Abandon Uncivil Discourse

by Anika Mittu ’19  After participating in a rise of activism and attending gun control marches across the nation, many teenagers decide to use social media as a tool to post pictures from the protests and voice their anger towards policymakers. Yet, expressing these sentiments online often involves confronting a comment section that includes unfiltered opposing opinions.  While most students … Read More

Stop Makeup Shaming

by Leah Peloff ‘18 The number of times I have heard people say “she wears too much makeup, it’s false advertisement,” or, “maybe she would be pretty if she wore some makeup” is absurd. Wear too much and people think you’re fake, wear none at all and people judge you for not trying hard enough. Although I agree completely that … Read More

Read the Book

by Maya Koeppen ‘17 After spending 12 years in the public education system, I have learned quite a few things about myself and the world around me. But probably one of the most important would have to be: read the book. Be it an assigned novel in your English class or some supplementary reading for your AP class, whatever you … Read More

End Senseless Bans

by Matt Post ‘18 On March 3rd, Watkins Mill’s Je’Nan Hayes was barred from participating in her regional final basketball game. The reason? Her headscarf. The main referee pulled Watkins Mill’s coach aside ahead of the game and demanded a waiver allowing for Hayes’ “decoration or headwear,” something required by the National Federation of State High School Associations. When the … Read More

Teachers Lose Papers

by Katherine Sperduto ‘19 Students hold the most responsibility when it comes to their learning and performance in school. However, a number of teachers at Sherwood should really ask themselves if they are truly helping students succeed. Throughout my two years at Sherwood, I have had numerous teachers who seem incapable or unwilling to perform the most basic tasks of … Read More

Focus on Our Progress

by Dinah Aguilar ‘19 On January 30, days after President Trump signed an executive order banning entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, the Boy Scouts of America voted to accept kids based on the gender they identified as rather than the gender on their birth certificate. Last December, their century-old rule caused lots of controversy when an eight-year-old boy, … Read More

Where’s the Spirit?

by Alex Le ‘17 With Jamfest coming to Sherwood this Friday, February 10, I can’t help but notice the lack of excitement and activity within the student body. For weeks now, I’ve constantly asked my peers and friends to come to Jamfest, only to hear, “No, I don’t want to.” They refuse to even give it a chance, instead deciding … Read More

Don’t Waste My Time

by Danielle Tobb ‘17 There are approximately four half-days during every school year. Throughout all four years of high school, that adds up to 16 half-days. Many of my peers view early release days as an excuse to ditch school to hang out with friends or sleep late. For some of my teachers, half-days present a chance to get a … Read More

App Defines Distraction

by Colleen Yates ‘18 The House Party video chat app has increasingly become popular among students. It allows for up to eight people to video chat with each other at a time, and enables people to “lock” chat rooms, making them private. With eight people at once, conversations commonly overlap and lead to everyone talking at once. The app is … Read More

Major Bashing

by Maya Koeppen ‘17 As a senior, I am constantly being bombarded with the questions: where are you applying; what’s your top choice; and, most importantly, what do you want to study? When I respond that I want to major in journalism, the replies are not always positive. I have heard it be referred to as a “dying profession” and … Read More