The Bear Facts

After years at LB, Thomas looks to secure legacy

Josh Wartel, Editor-In-Chief

April 9, 2015


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When Dave Thomas arrived at LB as an assistant baseball coach and substitute teacher in 1990, hardly a door could be found in the school. The open classroom movement was still in vogue and chalkboards lined the walls. “In fact, it used to be for extra credit, the teachers would say, ‘go beat out...

Robert Mulvaney: A Brief History

Robert Mulvaney: A Brief History

Maggie Komoniewski, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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After geosystems teacher Genyne Malin left to have a baby, geosystems substitute Robert Mulvaney joined the LB family on Nov. 7, excited to share his passion for science and technology with students. Mulvaney discovered his appreciation for the science and engineering fields early on in his life. “I...

Ryan Antonellis: Huddle Up, It’s Halftime at Harvard

Anne Merrill, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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On signing day last year, 2014 graduate Ryan Antonellis committed to play football at Harvard University. In August, Antonellis left for the prestigious university and began his collegiate football career. Now that his busy football season is over, Antonellis decided to participate in the variety of...

Nathan Bender: This Land is His Land

Marianne Beveridge, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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Junior Nathan Bender seems like the average high school student. He spends his days balancing rigorous classes and JROTC, and he spends his free time playing video games with friends. However, one thing sets Bender apart from most other students: He has his very own landscaping company. “I cut...

Erika Nguyen: Gaining Respect on the Mats

Erika Nguyen: Gaining Respect on the Mats

Gerardo Cerna, Staff Writer

February 4, 2015


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Many contact sports are dominated by the male population. Junior Erika Nguyen, however, is an exception, being the only female on the JV wrestling team at LB and in the district. Since she was a little girl, Nguyen has been interested in contact sports, such as karate and kung fu. “When I was...

Joanne Yoon: Giving Back To Haitians

Joanne Yoon: Giving Back To Haitians

Devon Lee, Staff Writer

February 4, 2015


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While some students were enjoying their winter break at home and relaxing, junior Joanne Yoon went out of her way to help children in an underdeveloped country during her mission trip to Haiti. “I was able to go to Haiti through my church, Korean Central Presbyterian Church, with other church members,”...

Nadji Filali: The founder of Outliers Clothing Company

Nadji Filali: The founder of Outliers Clothing Company

Aya Khaznadar, Staff Writer

February 4, 2015


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“We see what others cannot see, we do what others deem impossible, we ‘can’ when they ‘cannot’, we are the possible in impossible, we are the Outliers,” said by senior Nadji Filali via Facebook. Like many students, Filali wanted to find something to set himself apart from others. Not...

Chris Schweitzer: Designing through ink, sketches and paint

Chris Schweitzer: Designing through ink, sketches and paint

Gerardo Cerna, Staff Writer

December 16, 2014


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Since the start of her career in art, junior Chris Schweitzer has created many paintings, sculptures, sketches and even designed tattoos. Her expertise in art is a talent that would take someone years to master. Starting to doodle at the age of 5, drawing the same picture over and over, she didn’t...

Laura Sizemore: Raising Empowerment for FCPS Women

Laura Sizemore: Raising Empowerment for FCPS Women

Maggie Komoniewski, Staff Writer

December 16, 2014


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Sophomore Laura Sizemore was recently appointed as the student representative for the Fairfax County Commission for Women, a commission created in 1971, that continues to serve the Board of Supervisors on subjects pertaining to women’s equality. Sizemore’s parents made her aware of the position,...

Anastasia Slepukhova: A Leader for Tomorrow

Anastasia Slepukhova: A Leader for Tomorrow

Maggie Komoniewski, Staff Writer

December 16, 2014


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Between her leadership roles in Key Club, SGA, SCA and more, junior Anastasia Slepukhova works around the clock, making a difference in her school, the community and around the world. Key Club is a service-oriented organization, though its members, including Slepukhova, see it as much more than that....

Bianca Thurgood: Belting out notes at national choir

Maggie Komoniewsk, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014


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Senior Bianca Thurgood started singing when she joined choir her junior year at LB. Despite her lack of experience, she worked hard and went on to participate in Virginia All-State Choir and Nationals, both of which are exclusive choirs that come together to collaborate and perform as a whole. Thurgood...

Julia Speranzo: En pointe dancing creates attitude shift

Julia Speranzo: En pointe dancing creates attitude shift

Gerardo Cerna, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014


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Junior Julia Speranzo has had to overcome many obstacles throughout her life in order to become the athlete that she is today. “When I got into sports, I was so far from athletic,” Speranzo said. “I was very uncoordinated to begin with, but quickly began to grow into myself and excelled at taekwondo,...