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The Oscars are attempting to stop institutional racism: Can we?

& THE AWARD GOES TO.... Will FCPS take home the Oscar? Let's see how  diversity plays a factor in the educational system!

by Maya Apau, Editor in Chief

October 12, 2020

Best Actor? No. Best Picture? NO. Diversity? YES! Picture this: the new diversity requirements for the Oscars are put to the test in a local high school. Would your school be nominated? Would your school take home the award? On  September 8, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “announced new ...

Class of 2021 tries to “unmask” the college application process during a global pandemic

Due to the widespread restrictions as a result of COVID-19, many Class of 2021 students feel that their college search process is similar to swiping right or left on a dating app.

by Sierra Rossman, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2020

What about the Class of 2021? With COVID-19 restrictions, the college touring process feels a lot like swiping left or right on a dating app to find the perfect match.  A student’s senior year is supposed to be a time of finishing tours and applying to colleges; however, with the entire process m...

The trendy spectacle of learning online with blue light glasses

Blue light glasses are the new trend. Do you need them for online learning?

by Jessica Young, Editor

October 6, 2020

Checking our phones as soon as we get up in the morning is something all are guilty of. Is there anything new on social media? Did my friend text me back about our plans Saturday? With virtual school in session, many are going straight from checking their phones in the morning to opening up their com...

Student workers risk Covid-19 while keeping economy steady

Braden Weinel cuts a pizza at work while wearing a face mask during the Covid-19 outbreak.

by Braden Weinel, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

The days are routine:  wake up late, video games, exercise, take a nap, talk to friends. Students in Frederick County, Maryland have been conducting distance learning from the comfort of their homes for more than a month. Many students, however, are taking on extra shifts and working longer ho...

COVID-19 Rough cut: Families set up barber chairs in kitchens, bathrooms and patios

Alex Kullgren gets his hair cut by his father, Jonathan Kullgren, in a bathtub during quarantine. Social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in many people choosing to cut their hair at home.

by Bailey Spore, Editor-In-Chief

April 28, 2020

Who doesn't love the feeling of getting poked with scissors, hair ripped out of their heads, and stabbed with a comb while getting a haircut? This is actually an act of love and desperation. No one loves a home haircut, but, unfortunately, with everyone locked down due to COVID-19, people can't get profession...

Lancer Spirit: Community celebrates seniors despite quarantine uncertainty

Efren Montenegro displays a Class of 2020 sign to celebrate his daughter Yesenia Montenegro.

by Yesenia Montenegro, Dana Kullgren, and Emily McNally

April 21, 2020

Actor John Krasinski hosted a virtual prom for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, April 18. For the many seniors who may not be able to experience a traditional prom this year, this event was a reminder that there are still ways to celebrate this final year of high school (even if they aren’t exactly li...

York builds dream home from ashes of holiday fire

The remainders of the York family home have now been torn down and the contractors are ready to start the rebuilding process.

by Yesenia Montenegro, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Mary Jo York, retired special education teacher and current clerical assistant, is building her dream home--an exact replica of the one that burned in a Christmas nightmare. On December 25, 2019, York experienced a life-changing event that most people can't imagine.  It had been a regular Christmas morning for ...

Lily Weaver Perseverance Award: Lancer Media creates recognition in memoriam

Lily Weaver shares a laugh with a student at Prom 2019.

by Ethan Hart and Lilly Hart

January 24, 2020

We at The Lance are deeply saddened by the news of former Managing Editor Lily Weaver’s passing on December 20, 2019. As a member of Lancer Media from 2016 to 2019, Weaver was an integral part of making The Lance a Student Newspaper Online (SNO) Distinguished Site for four consecutive years. To memorial...

Little Women: Big message for modern girls

My sisters and I grew up loving the Little Women story.

by Emily Webb, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2020

I didn’t just watch the Little Women movie or read the classic novel. I lived the story. When my sisters and I would play Little Women, I was always Meg. Jordan, the next oldest, was Jo, Sarah was Beth, and Megan was Amy. Together, we were the empowered, confident, creative March sisters, and we sp...

“GO TEAM Therapy Dogs” team up with Learning for Life students to make school less stressful


by Elizabeth Rajnik, Editor

December 13, 2019

When most people think of “trading cards,” they think of the dusty old shoe box in their dad’s closet, filled with old baseball cards from his childhood. While this is the stereotype, “GO TEAM Therapy Dogs” is changing the image of trading cards with collectible cards featuring their team of the...

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