Teenagers Highly Value Their Snapchat Streaks

by Emma Shuster ‘18 “Hey, what’s your Snapchat?” “AMOS” “Hey, let’s start a snap streak!” These are all phrases that are commonly tossed around by teens today. Snapchat was created in 2011 to send pictures to one’s friends daily. Although it was originally intended as a means of communication, Snapchat has very much transformed into what almost seems like a … Read More

Can We All Work Together Despite Our Differences?

by Lexi Matthews ‘18 “The Future Is Female,” reads a poster that junior Elana Tobb proudly displays in one of her Instagram photos. Her most recent retweets, between normal teenage ramblings on music and fashion, critique on President Trump’s cabinet picks and condemn police brutality. With the growing polarization of American political sentiments nationwide, it is unsurprising that many disagree … Read More

Social Media Can Hurt Self-Image of Teen Girls

by Naomi Lawrence ‘17 In today’s society, constant access to media has a tremendous influence on one’s thoughts, ideas, and actions, and can even dictate how teen girls view themselves. It is not news that the immense pressure on teenage girls to look a certain way has been heightening for decades. In a society driven by multiple celebrities promoting themselves … Read More

What Should I Do for Valentine’s Day?

by Alex Le ‘17 While it’s understandable that your life is busy and you may not have much time, Valentine’s Day gifts are something you need to prioritize. Guys often make the mistake of procrastinating, failing to plan a special date or buy a unique gift for their special someone. You don’t want your girlfriend finding out you simply went … Read More

Today’s Relationships with Technology

by Nicole Reich ‘17 Technology plays an undeniable role in teens’ romantic relationships. This is due to an increase of connection possibilities from advancements in the digital world. In our society, practically everything is online and is there for others to see or interact with. Relationships often start with showing interest in someone, which is done through a friend request, … Read More

Showing Students #ThatsNotLove

by Tate Harrop ‘17 Love-struck teenagers often believe their feelings for each other will last forever. Many young people, however, find that it is not all sunshine and rainbows in a high school relationship, and passion can become out of control and unhealthy. The health curriculum is trying to tackle this problem with the assistance of the One Love instructional … Read More

The Realities of Being a Child Genius

by Zachary Weisenthal ‘19 The term ‘genius’ and the word ‘prodigy’ are often commonly mistaken. A genius is someone with exceptional intellectual ability and creativity to a degree that is associated with the achievement of educational insight at an unprecedented level. Prodigies are defined as kids (ages 10 and younger) who have professional abilities most often in the fields of … Read More

Farmers Market in Olney Provides Access to Variety of Local Food Culture

by Isabella Pilot ‘18 The Olney Farmers and Artists Market, a staple of the community since 2007, offers everything from raw, local wildflower honey to vegan, gluten-free falafel. Alongside these “healthy” products are decadent homemade chocolates, cupcakes, and crêpes. But with four grocery stores open daily in Olney, waking up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday to attend … Read More

‘Natural Food’ Is Not Very Natural

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 From those who routinely eat a balance of protein, vegetables, and whole grains each meal to those who simply buy fruit at Roots to arrange it in an aesthetically pleasing way for social media while actually eating a cupcake they also picked up, the #cleaneating tag, used to promote eating “real” or “clean” foods, has staked … Read More

A Loca-What? Why You Should Ditch the Grocery Store and Eat Local Foods

by Naomi Lawrence ‘17 Every Sunday year-round, one can drive by the intersection of Route 108 and Prince Phillip Dr. in Olney, and see dozens of white tents with hundreds of people milling around under a beating sun. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Olney’s best expression of the locavore movement. A “locavore” is a person who chooses to eat locally … Read More