Young Americans Will Pay Later For Shortsighted GOP Tax Bill

by Josh Averbach ’18 Congressional Republicans are bad at public policy. Really bad. In December, Republicans celebrated their first real legislative “achievement” by passing a long-anticipated tax-overhaul law. But this achievement comes with a caveat: the law stinks. After promising a middle-class tax cut, Republicans did relatively little for the average American’s checkbook while greatly helping the super-rich. According to … Read More

College Admissions Put Too Much Pressure To Do Extracurriculars

by Hena Hussain ‘20 Many students at Sherwood are involved in some sort of extracurricular activity, from honor societies to community service organizations. While seemingly providing students with ways to expand on their interests and hobbies, extracurriculars can end up being treated as simply another step in the college application process by many high schoolers. Colleges look for students with … Read More

Respect Foreign Cultures When Traveling Abroad

by Russell Irons ’19 Recently, American tourists have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Social media star Logan Paul went to Japan, and recorded himself harassing locals. In Thailand, two Americans took ‘butt selfies’ with an ancient and sacred site. The issue of some Americans disregarding foreign culture and customs reflects poorly on the reputation of the … Read More

Maryland Protects Their Survivors

by Danielle Katz ’18 The Maryland Senate voted unanimously to end parental rights of rapists over children conceived through rape on January 30. Crafted as an emergency bill, the law would be effective immediately once passed. Though this may be an expectation of justice that a person may hope should be a given, it is reassuring to know that the … Read More

Superficial Schedule Changes Are Unnecessary

by Anika Mittu ’19 With the start of second semester, the counseling department witnesses a spike in students who seek schedule changes due to errors, such as missing a class period. While scheduling concerns based on error remain valid, some individuals seek to simply change teachers for their own benefit. By asking counselors for a schedule change due to disliking … Read More

Pro V. Con: Standardized Testing

Pro: No More Bashing On Standardized Testing by Leah Peloff ‘18 The words “standardized testing” are a trigger for many people and almost always follow with some comment on how all minds are different and there is no standard for one’s intelligence. Although this is definitely true in some regards, it is an unfortunate oversimplification. According to the Glossary of … Read More

Before Taking a Political Stance, Do Your Research

by Lois Shin ’20 After the 2016 election, politics has become a highly televised and popular subject of conversation on TV and social media as more students have become more aware of the current political scene. Due to the increasing presence of politics in the media, the number of students familiar with President Trump’s administration has increased; however, many of … Read More

MCPS Must End The Silence

There have been at least five teen suicides in Montgomery County in 2017, nearly doubling the number of suicides in both 2016 and 2015, according to WUSA9. Two of these deaths, those of Jordana Greenberg, a sophomore at Whitman, and Thomas Silva, a junior from Walter Johnson, occurred within one week of each other (November 27-December 2). As of December … Read More

When Girls are Allowed to be Boy Scouts, Everyone Benefits

by Anika Mittu ‘19 Both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA possess similar core beliefs, as both seek to aid in the creation of moral, knowledgeable young adults and citizens. So, why must the two organizations be divided by gender? According to the Boy Scouts, the split is simply no longer necessary. On October 11, … Read More

Living in the Trump Era

by Leah Peloff ‘18 The President of the United States of America is a leader and role model figure to the children growing up under his/ her term in office. Presidents set the tone and direction of America’s future and henceforth have an enormous impact on the developing youth. Since Donald Trump has taken office on January 20, 2017, there … Read More