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Right on the brink of summer 2021, mask mandates are being lifted across the country, with increases in vaccinations hopefully spelling the end for the COVID-19 pandemic.
MCPS mask mandate lift raises concerns on both ends
Simon Kidane, managing editor • June 4, 2021

Montgomery County has recently lifted restrictions to an extent and relaxed some of the rulings on mask-wearing in the county. In MCPS, masks...

Sophomore Richard McDaniel displays his COVID vaccination card. He was eligible for the vaccine when it was granted an EUA from the FDA to those aged 12-15.
Pfizer opening up to ages 12-15; updates on return to normalcy, how safe vaccinated individuals feel
Joaquin Moreno, staff writer • June 2, 2021

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was given the green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for usage in teens aged 12-15. The...

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated recently that those who have been fully vaccinated can return to regular activities after two weeks of their final dose.
COVID-19 vaccinations continue in US; Brazil, India still struggling
Elliot Wang, news editor • June 2, 2021

Since the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, the worldwide situation involving the Coronavirus pandemic has changed in various ways. As...

Best Buddies gathers during inclusion spirit week in 2020.
April is Autism Awareness Month: time to spread awareness of struggles faced by members of autism community
Ellie Reiter, staff writer • June 1, 2021

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development, and often causes difficulty in “social interaction and communication,”...

Senator Robert F. Kennedy speaks to Civil Rights demonstrators at the Justice Department.
Robert F. Kennedy: The legacy of the greatest president America never had
Ethan Lenkin, staff writer • June 7, 2021

The Kennedy family's legacy is one of incredible leadership and rhetoric, of tragedy and lost years and as a vessel for the hope of the American...

Junior Bradley Luts is excited for the upcoming school year.
Juniors hold high expectations for successful senior year
Ethan Stoller, staff writer • June 3, 2021

The class of ‘22 had a rocky start to high school as COVID ruined their sophomore year and are now approaching their senior year. It is hard...

Signs in the hallways remind students and faculty to social distance.
In person learning isn’t what it used to be
Elizabeth Mehler, staff writer • June 3, 2021

Students began streaming into Montgomery County school doors Mar. 1 after nearly a year of virtual learning, but the new in person experience...

Seniors Zara Denison, Kat Jackson, and Paige Abid go on a hike.
Activities to keep you busy all summer
Nicole Jezek, staff writer • June 3, 2021

Finding ways to stay active during the summer can be hard and it's tempting to just lay in bed all day. From our last summer being a shell of...

Sophomore Dylan Cohen ties knots on bracelet that spells
Tie summer together with friendship bracelets
Dylan Cohen, staff writer • June 2, 2021

If you have ever experienced summer as a kid, you might be familiar with the handmade, knotted bracelets that people call friendship bracelets,...

Whether to choose coffee or matcha
Whether to choose coffee or matcha
Olivia Smith, staff writer • May 29, 2021

With matcha becoming popular, you might wonder if it is a healthier choice than coffee.  Coffee is one of the world’s most commonly consumed...

Seniors Rozhin Fadae and Nazanin Teheri joke around on their last Monday of high school.
Zoom with Zara has Zoomed by
Zara Denison, reviews editor • June 2, 2021

With one week left in my high school career, I can’t help but laugh at the irony of the 2020-2021 school year being over Zoom, because that’s...

Common Sense Podcast Episode 12
Common Sense Podcast Episode 12
Eric Yeh, podcast editor • May 26, 2021

Welcome to series finale final of Patriot Chat. I’m your host Eric Yeh. In this episode I will be reflecting on the past school year and saying...

Patriot Chat Episode 11
Patriot Chat Episode 11
Eric Yeh, podcast editor • April 22, 2021

Welcome to episode 11 of Patriot Chat. I’m your host Eric Yeh. Episode eleven contains two segments. They are News Brief and The Discussion....

The Mortal Combat movie was released on Apr. 23.
New Mortal Kombat movie fails to live up to hype
Justin Miller, staff writer • June 1, 2021

Mortal Kombat hit theaters on Apr. 23 and was met with an unenthusiastic response among fans and myself as the movie was underwhelming and overrated. The...

Which Wootton elective should you take?
Which Wootton elective should you take?
Young-A Kim, online editor-in-chief • February 24, 2021

Take this fun quiz to determine which Wootton elective would be best for you!

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