Class Of 2008 And Principal Snee Say Farewell
By Dana Cazan (June 12, 2008)
Family, friends, and faculty gathered Wednesday evening to watch the Class of 2008 walk across the stage at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The Class of 2008 is the largest class in school history and truly made that known by impacting the school through service, athletics, and academics. As the Mason community bids farewell to these graduates, they also are sending off Principal Robert Snee, who has had a remarkable 28 year career at the school.
Best of luck to the Class of 2008 and Principal Snee! Never forget your Mustang Pride!
Landslide Win for Girls Soccer: STATE CHAMPIONS
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (June 9, 2008)
Photo Contributed by Kim Kenny
The girls soccer team traveled to Radford University this past weekend to play in the Semi-Final State Tournament. They played their first game against Radford High School; each team scored one point tying the game by the end of the game. The two teams then went into two five-minute overtimes, and after failing to score, two sudden death overtimes took place. The score still remained 1-1 after 20 minutes of extra play and so five players were selected from each team to kick penalty kicks. By the end, the Mustangs reined victorious and eliminated Radford from the state tournament.
The final game was played against Goochland High School, a team previously defeated by the Mustangs 11-0. The final score for the Mustangs was 7-1 and Mason was crowned as the State Champions. “The win was amazing. Probably because none of us had ever won a State Championship before. I am so proud of my team,” player Alexa Peyton commented. Coming home carrying medals and a trophy, the girls ended their season scoring 53 goals while only letting in 3 in the regular season with a record of 18-3-2.
Seniors Raise Awareness And Money For Mynamar Victims
By Dana Cazan (June 9, 2008)
Despite the humidity and record highs on Saturday, students, faculty, and other community members gathered for the Mynamar Relief Yard Sale in the Haycock Road parking lot. The Relief project, organized by members of the Class of 2008 Will Douthitt and Emily Perry, set out to fundraise for the victims of the May 2nd cyclone that devasted Myanmar. Douthitt and Perry gathered and organized thousands of donations over the past few weeks to sell on Saturday, with all proceeds going to the Save the Children Foundation. It is estimated that a little over $2,000 was raised from direct sales and donations for this worthy cause.
Mason Goes Green
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (June 5, 2008)
Today a Mustang’s dreams and hard work have become reality. Finally after planning for at least a year, James Peterson’s actions will speak much louder than words. A team of four men scaffolded the building and began installing the 18 solar panels to the school’s roof near the English and foreign language hallways. James Peterson looked over the installation from the ground as well as the roof. James was ecstatic with excitement over the installation, he commented that he was glad that finally the panels were being installed and that it was almost finished. The panels, although not enough to power the entire school, will help George Mason High School and Falls Church community become environmentally conscious and alert.
Gr8s Enjoy Gr8-Outdoors
By Mr. Adukkalil (June 3, 2008)
On Monday June 2, the Gr8s of George Mason descended on The Hemlock Overlook Center for Experimental Education in Clifton, Virginia for a day filled with team building activities including balance beams, wire crossings, the peanut butter pit, and the most anticipated and maybe scariest of them all, the zip line. This was a chance for the Gr8s and their teacher/staff chaperones to bond in a way that GMHS has not done ever before. Many of the students were forced out of their comfort zones, the theme of the day, in order to complete given tasks and achieve the goals set by their Hemlock guides. Gr8 Whitney Gonzales said of the trip, “Even though there were people in my group that I wasn’t friends with, we pulled together as a team to complete what we had to do. I walked away with some great memories, tools to use, met some new people, and had lots of fun!” In the end, that was the goal of the trip. A great time was had by all.
Pictured from left to right: Sarah Rice, Riley Culhane, Bruce Toulon, Erik Thackston, Danny Nash, Stephen Lubnow, Abby Perez, Nico De Ocampo, Matt Abel, Ze’ev Lailari, Abby Gregg, Whitney Gonzales, Mr. Adukkalil and Ms. Elizabeth (Hemlock Tour Guide)
Senior Class Braces for Rides at King’s Dominion and Future Ahead
By Dana Cazan (June 2, 2008)
Photo courtesy of Corina Spanu
The Class of 2008 ventured to King’s Dominion on Friday, May 30, just after taking their traditional class picture on the Moore Cadillac Stadium bleachers. Students and faculty members that attended seemed to really enjoy the trip, returning with excitement over the new rollercoaster “Dominator” or the favorite Water Works Water Park. This was one of the final chances for the class to be together at a GMHS event before they say their goodbyes at graduation June 11.
