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David Vanderpool, as Judd Frye, gets in touch with his not so gentler side, as Logan Allen, playing Curly, suffers the consequences.

Spring Musical 2005


Centre College Kendrick Newton Georgetown University Pat Thomas Andrew Bumbalough Harding University Wheaton College U of Colorado University of Louisville Paige Parkey Boulder Kelsey Tunney New York Univ. Allye Ellwanger U of Nebraska Northwestern Univ. Mason Revelette Western Kentucky Univ. Kelsey Moore Barry Turner DeVan Ard Lindsey Moore Emily Holland Emily Vickers Kenyon College Rebecca Yarbrough Christopher Newport Univ. Kasey Arnold U of Virginia Hunter Sinclair Dartmouth College Chris Blankenship Elon Univ. Brian Smith U of N. Carolina Philipa Davies Wake Forest Univ. Lindsay Netterville Furman University Lane Jacobs Allison Renfro Clemson University Megan Langworthy Mercer University Merritt Goodman U of Georgia Ashley Fitzhugh Rachel Bachmann Florida State Univ. Carrie Smith U of Florida Brian Ralls Pepperdine Univ. Ryan Huie Samantha Stewart Oklahoma Christian University Luke Roe University of Mississippi U of Alabama Addison Edmonds Courtenay Davis Albert Johnson Kathleen Dixon David Varn Paige Dudney Southern Methodist Brittany Fuson University Elizabeth Kirkland Meredith Christians Leigh Rebrovick Baylor Univ. BirminghamBradley Minnigan Huntingdon College Southern College Megan Blalock Ford Newell Auburn University Julia Crownover Whit Smith Brad Bowker Aaron Broach Josh Butler Nick Forte Reid Hill Catherine Kelly Patrick Kennedy Ben Loftin III David Meek Patrick Read Fleming Smith IV Emily Stewart Ali Tanner Abilene Christian University Courtney Flow Katie Morrison Belmont University Stephen Burris Wes Cargen Parker Cason Tiffany Evins Clint Mason Kristin McCollum Ashley Powell Mary Lynn Ware Lipscomb Univ. Ed Williams Paige Griffin Tennessee Tech Katelyn Rutledge Samford University Bryan Kephart Willie Andrews Vanderbilt University Beau Wells John Ballard Michael Pelster UT- Chattanooga Courtney Cameron Trevecca Nazarene Jackson Shaw Candace Clippard University MTSU Mary Hunter Husband Shelby Mashburn Mike Bowen Caitlin Murphree Rhodes College Brittany Moore Rachel Roberts Jessica Harris Kofi Semenya Amy Steinhouse Rob Queener Sarah Storey Union University U of Memphis Josh VanFleteren Wende Jackson Tyler Griffin Robin Warren Anna Townsend UT- Knoxville Hunter Adams Ashley Alexander Ali Beki Katy Blackburn Ashley Burrow Taylor Caldwell Katey Fadler Caroline Graham Page Keyser Stacy Lawrence William Mahan Craig Mockmore Elizabeth Raymond

Rachel Rogers shows Brentwood Academy guys what really goes down at those mysterious pajama parties.

"It's real...well, almost," says Abigail Lawrence, the annoyingly smug Gurdy in the musical.

Hunter Sinclair (Ali Hakim) finalizes his sale of Tiffany Evins (Ado Annie) by giving her a famous "Persian goodbye."

The dancing, singing, and acting. That set. Those costumes. That laugh. Those kisses. Only one word could describe this year's production of Oklahoma!: memorable. From the curtain's split to the final bow, the stage held a veritable carnival of characters. All the while, cowboys, saloon girls, farmers and cowgirls made Oklahoma a place anyone would want to visit. While laughter and jokes flowed on stage and off, the performances had an objective other than only entertaining the audience. This year, the cast knew that Oklahoma! would be the last BA production under the guiding hand of Mrs. Jenny Oldham, and there was a shared desire to come together for a performance bigger than themselves; those in and behind the scenes of the musical were united from the first zap to the final bow. The smiles on stage were real, and each night filled the participants with more memories than the back of a t-shirt could ever hold. At the end of every performance, congratulations, flowers, and hugs rained down on these students. The best praise, however, came from the one they had tried so hard to please. Mrs. Oldham honestly remarked, "This was one of the best productions I have been a part of in my 17 years at BA. Everyone acted professionally through any glitches we had, and I am just so glad that this cast and crew were part of one of my final shows." by A.K. Jamieson

