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Retakes: when it comes to testing, practice makes perfect

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

January 10, 2018


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As some people say, in life there aren’t any retakes; a mistake is a mistake. We have to live with those mistakes, and learn from them. However, there are actually many more retakes than people might think. Driver’s licenses, standardized tests and Bar Exams all have retake opportunities. So why...

Social media use connects teens with depression

By Megan Park, Photo Editor

January 10, 2018


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It’s no secret that social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook have a considerable impact on their users. Many of the effects from platforms have been negative, often triggering depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Depression is on the rise America — and fast. Social...

Case closed: jury duty must accommodate teachers

By Ethan S. Miller, Digital Media Editor

January 10, 2018


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Sick days, emergencies, car breakdowns. These are some of the most prevalent reasons that teachers miss school. However, there is another conflict hitting CHS students and staff hard: jury duty. Jury duty summons are simply a part of life for U.S. citizens, but this process has caused massive problems....

Net neutrality is necessary for CHS students

Net neutrality is necessary for CHS students

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

January 10, 2018


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The internet is an integral part of our society and imperative to our daily lives. It provides a place to share ideas, learn new things and communicate with others. In America, the internet has traditionally been an open and free platform for many uses. The flexibility of the internet is largely...

CHS students: stop silence, speak out on sexual assault

CHS students: stop silence, speak out on sexual assault

By Bryan Fletcher, Art Director

January 10, 2018


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With the seemingly never-ending stream of sexual harassment allegations emerging throughout Hollywood and politics, now is a more crucial time than ever for CHS students to understand the gravity of sexual assault. Based entirely in privilege and entitlement, the abusive behaviors of people in power...

TBH, honesty apps are just asking for trouble

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

January 10, 2018


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There’s a well known saying: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. To accommodate the digital age, this should be changed to, “If you can’t say it to someone’s face, then don’t say it at all.” Anonymous sites and apps are dangerous for individuals...

MCPS must mend mental health

MCPS must mend mental health

January 10, 2018


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“I don't wanna be alive, I don't wanna be alive, I just wanna die today, I just wanna die.” These words, written by Grammy-nominated rapper and MCPS native Logic, have tragically proven to ring true for many MCPS students. In light of the tragic suicides at Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman High...

New Star Wars movie promotes inclusion

New Star Wars movie promotes inclusion

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2017


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The new Star Wars movie brings an influx of worldwide excitement as people come to watch the next installment of their favorite movie series. With new characters, beautiful scenery and awesome lightsaber duels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for the duration of...

Those who take a knee for the anthem should stand down

By Ethan C. Miller, Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


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During the last National Football League (NFL) season, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem. His actions sparked numerous protests by athletes across the nation that intended to bring about awareness of racial inequality and injustice. After several controversial...

Student JUUL addiction poses multiple risks

Student JUUL addiction poses multiple risks

By Rebecca Jackson, News Editor

November 21, 2017


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A senior walks out of the bathroom, leaving a cloud of smoke in his midst. He checks to make sure no teachers are nearby, and walks back to class. What he was puffing was neither a cigarette nor marijuana, but a JUUL. JUULs are e-cigarettes for over-21 year olds that contain flavored water vapor and...

MCPS, give students, staff a break

MCPS, give students, staff a break

November 21, 2017


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Once again, the MCPS school board is altering the school year schedule. For the 2018-19 year, election day and Jewish holidays cut into the schedule. In response, there were five schedule proposals created. The chosen model only has two professional days and shortens spring break to a mere four days...

“Me too” trend creates necessary virtual community for victims

“Me too” trend creates necessary virtual community for victims

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

November 7, 2017


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After sexual assault and harassment allegations toward movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have surfaced, women around the world are taking to social media to share their own stories in regards to rape and sexual harassment using the handle #MeToo. The hashtag first gained popularity when actress Alyssa Milano...

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