W. Robinson Secondary School
James February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
5035 Sideburn Road Fairfax, VA 22032
Volume 38, Issue 2
Clifton Cardinals in the Spotlight
Clifton RED By Chloe and Emily
What is Clifton RED? Clifton RED is a committee that was What would it cost to renovate Clifton Elementary? It could ―I will protest and
formed to help save Clifton Elementary School from being cost up to $19 million. do whatever to
closed down. stop them from
Can I help save Clifton Elementary School? YES! For more
What does Clifton RED stand for? Clifton RED means Reno- information go to www.savecliftonelementary.org. You
Clifton. If I could,
vate our school, Embrace our community, Dedicate your can help by signing the petition at
I would go from
efforts. www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-clifton-elementary-school Renovate our school
house to house
Why is Fairfax County considering closing Clifton Elemen- ---home-of-the-cardinals. Also, ask your parents to attend
giving out fliers to
tary school down? Clifton may close because it is over- community meetings. Merchandise supporting the effort,
help save Clifton.
crowded and the water is not always safe to drink. Ac- such as t-shirts and wrist bands, is available on the website.
My favorite memory at Clifton is
cording to savecliftonelementary.org, ―Because Clifton ES when we set up camp under our
is on well water, tests need to be conducted regularly to desks.‖ ~ Luke, 7th
determine if the drinking water quality meets state require- Embrace our community
ments. When the water quality falls below the state stan-
dards, bottled water is brought in for consump- ―I will protest to stop
tion.‖ Because of the water problem, students drink water them from closing
from water jugs and paper cups instead of drinking foun- down Clifton. I will
tains. Some students bring their own water bottles to help raise money to
school. help save Clifton.
Dedicate your efforts
Where would Clifton Students go if the school closed Clifton was a good
memory in my life
down? FCPS is considering building a new school for
and I don't forget it.
Clifton students and other students whose elementary
If they close down
schools are too crowded on Liberty Middle School‘s
Clifton I‘m going to be very angry
grounds. Other elementary schools that would possibly
and have to go to Centreville.‖
send students to this new school include Colin Powell,
~ Heather, 7th
Greenbriar West, and Eagle View. Clifton Elementary School
On December The presentation covered computer protection from viruses navigate the
17th, 2009, repre- and spam, keeping personal information private, and de- internet be-
sentatives from ciding if pictures were doctored. At the end, they played a cause it‘s
Google, YouTube, and video that the representatives from YouTube had created becoming
iKeepSafe came to Robin- called ―Playing and Staying Safe Online.‖ It lasts about two more popu-
l son to inform some students minutes and is available to anyone on the World Wide Web. lar…we want
about internet safety. After the video was played, students were allowed to ask kids to know
N and iKeepSafe is an ―Optimist Club [that] questions. On the way out, attendees were given a light-up how to keep
ly gives classroom lessons,‖ said Dr. Davina bouncy ball that said ―Google‖ on it, a magnetic locker information
M Pruitt, one of their representatives. ―Group white board with a marker and separate magnets, and an private, how
members give classroom lessons on internet internet safety booklet. Above all, the main rule that the to change
safety. [We came here because] iKeepSafe and representatives from iKeepSafe tried to reinforce was to ―be their privacy
Robinson have a partnership.‖ Three half hour sessions a skeptic.‖ settings and Reps in Recital Hall
were conducted for select middle school and high school Dorothy Chou from Google wants kids to know, ―We think stay on safe
students. After everybody was seated in Recital Hall, Dr. at Google and YouTube that there are a lot of kids going on on appropriate websites.‖ For more information, search
Davina Pruitt introduced herself and opened a slideshow. for fun and education, so we want them to stay safe and ―Playing and Staying Safe Online‖ at YouTube.com.
According to RMS… Is it true? By Molly
What would you do?
By Nicole By Molly
Often, pictures you
can find online have
Over 200 Robinson Middle School students were asked if been doctored, or
they have a computer in their room or not, and what Answer the following questions with ―yes‖ or ―no.‖
they use it for if they do. According to the poll results, 1. Do you have access to a computer
viewers of these pho-
about 50% of students have a computer in their room or cell phone?
tos have to be skepti-
and 50% do not. Of those who have computers in their 2. Do your parents know what you do
cal. Look at the pro-
bedrooms, people use the computer in their bedroom for portions, the direc- on the computer?
Facebook, schoolwork, and games. 3. Have you ever responded to an
tions of the shadow,
email or text from someone you
and pay close atten-
weren‘t sure you knew?
tion to if something
4. Have you ever forwarded a rumor or
was drawn in. Image courtesy of dphotojournal.com embarrassing picture?
5. Are you friends with anyone on a
Privacy/Protection By Molly
social networking site you don‘t
In this modern age, people of you live. Also know that spreading rude, cruel, If you answered ―yes‖ for the first question, you are
all ages are building online or embarrassing rumors or photos about like most people. If you put ―yes‖ for any of the others,
profiles and other egos known someone cannot be undone. Be sure you then you might want to take a look at the articles on
as avatars, posting pictures and know your online friends personally. Someone this page if you haven‘t already done so. Remember
videos from cell phones, texting who says they‘re a 13 year old girl who lives in to update protection software, keep personal infor-
and emailing, reconnecting Michigan could really be a 40 year old from mation minimal, and keep in mind that once some-
with friends they don‘t normally Nevada seeking personal information. thing is online, you can‘t erase or deny it.
see in person, and broadcast- To protect your computer from viruses,
ing what they‘re doing to hun- make sure to never answer or even open a
dreds of people. These are all Although Facebook text or email from someone unknown. They
fun things to do, but sometimes can be fun, always could be trying to get personal information or
The WWW is a big
people tend to forget that any- remember to adjust be sending a virus, which is often recurrent in By Nicole
place; be careful what
thing online is viewable by any- privacy settings to chain mail. If an email comes and it‘s suppos-
you say and do online! ensure your informa- edly from a bank, pay attention to see if there
one. Did you know that one of
those people could try to send malware to your com- tion is safe! are spelling errors or if they know your name. If -Never give out your personal information including
puter? there are, it‘s probably someone trying to address, phone number, passwords, social security
How can people protect their privacy and computers from access your financial passwords. Be careful of games or videos numbers, or any hints to where you live.
the World Wide Web? The best thing to do is don‘t profile any you play or download, too, for they may contain viruses or re-
information you wouldn‘t want a stranger to know. This goes for quire personal information. -Never answer emails or click on pop-ups from unfa-
personal pictures, phone numbers, email addresses, or where miliar people or websites.
iKeepSafe Glossary By Molly
-Never talk to people online that you don‘t know.
Many people pretend to be someone they are not.
-Beware of getting a virus from websites, email, or
Badware/Malware: Bad software that can steal personal infor- Sexting: Sending or forwarding sexually explicit pictures or mes-
downloads. These can crash your computer or steal
mation and send spam. sages on a phone.
information from your personal files.
Firewall: Hardware or software that blocks hackers from ac- Spyware: Software installed on your computer without consent
cessing your info. to watch/control use of the device.
-Beware of inappropriate or doctored pictures online.
Intellectual property: Copyrighted commercial products P2P: Allows you to share music, games, movies online through a
(books, songs, photos, etc.). network of computers.
-Be a skeptic by paying attention to details in pictures,
Phishing: When scam artists send spam, texts, or pop-ups to get Virus: Malware that sneaks onto your computer often through
emails, and on web pages.
you to send them personal information. emails and multiplies.
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
How to Keep your New Year‘s Resolutions
Orchestra at Robinson By Nicole By Melissa and Jewel
Why did you decide to be in The orchestra program at Robinson Middle School provides a
A new decade is here and it‘s time for
place for everyone, from beginner to expert. Students who have
orchestra and what instrument experience definitely have a place, as well as students who have
New Year‘s resolutions. Millions of people
make resolutions, but fewer then 46%
do you play? never played before. A beginner class called String Ensemble is
actually keep them according to John
offered to students with little or no experience. It is conducted by
C. Norcross, a professor of psychology at
―You should play in orchestra Mrs. Benolkin. The next level up is intermediate orchestra, or Con-
University of Scranton. This year is your
because it is important for mu- cert Orchestra, which is also conducted by Mrs. Benolkin. It is
year to stick to those tough goals! Here
sic to be part of your childhood. geared toward students who have experience, but are still devel-
are eight helpful tips for approaching
I picked bass because experi- oping technique. The highest level middle school orchestra is
ence with it might help towards advanced, or the Sinfonietta, conducted by Mrs. Rupert. Sinfo-
electric bass.‖ nietta is for students who have more experience than others and
―I am very musical so I enjoy
have almost perfected more advanced techniques such as vi-
brato and shifting. 1 Be Realistic: Don‘t try to have
a resolution in mind that you
5 Failure is Only Temporary:
Believe in yourself during the proc-
Orchestra is much more than just putting your bow on a string
expressing myself with it. It also and moving it back and forth. There are many different bowing won‘t keep. If you do, then you ess of accomplishing your resolu-
helps me with my musicality for styles, notes, rhythms, scales, tempos, dynamics, and more. Or- won‘t reach your goal. For exam- tion. If you fail while trying to
dance. I play the viola.‖ chestra is a very visual group; you can actually see what the mu- ple, resolving to do five hours of achieve your New Year‘s resolu-
~Alex, 7th sicians are doing. If you‘re interested in music, orchestra may be homework every night probably tion, just try again. Don‘t give up!
―I decided to play in the or-
chestra because everyone else
the right thing for you.
―I decided to play in the orchestra because I like to make music
isn‘t going to happen.
2 Create a Plan: Plan out how
6 Try Something New: Try some-
thing new this year, don‘t just go
and because everyone in my family played an instrument at one
in my family does. I play the time or another. I play the viola,‖ explained Reagan, 7th grade. you will accomplish your resolu- with the resolutions everyone else
cello because I love how it When in orchestra, students are given a chair. The chairs are tion. Consider creating a chart or is doing. Make it unique and your
sounds.‖ ~Libby, 7th identified by numbers and are assigned according to the level of list of mini goals. own. For example, make more
―I am in orchestra because I
love music and I have been
expertise of the musician. First chair is always the highest ―rank‖
chair, and in the front. Last chair is always the lowest ―rank‖ chair 3 Tell Others About It: Tell your
family and friends about your
friends, have a better outlook on
life, or perform a random act of
and is in the back. Chair numbers are decided during a seating
playing the cello for six years. I
like it because it is different than
the piano which I have been
audition where the conductor assesses the skill level of each musi-
resolution so they can motivate
you and help you reach your
7 Break Your Goal into Steps:
Don‘t try to reach for a big goal
For people who want an extra challenge, Junior District Orches-
playing for nine years.‖
tra (JDO) is a great way to expand your horizons to outside of the
school. This year, Sinfonietta was required to attend the audition 4 Reward Yourself: Give yourself
some rewards for what you have
all at once, break it down and
take it one step at a time. Add a
reward at the end of each step.
for JDO on November 23rd at W.T. Woodson High School. Students
were required to play excerpts from ―Russlan and Ludmilla Overture‖ by Mikhail Glinka, 2 scales, and sight read.
A total of thirteen students in grades seven and eight were accepted from RMS including four 1 st violinists, three
accomplished. This is a super way
to motivate yourself to keep go-
8 Put Yourself in Charge: Meet-
ing goals is under your control.
2nd violinists, four violists, one cellist, and one bassist.
―I had to prepare a 10th grade level song to audition for the event. I also had to get help from the orchestra Others can support you but it‘s up
teacher to learn the song correctly,‖ Nicholas, 7th grade said about preparing for JDO. to you, if you actually try to ac-
After musicians attend the audition, they have about a month and a half to practice the piece, and on complish them.
January 7th and 8th there were rehearsals with all who made it, and finally a concert on January 8th. This year‘s
JDO pieces were ―Russlan and Ludmilla Overture‖ by Mikhail Glinka, ―March Petite‖ by Ludwig Van Beethoven,
What are your resolutions?
―Lullaby‖ by William Hofeldt, and ―Folk Tune Air and Fiddler‘s Fury‖ by Alexander Safford.
Middle School Junior Violists 2nd Violinists
Molly, 7th (Chair 2) Felix, 8th (Chair 30)
District Orchestra Members Paola, 8th (Chair 13) Zoe, 7th (Chair 37)
―Go to weight ―I want to be ―Some people say
James, 8th (Chair 14) Emily, 7th (Chair 41)
1st Violinists lifting as much as healthier and hap- that I need to grow
Nicole, 7th (Chair 16)
So Yeun, 8th (Chair 1, Concert Master) possible so I can pier in the new shorter. I guess I
So Young, 8th (Chair 17) get into the best year.‖ ~Mrs. Tran, could stop grow-
Cellist Bassist shape possible.‖ 7th grade secretary ing.‖
Alex, 8th (Chair 22) Nicholas, 7th (Chair 14) Andrew, 8th (Chair 2)
Lydia, 8th (Chair 26) ~J.P., 8th ~Noah, 7th
Robinson Clubs By T.J. Fuel Up To Play By Lindsey and Paige
Here at Robinson, stu- ―Zumba is my favorite What is fuel up to play?
dents have the ultimate after school activity *Fuel up to play is a program to encourage healthy
opportunity to participate because I love to habits.
in after school clubs and dance to music from *All you have to do is track your eating and fitness ac-
activities. The main pur- my culture. I love the tivities on the chart given to you by your gym teacher.
poses of clubs are to pro- beat of the Spanish *You can win prizes for yourself and your school.
vide a safe environment music the instructor *Sponsored by the National Football League (NFL).
for middle school students chooses.‖ Need more information?
to receive academic ~Grace, 7th See Mrs. Miley, Mrs. Aunon, or your PE teacher.
support and enrichment,
and participate in a vari-
ety of activities including
fitness, leadership, and Robinson After School Clubs
After-School service. The after school time is a great way to learn, enjoy an activity, and By Madison
Program Specialist even make new friends!
