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RAISE YOUR FORKS Arizona’s discriminatory laws incite outrage.


TULLE KIT A prom dress sharing Facebook group ruffles feathers.


OLD FASHION CUP OF JOE Coffeehouse unplugs for a night of food, friends and acoustics.


SPRING INTO ACTION Athletes and teams gear up for spring season.


Volume 43, Issue 11- Thomas S. Wootton High School - 2100 Wootton Parkway - Rockville, MD 20850 - March 18, 2014

Debate breaks records at county finals Emily Yu staff writer The debate team sent a record seven partners to compete in county finals at Montgomery Blair on March 5. The students who participated were juniors Arda Sahiner, Raphael Socher, Ben Feshbach, Joseph Deng, Connor Perrett, MyLan Metzger, Katrin Gubin and Kushi Ranganath, as well as sophomores Jacqueline Deprey, Priyanka Udayakumar, Shannon Jin, Tricia Chen, Allie Lowy and Zach Lowy. The debate team is coached by English teacher Rebecca Litwin. At the beginning of the school year, members formed two-person teams, resulting in the school’s grand total of 21 teams. In Montgomery County, there are around 400 teams overall. A regular debate season lasts from October to February. On the first Wednesday of every month there is a meet, which is made up of two debates, held at Blair. At every monthly meet, a new resolution, or the issue to be debated, is determined by the National Forensics League. A coin toss determines which stance – pro or con – teams will be required to take on a resolution. To be able to qualify for finals, a team must have competed in at least four debates or have a minimum record of five wins and three losses. “Debate wins are more often than not decided on the bias of judges’ criteria, but that is what requires one to prepare for tournaments and speak in a balanced manner,” cocaptain Feshbach said. This year, 14 students made the cut, proving the extent of the debate team’s growth over the years, both in participation and excellence. “[Qualifying for finals] is everything we have been working for all year,” Metzger said. The resolution debated at the preliminary rounds concerned whether or not single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools. Of the school’s seven teams, only one – partners Sahiner and Socher – made it through all four rounds. In total, 16 teams from various schools in the county would go on to compete in the final elimination round. On March 6th, Sahiner and

Photos courtesy Austin Schoenfeld Freshman right wing Nick Band scores against Leonardtown at the Maryland student hockey state championship, clinching the fourth goal of the 7-1 win.

STROKE of PUCK Hockey named state champions in 7-1 victory over Leonardtown Nellie Allentuck features editor

The ice hockey team now stands alone at the top, fulfilling their destiny as state champions after they cruised to their 16th and most important win of the season on Feb. 28 to bring home the esteemed Maryland Student Hockey League (MSHL) Capitals cup. In a game filled with the highest of stakes on the line, a recordbreaking crowd of about 1,000 people, the most people ever to attend a MSHL game, converged into the Laurel Ice Gardens to watch the Patriots defeat the Leonardtown Raiders 7-1. Last season head coach Dave Evans knew that he had a talented young team and needed time in order to turn them into a great team. One season later, the transformation is evident and they are the best team in the state, with that young talented team having become a strong, well-rounded mix of upper and lower classmen. “I just need them to be great for one more game,” Evans, who is in his 20th season of coaching, said before the game in which they would go on to dominate from start to finish. see HOCKEY, page 16

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Class cannot cash in; seniors locked out of leftover funds Tracy Yu managing editor

After the confetti and excitement from Prom has settled, one final doubt hovers in the minds of the graduating Senior Planners who have devoted the past four years to painstaking fundraising: how will their surplus funds be spent? According to Junior Planning sponsor Randy Alton, each senior class typically concludes their reign with a surplus budget of $5,000 to $10,000. Neither the sponsor nor the planners have any control of its future use. “When the kids graduate, the protocol for the leftover money is left in the open as an unknown entity. Sometimes the sponsor and administration will decide what to do with it, but there is no set protocol,” Alton said. “The lesser the amount is, the better. [The school] shouldn’t be having surpluses.” A portion of the pool goes toward the cost of the graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall, but the allotment

of further leftover funds remains ambiguous. Proposals that have been rejected in the past include saving up for a future class reunion as well as simply allowing the incoming senior class to inherit a monetary head-start. “We try not to have much [surplus] at all, the goal is to break even. A lot depends on what’s left over. Generally, if there’s a lot of money left over, it’s donated to Post-Prom. After that it really depends on how much is left over,” business manager Phil Hill said. Despite the lack of a standard protocol, the money has historically been pooled toward the greater good as an investment in the school's best interest. In the past two years, Senior Planning surplus funds have contributed toward the construction of the artificial turf field; consequently, each respective class has received its own plaque on the paving stone before the field in commemoration of their contribution. "In the past, the class planning usually decides to put the

money to good use by buying a nice gift for the school, usually in the form of some sort of renovation. The class of '09 used their money to pay for the scoreboard in the football field, and one of the other classes after that paid for the new electronic sign out by the front of school," Senior Planning president Lydia Han said. Despite the funds ultimately circulating back to the student body, the lack of input from those who personally poured their effort into its collection remains a cause for objection. "In a sense, the general idea is that because the money was earned for the students, it should be given back to the students in some form," Han said. “Our class planning in particular has been thinking of getting a new copy machine for the school. [This] is something of an inside joke, because sometimes we aren't allowed to print our flyers. So we're like, 'Fine! We'll get our own copy machine!' But realistically speaking, it would not be a Splanning-only copy machine."



Common Sense - March 18,. 2014

Debate teams dominate county finals; News Briefs school record of seven teams competed FDA approves migraine device

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on March 12 a new device to help those who suffer from severe migraines. The new headband-shaped device is battery-powered and reduces the frequency of migraines. The device, called Celfay, will be helpful to those who cannot tolerate current migraine solutions such as prescription drugs. Prior to the FDA approving the device, they reviewed a study with 67 people in which the device was deemed effective. Celfay will be available only to those who are over the age of 18 and have acquired a prescription. The device has no known side effects.

West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Inmate released from jail An inmate, Glen Ford, served 30 years on death row in the Louisiana State at Angola Penitentiary before being released on March 11. A Louisiana judge ordered on March 9 that Ford be released after new information was brought forward that exonerated him. Ford was originally accused of murdering Isadore Rodeman in 1983. He was one of the longest serving deathrow inmates in American history and the longest in Louisiana state history. Ford’s story was also shared on CNN’s original series “Death Row Stories.”

Harlem, New York Explosion in Harlem Seven people were reported dead after a large explosion in New York City’s East Harlem on March 12. At least 60 other people have been injured and/or hospitalized. The explosion is suspected to be caused by a gas leak; the cause has not been confirmed. Two buildings completely collapsed. Hundreds of firefighters reported to the scene and portions of the subway were closed. -Tej Joshi staff writer

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from Debate, page 1 Socher debated the same resolution from the day before, but ultimately lost in the first round. “In debate, the team that loses is just the team that is less prepared. All that losing means is that we need to prepare harder for regional finals this month,” Socher said. Co-captain Sahiner said that being part of the debate team is “a great opportunity” and that it not only improves speaking skills, but also research skills. “A lot more research goes into debate than people know. I will usually spend an hour a day researching. The average I do is 30 pages of evidence per month,” Sahiner said. Meeting the standards and research consistently proves to be a challenge; it is a task that can inevitably lead to stress. For Deng, debate is

photo courtesy Lifetouch The debate team finishes their season strong. The team was able to send a schoolrecord of seven teams to the county finals.

nevertheless “really fun and worth it, [I plan to] do it for the rest of my high school life,” Gubin said.

Members can find a valuable guide in Litwin, who is currently in her second year coaching the debate team.

“Most of what [the students] do to research their cases is more independent,” Litwin said. “[I] listen to their brainstorming and answer questions about their topics.” After months’ worth of ceaseless researching and time commitments, the members can finally take a well-deserved breather. At the end of the year, Litwin plans to hold a celebration for the members, honoring their achievements this season. Despite not advancing further into county finals, Feshbach is nonetheless “proud to say that this was our best season ever.” Additionally, Sahiner has high hopes for a bright future and to successfully co-lead the debate team with Feshbach next year, with debatably only more good things to come.

Arizona governor vetoes religious freedom bill; NFL threat is main reason for downfall Cameron Walkup staff writer A “religious freedoms” bill was recently vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer after the National Football League threatened to take away Arizona’s right to host the 2015 Super Bowl. Senate Bill 1062 would have allowed for religious freedom to be used as a defense in lawsuits, and was criticized by many as allowing discrimination of homosexuals based solely on religious grounds. “The bill is extremely religiously biased, discriminatory and absolutely wrong,” sophomore Cole Abod said. Abod also believes that the bill is mislabeled when it is called a “religious freedoms” bill. “The moment you start restricting the freedom of others, it no longer is religious freedom: it is forcing your beliefs on others,” Abod said. The NFL’s threat has been credited as a primary reason for the bill’s downfall. A source close to the NFL talked to Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks regarding the league response to the bill, and said that, “No one wants to do this, but if the league’s hand is forced, it would have to begin preparing for that process. If this doesn’t get vetoed, it has to know, what has to be done next?” Brewer’s veto ended that discussion. A number of problems surrounding the bill were unveiled before Brewer’s veto,

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a “religious freedom” bill. The bill would have allowed for religious freedom to be used as a defense in lawsuits. Brewer vetoed the bill after the National Football League threatened to take away Arizona’s right to be considered to host the 2015 Super Bowl. Hillary Clinton went has recently praised Brewer’s decision to veto the religious freedom bill. The threat made by the NFL is being credited as the main reason for the bill being vetoed.

including the broad spectrum of the bill and obvious intent to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Public support is growing for gay rights, as a new ABC News/Washington Post Poll showed that 58 percent of the country supports the rights of lesbians and gays to wed, a number up from 32 percent nine years ago. “Marriage is personal freedom that should not be a restricted by unconcerned parties. Whoever someone chooses to marry is nobody else’s business,” sophomore Alina Gaynutdinova said. As a majority of the public begins to increasingly accept the rights of same-sex

couples, some public officials have begun to come out as gay. Arizona state senator Steve Gallardo, one of the bill’s largest opponents, came out as gay on March 5, after Brewer vetoed the bill, saying in a statement that, “I am gay, I am Latino and I am a senator. And it is okay.” The number of states allowing gay marriage has increased drastically in the past few years, with the number currently resting at 18, including the District of Columbia. New Mexico was the last state to legalize gay marriage, albeit only coming through the Arizona Supreme Court ruling in Griego v. Oliver.

Four states, Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas, currently have stayed rulings to allow same sex marriage. Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas’ rulings alone have come in 2014 alone. As the political and social landscape of the country begins to shift in favor of gay rights, potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Brewer’s veto during a speech at the University of Miami. “It is the work of this century to complete the unfinished business of making sure that every girl and boy, every woman and man, lives in societies that respect their rights no matter who they are,” Clinton said.



