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2017: A Year in the Life of a MoCo Student

In a follow-up to her “A Day in the Life” video, Ellah Fornillos of Quince Orchard High School looks back on 2017.…

Katie Ledecky, Kyle Snyder named Sportspeople of the Year

Montgomery County has produced numerous world-class athletes throughout the years and two of them were honored recently. The U.S. Olympic Committee named Montgomery County natives Katie Ledecky and…

Exploring the diversity of MoCo languages

Learn about languages spoken by Montgomery County students and staff and why it’s essential to learn foreign languages in our school system. Film by MoCo Student staff videographer Mary Shawhan…

Delegate Luedtke proposes salary commission for MCPS Board members

Maryland General Assembly Delegate Eric Luedtke is proposing a new salary commission for Montgomery County Board of Education members. The five-person commission would review the Board’s pay every…

MCPS

Montgomery County plans on extending school year for poverty stricken schools

In wake of the rising poverty in Montgomery County, school officials have proposed extending the school year in two Silver Spring schools: Arcola and Roscoe Nix Elementary Schools.…

Posse Foundation awards MCPS students full college scholarships

Ten MCPS students from six different high schools won a full four-year college tuition from the Posse Foundation. These students have been identified as high academic achievers and…

Students return from winter break to frigid winter conditions

Students return from winter break to frigid winter conditions

Students returning from the countywide winter break were met with cold classrooms under 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Montgomery County Spokesperson Derek Turner claimed the temperature issues were caused by…

Invent the Future Challenge now open for registration to middle schoolers

KID Museum and MCPS have collaborated to launch the Invent the Future Challenge, which was designed to increase student’s interest in science, technology, math and engineering. The challenge…

Gaithersburg HS expresses concerns over student violence

Gaithersburg High School’s staff and students are now complaining that the school violence has gotten out of control. Given the magnitude of these fights, staff say that even…

National Blue Ribbon awarded to Farmland and McNair elementary schools

National Blue Ribbon awarded to Farmland and McNair elementary schools

Farmland and Ronald McNair Elementary Schools in Montgomery County both received the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award. Over 8,500 schools nationwide have received this award; this year,…

Arts and Culture

Arts funding in Montgomery County

Why is art funding important in Montgomery County? Watch as Montgomery County students and staff explain why art departments are necessary in our school system. Film by MoCo Student…

Turkey and Football: An All-American Thanksgiving

In the iconic first scene of the holiday film, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, Lucy presents an undeniable argument regarding the culture around Thanksgiving. She reminds Charlie Brown of…

Montgomery County students’ thanksgiving traditions

Learn about the traditions and holiday favorites of Montgomery County students, specifically about the American giving holiday of Thanksgiving. Film by MoCo Student staff videographer Valerie Wang of Richard Montgomery High School…

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Recognize Students Around County

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest running and most prestigious program for recognizing creative teens from grades seven to twelve. Last year, students submitted…

Politics

One-month-old medical marijuana program faces new challenges

Maryland’s medical marijuana program officially opened to the public this past December after several years of administrative delay. Consumer demand has…

Emergency Climate Mobilization resolution passed

On December 7th, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an “Emergency Climate Mobilization” resolution to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the…

Hogan responds to Trump’s tax overhaul

Donald Trump’s long-awaited federal tax overhaul was finally signed on December 22, 2017. Officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs…

Opinions

The benefits of snow days

Snow days. Those two words are music to the ears to thousands of students across Montgomery County. Every time snow is forecasted, students and parents alike are…

Pyeongchang Olympic ban on Russia shows positive step toward anti-doping

Every two years, there is an event that brings the world together, all competing against one another for their nation, garnering worldwide attention. This event is the…

Opinions

Why “offensive” artwork and surrounding controversies are valuable

For millennia, artists have poured their souls into their work, fashioning incredible (or sometimes atrocious) pieces that leave the audience stunned and breathless. However, art has more…

The faults in the American public school system

Jokes and complaints about the quality of the American public school system have been circulating for years from a multitude of places: media, pop culture, and even…

Opinions

A take on the ethics behind physician-assisted suicide

Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of Happiness. These three unalienable rights, espoused by our forefathers and guaranteed to us by the Constitution, comprise the very foundation of our…

The importance of winter break

As December approaches, so does the holiday season, and with that comes winter break. Winter break this year lasts from December 23 to January 1, with students…

Guest Contributions

The One Thing You Should Do Before I Leave High School

It’s in the news, in our literature and in our own homes. Depression takes the lives of thousands of teenagers every year, and a study by the…

MCR-SGA holds first General Assembly of the school year

On Tuesday, October 25, Montgomery Blair High School hosted MCR-SGA’s first General Assembly of the 2016-2017 school year. The assembly took place following weeks of anticipation and…