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THE PAW PRINT An Independent Publication of Wilde Lake High School •5460 Trumpeter Rd. Columbia, MD 21044 • Volume 42, Issue 1 •

Gallup Day Response To Student Poll

Considered a welcomed day off by students, Gallup Day was an initiative to improve hope, wellbeing, and engagement. By Misbah Farooqi Managing Editor-in-Chief


n September 26, students came into Wilde Lake to discover that they wouldn’t be attending their normal classes. Instead, they had to report to their designated location, whether it be the JRT or outside on the track for “Gallup Day,” a program created in response to the Gallup Poll results from last year. At Wilde Lake, the results of the Gallup poll came as a surprise to many. According to the poll, only 47 percent of students said they felt “hopeful” about the future, 39 percent said they were “engaged” in school and extracurricular activities, and 57 percent said they were “thriving.” Mr. Channel, the school psychologist, believes there are many factors involved in the results coming out as they did. “Students who are uncertain about the purpose of learning and [are] struggling to feel engaged could certainly have less hope for the future. Economically, students would struggle to feel hopeful when family and friends may have difficulty finding or keeping jobs that provide enough income to support their families,” said Channel. However, these results may not be an accurate representation of the student body, according to Mr. Crouse, assistant principal. The administration felt as though some students didn’t take the test seriously and the wording of some of the questions confused students. Even then, the administration felt it important to be responsive to the results, so they formed a school improvement committee of teachers who discussed what could be done, and from those discussions, Gallup Day was created. During Gallup Day, students rotated

After team-building activities, students participated in the Homecoming pep rally (Photographs by Ben Townsend).

from classroom to classroom with their English class and engaged in activities that dealt with “R.O.A.R: Relationships, Opportunity, Attendance, and Responsibility.” For students, it was a welcomed day off. “It was fun, interesting, and gave students a chance to have a day off of school work and stress... We came together as a school. I, personally, really enjoyed it,” said freshman Zuha Wasti. “I believe it was successful,” says Mr. Cox, a teacher on the school improvement committee, “If one student saw something positive from the day, then it was a success.” According to Cox, the school improvement committee isn’t finished yet, as they’re still discussing other ways to increase hope, wellbeing, and engagement. Currently, many other programs have been implemented, including the Positive

SGA Runs Food and Clothing Drive For The Holidays By Misbah Farooqi Managing Editor-in-Chief

Starting from November 17, the SGA will be running a food and clothing drive. The food drive, conducted through the Maryland Food Bank, is being run to help hungry families during the holiday season. “We want to make a difference by helping to feed [families],” said SGA President, Mariam Catherine. As for the clothing drive, not

only will the SGA be helping those in need, but for every pound of clothes donated, the SGA will earn 10 cents. The clothing drive is run through the Clothing and Shoes Recycling Center, which reuses, repurposes, and recycles the clothes, according to Ms. Compofelice, the SGA advisor. There will be a bin on Main Street where students can donate food and clothing items, instead of bringing the items to their first period classrooms, like in past years.

Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, which focuses on praising students and awarding them with positive office referrals or student of the month. The committee also plans on surveying students throughout the course of the year to find out how they’re doing. The Gallup Poll is a survey conducted in all Howard County high schools, and it measures the hope, wellbeing, and engagement of the students. It was implemented by Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose, because her belief is that if schools can identify how students feel in regards to these factors, then schools can create a better learning environment. Foose believes it would lead to a deeper learning experience, to a higher graduation rate, and to students being better prepared for college and the workforce, according to

Cox. Other teachers on the committee include Mrs. Volinksy and Mrs. Caporaletti. But according to Channel, it’s not just about a day off. “It’s about building more honest and sincere relationships amongst educators and students. Wilde Lake staff certainly believes that hope, wellbeing, and engagement will be improved if students feel that they are known and cared for by their teachers,” said Channel.

“If one student saw something positive from the day, then it was a success.” -Mr. Cox

New Electronic Visitor Sign-In System Installed For Safety By Anjali DasSarma News and Features Editor

Walking into any Howard County high school, visitors no longer have to sign in with pen and paper. Instead, they are greeted by a new electronic method: LobbyGuard. LobbyGuard is a measure taken by the county to ensure student safety. The company advertises a “visitor management system” that “sends a message to all visitors that safety is a top priority.” The LobbyGuard system uses

the visitor’s driver’s license to keep a record of who is in the building and then monitors the visitor, according to Ms. Brennan. The system’s website adds that the LobbyGuard scans national sex offender databases on the Internet, and then snaps a photo of the visitor and prints out an official-looking sticker with the visitor’s name and picture. Not only is LobbyGuard for parents coming in and out of the building, but it is also for building services employees, people from

the central office, and anyone coming into the building. According to the front desk staff, visitors support the implementation. The office staff expressed their approval of the LobbyGuard system, as it frees up time for them, as well. When the system is not working or when the Internet is down, the front office staff simply reverts back to the paper and pen method.




