Ghost Flights in EU Cause Economic and Environmental Harm

by Riley Sandoval ‘22 Airlines have been flying near-empty planes called “ghost flights” to maintain take-off and landing spots in European Union (EU) airports. The EU has a use-it-or-lose-it law, requiring airlines to use their landing spots, or forfeit them. While the demand for flights is low due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially with the Omicron variant, ghost flights are … Read More

Super Bowl Dancers Deserve Fair Pay

by Nia Peake ‘23 Every year, millions of eager football fans tune into the Super Bowl accompanied by the Pepsi halftime show, which has become its own attraction after 56 years of show-stopping performances. Marrying America’s beloved sport with pop culture has been great publicity for not only the artist but for the up-and-coming dancers who arguably make the show. … Read More

New Hall Pass Policy Is Ineffective

by Emory Gun ‘22 Recently, the Sherwood administration implemented a new hall pass policy that entails a uniform paper pass signed and dated by teachers for each student that leaves the classroom. This new system is ineffective, causes unnecessary pauses in classes, and is wasteful. It seems that this strict new policy is a response to an increasing number of … Read More

Snow Days Are Thing of the Past

By Tanya Marques ‘23 The excitement of waking up and seeing those bright red words right on the MCPS homepage, “Schools will be closed due to inclement weather” are soon to become a thing of the past.  On February 1, 2022, MCPS announced that snow days would transition into virtual learning to reduce the number of makeup days in the … Read More

Hero Is Attacked for Saving American Lives

by Marissa Harris ‘22 “The unseemly things that crises bring out in the world; it brings out the best of people and the worst of people, and getting death threats to my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security – it’s amazing.” The person who shared this bewilderment is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the … Read More

Pro vs. Con: Shakespeare in School

Each year, Sherwood students are required to study the many works of William Shakespeare. From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet, the majority of advanced English classes devote a month or more of the school year to teaching and analyzing his plays. But why? What makes Shakespeare’s writing so important that it is being taught 400 years after it was written? … Read More

The Developing World Needs Help Fighting Climate Change

by Reade Fenner ‘22 Following the end of the two-week COP26 United Nations climate summit held in Glasgow, Scotland, many countries made agreements in an effort to reduce the impact of climate change. The UN resolved to continue putting pressure on developed nations to cut their emissions and the resolution urged countries around the world to phase out fossil fuels. … Read More

Unsigned Editorial: MCPS Made the Right Decision

With the Omicron variant of Covid-19 emerging recently and spiking in cases over winter break, MCPS has been forced to make difficult and often controversial decisions. Although there were significant failures in how MCPS communicated to teachers, students, and parents, the best option is to keep schools open in-person unless a lack of staff necessitates schools to close for a … Read More

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