The Lance

Seniors Ella Haskins, Gabby Thompson, Elizabeth Rajnik, and Tabitha Knedeisen vent their anger at Room of Rage.

Rage rooms are all the rage: Teens de-stress by smashing glass and hitting appliances. What’s not to like about that?

by Elizabeth Rajnik, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

You’ve had a stressful day with online school. Your computer kept dying; Google Meet was glitching; and your microphone was not working. On top of that, you have a hefty workload and a busy afternoon....

Promise Green, winner of

Social Justice 101: Green hopes for better future through winning poem

by Maya Apau, Editor-in-Chief May 14, 2021

“As we rise from the trenches. As we build our own bridges. As we strive with unimaginable ambition. There will be no more social injustice for me,” said poet Promise Green. Social Injustice...

Elizabeth Rajnik, Sammie Hoefs, and Dan Golemboski, receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Colleges are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for the 2021-2022 school year: High schools should follow suit

by Nikki Golemboski and Elizabeth Rajnik April 23, 2021

Imagine: all students walk into the building on their first day of school, the sun slowly rising behind them. Lunch boxes in hand and smiles hidden by masks, students are excited to be back in the building...

Earth Day 2021: Lancer Media explores Common Market’s efforts in sustainability

by Audrey Kilgore, Editor April 21, 2021

Earth Day is one day a year to focus on the environment and how to protect it, but it is not enough to care about how we are treating the environment on just one day. In this podcast, a Frederick sustainability...

There are a number of autistic characters, such as Julia (Sesame Street), Entrapta (She-ra), Sherlock Holmes, Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory), Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor), Symmetra (Overwatch), Astrid Farnsworth (Fringe), and Max Jerry Horovitz (Mary and Max)

A distorted media mirror: We need better autism role models in television, film

by Alexis Simmerman, Reporter April 21, 2021

What do we love about Sherlock Holmes?  He is a quirky, brilliant, violin-playing, perceptive detective. Yet for all of his skills, he doesn’t give members of the autism spectrum much of a well-rounded,...

Gaggle and GoGuardian are committed to tackling the epidemic of suicide.

Suicide prevention software: The privacy trade-off saves lives

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

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

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?

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...

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