Chris Panzarella Claudia Martucci

Lauren Walen

Jessica Nichols brings enthusiasm back to Wilde Lake (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Chris Panzarella might be new to Wilde Lake, but with several years of tutoring and martial arts instruction under his belt, he isn’t new to working with students (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Claudia Martucci, the new Italian teacher, brings a new culture to Wilde Lake (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Lauren Walen embraces the diverse culture at Wilde Lake, and she is excited to teach at the school (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

By Gabby Christopher Staff Writer

By Alex Moon Staff Writer

By Carmen Freeman Staff Writer

By Rachel Lazris Staff Writer





essica Nichols, a History, Government, and Psychology teacher, welcomes her classes everyday with a bright smile. Although this is Nichols’ first time as a full-time teacher, she was at the Lake last year, teaching History classes as a longterm sub. By the time the year was over, she had fallen “in love with Wilde Lake and its diversity,” which inspired her to come back this year to teach.

nspired by his time spent tutoring at the Boys Hope Girls Hope charity, Chris Panzarella left his old job to pursue a career teaching Math. He teaches Algebra I across the hall from his high school Geometry teacher, Mr. Kent. Panzarella hopes to use his past experience as a martial arts instructor to begin a stress-relieving Tai Chi club.

laudia Martucci’s love for teaching sprouted from her own experiences as a student in Italy. After moving to the United States 27 years ago, she became an Italian teacher at Howard Community College. “I genuinely enjoy teaching; it was such a big part of my childhood,” said Martucci. She hopes to use her background to start an authentic Italian club.

Jessica Hopkins

Erin Carpenter

Jessica Hopkins has used her passion of teaching to influence the lives of those in South Korea and is now influencing her students at Wilde Lake (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Erin Carpenter may have left Howard County as a student, but now she has returned as a teacher giving back to the community she grew up in (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Megan Shea engages and impresses students with her background as an energy engineer (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Enkelejda Spiro exhibits her passion for the performing arts through teaching (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

By Michael Casey Staff Writer

By Alex Moon Staff Writer

By Michael Casey Staff Writer

By Anjali DasSarma News and Features Editor





essica Hopkins began teaching earlier than most, but she found a passion she would continue into adulthood and even use to change the lives of others. She studied at Towson University, then travelled to Haksa, South Korea to teach English. When she returned, she began working towards her Masters Degree at College Park and started teaching English at Wilde Lake.

eaching at Wilde Lake is an opportunity to return home for Erin Carpenter. Born and raised in Howard County, Carpenter graduated from River Hill before leaving for University of Maryland and teaching at Herndon High School in Virginia. Now, she is teaching Biology and Biology GT and is looking forward to labs and teaching the genetics unit.

Megan Shea

auren Walen, ninth grade class sponsor and Social Studies teacher, decided to move to Wilde Lake after eight years of teaching to be part of a more diverse community. “There are many different cultures, and people really embrace them. I want to help [students here] achieve,” said Walen.

egan Shea always had an interest in engineering, but she didn’t really know what engineering was until college. Out of college, she became an energy engineer, but she wanted a more active occupation. After six years of being an engineer, she began her teaching career here at Wilde Lake. She is teaching in the Project Lead the Way program and coached one of the schools’ Pumpkin Chunkin’ teams.

Enkelejda Spiro

nkelejda Spiro, Wilde Lake’s orchestra conductor, can remember the moment at age thirteen when her passion for teaching began. Although she got her major in performing arts, she moved to the U.S. from Albania and began teaching again because she felt that her life had changed course. She plans to create an after school orchestra program to “get to know the community.”




Jokester Charlie Boulton Turns Scrooge By Anjali DasSarma News and Features Editor

