Preview for Sweeney Todd

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 re…

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Captain Marvel Movie Review

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.

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Mr. Glen Allen

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 he…

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Holiday Movie Favorites

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 mo…

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Jaguar Drama's Peter and the Starcatcher Preview

By: Abby Perkins

It’s that time of year for Glen Allen’s very own Jaguar Drama to put on another one of their pnuenomical fall plays. This year, Jaguar Drama will be putting on Peter and the Starcatcher, a fast-paced comedy telling the origin story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and other beloved characters we all know and love.

To give a brief overview: Peter, played by sophomore Brandon McKinney, is put on a ship called the Neverland with two other orphans; Prentiss, played by 11th grader Devin Alburger, and Ted, played by freshman Katie Burks. There the three boys meet Molly Aster, a starcatcher apprentice and begin a whirlwind adventure. Familiar faces such as Black Stache (Captain Hook), played by 10th grader Owen Rice, his right-ha…

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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.

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

Mr. Glen Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Movie Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jaguar Drama’s Peter and the Starcatcher Preview

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By: Abby Perkins

It’s that time of year for Glen Allen’s very own Jaguar Drama to put on another one of their pnuenomical fall plays. This year, Jaguar Drama will be putting on Peter and the Starcatcher, a fast-paced comedy telling the origin story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and other beloved characters we all know and love.

To give a brief overview: Peter, played by sophomore Brandon McKinney, is put on a ship called the Neverland with two other orphans; Prentiss, played by 11th grader Devin Alburger, and Ted, played by freshman Katie Burks. There the three boys meet Molly Aster, a starcatcher apprentice and begin a whirlwind adventure. Familiar faces such as Black Stache (Captain Hook), played by 10th grader Owen Rice, his right-hand-man Smee, senior Mark Titus, and even Tinkerbell, junior Sophie Ventura, enter the picture. Other notable characters include Lord Leonard Aster, Molly’s starcatcher father, portrayed by senior Trey Grimes.

The show consists of roughly 33 actors, with the help of several helpful crew members, art teams, and costume designers. Kerry Williams, the stage manager and Glen Allen senior, said that her favorite part about working on Peter and the Starcatcher was “getting to watch everything from the beginning.”

Brandon said, “I like Peter’s story the most while also getting to learn about him and transforming into the character.”

“Definitely being able to speak in a British accent, everything about the show is fun and that just adds to it,” Trey said.

photo credits to Jakob Skammer -Sophomore Brandon Mckinney acts through the end of act one.

photo credits to Jakob Skammer – junior Kruger Daniels poses during mic check.

Be sure not to miss Jaguar Drama’s Peter and the Starcatcher! The show runs from November 29th to December 1st at 7:30 p.m. each night at Glen Allen High School. Tickets are $6 in advance (can be purchased during lunches the week of the 26th) and $8 at the door. Just a small price to pay for such a hysterical and memorable show!

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.

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.

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!

 

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.

 

To read more go to:

https://www.downtoearth.org/go-veggie/top-10-reasons

https://www.vegsoc.org

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