By: Ginny Sung
It’s no surprise that technology is everywhere. As generations have grown, technology has become more advanced and is evolving rapidly. Technology can be used for an everyday simple task to something as big as saving lives. Not only this, but technology has been a big part of education. Technology improved education by providing tools that have easy access to teachers, helping students learn better and quicker, and by helping parents stay connected with their children. However, many educators, parents, and other students worry that students are becoming too dependent on technology.
By: Mack Leach
Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, many arts programs have either been adapted for an online format or canceled. Glenelg High School is no exception with Ms. Kassidy Sharp leading the way for our theatre program as the theatre director.
By: Makena Vass
Christmas memories are often accompanied by upbeat, lighthearted music played on a continuous stream over the holidays. Even the Christmas grinches can’t escape the sounds of comfort and joy, but when is it appropriate to start the music? When should it stop? Some people start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and don’t stop until New Year’s Day. On the flip side, some people find themselves in tears when “Jingle Bells” is played on the radio for the seemingly one-hundredth time that day.
By: Zachary Kersh
I know. Everyone is tired of hearing the broken record that Covid-19 has dramatically changed our lives. People want to be able to experience the same fun that they would have had if Covid-19 didn’t happen. Good news, this is the place for just that! For all those reading, here are some extremely fun things that can be done right now, that will make the days less unbearable.
By: Rayyan Ahmad
While many students around the world are stuck indoors, school spirit and social interaction has gone down tremendously through this virtual school year. With many students not being able to hang out with friends and fellow peers, it is important to have some interaction with classmates to promote a healthy learning environment and have some fun. GHS Student Services is following this protocol by hosting an online Among Us meet every Thursday from 11:30 A.M to 12:30 P.M. for all high school students at Glenelg High School. Among Us is a popular multiplayer game that rose in popularity this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Among Us Article)
By Rayyan Ahmad
Among Us, by developer InnerSloth, exploded in popularity last month. Even though the game was released in the summer of 2018— being 2 years old— it earned over 18 million downloads in August according to Gamespot. The game then earned another 41.9 million mobile downloads in September, growing exponentially in those 2 months. The game can be played on three different location servers, across Asia, North America, and Europe. It has also risen in fame among students at Glenelg and other Howard County Public Schools.
By Rayyan Ahmad
With social distance keeping many of us at home, many find it difficult to occupy these long periods of time with interesting and fun activities to do. Fortunately, with data published in March 2019 by the consulting firm Deloitte, it was found that 69% of consumers pay for some type of internet video streaming service, while only 65% of consumers pay for cable or satellite subscriptions. With these streaming services, watching movies and shows has never been easier.
By Susanna Park
On Friday, February 21st 2020, Glenelg High School’s GBC (Glenelg Broadway Connection) theater production presented an astounding performance of the entertaining and popular movie, Shrek. Shrek is an action/fantasy movie about an Ogre falling in love with a princess where they embark many adventures and experience many obstacles throughout their lives. Led by our theater advisor Ms. Sharp, Glenelg’s GBC program is a peer and special needs theater club where students are partnered with special needs students in Glenelg. The students help the special needs students learn the music, acting, and the dances for the production and rehearse for a show that they perform once a year. The GBC show presents one performance during school hours and one performance for parents and the public at night.
By JT Shatzer
Before reading this article, understand that many spoilers to an outstanding film lay ahead. Recently released movie, Uncut Gems, may happen to be the most anticipated movie starring Adam Sandler in recent memory.
By Alexis Kominos
Sex Education, the Netflix show created by Laurie Nunn has taken the interest of many Netflix users. The first season premiered on January 11th, 2019, while the second season premiered on January 17th, 2020. The first season follows Otis Milburn who is a socially awkward teenager in high school. He had mixed feelings about sex, while most people in his high school are more sexually mature. His mother is a sex therapist which is ironic due to his uncomfortable feelings towards sex. The first season takes us on a heartfelt, awkward, coming-of-age, story of Otis and his friends and their separate journeys trying to find themselves in the harsh time of high school. This article contains spoilers.
