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.

All-Star Basketball Season Starts with a Tie

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The All-Star basketball season started on Thursday, February 8th with a game again the J.R. Tucker Tigers. The stands were filled with Jags ready to support both teams in the fierce battle.

Senior Jag Kayla Buchanan said that she was “excited to see the school spirit rooting for the All-Stars on the court!”

Before the game began, there was a special performance of the National Anthem, sung by a student. The crowd, which was previously filled with noise and energy, quieted down to listen to her moving performance, cheering and clapping at the conclusion.

The game began with the Tigers taking the first shot, banking it and earning two points. Our Jags tried to follow with a 3-pointer, but missed, allowing the Tigers to score themselves another two points.

The Jags soon claimed the ball and scored their first shot of the game. As the clock reads 3:50 and half of the first quarter is over, Home read four points and the Tigers held six.

“Swish!” exclaimed Mr. Clement, the referee and announcer for the game, as the Jags scored, tying up the game.

As the first quarter came to an end, Home read ten and the Tigers were in the lead with twelve points. As the game transitioned into the second quarter, the GAHS Pep Band played to rally spirit within the players and the crowd.

Fellow senior Olivia Baugham was excited to hear the pep band, and she also was “interested in seeing the cheer team.”

In the second quarter, player #5 from the Tigers quickly makes the first shot, but the Jags do not lose spirit. Jag #20 makes a standing shot, causing a roar from the crowd. The quarter ends with an attempt at a 3-pointer from the Tigers, but the buzzer rings in, evening the score at 26 to 26.

At halftime, the Cupid Shuffle plays and everyone in the stands is encouraged to come onto the court and dance. The gym floor was filled with Jaguars and Tigers, dancing together and celebrating.

The third quarter begins with an epic 3-pointer by Jag #22, but the Tigers responded quickly. Our Jags had a quick team meeting to regroup, while the cheer team performed flips and stunts to hype up the crowd.

Going into the fourth quarter, Jag #3 played a determined game, scoring consecutively.

“Back and forth, back and forth,” Mr. Clement said, reflecting on the tied-up score.

At 1:30 in the fourth quarter, the Jags broke the 50-point line, followed quickly by the Tigers.

The exciting first All-Star game of the season ended in a tie of 59 to 59, concluding a close game between the Jaguars and the Tigers.

First Ever Poetry Cafe Slams Glen Allen

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Students attending the poetry café were welcome to a variety of food before and during the poetry readings. Food was provided by Mr. Tolbert, who cooked the cupcakes and pigs in a blanket featured above, as well as Literary Magazine students, who cooked the brownies and other foods above. Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

On February 14th, Glen Allen had its first poetry café of the 2017-2018 school year. All students were invited to attend in the library during J-Step for snacks, entertainment, and a chance to share their work with an enthusiastic audience.

Created by English teacher Mr. Tolbert, the poetry café is a way for students to have freedom of expression and an outlet for their creativity while simultaneously being introduced to new styles of writing and developing their writing skills.

Glen Allen’s Literary Magazine also helped create and host the event, members bringing in food and organizing the event. Additionally, all students who submitted and/or read their poetry were urged to submit their creation to the Literary Magazine to potentially be published in the 2017-2018 edition. This year’s Literary Magazine theme is “UnchARTed.”

Students eagerly wait for the poetry café to begin. Although many students were originally nervous to share their poems, the positive energy of their fellow students soon allowed them to share without fear. Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

Each month will be centered around a certain format of poetry, this month being villanelles. Villanelles are nineteen-line poems with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas and, in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines. However, students were also welcome to share poems that did not revolve around this particular structure, and many did.

Students and teachers around the school showed their support for the poetry café. Students, particularly those part of the Literary Magazine, enthusiastically advertised the event to students. Additionally, many teachers offered students extra credit opportunities to create poems and share them at

Mr. Tolbert introduces the poetry café to students. He even wrote and shared his own villanelle with the poetry café. Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

the poetry café. Mr. Tolbert offered extra credit to his English classes if they created and presented a villanelle at the event. Similarly, Spanish teacher Ms. Lemco allowed her AP Spanish V students to write poems (an English and Spanish translation) and present them at the café for extra credit, which added to the diversity and enrichment of the event, as well as the fun.

