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Duda sisters, Ally and Alexis, will be defending their titles at the next world championships

Duda sisters, Ally and Alexis, will be defending their titles at the next world championships

by Catie Jo Tansey, Reporter

April 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Sports

Sophomore Ally Duda, and her sister, Alexis, 2016 graduate, are living the dream as world champion baton twirlers. Last summer, both of them traveled to Norway to compete in the world championship. They left the competition as first place champions with enormous trophies. They will be defending their ti...

Prom 2018: Is prom worth the pressure, promposals and princesses?

Prom 2018: Is prom worth the pressure, promposals and princesses?

by Ashley Martin and Jacob Bolger

April 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Prom fever is taking over the student body.  Prom tickets are on sale April 25 - 27, and in the upcoming weeks, everyone will be sharing pictures of their promposals, their dresses, their hair, and their makeup. However, many still have the stress of planning the limousine, dinner, post-prom plans, and ho...

NEHS and NHS trade letters with first graders for annual pen pal activity

NEHS and NHS trade letters with first graders for annual pen pal activity

by Kelsey Ward, Editor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Features

Members of the National English Honor Society and the National Honor Society are pen pals with first graders at Centerville Elementary School. The honor societies and the first graders will be exchanging four letters over the course of four weeks. Now in the fourth year, 48 members of the NEHS an...

Walkersville books get a new cover: FCPL opens state-of-the-art library

Walkersville books get a new cover: FCPL opens state-of-the-art library

by Elizabeth Anderson, Editor

April 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

At 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 10, hundreds of people gathered at 2 South Glade Road in Walkersville, Maryland, to witness a very special event--the opening of the new Walkersville Library. Patrons ranged from the youngest children to the oldest adults, but they all had something common: their love ...

March is Women’s History Month: Jan Gardner, Frederick’s first county executive

March is Women’s History Month: Jan Gardner, Frederick’s first county executive

by Ashley Martin, Reporter

April 5, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Frederick County has many important and historic women: Barbara Fritchie, Clare McCardell, Elizabeth Ann Seton.   A modern example of woman leadership is  first County Executive Jan H. Gardner.  Jan H. Gardner was born in Pennsylvania and went on to the University of Notre Dame to earn her Bachelor degre...

One solution to school safety might be focusing mental health

One solution to school safety might be focusing mental health

by Mason Eddins, Editor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Features

Mental health is just as, if not more, important than physical health. A big part of the health of the mind is mental illnesses. Three major mental illnesses that millions of Americans suffer from are depression, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In recent mass shootings, the shooters had s...

Living on the Edge of Death: A Personal Story

Living on the Edge of Death: A Personal Story

by Julie Walker, Reporter

March 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

"When you dig my grave, could you make it shallow so that I can feel the rain." - Willie Nelson, "Gravedigger" 2004. The thought of working at a graveyard never passes through the minds of many people, but for the select few it is their daily life. It's a weird thought, right?  Living and working...

My trip around the world: No place like home

My trip around the world: No place like home

by Lilly Player, Reporter

March 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Since I was little, my family has moved from state to state. My father is an airline pilot, and each time he moves up or changes jobs, he has to live near the base of the airline.  I’ve had a constant cycle of packing up my bedroom, unpacking, and then re-packing it. While many people are envious o...

Eight students plan travel to Nicaragua for mission trip

Eight students plan travel to Nicaragua for mission trip

by Catie Jo Tansey, Reporter

March 28, 2018


Filed under Features

In the summer of 2018, students, Haley Stone, Jake Santis, Haley Closs, Rachel Freeman, Garrett Reese, Reilly Kidwell, Brooke Weiffenbach and Emily Wolfe, will be going to Ometepe, Nicaragua with their church as part of a mission trip. For this trip, 25 people from Damascus Road Community Church, co...

Junior color guard performs 2018 show “Nintendo All-Stars”

Junior color guard performs 2018 show “Nintendo All-Stars”

by Mackenzie Smith, Guest Reporter

March 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Everyone knows the cheerleaders, the ones with the flips and catchy chants. But, do you see the people with flags and weapons that dance around the band during halftime? That is the color guard. They also do indoor competitions during late winter and spring. Many of these talented people have gone throu...

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