Trimming the budget going to go up and morale
anDie richarDs anD Gwen wriGht
reporters will be tested,” said math
teacher Colleen Dabney.
Imagine if the one thing Many school-based
you had worked almost your positions will also be cut from
entire life to achieve was the high school. Three high
cut from your life, and you school support positions,
couldn’t do anything about administrative assistants to
it. This is what many high the assistant principals, will
school teachers fear this be cut, one from each school.
month. Each high school will also
All around the country have one less audio-visual
school districts have to assistant and one less person
in a technology resource
cut back their budgets.
position. Also, each school
Williamsburg-James City in the district, including
County school district is elementary and middle
facing a loss of $4.5 million schools, will have one less
according to the proposed custodian.
budget for the 2009-2010 Another area of the school
school year. preparing for the budget cuts
“I wish the county had Mark Weideman’s AP Physics class, despite having a large enrollment is the Media Center. Steps
more money so we didn’t this semester, is being cut from the science curriculum next year. they are taking include as
have to cut things from the Photo by Stephen Kline
cutting unpopular magazine
children’s education,” said protect,” said math teacher it,” said art teacher Liz subscriptions and making
chemistry teacher Pam David Sutton. “They’re fun Bahl-Moore. “The way sure the students get the
Crowley. and vivacious and have so I look at it is, why take fiction books that they enjoy.
One major aspect that will much to give and they give away from the kids now by The Media Center was lucky
be affected by these cuts so much, but they’re the first worrying about the future?” enough to receive a donation
is the size of the faculty. A to go.” After the cuts are made, of SAT preparation materials
total of 17 high school-level Some teachers are not much will change for from the parent of a former
teachers will be dismissed worried about the situation students and teachers. student.
from the district. and choose to continue One adjustment will be is “We expect [the cut], we
“They’re thinking of on with their daily school the increased number of know it’s coming and we’re
cutting young teachers routine. Attitudes like students in classes. The trying to be as judicious as
who don’t have tenure, but these that keep the school student to teacher ratio will we can,” said media specialist
these people are the core of organized in stressful be increased from 22.25 to Mary Turnbull.
their teaching staff, they’re situations. one to 23.50 to one.
the people they have to “I try not to think about “Class size is definitely Continued on page 14
Riffed or fired: teachers are gone
staff members. would look at all aspects, like that
Dinah Mackenzie anD chelsea lehew
co-eDitor-in-chief anD reporter According to the U.S. office of they look at upper level staff [salaries]
ith registration for next personnel management, when there are before they cut out necessary support
year’s classes complete, insufficient government funds to cover staff.”
and the question of which the salaries of all employees, Reduction Staff cuts will ultimately lead to
teachers will be lost, in Force (RIF) occurs. RIF does not a shortage in teachers to cover the
one can’t help but wonder if classes mean that the person was fired; simply current classes offered at Lafayette.
students signed up for will be around that their position no longer exists Class sizes are already overwhelming
next fall. because of lack of funding. to some, and next year many believe
The economic crisis affects more than “The difference between being ‘riffed’ classes will be even larger.
just the people on Wall Street; it is and fired is that being fired has to do “[This year] my French class, French
taking a toll on public schools around with your job performance,” said head One, is so big because they only offer one
the country. Changes are being made guidance counselor Suzanne Hart. class,” said freshman Heidi Peterson.
to counteract the need to tighten the Audio Visual Assistant Janice With classes growing in size, there
budget. Holloway, who has been with WJCC for is greater potential that students will
There will be a $4.5 million budget 17 years, is one of the support staff who be hidden in the crowd and not get the
cut by the state government for WJCC was cut using RIF. individual assistance and attention
schools. A total of 17 teachers will be “I feel that I know that there will be they need.
cut within the district by the end of more cuts, but none of us want to lose
February, along with 25 other support our jobs,” said Holloway. “I wish they Continued on page 14
A new star on the horizon
Chelsea hunniCutt man Samuel] in two hours,”
layout editor Kolekofski said. “It’s kind of
Getting into college is hard ironic.”
enough as it is. Getting into Though “Old man Samuel”
one of the top five art schools won two awards and was
in the U.S. is even harder. featured in a local newspaper,
Senior Kelly Kolekofski has it’s not Kolekofski’s favorite
reached the goal she has out of the work she has
been working toward her done.
entire high school career. “The video art project
“VCU was my first choice,” we did for Ms. Leek’s class
Kolekofski said, “I was sophomore year [was my
overwhelmed [when I got my favorite] because it creeped
acceptance letter].” people out,” Kolekofski said.
Along with getting into VCU One may wonder where this
art school, Kolekofski has art comes from and what
also won multiple awards. inspires the artist.
“Recently I won $100 [for “Everyday life [inspires me],”
my art], which is good gas Kolekofski said. “Nature,
money,” Kolekofski said. people interacting with each
Other than the money other and [interacting] in
and awards, Kolekofski was their environment.”
featured in the Virginia Just as everyday life
Gazette for one of her inspires Kolekofski, she
drawings she calls “Old wants her work to inspire
man Samuel.” Surprisingly, others.
this piece of work did not “[I want people] to not
take her long or have much only think outside the box,”
Kelly Kolekofski, whose art has won her multiple awards and helped her get admission into
inspiration. Kolekofski said, “but also not Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, sketches in her AP studio art class.
“I was just really bored be afraid to push the limits Photo by Stephen Kline
one night and drew [Old of society.”
Tasty alternatives coming soon?
40 students at lunch, about half of encourage students to make better
emily Kimminau Chelsea speth
the students said the salad bar is an eating choices, students don’t seem to
addition they would actually use. be taking advantage of the salads that
eenagers are repeatedly told Teachers, too, shared this excitement. are currently offered.
by their parents to eat their “I am excited,” said assistant principal “The salads offered in the lunch line
veggies. However, the reality Jeff Bond, “It’s a cool idea, and I can’t now are usually only bought by the
is when given the opportunity wait to see what’s on it.” teachers,” said Salisbury. “We don’t sell
at school to choose, the majority of these But don’t get your hopes up too enough as it is.”
teens choose curly fries over an apple. fast—the salad bar is still just an idea. If implemented, the salad bar would
Despite the recent efforts of SHIP, According to the cafeteria manager offer a full meal, including meat and a
a program that encourages healthy Dale Salisbury, a federal grant was vegetarian alternative. Doing so would
eating and habits, students have yet to issued to WJCC food services. While encourage students to eat a full meal
embrace healthy eating routines. the grant was not given specifically as opposed to just a side of salad.
Recently, SHIP has made an effort to for the salad bar, they believe doing so A salad bar like Ruby Tuesday’s
encourage healthy habits by proposing would be the best use of the money. shouldn’t be expected, but more choices
the idea of a salad bar. In a poll of While a new salad bar would at lunch are better than less.
