FUTURE COMEDIANS IN THE MAKING: SCHOOL ‘MEME’ PAGE SATIRIZES LCHS WATER FOUNTAINS

Michaela Scott | Editor in Chief


Left: Kirsten Ponticelli and Antonio Robles review the new water fountain in the science hall as research for their Instagram account. After analyzing the new features, the duo posted A review on September 20, 2019.

If you’re a student that loves memes and social networking, you might’ve heard of the up-and-coming “LCHS Water Fountains” page on the popular media platform, Instagram.
Over the course of the past year, this page has analyzed and reviewed each water fountain throughout the school. Each post is filled with hilarious detail in each caption, which is what brings the most laughter to the students.

The two sophomores in charge of the famed comedy page are Kirsten Ponticelli and Antonio Robles. The account originally began during SOL season and as a small joke between their group of friends, although blowing up was always something that appealed to them.

“I noticed a huge difference between every fountain and felt like it was an amusing way to alert the public,” Ponticelli said.

According to the Instagram account, each water fountain can be distinguished by the way the flavor changes, the water temperature, the speed it’s shooting out of the fountain, and the height of the stream.

Although this topic may seem trivial, these students have put a satirical spin on each post, which is what’s drawn the most attention to this humorous page.

“The really intense detail is what makes it so funny, it’s just such a normal thing, but completely over the top,” said Robles. “Every caption includes extreme description.”

Robles and Ponticelli collaborate to create a report that kids would typically find in a meme online.

Throughout the growth of this media page, many other social networking accounts started popping up to join the trend, reviewing similar features around the school. But Robles and Ponticelli’s humor remains the original.

“Once our account started gaining more and more attention, other pages came about, like ‘LCH Staircases’ and ‘LCH Clocks,’ but we were the official trendsetters,” said Ponticelli.

Ponticelli and Robles both have very different forms of humor, which is what creates a great contrast when the two collaborate. Ponticelli credits professional American comedian Anthony Jeselnik as a huge influence on her comical aspect because she admires how dark his humor can get, and how nothing is off limits.

On the other hand, Robles is incredibly light-hearted and his jokes are mainly influenced by social media influencer, ‘Jericho.’

The two greatly admire the comedic genre and want to continue this passion even if it’s considered a pastime activity for them. Ponticelli has made remarks about beginning a comedy club to continue expressing her love for comedy. Robles claims he is just there to sell jokes and make the people around him laugh.

“It’s the best feeling ever making someone you don’t know laugh,” said Robles when asked what gives him the most personal satisfaction in his comedic work. “We both love what we do and I don’t think we’ll ever stop having this passion.”

CAPTURING MOMENTS: A GLIMPSE INTO THE MAKING OF THE YEARBOOK

Karen Cortes | Staff Writer

Hannah Dick and Sierra Martin attend a pink-out on October 11, 2019. Yearbook staff spends time outside of school hours taking pictures for the yearbook. During school, they sort through pictures and conduct interviews in preparation for producing the yearbook. Photo: Jim Klimavicz

The high school yearbook is a treasured part of students’ high school experience, but have you ever thought of the amount of work and time the staff puts into it, or how much pressure they’re under?

The yearbook is not a random collage of pictures. Instead, the staff creates a yearly theme and develops their spreads around that theme.

Chris Colston, advisor of the yearbook staff, said that the theme starts way before the first day of school. “So it takes about the whole year,” said Colston. “We start at a yearbook camp at JMU and we go for four and a half days there and sort of set up the whole thing.”

Hannah Dick and Sierra Martin, Editors in Chief of the Lord Loudoun Yearbook, attended yearbook camp with others to get the theme set. “I had such a good time because they make it really fun while you’re still getting a lot of stuff done,” said Dick.

“I attended it this year and last year and it was so much fun,” said Dick. “Last year I didn’t really know what to expect but I went in and I learned so much about yearbook.”

The logistics of scheduling at our school makes it difficult for staff to meet consistently. As with most electives, enrollment is impacted by other courses students want to take as well as required courses such as personal finance.

This year, the yearbook meets once per day, once on A days and another one on B days. Dick and Martin are both present for. “There’s about five or six of us that work both days and there’s some people that are only on A day or B day,” said Dick.

“Sierra and I both have [yearbook] class on B days, but Sierra is only there during A lunch on A days,” said Dick. This is because Martin had a scheduling conflict on A days, during which she has to take a different class. Her dedication shows in her willingness to work during her lunch shift every other day.

Colston and Dick talked about what the most stressful part about yearbook is. “For me personally taking over this for the first year I just don’t know the ins and outs,” said Colston. “I’m learning as I go. Anytime where you have a deadline with a financial penalty is stressful.”

“I think the most stressful part is having deadlines because if we don’t get enough spreads in a certain amount of time then it won’t be finished,” said Dick.

It’s not as easy as it seems, and it’s a lot of commitment, said Dick. “I wish they knew how much work goes into it cause always people are complaining about little mistakes and we try our best but it is hard to make everything perfect.”

