Volume 32 Issue 3 1400 Foulk Rd. Wilmington, Delaware 19803 Dec. 2011 Good Christmas Gifts pg. 5 Winter Weather Season pg. 9 November Elections pg. 3 The History of Christmas Change in dates of By: Lovely Gross Finals PAws Celebrated on December By: Krissy Kahlbaugh Up 25th, Christmas is the main holi- For almost every school in day of the season. From Christ- the Brandywine School District, Winter Sports mas trees and candy canes to finals, or midterms for those who Starting nativity scenes and the Birth of do not have block scheduling, are Jesus; Christmas is the one time of completing their midterms and Change of classes year that is celebrated around the starting a new marking period. world, making it a huge religious This year there is a change to when winter break and cultural phenomenon. finals are done for Brandywine, we But the origins of Christ- are completing them after winter mas began on quite a controversial break. Usually, finals are taken be- note, in the beginning of the 17th fore winter break and then a new century. A Puritan by the name of marking period starts in January. Paws Oliver Cromwell and other puri- During this time students would Down tans banned the holiday in 1645, be cramming on the weekends, and anyone caught celebrating it trying to get in that last bit of in- finals after winter was severely punished. It wasn’t formation they can before they break until the 19th century of June 26th have to take the test that will deter- 1870 that the holiday was finally mine what the final grade for the cold classrooms recognized. Authors Washing- class will be. Finals for Brandywine ton Irving and Charles Dickens start on January 5. Having finals on Sats were said to be the influences that a later date can give the students of cold weather helped America to truly embrace Brandywine more time to prepare and reinvent the cheerful season. for their finals. CONTINUED ON CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 3 News 2 HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS CONTINUED Their books portrayed garlic seasoning and playing games for example, celebrates this time of Christmas as a peaceful, warm- like dreidel or giving the Hanukah year by decorating their stores and hearted day that brings people gelt, which is money given to chil- homes with evergreen and also hav- together based off of charity and dren to enhance the enjoyment of ing plays performed by children goodwill towards others. From the holiday. Kwanzaa, another type acting out the Birth of Jesus. Bra- there, classic traditions started such of Christmas holiday, first recog- zil, also celebrates the holiday, often as caroling, baking cookies, mistle- nized on December 26, 1966; is a by attending a midnight mass that toe, exchanging of presents and weeklong celebration that honors starts on Christmas Eve and ends at hanging stockings beside the bed Black Heritage. This holiday consists 1am on Christmas day. At the end in hopes of it being full of gifts the of candle lighting and gift giving. of the mass, families come home to next day; that, among many others, Kwanzaa also uses seven guiding a feast of turkey, ham, colored rice helped Christmas to become what symbols where one is used on each and fruit dishes. Finally France has we know today. day of observance. They are Umoja, traditions that consist of children Hanukah also called “the Kujichaguila, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, putting their shoes in front of a fire- Festival of lights” is an eight day Kumba, and Imani that serve as the place in hopes of them being filled Jewish holiday that starts December fundamental value system in which with gifts the next morning and 1st and ends December 9th. This they celebrate. Gifts are usually giv- families attending festivals and day holiday marks the rededication of en to children and mostly consist of long church services. the temple of Jerusalem and is cel- books or a heritage symbol to stress All in all, Christmas is a cel- ebrated with a lighting of candles the importance of education, cul- ebration that varies in many forms each night. Most traditions also ture and tradition. and is the one special holiday that consist of eating foods fried in oil But the U.S. is not the only people can enjoy. such as “latkes” which are potato country that celebrates Christmas. pancakes flavored with onion or It is also a universal holiday. Japan What Are You Doing For Winter Break? By: Amy Snyder Winter break is a 10 day va- are mostly taking advantage of the the interesting things they have cation during the school year that is relaxation. I had the pleasure to in- planned for their break. A lot of highly anticipated by all high school terview Alexa Meloro, a sophomore the events they had planned re- students. It is a time for sitting by at BHS, and she stated, “I don’t ally inspired me to do something the fire and drinking hot chocolate know yet. Probably just chilling extraordinary and new this win- with your family and friends, skiing and hanging out with family and ter break. So when break comes and sledding down icy mountains, friends!” around, make sure you make the and the exciting feeling of open- I also enjoyed talking with a fresh- best of it. Try and do something dif- ing multiple presents on Christmas man at BHS, Ellen Sheehy. She ferent. If you’re just sitting around day. Some students are traveling thrilled me with news that she the house, call a friend over to go to different states, while others are was going shopping in New York outside in the snow! Or if you’re just relaxing at home. I’ve talked to with her family. To make it even skiing down your usual hill, at- a handful of BHS students, asking more exhilarating, Ellen also told tempt at going down the steeper them one simple question: What me, “Then, I’m going to a show on one! Whether you’re at home with are you doing over winter break? Broadway, which is really exciting!” friends or cruising down the streets After talking to a couple of I really enjoyed interview- of NYC, try and make this winter our Bulldogs, I realized that they ing our Bulldogs