeners out there: turn on the radio and find a station not transmitting Auto-Tuned vocals through its wavelengths. Can’t do it? That’s probably because about nine in every ten Top 40 hits pumping through our speakers and headphones use some sort of pitch correction. That’s right: 90%. Producers and artists use software to artificially tweak their vocals, making every note match the intended pitch. While this technology used to be for pitch correction to improve live performances, modern applications transform singers into electronic, almost robotic-sounding musicians by adjusting the threshold pitch of alteration. “[Auto-Tune] makes the voice sound harmonic,” sophomore Lucas Lendenbaum said. “It sounds cool, but it’s not really their own

voice.” Artists like Jason Derulo, Ke$ha and Justin Bieber all achieved superstardom using the fancy tool, but there is one name that is almost synonymous with Auto-Tune. Faheem Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is the top-hat-wearing, grill-flashing, R&B singing “Nappy Boy” with over 50 singles to his name. It’s almost as if featuring T-Pain’s mesmerizing voice is a guarantee for Billboard success. Many purists accuse these artists for defiling the music scene to

Junior Paul Clifton fabricates vocal tracks with a vocoder plug-in on Audacity.

the point of ruin. and sexual jigs as satanic and im“You’re cheating the music,” moral filth. He sure proved Amerchoral music instructor Jacqueline ica wrong. So while Auto-Tune is Serratore said. not necessarily sacrilegious to the Auto-Tune’s use has surely integrity of music, it is surely difraised its share of criticism. The ferent and may take some time to Anti-Auto-Tune Movement, fu- get used to. eled by Jay-Z’s hit “D.O.A. (Death With the advancement of of Auto-Tune),” [Auto-Tune] makes the home audio prohas emerged, en- voice sound harmonic. It duction software dorsed by such such as Apple sounds cool, but it’s not G a r a g e B a n d , purist minds as Bone Thugs-N- really their own voices.” which is included -sophomore Lucas Lendenbaum on Mac computHarmony and Christina Aguers, or the freelyilera. The 25th Anniversary rendi- downloadable Audacity program, tion of the supergroup classic “We using Auto-Tune to make tracks Are The World” for Haiti was at- sound “legit” is easier than ever. tacked for its overdone vocoder Apple computers come stanusage in such a serious song. dard with high-quality microOn the other hand, who’s to phones, and with the simple usersay that Auto-Tune isn’t positively friendly vocoding process through revolutionizing the music industry? GarageBand, a movement of Almost every change in popular homemade productions has taken music style has been shot down rise, with many novice producers in the public eye. People received creating indie, underground covElvis Presley’s radical rock music ers, parodies and original tracks. T-

“Dr. Doran was really enthusiastic about the entire idea,” Pierce said. Pierce and Gutwein applied for a grant from the Patrons of the Arts to fund the project. All of the ceramics students, approximately 200, had to make three-inch clay tiles which will be used to line the wall in the courtyard. Pierce made bullnose tiles for the wall. Along with the wall being made over, the bench is being resurfaced, new plants and shrubs are being planted, and the panels are being painted. “I loved making a tile for the courtyard because it made me feel like a big project that’s also helping the environment,” junior Stephanie Plave said. The bench is going to have mosaic tile work, since Pierce has worked with mosaic before. Some ceramics students are making

brightly colored mosaics as well. “Our inspiration was the gaudi bench in Barcelona. It has tiny pieces of mosaic which is what we want to do to the bench in our courtyard,” Gutwein said. Other art classes aside from ceramics are helping with the remodeling as well. “The new courtyard is a cool way for students to express their different artistic capabilites,” junior Lola Adegbokun said. The painting classes are painting panels along with painting by the windows. Some AP Photography students are doing photo emulsions on tiles. “The courtyard will be a good way for all the art classes to work together and create something beautiful,” sophomore Meghan Becker said. Both Pierce and Gutwein are accepting donations for the court-

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Pain’s entire debut album, “Rappa Ternt Sanga,” was produced using GarageBand. “I like applying Auto-Tune full-force when I’m making tracks,” junior Scott Steinman said. “It just makes everything more fun.” Steinman records humorous rap songs under the name Kandy Kane Records, often using vocoder in the choruses. Some students had opposing views on such practices. “It’s kind of a rip-off, especially considering how easy it is to operate,” Lendenbaum said, who produced a version of Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad” with his own Auto-Tuned voice for a charity CD. “I understand that in today’s industry, everything needs to be perfect,” Music Perspectives teacher and singer Nick Hitchens said. “I think it takes away from the charm and authenticity of the artist and the music.”

Ceramics classes remodel courtyard with fresh recycling theme

Alisa Sonsev features editor

Ceramics classes have been working diligently to renovate the courtyard that separates the art classrooms. The theme of the courtyard, called “Reclaim, Reuse, Recycle,” will follow the theme of the SGA’s spring project. Ceramics teacher Malinda Pierce first noticed the need to make over the courtyard at the beginning of this school year. “I looked out of the window of the ceramics room and noticed how many weeds there were. [Ceramics teacher] Mrs. [Christina] Gutwein and I decided we needed to do something,” Pierce said. They then began landscaping the courtyard to get rid of the weeds. Gutwein and Pierce then talked to Principal Dr. Michael Doran to get the rest of the renovations approved.

