By: Evan Whatley
The COVID-19 pandemic has plagued the world and the United States over the last year. The pandemic has vastly changed the lives of almost everyone on the planet. After the challenges of 2020 and the struggles of overcoming the nationwide pandemic, there tends to be belief that the return to normalcy is trending upwards. News of a COVID-19 vaccine being approved by the FDA and released in December of 2020 has given hope for regularity.
By: Vivian Conteras
As we’ve started to move into the fall and winter months, many who struggle with seasonal affective disorder, also known as seasonal depression or SAD have begun to see the changes in their mood, social lives, eating patterns, sleep changes, behavioral changes, and other common symptoms that occur. The seasonal change complied with COVID can also cause symptoms to worsen.
By: Ben Lahmann
William Sanford Nye, better known for his work as “Bill Nye” on PBS, is still educating the public 22 years later. Recently, Nye has taken his content to both TikTok and Netflix in hopes to educate the young and old on current topics in the world. Talking about the science of aging to COVID-19 and the effectiveness of masks, Nye remains a source of credible information.
By: Avery Ahlquist
Virtual learning provides students with a whole host of new issues, a main one being staying focused while in Google meets. Turning cameras on is highly encouraged to help students engage. However, most students refuse to use the camera feature for a number of reasons.
By: Alayna Soltis
In recent months, COVID cases have spiked, resulting in a total of 12 million cases just in the US. Among these months is flu season, which will also take part in the concern of if a sore throat and stuffy nose is the flu, or covid. The good news is a vaccine is close to being developed with some companies. The U.K. has even allowed BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use. Maryland has taken certain precautions to try and lower the number of cases. With Thanksgiving close, the cases will only go up with many families traveling.
By: Zorais Naroo
Despite claims from both parties of high support, enthusiasm for both candidates, Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump, is worryingly low when the stakes are extremely high as many issues tackle the nation at once in this chaotic year. On September 29th, the first Presidential Debates were held featuring the two candidates. Moderated by Chris Wallace, the debates were largely agreed on to be a huge mess.
By: Mitchell Steinberg
With the 2020 Presidential Election nearing each day, the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates play a pivotal role in winning over voters who may be on the fence. What events throughout the debates could prove to be the most detrimental or beneficial to either campaign?
By: Alayna Soltis
Throughout the United States, rumors of hundreds of ballots being thrown out have been discussed. Even President Donald Trump has warned of recent ballots being thrown out. In a few states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there have been confirmed cases of ballots being thrown out. A controversial topic is how voting should be done, through mail in ballots or in person voting due to the current virus outbreak.
By: JT Shatzer
Since March, the pandemic became a struggle that has effectively impacted every facet of life for people around the world; quarantining has been an essential practice for safety and recovery. However, many people do not have the luxury to distance themselves from the rest of the world. Many Americans rely on income from multiple jobs to help support their family. With layoffs in the workforce being the highest they have been since the great depression, the pandemic has completely taken over the lives of all people. As it happens routinely in America, the financial status one finds themselves in seems to dictate the quality of life they are able to have.
By JT Shatzer
As school rolls around each year, it brings a change of pace to the lives of students who have gotten used to the freedom and laziness of summer. However, as the Covid-19 pandemic remains a threat to public safety, schools have been forced to start the year online. Although online school may have been a breeze for most students towards the end of last year, the structure has been completely revamped to resemble a “normal” school day as much as possible. With more structure and normalcy being the goal, the results of its effectiveness are still yet to be seen. And what is the only way to determine how well online school is working? By asking the opinions of those directly affected by it: the students.
By Zachary Kersh
In an education system that is mainly directed towards the benefits of students, in times where everyone is affected, the other members of the education of the education system are often overlooked. With the major schooling changes that have occurred as a result of Covid-19, teachers are having a difficult time changing the way they have been working for their entire careers.
By Zachary Kersh
Americans and specifically Marylanders have been on lockdown for over a month now due to the outbreak of Covid-19, better known as coronavirus. The impact of the temporary closure of non-essential businesses has been tremendously, and mostly negatively, influencing the American workforce. Likewise, the closure of and transiting to online schooling has changed students’ lives at well.
By Allie Kang
Starting in mid-December of 2019, outbreaks of an unknown disease were reported in the city of Wuhan, China. Those infected suffered severe, flu-like symptoms and it was discovered that the virus was found primarily in those who had/has a compromised immune system, targeting younger children and the elderly. As stated by Johns Hopkins Medicine Department, it was quickly discovered that the newborn disease had originated from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where live animals were sold, directly classifying the disease to be zoonotic. Upon the few people who were confirmed cases of this respiratory illness during the initial phases, the virus spread like wildfire, infecting anyone who had come in contact with the ill. Based on looking at previous pandemics, similar to this one, it was confirmed early on that this new outbreak was part of the subcategory for Coronavirus, or CoV. Ever since the disease began in 2019, researches and health professionals now refer to this seemingly daunting infectious as COVID-19.
By Chase Hensing
On October 17th 2019, Elijah Cummings, the representative for Maryland’s seventh congressional district died at the age of 68. Cummings’ spokeswoman stated his death was due to “complications concerning long standing health challenges.” It was later announced that this health challenge was a form of cancer called thymic carcinoma. Viewings and celebrations began on Wednesday the 23rd and continued throughout the week in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol building.
By Rayyan Ahmad
With the start of the new 2019-2020 school, the Howard County Public School System introduced a new set of policies that affect the entirety of middle and high school students. These modifications have altered many different aspects of Howard County schools and have also received a mixed response from students, from homework policies and submission times to the removal of extra credit entirely. Many of these policy changes were targeted to the grading guidelines used in HCPSS schools in order to “ensure that information on grading, reporting, promotion, retention, and homework is determined in a clear and consistent manner, and reported to students and their families through regular and timely communication about student academic progress.” (hcpss.org, Policy 8020 - Grading and Reporting: Middle and High School)
By Zach Kersh
On May 30th, 2019, a tornado ripped through our Howard County, devastating families due to the destruction and blockage of roads, homes, and more. That day, the same as Glenelg’s graduation, was supposed to be an uplifting and memorable experience. Unfortunately, now it will mostly be simply memorable.
By Justin Robertson
Unlike most policies and projects carried out in Howard County, a new and recent program was created by an actual student, Rachel Henry, attending Wilde Lake High School. In late March and early April, Howard County Public Schools conducted a new and intriguing program that allows students to see cultural differences between schools.
By Amanda Sames
The yearly high school band adjudication has recently passed us by on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th here at Glenelg High School. However, participants and viewers are well aware that this was not just some random weekend event. School band programs all over the county have been rigorously preparing to take this test for months.
By Jacob Kersh
Every day, over one hundred species of plants and animals are completely wiped from the face of the earth. In some cases, these mass extinctions are entirely natural and unavoidable. However, humans are more often than not directly at fault for this staggering number of deaths. The vaquita—a small marine mammal that only inhabits the Gulf of California—is no exception to this generalization.
By Chase Hensing
The United States government shut down from midnight on December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019 lasting a total of 35 days and setting a record for the longest shutdown in United States’ history. This began when the US Congress and President Donald Trump could not agree on an appropriations bill to fund the 2019 fiscal year.