Local Education Reform is Pandering

by Matt Kauffman ‘23 A recent grassroots movement in conservative circles involves the role parents should have in shaping the education of their children. Politicians like Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin have capitalized on raising hot-button issues like critical race theory and censorship of books in order to galvanize supporters, mainly among suburban conservatives. Outside of the spotlight on Capitol Hill, … Read More

Republicans Disregarding Candidate’s Past

By Dylan Sondike ‘24 With the November 8 Midterm Elections fastly approaching, the Georgia Senate race between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock is primed to be one of the closest races. Despite the close polling between the two candidates, recent accusations against Walker regarding an abortion scandal demonstrate the hypocrisy of Republican candidates and the ignorance of … Read More

Pro vs. Con: Climate Activism

Life over Palette  by Solaiman K Hassanin ‘23 Climate activism has never been free of controversy. Prominently, climate activists have blocked streets, glued themselves to goalposts, and spray-painted the windows of stores. On its surface, climate activists seem to be confused and disorganized. Yet, as annoying as they may seem, they are not the villains.  Last October, climate activists desecrated … Read More

Dancing With Multiple Sclerosis

by Timaya Pulliam ‘23 Selma Blair broke barriers as Dancing With the Stars’ first contestant with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Multiple sclerosis can possibly disable and damage nerves. In Blair’s case, MS caused her to lose feeling in her left … Read More

Opening Up Maryland Jobs

by Apurva Mahajan ‘22 Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that four-year college degrees will no longer be a requirement for many Maryland state jobs. This will allow more residents to work without the massive debt that comes with acquiring a four-year college degree. The Maryland state government currently employs 38,000 people, and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) estimates … Read More

Harm of ‘Don’t Say Gay’

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On March 8, the Florida Senate voted to pass the controversial “Parental Rights in Education” bill, more commonly known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill will restrict educators from including topics pertaining to gender and sexuality in grades kindergarten to third. Parents also have legal grounds to sue if they feel educators are engaging … Read More

College Decisions, Come Sooner

by Tori Newby ‘22 High school seniors pour out their heart and souls into countless essays in the hopes that some college admissions reader finds them worthy of acceptance. However, all this work is piled up within the first few months of the semester, only for students to have to wait months until the spring for a decision. Many regular … Read More

No-Fans Policy Too Restrictive

by Madison Tringone ‘22 As a student-athlete, I want to keep athletics open and also want to keep everyone involved safe. MCPS recently released a statement declaring that spectators are not permitted at sporting events. With the rise of the omicron variant, limiting COVID-19 exposure is more important now than ever. However, the parents of student-athletes should be allowed to … Read More

Swim and Dive Deserve Better

by Peyton Blumenfeld ‘22 Over these past two years, winter sports have gotten the short end of the stick, especially the swim and dive team. In 2020, there was no season at all, and this year, meets are either getting canceled or there are no spectators allowed. New MCPS Covid-19 protocols following the spike in cases over the break have … Read More

Black Men Wrongly Convicted

by Tatiana Rodriguez ’23 According to the Innocence Project, an organization working to put an end to wrongful convictions, a black person is “seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder.” Even worse, it is often years before it’s found that a person has been put in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit. Recently, a black … Read More