Captain Marvel Movie Review

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By: Abby Perkins

Growing up watching Marvel movies, I always was so drawn into the action and drama of the heroes. There was Captain America, the immensely buff, handsome, and persevering superhuman who was given a serum back in the 1940s to turn him into a ‘Super-Soldier’ (he was then frozen in ice for 70 years, ended up fighting with the Avengers, etc., etc.). There was Iron Man, the genius billionaire with hundred of specialized suits that enable him to blast energy from his palms, fly, shoot missiles, track criminals, and more. These two men are the popular front-runners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting in unison with the not-so-occasional opposition with one another to lead the pop culture icons, the Avengers.

Over the past 11 years, Marvel has put out over 20 action movies telling the connected stories of the original Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man. I have been in love with every movie, every character, and consider myself a Marvel fanatic with the dream of going to Comic-Con one day. However, while I love these movies, I’ve always noticed the small amounts of female superheroes that appear.

In the early movies, the only female Avenger, besides the few Agents of Shield that appeared like Maria Hill, was Black Widow, played by well-known actress Scarlett Johansson. And although recently in films like Black Panther, there have been mass additions of female warrior characters to the universe, there has never been. Now, Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel opened on March 8th, International Women’s Day no less! Captain Marvel is the new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe played by Academy Award winning actress and filmmaker, Brie Larson. The film surrounding her character takes a very different route than most Marvel films, beginning after she’s had her powers and following the powerful warrior as she learns all that she can do. Although there are mixed reviews from critics about this film, it was everything I could have ever hoped for and more. Many of my peers have enjoyed the movie, including my good friend, sophomore Owen Buckenmaier, who said, “It was pretty good! And Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) was in it which I was really looking forward to. The alien costumes were really well made.”

Warning, Minor Spoilers Ahead! Captain Marvel was such an action packed and entertaining film, surprisingly full of humor, aliens, car chases, and an adorable cat turned Flerkin named Goose (you’ve got to see the movie to figure out that one). Other well-known Marvel characters such as Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, and Ronan appear and help (or oppose) Captain Marvel as she navigates being crash landing on Earth, or as she would call it, planet C-53.

Captain Marvel is originally referred to as Vers, living on the Kree, a race of aliens in the galaxy, StarForce or military. On a mission, she is abducted by the race of aliens the Kree is battling, the Skrulls, who are powerful shapeshifters. Vers escapes her captivity easily, punching, kicking, and flipping her way out, but ends up plummeting into a 1990s Blockbuster video store on Earth. From there, she meet Nick Fury, learns secrets about her past and present, and how she can’t really trust anybody.

Without giving away too much, if you saw Avengers: Infinity War last Spring and stayed for the iconic post-credit scene at the end of the movie, you may have seen the pager Nick Fury dropped before he turned to dust. That same pager was given to Nick Fury at the end of Captain Marvel by the hero herself, and let’s just say the post-credit scene for Captain Marvel had a lot to do with that pager.

Captain Marvel acts as a perfect lead into Avengers: Endgame, the part two to last year’s Infinity War. Now little girls can see the incredible Captain Marvel battle among their superhero role models of Thor, Iron-Man, and Spider-Man.

The Captain Marvel Poster depicts the heroine in her iconic blue and red suit. Picture from IMDb.com

Red Cross Club is Now at Glen Allen High

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A typical meeting for Red Cross Club. Meetings are in the morning on every third Friday of each month, around 8:15 am in the lecture hall. Photo credit: Momina Raja

Red Cross Club, a new club at Glen Allen High School, focuses on giving blood, helping victims of disasters, and educating people about emergency preparedness and fire prevention. The current officers for the 2018-2019 school year are: Mia Varghese, Nancy Hoang, Anna Liu, and Momina Raja.