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A view of the soon to be remodeled courtyard can be seen from the ceramics classroom.

yard. Items such as old bicycles, metal gears, or anything else that follows the theme of recycling are preferred. They are accepting donations from any students, not just students taking an art class. “The theme mixes art and helping preserve the environment, so I think a lot of students are excited about the renovation,” soph-

omore Zac Mason said. According to Pierce, the project should be finished around the end of 2010. There will be an opening celebration when it is complete. “I hope this project continues into future years so we can maybe eventually add a fountain or a bird bath,” Pierce said.


Features Common Sense - May 27, 2010

Students bid farewell to departing teachers

Alisa Sonsev & Allie McRae features ed. & ed.-in.chief

budget cuts, Media Specialist Anita Anderson will be Retirement and surpluses leaving Wootton after four will force students to say good- years helping students debye to several beloved Woot- velop research skills and advising the award-winning ton staff members in June. Guidance Counselor Lynn literary magazine, “Pulp.” Goodman will be retiring after Anderson was extremely influsix years at Wootton, six years ential in spreading knowledge at Frost Middle School, and about how to conduct scholseveral years as a special educa- arly research and use it effection teacher at various elemen- tively. “I hope the impact I had tary schools in Maryland, Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota. Good- on students was to get them to man was able to make a differ- think about all the information ence in many students’ lives as coming at them and to discern she gave advice and spent time what is good information and what is not,” Anderson said. listening to students. Next year, Anderson will “I love working with the kids, the creativity, the enthu- be working at Julius West Middle School. siasm, “I’m ret h e I love working with the kids, intelli- the creativity, the enthusiasm, ally going to miss people gence,” the intelligence. here and the Good-guidance counselor Lynn Goodman kindness that m a n said. “Every day, I love coming students have shown me and the creative kinds of things to work.” Next year Goodman will people can do,” Anderson said. The surplus has also afhave the opportunity to babysit her grandchildren, work at fected English teacher and a non-profit to help foster chil- indoor track coach Barbara dren and go sightseeing and Gatewood for the second year in a row. Gatewood, who has hiking. “I’m going to miss all of become a favorite teacher of the energy and the relation- many students in her six toships with the kids, faculty and tal years at Wootton, plans to parents and the smiling faces,” teach in Florida next year. Physical Education teachGoodman said. “Ms. Goodman is an ex- er Daniel O’Connor will also cellent counselor and is some- leave Wootton next year after a body who everyone is really year teaching at the school. “Working with the phys. going to miss,” sophomore ed. department here was outMitchell Myers said. As a result of the MCPS standing,” O’Connor said.

Christopher Ogata has taught here for three years and has been a vital part of the social studies department. During his time here, he has taught AP Psychology, AP Government, Honors Modern World History, On-level Government, and Inclusion Government. Ogata will be moving to Orange County, California on June 22. He will be joining his wife who has been living there for the past couple months, and he plans to go back to school. “My wife told me on our third date that I’d eventually have to be willing to move to California with her, since she’s

