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Use your head: Think before you ask questions about a black woman’s hairstyle

African American girls endure constant comments related to their hair--much of it comes from the speaker not understanding the black hair basics.

by Maya Apau, Editor

May 12, 2020

***This is PART 2  of a series of stories about the black experience at a suburban Maryland high school. In Part 1, Lancer Media reported on the spark of activism created when the  AACC (African American Culture Club) spoke to the staff at a faculty meeting.  They described the intentional and unintentional di...

TikTok: Wasting time, has little to offer but distraction.

TikTok: Wasting time, has little to offer but distraction.

by Delaney Cabe and Aaron Eng

January 28, 2020

TikTok was declared the fastest growing social media in 2018. There is no doubt that the app has grown much more in the past few years with over 500 million users. "With the simplicity of a scrolling finger you can laugh, cry and be inspired to reach past your comfort zone into a world of imagina...

Debunking college myths: Grace talks to Greg about what to expect

Grace's expectation of studying in college differs from Greg's reality of studying.

by Grace Gaydosh and Greg Gaydosh

January 26, 2020

For high school students, especially juniors and seniors, there can be lots of misperceptions about college-- excitement, nervousness, and rumors can create these misperceptions. There are so many things to look forward to. There are also some unknowns that might worry you. You might have some questi...

A single’s guide to conquering Valentine’s Day

A single's guide to conquering Valentine's Day

by Kat Taylor and Skylar Stevenson

January 24, 2020

Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday designed for buying chocolates and presents for a significant other. Nothing on Valentine’s Day really caters to the people who have no partner to share it with, but that doesn’t mean that if you’re single you can’t have a great Valentine’s day. Love...

Four eyes make you look smart: Be smart with blue light glasses

Sammie Hoefs using her blue light glasses while working on her school work.

by Sammie Hoefs, Lindsey Blum, and Brian Blum

January 24, 2020

Remember your first pair of glasses, the ones you didn't wear in school because you were so embarrassed?  Your mom said, "They make you look so smart."   But you didn't want to be smart.  You didn't want to wear the glasses. Now it's cool to be wearing glasses--except the "prescription" is for blue light b...

Twitter poll of the week: Semester 1 ends in a week. What are your grades?

What are your grades poll

by Peyton Johnson and Christian Dorsey

January 19, 2020

The new semester begins in just a week and for students that means final grades and exams are just around the corner. Seems like most students got the grades they expected. 53.3% of the votes said their grades were just what they expected. So set your expectations high for the new semester and you might...

Poll of the Week: Where do you expect to be by the end of 2030?

As we enter the next decade we all have different ideas on where we will be.

by Peyton Johnson and Christian Dorsey

January 14, 2020

A lot can happen by the end of this decade and it seems as if the results are split, with approximately a quarter on each answer. Everyone imagined something different in their future. It seems like it will be a long time before we students get married or have children, and a lot can happen in ten years.  

As paper prices rise, teachers and students must adapt to using less

As paper prices rise, teachers and students must adapt to using less

by Rachel McCoy and Sammie Hoefs

January 3, 2020

“I don’t think we have a paper crisis. I think we have a different standard operational procedure, and we need to think about how we are using our resources as a society,” said Principal Nancy Doll.  Classes had been running smoothly, until a paper shortage began in early November. Some conflic...

Mental health certification: “How does that make you feel?”

Mental health certification:

by Alaina Burger and Grace Gaydosh

December 18, 2019

Breathe. Just breathe. I’ve had two panic attacks in school but nobody knows how to  help me--I’ve been sent home both times. If I had broken my arm, this story would be a lot different. The staff at Linganore would have known exactly how to help me.  Recently, anxiety has become the lead...

Christmas Creep: The gift that keeps on giving

Is Christmas Creep really all that bad? Or is it just a way to spread joy during hard times?

by Emily Webb, Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2019

Happy Hallow--Merry Christmas!  The end of October usually means spooky decorations and crowded stores, but lately, it signals the start of tinsel, wreaths, and annoying Christmas jingles. The name for this phenomenon? Christmas Creep--a term coined to describe a marketing strategy where retailers rel...

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