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SENIOR SHENANIGANS Top 10 to do’s before you graduate.

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME: Baseball gears up for playoffs after 22-0 victory against Kennedy.


SENIOR SEND OFF: Class of 2013 leaves the scene and prepares to storm college campuses.


LIFE OR SCIENCE: The controversy surrounding stem cell research.



GETTING WITH THE TIMES: Wilcox County breaks 40-year segregation spell.

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Volume 42, Issue 13- Thomas S. Wootton High School - 2100 Wootton Parkway - Rockville, MD 20850 - May 15, 2013 Montgomery County’s only biweekly student publication

Supertonics reign at Kings Dominion Festival Alessandra Lowy news editor On an average day, the fine-tuned doowops, the crisp dance choreography and the dulcet, mellifluous harmonies of the school's all-male a cappella group are taken for granted. However, on May 4, the Festival of Music Choral Adjudication panel (made up of acclaimed music professionals) declared that the Supertonics are no average singing group, as, in a momentous, Pitch Perfect-esque scene, the singing group garnered the title of state champions at the annual Kings Dominion Festival of Music. The competition included performances from over 40 high school a cappella groups from across Maryland, including Chaos and the Acabellas. Leaders of the group have articulated that the Supertonics were motivated to succeed and strived to perform at their best at the competition. "During [the previous] competition, the group that won brought it back. This gave us the inspiration to do a fun and entertaining set that was truly old school. As for winning, I never doubted my boys. Throughout this year, with this Supertonic group, I would say each member has gotten stronger, and how could we lose with our secret weapon, Jamie Rotbert? Unique cannot even being to describe this group of boys," senior captain Anthony Woo said. The Supertonics wowed the roaring crowds with stellar performances of three songs: “How to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” with a solo from senior Jonny Harvey, “Get a Job,” with a solo from senior Goureesh Paranjpe and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,”

Photo by Joyce Chen

Seniors Landon Flesichman, Jonny Harvey, Goureesh Paranjpe, Jamie Robert, Aaron Tian and Anthony Woo say they were pleased to finish their a capella careers with a state victory.

with solos from seniors Anthony Woo, Aaron Tian and Jamie Rotbert. Even with exemplary performances and their high aspirations, the Supertonics were blown away by the realization that they had just taken home the state championship. "I was not expecting to win -- I expected to have fun. The thing we did that was unique was that we went on the good rides [beforehand] and warmed our voices up from screaming like babies,” junior David Myer said. “Or was that just me?”

The group, especially the seniors, rejoiced at the win. For some of them, it was their last singing competition in high school. "After basketball season ended, my chances of being a state champ were slim. But a quick decision to join the Supertonics gave me that opportunity, and boy [was] it sweet," senior Jamie Rotbert said. The Supertonics is comprised of 12 members: senior captains Anthony Woo and Jonny Harvey; seniors Aaron Tian, Goureesh Paranjpe, Jamie Rotbert and Landon

Fleischman; juniors Ben Kwak, Alan Banks, Logan Portes, David Myer and Ben Wang; and sophomore Wyatt Oring. Despite this huge win for Wootton and the Supertonics, there is always another season ahead and the group is always looking to improve and strengthen their squad. "Improvements can always be made with pitch, stage presence of some and dynamics. Overall I am so happy that we won, definitely one of the best times I have had in Supertonics hands down," Woo said.

Cancer takes life of beloved security guard Terry Forshey Sophie Lehrenbaum editor-in-chief

Photo by Jake Brodsky Class of 2013 Hall of Fame winner senior Jamies Liu inntroduces and praises the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame recipient Hannah Hassani. Liu also received the SPIRIT Scholarship.

Awards assembly illuminates academic achievement Katie McRae editor-in-chief The annual awards ceremony gives many individuals, who are usually removed from the radar of public recognition, the opportunity to have their moment in the spotlight to showcase their academic accomplishments. This year had such a high volume of individuals that one assembly was not sufficient to honor all of the stu-

dents winning academic awards. The assembly took place on Friday, May 3, with the first assembly honoring English and art awards, and the second assembly focusing on those achieving in math and science. Many certificates were granted at the assembly, ranging from grade-based achievements to scholastic competition awards. The most highly anticipated awards were the Hall of

Fame and the SPIRIT scholarship. The Hall of Fame award is granted to a junior who demonstrates passion through excellence in academics, as well as a diverse range of leadership activities, representing the school well. This year the award was given to junior Hannah Hassani, an active member of many school organizations including the Humanities and Arts program and the Literary Magazine.

Last year, the award was granted to current senior James Liu, an athlete who also excels in a vigorous advanced placement course load. This year, Liu went beyond passing the torch, and won the next most coveted honor: the SPIRIT scholarship. The foundation was created in memory of 2008 graduate Robert Yin, who was actively see AWARDS, page 3

For the past eight years, Security Officer Terry Forshey has played an integral role in the school community, maintaining order and promoting safety amidst the daily commotion of the bustling hallways. Although Forshey succumbed to cancer on April 27 at the age of 59, Forshey is survived by his wife Diana and son Trevor. Within the school, a piece of Forshey lives on through the legacy he has left behind, as students and former colleagues reflect upon the impact he has made and the values he fostered. When Forshey initially moved to the D.C. area in 1972 from Mineral Wells, Texas, he aspired to create a positive change in the area. He originally pursued a career in law enforcement, working as a fingerprint analyst for the FBI. After five years of service, he decided to join the Metro Transit Police Department, operating as a detective for 27 years. Upon retiring from the Police Department, Forshey came to work here see FORSHEY, page 2



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Students overwhelmed by Advanced Placement testing Liz Leung online editor/business manager

Photo courtesy Jessica Chen A couple dances at Wilcox county school’s first integrated prom.

Wilcox County hosts first integrated prom

Myles Romm staff writer

Since the desegregation of schools in 1971 in the resistant Wilcox County, Georgia, students have yet to have a school- sponsored dance. Although the school refuses to hold any dances such as prom and homecoming, students still continue the tradition by holding these dances on private properties and paying out of their own pocket. White students held a dance and referred to it as the ‘white prom’ while the black students did not have a dance. The first integrated prom ever will be occurring this year. A push from the African American community and a few white students have finally brought down the wall of segregation and led to an integrated dance. “It’s just a hard habit to break,” the Wilcox county school board said to CNN. “Students self-segregate, and can’t agree on country or hip-hop [music].” The school system recently came under pressure because of the national recognition of this story. However, the school board firmly believes that the separation of different taste in music is enough reason to not hold a dance. Students feel that a story like this should have been handled 40 years ago, instead of letting it carry on for this long without any consequence. “I can’t believe that this can even be an issue in 2013,” sophomore Jay Friedman said. Friedman said he feels that the school system should step in and have school sponsored dances to alleviate the problem of a segregated Prom. “I am horrified that this is still happening somewhere in the country,” math teacher Suzanne Pykosh said. Pykosh said she believes that segregation is a thing of the past and should not be tolerated. Students in Wilcox County do not believe that they are being cruel or even racist, but instead are just following tradition. They believe that since the generations before them had the same dance, it is permissible to not include black students in their dances. Through the perseverance of students in the county who believe a segregated prom is wrong, they kept on fighting. Students, black and white, who have been pushing for a desegregated prom have lost friends and have frequently been picked on from the students in the school who disagree with an integrated prom. A Facebook page was created this year with over 500 likes urging the school to not integrate Prom. Despite the hatred and disapproval by some, the students went with the plan and eventually received what they wanted: a black and white prom.

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The assertion that educatio parallels and offers the key to future economic success has set forth a steady race among students to take full advantage of the available courses, propelling more and younger students to add an extra element to their schedule: a challenge. Freshman Lauren Sachs, who recently took the exam for BC Calculus on Wednesday, May 8, is a prime example of the line drawn separating the pursuit for knowledge of a singular interest and the construction of a college application built to impress. Her personal motivation is rooted in her dream to become an engineer. “I am not overloading with AP classes. I am taking Honors English, Honors US History, Honors Pre-calculus, Web Development, Yoga, Honors Chemistry and Honors French 3,” Sachs said. “I like deriving formulas and proving things, not memorizing formulas and plugging in numbers, so I decided to take the calculus exam this year. I am just focusing on what will benefit me most in the engineering field, and not pushing myself too hard in other classes.” Others prioritize different goals, but also lend a hand to the fact that the competitive sport of learning is only beneficial with the right attitude. For instance, senior Chengyu James Liu pushed himself by taking eight APs junior year. “I was looking for a challenge; in addition to the course load, I really stacked my extracurricular activities to create a training opportunity for myself and simulate the balance of responsibilities I may experience in the future. Indeed, I may have gone overboard but it was important to not let the number eight overwhelm myself, but realize that individually I can succeed in any of those APs, so I just needed to figure out the most efficient way to distribute my time,” Liu said. “It was worth it in the sense of teaching me how to handle stress and function in the ‘red zone.’ The mentality behind my decision was less about impressing admission officers as to really prepare me for what awaits me after.” That disposition marks the core incentive behind selfstudying. To prepare herself for the exam, Sachs hit the books with the help of a tutor. “If you learn a course with a tutor you move at your own pace. The course is personalized to fit your own needs. I’m also a quiet person in math class, so I feel less self-conscious asking a question if I’m only talking to my tutor. It gives me a more thorough understanding,” Sachs said.

Countering the widely-accepted premise emphasizing achievements is the idea that high school is a time to have fun. “I personally took next to no AP’s during my school year because I only took things that would further the knowledge I needed for my major and the knowledge I would need in life. I also feel that if you take less AP courses, which apply stress and limit outside scheduling for your everyday life, you would be able to do things like hanging out with friends which is necessary to learn how to talk with people in life, getting a job to further your career,” senior Mason Oliver said. Not everyone can do the same as Sachs – push themselves in one direction from the start. Sachs’ drive underlying her inspiration to strive harder is something rarely found because the majority of students are unsure of their future careers. And thus, are unfortunately unable to focus their intellect into a certain category of topics. “I am not entirely sure of what I want to do after high school so my schedule for junior year contains five APs, each a different subject,” sophomore Karrie Shi said. Discerning which classes are actually useful therefore becomes a minor detail. The definite logic to justify taking various courses depends on the ability to recognize individual weaknesses and strengths. The judge of the degree of difficulty of a schedule solely relies on a student’s work ethic and objectives. “It depends not only on the type of student but the type of AP classes rather than the number of AP classes,” counselor Barbara Becker said. Students feel a constant comparison between grades and truly learning, fun and work. “With the pressure from SAT preparation and extracurricular activities, I was initially unsure of my decisions to go through with AP Chemistry and AP Programming 2,” sophomore Emily Yu said. “However, I felt that I needed to challenge myself and break out of my bubble of self-doubt. Grades are important to me right now, but I also think that learning is just as essential. Truly understanding and absorbing new material will, without a doubt, help in the long run.” The general opinion constitutes a rewarding experience in turn for somewhat of a risk regarding the amount of spare time and possibly, grades. “So why not take BC Calculus? If I don’t do well, I can always retake BC Calculus. And if I do, that will give me an even deeper understanding. It’s a win-win,” Sachs said.

