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The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School

The Paw Print

The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School

The Paw Print


Michelle Boukanov defends the ball against a player from Howard High School. Wilde Lake allowed Michelle to play Varsity field hockey as a junior, despite not having past experience with the sport. COURTESY OF MICHELLE BOUKANOV

Wilde Lake Sparks Confidence in First-Time Athletes

Wilde Lake sports allow first-time athletes to explore new sports at a high level, building confidence and creating new opportunities. Before coming to Wilde Lake, freshman Natalie Morrissey had never...

MD, DECEMBER 2, 2010 – Mr. Harrison led the football team to victory in the 2010 state championship. He is seen holding the team’s trophy high, as he celebrates their win over Franklin High with the players. COURTESY OF MR. HARRISON

Mr. Michael Harrison Waves Goodbye After a Lifetime at the Lake

Amy Manzanares, Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2024

Mr. Michael Harrison has been a Wildecat since 1978 when he was enrolled as a freshman at the Lake, a school which was then only seven years old. Now, 45 years later with 30 excellent years of teaching...

The graphic depicts a student going through a maze to try and find an open bathroom. Throughout the maze, the student encounters hall monitors, vapes, and closed bathrooms. This graphic demonstrates what it is currently like to try and find an open bathroom at Wilde Lake.

Locked Bathrooms Are the Wrong Solution to Student Misuse

Bella Horvath, News Editor May 28, 2024

During a seven hour school day, sometimes all I need to do is use the bathroom, but to do that, I have to participate in a confusing and unnecessary system. Wilde Lake introduced a new bathroom system...

MAY 20 , 2024 - Beyonce’s new Cowboy Carter album has received numerous reviews from well known newspapers, such as The Washington Post, who wrote that the album demands respect. According to The New York Times, Cowboy Carter is America: Every bit of it.

With “Cowboy Carter,” Beyoncé Redefines Herself and Country Music

Caroline Sorensen, Editor May 20, 2024

The release of “Cowboy Carter” by Beyoncé did more than gallop into the No.1 album spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It redefined country while remaining an authentically “Beyoncé” album. “Cowboy...

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...

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