April 2011

Volume 48, Issue 7 | April 15, 2011

Reveille anchors arts fesitivites

The newly revived literary magazine, Reveille, has been actively working out ways to publicize their annual magazine and is hosting their first-ever creative arts festival today.

The main purpose of it is to “try to raise community and student awareness,” sponsor and English teacher Joyana Peters said. The event will also help raise money to keep the club going.

However, a challenge the club is facing is that it is “having a hard time raising money to put into the festival even before [they] could get anything out of it,” Peters said.

FCPS votes to cut test fees

After nearly a year of controversy and a legal opinion that ultimately escalated the decision to its final outcome, the FCPS School Board voted to refund approximately $2 million in fees collected to cover IB and AP exams on March 25.

This decision was largely in response to Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli’s official opinion on Jan. 28 that charging students for an exam that is a required part of a course is illegal.

According to IB coordinator Carlota Shewchuck, Cuccinelli “works closely with the school board and all of Fairfax County’s affairs.”

Suicides raise discipline questions

According to school resource officer Tom Harrington, four Marshall students became involved in an incident involving illegal drug possession on Marshall grounds on March 17. The FCPS Student Responsibilities and Rights (SR&R) states that if any illegal drug or imitation illegal drug is possessed on school grounds, a mandatory ten-day suspension from school and recommendation for expulsion must be issued to the student and the incident must be reported to the police who may press criminal charges.

Scientists score second at state science fair

Between a Special Award from the Society of In-vitro Biology and second place in their category, the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair proved productive for juniors Abby Schneider and Sarah Quattrocki.

The pair, along with another team of Alison Lenert and Mili Mittal, competed on April 2 at Old Dominion University at the state science fair competition. Both teams were grand prize winners at Marshall’s science fair and placed first at the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 20.

Seniors bid a farewell to MUN at Chapel Hill

Coming home from a weekend in North Carolina, the Model United Nations (MUN) team won Best Large School, two gavels and other awards for individual delegates.

These achievements took place at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Conference from April 1 to 3.

Juniors Brian Potter and Karthik Kumarappan won a gavel, the highest award for a delegate, while representing Portugal in the General Assembly Committee.

Junior Bruce Ferguson also won a gavel for representing Yemen in the Interpol Committee.

Statesmen spearhead business education program

JA in a Day is the first of its kind. Junior Achievement (JA) is a national organization dedicated to teaching elementary schoolers about financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship. Marshall’s IB business program, however, is the first to adapt the JA program in such a way that high schoolers can teach it entirely in a day—as opposed to one session a week for six weeks.

“It was a huge deal,” IB Business teacher Rebekah Glasbrenner said.

Elephant Jumps makes taste buds leap for joy

Elephant Jumps, a Thai restaurant in the Yorktown shopping center across from Luther Jackson Middle School, has been in business for a year. It had gone unnoticed by us until now. The restaurant features a variety of traditional but innovative Thai dishes.


Desserts dominate teacher’s lunch time

“Expect the unexpected,” IB economics teacher Katherine Peyton said as she and her colleague, theatre teacher Trena Wiess-Null, dined on the culinary arts students’ latest creations.

Walking into the makeshift dining room, Peyton headed toward the dessert table and first sampled a brownie drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce and ice cream, which was topped off with whipped cream.

Senior Andrew Rampy, an academy student from McLean High School, described the creation of desserts as a “canvas for a work of art.”

Point: Should Congress end funding for public media?

The end of publicly funded television and radio programming could be devastating for Americans. Perhaps that sounds hyperbolic, but it is not. Programs like National Public Radio (NPR), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) are not the entertainment-based, liberal subsidies that the conservatives in Congress pretend they are. In fact, they provide vital services to all Americans.

Counterpoint: Should Congress end funding for public media?

Publicly funded television and radio programing has become a waste of money for our government. What with heading the conflict in Libya and the war we have in the Middle East we can not be wasting money on public programs.

Closing nuclear plants cannot solve Japanese crisis

The recent developments in the nuclear crisis in Japan have kept everyone at edge.