Beloved security guard Forshey dies of cancer from Forshey, page 1 with hopes of applying the skills he garnered throughout his career to uphold the general welfare of students and staff, while simultaneously proliferating a positive attitude throughout the building. Forshey’s gregarious nature and spirit is what students recall with the most clarity. With vitality and drive, he was a force to be reckoned with. “Terry was an amazing guy…[and] always was so happy to see kids and loved his work,” junior Katie Bolek said. “I can’t believe he’s gone but he will be remembered by every student for his amazing attitude.” During the 2010 school year, Forshey went on sick leave because of pressing health matters, with former Security Guard Brian Ammann acting as his long-term substitute. However, even when he struggled with his health, he powered through pain in order to continue making a difference in the school he cared so passionately about. “I always saw Terry smiling and interacting with the students. He seemed to enjoy his job in security…[and] served as a role model for students,” senior Albert Millard said. While his death has deeply impacted many of the students within the school, much of the staff are griefstricken at the loss of a longtime friend. “The functions of the security team will go on as usual ... but personally Terry meant a lot to me and to all of us and I admire his will and his fight,” Security Officer Barbara Kyros said. Kyros recalls that even during his decline, Forshey made a point of bravely facing his misfortune and emphasized that life would go on after his passing in order to help his friends and family come to terms with his death . “He gave me a lot of encouragement to understand that he was just

Photo courtesy Legacy Forshey was a beloved member of the staff and will be missed.

going on a journey. He was a strong, tough, kind, sweet, dedicated man…[and] I will always miss Terry,” Kyros said. Forshey boasted many passions outside of his family within the school’s linoleum-lined halls. Some of his favorite hobbies included traveling with his wife and son, barbequing and golfing. Students and staff will remember Forshey as a man of strong morals with an even stronger love of life. His his burial service was on May 11 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.



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involved in the school and the community before his death in 2010. The scholarship is granted to one individual who the foundation believes embodies the character and passion that Yin possessed. Brother and 2009 graduate Alex Yin presented the award at the assembly and reminded students to live their lives to their greatest potential in wake of unexpected tragedies. The application required either an actual video or a video proposal supplement. Liu submitted a proposal detailing a homeless visitation in which students volunteer to cook and serve food for homeless individuals in the Washington, D.C., area. Though Liu will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall, his name will live on with the Hall of Fame photograph and as the recipient of the SPIRIT scholarship. “I am very thankful for all the honors Wootton has bestowed upon me and I will carry all my memories with me as I embark on a new journey,” Liu said. The awards ceremony recognized a variety of other achievements, including awards from the Humanities and Arts program and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. Junior Danielle Margolis was recognized for outstanding performance with the ceramics wheel, an achievement that may have previously gone unnoticed. “It was nice to be recognized

for my hard work and to see what my peers have accomplished,” Margolis said. “Also, I was next to Elgin Martin who is just fabulous.” Not unexpectedly, the entire stage was filled with achievers in their areas of interest waiting for their respective awards to be called. The seats were set up in rows on the stage, allowing for the winners to easily reach the podium where the awards were delivered to the students. Principal Dr. Michael Doran said he believes the awards assembly is important in honoring individual achievements that are often overlooked in the grand events. “This is our chance to clap and cheer for students who might not be on the sports field, but are achieving,” Doran said in his speech. “The reason we come to school is to learn.” Students supported their peers through applause and cheers when names were called, and winners walked across the stage to claim their certificates. For some audience members, the applause was an opportunity to win the unofficial award for being the most boisterous by making inappropriate noises often lasting longer than the awards presentation itself. For some, the rude inability to applaud appropriately diminished the moment of the honored individuals. The majority of the auditorium remained attentive as their peers received their accolades. Family members of these students crowded in the first six rows to take pictures to commemorate their recognition.

Photo by Jake Brodsky Junior Hannah Hassani receives the Pedram Tousi Hall of Fame award from the former Hall of Fame reciepient, senior James Liu.

The assembly had a pivotal change in procedures than it did in years past. This year, teacher presenters of the awards were discouraged from saying anything about the people being announced. While this ensured a more efficiency, it also removed a more personal, engaging aspect of the ceremony. “In order to get through the program, presenters were asked to just explain the award and not go into details about the individuals,”

administrator Dyan Gomez said. “I wish we had the time to go into all the student’s accomplishments, but there are other forums that are used.” Gomez was referring to specialized ceremonies, such as the AOIT and Humanities graduation, which recognizes individuals in a smaller environment. The entire school was required to attend the assigned awards assembly with the goal of recognizing their peers and inspiring underclassmen to

continue achieving in the academic arena. “[The ceremony] was during the school day to show younger students that this is the point they want to get to,” Gomez said. Although not often acknowledged by the morning announcements or a state championship ring, many individuals were able to receive praise for being among the highest achieving in the academic community.

Seattle Police Department leaks out insulting video of homeless people

law teacher Fevronia Cresham said. Upon his interview for police chief, Pugel disclosed the video when asked if there In movies and in the news, policemen was any personal information that could follow a moral code to protect and serve damage the reputation of the department. their communities. On Apr. 26, Seattle Pugel said the 1986 police chief Patrick interim police chief Jim Fitzsimons saw Pugel apologized for the skit and his role in a training reprimanded the video which insults officers involved. and satirizes the role He ordered of homeless people in all copies of society. The video was the video to released 30 years after be destroyed, it was made. He began but one copy with a message saying - Police Chief Patrick Fitzsimons remained. it was a “misguided “I regret my attempt at humor.” participation and The video was a parody of the song, have professionally apologized for my role “Under the Boardwalk,” by the Drifters. in it. I do so now publicly. I am truly sorry. The song included lyrics about homeless Even by 1980s standards, the Seattle Police people sleeping on the dirt and drinking all Department considered the video to be day, including the line, “Under the viaduct insensitive and inappropriate,” Pugel said in down by the bay, we’ll be drinking our a written statement. T-Bird all through the day.” The video’s release was poorly received The video also shows homeless people by students for its disrespect of the homeless fighting with police and using drugs. The and the poor image of the officers. department claims the video was supposed “I know cops work hard and want to to be a joke to go along with an internal make the streets a better place, but is it really training video. appropriate to just sit back and make fun “This video, incidentally, mocks the of the people who are less fortunate than Seattle Police Department more than it they are? I guess we are really lucky to have mocks homeless people. You see things like a police department who keeps order and the New York Police Department officer does their best to help and serve everybody, buying a homeless man shoes, and you including the homeless,” senior James Liu laugh at how childish some officers are,” said. Bobby Pak staff writer

Photo Courtesy MCPS Estelle Moore, a second grade teacher of 39 years at Greencastle E.S. was one of five teachers nationwide to receive a phone call from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on May 7, Teacher Appreciation Day.

MCPS students, faculty and schools receive state, national honors, scholarships

Ross Davis staff writer Twenty-four MCPS students were awarded National Merit Scholarships of $2,500, including senior Michelle A. He for business. Seventeen MCPS high schools made it onto the annual list of America’s Best High Schools as published by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Two high schools were in the top 100 (Poolesville and Churchill at 96 and 97, respectively). Wootton was ranked 209. MCPS also has the top six schools in Maryland, which are Poolesville, Churchill, Whitman, Walter Johnson, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Wootton.

Two MCPS students were among the 141 students named Presidential Scholar Winners, the only Maryland students to be given the award, will be honored in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 16. The students are Bayard Miller, BethesdaChevy Chase and Marni Morse, Richard Montgomery. Two MCPS students awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which are good through graduation at any accredited college in the U.S. Nusrat Molla of Poolesville and Bolanle Aroyewun of Bethesda-Chevy Chase were among 1,000 students selected nationwide for the scholarship.

“I regret my participation and have profesionally apologized for my role in it.”



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New shopping complex near Rio to open in Spring 2014 Alessandra Lowy news writer In the near future, Rio will not stand alone as the sole shopping center along the Sam Eig highway for families and friends to congregate, shop and dine. A new complex, named “the Downtown Crown” will be a city-inspired shopping center built in close vicinity to Rio, seeking to add a new vibrancy and flare to the urban heart of Montgomery County. The complex be comprised of a vast array of restaurants, shops, homes and a large gathering place that will host community events ranging from musical performances to farmers’ markets, according to the Crown’s website, smarturbanliving. com. Contrary to the name of the shopping center’s website, for the past two centuries this vast and plentiful area has epitomized the polar opposite of “smart, urban living.” Since the 17th Century, the 183 acres that will soon constitute the Downtown Crown have been a preserved expanse of unscathed farmland, birthplace and home to Gaithersburg inhabitant Charlie Crown. Crown, who inherited the farm at a young age, earnestly strived to preserve the beautiful nature of the farm, in contrast to the constant modernization of suburbia. Despite countless lucrative offers from the city of Gaithersburg, Crown was determined to keep possesion of Crown farm. After Crown passed away, his children succumbed to the pressure of buyers in the economic depression, and sold the land to the city of Gaithersburg on Dec. 6, 2010. While Charlie Crown may not have been happy about this innovation, the development will bring in many jobs and

cause the economy of the community to thrive. The shopping center will see a coalescence of a diverse variety of world cuisines, boasting restaurants from Mexico, France, South America, Italy, Singapore, China, Korea, Vietnam and the Mediterranean, among other regions. In addition, the new shopping center hopes to attract teenage visitors as it will include the contemporary makeyour-own salad joint Chop’t, which also has many locations in DC, and the popular frozen yogurt shop Yogiberry. One feature that the Crown will introduce that Rio is lacking is a community grocery store, which some say will provide an incentive for people to travel to the Crown instead of Rio. “Although I love Rio, the fact that there isn’t a supermarket can deter my family from wanting to go there, instead of one of the other shopping centers,” freshman Harrison Burke said. “I think having a Harris Teeter at the Crown will definitely encourage people to spend time there and contribute a lot to the community.” Yet another aspect of the Crown that will differentiate it from Rio is it will have a housing development, a public high school and transportation to a metro station - which many say will help to enhance the interconnectedness and community feel of the area. The public high school, Crown HS, is in the process of being constructed and will not be up and running for at least six years, according to MCPS spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala.