Common Sense - March 18, 2014

Rockville resident shoots, murders 21-year-old

Alessandra Lowy news editor

James Allen Fraizer, a 21-year old Rockville resident, was gunned down and shot on March 4 at a Germantown intersection by a man he owed thousands of dollars, Montgomery County police alleged in arrest records. Kelvin M. Parache, 29, of Rockville, was charged with first-degree murder and a weapons offense in connection with the death.On Friday, March 7, Montgomery County District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe ordered Parache to be held without bail. His attorney, Terrence M. McGann, did not dispute a recommendation that there be no bail. The events leading up to the fatal shooting of Fraizer were laid out by police and witness accounts in charging documents. According to the records, Frazier owed Parache $3,000 and had been avoiding him out of fear he was going to get beaten up. On the day of the shooting, Parache trailed Frazier

around Montgomery County in a gray BMW. That night, Frazier stopped at a McDonald’s in Gaithersburg, where he boarded a Ride On bus to the 11800 block of Oxbridge Drive in Germantown, the scene of the shooting. At around 10 p.m., Montgomery County police, responding to Frederick Road and Oxbridge Drive for a report of a shooting, found Frazier wounded after being shot in the back and lying in the street, according to the Gazette. A 911 caller reported hearing multiple gunshots and saw a man with a gun standing over Frazier, according to court records. Frazier died at the hospital that night and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death to be a homicide. Detectives linked Parache to the crime by tracking his cellphone’s location, according to arrest records. When interviewed by police about the killing, Parache reportedly gave different accounts. At first, he denied knowing the vic-

tim, according to police testimony in arrest records. When police said they recovered the gun from his girlfriend’s home in Silver Spring, Parache claimed that he and Frazier met up in Germantown the night of the shooting and that it was Frazier who produced a handgun. The two got into a fight and Frazier got shot during the process, Parache then told police. n court, Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Chase said Parache’s extensive criminal record and the fact he was due for sentencing in another case next week was reason enough for the no-bail ruling. Court records show that Parache pleaded guilty for his role in a burglary. A search of Parache’s prior residence turned up $50,000 in stolen jewelry and a loaded Ruger nine mm semi-automatic handgun. He was released after posting $75,000 bail and was scheduled for sentencing on March 13 for that case. For the murder charge, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 4. McGann declined to comment on the murder case.

Security breach compromises UMD students’ personal records

Jared Beinart news editor

More than 300,000 personal records students, faculty and staff at the University of Maryland were compromised in a computer security breach on Feb. 18. Anyone on the campus who had received an I.D. card was affected in the breach. The breach was from an outside source that gained access to the university’s security records database, which contained information dating back to 1998. “I was very unhappy with Maryland for lacking the proper security for these records, especially when our social security numbers were on file,” University of Maryland sophomore and Wootton alumnus Daniel Kaufman said. The breach left many former and current students uncertain if they were affected by the breach. The university offered to

those who feared they may have been affected to call credit monitoring company Experian at 1-866-274-3891 to find out if their records were among those compromised. Experian is a global informational services group. Many of those who were concerned about the situation had technical problems using the number. “We have learned that Experian is having technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience,” school officials said in a statement posted on the school’s website. After the complaints with the technical issues, the UMD website claimed that all faculty, staff and students who were in possession of a University ID anytime between 1998 and present were affected by the breach and their information was compromised. A total of 309,079 people were affected by the breach. “It’s a terrible situation and I hope

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Common Sense - March 18, 2014

Record-holder for youngest Zumba instructor in world leads students, community in schoolwide Zumbathon Tiffany Yu staff writer

to be fun albeit challenging. “It really is a good workout, though I’m not very good at it,” Doran said. Other school staff attended, such as administrator Joseph Du Boyce, administrator Dyan Gomez and French teacher Cristina Maass. Additionally, a number of parents at-

said Du Boyce, “still, it was a fun Friday night activity.” Senior Jared Schifrien, a member of senior Planning, For the first time since 2011, Senior Planning organized was one of the few guys who attended. “The event was rea Zumbathon event in the main gym on Feb. 21 to raise ally fun, but watching the administrators dance was a little funds for senior class activities such as prom and graduation. traumatizing,” Schifrien said. Senior Planning member Catalina Schifrien attriMejia led over 100 students, parents butes the success of and staff in hip-shaking moves to the event to Mejia. fast-paced, upbeat music. “She coordinated Mejia is no stranger to the and planned the “dance-fitness sensation” known whole thing,” he said. as Zumba, considering she holds Mejia’s involvethe Guinness World Record for the ment in Zumba is youngest licensed Zumba instrucnot limited to just tor. In 2007, her mother took her this Zumbathon. to a Zumba class and since then she She teaches has not turned back. “As soon as I youth classes and cowalked in, I loved it. The instructor instructs adult classes pulled me on stage and I was star at Studio X in Gaithstruck,” Mejia said. ersburg on the weekIn the same year, Mejia was liends. She also offers censed as an instructor at age 11. private lessons on Since then, the Zumba Fitness brand her website, which has set an age requirement of 18; she made herself. “I thus making Mejia’s record impospulled an all-nighter sible to beat. to create catadance. She sees her passion for dance com after being conas closely connected to her Columtacted by newspapers bian heritage, not surprising because about my world reZumba is set to the rhythm of “Latcord,” Mejia said. in and international beats,” accordEver since paring to the Zumba Fitness website. ticipating in ZumSince Zumba is considered a bathon for Japan in photo by Joyce Chen her freshman year, workout, Principal Michael Doran Cataline Mejia, senior and youngest certified Zumba instructor in the world, exemplifies her talent and passion for Zumba, leading students in dancing. was scheduled to lead a warm-up sesMejia has pushed for sion at Zumbathon. tended. “Catalina [Mejia’s] dad was really into it,” Du Boyce another Zumbathon to be held at school. However, his wife and a few friends surprised him with said. Her ongoing efforts paid off this year when she was fia birthday dinner on the day of the event, so he was unable Although the fundraiser attracted a wide range of age nally able to organize the event. “It feels very symbolic to to attend. groups, most of them were female. “I wish there had been start high school with a Zumbathon and end with it,” Mejia Doran has tried Zumba once in the past and found it more guys there. Only two or three guys actually danced,” said.

Students countywide vote for final two SMOB candidates

Zach Lowy staff writer MCPS students often feel that they do not have a prevalent voice in government, including on the Board of Education. However there is one position that allows the student voice to be heard indubitably more than any other, one position that is the vehicle connecting students and government, one position that represents student needs directly to policymakers – and that position is the Student Member of the Board of Education. The MCPS Student Member of the Board (SMOB) is a voting member of the board has a vote on everything except for collective bargaining, the budget and personnel matters. Because of its prestige, students must undergo a long process in order to attain the position. First, interested students must send in an application by January demonstrating their interest in the position. After attending an informational meeting and officially announcing their candidacy, students may begin to launch their campaigns. With the influx of technology, recent candidates have ofphoto courtesy Karen Crawford ten capitalized on social media to reach Current SMOB, Justin Kim, (middle), stands with this year’s final candidates, Calvin Yeh (right) and Dahlia Huh (left). out to teens across the county. The next step of the process is Nominating Convenpertaining to important countywide issues. mittee out. She reflected on her experience, tion, where students from across the county Sophomore Nathan Xie was excited he happy she was able to attend. “I thought vote to narrow down the SMOB candidates had the opportunity to attend. “I’m so happy it was a really interesting experience. I was to the final two, who are then voted on in I got to be a part of the SMOB nominating helping the SEC (Special Elections Committhe April general election.Nominating Con- process. It was an awesome experience and tee) filter the questions that students subvention occurred on Feb. 27 at Clarksburg. it is interesting to get to discuss pertinent is- mitted to be asked of the candidates in the Each middle school and high school could sues with other student leaders,” Xie said. second round of questions,” Johns said. “It send a certain number of delegates (based Afterward, the three candidates, Pool- was cool to see how many students wanted on school population). Frost and Wootton esville junior Calvin Yeh, Clarksburg junior to be involved and were interested with both sent myriad members to the convention. Dahlia Huh and Watkins Mill junior Stephan asking the candidates questions and parTransportation both ways and meals were Ooova-Fora engaged in a question-answer ticipating in the nominating convention as a provided and the convention lasted from ap- session with students. Junior Isabel Johns at- whole.” proximately 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Once in the tended and helped the special elections comAfter the question-answer session was auditorium, students partook in activities

finished, school delegations voted to narrow down the three candidates to the final two: Calvin Yeh and Dahlia Huh. Dahlia has served on the SMOB advisory council (SAC) in the outreach department for two years, has been a Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) trainer for two years and now serves as the secretary of the Montgomery County Student Government Association (MCR-SGA).Calvin currently serves as the chief-of-staff of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association MCR-SGA and was appointed by SMOB Justin Kim as chief-of-staff of the SAC. Last year, he served as legislative committee co-chair of Martin O’Malley’s Maryland Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), lobbying coordinator of SAC and lobbying deputy of MCR-SGA. “I am very humbled to be chosen as of one of the final two candidates for SMOB. I was honored to have the opportunity to present my vision for MCPS to the student representatives at the Nominating Convention, and now our next step is reaching out to our general student body and delivering our message of action and opportunity in Montgomery County. Our next SMOB will serve during a critical year for MCPS, in which we will be making important decisions on issues such as class sizes, school modernizations, and educational technology,” Yeh said. “The students of MCPS deserve a SMOB with the direct experience and plan to hit the ground running, delivering real and last solutions. As SMOB, I will fight tirelessly to decrease class sizes, provide more electives and class variety, implement Bring Your Own Device policies, open access to school WiFi, and create stronger classroom environments which meet the needs of each of our 151,000 students.”



Common Sense - March 18, 2014

A cappella groups perform at annual ‘SingStrong’ competition; Acabellas bring home single award Joey Castelli staff writer The a cappella groups “Acabellas” and “Supertonics” recently represented the school in the singing competition “SingStrong” on Feb. 23, with the Acabellas winning an award for best beatboxing. SingStrong is a weekend-long a cappella music festival, featuring groups from around the world performing every style from barbershop to doo-wop, pop to jazz, beatbox to overtone singing. Profits support the Alzheimer’s Association and local music programs. The two Wootton teams competed in one day of the event. The competition is comparable to the film “Pitch Perfect,” where teams sing for the coveted top spot and compete against other unique a cappella groups. High school groups compete in eightminute sets for trophies, and receive private, written critiques from experienced a cappella and choral professionals. The Acabellas were able to bring home a trophy for “Best Vocal Percussionist” which goes to the best beatboxing. The prestigious award was given to senior Georgia Psora, who is the group’s beatboxer. This was the only trophy awarded to a Wootton group. “This is only our second year doing this competition and this is the first time any group from Wootton won an award,” junior Amelia Roach said. The contest features 11 groups from Maryland and Virginia who first compete for

photo courtesy Denise Nalibotsky Wootton a cappella groups “Acabellas” and “Supertonics” shine on the stage of the SingStrong 2014 competition. Acabellas won the “Best Vocal Percussion” award for the group’s beatboxing.

the contest’s final eight spots. “After that you had a coaching session

with a judge and performed for them the songs you would sing later at the actual per-

formance,” Roach said The Acabellas performed the songs “Wings” by Little Mix Royals, “Royals” by Lorde and “End of Time” by Beyoncé to help them finish as one of the top teams overall. “We are hoping that next year we can accomplish more at Singstrong as well as at other performances,” junior Graysen Bright said. Bright, who is the president of the Acabellas, hopes to remain president and lead the team to another award winning year of singing. The contest was a disappointing event for the Supertonics, who historically have been a stronger group. They failed to bring home a single award or recognition from the competition. “We came out there with probably the best group of guys in a while, but we didn’t perform to our fullest,” senior Alan Banks. The Supertonics ended up being nominated for a variety of awards including best lead vocalists. Singstrong was the last major event of the school year for all the a cappella groups, who perform at multiple events throughout the year that are often open to students. Both the Supertonics and the Acabellas will be losing a significant number of seniors due to graduation and will be looking forward to the incoming freshmen and any other students who wish to try out next season for a spot in the highly selective group.

