By Charlie Glazier
The Leukemia Lymphoma Society is a non-profit organization thats mission is to help fund the research to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma. It’s 2017-2018 Students of the Year Campaign is a way to spread the word of the society, collect donations and get high school students involved through friendly competition. Multiple teams from around the area participate in the Maryland chapter event. Each team competes with one another to raise the most money. Glenelg High School is home to eighteen members of the Gladiators team. The campaigning starts on February 3, 2018 at 12:00am and ends on March 23, 2018 at 7:00pm. March 23rd is the night of the LLS gala, marking the end of the campaigning. The winner is announced this night and the auctioning for the baskets and sponsor items are given away. The team leader is Christine Daniel, who brought this extra curricular from her old school Glenelg Country School. She built the team to continue what she set out to do at GCS. Daniel states that “ I am so excited to be helping such an amazing cause and leading a great team.” Each team member starts out with a minimum goal of $1,000 each. The goal amount that is set for the team is $50,000.
Brielle Lazarus, a member of the Howard County community, is a pediatric cancer patient that benefits from the LLS campaign. Lazarus was diagnosed with a very rare form of acute myeloid leukemia in 2013 at the age of six weeks old. It is heartbreaking to imagine a child so little going through these life threatening event, and not to mention the endless nights her parents stayed up worrying it may be her last. Luckily, due to months of observation and continual testing, Lazarus found great improvement in her disease. Her cancer is now not in reminnsion or spreading, but the doctors still keep a close eye on her. After meeting Lazarus, team member Olivia Browne states that “It was heartbreaking to see a young happy girl be affected by such a horrible thing. She and many others are the reasons I want to help.” Browne was inspired from Lazarus’s story and will continue to work hard to raise money. The money raised will directly impact Lazarus and many other pediatric patients. With the support and dedication of her doctors and LLS, her family says there is hope for improved treatments and a cure for Lazarus and all other blood cancer patients. Especially with someone’s recognized help we can ensure the continuing of research towards blood cancer to one day put a stop to it.
Overall, this is an phenomenal cause and campaign that is run by the drive and initiative of students. Hard work, time, and effort is put into fundraising and campaigning. Every penny counts in the fight against cancer. Everything from attendance to fundraisers to monetary donations can save a life. Money is being collected through the students fundraising pages and sponsored events taking place to support the cause.
Top 6 Automobiles at Glenelg
By Sofia Weddle
Marty McFly had a time-traveling DeLorean (DMC-12), 50 Cent is the proud owner of not one, but two Lamborghini Murcielagos, and Paris Hilton seems to own an infinite amount of cars to correspond with her posh outfits. But do Glenelg High School students rival those luxurious rides? Here’s an inside look into the most impressive cars in the GHS parking lot.
2006 Porsche Cayman: Porsche has long been recognized as a premier car brand for flawless sports cars. Most recently, the company has been in the news for its fastest 911 model yet, flying at 211 MPH and “powered by a turbocharged 700-horsepower 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine,” according to CNN reporter Peter Valdes-Dapena. Glenelg High School might seem an unlikely playground for such cars, but Morgan Adams, a Senior at Glenelg, is the proud owner of a renovated 2006 Porsche Cayman track car “made street legal two weeks ago”. This high speed car has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.2 seconds, 20 city/28 highway MPG, a 3.4 L 6-cylinder engine, and a 295 hp. Adams believes the coolest features of the cherry red car are “the sound [of the engine] and just the look over all”. If this Porsche isn’t the epitome of a luxury sports car, then what is?
1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ: Jeep Wranglers were first imagined in the 1940s during World War II for the U.S. army. Since then, the Jeep brand has taken off with Cherokees, Renegades, and various other versions of the classic Wrangler. With the combination of their off-roading capabilities with the classic Jeep Wave (you’ll only know if you own one), Jeep Wranglers define adventure. Daniel Poltorak, a Junior at Glenelg, recently bought his 1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ in December of 2016. Probably the most noticeable aspect of Poltorak’s red Wrangler is its hood, which has a hand painted American flag plastered across. “It was an art project in school which I planned to just put on for Memorial Day, but I liked how it looked,” said Poltorak. The looks aren’t the only features that matter, as Poltorak loves “driving top down in the summer. It’s also manual so it’s more fun to drive”. Here’s to adventure.
2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 400: The name “Mercedes-Benz” probably brings a lot of things to mind. Opulence, style, speed, and innovation. After almost 100 years in the car industry, the company seems to be more popular than ever with an array of sedans, coupes, SUVs, convertibles, hybrid, and electric vehicles-- even Glenelg’s parking lot has one. Glenelg Junior, Michael Sedrakyan, got his slick black 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 400 in the beginning of 2017. Although it wasn’t his own choice to get the car, Sedrakyan has unsurprisingly become hooked. With a 329 hp, 20 city/30 highway MPG, a 3.0 L V6 engine, leather seats, bluetooth capabilities, and a navigation system, it would be hard not to. Sedrakyan loves that the CLS 400 has “a lot of electronics, which makes it really fun to drive” and seat warmers, which are perfect for Maryland’s frigid winter temperatures.
