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									                                                                                                   Is cheerleading
                                                                                                                                                                                     JV Football has
                     Reviews of Kid Cudi,
                  Kanye West, and Taylor Swift                                         Page 7
                                                                                                   a sport?
                                                                                                   The debate
                                                                                                   rages on.                                                                         record-setting
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                                                                                                                                                                                     season

 Dukes’                                                                                                                                        Dispatch
                                 Gloucester High School                                                                                                                                                               Continued on page 4




                                                                                            •Providing a pathway for student voice on campus and throughout the community•
 Monday, November 22, 2010                                                                                 6680 Short Ln. Gloucester, VA 23061•dispatch@gc.k12.va.us                                                                             VOL 34 Issue 3



                                                          Both sides of the story
                              Jessica Edington
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Taylor Clarke
                                  Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Staff Writer

    The Gloucester-Mathews Gazette- Journal
recently published an article announcing that the                                                                                                                                                                    Graduation! The day we have been waiting to
top 10 percent of the Class of 2011 will not receive                                                                                                                                                          see for over 12 years, it’s finally here. Families are
their diplomas first in the graduation ceremony,                                                                                                                                                              flying in from different parts of the country to watch
an honor that has always been bestowed upon                                                                                                                                                                   you receive your diploma. This is a day for everyone,
Gloucester High School’s honor graduates.                                                                                                                                                                   and no matter how long it took you, or how hard you
    The vast majority of those who saw the article                                                                                                                                                   tried, to be happy. You’ve accomplished something that a
are asking, “Why?”                                                                                                                                                                          lot of people, sadly, have not. This is a special day for you; you
    What exactly is the point of changing the graduation proce-                                                                                                                             deserve just as much of the spotlight as any other person there.
dure? The implied intention is that the current practice gives too                                                                                                                           However, some kids are unhappy with this change—ten percent,
much attention and “special treatment” to the honors graduates,                                                                                                                               actually. Certain circumstances have come into play, and things
and breeds resentment and “feelings of inferiority” in the other                                                                                                                              have changed.
90 percent of the class. The school board wishes to change the                                                                                                                                     Different students have different struggles to face throughout
traditional graduation ceremony in order to give the same amount                                                                                                                              their high school career. Some aren’t lucky to be as wealthy as
of recognition to every graduating student.                                                                                                                                                some; therefore they balance schoolwork with job time. Some of us
    But take a look around. Ask the 435 students who will not be graduat-                                                                                                              aren’t as fortunate to have parents always there to back us up and sup-
ing with a gold tassel (the traditional mark of an honors graduate). Most of them don’t                                                                              port as through all of our work. Lastly, there are others that have been brought into this
have an opinion, or simply don’t care either way. The overwhelming opinion is, “As                                                                                   world with a highly gifted mind; while others struggle to read a simple book.
long as I get my diploma, I don’t care who goes before me.” Of those who do have an                                                                                  This is a celebration for receiving our proof of education. We all proved ourselves worthy,
opinion, almost all of them disagree with the new decision. They feel that the top 10                                                                                and no one should be better than anybody else. The top ten percent want to be congratu-
percent of the class earned this small recognition. They recognize the hard work and                                                                                 lated? They will be when time for college acceptance and job opportunities come around.
achievement of their fellow students, and do not resent them for the acknowledgment.                                                                                 But for some of those that are going straight into work after school this is all they have
    So, essentially, the new practice is not making much of anyone any happier. It is,                                                                               left. This is a celebration of the times we had in high school; a day for everybody to be
however, causing a lot of anger and controversy among the honors graduates, their                                                                                    proud and a day to remember.
parents, and many other members of the community.                                                                                                                          Some could say that this is an early opportunity at turning schools into a socialistic
    Leading the graduation procession is a traditional honor bestowed upon Gloucester                                                                                utopia. Others could say this is a step we need to take to make things fairer. Most prob-
High School graduates that make it into the top 10 percent of the class. It has never                                                                                ably just don’t care. This doesn’t apply to ninety percent of the kids here, so is it really
upset people in the past, and it is obviously not upsetting anyone very much now—so                                                                                 a big deal? No. If these kids are really as smart as they wish to be perceived as, they
why is it being changed again? Oh, yes; because it is “special treatment.”                                                                                          wouldn’t care about a little more attention at a Gloucester High School function.
    Yes, it is special treatment. But the honors graduates have been working especially                                                                             It depends on how you look at it, but in the current times that we live in, equality is an es-
hard for the past 6 years (as many of their high school careers actually began in middle                                                                            sential characteristic that people wished applied in as many situations as possible; due to
school), taking on high school level classes in 7th grade and college level classes in                                                                              the fact that most of us are on the bottom of the totem pole. So who are really the smart
10th grade. Not only have they put in the extra effort, but they have also succeeded in                                                                             ones? The ones taking advantage of what is giving to them, or the one’s complaining
these endeavors. They have gone above and beyond not only what is expected of them,                                                                                 about this one little thing missing in their life, attention.
but also what the average high school student accomplishes. They deserve just a bit of                                                                                    Some would say that the “implied intentions” of this change have to do with too much
special treatment.                                                                                                                                                  “special treatment.” I would argue against that. Of all of the schools in the district, only a
    Honors students are never publically recognized in any other fashions throughout                                                                                small few actually walk their honor students first. Just like the improvements in the grading
their entire high school careers. There are no Honor Roll assemblies, a tradition that the                                                                          scale we were behind. Former graduates of Gloucester would tell you that it wasn’t always
elementary and middle schools embrace. Even elementary schools, which recognize the                                                                                like this. Somewhere between 1982-1886 we changed our policy. Present day we are
value and talent of every student equally and never place one student above another, allow                                                                      back to where we started and for good reason too. College is the exact same way, alpha-
students who excel academically to be acknowledged. At the high school level, however,                                                                        betical aligned and their “honors” still announced. It’s not that the administration is forgetting
these ceremonies are abolished, along with most other “celebrations of excellence” that can                                                                   about the hard work that countless kids have put in since the 7th grade; it’s the fact nobody
be found in schools across the country. Other awards and recognitions are generally given                                                                     deserves to outweigh anyone else on gradation. The first kid to be called graduating without
and accepted in private, rather than announced to the student body—the honors students                                                                       honors would be devastated. All of you may say that it’s no big deal, but it is to some. In that
accept these customs humbly, without protest, and never ask for more anymore ceremony.                                                                      few seconds when you should “deserve” to be proud of yourself, you begin to think about all the
Allowing these students to graduate first is the only real public congratulations these stu-                                                               things you could have done, should have done, like you’ve not done good enough. I may be over
dents receive.                                                                                                                                              exaggerating just a tad, but the feelings are factual.
                                                             See “Graduation Battles” on page 2                                                                                                                                    See “Graduation Battles” on page 2


