Sherwood Student Takes Grad Stage with Hopes of Inspiration

by Alexis Booker ’23 Senior Semret Shiferaw is this year’s graduation speaker after being selected through a rigorous audition process, and she has plans to inspire her community in a way audiences haven’t seen before. “I didn’t want a boring graduation speech, I wanted [the audience to] sit through something that would motivate [them],” said Shiferaw. She is taking a … Read More

Local Legend Chosen as Graduation Speaker

by Evan Joseph ’23 Sherwood’s Class of 2023 has chosen local celebrity Walt Williams to speak at this year’s graduation ceremony. Williams played 11 seasons in the NBA and is a Maryland Terrapins basketball legend, but it is his love and passion for his community that got him here. Now, Williams is a multifaceted entrepreneur, author and local coaching hero. … Read More

The History of Mifepristone in a Timeline

by Audrey Farris ’25 Mifepristone is a two-pill regimen used to end a pregnancy within the first 10 weeks of gestation, and more than half of the abortions nationwide are performed using this chemical method. Mifepristone blocks the body’s progesterone which is needed for a pregnancy to continue. Approval of and access to Mifepristone is being reconsidered after a ruling … Read More

Students Tuning Out Homeroom

by Timaya Pulliam ‘23 During the 2019-2020 school year, MCPS began Be Well 365, a comprehensive program that focuses on the social, psychological, and physical well-being of students. This concern for students’ mental health and well-being became even more of a point of emphasis when students went through a year of virtual learning during the pandemic. As a way to … Read More

MCPS Capital Improvement Plan Neglects Aging Sherwood for Near Future

by Joon Baek ‘23 Sherwood’s primary building was built in 1950 and received a major renovation in 1991 that relocated students to a holding building for a year during the construction. Although there were the J and K hall additions in 2007, the rest of the Sherwood building with the majority of classrooms has not received structural improvements in more … Read More

Demands Growing To Ban TikTok App in U.S.

by Cliff Vacin ‘25 TikTok being banned in the United States is increasingly looking like a real possibility. Last week, the Biden administration demanded that the Chinese company that owns the app must sell it, or they will face a ban. TikTok responded it was weighing its options and was disappointed by the Biden administration’s decision. However, the United States … Read More

AP Class Caught in Middle of Culture Wars

by Alexis Booker ‘23 The College Board, which creates and administers courses and exams, has recently been embroiled in a conflict with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over its new AP African American Studies curriculum. DeSantis, who last April banned “critical race theory” in Florida middle and high schools, spoke out against the AP course this past January, claiming it “pushed … Read More

News Brief: March 2023 Current Events

MCPS Struggling To Respond to Antisemitic Incidents by Justin Lakso ‘25 An increase in antisemitism has been popping up all over Montgomery County. Many are familiar with the “Jews Not Welcome” graffiti at Walt Whitman High School, but Whitman isn’t the only school that has had such incidents. Recent antisemitic activity has been present in at least five schools in … Read More

Skilled Trades Overlooked as Career Pathway

by Payton Seppala ‘23 As the school year rolls into the fourth quarter, many seniors have begun committing to colleges around the country, looking to begin the next four years of their life preparing for their future career. For much of their life, they’ve been encouraged by teachers, parents, friends, and family to excel in academics, outclass in athletics, and … Read More

School Locks Bathrooms To Address Persistence of Student Misbehavior

by Bryan Kim ‘23 Throughout the school year, Sherwood, like many other schools in MCPS, has been experiencing issues regarding inappropriate student behavior in school restrooms. Bathrooms are the only places in the school without regular adult supervision, making them a hot spot for such misbehavior as loitering, vandalism and property destruction, vaping, smoking marijuana, and other drug use. In … Read More