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Mill Madness brings spirit into start of winter sports season

Mill Madness brings spirit into start of winter sports season

Sana Khan and Jade Pinkowitz

December 3, 2018


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Orange Nation hosted its third annual Mill Madness pep rally on Thursday, combining a pep rally with a dance party to start the winter sports season with spirit. The night was complete with relay races, scavenger hunts, basketball competitions, performances from the drum line and k-pop dance group NO...

1Million Project provides free tablets, internet to students who need them

1Million Project provides free tablets, internet to students who need them

Vicki Wong, Editor-in-Chief

December 4, 2018


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Students took a survey in English classes to potentially qualify for a free tablet with internet access as part of the 1Million Project, starting on Friday, November 16. The survey was available to all students. Sprint launched the 1Million Project in October 2017. They aim to give mobile devices...

Medical Careers students witness open-heart surgery on field trip

Medical Careers students witness open-heart surgery on field trip

Mariam Bukhari, News Managing Editor

December 5, 2018


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Students in the medical careers program at Watkins Mill got the opportunity to experience a day in the observational room of Inova, a teaching hospital in Virginia, on November 26 and 27. The first group of students went on Monday and the second on Tuesday. Five parent and teacher chaperones voluntee...

Orange Nation to host third annual Mill Madness Thursday night

Orange Nation to host third annual Mill Madness Thursday night

Arthur Siqueira, Sports Editor

November 28, 2018


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Mill Madness is about to take off, so come out to the main gym Thursday, November 29 at 6:30pm to enjoy the pep rally put on by Orange Nation. Mill Madness is a school event with a live DJ and dance. Students will also be able to participate in giveaways and eat food provided by Wingstop. Giveaways for ...

New active assailant plan teaches students to avoid, deny or defend

New active assailant plan teaches students to avoid, deny or defend

Bianca Johnson and Jessica Cruz

November 16, 2018


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Students participated in a 52-minute class on Monday, in which they watched a video on how to handle an active assailant situation. Students and teachers then discussed different approaches to various scenarios.   Before the end of the last school year, Montgomery County Public Schools partnered wi...

OLAS win two awards in annual Latin Dance competition

OLAS win two awards in annual Latin Dance competition

Nana Osei Tutu, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2018


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Watkins Mill's OLAS competed at the 19th annual MCPS Latin Dance Competition on Monday, November 19. The competition was at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, with nine MCPS high schools competing for first place. The Latin Dance competition allows students to showcase their cultures thr...

Key Club makes dog toys to donate to shelters over Thanksgiving

Key Club makes dog toys to donate to shelters over Thanksgiving

Jade Pinkowitz

November 21, 2018


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Watkins Mill High School's Key Club is giving back during the holidays by donating homemade dog toys to the local animal shelter. They made and collected about 500 dog toys.  Kids involved in Key Club also wrote out thank you cards for their teachers. This week is the last week to join the club....

Superheros clash as classes compete in Homecoming week

Superheros clash as classes compete in Homecoming week

Sana Khan

September 25, 2018


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Forget Batman versus Superman, this year the Black Panther is coming for Batman in Watkins Mill's annual Homecoming battle of the classes. The Homecoming hall theme this year is superheroes. Freshmen have Guardians of the Galaxy, sophomores have Spider-Man, juniors have Batman, and seniors have B...

Key Club shows appreciation for building service workers through luncheon

Key Club shows appreciation for building service workers through luncheon

Mariam Bukhari, News Managing Editor

November 8, 2018


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On October 26, the Key Club at Watkins Mill hand made decorations and held an appreciation luncheon for all members of building services during STEP. At their first meeting, a suggestion mentioned on Google Classroom for their first project was brought up to the entire group, who instantly agreed...

Watkins Mill students playing in the Montgomery Village Community Band

Watkins Mill students playing in the Montgomery Village Community Band

Aisha Sowe, Associate Editor

November 5, 2018


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Three Watkins Mill students have the opportunity to perform with the Montgomery Village Community Band. Their most recent concert was on October 28 at the Lake Marion Community Center. The Montgomery Village Community Band was founded by the Montgomery Village Foundation.  Director Steven Wample...

New MCPS policy regulates use of YouTube without parental consent

New MCPS policy regulates use of YouTube without parental consent

Vicki Wong, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2018


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Starting this school year, consent forms need to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned by October 29 in order for students to access YouTube in the classroom. The changes will go into effect by November 5. Following requirements by the federal government, MCPS will require consent forms for...

Water bottle filling stations coming soon to replace old fountains

Water bottle filling stations coming soon to replace old fountains

Natalie Helsel, News Managing Editor

November 7, 2018


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Watkins Mill High School will be having water bottle filling stations put around the school due to many student concerns.   Water bottle stations were supposed to be displayed last school year. “We’re hoping to have them done no later than winter break,” school business administrator Julia Bro...