The Ariana Grande Tour Experience

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By: Abby Perkins

Ariana Grande has been one of the most influential stars of our generation. She’s performed on Broadway, appeared on Nickelodeon, produced five extremely successful studio albums, and starred in a live television musical, all the while wearing long hair extensions in a high ponytail, her trademark look. When she released her tour dates for her Sweetener/thank u, next concerts, my friends and I jumped at the opportunity to convince our parents to let us go. There were a few hiccups with how to get to DC and it being on a Monday, but after a few weeks of saving money and figuring out transportation, we had our tickets for March 25th!

Ariana’s tour came with not one, but two opening acts. Around 8 pm, Social House, an up-and-coming pop duo, performed fifteen minute, entertaining set. The audience clapped along, hundreds of people still getting into their seats from the crowded merchandise line.

The second opening act was Normani, pop star and former member of Fifth Harmony. She performed for about 30 minutes, singing some originals, a few Rihanna songs, and Fifth Harmony throwbacks. In one of covers, “Diamonds” by Rihanna, she told the thousands in the audience to turn on their phone flashlights, creating a beautiful light show that made the dark stadium look like a crystal ball. Normani finished her set by bring forward her 6 dancers and all-girl band for individual bows, then danced her way off stage.

After about 30 minutes of anticipatedly waiting after the Normani set, Grande’s first interlude played through the speakers. Grande started with the opening number of her Sweetener album, “Raindrops”, then brought up the heat with “God is a Woman” and a few other hyped-up songs like “Bad Idea” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” from her thank you, next album.

Here is the stage prior to the concert, people stilling rushing into their seats before Social House’s set begins. (Photo Credits Abby Perkins)

Throughout the concert, my friends and I sang, well more like screamed, along to all her songs, old and new, watching Grande and her dancers give it all they got on stage. The stage would change a different color spectrum during every song, connecting with the story of the song and making the concert all the more entertaining. With more than four costume changes and over 30 songs, Grande gave me one of the best experiences of my life.

One of my friends who went with me, sophomore Emma Mulholland, said that the performance of Dangerous Woman from Grande’s album of the same name was her favorite. She said, “It is one of my favorite Ariana Grande songs and seeing it live was really cool.” I think the vast majority of Grande’s fans were satisfied with the concert, as all the fan favorites were played with full energy. MulHolland said that the concert lived up to her high expectations.

The concert in Washington D.C. was only one of many concerts around the globe for Grande. Thousands of fans like me will all get to see this exciting and inspiring tour. If you have the opportunity to go see the Sweetener/thank u, next tour, jump on it. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Preview for Sweeney Todd

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By: Isabella Jenkins

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is the new spring musical coming to Glen Allen High school. The actors have been practicing really hard, and very often, to make this one of the best musicals yet and like every other Glen Allen musical, it’s going to be great. The musical will be presented April 25th-27th from 7:30 p.m. and typically lasts about 2 ½ hours. The tickets are $8 at all lunches and $10 at the door.

The musical is about a man named Sweeney Todd, played by Owen Rice, who is looking for revenge after he was sent away to prison for 15 years. Sweeney Todd joins forces with Mrs. Lovett who owns a meat pie shop on Fleet Street. They unexpectedly create a bond and Sweeney Todd promises to take revenge on the evil judge who sent him away all those years ago. The tale takes many twists and turns until the satisfying conclusion.

The Deadline for AP Research Tasks is Approaching Faster than You Think

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The QUEST Model is crucial to the Capstone courses. The written papers and oral presentations are based off this model. Picture taken from: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-capstone/how-ap-capstone-works

The AP Capstone Program consists of two courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, taught by Mr. Towslee and Mr. Zelenak, respectively. For AP Research, students must submit their performance tasks (a written paper and oral presentation) by April 30th. This year, students are doing projects ranging from topics on how exposure to nature affects teens’ to social media’s effects on perceived body image of teenagers.

Seniors Jordanne Rolan and Claire Pokrywka have gotten to a good place with their research, with only two weeks left until their final paper is due. Claire’s research focuses on Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the effect that a physician’s diagnosis of PCOS has on patients over the age of 13. “I feel nervous but excited for my project,” says Claire. “I was initially planning to interview gynecologists, then physicians, but finally I found someone who goes to Glen Allen High School who is willing to do talk to me about PCOS. I feel pretty good about where I’m at.”

Jordanne’s research, on the other hand, focuses on how the income disparity of parents of students at wealthier schools versus poorer schools in Henrico County affect the perception of their views of fast food chain availability in relation to how often it is consumed and their physical health. She plans to find the economic statistics of various schools in the county, and then send out questionnaires assessing physical health to students of these schools. “I still haven’t sent out the questionnaires, so I’m a bit stressed,” says Jordanne. “I hope to get the data quickly so I can present within the next week. I’m excited to see the results.”

