Murals: the Journey of a Senior Art Tradition at GAHS

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Some seniors taking art work on their murals in the front of the 600s hallway. These seniors have dedicated – and continue to dedicate – countless hours to their art in order to represent creativity in themselves, as well as in the walls of Glen Allen High School. Photo taken by: Brandon Dung.

By: Brandon Dung

The 600s hallway, also recognized as the arts hallway, is always a memorable place for current students, alumni, or any other visitors to Glen Allen High School. Everyone walks into the hall in amazement as they see the craftsmanship in each and every work of art. Some admirers even take pictures and selfies by them. As their final project, senior art students are invited to decorate the hallway with a beautiful mural of their choice. From the opening of the school, the walls have been getting filled as each senior class graduates, making it what it is now. Each mural is completely different from each other as well the meaning behind them, but the things that connects them all together, regardless of everything, are the achievement. Being able to paint a mural shows the dedication of a student willing to take visual arts for four to five consecutive years straight. The excitement of underclassmen as they watch seniors paint is evident, seeing themselves painting their own mural one day.

As each class continues to add onto the hall, the spaces become limited. For the past three years, students have been trying to obtain extra space for murals so that previous ones do not have to be covered. The Class of 2015 were granted an alcove to allow for their entire class to paint new spaces. The following year, however, students had to cover up past murals in order to make room for theirs. In order to avoid such tragedy, I led the initiative to obtain more space by talking to administrators, teachers, staff, as well as the former principal of Glen Allen High School, Gwen Miller. I rallied Glen Allen to the extent of creating a petition, gaining over 500+ signatures towards the cause, but ultimately the attempt was unsuccessful.

Many of the murals are nearing completion; all Jags should definitely walk through the 600s hall to check out these works-in-progress to see the amazing transformations. Visitors passing through might even see some seniors working on their murals who would love to chat about their inspiration and process! Photo taken by: Brandon Dung.

This year the Jags were able to get a brand new hallway for the Class of 2018, allowing eighteen new murals to be added. It also serves as the connecting factor for the area between the hall and alcove. The process begins with students forming a general idea of what one wants their mural to be. Then, the student will make it come to life on paper, fitting the design to a grid and making it proportionate to the wall itself. Next our murals are placed in certain areas so that it can accommodate space as well as complement each other. Finally sketching and painting on the wall begins which could take weeks until the finished product. As the year comes to a close for seniors, murals are beginning to finish as we leave our mark upon our former home, yet we will always be part of the Jaguar family.

34th Annual Lebanese Food Festival Comes to Glen Allen

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Thousands of people flooded into Glen Allen to attend the 34th Annual Lebanese Food Festival from May 18th to My 20th. The festival has been serving authentic Lebanese culture to the Richmond area for thirty-four consecutive years now, providing cuisine, music, family fun, and other live entertainment.

The Lebanese Food Festival is mostly known for the myriad of different foods available to taste. Some more conventional favorites include lamb kabobs, cheese pies, hummus, and cucumber salad. However, the Festival also offered some more exotic options that are culturally specific to the Middle East, such as Zaatar bread, Shawirma, and falafel.

There were many options on how to approach dining on the festival’s diverse and delicious menu. Customers could peruse the grounds of the St. Anthony’s Maronite Church and taste items a-la-carte, which seemed to be the popular choice. Festival-goers could also choose to enjoy a boxed meal that would include four mini courses for only ten dollars.

After finishing with their lunch or dinner, a vast majority of customers lingered to nibble on dessert, which is another one of the Lebanese Food Festival’s massive attractions. The festival presents a large assortment of Lebanese pastries and sweets which continue to be overall a best-seller. Year after consecutive year, the favorite dessert is Zalabia: fried dough served with sugar, Middle East spices, and a special syrup. Other best-loved confections include baklava and Kataif.

Although it is in the title, appetizing food is not the only magnetism that the Lebanese Food Festival has to offer. A family-friendly atmosphere and general family fun is the main goal of the festival. Guests are immediately greeted by lively Middle Eastern music and dancing to provide a view into both traditional and modern Lebanese culture.

All of the dishes I tried were delicious, but my favorite was the Loubiyeh, which is green beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices. This dish is served over spicy brown rice and accompanied by two slices of pita bread. Photo taken by: Lauren Baugham.