―The after school program is all about offering students a choice in activi- Drama Club- The drama club is a Homework Club- The homework club
ties. Students can try new activities each week or commit to one or two areas of interest during the place where students can play fun provides students with an opportunity
school year. The level of commitment is really based on individual student availability and level of theater games and activities. Mem- to complete homework in a quiet envi-
interest, so I enjoy seeing students in either setting,‖ said Mrs. Aunon, After-School Program Specialist. bers also get to be a part of the spring ronment. This club meets Mondays in
The clubs are divided into four different areas. Academic enrichment and support is an area to help play. Drama Club meets biweekly on room A202 and on Wednesdays in
students with academic success. Some clubs in this category are homework club and Science Olym- Wednesdays in room D106 and is A100. This club is sponsored by Ms.
piad. Another area is fine and performing arts. The art club and drama club are featured here. This sponsored by Mr. Kenny. White and Ms. Malloy.
field is good for students who want to go out and express themselves through arts. The next area is
leadership, social skill, and youth development. This category emphasizes building good habits and Girls Exploring their Magnificent Self- ESOL Tutoring Partners- This club pairs
social skills. Clubs in this area are GEMS (Girls Exploring their Magnificent Self-worth), Builders Club, and worth (GEMS)- GEMS is a great way to high school students up with middle
Blankets for Babies sewing club. The final category of clubs is health and fitness. Students participating learn about future career paths and school ESOL students for homework
in these activities go out and do physical workouts through intramurals, fitness room, weight training, build healthy relationships with other help and academic support. This club
or even dance teams and classes. Some clubs in people. This club meets Mondays in meets Mondays in the Blue Cafeteria
this category are basketball and indoor soccer Why Should Kids Join Clubs? room A224 and is sponsored by Ms. and is sponsored by Mrs. Hockenbury
intramurals, zumba aerobics, fitness room, and By Paige and Lindsey Filmyer and Mrs. Miley. and Mrs. Lopatin.
Remember to always read the Ramblast and ―You can meet new
Builders Club– In the Builders club, kids Zumba Aerobics- Come exercise and
listen to announcements on Mondays in the Mid- people and join clubs
get to plan and participate in school learn dance moves inspired by salsa,
dle for information on clubs and activities! You can that have to do with
and community service projects. This meringue, hip hop, samba, and more!
always talk to Mrs. Aunon during your lunch period things you like and en-
club meets biweekly on Wednesdays This activity is a fun way to work out.
or in her office in sub school 8. joy. Also, you can ex-
―I encourage all students to get involved in the plore new things and in the Gold Cafeteria and is spon- Meet in the fitness rooms on Thursday
after school program as it‘s a great way to make sored by Ms. Gilbert and Mrs. Stanos. with Ms. Camacho and Mrs. Miley as
you don't have to com-
new friends and to work with teachers and the sponsors.
mit to one club if you
coaches in a relaxed and fun environment,‖ said don't enjoy it.‖ ~Ms.
Mrs. Aunon. Games Club- At the games club Bridges Club- Build relationships with
White, Stars and Green members can play all kinds of games special education students while hav-
team counselor with friends or meet new people and ing fun. This activity meets every other
play with them. This club meets on week on Thursdays in room A205 and is
―I encourage students Mondays in room A103 and is spon- sponsored by Mrs. Skocik.
to join clubs because sored by Mrs. Beyer.
students get to know
the other students. Also Volleyball Clinics- Clinic is open to
Fitness Room with DDR and Wii- Come
they get to work on experienced or inexperienced volley-
with your friends or come alone to
communication skills ball players who would like to practice
work out. Have fun working up a
and it‘s a lot of fun‖ volleyball basics with Coach Pearson
sweat while playing DDR and Wii. This
~Mrs. Miley, Comets and and high school players. This activity
activity meets Mondays in the field
Students relax and have a snack after working out Champions team meets Thursdays (spring only) in the
house/fitness room and is sponsored
in the Fitness Room. counselor field house.
by Ms. Brodin and Ms. Malloy.
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Are you going to see Annie?
ANNIE 411 By Allison, Cora, and Katie
Did you know that the middle school play always sells
out? Be sure to buy your ticket early! See below for tick-
Will, 7th grader Autumn, 8th grader eting information.
Plays Fred McCracken Plays Ronnie, one of the Bolyan Sisters
Over 200 RMS students were polled.
Q: Describe your character ? Q: Is there something you particularly like
Will: My character is a hyper radio about being a Boylan Sister?
announcer that uses a mannequin. Autumn: It‘s a really fun part, we have to act 34% said no
He works with Burt Healy, Jimmy super smiley. I sing in this part and I love sing-
Johnson, and the Bolyan sisters. ing! So I really enjoy it. 66%said yes
Q: Are you nervous about the per- Q: What song do you sing in the play?
formances? Autumn: ―Never Fully Dressed Without A
Will: I think if I had a larger role then I would be more nerv- Smile.‖ It‘s a really happy song. I love the dance to it.
ous. Thankfully I am always with other people. Q: Do you have friends in the play?
Q: Are the cast easy to work with? Autumn: Yes, the whole cast is like a family. We all talk and there
Will: Yes, we all enjoy what we are doing and like to listen are so many personalities, so it makes the show exciting!
to each other. Q: What song and monologue did you sing and read for the Which musical do you want Robinson Middle
Q: What made you want to be in the play? audition? School to perform next year?
Will: My whole family has always performed at Robinson Autumn: I sang ―Shy‖ from Once Upon a Mattress. That song was
and I had friends that said I should try out. great to perform. My monologue was from the character Grace.
Q: Is there anything in Annie that bothers you that you Q: Which Boylan sister do you play? If you could switch roles,
would change? who would you be? 10% 18%
Will: No, Ms. Hard and Mrs. B make it easy for all of us and Autumn: I play Ronnie, but I would probably switch. I really
we have a lot of fun! wanted to be Lily, but Sarah Miller already plays the role per-
Sarah, 7th grader Chloe, 7th grader
Plays Lily St. Regis Stars as Annie
Q: Did you expect to land a main role in the
Q: What made you want to be in play?
“Annie”? Chloe: No, I didn‘t. I really thought I was
Sarah: I‘ve always love to perform
and I‘ve always wanted to be in a
going to be ensemble. I was so surprised by
how well my audition went and the fact
Robinson musical. that I was the star!
Q: What is your character like in the Q: Do you like being the star or would pre-
play? fer a smaller role?
Sarah: Lily St. Regis, my character isn‘t very smart. She‘s Chloe: I really like being a star because I get the role as a little
flirtatious and causes lots of trouble. girl. I get to be very energetic and spunky!
Q: Is it stressful at all? If so how? Q: What is your character like?
Sarah: No, not really, it‘s right after school so you don‘t Chloe: Annie is very outgoing and talented. She‘s not afraid of
have to change your schedule everyday after rehearsal. saying the wrong thing. 12% 8%
Also, it‘s very exciting to rehearse and make what we Q: Are you excited or nervous about performing?
know even better. Chloe: I‘m very excited because I get to be carried and spun
Q: How many times a week do you practice? around. But, I‘m nervous also because I have the most lines and
Sarah: It depends on your character. For me I have to dance routines!
practice two or three times a week, maybe more. Q: Have you made any new friends?
Q: Is it hard to manage your school work, sports, and the Chloe: Yes, I‘ve made a lot of new friends! Everyone on the cast I want to see Annie!
musical? is very nice and easy to work with! How much are the tickets?
Sarah: Yes, I do my homework in RAISE, sports in the eve- Q: What’s your favorite dance routine?
ning, and rehearsal is in the afternoon. Chloe: My favorite dance routine is ―I Think I‘m Gonna Like It Tickets- Pre-Sale price: $8.00
Q: How are Ms. Hard and Mrs. B as directors? Here‖ because I get to be lifted and I ride on a cart! Online Tickets: $10.00
Sarah: Ms. Hard can be very strict at times, but she will Q: Anything that is a surprise for you in Annie?
Dates- Feb. 12th- 7 PM
make sure you know what you are doing. Mrs. B is like Ms. Chloe: I didn‘t expect it to be so lively and perfect! I really appre-
Feb. 13th- 2 PM and 7 PM
Hard, but not as strict. ciate how Ms. Hard, Mrs. B, and all the cast put so much effort
Feb. 14th- 2 PM
into the play!
For more info visit: www.robinsondrama.org
What are the Grammys? About The Grammy Nominees...
By Darian By Anne and Ameen
The Grammy Awards are an annual music Taylor Swift Coldplay
award show presented by the National Acad-
Age: 20 Ages: 31, 32, 32, 31
emy of Recording Arts. The award show was
Hometown: Wyomissing, PA Hometown: London
started to ward off the ‗threat‘ of the rock ‗n roll
Type of music: Country/Pop Names: Chris Martin,
explosion. Grammy is short for gramophone
Interesting facts: Jonny Buckland, Guy
which is a old fashioned record player.
Her grandmother was an opera Berryman, Will Champion
The first annual Grammy Award Show took
singer. Interesting facts:
place on March 4, 1959 and featured 28
awards. Now the Grammys present over 110 She taught herself how to play To date, Coldplay has
awards. Each year Grammy‘s are awarded for the best song, best the guitar. been nominated for 20 Grammys and has won seven.
artists, albums of the year, and many other categories. The person She grew up on a Christmas This alternative rock band formed in 1996.
who has won the most awards, at 31, is composer George Solti. tree farm Chris Martin, Coldplay‘s lead singer, is married to Ameri-
This year the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January Her first number one song was called ―Our Song.‖ can actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
31, 2010. This year Coldplay has been nominated for two Grammy
This year Swift has been nominated for 10 Grammy
Awards including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or
awards including Album of the Year: Fearless and
What are the Oscars?
Group with Vocals: ―Life in Technicolor II‖ and Best Short
Record of the Year: “You Belong With Me.”
Form Music Video: ―Life in Technicolor II.‖
Beyonce Knowles Kid Cudi
Every year up to 25 people receive the highest honor in Age: 29 Age: 25
filmmaking at the Academy Awards. At the first cere- Hometown: Houston, TX Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
mony on May 16, 1929, the Academy presented 12 Type of music: Pop/R&B Interesting facts:
awards. As many as five nominees are chosen to win an Interesting facts: Kid Cudi‘s real name is Scott
Oscar for each category. Oscars are awarded for best Beyonce has won five Ramon Seguro Mescudi.
acting, films, music, costumes, make up, set, screenplay, Grammy Awards. He‘s not only a rapper, but is
graphics, and many others.
Her favorite rapper is also a songwriter and actor.
The movies that hold the most wins are Titanic, Ben-Hur,
and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Wyclef Jean. Kid Cudi, a hip hop artist, has
The Oscars will be held on March , 2010. She is married to Jay Z. worked with Lady Gaga,
This year Beyonce has been nominated for 10 Kanye West, and Jay Z.
Grammy awards including Album of the Year: I am… Kid Cudi has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy award
for Best Rap Solo Performance: ―Day ‗n‘ Nite.‖
What are the Emmys?
Sasha Fierce and Record of the Year: “Halo.‖
By Darian Jason Mraz Black Eyed Peas
Age: 32 Ages: 34, 35, 35, 35
The Emmy Awards are held every year to recog- Hometown: Mechanicsville, Names from left to right: Ta-
nize the best in television such as Outstanding Lead VA boo, Will.I.Am, Fergie,
Actor/Actress and Outstanding TV Shows. Today Type of music: Pop apl.de.ap
over 100 awards Emmy Awards are presented Interesting facts: Interesting facts:
each year. Jason plays guitar, mando- Fergie started her career in
On January 25, 1949 the first Emmy Awards were lin, ukulele, and the keyboard. a band called Wild Orchid.
presented to local Los Angeles programming, and
Attended American Musical The Black Eyed Peas are ranked 7th in Billboard‘s ―Hot
were held at the Hollywood Athletic Club. Over
and Dramatic Academy Artists of the Decade.‖
time, the Emmys became one of the most well
studying music theater, but This hip hop band formed in 1995 in Los Angeles, CA.
known award shows on television.
dropped out a year later. The Black Eyed Peas are nominated for six 2010 Grammy
This year the Emmy‘s are planned to show during
This year Jason Mraz has been nominated for Best Awards including Record of the Year: ―I Gotta Feeling‖
the fall of 2010.
