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Typically, there would be no left over paper by the end of the school year. This year, there’s a surplus. (Photo by Ben Townsend)

The Future of School is Paperless

Amna Cheema June 6, 2021

During the pandemic, teachers and students had to learn in a digital classroom. For the first time, teachers had to teach without paper, and students barely used any. Before the pandemic, this would have...

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, Editor-in-Chief 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...

Senior throws his graduation cap to celebrate his diploma and get ready for his future.
Photo by Sarah Rubin.

Wilde Lake Sees Dramatic Increase In Graduation Rates Last Year

Amna Cheema May 3, 2021

According to the Baltimore Sun, in 2020, Wilde Lake saw the biggest increase in graduation rates of any other school in Howard County The graduation rate in the 2017-2018 school year at Wilde Lake was...

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

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

Zoe MacDiarmid, Editor-in-Chief 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...

Lily Garrah is passionate about dancing and now has more time to dedicate to her art.

With One Foot Out The Door, Virtual Seniors Step Toward Independence

Amy Batmunkh , Opinions Editor, Features Editor March 31, 2021

Senior Jet Stevenson wakes up feeling well rested, and logs into her first period class. After practicing the viola and completing her asynchronous assignments, she ends her school day with a book...

Sophomore Cortez Thompson begins hybrid instruction at Wilde Lake after almost a year of virtual learning at home.

First Wave of Students Returns to Wilde Lake

Maddy Feldwick, Writer March 2, 2021

On March 1 of 2021, almost one year after schools were closed to in-person instruction, Howard County adopted a hybrid learning model and opened its doors to the first of four waves of students, but with...

Sarah Rubin and her brother, Daniel, do homework outside together.

Remembering Things As They Were: Why I Decided to Stay Virtual

Sarah Rubin, Managing Editor March 2, 2021

I think there has been a global recognition over the past year that there are a lot of things in life that we take for granted. More specifically, I have found that the longer the pandemic continues, the...

An empty desk in a classroom at Wilde Lake.

A Return to Normalcy: Why I’m Going Hybrid

Amaiya Sancho, Sports Editor, Arts Editor March 2, 2021

The senior walk-in, senior night for sports, and senior breakfast are just a few of the events that many 12th graders have been anticipating since their freshman year. Little did I know back in 2017, when...

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...

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,...

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