Convertible Mustang: Ford Mustangs have a long history of appearing in both blockbuster movies, such as the James Bond films, and normal streets. The convertible top, the high speeds, the timeless look-- what’s not to love? For Jenna McGee, a Senior at Glenelg, absolutely nothing. McGee recently bought a convertible Mustang this past summer of 2017-- a purchase of which she is very proud of as she “paid for it all by myself and continue to pay for my own gas so it [the car] represents hard work and responsibility.” McGee loves the uniqueness of her Mustang, and her ability “to take half my car off whenever I want.” The snowy white car predictably brings a lot of attention, but the thrill of having a distinct, unique convertible is truly what has made McGee fall in love with her Mustang.
2014 Jeep Wrangler YJ: Since Jeep is the quintessential American car brand, it seems only fair to include two Wranglers in this ranking. Martayn Van de Wall, a Glenelg Junior, owns a 2014 YJ Jeep Wrangler of true American and Maryland spirit. Immediately, the American flag grill and Maryland stickers stand out on the shiny black surface of the car. Van de Wall loves “the lightbar I installed because in the night it makes it daytime,” and he believes the coolest features of a Jeep Wrangler are its “off-road capabilities. That’s the best part about Jeeps, is you can take them anywhere”. If the off-roading was not enough, there is always the Jeep Wave which, according to Van de Wall, “is probably the best car culture [there is]”. With both the all-terrain four wheel-drive and the friendly pride that comes with owning a Jeep, it is no wonder the brand continues to surge in popularity both in and outside of Glenelg.
2006 BMW 525i: This German car brand took the world by storm with the BMW 5 series introduced in the 1970s, which merged “uncompromising performance and dynamic driving,” according to the BMW USA website. The BMW 525i is affixed with a 215 hp, 18 city/28 highway MPG, tan leather seats, and a 3.0 L 6-cylinder engine. Avneet Sahi, a Senior at Glenelg and the driver of this BMW, says that her favorite aspects of the vehicle are that “it’s tiny and fits in most places, it’s easy to drive. It’s everything--the seats are really nice, they heat up.” Unsurprisingly, Sahi receives a complement almost every day on her car from Glenelg students and she wouldn’t trade her beloved BMW for any other ride.
Tide Pods: Fun to Wash With, Not to Eat
By Kendall Howze
From the cinnamon challenge to the ghost pepper challenge, dangerous trends just seem to keep coming back in new and stupid forms. The latest trend is perhaps the worst and most blatantly dangerous. The Tide Pod challenge involves people biting into laundry detergent pods as a part of a “funny trend.” Yes, people are eating detergent for fun.
The Tide Pod obsession began with an article published by The Onion titled “So Help Me God, I’m Going To Eat One Of Those Multi Colored Detergent Pods.” The article is written from the point of view of a toddler who strives to eat everything his parents have kept out of his reach. The article is meant to be a joke regarding the curiosity of a growing toddler. As you can probably guess, the child is determined to eat a Tide Pod. While the child never seems to actually eat the detergent, jokes about doing so began to surface on social media, becoming a meme. Yes, eating detergent is now a meme. They are now often referred to as “the forbidden fruit” featured in social media posts.
While in the past these dangerous challenges were only popular for a short amount of time, the Tide Pod Challenge has gotten out of control. Initially, people were only pretending to eat tide pods in their challenge videos. Many people, however, did not seem to get the message that people were only pretending to eat tide pods and actually began to eat tide pods. Below that warning is a picture of a child grabbing a tide pod. Because presumably, the concern is that a child may attempt to eat a tide pod because they don’t know any better. Adults, however, should already be aware that tide pods “may be harmful if swallowed.” Just in case a child did in fact eat a tide pod, the number to the Poison Control Center is mentioned, with the direction to “seek medical attention.” Seems safe enough, right? You wouldn’t think that in 2018, adults need to be told not to eat poisonous laundry detergent. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.
Senior and Glenelg student AJ Patel gives people the benefit of the doubt, saying that “I think it’s funny, but I don’t think people actually eat them.” He can often be found carrying around a bag full of tide pods as a joke. He, however, knows better than to eat them. “Even though I’m not planning on eating them I still have some pods because they’re fun to play with and watch what other people do with them.” Thankfully, no one has used his Tide Pods to complete the challenge. Hopefully, AJ’s assumptions are correct and Glenelg students are not participating in the internet trend because sure, it may seem funny at the time, but will it still be funny while you’re at the hospital?
