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What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

By Lancer Media Staff, Linganore High School

January 9, 2015

UPDATE: Kirby Delauter issued an apology to the reporter on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Original story: On January 6, 2015, a news outlet claiming to be the North Korean News Service tweeted about Frederick County councilman Kirby Delauter’s recent attempt to “restrict press freedom” in Fr...

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

December 8, 2014

“The Pledge of Allegiance says ‘liberty and justice for all,’ but that doesn’t exist in the America I live in. The proof is the jury failing to indict Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.” Senior Alex Armbruster made it clear that the morning announcements crew would not say the pledge the...

Astronaut alum beams answers from space

Astronaut alum beams answers from space

By Daniel Krugman, Dulaney HS, Timonium, Md.

November 21, 2014

1993 graduate Reid Wiseman has just returned from 165 days aboard the International Space Station. In between orbiting 70 million miles and conducting 160 experiments, he found time to email answers to a staff reporter’s questions.

Mary Lambert’s song ‘Secrets’ inspires, but video disappoints

Mary Lambert’s song ‘Secrets’ inspires, but video disappoints

By Julia Peigh, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

November 14, 2014

When I first heard Mary Lambert’s single “Secrets” on my radio, I immediately found the song to be catchy and fun. The tune made me think of all the body-positive rants I’ve seen on social media like Tumblr and Twitter, and I loved listening to it. But, like a novel that you love and then the m...

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

By Michelle Gomes, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.

November 7, 2014

One of the listed accomplishments on Springbrook High School’s website is that the school has the highest number of freshmen students enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH). However, this fact is not something to brag about due to the number of students failing the exam. AP...

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

By Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

October 30, 2014

"Dracula Untold" pledged to enthrall and fascinate its audience with the historical and fictional mash-up of Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While it wasn't a terrible film, cheesy acting and iffy plot holes left me unsatisfied and craving something more.

Fantasy novel ‘The Song of Achilles’ is a tune you don’t want to miss

Fantasy novel ‘The Song of Achilles’ is a tune you don’t want to miss

By Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

September 30, 2014

Take a chance on the novel "The Song of Achilles." While there have been mixed views for Madeline Miller’s first novel, it has been fairly successful since it was published in August 2012.

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

June 4, 2014

Back in '80s, the HIV/AIDS crisis was rising in New York City. More people, notably gay men, were afflicted by this terrible disease, and, in a time where there was little medical knowledge about this virus, the ordeal was quite frightening. Young men were dying, and the people just didn’t know why....

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

By Hope Kelly, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

March 31, 2014

Snow, snow go away. Come again another day. Even if the administration took to singing this song, it would hardly help stop the winter weather Harford County has been receiving. As a result of the weather, the administration made the decision to create a new policy and institute Cyber Days to keep students...

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first

By Will Foreman, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

March 24, 2014

The football rivalries between Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana are intense and passionate. On Friday nights we paint up, we scream, and we bleed red and black. The real contest, though, is not football – it’s recycling. The Learning for Life students are going for the I-70 trophy of trash. They want...

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

By Cole Alban, Justin Hawkins, and Madison Meyer

March 19, 2014

The Patriot at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md., examines the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal, looks through the history of government surveillance, and magnifies the issue of spying and surveillance to the local level by evaluating JC’s surveillance policies.

Surveilling John Carroll School’s approach to private data

Surveilling John Carroll School’s approach to private data

March 17, 2014

In the past few years, JC has taken measures to monitor student action more closely, both regarding technology and around the school. The Acceptable Use Policy was instated with the arrival of laptops at JC, setting a guideline for student actions on their personal laptops. The policy appears on JC...

Surveilling U.S. government’s approach to private data

Surveilling U.S. government’s approach to private data

March 17, 2014

Starting with an article by Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian, it has come to the attention of the United States, and the world, of a scandal by the National Security Agency (NSA) on surveillance. This initial report revealed how much the NSA was monitoring phone calls of Americans and a court order th...

Class crowding becomes new normal at Maryland school

Class crowding becomes new normal at Maryland school

By Maya Hoke and Will Paranzino

February 28, 2014

Tightly packed classrooms are spreading. Roughly two dozen more classes contain 33 or more students this year than last, enrollment data from the administration shows. Of the 452 classes, 86 have 33 or more students. Last year, 61 classes featured 33 or more students. Elective classes such as physical...

