U.S. Needs Better in the Middle East

by Nick Hermosilla ‘19  For years the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been the U.S.’s most important ally in the Middle East. However due to recent events, such as the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, diplomatic standoff with Qatar, kidnapping of the Lebanese Prime Minister, and the ongoing involvement in the Yemen Civil War, the United States has … Read More

Trump’s Response To Pittsburgh Shooting Isn’t Enough

By Will Unger ‘19 The deadliest attack against Jews in America did not happen in some bygone age of bigotry, it happened Saturday, October 27, 2018. That morning, during Shabbat services, a gunman entered the synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people. In response, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, warning local residents to take shelter. Trump’s’ initial postings made … Read More

Should High School Football Be Banned?

In February, California state legislators Kevin McCarty and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher proposed a bill to ban the sport of football before high school, with the ban later being changed to 12 years old and under. The bill was pulled before California lawmakers could vote on it in April. Should youth or even high school football be banned due to rising … Read More

Should Nike Have Run Kaepernick Ad?

Nike has been the subject of controversy for its new ad for the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign, which featured NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been the face of an ongoing protest to raise awareness about racial injustice. He demonstrated his beliefs by kneeling during the National Anthem every game until he later opted out of his contract … Read More

Trump Ignores Dangers of Climate Change

Staff Editorial When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released an October 2018 report stating that global temperatures will rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030 if leaders do not act against climate change, scientists were shocked at the newly discovered truth. The truth is that the majority of Americans currently alive will live to see increasingly violent … Read More

Global Water Crisis Poses Detrimental Threat

by Brynn Smith ’19  The majority of Americans turn on their water faucets and immediately have access to clean, running water, and they believe that will always be the case. Many take for granted that a planet made up of 71 percent water will always be able to sustain their need for the resource. This is not the case. Only … Read More

Not Cool to Juul

by Lauren Hesse ’19  FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently ramped up his efforts to stop teens from vaping and juuling. As a teenager, I understand the allure of rebellion and the desire to be cool. When an adult advises against a behavior, that behavior becomes more appealing. However, as an analytical chemistry lab intern at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) … Read More

Students Have Voices, Too

by Hena Hussain ’20 As students in high school, we have begun to develop thoughts and distinct views on a variety of political and social issues. Whether our debates concern gun control or standardized testing, the ability to voice our opinions is vital to the process of preparing us for the real world.   However, when students are prevented from voicing … Read More

Minus, Make Your Presence Felt Next Year!

 Eric Minus has been hired to replace Bill Gregory, who is retiring after an 18 year-long career in MCPS that includes the last 12 years as principal at Sherwood. Minus will inherit a school that has its strengths and its areas where improvement is needed.  Students generally like, or at least tolerate, attending Sherwood. The qualities of the school include … Read More

The LGBTQ+ Community Needs More Than One Day

by Ayana Antoine ’20  Sherwood participated in their annual Day of Silence on April 27 to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. The day is to respect those who have to closet their sexual preferences and gender identity, by not speaking for the day. A large portion of students respect the silence of their peers and wear a support sticker … Read More