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Volume 43, Issue 15- Thomas S. Wootton High School - 2100 Wootton Parkway - Rockville, MD 20850 - June 4, 2014
Photo courtesy Wootton Track and Field Senior Urgy Eado sprints to the finish line, winning the 800-meter.
Nellie Allentuck editor-in-chief he track and field team finished their season with a T second and 11th place for the boys and girls respectively at the state championships on Saturday May 24. The boys added onto their array of accomplishments from this season, including an undefeated regular season, division title, county title and a third place finish at the regional meet. For the girls, it was an improvement on their 15th place finish at the county championships. In addition to the team success, three individuals earned individual state championship titles. “It gives us a good start to the post season and helped the team stay positive,” junior Patrick Munro said. Senior Sam Eichberg led the way in the field events, placing fourth and earning a school record in the pole vault. Senior Kara Huie was the only field member to win an event after her triple jump of 36-10.75 meters gave her a state championship title, achieving a school record in the process. Huie also placed fourth in the long jump and was instrumental in two relays. Sophomore Rachel Maizel was the sole girl sprinter
Photo courtesy Wootton Track and Field Senior Kara Huie’s triple jump earned her a state championship title.
STATE CHAMPS Track & field dominates at state finals
to place, finishing seventh in the 400 and fifth in the 800 meters. On the boys’ side, sophomore Jaron Woodyard placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200 meter dash. Senior Urgy Eado won the 800-meter by less than a second, and then came in second in the 1600-meter by a mere six-tenths of a second. Senior Alan Banks was the only other Patriot to win an event, coming in first in the closely contested 300 meter hurdles by one-tenth of a second. Banks will be running for Colby College next year. All of the relays placed well, including a second place finish by the boys 4x800 relay consisting of senior Nick Walden, Munro, junior Nathan Nadal and Eado, an impressive feat after winning the race at last year’s state championships. The 4x400 relay placed 13th while the 4x100
Photo courtesy Wootton Track and Field Senior Alan Banks hurdles to victory, winning by one tenth of a second.
meter placed fifth. The girls 4x800 meter relay placed the highest for the Patriots out of all the girls’ relays, with a seventh place by seniors Lexi Levenson, Dana Sung, Kirayln Harrison and Maizel. At the regional championship meet on May 16, the meet used to qualify for the state championships, seven individuals and six relays earned berths after placing fourth or achieving the time standard needed to advance. The individuals included Eichberg (pole vaulting), Huie (triple jump and long jump), Banks (110 and 300 meter hurdles), Woodyard (100 and 200 meters), Eado (800 and 1600 meters), Maizel (400 and 800 meters) and senior Erica Monterio (400 meter). Despite the loss of all but one of their state championship placers, the boys’ track and field team will still be strong next year and will be relying on Woodyard, Munro and Nadal to carry them through. On the girls’ side, they will still have Maizel but will be losing their strongest field competition, Huie. “We have a lot of talent on the team,” Munro said. “There are a lot of fast underclassman that did and should have a big impact on the team this and next year.”
Beloved former guidance counselor Denise Schaefer dies Allie Greenspun managing editor
The community was deeply saddened to hear of the death of former guidance counselor Denise Schaefer, who died on May 10 as a result of a blood infection. A Facebook page set up in Schaefer’s honor titled ‘In memory of Denise Schaefer’ displays photos of Schaefer with her husband Geoff and daughters Hailey (age five) and Katelyn (age three). Friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers have flooded the page with words of kindness and memories in the past few weeks. “This page is in memory of Denise Schaefer, beautiful wife, loving mother, amazing daughter and sister, and great friend,” the anonymous creator of the page said. Schaefer began working at the school in 2009 as a counselor. For three years, she ad-
vised students through ough, all around issues, gave out advice, great person. I helped with the college was so sorry to process and assisted in see her leave the making students’ high school and very school experience as sucsaddened by her cessful as possible. She passing. I will left the school at the end remember her as of the 2011-2012 school an overall great year to work closer to counselor, mothhome and spend more er and person,” time with her two young Bass said. daughters. She accepted On May 6, a job at Magruder and Schaefer began spent her time coaching experiencing softball and swimming. stomach bugCounselor Dr. Jay like symptoms. Photo courtesy Facebook memory page Bass, who hired Schae- Former guidance counselor Denise Schaefer (age 38) When her confer, looks back at her died on May 10 as a result of a rare blood infection. She dition began to is survived by her husband Geoff and daughters Hailey time here with nothing and Katelyn. deteriorate after but fond memories. several days, she “She was an organized, upbeat, thor- checked into the hospital where doctors di-
agnosed her with a blood infection that was beginning to attack her vital organs. She was put on dialysis and kept in a medically induced coma until she went into cardiac arrest on May 10. In the days since her passing, offers of physical and monetary support for the Schaefer family have poured in. In support of Schaefer’s husband and two daughters, a website has been set up as a means for people to donate money to the family for their immediate needs and the two girls’ future education. For those who would like to donate, the link to the website is www.gofundme. com/9442bc. A memory book has also been set up for Schaefer’s two daughters to remind them of their mother. Those who knew her are encouraged to send in any stories, memories or pictures they had with Schaefer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
News Briefs Washington Monument reopens The Washington Monument reopened on Monday May 19, 32 months after the August 2011 5.8 magnitude earthquake that caused serious damage and forced it to suspend operations. Since the quake, the world’s largest freestanding stone structure has been covered in scaffoldings for the $15 million repair, half of which was donated by philanthropist David Rubenstein. The earthquake that shook the monument in 2011 caused severe structural damage, making it unsafe for the general public until repairs could be completed. Holocaust hero awarded medal Sir Nicholas Winston is set to be awarded the Order of the White Lion, the highest order in the Czech Republic, for his heroic efforts during World War II when he saved 669 children from their impending deaths at Nazi concentration camps. The announcement was made on Winston’s 105th birthday on May 19. According to The Guardian, there are roughly 6,000 people around the world today who owe Winston their lives. For decades, Winston’s heroic efforts largely went unnoticed until 1988, when a BBC program surprised him by planning an emotional reunion with several of the survivors he saved, the Telegraph reported. 11 year-old saves grandfather Charley Cullen, 11, says the skills he picked up playing the video game “Grand Theft Auto V” taught him to react properly a few weeks ago, when his 79-year-old grandfather, Finn, blacked out while the he was driving approximately 70 mph on a highway in Slane, Ireland. After Finn lost consciousness, the Irish Mirror reports that Charley grabbed the wheel with one hand, steering the car down the road and away from other vehicles, while simultaneously attempting to wake up his grandpa, whose foot was stuck on the accelerator. Eventually, Charley crashed the car sideways into a large wall, bringing it to a stop and fracturing his own skull in the process. Despite his grandfather still being unconscious, Charley was able to extricate both himself and Finn from the car, and carry him home, according to the Irish Examiner. -Joey Castelli staff writer
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Nigerian terrorist group kidnaps 300 schoolgirls Aparna Nararajan online editor More than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted five weeks ago by a violent antiWestern terrorist group, Boko Haram. Fifty-two girls are confirmed to have fled but 276 girls remain in captivity. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau revealed his plans to sell the kidnapped girls as sex slaves in a video released May 5. On April 14, while the girls of the Chibok and the Girls Government Secondary School were sleeping, militants dressed in Nigerian military uniforms defeated the 15 soldiers positioned outside the school and entered the building posing as government soldiers. “Don’t worry, we’re soldiers, nothing is going to happen to you,” one 16-year-old student in an interview with the AP recalled they were told by the terrorists. “They ... started shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great). And we knew,” the girl added. Over 270 girls were kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into vehicles. Three weeks following the girls’ abduction, French news
agency Agence FrancePresse obtained a video containing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s hour-long video rant against Western education in which he revealed his plans to sell the girls, who were kidnapped for seeking a western education, as slaves. “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah…There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women… Photo courtesy MCT campus Girls, you should go and David Trumble and fellow protesters gather outside the D.C. Nigerian Emget married,” Shekau said bassy to urge government action for the 300 girls recently kidnapped. according to a CNN transThe Nigerian government about the Nigerian governlation of his video from the initially claimed that just over ment’s inaction. “The pain and local tongue Hausa to English. 100 women had been captured suffering those girls families The video also showed 100 and only eight remained miss- are feeling is horrible and the of the girls for the first time ing. But these numbers did not fact that the government is desince they were kidnapped. later correlate to accounts by ciding not to do anything to Sheku claims the girls have been the police, school, and parents. help the situation is atrocious,” converted to Islam and also deAs the number rose, the Ni- senior Alyssa Valdez said. mands, “By Allah, these girls gerian Military recanted their The Nigerian government’s will not leave our hands until statement and admitted they inaction in finding the girls you release our brothers in your had lied about rescuing the and responding to Boko Haprison, you took our brothers girls. It took President Good- ram’s actions sparked anfour or five years ago, and now luck Jonathan two full weeks ger and protest within Nithey are in your prisons. You do after the incident to meet with geria and all over the world. many things, and now you talk security, school and state offi- The U.S. has recently enlisted the of these girls. We will not let cials to understand the situation. predator drone and 80 troops in them go until you release our Students here are distressed Chad to help find and bring jusbrothers.” about the incident and angry tice to the abducted girls.
