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Breakfast program provides daily foundation, but needs healthier options

Breakfast program provides daily foundation, but needs healthier options

Dalanda Diallo and Mikayla Cajigal

June 8, 2016


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Oh no! Your alarm didn’t go off!  You only have 15 minutes to get to school. You throw on your clothes, catch a ride and phew!  You just barely made it. There’s only one problem: you’re starving. You walk into first period, dreading a hungry morning, only to see that breakfast is waiting for you. ...

DC offers much more entertainment than just dinosaur bones

DC offers much more entertainment than just dinosaur bones

Lee Robinson

December 2, 2016


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Washington DC,  a hub for tourists and business people alike, built on not one, but two rivers, and regularly ranks atop the most walk able cities. It’s a beautiful place to live, but after seeing the giant T-Rex skeleton for the umpteenth time it can feel like it is for tourists and nothing else. So...

Work becomes fun for best friends in English department

Work becomes fun for best friends in English department

Brennan Guilds

May 31, 2016


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Teachers' perplexing lives can often be confusing. Do they have friends? What do they do outside of school? Are they really human? Well, teachers are human; they aren’t Ted Cruz, and they do have real life friends....probably. Some of these friendships are very well known like the social stu...

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...

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...

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 ...

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,...

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,...

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...

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.   ...