Male Pop Vocal Performance: ―Make it Mine.‖ and Album of the Year: The E.N.D.
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Winter Fashion By Jaanam Styles of Robinson By Hiba
Have you noticed all the different fashions here at Robinson? Perhaps
Boots some of them have caught your eye. Fashion is a way that many teen-
This winter a lot of people are wearing UGG‘s, or other sheepskin boots. Boots are pretty expensive, but agers express their personalities and their interests. For example, if you
worth the allowance. They are also extremely comfortable and warm when it‘s cold outside. You can search see a boy walking down the hall in a team jersey and a pair of jeans,
for these boots at Journey‘s, Nordstrom, or online. Knock off UGG‘s can be found at Target, DSW, Papaya, that might show that the student is into sports. And if you see a girl in a
and many other stores. Another popular boot brand is EMU. sweater dress with UGG boots, you‘re probably going to think that girl
If you‘re interested in something a little differ- enjoys shopping and putting together really cute outfits. Everyone is dif-
ent you can check out American Eagle Outfit- ferent, but here are some styles that are popular throughout the school.
ters where you can find some slouchy boots. American UGG
Maybe you want something a little different Eagle Slouchy Boots
than the two styles here? You can go to most ―I like that [my style] is
Boots $59.95 $180.00
clothing stores and find a wide range of styles unique and it suits me
and colors to choose from. well. I mostly shop online,
but I like stores that have
hard to find and interest-
ing items. Music, movies,
Jackets/Coats Winter Accessories and my idols mostly influ-
If you‘re trying to find a place to In this cold weather
get some nice warm coats or ~Neelofar, 8th
many people are wearing
jackets, you can go to The North scarves, hats, and gloves.
Face, Hollister, Abercrombie and You can find some really ―I like my sense of style
Fitch, Aeropostale, and many warm and colorful acces- ―[What I like about my because I like to mix
other stores. It‘s a great time to sories at The North Face, style is] that it suits me very things up. [My style] is
shop for coats right now because American Eagle, Hollister, well. My personality influ- edgy and preppy. I shop
they are on sale. and many more stores. ences [my style] very at Abercrombie, Hollister,
The North Face has a lot of Eskimo hats are really much! I shop at Hollister, and forever 21. What‘s
really warm outerwear. There are popular with girls and Abercrombie, Pac Sun, happening in new shows
also some girly coats in Hollister guys this year. Hot Topic, and Forever such as The Hills and
Apex Bionic Thermal 21.‖
and other similar places. Ian, 7th, shows off his magazines influences my
Jacket ~Nicolle, 8th
$179.00 Eskimo hat. style.‖ ~Ela, 7th
Fashion Over the Years By Aisha
1960‘s 1970‘s 1980‘s 1990‘s Decade
The 1960‘s was the dec- Fashions in the In the 1980‘s, neon Baby doll dresses with Skinny jeans, graphic
ade of revolution, people 1970‘s included colors and bold pat- puffed up sleeves and thigh tees, hoodies, plaid,
known as hippies dressed mini dresses and terns became very high stockings were popular sheepskin boots, clogs,
up in bright colors and opaque tights. popular along with in the 1990‘s. Overalls were long necklaces, and
patterns such as tie dye. Trouser pants, leggings, lace, shoul- also in style and were usu- long straight hair are in
They were out to make a plaid, platform der pads, and huge, ally worn with one strap up, style. Fashions today
statement, and they sure shoes, and crazy very styled hair . or with both down and focus on layering and
did with all those groovy patterns were also Fashions were big cinched with a belt. The getting pieces to fit to-
colors. The mini skirt was huge trends. The and loud. It seemed grunge look was another gether to make cool
the most popular fashion 1970‘s continue to like everyone was popular trend which fea- new outfits. Teens ex-
of the 1960‘s. play a role in fash- trying to steal tured flannel, dark colors, press their personalities
ion today. Madonna's style! and baggy jeans. through clothing.
Celeb Looks for School By Arianna and Kristin
Lauren Conrad and Demi Lovato are pictured below with lightly applied makeup that is appro-
priate for school. Ever wondered how they do it? Well here you go! Sarah, 7thgrader, has developed a
new fashion sensation for the middle
Apply a mineral makeup foundation such as Maybelline Mineral school. She creates bags in many
Power Liquid makeup. Wet a makeup sponge, squeeze, out ex- different sizes and styles out of duct
cess water, and apply foundation evenly for a dewy look. tape! Her bags come in a range of
colors including lime green, turquoise, hot pink, yellow, navy
To add a shimmery color to the cheeks, try Clinique Blushing blue, white, purple, and silver. These beautiful bags take her
Annalise, 7th, enjoys
Blush in Precious Posy. This blush gives a glowing look to the approximately two to four hours to make. The prices are ten
her bag that she pur-
cheeks with a small dose of color. dollars for a regular sized bag and twelve dollars for a large
chased from Sarah.
bag and many students believe that they are definitely
She has been using it
Apply a brown liquid liner with a pointed sponge tip worth the money. Sarah began making these bags this sum-
for several months and
such as Lancôme Artliner in Brown. Stop halfway in mer at a sleepover when there was nothing else to do. Since
says that it is very du-
Lauren Conrad on the bottom lash line. duct tape is so durable, Sarah‘s bags are sturdy and hold up
well when used. After she brought one to school in October,
Brush brows into place with a clean mascara wand. Set with a bit of Vaseline or one of her friends asked if she could have a bag and that is how her business began.
clear hair gel. Next, apply one coat of an exceptional lengthening mas- Sarah‘s inspiration for her first bag came from hdtv.com and then she took off from
cara like CoverGirl Lash Blast in Black. there. She has made about ten bags and has earned almost $45 in total which she
uses to buy supplies and go shopping.
Moisturize your lips with Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm. This balm gives a light
Robinson Good Samaritans
sparkle to the lips.
With your finger apply MAC Eyehadow Budding Beauty
Pink all over your eyelid. Dab it on evenly and perfect it By Abby, Casey, and Graham
with foundation to cover up any mistakes.
Karen and Kasey, seventh graders, were putting her shoes on and picking up
were walking home from school on Octo- the things she dropped. ―Dustin was ask-
Apply MAC Black Mascara to your top lashes to
ber 3, 2009 when eighth grader Dustin ing her questions that the hospital
keep them looking full throughout the day. stopped outside of an elderly lady‘s needed to know like if she was dizzy and
house and gave the girls a weird look. ―At what she was doing when she fell and
Apply MAC Liquid Eye Liner on your top lash line.
first I thought Dustin was locked out of his how she fell,‖ said Kasey. The ambulance
Make the line thin and end with a wing. house until he called us over,‖ Karen said. soon got there and took the lady away.
Demi Lovato Karen and Kasey slowly walked up to Later on, Kasey and Karen went to go
the house and found the woman on the see how she was doing and she said she
With a big blush brush apply Maybelline Luminous Blush to your ground bleeding heavily from her head. was doing fine. She told them that she
cheek bone. Make a C shape from the apple of your cheeks to the end of your eye. ―She told us to help her up and that she slipped and fell and that is how she in-
This gives your cheeks a rosy, innocent look. wasn‘t in any pain and that she wanted jured her head. Kasey said, ―She told us
to get inside,‖ Kasey said. Karen‘s sister that we were good people to help her.
Miley Cyrus (pictured below) is sporting an appropriate school look, however, the make and her friend walked up to see what She was surprised that such young peo-
up she used is really expensive. Here‘s how to get her look, but cheaper!! was going on and when they saw the ple didn't freak out and just leave her
injured woman, the girls helped put her laying there.‖ She said that it was a good
into a chair. One of the girls ran to get her thing such brave people were there to
Looks For Less
Miley‘s look Expensive: Bargain: dad to help. help her.
While Dustin was asking the woman Karen said, ―I felt very proud when I
MAC Mascara X $12.50 Maybelline Great
questions about her fall, Karen and Kasey learned that I had saved someone's life.‖
(Nordstrom) Lash $4.50 (Target)
Elf Eye Shadow $1
MAC Liquid Liner $16.50
Cover Girl Line Ex-
MAC Pigment $19.50 (MAC act $5.99 (Target)
store) Plushious Lip Gloss
MAC Perfectly Unordinary
$18.00 (MAC store)
Total: $66.50 Total: $24.48
Karen Dustin Kasey
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Hairstyle Handbook By Rebecca, Cindy, and Amanda Your
Do you ever wake up
thinking ―How should I
style my hair today?‖ Step 1: Wash and Step 1: Wash and condition
Check out this five day condition your hair. your hair.
calendar with different Step 2: Blow dry on low Step 2: Blow dry your hair Do you prefer
hairstyles for each day. to avoid frizzing. after washing it.
There are also hair acces- Step 3: Flip your head Step 3: For straight hair, straight or curly
sories that will make these
hairstyles look fabulous!
upside down and
gather into a ponytail.
gather into a side pony tail.
Using a curling iron, loosely
You will need some basic Step 4: Before pulling curl the hair in the pony Over 200 RMS students polled.
hair products to complete the ponytail through tail.
some of these styles. It is your rubber band, twist Step 4: Spray the curls with
good to have a flat iron, a it around into a bun hairspray to help the style
curling iron, a brush, a and secure it with the hair tie. hold.
blow dryer, and hairspray. Step 5: Add a fun headband to accessorize this If you‘re starting with naturally curly hair, you can 200
style. follow steps one and two
**Try looking at Forever 21 stores for this style. Instead of
for cute and colorful head bands curling your hair, you can
like the one pictured leave it as is.
on the right. You **Use a jeweled hair tie to 0
can also use hair add a fun look to this clas-
clips to hold loose sic style. You can find ac- Straight Curly
pieces of hair back. cessories like these at stores
Wednesday Thursday Friday If you could dye
Step 1: Wash and
condition your hair.
Step 1: Wash and condi-
tion your hair.
Step 1: Wash and condi-
tion your hair.
your hair any color,
Step 2: Part wet hair Step 2: Part wet hair on Step 2: Part wet hair on what would it be?
down the middle of the side of your head. the side of your head. Over 200 RMS students polled.
your head. Step 3: Blow dry your hair. Step 3: Blow dry hair, mak-
Step 3: Blow dry hair. You can use a diffuser to ing sure it is completely
Step 4: Gather two add more body and vol- dry.
even amounts of hair ume. Step 4: Divide hair into 60
in the front. French Step 4: Put headband in layers and clip them on
braid both, beginning and slide it to the middle top.
at the front. If you don't know how to French of your head for an elegant style. If you have Step 5: Curl each section with a spiral hair curler.
braid there are instructional videos on You- bangs, you can leave them out or pull them Check to make sure you have every piece
Tube. Stop braiding half way. back. curled. 40
Step 5: Secure the two If you have curly hair you can leave it the same Step 6: Spray hair with extra hold hairspray to
braids with bobby pins or straighten it. keep the curls from falling out. 30
or with a hair tie **Try looking at Forever 21 for headbands to wear **Add animal print hair bows on
(whichever one you with this style. Below are the side of you hair to add flair 20
prefer). pictures of actual head- to this style. You can find the
**You can use floral bands you can pur- bows pictured at Forever 21 10
bobby pins to add a chase at Forever 21. stores.
to this fabulous look.
Blonde Brown Black Red Same Other
bles, but the more I try, I keep eating more
candies and snacks. It’s hard for me to exer- Dear Claustrophobic,
cise because I’m too tired after school and Maybe you should try taking your lunch to
there is too much homework to do. I really class and that way you won't have to go
want to lose weight, what should I do? back to your locker in order to get it. Even if
~ Dieting Problems you have supplies from your last class that
you have to put away you could just bring
Dear Dieting Problems, them to lunch and take them back after-
By Nicole, Sam, and Spain Everyone has concerns about how they wards.
look or how much they weight. I think you
should try to be happy with who you are. Dear Dr. Medallion,
Dear Dr. Medallion, a lot of trouble. I saw who stole the item, but There is nothing wrong with losing weight as I have some bad grades in a few classes
I have super powers, but I have to keep I am scared he will hurt me if I tell anyone. long as you do in a safe way. Instead of and I don't really know how to get them
them concealed. If anyone knew about my What should I do? eating a candy bar, try replacing it with a back up. I do the corrections if I get a bad
powers it would change my life completely. ~ The Witness granola bar and try replacing soda with grade on a test or homework, but I always
I keep getting beat up and almost everyone water. Water helps you lose weight and it‘s get more bad grades. Nothing seems to
thinks I am a wimp. I could fight back, but it Dear The Witness, good for you body. I think you should tell work with these classes.
would blow my cover. I could get all A+’s in Wow! You‘re in a tough position, but you your friends about your problem and maybe ~ Helpless
every class, but I have to get C’s to keep should do the right thing and tell the police they can encourage you or become work-
myself average. I could also break the world what you saw. Ask them to keep it anony- out buddies. This will help because it is a lot Dear Helpless,
record on the mile, but I have to get 10:00. I mous and tell them why you are afraid. Re- easier to do something like going on a diet if I think you should dedicate a little more
don’t know what to do. Please help me be- porting the crime may make you feel better you have someone to help you through it. I time to study before your tests. If that doesn't
fore it’s too late! then standing around and doing nothing. hope my advice helps and good luck! work out you could ask the teacher to help
~ Secret Man you out during RAISE. Ask your teachers for
Dear Dr. Medallion, Dear Dr. Medallion, extra work in order to raise your grade and
Dear Secret Man, I have a huge problem. I gave this girl a I’ve been having trouble at lunch lately. I get extra credit. They‘ll see that you‘re trying
It sounds like you have a real sticky situa- hug and now all of the sudden she likes me, always sit with my friends, but they have to improve and they might end up helping
tion to solve, but thankfully that‘s my job. I oh boy. Please help me! been ignoring me lately. I don’t know if it is you with your problem.
know that you have to keep your powers a ~ Mr. Hug + Girl = Uh Oh because I said something or what. I would
secret, but you don‘t have to be that really like to stay friends with them. Can you Dear Dr. Medallion,
―average.‖ For example, instead of not Dear Mr. Hug + Girl = Uh Oh, help? There’s a boy that sits next to me in one of
fighting back you could only use self de- You‘re right, this is a huge problem. I think ~ Lunch Loser my classes that coughs and sneezes a lot.
fense (fighting is never the best choice). But the best thing to do is to pull her aside and I’m sort of a clean freak so it really bothers
caution, make sure you can control yourself tell her that you just want to be friends for Dear Lunch Loser, me. I try to tell him to sneeze into his arm,
from going into complete battle-mode. As now and that you want to get to know her a First of all, you‘re not a loser. I think you but he can never get his mouth to his arm in
for your grades, you don‘t have to get all little bit better. Who knows, you might end should ask them what‘s wrong. If they tell time. I can’t stand it anymore!
