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Sherwood High School 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

35th Year

May 24, 2013

Beyond High School
See where your classmates are heading after leaving the halls of Sherwood. pgs. 6-9

Senior Issue
See the All-Senior Team’s college destinations and career highlights.

Making Commitments

pgs. 15-16

Graduation Speakers Emphasize Community and Hope
by Julianne Maxwell
The culmination of the seniors’ high school careers will occur when seniors receive their diplomas in June. This year’s graduation will be notable for its speeches from Senator Ben Cardin and seniors Steven Palmer and Lauren Corlett, whose speeches were chosen from a pool of seven seniors. Cardin speaks at roughly ten graduations each year, about half of which are for high schools and half for colleges. According to Cardin’s communications director, Susan Sullam, he will, “urge students on the importance of finding a passion, whether it is public service, education, the medical field or military, and highlight the importance of helping others.” The senator appreciates communities and wants students to understand the importance of bettering them. Palmer, who is known for his “Palmer 2032” campaign, is focusing his speech on “the horrible things that could happen in the future, but what I hope will happen instead.” He hopes to engage the audience and fellow graduating students by discussing all the terrifying things that students do not want to happen such as being unsuccessful and poor, but all the while offering his optimistic outlook on the future and the real world. “If just one person feels inspired by my speech, I will be satisfied,” said Palmer. Corlett also wrote a speech on the importance of being a part of communities. In her words, her speech details “how I’ve never participated in anything considered normal for a Sherwood student but I still feel connected to the community.” Corlett, who has been heavily involved in television production during her time at Sherwood, feels as though the community around her has been accepting of her interests and those of others like her who do not get involved in athletics or the arts. The main point of her speech is to help students understand “they’ll always have somewhere they feel they belong.”

Senator Ben Cardin, Lauren Corlett and Steven Palmer will address the Class of 2013 at graduation.

Also Graduating with the Class of 2013... We’ll Miss You! Departures:
“The thing I’ll miss most is when I can tell [from] students’ faces when they are finally understanding the mathematical concepts I am teaching.” - Kathy Bredland
Worked at Sherwood for 37 years

Trish Audi George Awkard Mike Bonavia Xaviera Gutierrez Terry Heintze Susan Phillips

BJ Mills Kaye Coursen Kathy Bredland

“I will miss: The people, staff and students. The activities that go on in the high school, I love all the student productions, drama, art and music, and the athletic events. Newspaper and yearbook! I love seeing the talent of our students. This has been the best experience for me – starting as a parent of Sherwood students to a staff member, and to my dream job of administrative assistant/secretary.” - BJ Mills
Worked in MCPS for 15 years and at Sherwood for eight

“My favorite memories from Sherwood include being here as a teacher while my two children were students here.” - Kaye Coursen
Worked in MCPS for 29.5 years and at Sherwood for 19

Joe Sangillo Sia Senior

The Warrior•News & Features
May 24, 2013

Add Me, Add Me Not
by Randi Arizona
High school, a critical stage in life, is full of unforgettable memories and influential people. Many connections from high school remain intact for years after, with students not wanting to sever every connection of the last four years, but many are lost due to time and distance. As students graduate and leave Sherwood, many participate in the relatively new tradition of adding their teachers on Facebook. A number of Sherwood teachers are known to accept students’ friend requests after graduation. One of them is AP Psychology teacher Christine McKeldin. “I usually just accept them if they have attended Sherwood, but every now and then I go through and get rid of people that I haven’t really talked to in a while or I just don’t really know,” said McKeldin. Students get excited about the idea of having a different kind of relationship with teachers through social networking. Kids add teachers that have been mentors they would want to keep in touch with outside of the classroom. “It’s a ‘we are finally out of high school’ rite of passage, because it shows that in the eyes of teachers we are now adults, who they can build

relationships [with] that extend beyond the walls of Sherwood High School,” said senior Gai Kaufman. Teachers enjoy when students they haven’t seen or talked to since they attended Sherwood add them. Many find it interesting to see their students’ new lives, especially if they have gotten married or had kids. There is no MCPS policy for teachers to follow regarding students and Facebook once students graduate. Nonetheless, some teachers are more selective of who they add. “I am definitely selective about who I accept on social media,” said AP Biology teacher Allison Erdman. “It’s my private life and I have personal pictures of family on it. I’m fine with adding a former student I know or have taught and gotten close to, but not just everyone that it says is from Sherwood.” English teacher Patty Jasnow agrees with Erdman, saying she will only accept friend requests from students she knows well. “I’m not that active on Facebook. I do accept some students but not ones I didn’t know very well and not while they are still attending Sherwood. It’s important to keep my school life separate from my personal one,” said Jasnow.

Which teacher will you friend request as soon as you graduate?
“Ms. Games so I can stalk her photo albums as she travels the world.” - Leah Kim “Mr. Sangillo so I can keep up with his epic life adventures.” - Megan Conrad

Which teacher do you think has the most interesting life outside of school?
“Ms. Reiff, because she always has a story to tell.” - Molly Nickerson “Mr. Rubenstein because of all of his stories and jobs he has had.” - Amanda Pustis

Why should a teacher follow or friend request you specifically?
“I mean, why not?” - Kelsey Lineberger “They probably shouldn’t.” - Jake Ryder

Do you think it’s appropriate for teachers to be friends with former students?
“Yes, because they are no longer a student so it doesn’t matter.” - Kyle Wisor “Yeah, because some teachers want to see how their students do after high school, almost like seeing their work after it’s done.” - Kyle Harris

The Warrior•News & Features
May 24, 2013


Teachers Share Their Wise Words With the Class of 2013
Congratulations Class of 2013—you have proven yourself gifted and talented in many arenas. I wish you well—but I also wish you hardship. I have learned through life and the ideas of the philosopher, Nietzsche, that in overcoming obstacles and hard times—the benefits can easily outweigh the costs. The trick is in how you approach problems.

