School Should Start Before Labor Day

Reade Fenner ‘22 The MCPS Board of Education is currently drafting and discussing the 2020-2021 calendar, with the school start date being a prominent issue. An executive order passed by Gov. Larry Hogan stating that schools in Maryland must begin after Labor Day has now been annulled by new legislation. MCPS is considering returning to an earlier start date, such … Read More

We Need To Stop the Hate Trend

Jenna Bloom ‘21 Recently, there has been a stereotype circulating around the internet about VSCO girls. According to Dictionary.com, a VSCO girl is “a term, generally used as an insult, for a young, usually white woman who wears scrunchies and Birkenstock sandals, drinking out of Hydro Flask reusable water canisters, saying sksksk and I oop, and generally seeking attention online.” … Read More

Are They Really Influencers?

Hannah Lee ‘21 As our society evolves to rely more on technology, social media has in some ways become more of a business platform than a creative outlet. Instagram models, YouTubers, etc. can post one picture and get paid a significant amount of money. While I have no problems with people easily earning money, I do feel like it leads … Read More

Speed Cameras Prove Ineffective

by Tori Newby ‘22 Olney residents likely have mixed feelings about the speed cameras that seem to permanently reside on Route 108. While the rush-hour drivers despise them, pedestrians and bikers can see them as a way to keep the roads safe. County-wide, Montgomery County made over $20 million in speeding ticket revenue in 2015. However, the Olney cameras catch … Read More

College Board Cancelling PSAT Scores

by Apurva Mahajan ’22 Minutes after the PSAT was finished being administered to high school students nationwide on October 16, test takers turned to Twitter and other social media to post memes about the exam. The PSAT requests students to not share information about the test to others, as it could lead to leaked content for those who haven’t taken … Read More

Giant Leaps for Womankind

by Carlee Malone ‘20 More and more women make history every day, accomplishing incredible feats only previously achieved by men. Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are among these revolutionary women who have overcome incredible gender barriers to become role-models for girls worldwide, completing the first all-female spacewalk–any journey or mission performed outside of the spacecraft–on October 18th, nearly 55 years … Read More

Unnecessary College Deadlines Changed

by Kat Mahoney ’20 Seniors spend the start of the school year allotting certain times to do their college applications. Some seniors even spend their whole summer making sure they have planned out how and when they will take every measure to better ensure their admittance to their top choices for colleges.  Last week seniors had a meeting with their … Read More

News Depicts Alternate Reality

by Noah Corman ’19 There exists a disconnect between the world that the news projects and the world as it actually is. This phenomenon is toxic—in order to survive, media outlets must cater to their users’ interests, sacrificing the people’s needs for their petty wants. The top headlines, if taken as a legitimate reflection of America, would indicate that chaos … Read More

Booker Has the Right Idea

by Mallory Carlson ’19 On May 6, Cory Booker, one of the many Democrats vying for the spot of Democratic presidential candidate, unveiled a comprehensive proposal for gun control reform. The 14-part plan, parts of which are among the more progressive of any of his fellow candidates, includes measures like a proposal for a new licensing program that would put … Read More

James Charles is Uncancelled

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20 Earlier this month, beauty influencer Tati Westbrook uploaded a YouTube video aimed at exposing her close friend James Charles after he promoted her company Halo’s greatest competitor, Sugarbear Hair, at Coachella. In the 40-minute video, Tati provides screenshots as proof of his predatory conduct around straight men. After experiencing massive backlash resulting in James losing nearly … Read More