I visited the Lebanese Food Festival on Sunday evening, and despite the rainy weather all weekend, the crowds were still massive. Richmond’s enthusiasm for the festival was apparent as the grounds were bustling and the people were lively. I tried a variety of foods: Bubbaghanooge, a spinach and cheese pie, Loubiyeh and rice, Zalabia, and baklava. All of the main dishes were accompanied by one or two thick slices of pita bread as well.

When May of 2019 rolls round, myself as well as the rest of the Richmond populace would definitely recommend visiting the 35th Annual Lebanese Food Festival! The festival will undoubtedly serve up amazing food and entertainment again next year.

Congratulating the Class of 2018

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May has not only ushered in warm weather, but also the Class of 2018’s last full month as Glen Allen High School students. Whether it be higher education, entering the work force, joining the military, taking a gap year, or any of the countless opportunities this year’s graduates will have after receiving their diplomas at graduation on June 12th at the VCU Siegel Center, Senior Jags are eagerly anticipating graduation and their last day of high school.

Glen Allen High School has taken many actions to celebrate this year’s Seniors and their next steps after high school. Not only will all Seniors gain recognition on June 1st on their last full day of high school at the Senior Honors Assembly, but numerous other communal and individual recognitions and celebratory activities have occurred and will occur leading up to it.

To celebrate May 1st, National College Decision Day where students must finally commit to a University if they plan on attending one, Sunrise Studios allowed Seniors to sign up to announce where they decided to go to school live on the morning announcements on May 7th during homeroom. Many students were thrilled for the opportunity to share with their peers where they planned on attending and making such an important and exciting decision, as well as making it a more communal experience. Upperclassmen watching got to support their peers, and underclassmen were reminded of one of the amazing opportunities a strong education can create.

Per tradition, Seniors were asked to share their “next steps” with administration so that a large banner listing all members of the senior class and what they plan on doing after they graduate from high school could be displayed. The banners listed the entire class’s post-graduation plans, displaying them in the commons to congratulate students on their graduation and the amazing opportunities they plan on pursing, as well as creating a sense of community for Seniors.

Students who received scholarships from Universities, whether they were accepted or denied, were formally invited to the annual scholarship breakfast on May 24th to celebrate their academic achievements and awards with administration, peers, and family.

Seniors were also encouraged to decorate a large paw print with their future plans, including military, career, or college. Many students pursing higher level education took the opportunity to display their school pride and decorate them with the colors and symbols of their University. Others shared where they planned on working, as well as what area of the military they wanted to go into. These were then hung up and displayed on the windows by the senior courtyard.

Not only are measures being taken to celebrate Senior Jags, but educate them for the hardships and independence they will experience as an adult graduate. For example, teacher Mr. Walton will be giving a lecture to the senior class about life and the journey they are about to embark on May 25th during J-Step. He has given these types of lectures for the past four years to graduating classes, and many students are eagerly anticipating the event.

Seniors are also looking forward to coming back to Glen Allen after their last official day of high school to further celebrate graduation. Student government collaborated with teachers to plan the Class of 2018’s Baccalaureate service on June 3rd. Additionally, after a mandatory graduation practice on June 8th, Seniors will be able to get food for free from a catering service, as well as participate in fun activities, at the senior picnic.

A New Twist to Testing: Learning Life Skills During SOL Periods

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During past SOL testing periods, the weeks of testing have been filled with hectic schedules and sitting in classes for three hours where little to no productivity occurs. It would take two weeks for people to do 3 or less tests; it seemed longer than necessary for the standardized tests that could be done in a couple days.

Now, through a group of caring teachers, the SOL schedule has been revamped to be more efficient and more fun for the students and teachers.

The testing period is now three days, and for everyday a student is not testing they have the option to sign up for activities that involve life skills that are not usually taught in a class room setting. If you’re not interesting in learning helpful skills that can aid you for a life time, then there is a sport or study hall option.

Some of the life skills being taught are mindfulness, practical outdoor skills, cooking, sewing, how to present yourself effectively, and so much more, mostly taught by Glen Allen teachers.

Mrs. Hach, an US History teacher and STEP Mentor, and Mrs. Cancro, a Chemistry teacher, are teaching students how to make simple meals and snacks in 5 steps or less. The themes for each day is: Backyard Barbecue for Tuesday, Mexican for Wednesday, and Italian for Thursday. Mrs Hach stated, “These activities are made to de-mystifying these things that seem hard like ‘Oh I can’t cook I’ll just go by Chickfila and get chicken minis instead of making breakfast myself.’ But if they can see that these activities are easier maybe they can do it themselves next time.”

