By: Nicole King
Dying to have the latest style of shoes? Don’t have the money to purchase them? As high school students are entering the “real world”, we are at a constant battle to have enough money. Our parents refuse to give us money every time we ask so we must be creative and find a solution to this problem. There are many simple ways to earn quick cash on the side instead of getting a laborious job. Below are some options for students to try in order to keep up with the newest styles.
By Julie Amoss
The Glenelg music department is a hive of activity, with one of its parts almost always participating in some event or another. The fall season is full of events and concerts for the music department. Starting things off early, the Glenelg Concert Choir had their first concert on October twenty fifth, and it was immediately followed by Choral Day just two days later.
The Pops concert is the first of the year for choir, and the first concert in the entire music department. It’s an entirely choral-based concert, although some of the groups sing with a professional band. Solo acts are also a featured part of the performance, allowing students to show off their own personal vocal talents. Every act shone despite the mere seven weeks of rehearsal time, and the solo acts were positively heavenly, each more beautiful than the last. Around six hundred people attended the event, and it was generally regarded as an excellent show for all involved.
Choral day is an event where all of the choir programs from every feeder school to Glenelg gather in our auditorium and each sing a song. Students from grades four to twelve are showcased as parts of their respective choirs, with the Glenelg Madrigals, Women's, and Men’s ensembles all performing as well. At the end, every school joins together to sing one song as a group. The auditorium is of course packed for the performance, as over five hundred students perform across the nine grades featured in the event. The evening is chaotic and often a bit overwhelming; but it’s a lot of fun and the kids are the absolute sweetest.
In October, the choir is allowed to volunteer at Larriland Farm serving apple fritters. They spend four hours of their weekend preparing and serving apple fritters to help pay for the choir’s annual spring trip, which this year will be to Williamsburg, Virginia. The stand is almost always busy, so it’s normally all hands on deck for the entire shift. The work is surprisingly fun and hardly feels like any kind of a chore, and it is especially enjoyable when you’re working with friends.
The String Thing is an orchestra event that occurred on November first. pairing the Glenelg Orchestra and the Glenwood Orchestra to showcase both groups’ prowess. The Glenelg String Orchestra and Glenelg Chamber Orchestra performed alongside the Glenwood Orchestra, showcasing each groups’ individual prowess and their skill as one cohesive group. Although the show could have been “a little more in tune”, as Izzy Beaumont, a Sophomore violinist, puts it, “It was pretty good overall.” The event was definitely an experience for the younger kids, some of whom are performing with older students for the first time.
The Glenelg Marching Band is still performing at football games with the Cheer Squad and Color Guard. They perform the school fight song during intermission, complete with marching choreography. The group is constantly improving and working to better their performance for the future, although they already set a high bar of excellence for themselves. However, every group now has turned their focus to the Winter Concert.
The Winter Concert is an event where every part of the Glenelg Music Department performs a variety of holiday music, and it is already looking like it will be a highlight of the winter season. Tickets are available immediately following Thanksgiving break for pre-order and can be purchased at the door as well for just eight dollars.
Approximately a quarter of the school’s population has a part in at least one group, and for many the fine arts wing is like a second home. Although the Music Department doesn’t perform every week or go to state tournaments -although there is adjudication in March- like the sports teams, the department is always busy, and definitely worth keeping an eye on now and in the future.
By Bethany Stewart
Everyone wants to be able to say that they made millions in their lifetime. There are many ways this is possible, but creating a product that costs less than five dollars and produces a profit in the millions is something difficult. Many new products and ideas are released to the market on a regular basis. But, very few produce a substantial profit for the creator. Below is a list of some of the cheapest products in stores that have been the most profitable.
By Charlie Glazier
Glenelg’s Seniors have already caught the case of “senioritis” for this 2017-2018 school year. Many students during this time of year experience stress over college and application process. The date for the application varies by state and school. Ten out of ten of the Seniors interviewed from Glenelg High School said they have experienced some form of stress due to Senior year.
The time it takes some students to apply to colleges can drastically differ per student. When interviewing twelfth grade student, Brittany Anderson, she states that “It only took me ten minutes to finish my applications.” This contrasts with the opinions of Amy Smith, another twelfth grade student, when she states “ Applications took me a long time.” Smith goes on to say that she has put in a lot of time, work, and energy into her applications to ensure her applications are good quality. The application process time can depend on how skilled of a writer a student is, how prepared they are to write the college essays, and how many schools they are applying to. For instance, if a student is set on one school being the one they attend and they do not apply to any other schools, the application process will take then much less time. Most students started the process over the summer.
When asking the students how they feel about the application process the common answer revolved around the idea that they were putting so much effort, time, and money into essays that they might not even receive admission for. The average cost of a college application is $37.88 as stated by a survey done by World Market. The students had a very wide range of prices they had paid for applications so far, from thirty to hundreds of dollars. Time management and organization is important when applying due to the amount of work a student is putting into the applications. The overwhelming majority of students were more anxious about getting in and felt pressured about acceptance than any other aspect of the process.
Ryan Davis, Amy Smith, and Brittany Anderson all agreed that teachers like Mr. Faran, Dr. Burnett, Mrs. Nunemaker, and Mr. Male all have been extremely helpful in the application process. All of the staff, administration, and other peers of the students interviewed are said to have all lend a helping hand in recommendations, peer review, and application help. Mrs. Ohanian has a workshop dedicated to helping students with college applications. The teachers are all said to be trying to help with anything they can to better their students applications and have been planned lessons around college essay writing.
