Trades Must be Promoted

by Payton Seppala ‘23 For many students, college is promoted as the only real gateway to a successful career, and fewer students are entering trade schools or joining the workforce in skilled jobs. Because of this, the US Chamber of Commerce reports a “massive shortage of skilled workers” for this year, which, left unchecked, will cause detrimental effects for the … Read More

History Repeats Itself, Again

by Lauren Frank ‘23 Two years have passed since the January 6 insurrection, and unfortunately identical events have unfolded elsewhere. On January 8, hundreds of violent, right-wing Brazilian protestors who support President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress and other government buildings, in retaliation against opposing presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s victory. Many parallels are seen between the events in … Read More

Financial Aid Aids Students

 by Ziv Golan ‘26 As a person grows up and becomes an adult they take on a lot of new responsibilities, including getting a job and paying bills and taxes. According to Fox Business, 87% of teens have little knowledge of personal finance. This is a very serious issue and deserves attention, with schools being an easy way to let … Read More

Give Seniors a Break

by Cailin Russell ‘23 For many students, the first quarter of senior year is the most stressful time of their high school career. In addition to their usual workload, seniors are completing and submitting their college applications, many of which are due November 1 for Early Action deadlines. Seniors should be excused from homework assignments and tests for the last … Read More

Clickbait Fuels Discrimination

by Audrey Farris ‘25 In October, Twitter exploded over an article by The Daily Caller stating that MCPS saw a 528-percent increase in students struggling with gender identity over the past two years. The article was written based on information shared by an assistant principal at Quince Orchard High School via a photo on Twitter that showed that in 2019, … Read More

Books Lack LGBTQ+ Content

by Gabi Admi ‘23 The MCPS English Curriculum provides a diverse selection of books that explore important topics such as racism, immigration, and mental health, but they are lacking an important piece of history and culture: LGBTQ+. To give you a broader sense of how outrageous this is, MCPS has approved about 200 books for high school English teachers to … Read More

Dear Twitter, Step it Up

by Lauren Frank ‘23 Twitter is a social media platform that is notoriously known for promoting and blasting out hate messages from verified and famous users. Kanye West is a prime example of a celebrity who has continuously tweeted hateful messages, more recently targeted toward Jewish people. While some action has been taken to temporarily suspend his account, West can … Read More

MCPS Butchers Mental Health Awareness

by Ziv Golan ‘26 From October 10-15 MCPS decided to attempt to address the needs of many students by having a mental health awareness week. This was in response to the growing number of students being very stressed about mounting schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Over the week a mix of breathing exercises, therapy dogs, youtube videos, and a no homework … Read More

Proud Boys in MOCO

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On October 8, at a Drag Queen Story Hour hosted by the popular local park, Brookside Gardens, families and performers were confronted by members of the far-right organization, The Proud Boys. The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty reported that sixteen Proud Boys in skeleton masks stood outside the venue carrying signs that read, “Science is real, boy … Read More

Free Speech with a Cost

by Nia Peake ‘23 Far-right theorists Alex Jones has haunted the families whose children were victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting after he wrongfully claimed the shooting was a hoax and the families were “crisis actors”. Recently, a jury ordered Jones to pay nearly $1 billion in damages. While families are still trying to heal from both … Read More