The Lance

From Palestine to Linganore (with many stops along the way): New assistant principal Raeda Zietoon becomes a Lancer!

Raeda Zeitoon talks with office secretary Sharon Smith.

by Emily McNally and Maya Apau

February 26, 2020

Ohio, Israel, California, Germany, and Maryland are influences in the journey that led new assistant principal Raeda Zietoon to join our Tribe.  Zeitoon is replacing Nancy Boyenton, who retired in February.  Tracey Cassidy, Literary Specialist describes Zietoon as caring, compassionate, and approac...

New English course offers sophomores a challenge

New English course offers sophomores a challenge

by Ruby Cerny and Cullen Vogel

January 28, 2020

In 2020-2021, sophomores have the option to take a new English course. The course combines both 10th and 11th grade English to be one year-long course. Though this course is open to any and all, some high achieving ninth graders received a letter suggesting the student to take the course.  The le...

Benefo among King award recipients at 30th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Kojo Benefo poses with his parents and Principal Nancy Doll.

by William Quansah, Editor

January 22, 2020

Attendants of the 30th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King celebration ceremony were greeted by this message in their brochures from United States Senator Ben Cardin: "I am confident when we come together for positive change, there is no obstacle we cannot overcome." FCPS holds an MLK celebration...

Body Armor and Gatorade: Sports drinks not healthy choices for meals

Only water is the natural choice.

by Jessica Young, Reporter

October 31, 2019

Have you ever really craved a cold fruity drink? You may have reached for a Bodyarmor sports drink or an ice cold Gatorade. Popular flavors like Berry and Tropical Punch may have seemed like the perfect choice. Think twice before chugging one. Instead, reach for plain old water. Gatorade and Body...

Markoe teaches the truth of oxymoron “Servant Leadership”

Dr. Markoe talks to students about the most important qualities of servant leadership.

by Emily Webb, Editor-In-Chief

October 29, 2019

Oxymoron:  “servant leader”. How can I demonstrate leadership if I put myself in the position of a lowly servant? On October 18, Dr. Michael Markoe, 1989 Linganore graduate and current Deputy Superintendent of FCPS, spoke to the Management and Entrepreneurship class about the importance of s...

Gifted education: Is it a gift?

Similar to the Star-Bellied Sneetches from Dr. Seuss’s classic story, the label of

by Emily Webb and Ruby Cerny

September 30, 2019

EMILY’S EXPERIENCE: For seven years of my educational experience, I spent my time playing with Tangrams, solving upside-down puzzles, and competing in trivia competitions. Rather than learning fractions or United States geography like my peers, my focus was on critical thinking, pattern recognition,...

Don’t BYOD: Leave your cell phone in your backpack

Senior Jacob Blue watches an informational YouTube video during class.

by Ethan Hart, Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2019

At the beginning of the school year, Kristen Canning, a teacher at Ballenger Creek Elementary School, read a bedtime story to her students via Facebook live-stream. The live-stream helped build personal connections between her and her students, encouraged reading, and set an example for parents to r...

College applications: We don’t know what we’re doing, do you?

Alaina Burger and Grace Gaydosh struggle to make sense of college applications.

by Alaina Burger and Grace Gaydosh

September 24, 2019

November 1:  The dreaded college application deadline.  Maybe you’re lucky, and the college you are applying to has a deadline of December 1. Seniors are feeling the pressure.  Procrastinating is easier. Just don’t even start the process. That’s where many seniors are today. The entir...

Schoology: What is it?

The Creative Writing class's Schoology homepage.

by Alexis Fowler, Editor

June 6, 2019

We’re making the switch, and all incoming freshmen should be prepared. In case you've missed it, FCPS is switching to a new learning management platform called Schoology. Schoology is a learning site with a social networking aspect that allows students and teachers to collaborate and have easie...

Practice safe sex: Condoms should be available in Frederick County high schools

Condom distribution in high schools have been controversial in the past but we need protection now more than ever.

by Braden Weinel, Editor

May 1, 2019

From freshman to senior year, we are all taught abstinence, the only 100% effective way to save teens from unplanned pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases. However, all classroom preparation aside, history says that hormones and desire are going to win. Due to this, we should at least prepar...

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