THE PAW PRINT Fall 2018 • Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd. Columbia, MD 21044 • Volume 46, Issue 1
Administration Looks for Long Term Solutions to Behavior Problems By Rebecca Nason In an attempt to reduce suspension and detention rates, while also improving relationships between students and staff members, Wilde Lake administration is training teachers to implement a new community building model called restorative justice. According to Mr. Wilson, students should expect less referrals and more conversations. According to Mr. Wilson, restorative justice aims to show why an action was wrong, how it hurt others, and how students can work to repair that hurt. Through engaging in community building activities such as class circles and open discussion teachers aim to build strong relationships with students. Understanding why a student acted in a particular way is emphasized. Mr. Wilson said that “In [restorative justice], we’re aiming to do stuff with students, rather than doing stuff to students. The administration is working to form a firm foundation with the staff, rather than starting with the students. As staff learns about restorative justice and begins to use its policies
in their classrooms, Mr. Wilson believes that, long-term, “A lot of positive outcomes will come [from restorative justice].” Some worry about the transition period and overall effectiveness of restorative justice. “Short term, it looks frustrating for teachers because it looks as though students are getting a free pass,” said Science teacher Ms. Alcaraz. Senior David Gaiano said, “People think they can get away with more now because they won’t get punished.” G/T resource teacher Ms. Dixon believes that restorative justice will positively impact her classroom dynamic. “There’s less attention on the little things, so teachers can focus.” Sophomore Joselyn Cruz agrees, saying that, “Repeat offenders who get detention just keep doing what they do, so it doesn’t really matter. I think through restorative justice they’ll realize it does.” In Ms. Volpe’s G/T U.S. History class, freshman Jocelyn Hibbard has seen improved classroom dynamics as a result of restorative circles, “Because we get to know each other Ms. Volpe (third from right) leads her US History in a restorative circle. A ball is passed better,” she said. “The teacher knows more around to indicate that it is the speaker’s turn to talk. (Photo by The Paw Print staff) about us and we know more about the teacher. “It causes more respect among everyone.”
In Response to Safety Concerns, Wilde Lake Locks Its Doors to Early Arrivers
Students arrive as early as 6:30 and wait outside of locked doors until 7:10. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Rachel Henry and Hope Kahn Every morning at 7:10 a.m., the Wilde Lake doors unlock and students cram together to enter the school building. This year, administration is not allowing students to enter the building until 7:10, the contracted teacher start time. According to Mr. Wilson, this is to ensure the safety of the students “It minimizes the opportunity for someone who doesn’t belong in Wilde Lake to be in our building,” he said. Last year, students were allowed to enter the building as early as 6:15. Students gathered on mainstreet,
went to the media centered to hang out and complete work, and visited teacher classrooms. This year, bus riders wait on busses until they are released and walkers wait outside the doors until 7:10. Junior Zoe Davidson waits on her bus for 15 minutes after arriving at school. “I wish the buses would come later to my house so that I could have more time in the morning,” she said. When winter weather conditions worsen, administration says they will allow students to congregate in an appropriate area such as the cafeteria instead of waiting outside. According to junior Haley Lynch,
there isn’t enough time to meet with teachers and prepare for the school day. “There’s only a maximum of 15 minutes from the time I enter the building until I have to be in class. I need a few more minutes to get to my locker and to get breakfast. I used to be able to do everything, but now I don’t have time,” said Lynch. The media center has also made changes to their morning. Library specialists Ms. Bailey and Ms. Palmateer are changing their rules for the first time in years, and all for the benefit of students. “It’s a big change,” said Ms. Palmateer. “There are pluses and minuses. I like that there aren’t already students in the media center who have been unsupervised. On the other hand, the media center was a good social situation,” said Ms. Bailey. “We could help people, and it wasn’t the rush we have now. It’s hard on [the students] because if you came to the media center last year we were strict to the bell, but now we let kids come to the last minute.” Mr. Wilson knows there’s been controversy about the new policy. “But its for the safety of our students,” he said.
Administration Relaxes Outdated Hat Policy “When students come to school, they don’t want the first thing they hear to be take your hat or hood.” -Mr. Wilson By Preeta Singh This year, administration relaxed the policy on hats and hoods, an update that comes after decades of disagreement between students and teachers over headwear. According to Mr. Wilson the revision to Policy 9210, which once prohibited headwear in the building, now allows students to wear hats and hoods and religious coverings during the school day. Wilde Lake is the only school in the county to make this change. According to Mr. Wilson, other schools are considering changing their policies too. “The policy is outdated,” said Mr. Wilson who feels we are headed in the right direction.
G/T Research teacher Ms. Dixon now allows hats in her classroom and believes that this new dynamic will “allow less attention on the little things, and put more attention on content in class,” she said. “Education shouldn’t be affected by the hat you wear.” For some students, this new idea has made them feel more comfortable to be their own individual. “I really like that I can cover my head,” said Collins Tadjou, an 11th grader who was wearing a hood. “It’s nice that I am free to wear what I want in the building.” According to Mr. Wilson, when students come to school, they don’t want the first thing they hear to be ‘take your hat or hood off.”
