France’s Rise in Islamophobia

by Riley Sandoval ‘22 France’s senate has voted to approve an amendment that would ban women under the age of 18 to wear a hijab, and a second amendment that would prohibit muslim mothers from attending school field trips. The two amendments still need to pass through the National Assembly before becoming the law. While the amendments are careful not … Read More

Reduce, Reuse, and Re-Think

by Lizzy Hermosilla ‘23 In 2018 the United States produced 300 million tons of waste and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only 69 million tons of that waste was effectively recycled. A 2020 report done by The Recycling Project (TRP) found that only half of Americans have access to curbside recycling, and many that do, do not fully … Read More

It’s Time for Parole Reform

by Lauren Hill ’22 Recently, former Governor of Maryland Parris Glendening published an article in The Washington Post supporting parole reform in the state. Maryland is one of three states where approval from the Governor is necessary to grant parole to inmates. During his term in 1995 Glendening famously declared that, “life means life.” However, he now says he was … Read More

A Call for Curriculum Changes

by Sudha Sudhaker ‘21 Across the country,  high school students, teachers, and alumni are petitioning their local governments to make changes to the school curriculum. Petitioners contest that the current curriculum puts a heavy emphasis on the Eurocentric perspective, and fails to properly represent the diverse population of students. Changes petitioned for include introducing more ethnic studies programs, studying the … Read More

SAT’s Going Out of Season

by Rachel Klein ‘22 Over the past few weeks, many colleges and universities have announced that they are going to be test-optional for the graduating Class of 2022, meaning prospective students get to choose whether or not they want to submit their SAT and/or ACT scores. For many high schoolers, taking the SAT or ACT is one of the most … Read More

Hasbro’s Toy Rebrand: Inclusion Matters

by Nia Peake ‘23 Hasbro, a toy company home to many popular children’s toys, has announced the rebrand of Mr. Potato Head. The “Mr.” will be dropped from the classic toy and will now just be called Potato Head to promote inclusivity for kids with different family structures. After the announcement of the toy rebrand, there was some confusion on … Read More

Boycott Won’t Achieve Anything

by Seth Kauffman ‘21 There is a growing push among activists and some Republicans in Congress that the U.S. boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on account of China’s abuse against Uighur Muslims. According to a BBC article, more than 180 worldwide organizations, such as the World Uyghur Congress, have issued a joint statement opposing the games and calling … Read More

Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Vaccines

by Aidan Trump ‘21 Senate Republicans have been vocal in expressing their belief that undocumented immigrants should be vaccinated last. Still, the Biden administration has encouraged undocumented immigrants to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on February 1 that they “fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. … Read More

A Pointless Return

by Jack Miller ‘21 MCPS recently announced their plans for the return to in-person learning which is to occur in multiple phases spaced out between the months of March and April. The recovery plan details the adjustments which will be put in place to meet safety guidelines and the order in which varying groups of students will return. The plan … Read More

MCPS Must Prioritize Vaccinations

by Tori Newby ’22 In December 2020, the coronavirus vaccination process began in the United States. Healthcare workers and nursing home staff and residents were the first to receive their doses in Maryland, followed by those 75 and older and educators. Currently, Maryland is onto phase 1C, which includes adults 65 and older as well as a larger group of … Read More