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Plugged in

Plugged in

By Olivia Herzog, Bastrop High School

October 6, 2015

English teacher Hope Swearingen quickly tweets a reminder out to her students about the homework due and congratulates them for high scores on their recent essays before finishing her long work day. Swearingen first started integrating social media into her teaching when she came to BHS three years...

Junior champions for human rights in Venezuela

Junior champions for human rights in Venezuela

By Lindsay Collier, Cypress Ranch High School

October 1, 2015

  For most, the concepts of flagrant government corruption, violent repression of outspoken citizens, and torture of opposition leaders would seem more in place in a fantastical dystopian novel than reality. For junior Juan Galipoli, however, these ideas are far from fictional—in fact, these...

CHS teacher returns as principal

CHS teacher returns as principal

By Aparna Verma & Sarah Neumann, Catonsville High School

September 24, 2015

Earlier this summer, Matt Ames became the new principal for CHS. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because in 1977, Matt Ames was a student teacher for the CHS art department. A year later, he was hired at CHS, and eventually became art department chair. He then left to become an assistant...

Crippling comeback

Crippling comeback

By Noah Sanchez

September 22, 2015

It was just a normal day. He was going to a normal practice. Routine. Usual. Standard. Nothing out of the ordinary was supposed to happen. But then something did. After taking a hard fall and not being able to get back up, senior Jeff Bowcutt realized that his leg was injured, but it wasn’t until...

Band director leads students to success

Band director leads students to success

By Sydney Pierce

May 21, 2015

He leads the junior high band, helps students with just about anything they may need, and he directed this year’s Sweepstakes-winning LCM Symphonic Band. Assistant band director Jose Ochoa is constantly working, yet still finds a way to make things fun. Ochoa has been teaching for six years and...

From female to male

From female to male

By Dan Fishbein

May 15, 2015

When sophomore Alex Cosentino turned 3, he realized that he did not belong. Born Meredith Cosentino, he had been raised as a girl in accordance with his sex. Even at that young age, though, he knew there was something different about him. 12 years later, Cosentino would identify as a transgender male. “Whenever...

Capturing emotion around the world

Capturing emotion around the world

By Jack Densmore

May 13, 2015

Power on, check ISO, check shutter speed, check white balance, focus, shoot, capture the emotion of the battlefield, a soldier, or a wife crying over her husband who is sick with the deadly Ebola virus, or climbing a muddy hill to get the shot of the family of gorillas on top. Anything that can make...

Williams holds her own at rodeo

Williams holds her own at rodeo

By Caroline Britten

May 8, 2015

Livestock has always been a major part of Mallie Williams's life. Sixth-grader Williams is a true country girl at heart, and has participated in the Junior American Rodeo Association since she was 5. She competes in barrel racing and goat tying. A couple of weekends ago, Williams competed in Woodward,...

Scholar, singer, and softball star

Scholar, singer, and softball star

By Christina Davenport

May 8, 2015

Multitalented and hardworking senior, Caroline Rice, combines rigorous courses with amazing athletic performance in softball, as well as singing and donating her time to church events. Rice is currently enrolled in a total of four AP classes, including Government & Economics, Calculus, Literature,...

Twins who tumble together stay together

Twins who tumble together stay together

By Becky Hoving

April 24, 2015

No, you’re not seeing double when you see Kristen Onorato ’15 and Pamela Onorato ’15 mount the beams at their gym, Arena Gymnastics, or tumble their way to national rankings. Kristen and Pamela are identical twins, but they have distinct personalities that set them apart. Arena Gymnastics coach...

Twins make working out a career

Twins make working out a career

By Morgan Collier

April 24, 2015

For most young adults, working out is simply a hobby. Many may enjoy winding down with a long run after a hectic day or lift weights to relieve stress. For 21-year old twins Danielle and Deanna Inzano, it’s a different story. At a young age, they have already managed to turn their love of working out...

Trent Tuttle mentioned us in a post

Trent Tuttle mentioned us in a post

By Miranda Blaine

April 22, 2015

On March 12, I received a Facebook notification that read "Trent Tuttle mentioned you in a post." I felt that it was quite odd, seeing how Tuttle and I are distant acquaintances. The post went like this: When is the Kearsley Eclipse going to do a personal profile on me? I think I'm interesting. Here are so...

Figuring it out along the way

Figuring it out along the way

By Stephanee Smith

April 20, 2015

Junior Ashley Perez always wanted to be a younger mom so that she could be more involved in her kid's life. Perez gave birth to her first baby, Michael, earlier than expected--during her sophomore year. Perez is currently pregnant with her second child. Her due date is July 21. "I was happy when I...

Fashion-forward feminism

Fashion-forward feminism

By Spencer Goff

April 9, 2015

Senior Jourdan Gilbert wore a skirt that hovered a couple inches above her knees and a sweater that stopped just where the skirt began high on her hips. The buttoned shirt under the sweater cinched snugly around her neck. Against the masses of students wearing jeans and t-shirts, Gilbert stood out. On...

Remembering WWII POW Hayden Walk

Remembering WWII POW Hayden Walk

By Kathleen Cempa

April 2, 2015

Here is yet another beautiful use of the longform story template, from Kathleen Cempa of the Eagle Eye News. This well-written and evocative piece is brought to life with various artifacts, documents, photos, hand-written letters, even telegrams. A very interesting read and a lovely tribute. Seventy years ago t...

