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Guarantee a good read with a Black-Eyed Susan nominee

Guarantee a good read with a Black-Eyed Susan nominee

by Madeline Hull and Emily Watson

May 8, 2019

Every year since 1992, the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award has been given to authors of exceptionally good books chosen by Maryland students. The award is used to promote reading by encouraging students to read quality literature. The Black-Eyed Susan nominations for High School 2019−2020 are: After...

Smash Ultimate smashes expectations: Players love new characters and modes

Smash Ultimate smashes expectations: Players love new characters and modes

by Dana Kullgren and Alex Kullgren

January 14, 2019

9.95/10 stars How did a video game released in December sell over 3 million copies in less than two weeks and win Best Fighting Game of the Year and Best Game on the Nintendo Switch? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the newest game in the Smash Bros. series, and it achieved all of the above due to its i...

What happens when you combine Disney and Final Fantasy? A Kingdom Hearts review

What happens when you combine Disney and Final Fantasy? A Kingdom Hearts review

by Spencer Derrenberger, Reporter

December 11, 2018

Have you ever wanted to be severely confused about a plot while simultaneously cursing Donald Duck under your breath? That is essentially the Kingdom Hearts experience. The original and first Kingdom Hearts is a Playstation 2 game released on March 22, 2002. Though it may seem like an odd combinat...

Markus Zusak’s “Bridge of Clay” approaches loss in a masterful blend of past and present

Markus Zusak’s “Bridge of Clay” approaches loss in a masterful blend of past and present

by Elizabeth Anderson, Watermark Editor

December 5, 2018

Five brothers. One Murderer. One mother. One lover. One girl. An odd assortment of animals, including but not limited to a mule residing in the kitchen. From the first chapter, Markus Zusak’s book Bridge of Clay is a rich tapestry of characters and history, backstories and modern day conflict. It is a ...

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: What makes it magic?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: What makes it magic?

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2018

On October 26, Netflix dropped its newest, spookiest show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I had planned to review it, so I sat down with a pen and pad of paper, ready to tear it apart. Sometime during Episode 5, I forgot to take notes. The show’s creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, works ...

Movie review: A Star is Born emotionally devastating

Movie review: A Star is Born emotionally devastating

by Lilly Player, Managing Editor

October 24, 2018

This article contains spoilers. Some may think I’m weak, but after seeing the 2018 remake of A Star is Born, I was an emotional wreck. I walked out of the theatre with tears streaming down my face, and all I could think was, “Why Jack? How could you be so asinine?” For the past month I have been wat...

The Nun: Jump scares aside, not much reason to watch

The Nun: Jump scares aside, not much reason to watch

by Lilly Player, Managing Editor

September 24, 2018

WARNING: This article contains spoilers. James Wan has built his own Roman Empire of horror films, and as everything great has a downfall, The Nun might be his Constantinople. The Nun, rated R, horrified me in a way that no movie has done since the release of The Conjuring in 2013. I went into the movie ...

Podcast review: Welcome to Nightvale combines spooky story with dark humor

Podcast review: Welcome to Nightvale combines spooky story with dark humor

by Julian Espino, Guest Reporter

May 16, 2018

“In other news, a recent report suggests that things may not be as they seem.” Welcome To Night Vale is a podcast that takes place in Night Vale, a fictional town located in the American desert. The main character, Cecil Palmer, who is voiced by Cecil Gershwin Palmer, is the host of the podcast. Thi...

Turtles All the Way Down is a literary journey you’ll want to experience

Turtles All the Way Down is a literary journey you’ll want to experience

by Natalie Roth and Greyston Harding

January 22, 2018

*SPOILERS AHEAD* John Green. I’m sure you’ve heard his name at one point, whether it was written in the shining lights of a cinema, or merely in a passing conversation with a bibliophile friend. Green is most known for his co-owned YouTube channel VlogBrothers,  his speaking out on civil rights and...

Murdoch Mysteries solves the problem of “the usual suspect” TV shows

Murdoch Mysteries solves the problem of “the usual suspect” TV shows

by Emily Reed, Managing Editor

June 5, 2017

Murdoch Mysteries 150 episodes, 10 seasons   Of the things that Canada is known for, excellent television series isn’t one of them. However, this show puts a twist on the traditional crime-solving show that makes it truly unique. This show takes place in Toronto, the largest city in...

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