and discovering break a memorable one! News 3 CHANGE IN DATES OF November Election Turnout By: Kathie Wu FINALS CONTINUED Recent voter registration tween the two political parties. Having finals on a later date statistics bring up a debate within The election results for can give the students of Brandywine Delaware’s Republican Party and all Delaware offices may also be more time to prepare for their finals. the reason for their losses on the due to the level of engagement Most students won’t have to rush to get every subject covered or be in a election on Nov. 2. of the Delaware and national Re- rush to prepare. Senior Chris Ull- As for the results publican Party to engage in par- rich agrees with this statement, he of the 2010 election, Christopher ty-building and voter registra- says “It’s a good idea; all the students Coons of the Democratic Party tion. Compared to an aggressive get to relax more. won with 56.6 percent of votes party-building operation by the More teachers will have time for U.S. Senator. Democrat John Democrats, the Republicans hap- to review and possibly go over top- Carney Jr. is the representative in pened to fall short. ics they didn’t cover as well so stu- congress with 56.8 percent and The increase in Democrat dents can understand them. Teach- 41 percent of votes respectively. voter registration however did ers could also go over a new topic or Attorney General is Beau Biden come from Republicans switch- new chapter before finals. Teach- III with 78.9 percent of votes and ing parties. The registered Dem- ers and students can also get more grades in for that marking period, so State Treasurer is Chip Flowers Jr. ocrat Party voters were all ag- there will be a chance to bring your with 51 percent of votes. Finally, gressive, new first-time voters. grade up in a specific class. Senior Thomas Wagner Jr. won state Au- This shows just how influential Chris Ullrich has said “It’s a chance ditor of Accounts with 50.4 per- the outreach by the Democratic to complete one last quiz or one last cent of votes. Party was. homework to bring your grade up.” Meanwhile, Republican Republicans registered Finals determine your grade candidates for all offices in Dela- voters actually increased from for the year, whether you do well or ware faced a hostile electorate 2008 to 2010 by over 4,000 peo- bad, pass or fail. So it’s important greater than ones in past years. ple, which means that the voter the students and teachers of Bran- The Democrats on the other increase of the Democratic Party dywine prepare for them the right hand, have added over 29,000 did not represent Republicans way. Every student here deserves to pass their finals. It’s a great oppor- voters, a staggering 11 percent switching to the Democrats. tunity to prepare more, to make sure increase from 2008 to 2010 in an Some say, weaknesses you pass the class. Even though that aggressive voter registration by in the Republican Party’s core not might be the case, and some stu- the Democrat Party of Delaware. operations at the national level dents are going to have bad grades, Delaware, known as the may have contributed to a large they tried their best. So everyone “First State” to ratify the US con- Democrat election turnout. In get those books out and start study- stitution, is a lightly populated fact, the Political Director of the ing, finals will be right around the area. In fact, votes cast for US Republican national committee corner. Good luck Bulldogs! senate in Delaware only totaled wrote a letter of resignation and 305,716 votes. Therefore, the in- described an inadequate effort of crease of 29,000 voters represent- party-building and fund-raising ed almost 10 percent of all votes at the Republican National Com- cast for US senate, illustrating mittee. just how broad the gap was be- News 4 The Brandywine Line Staff Morning Announcements By: Kate McConachie Advisor Mr. Rick Shea “At BHS, we are committed the same announcements daily. Editor-in-Chief to increasing student achievement All the unnecessary informa- Kathie Wu and improving instruction. Pre- tion is just adding clutter to the Associate Editors vent distractions. We are a no hat, announcements, which should Jasmine Hall no cell phone, no iPod school!” include vital news for students, Geena Ciabattoni For those of us who need to hear rather than sounding like a bro- the announcements daily, the end ken record. There doesn’t need Tommy McKee of the day idea isn’t quite working to be anything that isn’t relevant. Copy Editor Important information, says Em- out. People just don’t seem to care Geena Ciabattoni ily, is “like colleges visiting, and if enough to be quiet and courteous. News Editor This topic tends to be com- certain practices are cancelled or Jasmine Hall mon gossip around the school. if they are held in a different lo- There was uncertainty among the cation.” These pieces of informa- Sports Editor students when it was broadcasted tion are indeed on the announce- Tommy McKee ments, but due to the time of the that the announcements were go- Features Editor ing to take place in the afternoon. day that they are read, students Lovely Gross No one was really sure what to can’t hear. Opinon/Editorial Editor think. But when 4th period came Along with the repetitive around and the announcements nature of our announcements Jasmine Hall comes the infamous line from Dr. Arts/Entertainment started, everyone’s fears were con- firmed. Thompson, “We are a no hat, no Editor “I would be more inclined phone, and no iPod school!” You Brianna Rykard to listen in the morning because will realize that if you are told Reporters usually people are quieter and I am something over and over again, it Ariel Adams loses its meaning. Emily agreed. Samuel Dougherty not trying to finish work for class and can actually pay attention” When asked if those words had Andria Floyd says senior Emily Clawson. There any affect on her, Emily stated Margaret Ganakis Jesse Ginefra is much animosity going around “They used to when the rule was Andrew Gross the school due to these trouble- first said, but now I know the rule Joseph