Snapchat confidentiality questioned; privacy flaw revealed Jason Recht staff writer Recent privacy issues show that Snapchat, a popular application that allows pictures or videos to disappear on a self-destruct timer, is not so private after all. Snapchat, released in September 2011 by two Stanford University students, has a distinguishing feature, where one can send pictures to friends that cannot be seen again when the set time runs out. As Snapchat became ubiquitous, the application evolved into a source of sending videos as well, with the same “privacy” guaranteed. Snapchat grew in popularity on the promise that what one sends will never be seen again. The supposed confidentiality prompted users to start sending embarrassing pictures to one another as a source of entertainment.
“It is an invasion of privacy, I feel violated that people I do not know can see pictures I only meant to share privately with my friends,” sophomore Andreas Raphael said. Snapchat’s privacy statement says, “When you send or receive messages, we… collect, process and store the contents of those messages (photos, videos, captions, Chats).” The published statement comes as a surprise, given that most users neglect to read the fine print on the privacy contracts they sign. Before the collection of messages was brought to public knowledge, Snapchat still had various flaws. For instance, the private pictures could be captured by screenshot regardless of a photo’s time limit. Not only does this defeat the purpose of the app, but it also allows anyone to repost the supposedly secret picture on a myriad of different social media sites.
According to Fox 8 Cleveland, Snapchat, “deceived customers on several levels. The app wasn’t totally secure, and the company was secretly spying from its users.” “I am not surprised that it is not as private as we thought, but I will still continue to use it because it is a good means of communication,” junior Ashley Dasuki said. Although Snapchat is only an application, the news can pertain to the reiterated lesson that one should be careful about what one posts on social media sites such as Twitter, even if they’re supposed to be private. According to The Guardian, “Users should be clear that Snapchat photos are not currently deleted: they are merely ‘hidden’.” “I believe posting too much on social media is immature and can be detrimental, so I try to watch what I post to protect my privacy,” junior Michael Chidueme said.
Police arrest teens for anti-Semitic graffiti, community left shocked Alex Klugerman news editor Montgomery County Police announced they have arrested two male teenagers for writing anti-Semitic graffiti on a synagogue and two vehicles between April 18-21. The boys, ages 16 and 17, were detained on May 8 and released into the custody of their parents the same day. Both youths were charged with 16 counts, including hate crimes and malicious destruction of property according to a Montgomery County Police report. The teens will be charged as minors but Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said that is subject to change. “It doesn’t matter to us what their motives were,” Manger said at a press conference. “What they did was a hate crime of the most hurtful and offensive nature.”
According to police, the two that leads to this kind of behavdrew a swastika on a sign for ior?” Temple Young Israel in Potomac Montgomery County Execand wrote “All Jews burn” on utive Isiah Leggett expressed his two buses used by Montgomery outrage and disappointment at Child Care Center. Additionally, a press conference held on May they are believed to be respon- 9. “Unfortunately we still have sible for drawing an “SS” and a work to do ahead of us,” Leggett swastika symbol on a car parked said. “This kind of activity will on Old not be Coach tolerRoad in ated. It’s sad to hear about the level of hatred RockWe are toward minority groups that still exist ville. much today.” News better -Samantha Baruch, grade 10 of these t h a n h a t e this.” crimes Behave left community and reli- sides charges for the three gious leaders shocked and out- known acts of vandalism, police raged. are looking into any connection “It’s just horrible,” said the teens may have with the 20 Hedieh Mirahmadi, of the In- other attacks of vandalism reternational Cultural Center in ported in Potomac in April. The Montgomery Village to NBC boys were seen on surveillance Washington. “It makes you won- video and later identified by a der, what are they learning at school resource counselor. Due school, at home, on the internet to their minor status, Police have
declined to name the teens or the school they attend. Rabbi Yosef Singer of Young Israel spoke of growing up in anti-Semitic neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago at the press conference on May 9. “It was a sober reminder that that sort of hatred still exists,” Singer said, “but we are especially appreciative of their genuine concern for the sensitivities of the Jewish community. The quick and effective response of the MCPD shows that these acts of hatred will not be tolerated.” The youth community is also surprised by the nature of this crime. “It’s sad to hear about the level of hatred toward minority groups that still exist today. The fact that this hate crime occurred so close to Wootton indicates that this is an issue police and county officials should take seriously,” Baruch said.
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Wootton jumps to second in MD school rankings Cameron Walkup staff writer
The 2014 US News and World Report Best High School list ranked Wootton as the second best high school in Maryland, second only to Whitman, and the 65th best school in the country. This recent ranking returned Wootton to a status among the best schools in the country, after a slump during which Wootton dropped to much lower rankings, such as 209th on Newsweek’s 2013 America’s Best High Schools list. “I’m proud of our school. It makes sense that we would be ranked so high seeing as we have such great people here,” sophomore Eileen Stauffer said. Faculty members, like counselor Robert Kurtz, agree.“It is accurate in the amount of rigor and how good our students are. It shows our students are taking a rigorous course
load,” Kurtz said. But many flaws exist within the ranking system, sometimes resulting in obvious problems such as lower achieving school sporadically ranking higher than truly better schools. “I do not put much value on [school rankings],” Kurtz said. US News and World Report uses a three-step process to determine their list of Best High Schools. Step one and two determines whether or not schools serve all their students adequately based on state proficiency tests. The third step, if schools pass the first two, determines how well schools have prepared students for college-level work according to AP and/or IB test scores. Wootton was awarded a gold medal for its ranking, a honor given to only three percent of schools that were observed in the ranking. 75 percent of the high schools in America were not ranked. Obvious differences exist between Wootton and the
number one school in the state, Whitman. Wootton has almost 400 more students than Whitman, 22 percent more minorities enrolled, and two percent more economically disadvantaged students enrolled. Wootton also has 128 fulltime teachers, compared to Whitman’s 114. Winston Churchill was not ranked this year for unclear reasons, leading many students to believe that Wootton is better than Churchill. Churchill has identical Algebra and English proficiency scores, as well as a slightly higher College Readiness Index, according to the US News and World Report website. A similar ranking by the Washington Post titled ‘America’s Most Challenging High Schools’ found Churchill to be the third most challenging in the state, with Wootton a distant eighth. “I am glad to know that we are better than Churchill,” sophomore Cole Abod said.
