The Lance

Windows to the Soul: We adjust to the new normal

As a member of a very large and close family, the Beam family, like many others, is experiencing the hardships of being separated from their extended family members while in quarantine.

by Dana Kullgren and Lancer Media staff

May 15, 2020

"Just leave me alone!" When wishes come true, suddenly being alone is not what we thought.  Zoom much?  Talk to your friends from one car to the other?  Spend a lot of time looking at the outside from your bedroom window?  For many, the prison-like experience has us re-thinking just how much we...

“Your frand T_ _ _ _ _”—– NEHS and Centerville elementary make pen pal friends: 3/6/20

Valerie Ducos enjoys reading her pen pal Kayla's letters.

by Maya Apau, Editor

March 6, 2020

¨I like your drolings have a osom Valentins!” (¨I like your drawings, have an awesome Valentine Day!¨)  On March 4, NEHS (National English Honor Society) members received their fourth (of five) letter from their elementary school student pen pals. These children attend first grade at Cen...

Battle of the Christmas doors: Photo of the Day 12/13/19

Samira Diggs's door is all decked out with holiday spirit.

by Kat Taylor, Reporter

December 13, 2019

The holiday season calls for Christmas traditions. Staff members get into the holiday spirit by decorating their doors and getting student groups involved, too. The festive doors are a highlight the last weeks before the holiday break. From December 1 to 13, teachers have been setting up their doors...

Senior night brings tears and smiles to the girls soccer team

The six seniors pose for a picture after their speeches right before the game.

by Sammie Hoefs, Managing Editor

October 15, 2019

Senior Night overwhelms players and their families with both joy and tears. On October 10, the girls soccer team held senior night during the game against South Hagerstown. They celebrated Allison Gagne (captain), Juliana Zeller (captain), Taylor Ferguson (captain), Brooke Bennett, Meghan Mong-Kerwin...

Girls’ varsity soccer take a 2-1 win over Atholton Raiders

Meghan Mong-Kerwin handles the ball during the girls soccer scrimmage vs. Atholton.

by Sammie Hoefs, Managing Editor

September 5, 2019

Girls' soccer had one last scrimmage on September 5 vs Howard County's Atholton Raiders in preparation for the start of their regular season.  The Lancers struck first with a goal from Sammie Hoefs early in the match. However, Atholton responded later in the first half with a goal. The game was very physical...

French Honor Society celebrates Mardi Gras: Photo of the Day 3/15/19

Members Anna Arrington, Micah Brown, Valerie McNeil, Sammie Hoefs, Rachel Morin, Justin Filigenzi, and Sierra Rossman participate in festive Mardi Gras game.

by Sierra Rossman, Reporter

March 17, 2019

On March 4, the French Honor Society celebrated Mardi Gras, a tradition of parties, galas, parades, and feasting, that dates back thousands of years. It was established in the United States in the 1700’s and takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, or the first day of Lent. In its Christia...

Journalism holds the first annual Paper Plate Awards: Photo of the Day 1/25/19

Natalie Rebetsky awards Spencer Derrenberger with

by Ethan Hart, Managing Editor

January 25, 2019

On January 24, the staff of The Lance held their first annual Paper Plate Awards. The awards ceremony was held during second and third period for each journalism class. Journalism students gave each other decorated paper plates with an award on each plate. The first year journalism students made the J...

Journalism class shows off for Urbana/Central Office visitors

Jacob Blue and Braden Weinel teach visitors about Photo of the day process.

by Josh Tidd, Reporter

October 31, 2018

Urbana High School has a new journalism teacher, Mrs. Kristin Johnson.  October 30, she visited Lancer Media to learn more about setting up her new class. She was accompanied by Mrs. Phyllis Younkins who is a teacher specialist for professional learning. Johnson came in to learn about how Lancer Media...

Earth Day 2020: We need to go big because we can’t go home

Journalism students show their love and enthusiasm for the environment by hugging a tree.

by Allison King, Reporter

April 20, 2018

Earth Day used to mean something.  Now, when it rolls around each year on April 22, we pick up some trash or sponsor a poster contest, but that's not enough. The conservation of our planet is important now more than ever. Of the 31% of Earth’s forests, 80% of those have been destroyed due to deforestation. The last male northern white rhinoceros died at the end of March 2018, leaving the species to inevita...

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