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Common Sense -March 18, 2014



Outdated tests waste class time

The Maryland State Assessment (MSA) is a test held every March for students in grades 3-8. It tests reading and mathematics to see how well students understand the material. This year the MSA will not be testing current curriculum. The current school year marks the first year the Common Core curriculum has been implemented. This new curriculum is spreading across the country and will attempt to fuse the traditional format with creative problem solving skills in different subjects in an attempt to standardize curriculum nationwide. Unfortuantely, the standardized testing has not been updated as fast. The new standardized tests, known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), will be administered to all students grade K-12, replacing the MSA as well as the HSA. “The PARCC is a better assessment of skills,” English Resource teacher Jaclynn Rozansky said. PARCC has not been completed and will be piloted in a few schools, including two Algebra 2 Honors classes, a freshman Honors English class and a freshman regular English class here. The tests will held be in a few sessions over several days. The state Board of Education has decided that students will still take the MSA this year, despite Governor O’Malley and other politicians’ attempts to stop the MSA. These tests will cost tax payers almost $280 million. The tests are clearly outdated. The only sensible explanation for administrating the MSA this year is that the state Board of Education takes pleasure in wasting school time and state money. While proponents of the new curriculum argue that the MSA will still test relevant material, there will undoubtedly be things on the test that have not been reviewed in class. For example, Spanish 2A students are not expected to take Spanish 2B tests. However, if teachers are reviewing for the MSA in class, then they are taking class time away from actual lessons. “I think they should focus more on teaching kids stuff than testing them on it,” sophomore Dana Griffith said. The Common Core curriculum will need time to be tested before it can be evaluated. The PARCC likewise needs time to be implemented. For this year at least, the MSA and other standardized tests should be cancelled. They will not match the current curriculum and therefore not reflect how students are comprehending material, or whether or not the new program is working. All these outdated tests will do is waste class time. Common Sense welcomes letters to the editor, but reserves the right to edit them as necessary for style, punctuation, grammar and spelling. Letters may be submitted to the Common Sense mailbox. All letters must be signed, but requests to remain anonymous will be considered. Please contact us at Please visit to see our editorial policy.

PATRIOT POINTS Should the Commons be closed to punish students? “No, beause we have janitors to clean the trash.” -freshman Alex Bellot

“No, because when they close the Commons they put ropes up clogging the school.” -sophomore Hayes Henderson

“Yes, kids are pigs.” -P.E. teacher Paul Kirk

“Yes, because students should learn the lesson that they need to pick up after themselves.” -junior Max Levine

“No, because the Commons will always be dirty.” -senior Ithawat Keosomdet

Photos by Jake Brodsky and Kyle Perel

Commons closure ineffective in stopping littering Aparna Natarajan staff writer


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The daily event of students leaving heaping mountains of trash and miscellaneous liquids and food waste strewn across the unhygienic floors of their beloved lunch place, the Commons, has culminated in yet another administrative ban. The ban prevents students from eating in the Commons during lunch periods. According to Principal Dr. Michael Doran, by temporarily closing the Commons, students will learn to clean up after themselves once it is reopened. Doran has used this tactic multiple times in the past and twice during this school year alone to force students to clean up after eating. But students are obviously not learning from this temporary ban. Once it reopens, the same old song is sung again and students tend to continue trashing the place. “[The Commons closing] has happened so many times already,” freshman and Commons frequenter Meera Bhalli said. Students who usually eat in the Commons are simply resigned to eat at other non-cafeteria locations such as English hallways, open classrooms and the bridge over the Commons instead of the cafeteria. Another student who usually eats at the Commons,

freshman Abby McCann, believes closing Commons is ineffective. “We’re just going to make a mess all around the school now,” McCann said. The clean-up habits of students who eat in the Commons and in the Cafeteria are no different. The cafeteria is only somewhat cleaner because of the fact that diligent building service workers periodically walk over to every table collecting trash as students eat. “It’s a culture. I came here in 2005 and [the school] was doing it. In the other schools I have worked at, students have to throw the trash out themselves,” Building Service Manager Julian Meertens said. Making another person pick up one’s trash repeatedly is rude, and frankly degrading. But even with all of this hand holding, students still leave trash over their tables in the cafeteria. “When [my friends and I] go to the cafeteria, the tables are still dirty” sophomore James Kuldell said. Student’s inability to throw out trash in the Commons and the Cafeteria is appalling. The walk to the trash bin is not a 40 year struggle through the desert, it literally takes seconds to walk up and dispose of empty juice boxes. Maybe Doran should invite Barney over to hold students hands and sing “Clean-up” as they limp their way to trash bins with the unbearable weight of two pieces of garbage. That would definitely be a more effective alternative to closing the Commons yet again.

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Common Sense - March 18, 2014

SHOULD THE VOTING AGE BE LOWERED TO 16? Yes, juniors are educated about the issues Myles Romm staff writer In order for the government to properly run a democracy and represent the people, politicians should lower the voting age to 16. According to the US Census, over 26 percent of the United States is younger than 18-years-old: this demographic needs to have a voice in government. Opponents of this proposal state that 16 is too young of an age to have a say in an election. However, 16-year-olds are usually juniors in high school and are already beginning to be treated as adults by teachers and administrators. Additionally, by junior year most high school students have taken a US government class where they learned the processes of the US government. According to CBS news, 25 million people are high school dropouts and know little about the US government. Yet they are allowed to vote. Sixteen-year-olds in high school are educated on the subject and are more qualified than those 25 million voters; they deserve the same rights. Of course not all high school students have the same knowledge about the US government. Therefore a proposal should be made to introduce a qualification test. In other words if 16-year-olds want to vote they should have to take a competency test to see if they are qualified to vote in the upcoming election. Participants who fail the test would have to wait until age 18 to vote. The test will determine if one understands the basic knowledge needed to vote responsibly. That way adults are at ease knowing that young voters are educated about government and can make a decision based on who is the better candidate. The test will weed out all of the uninformed 16-year-olds who will dilute the voting process by voting randomly. Organizations like FairVote.Org and the National Youth Rights Association

are lobbying to lower the voting age to 16. They argue that because age 16 is the first time one is legally allowed work and gain income and income tax, actions in Congress directly affect them as well. They should not have to worry about taxation without representation and should be involved with the nation’s policies and the people who make them. Americans are not the only ones thinking about this. According to the Australian Electoral Commission, Australia has been looking into the various positive effects of changing the voting age. “Younger people are more supportive than older people… most advocacy groups are run by young people,” the Commission said. The voting age needs to be lowered in order to make America more democratic.

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Hollywood has become such a drama queen Alan Ramsay staff writer While watching TV, advertisements for the summer’s big blockbusters come on. In 30 seconds, studios try their best attract viewers by including two gun fights, three songs, five witty catch phrases and a cooking competition. Hollywood has become famous weird publicity. Now the entertainment industry has become ridiculous. Hollywood uses theatrical trailers as their first chance to publicize movies for their intended viewers. During those two minutes, Hollywood tries to capture viewers with action packed special effects or dramatic dialogue. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, 21.8 percent of a movie’s advertising budget is spent on publicity. In 1996, a fake 3 minute new show was made to advertise Independence Day. The fake show featured clips of the alien movie and some people even called 911 with concerns about the invasion. To promote The Blair Witch Project in 1999, the movie’s producers worked with IMDB to change the actor’s profiles to “missing, presumed dead.” That same year a man was put in a glass cube and

forced to file papers and answer phone calls to promote the movie Office Space. Later years have shown how Hollywood has grown more outrageous. In 2007 when The Simpsons Movie was being released many 7-Eleven stores were converted to look like Kwik-E Marts from The Simpsons TV show. That same year when Knocked Up was being released and Seth Rogen’s career as a wellknown actor was beginning posters for the movie were released with Rogen’s face reading “What if this guy got you pregnant?” Lastly, who could forget the fake phsyic stunt promoting the 2013 remake of Carrie? One of the most insane stunts, however, was a technique used to increase DVD sales of the movie The Wackness in 2008. one thousand copies of the DVD included a gold ticket that was good for a trip to Amsterdam and a free bag of weed. The entertainment industry is a business. Their purpose is to entertain. Yet in the hullabaloo of crackpot publicity stunts, some people forget the entertainment is supposed to come from the actual movie. These promotional stunts are getting out of hand. Someone could get hurt. Instead of wasting money on faking deaths try using that money on the actual movie.

No, 16-year-olds are too immature to vote Maria Hafeez staff writer When was the last time a heated discussion took place during fifth period lunch revolving around the new filibuster rule or Obama’s political agenda? Many high school students could care less about politics, let alone voting in elections. If adults who already have the right to vote do not go to polls on Election Day, 16-year-olds with no interest will certainly not go either. It would be ridiculous to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. Teenagers are known for making impulsive decisions that can sometimes result in dissolute consequences. The brain is not fully developed until the age of 25, causing adolescents to not be able to comprehend the significance of their choices. That is why teenagers often act impulsively. If 24-year-olds are not fully developed, 16-year-olds are definitely not mentally developed enough to vote. The decision of selecting the president or other elected officials should be a carefully thought out process, not just a thoughtless click of a button. Watching the debates and reading the news to find out what the candidates’ viewpoints are on hot topics is vital in making an educational decision. Teens are balancing demanding classes with sports or extracurricular activities; they do not have the time, effort or natural interest to closely follow candidates and determine who would be best for the country’s future. Most teenagers are resolutely disinterested in politics. According to a poll done by only 37 percent of the youth population engages in participatory politics. If the voting age was lowered, only a small percentage of the adolescent population would actually go to the polls. The political outcome would not

be significantly impacted by lowering the age limit. Unconcerned teens may decide to give their vote to a candidate based on physical appearance or personal qualities, things that have no indication of how the candidate will perform in the political world. Teenagers are heavily impacted by social media, friends and other outside sources. They are not capable of making independent decisions without being influenced and therefore should not be able to vote. Sixteen-year-olds can be easily manipulated by candidates with influential or cogent speech, causing a weak or unproductive candidate to take office. Unqualified candidates being elected could in turn create a snowball effect, resulting in extremely unwise decisions made in government. Those decisions would hurt America and as well as the rest of the world. When the fate of a nation is at stake, voters cannot afford to act impulsively. The age of 18 is also a symbolic cutoff age. It represents adulthood, when people begin to make more responsible decisions and understand the long term effect of their actions, whereas when those turning 16 are still in the middle of their teen years. Most 16-year-olds are still in high school and financially dependent on their parents. Lowering the age to 16 would remove the feeling of responsibility that comes with the age of 18 with the emotional step into adulthood removed. Not only are 16-year-olds not capable of comprehending the importance in making an educated decision while voting, many are simply not interested. They can easily be falsely influenced and the symbolic age of adulthood would be tarnished. Elections only matter when the votes are cast by people who can comprehend the issues at hand. Unfortunately, 16-year-olds are not there yet.

Seeing Doubl

Look-alikes, clones, two peas in a pod, mirror images, womb-mates, built in best friends; there ar Common Sense caught up with identical and fraternal twins (and even a pair of tr

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Cece and Ellie Kobylski

Matthew and Sydney Kay

11th Grade

12th Grade

Do you believe in twin telepathy?

Do you believe in twin telepathy?

Cece: No, but we just have similar ways of thinking.

Matthew: No, I don’t think we know what the other is thinking.

Ellie: I do believe in twin telepathy to some extent because Cece and I always finish each other’s sentences.

Sydney: In a way. Like when we are together and one of us starts laughing, the other one usually knows what is so funny without them saying.

What would you say is the biggest similarity and difference between you two?

What would you say is the biggest similarity and difference between you two?

Cece: Our biggest similarity is our passion for food and our biggest difference is that Ellie is a lot more disorganized and I’m more of a type A kind of person.

Matthew: The biggest similarity between us is our humor and the biggest difference is our interests.

Ellie: We both have a strong passion for food. The biggest difference between us is that Cece is an obsessive cleaner whereas I like to go with the flow.

Sydney: Our biggest similarity is our humor and our biggest difference is our study habits.

Do you share any hobbies? If so, what?

Do you share any hobbies? If so, what?