   JV
                                                                                             Donate life
dominates
                Logan George
                                                                                       Give life, save a life                                                                              Giving back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              volunteer career.
                                                                                                   donor gave sight to a young boy         waiting for a life saving organ trans-                Katie Smith                       Monday through Friday Jeremy
                   Staff Writer                                      Amanda Pryor                  and a man.                              plant, of these people, 89,000 of                                                  goes to either Bethel or Botetourt
                                                                                                        Her daughter strongly believed     them are waiting solely on a kid-                     Staff Writer                 elementary to referee basketball for
      When someone mentions the                                       Staff Writer                 that, “If you have something you do     ney. About 18 people die every                                                     young kids. Usually Jeremy works
Gloucester High School foot-                                                                       not use anymore, then you should        day because of the lack of avail-              Gloucester high students lately     two games back to back at night
ball team, the word most used is                                Susie Díaz, an advocate for        give it to somebody else.”              able organs for transplants. About        have been complaining about the          making his hours usually six to
“sucks.” While it is true that the                        Lifenet Health and Donate Life                Anybody can be an organ do-        three of those 18 deaths are resi-        amount of homework they receive,         eight or seven to nine. You would
Varsity team has had its struggles                        Virginia, visited Gloucester High        nor. Donation does not discriminate     dents of Virginia. It is said that one    not having any time for their lives.     expect that it would interfere with
in the past years, next year could                        School’s Anatomy and Physiology          against race,                                                  donation can       Some students even have a job            his studies, but fortunately enough
be very different. Junior Varsity,                        students, this November, to inform       age, or health.                                                save about 9       with homework, studies and their         he had no hindrance to accept-
the “future of Varsity football,” had                     them about organ donation and all        Professionals                                                  lives.             lives. How about working without         able academics last year. Though
a spectacular season this year                            of the possibilities a single donation   will determine                                                     The organs     any profit except the good feeling       this year the job might affect his
                                                          can bring to its’ recipients.            what is donat-                                                 that are dona-     you get? Usually people volunteer        grades, he plans to persevere so
(6-3), and with many of them
                                                             Three months after your fifteenth     able and what                                                  table include      for honor societies being forced         he does not have to drop his volun-
moving to Varsity next year, people                       birthday you are able to obtain a        is not. To match                                               the heart, the
might stop saying the team is ter-                                                                                                                                                   or else they’ll get kicked out. Jer-     teer job. Jeremy plans to continue
                                                          learner’s permit through the De-         organs, doctors                                                liver, the pan-    emy Ornstein, a junior, is one not       volunteering next year.
rible.                                                    partment of Motor Vehicles (DMV).        look for people                                                creas, a small     of those people he just volunteers            “I probably will…until college.”
     One reason JV had such a good                        During this process you are asked,       with the same                                                  part of the in-    for the fun of it, he is a volunteer           He does have to keep in mind
year is because of the sophomore                          with parental consent, if you would      blood type and                                                 testine, both      referee for basketball for Parks &       of his grades because if his grades
quarterback Aiden Thompson. In                            like to become an organ donor.           the same body                                                  kidneys, and       Recreation.                              drop too much then he might not
jersey number sixteen, Thompson                           Some teenagers are not donors ei-        size. The per-                                                 both      lungs.       Many would think him crazy not       be able to volunteer next year.
has scored ten rushing touchdowns                         ther because their parents do not        son receiving                                                  Although you       getting paid and all, but as most                Other than his brother, an-
and five passing. With stats like                         give them permission to become a         the organ has                                                  cannot donate      people focus on the salary when          other key factor why he chose to
that, I can’t help but think of Tim                       donor or because they are not in-        to be closely matched with the          some of your organs while you are         searching for a job, Jeremy is           ref basket ball is simply because
Tebow, the Heisman Trophy win-                            formed about organ donation.             person who donated the organ be-        still alive, you can donate certain       more concerned about the quality         he loves the game. Every time he
                                                              Díaz came prepared to educate        cause of the risk of the body reject-   organs. They label these donors as        of working with the community than       refs it brings back memories when
ner from Florida University. Since
                                                          the students about organ donation.       ing the new organ.                      a “living donor.” A living donor is       the weight of his wallet.                he was eight years old and started
Varsity quarterback Zach Tarpey is
                                                          She shared her story about how               In American, 90 percent of the      a person who donates blood, bone                He first started to think about    playing the game.
in his senior year, the new team                          she came into the world of organ         people say that they support organ      marrow, a kidney, or a part of their      refereeing when his brother started            “I remember when I was that
will need a new quarterback next                          donation. About ten years ago Díaz       donation, but only 30 percent take      liver. In fact some students are          to talk to him about it. Originally      young playing ball, and it is just
year. Aiden could be just the man                         lost her 19-year old daughter, Ma-       the essential steps to become an        considered “living donors” because        Jeremy loved basketball since            fun to watch the kids play and im-
for the job.                                              ria Díaz, in a car accident. At the      organ donor. To become an organ         of their participation in past blood      he was six, but started playing at       prove.”
     But the team doesn’t revolve                         scene of the accident she was pro-       donor you can either become a do-       drives.                                   eight, so he thought it would be             Though he has extra work with-
around one player. In many cases,                         nounced brain dead and her Father        nor through DMV or going to Do-               Although organ donation today       cool to referee for basketball. Billy    out pay and he has less time for his
some players take many roles on                           remembered that Maria had always         nate Life Virginia to sign up. Also     is not like the movie Seven Pounds,       Moore, program director for the          studies and his life, Jeremy plans
the field. “We don’t have as much                         wanted to be an organ donor. Be-         at this website you can pick and        its effects on the lives saved are        Gloucester Parks & Recreation            to continue watching the kids he
depth as Varsity (not as many                             ing brain dead meant that only cer-      choose which organs you do and          just as astronomical. Most people         Department, contacted him since          referees improve and have fun be-
players), so a lot of players play                        tain organs were still usable. Their     do not want to be donated.              label organ donation as the “final        his brother refereed for Mr. Moore       cause he truly loves what he does,
both sides,” says Aiden Thompson.                         decision of making Maria an organ               Almost 100,000 people are        act of charity.” •                        before him and Mr. Moore trusted         and the kids are probably also
See “JV football’s historic year” on page 4                                                                                                                                          his brother, and hence began his         grateful for his contribution. •


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INSIDE
Student Life..................................1-4
Op-Ed.................................................5
Entertainment.............................6-7               How to deal out a tasty vegetarian thanksgiving                                                              Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Spotlight...........................................8
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Student
                       Life    Graduation Battles                                                                                                                                                                    Continued from front page

                                                                                  CONS                                                                                                          pros
                                        As opposed as the school board is to the special                Well, it’s not exactly the change itself that so       “The diploma shows that you received
                                   treatment of academically gifted students, they don’t         many are upset about. It’s the principle behind the           a well rounded education and are pre-
                                   seem to have much of a problem with recognizing               change. Taking away recognition for academic suc-             pared to go wherever life takes you,”
                                   other students for their achievements. Sports teams           cess is doing much more than just making the hon-             says Principal Dr. Beverage. I can
                                   and athletes have their names called out over the             ors graduate with the last name starting with a “W”           honestly say I couldn’t agree with
                                   announcements every morning for the entire school             wait longer to graduate. It’s taking away a respect           this statement anymore. I believe that
                                   to hear of their accomplishments, and have special            of achievement and individualism that is crucial in a         that the people are taking this change
                                   banquets held in their honor at the end of every              healthy society. Now, I’m not trying to be an extrem-         completely out context.
                                   season. Is this not special treatment? Does this not          ist and say that not allowing the Honors Graduates to              All in all, graduation is still some-
 Lauren Peck: “It’s wrong that     make others feel inferior compared to the “winners,”          walk first will eventually disintegrate into a collectivist   thing to look forward too. It is a day to
 they’re taking that away from     from the athletes that sat the bench and watch their          society like the dystopian world in the classic Anthem        celebrate and begin the climb to the            Mr. Lord: “I actually think it’s a
  them. Seriously, it has been     teammates play to the students who have physical              in which neither individuals or the word “I” exist. No,       next step in our life. The faces, ex-          good idea. The students should
 that way every year and now       ailments and can’t participate in sports teams? If ev-        that’s a bit too far. But it is taking an unfortunate step    pressions, and of course your diploma             just be put in the order that
  they’re changing it our year,    eryone is a winner, which is what it seems they want          in that direction. Equal treatment cannot be given to         will sum up your entire high school           they’re in. They’ll be designated
that’s disgraceful. I’m not even   us to believe, why is acceptable to celebrate some            everyone, or else people cease to be individuals with         career in one sitting. It may very well        with different color tassels and I
                                   achievements more than others?                                individual talents and achievements. Every student            be one of the last times you see many          just think their honors are within
Kristina Watkins: “It’s not fair           After all, the main goal of attending school is       that crosses the stage in June has something unique           of these faces. This is to those who           the program and so it’s actually
because the people who did         to gain an education: all of the other wonderful and          and exceptional to contribute to their community;             go off to be astronauts, to travel the         something I’ve been fighting for
 that extra work should de-        enriching extracurricular activities are only in addition     for some, it is outstanding academic success, and             world, play football, or even go straight    since I started working here twelve
serve to go up first because       to classes and instruction. Schools are given ratings,        a graduation is the place to finally recognize it—at          to work, all of you can look back and        years ago. So I’m happy it’s hap-
     they did a lot more.”         awards, and even sometimes funding depending on               the pinnacle of their high school education. To take          have one thing in common, one of                            pening.”
                                   the success of their students. Those students who             this away, in an effort to not offend other students          the most important things of your life.
                                   are in the top 10% of their class are also those who          who are not the same as them, is to do everyone a             Where you came from and how you
                                   have helped GHS to receive its recognition as a               grievous injustice.                                           got to where you were. As the class of
                                   great school through their test scores, awards, and                  When Gloucester High School takes away the             2011; I’ll be looking forward to seeing
                                   personal successes. The least the school could do is          privilege of the honors graduates to graduate first,          you all of graduation day! •
                                   return the favor.                                             it is rather like saying to them, “Yes, we appreciate
                                       It’s a known fact that the “real world,” or the compi-    all the hard work you’ve put in all these years, we
                                   lation of experiences we encounter after high school,         respect your achievements, and we’re very proud of
    Carl Dudley: “I feel that      is not exactly fair or equal. Those who succeed will be       you… but not proud enough to give you your brief
 it’s wrong because they’ve        recognized for their success, and those who do not            moment in the spotlight.” Then what happens when
   worked harder than most         at first will be inspired to try harder so they, too, can     these students realize that all of their extra work, all
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Steven Dubois: “It doesn’t make
people, so therefore I believe     succeed. This is what the entire “American Dream” is          of the long nights and days they spent pouring over
                                                                                                                                                                                                               much of a difference to me.
  that they have the right to      based on: the ability of anyone, regardless of origin         books and notes, all of the times they dedicated their
                                                                                                                                                                                                             They’re not any better than any-
 be recognized first for their     or class, to put in the extra work and hours make a           lives to academic pursuits, means no more to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              one else; they just tried harder
        achievements.”             success of themselves. Those who come first and do            school than the work of everyone else who might
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   than the rest of us.”
                                   well motivate those who follow after. This is how our         not have put in as much effort? How does this at
                                   society runs. This is not, apparently, how our high           all encourage excellence, which is what the school
                                   school runs. Ironically, graduation is supposed to be         claims to want out of all of its students? When you
                                   the final transition between high school and the rest         do not recognize or commend success, it ceases to
                                   of our lives, but instead it is now one final illusion that   be success, and hardly any are motivated to try any
                                   gives students the impression that when they leave,           harder than they have to.
                                   they will all be treated with the same level of respect            Yes, when compared to the massive controversy
                                   and recognition, regardless of the level of effort they       this issue is causing, and the implications the act of
  Katelyn Stroup: “I think         put into their work.                                          taking away the traditional practice has, the actual
   they should walk first                  Some, who are inexplicably in support of the          privilege of the Honors Graduates to lead the gradu-                                                        Ryan Toms: “I think that the top
 because if they’re going          change to graduation procedure, don’t understand              ation procession is a tiny thing. But, if it is so tiny…                                                   ten percent of people will be mad
work their butts off through       exactly why it is that so many people are upset about         then what’s the harm in giving it to them? •                                                                that they’re not walking first, but
   the school year, they           this. It’s such a tiny thing, and they’re still going                                                                                                                      everyone else isn’t really going
 should at least have the          to have “Honors Graduate” called after their name,                                                                                                                          to care. They just want to go
recognition of walking first       right? What’s the difference? Aren’t honors students                                                                                                                        through it because it’s a long
so everybody knows those           supposed to be humble?                                                                                                                                                     drawn out ceremony anyway.”