Violence in Eastern Ukraine intensifies as civil war threatens nation Zach Lowy news editor
After Ukraine formed a new government, after Victor Yanukovych was ousted and after Russia annexed Crimea, the Russia-Ukraine fiasco appeared to be settling down. However, heightened tensions between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nations are likely to instigate a civil war. Denis Pushilin, the separatist leader of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, first announced that the region will ask to join Russia. “The people of Donetsk have always been part of the Russian world, regardless of ethnicity. For us, the history of Russia is our history,” Pushilin said. In addition, Pushilin claimed that Ukraine’s fledgling government is composed of Nazis and that the Ukraine military killed hundreds of innocent civilians. Instead of participating in the nationwide presidential elections on May 25, the eastern region held an impromptu election on whether or not to secede from Ukraine. According to the organizers, 90 percent of voters backed secession from Ukraine in favor of uniting with Russia. Given the election, Donetsk’s secession may appear to be less of annexation and more of a democratic union. Ukraine’s new government has already deemed the elections fraudulent, citing evidence of people voting twice and other irregularities. Also, like the Crimean elections, a significant number of the electorate boycotted the election. In an attempt to distance himself from the pro-Russian insurgents, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the organizers postpone the election. The Kremlin, Russia’s White House, announced that Russia will not play a part in escalating the violence between pro-Russians and Ukrainian loyalists. “Moscow respects the will of the population of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and hopes that the practical implementation
photo courtesy MTC Campus The Ukrainian militia defeated a Pro-Russian police force in a melee that occurred in May. The bloodbath caused 22 casualties and the rubble of the headquarters is shown above.
of the outcome of the referendums will proceed along civilized lines, without repeat outbreaks of violence and through dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk,” the Kremlin said on their website. To deescalate the most lethal conflict between the East and the West since the Cold War, the United States may decide to intervene. According to a recent poll, 61 percent of Americans do not think that the U.S. has a responsibility to arbitrate the dispute. Despite the unfavorable poll numbers, the United States may still choose to intercede in the matter, with President Barack Obama deeming Russia’s potential intervention in the election “disgraceful and inexcusable,” and
Vice President Joe Biden threatening to harshly reprimand Russia should Putin decide to intervene in the matter. “If Russia undermines these elections… we must remain resolute and impose greater costs to Russia and be equally resolute to invest in the NATO alliance,” Biden said after talks with Romanian President Traian Basescu, according to Associated Press. If Russia does annex Eastern Ukraine, it will add greatly to their manpower should a war between Russia and Ukraine erupt It will also add to Putin’s track record as an aggressive warmonger. His latest annexations have led many to question his motives, and may trigger the U.S. to intervene. “If the U.S. wants to spread the good
word of democracy across the world, it should intervene,” sophomore Andrew Carver said. In response to Pushilin’s attempts to break away, the new government mobilized far-right nationalists to suppress pro-Russian protesters in the Donetsk region. Turchynov commanded the Justice Ministry to take legal action against the Communist Party, accusing it of “anti-constitutional activities” and “separatism.” Petro Symomenko, the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, accused Turchynov’s regime of metamorphosing into “a terrorist organization against its people,” according to RT, a Russian-based television network. Just a few months after exiling corrupt President Victor Yanukovych, the new Ukrainian government, led by President Oleksandr Turchynov, is using the same dictatorial techniques as Turchynov’s predecessor. Ukraine’s armed suppression of Communists may foreshadow a tyrannical autocracy to follow former President Victor Yanukovych’s domineering kleptocracy. Gennady Zyuganov, Symomenko’s Russian counterpart, warned of such despotism. “All fascist regimes in the world started their activities with a ban on Communist parties. Such threats are a threat to all leftist popular and patriotic forces,” Zyuganov said during a roundtable in Russia’s lower house,” according to RT. Only time will tell if Turchynov’s regime reverts to the democratic principles it once stood for, if Putin will waver, or if Obama and NATO put troops on the ground. The situation in Ukraine could intensify into World War III, or deescalate by a simple meeting, depending on if Obama calls Putin’s bluff and a multitude of other factors. A battle of clashing egos, a controversial election and a sanctimonious president will determine the future of geopolitics and diplomatic relations in a rapidly changing world.
Bills cheerleaders file lawsuit against team, claim unfair wages, harassment Jared Beinart managing editor Five former members of the Buffalo Jills, the cheerleading squad of the Buffalo Bills, have filed a lawsuit suit against the organization this past April. Continuing the trend of recent lawsuits filed by the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders, the five former cheerleaders claim that the organization violated the New York minimum wage laws. The lawsuit claims that the Bills as well as two outside companies that manage the Jills squad, Citadel Communications Company and Stejon Productions Company, did not succeed to reimburse the cheerleaders for certain business expenses. The organization, alongside the companies, failed to pay the cheerleaders in a timely manner, taking unlawful deductions from their wages, and unlawfully took gratuities paid to the Jills. The cheerleaders claim that they never received compensation for working at the Bills games and instead
they were given a $90 game ticket including a parking pass. Days after the lawsuit was filed, Jills director and president of Stejon Productions Company, Stephanie Mateczun, suspended operations for the 2014 season. “It was only after serious and thoughtful consideration, consultation with my attorneys, and with the best interest of the women who are members of the squad in mind, that the decision was made to suspend all activities for the Jills until this legal matter can be resolved,” Mateczun said in a statement released Wednesday by her attorney. Due to the Bills ownership of the trademark for the Jills, Mateczun feels that the organization is doing little to resolve this issue. “The organization appears content to attempt to wash their hands of any connection to their own cheerleading squad,” Mateczun said in her statement. The lawsuit states that the members worked hundreds of hours without any compensation at games and were subject to harassment at mandatory public appearances. One of the members recalled that they had to take a “jiggle test” so
their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The former cheerleaders stated that the Jills are wrongfully classified as independent contractors, so they are subjected to policies that violate New York’s $7.25 per hour minimum wage law. This vile mistreatment has shocked many, including cheerleaders here. “For the most part, I feel like people respect me as a cheerleader,” junior Camille Bahou said. “While much has been said about how the Jills were compensated, there was an extensive list of benefits given to the members of the squad that included free surgical procedures, free gym memberships, free tanning memberships, and free tickets and parking to all Buffalo Bills home games,” Mateczun’s attorney, Dennis C. Vacco, said in a separate statement. In lawsuits like this, it is very likely for the court of public opinion to issue a verdict quickly. When a lawsuit claiming inappropriate business practices is met with suspension of operations, the court of public opinion certainly will deem the employer to be guilty as charged.