Until then, teens raised in Crown homes will attend Rosemont Elementary School, Forest Oak Middle School and Gaithersburg High. The complex will offer four distinct neighborhoods with different kinds of houses, ranging from apartments to townhouses to larger homes with backyards and more living space. The area will also offer a vast array of community amenities for Crown inhabitants, including a pool, a clubhouse, a gym and a large village green. While this will create a vibrant community and another choice for students when looking where to spend their weekend nights, not every student will be impacted by this innovation. “I guess I feel like it will be nice to have another option, but I don’t really go to Rio that often, so it won’t really affect that aspect of my life,” junior Daniella Byck said. Others are quite elated and optimistic, as developers say the new shopping center will open in the spring of 2014. “I’m excited for new places to go to instead of Rio and I think it’s great that they are finally utilizing this land to create a community,” sophomore Connor Perrett said. “I am glad [the Crown] will open before we graduate, and I think it will be a great place for friends to gather and hang out.”

“I think having a Harris Teeter at the Crown will definitely encourage people to spend time there and contribute a lot to the community.” -freshman Harrison Burke

Seniors capture last precious moments together at annual senior picnic Tyler Kessler staff writer Seniors flaunted their college shirts at the annual Senior Picnic held at Smokey Glen Farm on May 3. Students gathered for sporting activities, food and a jousting moonbounce as they celebrated going off to their respective colleges and the upcoming graduation. Senior Picnic is a way for seniors to unite, take pictures, rejoice and show each other where they plan on doing during+ their years after high school, whether it be college, a gap year or straight into employment. “I really enjoyed picnic,” senior John Browning said. “It was neat to see everyone come together and see where we were all going to college.” Picnic was organized by Senior Planning, and preparations have been going on all year for the event. “Preparing for picnic wasn’t too difficult because the venue took care of almost everything. Figuring out the budget, what food to get, and advertising was a good amount of work though,” senior planner Nuri Aujla said. “Picnic was a huge success and there were more people than we bud-

geted for. It seemed like everyone had a great time and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.” The event ran smoothly as students started arriving at around 5 p.m. and stayed until 8 p.m. The jousting moonbounce was a highlight as students stood on a pedestal and battled against another student until one of them fell off in defeat. “I thought the jousting was really fun,” senior David Sherman said. “It was fun to go against my friends and beat them.” At the venue there were also volleyball games, basketball games, kickball games, horseshoes, soccer and ultimate Frisbee taking place at Smokey Glen. The event sold around 430 tickets, with about 25 staff members showing up as well. Even the staff wore their college shirts to blend in with the theme of the picnic. As this is one of the last major events of the school year for seniors, all that is left now is prom and graduation. “It’s crazy to think the year is already over,” senior Rowan Kubeluis said. “I’ve waited all year for senior picnic and it’s already over. I can’t believe how fast this year is going.”

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Stem cell research debate intensifies Uday Misra guest writer

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Do we move ahead with cutting-edge research, or do we move backwards and destroy all that we have achieved? That is the question facing America today, especially for those in Congress who approve government funding for stem cell research. For years, the debate has been bogged down between right-to lifers and liberal intellectuals who believe that those alive are worth more than those still in the womb. Today, however, we are at a crossroads. We can continue this endless debate, or we can move in another direction that embraces the ideals of both sides, and pushes forward the significant contributions of stem cell research. In past years, stem cells were often derived from aborted embryos, provoking a movement supported by the right-to-life lobby that claimed such research destroyed the sanctity of human life. On the other side of the fence were those who felt such research was in fact preserving the sanctity of life by allowing for the use of dead embryonic cells to cure degenerative diseases. Scientists have discovered new methods of embryonic stem cell use that sidestep the moral dilemma of previous decades. For example, there is the process of “de-differentiation,” which involves extracting stem cells from the skin of the patient himself. This method was observed in the Jaenisch Experiment, described by Harvard Professor George Daley as a “technical tour de force.” There is also the innovative Lanza Experiment, which allowed for the extraction of a single cell from a very early embryo in a way that preserved human life. Yet it is not magic that has allowed for these innovations, but the hard work of scientists, who are helped in their endeavors by the federal government. Observing the benefits of stem cell research, President Obama, in 2009, reversed some of the harmful policies of the Bush Administration. Bush, who had fallen sway to the rigid right-to-life lobby, had taken away crucial funding needed for research, allowing labs in other nations to move ahead of their US counterparts. These actions drove desperate families to seek out illicit stem cell therapies in faraway lands, like India and China, where research is sometimes conducted unmonitored and unregulated by a central authority. Obama’s executive order brought the much-desired relief that the stem cell research community had fought for. Patients and their families are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for many of the diseases that were previously thought to be untreatable. As stated in a PBS article, “Better treatment of these diseases could also give social benefits for individuals and economic gains for society.” People with degenerative diseases, once cured, can become functional members of society once again. While human embryos should not be exploited for scientific experimentation, sick adults should also not be left out in the cold, if we can offer them an ethically viable treatment to improve life quality. Editors-in-Chief sophie lehrenbaum & katie mcrae Managing Editors sofie jacobs & tracy yu Arts Editor shemaiah ellis Commons Editor allie greenspun & emily kahn Features Editors nellie allentuck & abby wei News Editors jared beinart & alessandra lowy Opinion Editor Maria Zlotescu

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Facebook’s usage is only increasing with the help of smartphone devices like iPhone, where access to social networking sites is possible.

Facebook: The life-draining social site Allison Reed guest writer

Your alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. and you become jealous of your cat because he has the luxury of sleeping all day. If only you hadn’t logged on to facebook at 8:00, thinking you would just check your notifications and be done. If only you had listened to that inner voice telling you that 20 minutes has passed, and it’s time to get off. Your whole day will now be affected because of a website, and yet you continue to drag yourself through this process day by day, month by month. It is time to log off. Facebook has become one of the most prevalent sources of sleep deprivation, lack of motivation, loss of self esteem and an overall unhealthy and unhappy lifestyle. I challenge you to take on this detrimental website by removing yourself from it for two weeks, and afterwards, reevaluate your view on life and your lifestyle as a whole. I guarantee that you will be a happier person. Facebook, a social media site originally intended to connect students at Ivy League Colleges together, has grown to impact societies on a global level. It now affects anyone with a computer and a 13 year-old birth certificate. Recent facebook user statistics have been increasing at an alarming rate, estimating around 1.06 million users total, 618 users logging on a daily basis, 50 million total Facebook pages and an average of 36 posts per person per Facebook page. There have been 1.13 trillion likes since the launch of Facebook. The world may have a large population, but these statistics show that millions of people are spending excessive amounts of time on this website. Do not become part of the statistics, but rather, prove them wrong. Not surprisingly, “pouring over friends’ vacation photos, gushing status updates, and career successes is making people miserable,” states a senior editor at Healthy Living Magazine. A study conducted by Humboldt University supports this same argument. The study involved researchers making 600 Facebook users how they felt while navigating the social networking platform, and over two thirds reported feeling negative. The reason for the negativity was not due to the expected annoyance of advertisements of longing to have more friends, but rather jealousy for what they were seeing. Overall, checking

Facebook had left them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry.” The next time you log off of Facebook, ask yourself how you feel. If you are feeling less positive than when you first logged on, you are causing harm to yourself that could easily be avoided. At this stage in life, appearance has also become a large factor in today’s society. People constantly seek to please others with what their hair looks like, their “#outfitoftheday, or whether their shoes match their outfit. Facebook only encourages this behavior, causing people to become more self conscious if their picture does not receive enough likes. In my own experience with Facebook, I have seen many posts that have been deleted by the user 20 minutes later because no one cared to comment or not enough people were captivated enough to show their interest. People have become obsessed with whether they will be accepted or not, instead of accepting themselves for who they are and being content with simply sharing themselves to show themselves....not sharing themselves to please others. Grades are another important topic concerning Facebook. Grades are the epitome of a student’s life: The deciding factor between working at a retail store or becoming a lawyer. In 2011, a professor at Lock Haven University asked the same question as you do... is there a relationship between grades and Facebook? To answer his inquiry as accurately as possible, he assembled a sample of around 2,000 students, and stacked their overall GPA’s against the time spent on Facebook. It was concluded that “Time spent on Facebook was negatively related to overall college GPA. The average time students spent on Facebook was 106 minutes per day. Each increase of 93 minutes beyond the mean decreased GPA by .12 points in the model.” I can almost promise you that there have been more than a few days during which you have spent more than an hour and 45 minutes on Facebook. Because of the lack of information being given out about the effects of Facebook, your GPA may have been slowly dropping because of a superfluous social site. Do you want your future to be determined by a website? If your mind has not yet been changed, please remember this specifically: your life should not be altered by something as useless and silly as a website. Do not let yourself be pulled in with the masses of people being changed daily. Take a break from Facebook and see how your life changes.

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IS THE EXPERIENCE OF PROM WORTH THE COST? Yes, prom is the capstone event of high school Emily Kahn staff writer For a high school girl, prom is the most awaited night of all four years. All of the money spent on a dress, limo, tickets, makeup, hair and anything else to make the night perfect, is worth it. Prom brings the senior class together for one of their last celebrations before graduation, and a night they will never forget. “I went to prom and I still remember it now. Everyone should go at least once,” technology teacher Kevin O’Neill said. All of the components going into prom are important and are worth the money spent on them. For one, money spent on the dress or hair and makeup makes for a better night. Fancy clothes and dressing up make people feel better about themselves and can influence how the night goes. If that one perfect dress is $50 extra, the price tag should not hinder one’s decision. Each high school girl deserves to feel perfect on prom night. The hair and makeup also influence how special one feels. Those components tie the whole look together and are determining factors in having a happy night. “What

makes going to prom worth it is dressing up in gorgeous dresses and getting my hair and makeup done,” senior Amanda Cohen said. Another component that is key to making the night a success is limo rental and restaurant reservation. While they are both expensive they help to make the night a dream come true. For girls, arriving in style makes them feel like a princess. For boys, the benefit of a limo is they get to sit with their date en route without having to drive. The restaurant is what starts off the night with a bang. Dining at a restaurant makes less work for prom attendees and their parents and allows them to better focus on enjoying the night. Home dinners cause stress for those hosting and the work and cleanup is not worth it. The prom ticket may be expensive, but it is worth it to make the dream night a reality. “Dressing up and having a great night, I think it will be the highlight of senior year,” sophomore George Troxell said. Prom only happens once, as much money as needed should be spent on it to make it the best it can be.