                                               Artist of
                                              the Month
                                                                                   Kelsey Bowser

                                                                 How old were you when you                                                                                                                            What is your
                                                              realized that art was something that                                                                                                                   favorite artform?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would have to
                                                                  you were naturally good at?                                                                                                                           say painting
                                                        In kindergarten I got extra time at the art table
                                                        because I was the only that ever drew any
                                                            thing, everybody else just scribbled.

                                                                                                                             What are classes
                                                                                                                              have you taken
                                                                                                                             at Gloucester High
                                                                                                                                  School?
                                                                                                                              Art Foundations,
                                                                                                                           Graphic Design, 3-D
                                                                                                                           Arts and Crafts, and
                                                                                                                            I’m in AP Portfolio                                             Why do you enjoy art?
                                                                                                                                   now.                                                          It’s a relief.




                                                       Fun Fact! Kelsey’s favorite artists are two brothers that go under the name “Os Gemeos”
                                             Monday, November 22, 2010                                             Student Life                                                                     Vol. 35 Issue 3
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         you pass the tofu?
     Can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vegetarian Stuffing
                                                                                                                         BE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ingredients
                                                                                                                        FUR                                                                                        •1 package pre-toasted bread cubes (14 - 16


                                                                                                                       free SAVE An
                                                                By: Michele Johnson                                                                                                                                                    ounces)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               •3 tbsp butter plus extra
                                    When most people think of Thanksgiving, thoughts of the tradition-                                                                                                                             •2 tbsp olive oil
                                    al meal of turkey, ham, and chicken come to mind, but you would                                 imals!                                                                                  •1 large yellow onion, diced
                                    be surprised to know that not everyone engages in this “traditional”                                                                                                                        •1/2 red onion, diced
                                    feast. There are people who actually do not eat turkey for Thanks-                                                                                                                           •1 cup celery, diced
                                                                giving…yes you heard me...they DO                                                                                                                         •3/4 cup cranberries, chopped
                                                                NOT eat turkey…or any meat for that                                                                                                                     •4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
                                                                 matter. So, what do they do? Do they                                                                                                                       •1 cup wild rice, pre-cooked
                                                                    eat just sides then? Do they even                                            Tofu Turkey                                                                 •2 tbsp fresh sage, minced
                                                                       celebrate Thanksgiving? If you are                                                                                                                   •2 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
                                                                         asking yourself these questions...                                          Ingredients                                                                   •2 eggs, beaten
                                                                           have no fear because I am here                          •2 blocks firm or extra firm tofu, well pressed                                            •2 tbsp poultry seasoning
                                                                           to help answer them!                                                  •3 tbsp soy sauce                                                •1 16 ounce can red kidney beans, drained and
                                                                                Vegetarians are capable of                                    •1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil                                                                    rinsed
                                                                            celebrating Thanksgiving, even                                     •1 1/2 tbsp dry sherry                                                         •salt and pepper to taste
                                                                           if there isn’t any turkey pres-                                         •3 tbsp water
                                                                           ent! Actually, most people will                                     •1/4 tsp black pepper                                                                 Preparation:
                                                                         be surprised to know that the first                                                                                                              Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
                                                                       Thanksgiving contained little to no                                           Preparation:                                                 Heat a large skillet and add 2 tablespoons but-
                                                                    meat at all, so really the original “tur-      Freeze the tofu overnight. Allow it to thaw, and then press well to squeeze                                        ter and oil.
                                                                 key day” was turkey less, ironic right?                                       out all the extra water.                                            Add onions, celery and cranberries and cook
                                                              People sometimes believe that being a veg-           Place the tofu blocks in a lightly greased loaf pan, squeezing them as close                     on medium-high heat until soft, about fifteen
                                                    etarian or having a vegetarian Thanksgiving would                                           together as possible.                                                                  minutes.
Recipes from vegetarian.about.com




                                    be very blahh, but not only is it a healthy alternative, it is also a          In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour about 2/3                          Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
                                    way to pay homage to the originators of the original harvest feast.             of this mixture over the tofu, and refrigerate the remaining 1/3. Cover the                   Place toasted bread, rice and herbs in a large
                                          So, after all this do you still think a vegetarian Thanksgiving            tofu in the pan, and allow to marinade overnight, or for at least 4 hours.                    bowl, stir in eggs. Pour hot liquid mixture into
                                    is bad idea or do you think you’re brave enough to actually try                 After marinating, pour the remaining soy sauce mixture over the tofu, then                     bowl; add poultry seasoning, beans, salt and
                                    it? Well, if you are willing to switch this holiday up and make it a            bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, basting the extra marinade over the                                        pepper and mix.
                                    vegetarian one…here are some recipes.                                                                        tofu once or twice.                                              Grease two 8-inch pans with butter, pour mix-
                                        Now that you have these recipes it is time to put them to the test          Remove the tofu from the oven and carefully flip it over. Bake for another                     ture, dot with extra butter. Cover with foil and
                                    and hopefully making these can change some minds about what it                    45 minutes, basting occasionally. Allow to cool slightly before serving.                                   bake for 25 minutes.
                                    is like to be a vegetarian, especially during the holiday!                                                                                                                    Remove foil and bake 10 minutes more or until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     top is crisp.




