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United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that 13-years old is “too early” to join social media. (Graphic by Zoe MacDiarmid)

Surgeon General Warns Against Social Media Use for Teenagers

Zoe MacDiarmid, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2023

On January 29th, on CNN Newsroom, United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that 13-years old is “too early” to join social media. This warning comes during a time when teenagers are using...

A sign hangs on the Peace Room’s door, reminding students of Ms. Wright’s message. She reminded her students to always find the soft people. According to Mr. Blount, a soft person is “somebody that meets you where you are with kindness and not any sort of preconceived notions or any sort of judgment or rule setting.”

Peace Room Adjusts To Staff Changes

Arielle Levine, Editor March 31, 2023

This January, five teachers replaced Ms. Anjole Wright as Peace Room staff. The change from a single staff member to multiple has some students concerned that the Peace Room’s original vision has been...

According to Inside Higher Ed, 49% of students are distracted by phones and other gadgets in class.

Putting The Phone Down Can Change Your Life

Matthew Cho, Staff Writer January 2, 2023

I hate my phone. I can confidently say that my phone addiction has practically ruined  my youth.  At the age of seven I received an iPad for my birthday. I began to delve deep into the online world:...

Though some supports have been removed, the Peace Room keeps its door open.

Post-Pandemic, Students Still Need Support

Lauren Kelly, Staff Editor November 17, 2022

The 2021-2022 school year was one filled with hardship, but with that hardship came support. Now, as life slowly loses the unpredictability of the pandemic’s early days, many of these supports are being...

Ezra playing Sims on a Sunday afternoon. He says the reason he plays varies from checking on [his] households or as a form of escapism.

COVID Has Caused a “Rollercoaster” of Mental Health

Zoe MacDiarmid and Arielle Levine June 17, 2022

Before March 13, 2020, then-freshman Ezra Lynch described their life as normal.  Ezra had just finished his second show for Wilde Lake’s theater department. They had a good group of friends. And...

Senior Deyonna McGeachy-Alexander with one of her drawings. While it is colored, she started by sketching it during class. (Photo by Cameron Franks)

Studies Find Benefits of Doodling in Class

Cameron Franks, Staff Writer November 5, 2021

For many years now, students have been doodling during classes on worksheets, from Elementary School, up to High School. Teachers, however, even in this day and age still don’t understand it, and oftentimes...

I have virtual therapy sessions every other week. I log in and wait for my therapist to join.

I Started Therapy: Why Other Young People Should Too

Amy Batmunkh, Opinions Editor, Features Editor May 21, 2021

I nervously typed in my login information to the Telehealth website. Virtual or in-person, meeting with any doctor made my heart pound and my hands sweat. This time though, I wasn’t going in for a sore...

Highlight mental health every year, make mental health days excused absences, and offer parent seminars on mental health. It is that easy.

Student Mental Health Accommodations: We Need More

Arielle Levine March 2, 2021

It should come as no surprise to the Howard County Public School System that many teenagers are struggling with their mental health. From the ongoing pandemic to virtual learning to the constantly evolving...

Many students have set up work spaces in their homes to help them stay focused during class.

After A Semester of Online Learning, Students Still Struggling

Ashley Beckett and Rebecca Nason January 7, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis introduced a paradigm shift in schooling. Freshmen have never set foot in their school, graduated seniors never truly said goodbye, teachers are learning to adapt their strategies,...

How to Keep Hobbies you Start (and let yourself have fun with them!)

How to Keep Hobbies you Start (and let yourself have fun with them!)

Lauren Kelly, Staff Editor January 7, 2021

We have all wanted to be an expert at something. Maybe you found a love of intricate crochet or watched Olympic ice skating and decided that someday soon, it would be you with the gold medal. But once...

The American Psychological Association provides different ways to maintain a positive and healthy mindset during social distancing.

Students Take Toll of Things Lost in Pandemic

Amy Batmunkh, Opinions Editor, Features Editor May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a worldwide halt of normalcy. People are confined to their homes, only allowed to leave to shop for essentials. Some states are requiring people to wear face coverings...

Male Mental Health Suffers From Standards of Masculinity

Male Mental Health Suffers From Standards of Masculinity

Sydney Lowry, Writer February 24, 2020

Once, a friend told me that he was tired of life. He has since been through therapy and medication, and has improved immensely, but it took a lot of support to get there. However, one of the most striking...

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