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Thomas S. Wootton High School | 2100 Wootton Parkway | Rockville, MD Volume 49, Issue 4 | November 6, 2019

Index | News: 2-5 | Profiles: 6 | Arts: 7 | Opinion: 8-9 | Commons: 10-11 | Features: 12-14 | Reviews: 15 | Sports: 16-19 | Odds & Ends: 20

Betty Berhane news editor Kirby Child front page editor

Everyone knows about the annual SGA spring project. The spring project is a week long project focused on a certain idea that includes a presentation in English classes about the topic, staged scenes in the Commons, a guest speaker and more. What students may not know is that SGA also has a fall project. The fall project is a relaxed version of the spring project that includes activities during lunch and daily videos on the morning announcements. This year’s fall project, Respect Week, will take place the week of Nov. 11. The fall project coincides with the theme SGA decides the school should take on in the beginning of the year. This year’s theme is Step Up, Speak Up and Create Your Future. So in turn, the fall project is based off the idea of respect. SGA sponsor Fervonia Cresham said why respect was chosen as the fall project theme. “I want people to know that they can take action. If you think someone is dissing you or another person then you should speak up for yourself. But if you don’t have respect for others, you won’t have respect for yourself. And if you don’t have respect for yourself then you will never be able to step up and speak up if you see something wrong,” Cresham said. Junior SGA member Iman Idrissa is excited for Respect Week. “We’re going to have a lot of fun games during lunch in

Photo by Betty Berhane

SGA Respect Week addresses issue

Members of the SGA Respect Committee, junior Iman Idrissa, senior Camila Pacheco, sophomores Maya Chelar and Lizzy Jack, junior Ellie Esterowitz, sophomore Dylan Taylor and senior Farah Reyal discuss their upcoming project.

the Commons so keep your eyes peeled for those along with the fun prizes. I hope this week shows students that everyone should be respectful to one another and that it is important to show respect to all people,” Idrissa said.

“We want to do a better job at the school of supporting each other,” Ellie Esterowitz , 11 In order for students to succeed in school, good relationships with their teachers as well as other students are vital. Across the nation, respect is declining. According to an article in USA Today, compared with when they were students, [adults] today believe that there’s a lot less respect in the hallways

of the nation’s schools. Junior Rhoda Ndjoukouo, leader of the SGA Respect Committee, has worked hard with fellow committee members to come up with fun ways to get students involved in creating a respectful nature at the school. “By the end of the week I want people to be more respectful towards themselves, their peers and the people around them. There are many things at this school that people do on a day-to-day basis that are not being called out that need to be addressed,” Ndjoukouo said. Respect Week serves to highlight the importance of treating those around you in a benevolent manner, whether that is teachers, peers, friends, coaches or anyone else you may come into contact with. “[Respect Week] will encourage a culture of kindness and being nice to one another,” junior SGA Respect Committee member Ellie

Esterowitz said. Whether you are cheering on a teammate during a sporting event, being there for a friend who is going through a tough time or helping a confused classmate out with homework, supporting one another is a huge part of respect. “We want to do a better job at the school of supporting each other,” Esterowitz said. Respect should be promoted in groups of people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or interests. “We all need to have respect for each other and value our differences and our similarities,” sophomore Anabelle Cho said. Respect Week will illuminate how students, teachers and other staff members can cultivate a culture of consideration and kindness to one another. “[Respect Week] is important because of all the knowledge everyone is getting,” Njoukouo said.

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Seniors finalize important decisions for future Sarah Firdaus news editor

With daunting dates and difficult decisions, senior year can be extremely challenging. Before closing the final chapter of their high school careers and transitioning into a college or university, seniors have to take required standardized tests and submit necessary applications by specific deadlines. During September, seniors typically finalize college lists and speak to guidance counselors about schools they are interested in applying to. Counselors allow students the opportunity to ask questions about prospective colleges, learn about the college process and the necessary graduation requirements. Most colleges and universities require recommendation letters, which seniors request from their teachers as soon as they possibly can, typically the spring before senior year. Those who haven’t taken the SAT or wish to retake it can also register for the exam in September and take it when it is administered in October or November. At the beginning of October, seniors can begin filing the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which allows them to apply for financial aid for college. Throughout October they spend time working on college essays and gathering high school transcripts. Those applying early have to finish their applications as soon as possible to meet deadlines in November. Although different colleges and universities have separate applications due to dates and deadlines, they all request students submit their applications

Senior Arnav Patra diligently works on his college applications.

around the same time. Schools like the University of South Carolina request early applicants submit their applications by Oct. 15. Students who apply early action, early decision or for priority consideration for in-state schools like the University of Maryland have to submit their applications around Nov. 1 and Nov. 15. Seniors who apply early decision have to attend the school if admitted, while early action allows students to apply early to schools from whom they will receive an early response about their admittance without having to commit immediately. “It’s stressful because it means there is a lot

suddenly due [but also] exciting because you feel so relieved once you submit an application,” senior Arnav Patra said. Senior Fatima Ahmed spent weekends working on college applications to finish in time for the Nov. 1 deadline. Ahmed tried to work on part of her application every day to ensure that she finishes on time. “It was a crazy amount of work, but I put my mind to it, and I’m almost there,” Ahmed said. Along with college applications seniors have to continue to maintain their grades throughout the year. In order to lessen her workload, senior Sunaina Sunda decided to work on her college applications before the school year started. “It’s best to finish at least rough drafts of your early schools’ essays over the summer,” Sunda said. By December and January, a majority of seniors will have finalized their essays, requested and received teacher recommendations, submitted required test scores and are done applying to college. Seniors who opt for regular decision applications, for which they receive news of their admittance by a clearly stated date set by the university/college they are applying to, will have to submit their applications during this time. In addition, the students who applied early will receive responses during December and January from the schools they applied to in October and November. Although the college process necessitates strict care and attention toward applications and deadlines, it allows students to obtain knowledge about what educational institutions seek in their students and find a school that will best help them achieve their future goals.

Climate Change

Transition Period

College Recs


Learn about the effects of climate change and how the weather is changing.

Read students’ opinions on allotting more time in between classes.

Find out how to ask a teacher for a college recommendation.

Discover whether or not people enjoyed the new Joker movie.






Common Sense | November 6, 2019

News photo by Osagie Aimiuwu


Ghandi arrested during march National Honors Society members pose for a picture before the Walk for the Homeless on Oct. 26.

National Honors Society holds annual Walk for the Homeless Oct. 26 Helena Hong staff writer

The National Honors Society hosted its annual Walk for the Homeless on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in support of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH). The goal for MCCH is to end chronic homelessness, to prevent and end homelessness for families with children and youth by 2020 and to set a path to ending all types of homelessness. MCCH’s mission is to make sure that homelessness in Montgomery County is rare, brief and nonrecurring and according to MCCH, their vision is to “end homelessness in Montgomery County by building a community where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.” There are many ways to help MCCH such as volunteering, donating, or advocating. For more information, go on

the MCCH website, call (301) 217-0314, or email them at The turnout for the walk was lower than previous years yet National Honors Society members are still hopeful. “There was a slightly lower turnout this year than last, most likely because we held the Walk on a Saturday . We won’t know how much money we raised until Nov. 15, but we are expecting it to be more than last year. We have gotten many more donations and are holding fundraisers to increase the amount of money we give to MCCH,” Osagie Aimiuwu, senior and co-president of National Honors Society, said. The walk helped bring together the society as a whole as they spent time outside of school together. “It was fun to be able to walk and talk with my friends around the track while also raising money for the homeless. This event helped me get closer to other National Honors Society members. Because this society is such a huge group, it’s hard to know everyone but this event helped me talk

The News in Brief

to new people. Despite the slightly low turnout, it was great,” Arzoe Singh, member of the junior board for the National Honors Society, said. Other members of the society wished they had gone to support the cause. “I was busy on that day but I wish I could have gone because it seemed like a good opportunity to help raise money for homelessness but also befriend new members of the group and get to know everyone better,” junior Anela Trakic said.

Montgomery County proposes new bus ride Montgomery County’s proposed Corridors City Transitway has hit a problem. The CCT is a proposed 15-mile rapid bus ride that would extend from the Shady Grove Metro Station to Clarksburg. The CCT is not a part of Maryland’s 2020-2025 Consolidated Transportation Program, which is the Transportation Department’s 15 billion six-year budget. County leaders have acknowledged some weaknesses in the CCT plan but continue to work with multiple departments to make sure everyone in MOCO has easy access to public transportation. County leaders are also touring around different counties to inform people and get feedback.

-Vishakha Choudhary, commons editor

photo used with permission from WTOP County executive Marc Elrich delivers a speech on the corridors city transit way in D.C..

“We have gotten many more donations and are holding fundraisers to increase the amount of money we give to MCCH.” -Osagie Aimiuwu, 12

Shooting in Montgomery Village leaves one dead A shooting in Montgomery Village rocked the community. Around 10 on Oct. 25, 57-year old Micheal Ewell shot and killed his 43-year-old son-in-law, Christopher Repp. Repp died at the scene and Ewell was taken to the hospital for having suffered a serious, but not fatal, gunshot wound to the shoulder. Montgomery County Police are not sure if Ewell’s injuries were the result of a struggle from Repp or were self inflicted. Ewell is currently in custody.

Children’s National Hospital opens new branch D.C. based Children’s National Hospital offers a wide variety of services for children of all ages and will be opening a sports medicine center for children and teens in downtown Silver Spring at the end of 2020. This new branch of the hospital will focus on care for student athletes. The branch will also provide additional facilities to help coaches and parents of student athletes deal with injuries properly.

Marisa Silverman managing editor On this day in 1913, Gandhi was arrested in India while leading miners in a march to protest a tax on former indentured workers. After being released on bail, he returned to the march and was arrested for a second time. The idea of being arrested for expressing your political opinion may seem like a violation of the basic rights to speech, expression and congregation. However, in the United States, protests still often lead to arrests. Most recently, protesters from the Chicago Teachers Union were arrested after entering the offices of Sterling Bay, a development company that protesters believe are receiving funding that should be spent on schools. The sit-in was ended by police arresting the protestors, though the sit-in was a part of the large Chicago Teachers Union strike, which as of Oct. 30 has canceled nine days of school, according to NBC 5 Chicago. Earlier in October, 20 protesters were arrested in Hawaii after they attempted to block construction equipment from the site of a wind farm, according to AP. Protesters have been fighting the wind farm project for a decade, AP reports, and duct-taped themselves together in the road to block the equipment and halt the project. A recent high-profile protest arrest was on Oct. 26 of actors Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) and Ted Danson (The Good Place). Fonda had been arrested on the two Fridays previous as well, according to CNN, but this was Danson’s first arrest. The pair were a part of the recent climate protests in Washington, D.C., and 32 people were arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating” in an intersection, according to CNN, while the New York Times reports that 16 people were charged. Even closer to home was the Oct. 1 arrest of four protesters outside of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s office. The protesters were arrested for blocking access to the building’s driveway in an attempt to call for policies to fight climate change. Climate change groups have endorsed Elrich in the past, but according to the Montgomery County Sentinel, protesters believe Elrich and the county have not taken large enough steps toward their environmental goals. We live in a politically active area, and it’s essential to follow safe practices and know your rights before going out to fight for what you believe in. When protesting, make sure to bring a buddy, charge your phone, and have your ID and cash. The ACLU has a comprehensive guide to protesters rights on their website, but remember that you have the right to protest in public places, as long as you do not disrupt traffic without a permit and the right to photograph anything in plain view. If you are stopped, stay calm and ask if you are free to leave. Protesting is an important tool to change governments and the world, but stay safe out there.


