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MoCo addresses mental health after series of student suicides

Back in December, the entire Montgomery County community was alarmed by the suicides of two high school students. The shock of losing two students within the short span…

Hogan proposes term limits for Maryland lawmakers

On January 11th in Annapolis, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proposed a Government Accountability Act in a news conference. Under the proposal, Maryland lawmakers would be limited to serving…

Montgomery County cuts educational budget

Montgomery County executive Ike Leggett proposed a $60 million cut to this year’s operating budget in response to the county’s $120 million shortfall. In his recommended savings plan…

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.…

MCPS

Parents sue MCPS after son is hit by school bus

Two Montgomery County parents are suing the county’s school system after their son was left at the wrong bus stop twice and seriously injured in a bus accident.…

Sexual misconduct in school system raises concerns

A 2011 study published by the Washington Post showed that from a nationally representative sample of students, nearly half reported that they had been subject to some form…

Wheaton wins state Science Bowl competition

Wheaton High School’s strongest team, Team A, has won the 2018 Maryland/DC Regional Championships and will go on to represent Maryland at the National Science Bowl competition in…

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…

Arts and Culture

Paint Branch prepares for “Emma!” musical

Learn about Paint Branch High School’s production, “Emma!”, a musical based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. By MoCo Student filmmaker Mary Shawhan of Paint Branch…

MCPS teacher creates viral Hamilton rap

MCPS teacher Joanna Chilcoat-Fellows recently went viral due to her creative protest against the proposed budget cuts to arts funding. Chilcoat-Fellows teaches music and arts at Seneca Valley…

Representation matters

If the growing sense of political dissonance in the United States and the increasing intolerance of behavior historically swept under the rug are any indication of what is…

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…

Politics

Healthy Working Families Act guarantees paid sick leave for employees

The Maryland General Assembly voted earlier this month to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act. The bill…

Trumps decision to end TPS receives backlash from Maryland residents

Salvadorans were first admitted into the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program after the 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador. Currently, about 18,000…

An overview of the Richard Montgomery whistleblowing case and what lies ahead

On Thursday, January 4, the Maryland Court of Appeals–the state’s highest tribunal–announced that it would hear a whistleblower complaint case against…

Opinions

Private colleges should consider tuition reduction incentives

As college acceptance season rolls around and class registration ends, students are thinking about which schools to attend in the future. Their decision is based off several…

Controversy behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin

When it was first published in the mid-19th century, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was an instant success, gaining worldwide acclaim for its groundbreaking stance on slavery and becoming…

Opinions

The faults in the celebration of Valentines Day

According to the National Retail Federation, in 2016, Americans spent a total of $19.7 billion on Valentine’s Day. To put that into perspective, it is more than…

Oprah for President?

With the start of a new year came a variety of awards shows, from the Golden Globes to the Grammys, all eyes are on Hollywood. These award…

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…

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…