Heitz some announcements. Students and I do not feel the need to hear Dyanna Henderson are saying they would much rather it every day.” Krissy Kahlbaugh have them in the morning rather The announcements are Kate McConachie than the afternoon. how students receive important Chloe Palmer The other issue surround- information, and the hullabaloo Ronniesha Potts ing the announcements is the con- that has been started about them Amy Snyder tent. Certain items of information isn’t helping. However, things Illiya Wallace change every day at Brandywine have been stated every single day. “I feel they are pointless” says High School. Hopefully the next Emily, when asked about hearing change will benefit us rather than harm us. Go Bulldogs!! Features 5 Good Holiday Gifts Christmas Meal Plans By: Dyanna Henderson By: Geena Ciabattoni Ever get stressed during Once a year, Christmas pat dry. Remove any large fat depos- the holiday season? Well I know comes around the corner and helps its. Loosen the skin from the breast. that I do. The main reason why so remind us of family, giving gifts, and This is done by slowly working your many people get stressed over the most importantly, food! Everyone fingers between the breast and the holidays would be that they don’t who does celebrate Christmas loves skin. Work it loose to the end of the know what kind of gift to get many different types of home-style drumstick, being careful not to tear their loved ones. I’m writing this food, like turkey, stuffing, mashed the skin. so that you can get good ideas for potatoes, cranberry sauce, biscuits 4. Using your hand, spread a gen- and desserts. Personally, I prefer the erous amount of the rosemary mix- the gifts you would like to buy. turkey, but asking around I got com- ture under the breast skin and down The good thing about this is that pletely different answers. Heather the thigh and leg. Rub the remain- they are not expensive at all. And McKee, grade 12, said that her fa- der of the rosemary mixture over that’s a good thing because not all vorite Christmas side-dish would the outside of the breast. Use tooth- of us have a lot of money. So this have to be the candied yams. “That’s picks to seal skin over any exposed way we can get an amazing gift seriously ALL I eat at Christmas!” breast meat. for someone we care about with- she says. “I love collard greens and 5. Place the turkey on a rack in a out worrying about running out mashed potatoes,” says senior An- roasting pan. Add about 1/4 inch of money. drew Hemphill, “they’re banging”. of water to the bottom of the pan. First, you will need to get What’s your favorite? If you don’t Roast in the preheated oven 3 to 4 a gift for your family members. have one, here is a very appealing hours, or until the internal tempera- For your mom, you could get her turkey for you to try at home: ture of the bird reaches 180 degrees a candle of her favorite scent like Rosemary Roasted Turkey F (80 degrees C). apple cinnamon or French vanil- Ingredients la, a book or you could make her a - ¾ cup olive oil photo album of everyone in your - 3 tablespoons minced garlic family. Some gift ideas you could - 2 tablespoons chopped fresh get your dad could be a subscrip- rosemary tion to his favorite magazine or - 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil maybe get him some tools. A cou- - 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning ple gifts that you could get your - 1 teaspoon ground black pepper sister could be clothes that she’s - Salt to taste been dying for, a pair of shoes, or - 1 (12 pound) whole turkey some accessories that she would like. A gift for your brother could Directions 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F be some tickets to watch his fa- (165 degrees C). vorite sports team or you could 2. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, get him a watch. A nice gift to get garlic, rosemary, basil, Italian sea- your grandmother is something soning, black pepper and salt. Set homemade like a scarf, cookies aside or you can paint. CONTINUED 3. Wash the turkey inside and out; ON PAGE 7 Features 6 Senior Spotlight: Tommy McKee By: Jesse Ginefra In this Senior Spotlight we’ll Brandywine? And also for the other and that I was just one of the guys. get to know swimming prodigy swimming leagues you compete in. Their coaches get along very well Thomas Patrick McKee Jr., a state Accomplishments I’ve got- with the team. I didn’t want to go champion in the 100 and two time ten at Brandywine are: State Cham- somewhere where the coach was champion in 200 freestyle races, an pion in 200 Freestyle- 2009, 2010 a big yeller. Also, Auburn is in the Eagles fan, a lover of baby back ribs and in the 100 Freestyle in 2010. top five teams at NCAAs almost ev- and an all around great guy. Tom- Also, I have competed on the nation- ery year, and they have won the SEC my recently accepted a swimming al level and placed high at YMCA championship for the past 14 years scholarship to Auburn University Nationals and US Junior Nationals. straight. I’d have to say the selling and is getting ready to start Bran- And this past summer, I competed point for Auburn though was all of at the US National Championships the southern girls you can’t really dywine’s upcoming swimming in Irvine, CA. get much better than that. season. In this interview we’ll learn What do you do to train on a normal how he started swimming, who he What are some things you look for- week? looks up to, his training ward to this swimming season and regimen, and what keeps for your career at Auburn? him focused to be the At high school states, I’m star swimmer he is. Let’s hoping to break the state records in get it started… the 200 and 500 Freestyle. At YMCA Nationals, and also the record in the What influenced you to 200 Freestyle, along with the 1000 start organized swimming Freestyle and 400 Individual Med- and how early did you ley. Last year I got second by less start? than a tenth of a second in the 200 I had taken lessons free so winning it this year would be at the YMCA before, and I great. think I liked it, but it was At Auburn, there