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Volume 12 Number 4 James Hubert Blake HS 300 Norwood Rd Silver Spring MD http://sites.google.com/site/theblakebeatnews/ February 26, 2010

Students are so over the snow after back-to-back storms


Second winter break celebrated with power outages and cabin fever
by Kirsten Petersen hit. Upon returning from the theless. “This blizzard was scary suit her best. She adds, “I am blower so it was not too hard.”
trip, her flight was delayed in because my family was afraid done dealing with the snow, and For Wright, shoveling was a
x & Juliana Sesay Atlanta. “I just sat in the airport of our roofs collapsing and of want a warmer climate for the less than enjoyable task. “It was
Montgomery County was bored, wishing we would have losing power,” she says. “As the next four years.” frustrating because I couldn’t
pummeled with a record-break- stayed in Florida,” she says. snow began to accumulate, I not With all the snow piled keep up with the snow and
ing blizzard from February 3 to When she finally reached only began to dislike snow even high, some students jumped at what I had just shov-
February 14, resulting in many
power outages and forcing some
Maryland, she discovered her
home had lost power, so she
more, I started to hate it.”
Wright, who has already
the opportunity to make some
money and charged neighbors
eled became cov-
ered again.” New
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students to cope with unusual chose to stay with neighbors chosen to attend the University for their shoveling services—but t os
circumstances. instead of at a of Tampa, feels even more cer- not Krakaur. He did it for free.
re pho
For sophomore Robert
Krakaur, the snow provided
hotel with her
parents. “I
tain that a warm climate will He says, “I helped my neighbor
Tom with people’s drive-
Mo
an opportunity to relax and en- stayed at nu- ways that could not do
joy recreational activities with merous friends’ it themselves. He
sophomore Brandon Weber. houses,” Levitt has a snow
While at Weber’s house, the rest says, “who wants to
of Krakaur’s family stayed in be stuck in a hotel with
their cold home until they could their parents for three
no longer take it. “They tried to days?”
make a fire in the fireplace, but Senior Katie
it did not warm up the house Wright and her
enough,” says Krakaur. “Even- family did not suf-
tually they got tired of it so fer a power out-
they went to my grandmother’s age, but her qualms
house.” with the snow grew
Krakaur’s circumstances more intense
may pale in comparison to those none-
experienced by sophomore Sam-
mi Levitt, who was in Florida
for a field hockey tour-
nament when the
blizzard

Senior Chris Callahan rejoices after shoveling her buried driveway. Many students in 15) shoveling and clearing neighborhood sidewalks, but others enjoyed recreational
Mongtomery County spent the “second winter break” (February 8 through February activities like sledding and building igloos. -- photo by Beth Callahan

Arias goes to Washington for United States Senate Youth Program


by Bronte Abell
x & Bryndon Cook
Junior chosen from over 300 “As far as goals go, I hope to learn
a lot, meet interesting people, and make
Maryland proud,” Arias says. Past Wash-
Junior Daniel Arias is one of two
student delegates representing Maryland at
students to represent Maryland ington Weeks have included hearing major
policy addresses by senators, and cabinet
the 48th Annual United States Senate Youth called Arias to tell him that Blake had quite a pick-me-up,” he adds. members, and meeting with a Justice of
Program (USSYP), where he will experience nominated him to the USSYP. He adds “I was Over a hundred student delegates the US Supreme Court. At each meet-
the national government at work. speechless...and really flattered.” Arias took from across the US will meet in Wash- ing students will have the chance to ask
Each high school is allowed to nomi- an exam covering everything from current ington DC from March 6 – 13, 2010 for questions to all the officials and gather a
nate one student for the two delegate posi- events to senate trivia. Arias, earning one of “Washington Week”. All expenses like new perspective on their jobs and roles in
tions to represent their respective state. In the top ten scores, was allotted an interview. transportation, hotel and food will be paid government.
Maryland, over 300 students were competing Arias learned about his winning one of for. The delegates will also receive “I hope to take the things I learn back
for the two spots. Arias says, “I was actually the student delegate spots while home recov- a $5,000 college scholarship and with me to the student government, and
a little nervous…[but thought] ‘what have I ering from Swine Flu. He read the e-mail Mrs. encouragement to pursue history, hope to use my knowledge when I run for
got to lose,’ so I went for it”. Moore had sent him several times, then political science and careers in [Student Member of the Board],” Arias says,
Career Counselor Kathy Moore ran to tell his parents. “The news was public service. “My fingers are crossed!’’

IN THIS ISSUE:
Students spare Girls’ varsity Piano prodigy preps
change to save shoots to kill on for summer Vienna
lives the court performance
page A3 page D1 page E1
A2 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Helping hands deliver University Kiplinger’s


Haitian Relief Efforts of Maryland top-ten best values
in public colleges
sitting pretty
by Somala Diby by sponsoring computer game
x & Gillian Spolarich competitions on websites such as
www.Challenge.Water.org.
Since the January 12 earth- Individual students are
1. University of North Carolina
quake in Haiti, Haitians and non-
Haitians alike have gathered at
also doing whatever they can to
help the relief effort. Sophomore Terrapins ascend at Chapel Hill
Blake to discuss the community’s
participation in the Haiti relief
effort.
Savannah Tryens and her family
donate around 50 dollars a month
through Plan USA to sponsor
top-ten public 2. University of Florida
3. University of Virginia
I AM HAITI is a team
composed of staff and students,
a Haitian boy named Sam. The
money goes towards providing
college line-up 4. College of William and Mary (VA.)
many of whom are Haitian. Led food for Sam’s family, and clean- by Lily Hua
by guidance counselor Berna- ing the water in the community. 5. Binghamton University (SUNY)
x & Savannah Doane-Malotte
dette White, representatives from Since the earthquake, the 6. University of Georgia
NHS, Leo Club, Project Change, Tryens family does not know University of Maryland, College Park
and the Asian American club will the whereabouts of Sam be- has been ranked number eight in Kiplinger 7. University of Washington
sponsor Haiti relief activities. cause Plan USA is not working Magazine’s top 100 best values in public col-
The team decided on a campaign individual search-and-rescue leges list based on price and quality, jumping 8. University of Maryland,
because members did not want cases. “When I first heard I was 20 spots from February 2008 to 2010.
the relief to be a one shot deal. devastated, not only for Sam but Kiplinger rates colleges based mainly College Park
The team feels compelled for everyone,” says Tryens, “im- on academic quality along with affordability.
to help because, as Mrs. White mediately I did anything I could Starting with 500 public universities, the list 9. SUNY Geneseo
says, “Tragedy can strike at to try and help.” After watching is eventually narrowed to the top 100 schools.
anytime to anyone, no matter the a Haiti relief concert, the family UMD has kept instate tuition constant for four
10. North Carolina State University
location.” The first of many ac- donated 200 dollars. years while improving merit, unlike other
tivities is Hat Day in early March, Junior Stefan Byrd has a schools. Senior Tullah Deme says, “I abso- Financial aid is provided to 50% of all enrolled
when students who donate one lot of family in Haiti. “The first lutely think that college prices are too high. [They’re] students.
dollar to Haitian relief will be thing that came to my mind was limiting students from getting a good education.” Out of the 137 Blake seniors that applied to
permitted to wear a hat in school to call relatives in Haiti,” says UMD is the state’s flagship institution and best College Park last year, 91 were accepted, and 40
for the day. Byrd. “After we couldn’t reach known for its engineering, journalism, and computer enrolled. “I definitely think I made the right choice
In celebration of Flag Day anyone, the family was in com- science programs. The school’s cost is relatively low, in choosing to attend Maryland,” says Blake alumna
in May, the art department will plete panic.” charging instate students $18,455 per year, includ- and Maryland freshman Christina DeGraft-Johnson.
create a giant Haitian flag upon Most of his family was ing tuition, room and board. “[Maryland] is a very “Being at [UMD] right now, my parents are better
which students can paste cut-out untouched; however, a distant spirited campus where students, alums and the com- able to afford my education.”
hands for one dollar. These ac- cousin and her child were both munity come to cheer on the Terps,” says Career The graduation rate at UMD has increased to
tivities were planned with “direct killed by the earthquake. Since Information Coordinator Katherine Moore. 63% of all four-year students, and 82% of all six-year
support through cooperation and Haiti is close to his heart, Byrd A College Park program, Keep Me Maryland, students. UMD rigorous academics offer a variety
collaboration” adds Mrs. White. and his family have donated to helps students that are at risk of leaving school due of classes to students. “There is no ‘hand-holding’
The campaign is also par- organizations such as Red Cross, to financial issues. Senior Kristin Corcoran says, at [UMD],” says Mrs. Moore. “You must be ready
ticipating in Water Day. They World Vision, UNICEF, and “Thinking about how much debt I could be in after for independence and good decision making, both
are planning to raise money Unity Healthcare. four years [of college] is very nerve-wracking.” socially and academically.”
The Blake Beat February 26, 2010 A3

Assistant Principal Joe DuBoyce, Junior Vanessa Carona and Principal Carole and Mrs. Goodman sport “Loose Change” T-shirts, which are being sold to support
Goodman show their support for the Pennies for Patients campaign. Mr. DuBoyce the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. -- photo by Michael Mugo

Fundraiser make cents, continues to support patients


SGA sponsors month-long event to raise money for cancer research
by Blaire Hoffman issues facing today’s society. Lien has been involved in many Vice president Miriam the proceeds will still go towards
She says, “It is always difficult aspects of organizing this year’s Boussouf is hoping we reach the Pennies for Patients. A second
x & Rachel Appel to choose one [issue] to focus on Pennies for Patients. As presi- school’s goal of $15,000 and that round of T-shirt orders was circu-
Throughout the month of but Pennies for Patients is won- dent, she helped plan many of Blake will be first place in the lated and more than 75 were sold.
February, donations to Pennies derful…it directly reaches out to the activities whose proceeds county ahead of Walter Johnson. McMullen says, “The t-shirts are
for Patients as well as proceeds cancer patients.” are used to support the LLS and Boussouf adds, “I was honored to important because it makes people
from T-shirts, the Bengal Ball The SGA has created many she informed the PTSA about the be asked to speak and it inspired more spirited towards the cause
tournament, spotlight basketball new opportunities to allow stu- events. Lien encourages everyone me to donate a lot more than and unites the school.” Pennies for
game, and many other events will dents to donate to Pennies for to donate to the cause and adds, usual.” English teacher Jason Patients donations will continue to
go towards supporting and raising Patients. Each week on block “[The patients] need all the sup- Potyk’s first period class collected be collected through the first week
awareness for the Leukemia & day, Ms. Rigney’s leadership class port they can get, whether it is big the most money during the first of March.
Lymphoma Society (LLS). totals the money collected by or small.” week of Pennies for Patients, Leukemia causes more
Since 1949, the mission of each first period class. Leadership During the annual Pen- raising $236 towards leukemia deaths than any other cancer
LLS has been to research blood student Colleen McMullen says, nies for Patients assembly, Lien and lymphoma. among children. Someone is di-
cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, “More people than you realize and other SGA members talked So far the school has raised agnosed with blood cancer every
Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma), are affected by this disease, so about what LLS does and what $1,917.00 with the majority of four minutes and it kills someone
educate the world, fund patient it’s important we help.” The win- we as students can do to help. She money coming from class col- every 10 minutes. It is now pos-
services and enhance their qual- ning class receives a complimen- says, “I felt that it was the SGA lections. 10 percent of the profit sible to donate online from a link
ity of life. Student Government tary doughnut breakfast and the Executive Board’s responsibility from Monday’s basketball game on the Blake homepage at http://
Sponsor (SGA) and Student teacher is given a gift card of his to speak at the assembly because against Paint Branch went towards nca.sy.llsevent.org/Blake. Ev-
Service Leader Coordinator Erinn or her choice. it allowed the student body to the cause. Although Mr. Blake has eryone and anyone are welcome
Rigney confronts many difficult SGA president Jennifer know who we are.” been postponed until March 4, to donate.

Juniors take mock SATs, ACTs to prepare in time for March 13 test
Ms. Martin, the SAT tests students’ logic more than classroom two weeks after taking the Mock providing more time to
x by Somala Diby knowledge, whereas the ACT is often more compatible with prep for the March 13 SAT. Many students are taking a
For the fourth year, juniors will have the opportunity students who perform better in the classroom. Says Ms. Mar- prepping initiative by signing up for prep classes, tutors,
to take either a Mock ACT test or a Mock SAT test provided tin, “It depends on the students’ style of testing.” and by studying independently. Ms. Martin contributes in
by the school free of charge next Friday. Though the mock tests will be administered, taken, students’ prepping efforts by providing them with test books
The Mock SAT and ACT are full-length tests released and calculated like official tests, students will not be able to and advice, and by connecting them to SAT or ACT prep
by Collegeboard and ACT that are “good predictors of test send scores to colleges. The mock test will not include the companies. “A big part of my job is just to be a liaison for
success,” says SAT Coordinator Moriah Martin. Juniors will 25-minute essay usually found in the first section of the SAT. kids,” adds Ms. Martin.
be allotted the time between 7:30am to 11am to take either the This will allow scores to be calculated faster and students to During Blake’s first few years of administering the
Mock ACT or the Mock SAT administered in the cafeteria, receive test scores in a shorter amount of time. Junior Bridget Mock students had to pay five dollars and come to school
amphitheater, Media Center, and in classrooms. Hawvermale, who has already taken both the SAT and the on a Saturday to take the tests. Since offering the Mock for
Preference sheets were passed out the first week of the ACT, plans on taking the Mock SAT. Says Hawvermale, “It’ll free and during school, increasing accessibility, turnout has
second semester to juniors through English classes where they help me get a better grasp on where I need to improve.” increased, helping a greater number of students learn more
indicated which test they would prefer to take. According to Students will receive private test reports approximately about the SAT and ACT.

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SNOWMAGEDDON: SNAPSHOTS FROM STORM OF CENTURY

Clockwise, from top: Blake, as seen after the blizzard; junior Brittany Hamson, after the parking lot had been cleared; senior Spencer Ramsey shovels his driveway;
seniors Timothy Ho and Mary Gillis play in the snow; a snow-covered field; a pedestrian walks on an ostensibly cleared road. --photos by, clockwise from top,
sophomore Tram Truong digs a snow tunnel; another shot of the grounds of Blake, Tommy Irish, Kara Korab, Irish, Tu Truong, Korab, Irish, Korab.
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Zesty salsa routines to spice up Mr. Blake fiesta March 4
Beauty pageant proceeds to go toward Pennies for Patients’ campaign
by Kirsten Petersen into costumes, decorations, and the talent portion. He says, “I’m I’m the man for the job.” Brandon Simms adds, “It gives
music.” excited about my talent because The junior competitors us more time to get ready and
x & Juliana Sesay McMullen feels that all of it’s something I started doing have just as much confidence practice so we can give everyone
Unique this year with its the contestants are very enthusi- when I was bored but everybody and zeal as the seniors. Junior a good performance.”
Mexican fiesta theme, the Mr. astic about the competition and happens to love it.” Like many Lucas Frangou says, “I’m excit- Like last year, the contes-
Blake competition has been re- are picking up the dance quickly. of the contestants, Alghali is ed for the talent portion because tants will be collecting dona-
scheduled for Thursday at 7pm She adds, “We consider these the keeping his talent a secret until I’m going to make some ladies’ tions for Pennies for Patients
in the auditorium, after being real men of Blake High School the competition. hearts melt.” during intermission. Although
postponed due to the blizzard. because they’re not afraid to be Senior competitors feel Though the blizzard the competition against other
The event will kick off a little flamboyant and show that their seniority grants them pushed the event back nearly a high schools to raise money
with a couples dance spiced off.” the natural right to wear the cov- month, the date change has been will be over by the pageant day,
with Latin flavor, rather than The pageant will also in- eted crown. “Mr. Blake would advantageous to the contestants the donations will continue to
the traditional group dance. clude the annual swimsuit and require a large sense of humor and coaches. Some of the con- benefit leukemia patients. Says
Senior and opening dance coach formal wear showcases, talent and the charm to win over the testants feared they would not Frangou, “[The donations are]
Colleen McMullen says, “We competition, and question and hearts of the fans; all of which I be ready in time by February 10, for a great cause, and once they
wanted something that would answer portion. Senior Mo- have,” says senior Noel Salgado. and the new date has given them see me in that swimsuit they
be fun and could be incorporated hamed Alghali is pumped for “As far as being versatile goes, more time to rehearse. Junior won’t wanna say no.”