Right now, there are thirteen students enrolled in the two-year program, and the seniors graduating this year will be the first students who have completed both years of the program. If the AP Capstone Program is one that interests you, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Towslee or Mr. Zelenak.

Meet FeedMore’s CEO Doug Pick

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By: Momina Raja

If you want to help out in your Richmond Community, FeedMore is the place to do just that. FeedMore, also known as the Central Virginia Food Bank, is a wonderful organization that prepares, collects, and distributes food to the those in need. It’s a place where my family and I volunteer through programs such as food sorting and Meals on Wheels.

Last month I had the chance to interview FeedMore’s CEO, Doug Pick. Mr. Pick, who has been in this position for seven years now, had plenty of good things to say. From cleaning boats and being a mentor, to working at Capital One and Feedmore, he even gives us insight on what donation items they need most and a typical day at work.

What made you want to become CEO of FeedMore?                 

Up until we hit 50 years old we often think about success, and after 50 we start thinking about contribution. After I semi-retired from Capital One, I was looking for a complex non-profit to assist, and Jim Ukrop told me about FeedMore. I leapt at the opportunity to be a part of the organization.

Were there any Feed More clients that made a lasting impression on you?

One memory that will never leave me is when a lady walked into the lobby (I happened to be there) and put seven crumpled up $1 bills on the front desk as a donation. She let us know that she used to be a client and wanted to make a donation. I’ve always considered that the Holy Grail of our mission- helping folks to a point that they no longer need us.

What is a typical day of volunteering like at Feed More for those who are interested in helping out?

The great thing about volunteering at Feed More is that no two days are the same! Each weekday, we rely on more than 200 kind souls who donate their time and talents to our mission. From sorting nonperishable donations, to preparing and packaging food in our Community Kitchen to delivering our Meals on Wheels, our volunteers are the heart and soul of our hunger-fighting operations.

What’s the most popular meal at Feed More from Meals on Wheels?

I have heard that the meatloaf is some of the best! We have a nutritionist on staff who creates the menus each month and our Community Kitchen team and volunteers bring it to life! From chicken and dumplings to pulled BBQ pork to mac and cheese, our Community Kitchen team lives by the philosophy “food is love” and works to create meals that are nutritious and delicious.

What’s the most popular donation item and what item do you need the most?

Peanut butter is like gold in our world! It has a long shelf life, is rich in nutrients and just about everyone loves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Some of our other most wanted items include lean canned protein (like tuna or chicken) in water, canned fruits and veggies, spaghetti sauce, beans, whole grain cereal, pasta, quinoa, brown rice and healthy snacks like fruit cups, raisins or granola bars.

What time of the year is most neglected and you need more donations than you usually get?

Summers are usually the time when we see a decrease in our donations of food, funds and time, and an increase in need across our 34 county and city service areas.

With kids out of school for the summer, those that struggle with hunger worry where they will get their next meal. Family’s food budgets are stretched thin during the summer months and programs like our Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch meals to kids 18 and younger, helps meet the need.

What is your favorite part about Feed More? 

The people who make our mission possible – our compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers and generous community of supporters who give so much of themselves to Feed More.

What was the first volunteer job that you had or enjoyed most?

My first real volunteer job was that I served as a “big brother” twice a week during the summers of 1971 and 1972 at St. Vincent’s Home for Boys. It was a Catholic home (run by nuns) for boys that had been taken from their homes by the Courts due to a number of often dysfunctional family issues. It was an eye opening experience for this Methodist boy who had never been confronted with those issues and their ensuing repercussions. It helped me develop a great sense of gratitude as a 16/17 year old, for all that I had been given by my family and society.

The most unusual jobs I had were all in my teenage years during three summers. I dug ditches for a summer; stacked and soaked railway ties in creosote; and when I was 14, cleaned dried algae off the bottom of boats with muriatic acid.

What is the best way for high school students like me to be involved with ending hunger in our community?

The first step is doing what you are doing by writing this article – raising awareness about the serious issue of hunger in our community. Talking about hunger and educating individuals on how you can help fight hunger is the first big step.

We find that many individuals first connect to our mission by making a donation of food through a food drive; knowing that the can of vegetables they donate will go to a neighbor who needs it is powerful.

 

Are you inspired by the work at FeedMore? Visit https://feedmore.org/volunteer/opportunities/ or reach out to Mr. Pick and his staff for more detailed information!

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.

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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