No, prom is becoming too expensive to attend

Myles Romm staff writer With prom right around the corner, it is easy for students to be caught up in the tradition of being perfect often forgetting about the price that comes along with it. Prom becomes a massive ordeal that forces students to spend their savings for one single night and in the end it is not worth the cost. Additionally, the price of the makeovers and different salon style haircuts that students get can really put a dent in wallets. According to ABC, in 2012 families who have a teenager attending prom spent an average of $1,139. Even worse, that number is a five percent increase from what students spent in 2011. In the same survey, ABC found out that compared to the rest of the country schools in the northeast spend $500 more on prom. “The dresses are super expensive and it made me wonder if buying a really flashy dress is worth it just for prom,” junior Jessica Scholz said. Scholz said she has been asked to prom for the first time and is overwhelmed with the amount of money put into it for one

PROM STATISTICS Average costs for prom for the 2012 school year:

$100: transportation $75: dinner for two $127: tuxes $231: dress $1,078: total statistics courtesy USA Today

photo courtesy Jessica Yarvin Last year’s seniors join part of the American prom culture includes having large groups complete with transportation, a set dinner and couple accessories. The added prices of prom can be expensive.

night. Dresses can cost up to $500 depending on the store and renting a tuxedo can cost up to $200. These prices are too much for a school dance. Aliverdi said he was invited to prom last year, and has spent a ridiculous amount of money both years. “For the second year, I didn’t spend nearly as much as my date but I spent around $100 on my suit and close to $100 for dinner,” senior Alon Aliverdi said. The cost of prom can alienate students, in that the tradition of spending boatloads of money on prom can exclude students who can not necessarily afford to go to prom because they cannot pay for extravagant clothes and dinners. “If students can not pay for the price of prom tickets, the school can assist them from the school fund,” senior planning supervisor Christy Rice said. The school can help with the cost of tickets, but cannot help with the dinner, making it hard for students since they cannot afford being in a prom group. The night is one to remember for the rest of these students’ lives as they only get one prom as a senior and it is the last school event besides graduation where they are all together. So it only makes sense to spend extra money to look their best for all their friends just for themselves. A good memory does not have to be crushed by the cost that comes along with it. Students can still have a great night they will remember for the rest of their lives, without spending a lot of money. Students parent can host at-home dinners with homemade food or a less expensive restaurant. Parents and students can hire unofficial photography, which lowers cost substantially and also parents and students can carpool from the dinner to the dance. Prom does not have to be so expensive to be a lasting memory.

PATRIOT POINTS What do you think about the cost of prom as a whole?

I think it’s worth it because it’s a moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

I think it’s way too expensive, it should be an enjoyable, stressfree night funded by the school.

-Victoria Weng, ‘16

-David Betancourt, ‘15

There definitely is a lot of pressure on kids to spend a lot of money on prom because of the whole prom culture. I think kids should spend their money wisely, but make sure to have fun. -Lydia Han, ‘14

I think it’s more expensive than it needs to be, I rented a tuxedo that was $200. -John Duncan, ‘13

I feel that prom prices are outrageous. That’s why we worked so hard to make prom ticket prices only $25. -Social studies teacher and senior planning sponsor, Christina Rice

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Robert Downey Jr. plays the lead role in the “Iron Man” series. His character, Tony Starks, is an American billionaire playboy, industrialist and ingenious engineer. Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction.

Before Martin Luther King had a dream, and before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, an equally momentous battle was won in America’s ballparks by Jackie Robinson. Robinson became the first African American to play professional baseball. In the late 1940s, Robinson stepped up to the plate with nothing but his bat, his number 42 jersey and his commitment to make a difference. Robinson’s biopic “42” chronicles his first year playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It begins with Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman, as one of the top players in an All-Negro league. Soon the Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, goes looking for a black player to recruit. Ricky picks Robinson, confident he possesses the athletic ability and tough-as-nails attitude to play in the Major League and change the game forever. Once there, Robinson gets more than he bargained for. Many of his teammates do not respect him, players on the other teams victim, and he is greeted at every game by thousands of harsh hecklers. At one game he is almost arrested just for showing up. But like all heroes with many foes, he has friends, too; a loving wife (Nicole Beharie), the first black sports writer Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), and one caring Dodger, Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black). The most interesting relationship in the film is between Robinson and Rickey. When they first meet, Rickey says he does not care about black or white, the only color that matters to him is green, knowing full well that by drafting Robinson the organization

will most definitely lose money. Later on, after a little warming up and a couple of motivational speeches Rickey delivers in the locker room, he reveals a deeper reason in his motive. Ford’s performance is the best quality of the film. He captures Rickey’s presence in his voice, body language and look. This is Ford’s best work since “The Fugitive,” (1993). “42” does a fine job of telling the Jackie Robinson story, but never goes beyond that goal, While the first hour runs smoothly, the second half gets repetitive. It starts with someone walking into Rickey’s office to complain about Robinson, then Jackie gets into a feud, and then the argument is resolved. Then someone new walks into Rickey’s office and the cycle repeats. This happens four times in a row. However, writer/ director Brian Helgeland’s screenplay has enough witty dialogue and smart one-liners, most of which are given to Ford, to keep the audience intrigued. Viewers will enjoy exciting baseball sequences, unlike “Moneyball” (2011), which was targeted more toward the stats-obsessed baseball geeks rather than the regular fans. Although America has come a long way since Robinson’s day, there is still some discrimination in the world of sports. Controversy erupted when Washington Wizards basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay last month. Audiences could learn something from Jackie’s story in the importance of treating everyone as an equal. “42” is no home run, like “The Natural” (1984) or “Field of Dreams” (1989), but it has moments of greatness, grossing $27.25 million dollars opening weekend.

‘Iron Man 3’ impresses audiences, predicting Justin Bieber receives criticism from successful future for the media for his reckless behavior Marvel and Disney Daniel Shavrin staff writer

Josh Lee staff writer Many fans were skeptical when Disney purchased Marvel Studios in 2009. Many wondered if this was an attempt to exploit the many franchises that Marvel owned with toys and shows for kids, or if Disney was serious about bringing these characters to life. Ardent Marvel comics fans who were doubtful that this business deal would fail were convinced otherwise with the release of “Marvels: The Avengers,” which grossed a total of more than $1.5 billion in ticket sales globally. However, anyone that still has doubt about the future of the company should look no further for evidence of quality. Iron Man 3 was released on May 3 and has already grossed $175 million in the first week and some critics have already started calling it the best “Iron Man” movie to date. “Iron Man 3” is the first film to be part of Marvel’s Phase Two program, a group a films that will eventually lead up to the release of the second Avengers film. While the film has been getting great reviews and attention, many wonder what this means for the future of Marvel movies. The next Marvel film to be released is “Thor: Dark World” during holiday season this year. Disney has stated in the past that they have no intention of disrupting the creative input of the main films. Much like Pixar, Disney wants the Marvel to continue their work with the films and comics while Disney handles the financial aspect of their projects, including financing and collecting revenue. Marvel benefits immensely as this allows a more creative range in their projects as they are financed by one of the most successful movie companies of all time. The first Iron Man movie released in 2008 had a budget of $144 million. “Marvels: The Avengers” had a budget of $220 million and “Iron Man 3” had a budget of $200 million. The later films were made after Disney bought Marvel and it is clear that their budget to finance these projects has seen a 50 percent increase in the last five years. Fans are worry about the future of Marvel, the home of many loved and respected comics for nearly a decade. However, the studio seems to be in safe and capable hands. While many believed that Disney would taint the track record of this studio and attempt to market it for kids, Disney has actually done the opposite and touch very little. Only time will tell, but it seems that this partnership is on the track for success.

Oh, they grow up so fast. Recently 19-yearold,Justin Bieber experienced another initiation into the rock-star lifestyle when Swedish Police raided his tour-bus on April 24, in Stockholm, Sweden. Police detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the bus as they were controlling the crowding outside of 13-year-olds. The drug-unit was alerted and later investigated the tour bus, detaining a small amount of marijuana and a stun-gun. Bieber’s European Tour has been fairly amusing, with the fainting episode in London, a pet monkey abandonment in Munich and a Anne Frank guest book message in Amsterdam. Bieber had his capuchin monkey seized by German customs officials. He did not have the correct paperwork for the monkey he recieved as a birthday present. German officials reported that Bieber’s management contacted the animal clinic where the monkey was quarantined and asked if they could find a ‘safe and sheltered place, or a zoo for the lonely creature,’ according to the Associated Press. Bieber was also under fire for a comment he wrote in a guest book at the Anne Frank Museum. He wrote that he hoped Anne Frank, the world famous Holocaust victim, would’ve been a ‘Belieber’ if had she been born in this era. Critics called this narcissism, whereas the Holocaust victim’s step-sister Eva Schloss defended Bieber’s comment, saying “He is a young man and she was a young girl, she liked film stars and music,” according to the London Telegraph. Prior to his European Tour, controversy swarmed around the young pop-star. In January, photos of Bieber smoking cannabis had surfaced. “Everyone makes mistakes, and although smoking weed is illegal, I still love him,” said junior, Cara Traub. He later apologized, but this controversy was not behind him. Before he knew it, he was met with more. A ‘Cut for Bieber’ trend on twitter was formed and took his fandom to a new level. The hashtag #cuttingforbieber was a supposed protest against his alleged marijuana use. Twitter users and Bieber fans began to post graphic images, unknown to be real or fake, of slashed wrists surrounded by blood. Later,

photo courtesy of MCT Campus As one of today’s most famous performers, Justin Bieber is not only an entertainer, but is admired by teenagers across the country. His performance at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte NC ,in January was one of his many popular performances this year.

Complex Music traced the hashtag’s origins to user 4Chan, where all the suggested posts and photos were debunked as a hoax. Bieber has kept a clean cut image for his fan base over the years, but it looks as though things are starting to slip. The innocent, clean-cut teen discovered by Usher is giving into the temptations of the celebrity lifestyle. Looking back at the history of musicians, this shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s no secret, musicians like to enjoy a wild lifestyle. Bieber is a young guy, an international sensation and it would be hard to resist the perks of being a pop-celebrity. Only time will tell what will become of Bieber as he faces the challenges of fame.



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Baseball ends regular season on a hot streak Adam Hurwitz staff writer

With the playoffs looming, the baseball team has stepped up their game. Following wins against Rockville, Blake, Paint Branch and Wheaton, the team turned its attention to its final game of the season, a home matchup versus Kennedy on May 6. After the first inning, the Patriots were up 11-0. Two hours and a few inches of rain later, the game ended 22-0 due to the mercy rule after the top of the fifth inning. “[In these types of games] where you know the score is going to be lopsided, we just want to focus on what is going to make you better,” coach JD Marchand said. “We want to be aggressive, but we also want to be respectful to the other team.” The team finished the game with 17 hits to Kennedy’s five. Seniors Andrew Craig and Kev-

in Mooney each hit home runs, with Mooney’s two-run shot coming in the second inning, putting the Patriots up 13-0. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Saggar received his second win of the season, only throwing 39 pitches and allowing four hits over four innings. “We need to continue playing well,” Marchand said. “We have to have solid defense, we’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple weeks. That’s what you want. You want to go into the playoffs hitting the ball really well and that’s what we’re doing right now.” In a non-divisional game against Wheaton, the Patriots won 20-0 on May 4. Juniors Noah Kimball and Alan Furuyama each hit home runs, while junior Matt Hsiung scored three runs and hit three runs batted in (RBIs) on two at-bats. Sophomore Matt Ainsworth pitched 29 times in three innings, getting three strikeouts

and only allowing one hit. Hsiung pitched 15 times en route to two no-hit innings, ending the game in a mercy rule. The final road game of the season against Paint Branch on May 2 was a hard-fought battle. The Patriots scored four runs in the second inning, including two RBIs and a run scored by Ainsworth and another RBI by Furuyama. Mooney had two of the team’s eight hits, while senior Glenny Woolschlager was walked twice. Craig pitched all seven innings, throwing 107 pitches, allowing only five hits and striking out 12 batters. During the May 1 game at Blake, the Patriots scored five runs in each of the first, fourth and seventh innings, ultimately winning 15-7. Led by Woolschlager, who scored three runs and had two RBIs, the Patriots doubled the Bengal’s hits, 16-8. Craig, Woolschlager and senior William Gunnarsson each stole two bases, while seniors

photo by Adam Hurwitz Sophomore Kyle Saggar pitches against Kennedy on May 6, allowing only four hits in four innings. The Patriots went on to win the game by mercy rule with a score of 22-0.

