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Generation Z is the future—- Even without a computer!

Generation Z is the future—- Even without a computer!

by Maya Apau and Tabitha Moses

December 3, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

In our story “What has our generation lost? Gen Z is in trouble”, we wrote about how this new generation is lacking social and life skills. Gen Zers are in a hurry, not for purposeful reasons, but for selfish and problematic reasons instead. Yet the quick pace movement isn’t necessarily a hurry to use...

Give witches a break!

Give witches a break!

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

What do you think of when you hear the word witch? I get a lot of different answers, ranging from The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch to devil worshipers. People mention Halloween costumes. I listen to a lot of descriptions of green-skinned women with warts and black pointy hats, and a surprising number of an...

Demolition derby: What can we do to fix student driving problems?

Demolition derby: What can we do to fix student driving problems?

by Bailey Spore and Ryan Sheehy

November 30, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

There probably isn’t a single student who doesn’t have a scratch or dent on their car, often caused by other students. A large majority of student driving is downright awful. While the students most likely aren’t trying to be destructive, many drive too fast, text while driving and are unaware o...

Local Jewish families concerned for safety in wake of Pittsburgh attack

Local Jewish families concerned for safety in wake of Pittsburgh attack

by Emily Lotito, Reporter

November 28, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

On October 27, the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue was attacked during their morning Shabbat service. The shooter open fired while yelling anti-Semitic slurs. This shooting was the deadliest single act of antisemitism in the United States. Eleven members of the congregation were killed and four pol...

A local competition would improve theater performances

A local competition would improve theater performances

by Cara Bond, Reporter

November 23, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Commercial theater groups have always had ways of comparing their success to others. There are the Oscars, the Helen Hayes Awards, the Golden Globe Awards. The list of accolades for theater is long. What about student theater groups? In Frederick County, at least, there is no official competition...

Why we should not lower the voting age

Why we should not lower the voting age

by Alex Dembeck, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Would allowing teens to vote at 16 have changed the midterm elections? Probably. After students began to use their voice in light of tragedies, such as the Parkland shooting, many politicians have acknowledged that teens aren’t simply focused on their social lives. They are worried about their futures...

Are QR codes the best way to prevent misconduct in school?

Are QR codes the best way to prevent misconduct in school?

by Catie Jo Tansey and Ethan Hart

October 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In fall 2018, the administration implemented a new system to prevent misconduct, especially in the bathrooms where, historically, there has been a lot of vandalism. The administration created a QR code that allows students to submit tips when they witness vaping or vandalism in school bathrooms or elsewher...

What has our generation lost? Gen Z is in trouble

by Maya Apau and Tabitha Moses

October 23, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

Are you reading this story on your phone? What would life be like without phones and social media?  Electronics have had many benefits to daily life, such as quick access to information, fast communication, and entertainment. However, alongside these benefits comes an increasing lack of social a...

What’s up with freshmen taking AP US History?

What’s up with freshmen taking AP US History?

by Cara Bond, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

As an avid reader, writer, and history enthusiast, I’ve often chosen to enroll in AP history classes. The time I spent in AP World History during my sophomore year gave me the experience that I felt adequately prepared me for a semester-long course of AP US History in my junior year. However, this y...

Are the dangers of artificial turf fields worth the risk?

Are the dangers of artificial turf fields worth the risk?

by William Quansah, Reporter

October 17, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Artificial turf has increased in popularity around the world, especially in the United States. There are over 12,000 artificial turf fields across the United States, and the number is growing. They’re nice to play on, due to their flexibility with weather, and they are easy to maintain. This all se...

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