Peters’ Play Time Does Not Dictate Dedication

BL’s bench was comprised with some of the most hard-working and important players on the lacrosse team. Michael Peters was one of those dedicated and energetic bench players who positively impacted the team.

img_8883-pngFor Boys’ Latin, the bench helped the team improve on and off the field. “Everyone was treated equally and no one was considered a bench player, but a BL lacrosse player,” Coach Farrell described. The players who did not get as much play time helped cheer on the starting players, partake in organized celebrations, and work hard at practice.

“The players who did not see the field as much were considered as, or if not, more important than the starting players,” Farrell said.

“If practicing hard and challenging my teammates is what will make them better, then that is what I will do,” Michael Peters stated. Out of everyone who spent most of his time on the sidelines, Peters was the best teammate a player and coach could ask for.

“We could have used one hundred Michael Peters on the team because he was the type of player who worked hard every day and did not care if he got recognition for his effort,” Farrell explained.

Peters came to practice every day and did his role to his highest ability because he knew that was what would make the team better.  “He was the smallest guy on the field, but had the biggest heart,” Greg Ey said.

“I worked hard to show that I cared for the team, despite my lack of playing time,” Peters said.

Peters embraced his role on the team and enjoyed being with his fellow teammates. “Michael celebrated with his teammates after every good play and he was a key factor for keeping the energy up,” Ethan Norman stated. His energy, along with all the other players on the sideline, kept the team motivated and caused them to have a positive attitude.

“The change in energy of the game was important, and it usually favored us in our direction. Their motivation kept us going, and we would keep our heads up no matter what the situation was because of it,” Ey also explained.

Michael’s motivation not only affected the team on the field but also off the field. From being on the team, Peters, along with everyone else, developed unbreakable bonds that many people do not have. “I love each of my teammates like they’re my brothers,” Peters explained.

“I have been a part of many great lacrosse programs, but I had never been a part of a team with player chemistry like BL’s. At the end of the day, it was not about the wins and loses, but about each other and the love of the game,” Farrell stated.

“It was a brotherhood and everyone truly cared about each other,” Norman said.

Despite Peters’ playing time, he was still able to make many memories and relationships on the team. “The memories that I have made on the team will always stick with me,” Peters expressed.

Peters was a dedicated player who sincerely loves his teammates and the game of lacrosse. His hard work paid off because he has recently verbally committed to play lacrosse at Randolph-Macon.

Cool, Calm, Collected: Douglas Sinks his Shot

Emotions on the golf course affect both seasoned pros and amateurs alike; however, Jordan Douglas has developed a way to keep himself positive by managing his emotions on the course.

Emotions play a key role in golf and have some effects on everyone’s game. On the other hand, if one is able to develop a strategy to keep himself cool, calm, and collected, he can grip it, rip it, and let it fly.

Douglas, a senior on the golf team, has crafted a way to keep himself relaxed on the course so that he can execute his shots. “I like to stay loose on the course; I try not to spend time thinking about what my score is or what shot I’m going to  hit until I step up to the ball,” Douglas said.

Willie Wright, a fellow teammate, explained how Douglas is very talkative on the course: “I think it keeps his mind off the next stroke until he’s ready to hit the ball.” He added that when Douglas is nervous on the course, he becomes quiet and does not talk to anyone.

After playing several times with Douglas, Wright developed a method to help Douglas when his nerves got the best of him. When he went quiet, Wright knew he was nervous and tried to strike up a conversation to get Douglas’s mind off the shot.

Offering Douglas help by suggesting which club to use and how to strike the ball helped to reassure him before he took his shots.

Drew Nicholas was also able to give insight into Douglas’s actions on the course. Nicholas explained that when Douglas is not hitting his drives smoothly, he worries about not being in the right position to hit the next shot. “He takes a lot of deep breaths before he walks up to the tee, he takes his time on the tee to line his shot up, and he tries to slow everything down and focus on hitting the ball.”