Dylan Jaffe and Boaz Ru combined for five strikeouts (three and two respectively). The team started off their win streak with a 9-2 home win over Rockville on April 27. Craig hit a home run, Ru stole two bases and Saggar allowed five hits on 84 pitches over a full seven innings.“We went through a lot of injuries early on in the

Boys’ lacrosse shoots for strong playoff run Stavros Tzamaras staff writer

photo by Paul Malinauskas Senior Hannah Ludema sets up senior Trey Troxell for a spike in the home match against Poolesville on May 7. The Patriots lost 0-3.

Co-ed volleyball exits playoffs with early loss Shemaiah Ellis arts editor The coed volleyball team lost to the Poolesville Falcons on May 7, which was the second round of the playoffs. “It’s sad it ended this way, we had a good run as a team,” senior Lily McWilliams said. “I’m pretty happy with the overall outcome of the season.” The Patriots lost 0-3 with the Falcons hitters spiking balls that flew past the Patriots front line, allowing the Falcons to rack up points. However, the Patriots did put up a fight and came close to winning the second set with senior Hannah Ludema setting up several plays for senior hitter Trey Troxell to spike over. “We expected to improve on our performance from last year sincle we lost in the first round. It was disappointing that we only made it to the second round, but I’m proud of our team’s accomplishments,” junior Emily Meyer said. The team took on the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles in the first round of the playoffs on May 2, winning the match 3- 0. With the seniors Ludema, Jordan Weissberg, Troxell and Mat Saunders

starting on the floor, the Patriots started strong. The Patriots won the first set 25-17, the final point was scored by Ludema setting up an excellent ball for setter Troxell to spike. The final two sets were won by the Patriots again. The Patriots challenged the Springbrook Blue Devils on April 29, and proceeded to leave the match with a win by a score of 3-0. Meyer contributed a lot in the match with strong sets and passes to middle hitter such as Saunders. The Patriots dominated the floor and had the Devils’ front line distressed and tired. The middle line for the Patriots worked well together, with hitters Saunders and Troxell controlling the floor and getting points on the board. The team took on the Clarksburg Coyotes on April 26, winning the match with a score of 3-0. The first set was won 25-19 with great hustle by the Patriots, while the next two sets were closely matched but Wootton pulled out the win. This year the co-ed volleyball team ended with a regular season record of 10-3. The seniors leaving this year are McWilliams, Saunders, Maddie Augostini, Ludema, Garth Hsu, Troxell and Weissberg.

season and we were struggling to figure out the lineup,” Craig said. “It started to really gel together at the end of the season and we are starting to put everything together in hopes to go far in the playoffs.” Playoffs for the Patriots started Friday, where they played Walter Johnson. That game was too late for this issue.

As the regular season draws to a close, the boys’ lacrosse team is gearing up for a hard fought battle in the postseason. After beating Poolesville on May 6 with a score of 17-1 and getting a bye in the first round of playoffs, the team looked to take down the Whitman Vikings on May 10. After being seeded third in the Maryland state tournament, the team was gunning for the big victory. Thanks to their seeding in the tournament, the team was given a bye in the first round. This topthree seeding comes thanks to the team’s strong performance in the regular season. The average score for each game this year so far is 14 goals. On average, the team wins their games by at least nine points. Throughout the regular season, the team has been led by the strong performances from players like seniors Matt Hoy, Joe Kelly and Miles Green. These players wow the crowd in every game, and have been the backbone to the Patriot lacrosse program this year. Hoy, the team’s spot-on goalie, rarely gives his opponents an easy shot-on goal. “It’s all instinct,” Hoy said. Kelly, the top scorer on the team, consistently brings his Agame in every matchup. Green, a strong defender, never ceases to hit hard and play to the best of his ability. Impressive stats and star players like these show the team’s

strength, and prove their seeding in the tournament this year. In last year’s playoff run, the team came short of victory by two goals against the Churchill Bulldogs in the third round semi-final game. This year, despite the onepoint-loss to the bulldogs in the regular season, the team is confident in their ability to succeed. “It was a tough loss, but I’m positive we can come back from it,” head coach Colin Thompson said. Ending the regular season with a bang, the team handily defeated the Poolesville Falcons on May 6 by a final score of 171. Coming out strong in the first quarter scoring an impressive seven points, the team’s intensity easily carried them to victory. After keeping the Falcons scoreless for the first three quarters, Poolesville managed only a single goal in order to break the shutout. “Poolesville was a good chance for the younger players to get some experience,” senior midfielder Kevin Dwyer said. “Overall, we played really well.” Nonetheless, this victory adds another W to the team’s already impressive record of 8-2, and brings them that much closer to the state title. As playoffs continues, the team is determined to continue their great season until the end, and possibly bring home a state championship. The game on May 10 against the Whitman Vikings was too late to be included in this issue.


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Track moves on to postseason competition

Nathan Tadesse staff writer The track team went into the MoCo Championship on May 6 and 9 riding a strong performance and win at the tri-meet against Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman. Boasting a 4-1 record, the Patriots placed second in their division. Their success was attributed to their strong lineup of runners and leadership from their coaches. The competition started off on May 6 with the field event, boys’ pole vaulting. The event included four Patriots in a group of 16, and led by pole vaulters junior Sam Eichberg and senior Aaron Tian. Both of them cleared nine feet, with Eichberg vaulting nine feet, six inches. The girls’ 4x800 meter relay team was the first to resume action, acquiring a fourth place finish in the process. Favorites to win their respective events, Shaw and Deppen were invited to Penn Relays on April 27. The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field event in the United States, attracting more than 15,000 high school and college athletes. Only 27 high school individuals from around the country and Jamaica are accepted to compete in the 400 hurdles event at the Penn Relays. Shaw received the silver medal in 100 meter

One of the most anticipated events from the meet was the boys 1600 meter run. Senior Josh Trzeciak and junior Urgy Eado were the top picks to place in the top six for the Patriots. They lived up to this expectation, starting in the middle of the pack but pulling ahead with one and a half laps left. While Eado and Trzeciak were making the push, Eado was shoved, and in turn cleated Trzeciak in the back of the calf and down his foot, pulling his cleat off. This accident led to Trzeciak losing his spike and being forced to run the last lap and a half without a right cleat. Trzeciak ran through a cut on his heel, and ripped off the skin of his big photo by Adam Hurwitz Senior Josh Trzeciak competes in the 1600-meter race while missing a shoe at the county championship on May 9. Trzeciak, who toe. Even under these circumstances, had lost his shoe earlier in the race, ended up coming in first, while junior Urgy Eado placed third. The Patriots came in fifth Trzeciak finished first and Eado hurdles while Deppen placed seventh. These the girls’ 4x200 meter relay team to a first placed third. Due to Trzeciak’s injury, two also made up half of the 4x400 relay place spot by passing Magruder’s anchor in the Patriots had to look for a replacement team at Penn. The other half consisted the last 100. Her teammate Deppen placed for the 4x400 meter relay, and senior David of her teammates junior Kara Huie and third in the 100 meter hurdles, and second in Levine stepped in to fill the temporary role. freshman Rachel Maizel. the 100 meter dash, falling only .03 seconds The team is still concerned that Trzeciak’s Shaw continued her domination at from the first place spot. For their final injury will prevent him from running in counties on May 9 with a first place finish, event, the 4x400 meter relay, Huie, Maizel, events at 4A West regionals today. “We are separating herself from her competitors in Shaw and Deppen raced to first place in the going to play his injury at a day by day basis,” the 100 meter hurdles. Shaw also anchored 4x400. head coach Kellie Redmond said.

Girls’ lacrosse finishes regular season on three-win streak

Goureesh Paranjpe staff writer

With the regular season at a close, the varsity girls’ lacrosse team’s post season looks to enter the post season with promising hopes. Though its eight-game win streak ended after a close matchup against Bullis on April 26, the team quickly regained their momentum with three straight victories against Holton-Arms, Gaithersburg and Poolesville. Though both Poolesville and the Patriots were offensive minded, it was the Patriots defense that kept the Falcons at bay. Senior midfielder Marisa Cresham put up six goals, giving the Yale recruit an astounding 54 goals total on the season. Sophomore midfield Ellie Kobylski showed her skills with a number of assists, and freshman goalie Olivia Mangun stopped several shots on goals to result in the 11-6 win. “It was a great game to go into the playoffs this

week,” junior attack Stephanie Weissenberger. Holton-Arms put up a good fight against the Patriots and came out to an early lead. “Although we had an early slip in the first half, we got back on track with communication on defense and moving the ball effectively with transitions up the field,” Weissenberger said. The girls proceeded to come back from their early deficit and ended the game with a comfortable 15-13 win to enter the playoffs The Patriots seemed to have their way with Gaithersburg. The entirety of the game was in the Patriots favor, as Gaithersburg’s defense did little to stop the Patriots’ fast-paced offense. “We managed to maintain possession for most of the game and our entire team defended really well,” senior defender Sarah Wallerstedt said. Wallestedt recently committed to playing lacrosse for St. Vincent College.