C‘s. Instead you could limit yourself to B‘s up liking her. Don't be rude or mean, just you, then you can try to work it out as best ~ Germ-o-phobic
and the occasional A. Finally, for the mile I keep in mind that you don't want to hurt her you can. If they keep ignoring you then
think you should probably just do a little bet- feelings. She might take this the wrong way, maybe you should find new friends who Dear Germ-o-phobic,
ter. Just stay with a group of kids that are but it‘s better to do it now before things get actually pay attention to you and make you That sounds like it can get really gross, but
reasonably fast. I hope my advice helps you too serious. feel welcome. Try attending an after school don‘t go blaming the guy. It‘s not his fault he
with your problem. And I also hope you club to meet some new people. coughs and sneezes so much. Instead keep
grow up to be the greatest super-hero (not Dear Dr. Medallion, politely asking him to cover up. If that does-
super-villain) that the world has ever seen. I am on a diet right now. I want to lose Dear Dr. Medallion, n‘t work you can always explain the situa-
weight, but I can’t resist eating cookies and I hate going to my locker after third and tion to your teacher and get your seat
Dear Dr. Medallion, drinking sodas. It was Thanksgiving a few fourth period, I have B lunch both days. How moved. Good luck!
One of my friends was wrongly accused of months ago and I think I gained a few do you think I can escape the crowds?
stealing something from Walmart and he is in pounds. I try to eat only fruits and vegeta- ~ Claustrophobic
Being Sick: How To Make Up Your Work RMS Absences Each Month
―I was ―I was
sick for sick out
By Lauren and Kenzie
a week of
When you get back, go to Check Blackboard for assign- and a school
half for a
your teachers during RAISE to ments. Mrs. Bailey,
make up any missed work, Stay after school to catch up. SS8 secre-
H1N1. with the
notes, or tests. tary, for this
When you think you have My H1N1 flu.
Contact the school and see if informa-
made all work up, ask teach- Mom and I had to look I made up my work by
teachers can put together tion.
ers for a grade sheet to make on Blackboard and talking to my teachers
some work for you to com- sure that all assignments and email my teachers to and getting my work
plete at home while you are tests are completed. receive all my work.‖ done during RAISE.‖
recovering. ~Cayla, 7th ~R.J., 7th
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
By Jared Super Bowl History By Dustin
The Robinson Rams varsity basketball team has won a couple of games,
At the end of every NFL season there is a champi- Packers fumbled and the Broncos recovered on the
but mainly have lost games this season. They jumped into the season losing
onship game to determine the best pro football Packers 22 yard line. But on the first play for the
four games in a row, and have been on and off since then. The
team of the year. The first Super Bowl was played in Broncos, Eugene Robinson intercepted the ball in
game lost against Lake Braddock on December 18th, Robin-
1967. The road to the Super Bowl starts off with the the Packers‘ end zone. The Packers offense, led by
son‘s arch rival, was very disappointing. Especially because the
playoffs. Twelve teams make it to the playoffs, six Brett Favre, marched down the field to score and tie
team lost by one point. With only three seniors on the team, two
from each conference. Teams make it depending the game 24-24. Then, with 3:27 left, the Broncos
sophomores, and the rest juniors, are they going to do better
on their records during the season. Once in the had the ball at the Packers 49 yard line, and QB
than last year‘s record of 7-14? You will have to watch the
playoffs, each team has the opportunity to make it John Elway knew he had the game lying in his
games and keep up with their record if you want to find that out. They have
to the grand stage, the Super Bowl. All the teams hands. On the first play, Terrell Davis rushed for two
games every Tuesday and Friday.
know that one loss ends their season. yards, but the Packer‘s Darrius Holland got a face-
In the past, the Super Bowl has been mask call for 15 yards moving the Broncos
Q and A with Ian one of the most emotional games in
America because teams either are victo-
down to the Packers 32 yard line. Then
two plays later, John Elway threw a 23-
By Jared rious or they aren‘t. One thing about the yard bullet to Howard Griffith. After a
Super Bowl that is so different from many holding call, Terrell Davis rushed 17 yards
Q-What is the worst loss on this team so far this season? other championships is that it is one game, win or to the Packers 1 yard line with 1:47 remaining. On
A-The game against Langley. lose, unlike the World Series or the NBA Champion- the next play, Terrell Davis barreled into the end
Q-How hard are the tryouts for the team? ship, where you can lose one game and still get a zone giving the Broncos the lead 31-24. And after
A-Very hard, especially the running on the first day. chance to win it all. the Packers gave it their best shot, in the end, the
Q-Do you think the team is going to be good next There have been some great Super Bowls in NFL Denver Broncos were the Super Bowl Champions.
year? history and there have been some ugly blowouts. One of the great privileges of winning the Super
A-Yes, because all 5 starters are returning. One of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time was Su- Bowl is getting a Super Bowl ring. In case some of
Q-What is practice like? per Bowl XXXII where the Denver Broncos faced off you were wondering, the NFL pays for 150 rings for
A-We do a lot of running and drills, especially if coach against the Green Bay Packers. It was a great game the winning team and each one costs roughly
is unhappy with our performance. throughout all four quarters but it got really good in $5000 a piece, adding up to $750,000 every year for
Q-How much time and dedication does it take to be the last 15 minutes of the game when the Broncos Super Bowl rings. Even without the Super Bowl rings,
on the team? scored to take the lead 24-17. On the kickoff, the it still is one of the most prestigious honors ever.
A-A lot because it is a year round commitment, and Ian, 11th
there is practice every day. Starting Guard
Q-What was the best win for this team so far this sea-
NFL Predictions By Evan
A-Fairfax, because we came together as a team in the 4th quarter .
Question: Evan‘s Dustin‘s Patrick‘s
Prediction: Prediction: Prediction:
Games and Times Will Jason I think Jason Campbell will stay
and start next year because if
I think Jason Campbell will be-
come a free agent during the
I think Jason Campbell will stay
with the Redskins because they
By Jared Campbell stay, you actually look at his stats, off-season; I think the Redskins can‘t find anyone else for the
Date Time Opponent Home/Away start, or leave they‘re pretty good. Plus, the are tired of his average per- job. Why else would they have
next year? Redskins can‘t find anyone else formances. kept him for this long?
but a rookie.
1/29/2010 7:30pm Chantilly Away
Will Brett Favre I think that Brett Favre wanted I believe it depends on how the If he gets far in the Playoffs with
2/2/2010 7:30pm Westfield Home stay in the NFL to end his career with a good Vikings do in the Playoffs, if they the Minnesota Vikings, he will
season and that didn‘t happen lose their first game then he will retire. Brett Favre would like to
2/5/2010 7:30pm Oakton Away another year? with the Jets, but it has hap- not return. But, if they end up in leave at his best.
pened with the Vikings. I think the Super Bowl, he will return
he will leave. with the Vikings.
2/9/2010 7:30pm Herndon Away
Where will Sam Sam Bradford: 1st round, 6th Sam Bradford: 1st round, 6th Sam Bradford: 1st round, 9th
2/12/2010 7:30pm Centreville Home Bradford, Colt pick, Seattle Seahawks pick, Seattle Seahawks pick, Buffalo Bills
Tim Tebow: 2nd round, 6th pick, Tim Tebow: 1st round, 9th pick, Tim Tebow: 1st round, 7th pick,
*Districts and Regional's take place after the regular season Cleveland Browns Buffalo Bills Cleveland Browns
Tim Tebow go in Colt McCoy: 1st round, 3rd pick, Colt McCoy: 1st round, 3rd pick, Colt McCoy: 1st round, 3rd
ends. Tampa Bay Bucs Tampa Bay Bucs pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
Hockey for Dummies By Andrew Ovechkin vs. Crosby By Bobby
Hockey Words Are you a hockey dummy? According to almost everyone who knows hockey, there is no question that Ovechkin and
Faceoff: A faceoff is when the Crosby are the best hockey players in the world. They are also HUGE rivals. To put it in per-
referee drops the puck in be- 1. What is the 2. How long are 3. How many pe- spective, it would be like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hating each other.
tween two players on a faceoff name of vehicle players in the riods are in a
that cleans the penalty box if game?
dot after a whistle.
ice? they get in a a. 4
Alexander Ovechkin Sidney Crosby
Offsides: A player is offsides if a Alex Ovechkin is a physi- Sidney Crosby was the
member of the attacking team a. ice vacuum fight? b. 3
b. Zamboni a. 5 minutes c. 2 cal beast. He is the son most scouted player in
crosses the opposing team‘s of a former professional NHL history by the time
blue line before the player with c. hockey cleaner b. 10 minutes
c. 2 minutes soccer player and an he turned 16 years old,
the puck does. Olympic gold medalist when scouts were pre-
Icing: When a player shoots the swimmer. He was dicting he would be the
puck from behind center ice to 4. How long is 5. Which team 6. Which country
drafted into the NHL as next big star of the NHL.
the opposing team's goal line, each period? has won the most won the Gold
the first overall pick in It was no surprise that he
resulting in a face-off in the a. 15 minutes Stanley Cups? Medal in the 2006
2004 and played his first season in 2005-2006, went first overall in the
team's defensive zone. b. 30 minutes a. Washington Olympics?
when he beat out Sidney Crosby for Rookie 2005 draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but
Hat trick: A hat trick is when a c. 20 minutes Capitals a. Russia
of the Year. His most successful year was in some were surprised that the 19 year old was
player scores three goals in one b. Boston Bruins b. Sweden
the 2007-2008 season. It was the year after named the youngest captain ever. In 2007,
game. c. Montreal c. Canada
he signed a contract making him the richest Sidney won NHL MVP and had the most as-
Power play: When one team Canadians
player in NHL history, in which he had 65 sists and points in the NHL. Even though
has a man-advantage be- goals and became the first player in NHL Ovechkin might have the better stats,
cause the other team has a 7. Who has had 8. Who was the 9. What is the history to win all four major awards. Also, the Crosby‘s had the most team success, win-
player in the penalty box. the most goals in first pick in the minimum amount Capitals recently named ning the Stanley Cup with
Body Check: A body check is NHL history? 2009 NHL draft? of players that are Ovechkin their captain, the Penguins last year. Sid
when a player without the a. Wayne Gretzky a. Patrick Kane on the ice for making him the first ever will play for Canada this
puck legally knocks the puck b. Mario Lemieux b. Taylor Hall each team? Russian born captain. winter in the Olympics, and
carrier down to get the puck. c. Alexander c. John Tavares a. 5 Alex will play for the Rus- was recently named assis-
Top Shelf: A term used when a Ovechkin b. 3 sian Olympic team next tant captain of the team
player shoots the puck into the d. Sidney Crosby c. 1 month in Vancouver. The by his childhood idol, Steve
top portion of the goal. Russians are stacked with
Answers: 1. b ; 2. a ; 3. b ; 4. c ; 5. c ; 6. b ; 7. a ; 8. c ; 9. b Yzerman. The Canadians
talent and should make are favored to win gold,
a run to bring down the but should watch out for
Hockey Rink Layout heavily favored Canadi- Ovechkin and the Russians.