Aileen Woolley

Michael Miehl
When lonely, seek to help others. Do the Todd Rubenstein best you can, then let go. Learn to listen more, speak less. Learn to question everything, but be prepared for unexpected or non-existent answers. Remember you are a human being, not a human doing; you don’t need to prove anything to anybody you are worthy.

Cathy Cross
I think the most important qualities you can develop in yourself are persistence and resilience. You can be 100 percent sure that life will throw challenges at you, how you meet those challenges determines your success and happiness.

Aileen Woolley

Laura Dinerman
Embrace challenges, have courage. Believe in yourself, encourage others. Be charitable, welcome help, be nice, and clean up. Find adventure and your way home. Let your roots grow deep and reach beyond your grasp. Accept what life offers and value what you earn. Work hard, love your work. Know that you are a Warrior and aim high.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

Todd Rubenstein

Beth Dibler
Go to bed a little bit of a better person than you were when you woke up. At least once a week, make somebody’s day. Ignore the idiots of the world who may make your dreams seem silly; the sillier the dream, the harder you should try for it.

Beth Dibler

Too many people accept lesser versions of themselves because they think they can’t control aspects of their lives. Bad grades? Too fat? Toxic friends or family? Dead end job? If you don’t like something about yourself, change it. It won’t be easy, but you have tremendous power over your own destiny. Navigate wisely.

Joe Sangillo

It’s a good thing if adages sometimes ring hollow when tested against the actual experience of living. Otherwise, life would be too boring to bear. Don’t shy away from times when you wonder what the point of it all is. Those moments might not make you happy, but they’ll keep you wondering ... with an emphasis on the wonder of it all.

Peter Huck

Michelle Games
Live life on your own terms. Don’t let your path be dictated by anyone else’s expectations. This is your journey, find what you love and pursue it. And on the way, try to do some good.

Maria Peterson
As you head to the real world, face it with a positive attitude. You might not be able to control what’s around you but at least keep a positive attitude. Also, always be thankful for what you have and don’t think about what you don’t have. Think: You can’t have everything, where would you put it?

Ashley Barber-Strunk
Don’t wish away your life. Too many times I hear students say “I cant wait to get out of here” but what you’ll realize is how easy life really is … slow down … stress less … know that in the end it is about you, and your happiness, no one else’s.

Janet Frensilli
Stay open minded to the opportunities that come your way, even if they don’t fit into your original plan. You never know what life may bring.

Emelia Gonzales
Honesty is the best policy—regardless of the situation, Be true to yourself; your honor and integrity are worth more than a hundred million dollarsmoney can always be acquired and spent—your honor can’t. When faced with a tough situation ask yourself “what would Ms. G do?” and then do it—you’ll sleep better.

Debbie Reier
Never stop learning. Continue to examine what you believe and why you believe it. Find your bliss. Discover what makes you excited to get up in the morning and, as Joseph Campbell so aptly stated, follow your bliss. Be the love, joy, truth and peace that the world so needs.

Christine McKeldin
Stay rooted in your goals. Doing so will keep the mistakes you will make from blowing you off course.

The Warrior•Wondering Warrior
May 24, 2013

What was the worst assignment you had in high school?

“AP Lang research project because it literally took the whole night.” - Adriana Marques “The worst assignments were definitely those strenuous Lang essays.” “The worst project was the tenth grade - Crystal Mak research project because It was so long.” - Viraj Patel
“AP Lang portfolio thing. I’m pretty sure I went insane from reading so much boring stuff about the insanity defense.” - Katie Russell

“Hurricane project in APES; Inevitability of procrastination.” - Peter Ahlers

What was your favorite memory from high school?
“My favorite memory is Colin Hambright trying to say ‘Bonjour’ in a non-seductive way during French class.” - Adam Berger “When someone set the fire alarm off during lunch and it was raining.” - Kailyn Cohen

“Bathroom parties.” - Anuraag Mallela

“Beating Damascus in football.” - Kimberly Walsh “I’m going to miss saying ‘hi’ to people in the hallway because people will be too cold to do this in college.” - Devayani Srinivasan

“My favorite memory from high school is being in RNR. When I was younger I always wanted to be a Spice Girl and now I can say I was.” - Jenai Bell (second from left)

The Warrior•Wondering Warrior
May 24, 2013



Looking back at the And ahead to the

e r u t Fu
“Hopefully I will be better at dealing with people’s idiosyncrasies.” - Julie Moustafa
“I plan to have a species change and become a dolphin/monkey hybrid.” - Matti Ben-Lev

How do you think you will change in the future? Or will you remain mostly the same?
“I will become better than I am now if that is even possible.” - Dylan Firey

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“Owner of a multi-million dollar company called ‘Beaches’ of Florida (private island).” - Cameron Chester

“I see myself volunteering at the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.” - Hailey Hershey

“I will be a triple platinum R&B artist. I will live in a chocolate mansion and have a dog named Brutus.” - Seon Thorne