Against all odds, single father succeeds

Against all odds, single father succeeds

By Beth Mauthe

March 26, 2015

A giant grin and a giggle bubbled out from the one-year-old’s mouth as she stumbled and reached out her hands to her dad. "Da-da! Da-da!" Senior Gabriel Rutledge glowed with pride and happiness as he watched his baby girl take her first steps. Rutledge is working against all odds and opinions to...

Hunter Downey: a mechanical life

Hunter Downey: a mechanical life

By Morgan Matson

March 25, 2015

When senior Hunter Downey looks under the hood of a car, his face lights up. Instead of looking at 4000 pounds worth of junk, he immediately sees potential, adventure, and a work of art. For him, engines and mechanical upgrades are beautiful, and not just means for money, but truly a passion that he...

Stepping between worlds

Stepping between worlds

By Kaitlin Maloney

March 16, 2015

For most athletes, trying to balance schoolwork with three-hour practices and a 10-minute commute home is difficult enough. However, senior twins Carly and Hayley Mangan travel 45 minutes each way to practice at their Irish step dance school in Montville, CT. They make the commute four to five days...

Godsy finds her footing

Godsy finds her footing

By Christian Heutel

March 12, 2015

Ava Godsy, sophomore, really isn’t any different than most 15-year-old girls, but she’s had to deal with more than the typical challenges a teenager has had to face to this point in her life. So far, Godsy hasn't let those obstacles stop her from doing anything. Today she says she is less self-conscious...

There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

By Alisa Chuang, Mickey Shin, Caroline Waring, Shanta Katipamula, and Elisa Apra

March 10, 2015

For the second time this week, here's a long piece--like, 2500 words long. It's pretty rare to see something this long in the Best of SNO submissions box, and to be honest, 98% of those won't get read all the way through. But this one caught my eye. It may be lengthy, but thanks to the complex to...

PHS student volunteers time at Maryland Zoo

PHS student volunteers time at Maryland Zoo

By Hannah Stoller

March 10, 2015

Throughout the year, each Pikesville student has his or her own preferred way to spend the weekend. Some hang out with friends, some attend football games, some work, and some choose to stay home and catch up on sleep. However, not many students can say that they spend eight hours of their day standing...

Got the ‘Tiger’ by the tail

Got the ‘Tiger’ by the tail

By Jamie Mills

March 10, 2015

Sacrifice. A term remarkably familiar to sophomore Drew Watson. Her family is split between two cities, she commutes over 15 hours every week, and she spends four hours each day in the gym until her muscles can go no longer. All for one thing: An undeniable, burning passion to be the best gymnast...

Leaving the past behind

Leaving the past behind

By Dan Fishbein

March 9, 2015

Profiles can be tough to write, but even tougher sometimes is finding a good subject. Ideally, that subject is someone with both a compelling story and the ability to tell it earnestly and insightfully. Bassam Nzovu from Algonquin Regional High School is one of those subjects, and writer Dan Fishbein...

Freshman has online graphic design business

Freshman has online graphic design business

By Ash Thomas

February 23, 2015

Freshman Kyle Sproul currently runs and operates his own graphic design business, CrashGraphics, active since May 2014. After doing work for free for around two years, customers began to question why he did not charge people for his products. “It wasn’t until I had grown my free services large...

Ken Pauly: coaching beyond the ice

Ken Pauly: coaching beyond the ice

By Libby Grygar

February 23, 2015

A sea of red flashes across the ice––Ken Pauly constructively, and quite aggressively, comments on the boys’ play. Sitting in on a BSM boys’ hockey practice and watching them play in a game setting, it’s easy to see why head coach Ken Pauly receives so much respect and honor in the greater hockey and BSM communi...

Waldman places student entrepreneurs in the spotlight

Waldman places student entrepreneurs in the spotlight

By Dan Waldman

February 18, 2015

SNO launched the PHS Pipeline website less than a week ago; today, they're already sending submissions to Best of SNO. If there was a badge for speedy turnaround, we know who we'd give it to! The news staff isn't the only motivated group at Pikesville High School, either. Some students there are al...

Former Panther part of first CFP championship

Former Panther part of first CFP championship

By Dylan Hynson

February 16, 2015

As former Panther wide receiver Jeff Greene stood in the locker room with his teammates after the Ohio State Buckeyes routed the Oregon Ducks 42-7 in the inaugural College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington before a crowd of 85,689 fans, he had to want to pinch himself, if only for...

The unbroken Spoke

The unbroken Spoke

By Meredith Oldham, The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

February 9, 2015

The year was 1964. Gas cost 30 cents per gallon. The Beatles were embarking on their first world tour. Americans were fighting the war in Vietnam. Neil Armstrong had not yet walked on the moon (and wouldn’t for another five years). Where the Ann Richards School is today stood a race track. Red Lobster...

JACK AND JACK: a “famous” Vine duo

JACK AND JACK: a “famous” Vine duo

By Aren Rendell, Westside High School

February 6, 2015

A little more than a year ago, the two were typical Westside seniors. But over the course of their final year at Westside, the two amassed first 10,000, then 50,000 and eventually millions of followers on Vine.

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

By Alexis Mayhue, Bellwood-Antis High School

February 4, 2015

Let’s assume that everyone knows what Youtube is. You know, that place you go if you want to watch a funny animal video or to listen to that new song? Well, Bellwood-Antis High School teacher Pete Harry uses Youtube for a completely different reason. Harry's Youtube page has over 70 million views and o...

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