Ms. Vogt was crucial in the decision to make this schedule change and the planning behind it. She was pushing for this schedule because “The end of the year is usually a waste of time. A lot of videos are watched and a lot of food is ordered, but no real work is done in most classes.”

This three day testing period starts tomorrow; hopefully, students can take away important skills that they would not usually learn at school, and this SOL schedule can become a regular tradition.

Come back to the Paw-print for a Recap of all the activities and pictures.

SOL Sign-up Website

SOL Schedule

Trivia Isn’t Trivial: Quiz Bowl Competitions Allow Passionate Students Time to Shine

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It’s quiz bowl season! Over the past few months, Science Club, Rho Kappa History Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) planned their respective society’s quiz bowl tournaments. Though Math Bowl was cancelled after being scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, the students who were able to participate in the latter two learned to embrace their knowledge and extend their learning beyond the classroom.

Science Club officers Logan Cunningham and Mary Kate Lantzy announce the beginning of Science Bowl. Eight teams competed in multiple choice and free-response rounds, with Ion the Prize coming out on top. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

On February 22 at 7:00 pm, the first of several competitions—Science Bowl—was hosted by the Science Club. Excited students formed teams of four or five, stepped up to the plate and answered multiple-choice and free response questions. The competition utilized a bracket format that pitted teams against one another until a winner was determined by the completion of a free-response packet. As expected, Team Ion the Prize took home first prize, as they’ve done time after time.

Patrick Wright, a senior member of the winning team, said that science is the future. “It can be really beneficial to society, especially with environmental science, which is my favorite because it’s very important to study it so we can protect our environment for generations to come.”

Junior Kelly Brown added, “You can explain almost everything through science.”

Many of the participating students are members of extracurricular organizations involving their interests, and several want to explore their passion for science in college and their future careers.

The winning team, Ion the Prize, works on a free response question. Patrick Wright, a member of Ion the Prize, said that science “is the future.” Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

Brown continued, “I want to be a biomedical engineer… I wanted to make prosthetics for the army because my family has been in the military, and I’ve seen people without limbs.”

Wright reflected, “I do Envirothon, which is an environmental competition. We went to states last year and we hope to go to States again this year. [During the competition,] you take a bunch of different environmental science tests—forestry, aquatics, wildlife, and you have to give an oral presentation on a project that you create. I am really interested in environmental science, so I’m studying that in college, hopefully get my Masters in that, and hopefully teach it.”

Fellow senior Mary Kate Lantzy, an officer in Science Club, helped plan the event by writing the script, creating questions, and recruiting team members. She added, “I am interested in science because it has always been my favorite subject, and I’m interested in doing medicine… I interned with a neurosurgeon over the summer, and he really inspired me.”


On April 25 at 7:00 pm, Rho Kappa History Honor Society hosted History Bowl. Using two different question formats, five teams—mostly consisting of juniors and seniors—answered questions on everything from The Scientific Revolution to World War II. It was a celebration of knowledge that ended with the dominance of a team of veteran quiz bowl members—Mason Fristoe, Jeff Cheng, and Michael Traylor.

Participants (from left) Jeff Cheng, Roman Fenner, Chae Han, Abby Ringberg, and Peyton Showalter ponder the answer to a question asked by Mrs. Rutkowski, the sponsoring teacher. The competition consisted of two rounds, with representatives from each team participating in round 1. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

“I realized that history was not just this fact-memorizing force, no. [Studying history is necessary] for you to truly appreciate what we’ve came from—our society, and how it was shaped and formed,” Jeff Cheng reflected in the wake of his team’s victory.

“I love learning about modern history of third world countries that Americans really don’t know about. I like to read up on Cambodia, Pakistan, Bangladesh—all those countries [about which] people don’t care,” Jeff pondered, regarding which aspect of history he enjoys most.

Christian Wachter, a member of the runner-up team, said he enjoys another facet of history—government. “I really enjoyed this year in [Government] because it is more about the institutions and the US government and it isn’t just one set time period… Just thinking about who’s actually running the country and why are they doing what they’re trying to do. It really gets behind that motivator for why the people who can really craft history are doing the things that they’re doing.”