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After a long tedious admissions process, admission officers have determined two potential students who could attend their college next semester. Both have stellar GPAs and have participated in a countless number of extracurricular activities. As a last resort, the officers quickly search up the two candidates on Facebook only to find that one of them has been drinking underage and has posted pictures of himself holding a bottle of alcohol and clearly intoxicated. The officers immediately reject that candidate in order to preserve the college’s reputation. Many high school students believe that colleges should not be able to look them up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, because it violates their right to privacy and invades their personal and private lives. But should colleges disregard information learned from these social sites and allow potential felons into their school? Colleges should be able to look students up on social media because it is a way for them to verify if students are as they claim to be on their applications. If a student has to worry about a specific person seeing their picture or post, then they should not be putting it up on social media for anyone to see in the first place. People who claim that allowing colleges to search up applicants on social media will affect admissions negatively are the people posting pictures or com-
ments that they know colleges will find inappropriate. According to research done by Kaplan Test Prep, only 26 percent of admissions offices check social media and it only affects the admission process by yielding denial into a college 35 percent of the time. Admissions officers are looking to build a successful student body that will represent the school in a positive manner, and whether it is the pictures being posted or the comments being written, if students are not using social media appropriately, colleges reserve the right to preserve their reputations. Admissions officers are looking at numerous applications everyday so they do not have time to search up every single applicant on social media. And when they do search up applicants it is because they are “looking for reasons to admit students,” Rebecca Whittaker, director of outreach for admission at Brown University, said in the Brown Daily Herald. Colleges check social media because it gives them a real sense of who the applicant really is. They know that if a student can use Facebook maturely, then they are capable of showing the kind of behavior expected in college. The process of colleges searching up kids on social media should be allowed because it creates a student body that is productive and responsible. — Maria Hafeez, commons editor
Imagine you worked extremely hard in high school to maintain a stellar GPA, participating in activities and helping the community. You make sure to keep your grades up even during senior year, despite your growing case of senioritis. Then, without knowing why, you do not get into any of your reach schools and only get into your lowest safety. Little did you know, colleges saw some of your sarcastic tweets and used it as a means to reject you. Many students are under this same kind of scrutiny and their social media is being used to define them and deny them admission. Social media is useful for interaction and networking, but for a college applicant, the sites have become breeding grounds for inappropriate material that could ultimately cost them their coveted acceptance letters. Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire in 2014, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them. According to the Huffington Post, 30 percent of those admissions officers also said they had discovered information online that negatively affected an applicant’s prospects. According to admissions officials, a college may learn about a potential problem from an outside source. Last year, an undergraduate at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, who befriended a prospective student on Facebook notified the ad-
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missions office because he noticed that the applicant had posted offensive comments about his high school teachers. “We thought, this is not the kind of person we want in our community,” Pitzer’s dean of admission and financial aid, Angel Perez said. With about 4,200 applications annually for a first-year class of 250 students, the school can afford to be selective. Colleges have denied certain students admission based on their officer’s findings, despite the applicants’ impressive accomplishments. In addition, those students are not notified that their social media profiles were the cause of their rejection. This invasion of privacy isn’t encouraged, but it also isn’t prohibited. Using social media as an acceptance indicator is relatively new, so there are no rules or limitations on the practice. Should students be denied acceptance and have their futures changed forever because of a picture they posted at 16 or 17 years old? Absolutely not. And if any online inquisition were to take place, there must be regulations limiting it. Students’ social lives are a completely different realm from their academic performance and extracurricular activities. The teenage years are an emotionally tumultuous time for adolescents as they begin to physically and psychologically grow, and teens often feel insecure about expressing themselves. If teens are expressing themselves via social media, it is indicative of a sense of self and confidence, which students should not have to regulate out of fear of having their futures thwarted. Colleges do not judge and take into account students’ social media posts while they are in college, so why judge them when they are in high school? — Alessandra Lowy, arts editor
Frequent overuse of Internet detrimental to cognition Disha Shetty guest writer Can you feel your mind changing? It’s happening every time that you type something into Google’s search bar, or more specifically every time that you utilize the internet. Superficially, the internet seems to be the best medium to find and exchange information, but when you look beyond the gossamer webs of misdirection, you find that it actually insulates the very properties it supposedly conducts. Prolonged usage of the internet cripples your ability to concentrate on and comprehend large volumes of complex information because you become accustomed to the concise little packets of “knowledge” that the net deems “most relevant” to your search entry and delivers in point zero, zero, zero something seconds. Congratulations, you have traded a negligible amount of time for your powers of comprehension, a great deal indeed. How? Because the internet does not just supply information, it also molds the method with which we search for information. Familiarization with the internet’s format of displaying informa-
tion – quickly, concisely, organized by most viewed, and in large quantities – inevitably breeds a habit of skimming literature because our mind comes to expect that format offline as well. When we encounter information that is not organized as such, we tend to skim it looking for the one or two morsels that interest us the most. The rest, no matter how interesting, we will never read. In short, we look to mimic the internet’s information searching protocol inside our heads, a practice that deteriorates our ability to comprehend and read literature properly. In Nicholas Carr’s The Shadows, Carr cites multiple testimonials of students, teachers, doctors, researchers, scientists, and various other illustrious pursuers of knowledge, each of whom confesses to the habit of skimming literature because they have become accustomed to the internet’s format of displaying information. All of them, including Carr, acknowledge the convenience of the way the internet can present only the most relevant tidbits of information and exclude all the time-wasting extra reading that one might have to suffer through if they were utilizing traditional mediums of research. Simultaneously, they lament their loss of the ability to submerge themselves in intricate and
nuanced literature, an ability that allowed them to explore a topic in its entirety and not just in the amount of depth that Google hyperlinks can provide; “We don’t see the forest … We don’t even see the trees. We see twigs and leaves.” As members of the “Net Generation” we are most at risk from this epidemic since we digitally immerse ourselves on a daily basis. In fact, we are already showing symptoms of being infected. When online, we do not necessarily read an entire page left to right, top to bottom. We prance about from section looking for pertinent information, our eyes moving at lightning speed and supposedly absorbing in seconds what took days in the past. It is too late to remedy this situation because the plague of the internet has already infected most humans, festering in the corners of their conscious in the disguise of a benign tumor that is in reality, malignant (to focus and productivity). And so, for those infected, the only thing left for us to consider is how we will best adapt to this situation and exercise damage control, conjointly designing a vaccination (awareness) to prevent the infection of future generations who will undoubtedly be more net-dependent that us.
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Intelligent Design theory hinders scientific learning
Aileen Sun guest writer How did the world come to be? I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s asked themselves that. On one side evolution flashes in bright neon lights and on the other the mysterious faceless shadow of God stands behind a huge stage with millions of strings connected to his hands. Two prominent theories exist: evolution and Intelligent Design. Intelligent design (or ID) is the theory that an “intelligent agent” created life. The theory was inspired by Genesis; it’s where people got the idea that the world was created by God in six days. The idea gives me the chills when I think of myself as a puppet for some unknown factor; I’d like to consider myself free-willed and not under someone else’s thumb. Evolution I know a lot about, we learn it in bio . However, I’ve never heard of ID unless I count children’s books about religion so there must be reason why schools don’t teach ID. Well, there is. Intelligent designers advocate for the equal teaching of both evolution and ID in biology class. It’s an appealing strategy that stimulates the patriotism of Americans. After all, everyone should have the opportunity to state their beliefs. That’s what America’s about. If ID wants to keep up with evolution in terms of teaching, they’ve got to first get something to teach. Imagine how science class will go with ID in the curriculum now. “Mr. Smith? How do we know if intelligent design exists? Is there any proof ?” ”Oh, Uhh, well… [Scratches head sheepishly]I don’t know if there’s proof or not.” Sounds painful doesn’t it? So far there are no documented cases of intelligent design research contributing to a new scientific discovery. If there’s no content to teach about in the first place, then they don’t deserve to be in schools.
