Has Sense of Community Been Lost?

by Devin Cornelius ’12 Olney, once a rural community known for its longstanding farming tradition, has rapidly transformed into a bustling suburban town of over 30,000 people. Consequently, Sherwood’s population has grown substantially over the past 20 years as well. During the same time, teens have become more technologically dependent, contributing to lives filled with distractions. Sherwood’s teachers, parents and … Read More

Disciplinary Policy: A Closer Look

by Rebecca Stussman ’12           On November 3, 2010, Fairfax sophomore Nick Stuban was suspended from his high school for buying a capsule of a legal substance known as JWH-018, a synthetic compound with a marijuana-like effect. Stuban was a first-time offender, Boy Scout and football player. His suspension lasted for over seven weeks and ended in an involuntary school transfer, … Read More

Different Students, Interesting Activities

by Brad Matthews ’11 You never know the interesting things some students do outside the brick walls of Sherwood. Some people party; some people do sports. Junior Brett Melnick attends film festivals such as the MCPS Student Film Festival on March 31st; sophomore Joe Gruber competes regionally in men’s gymnastics. Gruber, a male gymnast, competes in Region 7 at Level … Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Bonavia Named as Next Football Coach

by Jacob Bogage ’12   The Sherwood Warriors have found their new football coach. Mike Bonavia accepted the job earlier Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation at the Sandy Spring school on who would be named the perennial powerhouse’s newest coach. Bonavia will leave Einstein High School where he served as head coach for five years and before that, at Richard … Read More

Olney Experiences Two Fatal Shootings Within a Week

In the past week, Olney has been the site of two fatal shootings. On Friday, March 18, Nazir Ahmed, 81, was found dead in his home on the 19500 block of Olney Mill Road. Then on Monday, March 21, Punyasara W. Palkumbre Gedara, 41, was shot while walking on the 3400 block of North High Street. Police are looking for … Read More

Saturday School Combines Education, Volunteering

by Darby Whitehair ’12 It’s 8:30 Saturday morning, and the classrooms at Sherwood are not empty. Filling up the desks and classrooms are students of all ages, all there for one purpose: Saturday School.

MCPS Plans for Budget Constraints

    by Adam Kopp ’11   On January 28, Superintendent Jerry Weast released a list of 27 proposed budget reductions that would save the school system $48 million for the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12). The proposal, which warns of “significant service reductions,” would warrant strong consideration should MCPS fail to receive adequate local funding, totaling $82 million, from the … Read More

College-Level Classes Intrigue Students

by Andi Hubbell ’11      As a part of its Seven Keys to College Readiness, MCPS recommends that students strive to receive a score of three or better on at least one AP exam during their high school careers. However, allured by the prospect of gaining extensive college credit during high school, many students resolve to go even further, tackling … Read More

What Egypt’s Revolution Is Going To Mean For …

U.S. Interests and Security The departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the country’s shift towards democracy marks the loss of a key U.S. ally in the Arab world. Mubarak could be relied upon by the United States for cooperation in regional politics and counter-terrorism. So as odd as it may seem, democracy in Egypt may be a bad thing … Read More

Students Frustrated By Forced Lunchtime Moves

For students, lunch is a time to relax, finish homework assignments and enjoy quality time with their friends. For administrators and security, it is a frenzied period of trying to maintain order and a clean environment. Finding a medium between these two aspirations is difficult. With large groups of students gathering throughout random hallways, the attempt to keep control is a challenge, and administrators such as Assistant Principal James Heintze on occasion have moved students from their initial eating spots.