Barriga to hang in zero gravity, construct rockets, walk on moon


US Space and Rocket Center gladly accepts junior scholar into program
by Leah Patterson applied for it from all over the world.” She Honeywell Technology Solutions, which is how
received a letter in January which informed her Barriga was able to apply in the first place. Bar-
x & Molly Cohen of the scholarship and includes tuition for the riga says, “I do not know a lot about [science
Junior Isabela Barriga will attend the week long program, meals, accommodations, and space] but [my mother’s] enthusiasm for her
Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy and program materials. career makes me curious about pursuing it.”
starting tomorrow and ending Friday after In order to receive the scholarship, Bar- As a member of the Science, Technology,
receiving a Honeywell scholarship along with riga had to fill out an application which included Engineering, and Math academy, Barriga is en-
159 other students from 20 countries and 28 an essay, a copy of her transcript, and a form rolled in an astronomy class, which has sparked
states. listing her extracurricular activities. some of her interests in this field. “This is a great
The HLCA is in partnership with the U.S. During the program, students will do example of a STEM experience far beyond the
Space & Rocket Center and open to children of activities such as build rockets, participate in classroom,” Principal Carole Goodman adds.
Honeywell Technology Solutions employees. rough workshops and partake in realistic simu- Although Barriga is unsure of what she
Students aged 16 to 18 are given the opportunity lations and physical challenges. “I’m looking definitively wants to do in the future, she has
to learn more about science, space, and technol- forward to experiencing the astronaut training,” always enjoyed science and seeks to learn more
ogy. “I’m just curious to learn more about what Barriga adds, “which involves a realistic shuttle about this field. She remains open minded about
is out there in space,” says Barriga, “because a mission and [will simulate] what it feels like to her prospects. She says, “I feel like this program
lot of it still remains a mystery today.” walk on the moon.” will help me decide if pursuing a career in the
Barriga adds, “I feel really honored to be Barriga’s parents are very supportive science or space field is something I would be
given the scholarship because so many students of her accomplishment. Her mother works for interested in.” Isabella Barriga
A6 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Seniors plagued relentlessly by unwelcome college emails


Tedious process leaves students fed up with annoying university spams
that send Virgil e-mails on a daily basis with their “My favorite e-mail is where there say ‘HEY
x by Christine League & Leah Rich applications attached. “I don’t even consider going BRANDON, We here at…want YOU’,” says Hawk-
We were all extremely excited when we received there – it’s just a nice gesture,” adds Virgil. ins, “[it] makes me feel important to know which
the first of many college e-mails, but now that we have Even though some students have already been colleges are really interested in me.”
gone through the dreaded application process and been accepted to their first choice school, they still find it Whether it makes you feel wanted or gets on
accepted to our choice college- we are tired of it. helpful to get more information on the many different your last nerve, seniors everywhere are receiving
As soon as the e-mail hits our inbox, it either colleges. “I like looking at what they have to offer, them. Whether or not they’re effective and worth the
goes straight to the trash or, if it’s lucky, spam. “I read so I know what is out there,” Virgil adds. effort – well, who’s to say? Adds Virgil, “I think it
the e-mails, just to see what they want, and just throw The two most common e-mails are: we ex- makes the school look better. Other times I’m just like
them away immediately. There is no use of keeping tended the deadline just for you and we want YOU isn’t it a little late to be sending me this stuff?”
them,” says senior Brandon Hawkins. in our college. But of course both of the e-mails are Hawkins, on the other hand, feels slightly dif-
While some students find the e-mails annoying, personalized with your name in bold. “They always ferently. He adds, “I don’t think the letters are effec-
senior Drew Virgil doesn’t. Says Virgil, “It makes me send e-mails with APPLY HERE in big letters,” tive because I don’t really consider them as a place
feel wanted.” There are about ten different colleges Virgil says. I would want to go.”

PTSA hosts annual used books, media sale; reduces prices to half
Variety of novels, DVDs sold at Cloverly Shopping Center this weekend
the used books and other media at school but this general fund of the PTSA and eventually will be used
x by Cynthia Chow & Simone Taylor year, they decided to sell the items in the Cloverly toward staff luncheons, student scholarships, and the
A book from Barnes & Nobles may cost $10 or Shopping Center near the Elite Dance Center. They PTSA newsletter, the Blue Note.
more, but at the PTSA Used Book and Media Sale, made this location change because in the past, the The PTSA made use of many different venues in
you can by at least four books for about $8. county made them move the book sale back and forth order to collect books and media and to attract com-
The PTSA held its Used Book and Media Sale between the cafeteria and the small gym. “It’s gruel- munity members. They advertised through Facebook,
from February 19 to the 21. The sale will continue ing,” says Mr. Goble who had to move an estimated email, announcements in the Gazette, Eubiemail, the
selling books today from 12-8pm, tomorrow from 40,000 pounds of boxes twice last year. Blake Blue Note, a Northeast consortium listserv,
10am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-3pm. The items in the sale are tagged with prices and flyers at places such as used book dealers and
The annual Used Book and Media Sale was students can afford. Although there are a few unique shops.
started three years ago by PTSA co-chair Jack Goble items individually priced, most paperback books are The sale is a promising way to raise money for
and PTSA president Robina Barlow. They got the idea $1-2, hardbacks at $2.50, CDs at $3, videos at $3, students and staff. Although the sale receives a lot of
to start this event from book sales that elementary and DVDs from $4-6. help from parents of the Blake community, the staff
schools held. “The PTSA should be finding ways to While making an average of $500 a day, the would like more student involvement. Says PTA
get books into the hands of kids,” says Mr. Goble. PTSA will hopefully reach its goal of making $3,000. member Orit Chicherio “We’ve had a few kids help
During previous book sales, the PTSA sold The money raised through this event will go into the with sorting/organizing, but we’d like a lot more.”

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n n n Samowitz, Jason Stellato, Laura Treacy, Kevan Academic Awards Night in May.
Yang, and juniors Ashley Barteck, Julia Boland,
The Blake It’s Academic team won in an Jake Mondonedo and Joey Morstein. n n n
impressive fashion against Wakefield and La Plata Students attending the Portugal and Spain trip
high schools January 23. The final score was 815- include: Sadia Bangura, Isabela Barriga, Danielle The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department has
365-320, as the team broke the previous school Blocker, Camille Evette Brewer, Julia Soraya received a grant from FEMA to be used for college
record of 755 points. The game will air March 20 at Dennis, Sara Elalami, Karen Guambo, Simone scholarships to students who volunteer with the fire
10:30am on NBC4. Kirkland, Grace Plihal, Alexandra Reeves, Re- department. It will award up to $4500 per semester
The team was led by senior captain Isaac natta Rickford, Ann Vermillion, Kira Williams, at a local college in exchange for at least two years
Hirsch and featured senior Paul Sausville and and Linda Wood. of service with the KVFD. For more information,
sophomore Lucas Irvin. The next match will be see English teacher Allison Finn.
filmed March 6 at 2:30pm at the WRC-TV4 Studio, n n n
4001 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC. n n n
Seniors Sofia Curzi, Ashley Haymaker, Kelly
n n n Lehman, Zoe Ligon, Caitlin Mitchell and Ting The National Honor Society is offering special-
Ting Zheng are now semifinalists for this year’s Ali- ized tutoring every day in B223 at lunch. On Mon-
Twenty students will be going on a school- cia Betancourt Prize for Excellence in the Arts. Three days, NHS members offer tutoring in social studies;
sponsored trip to Costa Rica during spring break: candidates will be become finalists in early April Tuesdays they offer science tutoring; Wednesdays is
seniors Justine Allen, Megan Buonomo, Michael and then be interviewed by the Betancourt family for English; math help is offered Thursday and Friday;
Brennan, Nikki Cali, Michael Gold, Jane Grenal- first prize ($5000+ over four years), second prize (a and French tutoring is held on Fridays. For more
do, Chris Kuhn, Sean McNamara, Taylor Miller, one-time $1000 award) and third prize (a one-time information, contact NHS tutoring chair Yonit Ad-
Alexa Norberg, Nicole Pontius, Chris Riley, Joey $500 award). Recipients will be announced at the dissie.

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2160 BLAKE
CALENDAR
February 26 March 4 March 16
Washington Metro Championships
Mr. Blake Pageant in the auditorium, ACapella Showcase Concert, 7:30pm
at Germantown Indoor Swim Center,
7pm
5pm
Varsity Wrestling MPSSAA Region
Championships at Sherwood, TBA
March 5 March 18
Early Release Day Spring Instrumental Festival Concert,
Varsity Wrestling MPSSAA State 8pm

February 27 Championships at Cole Field House,

Varsity Wrestling MPSSAA Region


UMUC, TBA
Fashion X Show in the auditorium, March 19
7pm
Championships at Sherwood contin- Swing Night, 7:30pm
ued, TBA
Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Swimming March 6
Washington Metro Championships
at Germantown Indoor Swim Center, Varsity Wrestling MPSSAA State March 26
8am Championships at Cole Field House,
UMUC, continued, TBA Third Marking Period Ends
Poms County Competition at Richard
Mongomery, 4pm
A8 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat
Senior discusses tragedy, sorrow faced in aftermath of earthquake in Haiti, p. B4

Section B Blake Beat Opinion February 26, 2010

Students play
matchmaker for
lonesome celebs A relationship like theirs
x By Kemi Olowoofayoku only needs a slight push
There is no such thing as the ideal relationship.
Even celebrities have a hard time finding love, and from the friend zone to
when they do, we envy them. When they don’t, we
decide to play matchmaker. something more.
First on our list is the prestigious acting duo
of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Their on-
screen chemistry can be seen in classics such as
Titanic and Revolutionary Road. The two met when
they were young and since then have grown up to-
gether. A relationship like theirs only needs a slight
push from the friend zone to something more.
Seeing young celebrities grow up in the public
eye is always intriguing. They can either become
beautiful adults or pull a Lindsey Lohan and go
crazy.
In the case of Emma Watson, Harry Potter’s
Hermione Granger, a beautiful, intellectual teen has
emerged from the frizzy-haired snob she plays on the
big screen. Her looks shouldn’t be wasted on just any
clumsy ginger like Ronald Weasely (I mean, come on.
He can’t even do magic right. Definitely out). Watson
would be perfect with Gossip Girl’s Chase Crawford.
Just take a look at him—no explanation necessary.
Both of them with their auburn hair, eyes that stare
into your soul, classically rugged style… It’s almost
nauseating how beautiful they would look together.
They’re young, they’re multimillionaires; they would
undoubtedly have fun as a couple.
It’s always hard to read stories in the tabloids
about humiliated celebrities, whether they “acci-
dently” had a wardrobe malfunction or were publi-
cally dumped by a significant other. Immediately
Jessica Simpson comes to mind. She really needs
a man. Someone country, athletic and handsome.
Someone like Tim McGraw. The two could collabo-
rate on country albums while living happily on an
Alabama ranch equipped with stable animals and all
the Chicken of the Sea that she can eat. Graphic by Emily Stevens

ICC brings trouble to community, too expensive for everyday use


Uniting Montgomery and Prince George’s County is no walk in the park
are from 6-9am and 4-7pm. Few people will drive only two not seem like a big deal, but the ICC is Maryland’s first all-
x by Kirsten Petersen miles of the road—the MDTA predicts that the average trip electronic toll road. This means that every driver is required
For many people in our community, the InterCounty will be 6.6 miles, meaning that a round trip will cost between to use an E-Z Pass card to take the road. This will be very
Connector is old news. Its construction is inevitable, and trying $3.30-$4.70 daily. inconvenient for drivers who are traveling from other states
to fight it would be a failed effort. So why should the ICC still Before these tolls were finalized, the MDTA organized or even for Maryland residents who don’t find out about the
be an important issue? Though the battle against building the a 60-day public comment period where Maryland citizens pass requirement until they pull up to the toll.
road will soon conclude, the consequences of its construction could express their opinions on the toll rates. According to Adding money to an E-Z Pass card, plus paying for gas,
will be lasting and brutal. polls taken during the September public comment period, 74% makes choosing the ICC a much less appealing option when
The ICC is being built as a shortcut between Montgom- of responders said that the tolls were too high. The finalized compared to taking the Metro, a choice that can be much more
ery County and Prince George’s County. But if the intention rates are identical to the original rates, and though tolls were environmentally beneficial and cost-effective.
is to achieve a financial shortcut for Maryland drivers, the lowered for overnight travel, it appears that the citizens were The first section of the ICC will open this fall, signaling
Maryland Transportation Authority has failed; the tolls for this not heard. The MDTA did not respond directly to a very obvi- the beginning of travel troubles for many Maryland drivers.
road are exorbitant. To drive on the road for the minimum two ous disapproval of the toll rates. What this road will never represent, however, is the achieve-
miles, a driver must pay $.25-$.35 during peak hours, which Pulling out a $5.00 bill for the occasional trip to PG may ment of convenient and environmentally conscious travel.

Senior trapped in stuffy classroom, aches for field trip liberation


x by Becky Joiner Student would rather be enlightened by generalized. Field trips allow stu-
dents to participate instead of just
Without a doubt, my favorite observing.
school-related memories are from
field trips. Trips to museums, Amish
hands on research than sit in class all day Simply put, a book or a movie
can’t replace the real thing. However,
country, you name it. response, “What can you learn on While many teachers find field museum and I was blown away. I if you combine textual learning and a
So why is it I haven’t been on a field trip that you can’t learn in a trips frivolous and unnecessary, they could really feel the darkness of the hands-on experience, there is more to
a field trip since the ninth grade? classroom?” can also have a deeply emotional tragedy, and I was more deeply af- be gained, educationally speaking.
I mean, teachers have many There’s a big difference be- impact on students. In tenth grade, fected by what I saw that day than So please, staff members and
reasons for not wanting to go on tween reading something in a text- my English class read Elie Wiesel’s I was by the book. No offense, Elie administration, take into consider-
field trips anymore--and all of them book and physically seeing it. A semi-autobiographical novel, Night. Wiesel. ation the educational and emotional
are lame. classroom environment can become However, my class was not invited to Also, from an educational as- impact that a field trip can have on a
A popular excuse would be the pretty dull, and it helps to be able to go on the field trip to the Holocaust pect, new environments can provide student. Even though I’m graduating,
classic, “Oh, it’s too time consum- see an exhibit about NASA instead museum. challenges that allow for a more there’s still hope for the future classes
ing to plan a field trip.” And then, of watching one of those boring PBS The following summer, I went individualized learning experience, to have a more interactive learning
of course, there’s the more typical specials. with my dad to see the Holocaust while classroom teaching is often experience.
B2 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Senior endures once-in-a-lifetime blizzard on animal farm


Lyons must plow lane with tractor, cook stew over fire, feed 20 goats
around in the pastures. The next
x by Kaylene Lyons daunting task consisted of dig-
Do you remember reading ging out our third of a mile long
the Little House on the Prairie driveway using the tractor loader
books? No power, cooking over and more than half of it by hand
a fire, and trudging out to feed the shoveling. Spending five hours
animals during dangerous blizzard shoveling out the lane, I will read-
conditions. I’ve lived the life. ily admit I don’t think I’ve ever
The huge snowstorm of done harder work in my life.
2010 has created many memo- Aside from the animals
ries for people in our region, but and tremendous amount of snow,
I’d like to think of mine as being our family too lost power. Using
unique. Living on a farm with 20 our huge hanging cooking pot
goats, two horses, eight chickens, and stored water from mason jars
a dog, and two cats, there is al- (due to the fact that we lose water
ready a lot to take care of without when we lose power), I made
the obstacle of snow. When the dinner for my family over the
huge storm hit, my family and I fire—beef stew/mush. Given the
were taken aback. We woke up circumstances the not so great
to nearly two feet of snow on the meal tasted wonderful and my
ground with another foot to come, family complimented my cook-
potentially putting the animals in ing, not an everyday opinion.
danger. Even with the extra work on
We practically swam out to top of normal farm work, I found
the barn only to be met by barn myself enjoying my time in my
doors stuck closed by snow and snowed in powerless house. I was
ice. I was scared out of my mind. able to appreciate historic times as
What if we couldn’t get the doors well as truly spend some quality
open? Luckily we were able to dig time with my family, not hassled
out the doors to reach the goats by my normal crazy schedule
stranded inside and shoveled paths and lacking the distractions and
for the horses to be able to move sounds of technology.

Senior rattles off issues that he would rather avoid in coming year
Arenas. Enjoy your break from the NBA. grievances on Facebook. This is high school; want to know about his death, including his
x by Isaac Hirsch Whining About “Bipartisanship”: haven’t you people figured out that what you family members.
We’re now two months into 2010, and Last year was filled with each party whining do isn’t important? People Devoting Discussion to Mov-
I can only hope that many things that were about the other party not working with them Jokes About How I Am Skinny: ies That Are Bad: Did you know that
prevalent in 2009 will not pop up at all this in the spirit of bipartisanship. Both seemed Amazingly, yes, I am aware that I am skinny. some great movies came out last year? For
year. In fact, I made a list: to think that the other party should reach I appreciate your concern though. example, The Hurt Locker, a dramatic look
Tareq and Michaele Salahi (White out to them, not vice versa. Anyway, I don’t The American Media Latching Onto at the war in Iraq, is at the top of nearly ev-
House crashers): Not seeing these two think either party is going to be “bipartisan” a Celebrity Death, Giving Us Endless De- eryone’s best-of list. But oh my goodness,
would be enough to make this a happy year anytime soon, so the least they can do is stop tail Until No One But the Obsessed Could there’s a shirtless dude in New Moon! That
for me. talking about it so much in 2010. Possibly Care Anymore: This happens every means it’s better!
Athletes Acting Stupid: Never mind. So Much High School Drama: year. Last year, it was Michael Jackson. We Lists of “Things I Don’t Want to See
Way to get the year off to a good start, Gilbert Please, let’s stop the petty fights and airing of learned everything anybody could possibly in the Coming Year”: Oops.

Junior trades in iPod, Google, Wii for CDs, home telephones, VHS
Out with the old, in with the new means television, books will vanish
x by Miles Johnson around a clunky walkman disc player. CDs don’t have the U.S. homes had already ditched their landlines and were us-
nostalgia-causing effects or analog sound to survive the same ing strictly cell phones. This one is just common sense. Why
This past decade has seen fantastic inventions such as way Vinyl has this decade. pay an extra 40 bucks a month for non-stop telemarketing,
the iPod, Google, and the Nintendo Wii. But as new inventions Television- first there were manual tape recorders, especially since we keep our cell phones with us all the time
are made, old ones become unnecessary and obsolete: here where you would have a physical VHS tape to put in the VCR. anyway?
are 4 old inventions we’ll see fizzle out this decade. Now, there is DVR and TIVO. One click of a button and you Books- Though books have been a main source of
CDs- Just think: when was the last time you went out have the show or movie recorded forever. No need to search knowledge since the 15th century, they have many clear
to buy a physical compact disc? With iTunes and Bittorrent, for the VHS you used to record Seinfeld last week or look for disadvantages. They require huge amounts of paper, and
it is much easier to download an album these days than to a new one to record The Little House on the Prairie. are not exceptionally portable. These problems are being
buy one. But the final nail in the CD’s coffin is the ability Home telephones- According to a Center for Disease overcome by the Amazon Kindle and the iPad. Who needs
to download songs directly to your iPod instead of carrying Control and Prevention study in 2009, more than one in five libraries anyways?

