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Prequel fails to fulfill expectations

Prequel fails to fulfill expectations

Anna Mason, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017

The principal problem with “Heartless” is its protagonist, who fails to give readers anything to cheer for. I had high hopes for Marissa Meyer’s newest book, “Heartless”. As the best-selling author of the “Lunar Chronicles” series, Meyer has proven her creativity in reinventing classic ...

Novella’s Controversial Theme Satisfies

Novella’s Controversial Theme Satisfies

Vinny Arciaga, Staff writer

May 23, 2017

Woven into one’s own dark heart is a battle between savagery and civility. In 1890, Joseph Conrad was a seaman in Belgium’s Congo Free State, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twelve years later, his novella, “Heart of Darkness,” was published, reflecting on his experiences...

Country Album Stays True to Roots

Country Album Stays True to Roots

Hanna Bewley, Associate editor

May 23, 2017

Josh Turner’s latest album picks you up and places you below the Mason-Dixon Line no matter where you are. It is has been five years since he released an album, but the wait is worth it. This new album, “Deep South,” features 11 tracks, several of which were written by Turner himself.  There...

‘DAMN.’ disappoints

‘DAMN.’ disappoints

Quinn McCabe, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017

At this point, it seems that Kendrick Lamar can do no wrong in his fans’ eyes. The hype that comes with anything he puts out is ridiculous—people automatically think everything he does is godly. It’s just that rap has taken a horrible turn towards mumbling (Lil Uzi Vert and 21 Savage, anyone?)...

Senior Centerfold: Stephan Ervin

Senior Centerfold: Stephan Ervin

Maria Eberhart, Emlyn Langlieb, and Emily Williams

May 19, 2017

For Stephan Ervin, learning outweighs labels. Instead of jamming his schedule with Advanced Placement classes for the sake of taking them, Ervin has committed to giving his all to just a few. This year, half of his four-class schedule consists of AP classes. Among them is AP Economics. “I’m...

Senior Centerfold: Collin Stiers

Senior Centerfold: Collin Stiers

Emma Walz, editor-in-chief

May 19, 2017

For Collin Stiers, technology and public service go hand in hand. “What really interests me is making robots that mimic living creatures, combining what we already know about technology with some of the really efficient designs from nature,” Stiers said. In his sophomore year, Stiers employed...

Senior Centerfold: Shreeyad Pant

Senior Centerfold: Shreeyad Pant

Sophie Bates, editor-in-chief

May 19, 2017

Shreeyad Pant is torn: major in biology or dance? Enrolled in five Advanced Placement courses this year, including Biology, Pant has eyed a medical career for years. But then he saw a break dancing tutorial by VincaniTV. The tutorials are on YouTube, according to Pant. He also seeks critiques...

Senior Centerfold: Julia Clark

Senior Centerfold: Julia Clark

Meher Hans, editor-in-chief

May 19, 2017

On a crystal clear April day in the midst of spring break, Julia Clark grasped a box of swarming honeybees, coaxing the insects into the wooden hive at her dad’s house in Smithsburg. For the second year, this soon-to-be biology major at the University of Maryland, College Park bought a batch of...

Senior Centerfold: Mary Charlotte Gitlin

Senior Centerfold: Mary Charlotte Gitlin

Grace Schneider, staff writer

May 19, 2017

Mary Charlotte Gitlin seems born for stardom. After all, she earned lead roles as Elizabeth Bennet in last fall’s “Pride and Prejudice” and as Elle Woods in this spring’s “Legally Blonde: the Musical.” But she’s far from a diva. She earned her chops playing Gaston’s silly sidekick...

The Post: Victoria Oluajayi

The Post: Victoria Oluajayi

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief

May 18, 2017

Senior and frozen yogurt enthusiast Victoria Oluajayi sat down with editor-in-chief Sophie Bates to share her favorites and talk about how she wants to change the world in a positive way. WATCHING: Right now I’m watching a lot of “Dance Moms.” It’s just a bunch of girls in Abby Lee’s dance co...

Juice bar energizes with natural alternatives

Juice bar energizes with natural alternatives

Emily Williams, Staff writer

March 21, 2017

The phrase “new year, new me” has been plaguing everyone’s minds, and what better way to fulfill those New Year’s resolutions of eating healthier than fueling the body with fresh fruit! Pure Raw Juice Bar, located in Towson, offers customizable meals made straight from nature’s candy. The...