News in Brief The Snack Box Thoroughly Forensics
And Modern Millie
Want a snack after The Forensics team
Silent Auction school? The Newspaper, went to the Bay Rivers
March 26 through 28
Buon Amici will be Litmag, and Yearbook marks the opening of District Competition
hosting Cabaret Night are sponsoring a new the spring musical. and placed first, second,
and Silent Auction. It snack box after school in Tickets go on sale March and third. Then, at the
will be on Thursday, the upper commons in 2. Times are as follows: Forensics League Tour-
March 19 at 6 p.m. in the SCA room. Come by Thursday at 7 p.m. nament of Champions,
the upper commons. to get your after school Friday at 8 p.m. they earned first, third,
refreshments. Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m. and fourth place.
Celebrating Black History
Taylor GossaGe of events are held in honor of the
Copy ediTor achievements made by African-
lack History Month has been Americans. To celebrate, the school
celebrated since 1926, and put on the play “Voices of the Past,”
was started by Carter G. directed by Minority Achievement
Woodson. His intentions for Leader Termaine Hopkins.
the month were to “produce facts that “Voices of the Past” featured
would prove to the world that Africa impersonations of important figures
and its people have played a crucial in African-American history such as
role in the development of civilization” Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman,
(Association of the Study of African- Booker T. Washington, and even Barack
American Life and History). Obama.
It started off as only a week, and “The play went extremely well,” said
Woodson chose the week in February Hopkins. “I believe that the students
that encompassed Abraham Lincoln were receptive and it helped them
and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays; understand and gain deeper meaning
both are considered important in the of African-American history.”
history of African-Americans. Black History Month is a time when
To students, Black History Month has everyone can reflect on the past, and to
a significant meaning. see how far our country has come in
“It shows that black people have acceptance of African-Americans, and
worked hard to get where we are and their prominence in society.
[it celebrates] the many great African- “As important as Black History Month
Americans who’ve made it,” junior Sophomore Beniqueka Futrell, in the celebration of Black Histor y
is,” said Hopkins, “it is something that
Month, plays the part of Sojourner Truth in the school play.
Dezmond Braxton said. Photo by Stephen Kline should be recognized and celebrated
Conventions, parties and all sorts every day.”
Pictured are the officers of the LHS chapter of FBLA: Elisha Chestnut, President;
Renea Johnson, Vice President; Chris Burris, Treasurer; Beth Begley, Secretar y;
Senior Melanie Marotta with her parents; principal, Anita Swinton; LHS field and Nakeisha Johnson, Reporter. FBLA collected food for FISH during National
hockey coach Pat Thompson; and athletic director, Dan Barner signing with the Career and Technical Education Week using the Valentine’s theme, “Have a Heart!”
Virginia Commonwealth University field hockey team on Februar y 4. The club collected over 700 cans and packages of food to replenish FISH’s food
Photo by Stephen Kline pantr y. Photo courtesy of Jeanne King
Cracking down on the rules bell has rung.
HannaH anGles and Haley WalTon has been a topic at recent when they were in school.”
reporTers staff meetings. Since then, There is a logical reason “I have made sure I don’t
efresh. New teachers have been more for everything. Even the let anybody leave 10 minutes
semester, new consistent with making sure rules that seem awkward before or after the bell,”
teachers, and new students follow the rules. have a certain effectiveness said Stewart. “But I think
classmates. As “Teachers interpret rule in order to maintain safety it makes more sense to go
the next 18 weeks roll in, enforcement differently but if and the accountability of the before instruction.”
students hear the crack of something stops instruction students. Inevitably, rules are going
the whip as rules sprout up. it has to be dealt with,” math “It’s necessary that we to be broken. And as with
It is no surprise that the teacher Eric Hetzel said. review school policies,” said every broken rule, there are
rules exist. Although none Some students have begun English teacher Stephanie consequences.
are new, the rules have been to feel the heat of the rule Stewart. “Some teachers “The initial infraction of the
curveballs for those who constraint and have begun to become preoccupied and we rule is on the student,” said
aren’t used to them being express their views toward forget to follow some of the Bond, “and the consequence
enforced. the protocol. rules.” will fit the infraction.”
“We have always had “I think the teachers are Every teacher has their With summer coming up
the rules,” said assistant getting too serious with own tolerance level. Stewart quickly, as well as the end
principal Jeff Bond. “It is a the rule enforcement,” said described how she always of the year, going along with
friendly reminder to enforce sophomore Jessie Dunkle, enforced the rule of not the rules will make the next
them as they come up.” “and they’re used to following leaving the classroom 10 semester go by that much
Administering the rules the old fashioned rules from minutes before or after the quicker.
New season, new fashion
Johanna aevarsDottir anD thoMas Pearce themselves looking for more affordable on the outside of clothing. North
Managing eDitor anD rePorter Faces, sweat pants, oversized
options. Balance plays a major role
when deciding when to splurge and and undersized clothing, velour
he audience when to get the most for your dollar. track suits, destroyed jeans,
is seated. You “I splurge on vintage clothing sites, camouflage, peace signs, and
feel the music but I also get a lot of stuff from Papayaskater shoes are just a few
pulsing while and Charlotte Russe,” said sophomore of the things I strongly
you await your turn. Sarah Koahou. dislike,” Sims said.
Hands besiege you As warm weather approaches, Men’s fashion
completing is much less
your look. “To me, designer labels don’t matter. complicated.
Thirty seconds You have to have confidence. “It bothers
to go. With a Without it, don’t bother.” me when
final push, p e o p l e
-senior Sieya Sims have a
you hit the
r u n w a y s w e e t
with full force. spring fashion and new collections outfit with
Absorbing your find themselves replacing jackets and b u m m y
look and judgments closed toed shoes. shoes,” said
flying, spectators This season’s new looks are all about Ashlock.
decide whether or vivacious colors and light-weight Spring
not your attire is complementary materials. For the is quickly
desirable. freshest look, colors to be on the lookout a p p r o a c h i n g
Although you may not for include yellow, pink and blue paired and just
be a high fashion model, with neutral colors such as white and like plants
what you wear to school light shades of brown. Contrary to awakening from
is still a reflection of who solid colors, abstract or bold prints help a gray and dismal
you are. Walking into the accentuate a healthy and attractive winter, students’
commons strutting your figure. vibrant clothing
stuff and turning heads, On the other side of the spectrum, will begin to
you know your outfit is a skinny jeans remain a hot commodity reemerge. You
success. Senior fashionista for men. Senior AJ Ashlock appreciates don’t have to
Sieya Sims has been “fierce” his unique style and enjoys standing wear the most
since birth. out for it. e x p e n s i v e
“To me, designer labels “My style is unique because I dress clothes, or high
don’t matter. You have to have different than most of my friends,” fashion styles,
confidence,” said Sims. “Without Ashlock said. but looking
it, don’t bother trying.” But looking good has its rules. Both fantastic this
Less expensive does not mean Sims and Ashlock have a variety of pet season has never
less attractive. With the economy peeves that bother them. been less
Sieya Sims, 12 in a recession students often find “I don’t like when you can see labels complicated. AJ Ashlock, 12
All she ever wanted was a little credit
Dinah Mackenzie a new job to help fund her played by Hugh Dancy (“Ella
co-eDitor in chief insane spending habits. Enchanted”), calls her with
hat is the price She goes to an interview a job offer.
of fashion? How at the exclusive Alette Taking the job only to
much would magazine, and on the way gain experience for Alette,
you pay for the tries to buy a green scarf. Bloomwood advises people
perfect outfit? For Rebecca When her credit card is on how to spend money
Bloomwood, there is no price declined, she in desperation, and make investments.
too high. That explains why goes to a hotdog stand, Her overnight fame because
she’s in $16,000 worth of where a kind stranger gives of the article makes her debt
shopping debt. her $20 to help her it. problems even more out of
Rated PG for some mild She proceeds to the control. She tries to smooth
language and thematic interview only to discover it all out before it all falls
elements, “Confessions of a that the position has been from under her feet.
