Dear Class of 2022: Welcome! Here’s what you need to know


Graphic courtesy of Nicole Muller

by Mackenzie Berry, Reporter

Dear Class of 2022,

You’ve completed your education through middle school, and you are about to embark on one of the biggest journeys of your life. You probably have thousands of questions running through your heads and thousands of expectations for what becoming a Lancer is really like. We are here to help answer some of those questions.

Dear Class of 2022 Athlete,

“Being involved with athletics is like having another family. The people on the teams always have your back, and when you’re on the field playing your sport, it is always so much fun. I hope that any Linganore student who has an interest in any sport has the opportunity to try out for the team. It is overall a lot of fun and a great experience. ” said Jeremy Hilton, football player and member of the Class of 2020.  Don’t forget to get your physical over the summer.  Contact individual teams for conditioning opportunities over the summer.

Dear Class of 2022 Lancer Band Member,

“Band is a very supportive community that accepts you right away. That fact that you are a freshman will not isolate you from the rest of the group. It is a lot of hard work, but it all pays off in the end. You get to travel to a lot of exciting places, and witness a lot of exciting things. It is a wonderful opportunity to fine tune your skills and learn new skills. You learn a lot that you didn’t know before, and make friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Amelia Jansen, Class of 2021.  The band has already started practicing for the fall.  There is no rest for the music-makers.

Dear Class of 2022 Drama Student,

“The drama department at Linganore is one of the most welcoming, inclusive, and exciting groups in the Lancer community. Whether you consider yourself to be an actor, techie, pit band member, or future director, the drama department has a place for you. We typically stage two shows per year, a fall play and a spring musical.

This past year we staged, The Giver and, Footloose. There are also many drama classes offered to students during the school day. As a freshman, you have the opportunity to take, “Intro to Theater.”  

The leader of the Drama department is Mrs. Angela Smithhisler, who is most frequently referred to as, “Smitty.” Overall my experience with the drama department has been simply incredible, you meet so many amazing people and learn so many amazing things. I highly encourage that any student become involved in any way that they can,” said Mackenzie Berry, Class of 2021.

The drama banquet is June 8, and everyone is waiting for the fall and spring show announcements.  Follow the drama club on Twitter.  Freshmen are often cast in the plays–you don’t have to wait to be an upperclassman.

Dear Class of 2022 Journalist,

“I did not originally sign up for journalism, but after a few days at Linganore, I realized that I needed a break in my day. I was given options for classes that would fit in a certain block, and I saw journalism. I am not the best writer in the world, so at first I was hesitant. I was worried that I might not be able to write well enough but decided to take on the challenge.

Once I joined, I realized that it is not all writing. There is also layout of the paper, social media, and more. I also became a better writer in this class. For me, another reason taking this class was beneficial was because of all the people you meet. There are people from all grade levels in one class, so you get to meet people from all grades. For me, this was the most helpful part of journalism because I came from a Catholic school and not many of my classmates, that I had been with for eight years, came with me.

Through journalism, I had instant friends, and it was nice to see upperclassmen in the hallway, and have them say hello. Journalism helped me, and can help others become better writers, and become more comfortable in high school,” said Renata Farrell, Class of 2021.

Follow Lancer Media on Instagram and Twitter for updates about everything going on in school.

Dear Class of 2022 choir member,

“Choir is a great place to make a lot of new friends outside of your class. There are many opportunities to grow in your freshman year. It expands on your choir experience from middle school , and there are many interesting trips and experiences you get to have. For example, this year the choir traveled to the DC Cherry Blossom festival, will be singing at graduation, and traveled to multiple adjudications. I highly encourage any freshman considering taking a choir class to do so. Mr. Dye is a wonderful teacher, and I have personally had a great experience, ” said Gabby North, Class of 2020.

Dear Class of 2022 artist,

“In art class, you can come in with no experience or a lot of experience. This class teaches you a lot of new ways to do things that you haven’t thought of before. It’s a great way to express your creativity. After gaining the knowledge that art class has to provide, you can use those skills in your everyday projects. You get to explore a lot of different mediums and styles. When I started art, I only drew with pencils, and now I have the ability to use multiple different resources and materials. Overall, art is a great path to take and is a wonderful experience,” said Katie Robertson, Class of 2021.

Best of luck on your high school journey.

Yours Truly,

LHS classes of 2020 and 2021