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Suicide prevention software: The privacy trade-off saves lives

Eliminating suicide one Google search at a time
by Elizabeth Rajnik, Editor-in-Chief March 24, 2021

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among high-school teens. A 2019 CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) survey found that one in five (18.8%) youths have seriously considered suicide,...

What are the Oppression Olympics? “Characterization of marginalization as a competition to determine the relative weight of the overall oppression of individuals or groups, often by comparing race, gender, socioeconomic status or disabilities, in order to determine who is the worst off, and the most oppressed.”

Oppression Olympics: Racism thrives in divided society

"What lessens one of us, lessens all of us.” 
by Maya Apau, Editor-in-Chief March 23, 2021

Asian-Americans, Hispanics/LatinX, African-Americans. Race versus race. “Who has it harder in America?” During the month of February, a Netflix Original Ginny & Georgia began trending on social...

Alexis Simmerman has a number of stress toys and objects, including a pair of earmuffs, a ball of magnetic studs, two rubix cubes (one pyramid shaped) a necklace, a goo toy, a fuzzy ball, and a broken watch.

#spreadtheword “Inclusion” not so effective for this atypical student

by Alexis Simmerman, Reporter March 22, 2021

FCPS has been highlighting inclusion, culminating recently in #speadtheword Inclusion awareness day on March 3. This includes a pledge to show that we as a school are inclusive and united. Specifically,...

L-A-N-C-E-R-P-R-O-U-D: Card My Yard explodes across America’s lawns during pandemic

Entrepreneurs take advantage of “Business in a box” opportunity amidst COVID-19 pandemic
by Elizabeth Rajnik, Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2021

As buses and cars took the left turn into the Linganore High School parking lot for the first time in almost a year, students and faculty were greated with a sign: LANCER PROUD. The sparkling red and black...

A photo collage of our parents, class of 1985, 86, 89, and 92 in high school!

Back to the Future: What would our parents have done in a pandemic?

Back then, online school was just a science fiction dream of the future.
by Emily McNally and Marissa DePalma March 1, 2021

Our parents always have stories to tell us about their high school experiences--the cars, the dances, the classes, and more.  What will we tell our children about? Masks? Virtual school? Problems with...


Jingle Jangle’s Christmas Journey makes Christmas diversity possible

“Is it possible that the square root of impossible is me?” -Journey Jangle
by Maya Apau, Editor in Chief December 23, 2020

David E. Talbert is making it possible for Black Americans to be the stars of the Christmas holiday. Following the drama Almost Christmas in 2016, Talbert has now produced the perfect diverse Christmas...

Drama Debrief: The excitement and glitches of tackling a *virtual* fall play

by Mackenzie Berry, Editor December 8, 2020

Linganore Drama needed no help desk in their fall production of Help Desk, a play in 13 short virtual vignettes. The creative team for the show gathered to discuss the joys and challenges of experiencing...

Journalism teacher Mrs. Rebetsky shows students what a typical google meet looks like through her screen.

Skittles on and cameras off: Not the sweetest choice for teachers

Something as small as seeing another face really brightens teachers' days.
by Caroline Hobson and Ashlyn Martin December 2, 2020

On a typical virtual school day,  students roll out of bed just in time for their first 8:30 class. These online classes are filled with lectures, notes and breakout rooms. They are greeted by teachers...

Madam Vice President: Role Model for ALL

by Maya Apau, Editor in Chief November 19, 2020

Introducing Madam Vice President….. Kamala Harris.  Kamala Harris was just announced the 46th Vice President (Elect) of the United States. Harris is already breaking through glass barriers as she...

These are screenshots from School Connect lessons taught by Coach Rudy.

Could Social Emotional Learning shape our generation?

"It sincerely comes from a place of trying to help kids." --Coach Rudy
by Rachel McCoy, Managing Editor November 5, 2020

In the jar of our lives with limited time, are the rocks your priority or are the little beans eating up your time? This strange year has really shown what is most important in life, like family, friends,...

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