Major Companies Announce Changes to Firearms Sales

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 The Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO, Edward W. Stack, announced February 28 that the company will stop selling assault-style rifle and high-capacity magazines, which are mechanisms used to hold more than the standard number of rounds that the weapon has. The company will also raise its purchase age for all firearms to only people over 21. The … Read More

Gun Concerns Become Local

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 In the wake of the tragic incident and loss of student lives in Parkland, Florida, there has been an increased attention and anxiety about safety threats towards students across the nation, including Montgomery County. The day following the mass shooting, Clarksburg High School staff confiscated a knife and loaded handgun from senior Alwin Chen, who was immediately … Read More

A Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented

by Lucy Kuchma ’18 Nikolas Cruz exited his Uber and entered the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) at 2:19 pm on Thursday. Within minutes, the 19-year old who was formerly expelled from MSD pulled out a semi automatic AR-15 rifle, placed a gas mask over his face, and began shooting at students on the school grounds before … Read More

Students’ Role in Advocating for Gun Control

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20 Following the tragic events of the Parkland High School shooting on Valentine’s Day, students across the country have become involved in the politics surrounding the issue. Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) students have travelled to New York and Los Angeles to confer with activist organizations supporting a nationwide stand for stricter gun control laws. Earlier this week, … Read More

A’s Represent Over 50% of Grades Earned for First Semester

 by Anika Mittu ’19  When MCPS unveiled the new grading policy in 2016, eliminating county finals and stating that any student receiving an A and a B as quarter grades would obtain an A as a final semester grade, critics worried about potential grade inflation. These predictions became reality: A’s comprised 54 percent of the first semester grades received at … Read More

Quince Orchard Mourns the Loss of Senior Tyler Terry

by Frank Platko ’18 The Quince Orchard community is mourning the loss of senior Tyler Terry, who passed away days ago after being on life support for nearly two weeks. On Monday, January 29, police and paramedics arrived to a basketball court just blocks away from Quince Orchard High School to find Terry collapsed on the ground, in cardiac arrest, … Read More

This Year’s Flu Season Is Worse Than In Past Years

by Hena Hussain ‘20 Every winter, a new strain of influenza, or “the flu”, makes an appearance. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season has become “one of the biggest health threats” the American public is facing. So far, 49 states have reported widespread flu activity. As of February 2, overall hospitalizations of … Read More

Student Media Roundtable Discussion

by  Sydney Henry ’20 On February 6, MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith met with student reporters from multiple high school publications to discuss his vision for the school system. Many of the questions asked by students had to do with the recent demographic and enrollment reports that were published by the school board in January. One topic brought up by editor-in-chief at … Read More

Dancers Throw Themselves into RnR Performance

by Isabella Pilot ’18 Every March, thousands of patrons from the Sherwood community and beyond flock to the Ertzman Theatre to witness the annual production of Rock ‘n Roll Revival. Hours upon hours of rehearsal are put towards perfecting lyrics, harmonies, rhythms, and dances. While all singers learn some form of choreography, a select group of students—twelve girls and twelve … Read More