WILDE LAKE WELC Ms. Alcaraz conducts her class in a lab. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Rebecca Nason
Mr. Calkins (left) at an amusement park. (Photo submitted by Mr. Calkins)
Ms. Chapman with her husband and two children. (Photo submitted by Ms. Chapman)
By Bryan Shin
By Sydney Cox
County. However, when Mr. Calkins transferred to Wilde Lake from Scarlet Oaks Development Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, he arrived to a completely different environment. “The school I taught math at in Cincinnati for the previous four years is a career technical school. It only has eleventh and twelfth graders who are there to become nurses, welders, policemen, firefighters, cosmetologists, and other similar professions,” he said. Students at Scarlet Oaks spend half the day in their career lab and half the day doing academics. “Here at Wilde Lake, there is so much more going on in terms of activities. I had forgotten that’s how a normal school operated,” he said. Mr. Calkins hopes to continue to have a smooth transition into a school that he’s not quite used to. “Wilde Lake has been really good to me so far.”
Returning Wilde Lake Government teacher Mrs. Chapman has always believed that a community is only as strong as the education within it. When the opportunity arose to help school-aged children in South Africa, she knew she couldn’t turn it away. Mrs. Chapman took a year-long leave of absence from Wilde Lake to volunteer with Mission Hope, an organization present in South Africa dedicated to helping less fortunate children there. The organization specializes in helping local communities through a preschool, a feeding program, and an orphanage. “The public schools there suffer from a lack of resources, so volunteering is extremely beneficial to the community,” she said. Mission Hope has shaped how she runs her classroom. She now focuses more on developing interpersonal relationships. Every fourth period, she gives a snack to each student to, “help the dynamics of the classroom and build the community.”
MS. ALCARAZ. As a child growing up in Puerto MR. CALKINS. Life at a place like Wilde Lake may MS. CHAPMAN. Rico, Ms. Alcaraz didn’t seee herself as a high school be the norm for most students and teachers in Howard chemistry teacher in the United States with an eightmonth-old child and four cats, but life has turned out better than she ever expected. Five years ago, Ms. Alcaraz moved to Florida from Puerto Rico. She had lived her whole life, and received her whole education, speaking Spanish. “I have the English of a toddler,” she said with a laugh. Despite Ms. Alcaraz’s humor, the difficulty of learning to teach in an entirely new language is hard to ignore, especially when you throw an infant into the mix. Much of Ms. Alcaraz’s motivation, both in her career and in her personal life, stems from her love for her daughter, and the want to set an example for her. She also speaks of how students motivate her and how much she learns from them. “High school is about so many things, not just the academic [challenges],” she said. “I love hearing students’ stories about who they are.”
Mr. Green conducting his jazz ensamble. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
Mr. Hill with his son in matching shirts. (Photo submitted by Mr. Hill)
Mr. Holzman with his wife and daughter. (Photo submitted by Mr. Holzman)
Ms. Kostelec smiles for a picture. (Photo submitted by Ms. Kostelec)
By Hope Kahn
By Hope Kahn
By Hope Kahn
By Sydney Cox
MR. GREEN. In 2012, Mr. Green was MR. HILL. Mr. Hill has always known MR. HOLZMAN. Ever since he was MS. KOSTELEC. At 7:10 each day, a student teacher for Wilde Lake’s veteran band director, Mr. Dutrow. Six years later, Mr. Green hopes to offer some of his personal ideas to the same program that is now his own. At Wilde Lake, he knows that replacing an “iconic leader” who built the culture of the band program has its challenges. Nevertheless, he hopes to continue to create opportunities for the students. One of his ideas is to establish collaboration across disciplines. “I have a couple of ideas that include collaborating with the dance department or with the choir department,” he said. “I admire Mr. Dutrow’s program so much but I do have ideas that are different,” he said. “I want to be sensitive to the transition of a program, but at the same time make it my own.”
that he wants to make a difference. He spent two years in Baltimore City completing service work and seven at Harpers Choice as a Special Education teacher. This year, he furthers his love for helping those who need support as he joins his wife and the rest of the Wilde Lake family. During his two years in Baltimore City, he provided help to people struggling with mental illness and drug addiction through home visits. “It’s about looking out for the people who need the most help,” he said. Mr. Hill cares about helping his students succeed socially and academically. “In my tutorial classes, at the beginning of the year I talked about how you can either be like everybody else and fit in, or you can be yourself and belong.”
a child, Mr. Holzman has felt a connection to history. He brings that passion to Wilde Lake as the new AP Economics, Honors World History and U.S History teacher. The history of his grandfather’s lives made the most significant impact on him. “One of my grandfathers, even though I never met him, flew over 30 missions as a navigator in World War II,” he said. “And the other, who I was really close to, was an Aeronautical engineer in World War II.” The connection he had with his grandfather taught him a lot. “I would hear stories about his life growing up in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, and we would watch the History Channel together,” he said. He looks forward to reciprocating that love for history to his students.
students can enter room 300 and find Ms. Kostelec with a smile on her face, radiating her readiness for another day at school. Four years ago, Ms. Kostelec graduated from Wilde Lake. Now she is starting her teaching career in the place that she has always called home. She credits her English teachers for her immense love of teaching. “I developed a passion for the passion they had,” she said. Although she claims they influenced her to become a teacher, Mr. Townsend, her junior year English teacher and now colleague, believes that, “She was destined to become a teacher.” Right out of college, she was eager to begin her journey of teaching. “I knew I wanted to come back here,” she said. “I’ve come full circle. Wilde Lake helped me grow, and now that I’m back, I have even more opportunities to grow.”