Many not only find the Tide Pod Challenge dangerous, but offensive. Many have used forms of bleach or detergent to inflict self harm. The new internet trend is insensitive and thoughtless. Glenelg Senior Imani Nokuri said, “Because I know many people who have tried to take their own life with types of detergents and tide pods, I believe that it is insensitive to people who are suicidal to take and eat these tide pods for social gain.” Nothing good can come from eating tide pods. It’s not cool, it’s not funny, and quite frankly, it’s fairly disgusting to watch. Please, for the sake of the internet, move onto the next trend.
An Inside Look at ARL
By Alexis Kominos
Applications and Research Laboratory, or ARL, is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain further knowledge on potential career paths. ARL is offered in Howard County and is a helpful way to get hands-on experience on a topic of choice.
How to Know If ARL is Right for You: At Glenelg, and other Howard County schools, there is a day dedicated to bringing underclassmen to the Applications and Research Laboratory to experience what it is like before determining whether or not they want to partake in the class the following year. ARL shadow days are either the first two periods in the morning, or the last two periods of the afternoon during school. Students meet where the buses pick up and drop off. They take the bus ride to the building and there are students holding signs for their specific class topic. The former and current ARL students will tell the new ones where to go and what to do. The students then get to experience what goes on at ARL and decide if it is right for them. The ARL shadow days vary from each school, so students must check online when their shadow is.
Academies Offered at ARL: There are many academies offered that any student is free to take. There is Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Design, Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, Construction Management, Cyber Security Networking, Finance, Health Professions, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Systems and Project Engineering Visual Communications. As shown there are many academies for any student who wishes to expand their knowledge and get a leg up among his or her peers. For example in the Health Professions academy, in the first year the students learn fundamentals, terminology, and much more to set themselves up for year two. In the second half of year one, students are required to do a research component. Then in year two there is more preparation and students are selected to intern some place and really get to know what the work place is like. This is not the same for every academy. The academies differ from each other in what they entail, but this is generally what goes on.
Recommendations or Prerequisites: Each academy has different prerequisites -that is, taking a certain class beforehand- that are required for the student. For example, for Health professions, a standard Biology class and Common Core Algebra 1 are required. Different academies have different prerequisites and generally require a C or higher depending on what class is recommended to be taken for that academy. There are also different recommendations for each academy that are not required; however, if they are taken, they would boost the students’ general knowledge on their chosen academy. These academies with all the information that goes into deeper detail is found at Howard County Public School System ARL.
If You Dislike Your Academy: If the student does not like the academy they have chosen for the year, the student is not permitted to drop out of ARL completely, but they can switch into another academy. The student has the choice to be a part of the program Junior and Senior year or just Junior year. The student is able to drop out of ARL up to the first day of school, but after that there is no option for the rest of the school year. Taking two years of the same academy will be most helpful because in year two, internships are often offered for students who complete all the work. According to Junior Ben Kishter, who is in the academy of Homeland Security, there is a pretty large amount of work in ARL, and most of it is busy work. However this also depends on which academy is being taken and the personal preferences of that student. He claims that, “You definitely need to be interested in whichever academy you are in. If you are in one that does not spark your interest or desire to learn, the class may be harder, or boring. And once you go to the ARL on the first day of school, you can no longer drop out, so think long and hard if this is what you really want to do for one or two years.”
Why You Should Take ARL: Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) is a great way to get more knowledge on a topic that any student wants to look further into. According to the ARL.hcpss website, “Students are able to earn industry certifications and college credits while attending the ARL which helps prepare them for success in college and careers.” It is a good source of new knowledge that is not offered within the high school. Students can receive internships and college credits at ARL. They also can determine whether or not he or she is passionate enough to take this learning experience to college and then into the future.
Help Your Heroes
By Nicole King
At the end of 2017, a heartwarming discussion brought together by Brittany Vonow was recorded, leaving viewers speechless. A retired veteran, Simon Brown, had an in-depth conversation with a five-year old, Tempy Pattinson, about her contribution to war veterans. Pattinson wanted to not only thank him, but help make a difference for others risking their lives every day. Though he was one of many to choose to fight for our country, his battle wounds will forever leave him scarred.
While on a rescue mission in Iraq, Brown saved six of his colleagues when he was suddenly injured by a shot to the left side of his face. This powerful shot left Brown in need of twenty-five operations and many sleepless nights in a hospital bed. The thirty-eight year old survived, but 80% of his sight will forever be unrecoverable. Losing something so important to the daily life resulted in major setbacks which required him to completely rebuild his life. This is nothing anyone can prepare for, including Brown when he stated, “We were trained to invade and fight whereas the rebuilding stage was not what we were used to doing.” Luckily, he did not have to endure this laborious task all by himself. Junior, Jared Thomas, said “Since I’m very patriotic, I like to write soldiers letters to make them feel like they aren’t alone.” These brave men and women travel around the world, risking their lives. The least Americans can do is small activities such as the letters to make them feel at home.