Shopaholic” is a great movie filled. Rejected, she applies Fighting to make everything
for a girl’s night out. for a job at a savings right again, Bloomwood
Quirky, fun, and vibrant magazine. Unfortunately, learns some hard lessons.
journalist Rebecca she’s unsuccessful again. While going to shopaholics
Bloomwood, played by Jobless and in major debt, anonymous, Bloomwood
Isla Fisher (“Wedding Bloomwood and her friend works to become a better
Crashers”), has 12 different Suze, played by Krysten person.
credit cards, lives in New Ritter (“What Happens in A romantic comedy for
York City and can’t pass by a Vegas”), come up with a plan the shopaholic in every
store window without going to write a brilliant article woman, “Confessions of a
in and shopping. This is not and send it to Alette to try Shopaholic” is a lesson for
a good combination. and help her get the job. She every woman on what not to
When her current job accidently sends the article do when shopping. Hilarious
goes downhill, Bloomwood to the savings magazine, but and colorful, I give this movie
desperately needs to find the editor, Luke Brandon, four out of five stars.
photo courtesy of blogs.palmbeachpost.com
Valentine’s Day: from sweet to sappy
their ideal Valentine’s date.
Although it is a special time
for some, others are not as
excited about this day.
alentine’s Day- a February 14 has also been
day when we show called a “Hallmark Holiday”
our affection for or “Single Awareness Day.”
the ones we love For many it is only welcomed
by exchanging gifts and if you are in a relationship.
spending time together. “It puts it out there that
When we were younger it I’m single,” said sophomore
was a fun day, a day when Gena Hernandez, “and
everyone bought valentines that’s not something I want
and candy for each other, to share with the world.”
whether it was Barbie, Some people are reminded
Ninja Turtles, or whatever of past relationships that
the latest craze happened have ended, which can be
to be. We’d stuff them into upsetting, while others are
each others’ valentine goodie celebrating the relationships
bags, and later compare they are in. It is a time of
what we got. mixed feelings for all.
Now, as we get older, it The term “Hallmark
becomes a more serious Holiday” refers to the fact Seniors Matt Covington and Lauren Lisle celebrated their fourth Valentine’s in Feb.
holiday. Some people think that this day has become Photo By Stephen Kline
of Valentine’s Day as a more of a day filled with
chance to be with the one sappy cards and chocolates the Emperor of the Roman his execution, he fell in love
you care about most. Going instead of a day for us to Empire banned men from with the jailor’s daughter
out to dinner, buying gifts focus on the true purpose getting married, in fear that and wrote her love letters,
for each other, giving cards, of the holiday. However, they would not want to join signing them “From Your
flowers, or chocolates, are all this holiday was not always the war if they had wives, Valentine,” a phrase we still
ways we share this day with looked at this way. People Valentine could not obey his use today.
our “valentine.” celebrated it to remember orders. For years he secretly Although Valentine’s
Seniors Matt Covington the Bishop Valentine and married couples and when Day may not be a holiday
and Lauren Lisle see the impact he had on love. the Emperor found out, he celebrated by everyone,
“cooking dinner together Valentine was a strong sentenced him to death. it will always be a day
and renting a movie” as believer in marriage. When While Valentine awaited dedicated to love.
Forty-six and counting
or become one of the now 46 teachers’ pay for various everyday things and
assistants. even college tuition, which would have
Mentorships require at least 130 its advantages in our current economy.
hours per semester and an extreme Think of yourself as a parent: would
amount of dedication. So naturally, you rather be forced to work overtime
students choose the simpler road of to pay max tuition payments, or would
becoming a teacher’s assistant, which you rather have your child help pay?
has its advantages. You get to take a Which choice sounds more productive?
closer look at the work that teachers Well, that depends on how you would
put into teaching, as well as some of the define worthwhile and productive.
tasks that teachers must do, but your “Wait until you get out into the real
choices are limited when it comes to world,” the famous words from an
Devon McGinty anD cierra WashinGton
reporters the subjects that are offered in school. adult to a child. We have the chance of
hree years of putting in hard “For what I want to do in college getting a head start in the real world,
work, seven hours a day, (chemical and biological engineering), yet they’re holding us captive in this
five days a week, 180 days it’s pointless,” said Rongstad. cement castle.
a year. Your college résumé “There
is completely stacked, you have all of are no
your credits, and you just want to leave mentorships
school when those necessary classes relating to
are over. Sorry, not happening. it, or T.A.’s,
“I think it’s a waste of our time to which is
have to sit through classes and not a n o t h e r
do anything, when we could be doing reason why
something productive,” said senior BG it’s pointless
Rongstad. to keep me
Why should we be forced to stay here.”
in school when we have all the Although the
requirements necessary to graduate? advantages
Shouldn’t we be spared and allowed are decent,
to leave, especially with all of the we could be
scheduling conflicts and large class doing more
All of our hard work and dedication work if we
have finally paid off and yet, we are w e r e n ’ t
forced to stay in school taking classes forced to stay
that we have no interest in. in school. We
Along with being placed in filler could get jobs
classes, some students--especially and make Senior Tori Payne decorates a bulletin board entitled “World Religions” outside of
seniors--opt to enroll in a mentorship money to Room 116. Payne is a teacher’s assistant for social studies teacher Ashley Ferguson.