OMES NEW STAFF Mr. Damseaux poses with his math equation on the board. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
Ms. Delaney in her chef ’s whites. (Photo submitted by Ms. Delaney)
Mr. Frederick teaching his PE class. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Rebecca Nason
By Adriana Irrizary-Cruz
By Bryan Shin
MR. DAMSEAUX. Running an ultramarathon isn’t MS. DELANEY. easy, but then again neither is earning two masters in math, and yet somehow, Mr. Damseaux has managed to do both. Mr. Damseaux counts himself lucky for all the fantastic math teachers he’s had. Even though “Lots of people see math as just a bunch of meaningless formulas,” he said, “It really is just a way of logical thinking.” For the last 15 years, Mr. Damseaux worked at City College High School in Baltimore where he loved his job, his coworkers and his students. During that time Mr. Damseaux ran an ultramarathon (a 50-mile race), although he admits that being able to say he ran an ultramarathon is more fun than actually running it. Despite all the fond memories Mr. Damseaux has of City College High he admits that his last job was often high stress. “I haven’t felt any of that [stress] here,” he said. “[Wilde Lake] has been a very welcoming place.”
Ms. Mendez-Crespo smiles outside of the building. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Marian Isailovic
Ms. Mendez-Crespo was inspired by her kindergarten teacher and has aspired to be a teacher ever since. “She was really fun, and I wanted to be just like her,” she said. She has been surprised by certain aspects of teaching high school students. “It’s very different, but I like it,” she said. Despite her original nervousness at suddenly having to work with much older kids, she is enjoying interactive classes with her students instead of just lecturing, which she expected she would have to do in order to teach older and mature students. Ms. Mendez-Crespo is excited to help her students pursue their academic careers through language. “My goal is to get students to the level that they need to be to go on to the next level, or higher,” she said.
From Montgomery County, to Germany, and finally to Howard County, Ms. Delaney has travelled the world following her enthusiasm for cooking. Currently working as the new FACS teacher at Wilde Lake, she is eager to share her extensive knowledge of the culinary arts with her students. Ms. Delaney started pursuing her trade 13 years ago. “I just have a passion for creating things,” she said. Having started out in Montgomery County as an assistant chef, she further pursued her culinary career by working as an intern at a family bakery in Germany. Now, she shares her experiences in the kitchen with her students. Being a first-year teacher is a “huge learning curve,” she said. However, Ms. Delaney looks forward to gaining experience and building relationships with her students. “I’ve been connecting very well with people,” she said. “It’s been a great start.”
Ms. Marroulis smiles for a picture on vacation. (Photo submitted by Ms.Marroulis)
By Susie Osborne
is what brought prior middle school gym teacher Mr. Frederick to Wilde Lake. Mr. Frederick comes from Thomas Viaduct Middle School. He is excited about his new position in a high school. “I was always trying to get into high school,” he said. “I wanted a chance to work with older students.” According to Mr. Frederick, the motivational difference between middle schoolers and high schoolers are different. Gym class is a requirement in middle school, but in high school he is teaching strength and conditioning, which is an elective. “I really like teaching an elective class because it shows me the difference between required versus motivated students,” said Mr. Frederick. Mr. Frederick may have just arrived, but he is here for the long haul. “I know I want to stay in high school, and I am very happy to be here.”
Ms. Potts refereeing a basketball game in PE. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Adriana Irrizary-Cruz
MS. MARROULIS. Ms. Marroulis MS. POTTS. joins Wilde Lake as a new Algebra teacher. Growing up, she had a passion for math, and she found her talent for solving math problems and explaining them to others. Growing up, she decided she wanted to become a math teacher. She taught at Cabot High School in Arkansas before eventually coming to teach at Wilde Lake. In Arkansas, “Everything moves slowly and life is more relaxed than it is in Maryland” she said. “Everything here is more fastpaced and crowded.” Though the way of life in Maryland is different, Ms. Marroulis is happy to be doing what she loves: “making challenging math simple for her students.”
MR. FREDERICK. The atmosphere of high school
New Health and PE teacher, Ms. Potts is a natural athlete. She played field hockey and basketball in college while studying health and education. Transferring from Lake Elkhorn Middle, she is excited to combine Health and PE, an opportunity she did not have teaching at a middle school. “All aspects of your health affect one another,” she said. “If you’re not in good physical shape, that could have an impact on you socially or mentally.” Ms. Potts looks foward to building her experience as a teacher and developing more relationships with her students.
Mr. Wallace poses in his classroom. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Aenilah Watkins
Mr. Wallace was born and raised in Howard County, but moved to New Mexico when he was 21 years old. After 12 years in “The Land of Enchantment,” he returns to his hometown as an American Government teacher. His Native American Studies teacher in high school inspired him to move to New Mexico, to experience something new,” he said. “Plus, the landscapes, food and environment [in New Mexico] were all so beautiful so I knew I had to return.” He received his Bachelors and Masters in secondary education from the University of New Mexico. Now, at Wilde Lake, he is sharing his love for Government in his classroom and the school as a a sponsor of the SGA. “I hope I can bring more structure and government strategy to the club,” he said.
