By: Cassie Seibert and Ben Lahmann
It has been 20 years since our nation suffered its worst attack on domestic soil. When it occurred, it was seen as one of the most significant tragedies in U.S. history. While 20 years has not changed that sentiment, time has seemingly lessened the significance of that day and we tend to forget how the tragedy truly affected Americans and American values.
By: Zorais Naroo
$550. Some bring up how this is as much as the highly sought after Playstation 5, at $500, along with a game. Others bring up how this price offers many premium headphones made for music hobbyists from Sennheiser, Bose, Sony, and others. Many also bring up the fact that this is the AirPods Max’s price, Apple’s newest product in their AirPods line, but not as a good thing. Daniel Zheng, a junior at Glenelg High School and Android user, says, “[The] AirPod Maxes are absurdly overpriced. And [are] not amazing headphones either.” He elaborated that for $550, they were terrible in terms of value.
By: Locke Afton
So, the human body-- a product we’re all supplied with at birth and continue to use until death, whether we like it or not. Each body is unique, yet we all share the same general form. A “gift given to us from God,” as some might call it-- but how useful and effective is this gift, really, when compared to other forms of life?
By: Justin Zulu
Every year about 100,000 people are victims of gun violence in the U.S. and many lives are drastically changed due to shootings. Since the early 20th century it has been a common debate over what type of guns citizens can use, and what type of laws should be implemented. I believe stricter Gun Control laws must be put in place to ensure less violence.
By: Meredith Neely
With the ever growing population of Instagram and Facebook accounts, there ought to be at least one rule in place to prevent misinformation. The overseeing boards of the equine industry always congregate in multiple meetings throughout the year to do their jobs as superiors to a massive industry. But what happens when this board fails to protect thousands of amateurs alike from a rule that could seriously harm non-professional riders?
By: Aleena Khan
On September 8th, 2020 Howard County students returned back to online school with a completely different system than the prior year of online school. The new system created by the Board of Education, a group of eight individuals who are supposed to “...provide leadership for excellence in teaching and learning by fostering a climate for deliberative change through policy and community engagement”(HCPSS) spent months creating schedules, rules, and requirements for virtual learning, only to completely fail. The format of online school in Howard County has proven to be very troublesome on the students' side of the screen, with a multitude of students being overwhelmed with an excessive amount of work.
By: Aleena Khan
The modern day American education system places 25th best in science and reading and 38th best in math, compared to every other country in this world. Even though America scores a bit above and below the OECD’s average, American schools are still lacking in a lot of areas.
By: Avery Ahlquist
Much to the dismay of many students, homecoming has been cancelled at Glenelg High School and many other high schools around the country due to COVID-19. Some schools have carried on with their homecoming events while adhering to safety protocols, while others have postponed the event or cancelled it entirely. Disappointed teenagers have begun to plan their own parties, completely defeating the purpose of cancelling the school sanctioned event.
By: Meredith Neely
The fact above is sadly and surprisingly true. Throughout the course of the 2020 presidential election, raising taxes has been a heavily debated topic on both sides, discussing income definitions, tax brackets, and where tax dollars go. The question has always been to raise or not to raise, but there are some sad realities that come with raising taxes on America’s ‘wealthiest’, and it’s not pretty.
By: Ginny Sung
Students spend most of their lifetime completing assignments, doing homework, and attending school. Some people argue that homework helps students reinforce what they learn in class, but is homework really benefiting students? Students go to school for at least 7 hours a day; some have after school activities and some have sports. Then they go home after a long day and have to do more school work, allowing no time for family time or friends.
By: Makena Vass
The picture of a perfect equestrian: a tall, slender rider in a sleek, clean polo and pearly white breeches. The boots are tall, stopping just before her knee, glinting in the sunlight from their shiny essence. Her hair is tucked back, not a strand out of place. Her helmet has been polished recently; it gleams. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that she is rich.
By: Zorais Naroo
It’s not hard to see how the past 4 years have isolated friends and family over political differences. Trump did this so that his campaign would appear as something “new” and “exciting”; a break from the ordinary towards right-populism. Due to the polarized environment created by the past 4 years, we should get to work to resolve issues in Glenelg through discussion.
By: Vivian Contreras
Mental health has been a topic pushed aside by generations. Teens for centuries have been forced to hide their struggles and keep everything bottled up because society has treated the discussion of mental health as something so disgusting and horrific that no one should talk about it openly. As a result, teens have had to endure their pain alone and feel the need to struggle behind closed doors.
By: Anshuta Beeram
A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation has revealed that 69% of high school students get seven or less hours of sleep every night. Is sleep deprivation really that big of a deal? Is it really caused by early school start times?
By: Nia Stewart
In the past, Saturdays were sacred in my household, and Saturdays’ dinners were always something I could look forward to. That is, until last month when politics had finally reached its final destination in my life, the dinner table, and has refused to leave ever since. Before this year, the only politician I truly knew and liked was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and, now from this month only, I’ve gotten to know at least forty politicians that I either like or don’t. The political conversations have only escalated over the past two weeks at my dinner table, and only three issues are continually mentioned.
By: Anna Ritter
For many high schoolers in the U.S., school sports play a major role in their academic careers. Now, however, with the worldwide pandemic taking priority, schools are closed and in many areas, sports have not started back up.
By: Evan Whatley
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an initiative that Howard County started this year, in order to promote growth and learning within each school in creating a more open and trusting environment. SEL time is every Monday from 10:50 – 11:20 am. The Social Emotional Distance Learning time was created based on the needs of forthcoming students who felt their voice needed to be heard by their peers and classmates on difficult topics such as race and culture.
By Justin Robertson
For the past two months, we have all been cooped up in our homes binge watching Tiger King and counting down the days until the COVID-19 pandemic is contained. It has been easier to adjust for some more than others, but for sports fans such as myself, there is a glaring hole in our lives that has been irreplaceable. Not having the ability to turn on the TV and watch an NBA or NHL game agonizes us. For a brief three days, however, the NFL’s first virtual draft gave us hope and a sense of relief from the troubles we are facing today. If those three draft days were any indication of the effect regular sporting events would have during today’s crisis, we need sports now more than ever.
By Saumyaa Gupta and Natalie Livensparger
For centuries, girls have been expected to look perfect. Now more than ever there is pressure on girls since there's more entertainment from television and social media. Currently, the media portrays girls to be perfectly manicured, skinny, and have flawless skin. This teaches young women to believe they are less than others because of the novish beauty standards portrayed through the media.
By Rayyan Ahmad
December is a great time for many occasions: school letting out for winter break, the holiday season of delicious food and amazing gifts, and the shopping craze that ends the year. But this month also sees the beginning of a new time, a time for planning the future: course selection for the next school year in all Howard County high schools. In the middle of the second quarter for this year, course selection was thrown in, so the faculty can determine the amount of sections for students in high school per course.