Colorism Plays a Part in Women’s Roles

by Timaya Pulliam ‘23 Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, Storm Reid, and Yara Shahidi all have one thing in common. They are all light-skinned and mixed women in Hollywood with plenty of major roles. When looking at diversity in television and film, many people think about race; however, skin shade is just as much of an issue. These leading ladies and women … Read More

Schools Are Failing Introverts

by Anna Haas ‘23 Pods of desks, group projects, a spot on report cards that grade for class participation. All of these and more are ways that schools align themselves around extroverts. MCPS has even been pushing to get away from lecture-style teaching and teacher-led instruction in favor of groups, projects, and socratic seminars. Extroverts reading this are likely jumping … Read More

Protect Choice

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On December 1, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a Mississippi case that could determine the future of abortion in this country. The case directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that protects the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion under the … Read More

Don’t Blame Teens for Tech Addiction

by Erica Kuhlmann ‘22 A study done in 2018 reported that 50% of teenagers feel addicted to their phones, and this number has surely increased in recent years as COVID-19 lockdowns caused people to rely heavily on technology for connection with the outside world. Teens are told that they are addicted to their phones or the internet constantly, getting called … Read More

The Racist and Elitist Issues with the SAT

by Alexis Booker ‘23 and Perri Williams ‘23 The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized test distributed by the College Board, a provider of tests and curriculum that shape the U.S. education system. The origins of the SAT began in 1926 and first was used by the U.S. Army to test how intelligent recruits were. Although reasonable on the surface, … Read More

Social Media Is Not What It Used To Be

by Nia Peake ‘23 Despite still being one of the most popular  apps and social media platforms in the world, the Instagram we once knew is long gone. Like many niche happenings and cultural developments over time, Instagram has fully succumbed to capitalism, becoming another company turning into the next cash grab. Instagram is arguably one of the most influential … Read More

To Decrease Overdoses, Safe Consumption Sites Is Necessary Band-Aid

by Aviv Klayman ‘24 Within the last year, Covid-19 related deaths have consumed many Americans’ worries; however, a different problem has been shadowed by the virus. Since April 2020, a record of almost 100,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses. In comparison, 70,630 people died of a drug overdose in 2019, which shows an increase of 28.5 percent. Staying home … Read More

Critical Race Theory Is Not The First … Or Last Conservative Outrage

Solaiman Khamis Hassanin ‘23 After more than six months of being in the news, Critical Race Theory is by now a familiar controversy to many. It is, by nature, the perfect issue for conservatives to weaponize to scare a lot of parents, get nationwide coverage, and play off the already existing distrust of public education among those on the political … Read More

#FreeBritney Should Only Be the Beginning

by Erica Kuhlmann ‘22 The “Free Britney” movement has existed for over a decade but only reached mainstream popularity in the last few years as more details surfaced about the conservatorship governing the life of 39-year-old pop singer Britney Spears. A conservatorship is a legal arrangement that appoints a conservator, sometimes called a “guardian,” to manage the money or daily … Read More

Students Are Monsters Where Substitutes Are Concerned

by Anna Haas ‘23 Whenever I hear my teacher say that they will be absent the next day, I’m filled with dread. Ever since elementary school, I have learned to expect the worst whenever a substitute is in charge of my class. Now, this is not because the substitute is an incompetent teacher, but rather because my fellow classmates turn … Read More