By using these resources and teacher advice given to you by the school, hopefully students feel less inclined to be stressed during this time period. Students should also remember that not everyone gets into their top choice of a school and that putting your best effort forth in the application will help you to succeed. All of the students interviewed also all agreed on the point of them being excited to enter the new chapter of their education and except the freedom and new responsibilities that will follow. The stress of the application season is temporary and the relief of college acceptance will make up for all of the hard work the student have achieved. The concept of “senioritis” is also said to be very real as these students are anxious to move on to bigger and better places in the world.
By Alex Long
Cyber Monday began in around 2005 when the National Retail Federation coined the term after noticing a spike in online purchases the Monday after Thanksgiving. This spike is explained by the fact that back in 2005, high speed internet was not readily available. Consumers would wait until they got to work on Monday after the long break to take advantage of their high speed internet and begin online shopping. Online retailers took advantage of this spike in purchases and began to introduce sales as a part of Cyber Monday. However, now that internet is accessible almost anywhere, anytime, is it worth it to wait until Cyber Monday to make purchases?
It seems as if the answer is no. Amazon typically begins their Cyber Monday sale 10 days in advance. In addition to that, the flood of consumers purchasing products online causes a back up in retailers. In past years, Amazon has had difficulty getting purchases to their consumers on time due to the overflow. People also encounter a lot of merchandise being sold out due to the flood of purchases. Senior Olivia Paregol shared, “It's too difficult to shop on Cyber Monday. Everything is always sold out, and you don't even know if the clothes are going to fit.” Recent studies have shown that the best deals are actually on Thanksgiving day itself, with prices increasing from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is becoming less and less significant through the years. Further proof that Cyber Monday is becoming less important is that some teenagers don't even know what Cyber Monday is, both Luke Gezelle and Maria Collins asking, “What is Cyber Monday?” when questioned about the topic. A recent survey has also found that consumers are 42% less inclined to shop on Cyber Monday this year. This is because good deals online are no longer exclusive to Cyber Monday. Retailers have slowly extended the holiday, some beginning the sales Sunday night, or even continuing them throughout the week. Interestingly enough, the introduction of Cyber Monday has not affected Black Friday shopping, as the percent of sales on Black Friday is still fluctuating in the same fashion as it was prior to the introduction of Cyber Monday.
By Hannah Butera
The years you spend in college are arguably the most important of your life. Your social, academic, and independent experiences sculpt you as a person and prepare you for your future plans. In saying this, it is crucial to select a college that best fits your needs. As opposed to selecting a college merely for one aspect, like sports or the social scene, there is a multitude of factors that need consideration to ensure that you get the most out of your college experience.
Above all, affordability is the most important. Before anything, make sure the college is in a price range that is affordable to you or your family. It is important to take financial aid and scholarships into account when looking at the price, for the estimated tuition can likely be alleviated based on those factors. Student loans are also a significant factor. While they may allow you to attend the school of your dreams, keep in mind it could mean monthly payments for anywhere from fifteen to twenty years.
If you love constant warm weather and sunshine, would going to a school up North make sense? No! That’s why the region and climate you desire is a factor that should weigh heavily on your decision. When I asked Senior Lily Discepolo about her college research process, she said, “When I started my college search, I made sure to research only Southern schools because I am not one with cold weather.” However, aside from personal climate preference, it is also important to go somewhere that is a comfortable distance for you from home. If you don't mind going far, you're options are endless! If you think you're more comfortable staying close to home, that's okay too. Remember, plane tickets can be pricy and not every school has an airport nearby; take this into account as well!
The underlying point of going to college is the education you receive, so your academic interest should be a top priority when you make your decision. If you are set on a career path and have an utter passion for a certain subject, choose a school that specializes in it. For example, if you're passionate about becoming an artist, go to an art school, not a school that specializes in engineering or math. However, if you are unsure, going into a larger university “undecided” is a good option, for it will likely offer endless academic opportunities for you to explore. But remember, it is always okay to change your major!
What you’re looking for from a social standpoint is also important to think about. If you are looking to have an extremely involved social life, a larger school with a multitude of clubs and organizations is your best answer. Along with this, Greek life is something to consider. If sororities or fraternities are something that call out to you, make sure the schools you're looking into offer them. Junior Leya Prezelski is starting her college research. “Being in a sorority is something I am looking forward to, so I’m looking at colleges that have this option,” said Prezelski. Sports is another aspect that people often seek in a college. A school with involved sports teams is likely a good option for those interested in an involved social agenda. However, if your education and personal growth is your top priority, a smaller campus that offers a more personalized education might be a better fit.
Selecting a college requires a lot of time and thought. If the college you choose balances all of the factors you seek in your experience, it will likely be a good match. Make sure you consider every factor, and you’ll find a college fit for you!
By Jessica Lipman
What a better way to spend your Thursday night than learning about different cultures and important issues, playing games, and eating a diverse variety of cultural treats? On November 9th, Glenelg High School’s Black Student Union and the International Cultural Club spent the night inviting the entire school to enjoy a fun filled night of celebrating the clubs.
In the beginning of the night, officers from the BSU and ICC took the stage to describe their clubs and the purpose they serve in Glenelg High School. Senior at Glenelg and President of the Black Student Union, Tyler Hebron described BSU to everyone as a club that “aims to provide a sense of community to and support for black students.” The speakers continued to describe when the clubs have meetings for listeners to join them after school. The Black Student Union concluded by explaining their field trip they attended to the Museum of African History and Culture and their end of the year pool party.
After leaving the platform, The International Cultural Club took the podium by describing their purpose in the Glenelg community. Based on their powerpoint presentation, the ICC is a club which “aims to provide a sense of community and support to students with diverse backgrounds (races, ethnics, and cultures).” The speakers and leaders continued to describe the club as an educational opportunity to learn and teach others about different cultures. The ICC concluded their speech by stating when they meet and they take part in arts, crafts, watching movies, and cooking foods from different cultures.
