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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Les Misérables Sneak Peak

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.

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 an…

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Center and Humanities Students Explore Philadelphia

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”.

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 decision…

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Jaguars and Tiaras: Mr. Glen Allen 2018

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.

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 door…

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First Ever Poetry Cafe Slams Glen Allen

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 p…

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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

Honors Humanities Takes the VMFA

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On Thursday November 2nd, Glen Allen’s Honors Humanities classes went on a field trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. This is the first of four field trips that Humanities students will take over the course of the

Before or after students found their piece to analyze, they were encouraged to get lunch at the museum café. Not only did the café offer reasonably priced and delicious food, but a stunning view. Picture taken by Cara Crenshaw.

2017-2018 school year, as both 5th and 7th block classes will go once per marking period.

Created by AP Literature and Composition teacher Mr. Tolbert, Honors Humanities is an elective class that aims at studying the creative process of tradition through history. This means that for each unit, centered around a specific theme, students will look at multiple pieces of art, whether they be literature, music, sculpture, dance, paintings, and more. They will then look at what particular elements these pieces use to convey certain themes, find out what the pieces are trying to convey, and compare pieces to each other.

The majority of MP1 in Humanities focused on the Consumerism and Connectivity unit, where students learned about different people’s takes on and reactions to an increasingly technology-dependent world. Students were also encouraged to examine themselves and their levels of technology use and connectivity with others, and in doing so realize the importance of being able to step back from the artifice of technology and pursue genuine human interaction.

This piece of art is titled “Xilempasto 6” and was made by Henrique Oliveira in 2013 from plywood and pigment. In the modern art exhibit, this was one of dozens of pieces students had to choose from to analyze. Picture taken by Cara Crenshaw.

Thus, students were tasked with finding a modern piece of art that comments on our consumerist and hyper-connected society. Then, students were first asked to observe and experience the piece, taking in such details as colors, shapes, forms, lines, and texture, as well as the emotions their particular piece invoked.

 

After, they broke down each feature they noted and analyzed what significance it brings to the piece. Then, students used this compiled information to get to the “deeper meaning” of the piece and discover what the art is trying to convey about society and the human experience as a whole. Finally, they compiled their observations and analysis to create a well-crafted, one-paragraph art analysis.

Many Honor Humanities students find the field trips to the VMFA one of the most enjoyable parts of the class, as it allows them the chance to engage with artwork on new levels and in an independent way.

Honors Humanities students Karen Salazar and Karoline Marzouk admire a Greek pot in the ancient art section of the VMFA. After students completed their assignment, they were free to explore the rest of the museum and its art. Picture taken by Paxton O’Bryen.

“The VMFA gives us the opportunity to experience art in person, which allows us to interact with it on a deeper level than is possible on a screen in class,” said Senior Paxton O’Bryen, who takes Honors Humanities 7th block.

Incorporating a class based on analyzing art and universal themes, allowing students to better understand and access the world around them, is extremely important in the development of a well-rounded person. Honors Humanities is one of the few classes that allows for this, letting students experience a very subjective and through-provoking class among the other more technical classes at Glen Allen.

Powderpuff Comes to Glen Allen with a Surprise Ending

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On Wednesday, October 18th, Glen Allen hosted its annual Powderpuff flag football event. Girls from each class got together to form teams and represent their class with Battle of the Classes points on the line! They were coached by volunteers from their class. And, everyone was cheered on by the cheerleaders!

The first game, Seniors vs. Freshmen, ended the closest it has ever been in Glen Allen history. The Freshmen girls held their own against the Seniors, scoring 19 points to the Seniors’ 25 points.

Afterwards, the Juniors vs. Sophomore game ended even closer, with the Juniors persevering by only one point! The friendly competition showcased the comparative team work of the two classes. The game ending 21 to 20 led the Juniors to victory and into the final game against the Seniors.

The final game, Juniors vs. Seniors, ended unexpectedly with the Juniors crushing the Seniors, 20 to 0!

Throughout all three games, the four teams were kept motivated by the cheerleaders, led by Brian Glessner. The boys dress up as cheerleaders in their best pinkout gear to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. They kept spirits up with the cheers everyone knows and loves!

This is a competition, but at the end of the day, we’re one big family and this even brought out and united so many Jaguars.

Photos by Emily Bickford.

 

Annual State Fair Hits Virginia

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One of the most highly anticipated events by almost every Virginian is the annual State Fair of Virginia.

Animals were also a popular attraction, ranging from large animals like goats and cows to smaller ones such as baby ducklings and chicks. One of the more popular animals were the donkeys. Picture taken by Olivia Weitzel.

