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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - May 19, 2009, Winchester, Virginia The Winchester Star Tuesday, May 19, 2009 113th YEAR No. 270 Sherando super fan Ben Nelson raises everyone's spirits By DAVID SELIG The Winchester Star / STEPHENS CITY - Over the years, the routine at the start of Sherando High School home football games has become an elaborate spectacle. A horse gallops onto the field and its v rider plunges a spear into the grass. The players parade down the steps of the school and into Arrowhead Stadium, usually ripping through a large sheet of paper. But anyone who has sat in the Warriors' cheering section in recent years will tell you there's one part of the atmosphere that keeps fans energized throughout the game's entire 48 minutes, not just the beginning. Ben Nelson. "He's sort of become an icon on the field," Sherando teacher James Minney said. 'Our own personal cheerleader' Nelson, son of Principal John Nelson, suffers from Fragile X syndrome, a Looking for some good news? The Star will Identify one positive story each day as a "Bright Spot." JEFF TAYIOR/The Winchester Star Ben Nelson, son of Sherando Principal John Nelson, is one of the athletic department's most enthusiastic supporters. He suffers from Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that causes mental impairment, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming the Warriors' biggest fan. genetic condition that causes mental impairment. That has not slopped him from becoming one of the most social students roaming the halls of Sherando, however, and certainly the most enthusiastic supporter of the school's athletic teams. For the past two years, Nelson has served as a manager for the football, girls' basketball and girls' soccer teams, where he divides his time between encouraging the athletes and working to make sure the fans in the bleachers are loud enough to make a difference in the game. "He's kind of like our own personal cheerleader," said Jesse Sites, a senior on the girls' soccer team. "If you're in a bad mood, he always lifts your spirits up - even if you don't think that anything See Fan, Page A6 Study: Nutrition critical for cancer patients By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON - The statistic is shocking: Severe malnutrition and weight loss play a role in at least one in five cancer deaths. Yet nutrition too often is an afterthought until someone's already in trouble. A move is on to change that, from hospitals that hire fancy gourmet chefs to the American Cancer Society's dieti-tians-on-call phone service. With cancer, you've got to "bring a lot more nutrients to each spoonful of food," Certified Master Chef Jack Shoop is learning. A former restaurateur, he's newly in charge of the kitchen at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. Don't underestimate the added temptation should the result resemble Bon Appetit "The visual hardiness, and the actual hardiness, of these foods has to be understood for them to embrace it," Shoop insists. Tempting the palate is a huge hurdle: At diagnosis, up to a quarter of patients already have their appetite sapped, and most treatments can bring side effects that worsen the problem. Aside from the well-known nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, some cancers inhibit absorption of the nutrients patients force down. Not to mention strangely altered taste, mouth sores, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing and constipation. See Cancer, Page A6 WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601 President wades into Mideast disputes Discusses issues with Israeli leader Netanyahu By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday opened his deepest foray into the Middle East quagmire, telling Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu he must stop Jewish settlements and should grasp a "historic opportunity" to President Obama said he had told the new Israeli leader that his government must move quickly to resume peace talks. make peace with the Palestinians. Obama also had pointed words for Iran on a second major Mideast dispute, warning the Iranians they had until year's end to get serious about talks with the world community on curbing their nuclear ambitions. "We're not going to have talks forever," the president said. Obama and Ne-tanyahu spoke highly of their hopes for progress in the Mideast after a lengthy private meeting in the Israeli's first visit to the White House since Obama became president and Netanyahu began his second stint as prime minister. Yet the new president was firm in insisting the Israelis move toward peace with the Palestinians, and Netanyahu stuck to his stance that Israel cannot negotiate with people who deny its right to exist. The two leaders found fruitful grounds for agreement on Iran. Israel is deeply concerned about Iran's perceived attempts to build a nuclear weapon, believing the virulently anti-Israeli regime might naturally target the Jewish state the lies in easy range of Tehran's missile See Mideast, Page A3 ^ STAR LEADERSHIP AWARDS BEN ARTHUR Address: Winchester Grade point average: 5.700 Class ranking: Students are not ranked Will attend: University of Virginia LAUREN DELMERICO Address: Winchester Grade point average: 4.582 Class ranking: Students are not ranked Will attend: James Madison University LANE STICKLEY Address: Winchester Grade point average: 5.280 Class ranking: Students are not ranked Will attend: University of Virginia BRIAN TAVENNER Address: Winchester Grade point average: 4.577 Class ranking: Students are not ranked Will attend: James Madison University And the Hundley High School nominees are... Star staff report WINCHESTER -The Winchester Star began recognizing student leaders at area high schools more than 50 years ago. This is the 56th time The Winchester Star will present the Star Leadership Award to graduates of Clarke County, Handley, and James Wood high schools; the 16th time at Sherando High School; and the sixth time at Millbrook High School. Former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr. established the Star Leadership Awards in STUDENT PROFILES I Bl 1954, while he was editor and publisher of The Winchester Star. A scholarship winner is one "who best exemplifies a combination of excellence of character, qualities of leadership, and devotion to duty." Publisher Thomas T. Byrd selects the committee members, each of whom live within the newspaper's coverage area of Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County. This year's committee includes chairman Karen Schultz and members Christy Dunkle, Mary Nordman, Candace L Davenport, John David Smith, Marcia Jau-reguizar, and Robert J. Frogale. The Winchester Star has no voice in selecting the scholarship winners. The process starts with principals at each of the five high schools, who provide four students for consideration. After interviewing all 20 of the applicants, the committee chooses one from each school to be the winner. The Star Leadership Awards will be presented at graduation for Handley (June 11), James Wood (June 13), Sherando Gune 12), and Millbrook 0tme 10). Clarke County High School's award will be presented at its Senior Recognition (May 31). Each student receives a $5,000 cash prize. The recipients can use the money to further their education or pursue a career. Including this year, the Star Leadership Award program has presented 222 area students with more than $522,000. TODAY'S QUiCKREAD Postseason push The Clarke County High School baseball team edges Manassas Park 8-7 on Monday to advance to the Bull Run District semifinals. Full story CI Replacement sought Clarke County School Board members discuss filling the post of Philip A. Embury. Full story Bl Brick-a-thon begins Fundraising and research are under way for the Patsy Cline historic house at 608 S. Kent St. in Winchester. Full story Dl ON WINCHESTERSTAR.COM Want to know where crimes are being committed in Winchester or Frederick County? Visit the crime logs on our Web site. Four Sections, 28 Pages Bulletin Board...... Business............... Classified Ads....... Comics................. Editorials.............. tlfe....................... ......B2 ......C5 ......D2 ......A4 ......Dl tocal......... Movies....... Nation....... Obituaries.. Sports........ Virginia...... ........Bl ........B7 ........AS ........A2 ........CI ........A3 TODAY'S FORECAST 73 HIGH Sunny with areas of frost in the morning. Southeast winds around 5 mph in the afternoon. Full report A6 45 LOW Miss your paper? Call 665-4946 from 7 to 10 a.m. ( 0608566000375