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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Richard Montgomery High School - MD
Students see room for improvement in diversity of MCPS curriculum
Features

Kobina Asafu-Adjaye | May 13, 2021

School districts around the country have made great strides in recent years for creating more classes and changing their curriculums to help students feel more represented in what they learn. MCPS is a…

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My hijab is a symbol of power, not oppression
Opinions

Raha Murtuza | April 30, 2021

When I used to think about France, I pictured cobblestone streets, cheese, lilting accents, grand cathedrals and high fashion. Glamorous shots in movies had formed hyper romanticized images of chocolates…

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AAPI students react to rising wave of anti-Asian hate crimes
News

Liz Frisbie | April 23, 2021

According to CNN, a hate crime is defined as a crime that is motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation, religion, gender, gender identity, disability or race. There are four main reasons…

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‘Raya and the Last Dragon”: a timely tale for representation
Arts & Entertainment

Janet Choi | April 19, 2021

Welcome Raya, the first Southeast Asian princess. 

Anticipation was high for Disney’s recent animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Already with its epic fight choreography, fantasy, mythology,…

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Sunrise Rockville advocates for county action against climate change
Features

Davi Jacobs | April 14, 2021

If it were not for the pandemic, climate change would have been the headline natural disaster. Besides being a national and global concern, climate change is also a local issue in need of heightened attention….

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Controversy surrounding SROs rises in Montgomery County
News

Charlyn Chu | April 13, 2021

Over the past year, communities across the country have been pushing for police reform in schools. The School Resource Officers (SRO) Program has recently gathered attention from students and staff alike.

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MCPS introduces plan for electric school buses
News

Hannah Lee | April 6, 2021

MCPS has recently signed a $1.3 million, 14-year contract with Highland Electric Transportation for the gradual electrification of its fleet of 1,400 school buses. This contract marks the single largest…

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One year later: Looking back at the beginning of the pandemic
Features

Victoria Tong | April 2, 2021

It has been more than one year since Gov. Larry Hogan first ordered schools across Maryland to close due to the coronavirus. Nobody could have anticipated that this closure, announced on March 12, 2020,…

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Local efforts rise to combat the surge of anti-Asian American hate crimes
News

Charlyn Chu | March 25, 2021

Anti-Asian hate crimes have risen by nearly 150 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Attacks against Asian Americans is not the only thing surging; discrimination and xenophobia have also skyrocketed in…

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Gone but never forgotten: In loving memory of senior Simeon Mukuna
Features

Delaney Crawley | March 22, 2021

Simeon Mukuna was a son, brother, student, comedian, dreamer, soccer player and amazing friend. His life was tragically taken on Saturday, Feb. 6, but not before he could make bonds with his friends and…

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Why ‘Ms. Marvel’ is a superhero for me, an American-Muslim
Arts & Entertainment

Raha Murtuza | March 19, 2021

In late 2013, Marvel Comics announced their series, Ms. Marvel, would be rebooted with a new lead. Instead of the blonde, All-American Carol Danvers, who starred in the first two series, Muslim and Pakistani-American…

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Removal of six Dr. Seuss books brings both backlash and praise
Arts & Entertainment

Charlyn Chu | March 18, 2021

The internet erupted after it was announced that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racist imagery. These books are “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I…

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Cancel culture must not destroy the Seussian soul of American childhood
Opinions

Sagar Castleman | March 11, 2021

In Dr. Seuss’s much-loved children’s book The Sneetches, a fantastical species of animals judge the worth of an individual simply on whether or not they have a star on their belly. The star-bellied…

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‘Minari’: an American film about the American dream
Arts & Entertainment

Janet Choi | March 9, 2021

A film produced in the United States. A narrative written and directed by an American filmmaker. A screenplay that represents the countless origin stories of many American families. What could be more…

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‘Losing so much showed me how much I still have to be grateful for’: Sophia Bailor recounts her experiences as a trauma survivor
Features

Davi Jacobs | March 4, 2021

Senior Sophia Bailor has her heart set on becoming a paramedic. Although few high school students have their career path already planned, Bailor’s choice is influenced by the traumatic events she has…

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DeMatha alum Hunter Dickinson dominating at Michigan
Sports

Raha Murtuza | February 16, 2021

Hunter Dickinson, a 7’ 2 freshman center, has gotten the attention of many basketball fans across the country for his impeccable talent and athleticism. He’s been named the Big Ten Freshman of the…

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MoCo Against Brutality works to end SRO program in schools
Features

Elfreda Raven | February 2, 2021

This summer while the world was taking on the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color and allies around the globe were also battling another pandemic: police brutality. Violence towards black and brown people…

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During a pandemic, having frontline workers as parents is both stressful and inspiring
Features

Angelina Guhl | January 25, 2021

Amidst the eleventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the U.S. are struggling as they continue to adjust to this new way of life. One particular group of people who have had to be up-and-front…

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The attack on the U.S. Capitol exposes the truth about terrorism in America
Opinions

Delaney Crawley | January 14, 2021

If the recent assault on our Capitol has done anything at all, it clearly showed the glaring double standards in modern-day America.