are a lot of probably my mom just making me do it. I needed to use my In a normal week, I train things I’m looking forward to. It will be the first time for me training with energy up somehow. I started tak- eight times. My practice schedule a team of that caliber which should ing lessons when I was either 2 or 3 is Mon-Frid 3:30-6:00 in the after- help me improve. I think I would years old. noon. Then, on Tues. and Thurs. mornings I lift and swim before never forget swimming at the SEC Who has been most influential in school from 5:15-6:45. Saturdays and NCAA Championships so I’m your career? are the worst, though; we lift for an going to have to work hard to get My coach, Meredith Griffin, hour then swim for two in a half in there. has probably been the most influen- the morning from 7:00-10:30. Sun- What advice do you have for all un- tial person in my swimming career. days are my day off so I’ll usually derclassmen swimmers? She has been coaching for a long just spend the day resting. Work hard. Pretty simple time has coached swimmers that are advice, but easier said then done. on the US National team now, so she Why did you decide to go to Auburn? You can’t just decide to push your- knows what she’s doing. There are many reasons that self one day then slack on the next. I chose Auburn. When I visited, I It has to be an everyday thing if you What are your accomplishments at felt like I fit right in with the team truly want to improve. Features 7 Effects of Low Self Esteem on Young Girls GOOD HOLIDAY GIFTS By: Maggie Ganakis CONTINUED Media stereotypes are unob- National Report on the State of If you don’t know how to tainable goals that young girls strive Self-Esteem, conducted with girls make any of these things, try to to achieve, but rarely do. I’ve seen between eight and 17 and commis- learn them so your grandmother the effects of trying to mimic these sioned by the Dove Self-Esteem can have the best gift ever! Some- goals; they result in low self-esteem, Fund. thing that you could get your anorexia, bulimia, and many other 75 percent of girls with low grandfather is you could go on a illnesses. self-esteem reported engaging in fishing trip with him or to person- The way that girls look at negative and potentially harmful alize a mug with your artwork or a themselves is disheartening. Young activities, such as disordered eating, saying. girls grow up watching television, cutting, bullying, smoking or drink- Some gift ideas for friends and television is a big part of the ing, when feeling badly about them- could be jewelry like necklaces, blame for low self esteem. selves -- compared with 25 percent bracelets, or earrings. You could also Okay, so when you tune into one of girls with high self-esteem. get them a t-shirt with their favorite of your favorite TV shows, you are 61 percent of teen girls with band on it. Also you could get them greeted by a cast of people, some- low self-esteem admit to talking a CD of their favorite artist or band, times from all ethnic backgrounds, badly about themselves. (Compared or a gift card to their favorite store but you also are greeted by some- to 15 percent of girls with high self- at the mall. I interviewed some peo- thing else. You are welcomed by esteem.) ple to see what they were getting for a strange new breed of perfectly 25 percent of teen girls with their loved ones this holiday season tanned, muscled teenagers who low self-esteem resort to injuring and here’s the one interview I had have perfect bodies and love to show themselves on purpose or cutting with Ariel Adams. “For my mom them off. when feeling badly about them- I’m going to get her a candle and a This isn’t reality, but naïve selves. (Compared to 4 percent of rose or a necklace. For my grand- young girls think it is. So they strive girls with high self-esteem.) father I’m going to get him electric to fit into that perfect circle, and 25 percent of teen girls with shavers and axe spray. A gift for my when they form an oval, their world low self-esteem practice disordered sister would be some clothes and comes crumbling down, which eating, such as starving themselves, earrings. For my brother I’m going makes them a prime candidate for refusing to eat, or over-eating and to get him a toothbrush and a fitted low self-esteem, anorexia, & buli- throwing up, when feeling badly hat.” mia. about themselves. (Compared to 7 So those were some gift Self-esteem has become a percent of girls with high self-es- ideas for the holiday season so you national crisis in this country. The teem.)’ can feel less stressed at this time. majority of girls (seven in ten) feel Ninth grader Emma DiRo- You can see that you can get some they do not measure up in some way sato says “I don’t get why all televi- really good gifts for your loved ones including their looks, performance sion does is show what seems to be in school and relationships. Most “The Perfect Girl”, but in reality that without spending a fortune and the disturbing is that girls with low self- isn’t what most of America looks gift you get them can be one that esteem are engaging in harmful and like!” they might use a couple of times. destructive behavior that can leave a So, the next time that you Although I gave you some gift ideas lasting imprint on their lives. tune into your favorite program, you can always ask whoever you’re These new findings come take a good look at the people in it, buying a gift for, what they would from Real Girls, Real Pressure: A and think “Is this reality?” like to receive. Good luck and Hap- py Holidays! Arts and Entertainment 8 Winter Vacation SpotS By: chloe palmer Winter break is a great mont is located on Mt. Mansfield, nearby is a great way to use your time to take fun trips with your Vermont’s highest peak at 4395’. time. If you have family that lives family and friends. Everyone is When you come to visit, the a little further than Delaware, dying to get away from the frigid Mountain Road Shuttle is free so take a few days to be with them cold and go somewhere warm it’s much easier to reach this des- to celebrate this time of year. and