Second Annual Fire Drill Picnic A Success
By: Karla Caraballo-Torres and Katherine Morgenegg (May 28, 2008)
As students piled out of their classrooms and onto the football field, there were mixed emotions about the Second Annual Fire Drill Picnic. Alison Grant commented, “It was fun to have the school together, but it was sad to see people go.” This year among a few faculty members leaving Mason are two retiring after 28 years: Ms. Pitera, our school librarian, and Mr. Snee, our beloved principal. Many students and faculty members gave speeches where they expressed their gratitude and shared several memories about the retiring faculty.
After the commemorating speeches, students separated to sign large pieces of paper as goodbye cards and get lunch. Kalok Lai joked, “The best part was the free food!” Students were treated to pizza, hot dogs, and chips while listening to the musical stylings of High Minded, an all female, junior band. Although the picnic went over the time-limit, no student was heard complaining. Everyone seemed to enjoy their mid-day break on the turf.
Spring SCA Retreat Welcomes New Leaders
By Dana Cazan (May 28, 2008)
Rain held out Tuesday for students and faculty who traveled to Olney Park in McLean for the annual Student Council Spring Retreat. The gathering was an opportunity for the current SCA to reflect on the events of this past school year as well as offer suggestions to the newly elected officers who worked diligently in planning their goals for the 2008-2009 school year. Determined and excited, the students returned to the school in the afternoon to make some definite plans and brainstorm ideas for spirit week. Their ambition shown at the retreat is just a small glimpse of what the new SCA will bring to the table in the fall.
Rain, Rain, it Went Away, for Planting
By Katie Breen (May 23, 2008)
This past Wednesday, the weather finally cooperated for the Environmental Club to work on the butterfly garden; after three days of cancellations due to the rain. The club was ready, the weeding was all done, and everything was mapped out. The agenda for the day included planting. “All our plants came in today, and if we get everything planted that will be a big step,” said club sponsor Dr. Mecca. To help with planting, landscaper Barbara Cram who volunteered her time to help with the garden, and school custodian LV donated his time. The garden will be finished in time for the dedication ceremony on Tuesday, May 27.
Ready to Bloom
By Dana Cazan (May 22, 2008)
A final group of volunteers completed finishing touches on Nora's Garden Thursday morning after almost two months of tilling soil, planting, and mulching. The overseerer of the garden, Susan Maynard and other Hemphill family friends, have worked with the students to prepare the garden for the dedication ceremony in June.
The George Mason Community is invited to the ceremony to take place on June 1, 2008 in the Senior Courtyard at 4:00 pm.
IBH Psychology Students Approach Learning in a New Light
By Dana Cazan (May 21, 2008)
Dr. Sensharma’s IBH Psychology class may be small in size, but the group of twelve determined students sees no project too large as they have recently begun painting educational art on Dr. Sensharma’s walls. The class, inspired by the various murals in the school hallways and classrooms, asked Dr. Sensharma early on in the school year if, after the IB Exam, they too could paint her classroom. Seeing that the students were her first class of students to have gone through both SL and HL Psychology under her guidance, she granted them the privilege.
However, the students had to fulfill one requirement in planning their art: the paintings needed to reflect three theories or concepts from the perspective the students chose to depict in projects earlier this year. For example, if a student chose the Learning Perspective, images such as Pavlov’s apparatus or Tolman’s Cognitive Maps must have a significant role in the piece.
The challenge made the project even more interesting for the Seniors who are excited to finish their works and leave their final mark in the psychology classroom before graduating in a few weeks.
Prom Night 2008: Midnight Masquerade
By Dana Cazan (May 19, 2008)
Students congratulate Prom King and Queen, Joey Liner and Meredith Kerrigan, on the dance floor Saturday night at the annual Junior-Senior prom. Upperclassmen arrived on the Cherry Blossom Yacht at around 8:30 pm to enjoy the event that would continue on throughout the evening. The boat was docked just behind the Torpedo factory in Old Town, Alexandria, and was made up of three distinct levels that each offered activities to accommodate every guest such as dancing, eating, and looking out onto the scenic Potomac River and National Monuments.
Mr. and Ms. Mason Competition To Benefit Cystic Fibrosis
By Dana Cazan (May 15, 2008)
Eighth grader Matthew Abel and Freshman Dane Warner practice their acts for the 8th Annual Mr. and Ms. Mason Competition to be held on Friday night in the GMHS Auditorium. The students are two of nine boys who will be judged by teachers and peers on their autobiographies, talent, and formal wear in competing for the crown. Five senior girls will also be participating in hopes of being dubbed Ms. Mason.
The event will begin at 7:30 pm and admission is $5.00 for both students and adults. All proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
By Dana Cazan (May 14, 2008)
The Varsity girls soccer team defeated GM rivals, the Clarke County Eagles, 2-1 at home on Tuesday night, earning them the title of 2008 Bull Run District Champions. Junior Mayssa Chehata and Freshman Violet Miller scored before an enthusiastic crowd that cheered on the team throughout the game, and offered their support for the Seniors that were recognized. The team will head off to Regionals next week in hopes of making it to states later this month. Good luck, ladies!
