Cuts In Refugee Numbers Are Bad News for America

by Vendela Krenkel ’20 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced President Donald Trump’s plans to lower the limit on number of refugees allowed into the United States from 45,000 to a record low of 30,000 annually. This is just one effort in a series of actions seeking to cut down on immigration, both for illegal immigrants and by making … Read More

Lower Voting Age

by Kara Thompson ’20 As the November election draws closer, the pressure to vote has gotten increasingly higher. This year’s midterms will be one of the most critical in our country’s history, and it’s crucial for everyone who can vote to do so. Many people from celebrities to major companies to average citizens have been part of the campaign of … Read More

Community College Has Monetary Benefits

by Anika Mittu ’19  On May 8, Governor Hogan signed bills to reduce the cost of community college for students from lower income households. Beginning in 2019, the new law applies to individuals from families who earn less than 125,000 per year and single adults who earn less than 90,000 dollars per year, providing members from both groups with up … Read More

Where’s The Love for JV Athletes?

by Jackson Hongtong ’21  As spring varsity sports come to an end, the athletes look forward for all of their hard work during the regular season to pay off in the playoffs. For the playoffs, the crowds are larger, the stakes are higher, and the dream of a championship is on the line. While all of this sounds great on … Read More

Lazy Students Lead to Frustrating Environment

 by Adam Levine ’20  Chromebooks have become staple work devices in the classroom that are used daily in some classes. Most students know the pain of having to walk up to the cart of Chromebooks if they are the first or last class to use them that day. One of the most annoying aspects about the Chromebooks is the conditions … Read More

Social Media Makes Promotes Toxic Jealousy

by Leah Peloff  ’18 It is widely known that social media can be bad for teen’s mental health. It may decrease one’s face-to-face interaction skills and can lead to obsession over likes, comments, followers, etc. But one huge problem stemming from social media use goes beyond these common criticisms of technology; they only show your best moments. The cool vacations, … Read More

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