Undecided Cam Day Bruce Little Andrew Nickerson

Neese's Pieces 3 Basketball Ballers 7-8 Inagural Greek Class 10 MS Madness 11-12 Senior Spotlight 14

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Brentwood Academy


On Top At Last


DeVan Ard

The Talon is a quarterly publication produced by students at Brentwood Academy. Member of the Tennessee High School Press Association Comments and suggestions are welcome [email protected] 219 Granny White Pike Brentwood, TN 37027 Brentwood Academy is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person--body, mind, and spirit--to the glory of God.

A Note from the Editors: After working on Talon for three years, we have developed a close bond with this publication. We thank you for reading and hope you continue to find enlightenment and pleasure in the future editions of Talon. Graduating Seniors DeVan Ard, Rebecca Yarbrough, Caitlin Murphree and Chris Blankenship


by Ben Neese

the responsibilities of leading the rest of the school. From choosing the theme verse to completing a service project, the duties of the senior class are many. With this great burden soon to be placed on our shoulders, the junior class must prepare itself. We are no longer one of Santa's obscure reindeer, like Harold, but rather one of his leads, like Dasher. No longer will we have to stare at other reindeer's cabooses and follow blindly. Now it is up to us to decide the route and make sure all the kids get their presents on time. Being suddenly thrown into such a position can be rather shocking. After all, hiding behind the other deer and pulling only a small fraction of the weight has its advantages. Apart from the occasional funky smells, it is nice and cozy at the back of the pack, but no one ever remembers the guys who stay back there. Reindeer like Horatio and Hubert rarely make the history books. It's the guys out in front, who fear no failure, who become legends. So, ready or not, next year is approaching, full of tricks and trials. How we will meet that year we have yet to see, but hopefully we juniors will be able to handle the duties of the seniors. Who knows, we might even do a good job. After all, we did win the Spirit Stick on numerous occasions, even if we were only cheering for the sake of beating the seniors. That has to count for something.

Assistant Editors

Chris Blankenship Caitlin Murphree

Layout and Design Editor

Rebecca Yarbrough

Creative Assistant

Kelsey Moore

Brooke Baggett Chad Boring Allison Dove Jessika Doyel Addie Lee Alyssa Mankin Anita Mathews Ben Neese Kendrick Newton Emily Ralls Mason Revelette Whit Smith

Staff Writers

Barry Robbins


DeVan, as Editor-in-Chief, proves to Layout Editor Rebecca Yarbrough and Assistant Editors Chris Blankenship and Caitlin Murphree that he is just "a-head" above them.

ver since the days of sixth grade battleball and pizza parties, we juniors have all thought of the days in the incalculable future when we would rule the school, when we would carry the senior torch. The day is nigh when the current seniors will bequeath their position to a new generation of students, so as to continue the grand legacy that has been forming since the school's founding. As the 20042005 school year comes ever closer to its inevitable end, the Brentwood Academy junior class begins to ponder more and more the question: "Are we really going to be seniors next year?" While there is no definite answer, every junior class in the history of the world has become a senior class at one point in time, so we can pretty much assume that this rule will continue to hold true. With this established we must then shift our thoughts to: "How will we fill the shoes of the dinosaur senior classes that have come before us?" This is a valid question for us to ask, because as we all know there is a lot more to seniorhood than going crazy during pep rallies and getting to leave first after assemblies. Along with these rights come

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The Curtain Falls


by Jessika Doyel

reality of her departure, one of her students summed up her legacy in a simple statement: "Mrs. Oldham is the epitome of what a teacher should be." Often we forget that teachers are not only called to instruct, but inspire as well. Although she may simply be showing a student to sing on pitch or to convey a certain emotion to the audience in a production, the passion for what she is doing and for whom she does it resonates from every part of her being. Through her music, her faithfulness, and her presence, students seek her guidance and friendship and are drawn not only to the wonderful woman that she is, but to the God she serves with all that she does. With her departure, a part of BA itself seems to be going with her. Her inspiration and smiling face will be missed dearly, yet she is a teacher never to be forgotten. The imprints she has left on the hearts of many will never fade, and her memory will never cease to inspire.