Charlie Boulton, known for his clever personality and joking mannerisms takes a deep breath before reciting his main line in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol: “Bah Humbug!” He took the stage this November in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Boulton played Scrooge, the miserable, bitter old miser who miraculously changes his ways after three ghosts haunt his home. The show was a smashing success, with all four shows selling out. The atmoshpere created by the closeknit mini theater, which allowed the actors to move among the audience, helped transport people to the time period of A Christmas Carol. The show received high praises for its stellar acting, costumes, and makeup, which brought it to life. Boulton worked hard and came a long way to make it as the lead role. Boulton had no previous experience in theater when he auditioned for the fall play his freshman year. He didn’t make it into the production, but persistence proved to be an ally when he tried out for the spring musical. He scored a speaking role after a passionate and partially joking audition. “For the spring musical I joked around and did a super passionate ‘Stand By Me’ [performance] which included falling to the ground and pretending to cry. I got a part in the only speaking scene in the show which was otherwise all singing,” said Boulton. The reason he made it, he said, is because he didn’t pull back. “Putting yourself in the moment is the best thing you can do. It’s fun when you reach that moment when you can let go,” said Boulton After finding his place on the stage, he gave tech crew a spin during Godspell his sophomore year, and he found a home there as well. “I love [tech crew]. Once you make something, you get to be proud of what you’ve created. It’s really rewarding,” said Boulton.

After beginning drama his freshman year, Boulton has worked his way up to the lead role in this year’s play, A Christmas Carol (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

His influences in theater, Bill Marks and Tracy Adler, helped to shape his experience in both tech crew and in the production. “Almost everything I do is influenced by them because I want to impress them and not let them down. They put [in] a lot of time and effort for me, so I feel like I have to prove to them that I do care and [that] they make a difference,” said Boulton. “Bill is still equally as scary as he was my first year, but now I know [he] is caring and genuinely wonderful,” said Boulton.

Boulton says that theater has taught him values about how taking the stage can teach people about themselves. “Personally, theater has taught me to be more open, especially with people I’d normally not hang out with, [and] I’ve grown to really enjoy and appreciate [them]. Being in the drama department is pretty much natural, and I do it because it’s a place I understand and enjoy being in.” Boulton plans to act or participate in theater after he graduates and hopes to further his acting career over time.

Chesapeake Bay Project Combats Pollution

The Chesapeake Bay Drainage Project was scheduled to be finished in August but bedrock caused it to be pushed back to early November, according to Mr Crouse (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

Once you make something, you get to be proud of what you’ve created. It’s really rewarding. -Charlie Boulton

By Anjali DasSarma News and Features Editor

“They even had to look into explosives,” said Mr Crouse, 11th grade assistant principal, when asked about the Chesapeake Bay Drainage project. The Chesapeake Bay Drainage project, part of Howard County’s Watershed and Restoration Program, started in June to improve water quality and reduce stormwater pollution. For the project, the county will create four water quality structures and over 600 feet of pipes for water storage. This will provide approximately 23 acres of drainage area, which is about 17 football fields, with pipes located beneath the athletic fields.

The county is committed to stormwater management, as stormwater runoff accounts for over 20 percent of the pollution impacting the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Howard County government. “Projects like this continue our effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay, by minimizing the impact stormwater pollution has on this important estuary,” said County Executive Ken Ulman, according to a news release by the Howard County government earlier this year. However, the project, which was supposed to be complete by August 15, faced delays due to bedrock, and was forced to be continued into the school year.




New Village Center To Bring Letterman Raise $400 in Businesses and Apartments Spare Change for Grassroots By Ola Alli and Mya Askew Staff Writers

Starting summer 2013, Kimco Realty began redeveloping a new and improved Wilde Lake Village Center. They are building a CVS Pharmacy, a new David’s Natural Market, and 250 new apartments. They are also renovating pre-existing stores to create more appeal. In 2006, after the Giant there closed down, business slowed at nearby stores. Last year, Crowns Gas Station shut down because it wasn’t included in the new reconstruction plan. The plan replaces Crowns Gas Station with the new CVS Pharmacy, which hopes to bring more business to the area, according to the Wilde Lake Village Center manager Kristen Shoulder. Shoulder plans on opening CVS on November 23. Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Geoff Glazer, says that the new CVS compliments David’s Natural Market as a grocer for residents. The relocation of David’s

Natural Market has also brought attraction to the area. Instead of the market being secluded from the rest of the Village Center, the reconstruction has allowed it to be brought into the light. The goal of the reconstruction is to bring more people to the area, boost employment rates, and do something different with Columbia, says Shoulder. When asked how consumers view the new

Village Center, Shoulder said, “Clearly, they see the Village Center to be attractive.” “I think we are on the verge of doing something different,” says Joyce Ardo, another manager of the Village Center, according to the Baltimore Sun, “We have an opportunity to revitalize and rediscover Wilde Lake. I’m very excited about that.”

Kimco Realty’s architectural drawing shows its plans for the village center (Photography by the Wilde Lake Community Association).