On his decision to join a team with fellow seniors Tri Nguyen, James Vithoulkas, and Roman Fenner, Christian said, “Roman asked me, and I was like, ‘I like answering questions…’ And I like history, and I was hoping that there would be a little bit of government and politics.” The creation of their team name was “really spearheaded by Roman, but I think it was because both him and I were in Les [Misérables] (the school musical). Our team name was Versailles on the Prize—which obviously is a reference to France. We loved Les Mis and we were both singing some of the songs, and it was fun.”

After they signed up and created team names, the teams of students participated in two types of rounds. The first involved one member from each team coming forward to a central table. Mrs. Rutkowski—one of the sponsoring teachers of Rho Kappa—began by reading very difficult, specific statements aloud. Eventually, the statements became easier to decipher, and once a participant could pinpoint a historical figure she was describing, he buzzed in with the answer, earning his team points.

Team Versailles on the Prize, consisting of seniors James Vithoulkas, Tri Nguyen, Roman Fenner, and Christian Wachter, earned second place at the History Bowl. Christian said he enjoys “hearing those stories, those compelling stories” throughout history. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

For the second round, each team chose a category out of a list on the screen, with the team in last place choosing first. One at a time, each team would answer a series of questions about the category they chose, working together to determine the answer. The number of questions they answered correctly translated to the number of points they earned.

Ashley Meyer, an officer in Rho Kappa Honor Society, talked about the planning around History Bowl, saying, “We used the questions from Mr. Boggs, who runs the quiz bowl stuff for the school. Mr. Boggs and Ms. Rutkowski worked together to separate out history ones… We used a quiz bowl format by using two different types of rounds.”

She elaborated on the importance of History Bowl, saying, “We wanted to have History Bowl so kids who like showcasing their knowledge and competing have a chance to—because some [students] focus more on academics than athletic, competitive sports, so this is their chance to showcase their knowledge in a more fun way.”

Christian added, “History is the most vast collection of stories and people and foreign actors and resolutions and exciting incidents that you would possibly hope to find, and there are all of these amazing little bits and pieces and people that are just so interesting that you would never hear about. You live in a different time, but there are certain things that are compelling regardless of when you lived, and so I really enjoy that.”

Jeff thoughtfully pondered, “We may think of it as—this won’t give me a job—but it really shows you how you wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for history. If you don’t really appreciate history—Santayana once said—you’re doomed to repeat it.”

Les Misérables Sneak Peak

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Mathew Mitchel and Jacob Kutsmeda perform their roles as a prisoner and guard in a run through of the musical. Cast and crew work extremely hard to make sure their performance improves with every run through. Photo taken by Emily Bickford.

Get ready Jaguars for Glen Allen Drama’s upcoming musical, Les Misérables! These dedicated students have been working after school and even on some Saturdays to make sure they make it their best show yet. Les Misérables takes place during the French Revolution and explores identity, love, and relationships during the time period. The musical focuses on these themes through a tear inducing plot and soundtrack.

Jacob Durbin nails a challenging solo as Jean Valjean. Without the patience and guidence of Mrs. Beckett and Ms. Garett, this challenging musical would not be possible. Photo taken by Emily Bickford.

Previously starring in Jaguar Drama’s productions of Legally Blonde and The Little Mermaid, Jacob Durbin and Maddie Siepe star in Les Misérables as Jean Valjean and Cosette. Also starring in this year’s production are Lauren Grob as Fantine, Tessa Eddington as Éponine, Roman Fenner as Marius and many others, both veterans and newcomers to the stage.

Behind the scenes crew works to move sets, manage sound, and control lighting. Carson Cofer and Brian Glessner are sound technicians, Lindsey Pitts runs the light board, and Dillion Burruss controls the spotlight. Picture taken by Emily Bickford.

The cast and crew have worked incredibly hard with the help of Mrs. Beckett and Ms. Garret to perform this classic musical to the best of their ability.

Come support your fellow Jaguars in Glen Allen Drama’s production of Les Misérables on April 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7:30pm! As always doors open at 7. Tickets will be sold during lunches of show week for $8 and at the door for $10.

A Goodbye to Good Times

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Senior year comes with lots of ups, downs, and in between-s. A lot is happening very quickly, so make sure that you are ready to finish your second and last semester of high school off strong.