Reflections on a Friend

by Guest Writer Alison Tanner

It was almost a year ago that Bob Muzikowski, defender of Chicago's troubled West Side, asked our very own Coach Brad Perry to take the position of Dean of Academics for a new Christian high school in the near west side, just a few miles from the city's famous "Loop." Since that time the building has been purchased, students have enrolled, and plans have been laid for a project aimed at reshaping that part of the city. Unfortunately for Brentwood Academy, that means the loss of our Spiritual Life Director, football and track coach, history teacher, SLT sponsor, Talent Show MC, and friend. Guest writer Alison Tanner shares the depth of his impact on her and the BA family. Coach Perry has been there to celebrate the great days and pull me through the rough ones. I could never sing his praises highly enough, but I can say for all of us who have had the privilege to know him that this man is a living blessing. He does so much behind the scenes, never asking for the glory of his endless work while meeting with kids on an intense personal level i n

've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and that we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them... I know I am who I am today because I knew you." Often, among the masses of humanity, one person may stand out above the rest for their kindness, goodness, and humble sense of self; Mrs. Oldham is one such person. It's not because she is outgoing, nor because she is some famous celebrity, but because her personality and character are simply, I suppose you would say, inspirational. Like a truly magnificent song, she is able to influence her students and fellow teachers without even realizing it. Her words of wisdom and encouragement inspire her students to strive not simply for mediocrity, but to rise to excellence. For over a decade, Mrs. Oldham has been a key part of Brentwood Academy; she has sacrificed a great deal of her time and her life for her students. When faced with the


Kicking and Screaming


by Kendrick Newton

eal Madrid. Arsenal. Bayern Munich. AC fought. From the frozen slushiness of early February Milan. to the summer heat of late May, the team has been led Though these fine international soccer clubs both on the field and on the sidelines (sometimes due may win UEFA championships and league cups, the to injury) by a cabal of committed seniors. David "Jr." spirit that binds and moves the Brentwood Academy Varn, Cam "The Man" Day, Patrick "Okay" Kennedy, boys soccer team surpasses that of those aforementioned and Patrick "Hair Flipper" Read, battled all season long powerhouses. Led by the astute and fearless for this team, with Read Coach Johnson (a veritable Sir Alex Ferguson), and Day battling injuries this season will live with those who witnessed it as well as opponents. as a testament to the dedication of many. From the long-range Despite a myriad of injuries and a brutal strikes on a free kick to regular season schedule that has seen our boys tip-of-the-glove saves soccer team play some of the best in the state, from the goalkeeper, the these masters of the pitch have emerged tried, season has been packed tested, and ready to do battle in postseason play. with intensity -- and with And while the fate of the 2005 season will have Zach Langen fights for the ball against the a strong showing from the already been decided by the time you are reading Beech Buccaneers. underclassmen among the this article, I for one do not have to wait until that time to starters, the thrill of the world's most popular sport is congratulate them on a season that has been assiduously sure to stay at BA for many years to come.

oach Brad Perry has been a monumental figure at Brentwood Academy for many years, starting when he was in high school. He carries himself with integrity, has the most humble heart I've ever known, and displays a desire to love students like no one I've ever seen. Coach Perry's love for his students reaches out of the classroom, into his office after school or during activity period, and even further into his home on the weekends or at night. He is a man whom people, especially teenagers, are drawn to because of his love for Christ, and the innumerable ways that he shows that throughout his life -- whether it be talking a problem through or laughing with his entire family at his dinner table -- are evidence of this fact. He not only cares for the students where they are, but also calls them to something higher than can be imagined; he challenges me everyday to love an unlovable person or to reach outside my "Brentwood bubble" into a world that is unfamiliar to me. Because of his indescribably humble heart, there are many at BA who have no idea what his absence will truly mean for this school next year. I would go so far as to say that much of what our school is today is due to the commitment, service, and love that Brad Perry has poured without measure into a place that he loves.

their lives as well. This man will be greatly missed, but it is a privilege for our school to be able to send this servant to a place in need, as he brings hope through his school in inner-city Chicago. Without a doubt he will make a mark there as large as the one he has made here.