from there,” Ogata said. English teacher, track coach and Senior Planning sponsor Steven Orders will be leaving Wootton after four years to take a position at the Office of Curriculum and Instruction (OCIP). He will be working with and helping create an English curriculum. Orders’ extensive involvement with student activities has made for a lasting impression. “It kills me to leave, but now I get to help with making the curriculum for English students, which is a great oppor- Emily Burklow & Eleni Kessler managing editors tunity,” Orders said. Ladies and gents, the end is here. Our final See p. 1 for full story on budget installment of “All Grown Up” has arrived. As our cuts and staff surpluses. send-off, we’d like to leave our dedicated readers with a few gems of advice. As seniors who have experienced it all, we have seen everything from the glories of MCPS education to the scum of the system. Following are some tidbits of wisdom that we think will allow you to navigate the labyrinthine madness of Thomas S. Wootton High School. 8) Don’t push your luck in the cafeteria as an underclassman. Suck it up and deal with the tables for the first few years, because by the time you’re a senior, de facto segregation will be on your side: a coveted booth will be yours for the taking. 7) In classes where you don’t have any friends, make sure you find the most scandalous person in the room and sit right next to him/her. The people with the worst reputations have by far the best weekend stories, and after eavesdropping for just a few days, you will have the 411 on the latest gossip. 6) Be a bit of a kiss-up. Getting to know your teachers never hurt anyone, and come those last few weeks of the quarter, being the teacher’s pet definitely has its benefits. It’s not cheating. It’s just photo by Allie McRae Although Goodman will miss being a part of the Wootton guidance community playing your cards right. 5) Try and hold it. You know what we’re she have a chance to enjoy herself and her family next year. talking about, because let’s face it, our bathrooms consistently smell worse than the wrestling team after a hard workout (sorry fellas). If you cavemen.” wrote a version of “The Tennessean” Daniel Moon absolutely have to use the restroom, go in the Nevertheless, several messages might editor Dixon Lanire Merritt’s poem, “The managing editor middle of your most boring class. Not only will just be able to brighten up a person’s day. Pelican,” from 1910: you miss out on a pointless lecture, but you won’t With only five minutes in between “Most of them are obviously cussing “A wonderful bird is a pelican/ classes to travel across the hallways and and stuff, but some of them are fun to Its beak can hold more than its have to deal with traffic from all the eager learners who let loose in between classes. through the ocean of people, Woottoners read,” junior Tony Tang said. belly can/He can take in his beak 4) Befriend an athlete. Teams stick together do not have the leisurely time to simply One prominent feature of school Food enough for a week; like PB&J Otter, and they can be like the Mafia look around. But maybe during lunch or graffiti is its fleeting character; one day But I’m damned if I see how the hell it when things go wrong. They are Rockville’s while walking outside after a club meeting you might find a wall drawing, but the day can.” answer to the Mob, and it pays to have at least one or a faculty meeting, if they cared to pay a after, it may well have been washed away. Some wall-writers choose to be more on your side. If possible, find a footballer. Those little bit of attention to what was around But are these ephemeral works of concise in their musings: on the wall of them, they would find out that school anonymous students worthy of the the second floor boys’ bathroom by the B-11 boys are as thick as thieves, and as loyal as walls are not merely there to separate the school’s attention as works of art, or are elevator, a hip hop fan simply declares, Labrador Retrievers. 3) Perform in Puttin’ On the Hitz at least once hallways and the classrooms. they merely an example of vandalism? “How can hip hop be dead if Wu Tang’s in your high school career. You will never be able Many envision emblems, trophies, “I don’t think the school graffiti has 4eva?” to lose your inhibitions and feel such a massive photos and drawings of student artists much value as a form of communication,” Meanwhile, in the boys’ bathroom by rush of adrenaline as when you are strutting your when they think about school decorations, junior Jacob Fauber said. the Arts Department, a student decided to stuff in front of the entire school. Basically, you but vandalism or not, graffiti manages to Here are a few examples around the publicly ask a philosophical question to a abandon all dignity, make a total fool of yourself, surprise people with its remarks. walls of Wootton to help you decide passerby: “Do you believe in yourself ? Do and schvitz like no other, but it’s all worth the Of course, not all of the comments on whether or not they deserve to be titled you?” self-actualization at the end. Just to warn you, the bathroom walls are supposed to entertain “works of art.” Now, however, said pencil-written morning after is a little awkward. readers. In fact, most of them, gathered The boys’ bathroom in the cafeteria question has been removed along with the 2) Don’t throw parties; just make sure you’re altogether, can virtually create an archive bears a line from the song “9-5ers various profanities that surround it. After invited to them. Would you rather stress over of all the curse words ever known to the Anthem” by Aesop Rock: all, writing on the walls causes damage and keeping fifty rambunctious teenagers entertained, English (and Korean) language. “Fumble outta bed and stumble to the makes the bathrooms appear unclean. or go to some nice house and enjoy free food for “There are some nice writings, but for kitchen/Pour myself a cup of ambition/ “It would be nice if the kids could keep an evening? That’s what we thought; ditch the most of them, I wouldn’t consider them as And yawn and stretch, my life is a mess/ the bathrooms clean,” Building Services hostess stand. artistic,” Building Services staff member And if I never make it home today, God staff member Mr. Roland Leonard said. 1) Keep your friends close… and your enemies Mr. Guy Hunt said. “Some of them look bless.” Disclaimer: Common Sense in no way closer. Spoiler alert: in real life we hate each other. like they date back to the time of the Directly above it, a poetry lover endorses vandalizing school property. But seriously, high school is tumultuous, to say the least. Without having each other and our closest comrades to keep us sane, the anxiety and paranoia that comes after middle school would probably have led to our demise, or at least a minor mental breakdown. Find a solid group of people, and stay true to them, or else things are gonna be mighty tough for the next four years. Four years, eight semesters, and sixty four classes after entering the hallowed halls of Wootton, and this is what we leave you with. In the words of Josef Stalin, “Gaiety is the most photos by Daniel Moon and Jeff Hilnbrand The boys’ restroom in the cafeteria is home to some of the most scribbled-on walls in the entire school, where students can unload and indulge. Pictured are the outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.”

Wall scrawlings: destructive vandalism or expressive art?

recitation of a lyric from “9-5ers Anthem” by Aesop Rock (left) and a seemingly nonsensical message that says, “The Thing in the thing/GOOD FOR HOT!” (right).

