World News Briefs: March 6

Future Doctors of America club attempts to bring attention to group
The Future Doctors of America club is putting on an event to spread awareness for what the club does. The event is taking place on Friday Mar. 10, from six to nine p.m., in the gym and Commons area. Tickets are required for the event and cost $20 per person. The ticket will allow access to the event, including all the games and activities. The Commons will feature multiple games for people to win prizes such as gift cards and food. There will also be raffles. The gym will feature an area for music and dancing and later on in the night will switch over to sports games where the winning teams will win prizes. The event works with Terpthon and its main goal is to raise as much money as possible for sick kids at the Children’s National Hospital. People in any school honor society can earn hours for attending the event.

Trump proposes increase in budget for defense by $54 billion
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal will heavily increase in defense programs and cut money from non-defense programs. Trump wants to increase defense spending by roughly $54 billion and cut the same amount from other non-defense programs, according to cnn.com. “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump said. Trumps proposed budget cuts have caused concern within the federal government’s bureaucracy, according to cnn.com. EPA employees have told CNN that they are shocked and in denial with the upcoming cuts to the budget. “It is clear to me, and will be to most agency employees very soon, that Mr. Scott Pruitt has been nominated and confirmed as administrator of the U.S. EPA in order to make significant and substantial changes to the agency,” John O’Grady President of the union that represents EPA employees said. Trump’s latest actions have led to disapproval by most in non-defense agencies.

Programming students place sixth in competition at College Park
Over the President’s Day weekend, the school sent a team of four programming students to compete in a competition at the University of Maryland College Park. The students, Charlie Cao, Austin Long, Stephanie Qie and Andy Xiao competed against 40 other teams in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. The advisor, programming teacher Paul Turner, has helped train the students to reach success in all their competitions. Out of the 40 teams, they finished “in the money” with a sixth place finish. This was a grueling competition where most teams could not correctly solve four of the nine problems in the three-hour time limit. “Overall, the experience was a lot of fun and very educational. It was my first programming competition so everything was new to me at first, but I got the hang of things after a while. I had a great time and hope to compete in more competitions in the future,” junior Andy Xiao said. The competition lasted for three hours and the team managed to solve four of the nine questions correctly.
– Radley Ellenbogen, news editor

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