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Ms. Nichols’ Childhood Shapes Her Perspective of What a Teacher Should Be

Ms. Nichols’ Childhood Shapes Her Perspective of What a Teacher Should Be

Maddie Sommers, Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


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  In the fall of 1984, in Keene, Texas, Jessica Nichols attended her first day of fourth grade.  Smiling from ear to ear, she skipped into her new classroom with an optimistic attitude, looking forward to yet another year of school. Keene was a tiny town in Johnson County, the kind of town you mi...

ESOL Classes Provide Support For Hispanic Students to Succeed

ESOL Classes Provide Support For Hispanic Students to Succeed

Hannah Van Osdel, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


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Many Wilde Lake High School students have Spanish as their first language, later having to transition to English. Through many years of ESOL (English as a Second Language), these students tell their stories of how transitioning from Spanish to English led to their success. When Lorena Widman moved to...

After Four Years of High School, Seniors Have Valuable Advice

After Four Years of High School, Seniors Have Valuable Advice

Sarah Rubin, Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


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After going through just about four years of high school, many seniors have tons of advice to give. They’ve been through so many different types of classes, teachers, and clubs, that they have advice for incoming or even current students on the high school experience. John Woods, a senior at Wil...

Facilitating Friendships and Inclusion Through Best Buddies

Facilitating Friendships and Inclusion Through Best Buddies

Stella Johnson, Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


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At the Wilde Lake Best Buddies chapter meetings, students can be seen smiling and laughing, engaged in conversation, as they decorate cookies, eat pizza, or play group games. Best Buddies is an international organization that promotes inclusion of students with intellectual or physical disabilit...

Do Students Still Read – For Fun?

Do Students Still Read – For Fun?

Ihsaan Fanusie, News Editor

March 23, 2018


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It’s an old adage that seems to appear every generation: kids just don’t read like they used to. But exactly how true is it at Wilde Lake? Do students read books outside of school? For some, the answer is yes.         Kate Giammalvo, a senior, loves reading because it can expand one’s knowl...

Students and Alzheimer’s Residents Use Art to Close the Gap Between Generations

Students and Alzheimer’s Residents Use Art to Close the Gap Between Generations

Sophia Hilger, Staff Writer

March 16, 2018


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“We never color in the lines,” said Maya English, president of Art Honors Society, of her experience at Vantage House, where the Wilde Lake Art Honors Society pairs students and Alzheimer’s residents in a program called “Opening Minds Through Art.” The program focuses on the process of creati...

Girls JV Basketball Team Persists With Seven Players

Girls JV Basketball Team Persists With Seven Players

Jane Hilger, Staff Writer

March 16, 2018


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With squeaking shoes and heavy breaths, the Wilde Lake Girls JV Basketball team fought hard on the court this season, despite having just seven players. The team had small numbers from day one, as very few people showed up for tryouts. “I selected the seven girls that I believed would work the ...

The Power of the Panther: Insight on a Powerhouse Film

The Power of the Panther: Insight on a Powerhouse Film

Aenilah Watkins, Writer

March 16, 2018


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“Powerful.” “ Inspirational.” “Phenomenal.” These were some of many words used by students to describe the blockbuster film Black Panther that was released in theaters on February 16th. In its opening weekend, the film racked up a total of 241 million dollars, beating the record for ...

Replacing Mr. LeMon as School Principal, Mr. Wilson Makes School Culture A Priority

Replacing Mr. LeMon as School Principal, Mr. Wilson Makes School Culture A Priority

Hope Kahn, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2017


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As soon as Mr. Wilson began his position as principal of our school, he made it his priority to put students first. Since the first day on the job, one of his main focuses has been building relationships with the students, staff, and community members. “The sign on my door says principal, but that means no...

Wilde Lake’s Teen Parenting Program Serves Students Countywide

Wilde Lake’s Teen Parenting Program Serves Students Countywide

Sarah Rubin, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


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The Teen Parenting Program at Wilde Lake High School is important for teen mothers in the county because it allows them to further their education while getting support for their child at the same time. Wilde Lake High School is the only school in all of Howard County with a daycare for teenager...

Are Phones and Social Media Affecting Mental Health in Adolescents Today?

Are Phones and Social Media Affecting Mental Health in Adolescents Today?

Stella Johnson

December 19, 2017


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According to “The New York Times,” anxiety rates in adolescents are increasing rapidly, and researchers are linking that anxiety to smartphones and social media. According to “The Times,” social media has become a platform where young people feel a false responsibility to live up to unrealistic expec...

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