Coach, teacher, friend, mentor and father- Coach Perry loves on his kids Paxton and Sophia at a b-ball game.

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The Dangers of a Haphazard Coffee

Run Lola Run Revealed

by Kasey Arnold and Paige Parkey

"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." -T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets


by Ben Neese

are the top, in fact the only manufacturers of non-dairy creamers. While they pretend to be hibernating, they are actually at a secret underground plant somewhere in southeastern North Dakota. Here they extract all of the necessary components from their millions of collected nuts, which they don't need for warmth since they enjoy a complete heating/air conditioning system, and combine them with other ingredients to formulate their miracle product. You might be wondering why squirrels would manufacture such a thing. The simple truth is this: the squirrel race has been plotting world domination since roughly April 25, 1988. Their plan started with the manufacture and sale of non-dairy coffee creamer. They then invest the profits into large amounts of TNT and slowly chew it up into tiny, almost microscopic pieces. These pieces are stored for future use. Once the entire human race is addicted to their nondairy creamer, the tasteless TNT will be dissolved into coffee creamers and sent out for distribution. When it is imbibed, it will combine with the flammable chemicals already in the body to form a highly explosive mixture. With the help of the body's natural electrical currents, the situation will result in what is sometimes referred to as "a rather unpleasant and undesirable feeling of pressure in the lower torso," which can lead to "a loud `pop'" and "the unwilling distribution of the body." I know what you're thinking: this guy is crazy. I would be skeptical too if I were you, but I'll let you in on how I know this stuff. Well, it must have been June or July of last year when I found out. I was calmly riding my bike to the pool when I noticed a squirrel set for a collision with a mailbox post. Obviously, he was not looking where he was going, since he was mainly concerned with the black Lab in hot pursuit. I simply yelled at him to watch out, and he was able to pull a rather fancy misdirection move on the Lab that led to the dog's sudden impact into the mailbox. For my help he rewarded me with his knowledge so I could save myself. Now, since we couldn't communicate with words, I primarily interpreted his gestures. I'm quite good at charades, however, so I am pretty sure of my discovery.

odney Shankmire, a middle-aged white collar worker, innocently poured a few drops of nondairy creamer into his cup of lukewarm coffee, not knowing that his indifference to coffee creamers was to be his and his entire species' ultimate downfall. Such ignorance of coffee creamers is common among men, but who can blame them? Why does it matter if a person doesn't like to hassle with refrigeration or pasteurization and just wants to have a good cup of coffee without all the trouble? This is exactly the attitude that manufacturers of this product expect from their customers. Most people will drink anything, as long as it tastes good and is not a funny color. Unfortunately, we have been brought to the edge of a crisis, a crisis that threatens to wipe our entire race off the planet. When a person nonchalantly adds a few milliliters of non-dairy creamer to his beverage, he realizes not that he is imbibing a dangerous quantity of an extremely flammable substance. Truly, non-dairy creamer is one of the most flammable substances at the immediate disposal of the common man. If you don't believe me, take some "harmless" Dr. Foghorn's Coffee Creamer, make a design on a surface somewhere, and light it up. I would not recommend doing this on your face or even your little sister's face. You'll see what I mean. Since it passes right through y o u r system, it's not really that big of a danger, right? Wrong. The body often mistakes flammable substances like methane in the creamer to be useful nutrients. Once the chemicals are stored away, they can stay there for up to five years. This is precisely what the manufacturers are counting on. They sit at their desks squinting their noses while trying to wag their big bushy tails. That's right, squirrels


