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It’s Not How We Fall, But How We Get Back Up

It’s Not How We Fall, But How We Get Back Up

Syra Kayani

April 22, 2014

At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, eight shots were fired in the Columbia Mall. After the event, three were killed and several were injured, but the pain and anxiety lingered in Columbia. Following the incident, many were still afraid and hesitant to enter the one place they visited ...

Camera Systems Installed on Howard County School Buses

Camera Systems Installed on Howard County School Buses

Syra Kayani

February 26, 2014

The Howard County Public School System is now in the process of installing digital camera systems on all school buses. With the goal to have every Howard County bus equipped with a camera system in the next few years, the camera’s are being installed to address and allow schools to investigate compla...

Student Walkers Concerned for their Safety

Student Walkers Concerned for their Safety

Syra Kayani

February 26, 2014

  Local paths used to be freshman *Caroline Richardsons go-to route for getting around,` until the day she was sexually harassed. Richardson recalls the incident. “A guy was walking towards me from the opposite direction on the path. He seemed normal enough from a distance, but as we go...

County Lowers Academic Eligibility Standards for Students

County Lowers Academic Eligibility Standards for Students

Syra Kayani

November 20, 2013

With at least a 2.0 GPA and no more than one E for the marking period, students in Howard County are, for the first time, allowed to fail a class and continue to participate in extracurricular activities. Last year’s policy, which required a minimum 2.0 GPA for participation, was revised, ...

Lunch Staff Implements New Pin System

A student types in their pin number before sitting down to enjoy their meal. (Photograph, Syra Kayani).

Syra Kayani

November 20, 2013

“Point of Sale,” the new electronic system for keeping track of and paying for student lunches, allows parents to fund an online account from which their child can pay for breakfast and lunch at school. Within the first month of the 2013-2014 school year, students received a six digit identification number by mail. To access any funds on their account to...

Parnell Retires, Leaving Behind Long Legacy of Excellence

Parnell Retires, Leaving Behind Long Legacy of Excellence

Syra Kayani

June 13, 2013

 Wilde Lake Athletics Director, Mr. Vincent Parnell, will be retiring at the end of the 2013 school year, leaving behind a legacy filled with “stable leadership, experience, knowledge, and improvement,” according to Mr. Eldridge. Mr. Parnell has been involved in the school system in the state of Ma...

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing on Football Field

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing on Football Field

Syra Kayani

June 5, 2013

Maria Pascal, a recent graduate of Wilde Lake, was out on her usual afternoon run with her dog, when she was surprised to be reprimanded for entering the football field to see the Howard County police helicopter emergency which landed on the football field of Wilde Lake High School, Thursday May 30. ...

Delta Scholars Program Recognizes Women of Excellence

Delta Scholars Program Recognizes Women of Excellence

Syra Kayani

March 24, 2013

Junior Jesula Fleurizard and her family finally made it to the United States from Haiti after 14 years of paperwork. While living in a poor and underprivileged country, the Fleurizards dreamed of moving to a place where their children could have better opportunities. “My family really values ac...

Rising Students Struggle Adjusting to Rigor of Upper Level Classes

Syra Kayani

January 24, 2013

Junior Samantha Schlictman is one for a challenge. After her sophomore year, she jumped from on-grade level English 10 to Honors English 11. In making this jump she hoped to challenge herself, even if it meant getting a lower grade. But Honors English has turned out, according to Samantha, to be “way...

New Efforts Against Bullying Miss Big Picture, Students Say

New Efforts Against Bullying Miss Big Picture, Students Say

Syra Kayani

January 24, 2013

Bullying has been a hot issue at Wilde Lake for the past few weeks. Around the school hang signs to remind students to “Stand Up” and not “Stand By.” Mr. Fowlin‘s compliment, “You Are Beautiful,” is now a lingering whisper through the halls. On the surface, bullying seems a problem Wilde L...

Dress Code Continues to Confuse Students

Syra Kayani

November 24, 2012

“It all depends on the teacher,” said Senior Tia Hill of Wilde Lake’s dress code policy. “Most teachers have more to worry about than catching someone for a dress code violation. It’s an administrator’s job to look for those kinds of details.” While the dress code policy has always been...

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