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What are they waiting for? Change the Maryland state song

What are they waiting for? Change the Maryland state song

by Garrett Wiehler, Reporter
October 23, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Local and state officials all across the country are moving to change government-sponsored symbols that have ties to the Confederacy and, by implication, to racism. The catalyst for these changes was the shooting of nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, North Carolina, by a teenager who was ...

Situational Awareness: Paying attention and being mindful matters

Situational Awareness: Paying attention and being mindful matters

by Haley Barge, Journalist
October 22, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

No wonder situational awareness is a lost skill. We gaze at our mobile devices while we walk, work, and eat. Situational awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend what is happening around us, at that moment. We have chosen to make ourselves unaware of what is going on around us, ...

Zero Waste: In Maryland, plans, but not actions, to reduce trash

Zero Waste:  In Maryland, plans, but not actions, to reduce trash

by Olivia King, Reporter
October 22, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Many local families, like mine, have at least two 32-gallon trash cans and a recycle bin outside.  On trash day, at least one is full. Recycling is not everyone's top priority when it comes to problems in the world, but it should be. According to Annenburg Learner, on average in 2013 each American p...

Vaping: E-cigarette use growing among teens with no regulation in sight

Vaping: E-cigarette use growing among teens with no regulation in sight

by Rose Fiore, Reporter
October 19, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Vaping has become a common activity for young people everywhere. According to the Washington Post, e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent to 13.4 percent between 2013 and 2014. Usage also more than tripled among middle school students. Unfortunately, many of these teens...

Con: Schools overstep their authority by restricting drop-offs

by Alicia Nasto, Editor
October 12, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Forgetfulness is part of human nature, something children and adults both suffer from. When we forget something, we often beat ourselves up about it. Lake Mary High School has a policy in place banning all drop-off items</a>. Normally when students forget their homework, sports equipment, lunches, etc., calling or texting their parents and asking them to bring ...

Naviance: Not the nightmare you think it is

Naviance: Not the nightmare you think it is

by Olivia DuBro, Editor-In-Chief
October 12, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Naviance= Nasty. At least that's what I thought before I learned how to use it. In fact, I've heard a lot of complaining from my senior peers. "It's confusing." "Why can't I just do it the old way?" "I don't have time for it." Now, with practice, I realize Naviance is an incredible tool that w...

Pro: Schools should stop parent drop-offs to improve safety

by Katherine Montgomery, Reporter
October 12, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On Friday October 2, 2015, 27 parents came in to the LHS office to drop off homecoming dance money and other items to students. Over a week, the secretaries in the front office recorded how many parents came in and what they brought. There was an average of 22 parents each day. Twenty-two people...

Participation trophies produce empty egos, full landfills

Participation trophies produce empty egos, full landfills

by Abigail Montgomery, Editor
October 12, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Ask any kid to show you their trophy collection and they’ll be more than happy to point out each and every award and explain how they earned them. But we’re facing a new problem today: what are kids supposed to say when they come across their participation trophies, awards they didn’t earn at al...

Teachers frustrated about increased class sizes

Teachers frustrated about increased class sizes

by Sydney Rossman and Kayley Russell
September 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Over the summer, the Board of Education was carefully finalizing the school budget. The outcome was 80 fewer teachers at the 61 schools across Frederick County. The Board of Education voted in favor of increasing the class size by one student, but in reality this can mean that in some high school...

School Lockers: A hassle or helpful?

School Lockers: A hassle or helpful?

by Jeweliana Hendrickson, Editor
September 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“Ugh, my backpack is so heavy. I don’t want to carry it,” said everyone who has received two massive textbooks on the first day of school and is forced to carry them around in their heavy backpack for the rest of the day. Most people choose to suffer through it, while just a few others get lo...

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