exotic; however the price of tination. To make it even easier The holiday season is full a vacation to paradise is just un- to find, it is in Stowe, Vermont, of fun activities you can experi- realistic for most families. There and only forty minutes away ence with your friends and fami- are plenty of fun places to take from the airport. If this sounds ly. Even when it’s cold and snowy, day trips or even getaway for a like fun to you, visit stowe.com you can enjoy fun trips such as few days. Delaware may seem to plan your boring, but there are so many ex- trip; they even citing activities to get your mind have a guide off the cold. to planning The one place that nev- your vaca- er seems to get old is the King tion here if it’s of Prussia mall, located on 160 your first time North Gulf Road. It has over 300 at the Stowe stores! This is a wonderful shop- Lodge. ping experience full of Christ- If Ver- mas sales to buy almost anything mont seems you’re looking for. There’s a huge too far or ex- variety of stores which makes it pensive for a great destination for a day trip you, Blue to enjoy with friends or family. Mountain Ski It’s also not very far from Bran- Area is just dywine, about a thirty to forty the place for five minute drive. When it’s cold you. Located outside and you don’t have time at 1660 Blue or money to take a long trip, the Mountain Drive, Palmerton, skiing at a lodge, or just sledding King of Prussia mall is the per- Pennsylvania 18071, this is much down the hill at BHS. And while fect place to visit. closer to home. You can check you might want to get away to If you’re not in the mood out 800poconos.com to plan a paradise on a warm beach, this to shop and you want to be close trip, look at pictures, maps, or is unfortunately just over the to the snow, skiing is a really fun just to see what the weather fore- budget of most families. When activity for a group of people to cast is on Blue Mountain. money is short however there do together. If you have a few Of course, during the hol- are plenty of fun places nearby days to travel, you can go up to idays it’s very important to see that are a blast to visit. Have fun Vermont to ski or snowboard. your family. Spending a day of this holiday season and always Stowe Mountain Lodge in Ver- your break going to visit relatives be safe. Arts and Entertainment 9 Winter Weather Season Sidewalk of Fame By: Sam Dougherty By: Andria Floyd Put away your swim dents and teachers winter break Have you ever dreamt trunks and get out your snow is something to look forward to. of being famous and having jackets, Brandywine. The warm Not only are we out of school but your name on the Hollywood weather is gone and winter is here. we also get to celebrate Christmas Walk of Fame? Well now is With the record breaking snow- and other holidays at that time. your chance! The blue paint- fall last season, I’m sure many are Looking at all of the good things nervous to see what Mother Na- that winter brings us makes it ings on the sidewalk in front ture will bring us this winter. The easy to look past the bad things. of the gym are a fundraiser amount of snow isn’t predicted to To really enjoy winter you need called the Sidewalk of Fame. be as much as last year but we will to always stay positive, and look Any student can buy one and still find ourselves in the winter on the bright side of things. it only costs ten dollars. The weather battleground. The battle With the days becoming money will go to the Class of man of 2013. See Ms. Dillon or versus snow is any Class of 2013 advisor to never buy one and have your name ending. painted on the sidewalk for all to see! Many people are ex- cited t h a t winter is on its way, not just skiers or snowboarders. Win- shorter and nights becoming lon- ter is a time that comes around ger some may say that it is hard once a year and gives us many to look on the bright side during new things to do. Instead of go- winter time. Shoveling snow is a ing swimming at the pool we can pain and driving conditions are go ice skating at the rink. Rather terrible. Athletes play sports in than laying out at the beach we the winter often have to deal with can lay in the snow and make games being cancelled due to bad snow angels. When one is not out weather. For “summer people” playing in the snow most time is the winter is a time where you spent inside, staying warm. This must remain patient. Bundle up is a great chance to become clos- and stay positive, the winter sea- er to family and friends. For stu- son will be here in no time. Arts and Entertainment 10 Fall Play Review: Anne of Green Gables By: Illiya Wallace If you have been a fan of the he said, “I was happy and nervous work leading up to the opening movie “Anne Of Green Gables,” this because this is the biggest part I day went?” She said it takes a lot of play is one that you should have received in a play.” But he has had work and time, but it’s a lot of fun. seen. The cast did such a wonderful many minor parts in many plays. Andria Floyd, a backstage job on this play. I can honestly say Because of his talent, I asked him if crew member, was also excited for this being my first time going to he takes any extra classes or lessons about Anne of Green Gables. “How a school play their hard work defi- outside of school. He replied no, but was it working backstage this nitely payed off. This in particular is is thinking about starting some and year?” I asked. She replied “It was one to remember. My favorite scene attending some summer camps. stressful, we lost someone’s prop would be from the first act when and we were very short staffed.” I Anne was in school and Gilbert wasn’t surprise to hear this because pulled her hair and she smacked I have been in many dance shows him with a book and got in trouble. , and being backstage it gets very From the second act the tea party hectic. So I asked “Was this your scene was great. When Anne was first time working backstage?” She dared by Josie Pye to walk on top replied “No, I have worked back- of the roof and Anne fell off. After stage before. I worked backstage watching the play, I