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Features 22 Summertime, and the living’s easy Power Couples Present... Preaching to the Singles Common Sense - May 27, 2010

Christine Chang staff writer

With only three weeks left in the school year, and the start of summer rapidly approaching, summer plans are competing for dominance over the “Lost” and “24” finales, prom and semester exams in students’ minds. Some students have every detail planned, while others have a vague idea of what they would like to do, but have not set forth anything definitive for their summer, choosing to focus on finishing the end of the semester instead. Senior Jordie Halevy and his family will embark on a tour of Midwest highlights, vacationing in places such as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell. “My family and I travel a lot internationally, and this summer will be the first time we’ve traveled in-state, thanks to the Icelandic volcano,” Halevy said. “We travel because we want to learn about new locations and experience the

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Senior Jordie and junior Ari Halevy pack their bags for an epic family vacation.

culture of a new place.” Sophomore Narain Krishnamurthy embraces the notion that summer is a time to pursue academic interests. Having successfully applied to Harvard’s Summer School Program, Krishnamurthy’s two months spent on Harvard’s campus will be devoted to the demands of two twice-weekly expository writing classes taught by Harvard professors. “I’m hoping to gain insight into how the undergraduates produce such amazing papers,” Krishnamurthy said. “You

have lots and lots and lots of homework, but I’m really looking forward to the camp.” Senior Corinne Duvall is traveling to Quito, Ecuador in July as part of a “Quito Quest” mission organized by her church delegation. For two weeks, Duvall will conduct prayer visits with needy families and improve the community’s infrastructure. “I think it will help us learn about ourselves as people and learn how to serve the international community,” Duvall said. “It’s strictly

altruism.” As senior Jessie Rubin prepares for a Division I track career at Duke in the fall, she will balance her training regimen with demands of her year-long job as a waitress at Ledo’s Pizza in Travilah Square. To accommodate her five-daya-week, 10am-to-5pm working schedule, Rubin will train around her working hours. “My summer is going to be full of running and working, so I wish I could travel and get out of the country, but that probably wouldn’t fit in with my schedule,” Rubin said. Juniors Helena Farhi and Devin Goodman hope to have an enjoyable, yet productive summer. Tommy’s Troupe, a two week theater camp that will be held in August, is the product of an idea conceived by Farhi and Goodman over a year ago. “We’ll have the best of both worlds because we have the intensive aspect of the camp,” Farhi said. “It should be an awesome summer experience for the kids and we’re going to have fun too.”

Students suffer from sleep deprivation Jeff Hilnbrand features editor Everybody’s had one of those days where no matter how hard you try, your eyelids seem to be holding the weight of anvils as they slowly shut. Then you force yourself to pop up, conscious for about a second or two before sliding back into a daze, unconcerned with missed material or the judgment of teachers or peers. But for many, it is not the monotony of instruction, but a lack of sleep that forces this involuntary stupor. “Sleep doesn’t interfere with school; school interferes with sleep,” junior Maxwell Langworthy said. “That’s just the way it is.”

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Sophomore Tyler Wellman snoozes during chemistry class, later blaming it on a “busy night.”

Whether it’s due to extracurricular commitments, excessive homework, or that TV program you just can’t miss, the fact remains that teens are not getting enough sleep. And even though students are constantly reminded of it, few know the true value of getting proper rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens should be sleeping between eight-and-a-half and nine-and-a-quarter hours every night. Lack of shuteye has obvious results like diminished problem solving skills, aggressiveness, crankiness and vulnerability to sickness. But some may be shocked that acne, forgetfulness, weight gain and excessive food consumption rise as well. Also, sleep is directly related to one’s stress levels. Interestingly, among the list of solutions that the NSF provides for sleep deprivation is frequent naps. But with seven hours of school-bound academics and perhaps two or three hours of after-school sports or clubs, there is simply no time for these intermediate rests. Teachers acknowledge such common hardships and do feel for students, but still say it is not acceptable to pass out during instruction. “I think sleeping in class is symptom-

atic of other things that are going on,” chemistry teacher Jeffrey Charuhas said. Due to early school hours, numerous students are required to wake up at 5:30am or earlier, compensating for travel and preparation. If following the NSF’s suggested sleep duration, this means said students must slip under the covers at around 9:00pm every night, a bedtime some, if not most students can only strive for in their dreams. While some students have reasonable alibis for their absent state of mind, for a minority of students who cannot bear the boredom of a lecture, sleep is a perfect way to pass the time. “Sometimes if school isn’t challenging enough or just too boring, people tend to pass out,” sophomore Tyler Wellman said. “I obviously try to avoid doing that, though.” Students aren’t the only ones hit with the effects of limited sleep. Many overlook the fact that adults are not exempt from the laws of nature. Grading tests and organizing curricula takes its toll. “Teachers [get tired] too! The only reason I don’t fall asleep is because I’m not allowed to,” Charuhas said with a chuckle.