his paradoxical quote introduces the quest of a woman for the answer to an ever-elusive question. Run Lola Run is the story of Lola (Franka Potente from The Bourne Identity) and her exploration of the depth and sincerity of the sacrifices required for pure love. This independent German film (yes, subtitles are necessary) is a mere eighty minutes in length but won several awards for its creativity and novelty at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Due to its radical cinematography and editing, Run Lola Run captures not only the mind, but the senses. Described by Philip Masters as, "Groundhog Day on steroids," the foreign film is driven by a heartpounding techno soundtrack that rivals the experience of listening to Pink Floyd in Jackson Shaw's Lexus. The intensity is enthralling, the graphics are enough to cause an adrenaline rush, and the storyline is captivating. The entire movie is cyclical: "After the game is before the game." Based on a twenty-minute time period with three different outcomes, Lola seeks to find the perfect unity between obedience, sacrifice, and love while defying time. The reason this movie is so intriguing? Lola's decisions and actions affect the lives of several other people, the outcomes varying in each cycle of time --

sometimes good and sometimes bad. Every little bump, word, and look can drastically change a life. Ironically, the theme of this pulsing race of a movie is "waiting." Run Lola Run is permeated with the idea that waiting patiently for divine answers is better than impulsively deciding our own actions. For instance, Lola's boyfriend's name is Manne, which happens to be related to the original Latin word meaning "to wait."

Ultimately Lola realizes that in her decisions to wait, she is rewarded, for she discovers the meaning of perfect love as she is given the opportunity to save the life of someone she detests. It is through this sacrifice that the unity of all factors is achieved and Lola is redeemed. Run Lola Run (called Lola by its fans) is an astoundingly captivating film sure to make you think long after the credits have rolled.

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To Spelunk Or Not to Spelunk...

Dance Dance Revolution!


by Allison Dove

many of the daring campers did on this past retreat to Camp Easter Seals. Some armed with complete climbing gear, while others only armed with the light of their cell phones, all students took to the hidden woods in the backwoods of Easter Seals. After caving, everyone rushed to see the NCAA Final Four and chow down on some grub, but not without hearing from our inspiring speaker Jonathan Swain. He spoke of the journeys of life, often referring to his own tragic loss of a daughter, Summer. We also went to small topical groups in which we discussed topics from pornography to the story of Genesis. Led by teachers and coaches alike, they were meant not only to invigorate our spiritual lives, but to inspire thought. An overall sense of fellowship filled the cabins, and friendships were strengthened, if not made for the first time.

he darkness consumed my sight. I twisted my hand lamp. Looking above the heads of my fellow students I spotted large spiders almost clear from the lack of light. My hands rubbed against the cool, damp wall and my feet sunk slightly in the mud. Water dripped onto my uncovered head. I pressed on. Sitting in a near yoga squat, I scooted my way through a small crack. Then spread eagle, hands on one ledge, feet on one opposite, I walked across a ravine. I could see sunlight filtering through the escape. I trudged on. I then climbed a wall overlaid with moss. Grabbing onto rocks and old two by fours, I ascended into the daylight. Plastered with mud and chilled, a smile spread across my face. Yes, my fellow friends had been quite right: you should come to the spring spiritual life retreat. You could go cave spelunking. And this is exactly what

Dove Continues Global Conquest


by Chris Blankenship

they were to partake. After dredging through after school practice sessions chaired by seniors DeVan Ard and Chris Blankenship, the students were well prepared when the day came; the number of Outstanding Spokesperson and Outstanding Bill awards testified to that fact. In a tradition of victory established at the beginning of BA's Youth Legislature program, all five of the delegation's candidates for office won their respective elections. And following in the footsteps of great Brentwood Academy governors before her, junior Allison Dove (pictured at left) took the gubernatorial election and became the first female governor in three decades.

very year, shortly after Brentwood Academy students return from sabbaticals in such exotic faraway places as Seaside, Florida, and Breckenridge, Colorado, fifty or so of those tanned (or extremely pale) scholars take a journey of a different sort--one into the hectic, dog-eat-dog world of politics (without the backstabbing and national scandal). While staying at the Sheraton, these students, along with over five hundred others from around the state, take part in a simulation of the Tennessee government. Led by long time advisor Mrs. Stewart, the BA Legal Eagles donned their finest suits and dresses and prepared to argue fascinating points such as tax law and bicycle helmet regulation (and less interesting things, like the dangers of Tennessee's crystal meth production and the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act). Before their trek began, they spent hours researching their proposals to be thoroughly prepared for the competitive and inquisitive dialogue in which