wanted to run last year.” So this made me wonder off and watch the movie. “What was the difference in last Maggie Davis, the lead fe- year’s play then this year as far as male actress, was amazing as Anne. For this being her first time ever the work?” She informed me that playing a lead she did a very con- “Last year’s play had less props vincing job as Anne. When I asked and we didn’t have to move as her “How did you react when you much. This year we had to change saw your name as Anne?” She said the backround and move bigger “I jumped for joy up and down the Maggie Davis in a scene from Anne of Green Gables and more props.” “Were you able halls and I told all my friends.” Mag- Mrs. Jolly, the director of to watch the play when it was oc- gie is only a sophomore and this is the play was very excited when I curing?” “No, I was not but a cast only her second year acting in a met with her. When being asked member’s parent recorded it and school play. So, I asked her “how “How do you think the play went we watched it at the after party.” So long have you been acting and do and how did the cast do?” She re- after all the excitement backstage I you take acting classes?” She told plied “The kids did a really nice was wondering “What was your fa- me she has been acting since she job and the audience responded vorite scene in the play?” She an- was in fifth grade and that she nev- well.” Which I believe is true be- swered in said “My favorite scene er took acting class but she has at- cause I was in the audience and for was the tea party.” tended summer camps for fun. that being my first time experienc- So over all the play was Golden Boardley, the lead- ing a school play the audience re- great. The cast was exceptional and ing male in the school play, was sponded just how a director would did an awesome job. I encourage outstanding. This also was Golden want them to. Knowing how hard anyone who had not seen a play first time receiving a leading role the cast worked on the play I was and wants to try it, go for it. It will in a play. When I asked him how wondering how Mrs. Jolly felt be worth your time and your mon- did he feel about landing the lead they did. “How does she think the ey. Arts and Entertainment 11 Winter Fashion Trends Dangers of Bullying By: Brianna Rykard By: Ariel Adams As the temperature starts a winter wardrobe this year. They Our world is far from per- to drop and the leaves begin to keep you warm while also being fect. There are so many personali- change, the fashions in school chic for those long winter nights. ties that clash together that it would be close to impossible to have ev- do too. Girls are trading their flip A trend that is making its way eryone getting along. It’s in no way flops for UGGs and boys are trad- back from the 20’s and 30’s is the bad to have different personalities ing their short sleeve shirts for aviator jacket. Made popular by in this world, but sometimes it can long sleeve button ups. “Since its Amelia Earhart, this jacket goes be more dangerous than we think. starting to get cold, I’m probably perfect with anything you wear When people are different or act a going to start wearing my Polo from skinny jeans to a flirty skirt. certain way, bad things are bound to button ups and boots more often.” It has a furry collar that gives you happen, such as bullying. Bullying says junior Kyle Wheeler. People added warmth when paired with is when another person is cruel or assume that dark colors corre- a scarf for those snowy mornings. overbearing. There are many kinds spond with winter but not this The perfect accessory for an avia- of bullying, verbal, physical, mental year. Bright fun colors are. Orchid, tor jacket is a wedge boot. These and cyber bullying. coral, rose, lagoon and many oth- boots are perfect with a dress and It is very disheartening when er bright colors are what’s popular cute stockings or skinny cargo I hear about someone getting bul- this year. These colors will help pants. They’re easier to walk in lied. People need to notice that this get you out of those winter blues. than high heels or if you just want is a very important subject. On the Sophomore Brandi Brown a slimming effect these boots are news a few months ago, there was says about the new winter colors perfect. a feature about a young man who committed suicide by jumping off of is, “These colors are cute and they As December starts and the George Washington Bridge after make me think about summer in- with January right around the being filmed while having a sexual stead of winter.” They go perfect corner, these essentials will encounter with another man, and with any pair of jeans, regardless keep you warm all the way until the video was posted on the inter- of the rinse or you can go for a March. net. Tyler Clementi then committed more polished look by pairing it suicide. with a pair of khakis and a chunky Bullying’s unethical. No per- necklace. son should have to take their life be- From tall to short, to Bai- cause of someone’s intention to hurt. ley button and Bailey button Bullying easily get out of hand. triplet, UGGs will forever be as- Bullies may be trying to find sociated with winter. UGGs are a way to escape the madness in their warm, comfy boots that are made lives, and they do that by lowering from sheepskin and they keep another person’s self-esteem. The your feet warm no matter how world may not be perfect but, if we low the temperature is. “I love all try, we can make it a better place, my UGGs like they’re everything and save a lot of lives. It’s never too late to help to me. I wear them all the time; someone who is being bullied. Stand they keep my feet so warm.” says up and defend them. Neither you senior Brianna Fogelman. Fur nor the victim would ever forget it. scarves and vests are major part of Arts and Entertainment 12 Race to the Top By: Andrew Gross Ever since President Obama sight and testing programs. I think But not every critic thinks created Race to the Top, there have the best improvements in education Obama’s new act will be as suc- been many disputes between po- are made at the building