Jeanie Kim staff writer It’s that time of year again: the scent of love can be sensed through the piles of last -minute projects and the upcoming doom of final exams. If you’re single and pining for that perfect summer romance, take this advice to heart, from the experience of some of Wootton’s “power couples”: Your best friend will always be there for you. “For those people who cannot keep a relationship for more than a couple of weeks, they should turn to people they would not expect,” junior Kayla Murray said. She has been best friends with her boyfriend junior Joshua Bretner since eighth grade. “Such past relationships allow a more comfortable and accepting transition,” Bretner said. Starting as friends enables a relationship to grow even deeper. “Our friendship provided a solid foundation that the relationship was able to build upon,” freshman Isaac Zhodzishsky said. This year, he will celebrate his four-year anniversary with girlfriend freshman Alice Gorodetsky, whom he has been dating since sixth grade. Opposites do not always attract. “It is a 50% chance, like if one side is artistic and the other is not artistic, that will work, but some similarities must be present,” Zhodzishsky said. Since childhood, our generation has been fed tales of heroic odd couples, but our love gurus point out that while variations may introduce new hobbies and interests, they can also lead to clashes between individuals. “If she wasn’t smart then I would not be able to have an intellectual conversation with her,” senior Ashkan Geraminfar said. Rather than looking for opposites, our gurus have listed the following as the most desired traits in a mate: physical attractiveness, patience, honesty, kindness, caring, pretty eyes, funny, smart, and similar interests. Successful couples understand each other. “Before breaking up, the person should try to stick it through for another week before deciding. A week won’t kill you,” Bretner said. Everyone dreams of happily ever after and makes such assumptions when beginning to date, but such assumptions lead couples astray. “The best thing to do is to know that bad things will happen, but it is all about trusting each other and getting through the bad things,” Garzon said. Yes, indeed love can be sweet and sour, but follow these steps, and you never know, maybe there really is such thing as happily ever after.

Revisiting childhood fads that seem to have all but disappeared

Beanie Babies Livestrong Bracelets By simply swapping the traditional In May 2004, the Lance Armstrong Asstuffed animals’ PVC material filling with sociation paired up with Nike to produce small plastic balls, or rather, beans, the flashy yellow wristband printed with the fad that became all the rage “LIVESTRONG” in an effort to for youngsters of the late 90s raise money for the fight against was born. Beanie Babies started cancer. Eventually, audiences of with nine pieces, but over time beall ages were laying down their came so expansive that triple-digWashingtons for the gel braceit-page catalogs were made to let that squeezed their way into showcase them. After halting common fashion of the deproduction in 1999, maker Ty cade. Poser items have tried Inc. tried to come back with to mimic the sensation that spin-off products that only was Livestrong, with a silicone achieved McDonald’s Happy band for almost every imaginMeal fame, but the original able cause and organization, cute fuzzy friends will surely but the $70-million-grossing TY a the anteater Beanie B stay in our hearts until time’s project made a statement that is ph nd oto end. “I don’t like how kids are hard to match. “I still wear mine by Jeff Hilnbra becoming so emotionally attached to sometimes, but it’s not like people wear video games instead of real items like beanie them all the time, anymore. It’s still a great babies,” freshman Jordan Pories said. cause,” junior Jessica Nelson said. AN

Through the use of profuse advertising, market ploys and the exploitation of the ravenously materialistic nature of children, certain products have the tendency to blow up in finite popularity. There are a number of “things” that we begged our parents to purchase for months and months, and then never looked at a year later. Here are some of the favorite toys, tchotchkes, and other fads of our generation: Pokémon What started as a 1996 GameBoy game became the second most profitable video game franchise ever, with a developed fan base, profiting films and pioneering trading card game that spawned such other games as Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Nowadays, new Pokémon species are still being created in the card format, and the video games continue spilling out of Nintendo, but this March’s

release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver will never compare to the outrageous success of the first few versions. “When I was in fourth grade, my friend deleted my Pokémon Red Version game file. I cried for days,” junior Maurice Harari said. Crazy Bones Measuring in at two inches tall, these plastic figurines each had their own characteristics and never got along peacefully. With a twist on the classic marbles game, kids were flicking “Smiley” across their elementary school desks at “Funny Bone,” and this was the coolest thing ever! In its prime years, 1998-2000, 31.5 million Crazy Bones sets were sold, and the nation’s youth was “Play[ing] The Craze!” together. Despite its belittling reputation as a ‘90s fad, Crazy Bones are still in production, though most of the classic sets have been discontinued. “If you didn’t have Crazy Bones, you were a loser,” sophomore Allison Van Wye said.


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23 Gold hero triumphantly returns to silver screen

Features Common Sense - May 27, 2010

‘Iron Man 2’: a big, strong movie with minor problems, still super cool Demetri Tzamaras staff writer

creating his own suit of armor. Old blueprints reveal that Vanko’s father was the co-creator, along with Tony’s father, of the Arc Reactor that powers the I r o n Man

suit. Vanko is jealous and outraged by the worldwide recognition of the Stark name, while his As just about everyone reown is forgotten. Vanko teams up members from a couple years with weapons manufacturer Justin ago, Tony Stark is awesome. He’s Hammer, a newbie determined to a genius, a billionaire and a playbe the next Tony Stark, to creboy whom everyone wants to be ate weapons technology that around. Well, ‘Iron Man 2’ is kind surpasses that of the Iron of like that: a good movie that can Man. However, unbestand on its own but is a little bit all knownst to Hammer, over the place. Vanko has secret plans The film opens just after Tony of his own. exposes through a press conferThe main story is ence that he is in fact the masked easy to follow. However, crusader known to the world as with subplots involving “Iron Man.” As Stark’s reputation Pepper Potts’ promotion and image improves, he hands to CEO, Tony’s search for Stark Industries over to his asa power source that doesn’t sistant, Pepper Potts. A rapidly poison his body, the dirty, old Russian US Government’s attempts named Ivan Vanko to obtain the Iron Man suit, is seen Colonel Rhodey’s struggle between his and Stark’s friendship and national security, and the SHIELD organization’s mysterious intentions, there is definitely a lot going on in this film. It’s all done well, but some of it is just unnecessary photo courtesy of MCT Campus considering Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) displays the new suit for Iron Man 2. The film has grossed over $250-million on the almost anits third week, with the widest opening release ever and positive nationwide reviews.

