Month: March 2021
Poetry Revived: The Impact of Amanda Gorman
She stands with poise, black skin shining, teeth radiating through parted lips. Her yellow coat hugs tightly around her small body, popping out against the crowd behind her like a perfect exclamation point. She raises her hands and hangs them at the ready, then she opens her mouth and speaks. Amanda Gorman’s performance of her poem , “The Hill We Climb,” on the inauguration day of President Biden was powerful for many reasons. That moment was more than a political victory for Biden or a victory for democracy; it was also a victory for a rarely appreciated craft- poetry.
What is Black History Month ?
Black History Month has been around for almost a century and it is amazing to see how it has grown throughout the years. In the beginning, it was definitely not a celebration everyone wanted to […]
Senior Reflections: For better or for Worst?
From both of our proms being cancelled, to no spirit week, and the possibility of no in-person graduation, it has been a lot for the senior class of 2021 to fully grasp the reality of […]
Howard County sports return: Weighing the pros and cons.
Thalia Shoemaker Staff Reporter March 15, 2021 After a very long wait with the cancelation of two sports seasons since the COVID-19 pandemic began, high school fall sports are finally starting again. As COVID-19 continues […]
Your Going-Back-to-School Questions Answered
What’s with 85-minute classes, lunch, and more, as answered by Ms. Jennifer Mallo, Atholton’s district representative at Howard County Board of Education meetings.
Story by: Gisele Chiang-Tenbrock
Photo Courtesy of: Rye Bean
The End of a Century-Long Reign: the Future of Test-Optional Policies
This past admissions year, seniors were given a new college application experience that has sparked a movement away from the SAT and ACT, standardized tests that had dominated high school students’ minds for nearly one hundred years. Due to COVID-19 lockdown procedures, the College Board has been unable to administer the SAT and ACT tests. As such, many universities have adopted test-optional policies in the interim, creating a new frontier for college admissions as they navigate life without standardized tests.