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Trump’s inauguration sparks Women’s March protest

After many months of debating, protesting, and fighting, inauguration day has finally arrived. On January 20, 2017, president-elect Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of…

Two stabbed at Wheaton Mall

Wheaton Mall, located on 1160 Veirs Mill Road, Silver Spring, was the center of attention on January 10, 2017, when two young males were stabbed. Officers were called…

Snow Angels program shovels snow for the elderly

After a snowfall in Montgomery County, sounds of snow plows and snow shovels hitting the pavement can be heard across the county. However, how do the elderly get…

Honoring Montgomery County’s Olympians

Honoring Montgomery County’s Olympians

The 2016 Rio Olympics captivated millions of Americans this past summer, as they tuned in to see who would take the gold. Montgomery County’s own Katie Ledecky, Jack…

MCPS

MCPS Board of Education swears in three new members

Following the election on November 8, the Montgomery County Board of Education is bringing on several new members. The seven member Board of Education consists of five members…

Hogan’s Executive Order receives opposition from Montgomery County Board of Education

Starting in the academic year of 2017-2018, students will be given an extension on their summer vacation following Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) executive order mandating that all Maryland…

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 some…

MCPS Student Enrollment Expands to Levels Above Full Capacity

This school year, 2,795 more students have enrolled into Montgomery County public schools, bringing the county’s total number up to 159,242 students. Since 2007, enrollment has increased within…

Tight Race for At-Large Board of Education Seat

On November 8, Montgomery County citizens will vote for three of the seven seats on the Montgomery County Board of Education, including one at-large seat. The Board’s seven…

New Required Quarterly Assessments (RQAs) Draw Mixed Reviews

New Required Quarterly Assessments (RQAs) Draw Mixed Reviews

On November 10, 2015, the MCPS Board of Education received a memorandum from the interim superintendent Larry A. Bowers. The document called for the elimination of two-hour semester…

Arts and Culture

Twelve Angry Men: From the Big Screen to Gaithersburg’s Arts Barn

The movie Twelve Angry Men (1957) is an enthralling and fascinating analysis of a group of twelve jurors, mostly middle-aged white men, who are coincidentally brought together to…

Winter Fun in Rockville Town Center

Winter Fun in Rockville Town Center

Winter is here, which means that everybody is gearing up for the holiday season. There are gifts to be bought, relatives to see, and places to go. One…

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Throughout the County

A dazzling parade, the sweet aroma of corn beef, and an abundance of green made its way to Montgomery County on March 17 for Saint Patrick’s Day. As…

Restaurant Week Draws Crowds Around the County

Beginning on January 22 and extended until February 7, Montgomery County restaurants hosted their annual restaurant week. Popular among local residents and visitors, this event is a great…

Politics

Jheanelle Wilkins appointed to Maryland State House

On January 9, activist and community leader Jheanelle Wilkins was elected to the Maryland State House, representing District 20, which comprises…

Hogan cracks down on crime

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) is proposing a package of legislation aimed at enforcing laws against rape, drug and sex trafficking…

Have “semester exams” truly disappeared?

While students and staff alike debate over the benefits and drawbacks of MCPS’s new grading system, one universally popular aspect of…

Opinions

“Every 15 minutes” videos are valuable in teaching Driver’s Ed

I still shudder when I think about Driver’s Education: the early-morning alarm clock every Sunday, the painfully slow three hours stuck in a classroom (over the weekend!),…

How to make your summer worthwhile

Although it is only February, it is already time to start thinking about summer! As a student, summer is the time not only to relax and enjoy…

Opinions

Snow days: Why we need them

Throughout the winter season, the ground is often blanketed in white and children can be seen laughing and playing outside; however, with the serenity and beauty of…

Have “semester exams” truly disappeared?

While students and staff alike debate over the benefits and drawbacks of MCPS’s new grading system, one universally popular aspect of the change was the elimination of…

Opinions

New Year, New You: Setting realistic New Year goals

Every New Year, people decide to resolve an undesired trait or behavior by making a specific New Year’s resolution. These resolutions mostly involve everyday life, personality traits…

Increased minimum wage will hurt businesses, but help students

According to The Washington Post, the current minimum wage in Montgomery County, $10.75 an hour, exceeds most states by $3.50. On January 17, the Montgomery County Council…

Guest Contributions

Reception to be held today for 11th Annual ‘Keeping It SAFE’ Student Video Contest

The Keeping It SAFE Coalition for Under Twenty-one Alcohol Prevention is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th annual student video contest for the prevention of…

MCPS Elementary and Middle School Students to Advance to International Tech Competition

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) announced 20 finalist teams will advance to the annual FIRST Championship in St. Louis as part of the annual FIRST  LEGO League (FLL)…