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Planet could suffer under Trump

Planet could suffer under Trump

Claire Vecchioni, Staff writer

February 15, 2017

Sitting cross-legged in my lifeguard chair, I attempted to stay hydrated by forcing down my third bottle of water. My fifth hour of prolonged sun exposure approached as I baked in the 113-degree heat Aug. 13, the hottest day of the year. Not only was 2016 the hottest year ever, it was the first time...

Fake news poses real threat

Fake news poses real threat

Patrick Dochat, Staff writer

February 15, 2017

The Trump administration seems to disdain legitimate facts. This was most notably on display when counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway defended Trump spokesman Sean Spicer’s overestimate of the inauguration crowd size as “alternative facts.” But it didn’t start there. There is a problem...

Still seeking formula to terminate cheating

Phones: students’ take versus teachers’.

February 15, 2017

After six years of annual cheating surveys, it seems far too many students toss morals aside and do whatever they must to get a high grade. Even in this age of mastery grading—complete with retests—79 percent of students surveyed said cheating has helped them get a better grade. Last year that...

Letter to the editor: on Trump

Michael Zimmerman

February 15, 2017

Dear Editor, While this is in response to the editorial “Does Trump victory forebode havoc?” I want to be as clear as possible: this is not arguing for Trump. The facts show that he is a racist and a misogynist and not fit to lead the country, and speaking out against him through writing and protests...

Closing race gap in advanced classes

Closing race gap in advanced classes

Maria Eberhart, Staff Writer

February 15, 2017

Advanced Placement classes mean rigorous course loads, challenging assignments, and a blatant lack of black and Latino students. That harsh truth prevails despite efforts of educators nationwide. Guidance reports that Black and Latino students make up 26 percent of our school’s total enrollment....

It’s Like This: Words Can Denigrate

It's Like This: Words Can Denigrate

Dorrie Gaeng, Staff Writer

December 14, 2016

A group is eating lunch. One person complains about a teacher who gave him a B because he turned in an assignment late. The kid’s insult of choice is the derogatory f-word referring to a gay man. Another group of friends is hanging out over weekend. One is dared to steal something. When he hesitates,...

Are mission trips purely benevolent or part selfish?

Junior Madi Sedgwick paints a portrait of a young boy inspired by her mission trip to Kenya.

Jessie Dorety, Staff Writer

December 14, 2016

A group of rich strangers appears in a town with a set of power tools and an overly enthusiastic greeting, claiming to build new schools. Once the school is built, they leave with an equally enthusiastic goodbye. Then, another group shows up a week later. This is the life of a child who witnesses...

City’s defeat of plan to rename Columbus Day makes sense

Matilde Cascella, Associate Editor

December 14, 2016

I have nothing against school holidays. They mean an extra day off and time that I get to share with friends or family. What I feel is a waste of calendar space are days like National Boyfriend Day, Flag Day or Columbus Day. When the Baltimore City Council debated changing the name of Columbus Day,...

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wishlist

Dear Santa: here's our holiday wishlist

December 14, 2016

1. A new, state-of-the-art school 2. Wifi reception in every classroom 3. Water coolers that are promptly refilled 4. A bigger senior parking lot and speed bumps that don’t scrape cars 5. A deep cleanse for all bathroom clipboards 6. More sleep and a later start 7. The same redo policy in all...

Defending Trump’s agenda: Pipes, roads, bridges will fuel economy

Defending Trump's agenda: Pipes, roads, bridges will fuel economy

Drew Persinger, Associate editor

December 14, 2016

As the realization of Donald Trump’s coming presidency sets in, Americans must unite to create an environment of positive change for the next four years. Trump’s policy on infrastructure will inspire bipartisan support for a country with improved transportation and employment for blue-collar workers. Trump...

Defending Trump’s agenda: Watch jobs return

Defending Trump's agenda: Watch jobs return

Kevin Zorbach, Staff writer

December 14, 2016

It’s the economy, stupid. Bill Clinton won using that strategy in 1992. It can be argued Donald Trump won with that too. To make America great, surely we can agree that jobs on American soil must make a comeback. Already, the president-elect, who won in part by promoting this idea throughout his...

Thanks to mom, she applied to 19 colleges and lived

Thanks to mom, she applied to 19 colleges and lived

Mykayla Milchling, Staff Writer

December 14, 2016

Apply to college, they said. It won’t be that bad, they said. You’ll be fine, they said. I am here to attest that applying to college is that bad and that, no, I am not fine. It began at the beginning of this year when the guidance counselors stopped by senior English classes and explained how...