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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...

School play flashes back to past with Awesome 80s Prom tonight

School play flashes back to past with Awesome 80s Prom tonight

Chase Deist, Lirim Krasniqi, and Naina Tsarni
November 19, 2015
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Lights! Camera! Action! ’80s! Opening at 7pm tonight, the O’Shea Players will present the Ken Davenport play, The Awesome '80s Prom. Tickets cost only $5 for students and $10 for adults, with $2 off for every adult wearing their best '80s outfits. Cast members will take you back to the Wanaget ...

Two WMHS students selected as pages for the Maryland General Assembly

Two WMHS students selected as pages for the Maryland General Assembly

Kevin Finn and Bennett Stoppelmoor
November 23, 2015
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Two seniors will be proudly representing Watkins Mill High School after being chosen to be pages at the Maryland General Assembly. This is a rare opportunity, as only 14 students in Montgomery County were selected. Seniors Sandra Bazubwabo and Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer will be working as pages at th...

CollegeTracks provides financial aid, application help for all students

CollegeTracks provides financial aid, application help for all students

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Fiona Franke
November 17, 2015
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CollegeTracks, a college access and success program, is coming to Watkins Mill High School in early January, aiding low-to-moderate income, first-generation-to-college students with college applications and financial aid. CollegeTracks started as a little program in 2002, created by three parents of Bethe...

Clancyworks Dancers wow students at lunchtime dance performance

Clancyworks Dancers wow students at lunchtime dance performance

Karyn Chambers and Vijay Vanathayan
November 16, 2015
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ClancyWorks Dance Company came to perform a few dance routines during STEP on November 4 in the main gym.  The dancers showed off their skills, talent, and knowledge of many dance styles. ClancyWorks came to show everyone that there are different types and styles of dance.  "I think some of the...

ArtSpeak! returns to WMHS tomorrow with two Broadway stars

ArtSpeak! returns to WMHS tomorrow with two Broadway stars

Briana Pasion
March 10, 2017
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Calling all thespians! Broadway will be a shorter drive than usual tomorrow because it is coming to Watkins Mill High School. ArtSpeak! is a program run by Montgomery County that allows a school in the county to host volunteering Broadway personnel to visit young thespians and those who love Bro...

Senior named Montgomery County Volunteer of the Year

Senior named Montgomery County Volunteer of the Year

Alisha Siddiqi and Victoria Joya
November 9, 2015
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Senior Elida Maria Vasquez Serrano was named the Student Volunteer of the Year by the Montgomery County Therapeutic Recreation Team on October 29. Therapeutic Volunteer Coordinator  Marco D’ottavi feels great about giving this award and thinks “[Serrano] is one of the best volunteers of all time.” Vasquez...

Security gives tips to protect property as phone thefts rise

Security gives tips to protect property as phone thefts rise

Brennan Guilds and Alex Wright
November 6, 2015
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Watkins Mill students are facing an increase in phone thefts at school this year with over 30 missing phones reported to security. Phones have been stolen from the locker rooms, bathrooms and student backpacks. According to security team leader Darryl Cooper, about ten of the phones reported to secur...

College Board changes SAT to resemble ACT beginning in March 2016

College Board changes SAT to resemble ACT beginning in March 2016

Suriya Sundaramurthi and Angelina Walton
November 4, 2015
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Adjustments to the SAT will line up with common core and resemble the ACT after the College Board removed a mandatory essay, irrelevant vocabulary questions and penalty deductions for wrong answers, and changed the number of answer choices from five to four. The ACT has been the dominant test in the...

Students, staff ‘pink out’ to support breast cancer awareness

Students, staff ‘pink out’ to support breast cancer awareness

Mikaela Cajigal and Alisha Siddiqi
October 30, 2015
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Students are supporting breast cancer awareness as athletes do their “Dig Pink” games and students wear pink throughout the month of October. A huge percentage of the student body wore pink this month to show their support. Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breast and is becoming more an...

New 90-10 grading policy helps kids keep grades up

New 90-10 grading policy helps kids keep grades up

Sara Durr, Fiona Franke, and Hezekiah Likekele
October 29, 2015
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Watkins Mill High School has implemented a new grading policy this year, which is changing the way teachers grade and how students see their grades. Originally, the grading policy was 50-40-10 and is now 90-10. Principal Carol Goddard said she decided to change the grading policy because she felt...

Hunters work to control deer population in woods behind school

Hunters work to control deer population in woods behind school

Keegan Dant, Naina Tsarni, and Vijay Vanathayan
October 29, 2015
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Since September, hunters have been given permission to hunt deer with bows and rifles around the Gaithersburg park area, including the woods behind our school, in efforts to control the local deer population. The local deer population has outgrown its environment; there are too many deer for the land tha...

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