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Debate club allows students opportunity to engage in organized arguments with students from other schools

Debate Club is a low-commitment club that promotes public speaking and organized argument. The meetings take place every Tuesday after school in room 251 and one Wednesday every month at Blair. Debate topics are administered by MCPS. Debate is a club for those who like to argue; it promotes discourse in a calm and organized setting. Topics are set every month and are the point of discussion every school will focus on until the month ends and the next topic is announced. What the club does outside of school is only half of what it does for members every day. Sophomore Posimi Obadina joined Debate because he enjoys speaking. The club pushes him to get off his feet and do work. Debate prevents Obadina from watching YouTube for hours at a time and allows him to become proactive. For Obadina, Debate is not a hard club to participate in. Work is done at a leisurely pace, though there is slight pressure to finish

on time and do well. He has participated in the club since his freshman year. He felt he couldn’t do much until his second year participating after getting a computer. English teacher and club sponsor Melissa Kaplan makes sure the students participating in the club are well supervised, while the club leaders take over content. Her favorite part of being a sponsor is getting to know the members of the club, developing relationships and interacting outside of school. As of now, members of Debate are planning for the upcoming meet on the last Wednesday of this month. Teams are made up of two partners who are paired with a group of two from another school to debate against. Whether a team debates the pro side or the con side is not decided until the beginning of the match, so it is best to be comfortable with arguments of both sides leading up to that point. Members have the chance to try out for a leadership position for the club like captain or junior captain. Senior and Captain Kevin Zeng’s main reasons for trying out for the

Photo courtesy Christina Liu

Nicolas DePalma staff writer

Debate captains welcome new club members in the first meeting of the year

position was because of his experience with debate both inside and outside of the club. For Zeng, helping members of the club

comes easily, so when the opportunity to do a voluntary interview came about, he took up the offer.

Minority Scholars Program sheds light on achievement gap by leading four new initiatives in hope for improvements The Minority Scholars Program is discussing its purpose and introducing new members to the MSP community. Planning for events has begun, but the focus is on building a positive club environment. The MSP club is striving to build a community among its members in the first few meetings. They are focused on creating an open environment where students are able to express themselves. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. “I would describe MSP as encouraging, welcoming and exciting,” freshman Tyra Nyame, who recently joined the club, said. The club’s goal is to close the achievement gap by involving all member schools in four initiatives, which include community outreach, peer-to-peer mentoring programs, college visits and a speaker series. “[The program has implemented these initiatives to] positively change the various school cultures such that success and achievement are no longer predictable by race, class, ethnicity and/or gender,” according to the MSP website. Students all over the county participate in monthly and yearly events that aim to structure a plan to close the achievement gap. Each month, MSP students take part in task force meetings at the Montgomery County Education Association building in Rockville

MSP website. Students in the club have varying reasons for their initial interest. Freshman Melanie Gonzalez said she initially joined the club in seventh grade at Cabin John and enjoyed it. After hearing about the MSP club here, she became interested in taking part in the program again. “I wanted to join the club because I heard that it can help me in the future,” Gonzalez said. The club was initially started when students at Walter Johnson wanted to address the lack of minority students in difficult classes and extracurricular activities. Staff members assembled students of African American and Latino background to discuss these issues. “The students embraced the challenge, created a mission and began building the MSP movement. MSP programs are now involved in 23 high schools and 10 middle schools, making it the fastest growing youth movement in Montgomery County,” according to the MSP website MSP encourages new participants by teaching students’ skills of advocacy and representation that they can utilize outside of the club. “People should join MSP because it gives them the skills to become better leaders and helps them understand that they are able to make a change,” Nyame said. Photo courtesy Freda Jones

Arya Ramachandran staff writer

Minority Scholars Program members gather for club meeting.

to formulate and adjust their plans. “Students lead workshops on topics such as student advocacy, analysis of the achievement gap, plans for the future, stereotypes, leadership,” according to the MSP website. MSP also offers a selective internship that allows students to practice advocating

for their rights in the education system. The internship selects one member of each high school applicant involved in MSP at their school. “Interns work from July-August, creating action plans to better improve the school system and receiving specific training on grassroots organizing,” accodring to the

Student athletes relax at lunch with game of Spikeball James Walsh staff writer

The Spikeball Club had its third weekly meeting of the year on Oct. 18 at lunch, run by president and senior William Karis and members of the board. Members are spreading awareness of the sport, and their goal is to let students have fun during lunch and meet new people. The Spikeball Club is for students of any grade to relax and have fun during lunch on Fridays and play with their friends. The meetings are held either on the turf or the field near the portables. The sponsor is PE teacher Paul Kirk, and the club is year around. Karis has established a Facebook page for the club and spreads awareness throughout the social media profile. Besides that, he also runs the Club Expo stand. He spreads awareness there and at school as well.

This year is Karis’ first experience as president of the club but he has been in it since sophomore year., he decided to join the club because “my friends were in it, and it looked fun,” Karis said. Different members of the club have different motives for why they decided to join the club. Junior Brian Garmer is an active member of the club and has been in it for about a year. He joined as a sophomore and said, “I decided to join the club because I had played spikeball a few times before and it was a lot of fun.” Besides participating in this club, Garmer is a scholar and has other responsibilities such as school work and baseball, but he said that he always finds a way to make time for the club on Fridays at lunch, because to him it is a stress reliever and an excellent way to relax. Garmer is passionate about the club and believes it is a great way to meet new people at the school. He said, “I would recommend this club to someone because it is a great way to

go outside and have fun with your friends during the school day.” Junior George Misovec has similar feelings toward being a member of the club. “It’s cool to meet people in the club, and hang out with my friends who are in it,” Misovec said. Misovec recommends the club to anyone who wants to enjoy spending time with their friends. “It is a great way to go outside and have fun with your friends during the school day,” Misovic said. According to Misovec, students don’t need to be skilled to excel at spikeball to be in the club. “You need to be decently athletic, but the most important skill is definitely hand-eye coordination,” Misovec said. All students who are interested are invited to the club. “You have to be somewhat pretty athletic and have somewhat good hand-eye coordination, but at the same time, it’s mostly for fun,” Karis said.


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Patriot balloon factory fundraising activity returns to school Vocational Experience Fund. “I like to put the weights on,” junior Samriti Thakur said. Being able to connect with everyone in the school is important because it strengthens the school as a whole. The involvement of being in the community and with one another is what builds a school.  The Factory only takes orders Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at lunch. The balloons are delivered during the morning announcements.  One mylar balloon costs $3 and a bouquet, which contains a balloon with a print plus a star balloon, is $5.  The date of the balloon factory’s opening will be placed on the morning announcements.

Photo by Maya Erd

This opportunity benefits the students running the factory and the students taking orders because it allows there to be a The Patriot Balloon Factory will be connection between one another. This is a returning this month with a variety of new joyful thing because students can buy balloons balloons to sell instead of focusing only on for their friends to celebrate. It is also easier to birthday balloons. They are planning to add purchase a balloon from a school-run business more smiley face and congratulations balloons. than an outside consumer source and raise Last year, transition support teacher school spirit. “I’m most looking forward to Lily Herzing heard about the idea of starting seeing them participate, getting out there and a Balloon Factory from her colleague at Blake. making other people happy,” Herzing said.  Hearing that their balloon factory had positive The students sell balloons using their effects for the students, faculty and staff, she assistive technology to take orders during knew she had to bring it here. With the help lunch. They fill the balloons with helium, of a grant from the county and her fellow then put ribbons and weights on them. colleagues, the Patriot Balloon Factory opened Selling balloons allows the students to work last May. Being open for about a month, the on their social skills, be involved within the factory was able to sell approximately 130 school community and raise money for their balloons.  School Community Based (SCB) Program’s Athena Hsueh staff writer

Sophomore Caty Ghaly prepares to enter the Patriot Balloon Factory to purchase a balloon.

School faced with regulation difficulties in temperature due to HVAC system Elliot Wang news editor One concern regarding this school and its maintenance is the temperature regulation within it. As the outside temperature varies drastically throughout the school year, it is the responsibility of those who run the school to maintain within it a generally acceptable indoor temperature, although some leeway is permitted for any understandable or unavoidable difficulties. A good example of temperature regulation issues is noticeable in room 124, in which the school’s band and orchestra classes are taught. Due to its age, as it was part of the original building construction, the airspace in the room is connected to the outside. This, for obvious reasons, can have significant effects on the temperature within the room when the heating system is not being used. “A few weeks ago before the heat was turned on, the students definitely complained [as] we have basically the outside air as our method of air circulation,” music teacher Carolyn

Herman said. Another difficulty “[is especially noticeable during the] late fall and early spring because the way the heating system [operates requires it to either utilize the heating system or air conditioning system, leaving little room for moderate temperatures],” Herman said. At these times, the heating and

“I think that in some classes it’s way colder than in other classes,” - Julia Goetz, 11 air conditioning can make a room such as this too warm or too cold depending on the season. The temperature in the room can increase significantly when the temperature outside is not yet cold enough to warrant the amount of heat the heating system provides, meaning that students in the room will feel uncomfortably warm. “I think it impacts students’ learning,” Herman said.

Because band and orchestra classes are taught in the room, cold temperatures can negatively affect the dexterity of their fingers, which “nee[d] to be supple” for effective instrument practice. This is because “[a]n initial response to wholebody or local exposure of the extremities to cold is a strong vasoconstriction, leading to a rapid decrease in hand and foot temperature. This impairs tactile sensitivity, manual dexterity, and muscle contractile characteristics while ... decreasing gross motor function, occupational performance, and survival,” according to the article “Responses of the hands and feet to cold exposure” by Stephen S. Chung, which was published in the official website of the National Institute of Biotechnology. “I think that in some classes it’s way colder than in other classes,” junior Julia Goetz said. “I’d prefer if the AC wasn’t on too much [because some classrooms end up with a colder temperature and have less control over such a change].” Not every individual in the school has an issue with the building’s temperature. Junior Hamed Sidide said “it’s normally at a comfortable temperature,” and that he would prefer the heating system to be “kept the same.”

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Climate change not only affects present, but future generations to come may not induce floods directly, it exacerbates many of the factors that do,” according to the Natural Resource Defense Council.

Anna Keneally commons editor With winter approaching and cold weather coming in, it is hard for some to remember that the Earth’s temperature is increasing at the rate of .07 degrees Celsius a year. So what is Climate Change? And if it is really happening, why is it still so cold in the winter months? Weather vs. Climate To better understand the misconceptions about climate change and its connections to weather, it helps to understand what they are in the first place. Weather is defined by NASA as the short term atmospheric condition. Usually, it is described on a day-to-day basis with words such as temperature, humidity and visibility. Contrasting this, climate is the average in these weather conditions over time and space. Climate does not vary day to day. According to National Geographic, climate change is the change in the long term patterns displayed by climate as a direct consequence of destructive human activity. “As global climate changes, weather patterns are changing as well. While it’s impossible to say whether a particular day’s weather was affected by climate change, it is possible to predict how patterns might change. For example, scientists predict more extreme weather events as Earth’s climate warms,” according to the National Center for Environmental Information.

How will the melting ice caps impact us? If the extinction of polar bears, penguins and seals is not enough to make you want to save the environment, maybe you should think about how the ice caps will impact us. In recent years, more and more attention has been drawn to the rising sea levels caused by the carbon emission blanket encompassing the planet, commonly referred to as the greenhouse effect because of how

Causes of Climate Change - deforestation - land use changes - fossil fuel combustion - decomposition of wastes in landfills - agriculture, especially rice cultivation - domestic livestock manure management - soil cultivation practices - nitric acid production - biomass burning

Misconceptions? When I was in seventh grade science, Bill Nye always was a welcomed surprise for a lesson. Now, he has to explain to those who watched him years ago that the planet needs us more than ever and we need to act like adults and fix the mess that has been created. In a recent study done by the Pew Research Center, 20 percent of adults in the United States believe that there is no evidence of global climate change despite the overwhelming evidence of its existence. Just because it is snowing in Maryland, does not mean that other places in the world are not feeling the effects of climate change. Climate change does not mean that it is just getting warmer, it means that the Earth’s average climate is changing, which could lead to unpredictable weather and more extreme weather in some areas. “The recent increases in activity are linked, in part, to higher sea surface temperatures in the region that Atlantic hurricanes for in and move through,” according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

What is causing this greenhouse effect? Pollution by definition is any matter that is out of place and causes harm to the original environment. The Earth’s atmosphere is primarily made of nitrogen,

What can be done large scale? Despite the United State’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which habilitated a new course for the prevention of further destruction caused by climate change, mostly focused on carbon emissions and how to cut them down, individual states have made policies to save the dying environment. It was decided that temperature increase needs to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century in order to at least slow down the irreversible changes that will impact the environment. NASA states that without any major change to lifestyles today, global temperatures are on course to rise by an average of six degrees Celcius. “Some scientists argue a “global disaster” is already unfolding at the poles of the planet; the Arctic, for example, may be ice-free at the end of the summer melt season within just a few years. Yet other experts are concerned about Earth passing one or more ‘tipping points’- abrupt, perhaps irreversible changes that tip our climate into a new state,” NASA said. What can YOU do? There is a lot that individuals can do to cut their air pollution footprints including small things like minimizing car idling time, consuming less processed food products, using public transportation when possible or attempting to condense errands run to reduce car travel time. Also, turning off the lights and using energy efficient bulbs may seem small, but if every home in the country did so, air pollution would be cut down immensely. Recycle clothes and use less plastic. If everyone does their part, the planet stands a chance. At the front of the youth climate change movement is 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. She brings awareness to the rising planetary crisis. Earlier this year Thunberg attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the growing issue. “I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is,” Thunberg said.