An issue Douglas’s teammates commonly see is that he will get hung up on a bad shot and it will affect the way he plays from that point on.

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Jordan Douglas preparing for a shot last spring

Douglas has picked up many strategies from his teammates, which have been very beneficial to him. By telling him, “Focus on the next shot, bad shots happen,” Nicholas believes he has helped Douglas because it does not allow him to dwell on his previous mistake.

Douglas is fortunate enough to have competitive and helpful teammates, like Wright and Nicholas, who help him play the best he can by helping him stay calm and play his game. This has helped Douglas develop ways to stay calm on the course.

“My teammates have helped me a lot on the course. They help me stay calm and it shows because my scores improved throughout the season,” Douglas stated.

 

Jalen Milton: Character Leader

Jalen Milton says he’s always seen himself as a witty and chill individual, but over the course of his four years at BL, other students and faculty have seen him grow into a leader who isn’t afraid to voice his opinion and cares for what everyone has to say.

Milton started at BL his freshman year in 2013, and he was searching for a place to be himself and make a contribution to his community. The Diversity Club proved to be the best fit to express his thoughts and opinions on serious issues that affect national communities. Milton knew he wanted to bring his own unique style to the Diversity Club with his one-and-only sense of humor and also the ability to return to a serious state of mind to stay on track.

Ms. Kristen Tubman, the faculty representative for the Boys’ Latin Diversity Club, saw this from Milton and learned from him how to view situations from a different point of view. “I’ve learned that we don’t always need to take things seriously, that sometimes we can see the humorous side of things,” Ms. Tubman said, “but that we have to know when to make that switch.”

Students also noticed Milton’s impact in the club and have learned when to take a break to have some fun.

“He’s always there, he always has something witty to say and something that always throws us off guard because we don’t always think in that direction…he always has a nice time, and makes sure everyone else is having a nice time,” said Trey-Lonte Gaither, a major contributor and leader of the Diversity Club.

Milton may seem like the quiet guy in school, but he is never afraid to show who he truly is. He leaves an enjoyable and everlasting atmosphere with every serious conversation within the Diversity Club. His energy allows everyone to loosen up and be themselves while also addressing serious issues when there needs to be a conversation among the club.

This energy and character have certainly rubbed off on some of the other student members part of the club.

“He’s probably the nicest kid I’ve met here at BL. He’s such a respectable guy, and I never hear him talk bad about anyone. He always respects your opinion and will share his opinion with you without being scared. So he’s a pretty comfortable guy to be around,” stated by Matt Luterman, another key member of the Diversity Club.

Milton’s ability to bring a comfortable atmosphere shows that he doesn’t mind the awkward conversations that some people may not consider having.

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Senior Jalen Milton at the podium giving his announcement

The sense of comfortability also plays a big part in being a leader. Milton isn’t afraid to be himself around other people, and that’s always a trait looked for in leaders. Gaither and Luterman both see Milton as a leader by example and someone for everyone to model themselves after.

“He brings a lot of leadership roles to facilitate his own group and loves to be involved as much as he can. He’s shown that with his work that he’s preparing for the University of Baltimore Leadership Conference,” Gaither explained.

“He gives a good example, and he’s quiet until his opinion is needed and doesn’t hold it back,” said Ms. Tubman.

Milton has certainly left his mark on the Diversity Club as a leader no one expected. His quiet but informative personality puts in him in the exclusive category of talks least, says most. 

Milton says he can’t wait to showcase himself at the Leadership Conference on November 12th where he will be presenting his “Break the Silence, Speak Up” workshop. Jalen also looks to continue to work with the Diversity Club/Organizations to whichever college he goes to in the upcoming year.

Oguike’s Singing Noticed by All at BL

Brian Oguike, an avid leader in the Boys’ Latin community, has had a knack for stealing the hearts and catching the eyes and ears of all listeners during chorus concerts.

