Keep Politics Out of Tragedy

The Rockville High School community was rattled in mid-March by the unthinkable; a 14-year old freshman was allegedly grabbed from a hallway and raped by two older students in a secluded bathroom. The incident easily can be described as too horrific for words. However, that hasn’t stopped the deluge of public opinion on the matter from every corner of the … Read More

Being a Bystander Is Just as Bad as Being a Bully

by Lauren MacFadden ‘17 Most students will quickly say that they reject bullying in all of its forms. Yet bullying still occurs every day at Sherwood and many let it happen right in front of them. I am guilty of this because of something that happened earlier this year. I was sitting in class when I heard a group of … Read More

Enforcement of School Dress Code Reinforces The Idea That Not All Rules Are Created Equal

by Ayana Antoine ‘20 The school dress code designates appropriate attire for students, which is an important concept that is ineffectively being carried out. Many enforced rules are open to interpretation or simply not stated in our agenda books, and what’s most troubling is many students feel unfairly targeted as to how the restrictive rules are currently enforced. One problem … Read More

Hitler Comparisons Reopen Old Wounds

by Brandon Alter ‘17 The comparisons made of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler need to stop. Not only are they unrealistic, to suggest that Trump can do in present day what Hitler did in the 1930s and 1940s, but more importantly, they reduce the historic significance of the Holocaust. Last year, I went on March of The Living, a two-week … Read More

Stop Makeup Shaming

by Leah Peloff ‘18 The number of times I have heard people say “she wears too much makeup, it’s false advertisement,” or, “maybe she would be pretty if she wore some makeup” is absurd. Wear too much and people think you’re fake, wear none at all and people judge you for not trying hard enough. Although I agree completely that … Read More

Read the Book

by Maya Koeppen ‘17 After spending 12 years in the public education system, I have learned quite a few things about myself and the world around me. But probably one of the most important would have to be: read the book. Be it an assigned novel in your English class or some supplementary reading for your AP class, whatever you … Read More

End Senseless Bans

by Matt Post ‘18 On March 3rd, Watkins Mill’s Je’Nan Hayes was barred from participating in her regional final basketball game. The reason? Her headscarf. The main referee pulled Watkins Mill’s coach aside ahead of the game and demanded a waiver allowing for Hayes’ “decoration or headwear,” something required by the National Federation of State High School Associations. When the … Read More

Students Should Remember to Keep a Level Head in Triumph

by Serena Mlawsky ‘17 While being accepted into college is exciting and well deserved, there is a fine line between being proud and being obnoxious when it comes to bragging. It’s understandable that seniors want to share their positive news; however, is it necessary to share it at every single possible opportunity? At some point, the accomplishments of students as … Read More

It Is Okay for Students to Feel Proud of Hard-Earned Success

by Leah Peloff ‘18 Since the time we could walk, we have been trained to prepare for the “next step” in life. Pre-K got us ready for us for kindergarten, which prepared us for elementary school, then middle school, high school, and now, the culmination of our 13-year-long school careers, applying to college. According to The New York Times, only … Read More

School Should Allocate a Small Fund for Unrecognized Necessities

by Lucy Kuchma ‘18 With the emergence of Sherwood’s new feminist club, EmpowHer, students have begun discussing things they notice in school and home life that might disadvantage young women. A couple of club members called attention to the fact that girls who frequently visit the nurse’s office in need of feminine hygiene products are asked to pay a quarter … Read More