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The club Families 4 Families brings awareness to families in need all over the DMV, by donating, fundraising and packing food for those in need.

Every student has busy schedules and packed days, but junior Leah Kaplunovich seems to have it all under control, and is working hard to achieve her ambitious future plans.

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Co-presidents and seniors Josie Starr and Dani London are planning Best Buddies Club’s first meeting on Oct. 27 in rooms 174 and 175 to match buddies up with their peers and promote friendships between them.

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As the weather gets colder, the leaves change color, and the days get shorter, the dead of fall hits. If your stomach starts to rumble, here are the perfect fall treats.

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Coming soon to a theater – wait, no – hotel near you, the United States Chess Federation presents the National K-12 Chess Grade Championship. The 2022 National Chess Grade Championship will be held in Maryland, Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in…

The midterm elections are quickly approaching. Initially, Republicans were massive favorites to retake both the Senate and the House of Representatives, but inexperienced and extreme candidates in Senate races, combined with a national shift toward Democrats after Roe. V Wade’s reversal, hav…

As the new school year starts and the students enter the building, the school’s parking spots are filled once again. Seniors and juniors apply for a parking permit during the summer, and if approved, they are able to enjoy its benefits. The parking lot offers students easy access to the buil…

As you walk through the halls of the school you may have seen a new adult in a navy shirt. On the back of the shirt, it says Security. The new adult is Roberto Ramos and he is the newest member of the school staff and security team. 

With the 20th anniversary of the BBQ club’s founding this year, the grillmasters have high expectations and ideas they want to pursue this year. This year’s leaders are trying their best to keep the things that worked from the past years of the club, while also trying to differentiate themse…

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It was freshman year. Everything felt overwhelming and the lines outside the counselor offices extended down the hall. We were all in the same boat, trying to figure out our class schedules. As I waited, I reviewed my elective options and a course in writing for the school newspaper, Common …

Montgomery County, with one of the leading education systems in the country, is also leading in the number of suicides each year. 

Sexual oreintation and gender identity are no longer permitted to be taught from kindergarten through third grade in Florida public schools, after Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill on Mar. 28. Known by its opponents as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the legistlati…

The Montgomery County National College Fair was held on Apr. 6, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for juniors in high school. Kathleen Carr, the College and Career Information Coordinator, introduced the fair to the junior class. The goal was to give students a chance to explore possible college and …

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On Mar. 22nd, while students here at school may have been taking a test or doing a lab, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown-Jackson was on Capitol Hill answering questions by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

The New York Times is a great source for current news, but more importantly, it has all of my favorite puzzles. There are no NYT puzzles that I dislike, but there are, of course, ones that I favor over others. For the purposes of this ranking I have combined the mini crossword puzzle and the…

Olivia Rodrigo rose to stardom with the release of her hit song “Drivers License.” Although the 19-year-old had been acting for several years prior in shows like “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and “Bizaardvark,” it was the singer’s grammy-nominated song that garnered the atte…

The Wootton Players presented “The Little Mermaid” as their spring play.

On Jan. 21 at Col. Zadok Magruder High School a shooting occurred in a bathroom in the school that left one student in critical condition. 

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The Wootton High School SGA has recently been advocating to increase accessibility around the school’s building to further comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are 380 ADA compliance violations within the school today, and this project, advocated for by Wootton studen…

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Both students and teachers have been challenged by the return to school and accompanying increased workload. But teachers must also balance stress from the substitute teacher shortage caused by COVID and catching up on the students’ learning loss.

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It’s been drilled into our heads via AP Gov, APUSH, and all the way back to elementary school: America is a democracy, and the people pick their representatives just as the founders envisioned. Maybe they were envisioning democracy, but it would be charitable to characterize our modern syste…

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For the first time, girls’ volleyball coach Mary Malinauskas has a team who went undefeated through the regular season, won the first ever county championship, and made it to the state semifinals. What did Malinauskas do to bring her squad so far?

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The United States is often credited to be the nation with the best universities in the world, with European nations ranking second. Despite the aura of superiority the United States bears, American universities could certainly learn a thing or six from Europe.

