Why You Need to Stop Saying ‘All Lives Matter’

by Reade Fenner ’22 Recently, in Minneapolis, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while being arrested as a white police officer kneeled on his neck. This merely served as the latest example of racially motivated police brutality in America, causing furious citizens to protest in every state. The murder of George Floyd led many throughout America to join the … Read More

‘Blue Lives’ Don’t Matter

by Erica Kuhlmann ’22 The phrase “Blue Lives Matter” has become representative of the opposition against the Black Lives Matter movement. Those who support and use the phrase might ask why others are so against its use. The reason is simple: “blue lives” do not matter, because they do not exist. Black people have no choice in their skin color; … Read More

Is Quarantine Finally Over?

by Avery Prudenti ’22 We have all been out of school for 83 days now, and it has taken its toll on many. People spent those months waiting, and hoping for quarantine to finally be lifted. Maryland has had 55,858 confirmed cases over the past couple of months, and although that number is flattening, we’re still not in the clear … Read More

Watch Out for Pridefall

by Brenna Henderson ‘21 On top of a pandemic and national racism, Americans also have to deal with Pridefall. As many know, June is Pride Month when Americans celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. This year, the celebrations, parades, and festivals were canceled due to COVID-19. The LGBTQ+ community was persistent, moving the celebrations online with many new pages and posts about … Read More

The Importance of Having an LGBTQ+ Elective Class

by Lucy Sokol ’21 Ah yes, June is Pride Month, and yes, there are still many ignorant people in this world. The question is, how does homophobia take root in people? Well, it could be from one’s religion that taught them that homosexuality was a sin, or it could just be pure ignorance. While 2020’s society continues to expand human … Read More

Peaceful Protests Go Unrecognized

by Tori Newby ’22 On Saturday, May 31, I attended a protest in the nation’s capital. Organized by Black Lives Matter DC, the event was targeted to protest racism, police brutality, and the death of George Floyd. The protest was strictly drive-by due to coronavirus safety concerns, so my mom and I put our homemade poster in the car and … Read More

Pass/Fail Is a Must for Seniors

by Adam Levine ’20 It’s not news to anyone that we are in unprecedented and unfamiliar times. High schools seniors know this better than anyone with their future milestones still in purgatory, their fate to be decided in these coming weeks. As we endure this stressful time, worrying about the future of graduation and prom, deciding how we’ll spend our … Read More

Netflix is Changing … and Not for the Better

by Hailey Sepulvado ’22 Throughout the past year, I have noticed many t.v shows and movies removed from Netflix and placed on alternative streaming services.  It is no coincidence that the streaming company or parent company corresponds with the program. One of the most noticeable changes is “Friends” is no longer available on Netflix. “Friends” is a widely known and … Read More

Why I Hate “Coronacation”

by Joseph Oscilowski ‘22 “Coronacation” is the word many people are using to describe this pause from work and school due to the coronavirus. People tend to use this word because they feel that this is the equivalent to spring break, as seen by the people in Florida that were crowding the beaches and being hooligans. Now I don’t hate … Read More

Hardships of Teaching Biliteracy

by Kara Thompson ’20 Taking a language class is a requirement for both graduating high school and many colleges. From the time students are in 7th grade, it is highly encouraged that they take an intro level course of a language; most popular being Spanish and French. In MCPS, it is suggested that students take at least two years of … Read More