Students, parents, and staff were then able to walk around the cafeteria and fill their plates with a variety of foods from around the globe. After everyone was seated, the Mads sang “We Are The World” by Michael Jackson. This song was the perfect fit for this event, because the lyrics reflect on how everyone from around the world, no matter what your culture is, need to come and work together. When the performance finished, attendees participated in a game of Kahoot, quizzing everyone on different traditions and music from around the world.
As the night came to an end, attendees were able to ask questions to members of both clubs and everyone was able to discuss the events of the night. The 2017 Potluck hosted by the Black Student Union and International Cultural Club was a night filled with laughs and carefree energy, where everyone was able to learn about the difference of cultures and their purpose in the community. Not only was this a night of education and trying new treats, but it created a sense of unity between everyone, showing that it does not matter what your race, ethnicity, or cultural background is.
By Bethany Stewart
The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, can be described in one word: chaos. This is the day when almost every retail store in the United States has their biggest sales of the year. Many people camp outside stores to get the best deals of the day before they are all gone. Lines are formed to enter the stores, with limited space to shop once you are finally inside. Junior, Hailey Griffin, says that “Every Black Friday, I camp out with my mom at the Towson Mall, and as soon as the mall doors open, we sprint to our favorite stores. Sometimes we get trampled, but we try to buy everything we possibly can.” The news stories about shoppers fighting over items and passing out from all the shopping are almost unbelievable.
Some people literally do shop until they drop. Sophomore, Gabby Steinberg, has a Black Friday tradition that she has been doing for the past several years. She explains, “I wake up at 3 AM and go to the Hagerstown outlets with a bunch of my friends and our moms. We typically spend about $1,000, but we do get most of our Christmas gifts, so it is not just for us! Then, when we finally get home, we nap for a good six hours.” Many people avoid going out altogether, but no matter what someone does on Black Friday, it is likely they do not know the reason why this day is called Black Friday, or how the day actually came to be.
The term Black Friday was originally used to describe a financial crisis, the crash of the United States gold market on September 24, 1869. To this day, this stock market crash was one of the worst the United States experienced. The market crashed due to a conspiracy, set-up by Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, to buy up a large amount of the nation’s gold, and later sell it for an extremely inflated price. On the 24th, the conspiracy unraveled, causing the crash in market, and stocks to decrease in value. Although the crash occurred in September, Black Friday is used for the day after Thanksgiving, because prices are typically at the lowest point of the year on this day.
In recent years, the story behind the name Black Friday has shifted. Now, many people believe that it is called Black Friday because sales for these businesses are in the black on this day, black meaning that profit is being made. This is opposed to sales being in the red, and businesses losing money on sales. Although this is not the original story behind Black Friday, it makes sense as to why many people think this story more suitable. Black Friday is now a day where prices in stores drop dramatically, and people buy ridiculous amounts of various items.
Many people use Black Friday to get a lot of Christmas shopping done, but if you want to avoid the chaos, you can wait for Cyber Monday, where many businesses have similar deals online, and you can avoid the ridiculous lines in store. Cyber Monday could be the best way to avoid becoming the next viral internet video, fighting over the last sweater in the store. But if you are up for the madness, get ready for Black Friday, because it is right around the corner.
By Julianna Mirabile
Every year, families and friends gather on the third Thursday of November to stuff their faces. It’s a time where your crazy great Aunt Sally comes up from Oklahoma just to bring her popular cranberry sauce. Or when your long lost cousin shows up to take the cornbread and leave. Whatever the situation, the environment is kept pleasant and the stomachs are kept full. This carefree day is one where Americans give their thanks to the things around them that they take for granted in their everyday life. When Glenelg High School Senior, Zack Odachowski, was asked to digress from the generics, such as friends, family, and food, he said he is thankful for, “The memories I have when I travel. I am grateful that I get the opportunity to depart from the states and see amazing places with my family, such as St Thomas and Jamaica.” Being capable of leaving your hometown and visiting astonishing new places is something that should be appreciated by many.
Another Glenelg High School student, Wande Owens, is a Junior who is on the football team. He says he is thankful for, “Having the skills needed to play football by being healthy and having a coach that pushes us to stay determined.” Owens recently recovered from a leg injury that kept him unable to play for four games. He is thankful that he had a quick recovery and was able to come back committed to becoming an even stronger player.
Lastly, Glenelg Senior, Brittany Anderson, stated that she is grateful for her jobs, “Going to work everyday and earning my own income has helped me gain a stronger work ethic.” Anderson currently works at the Town Grill and is a nanny to two elementary school children. She is thankful for being able to acquire two enjoyable jobs that she looks forward to going to, as well as making money that she can save up for her future plans.
Overall, Glenelg High School students are grateful for the fortunate lives they live. When digging deeper into what they are really thankful for, it showed that many privileges could easily be taken for granted. When Thanksgiving Day comes around this year, make sure to look at the bigger picture before digging into Grandma’s stuffing.
By Nicole King
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as “Armistice Day” to commemorate those who served our country in World War I and celebrate it’s official end. As a celebration, people gathered in their communities and threw parades while those in schools or work buildings had a moment of silence to honor those who fought. Two years later, an unidentified soldier from the war was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. This 1,100 acre plantation now stands as a memorial where thousands of soldiers are honored. In 1954, Wilson declared November 11th, the day known as “Armistice Day” to be renamed “Veterans Day” to show respects to not only those in World War I, but all wars.