Juniors investigate college options

Allie McRae editor-in-chief

Juniors can finally breathe that sigh of relief: AP exams are over, school is winding down, and summer vacation is fast approaching. However, there is still one concern in the back of every juniors’ mind: COLLEGE. The search for the “perfect school” is underway for juniors, with college visits aplenty. “The point of going on a college visit is to give you the opportunity to cross schools off your list,” Career Center Coordinator Lynda Hitchcock said. However, some college visits are extremely influential in convincing a student that they should go to the school. “I was able to talk to a professor in my major on one of my college visits to Maryland,” senior Eric Fowler said. “That is what ended up convincing me that I wanted to go there.” Some students on college visits immediately realize that they are walking on their dream campus, while others are not so lucky. “There were some colleges that I just didn’t get a good vibe from,” junior Mary Grime said. In cases where a college does not immediately appeal to a student, tours and information sessions are able to provide essential guidance and give visitors a sense of the school. “The tours are helpful because a lot of the time they tell you things that you’re not going to know just by looking at the buildings and walking around campus,” junior Arielle Erenrich said. Students can also learn a lot about the school by asking questions from current students, who have an insider’s view on issues that the college may not publicize.

“When you ask students questions, they are helpful because you can relate to them more and they know firsthand what you will experience,” Grime said. Another useful venture to make during college visits is to find the Office of Admissions, which usually comes stocked with a box of cards for visitor information. By filling out this card, colleges are able to send students information about the school. The card also reminds colleges that you took the time to check them out. “It is important to sign something saying you went there because it demonstrates interest in the school,” Hitchcock said. College visits do not have to be all business, however, as students are able to find fun while they are away. Whether experiencing university nightlife, visiting friends or relatives, dining at local restaurants or checking out the neighborhood, there sure is a lot to do. “I went to colleges on Saturday and stayed overnight, and the next day I went to an amusement park,” junior Janice Vazquez. Underclassmen often accompany their older siblings on college visits. Although this additional college experience may ultimately prove to be beneficial for students deciding on the “right” college, some students are already tired of the enormous undertaking. “At first visiting colleges was fun because it was a new experience, but now they all sort of seem the same,” Erenrich said. Going on college visits may soon become repetitive for juniors beginning the search for the “perfect fit,” but they are the best way to get a true feel for the school and to help students decide if they could spend the next four years of their life there. “Going on college visits get me in the mood to go to college,” junior Ryan Carlough said.

ticlimactic ease with which some of the subplots are resolved. The audience is relieved when the situations settle out, but the excessiveness of the subplots inhibit them from developing into emotionally gripping story lines. With ‘Iron Man 2’ being an action film, it’s a given that overthe-top fight scenes are necessary for viewing pleasure. They come in full force this time around, with explosions whenever the opportunity presents itself. Some of the supercharged fight sequences seem awkward and cheesy, but are still ridiculously cool simply because of the sheer intensity. The film’s climax is absolutely awesome and ludicrous at the same time (as it should be) due to a robot team-up against a formidable enemy force that is cooler than any scene in the Transformers series. Once again, some of the action was a little bit overdone. In a scene that takes place during the Grand Prix in Monaco, all of a sudden every racecar crashes and explodes, creating one massive, cheesy explosion behind Vanko as he walks toward Stark. It happens again in Act III when a bunch of drones crash into a giant metal globe as Iron Man whisks Pepper off to safety. It’s just too much. The scene locations stretch the entire globe with pieces in Malibu, DC, New York, and Moscow, a literal embodiment of the phrase “all over the place.”

As for the acting, Robert Downey, Jr. is again the right man for Tony Stark. His improvisational acting style forces him to become Stark rather than portray him, adding to the believability of his performance. Mickey Rourke, who has no Russian blood in him, proves convincing and appropriately badass. Sam Rockwell does a great job making Justin Hammer the wannabe child that strives for top-dog status. Don Cheadle is at first unsure of himself when he steps into the role that originally belonged to Terrance Howard but makes Rhodey a Don Cheadle character by Act II. Gwyneth Paltrow is believable as expected. Scarlett Johansson is clearly meant to be the film’s eye-candy but manages to pull a decent acting performance out of it. Samuel L. Jackson is himself in every other movie (that’s really not a problem) but he’s still awesome as SHIELD Director Nick Fury. Marvel could not have pulled together a better cast. Unwritten universal laws state that sequels are never better than their predecessors. Yes, ‘Iron Man 2’ is over-the-top, eccentric, and all over the place, but Director Jon Favreau manages to keep its many subplots together (unlike the infamous ‘Spiderman 3’ disappointment) and provide spectacular action pieces, amazing special effects, and magnificent performances. Go see ‘Iron Man 2.’ Also, be sure to stay until after

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Senior Futures Drew Endick enters Cornell University and after eating a weird-looking doughnut in the dining hall spontaneously grows a foot and a half. He walks on to the basketball team, leading his team to consecutive elite eight appearances, before finally winning the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship in his senior season. He goes to law school for a year then drops out realizing his true passion. He spends a year doing the Spartucus workout three times a day, every day, before finally getting the body of a champion. He then moves to Rome and becomes a professional gladiator, killing lions with his bare hands. -Ira R.