Intelligent designers argue the world is too complicated to have come by without any intelligent assistance. They have a point. The world is complicated, but can anyone prove that there’s an intelligent creator? Scientific theories are potential explanations for natural phenomena that can be subjected to testing. Only when a theory is subjected to such tests and be able to withstand it will it be accepted in the scientific world. Do you grab on a lab coat, bring a god detector with you and wander the world hoping to find something? (Hello God? Can you send me a sign?) Sure, there’s a possibility (albeit a small one) that ID could be real. But the chances of actually finding evidence are slim. Opponents of ID claim that intelligent design is just photo courtesy MCT Campus Creationism in disguise. Creationism is the belief that God Millions of crabs a year are killed for consumption by humans. created the world. Science studies natural phenomena and religion deals with the supernatural. (Noah’s Ark ring a bell?) “Natural” phenomena would mean anything that doesn’t defy the natural laws of the world. One definition of natural is “free from pretension or artificiality.” If the world was created by an intelligent being doesn’t that makes the world unnatural since artificial things are not naturally made? Instead artificial things are man-made. If the idea of intelligent design is unnatural, is it still qualified as science? I can’t fathom what intelligent designers plan to teach students if they’re able to inject the theory into science classes. Intelligent Design has fallen behind in the race for Dimitri Pappas evidence. There’s no proof that it’s real. There’s nothing to guest writer teach students, and until they can scrounge up something, ID Marylanders find it obvious that without the should stay out of school. delectable crustaceans, many hot summer evenings would be very crabby. Behind all of the glorious celebration of crab feasts, lies the dark underbelly of the most common crabbing practice ever…boiling the crabs alive. The typical crabbing experience involves waking up early in the morning, going crabbing for hours, and returning home to a pot, a burner, and Old Bay seasoning. What happens next should be horrifying. Due to the circulation of the biggest lie of the century, people have unwittingly embraced the lifestyle of hardened killers. The lie you might ask? Apparently “crabs can’t feel pain”. Since we assume crabs can’t feel pain, it has become commonplace to dump dehydrated crabs into a pot filled with water. As they begin to settle in their familiar wet surroundings, euphoria turns to hysteria as the substance that cradled them their entire lives scorches them to their deathbed. But lucky for us, crabs can’t feel pain so everything is all right. Except that they can. January 16, 2013, marked the day that Marylanders should have realized in collective horror that crabs have been scalded alive for centuries without knowing the truth behind the practice. Photo courtesy MCT Campus This mug was designed through a high-tech program and then printed out using a 3-D printer. Three-D printers have become highly controversial. A study was performed by giving 90 crabs the ability to choose a habitat, one being a regular habitat, and the other one being identical yet providing an electric shock Andy Moon already implement an engineering course with a basis on 3-D upon entering. At first both habitats had about equal guest writer printing. Currently, the lack of development limits its ability inhabitants, yet over time more and more crabs began As you lazily rise out of bed to get ready for school, a to print all of our imagination into reality; however, millions to migrate from the tank greeting them with electric delicious smell tickles your nose. You rush downstairs and of people around the world still await to taste 3-D printing’s shocks, and moved into the tank without the constant harassment. see your mom press the buttons of the food printer, printing sweet and promising benefits. All it took was three days for all of the crabs to What if you were to take a bite of the enthralling fruit, out scrumptious combination of juicy sausages and mouthonly to find a bitter, rotten core? With its potential, not all of huddle and fit into the non-punishing habitat. What that watering pancakes. As you sit down on the kitchen table and begin diving 3-D printing’s promises will be sweet; in fact, it could stir up also means is that it only took three days to discover into your breakfast, the news on television reveals the re- catastrophic consequences. For instance, what would happen that crabs could experience pain and debunk the myth cent earthquake that struck Los Angeles. Luckily, people who if the power of creating imagination into reality were to fall that has caused the inhumane treatment of millions of crustaceans. were injured received quick and effective treatment or pros- into the hands of criminals? The evidence is laid out in front of us, yet the 3-D printing has the ability to print out anything, which thetic limbs from the medical printers. After hastily getting ready, grabbing some printed food means criminals will have easy access to illegal materials like treatment of crabs has not noticeably changed. This leads for lunch, and saying bye to your parents, you rush out of counterfeit money and firearms. In fact, plans to download to a new question: What would it take for people to stop your house onto the sidewalk. Every day, new, polished a 3-D printed gun called Liberator were downloaded more boiling crabs alive? If crabs could scream from inside of the iron inferno, would people still be taking part in the houses pop up left and right of your neighborhood thanks than whopping 100,000 times. In addition, designs of new super-weapons can be spread practice? If we are mass killing our own state mascot, to the fast-paced, efficient house construction involving 3-D through the internet, with criminals adding on their own per- then what animal is truly safe from us? We are torturing printed materials. The 3-D printer is swiftly climbing its way up to claim sonal modifications to create the ultimate weapon. Devel- a sentient, conscious species, and the dangers of letting the title of the most revolutionary gadget of the century. opment of 3-D printing will draw criminals like moths to a this practice endure for any longer reveals more about Three-D printing’s popularity sky-rockets as engineers roll flame and further bolster their insatiable thirst for violence. human nature than it does for just our appetite. Crabs are only the tip of the iceberg. A presiding So what can we do to safely print any of our imaginaup their sleeves and tinker with its capabilities to unmask its tion into reality? First and foremost, be cautious of the pos- scientist of the study, Professor Elwood states true potential. People around the world, whether through media or sible terrors that 3-D printing beholds. In order to eschew its “Crustaceans are given little or no protection as the friends, have already heard of its phenomenal creations: Ur- possible menace against our world, its overwhelming powers presumption is that they cannot experience pain… more consideration of the treatment of these animals bee 2, a 3-D printed prototype car that KOR Ecologic Incor- must not be taken lightly. Second, circumscribe the accessibility of 3-D printers. is needed as a potentially very large problem is being poration developed, is popularized as the greenest car ever, many anticipating its capability of driving across the United Like gun license, 3-D printing license can prevent malevolent ignored.” Inevitably, what happens to animals that are ignored, individuals from acquiring their own personal weapon facStates with only 10 gallons of gas. On sites like shapeways.com, designers already adver- tory. With restrictions and recognitions of its harmful side overlooked, and treated atrociously? They go extinct. tise some of their own 3-D printed creations ranging from effects, steer the development of 3-D printing in a way that We owe it to the next generation to know what is and tools to jewelry to consumers. 3-D printing even captivates will benefit us. Only then can we taste the truly sweet benefits isn’t okay, and not set up such dangerous precedents for them. the eyes of public education; few schools around the nation of 3-D printing.
