By Ryan Hack
In 2016, Downtown Ellicott City flooded after a major rainstorm caused a river to overflow, and then travel down the streets of the old town. A river overflowed, causing water to gush everywhere, destroying houses, shops, and businesses. Many people were injured and left homeless from the catastrophe.
By Julie Amoss
The Supreme Court is probably the most well known institution of America’s judicial branch, revered for its power in setting legal precedents that can last for centuries. Although many of its rulings affect the more obscure parts of industries or the legal system, some of them affect everyone in America. This is a list of some of the rulings most likely to impact students at Glenelg.
By Charlie Glazier
Maryland became the second state in the country to prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. Puppy mills are establishments that breed puppies for sale purposes. The conditions of the mills are often inhumane and cruel.
By David Toronto
Devastating earthquakes, hot boiling lava running rampant on the Hawaiian island, Kilauea, is causing major damage and lots of destruction in Hawaii. The Kilauea shield volcano has forced over two thousand Hawaiian residents to evacuate their homes. The volcano at this moment has 19 fissures, which are cracks in the earth that spew out lava. Kilauea has been wreaking havoc on Hawaii since May 3rd.
By Sofia Weddle
North Korea has long been recognized as an at-risk country ridden with nuclear threats and corrupted propaganda. Now more than ever, the world’s superpowers are fearing the future. Is a WWIII soon to come? How damaging are North Korea’s nuclear weapons?
By Charlie Glazier
On March 20, 2018, the last male Northern White rhino died in The Kenya Conservancy, where two females still remain. The male rhino had been living under armed guard, but had developed an infection on his back right leg.
By Philip Johnson & Torin Alexander
On March 24 2018, the biggest youth march since the Vietnam War demonstrations took place across the United States to protests gun laws and school safety. The march was in response to the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where
By Jacob Kersh
As school systems within our country continue to modernize, technology has become an increasingly important actor for cultivating a proper learning environment. Nevertheless, in order for schools to incorporate electronics as efficiently as possible, there are two primary obstacles they have to hurdle: gathering the proper funding to purchase cutting-edge technology and assisting students with the learning curve that comes with it.
By Justin Robertson
The United States could be in a war with China soon, but not the kind of war that some would suspect. American citizens are likely to see a price increase on Chinese imports, possibly worsening the economy. On Thursday, March 22, President Donald Trump imposed a tariff
By Hannah Butera & Tyler Curtiss
Looking for a new show to binge watch? Tired of repetitive series that get boring after the first season? If you want a suspenseful, bone-chilling, and unpredictable show to watch, The Following is for you. Warning: you won’t be able to stop watching.
By Sayo Jolayemi
Less than two months after the tragic school shooting at Marjory Douglas High School, another school was run amok with the terror that is gun violence. The raging concern this time is the proximity to our beloved Glenelg, as Great Mills High School is apart of the St. Mary’s County Public School System, a mere two hour drive away from our campus.
By Cameron Olenick & Reagan Ahlquist
Until a few weeks ago, a terror plagued the streets of Austin, Texas, striking fear into the homes of all Texans in the area. An anonymous terrorist had been placing explosives devices into packages and mailing them to people’s doorsteps. The trend however, was that these packages were only being sent to homes owned by minorities.
By Julie Amoss
Since the Parkland shooting, the eighth deadliest shooting in modern US history, there has been an uproar of student-led protests. Several national school protests and walkouts have been planned and have reached national attention. Students are angry, and it seems nothing can stop their tide of righteous activism.
By McKenna Rueter
President Donald Trump has proposed a new bill that enables certified teachers to carry concealed firearms in school buildings. After recent massacres at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Sandy Hook, citizens are calling for gun control and protection of repeated events.
By Charlie Glazier
On February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz entered the school with a firearm and killed 17 individuals. After this event, many questions and worries have arisen from parents and students themselves on the safety of their loved ones and themselves during the school day.
By Alex Long
Since January, select Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Northeast have been making some significant changes. These select restaurants have removed the “Donuts” from their name and also removed some items from the menu as a sort of trial run for the changes to come. The changes to the name have been reportedly made in an effort to separate the chain from their reputation of being a place for just coffee and donuts.
