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Dyslexia is a reading disorder that manifests itself as difficulty with reading and words. As of a study conducted in 2001, an estimated five to 12 percent of children in the United States are estimated to be dyslexic, potentially one in ten, and yet very little is widely known about the dep…

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander month. As we celebrate these cultures, we must also take the time to learn more about the figures who fought for the equality and liberties they deserve, since the United States has not been a very forgiving place. Yuri Kochiyama is not a household …

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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in-person sports are on their way back. On Jan. 29, MCPS released its “Return to R.A.I.S.E. Second Semester Plan,” outlining the plan for second-semester athletics in the county. The fall season is set to occur between Feb. 13 and April 17, with Feb. 2…

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In the ongoing nationwide fight for racial and gender equity, students in Montgomery County continue their passionate push onward by getting involved in political advocacy on the local and state levels, and inspiring other students to express their inner advocate. Though this often overlooke…

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Anti-Asian hate crimes have risen by 150% in 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.  This recent uprise has coincided with COVID-19 spreading across the country and its ties to China. Additionally, on March 16, eight people were shot and killed at Atlanta spas, si…

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Over the past 20 years, enrollment in MCPS has increased by over 30,000 students, making MCPS one of the largest and most diverse counties in the nation. However, facility construction has not kept pace with this growth. In order to ensure MCPS could maintain its high-quality facilities of e…

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As we near the one year mark of quarantine in March, people have been spending more time on electronics. Previously, before COVID-19, people were able to go out and talk to friends and family, but now, everything is online. Whether it be through Instagram, Zoom, TikTok, Snapchat or Facetime,…

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Ever since the start of the pandemic, anti-Asian hate crimes have been on a rise. In 2020 alone, there was a 146 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 26 of the largest jurisdictions in the country according to the Los Angeles Times. New York City has had the largest jump in these ha…

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The pandemic transformed the college admissions process this year, as universities swapped out their long-standing standardized testing requirements for a temporary test optional format. As the effects of COVID-19 have continued into 2021, however, taking either the SAT or the ACT continues …

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Montgomery County Public Schools has a history of leaving out, or ignoring the issues that affect marginalized communities; there have been lawsuits, petitions and protests over discrimination in the school system. One group whose voice has not been heard by administration officials has been…

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Throughout 2021 and even 2020, mass shootings have still occurred in tremendous numbers throughout the country. The emergence of the coronavirus has not stopped these atrocities from happening, and they are even happening in record numbers. 

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The Sentinel is taking a moment of silence to honor the lives of Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, and Gerald Fischman, as their lives were tragically taken from them on June 28th, 2018. Fischman, Hiaasen, McNamara, Smith, and Winters were hard-working employees of th…

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The bottom line is that nuclear power is not carbon free – that the “nuclear cycle” of uranium mining, enrichment, enrichment, and so on, makes a “substantial contribution to global warming,” as explains Michel Lee, chair of the Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy, in thi…

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As the summer season begins this year, there are many promising developments in our ongoing battle against COVID-19.  As cases and hospitalization rates continue to fall and restrictive measures are being relaxed, many of us are undoubtedly looking forward to this summer after over a year of…

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In 2018, Brandice Heckert was hired as the principal of Winston Churchill High School. Now three years later, she is leaving the school to take on a different position.

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A “Space Warfighting Operations R&D”—being acronymed “SWORD”—laboratory “will be working in the area of autonomy to enable space systems to automatically detect and respond to threat conditions faster than a human operator could achieve,” declared Colonel Eric Felt at its opening last month.

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27-year-old Marnobia Alegria Juarez was the $40,000 winner of the June 1st drawing as part of the VaxCash Promotion. The VaxCash Promotion was announced on May 20th by Gov. Hogan as a collaboration between the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Health to incentivize residents to…

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“BACK TO THE FUTURE NASA’S NEW NUCLEAR VISION” was the headline emblazoned on the cover this past month of the leading U.S. aerospace trade publication, Aviation Week & Space Technology.

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On April 23, junior Hana O’Looney was elected as Montgomery County Public School’s 44th Student Member of the Board (SMOB). This year’s race for SMOB was undoubtedly unlike any other, but Hana managed to gain the support of students with an entirely virtual campaign. “Instead of walking your…

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Recently, the House passed HR 1195: The Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers and Social Services Workers Act.  This bill, as the name suggests, seeks to provide legal protections against workplace violence for healthcare workers. This bill received little fanfare; aside from …

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This year’s General Assembly met to address the usual state business but will be remembered for the actions taken to meet the COVID pandemic. The Legislature found a way to come together to return to a full length session. Last year we adjourned after 71 days, nearly three weeks short of a f…

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On May 6th, therapy dogs met with nurses at MedStar Montgomery's Healing Garden as a way to honor the frontline workers and the incredible work they do.

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We are fortunate to live in Montgomery County where we share a set of key values. We strongly believe in education and providing opportunities for our children. We celebrate our diversity and our strong immigrant communities. We support our most vulnerable residents and help them become more…

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After the emotional three-week trial followed by a ten-hour deliberation, the jury in the case of Derek Chauvin finally reached a verdict: guilty on all three counts. The former police officer, who was seen by the world kneeling on the neck of George Floyd and ultimately murdering him, is se…

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United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently visited schools in Prince George’s County as part of his many visits to schools where he has given promises of help. Unfortunately, he didn’t travel just a few miles further to Montgomery County. Montgomery County Public Schools (M…

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Whereas: Montgomery County has placed police officers as school resource officers in our public schools since 2002. As recently as 2014, Montgomery County only had six police officers in MCPS schools. Today, MCPS has 26 police officers serving as school resource officers (one in each high school).

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“Disgusted, angered, and heartbroken,” said Ting Ting Li when questioned on her reaction to the recent Atlanta shooting targeting Asian Americans. Ting Ting, a Chinese-American sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is one of the many Asian-Americans whose past year, and most notably …

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