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Payton Roberts, sophomore, catching up on biology work. (Photo by Zoe MacDiarmid)

As Difficult Year Ends, Motivation Plummets

Greta Giuliano and Zoe MacDiarmid June 6, 2021

When online school started in April of 2020, sophomore Kaia Roberson says she was doing the bare minimum because of the pass or fail system. As the year progressed, turning in work got harder, she says....

Wilde Lake seniors Shelby Kline (left) and Shanna Kachuriner (right) performing together at an outdoor cafe on October 31, 2020. (Photo taken by Sarah Rubin)

In An Abnormal Year, Students Find Comfort in the Arts

Zoe MacDiarmid, News Editor May 6, 2021

Seats are empty, instruments have been left to collect dust, stage lights are off.  Distance learning has made it difficult for students to rehearse, perform, and collaborate. In spite of all of this...

Students Return to School with Mixed Feelings

Students Return to School with Mixed Feelings

Blaiz Blackston May 4, 2021

Weirded out, happy, reluctant. These were some of the feelings felt by many Howard County students as they returned to the school building in April after having been out of school for over a year.  As...

Vaccines Are a Dose of Hope for Teenagers

Vaccines Are a Dose of Hope for Teenagers

Greta Giuliano May 4, 2021

On April 5 when it was announced that anyone 16 and over was eligible for a vaccine, senior Amaiya Sancho was overjoyed. After losing both of her grandparents to the Coronavirus and losing out on her...

Dance Company members, Shelby Kline (left), and Emma Bohse (right), teaching during a hybrid lesson.

Senior Emma Bohse, DCo. Captain, Prepares For Final Dance

Amaiya Sancho , Sports Editor, Arts Editor May 4, 2021

Emma Bohse has been dancing for most of her life. She has been a part of the Dance Company (DCo) for all four years of high school. She has also been a competitive dancer since the age of eight,...

The Show Goes On(line): How Theater Has Survived Online Learning

The Show Goes On(line): How Theater Has Survived Online Learning

Zoe MacDiarmid, News Editor April 30, 2021

Theater veteran Skyler Merchant has spent nearly a decade on the stage.  But, she was forced to put down the microphone and wipe off the makeup when COVID shut schools down. After a year of being...

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...

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