The Current

Hazing has no home here, contrary to rough reputation

Hazing has no home here, contrary to rough reputation

Jade Pinkowitz

November 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Hazing in Montgomery County Public Schools dominated news feeds today. But to many Watkins Mill High School students, it was shocking to discover that the violent hazing seen in stereotypical high school movies and TV shows is actually happening so close to home. Watkins Mill High School is constantly...

Unzipped bags lead to furry friends at school: a cautionary tale

Unzipped bags lead to furry friends at school: a cautionary tale

Taylor Dawson

October 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Showcase

A year later, I’m finally ready to tell this story. Prepare yourself, this won’t be something you’re expecting to hear. Every morning, I used to leave my practice bag in Mrs. Confino’s room because I had her class seventh period. I would drop it off before first period and grab it when the bel...

Venom was a good movie, you guys are just mean.

Venom was a good movie, you guys are just mean.

Charisse Warfield

October 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Spoiler alert. Venom was the most recent superhero craze of fall 2018. However, it was torn to shreds by critics and given a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, though the audience gave it a great 88 percent like the intellectuals that they are. You see, the secret to enjoying Venom is to not see it as a cool...

Reflection: Growing up on a military base

Reflection: Growing up on a military base

Jamie Carmichael, Associate Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Guns, tanks, and fighter air crafts. These are some things I regularly saw for almost nine years. It was my livelihood, my home, the thing that makes me unique: Fort Dix, New Jersey. When I tell people I grew up on a military base, they tend to make comments about my “abnormal childhood.” But in a...

Tips and tricks to a successful senior year

Tips and tricks to a successful senior year

Jamie Carmichael

October 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Everyone knows that the first semester of senior year is the most stressful. We have to make the biggest choice of our childhood, which could essentially make or break the rest of our lives. How do we even get through this first semester? How do I breeze through my applications? Well, today I’m g...

Picking pumpkins, Fields of Screams and other fun fall ideas

Picking pumpkins, Fields of Screams and other fun fall ideas

Taylor Dawson, Lauren Flandrau, and Annie Riley

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Showcase

It's time to bring the pumpkins out, hang up decorations, and rake leaves. That's right, it's fall. If you' re bored and can't figure out what to do, we are here to help. Fall is the perfect time to go out and bond with those you love. We have some perfect date ideas or even things to do with a gro...

How to succeed in high school, get into college

How to succeed in high school, get into college

Janice Asabere

October 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

If you want to be successful and make six figures a year, then you're probably stressing about what you're going to do at college, or eventually, you're going to stress. Now, I’m not enrolled in college yet, so I’m right there struggling with y'all. But I do have a few tips and tricks that’ll s...

Growing up Muslim: hard lessons learned at a young age

Growing up Muslim: hard lessons learned at a young age

Aisha Sowe

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a Muslim household. I celebrated Eid, went to Sunday school, and lived not far from the Masjid (Muslim house of worship). At first, I told people at school that I practiced Islam without being afraid of what they thought about me. The elementary sch...

Junior recounts her experience as an ESOL student who spoke no English

Junior recounts her experience as an ESOL student who spoke no English

Soreya Adeline Djemene

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns

As I walked into class, I felt the “who the heck is this?" look from them. I made my way to a random seat in the back, and listened as the teacher spoke a language I didn't understand. Whoever said starting school in another continent was easy lied to you. Terribly. Coming here from France at t...

Why you should take newspaper

Why you should take newspaper

Aisha Sowe, Features Managing Editor

October 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

You're at your counselor's office and you ask for your schedule to be changed because you don’t like the classes you're taking. Somewhere on a list of classes, you see Newspaper or Introduction to Journalism. Now you’re thinking, Wait, newspaper is a class? I thought it was a club. Newspaper is a cl...

Tired of running late? Ten tips to get to school on time

Tired of running late? Ten tips to get to school on time

Jade Pinkowitz, Opinion Editor and Photography Director

September 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Anybody who knows me knows that I’m always late for everything. Emphasis on the always. If you’re like me and need help being on time to school, these tips are for you. Tip number one: Plan your outfits the night before. This one is especially important because we all know it takes like an hou...

STEP needs to be longer to allow students to use it, eat lunch

STEP needs to be longer to allow students to use it, eat lunch

Jubilee Robinson, Associate Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Editorials, Showcase

Watkins Mill's new administrative team removed the 15-minute breakfast time at the start of first period, and reduced STEP from 39 minutes to 38 minutes, resulting in an additional minute added to each class period. STEP stands for Student Teacher Enrichment Period because it is a resource that students...