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Junior Danielle Faerberg’s family celebrates every Thanksgiving by writing down what they are thankful for on a tablecloth. This tradition started about 15 years ago, and they have used the same tablecloth ever since.

Unique Thanksgiving traditions enhance student’s holidays

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor December 2, 2021

Ever since the first one 400 years ago, Thanksgiving has evolved into a holiday where people are able to intertwine their various cultures and traditions with the original holiday. From carving the turkey...

The Where Do Words Come From exhibit at the Planet Word museum in Washington, D.C. features a 22-foot-tall talking wall that tells the story of the English language.

You have our word: check out DC’s latest museum

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor November 25, 2021

Sprinkle. Kumquat. Bamboozle. These seemingly obscure and unrelated words all have one thing in common: they are all part of the English language. But how were these words created? How did they become...

Hana OLooney, the current MCPS SMOB, smiles in a campaign photo. Throughout the entirety of her campaign, OLooney was active on multiple social media platforms to ensure that she was engaging with as many MCPS students as possible.

Get to know MoCo’s 2021-2022 SMOB Hana O’Looney

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor October 21, 2021

Passionate, engaged and committed - these three words only begin to sum up current MCPS Student Member of the Board (SMOB), Hana O’Looney. From advocating for equity in the school system on the countywide...

WCHS’s Model UN team hosted their first conference on April 16th-17th over Zoom. Students and Teachers put in countless hours of work to make this conference be the best it could despite the virtual environment.

WCHS Model United Nations Club hosts its first conference

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor April 30, 2021

While many of WCHS’s clubs have decreased meetings or simply stopped club activities due to the challenges that the virtual environment presented this year, WCHS’s Model United Nations (MUN) Club has...

While depression and anxiety are often the most common and talked about teen mental illnesses, many teenagers struggle with a multitude of other illnesses. It is important for parents, teachers, and teens themselves to not overlook mental health, and to take the necessary steps to prevent and combat mental illnesses, such as limiting social media.

Social media damages teens’ mental health

By Caitlin Murphy, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat all have one thing in common: they are forms of social media. Social media has many benefits for teens, such as keeping them in touch with friends, building communication...

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