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Mass shootings: yes, we still need to treat them as tragedies

Mass shootings: yes, we still need to treat them as tragedies

By Elea Levin

October 16, 2017


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To be clear, I’m not claiming that my friends or teachers are ignorant or unsympathetic. I simply find it disturbing that we as a society now accept mass shootings as a day-to-day reality, unworthy of mention.

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Homecoming hassle: keep it fun, not forced

Homecoming hassle: keep it fun, not forced

By Elisa McCartin and Michelle Silver

October 10, 2017


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Why does homecoming need to be this stressful? It’s only one night that comes around once a year. The point is to have fun and hang out with friends. But expectations make this event unnecessarily dramatic for the student body. Everyone wants to have a flawless night that fits the quintessential  high school experience. Putting less pressure on having the perfect, seamless night would allow students to actually enjoy homecoming.

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Let’s embrace broken language

Let’s embrace broken language

By Ivy Xun

October 9, 2017


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Today, society mocks “imperfect” language; we laugh at odd accents and alienate unfamiliar dialects that don’t seem to fall under neat categories. English language proficiency is used as a social marker to classify and negatively evaluate people of non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB), according to a 2008 study by Megan-Jane Johnstone, a nursing professor at RMIT University.

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‘America First’ has no place in history classes

‘America First’ has no place in history classes

By Hannah Feuer

October 3, 2017


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In order to create a more informed student body, MCPS should incorporate global perspectives in social studies curriculums beginning in elementary school.

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Hollywood: let’s shake it up; I’m sick of cliches

Hollywood: let’s shake it up; I’m sick of cliches

By Maddy Frank

October 1, 2017


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While movies used to represent excitement and innovation in American culture, Hollywood today doesn’t have that glamour.

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Yes, Trump has done something good

Yes, Trump has done something good

By Katherine Sylvester

September 15, 2017


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The ironic reality is that the harder Trump fights, the more the media benefits.

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Junior year: advice from a survivor

Junior year: advice from a survivor

By Camille Caldera

September 8, 2017


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    Junior year is stressful because it’s essential to the college process, and many perceive college as necessary to have a good future. But the quality of the present matters, too.

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I’m good at math; don’t pressure me to take STEM classes

I’m good at math; don’t pressure me to take STEM classes

By Jenny Lu

June 17, 2017


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In each of the STEM-related classes I have taken, I have noticed a lone girl sitting in the corner looking miserable. It’s not just that she is greatly outnumbered by her male counterparts; she may not have taken that class by choice at all.

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Stop shying away from introversion

Stop shying away from introversion

By Ivy Xun

June 9, 2017


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I had difficulty with communication, he said. I was anti-social, he said. I needed ESOL, he said. As a result of what he perceived to be a personality problem, I was told I needed to change. But at five years old, I was just trying to be myself. I hated group discussions, shuddered at the thought of small talk and preferred solidarity over social interaction—a textbook case of introversion.

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Teachers: adjust rubrics to allow more creativity

Teachers: adjust rubrics to allow more creativity

By Maddy Frank

June 7, 2017


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The further I get in my educational career, the more I learn the importance of what I’ve deemed to be the golden rule of school assignments: follow the rubric.

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Cast more minorities as main characters in TV shows

Cast more minorities as main characters in TV shows

By Ella Atsavapranee

June 7, 2017


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It’s not just a perceived or manufactured problem. Statistically speaking, Asian Americans are underrepresented on the small screen: only one percent of leading roles go to Asians, despite Asian Americans making up five percent of the U.S. population, according to a 2015 report by the USC Annenberg School.

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Don’t write off handwriting

Don’t write off handwriting

By Katherine Sylvester

June 5, 2017


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Marvel comics, flannel, the Beatles. Some things, old as they are, never go out of style. But one essential element of humanity that’s remained relevant for thousands of years seems to be slowly dying: handwriting.

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