Maryland football coach inducted to state’s hall of fame

Maryland football coach inducted to state’s hall of fame

By Kyle McFadden, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

February 27, 2014

Great NFL coaches: Bill Walsh, the great Vince Lombardi. College coaches? Nick Saban comes to mind. Think of a great Maryland high school football coach, you think of Rick Conner. Fresh off a state championship run that fell short in a loss to Franklin in the 3A state finals, coach Conner has been...

‘Frozen’ thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

‘Frozen’ thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

By Karly Horn, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

February 26, 2014

With the holiday season in my rear-view mirror, my one regret is that I didn’t see enough of this year’s holiday release films. Namely, the top box office hit of the season, “Frozen." I simply could not let this animated movie-musical go unwatched before it left theaters, and I am glad I didn’t. The...

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

February 24, 2014

The Academy Awards will be presented March 2. Here are excerpts of reviews of three of the nine nominees for Best Picture in 2013. A review of a fourth movie, "Her," is in another post. "American Hustle" "American Hustle" is a crime, comedy-drama film set in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Directed by David O. Russell, this f...

Godspell shines as ‘Light of JC’

Godspell shines as ‘Light of JC’

By Madison Meyer, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

February 19, 2014

The lights bathe the stage in red as Judas ties Jesus to the blackboard. The disciples and the company kneel, praying as Jesus’s last few notes seem to pierce the air. The moment is solemn, with heavy guitar and rock music echoing as Jesus dies. JC’s fall musical “Godspell” is filled with...

It’s time for gender equality in children’s toys

It’s time for gender equality in children’s toys

By Morgan Buchanan, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

January 31, 2014

It’s 2014 and society seems to be progressing right? In many aspects, yes, but in the realm of gender equality it seems as if we have regressed to the 1950s. This inequality is greatly present in children’s toys. Walk into any toy store and you see the great division. The “boys” and “girls”...

Replace textbooks with tablets

Replace textbooks with tablets

By Jonathan Greenzaid, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 30, 2014

Slugging textbooks to and from school can be a pain, both figuratively and literally, and in a new world immersed in technology, tablets should be allowed in classrooms in order to fit modern culture. Textbooks are becoming a thing of the past as schools start to incorporate more technology i...

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

By Beth Barnhart, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

January 23, 2014

Canada: a country known for maple syrup, moose, Mounties, and ... college? According to Statistics Canada, the number of high school graduates that head up north for college is increasing by 8 percent annually. American students who attend Canadian universities often go for the multicultural society,...

Club works to save food one lunch at a time

Club works to save food one lunch at a time

By Gil Jacobsen, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 22, 2014

The five-minute warning bell rings and students begin scrambling to gather all of their stuff and head off to class. Inevitably, students who do not finish their lunches will toss their remains of their lunches in the trash. What these students may not know is that Drop Squad, a school-sponsored club, provid...

Financial education prepares students for future

Financial education prepares students for future

By Erica Spaeth, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 17, 2014

Senior Emily is in the mall debating whether to buy the cute sweater she has been eyeing. She is headed to college next year and is worried about her finances. If she cannot handle this small situation, how will she conserve her money in college? Questions start to cloud her head. How much will it cost...

Evaluating the homework load

Evaluating the homework load

By Madison Meyer, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

December 11, 2013

Bleary-eyed but persistent, senior Lindsey McCumber powers through her essay for Honors English, even though it’s 1 a.m. and she’s just finished studying for an AP Biology test. McCumber tries to plan for five hours of homework every night, but after a long day in class, at club meetings, an...

Too young for R?

Too young for R?

By Zion Douglass, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

October 15, 2013

With the recent release of movies catering to “young adults” such as "The Hunger Games," "Beautiful Creatures," and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," Hollywood has been steadily roping in a teenage audience. That being said, there has been an ongoing controversy in the industry over movies...

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

By Desiree Gillem, New Town HS, Owings Mills, Md.

September 23, 2013

“A rapper is only as good as his last verse,” says Darius “Jay Verze” Exum, Class of 2013. Exum, 17, started rapping around the age of seven, but he never actually recorded anything until he hit the age of 12. Music is his main focus right now, and school has kind of been put on hold for the...