The Lance

The Rajnik family's collections of yearbooks from 2014 to 2020.

Making virtual memories: A different year, a different kind of yearbook

by Alexis Simmerman and Erica Blockinger March 2, 2021

Yearbooks are famous for cataloging the memories we make over the course of a school year, but how does one make a yearbook when no one is actually in school? No dances. Few sports.  No clubs--no people...

Residents of Country Meadows enjoy lunch with Covid-19 protocols.

Country Meadows Assisted Living remains strong in the midst of the pandemic

by Patrick Chamoun and Nick Condrasky March 2, 2021

In this pandemic, the elderly stand alone--both literally and figuratively. The struggle of separation from loved ones, the fear of socialization, and isolation in its entirety has taken a toll on the...

Girl Scouts gather together for their planning meeting while following social-distance guidelines.

Dollars and “sense” during Covid-19: Fundraising amidst a global pandemic

During these hard times, school, community and nonprofit organizations adapt to continue raising funds despite limitations.
by Sarah Webb and Audrey Kilgore March 2, 2021

Before Covid-19, fundraising looked like gatherings around big tables with posters and decorations that support a cause. Think about Boy Scouts selling popcorn at the entrance of a grocery store. Non-profit...

Madariaga siblings working hard together on their school work.

Parents struggle to “do it all” with school-aged children, work, and home life

Families find helping each other out is the only way to get through virtual learning.
by Chloe Little, Reporter March 2, 2021

Everyone’s on a Google Meet, working from different rooms.  Then, there is a six-year-old and a three-year-old, running between rooms, looking for attention, asking “Can I get a drink?” Welcome...

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...

Drupal “suns” on a rock in one of the exhibits in the laboratory.

Remembering Drupal 2006-2021: An iguana that changed our lives

This iguana grew up with the Class of 2021- the ESSL mascot
by Alex Dembeck and Dalton Markel March 1, 2021

Imagine being an elementary school student, getting off the bus to go on a field trip. You walk inside, not only to be greeted by the staff, but also by their friendly, free-range sand-colored iguana....

Molly Granger folds origami roses for teacher appreciation Valentine's.

Class council applauds staff with paper rose Valentines

by Molly Granger, Guest Reporter March 1, 2021

A bouquet of red roses for Valentine’s Day can cost up to $80.  The Class Council would have paid $528 to buy one for each staff member. Instead, they created a shower of origami paper roses. Using...

Throughout the semester, English 101 students have been working towards creating a podcast to showcase their research and empower their voices.

Empowered voices: English 101 inspires “How to be. . .” the next generation of leaders

by Sierra Rossman, Editor-in-Chief January 24, 2021

The greatest challenge has been to face ourselves and our emotions while alone in quarantine. For English 101 students, the examination of "aloneness" became a semester-long quest to understand a single...

On January 19, 2021, the Mock Trial team won their first virtual competition against PG county school Potomac High.

Mock Trial team prevails in virtual court: Art thieves will come to justice

by Jessica Young, Editor January 24, 2021

Each year, Mock Trial cases rotate between civil and criminal cases. This year the case is a criminal case and deals with theft of artwork from the Walters Art Museum. The defendant is charged with felony...

Having Covid-19 was one of the worst experiences of my life.

Having Covid-19 changed my perspective, my grades and my attitude

by Joshua Todd, Editor January 23, 2021

The start of  2021 was full of hope. I celebrated with my family, eagerly waiting for the transformation from a miserable 2020.  As soon as the clock struck midnight, I felt as if there was supposed...

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