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A close view of the deserted center of the FSK Mall... with its ironic

Why do I need a time machine to go to a good mall?

Malls are no longer the teen hangout they once were.
by Audrey Kilgore May 22, 2021

In Season 3 of Stranger Things, when teen friends El and Max were skipping through the mall during El’s very first visit, the camera panned around at a bright, bustling scene with people everywhere....

Alyssa Pizer uses the popular LED lights to give her bedroom a glow.

Pandemic makeover: These four walls need a fresh look

From rearranging bedrooms to installing new amenities, rooms and houses have been getting a new “pandemic makeover.”
by Alyssa Pizer and Chloe Little April 24, 2021

Imagine going from being out to sitting at home all day every day. Looking around every day to the room you are now spending all your time in, would you be happy with what it looks like?  A lot of...

Video: Lancer Spotlight: What do teachers enjoy most about being back in the building?

by Jamie Donohue, Editor March 22, 2021

Just over a year ago, teachers packed up their belongings and left the classrooms. The two week cancellation led to weeks, then months away from the school. This introduced the world of virtual teaching....

Student members of Linganore’s Spanish Honor Society enjoy each other’s company as they engage in discussion during one of their monthly virtual meetings.

Reaching for the (virtual) stars: Linganore honor societies continue to thrive in pandemic

by Alex Dembeck and Nikki Golemboski March 22, 2021

How do you keep honor societies active in a virtual world? Hybrid = everything is harder. Advisors and officers were puzzled over this in the National English Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Rho...

Throughout the semester, English 101 students have been working towards creating a podcast to showcase their research and empower their voices.

Empowered voices: English 101 inspires “How to be. . .” the next generation of leaders

by Sierra Rossman and Maya Apau January 24, 2021

The greatest challenge has been to face ourselves and our emotions while alone in quarantine. For English 101 students, the examination of "aloneness" became a semester-long quest to understand a single...

“How to Be Anti-Racist”: A student’s journey to empowering her voice

"I wanted people to see the struggles of how even when it’s not noticed, racism can affect the littlest things,” said Apau.
by Sierra Rossman, Editor-in-Chief January 24, 2021

Fear due to the color of your skin should not have to happen in 2020. When the Black Lives Matter protests erupted in spring of 2020, it was shocking to see just how many Americans were unaware of the...

The virtual ceremony included a slide showing each student who was recognized.

Lancer Spotlight: Maya Apau recognized with FCPS MLK award

by Lexli Nicholas, Reporter January 21, 2021

For the past 31 years, FCPS has been holding the “Annual MLK Celebration.” The celebration was put in place to recognize kind, courageous and caring students. One student from each school in the county...

Damon Norko has been working in his studio to make My Brother, the God Particle come to life. He has hosted over 40 recording sessions at his studio.

Lancer Spotlight: Damon Norko brings plays to a virtual platform

Creating a radio play is the "silver lining" to the pandemic.
by Sierra Rossman and Jessica Young October 16, 2020

COVID-19 has caused Broadway to go dark and virtually all plays to stop production. During this time when the only drama is the lack of drama, English teacher Damon Norko is bringing theater back to a...

The virtual schedule takes  a lot of personal planning to keep on track--for both teachers and students.

Virtual fail: Online school schedule creates new learning challenges

by Abbey Sovero, Reporter October 15, 2020

With school online, students sleep later each day, as there are no big yellow school buses waiting for them in the mornings. Although the cold dark mornings and unappealing lunches are gone, life...

Jessica Young is sewing face masks to donate to FMH.

“Sew” necessary: It’s time to make masks to help control spread of Covid-19

by Jessica Young, Reporter April 14, 2020

Remember when a mask used to be a refreshing skin treatment, a scary Halloween costume, or a Mardi Gras party accessory? Before March 2020, no one would be likely to wear them in public. Some people...

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