By Rayyan Ahmad
As cable becomes more and more obsolete, streaming services, that allow for watching on the go, have begun to rise to the top of the entertainment pyramid. In order to capitalize on this change, the Walt Disney Company released its very own streaming service on November 12, 2019 in the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. For the low price of $6.99 a month for standard Disney+ and $12.99 a month with Hulu and ESPN+, Disney Plus is an ad-free streaming service that includes Disney Channel along with Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and the National Geographic. “With all the benefits of a regular streaming service, but with better shows and movies, Disney Plus is so worth seven dollars a month.” says Kevin Pak, a Junior at Glenelg High School. With many great shows and more planned for the future, Disney Plus has successfully immersed itself into the streaming business, and could possibly rise to the very top.
By Alexis Kominos
Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? This question is asked several times in the production of Snow White at Glenelg High School. Glenelg’s Theater department never fails to entertain, and this year from November 21 through 28, Snow White was shown to a full auditorium.
By Roxy Romero and Susanna Park
Hollywood actress, Cynthia Erivo, stars in a sensational new movie, Harriet, which was released on November 1st, presenting the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman. Tubman was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was a slave her whole life until she escaped to freedom in the north in 1849. Furthermore, she became the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, which led hundreds of families to freedom with the use of safe houses. During the Civil War, she was a spy for the Union and was the first woman to lead an armed assault in the Civil War. When freedom was won, she dedicated her life to improving the lives of newly freed slaves. As a whole, people generally believe that Tubman was remarkable from her time and continues to live on in the new retelling of her life.
By Evan Whatley and Rayyan Ahmad
With the hit release of the DC Comics “villain origin story”, Joker is climbing Box Office charts, currently sitting as the 7th top grossing film of 2019 according to IMDb. This R-rated movie follows the story of Arthur Fleck, a troubled man with multiple mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and pseudobulbar affect — a medical condition that causes the patient to erupt into uncontrollable bursts of laughing and crying at random times.
By Justin Robertson and Liam Day
Before reading this article, please be aware that the article includes spoilers. Recently released movie, Avengers: Endgame, is perhaps the most anticipated film in recent memory. The box office numbers are already showing this with the movie becoming the highest grossing movie in cinema history, making over two and a half billion dollars in three weeks. The film is the fourth installment of the Avengers series, which combines characters from numerous Marvel superhero movies. As the series has become more and more popular, Marvel has involved more superhero characters, such as Captain Marvel and Black Panther. Endgame continues the story that was developed in the previous Avengers installment, Avengers: Infinity War. In Infinity War, a powerful villain named Thanos collects the six infinity stones that gave him ultimate power over the universe. Once Thanos collected all of the stones, he was able to exterminate half of all living creatures in the universe. Endgame follows up on the aftermath of this catastrophic event and the attempt by the surviving Avengers to fix their mistakes. Despite various shortcomings for the film, the positive elements outweigh them and allow the film to now be the highest grossing movie of all time.
By Jessica Lipman
For the past couple of years, movies have centered around the love stories of teenagers, which automatically attract and grab the interest of the general public. However, there has been a noticeable trend recently with such love stories. Recently, romantic teen dramas have focused on illnesses and diseases. While some viewers enjoy watching these storylines, others are not so impressed.
By Chase Hensing
The Jonas brothers were viewed as international icons throughout many of our childhoods lives. They were in some of Disney’s biggest movies and TV shows, such as the Camp Rock series, along with being one of the biggest boy bands of the early 2000s. In 2013 the band announced that they would be splitting up. However on February 28 2019 the group announced their comeback and took took the internet by storm.
By Sofia Weddle
The fashion industry, as most things in the public eye, has never been short of controversy. Whether one designer is copying another’s designs, a spring line becomes a show of cultural appropriation, or a brand inflates their prices by the hundreds, fashion is never without drama. Many of these incidents go unnoticed or are quickly forgotten, but now there lives a digital fashion-inspired burn book.
By Sofia Weddle
The Oscars are known as the crème de la crème of award season. Win a SAG? You get a pat on your back. Golden Globe? An applause. Nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award? Only the critics care.
By Jessica Lipman
Midterms are approaching high schoolers faster than they think. The dates for midterms at Glenelg High School are January 22nd-25th. Although some students are more worried than others for these tests, it is important for all students to prepare themselves.