Free Money                                                                                                      A Struggle for Respect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   leading has developed in many ways, which draws
                                            Faith Pollard                                               Tatyana White-Jenkins                        This seems to be the basic mind set of cheerleaders           the question of why a federal judge would say it’s
                                                                                                                                                     everywhere. Everyone agrees that we are all entitled          “underdeveloped”. Since cheerleading first started,
                                             Staff Writer                                                       Staff Writer                         to our own opinions, including the judge. However,            they have added stunts, tumbling and the cheers
                                                                                                                                                     things seem to change when someone’s opinion af-              have broadened since the “Give me a G, Give me an
    The possibility of receiving free money to help pay for the                               A definition of a sport is “an organized, com-         fects the way you are looked upon.                            O” days. But in the world of competition cheerlead-
substantial size of tuition for vocational school, two or four                          petitive, entertaining, and skillful physical activity re-                             “Disorganized?” commented           ing, the stakes are extremely raised. The stunts are
year college, interests everyone. The less debt a student                               quiring commitment and fair play, in which a winner          Varsity cheerleader, sophomore Jessica Gardner,               higher, the tumbling is more advanced, and when it
has when leaving college, the better.                                                   can be defined by objective means.” Now, when you            “There are hundreds of cheerleading competitions              comes to cheers well, there are not many, but com-
       The resourceful Counseling Department has set up a                               think about a sport, does it follow these characteris-       held all over the country each year. I don’t think a          petition cheerleading is more focused on the stunts
useful scholarship website accessible from the Gloucester                               tics? Is football organized? Is soccer skillful? Is golf     judge has the right to decide that.”                          and tumbling then the cheering.
High School site. Furthermore, they hold the College Plan-                              entertaining? Well, when you ask questions like this,           Many say that just doing cheers and toe-touch-
ning Series sessions in the library. The scholarship website                            the answers could go both ways, and that has been            es isn’t enough to be credited as participating in a                  Rilee Jackson comments, “They both require
lists national, state, local, and college scholarships that are                         the basis for the popular debate over whether cheer-         sport, and that is where some debates really heat             hard work, motivation, and sportsmanship. Sideline,
available to be applied for. Another useful tool on the site is                         leading should be classified as a sport or not.              up. Some say that there is no way cheerleading can            every muscle in your body has to be perfectly tight,
the one application that applies an applicant for twenty eight                              For years, there have been numerous debates              compare to football, baseball, or many other popular          while having some type of facial expression on your
different scholarship opportunities.                                                    about cheerleading. Whether it .be gender and per-           sports. However, on the other side of the argument            face. ...while you’re yelling as hard as you can over
      The scholarship money ranges from 25,000 to 1,000                                 sonality stereotypes, uniform criticisms, or just all        people ask, how can things like golf, bowling, NA-            the loud crowd… both take a lot of dedication, sweat,
dollars. Also, some of the places offering scholarships have                            around judgment, cheerleading has been a huge                SCAR, and other similar activities be considered a            and sometimes tears.”
multiple scholarships that are available. Some of these                                 topic for debate. Although there are many focuses            sport? Some say that ‘sports’ like these don’t really                 Although these debates have many different
scholarships have specific deadlines while other deadlines                              for argument regarding the matter, the main debate           require a lot of physical activity. But if you talk to any    effects on cheerleaders, the main impact it has left
have not been decided upon yet. Deadlines, however, are                                 is over whether it should be considered a sport or           cheerleading team, you will here about their long,            cheerleaders is the feeling of disrespect. Cheer-
coming quickly so be sure to start filling out applications                             not. This dispute has been going back and forth for          grueling practices and how physically fit you have to         leaders everywhere feel like they are not respected.
now. Remember to look at the qualifications of the scholar-                             decades and seemed to have died down, until re-              be to be a cheerleader.                           “It does    Even the Gloucester High School cheerleaders feel
ship before going through all the work of applying. A large                             cently when a federal judge officially ruled cheer-          require skill and physical strength. Like the stunts          that way.
amount of Virginia colleges have scholarships available for                             leading not a sport. Since the ruling, there have been       for instance, the bases, backs, and flyers all have a               When asked whether she thinks the GHS cheer-
students to receive. Some popular Virginia colleges offer-                              numerous debates in attempt to try to change the             job to do… it takes work and practice.” Alyssa Crone          leaders are respected Jessica Gardner said, “In the
ing scholarships are Christopher Newport University, James                              decree. Cheerleaders around the world felt hurt, of-         comments.                                                     community, I don’t think so. We aren’t recognized
Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and                               fended, and highly disrespected by this ruling, but          “Whether people think so or not, you always get               like the other sports are.”
George Mason University, but there are too many colleges                                how do the cheerleaders of Gloucester High feel              bruises and scars from cheerleading; even breaks                   “Our team has to be the most disrespected team
to list.                                                                                about this?                                                  and sprains. And us cheerleaders are told to suck it          as a high school,” Varsity cheerleader, sophomore
     A scholarship application is very similar to a college ap-                             Well, the federal judge who made this ruling said        up… which means our only option is to wrap it up,             Mike’a McMillan comments, “… regardless of how
plication. There is the usual general information area which                            that cheerleading is too “underdeveloped and disor-          suck it up, and we try our hardest to, then we end            we fight back to show people what we do, we are
includes name, grade, school, etc. Then the next section is                             ganized” to be considered a sport. However, others           up doing just that.” said Rilee Jackson.                      still disrespected.”                              But
the list of activities and achievements which the student has                           seem to disagree.                                                However, on the other side of the debate, people          although the harsh criticisms cheerleaders face is
participated in and earned. In addition, some applications                              Varsity cheerleader, freshman Rilee Jackson com-             say that no matter if it is physical or not, it should        hard to deal with, the cheerleaders of GHS do not let
require an essay and a reference letter also.                                           ments, “I personally do consider cheerleading as a           not be considered a sport. But, what some people              them affect them in a negative way.
       To some students filling out a scholarship application                           sport. Sure, it may not be the hardest sport in the          on this side of the argument don’t realize is that
is a lot of work and takes up a lot of time. But, receiving                             world but it is dangerous and full of hard work.”            there two different “types” of cheerleading. There’s                 So in the end, nothing changes. The judge’s
money for submitting an application will make it worth it.                                                                  “Everyone has their      recreational, also known as side-line, and there is           ruling is still the same and cheerleaders still do not
Scholarships are just as important to a student as college                              own opinion,” JV cheerleader, sophomore Alyssa               competitive cheerleading. Side-line cheerleading is           feel respected. But as we all know, we can’t change
applications.                                                                           Crone says. However she does say “… the federal              your basic standing on the side at football or bas-           people’s opinion. We can only stick up for what we
     Any students who have questions about scholarships, go                             judge obviously has never been a part of a competi-          ketball games cheering on your team, and when half            believe in and not let negative comments affect us.
to the school Counseling Department for assistance. •                                   tion cheerleading team before to know all that they          time comes along, you show off your routine. How-             And that is exactly what the cheerleaders of Glouc-
                                                                                        go through.”                                                 ever as the years have gone by, side-line cheer-              ester High have been and are continuing to do. •




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                            Monday, November 22, 2010                                        Student Life                                                                     Vol. 35 Issue 3



  Rising up                                                   Lady Dukes desire to defeat
                                                                                  sophomore, Karsyn Wass.                 ments.                                      says Karsyn Wass, “but the seniors
            Larkin Stone                             Susan Ortiz                    Yet, it is not a lack of teamwork         “[The new players] bring mo-            have passed on their knowledge to                      201
                                                                                  on the court. The girls work well tivation to the team,” says junior,               us returning players.”
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          Editor-In-Chief                            Copy Editor                  together; it is just a matter of com- Colleen LeMay, “and they show                      Those that graduated last year
                                                                                  ing into their own and racking up dedication that everyone can learn                will be missed, but that cannot get           GHS
      Winter is right around the cor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GIRLS
                                               Lady Dukes’ girls basketball       points against their opponents.         from.”                                      in the way of their current season.                                       S
ner, and that could only mean that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                BASKETBALL              DUKE
                                         practices every season to achieve              Although the talent and skill          As a team, though, everyone                   “I don’t think we could ever         FIRST HOME GAME
it’s time to finally cut the score-      wins on their record. As they en-        can vary, the spirit does not. The is looked upon equally. All play-                replace the seniors from last year,        AGAINST HAMPTON:
board back on for basketball. How-       ter the 2010-2011 season, they           older and younger players do their ers are seen with the potential to               but we have enough strong players
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     DECEMBER 3