This club has over 20 active members and holds meetings on the third Friday of every month in the lecture hall. Students in the club can earn volunteer hours towards graduation for simply attending the meetings! In November of 2018, Jon Reinmuth, a Henrico County Firefighter, came to speak to the club about fire safety and how to prevent fires in homes. The club learned about the types of fires and how to properly put out  fire. In January of 2019, the club made fire safety posters to inform students about the likelihood of kitchen and bedroom fires. In February of 2019, the club donated supplies such as Vaseline, socks, and coffee supplies to the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, a veteran’s hospital. If you are interested in being part of the club for the 2019-2020 school year, don’t be afraid to reach out via email to hcps-varghesme@henricostudents.org, or check out the club’s website at tinyurl.com/gahsrc.

National Novel Writing Month Competition Draws To A Close

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Stephen King has stated that a first draft of one of his novels takes about three months to write. George R. R. Martin, however, spent six years drafting the most recent volume of his series A Song of Ice and Fire. And J.D. Salinger spent an entire decade writing The Catcher in the Rye, allegedly averaging just twenty words per day.  But since 1999, hundreds of thousands of people across the world have put their skills to the test to pump out 50,000 words in just a month, in a competition called the National Novel Writing Month.

The National Novel Writing Month, colloquially referred to as NaNoWriMo, takes place annually during the month of November. In the first year, it consisted of just twenty-one aspiring writers near the San Francisco Bay area. It has grown exponentially in popularity since then, and in 2017, 306,230 writers participated. Over 34,000 of those people went on to become winners, meaning they successfully drafted at least 50,000 words of a novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th.

As the contest’s population has grown, its platform and visibility have expanded to fit. The official NaNoWriMo website provides goal trackers and personal statistics for authors to follow their novel’s progress, as well as a web of various forums and buddy systems to inspire support and connection.

National Novel Writing Month logo depicting authors’ preferred writing tools. This shield was designed along with the creation of the current NaNoWriMo website in 2003. Taken from nanowrimo.org.

So what happens on November 1st of every year? Every novelist’s story is diverse and different, but the main method of distinguishing a writer’s style is by their self-designation as a “planner” or a “pantser”. You will find planners carefully consulting their pages of notes and chapter outlines, structuring how much they aim to accomplish in that first thousand words. Pantsers, on the other hand, will sit down on Day 1 with nothing but a blank page and an open mind. And while the vast majority of writers embark on the very first words of their mission, a small percentage of competitors choose to write “anything but a brand new novel”, as the official website states, in order to gain access to the pointless yet highly desired “NaNo Rebel” badge. This initial designation is only the beginning of a journey that, contrary to the name, doesn’t confine itself to November alone.

Writing 50,000 words of a fictitious novel in just a month likely still seems like a daunting task only offered to previously accomplished writers. However, the National Novel Writing Month contest offers just one goal, and it is to put 50,000 words on a page. These words are intended to be a first draft. The following months of January and February, nicknamed the “Now What” months, are later allocated for revision and editing, and they tend to be when authors begin to transform their stories from wobbly first drafts to edited, finished manuscripts. In this way, this time is the unsung heart of the NaNoWriMo experience.

“As of November 2018, my manuscript was half-baked and pretty terrible,” a NaNoWriMo participant under the pseudonym of Eliot Carson said about his writing experience. “January and February were when I got to really perfect the writing and themes. It doesn’t end at the start of December.”

The official National Novel Writing Month season is soon drawing to a close, but the official website provides resources and support that inspire participants to keep writing year-round. In the eyes of the NaNo community, there is no failure; there is only trying and doing.

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The Winter Regionals Track Meet was held at Glen Allen High School this February. Pictured above are some of the Glen Allen competitors Tessa Dobrinski, Aaliyah Kinsler, Abby Ringberg, Riley Rudd and Racheal Hager (left to right). Rachael Hager came in first for this 800 meter heat. Photo taken by Layla Rose.

 

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.