“Galactic overlord of the sector nine of the seventh quadrant.” - Joshua Fleming

The Warrior•Destinations
May 24, 2013
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The Warrior•Destinations
May 24, 2013
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Though The Warrior made every effort to contact all members of the Senior Class, some names are omitted because students either did not provide a response or did not wish to be listed. 21% of Seniors are attending Montgomery College - 14% of Seniors are attending the University of Maryland, College Park - 9% of Seniors are attending Towson University - 15 seniors are going into the workforce - 11 seniors are going into the military or a military academy

May 24, 2013
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The Warrior•Columns
May 24, 2013

Bon Voyage, Sherwood!
It’s a Gwen, Gwen, Gwen, Gwen World
by Evan Schwartz
If somebody tells you that they don’t like Gwen Stefani, they’re lying. Even if you can’t appreciate the whopping 18 Grammy nominations the 43-year-old’s (yes, you read that right; girl is almost three times your age, had two kids and still has more abs than you may ever have) musical talent has earned her, everything else about the ever-relevant megastar should at

My Best Friend Jules
by Melissa Fajardo
I know that once high school ends, it’ll become harder and harder to keep in touch with the people I’m used to seeing every day. But I have the feeling that me and Julianne “Jules” Maxwell, my best friend since elementary school, will wind up being each other’s maids of honor. She’s a real piece of work, that Julianne, but she’s been with me from the start. And when I say from the start, I mean when she still had a gap in-between her two front teeth and a middle part. One of the first vivid, embarrassing memories I have of Julianne was from the second grade. I took her to Six Flags with my family and after a big lunch she threw up on a wooden roller coaster. Besties ever since. Graduation is basically tomorrow, and just the idea of wearing a cap and gown and walking across the stage seems like something I’m not old enough to do yet. I really feel like I’ve made almost all of my “big” memories with Julianne and graduation will be another one of them. We both made poms our freshman year and thank goodness for that, because from then on we saw each other every day after school, which was great for us. We were on poms together for four years and that’s a lot of memories in itself. We laughed when we didn’t place at Counties freshman year and we cried when we won first place as sophomores. We knew how to keep each other laughing at a dull practice and that’s what we do best. Jules has always been with me when something funny, gross or shocking happens. It’s strange to think that won’t always be the case in a couple months. I remember when Julianne told me once that she wanted to be a pilot. Why she wanted to be a pilot I don’t know. But every time we would see an airplane in the sky, we would joke that it was her flying the plane. I don’t know what she’ll be doing in five or ten years, but I hope we’ve still got it.

least earn your respect. Coming from a middle-class family in Anaheim, California, Gwen (we’re on a first-name basis) began her music career at the age of 17 when her brother invited her to sing lead in his ska garage band No Doubt. The rest is history. Gwen went on to produce music from nearly every genre, ranging from ska and grunge with the original No Doubt, to reggae, pop and hip hop as she transitioned from leadwoman extraordinaire to solo career superstar. Gwen is currently in the works with No Doubt bandmates on an incredible seventh album, adding Gwen’s personal record up to nine acclaimed records (including her two solo career smash hits) and over 40 million albums sold worldwide. How is it that one woman can remain so important to the popular culture world for this long? Google “Third Wave Ska” and, let’s be honest, No Doubt is the only band on that long list still producing stellar work. The answer lies in Gwen’s adaptability. Once the 80s (as trippily as wonderful they were—thank you, shoulder pads, parachute pants and “The Breakfast Club”) came to an end, No Doubt evolved their style in order to stay successful, and lucky for them, this new rock-influenced pop sound would skyrocket the band’s fame and lay seeds for Gwen’s ability to later crossover again into the pop-obsessed decade of the 2000s—you still remember all of the words to “Hollaback Girl,” even though your mother didn’t approve. Along the way Gwen has toured the world, been married to the beautiful and talented rock star Gavin Rossdale since 2002 (basically a lifetime in Hollywood years), popped out two bleach-blond babies—Kingston and Zuma—launched a still-relevant fashion line and is still a sexy, bodacious global icon. Thank you for gracing the world with your power, Gwen. Here’s to you. We all salute.

You Don’t Need a License To Drive a Sandwich
by Sydney Morrison
What frustrates me greatly about society is its fascination with age. All our lives are mapped out according to the number of years we’ve been on this planet. Age five? Welcome to school. 16? Get behind a wheel. 18? Woah, someone’s magically an adult now. What I want to know is: who came up with these numbers? Who decided that when I turn 25 I’m allowed to drive a rental car? It’s so preposterous, at least to me, that an amount of time can dictate what we get to do. It formulates who we become in society; you have people judging you everywhere you go because of your age. I am constantly looked down upon by those who are older than me because I’m “only” 17. Just because someone has been around longer than I have doesn’t necessarily make them smarter than me. I have never cared for age. I don’t care how old you are, and I am sick of putting my birth date on every form I have to fill out. And birthdays are such a big deal to everyone. Do you really need a reason to eat cake and party? It’s called Friday (really, there’s a song about it). What’s funny is that once you become “middle-aged” everyone goes, “oh no, don’t celebrate my birthday!” But why does it matter? Why do people let their age define them? If I am nothing more than a mere digit to everyone around me, why should I try at anything? I don’t want my age to restrain my abilities. I don’t have to be dumb because I’m “just a kid.” And I most certainly do not have to act mature once I hit the big 1-8. When people ask me how old I am, honestly, I usually lie. Because who cares? Don’t act your age. Be bigger than just a number.