WILDE LAKE ATHLETIC TEAMS FIN
“Hard Work Beats Talent” on the Football Field
The Cats preparing to run another down against the Scorpions. (Photo credit to Lifetouch) By Darae Lyles and Mimi Johnson Under the Friday night lights, the Cats proved themselves as a hardworking and successful football team by achieving a 6-4 season record. This season was a triumph to the team compared to the 1-8 season they finished with last year. Sophomore Amari Hutson, offensive and defensive player, was proud of his team and knew that the team’s
chemistry brought them far this season. “We put the team before any one person,” said Hutson. “Brotherhood and communication are big reasons for our success. If one person was slacking or having a rough game or practice, we still had a strong support system of love and encouragement that backed us up.” During the season, the team had four games where they shut-out their opponents. They kept them from scoring and dominated both the field and scoreboard. In the games against Centennial, Mt. Hebron, Hammond and Marriotts Ridge, Wilde Lake, won 45-0, 55-0, 43-0 and 42-0, respectively. On offense, the team ran the ball as much as possible, and on defense, the boys threw the opposing quarterback off by pressuring them. “As the saying goes, you practice how you play,” said Allen Ngue, the team’s leading rusher. The team spent the summer participating in 7v7 workouts, spent everyday after school practicing and constantly watched the film of their past games to improve their plays. This season senior Osita Smith, wide receiver, ran the
most touchdowns. Smith is committed to play football at West Virginia University next year. The players agreed that the coaches of the team are dedicated, skilled and encouraging. “They always tried to find a way to push us to our limit by putting us through obstacles. Even though they showed a lot of tough love, it was to get us to meet the expectations they had for the team,” said sophomore Will Parker, a linebacker on the team. The team played by the quote that coach Henderson emphasizes. “Hard work beats talent,” and it is repeated over and over at practice and at games. All players contributed in all the games. Coach Henderson’s 4th year as a football coach ended with him proud of his athletes. “They accomplished so much this year,” he said. “It was a reflection of their hard work and their commitment.” Next year, Allen Ngue, Jarrett Monah, Will Parker and Amari Hudson out of the thirty-three returning players will be the ones to watch. “We had a good season this year, and we’re looking forward to another one next year,” said Coach Henderson.
“We put the team before any one person.” -Amari Hutson
Coach Kincaid Led Wilde Lake Field Hockey to Victory By Susie Osborne
The Varsity Field Hockey team poses for a team picture (photo credit to Lifetouch)
The Wilde Lake field hockey team finished with a 7-8 season record compared to last year’s 2-13 record, thanks to coach Virginia Kincaid. Before coming to Wilde Lake, Kincaid spent 39 years coaching at Glenelg, and won 22 county championships, 25 region titles, and 6 state crowns overall. Then she was offered a position here at Wilde Lake, and agreed to take on a new challenge. Esha Ponnuri, a senior who has played field hockey for four years, said Kincaid’s
affect on the team came from her focus on practice that was applicable in-game rather than focusing on just conditioning. Once the team started winning, their motivation went up immensely. “When we were actually doing better, we wanted to try more,” said Ponnuri. Kasey Baird, the team’s goalie, recognized Kincaid’s passion for the sport she coaches. “She put her time and energy into helping us get better, which really paid off,” she said. Kincaid modestly credited the team’s improvement to the hard work of the players. “They became a really skillful
Wilde Lake Star Athletes Officially Commit to Play in College By Hope Kahn
Claudia Sweitzer commits to play volleyball at Salisbury University, Jenna Hutchison, Lily Dunbar and Julianna Bonner commit to play soccer at George Mason, University, Drexel University, and Lehigh University, left to right, respectively. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
From childhood teammates to four year Varsity starters, Julianna Bonner, Lily Dunbar and Jenna Hutchison officially signed their National Letter of Intent on November 14, 2018 to play Division I soccer at Lehigh University, Drexel University and George Mason University, respectively. Claudia Sweitzer signed to play Division III Volleyball at Salisbury University. Hutchison verbally committed in her sophomore year of High School, whereas Bonner and Dunbar verbally committed in their junior year. Sweitzer verbally committed this year. “I’ve been unofficially committed for over a year now,” said Lehigh Commit Julianna Bonner. “But I’m so excited that this makes it official. I can’t wait to start playing the sport I love in college.”
team this year,” she said. “They were like sponges, they picked up everything I gave them to succeed.”