Cece: Yes, we both play basketball and lacrosse.

Matthew: One thing is that we both like sports.

Ellie: We both enjoy baking, (but I’m clearly the better one), and we also like roller blading and free styling.

Sydney: Not really. Because he is a guy we have different interests.

What are the best and worst parts about being a twin? Cece: The best part is being able to share homework and study together and the worst part is having to share clothes and taking turns driving. Ellie: The best part about being a twin is that Cece can be my personal scapegoat. I blame her for almost everything.The worst part is that we have to make a collective decision before doing anything and most of the time Cece wins. Have you ever tricked anyone into thinking you were your twin? Cece: One time in fifth grade we switched classes because my teacher wanted to see if Ellie’s teacher would notice, but sadly she did not. Ellie: Yes, but it never works because our personalities are very different. What is the best twin story you have? Cece: One time we woke up with the same dream. Ellie: When Cece and I were about 15 months old, we would help each other escape from our cribs by climbing up the rails together.

What are the best and worst parts about being a twin? Matthew: We have been together for almost 18 years so we can definitely argue sometimes. Sydney: It can cause some competition and a lot of stupid arguments. How often do you get asked if you are twins? Matthew: Not that often because at this point a lot of people know. Sydney: Every now and then. We actually got asked in the hall the other day and [the person who asked] freaked out when we said we were twins. What is the best twin story you have? Matthew: Sometimes we team up to mess with our mom when she is sleeping. Sydney: There isn’t any one story that stands out, but we goof around and mess with our family.

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re lots of names to call those who have a double, but most commonly they are referred to as twins. riplets) for some exclusive “twinterviews” to get the inside scoop on all things twin. Design by Allie Greenspun Commons Editor

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Michael, Kristina and Alicia Elliott

Tom and Mike Casey

11th Grade

10th Grade

Do you believe in twin telepathy?

Do you believe in twin telepathy?

Michael: Yes, definitely.

Tom: Not really, we’re about as different as you can get… we can’t really read each other’s minds.

Kristina: Yes. Alicia: Twin telepathy is so real. What would you say are the biggest similarities and differences between you three? Michael: We all play or have played lots of sports (Kristina: Level nine gymnast, Alicia: varsity soccer, Michael: varsity baseball) but we all annoy each other differently. Kristina: We all have the same eyes but we have different pet peeves so we know how to bug each other. Alicia: The biggest similarity is that we all do sports and have the similar facial expressions and the biggest difference is that Michael is a guy. Do you share any hobbies? If so, what?

Mike: I don’t really believe in most of that stuff. I don’t read his mind. What would you say is the biggest similarity and difference between you two? Tom: I love sports but Mike hates sports. He is the artsy type, and I’m a computer programmer. Mike: We’re both interested in international culture and linguistics. Do you share any hobbies? If so, what? Tom: Not really, but I guess we learn languages together. Mike: Yes, we learn languages together.

Michael: We all play sports.

What are the best and worst parts about being a twin?

Kristina: We all love sports.

Tom: The best part hands down is always having somebody to hang out with. The worst part is also probably always having him around.

Alicia: We like sports. What are the best and worst parts about being a twin? Michael: The best part is that I never have to be bored since there is always someone else in the house to hang out with. Kristina: The best part is that I’m never bored and the worst part is having to share and take turns all the time. Alicia: The best part is that there is never a dull moment in the house and the worst is having to share things. Have you ever tricked anyone into thinking you were your sibling? Michael: That doesn’t work for me because I have sisters. Kristina: Alicia and I switched places when we were younger. Alicia: Tons of people get me confused with Michael. But definitely when we were younger if I ever did something stupid I’d pretend to be Kristina so she would get in trouble instead of me.

Mike: The best part is having someone around to talk to and the worst part is being lumped with him too much. Have you ever tricked anyone into thinking you were your twin? Tom: Occasionally we switch it up on people: Sometimes I’m Mike and he’s Tom. In middle school I introduced myself to Dr. Jones as Mike. Mike: We’ve thought about it. What is the best twin story you have? Tom: I don’t think we really have anything… Other than that Dr. Jones would always switch our names around. He got pretty frustrated. Mike: When we were little, we made these characters (a glowing snake called glospot and a tiger called stripes) and came up with really elaborate stories about them.



Common Sense - March 18, 2014

The Scoop with Skatie The prom dress Facebook group

is ruining my life: A Memoir Sofie Jacobs managing editor

photo by Nellie Allentuck

You just got Daft Punk’d: Skatie gets lucky Sophie Lehrenbaum & Katie McRae editors-in-chief Nearly all of our knowledge about St. Patrick’s Day comes from the Disney Channel original movie “Luck of the Irish” and McRae family legends. If the Lucky Charm’s cereal leprechaun is still searching for the pot of gold, then Skatie can look for luck in our own mundane high school experience. Perhaps someone spiked our St. Patties’ day juice boxes or maybe we are especially in touch with our cumulative 25 percent Irish heritage, but today Skatie might just play the lotto, rob a bank or take the open note quiz without notes, because we are feeling the luck of the not-so-Irish. Irish we were kidding, but here is list of times we struck (the pot of) gold. Lucky to have a mini-snowpocolypse Was mother nature on our side this winter, or did the school district just cyber-bully Dr. Starr past his breaking point? Nor’easter or psychotic break? Whatever was the impetus for the inordinate number of snowdays we have enjoyed, (snow)god bless. There is only one thing better than getting nine days of school off sporadically sprinkled throughout the season and a good two months without a full week of school: seniors don’t have to make up these snow days. Seriously, has replaced twitter. The alarm clock isn’t even plugged in anymore. And dare we say, we are taking the opportunity to formally prom-pose to Doug Hill. He got us at “Storm Team Seven reporting Snow Showers.” Lucky for not seeing “Frozen” As far as Skatie can see, “Frozen” has ruined lives. We can hear students mindlessly muttering lyrics to the animated film, trying to emulate the notes of John Travolta’s favorite singer Adele Dazeem (formerly known pre-Oscars as Idina Menzel). Countless Facebook posts pestering friends with the desperate question “do you want to build a snowman?” troll our newsfeeds. We don’t want to see the movie, but feel like we already have thanks to the crazed reenactments of its greatest fans. Spring is coming to hopefully melt away the insanity caused by the “Frozen” obsession—because the only frozen things Skatie loves are our scoops. Lucky for getting a parking spot Getting a parking spot in the lower lot is the Wootton-equivalent of winning the lottery. Getting a parking spot at Giant is the Woottonequivalent of getting a schedule change to six periods of BC Calculus. Juniors park for free in better Giant spots than the poor souls who pay the $38 to park in the back of what now should be known as the “Hunan Taste” parking lot. However, the luck does not end in the lower lot. Like Mulan’s grandma crossing the street with a lucky cricket, surviving a lot filled with student drivers and parents on cell phones takes all the luck we’ve got left. Lucky that one of us with nimble fingers and is a pseudo-locksmith *To be read in the voice of the old Keebler elf* ‘Twas a calm autumn day during freshmen year Mere hours before a cross country race When Skatie rushed to the girls’ locker room Which smelled of stale armpits and mace A gaggle of girls gathered by the door And from the way they shrieked and squawked Skatie just figured their spandex was tight Or else the door was locked Then sweet little Sophie ran in front of the crowd And like the Lorax, she begged Her comrades in arms to stop all the fuss And hand her a hair pin instead She wrested the metal, shaped and molded Until it was fashioned like a key And promptly twisted it into the lock Before an eager stampede. When she stepped aside, the locker room exposed, All the girls cheered straight through the door But the moral of the story is, locked or unlocked, Your stuff isn’t safe anymore!

As second semester seniors, procrastination is in our blood. That AP Lit essay due Friday at midnight was shamelessly started on Friday at 5 p.m. because, guys, seven hours is like a really, really, really long time. That physics packet due tomorrow was mercilessly copied off Edline because, come on, who actually does the homework? As one friend confessed after we studied for a stat test on the walk from lunch to stat, “I don’t think I’ve studied this hard since, like, September.” We memorized one of the five equations being tested, high fived and called it a day. That equation was not used and I am 98 percent confident that we scored between a 10 and 20 percent, but guys, whatever! We’re already in college! (The confidence intervals referenced in that joke are the only thing I have learned this semester.) So, given the attitude of every second semester senior ever, I do not understand one thing: That stupid prom dress Facebook group. Honestly, all you people do is stress me out. As much as I love looking at how sparkly everyone’s dresses are, why is this something

that needs to be done two and a half months before the dance? When was the last time you did something two and a half days before it was due? Probably September. All it has done is distract me from work I might have had the motivation to do without endless hours of online window shopping. It has highlighted the sheer number of girls who have picked out their perfect dress and probably already planned their hair and makeup and date and group and dinner and picture location and these are probably the same girls who wear jeans and straighten their hair and knew where they were going to college in November. These girls are the worst. (Sorry, whatever, congratulations on your organizational skills.) The prom group is a smart idea- I will give the heathen devil worshippers who created the group that much. This way, girls won’t be horrified when they show up in the same dress. Or at least that is what my mom tried to convince me while I sat sobbing in a BCBG dressing room after I realized my perfect dress had already been taken. (Disclaimer: I am not crazy. I didn’t actually cry in the dressing room. The meltdown took place in the car on the way home)!

The trend this year, it seems, is cut outs. I seriously think everyone forgot that dresses are supposed to have backs. Or middles. Or fronts. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the ridiculous ball gowns with tulle and fluff and ruffles. Thank you to this Facebook group for reminding me that the prom theme was changed to “Quincenara.” But then there’s the moment when you finally find the dress. The color, the fit- it’s perfect. You’re a princess. A goddess, even. In this dress, you are a queen. Everyone else is a peasant. And the girl helping you find the dress is like, “You look so pretty in it! When’s your prom?” And you go, “Oh, mid-May!” And she pauses and looks at you and go, “You’re getting your dress now?” You try to explain your inner battle- the pressure! You need to get it before anyone does! That darn group! Even the girls who wear jeans have dresses! But you succumb, and scuffle out the door. You go home, find the dress online, and post a screenshot on the prom Facebook group. Not, however, without frantically texting your group chat, “Like my post in the prom group so it looks like I have friends.” And finally. The dress debacle is all over. Now to find a date.

Lily Zhang staff writer Popular television rose to prominence and gained massive audiences after the end of the Second World War. For over half a decade, sitcoms, soap operas and charismatic news anchors have been neatly integrating themselves into the facets of modern civilization to form a unique television culture. The primitive black-and-white soap operas of the 1950s have been replaced with larger-thanlife cinematography, accompanied by exceptional behind-the-camera work in special effects, music, editing, costumes and stunts. The actors of popular shows immediately ascend to celebrity status and are transformed into figures whose romances, wardrobes and children constitute an entire brand of journalism. Though television is accessible by various means— in front of the LCD screen, on Netflix, on the phone, on pop-up-filled sites that violate copyright law— viewer statistics agree that television viewing is more pronounced than ever. Nowadays, the relationship between ordinary people and television resembles something like a necessity. “If I used the time I watch shows and movies to study, I would have straight A’s,” junior Connie Yu said. One recently arisen phenomenon is interest in TV programs to an extent that borders on obsession. The wide range of genres TV programs

feature and the heightened ability of well-written plots to wholly draw in a viewer help to explain why audiences find Americans spend themselves so hung up. Internet television allows an average of 2.8 consumers to access programs hours watching TV on-demand, whereas viewers per day of ordinary “linear TV” have access to a preselected range of shows at specified times of 38% of all day. In other words, internet Americans have a television prioritizes the Netflix account choice of the user. This freedom in being able to access any show, graphic by Nellie Allentuck season and episode without Story. having to go to Best Buy to Television programs are the purchase the multi-disk set of an catalyst of another contemporary entire season or strenuously pin phenomenon: fandom. Defined by down the date and time of a late Urban Dictionary as a “community night rerun has given rise to the that surrounds a TV show/etc.,” modern phenomenon commonly fandoms are in a basic sense known as “Netflix binging.” composed of viewers who possess Binge-watching can be done deep interest in TV programs. through a variety of means, among Fans are often highly engaged which are Netflix, Hulu and with program plots, scenario general video-hosting sites. The details, relationships among premise is simple: viewers watch fictional characters, actors who TV programs in an intensive, portray these characters and the continuous manner. “I can watch most obscure details of fictional an entire season in a day,” junior settings. Adwait Shukla said. Modern TV has led to the As technology evolves, the rise of a number of phenomena, television industry is able to support all of which may have good or situations and on-screen effects bad repercussions on society. that, to audiences, have never Though the shows viewers watch, appeared as realistic or possible the rates at which entire seasons to implement. The fantastical, supposedly scary creatures in the are consumed and the obsessions 1960 motion picture “The Time fictional characters inspire may all Machine” seem almost laughable vary, television will most definitely when compared to the unearthly remain a favorite (and often beings in FX’s American Horror premier) pastime for many.