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Seniors Head into Seventh Inning


by Chad Boring

seniors. Sophomore Martin Johnson comments on the leadership of the soon-to-be alumni: "They always keep up the intensity in practice and games and make sure we work hard." So while most seniors spend much of their time these days asleep at home, this octet of senior baseballers is not only recording a very successful season, but preparing the underclassmen to fill their large cleats when they are gone. On the field they stand as giants: Mike Bowen, Brad Bowker, Josh Butler, Tyler Griffin, Andrew Nickerson, Bradley Minnigan, and Josh VanFleteren. Many underclassmen go so far as to attribute the success of the team to the unity of the seniors. "We lost a lot of great talent last year," admits Minnigan, "but this year's senior class has really come together, and I believe, because of that, we've been able to win so many games. I can honestly say that my teammates are my best friends, and that we have grown closer to one another because of all the work we have put in." Wise words in a society which still echoes Lombardi's famous musing on winning.


William Mahan: Most likely to start a trend Shelby Mashburn: Most likely to marry a pro baseball player Clint Mason: Most likely to go through the day only speaking movie quotes Kristin McCollum: Most likely to be a spokeswoman for Coach Rachael Meadors: Most likely to become a hippie David Meek: Most likely to come back and teach Christian Dynamics at BA Bradley Minnigan: Most likely to sing rap as a career Craig Mockmore: Most likely to own Taco Bell Brittany Moore: Most likely to be a backup dancer in a Ciara video Kelsey Moore: Most likely to be a pro snowboarder Lindsey Moore: Most likely not to become friends with the Olsen twins Katie Morrison: Most likely to become the best-known photographer for the National Geographic Caitlin Murphree: Most likely to write her own novel Terrell Murphy: Most likely to graduate from BA Lindsay Netterville: Most likely to have perfect attendance Ford Newell: Most likely to tear his ACL again Kendrick Newton: Most likely to coach track at BA Andrew Nickerson: Most likely to become a monk Paige Parkey: Most likely to be a heartbreaker Michael Pelster: Most likely to fail college Ashley Powell: Most likely to be a pro polo player Rob Queener: Most likely to never argue Brian Ralls: Most likely to be pretty great Elizabeth Raymond: Most likely to marry Eminem Patrick Read: Most likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome in his neck from flipping his hair Leigh Rebrovick: Most likely to get her car towed Allison Renfro: Most likely to have a cute new outfit every day Mason Revelette: Most likely to work at Scales with Carrie Adrian Rhodes: Most likely to start a step team in the Air Force Rachel Roberts: Most likely to get arrested for disturbing the peace Luke Roe: Most likely to get married first Katelyn Rutledge: Most likely to become her mom Kofi Semenya: Most likely to start a gossip column Jackson Shaw: Most likely to drive a Pinto Hunter Sinclair: Most likely to take over the world Brian Smith: Most likely to assassinate a world leader Carrie Smith: Most likely to work at Scales Elementary Fleming Smith: Most likely to release his anger through violent verbal eruptions Whit Smith: Most likely to own a PetSmart Amy Steinhouse: Most likely to sing for a sultan Emily Stewart: Most likely to have dreadlocks Samantha Stewart: Most likely to work in a cubicle Sarah Storey: Most likely to be told to brush her hair Alison Tanner: Most likely to plan sorority events Pat Thomas: Most likely to vote Republican Anna Townsend: Most likely to get fired from the Humane Society for animal cruelty Kelsey Tunney: Most likely to start a cult Barry Turner: Most likely to be in the NFL Josh VanFleteren: Most likely to be awesome David Varn: Most likely to be the next Eminem Emily Vickers: Most likely to have an art show in NYC Mary Lynn Ware: Most likely to become a Gwen Stefani stunt double Robin Warren: Most likely to never have a boyfriend Beau Wells: Most likely to lasso his future wife Ed Williams: Most likely to be named Sgt. Ed Rebecca Yarbrough: Most likely to marry DeVan Ard