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Brian Oguike

The school’s chorus has had all-school performances many times followed by standing ovations, but one voice always stands out more than the rest. This voice belongs to senior Brian Oguike. Oguike has been a member of the school’s chorus since sixth grade and has not looked back.

The chorus is quite a popular extracurricular among the students at BL, even in the upper school. Yet in the sixth-grade, chorus is a mandatory requirement of the students. “If I had the choice, the chorus with Ms. Anderson would not have been my first choice, but it’s not all bad and I think it can be kinda cool,” says Oguike.

Oguike’s singing voice is not just noticed by the audience but other chorus members as well. “Brian has a soothing alto voice!” said Trey Burrell, a chorus member since sixth grade and has stuck with it through his senior year just as Oguike has.

Theo Thomas, a best friend and another member of the chorus for the past six years, commented, “Brian has the comforting voice that from his build you wouldn’t expect but kinda surprises you.”

Oguike is an African American male standing about 6’3” and around 130 pounds with a very thin stature. A big misconception about those that are really tall and have a more shy personality is that that will exactly be how they are in everyday activities those including singing. The only difference is when Oguike sings, he completely contradicts that statement.

The Oguike family is far from the Brady Bunch and not the typical household; Oguike is one of four children, with him being the youngest of them all. “It’s like I don’t have any peace when I am home with my family constantly around me; I feel like my family’s only purpose is to annoy me,” he said. “Music kind of keeps me sane when I have to deal with them!” said Oguike.

Oguike’s favorite genre of music is hip hop but is a real lover of 80s and 90s rappers such as Tupac and Snoop Dogg. “Rap music is one of the reasons I have stuck with the chorus so long; music is one of my pastimes I guess.”

Oguike is a dedicated student inside and outside of this school, proven through his dedication with his passion for music and participating in the chorus.

Championship Starter Reveals Secret to Success

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Zach gets ready to throw a pitch against Glenelg Country School

BL ace Zach Grace recalls how superstitions
have helped him during big games like the championship, a no-hitter, and his first varsity start.

Grace has many superstitions. His favorite superstition is “probably not sharing my sunflower seeds because everyone gets mad that they can’t have any.”

Grace’s brother, the varsity designated hitter Sam Grace, said, “The weirdest one [supersition] is probably wearing the same orange compression shorts for every game he starts.”

“The pool of spit he has that he doesn’t let people go near is pretty nasty, especially when someone steps in it. He gets angry when that happens,” said varsity catcher Matt Purnell.

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The Lakers storm the field after winning the Championship

During the championship game at Ripken Field last year, Grace’s superstitions were revved up to 100 percent. When coming off the field, one could see Grace wearing his sweatshirt and jacket on when he wasn’t pitching even though it was easily at least ninety-five degrees out. Grace said, “I always wear my jacket, sweatshirt, and long sleeve shirt. Even when it’s hot.”

“[My superstitions] started freshman year when I threw my no-hitter against St.Paul’s. I felt good that day and I wanted to keep that same feeling by keeping everything the same, ” said Grace.

While Grace might enjoy his superstitions, his teammates are not as fond of them. Just ask Mark Lopez, the varsity baseball captain, who has stepped in Grace’s spit pile on more than one occasion. J.P. Woodward also has an opinion since Grace is always denying him sunflower seeds.

Grace’s superstitions aren’t just limited to Boys’ Latin games, either. No, Grace’s spit pools and sweatshirts go with him in the blistering heat on his summer team according to his brother, Sam.

Grace can only recall one game where he has forgotten about his superstitions. On April 23rd, 2016 against the St. Paul’s Crusaders, the same team he pitched a no-hitter against two years earlier, he forgot his superstitions. Grace gave up two home runs that day, one of them going about 400 feet, and BL lost the game 12-8.

It’s clear that Grace does not do well when he does not abide by his superstitions. Let’s hope that for the 2017 season, being a senior and the ace of the staff, Grace’s superstitions will help him and the rest of the BL team win another championship.