Principal Snee to Leave Mason at End of School Year
By Lasso Staff (May 13, 2008)
In a tearful TA Tuesday, Principal Bob Snee announced he would not be returning next school year to George Mason High School. In a letter addressed and delivered to all students, Mr. Snee explains there comes a time to “move on to new experiences and challenges in life” and that time is now. Beginning August 1, Snee will become principal of the Upper School at Washington International School in D.C. He leaves Mason after 28 years of educating, leading, and learning alongside faculty, staff, and the thousands of students who have walked the halls over the course of his tenure. Pictured above are members of Snee’s TA (left to right): Peter Davis, Elio Randrianasolo, Juelie Chandler, Mr. Snee, Hillary Shea, Mitch Housman, Ms. Flanigan, Daniel Montano, Dane Warner, Meredith Hamme, Hannah Baumgardner, and Emily Jolkovski. “I cannot begin to describe how much I have enjoyed knowing all of you,” Snee writes, “and working with you and so many GMHS Mustangs who came before you.” In his handwritten closing, Snee penned “Go Mustangs!” which is characteristic of the encouragement and affection that he has and continues to express.
IB Exams Continue This Week
By Dana Cazan (May 12, 2008)
Andrew Breen (left) and Corina Spanu (right) quickly review their notes before taking the IB math exam at the UVA/ Virginia Tech Graduate Center this past Thursday.
Teachers have been working with students all year to prepare them for these cumulative IB and AP exams that will be held throughout early-mid May.
Teacher Appreciation Week Kick Off
By Dana Cazan (May 2, 2008)
Guidance Counselors Ms. Valerie Chesley(left) and Ms. Nancy Goldman (right) enjoy the spread of muffins, fruits, cookies and fresh coffee Friday morning in the teacher's lounge. Many members from the faculty and staff came to enjoy the breakfast, sponsored by the Future Educators of America Club in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5th-9th.
Boys Tackle District Rival
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (April 30, 2008)
Coming off of a big win over Rappahannock, the Mustangs looked to gain two games on the rest of the Bull Run district with a win over Clarke County last Friday. As the Mustangs starting lineup was announced, the biggest crowd of the season roared for their Mustang boys' soccer team.
As the Mustangs began the game, they worked the ball well around the back four and played it up to the midfield. The Eagles showed difficulty marking their men as the Mustangs worked well off the ball, creating some early chances to take the lead. The Mustangs were ahead for the whole game ending the night with a 5-1 lead. Their current record is 7-2 overall this season.
The Spring Show III: The Last Gasp
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (April 24, 2008)
On April 23 and the 24, Mason actors, singers, songwriters, dancers, musicians and entertainers gathered in the band room to audition for The Spring Show III: The Last Gasp. The show is scheduled for the nights of May 8 and 9 and the troop this year looks first-rate. With a variety of performers and acts this year’s spring show will be an explosion of talent. This extravaganza is coming together under the order of Peter Davis and the scheduled MCs will be Matt Geurtsen and Nathan Ward.
Lasso Staff Tours Newseum
Pioneers on the Printing Front
By Dana Cazan (April 21, 2008)
Lasso Online journalists ventured into Washington D.C. this past Friday to tour the recently opened Newseum located on Pennsylvania Avenue. The new location and facility offered great views of the surrounding city and unique insights to a field that is rapidly changing. Welcoming the Lasso staff to the museum was a thrilling 4-D look into the history of journalism, a movie that offered inspiration to students and rich perspectives on the world around them. The day also included interactive opportunities for the journalists to grapple with common ethical issues in the field, practice their photography skills, and voice their opinions on pressing First Amendment issues.
Support for Robotics
Lasso Staff (April 18, 2008)
Several of the Mason math classes gathered outside yesterday with hand-made signs in order to rally support for the Robotics team who recently set off for the FIRST National Robotics Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. The photo was sent to the team who will be competing April 17-19 against teams from all over the nation. There will be over 500 robots competing on six fields in the Georgia Dome. Over 10,000 students will be participating for the grand prize. Vae Victus! Good luck Mason Robotics team 1418!
2008-2009 SCA Officers Announced
By Dana Cazan (April 16, 2008)
Current Student Council President, Ramsey Kincannon, congratulated rising senior Tim Koning (right) on winning the 2008-2009 race for SCA presidency Tuesday morning. Koning and other candidates from grades 10-11 addressed the Mason community last Monday before students voted on Angel later that week. The elected officers (as listed below) will assume the duties of Executive Office this upcoming fall, but not before they attend meetings and participate in the SCA’s annual spring retreat.