First Poms Team To Perform At Basketball Games This Year

By Kate Glaros Sports and Arts Editor

Social studies teacher Ms. Volpe wanted to create a team to give performers a chance to be a part something other than cheerleading and dance company, so she turned to a combination of the two: Poms. A Poms team is a competitive dance team, and they practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volpe allows the students to be creative in the ways they prepare for performing. They learn leadership by assisting her in choreography and instructing each other on how to complete certain parts of routines. “My role as a coach is to facilitate group unison,” said Volpe. She believes in students working together, a belief that is displayed through her job as coordinator

of the Green and Gold Academy, which is a program that allows seniors to work with freshmen the summer before their first year of high school. The team hopes to perform during the half-times of this winter’s basketball games and compete with other teams in the county. “I want to go out and do really well. I hope that we become a competitive force in Howard County,” said Volpe. The first time the Poms team will perform in front of an audience is in December during a boys basketball game. Ms. Volpe hopes the team will help add spirit to the school, and she has high hopes for its future. “I hope [the team] brings one more thing students can do at school,” said Volpe.

Social Studies teacher Ms. Volpe gives students a chance to perform on the newly developed Poms team (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

By Jenny Lees Copy Editor-in-Chief

Three Howard County high school students died by suicide last year. For Howard County, that number is about average for the past three years, according to Cathy Smith, who intends to bring that number to zero. Cathy Smith is the Youth Coordinator of the Grassroots Crisis Center and Homeless Shelter, which offers counseling and runs programs aimed to help those in distress. This year, Wilde Lake’s Letterman raised $400 entirely from Wilde Lake’s spare change to support that campaign. Grassroots is a crisis center that never closes. It offers around-the-clock counseling to those in any kind of distress situation, but it has recently directed most of its focus towards mental health and suicide, especially in teenagers. Wilde Lake’s Lettermen ran a fundraiser as part of the “Change Matters” program. The collections took place through teachers, during lunch, and at football games, which raised awareness as well as money. “It’s a pretty labor-intensive initiative to run the program because it’s student led. It was the Lettermen that actually had to learn about the program, figure out how they were going to implement it, and then actually implement it,” said Smith. The program taught Lettermen about the center’s work, and raised awareness of the problems that the center combats. “There needs to be more awareness. Suicide is ignored compared to other things,” said junior Letterman Sara Shemali. Though most people are aware that suicide is a problem in today’s society, especially in the teen population, they are often too detached from the issue to help

someone in need, said Smith. “Grassroots gets about 26,000 anonymous phone calls from those in need of help each year,” said Smith. “People think ‘this won’t happen to people I know,’ but it can,” said Shemali. And it does. Smith says mental health and suicide is an extremely relevant topic for teenagers. “High school is mentally one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to face. You’re trying to balance schoolwork, friends, a social life, and job responsibilities. It’s also when people find out who they really are, which is hard for many to do,” said senior Letterman Julianna Kaiser. Grassroots recognizes these struggles, as they were the inspiration for the Change Matters and similar programs, which take slightly different approaches to helping those in distress. “Grassroots is sort of like the one-stop shop for help. If Grassroots can’t help you, they can certainly get you connected to the resources or organizations that can,” said Smith Grassroots will use the money it raised at the school to remain dedicated to its mission of improving life quality and continue to teach teenagers about mental health and warning signs of suicide. “The resource is out there,” said Shemali, “and you don’t only have to call if you are considering suicide. You can make an anonymous call for anyone who needs help.”

Grassroots Crisis Center and Homeless Shelter 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044 Hotline Number: 410-531-6677

Girls’ Soccer Defeats Atholton By Ashleigh Cameron Staff Writer

Wilde Lake’s varsity girls’ soccer shocked the county when they defeated Atholton in a 1-0 game and went on to play River Hill in the playoffs. “Nobody expected us to win. In the newspaper, it was said that the River Hill vs. Atholton game would be the game to watch,” said Rachel Lazris, one of the junior captains. Lazris also said that the highlight of the season was the moment that the whistle was blown and the team realized they won the

game. “We were the underdogs of the county, so it felt like a really big accomplishment to defeat Atholton,” said Lazris. When asked about the team captains and their performance, right midfielder Sahar Zoghi said, “They helped motivate us and they kept us focused throughout the game. They kept pushing us to play our best.” Ali Mallo, a senior captain said that the highlight for her was bonding with her teammates. She said that without bonding and becoming fa-

miliar with one another’s skills, the team wouldn’t have been able to surprise the county and win the game. Alyssa Bialek, also a senior captain, played throughout her high school career, and said that her experience as a captain helped her gain leadership skills and motivate her teammates during games. Though the senior captains are graduating this year, they are proud of how far the team has come and wish them luck in the future.



Ms. Williams Returns, Coaches Volleyball Team to Third Round of Playoffs

The Wilde Lake varsity volleyball team finishes off a successful season (Photograph by Natalie Varela). By Carmen Freeman Staff Writer

This year, Ms. Williams came back ready to go from maternity leave and led the varsity volleyball team to its second 11-5 season in a row.