Very Busy Man Purnell Still Finds Time to Play Overwatch

purnell-inkwellMatt Purnell’s day consists of multiple AP classes, baseball, cross country, and other extracurricular activities such as playing guitar for the jazz ensemble at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. Even with all this work and his busy schedule, he manages to get all his work done to open some free time to do his favorite hobby, which is to play the very fun game Overwatch.

Developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released in March of 2016, Overwatch is an intense action-packed, first-person shooter. However, this isn’t a typical first person shooter like Call of Duty; this is a cartoon modified version rated teen rather than the mature rating of other first-person shooters.

The game contains 24 characters in all, each equipped with its own unique abilities. The game is the first in the series and also the last.

This game can be played on many consoles like the Xbox One or Playstation4; however, it is considered to be best played on PC by Purnell. It has a $30 price point, a relatively cheap game compared to $60 for games of leading consoles.

Purnell, a fan of many different types of games ranging from Madden and MLB to Pokémon and Super Smash Brothers, considers that Overwatch has surpassed those titles and is now at the forefront of his gaming library taking most of his free time.

Although he plays this game almost exclusively, for now, he said that “Right now, it is my favorite game. There could easily come a better game that could spark my interest more, but for now, it is Overwatch.”

Purnell has been an avid fan of the game ever since he played the Beta version before the official release. He spends many Friday nights with his dog in his room on his gaming PC, playing with his five friends, Josiah Bedford, Noah Vilceus, Brett Friedman, Harry Purdue, and Chris Yan. Harry Purdue is the man who introduced Purnell to the game which started Purnell’s small scale addiction.

“Overwatch is a great game, but what I enjoy even most is playing the game with my five friends,” said Purnell.

“I really enjoy the game, and playing with Matt and the guys makes it way better. Matt is pretty good, but not as good as Harry, but we all enjoy playing with each other,” said Noah Vilceus, one of Matt’s closest friends who also plays Overwatch.

Founder of WikiLeaks Silenced by Ecuador

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was speculated to have been assassinated, but in reality, he was silenced by the Ecuadorian government by cutting off his internet connection.

This speculation came after WikiLeaks released a series of code believed to be his dead man’s switch, which basically meant that if he were detained or killed, the codes would be released, according to yournewswire.com. “It is essentially a means of discouraging his assassination, an enormous trove of secrets will be automatically published if Assange is detained or dead.”

The group, Anonymous, who promote transparency of the presidential candidates, later gave a report that Assange was alive and that the cryptic emails were not a dead man’s code.

WikiLeaks is a company that has recently been releasing emails surrounding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her surrounding campaign members. It has been trying to make her campaign as transparent as possible trying to expose corruption from the inside of her campaign.

However, this was seen as an attempt to boost Presidential Candidate Donald Trump by trying to incriminate Hillary Clinton and therefore was seen as disrupting the United States election.

“BREAKING: Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations” was tweeted by @wikileaks in the days following. Instead of Ecuador independently stopping Julian Assange, John Kerry placed some pressure on them to do so.

Ecuador has stated that the internet ban is temporary: “This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.” Ecuador cannot prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities because the organization is not centered in the Ecuadorian Embassy; only Assange is there.

The silencing came at a very important time because according to thefreethoughtproject.com, “The Free Thought Project found the timing of the Internet cutoff in relation to WikiLeaks’ release of the factious Goldman Sachs transcripts so dubious, we posited the move akin to flagrant state-sponsored censorship of the press.”

The Ecuadorian Embassy accepted Assange and granted him asylum to protect him from persecution of his journalistic opportunities. Now they are attempting to censor his journalistic activities.

Even though the Internet of Julian Assange has been severed, the WikiLeaks organization has continued to release information even without the help of Assange. This has effectively shown that severing of Assange does not silence his company. Assange will eventually get his internet back, but probably not before the U.S. Presidential Election.