By Bethany Stewart
At the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there has been a controversial doping incident, with the Russian mixed doubles curling team, who are competing under the Olympic name rather than Russia’s.
By Hannah Butera & Tyler Curtiss
In 2017, 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol were detected and confiscated from all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. There have been multiple accounts of individuals blacking out after a few drinks, and even one fatal incident where a woman died as a result of substandard alcohol.
By Anna Lawson and Ryan Hack
The flu during winter this year, H3N2, has been one of the worst viruses the country has seen in many years. H3N2 has been known to circulate when the vaccine is not as effective, and this year is an example of that. So far, the flu has caused over 12,000 hospitalizations, and at least 2,355 deaths since October of last year. In the United States, the flu has been highly active in forty-six states, with Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Montana, having less severe outbreaks.
There has been trouble treating patients with the flu this year too. As a result of the hurricane in Puerto Rico earlier this year, there has been a shortage in IV bags, since they are manufactured there. Megan Lydon, a Glenelg Junior and intern at Howard County General Hospital, says that, “IV bags and saline are a crucial aspect in keeping patients hydrated while they wait for further treatment.” If a patient does not receive saline, they risk becoming dehydrated which could lead to further complications.
Doctors are still encouraging people to go out and get vaccinated if they have not already. Anybody over the age of six months should get a shot, and not the nasal spray, as the shot is effective. The flu shot this year, the Flublok Quadrivalent, has been said to be only ten percent effective, but the nasal spray has been said to not be effective at all this season. Some children are recommended to be vaccinated twice for proper protection.
The flu also has some very common symptoms that point out what a person is coming down with. These symptoms include a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Junior Payton Jaap says that, “When I had the flu last year, I felt a sore throat at first, but it eventually turned into a really bad cough and nausea.” If you feel like you are coming down with any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Basic preventative actions such as washing your hands in concurrence with getting vaccinated will increase your chances of dodging the flu this season. In addition, you can take vitamin C boosters such as Emergen-C. However, if you have already gotten the flu once this season still be cautious. It is possible to get the flu twice due to various strains.
By Nicole King
Despite the small area, Maryland is the state of traumatic climate changes due to its unpredictability. With an array of climate changes, no one ever knows whether they will need their winter jacket or flip flops. Temperatures have ranged from the highest of 109 degrees to its lowest of negative 40 degrees fahrenheit. It ranges from being chilly in the morning to scorching hot in the afternoon. Senior, Michael Forester, said that him and his friends “...always have to wear their hat and gloves in the morning, but end up walking around in shorts by the end of the day.” Some days include pouring rain one minute and sunshine the next. All of these erratic changes cause a constant battle when deciding how to handle school days.
This year, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is changing the ways they process snow days. Normally, for everyday school is closed, a day is added onto the end of the school year. School officials declared that this year is a year for change. In order to prevent the year from extending far into June, they are allowing two days to be added to the end of the year. Freshman, Noah Stewart, said he is “...extremely thrilled that he will get to get out of school early enough to attend his family vacation the last week of June.” Not only will less days added to end of year help students like Stewart, but they will allow more opportunities for others to branch out and be active on their day off. If more days are closed, days students normally have off, such as Presidents' Day, will be made a school day. If numerous days must be closed due to weather conditions, spring break has a possibility of becoming a school week. Most students have already planned family vacations during this week so many complications have the possibility to arise. If all goes well, the weather will cooperate and students will be able to keep their days off while not extending school into the 2018 summer.
Some may ask what weather conditions declare it unsafe to go to school? Between 3:00-4:30am, supervisors review national forecasts and conduct on-road observations. After further assessments, directors discuss their findings and form a plan of either having school, a delay, early dismissal, or no school at all. Before the clock strikes five in the morning, the county superintendent is contacted with an overview of information and makes the official call, informing all families and staff in the designated area.
Do you want to be informed of the emergency closings? Text the word “YES” to 67587 to (HCPSS connect system) in order to be texted any updates the second a decision is made. Other options include checking school homepages, tuning into the news, and/or following the school Twitter and Facebook page.