TV ‘binge-watching’ dominates lives



Common Sense - March 18, 2014

Alumnus Tim Hwang races to the top of entrepreneur ladder

Political activist, former SMOB member and Princeton student becomes CEO of self-founded company spent more time with my friends. Right now, although college is important, my company is my one and only priority.” In 2013, with lifelong friends Gerald Yao At a mere 22-years-old, Wootton alumnus and Jonathan Chen, Hwang started FiscalNote, a Tim Hwang has been recognized as a mountcompany that uses artificial intelligence to deliver ing young entrepreneur whose name will soon immediate predictive analytics of governmental become tantamount with Bill Gates. Since his action to pinpoint their impacts on other busidays of setting academic records in high school, nesses. Hwang has since built a name for himself in the “I really enjoyed technology and politics, modern world and gained attention from titans as well as the process of building something of technology around the world. from the ground up. Starting FiscalNote, to me, Upon entering his freshman year of high seemed like the perfect fusion of it all,” Hwang school, Hwang founded Operation Fly, a large said. “What we’re building at FiscalNote has the non-profit organization dedicated to helping the potential to become the next big thing so I have community by coordinating a myriad of events an obligation to my employees, to our customto benefit homeless, underprivileged students ers and to our investors to continue to run the and local schools. Just a year later, Hwang furcompany with as little distractions as possible.” thered his entrepreneurial initiatives by starting As the CEO of FiscalNote, Hwang has been VillageLead, a tutoring company, which he sold featured in prominent publications including two years later to buy shares at Articulance ConForbes, TIME, Bethesda Magazine, Fox, Bloomsulting Group. berg and the Washington Post. “I’m glad to get Hwang’s interests also extended into the any opportunity to promote our company and realm of political activism. He mobilized student what we’re building,” Hwang said. support for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign photo courtesy Tim Hwang “A lot of [my success] has been luck. I defiand founded the National Youth Association Tim Hwang gives a speech to the press as CEO of his self-founded FiscalNote company. nitely don’t think I would be where I am today (NYA) shortly thereafter. The program, which had I not been in the right place at the right time has since expanded to over 750,000 members, “He was an excellent student, but academics weren’t almeeting the right people.” helps give students a voice in politics at the national, state ways his primary focus,” Hwang’s government teacher, MatOutside of running his own company, Hwang released and local levels. thew Winter, said to The Daily Princetonian. “He was usua book in the spring of 2013 on global youth trends and Perhaps one of the most prominent achievements of ally doing so many other things it was ridiculous.” unemployment, consults governments internationally, is a lihis high school career occurred in 2009 when Hwang was Now in his last semester of college at Princeton, not censed pilot and is considering working toward a motorcycle elected Student Member of the Board (SMOB). much has changed about Hwang in that particular regard. license. While on the board, Hwang reached out to educated stuWith great opportunities in store for Hwang in upcomdents and encouraged them to make their voices heard. That “Staying focused really comes down to finding out what ing years, he continues to garner self-motivation from his same year, Hwang won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur you’re good at or what you really like to do and going for mantra that “when people come together with an idea, that of the Year Award. Despite his plethora of extracurriculars, it,” Hwang said. “School work is important, no doubt, and one idea can make a tremendous difference in society.” Hwang still devoted time to his academics. Averaging four or activities get in the way of a lot of things, but I do wish I had Catherine Yang staff writer

five hours of sleep a night, Hwang was pulling solid A’s and B’s while consistently scoring 4’s on AP exams.

Top Secret: An inside look at the Senior Independent Project panel Sophie Lehrenbaum editor-in-chief After months of doggedly scanning dry academic journals, defacing public library books with bright yellow highlighter and potentially developing carpel tunnel syndrome from furious hours-long fits of typing, seniors in the Humanities and Arts signature program have finished their Senior Independent Projects (SIP) with 20-page research papers and egregious receipts from Kinkos as the battle scars to prove it. Now, they face a final hurdle before their walk across DAR Constitution Hall in the form of a plain white envelope, simply addressed with a name and a flurry of colorful stickers: it contains SIP panel information. H&A seniors are in the process of completing their SIP panels, which began in early February and are projected to end within the first week of April. The SIP panel is the culminating point of the entire research process and each student in the program must complete his or her paper and panel in order to graduate as a Humanities and Arts senior. “We’ve tried to model it after the Masters thesis committee… so that students will be able to get a sense of what being in an oral defense panel is like,” Humanities and Arts program coordinator Michelle Hanson said. “The goal of the panel is to of course evaluate the students but it’s also important to me that the students feel empowered by being able to talk

about their project with people who are interested in it.” Hanson selects both the date of each panel and the teachers who are to sit on it based on several factors: initially, she asks her students to specify which, if any, teachers they would not feel comfortable sitting on their panel. Afterwards Hanson allows teachers to elect to sit on specific panels, indicating that the topic has either piqued their interest or that they have some sort of expertise in that area. “[On every panel] I try to have a teacher who is in the field of the paper, a teacher who is outside the field of the paper and then I am always on each of the panels so that I can provide a kind of quality control on the evaluations…and because I know the students and I’ve developed relationships with them, so hopefully they feel comfortable with at least one person on their panel,” Hanson said. During the panel, the committee will typically pose the student several questions regarding the sources they used and the organization of their paper, in addition to using this time to seek clarification on points brought up in the paper and ask extension questions. “[When I read an SIP,] I am looking at the actual structure and checking to see if it is well written, proves its point, is organized, meets the requirements of the assignment and I ask myself if I learned something about the topic,” English teacher and panelist James Iannuzzo said. Iannuzzo emphasizes that the unique nature of each paper makes it difficult to

photo by Abby Wei Teachers Melissa Kaplan and Jacob Buxton review senior Jackson Pierce’s SIP paper and ask him questions about his topic.

create an overarching method of formulating questions, but generally Iannuzzo likes to probe the students beyond what is directly enumerated in ther papers. “If they contradict themselves or if I have a different opinion, I might question them to see if they can defend what they are arguing. [I am looking for the] students who actually know what they are talking about versus the ones whom only can say what is on the paper,” Iannuzzo said. Going into the panel, senior Alana Cohen tried to prepare herself by asking her parents to formulate questions for her to answer. Cohen ultimately received a meritorious on her paper.

“I was really worried the panel would dispute my claims and just shut me down, but they listened to my answers and we actually had a discussion instead of a bunch of questions and answers back and forth,” Cohen said. The conversation-and-question segment of the panel typically occurs during a 25-30 minute discussion within Hanson’s office. The student is then sent outside, often welcomed by small army of eager friends and H&A compatriots, to linger in the library while the panelists deliberate. When the student returns, Hanson gives them an overview of the panel’s commentary and then awards the paper a designation, ei-

ther an unsatisfactory, satisfactory, distinguished or meritorious. For the 57 H&A seniors feverishly rereading their papers and donning their most professional clothing, the panel may seem like a nuisance at the present, but based on the intuition that has earned her the nickname “Mama Hanson,” Hanson assures students that the panel will yield benefits in the future. “Even when our budget has been cut and we’ve had to redo or rethink several aspects of the program this is one that I was really unwilling to change because I feel that it’s very good for the students to have this experience,” Hanson said.


12 Libraries suffer while electronics surge Sydney Heiberger staff writer The invention of electronic readers, such as the Kindle and the Nook, have followed the societal trend of turning everyday human behaviors, like reading a physical book, into activities that can be performed by means of technology. Although these electronic readers allow for a multitude of books to be organized in one compact device, paper book lovers fear that they will cause libraries to lose their role in society. Since 2600 BCE, libraries have held books, records and other documents written in numerous languages. Although the first library may not have existed for the purpose of public enjoyment, libraries have held various functions throughout the years. These roles include recreation, study, storage and social events. Libraries often allow their patrons to utilize computers and check out books, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. The invention of the Nook and Kindle has taken a toll on the usage of public libraries. Although public libraries have seen a decline in their costumers over the past few years, the way people spend their time in libraries has transformed as well. According to a recent study, people are becoming more inclined to check out pre-loaded electronic readers at the library than they are to check out an actual print book. With the invention of new technologies, the question is raised whether libraries will crumble. English teacher Alton Lightsey does not seem to think so. “I don’t think libraries are going to go under,” said Lightsey. “Libraries serve other purposes than just checking out books.” On the other hand, junior Jon Glaser does think that libraries will eventually fall to the pressure of the technological era. “I don’t think Nooks and Kindles are causing libraries to go under, I think libraries are going to go under because of so much other technology. People just don’t go as much anymore,” Glaser said. Whereas people used to go to the library as means of reading a free book, some users find technological devices more convenient. “I just order my books online or download [them] to my kindle,” Glaser said. The 21st Century has become an era in which people no longer have to leave their homes in order to enjoy pleasures that would have otherwise been more difficult to obtain. Kindles and Nooks are available to check out at many high school libraries now as well, including this school’s own public library. “We have five Kindles, no Nooks,” librarian Sarah Way said. Like Lightsey, Way is not concerned about the future of libraries. “Technology has indeed had an effect on public and schools libraries but not a negative effect. I don’t think the overall use of libraries is declining but the way they are used continues to change,” Way said. Kindles and Nooks have invaded society, but do not seem to be causing libraries to collapse just yet. Libraries are simply adapting to changing times.


Friday March 21 The Colourist U Street Music Hall, Washington D.C.