Plans are already in the work for next month’s poetry reading, the “poem of the month” being sonnets. Sonnets are poems with fourteen lines that follow any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, and typically follow iambic pentameter (ten syllables per line) All students are welcome and urged to participate, sonnet or otherwise!


Exploring the AP Capstone Program

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As current freshman, sophomores, and juniors finalize their classes for next year, there is a lot of questions regarding classes, such as if there is too much work in a class, is it difficult material, or does this class help me later in life. New and unique classes have specific confusion over what the class teaches and what is the workload in that class; there is also excitement surrounding new classes, especially if they are an Advanced Placement class.

The AP Capstone program came to Glen Allen this year, and 20 curious students, sophomores and juniors, took on this new program. AP Capstone is comprised of two classes. First, AP Seminar, which focuses on the skills of team and individual presentation, research, questioning, and synthesizing an argument or someone else’s argument. Then, AP Research, which is a yearlong focus on an individual research paper that is submitted to college board at the end of the year.

These 8 lenses represent the perspectives that a student can look through while researching or arguing. The AP seminar program focuses on viewpoints in society and what their limitations are.

A class of AP Seminar started this year at Glen Allen with Mr. Towslee being the teacher. He worked very hard and went through a three year waiting period for the class to be administered at Glen Allen. Next year, AP Research will be taught by Mr. Zelenak once the current students finish the AP Seminar portion of the program.

Mr. Towslee had a few words to share with anyone that is considering taking the class, “Seminar is reading, writing, presenting, and thinking at a college level, but its multi-disciplinary. So, it’s not just for people who like English class, it’s for people who like history, sciences, and the arts. The students can get a say in what they want to learn and study.”

Into the third marking period, the coarse is in full force as students get most of class time to work with their teams to create their TMPs, Team Multi-Media Presentation. This project is composed of an Individual Research Report, done by every member of the group, and then the members of the group come together to showcase their research and formulate an argument on a topic of their choice.

If you do not particularly enjoy group projects, there is also an individual project that is created by each student. Both of these projects will be submitted to college board, along with a written part on the day of the exam, that will composite to create their AP score (1-5).

Students in the first year of the program, Alyssa Harris, a junior, and Mia Varghese, a sophomore, both enjoy the class and had some very helpful words, Alyssa stated, “The class workload is a lot, but the students get a lot of class time to work on their presentations. He also is very understanding and will work with the class if the class as a whole is overwhelmed.”

One of the only sophomores in the class, Mia Varghese, exclaimed, “I have learned a lot about questioning and synthesizing my ideas. My favorite part of the class is the group presentations.”

This is the 5-step QUEST model that holds the framework for how to ask, formulate, and then present a question. Questioning is one of the largest components of this program.

So, if you want to be more prepared for college and explore ideas you want to in school, apply for the AP Capstone program. Mr. Towslee recommends that only current sophomores apply for the class, but if you are very interested and a freshman, talk to Mr. Towslee about the class in room 213. That is also where you can find an application.

Ideas Worth Spreading, Lessons Worth Learning: Center for Education Students Give TED Talks

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Raise your hand… Studies show… There are three things… Remember this…

Phrases that teachers regularly, casually proclaim gained a powerful new meaning on the lips of students. And on January 23, students had an opportunity to speak out. For choosing happiness, for the #MeToo movement, against cell phone addiction and against stigmatization. Twenty-six juniors experienced their ten minutes of fame, greeted by (mostly) eager ears and (mostly) open eyes.

But the beneficiaries of this spirited celebration of ideas weren’t solely the spectators; the students themselves were transformed by the extensive preparation process.