The Amazing Big Survivor Brother Race
by Connor Martin
I feel like I’m one of the final three teams racing to the finish line in “The Amazing Race.” I feel like I just made the final two after the last HOH competition in “Big Brother.” I feel like I just survived the final Tribal Council in “Survivor.” I’m on the home-stretch with high school. I’ve played hard to get to this point. When it seemed like everyone wanted me out of the house, I prevailed. I lied, cheated and won competitions. The biggest obstacle to overcome was when math started winning all of the Head of Households. Every year, I never got a break! I was always up for eviction. But it hasn’t gotten me yet. My favorite challenges happened when I was sure my tribe would vote me out at Tribal Council. I found the hidden immunity idols and pushed through, managing to completely blindside everyone (even myself at times) with my ability to persevere. The hunger to win was there—along with the hunger I often felt during third period. I’m like the new Russell Hantz mixed with Coach and Malcolm, except I’m going to win. The race is almost to an end. The eleventh leg ended a while ago, I’m sprinting to the finish line! The race was incredible. It was an Incredible Race. I can’t wait to see Phil Keoghan (Mr. Gregory) up on stage at the finish line on June 11. There were Detours, Speed Bumps, Pit Stops and Road Blocks, but none of them stood a chance. High school, my time with you is over. I’m crossing the finish line, I’m getting voted as the winner by the jury, I’m meeting Julie Chen with my check. Everything is going according to plan and I can’t wait until I come back for the all-stars season (college). High school, you have been evicted. High school, you are the last team to arrive and I’m sorry to tell you that you have been eliminated. High school, the tribe has spoken.


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The Warrior•Columns
May 24, 2013


Counting Down: My Final Farewell
by Randi Arizona
As senior year crept up, I started my college applications, which felt like they took forever and prepared for senior year which everyone thinks is the best and easiest year of high school. In many ways, senior year is. You get so much freedom, not only at home but at school too. Once senior year starts, you sink into the rhythm of school again and it feels like another year that you have already done three times. Your classes go by and whether you took three and an internship or the most crammed course load ever, it still feels like the same old high school routine. The senior breakfast and ordering caps and gowns is really the only taste of graduation you get the first semester, and it definitely isn’t enough. Finally, fourth quarter comes. For most seniors, this is the time when “senioritis” is most present. There is also the anxiety for many about going away from home in the fall. For me it’s been a different reaction to the upcoming transitions coming. I haven’t gone into freak- out mode, but I haven’t been excited either. Instead, I have been wondering if I did enough to show who I really was in high school. I started asking myself things like “What will people remember me for?” and “Did I do things that people should have done in high school?” At this point, it was too late for me to join clubs to become a part of something, too late to try out for a sports team again and way too late to become friends with a huge group of people while pretending everyone likes each other more than they really do. And it was definitely too late to change who people thought I was and how I made myself out to be. I don’t really know the answer to all of the questions I’ve asked myself. I think the only constant in everyone’s lives are those moments of doubt, wondering what they would do differently, if they would have stood out more and why they didn’t try things they were scared of doing the first time.

Memories And Stuff
by Jessica Carrera
I never understood photo albums or scrapbooks when I was younger. It didn’t make sense to me that people needed dozens of books full of pictures to remember events in their lives. I figured that if an event or time was that important, you would just remember it. Ten years later I now find myself engrossed in every family photo album I come across. Flipping through my mom’s old photo albums and laughing at my dad’s high school yearbooks brings about a sense of nostalgia and the realization that I don’t know my parents at all, or at least who they were. It was weird for me to think about the fact that I don’t know their past selves and they probably even forgot some things about themselves along the way. I can’t imagine being anyone other than who I am, but that will eventually change. The things that have molded me into who I am will change and new experiences will shape my future self; but remembering what, and more importantly who, made me who I am now is the important thing. It’s my mom and dad who taught me the value of education and putting one hundred percent of my effort into everything I do. It’s my little sister Emily who reminds me to laugh at myself because nothing in the daily grind is that serious. It’s all of my close friends who have been there since the beginning, who have grown up with me, and who have truly become a part of my family. Janet (Strawberries 1395), who taught me to have faith in people and see their good sides; Amanda (MandyP), who taught me that hard work pays off and does not go unnoticed; Megan (Meg), who taught me to be resilient even when things aren’t looking up; Evan (Ev) , who taught me to never sacrifice who you are for the benefit of other people; Briana (Bri), who taught me that it’s important to stand up for yourself and your beliefs. Lastly and most significantly, is Steffi. We often joke around with each other and say that we are the same person because we understand each other so well, sometimes too well. She has been there through every high point and battled through the low points right alongside me and reminds me that carefree doesn’t always mean irresponsible and even if it does at times it’s okay. She keeps me sane and then drives me insane but always finds a way to mend hurt feelings. Steffi, thank you for making me the person I am, I’ll miss you the most. I can guarantee that I will have pictures and stories of all of these people for years and years because they are memories of the greatest journey and building blocks for all of the future ones.

