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Periscope provides wide range of uses, making it hottest new app

Periscope provides wide range of uses, making it hottest new app

Yishaq Woldesenebet and Keegan Dant
March 8, 2016
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From originally being used for streaming live concerts and wild adventures to evolving as the newest group FaceTime everyone has wished for, Periscope, the 2015 app of the year has now made its place in both mountain peaks and classrooms. Just over a year ago, with merely an idea of the closest thing...

Senior wins first place award at Johns Hopkins University for her artwork

Senior wins first place award at Johns Hopkins University for her artwork

Chase Deist, Brennan Guilds, and Lenox Kamara
February 17, 2016
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For artists, the idea of recognition of their talent within their lifetimes trumps most other feelings. But for senior Raheel Raad, this dream came true at the Johns Hopkins University “Grab Bag” art show, where her art piece won first place. On February 4, the day of the reception, students ...

Senior named semi-finalist in forensics competition

Senior named semi-finalist in forensics competition

Mikaela Cajigal and Dalanda Diallo
March 22, 2016
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Your palms are sweaty. You feel like there are colonies of butterflies fluttering about in your stomach. You feel your heart start to race as you slowly look up with dread from your paper to see your teacher staring at you, waiting for you to start your presentation. This is when you realize you should...

Freshman isn’t just playing video games, she’s creating them too

Freshman isn’t just playing video games, she’s creating them too

Keegan Dant and Yishaq Woldesenebet
February 25, 2016
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There’s a new programmer in town and she plans to bring the next hottest games to the streets. Watch out Playstation, freshman Taylor Jackson is your new competition. Since before the age of seven, Jackson has loved video games and she told her parents that she wanted to take programming classes. ...

Sweltering December temperatures create s’winter fashion trends

Sweltering December temperatures create s’winter fashion trends

Alex Wright, Eudel Ndong, and Sakeenah Nasser
December 17, 2015
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Watkins Mill students' biggest problem this winter will not be their grades, it will be their fashion. Dressing warm while looking good is not easy, but these students will find a way! Senior Tyesha Nelson tries to create her looks based on things ranging from seasons to pop culture.  “The look that [I am] going for is the cozy, lodgy, out-in-the-wo...

New main office secretary greets visitors with smiles, quirky sense of humor

New main office secretary greets visitors with smiles, quirky sense of humor

Mikaela Cajigal and Dalanda Diallo
February 16, 2016
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Walking into the main office can be intimidating or overwhelming.  It could be your first day of school, or you could have gotten a pass and you don’t know why. But the first person who greets you as you walk into the main office at Watkins Mill High School can put you instantly at ease. Main...

Courtyard sculptures seem commonplace now, but caused big controversy when school opened

Courtyard sculptures seem commonplace now, but caused big controversy when school opened

Keegan Dant and Naina Tsarni
February 8, 2016
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When many of our students take photography for the first time, their earliest subjects are the bizarre animal statues in the courtyard. Such as a turtle sunbathing out of his shell, or the eerie pelican that looms over him. But where did those sculptures come from? When Watkins Mill opened in 1...

Teacher reputations don’t always reflect reality in classroom

Teacher reputations don’t always reflect reality in classroom

Lirim Krasniqi and Vijay Vanathayan
January 12, 2016
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You hear about their antics from your older siblings; they have struck fear into the hearts of many.  No, they aren’t monsters, or warlords.  They’re teachers! Everyone knows the feeling: you get your schedule for the first time, and you see that one dreaded name. “Oh no! I have Sampselle!” you say as yo...

History department sets squad goals for friend groups everywhere

History department sets squad goals for friend groups everywhere

Chase Deist, Brennan Guilds, and Karyn Chambers
February 9, 2016
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Finding a squad in school isn't hard. All you need is to have common interests, be friends, or maybe have a groupchat to spice things up.  But there's one squad in school that's hard to get in. Unless you have a history degree and teach here at Watkins Mill. The social studies teachers or “history...

VSCO removes comment anxiety, allows students to post pictures with professional filters

VSCO removes comment anxiety, allows students to post pictures with professional filters

Chase Deist, Brennan Guilds, and Eudel Ndong
February 2, 2016
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Having no comments or likes on a photo can be depressing on your Instagram, but it’s perfectly fine on a VSCO. It’s actually the whole point. You may have seen it in people’s Instagram and Twitter biographies, or heard about it around school. VSCO is a new app that allows you to express your...

Robotic babies teach sophomores how difficult caring for an infant can be

Robotic babies teach sophomores how difficult caring for an infant can be

Suriya Sundaramurthi, Lirim Krasniqi, and Angelina Walton
February 3, 2016
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Most superheroes team up to stop world domination, but the heroes of the "Crying Baby Force” team up to stop rising teen pregnancy rates and teach the students at Watkins Mill the struggles of parenthood. The “Crying Baby Force” was originally created to develop teens' understanding of th...

‘Kelsea’s Coat Closet’ provides outerwear for kids in need

‘Kelsea’s Coat Closet’ provides outerwear for kids in need

Brennan Guilds and Victoria Joya Euceda
December 21, 2015
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Thousands of kids and teenagers go without coats every winter and are left to fend for themselves against the elements, but this season something is changing and it begins right here. Security guard Kelsea Kephart started a program that connects students who come into school without jackets with their...

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