Jared Wasserman graduates in three years from the UMCP Journalism School. After graduation, Wasserman decides he wants to pursue marine biology. Jared applies and is accepted to graduate school at Coastal Carolina where he teams up with high school sweetheart Jason Bass. Bass and Wasserman excel in their schoolwork and upon graduation open a Journalism Law firm for Marine Biology known as BASS Inc. The firm, which starts in the San Francisco Bay Area, expands to Utah, Arkansas and Montana. Wasserman currently resides in New York City, and controls all of the firms from his $35-million penthouse. -Jeff Z.

After a five-year reign of terror at Georgetown University, Eleni Kessler graduates with a doctorate in law and a one-way ticket to the CIA. As a secret agent, Eleni abuses her authority to build up a store of information to be used as blackmail against anyone who has ever crossed her. Eleni takes down her opponents one by one, eventually becoming the tyrant behind a puppet regime that has control of the Presidency. Having effectively conquered the United States, Eleni crosses the Atlantic to the land of dry wit and Buckingham Palace. While prowling the streets of London on her latest mission, Agent Kessler is foiled by the one man who could distract her: the dapper Sherlock Holmes. -Emily B. As Emily Burklow graduates from Northwestern University with a degree in psychology, she decides to give back to the world and enroll in the Peace Corps. However, being assigned a position in Namibia as a podiatrist’s assistant fails to fulfill her personal and professional goals. Therefore, she moves to Seoul where she opens a shelter for the thousands of homeless dogs that wander aimlessly around the city. It is here in her native homeland that she meets Sean Connery, the love of her life, the butter to her toast, and settles down. She and Seanie-boo live a domestically blissful lifestyle in their three-bedroom flat with their two miniature schnauzers and a German au pair. -Eleni K.

By the time she is 30, Syracuse grad Azzah Ahmed will legally own at least three small nations. Her family will own the rest. Unfortunately, at the passing of her aunt, Azzah must leave her career as a foreign correspondent to assume the throne of Jordan. Beneath her lavish palace, she will construct a secret lair from which she will control every broadcast, print and radio journalism outlet in the country. There is no need to fear--Azzah is ushering in an era of goodwill and kindness. Still, it’s not Big Brother who’s watching you, it’s Azzah Ahmed. -Elemily


Upon graduating from University of Illinois UrbanaChampagne, Vivian Chen finds herself in a dead-end job at a nameless paper company. It is only by chance that at exactly 22 minutes and 11 seconds before 4 p.m. on an ordinary Monday afternoon, Vivian catches sight of a bizarre spaceship with wings whizzing past her head. Always with her Canon SLR on hand, she snaps a fateful photo of the UFO and immediately sends the evidence to the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence. She is awarded $7.3 million for her one-shot wonder. With her cash prize, Vivian buys two homes in honor of her alma mater: an urban penthouse in the West Egg and a country vineyard in the Alps. -Katy T. After dropping out of UMBC seven times, Naomi Sapiro decides to become a famous pianist and travel the world. Unfortunately, her minimal skill leaves her penniless and back in her native Russia. She decides to join the Communist party and becomes a great leader, pulling together other struggling pianists from around the world. The years go on and Naomi gains more and more power, but in her heart she feels something is still missing. She realizes that the world is not about gaining power and she decides to go on a journey to find her inner zen. After many travels – with a majority of her time spent in Poland – she decides to come back home to Rockville and become a BBYO adviser. -Zara S.

Ira Rickman can’t find himself. Life as a male entertainer isn’t too appealing. With late nights, no friends, low pay, Rickman is forced to leave the business. With a degree in buttoxraphy, Rickman becomes a physician’s assistant. Rickman had developed a materialistic view on life and always wanted a nice pair of leather pants. Rickman takes a motorcycle up the east coast to Vermont in search for a good-paying job, where he finds a group of French-speaking Vermonters that pay him to lead their revolt. He decides this is where it begins, the Rickman reign of terror, which consumes South America and Northern Canada until his unofficial death in 2070. -Drew E.

After Zara Shore graduates from Columbia Law, she decides that living in a prestigious community is not good enough, and resorts to roughing it out on the streets. While writing her ‘New York Best-Seller’ novel about the creation and production of ‘tasty-kakes’ in a box outside of Katz’s Deli, she knocks over her water and spills it on none other than the famous Hollywood script writer, Blake Orman. Blake, one of Zara’s former flings, gazes into Zara’s eyes and realizes that he made a huge mistake when he let her go. After getting married in the ‘tasty-kake’ factory, Blake adapts Zara’s novel into the box office’s number one movie in the summer of 2018. -Naomi S.