ever, the Dukes are hoping that          hope to make some changes to in-         best to keep the others                             be leaders. As long             to make this happen,” says Jones.
this scoreboard shows them win-          crease their amount of wins. The         motivated.                  “We all have the        as the team can come                   Not only are the girls trying
ning even more this season.              “newbies” to the team will provide            “The older players potential to lead our together and bond,                    to be successful for themselves,          ready to play that team again to
       The Dukes made strides last       fresh, new input and skills to the       have to lead by exam- team to victory,”             they always have a              they are trying to break the trends       show that we’re better.”
year, picking up multiple wins in        team, while the upperclassmen            ple,” says sophomore,                               chance.                         among Gloucester High School                  Within the trophy cases that line
their regular season for the first       will keep the team’s morale up by        Jessica Jones.
                                                                                                                    - Karsyn Wass.        “...it’s not all about      sports. Whether they win or not,          the school’s hallways, the trophies
time in years. Many believe that         helping them to remain strong and             They also are re-                              hard work.” says                they get something out of it. A win       are mainly from the same teams
this year’s team will be even bet-       inspired.                                sponsible for helping                               Wass,        “ We need          equals a “natural high” for Karsyn        that consistently have winning re-
ter, including junior, Chris Morgan.          There is a lot of talent among      younger athletes get used to the team chemistry and to have fun.”                   and brings energy to Jessica. But         cords. Girls basketball feels that it
“I think this year’s team will be bet-   the individuals on the Varsity and       atmosphere and making sure they             The Lady Dukes may be gain-             a loss provides Colleen with moti-        is time for a change; they want to
ter than last year’s because we          JV teams, whether reflected by the       know they have their support. In ing new b-ballers, but they must fill              vation to try harder to prove they        win and make it so that room has
have a very strong chemistry on          scoreboard or not.                       return, the younger players are the positions of those seniors lost                 can beat their opponent.                  to be made for the rewards they
and off the court. Our outstand-               “We all have the potential to      encouragers because they assist at the end of last season.                               “After a loss I’m usually upset,     have been longing for. •
ing chemistry and offseason work         lead our team to victory,” tells         the older players during rough mo-         “We had great players last year,”        but more mad,” tells LeMay, “and
should add to a more successful
season,” explained Morgan.
       Chris should be right on the
money with these words. Even
though the top scoring threat on
                                                     Vroooom!                     its to graduate early. Wilson
                                                                                                                                  Sprints and strides                     One of the main events in win-        coach at Hampton University. He
the team, Shawn Smith, graduated                      Elle Reid                   opted for summer school to gain                       Logan George                 ter track is the mile run. However,        has come up with new, consistent
last year, there are many returning                                               the last credits he needed, and                                                    it’s not like the one you do in gym        workouts to exercise the team.
players. Seniors, Shamar Marsh,                    Managing Editor                graduated that summer. Wilson                           Staff Writer               class; it is a lot harder. Jacob says,     That’s important to train them for all
JB Bennett, and AJ Hamilton, as                                                      participated in Latin Club as                                                   “Winter track is very competitive.         three types of competition: sprints,
well as juniors, Chris Morgan and                                                 a freshman, and during his                      Track is a year-round sport. In Someone is constantly on your                 distance races, and relays.”
Davont’e Smith, will be leading the            Most people move on from
                                         Gloucester High to pursue degrees,       sophomore year here at GHS, he             summer, athletes can run and jump tail.” Jacob did track last year, and                   Coach Perrin works hard to
team this season. Also, there are a                                               played the junior varsity football team.   in track and field; in autumn, cross is planning on doing it again this            help runners push their own limits.
few talented JV players rising up to     master a trade, and start a career.
                                         Some start families and use the                    From there, he attended          country plays the part. Now, in the year. Last year, Cheatham quali-               By practicing every day, the whole
the varsity level this season.                                                    Rappahannock Community Col-                winter, indoor track keeps runners fied for districts and got 5:29 on              team improves to become one of
      Another factor that will be as-    lessons they learned in high school
                                         to begin a new life. One person,         lege and obtained a certification in       warmed up.                              the mile, and he wants to do it            the best teams in the district. When
sisting the Dukes to a great season                                               Information Technology. Wilson                 Track is one of the most popular again or do better if he can.                 it is time to compete for a real
this year is not a particular player,    Steve Wilson, chose a different path.
                                                    Gloucester High alumni        took dual enrollment classes his           sports in the high school; the cross          Logan Pitchford, a junior, had       meet, the team leaves for the Boo
new equipment, or anything of that                                                junior year and spent two more             country team has                                            a good year in         Williams Sportsplex. They have a
nature. No, this advantage comes         Steven Wilson has lent a hand in
                                                                                  years at RCC. He worked part               a large squad.                                              indoor track last      big track built specifically for large,
straight from the halls of GHS. The      saving a former NASCAR racetrack in                                                                            “Our team has many
                                         Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His          time for Gloucester County in              Indoor track also                                           winter. He got on      competitive sports events.
atmosphere of the gym is intimidat-                                               the IT department from 2002 to             has a big team,
                                                                                                                                                      healthy athletes, with very the first team on                 “The Sportsplex is a good place.
ing to the opponent, and is sure to      efforts were bounced off from                                                                                     few exceptions.”
                                         New Yorker Rob Marsden. Mars-            2005, and took up a permanent              about the size of                                           the district squad.    It has a good surface. It’s not the
rattle the visitors this season.                                                  career in Williamsburg-James               the track and field               -Jacob Cheatham Logan also made                  best, but I’m glad we have it,” said
                                         den created Save the Speedway
                                                                                  City County’s IT department.               team. “Our team                                             the     All-District   Coach Perrin. “We have possible
“Our outstanding chemistry and           after driving by the track. He then
                                                                                         Wilson, now 27, is in charge        has many healthy                                            team in cross          invitational events at Virginia Tech,
offseason work should add to a           started a website devoted to
                                                                                  of Public Relations of Save the            athletes, with very few excep- country, along with Cameron                         CNU, and maybe and New York.
   more successful season.”              re-opening      the    track.    Wil-
                                         son found the website and                Speedway. He is also the treasurer         tions,” says Jacob Cheatham, a Cross and several others. This                      We will need to work hard.” Most
                -Chris Morgan                                                     and webmaster for the company              sophomore. They run sprints and year, however, Logan is not taking                 of the regular events are at the
                                         contacted        Marsden,        and
                                         together they grabbed more sup-          that was responsible for re-opening        long distance races indoors. To get part in competitions, so he will be            Sportsplex. It is a short drive from
      In fact, HRVarsity.com had a                                                the track. Wilson has combined his         ready for the upcoming season, cheering them on from the stands.                   here to Hampton, so go out and
poll at the end of last season, and      port and obtained a lease to buy the
                                         track. The track closed in 1996,         love of technology and his passion         everyone is on the track each day. Even though some players are not                support our speedsters sometime.
GHS was voted as the toughest                                                     for NASCAR in Save the Speedway.           Some players do it to stay in shape returning, the team still gets an im-          Conditioning has just started, so if
gym to play in for visiting teams,       and for the first time in fourteen
                                         years, it was open on September 4.           “It has also given me the oppor-       for spring sports, or keep running portant new addition.                           you want to try out for the team,
due to our student section. This                                                  tunity to build and maintain website       for the fun. Coaches Perrin and                “I think the coaching staff is      start going to get in shape. Anyone
is known as the “sixth man” ef-                    Steve Wilson graduated
                                         Gloucester High in 1999. At only         for a NASCAR Champion and his              Sujansky lead the boys and girls going to shine,” says Coach Per-                  can try out, but it will take a huge
fect, meaning that the intensity of                                               businesses,” says Wilson. •                teams respectively, pushing the rin. “We have a new addition, Mr.                  effort and tons of commitment to
the home crowd gives their team a        sixteen, he had enough cred-
                                                                                                                             runners to their limits.                David Boyd. He was a former head           stay on the team. •
spectacular advantage.
                                         Continued from front page


                                                                     JV Football’s historic year
      Basically, the home crowd at
Gloucester High is so ridiculous,
the team might as well have a sixth
man on the court. It is obvious that
the fans take pride in helping GHS       One player may start as the running back but       spire players to try their hardest and push                                                               touchdown to win the game. So yes, the Pa-
win, and that trend is sure to con-      also play as a safety and punt returner. By        their limits. Cross Country shirts say, “Hap-                                                             triots were unbeaten in the regular season
tinue this year, hopefully in even       doing this, Head Coach Ryan Wenner helps           piness is pushing your limits and watching                                                                and playoffs, but they were not invincible.
greater force.                           round out the players’ skills for when they        them back down.” This applies to anything                                                                        The play they run the most in practice
       “The fans will have a great       move up to the Varsity level.                      in life: sports, school, and anything else. The                                                           is the triple option. Basically, three receivers
effect on us this year. They get ev-         The coaching staff has also done their fair    Junior Varsity team thrives on good coaches,                                                              run routes while the QB watches the field. If
eryone hyped, creating a college         share with the future superstars. In the locker    great players, and an unlimited amount of                                                                 a receiver gets open, the QB can pass it to
atmosphere, and they mentally ef-        room before games, the coaches give mo-            inspiration.                                                                                              him. When the defense is busy applying tight
fect our opponents,” says Morgan.        tivational speeches. “[Coach Wenner] tells                Some games were harder than others.                                                                coverage, leaving no receiver open, the QB
        The basketball program at        us that other teams are in our way to mak-         “Our toughest game was the Heritage game,”                                                                can scramble out of the pocket and run. “This
Gloucester High School has seen          ing history,” tells Robert Leso, a sophomore.      says Thompson. “We had to come back 18                                                                    play makes up about 75% of our playbook,”
tough times, but clearly it is on a      With inspiration like that, it is no wonder that   points in the second half.” This just proves                                                              says Thompson.
rise now. Coach Morgan and his           Junior Varsity has had their best year in a        that even if a team is down, they are not                                                                 Since JV dies not have a playoff tournament
                                                                                                                                                 to get a 17-0 regular season record, and
players have been working hard for       long time.                                         always out (remember that, people who say                                                                 or any kind of postseason, their year is done.
                                                                                                                                                 stayed unbeaten through the playoffs. Over
the last couple of years, especially         Motivation is key in any sport, from soccer    that our team “sucks”). Also, just because                                                                Most players, however, return to football
                                                                                                                                                 the course of the season, the Pats had a few
this off-season. Hopefully they will     to tennis to golf. Without a reason to try and     a team wins a lot doesn’t mean they are                                                                   each year, so expect to see some familiar
                                                                                                                                                 close calls, but managed to pull through. But
get to see their efforts materialize     win, why play? Coaches work to improve             invincible. For example, several years ago,                                                               faces in newspapers for years to come. And
                                                                                                                                                 as the clock ticked down in the Super Bowl’s
this season. •                           skills on the field, but they also work to in-     the New England Patriots were the first team                                                              next year, things will be different. •
                                                                                                                                                 game clock, the New York Giants scored a
                            Monday, November 22, 2010
                                                                                                           Op-Ed                                               Vol. 35 Issue 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5