How to Take Action Reduce: - driving time - consumption of plastics and processed foods - eating red meat - electricity use - use of incandescent light bulbs - food waste

Increase: - use of public transportation - recycling old clothes - home gardening - eating local - using reusable shopping bags - political involvement

Photos by Anna Keneally

What regions is climate change the biggest threat to? While people in Rockville may have the luxury of overlooking climate change because of the minimal effect it currently has on us, some are not as fortunate. Those who live in less developed countries that rely on agriculture for economic stability are facing extreme poverty because of what is happening to the environment. It is changing rapidly, which then leads to extremes in weather patterns. Floods, droughts and hurricanes all cause stumblings for these agriculturally dependent nations. “The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) noted in its special report on extremes, it is increasingly clear that climate change “has detectably influenced” several of the water-related variables that contribute to floods, such as rainfall and snowmelt. In other words, while our warming world

the CO2 traps heat in the atmosphere. Because of this, glaciers and ice sheets are melting rapidly and adding to the sea levels, while leaving the inhabitants of the Arctic and Greenland who rely on the ice for their habitat out of luck. “Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost an average of 286 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2016, while Antarctica lost about 127 billion tons of ice per year during the same period. The rate of Antarctica ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade,” according to NASA.

oxygen and small amounts of argon and carbon dioxide. This balance of gases allows all life to be possible, which implies that this new imbalance is not good news for the planet’s inhabitants. In chemistry, students learn what a combustion reaction is, commonly referred to as burning. A hydrocarbon and oxygen react, creating water and carbon dioxide. Too much of anything is a bad thing and at the rate fossil fuels are burning, way too much CO2 is being produced, creating a global crisis. A study conducted by the USC in 2013 showed that transportation accounted for more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons emitted into the air in the U.S.,” according to



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Financial specialist Walsh makes difference, sells jewelry at shows Jenna Lind sports editor People take for granted all the work that the financial specialist does at the school. Julia Walsh has been working here for 15 years and most of her work goes unrecognized. Walsh worked for a small bank called Equitable Federal Savings Bank (on Rockville Pike) for five years. Back in the early 1990s, banks were downsizing and her branch was sold to Maryland Federal Savings Bank. She was relocated to a branch in Wheaton where she worked for another two years. “Wheaton was not a great area and after my third bank robbery, I quit. The first two happened so fast and the robber was in and out without incident. The third time, there were two of them and one was waving a gun around. I thought, third time’s the charm. I need to go somewhere else. I went that afternoon to the MCPS hiring office to complete my application for employment. The next day I put in my resignation with the bank,” Walsh said. Walsh started with MCPS in 1995 and with Wootton in 2005. Walsh started working in MCPS as a lunch aid and worked her way up to her current position as the School Financial Specialist. “I like the school better than the bank. I like working with young people and feeling like I belong to a real community. Banking is sort of like working in retail. You do get to know your customers but you don’t really feel like you are helping them. I feel like I am making a




Financial specialist Julia Walsh prepares for the morning: a time where students can come to ask about parking passes, club fundraisers and other financial questions.

difference working here and that the work I do is appreciated,” Walsh said. The finance office is open before school, during lunch and after school selling agenda books and is also available to give lockers and elevator keys. “She was really kind and helpful when I needed an elevator key,” junior Sarah Woodward said. When students are in class, her day consists of processing all of the school’s deposits, cutting checks for all of the

expenses that need to be paid and reconciling obligations. “We are not allowed to hold money overnight so I have to make a deposit every day that I receive money (which is almost every day). Each year my transactions total is about $1.2 million. Last year I cut 794 checks for the school and processed 804 deposits,” Walsh said. Walsh is also in charge of fundraisers and field trips. This year her duties were extended to include parking permits and

working with administrator Joseph Mamana and college/career information coordinator Kathleen Carr with the new AP exam payment process. “I work with closely with the SGA, drama, ninth through 12th grade planning groups, and all of the school’s honor societies and clubs when it comes to anything financial (shows, fundraisers, dances, membership dues, etc). The largest department I work with on an almost daily basis is athletics. I have to prepare and reconcile all game ticket revenue and pay all of their bills. Athletic transactions alone are about 25 percent of the school’s annual financial transactions,” Walsh said. When Walsh is not working she is spending time with her grandchildren and making jewelry. Her designs are mostly hand woven with Swarovski crystals, pearls and semi-precious beads. She has been featured In Beadwork Magazine for her designs. Walsh sells her jewelry at local craft shows. “I don’t sell my jewelry in shows year round because if I make it too much of a ‘business’, then it will drain the fun out of a hobby I love. I sell pieces to support my crafting habit; not to make a livable profit. I get more from the admiration of the work I do than the actual sale. I actually had a woman buy a necklace/earring set from me and she told me that she was going to wear it to her son’s wedding – now all she had to do was find a dress to go with it. That was a huge compliment to me. You can check my work out on Facebook at CrystalisDesignsByJulie,” Walsh said.



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Stage crew fights to finish two shows Productions High School Musical, She Kills Monsters bothneed finished sets two weeks apart

This fall, the theatre department is putting on two different productions instead of one, debuting two weeks apart from each other. Each show will have a separate cast, director and set, but the same stage crew. The already hectic production process will be further complicated by the inclusion of two shows. The directors must share the same stage for entirely different shows. English teacher Jessica Speck is directing a fantastical play about Dungeons and Dragons called She Kills Monsters , and chorus teacher Keith Schwartz is directing the wellknown High School Musical. Speck said that in her eight years of directing shows here, various numbers and types of shows have been included in the fall lineup. Originally, she was drawn to the theatre program because they put on two shows every fall, but eventually the program shifted away from this practice as Speck experimented with curricular plays and other drama-related events. Despite having some experience putting on two shows in the fall, Speck said that they usually had at least a month in between productions, saying that “this is the closest we’ve ever done.” The actors are generally excited for the two shows. Putting on performances with separate casts allows more actors to secure a leading role, and the contrasting themes and tones of the shows allow actors to choose which show interests them and plays to their strengths. As actor and senior Hannah

Mikowski said, “By having the opportunity to try out for one of the shows and not the other … [her] peers had a fairly good chance of getting cast in the show they wanted.” Despite each show having its own director and cast, they both share the same crew, giving the crew members twice the work to accomplish in a short amount of time. The crew must build a singular set that fits the content of both shows, and only have two weeks between shows to make technical changes for the second show. As lighting designer and senior Ben Mash said, “We won’t have much time to change anything after the set is completed, which means that we have to make sure all of the lights are aimed properly to account for the location of the set ahead of time.” Putting on two shows has its benefits. Each show will bring in its own revenue, potentially adding to the theatre department’s spring budget, especially with a show as well known as High School Musical. Also, the increased number of opportunities means more seniors acting in the show get a lead role before leaving for college, and crew members who work both shows have a larger resume. Two productions set so close together presents a unique set of challenges for the theatre department. Crew has little time to create complicated fantasy props and costumes for She Kills Monsters. Although actors only participate in one show, crew has nearly a month of lengthy tech rehearsals as they must prepare for one show immediately after the other.

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Junior Adam Hawley works on the set for “High School Musical” with stage crew.



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Should ACT/SAT be required for colleges? ACT Inc. recently announced that starting in September 2020, the ACT will begin having section retesting and superscoring. This means that students who have taken a full ACT test will have the opportunity to retest individual sections, so that the lengthy testing time is no longer an issue. The official testing site, said “ACT Section Retesting helps students focus study efforts on individual subjects that are part of the ACT test (English, math, reading, science, or writing) without having to study for the entire test again.” Conflicts like this bring back the highly debated argument of whether or not colleges should require ACT or SAT scores to be sent when applying. Standardized tests were created to even playing field to highlight a students’ academic abilities. High schools use all sorts of grading scales and almost none of them overlap with each other, meaning that a student getting a B from one high school might be a better fit for a college than a student getting a B from a different part of the country. Admissions officers should not have to worry about judging a student incorrectly because they use a different grading scale than an average school, which is why the SAT and ACT are so important when applying for college. Having the chance to apply the strategies that are taught in high school with the intention of colleges seeing them is helpful. We spend years in English classes learning how to annotate passages and properly analyze them, so we should get the chance to display what we have learned for admissions officers to see.  Aside from allowing college admissions officers to not solely use grades, scores are used to determine scholarships for students. If standardized tests are edged out, it will be harder to determine who should receive merit based scholarships if they are not given the opportunity to showcase their strengths. “They shouldn’t take away sending ACT to colleges because some people really depend on scholarships that they may not offer if they do not receive additional academic information,” senior Andy Ram said.  Raising and maintaining a GPA is difficult for high schoolers, so submitting another measure of intellect to colleges can boost students’ chances for admission. Additionally, post-graduate education programs including medical school and law school require exams parallel to these in order to be admitted. If students are not exposed to this kind of testing and are not prepared to be examined this way, these tests will be significantly more challenging and students will struggle more in rigorous testing situations. “In the future I plan to take the LSAT for law school and then the BAR exam, so I think this exposure to standardized tests is really helpful for students,” a senior who wished to remain anonymous said.  ~Emily Eichberg editor-in-chief


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Getting into college is definitely the most anxious time or expectation of any high school student. Grades, social service hours, extracurriculars, and effort put into school all shapes you into going to the college that most suits you. To decrease anxiety, the SAT should no longer be required on college applications. The SAT is used for college admission; it helps colleges easily see where you stand academically, but it is too stressful. SAT books are up to 1000 pages. Junior Thomas F. Adams said, “The test is just useless, I honestly just think it’s a waste of my time, but I’m still forced to study for it.” Students already give effort and dedication into their grades and putting the pressure of the SAT or ACT on top of a student is unnecessary. More and more colleges and universities, up to 150 currently, are slowly deciding to become “test optional,” because they have seen that students can have average grades and only rely on the SAT scores to get them into college. There are various stories of students or parents, who are in better condition financially, who have paid their way through the SAT and allowing their children to get perfect SAT scores. Schools have reinforced by ID checking and making sure they are a student of the school, but that doesn’t stop students from cheating their way around the test scores. Removing the SAT would calm down students and loosen up the pressure of studying for the SAT along with their grades. Students would have a more comfortable way of concentrating in school and their outside activities, which then will result in better sleeping habits that most high school students don’t have. Since the SAT is a timed test, students who have test anxiety have even more trouble taking this three-hour long test. Students have approximately 45 seconds to one minute to answer each question, but not just to answer the question. Schools have worked on removing clocks from rooms to provide students with less of a distraction. Junior Christopher Adams has already taken the SAT. “I was able to answer all the questions, but the timing and just knowing that we don’t have much time is kind of overwhelming,” Adams said. According to College Transition, the choice of colleges and universities going into a “test optional” admission greatly improved diversity. When schools can’t remove grades, classes, and work loads for students, why not ~Beatriz Kim take away tests that universities are slowly staff writer seeing as not a requirement?


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Sammantha Lim opinion editor It’s 7:40 in the morning and you’ve just arrived at school. You know you have to rush to get to class on time. However, it takes you the full five minutes to class on the other side of school and the halls are blocked with people also trying to get to class. How will you ever get to class on time now? Students getting to class on time in the five minute allotted block can be difficult when classes are far apart. “If you’re unlucky enough, classes can be on the opposite of the school which gives you only five minutes to get there including going through hall traffic,” junior Bella Fischer said. Hallways can be crowded during passing time, making it especially challenging to make it to class without being late. “Sometimes specific hallways get really crowded and we get a little late,” junior Lena Ware said. Passing time should be seven to eight minutes. “I believe there should be seven minutes between classes since some teachers have a habit of going past the bell,” senior Jonathan Kim said. When students feel rushed to get to class on time they

will use unsafe methods to get there. “I think there should be seven to eight minutes to make sure we have enough time to get to each class without having to run or push people to get to class,” Ware said. Teachers do not have to experience moving from class to class and are not understanding toward student explanations for their tardiness. “Teachers are strict about being there before the bell rings and if you tell them there was ‘traffic’ they said it’s not a valid excuse, but there was nothing we could do to get to class faster. I think if teachers were moving from class to class, they would feel the same way,” Ware said. Teachers also mark students late when they do not make it to class on time for situations they cannot control. “I have been late to class because of insufficient time because of my previous teacher,” Kim said. Teachers often do not let anyone leave the room because they are teaching., even for the bathroom. “I think eight minutes of passing time will give students the opportunity to use the bathroom and not be in a rush in general while going to classes,” Fischer said. Passing time between classes should be seven to eight minutes to give students more time to get to class.