Thinking about
taking Journalism
next year?
We’d love to have you!
Sign up for Journalism 1
for the 2010-2011 school year.
See any current Journalism
student or our advisor,
Mr. Keegan, for details.
The Blake Beat February 26, 2010 B3
Eight strangers brought together for sake of drama, right here
The Real World closer than we think? MTV reality show comes to town
be heavily involved and interested in politics, presidents, place for the quirky-geeky guy, Andrew, who is searching
x by Nikki Cali and campaigning, the lovely house on 20th and S Street is for love in a city that appears to be full of too many “good
This season of MTV’s The Real World takes place decorated with presidential themed bedrooms, an oval office, girls.” Who would have thought?
in our very own backyard – Washington, DC. Apparently, and a park-like telephone room. I’m glad that these are the Adding to the opinionated and advocating crowd is
since the eight strangers are temporarily living in the nation’s distinguishing elements of our surrounding area. roommate Mike, who goes on an interview for an internship
capital, they automatically assume that their political voices When it comes to photography options for roommate with a gay-rights awareness foundation. Although we may
and opinions will be heard… Yeah, okay. Callie, there’s a plethora of monuments, parks, and other take for granted the fact that many advocating groups like
With this idea in mind, the 23rd season is filled with historic elements she can capture. One of the main attractions these can be found in and around our area, are there none
some of the most hot-headed, stuck-in-their-ways cast mem- is the jaw-dropping Washington monument that a couple of anywhere else in the country? Are there only people with
bers yet. Evident in the season opener dinner table debate roommates freak out about when they drive past it for the first strong opinions in the DC area? MTV has me wondering
over religion and God, we see that MTV purposely decided time in their taxi. Come on, you’ve never seen the pencil? about this.
to pin religious polar opposites Ty and Ashley against each After you get past the politically and artistically inter- The more I watch this season of The Real World,
other by putting them not only at the same dinner table, but ested roommates on the show, you’re left with a couple of the worse I feel for the roommates; their voices still aren’t
also under one roof. rockers. So it seems if you’re into politics or music, DC is going to be heard, no matter where they’re living for the
To follow along with the fact that everyone in DC must where you should come to get started. It’s definitely not the summer.

The more I watch this season of The Real World, the worse I feel for the roomates.

Fist-pumping “guidos”
drown in self-tanner,
hair gel, protein shakes
Jersey Shore cast creates
derogatory stereotypes
about Italian-Americans
x by Analise Altobelli
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past two months, let
me catch you up on the latest television obsession: the MTV reality series
Jersey Shore.
Jersey Shore is about eight Italian strangers who lived in a house on
the Jersey Shore boardwalk during the summer of 2009.
DJ Pauly D, Mike aka “The Situation”, Ronnie, Vinny, Sammi
“Sweetheart”, Jenni “J-WOWW”, and the infamous Nicole “Snooki”,
grace our TVs every Thursday night (the eighth cast member, Angelina, was
forced to leave the show during the third episode after refusing to work).
Millions tune in just to watch these self-proclaimed “guidos” and “guidettes”
get into drunken fights and fist pump into the wee hours of the morning.
Everyone waited for the season to end just to watch the reunion where
Sammi and Ronnie end their “true love” romance and watched while Mike
“The Situation’s” ego grew as girls in the audience screamed for his six pack.
Every episode seemed to come with more viewers hooked on the drama of
the Shore. Not only has this show grown in popularity because of its catchy
one-liners, but the controversy over the depiction of Italian-Americans has
taken The Jersey Shore to new reality show heights.
This show has made “guido” a universal term. However, “guido”
and “guidette” are derogatory terms that are used to put down and classify
Italians as thugs with an overly macho attitude. Whether we’re quoting an
obnoxious cast mate or describing someone’s gelled hair as the essence of
a “guido,” this show is affecting how we see Italians.
For Italian-Americans, The Jersey Shore represents the stereotypes
Italians have spent years trying to overcome: the idea that they are poorly
educated, loud, obnoxious, and overly-responsive to every situation, wheth-
er that be through yelling a vicious insult or throwing a punch.
Even before this show started, viewers who believed it to be offensive
petitioned for The Jersey Shore to be cancelled. MTV has openly responded
to these complaints and stands by its position that the show is not meant
to stereotype or make fun of Italian-Americans in any way. However, the
scenes that MTV elects to air are replete with cursing and inappropriate
behavior. MTV should have known that this public scrutiny of The Jersey
Shore was inevitable; if any one ethnicity is filmed in a house, there is bound
to be disrespectful interpretations of that ethnicity.
So next season when you’re watching the The Jersey Shore and
laughing at the crass comments made by “The Situation”, just remember
that not all Italians spend their day tanning, going to the gym, and fist
pumping in clubs.

Teens feel the need to be followed, post useless information online


Constant Facebook, Twitter updates should be reserved for celebrities
by Domonique Hume We are only interested in celebrities’ contact one another. It’s not to relive family matters.
x & Cecil Roberson personal lives and gossip. This is the all your daily triumphs and tribulations What about the all too common
21st century’s way of staying in touch and then broadcast them to the rest of habit of people posting their relationship
From Twitter to Facebook, there with all your favorite rockers and movie the free world. There’s nothing wrong woes online? Can you say “get a life?”
are many online outlets through which stars. The days of fan-mail have long with saying, “I’m about to go to a John Why do people involve the rest of us in
people can vent their personal feelings since run their course. Mayer concert.” That’s interesting to their relationships? We don’t want to
to others. But is this obsession with What’s the point of saying, “I’m people because it’s something they can know how Harry met Sally (unless of
revealing your most intimate secrets eating?” Who cares? If we had Twitter appreciate. Saying ,“My mom does not course it’s really Meg Ryan and Billy
therapeutic or unhealthy? accounts we would use them to follow understand me and I hate her,” well, Crystal). Twitter is where we go to catch
It’s unnecessary for an ordinary our favorite celebs. You would never see Facebook is not exactly the right forum up on celebrity gossip, not peer drama.
person to post personal information on us following a classmate. That’s what for that kind of confession. Yes, every We want to know what casino Lady
Twitter. Twitter is a website for celebri- school is for. teenager can relate to those sentiments Gaga goes to show her best poker face
ties and no one else. No one cares about Facebook, on the other hand, is but that is something that should remain or where Miley Cyrus goes to Party in
what an ordinary person has to say. a website for you and your friends to private and family matters are just that: the USA.
B6 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Blame it on parents: economy woes stifle students’ dreams with an excuse not to have to do certain things Seems fine and reasonable, right?
x by Samantha Steinfeld
Don’t be mad at Whether the most recent newspaper
that they don’t want to do because they’re
child is, well, less-than-talented. And I have
Wrong. Read between the lines. Are you sure
that the inability to afford to buy me a car has
them: they did you’ve opened was the New York Times or
the Milwaukee Daily, chances are you’ve seen
to commend them: it’s brilliant. Do you cringe
at the thought of sitting through dance perfor-
nothing to do with the multiple accidents I’ve
caused and mailboxes I’ve hit while on my
create this whole something about the recession: the topic that
snuck into our daily lives and conversations.
mance after dance performance, watching your
hopelessly uncoordinated kid? Don’t want to
permit? Are you sure it has nothing to do with
the constant screams of terror and multiple
recession to spare And I’m here to tell you that this recession…
is a lie!
watch your son score endless goals at his soccer
games? Just pretend you can’t afford it!
life-flashing-before-your-eyes episodes that
occurred while I was behind the wheel, despite
our feelings. But I first figured this out when I noticed
some peculiar patterns: my parents couldn’t af-
For example, upon getting my license,
mother sat me down to have “the talk.” No, not
your assurance that I’m a great driver while in
the comfort of your immobile home?
now that we’ve ford to help me become a professional actress,
but they could send me to an educational camp.
that one. The recession talk. The, “I’m so happy
you [insert major accomplishment here], but
Don’t be mad at them: they did create
this whole recession to spare our feelings. But
figured this out, They can’t afford to send me to a far-away, ex-
citing location for college, but they can afford
unfortunately, the economy prevents us from
investing in [insert your soon-to-be-crushed
now that we’ve figured this out, we should use
it to our advantage. Being forced to go with
we should use it to the school that they can drop in for surprise
visits on the weekend.
dream here]. You know how it is—[insert
something-really-unspecific-that-isn’t-really-
your parents to some stuffy family gathering?
Make the argument that more weight in the car
our advantage. This recession was created by parents
everywhere who find themselves stuck in the
all-that-expensive here] are through the roof,
and we have house payments to make. I just
will cause it to go slower, and therefore, waste
gas and money. Get creative—the possibilities
same dilemma over and over again: coming up don’t think it’s going to happen right now.” are endless.

Football stars, basketball legends favored over artists, singers, dancers


Non-athletic students have tougher time finding scholarship opportunities
neglected. Not everyone is good at Non-athletic students are eli- people get the money they deserve, realistically, colleges don’t have
x by Joey Fruth sports, but that doesn’t mean these gible for numerous, smaller scholar- sports talent seems to be favored enough money to hand out a lot
During these difficult times, students don’t have some sort of ships, as well as financial aid. But over these things. of full-ride scholarships based on
a lot of people would appreciate exceptional skill in another area. it is still harder for them to receive Some athletes are offered any talent. So instead of playing
a $30,000 per year scholarship to Some schools offer just as money, seeing as they have to ap- full-ride scholarships from schools favorites, maybe they should bal-
their dream colleges. But unless you many full-ride scholarships based ply for more scholarships, whereas they haven’t even applied to yet. ance it out and give portions of the
have immense athletic talent, that on academics. The University of the athletes get full-rides. There are Yes, an amazing football star can money to people that deserve it.
kind of money is hard to come by. Maryland offers a full-ride called exceptional actors in drama classes be worthy of one of these hard-to- I’ve seen people at this school act-
Many high school sports stars the Banneker Key scholarship for and school productions, incred- come-by scholarships, but there ing in stage productions or creating
are being offered full-ride scholar- highly eligible students. While there ible singers in high school chorus are other students in more creative breath-taking works of art that are
ships based on their sporty prowess. are a lot of these, this leaves out one classes, and inspirational artists in areas that deserve this money just placed in the hallways. These artists
While there is no problem with this, other area students may be excep- elective art courses all across the as much. deserve scholarships as much as any
it may leave other students feeling tionally talented in – the arts. country. And while some of these Here’s a reasonable solution: spectacular athlete.

There are other students in more creative areas that deserve this money just as much.
The Blake Beat February 26, 2010 B7

After blizzard, senior gives suggestions for snowed-in fun


x by Stephen Kae The stand-by sledding, snowball fights, and building get away with hustling your clients.
snowmen are always fun, but you can only stay outside for so When you feel like doing something productive, try
During the blizzard of 2010, many of us felt blindsided long. Plus, as I learned from this recent blizzard, it’s pretty hard cleaning out the junk in your closet, garage, under your bed, or
and unprepared for this natural disaster, which was probably to go sledding when you can’t see the lower portion of your maybe just your whole entire room. Don’t forget to blast some
caused by too many kids doing snow dances and wearing their body. When you have to stay inside, try hanging out with fam- jams to assist the boring hours pass smoothly. After the deed is
pajamas backwards. But for those of you who survived, I bring ily and watching movies. And if you’re the type of person who done you won’t have to worry about your parents nagging about
advice. isn’t very social with his or her family, at least you don’t have cleaning...well, for a while, at least.
Always make just-in-case plans with your friends when- to talk during movies. If worse comes to worst and you’re snowed in with no
ever you hear the phrases “snow storm” and “school cancelled” in For those of you who are low on cash and have some electricity, get the candles, flashlights, lanterns, and do some
the same sentence; it never hurts to be prepared. But at the same winter calories to burn, offer to shovel your neighbors’ driveways puzzles or play some board games (my favorite is Monopoly).
time, try not to get your hopes up no matter how much it’s snow- for a nominal fee. Don’t push your luck in the money. Then If you are missing these extraordinary tools to fight cabin fever,
ing outside—you don’t want to end up bitterly disappointed. again, if it snows an insane amount again, you might be able to then sorry, you’re a goner.

Once glitzy, glamorous Grammys turn into wacky, wild whammy


Disasterous duos, grotesque get-ups hit wrong note with hopeful music lovers
cover our eyes while watching this segment even heard of, decided to wear something so mances including the likes of Taylor Swift
by Miles Johnson
as one after another stars arrived in ill-fitting, short and revealing that she had to be cen- and Stevie Nicks. Now we have always
x & Caroline Pledger tasteless wacky get-ups. sored. And Brittany Spears wore some sort admired Stevie Nicks but this was not her
From the glamorous entrance on the We already expected Lady Gaga to of black lace lingerie type leotard that could best performance especially since she is such
red carpet to the star-studded awards and show up as a piece of art, but we were actu- only be deemed appropriate for a stripper’s a legend and yet was overshadowed by her
performances, the Grammys are a night of ally disappointed that she managed to wear funeral, NOT the Grammys. teen counterpart in the duet who’s soaring in
celebration for American music. a dress that was only one color and not wear As if we had not already heard enough popularity for the moment.
However, instead of the enchanting anything fun on her face or in her hair. In- about Lady Gaga during the pre-show, we But the most memorable act, and we
and thrilling atmosphere viewers have come stead she distracted from that face of hers by also got to see her open the show with a cannot even decide if it was astonishing
to love, the show this year was just tacky holding some sort of big icy ornament that performance featuring Elton John. If you had or horrifying, was P!nk’s performance. It
and bizarre. looks as though she stole it from the top of your eyes closed it was a great performance, was an aquatic mixture of deep emotions
Now the first impression one gets of an abandoned Christmas tree. the singing and the piano playing was on and Cirque de Soleil set pieces that literally
the night is how beautiful and flawless the Things just got worse from there as point but the moment you opened your eyes poured right out of her soul and the ribbon
stars look on their way into the venue and everyone decided they were going to try and saw the factory like set pieces, the ring- holding her up in the air on stage.
how excited they seem while answering vari- to out do Lady Gaga. Adam Lambert wore leader and Elton John in Gaga sunglasses, Really, what we’re trying to say is that
ous interviewers’ questions so the folks at something that looked like a sequined mata- the integrity of the act was lost. as bizarre as it was, the Grammys were at
home will feel jazzed too. But we started to dor costume. Nadeaa, an artist we’ve never Following Gaga was a mess of perfor- least entertaining this year.

Viewers can’t stop watching Secret Life despite increasingly bad plot
Teen finds guilty pleasure in ABC Family’s unrealistic high-school drama
ma. Don’t let the title of the show same place at the same time in and acts like she’s the only per- on the contrary, is in a relationship
x by Rachel Babcock fool you: there are no secrets at between the class bells. I wish son with problems. Grace, on the with a girl who lives in Bologna,
Every Monday night, teen- all. Everyone knows everything my class bells were ten minutes other hand, believes her father’s Italy. Now that’s a functional rela-
agers with no life tune into the about each other’s lives, which apart. It’s like they have bionic death was collateral damage for tionship. And Jack, the strangest,
most ridiculous show on ABC just adds to the exaggerated chaos hearing, because as soon as one having sexual relations with her has just one thing on his mind
family, The Secret Life of the of the show. starts gossiping, they all jump boyfriend. And Adrian, she’s every episode. I think we all know
American Teenager. But don’t The plot is all over the the scene. simply a hussy. what that is.
bury your head yet… I’m just as place- from all of the parents The characters are as un- The boys of the show have After all this, however, I
guilty as you. For some reason, sleeping with each other to a realistic as the storylines. Amy, major issues as well. Ricky, the love this show so much. I will
we still watch it week after week school counselor sexually harass- the teenage mother, fools us all. baby daddy, lives in his own apart- continue to watch it every Mon-
to see what happens next in this ing a student. Too much happens If you don’t watch the show, you ment. He’s a full blown adult! He day and if you are a closet lover,
outrageous teen drama. in one school day to make the are under the impression that she has an apartment, a job, he’s a don’t be. Stand up and admit that
The show revolves around show at all believable. And it’s is struggling to raise her child. father (a good one at that), and a you love The Secret Life of the
unrealistic teenage and adult dra- so funny how they all are in the You are mistaken. She’s selfish full time student! Go Ricky! Ben American Teenager.
B8 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