The administration admired every candidate for his/her determination in the race and reminds students that there are still more opportunities to become involved.
President: Tim Koning
Vice President: Sunny Kim
Secretary: Rebecca Gomez
Student-Teacher Appreciation: Mary Ma + one open seat
Community Action: Riley O’Hara + one open seat
Publicity: Jonathan Brooks and Hillary Shea
Student Life: Micah Jasney and Karla Caraballo-Torres
There will be follow-up elections for those offices that remain unfulfilled.
By Katie Breen (April 8, 2008)
The Mason spring athletes gathered in the senior parking lot on Saturday, April 5, to fulfill yet another year of successful mulch delivering. The mulch was sold prior to the distribution on Saturday morning, when many parents and athletes donated their time to help transport them to houses around Falls Church. It took a group of about ten to load the parent-provided trucks, some of which would carry loads of 200 bags or more. Next students rode with the parents to the recipient to deliver them. The earliest shift for the mulch started at 7:00a.m. Athletes were required to be there for two hours after their shift started, then another Mason sports team would relieve them. During the hard work, the Mason athletes managed to share a smile, but they were still productive. The predicted end time was three, but Mason had all the bags delivered by 12:30.
April Showers Pave Way For May Flowers in Nora’s Garden
By Dana Cazan (April 7, 2008)
Members from the senior class have lent their time in Nora’s Garden these past few weeks by preparing soil under the guidance of head gardeners Ms. Katie Emmons and Mrs. Susan Maynard. Volunteers have more work ahead of them as two days of inclement weather postponed progress until April 9, when students will continue digging and clean up the surrounding areas. In addition to helping prepare the soil, students will be involved with planting come early May. The overseers are eager to unveil the project to the community later this spring and encourage those interested to visit the project website at http://www.hemphillassociates.net/garden.html.
By Dana Cazan (April 2, 2008)
GMHS Athletic director Mr. Tom Horn(center) is congratulated by GM Principal Mr. Bob Snee, and Senior Class officers Meredith Hamme (right, President) and Hannah Bumgardner (left, Vice President) after being chosen as the commencement speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony. Mr. Horn has been a teacher, coach, and director in the Mason community for over ten years, and has distinguished himself as someone of compassion and determination.
“We wanted someone personal,” said Ms. Hamme, “someone who could speak to our class with knowledge of who we are and what we have done, and someone with eloquence. Mr. Horn is all of the above.” Mr. Horn will address the senior class at DAR Constitution Hall on June 11, 2008 during the commencement ceremony.
Contest! New GM Desktop Image!
By Katherine Morgenegg (April 2, 2008)
Ms. Jinks, Mason’s technology coordinator, would like announce a contest for a new student desktop image. The challenge is open to all students. If you’re sick of looking at the black and red lettering currently seen on the school screens, design and send in a new background. The rules are as follows:
- Can be a graphic, drawing, painting (art work in general), or a photo.
- Must be an original piece-- only you can make it (no plagiarism or copyright infringement!)
- Has to be school appropriate
- Does NOT have to have the warning on it
- Doesn’t have to be “Mason” related
- State your name, grade, email, and TA on your entry e-mail
Aside from the above rules, feel free to let your imagination run wild. It’s recommended to test the size and pixilation of your creation on your own computer before you send it in. The top five finalists will be previewed on the school computers for a week, a new one each day.
When you’ve completed your background and want to show it to the world, send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for all submissions is: Friday, April 18.
East and West Falls Church: Divided
By Quinn Casteel (April 1, 2008)
With Falls Church City schools becoming more and more crowded as our area continues to develop, something had to be done. While the students were on Spring Break last week, the school board was busy holding top secret meetings discussing possible solutions to the overpopulation. After several long nights of intense debate, they came up with the idea of splitting Falls Church in half. Students who live on the west side of North Virginia Avenue will attend Fairfax schools, while students who live on the east side will remain in FCCPS. The plan will go into effect April 1, 2009.
Proud east side resident Barratt Kennett is a senior at George Mason High School. His four years as a Falls Church citizen have yielded him nothing but happiness in Falls Church schools. Barratt resides a mere two blocks on the east side of where the line will be drawn. The new proposal has brought him great solace. “I feel as if us east side members have finally escaped the oppression of even being considered equal to Westsidians. They don’t deserve to be graced with our presence, and for years I’ve felt that FCCPS should be Darwinized.”
Mason sophomore Michael Wolfe lives directly in between the two sides. He will be given the option of which school he will attend. When asked what his choice will be, he replied defiantly: “I’m going to stick with the east side. It’s where I belong.”