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Don’t be late, or you’ll get what’s coming Noah Lenkin staff writer

The bell rings and the teacher looks around and sees your seat is empty. You rush down the hall and once you get to class the teacher gives you a disappointed look and issues an unexcused tardy. You plead with your teacher that there was traffic, or your mom called you, but you are told to sit down and begin working. Students almost always end up with an unexcused tardy at one time or another. Sometimes, it may be justified, and sometimes it may not, but it is more than likely than not in your high school career you will be handed that dreaded tardy. Some students believe this is an unjust

policy. “I believe it is unfair because sometimes you can be one second late and get an unexcused tardy. To me, it doesn’t make any sense. I think that if you get three unexcused tardies, instead of the punishment being an unexcused absence, it should be a detention,” junior Ryan Meyer said. Other students believe it is a fair policy. “Don’t put yourself in a situation where you will be late all the time. We should be able to get to class on time. Therefore, I think the policy that three unexcused absences equals a tardy is fair,” said junior Iman Idrissa. Administrators believe the policy is fair. “We have this policy so students do not interrupt classroom instruction and miss the warm-up part of the day. For the

students that come in several minutes late, they disrupt their fellow classmates and draw attention to themselves. Usually, our teachers only give unexcused tardies to the students who are minutes late, not seconds. If we didn’t have this policy, several students would come in late to class and being on time would not matter. Although some students do well with catching up after missing a few minutes of class time, others do not and may fall behind,” Administrator Joseph Mamana said. This policy is fair because it allows for three mistakes before instituting any real punishment, which is reasonable. As the saying goes, three strikes and you’re out. Also,the policy allows for you to be late one time. One unexcused tardy does not lead to any consequences on your record.

A good way not to be tardy is to allow yourself five full minutes to get to class on time. Sometimes, people hang back to chat with their friends and end up being late to class. This policy makes sure being late does not develop into a habit. If students could enter class when they pleased without discipline, then they would miss the beginning of class when the objectives for the day are being given. Being on time for class has real benefits, as it allows you to talk to the teacher before class so you are ready for instruction. If you repeatedly earn unexcused tardies, you are missing crucial classroom lessons. The three unexcused tardies equals a absence policy is fair because it reasonably allows for mistakes made by students.

Santa Claus is coming to town whether you like it or not Luke Jordan opinion editor

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one day a year to fly around the world with his magical reindeer, dropping gifts in homes through the chimneys. What’s not to love? Whether you listen to Christmas carols year-round or you have a set schedule for when it’s acceptable to start, it’s OK to celebrate Christmas whenever you want. The impact that Christmas has on the world is one of joy, and is something that can’t be replicated until next Christmas comes around. Photo by Luke Jordan

Isn’t it great to deck the halls with boughs of holly? Isn’t it a great feeling to sing Christmas carols and bust out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and the Michael Bublé Christmas album? Well, it’s never too early to start. When the clocks get turned back and Daylight Savings time ends, it’s hard to be happy past 5 p.m.. What’s the point of doing anything when the night sky looks like the Grinch’s cold, dead heart? When it seems like all hope is lost, you curl up into a warm blanket by the fire, and turn on a Christmas channel to listen to your favorite seasonal classic or maybe binge a few classic Christmas movies with the likes of Elf, the Home Alone franchise, and A Christmas Story all running on various channels and streaming services. You can’t fit every Christmas activity in a mere 30-day span. Whether it be going to Christmas parties, listening to Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, buying presents, or looking at Christmas lights, there just isn’t enough time. People don’t say “‘Tis the day” or “Tis the month,” but “‘Tis the season,” for Christmas is worthy of more than just the month it’s attached to. When you haven’t been soaking up the holly and jolly,

you most likely haven’t been thinking about gifts. The more time you have to think about what to give people, the better gifts you can give. Why wait last minute to end up with a return-worthy, lackluster gift when you can get them something that they’ll truly appreciate? Beat the crowds by shopping before the holiday shopping phenomena kicks into effect. Why shouldn’t you enjoy yourself whenever you want? With thoughts of school work, and stress present in the minds of students, it’s no surprise that Christmas is an escape from our hectic lives and provides a sense of hope, joy, and community that you just can’t find for the rest of the year. “I like the Christmas season, so I think celebrating it early is a good idea,” sophomore Meghna Krishnan said. While some believe that the premature celebration will overshadow Thanksgiving, when was the last time you thought about Thanksgiving? There aren’t Thanksgiving songs or Thanksgiving lights or Thanksgiving presents to give and receive. There’s nothing Thanksgiving has that Christmas doesn’t. Other holidays just don’t have the same cultural impact as Christmas. Christmas has gone from a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Christ, to a time of gifts under the Christmas tree, houses decked with lights, and leaving cookies out for Santa, a man who comes out of retirement

Presents are tucked under the Christmas tree by the fireplace on Christmas day at the home of sophomore Luke Jordan.

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MOCO Clean and Green club makes community sparkle Dylan Cohen staff writer Montgomery County Clean and Green club held a tree planting event. There is not an officer election or fundraiser coming up soon, however, on Oct. 19 those who wished to, could come to the tree planting event. The purpose of Moco Clean and Green is to be a non-political environmental club for students who want to make a difference on this planet or for those who would like to be involved in environmental activism. Moco Clean and Green holds meetings in this school and they hold their events outside of school. This club works with the Isaac Walton League and Montgomery County Parks. These activities include but are not limited to tree planting, stream cleaning and other eco-friendly activities. Whether it’s wanting to help the environment and lowering carbon emissions,

having an opportunity to gain Student Service Learning (SSL) hours, hanging out with friends, or just wanting to take a break from the stress of school, people are attracted to Moco Clean and Green for different reasons. Senior and Co-President Rachel Binder said that this club is “a great way to destress and hang out with your friends.” Moco Clean and Green creates opportunities for students who have not yet reached the 75-hour minimum for SSL or for those who have reached the maximum but still wish to help out in the community. Students can earn SSL hours for every event held outside of school. According to the Moco Clean and Green Facebook group, “[They] talked about [an] SSL opportunity on Dec. 15 at Sligo Creek park from 9-11 a.m..” Teen activism has been on the rise lately, which draws students into clubs that involve just that. Moco Clean and Green is one of the dozens of club at this school that involves activism. This club promotes environmental awareness not by policy and legislation, but by

hands-on activism. “It definitely is more handson than public policy and activism stuff but it definitely brings awareness to it,” Binder said. Science teacher Jacob Buxton is in his second year sponsoring Moco Clean and Green. Although he has not yet attended any events outside of school, he has made efforts himself to help the environment by lowering carbon emissions. Buxton does this by driving less and riding his bike to school frequently. He isn’t “a very political person,” but he decided to sponsor Moco Clean and Green because he was interested in the activities that were planned for Moco Clean and Green, and “[He] does feel like environmental causes are the one area where [he has] particularly strong opinions.” Although large, this club is a new addition to the dozens of clubs at this school. Binder started Moco Clean and Green with her friend at the end of their sophomore years because they were and still are passionate about the environment. It has “about 50 members more like 20 that come to events.”

Public Policy Club in its first year, already making waves Daniel Sofer staff writer The Public Policy Club is currently trying to get invited to an upcoming meeting that will include local members of Congress speaking about their stances on real world issues, according to President and sophomore Dylan Safai. This is the public policy club’s first serious year and there are two major events that have already been planned out for this school year. The club is actively pursuing the opportunity to see a live meeting between local congressmen. In addition, the club is asking the school administration if they can visit the U.S. Capitol at the end of the school year. Safai said, “The main goal of the club is to facilitate non-partisan discussion related to helping and solving real world issues.” The Public Policy Club discusses and takes stances on political issues that are actually happening in the real world. Examples of these

issues include, but are not limited to presidential debates, gun control, abortion and marijuana legalization. According to the Kellogg School of Management, “The mission of the Public Policy Club is to foster greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the myriad ways in which business and public policy interact, educate students about job opportunities and support those interested in pursuing careers in both the public and private sector, and to create a strong, global network of policy leaders and organizations to serve as professional entry points for MBAs.” One reason that might interest students into specifically joining this school’s club are the doughnuts that are occasionally brought to meetings, which are quickly gobbled up by the 60+ members. Furthermore, the club makes its members more accepting of other viewpoints because members are shown both sides of an issue and allowed to decide which side they agree with by themselves. Current members of the club encourage the school’s students to join because they will find a

variety of issues and see multiple points of view that they may not have seen before, while also being exposed to issues involving different races and ethnicities. In addition, being a member of this club will look good on college resumes since members are politically active and know more about the political process, which is helpful in any major that falls under the humanities umbrella. The club meets every other Thursday during lunch in room 152 and had its first meeting on Oct. 3, so newcomers are still welcome and can easily become acquainted with the club’s schedule, while also improving on the skills that are taught throughout the year. One improvement this club will have is making each member more aware about current events, specifically relating to politics. Parth Mishra, a new member, said that he joined the club because he thought, “The club would be a fun thing to do,” and has already become interested with the next issue the club will be discussing, which is the legality and morality of the death penalty.

Our planet is dying : actions everyone can take to save it Dylan Cohen staff writer Imagine this. The year is 2060 and Earth is now classified as an unsafe place to live. Anytime you walk outside, you must wear a mask to avoid carbon dioxide filling your lungs. The air is yellow, and there are no trees left. There is nothing left that can reverse the detrimental effects on the environment. This may sound like it will never happen, but this will eventually be the haunting reality of life on this planet as we know it. However, the year is not 2060. We can still fix this, but if we are going to it has to happen now. C02 emissions are climbing and everybody has to and can do something in order to reverse the effects of climate change and avoid the sixth mass extinction. Everyone on this planet, including high school students can make an impact on the Earth, anywhere they go. This must happen now in order to reduce carbon emissions, so here are five ways that you can help the environment.

1. Writing a political leader or attending rallies are two political ways to get involved in solving climate change. Freshman Izzy Muffet attended a climate change rally on Sept. 20 and said, “Rallies bring together a lot of different groups of people who think the same thing and then they can fight for what they believe in.” 2. Using compostable and reusable products is one of the best ways to reduce your waste that would otherwise go to landfills or oceans. When any type of waste breaks down without oxygen, it releases a heat trapping gas called methane. Biology and forensics teacher Sandford Herzon utilizes trash by taking out “all kinds of containers that [he] find[s] in the trash [that he] use[s] to put materials in.” 3. Not only is food that grows fresh from a garden delicious, it actually promotes environmental well-being. A way of enriching soil to grow food more effectively is called composting, the act of returning organic materials back to the Earth and letting them breakdown and turn to soil. This will drastically lower the amount of trash in landfills, and according to

Carla Kasberg, Greenhouse Associate at Potomac Garden Center, trash in landfills “can even leach into streams.” 4. Going vegetarian or just cutting red meat out of your diet will have a lasting effect on the environment. It won’t happen overnight, but being passionate about the Earth and animals will make going vegetarian much easier. Millions of acres and pounds of carbon emissions are constantly being used to produce meat and other environmentally damaging products such as palm oil. 5. Most large corporations and everyday brands have factories that are located thousands of miles away from stores, creating a need to transport merchandise on vehicles that are not eco friendly. This has two simple solutions, which are shopping secondhand and shopping at small businesses. Small businesses eliminate the need for lengthy transportation, and shopping secondhand eliminates the need for producing extra merchandise, not to mention all the unique and cute clothes you’ll find.


