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Consequences of Overachievement Underemphasized in High Schools

Consequences of Overachievement Underemphasized in High Schools

June 8, 2018

A wide range of extracurriculars, 4.5 GPA, 1500+ SAT, 300 SSL Hours and a few Varsity letters are all highly likely to be on the résumé of a student who plans to attend a top college in 2018. As the number of high school students applying to college goes up, so does the competition to secure a spot...

Mental Health Needs More Attention

Mental Health Needs More Attention

Emily Nagy, Associate Editor

May 29, 2018

  The end of 2017 brought great tragedy to MCPS as students opening their Snapchat “stories” found black screens with a single colored heart symbolizing the lost of a student to suicide. Walter Johnson HS and Walt Whitman HS (WWHS) faced the tragedy directly, but no school community escapes...

Trade War Hinders Teens’ Ability to Get Jobs, Invest in College

Trade War Hinders Teens’ Ability to Get Jobs, Invest in College

Esther Frances, News Managing Editor

May 10, 2018

Chances are, teenagers pick up their phones in the morning to check the latest Instagram posts of their favorite celebs, or to send all of their Snapchat streaks a quick “good morning.” Most are not instantly checking the well-being of the stock market and the current tariff stand-off between...

MCPS Wastes Energy in School

MCPS Wastes Energy in School

May 3, 2018

Enter any classroom or hallway in the building and there is a rectangular blue recycling bin, reinforcing a concerted effort to be green-friendly in the school. This is a good start to protect and preserve the planet, but it is time for MCPS to reduce its environmental footprint in other, more effective...

Protesting Unites Teens, Gives Them a Voices in Pressing Issues

Protesting Unites Teens, Gives Them a Voices in Pressing Issues

May 1, 2018

The teenage years are often a time of searching for one’s identity, discovering passions and etching out a clear place in the world. While teens are often written off as inexperienced, lazy and naive, recently there has been an upsurge in teen activism. As shown through recent national issues, teens...

Teddy Talks: High School Recess

Teddy Talks: High School Recess

Teddy Andrew, Staff Writer

April 20, 2018

High schoolers need recess. A provided time to run around and take a much-needed break would be beneficial to the scholars who put immense time and effort into their work during the school day. To function at maximum capacity, RHS students need to have adequate time every day to frolic through the...

Poli-Ticks Me Off: Punish Former Olympic Doctor

Poli-Ticks Me Off: Punish Former Olympic Doctor

Emily Nagy, Features Managing Editor

April 19, 2018

Professional and collegiate athletes have their physical strength constantly tested throughout their careers, but after over 150 gymnasts confronted their longtime abuser in a week long court case that took place in January, their mental and emotional strength was also tested in unimaginable ways. ...

Students Need Later Start Times For Health

Kate Morey, Opinion Managing Editor

April 18, 2018

School start times have always been controversial, perhaps most memorably for current students when MCPS adopted former Superintendent Joshua Starr's plan to push back the start time 20 minutes from 7:25 to 7:45 in the 2015-2016 school year. For the average high schooler, 20 minutes makes a small...

Pro/Con: Banning Assault Weapons

Pro/Con: Banning Assault Weapons

Sarah Natchipolsky and Alex Reynolds

April 9, 2018

Pro/Con: Teen Jobs

Pro/Con: Teen Jobs

Rebecca Pujo and Erin Bode

March 19, 2018

Spend More Time, Less Money on Valentine’s Day

Spend More Time, Less Money on Valentine’s Day

Kate Morey, Opinion Managing Editor

February 22, 2018

Ah Valentine's Day, one of America's most widely celebrated holidays. The one day of the year that love is in the air. Hearts, flowers, big teddy bears and chocolate boxes fill stores and restaurants, and couples are the center of the universe. Valentine's Day is an adorable holiday intended to celebrate rom...

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