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English resource teacher travels world, learns about international cultures by living there

English resource teacher travels world, learns about international cultures by living there

Jonah Graham, News Managing Editor

January 15, 2020

Dropping everything and moving to another country certainly sounds appealing some days, but people seldom do it. English resource teacher Julie Dean, however, has done just that many times now.  Dean has lived in many different countries with her husband because of his work as a foreign service of...

Students don’t throw away their shot to see Hamilton through grant opportunity

Students don’t throw away their shot to see Hamilton through grant opportunity

Grace Edwards, News Managing Editor

January 6, 2020

How does a ragtag group of students from Watkins Mill High School, soon to be college-bound, somehow see the hottest play around?  In 2018, non-profit organization Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History partnered with the makers of Hamilton: An American Musical to create The Hamilton Education Program: a ...

Winter brings snow, seasonal depression

Winter brings snow, seasonal depression

Jade Pinkowitz

December 10, 2019

Winter: the season of freezing weather, darker days, and holiday chaos. But for some people, winter doesn’t bring jolly feelings — instead, it brings a cloud of emotions. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), often referred to as winter depression, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a type of depre...

Four times the fun for freshmen triplets and elder sister in same grade

Four times the fun for freshmen triplets and elder sister in same grade

Kayla Holt, Features Editor

December 4, 2019

Going to school with an older or younger sibling can be hard — between having to see them at home and in the halls, being compared by teachers, and having to answer the dreaded question, "Wait, that's your sibling?" it can get annoying. But these four freshmen sisters have never known anything different. Inside...

Wolverines work hard in school, after school at jobs

Wolverines work hard in school, after school at jobs

Yesenia Pineda and Shaneka Francis

November 13, 2019

Managing time properly with schoolwork can be difficult, but adding a job into the mix can make it even more challenging. From homework to classwork, students aren't just learning simple geometric patterns or how to annotate poems. Students have to learn how to balance classwork and a job. “I’d sa...

Wolverines have no CLUE what will happen in killer fall play tonight

Wolverines have no CLUE what will happen in killer fall play tonight

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

"We can let him in if everyone agrees not to kill him," senior Steph Ventura tells the assembled guests in the fall production. Opening tonight at 7 pm in the auditorium, the O'Shea Players will present CLUE, based on the popular board game. WARNING: the play is rated PG-13 because it is a murder...

School counselors support each other, practice self-care to be their best for students

School counselors support each other, practice self-care to be their best for students

Katelyn Burley and Grace Edwards

November 5, 2019

It's been a hard day’s night for a counselor with meetings, scheduling, and taking care of students. But just a sprinkle of quality time with family, working out, hugging a stuffed animal, or hanging out with friends can help them feel better. “[Counseling] is a really tough job and we deal with...

School counselors go above and beyond to help students, keep kids from falling through cracks

School counselors go above and beyond to help students, keep kids from falling through cracks

Katelyn Burley and Grace Edwards

October 16, 2019

“My counselor helps me so much.”  “Don’t they just do scheduling?”  School counselors are the real superheros of MCPS; they protect, tackle problems, and uplift students. Scheduling classes is just the tip of the iceberg.  Counselors are here to help with anything necessary, whether it ...

Science teacher doubles as YouTube star in college prank video with 5.8 million views

Science teacher doubles as YouTube star in college prank video with 5.8 million views

Eilenora Presley, Features Editor

October 10, 2019

Science teacher and YouTube star Jerel Merril doesn't have much room to judge if students decide to create a scene in his class. When Merril was in college at the University of Michigan, he participated in a video prank of a chemistry class that currently has 5.8 million views on YouTube.   The vi...

Students RISE to new level with summer career-based program

Students RISE to new level with summer career-based program

Gisell Maravi and Natalie Helsel

October 3, 2019

This summer, hundreds of students spent their time going on vacation, but ten Watkins Mill High School students spent their summer in the Summer RISE Program: a three-week career-based internship giving rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience various career fields. Watkins Mill counselors...

Diggs defeats cancer–twice, returns to Watkins Mill

Diggs defeats cancer–twice, returns to Watkins Mill

Yesenia Pineda and Cathryn Ciuba

September 26, 2019

A cancer diagnosis is often the absolute worst-case scenario, with the fear, the pain, the possibility that it's the end, and the exorbitant hospital bills, cancer can seem like the end of the world. Especially on a teacher's salary. In November of 2017, paraeducator David Diggs received his second...

Tarzwell visits El Salvador, brings lessons about culture back to his classroom

Tarzwell visits El Salvador, brings lessons about culture back to his classroom

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor in Chief

September 12, 2019

Culturally responsive teaching is taking the education world by storm, allowing students of different ethnicities and backgrounds to connect to what they’re learning in their classrooms. English teacher Scott Tarzwell took this a step further by visiting El Salvador in an attempt to engage in cult...