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Senior Karlee Duda is trying navigate scholarship applications in her spare time.

College scholarships, a 9-5 job for seniors

I calculate that if a student makes $10 an hour to save for college, and they work for eight hours, then that's $80 saved for college. The same eight hours spent on scholarships may have a low pay-out with no guarantee.
by Sammie Hoefs, Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2021

As if the pandemic, graduation, and the looming summer without a job aren’t enough, every parent/senior conversation comes with a “How are we going to pay for college?” discussion.  It’s miserable. With...

Madeline Williamson, Lindsey Green and Gabby Thompson showing off their Shein items with the matching clothing costs.

Trending on Insta and TikTok: Shein shopping carts

by Madeline Williamson, Editor April 26, 2021

Shein is taking the shopping world by storm. With the hottest clothes on the market, and the best sales where could you go wrong?  What is Shein?  Shein describes themselves as “an international...

Showing the doom and gloom of AP classes and what all students feel at times.

AP courses + pandemic virtual school = Advanced learning still preferred approach

by Caroline Hobson, Editor April 25, 2021

What does the buildup of AP courses plus the stress of a pandemic do to a teen? For many, they are stuck learning advanced, confusing subjects with little help at home and are still expected to take full...

Can Netflix's

“Yes Days” key to building family bonds

The nose piercing was an instant, "No!" My Yes Day otherwise was a hit.
by Maya Apau, Editor in Chief April 24, 2021

Drive the car through the car wash? Yes!  Give mom and dad a makeover? Yes!  Music Festival? . . .No "Yes Day" -- Netflix Original Review In March 2021 Netflix released a family comedy Yes Day...

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

School leaders feel pressure as colleges across the country push for vaccination mandates
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...

Courtesy of Jessie Hernandez. Graduating seniors often have more decisions to make than where they want to go to college. Do they prioritize career choices? Their long-time companion? Both? Neither?

Senior Struggle: Can high school relationships survive college and career choices?

by Jessie Hernandez, Reporter April 22, 2021

You and your partner are celebrating three years of dating, most of your high school experience.  The honeymoon phase feels like it will last forever. You have plans to go to college together after high...

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

As an autistic person myself, it’s about time we get strong characters in the media that represent the whole person, not someone with a “disability.”
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,...

In African American history month colors, we ask ourselves,

It’s about time: African American history course in the works for FCPS

But there is more Black history than "slavery was bad" and the “I Have a Dream” speech.
by Jason Byrd, Sports Editor April 9, 2021

FCPS has established the importance of diversity by promoting multicultural lessons for all grades K-12 and by creating a partnership with AARCH (African American Resource Cultural Heritage Society). Now,...

Video: Seniors walk the line between working and studying

by Julian Rodriguez and Zachary Tilmont March 25, 2021

This video takes a deeper look into the lives of two student employees. At the beginning of the pandemic, when school was not fully virtual, students were reaching for more hours to work for numerous reasons:...

Some are determined to work out to fight the pandemic with healthier bodies and minds.

Training the mind while training the body: How to improve mental health through exercise

by Zach Tilmont and Julian Rodriguez March 12, 2021

Taking time to train your mind while also training your body is the ultimate combination. During this long and dreadful global pandemic, many people are finding new ways to get through it and they are...

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