From fighting barbary wars (a series of wars fought at same time over the same conflicts) to taking down Osama Bin Laden, our veterans have accomplished what some once thought was impossible. These honorable men and women have dedicated their lives to defending our nation no matter how dangerous the battlefields may be. Their bravery and compassion earns them the right to not only be referred to as people, but as heroes. They leave behind their friends and family to endure months of arduous training followed by years of risking their lives in a war that has the possibility to take their life. All soldiers know that when they enter a war, there is a chance they might not return or return with substantial physical and mental setbacks. Thankfully, our country is fortunate enough to have 6.5% of it’s population willing to risk these outcomes to keep everyone safe and secure in their communities.
On November 11, 2017, Americans will be celebrating the 64th year of Veterans Day by hosting a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Following this ceremony will be a program hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (a group designated to provide beneficial services to those that served). These events are just a few of the ways those in the community can honor these heroes for all they have done. On this day, everyone should take a brief moment to pay their respects and be thankful for all the brave men and women have accomplished for our country.
Homecoming week is finally here, which means it is time to spend the week in unique outfits, cheer on our football team at the homecoming game, spend time with our friends, and dance the night away at homecoming. With multiple ways to show your school pride, everyday this week has a variety of ways to stand out and express your school spirit. From USA Day, Vacation Day, Fairytale Day, and Color Day there are different themes to look forward to everyday.
USA Day is the day to show American pride by wearing our country’s colors. During this day, everyone wears red, white, and blue. USA Day is favored by many students, especially by Junior Carolyn Keating, Keating says how this day allows students “to show pride for their country and express their patriotism.”
Dressing up as if you are at your favorite vacation destination is a creative way to celebrate the homecoming week. From wearing tropical shirts and pretending to be at the beach with all of the decorations, Tropical Tuesday, is another favored by many students. This day is simple and effortless, which makes it one of the most participated spirit days during the week.
Whether you are dressing up as a princess or Prince Charming or being Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, Fairytale Day creates a variety of different characters to dress up as. Maddy Jansen, a Junior at Glenelg, explains she enjoyed Fairytale Day, because she was able to “wear [her] Eeyore onesie and stay comfortable all day long, while still showing school spirit.” Throughout the day, they were many students who wore clever costumes, including Junior Emma Letellier who dressed up as Shrek and Senior Ethan Fenton who wore a Willy Wonka costume.
Beginning with the Senior Tailgate early in the morning and ending with a school wide homecoming pep rally, Color Day is the perfect way to end off the week. With the different grades wearing their class color, Freshmen wearing gray, Sophomores wearing white, Juniors
wearing black, and Seniors wearing red, this day gives students the opportunity to not only represent their class, but their school too. At the end of the day, Senior Tyler Hebron describes her last Color Day and homecoming pep rally as one of her favorite color days, because she has been “anticipating to wear the color red since her Freshman year for color day.” At the end of the day, students are able to attend the homecoming pep rally and participate in events and cheer on their fall season sport teams.
By Jackie Lyons
Every state has legends. New Jersey has the Jersey Devil. California has Dark Watchers. But what does Maryland have? The great state of Maryland has many urban legends and haunted buildings that are all local and will be sure to keep you up at night.
Crybaby Bridge, found in Prince George’s County across the Patuxent River, is a well known legend to most Maryland residents. According to the legend, a baby died in the river during the 50s and the cause of death is still unknown. It is said that if you visit the bridge late at night, you will be able to hear the distant sounds of a baby crying underneath the bridge.
Located in Kingsville, MD, the Jericho Covered Bridge has made it to the list of the top haunted places in Maryland. According to legends, you are supposed to drive across the bridge, turn around at the dead end, then drive back under the middle of the bridge and turn off your engine. The driver must honk the horn twice and once every passenger is looking out of the rearview window, the driver must place their foot on the brakes. The light from the brakes is supposed to illuminate an apparition of a crying woman dressed in Amish clothing. When shown a picture of the bridge, Senior Easha Qasba immediately says, “It looks like I would die if I went under that bridge.” Many witnesses have said how their cars would stall the moment they would try to escape.
Another well known urban legend is The Goatman. The most common theory about the origins of The Goatman is that he is the end result of a terrible experiment. It’s said that he hangs around the woods of Prince George’s County terrorizing teenagers by chasing after their cars, wielding an axe. However, Senior Trey Hensing doesn’t see him as a threat. “He’s probably the least scary things I’ve ever heard and he’s probably off in a mountain eating cans.” While The Goatman seems to be the most well known urban legend, he doesn’t seem to strike much fear in his targets.
By Alex Long
As college application deadlines are approaching fast, Seniors are hurriedly trying to finish their applications on time. While some may be cranking out essays or squeezing in a few more service hours, Senior Allyson Kim is making a mini documentary about death. She explains, “I was zoning off in class one day and just came up with the idea.” In the video, she asks Glenelg students a range of questions from how they think they will die, to how they would like to be remembered. “Its interesting to hear what people have to say about such a heavy topic, I like getting a reaction out of people and making them feel something.” She plans to turn the video into a series, the next video centering around Glenelg Staff. Kim intends for the videos to be sent in as a part of her portfolio with her college applications.
Kim wants her art to carry over to college and is planning to apply to SCAD, MICAH, FIDM, VCU and, SAIC with hopes of majoring in Graphic Design. Kim’s college resume looks different from the rest in another aspect; she started and maintains a buisiness.