The James Hubert Blake administration, faculty & staff congratulate


these students on making the Second Quarter Honor Roll:
9TH GRADE Olivia Park Ramanda Graham DANIEL ARIAS Matthew Rankin Mary Gillis
CHRISTIAN ABELL Calvin Perry Fabiola Gramajo Nicholas Arnold-Medabal ALEXANDER RAUL Megan Glixon
Valeria Acevedo Mariuxi Pintado Lucy Harrelson SARAH AYLOR Cory Reyes Sean Gobourne
Phrasaengd Adhatamsoontra Vijay Raju Bradley Harrison Julia Baker Naomi Richardson Ryan Goodman
Kwame Asante PRADIP RAMAMURTI Marvin Hart IV Spenser Balog Renatta Rickford Chelsea Gracyalny
Angela Bair Teresse Rehwoldt Heather Heim Sadia Bangura Steven Rodriguez Jane Grenaldo
India Banks Rosa Reyes Marcel Hofmann LAUREN BARLOW H Clay Rorie Alexandra Guillen
Caio Bastos Ryan Reynolds David Hylton Isabela Barriga Ariel Schwartz Angel Gutierrez
Kayla Beard CHRISTINE RICCIARDI LUCAS IRVIN Ashley Barteck Emma Semanyk Gabrielle Hall
JENNA BEERS Patrick Richard Rachel Jaffe Joyce Bartlett Isak Shah Sarah Harrison
John Beers Andrew Riedel Christian Jeong Darryle Bennett Max Shannon Max Hedgepeth
KATHERINE BLACKFORD Isabel Rodriguez Devon Johnson Julia Boland MARIEL SHILLING Elizabeth Hellman
Nicholas Breen CHELSEA RYAN Michael Joiner Braden Bond Cassandra Smith Jorge Herrera
Graylyn Broadnax Hassanatu Savage ASHLEY JUDAH Maria Bonilla-Hercul Keonna Smith Sasha Herrera
Michelle Brooks Laura Savary Rebecca Kalinich Mia Browne Stella Song Isaac Hirsch
Madison Bruffy Rebecca Schwartz ROBERT KORYCINSKI JORDAN CALLAHAN Gillian Spolarich TIMOTHY HO
THAIS CALDERON Susan Shelton-Der KEVIN LAM Shaina Callahan Spencer Sterling Todd Holbert
Cory Camp Min Shim Melina Latona Taylor Callwood Alexis Thweatt Jadon Holloman
Samantha Carpenter Stefan Sigwalt Zoey Lee Maya Campbell Jamie Tran Lauren Hubbard
Olivia Castro Laura Smethurst Adele Leishman Jayson Carter Serge Tzeuton JULIE HULEIS
Gregory Chaimson Anna Steinfeld IRENE LEMBEROS Kiarra Ceasar Akaninyene Umo Thomas Irish
Kevin Cheung Sarah Sterling Peyton Leonard Christie Chambers Victoria Vahlear JI WOO JANG
Michael Chheang Jasmine Stevenson Sarah Lipkowitz Jeremy Chen Sophia Venero Jennifer Jara
Nyima Chodon Julia Stewart MATTHEW LIPSHULTZ Cynthia Cheng SHANNON WADE Rebecca Joiner
Ryan Choe Kelly Stock Eugene Litman Maia Chicherio Jasmine Walker Safa Karzai
Hoyoung Choi Jean Suazo COLLEEN LIVINGSTONE Git-Yee Chu Alex Wells IV JOHN KIM
Lindsey Comer JANINE TAIRA Jenny Lon Joseph Crews William White Kara Korab
NICHOLAS CORSILLO Lucas Tax Monika Looney DELANEY CRUICKSHANK ERIC WILEY Patrick Lee
Lydia Curdts Emily Tchai Julie Lopatka Ravi Dadlani Kira Williams Kellian Lehman
Priya Dadlani Emily Tempchin Brianna Lopez Shelby Davis Patrick Xiao Priscila Lemos
NICHOLAS DAVIS Sopheak Ung Stephanie Luk Somala Diby HYO YANG ZOE LIGON
Julia Dennis Denise Venero Leslie Mata Leanna Diggs Jung Yang Erik Lodge
Assoumou Diby Natasha Virjee Meredith Mathis Christiane Djoum Alexandra Zaika Lourdes Lopez
Alison Dionne Wanjiru Waithaka Courtney McKenna Portia Egwim Justina Lumor
Albert Djoum Helena Waks Conner McMurray Kathleen Faisca Saraiya Lundy
Julia Doh RUSSELL WANKE MELISSA MCNABB Ryan Frazier Kaylene Lyons
McKenzie Dreher CAROLINE WANNEN Charis McNamara Kelley Frese Maya Mandaiker
Emily Eaglin Deneen Watson MacKenzie Meyer DELILAH GATES 12TH GRADE Ashley Martin
Darien Ellis Natalie Wiggins Julie Mitchell Sylvester Gates BRONTE ABELL Xavier Mauprivez
Monica Eng Kielan Wilcomb Tara Mitchell Samuel Glatt Yonit Addissie Raquel McKenna
Matthew Forsythe Kionna Wiley Danielle Moore Jerald Gomes ANGEL AGUILAR COLLEEN MCMULLEN
Aryn Frazier Bryan Wilkerson Arianna Morrell RAINIER GOMEZ Josue Aguiluz Sean McNamara
Connor Gaffney Karissa Wong Juan Moscoso Amy Gottlieb Oluwaseun Ajayi Frances Melgar
Da’Quan Givens-Coley RACHEL WOO Mihir Nakrani Nakea Green Justine Allen Hana Menassie
Corey Glocker Francisco Zamora-Valle Tayler Nine Gordon Gregg Amber Alston Christina Mensh
Derek Glocker Karim Zarhloul Lauren Paniati Kelly Hanlon Analise Altobelli Nicole Michur
Gina Gomes Seong Park BRIDGET HAWVERMALE THOMASINA ANANE CAITLIN MITCHELL
Daniel Gonzales Jonathan Parks Brandon Hedley Rachel Appel Genesis Morales
Chante Goodger Leah Patterson Blaire Hoffman ARGNARAMON ASSIE Gloria Nhan
ERIC GOTTLIEB Antonella Perez Ferrero Lily Hua ALEXANDRA AUGUST Alexa Norberg
Jose Granados 10TH GRADE Jessica Perla Nicholas Hung Nia Banks Sara Nuttle
Anjelica Grant MOHAMMED ABBAS Angela Pinchinat DYLAN HYSEN Robert Bennett Joachim Ogodi
Candace Grant Henry Adjah-Provenca Grace Plihal Terriza Jefferies Alex Blocker Timothy Ostermeyer
PAUL GREGG Francisca Agbodzah Sarah Prather Miles Johnson Miriam Boussouf Grace Oxley
Emily Greitzer Nicole Alexander Matthew Present Donzell Johnson Jr. Grant Bradshaw Macy Passawe
Anna Haley Daniel Anduray Zachary Radov Musu Kawusu-Kebbay Holland Broadus Kayla Pearson
Kellen Healy DERICK ANSAH Andrea Ramirez Zachary Kaye Jeffrey Brumfield Kirsten Petersen
Vivian Henderson Henry Aparicio Tai Ramsey Joshua Kenes MEGAN BUONOMO Marie-Estelle Pham
Azalia Hernandez Isaac Appel Alexandra Reeves Damon King Adrienne Bush Leslie Phelps
RACHEL HEWITT Abdoul Bah Brooke Rehman Peace Kish NIKKI CALI Daniel Pistolessi
Tramanh Hoang Brian Battaglia Elizabeth Ann Reyes AIMEE KOHORST Bethany Callahan RACHEL PLAFKER
OLIVIA HUBBARD DANIELLE BLOCKER Loren Riesenfeld Corinne Konoza CHRISTINE CALLAHAN Irene Polyzos
Samantha Ignacio ANTHONY BUI Jahmila Roberts Brandon Krixer Julia Campbell Nicole Pontious
Samuel Jaffe Nicole Byrd Maryangel Rodriguez Zakaria Ismail Kronemer Carina Cannon Darryl Prather
Zachary Johnson Selena Castillo GHULAM SALLAM Sara Kushner HALEY CARPENTER William Prindle
Irene Jones MAN CHAN Matthew Siegel Daniel Lee KATHERINE CARRICO Jacqueline Revolorio
Kendred Jones Joshua Chang Andrew Simmons Kevin Lee Jordan Chacon Leah Rich
Melania Karmazyn Victor Chau Nicholas Tatnall Jennifer Lien Emily Cheung CHRISTOPHER RILEY
Hannah Kenney Charles Cheng Megan Taylor Julia Maas Adrianne Chiaravallotti Cecil Roberson
Hamza Khan-Tareen Hiu Chiu Kalkidan Tesfahun Edward Madden Danny Ching ZAHUR SALLMAN
Barzillai Kim Mark Cirincione Kimberly Toxie Austin Malner Cynthia Chow Joseph Samowitz
Rute Kiros Molly Cohen Savannah Tryens-Fernand Emily Matos Kirstyn Clark Devonte Sayas-Drake
Michael Kister Miya Cook Samara Tu Monica Mbuia-Joao Dawn Clarke SYDNEY SELDEN IV
Ava Koufos Gabriela Cordoba Nicole Tuttle Matthew McGugan Kyle Clemmer Sharisa Sesawaeng
Cecilia Kwakye Courtney Cristaldi Jean-Claude Tzeuton Tara McIntyre Bryndon Cook Juliana Sesay
Terrance Lagrue Bethany Crump Karen Vanegas Joshua Medina Kristin Corcoran George Shaw
Ashlin Lee Giancarlo Curzi Tracey Velazquez Brooke Mellish Marcelina Cordoba Trevor Skibine
Dae Kyu Lee PHUC DANG Cadijah Walcott Joseph Morstein Ulises Cordova Chavez Samantha Steinfeld
Westin Lee Brandon Davis Alexis Wallace Nicholas Mugge Keary Cristaldi EMILY STEVENS
Sara Lettieri Savannah Doane-Malotte Yasmin Wamala Jade Myers Thomas Cunningham Cindy Tan
Jourdan Lewanda Christian Domaas Erica Wang Amber Newman Sofia Curzi Margaret Thomas
Blaine Lowry Marciana Esteves Zhichen Wang QUYNH-NHU NGUYEN Ashley Dakins Dezmine Thompson
Cindy Luu Kathryn Evans BRANDON WEBER Georgiette Oduro Boateng Jazmine Dandridge Tu Truong
Eli Marsh MARY FERNANDES Jeffrey Welder Kemi Olowoofayoku Nicolette Dehi Jerin Valliath
Catherin Mata Hayley Fixler Rebecca Wellman Leena Owen Ramatullah Deme JOHN VERNON
Mayia McKenzie Angelique Fleming Jenna Williams Kim Palmer Lauren Deshler Drew Virgil
Mekayla Mekara LANE FLYNN Larisha Winley Jeongyeon Park Rebecca Doane Suzanne Walls
Cianna Miller Linus Francis Leisha Winley Joshua Paunil Sharne Donley CHRISTINE WEITHMAN
Yvette Mingia Amanda Freeman Ellen Wood Matias Perez Ferrero Anthony Donnay-Wood Jr. Christina Wilbur
Andy Morales Kristen Frese Rhea Wyse Heather Phillips Merissa Dyer Claresa Williams
Matthew Nee Kathryn Fuchs Jessica Pinchinat MARIA ESCOBAR Nicole Wilson
Yonata Negatu NEVA GAKAVIAN Caroline Pledger Robert Flynn Deena Winley
MICHELLE NGUYEN Katie Garcia Eric Poloway Jonathan Frame Kaitlyn Wright
Ibrahim Nhabay Valentina Garcia SONIA POLYZOS Susan Frimpong Kevan Yang
Brenna Noone Jacob Gill 11TH GRADE LINDA POWERS Joseph Fruth Timothy Yee
Adefolarin Orimolade HAYLEY GLANTZ ALEXANDRA ABELL Rohan Raju Elise Gifford Caroline Zebrowski
Andrea Ortiz Jacob Gordon Morgan Aguilar John Ramirez Brittany Giganti Ting-Ting Zheng

Names in all caps indicate Straight A’s


Senior receives scholarship worth over $100,000 to University of Wisconsin, p. C6

Section C Blake Beat Features February 26, 2010

From left, tripets Robert, Roman and Romello Borris stand side-by-side to show in a few years, the Borris brothers are just like any set of siblings, and are often
some brotherly love. Although they are first set of triplets to walk Blake’s hallways mistaken for being a group of best friends. -- photo by Sharisa Sesawaeng

1 Borris, 2 Borris, Red Borris, Blue Borris...3 Borris bros?


Blake’s own triplets roam halls, no longer sporting matching threads
Until middle school, the Borris brothers were have my moments.”
x by Kirsten Petersen & Juliana Sesay dressed identically, using their matching outfits to find Roman says, “Our personalities are very different
When Robert, Roman, and Romello walk in the each other and stay close. “When we were little,” says from each other, so when we do activities together, we
hallway together, they’re often mistaken for being Roman, “we would stay together and we used to get try to make compromises.”
simply best friends. Not only do they share a love angry when we were separated.” Once they tossed aside They have always stood by each other when a
for Redskins football, but also a mother, father, and a the identical ensembles, they began to branch out and brother was in trouble, even if it meant fist-fighting;
house…yes, they’re brothers. make new friends. the boys admit to getting suspended a few times. Says
Triplets, actually. Robert, though the oldest, often considers him- Roman, “We would play around with each other and
Freshmen Robert, Roman, and Romello Borris are self the least outgoing. “I’m shy when I’m put on the say ‘I don’t know you,’ but not for real. We are too
the first set of triplets at Blake since Alumni Thomas, spot,” he says. close to each other.”
Kelly, and Daniel Whall graduated in 2007. Though as The third child, Romello, feels that he is also Despite their differences, and thanks to their
children they appeared to be your quintessential triplets, introverted. “I’m shy,” he says, “but after a while I’m similarities, the brothers feel a connection that runs
in reality they’re just like any set of brothers. “We all as cool as the average person.” deeper than you might think. “Being a triplet isn’t
have common interests and we think similar[ly],” says As the middle child, Roman is usually mistaken any different from having siblings,” says Roman, “we
Roman. “The only differences we have are our person- to be the oldest because he is more outspoken. Robert don’t usually say ‘that’s my triplet,’ we say, ‘that’s
alities and small things we enjoy to do by ourselves.” adds, “Sometimes Roman acts like the oldest, but I do my brother.’”

Will the Gecko save you? Will you really be in Allstate’s good hands?
Students more cautious on road after scary experiences behind wheel
by Somala Diby ing moment of my life because a lot Blazer totaled. A man hit the passenger lot. Thankfully, there were no passen-
of people I knew were around,” says side of Steffes’s car after running a red gers in the Lexus and the senior came
x & Gillian Spolarich Corcoran. light. The impact caused his car to 180, out untouched in the other car. Says
Frozen in the driver’s seat, your Surrounded by spectators, Cor- resulting in a collision with another car. Hinden, “All I could think of was what
jaw hanging open; you sit in disbelief coran’s first impulse was to call her Says Steffes, “It was the scariest thing my dad was gonna say [because he]
and hope that this is all a bad dream and parents to tell them what had happened that has ever happened to me.” had just bought me the car one month
that your parents will not really have to and obtain insurance information. “I Although the damages were cov- earlier.”
see your dangling rear fender. This mo- remember thinking, ‘What am I going to ered by Allstate Insurance, the accident Two days after the incident in the
ment is all too real for many young driv- tell my parents? They’re going to be so left his car windowless and his axle parking lot, Hinden hit a car driving
ers today, and it happens in seconds. mad at me when they see what I did,’” completely bent in the wrong direc- home after cheerleading practice at an
Senior Kristin Corcoran can attest says Corcoran. Fortunately, she walked tion. intersection. Says Hinden, “I cried. I
to the car-accident experience. At Blair away unscathed, retained full driving Junior Anna Hinden was recently was really scared for a few minutes.”
High School in May 2009 while on her privileges, and did not have to pay for involved in two car accidents, one when Although Hinden feels safe while
way to take the SAT, Corcoran slammed anything; State Farm Insurance covered she was not in the car and one when she driving, she says, “There are always
her mom’s 2002 Honda Accord into a the damage done to the whole front of the was driving. dangers on the road and in the parking
tree when she accidentally floored the car and the left side near the wheel. The first accident occurred No- lot, but you have to do everything in
gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. A car accident in late November vember 18 when a senior hit Hinden’s your power to keep yourself and the
“It was definitely the most embarrass- left senior Mike Steffes’s Chevrolet s10 silver Lexus backing out of the parking other people safe.”
C2 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Upperclassmen hold different views on morning routines


Sleeping in, showering, catching up on the world, all in one morning
by Analise Altobelli in a morning shower and a quick breakfast before heading
x & Sean McNamara When my body wants to wake out the door for her long drive to school. Says Corona,
“Considering the fact that I live in Rockville it takes me
During the harshest months of winter, it can be
very difficult to pull yourself out of bed. And for many
up, it wakes up, unless it’s longer to go to school…it’s about a 35 minute drive in the
morning because of the morning traffic.”
Blake students, waking up is half the battle. forced to...from someone else.
With senioritis already in effect, it is a surprise that
Upperclassmen who are able to drive themselves
to school have commute problems of their own. Driving
seniors wake up on time to come to school. Says senior Sophomore Michael Joiner to school is made difficult by the overly crowded roads
Zoe Ligon, “I usually wake up at 6:30, but I’ll wake up to meet the bus, Frangou says, “Commute isn’t really a and stalling traffic lights. “My commute to school plays a
at 6:15 if I’m actually trying to look decent that day.” For problem for me, 6am is just a comfortable time for me large factor in the time I wake up for school,” says junior
Ligon, gathering her daily items such as clothes for dance to get up.” His wake-up procedure consists of shaving, Brooke Mellish. The benefits of driving to school, however,
and Poms practice adds to her morning routine. showering, combing his hair and heading for school. often outweigh the traffic concerns. “Now that I don’t have
Senior Tommy Gorman’s morning begins around Morning news is a daily part of junior Nick Mau- to take the bus to school,” Mellish adds, “I don’t need to
6:05 when his alarm sounds and he makes his way to the privez’s morning. After waking up at 6:30am he takes wake up as early because it only takes me 15 minutes to
shower. Unlike most students, Gorman heads back to sleep a shower, gets dressed and catches up on world events. get to school.”
after his shower, getting as much shut-eye as possible. Gor- Mauprivez says, “Meeting the bus affects my schedule, For some students, physically getting out of bed is a
man says, “[The] commute to school plays only a small [so] I leave my house around 7am so I can get to school task on its own. “I don’t really wake up until about 6:20 and
factor because it’s only five to ten minutes [of] driving.” around 7:15am.” then normally fall back asleep,” says sophomore Michael
Junior Lucas Frangou manages to pull himself out of Junior Vanessa Corona gets an earlier start to her day Joiner. “When my body wants to wake up, it wakes up,
bed at 6am every morning. For him, 6am is not a deadline by waking up anywhere from 5:25-5:35am. Corona factors unless it’s forced to wake up from someone else.”