Getting further into the playoffs than they have in the past 15 years, the team eventually lost to Glenelg in a hard fought 3-1 loss in the section finals. The varsity volleyball team also lost to Centennial, Reservoir, Glenelg, and Marriotts Ridge in the regular season. However, they had many successes. Kelly Surkovich led the team in kills and digs with 261 kills and 80 digs, Carmen Freeman assisted the team with 246 kills, and led in aces, with a total of 44. Rebecca Chamblee led the team at the net with 67 blocks, while Meghan Morales contributed 329 sets. These players helped bring the team to many victories throughout the season. This year, the team won against schools that the seniors had never beaten before, such as Mount Hebron, River Hill, and Howard. “This is the strongest team that I ever played with,” said Co-Captain Kelly Surkovich. The team worked hard for

Transfer Shane Nelson Is Standout Player

their victories, as they had to overcome many challenges to get there. Key player, Faith Leslie, stepped up to the plate after setter Meghan Morales tore her ACL, MCL, and meniscus playing against Marriotts Ridge, ending her high school season. “I got a lot of support from the coaches, but Meghan was my main supporter and I was very grateful for that, especially because it was such a big change for me,” said Leslie. For Coach Williams this season brought some changes as well. “Being a mom has shifted the way I think,” said Williams, “I think I’m a lot more patient, tolerant, and understanding.” She is hopeful for future seasons, and excited for what the future will bring. “I think we had a solid group of girls, with both skill and chemistry,” said Coach Williams, “and I am looking forward to a great upcoming 2015 season.”

Bonsu Leads Team At Forward By Ali Mallo Sports and Arts Editor

Junior Philip Bonsu was the leading offensive player for boys’ varsity soccer this year. (Photograph by Natalie Varela).


At the top of the field stands a single player in a Wilde Lake jersey. The defenders tower over him, but he takes no notice. A ball is sent up towards him and it’s off to the races. His legs fly as he turns and heads towards the goal. A shot rockets off, the goalie dives but misses. And, Philip Bonsu scores for Wilde Lake again. This season Bonsu scored 6 times with 4 assists. Fans wondered where he had been in the past seasons as they watched him score game after game. He was on JV, but he was a midfielder instead. The newcomer took a different position on the varsity team, giving him more responsibility and influence on the team. Bonsu aimed to help to lift up his team this season and to not finish with a losing season, which was a goal he accomplished. The previous two seasons had been challenging, with few wins and many losses. Bonsu helped reverse this, and the team had a strong finish with 7 wins. On the field, Bonsu doesn’t let any player be better than him. He goes in for every tackle and fights for every ball he can get. When he’s supposed to run, he does, no matter how tired he is. “It is a lot of responsibility. You have to give everything you have for your team and you have to depend on your teammates,” said Bonsu. Cheers erupt from the stands when he stands up and walks up to the half line, ready to enter the game. The fans know how hard he works, how determined he is, and how important he is to the team. With his work ethic as a player, Bonsu has a very bright future ahead of him.

Shane Nelson brings his hard work and determined spirit from the Calvert Hall Cardinals to the Wilde Lake Wildecats (Photograph by Natalie Varela). By Michael Casey Staff Writer

“Calvert Hall is just a team, but at Wilde Lake we’re a family,” said Shane Nelson, the new kid from Calvert Hall, who has gained instant fame as the star receiver for the Wilde Lake varsity football team. Nelson attended Calvert Hall, one of the top private schools in the state of Maryland, but decided to relocate his senior year to Wilde Lake. Nelson was the leading receiver and top scorer on the football team. Though Maryland private schools are more successful in giving players college recognition and success, as shown by the number of Maryland private school alumni at top colleges and in the NFL, Nelson made the decision to move to public school. “All the players and coaches help me improve to get to the level I need to reach,” said Nelson. With the second most receiving yards in the county, and the sixth most in the state, Shane Nelson has become one of the best receivers in the

state. Nelson has 540 receiving yards on 33 targets, with an impressive 16.4 yards per reception. In addition, he has tacked on 8 touchdowns so far this season. Nelson also has 2 interceptions, both in the team’s win against Atholton. “His game is very selfless,” said Coach Burke, “he’s all about the team and working to benefit the team, not just himself.” Nelson’s selflessness and hardworking attitude has made him known as a leader by his coaches. “Shane is one of the most hard working players. He’s very committed to improving his game,” said Coach Penn. Nelson made some standout plays to set him apart from the rest of the county. This past season, Nelson recorded an impressive 91-yard touchdown against the Howard defense and a leaping touchdown catch over two Marriotts Ridge defenders. Nelson has made a lasting impression on the Wilde Lake football team, even in just one season with the team. With his talent and dedication, Shane Nelson made his mark.




