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Mustang Insider 2019

Mustang Insider 2019

Editorial Board

May 30, 2019

Welcome to the Mustang Insider – the Lasso’s annual profile series. This year, we take a deeper look at some of the people in our school community whose stories inspire and entertain us. Click on an image below to explore the series. Leave us comments! "...

Call of the Wild: Erik Martin

Call of the Wild: Erik Martin

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

I have been the teammate of Erik Martin almost every year since we were twelve. Through the years, from Little League All-Stars to the Varsity baseball team, he has never seemed to change as a person. He never demanded recognition for his outstanding play, never got on teammates for their shor...

Community Gal: Claire Frisbie

Community Gal: Claire Frisbie

Sam Mostow, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

I thought I knew my Language and Literature 9 teacher Mrs. Claire Frisbie fairly well. As I walked into her classroom to interview her, she greeted me with her trademark smile. As we walked over to her desk to sit in two swivel chairs, I looked around and really took in her classroom for the f...

Behind the Spotlight: Nina Rifkin

Behind the Spotlight: Nina Rifkin

Maansi Suri

May 30, 2019

When I interviewed Mason junior Nina Rifkin in the library, I thought it would be hard because I was interviewing her about theater, which was something I don’t know much about. It turns out that wasn't as hard as I thought, especially because Nina works behind the scenes, so not much about thea...

Gone fishing: William Rambo

Gone fishing: William Rambo

Liam Timar-Wilcox, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

If you’ve ever met freshman William Rambo, the conversation has probably turned to one thing: fishing. He’s known for his love of the sport, and frequent mentions of his many experiences with catching multiple types of fish. You might have seen him browsing Fishbrain, a fish based social media...

Teacher, Coach, Professional Football Player: Jason Perkins

Teacher, Coach, Professional Football Player: Jason Perkins

Kat Cooper, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

While I waited for my interview with Mr. Perkins, I occupied myself with watching his fish. He has three bettas. My friend Anton was with me at the time, and as he walked around the tanks, the pink one followed him with a curious stare. Before the students he was working with left, Mr. Perkins asked ...

Lights, Action: Sam Klemic

Lights, Action: Sam Klemic

Erin Dean, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2019

Mason theater is renowned for its impeccable performances, its talented cast, and its amazing singers, yet what is lesser known is the work that the stage crew puts in to make the theater department what it is. One of the principal members of Mason stage crew is sophomore Sam Klemic, the light ...

Twin Sister, Singer, Songwriter: Meghan Carroll

Twin Sister, Singer, Songwriter: Meghan Carroll

Emmy Reitinger, Staff Reporter

May 28, 2019

As I sat down with sophomore Meghan Carroll during Mustang Block in the math hallway, I could tell she was a little nervous about being interviewed, so I thought I would start out with an ice breaker.   "What are your top two favorite songs?" I said. "Oh, I don't know!  I listen to my mega-...

Truth or Fiction: Mr. Silver

Truth or Fiction: Mr. Silver

West Hagler, Staff Reporter

May 28, 2019

Marc Silver is a bit of a mystery. He’s one of the newest teachers on the staff, only starting as a chemistry teacher in 2017. As a new teacher, there is little verified information about his background and history before teaching. Instead of asking, students have taken to spreading exaggerated...

What’s the deal: Mr. Deal

What’s the deal: Mr. Deal

Elisabeth Snyder, Staff Reporter

May 28, 2019

During this Tuesday Mustang Block, Mr. Deal’s corner desk is, as usual, covered with papers. There are bits of LSU gear (a scarf, a mug) and on top of the bookshelf, with everything from treatises on government to Shakespeare, sits a bobblehead of a movie character who could be Mr. Deal’s doppelgä...

Bald men in the basement: Mr. Eric Duchaj and Mr. Jon Pepper

Bald men in the basement: Mr. Eric Duchaj and Mr. Jon Pepper

Sierra Sulc, Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2019

Tucked deep in the depths of George Mason high school, way down in the HyC, there are two bald men in the basement. It may sound like the beginning of a horror movie, but if you’ve ever taken a HyC class, you know that Mr. Eric Duchaj and Mr. Jon Pepper brighten up the room and it’s not just the...

Cartwheeling around the world: Nastia Piontkivska

Cartwheeling around the world: Nastia Piontkivska

Emma McDonald, Staff Reporter

May 24, 2019

For most people who have had the experience of moving, it can be hard and stressful. Moving to another place with new people and a new environment is hard and adjusting can be mentally taxing. However, for freshman Nastia Piontkivska, moving to a different country every 6 months has been a routi...

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