Before the first TED Talk of the day, Center for Education students set up the auditorium and practice their speeches. In preparation, they wrote a research paper and gave a one-minute preview of their talk to their teacher, Mrs. Ennis. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

Mrs. Ennis, the sponsoring teacher whose Instructional Design class completes this project year after year, reflects on the students’ development of stage presence, saying, “I think it’s really interesting to see the way you come across to other people versus how you think you come across. I think it allow them to think from another perspective—just because something sounds interesting to them doesn’t mean it’s interesting to other people. I like that it gets them to think that outside of just what they would be interested in.”


“I think it’s really important to have that public speaking ability, especially coming out of high school. It helps better prepare me for real life, when I have to give various presentations and put together papers,” emphasized junior Ben Jackson, who gave his TED Talk on the Yemeni crisis.

Ben spoke not just about how the Glen Allen community can help the people in Yemen, but how students can increase their awareness about all humanitarian crises by keeping informed on events happening across the world.

“So I’m really interested in current events, so I looked up some of the major things that were going on and the humanitarian crises that were happening,” Ben explained. The students must select a topic dealing with education, the social sciences or contemporary issues— “not just something random that they happen to be passionate about,” added Mrs. Ennis.

Ben continued, “I really liked the research aspect of it; knowing that I could pick a topic that I could just lose myself in the research. And it felt more like something I’d be doing in my free time, rather than an actual school assignment.”

Junior Monique Hunt gives her TED Talk–“#Time’s up for Sexual Harassment”–on social media movements and how we can change the narrative. She was one of several students who appealed to their teenage audience and spoke about modern issues. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan.

Sean McCracken, a fellow junior, gave his TED Talk a title—“Why the College Board is Corrupt”—which reeked of controversy. He excitedly said, “I was really passionate about my subject, and I liked being able to just educate the audience about what my subject was about. A lot of people in the audience were probably be college-bound, and I thought that, if they are going to be dealing with the College Board, they should know how it operates and some of the flaws that are in system.”


Mrs. Ennis added, “[It’s important for students to have a voice] because they’re not given the opportunities to. [Teachers] stress following your dreams and getting a job that you love—having purpose in life. In the school system… I don’t think there’s a lot of opportunities for kids to find what they’re passionate about. And I think how do you expect them to know what they want to major in, what they want to do after college when they don’t find that voice now or play around with it? I think that sense of purpose is really important, and this gives them that sense of purpose.”

Both students said that, because they were given autonomy in choosing their topics and structuring their performances, they were able to enjoy the assignment more fully. Even the research portion gained new meaning when the students had the ability to nurture their own curiosity. In writing his TED Talk Sean said, “I took a lot of information from the research paper and tried to restate it in a more interesting way. And I took out some of the more specific numbers, because I thought those might bore people. Basically, I just paraphrased my paper, took out some of the unnecessary information, and tried to make it a little more interesting.”

Junior Nancy Hoang speaks about learning to accept change in her TED Talk: “Why We Need to Stop Fearing Change and Embrace It.” Many students welcomed the opportunity to inspire their viewers through structuring their talks around a positive message. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan.

By giving a TED Talk, these students were given an oft-unheard voice and an opportunity to make a real difference. Mrs. Ennis considered the unifying impact of sharing one’s ideas with the world, saying, “I think some of my favorite moments have been kids that don’t talk in class. It’s a lecture-based class that I teach them in initially, so I don’t get to see them talk a lot or they don’t want to talk over strong personalities. And I love getting to see them voice their own stories to a huge population. My favorite moment actually comes from this year. We had a really introverted student, and I did not have a 100% faith that he was going to make it up on that stage. And he surprised us all. He prefaced it [with the fact that] this was going to be something that was really scary for him, and he got up there and did it, and did such a good job, and it was really cool that he got to accomplish that.”

“I think the TED Talk creates a common fear in that I’m not sure there’s a lot of people who are like ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna rock it up there, I’m gonna do great and not put a lot of effort.’ I think even the most outgoing or the most confident students have a sense of unknowingness about it. I think that’s what unites them—this common fear of something that none of them has ever done before. I also think that they’re just super supportive. Year after year I get emails from parents just saying how proud they are of the other Center students who come, they support even the quietest ones in the class. And that they come and they watch all the TED Talks throughout the day. I think that’s really cool.”