by Alex Porter

Time: A Reflection
by Shaan Verma
High school is very, very short. It may seem like the longest experience of your life, but it is only four years. Four years out of a life’s length of time is infinitesimally small. It only seems like a long process because of a teenager’s mindset. Students fixate on this narrow-minded viewpoint about how everything is on a deadline and that there is no time to take a single breath between the enormous amounts of work. This is, at times, true, but for the most part students are just complaining about their lives and wallowing in their self-pity before they actually start the work. Students only need to be able to make time. Making time is something that is often dreamt about, but it is actually quite possible. Some people might say to put one foot in front of the other in order to get everything done. These people are complete liars. The only thing that must happen in order to make time is to realize that time saunters on, whether you decide to go along with it or not. Time waited, waits, and will wait for no man. This is law—cut, dry, the end. Even though there is an impending deadline there is always time. Whether the deadline is in two minutes or in two days, there is always time. Use of time is up to the person, but there is always time. Why does one need to ask what, when a more delicious question is when? This can be seen in the relevance of history, because it carries its significance based on time. There is nothing revolutionary about a revolution that happens in the wrong time period. Just the same, turning in a summative project before or after the due date is pointless. After all the convoluted events in life, the only entity that weathers the storm is time. When put in perspective, time is all that anybody has. Life is all about what you do in the time that you are allotted.

On the last day of eighth grade, Robel Wondimu and I went home and turned on our Xboxes. Since we reconnected over the video game “Halo 3” in seventh grade after not being in classes together since elementary school, playing together and against each other was a normal ritual. But this afternoon, we tried something different. We loaded the level “Sandtrap,” got in the game’s Warthog truck and drove. Sandtrap is a group of ancient buildings bordered by expansive desert. Mines destroy anyone who travels too far from the center, so we drove right on the cusp of safety. For hours, Robel and I talked about eighth grade and the last three years, excitement over getting a girl’s phone number for the first time, and the limitless futures ahead of us. Hours passed, breezily discussing the most and least meaningful things with fervor. I met the Ethiopian lad 13 years ago on the first day of kindergarten, when we were the two kids crying in front of Olney Elementary. Since then, he has become my dearest friend and closest confidant. We still end up on our Xboxes every weekend, talking about the same things we have for years. But for all of the dumb conversations about girls, Pokemon or World Star Hip Hop, there are the deep discussions about philosophies or hopes for the future that unearth aspects of ourselves and make us even closer, even through the vehement differences that may accompany them. In the coming weeks, I will leave for cadet basic training at the United States Military Academy. Robel starts at College Park soon after. As we begin our careers in the military and in medicine, hanging out every day will disappear. But I am confident that I will always remain best friends with my brother Robel, the best person I know. Thank you for writing your own column about me in journalism, and for the years of joy, laughter and friendship. Sandtrap will stay open forever.


The Warrior•Columns
May 24, 2013

One Step at a Time
by Robel Wondimu
Entering Sherwood, I was confused and naive as to what the future held in store for me, and four years later, weeks away from graduation, I am just as curious as ever. It’s maddening that the recurring questions that plagued me four years ago managed to creep their way into my mind again. Like others, I am beginning to prepare myself for the imminent transition from the life I have known for all of grade school to what should amount to four years of an exciting roller-coaster ride. I’ve come to terms with my own plans for the future by asking a simple question: will I be happy? As played-out as it might sound, you can only afford to do the things in life that bring you joy, because things that don’t are not worth the uncertain amount of time you have. As a freshman, I became fixated with the notion of mapping out my future, which I now realize was done in vain. There are moments that can’t be predicted and have unpredictable results, so it’s important to expect adversity, take chances and dare to fail. During February of junior year, I made the mistake of playing Mr. Huck in a game of one-on-one basketball after school; I say mistake because I lost. The fact that I lost wasn’t what got to me as much as the circumstances: I was 260 pounds, completely out of shape and got beat by my 40-some-year old English teacher. This was a devastating blow to my ego, but it motivated me to lose 90 pounds in a year by leading a more active and healthy lifestyle. Beforehand, it would have been impossible for me to predict the game would happen, let alone the impact it has had on my life. My point in writing this isn’t self-validation but to try and share that life can be unpredictable and the wonders of tomorrow can’t be anticipated today.

High School May End But the Learning Doesn’t
by Diana McDermott
Many of us can look back at high school and remember who our friends were and who our friends weren’t. Who we hated freshman year and who hated us. The people we dated and the people who dated the people we dated. But no matter what conflicts you remember from high school, don’t focus on the pain, focus on the lesson you learned. In the end, at the closing of this chapter of our lives, I leave you, seniors of the Class of 2013, with this. It doesn’t matter who you dated, what you wore, who you hung out with, what people thought about you, how good your grades were, what classes you took, what teachers you had, so on and so forth. It only matters what you learned about yourself. The conflicts and hurdles you climbed shaped who you became. Who you became is greater than who you were. As you go on, continue to shape yourself but for the better. Don’t let petty drama bring you back to your old self circa freshman year. Have you ever tried to recall a fight you have had with someone, but been unable to remember what the fight was about? Or tried to remember why you were upset about a situation, but couldn’t? This is because over time, when you get over a situation, you forget how you felt and only remember how it turned out. This is the healthy approach to moving on from rough patches in life. Some of us continue to hold onto the pain and let it change our actions. This leads to nothing but more pointless conflict when nothing is learned but the emptiness of revenge. The difference between the strong and the weak is the strong move on while the weak remain static. Life is a journey that progresses. There is only one direction to move: forward. Live life with no regrets and look back to find the good in the bad. Even as we leave high school and move on to bigger and better things, life is a perpetual classroom. Never stop learning.

