Prom: Will It Ever Get Old

Is prom really tradition? Is it looked upon by high school students as the end all be all of social events during those strange and stressful four years of high school. For myself prom is a tradition that just doesn’t mean that much. Why? For the same reasons you probably think it doesn’t. One reason obviously would be the hassels involved with prom planning. If...
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Biography of William Shakespeare

Part 1: Intro to Shakespeare Nobody knows exactly when Shakespeare was born but records indicate that he was baptized on April 26th, 1564 and people believe he was born on April 23rd, 1564. We do know when he died though; on April 23rd, 1616 in the same place he was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Anne Hathaway was 18 when she got married to Shakespea...
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Exam 101

Exam week, it’s stressful and tiring. Everyone gets stressed, whether it’s your failing a class or want the best grade you can you stress about passing the end of semester exams for your classes. However, most have their own secrets to the survival of exam week. TIP ONE: Know The Schedule So yes, this might be a no-brainer but it is important because knowing t...
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The Standards for Standardized Testing: How Do We Measure Up?

As students, the pressure to excel in school is great. It is further exacerbated by standardized testing. While these stress-inducing tests claim to measure student’s intellectual abilities and progress, they are not often reliable indicators of a one’s full intellectual potential. As early as 3rd Grade, many students are faced with tedious preparation for state issued stan...
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The Situation in Ukraine

You’ve almost assuredly heard of the current situation in the Ukraine. But do you know the whole story? News about Ukraine can be repetitive and full of false and hyperbolic information. So, what’s the real story? Ukraine’s history is marked by invasion and resurgence began way back in the 7th century with a civilization called Kievan Rus, which was occupied by the early Ru...
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A-Moral Lesson

The act of committing a sin and the guilt that follows affect all types of people, to a certain degree. But although sin and guilt affect everyone, some people are influenced more by their past crimes. Some individuals may shatter under the extreme guilt they feel, while others would not even remember they committed the exact same offense. The definition of sin is a delicate ...
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Analyzing the MD Public Schools Service Learning Requirement

If you go to a public high school in the state of Maryland, you have definitely heard of the Service Learning Graduation Requirement. According to the Maryland State Department of Education, Service Learning “is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning”. The “meaningful service” is already chosen and done during a sch...
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The Conspiracies We Live With

What really happened? The JFK Assassination and More May 2014 Between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, CIA director Allen Dules, and the organized criminals across the U.S., you could say that a few people had it in for President John F. Kennedy. Yet how could the real alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald, a man who was an ex-marine, who lived in ...
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The Little Foxes

The film The Little Foxes, directed by William Wyler and written by Lillian Hellman, displays great power dynamics in its female characters. The main antagonist, Regina Giddens, shatters all assumed stereotypes and power roles for women during the time period and location the movie is set in, post-civil war South. The movie also examines the influence other women have on you...
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Bigger Library Letter

Dear Dr. Mantz, My name is Liv Harris, and I am in 7th grade. We recently conducted a survey in Mr. Estes class, and I chose the topic of reading. (If you knew me, this would not come as a shock) 🙂 I surveyed people from each grade, asking them these questions; “Do you enjoy reading?” “How many hours do you read a day?” “How many books have you read this quarter?” ...
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