To Eat or Not To Eat, Meat is the Question

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More recently in popular culture, certain diet-based life style choices have gained more attention. Choices such as gluten-free, GMO-free, not eating red meat, and vegetarianism have recently gained popularity, mainly on a health-based premise.

Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, and may also include abstention from animal by-products. Some people choose to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for more than just its health advantages, such improving your heart health and lowering cholesterol. Many find being vegetarian beneficial to themselves personally, as well as the world around them.

The health advantages do make a convincing case for the lifestyle. Vegetarianism helps to keep down weight, as it is proven that people who eat less animal products have lower BMIs than those who eat more of them. Also, it helps ward off diseases and prevent cancer. People who abide by a vegetarian diet are likely to live up to six years longer as well!

Not only are there health advantages, but there are also environmental benefits. This is proving to be more and more important as global warming becomes a bigger issue. By contributing to a decrease in the production of animal products, you are also contributing to a decrease in the production of greenhouse gases from manure, such as carbon dioxide. Also, if everyone in the United States adopted a vegetarian diet, the country would save 35 billion dollars annually on environmental costs, which is equivalent to about 46 round trips to the moon.

By preventing diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, with a vegetarian diet, the $1 trillion dollars annually that would be spent treating those diseases would be used in numerous other ways to benefit the economy. An increase in money supply would allow for more available funding for other important areas, such as health care. By maintaining a vegetarian diet, you can even get a lower rate on some health insurance plans!

Despite abstaining from meat, Vegetarians are still able to enjoy delicious food. Vegetarian Emily Bickford prepares to dig into a delicious bowl of butternut squash soup. Photo taken by Emily Bickford.

Despite these facts, however, the most popular reason that vegetarianism has become more popular is for the well-being of animals. Modern agriculture commonly results in animals being enclosed in tiny cages and mistreated. By not supporting these practices economically, you are contributing to a lower production rate of these animals, which results in less deaths.

Overall, vegetarianism is a great way to make a change, whether it is for your health, for the environment, or for the wellbeing of animals. Some might argue that you are missing out by adopting this lifestyle, converting to one full of tasteless food. This could not be further from the truth; vegetarians are able to eat almost everything that anyone else can. You may find that becoming a vegetarian might be the greatest thing you do for yourself, and for the Earth.


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Jags Earn BOTC Points through Christmas Mother Collection

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By Brandon Dung

The Christmas Mother Collection was an intense battle between all the classes, especially between second and first place having only a 300-point difference. Throughout the week, juniors were leading in first place with a significant point gap, following by freshmen and sophomores, placing seniors in last. With the final day of collection, several items were brought including bikes and hundreds of books. Between all the classes, they were able to collect 449 cans, 118 pairs of socks, 759 books, 15 sets of pajamas, 11 helmets and 21 bicycles. In the end, the standings were freshmen earned 4th place, the sophomores earned 3rd place, the juniors earned 2nd place and the seniors won 1st place.

Christmas Mother Collection in front of the Gallery on the final day of collection. Photo taken by Brandon Dung.


This places the overall standings with: (Not including fall play points)

4th place: Freshmen with 27 points

3rd place: Juniors with 30 points

2nd place: Seniors with 32 points

1st place: Sophomores with 33 points


There are still multiple events throughout the year until Battle Night that can change the scores, as well as battle night events. These upcoming events in the year include Silent Night with basketball, Mr. Glen Allen, and other sporting events. With the start of the new year, captains are now allowed to start preparing for battle night by holding meetings and starting their plan of attack to win the title of best class. Anything can happen this year that can change the game for all classes as we’ve seen in last year’s art and dance performances. From amazing hallways that transport you to different places to crazy innovative dances that make the gym go crazy. It is a fair game for anyone to win if they try hard enough. There is only 3 months left until Battle Night; anything can happen!