Alexander Ovechkin Sidney Crosby
Home Country Russia Canada
Awards Rookie of the Year (2006) NHL MVP(2007)
2-time NHL MVP(2008, 2009) 3-time All-Star (2007, 2008, 2009)
4-time All-Star (2006, 2007, 2008 Stanley Cup Champion (2009)
Age/Years Pro 24/4 22/4
Career Goals/Assists/ 251/237/488 165/296/461
Nicknames ―The Great 8‖ and ―Alexander ―Sid the Kid‖
Team Washington Capitals Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cups 0 1
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Winter Olympics 2010
History Of The Winter Olympics By Will, Ian, and Brent Fast Facts Featured Sports in 2010
By Brent Winter Olympics By Will
The Winter Olympics were and skiing events. Unfortu- Alpine Skiing: 10 Gold Medals— Intro-
formed in 1924. It is a world- nately, due to the outbreak 5,500 Number of Olympic ath- duced 1936
wide competition featuring of World War I, the 1916 letes and officials participating Biathlon: 10 Gold Medals— Introduced
different winter sports. Olympics were cancelled.
Countries from all over the However, the Olympics 80+ Countries participating in (Men‘s) 1960; (Women‘s) 1992
the Olympic Games Bobsledding: 3 Gold Medals—
world enter the games and were held in 1920 and fea-
more than a 5,500 athletes tured figure skating and
compete for their home hockey. After the 1920
1.6 million Tickets available man); 1924; (4
to go to Olympic Games -man) 1932;
country. Olympics, national govern-
In 1884, The International ing bodies from several dif- Vancouver, Canada 2002
Olympic Committee (IOC) ferent countries began to Where the games are being held Cross-Country:
considered featuring figure discuss the possibility of a
12 Gold Med-
skating in the 1886 Summer separate Winter Olympics. 10,000 Estimated number of als— Intro-
Olympics. Although this Baron Pierre de Coubertin, media representatives attending duced
didn‘t happen, skating was the president of the IOC Olympic Games (Men‘s) 1924;
featured in the 1908 Olympics in London, England. It opposed this new idea. He claimed that winter
was a very popular sport in Great Britain. In 1911, an sports were ―the snobbish play of the rich.‖ The town Olympic Rings The rings (Women‘s)
Italian count named Brunetta d‘Ussaux suggested of Chamonix, located in the French Alps, planned a represent the five major conti-
that winter sports be featured in the 1912 Olympics Winter Sports festival in 1924 when Paris hosted the nents (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Curling: 2 Gold Medals— Introduced
in Helsinki. Olympics. Although the IOC did not grant the festi- Oceania, and Europe.) The colors (Men‘s) 1924, then made permanent
The Scandinavian countries opposed this because val the title of The Winter Olympics, they did decide were chosen because at least 1998; (Women‘s) 1998
they thought it would detract from the popularity of to call it ―The Olympic Winter Carnival.‖ one of them appeared on flag of Figure Skating: 4 Gold Medal—
the Nordic Games. Despite the opposition, the 1916 Today nearly 80 countries compete in the Winter every country in the world. Appeared in 1908 Summer Olympics,
Olympics in Berlin would feature skating, hockey, Games for a total of 85 gold medals. made permanent in Winter Olympics in
Freestyle Skiing By Ian Skeleton By Will Bobsleigh By Brent Freestyle Skiing: 6 Gold Medals— Intro-
duced 1992; new events continue to be
Date Entered: 1992 Date Entered: Featured Date Entered: 4-man,1932; 2-man, 1924; added
Number of Participants: Individual Sport in 1928 and 1948, then Women's, 2002 Ice Hockey: 2 Gold Medals— Intro-
Number of gold medals: 4 made permanent in Number of Participants: 2-4 people duced (Men‘s) 1924; (Women‘s) 1998
Description of event: There are two Olympic 2002 Number of Gold Medals: 10 Luge: 3 Gold Medals— Introduced 1964
freestyle skiing events for men and women. For Number of Participants: Description of Event: To start, the racers push Nordic Combined: 3 Gold Medals—
aerials, skiers jump off a Individual Sport off as fast as they Individual
large snow ramp and Number of Gold Medals: can for approxi- Short Track: 8 Gold Medals— Featured
do tricks, such as the 2 mately 50 meters, in 1988; Made Permanent 1992
twister, helicopter, Description of Event: then jump into the Skeleton: 2 Gold Medals—Appeared in
spread eagle, and the When the event begins, bobsleigh for a 1928 and 1948; Made Permanent 2002
iron cross. For moguls, participants sprint for descent down the Ski Jumping: 3 Gold Medals— (Men‘s)
participants go down a about 50 meters and track. The driver 1924
hill with continuous then jump head first steers and the Snow Board: 6 Gold Medals—1998
bumps. The objective is onto their sleds. They then race down the brakeman brakes
to try to go down as Speed Skating: 12 Gold Medals- (Men‘s)
track. They do this four times and the person the bobsleigh at
fast as you can with out 1924; (Women‘s) Featured in 1932;
with the lowest combined time after the last the end of the
falling. It is very ex- Made Permanent 1960
heat wins. The sport got its name from the sled race.
treme. because it looks like a skeleton.
Do you know your Olympics? By Mack 2010 Olympic Mascots By Mack
Q: What country has hosted the Winter Olym- Miga: A young sea bear
2010. Winter sports competitions will run for two Quatchi: Quatchi is a Sumi: Sumi is an animal spirit
pics more than any other? weeks and will take place in Vancouver, Can- who likes surfing, snow- sasquatch (Bigfoot) who who wants to learn about
A: The United States has hosted the Winter ada. Closing ceremonies are scheduled for boarding, and anything fun likes hockey, photography, sports so he can play with all
Olympics four times including 1932 in Lake February 28, 2010. or exciting. She wants to go and traveling. He is always his animal friends. He espe-
Placid, 1960 in Squaw Valley, 1980 in Lake snowboarding with the looking for someone to play cially likes the Paralympic
Placid, and 2000 in Salt Lake City. Q: How many athletes have won both Winter humans. Miga‘s dream is to hockey with and hopes to Games. Sumi hopes to share
and Summer Olympics? ―land a corked 720 in the become a big league his beautiful wooded coun-
Q: Which country has won the most total num- A: Only four athletes have ever won medals at half-pipe.‖ hockey goalie. try with the world.
ber of medals in the Winter Olympics? both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games:
A: Norway has won the most with 280. In sec- Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin
ond place is the U.S. with 216 and in third Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger
place is the Soviet Union with 194. (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).
Eddie Eagan is the only athlete to have won
Q: When will the 2010 Winter Olympics take gold medals at both the Winter and Summer
place? Olympics. He won gold in the 1920 Games for
A: The 2010 Winter Olympics officially begin boxing, and also won gold at the 1932 Lake
with the opening ceremonies on February 12, Placid Games in the team bobsled event.
Luge By Paul Supportive Comedy By Nick
used to be measured to the Stephen Colbert, a political comedian, is hats. Colbert says that 70% of proceeds go
Luge is a Winter Olympics
hundredth of a second, how- sponsoring the 2010 speed skating team. to the US Olympic speed skating team.
event where people lay on their
ever, in 1972, two doubles teams This means that Colbert is ―We almost came up with
backs on sleds and race down
tied for gold. So, it is now meas- supplying the uniforms and $300,000, which is what the
an icy course. The even also
ured to the thousandth of a sec- helmets for the Olympic team lost. And now they are
features men‘s singles and
ond, making it as well as short Team. skating all over the world in
women‘s singles, where they are
track speed skating the most When Colbert found out the World Cups with Colbert
the only ones on the sleds. Luge
precisely timed winter events. that the U.S. speed skating Nation on their thighs, on
is also done in doubles, where
team lost their sponsor, DSB their chests, and on their
there are two people mounted Luge will begin on Saturday,
Bank NV, in the economic helmets,‖ Colbert said.
on the same sled. February 13th, the second day
crisis, he went to Colbert If you want to buy one of
of the Olympics.
This sport was first introduced in Nation, his website, to ask the Colbert Nation hats to
the Olympics in 1964. Luge times fans to help raise money to support the U.S. Olympic
support the team. Colbert speed skating team, go to:
Nation got money through
Curling By Paul
donations and by selling www.colbertnation.com.
Where to next?
Curling is a Winter Olympics gium, and Holland. The first Over 200 Robin-
recorded match was in 1540 or son Middle By Paul
event where one player gently
1541. It was originally referred School
slides a large puck known as a
stone across ice the toward a to as ―curling‖ in 1639. This students
target. Other players broom European game was first were
brought to North America dur- asked if
the ice in front, slightly melting
ing the French and Indian War they
it. Because the broom melts
the ice, those areas have less (1754-1763). British troops planned to
friction. This allows the broom played it when they weren't watch the
marching or fighting. Curling Win-
players to guide the stone
down toward the target. Curl- made its Olympic debut in the ter
ing is similar to shuffleboard. first Winter Games in 1924. Olym-
Each team consists of four In the upcoming games, curl- pics.
members. ing will begin on Tuesday, Feb-
Curling was first played in
ruary 16th. The Canadians typi- 2012 London, UK 2014 Sochi, 2016 Rio, Brazil
16th century Scotland, Bel- cally dominate in this event. (Summer) Russia (Summer)
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Your Sense of Jokes Which TV show
If you answered mostly A‘s, ―A word to the wise ain‘t necessary. It‘s the
then you have a sarcastic sense stupid ones who need it!‖ Bill Cosby, comedian.
of humor and probably enjoy
The early bird gets the worm, but the second
irony. You would laugh if some-
By Melissa, Hope, Marisa mouse gets the cheese.
one accidently brought their
There are three kinds of people in the world; By Melissa, Hope, Marisa
Spanish book to their English
Ever wonder what sense of humor you have? Do those who can count and those who can‘t.
you laugh when someone makes a sarcastic Whoever said nothing is impossible obviously
comment or when someone slips on a banana If you answered mostly B‘s, then never tried to slam a revolving door.
peel? Take this quiz to see what tickles your you have a twisted sense of I‘m right 98% of the time. Who cares about the
funny bone. humor. Here is an example: other 3%?
Two vultures board an airplane, Proofread carefully to see if you any word out.
1. What television show or movie do you like
each carrying a dead raccoon.
most? I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys
The stewardess looks at them
A. House M.D. were a radio and a toaster.
and says, ―Sorry, only one carry
B. The Office Honolulu– it‘s got something for everyone.
on per passenger.‖
C. Napoleon Dynamite Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for
D. The Soup If you answered mostly C‘s, the wife‘s mother.
then you enjoy random, or A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad “How I Met Your ―George Lopez. He has
2. Which are you most likely to laugh at?
slapstick humor. It makes you memory. Mother. The diverse a big head! I love how
A. Witty remarks
laugh when someone randomly As you get older three things happen. First you group of characters he always fights with
B. Someone falling
shouts Happy Birthday...two makes for Benny!‖
C. A melodramatic actress lose your memory, and I can‘t remember the
months after your birthday. the funni- ~Andrew, 8th
D. Saturday Night Live other two.
Slapstick is usually very over the est sitcom
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have in his-
3. Your friend just got a pet rat and you‘re help- top and originated in silent films.
ing to name it. What name would you The actors had to compensate died. tory.‖
choose? for the lack of sound by making When you die in an elevator, be sure to press ~Michael,
A. Cat sure their message was clearly the up button. 7th
B. Cutie understood.
D. Something from a television show If you answered mostly D‘s, then
you enjoy parodies. For exam-
4. Choose your favorite game. ple, all of the Shrek movies are
A. Yo momma battle parodies of the classic fairy
B. Truth or Dare tales. Instead of Princess Fiona
C. The board game Quelf marrying a handsome prince
D. Charades or king, she married a
smelly old ogre.
5. You decide to be the ‗funny person‘ when ―I love yo momma jokes
waiting for a table at a restaurant by giving a because they bring the
fake name. Which name would you choose? anger out in people
when you talk about ―The U.S. version of The ―Scrubs. It is packed
A.Gregory House Office. The show is with wit and hilarious
B. Dwight Schrute their mom. They always
make me laugh. really funny with fantasies from the main
C. Napoleon Dynamite straight man and character J.D. The show
D. Joel McHale ~Alberto, 8th grade
dead pan, sarcastic keeps an amazing bal-
humor. ance between humor
6. Your school is having a talent show. What It‘s my and drama.‖
would you do? ―I love the ―be there‖ jokes be- favorite ~Ryan, 7th
A. Sit in the audience and laugh cause it brings back memories show.‖
B. A magic trick gone wrong from English. It makes me smile to ~Anna,
C. Something really dramatic remember the good old days.‖ 8th
D. A funny skit based on a TV show ~Tori, 8th
Behind the Scenes of Robinson‘s Media
There are three media production classes at Robinson Middle School. These classes pro-
By Owen and Ethan
is happening around school that week. To be a part of the Mondays in the Middle staff you
duce Mondays in the Middle, the Sentry Yearbook, and The Medallion. The Medallion is a have to take Speech Arts Appreciation. The Sentry is a yearbook that takes all year to cre-
newspaper that informs students on topics like new technology, new movies, and sports. To ate and is distributed every year in June. Members of the Sentry Yearbook staff take the
make the Medallion you have to take Newspaper Journalism or come to after school Me- Yearbook Production class. Yearbook Production is a class that requires an application and
dallion meetings. Mondays in the Middle is a weekly news show telling students about what recommendations from your English teacher.