The media labels white school shooters and suicide bombers as “complex…

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RM reacts to Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol
News

Avery Wang | January 11, 2021

Thousands of rioters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, to dispute the 2020 election results. After overwhelming the Capitol security force, the rioters forcefully entered the…

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‘Djesse Vol. 3’: Jacob Collier’s Explosive, Arresting Universe
Arts & Entertainment

Nicole Fang | January 5, 2021

He was compared to Bernstein by BBC Proms director David Pickard, likened to Mozart and Prince by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and named “jazz’s new messiah” by the Guardian. However, the four-time…

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Koenig revives lost art of letter writing through nationwide penpal service
Features

Kobina Asafu-Adjaye | December 14, 2020

The art of letter writing is slowly dying out as years pass. With technology becoming more advanced, generations resort to methods like texts and emails rather than letters when contacting people. However,…

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Intrigue and outrage: A look at season four of ‘The Crown’
Arts & Entertainment

Grace Burwell | December 10, 2020

On Nov. 15, Netflix released the fourth season of “The Crown,” a historical drama series that premiered in 2016. Created by Peter Morgan, the show details the life and legacy of the British monarchy,…

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No vote does not mean no voice: Students get involved in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections
Features

Angelina Xu | December 9, 2020

On Jan. 5, 2021, Georgia will be holding its Senate runoff elections after being turned Democratic for the first time in decades by President-elect Joe Biden. Now, the incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.)…

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BTS’s ‘Be’ shares a sensitive, stunning testament to pandemic distress
Arts & Entertainment

Nicole Fang | December 7, 2020

There is no single phrase that can properly define world sensation BTS, but “princes of pop,” self-love trailblazers, unabating record-breakers, dancing superstars, and prominent advocates of inclusivity…

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Student relationships deal with the distance
Features

Elfreda Raven | November 18, 2020

Quarantine, social distancing and all things COVID-19 have created uncharted territory for everyone. No one signed up for it, and there is no magic “stop” button to make it all go away when things…

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Not all young people can be trusted with the immense responsibility of voting
Opinions

Shoshana Peck | November 5, 2020

In 1971, the 26th Amendment lowered the U.S. voting age from 21 to 18 years old. Based largely on the work of young activists, some people are pushing for the voting age to be lowered once again to 16….

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In retrospect: Looking back on the 1918 influenza pandemic
Coronavirus

Victoria Tong | May 19, 2020

675,000. That is the number of Americans who lost their lives during the 1918 influenza pandemic—a number larger than all U.S. war casualties from World War I to the present day. As the death toll for…

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Students and teachers adapt to distance learning
Coronavirus

Victoria Tong | April 17, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, schools across the country have taken the leap into online learning. RM is no exception, and with the third week of distance learning about to wrap up,…

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TidePod Season 2, Episode 10: Quarantine Activities: 50 Things To Do During Coronacation
Coronavirus

TidePod Crew | March 26, 2020

In the tenth episode of season two of the TidePod, senior contributor Ella Koenig and her friends came up with a list of 50 fun activities to do during COVID-19 school closures. Right now, students…

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Hogan postpones Maryland primary election to June 2 amid coronavirus concerns
Coronavirus

Victoria Tong | March 20, 2020

On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland primary election, originally scheduled for April 28, will be postponed to June 2 amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland…

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Coronavirus spurs closings and racism
Coronavirus

Jerry Shen | March 16, 2020

The COVID-19—previously known as the Novel Coronavirus—first originated in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019. As of now, it has spread to approximately 45,171 people in 26 different countries. Of the…

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MCPS remains open after three Montgomery County residents tested positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus

Grace Burwell | March 10, 2020

Update from March 9, 8:57 a.m.: According to Bethesda Magazine, two more Maryland residents have tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, March 8. As of today, there are four positive cases in Montgomery…

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TidePod Season 2, Episode 8: Black History Month Discussion with BSU
Audio