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Books to bring back love of reading Demi Ellenbogen managing editor With everything students have to balance - schoolwork, extracurriculars, sports, family, social life, and more - it is sometimes hard to find time to read. Here are some book recommendations to help you get back into reading. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell: Gladwell’s second novel examines the advantages of our adaptive unconscious, such as expert judgment, and its flaws, like stereotypes. The main subject of this book is thin-slicing: one’s ability to draw a conclusion using minimal information from a narrow period of existence. Malcolm explains how regular people experience thin-slicing, for example when they can determine a person’s emotion solely by looking at their face. “This is my favorite book because it’s really connected to the brain and I am interested in all psychology related things,” social studies teacher Bryce Coon said.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give is narrated by Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl living in a poor, gang-infested neighborhood while also attending a predominantly white elite private school. After witnessing a white police officer shoot and kill her long-time friend Khalil, Starr becomes national news. She uses her power to speak up about the injustice, especially during a riot after a jury chooses not to indict the officer. Thomas used her novel to expand knowledge of the Black Lives Matter movement and the prevalence of police brutality. The book was released in 2017 and was adapted into a movie in 2018. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: Eighth grader Kate Mularkey had accepted her place at the bottom of the social food chain when Tully Hart, cool girl, moves in across the street from her and wants to be friends. They make a pact to be best friends forever. Firefly Lane follows best friends Tully and Kate through three decades of friendship. Tully fulfills her dreams of becoming rich and famous, and Kate

fulfills hers of starting a family. After working through jealousy, anger and resentment, they believed nothing could tear them apart. This lasts up until an act of betrayal puts their friendship to the ultimate test. “Firefly Lane is the best book I’ve ever read. You really connect with the characters and can relate to some things they go through,” senior Sami Haendler said. One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus: One Monday afternoon, five Bayview High students walk into detention, and only four make it out alive. Simon, the one who died, was planning to post secrets about his four peers the following day. After the police ruled that the death wasn’t an accident, the four become their top suspects. One of Us Is Lying is full of twists and turns, making it difficult to put down. This thrilling page-turner will keep you on the edge of your seat. “I’ve never read a book like One of Us Is Lying, The plot twists were so surprising and the suspense builds and builds until the last page,” junior Jillian Pohoryles said.

Students react to unsanitary habits, urge peers to pick up after themselves Danielle Berman managing editor

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After eating lunch you quickly get up and leave to get to your next location. Some will clean up after themselves and make sure that no trash is left behind. Others will leave their trash behind for the building service to clean. In trying to beautify the community, simply cleaning up after yourself can be a major improvement. Students have seen how much trash has been left behind in the hallways after lunch. Sophomore Justin McGraw is appalled at this. From going from his lunch spot to his sixth period class he says there is too much trash. When walking to his class he always feels bad for building service who has to clean up all the trash left on the ground. He feels that if we all simply cleaned up after ourselves it would keep the school cleaner and make building services job easier. “It’s not that hard to just clean up after yourself,” McGraw said. Not only has this become noticeable to Mcgraw but also senior Madison Linn has been upset. She has noticed that the trash left behind in the halls has become more apparent. She notices that the trash left behind makes the hallways seem less inviting can cause an unpleasant smell in the halls. She wants to “draw more attention to the trash in the hallways after lunch and have people clean up after themselves,” Linn said. Another student who is outraged is freshman Victoria Miller. She sits outside for lunch with her friends everyday. After cleaning up after herself she comes inside to find the trash filled halls. She picks up after other people and feels bad for the building service who has to do this everyday. She tries to emphasize to her friends that cleaning up after yourself is important and that if you don’t it’s leaving more work for other people. She said, “It’s so sad to see all the trash and I feel like it’s making the school look gross.” Junior Keyan Roshan is upset with the trash too. With the clutter in the hallways the trash makes things worse. He feels like between the hallways the trash just gets kicked around with the shuffling feet and makes it spread out everywhere. With trash being pushed around everywhere Roshan is upset that no one cares to pick it up. He feels that

“if everyone picks up at least one piece then the hallways will become cleaner.”

Senior Mathew Kaddu spots trash in his pathway at the end of lunch.

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The JoJo Experience

The first time we met Monica Godnick editor-in-chief

Jealousy is a feeling that toddlers and children often experience in their first social situations, when one child gets more attention than the other. Even in high school, it manifests itself different ways, from who is best at a given sport to who has the best grades or who is going to get into the best college. Like any first child, my special needs sister Joanne, a.k.a JoJo, was extremely jealous of me when I was born. I cannot possibly remember events from when I was a baby, but my mom likes to tell me the story of how Joanne began to like me. Joanne was just over one year old when I was born, so her jealousy was mostly based on the fact that she did not want to share our parents’ attention with me. It also did not last long, just the first couple of days. Those first nights, I would sleep next to her in the same bed, and JoJo could not stop crying all night and she refused to look at me directly. Like most older siblings at this age, Joanne did not understand why she had to share with me and she was upset that before she was no longer the only one who had my parents’ tender loving care. “It was surprising to see that even with her genetic condition she could sense that someone could possibly threaten her place. However these feelings of jealousy barely lasted two days, and ever since she has done nothing but adore you,” my mom told me. A stuffed animal is what broke the ice between us. I began to play with a toy dog with JoJo and she would not stop giggling. This officially marked the beginning of a very unique bond. I was a baby who didn’t understand much of the world either, and the blissful thing about that young innocence was that when I began to get to know and interact more with my sister I didn’t see her condition, I didn’t see her as different, I was just playing with my big sister. When we grow older within society, our minds are sometimes trained to jump to all kinds of prejudices, and being born into my sister’s life has helped me view people for who they are as a person rather than automatically differentiating based on superficial traits. JoJo to this day still loves to play and even though I have grown out of that phase, playing with toys or even passing the ball is a way JoJo connects with me. No one expresses the joy and excitement to spend time with me the way JoJo does. Thrre years later, my little brother came into the picture. Joanne wasn’t jealous this second time around. Now JoJo not only had one, but two siblings to play with. For me, it’s also relieving to know that I am not going through this alone. Joanne is still developmentally a toddler, which means she is extremely dependent on us. My brother and I support each other all the time and when helping take care of JoJo, we always have each other’s backs. Of course we have our small petty fights, but I know that even when we are adults and it’s our turn to step up and help take care of JoJo we will always be there for each other. Even though she might’ve felt threatened by me at first, she is now laying her head on my shoulder while I am typing this article and she will always be the precious baby of the family.



Common Sense | November 6, 2019

College recommendations are source of stress Maya Erd features editor

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Everyone has heard that junior year is the most important year in high school. Students think this means good grades and to load their plates with extracurriculars. Although this is true, another part of junior year is building positive relationships with teachers and counselors so at the end of the year, you can ask these teachers for college recommendations. Most colleges and universities require one to three recommendation letters from a guidance counselor and at least one teacher. Most of the time, recommendation letters are submitted electronically through the specific university's system. The subject of the teacher that the recommendation comes from depends on different factors. If a student knows they are going to major in biology and is passionate about science, they should ask for a recommendation from their biology teacher or junior year science teacher. It is important that these teachers are from junior year. “Colleges want recommendations from teachers who taught you closest to your experience at college. If you have no junior year teachers you feel you could ask, you can ask a 10th grade teacher but definitely not a ninth grade teacher,” guidance counselor Arielle Markiewicz said. Other times, colleges will ask for specific content when

it comes to recommendations, which will narrow down who the recommendation is from. There are colleges who want English recommendations, others who want math, and there are also colleges who do not have a preference. There are also colleges who don't ask for recommendations at all. Once a student has decided who they will ask to write their recommendations, they have to ask them. Asking for a

Senior Blossom Jaimes asks music teacher Keith Schwartz for her college letter of reccomendation.

recommendation is not as easy as asking a teacher for help one day, which students can email about. “When asking for a recommendation it is important to ask face to face and use proper manners. Also remember your teacher is doing you a favor, so it is important to be appreciative,” guidance counselor Elizabeth Robinson said. Guidance counselors each have about 70 letters of recommendation to write over the summer. Robinson has students fill out a paper with information about them to help her get better sense of students and what they are looking for in their recommendation. Other teachers, like Athletic Director and English teacher Alton Lightsey, write about 20 each year. “College recommendations are time consuming,” Lightsey said. Students ask for college recommendation letters at the end of their junior year . There are teachers who will write them over the summer but other teachers take their time off in the summer and wait until the start of the school year to write them. Students should check in with the teachers they asked for recommendations from at the beginning of senior year to confirm. Teachers have mixed emotions about writing these recommendations. “I don’t feel like I'm the best writer however I enjoy it because in some cases it really helps colleges understand kids more than just their grades. However colleges don’t always look, which can be frustrating,” Robinson said.

Students prepare for college life, learning to live on their own Before students graduate high school and leave home to enter the next phase of their lives, they need to learn independence and how to do everyday tasks. Things that students’ rely on their parents for throughout their school years, they must learn to do for themselves. Taking the time to learn and practice these types of skills while still in high school enables students to graduate and feel confident and independent. Students need to be able to maintain a calendar, fill out forms and schedule appointments. These are day-to-day administrative tasks that may seem small but are important to our daily lives and students may not know how to do them. Although some students do manage these tasks themselves, some have parent help and once they start college or jobs they will no longer have this type of parental support. In a New York Times article, the writer, Mark McConville, asked a 12th grade boy to call and reschedule a medical appointment. The boy told him he didn’t want to make the call because he did not know what to say. This small task of calling a doctor’s office is one example of a task students will have to manage once they start college. Unless a student plans to pay for a laundry service in college, he or she will be doing their own laundry. It may seem simple but there are steps involved in doing laundry and it is important students learn prior to college exactly how to take care of their dirty clothes. Everyone should know when

to use hot or cold water and not to mix whites and colors.“In order not to embarrass yourself in the laundry rooms at college, you must know how to operate a washer and dryer. So, before heading off to school you should ensure that you aren’t relying on your parents to do your chores for you,” graduate Margaret Christovich said. Although freshmen are able to eat in a dining hall, often by sophomore year students are off campus housing and on their own for their meals. Unless a student wants to have a bowl of cereal or a microwavable dinner for every meal, he or she will need to know the basics of cooking. It is better to learn cooking skills while still in high school while having the time to learn from parents and having the time to practice. Every student should at least learn some basics such as making a bowl of pasta, scrambling eggs or even how to bake chicken. “When I visit my brother at college, we only eat pasta and chicken nuggets, which gets tiring overtime,” junior Kelly Baldwin said. The basics of personal finance are important. Some are fortunate to take Lesley Stroot’s personal finance class in high school. Others may not know the difference between a debit card and a credit card and how to keep a budget. It is important to be able to manage money when you are living on your own. “I took personal finance because I know it will help me in the future and teach me to budget before I start college,” senior Leah Kellert said.

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Senior skip day tradition continues, creating excitement for students Emma Hoffman staff writer

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Senior skip day is a tradition in American schools where students in the senior class skip a day of school. Annually, seniors have this “skip day,” a chance for them to not go to school and do whatever they want. There is no specific beginning to this unofficial tradition but it has been happening since the 1930s. The movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off was an incentive to have skip days and since then it has become an annual tradition. Senior skip day is an unexcused absence, and students who miss still have to make up schoolwork. While it may be fun, there is the downside of having an unexcused absence on your records. Although students do have the luxury of calling in sick and having the ability to skip without any consequences of being absent, it depends on the parent’s decision to condone this or not. There is no specific date in which students in the senior class skip. Nov. 1 was a day chosen by seniors to skip, as it was the day the Common App was due. On skip days students have different ways of occupying themselves. Hanging out with friends, getting food, going outside, shopping, are examples of the activities students can do.

Seniors have different opinions on skipping school. Senior Antonia Roach said, “I have been looking forward to senior skip day for a while, I am going to skip because it’s fun and a lot of my friends are skipping also.”

Senior Darius Givender one of the few seniors walking intio school on senior skip day on Nov. 1 2019.