“Come next April, we hope to see some changes for the better” said a school board member who chose to remain anonymous. The school board hopes it will be an appropriate solution to a feud that has lasted too long.
Goodbye half of the current student population! You will be missed. Oh, and April Fools.
Vae Victus Wins Chesapeake Regional
By Alexander Pierson (March 25, 2008)
The George Mason Robotics Team #1418, “Vae Victus,” led the winning alliance to victory in the First Robotics Competition (FRC) in Annapolis, Maryland over the weekend of March 15th. The team successfully defeated over 60 other teams from the area, as well as one from Hawaii, and a few from Great Britain. But they didn’t do it alone, and they most certainly couldn’t have.
Seniors Chow Down
By Dana Cazan (March 14, 2008)
Seniors Matthew Gresko (right) and Matthew Geurtsen (left) enjoyed fresh bagels at the annual Senior Breakfast in the GMHS Cafeteria. Early Friday morning, members from the freshman and sophomore classes gathered to set up a generous spread of bagels, cream cheese, and juice for the upperclassmen. The combination of food and friends was a great way to start the day for the students, many of whom later drove to Virginia Commonwealth University to support their fellow senior girls in the state basketball game.
Lady Mustangs Win Quarter Finals
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (March 11, 2008)
Hundreds of Mason parents, teachers and students traveled to Robinson High School Saturday to watch the Lady Mustangs win their Quarter Final Game against Middlesex High School. After waiting for two hours for the game to start, due to a power outage, the fans still didn't lose heart. A constant cheer came from the Mason bleachers. The Lady Mustangs defeated Middlesex 55-23 and move to the Semi Final State Competition Friday at VCU. Good Luck Ladies!
Girls Basketball Defeats Wilson Memorial to Secure a Home Quarter Final State Game
By Bailey Walton (March 6, 2008)
Last Saturday, March 1, the varsity girl’s basketball team defeated Shenandoah District Tournament Champion Wilson Memorial High School, for the Region Championship at Eastern Mennonite University. Now the Mustangs will compete against Middlesex High School on Saturday at Robinson High School at 4:00pm for a chance to advance in the State tournament. Good luck ladies!
Why, is that a TV in the Front Office?
By Alexander Pierson (February 29, 2008)
Undoubtedly, if you have passed by the main office, you probably have seen the brand new television mounted in the window. This 42-inch LCD TV sits in the far right window, close to Mrs. Clinton’s desk. The content to be displayed on this screen is to be referred to as the “Best of Mason.” Everything from artwork, to photos, to highlights from sports, to daily announcements will be displayed on it. Slide shows and video are all possibilities. If you’re ever encouraged to dawdle in the hallway, this just may be the best place to do it. Be sure to check the big screen often. You might just see yourself up there!
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (February 20, 2008)
Yesterday the Robotics team sent away “The Robot” in preparation for the Regional Competition in March. The team consists of President Will Walton, Erik Zachrison, Zach Emmons, Matt Finein, Taylor Demeter, Will Chen, Simon del Farrow, Ben Peterson, Will Cunningham, Matthew Rollo, Mary Ma, Nishant Shukla, David Sheffler, Matthew Butkiewicz, Erik Zackrison and Andrew Emmons. They have been working since September building, programming and testing “The Robot” for the competition. The robot is designed to carry a large ball across a court. They travel March 13 to Annapolis, MD to compete for a spot in the National Competition.
Total Eclipse of the Heart?
By Katie Buenneke (February 21, 2008)
Masonites looked to the stars last night as a luminary event captivated many! At approximately 9:26 PM EST, the moon was half covered by the earth’s shadow, otherwise known as a lunar eclipse. This event happens twice a year, but rarely is it a total eclipse, meaning that the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned. The moon was totally eclipsed from 10:01 to 10:51 PM. Some students gathered on the turf of Moore Cadillac Stadium to witness this solar phenomenon at its prime! The next total eclipse will occur on December 21, 2010.
Visions of Springtime
Lasso Staff (February 13, 2008)
Despite the sheets of ice and glass encrusted trees, the minds and hearts of some mustangs are warm today as an artist’s rendering of a springtime Nora’s Garden goes public. The illustration captures the essence of the garden that the founders anticipated—a place of reflection and joy. Masonites are thrilled to be a part of the project to remember Mustang Alumna Nora Hemphill, and are anxiously awaiting the revelation of the garden this spring! The image was created by Nora’s mother, Pat Meyers.