Ethan, eighth grader, said, ―I really like Eighth grader Will, pictured with Zdenka, eighth grader, said, ―I‘m a mem-
making the Medallion because it is a other Sentry staffers, got to go on a ber of the Mondays in the Middle staff.
good way to have fun and inform the cool trip to a Journalism Confer- Speech Arts Appreciation is a good elec-
school.‖ ence in Washington D.C. Next year tive to take if you're interested in mass me-
they will be going to Kansas City. dia production.‖
Ethan explains how the newspaper is Will explains how the yearbook is Zdenka explains how Mondays in the Mid-
made in the chart below. created in the chart below. dle is produced in the chart below.
Medallion Newspaper Sentry Yearbook Mondays in the Middle
Questions Answers Questions Answers Questions Answers
How do you First, we are assigned an article topic. Next How do you We use a computer program called in- How do you make the First, we film the announcements.
make the we write our article and create a layout. make the year- Design. It‘s kind of like Publisher, but it‘s show? Next, we film the individual clips and
newspaper? Our class then edits the articles so that they book? better for making actual books. then we give them to Good Morning
are perfect to be sent to the printing press. Robinson crew to put together.
How long does The Medallion takes about two weeks to How long does it Planning begins in April of the previous How long does it take The announcements themselves only
it take to make write the article and to make the layouts. take to make it? year. We start working on the actual book to make a show? take one class to film, but the clips
it? After all of the articles and layouts are com- in mid September after everyone has vary in how long they take.
plete, the editing and the actual printing of learned how to use inDesign. We have four
the newspaper takes about two weeks be- deadlines between then and April, when
fore it is handed out to the students. the book is finished.
How many There are about 70 people on the staff this How many peo- There are 24 people on the staff including Do you have to take You can stay after if a specific
people are on semester. ple are on the after school seventh graders. work home or stay teacher needs you to make a clip.
the staff? staff? after school to work?
What is your My favorite part of making the newspaper is What is your par- I am the lead designer and I help every- What is your particular I film the anchors while they read the
favorite part of that you get to write about a topic you ticular job to one with inDesign if they have any prob- job to make the announcements.
making the choose. make the year- lems since I've had the most experience broadcast?
newspaper? book? with it.
Does your Mrs. Forte does help us, but we do most of Do you have to We stay after school on Wednesdays and How many people are We have about 25 people on the
teacher help the work ourselves. We make the layout and take work home we go in on some Saturdays from 9-12, but on the staff? staff.
you make the we edit all of the articles. She takes the arti- or stay after all of these sessions are optional.
Medallion a cles and puts them into a large document school to work?
lot? before she sends it to be printed.
How do you To edit the newspaper, Mrs. Forte gives us a What is your fa- I really like seeing everyone‘s mug shots What is your favorite My favorite part of the show is filming
edit the news- copy of the page we‘re going to be editing vorite part of (the pictures at the end of the yearbook). part of making the the clips and announcements be-
paper? and then she lets us proofread for about 15- making the Sen- The staff also becomes like a family. We show? cause I really like using the camera.
20 minutes. Next she calls on people to try? enjoy working together.
share their edits and for each one you give,
you get a Jolly Rancher. Whoever gets the
most edits in class gets a lollipop certificate.
How do you To decide what we write about, Mrs. Forte Does your At first Mrs. Hinman helps a lot, but once Does your teacher Mrs. Hinman gives us clip ideas and
decide what to gives us a worksheet that has different teacher help you we get the hang of it, she isn‘t as involved. help you make the she collects the announcements
write about? broad topics we can write about. We brain- make the year- She checks everything before the final broadcast a lot? from teachers. She puts the show
storm angles for each topic and pick our book a lot? proofs go in as well. and script together before it goes to
favorites. She puts us into groups that have GMR.
similar answers and then we create our arti-
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
New Words Added to the Dictionary 2009 By Nicholas
Every year, new words are added to dictionaries such as Merriam Webster and Oxford. In 2009, Merriam Webster added 100 new words to the latest edition of their dic-
tionary. To see all of the new words go to: http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/newwords09.htm. Words are added to the dictionary based on their popularity, and on
how often people use the word. Even though some of these words may already be in the dictionary, they have added new definitions to them. See if you can match up
the definitions of the new words added in 2009.
A. Intexticated 1. __ A substance that makes the muscles relax. 9. __ An episode especially of a TV show that may 17. __ A person who spends too much time using a
B. Sock Puppet Sometimes injected into skin under eyes to make or may not have been telecast but can be viewed computer.
C. Frenemy one look younger. at a Website. 18. __A racetrack with slot machines for gamblers.
D. Zombie 2. __ One who pretends to be a friend but is actu- 10. __ A vacation spent at home or nearby.
E. Staycation ally an enemy. 11. __ A blog that contains video material. What do you call
F. Webisode 3. __ A dead celebrity. 12. __ Exclamation used to represent the sound a celebrity who
G. Dirty Bomb 4. __ Slang: one who advocates extreme meas- that some people make when they kiss someone has died?
H. Deleb ures or changes; radical. on the cheek.
J. Racino 5. __ Distracted because texting on a cell phone 13. __ Television program that is intended to be
K. Vlog while driving a vehicle. both humorous and serious.
I.. Wing Nut 6. __ To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social 14. __ Novels that are intended especially for
M. Chicklit networking site such as Facebook. women, often with a young, single woman as the
N. Dramedy 7. __ A computer controlled by a hacker without main character.
O. Mwah 15. __ A disc jockey on a radio show who deliber- Ouch! This is a harsh way to
the owner's knowledge, which is made to send
P. Botox large quantities of data to a website, making it ately expresses opinions or uses language that find out that someone no
Q. Mouse Potato inaccessible to other users. many people find offensive. longer considers you a friend.
R. Shock Jock 16. __ A bomb designed to release radioactive Driving while tex- ...Or it is a great way to break
8. __ A false online identity used for deceptive pur-
S. Unfriend material. ting is called what? contact with a cyber bully.
13. Dramedy 14. Chick Lit 15. Shock Jock 16. Dirty Bomb 17. Mouse Potato 18. Racino
1. Botox 2. Frenemy 3. Deleb 4. Wing Nut 5. Intexicated 6. Unfriend 7. Zombie 8. Sock Puppet 9. Webisode 10. Staycation 11. Vlog 12. Mwah
More Words Added to the Dictionary By Nicholas
1. Mini—Me: A person closely resembling a 5. Celebutante: A celebrity who is well 9. Fanboy: A superfan of a comic or film 14. Green Collar: To be involved in activities
smaller or younger version of another. known in the fashionable society. genre. that preserve natural environments.
2. Flash Mob: A group of people summoned 6. Crunk: A type of hip -hop or rap music 10. Webinar: An online conference. 15. Zip Line: A cable suspended above an
(as by email or text message) to a desig- characterized by repeated shouted catch- 11. Carbon Footprint: The effect something incline to which a pulley and harness are
nated location at a specified time to per- phrases and elements typical of electronic has on the environment. attached for a rider.
form an indicated action before dispersing. dance music, such as prominent bass. 12. Funemployed: Taking advantage of 16. Memory Foam: A dense polyurethane
3. Paywall: A program that blocks parts of 7. Netbook: A small, portable laptop com- one‘s newly unemployed status to have fun foam that becomes more pliable when in
websites to all but paying customers. puter with limited memory. or pursue other interest. contact with heat.
4. Blowback: The Unintended adverse results 8. Radge: A wild, crazy, and violent person. 13. Locavore: One who eats locally grown
of a political action of situation. foods as much as possible.
Robinson School Numbers By Alfonso and Nneka
Cafeteria Numbers Total Number of
Number of lunches served every- Robinson Secondary
Library Numbers: Total Number day: 1,650—1,850
of Trophies in
Total number of items In Robin- Number of pink lunch
son Library: 32,783 trays used each year: 160,000
Total Number of Number of Powerades sold each
Paperback day: 547 Total Number of
Books: classrooms in
1,421 Number of rest- Pounds Robinson
Number of rooms in Robin- of fries
lockers in the Total Number of sold
Reference son Secondary each School: 231
middle school: Books: 3,583 School: 78 day: 300
Robinson Talents By Casey, Abby, and Graham
Zach, 7th Aman, 7th Avery, 8th Burke Basketball is a local program whose goal is
for kids grades 2-12 to get better at the game of
basketball. There are three seasons of play offered
Zach has Aman has Avery Henry including spring, summer, and winter. In the Winter
been been play- wrestles for seasons of house, players can‘t request to be on a
skate- ing basket- Fairfax High friend‘s team, but in the Spring and Summer sea-
boarding ball for School and has sons they can. The coaches will do their best to put
for seven seven a record (wins- players with their friends, but there is no guarantee.
years and years and loses-ties) of 3-0 Burke Basketball includes two different types of
first got the began -0 for the sea- leagues, house and travel. The house league is for
idea to playing son. ―I have players who need to get better at the game and
skate from because been wrestling for first timers. Players are guaranteed equal play time. The games are
watching of his cous- for seven years, always in Burke, Fairfax Station, and West Springfield and they are
television. ins. He ever since I was usually no more than a 20 minute drive or so. The skill level is way differ-
During nicer weather, Zach skates currently three.‖ His fa- ent from travel. In house it is a lot easier because it is less competitive
every day, but in the winter, he plays for a Burke travel team and vorite wrestling move is called a slam. and your record doesn't matter because every team makes it to the
only skates about once a week. plays either point guard or shooting ―[A slam is when you] grab your op- playoffs. Then it becomes a single game elimination until there is only
"Skateboarding is fun and enter- guard. Aman said, "To me, a bas- ponent from the back and lift him up, one team left.
taining. The best trick I can do is a ketball player must be fundamen- then you slam him back into the The travel league is for players who want a challenge by playing at a
360 kick flip." Zach does not wear tally sound, have the will to learn, ground.‖ To train for a match, he higher level than house. All of the games are within Fairfax County, for
any protective pads while skating. and must know the game well." does normal warm-ups with his team- example Clifton, Springfield, and Lorton. To play travel, you have to try
The worst injury he has ever gotten Aman‘s favorite professional player mates and coaches, and cools down out for the team, so not everyone makes the team. In travel, a team‘s
is when he fell off a half pipe and is LeBron James. ―I admire his bas- after a match with a Gatorade. All he record matters because it determines if they make it to the playoffs.
bruised the bone of his knee. If he ketball IQ and how he is so intelli- is thinking about is pinning his oppo- Consider playing travel if you played house and thought it was too
could skate for any big skating gent with the ball.‖ When Aman nent. ―I enjoy wrestling and I enjoy easy.
company, he said he would skate gets older, he plans to play basket- the fun and energy [of the sport].‖ The spring season‘s registration starts on February 16th and it ends on
for ALMOST because they have a ball for Robinson at the highest Avery also plays rugby for Fairfax High March 31st. The fee to play is $65. The season goes from April 18th
great team. level. School. through June 14th. The games are only on the weekends and there
are no practices. The program needs a minimum of 32 players to form
at least four teams. Each game consists of four, seven minute quarters.
Players foul out of the game if they get called for five fouls. Check out
Medallion Staff Robinson the rules at burkebasketball.com.
Secondary School In all, Burke Basketball is a good program for skilled and unskilled
The Medallion is written, designed, edited and players. The goal for both leagues house and travel is the same, to get
published by Mrs. Forte‘s newspaper journalism 5035 Sideburn better a the game. The seasons are not that expensive and are really
Road fun and worth it.
Fairfax, VA 22032
―My team is doing ―I like Burke
Dan Meier, well, we are 2-1. Basketball
Principal Burke Basketball is because
Sharon Newcome, a great league to my dad
7th grade Principal improve your fun- can coach.
Keith Hall, damental skills for Also, I can
8th grade Principal
basketball, it will play with
Medallion Advisor help you later in my friends.‖
basketball.‖ ~Dominic, 8th ~Brendan, 8th
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Robinson Middle School Twins By Ben and Christen
Dominick & Steffan John & Helen Fatima & Aisha
Q: Are you both good at Q: Did your parents Q: What do you like
the same things? dress you alike when about being A twin?
Dominick: Yes, we are you where kids? Fatima: I‘ll always
both good at basketball John: On special occa- have a friend.
and throwing a football. sions they made us Q: Do you both like
Q: If you had twins what wear matching outfits, the same subjects?
would you name them? like on Christmas. Fatima: No, her favor-
Dominick, 7th Dominick: I would name Steffan, 7th John, 7th Q: What was the most Helen, 7th Fatima, 8th ite is gym and mine is Aisha, 8th
them Timmy and Tommy. annoying thing some- math.
Q: What don't you like about being a twin one has ever asked you about being a twin? Q: Do you both have the same hobbies?
Dominick? I don't like that people get us mixed up. John: Sometimes people asked if we‘re related, but it usually Fatima: Yes, we both love hanging out with our friends and
Q: Who is older? happens when we‘re close together. going on the computer.
Dominick: I‘m older and I like it because I get to pick on him. Q: Do you have the same phone as your twin? Q: What is annoying about your twin?
John: We share a phone, but she uses it more than I do. Fatima: She is always mean to me.
Q: Do you both like the same subject in school?