Saturday March 22 Aer The Fillmore, Silver Spring

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Sunday March 23 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Musically in tune with senior Sasha Bartol Abby Wei features editor

been featured on the front page of the piano Guild Monthly. I was also accepted into the University of Michigan School of Music, as well as University of Southern California’s Thorton Senior Sasha Bartol is well known even outside the the- School of Music. atre community for her diligent work ethic, prodigious aspiAW: If composing doesn’t work out, what would you like rations and multi-faceted talents. However, it is her genuine to pursue? love of music that sets her apart from other ambitious artists SB: Creative writing. I can’t see myself doing anything and paves the path for a bright future. that’s not related to the creative arts, but In Bartol’s own words: “Music is like when I was younger I wanted to be a spy. Babreathing. Without it there is no life.” sically, I can’t see myself in a cubicle. AW: When did your love for muAW: Where do you get your strong work sic begin? ethic? SB: When I was three I would go SB: The Wootton community is very behind curtains and say “time for she competitive, I had to learn that if I didn’t do show!” My mom is a concert pianist something to stand out it’d be hard to move so I grew up with music. Everything forward. There’s a lot of personal satisfacthat I’ve ever known is music. tion in getting things accomplished as well. AW: When did you start arrangMy piano teacher has been a big influence on ing music? me, as I have grown up with her. She always SB: In eighth grade. I started pushes me to do more because she cares and composing a capella music in junior knows I’m capable of more than I let myyear. self think. My parents also push me to do AW: Do you like playing piano or my best. singing better? AW: What’s your eventual goal? SB: That’s a hard question. I’ve SB: I want to write musicals for Broadgotten very different experiences way. Composing a film score would be cool, from them. Singing is more of a too. There are so many avenues you can purhobby I do for fun, I love singing, but sue. photo courtesy Sasha Bartol piano is where I can pour out my emo- Senior Sasha Bartol (left) sings at a BBYO convention in AW: How have your parents played a role tions. in your musical career thus far? Dallas, TX in front of hundreds of members. AW: What obstacles have you met SB: My parents have always been supportwith while preparing for this career path? ive. They’ve definitely been skeptical as well. My mom used SB: Musical composition isn’t the most normal of profes- to tell me “don’t make my mistakes,” but as my interests have sions. There is a lot of competition for just a few spots. People grown they’ve become more confident in me and support me, often laugh when they hear that I want to go into it and ask knowing this is really what I want to do. how I’m going to make a living. But I can compose for hours AW: What are your ties to Wootton theatre? and it feels like a minute, I really love what I do. SB: I can’t imagine high school without theatre. My first AW: What do you say when people tell you that the music show was Wizard of Oz in sophomore year and I loved it. This industry undoubtedly turns out “failures”? fall I was Marmee in Little Women, and that was the first time SB: If you say it’s a one in a million chance to succeed, why I’ve ever gotten a lead. Wooton theatre has given me a lot of can’t I be that one in the million? friends that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. AW: That’s the kind of attitude that sets you apart from AW: What is your favorite thing about Wootton theatre? other people who have similar aspirations. What are some of SB: The community and friends I have made through it. your musical accomplishments? AW: How do you balance academics and musical hobbies? SB: I was accepted into the prestigious Tanglewood SumSB: I am someone who has mastered the art of packing mer Program at Boston University. I’ve won various competi- 30 hours of work into a 24 hour day. I’m good at multi-tasking tions in both piano performance and musical composition. I’ve and I do homework at odd times: during lunch, rehearsal, etc.

Lit Mag brings about second Coffeehouse of year Katie McRae editor-in-chief Everyone was talking about it. Or rather, everyone was whispering about it. The promotional videos have students repeatedly, yet intriguingly, whispering “Coffeehouse. Coffeehouse.” The whispers seemed appropriate—as the second Coffeehouse of the year relied on a low-key, intimate energy of subtle talents performing in a laidback atmosphere. The event was held on March 14 by the Literary Magazine and was dubbed “Coffeehouse: Unplugged,” emphasizing the acoustic theme of the evening. “The Lit Mag staff really goes above and beyond during Coffeehouse set up and planning, which is what I personally think makes Coffeehouse such a special school function. The Christmas lights, coffee, couches and cookies all come together for just an overall good time,” senior and Lit Mag editor-in-chief Hannah Hassani said. Lit Mag charged $5 a ticket for the chance to sip on coffee, lounge on the couches set up in the Commons and enjoy the talents open to all students.

The revenue generated from the ticket sales ultimately goes toward the production of their annual issue of Pulp, the magazine that comes out at the end of the year. The event was open to all students to audition for, regardless of their involvement in the Lit Mag publication. Performing for the first time, senior Arshum Rouhanian decided to take advantage of the opportunity to participate before graduating. Rouhanian diverged from the traditional guitar or poetry tract students tend to follow. “I’ve always wanted to perform at Coffeehouse, and I thought there was no better song to perform than Bound 2 by Kanye West,” Rouhanian said. “I picked [the song] because I thought there was some deeper meaning in it that really spoke to me, which could only be expressed through a spoken-word version.” The creative energy is the result of the new “Unplugged” theme. “Coffeehouse Unplugged is basically our attempt at making the event even more intimate, even more legitimate coffeehouse-y, so to speak, while also allowing the performers to possibly step out of their comfort zones and trying some-

thing new,” Hassani said. Another new aspect of the event was first-time hosts, seniors Jordyn Chace and Charlotte Racioppo. Chace and Racioppo drew inspiration from comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and found that they frequently confused the famous TV personalities with their own comedic identity. “We have worked a lot together from our time on SNL, so as hosts we [added] a lot of class and glamour to Coffeehouse,” Chace said. With a performance by English teacher Zachary Lowe, students had the opportunity to see their teachers in a relaxed environment without the discussion of homework or the inevitable in-class essay that is probably tomorrow. The atmosphere is somewhere in between the Commons fourth period lunch and a Starbucks. The middle ground is an enthusiastic, yet chill independent coffee shop with local talents stopping by to share their latest acoustic rendition of their favorite Bob Dylan song. The collective whispers are ringing out loud and clear—Coffeehouse is hip and audiences are already clamoring for the next one.



Common Sense - March 18, 2014 RECORDS&SCHEDULES

Boys’ Lacrosse

Girls’ Lacrosse

March 25 @ Damascus

March 21 vs. Bullis


All records are as of Thursday, Mar. 13.



March 22 @ Sherwood

March 21 @ Sherwood

Track March 25 @ Whitman



Boys’ Volleyball

Co-Ed Volleyball


March 21 @ Einstein

March 21 @ Einstein

March 21 @ Northwest

Boys’ basketball postseason run ends early deadeye shooting and rough inside post game. Kwame Frimpong and freshman forward Will Quam Myles Romm From the opening tip, the game seem to stay close. fought for key rebounds that kept the score close. staff writer The varsity boys’ basketball team ended their season The team’s outside shooting from junior guard Justin Poolesville’s consistent pressure stretched the score and with a 6-17 record and a home game against conference Feldman and junior guard Dionte Wilson kept the game ended the game with a Patriot loss, 69-52. rivals Magruder on Feb. 28. After seven straight losses, close. Also, inside post players including senior forward The team ended the season with a conference record the team looked to end that streak of 1-9. Although the team had high with a win. The game started and was hopes for the season for the third instantly intensified by both teams’ year in a row, they lost in the first fast paced offenses. round of the playoffs. Through the first quarter the The team’s 138 three pointers game stayed closely contested but of the year helped, but it was not as the match progressed, Magruder’s enough to enable them to pull off offense and constant defensive crucial wins during the season. pressure wore the Patriots down. The They ended the season with game ended with a final score of 74an eight-game losing streak, 58 and the team ended their season in which caused the team’s rankings the first round of the playoffs. to plummet. “We needed to stay Three days before, the team focused and continue to push the squared off against Blair for the first pace,” junior guard Alec Sandler time in the regular season. Blair’s said. infamous high intensity offense was The team only graduates three controlled through the first half by seniors: Frimpong, gaurd Paul Trinh the Patriots’ defense. and forward Stanford Zhou, leaving But, as the half started, the the rest of the team prepared for the defense lost focus and began to give future. up easy points under the rim, which The team will be led by many ultimately caused the team to lose 81returning standouts including 66 on Feb. 25. Feldman, junior Richard Hum, The team’s last away game Wilson, Will Quam, junior Justin was against Poolesville on Feb. 21. Quam, Sandler and junior Isaiah Historically, the match up seems to Lyons. photo by Jake Brodsky sway in the direction of Poolesville’s Junior Justin Feldman drives toward the hoop in the playoff game against Magruder on Feb. 28. The Patriots lost 74-58.

Girls’ basketball suffers playoff loss to Trojans for second consecutive year Paul Malinauskas staff writer The varsity girls’ basketball team ended their season on March 5, with a loss to Gaithersburg in the second round of the Montgomery County 4A West playoffs. The season had seen the Patriots pile up a 15-8 record but ended at the hands of the Trojans for the second straight year. “It was really tough,” head coach Maggie Dyer said. “But I feel nothing but pride for my girls. They fought and remained classy until the end.” After a stellar regular season earned them a first round bye in the playoffs, the Pats took to their home court to face a familiar foe. The Gaithersburg Trojans were their opponents for the third time this year. The teams had split the first two meetings, the Patriots taking the more recent one, making the feeling of uncertainty greater. Out of the gate, the Trojans appeared to be the stronger of the two teams, using their superior size and strength to take an early lead. It remained close, but the Pats went into the break trailing 31-26. The majority of the second half showed the better side of the Patriots, who battled tirelessly to extend their season by another game. A strong third quarter helped close the gap, and an equally intense fourth quarter from the home team saw the Pats take the lead for the first time since the first quarter. After senior forward Jenny Welch made a layup, the Patriots had a 58-55 lead with less than a minute to go in the game. Welch’s putback turned out to be the last

basket the team scored this season. After making a three-pointer, with 28 seconds left, the Trojans scored four successive free throws to seal a 62-58 victory. Junior guard Sherri Addison led the team with 18 points, and Welch played her best game of the season in what would turn out to be her last, scoring a career-high 14 points. Despite the devastation of being ousted by the Trojans again, Dyer said the team has nothing to be ashamed of. “I really enjoyed coaching the team this year,” Dyer said. “These girls had great attitudes, they worked hard and they were very unselfish. Most of all, they had a lot of fun.” Dyer attributes much of the team’s success to the four seniors: Welch, forward Hannah King and guards Lara Sissman and Rebecca Sissman. “My seniors were great. They were very good leaders, and were always positive influences.” Although she stressed the important roles and accomplishments of all the seniors, Dyer was particularly admiring of Welch. “Losing her will be tough,” Dyer said. “She was tough to guard, she could dribble, and she was smart. I am proud that she played her best ball at the end of the season.” This season’s end was a dissappointment, but the future is bright for the program. The team returns their four leading scorers in junior guards Addison, Ellie and Cece Kobylski and Kaitlin Klausing. In addition, freshman forward Shannon Welty had a strong breakout season. “I think we will be really strong next year,” Welch said. “With four starters returning, and the play of [Welty], I think we can be great.”



