Climate Change Sparking Controversy Among Students

Climate change is a contentious topic in today’s tense political atmosphere. However, nearly 30% of Glen Allen High School students polled informally say they are unfamiliar with the issue.

Talk of climate change first began in the 1800s, when French scientist Joseph Fourier theorized that the earth’s atmosphere could trap carbon dioxide, potentially creating negative effects for the environment. Over the years, this theory has gained more traction as we have begun to notice more pronounced man-made consequences on our natural habitat such as longer and more destructive wildfire seasons and rising sea levels. Today, climate change is recognized as a shift in natural climate patterns due to an increase of fossil fuel-created carbon dioxid…

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Girl Up Becomes Part of Glen Allen High

Girl Up is one of the newest clubs at Glen Allen High School for the 2018-2019 school year and is sponsored by Ms. Shevchuk and run by president Kathryn DeBusk. Senior Kat DeBusk, who is also involved Student Council, drama, BACK, and Model UN, said, “My friend Sarah was in Girl Up at Hermitage, so I looked into the idea and thought it would be really cool to start at Glen Allen.”

The club focuses on empowering women and there are over 50 members participating. DeBusk explains, “We try to bring awareness to the struggles that young women in developing countries face. We want to make sure girls around the world have access to medical care, education, sanitary and hygiene products, and more. Recently, we conducted a feminine hygien…

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34th Annual Lebanese Food Festival Comes to Glen Allen

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

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

There were many options on how to approach dining on the festival’s diverse and delicious …

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Congratulating the Class of 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change Sparking Controversy Among Students

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Climate change is a contentious topic in today’s tense political atmosphere. However, nearly 30% of Glen Allen High School students polled informally say they are unfamiliar with the issue.

Talk of climate change first began in the 1800s, when French scientist Joseph Fourier theorized that the earth’s atmosphere could trap carbon dioxide, potentially creating negative effects for the environment. Over the years, this theory has gained more traction as we have begun to notice more pronounced man-made consequences on our natural habitat such as longer and more destructive wildfire seasons and rising sea levels. Today, climate change is recognized as a shift in natural climate patterns due to an increase of fossil fuel-created carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a statement estimating there to be approximately 20 years to save the Earth from global warming’s permanent consequences. These long-term penalties include the communities and habitats devastated by rapidly-rising sea levels and atmosphere temperatures, as well as a drastic loss of genetic diversity among living beings all around the world. We have seen these changes especially in this year’s abnormal weather patterns, including an increase of tropical storms in the Western Hemisphere and the third significant Saharan snowfall in 40 years.

Graph of global temperature recorded from 1880 to present day. Image taken from Phys.org.

The IPCC’s warning, just one in the midst of many others, has sent many people into a frenzy, and the issue’s relevance has seen a dramatic boost in recent years. “I think that it’s one of the world’s largest problems, and I think that it’s too late to stop it, but we have time to reduce the effects greatly,” Freshman Alex Van Marcke said.

So how can we help? It is important to acknowledge that an estimated 90% of contributors to carbon dioxide emissions are large corporations, and that the only way we as a society will be able to stop climate change is by these major companies reducing usage of harmful resources.

If you want to make a difference in your own life, experts from NASA recommend taking small steps like using more public transportation, using compact fluorescent light bulbs in favor of incandescent light bulbs, and turning off lights or electronics when you are not using them. According to a survey taken of Glen Allen students’ opinions on climate issues, 6.5% of students polled are already fighting climate change with actions like these, and 45% of students are currently considering it. A single person’s actions won’t be able to make a significant change, but the effects of climate change can be lessened if enough people stand out.

Girl Up Becomes Part of Glen Allen High

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Girl Up is one of the newest clubs at Glen Allen High School for the 2018-2019 school year and is sponsored by Ms. Shevchuk and run by president Kathryn DeBusk. Senior Kat DeBusk, who is also involved Student Council, drama, BACK, and Model UN, said, “My friend Sarah was in Girl Up at Hermitage, so I looked into the idea and thought it would be really cool to start at Glen Allen.”

In this Tuesday forum, Kat talks about various issues that surround women today. These issues include poverty, lack of hygiene products, and trafficking. Photo Credit: Momina Raja

The club focuses on empowering women and there are over 50 members participating. DeBusk explains, “We try to bring awareness to the struggles that young women in developing countries face. We want to make sure girls around the world have access to medical care, education, sanitary and hygiene products, and more. Recently, we conducted a feminine hygiene drive to benefit Period Patch, an organization that helps RVA’s homeless and displaced women with their monthly cycles. We also are in the process of installing feminine hygiene product dispensers in the bathrooms of GAHS as a long-term solution.”

Interested in joining this club? The sponsor is Ms. Shevchuk and she can be found in room 111, and the club is always open to new members. Meetings are every week on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in room 111.Topics range from human trafficking to wellness in women. There are also Tuesday forums, where people submit something they want to know more about, such as sex trafficking or struggles for women in third world countries. Impactful videos are shown and much needed discussions are held. There is a remind group that anyone can join (text @girlupga to 81010), just talk to either Kat or Ms. Shevchuk. It’s a great way to change the world through empowering women!

 

34th Annual Lebanese Food Festival Comes to Glen Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulating the Class of 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

 

 

 

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.

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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