Agnes Meyer Teachers
By Dana Cazan (February 1, 2008)
George Mason faculty members Ms. Julie Bravin (French, Asst. Athletic Director, Cross Country Coach,) Ms. Vicki Galliher (Championship Training, Head Athletic Trainer, Student Health Advisory Board,) and Mrs. Karin Tooze (English, Future Educators of America Sponsor) were shocked to receive news of their nominations for the Agnes Meyer Teacher Award this past Wednesday. The “Prize Patrol” captured the pictures above when they entered the respective classrooms and surprised the nominees with flowers and copies of the nomination material. The educators are all acknowledged by students, parents, and fellow staff members for their hard work and outstanding dedication to improving the George Mason Community.
Everything you have ever needed to know about the upcoming Presidential Election of 2008 can be found here. As part of the Lasso Online semester exam, student journalists researched and compiled reports on a myriad of election-related topics. Read on, Mustangs. An informed citizen is the best citizen!
Exam Week Snowfall
Lasso Staff (January 17, 2008)
Faces of delighted students were seen pressed to the windows today as a blanket of snow covered the grounds of George Mason High School. It’s an exam-week treat and an easy distraction from semester exam review for many students. Barring no school delays or cancellations occur due to this precipitation, semester exams are to begin Friday, January 18, and continue throughout next week. Block one exam will be given on Friday, blocks five and seven on Tuesday, two and four will be administered Wednesday, and the final two exams, blocks three and six, will take place next Thursday. However, if snowfall does cause a delay or cancellation, be sure to check the George Mason homepage for contingency plans. In the meantime, study hard for exams, get plenty of sleep, and remember to enjoy the picture-perfect winter weather.
Student v. Faculty Game is Slam Dunk
Lasso Staff (January 14, 2008)
Last Friday, educators met the educated in “The Pit” for an epic battle of basketball. By the end, the students led by fifteen points but the teachers managed to maintain supportive attitudes. All money earned from ticket and concession sales will be donated to the Senior charity “So Others Might Eat.” Approximately $1400 was earned to support this needy organization.
Nora’s Garden Blossoms in the Senior Courtyard
By Dana Cazan (January 7, 2008)
“Nora’s Garden” is well underway in the Senior Courtyard where landscapers laid down the stone patio and sitting areas over winter vacation. An ambitious planning team, comprised of Nora’s beloved family and friends, is working hard to determine the final design for the garden which will include a three-tiered stone fountain and additional sitting areas. Decisions have already been made regarding some of the planting choices: the flowers are to blossom when school is in session and bear shades of blues and pinks, Nora’s favorite colors. The team members are very excited about the progress and would love the support of the GMHS community to assist in the installment of the garden so that it can be completed this spring.
2007 IB Candidates Awarded Diplomas
By Shelbi Aris Taylor (January 4, 2008)
Yesterday, January 3, 2007, students from the graduating class of 2007 returned to Mason’s auditorium. Twenty-three IB candidates were awarded their certificates of completion, and the diploma candidates were awarded medals as well as their certificates. Diploma candidates present to receive awards were Mariam Alshagra, Jason Benn, Matthew Dorr, Anna Duning, Elizabeth Fortenberry, Tiffany Huyser, Fritz Langford, Margaret Lipman, Elena Martinez, Stephanie Mitchell, Matthew Peppe, Alexander Petersen, Lisa Razzi, William Stewart, Christina Thackery, Andrew Walden, Eliot Walker, and Kimberly Wilson. Representing the certificate candidates from the class of 2007 were Graham Downey, Sebastian Forster, Richard Schumann, and Charlotte Volpe. Speaking at the ceremony were Superintendent Lois Berlin, Mr. Lou Olom, and Mr. Snee. Margaret Lipman, a student from the class of 2007, also spoke at the ceremony.
Tutoring your Taste Buds
Jade Womack (January 3, 2008)
The FEA or Future Educators of America held a bake sale before winter break to help fund their club while exploring the art of teaching. The Future Educators of America is a club organized for aspiring teachers. Led by sponsor Mrs. Tooze, these students have gone to schools all over the area-- from private to public-- in order to discover the skills to become the perfect teacher. They have even sat in on Mason classes and created lesson plans. They raised $70 before winter break with their bake sale. The money will go to funding their voyages and membership dues. Perhaps some day your fellow classmates could be your child’s future teacher?
Remembering Nora Hemphill
By Dana Cazan (December 19, 2007)
A new project is underway in the Senior Courtyard to remember the inspiring GMHS 2005 graduate, Nora Hemphill. The young student’s life was “interrupted by a serious illness,” cancer, during her senior year and members of both the Falls Church and George Mason community have come together to build a garden dedicated to someone who truly graced the school with her kind heart and outgoing personality. Former English teacher Mr. Hoover is among those organizing the garden and hopes that it “will be an inspirational meeting place in the Senior Courtyard that will honor Nora’s spirit.”
