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The Paw Print

The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School

The Paw Print

The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School

The Paw Print


Aitya Ba’th (left), Jola Ojifinni (center), and Nalia Ba’th (right) spend time together during their Advisory period in the media center.

Staff and Students Compromise on Decision for 3-Day Advisory

Arielle Levine, News Editor November 17, 2022

Three weeks into the school year, Ms. Leonard announced at the September General Assembly that Advisory — a 20 minute non-academic period — would no longer run on Mondays and Fridays.  “You guys...

Ezra playing Sims on a Sunday afternoon. He says the reason he plays varies from checking on [his] households or as a form of escapism.

COVID Has Caused a “Rollercoaster” of Mental Health

Zoe MacDiarmid and Arielle Levine June 17, 2022

Before March 13, 2020, then-freshman Ezra Lynch described their life as normal.  Ezra had just finished his second show for Wilde Lake’s theater department. They had a good group of friends. And...

A penny next to a lethal dose of fentanyl.

Marijuana Users May Unknowingly Be Taking Lethal Fentanyl Doses

Lauren Kelly and Zoe MacDiarmid June 14, 2022

If you thought that marijuana was harmless, think again. According to the CDC, marijuana is not only more potent that it ever was, but it is increasingly being found laced with the deadly opioid, fentanyl.  According...

Enterprise plans on replacing the demolished housing next to
Wilde Lake High School with modern apartments.

Demolished Housing To Be Rebuilt

Marran Frigo and Zoe MacDiarmid June 10, 2022

One day, students walking to school noticed a change nearby. First, a chain link fence. Then, construction equipment. Finally, it all added up when the Section 8 housing in Roslyn Rise was demolished.  Roslyn...

Most of Wilde Lake Continues to Mask After Mandates Lifted

Most of Wilde Lake Continues to Mask After Mandates Lifted

Effective March 1, universal indoor masking in HCPSS buildings and on school buses was no longer required. This decision, voted on by the Board of Education, came after the CDC's recommendation to...

The construction site for the 13th high school on Mission Road.

Howard County to Open a 13th High School in 2023

Lauren Kelly and Marran Frigo April 8, 2022

The blueprints have been drawn, the signatures gathered, and the first bits of the foundation laid. Howard County will open the doors to a new high school in September 2023, an attempt to solve the...

Ms. Franckowiak (left) overlooks the crowd as Xavia Worsham speaks about increased depression and suicide rates among LGBTQ+ teenagers.

GSA Stages Walkout of Class in Protest of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

On March 11, colorful flags swayed in the wind as GSA members led a fifth period walkout in protest of Florida’s Bill to ban classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.   Hundreds...

Many students rely on the privacy of gender-neutral bathrooms.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms: Used and Abused, Students Report

Cameron Franks and Lee Lewis February 13, 2022

Since last spring, Wilde Lake has offered the use of gender-neutral bathrooms to all students as a more comfortable and safe option for bathroom usage. Recently, however, there have been some cases of...

Nick Shidle discusses the outcome of homecoming with Johanna Shin. (Photo by Arielle Levine)

General Assemblies Introduced to Uplift Student Voices, says SGA

Arielle Levine, News Editor December 15, 2021

One Wednesday every month, the cafeteria fills with about 138 students to broadcast student voices of Wilde Lake through a General Assembly run by the SGA. When student government association sponsor...

Thomas Dragovich (left) and Valerie Brady (right) binding notebooks after school.

Spanish Honor Society Binds Notebooks for a Dominican Republic School

Yasmin Roach, Staff Editor December 15, 2021

It’s 2:30, and students gather in room 310, folding paper and cutting cardboard as they assemble the notebooks they will send to low-income students in the Dominican Republic. The bookbinding project,...

Students for Social Justice given the Howard County Humans Rights Commission award. (Photo from the Wilde Lake Social Justice Club)

Students for Social Justice Club Wins HoCo Human Rights Commission Award

Trisha Rathee, Staff Writer November 10, 2021

The Students for Social Justice Club (S4SJ) received the HoCo Human Rights Commissions Award this year, for “their meritorious hard work,” says Sajana Vigna-McLaughlin, junior and member of S4SJ. This...

For these four classes, the tests will be counted towards students final grades. (Photo by Lauren Kelly)

State Tests to Be Worth 20% of Grades in Four Key Classes

Lauren Kelly, Staff Editor November 2, 2021

Last year, the MSDE (Maryland State Department of Education) voted to make some state tests worth 20% of students’ grades in English 10, Biology, Government, and Algebra 1 next school year. This...

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