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Monster Mini Golf provides fun for ‘mad scientist’ students who work there

Monster Mini Golf provides fun for ‘mad scientist’ students who work there

Sonja Gettys and Gustavo Benavides
March 21, 2016
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Glowing sewage, a haunted tree, a few rats here and there, a chained-up ogre in the corner and a giant clown face laughing maniacally. Just a regular day at work for these Watkins Mill students. Faced with the challenge of finding a job while still in high school, juniors Lenox Kamara and Ian Nathan...

Watkins Mill alum moves to LA to pursue acting career

Watkins Mill alum moves to LA to pursue acting career

Ashleigh Kozo, Dasha Alston, and Catherisa Apostol
April 4, 2016
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While Maryland may not be the first place you think of for “Hollywood material,” there have been few Marylanders who have gotten out and shown their talent to the world. Watkins Mill alumnus Ariel Myren has proven that anyone can make it when they’re doing something they’re passionate about,...

Biology teacher takes ‘Soul Trip,’ plays drums in local band

Biology teacher takes ‘Soul Trip,’ plays drums in local band

Brennan Guilds and Jubilee Robinson
April 5, 2016
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Many of us aspire to be professional football and soccer players, amazing artists and award-winning actors. For most, these dreams are miles away, but not for biology teacher Nathan Hilburger. He’s living his dream of being a professional musician right now. His current band called “Soul Tr...

Sophomores display their Middle Years Programme personal projects at fair

Sophomores display their Middle Years Programme personal projects at fair

Brennan Guilds
March 18, 2016
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While Watkins Mill High School upperclassmen take IB classes to gain college credits, the underclassmen have the opportunity to start making themselves more attractive to colleges early by participating in the Middle Years Programme. The MYP starts in the sixth grade and ends in the tenth. In orde...

School resource officer answers tough questions about race, police responsibilities

School resource officer answers tough questions about race, police responsibilities

Gabriel Leonard, Kola Akinnibi, and Hezekiah Likekele
March 17, 2016
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School resource officer George Hyson spends his days protecting the students at Watkins Mill, but when the badge comes off he is like any other African American male. And his life matters. Recently, the Black Lives Matter movement has risen in intensity along with the number of police bruta...

Three seniors earn scholarships for outstanding athletic, academic performances

Three seniors earn scholarships for outstanding athletic, academic performances

Salekri Sayeh, Hezekiah Likekele, Jeff Flores, and Alex Wright
March 9, 2016
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Yes, spring is here, but flowers are not the only thing blooming as Watkins Mill seniors are receiving scholarships and looking forward to continuing their outstanding success in college. Seniors Schezarone Carter, Jakob Martinez and Alyssa Rishell have all been rewarded with scholarships for t...

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...

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