“[The players] were like sponges. They picked up everything I gave them.” -Coach Kincaid
Girls Soccer 11-3-1 Boys Soccer 9-1-3 Football 6-4 Volleyball 7-9 Field Hockey 7-8 Golf 4-6-1
ND SUCCESS IN 2018 FALL SEASON Four Varsity Seasons Together: The End of an Era for Senior Tri-Captains
Boys Varsity Soccer Team Nets an Impressive Season By Sydney Cox
By Hope Kahn After the then-freshmen and firstyear varsity starters Julianna Bonner, Lily Dunbar, and Jenna Hutchison successfully made states but fell to Fallston by one goal in 2015, they hoped their senior season would be just as successful, if not more. Three seasons later, the senior tri-captains led their team through a hard fought battle, but could not defeat their season rival River Hill in the playoff game. The cats went almost undefeated this season until October 9, when River Hill stopped the team’s streak the first time. On November 1, the teams battled again in playoffs, but River Hill remained victorious, winning 2-1. Julianna Bonner, Howard County’s player of the year for 2017 and 2018, said the team had the ability to go all the way and win states, but it was just an unlucky game. “We were the better team during that game,” said Bonner. “We had more shots on goal. It was an unlucky situation.” Although disappointed, Lily Dunbar doesn’t let those two games define her senior season. “We went 12-2-1 and I was surrounded by an incredible group of soccer players who are my best friends.” The team’s ability and talent was proven by the six players recognized with firstteam All-County, the most from one school alone, as well as three honorable mentions on the team. “Everyone played their part on the field,” said Dunbar. “Nicki, Ashlyn, Angie and Aicha all held it down in the back and were able to mark some of the best forwards in the county. Leah and I distributed the ball
Varsity girls soccer players celebrating after a goal. (Photo by Lifetouch)
to the outside mids so the forwards could do their jobs and score the goals, especially Julianna and Gia.” Dunbar thanks the seniors who she played with when she was a freshman on varsity. “I was lucky to have such a great group of seniors to look up to as soccer players and people, and now as a senior it’s awesome to think that I got to act as that kind of role model for the younger girls.” The trio’s sophomore and junior season’s were rebuilding years, according to Bonner. “During those years I knew that when my sister, Ashlyn, was a freshman, it would be our year to thrive again,” she said. Gia Johnson, Ashlyn Bonner and Leah Williams did not make it to states their freshman year like the original “trio” did, but they have three seasons left. “Who knows what will happen, when we’re the seniors,” said Ashlyn.
The boys varsity soccer team showed a massive comeback this year, equaling their wins for the entirety of last season in their first five games this year. They finished with a 10-3-2 season record. The team’s success was a direct result of the adaptability the boys showed on the field. “We had lots of potential on this team,” senior captain Adam Loudin, right back, said. “Everyone was willing to fill a role, we had lots of players who could go lots of places.” The team’s camaraderie was been largely influenced by outings like pasta parties and even practices. Freshman, Phillip Washington, right back, said that getting to know his teammates helped him immensely on the field. “Having the bond helped me on the field when I tried to anticipate the right pass and other player’s movement,” he said. “Knowing the player’s personality helped me know what to say to them during games to help”. The Cats had their biggest shutouts against
Sophomore Liam Nesbitt prepares to score a goal. (Photo by Lifetouch)
Glenelg, Dundalk, and Reservoir, winning 6-0, 4-0 and 3-0, respectively, adding confidence to the members of the team. Things began to change for the boys when, according to sophomore Tyriq Umrani, a left back, “teams began to recognize our style of play and they adapted to it. This made it harder for us as a team to break them down.” The boys soccer team was undefeated until they played Atholton on October 2, breaking their eight game winning streak. Once in playoffs, the team had to beat Oakland Mills in order to advance to the region final game. They had already beaten
the Scorpions once on September 13, winning 1-0, so they knew the strategies they needed to win. However, the team faced an unexpected 0-2 loss. Liam Nesbitt, a sophomore and center mid said, “I definitely thought we were going to go in and win, but I did notice that we had a bad end to our season,” he said. “We weren’t having very serious practices but I still thought we would be able to pull it off.” The Oakland Mills game ended the boys season, but they are eager for a next season. “Playing soccer with this group of guys was such a great experience,” said freshman Ben Hulit.
What’s Next? A Look Into the Winter Season BOYS BASKETBALL
RECORD 7-9 County, 8-14 Overall
RECORD 0-8 County, 1-13 Overall
COACH Deonne Wingfield
TOP PLAYERS Trea Keys (PG), Marc Marshall (SG), Will Zimmerman (SF) and Emmanuel Wright (SF/SG) “I along with my teammates know that we underachieved last year, but it was an experience that we can learn from to improve in the future. We know what it takes to win” -Marc Marshall, 12
COACH Rhonda Corkeron
TOP PLAYERS Kalani Corkeron (G/F), Alexa Mullican (G/F), Lily Richards (C), Brianna Floyd (G) and Claire Zimmerman (G) “Last year, we started from ground zero with fundamentals because we had a young team. Trying to teach those skills while having to play at the varsity level was difficult. We hope to build onto that foundation this year.”
COACH Jud Lincoln and Dominique Lincoln RECORD Boys: 2/12, Girls: 12/12 at Howard County Invitational TOP PLAYERS Andy English, Will Tripp, Luis Sanchez and Angel Christou “I finished the cross season very strong placing 19th at counties. I feel really good about this season, and I have high hopes for where I can go.” -Andy English, 11
RECORD 12/12 at Howard County wrestling tournament
RECORD 5th place out of 12 Howard County winter cheerleading championship
COACH Brian Henderson and Arthur Robinson
TOP PLAYERS Victor Hartley and Sam Schmidt “We’re going to be decent this season with a shot of beating some of the other schools in the county. We’ve filled most of the weight classes and have guys who are good. It should be a good season.” -Victor Hartley, 11
COACH Emily Townsend
TOP PLAYERS Jaden Waites (Base), Jada Smith (Flyer), Zarah Reeves (Base), Armya Cook (Base) and Meghan Barnum (Flyer/ Base) “Last season was amazing and one of our best fall cheer seasons. We formed a family bond.” -Jayden Waites, 12
6 News & Features “Prepared for anything,” Ms. Ms. Jackson Watches Students Riley is Ready for Wilde Lake Grow From Middle to High School
Ms. Riley in her office. (Photo submitted by Ms. Riley)
By Rachel Henry New Assistant Principal Ms. Riley is always prepared for anything. She keeps two pairs of rain-boots in her office, an extra pair of heels, and another pair of flats,
“just in case.” She also keeps a fanny pack for easy access to her phones, several pens, and spare change. Ms. Riley worked as an administrator at both Glenelg and Marriott’s Ridge, and is ready to build “strong new relationships,” at Wilde Lake. “I’m so used to being at Marriott’s Ridge,” said Ms. Riley. “I knew everybody’s name and where to find everything. But I’m really looking forward to meeting new people here.” She was inspired by her mom to begin her teaching career. “I always had opportunities to visit with my mom when she taught in Baltimore City,” she said. “Seeing the relationships she built with her students, and seeing her former students come back as young adults and share their stories was really fun to see. Ms. Riley started out as an elementary school teacher, then moved to middle school to teach reading, and then to high school for administration. “I made the progression up to high school because I was drawn to working with young adults.”