After telling his story to the little girl during their interview, she responded by explaining her efforts to raise money at a triathlon. When asked why she felt the need to get involved, Pattinson said “Even though I didn't know any of the soldiers, I just thought that they did something for us.” This passion for giving back started when she was only three-years old and asked her mother what sacrifices soldiers have made for our country. After her mother explained a broad overview of their duties, Pattinson was quite proud and wanted to raise a profit to go towards their extensive recovery. Later on, she biked in a 100 meter triathlon for veterans. Being afraid to ride her bicycle would no longer override her determination to make a difference. Just like Pattinson, Junior, Shea Lally said “I’m not much of a runner, but I once completed a two-mile run to raise our veterans money.” Whether the activity is large or small, the smallest difference can mean a ton to a soldier.
At the end of their conversation, the two both stated that they are each other's heroes. Challenges like the ones Pattinson faced and the money she raised allowed soldiers like Brown to get proper treatment. Both their substantial impacts on our country shall not be forgotten. It is crucial for people to be informed of ways to aid those who risk their lives to fight for those they have never even met. Citizens can sleep at peace through the night due to heroes such as Brown who deploy across the world to protect our country. Never take for granted all that these brave men and women do for our country. It is encouraged that everyone takes the time to do something as simple as swim, run, or bike to raise money for our wounded warriors.
The Future is Your...Major?
By Julianna Mirabile
Many Seniors are scrambling to seal the deal on their favorite college and choose the path leading to their future. Senior Natalie Proviano says that, “Picking my college is much more stressful than applying to it.” This stressful point of the process is one that will decide the rest of our lives, which can be frightening to those that are undecided. If you are one of those Seniors that are still looking to find your passion, here are a few majors that may spike an interest and can lead you down a path with different options:
Kinesiology: This major has everything to do with becoming an expert in muscle and body movements. It can be anywhere from learning about the mechanical movements to learning spiritual movements. When studying this, you learn about how kinesiology can help with healing and health. The courses taken will have to do with anatomy, exercise science, nutrition, fitness testing, and many others. When earning a degree in kinesiology you have many options going into the workforce. These choices range from a personal trainer to a chiropractor. The opportunities are endless, and with health and fitness becoming more popular this route would be a smart way to go.
Business: One of the more popular, yet vast degrees would be studying business. When enrolling in this degree you should expect to take classes in accounting, marketing, and communications. The careers you can get with this degree range from owning your own business, to working in any sector. Some examples include banking, human resources, and finance. Senior, Amy Smith, says that, “Majoring in business is something I am seriously considering. It can lead me down so many different paths.” This broad degree is a useful and intelligent choice if you are still not sure what to focus down on, but you want to be successful.
Sociology: When studying sociology you are looking at the functioning and development of humans as a whole. This can include social relationships, matters such as crime or religion, and the way we behave in society. You can expect to be enrolled in classes such as political, religious, and cultural sociology. When obtaining this degree you can go into careers with family planning, counseling, or even could be a good major before attending law school. This study can be entertaining and leave you with a better understanding of the world.
Zoology: Zoology is the study of animal functioning, behavior, and development. This degree is more specific than the others and may not offer as many jobs, though if you have a love for animal science this could be perfect. It is a lesser known major and may be offered at fewer schools. You can expect to be in classes related to anatomy, cell biology, chemistry, and vertebrate biology. Careers that come from this degree include zookeepers, working in wildlife parks, ecologist, and several others all relating to working directly with animals and their environments. Since this degree is more unique, you could have a better chance at getting a cool job with it.
Philosophy: This major is focused on studying knowledge, existence, ethics, and reason. It is a great foundation career for those wanting to go into law or business. When getting this degree you can go on a variety of paths including journalism, government, and therapy. In college you can expect to be taking classes in logic, theories, and political philosophy. Many people find these courses interesting and may take critical thinking.
Overall, whatever major you decide is the right path for you, make sure you have a passion for it. Do not base the rest of your life off of what someone told you to do, or a job you would take just for the money aspect. Whether you decide to take a more difficult path requiring extra schooling, or one that is more basic, make sure it’s a path worthwhile. Enjoying what you do is crucial to living a happy lifestyle.
How to Optimize your Scholarship Search
By Bethany Stewart
People always discuss how stressful applying to college can be, but another, less debated, part of the college process that can be just as stressful is applying for scholarships. Trying to win a scholarship can be overwhelming. Many students do not even know where to begin when searching for scholarships that they want to apply for. Senior, Rachel Scheinberg, commented, “When I was looking into scholarships that I was eligible for I was so overwhelmed. I had no clue where to start.” This is not something unusual for a high school senior to experience around this time of year. Here are some tips to get you started on your scholarship search.