The Bear Facts

Josh Deem brings back FOPAC

Maggie Komoniewski, Staff Writer

December 16, 2013


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Along with being senior class president, senior Josh Deem brought back, improved, and became president of FOPAC; a club dedicated to educating the nation’s youth about everything and anything related to making money. FOPAC stands for "Future One Percenters of America Club”. It is a club that is...

Balloon Artist

Pooja Shethna, Staff Writer

December 16, 2013


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Blow, tie, twist. Blow, tie, twist. Blow, tie, twist, pop. That’s the average routine of a balloon artist. Crafting the most intricate and detailed sculptures out there, balloon artistry requires lots of concentration and practice to master. Sophomore Maddie Emerson has had a passion for making ball...

Chasing her sister’s legacy

Chasing her sister’s legacy

Steve Hong, Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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  The crowd goes wild. Sophie Chase has just broken a record, again. With scholarships from Stanford, one of the best running careers at Lake Braddock, a speech at graduation, Sophie sets a standard for excellence in both academics and extracurricular. One person that is affected by this is h...

Ben Cook: Behind the Curtains

Ben Cook: Behind the Curtains

Steve Hong, Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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The lights fade, and the curtain rises. Not many would vote for long travel days, 13 hour workdays, and up to eight performances in over 40 cities. But then again, not a lot of people spend about three years auditioning for the lead role in the musical Billy Elliot. Sophomore Ben Cook began auditioning for the role of Billy w...

Editors build a fresh new yearbook

Devon Lee, Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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Fingers typing, mice clicking, printer printing. Then silence. After all the hard work and effort put into the yearbook, Editors-in-Chief Hasini Bandara and Mikaela Berst, Seniors, can finally breathe when they see the final product. “As the only two freshmen girls (in the class), we immediately...

New club aims for gender equality

Victoria Hodge, Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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Walking down the hallways of Lake Braddock, it’s easy to overhear a sexist remark, or a “funny” joke that blatantly degrades women. 11th graders Sarah Divita and Eriko Spurlock are trying to bring a stop to this type of behavior by starting a new club at Lake Braddock centered on feminist values. ...

Chris Clarke Soars to New Heights

Pooja Shethna, Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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When people think of a teenager, they usually think of someone who is now eligible to get their driver’s license;  rarely would they ever think of someone who is eligible to get their private pilot’s license.  Merely 16 years old, sophomore Chris Clarke is training to get his solo pilot’s certificate,...

Yesterday’s youth and their decisions

Devon Lee and Hannah Richins

November 14, 2013


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Next time your grandma tells you to make good choices, stay in school, and be yourself or another overly repeated piece of advice... Stop and think. You might not think she is the sanest woman in the world, but our grandparent’s advice is valuable to our generation. We need to pay more attention to...

Franco creates the moment

Franco creates the moment

Yaita Lopez, Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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Entering the school with her camera, ready to film LB students dressed up for each spirit day,  the pep rally to remember, which BVD boy can really dance, or entering the home games preparing to watch the final touchdown occur, senior Bella Franco caught every moment from the beginning of homecoming week till the end. ...

Two for the Money

Two for the Money

Yaitza Lopez and Maggie Komoniewski

November 14, 2013


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All of the money collected from various school events such as the homecoming dance, football games, the spring dance, and fundraising events during the course of the year all arrive in the offices of Heidi Gantt and Bonnie Bowman, the finance ladies who keep LB successfully running. But with Bowman...

Purdy Makes Cents

Yaitza Lopez, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013


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Sponsor of the 2014 class, and the Asian-American Student Association, a Math 8 and algebra teacher, Mark Purdy has a lot on his plate. Being class sponsor involves heading fundraisers, pep rallies, school dances, attending meetings, emailing or making phone calls, as well as dedication and patience...

Gaudin scores a new home at JMU

Maggie Komonieski, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013


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Prior to the2013 lacrosse season, senior Kristen Gaudian was invited to attend and play lacrosse for James Madison University for the 2014-2015 school year. People in your life impact you in ways you hardly realize. Senior Kristen Gaudian was influenced to play sports as a child because of her family....