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Backpacks are causing permanent damage to students’ backs

Backpacks are causing permanent damage to students’ backs

by Sean Alvarado, Reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Boston University estimates that over 79 million students wear backpacks to school for academic purposes. These backpacks are filled with heavy laptops, textbooks, binders, and other essential needs for school. However, if used incorrectly carrying a backpack can be dangerous and potentially result in m...

Why FCPS should start school later

Why FCPS should start school later

by Sean Alvarado, Reporter

April 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Waking up early can be challenging for most high school students.  I've noticed majority of the students who actively participate in classes tend to be silent or uninvolved until second or third period. However, during a two-hour delay, there will be a significant difference in student participation and pr...

Protecting the American people — What we need to do next

Protecting the American people — What we need to do next

by Bridget Murphy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Spring 2018

I should feel safe when I walk into school, the place where I go to learn and grow. I should feel safe when I go to see a movie premiere with my family or to see a concert with my friends. I should feel safe when I go to church on Sundays with my grandmother and mother. I should feel safe when I ...

Assessing School Safety Options: What to do next?

Assessing School Safety Options: What to do next?

by Allison King, Reporter

March 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Every day, our school administration, county officials and members of our police force continue their efforts towards keeping students safe in schools. Numerous school shootings have occurred in America, most recently at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland.   Schools such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, Stone...

Should schools be selling gum?

Should schools be selling gum?

by Sean Alvarado, Reporter

March 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Gum is seen as the bad guy in elementary and middle schools, but high school students can get a wealth of benefits from chewing gum in class. Recently, the school store re-opened before and after school--and business is brisk.  The school store could help by selling gum. My opinion is that high school ...

Almond milk: Dairy milk’s plant-based impersonator

Almond milk: Dairy milk’s plant-based impersonator

by Allison King, Reporter

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Most of us grew up including a glass of milk (or two or three) in our daily diets, but, recently, almond milk and other milk alternatives, including soy, coconut, rice and cashew milk, have become increasingly popular. What’s up with that? Less than 2g of protein, made mostly of water and sugar, and ...

Holiday carriage rides spark protest in Frederick city

Holiday carriage rides spark protest in Frederick city

January 25, 2018


Filed under Fall 2017, Opinion

Lambert's Carriage Company hosts seasonal horse drawn carriage rides throughout Downtown Frederick each year. Rides are scheduled throughout December in the evenings. On December 29, 2017, North Market Street was filled with bright white signs held by protesters standing silently in the freezing cold. A local animal rights activist group lead by Michael and Stacy Boyer protest the use of horses as carriage haulers.   ...

Con Carriage Ride- A cruel and outdated method of transportation

Con Carriage Ride- A cruel and outdated method of transportation

by Fiona Rowan, Guest Reporter

January 25, 2018


Filed under Fall 2017, Opinion

An animal rights group led by Michael and Stacy Boyer have been protesting against the Lambert Carriage Company seasonal rides in downtown Frederick. I agree that horse drawn carriages are a cruel and outdated way of transport in busy cities. Not only is it inhumane, but it's dangerous to the hors...

Pro Carriage Ride–Keep Frederick’s beloved tradition

by Katie Gallagher, Reporter

January 25, 2018


Filed under Fall 2017, Opinion

I do not agree with the recent protests against the horse drawn carriage rides in downtown Frederick. Horses have been used to transport humans for centuries. The earliest sort of horse drawn carriage dates back to 2000 BC that was used in Mesopotamia and called a chariot. Horse drawn carriages we...

Dance Moms: Reality television is hardly realistic

Dance Moms: Reality television is hardly realistic

by Kelsey Ward and Ashley Nash

January 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2017, Opinion, Showcase

The Lifetime series Dance Moms is a show filled with drama, fighting, and of course -- dancing. The show first aired in 2011 and professes to reveal the real the behind the scenes of the Abby Lee Dance Company from Pittsburgh. There are seven dancers on the team. The show’s success comes from the...

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