Maryland Fails to Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill

by Isabel Paterson ’12 On March 14, the bill to allow gay marriage in Maryland was defeated by a narrow margin of votes. The bill’s failure to pass came as somewhat of a shock, as Maryland is traditionally thought to be a liberal state.The bill initially made it through the State Senate a day after President Obama ordered the Department … Read More

Efforts to Ditch Facebook Prove Fruitless

by Adam Kopp ’11 When a Sherwood student tries to visit Facebook from a school computer, he finds himself staring at a stop sign, a visual reminder that the social networking site is inaccessible at 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. If one turns a blind eye to the countless students using Facebook on smart phones, school becomes the final place free … Read More

Has Sense of Community Been Lost?

by Devin Cornelius ’12 Olney, once a rural community known for its longstanding farming tradition, has rapidly transformed into a bustling suburban town of over 30,000 people. Consequently, Sherwood’s population has grown substantially over the past 20 years as well. During the same time, teens have become more technologically dependent, contributing to lives filled with distractions. Sherwood’s teachers, parents and … Read More

Disciplinary Policy: A Closer Look

by Rebecca Stussman ’12           On November 3, 2010, Fairfax sophomore Nick Stuban was suspended from his high school for buying a capsule of a legal substance known as JWH-018, a synthetic compound with a marijuana-like effect. Stuban was a first-time offender, Boy Scout and football player. His suspension lasted for over seven weeks and ended in an involuntary school transfer, … Read More

Different Students, Interesting Activities

by Brad Matthews ’11 You never know the interesting things some students do outside the brick walls of Sherwood. Some people party; some people do sports. Junior Brett Melnick attends film festivals such as the MCPS Student Film Festival on March 31st; sophomore Joe Gruber competes regionally in men’s gymnastics. Gruber, a male gymnast, competes in Region 7 at Level … Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Bonavia Named as Next Football Coach

by Jacob Bogage ’12   The Sherwood Warriors have found their new football coach. Mike Bonavia accepted the job earlier Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation at the Sandy Spring school on who would be named the perennial powerhouse’s newest coach. Bonavia will leave Einstein High School where he served as head coach for five years and before that, at Richard … Read More

Olney Experiences Two Fatal Shootings Within a Week

In the past week, Olney has been the site of two fatal shootings. On Friday, March 18, Nazir Ahmed, 81, was found dead in his home on the 19500 block of Olney Mill Road. Then on Monday, March 21, Punyasara W. Palkumbre Gedara, 41, was shot while walking on the 3400 block of North High Street. Police are looking for … Read More

Saturday School Combines Education, Volunteering

by Darby Whitehair ’12 It’s 8:30 Saturday morning, and the classrooms at Sherwood are not empty. Filling up the desks and classrooms are students of all ages, all there for one purpose: Saturday School.

MCPS Plans for Budget Constraints

    by Adam Kopp ’11   On January 28, Superintendent Jerry Weast released a list of 27 proposed budget reductions that would save the school system $48 million for the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12). The proposal, which warns of “significant service reductions,” would warrant strong consideration should MCPS fail to receive adequate local funding, totaling $82 million, from the … Read More

College-Level Classes Intrigue Students

by Andi Hubbell ’11      As a part of its Seven Keys to College Readiness, MCPS recommends that students strive to receive a score of three or better on at least one AP exam during their high school careers. However, allured by the prospect of gaining extensive college credit during high school, many students resolve to go even further, tackling … Read More