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While COVID-19 cases rise in-person learning continues, getting tested frequently is a necessity.

Rapid test kits need to be distributed to students weekly

Mina Graham, Associate Editor January 18, 2022

Giving out a free rapid test kit to all students was a great idea. One could even say it was an amazing idea. However, it would be senseless to not give out tests every week. Montgomery County Public...

By order of the capybara wizard, Watkins Mill will be seceding from Montgomery County, effective immediately.

Watkins Mill secedes from Montgomery County, forms autonomous school district

Joshua Burgos, Associate Editor January 14, 2022

As the unofficial official, super important, totally legit representative of the Watkins Mill High School community, I hereby declare our separation from the Montgomery County Public School System. Reasoning?...

Screenshot of the Montgomery County Public Schools Community Conversation that left 1600 questions unanswered.

MCPS leaves over 1600 questions unanswered in ‘Community Conversation’

Ryleigh Waters, Editor-in-Chief January 13, 2022

On Wednesday, January 12, Board of Education officials met with Montgomery County officials on Zoom to discuss the current circumstances of Montgomery County Public Schools staying open, as well as address...

Taking precautions for COVID-19 is necessary to reduce the spread of the virus as well as get back to normal.

Covid-19 precautions to take this winter to keep everyone safe

Ryleigh Waters, Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2022

We are seeing a higher number of cases increase in and outside of schools with the new year beginning and everyone going back to work/school. With people who visited over the winter holidays or break,...

We get it. We wish everything was normal too. But unlike MCPS, were not gonna pretend its fine when its not.

Going virtual for two weeks is the safest option for all MCPS schools

Ryleigh Waters, Editor-in-Chief January 10, 2022

Positive COVID-19 cases have surged rapidly across Montgomery County, following the cold weather and the end of the holiday season. Despite this, the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education...

New Years resultion stress is the result of putting unhealthy pressure on yourself to achieve goals, whether realistic or not.

Constant self-comparison through material resolutions adds pressure to the New Year

Andrea Gordon, Features Managing Editor January 6, 2022

With the start of the new year, discussions of goals for the next 12 months have once again taken over family conversations, group chat discussions, and social media pages.  Yet, something about the...

School shootings are highly desensitized in our world today, but it is a reality our youth often faces.

More lives will be lost if no action is taken against school shootings

Ryleigh Waters, Editor-in-Chief January 5, 2022

In light of a school shooting in Michigan, the colorful infographics published and reposted throughout Instagram have returned, stating “4 were lost” in big bold letters.  The news stations blindly...

Though it is important, many people are hesitant to get vaccinated.

Vaccine disparities put people of color at tremendous risk

Mina Graham and Isabella Luna December 21, 2021

The development of vaccines has come a long way concerning people of color, making the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine completely safe. Yet there is still hesitance within minority-majority communities to get the...

An open letter to guns, asking them why they are more protected than children.

Letter to a gun

Ayslinn Villalta and Hawi Yohannes December 20, 2021

To this not so dear piece of metal, The one that many see as protection from other ones like you. In the end, you are just a killing machine who takes innocent lives from this world onto the next. When...

Associate editor Josh Burgos lists the NUMEROUS reasons why he is better than Editor-in-chief Ryleigh Waters.

Why Josh is so much better than the Editor-In-Chief

Joshua Burgos, Associate Editor December 16, 2021

I am so much better than Editor-In-Chief Ryleigh Waters. There should be no need to even touch up on this topic beyond that point, but I will. Ryleigh looks like the academically strong and talented...

Everyone gets sleepy sometimes and these are the best places you can take a nap if you find yourself dozing off.

Top places to sleep in Watkins Mill

Jubril Agboola December 15, 2021

Sometimes you just need that extra 30 minutes of sleep to get through the day and that's honestly fine. Everyone has been there at some point, I know I’ve certainly been there before so I've decided...

Michael breaks down why he took journalism, and why you should too.

Why taking journalism can be the best decision of your life

Michael Quintanilla , Sports Editor December 14, 2021

Do you find yourself always coming up with random ideas and thoughts? Take journalism. I get it—writing can be annoying.  Brief constructed responses and long paragraphs are pesky, but in journalism,...

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