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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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“The King” shows potential but turns out forgettable
Arts & Entertainment

Helen Qian | November 13, 2019

As a film that determinedly blankets itself in the grim hues of medieval war and political strife, Netflix’s “The King,” at first glance, seems like it would make for yet another sobering but forgettable…

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Should Netflix films win Oscars?
Arts & Entertainment

Andy Zabinski | April 19, 2019

In the past few years Netflix has become a dominant force in releasing original content that has garnered some success at the Oscars and other award shows, most recently with the film Roma directed by…

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Students compete in Pi Day Puzzle Hunt
News

Jerry Shen | April 18, 2019

On Monday, March 11, crowds of eager students gathered in Room 322 for the first puzzle to be released at the opening ceremony for RM’s fifth annual Pi Day Puzzle Hunt. Sponsored by RM’s Math Honor…

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Ignore the ratings: “Captain Marvel” takes a seat alongside Marvel gems
Arts & Entertainment

Colleen Weinburke | March 28, 2019

All in all, “Captain Marvel” is a well deserving global blockbuster. Although the female-led film has generally been deemed a feminist movie, “Captain Marvel” is really just about Marvel’s most…

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Alumnus Pincus-Roth pursues journalism at the Washington Post
Features

Brooke Hilliard | March 10, 2019

This RM alumnus’ job includes attending popular movies and theater performances, traveling across the world, and visiting striking museum exhibits, all while writing for one of the largest newspapers…

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