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Lighthearted film enchants

Lighthearted film enchants

Emma Walz, Managing editor
February 17, 2017
Filed under Features, Reviews

The film “La La Land” opens with a stretch of colorful cars immobilized by traffic, prompting a spontaneous musical number. Brightly-colored shirts contrast with dull concrete on the highway as young men and women jump on top of their cars and sing about their hopes of “making it” as actors. After...

New songwriting club aims high, starts with fundamental techniques

Grace Hazlehurst, staff writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under Features

Club sponsor and English teacher Dirk Frey strummed his guitar briefly and played a video of a Bare Naked Ladies singer-songwriter. Then he promptly turned over the debut meeting of the songwriting club to the students. After all, the club originated with junior and sequel staffer Samantha Engler. “I...

The Post: Manasseh Nyirongo

The Post: Manasseh Nyirongo

Emily Levitt, staff writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under Features, The Post

Between succeeding in four Advanced Placement classes to fostering his interest in computer science, senior Manasseh Nyirongo is a go-getter. He sat down with staff writer Emily Levitt to discuss his future prospects in engineering and current entertainment favorites. Reading: I’m currently reading ...

Cancer survivors relay unique message

Cancer survivors relay unique message

Sophie Bates and Emily Williams
February 17, 2017
Filed under Features

Juniors Evelyn Jiang and Samira Vuchula have both faced the dreaded C word: cancer. Jiang was only 14 when she was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma. “When my parents first got the news, they almost fainted. They didn’t know how to deal with it,” Jiang said, recounting how she was in and out of...

Department rallies to reverse reading rate decline

Department rallies to reverse reading rate decline

Anna Mason and Annabel Park
February 15, 2017
Filed under Features

Sophomore Shannon Tragesar has read more this year than ever before. “I’ve read five books and last year I read none, besides the books we were forced to read,” she said. Her change in habits is because of a new program encouraging English teachers to leave 10 minutes of class for free reading. Tragesar...

Counselor channels positivity through sartorial selections

Counselor channels positivity through sartorial selections

February 15, 2017
Filed under Fashion Forward, Features

Between coaching the Boys Varsity Soccer team, Baltimore Armor teams and chasing after his three kids, counselor Daniel Skelton still finds time to dress with style. Staff writer Emily Levitt sat down with Skelton to discuss his clothing inspiration and typical look. Q: What is your favorite thing...

Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

Audrey Houghton, Staff writer
February 13, 2017
Filed under Artist Among Us, Features

One sketchbook plus one pencil equals a masterpiece – at least in junior, Joslyn Lapinski's case. Lapinski, who takes five Advanced Placement classes, finds her fantastical artwork is a relaxing outlet. Still, she said, if she has learned anything in her Gifted and Talented Studio Practice class,...

Prom dress Facebook page proves obligatory

Prom dress Facebook page proves obligatory

Hanna Bewley, Associate editor
February 13, 2017
Filed under Features, Photo Gallery

It’s not only a rite of passage, but an opportunity to spend hours in dressing rooms. The senior prom dress search isn’t complete until the dress has been selected and posted on Facebook. Just ask the 173 members of the Senior Prom Dresses Facebook group who’ve been sharing their dres...

Prigel satisfies, indulges

Prigel satisfies, indulges

Emlyn Langlieb, Staff writer
December 16, 2016
Filed under Reviews

"Eat dessert first." At Prigel Family Creamery, this maxim is law. Whatever season it is, you will not be disappointed by the rich and unforgettable flavor of their ice cream. They have over 19 unique flavors, but all are extraordinary (trust me, when my sister and I first tried it we couldn’t believe...

Freshman animating, voicing own show

Freshman animating, voicing own show

Vinny Arciaga, Staff writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Features, Modern Day Picasso

To hear freshman Hayley Shearman tell it, creating and voicing much of her own animation show is a breeze. “It’s fun to be able to make a story and have it come to life with characters that have a certain mood,” Shearman said. “It really adds a layer to how the viewers perceive them as a...

Upscale restaurant falls short of expectations

Upscale restaurant falls short of expectations

Matilde Cascella, Staff writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Features, Reviews

Cunningham’s, which describes itself as a “refined bar and grill,” located right off the Towson Town roundabout and positioned in the lower half of an office building, offered a host of convincing pictures on their website. It was warmly lit with an open kitchen in the center and several dining...

All-day breakfast eatery entices shoppers with tempting treats

All-day breakfast eatery entices shoppers with tempting treats

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief
December 14, 2016
Filed under Features, Reviews

More than a typical breakfast joint, the Iron Rooster won over my friends and me – despite a 45-minute wait. Starving, we entered the restaurant Dec. 3, took in the rustic patriotic feel of the dining area (two flags hang tapestry style amid dark wood tables) and mustered the energy for shopping be...