Pick where you’re going after high school

The class of 2018 shows off their Jag spirit in their black and teal. Only 63 more days until graduation Jags! Photo from: Barbra Bonner

Senior Ashley Henneberger said this one is super important for her. “I want to figure out my plans for after high school,” Henneberger said when asked what her number one thing to do before she graduates. Whether you are going to college or staying home and working or taking a gap year to travel or anything else you have in mind, I think we can all agree that this one is super important!

Finish all of your homework and put effort into your work

This one is easier said than done. But trust me, this is vitally important to your successful second semester. Do not let senioritis get the better of you.

Finish and submit scholarships

Scholarships can continue on throughout the year, so make sure you’re being mindful of your deadlines and continuing to get all of the money you can!

Senior Sierra Lasher loved getting her prom dress last year, and knows that senior year will only be more special. She will be going to the dress shop with her mom, aunt, and other fellow female family members as part of their special family tradition. Photo from: Sierra Lasher

Find Prom outfits

It’s senior Prom so as Hilary Duff said, “it’s what dreams are made of!” Get fancy and have fun! “It’s a tradition in my family for all of the girls who are juniors and seniors and their moms, aunts, and cousins to go out to find Prom dresses and to support each other, so I always look forward to that,” Senior Sierra Lasher said about what she’s looking forward to.

Hang out with and make all the memories with your friends

Make so many memories you can fill a scrapbook! Go all out for silent night, really commit to your battle dance, visit all of the museums and take all of the pictures to meet all the Rho Kappa requirements. It doesn’t matter what you do, just surround yourself with people who love and support you.

Register for and take AP exams

It’s the last time you’ll be taking college exams without being in college. Really embrace it. It’s a milestone moment.

Thank your teachers

We’re lucky to have amazing people pouring into our academic lives. Find those teachers who have really made a difference for you and tell them, it will mean the world and it’s likely they will both love hearing it and are more than deserving of it.


Breathe. You did it. Congratulations!

Students Stand Up!

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On February 17th, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17 teachers and students were shot. To most that is common knowledge by now, and hundreds of other shootings in schools in the past have gone through the media cycle where the victims names and stories are told, and then the media’s attention moves on to something else after a short amount of time.

This time it was different.

The students of America stood up for what they believed in, mobilized, and organized two walk out dates to commemorate the victims respectfully, and also protest, so that this time, a mass shooting does not go unforgotten.

Led by the students of Stoneman Douglass High School, two walk outs were organized on March 14th and April 20th to protest students not feeling safe in schools, to promote common-sense gun laws, and to remember the students and teachers who’s lives were taken.

At Glen Allen, over 600 students walked out of 2nd period on March 14th in protest for many reasons. The demonstration was 17 minutes long for the 17 people who lost their lives in the shooting.

Maddie Siepe films Patrick Wright while he starts the 17 minute protest with a short speech. He encouraged the people involved in the protest to use their phones to film and then post the walk-out on social media, to create more awareness and support.

Senior Patrick Wright led the walk out, and opened up the walk-out with a speech that was powerful: stating what the enough is enough movement is for, and why this walk-out needed to happen.  He stated, “This movement is important because it is showing the leaders of our country that students are still citizens. That they have the right to share their beliefs and their opinions and to educate themselves to build said opinions. This movement is important because it is showing law makers that the people want change, that the people want gun reform.”

Christian Wachter speaks for one of the students that died; a freshman who aspired to be a chef. Christian is involved in many facets of GAHS such as theater and cross country, and he continues to be a leader in the school as a senior.

Junior Mark Titus spoke for one of the 17 victims: the cross country coach at Stoneman Douglass High School. Mark stated after the walk out, “I spoke for Chris Hixon, I felt like it was really important that their names were told, because they were victims of something they had no control over it. It was an honor to speak out to my classmates and tell them one of the victims who was a hero, because reading it made me realized that he sounded a lot like coach J, a selfless guy who cared for all his students as if they were his own kids it just really hit me.”

There were also students that cared about the victims, but did not walk out, like junior jaguar Kate Gharib. Her reasoning for not walking out was that “I felt very conflicted because I do believe in honoring the victims; however, I don’t necessarily agree with the political motives behind it. I absolutely think that something needs to be done, but I’m not completely sure what that change needs to be. I still support everyone who did walk out and I’m so proud of my fellow jags!”

Also, there was a protest held at the capital of Virginia and the capital of the United States, which was centered around the idea of common-sense gun laws and to bring attention to the fact that students do not feel safe inside schools.