One of the most popular aspects of the fair is the carnival games. Not only are the games themselves fun, but the opportunity to win fun prizes are too good to pass up! Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

This year, it began Friday, September 29th and ended Sunday, October 8th, and was open Monday-Thursday and Sunday 10am-9pm, as well as Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm. This year, the state fair partnered with Walgreens for ticketing, all Walgreens establishments offering early and discounted tickets.

Located as always at the Meadow Event Park, this annual event drew thousands and thousands of visitors over the two weeks it was open, providing entertainment for people of all ages.

There were dozens of booths, ranging from Democratic and Republican party booths to bathroom remodeling to crafts & jewelry. There were also numerous art displays, ranging from paintings to sculptures to photography and products such as purses, candles, and jewelry.

There were also dozens of food booths, offering savory foods such as turkey legs and French fries to sweet deserts such as fried Oreos and funnel cakes. Additionally, there were a number of rides, including the famous Ferris Wheel, swings, carousel, bumper cars, round up, pirate ship, and more!

Along with other rides, the classic bumper cars were also a popular attraction. They offered a fun and competitive way for guests to spend their time and tickets. Picture taken by Olivia Weitzel.

Aside from the given food and rides, there were also many additional attractions for people to enjoy. Famous Rosaire’s racing pigs were one of the most popular, returning after being received with huge success in the past. Additionally, the state fair’s annual rodeo occurred October 5th and 6th, sponsored this year by the Virginia Horse Festival. Other popular attractions included the XPogo Stunt Team, Demolition Derby, Virginia State Auctioneer Contest, chainsaw carving, agri-puppets, and more!

The Heritage Village Music Series, sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Performing Arts Touring Assistance, was also a huge hit, ranging in activities from historical displays and reenactments to transport people back to simpler times to traditional Virginian music by artists belonging to the esteemed Crooked Road Music Trail.

One of the most popular aspects of the fair is the carnival games. Not only are the games themselves fun, but the opportunity to win fun prizes are too good to pass up! Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

Additionally, Young MacDonald’s farm offered a variety of animals for the public to view and engage with. The SouthLand Dairy Farm Center provided cows, along with hand-milking demos and other exhibits. Other animals included were the ever-popular sliding ducks, baby chicks, roosters, pigs, and goats.

This year, as per tradition, many Glen Allen students visited the fair.

Senior Isabella Barbosa went this year, and said, “Feeling down? Go to the fair.

One of the main reasons the state fair is so highly anticipated is the amazing food. One of the options offered as Kona Ice truck with snow cones, which allows people the opportunity to apply their own syrup. Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

Feeling adventurous? Go to the fair. Feeling overwhelmingly hungry, with weird food cravings? Go to the fair!” There are so many things to do that pretty much anyone can find something that interests them!

For more information about this year’s fair, as well as next one’s, visit http://www.statefairva.org/.

Everything, Everything is Everything

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Maddie and Nick simulate touching each other’s’ hands through the glass. This is the movie poster. Photo taken from joblo.com.

Everything, Everything is a drama released on May 19th about a girl named Maddie who is unable to go outside because of a disease. She is stuck inside her house with no connection to the outside world besides her mom, her nurse, and her nurse’s daughter until a new family moves in next with their son, Olly. They make eye contact through her window and sparks fly. Olly does not let the fact that Maddie cannot leave her house to keep them from being together.

The main character, Maddie, is excellently portrayed by Amandla Spenberg. She encompasses Maddie’s personality, displaying her as a fun-loving teenage girl. She is easily sympathized with and hard not to love. Olly, as played by Nick Robinson, is portrayed as the bad boy who lives next door. They not only have to overcome obstacles like Maddie’s illness to be together, they also have to get through Maddie’s overprotective mom as well as her nurse. She, more than anything, wants to leave her house and see the ocean.

The film shows what it is like for Maddie before she meets Olly, wearing her “standard uniform” of a white t-shirt every day. She has no connection to the outside beside her mom, nurse, nurse’s daughter, and the internet. After she meets Olly, who wears all black, she begins to strengthen her desire to go outside.

Everything, Everything contains a lot of symbolism that creates another level of entertainment for the movie. This symbolism strengthens the importance of small things, such as the color of Maddie’s clothing. It was exciting to figure out the meaning behind these symbols throughout the movie.

Senior Joshua Burks said, “It was a fun story about love in an unexpected situation.”

Overall, I give Everything, Everything a 4.5 rating.

Staff

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