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GSA begins planning for winter formal

GSA begins planning for winter formal

by Elizabeth Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2019

On December 4, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance Winter Formal Planning Committee met after school in Ms. Jessica Baker's room to discuss the club's annual winter dance. This will be the fifth year that the club hosts this dance, which has become increasingly popular each year. Open to GSA students from...

Barret breaks boundaries: Board member speaks about her journey

Barret breaks boundaries: Board member speaks about her journey

by Caroline Hobson and Gabby North

November 4, 2019

Frederick County Board of Education member Liz Barret came PREP to talk to the students about relationships, unexpected mentors, and how the people that came into her life helped her become the woman that she is today. The main points that she touched on throughout her presentation included not fitt...

Forensics class learns in the Mobile STEM lab: Photo of the Day 5/27/19

Forensics class learns in the Mobile STEM lab: Photo of the Day 5/27/19

by Thomas French, Reporter

May 28, 2019

On May 23,  Ms. Jessica Baker’s forensics class took a trip to the school parking lot to visit a mobile science lab. The lab was available to all science teachers during the week of May 19- May 24. In the forensic wildlife lab, students used electricity to study and identify the species of a ...

Senior countdown 2019: Senior members of NHS serve for only 4 more days!

Senior countdown 2019: Senior members of NHS serve for only 4 more days!

by Braden Weinel, Editor

May 16, 2019

With only four days left of school for the class of 2019, the senior members of the National Honor Society are preparing to move on to bigger and better things. NHS advisors, Mrs. Durran Ecalano and Mrs. Jessica Baker are ready to hand out cords with the help of NHS president Caroline Etherton and th...

Students stay silent to break the silence: Photo of the Day 4/20/19

Students stay silent to break the silence: Photo of the Day 4/20/19

by Emily Watson, Reporter

April 20, 2019

On April 17, students participated in the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a student-led protest against bullying and harassment of students in the LGBTQ community and their supporters. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students. From the first bell of the day t...

Varsity and junior varsity softball teams scrimmage to prepare for upcoming games: Photo of the Day 3/18/19

Varsity and junior varsity softball teams scrimmage to prepare for upcoming games: Photo of the Day 3/18/19

by Gabby Llewellyn, Reporter

March 18, 2019

On March 15, the softball teams had a joint practice to help set up the field and to scrimmage each other. The varsity team raked and prepared the field itself, while junior varsity set up nets around the batting cage and hung posters. Due to the recent rain, the field was messy, so raking and dragg...

Beau Cameron hopes to overpower the competition as Captain America

Beau Cameron hopes to overpower the competition as Captain America

by Emily Webb and Emily Watson

March 1, 2019

Beau Cameron is one of 12 contestants competing for the Mr. Linganore 2019 title. In honor of this year’s theme, A Night of Firsts, Cameron will be portraying Captain America, the first Avenger. Cameron’s interpretation of his character has a fresh angle. “I chose my character not becaus...

National Honor Society inducts 70 new members: Photo of the Day 11/14/2018

National Honor Society inducts 70 new members: Photo of the Day 11/14/2018

by Haley Enders, Reporter

November 14, 2018

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on November 13. The hallway was crowded with inductees at around 6:30 p.m., lined up and ready to get their pictures taken on the main staircase. The ceremony began with an opening message from Mrs. Durann Ecalono, co-adviser for NHS. The NHS o...

Bloodsworth: Maryland’s One Book is a tragic, yet inspiring story

Bloodsworth: Maryland’s One Book is a tragic, yet inspiring story

by Spencer Derrenberger, Reporter

October 18, 2018

“Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and well-written.” These are the words forensics science teacher Ms. Jessica Baker, used to describe the events of Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by Tim Junkin. Every year, the One Maryland One Book program chooses a book according to a theme and encourages communities all over Maryland to read the selected piece together...

Schoology slays Google Classroom: FCPS transitions to new learning management system

Schoology slays Google Classroom: FCPS transitions to new learning management system

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2018

FCPS is implementing a new learning management system in all Frederick County Schools: Schoology. This year, teachers have the option to use it, but FCPS plans for Schoology to replace Google Classroom and the HAC grading system entirely in 2019-2020. "We tested a lot of different systems before ...

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