The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Linganore High School
Two women + emergency supplies + hundreds of volunteers = Relief to their home country, Ukraine
Features

Caroline Hobson | April 1, 2022

In just 48 hours, Annie Raush-Gernet received over 4,000 packages from across the nation. Amazon trucks were lined up in a caravan down her street.

The Linganore/Mt.Airy family partnered with Alyona…

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An atypical opinion: I’ll keep my mask, thank you.
Opinions

Alexis Simmerman | March 22, 2022

The past two years have been difficult for most people as Covid basically made the world spiral out of control. It’s made it harder for people to actively socialize with others with social distancing,…

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African American Students lead walk-out: demonstrating their First Amendment rights
News

Emily Lotito | March 17, 2022

On March 11, more than 100 students participated in a walk-out to show support to the African American community, not only “for the middle schoolers who had been racially discriminated against and threatened…

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Dodson brothers, Moore and Burall take home the first national cornhole titles
Sports

Brayden Gregory | February 10, 2022

A widely played game during a backyard barbecue, graduation parties, and more, cornhole has taken the next big step in the sports spotlight: ESPN deals, a national league, and competitions with big payouts.

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Paralympian Hannah McFadden climbs her way to the top
Audio

Mia Lucas | December 21, 2021

In this podcast, Hannah McFadden will speak about her career, the importance of fun in sports, her future, and the best part about being an athlete.

McFadden’s life has figuratively (and literally)…

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Rising Phoenix: How an orphan turned challenge into triumph
Sports

Mia Lucas | November 3, 2021

“I was over in Russia working, and I was visiting orphanages and saw all these really cute, healthy kids. But there was Tatyana that I saw–she was crawling on the floor and had bright eyes. Interestingly…

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Fighting the same fight: Carter and Miller share stories of survival and inspiration
Features

Madeline Hull | October 29, 2021

The month of October includes a flurry of pink events to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Two years ago in October 2019, Varsity and JV girls field hockey packed their jerseys away and wore hand-made…

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2025: The day the music dies?
Features

Mia Lucas | October 6, 2021

On fall Friday nights, a flood of musicians in black and red with plumed shakos (hats) bustle around the performing arts wing in preparation for a football game. Later, the band marches in rhythm to the…

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Rage rooms are all the rage: Teens de-stress by smashing glass and hitting appliances. What’s not to like about that?
Arts & Entertainment

Elizabeth Rajnik | May 24, 2021

You’ve had a stressful day with online school. Your computer kept dying; Google Meet was glitching; and your microphone was not working. On top of that, you have a hefty workload and a busy afternoon….

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Social Justice 101: Green hopes for better future through winning poem
Features

Maya Apau | May 17, 2021

“As we rise from the trenches. As we build our own bridges. As we strive with unimaginable ambition. There will be no more social injustice for me,” said poet Promise Green.

Social Injustice…

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Colleges are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for the 2021-2022 school year: High schools should follow suit
Opinions

Nikki Golemboski | April 27, 2021

Imagine: all students walk into the building on their first day of school, the sun slowly rising behind them. Lunch boxes in hand and smiles hidden by masks, students are excited to be back in the building…

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Earth Day 2021: Lancer Media explores Common Market’s efforts in sustainability
Audio

Audrey Kilgore | April 26, 2021

Earth Day is one day a year to focus on the environment and how to protect it, but it is not enough to care about how we are treating the environment on just one day. In this podcast, a Frederick sustainability…

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A distorted media mirror: We need better autism role models in television, film
Opinions

Alexis Simmerman | April 23, 2021

What do we love about Sherlock Holmes?  He is a quirky, brilliant, violin-playing, perceptive detective. Yet for all of his skills, he doesn’t give members of the autism spectrum much of a well-rounded,…

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Suicide prevention software: The privacy trade-off saves lives
Opinions

Elizabeth Rajnik | March 30, 2021

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among high-school teens. A 2019 CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) survey found that one in five (18.8%) youths have seriously considered suicide,…

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Oppression Olympics: Racism thrives in divided society
Opinions

Maya Apau | March 29, 2021

Asian-Americans, Hispanics/LatinX, African-Americans. Race versus race. “Who has it harder in America?”

During the month of February, a Netflix Original Ginny & Georgia began trending on social…

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#spreadtheword “Inclusion” not so effective for this atypical student
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Alexis Simmerman | March 25, 2021

FCPS has been highlighting inclusion, culminating recently in #speadtheword Inclusion awareness day on March 3.

This includes a pledge to show that we as a school are inclusive and united. Specifically,…

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Back to the Future: What would our parents have done in a pandemic?
Features

Emily McNally | March 9, 2021

Our parents always have stories to tell us about their high school experiences–the cars, the dances, the classes, and more. 