Voices For Change Encourages Making a Difference By Gabby Christopher Staff Writer

Every other Tuesday, in the Howard County Parks and Recreation building, Sandy Queen, leadership consultant and keynote speaker, begins the meeting for Voices for Change, a group that helps teens have a voice in the community. Voices for Change, also known as V4C, is a youth-based organization that is open to 8th-12th graders and focuses on finding solutions to issues affecting youth in Howard County, like poverty and bullying. Queen and Meg Mekelburg established this group in 2005 to give teens interested in making a

difference in the community leadership and speaking skills. Not only does V4C give young people a voice, it also gives them a chance to change their community. The group strives to empower young people to take action and create positive changes in Howard County. Every year, V4C organizes an annual summit where representatives from every high school in the county come together to discuss issues, learn how to solve those issues, and create positive change. Earlier this year, the annual V4C summit was held at Bridgeway Community Church. The

focus of this years’ summit was homelessness, spreading positivity, and suicide prevention. In the past, V4C has dealt with issues like bullying. Stand Up HoCo, which is a campaign against bullying, resulted from the efforts of V4C members realizing that bullying is a problem that needs to be fixed. V4C surveyed students and found out that the majority of students see bullying in school, but fail to address or confront the issue. From these findings, V4C wrote about possible solutions, and, according to Mt. Hebron senior Kylie Zuiderhof, this resulted

in teachers having to learn how to properly deal with bullying in schools. Currently, V4C members are planning their ideas for the upcoming summit. They’re planning to discuss mental health, time and stress, and saving and planning for college. “Voices for Change has given me many different opportunities to be apart of my community, and to make a change. I thought it was just another organization, but it’s got something more,” said Seeda Williams from Wilde Lake, “It’s got a talented, hopeful, and different group of youth and adults that inspire me.”

“Voices for Change has given me many different opportunities to be apart of my community, and to make a change. I thought it was just another organization, but it’s got something more.” -Seeda Williams

The Science Behind Ms. Schulman Homecoming Princess Kate Glaros Is From Scientic Patents To “Schulmaneze,” Schulman Keeps Students On Their Toes

No Stranger To High Expectations

Kate Glaros Commits To Play Lacrosse For Marquette

By Rachel Lazris Staff Writer

By Caitlyn Brosnan Staff Writer

It sounds like something from a science fiction novel: Ms. Shulman’s patent, the Intercalation Inhibition Assay for Compounds that Interact with DNA and RNA. Her patent is a method that gave a purpose to a previously useless machine. It is a way to study how various substances bond and interact with DNA and RNA, without the use of radioactivity. Schulman has been teaching at Wilde Lake for 28 years, and her class is a memorable one to most. She is famous for her “Schulmaneze” and amazing Halloween shows. She teaches chemistry to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. However, few are aware of her scientific past, including her patent, which was granted to her in 1981. Schulman was 22 years old, working as an analytical biochemist at Meloy Labs in Springfield, VA. There was a machine from Japan in the lab for which no one could find a purpose, however, Schulman surprised everyone with a solution. “I was at home blasting Herbie Hancock, annoyed I couldn’t find a solution, when I suddenly got an epiphany,” said Schulman, and she quickly wrote it down. Schulman, who had not yet earned her Masters Degree, went into the lab the next day and asked her boss if she could experiment with her idea. The boss thought it was funny but let her work on it. It impressed everyone when the young scientist’s idea was successful. Later, Schulman was offered a job at Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine, in the department of neoplastic diseases, when a professor witnessed her in the lab explain-

Greater expectations, added pressure, and stress-levels through the roof. All of these are common obstacles in the lives of juniors across America. Add in two sports, a rigorous class schedule, winning homecoming princess two years in a row, and four accomplished older siblings, and you’ve got Kate Glaros. Though junior year has added some stress, balancing sports and academics and dealing with pressure from siblings is nothing new to Kate. She has played soccer for thirteen years and lacrosse for eleven. She averages twelve hours per week on the field for soccer alone. “The soccer schedule actually keeps me organized because it forces me to get my homework done in a certain amount of time,” Glaros said. The concept of time management is nothing new to the Glaros family, as all six kids are or were student athletes. When asked if she feels pressure to live up to her older siblings, Kate said “Y.E.S, in capital letters. I have an older sister who plays lacrosse for Maryland and three very intelligent older brothers, and I try to live up to their expectations on the field and in the classroom”. Growing up as one of six children wasn’t always easy for Kate. “I’m kind of the middle child, so it’s sometimes hard to get attention,” Kate says, “Plus, whenever I set up for dinner I always have to put out a lot of plates”. Instead of becoming lost in a tradition of Glaros student-athletes, Kate

Chemistry teacher Ms. Schulman settles down from her scientific carreer to teach her students. (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

ing the purpose of the machine. Eventually, Schulman decided she wanted to spend time with her baby and take a break from her impressive scientific career. She quickly began to miss science and still wanted it in her life so she decided to teach chemistry in high school. She had a blast teaching and stuck with it. “I love the students”, says Schulman, “I find teenagers amusing and fun to work with.”