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The boys’ tennis team is coming off a season in which they placed first With their season right around the corner, the girls’ lacrosse team in the county tournament. The team expects to win the county tournament again this is hoping to have yet another winning season. Last year the team finished the season, which would be their sixth consecutive county tournament. “We have a strong regular season with a 9-2 record, though they were unable to overcome the potent chance at winning counties again this year,” coach Nia Cresham said. offense of the Sherwood Warriors in the second round of the playoffs. If the Patriots win their division, Wootton will be the first school to win the division The Patriots will return nearly all of their players from last year’s team. in both boys’ and girls’ tennis in Montgomery County history. The team is strong in Although they graduated four key players, midfielder Marisa Cresham and singles and will look to lean on number one double team, junior Joseph Deng and defenders Sarah Wallerstedt, Kallie Mays and Chloe Morakis, the girls’ lacrosse sophomore Jason Liao, to dominate this season. The Patriots will look to the team plans to continue their winning tradition. leadership of senior Titas Bera. The core of the team includes senior attack Mady Romm, senior The Whitman Vikings are expected to be the Patriots strongest midfielder Stephanie Weissenburger, senior defender Cara Traub, junior opponent in their division. The team had their first two scrimmages of defenders Cece and Ellie Kobylski and standout sophomore goalie Olivia the season cancelled due to snow. The first was supposed to be against Mangum. Gonzaga on March 5, and the second was supposed to be on March 7 With another year under their belts, some of the younger players are going against the Potomac School. to assume much bigger roles on the team. “We should definitely be a solid The team a scrimmage against Georgetown Prep on March 10. team this year. A few talented players graduated last year, but we also still have There was no official score to the game; however, the team believes lots of returning players and even a few underclassmen who I think will make the match was even. “It was good practice for our doubles teams,” immediate contributions to the team,” Weissenburger said. Cresham said. The team will open their season on March 21 against the Bullis Bulldogs, The Patriots’ first match will be against Northwest on March 21. the first game for a team that Weissenburger describes as definite MVP: Titas Bera- Senior Bera has been a pivotal part of the team contenders for the regional championship. since he began playing his freshman year. Bera will be playing number MVP: Stephanie Weissenburger- A three year-varsity player, one singles this year, after playing number two singles last year. He Weissenburger looks to have her best season yet. Weissenburger scored 27 is a key leader of the team. “[Bera] is a phenomenal athlete,” coach Nia goals and had 17 assists last season. Cresham said. Player to Watch: Mady Romm- A four year varsity player, Romm Player to Watch: Kyryl Tsygura- Freshman Tsygura will play number looks to continue to impact the team’s offense. Last season, Romm scored two singles this year. He is the number one ranked 14-year-old tennis player 39 goals and looks to continue her dominant attack this season. She was in the Mid-Atlantic, and he is the number four ranked 14-year-old in the nation. an All-Gazette honorable mention last year. She also brings experience and His leadership skills are already on display. He has already begun to display his leadership to the team. leadership skills. “He has been a gift to our team,” Cresham said. Breakout Player: Olivia Mangum- Mangum started in goal her photo by John Yokley Breakout Player: Abhishek Patwardhan- Senior Patwardhan was new freshman year and had an outstanding season. She was the only freshman senior Cara Traub to the team his junior year after moving from India. He will play number three selected for the second team All-Gazette last year. singles this year. Patwardhan won counties for number two doubles last season. -Jeremy Yeager, staff writer -Tej Joshi, staff writer

Boys’ Volleyball


After an undefeated season that culminated in a county After finishing with a 13-8 overall record, a 5-5 regional record and a championship last year, the boys’ volleyball team enters the season with high playoff run to the regional-quarterfinals that ended against Churchill, the baseball expectations and hopes to repeat as county champs. They hope to open the team looks to improve on their season and turn some heads in the process. The loss regular season with a win on March 21 when they face Einstein in an away game. of 11 seniors and seven starters to the varsity team may prove to be a disadvantage, Coming off of a perfect 15-0 season, the team has developed a high standard but the addition of new junior talent to the varsity squad helps to dissolve that for themselves. They had a few close calls last year, but they have not tasted the shortcoming. feeling of a loss in quite some time, and are unaccustomed to dealing The new members of the varsity team aim to use their hard work with adversity. and energy to their advantage and become an unstoppable force this Just one out of six starters from last year’s senior-heavy team is season. The team looks to rely on their young talent, such as junior returning this season, but he was one of the leaders and a strong player. catcher Michael Elliot, who started for the team some last year, to Senior Paul Malinauskas started on the right side last season and was awarded propel them to new heights. the prestigious All-Met Player of the Year award as just a junior. Malinauskas will “Although we lost [last year’s] seniors, I think we have set the example for the younger, less-experienced players with his strong style of enough talent coming up from JV that is willing to work hard play. Malinauskas is also an early favorite to repeat as player of the year. and step up to the plate to take over the holes the seniors Although the team is less experienced than in the past, one thing that they do left,” junior Kyle Saggar said. not lack is strong coaching. Coach John Hartranft won the Gazette coach of the Juniors such as Matt Ainsworth will work to fill the gap year award last season and has 30 years of coaching experience. He played for at first base that graduate Andrew Craig left behind. Other Penn State from 1982 to 1986 and was the captain of a 1986 team that reached notable additions to the team include juniors Andy Carrion and Sam the NCAA Final Four. He has coached here since 2008. Burkinshaw, who both had strong performances for the team in the Even without much starting experience, players are still confident that they fall when the Patriots finished with a record of 6-3-1, including losses will adjust quickly and have success. “Although we have an inexperienced team, from Quince Orchard and Clarksburg. we have some great players returning and we have a real chance to repeat as The Patriots look to carry the momentum of the fall season into champs this year,” junior Ethan Frymark said. the upcoming spring season. “The team played well and worked Senior Ben Wang is also expected to have a positive impact, bringing hard in the off-season and we can’t wait to show other teams in the quickness and three years of experience. Wang plays the libero position county what we got,” junior Kyle Saggar said. and is responsible for making defensive plays and passing. His agility and The Patriots face their first regular season opponent on athleticism allows him to make important digs and other diving passes to March 22 at Sherwood and host their first regular season game keep the ball up. Wang and senior setter Cary Chin will look to become against Einstein on March 24. More recently the scrimmages team leaders and assume starting roles. have been canceled due to rain. MVP: Paul Malinauskas- Senior Malinauskas played a leading role MVP: Matt Hsiung- A varsity starter since sophomore in a championship in which he took home the Player of the Year award year, Hsiung aims to use his experience to lift the team to as a junior. His height, defensive prowess and dexterity with the ball success. Hsiung played well his junior year on the team and will will set the example for other players and make opposing teams sweat. use the momentum to his team’s advantage. photo courtesy Wootton Baseball senior Alan Furyama Player to Watch: Ethan Frymark- This returning junior has a large Break Out: Noah Kimball- Senior Kimball aims to aid his frame and will certainly be a physical presence at the net at the height of team to a successful season. Although being sidelined for most of last 6’2”. Frymark plays club volleyball in the offseason and will come into the season year, Kimball was able to commit to play Division 1 college baseball. at full strength after being sidelined with a broken ankle in the fall. Player to Watch: Matt Ainsworth- Junior Ainsworth works to contribute to Breakout Player: Cary Chin- Senior Chin was not a starter last season, his team by using his experience on varsity as well as hard work to provide the team but he was one of the stronger bench players. With three years of high school with a solid base as a first basemen and pitcher. volleyball experience, the experienced Chin will assume a crucial role in the team’s quest to repeat, as they will rely upon his setting abilities. -Jason Recht, staff writer -Brian Gastwirth, staff writer

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15 Boys’ Lacrosse

The varsity softball team looks to rebuild from a 13-14 record last season after losThe boys’ lacrosse team looks to rebound from their heart-breaking loss to ing nine seniors, including McDaniel player Jenna Hall. Though it will be tough to do, many Churchill in the regional finals last year. Coming off a 12-3 record last season the team is outstanding players look to keep the girls in contention for a third straight division title. poised for success lead by a strong group of seniors including attackmen Max Coonin, AusWith just three seniors and five juniors, as well as a few underclassmen, the team is tin Schoenfeld, and midfielders Jake Dunlop, Tim Golden and Jake Mitchell. Dunlop, who young but has a lot of potential. The team has already been working hard in the preseason, committed to Bucknell University for lacrosse, posted a team leading 99 ground ball wins and has also developed team chemistry. and a .748 face-off percentage. Schoenfeld, who committed to Gettysburg College for the Though the team has few seniors, it still has many threats at the plate and in the field. sport this past fall, recorded a team leading 74 shots, and was second in goals with 30. The girls are set to be strong offensively behind the bat of junior Toria Yan, who is a threat. “We have a lot of good seniors, undoubtedly the best midfielders in the county, which Though she was just a sophomore last year, Yan had an outstanding season, making the first really helps. With seniors also comes natural leadership, which can really help the team down team All-County, and batting an astounding .523 with 23 runs batted in and 23 runs scored. the stretch of the season,” Schoenfeld said. Not only does Yan bat well, but she is also a solid short stop with a tremendous arm. Returning from last year’s team will be eight of the team’s top 10 scorers, including Another strong player on the field is senior Kelly Regan, who plays pitcher and second junior Myles Romm who netted 35 goals last year to lead the team and totaled a team high base. Regan is an all-around player, but is especially skilled on the mound, with a stellar 51 points. While only boasting four sophomores, Justin O’Daniel, Brett Rudden and AJ change up pitch that was extremely effective last season. Behind the plate, Regan is especially Gorsky gained valuable varsity experience last year. effective and has a lot of power in her swing. The junior heavy squad showcases Cole Abid, a three-year varsity starter. SeSenior Haley White and sophomore Bryn Fanger both look to attack on nior Jake Koplan and junior Robbie Weinstein look to lead a depleted Patriots’ deoffense with wicked speed and nice bat control. White is a solid pitcher fense with the loss of Miles Green, Chris Kohn and Ralph Bernardo. The team and has a lot of control on the ball, while Fanger has a strong arm from also lost key components on their front line. Joe Kelly was second on the team in left field. points last year, and Joe “Stat” Stapleton was a key component in Patriot victories. The girls’ first game, an away game against Sherwood, is on March 21. Backing the team between the pipes this year will be junior Patrick Cornelius, MVP: Junior Toria Yan- Yan was an outstanding player for the Patriots who looks to step out of the shadow of former goalie Matt Hoy. Hoy led the back last season, batting .523 and scoring 23 runs in her sophomore season. Yan made line last year as goalie, as he was one of the best in Montgomery County and now the All-County team last year and looks to continue performing strongly in her junior plays at Towson. year. She plays left field and has a relatively good arm; nothing gets by her. “The team is poised for success, with all the chemistry we have developed. Our Breakout player: Sophomore Bryn Fanger- Fanger is just a sophomore but is lookoffense is high powered, and our defense is raw, but skilled none-the-less,” Abid said. ing to breakout and become a star player for the team. She is a solid short stop, and has The team will kick off their season on March 25 at Damascus. a strong arm. Fanger has intense speed and uses that to her advantage when running MVP: Senior Austin Schoenfeld- The 6’3” Gettysburg commit lead the team the bases and stopping balls. Look for Fanger to have a breakout year in shots in their previous campaign, and was third in goals. His shot heavy approach Player To Watch: Senior Kelly Regan- Regan is playing in her final year and is sure to power the Patriot offense this upcoming season. photo courtesy Wootton Lacrosse looks to finish strong. Regan plays pitcher and with her good control and change Breakout Player: Junior Patrick Cornelius- After being in the shadow of senior Austin Schoenfeld up pitch, she will be a key player in the success of the team. Look for Regan to standout goalie Matt Hoy, Cornelius split time last year with senior Jordan Riese. have a big role in the team’s success this year. Expected to start this year, in only 52 minutes last year, he saved all seven shots he faced. Player To Watch: Senior Tim Golden- A transfer from Georgetown Prep comes -Charlie Eichberg, staff writer in with high expectations for the season. Golden committed to Hofstra this past year and brings an athletic and versatile approach to the game. -Kyle Perel, staff writer