Ms. Susan Maynard, a close family friend, has designed the landscape for the garden that will hopefully be completed by this spring. Currently preliminary steps have been taken such as clearing grass and dirt to make way for a foundation. Once complete, the garden will serve a variety of purposes such as a meeting place for friends and an area where students can go to reflect.
Winter Wishes Shopping Spree
December 10, 2007
Mason students stormed the aisles of Target on Friday with the mission of purchasing gifts for needy children in Northern Virginia. Throughout the month of November, students “adopted” children through the Salvation Army and then raised money to purchase gifts. Over $4000 was spent “on clothing and gifts for over 100 disadvantaged children,” explains Winter Wishes sponsor Mr. Pepper. On Friday, student representatives hopped on a school bus and went to Target to put their money to use. Students purchased both practical and fun gifts for their adopted children. Overall, it was a successful shopping trip. Due to the kindness of Mason students, many children will have a very happy holiday.
Winter Wishes from George Mason High School to Arlington
Target Shopping Trip Contributes to Holidays
By Rosalyn Kaddache (November 20, 2007)
Happy Holidays and Winter Wishes from GMHS students! Following a Mason tradition, on Friday, December 7, TA representatives will ride the bus to Target and buy gifts for the children of our “neighbor community,” Arlington Country.
“Our goal is to donate Christmas presents to the children who can’t afford it,” says Mr. Harris, who will also be going on the Target field trip. GMHS started this tradition, called Winter Wishes many years ago, and is still holding on strong, thanks to generous amounts of money donated by Mason students every year.
This money is collected in each student’s TA. Each TA can sponsor as many children as they like, but must keep in mind that there is about a one hour shopping time limit, and that 40 dollars must be spent for each child. The present-selection for the children must be based on gender, age and size, and each child must receive at least one practical gift, such as clothing, and a fun gift, such as a toy.
“At the end of the trip, all gifts will be put together and taken to the Salvation Army of Arlington,” explains Mr. Harris. Look’s like GMHS will spread holiday cheer once again!
The Great Turkey Comes to Mason
Gobble gobble! Thanksgiving came early to George Mason today after a big win. The Mustangs had the most students attend the Crack-O-Dawn Club Wednesday morning for the second year in a row. This weekly breakfast club, held at the Falls Church, awards the prize of a live turkey to the student group who brings in the most people. Although finding a live turkey two days before Thanksgiving was a huge challenge, Mike Steenhoek of the Crack-O-Dawn Club was able to deliver the gobbling prize to the school Wednesday morning right on time.
IB Art Classes Delve into the D.C. Art Scene
By: Dana Cazan (November 9, 2007)
Mr. Robarge’s IB Art class poses for a picture before entering the world-renown Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. While visiting on Thursday, the students explored the gallery’s many exhibits including those of Morris Louis and multiple sculptors. Subsequently, the group traveled to the National Gallery where they viewed works from the “iconic American artist” Edward Hopper and the unique collages of Robert Rauschenberg. The trip served as a wonderful way to educate the class about various artists and encourage creativity for their works this year.
By: Shelbi Aris Taylor (October 29, 2007)
Friday night, rainy and cold GM students gathered at the Moore Cadillac Stadium to cheer on our Mustangs against the Clarke County Eagles. The first and second quarters were played extremely well by the Mustangs; putting 14 points on the board and the defense keeping the Eagles out of the end zone. But an unexpected injury caused the Mustang football team to lose heart and slowly falling behind to the Eagles. The second half was scoreless for the Mustangs, and the Clarke County offense prevailed putting a total of 35 points on the board. The game ended with multiple injuries for the Mustangs and high spirits for the Eagles. The final score was 14-35 with Clarke County taking the win.
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The Class With Class
By: Dana Cazan (October 23, 2007)
The GMHS Class of 2008 gathered on the Moore Cadillac Stadium bleachers on Monday to take the annual senior class picture. The students composing the Class of 2008 are distinguishable from older Mason alumnus for they have already rejuvenated Mustang Pride in the student body in this first quarter and have the enthusiasm to continue spreading Mason Spirit throughout the community. The class made history last week after being the first class to ever win Spirit Week for two consecutive years. After such an exciting accomplishment the grade is ready to continue planting a refreshing array of ideas and values within the school so that those who follow in their footsteps will also help Mason to flourish in future years.
Oh La La!
October 24, 2007
Thirty-one students from Toulouse, France joined our George Mason community yesterday evening, Tuesday, around 5:30 PM. They’ll be shadowing their American hosts in school on Wednesday. Their stay is the first part of a two-part exchange program. During spring break, the roles will be reversed as Mason students cross the ocean to visit the French students in Toulouse.
The Toulouse students will visit American centers of culture and interest such as Washington, DC and Mount Vernon during their brief stay. This is the 12th year that GMHS has participated in the exchange.
