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Seniors say goodbye in graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall

Seniors say goodbye in graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall

Mariam Bukhari

June 12, 2019

The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 was held at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 2:30 pm. Principal Carol Goddard welcomed guests by giving the first speech. She said, “It has been a privilege to get to know you all and be a part of the achieveme...

NOVA shows they’ve got talent, placing third in annual MoCo competition

NOVA shows they’ve got talent, placing third in annual MoCo competition

Gisell Maravi and Natalie Helsel

June 11, 2019

Watkins Mill's K-Pop group, NOVA, returned to the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Sunday, June 9 to compete in the annual MoCo's Got Talent contest. NOVA placed in the top three county-wide. MoCo's Got Talent is an all-county contest where anyone from singers to dancers can express their talent for all...

Is attendance as important as mastery when determining graduation eligibility?

Is attendance as important as mastery when determining graduation eligibility?

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor in Chief

June 6, 2019

According to a recent Washington Post article, more than 40 percent of the Watkins Mill High School senior class had 20 or more absences, prompting the question of whether Montgomery County Public Schools students should be allowed to graduate with excessive absences. The reason that a student is absent “...

Academy of Finance students place second in Business Pitch Challenge

Academy of Finance students place second in Business Pitch Challenge

Vicki Wong, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2019

Academy of Finance students won second place in the Montgomery County Business Pitch Challenge on April 30, after competing against other schools at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. A team of students participated in the competition: senior Adriana Villars, senior Emily Cruz, junior ...

Fame musical connects to different generation of ‘dreamers’ at Watkins Mill

Fame musical connects to different generation of ‘dreamers’ at Watkins Mill

Aisha Sowe, Associate Editor

May 17, 2019

On Friday, May 10, 50 ESOL students got the opportunity to see Fame: A School for Dreamers live at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C. Fame: A School for Dreamers is based on the 1980 film with the same name. The story revolves around students at a performing arts high school showcasing the...

Art show celebrates student work in media center tonight

Art show celebrates student work in media center tonight

Gisell Maravi and Natalie Helsel

May 9, 2019

Watkins Mill's annual art show is back to showcase and celebrate students' artwork. The art show is on display today, May 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the media center. The art show is a school event in which students' artwork is chosen by their art teachers based on skill, execution, and meaning. It...

Rogers wins Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to community

Rogers wins Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to community

Vicki Wong, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2019

Alternative teacher Lola Rogers won the Board of Education’s Distinguished Service Award, after her twenty-first year working in Montgomery County Public Schools and her fourth year working at Watkins Mill. The award recognizes people in MCPS who have given to public education. The ceremony was on...

Academy of Finance travels to New York to visit NASDAQ

Academy of Finance travels to New York to visit NASDAQ

Mariam Bukhari, News Managing Editor

May 7, 2019

Academy of Finance students traveled by charter bus to NASDAQ in Times Square, New York on Friday, April 26 to participate in the closing bell ceremony. The field trip to NASDAQ, which has the second largest market value of public stock exchange shares, was open to all students taking the course alon...

Imagination Stage brings deaf actors to perform for ESOL, sign language students

Imagination Stage brings deaf actors to perform for ESOL, sign language students

Aisha Sowe, Associate Editor

May 2, 2019

Imagination Stage, a theater arts organization, collaborated with ESOL theater teacher Sharon Faber and had students from the Piano Theatre perform a play at Watkins Mill High School on April 16. The Piano Theatre was founded by Vladimir Chikisnev in 1986 at the Nizhny Novgorod Boarding School for ...

Preparations begin for annual Rock the Block celebration

Preparations begin for annual Rock the Block celebration

Mariam Bukhari, News Managing Editor

April 12, 2019

On June 1, from 3 to 6 pm, Watkins Mill will partner with local businesses to host the third annual Rock the Block event, open to people of all ages. “The goal of Rock the Block is to bring the Watkins Mill community together, to have fun and celebrate the greatness of our school clusters,” soc...

Teachers involuntarily transferred as enrollment numbers fall below projection

Teachers involuntarily transferred as enrollment numbers fall below projection

Jessica Cruz, Editor-In-Chief

April 8, 2019

Several teachers in each department have been placed on the involuntary transfer list after enrollment rates fell short of projected numbers for the 2019-2020 school year. The county released enrollment numbers for Watkins Mill High School, predicting that the number for the 2019-2020 school year ...

Students participate in National Day of Silence, raise funds for float in Pride Parade

Students participate in National Day of Silence, raise funds for float in Pride Parade

Natalie Helsel and Gisell Maravi

April 10, 2019

Students at Watkins Mill High School plan to participate in the National Day of Silence on April 12 in a show of support for LGBTQ students. The annual Day of Silence is when LGBTQ students and supporters do not speak for part of the day or the whole day. The event spreads awareness within communities...