Photo by Cierra Washington
Do you have a pass?
students still resist carrying Therefore, the school needs care of their business in
their passes with them. to keep track of them, too. one trip in order to reduce
It doesn’t take much to take Hall passes verify this. They distractions in the classroom.
a simple pass around with state that an authoritative Even though their pass does
you while you go wherever figure knows where they not include going to the
you need to. Just get your are and that they have facilities, it shouldn’t be a
teacher to sign it and you’re been given permission to go big problem.
good to go. there. Even though
Hall passes shouldn’t be However, “When a student there are a few
that big of a deal. When a there are exceptions,
student doesn’t have a pass c e r t a i n doesn’t have a I think that
while roaming the hallway, s i t u a t i o n s pass while roaming our school
it gives the impression that that hall the hallway, it gives has every
they’re skipping class and passes could the impression that right to issue
that’s what gets them in be overlooked. they’re skipping.” hall passes
trouble. It’s as simple as For example, and require
that. if a student that they be
reporter This problem could be has a signed pass to go to the used whenever a student
very student is eliminated easily. Some library but needs to use the needs to go somewhere. The
required to have a effort and responsibility are restroom after they are done school needs to know where
hall pass in order the key factors. with whatever they had to each student is just in case
to leave their Some argue that the 18- do in the library, I believe something does happen.
classrooms for whatever year-olds in our school are that it’s perfectly acceptable Hall passes are simple,
reason. All the “Ramport” considered adults; therefore, for him or her to go then easy and necessary. Every
requires is the time, they don’t need to be kept rather than return to their student has been issued a
destination and a signature track of. classroom and just leave ten “Ramport” at the beginning
from their teacher. Wrong. Even if they are minutes later. of the semester, so there is no
Now, is that so hard? 18 and legally considered Students should be able excuse to be caught outside
Apparently it is. Some adults, they are still students. to make the decision to take the classroom without one.
Letters to our Editors
KaTe FouTz tired, I don’t feel like doing with their friends, worrying prepared and ready to give
Social STudieS Teacher anything.” I have noticed a about “everything under the 100% in the classroom. I
s a teacher, it is my growing trend in these types sun,” except for class. I think think students need to
job to ensure the of excuses and students’ if students exerted as much realize that it is their job
quality of education effort toward their work. I energy in class as they do to come to school and do
being instilled in really wish that students with their friends in school, the same. After all, that is
my students. It is my hope would see education as an a lot of students would what learning and education
that students, once they opportunity to excel, advance, find many of their courses are all about! Now, does
leave my class, will have a and become a little bit more interesting. Who knows, every student at Lafayette
better insight of the subject knowledgeable about modern maybe a student would see High School fit this mold?
matter we have studied. day issues. The truth is, it is the world in a different light Of course not! There are
However, I have noticed not that students are unable besides shoes, clothes, cars, some students who take
that some students seem to to meet this goal; it is that boyfriends/girlfriends, and their coursework seriously
value their education less they simply choose not to. their social life. After all, and want to achieve at the
these days. I can’t tell you Some feel they have “better these are not items that get highest level. Kudos to
how many times I hear the things to do with their students jobs or into college you! I can only hope that
phrase, “Are you serious, it’s time.” I know this because after high school. these students can influence
Friday, do we really have to I see students in the hallway As a teacher, I am expected others to do the same. Keep
do work?” or “Ms. Foutz, I’m exerting so much energy to come to school everyday up the good work!
donna BillchecK with other varsity sports. In order for
iTrT Teacher/ForMer cheerleading coach
the cheer squad to be competitive, they Mallor y young
ccording to the VHSL (Virginia need a proper practice facility. Also,
High School League), during basketball season, they need
cheerleaders are athletes. to be able to practice in a proper LHS s Lafayette’s community faces deep
They must follow the same facility. They cannot use the wrestling cuts in the school budget, one area of
rules as any other sport. Cheerleaders room to practice because a little league concern that is not being addressed
at Lafayette are not getting the respect wrestling program uses the facility is the psychological and emotional
they deserve. They are forced to after our school wrestlers are finished. impact that losing 10 teachers will have on
practice around other teams’ schedules. The squad will not be able to compete our student body. One can assume that at
This problem needs to be fixed before at the state level if they do not have the least some of the teachers whose jobs will be
the start of the next school year. proper facilities in which to conduct impacted by the cuts are teachers that have a
Cheerleading is a varsity sport, and practice. Lafayette, it’s time the cheer vital role in their students’ lives both personally
their practice facility should be on par squad had a proper place to practice. and academically. Because of Lafayette’s
For love or goodies?
family atmosphere, it has a continuing impact
on our school’s morale. Is this being considered
as Central Office and administrators consider
whose positions will be cut?
flourished. One assumption that can be made is that
According to Hallmark, Valentine’s the younger, less tenured teachers will be cut.
Day sells 188 million Valentine’s Day Unfortunately, these teachers are the future
cards a year. That doesn’t even include of Lafayette. They are the ones who have the
the classroom card exchange with the time, energy and stamina to devote themselves
cardboard shoe boxes. With selling to students as coaches, sponsors, and mentors.
cards, it’s one billion, taking second These young educators are excellent role
only to Christmas. models for our students who show students that
Fifty million roses are sent each year. teaching is a worthwhile and rewarding career.
Fifteen percent of women buy flowers They have made lasting relationships with our
for themselves to make themselves feel students which will be lost if their positions are
better that they can’t find a guy. This is cut.
what our society has come to. Another assumption that can be made is that
Valentine’s Day started off as a religious teachers of classes that have low enrollments
will be cut. Again, this doesn’t take into
Taylor Blanding holiday centered around a holy priest in
reporTer Rome as an ancient Roman tradition. consideration the time, effort and importance
ewelry. Chocolates. Flowers. As the Roman Empire fell, so did the that these kinds of classes have on a small
Teddy bears. Dinner. tradition. Emperor Claudius II made but vital number of students. It impacts
These are the usual gifts the decision that young men should be these students who have specialized in a
given to women each year for soldiers and outlawed marriage, but particular kind of coursework, be it scientific,
Valentine’s Day. Many people bend Valentine spoke out. Because of that language-based or career-oriented, and these
over backwards for this day, which he was thrown into prison and put to relationships foster a love of learning that
happens to fall in the shortest month death. Before he died, he wrote a letter represents Lafayette long after the students
of year. Seriously, what is the big deal to his love and signed it, “From your have graduated. It would be a travesty to lose
about this day? Valentine” (http://www.lonekeep.com/ this kind of teacher.
You are supposed to love your special lki_home/Valentine.htm). Finally, the stress that teachers are feeling
someone 365 days of the year, not just How many people even know the as they await the news of the cuts impact our
one. It would be much more romantic story of St. Valentine? Very few, thanks students as well. They worry for their teachers’
if your special someone came home to the way society rewrote the meaning well-being and job security. Teachers are not
and surprised you any other day than behind the day. only educators, but neighbors, friends and
February 14, for no apparent reason. Valentine’s Day isn’t about the family members. Our stress is our students’
Then it actually would mean something material things that show your love stress. To tell them not to worry is a empty
to you. by how much the gift is worth. It’s statement. Until the outcome is clear and the
Valentine’s Day is used to represent about a man, who died while loving a results analyzed, our students’ emotional and
affections between people. It’s wrapped woman. Just remember to celebrate psychological well-being is affected. Let’s hope
around symbols of hearts, doves, the traditions, and maybe we can that a positive outcome for all is the result
candy and chocolate. Though, it was get through another Valentine’s Day of changes to the state budget based on our
supposed to embody when courtly love together. Federal government’s bailout plan.
What is your favorite
TV show or movie?
“I don’t believe in TV, I’d rather study “The old Romeo and Juliet, the new one
my homework.” is nothing like Shakespeare meant it to
-Sarah Kammer, Freshman be, it’s horrible. I love my Shakespeare
and that movie is a disgrace.”