Seniors anticipate participating in this tradition based on the amount of school work they are projected to have on that day. Senior Haley Scheinberg said, “I’m skipping Friday because I don’t have any work in my classes, or any quizzes or tests so I don’t feel guilty missing.” While some students are looking forward to participating in the ritual, others are against it. Senior Olivia Kerben said, “I am not skipping on Friday because I don’t want the absence on my records and its a stupid day to just miss work for no reason when I could just do it in class.” Other students agree with this philosophy that skipping school for no reason is not worth it. Senior Larry Feldman said, “I would skip but I would rather get all my work in school done instead of having to make it up afterwards. It just doesn’t make sense to skip for no certain reason.” While the students intending to skip Friday have different activities planned to do on their free day, senior Ben Bloch said, “I plan on sleeping in late and getting food with my friends. Just having a chill day and a nice break from school.” Some students may be skipping but don’t plan to take any break from school. Senior Arian Nyandjo said, “I’m skipping because it’s something seniors always do every year and I wanted to be a part of it, but I am still going to do schoolwork at home so I don’t fall behind in class.”



Common Sense | November 6, 2019

Students stay healthy during flu season


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Quinn Lugenbeel arts editor As flu season approaches, taking preventative measures becomes crucial in order to stay healthy and active. An effective way to prevent the flu is to get the annual flu shot. The flu vaccine is changed every year to help prevent the most common type of flu that year. The flu vaccine creates antibodies that provide protection against the flu by using the virus in the vaccine. “I get the flu shot every year because I want to stay healthy and I know it has benefits that will help me do that,” junior Paige Abid said. That being said, it is still possible get the flu even after getting the vaccine. This causes people to believe that the vaccine is not worth it. It is believed that your immune system needs to learn to fight the flu on its own. “I don’t get the flu shot because I don’t think that it works and I don’t have time to go get it,” junior Brett Strauss said. However, the flu shot aids the immune system by helping it to fight and prevent the flu. People are more likely to get the flu without the vaccine and the flu can lead to severe illnesses including hospitalization and possibly death. Another effective way to prevent the flu is to stay hydrated. Water is used in almost every part of the body, and therefore, an abundant amount is necessary to stay healthy. It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, or two liters. “Water has many important jobs, such as carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells, flushing bacteria… regulating body temperature,” according to Harvard Health Publishing. Getting enough sleep is crucial to staying healthy. Although students don’t always get enough sleep, it is recommended to get at least eight hours to be able to function well and fight off sickness by boosting the immune system. “I rarely get eight full hours of sleep but when I do, I definitely notice a difference in how I feel. I try to get enough sleep every night, but it is hard with school and extracurriculars,” Abid said. Maintaining hygiene is important in staying healthy. Washing hands often and taking care of the body helps prevent germs from spreading. Avoiding the face also helps prevent the spread

Junior Nadia Erman uses hand sanitizer in class to prevent from catching the flu.

of germs. Similarly, eating healthy helps increase vitamins in the body, which boots the immune system and provides protection from the flu. Exercising also helps keep the body healthy through strengthening the immune system in defense against viruses and bacteria. Preventing the flu is not only important, but so is preventing the spread of it. If you get the flu, you should disinfect the area around you and stay home until you’re healthy. Also, avoiding touching as many objects and people is possible to stop the spread of germs.

Halloween actitives change as students age Jamie Stern reviews editor

Halloween is the best time of the year. Kids across the country get dressed up to go trick-or-treating around their neighborhoods. But, as kids grow up, trick-or-treating fades out, so kids need to figure out what else they are doing on Halloween night. Halloween, celebrated worldwide on Oct. 31, is dedicated to remembering the dead. It is celebrated by scaring their friends, decorating their houses with crazy lights, dressing up as anything their mind can imagine and by trick or

treating once it is dark out. Some high schoolers still want to live out their childhood and continue to go trick-ortreating. Junior Rozhin Fadae said, “I still go trick or treating every year on Halloween. I’ve been going trick or treating since I was very young. It is my favorite tradition ever.” Some teens hang out with their friends instead of going trick or treating. It is not a traditional form of celebrating Halloween, but people enjoy this once they grow up because they are still celebrating the holiday, but they don’t feel like they are little kids anymore. Junior Thomas Jezek said, “For Halloween, I spent

the night hanging out at my friends house with all my friends. It was so fun because we ate a lot of candy and watched a scary movie.” While in high school, it is hard to balance homework and socializing after school on a school night, so people decide to stay at home on Halloween and do schoolwork. With a CAPPS quarterly assessment on Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, students had to study all night in order to prepare for the big test. Senior Brooke Simon said, “I was so excited to celebrate Halloween, but I had to study for my calculus test that was moved from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1.”

Fun fall festivites for students to participate in Amanda Schless staff writer

Once the leaves on the trees begin to turn different shades of red, orange, and yellow, it is clear that fall is in the air. There are several must- dos before fall comes to an end, including pumpkin picking at local orchards and farms. “I go to the pumpkin patch every year with my friends and it is my favorite part of fall. We go on hay rides, pick pumpkins, and get candy apples afterwards,” senior Charlotte Bergel said. Another glory during fall is Halloween; the one day of the year where people can pretend to be something

they are not, and kids can eat an endless amount of candy without being told to stop. Preparations for Halloween include buying costumes, decorations and candy. In order to get everything on the list, plan prior to the actual date of Halloween, and shop weeks in advance. “Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and I think it always will be. When I was little, I would dress up and go trickor- treating with my friends. The candy was also a good part,” freshman Ryan McGraw said. Infopgrahpic by Jordan Rubin

As fall creeps in, decorations of Jack-o-lanterns, spider webs and tombstones appear in yards. The leaves start to fall and the air turns brisk, leaving you with no option but to curl up on a cozy couch and turn on your favorite Halloween movies while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte. In the fall, the weather is anything but predictable. The mornings before school are as cold as 50 degrees and up to 70 degrees by dinner time. One piece of advice to help avoid goosebumps when you leave your house, and then sweating in your fourth period, is to wear a sweatshirt with a shirt underneath. “During fall, I always wear a shirt under my sweatshirt because it’s so cold in the morning but then it gets hot in the school,” junior Crystal Ndungu said.

A handful of after- school activities and sports take place in fall. Football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cheer, poms, and auditions/ rehearsals for the school musical are just a few of the options. However, it is important for everyone to put schoolwork as the number one priority. “Fall is definitely my favorite season, because it is cross country season. I wait for the entire rest of the school year for cross country. After school, I go to practice for two hours and we have occasional meets,” junior Tyler Konigsberg said.


The Good Liar, meets expectations despite slow start

Mollika Singh senior graphics editor The Good Liar, Nicholas Searle’s 2015 debut novel, is really quite boring, until it’s good. The characters are dislikable enough for the first hundred pages without plot to be bearable. For that first third, I struggled to understand why two separate blurbs on the cover call the novel a “thriller.” The novel follows conman septuagenarian Roy Courtnay in his exploit to pull off one last trick, snaking away the fortune of a widow, and he finds the perfect victim: Betty, tolerably intelligent to not be boring and decently wealthy to be worth it. Throughout this narrative, we look into Roy’s past, discovering what has led him to Betty, and indeed what has led her to him. Dispersed in the geriatric dating timeline are vignettes from Roy’s life, backing up in time all the way to his childhood, slowly revealing each layer of identity theft, cons, and coverups. The making of the con man is certainly interesting, and that’s when the novel starts to become enjoyable. As we learn more about Roy and Betty, The Good Liar builds into more than just a book about a conman, but about the mortal need for retribution and self-assurance. The plot twists are sufficiently unpredictable and are present in both timelines, important to keeping us engrossed in each. As for last issue’s book, Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, the movie adaptation Jojo Rabbit, doesn’t stick to each page, and is far better off that way. One benefit of the movie medium is that we are released from the constraint of Johannes Beltzer’s first person narration. We see several scenes between Elsa, the Jewish girl in hiding, and Rosie Betlzer, Jojo’s mother, who in an especially tender moment says “You’ve lived more lifetimes than most” to which Elsa replies “I haven’t lived at all.” Director Taika Waititi does a good job of using all the extra dimensions afforded to him by the theater. From the beginning we are treated to “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in German as a background track to Johannes running through the streets of poor Vienna shouting “Heil Hitler.” There are also, unlike in the original, a couple of strong female role models, both in the Hitler Youth camp and in the Resistance. Rebel Wilson and Scarlett Johansson serve as strong comedic characters who find the light in their respective situations. There is less of Taika Waititi’s Adolf Hitler imaginary best friend than might have been expected, but the externalization of Johannes’s extremist and anti-Semitic tendencies into a character, especially Waititi’s silly and frivolous depiction, emphasizes the absurdity of the whole thing. When finally Johannes learns and kicks the image of Hitler out of his window, it’s funny and final, the moment the theater was holding its breath for: When does the good side win? Waititi has taken Caging Skies and distilled the decades-long distorted love story into a happy package of the Nazis losing, the Jewish girl escaping, and the boy faced with her suffering learning to tell the truth. It’s just been transformed into something more palatable for movie audiences. Jojo’s deception that Germany has won the war lasts not decades, but minutes. The book is more complicated, and the good side doesn’t necessarily win, but that’s not what we want in the theater.




Common Sense | November 6, 2019


This movie is no Joke BBQ Club Isolated and rejected by society, failed comedian Arthur Fleck desperately tries to find his place in Gotham City. Hiding behind the painted face of a clown at his job and the fake smile he shows to the rest of the world, Fleck begins to spiral into insanity. After being mistreated everyday of his life, Fleck finds himself taking on a new identity as a crazed killer: The Joker. The new Joker movie was released to theaters on Oct. 4, 2019. After being open to the box offices for only three weeks, the Joker is the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Despite being clouded in controversy, in its third week of being released the Joker has made a whopping $850 million worldwide, and is expected to reach over $900 million. The reason that the Joker has spiked controversy among viewers is because of its dark and gritty style, there is concern that it will perpetuate current gun violence issues in America. Film producer Michael Uslan isn’t worried about the critics. In an interview with Vulture magazine he said, “There will be people who love it and people that hate it. It is going to be a very unique experience.” The Joker received a 69 percent on

Rotten Tomatoes, and a four and a half out of five stars on IMBd, both generally high ratings. Viewers gave the new box office thriller an 89 percent rating, revealing that almost everybody seems to be loving the Joker. “I’m a pretty big movie guy, so my friends and I all went to see it last weekend and I really liked it. It definitely had a few faults, but I would recommend,” junior Matty Koplan said. In the most recent DC Comics movies, the infamous Joker villain has been portrayed by Jared Leto, in the newest Joker movie Joaquin Phoenix played the role of the main antagonist. Critics and fans were impressed by Phoenixs’ chilling and shocking performance. Phoenix delivered in every way he could, perfecting the nuanced transformation of the Joker. The plot and the themes of the movie leave the audience in awe. Although it is challenging to The movie Joker came out on Oct. 4. differentiate which parts of the movie are really happening versus which are parts were just confusing and I honestly happening in the Joker’s mind, confusion just wanted some answers,” sophomore adds to the elusiveness of the film. Miles Wiley said. By the end of the movie the audience Overall, the Joker is worth the watch, has been presented a series of possibilities, more than once. There is a lot of symbolism rather than concrete facts. This leaves the and allusions to unpack within the movie, movie up to interpretation of the audience, as well as amazing cinematography. which may frustrate some viewers. “Some

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Zara Denison staff writer


Camryn Eats

Camryn Yi features editor Nothing beats burgers and hotdogs before the Friday night lights turn on and the stands fill up. This week I’ll be reviewing our very own BBQ Club. The infamous club specializes in BBQ cooked foods such as hotdogs and burgers and also sell chips, drinks and candy. The BBQ club is a student-run organization that lead tailgates before football games. The grill masters grill food while students enjoy time together before the game begins. The tailgate times are determined in the club’s Facebook group with over 400 students from all grade levels. The grill masters include seniors Evan Mclaughlin, Ben Bloch, Daniel Rudden and Matthew Kopsidas. Before each grill session the boys make their way to Costco and gather supplies such as patties, hotdogs and condiments. You have the option of topping off your grilled meal with ketchup, mustard and relish. The tailgates take place only before home football games and typically start an hour before the games. Occasionally the BBQ club will lead tailgates at soccer games.The food is only for students who are in the club. Students who ordered BBQ club Tshirts at the beginning of the school year can enjoy the BBQ food for free. To get a shirt and join the club, you first need to join the Facebook group. After you’re in, all you need to do is fill out a form, which can be found in files, and turn it in to one of the officers. You have the option to pick between short sleeve, long sleeve or both. If you get a short sleeve T-shirt you pick a name to go on the back of it and post it in the group with your student ID. How they make their BBQ is a whole ‘nother story. “Once we get our ingredients the other grill masters and I thaw them out, slap them on the grill, add some cheese and finally we add our secret ingredient,” senior grill master Evan Mclaughlin said. Yes, you heard right: secret ingredient. As of right now the secret ingredient remains classified but will hopefully be disclosed soon. Advise to the grill masters, and social studies teacher Jennifer Bauer said, “My daughter thought the burgers were better than McDonalds.” I give the BBQ burgers and hotdogs a five star rating. Being a member of the BBQ club since my freshman year I may be a little biased but everything always tastes better when it’s free. Photo courtsey Evan Mclaughlin Seniors Matthew Kopsidas, Daniel Rudden, Ben Bloch and Evan Mclaughlin get ready to cook burgers before a football game.