From hallways to lecture halls, alumni reflect on campus adventures


x by Emily Stevens
With our busy schedules,
Old Bengals return home to give helpful College is
the last thing on most teenagers’
minds is moving on to college.
tips to starry-eyed college-bound students everything
But as our amount of time at opportunity for deepening your Looking back, college fresh- Lipton. College newbies have
Blake slowly shrinks, we are all education, but also for learning life men each have had their own discovered that it is important to I hoped
starting to wonder: what lies be- lessons and having priceless expe- personal issues to deal with and feel at home while on campus.
yond high school? riences. “College social situations overcome. “I love being indepen- “Go to a school that you truly it would
Many 2009 graduates have allow you to discover the type of dent and having more control over feel like you can be yourself at,”
found that being a college fresh- people you want to be surrounded my life, but it can be daunting,” adds Price. be and
man is a life-altering experience. by,” says alumna Elynsey Price. says Nyanin. “[Sometimes] all I All in all, the first semester
“I’ve had to become more studi- The balance of work, play, really want is my own bed.” De- of college has been scary, fun, everything
ous, organized and responsible,” and everyday routine is something spite the occasional homesickness, overwhelming and a little bit
says alumnus Ian Nyanin. Because that college freshmen have to work going away to school definitely has odd for most 2009 alumni. Adds I didn’t
of the transition from living with hard to master. “In college there is potential to be enjoyable. Nyanin, “College is everything I
your parents to living on your own always something going on, but The vote for the best col- hoped it would be and everything expect it
and the start of a new educational it’s important not to try and do ev- lege-picking method is unanimous I didn’t expect it [to] be.” Soak
program, many find that the first erything,” says alumnus Brendan among 2009 alumni: choose the up high school while you can, [to] be.
semester of college is as challeng- Lipton. Although being involved school that is best for you person- because before you know it, you
ing as it is exciting. has its advantages, so does setting ally. “Don’t choose a college based could be facing the strange new IAN
College brings not only the apart time for sleep and rest. on friends or [romances],” says world of college. NYANIN

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you wanna reach me
BlackBerry takes over
by Storm, remains Bold,
adds Curve to technology
x by Merissa Dyer
Curves, Bolds, Tours and Storms – the names are foreign
to those living out of touch, but not to the 21 million people
using BlackBerry Smartphones globally. Although its first
Smartphone, introduced well over eight years ago, targeted
the corporate crowd, the BlackBerry is getting a demographic
makeover as it becomes more popular among teens and young
adults.
“I love that there’s so much you can do on it,” says
senior Keary Cristaldi, who has been using her BlackBerry
Curve for a little under a year. One of the most convenient
features is BBM. For anyone who has heard the term thrown
around and felt excluded from the club, BBM is an acronym
for BlackBerry Messenger, an application that allows global
user-to-user instant messaging in real-time. She adds, “It’s just
so much easier and quicker. I think it’s cool that you can see
exactly when someone has read your message and is typing
theirs.”
What improved the Blackberry’s attractiveness? Senior
and Blackberry Curve owner Brenda Flores credits the rich
and the famous. “The influence of celebrity culture is nothing
new,” she says. “Like many trends that have come and gone
through the years, they’ve started with celebrities. The Black-
Berry is no exception.” This is true, considering paparazzi
photos and websites like CelebrityBlackBerrySightings.com
seem to always catch stars and their beloved Smartphones
attached at the hip.
Says junior Serge Tzeuton, “They’ve become more
popular because of the easy messaging capability and just the
fact that Blackberrys have a ‘high-class’ status.” He adds, “I
love the apps most because it’s much more convenient than
going to my computer.”
However, not all find the BlackBerry experience as
seamless. “There’s a lot of apps like Twitter and Facebook
that make networking more convenient,” adds Cristaldi, “but
[BlackBerrys] are not very reliable. In under a year, I’ve gone
through three and they’re really expensive to replace.”
Despite the other Smartphones on the market, one
senior considers the BlackBerry superior over its contend-
ers. “I would definitely recommend the BlackBerry over
the iPhone,” says senior Ashley Martin, who has owned the
BlackBerry Bold for over a year. “The 3G experience is one
of a kind and I can get easy access to the internet.”
With 50 million plus devices sold last year, one thing Senior Brenda Flores smiles as she shows off her than just make calls and text-she can go online, watch
is for sure – the Blackberry is here to stay. Blackberry Curve. The phone allows her to do more videos, and listen to music. --photo by Tu Truong

Students make New Year’s resolutions to start scholastic execution


Failure to succeed in past prompts peers to achieve academically
by Nicholas Hung to bed] at 3 because there were a going to be an easy resolution,” resolution to just do better in English projects.” Chheang has
lot of good TV shows on.” From says Cheng. “I guess it’s easier school overall, and has lived used methods like writing down
x & Chris Jaeger entertainment to schoolwork, said than done.” up to her claim. “I didn’t do my assignments in his planner to
For many, the New Year there is always something pre- Resolutions can also be homework as often as I should stay organized.
means new habits. The chal- venting resolutions from being made for a personal benefit of have,” adds Fitzgerald. She has Whether it is for a personal
lenge is actually sticking to met. “I’ve been so focused on health. Junior Heather Fitzger- turned in her homework on time gain, better health, or a better
those habits and living up to our school,” adds Xiao, which also ald made the resolution to eat and often and is seeing the re- work ethic, resolutions can be
word. Whether your resolutions causes him to stay up late. healthy and try to stay fit. Says sults of her newfound habit. difficult to accomplish for more
require short term or long term Students will sometimes Fitzgerald, “It was easy to do Resolutions are not al- than a week, a few days, or, in
changes, it is always difficult to make resolutions to help keep the first week, but then I found ways a bust and can be suc- some cases, a few hours. How-
follow through. them in a steady work habit for myself slipping back into my cessful. Freshman Michael ever, it is not impossible, and
Junior Patrick Xiao’s reso- school. Junior Cynthia Cheng old routines.” Fitzgerald has Chheang has yet to fail his with perseverance and determi-
lution this year was to get more made a resolution not to pro- attempted to start her resolution resolution of not procrastinat- nation, following through with
sleep. But he broke it the first day crastinate, but has reverted back again and has not given up. ing. Says Chheang, “[Before] I resolutions can have a positive
of January. Says Xiao, “I [went to the habit. “I thought this was Fitzgerald also made a consistently procrastinated on impact on anyone’s life.

Disney more than just fleeting childhood phase for one freshman
Phillips never sad when thinking about the happiest place on Earth
become intense in the first grade, when he because I was bored,” he says. his dad. “I will create new characters for
x by Megan Bush had an obsession with Peter Pan. “I really Even though he can practically an- Disney’s newest animated films, and I hope
It seems like most teens these loved the concept of adventures,” says Phil- swer any Disney question that is thrown at that Disney will go back to hand- drawn
days have similar interests: boys indulge lips, “and I liked to imagine that I would him, he still wants to learn more about the animation…because hand- drawn anima-
themselves in sports and video games, stay young forever, just like Peter Pan.” entertainment company. “I haven’t been to tion is the animation that we love and it is
and girls spend their free time acquainting Later on, as his interest grew, he began to Burbank, California, where Disneyland is, the animation the animators started with,”
themselves with the latest fashion trends. enjoy Disney fairy tales, such as Cinderella, which is also where the Walt Disney Ani- he says.
But freshman Wallace Phillips is different: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, mation studios is and where Walt Disney
his love for all things Disney occupies most and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. and his brother Roy Disney founded their
of his time. Not only does Phillips enjoy Dis- studio…in 1923, and I would really like to Throughout the
Phillips’ affection for Disney ney movies, he also knows much of the visit,” Phillips says.
stems from his father, who worked as an company’s history. Phillips has gained his Even though he loves the movies so years, Disney
animator to create the 1982 movie, Tron. Disney knowledge through reading books much, Phillips does not enjoy the Disney
It was through his father that Phillips was on its history, visiting Walt Disney World channel on television. “It’s really lame” he has been my
originally introduced to the beauty and won- in Orlando, Florida, and visiting the official says, “the old shows were good, but the new
der of the films. Adds Phillips, “Throughout online community for Disney fans, D23. ones are horrible.” life.
the years Disney has been my life.” com. “I once wrote the names of every As for Phillips’ goals in life, he
This freshman’s interest started to Disney Animated Film from 1 to 49 just would like to become an animator just like
Wallace Phillips
C6 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Nominated senior receives four-year full-tuition scholarship


Chacon chosen from among 1,000 high schoolers
On the night Chacon received the applicants needed to be DC metro
x by Suzanne Walls call from Posse she says she, “started residents and had to have demonstrated
Recently, over 1,000 high school crying with no control, repeatedly say- superior academic performance. Posse
seniors in Montgomery County Public ing ‘thank you’. It was the best feeling seeks out individuals who are both
Schools were nominated to earn a four- I’ve ever felt in my life.” strong students and leaders in their
year, full-tuition scholarship worth over College Career counselor Kathy community.
$100,000, which was sponsored by the Moore informed Chacon of the schol- For Chacon, earning the scholar-
Posse Foundation. The 12 most highly arship and encouraged her to apply. “I ship did not come easy. “The applica-
qualified applicants won out of the 25 decided to research the foundation and tion process was very challenging,
finalists. its purpose,” says Chacon. “I found that considering that I only had two weeks
Senior Jordan Chacon is among it’s a great program with a fantastic to complete it,” adds Chacon. “I had to
the 12 students chosen to receive this mission.” prepare myself for [three] interviews,
prestigious scholarship. She plans to use Considering that Chacon’s family all of which were different, crazy, and
it towards her first choice school, the has suffered financially, she says, “I feel challenging.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Says grateful and blessed to receive such a Adds Chacon, “This scholarship
Chacon, “Out of the six schools Posse tremendous gift that couldn’t have come has given me the opportunity to succeed
offered [scholarships to], UW-Madison at the most opportune time.” to my utmost possibility…It’s the best
Jordan Chacon had all the things I wanted.” To receive the scholarship, the feeling in the world!”

Formula for perfect SAT score: prep classes, no fear, plenty of sleep
These tips will put you on the fast course to 2400; buckle up, get ready
by Nicolette Dehi StudyWorks, that offers makeup Tip Number Two: Take it would be much easier to inter- ing and learning from other
sessions, comes with a prep book the mock SAT. This one is obvi- act one-on-one without falling classmates, instead of just being
x & Isak Shah of its own, and offers courses to ous: after all, it is FREE. The asleep, right? “I actually took distracted by them.
2400 points is quite a lot, get ready for the SAT and ACT. mock SAT models the real one both a prep course and worked Tip Number Four: Before
and the 200 you recieve for writ- They also feature private tutor quite closely so when you go with a one-on-one tutor,” says the test, get tons of sleep, and def-
ing your name are all you are sessions and online classes. in to take the real SAT, you will Blake alumnus Michael Taft initely don’t cram. Get an early
guaranteed; it would be surpris- There are 4 basic levels already be acquainted with the Clark, “but most of the time I start, stay calm, and spread out
ing if you weren’t worried about of instruction: “Express” for format and have a feel for the was asleep in the class. The tutor the study over a longer period of
the SAT’s. These tips will put you rush reviewers, “Standard” for timing. helped much more.” time. You’ll feel more refreshed
right where you need to be on the a normal class, “Genius”, which Tip Number Three: Pick If you are easily distracted and have a higher chance of scor-
path to success - worry free. is specifically for those that al- the type of prep class you want by your friends and other stu- ing well if you’re not stressed out
Tip Number One: Enroll ready score 600 and up on each based on what environment you dents: try a standardized prep and wired on energy drinks.
yourself in some sort of prep section, and “Security” for those study best in—don’t pick a class class, like the StudyWorks class- Says Blake alumnus Be-
class, or get a one-on-one tutor. of us that want insurance of a just because your friend is in it. es. You’ll be taught techniques nuel Hostetter, “A few of my
A rigorous environment perfect score. Says English re- If you struggle paying at- by a teacher and do group work friends wanted to pull an all-
will help you no matter how source teacher Joseph Caulfield, tention in a classroom setting: and even complete practice tests nighter, because they were wor-
much you think you can get “It familiarizes [you] with test try a private tutor instead! We all as a class. ried about their scores. I’ve
done alone. format, and prepares [you] with know how difficult it is to listen This environment helps never been happier that I slept
A local company, like specialized skills.” to a teacher for three hours, and you retain information by help- instead.”

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Forget the Golden Globes: students choose top TV shows
Favorites include musical-comedies, crime/dramas, riveting dramedies
For junior Sara Kushner, the
x by Samantha Steinfeld best reality show is Survivor, the
Television: the little box that show that has been on for twenty
keeps us away from our homework seasons. The show strands sixteen
and our responsibilities. But since people in a remote location and
there is virtually no limit to the eliminates one person a week until
amount of TV shows that can be there is one ‘survivor,’ who walks
watched, students have narrowed away with $1,000,000 dollars. Says
down the choices and selected their Kushner, “I love Survivor because
favorites. it’s just so exciting to watch!”
Best New Shows: For both Best Comedy: Both Camp-
junior Julia Maas and junior Lauren bell and Kushner say that it’s Greek,
Barlow, the current favorite is Glee, the dramedy from ABC Family
the new hit from Fox and winner of that follows Greek life at one par-
both a Golden Globe and a Screen ticular school. Says Kushner, “I
Actors Guild Award. The show is like Greek because of the plot and
the only musical-comedy on TV characters.”
right now, making it very unique. Show to Avoid: Both Maas
and Campbell say to steer clear of
[White Collar] The Secret Life of the American
Teenager, the drama that began
is surprisingly when the central character, Amy,
found out she was pregnant. Says
good and Maas, “The acting is bad and the
show has pretty much no plot.”
funny. Campbell adds, “It’s com-
pletely ridiculous, the acting is
Celeste Campbell awful, the characters are obnoxious
and overall it just sucks.”
Says Maas, “It’s so much fun to
watch with all the dancing and sing-
ing that the cast does! I don’t think
that I have ever watched an episode I love Survivor
without laughing out loud!”
For senior Celeste Campbell, because it’s
the best new show is White Collar,
a crime/drama from USA that fol- Says Campbell, “It’s surprisingly senior Gloria Nhan, it’s American think that they can sing when they just so exciting
lows Neal Caffrey, a former white
collar criminal who agrees to help
good and funny. Some of the story
lines are a little out there, but it’s
Idol, the nine-season running search
for America’s next superstar. “I like
really can’t,” says Nhan, “Also,
when the finalists are up, it’s great to watch!
the FBI catch other criminals by still done really well.” watching American Idol because to find that whoever is the winner Sara Kushner
using his expertise as a criminal. Best Reality Shows: For I find it funny how some people has such talent.”

Now everyone’s uploading photos, updating statuses, playing games


Teachers able to talk to slightest idea how to use them. “My daughter laughs at
me all the time,” says Mrs. Branson, “Basically I ignore
everything that gets sent to me—who the heck cares
not as eager to get a Facebook. “With a face like mine, the last
thing I need is a Facebook,” says English teacher Joseph Caul-
field.
friends, family, students about your farm, what Twilight character you are, who
you are sending pokes or shoes to or any other mindless
Who the heck
through social network things?”However, as the ways for students and teachers to cares about your
x by Anna Ching & Tullah Deme
communicate outside the classroom increase, there are
some concerns. “Facebook is a personal choice for anyone;
farm, what Twilight
Facebook: a social network once used by teenagers
to stalk their friends has now expanded to include adults,
not something I could, or should, control,” says principal
Carole Goodman. “[But] we really are at a crossroads on
character you
parents, and teachers.
Although Facebook is banned for students, teachers
how to communicate. [We must] adhere to limits and not
cross a line. Appropriate communication is fine; it’s when
are, who you are
are still able to access the website during school. With that
opportunity, some teachers take the time to check their
the lines get blurred that it becomes problematic.”
For both Mr. Ho and Mrs. Branson, however, the
sending pokes or
Facebook in school in order to keep up with their friends
and families out of the area. Says English teacher Amy
website is an entertaining and fun resource. Says Mrs.
Branson, “Some of the pictures can be pretty interest-
shoes to or any
Branson, “It just became an easy way to keep in touch.”
Many teachers use Facebook to play games and keep
ing. I guess with Facebook or anything else, ‘you are the
company you keep.’”
other mindless
up with students. Says Mr. Ho, “I use it for mainly chess,
and to [help] students with their work and to keep them
“I think Facebook is great,” adds Mr. Ho. “Ev-
eryone should have [one]. Facebook is the most legit
things?
updated with what work they are missing.” But when it [website].” English teacher Amy Branson
comes to the applications, some teachers do not have the However, some teachers don’t feel the same way and are

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Section D Blake Beat Sports February 26, 2010

With 3A division in
hand, Lady Bengals
shoot for redemption
in playoffs, state finals
by Nikki Cali
x & Joey Samowitz
Revenge was in the air Monday night as the varsity Lady
Bengals defeated their consortium rival, the previously unbeaten,
Paint Branch Lady Panthers (20-1) convincingly 74-59.
The girls had lost 61-58 to Paint Branch earlier in the season.
On top of that the Lady Panthers had beaten the Lady Bengals three
years in a row in the midst of an undefeated Montgomery county
streak. Christine Weithman lead the team with 30 points and out-
scored all met watch Brene Mosely who had 27 for the Panthers.
“We fought hard and this win really means a lot,” says senior captain
Christine Weithman.
Last Friday the girls took the floor to celebrate their senior
night against the Wootton Lady Patriots, winning 65-53. The girls
also clenched the 3A/2A East title with a 10-0 divisional record,
17-5 overall. “It meant a lot to play on senior night,” says senior
captain Gabrielle Hall. “Since I’ve been on the team since I was a
sophomore it felt good to have the other players make our posters
and honor us [seniors].”
February 17, the girls punished the Kennedy Lady Cavaliers,
69-45. Seniors Hall, Weithman and Justine Allen all hit double fig-
ures in the victory. Freshman guard Caroline Wannen also grabbed
ten rebounds. “It’s nice to know that we can rely on everyone on
the team to score,” says Allen.
The girls came out cold after the snow break, coming up 13
points short against the undefeated Seneca Valley Lady Scream-
ing Eagles, bringing their 11 game winning streak to a screeching
halt.
Although Weithman scored 24 points against the Lady
Screaming Eagles, it wasn’t enough to outscore their opponent. The
Lady Bengals began the game in a hole, down 18-0. It was a deficit
they could not overcome. “It wasn’t that we were playing bad,” says
senior Megan Buonomo. “We just weren’t making our shots.”
Before the loss to the Lady Screaming Eagles the girls were
beating opponents by a whopping average of 34 points per game.
Against Northwood February 2 the girls won, 71-38, to push their
division record to 10-0.
Prior to those two games they dominated the Rockville Lady
Rams, 74-13, and for the second time this season they beat the
Wheaton Lady Knights, this time 85-41. “[The streak] felt good
because the papers and a lot of people didn’t take us seriously so it
was like we had to prove something new every game,” says Hall.
The Einstein Lady Titans and the Quince Orchard Lady
Cougars were also easily dispatched by the red hot Bengals, 53-21
and 77-35 respectively. Weithman hit over 20 points in each game
and Hall picked up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds
against Einstein.
The girls will be put to the test throughout playoffs but by
Junior forward Nikki Ostrow pulls up a jump shot while Quince Orchard Lady Cavaliers, who were dispatched by earning themselves the number two seed in the 3A East bracket they
covered in defense during a game against against the the Lady Bengals 77-35. -- photo by Kara Korab are clearly one of the favorites to get to the state final this year.

