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Denebola » Robert Wang http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 Garber wins Nationals http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/garber-wins-nationals/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/garber-wins-nationals/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 06:40:43 +0000 Robert Wang http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5617

Ron Garber performing with partner Ashley Golman at an NDCA ballroom dancing event.

Senior Ron Garber and his partner, Ashley Golman, both 17 years old, have recently placed first in the National Dance Competition Association’s (NDCA) National Championship in Provo, Utah. Participating in one of the most prestigious ballroom dancing events in the country, Garber and Golman competed against forty other couples in their under-eighteen category.

After dancing for nine years and training with his partner for four, Garber finally began to see his work pay off, “I felt accomplished. Finally all my work paid off. For the last year we were always so close to being first. We were always second or third but never first,” he said.
Before dancing with Garber, Golman was exclusively doing ballet. When she did, however, transition to ballroom, Garber noted that “she wasn’t that advance, but picked it up really fast.”
Along with their coach Jean-Philippe Milot, a Canadian professional ballroom dancer, Garber and Golman did intense training to prepare for the event. Contending in Utah would have its physical difficulties. The higher elevation in Provo would result in difficulty in breathing.
In the NDCA championship, Garber and Golman danced in an elimination style. After each of the four rounds, couples were eliminated till only six were remaining. Those six  then danced once more for a chance to be crowned champion.
In their first dance, Golman slipped during the routine. “She was really nervous and wiped out.” Garber recalled. “But after that we calmed down and got better.” The two dancers got a boost of confidence with each subsequent round and performed increasingly better.
The NDCA used the Brigham Young University court for the competition. “The audiences were on the bleachers that went [sky high]. You count pick out anyone. Nonetheless, everyone was cheering and really excited. It motivated you to do better because not all competitions are that big,” Garber said.
While the usual and known competitors were present and performing at BYU, a lot of the couples dancing were from the West coast. “It was a different

Senior Ron Garber and his partner, Ashley Golman, both 17 years old, have recently placed first in the National Dance Competition Association’s (NDCA) National Championship in Provo, Utah. Participating in one of the most prestigious ballroom dancing events in the country, Garber and Golman competed against forty other couples in their under-eighteen category.After dancing for nine years and training with his partner for four, Garber finally began to see his work pay off, “I felt accomplished. Finally all my work paid off. For the last year we were always so close to being first. We were always second or third but never first,” he said. Before dancing with Garber, Golman was exclusively doing ballet. When she did, however, transition to ballroom, Garber noted that “she wasn’t that advance, but picked it up really fast.” Along with their coach Jean-Philippe Milot, a Canadian professional ballroom dancer, Garber and Golman did intense training to prepare for the event. Contending in Utah would have its physical difficulties. The higher elevation in Provo would result in difficulty in breathing. In the NDCA championship, Garber and Golman danced in an elimination style. After each of the four rounds, couples were eliminated till only six were remaining. Those six  then danced once more for a chance to be crowned champion.In their first dance, Golman slipped during the routine. “She was really nervous and wiped out.” Garber recalled. “But after that we calmed down and got better.” The two dancers got a boost of confidence with each subsequent round and performed increasingly better. The NDCA used the Brigham Young University court for the competition. “The audiences were on the bleachers that went [sky high]. You count pick out anyone. Nonetheless, everyone was cheering and really excited. It motivated you to do better because not all competitions are that big,” Garber said. While the usual and known competitors were present and performing at BYU, a lot of the couples dancing were from the West coast. “It was a differentexperience competing against the West Coast. They were all unknown and had their own [flare],” Garber said. “But our biggest accomplishment [that night] I think was defeating our long-time rival from New York.”

Phil Kudryavtsev, another South student who attended the NDCA competition and placed fourth overall, said, “[Garber and Golman] presented themselves well and they danced well as a couple. They give great motivation for others to perform better.”

Alair Nahebedian, another ballroom dancer from South, reciprocates Kudryavtsev’s sentiment, “I’m really happy for Garber. He’s an amazing dancer and worked really hard to get what he achieved.”

Garber and Golman danced in the youth category and after placing first with the youth, participated in the under 21 category. They placed second in the under 21 category. “I am even more proud of placing in the under 21 category. Its incredible that that happened,” Garber noted.

Next year, both dancers will be eighteen years old, and therefore they must compete in the amateur (older than 18) category of competitions. Naturally, the competition level for the amateur category is higher than the youth category.

Garber’s ultimate goal is to be an internationally ranked dancer. To stride towards his goal, Garber and Golman will be competing in another national competition in a couple months. If they place first or second in that, then the couple will be invited to the Czech Republic to compete in a global event. This would make Garber one of the youngest at that competition and one step closer to his dream.

Both of dancers also plan on attending the Black Pool International Dance Festival in May. Hundreds of couples will be attending the competition, and this is the first major competition Golman and Garber will attend together in the amateur category.

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Green cards late, athletes suffer http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/green-cards-late-athletes-suffer/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/green-cards-late-athletes-suffer/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 08:15:37 +0000 Robert Wang http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5142 During this winter season, the number of green cards turned in by athletes decreased dramatically from past seasons.
According to Athletic Director Scott Perrin, 55 percent of the green cards and physicals were turned in on time compared to the 70-75 percent that are usually turned in by the deadline.
“Kids are very eager to start up and run captains’ practices, to lift weights, and get the team together, but that detail is the one missing element, and that’s a huge detail because it’s a liability for the city, Perrin said.
The main problem with the lack of responsibility in athletes is that some of the offenders are veteran players, who know how the system works, unlike freshmen.
According to Perrin, a captain of a team previously turned in his green card late, and when asked why, he replied, “I’m a captain, it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to not make the team.
Similarly, when most athletes were asked whether green cards were important to them, the majority replied that they did not believe in the importance of bringing the cards on time since most athletes do not change their contact information every season. Perrin acknowledges this, but maintains that turning in paperwork is still a “strong detail oriented thing and “teams that take care [of it] are teams that are successful.
“It’s important to enforce it if it’s your first year on the team, but after that your coaches generally know you and the school and your teammates know who to call in an emergency, junior and Varsity gymnast Annapurna Ravel said.
Some athletes turn in the paperwork on time, but incorrectly, which is equally as detrimental. In two instances, the physicals necessary for the green cards were forged: in one case by a parent, and in the other case by both a parent and a student. “It caught us a little bit off guard, said Perrin.
The Athletics Department makes sure to remind people ahead of time by posting signs all over the school about a month in advance of the due date. In addition to posting notices, coaches talk about the necessary paperwork in their preseason meetings with the athletes.
According to Perrin, there seems to be no specific reason for why the number of punctual green cards this year was different, but Perrin will enforce the process if it continues to occur.
In cases, like Freshman Basketball, a highly competitive team, the number of people eligible for tryouts went down from 40 to 30, simply because ten people did not turn in their information on time. This brings down the quality of the team, since certain athletes may not even be eligible to compete.
Many athletes overlook the importance of the green card, but it is a vital detail necessary to compete in sports and necessary for the school and city as well.

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