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On Nov. 19, defendant Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old who fatally shot two men and wounded one as a claimed act of “self-defense” at the Kenosha, Wisconsin protests and riots during summer 2020, was found not guilty of homicide and all other charges. 

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Senior Neha Dheen is far from your average high schooler. Apart from her love for singing and acting, Dheen has something else unique about her. Dheen is the vice-president of the non-profit organization, Bravely Ending Anemia Together (BEAT). 

Waking up, going to school until 2:30, immediately followed by five hours of music rehearsals, is a daily routine for junior Sara Bock.

High school students often want jobs, but struggle finding one that can fit in with a student’s schedule and workload. Senior Ryan Binder worked at the United States Naval Academy over the summer as an intern in the Computer and Electrical Engineering Department. This job prepared him for wh…

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Patriot Ambassadors help the school community, especially new students, through hosting a number of events such as the Trunk or Treat on Oct. 9.

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Since March 2019, the Board of Education has implemented new rules and protocols including  allowing students to take a “mental health day” as an excused absence from now on. 

On Aug. 29, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida reached the shores of New Orleans as a category four storm with winds reaching speeds of 150 miles per hour. The hurricane set records as the second deadliest storm to hit the state. 

As the United States moves further into the 21st Century, there has been an increased demand for the removal of monuments, plaques and other objects that commemorate historical figures who had ties to slavery and the Confederacy. One school, Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL, is …

Afghanistan’s government and military were overthrown on Aug. 15 after being taken over by the Taliban, and the decision to withdraw American troops from the country was widely regarded as correct. However, executing this decision has led to wide-spread criticisms of President Joe Biden.

To graduate every student needs three world language credits. A wide selection of languages are offered but there is one unique language that stands out from the rest: American Sign Language. 

Montgomery County is one of countless counties nationwide facing a bus driver shortage, forcing some drivers to do multiple routes. Students on these routes are being picked up earlier in the morning and arriving home from school later, but Principal Kimberly Boldon said administration is wo…

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The MCPS Board of Education has recently made decisions regarding how the school year will proceed considering the current pandemic and other challenges the county faces. 

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Every female athlete, no matter the sport, has two things in common: a love for their sport and familiarity with empty stands. Something else that most females, athlete or not, are familiar with are the preexisting rules that hold us back: stay on the path, be grateful, wait for permission, …

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Since March, we have all missed our friends, school and social gatherings. However, that isn’t a reason to put others lives at risk. Maskless indoor gatherings are easily avoidable, but are disproportionately the main reason for the spread of Covid, according to Boy Genius Report. Dr. Anthon…

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Even though you are bundled up in jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and layers galore, you’re cold. But, due to the pandemic, outside is the best place to see other people or grab a meal. Although the dreaded cold can prevent some of these activities from sounding appealing, there are still ou…

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As Netflix adds new shows and movies to their library, they remove others when their license agreements are over. The removal of certain movies and shows has been controversial across Netflix viewers. Viewers are not happy when their favorite show or movie gets removed.

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This past summer, the Black Lives Matter movement brought attention to the deep-rooted police brutality and racially motivated violence towards people of color. As these issues were brought to the public’s attention, the problems with having police officers in schools became all the more clear.

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It was Monday, Dec. 14. It also happened to be the fourth night of Hanukkah. Jewish students rushed through their homework in anticipation of lighting the menorah. While 257 miles away, North Shore Hebrew Academy students were preparing to do the same, until their school website was hacked b…

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Windows shattering, doors being broken and guns being drawn. Those were the common themes from the Capitol protest. On Jan 6. President Donald Trump incited extreme danger on American democracy by calling for his supporters to charge the Capitol and try to change the “skewed” election results.

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The Association for Education Fairness is suing the Board of Education and Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools Jack Smith for discrimination against Asian-American students in the magnet application process. The county made changes to the admission process, which the AFEF alleges unf…

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All In: The Fight for Democracy, which was officially released to the public on Sept. 18 through Amazon Prime Video, is a captivating film that not only leaves audiences more knowledgeable in regards to the prevalent issue of voter suppression, but inspired as well.