That Hefty Prom Price Tag

by Olivia Snyder ’12 Since the 1920s, prom has been a ritual in high school students’ lives. Only recently, however, has it become more than a modest event held in school gymnasiums decorated with crepe paper streamers and papier-mâché lanterns. The prom of today has developed into an expensive affair consisting of limo rides and over two hundred dollar dresses. … Read More

Yoga Offers New Kind of Exercise

by Olivia Snyder ’12 Yoga is an untapped and often overlooked source of exercise; one that is especially unknown to students. When Olney teenagers think exercise, their minds immediately go to Fitness First. However, Olney has another local source of exercise, which is yoga at the Yin Yang Yoga Center. Yoga is a system of exercises aimed at controlling and … Read More

Caffeine Consumption Proves Dangerous without Moderation

    by Arjun Singh ’12 Throughout the day, exhausted teens look for an extra boost of energy in order to finish an assignment, stay alert or just wake up. A common solution: caffeine. Eighty-five percent of Americans consume caffeine habitually. The mass popularity of caffeine comes from its effects as a stimulant that raises alertness and decreases fatigue in … Read More

Nutrition Posting Makes Its Way to Local Eateries

by Allie Sivak ’11 Stumbling into Starbucks in their usual early-morning daze, ardent coffee drinkers may get a bit of a surprise that is sure to give them a jolt before even taking a sip of their steaming cup of java. With a simple glance at the menu on the wall, it appears that a favorite latte contains more than … Read More

Eating Breakfast Boasts Health Benefits for Teens

by Christine O’Connell ’11 When I was younger, my mom continuously said, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and with more enthusiasm than is acceptable for table talk at six in the morning. Annoyingly cheerful or not, Mom happened to be right. Eating breakfast can affect more than just your stomach rumbling loudly in third period. Opting … Read More

Rhythm and Movement of Connection

by Ellen Kirkness ’12 From out of the melting pot of American culture comes a generation of adolescents who redefine the meaning of having a double-life. All of the ingredients join together at school to create a blended mixture which incorporates family tradition with American pop culture. Yet, at home these same students embrace a traditional culture, rich with customs … Read More

Trades Provide New Options

by Holland McCabe ’11 As students walk across the stage at graduation, some look forward to college, others look to serve their country in the military and still others look to enter the work force as tradesmen. These students have decided not to pursue the college life and degree, and choose instead to pursue a career in the skilled trades like carpentry, mechanics, plumbing and electrical contracting. In choosing this path, they face many uncertainties, especially in this economy. However, this path also can lead to a rewarding and successful life.

Orndorff Retiring After Three Decades

by Sam Farrell ’12 Physical education teacher Gene Orndorff will retire at the end of the school year from a career that includes a 31 year involvement in Rock ‘n’ Roll. For a number of these years, he has been the show’s director and tech producer. Not only did Orndorff contribute much moral support to the hundreds, if not thousands, of students he has mentored over his three decades, he also has changed the aesthetic face of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and has contributed multiple ideas that have made the whole show more efficient.

Why Smart Kids Fail: Understanding the Underachiever

by Kendall Proctor ’11 One of Sherwood’s Guiding Principles, posted on the walls of many classrooms, states “excellence is achievable and always worth the investment.” Yet many students at school underachieve. Although an underachieving student may be intelligent, he or she may not put enough effort into schoolwork to reach his or her full academic potential.

One Life Unites a Community

by Ellen Kirkness ‘12 A life is not defined by the number of days one lives, but instead by the number of lives one touches with the days he is given. Alex Popeck, born September 28, 1993, spent exactly 17 years, three months and 10 days in this world and, in that time, impacted the lives of thousands. “Alex will … Read More