The Japanese government suspects that the water dropped in the nuclear plants to prevent temperature rises is slowly leaking out of the reactors and into the sea. Amidst these turn for the worst there has also been a ceaseless worry that about the spread of the radioactive air to nearby countries especially in the U.S. In one instance in Hawaii health stores were said to have run out of potassium iodide, which is known to protect from radioactive poisoning.

Japanese Americans feel effects of earthquakes in U.S.

Sophomore Tomiko Tamashiro Pardo lived in Japan for about six years before moving to the U.S. at the age of seven. Nine years later, on the morning of March 11, Tamashiro was woken by her father and led to the television where the Japanese news was broadcasting one of the most severe earthquakes in history.

Prince William students argue for right to leggings

As with any fashion fad, yoga pants have exploded into the fashion scene over the past few years.

While their presence in schools has generally been acceptable since gaining popularity among teenage girls, recent issues have arisen in regard to the tight-fitting leggings.

In March, a student at Battlefield High School in Prince William County was told that the yoga pants she was wearing violated the school’s dress code.

Presidential campaigns should not be publicity stunts

Donald Trump. A real estate mogul and host of Celebrity Apprentice ranked #420 overall and #137 in the US in the Forbes List of World’s Billionaires.

Sarah Palin. The ninth governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, John McCain’s vice presidential nominee in the 2008 election, author of Going Rogue, and host of the television show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Who is fit to run for the 2012 Republican nomination? Neither. Are both allegedly considering running for president?

Controversial English materials concern some

"I would like to think ... that parents trust their teachers’ judgment," English 10 and IB Film teacher Pierce Bello said. Bello said that he hopes "parents trust [him] to choose works of art both written and visual (for film) that teaches students something about life or about the curriculum."

Every year, the English Department works with parents who want to change the current curriculum or have their children read alternative texts.

"Well basically, I feel two ways about it. Obviously the teacher in me, I’ll be honest, gets somewhat defensive.

Invisible Children ought to revisit its budget

Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that helps find a peaceful solution for the longest running war in Africa. The money that is donated goes to spreading the awareness of the program and gaining support of the peace process, providing high quality programming for children and their families and developing a new generation of leaders in Uganda.

In order to best fulfill what they are trying to achieve, Invisible Children should spend more money for finding a peaceful solution that they want for Uganda.

Day of Silence to fight bullying website rules

To me the Day of Silence recognizes people from all walks of life who have suffered and continue to suffer from hate, bullying and intimidation. I remember as a freshman, seeing chalk-outlined figures on the floor of the lobby, being moved by the horrific accounts of the hate crimes. I am glad that this exhibition is continuing today. The relentless efforts of the Gay-Straight Alliance, especially Junior Zach Stahl and English teacher Martha Noone, have allowed this national event to occur at Marshall.

Evolution and FLE cause questions, little backlash

When an issue is so contentious that teachers have parents on both sides of the issue trying to influence curriculum, it can make the topic more "time-consuming" to teach, according to biology and IB Environmental Systems and Studies teacher Barbara Brown.

The biology curriculum dealing with evolution has resulted in response from students and parents both for and against its inclusion, Brown said. When a student in her class argued with her over evolution, she said it became difficult "to have to research the exact experiments, exact data."

Hanna, a modern tale written for spies

Thrillers have descended into a formula where you have a spy being hunted by some nameless intelligence agency. Hanna does not stray from this formula, yet the way Hanna’s story unfolds is simply breathtaking.

Hanna, played by Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), trains with her father, played by Eric Bana (Funny People), for most of her young life in order to prepare for her confrontation with Marissa, played by Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood).


Theatre presents social satire Earnestly

When Algernon Moncrieff implores his friend Jack Worthing, who is spinning the tale of his double-life, to "pray, make it improbable," he hits upon the very message of The Importance of Being Earnest: that deception (and un-deception, as one character puts it) become more trouble than they are worth when lies intersect.

The play, written by then-controversial author Oscar Wilde in 1890, was the author’s final theatrical endeavor and became his most celebrated social satire.