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

Removing Exams Is a Short-Term Relief, but a Long-Term Mistake

MCPS has done away with semester and final exams. Instead, each quarter is now punctuated with a Required Quarterly Assessment (RQA), and final grades are configured using the two quarterly grades and “averaging” them. While eliminating exams may relieve stress for some, it may do more harm than good. Under the old grade configuration system, exams would often make or … Read More

Hogan’s Executive Order Raises Problems for Families

by Danielle Katz ‘18 Beginning in the summer of 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mandated all schools to open after Labor Day. While an extra week of summer may sound appealing at first, many concerns begin to arise as one takes a closer look at the decision’s year-round effects. Over the past few years, regardless of its label on the … Read More

Adoption Serves as the Best Option For People Who Care about Animals

by Natalie Murray ‘18 Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend,” and as someone who not only owns dogs but also works with them, I can attest to that statement. Dogs provide numerous health benefits to their owners, as well as being loyal and devoted companions. Unfortunately, people are not always dog’s best friend: sometimes people inadvertently harm … Read More