GAHS Celebrates the Holiday Season with Winter Spirit Week

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Over the past eight years, Glen Allen High School has continued to establish itself as a home to its 1700 students, fostering numerous traditions and hosting celebrations for a multitude of events. One of the Jags’ most beloved is Winter Spirit Week, a week of celebrating the holiday season and winter festivities. Jags in every class participated in this tradition somehow, whether it be dressing up on theme days, giving to the Christmas Mother drive, or attending one of the winter concerts that the music department presented.

To kick off Spirit Week, Jags dove right into themed dress-up days, starting with Flannel Pants Day on Monday. Tuesday was Cheesy Holiday Family Photo Day, which presented many Jags with the opportunity to dress up with their friends in silly group costumes. Wednesday was Candy Cane Day, so many Jags sported red and white stripes. Favorite Holiday Character Day was on Thursday and the Jags did not disappoint; senior Brenna Fano dressed up as Dr. Suess’s The Grinch, decking herself out in a handmade costume, green face paint, and even green nail polish. Friday was Tacky Sweater Day, a favorite among GAHS staff as well.

The 2017 Christmas Mother Drive was a success at Glen Allen, collecting both necessary items for people who need them and BOTC points for all classes. Glen Allen collectively brought in 449 cans, 118 pairs of socks, 759 books, 15 pairs of pajamas, 11 helmets, and 21 bicycles! The sophomores earned the most Battle points, scoring in at 33; the seniors followed in second with 32 points, the juniors placed third with 30 points, and the freshmen were in fourth with 27 points.

The Glen Allen Music Department put on multiple free shows for both the school and community to celebrate the holiday season. All sections performed, including the chorus, band, and orchestra. On Thursday night, the department played in the evening, welcoming the community into GAHS to celebrate unity and festivity. Sophomore Emily Trent played in the orchestra, creating a memorable night because “[her] family traveled from out of town to watch [her] play.” Senior Krista Macuno helped to accompany on the piano as well.

To end off the 2017 Winter Spirit Week, the music department played another show during school hours for students to attend. All three sections played again for the Jags; the chorus sang a diverse range of holiday songs, featuring senior soloist Roman Fenner for one song, the band provided a line of trumpeters, and the orchestra played a medley of music from Dr. Suess’s The Grinch.

Beta Alpha Kappa: Revamped

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Involvement at Glen Allen is a necessary part of every Jaguar’s high school experience. Glen Allen High School hosts numerous organizations to be a part of, providing many diverse opportunities to get involved within the walls of Glen Allen. From organizations as unique as Astronomy Club and as impactful as Jaguar Gents, students of all ages are involved with other and the Glen Allen community through membership. However, one of the most meaningful organizations to be a part of is Beta Alpha Kappa.

Founded in 2016, Beta Alpha Kappa, also known as “BAK,” is an organization composed of about one hundred upperclassmen, dedicated to mentoring and guiding the incoming freshman class through their trials and tribulations of their freshman year. Through this organization, upperclassmen have the opportunity to be a friend and a mentor to the lowerclassmen. Economics & Personal Finance and Business Law teacher Mr. Edwards said the he believes that BAK gives students the “opportunity to build more comradery…between the seniors and freshmen.”

The thankful tree is outside of the attendance office in the main hallway. Stop by and add your leaf to the tree! Photo credit: Lauren Baugham.

BAK has been revamped for the 2017-2018 school year to make activities more engaging for the whole school. For example, the “thankful tree” by the attendance office was updated this year to make it collaborative, allowing everyone in Glen Allen to add a leaf. Mr. Edwards said that he hopes activities like the thankful tree “foster a new kindness in people.”

Not only are there mentorship opportunities in BAK, there are also leadership opportunities available within the club. Certain members are selected to be group leaders and other members are selected to be on the Curriculum Team, which is in charge of creating the lessons that the other members teach in their homerooms on Mondays.

Additional clubs that Jags could get involved in if they are interested in being a mentor or a leader include SODA, SheIs, and Jaguar Gents. Most high-schoolers probably remember their very own SODA mentors who visited their middle schools in sixth grade. Members of SODA have the opportunity to travel to local Henrico middle schools and interact with students by teaching fun lessons about life topics. SheIs and Jaguar Gents are gender-based mentorship programs.


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