Co-ed Volleyball

Track and Field

The track team looks to recreate its success from their successful season last Coming off their most successful season since 2010, the co-ed volspring. Last year, the team was extremely strong, filled top to bottom with quality runners as leyball team has their work cut out for them if they want to repeat the 11-3 mark the boys’ team finished second at Maryland 4A State Championship and girls’ team finished achieved last year. While the talent on that squad was formidable, the Patriots were sixth at states. Included in this group are graduated senior boys Josh Trzeciak and David Levine, gutted by the loss of seven seniors: middle hitters Trey Troxell and Garth Hsu, and graduated senior girls Gwen Shaw and Sylvia Deppen. Levine finished top 10 in the right side hitter Mat Saunders, outside hitters Lily McWilliams and Jordan Weisburg, 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs at regionals. At 4A states, Trzeciak went on to finish second defensive specialist Maddie Augostini and setter Hannah Ludema. in the 800-meter and helped lead the boys’ 4x800-meter team to a first place win. Shaw came The skill and experience among last year’s team will be much harder to come by in first place in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, and her teammate Deppen placed this year, as the Patriots feature a much younger roster. first in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the 100-meter dash. Together, Deppen and Shaw “This is an interesting year for us,” head coach Mary Malinauskas said. “Usuhelped bring the girls’ 4x400-meter team to a second place finish. ally we are very top heavy with seniors, but this year we have a lot of freshmen and To replace the lost talent in Trzeciak, Levine and Tian, the team will now look upon boys sophomores.” who have already proven to be dominant forces, such as seniors Urgy Eado and Alan Banks, The Patriots are not completely devoid of upperclassmen, and they still tout both of whom made it to states last season. Another runner who looks to impact is current good athleticism and ability. Senior outside Kyle Foster is entering his fourth and junior Patrick Munro. Munro aided the 4x800-meter squad last year, and also came top-five at final year on the team, and is expected to shoulder a large amount of the offensive multiple meets in the 800-meter and 1600-meter. load. Also returning is senior outside Lee Wei, going into his third year for MaDespite losing top runners Shaw and Deppen, the Patriots still have a capable linauskas and the Patriots. talent pool for the girls, which includes sophomore Grace Dellapa and senior Dana Senior defensive specialist Emily Meyer is also beginning her third year on Sung. Dellapa proved to be strong contributors as each of them raced their way to the team. Meyer was captain of the girls’ team that won the region and reached regionals their first year on the team. Her upperclassmen teammate Sung made it the state semifinals in the fall. to regionals in the 800-meter last year, and states her sophomore year. Even though Foster, Wei and Meyer encompass the entire senior class on the co-ed team, they lost a significant amount of talent from last year, the team shows no signs of only three on a roster of 14. After that, the Patriots will be looking to younger, slowing down. less-seasoned players to carry the weight. MVP: Senior Urgy Eado- Eado established himself as a dominant top distance Although the team is young, success is not automatically ruled out. Younger runner for the Patriots, and this season is set to be the best one for the team. Last year Eado players like sophomores Alex Psurek and Isabel Salas, as well as freshman Christine never finished lower than third in the 1600-meter run, which included a third place finish McMakin, show considerable talent and potential. Psurek played a year on the boys’ at the 4A State championship. Eado’s second best event, the 800-meter, is also a strong suit team last year, while McMakin spent the fall on the junior varsity girls’ team. Salas is for him as he came in sixth place at the 4A State Championship. Look for Eado to continue new to the program altogether, having transferred from Magruder. to be one of the best distance runners in the state. MVP: Kyle Foster, outside hitter, senior- Foster took on a rather subdued Player to Watch: Senior Alan Banks- Banks is coming off a season for the squad offensive role on last year’s team that was stacked with power. With the majority of that saw him as the best hurdler and sprinter on the team. Banks races in the 110-meter and that roster gone, the responsibility falls to him as the team’s strongest attacker. As 300-meter hurdles, the latter being his best. Last year he raced his way to fifth at the 4A States last year’s cocaptain along with Meyer, he is a steady back row player, and is seldom Championship for the 300-meter hurdles. Look for Banks to cement himself as one of the best expected to be off the court this season. With the familiarity and capability of a top hurdlers in the state, as well as continue to be a strong sprinter. player, look for Foster to be a go-to player for the Patriots this season. Breakout Player: Senior Robby Hoff- Hoff showed potential last season in his two main Player to Watch: Emily Meyer, defensive specialist, senior- As a third-year events, the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run. Hoff came in fourth at the Friday Night Spikes player on co-ed and entering her seventh overall season in the volleyball prophoto courtesy Lifetouch meet against the Churchill Bulldogs. His work this offseason has him poised for future gram, Meyer is arguably the most seasoned veteran on an otherwise new team. senior Urgy Eado success. Her outstanding talent in the back row will make her a sight to see for any MVP: Sophomore Rachel Maizel- Maizel returns as one of the top girl sprinters spectator, and she will be able to provide strong leadership on the court as well. for the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter. Maizel finished first in many divisional meets, and Breakout Player: Dimitri Pappas, libero, junior- Another returner took that success into the postseason. She managed to crack the top 10 in the 100-meter dash at from last year, Pappas brings hustle and energy on defense, which will be key to the the 4A Regional meet. Also, she was on the girls’ 4x400-meter team that won states. Patriots’ game this year. While his first two years on the team saw limited playing Player to Watch: Senior Dana Sung- Sung proved last year that she was more than time, he will be expected to emerge into a more expanded role, especially after doncapable of earning points for her team in long distance runs. Sung raced her way to top placed ning his new title of cocaptain. Pappas will not only bring vibrancy to the court, but finishes in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter run including a trip to the 4A Regional Final last can always lighten the mood with a terrible joke. season. Breakout Player: Senior Hannah King- It is King’s first season on the track team. King was known for her stamina on the field hockey team and has proven it within her first couple -Paul Malinauskas, staff writer of weeks on the team. Look for King to make an impact for the girls’ team with her distance running. -Nathan Tadesse, staff writer


16 Common Sense - March 18, 2014

Hockey dominates state championship Patriots win MSHL Capitals Cup, beating Leonardtown 7-1 in final

from HOCKEY, page 1

forward Harrison Linowes. Bretner tacked on the final goal of the game late in the third period, sealing the Patriots’ victory. Senior goalie Jake Mitchell played the entire game, allowing just one goal on 14 shots. Mitchell allowed on average just one goal per game during the Patriots playoff run. “It feels great to be a state champ. Coming

onto the team as a freshman, it’s what every player’s goal is. And to finally accomplish it is amazing,” Linowes, who had a goal and three assists in the victory, said. The game as a whole was tension-filled and consisted of 22 total penalties. Leonardtown gave the Patriots the one-man advantage 11 times throughout the course of the game,

The Patriots, who were the lower seeded team and seen as the underdogs in this match up, started the game off just like they have done all season, scoring early and often. On average, they have scored three goals during the first period of each game for a season total of 45. They continued this pattern in the state championships, taking the lead 40 seconds into the contest with a goal by senior forward Ben Keppler, the fastest goal they have scored all season. Freshman forward Nicolas Band and junior forward Luke Klecker also scored in the first period, distancing the Patriots from the Raiders even further. While the Leonardtown goalie seemed more concerned with what the crowd was saying, rather than winning a state championship, the Patriots defense was busy re-asserting its dominance, allowing just one shot on goal compared to the 16 they took on Leonardtown during the pivotal opening period. “We knew we needed to come out strong and set the tone and that the first five minutes would determine it for the rest of the game,” junior forward Adam Kaplan said. “We really wanted to get the first goal and once we did, nothing could stop us.” The Patriots put the game out of reach in the second period, adding two more goals from senior defenders Austin Schoenfeld and Jordy Bretner. Leonardtown scored their lone goal of the game during the second period, making the score 5-1 heading into the third and final period of play. The Patriots continued to show their capability in the third period, adding another goal early from junior The hockey team poses on the ice in celebration after the victory against Leonardtown.

contributing to six of the Patriots’ seven goals. The team brought home the state championship title for the third time, and for the first time since the 2009 season. Throughout the season the Patriots have out-scored their opponents 126-33, a 99 point differential and almost a perfect record. The Patriots not only won a state championship trophy, but added on divisional and county championship titles along the way. Before the game began, Bretner and Schoenfeld were selected to the All-League first team, an honor that only six players league-wide are awarded with. No other players from Montgomery County were selected to be a part of this esteemed team. Even with those selections, every player knows that a team cannot be successful with only two strong players. “The biggest key to our success this season has to be the depth in our roster. Every line from the first to the fourth can always be relied on to do their job,” Linowes said. Although the Patriots’ starting line-up consisted of all seniors for the championship game and consisted of 10 seniors this year, the prognostics for defending their title and winning back-toback state championships just like they did in 2008 and 2009 still look strong. Sophomore forward Brandon Hall, Kaplan, Klecker and Linowes will try to step up and help fill the void next season. Combined, these four players scored 42 percent of the Patriots goals throughout the regular and post season. “Next year we know we will have a target on our backs, [and] people will be coming for us so we have to play hard every game,” Kaplan said.

photo courtesy Austin Schoenfeld The Patriots reigned on the ice, winning 7-1.

Amidst controversy, head football coach Eddie Tolliver returns for second stint with Patriots Sam Eichberg senior sports editor

After a two-year coaching hiatus, former head coach and current school security guard Eddie Tolliver has been re-hired as the varsity football head coach. Tolliver is entering his second tenure with the Patriots after coaching the team in 2010 and 2011, compiling a 6-14 record during his two previous seasons. He takes over a transformed Patriot squad, improved from the last time he coached, on and off the field. During Tolliver’s last stint as head coach, the focus was on defense, as the offense took a slight back-seat. Two years later, the Patriots boast one of the most prolific and highscoring offense’s in the area, and a defense that is not prone to many lapses. The team rose from 19.5 average points per game in 2012 to 26.5 in 2013, and contained two of the area’s top receivers in senior Jibri Woods and sophomore Trevon Diggs. The offense also helped transform junior Sam Ellis into the fourth best quarterback in the area as ranked by the Washington Post, with 2,886 yards and 24 touchdowns. More importantly, the team is a young one, with many of the starters being underclassmen, including Ellis and Diggs.

Tolliver first came to Wootton as a security guard in 2005, and also coached the defensive-line for the team under then head coach Greg Malling. Tolliver also served as the players’ academic advisor, recruiting coordinator and was a mentor to many. He formed a strong bond with Malling, and when it became clear that Malling was going to be leaving, it seemed natural that Tolliver, then defensive coordinator, would step up and take the reins of the team. Highlighting the two seasons under Tolliver is the homecoming game of 2011, in which the Patriots bested Churchill after four intense overtimes, 42-35. However, it was that intensity and excitement that led to Tolliver stepping down at the end of the season. During halftime of another game that season, Tolliver collapsed on the sideline and had a heart attack. At the end of the season, he cited his health, combined with the stress and energy level of the games, as the reason he could not continue to coach. Then 415-lbs, Tolliver has shed 181-lbs, making him a much slimmer 234-lbs and enabling him to get back to coaching. Tolliver succeeds previous head coach Tyree Spinner, who stepped down from the position in Jan. Athletic director Chris Thompson

declined to cite specific reasons for Spinner not returning. “We decided that we didn’t like the direction, generally, and that we needed to go in a different direction,” Thompson said. “[Principal Dr. Michael Doran] decided it was time to make a change, so that’s what we did.” Spinner confirmed the decision in a forum on the Montgomery County football website. “Yes it is true, the administration at Wootton HS thought it would be best if they went in a different direction,” he said. “I respect their decision and disagree with their decision at the same time. It is a part of the nature of being a coach, not everyone will agree with your decisions and/or methods.” Despite the big changes Spinner made to the program, including the installment of a run-and-gun offensive system, the team did not make the playoffs in either of his two seasons. They did, however, earn their first .500 season since 2008, going 5-5 in the 2013 season. Spinner did not only install changes on the field, but also off of it. The overall attitude and mind set of the team has been revamped, giving Patriot football a facelift. Spinner brought with him a mentality of winning through hardwork and preparation, in addition

photo courtesy New head coach Eddie Tolliver (left) stands next to former head coach Tyree Spinner (right) on the sideline of a 2011 game against Churchill, during Tolliver’s first stint as head coach.

to enthusiasm and positivity for the program. While Malling and Tolliver coached, the motto of the team was “B11,” meaning that they should ‘be better than a 10.’ Spinner brought in his own mottoes and sayings, including the popular ‘T.N.D.O.’ standing for “Take No Days Off,” and ‘P.R.I.D.E.’, standing for ‘Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Desire, Enthusiasm.’ Tolliver brings with him a positive

mentality, but his management of the program was what made him stand out to Thompson and Doran when hiring a new coach. “For me, he was extremely organized in all facets of football coaching, and off-season conditioning programs and the college recruiting process,” Thompson said to The Gazette. “As well as the academic piece- that’s obviously our number one goal here in high school.”

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