pring is a time of noticeable trends. The temperature is rising, teachers are struggling to keep their students' attention, and fewer and fewer seniors can be found at school each day. Another positive trend can be found taking place in the back corner of the BA campus. Day after day, the baseball team continues to win. Yes, the Eagles' baseball team is earning victories at a pace almost as impressive as the number of students called to Coach Pitts' office each day. The success of the team is due largely to the courageous A freeze frame of Alex Boyd smashing the leadership of eight ball for yet another hit.

Eagles' Spikes Tear Up the Track

Where on Campus?


by Addie Lee

Lawrence. The proof is in the success the team has had so far. Kelsey Tunney, Paige Griffin, Lane Jacobs, and Alyssa Mankin broke the 4x800m school record by 9 seconds with a time of 9 minutes and 28 seconds at the Charlie Harper Relays. Philipa Davies, Victoria Dunlap, Meg McAlister and Lara Langworthy broke the 4x100m record by 1 and 1/6 second, with a time of 49.1 seconds at the Charlie Harper Relays as well. And at the Doug Hall Relays, Meg McAlister, Lara Langworthy, Philipa Davies, and Alyssa Mankin broke the Middle Distance Medley record by 4 seconds with a time of 4 minutes and 18 seconds. As the state track meet in Memphis approaches, the girls are gearing up to take on strong teams like Harpeth Hall and Evangelical Christian School for the Division II championship title. With God's help and fearless determination, the team can come out on top.

ebrews 13:5-6, the verse chosen by the Lady Eagles track team as the theme verse for the 2005 season, reads, "'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, `The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'" An encouragement in the midst of a grueling meet or practice, the scripture has become more than words. "This verse reminds me that God is in control, and it helps me to In a highly symbolic gesture, senior Philipa Davies run my race," passes the baton to sophomore Victoria Dunlap. states Abigail

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2005 Senior

Hunter Adams: Most likely to be on MTV's Cribs Ashley Alexander: Most likely to become a pale nun Willie Andrews: Most likely to say "Yeah, dawg" DeVan Ard: Most likely to be Rebecca's trophy husband Kasey Arnold: Most likely to never show her emotions Rachel Bachmann: Most likely to win Fear Factor John Ballard: Most likely to call his daughter Princess Ali Beki: Most likely to be in boy band Katy Blackburn: Most likely to wear her Music City Bowl dance costume to her children's dance rehearsal Megan Blalock: Most likely to be on time Chris Blankenship: Most likely to transfer to Columbia State Mike Bowen: Most likely to die from whooping cough Brad Bowker: Most likely to play chicken with a train Aaron Broach: Most likely to join the WWF Andrew Bumbalough: Most likely to become a lifelong roadie of DMB Stephen Burris: Most likely to propose to his wife on a scoreboard Ashley Burrow: Most likely to start an NPR talk show Josh Butler: Most likely to stand still Taylor Caldwell: Most likely to propose to his wife with a thousand roses Courtney Cameron: Most likely to join the women's professional football league Wes Cargen: Most likely to be caught in a tutu Parker Cason: Most likely to go to the Grammy awards in the next five years Meredith Christians: Most likely to own 500 pairs of Coach shoes Candace Clippard: Most likely to be an Oak Hill teacher Julia Crownover: Most likely to run for president Philipa Davies: Most likely to run to a pageant Courtenay Davis: Most likely to be a wallflower Cam Day: Most likely to forget how to turn on a computer Kathleen Dixon: Most likely to move to a penguin farm in Antarctica Paige Dudney: Most likely to go to Monaco Addison Edmonds: Most likely to marry a woman who hunts Allye Ellwanger: Most likely to have star athlete kids Tiffany Evins: Most likely to be dubbed "vintage" Katey Fadler: Most likely to wear dresses every day in college Ashley Fitzhugh: Most likely to never laugh at a joke Courtney Flow: Most likely to always be serious Nick Forte: Most likely to be a skinny old man Brittany Fuson: Most likely to own her own fashion boutique Claire Godwin: Most likely to go to Phish concert Merritt Goodman: Most likely to come back and coach basketball at BA Caroline Graham: Most likely to write a best seller Paige Griffin: Most likely to become a stand-up comedian Tyler Griffin: Most likely to follow up on Einstein's theories Jessica Harris: Most likely to say everything at least three times Reid Hill: Most likely to sweat after eating cheese dip Emily Holland: Most likely to misplace her dance clothes, even when she is wearing them Ryan Huie: Most likely to have glow in the dark stars in his dorm room Mary Hunter Husband: Most likely to be the next Ms. Congeniality Wende Jackson: Most likely to have her own TV show called "Delicious Dishes" Lane Jacobs: Most likely to carol for random people on campus while doing interpretative dance Albert Johnson: Most likely to own a shotgun Catherine Kelly: Most likely to get married before college Patrick Kennedy: Most likely to get in a high speed car chase Bryan Kephart: Most likely to be on Broadway Page Keyser: Most likely to attend a Kentucky Derby and own the winning horse Elizabeth Kirkland: Most likely to hold choral concerts in her dorm room Megan Langworthy: Most likely to run two miles in her jazz shoes Stacey Lawrence: Most likely to wear Roxy Bruce Little: Most likely to come to school Ben Loftin: Most likely to be in a monster truck rally