Rounding Out February Spirit Events

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Joshua Holtzman

February had a lot of events held that promoted school spirit, such as the winter sport pep rally, which included the Teacher vs. Student basketball game, Mr. Glen Allen, and Silent Night. All of these events were within days of each other, making the beginning of February feel more like a whirlwind of fun events rather than the mundane of school. In this picture, the Sophomore class is showing their school spirit during the Teacher vs. Student basketball game.

Mr. Dean is leading his boys of Mr. Glen Allen to the center of the court during halftime of the basketball game. Him and Mrs. Carpenter are the head sponsors of Mr. Glen Allen and put a lot of time and effort into making the show as organized and entertaining as it can be.

Coach Clement, who teaches AP European History and World History II, refereed the exhibition basketball game, while Mr. Beck announced the game. Seen in this photo, the All-Star basketball team took over the court against the teachers. The All-Star basketball season has been going on for most of January and February as they face other Henrico Schools.

With two whole bleachers sections filled at Silent Night game, it was pretty difficult for Spirit Leader Ethan Weimer to control the crowd when they were supposed to be silent. A lot of non-verbal communication was used during the start of the game, but this poster in the picture was probably the crudest.

There was probably more Seniors that showed up to the Silent Night game compared to the winter sport pep rally shown in this picture. This is a visible representation of what teachers always describe as “seniorist,” which is when seniors become apathetic towards anything related to school. Yet, the lack of numbers was made up for by the energy and comradery of the Senior class.

One of the classic costumes of Silent Night is the Sports Center announcers, which is usually done by 5 of the most spirited guys at Glen Allen. This year seniors Ethan Weimer, Mason Fristoe, Jack Dunlop, Patrick Ertel, and Bruce Richardson took on this challenge. What is not seen in the picture is that for a comedic twist on the costume, they are not wearing underwear.

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 Addiss’ line, “My name is Abra/ don’t forget the ham/ and in my free time I help beavers build… nice homes.”

New Classes Are Coming to Glen Allen High School

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Glen Allen High School, Home of the Jaguars. Picture taken from: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/gahscenter/

AP Computer Science A, Honors Physics I, Journalism, you name it. Glen Allen is finally offering new classes for the 2019-2020 school year. Recently, AP Computer Science had an interest meeting, with a whopping 50 students who showed up. AP Computer Science is a course designed to teach students how to program, design, and code systems through hands-on experience. Mrs. Jordan, an algebra and trigonometry teacher who has a degree in computer science, will be teaching the course. The only prerequisites for the course is a successful completion of Algebra II with a final grade of “B” or higher.

Honors Physics I will also be offered next year, so rising juniors will have an option of taking physics at the honors level without jumping straight to AP Physics I or being stuck with college-prep physics. Additionally, journalism will be offered as a class next year, so students can pursue their interest of writing at an academic level instead of just being in the club. Intro to Journalism is a somewhat new course next year. In this course, students will learn the history of the news industry, learn how to take great photographs and the basics of layout and design, how to conduct interviews and so much more about the news business. These are just some of the skills students will learn and once the course is complete, students will have the option to join the school newspaper staff (The PawPrint) or the yearbook staff (The Predator).

If you’re still not sure what courses you would like to take, there will be a curriculum fair on January 24th with dinner provided. Make sure to notify your counselor with your course selection in February to avoid missing out on some of these fun classes! Freshmen scheduling meetings will be held on January 22nd, sophomore meetings will be held on the 23rd, and juniors will meet on the 24th. Make sure to notify your counselor of the courses you want to take along with your backups! With all these options, the 2019-2020 year seems bright!

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.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Movie Review

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Ralph Breaks the Internet poster image. This was a sequel to the first movie that came out in 2012. Photo taken from Disney Movies.

