It: A Hilarious Yet Haunting Experience

By Owen Steffan ’18 From children cracking jokes one minute to scaring audiences with a killer clown the next, “It” finds success with its seamless blend of humor and terror. Based on the critically acclaimed 1986 Stephen King novel of the same title, this highly anticipated R-rated horror film takes place in the 1980s in the fictional town of Derry, … Read More

Guardians Vol. 2 Is an Empowering CGI Masterpiece

by Lucy Kuchma ‘18 From the kick-butt soundtrack to its incredible CGI, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”(GOTG2) measures up, technically speaking, to its predecessor. Although the gang consists of superheroes, the film touches on many emotional complexities such as romantic longing and the importance of family. The story follows the same group of galactic warriors including Peter Quill (Chris … Read More

Logic Album Draws Attention to Issues of Racial Tension and Bias

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 Logic, rapper and Montgomery County native, released his third studio album “Everybody” on May 5. The album is centered around strong political and social messages as Logic raps about his upbringing in Gaithersburg, systematic inequality, racism, and mental health. Following the format of Logic’s previous projects, “Everybody” includes a storyline with skits embedded in select songs. … Read More

‘13 Reasons’ Sparks Discussion about Exposing Young Adults to Teen Suicide

by Emma Shuster ‘18 The hit Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” about teen rape, assault, bullying, and suicide has prompted many schools, including Sherwood, to issue warnings to parents. On March 31, Netflix released “13 Reasons Why,” based on an original story by Jay Asher. The series centers around the suicide of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) and focuses on Clay … Read More

Teen Novel Makes Subpar Film

by Natalie Murray ‘18 “Everything, Everything,” by Nicola Yoon, is a teen romance/drama novel telling the story of Madeline “Maddy” Whittier (played in the film by Amandla Stenberg), an 18-year-old girl who suffers from Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Because of this, she’s on permanent house arrest: any exposure to the outside world could overload her fragile immune system, potentially killing … Read More

‘SNL’ Ratings Soar as Satirical Influence Grows

by Meghan Kimberling ‘17 High school students are not likely to sit down and read a lengthy article on President Trump’s foreign policy, but if a popular show can relay the information creatively and comedically, then they are likely to become more engaged. Seeing a serious topic transform into a comedic one helps them understand the current events and politics … Read More

‘Divide’ Exceeds Expectations

by Amanda Allen ‘17 Ed Sheeran’s highly anticipated album “Divide” was released at the top spot of the charts on March 3 and received four out of five stars from Rolling Stone Magazine. The success and praise are well deserved, because “Divide” could not be described in any other way than extraordinarily original. The album traces Sheeran’s experiences over the … Read More

Disney Film Brilliantly Recreates Fairy Tale

by Tate Harrop ‘17 A tale as old as time, yet not so old that it cannot be brought to life again. “Beauty and the Beast” has been beloved since the 1991 animated film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and helped jumpstart the “Disney Princess” era. The live-action version, released on March 17, brilliantly re-tells the … Read More

Several Students Plan on Pursuing Their Passion for Music in College

by Lydia Velazquez ‘17 Choosing a major, and essentially a career, at 18 can be intimidating. This is particularly so in today’s society given the emphasis put on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers and how they are considered much more useful than liberal arts or humanities-based careers. Such a culture and job market thus influences students to have … Read More