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Alex Klugerman news editor Since the rise of the smartphone in 2007, we have come to rely on downloadable applications for both entertainment and utility. Here are 10 of today’s most popular phone apps, ranked by increasing popularity. 10. Doodle Jump. Since its release in April 2009, “Doodle Jump” has consistently been able to remain in the top 20 of the bestselling apps. The goal is to guide a creature called “the doodler” up a neverending series of platforms without falling. App developer Lima Sky continues to add new seasonal themes such as Easter and Jungle to keep the app relevant and fresh. 9. The Simpsons: Tapped Out. The first app from the long running cartoon series of the same name, “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” has users recreate their own version of Springfield after Homer Simpson accidentally destroys it in a nuclear accident. Users can build the Simpson home or any other building in Springfield while completing jobs to collect donuts in order to purchase more buildings and accessories. 8. Infinity Blade III. The third installment of this popular series has evolved from simple one-on-one sword battles to a full on role-playing game that features playable characters and a high quality, dynamic 3D World. 7. A Dark Room. A text-based adventure game that lets users create their own story based upon the decisions they make in the game. The app challenges the user to rebuild an apocalyptic society. On the way, they might encounter dangerous
creatures or characters. Living up to its name, many of the themes present in the story are dark and mysterious. 6. Clash of Clans. The most popular multi-player game on the App Store, “Clash of Clans” allows users to build their own kingdoms and train armies to fight against others troops. Purchasing gems with real life money helps players advance faster. 5. Flappy Bird. A player controls a bird, attempting to fly between rows of green pipes without coming into contact with them. This simple game shot to the number one spot on the App Store charts in early 2014 and was downloaded more than 50 million times. Due to criticism that the game was too addictive, creator Dong Nguyen removed the app from the Android and Apple markets in February. Users who already downloaded the app didn’t lose it, and iPhones preloaded with “Flappy Bird” soon appeared on eBay for hundreds of dollars. 4. Candy Crush Saga. “The sweetest game on Earth,” as described by developer King.com, has quickly turned sour for some users but still remains a perennial favorite on the App Store charts. Similar to its predecessor, the “Bejeweled” series, users are given a board of mismatched types of candies and have to match three alike candies to clear the board and advance to the next level. After a player fails to clear a certain level five times, they must wait 30 minutes to gain another life. Although this game is free to download, many frustrated users have turned to purchasing additional lives to continue their quest of beating the 575 levels the game offers. In July 2013,
the iOS app version of the game grossed around $633,000 a day. 3. Heads Up! Developed by talk show host Ellen Degeneres, this game combines the popular board game “Headbandz” with classic charades. Two or more people choose one of 18 themed decks of cards within the app and one player then places the phone on their head while the other players prompt the person to guess the word on their head by either describing it or acting it out. Players have only one minute to guess the maximum number of words possible. The app simultaneously records the players desperately trying to act out actions like “mowing the lawn” or describe celebrities like Victoria Beckham. 2. Quiz Up. From Miley Cyrus to Myths and Folklore or Linguistics to the Lord of the Rings series, this app allows users to play seven-question trivia games against other users in more than 450 categories. Players can choose to randomize their opponent or play with a friend through Facebook. Winning a match in any specific category upgrades a user’s level and every 10-level ascent earns the user a new title based upon the category played. Quidditch champions, Gleeks, and Ravenwood High Students alike have downloaded this game more than 10 million times. 1. 2048. Developed by 19-year-old Italian web developer Gabriele Cirulli, the goal of this game is to slide and combine numbered tiles on a 4x4 grid until the 2048 tile is reached. Due to the app’s relatively simple and addictive nature, it has been able to amass more than 33 million plays on its website and climb to the top of Apple’s app store chart.
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photo by Emily Yu Emily Lockhart’s ninth novel was released this month.
We aren’t lying: honest book review
Emily Yu staff writer Readers across the nation are clamoring for the newly released novel We Were Liars by award-winning author E. Lockhart. Praised by best-selling author John Green as “thrilling” and “beautiful,” Lockhart’s novel is a thought-provoking, clever and original story that will surely intrigue readers. The novel is told from the perspective of 17-year-old Cady, who belongs to the wealthy and reputable Sinclair family. Every summer, Cady travels to her family’s private island in Massachusetts, where she spends her time frolicking in the sun with “The Liars”: a group consisting of her cousins, Mirren and Johnny and her friend, Gat. After experiencing a head injury a few summers prior, Cady has amnesia and is unable to recall any of her memories directly before and after the accident. Throughout the novel, Cady struggles to regain those memories and learns more about her family and herself as a result. The book’s plotline is a far cry from those of other young adult novels these days, which too often revolve around “chosen ones” destined to change the future, or mythical creatures bent on destroying the world. We Were Liars offers a more humble and realistic storyline, capturing the drama that unfolds when money and inheritance can inevitably serve as sources of conflict within a privileged family. Yes, the main characters are so spoiled that it is easy not to feel any remorse on their behalf. However, they all have their own quirks and flaws, making every one of them lovable and relatable for distinct reasons. Gat is charming, Mirren is wellmeaning, Johnny is humorous and Cady is a complex, unique narrator. Like most young adult novels, “We Were Liars” does include a romance: one between Gat and Cady, which is sweet and endearing. We Were Liars is a captivating and beautifully written novel that simply cannot be put down. Lockhart’s writing style and execution works perfectly with the novel’s premise, progressing back and forth through Cady’s perceptions of the present and her memories. In particular, the ending is an unexpected surprise and will tug at readers’ heartstrings. Lockhart’s novel is definitely one that readers will want to read a second time to better understand why it ended as it did. For those in pursuit of a page-turner chock full of drama, We Were Liars is an excellent, refreshing choice to read over the summer.
Five years ago, if the average American was asked on the street to define what “reddit” is, chances are they would not have been able to answer. Now, chances are that quite a few more people will know who Unidan is, one of reddit’s most beloved users. Reddit.com is an online social news and entertainment community where registered users submit content in the form of either a link or a text post. Reddit operates on a system of “upvotes” and “downvotes.” Upvotes on a post result in “karma,” a way of judging if a user produces content that the community likes. More recent content with a large number of upvotes makes the front page of reddit. “Reddit is not so much a website as it is an architecture,” six-year reddit veteran /u/ kleinbl00, who has over 300,000 combined karma, said. “The algorithm is so good at honing the presentation of the conversation to the needs of the audience, it tends to be favored by people who appreciate and demand quality.” The front page of reddit can be usercustomized by subscribing to “subreddits” on topics the user is interested in. Topics
span a wide range of interests, such as religion, pets, celebrities, books and much more. Reddit users generally refer to themselves as “redditors,” and their numbers are growing rapidly. According to The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project, six percent of adult American internet users have visited reddit. Reddit’s rapid increase in popularity can be explained by one question asked by kleinbl00: “What can you get out of Reddit? Well, what do you like?” Reddit is truly a microcosm of everything that is the internet: the weird, the funny, the awesome and the serious. “It differs from other sites because subreddits are useful. Users can search up certain types of topics and not get just the same old mixed together thing,” redditor /u/spencer1205 said. “Like fireflies around a lantern, the more of us there are the more of us we attract,” kleinbl00 said. Reddit is not just popular due to the diverse group of subreddits it contains, but also because of the community that supports those subreddits. “Reddit is a halfmillion faceless names that, when they actually do interact, tend to get along very, very
well,” kleinbl00 said. Wootton has active members of the reddit community. “I constantly see stories in which the reddit community has come together to help raise money for a good cause,” sophomore redditor Daniel Alborta said. As a result of reddit’s new-found popularity, an old reddit tradition -- the “AskMe-Anything” or “AMA” -- has taken off with celebrities and famous public figures. An AMA is a text post on the Ask-MeAnything subreddit, /r/IAmA. An AMA starts with a request for somebody who has an uncommon aspect of their life. This could be their fame, in the case of celebrities, or an interesting or unique situation the person has been in. AMA’s usually come with proof of who the person is, along with a prompt to ask the author anything. Redditors will then come to the post to ask questions. Many famous celebrities have done AMAs, including Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Bill Nye and President Barack Obama. “When you get down to it, Reddit is sort of the vanguard of the internet - things start all over, but this is kind of where they come to make sense,” kleinbl00 said.