Momina Raja

It’s been a little over two months since Ralph Breaks the Internet released and it’s still the movie everyone’s talking about. If you didn’t already know, it’s a sequel to the first movie, Wreck It Ralph, which was released almost six years ago that introduced us to the whole world of video game characters. It follows the main characters, Ralph and Vanellope, as they find a Wi-Fi router that transports them to the “Internet” in hopes to fix Vanellope’s game before it gets shut down.

They meet new people along the way like “Shank” and the rest of her group from the game Slaughter Race, Disney princesses that we’ve grown up with, a cute little virtual bot called an “e-boy” that assists them, a social media helper named “Yesss” (voiced by Taraji P. Henson!) and many others.

One thing that many people were excited about for this movie is that actress Gal Gadot would be voicing Shank, an edgy competitive driver who Vanellope forms a close bond with. Gadot is more recently known for having portrayed Wonder Woman in in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, Justice League, and Batman V Superman.

Because Ralph Breaks the Internet was produced by Disney, they were able to incorporate and include not only the famous Disney princesses, but also other pop culture characters and brands like Star Wars, Eeyore from Winnie the Poo, a few Marvel easter eggs if you look closely enough, and even a cameo of the late Marvel comic creator Stan Lee, which was a pleasant surprise.

Viewers were also able to see tons of other brands like EBay, Spotify, Pinterest, and YouTube which was nice because viewers were able to relate to the platforms since these applications are something we on a day to day basis.

The film has made $287 million worldwide and won Best Animated Feature nomination at this year’s Golden Globe awards as well as the Critics’ Choice awards. I would definitely recommend everyone to watch this. No matter how old you are, it is a movie that the entire family can enjoy because of the several references to games, people, and brands that everyone knows about.

There’s a New Superintendent in Town

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Amy Cashwell, new superintendent of HCPS, visits the Glen Allen High School Library. She is excited about working with all HCPS employees and students and working to provide the best education for all.

 

If you haven’t heard already, Henrico County Public Schools has a new superintendent, Dr. Amy Cashwell. Before entering school administration, Dr. Cashwell was a former second and fourth grade teacher in Virginia Beach. She credited her interest towards education to her childhood experience of growing up in a military family. “We moved a lot which means I went to a lot of different schools and sometimes those transitions were challenging. It was nice to know that I had teachers and staff rallied around making me feel safe and welcome” she said. Her “affinity for teaching” ever since she was little was another key factor in why she became a teacher.

Dr. Cashwell went into administration with the help of the experiences she gained from working in the school system. She stated that, “While I was a teacher I was able to take on some different leadership roles.” She served as a department chair, took on lots of committee work, and as she said, she “started getting involved in helping write and shape the curriculum not just for the teachers in the school where I was teaching but for the whole school division that I was working in at the time.”

She began to see the impacts made on the students. She said, “not just the classroom but the whole team of people thinking about what it looks like across the system.” From this she made the decision to obtain a master’s degree in administration, leading to her role of assistant principal and eventually principal, in addition to where she is now.

As of now, Dr. Cashwell hopes to help Henrico County Public Schools “maintain its reputation for excellence.” She hopes that there will be changes made in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Her main goal is that students and their families should feel that there are equal opportunities for them “no matter what their gender, socio-economic status, religion, and race is.” She stated that she would “really like to see that be one of the major steps that we take forward as a school division during my time here.”

Apart from school related activities, Dr. Cashwell enjoys gardening with her daughters whenever she finds free time in her packed schedule. When asked if she could travel anywhere in the world, she replied with “some place in Asia” so that she could take an actual look at the history of the world “which you can’t really get from here.” The interview concluded with a piece of advice from her to our graduating seniors. She advised them to “Think about your growth and development as a person, and not just academically. Many times seniors are thinking about what they have to do to meet the course requirements required but they often miss the opportunities to grow as a person and become life ready.” Glen Allen Jaguars are excited to have such a great role model and want her to know that she’s welcome to visit anytime!