Ms. Jackson talking to Anna Brown in the lunch room. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Sarah Rubin From the way she so comfortably interacts with every student at Wilde Lake, one would’ve never guessed that new
assistant principal Ms. Jackson grew up as a small-town girl in Massachusetts, where there was only one high school for her entire community. Though she may not have been the best student back then, she always tried her best in school. It wasn’t until she left her town that she realized there was a bigger world out there, and she hopes to bring that realization to other high school students through her role as an administrator. After working as a substitute for schools in Italy, to teaching and administrating at four high schools, Ms. Jackson has noticed that Wilde Lake has a special view about diversity that no other school has. “Here, people don’t care who you are or what you look like. If you’re my friend then I’m here for you no matter what,” she said. For the last three years, Ms. Jackson was an assistant principal at Wilde Lake feeder school, Harpers Choice Middle. Seeing many kids go through middle to high school is an amazing experience for her. She said, “Every time I help a kid, and see them graduate, it’s a really incredible moment for me.”
Brett Molin Makes Safety His Priority as Assistant Principal By Maddie Sommers
Mr. Molin talking to Ms. Riley during a lunch shift. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
Since he was a child, Wilde Lake’s new Assistant Principal, Mr. Molin, knew he wanted to grow up to be a role model for students. He strives to ensure that students have the support growing up that he lacked. “I didn’t have a lot of support in my house, and so I didn’t know what I was doing with my life growing up,” he said. “I wanted to be there for the kids that are currently in similar situations.” He wakes up every morning hoping to positively influence
his students’ lives. “I get to help kids prepare to be adults and find good matches for post-graduation paths, which is something I didn’t necessarily have,” he said. As a recent graduate of Louisiana State University, Mr. Molin quickly came face-to-face with the defining moment of his career in 2002. At an East Baton Rouge Parish School, one of his students pulled a gun on him. Instead of quitting his job or giving up, he came to a realization that he had the ability to prevent future incidents similar to his own, spinning a seemingly negative situation into a constructive
learning one. “Every experience makes me better at what I’m doing, which means that I can help more kids,” he said. “I chose to focus on the positive, and I didn’t give up and I love my job even more now.” Bringing his experience and positive attitude to Wilde Lake, Mr. Molin looks forward to building relationships with his new students. “My biggest goal has become helping the kids that might be leaning towards solving problems with violence, school safety is my number one priority.”
Previous Government Teacher Mr. Penn Begins School Year as New Atheltic and Activities Manager By Aenilah Watkins
This year, the Social Studies department is losing one of its most-loved teachers, Mr. Penn, who is stepping into the position of Athletic Director. As a teacher, Mr. Penn was elected “teacher of the year” twice by the senior class. He coached football, basketball and baseball. He sponsored the Alpha Achievers, and helped to plan and produce the Black History Month assembly. Mr. Penn taught his classes with energy
and enthusiasm. He valued personal relationships with his students. Students say he was knowledgeable and relatable. “He will be missed,” said Ms. Collier, who cotaught American Government with Mr. Penn last year. Ms. Collier described him as energetic, relatable, and passionate. “He’s a perfect fit for Athletic Director,” she said. “He has a lot of background in the sports area and has already developed relationships with the coaches and student-athletes.” Senior Devin Shields has had Mr. Penn
“He was one of my favorite coaches and teachers that I have ever had.” -Devin Shields, 12
as both a coach and a teacher. “He was one of my favorite coaches and teachers that I have ever had,” he said. In his previous teaching role, Mr. Penn always supported his students and held them to high standards. He has the same expectations for the student-athletes in his new position. “I always like to say that the students are the ambassadors for their sports teams,” he said. He hopes to emphasize equality between all of Wilde Lake athletic teams. He took this concept from his classroom last year. With his passion for sports and his experienced athletic background, Mr. Penn hopes to reach the hearts of all his student-athletes this year, just as he did with his previous students.