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

January 28: College Financial Aid Workshop.
January 30: Blood Drive.
January 31: Club day. Adjusted schedule.
February 4: Blood Drive. PTSA Meeting.
February 5: Electives Fair during lunch.
February 12: Wellness Wednesday. Academic Night.
February 13: NHS Meeting. Band Pre-Assessment Concert
February 19: Academic night.
February 20-22: Play, 7 p.m.
February 28: Club days
March 3: Student Holiday.
March 5-7: Play, 7 p.m.
March 10: PTSA Meeting. Rising Senior Information Night.
March 20: Club days.
March 26: End of quarter.
March 27: Student Holiday
April 1: Rising 9th Grade Visit.
April 6-10: No school. Spring Break.
April 14: PTSA Meeting.
April 15: Booster Club Meeting.
April 16: NHS Meeting.
April 22: Wellness Wednesday. Guitar Concert.
April 23: Guitar Spring Concert.
April 24: Prom.
April 29: Spring Concert. College Commitment Day.
April 30: String Spring Concert.
May 5: PTSA Meeting.
May 13: Booster Club Meeting.
May 14: NHS Meeting. Play.
May 14-16: Play, 7 p.m.
May 19: Guitar/Orchestra Concert.
May 21: Choir Spring Concert.
May 22: Choir/Banquet/Senior Showcase.
May 26: Band Spring Concert.
May 28: JLSMS Spring Concert.
June 2: PTSA Meeting.
June 4: Senior Awards Ceremony & Yearbook Dist. NHS Meeting.
June 8: Year Distribution
June 10: Last Day of School.
June 12: Graduation

NEWS BRIEF: RAIDERS RAVE ABOUT NEW RECORDING STUDIO

Maggie Sheridan | Managing Editor

Students in Kathryn Ives’ English class perform scenes from “Macbeth” in front of the library’s new green screens. The screens allow students to take still or moving photography, using various software to change the background. Photo: Christina Burge

Recently, a Raider Recording Studio has been added in the library. The idea was started by librarian Christina Burge. “Doing projects this way makes things more fun for the students and provides an interesting way to learn,” said Burge. As a former graphic design teacher, she believes that students have an easier time working with the software compared to some teachers.

The recording studio is fairly straight-forward and easy to use. You stand in front of the green wall and make a video or take photos. Then, you can edit and choose from different software. From there you select the color and use tools to erase parts you don’t want included in the video. Finally, you insert the background of your choice.Students use it for a variety of classes.

“So far we’ve had two English classes and a French class,” said Burge. The librarians just received a grant to get a camera to use in order to take better quality pictures and videos. She hopes that it will take off as more time passes and more students become aware of it. “I’m excited because I think it will open up new doors for everyone,” said Burge.

NEWS BRIEF: WINNERS OF AUTUMN LITERARY CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Olivia Zavadil | Business Manager

The Crossed Sabres literary magazine has selected students Mia Jimenez and Julia Calvert as the winners of this years’ Autumn fiction and art contest. Jimenez’s short story, “Vivat Rex,” and Calvert’s illustration “Hallowed Man” will be featured in this year’s magazine. General submissions to the literary magazine are open through March 1, and interested students should turn in work and signed submission forms in Room 104.

 

NEWS BRIEF: “GROW OUR OWN” PROGRAM KEEPS TEACHERS IN LOUDOUN

Olivia Zavadil | Business Manager

Starting next year, Human Resources and Talent Development will be offering students dual enrollment teacher cadet classes. These classes allow students to pursue their passion of teaching, while getting the opportunity to earn a letter of intent. This letter, offered through the “Grow Our Own” initiative, allow students who return to LCHS public schools 4-6 years after graduation to claim a guaranteed job position.

 

SPORTS BRIEF: LADY RAIDERS DOMINATE IN 12TH STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 13 YEARS

Michaela Scott | Editor-in-Chief
The outstanding varsity volleyball team dominated at VCU’s Siegel Center on Friday, November 22, 2019. This squad not only swept the opponent, Grafton High School, in a quick three set match, but they did it with the weight of thirteen years of excellent volleyball players on their mind.

“It’s a lot of weight off of my shoulders because the pressure each individual has to win the states game each year is incredible,” said senior team captain and setter Chandler Vaughan.

The ‘Raider Family’ grows closer each year and continues to strive for excellence. “Each of the years I’ve played here at County, the teams were so different and full of different personalities and greatness which made each season coming back super exciting,” Vaughan said.

 

NEW BRIEF: LCHS PARTNERS TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILIES IN THE HOLIDAYS

Byron VanEpps | Raider Staff

Over Christmas break, two families from Loudoun County High School and Heritage High School received groceries and gifts for the holidays. This came as a result of a partnership between the Leesburg Police, Ketterman’s Jewelers, Loudoun Hunger Relief and Loudoun County Public Schools, who sponsored the families. Donations were accepted from members of the community, and it became a way for everyone to spread holiday cheer to some families in need.

 

NEWS BRIEF: ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SEEKS 2020 HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Cara Hodge | Editor-In-Chief

The LCHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is beginning the process of electing the next class. Former athletes are eligible to be nominated 10 years after they graduate and former coaches and administrators are eligible five years after they retire or leave LCHS. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. Applications are provided by Kate Cassidy in the Athletic Director’s office.

 

NEWS BRIEF: SEA PERCH PROVIDES HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE FOR NJROTC CADETS

Mackenzie Munn | Managing Editor
The NJROTC program introduced a new team to the program this year called Sea Perch. Any student in the unit who wants to join is allowed. The team builds underwater submarines that are controlled during competitions. The theme of this year’s goal is for the submarines to “clean-up trash.”

They host practices twice a week where they built their submarines and then perform sea trails in the indoor pool in the NJROTC annex.
After the trials, they run their subs through an obstacle course in a real pool. “I really enjoy it because it is very hands on and there is a lot of freedom to learn how to do everything,” Erica Dobies said. “We do almost all of it on our own.”

They compete in their first meet on March 14.