Warriors on Three
by Jamie Langbein
If I could name the single most important thing anyone has ever told me, it would probably be when the former JV soccer coach Kelly Hughes who looked me square in the eyes and said “play lacrosse.” The sport, with Hughes as the varsity coach, has taught me a lot about myself, but more importantly, it has taught me a lot about important aspects needed to succeed in life. Preparation. For my lacrosse games, I have to get myself ready. I get a good snack, I make sure everything I need is in my bag and I plug in my headphones to drown out everything else but the task in front of me. When it comes to my life, I realize I can never be fully prepared, but what I know is that I trust myself to make do with what I have. Anticipating what is ahead of me requires me to slow down and figure out what I really need to succeed. As I have for my games, I have practiced focusing for the challenges of life. I know how I need to study for tests to do well. I know how far and how detailed I need to be when I make plans. I know what I need to do to ensure my success. Awareness. In a game and as a goalie, one needs to know where the ball is at all times. In addition, I must know the whereabouts of girls on my team and where my opponents are relative to where I am so that I can get in the correct position to save a shot. It’s a lot to keep track of, and I know it’s exactly the same thing I will face next year when I go to college and then on to the real world. Millions of things will require my attention, but I am ready because I have practiced. I have prepared myself. Friendship. I learned that I am not alone. Through up and downs, the wins and the losses, through tears and laughter, the same girls have been there for me the entire time. They taught me I’ll never be alone and that no matter how badly I may screw up, there’s always a way to fix it. From teammates like that, I’ve learned my greatest lesson: how to be a friend.

Becoming Carrie
by Briana Applewhite
“Before there was sex, before there was the city, there was just me, Briana Applewhite.” Yes, I’m well aware that I’m stealing a quote from “The Carrie Diaries,” but it is for a good reason. Since the early 2000s, I’ve been obsessed with everything “Sex and the City”, but more importantly, Carrie Bradshaw. Her witty disposition, astute takes on love and her outrageous 90s fashion-sense are simply majestic to witness. Let’s face it, I wanted to BE Carrie. In the past, I’ve been told that I was more of a Miranda, with her tight lawyer suits and weird bob/asymmetric haircut (my dismal, pessimistic attitude probably gave me away) but I refused to accept it as my reality. I knew I had to make a change so I started with clothes. To say I stepped up my style game would be an understatement. You name the store, boutique or vintage shop, I was there. I often skipped dinner and bought Vogue instead because I felt it fed me more. I became well-versed in the art of power-clashing circa Carrie 2001 and I owned it. Plus one for Briana. My next step was to become alarmingly good at giving advice. Carrie was always the voice of reason for Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, and she always analyzed others’ messy love lives with a clear head. Luckily, I’m naturally fabulous and I’ve been known to give out great words of wisdom and tid-bits of inspiration to anyone willing to listen. Plus two. But what’s a Carrie without the City? Unfortunately, my lifelong dream of living it up in New York just isn’t in the cards right now. The city that never sleeps will always be calling my name, but I’ll settle for the steady, mild-mannered city that is DC. Plus three. So there you have it. I have completed my transformation into THE Carrie Bradshaw. The only thing that is missing is my Mr. Big. Any takers?

The Warrior•Columns
May 24, 2013
What’s Your Major?
by Julianne Maxwell
The redundant question I have been faced with all senior year is still playing over again in my head. My decision to major in broadcast journalism did not come easy. The only things I learned about myself from high school are that I get bored way too easily and I am pretty good at reading aloud. I could never sit in an office all day and I definitely could not make it through medical school. I have a somewhat pathetic dream of becoming famous and being on television, but I am not very good at acting. So what’s left? Television host. It seems thrilling to me to interview celebrities and walk the red carpet alongside famous actors and actresses. I want to be in on the action asking a starlet who she is wearing and what awards she is nominated for. The idea of being in the studio in front of a camera with immense pressure of not messing up my lines does not seem like a boring job to me. I would love the exhilaration involved with being seen by millions of viewers each day. The job as an entertainment news host seems like the job that could keep me interested for years, because each day there is something new to cover and a different celebrity to interview. It involves my dream of becoming famous and on television with the excitement that I need to keep me from being bored. A perfect fit! I know this is not an easy job to obtain but I enjoy the surprise on people’s faces when I tell them of my major and dream profession. I aspire to make my vision a reality as I am continually researching exceptional broadcasting schools and internships. Hosting on Warrior Wake Up live has only kept me chomping at the bit to start my career as a real host. I have learned so much already about hosting and work behind the camera and I cannot wait to learn more. I look forward to the day I launch my career as a renowned television host. Don’t be surprised if you see me on screen one day.


Welcome Entropy
by Nick Mourtoupalas
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experience in high school, it’s that you can’t predict anything. Things actually start to make less sense as time goes on. Making assumptions will leave you with nothing but regret and confusion; part of high school is learning to grow around this fact and move forward with a fresh, resolute attitude. But isn’t that the case with everything? Discoveries are made because someone encounters the unexpected and learns from it. Entering high school, I knew I’d make moronic decisions from the start. I wanted to leave as a wiser individual, even if there was some turbulence along the way. You learn things subconsciously and without anticipation just by waking up every morning, despite how often students say they haven’t learned anything from high school. Those who claim this are either ignorant or just liars, and they shouldn’t be allowed to say so. It’s the perpetual and merciless disorder of the everyday teenage life that makes it disorientating, painful and, therefore, illuminating. College students still tell me high school doesn’t matter. It’s the time in your “adult” life when you’re allowed to screw up. You’re expected to test out study methods, experiment with different social groups and see which aspects of life are most important to you, so you’ll know who you are when you need to. No freshman is the same person by the time they graduate. So in that case, high school does matter; it’s the ideal place to mold yourself into who you should be based on your mistakes. Unfortunately, if you don’t fall in line during high school, you’ll be criticized. Grow thicker skin or conform; that’s just how it works. This is what I’ve absorbed from high school and what I plan on taking with me. What you take in will not be the same and will cater to your values, not mine. I’m not writing this to press my life philosophy on you or tell you how many girlfriends I didn’t have. Good luck, have fun and remember that nothing makes sense.