-Haley Crook, Sophomore
“Family Guy because it’s funny and in
every episode there’s a special character.”
-Jamel Young, Junior “Ferngully because it’s about fairies
who save the forest.”
-Zac Beatty, Senior
Televison starts a new season
Kirsten Melone nerd and love learning new things and don’t look as fake. For the most part
reporter sciences,” said Chuckney. “Educational though, I remember TV always being
t’s a routine. Most students go shows make my world go round.” really good. I think TV grows with the
home from school and sit down Chuckney also likes the good style generations.”
in front of the TV. Some watch tips from “What Not to Wear” and There have been more shows than one
sitcoms, others reality series, or “Extreme Home Makeover”. can count on their fingers. Past shows
even soap operas. “Wild Boys”, “Viva La Bam”, “That are returning with new seasons after
Sophomore Alison Fonner enjoys 70’s Show”, “Scrubs”, and “NCIS” the writer’s strike. Some are having
“Chuck”, “The Secret Life of the are favorites of sophomore Callum two part seasons, with the first part in
American Teenager”, and “Night Gordon. the fall and the second in the spring.
Rider”. “They keep me entertained, make me “TV has become a lot more reality
“I like “Chuck” because it is so funny, laugh, and the intense shows keep me based and tries to reach out to what
and “Secret Life” because it’s like a on the edge of my seat,” said Gordon. we do and what we like to see,” said
teenage soap opera. “Night Rider” is The television has changed drastically Gordon.
really good, it’s like a crime show and over the years. Now there are There are shows for everyone.
Michael Night is super cute and drives personal satellites, digital cable, and Whether you enjoy science, fashion,
a really cool car,” said Fonner. high definition. Though the process drama, action, or comedy; there is
Rob Chuckney, a junior, enjoys shows of purchasing all the equipment is always something to watch. We now
like” CSI: Las Vegas”, “Myth Busters”, somewhat confusing, the quality and have the power of technologies to
“Modern Marvels”, and “Future satisfaction is relevant. record, fast-forward, and rewind live
Weapons”. “I think the technology has gotten TV. Fans will never miss a moment of
“As most people know, I am a huge a lot better,” said Fonner. “Things their favorite features.
Beat and rapper revolution
trent sMith With a price that steep, artists always have been, a new “hipster”
Co-editor-in-Chief can hardly be expected to continue brand of rap, led by Kanye West, has
to sample, unless they’re a hip-hop risen to the forefront. Relatively old
usic is an ever-changing heavyweight. Thus, struggling up- rappers such as West, Common, Q-Tip,
industry. A fluid form and-coming artists are already at a and Lupe Fiasco as well as newcomers
of expression for the disadvantage. like Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth,
earthling’s ears. New tools Hip-hop’s answer, at least temporarily, Wale, Schwayze, Big Sean, Kid Cudi,
come into play, new artists make noise, seems to be Auto-Tune. Hip-hop artist and 88-Keys have popularized this
and old artists fall silent. T-Pain has made a career off of Auto- subdivision of rap.
In no other genre is change more Tune. Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West have This new brand contains a more
constant than hip-hop. Whether East also recently used the tool in songs. The cultured sort of sound. These rappers
Coast or West Coast; North or South; emergence of this voice-modulating tool draw influences from all genres of
“gangsta” rap or Will Smith’s preaching has sparked mixed reviews. music: rap, jazz, rock, soul. They
raps of good behavior, hip-hop has been “It adds a nice twist,” said senior rap about more than cars, money,
around the world and back. Adam Shata. “It could help shape new and promiscuous girls. They dress
Recent years have served as a school from old school.” differently. As West himself said, “Hey,
remarkable period of tumult in the Others find it amusing for now, but I guess they was lookin’ at me crazy
genre. Sampling, hip-hop’s inaugural don’t wish to hear it exclusively. cause you know, ‘cause I ain’t have a
form of beat-making where you sample “I like it, but I think it’s going to get jersey on or whatever.”
old songs and incorporate them with played out,” said senior Alex Madison. Some people embrace this change in
the beat, is alive, but barely. With With sampling prices skyrocketing, style.
copyright laws becoming stricter and it seems that less financially-stable “I like Lupe [Fiasco] and Q-Tip and
more expensive, hip-hop’s purest form rappers may turn to Auto-Tune in the them because they rap about real
is becoming increasingly more difficult coming future. However, this will most issues,” said sophomore Brandon
to attain. likely be a mere placeholder until hip- Jones.
According to an article in “Spin” hop minds can find another solution, as Whatever hip-hop settles on as its
magazine, “Today the average base the reception has been mixed. most prevalent form, Auto-Tune or
price to clear a sample is $10,000, and Another change in hip-hop has been sampling, “hipster” or “gangsta”, you
the threat of lawsuits over copyright the emergence of a new sub-genre. can bet that it will soon change again.
infringement looms heavy over artists Although “gangsta” rap and pop-rap One thing, however, remains constant.
and labels.” remain just about as popular as they It’s good music.
Oscars give glamorous recognition
t iM striKwerda Case of Benjamin Button” movie I saw in 2008 was ‘The
reporter was the most nominated film Dark Knight.’”
with thirteen nominations. Though Best Picture is
n the movie industry, Categories for nominations the most coveted award it
there is no event bigger vary to the obscure Best is hardly the only important
than the Academy Sound Mixing to the one. Major awards that films
Awards, also known as venerated Best Picture. No and performers were vying
the Oscars. These awards matter what the category, for included Best Director,
are given to nominated films every winner receives a Best Actor, Best Supporting “Slumdog
by the Academy of Motion small golden statuette that Actor, Best Actress, Best Millionaire”
Picture Arts and Sciences is the actual award. Supporting Actress, and Best
that are believed to have Competing for the ultimate Foreign Language Film. Best Actor:
achieved excellence in a prize of Best Picture, Oscars bring recognition Sean Penn,
certain category. The awards equivalent to best film, were and give a place in history “Milk”
ceremony draws millions of five films: “The Curious Case to deserving films. This
viewers every year. Theatre of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/ year shows no sign of being Best Actress:
teacher Suzanne McCorry Nixon,” “Milk, “The Reader” different and many people Kate Winselt,
is one of these millions of and “Slumdog Millionaire”. from seasoned veterans
viewers. Noticeably absent from this to newcomers have had a
“I really enjoy the speeches, list of nominees is this year’s chance to add an Academy
it gives you a glimpse into blockbuster and highest Award to their resume. Often Best Director:
who is the real celebrity,” grossing film, “The Dark it’s possible to see just how Danny Boyle,
said McCorry. Knight.” This has baffled truly happy they are. “Slumdog
For 2009 the awards many people from film “Some performers get Millionaire”
were shown on February critics to Newtown Theatre carried away with their
22 at the Kodak Theatre employee, Travis Brown. emotions,” said McCorry.
in Los Angeles. Actor “The film stayed in our “You can sense their strong
Hugh Jackman hosted the theatre triple the normal gratitude for receiving the
presentation. “The Curious time,” said Brown. “The best statuette.”