 

Climate Change Sparking Controversy Among Students

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Climate change is a contentious topic in today’s tense political atmosphere. However, nearly 30% of Glen Allen High School students polled informally say they are unfamiliar with the issue.

Talk of climate change first began in the 1800s, when French scientist Joseph Fourier theorized that the earth’s atmosphere could trap carbon dioxide, potentially creating negative effects for the environment. Over the years, this theory has gained more traction as we have begun to notice more pronounced man-made consequences on our natural habitat such as longer and more destructive wildfire seasons and rising sea levels. Today, climate change is recognized as a shift in natural climate patterns due to an increase of fossil fuel-created carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a statement estimating there to be approximately 20 years to save the Earth from global warming’s permanent consequences. These long-term penalties include the communities and habitats devastated by rapidly-rising sea levels and atmosphere temperatures, as well as a drastic loss of genetic diversity among living beings all around the world. We have seen these changes especially in this year’s abnormal weather patterns, including an increase of tropical storms in the Western Hemisphere and the third significant Saharan snowfall in 40 years.

Graph of global temperature recorded from 1880 to present day. Image taken from Phys.org.

The IPCC’s warning, just one in the midst of many others, has sent many people into a frenzy, and the issue’s relevance has seen a dramatic boost in recent years. “I think that it’s one of the world’s largest problems, and I think that it’s too late to stop it, but we have time to reduce the effects greatly,” Freshman Alex Van Marcke said.

So how can we help? It is important to acknowledge that an estimated 90% of contributors to carbon dioxide emissions are large corporations, and that the only way we as a society will be able to stop climate change is by these major companies reducing usage of harmful resources.

If you want to make a difference in your own life, experts from NASA recommend taking small steps like using more public transportation, using compact fluorescent light bulbs in favor of incandescent light bulbs, and turning off lights or electronics when you are not using them. According to a survey taken of Glen Allen students’ opinions on climate issues, 6.5% of students polled are already fighting climate change with actions like these, and 45% of students are currently considering it. A single person’s actions won’t be able to make a significant change, but the effects of climate change can be lessened if enough people stand out.

Mr. Tolbert Expands Photography Club’s Boundaries

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Junior Aliza Schwarz’s photo of a rose.

Jakob Larsen

The Glen Allen photography club has been around for a while, but the recent change in focus to the Film and Photography club has broadened the club’s focus as well as connected it with other clubs in the school. Mr. Tolbert, the new sponsor of photography club as well as the sponsor of the Rosette literary magazine for the past two years, explained his goal was to “streamline the process for students to generate art and have it exhibited in the literary magazine.” In the past, Mr. Tolbert said “obtaining art work, especially photography, has been challenging.” However, the connection between photography club and the literary magazine helps Jaguar photographers have their work displayed to the public. He also expanded the reach of the club to include not just photography, but films as well. The goal of this change was to “allow students to engage in conversation about film,” Mr. Tolbert said.

Along with photography, some of the club’s meetings are to watch and discuss a particular movie. The club usually meets once a month in Mr. Tolbert’s room, where they often watch and discuss films. Members of the club especially enjoyed watching Rear Window directed by Alfred Hitchcock, as well as many others.

Finally, Mr. Tolbert has some advice for photographers. He says the best way to improve your photography skills is to “look toward other artists as mentors.” With time, he says, “you will cease to emulate and eventually find your own artistic voice.”

Staff

Adviser: Melissa McLamb
Co-Editors: Elaina Coviello & Maggie Nuckols
Section Editors: Lauren Baugham & Morgan Deckert
Photography & Graphic Design: Bailey Steele
Social Networks: Jamison Crenshaw & Claire Bernard
HoGA: Emily Bickford & Oscar Gamez
Interactives/Monthly Flyer: Ashleigh Russo & Kelly Riggan
Writers: Kaylee Bagley, Cassie Coughlan, Paxton O'Brien, Sara Beth Stansberry, Brian Fadool, & Joshua Holtzman