AP Testing at School Offers Potential for Distractions

by Michaela O’Donnell ‘13 For the first time, all AP testing, from May 2 to May 13, was held within Sherwood. The move from off-site testing was mostly based on the continued increase in the numbers of AP tests taken by Sherwood students. “[The benefits of testing at Sherwood were] smaller testing rooms and travel wasn’t necessary for students. I … Read More

Students Forced To Pick Between Prom and Concerts

by Holly Cuozzo ’12 In the season of anticipation for the end of school, one event seems to be on the minds of every junior and senior: prom.  Beginning as early as middle school and possibly even elementary school, students increasingly learn about the big night of the high school experience and that someday it will be their turn to … Read More

Students Display Best Rides at Annual Car Show

Story and photos by Jacob Bogage ‘12 On a day that AP exams ended and the school year began to show signs of winding down, the Sherwood student body came out en masse, through the sparkling rain, to the “Sherwood Daze” annual Car Show. Faculty members and distinguished community members served as judges and gave out nine awards ranging from … Read More

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