A d i o s!
Those Who Can Teach, Do So Much
by Alyssa Miller
I want to thank some people first. My parents and my friends, of course, all the cheesy things you’d say if you won an award and had to give a speech. But I really want to thank some of my teachers. First of all, thank you to Ms. Evans for being an amazing English teacher and for being there to help me with college recommendations. Thanks to Mr. Evans for putting up with me when I refuse to shut up in Jazz choir and for all the hard work you put into the music program every year. Thank you so, so much to Mr. Altaner, the first math teacher I’ve had since elementary school who has cared enough to work with me despite the fact that, well, I suck at math. I honestly can’t express my gratitude enough. You have done so much to help me learn in the class I had given up on before it even started. Thank you to Mrs. McKeldin for putting up with my inability to come to class on time and for being hilarious, and to Ms. Woolley for being so passionate about teaching and caring about your students so much. And thank you to Mr. Huck, for forcing me to think critically about literature. That sounds kind of rehearsed, but it’s not meant to be. I had never had much an interest in poetry before your class, and you’re a harder grader than any English teacher I’ve ever had, but I’m a much better writer for it. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to copy edit for The Warrior, an incredible experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. Thank you for being awesome. A lot has changed in these years at Sherwood. It’s hard to believe the girl who told Dr. Jackson “I hate English” when I met her at my brother’s graduation (yes, I actually did that, but in all fairness I was in seventh grade, okay?) is going off to University of Maryland to major in just that. I’m pretty excited and a little nervous, but that’s to be expected. It has been an honor to write for The Warrior and I’ve had such an amazing experience in my two years on the staff. If Sherwood has taught me one thing, it’s that not all teachers are going to go out of their way for their students, but the ones that do are invaluable. Find those teachers, the ones who really want you to learn for the sake of learning and not for a letter grade, and listen to them; they know what they’re talking about, and they’ll make you a better person and a better student. Oh, and please don’t be that person who just stops in the middle of the hall between classes and creates a foot-traffic jam. Those people suck.

A Spot of Grey
by Cameron Graf
There is a wondrous, beautiful thing in this world. It is a drink, subtly sweet and teasing the tongue, soothing the throat. This drink is tea, and it is beautiful. Now, I’m not talking about any of this wimpy green tea I see people drinking in the hallways; no, I speak of grey tea, the kind of tea that you brew with a pot of boiling water, then pour over a teabag in a mug, filling it to the halfway mark then doing the rest with cold milk. I am talking about the kind of tea that you make with sugar, three spoonfuls poured in then mixed with the same spoon, the kind of tea that you drink with the spoon still in the mug, tucked beneath your pointer finger, the middle and ring held in the mug’s ring-handle-thing. Yeah that thing, while your pinkie rests on the underside, supporting it. There’s a beauty to that tea, that wondrous, grey, British-style tea. So simple in its brewing, so beautiful in its nature that it could move a man to tears with but a sip. Come to think of it, I recently brewed just such a cup of tea while eating at a seafood restaurant. The water in the mug was hot, almost to the point of boiling, and the teabag came on a plate beside it. I inhaled the aroma of the mixing tea as I lowered the bag within, bouncing it lightly by the string to help the flavor mix. As I did so I took up one of the spare straws, dropping it into my brother’s glass of milk and placing my finger upon the tool, the mixing of water and air pressure keeping the plundered milk within as I withdrew it. Plonk. Plonk. Plonk. And a final one, five strawfuls of milk granting my tea its filmy, light-tan quality that signified the perfect mix. Turning then to the final ingredient, I raided the table’s sugar compartment, taking only the packets of real sugar for my delectable concoction. So there I sat, brewing my own tea, a plate of shrimp linguini alfredo, and a lobster-meat laden baked potato untouched in front of me until I finished. Life is alright, sure, but it sure is better when you have a good cup of tea.

The Warrior•Columns
May 24, 2013


by Michaela O’Donnell

Finding Myself Through Fear

Like a Common Thread ...
by Leah Schroeder
Thirteen years pass, a lifetime, and the moment arrives to finally escape Olney and leave everything behind. As that moment is upon me, I have come to realize that escape is no longer what I want; I don’t think I could survive a goodbye—I have too many threads of memories and relationships pulling me in to walk away and never look back. The girl who tied my shoes every day in seventh grade became the girl who knew the real me and liked me in spite of it. The girl I met in second grade has stood by me ever since, dutifully including me and making me feel loved. The three of us have had our share of hijinks that we have spent four years laughing over and we have had our share of disagreements from which we are still licking our wounds, but, in the end, they, along with many others, make the world so much brighter simply by being by my side. Elite Dance Studio has become a second home, where my coworkers are the people who are some of the first to celebrate good news and distract from bad news. They push me out of my comfort zone, laugh with me as I reveal my quirks, and attempt to relieve me of my bizarre fear of “The Lion King” and inability to say no. My parents and my sister are the best support system I know, quoting “High School Musical,” “Star Trek” and “Pride and Prejudice” with me, forcing me to watch weird videos on YouTube when I am upset and, despite our disagreements, always being there for me. Over the past thirteen years, I have become inexplicably attached to countless people and places, but the greatest comfort is knowing that I do not have to sever those ties. The desire to escape Olney is real and persistent, but it is a place that I can always call home and have people to whom I will always be indebted for pulling me in and helping me be the best version of myself.