       Please and thank you?
            Katie Smith

             Staff Writer
                                         and are famous. Also, because of
                                         that money and the status of fame,
                                         we hold celebrities so high that
                                         they are practically gods and that
                                                                                    for the fact that we want to be part
                                                                                    of the herd. But wait, isn’t that
                                                                                    going against our original thoughts
                                                                                    of being unique? The truth is that a                  Dukes’
                                                                                                                                         Discourse
                                         everything they do we must copy,           person who does not cuss is more
                                         including the scandalous affairs           unique than anyone who opens
                                         and illegal drugs that they do pub-        their mouth and just cusses up the
                                         licly so they can make more money          wall.
                                         and have more fans. Having no                   How many people do you
                                         care on how it would affect those          know that doesn’t use one bit of
                                         that they inspire, only thinking           profanity? Basically all of uses at
                                         about their own profit. Great role         least on cuss word per week, and
                                         models, huh?                               you wonder why the elderly fuss at
                                              Take for example, that on             us to start acting mannerly. Morals
                                         any school day going from one              have been rapidly on the down

    Recently, morals have been
                                         class to another, you can probably
                                         hear seven different people using
                                                                                    fall, if you look back to the 40’s
                                                                                    you will see that not many people
                                                                                                                                                 “Where would you
unapparent in schools, let alone         profanity quite obnoxiously relating       would curse, and if someone did
in America. How long has it been
since you said please or thank
                                         what some actor/actress said on
                                         some movie or TV show they saw
                                                                                    it was taken much more seriously
                                                                                    than today. If a person our age
                                                                                                                                                  work, and why?”
you?                                     recently. Another reason someone           was caught using profanity they
    We are starting to assume that       would be cussing is that they are          probably couldn’t sit right for a few
everything people do for us, they        insulting someone behind their             days.
do for their pleasure and that it        back, which is rude by itself, but             Whether you are in school or
does not impose on them.                 adding cussing to that is just horri-      not, it doesn’t matter, cussing is
 How many of you thank your              ble.Its not only the verbal profanity      just a crutch to cover up ignorance                                                     “I want to work in the
teachers when they hand out work-        thats bad, have you looked at our          and the fact of having no manners
sheets or even your classmates           bathroom stalls recently? I mean if        is just uncouth. When it comes to                                                     waste management place
when they hand the work sheets
back? When we were smaller we
                                         you take the time to write a insult
                                         at least be original about it. Have
                                                                                    rude behavior you should keep it at
                                                                                    home. If you don’t have the control
                                                                                                                                                                           because I want to help
always were expected to be polite        you ever tried to seriously insult         to not cuss in public places then                                                     my community picking up
and respectful, but as we grew           someone without cussing? We are            please cuss quietly, most people
up in the American environment,          so used to cussing that most of us         don’t appreciate it when some-                                                                 trash...”
our morals that we held so highly,       probably heard our first cuss word         one starts yelling cuss words in
rapidly fell. Now, most use please       in our elementary years.                   public. In fact if you start cussing
and thank you less than impolite              I remember when my peers              profoundly in public then you can
crude cuss words whcich are quite        started cussing; it was in seventh         be charged for a class 4 misde-                                                             -Brianna Lee, Junior
the opposite.                            grade, and when we entered high            meanor. Also, remember that you
    Not only are manners nonex-          school we started to cuss even             should start to try to be more polite
istent, but cussing and rude behav-
iors in public are tremendously
                                         more, trying to show our maturity
                                         when really it was showing our
                                                                                    because in about 10 years you’re
                                                                                    going to have kids and you don’t
                                                                                                                                    “I would like to work
increasing. Due to all the violence,     immaturity. When we entered high           want them to be heathens because               in the music industry
nudity, and harsh language on            school we also started cussing             you raised them in a crude envi-
television, music, and other media,      because it is expected of us from          ronment.•                                          because I’m an
we deem it cool to copy them             our peers since most of them
because they make a lot of money         already started, and we often cuss                                                           amazing rapper.”

                              Upon arrival                                                                                        -Austin Farina, Junior
                                         young adults that colleges expect          all the more challenging, probably
           Ryan Wheless                  us to be. (Personally, I cannot            even more so than getting there;

            Layout Editor
                                         count the number of times I’ve
                                         used the phrase “because it looks
                                                                                    yet, no one warns you or gives you
                                                                                    instructions on how to deal with                                                             “I think it’d be really
                                         good on college applications” to
                                         explain why I took a certain course
                                                                                    these dilemmas.
                                                                                         It’s really easy to tell someone
                                                                                                                                                                               fun to work at the Short
                                         or participated in certain activities.)    what the requirements are to get a                                                         Lane ice cream shop...I
                                         And till now, I have been content          bachelor’s degree or recommend
                                         following these procedures I have          which classes to take, but what                                                             think it would be really
                                         learned to perfect.                        happens when you cannot deal
                                              But now that I’m entering the         with it emotionally. So when I’m                                                                      cool.”
                                         second quarter of my junior year           realizing that the housing depart-
                                         and I can see my the end of my             ment clearly assigned me a ques-
                                         high school career fast approach-          tionable roommate purely for their
      College has been my destina-       ing (the light at the end of this long     own amusement, or I’m lost in the                                                             -Audrey Jolly, Sophomore
tion since the day everyone started      tunnel), just knowing how to get           middle of campus trying to learn
talking about my “future,” long          to college is not enough. I need           my way around, who do I turn to
before I had given it much thought.      to know what it is going to be like        when the people I trust most are
Luckily, with a lot advice, I was        once I get to this place that I’ve         hundreds of miles away experienc-              “I want to work at a
able to make a detailed list of the      been working so vigorously to get          ing the same exact things? I highly
things I needed to accomplish up         to for the past three years. I need        doubt that someone will be handing            cafe place when I get
until the point of getting into col-
lege; however, the advice started
                                         a new set of guidelines to study
                                         and prepare for.
                                                                                    out Worst Case Scenario: College
                                                                                    Edition pamphlets on move-in day,
                                                                                                                                 older because I want to
fading there. I realized that even
after all of these preparations, I’m
                                              Of course, I know the basics of
                                         college and have a very broad idea
                                                                                    so what exactly is the answer?
                                                                                         Experience it. I suppose that
                                                                                                                                    make smoothies.”
still left with a great deal of uncer-   of what it will be like; the same          would be the most logical answer
tainty and one important question:       vision other high school students          possible. Although it’s not the
what exactly happens once I get          most likely have. I know I’ll have         solution I had hoped for, I now
there?                                   more freedom, be living on my              realize that the reason no one            -Dez’re Maynora-Peters, Sophomore
      By the time we entered high        own, juggle even more strenuous            ever stopped to explain this part
school, those of us who were             and involved classes, and meet             of the journey is because in these
college-bound had been trained,          many new types of people, but              situations “results may vary.” No
in a way. After listening to our         how exactly am I supposed to tran-         two people have the same experi-
counselors, teachers, and parents,       sition from the life of a high school      ences, and therefore I must sit it                                                       “I want to work in New
we were sure of two facts. The first     student to a collegiate lifestyle. For     out and wait until it’s my turn to
being that college was the inevita-      the typical high school student,           experience it for myself. Unfortu-                                                       York for fashion, in the
ble next step following high school.     the past eleven or twelve years            nately, anxiety isn’t something I’ve
And the second being that it was         have followed an expected and              mastered yet.                                                                                fashion industry,
going to require a certain amount
of academic effort to get there.
                                         manageable pattern that has not
                                         yet been broken. With the same
                                                                                         In the end, I guess it’s all part
                                                                                    of that growing up thing that I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                             because I love fashion,
With these two rules in mind, we         familiar surroundings and peers,           been trying to avoid, but truly can’t                                                     and I would enjoy it.”
filled our schedules with as many        the start of each year of school           put off any longer. It’s time to learn
honors, Dual Enrollment, and AP          gradually gets easier and more             things without instructions and start
classes as possible, took part in        predictable. College destroys this         making decisions based on my
the extra-curriculars that would         pattern. Foreign places, strangers         own judgments. And although I re-                                                        -Forrest Eversole, sophomore
make our applications shine, and         for neighbors, and new expecta-            alize this now, a “College Prepara-
attempted to be the well-rounded         tions make this transitioning period       tion” course would be nice. •



                  Stop complaining                                                                                                                  Dukes’ Dispatch
                                                                                                                                                               Editor-In-Chief
                                              If you have ever had these            very nice and is kept well by our                                           Larkin Stone
            Larkin Stone                 concerns, or any for that matter,          custodians.                                 Student Life Team                                                Web Design Team
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                                                                                                                                  Taylor Clarke            Print Managing Editor                  Drew Anderson
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                                         mentioned earlier, let’s think about       four years ago. It has shown me              Danielle Moore               Amber Phelps                       Jermey Humphrey
                                         what GHS has actually done for             something I love (the newspaper
                                         us.                                        you are reading this very moment),             Layout Team                 Layout Editor                        Staff Advisor
                                              Our lunch ladies serve us good        I have met many friends here, I                                            Ryan Wheless                           Ms. Riley
                                         food every day with nothing but            have had some excellent teachers,            Jessica Edington
                                         smiles. Try making small-talk and          and have made memories that will          Jordan Cheresnowsky
                                         being polite; it really goes a long        last a lifetime.
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                          Monday, November 22, 2010                                    Entertainment                                                                        Vol. 35 Issue 3




