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Student Voices gives students a voice in the midst of redistricting

Student Voices gives students a voice in the midst of redistricting

by Emily Webb, Managing Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Spring 2019

With redistricting on the horizon, many students and families are emotional about the change and stuck in their vision of what makes their school better. However, the Student Voices program has helped me to see that there is no “best” high school. We share so many bests. The program, led by Er...

21 Reasons Why: Maryland should raise the smoking age to 21

21 Reasons Why: Maryland should raise the smoking age to 21

by Madeline Hull, Reporter

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Spring 2019

Update: On April 3 the Maryland Senate Bill 895 was officially written as a Maryland law to raise the smoking age to 21. Seven states-California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, Virginia, and over 400 localities like Washington, D.C-have raised the legal age to purchase smoking...

Am I betraying my gender if I prefer the NBA?

Am I betraying my gender if I prefer the NBA?

by Madeline Williamson, Reporter

March 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Who are Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, and Sylvia Fowles? They are the top WNBA players. I bet you didn’t know that, and neither did I. What they all have in common is that they are the best of the best in women’s basketball. Why aren’t these names household names like Lebron James and Steph Curry? While the to...

So you want to be a music major?

So you want to be a music major?

by Alyson Sniffen and Elizabeth Anderson

January 25, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” These words were spoken by the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, yet they are quoted even today centuries later--despite the fact that most people are forced to work for a paycheck and not their own enjoyment. ...

One semester down, one more until summer time!

One semester down, one more until summer time!

by Emily Lotito and Lindsay Toothaker

January 24, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Our first semester of 2018-2019 is finally done! Class of 2022 made it out alive and are heading to their second semester looking forward to learning experiences. As freshmen, they have transitioned from middle school to high school starting as little fish in the pond. But we have grown! Students have...

Registration process: The future is now!

Registration process: The future is now!

by Rachel McCoy and Grace Coccagna

January 23, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

The time has come where every student has to plan for their next year of high school, even before the second semester has started. This process can be very stressful because their are so many components to think about. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have received a pink slip about registration,...

AirPods: The new Gucci for the Ears

AirPods: The new Gucci for the Ears

by Ashley Nash and Elizabeth Rajnik

January 23, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

After yet another winter break full of gift giving, it’s very common to see students on their first day back flaunting their gifts from the holiday season. Whether it be trendy clothing items, new technology, or the hottest new pair of shoes, some gift ideas become much more popular than others each y...

An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms

An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019


Filed under Best of SNO, Opinion, Showcase

Dear FCPS: In 2019, the District of Columbia’s public school system will apply a third gender marker on their enrollment forms, allowing students to select “non-binary” rather than male or female when indicating the child’s gender. Almost all public school districts in Maryland and the D.C. region include gender identity as a protected class in their non-discrimina...

Students want more locally grown fresh food

Students want more locally grown fresh food

by Peyton Johnson, Reporter

January 8, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

Frederick County Public Schools has spent the past year exploring the possibility of adding more locally grown fruits and vegetables to the lunch menu. Because this is such a big decision for the school district, Steve O’Brey, food procurement coordinator at FCPS, wants to ensure that they have enough ...

Warning to all incoming freshmen! Tips on how to prepare for the next four years

Warning to all incoming freshmen! Tips on how to prepare for the next four years

by Ryan Sheehy, Reporter

January 8, 2019


Filed under Opinion

My first day at Linganore was my most memorable. This was the day when I realized I now had a fresh start. I could begin talking to people I've never talked to. I could belong in classes that I never thought I would take, and I am now open to endless opportunities. I knew that this is where I would fin...

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