Kim started Sundivided started on a whim to make some extra money over the summer. She recalls, “I had not a dollar in my pocket and wanted to make a change.” Started on July 4th, 2015, the company features Kim’s original designs on t-shirts, hoodies, and even stickers. She begins by mirroring her hand-drawn designs onto her computer where she edits the designs to her liking. Kim then transfers the design onto a screen, which can then be used to print the design onto fabric. With a five star rating on Etsy and more than 1881 sales, the business has blossomed into what Kim likes to call, “the biggest accomplishment of my life”.
Now however, Kim is trying to make the best out of her final year in high school, she describes, “school is not fun, but I realized that I am here with my friends and that I have to make the most of it.” She is excited to start a new chapter of her life in college, and in high school, would like to be remembered as, “someone who did what she wanted, not a follower.”
This is her finished video about death. It is called “A Conversation About Death”.
By Anna Lawson
As Halloween nears, everyone is struggling to find the perfect costume to wear. To help the Glenelg community combat this issue, we asked ten students from all different grades to tell us what their favorite ideas are. Here is what they said:
By Charlie Glazier
Recently, there has been a lot speculation over Color Day due to the contrasting opinions on tagging and paint being brought to school. Every year, the day before homecoming, students dress in their assigned class color to show their school spirit and represent their grade. The threat of canceling, due to concern from administration over the paint being brought to school, color day completely led to a mixture of contradicting views from students and teachers.
An overwhelming majority of students from grades ninth through twelfth all agreed they did not want the tradition of Color Day to end. Color Day has been used as a day to show class spirit for years at Glenelg High School. Ryan Davis, a twelfth grade student, stated that it “welcomed him into the Glenelg family.” When asking students from grades tenth to twelfth whether their safety has ever felt jeopardized on this day, the answer has continuously been no. When the question was proposed to students grades tenth through twelfth, have you ever been tagged or seen someone been tagged, I received answers from almost everyone along the lines of that they had gotten tagged before but never had felt it was in a harassing, threatening, or menacing way. Brittany Anderson, a twelfth grade student, said that “It was exhilarating. It was a rush of an experience and it contributed to how I view Glenelg.” When asking Evan Williams, a ninth grade student, whether he was nervous or not about this upcoming event on October nineteenth, he stated that he was “A little nervous, the idea of being painted as a freshman is scary.” Although, paint has been banned this year and has been made clear that administration will not tolerate any of it being brought to school or worn. The other four freshmen interviewed all seemed more excited then afraid for color day.
Although this day is so important to students, the concept of Color Day is wavering in between dangerous and fun to the staff of Glenelg. When interviewing teachers including Mrs. Currie-Scott, Mrs Chawket, and Mrs. Ohanian, two out of the three members stated that they had never seen a student be tagged, harassed, or hurt on Color Day, but have heard stories from other teachers about incidents previously. Mrs. Ohanian discussed how there have been times where Color Day has been a disruption to her English class due to “students in the classroom with paint that has spilled and students that have been tagged when I have not been in the room yet. I think the tagging that has occurred is not always welcome [for certain students], and I've seen students that have been tagged that are upset and that is a disruption regardless of where it is in the building.” The paint is a problem for custodians as well due to the mess it creates all over the school. Most teachers were in agreement that the tradition should continue. Mrs. Currie-Scott discussed how it should continue because it is a tradition and important to the students, but a shift should occur to make the day less structured around grade unity and division versus school wide unity. Hallie Koele, a tenth grade student, states that color day is “So much fun because I feel apart of a big school and I get to represent the fall sport I play.” The feeling of unity that students experience during this day is something monumental in the quintessential high school experience. Most of the answers revolved around the idea that if the students behaved in a more adult manner and handled themselves more maturely during the event, then the school would not have been put in the position to question the safety of its students on Color Day.
Overall, the students should never feel unsafe during a day intended to be fun and filled with activities. The school should feel a sense of cohesive unity on this day and feel like a member of the Glenelg community. This day is a crucial and memorable way to many students and should be a positive experience for all. In order for these fun events and traditions to continue, students must handle themselves in a respectful way that reflects Glenelg in a positive light.
By Nicole King
The transformation into high school is a petrifying experience that most students dread: the thought of being shoved across the halls by tall, scary upperclassmen usually ends up leaving Freshman anxious to begin their year. Freshman Ava Gezelle, said she “was nervous since the environment is so much bigger and more intimidating.” Everywhere you turn, there are upperclassmen who cluster together in the halls, blocking room numbers. Hope Wilmeth is a Freshman who believes the Juniors and Seniors make it “hard to find their way around the new, larger area.” Luckily, there are various techniques to help Freshman like Gezelle and Wilmeth coast through their first year of high school. Follow the tips and tricks below if you want a successful year with complications.
If these rules make students transition into high school too arduous, try the following below!
By Jessica Lipman
It is time to say goodbye to the long pool days and the sandy beaches of summer and hello to colorful leaves and sweater weather. As we approach fall, not only are the colors of the leaves changing, but so are the variety of activities to do during the season. This autumn, try to make the most of what this season has to offer with these fun-filled activities.
The fall season is all about spending time outdoors and embracing the change of weather. Some outdoor activities include going to a local orchard, corn maze, or farm. At Larriland Farm in Woodbine, there is a wide variety fruits and vegetables that you are able to pick yourself. At the farm, they also sell pumpkins, apple cider, and other fall treats. On the weekends they provide hayrides to display the scenery of the farm during the autumn. Everyday they allow customers to get lost in the straw maze and search for the pumpkins throughout the field to decide which one they want to take home and decorate.
Attending fall festivals is a great way to celebrate and start off the season. Local festivals in Baltimore provide a wide variety of activities, games, and food for everyone to enjoy. The Oktobearfest at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provides a variety of food from German inspired to vendings. The event also provides live music and is held on October 21st at 12 pm. The Holt Harvest Day provides activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities include pumpkin painting, crafts, vendors, and more. The one day festival is in Baltimore on October 21st.
