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Time to dwell on the past

Time to dwell on the past

Cassie Valdez, Southwest Career and Technical Academy

November 1, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Every now and then, I skim through news articles to keep myself up to date with what’s happening around the world, but I don’t really think too much about it. The depth of my thoughts remain on the surface when I don’t feel inclined to write an argument about it. Because I can’t personally relate...

Tunneling under Capitol Hill: My adventure interning for Congressman Hastings

Tunneling under Capitol Hill: My adventure interning for Congressman Hastings

Kelsey Ward, Linganore High School

October 19, 2017


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Do you think that the government doesn’t work? It is very easy to believe this with the headlines that appear in the news every day. However, I think that I might have a solution for you… become an intern in a congressional office. I am sure that you’re thinking that you can’t be an intern...

Taking it off

Taking it off

Shareen Basyari, Southwest Career and Technical Academy

October 17, 2017


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I felt a sharp pain in my right ear on the first day of school, watching lips move but not hearing a sound. Later when I got home, I found a crusty layer of dry discharge on my scarf. Grossed out and convinced that I was permanently deaf, I decided to see a doctor. Once I did, he told me that I ruptured...

The drawbacks of tolerance

The drawbacks of tolerance

Ximena Bejarano, Starr's Mill High School

October 17, 2017


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In a vast world like ours, there is no doubt that every individual possesses traits that make him or her unique. An array of differences among our population, whether they pertain to race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, make the world a melting pot of diversity. While progress has allegedly...

Yes, Trump has done something good

Yes, Trump has done something good

Katherine Sylvester, Walt Whitman High School

October 12, 2017


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President Trump launched a war with the media, and he’s made sure we all know it. Americans have become well acquainted with his many Twitter rants and never-ending claims of “fake news.” But not enough people have asked an important question: how is his adversary faring? The ironic reality...

The 1989 Chevy Pickup

The 1989 Chevy Pickup

Mary Catherine Wells, Lovejoy High School

September 26, 2017


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The family tradition surfaced in 2001 when my soon-to-be 16-year-old cousin David was  dreaming of getting his driver’s license. The unpreparedness David felt told him he would not pass. But Thomas Grady Wells, my grandfather, had a different plan. Every Thanksgiving, the Wells clan made their...

New York’s new college plan shows little ‘HOPE’ for affordable college

New York’s new college plan shows little ‘HOPE’ for affordable college

Mitchell Smith, Starr's Mill High School

May 5, 2017


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The state of New York has recently made history. A new law passed allowed families making under $100,000 to have access to free in-state tuition at New York public colleges and universities. New York became the first state in the U.S. to offer this program. In order to be eligible for the funds, students...

Preparing for AP exams? Here are the do’s and don’ts

Preparing for AP exams? Here are the do’s and don’ts

Ariana Chriss, Mayfield High School

May 5, 2017


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Perhaps you’re in just as much shock as I am, but the time for AP testing is quickly approaching. For those going through this daunting process for the first time, it can certainly be overwhelming. You may not know what to expect, how exactly to study, what to do, or what not to do. That is okay. If...