level where cessful as what Holodick believes litical leaders, analysts, and regu- administrators and teachers work it will be. “Neither money nor legal lar Americans around the country. together in a climate of trust, coop- maneuvering will bridge the deep While there are citizens that op- eration, motivation, and common cultural chasm between parents in pose and detest the new act, there purpose,” but unfortunately he is, low-income neighborhoods,” says are just as many that praise and “not sure whether show spite to the ones that strongly RTTT can help dislike it. achieve the first “Race to the Top is a new part of the equa- program, as you know, and there- tion,” the first part fore it’s hard to say how effective it being the schools’ has been or will be,” says Mark Ho- decisions of how lodick, the current superintendent to spend the RTTT of the Brandywine School District. funds. Dwayne Caldwell, a 9th grade Eng- A lt h ou g h lish teacher at BHS, also finds it a large population difficult to decide whether RTTT feels weary about will be more successful than No the new act, there Child Left Behind. “There is a lot of are many who are optimistic and Stephen Woolworth, a guest col- funding at stake, but the needs of eager to see what lies ahead. The umnist for The Seattle Times and education have been known for a funding for each winning state of the associate dean in the School of long time.” Although Mr. Caldwell RTTT has the potential to help the Education at Pacific Lutheran Uni- schools systems tremen- versity. Woolworth goes on to say dously if spent correctly. that parents must be actively in- “From the overall grant of volved in their child’s schooling in $119 million to the state, order to produce, not only a better the Brandywine School child, but also a more productive District will receive just school day; because RTTT does over $5 million over four not address schools with engaged years,” which surprisingly, parents, many share the same be- “represents less than 1% liefs are not excited about the act. of our projected operating No one knows exactly how budgets over that period Race to the Top is going to turn of time,” says Holodick. out; but judging by the premise is unsure on whether RTTT will “Our number one goal as a District and process of President Obama’s be a success, he knows there are is to increase academic achievement new act, the US will have a suc- some major problems embedded for all students. Thanks to RTTT cessful future managed by the chil- in the act. “I hope the funding is funding, we have additional re- dren taught and educated under spent on more than general over- sources to achieve that goal.” Obama’s hands. Sports 13 Coaches Corner By: Ronneisha Potts When mentioning a success- competitive, so we will need to Making the transition from ful team, many give a majority play our best each and every middle school athletics to high of the recognition to the players. night. I feel that we have a num- school athletics can be a major Most people forget the person on ber of returning players that are shock for some players. It takes the team who takes the fall for the ‘battle-tested’ and will be ready time to adjust and go through losses, sets up the program, or to step up to the challenge,” says situations that make you men- who shares the knowledge they Christensen. tally tough. One’s personality can know about the sport to the ath- When it comes to returning sometimes determine if they’ll letes who participate. Sometimes players, most coaches agreed that fail or succeed. A person who has we tend to forget “The Coaches’ they want a strong sense of lead- that strong ambition, might have Corner.” There is always an in- ership as well as consistency. It’s a better outcome than a person terest on how the athletes feel, obvious that on a team each per- who never has intentions on ex- but how often are we concerned son has their own personal role ceeding the average standards. about the coaches true thoughts that should be fulfilled in each Only time will tell. Coach Da- and opinions? competition. It is important to mon Daniels, of the girls’ basket- Despite all the anticipation that know and understand your capa- ball teams said, “I expect the new continues to build up as many bilities. “I just want each player to players to learn to listen and lis- prepare for the winter season do what they do, and do it to their ten to learn”. sports, when it’s all over and the best ability,” said Potts. Every team has that one factor clock has zero seconds left on it, a It seems at times coaches forget that makes them who they are, true soldier of the game wants to how important the coach-player whether it was something natural come out on top, with a victory. relationship is and how much it to them or something they de- The only question is “What are can determine your success. This veloped over time. Major things, the keys of success to get there?” type of relationship has a lot to such as team bonding can deter- Coach Ronnie Potts, of the girls’ do with the results that you get mine these factors. “The team basketball team, came out with a out of a team as well as each indi- works together as a unit,” says bold reply stating that “If we play vidual player. Coach Keith Neff, Coach Peg McCoy, head coach together, we’ll finish in nothing of the wrestling team says, “The for distance in indoor track. Neff less than the final four [teams in coach-player relationship is huge. states that he has a hard work- the state basketball tournament].” It must exist in order to get the ing bunch that refuses to give up On the other hand, boys’ bas- most out of your athletes, so I put and continues to fight through ketball coach Steve Christensen a lot of time and effort into learn- adversity. One player can have commented on his outlook on ing what makes each of them, the greatest characteristic in the the upcoming season. “We have a as individuals, tick.” In the end, world, but when you can get a solid team, featuring a good mix when it comes to high school “team” to become tough as one of experienced players and young level athletics