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Mr. Glen Allen

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One of the many parts of Mr. Glen Allen is the Shabooya Roll Call. Taken from a scene in “The Office,” the boys of Glen Allen rather around to make a clapping beat that they say clever lyrics over. An example of lyrical genius used in the roll call is Abraham Addis’s line, “My name is Abra/ don’t forget the ham/ and in my free time I help beavers build… nice homes.” Credit: Amber Ladhani

Mr. Glen Allen, our school’s classic pageant that we all know and love, was held on Friday, February 8th. Teachers and students alike were excited about the prospect of seeing some of our favorite male Jaguars showing off onstage. This year, the competition was hosted by Emily Kinsey, the winner of Miss Virginia’s Most Outstanding Teen, and Sam Joyner, who was the winner of last year’s pageant. Emily said her favorite part of the competition was “Sam and my ASMR bit because we didn’t practice it whatsoever.” Even at the beginning of the competition, the crowd was amazed by the humor, creativity, and obvious talent all the contestants showcased.

  Junior Jessica Grob, who has attended past shows as well as the show this year, said her favorite act from the past was Soham Apte’s ‘human fountain’ display. Some of the acts this year definitely made the list of best performances of all time, though. She particularly enjoyed Devin Alburger’s act, where he went the creative route and chose to perform a sketch with 2018 Mr. Glen Allen runner up, Keegan Manning. They took on the roles of knife sellers and addressed the audience as viewers of a QVC infomercial. However, it isn’t all about the talent portion for Jessica. Her favorite part, the opening dance, was just as creative and entertaining as it has always been in past years.

Another fun part of the competition is the character portion. This was Devin’s personal favorite part as well. For his costume, he chose to dress as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series. He commented that “going onstage and doing my impression of him was funny because it’s a character that’s way too over the top and just super weird.” Three of the other competitors decided to dress up as their favorite Jaguar teachers. Mason Fristoe portrayed Mr. Baber, Patrick Ertel portrayed Mr. Hoy, and Josh Holtzman portrayed Mr. Dean. The impressions were spot-on, and definitely a highlight of the competition.

This year, the judges included Brookland District Supervisor Dan Schmitt, first-year teacher Mrs. Mattie Stephens, and special education instructor Mrs. Kathleen Bugliaro. When asked what her favorite part of the pageant was, Mrs. Bugliaro commented that it was “The talent portion. I was amazed at what they could do.” It’s no surprise that people remembered this part of the show, as the competition was brimming with talent as usual. One of the crowd favorites was Joshua Sargent’s act. He came out on stage dressed in gym clothes but he showed his skills playing Just Dance 4, flawlessly executing the dance for “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. Another crowd favorite was Colin Richter’s act. A member of the Vocal Jags choir here at Glen Allen and a participant in the drama program, he showcased his talent by singing and playing “Why Georgia” by John Mayer on the guitar.

The judges chose Senior Jahin Gazi as the winner of this year’s competition thanks to his enthusiasm and creativity throughout all parts of the competition. Some of the highlights of his performance include his spirited dancing to open the show, his ukulele and singing skills during the talent portion, and his heartwarming interview. He reigns as Mr. Glen Allen until next year’s competition.

  Junior Jessica Grob, who has attended past shows as well as the show this year, said her favorite act from the past was Soham Apte’s ‘human fountain’ display. Some of the acts this year definitely made the list of best performances of all time, though. She particularly enjoyed Devin Alburger’s act, where he went the creative route and chose to perform a

sketch with 2018 Mr. Glen Allen runner up, Keegan Manning. They took on the roles of knife sellers and addressed the audience as viewers of a QVC infomercial. However, it isn’t all about the talent portion for Jessica. Her favorite part, the opening dance, was just as creative and entertaining as it has always been in past years.

Another fun part of the competition is the character portion. This was Devin’s personal favorite part as well. For his costume, he chose to dress as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series. He commented that “going onstage and doing my impression of him was funny because it’s a character that’s way too over the top and just super weird.” Three of the other competitors decided to dress up as their favorite Jaguar teachers. Mason Fristoe portrayed Mr. Baber, Patrick Ertel portrayed Mr. Hoy, and Josh Holtzman portrayed Mr. Dean. The impressions were spot-on, and definitely a highlight of the competition.

This year, the judges included Brookland District Supervisor Dan Schmitt, first-year teacher Mrs. Mattie Stephens, and special education instructor Mrs. Kathleen Bugliaro. When asked what her favorite part of the pageant was, Mrs. Bugliaro commented that it was “The talent portion. I was amazed at what they could do.” It’s no surprise that people remembered this part of the show, as the competition was brimming with talent as usual. One of the crowd favorites was Joshua Sargent’s act. He came out on stage dressed in gym clothes but he showed his skills playing Just Dance 4, flawlessly executing the dance for “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. Another crowd favorite was Colin Richter’s act. A member of the Vocal Jags choir here at Glen Allen and a participant in the drama program, he showcased his talent by singing and playing “Why Georgia” by John Mayer on the guitar.

