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We Need to Learn That College is Not the Only Option

We Need to Learn That College is Not the Only Option

Jane Hilger

January 23, 2018


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As the end of the year is quickly approaching, more and more seniors are asking the question: what comes next? The decisions we make could affect us for the rest of our lives. Since middle school, we have been told that we need to go to college to be successful in life. The focus of our lives beco...

Gifted Players Accept Early Offers to Play College Soccer

Gifted Players Accept Early Offers to Play College Soccer

Rachel Henry, Editor-In-Chief

December 20, 2017


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Juniors Julianna Bonner and Jenna Hutchison have committed nearly a year earlier than the average high schooler to play collegiate soccer. As active, talented, starting members of the  girls varsity soccer team since their freshman years, these players represent a growing number of athletes who are acce...

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


Filed under Features, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

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...

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...

Video Conferencing Technology Connects Students and Teachers Across the County

Video Conferencing Technology Connects Students and Teachers Across the County

Sophia Hilger, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


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A new program called “Zoom” has been introduced to Howard County AP US History classes, allowing students across the county to connect and learn together. This is the first year Wilde Lake has adopted zoom, which has a teacher teach from a “home school” using a camera and monitor in the class...

There Is An Opioid Crisis, And We Must Do Something About It

There Is An Opioid Crisis, And We Must Do Something About It

Hannah Van Osdel, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Uncategorized

Did you know that an opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States?  More than 52,404 people died in 2015 from an opioid overdose, yet addiction is preventable problem. With proper education and awareness, citizens can recognize the warning signs of an opioid addict...

BSAP Focuses on Outreach

BSAP Focuses on Outreach

Maddie Sommers, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


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When freshman Ryan Moment-Stromon won the 2017 Black Student Achievement Program’s essay contest, he was shocked.   “It was just amazing, most of the other participants were 11th or 12th graders and I didn’t think that I stood a chance, I was surprised, cheerful, and glad,” he said...

Administration Responds to Growing Need for Tutorial Classes

Administration Responds to Growing Need for Tutorial Classes

Ihsaan Fanusie and Luka Trikha

June 13, 2017


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Beginning next school year, administration is opening 5-6 tutorial classes to serve 50-75 students who need academic support. The class will function as a tutorial for students who need extra academic help. Students will be provided with resources necessary to succeed in their academics such as study s...

All Ideas Matter

All Ideas Matter

Ihsaan Fanusie

June 9, 2017


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  (Warning: Spoiler Alert for the books The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible, and The Scarlet Letter.) For a school that constantly parades its diversity and inclusiveness, there is a stunning lack of such values in the Wilde Lake English curriculum. Wilde Lake High School’s vision reads : “The Wilde La...

LGBTQ Tolerance Needs to Start With Us

LGBTQ Tolerance Needs to Start With Us

Takyla Brown

June 5, 2017


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A woman sits in her living room scrolling through her Instagram feed on her phone, when she sees a new comment on the photo she posted of her and the woman she loves on their wedding day. She taps on the photo to view the comment and her heart shatters when she sees the words: “You two disgust m...

Grow Up: “Retarded” Stings

Grow Up: “Retarded” Stings

Savannah Jackson

June 1, 2017


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Behind me, a girl leaned over to her friend and said, “You know the little boy in the retarded class? The one that makes funny noises and walks weird?” They both started laughing and kept talking about the boy. Little did they know, they were talking about my brother. I was in biology class during freshman year,...

Howard County Approves New Policy: No School to Start Before 8 AM

Howard County Approves New Policy: No School to Start Before 8 AM

Rachel Eisenhauer and Ihsaan Fanusie

June 1, 2017


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Students can breathe a sigh of relief. As of the 2018-2019 school year, no Howard County Public School will start before 8:00 AM. Freshman Zion Olibris is looking forward to the change because of the effect it would have on his sleep. “I get up at 6:15 now, but with the change I would get up at ...

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