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JV Sports . . Football


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Cheer team competes in counties at Blair Rob Carpenter JV sports editor The cheer team has been working toward competition all season. At pep rallies the cheer team performs for the students, presenting their advanced routines. “I love to cheer at pep rallies because the atmosphere is great,” sophomore Jaimie Morris said. Morris has been cheering since she was young, and it is an important part of her lifestyle. “I have loved cheer ever since I first

started. My cheer team outside of school prepared me to be ready for high school cheer,” Morris said. In addition to pep rallies, the team cheers at football games. Recently, fans have been leaving the games early due to the lopsided scores. “It is really important that we keep the fans in the game, especially since our football team has been struggling this season,” Morris said. Practice is usually on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. “In the past couple weeks we have been working harder than ever. It can be difficult balancing

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my schoolwork with school cheer and competitive cheer,” Morris said. The team participated in the county competition at Blair on Oct. 26. “This is the competition we had been preparing for all season. I was really excited,” sophomore Nicole Wasserman said. Cheer competitions are long due to having to go through every school’s routines. “I liked being able to see each teams routine. I get to learn new things while watching others,” Morris said. At the end of the competition, the judges placed the schools. “It is always exciting to

hear the results,” Wasserman said. The team got last place in the first division, out of eight teams. “We are in the highest division, so we did better than it may seem,” Morris said. The team qualified for regionals, with another chance to prove themselves. “I am excited for the regional meet. I had a lot of fun at counties,” freshman Josie Starr said. Regionals were on Nov. 2, too late to be included in this issue. “Our season has been very fun. It had its ups and downs, but overall it was a great learning experience,” Starr said.


Common Sense | November 6, 2019

D.C. sports



County Nationals win, students celebrate first World Series championship Wide Sports Leah Starr profiles editor

After beating the St. Louis Cardinals, the Washington Nationals qualified for their first appearance in the MLB World Series. On Oct. 30, they beat the Houston Astros in game seven to make this their first ever World Series championship. Baseball has been an American tradition since it was created, and then gained popularity in the 19th century. Families tend to grow up watching baseball and some form traditions around the sport. This year, proud fans have gathered together at games, watch parties or simply at home to watch their team win it all. Once the Nationals qualified for the World Series, fans were already ecstatic and filled with hope. “I was so happy to see the Nationals in their first ever World Series. I have been a Nats fan for my

whole life and I am very proud that they have finally made it this far,” freshman Josh Erd said. On Oct. 30, the Nationals were supported by the thousands of people who were hoping they would win. “The game seven watch party was so fun. There were so many fans there who were all connected through the Nats. I am so happy I went because it was such a great experience and I got to watch the Nats win surrounded by thousands of other Nats fans,” junior Kyler Hamlin said. After their win, fans were filled with a sense of pride and hope that they haven’t felt for the Nationals before. Even though the World Series is over, the fans still have more to look forward to. On Nov 2, at 2 p.m., there was a parade for fans who wanted to celebrate the win in a more formal way. The route for the parade started on Constitution Avenue NW at 15th Street

NW, traveled east on Constitution Avenue NW and finished on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 3rd Street NW. “I am definitely going to the Nats parade because this doesn’t happen often and I want to be involved in as much as I can. I also want to celebrate their amazing win,” sophomore Helena Hansen said. The parade was televised and livestreamed, as there are expected to be 500,000 people there. “I am going to the Nats parade because I love the Nats so much and I want to support them every way I can,” junior Shannon Snape said. The Nationals’ win brings them together with the band of winning D.C. sports teams. They are joined by the Washington Capitals and the Washington Mystics to make them the third winning D.C. in a 16-month span. “This whole experience has been so exciting because D.C. teams never win. I love that they are turning that around,” Erd said.


Season starts with win, continues with loss Justin Linn staff writer

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The varsity hockey team started out the season strong with a 6-2 win against Walt Whitman at the Rockville Ice Rink. The Patriots started the game off slow trailing 0-2 early, but with the help of the crowd, they came back to tie it up and from there on, it was all Patriots. Junior Daniel Tomashevsky helped lead the way with two goals and three assists on the offensive side of the rink, and goalie Riley Jordan came up big with nine saves on 11 shots to secure the win and start the season 1-0. Sophomore Scotty Collinson was determined to get back on the ice after an unfortunate finish to last year’s season. The varsity team ended last year falling short to Churchill 5-4. Collinson helped the team make it to states but didn’t come home with the prize they were out for. “It was a hard ending for the boys, but this year we have more intensity to go out and win states,” Collinson said. Junior Nick Billingsley played a role in the game, grabbing two points with a goal and an assist. Billingsley joined the team last year and played a nice role in the seven games he played. Billingsley had six points in seven games with three goals and three assists. “I want my role to improve on this team, and l had a good season last year, but want to show the coaches that they can trust me with the puck,” Billingsley said. Sophomore Julius Rubin helped the team last year on JV, and was called up to help and add depth to the varsity team. Rubin notched five points last season with one goal and four assists, but wants to help lead the team to states this year. “After losing to Churchill last

year in the state final game, I realized that I need to step up my game,” Rubin said. Sophomore Noah Weber has been playing hockey since he was little, and wants to continue playing through his high school career. Playing on JV last year gave him a taste of what it’s like playing against other schools on the high school level. “It gave me a good feel on how high school hockey worked and felt like to play in,” Weber said. Sophomore Jack Parsons could feel the energy from the crowd of the student section and it motivated the team and him, to come out strong and win the game after slow start. “The crowd was crazy. Everyone on the bench felt the enthusiasm from the fans and it was a pretty sick feeling,” Parsons said. On Oct. 31 hockey played Churchill and lost with a score of 3-2.

Juniors Nick Billingsley and Brett Strauss attempt to score a goal against rival Chruchill on Oct. 31.

winter sports

Excitement builds before winter season for teams Jack Rothenberg editor-in-chief As the fall sports season is coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at the teams we will be watching in the winter and what we should be expecting from each squad. Ice Hockey Even though they are considered a club, the hockey team is one of the best and most exciting teams we have at the school. Coming off of a loss in the Maryland state final last season, the Patriots have high expectations to not only get to the state final for a second consecutive season, but this time finish on top. The Patriots lost four seniors who played a pivotal role in last season’s success, but are returning six seniors and seven juniors. Senior wing Scotty Collinson is confident in his team’s capabilities for this season. “If we play the way we want to play as a team, we should have a great chance at making it back

to finals and finishing what we started,” Collinson said. The team won their first game of the season on Oct. 25 against the Whitman Vikings 6-2. Boys’ Basketball While last year the Patriots finished with a 10-12 record, the squad is anticipating a better season due to three students who transferred from private schools. Juniors Will Margaritas and Normand Bayigamba along with senior Hubert Bayigamba will add size, shooting and ball handling that will benefit the Patriots throughout the season and hopefully lead them to a deep playoff run. The Patriots have the luxury of bringing back 12 upperclassmen, five seniors and seven juniors, including senior guards Jack Moskowitz and Jack Lvovsky. “I’m excited for my first year on the team here. I know a bunch of the team from playing with them in middle school, but high school should be more competitive,

which makes it better,” Margaritas said. The Patriots take on Springbrook in their first regular season game on Dec. 6. at Springbrook. Girls’ Basketball After a heinous 1-20 record in the 2018-2019 season and an early exit in the first round of the playoffs, the Patriots look to bounce back in this upcoming season with a young roster that is made up of only four upperclassmen. Although it’s not ideal to have a team primarily made up of freshman and sophomores, there is hope for this season due to the group of underclassmen led by freshman guard Kaitlyn Mariani. Another major piece of this team will be senior forward Anna Baldwin, who is optimistic about this year. “I have high hopes for this season because we have good underclassmen coming in,” Baldwin said. The Patriots look to start the season off on the right foot against Springbrook on Dec. 5 at home.

Teams need leaders to succeed

Miller Romm back page editor Do you consider yourself a leader? Who on your team or on the field do you consider a leader? Think about the reasons why you believe these people are leaders. Is it because they are vocal? Or is it because they lead by example? The truth is that there are five different types of leaders that all teams need. The first leader is the one that is most acknowledged and well known. This is the performance leader: these are the people who take charge of your practice, who are vocal and make sure everyone is on the same track. The performance leaders keep the team on task and make sure the end goal is known. The performance leaders are not just vocal but they perform to the highest level; they are usually the most committed and motivated. According to Janssen Sports Leadership center, Carolina women’s soccer coach said, “The most attractive type of leadership to me is the student-athlete who is a coach on the field. I want a driving verbal force who won’t let standards slip.” The second type of leader is a locker room leader. This is the type of person who might not be the best player but creates a positive culture for the team or for the school. This person takes pride in the program and in the team, so if anyone misbehaves the locker room leader will stand up and make sure to tell them to stay in line. The most important thing for a locker room leader is that they keep the team together on the field and off the field; while the performance may yell at individual players on the field, the locker room leader is vocal when the team is down, when they are losing or struggling. “Molly Gleicher remains spirited whether we are winning or losing,” junior lacrosse midfielder Darcey Touchette said. Without this third leader impossible for the team to properly win and function. A chemistry leader makes sure that the people on the team are close and tight knit. These are the people who plan dinners or events with the team, or look to get to know their teammates not only on the field but off the field as well. On a team there are going to be players and teammates who are closer than others, but the chemistry leaders job is to make sure that everyone remains tight. The organizational leader is most likely the least acknowledged on your team, but is still important. This is the person who keeps the team involved in more than just themselves; they want to help out in the community. Lastly the reserve leaders manage the frustrations that happen on the bench. They do not play, but make a huge impact on the culture of the team. They do not receive much attention for being a good leader, because only the players on the team understand the importance of what they do and who they lead. Teams that fall apart usually start with the bench. The reserve leaders keep the team in order. Think about your team and the people who play these important roles and recognize the importance of what they do.


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Field Hockey


Season ends in regionals against rival

The Patriots season came to an end after a 3-0 loss to rival Churchill Bulldogs in Regional finals on Oct. 30. The Bulldogs scored all of their goals in the first half, dominating the field. The Patriots were able to stop additional scoring opportunities in the second half, but weren’t able to score any of their own. “It was really sad to lose to Churchill again, but overall I’m really proud of us as a team,” senior Alexa Kantor said. Although the team lost in regional finals, the team succeeded in the regional semifinals against Richard Montgomery on Oct.

28. The Patriots started the playoffs season off strong with a 3-0 win. The goals came from juniors Quinn Lugenbeel and Darcy Touchette and senior captain Kendall Clark. The first goal by Kantor. The ball was put at Luginbeel’s stick and her shot went behind the goalie. The second goal from the Patriots started with Touchette when she performed a reverse sweep into the back of the goal. The final goal came from Clark when she took a shot inside the circle that went through the mix of players and went behind the goalie once again. “The whole team had a good mentality from start to finish, proving ourselves to move on in the playoffs,” senior captain Leah Kellert said. Their last game before the playoffs

started was on Oct. 18, against Blair. The team came out with a 1-0 win with a goal from junior Kirby Child. That took place on a corner from senior Alexa Kantor, where she passed the ball to Lugenbeel at the top of the circle who then passed it to Child for a shot on goal. “This game was really exciting because the teams were really even and we pulled through to get the win,” sophomore Emily Levine said. The team is losing five seniors for the next season, captains Jordan Rubin, Leah Kellert and Kendall Clark, Alexa Kantor and Mia Silver. The Patriots will be lead by juniors Kirby Child, Amanda Schless, Maya Erd, Erin Chang, Laura See, Darcy Touchette and Sharon Oh.

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Sarah Levine news editor

Senior captain Kendall Clarkhigh fives coach befire the game against Churchill on Oct. 30.


