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Watkins Mill alum selected as semifinalist for St Lawrence Book Award

Watkins Mill alum selected as semifinalist for St Lawrence Book Award

Jessica Cruz

March 5, 2018


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Watkins Mill High School alum Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer has been selected as a semi-finalist for the St. Lawrence book award. The winner gets $1,000, a book publication, and ten complimentary copies of their published work. The St. Lawrence Book Award is awarded annually to an unpublished, first f...

ESOL students travel to DC for production of Hamlet

ESOL students travel to DC for production of Hamlet

Je'Nan Hayes

February 26, 2018


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ESOL students took a trip to the Shakespeare Theatre Company, in Washington D.C. on February 15, to see a live-action play of Hamlet with a modern-day twist. ESOL teacher Sharon Faber created the ESOL theatre class at Watkins Mill High School to create a positive environment for students who are in ESOL to...

African Student Association hosts second annual African Ball this Saturday

African Student Association hosts second annual African Ball this Saturday

Cameron Moore

February 22, 2018


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It’s Black History Month and the African Student Association will be hosting their second African Ball on Saturday, February 24 from 6pm to 11pm in the main gym. This year's ball will be co-hosted with Clarksburg High School. Tickets are being sold all week for $15 at STEP in the mixing bowl. ASA...

‘Rines community offers an array of SSL opportunities

‘Rines community offers an array of SSL opportunities

Brett Bauer

February 27, 2018


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75 Student Service Learning hours are required by seniors to graduate, showing students the importance of helping out in their community and making connections between their community and school. Montgomery County Public Schools website offers opportunities for students to get SSL hours. "The first...

Axe tailgate bus stops by Watkins Mill, gives out free samples and hair care advice

Axe tailgate bus stops by Watkins Mill, gives out free samples and hair care advice

February 12, 2018


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An Axe tailgate bus (the Goldmobile) stopped by Watkins Mill at lunch today to give free hair advice and free body spray samples. Football coach Michael Brown arranged for the Goldmobile to come down and showcase some cool Axe products.  Axe also donated $250 to the school for the opportunity. ...

Baphumelele Project gathered supplies, money for South African orphanage

Baphumelele Project gathered supplies, money for South African orphanage

Aisha Sowe

March 20, 2018


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Social Studies teacher Thomas Sneddon, along with career program students, participated in the Baphumelele Project and successfully raised $1,000 (11,000 South African Rand) for Mama Rosie's orphanage, Baphumelele Children’s Home, in Cape Town, South Africa. The project started around late November and...

‘Plastic for Prosperity’ project hopes to bring joy to the less fortunate in our area

‘Plastic for Prosperity’ project hopes to bring joy to the less fortunate in our area

Jessica Cruz

January 24, 2018


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Students and teachers are donating plastic bags in the hopes of reaching a collection goal of 240,000 bags to help make mats for over 800 homeless people in Montgomery County. Plastic for Prosperity is a project that two alumni, Ian Nathan and Nick Marasigan, created as part of their Enactus progra...

National Honor Society teams with Minority Scholars Program to tutor middle school students

Nadaja Burnett Pierre and Aisha Sowe

February 6, 2018


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National Honors Society and the Minority Scholars Program are collaborating together to tutor Montgomery Village Middle School students. Members are tutoring in any subject and will continue until May. Minority Scholars Program sponsor Sandy Young originally wanted the NHS and MSP students to tutor...

‘Dream It Be It’ program offers support for high school girls

‘Dream It Be It’ program offers support for high school girls

Sarah Elbeshbishi, Editor in-Chief

December 22, 2017


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"Dream It Be It: Career Support for Girls," a program that works with high school girls to help determine goals, along with personal and work values, hosted 35 Watkins Mill High School female students on Monday, December 11. Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County, a chapter of the Soroptimist...

Johnson & Orders think ‘Outside the Box’ in new podcast

Johnson & Orders think ‘Outside the Box’ in new podcast

Chase Deist and Fiona Franke

December 21, 2017


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You hear them in the hallways, you hear them on the morning announcements, now get ready to hear them on your phones. Science teacher Matt Johnson and assistant principal Steve Orders have created a podcast called “Johnson & Orders: Outside the Box." “'Outside the Box' is a play on ...

IB Career Program Students conduct drive to benefit Mama Rosie Orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa

IB Career Program Students conduct drive to benefit Mama Rosie Orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa

Jessica Cruz

December 19, 2017


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Rosie Mashale made it her job to help abandoned kids in South Africa, many of whom are infected with HIV and AIDS, have a second chance at life. Social Studies teacher Thomas Sneddon met Mama Rosie (Rosie Mashale) when he was in South Africa for a teachers convention. Sneddon and his wife decided to v...

Seniors begin preparing for graduation, which is set for June 8

Seniors begin preparing for graduation, which is set for June 8

Vicki Wong

January 9, 2018


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Senior graduation is tentatively scheduled Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10 am at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. There will be no school for underclassmen that day. “I feel like [the graduation date] is at good time. Usually it’s kind of far behind and… now it’s at a good time and it’s ...