The Paw Print

Maddy Feldwick sits at her kitchen table for school, feeling stressed during a google meet. Penny, her cat, helps her get through her classes.

Teachers and Students Feel Burnout After a Year of Virtual School

Maddy Feldwick, Writer March 31, 2021

Drained, burnt out, and exhausted. This is what many students and teachers feel after a year of virtual learning. After a long winter of being stuck inside and not seeing friends, waking up early...

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...

Wilde Lake senior Maura Fleck on break at her job at Outback Steakhouse, January 2021

The Young People on the Front Lines

Samihah Keita and Zoe MacDiarmid January 8, 2021

During the COVID-19, the burden of working on the frontlines has largely fallen on young Americans. For many, this new struggle is also a source of pride. From April to July 2020, the number of employed...

Jessy (middle), Emmanuel (left), and Giulio (right) spending time together in their living room

During Pandemic Learning, Siblings Stick Together

Heather Ramirez- Angel January 8, 2021

Despite the difficulties of taking care of her younger brothers, Wilde Lake sophomore Jessy Rubio-Vigil has found the silver lining from working with them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Like...

The Wilde Lake football field now sits empty.

As HCPSS’ Winter Sports Season is Postponed, Players Prepare for Another Disappointing Season

Kavon Briggs, Rebecca Nason, and Zoe MacDiarmid January 7, 2021

After postponing the winter sports season, Wilde Lake athletes are preparing to continue their attempt to stay in shape without a team to practice with. The latest postponement, announced by HCPSS...

Advice for the freshmen class from Sarah Rubin, Ms. Volpe, Ms. Henderson, and Ms. Riley.

Words for Freshmen: A Message to the Class of 2024 from Experienced Wilde Cats

Arielle Levine January 5, 2021

This year’s freshmen class is the first in history to begin high school without ever having entered the school building. Every class, extracurricular, and interaction has taken place entirely over...

Through our Advice: “Find Your Purpose”

Through our Advice: “Find Your Purpose”

Aenilah Watkins, Web Editor in Chief May 21, 2020

Life is just beginning in the mind of an 18 year old. Whether you take the college path or not, you now have one of the biggest responsibilities this world could ask of you, to find your purpose. And for...

Laura Krell, Wilde Lake senior, takes a picture in her cap and gown at school.

The Absence of a Goodbye

Sydney Lowry , Writer May 21, 2020

You’re walking onto the stage of Merriweather Post Pavilion grinning; nerves aflutter, decked out in green and gold.  Your teachers, friends, and family have gathered together to celebrate your hard...

FARMS: More Than Just a Student Lunch

FARMS: More Than Just a Student Lunch

Sarah Rubin, Managing Editor February 3, 2020

On the first day of school, students are bombarded with what feels like hundreds of different papers, all promoting sports, clubs, extracurriculars, and school-sponsored events. However, one of those commonly...

English Teacher Ms. Keck Continues To Inspire at The Lake

English Teacher Ms. Keck Continues To Inspire at The Lake

Nadyne Segbe and Sarah Rubin February 3, 2020

A cheerful smile on her face, Ms. Keck stands beside her door, waving at students as they pass her with happy greetings in the hallway. She welcomes them into her classroom, some slightly newer faces,...

Parents discuss redistricting at a Board of Education meeting.

Leaving Friends Behind: Students Reflect on Redistricting Controversy

Sydney Lowry , Writer February 3, 2020

On Facebook, Twitter, and even along the paths of Columbia, parents have made their opinions on redistricting clear. Armed with signs, t-shirts, and angry Facebook posts, their voices can sometimes even...

Students record their grades in a table to track their progress.

Four-point quizzes: A New Way of Learning

Sydney Lowry , Writer January 31, 2020

For many students, the thought of a math test conjures up feelings of dread. Some students feel overwhelmed by unit tests and quizzes, which often have a considerable impact on their overall grade. However,...

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