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The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School

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Wilde Lake scored 4/5 stars on the 2023 Maryland State Department of Education report card. The report card makes their evaluations based on test scores, graduation rates, “readiness” for graduation, progress towards English language proficiency, curriculum, and a survey.

Wilde Lake Loses One Star on Report Card, Reflecting a Statewide Trend

Arielle Levine and Amy Manzanares June 2, 2023

On the annual Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) report card, Wilde Lake lost one star this year, lowering their score from 4/5 stars to 3/5 stars. This fall is reflective of statewide trends,...

Students after school on May 30, 2023 waiting to get into CVS. Students wait in line in order for the store to maintain their number restriction. Three to four students are allowed inside at a time.

Local Stores Impose Limitations on Teens

Amy Manzanares and Marran Frigo June 2, 2023

After three teen arrests in January at the Columbia Mall, mall leadership issued new rules limiting teen access, according to WBAL-TV. The regulations state that teenagers 17 and under must be accompanied...

The walk area map for Wilde Lake shows that some students will have to walk up to 2.3 miles, or 50 minutes to school starting in the 2023-24 school year. This change is in response to the bus driver shortage that hit in the 2021 school year. MAP FROM HCPSS

County Expands Walk Area to Two Miles

Amy Manzanares, Staff Editor June 2, 2023

Next year, any student living within a two mile radius of Wilde Lake will walk to school. Students along the boundary may face walk times up to 50 minutes, according to Google Maps. The decision to...

In the 2023-24 school year, high school students will leave school at 2:45 due to the change in start times.

Start Times Pushed Back 35 Minutes Next School Year

After decades of debate, Howard County Public School System start times will be pushed back to 8 a.m. for high schools beginning next school year. In February, the Board voted to adjust start times...

United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that 13-years old is “too early” to join social media. (Graphic by Zoe MacDiarmid)

Surgeon General Warns Against Social Media Use for Teenagers

Zoe MacDiarmid, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2023

On January 29th, on CNN Newsroom, United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that 13-years old is “too early” to join social media. This warning comes during a time when teenagers are using...

A sign hangs on the Peace Room’s door, reminding students of Ms. Wright’s message. She reminded her students to always find the soft people. According to Mr. Blount, a soft person is “somebody that meets you where you are with kindness and not any sort of preconceived notions or any sort of judgment or rule setting.”

Peace Room Adjusts To Staff Changes

Arielle Levine, Editor-in-Chief March 31, 2023

This January, five teachers replaced Ms. Anjole Wright as Peace Room staff. The change from a single staff member to multiple has some students concerned that the Peace Room’s original vision has been...

A group of students work on completing assignments in the LGBTQ+ studies class.

Wilde Lake and Hammond Pilot LGBTQ+ Studies Class for HCPSS

Lauren Kelly, Staff Editor March 31, 2023

Ms. Franckowiak will be the first teacher at Wilde Lake to teach an LGBTQ+ Studies class. Though it is currently only at two schools, Wilde Lake and Hammond, according to HCPSS, there are plans to expand...

The Wilde Lake Wellness Center offers brochures covering topics like exercise, stress, sleep, vaping, alcohol, and bullying for high schoolers.

From Contraception to Inhalers, School-Based Wellness Center Aims to Meet Students’ Needs

Amy Manzanares, Staff Editor February 9, 2023

In 2017, a School-Based Wellness Center was introduced to Wilde Lake to support students’ health and well-being. Wilde Lake is the only Howard County high school in the Wellness Center Program. The program...

On May 30, 2023, two high schoolers walk past the native gardens in front of Wilde Lake during third period.

Environmental Club Plants Native Garden

Zoe MacDiarmid and Arielle Levine January 2, 2023

This year, Wilde Lake’s Environmental Club planted a native plant garden in front of the school. The initiative was backed by the 15-20 person club, school administration, their sponsor Ms. Melissa Bell,...

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, Editor-in-Chief 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...

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