What will we tell our children about? Masks? Virtual school? Problems with…

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L-A-N-C-E-R-P-R-O-U-D: Card My Yard explodes across America’s lawns during pandemic
Features

Elizabeth Rajnik | March 2, 2021

As buses and cars took the left turn into the Linganore High School parking lot for the first time in almost a year, students and faculty were greated with a sign: LANCER PROUD. The sparkling red and black…

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Jingle Jangle’s Christmas Journey makes Christmas diversity possible
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Apau | December 28, 2020

David E. Talbert is making it possible for Black Americans to be the stars of the Christmas holiday. Following the drama Almost Christmas in 2016, Talbert has now produced the perfect diverse Christmas…

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Drama Debrief: The excitement and glitches of tackling a virtual fall play
Audio

Mackenzie Berry | December 11, 2020

Linganore Drama needed no help desk in their fall production of Help Desk, a play in 13 short virtual vignettes. The creative team for the show gathered to discuss the joys and challenges of experiencing…

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Skittles on and cameras off: Not the sweetest choice for teachers
Features

Caroline Hobson | December 7, 2020

On a typical virtual school day,  students roll out of bed just in time for their first 8:30 class. These online classes are filled with lectures, notes and breakout rooms. They are greeted by teachers…

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Madam Vice President: Role Model for ALL
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Maya Apau | November 20, 2020

Introducing Madam Vice President….. Kamala Harris. 

Kamala Harris was just announced the 46th Vice President (Elect) of the United States. Harris is already breaking through glass barriers as she…

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Could Social Emotional Learning shape our generation?
Features

Rachel McCoy | November 6, 2020

In the jar of our lives with limited time, are the rocks your priority or are the little beans eating up your time? This strange year has really shown what is most important in life, like family, friends,…

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Online Shopping: Necessity . . .or therapy?
Features

Jessica Young | October 29, 2020

Have you ever bought something because you loved the advertisement? Maybe you saw the colorful Old Navy jeans commercial and thought you NEEDED to have them to feel bright, cheerful and able to conquer…

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Calling all real Ghostbusters: Local paranormal investigators bring the fright back to Halloween
Features

Sierra Rossman | October 28, 2020

Do you believe in ghosts?

The Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Project (M.A.P.P.) does, and this Halloween, the three-member team is keeping the spooky feeling alive. 

The Investigators

The local paranormal…

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Whitehead’s Nickel Boys tells a gruesome truth we all need to hear
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Apau | October 27, 2020

Reform school and abuse. Elwood Curtis and Jack Turner. Optimism and pessimism.  One way or another, there are always two sides to every story. Only the unmarked graves tell the gruesome truth.

For…

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The Oscars are attempting to stop institutional racism: Can we?
Opinions

Maya Apau | October 15, 2020

Best Actor? No. Best Picture? No. Diversity? Yes!

Picture this: the new diversity requirements for the Oscars are put to the test in a local high school. Would your school be nominated? Would your school…

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Class of 2021 tries to “unmask” the college application process during a global pandemic
News

Sierra Rossman | October 13, 2020

What about the Class of 2021?

With COVID-19 restrictions, the college touring process feels a lot like swiping left or right on a dating app to find the perfect match. 

A student’s senior year…

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The trendy spectacle of learning online with blue light glasses
Features

Jessica Young | October 7, 2020

Checking our phones as soon as we get up in the morning is something all are guilty of. Is there anything new on social media? Did my friend text me back about our plans Saturday? With virtual school in…

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York builds dream home from ashes of holiday fire
Features

Yesenia Montenegro | May 22, 2020

Mary Jo York, retired special education teacher and current clerical assistant, is building her dream home–an exact replica of the one that burned in a Christmas nightmare. On December 25, 2019, York…

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Student workers risk Covid-19 while keeping economy steady
Coronavirus

Braden Weinel | May 8, 2020

The days are routine:  wake up late, video games, exercise, take a nap, talk to friends.

Students in Frederick County, Maryland have been conducting distance learning from the comfort of their homes…

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COVID-19 Rough cut: Families set up barber chairs in kitchens, bathrooms and patios
Coronavirus

Bailey Spore | April 29, 2020

Who doesn’t love the feeling of getting poked with scissors, hair ripped out of their heads, and stabbed with a comb while getting a haircut? This is actually an act of love and desperation.

No one…

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Lancer Spirit: Commmunity celebrates seniors despite quarantine uncertainty
Coronavirus

Yesenia Montenegro | April 22, 2020

Actor John Krasinski hosted a virtual prom for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, April 18. For the many seniors who may not be able to experience a traditional prom this year, this event was a reminder that…

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Lily Weaver Perseverance Award: Lancer Media creates recognition in memoriam
Features

Ethan Hart | January 24, 2020

We at The Lance are deeply saddened by the news of former Managing Editor Lily Weaver’s passing on December 20, 2019. As a member of Lancer Media from 2016 to 2019, Weaver was an integral part of making…

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Little Women: Big message for modern girls
Arts & Entertainment

Emily Webb | January 23, 2020

I didn’t just watch the Little Women movie or read the classic novel. I lived the story.