After a year as a Maryland Terrapin, Ilana Avergun feels that college life is overrated. Avergun elects herself as the head Jewish American Princess, and holds this title for 5 years. In 2017, Ilana decides that she wants to get a degree after all. She pursues a major in manipulative sciences and a minor in pimpin’. With countless extracurriculars and a 4.0 in her first year of college, Brown decides that Ilana is overqualified. The Dean of Admissions exempts Ilana from three years of school, and allows her to graduate by taking just one class. Avergun decides to enroll in ballroom dancing before graduating and making her first billion by age 30. -Jeff Z.

Unsure of whether to attend Indiana, Michigan, or Wisconsin, Jeff Zifrony goes to all three, earning degrees in music, dance, and choreography. With his patented, albeit only, dance move, Nelly signs him to a ten-year contract as his lead back-up dancer. After the choreographer tries to teach him more moves, it is revealed that Jeff is incapable of learning any others, and is subsequently relieved of his duties. A multi-tasker since the womb, Jeff creates an instructional dance video, writes a book on the evils of communism, and gains 400 pounds after years of fast food abuse. -Jared W.

After spending her years in high school as one of fridgens baby terps, Melissa Frohman attends the University of Michigan where she decides to pursue the ever so interesting major of rhyming and earns a minor in presiding over key club. Upon graduation Melissa is hired as an arts editor for a local paper in Ann arbor, but abruptly leaves her position due to her lack of tech skills. She takes the first flight she can find to China, changes her name to Mlsa where she discovers her true destiny-- to be a monk. Melissa lives the rest of her life as a silent duck in China until her last days when her final words are Go Blue! -Natalie W.

After graduating honestly from Wootton, Gordie (ROY) Gold attended the blistering University of Michigan in hopes of playing lacrosse. However, Gordie was kicked off the team after he buzzed his fresh laxer bro flow. Fortunately, Gordie found a new love as he stumbled upon his long lost jazz flute skills. With his newly found musical gift, Gordie dropped out of college after 14 years in order to form a family band with his 68-year-old fiancée and their 7 children. After being mildly successful touring Greenland, Gordie was finally signed by William Hung's record label and made the big bucks. Shockingly, William Hung was arrested for admiring more than Gordie’s musical talents during a recording session. -Neal L. After always being called short his entire life, Neal Lerner finally hit his growth spurt at the University of Maryland. He stood at 6'10” and was then offered a scholarship to play for Maryland basketball team. However, the first time he played in a game, Neal suffered a severe knee injury because he didn’t know what it was like being so tall and lost all control of his body. With no athletic ability left, Neal decided to go back to his acting roots. After returning home to MoCo, he continues to star in the annual Robert Frost Middle School production “Dessert Theater.” -Gordie G. After Natalie Wainger graduates from the Pennsylvania State University in 3 years, she attends Cornell University with Drendick to get her degree in finance. At Cornell, she meets her husband after they simultaneously do back flips off of the Gorges! They decide to move to her house in St. Mary’s and live on her boat for the next 5 years. The jelly fish attack too many times so they need to move somewhere colder so they can hide their scarred skin. They settle on France so Natalie can be close to her cousins and musician Aunt. Natalie ends up recording a French rap album with her Aunt and it’s a hit. Natalie takes the stage name of ‘Lil Wain’ and tours world-wide. -Melissa F. After Samantha Ritwo graduates from Johns Hopkins with a dual degree in neuroscience and biomolecular engineering, she decides to take a hiatus from the labs and head for the bright lights of Broadway. Ritwo begins a one-woman show in order to highlight her winning combination of tap dance and stage crew skills. After three Tony Award nominations, Ritwo finally takes one away on try number four, but announces her retirement in her acceptance speech. After closing shop on her “Shuffle to Set” spectacular, she returns to the sciences and her pet cat, Liza. -Ilana A.

While Katy Tong graduates from Columbia as Valedictorian of her class, she has a sudden epiphany to create the sorcerer’s stone. After ten years of painful research, she manages to create the elixir of life. However, having misplaced it, her achievement goes unrecognized and she really lets herself go. She now lives in a small urban and modern apartment in the Himalayas where she likes to alternate between watching reruns of “Jersey Shore” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and hanging with her club of super knitters, otherwise known as the Butke statistical knitting militia. -Vivian C.

Unlike many of her co-editors, Jessica Ding doesn’t graduate from college in three years, but rather she is kicked out of Carnegie Mellon in three minutes because her boisterous laughter is too disruptive. Distraught, Jessica rushes to a tattoo parlor to get more piercings so as to better rock her “college drop-out” image. Along the way, she crashes into a tree – for the second time in her life. The arresting officer falls victim to the charm of her dashing looks, and together they run off to Atlanta, Georgia where they – along with their pet aardvarks – still reside today as outlaws. -Samantha R.

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Vol. 39 Issue 8  
Vol. 39 Issue 8