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MoCo proposes to stock vending machines with healthy options

The Montgomery County Council is currently considering a bill that would increase the amount of healthy foods found in vending machines in Montgomery County. Councilman George Leventhal is…

Lyttonsville protests Talbot Avenue Bridge relocation

The Talbot Avenue Bridge, built in 1918 by the B&O Railroad, has a huge historical significance to the African American population of Lyttonsville. Protests have erupted over plans…

Montgomery County officials react to Trump’s muslim ban

On January 27, 2017, Donald Trump announced that he would enact measures to help prevent domestic terrorism. Soon after his announcement, an executive order to temporarily ban immigrants…

The origins of Valentine’s Day

Every year on February 14th, thousands of bouquets, chocolates and cheesy cards are bought to give to loved ones. Restaurants gear up for one of the busiest nights…

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

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…

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…

Politics

Hogan administration plan to reform Maryland charter schools

Governor Hogan recently announced his plan to expand charter school options and increase the amount of scholarship money allocated to private…

Hogan proposes college tuition increase cap and tax-deductible student loans

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently proposed a bill centered around college tuition. The proposed bill allocates $17.5 million to prevent tuition…

New bills seek to limit Maryland’s cooperation with immigration authorities

Recently, Democratic Maryland lawmakers have proposed two new bills aimed at limiting the extent to which state and local authorities can…

Opinions

The importance behind A Day Without Women

March 8, 2017 was International Women’s Day, a global event celebrating the achievements of women and bringing to attention the continuous fight for gender equality. Beginning in…

ACT vs. SAT

Every year, juniors are faced with the choice of taking the ACT or SAT. The decision is difficult because the tests are inherently different and many have…

Opinions

A guide to the upcoming AP exams

AP deadlines are arriving, or have already passed, for some schools which also means that it’s the season of exam studying. While many people focus on studying…

Taking the SMOB seriously

Every year, students across the county take part in the democratic process of electing our Student Member of the Board (SMOB). Our SMOB is a highly-qualified elected…

Opinions

Chinese New Year: Why don’t we have it off?

Every February, Lunar New Year is celebrated by one fifth of the world’s populations in many Asian countries including China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.  Each country has…

The limits of our current sexual education

In modern-day America, discussion of sex is simultaneously ubiquitous and avoided. We see that sex sells in Hollywood and popular literature, yet at the same time, the…

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)…