          A phenomenon comes to an end           has sparked the imagination of millions                There are few films that follow their       eryone in the world. He went up against        maintain the close friendships that he has
               Amber Phelps                      and with the release of the first half of the    book counterparts as well as the Harry            Lord Voldemort in his first year of school     made over the span of seven years. But
                                                 seventh movie this November, Harry Pot-          Potter movies have been converted from            at Hogwarts and proceeds to confront the       growing up with the world is not the only
              Managing Editor                    ter still remains to be a dominator in both      page to screen. Part of the success of the        Dark Lord throughout his teenage years.        thing that Mr. Potter and his legacy have
                                                 literature and film.                             films can be accredited to the change of          But even though most people find it hard to    left on people. The evidence of the series
      It’s been twelve years since the re-            Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,      directors throughout the past few years.          relate to using the powers of a magic wand     can be seen everywhere. Children still
lease of British-native J. K. Rowling’s book     first released as Harry Potter and the Phi-      Each film has a different aspect than the         to ward off deadly wizards, J.K. Rowling       dress up as Hermione and Ron Weasley,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Lit-      losopher’s Stone, was Rowling’s big break        previous one. Chris Columbus, the director        made sure that Harry still retained those      the books’ acclaim is still widely known, the
tle did Rowling know then, but her story         into the literary world. The story follows the   of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone          stereotypical post-puberty traits. As Har-     movies are, presently, the highest grossing
about the boy who lived would become a           life of an eleven-year-old boy named Harry       and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Se-           ry moves towards adulthood, he has the         series films in history, and more recently,
worldwide phenomenon and end up defin-           Potter who lives with his aunt, uncle, and       crets, had a very different look and feel         awkward experiences that come with first       college campuses and certain high schools
ing a generation. Harry Potter has become        bossy cousin after the death of his mother                   than the third film, Harry Potter     love. From his first kiss with                 have incorporated a Quidditch program, in
                              so much more       and father. His life takes a drastic change                      and the Prisoner of Azka-         Cho Chang to the start of his                  which students can participate in a similar
                               than a book       when Harry learns that he has been in-                             ban, which was directed         romance with Ron’s sister,                       version of the game. Minus the broom-
                                character that   vited to attend Hogwarts, a school for                              by Alfonso Cuarón. But         Ginny, it has become obvi-                       sticks, of course.
                                exists purely    witches and wizards. From that point on,                             miraculously, although        ous that in a world of fan-                           So what will the world do without the
                               for entertain-    Harry learns the dramatic demise of his                              most of the films do          tasy does have some realistic                    most famous wizard of all time? After the
                              ment purposes,     parents who were killed by the Dark Lord                            have different directors,      traits.                                             release of the last movie next summer,
                              but he has         Voldemort.                                                         they all mesh together             The connection that this gener-                     Harry’s story will be complete and
                             become a part             The next six books of the Harry Potter                      very well.                       ation makes with the Harry Pot-                            the characters will all become a
                           of worldwide cul-     series expose hidden secrets, dangerous                              Harry Potter’s life has       ter series is one of mutual un-                                 part of history. But one thing
                          ture. For twelve       adventures, and brings the three friends                              been anything but            derstanding. Although Harry                                     that will never change is the
                          years, the boy with    of the series, Harry, Ron Weasley, and                                    subtle over the          is often in the grip of death,                                  impact that J. K. Rowling’s
                                 glasses and     Hermione Granger, closer than they                                         past 11 years that      he understands the hard-                                        masterpiece has had one
                                 the lightning   were when they first had their awk-                                        he’s been a part        ships of school work                                            everyone who encountered
                                 shaped scar     ward meeting.                                                              of the lives of ev-     along with trying to                                            this remarkable story. •




        Giants snag series                                                                                                        A shot in the dark
                                                         more pitchers relieved Holland, the Giants scored six
                    Danielle Moore

                        Staff Writer
                                                         more runs, only two earned, ending the game a 9-0.
                                                             For game three in Texas, the Rangers fared a little
                                                         better. Each RBI earned in this game was scored
                                                                                                                                 Black Ops comes out on top
                                                         by homeruns. After a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the                                                                            appoint. However, the system itself might be a little
      Both of last year’s World Series contenders were eighth for the Rangers, Neftali Feliz was sent in and                                      Taylor Clarke                        overwhelming at first, especially if you are a noob.
out of the running after two surprising victories made pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure the Rangers’                                      Logan George                         The most significant change is the introduction of
against the New York Yankees and The Philadelphia only victory.                                                                                                                        CoD points. They are money used in multiplayer to
Phillies. The San Francisco Giants and the Texas              The fourth game continued in Texas and the Gi-                                      Staff Writers                        buy guns, perks, killstreaks, attachments, emblems,
Rangers, teams that often fly under the                                ants started with rookie-pitcher Madi-                                                                          and more. CoD points are earned by leveling ups, do-
radar, made a historic appearance in                                      son Bumgarner against the Rangers’                   Many things can be said about Call of Duty: Black       ing challenges called Contracts, and getting kills and
the 106th World Series Champion-                                           Tommy Hunter. Bumgarner did a                  Ops. What started off as a solid WWII game has trans-        winning certain game types. Be careful what you buy;
ship. The Giants eventually                                                    spectacular job for San Francis-           formed into what some would say is the best-selling          there are no refunds, so choose wisely. The designers
came out on top with a                                                                 co, pitching eight shutout         game series of all time. Call of Duty: Black Ops is the      did this so people gain skill with certain guns.
4-1 win, and scored                                                                        innings and only al-           new installment to the series.                                                              One more addition; there
their first Series                                                                          lowing the Rangers            It has been highly anticipated,                                                     are fifteen levels of Prestige. To
since 1954. While                                                                            to make three hits.          considering 5.6 million copies                                                      Prestige, you must reach a cer-
both teams played                                                                            Ultimately the Gi-           were sold on the first day. This                                                    tain level then choose to Pres-
well, the superb pitch-                                                                      ants made an im-             is a big number; Modern War-                                                        tige. A rumor is going around
ing skills of the Giants is                                                                 pressive win with four        fare 2 sold 4.6 the first day.                                                      that every time you Prestige, the
the reason behind what                                                                   runs made Aubrey Hoff,           Also, Black Ops has set a new                                                       game adds five more levels until
ultimately won the team                                                               Buster Posey, and Andrés            profit record: $360,000,000                                                         the next Prestige. For example,
their victory.                                                                      Torres.                               in the first day of sales. But                                                      to reach first Prestige, you need
      Game One was a com-                                                                Game Five started with           despite all the new records, is                                                     to reach level fifty. Then to reach
plete mess. Both teams made                                                       the pitching match of Game              Black Ops worth it?                                                                 the next Prestige, you must get
several errors throughout the                                                 one, Cliff Lee against Tim Lince-                  Call of Duty: Black Ops                                                      to level fifty-five. However, this
game. However Rangers’ pitcher                                                cum. The Rangers needed this                highly resembles MW2, almost                                                        rumor have proved false. When
Cliff Lee gave away too many runs                                           home win to survive in the series             to the “T.” There is no change in graphics and nothing       you Prestige, you lose all your guns and attachments
at the beginning, seven, making it                                           since they were already down two             was revamped. On a good note, the Campaign portion           and start over at level one, but most players agree that
difficult for the Rangers to catch                                               games. The prospects looked              of the game does the job over and over again. This           it’s worth it.
up. Many of Lee’s pitches                                                        good until after the sixth, with         could easily be the best storyline that Infinity Ward              The rating of this game from gamers, however,
were wild, hitting the outside of     “The San Francisco Giants and the          both pitchers shutting out hitters       (the developers of the Modern Warfare series) and            shocks. Black Ops was rated lower in all categories
the base too many times. While        Texas Rangers, teams that often fly each inning. At the top of the                  Treyarch (the developers of this game) have ever             compared to Modern Warfare and its sequel. The rea-
Giants’ pitcher Tim Lincecum         under the radar, made a historic ap- seventh, Giants Cody Ross and                   made. With all-star voice actors, including Sam Wor-         son is probably due to little visual changes and a dif-
didn’t fare much better, how-        pearance in the 106th World Series Juan Uribe singled and made                       thington (Avatar), Gary Oldman (Book of Eli), and Ed         ferent, more complex, multiplayer system. Most play-
                                                                                                                          Harris (Radio), the characters show extra depth. The         ers at GHS agree that it lives up to the hype (I only
ever he was the major benefi-                    Championship.”                 two base hits. After Lee struck
ciary to the offense. The Giants                                                out the next two hitters, Giants          plot gives you the feeling of running a covert operation     know two people that didn’t like it). So all in all, the
came out on top, winning the game 11-7.                  shortstop Edgar Renteria became an unlikely hero af-             in Vietnam or Korea.                                         game is worth the $59.99. •
     Game Two continued in San Francisco and to say ter hitting a home run, putting the Giants up 3-0. In                     There are twists and turns in the plot and some lev-
the least, the Rangers didn’t do too well. The score the bottom of the seventh, Ranger Nelson Cruz scored                 els are better than others. Sometimes the plot seems
was 1-0 Giants at the bottom of the fifth inning, and a solo home run that cut the slump to 3-1. However                  to get bogged down and slightly disjointed during the
eventually San Francisco scored another run due to Tim Lincecum ended the inning with two strikeouts. In                  middle. But unlike MW2, Black Ops does a good job
a walk in the seventh. By the eighth inning, Darren the eighth inning, both pitchers ended with no gains.                 at tying up loose ends by the finale. Since it is based
O’Day was sent in to relieve Texas pitcher CJ Wil- The Giants sent Brian Wilson in to relieve Tim Lince-                  on real events, the plot is easier to understand. Even
son. After two strike-outs, Giants rookie catcher Buster cum who struckout Josh Hamilton, Vladmir Guerrero,               though the plot is easy to follow, the level design isn’t.
Posey singled up the middle, and subsequently O’Day and Nelson Cruz, ending the game.                                     On one mission, called S.O.G., the game doesn’t
was taken out and replaced by Derek Holland. Holland San Francisco made a spectacular triumph over the                    plainly state where to go; it is really easy to get lost
then walked both Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ross, Rangers, making Texas the first team since 1966 to                       and misdirected. Most levels, however, are good and
loading the bases. He then walked Huff, who forced be almost completely shut out during the World Se-                     well composed.
one RBI increasing the Giants lead to 3-0. After two ries. •                                                                   Now I know most of you out there are interested
                                                                                                                          in the online play. I’ll tell you, Black Ops doesn’t dis-
                         Monday, November 22, 2010                                  Entertainment                                                                       Vol. 35 Issue 3
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                                                   Musical musings