With the colder weather approaching us, that means it is time to make warm and delicious treats. These snacks are especially even better when they are fall themed! Pumpkin cinnamon rolls are Junior Maddy Jansen’s, favorite fall snack because it “takes a spin on the regular cinnamon rolls we are used to but with a twist to fit into this season.”
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:
2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/2 cup solid-pack pumpkin
2/3 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
Apples and caramel are a classic pair, especially when they’re in the form of a cupcake. It starts off with an apple spiced cupcake topped off with caramel buttercream. Caramel apple cupcakes melt in your mouth and are perfect for any fall occasion.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe:
1 package spice or carrot cake mix (regular size)
2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 2 medium)
3 tablespoons 2% milk
1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
12 wooden skewers (4-1/2 inch)
Whether it is being outdoors and enjoying the climate change or staying inside and baking a one of a kind treat, there is always something everyone can do this autumn. With these activities, you will be able to make the most out of your fall season.
By Hannah Butera and Bethany Stewart
It’s out with the old, in with the new; goodbye summer fun, hello school. Although tan lines will fade, the memories of summer vacations will be held onto forever. This summer, students from Glenelg High School traveled to various places around the world. Let’s dive back into their summers, and hear about their international experiences.
Junior Ryan Hopkins had the pleasure of starting his summer with a four day trip to Puerto Rico with his family. During his vacation he went to the beach daily, hiked through the country’s vast forests, and scuba dived. In doing these things, he got a first look at the exceptional wildlife within the tropics. Another unforgettable memory was the opportunity to travel to one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, which contains glowing organisms called dinoflagellates that light up the surrounding water and leave a stunning sight to see. “My favorite memory was petting an iguana,” said Hopkins. He is eager to travel to Puerto Rico again for another memorable trip.
Michael Forester, a Senior, traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland this past summer. Although he was not necessarily soaking up the sun’s rays, he was hiking and seeing several beautiful sights. One that he was particularly fond of was the Top of Europe, a high altitude building that overlooks mountains of snow. He traveled with his entire extended family, and went for ten days at the end of June and beginning of July. He said that he “really embraced the culture while there, and I felt welcomed by all the locals.” Not only did Forester hike and sightsee, but he got to watch skydivers jump off a cliff. He said that he would definitely want to go back, because the views were spectacular. His favorite memory was riding on the train into a mountain to get to the first hotel they stayed at because of the breathtaking view; unlike anything he has seen before.
Sophomore Mia Stamatakis traveled with her church group this July for a mission trip. They journeyed to the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. While there, they painted classrooms, which was their main point of the trip. They also played with the children that were in the area and visited homes of the community. Stamatakis wants to go back because she thought the trip was very enlightening, as she gained a new perspective of the lifestyle of those who are less fortunate. She plans on going on the trip again next year. Her favorite memory was “getting to play soccer with all the kids. They did not have much, but they loved to all play all the time.” She hopes that more people can get this kind of experience, because it is something she will always remember.
As great as it is to reminiscence on all of our exciting summer vacations, it’s time to get into gear and focus on school… until winter break.
By Anna Lawson
Over five billion school lunches are served every year, but these meals tend to lack essential nutritious aspects. An unbalanced nutrition can lead to decreased performance in school and health problems, including diabetes. Because of this common problem at most U.S. schools, many students decide to bring lunch to school. However, a new problem arises from this; what to pack. If students receive their daily intake of protein, dairy, fruits or veggies, grains, and sweets, they will have the ability to focus. This five-day school lunch plan contains a variety of easy-to-make foods that contain the energy students need to succeed in school.
Parmesan Chicken Bites: Finished in 25 minutes, these are easy to prep the night before, and taste delicious hot or cold!
No-Bake Reese’s Bars: The perfect balance of sweet milk chocolate and creamy peanut butter is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, and provide a serving of protein.
Vegetable Spring Rolls: A refreshing and healthy item that has endless variations. Simple to make, these rolls can be ready to go in only a few minutes!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge: Creamy and delicious just like real cookie dough- but eggless and safe to eat! With only few ingredients, Glenelg Senior Campbell Shepard says, “I love how easy it is to make and how delicious it tastes.”
Turkey and Cheese Crescent Rolls: These simple crescent rolls can be made in advance and warmed up in the school microwave for 45 seconds. They are also filled with protein to help keep a healthy and balanced diet.
Pizza Bites: Tasty and a great source of protein and dairy. These polka-dot pizza bites are easy to make and can be reheated in the school microwave for 45 seconds to a minute.
M&M Oreo Cookie Bars: These colorful and delicious bars can be made in 30 minutes and only use seven ingredients!
Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Roll Ups: With just 5 ingredients, these roll ups can be quickly prepared the night before. These taste best cold, so pack an ice pack!
Pancake Bites: There are endless combinations of ingredients to mix into these pancake bites! They can be made with store bought pancake mix to make prep even easier. Glenelg Junior, Erin Chizmadia, says, “Pancake bites are so good! I love how you can mix-and-match the ingredients. My favorite is chocolate chips with sprinkles.”
By Anna Lawson
Many people wonder why parents would send their children away, sometimes to a place with less desirable accommodations than at home or a family vacation. Sure, a twin sized bunk bed and mosquito bites sounds less appealing than staying in the comfort of your own home. However, sleep away camps provide people of all ages with an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
The first thought that comes to a child’s mind when they hear the words “sleep away camp” is no parents! Kids enjoy the idea of being unsupervised. Of course, this is not completely true as there are counselors around to ensure safety, but children still learn about independence. Being away from home and a normal routine that includes the same people allows them to explore their comfort zone and decide what they like and dislike. Glenelg Sophomore, Jordan Chizmadia, said that, “I was only eight when I went to sleep away camp for the first time. I loved being able to try new activities and meet new people!” It is good for kids to get to try new things and develop their own opinions.