Mr. Penn opening the door for Wilde Lake students. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
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Language Department Drops Upper Level Classes, Lower Level Classes Reach Maximum Capacity
Ms. Shin’s Spanish II Honors class working in a class size of about 30 students. (Photo by The Paw Print staff)
By Sydney Cox and Sarah Rubin In recent years, there’s been a lack of enrollment in higher level language classes. Consequently, Wilde Lake’s language department has cut Italian III and IV in the 2018-2019 school year. With students no longer having a class to take, upper level Italian students have to either pick a new language or not take a language at all. This follows a trend of losing upper level language classes at Wilde Lake. Russian was cut entirely from the curriculum five years ago. Chinese has become an online class. French III and IV, as well as German III and IV have been condensed to one
class. Once upon a time, American Sign Language was an option for students. As a result, the teachers of those classes are now teaching more students basic Spanish or French. With those lower level French and Spanish classes filling quickly, they reach maximum capacity. For one teacher, this process took away the one class she came to country to teach. Anna Martucci-Morris was raised in Italy, and moved to the United States when she was 22 years old to work at the Italian embassy in D.C., but later began teaching Italian at Howard County Community College. After a few years, Wilde Lake offered her, specifically, a job five years
Improvisational Performance of “Peter and the Starcatcher” Brings Cast Together
ago, in an attempt to eventually filter more students into the community college as well as revamp Wilde Lake’s Italian program, and get more students invested in the language. However, due to a lack of students in her Italian classes at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the school’s administration team has been steadily revoking her classes. Just last year, her Italian levels III and IV classes were completely dropped, even though she and her students wished for them to stay. Now, Ms. Martucci has been called on by the school to teach four Spanish classes, which is neither her first nor second language. With 33 students in each class, “[My students] are not getting the education they deserve,” she said. “Getting every student started takes a lot of time, as there is no personalized attention or equity in classes of 33.” In direct comparison, her Italian class, which rests at 25 students, is much more manageable. Shelby Kline is a sophomore student in Ms. Martucci’s Italian class. “I was thrilled to come to Wilde Lake and learn Italian,” she said. “But when I arrived, I was so overwhelmed by the three different levels being taught in one classroom. Ms.
Martucci had to fight for attention every day, and getting her attention myself was a struggle too.” Ms. Martucci is not the only teacher in the building who advocates for smaller classrooms. Ms. Shin, a Spanish and French teacher, speaks of how in her class of 16 she can get to every student. It’s so much better.” Former Russian teacher, Ms. Shin, is very familiar with Ms. Martucci’s situation. The Russian class she taught previously was not getting the number of students it needed to stay afloat, and eventually got removed from the school completely as a class. “I fought hard for it, but it became clear it was never going to happen again.” Ms. Shin’s classes now average about 29 students each, with one being at its maximum capacity. “Classes that are bigger are harder to discipline, and it is physically hard to get to students with every desk filled,” said Ms. Shin. Ms. Martucci is hopeful that her higherlevel Italian classes will return, but is also fearful that they won’t. “Because efforts haven’t been made to help grow the class, the program has crippled,” She said. “I feel like I’m back to where I was five years ago.”
At Wilde Lake, Students Reflect on the Cost of “Screen Time” “I have a habit of completely ignoring people just to play a game or scroll through Instagram or listen to music.” -Abbie Kennebrew, 11 By Aenilah Watkins and Erica Knight
Laura McHale and Maggie VanVranken as Molly and Captain Stache, respectively (left). Sam Russell and Tristan Webster reenacting the plot of sleeping beauty incorrectly (right). (Photo by Lifetouch)
By Rebecca Nason In the improvisational “Peter and the Starcatcher,” actors worked together to bring their whimsical vision to life. Unlike in previous plays where students have worked with director Ms. Adler to create the blocking, “A lot of the blocking was made up on the spot,” said senior Maggie Vanvranken. “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a prequel to Peter Pan. In it, “Boy,” played by Tristan Webster, had been orphaned for so long he couldn’t remember his name. He meets Molly, played by Laura McHale, an apprentice to become a starcatcher. Starcatchers collect starstuff, which turns you into what you want to be, and keeps it out of the hands of those who would use it for harm. The entire cast was on stage for the entire show. This created an interesting dynamic, as cast members constantly
leaped from one role to the next. “One moment the actors were a pirate, the next they were a clam,” said Ms. Adler, “The actors never knew what part they were going to play.” The real magic in “Peter and the Starcatcher” came from the cast. Everything from the blocking to the countless inside jokes reflected cast members dedication to both each other and the show. Without the chemistry of the cast, the show wouldn’t have worked. Sophomore Laura McHale, as Molly, said that the show was based on teamwork. “We knew how our fellow actors worked and reacted together.” Ms. Adler admitted she chose the show because it was hilarious, and the students really brought that to life. The fast-paced show was full of witty one-liners. “If you didn’t understand it,” said Ms. Adler, “You just laughed!”
Since the installment of “Screen Time,” iPhone’s newest update, which tracks how much time users spend on phones, many of us have been reflecting on how much time we spend in front of screens. Narda Espinoza and Abbie Kennebrew reflect on the impact cell phones have on their lives. “I spend more time looking down at my phone than I do talking to people,” admitted junior Abbie Kennebrew. “Today, phones have become a total distraction to the point where it affects everyday life with teenagers. It has became an everyday thing that we do not know how to live without,” said Narda. “Screen Time” tracks the categories of Entertainment, Social Networking, Productivity, Creativity, and Education. Results gained from multiple students have shown that Social Networking and
Entertainment are the top categories teens spend their time on. Despite acknowledging the negative impact of phone use, Narda and Abbie are not immune to the temptation of spending hours and hours on social media. Narda has reportedly spend 6 hours and 5 minutes per day, compared to Abbie’s 9 hours and 21 minutes, on Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and Youtube. Cumulatively, Narda spends 15 hours on Tumblr and 2 hours on Twitter, Snapchat, and Youtube for the whole week. “I get easily distracted with social media and other things that I forget my homework and end up staying up late to do it,” admits Narda. “I also find myself shying away and not talking to people because I’m always on my phone.” Similar to Narda, Abbie also often finds her cell phone being the cause of her procrastination when it comes to her academic life.