The next walkout is April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, which seemed to spark the hysteria over gun violence in schools. There will be students who walk out from all walks of life, and many students that also remember the victims in different ways.

There are so many different types of people in this movement, and even more people outside who criticize it. But, I encourage all Jaguars to stand up to the challenge of talking to people you are in disagreement with about this subject, to see both sides.

All the signs in the demonstration were made by Glen Allen students. Most of the signs were orange, along with the ribbons worn, as those are the Parkland school colors.

Civil Service Jaguars: Student Government Day

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On Thursday March 15th, Glen Allen participated in the 61st annual Student Government Day. More than 100 students from high schools all over Henrico County were able to get a firsthand look at the inner workings of employees making up their local governments.

Senior Kalista Pepper and Dr. William Noel stand at the podium as she gives a speech about abolishing the Zero Tolerance Policy, believing punishments in cases should vary via the age and maturity of children. He is the director of the Disciplinary Review Office, who she shadowed. Picture taken by Andy Jenks.

Each student who decided to participate with a local government official, including judges, members of the School Board and Board of Supervisors, and more. Once paired with an official, students then shadowed them for the day to better understand not only the position the official held and the roles and responsibilities that went along with it, but also to gain insight into how Henrico’s local government works.

Student Government Day officially began on Wednesday March 14th at Hermitage High School, where students attended a ceremony that night.

There, students each swore the oaths required for their temporary position to both help them gain a better understanding of the job and truly grasp the responsibility the job held and that they would have to carry.

Kalista Pepper participates in a mock hearing to determine whether or not a student should be long-term expelled. Her shadow, Dr. Noel, frequently has to do this with students, and allowed her the opportunity to understand the experience first-hand. Picture taken by Andy Jenks.

The next day, students had to report for work early in the morning, 8: 30a.m to be exact, and lateness was not tolerated, as would be true in the real world; students were treated completely as adults and like they held the position. Students spent the rest of the day observing their government employee at work, as well assisting with and doing their job for themselves.

Glen Allen Seniors Kalista Pepper and Tri Nguyen pose for a picture after a successful mock Board of Supervisors meeting. Both students are currently in AP Government and were excited to apply what they learned in class to their real-life experience. Picture taken by Andy Jenks.

At the end of the day at 2p.m was a simulated meeting of the Board of Supervisors in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center.

Senior Paxton O’Bryen, a current AP Government student, participated in the event this year. On her experience, she said, “Student government day was a very enriching view into the world of local government. It was amazing to see just how much goes on that we rarely think about.” She shadowed Judge Margaret W Deglau, a juvenile and domestic relations court judge. “As a judge, I was able to sit in on cases and tour the juvenile detention center,” she said.

Overall, students found student government day an unforgettable educational experience to apply what they have learned and step into someone else’s shoes, as well as for local government employees to have an impact on the youth around them and bestow their knowledge and experience. Anyone interested in learning more about the local government and the everyday workings at certain government jobs is encouraged to participate next year!




Center and Humanities Students Explore Philadelphia

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The Humanities students visited the Rodin museum in Philadelphia. Mr. Tolbert and some of his students posed in front of “The Thinker”. Photo taken by Emily Bickford.

Thursday, March 1st Mr. Tolbert’s Humanities students as well as center juniors and seniors traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Center students visited the Philadelphia Constitution Center in the morning, exploring things such as the historical figures throughout the museum. The Humanities students began their day at the Rodin Museum and exploring famous sculptures such as “The Gates of Hell” and “The Kiss”.

Students walked through China Town on their way to lunch. There were numerous pieces of architecture that replicated Chinese culture. Photo taken by Emily Bickford.

Then, students, accompanied by teachers, Mr. Tolbert and Mr. Conway, as well as associate principal Mr. Baedke made their way through China Town over to Redding Terminal for lunch. Students were allowed to choose from the various options throughout the terminal and trusted to go off on their own and make good decisions. On the way back to the buses, Humanities students stopped by “Frozen” to enjoy a sweet treat of rolled ice cream.

The front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art provided a beautiful view of the city. Students enjoyed learning about the art inside the museum. Photo taken by Emily Bickford.

After lunch, all students went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students explored the vast museum with their chaperones. Senior, Cara Crenshaw stated, “Going to the Philadelphia Museum of Art was one of the coolest experiences because all of the art was beautiful. Being able to connect what we learned in class and apply it to the real world was inspiring.” Mr. Tolbert was thrilled to have the opportunity to provide an interactive environment to teach his students and was eager to explore the museums with his students. Students were enthusiastic to spend the day in Philadelphia learning about art and history.