Most camps nowadays have a disconnect policy. This means that they discourage and exclude electronics. Most modern kids and teenagers feel terrified to leave their phones for weeks at a time, however this can actually be quite refreshing. Many have gone to the same sleep away camp for years and say that being away from their phone is one of their favorite parts. It allows one to live in the moment. In addition, being phone-less relieves stress. Keeping up with Snapchat, Instagram and the other social media apps tends to be very stressful, so those few weeks without responsibility to them is relaxing.
Some summer camps include camp-wide competitions for example, Color War. In most cases, the camp is split up into two teams that compete against in various events. Competitions like this allow campers to let out their competitive side. Campers can usually request to be a part of a certain activity or event. Since camp-wide competitions tend to occur towards the end of camp, campers have had the chance to try all of the different activities and choose their favorites.
Most campers’ favorite part is making new friends. Many camps have a cabin set up, so campers have the chance to meet people and create tight bonds that can last a lifetime. Sophomore, Megan Lydon, said, “I went to sleep away camp five years ago and am still in touch with some of my cabin mates.” Cabins usually eat and participate in activities together, so everyone becomes very close.
It surprises many that just talking about camp can bring a smile to their face. Camp is a place to make lifelong friends and try different things that one would have never imagined themselves doing. If you have excluded the idea of going to a sleep away camp after a bad experience at one, try another! There are countless people who had bad experiences at another camp but were happy that they did their research and eventually found their fit. Sleep away camps provide an experience like no other and wonderful memories that will last the rest of your life.
By Molly Swartz
Many people have watched, or at least heard of, the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why . This show depicts a group of high school students, who throughout the show discover information and secrets about themselves and others through the recorded tapes of a girl who committed suicide. As the name of the show implies, the tapes discuss the thirteen specific reasons why the main character, Hannah Baker, decided to take her own life. As is evident through any type of search of a review of this show online, its contents are exceedingly controversial. Many popular news outlets such as the Chicago Tribune , LA Times , CNN , and USA Today are all inputting their views on this show.
For the most part, the reviews have come to a consensus: that the contents presented in this show are either too graphic for young viewers, or not handled properly as the sensitive subject that they are. Grace Shrestha, a Junior at Glenelg, summed up this view perfectly- “Some people say it raises awareness about suicide, but it glorifies it.” This show, as Shrestha stated, goes above and beyond to fabricate and elaborate on a story all about suicide. By taking the show to this extreme, many people believe that 13 Reasons Why has become a glorification of suicide, and a story of seemingly plausible proof and encouragement as to how a person could get revenge on those who have done him or her wrong in the past. Basically, as Corynne Wolven, a Sophomore at Glenelg stated, “This show can give people bad ideas,” because people watching this show might be more likely to develop suicidal thoughts.
By maintaining the mindset that 13 Reasons Why has improperly balanced fiction and reality when discussing sensitive, harsh topics, it is clear to see how many people could be disturbed by the concept of suicide, or even rape, as it is presented in the series. Overall, if the directors of the show wanted to raise awareness about the tragedies that are suicide and rape, they could have succeeded “in a more formal setting,” as Shrestha argued, through more informational shows or articles. Because of this new and cruel romanticization, many ignorant viewers (as in those who are too young to have learned about such tragic events or those who have simply chose to repress their knowledge about them) have an extremely construed view of how suicidal people think and act, and furthermore how the people surrounding the suicidal individual would be expected to act both before and after his or her death.
As is evident through massive amounts of research, suicidal individuals often suffer from mental illnesses, such as depression. Kathiann Kowalski, an author for the Current Health Magazine , describes in her article “Dealing with Depression -- Beyond the Blues” some causes of depression and suicide, stress being chief among these reasons, as well as the physical, sexual or emotional victimization of an abused individual. Furthermore, Kowalski analyzes specific examples of people with depression, and then describes the brain chemistry, signs, and treatment of a person with depression or suicidal thoughts. In this article, the reality of suicide is faced, in close context with Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why , because of her status as a victim of rape and other sexual and emotional harassment. The show lacks these explanations of mental disorders associated with suicide. Without understanding the scientific viewpoints regarding the contents so casually placed in this show, it is near impossible for proper awareness to be raised about suicide and rape.
13 Reasons Why fails altogether to even mention the actual mind and body experiences or processes Hannah Baker was going through as a depressed suicidal individual. The directors chose to focus solely on her elaborate, fictitious plan to get back at the people who were mean to her, instead of choosing to bring to light the brain deficits she was experiencing as the neurotransmitters in her brain were imbalanced. These imbalances caused her to make irrational decisions. In this way, 13 Reasons Why completely failed at properly raising awareness about the unfortunate topics presented in the show.
This show, due to its failure to properly inform and educate people on suicide and rape, does not deserve to uphold the popularity it currently possesses. Children viewing this show could potentially be, and will most likely be, traumatized with its intensely graphic depictions of scenes of both sexual harassment and Hannah Baker’s suicide itself. At the very least, this show should only be available to those individuals mature enough to handle the topics of suicide and rape with the background knowledge of why they occur and how they could be prevented.