The judges chose Senior Jahin Gazi as the winner of this year’s competition thanks to his enthusiasm and creativity throughout all parts of the competition. Some of the highlights of his performance include his spirited dancing to open the show, his ukulele and singing skills during the talent portion, and his heartwarming interview. He reigns as Mr. Glen Allen until next year’s competition.

Holiday Movie Favorites

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The holidays are over, but our love for holiday-themed is not. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone, and Love Actually are all movies that we know and love. Whether these movies were introduced to us through family members, friends, or the Hallmark channel, they have all made their way into the lives and hearts of our generation in one way or another. However, most of us have soft spots for one of these movies over all the rest. Some Glen Allen students commented on their all-time favorite holiday movies.

Senior Mark Titus’s favorite holiday movie is the movie Stepbrothers. Although not widely recognized as holiday film, Mark argues that it should be considered one because “there are TWO Christmases” in it. He also commented that the movie is a “double-Christmas family fun feature film,” which is the reason why he loves it so much.

Anna Van Marcke, junior, feels very passionate about the movie The Polar Express. Her passion for this movie is not limited to just one season, either. The Polar Express is not only her primary holiday film preference, but one of her favorite movies of all time. She justifies this by saying that “Tom Hanks is amazing and I think that it does a good job of conveying a message while also being a kids’ movie.”

Figure 1https://www.thestranger.com/events/35866803/trivia-tuesday-christmas-movies – Some holiday classics.

Sophomore Aubrey Nicely favors Eloise at Christmas Time because it reminds him of when he was younger and that Christmas isn’t “only about presents” but also about “magic and innocence.” He thinks that this is a good lesson for everyone, which brings up the point that certain movies are often our favorites because of the nostalgia we associate with them. On the other hand, some of us love movies for simpler reasons. Take Jordan Goode, a junior, as a prime example. His favorite movie is Elf because “it’s funny.” Similarly, freshman Audrey Bendel’s favorite holiday movie is Home Alone because she never “gets bored watching it.”

The connections we form through films is another factor that plays into our movie preferences. Mrs. Ennis’s favorite holiday movie is Love Actually. This is because she watched the movie for the first time in high school with her one of her friends, and it has become a tradition for them to meet up and watch the movie every year when they are in town for the holidays. She says the movie reminds her of her “best friend and getting together,” which is why she loves it so much.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, watching movies is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. It allows us to spend time with loved ones as well as just relax and take a break from the stress of everyday life. So the next time you have a couple of hours to spare, think about putting on your favorite holiday movie and inviting someone to watch it with you – there is no better way to embrace the season.

“A Star Is Born” Movie Review

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The brand-new movie A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, follows the lives of Jack Maine, a successful musician, and Ally, a waitress and struggling singer. The film focuses on the evolution of these characters through fame and stardom and what happens to their relationship through both good times and bad. The movie conveys themes of love, hardship, family, and perseverance, so audiences anywhere and everywhere can appreciate this film.

Movie poster hanging at the Regal Short Pump Cinema
Taken by: Ella Lefkowitz

Needless to say, the reviews have been strong – the strongest of all four of the movies. The 2018 film was the fourth installment of the same story; the first A Star Is Born was released in 1937, the second in 1954, and the third in 1976. Although famous faces appear in all four movies – Judy Garland played Gaga’s character in 1954, and Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson were counterparts in the 1976 remake. The 2018 remake has garnered the best reviews from the press. The New York Times labelled the film as a “gorgeous heartbreaker” and advises its audiences to bring tissues to the theater. Other reviews echo this sentiment and comment on the tear-jerking aspects of the film, especially the plot twist awaiting viewers at the end. Unsurprisingly, the soundtrack the film has received a multitude of positive reviews as well. Every song in the movie is original, with no repeats from the previous films. The genres of music change from the beginning to the end of the soundtrack as well, representing the evolution of the characters’ personalities. The soundtrack moves from rock and roll to soul to pop, my favorite being the rock at the beginning.

Personally, I loved this movie, and I would rate it 9/10 stars. I thought that Bradley Cooper did a fantastic job directing. The scene that made me the most emotional was the scene during their first performance together, when they sang the song “Shallows.” I was also very emotional at the end of the movie, right after the climax. I thought that Lady Gaga was an unexpected choice for the role, but a very strong choice. Her voice is incredible and she was well-suited for the part. Tori Eriavez, a senior, disagrees with me. She commented, “When Lady Gaga tried to be serious, I didn’t buy it.”

I was shocked by the movie at points. Junior Anna Van Marcke stated, “I thought [the movie] was very good, and different than how it looked in the trailer.” I completely agree with her: the plot of the film veers away significantly from what the trailer portrays. Everyone in the theater seemed stunned and emotional when the lights came back on.

I recommend this movie especially to anyone that loves music. For the people that don’t love music, I still recommend this movie. There are aspects of the film that appeal to everyone, and the film is 100% worth seeing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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