Regular season ends with 67-64 win over Panthers for 16-3 mark
Starter Agwu injured as boys get ready for post-season tournament
by Jeff Brumfield moment came in the second quar- eventually edged the Bengals Blake was up 55-38 heading into the court.”
ter, when senior guard/forward 75-72. the fourth quarter, and was able to The Seneca Valley game
x & Josh Paunil Carlton Agwu landed awkwardly “We couldn’t hit the big hold off a 33-19 Kennedy run to also served as the Bengals’ senior
After finishing their season on his arm, dislocating his elbow. foul shots when we needed them win the game. Frazier and Agwu night, making the victory all the
undefeated in the 3A/2A east divi- It is unclear whether the injury the most,” says senior forward both had great performances for more significant. “It felt good to
sion, the boys’ varsity basketball will sideline Agwu for the play- Nathan Dalgetty, “which isn’t Blake, scoring 25 and 18 points win on senior night,” says coach
team looks to ride their success offs, but his team is hoping for normal for us as a team.” respectively. Marcus Wiggins. “All the seniors
all the way to the Comcast Center a speedy recovery. Adds senior Two days before the double- February 16, the team have gone to Blake for four years
and a state title. guard Max Hedgepeth, “Carlton overtime loss, the Bengals defeat- achieved an exciting victory over and we’ve spent a whole lot of
In Monday night’s thrilling adds a toughness to the team ed the Kennedy Cavaliers 74-71. the Seneca Valley Screaming Ea- time together.”
conclusion to the regular season, that no one else can gles 90-55. The star of Because of their regular
Blake defeated their consortium match.” the night was Hedley season success, the team has
rival, the Paint Branch Panthers,
67-64, pushing their record to
Last Friday the
Bengals faced off
Our main goal is to bring whose 35 points and
nine three pointers
earned the number two seed in the
3A West region and a first round
16-3. Junior guard Ryan Frazier
scored 28 points for the Bengals,
against the Wootton
Patriots. The teams
a state championship to broke school records.
Adds Hedley, “I was
bye; a position that has the Ben-
gals focused and ready for a deep
while junior guard Brandon Hed-
ley hit a game winning three
battled back and forth
throughout the game,
Blake. If we do our thing, no able to score because
my team saw that I
playoff run. “Of course our main
goal is to bring a state champion-
pointer with only seconds left on
the clock.
pushing the action
into double-overtime
one can stop us. was on fire and so
they kept feeding me
ship to Blake,” adds senior guard
Taylor Miller. “If we do our thing,
The game’s most shocking before the Patriots Taylor Miller the ball every time up no one can stop us.”
D2 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat
Bengals perform very
swimmingly in meets
x by Samir Battou
Although the varsity swim and dive team struggled to produce wins
throughout the season, many top swimmers performed their best at the
county meet last weekend.
The swimming portion of the meet began February 18 with the 500
yard freestyle. Freshman Cory Camp swam a personal best with a time of
4:56.94 which put him in the top ten of the entire county.
Juniors Cameron Lancon and Spencer Sterling had top finishes in
both of their events at this year’s county meet. Sterling finished third in
both the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard backstroke. Lancon finished 4th
in the 100 yard butterfly. Sterling says, “The competition at counties is a
lot more elevated than in dual meets.”
The girls were also successful at counties with senior Nikki Cali
placing ninth in 100 freestyle, and tenth in 200 freestyle. Senior Adrienne
Bush also placed 13 in the 200 freestyle.
At Divisionals, which took place February 13, the team struggled but
individually the Bengals had success. Sterling won both of his individual
events in 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle and senior Mary Gillis was able
to place fourth in 100 backstroke.
Due to the snow this season, many practices and meets were cancelled.
The last dual meet took place January 30th versus the Northwest Jaguars.
The meet was very close for the boys as the Bengals were able to close it
out, winning by a margin of three.
They began early on with a sweep in the 200 individual medley by
freshmen Camp, Sam Jaffe, and Andrew Latona. The success continued
with individual wins by Camp, Lancon, Bennet, and Sterling. Latona adds,
“It felt good being able to sweep the competition completely with me, Sam
and Cory all freshmen being able to place.”
The girls also swept the 200 freestyle event led by Bush, Gillis, and
senior Megan Bush. They also picked up individual wins by Cali in 200
individual medley, and senior Haley Drew-Carpenter in the diving event.
However the girls’ team fell short, as they lost 102-69.
Tonight the prestigious Washington Metropolitan Championship meet Freshman Dan Damico swims freestyle in Damico is one of several young swimmers for
will take place in Germantown. a meet for the Bengals against Northwest. the Bengal team. --photo by Tommy Irish

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Wrestling team grapples season record; gears for next year
x by Chris Jaeger Blake lost their last match to the better.” but they came out on top.”
Whitman Vikings 12-58 on February 3. In a tri-meet at Churchill the Ben- Although the team did not do as well
With the last two games of the sea- The match proved to be their last of the gals lost in a close match to the Churchill as expected, the team had good chemistry
son being canceled due to the snow, the season due to snow cancellations. Says Bulldogs 33-38, but came out on top of and sportsmanship. Says junior captain
wrestling team finished the season with sophomore Brian Battaglia, “Their team the Richard Montgomery Rockets in a Joshua Kenes, “Everyone is friends and
a 6-6 record including being 3-2 in the out played us and deserved to win that dominating fashion, winning 70-9. Says gets along with each other.” The team
division, and also placing 13 in the county match. We played our hearts out.” Mugge, “We came through against the looks to build on this for next season.
championship. Although the wrestling team lost Bulldogs. I think that was the best we With more than half of the squad
The wrestling squad fought a good three of their last five games, the two wins played all season.” returning next year, the wrestling team is
match but placing 13 was not what they were well earned. The wrestling squad The Rockets were able to get the hoping to look at this season and improve
had hoped for. “We fought hard and never beat the Walter Johnson Wildcats 42-24. edge over the wrestling team. With his to an even better team next year. Says
gave up,” says junior Nick Mugge, “the Says junior captain Edward Madden, “We first year on varsity, sophomore Edwin Battaglia, “Although we lost a few key
other teams were just better than us and were focused and determined to win this Callendar, “They were tough and one of players, we have picked up some pretty
outplayed us.” match, they played well, we just played the best we face. We put up a good fight, fast learning new kids.”

Snow storms prevent girls


indoor track and field
from state championships
Boys team looks to improve
next year with returning stars
800 meter run in a field of 37.
x by Jonathan Frame The Girls would end the meet
With the Indoor Track and finishing twelfth.
Field season coming to an end, The Montgomery Invi-
the Bengals have seemingly fall- tational took place January 9
en short of their goal to make the and was a completely different
state championships, but their experience for the Bengals. This
season was still successful. meet involved many more teams
February 17 the team par- and made it much harder for the
ticipated in the Maryland Re- Bengals to place.
gionals after being off a week But again there was an-
due to snow. The Bengals shook other great turnout by Olamide
off the cobwebs and the girls and senior captain Beth Hell-
finished ninth while the boys man. Olaimade finished fifteenth
finished twelfth. in the 55 meter dash in a field of
The girls’ 4X200 meter 74. Hellman would place in the
relay placed fifth and gave senior top 70 in the 1600 meter run.
captain Grace Oxley a reason to Oxley would also place fifth in
be happy. “The highlight of the Girls triple jump to show her
year was when the girls 4x200 improvement and motivation
team improved dramatically,” that the team has experienced
says Oxley, which was good to throughout the year.
see in a young team. December 15, the Ben-
Oxley adds, “It was not gals participated in the Around
the best time for us to have a the Town Invitational. Several
week off of school right before players placed during the meet
regionals.” Due to the break the and showed the abilities of the
Bengals didn’t compete at their team. Olimide finished first in
usual level and fell a little short the 55 meter dash while Oxley
of states. finish third in the same event.
January 25, the Bengals Senior Kwabena Asante would
started their determined run for finish third in the Boys 55 where
the state finals by participating junior Samoy Young finished
in the MCPS championships, fifth. To finish off the meet,
the first of the end of the year senior Anthony Donney-Wood
championships. Junior captain would finish first in the Boys
Rohan Raju said, “Everyone shot put.
worked really hard and it showed Even with a successful
in the times they ran.” year there was one thing Oxley
This proved true as junior had to do. “The most important
Simisola Olamide finished fifth goal was to instill enough wis-
in the Girls 55 meter dash. Later dom and love about the sport,”
in the meet, Alistair McLean adds Oxley, “ so when I graduate Practice is an everyday thing for Junior Rachel dilligently works to pefect her shot put skills for
finished thirteenth in the Boys they can keep the sport alive.” Porzel of the Indoor Track and Field team, as she the upcoming season. --photo by Nicolette Dehi

Bengals bring fire to ice, expect to wage war next hockey season
Despite hard finish, team hones skills, gets ready to tear up rink next year
across the board. “The offense showed great riors 9-1 December 18. Despite, the lack of
x by Sean McNamara communication this time around,” says senior wins this season, the Bengals showed a lot of
Despite a brutal finish to a challenging right wing Jordan Klemko. potential for future seasons. “Next year they’re
season, the community ice hockey team looks Walter Johnson made the Bengals hustle trying to get at least 2 [practices] a week, off-
towards next year with enthusiasm. and beat them 14-1 January 22. Blake also ice training and work-outs…they’re trying
The Bengals final game versus the suffered defeat to the hands of the Wootton to get professional trainers to come to some
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons February 1 Patriots, 14-2, January 15 and a loss to the of the practices as well,” says senior goalie
was an intense game and a climactic end to the Damascus Hornets by the same score on the Sophie Van Etten.
season. The boys fell 12-4 to the Barons. Goals January 8. Shots came from Ramamurti (2), For junior center Daniel Bell, two prac-
were scored by freshman forwards Pradip Bell (1) and Stradley (1). Sophomore goalie tices a week is good news. Says Bell, “if we
Ramamurti, James Stradley and defensemen Cross Klemko says, “Wootton is always the can get more interest in the program then we
Michael Bell with 2-1-1 goals respectively. best team [we face], them and Whitman.” will be able to have cuts and develop a stronger
Junior forward Nick Mauprivez says, “This The Bengals also lost 11-1 against the team.” Hopefully the two practices a week will
was a great game for us, each one of those Gaithersburg/Magruder team January 6. The help hone the team’s skills in coming years.
shots was worked for.” combination Trojan/Blazer team kept Blake New players also bring new skill sets to
The second to last game versus Mont- on its feet the whole time. Ramamurti scored the team. Leading scorers for the season were
gomery Blair Blazers proved to be one of the the sole goal with the help of senior forward, freshman Ramamurti with 11 goals and senior
Bengals highest scoring games of the season. Samir Battou. While Blake had trouble stick- forward AJ Mueller with five. Ramamurti has
The Blazers edged the Bengals 5-12. Not a ing with the high-scoring teams, it had no plenty of time to gain experience on the team
single Bengal scored more than once here, problem avoiding shutouts. and hopefully more under classmen will help
showing great teamwork and consistency Blake also lost to the Sherwood War- fuel wins in coming years.
D4 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat
Underclassmen
ballers shoot to
16 win season
Dominating defense
makes them a force
to be reckoned with
x by Max Hedgepeth
Apparently, four eight-minute quarters is not enough
time for the JV boys basketball team to finish a game. In their
third overtime game of the season, the Bengals beat out Ken-
nedy 77-69.
Seeing that the Cavaliers were not going to slow down,
the Bengal’s offense had to keep up. Thankfully, sophomore
Ricardo Mancia scored a team high 15 points to help lead his
team to victory. “It really wasn’t our offense that won us the
game,” says Mancia. “As usual, it was our team defense that
ultimately got us the win.”
This fast-paced, high scoring game, capped a six-game
winning streak, including one point victories over the Rockville
rams and the Northwood Gladiators and a 26 point domination
against Einstein. Says freshman Stefan Sigwalt, “Some of our
games have been ugly, but we’ve been getting the wins, and
that’s all that matters.”
While they were in a few close games that they eked
out at the end, the Bengals also had several blow outs worth
noting. The boys defeated the Wheaton Knights twice; first by
40 and the second time by an equally convincing 33. “Those
games are definitely the most fun,” says sophomore Julian Carr.
“Everyone gets a chance to play, and there’s really no pressure
when it seems like every shot we throw up is going in.”
After playing 18 games, the team only lost two. One of
these games was a tough one at Quince Orchard. Says sopho-
more captain Ryan Deane, “We were definitely disappointed.
But instead of crying about it, we used it as motivation, and
haven’t lost since.” This six game streak is the second long one
of the season, as the Bengals won seven in a row after their
first loss to Springbrook.
Beginning the season as an inexperienced, young group
of guys, the JV boys have exceeded all expectations, finishing
the season with one of the best records in Blake history. “I knew
we had the potential to be good,” says sophomore Avery Ugba,
“but I didn’t think we’d do as well as we have done.”
Aside from the striking winning record, many of the
boys proved to be ready to play at the varsity level next season,
including sophomore Thomas Handy who moved up to varsity
half way through the season. Says Handy, “Playing JV is defi-
nitely what prepared me to play on varsity. I’m looking forward Sophomore Captain Ryan Deane forces his way past a The win was the Bengals fourth straight and was a testament
to playing with the same guys next year at the next level.” Seneca Valley defender on the Bengal’s way to a 57-46 win. to their strength and stamina. -- photo by Beth Callahan

Lady Bengals produce eleven game win streak, carry on tradition


Girls conquer opponents through superior shooting game, teamwork
x by Stephen Kae the Seneca Valley screaming eagles 53-15 Blake Field House proud with home wins this season after losing three of their first
Following an 11-game winning and team chemistry was a big factor in the against the Wheaton lady knights and six games.
streak, the JV lady Bengals ended the sea- lady’s success “[We used] positive energy the Rockville lady rams, 56-9 and 52-29. Back in January the lady Bengals had
son in stellar form beating every team dur- at practices and games, and discipline to Holding opponents to below 30 points was only lost to the Damascus lady Hornets,
ing the streak by an average of 31 points. be successful,” adds freshman forward a trend in the Bengal’s wins this season. but still put up a tough fight, losing 34- 49.
February 17 against the Kennedy lady Megan Gagern. Defense was the girl’s strong suit. Sterling adds, “We have all improved dras-
cavaliers, the lady Bengals dominated, win- The girls visited the Northwood lady A 75-21 thrashing of the Einstein tically [since then]; the coaching at Blake
ning 59-22. The Lady Bengals started slow gladiators February 1 where they started lady titans marked the midway point in is amazing.”
but dominated all throughout the rest of the off the month with a bang, winning 54-25. their highest offensive output of the season. The future of girls’ basketball at
game. “We started off slow, but stepped “Our passing has improved drastically,” The girls took over right after the tip off Blake is looking bright. “The underclass-
up our game during the second half,” says adds Sterling, “Our biggest challenge was cruising to a victory with multiple girls men this year are very good and we will
freshman guard Sarah Sterling. staying focused.” scoring in double digits. The win was also a get better through our years here,” says
The lady Bengals were able to crush Prior to Northwood, the girls made testament to how much they have improved Sterling.

