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Winter is coming this spring for Game of Thrones fans

Winter is coming this spring for Game of Thrones fans

Keegan Dant and Vijay Vanathayan
May 23, 2016
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Winter is coming… Not really, it’s still May. But the season six premiere of the HBO original series Game of Thrones aired last month, and the show is now in full swing. (Note: if you don’t want to hear any spoilers, banish yourself from this article.) Fans have been waiting to see...

English teacher narrowly avoided disaster when born in Ukraine near Chernobyl

English teacher narrowly avoided disaster when born in Ukraine near Chernobyl

Suriya Sundaramurthi, Lirim Krasniqi, and Jeff Flores
May 20, 2016
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Growing up is tough for all of us, but it was especially tough for English teacher Sonya Shpilyuk who was born and raised in Ukraine for the first few years of her life… right next to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. April 26, 1986, the day of the Chernobyl explosion. On that frightful ...

All in the family: Torrences survived four members at same school

All in the family: Torrences survived four members at same school

Mikaela Cajigal and Dalanda Diallo
May 13, 2016
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Watkins Mill High School’s community can be described as a close-knit family, yet the term “family” is more literal for social studies teacher Jim Torrence, his wife Penny Torrence, speech pathologist at Watkins Mill, and their two sons Jim and Kyle. The story of Mr. and Mrs. Torrence is a sw...

Former Terrapins and Orioles mascot Johnson brings passion for hype to classroom

Former Terrapins and Orioles mascot Johnson brings passion for hype to classroom

Brennan Guilds
May 9, 2016
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Being Watkins Mill High School’s unofficial hype man is certainly hard work, but science teacher Matthew Johnson knows what it takes, having been a mascot for both the University of Maryland Terrapins and the Baltimore Orioles. His first jobs included being a server and working for a moving company,...

Picture perfect: Carnival prom proves huge success at Glen Echo Park

Picture perfect: Carnival prom proves huge success at Glen Echo Park

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Chase Deist
May 16, 2016
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Watkins Mill High School's annual junior-senior prom was held Friday night, May 13, at Glen Echo Park. The students lucked out with the clear, beautiful night after it being cloudy and stormy earlier that day. The Carousel, built in 1921, added to the wonderful Carnival-themed prom, while the Bumper...

Building service workers keep school sparkling clean, running smoothly

Building service workers keep school sparkling clean, running smoothly

Chase Deist, Lenox Kamara, and Danielle Rivera
March 14, 2016
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If there's something gross in the C hallway, who you gonna call? BUILDING SERVICES! Our building services team has been here for years, yet they are the unsung heroes of the halls. All students and teachers of Watkins Mill High School see them everyday but don’t necessarily know their names,...

Vintage carnival arrives for one night only, provides exciting prom theme

Vintage carnival arrives for one night only, provides exciting prom theme

Chase Deist, Lenox Kamara, and Ashleigh Kozo
May 2, 2016
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Step right up, the vintage carnival is in town for one night only, May 13! This year’s prom theme is vintage carnival and tickets are on sale now. Clown around with friends or spin around on the classic carousel at Glen Echo Park, for only $50. The class of 2017 came together after their big...

Staff share favorite senior prank memories, encourage humor over vandalism

Staff share favorite senior prank memories, encourage humor over vandalism

Keegan Dant and Yishaq Woldesenebet
April 27, 2016
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"Come in building services, come in building services... Is there Vaseline on the door knobs again?" The school year is coming to its end, which is the moment seniors have been desperately waiting for. This is their chance to get back at the school for all those cruel exams and unnecessary long...

Learning for Independence students join culinary arts for four days

Learning for Independence students join culinary arts for four days

Dasha Alston
May 5, 2016
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The Learning for Independence students at Watkins Mill High School joined culinary arts teacher Lisa Gilbert for four days of cooking featuring her first period class. They made sweet potato bread and took photos with classmates as they enjoyed the dish.   ...

Wolverines pursue talents outside of school, start modeling, rapping, jewelry-making careers

Wolverines pursue talents outside of school, start modeling, rapping, jewelry-making careers

Maire Kate Leeson, Shinel Mullings, and Cheyenne King
April 20, 2016
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While memes would have us believe that students all spend their lives crying over towering piles of homework, these Watkins Mill students break the mold by keeping their grades up and picking up some productive hobbies on the side. All while maintaining good grades and working part time at Best Buy, senio...

Walking Dead infects Wolverines, devastates fans with gruesome deaths

Walking Dead infects Wolverines, devastates fans with gruesome deaths

Tyler Lewis, Liam Thomas
April 8, 2016
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Danger is all around, you haven't showered in years, and the walkers are everywhere. The zombie apocalypse is upon us! Are you ready? No, it hasn't started just yet--unless you watch The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead isn't just a Sunday night TV show, it's also a guide that teaches us how to s...

Students explore abandoned insane asylum looking for scares

Students explore abandoned insane asylum looking for scares

Josephine Moore
April 13, 2016
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Abandoned places have always attracted teens’ curiosity.  The hint of mystery and possible hauntings, combined with a sense of danger from the "No Trespassing" signs create the perfect opportunity for anyone looking for a good scare.  Even in broad daylight. Crumbling walls, overgrown walkways, and hi...

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