Steffan: Dominick and I both like gym. Q: Do you both like the same subjects in school? Q: What do you like about being a twin?
Q: What is the most annoying thing someone has ever asked Helen: We like totally different subjects. I like history and he Aisha: Telling her everything and knowing that she won‘t
you about being a twin? likes science and math. tell anyone.
Steffan: The most annoying thing someone asked me about Q: Are you both good at the same things? Q: Did your parents dress you alike when you were kids?
being a twin was which twin are you. Helen: No, we‘re not. I‘m better at volleyball than he is and Aisha: Yes, my mom dressed us up until the third grade
Q: If you had twins what would you name them? he is better at basketball than I am. and then we begged her to stop. We hated it.
Steffan: I would name them Jeffrey and Matt. Q: Who is older? Q: Do you ever think or do the same thing as your twin?
Helen: I'm younger and I don't like being younger because Aisha: No, occasionally we want to do the same things but
he likes to call me little sister. not really.
Cole and Dylan Sprouse Famous Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
-Cole and Dylan are Identical twins who were born on -Mary-Kate and Ashley are fraternal twins who were born
August 4, 1992 in Arrezo, Italy. June 13th, 1982 in Sherman Oaks, California.
-The twins grew up in Long Beach, California and began -Ashley is about eight minutes older than Mary-Kate.
their acting career when they were only eight months -The twins were hired for their first acting job when they
old taking turns playing Baby Patrick on the show Grace were only six months old. Together they played the part
Under Fire. of Michelle on the TV show Full House for the next eight
-Dylan Is fifteen minutes older than Cole. years.
-The boys star as Zack and Cody in Disney‘s The Suite life -Mary-Kate and Ashley have been in many movies such
of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck. They are
as How the West was Fun, New York Minute, Winning
tutored on set for three hours every day while they are
London, Passport To Paris, and also the TV sitcom Two of
filming the show.
-The twins took turns playing a five year old named Julian in the movie Big Daddy which
was their first movie. -The twins missed their high school senior prom in 2004 to
-Their hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, basketball and they also draw co-host Saturday Night Live.
and write a comic strip based on one of Cole‘s stuffed animals. -Both twins attended New York University. Ashley stayed for three years and left before
-Future plans for Dylan include going to art college while Cole plans to travel around graduating. Mary-Kate left after one year to focus on Dualstar, the twin‘s business.
Europe before returning to acting.
Movie Previews By Kenzie and Lauren Video Game Genres By Michael and Martin
Action Construction and Management Shooter
Dear John Percy Jackson and the
Action is one of the largest Simulation One of the most popular
Olympians: video game genres, in- In a construction and manage- genres of video games,
2010 The Lightning Thief cluding survival, shooters, ment game, the player is given shooters, requires the
Genre: Release Date: February 12, 2010 strategy, and vehicle simu- a plot of land. This plot may player to use reflexes,
drama, ro- Genre: action, adventure, fantasy lations. An action game already be developed, or you good aiming skills, and
mance Rating: PG-13 has heavy emphasis on may start from scratch. In either firefight tactics to succeed.
Rating: PG-13 Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. combat. case, you must successfully A shooter game is gener-
Starring: Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Peirce Includes: Super Smash manage your resources to cre- ally rated ―T‖ or ―M.‖
Channing Brosnan, and Uma Thurman
Bros. Brawl, Terminator ate a prosperous development. Includes: Lost Planet, Bat-
Tatum, Henry Summary: Percy Jackson, a normal 12
Salvation, The Conduit, Includes: SimCity, Zoo Tycoon, tlefield: Bad Company,
Thomas, -year-old, has his life turned around
Amanda Sey- when he discovers that characters Frontlines: Fuel of War, and Rollercoaster Tycoon. The Conduit, Star Wars
fried, Richard from Greek Mythology really aren‘t Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefront 2, and Merce-
Jenkins, and myths. A satyr named Grover takes and Prince of Persia. naries 2: World in Flames.
Scott Porter him to Camp Half Blood, a place for
Summary: John Tyree (Tatum), a demigods, or people who have one
Survival/Survival Horror Other Genres Adventure
young soldier who has been de- mortal parent and one godly parent,
In these two genres, you The genres listed here are not a An adventure game has
ployed over seas, comes home for to keep Percy safe. There, he finds
must keep your character list of all video game genres. the player‘s character(s)
a vacation. He meets Savannah out he is the son of Poseidon, God of
alive. To do so, you must Due to the nature of video- star in the plot. These
Curtis (Seyfried), a college student the Sea. When Zeus‘s master lightning
scavenge for food, water, games, the genres must be games often are parts of
who is on her spring vacation and bolt is stolen, Percy, Grover, and
and shelter. Survival horror constantly updated. Here are series and can include
they develop feelings for each Percy‘s friend Annabeth, daughter of
is typically more combat a few more: music games, solving puzzles, strategy,
other. Over the next seven years Athena, go on a quest to recover it.
based, and you must sur- programming games, puzzle and hours of play time to
the young couple is separated by However, the catch is that it must be
vive hordes of zombies or games, sports games, word beat. They are a very
John‘s deployments and time in returned to Mount
other enemies. Survival games, art games, educa- popular genre, supported
service. Their relationship continues Olympus (aka the
games in general require tional games, casual games, by traits of others.
through letters sent between them. 600th floor of the
lots of preplanning and massively multiplayer online Includes: Prince of Persia
John‘s deployment term is almost Empire State Build-
thought. games (MMOs or MMORPGs), series, Final Fantasy series,
over when 9/11 hits and he feels he ing) by the Summer
Includes: Alone in the and exergames. WarioWare, and The Leg-
must stay in the army as a duty to Solstice, or else the
Dark and Fatal Frame. end of Zelda.
his country. With this decision, John Gods‘ war will de-
loses what he loves most, Savan- stroy the real world.
nah. Will he be able to win her Will they find the Vehicle Simulation Strategy Party Games
back? master bolt in In a vehicle simulation Strategy games have several Party games have been
time? game, a player takes subgenres, but the two major popular for years and allow
control of one or more ones are real time simulations many more players to play
(RTS) and turn-based simula-
Valentine’s Day Alice in Wonderland machines to play as. They
tions (TBS). An RTS has a player
at a time than other gen-
can range from fighter res. Party games can be
Release Date: February 12, 2010 Release Date: March 5, 2010 build, trade, explore, and fight
aircraft to submarines or set in bizarre locations and
Genre: comedy and romance Genre: family, fantasy in real time. A turn-based game
tanks. These games re- players complete tasks in
Rating: PG-13 Rating: PG-13 does the same in strict turns.
quire a steady hand and free-for-all or in teams.
Starring: Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny RTS: Sins of a Solar Empire, Em-
often a different mindset Includes: Mario Party series,
Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Depp, Helena Carter, Crispin Glover, pire: Total War, Age of Empires,
for each machine. Dance Dance Revolution,
George Lopez, and Emma Roberts Anne Hathaway, and Michael Sheen and Halo Wars.
Includes: Ace Combat 6, Rayman Raving Rabbids,
Summary: Intertwining couples and Summary: Alice is now 17 and runs off TBS: Civilization, Civilization
Battle Stations Midway, Revolution, and Master of Orion and WarioWare.
singles in Los Angeles break-up and after finding out she is to be married
make-up based on the pressures to someone she doesn‘t love. She and Heatseeker. 3.
and expecta- returns to visit her
tions of Valen- old friends in Can you put these games into a category?
tine's Day. Wonderland (Note: Some games have more than one category!)
Watch to see where she had All games rated ―T‖ or under by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board)
who ends up her childhood
with whom! visit. While there,
she tries to end
the Red Queen‘s
reign of terror
with the help of
the Mad Hatter
who is played by
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Name That Lyric! Review: Sakura By Jeremy Review: Shiro By Wesley
By Riley and Cheyanne
Japanese steak houses are a popular dining choice for many families because of quality service and food. This
1. I‘m talking pedicure on our 2. I would like to make myself type of restaurant is good for any occasion. Here are two that we highly recommend.
toes, toes believe History: Marc Ha opened his first Sakura restaurant Atmosphere: When you first
Trying on all our clothes, clothes Planet Earth turns slowly in the small town of Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1988. walk in the restaurant, the smell
When the restaurant first opened it only had seven of seafood and steak fills the
3. This is all so crazy 4. I‘ll be looking out night and hibachi grills. Marc worked as manager and chef in air. Polite waiters serve you as
Everybody seems so famous day the restaurant. After a while his hard work paid off soon as you walk through the
as many customers started coming back to the door and continue throughout
took my heart to the limit, and
restaurant. Now there are 13 restaurants in Mary- your meal. The waiters are very
this is where I stay
land, five restaurants in Virginia, one in New Jersey, kid friendly and treat their cus-
5. We talk on the phone from 6. And even though it‘s a strug- and one in California. tomers with respect.
night to the morn‘ gle, love is all we got so we Atmosphere: When you first walk in to Sakura you Menu: At Shiro, dinner is served
Girl you really changed my life gonna keep, keep climbing to have a choice of being at a regular table or you in a series of courses that you
the mountain top can choose to sit at a hibachi table where the chef choose. First, you are given a
comes to you. After you select a table, the servers steaming bowl of soup, and
7. I know what I did wasn't clever 8. My lashes are dry, purple usually give you a minute or two to choose a bever- then you are given the choice
Cause you and me were meant teardrops I cry age and about ten minutes to choose your food. of white or fried rice. After the
to be together It don't have a price, loving Menu: You first choose your main entrée and after Watching a chef prepare a two appetizers, you begin with
you is cherry pie that diners also select an appetizer and side of ei- meal on a hibachi grill is a the main course. The chef be-
ther fried rice or steamed rice. Both soup and salad fun part of eating in a Japa- gins to cook chopped steak or
9. Laughing on the park bench 10. You‘re the perfect lullaby are included with the main entrée price. My favorite nese steakhouse. chicken in whatever way you
thinking to myself, What kind of dream is this thing to get when I go there is the filet mignon and like it and then starts preparing
Hey isn't this easy shrimp with double fried rice and shrimp as an appetizer. some juicy shrimp. Now that you are pretty much full,
The average price for one person is $25. I know that here comes my favorite part, dessert, which consists of
sounds like a lot, but for the amount of food you get it‘s
by Taylor Swift 10. Sweet Dreams by Beyonce
fresh fruit, tarts, cakes, and soufflés. Prices are decent,
really a good value.
Jason Derulo 8. Paparazzi by Lady Gaga 9. You Belong With Me
ranging through at the most $25 per person.
Service: If you choose a hibachi table, the chef will come Service: When you walk in, a host escorts you to a table
5. Replay by Iyaz 6. One Time by Justin Bieber 7. Whatcha Say by
to you. What‘s great about the chefs is that they cook in that seats 10-12 people. Shortly after, your chef arrives
USA by Miley Cyrus 4. Meet Me Halfway by The Black Eyed Peas
Answers: 1. TiK ToK by Ke$ha 2. Fireflies by Owl City 3. Party in the front of you so when they serve you the food is still really and introduces himself to the table. He does all kinds of
hot. The chefs also joke around with you and pull some things, like juggling metal spatulas to making onion vol-
Name That Movie Quote!
pranks. When you go there on your birthday, at the end of canoes! Throughout your meal, the chef entertains all
your meal they will take your picture with your family and while cooking delicious food. I like in when he the chef
By Riley and Cheyanne give you a complimentary slice of cheesecake. cooks some small shrimp than tosses it into your mouth!
Conclusion: Diners are usually there for about an hour. Location: The Shiro I go to is located at 9276 Old Keene
Overall it doesn‘t feel like an hour because you‘re having Mill Rd., Burke, VA, 22015.
fun when you go there. Conclusion: I‘ve gone to Shiro multiple times, and I can
1.―My mama always said, life was 2.―Let me tell you something Location: The Sakura I go to is in Fair Lakes right across say it was always an enjoyable experience. With savory
like a box of chocolates; you my father told me, look at from the Jared‘s. For coupons, menu, and locations, food combined with exceptional service and moderate
never know whatcha‘ gonna the stars, the great kings of check out: www.sakurasteakhouse.com prices, makes for a great dining experience.
get.‖ the past are up there watch-
ing us.‖ two wave simula-
Cruise on the Oasis of the Seas By Jason
tors. To finish it off,
3.―May the force be with you.‖ 4.―I‘ll get you my pretty, and A cruise ship rants including Johnny there is a huge
your little dog too!‖ called the Oasis Rockets, Seafood Shack, water playground
of the Seas set sail an ice cream parlor, for kids.