I was 10 years old the first time I paid for gas. My mom handed me the $20 bill and told me the pump number. I remember gripping on to the bill as I made my way cautiously across the parking lot. How could she just expect me to know what to do? What do I say? How much does gas even cost? All eyes were on me and it was time to deliver. I rushed to the counter and blurted out, “Can I have $20 on pump 6! ... Please.” The confused man punched in a few numbers as I waited for something to happen. Nothing really spectacular happened. “You’re all set,” he said to me. I was flabbergasted as I retreated back to the car, wondering why I was so terrified to begin with. After that, every “embarrassing” or “scary” task I encountered became less of a challenge. Talking to my friends’ parents, calling the hair salon for my appointment time or greeting people when I walked my dog were all actions that I thought every young person did. Later, I found out that not all children were asked to buy the gas when they were in grade school. These kids who are lacking in real world experiences are the same kids that don’t say hi back when I greet them while walking my dog. They are the same young people who avoid eye contact while talking to me and the same people who choke during school speeches or stage performances. I now know that from an early age I have learned to rely on myself and my own capabilities. In my quest to find my passion, I was fascinated by music and performing; things that make even the most outgoing people nervous. Regardless of how confident and prepared I am before a performance, I’m still that same 10 year old girl buying gas for the first time with feelings of jittery anticipation. Surprisingly, I have begun to look forward to it. The adrenaline and anticipation are what I have grown to love. Having that reminder of my initial nervousness helps me get over the fear of performing. It helps me realize I will always end up walking off the stage the same way I walked out of that gas station: thinking “that’s it?”

Griffin Alcorn ‘13

Warrior Senior Staff
Managing Editors Alex Porter Robel Wondimu Layout & Design Oversight Sydney Morrison Content Directors Melissa Fajardo Alyssa Miller Pollsters Briana Applewhite Evan Schwartz Section Editors News Jessica Carrera Maria Claudia Garcia-Rada Wondering Warrior Diana McDermott Michaela O’Donnell Destinations Connor Martin Columns Sydney Morrison Sports Shaan Verma Photographers Daniel Hatfield Nick Mourtoupalas Staff Writers Randi Arizona Cameron Graf Jamie Langbein Julianne Maxwell Leah Schroeder Andrew Wasik Advisor Peter Huck

The Warrior•Sports
May 22, 2013

Sherwood Athletes Officially Commit to Colleges

Randi Arizona ‘13

Above are some of the seniors who participated in the 2013 Signing Day. These seniors have chosen to play their sports at the collegiate level and the event was publicized in local media. The NCAA will welcome these new recruits at their respective schools as they “continue the Warrior tradition of excellence,” said Principal Bill Gregory.

The Warrior•Sports
May 22, 2013


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Alex Holston University of Florida Memory: “Winning states three times.” Daniel Johnson Montgomery College Memory: “When Pat Kemper ate Smarties out of his gloves and caught a fly ball with the Smarties.”

Consisting of 20 of Sherwood's most notable athletes, the 2013 all-senior team celebrates some of the best in sports. the seniors look back on their best athletic moments and forward to their futures in college.

Hope Gouterman UMD College Park Memory: “Winning regionals.”

B r a n d o n Lo i a c o n o UMD College Park Memory: “Playing at Verizon Center.”

A n n a Ko l a n o w s k i University of Georgia Memory: “Metro championship 400 free relay.”

J a k e R y d e r Towson University Memory: “Beating Damascus my sophomore year.”

L a u r e n Pa e s e Penn State Memory: “Getting a medal. That’s it.”

F i t z g e r a l d M o fo r Jireh Prep Memory: “Beating Damascus.”

M a d d i e D o a n D a lt o n T h o m a s Virginia Tech University of Alabama Memory: “When we won Memory: “Scoring four goals Regionals.” in the Wootton game to end their six year win streak against Sherwood.”

Maddie Moyer McDaniel College Memory: “Winning the state championships.”

Jordan Larsen Albright College Memory: “Catching my own pass for a touchdown.”

M at ta h S a n n o h Penn State Memory: “Going undefeated.”

Richie DiPietro College of William and Mary Memory: “Playing against Damascus and winning.”

Megan Conrad Villanova University Memory: “Getting the regional record.”

R ob el K ebede Morgan State University Memory: “Winning regionals for cross country.”

Kelsey Lineberger Concord University Memory: “Winning states last year. People thought we wouldn’t get that far; we did.”

V i k S i b e r r y Brown University Memory: “Winning regionals in cross country.”

R e b e c c a D u n w o o dy UMD College Park Memory: “Awkward moments with Maddie Doan.”

Mark Sherman University of South Carolina Memory: “Getting rejected from the regional semis against Churchill.”

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