Young wrestlers put in effort, make use of newly honed abilities


JV boys look poised for varsity futures during winning snowy season
their weight class. Sophomore Kiery Hall placed second 6-2. Says Tatnall, “It was a really great experience
by Sammi Levitt
in his class, while freshmen Marc-Stephen Meredith, and I think it really improved my skills, going back to
x & Savannah Tryens Danny Gonzalez, and Cory Covington, Sophomores JV, I was very confident.” Tatnall finished the season
After impressive performances at their last few Tala Drammah and Dashawn Hall, and Juniors Evan on JV.
matches, many JV wrestlers look poised to make the Lipshultz, and Deshawn Smith all placed third. Starting off the season as an inexperienced team, a
jump to varsity next season. This year the Bengals finished 13-3 in their regu- lot of practice and hard work led to their winning record.
“I am very proud of the efforts of the JV team.” lar season matches, suffering from tough loses against The team practiced every week day for two hours, with
Says JV coach Jeter, “They have done a great job this Sherwood and Northwest high schools. Sophomore some Saturday practices thrown in. “They say practice
year learning the sport.” Besides just learning the sport and team leader Hall is content with this season. Hall makes perfect.” Says junior Evan Lipshultz, “we’re not
the wrestlers have been quite successful competitors. In adds, “I was more than proud because whether we quite perfect but were a strong team.”
their last four matches against Churchill, Richard Mont- won or lost we did it with class and everyone gave it Due to the snow, many tournaments were can-
gomery, Walter Johnson and Whitman high schools, JV 100%.” celled. “It is extremely disappointing for us because I
came out victorious. By his performance this season, the undefeated believe that we were going to do very well,” says coach
In January, JV competed in the Delmarva Classic sophomore Tatnall proved that he can compete at Jeter. After having a great season, the team will lose
Tournament where many Blake wrestlers placed. Soph- the varsity level. Tatnall wrestled varsity against the many great players due to moving up to varsity but they
omores Nick Tatnall and Matt Lipshultz placed first in Richard Montgomery Rockets, beating his opponent look to reload next year with the incoming freshmen.
The Blake Beat February 26, 2010 D5
Determination,
domination leads
to record totals
Weithman bounces
back from torn ACL to
carry team to victories
x by Joey Samowitz
Freshmen usually need two years on the JV level
to be ready to make the leap to varsity, but once in a
while a star comes around and wows the coaches.
Three years ago that freshman was senior Chris-
tine Weithman, who had the skill to make up for her lack
of size and experience and impressed varsity coach Patti
Gilmore enough to earn a spot on the varsity squad.
Weithman immediately impacted the varsity
team. She became a starter towards the end of her
freshman year, outplaying the seasoned seniors. Says
alumnus and former Blake basketball player Nicole
Simon, “When I first saw Christine at try-outs, I never
would have guessed that she was a freshman; Her abil-
ity clearly outshined a lot of the athletes that come out
of Montgomery County.”
With a shooting stroke forged through years of
practice, Weithman continues to prove to be a scoring
machine, 24 per game. She is deadly from behind the
arc averaging about three three-pointers per game.
“Scoring threes is definitely my favorite part of the
game. I feel like it shows my strength because I spend
a lot of time in the gym working on the shot,” says
Weithman.
This season she has broken both the school scor-
ing record for a single game and a career. The most
staggering of the two being the career scoring record as
Weithman missed nearly all of her junior season after
tearing her ACL. “When I made varsity as a freshmen
I made it my goal to get over 1,000 points, I was afraid
when I tore my ACL that I wasn’t going to be able to
make it so it meant a lot to come back and do it,” adds
Weithman.
Weithman has shown time and again that she
has the ability to take over games. “She makes crucial
pressure shots along with shots that help open up a huge
lead,” says Gilmore. A testament to this was a double
double Weithman grabbed against the Wheaton Lady
Knights, as she went for 24 points and 11 boards. On
top of that, she passed for seven assists on the night.
At 5’8” she provides a matchup problem for
many shorter guards and her shooting stroke makes her
nearly impossible to stop. When defenders foul her, she
makes them pay from the line. Weithman shoots about
83 percent from the charity stripe.
Weithman started the season with a bang, break-
ing the school single game scoring record with 38
points. Weithman shot five threes on the day leading
the Bengals to a 70-47 victory. Adds coach Gilmore,
“[Christine’s] work ethic and many offensive weapons
seperate her from the other players.”
Weithman’s play on the court has also earned
her a spot on the Washington post’s All Met first team
Senior Christine Weithman, a four-year varsity Quince Orchard (top right), full of high speed fast watch. She has caught many college coaches’ eyes
starter, shows her composure at the free throw line breaks (bottom) and team work. --top left photo by and is currently being recruited by Bryant and UNC
(top left); Weithman celebrates a great game against Tommy Irish, other photos by Kara Korab Greensboro, to name a few.

NBA All-Star Weekend offers entertainment to basketball nation


The rising stars of the
Shannon Brown, the Charlotte Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace,
xby Max Hedgepeth and reigning champ from the New York Knicks, Nate
Assembling all of the best players in the NBA into Robinson. Although the contest started slow, Derozan
one enormous venue, for an entire weekend, can only serve
one purpose: a tremendously entertaining time. This year’s
association take flight finished off the first round with a stunning alley oop jam
to earn a perfect 50, and sling shot him into the final round
NBA All-Star Weekend was no exception.
The long weekend began February 12 as the rookies in tough competitions against Robinson.
At 5’9”, Robinson put on a show in the final
took on the second year players in the exciting display of round, including a spectacular reverse dunk. After the fans
young talent known as the Rookie Challenge. While the basketball skills. voted, it was confirmed that Robinson had successfully
rookies couldn’t find a way to contain the Oklahoma City In the skills competition, two-time MVP Steve become the first ever three-time Slam Dunk champion.
Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, who dropped an impres- Nash from the Phoenix Suns took the trophy in victory, The 2010 NBA All-Star game definitely high-
sive 40 points, they were able to overcome their lack of speeding through the course without error. The Utah Jazz’ lighted the weekend. A game played in front of a record
experience and pull off the shocking upset, beating the Deron Williams’ remarkable time of 37.6 seconds in the 108,713 fans at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, loaded with
sophomores 140-128. final round was shattered as Nash captured his second skills the game’s biggest superstars did not disappoint. Led by
Before the dunk contest, which has become one challenge victory (2005) with a time of 29.9 seconds. the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James’ jaw dropping
of the main events of All-Star Weekend, the traditional The much anticipated Slam Dunk contest con- dunks and All-Star game MVP Dwayne Wade of the Miami
three-point contest and skills competition in which play- sisted of four players: Toronto Raptors’ Demar Derozan, Heat’s 28 points, the East eked out a 141-139 victory to
ers are challenged to complete a course testing various the first ever “dunk in” winner, the Los Angeles Lakers’ close out the long, entertaining weekend.

Robinson had successfully become the first ever three-time Slam Dunk champion
D6 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

New staff gives Redskins fans hope for playoff future


past just like Bruce Allen. Shanahan has won offensive lineman. The best offensive lineman
x by Josh Paunil three super bowls (two as a Head Coach and available is Russell Okung out of Oklahoma
After a dismal 4-12 record and back- one as an offensive coordinator), has a 60% State who is 6’8, 300 pounds and would be a
Almost every to-back years of missing the playoffs, Daniel
Synder decided to clean house and hire a brand
winning percentage in the regular season, and a
62% winning percentage in the post-season.
great pass blocker at left tackle to protect Jason
Campbell.
playoff team is a new coaching staff in hopes of contending for
playoffs in the seasons to come.
Another benefit from hiring Coach
Shanahan is having his son, Kyle as team Of-
Almost every successful NFL team is a
great example of why the Redskins should draft
great example of Washington has already made the first
few steps towards success by hiring General
fensive Coordinator. Kyle Shanahan led the
Houston Texans to a top four ranking in total
Okung. The two Super Bowl participants both
have Pro-Bowl caliber linemen. More so,The
why the Redskins Manager Bruce Allen, Head Coach Mike Sha-
nahan, Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan,
offense (3rd in 2008 and 4th in 2009) both of his
seasons in Houston. The Redskins also brought
Colts have given up the least amount of sacks
in the NFL and the Saints have given up the
should draft and Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett. Bruce
Allen was a great pick-up for Washington who
in Jim Haslett, long-time Saints Head Coach,
to be the Defensive Coordinator.
third least sacks.
Despite the Redskins’ record Mike
Okung. is experienced and has a history of winning.
He led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl
Due to the Redskins 4-12 record this
past year, they have a great opportunity to
Shanahan is taking over a team with a lot of
talent (including two pro-bowlers). Look for
appearance and has won the George Young pick up a very good player with the number Washington to finish around .500 next year due
Executive of the Year award. four overall pick in the draft. Even though to their new coaching staff, talented roster, and
Head Coach Mike Shanahan was also a the popular pick would be Sam Bradford, the the development of Jason Campbell and the
great catch for the Redskins; he has a successful Redskins should draft what they really need: an young Wide Receiving core.

McGwire gains support after telling truth, loses chance at Hall of Fame
would be able to hit the home runs without them. “Juiced,” and calling Canseco a liar once again. Canseco does
x by Jonathan Frame With McGwire’s admittance to using PEDs comes say that he is still a fan of McGwire and says that he probably
For a while, Jose Canseco had finally shut up, con- the realization that now six out of the top 15 on the all-time would have broken the record without the use of PEDs.
gressional meetings were unheard of, and baseball was homerun list have used drugs, continuing to hurt the integrity There has been one positive outcome of McGwire’s
just baseball—but now Mark McGwire has reawakened a of baseball. And McGwire, who was battling for a spot in the coming clean: he has regained respect from his fellow ath-
dormant storm. Baseball Hall of Fame, might have just taken his name off of letes from various leagues. Though McGwire might have
Monday January 11, 2010: former All-Star Mark McG- everyone’s voting ballot forever. hurt his chances of making the Hall of Fame and hurt his
wire released a statement to the Associated Press admitting As soon as McGwire admitted to his usage of PEDs, image some, at least he had the decency to tell the truth.
to the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) during America’s favorite snitch, Jose Canseco, appeared once Both Cardinals Slugger Albert Pujols and ex-Colt Marvin
the 1998 season, the year he broke the home run record. His again. The day after McGwire’s statement, Canseco came Harrison have come out saying that they respect McGwire’s
congressional meeting had gone on for a long period of time out saying that McGwire was not completely forthcoming. truthfulness.
and many believed that McGwire was drug free, but now he Canseco said that between 1986 and 1992 McGwire and he McGwire is currently the hitting coach of his old team,
has admitted otherwise. injected each other with steroids in the Oakland Athletics the St. Louis Cardinals, and looks like he is going to hold
McGwire said that he had used small doses of steroids clubhouse bathroom stalls. down this position. He will live on to be a role model to people
on and off over several seasons in order to improve his health, When this alleged activity took place, the two were across the nation and will always regret his usage of steroids.
not to get the upper hand. In fact, McGwire said that the teammates in Oakland. Of course McGwire refuted the state- McGwire says, “I wish I had never touched steroids. It was
steroids made no difference on his performance and that he ments and said that Canseco was saying this to sell his book, foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize.”

[McGwire] will live on to be a role model to people across the nation...

Wizards ship off familiar


faces in attempt to regain
former glory, playoff birth
Jamison, Butler, Haywood,
make their way out of DC for
greener pastures, big changes
x by Samir Battou
January 6, 2010 the Washington Wizards franchise as we knew it
had changed forever. But things had been taking a turn for the worse long
before then. It was two years ago when the Wizards took the Cleveland
Cavaliers to game seven of the second round of the eastern conference
playoffs. Unfortunately the Wizards lost, but hopes were high for the high
soaring fast paced Wizards led by “The Big Three” of Gilbert Arenas,
Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison. But the obvious leader of the Wizards
was Gilbert Arenas.
Gilbert Arenas was averaging 28.4 points per game, which was sec-
ond in the league in scoring. Things were looking good for the Wizards
franchise, which for the first time in 10 years went to the playoffs in back
to back years. Later that season Arenas tore his MCL against the Charlotte
Bobcats, and his best season yet was suddenly over.
Arenas struggled in returning back to the form he was prior to his
injury only averaging 13.4 points in the 13 games he played. Arenas agreed
to sit out the 2008-2009 season in hopes of returning in the best shape of
his career for the 2009-2010 season. When training camp resumed in July
Arenas looked as if he fulfilled his promises adding 15 pounds of muscle.
It looked as if Arenas was ready to return to stardom.
Arenas began the Season averaging 22.2 points per game and the
Wizards started off winning six of their first 10 games. But December 24
an unprecedented event occurred. Arenas was found with four unloaded
handguns stored in a container in his locker inside of the Verizon center.
This was a strict violation of his contract and Coach Flip Saunders im-
mediately suspended Arenas. Arenas’ explanation of having four unloaded
guns was to hide them from his four year old daughter.
January 6 NBA commissioner David Stern was forced to react and
suspended Arenas indefinitely for the rest of the season without pay. The
Wizards of the past were forever changed. During the all-star break the
Wizards attempted to clean house by trading Caron Butler, DeShawn Ste-
venson, and Brendan Haywood. In return they received four players: Josh
Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quentin Ross. In completing
this trade the Wizards hope to save money and potentially go after a high
Graphic by Emily Stevens
priced free agent during the offseason.
The Blake Beat February 26, 2010 D7
Poms get jiggy with it
in route to perfection,
county championship
Solid routine, great team,
chemistry, helps Bengals
continue undefeated record
keeps us motivated,” says senior
x by Sean McNamara pom Laura Treacy.
Most sports require great While ability and hard work
amounts of ability, determination are a large part of the Bengal’s
and perseverance to succeed, and success, they would not have been
while many teams here put in a lot able to work through their difficult
of work during their season, few choreography without great team
strive as hard to win as the poms. chemistry. Adds Treacy, “This
During the second half of year is one of, if not the closest
their season, the poms were sched- team, Blake has had in a while.
uled to compete in three competi- We all have each others backs
tions, but a blizzard disrupted the and we all want this more than
events and the poms workouts. anything.”
“It’s difficult to have an extended Faced with a perfect record
season due to the snow since from last year, the poms are work-
we’ve been working so hard for ing hard to keep that streak going.
the past six months,” says senior Senior captain Alexa Norberg
pom Zoe Ligon, “but we’re all still says, “We have a lot to live up
really motivated to win the title of to … but this year team is just as
county champions again.” strong, if not stronger than last
Their first competition was year. We have all the assets to win,
at Northwest high school on Janu- we just have to stay motivated.”
ary 16. Despite a few challeng- The Bengal’s final competi-
ers, the Bengals had no problem tion is the MCPS championship
outscoring and outperforming at Richard Montgomery high
their competition. “I think all of school. There the poms hope to
us agreed it was a magical perfor- defend their title as county cham-
mance,” adds Ligon. “After we pions. Adds Treacy, “we’ve been
performed, we started jumping working all year for these last six
and screaming because everyone minutes and we are ready to show
felt so confident about how we everyone what we’ve got!”
danced.” The Green and Gold com-
Some of the poms toughest petition, which the Bengals were
competition for gold came from scheduled to compete in on Feb-
Sherwood and Magruder, teams ruary 6, was canceled due to the
that have been known to give the snow, but you can catch the poms
Bengals trouble in the past. “All final competition of the year at
the other teams are working just Richard Montgomery high school The poms end their routine with a bang before Invitational January 16. They hope to win again
as hard right now and that’s what tomorrow at 4:30 pm. winning first place at the Northwest Pom at counties tomorrow.--photos by Kara Korab

Jayhawks fly to become favorites, with the Wildcats, Orange closing in


With upsets brewing, tournament shaping up to be one to remember
all-American candidates, Sher- 65 points. less, Cousins averages only ten quality wins against Wisconsin,
x by Josh Paunil ron Collins and Cole Aldrich, Kentucky is also a team points a game and Wall, only Illinois, and Purdue. Ohio State
With nearly two weeks left providing the team with plenty that could make a deep run in three assists. also has the hottest player in the
until selection Sunday, college of experience. Kansas also plays March Madness. The Wildcats Another final four con- country, forward Evan Turner
basketball is heating up and a great defense and has a brilliant have two star players in fresh- tender is the Purdue Boilermak- , who averages 19 points per
host of upsets are occurring all coach in Bill Self. men sensations John Wall and ers. The Boilermakers can score game, nearly ten rebounds, and
over the season, ensuring that Syracuse has emerged as DeMarcus Cousins. The Wild- inside and out and play great six assists.
the NCAA tournament will be a a major threat to the Jayhawks’ cats’ speed allows them to score defense. With big wins against All in all, this year’s NCAA
great one this year. championship hopes and has all a lot of points off turnovers. The Tennessee, West Virginia, and tournament has the potential to
The Kansas Jayhawks are the makings of a championship key to the Wildcats’ success will Michigan State, Purdue has be the best there has been in a
the favorite to win the National team: a veteran coach, star play- be Cousins’ scoring and Wall’s shown what they can do when long time. With no overwhelm-
Championship right now but ers, good defense, and big wins. assists. In games that Kentucky they are rolling on all cylinders. ing favorite, and many teams
three teams (Syracuse, Kentucky, However, one area the Orange wins by six or more, Cousins A sleeper team to look out with the talent to make deep runs
and Purdue) will make it difficult falls short in is its offense. In the scores 18 points per game and for come tournament time is the in the tournament, be prepared to
for the Jayhawks to do so. Kansas games that Syracuse has played Wall has seven assists. However, Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite the be shocked and awed by all the
is a very balanced team with two in, they failed to score more than in games they win by five or Buckeyes’ six losses, they have upsets this March.