What are Wootton students doing in the restroom? GIRLS
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Bathroom behavior reveals differences in gender norms Tiffany Yu features editor
In the poorly-ventilated school bathroom, students go about doing their business. They chat with friends while waiting in line for the three occupied stalls. A cluster gathers in front of the mirror, straining to see around the person in front of them. They frown while patting down fly-aways (unsuccessfully). The door bangs open and a laughing group enters the already crowded room. Next door in the boys’ bathroom, there is a noticeable lack of human voices. Differences between the sexes are particularly distinct when it comes to their behavior in public bathrooms. While the girls’ bathroom ranges from polite exchanges to the stereotypical gossip, the usual level of noise in the boys’ bathroom is none at all. No matter how noisy they may be normally, most boys turn mute when they enter the bathroom. “We don’t smile at each other” but “if you wish to acknowledge someone, just nod at them,” junior Justin Lo said. The reason behind these differences lies in bathroom etiquette. For girls, it is considered normal to talk through stalls whereas guys find it completely unacceptable to chat with the guy using the neighboring urinal.
Not that there would be two guys next to each other, due to the well-known “onespace rule.” “You have to keep a distance of one urinal if someone’s already using one,” Lo said. In contrast, good manners in the girls’ bathroom require more communication. “Telling someone there’s no toilet paper in a stall before they go in is polite,” junior Mollie Fairbanks said. Why there is such a difference in the code of conduct for boys and girls is a harder question to answer. Psychology teacher Jennifer Bauer attributes the dissimilarities to society. “[Society] encourages norms. You can see it in social media, television, etc.,” Bauer said. Both boys and girls risk being judged or teased by classmates if they stray too far from social conventions. However, “When men and women are exclusively in the company of their own sex, for women it’s often liberating; for men it’s often anxiety-inducing,” according to Sarah Moore, a lecturer at London’s Centre for Criminology and Sociology. Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology at New York University and co-editor of Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of
Sharing, explained that in men’s bathrooms, “Homophobia is certainly playing a role, and helps to make it very tense.” The two sexes still share a number of similarities. In a survey, the majority of students, 88.5 percent of boys and 70.8 percent of girls, chose using the toilet as their number one reason for going to the bathroom. Out of the other options, 21.9 percent of girls mainly go to the bathroom to check their appearance, while only 5.8 percent of boys do the same. Between classes, a crowd of girls can be seen at the bathroom mirror near the English department. Junior Tatum King said that girls frequently check their appearance “because of pressure on looking good.” These norms are not always true. Some girls never stop to take a look in the mirror. Sometimes the girls’ restroom will be silent. Guys don’t always abide by the “one-space rule” and may go to the bathroom just to check their appearance. In some instances the boys’ bathroom and girls’ bathroom will look exactly the same: students waiting in line, washing their hands, and taking a quick peek in the mirror before trudging back to class.
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D.C. showcases array of musical artists, bands, genres Alessandra Lowy arts editor In the heat of the summertime, screaming along to the lyrics of one of your favorite songs at a concert with friends, whether laughing in the pouring rain or raving at an electronic music venue, can be one of the most memorable experiences of the teenage years. Concerts symbolize freedom and independence and embody the happy-golucky, carefree spirit of the summer.
Each summer brings its own adventures and has its own soundtrack. This summer, the DMV will offer up a vast array of acclaimed musical performances at myriad venues â€“ pleasing everyone from electronic music aficionados to ravers to hard rockers to top 40 fans to country crooners and everyone in between. Use this as a guide to navigate the bountiful and miraculous concert lineup that is summer in the DMV.
photo courtesy MCT campus Artist Katy Perry performs at a show in Chicago. Perry will be performing at the Verizon Center on June 24.
Concert Venue Band(s)
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Common Sense June 4, 2014
Baseball strikes out; loses to Gaithersburg Trojans Charlie Eichberg staff writer The baseball team played their final game of the season on May 14, losing to the Gaithersburg Trojans in the third round of the playoffs. The team had a slow start to the season but picked up steam as the season progressed, managing to attain a first round bye in the playoffs and putting them in position to play the winner of the Clarksburg and Magruder game. Clarksburg came out on top and on May 12 the boys played them. The Patriots scored seven runs early, creating a solid lead. As the game went on, Clarksburg tore away at the seven-run lead until the boys had a four-run streak in the top of the final inning and won the game. “The let up at the end could have cost us the game,” junior Kyle Saggar said, “But our overall play throughout the game was good.” Junior pitcher Matt Ainsworth got the win in this game,
throwing for six innings, tallying four strikeouts and allowing six hits. The boys also had a stellar performance in the field, committing just one error over the course of the game. Junior Sam Goldberg performed well at the plate, with two hits in three at bats including one run and one RBI. Junior Sam Burkinshaw also had two hits contributing to part of the team’s 10 total hits. The next game was in the third round of the playoffs on May 14 against Gaithersburg, the only other team in the division with a first round bye. Last time the teams met, the Trojans clobbered the Patriots 13-1. “We knew it was going to be a tough match up going into it,” sophomore Andrew Carver said. The boys dug themselves into a hole early on as Gaithersburg scored four runs in the first inning. The team picked up the defense over the next two innings and finally tallied a run in the fifth inning. Although they scored two more runs, it was not enough to bring the boys close enough to victory
and they lost 7-3. The Patriots had six hits including an RBI from senior Noah Kimball and junior David Perroots. The boys only committed one error and played a solid game. Senior Matt Hsiung pitched for four and a half innings and threw five strikeouts, although he let up all seven runs and eight hits. The boys ended the season with a record of 14-5, ranked 44 in the state. Four seniors careers have come to an end. Among the players being lost are Kimball and Ryan Schuler, two players who contributed key leadership roles on the team this year. Kimball had 16 hits on the season and recorded five home runs and 16 RBIs. The team will also be losing two solid players in Matt Hsiung and Alan Furuyama. Many players are returning to take the field. Juniors Max Levine and Matt Ainsworth will be back to redeem the season and go far into the playoffs next year. “It was a tough ending to the season,” said Kimball.“But we played well and gave it all we had and that’s all that matters.”
Girls’ lacrosse season ends after impressive playoff run Myles Romm Opinion Editor The girls’ lacrosse team ventured further into the playoffs than ever before, reaching the regional finals on May 15 against the Whitman Vikings. The team had lost to the Vikings in the regular season 14-10 but came in with high morale and was ready to play with an increase of energy. They started strong by keeping up with the high powered offense of the Vikings and their solid team defense. As the score waffled back and forth, the Vikings eventually finished off the Patriots 15-7. The girls’ team faced the Clarksburg Coyotes in the semi-final regional game on May 12. With strong senior leadership from
seniors Madeline game for the first Romm and Allie time in the hisBand, the team tory of the girls’ was able to get lacrosse program. out ahead. “It was a tribute Although the to our hard-work game was hotly and dedication,” contested, juniors Band said. Ellie Kobylski and The team Christina Shin believes they dewere able to help served their win their team in pivagainst Clarksotal moments of burg because of the game. photo courtesy Wootton Girls Lacrosse their motivation These strong The team gathers and raises their sticks to close out a during the playperformances pro-strong season. offs. “No one expelled the team toward the victory as they pected us to go as far as we did, but we had advanced to the regional championship heart,” senior Stephanie Weissenburger said.
