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The Paw Print

The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School

The Paw Print


GAITHERSBURG, MD, MAY 10, 2024 - Coach Saquan Maxwell gives midfielder Riyadh Assani words of encouragement as he comes off of the field during the Boys Varsity Lacrosse regional semifinals.

More Than a Coach: Saquan Maxwell Inspires Teens with PUSH Program

Talik Butler, Writer May 16, 2024

When he was a Wilde Lake student, Saquan Maxwell used a four-letter word to help him persevere through high school and beyond: PUSH.  Now, as a Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Coach and a part of Wilde Lake...

(From left to right) Myles Brown, William Hess, and Kaycee Henderson represent their plans for next year. Their paths range from high wage jobs, military academies, and four year colleges.

Life After the Lake: 2024 Senior Features

In August 2020, amidst a pandemic, the Class of 2024 came to Wilde Lake as freshmen. Though many were unsure about their futures after graduation, they worked throughout their time at the Lake to find...

12 Seniors Progress to Round Three of Senior Assassin Game

Bella Horvath, Editor April 26, 2024

After the second round of “Senior Assassin,” 61 seniors have been eliminated from the water gun game over the course of two weeks. Only 12 seniors will progress into round three. During this round,...

31 Left After First Round of Annual Senior Assassin Water Gun Game

Bella Horvath and Amy Manzanares April 18, 2024

At the end of the first round of this year’s annual senior water gun game, “Senior Assassin,” 42 seniors have been assassinated. 31 seniors remain for round two.  73 seniors signed up for this...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 23, 2024 -- Junior Autumn Wilkerson receives her late pass after scanning her Synergy QR code. According to administration, having students sign in with their QR codes provides more accurate data on student attendance.

Decline in Student Attendance Challenges Administration

Amy Manzanares and Bella Horvath April 9, 2024

After the Covid-19 pandemic, administration has implemented new policies in response to a decline in student attendance. According to the Maryland State Department of Education, 37% of Wilde Lake students...

FEBRUARY 6, 2024 -- HCASC president Allie Liu (left), Hemant Kantheti (left), and Cristian Allen (right) discuss the budget plan.

Budget Slash Leads to Overcrowded Classrooms

Next school year, core class sizes at the middle and high school levels will increase across the county. This is just one major impact of the Board of Education’s recent decision to cut staffing and...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, MARCH 18, 2024- Abisola Ayoola and Hannah Boyer discuss Abisolas research project for the AP African American Studies exam. Abisolas project is on the evolution of fashion across the diaspora.

Recruitment for African American Literature Class Falls Short

This year, English teacher Mr. Alan Nettles was determined to recruit enough students to run the first African American Literature class at Wilde Lake. However, at the time of publishing “The Paw...

COLUMBIA MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 21,2024 First teal ALS Student Will Feldwick plays piano as part of first group of students to work with Mr.Lally in the new music therapy program at Wilde Lake.

From Vision to Reality: Mr. Lally Brings Music Therapy to ALS Program

Caroline Sorensen, Staff Editor April 9, 2024

For Academic Life Skills (ALS) paraeducator Mr. Kieran Lally, the best part of his day is watching his students unlock their musical abilities. Last year, when guitarist and singer Mr. Lally interviewed...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, MARCH 15, 2024 -- Senior track captain Emmanuel Dean runs laps during after school practice to train for the upcoming outdoor track season.

Senior Emmanuel Dean Breaks School 300m Record

Talik Butler, Amy Manzanares, and Arielle Levine April 9, 2024

After nine years on the track, Emmanuel's hard work has paid off. On January 9th, he set the Wilde Lake record for the 300m run, recording a time of 35.59 at the Liberty Premier Invitational. Emmanuel...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, February 29, 2024 -- Ms. Leonard and Angel Castro take a picture as he walks across the Merriweather stage.

Ms. Leonard Takes Group of Seniors on Goal Setting Field Trip

William Brown and Amy Manzanares April 9, 2024

Forty-four Wilde Lake seniors were taken to Merriweather Post Pavilion for a goal setting field trip and a paid lunch, hosted by Principal Ms. Marcy Leonard on February 28th. The students were invited...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 20, 2024 -- Ramsey Jenkins, a sixth year ALS student, and Assistant Principal Mr. Sillers sing Be Our Guest, from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at A lunch. Their performances happen daily. Ramsey says singing on the microphone with Mr. Sillers is the best part of his day.

ALS Program Creates Pathways to Opportunities for Students

Arielle Levine April 9, 2024

For most of her life, junior Katie Yarrish witnessed her family grapple with the uncertainty of the future for her brother Ross, a fifth year ALS student at the Lake. Now, Katie says her family finally...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 6, 2024 -- Antonio Hardy (left) and Aly Abel (right) discuss the impacts of the budget cuts at an HCASC meeting.

The Budget Cuts Impact You

Caroline Sorensen, Staff Editor April 9, 2024

What happens at the Board of Education (BOE) does not stay at the Board of Education. The decisions made at the Howard County BOE meetings directly impact you and me, especially when they have to do with...

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