As the game unfolded, several of the girls tallied up goals, including an offensive exhibition of skill from junior attack Mady Romm, who put up an astounding seven goals. Notable performances were made by senior midfield Marisa Cresham and junior attack Alex Yokley, who put up five and four goals, respectively. Just a few days prior, the girls ended their win streak in an intense matchup against Bullis. Both teams are undefeated in their conference and were ready to come out firing on April 26. Bullis came out with an early lead, forcing the Patriots to come back from behind. “We dug ourselves into a hole and just couldn’t get out,” Wallerstedt said. Mangun made five impressive saves to keep the game from getting too far out of hand, the game ultimately ended in a 13-14 loss. The Patriots began their postseason on Friday, May 10, with a home game against Walter Johnson

Softball ends regular season with strong win against Magruder

Tej Joshi staff writer The varsity softball team had their most recent home playoff game on Monday, May 13, against Quince Orchard, but the game was played too late for this edition. With a win, the Patriots advance to the next round of the playoffs, but with a loss, the season comes to an end. The Patriots clinched the fourth seed in the playoffs, with a regular season record of 11-5 and a 5-0 record in the 4A South division. The Patriots beat the fifth seeded Magruder Colonels, with a score of 4-1 in their first playoff game of the season, on May 9. The team entered the playoffs riding a three-game winning streak. “Based on how well we played this season, I think we can go deep into the playoffs,” junior pitcher Haley White said. On May 6, the Patriots hosted the Kennedy Cavaliers. The Patriots won 15-2 by mercy rule after four and a half innings. White had a strong performance the entire game only giving up two runs. On the same day, the team had senior day for its seven graduating seniors, Niki Boyd, Jenna Hall, Hallie Rolfes, Andrea Kemp, Hailey Blumenreich, Ellie Gesiskie and Dana Barbaro. Coach Alton Lightsey started a tradition 11 years ago when he first came to Wootton,

in which the graduating seniors walk the bases one last time to represent the four years they spent playing high school softball. At each base the graduating seniors receive gifts from their teammates. Also, the graduating seniors had their first names written on the softball fence with cups and their numbers painted on the field. “We are going to miss our seniors next year,” Lightsey said. In the second start of freshman pitcher Gracie Gesiskie’s season on May 4, the Patriots won by mercy rule, when they shut out the Wheaton Knights 15-0. Gesiskie pitched well for the first four innings and then junior pitcher Kelly Regan finished the game. The Patriots beat the Paint Branch Panthers 6-0 on May 2. White pitched a strong game. The win at Paint Branch was Patriot’s final away game and their third shutout of the season. On April 29, the Patriots suffered their only loss in the final seven games of the regular season, to the Blake Bengals with a score of 11-1. The Patriots’ pitchers struggled due to poor weather conditions. “There was some rain, but we kept playing,” Lightsey said. The Patriots beat the Rockville Rams with a score of 9-1 on April 27. The Patriots hit the ball well, racking up 18 hits. The game was played for a full seven innings.

On April 25, while at Gaithersburg, the Patriots beat the Trojans 11-6. Sophomore Toria Yan finished the regular season with 24 hits, 20 runs batted in (RBIs) and 22 runs scored, which was the most on the team for all three categories.

Yan and Kemp were the only players to register homeruns, with one each this season. So far this season, White leads all pitchers on the team with 73.2 innings pitched and an impressive earned run average (ERA) of 2.66.

photo by Adam Hurwitz

Sophomore Toria Yan connects for a base hit in the game against Kennedy on May 6. The Pats won 15-2.



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Junior Laborwit on top of cheerleading pyramid

Sam Eichberg senior sports editor Eric Shumacher sports editor

to determine the overall rankings. In the finals, the Weathergirls placed fifth overall, securing their spot as the fifth best team in the world. Once the team finished their routine, the crowds as well as the coaches were on their feet, screaming and cheering loudly for the girls, who immediately knew they had nailed their final routine. “When we looked out and

saw all of the coaches faces and tears, we knew we had done well,” Laborwit said. Once all of the excitement was over, Laborwit described her emotions from the entire ordeal with one word: proud. “I can’t even explain how I’m feeling. It’s one of the best feelings in the world,” Laborwit said. “I’m just so happy and proud of my team for what we were able to do.”

Junior competitive cheerleader Lindsey Laborwit competed with her club cheer team, the Maryland Twisters, in the World Cheerleading Championship competition. The Twisters, also known as “The Weathergirls,” are sponsored by the company Varsity in order to participate in the competition. The team performed against teams from almost every country world-wide. In the event, each team is given twoand-a-half minutes to attempt to perform a well-rehearsed routine to perfection, Throughout the allotted time, the teams must complete certain stunts, certain dance moves and show off their elite tumbling skills, among other required tasks. Due to the difficulty and size of their division, the team started in the semi-finals, competing against 25 total teams. In the semifinals, the ten best teams move on to the next round. The Weathergirls placed eighth, llowing them to ove on to the ext round, the inals. The final round consists of the top ten teams from photo courtesy Lindsey Laborwit the previous day, in Junior Lindsey Laborwit poses with her club cheerleading team at the World Championship competition on another competition April 29. Laborwit’s team “the Weathergirls” placed fifth overall

Tennis team looking for another deep run Elliott Burklow staff writer Concluding the regular season with its match against B-CC, the tennis team looked forward to playoffs that began on May 6 to capture its fifth consecutive county championship, before looking on to regional and state finals. All Patriots players, both singles and doubles, were seeded among the top four seeds in each of their respective seven playing brackets, consisting of first, second, third and fourth singles, as well as first, second and third doubles. However, the Patriots were not alone at the top, as Churchill also had a either a team or player ranked among the top four in each of these divisions. Despite losing to Churchill during the regular season, the team was not fazed heading into these matchups for counties. “After Churchill, we kept the bigger goal of winning counties in mind,” senior and first singles player Mateo Cevallos said. “We won 58 straight matches, the one loss was a wake-up call that we can’t get overconfident.” As the Patriots progressed through the early rounds of counties, the team moved easily past opponents. Junior and second singles player Titas Bera routed his first two opponents after receiving a firstround bye, winning 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0. The first doubles team of seniors Varun Ganti and Kevin Chan also dominantly put away their opponents, giving up only two games in the second round after a first round bye, and then shutting out their opponents in the third. This type of strong performance was exactly what coach Nia Chirigos Cresham was looking for out of her players following their one loss to Churchill. “No senioritis,” Cresham said. “They were there for one set [against Churchill], but you have to be there for three.” Through three rounds of play, neither a Churchill nor a Wootton player had yet to be eliminated, culminating in a semifinal round in which a Bulldog and a Patriot player or team made up two of the four semifinalists. In addition to Cevallos, Bera, Ganti and Chan, seniors Gabriel Fan, Jonathan Lee, Oganesoff and Souvik Ghosh, junior Abishek Patwardhan and sophomore Joseph Deng all advanced to the semifinal round. On Thursday, May 9, the Patriots concluded semifinal play, moving one step closer to a county championship. Of the seven total teams that entered the day, five won and earned a place in the county finals. Bera and Fan both easily controlled their matches, winning 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. Unfortunately, Cevallos and Deng both lost, but neither went down without a fight, each pushing their matches into the third set after winning the second set after dropping the first set. After the boys’ tennis team was handed its first regular season loss in over four years at the hands of Churchill, the Patriots quickly returned to dominant form against B-CC with a shutout 7-0 win. The Barons were the team’s final divisional opponents, as well as the final match that counted toward seeding. All Patriots finished off their opponents in two sets, with the closest match coming in the first singles with Cevallos. Cevallos easily handled B-CC sophomore Luke Blackman in the first set 6-4, but needed extra games in the second to finish the set and the match, finally winning 7-6. Two of the strongest performances of the day came from Bera and Fan, who beat their opponents 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively.

Boys’ volleyball upsets reigning county champs in semifinals Jake Brodsky photo editor

The volleyball team has started off their postseason strong with decisive wins over the BCC Barons and the Springbrook Blue Devils before defeating the Blair Blazers in the county semifinals. The team recorded sweeps against both BCC and Springbrook. On Thursday, May 9, the team collided with the Blazers in an electric home atmosphere; at stake was entry into the county championship game. The undefeated Patriots jumped out to a strong early lead, winning the first two sets 26-24, and 25-20 respectively thanks to the dominant play of senior setter captain Justin Fowler, along with junior right side Paul Malinauskas. The Blazers responded in the third set winning 19-25, which marked the team’s first loss in a set since the season opener for the undefeated Patriots. Now, at risk of the match slipping away from them, the Patriots responded with force in the fourth set. With the crowd behind them the Patriots downed the opposition, winning the final set 25-16 and marking their second straight county championship appearance. “The crowd was awesome. I hope the championship game is even better,” senior middle hitter Aaron Krotman said. The team has worked out to get the county finals and overcome many obstacles. “The Wootton boys show

their character as they battle through adversity, maintain composure to bring order out of chaos, and demonstrate sportsmanship both on and off the court,” coach John Hartranft said. In their match against the Barons, on May 7, the Patriots won the first set 25-9, the second set 25-10 and the third set 25-9. The team’s stifling defense kept the Barons from surpassing 10 points while they continued their offensive supremacy. Strong play from senior outside hitter Henry Zhou and sophomore outside hitter Mark Pang helped propel the Patriots to their victory In their opening round match up on May 2 against the 16 seeded Blue Devils, the first seeded Patriots won the sets 25-6, 25-3, and 25-13 respectively. The Patriots started the match strong, surging to 7-0 lead before the Blue Devils were forced to call timeout; the Patriots scored six more times before conceding their first point of the match. The team took advantage of the 13-1 start, only allowing six points in the first set. In the next set the Patriots also jumped ahead early again, scoring the matches first 13 points. They finished the set dominantly, winning with a score of 25-3. The team used the third set as an opportunity to give younger players valuable playoff experience. In the county championship, the Patriots will face off against the second seeded undefeated RM Rockets.

photo by Jake Brodsky Junior Paul Malinauskas rises up for a spike in the May 7 win against BCC.

“They’ve earned the opportunity to play for the championship. I can’t think of a team more deserving of what they have already achieved this season,” Hartranft said. The county championship last night at 7 pm against RM at Magruder was played too late for this issue.


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Editor-in-Chief Diaries

photo by Nellie Allentuck Senior editor-in-chief Mia Saidel shows off a recent issue of Common Sense. Saidel has been a member of the staff for three years

A recount of my experience leading Common Sense Mia Saidel staff writer Being the most unathletic person imaginable, it is inconceivable to see myself being compared to anything sports-related. Yet ironically, my experience as editor-in-chief very much correlates to the art of playing a game. In an authoritative position of power, it’s easy to assume control and dictate orders. But as a leader of a school publication, this approach isn’t feasible. Just like the captain of a team, I can’t value myself above the rest of the players when it’s time to execute on our finest hour. The flexibility I have to approach each player and lead the game may be extensive, but I am powerless without the effort of fellow teammates. Each writer on our staff contributes something significant, and it’s an editor-in-chief ’s job to harness these contributions and acknowledge them rather than rely on her own strength. What it all comes down to is the final play. Avoiding the competition or mistakes that may be forthcoming is impossible. We add, cut, re-word, edit, and finalize articles, and we are aware that the final product may not hit home base. Photos may have captions that have misspelled names or are in the wrong font. Our front page sometimes may not be as aesthetically appealing as that of Blair or Walter Johnson. We may even accidentally print the same article on the front page that ran on the last issue when it was supposed to be about our swim team winning the division championship (yes, we did that). But as captain, I can’t be discouraged by the occasional unsatisfactory play. We treat each issue of our paper like it is our last chance to deliver news. Yet what I find most rewarding is that I am working with people who share a common interest and goal, a team that wants to achieve every title possible. We all want the perfect issue, free of typos or statistical errors or blurry pictures. We have yet to reach that goal, but as an editor, it is so gratifying to watch the rest of the staff help each other and point out something out of place not for the sake of criticizing, but for the sake of improving. As a cohesive unit, the Common Sense tries our best to print papers that are innovative, provocative, and at the most basic level, informative. The rustle of papers being read during class time even as teachers reprimand students to put them away and the bustle of students talking about Commons pages are a testament to our hard work. Being able to contribute to such an effort, the sole bi-weekly student publication in the county, has been a privilege. Every team hopes to make it to the World Series or the like. Victory is certainly something that we all strive for. I leave this paper knowing that I was able to help lead my team there.

