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What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?
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...

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events
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...

Astronaut alum beams answers from space

Astronaut alum beams answers from space
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

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...

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?
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,...

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

'Dracula Untold' leaves thirst for blood unquenched
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
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
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...

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year
Most students surveyed give online assignments a chilly reception
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,...

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first
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 –...

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass
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...

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...

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...

Class crowding becomes new normal at Maryland school

Sophomores Natalie Mozoki, Jordan Nicolette and Joyce Song complete classwork first semester during Kristi Korrow’s period six Gifted and Talented English 10 class. With 35 students, it’s one of the school’s largest English classes.
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...

Maryland football coach inducted to state’s hall of fame

Maryland football coach inducted to state's hall of fame
Coach Rick Conner has had long journey to the Hall of Fame
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...

‘Frozen’ thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

'Frozen' thaws the hearts of adults and children alike
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...

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees
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...

Godspell shines as ‘Light of JC’

Brady Fritz, as Jesus, prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, while his followers sleep. Jesus asks God if there is any other way to accomplish his purpose without sacrificing his life but accepts his fate.
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...

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

The Easy-Bake Oven from Hasbro has been around for generations, but it now comes in a variety of colors, including pink and black.
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...

Replace textbooks with tablets

Replace textbooks with tablets
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...

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

The logos of McGill University, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia.
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...

Club works to save food one lunch at a time

The Drop Squad accepts unopened, nonperishable food items. They donate their collections to the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, 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...

Financial education prepares students for future

Personal Finance teacher Kevin Doherty teaches students how to be smart and savvy with money.
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,...

Evaluating the homework load

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...

Too young for R?

Too young for R?
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...

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy
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...

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