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Christmas time creates common struggles, fun for everyone

Christmas time creates common struggles, fun for everyone

Andrea Aramayo, Amber Brothers, and Shinel Mullings

December 21, 2015

As you may have already noticed, Christmas is right around the corner. It’s that time of year again where everyone starts going CRAZY about buying gifts, preparing delicious meals and having the insight of the beautiful Christmas trees, decorated with all colors and ornaments. The stores are complet...

Junior says goodbye in last column at Watkins Mill

Junior says goodbye in last column at Watkins Mill

Heather Montoya

December 18, 2015

For the past three years of my high school career, I have dedicated at least one of my classes to the glorious, one-of-a-kind teacher, Ms. Goodman (recently known as Mrs. Confino, but I refuse to address her as such). She has guided me through my writing, teaching me everything she thought useful, and I hope ...

The life and times of Vijay Vanathayan

The life and times of Vijay Vanathayan

Vijay Vanathayan

December 11, 2015

V-I-J-A-Y. It is literally two syllables, yet some people still can’t seem to pronounce it. Having a “hard-to-pronounce” name is one of the many struggles that brown people encounter in America. The correct way to pronounce it is “Vih-jay,” but no matter how many times I sound it out...

Winter wonderland expectations soar far above peppermint-soaked reality of holidays

Winter wonderland expectations soar far above peppermint-soaked reality of holidays

Chase Deist and Naina Tsarni

December 11, 2015

It's the first real snowfall of the season. You’re walking with your best friends at the Rio, as usual, cozy in your scarf. Then you slip on ice and burn your hands with your overpriced peppermint mocha latte from Starbucks, and ruin your brand new $60 sweater from Urban Outfitters, which you c...

Winter causes grief cycle, use of Adele lyrics in prayer

Winter causes grief cycle, use of Adele lyrics in prayer

MK Kamara

December 11, 2015

This goes out to all my (imaginary ) friends... The thought of winter time wasn't exactly my favorite. I mean when people say “winter” I think of preppy people obsessing over $5.68 worth of Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte, then when the snowmen and snowflakes are taken off their cups, and are left...

Want that snow day now? Better follow these steps to pleasing the Snow King

Want that snow day now? Better follow these steps to pleasing the Snow King

Gabriel Leonard

December 11, 2015

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW! Snow is the main reason we all love this time of year. Whether it’s getting us out of school early, creating powdery slopes to sled down, or just a pretty scene to watch out of our windows while sipping hot cocoa (with the little marshmallows), snow is the best part of winter....

Jennifer Explains it All–Holiday Edition

Jennifer Explains it All–Holiday Edition

Jennifer Vargas, Advice columnist

December 8, 2015

Dear Jen, I want to get good presents for my friends but I don’t have any money, any other ideas? -My Wallet’s Broke Dear My Wallet’s Broke, You can always be creative and make a homemade gift. You can also make your friends some of their favorite treats instead. True friends will ...

Find My iPhone proves useless when thief also steals Capri Sun but leaves money

Find My iPhone proves useless when thief also steals Capri Sun but leaves money

Hezekiah Likekele

December 11, 2015

You know what the most useless app ever is? Find My iPhone! I only came to notice this when my iPhone 6 (not even the iPhone 6s nor the 6+... I'd understand stealing one of those.  But a plain 6?  That's just mean) was stolen while I was at my cross country practice. It’s quite a sad story but...

While “blite” can be a compliment, black lives need to matter

While “blite” can be a compliment, black lives need to matter

Gabriel Leonard

December 14, 2015

Blite: (1) (adj.) a way of describing a person whose outer appearance does not align with their racial stereotype. Instead it aligns with a different race’s stereotypes. (2) (person) Gabriel Leonard. People often wonder why I dress, talk and act so “white.” I happen to be an African American male, ...

Lenard: the missing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Lenard: the missing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Lenard Clarke

December 7, 2015

I love ninjas, and I love turtles, so when I first saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I lost my life. If I could be a ninja turtle, I wouldn't waste my time fooling around and eating pizza. No, I would be the best ninja turtle there was. I'm way better than any of them. It would be pretty cool t...

Walking Dead prepares students to survive zombie apocalypse with stashes of Spaghetti O’s, Fanta

Walking Dead prepares students to survive zombie apocalypse with stashes of Spaghetti O’s, Fanta

Ajay Branch and Tyler Lewis

December 1, 2015

When the zombie apocalypse happens (and it will), we would be the last man-children standing. Five seasons of The Walking Dead and Zombieland have more than prepared us to survive absolutely anything that can happen when the zombies rise against humanity. First, we wouldn’t have to worry about go...

Sleep necessary to battle dreaded senioritis, prepare for real-world-itis

Sleep necessary to battle dreaded senioritis, prepare for real-world-itis

Angie Perez

November 19, 2015

I love many things in life: food, music, and my family.  But nothing compares to sleeping. NOTHING. I would sleep for days if I could, but there's one thing standing in my way...school. Having to wake up to my alarm blaring so early in the morning, depriving me of my precious sleep, so I can get my butt to ...