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Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword

Bryan Shin and Erica Knight

June 18, 2019

Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook. These are just a few of the countless social media outlets used by teens that allows them to have an online platform to express themselves. Social media users log into their favorite apps hoping to freely interact with other users. However, many are met wi...

For Some, Summer Vacation Leads to More Mental Health Challenges

For Some, Summer Vacation Leads to More Mental Health Challenges

Susie Osborne, Writer

June 18, 2019

Though summer is a time of freedom and fun for many, for others, the loss of easy access to school resources, especially in relation to mental health, can make summer seem unending. Losing the structure and support that school provides, tends to leave some students alone with their thoughts, which can ...

Student Resource Officers Seek to Repair Relationships Between Police and African American Students

Aenilah Watkins, Web Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

On August 24th of his sophomore year, Erleans Joseph was stopped abruptly by police officers at the bus stop by the Columbia Mall. As he was roughly shoved on the deck of the officers car, Joseph was told he was under arrest. Without any knowledge of what he had done wrong, and a weighty feeling of embarr...

Wilde Lake Says Goodbye To Long-Term Staff Members

Wilde Lake Says Goodbye To Long-Term Staff Members

Rebecca Nason, News Editor

June 18, 2019

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, Wilde Lake will be saying farewell to more than ten long-term, beloved staff members. Mr. Fairies, Ms. Koshy, Ms. Kipping, Ms. Martucci, Ms. Bullock, Ms. Carpenter, Mr. Crouse, Ms. Busso, Ms. Pashigian, and Ms. Read will all be leaving Wilde Lake to p...

Overworked and Overstressed: Past the Breaking Point

Overworked and Overstressed: Past the Breaking Point

Sarah Rubin, Print Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

A few weeks ago, Wilde Lake sophomore Rachel Beall’s math teacher wasn’t in class for a few days, and, when he returned, there was a huge test. “I was so scared,” she said, “because not only did I not know the topic, but I had no time to study with him after-school to try to understand. I remembe...

Students Advocate For Mental Health Resources

Students Advocate For Mental Health Resources

Sydney Cox, Arts Editor

June 18, 2019

When the Board of Education announced that they were having a meeting pertaining to fund distributions in Howard County, Wilde Lake sophomore Vaniya Khan knew that it was her time to speak up on an underrepresented and underfunded issue: mental health. On April 7, Khan was attending her monthly y...

SMOB Organizes Forum to Destigmatize Mental Health

SMOB Organizes Forum to Destigmatize Mental Health

Sarah Rubin, Print Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

When she was in seventh grade, Trisha Reddy was told that in the United States, the biggest cause of death for teens was suicide. “This is what truly inspired me to help with the discussion,” she said, “because people around me were suffering in silence, unknowing of the variety of ways that the...

Cheating Problem Escalates as Schools Fail to Crack Down

Cheating Problem Escalates as Schools Fail to Crack Down

Rebecca Nason, News Editor

June 18, 2019

It’s Friday morning, the day of the test. If you get above an 85 percent you’ll pass this quarter. Otherwise, you won’t. You didn’t go to bed last night until after 3:00, when you fell asleep into your notes. This morning you studied on the bus, before first period and in all of your earlier ...

Unchecked Drinking May Lead to Life Long Drinking Problem

Unchecked Drinking May Lead to Life Long Drinking Problem

Marian Isailovic, Writer

June 18, 2019

“Drinking is fun, it helps me stay loose,” said a student at Wilde Lake. As the school year comes to an end, he finds himself at parties almost every weekend, and sometimes even drinking alone. These options, similar as they were to this student, demonstrates the tow alcoholism can have on an indiv...

Baseball Has Strong Playoff Run, Loses to La Plata in Fourth Round

Baseball Has Strong Playoff Run, Loses to La Plata in Fourth Round

Aenilah Watkins, Web Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

This year, the Wilde Lake varsity baseball team, under its new coach Mr.Frederick, went 5-16, their best record in the past four years. The team credits their chemistry and Coach Frederick for this turn-around. “This year was definitely different from my previous seasons because the team felt more orga...

Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger

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 cul...

Mr. Nicks Motivates Students Through Class Visits

Mr. Nicks Motivates Students Through Class Visits

Sarah Rubin, Print Editor in Chief

May 13, 2019

Walking into a room, BSAP Liaison Mr. Nicks commands attention. His inviting personality and spirited energy draws the crowd in, and all eyes are on him as he greets the students. In the 9th grade classes he visited during the month of April, he shared his own story hoping to connect, inspire, and motiva...

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