Squad looks to finish strong, unlike past years Jack Lvovsky sports editor Golf is looking to make another run at states with their strong performances this year. Seniors Ben Bloch and Yuvi Singh and juniors Ryan Feldman and Ethan Chelf are leading the team headed into states. Senior Ben Bloch said, “I felt like we could have won it last year, but we all have another year under our belts and know we are more ready to win states.” The golf team has credited their success to new coach, Erin Marshall. This is his first year as head coach and the players have said nothing but positive things “Coach Marshall has been great for us. He knows how to lead a team really well while keeping us motivated and ready for states,.” junior Drew Rubinstein said.

The golf team competed in the regional championships to qualify for states. Lead by Chelf who shot a 73, the team qualified for the state championship. The team was also helped by Ryan Feldman with a 77, Bloch with an 82, and Singh with an 84. “We played ok, we could have played a lot better. It’s a good sign though for states because we all shot poorly and was good enough to qualify for states. If

Totals from Most Recent Two Matches Boys’ Golf



we are all on our game, we are the best team in the state,” Chelf said In past years, the golf team has been successful in the regular season, but always falls short of a state championship. This year, the boys are looking to change the culture and bring a state title home to put on the trophy shelf. “This team has been different from all other teams in the past. We play well together and have team chemistry.” Junior Minyi Yu said On Oct. 30, the boys played their first 18 holes in the state championship. The team looked strong from the gate hitting great shots and sinking putts. Led by senior Yuvi Singh who led the Patriots with a 72, the team is in second place only behind rival Churchill for the state championship. Senior Ben Bloch shot a 73, and juniors Chelf and Feldman shot a 75 and a 76. The final day of the state championship was on Nov. 4.

Cross Country

Team looks to bring home title at state championship

The cross country teams have been practicing and preparing all year for their meets. Their biggest test of the season came on Oct. 31 in the regional meet at High Point Farm in Clarksburg. The Patriots faced off against the 24 other Montgomery County public schools. The long season and invitationals and meets prepared the Patriots for their harder end of the season. Junior Eric Carlson said, “We have been working hard all season and pushing ourselves to get in the best possible form for our upcoming meets.” The top seven boys and girls will then

go off to represent at the state meet. The seven boys who will be representing the Patriots are senior Scott Sritharan, senior Joe De Jong, junior Teddy Keenan, juniors Jason Wang and David Weiss, sophomore Armaan Salchak, and freshman Tyler Sauvajot. The seven girls representing the Patriots are seniors Anna Baldwin, Victoria Shumakovich, Alyssa D’Arpa and Jessica Penry, junior Emma Helgeson, freshmen Rebecca Vasconez and Julianne Yao. Science teacher and cross country coach Jacob Buxton said, “The boys’ and girls’ teams have been trained to be at their best for these two meets. The girls have a really good chance of qualifying for the state meet. For the boys it will be tougher, but if they step up to the challenge they

can do it.” The Patriots most recent meet was counties on Oct. 19 where all teams for Montgomery County were present. The girls finished third out of 25 for varsity. The boys ended up finishing ninth out of 25 for varsity. The invitational meets, including Bull Run invitational and Coyote invitational, have no impact on the team’s record. The divisional meets are also not significant, but contribute to their overall record. During these meets the Patriots face off against the teams in their division and the top teams come home with a win in their division. Junior Rebecca Hoerner said, ”It has been a successful season. Everybody has improved a lot and we have grown a lot closer as a team.”.

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Conor Walsh managing editor

Junior Zara Denison runs in a meet on Oct. 19.


After one loss season, squad confident they can make a deep run in playoffs Dev Zoks managing editor

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After having a first round bye, on Oct. 31, the girls beat Gaithersburg 3-0 in the second round of the playoffs. On Oct 15, the girls took on Gaithersburg. During the first set, the score was tight when the Patriots pulled out the 25-22 win for the set. The entire momentum shifted and the Patriots dominated the second set winning 25-11. Finally, on the third set the girls won 25-18, completing the 3-0 shutout. Two days later, on Oct. 17, the girls played the Northwest Jaguars. The Jaguars took the first set 25-9, but the Patriots rebounded by winning the second set 25-23. The Jaguars were able to gain control and win the last two sets of the game to win the match in three sets. This was the first lost in a previously undefeated season.

“Northwest was our only loss this season, but we are confident that if we meet them again we will be able to compete,” senior Chloe Hum

Seniors Chloe Hum and Aryana Rozian celebrate senior night on Oct. 17.

The girls took on the Blair Blazers for their senior night on Oct. 21.. Seniors Heather Chen, Catie Brick, Elizabeth Hsieh, Natalie Tai, Stephanie Geng, Ariana RezaiyanNojani, Chloe Hum, Ellie Baker, and Mainee Scherlet were all honored before the game. Following the loss to Northwest, the girls were able to rebound nicely. While all three sets were close, the Patriots pulled out the 3-0 shoutout by winning 25-18, 25-21, and 25-11. The last game of the regular season, the girls played Seneca Valley. After a dominant win against Blair, they dominated again against Seneca Valley, winning another shutout 3-0. After a one-loss regular season, the girls are ready to make a states run. “We are feeling really confident and good about the playoffs. We have a long way to go but this what we have been preparing for and we are ready,” Hum said. The girls take on Northwest in the regional semifinals on Nov. 4.


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0-5 In regional finals

GIRLS’ SOCCER 7-5 Lost in regionals



BOYS’ SOCCER 9-1 In quarter finals

The Patriots faced off against the Rockville Rams on Oct. 17. It was the coldest day of the season up to this point. The Patriots did not get off to a hot start, conceding a goal in the first five minutes. Senior midfielder Alek Wroblewski scored on a counter minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Wroblewski dominated the remainder of the first half, adding two more goals to give himself a hat trick. The Patriots led 3-1 at half. Wroblewski said on potentially breaking the school’s scoring record: “I want a championship, not a record.” Wroblewski scored his fourth goal of the game early in the second half. Soon after, senior striker Andy Ram had a deep shot ring off the crossbar, Junior midfielder Alex Ochman followed it up with a header, putting the Patriots up 5-1. Ochman assisted junior midfielder Matias Llontop for the sixth goal of the game, and Llontop returned the favor, assisting Ochman for the seventh. The Rams scored on a penalty kick with three minutes and 30 seconds left, making the score 7-2. The Patriots led the duration of the game and won 7-2. Alumni night was Oct. 19. against Whitman. It was sentimental to see so many former players return to watch our boys in action. The student section was filled with kids dressed up in their best pajamas. It was an incredible atmosphere, as the top two teams in the county were

facing each other in the final game of the regular season. The game was defensive; the Vikings scored a goal late in the first half to give them a 1-0 halftime lead. There were no goals scored in the second half. The boys faced defeat for the first time all season, finishing with an 11-1 record. The Patriots regular season success clinched them a first round bye in the state playoffs. The second round playoff matchup was against the Richard Montgomery Rockets on Oct.26. Wroblewski drew a penalty kick in the second minute and put the squad up 1-0. Senior midfielder Griffin Ford scored off a header 10 minutes later to go up 2-0. Ford assisted Wroblewski for a 3-0 halftime lead. Goals from Meyer and Ram gave the Patriots a 5-0 lead, and the Patriots went on to advance to the regional finals. The Patriots faced the three-seed Northwest Jaguars on Oct. 29. Both teams were determined, and knew the magnitude of this matchup. The game was defensive; the score was 0-0 at halftime. The Patriots dominated time of possession. With three minutes left, Ram scored off of a set piece to go up 1-0. One minute later, Wroblewski had a magnificent shot from outside the box that found its way to the top right quarter of the net. The defense dug in and resisted any remaining offensive threats. The team got a plaque for the win; it was a momentous game. The state quarterfinal game vs Dulaney on Nov. 2 and any other potential games after that were too late to be included in this issue.

Girls’ soccer

Team suffers devastating loss against Quince Orchard in regional final penalty kicks Jack Moskowitz managing editor The Patriots were matched up against Northwest for the first round of the playoffs. Nerves were high for the game and the stands were filled. Early on in the game, junior Zara Chavoshi was able to sneak her way in the box and score the first goal for the Patriots in this big game. Northwest was putting lots of pressure on the Patriot defense after getting possession of the ball. The defense was able to stop each attack and clear the ball from inside the box to midfield. Nearing the end of the second half the Patriots were inside the box again. Senior Alexa Folk put herself in a good position to receive the pass and score past the outstretched hands of the goalie, making the score 2-0. The Patriots had momentum coming out of the half and it stuck with them for the rest of the game. Adding on to the score, sophomore Sydney Behrens scored the third and final goal for the Patriots, giving them the 3-0 lead. “The team is super excited we were able to win this game but we

have to get ready for our next matchup,” Chavoshi said. The next game was against QO, who they originally lost to 4-1 during the regular season. The game started off slow with neither team scoring. Both teams had good chances on offense but neither team was able to convert. The score was 0-0 heading into halftime. The second half followed with the same style as the first. Neither team was able to score in the second as well, sending the game into overtime. The first team to score in overtime would be the winner and advance to the next round. Both teams’ defense were stellar and didn’t let anything get by them. Neither team scored in overtime so the game would be decided by PK’s. Freshman goalie Karen Potts was able to save the first PK. The Patriots missed their first PK as well. QO was able to convert on their next two shots with the Patriots still not scoring. Midfielder and junior Leah Starr made her shot, but when QO put in their third, the game ended before Chavoshi could shoot, ending the season with a 3-1 loss. “It was a devastating loss but I’m proud of how well

we were able to play as a team and improve from what we did during the regular season,” Chavoshi said. Team is losing seven seniors, Sarah Levine, Alexa Folk, Miranda Wright, Casey Schuler, Sabrina Shah, Macy Fewell, and Rebecca Yuan. The team next year will be led by juniors Zara Chavoshi, Leah Starr, Sarah Woodward, Anya Bijlani and Paige Abid. Photo used with permissiopn from Life touch



Squad rolls on to state quarter finals Daniel Rudden staff writer


Sophomore Sydney Behrens steals ball against QO on Oct. 25.


Patriots fall in last home game on senior night to Einstein

The Patriots hoped for their first win on Oct. 18 against Richard Montgomery but it was a blowout, with RM beating the Patriots 54-14. Senior captain Larry Feldman had a big game, going for 100 yards and a touchdown, with 53 on the ground and 47 through the air. He remained optimistic despite the big loss and was excited for senior night. “I hope we can build on this performance even though we lost. All we can do is look ahead to a very important game against Einstein,” Feldman said. A sea of red, white and blue filled up the stands as only a few Einstein fans showed up on Oct. 25. Einstein was coming off a threegame win streak and was looking for their fourth. Wootton knew that they had to play much better than they played against RM to have a chance at winning. Before the game, the stands were hyped as they were led by senior grill masters Ben Bloch, Daniel Rudden, Matthew Kopsidas and Evan McLaughlin. In addition to the loud, supportive student section, parents showed up because it was also senior night

for poms, cheer and band. When it came to the game, the Patriots started off hot, forcing a three-and-out. After that possession, it went downhill from there Einstein forced a turnover on downs and easily scored the next possession. Soon, they had put up more than two touchdowns in just the first quarter. The highlight of the game was Feldman’s kick return for a touchdown. During the third quarter, he returned a punt 65 yards for Wootton’s only touchdown of the game. “I was really happy with the kick return. Even though we didn’t win, I’m happy I at least scored a touchdown on my senior night,” Feldman said. The game ended in a brutal loss, 55-10. This was the fourth The offensive line gets ready for the first snap of the game on Oct. 18 against Richard Montgomery. start for freshman Chris Castelli, but This was also the senior night for Throckmorton said she would visit “the this was not one of his best performances, cheer, poms and band. The seniors on North Pole to make Santa give the naughty finishing with only 10 completions on 24 all four teams took pictures with flowers kids solar panels instead of coal to help save attempts for 64 yards and two interceptions. and banners before the game with their the environment.” Sophomore Justin McGraw led in receiving families. Band participated in the halftime The final game of the season on Nov. yards, with five catches for 31 yards. Feldman show and each senior was asked where they 1 against Northwest was too late to be led in rushing yards with 27 yards off of six want to go for vacation. Drum major Claire included in this issue. attempts. Photo used with permissiopn from Life touch

Samir Patankar sports editor


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