Lady rams take a swing
Post-season honors were awarded to
RepoRteR several of the players last year.
“Senior pitcher Jenny Carroll was
t’s that time of year. As winter first team all-district and second team
melts into spring, the softball all-region,” said Bunn. “Sophomore
team is getting ready for a great first baseman Sammie Cagle, senior
season. shortstop Morgan Hayes, and
“We have lots of experience,” said sophomore third baseman Patti Vinson
senior center fielder Tori Payne. “I all received all-district recognition as
think the season will go really well.” well.”
The team has Over the years
a lot to live up the players have
to. For the past “We have never been to really bonded
three years, the regionals. I think this year will together.
team has made it be the year we go.” “We are really
to the Bay Rivers -Athletic director Dan Barner close,” Payne said.
District semi “We spend a lot of
finals. time together, and
“We have never I know the coach
been to regionals,” said athletic director really well.”
Dan Barner. “I think this year will be Practicing hard and giving their best
the year we go.” is what the team has agreed to do.
Luckily the team has many returning “If we commit to consistently work
seniors. Only one key player, Khrystal harder than our opponents, on the
Mixon, graduated last year. practice field as well as in the games, Senior pitcher Jenny Carroll takes a hit for the team. Carroll prepares
for the upcoming softball season by going to the after school pre-
“We return nine players, including then we can exceed every milestone we season workouts at James Blair Middle School. The gym is open for
eight starters from last year’s team,” have set over the past three seasons,” all lady Rams interested in participating in the approaching season.
said coach Thomas Bunn. Bunn said. Photo by Stephen Kline
for more track
CieRRa Washington Managing editoR
RepoRteR ith winter workouts now
February 23 arrived and the outdoor in full swing, the Rams
track season began. baseball team is heading
Those long hot, sweaty days out on the toward a new season.
burning asphalt mixed with funky tan Since Williamsburg Indoor Sports
lines, short shorts, intense sweating Complex (WISC) has accommodated
and dehydration have arrived. their former sport court for baseball,
“The heat is intense, but it doesn’t Lafayette is taking full advantage to
get that hot until later in the season,” prepare for the challenging season that
said freshman Heidi Peterson. “But if lies ahead.
you’re out there doing something you “The guys joined the WISC and go
enjoy, it’s all good.” twice a week for now,” said coach Joe
Last year, the girls finished third Henzel, “Half of them work out upstairs
in the district meet behind York and doing strength training while the other
Jamestown, while the boys were district half are downstairs hitting.”
champions. After losing key pitcher Jeff Wiggins,
Peterson represents the core of the returning senior Ryan Fleischman will
team, with several other members be counted on to rally his team.
specializing in their single events. “We’ll need Ryan to step up and
Peterson will be premiering on the win games,” said Henzel. “He’ll need
different relay teams and in the long to surprise the league, our team, and
distance races, she is versatile and himself as well as to be the catalyst.”
willing to take on the needed position. Last season’s final record of 8-11
Juniors Renee Samaha, Laura reflected tough losses against Tabb and
Hernandez, Becky Dobosy and senior Grafton. This year, those opponents
Ariel Zimmerman are also key athletes will continue to be solid competition,
Junior Thomas Whitmore practices his pitching at the
to keep an eye out for. yet will be wins that need to happen. WISC, which was rececntly accomodated for baseball.
The boys lost a significant amount Losing nine seniors will certainly make Photo by Stephen Kline
of standouts last year. Luckily senior it even harder on the Rams, giving
DeAngelo Scales is returning this the six remaining seniors an added “With a small team we are going to
season along with seniors Sam Schultz challenge to find their leadership gear. have to either win by committing or we
and Tim Womble. Last year, Scales was “Hopefully, we’ll win every game, but will lose,” said Henzel.
a top place finisher in the 300 meter Tabb and Grafton will definitely be Despite these challenges, the team
race, the 110 meter hurdles and the tough,” said junior Thomas Whitmore. still shows faith in having a strong
triple jump. Another challenge facing the team season.
“Track can have its challenging days is their size; it is the smallest team “I think we have potential to contend
but it’s all worth it in the end,” said since 1999 when Lafayette split with for districts this year,” said senior
Samaha. Jamestown. More pressure will be Tyler Shawcross. “Everyone is going
Although both teams lost key standout placed on the sophomores and juniors to just have to step up and pull their
players from last year, they have gained who don’t have the same level of own weight to make up for our lack of
new talent. experiencence as seniors. depth.”
Professional deadbeats professional aspect of the Or there are those who things other athletes do.
title professional athlete. decide to show off just how “There are probably tons
Outside of their sport, many fast they are by celebrating of [profession athletes] that
athletes act like amateurs in before they even finish a do good things like help
life. race. kids or give back to their
And what’s worse, these are Or they decide that rules communities,” said athletic
people we want to respect. don’t apply to them and director Dan Barner. “But
These are people who get pump their bodies full of you don’t ever hear about
paid millions of dollars to steroids or human growth them in today’s media.”
play a game. These are people hormones. Take a look at Tim Tebow.
who serve as role models for And they wait until after Granted, he’s not technically
our youths. People who are they do these things to in the professional sports
symbols for the benefits of apologize to their biggest realm yet, but considering
healthy activity. fans, the kids who look up to that both his parents
In fact, many athletes, such them. By then it’s too late. are missionaries in the
Stephen Kline as Michael Phelps, pride It used to be that you Philippines and he regularly
themselves on the fact that watched professional sports visits prisons to preach, it
Mommy, when I grow they are looked up to. The to get away from the gossip, will take a huge change to
up I want to play in the guy has more Olympic bling glamour, and politics that bring him down to some
NFL and fight dogs just than anyone else, is respect have grasped a hold of every athlete’s levels.
like Michael Vick!” not deserved? But then he other aspect of life. But, of Michael Jordan. Peyton
What is happening to gets caught smoking weed. course, these things have Manning. Tiger Woods. I
professional sports? It seems Is that the kind of activity a been thrown full force into don’t even need to give more
that every time I turn on role model should do? sports because they make than their names to give
SportsCenter, I am greeted Then there are guys who the media money. Nowadays them as examples of how
with the coverage of a couple decide to carry pistols into it seems as if the media tells professional athletes should
games, and then an hour on night clubs, where they us more about whether or act. Let’s give the kids some
whatever professional athlete aren’t even supposed to have not Brett Favre will finally real role models by showing
has been arrested. I think guns, and shoot themselves retire than the actual games more support for those who
some may have forgotten the in the leg. he plays in, let alone the good do good deeds.
“They’re not very “[They are] not
good ones. I feel
like some of them Do professional very good. The
thing: the tatoos,
but athletes make dogfighting,
that does not
qualify them as a good role steroids, gun in
the club. Kids try
role model,” said
to emulate them,”
two-sport coach said basketball
Brian Sorrell. coach Tony Clark.