October 22, 2007
Hear ye! Hear ye! Their Royal Highnesses Fabio Cerasuolo and Meredith Kerrigan were named Homecoming King and Queen of George Mason High School on Friday, October 19, 2007. The two presided over the Homecoming dance on Saturday night at which an approximate 550 students boogied the night away.
HUZZAH! LASSO ONLINE, YOUR LOGO HAS ARRIVED!
By Jake Shapiro (October 15, 2007)
The grace and glory of George Mason’s journalistic corps, Lasso Online, finally bears an emblem representative of its majesty. For the past two weeks, a grueling logo contest has ensued throughout the school, generating dozens of excellent potential Lasso insignias. Finally, a victor had to be chosen. Humble Samuel Atkeson is the artist of the winning logo, a gallant crimson mustang depicted to the left of the satisfying words LASSO ONLINE. And as a wise man once said, “To the victor go the spoils!” In this case, the spoils are a FREE HOMECOMING TICKET! Congratulations, Mr. Atkeson. We hope you dance the night away. And congratulations, Lasso, for now having the best logo… ever.
October 16, 2007
Some odd characters are seen in the halls Tuesday at George Mason as Spirit Week continues. But why Pac Man? Why an ape with a banana? Tuesday is “Mellow Yellow” day and students find creative ways to work the color into wardrobes.
Homecoming Week- October 15th-20th
Chilean students put on a fantastic show for GM students during block 7 on September 26. They performed Chilean dances like the Cueca, and other traditional dances in authentic costumes for the student audience. The fourth year of the exchange closed with a Trewela band that played songs from American and Chilean culture. The students that participated in the exchange were Rocio, Camila, María Luisa, Tómas, Matías, Florencia, Valeria, Tomás, Nicolás, Cristóbal, Francisco, Mario, Camila, José, Macarena, María, and others.
Photo by Dana Cazan
New science teacher Ms. Naftzinger joins fellow mustangs as they watch SCA President Ramsey Kincannon perform at the opening “Welcome” activity at the Student Council Retreat. Teachers and students from grades 8-12 gathered at Camp Highroad in Middleburg, VA this past weekend to concentrate on planning upcoming events and discussing school issues. The first item addressed was this year’s homecoming theme: “Colors,” which was decided upon by the senior class. Following the homecoming discussion were multiple forums concerning athletics, the curricula, community service and, finally, the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Both the students and faculty took great initiative as they set forth to solve previous problems and expand upon new ideas. Such promising enthusiasm will help the Mason community flourish this year.
By: Katie Breen (October 9, 2007)
This year, the cheerleaders hope to perform before 34,000 people including the Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. In order to raise money they need your help! To include the entire school for this fundraising event they set up carnation sales to spark school spirit. These carnations are sold in Mason colors, red and white, each for a dollar. They can be bought for friends, crushes, or teachers and the cheerleaders will deliver them in TA on Friday, October 19. You can buy them at lunches and after school, now through this Friday the 12th. Our enthusiastic cheerleaders in this photo are (from left) Yijin Zhoa, Katelyn Upton, Elsie Poon, Martha-Grace Burkey, and Liz Nystrom.
After 3 hours of weaving and folding, George Mason students completed the words “Stay Strong” on the vistor’s side fence in the football stadium. It may look easy, but these students had to deal with whipping wind and paper ripping for the majority of the time. The students were treated to hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and candy for their Mustang Spirit.
Photo by Dana Cazan
Eight seniors are congratulated by Principal Bob Snee for their achievement on the PSAT. The students took the exam last October and ranked in the top 1% of 1.4 million juniors nationwide. Four of them (from left to right), Peter Davis, Meredyth Duncan, Adam Gann, and Sarah Weinberg, were named National Merit Scholars while the others, Matthew Gresko, Michael Costello, Nicole Williamson, and Alex Prewitt (not pictured) were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
Picture By: Samantha Shaw
It's back to school for these three seniors, as (from left to right) Krisie Southern, Nikki Williamson, and Maddie Kaplow enjoy their freshly grilled hot-dogs at the senior picnic held this past Tuesday. While it was a chance for all the seniors to catch up on their summer activities, it was also an opportunity for the rising class of 2008 to sign up for the many community service activities planned for the upcoming school year, including the annual blood drive and the cooking of meals for a local homeless shelter. The fast approaching start date for the 07-08 year on September 4th will nonetheless usher in a new senior class, one dedicated to improving the quality of both student and community life in Falls Church. Inspiration brought about by last year’s “Challenge Day” has already prompted these passionate students to take on challenges as the work to establish a greater respect for others within the school environment and abolish peer judgment. Already, with their display of natural integrity, it seems as though the Class of ’08 will make it a promising year. 8/31/07