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GoFundMe sends film crew to observe day in senior’s life after campaign to buy new wheelchair raises over $32,000

GoFundMe sends film crew to observe day in senior’s life after campaign to buy new wheelchair raises over $32,000

Vijay Vanathayan, Lirim Krasniqi, and Suriya Sundaramurthi

February 18, 2016


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After the success of Watkins Mill High School's GoFundMe campaign to raise money for senior Ibrahim Samia to get a new wheelchair, GoFundMe sent a film crew to capture a day in Samia's life on February 5. Samia was born with athetoid cerebral palsy.  In the past few months, the community inside an...

Hispanic Helping Organization donates toys to children in hospital

Hispanic Helping Organization donates toys to children in hospital

Victoria Joya

February 19, 2016


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Members of  the Hispanic Helping Organization  created a toy donation for patients at the Children's Ward at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring between December 16 and December 23, 2015. The Hispanic Helping Organization also known as H2O started in our school in September 2013.  When it was...

Muslim holiday added to MCPS calendar for next school year

Muslim holiday added to MCPS calendar for next school year

Sarah Elbeshbishi, Bennett Stoppelmoor

February 10, 2016


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Eid Al-Adha, a Muslim holiday, has been added as a professional day to the Montgomery County Public Schools 2016-2017 school calendar. This will give Muslim students the day off to celebrate without the consequences of missing school. Eid Al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, is a religious, Muslim...

Chambers singers perform holiday music at White House

Chambers singers perform holiday music at White House

Catherisa Apostol

January 4, 2016


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Chambers singers from Watkins Mill High School performed at the White House on December 15. The singers performed in the East Room and did two sets for the guests who were on the White House tour. The singers worked hard and practiced long hours in order to prepare themselves. The White House was just on...

New Twitter features get mixed reviews, few likes

New Twitter features get mixed reviews, few likes

Ajay Branch, Vijay Vanathayan, and Alex Wright

November 19, 2015


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Twitter has made some big changes recently, including changing favorites to likes and adding moments, all of which are receiving mixed feelings from its users, many of whom are Watkins Mill students.   In the past couple of months, Twitter has unrolled some new features to its millions of users, inclu...

Administration acts quickly to keep school safe for teaching and learning

Administration acts quickly to keep school safe for teaching and learning

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Kevin Finn

December 14, 2015


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"This is a place for teaching and learning and it needs to be safe for everybody," principal Carol Goddard said after an altercation occurred at Watkins Mill High School on November 20. The administration then went through a number of procedures to ensure the safety of all Watkins Mill students. T...

Battle of classes rivals Hogwarts House Cup in raising school spirit

Battle of classes rivals Hogwarts House Cup in raising school spirit

Fiona Franke and Bennett Stoppelmoor

December 9, 2015


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“While you are at Watkins Mill, your good behavior will earn you class points. At the end of the year, the class with the most points is awarded with great honor.” —SGA No, you’re not at Hogwarts, but Watkins Mill is doing a spin-off of the House Cup. The Student Government Association is ...

Stricter tardy policy raises awareness about timely expectations

Stricter tardy policy raises awareness about timely expectations

Alexa Colindres, Liam Thomas, and Vijay Vanathayan

December 4, 2015


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In the past few weeks, administrators and staff members have been tightening up on the tardy policy. Disciplinary actions have been used, but the policy has not yet been finalized. Some students support the new policy changes, while others find some of the tools being used by the administration, such...

Principal’s Leadership Council allows student voices to affect school decisions

Principal’s Leadership Council allows student voices to affect school decisions

Keegan Dant, Suriya Sundaramurthi, and Angelina Walton

December 4, 2015


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Principal Carol Goddard created the Principal’s Leadership Council, made up of 23 students of diverse backgrounds who will work to allow student voices to help affect the choices of the school. Hoping to change many things at Watkins Mill, the Principal‘s Leadership Council will meet every oth...

Senior raises awareness for diabetes through STEP performance

Senior raises awareness for diabetes through STEP performance

Alisha Siddiqi

December 2, 2015


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Senior Billie Bioku raised diabetes awareness for her CAS project by posting pictures of herself engaging in healthy activities, and with a performance from her cheer team during STEP on November 13. CAS stands for Creativity, Action and Service. The CAS project is a requirement for students who a...

Art students take art out of school into community with Youth in Healing, field trips

Art students take art out of school into community with Youth in Healing, field trips

Alisha Siddiqi and Victoria Joya Euceda

November 30, 2015


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Students in the Art Club will be participating in the Youth Art for Healing Program where they will paint nine canvasses, which will be hung in a brand-new medical facility in Olney. The new medical facility is called the Olney Outpatient Clinic in the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Youth Art ...

Relationships, respect separate Watkins Mill from Spring Valley

Relationships, respect separate Watkins Mill from Spring Valley

Selom Kalin, Wilhemena Mensah, and Shinel Mullings

November 24, 2015


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On October 28 at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, there was a controversial incident between a student and a school resource officer over the student refusing to put away her phone. Numerous videos have surfaced of Sheriff Deputy Ben Fields appearing to assault the high school student...

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