Kate Glaros flashes the same smile that won her Homecoming Princess two years in a row. (Photograph by Natalie Varela).

is venturing out. “My older siblings have all attended college in Maryland and are pursuing careers in technology.” Kate says “I have committed to play lacrosse at Marquette, which is in Wisconsin, and I’m not interested in technology”. When asked why she chose to commit to Marquette instead of following in her siblings’ footsteps, Kate said “It’s a beautiful school and I really connected with the coaches there. I feel like it’ll be a good place to spend four years of my college life”.




Wildecat Time is Wasted Time Every other Wednesday, students await the bell after second period indicating the start of Wildecat time. Once the bell rings, students are seen rushing to club meetings or to help sessions with a teacher, but the majority wander aimlessly around the hallways, socializing with friends they run into on the way. Since there is no authority during this time, students, even those who need to work, often choose their friends over productivity. Even for students that are able to resist distractions, fifteen minutes is not enough time for them to receive adequate help from teachers or for clubs to cover all that they need to. But how can the administration change that? By having a structured and controlled environment during Wildecat time. Yes, some students are able to accomplish all that they need to during the current Wildecat time, but changing the system would not hurt their productivity. It would simply allow more students to join in their success. The lack of structure is not only the cause of a lack of proper use of the time, but also of the Wildecat time fights that became a major problem last year. Overall, Wildecat time isn’t productive, but there is a solution. Study hall. Instead of having a break every other Wednesday for fifteen minutes, there should be a once-a-week, full-period study hall where students would be situated in assigned classrooms to productively spend their time completing homework

and studying. Students would be permitted to obtain a pass allowing them to leave to meet with a teacher for help or to attend a club meeting. Time during the school day to participate in activities will increase the number of students involved, as the reason for some lack of involvement is the inability for students to attend meetings with clubs or teachers after school. They either cannot find a way home or have a previous commitment to an activity, like sports. Without a solution, these students will continue to struggle and lag in extracurricular participation. Other schools, like River Hill and Centennial, two of the top schools in Howard County, have already implemented successful study halls. By opening up time during school, a study hall would decrease stress, increase sleep, improve grades, and increase club participation. Since the administration is working to improve the school and make it a positive place for students to learn, why not start by implementing a study hall?

Instead of having a break every other Wednesday for fifteen minutes, there should be a oncea-week, full-period study hall where students would be situated in assigned classrooms.

(Pretend) Violence is Normal By Alex Moon Staff Writer

Halo, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto. What do they have in common? They’re staples in the game industry that target a younger male demographic. Year after year, they rake in money hand over fist. They also all prominently feature guns. Like most other males my age, I spent a solid chunk of my childhood glued to the TV screen with a controller in my hands. At age eight, I bragged about being the only kid in the school to own God of War, the most graphically violent game of its time. And apparently, based on the amount of games being sold, I’m not alone anymore. Violent video games, TV shows, and even music have become a widespread part of our culture. We live in an age where games centered on murder and crime can become record-breaking, multimillion-dollar successes. Previously traumatizing images of gore and mutilated bodies are nothing more than a Google search away. When something like a shooting happens, the first scapegoat is often videogames.

Eventually, people have to realize that someone didn’t decide to commit unspeakable acts of real-world violence because they copied what they saw or heard in a game, show, or song. The times have changed, and games, along with violent shows like The Walking Dead, may show violence, but it’s become so saturated in our culture that it is easily distinguished from real life. Video games don’t kill people, criminals do. Take some time away from the couch to spend time with friends and go outside, but don’t feel guilty about shooting a few zombies online the next time you’re bored.

Eventually, people have to wake up and realize that someone didn’t decide to commit unspeakable acts of real-world violence because they copied what they saw or heard in a game, show, or song.