Jaguars and Tiaras: Mr. Glen Allen 2018

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On Friday February 16th, Glen Allen hosted one of its most beloved traditions: the Mr. Glen Allen male pageant. Nearly every Jaguar showed up for this incredibly popular event, not only to earn Battle of the Classes points for their grade levels (points were awarded based on the amount of students from each grade level that attended), but also to show support for the men at Glen Allen and enjoy one of the most hilarious and entertaining events of the year.

Mr. Glen Allen contestants put aside their competitiveness for a group dance. This was one of the most highly anticipated events of the evening. Picture taken by Maggie Nuckols.

As per tradition, the event was broken up into eight parts: the group dance, group roll call, individual costume portions, the talent show, formal wear, selection of the top five, questioning of the top five, and selection of the winner.

The event started at 7:00pm, the doors opening at 6:30pm for any students who wanted to be there early and ensure they got good seating. Tickets had been available for purchase during school lunches prior to the event, but students were also able to buy tickets at the door if they had not purchased them prior.

Mr. Glen Allen 2018 opened with a bang, one of the notable events, the group dance, announcing the beginning of the event.

After the event was over, all contestants and their dates gathered for a group picture. Also pictured to the left are event organizers Ms. Carpenter and Mr. Dean. Picture taken by Maggie Nuckols.

Contestants dressed in white button-ups and dark shorts, a Mr. Glen Allen opening dance signature, to wow the crowd with their moves. Using popular music and, at times, risqué dancing, they easily wowed the crowd and got everyone excited for what was to come.

Afterwards, contestants did a roll call, getting into a semi-circle formation and introducing themselves to the crowd via the popular “roll call” song accompanied by a dance.

This year, Mr. Glen Allen was hosted by Senior Taliyah Dozier. Throughout the night, she had two different cohosts. Cole Tutwiler, a Mr. Glen Allen contestant last year and now freshman at George Mason University, was cohost for the first portion. For the second, last year’s Mr. Glen Allen winner and current student at James Madison University, Grant Schowalter, was cohost.

Participant and Junior Josh Holtzman gave it his all during the group performance. He, like all the other contestants, was dedicated to putting on a good show and potentially winning. Picture taken by Maggie Nuckols.

Both former contestants and cohosts also during the night stepped out from behind the podium host and back into the spotlight, reenacting their iconic performances from last year. Cole danced with his girlfriend, Glen Allen Senior Abby Dodd, and Grant replicated his unique act manipulating yoga balls.

Moving on to the next portion of the evening, contestants were introduced one at a time with and in their costumes they had picked out. Some notable costumers were Josh Holtzman as English teacher Mr. Towslee, Junior Jahin Ghazi as character Dwight Schrute from popular T.V. show, the Office¸ and Soham Apte as Math teacher Mr. Dean.

Afterwards, each contestant got to do a performance of their choosing in the talent show, another one of the most notorious portions of the Mr. Glen Allen event. Contestants brought their A-game this year, perfecting traditional acts and pushing the boundaries with new and, to say the least, interesting ones.

Senior Soham Apte performed an interesting act where he and some assisting Jaguars wore robes and spat and sprayed water around and at one another, Senior Thomas Gordon mixed good and bad in his “the best and worst band you will ever see” performance, and Senior Nolan McKinney sang, to name a few.

Senior Soham Apte and some of his fellow Jaguars performed one of the most interesting and unique talents in Mr. Glen Allen history. The act consisted of wearing robes, spitting water, and posing at times. Picture taken by Maggie Nuckols.

Contestants then transitioned into the formal wear portion of the evening, walking onto the stage in their best and most elegant wear, escorted by a female date also in formal wear. Adding a flare to the event, Junior Sam Joyner handed a judge a whisk during this portion. Afterwards, the top five contestants were announced, and these five were asked questions that determined who would finally come out on top and be crowned Mr. Glen Allen 2018.

After much deliberation, judges eventually crowned Junior Sam Joyner Mr. Glen Allen, and Senior Keegan Manning as runner up, ending the event.

2018 Student-Faculty Basketball Game Photo Gallery

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Click here to check out some pictures from the 2018 Winter Pep Rally, including the Student-Faculty Basketball Game! Photo credit: Maggie Nuckols.


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