What to do before you die...or at least graduate Aaron Tian staff writer With the countdown of days left for seniors reaching single digits, seniors should think about what they want to do before they finally say farewell to the white-coated cinder block walls for good. 1.Go swimming on the rooftop pool: Nothing wraps up a rough day of schoolwork and stress like a refreshing dip in the pool. Luckily, all the underclassmen still think the pool is just a prank, so the loop-de-loop slide and Olympic diving board almost never have a line. This is a must for any outgoing seniors. 2. Say “hi” to Buddy: Buddy is one of the friendliest faces in the school. Whether you are big or small, freshman or senior, Buddy appreciates you and wants you to succeed. It is rumored that his parents were part unicorn, and anyone who has seen his infectious smile is inclined to agree. 3. Attend a girls’ basketball game: Few crowds at any high school, college or professional sporting event can match the intensity of the Ladies’ Men. The Ladies’ Men’s unorthodox practices, such as wearing penguin suits and animal onesies, never fail to warrant estranged glances

from the opposing crowd. 4. Crowd surf the hallways during lunchtime rush hour: The stairwell by the commons is notoriously crowded during all lunch periods. If you are smart, you will take advantage of the pandemonium by grabbing your wallet and phone tight, hiking up your shorts and taking a leap of faith into the arms of the frustrated passersby. 5. Take the time to seriously thank your staff: These are the people who keep the school running. They are the people who pushed you day in and day out, a huge reason why you were accepted into the college that you are going to next year. Sure, they have caused the occasional sleepless night or nervous breakdown, but take the time to appreciate how truly lucky you are to have had the teachers and administration that you did. 6. Steal the spotlight in a lunchtime dance-off: Whenever SGA or Senior Planning brings speakers to the cafeteria to promote a school event, a dance circle inevitably forms in the crowd; an empty space in which one brave soul will enter. When he or she leaves they will either have glory or embarrassing, dreadful shame. Such is the nature of life, dear reader. Next time the speakers are blaring and the weak of heart gather to judge the heroes with the courage to perform, jump into the fray and release the flaming passion of your soul.


KATIE MCRAE editor-in-chief

SOFIE JACOBS managing editor

JARED BEINART news editor


ALLIE GREENSPUN MARIA ZLOTESCU commons editor oped editor

NELLIE ALLENTUCK features editor

LIZ LEUNG online editor/ SHEMIAH ELLIS business editor arts editor

ABBY WEI features editor


senior sports editor

ERIC SHUMACHER sports editor

TRACY YU managing editor

JAKE BRODSKY photo editor



Common Sense - May 15, 2013

The craze of the college race Editor-in-Chief Diaries Rebecca Jahnke staff writer

Last month at NYU’s “Weekend on the Square” open house, assistant VP of undergraduate admissions Shawn Abbott addressed the gymnasium full of admitted students: “Some schools like to preach the average scores of their accepted students. I’m going to focus on your achievements, because from this point on, who really cares what you got on the SAT?” The crowd erupted. Wootton seniors felt a similar liberation on May 1, which marked the end of the college conundrum. Having survived the cursed junior year and the senior year pressures of applications and waiting for results. May 1 served as the last day to commit to a university and decline other schools’ offers. While some students, thanks to early decision, early action and rolling admissions, committed months ago, for others, the muchanticipated act of putting the final deposit down brought an intimidating sense of finality to the paralyzing, two-year process. Having finally completed the college admissions game, the latest round of seniors is breathing a collective sigh of relief. For the first time since sophomore year, seniors are not doing things just to get into ‘X’ school with ‘X’ ranking from “an asinine Top Ten created by a failed news magazine,” as stated by former president of Drew University and University of Michigan emeritus professor, Dr. Robert Weisbuch. When seniors began their college search, many found themselves obsessed with rankings. Some, like the compilations of campuses that look most like Hogwarts, or Buzzfeed’s recent charting of student bodies voted as most sexy and smart, are intended to be light-hearted. Others, like U.S. News’ ranking of the top universities, have a greater impact on a school’s reputation. Thoughtful students may wonder, however, how fair such rankings are—especially when they’re based in part on standardized test scores, which one college admissions officer reportedly claimed tell as much as a student’s “shoe size.” Other controversies within the admissions system regard the ‘hooks’ that increase certain candidates’ odds of being admitted—from athletic recruits, to celebrities whose names help them stand out from peer applicants, to descendants of graduates who increase a school’s odds of receiving an endowment—and whether early decision increases a students’ chances. While many admissions officers maintain that early decision percentages falsely appear easier due to smaller pools of likely qualified applicants, some students feel that promising to enroll gives a

candidate an inevitable leg-up. “You know how much a school costs when you apply. In terms of early decision, there’s something to be said about the fact that, at the end of the day, your promise to enroll implies your promise to pay whatever the school demands, unless you absolutely can’t and have to back out,” senior Maddie Roepe said. Desperate, students are driven to perceivably ludicrous practices. Many with the financial flexibility outsource college coaches to pen application essays, or drop thousands at standardized test tutoring centers like C2 Education because they admittedly do not have the discipline to self-study. The companies providing these services have created something of a black market. Still, while theoretically these services would afford students an unethical advantage over those who cannot afford them, the reality is that they more often than not do not make or break a students’ score. “If you’re not Harvard-material, spending $ 3,000 on a tutoring course will not get you into Harvard. Nor should you want to go there, just because it’s Harvard,” senior Jonathan Kagan said. Tufts student blogger Rachael Jackson echoes this sentiment. “College, and for that matter, Tufts, is not the only option. For many people, it’s not even a good option,” Jackson said. While seniors’ fall plans vary, the largest concentrations of former Patriots will be found close to home, with 142 at UMCP, 25 at UMBC, 56 at MC, 11 at Towson and 15 at Penn State of the 512 decisions reported at press time. For some seniors, the months spent painstakingly tailoring each application to reflect each school’s persona did not necessarily yield the results they had hoped or planned for. However, in retrospect, many seniors concede that they ended up in the best fit for them. “You get admitted to a school because they saw something special in you, and pining for another one is like chasing after a guy that strings you along instead of noticing the good guy standing below your window with a boom box,” Roepe said. Cliché as it sounds, students can find success anywhere. As Dr. Weisbuch puts it: “The selfstarting, energetic student at a community college will learn more and do better afterwards than a sloth attending Harvard or Yale.” As the next batch of college-bound seniors gears up for the rigged rigors of the college admissions process, they may want to keep the wise words of humorist and novelist Douglas Adams in mind: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to be.”

“You get admitted to a school because they saw something special in you” - Roepe

A bittersweet final reflection on Common Sense and its staff

Tyler Kessler staff writer After this year, all I can say is WOW. This year has definitely been a transition from last year, but the main difference is that we are now a bi-weekly publication. When our sponsor, Evva Starr, first told me we would transition to a bi-weekly paper I was shocked, worried and stressed to say the least. Last year, was a lot of work as just a monthly issue, so how could I transition to leading a paper coming out twice as frequently? So, in the least confident way possible I agreed to do it and somehow do not regret this decision today. While it would have opened up my Friday afternoons and given me fewer stressful nights where I’m forced to stay up late to do all my school work, it was truly an enriching experience. Starting off on the first day of school it was very odd in a sense to be a leader of my peers who I had been working with on the newspaper staff for a couple of years. The beginning was interesting in that instead of working beside them, I was now in charge of them. Of course, it had its pains as leading class discussion everyday was a hassle since everybody always had something to say, but it was definitely amazing to see everyone individually grow and develop within the newspaper. All in a two-week period, we undergo story meetings, article assignments and writing, editing, page layouts and even more editing. Nobody really understands the processes of making the newspaper or how much work actually goes into making the newspaper, except for the newspaper staff. But we do it regardless. The best experience is handing out the papers and seeing everyone read them, knowing your hard work was for a good reason, seeing people talk about the paper in a positive light, makes it all worth the while. Being able to meet so many amazing people and work with the newspaper staff the whole year has been an unforgettable experience. While our issues have had major resonance throughout the school whether it be an article or a small feature, what impressed me the most was the complete support our whole newspaper staff had for one another throughout each backlash. I honestly do not remember anyone of us not defending the newspaper on another’s behalf. These events have not only made me proud to be editor-in-chief of Common Sense, but have also made me sad knowing I will be leaving after this issue. However, I leave knowing the paper is in good hands, and knowing that I have affected the paper in a positive way. But most importantly, I leave not only a newspaper staff, but also a Common Sense family that I will forever remember.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for froyo Marcy Berger staff writer Frozen yogurt shops have become the hang out place to enjoy one’s dessert and create their very own personal treat. The self-serve frozen yogurt market keeps heating up, with more and more shops opening in almost every popular shopping center that is a frequented by students. The Country’s Best Yogurt, known as TCBY, was the first national frozen yogurt store chain. TCBY opened its first frozen yogurt shop in Arkansas. Ever since then frozen yogurt has been a hit. Other self-serve frozen yogurt shops top the popularity

level of students such as 16 Handles, Sweet Frog, Yogi Castle. Frozen yogurt or commonly referred to by students as “froyo” is the ‘go-to’ snack for students. “Since I live so close to Sweet Frog, there is no way not to go. I could live on frozen yogurt,” junior Sonika Singh said. Senior Blake Ulisney is also a big fan of Sweet Frog. “Sweet frog by far has the best froyo. My favorite flavor is pistachio,” Ulisney said. The phenomena of selfserve frozen yogurt shops appeals to all ages. People can top their yogurt creation with a tremendous number of toppings, from sprinkles to

delicious cookie dough bites. In addition, self-serve frozen yogurt is priced by the ounce. At each self-serve shop, before paying, customers place their cup on the scale to get weighed. Junior Jaclyn Lyberger, who is an employee at Sweet Frog, loves her job. “It is great working there because when I’m done with my shift I get to get a free cup of froyo,” Lyberger said. Self-serve frozen yogurt is continuing to grow larger and more popular. Clearly the froyo trend is not leaving the area. It satisfies one’s sweet tooth and gives them the power to create their dream dessert.

photo by Abby Wei Senior editor-in-chief Tyler Kessler examines an issue of Common Sense with pride.