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sports Tennis aces final playoff test; Boys’ volleyball secures state championship caps perfect
June 4, 2014
Tej Joshi sports editor The tennis team rolled over its competition en route to a state title. The boys’ and girls’ team came together to lead the team to victory on May 24. The Patriots were represented by players in every court except for mixed doubles. Freshman Kyryl Tsygura, a cornerstone of the team, elected not to play in the state tournament because of a invitation to the national tournament. Freshman Miranda Deng was the team’s only individual state champion, winning the girls’ singles court. She defeated the singles player from the Whitman Vikings. Deng’s three-set match was hotly contested and lasted nearly three-and-a-halfhours. Senior Titas Bera finished second in the state championship for boys’ singles, losing to Whitman senior Ares Wong in two sets. Bera lost to Wong twice previously during the season, once in the regular season and once in the county finals. Bera’s match was long in duration despite only being two sets. The girls’ doubles team of seniors Katerina Sherman and Aishu Iyer placed second in the state championship for the Pats, losing in the finals of the state championship to the Churchill Bulldogs. They lost in three tightly contested sets, two of which went to tie breaker, with scores of 7-6, 4-6 and 5-7. The boys’ doubles team of junior Joseph Deng and senior Jason Liao lost in the semi-finals of the state tournament to Tuscarora in two sets. They then lost in the consolation game against Whitman and finished in fourth place. The result was satisfactory for a team that entered without lofty hopes. “Jason and I went in without much expectation to win anything, but we actually made it through two
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Brian Gastwirth sports editor
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Freshman Miranda Deng won the girls’ singles state championship after beating an opponent from Whitman in a grueling three and a half hour match. Deng was the only Patriot player to win an individual state title.
grueling rounds and we got fourth,” Deng said. Coach Fevronia Cresham was satisfied with the outcome of the season. “I feel like states went very well because when you get to the state tournament it is hard to predict what is going to happen because of all the pressure and all of the teams from other regions that we never play.” The Patriots will be losing seven seniors from the boys’ team, including Adam Bogart, Bera, Abhishek Patwardhan, Quinn Phelps, Liao, Uday Misra, Ashwin Suryavanshi, and Daniel Bogachek, and five seniors from the girls’
team including Aishu Iyer, Hannah Hwong, Sherman, Shelby McGinty and Cherrie Wang. “The girls will be fine because they have a lot of freshman on their team. But for the boys it is big having Kyryl on the team, and I am hoping rest of my guys step up for next year,” Cresham said. Current junior captain Ishuin Kuo is looking forward to next season, and he hopes to repeat the success of this season. “We had a great season this year. We took the state title and got close to the division title and county title. We are all looking forward to next year,” Kuo said.
Lacrosse’s perfect season crushed in loss
Kyle Perel staff writer The boys’ lacrosse team went down in a battle against an impressive South River team, losing 10-7 in the state semifinals. The Patriots came up short against the Seahawks from South River. The odds were not in the Pats’ favor, as no Montgomery County team has ever defeated an Anne Arundel county squad before. Both teams came out tense, with the Seahawks leading 1-0 after one quarter of play, but three quick goals from the Patriots’ opened up a 3-1 lead with two minutes left in the half. South River would not be denied and tied it up right before halftime. Taking their momentum with them, the Seahawks scored three goals in the third quarter and kept the Patriots scoring machine off the board. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots battled back to tie the game at six, but the Seahawks eventually took control of the game back, pushing their lead out too far for the Pats to recover. Junior midfielder Myles Romm led the way for the offensive squadron with four goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Jake Dunlop, one of the unsung heroes of the game, went 15 for 19 from the faceoff dot. With the swarming defense from the Seahawks, these wins were not able to be converted into scoring opportunities. Dunlop also contributed a goal in the cause. It was the first time all season the team did not score in double digits. Not to be forgotten, the squad was missing key component and midfield Hofstra commit Tim Golden, who was playing with a sprained MCL. Junior goalie Patrick Cornelius played an excellent game, stopping 16 out of 26 shots on the night. The loss finished a season to remember for Cornelius who ended with a 17-1
record and an .689 save percentage in which he made 164 saves on 234 shots. The defense comprised, of juniors Cole Abid and Robbie Weinstein, senior Jake Koplan and sophomore long stick midfielder AJ Gorsky played a solid game against a high-powered Seahawks offense. They kept the team in the game with key defensive stops. The Pats’ won the regional championship against Churchill on May 14, 14-12. Senior attackman Austin Schoenfeld had four goals and three assists, while his running mate, senior attackman Jake Mitchell had three goals, and senior midfield captain Mike Kim pitched in with two goals. The defense looked shaky, allowing Maryland commit Louis Dubick to score six times, but pulled through in the end. Cornelius kept the team in the game while he was peppered with constant Bulldog shots. In the end, the shot count read 35-23 in favor of the Bulldogs, but the Patriots walked away with the win. The Pats pulled out an epic victory against the Quince Orchard Cougars winning 25-9. The game had several delays due to power outages prolonging the games for over an hour. In an historic event, Romm scored 10 goals, breaking the school record for most goals in one game while tallying two assists. Schoenfeld grabbed a hat trick and two assists, while Mitchell had four goals and four assists. The loss to South River ended an incredible run for the Patriots who went 17-1. The team will be losing a lot of key seniors, including attackmen Max Coonin, Schoenfeld, and Mitchell; captain midfielders David Siegel and Kim, and defenseman Koplan. They do return one of the best goaltenders in the county in Cornelius, and one of the playmakers in the county in Romm. This will hopefully continue the team’s success into the future.
The boys’ volleyball team defeated Clarksburg in four thrilling sets in the county championship on May 13. The victory marked the team’s second straight county championship and capped a perfect 15-0 season in which the team only lost three sets. The championship was a clash between two dominant 14-0 sides, so something had to give. Clarksburg started strong in every set, jumping out to several quick leads, but the Coyotes were tempered by a steady Patriots offense that answered with runs of their own. Junior libero Adam Kaplan was steady as a server, softening up the Clarksburg defense for the front lines to finish the job. Senior outside hitter Paul Malinauskas was a behemoth at the net. Malinauskas, the reigning All-Gazette Player of the Year, left his mark on the final game of his career by leading all players with 18 kills and finishing the game with an emphatic final serve. As the unquestioned leader of the perfect Pats, Malinauskas is right on track to take home his second Player of the Year award. Coach John Hartranft had nothing but praise for Malinauskas following the victory. “He had an amazing career,” Hartranft told the Gazette. “Paul was such a dominant player. I was fortunate to have coached him the last four years. He went undefeated in all four regular seasons. We lost a first round match his freshman year, and a semifinal match his sophomore year before winning the title the last two years. He really had an incredible career here and it could not have ended any better.” The championship was the final game of an impressive four-year career for Malinauskas and his fellow senior teammates. In four years, they took home two county championships and won every single divisional match they played. For some, however, the moment was bittersweet. “I really enjoyed winning the county championship especially because this was my last year on the team. That last game was an emotional one for me because it marked the end of my time on the team here,” senior Cary Chin said. For younger players like junior Ethan Frymark, the win brought pride rather than reminiscence. “I am so proud of our team for bringing the championship home. We didn’t have as much talent as last year’s team, but we persevered and showed more heart and fight than anyone else,” Frymark said. “Now we get to enjoy all of our hard work and begin to prepare ourselves for a three-peat.” The team will lose some important talent and leadership for next year, with players such as Malinauskas, Chin and Ben Wang graduating. The same concerns existed prior to this season, and things could not have gone better for the Pats. Younger players who have accumulated experience, learned the system, and watched the team succeed over the season should be in good shape to continue the recent excellence shown by the Pats.
photo courtesy Wootton Volleyball The boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Clarksburg in four sets in the county championship on May 13 at Magruder.