Bench Buddies Warm the Dugout


by Emily Ralls

A softball has been a real hit this season! (No Their favorite pastimes include cheering, eating pun intended.) From the action in the midfield snacks, and the occasional pinch-run. Their love of the to the drama in the outfield, the Lady Eagles game is unchanging, their knowledge ever-growing, keep their loyal fans coming back for more. In writing their faces always smiling. You'll never hear them this article, I would hate to follow the form of what complaining about not being one of the team's so-called any other journalist will tell you, though. It is true that stars. They know that whether you're Hercules or Tiny Shelby Mashburn, Allye Ellwanger, and Kathleen Tim, everyone has something Dixon are valuable players and senior leaders, but to contribute to the game. Not I shall break the mold and go beyond the senior that they're untalented. On the class, even beyond the actual field. I bring you the contrary! tale of the unsung heroes of the game: the frosh. This year's freshmen The beloved dugout-dwellers (C-skillet Gilliam, show great potential and Logan "Shawty" Innis, and L-Bizzle Wilcher) fundamental skill. I think I contribute much more than what we see as fans. speak for everyone when I say They provide the team with comic relief, moral we hope to see them back next support, and do the truly strenuous work of the Holly Victory grimaces at the effort she year, this time as the rough gives for her team. game -- keeping the books. tough tenth graders.

Lady Stickheads Check In

by Anita Mathews


hey walk among us. With determined looks set in stone on their faces, they pass you in the hallway every day. Who are they? Some say they're participants in an athletic-medley experiment gone terribly, terribly wrong. Others say they're just trying to avoid running track, while conserving gas money by not going to the YMCA. But in a c t u a l i t y, they are Brentwood Academy's very own girls' lacrosse team. Though as the season started it seemed that the boys in the freshman hall got more playing time than the team itself, these girls are Joanna Trabue watches for the learning to handle their ball to come her way in practice. s t i c k s

with surprising agility and prowess. Leaving the field each day battered and bruised, they endure tough scrimmages, putting into action the skills they've begun to master. Says first-time lacrosse player Taylor Gibbs about the sport, "It's [the sport is] fun, but it's actually harder than most people think. I've learned a lot from Mrs. Laws and the other girls out there." Distracting the nearby boys' tennis and track teams with alluring eyegear and glamorous mouthguards, the team works with determination to prepare for a possible scrimmage against Ensworth High School and hones their skills for a promising next season. Whether that means freshman-on-junior practice or the occasional water balloon fight (which drenches players and spectators alike), these girls put a lot of effort into each day of practice. So next time you see a member of the team walking by with a lacrosse stick clenched in her fist, take the time to appreciate them for who they really are--girls who really know how to handle those sticks.

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