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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

(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...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, February 29, 2024 -- Ms. Leonard and Angel Castro take a picture as he walks across the Merriweather stage.

Ms. Leonard Takes Group of Seniors on Goal Setting Field Trip

William Brown and Amy Manzanares April 9, 2024

Forty-four Wilde Lake seniors were taken to Merriweather Post Pavilion for a goal setting field trip and a paid lunch, hosted by Principal Ms. Marcy Leonard on February 28th. The students were invited...

Freshman Jamar Addison sits in Mr. Bells classroom on his phone during instructional time. Teachers say that it is hard to balance teaching and phone management in the classroom.

Phone Addictions Consume Students, Poll Shows

Arielle Levine, Editor in Chief December 21, 2023

According to a survey posted to “The Paw Print” Instagram, 2/3 Wilde Lake students surveyed said they feel addicted to their phones. This reflects a national trend, with 58% of teens from the ages...

Color guard captains Katie Yarrish, Kaleo Krapfl, and Maggie Alt twirl their flags on the football field. The three worked to revive the program.

Color Guard Team Leaps Into Success with New Members

Bella Horvath, Staff Editor December 20, 2023

Last year, Wilde Lake’s Color Guard program was left with only four returning members, outdated flags, old costumes, no funding, and little hope for their future. Now, the team is “thriving,” according...

“Coach Nesbitt was a huge family guy. I saw him with his family: his
wife and sons. Seeing that was also hugely impactful for me,” said
Coach Justin Thomas. Photo Credit Mr. Pickett.

Lake Bids Farewell to Beloved Coach, Mentor, and Friend

Joseph Ortiz-Rivera and Arielle Levine December 8, 2023

Dave “Bear” Nesbitt was more than just a coach. He was a mentor, pioneer, friend, grandpa, dad, husband, and Wildecat. He could be strict while holding his team to high standards. He would make...

Wilde Lake scored 4/5 stars on the 2023 Maryland State Department of Education report card. The report card makes their evaluations based on test scores, graduation rates, “readiness” for graduation, progress towards English language proficiency, curriculum, and a survey.

Wilde Lake Loses One Star on Report Card, Reflecting a Statewide Trend

Arielle Levine and Amy Manzanares June 2, 2023

On the annual Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) report card, Wilde Lake lost one star this year, lowering their score from 4/5 stars to 3/5 stars. This fall is reflective of statewide trends,...

The walk area map for Wilde Lake shows that some students will have to walk up to 2.3 miles, or 50 minutes to school starting in the 2023-24 school year. This change is in response to the bus driver shortage that hit in the 2021 school year. MAP FROM HCPSS

County Expands Walk Area to Two Miles

Amy Manzanares June 2, 2023

Next year, any student living within a two mile radius of Wilde Lake will walk to school. Students along the boundary may face walk times up to 50 minutes, according to Google Maps. The decision to...

Wilde Lake students pictured in the 1976 yearbook. Since Wilde Lake opened in 1971, the school has focused on community, which Advisory helped build. (Photo courtesy of The Glass Hour staff)

Advisory Can be Possible

Zoe MacDiarmid, Editor-in-Chief May 16, 2023

When Advisory was cut down to three days a week in November, I figured that would be the last of the changes to it.  However, on Monday, March 20th, it was officially announced to the school that Advisory...

For Sneakerheads, They’re Not Just Shoes

For Sneakerheads, They’re Not Just Shoes

Matthew Cho, Staff Writer April 11, 2023

At Wilde Lake, we wear all kinds of different shoes.  Among the most popular shoes, Jordans are one of the oldest. Despite being first released in the 1980’s, they still manage to maintain their...

Wilde Lake Basketball Nets Historic Season

Wilde Lake Basketball Nets Historic Season

Blaiz Blackston and Joseph Ortiz-Rivera March 31, 2023

On March 2nd in the second playoff game of the season the Lake faced off against one of their toughest opponents of the year, Long Reach. With two minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, junior...

Student democracy leaders  know that students at Wilde Lake are ready to talk, according to SGA President Sajana Vigna Mclaughlin. Abisola says it is important for Wilde Lake to create a student democracy environment that is “not exclusionary and has everyone’s opinions present.” [From left to right: Abisola Ayoola, Oliver Song, Gabby Oshadiya, Sajana Vigna Mclaughlin, Aly Abel, Liz Cho, and Logan Peyton]

Wilde Lake Student Democracy Leaders Create Accessibility for Student Voice

Arielle Levine February 16, 2023

In 2018 when Mr. Wallace first came to Wilde Lake and took on the role of SGA sponsor, he said he wanted to see the whole student body represented in student democracy by making it "accessible" to all...

The Wilde Lake Wellness Center offers brochures covering topics like exercise, stress, sleep, vaping, alcohol, and bullying for high schoolers.

From Contraception to Inhalers, School-Based Wellness Center Aims to Meet Students’ Needs

Amy Manzanares, Staff Writer February 9, 2023

In 2017, a School-Based Wellness Center was introduced to Wilde Lake to support students’ health and well-being. Wilde Lake is the only Howard County high school in the Wellness Center Program. The program...

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