5.―Houston, we have a problem.‖ 6.―God creates dinosaur. God December 1st Central Park Café, and In the spa and
creates man. Man destroys 2009. It has been called the largest Sorrento‘s Pizzeria. fitness area, there
God, man destroys dino- cruise ship in the world. Oasis of the On board the Oasis of are solo and cou-
saur...‖ Seas is five times the Titanic‘s weight. the Seas there are seven ple‘s massage
That is 220,000 gross tons. neighborhoods, each suites and a small
7.―B-E-A-Utiful!― 8.―Safety never takes a holi- With its great size and weight, Oasis with their own hotels. area for hair and
day!‖ of the Seas can hold up to 6,226 pas- Depending on which makeup services.
sengers. If you were on this ship it room you are in, you For those who
9.―Now that‘s high quality H2O.‖ 10.―Just keep swimming, just would look like you were in an ocean may have an ocean want to exercise
keep swimming...‖ city with huge malls and a long view, a beautiful board- For more info, check out: while on board,
boardwalk with many exotic animals walk view, or a Central www.oasisoftheseas.com they have kick-
and sights. The ship has an entertain- Park view. Some rooms boxing, yoga,
ment center with a dance lounge, a may be near entertainment centers and 158 fitness machines!
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 9. Waterboy 10. Finding Nemo 1,380 seat theater, as well as gaming or pool and spa areas. If you are looking for a Caribbean
Wizard of Oz 5. Apollo 13 6. Jurassic Park 7. Bruce Almighty 8. and arcade stations. There is a Cen- In the pool sanctuary, there are cruise vacation, this is perfect for you
Answers: 1. Forrest Gump 2. The Lion King 3. Star Wars 4. The tral Park area that holds many restau- four giant pools, ten whirlpools, and and your family!!
Book Reviews By Brandon, Rhea, and Maddie
Robbie Book Club By Maddie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Half Moon Investigations The Robbie Book Club is open to all students in
Author: Jeff Kinney Author: Eoin Colfer the Middle School and is sponsored by Mrs. Keith.
Genre: Realistic Fiction Genre: Mystery The club meets every other Monday in the library.
Members read books from many interesting genres
Summary: Greg Heffley is a ris- Summary: Fletcher Moon has
such as mystery, adventure, fantasy and science
ing middle schooler who tries to never been like other kids. For one fiction. Mrs. Keith does a survey at the first meeting
stop his wimpy ways at school, thing, he has to deal with the nick- of the year. The students let her know what they
friends‘ houses, and at home. name ―Half Moon‖ because of his like to read and then she picks the books accord-
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last short size. But the real reason he is ingly. After students read the book, they always
Straw focuses on his life through- different is that he always has a have a discussion about it. They talk
out the middle of the school way of sniffing out a mystery, ever about what they liked and what
year until summer vacation. since he was a baby. After gradu- they did not like about the book. So Mrs. Keith
Greg has two brothers who ating at the top of his internet far, the students‘ favorite book was
annoy him a lot. Rodrick is a class, he became known as the youngest detective the Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern. The most popular au-
show–off who thinks he knows in the world. He even has a silver-plated badge to thor amongst the students is J.K. Rowling. Mrs. Keith‘s favorite
everything and is a bully to Greg. His little brother, prove it. But one day, one of his classmates, April books so far are Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris and
Manny, annoys him by making loud and unneces- Devereux, comes up to him and asks him to find a House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. If you like to read
sary noises. His dad, Frank, says that Greg needs to lock of hair which she bought from a pop star. All books, than this is the perfect club for you!
toughen up and challenge himself or he will have to clues point him to the most infamous crime family,
go to military school. His mom just wants Greg and the Sharkeys. Soon, his prized badge is stolen, and
his brothers to stay away from dangerous stuff. If
Greg wants to stay out of military school, he needs to
someone tries to attack him in the middle of the
night. Fletcher is convinced that the Sharkeys were Club RAMBO By Brandon
focus on school, not summer plans. He also tries to responsible for these incidents. But before he knows Club RAMBO is an all boys reading are pirates and ninjas, survival, and
impress a girl in school named Holly when he plays it, he got framed for a crime, and he has to team up club sponsored by Mr. Calamito science fiction.
soccer. Read Greg‘s hilarious diary entries to see with the Sharkeys to solve the mystery and find the (Eagles‘ English teacher) and Mr. What do you do at meetings?
how his school year ends. guilty party… or is he the guilty party? Kapelski (Read 180, RMS Reading Mr. Kapelski: We talk about how
Specialist). Below is an interview with much we have read, we might have
If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, try If you liked Half Moon, try out these books by Eoin Mr. Kapelski about Club RAMBO. a guest speaker, then we do some
out these books: Colfer: sort of activity. We love to compete
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dogs Days Artemis Fowl with each other. It‘s all for fun,
The Loud Silence of Francine Green The Wishlist What does RAMBO stand for? though.
Mr. Kapelski: Reading Activities for How long do the members have to
Airman: The Legend of Spud Murphy
Men and Boys Only read a book?
What genres are Club RAMBO read- Mr. Kapelski: We read the books for
ing? the month, then after you‘re done,
Catching Fire and Peeta make it out alive
Mr. Kapelski: So far we have read you get to keep the book.
Author: Suzanne Collins again? Catching Fire is the se-
quel to the award winning horror, sports, and we are starting Who chooses the books?
Genre: Science Fiction
novel, The Hunger Games both war. Mr. Kapelski: So far the teachers
Summary: Katniss Everdeen and fellow district trib- Why is this a ‗boys only‘ club?
written by Suzanne Collins. who run the club have chosen the
ute, Peeta Mellark, have won the annual Hunger Mr. Kapelski: We find that boys books. We pick two or three to be
Games, a fight to the death amongst 24 teenagers. don‘t read as much as girls. There available, and then the boys get to
They are now back in their poverty stricken home, If you liked Catching Fire, check
out these books by Suzanne are a lot of different reasons for this. pick which one they want to read.
known as District 12. Both get nice houses and a We wanted to give boys a cool We take a lot of ideas from the boys
never ending supply of food for themselves and their Collins:
place where they can find cool in the club, though.
families. Seems great, right? Not really, because they books and participate in fun activi- Do you do any other activities be-
won by defying the Capital and the President him- The Hunger Games ties with them. sides reading?
self. President Snow wants revenge, so he sends all Gregor the Overlander What books are you planning to Mr. Kapelski: We don‘t spend a lot
the winning tributes from the past years back into read in the second semester? of time in our meetings actually
the arena, determined to have his precious Hunger Gregor and the Rats of Underland
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane Mr. Kapelski: We don‘t know spe- reading. Most of the time, we‘re
Games played out again by the rules. Can Katniss cific books, but some of the themes talking or doing some sort of activity.
The Medallion February 2010 Volume 38, Issue 2
Robinson Crossword 2 By Neil and Ryan
VesseL By Zdenka, Rachel, and Mery
Most average teen- he knew it would make
Welcome to the second crossword puz-
age boys like to skate- a perfect band name.
zle of 2009-2010! We hope you enjoy our
board, play video Manager Matt said
puzzle and are excited about the sur- games, watch movies, that the band stays
prise award to the first three people to and hang out with focused during prac-
finish the puzzle correctly and turn it into friends. However, seven tices. ―Everyone in the
Mrs. Forte in room E217. Remember– Robinson Middle School band is very profes-
never use spaces! Good luck. eighth grade boys sional, so when it‘s time
have a different way of to be serious everyone
using their time. They is under control.‖
decided to form the VesseL started with
band called VesseL. only four members and
The members of VesseL Members of VesseL: Kyle, Matt, expanded until they
include Zach playing Noah, Michael, Zach, and Alan had all seven mem-
the bass, Michael as the bers. The original mem-
lead guitarist, Alan Duran as the lead bers are still in the band, but they felt like
singer and keyboardist, Kyle on the it could be better with more people who
drums, Johnny as the second guitarist, are into the same type of music and
Noah as the second vocalist, and Matt have similar styles. The members of Ves-
as VesseL‘s manager. seL enjoy playing, writing, and practic-
Their music is mostly rock and heavy ing their music.
metal. The name VesseL came to Mi-
chael one day when he was jumping on
his trampoline and happened to look at
the blood vessels in his arm. That‘s when
Zach, 8th Michael, 8th
Q: Which band do you Q: Which band do you
Congratulations to last model yourself after? model yourself after?
quarter‘s top three A: Here Comes the A: Avenged Sevenfold
crossword puzzle win- Horizon and Metallica
ners. Q: When did you start Q: What made you
1. Hemin, 7th playing bass? want to start a band?
2. Thomas, 7th A: I started playing last A: I started a band
3. Bethany, 7th year when my parents because I wanted to
got me a bass for my birthday. be like Metallica so I got my friends that
play instruments and started VesseL.
1. What is the last name of the middle 2. How many desktop computers are in
Alan, 8th Noah, 8th
school newspaper journalism teacher? E217, the newspaper journalism room? Q: Which band do you Q: Which band do you
4. How many lunch lines are in both cafe- 3. How many languages can you choose model yourself after? model yourself after?
terias combined? from to learn at Robinson Middle School? A: Hollywood Undead A: The band Atreyu
6. The banner in the main hallway reads, 5. What is Mr. Hall‘s favorite baseball and System of a Down because most of our
―A teacher is like a _____, it consumes itself team? Q: Why did you want to members wear skinny
6. What is the last name of the first princi- join a band? jeans and band shirts.
to light the path for others.‖
pal of Robinson Secondary? A: People told me I Q: What part do you
9. Mrs. Keith, a RBSS librarian, grew up in have in the band?
sang good. I thought it
which country? 7. How many ovens are in the family and
would be cool to be in a band with my A: I basically control sound and beats in
10. What is the last name of the RBSS consumer sciences kitchen? friends. the rap part of the songs.
teacher who appeared on The Bachelor? 8. What is the name of the music hall?
12. Who won the VHSL wrestling state 11. Where did Mrs. Aunon go to college? Kyle, 8th Johnny, 8th
championship in 1975? 13. Is the Spring Ram Rally on a blue or a Q: Which band do you Q: Which band do you
15. What is Mrs. Newcome‘s middle gold day? model yourself after? model yourself after?
name? 14. What will Ms. Hinman‘s last name be A: Metallica A: Metallica.
after she gets married this summer? Q: What made you Q: How often do you
16. How many dollars is the Chick-Fil-A
17. What is the last name of the theatre want to join the band? practice guitar?
check in the E wing display case made out A: I practice a lot.
sports sponsor? A: Michael and I
for? started because he When I‘m not doing
18. Where did Mr. Hall work as an assistant 19. How many pay phones are in Robin- homework or chores,
found out I played the
principal before coming to work at Robin- son? drums and he played the guitar. So we I‘m usually practicing. I usually practice
son? said we should start a band. by playing songs by other famous
bands, or by making up riffs.
Best of 2009 By Brittany, Anjali, Mitch, and Eric Best of the Decade
Fads of 2009 Most Watched YouTube Videos 2009 Most Googled Celebrities of the Decade
Top 5 Videos
Burger Bonanza 1. Susan Boyle– Britain's Got Talent (120+ million views) 2001: Britney Spears and Eminem
2. David after dentist (37+ million views) 2002: Jennifer Lopez and Eminem
Snuggie 3. JK wedding entrance dance (33+ million views) 2003: Britney Spears and David Beckham
4. New Moon movie trailer ( 31+ million views) 2004: Britney Spears and Orlando Bloom
Twitter 5. Evian roller babies (27+ million views) 2005: Paris Hilton and Howard Stern
Top 4 Music Videos 2006: Britney Spears and Steve Irwin
1. Pitbull: ―I Know You Want Me‖ (82+ million views) 2007: Britney Spears and Ron Paul
2. Miley Cyrus: ―The Climb‖ (64+ million views) 2008: Sarah Palin and Barack Obama
Zhu Zhu Pets
3. Miley Cyrus: ―Party in the U.S.A.‖ (54+ million views) 2009: Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson
Sigg Water 4. Keri Hilson: ―Knock You Down‖ (35+ million views)
Source: searchengineland.com Source: Google, Inc.
Bottles Source: People Magazine
Most Googled Celebs 2009 2009/2010 Most Popular iTunes Songs of 2009 Fads of the Decade
In Out 1. Black Eyed Peas: ―Boom Ed Hardy T-shirts Statement Totes
1. Michael Jackson Boom Pow‖
2. Lady Skinny Jeans Bell Bottoms 2. Flo Rida: ―Right Round‖ Livestrong Crocs
Gaga iPod touch iPod nano 3.Lady Gaga: ―Poker Face‖ Wristbands
3. Robert Justin Bieber Jonas Brothers 4. Black Eyed Peas: ―I Gotta Cupcakes
Pattinson Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana Feeling‖ The iPhone
4. Taylor Swift UGG Boots EMU Boots 6. Lady Gaga & Colby O‘Donis: ―Just Skull and Crossbone
5. Miley Cyrus Snuggies Blankets Dance‖ Trucker Hats Fashion
6. Kim Kar- Droid iPhone 7. Miley Cyrus: ―Party in the U.S.A.‖
dashian 8. Miley Cyrus: ―The Climb‖ UGG Boots Online
7. Susan 9. T.I. (featuring Justin Timberlake): ―Dead poker
Boyle and Gone‖ Sudoku
8. Rihanna 10. Kings of Leon: ―Use Somebody‖
9. Lil‘ Wayne Source:
10. Adam Lambert Google, Inc. Source: iTunes rankings as of 12/8/09
Source: People Magazine
Movies Coming Out In 2010
February 5 February 12 March 5 May 7 May 21 June 18 June 30 July 2 August 6 November 19 December 10