Common Sense - May 15, 2013

Senior Futures-Taking over the World JONNY HARVEY One month before graduating from Tulane as valedictorian, Jonathan Suzanne Harvey is firmly asked to leave campus after being charged with indecent exposure and third degree assault stemming from his overly aggressive intramural sports play. With $3 to his name, Harvey takes to the streets of New Orleans, scatting and covering Lana Del Rey songs for spare change. Fifteen years, a beard and a head of dreadlocks later, Harvey is flown to Stockholm, Sweden, to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for Photojournalism for his impeccable and hardhitting depiction of metropolitan-area Jewish youth groups exclusively through the X-Pro II filter on Instagram. Peace Prize in hand, Harvey finally fulfills his lifelong dream of moving to Spokane, Washington. Harvey is last seen riding into a classic Spokane sunset with his college sweetheart, Jasmine, in his Honda Accord named Courtney.


As Ryan decides which university will be graced with his presence next fall, his two favorite schools, Drexel and Emerson, decide to face off for his affections in a Hunger Games-esque battle to the death. Ryan, being a film critic prodigy, critiques the fight. While the film’s action reigns supreme, like in the movie, there ends up being a tie between the two contenders. Ryan ultimately splits his college career between both schools, taking frequent leaves of absence to attend indie film festivals with his fellow (yet inferior) movie-buffs. After graduating, it’s not long before Los Angeles beckons, so Ryan ships off to the City of Angels. He befriends every hotshot from Quentin Tarantino to Jay Leno. When he and Jay realize they’re both fellow Emerson alums, it’s no surprise that they become fast friends. Ryan inherits the Tonight Show, and continues to paint the Hollywood sky red— just like his lustrous hair.

Bobby PAK After studying criminal justice in college for all of an hour, Bobby decides he doesn’t want to work with the law side of crime, but with crime itself. He drops out of school to meet up with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and eight other of his friends to rob three Vegas casinos. Their plot is foiled, but Bobby escapes prosecution using what he learned in his one hour of criminal justice class. He then becomes Terminator and travels back in time to 1960 to tell Lewis Milestone to produce Ocean’s 11, a movie about their plan. The movie was remade in 2001 using the same actors who plotted with Bobby, but he was only seven years old at the time.


Danielle intended to go to York College to earn a degree in education and a minor in child development. However, upon taking culinary classes during her free time, she discovered that Italian cuisine was her passion. Using her money earned from countless babysitting jobs and kindergarten assistant work, she travelled to Italy and became an apprentice to Renato Piccolotto, the renowned chef who caters for Elton John and the Academy Awards. She met Sir Elton at an event and became a backup guitarist for his comeback tour. She now owns an Italian restaurant in Pennsylvania, and Sir Elton is a frequent visitor.

AARON TIAN No one would have predicted rapper Aaron “Spincycle McTwisty” Tian’s rise to fame. After receiving his high school diploma, McTwisty trips over his gown in front of everyone, resulting in uproarious laughter. Embarrassed, he storms out yelling “y’all gonna regret laughin’ at Spincycle!” Soon after, #SpincycleTakesATumble begins to trend on Twitter, and the embarrassed rapper exiles himself from society. After a short period of seclusion, a bearded former shadow of himself finally makes his way out of his home on a trip to the grocery store to pick up his supply of milk and amphetamines. To his surprise a swarm of his cult internet following surround him chanting his name. Inspired by these events, McTwisty regains his confidence and announces his debut album King of Tha Innernetz, scheduled to be released in 2025.


After two years of aerospace engineering studies at the University of Maryland, Adam Hurwitz bails and declares for the NHL draft. The Washington Capitals, quickly discovering Hurwitz’s talent, draft him in the first round. He becomes a legend on the ice, using his studies to help him fly around the rink. His storied career lands him a job as the general manager of the Capitals. However, he decides that he is fed up with everyone’s sass and uses his skills as a pilot to fly off into the sunset.

Mia SAIDEL After leaving the Common Sense staff as Asian Correspondent, Mia takes American University by storm, hoping to major in fashion journalism. She hands in her SIP on Japanese versus American fashion and graduates on spot. Her career begins at age 18 where she moves to Japan to work for a popular celebrity magazine. However, a year into her career, she realizes that it is not what she dreamed of. She always had a Southern side so she decides to move to Texas to become a bull rider. She is currently the number two women’s bull rider in the nation. She is now eloped with 18 children in Tyler, Texas.

Courtney PORIES In the midst of packing to attend Indiana University, Courtney Pories came across a newspaper ad informing her of the newest Broadway hit, “Star Wars: The Musical.” Pories then withdrew her deposit from Indiana to fulfill her dream of moving to New York City in hopes of becoming Chewbacca. Upon arriving, Pories made money by selling Pinterest-inspired Cheesecake-Oreo cookies, “DIY” shorts, and suspenders. In hopes of being recognized, she displayed her talents by singing her favorite Taylor Swift songs. Unfortunately, Pories’ dreams did not come true, as she did not land the role of Chewbacca. Although losing her dream role was a disappointment, her hopes were still fulfilled when she landed the role of Yoda, which she played for the entire 50 year run

Goureesh PARANJPE Goureesh flies through UMBC, double majoring in Forensics and Kung Fu while simultaneously receiving $19 million in the lottery. Realizing his destiny, he dons the all-black armor, cape, and tool belt ($5 million) and takes up the mantel as Batman. Goureesh hops in his new Batmobile ($13 million) with his sidekick, Robin ($20,000 a week). Hitting 120 MPH, Goureesh drives off a bridge into the ocean, losing all of his equipment. With no money left, Goureesh falls into debt and crippling depression. He lives the remainder of his life in a sewer, fighting rats and pigeons for bread crumbs.

WASHIQ AHMED After seven years at the University of Maryland, Washiqitiki Fresh finally receives his degree in hospitality and management. After eight years running the Holiday Inn express, he meets and falls in love with 31-year-old YoYoGi sushi chef Lydia Han. After a year of dating, Fresh becomes Han’s trophy husband and they move to the mountains of Utah, where they have 50 children and build up their liberation army. With the kids all grown up, the family moves to China to begin their plan to free and then advance to and take over North Korea. After a 5-year-war with Kim Jong Un, Han and Fresh finally succeed, take over the country where Fresh proceeds his career as the trophy husband of the new Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Han. Quid mo inessit, Patus culicum Patum

jaime DACOSTA Jaime goes on to college, ready to meet new people and take interesting classes. However, his peers, who are distracted by his super-fresh style, end up becoming intimidated by how fashionable he is and refuse to befriend him. Lonely, but looking cooler than ever, Jaime resorts to the only natural response: join the school’s horticulture club. Jaime discovers that he is passionate about plants and begins to collect venus fly traps in his room. Before he can get eaten Little Shop of Horrors style, Jaime graduates and begins his career as a florist, dressing up his “little babies” in sweet outfits to match his own. His business attracts P-Diddy, who is interested in the latest plant adoption craze, and Jamie becomes his singing-rapping protégée, Q-Doggy.

Upon her graduation from Delaware, Olivia decides to pursue her true passion by becoming a full-time Zumba instructor (fulltime as in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). However, her love for this Latin-inspired workout program is not enough to make up for the exhaustion that comes from this demanding career. She proceeds to spend the rest of her life as a Blue Hen Lady (in honor of her alma mater) and spends her remaining years on Pinterest pinning photos of chickens. One tragic day, she hits an Error 404 Page and she literally explodes into a pile of blue and yellow confetti.

Ross DAVIS Soon after accomplishing a Ph.D. in Turf and Golf Course Management, Dr. Ross Davis buys majority stock of the Washington Capitals with his third wife, Katie McRae. Unfortunately, under Dr. Davis’s tenure the Capitals experience their worst seasons in NHL history. Ten failed seasons finally drive Capital fans to the brink as riots declaring for the overthrow of the Davis ownership ravage the city. Deciding that receiving 100,000 “Kill Ross,” death threats on the daily is 99,999 too many, Davis and McRae steal whatever funds are left in the Capitals account and flee to Nigeria where they take up the aliases Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Bernheimer. Seeking redemption for ruining the one actually good Washington sports team, Bernheimer desires to finally do some good and opens up the first Boys and Girls Club of Nigeria.


A week after walking onto St. Joseph University’s campus everyone knows Stavros as the kid (MAN) who can squat 235 pounds, after he only introduces himself as that. He immediately takes to the gym twice a day and graduates with a diploma in professional squatting—something he has strived for, for so long. He continued this trend appearing on the show “True life: I’m addicted to lifting.” He then sets out to a rehabilitation center where he finds himself and realizes that all along, no one really cared about how much he squatted at the gym last Tuesday. Upon this realization he re-enters college to major in business management, where of course he opens up his own gym for only Greek people.

Josh LEE Josh Lee is hanging out in his UMBC dorm with some supermodel friends from across the hall. Then, the phone rings, it's Hollywood writer/director Quentin Tarantino. "Josh!" Tarantino panics, "Zac Effron just dropped out of my new vampire-Kung Fu flick! I need a new leading man ASAP!" Josh stops to think, he is going to spend the weekend in New York City volunteering at a soup kitchen, but knows his talents are needed elsewhere. Josh jumps into his helicopter and rushes to LA. He finishes the movie, rewrites the ending adding a twist involving Nazi werewolfs, wins the Oscar, starts his own production studio and becomes the new youngest millionaire.


Tyler Kessler will go on to pursue his career as a GAP kids clothing model. In a horrible child-modeling accident, Tyler will lose his legs but retain his cuteness, which will will help him in meeting the the love of his life, Beyonce Knowles. They run away together and marry when Tyler resigns from his modeling career at age 36. After leaving GAP, Tyler finally chases his dream of trying to convince people that the Tennessee Titans are a good football team. After this horrible failure,Tyler retires to the place where he was born - the playboy mansion - where he lives a happy life with his wife and 12 children; all of which he names Stavros after his BFF.

Rebecca JAHNKE Rebecca wants to study journalism and minor in film studies. She will want to use that degree in journalism to cover every single concert of the popular hiphop electronic dupstepy bandmagigy, Timeflies. She will continue to follow them until she gets a proposal from Cow, a handsome band member who reminds Rebecca of pineapples and unicorn tears. They will marry and have five children: George, Georgia, Georgy, Jorge, and Vlad. She will eventually use her minor to direct a one-hour, made-for TV documentary about their lives as a family that will premiere on TLC during prime time. She’ll win an Emmy for the best documentary of the year.

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