the moral to this and have love for one another, talent. If the players work hard, situation when it comes to high they form a strong will to win. play as a team, and improve each school level athletics is that the This includes increasing mental day, then we will have a success- player won’t care about what you toughness, outlooks toward ev- ful season. Flight A is extremely know if they know you don’t care. ery competition, patience, con- Sports 14 COACHES CORNER CONTINUED Winter Sports Every year a team changes de- helps the student-athletes under- By: Joe Heitz spite the possibility that you have stand and respect the value of The BHS winter sports sea- all your players returning or new hard work. We expect our kids to son is causing much excitement for ones entering. Coach Potts and work hard everyday, both on and many people. Four sports lined up Coach Daniels agreed that in the off the court. We always tell them are wrestling, basketball, swimming, past years they’ve had players that having a great work ethic and indoor track. that are involved in other sports will set the stage for a success- Wrestling, coached by Mr. but this year all the girls on the ful future”. Effort and work ethic Keith Neff, will kick off their season team consider basketball their were to major factors among the with four scrimmages and then the main, number one sport. coaches. “I bring the idea of hav- Brandywine Invitational. Returning Every season a team will ing a hard work ethic amongst seniors are Nick Miller, Andy Short, Andrew Schmohl, Brandon Stump, change mentally or physically (as the girls. I let them know that ‘We and Sayam Yadav. Winter track, far as players staying or leaving). can’t control our talent level. We coached by Mrs. Peg McCoy, begins By the end of the season, can’t control our family tree. We their season at the Worcester county coaches want their athletes to im- can control our effort each and track meet. Returning seniors for prove athletically, academically, every day.’”, Said Coach Daniels. boy’s indoor track are Brandon Ca- and socially. “I want the girls to Coach McCoy said “I try to keep plan, Hakeem Harris, Alpha Mansa- recognize how far they’ve come it fun, I’m fairly organized, and ray, Jameel Meachum, and Chanon as far as their character, and be have a strong background in track Tuntivate. For girl’s indoor track able to think about the life les- and field”. I admired the response the seniors are Alexa Borelli, Maeve sons they’ve took from being on I received from Coach Neff, for McCoy, Allison Lofland, Brianna this team, as well as the game of simple fact that he made a basic Fogelman, and Allison Bredimus. basketball in general” said Potts. statement but people often forget Swimming, under new head coach, Mr. Randy Stone, starts their Athletics are not only activities, how important the idea is when season off against Salesianum on they teach you about life because working with any team in gener- the boy’s side, and Urusuline on the you’ll tend to go through tough al. Neff went on to say “My team girl’s side. Seniors are, Colin Weir, situations that you can compare knows I care”, which is something Eric Wegner, Sean Coleman, Angie to a life situation. I find mandatory from a coach to Corrado, Lindsey Horton, Tommy I wanted the coaches to give a team. McKee, and Lauren Silverstein. themselves credit and think about Boy’s basketball, coached by Mr. the thing they bring to their team Steve Christensen, has three scrim- because this is something that is mages and then a season opener not acknowledged enough. Many at home against Salesianum. Girl’s of them said basic ideas but it basketball, coached by Mr. Damon takes a certain type of person to Daniels, begin with three scrim- mages and the season opener is realize how important these ideas home against Newark. Seniors for are when it comes to managing a boy’s team are Michael Boxley, Tevin team. “I bring toughness, loyalty, Tucker, John Frazier, and Charles dedication and love to this team” Jackson. For girls basketball they are says Potts. Christensen went on Erica Horton, Arianna Talley, and to say “I think our coaching staff Brianna Hall. Sports 15 Fall Sports Wrapup By: Tommy McKee Football ant. The team’s top runner, The boys had a fantastic sea- Unfortunately, the football Maeve McCoy, finished with son this year, finishing the team has once again fin- an impressive 22nd place at regular season with a record ished with no wins this sea- the State Championship. of 9-4-1. The majority of son. Although, they did earn their losses came in the be- two wins early in the season Field Hockey ginning of the season when against Friends in their sea- This season the girls finished they were missing a few key son opener, and then Mount with a solid 8-5-2 record. players and they started off Pleasant. They had to forfeit They got a great win against 0-3-1. They then went on these wins because of an in- rival Concord, beating them a six-game winning streak eligible player and finished 2-0, and they added a few to completely change the the rest of the season 0-10. blow-outs against Christiana course of the season. In the and Glasgow at the end of first round of the playoffs, Boys Cross Country the season, winning 9-0 and they suffered a tough loss to This season, the boys’ team 10-1. The team barely missed Caravel losing 4-3 but they had a disappointing year, fin- making the playoffs but it put up a good fight. ishing with a record of 1-6. was still a great season! Although, they did keep the meets very close things just Volleyball didn’t seem to go their way. The Volleyball A notable finish was made by team had a disap- Chanon Tuntivate at the State pointing season Championship, where he this year, finish- placed 12th and was named ing with a record to 3rd Team All-State! of 1-14. Their lone win came Girls Cross Country against Delcastle The girls’ team this season when they swept finished with a solid record Cougars in three of 4-2, including a sweep games straight. Greg Whitcraft (left) steals the ball against rival, Mount Pleas- Soccer in their match against Charter.