TidePod Crew | March 3, 2020

In the eighth episode of the second season of the TidePod, we interviewed leadership members of RM’s Black Student Union, or BSU, about Black History Month, which takes place during February. At RM, the…

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Spoon Assassin stirs up friendly competition
Features

Paris Ye | March 2, 2020

In the halls of RM, students can be found chasing others with spoons. This is not as abnormal of a scene as it may seem; this is a part of the game Spoon Assassin, an IB tradition that has lasted for many…

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Sorry Scorsese, Marvel movies are cinema
Arts & Entertainment

Rohan Dewan | February 17, 2020

The cinema has been an integral component of American society since the year 1895, when prolific inventor Thomas Edison developed the world’s first Kinetoscope, thus enabling the creation of the movie…

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Stephen climbs higher with Higher Attyre
SNO's 18 Under 18

Paris Ye | February 10, 2020

Within one year, sophomore Art Stephen transformed a doodle he drew in his freshman government class into a profitable clothing brand. Driven by his personal mantra, “go higher,” Stephen’s business,…

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Trump becomes the third president impeached in US history
Impeachment, At Home

Faith Cheung | February 10, 2020

On Jan. 22, 2019, the Senate held the third impeachment trial in history. In the month prior, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump, charging him with high crimes and misdemeanors…

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Madrigals invited to sing at White House
Features

Clare Zhang | February 5, 2020

As the end-of-school bell rang on Wednesday, Dec. 18, members of Madrigals—RM’s most advanced choir—rushed out of their classrooms and towards the Metro station. Their ultimate destination? The White…

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TidePod Season 2, Episode 6: A Look Into the Making of One Acts Festival
Audio

TidePod Crew | January 30, 2020

In the sixth episode of the second season of the TidePod, we interviewed the student producers of Richard Montgomery’s own One Acts festival, an entirely student-run show comprised of four one-act plays…

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Cancel culture promotes mob mentality
Opinions

Brent Midlam | January 29, 2020

“Cancel culture” is a recent addition to our vernacular, and it has become a pervasive part of online culture and a powerful silencing force. It describes the phenomenon of extreme public backlash against…

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“Bombshell”: Shocking, but not quite explosive
Arts & Entertainment

Grace Burwell | January 10, 2020

After much anticipation, I finally sat down to watch Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” a shocking account of ongoing sexual harassment buried within the inner levels of Fox News that helped ignite future…

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Sister Sister: Legacies in the making
Sports

Eileen Zhang | December 16, 2019

Sister duos Lindsay and Caroline Maggio and Elise and Charlotte Turesson are currently four of the most prominent athletes at RM. However, despite being related, they have all paved their legacy within…

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Elmo takes on issues of parental addiction
Arts & Entertainment

Lynna Deng | December 11, 2019

Ever since its creation more than 50 years ago, “Sesame Street” has been continually expanding from its original cast. Most recently, on Oct. 9, Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind…

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Below the stage, musicians accompany Arena Stage’s “Newsies”
Arts & Entertainment

Christine Zhu | December 9, 2019

As someone who has played in the pit orchestra for six musicals, music directed an original one-act play and composed a soundtrack to accompany a Shakespeare play, it’s no secret to me that the instrumental…

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MoCo for Change marches toward a better world
Features

Natalie Weger | December 6, 2019

Eight months have passed since over 8,000 students from the DMV area rallied against gun violence at Capitol Hill. This momentous event that gained national media attention was coordinated by Montgomery…

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Lunch shaming practice spreads throughout nation
News

Hannah Lee | November 26, 2019

Throwing away trays of untouched food, distributing cold cheese sandwiches, branding childrens’ arms, firing workers, threatening loss of custody to parents: ‘Lunch shaming’ is the overt identification…

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RM athletes represent Team USA on national level
Sports

Eileen Zhang | November 21, 2019

Lili Freeman
Senior Lili Freeman has been tumbling since she was young, but she is relatively new to the world of acrobatic gymnastics. Despite this, she has made many accomplishments and memories during…

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“Unbelievable” reflects a gravely believable reality
Arts & Entertainment

Grace Burwell | November 20, 2019

“Unbelievable,” which was released on Sept. 13 on Netflix, is a show based on “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a true story published by ProPublica and The Marshall Project. The show follows a…

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Dear Shane Gillis: Stop making racist jokes
Opinions

Delaney Crawley | November 14, 2019

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. That universal statement applies to not only physical activities, but social situations as well. In September, Saturday Night Live (SNL) hired Shane Gillis,…

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