Girls Aren’t Always Strutting The Catwalk By Misbah Farooqi and Anjali DasSarma Managing Editor-in-Chief and News and Features Editor

Walking through the hallways at any high school, the sounds of wolf whistles, cackles and snickers fill the air. Unfortunately, this is an everyday experience for some girls. As shown in a video by Stop Street Harassment (SSH), a woman in New York City, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt experienced this type of sexual harassment more than 100 times within 10 hours. According to a study conducted this year by the SSH, 65 percent of women have been sexually harassed on the street. Almost half of harassed persons were harassed by age 17. Although these statistics pertain to street harassment, the same issues pertain to the Don’t be afraid to speak up, turn school hallways. As girls walk around, shout back, and show through the hallways, even the catcallers who’s boss. Don’t here at Wilde Lake, they are vulnerable to the same harass- let them get to you, and match ment as out on the street. them by sending a snarky comTo men, catcalls are often ment their way. considered a joke or a game. Reasons for catcalling range from having friends who catcall and peer pressure to using catcalling as a form of entertainment, and even because catcalling often results in positive responses. However, catcalls are more than that. They’re a serious problem, and they degrade girls. Not all girls feel this way, as responses to catcall vary from girl to girl. Girls either smile, but think nothing of it, ignore it, become angry, or even respond back in a joking manner. But, girls shouldn’t degrade themselves to respond positively to catcalls, because it only encourages the guys to keep doing it. Instead, girls should respond to prevent future catcallers. They should speak up, and let the catcaller know that they have no right to say that to a girl, and if a girl sees another girl dealing with a catcaller, she should intervene. Don’t be afraid to speak up, turn around, shout back, and show the catcallers who’s boss. Don’t let them get to you, and match them by sending a snarky comment their way. If you aren’t comfortable with those tactics, not to worry, there are other solutions, such as walking in a group of friends or even pulling out your phone and snapping a photo of the catcaller, to let them know that they don’t scare you. So next time you see or experience catcalling, speak out and stand up for others, because no girl deserves to be treated like that.

The Paw Print Wilde Lake High School 5460 Trumpeter Road -- Columbia, MD 21044 Volume 42, Issue 1 The Paw Print is published by the Journalism Class. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the staff, the students, the administrators, or the school board. Letters to the editors are encouraged. The Paw Print reserves the right to edit any submissions.

Managing Editor-in-Chief..............................................................................................Misbah Farooqi Copy Editor-in-Chief...............................................................................................................Jenny Lees News & Features Editor.................................................................................................Anjali DasSarma Sports & Arts Editors ........................................................................................ Ali Mallo, Kate Glaros Business Manager....................................................................................................De’Quantai Edwards Photographers..........................................................................................Ben Townsend, Natalie Varela Writers..............................................................................................Ola Alli, Mya Askew, Caitlyn Brosnan, Ashleigh Cameron, Michael Casey, Gabby Christopher, Carmen Freeman, Rachel Lazris, Alex Moon Faculty Advisor..................................................................................................................Ben Townsend

8 8 OPINION Respect Matters In School And The Real World By Gabby Christopher Staff Writer

Everyday, I see some sort of disrespect from a student to a teacher or an administrator whether it be cursing, not following class rules, or using cell phones. I understand it’s fun to hang out with your friends and not do any work but, it’s important to remember that actions have consequences. There could be a bigger reason for your disrespect. Maybe you’re having one of those days where everything seems to go wrong. Maybe it’s normal for you to be in a bad mood. But, it’s probably a bad idea to aim that anger towards people, in particular, teachers. Disrespecting your teachers will have immediate and long-term effects that could prevent you from excelling in school and in life. The reality is that teachers are human too and eventually they will get fed up with their treatment. Your grade in that class may go down because

“As minor as it might seem, respect matters not only in high school, but in the real world too. You should be respectful and considerate to everyone you come across because you have no idea how important that person could be later.” they’ll start to believe that you’re not attentive or you don’t really care. It doesn’t take research to show that students who pay attention and follow the class rules, are inclined to get help on assignments, lenience with grading, and a better classroom experience. But there may be long-term effects too. If your bad behavior continues, what’s to stop teachers from talking to other teachers about how disrespectful and rude you are? You then might develop a bad reputation following you through your classes without your knowing it. College may seem far away, especially for underclassmen, but you should start thinking about it

now. Being disrespectful to even one teacher in high school could potentially make it harder for you to submit applications later. One day, you may need a teacher recommendation, and you don’t want a bad high school experience to affect your recommendation and your future. As minor as it might seem, respect matters not only in high school, but in the real world too. You should be respectful and considerate to everyone you come across because you have no idea how important that person could be later.

Do you like to write? Do you have opinons? Do you cartoon? Do you like to take pictures? Do you like working in teams? If so, put Journalism I on your schedule for next year! See Mr. Townsend in Room 211 after school for details.