Clearly, suicide and rape are extremely serious and sensitive topics. It is best to approach them in a more formal nature, in order to increase the knowledge and awareness of these subjects without providing hyperbolized or unrealistic expectations as to what situations involving them could entail. In real life, it is imperative to get help if a person is experiencing any thoughts or concerns relating to suicide. Therefore, it is important to know the helpful resources available to all students, such as school counselors or other trusted adults, and even the suicide hotline. As most students have learned in school, these trusted resources will provide a student or any person with the assistance he or she needs.*
*For those who need help, or know someone who may need help, please seek out a counselor or other trusted adult, or call the Suicide Hotline, at (410) 531-6677.
By: Olivia Kavadias
Everyone knows the feeling of being stressed out. Homework, extracurriculars, exams… how do you balance it all, still have time to do what you want to do, and not be overly stressed about it all. Glenelg Freshman, Stephanie Farace, believes, “there is too much stress in school,” and it prevents students from doing things. Even though stress is seen as an enemy, it can be used to your advantage and actually help you. First, understand what stress actually is.
Stress is a strategy for your body when you are in a “fight or flight” situation. It is meant to help you but too much can be harmful to your body- mentally and physically. Here are some ways to lower stress and use it as a good source of energy.
Change Your Perspective
Instead of seeing stress as something that drains you, see it as something that motivates you and helps you in anxious situations. Changing how you see stress can actually reduce or increase the amount of stress, and if you view it as positive, you could become more productive as well as less stressed overall.
Know What You Are Stressing Over
When you know the cause of your stress, you can control it better. Camille Sirenne, a Glenelg Junior, says, “most [of her stress] comes from school, family, and stressing over stress.” Once you know what you are stressing about, think about why it is making you stressed, and then find ways to use it for good.
Turn It Into Energy
For many high schoolers, stress takes away energy, making way for laziness, procrastination, and sleeping as strategies to compete against it. But instead of sleeping and putting off work, use it to do the opposite. After you change your view on stress as positive and helpful, stress will actually make you more productive. Think of it as a graph, stress is on the bottom and productivity is on the y-axis. The graph is bell curve; stress is useful and increases productivity when it is at its peak, but if you have too much or too little stress, it isn’t helpful.
By Matthew Lipp
Students look forward to summer from the first day of school. Many people like to get away from home to relax after a long school year. Hot vacation spots for students at Glenelg include Ocean City, Maryland, the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and beaches all over Florida. Sophomore Jared Thomas stated, “I'm so excited to go to the Outer Banks this summer with my friends. The beach is so relaxing. It's a perfect break from sports and school”. Thomas further explained how he's heard of so many people around the school talking about going to Ocean City this summer. Junior Michael Forester mentioned, “Ocean City is going to be a busy place this summer. I love seeing so many people from school down there it makes it so fun”. If Ocean City is in your agenda this summer you should expect to see many familiar faces.
The entertaining part of summer is being able to leave the state and experience something new and interesting. Students in Howard County always talk about extravagant trips they go on to different countries. Junior Lily Discepolo explained, “My family went to Italy last year and it was the best week of my life. This year we planned a trip to Africa and I am beyond excited for it. We've got safari adventures and so much fun stuff planned”. She went on about how awesome it is to visit other countries and see how different people’s lifestyles are. Whether you are traveling in America or abroad, getting away for a nice vacation is always a great time.
By Hannah Butera
We all reach that point over the summer where we feel like we’ve run out of things to do. Going to the pool day after day gets old, and it’s become the routine to lounge around and watch Netflix all day. The thought of wasting away a summer after a strenuous school year is devastating. Thankfully, we live in an area where there are endless things to do to keep your summer busy, fun, and adventurous. Here are a few ideas to keep your summer alive:
Go hiking! It's great exercise, a lot of fun, and the view can be spectacular. Not to mention it's a great way to bond with your friends or family. Senior Keelin Johnson, who enjoys hiking regularly, said "Adventure is everywhere around us, from Patapsco state park to Sugarloaf mountain.” We live in an area with a multitude of different hiking options. And the best part- it's free! Try Sugarloaf Mountain, suggested by Johnson, which is located nearby, in Frederick Maryland! Pack a lunch, have a picnic, and enjoy the view.
Another great idea is a visit to old Ellicott City. The scenic historical city is a great way to spend a beautiful summer day. “Over the summer my family goes to Old Ellicott city often to walk around. It's a great way to spend a nice day,” explained Sophomore Leya Prezelski. The city has rapidly recovered from severe flood damage, and it's adorable stores, scenic environment, and fabulous restaurants are not something to miss. There are parking meters, so make sure you pay to avoid receiving a ticket.
Looking to go on a day trip? Try North Beach, Maryland! Junior Maddie McSally has always loved visiting this area. She commented, “Going to Chesapeake beach has always been one of my favorite activities from when I was younger. Collecting shark teeth with my friends is always a friendly competition.” Chesapeake beach has an abundance of shark teeth along with several cute stores and restaurants. It is about 45 minutes away, but the drive is worth it! It costs ten dollars for access onto the beach, and it is worth every cent! You can swim in the water, lounge on the beach, and walk around the different shops. Try the mexican restauraunt located right near the main beach!
Last but not least, Baltimore is always a great option! The Baltimore Inner Harbor is filled with shopping, restaurants, and not to mention a beautiful view. There is nothing more spectacular than the view of the Harbor from the top of Federal Hill! We are lucky enough to live so close to one of our country’s 0majors cities, so take advantage of that this summer! Maybe make it to an Orioles game, which start as low as $10 Friday night games (for students).
Now there is no excuse to lay around all summer! Even if going to one of the places listed above is too difficult, it is still important to stay active and make something out of your summer! Whatever you choose to do, make your summer count because the days are limited!