Spotlight is on the mat
This year’s wrestling team wanted
to make sure there wasn’t any doubt
they would be a hardworking team.
The spotlight was on these athletes, no
matter if it was a preseason match or
How did these guys handle their
pressures so they could show their
true potential? Quite well. With no
“ra-ra”attitudes or unclassy ways, they
stuck to what they’d been taught day
in and day out: to scrap out wins with
“They exceeded my expectations,” Senior Shawn Sweaney gets ready to take on another wrestler in the 215 pound class. Sweaney
said coach Lenny McNeal. “They were went 4-0 at regionals, winning the Region I championship. All four matches ended in pins.
Photo by Stephen Kline
a young team who won 50 percent of
their matches.” “It sucks that this season is my last to get the team better,” said Sweaney.
Many of the wrestlers on the varsity and that I can’t contribute any longer The returning wrestlers are heading
team were freshmen and sophomores, for Lafayette,” said Sweaney. in the right direction for a strong season
skipping the normal junior varsity Sweaney placed third in the state and next winter.
experience. currently holds the school record for “In the offseason we will need to
“The 215 weight class has been strong number of wins. build the strength and work a little
with Shawn Sweaney, but there were Next year, the team will miss the on technique,” said McNeal. “Coach
still a lot of tough guys,” said McNeal. presence of seniors Adam Shata and Wheeler’s three days a week lifting
Sweaney was a senior leader on the Kevin Whitaker. plan should help with that, as will
team; his success has led others to “We will be passing on the torch to three days of wrestling each week of
perform well on the mat. the juniors now, in particular Ben Lisle the offseason.”
Not tall? Injury-prone sets the tone
StePhen kline And dAvid kimminAu
PhotogRAPhy editoR And RePoRteR
Some athletic teams
have difficulty overcoming
obstacles, and considering
this year’s boys basketball
team’s 5-15 record, they seem
to fit into this category.
“For the first half of the
season we had no cohesion
at all,” said head coach Tony
Clark, “but many of the other
obstacles we had no control
Alex PtAchick One such obstacle was the
back-to-back loss of Trent
Smith and Cedrick Jones to
ith an impressive 7-0 turned ankles, both seniors
start to the season, the and key players to the team.
girls basketball team Smith averaged 10.3 points Junior Macon Heikes releases a shot in the 74-60 loss to district foe New Kent.
had proved that size per game over 16 games, Photo By Stephen Kline
doesn’t always matter. making a key addition to
“I wouldn’t say we were worried,” the offense. Jones averaged shut down some of the Bay they could lose every game,
said junior Lauren Griswold, “but 13.8 points per game, but his River’s most prominent and beat Lafayette, and
we knew we were at a disadvantage most impressive statistic is offense players. have a successful season,”
when it came to size out on the 66 blocked shots, an average However, the team produced said Clark. “Our season has
court.” of 3.5 per game. Jones some positive results later in been made by knocking off
Size didn’t seem to be the received second team All-Bay the season. Jamestown twice.”
determining factor early on in the Rivers District honors, and “They pursued through With juniors like Zach
season. Smith received Honorable adversity,” said Clark. “They Warring and Macon Heikes
In addition to their height woes, Mention. could have folded in, but no returning to the team, the
they had to get used to late night Senior Adam Straight was one quit and we played our future looks bright.
practices and the injury of key player, another key player on both hardest until the end.” “I expect us to do better
Johnisha Grey. sides of the court. On the The boys played hard with next year,” said junior
“All of us thought it would be hard offensive side, Straight had two late-season wins against Darien Donaldson. “We will
to make up for her scoring, but if we an impressive 48 assists; Jamestown. try harder, and that will
applied ourselves then we [would] on the defensive side, he “Jamestown used to say that make us a better team.”
accomplish a victory,” said sophomore
Track exceeds expectations
Despite Grey’s upsetting knee injury,
the girls basketball team finished
with an impressive record of 14-6 in
the district. Their final record placed great, all of the hard work boys’ side were seniors Tyler
them as the third seed in the region cieRRA WAShington
paid off.” Erickson, Haroun Rahman
one tournament, behind Poquoson Our girls’ track and field and Sam Schultz who all
as the second seed and Bruton as the Districts. Regionals. team placed second in the placed in the top six of their
first seed. As always, the Rams are These two words can bring District meet on February 9, events, qualifying them for
striving to be victorious during the fear into many athletes, but for where four of our girls took regionals.
playoffs. our girls and boys track and the highest honors. “We’re glad to see the
After two upsetting losses to field team they are just words. Zimmerman was district many people who made
Bruton in the regular season, the “Districts cause more anxiety champion in the 300 meter it to regionals, they came
team is ready for redemption in the than nervousness,” said race. Junior Becky Dobosy forth and put in the effort
tournament. senior Ariel Zimmerman. “But was district champion in the needed to succeed,” said Sam
“We should’ve won against Bruton everyone worked hard and did 3,200 meter race (2 mile). Schultz.
the second time we played them,” Senior Chelsea LeHew Regionals took place on
said Hayes. “We were up by twelve defended her title in Pole Feb. 19 at the Boo Williams
at the half and then we just gave Vaulting while capturing Complex, where the girls
up at the end, losing by only three a new personal record. placed second and the boys
points.” Freshman Heidi Peterson finished fourth. With the few
During the girls’ first match up brought home two gold members who qualified for
against Bruton they also suffered a medals, one in the 1,600 regionals, many are moving
defeat by only five points, breaking meter race (1 mile) and on to states, which will be
their perfect record. another in the 1,000 meter held on Feb. 27 and 28 at
Looking past all the negatives of race. Tolsma Track Center in
the season, the girls are ready to play “It was cool taking first Lynchburg, VA.
the game they know best against the in two events at my first Peterson and Scales also
teams they want so badly to beat. district meet, because it qualified for the national
“We’re going to have to give it doesn’t happen too often.” elite silver standards.
everything we’ve got in preparation said Peterson. “It was a great Peterson registered 3:06.37
for the tournament ahead,” said opportunity.” in the 1000 meter race and
Griswold. “Practices are where our The boys had one key 5:19.23 in the 1600 meter
games are won.” standout, senior DeAngelo race, while Scales ran a 7.81
Despite an impressive win over Scales who was the boys’ solo in the 55 meter hurdles.
Tabb in the first round of the district champion taking first place The teams are running
tournament, the lady Rams lost to in the 55 meter hurdles and strong and the future is
Poquoson, 40-33 as well as to Bruton second in the triple jump. looking bright, with the
42-38. Other contributors on the journey ending on Feb. 28.
Splashing all the way
TrenT SmiTh andLeigh hiLL
Co-ediTor-in-Chief and reporTer
heers fade. The water slowly
laps up against the wall.
Swimming and diving season
is coming to a close. The Rams,
however, hope to keep those cheers ear-
splitting and those waves tidal for just
a few more weeks to the tune of another
set of state appearances.
