Increasing Texting-and-Driving Fines is a Good Idea

by Joshua Averbach ’18 The week of March 15, Maryland’s House of Delegates passed legislation that would increase the maximum texting-and-driving fine to $500 (currently, the maximum fines are $75 for the first offense, $125 for the second, and $175 for the third). Similar legislation passed the House in 2016 and 2017 but could not garner enough votes in the … Read More

Pro v Con: Walkup movement

After the tragedy in Parkland, many students began to advocate for harsher gun control, planning school walkouts in protest of the school shootings that have occurred. However, one of the parents of a Parkland victim called on students to “walk up, not out” in an effort to fight gun violence. He argued that walkouts would do little to actually solve … Read More

Oh, Look. Another One

by Kimberly Greulich ’18 On March 20, there was another school shooting. In Maryland this time. In the midst of all the gun control pleas, people are still somehow getting shot at in their schools. How can people not see how important this movement is? As a high school senior, I’ll be aging out of the target range in a … Read More

Abandon Uncivil Discourse

by Anika Mittu ’19  After participating in a rise of activism and attending gun control marches across the nation, many teenagers decide to use social media as a tool to post pictures from the protests and voice their anger towards policymakers. Yet, expressing these sentiments online often involves confronting a comment section that includes unfiltered opposing opinions.  While most students … Read More

The Rebuilding Stages

by Noah Corman ’19 and Ayana Antoine ’20  Sherwood’s recent scrimmage against Clarksburg and Seneca Valley revealed some glaring weaknesses of the Outdoor Track and Field team. After losing most of the contributing sprinters and jumpers to graduation, the team is on a down year. The roster lists well over a hundred people with only about 20 seniors remaining, so … Read More

Prom Theme Is Untimely and Insensitive

by Mallory Carlson ’19 With the senior prom coming up in less than two months, it seems timely that the theme would be announced so that students can begin to think more about and get excited for the night and what they will wear and what the decorations will be like. What does not seem timely is the theme itself … Read More

Do Two Wrongs Make A Right?

by Ayana Antoine ’20  Sometime within the last week, a senior wrote what became a controversial letter regarding bullying at school. He wrote about a bully and named him Brandon, and he shared the daily hell Brandon put his peers through. Most people use the anonymous name of John Doe when keeping the identity of someone a mystery, but most … Read More

The Tale of the Lion

by Colleen Yates ’18  One boy in a village was the proud owner of a pet lion. One day he took his lion for a walk and the lion ate seventeen people.  “Give us your lion, we’ll put it in the zoo!” said the townspeople, devastated by the loss.    “No.” said the lion’s owner. “It’s my right to own … Read More

Pro v. Con: Veganism

Con: What Proponents of Veganism Don’t Tell You by Brynn Smith ’19 Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. While this lifestyle is ethically justified, it is not the healthiest option for eating. Humans are omnivores. The human body is built to … Read More

Health Class: More a Burden Than a Benefit

by Hena Hussain ‘20 In order to graduate high school, MCPS has a set number of credits required for each student, including fine arts, technology, and physical education. As students make decisions about their schedules for each upcoming school year, they have many factors to consider, such as teacher recommendations, the difficulty of each class, and the interests they want to … Read More