                               Danielle Moore                                                             Tatyana White-Jenkins                                                              Jessica Edington

                                  Staff Writer                                                                   Staff Writer                                                                   Staff Writer

         CD Title: Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager                                CD Title: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy                                                  CD Title: Speak Now
                             Artist: Kid Cudi                                                             Artist: Kanye West                                                                Artist:Taylor Swift
                            Genre: Hip-Hop                                                                  Genre: Hip-Hop                                                                     Genre: Pop
                             Price: $15.99                                                                   Price: $9.99                                                                     Price: 13.99

                    Our Rating:                                                                    Our Rating:                                                                      Our Rating:


“Not exactly like his first album, but his blend of hip-hop and alternative     “It is a great album and it certainly breaks boundaries, but that is what         “All of the songs on Speak Now are incredibly personal, and come
 is something purely original. Kind of creepy, but something about his                             you would expect from Kanye West.”                                            straight from influences in Taylor’s life.”
                             words are profound.”

      On the cover of Man on the Moon II: the Legend of Mr. Rager, Kid              From the moment the world heard Kanye West was coming out with                  Taylor Swift claims her new album, Speak Now, is a musical diary of
Cudi is slouching over in a chair. Rightfully so, he’s been a slave to the     his fifth studio album, the anticipation rose. And as singles for his album     the past few years of her life, and it shows. Her past two albums, Fearless
recording studio for the past several months. It’s been a little over two      were released, the expectations started to climb. Kanye West has always         and her self-titled debut, Taylor Swift, have been wildly successful and
years since the rapper’s hit Day’n’Night hit the main stream, and with this    been known to push the envelope with his albums, and his new album My           embraced by the young demographic. Of course, she was young when
follow-up to the first Man on the Moon album, Cudi is proving that he’s        Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is no different.                                 she produced these albums, only 16 when Taylor Swift was released and
back and original as ever.                                                           With his last studio album, 808’s and Heartbreaks, he rose above          18 when Fearless came out. All of Taylor’s albums are characteristically
    Dreams and nightmares were the focus of Cudi’s last album. However         the death of his mother and used his pain to inspire him, which is very         autobiographical, and at the age of 20, this is the most adult album yet,
in his new one, he maintains his attention on the reality of those dreams      similar to what he did for this album. He put his past behind him and took      with far less of the playful and youthful undertones.
and nightmares. Both of which probably pertain to the untimely death of        a break in Hawaii to get his act together and focus on the music, and it             For those who were a fan of Taylor’s old music, this album will most
his father and uncle, who both succumbed to cancer, and his major drug         certainly helped.                                                               likely come as a surprise. Swift has been straddling the fine line between
habit that he recently has claimed to beat. Throughout the album Kid Cudi          The first single for the album, “Power,” definitely set the tone for what   country and pop for a while now, and it seems as if on this album she has
is attempting to reach reason again, and Mr. Rager questions the fact          was in store for the upcoming album. The single was without a doubt im-         finally decided to abandon the boots and hat. Only one track on the album,
of whether or not Kid Cudi has escaped his problems sane. The “lonely          pressive and showed that Kanye was definitely back. It immediately rose         “Mean,” has even a vaguely country sound, which is good news for the
stoner” makes it clear that he’d rather follow the beat to his own drum than   to the top of the charts and some believed it was one of his best singles       those that wish Taylor would drop the “country girl” act already, but will
be the protégé of conventional hip-hop.                                        yet. The second single for the album “Runaway” was debuted at the 2010          upset those who enjoyed and respected the artist sticking to her roots.
     Most of the album’s production line-up lies squarely on the shoulders     VMAs. Following the single, a thirty-five minute music video/short film              Of course, an overwhelming majority of the songs on Speak Now are
of Kid Cudi favorites from the start of his career, Plain Pat and Emile. But   was released, which is included in the deluxe edition of the album.             about relationships, Swift’s favorite topic. These range from classic love
fear not Kanye fans, the outspoken rapper is featured in the debut song,            Like the album’s opening track “Dark Fantasy” and other great songs        songs to laments about relationships lost, along with Taylor’s charac-
Erase Me. Unexpectedly, the song jumped to the top of the charts. And          like “Devil in a New Dress,”, “Gorgeous” featuring Kid Cudi, and “Mon-          teristic angry revenge song (aptly titled “Better than Revenge”) and the
honestly, the fact that Kanye is in only one song is the biggest disappoint-   ster,” which he collaborates with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. The        catchy tune in which she begs some boy to leave the mean, evil girl he
ment. Man on the Moon II isn’t exactly the old Kid Cudi I was expecting,       short film and album closes with the song “Lost in the World,” which is         is with. On the last album, this was the widely played “You Belong with
but the mix of hip hop and alternative gives his music a much more inter-      probably one of the most beautiful songs on the album. And that’s not           Me,” with the story set in high school; this time around, it’s the title track,
esting sound. The physcadelic mix of background beats drains out over          something you usually hear about songs in this genre, which shows how           “Speak Now,” the tale of a girl who barges in on a wedding and speaks
the words he raps in each and every song. “Mojo So Dope” and “All Along”       great of an artist Kanye West truly is.                                         her peace. Again, the distinct division between youth and adulthood is
are the best racks on the set list.                                                So should you go out and get Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted         evident. Also included are some apologetic songs, a fairly new genre for
     “The End” is unfortunately a hint to what may make the Legend of Mr.      Fantasy? Well, I would highly recommend it. If you are a Kanye fan and          the proud Swift.
Rager Kid Cudi’s last hip hop album for a long time. In recent interviews      have liked his past albums, then you will definitely love this one. And even          All of the songs on Speak Now are incredibly personal, and come
the rapper admitted that he no longer gets “that high” of rapping and now      if you aren’t a Kanye West fan, this album is very different in terms of        straight from influences in Taylor’s life. They don’t have quite the univer-
has a passion for singing, which he makes obvious in his guitar-driven         sound which gives it a unique feel so it is very likable. It is a great album   sal appeal of much of her older music, but then again, it is a much more
debut single. • However Kid Cudi is known for his amazing style, so it’s       and it certainly breaks boundaries, but that is what you would expect from      honest look into the singer’s life, which many listeners may appreciate. •
certain that whatever he comes out with next will be great. •                  Kanye West. •




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                                                                               Sports Star:
                                                        Runs cross country and plays soccer with the Wisk Men’s Team.
                                                        He is on the wrestling team, and will try out for the GHS
                                                                                 soccer team.


                                                                               Future Plans:
                                                        Wants to go to UVA, but unsure of what to major in. He may
                                                        possibly have a focus in English or History. Pitchford does not
                                                                  plan on being on any college sports teams.




                   Favorite Movies:
    Inception, Gangs in New York, Lost in Translation


                    Favorite foods:
        Bread, Pasta, Starbursts, Apples, Raisins



                Favorite TV Shows:
         Tosh.O, Fantasy Factory, Man v. Wild



                Favorite Musicians:
         Inucubus, B.O.B., Death Cab for Cutie,
                   System of a Down

								
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