After beating rival Jamestown by
a score of 64-30 for the girls and 54-
30 for the boys, the Rams are getting
ready for the time of the season where
it’s win or go home.
“[After Jamestown] we have districts,
regionals and states,” said sophomore
Colby Jensen. “[This is] the fun part of
the season.” Junior Jason Haigh swims breast stroke during the district tournament meet on Februar y 21.
Although this may be the time where Photo by Stephen Kline
excitement picks up for the virtually
unchallenged Rams, they have had because going into the finals, I was said Hogge.
some moments when they felt gratified placed first in all of my events,” said There have been close calls this year
during the season. sophomore Catherine O’Donnell. in terms of team records. The 400
“York [was gratifying] because our A few of this team’s high-profile meter relay team, consisting of seniors
coach was worried about them but swimmers are former Jamestown Knicely, Paul Schisa, Ben LeRose and
we beat them by a good margin,” said swimmers who came over when the freshman Ben Colley, has come close
senior Taylor Hogge. schools redistricted; including Hogge on several occasions this season.
Some swimmers remember meets and senior Ricky Knicely. Beating The Rams seem destined for another
because of some great individual Jamestown definitely has its own extra year of state greatness. Both boys
efforts. benefit to these swimmers. and girls alike are confident in their
“Kecoughtan [was a good meet] “Yeah, I like beating my old friends,” abilities on the state level.
“Upper 90” expectations
for boys and girls soccer
TrenT SmiTh, peyTon young and TayLor goSSage A curse and a blessing for
Co-ediTor-in-Chief, reporTer and Copy ediTor this season is the number of
Girls soccer returning seniors.
Girls soccer is starting “The junior class wasn’t as
back up again with tryouts strong last year, and then
beginning this week. [Nate] Kepa is still hurt
Another successful season and John Lee broke his leg;
seems on the horizon for he was JV last year but got
the Rams, as they return pulled up [to varsity] at
seven starters. They are not the end,” said coach Brian
without concerns, though. Sorrell.
“[Replacing last year’s The blessing is that
seniors] is my main worry,” there will be many new
said senior Melanie Marotta. underclassmen to train.
“Addie [Williams] saved us a “My expectations are
lot, she was always there. I always high,” said Sorrell.
think we’ll be okay, though.” “We have an all-state goal
Big games for the girls this keeper returning and the
season include Jamestown, plusses will come together to
Grafton and Tabb. On an focus on a common goal.”
HRVarsity survey, most Senior Drake Kuhn, all-
respondents chose Grafton state goal keeper, has come
or Tabb as the team to to know the expectations
beat in the district, but the Sorrell has for him and the
Rams hope to defy those team.
expectations. “The younger kids we have
No matter the position or are really good and since
the years of experience, the they are it won’t hurt us,”
girls are uniform in their said Kuhn.
goals for the season. With the ratio of
“I want to repeat our underclassmen to
results from last year,” said upperclassmen so high,
Marotta. “[I expect to] win having the seniors set good
districts and go from there.” examples is crucial.With
the talented group, Sorrell
Boys soccer is strategizing to use the
On February 27, the boys team’s strengths.
will be back again to start off “We play to win,” said
another hopeful season. Sorrell.
Budget cuts affect all
Continued from page 1 will each dismiss two
support positions and the
he new budget also department of academic
calls for a reduction services will dismiss 1.5
of central office positions. Each department
positions. Some will be restructured in order
of these positions are new to redistribute the duties of
as of the 2008-2009 school the workers.
year, such as coordinator of Despite the many
program evaluation, grants reductions, the 2009-
manager, and coordinator of 2010 budget calls for an
multi-cultural affairs. Some increase in the departments
longer-running positions that of special education and
are going to be eliminated transportation. There will
are the communication also be an increase for the
specialist, hearing officer, liability insurance and
and operations payroll workers compensation and
position. The duties of all health insurance, adding up
of these positions will be to $940,667 in increases.
taken up by various people “The 2009-2010 school
at the discretion of the budgets in Virginia – and
superintendent. in WJCC – will take us
The reduction of central backwards undoing some or
office support positions was many of the advancements
also taken into account in school operations, if not
for the 2009-2010 budget. student learning, as we
The departments of approach the future,” said This chart represents the areas of the district in which cutbacks will be made.
Chart courtesy of Superintendent’s Proposed Budget 2009-2010
human resources, finance Superintendent Dr. Gary
and student services Mathews.
Spring in the air and
bounce on the courts
Victoria Brinkley return to regional action,” said
reporter Goode. Jamestown, Tabb, and
As the weather brings Poquoson look like Lafayette’s
drafts of warm air and biggest competitors, but hopes
greenery again unfurls its are high.
beauty, sophomore Chris On the other side of the
Ford is excited to wield his spectrum, the girls tennis team
tennis racket in the name of will be “interesting,” to say the
Lafayette once more. Expected least, said senior Robin Bland.
to remain the number one “We lost our top three players,”
starter on the boys team, Ford she said.
has high hopes for the coming Coach Pat Thompson
season. Finishing last season agrees.
third in the district, he thinks “We don’t have a lot of
Information from Superintendent’s Proposed Budget 2009-2010 the team will do as well if not experience,” Thompson said,
better this year. “but we’re going to be good.”
“We only lost one senior,” The girls expect a few
said Ford, referring to last freshmen with reputable tennis
year’s number two player skills to contribute to the team
Matt Weiser. “The other teams this year, a positive thing to
lost a lot more.” look forward to. Seniors Lizzie
Since losing Weiser, the boys and Allie Mitchell will also be
will all have to step things up key players this season.
a notch. “We’re very young,” Thompson
Continued from page 1 Junior Jesse Bryant, also said. “Every match is going to
expected to remain a starter be a big match.”
“When class sizes grow, you’ll have less individual attention this season, thinks it is Although relatively
and teachers are going to be more and more stressed,” said unlikely that the team will inexperienced, the girls have a
media specialist Monica Schauffler. have any senior starters. lot going for them.
Teachers, overwhelmed by an increase in number of “We’re hoping to win it big “The participation is really
students, face a greater workload by having to grade more this season,” Bryant said. amazing,” said Thompson.
assignments that come with having larger class sizes. As for Jamestown, Bryant “About 20-30 girls are expected
“Many teachers will be inclined to assign less stuff, at least said, “I hope we can win at to try out.”
less writing and more reading,” said social studies teacher least one match!” The girls are sure to have
Chris Hailey. Coach Richard Goode a great season, no matter the
Students and teachers alike anticipate the changes to come. looks forward to an excellent matches won or lost.
With no definite answers until the end of June, students season. “We have a great “We’re such a close team,”
are unsure of how things—including schedule changes and team returning,” Goode said. said Bland. “We’re like a
teachers—will play out. Many of the Ram’s boys family. We just want to have
“I think there are a lot of rumors flying around because tennis players have been elite fun and work together.”
people are worried,” said Hart. “I really feel like we have to throughout the district and Tryouts for both teams begin
see what happens.” the team may possibly see “a February 23.
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