When my sisters and I would play Little Women, I was always Meg. Jordan, the next oldest, was Jo, Sarah was…

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“GO TEAM Therapy Dogs” team up with Learning for Life students to make school less stressful
Features

Elizabeth Rajnik | December 17, 2019

When most people think of “trading cards,” they think of the dusty old shoe box in their dad’s closet, filled with old baseball cards from his childhood. While this is the stereotype, “GO TEAM…

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Goalball: Proving you don’t need sight for sports
Sports

Sierra Rossman | November 25, 2019

Sports are generally considered to be an intense showcase of an individual’s athletic ability, but what happens when a key factor to success is taken away: sight?

Many may believe it is impossible…

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Dungeons and Dragons: The nerdy 80’s hobby is now a modern sensation
Arts & Entertainment

Thomas French | November 18, 2019

 “Okay. There are three goblins about 15 feet in front of you. Everybody, roll for initiative.”

This scenario is familiar to D&D players and fans of Stranger Things as well. “Dungeons and…

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Veterans Day 2019: Clifford Hunsaker and son reflect on generations of fathers in service
Features

Zack Hunsaker | November 11, 2019

In honor of Veterans Day 2019, Lancer Media interviewed local veterans to listen and talk about their experiences.  Zack Hunsaker chose to interview his father who served 23 years in the United States…

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How do we cure the reading allergy?
Opinions

Ruby Cerny | November 7, 2019

Almost everywhere you go, the eyes of children, teens, and even adults are glued to the screens of their smartphones. Nowadays, cellphones are often used as a form of entertainment, where is reading daily…

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Celebrating 25 years of dedication: Lloyd takes us to the moon
Features

Emily Lotito | October 28, 2019

A very exciting moment in Linganore’s history is taking place this year. Mr. Kevin Lloyd is celebrating his 25th anniversary working as the band director. To celebrate this moment, Lloyd invited more…

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Blindness Awareness Month: ‘Seeing’ a future of awareness
Features

Alaina Burger | October 24, 2019

There are 285 million people worldwide who are visually impaired, and 39 million are blind.

October is Blindness Awareness Month, and World Sight Day was on October 11. You probably didn’t know that,…

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Three stories, two teams, one goal: Conquer cancer
Sports

Sierra Rossman | October 21, 2019

If only we could bleach away cancer like we can bleach a t-shirt.

On October 12, during a tied game, where varsity would go on to beat the Tuscarora Titans 1-0, fans from both schools focused on a more…

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Is that #27 on the football field and … in the marching band?
Features

Braden Weinel | October 10, 2019

Look out onto the field during the marching band performance, and it’s a sea of matching black and red with tall plumed hats. Except the marimba player in the front row of the percussion ensemble. He is…

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Undocumented immigrants in Frederick deserve hope, not hate
Opinions

Elizabeth Anderson | October 1, 2019

Hate speech is coming to Frederick.

On October 6, a rally will take place in Baker Park promoting anti-immigration policies in Frederick County. The rally is being organized by Mark Schaff, former president…

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Don’t BYOD: Leave your cell phone in your backpack
Opinions

Ethan Hart | September 30, 2019

At the beginning of the school year, Kristen Canning, a teacher at Ballenger Creek Elementary School, read a bedtime story to her students via Facebook live-stream. The live-stream helped build personal…

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Gifted education: Is it a gift?
Opinions

Emily Webb | September 30, 2019

EMILY’S EXPERIENCE:

For seven years of my educational experience, I spent my time playing with Tangrams, solving upside-down puzzles, and competing in trivia competitions. Rather than learning fractions…

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College applications: We don’t know what we’re doing, do you?
Opinions

Alaina Burger | September 25, 2019

November 1:  The dreaded college application deadline.  Maybe you’re lucky, and the college you are applying to has a deadline of December 1. Seniors are feeling the pressure. 

Procrastinating…

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An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms
Opinions

Beau Cameron | January 27, 2019

Dear FCPS:

In 2019, the District of Columbia’s public school system will apply a third gender marker on their enrollment forms, allowing students to select “non-binary” rather than male or female…

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Student by day, Rockstar by night: Pare plans concert to kick off new album
Arts & Entertainment

Lily Weaver | January 11, 2019



Junior Nicholas Paré has his hard rock debut album, Memory, set to release on January 11.  He has been busy selling t-shirts and posting flyers to prepare for the upcoming release.

Memory consists…

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