Girl ices competition with goalie skills, freezes opponent offense


Cool composure helps senior Van Etten break gender barrier in rink
position.” doesn’t come from the fact that Van Etten is a girl, it
x by Nikki Cali & Jeff Brumfield Even with her preseason preparation, Van Etten is all simply about playing time. Says Klemko, “We
Usually when you see girls out on the ice, they still needed some help and special attention from the all just treat her as another teammate: it doesn’t mat-
are performing graceful figure skating routines. But coaches to develop into a proficient goalie. “In the ter the gender.”
for senior goalie Sophie Van Etten, her time on the ice beginning they worked with me a lot because I really Although there have been girls on the ice hockey
is spent acting as the last line of defense for the Blake needed it,” says Van Etten. “But now that I’m better, team in the past, there has never been a female goalie.
Community Ice Hockey team. they treat me the same [as my teammates].” But Van Etten has definitely managed to maintain her
An avid fan of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, Over the course of the season, Van Etten has confidence and hold her own with the boys. “Sophie
Van Etten had always admired the game of hockey but shared ample amounts of playing time with fellow is definitely not intimidated by the boys,” says coach
had never actually played it until this year. “My first time goalie, sophomore Cross Klemko. “I think it’s good for Pazulski. “She is a stand up goalie [that] will stand up
on the ice with all my goalie gear was the first practice,” us to share time because it makes us both play harder,” to any of the best shooters in the league.”
says Van Etten. “I fell a lot.” But her determination out- says Klemko. Van Etten admits she relishes every opportunity
weighed her inexperience and she became one of two The friendly competition for the same posi- she gets to prove herself to her male teammates and
goalies on this year’s community ice hockey team. tion is also a driving force to improve their skills. “I competitors. “The best part of playing goalie is seeing
Van Etten’s resolve certainly did not go unnoticed. wouldn’t be able to get benched [if Van Etten wasn’t the look on a player’s face when I block their break-
Says Coach, Ted Pazulski, “She worked very hard in on the team],” adds Klemko. “I have to play well away shot,” says Van Etten. “They’re always pretty
the off season in order to learn the basics of the goalie to stay in.” The pressure for Klemko to play better shocked.”
D8 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat
Local band to be next alternative sensation; spirit fingers work magic for sophomore, E3

Section E Blake Beat Fine Arts February 26, 2010

Senior unlocks Golden


Key with piano passion,
enchanting melodies grandparents. “We are very ex-
by Isaac Hirsch
cited and deeply proud of him,”
x & Leah Rich says Cordova Chavez’s mother,
Composers traditionally Dr. Rosa Chavez-Eakle. Cordova
start at a young age and senior Chavez’s grandparents will be ac-
Ulises Cordova Chavez is no companying him in Vienna.
exception. He will be playing his Cordova Chavez cites
own original composition at the the composers Ludwig van
Golden Key of Vienna Interna- Beethoven and Gustav Mahler as
tional Music Festival in Austria. his influences, and surprisingly,
He will play July 15, after the 1990s grunge band Nirvana.
submitting his original piece “Smells Like Teen Spirit… makes
“Meteora,” my body ef-
which Cor- fervescent
dova Chavez w ith p as -
considers one
of his most
It’s good to know sion, rage,
a n d j o y, ”
complex
pieces. “I’m
that I’m getting says Cordo-
va Chavez.
in the process
of polishing
somewhere. He also lists
the modern
and finishing Ulises Cordova Chavez band Muse
my final Me- as one of his
teora,” says Cordova Chavez. favorites.
“[The original] was very well Earlier in the year, Cor-
received.” After submitting the dova Chavez participated in the
piece, he won both an Achieve- International Cervantino Bar-
ment Award and an Achievement roco Festival, held in Mexico. He
Diploma. played in concert at the festival
Cordova Chavez started and was paid to do so. “[This is]
studying piano at a young age, but probably the biggest event in my
it was a rocky start. “Although pianistic history to date,” says
I loved to play with the sounds Cordova Chavez. He has also
and discover my way around won the Blake Talent Show and
the keyboard,” says Cordova a “What is Beauty” Reflections
Chavez. “I never studied for my contest.
classes, and I usually transposed Cordova Chavez is thank-
and changed the ending of pieces ful for all the help provided to
I didn’t like.” He studied under him by AP Music Theory teacher
the renowned Mexican composer Brian Damron and Choral teacher
Above, Senior Ulises Cordova Chavez plays debut his own original composition in July at Arturo Márquez. Jonathan Dunn. Says Cordova
a tune on the piano in the school auditorium. the Golden Key of Vienna International Music Cordova Chavez is strongly Chavez, “It’s good to know that
Chavez, who started playing at a young age, will Festival in Austria. -- photos by Aaron Crews supported by his parents and his I’m getting somewhere.”

Award-winning documentary has special screening at Blake February 18


Students have opportunity to meet director, learn from different cultures
by Analise Altobelli the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra who she felt compelled to share her experiences. Kenya, it seems like as long as they have
x & Emily Stevens traveled to Africa to teach and learn from She says, “My goal is to inspire the students their friendships and their music, they are
Music and TV Production students Kenyan students. Although the Kenyans are to become interested in their global neigh- happy.”
had the privilege to view a screening of a not formally trained in music, music is a big bors and in the idea of learning outside of Mr. D’Anna thought a showing of the
documentary, The Music Lesson, and talk part of their lives; they know music passed the classroom.” She hopes that her film will film was a chance for students to learn an
to the director, Virginia Galloway, Febru- on through tradition in their tribe. have a positive impact on the attitudes of important lesson about music. “It’s not just
ary 18. Mrs. Galloway was inspired to cre- American youth. [about] reading and learning techniques…
This event was set up by Principal ate this documentary because of her former At Blake, many students were moved the spirit and soul must be part of the experi-
Carole Goodman and Theatre teacher experiences in Kenya working with the Paul by the film. “I think it touched on the impor- ence, too,” he says.
Michel D’Anna. “We have not had the re- Chester Children’s Hope Foundation. “I was tance for us to open our worlds to everything Mrs. Galloway has a goal of influenc-
sources to bring in guest artists for a while moved by the children of the community, around us,” says junior Joyce Bartlett. This ing many people’s views on the arts; Blake
so when this opportunity presented itself, I by their singing and dancing, also by their story also taught students about Kenyan is just one of her many steps along the way.
jumped on it,” says Mrs. Goodman. wealth of spirit in the face of such little culture. “Here in America we’re so fortu- “The wisdom that was shared and the les-
The documentary was filmed about a material wealth,” she says. nate…and we’re still not even satisfied,” sons that I learned [in Kenya] will forever
group of ten classically trained students from When Mrs. Galloway returned home, says junior Lucas Frangou. “Whereas in influence my way of being,” she adds.

FasXion show to debut this fall: not end of runway for designers, models
not be holding the spring fashion show, but that will just first time, she is not concerned. “I am going to do my best
x by Merissa Dyer
mean we get to have two, even better shows next year for to come home [in the fall] so I can work the runway and
Flashing lights, fierce designs and top-model walks everybody to participate in and enjoy.” show off the beautiful creations of talented designers.”
– for the past few years, watching students’ original de- Prior to Mellish’s decision, models and assistants Though the decision may disappoint some, the club
signs grace the runway at FasXion (pronounced “Fashion were hard at work practicing three times a week, and is united on its verdict. “We felt we needed more time to
X”), has been a regular staple and one of the most antici- designers were diligently laboring to complete as many live up to the expectations of past shows,” says model and
pated events of the year. outfits as possible. The club was also working on spon- assistant, junior Janjay Davis. “I love FasXion and all the
This spring, however, the FasXion catwalk will sorship, fundraising, designing programs and tickets, in morals I’ve learned from it throughout the years. It was the
cease to exist, as the club reached the decision to push addition to finding intermission acts and music for the best decision we could make to keep our reputation.”
the show back to September. show. Junior and FasXion model Paris Saunders says,
“As a team, we did not feel ready for the March “I was a little upset, but I was okay with it,” adds “Our postponed show is just a minor bump in the road.
show that was steadily approaching,” says FasXion Model Coordinator and senior Nicole Wilson. Although You will see us very soon…our heels will continue to
President and designer, junior Brooke Mellish. “We may she planned to strut down the catwalk this year for the shine.”
E2 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

Sophomore jitterbugs,
swings with spirited
fingers, feels rhythm
Johnson takes lead, embraces
unusual style of hand dancing
while expressing herself
about 16-years-old would go and
x by Leah Rich grab women in their 50s and start
Just the thought of danc- dancing with them,” says John-
ing with a partner with no set son. This gives the dancers an
choreography could make anyone opportunity to talk to each other
uncomfortable, but sophomore in a stress-free environment. She
Devon Johnson commends those was surprised to see boys similar
with the maturity to do the unfa- to her friends, hand dancing.
miliar style of hand dance. Johnson adds, “To me it showed
Hand dancing is a mixture a lot of maturity in them.”
of the jitterbug and swing dancing Hand dancing gives John-
and was originated in Washing- son the chance to compete. She
ton, DC in the 1950s. The partners has been competing in a group
lead with their hands, which are competition called Tri-State
always joined in some way, there- where six girls and boys perform
fore the style name. When the a line dance. Her last perfor-
rhythm and blues music turns on, mance incorporated a Michael
the dancers express their feelings Jackson Mix in honor of his life.
through their un-choreographed Next year, she will compete in a
movement. couple’s competition. “My part-
Johnson started hand danc- ner Justin [and I] are preparing
ing the summer before ninth now, so that should be fun,” says
grade. Her parents had started Johnson.
two years before her and she was Dance has been a big part
inspired once she went to a perfor- of her life. She currently does bal-
mance. “It just looked like a bunch let, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and is on
of adults dancing together,” says the poms squad. Says Johnson,
Johnson, ”But at one of their hand “After I leave for college, hand
dance performances, a group of dancing is the only one I’ll prob-
kids my age performed and that’s ably stick with.” Give her any
really what inspired me.” kind of beat, and she will be on
Sophomores Devon Johnson (left) and Brian of jitterbug and swing dancing in the Blake dance Johnson participates in the dance floor with a partner or
Ogbonna demonstrate hand dancing, a mixture studio. --photo by Tu Truong social dancing. “Guys that were group, doing what she loves.

Streetlight Silhouette: new alternative sensation, next Cobra Starship


Band performs at popular music venues, over 750 fans via MySpace
by Anna Ching working hard as a duo to create the band behind the name, Balog says, “Streetlights Valentine’s Day at the 9:30 Club’s Battle
of their dreams. cast [and] send off distinct silhouettes. of the Bands. The band enjoyed the enthu-
x & Caroline Pledger Once reaching high school, the Placing the two words beside each other siastic crowd. Balog says, “That stage has
Fans all across Maryland are rooting band began to really take shape; adding serves as a story. Lights reveal objects showcased so many artists we love that it
for the newest sensation in Alternative Pop sophomore rhythm guitarist Diego Vallejos and objects along the pathway serve as was our [responsibility] for putting on the
music, and they are nothing like what you and three other members in Montgomery the obstacles that appear in the conquest greatest show we could.”
see on MTV. County. “The personalities of the members for direction.” Though the band has hopes of some-
Rocking Jammin’ Java and the 9:30 all reflect the goals of Streetlight Silhou- The band’s dedication is obvious day being signed to a record deal, for now
Club are two of the latest achievements ette,” adds Balog. “Diego puts forth a when it comes to the fans. With over 750 their primary purpose is to share their
for Blake band Streetlight Silhouette as strong sense of energy and enthusiasm fans to please, Streetlight Silhouette works personal experiences through song and
they work toward spreading the message for the songs, and is never found without hard as a unit to promote their music, us- keep their fans hanging on. One fan will
of their music. his heart enveloped in each line of each ing MySpace as their primary channel to definitely be there; as Rivera adds, “These
What started out as a mutual passion verse.” connect with listeners. Junior Stephanie boys mean the world to me and this is their
for creating music, turned into the band’s Since picking up steam in the last Rivera, a close follower of the band, says, dream. They are truly a family. You will
striking success. From a young age both few months, Streetlight Silhouette has been “Their music is really electronic. They hear great things from them.”
sophomore keyboardist Miguel Pena and performing high-energy shows to get their have some swell lyrics and [you can tell] Come out and support the band
junior drummer Spenser Balog knew that name out in the community. But they have they really want this. They don’t play March 3 while they get the opporunity to
they wanted to pursue music. After forming a message that spans beyond the sounds around when it comes to their music.” perform with popular artists Cash Cash,
a friendship in eighth grade, they began of the instruments alone. On the meaning The band’s most recent show was Shawn Fisher, and Victory By Revenge.

Express
yourself
Buy
Unclassifieds!
70 cents for the first
10 words, 5 cents
for each additional
word. See
Mr. Keegan to buy.
The Blake Beat February 26, 2010 E3

REVIEWS FOR YOU


Mass Effect 2 worthy of praise, your money
x by Tommy Irish the decisions made in the first game missions.
are reflected in Mass Effect 2, opening For those familiar with Mass Ef-
Mass Effect 2 has finally arrived, and closing opportunities throughout fect, Mass Effect 2 will feel very sim-
and has proven that not all sequels fall the game. This same system will apply plified for you. Weapons and armor are
short of the original: The epic trilogy for Mass Effect 3, so the decisions you no longer collected, simply upgraded.
is continued in this new third-person make in the first two games will affect Depending on your class, there will be
shooter with some impressive features. the turnout of the final installment. some new weapon replacements in the
In Mass Effect 2, you take on the The game itself is amazing: with game, but usually weapons are only
role of Commander Shepard, a hero to tons of side missions and many story improved with upgrades.
humanity and aliens alike. Your mission missions, this game will have you play- The game still lacks multiplayer,
is to gather a team of specialists from ing for countless hours. Typically this but its absence does not detract from
across the galaxy and stop a new threat to length would make the game feel dull the game. The single player experience
humanity. Beyond that, the story is in the and repetitive, but each mission is new is unique and plenty of replay value,
hands of the player. Each decision affects and refreshing, and the game-play fea- with each class and decision offering a
the plot, rendering a unique experience tures many different kinds of enemies different play-through; it wouldn’t make
for each player. and scenarios to fight through. Beyond sense to add multiplayer.
Before the game begins, the player the store-bought game, there is a large Overall, this game is worthy of the
is offered the chance to import their
saved profile from Mass Effect. All of
amount of promised downloadable
content, ranging from new vehicles to
60 bucks and has me hyped for the final
installment.
Tommy Irish

Indie band Beach House releases new atmospheric album


Michel provides the always-enthusiastic this album to introduce their trials with the
x by Caroline Pledger
instrumentation of the guitar and other synthesized drum pads. Specifically in the
While most teens are listening to the synthetic sounds. song “Walk in the Park”, the mood shifts
latest hits of Ke$ha on Hot 99.5, a lesser- Teen Dream is the group’s third to a tense, more vigilant overseeing where
known underground pop group called Beach album following a line of records. Their blaring organ riffs sound off to a combus-
House is just starting to gain notice. sound lies mostly within the realm of tion of two interworking melodies.
The latest album Teen Dream hit slow, atmospheric rhythms and haunting In this song and in others, a real fo-
stores just over three weeks ago and fans lyrics, but with Teen Dream the band has cus of chord layering is emphasized. The
have anxiously awaited the release of this ventured into a more upbeat experimental sounds automatically make your small
particular album. Delivering an improved aesthetic. surroundings feel enlarged by an automatic
sound via their new label Sub Pop, the Thrilling songs like the single “Nor- change in acoustics.
band’s mission was to keep to the dreamy way” introduce a new method to the Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed play
chords they are known for, but also throw standard “guy-plays-guitar-girl-sings-hap- offs of previous recordings featured on this
in some new drum tricks. piness-ensues” ideal. The song is perfectly record. It reminds me of the imaginary blan-
Beach House is an indie band com- titled to engulf the airy and lovely, almost ket and cup of hot cocoa I could snuggle up
prised of two members, Christiane and girlish vibe that only a woman’s voice can with while listening to this album. I would
Michel Legrand, a married couple who inspire. definitely recommend listening to this al-
originated from Baltimore, MD. Christiane But Teen Dream isn’t all happy rain- bum. It really makes a listener yearn for the
Caroline Pledger sings comforting and sweet melodies while bows and clouds. Beach Houses utilizes next installment of sweet delight.

Denzel, Kunis give performance of biblical proportions


Book of Eli delivers audience with riveting action
by Isak Shah knapsack. His repeated statement of “nobody as well as the shades that hide his eyes. As
x touches it but me,” creates a thousand ques- usual, he is incredible. Kunis complements
The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic tions about the nameless bundle he guards. his hardness with her innocence and feminin-
thriller reminiscent of Mad Max. It takes Along the way, our mysterious ity and the pervasive notion of her youth. The
place during a nuclear winter, a result of leading man meets a young, plucky fe- understanding between them, both in their
a hole torn in the ozone above the United male: Mila Kunis. Despite his intentions to characters and as actors, creates a beautiful
States. As dust and ash foul the air, gangs of leave her behind in the broken down town synchronicity that combined with the dusty
thieving, violent lowlifes inhabit every inch she lives in, she follows him like a young landscape and hardcore wardrobe, is rivet-
of the land: trust no one, and help no one. puppy and asks countless questions - many ing. Kunis and Washington continually save
Enter Denzel Washington, a “si- of which he answers with countless wise- each other and Washington’s character opens
lent-type” loner who sports sunglasses and a cracks. His fatherly, protective treatment of just slightly with companionship, enough to
blade that makes Rambo’s look like a butter her creates a bond between them and soon make him irresistible to curiosity.
knife. He exudes confidence and purpose, they are traveling partners, sporting match- The entire film will keep you on your
striding down a seemingly endless road and ing sunglasses and boots (his stripped from toes, guessing and flailing at possibilities and
facing all odds fearlessly on his mysterious a rotting corpse). truths that don’t appear its genius camera
journey “West.” Battling bandits and search- Washington dons the enigmatic role angles and directing revealing little and
ing constantly for scarcities like water and like a second skin, becoming the wearer of an disguising much until the very end of all the
Chapstick, the solitary figure always carries a impenetrable mask that hides his purpose just dirt stained action. Isak Shah

White Collar compliments suspense with romance


FBI consultant busts cons, pursues woman of dreams
escaped from jail in the first place, Neal entertained by this crime comedy-drama
x by Josh Paunil wanting to win back Kate’s love before she all season long.
Neal Caffrey has done it all: he left him. However, by the time Neal made My only worry about this show is
has jumped out of a three-story window, his escape deal, it was too late. how long it can remain realistic before
escaped from jail, and even infiltrated Neal has been spending every waking it turns into 24 and completely becomes
corrupt Wall Street brokers. However, he moment in an attempt to track down Kate outlandish. Some scenes are borderline-
has yet to do one thing: track down the and he is becoming closer with each pass- believable in White Collar, but it has
girl he loves. ing day. He has discovered that someone not turned absurd. As long as the writers
In White Collar, the ex-convict Caf- within the FBI is controlling his girlfriend keep everything that happens in the realm
frey teams up with FBI agent Peter Burke, and will let her go if Neal gives him the of possibility this show will continue to
the man who captured him twice, to use Amber Music Box, a mysterious, treasured improve.
his criminal expertise to track down high- item that Neal will have to steal. Tune in March 2 at 10 pm to watch
profile and elusive criminals. In return for White Collar is a funny, captivat- the season finale of the second season of
Caffrey’s services, he doesn’t have to go to ing, and action-packed show I highly White Collar on USA as Neal Caffrey and
jail and he will eventually be free. recommend everyone watch. Between Peter Burke attempt to capture a murderer.
The main storyline in this crime Neal Caffrey doing death-defying stunts Be prepared to laugh, conjecture, and
Josh Paunil comedy-drama is Caffrey trying to find
his girlfriend, Kate. She is the reason Neal
and wondering who has his girlfriend,
you will laugh and guess while being
wonder as you watch this action-packed
crime-comedy.
E4 February 26, 2010 The Blake Beat

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