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A Buried History: LGBTQ+ Narratives Erased

Paw Print Contributor | February 3, 2020

I was 11 the first time I heard the word gay. It was considered a bad word, an insult to someone being affectionate. Needless to say, it wasn’t something I was able to understand as normal - at least until recently. I realized I liked girls in middle school, but I tried to deny it. I grew up with half my family expressing homophobic views, all my female friends liked boys, as far as I knew, and...

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Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger

Darae Lyles, Writer | May 14, 2019

Diversity is one of the biggest challenges we embrace here at The Lake. Wilde Lake’s diversity score is 70 percent, which is higher than the state average, 40 percent. We have African-Americans, Hispanics, Caucasians, Afro-Latinos, Asians, Middle Easterns, Africans, and Hawaiians. From celebrating culture day, to having different clubs, and even having different flags around the school, we embrace...

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Let’s Start School With WildeCat Time Every Day

Sydney Cox, Arts Editor | May 14, 2019

Waking up around 6:15 am is insufferable for most students, including myself. We get to school groggy and irritated, with almost no motivation to even walk in the building. Trudging outside to the bus stop, I’m engulfed in darkness, with only street lights guiding my path. There seems to be no positive outcomes to having school start so early, but that does not mean we should change start times. According...

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I Was Homesick After a Day at Glenelg

Rachel Henry, Editor-in-Chief | May 13, 2019

Walking up to Glenelg at 7:45 March 27, 2018 was terrifying. I had on my Wilde Lake sweatshirt, and my bulky Wilde Lake band jacket. I was a giant billboard saying “Hey! Look at me! I don’t belong here!” All of the participating students and some counselors sat down in a small conference room. The students paired up into twos, and we each had an exchange partner. The counselors gave us a get-to-know-you...

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The Hat Policy Change is Good for Wilde Lake

Rachel Henry, Editor-in-Chief | March 22, 2019

This year for the first time, students are allowed to wear hats and hoods inside of the school building. And so far, it’s been great. Students who had previously gotten in trouble for a simple head covering, can now wear hats and hoods without discussion. In the beginning of my sophomore year, I got a haircut that I absolutely despised. It gave me immense anxiety to even show my face at school...

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