Game Culture is Toxic

by Jena Le ’23 Riot Games has just announced that they are disabling a popular feature on online team-based video game League of Legends called All Chat (a feature that allows players from opposite teams to communicate with each other) in an effort to curb verbal abuse. League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world … Read More

Taking a Sick Day Is Okay

by Reade Fenner ‘22 American culture values hard work and dedication to one’s profession, but at what cost? The pressure put on Americans to succeed leads them to prioritize their jobs over their health. Employees, fearful of having to make up work they miss, come to work even when ill, a practice also present to the schools. Students need to … Read More

Walk It Out

by Nia Peake ‘23 Living in a time when speaking on progressive issues can be applauded or criticized, it is challenging to maneuver controversial topics.  More recently, walk-outs have been a prevalent form of activism. In Loudon County, Virginia, several high school students participated in a walk-out in protest of how Loudon’s school board handled a sexual assault after it … Read More

Sherwood Needs More Than Just Romance Languages

by Erica Kuhlmann ‘22 Montgomery County requires all students to take at least two years of a foreign language in high school in order to graduate. At Sherwood, the languages available for students to take are Spanish, French, and Italian. These three languages are very similar, all being romance languages spoken in western Europe. If students are required to take … Read More

Bowser’s Bad Plan for Homelessness

by Lauren Hill ‘22 The Coordinated Assistance and Resources for Encampments (CARE) program was recently put in place in D.C by Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. The program is being used to find housing for homeless D.C residents and clean up 3 major encampments made by these individuals.  While this program … Read More

School lunches are finally free to all, but is that truly enough?

by Lilika Jenkins ‘22 For the 2021-2022 school year, MCPS made school lunches free for all students due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting families and students throughout the county. In Sherwood, many people go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast and lunch every single day. However, there has been a noticeable lack of the variety of meals students can choose … Read More

Humanity’s Greatest Weapon: Laughter

by Naomi Bang ‘23 This past year and seven months has been long and exhausting, to say the least. But it wasn’t all bad. In between the isolation and burnout, people fought adversity with laughter. Sometimes the best thing to do during the worst of times is just have a good laugh.  Laughter is scientifically known to reduce stress as … Read More

Law Violates Students’ Rights

by Bryan Kim ‘23 On May 10, 2021, Oklahoma passed a law, prohibiting public school lessons and discussions on race and gender issues. A group of educators, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), filed a lawsuit against the newly implemented policy. ACLU argues the law violates educators’ and students’ constitutional rights of freedom of speech and academic freedom. … Read More

The Hypocrisy of Texas

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 Last week, the Texas legislature passed the strictest abortion law in the country, which bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The law limits bodily autonomy and is in direct violation of the 1972 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which protects the right to have an abortion under the fourteenth amendment’s due process clause. … Read More

Confederate Heroes Do Not Exist

by Lizzy Hermosilla ‘23 In the United States there are 175 public schools named after Confederate leaders, soldiers, and supporters. Most of the Confederate-named schools are concentrated in seven states—Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. In Alabama and South Carolina, laws have been made to restrict the renaming of public schools named for Confederate leaders. The push … Read More