“I don’t really like homework so I use my phone as a distraction. I let myself procrastinate on my phone to avoid my responsibilities at school,” said Abbie. Abbie averages 9 hours and 21 minutes a day on her mobile device. Her most used apps include Game of Sultans, which she rakes in 9 hours and 4 minutes per week, Tumblr with 5 hours and 30 minutes, and Netflix in third place with 5 hours and 8 minutes. Last but not least, Safari, which Abbie spends 4 hours and 25 minutes on. “I have a habit of completely ignoring people just to play a game or scroll through Instagram,” said Abbie. Yet the “Screen Time” feature on iPhones don’t discourage the use of phones for some teenagers. “Having an object that can do most of the work for you is cool,” said Narda. “It allows me to have everything in my hand.”
Opinions I Support the Local News. You Should Too.
By Hope Kahn My family gets The Baltimore Sun on the weekends. Occasionally it gets briefly read and other times it gets lost under the giant pile of mail or used to protect the floor from yet another accident my dog would have. I have a feeling that this happens in most households. That was until I joined The Paw Print newspaper staff my sophomore year of high school. I spent my first year of Journalism writing about the star athletes in my school and how the media affects teenage girls’ body image, and reading the news every chance I had. I am currently in my second year as editor-in-chief of the print newspaper. I have fallen in love with the news and everything about
it: the stories, the people, the community, the impact. Reading the paper once on the weekend couldn’t hold my hunger and my three free stories a month on The Baltimore Sun’s website would run out on the second day of every month. So, I did what any aspiring journalist would do and used my money to benefit my obsession. I bought myself the eight dollars per month on-line subscription. But I wasn’t aware that the subscription I bought to benefit myself would be even more beneficial to The Baltimore Sun Media Group. The Baltimore Sun Media Group includes the publications of The Howard County Times (my personal favorite), The Aegis (Harford County), The Towson Times, The Catonsville Times, and Soundoff (Fort
Meade). The Baltimore Sun Media Group, along with The Capital Gazette and The Carroll County Times are made up of journalists currently fighting for their jobs, their papers and their communities. These local papers have united together to form the Chesapeake News Guild. Local newspapers are the watchdogs in our communities. They are the epitome of the First Amendment. They cover everything from our high school championship games to the present political tensions in our town. But the world has begun to digitize and subscriptions to papers are canceled resulting in severe budget cuts which affects staff sizes and wages. The Chesapeake News Guild is fighting for change. They want respect for their work and a living wage to go along with it. Not everyone loves the news as much as I do. Especially not my peers in school who leave their copies of The Paw Print in the trash. The budget is minimal, but my passion is priceless. I am not an aspiring journalist for the fame or the glory. I am an aspiring journalist for the stories, the people, the community and the impact. I stand with the Chesapeake News Guild to protect the present and the future of Journalism.
The Hat Policy Change Is Good For Wilde Lake By Rachel Henry This year for the first time students are allowed to wear hats and hoods in school. So far, all feedback from students have been positive. Students who previously got in trouble for a simple head covering can now wear hats and hoods without fear. In the beginning of my sophomore year, I got a haircut that I absolutely despised. It gave me immense anxiety to show my face at school the next day, so I threw a sweatshirt on and put the hood up. Few teachers said anything about my hood. But one teacher kept arguing with me about it. I pulled my hood back slightly, but she wasn’t satisfied with the “amount of my head showing.” She came up to me and told me I would be sent to the office if I couldn’t abide by the rule. I slowly removed my hood, and all eyes were on me. I had an anxiety attack in class. I covered my head with my arms and I cried. All because of a seemingly useless policy. For the rest of the year, I needed hats and hoods to simply get through a school day. Students would make comments, try to take off my hood while I was distracted or try and report me to teachers for breaking the rule. People asked me why I couldn’t just take it off, that it couldn’t be that bad, right? It wasn’t that bad, I just had so much anxiety about change that I couldn’t bring
Be Aware, Not Ignorant By Hope Kahn and Rachel Henry
wo - Hu nd re d - Twe nt y - S e ve n miles from Wilde Lake, Sabbath prayers were interrupted by gunshots at the Tree of Life synagogue taking 11 lives on October 27, 2018. Although some might say that “antiSemitism doesn’t happen here,” they would be wrong. Twenty miles from Wilde Lake, during a showing of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a historically Jewish musical, an audience member shouted, “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” from the crowd. Eight miles from Wilde Lake, students were greeted by graffitied Swastikas on the Glenelg High School campus on May 24, 2018.This incident was just seven months ago. Here, at Wilde Lake, “jokes” about Jews burning in ovens and being greedy with money are made in classrooms, hallways, and in the cafeteria. I’d like to address a few ignorant comments I hear often.
1. “Well, it was just a joke.” Anti-Semitism. Beliefs or behaviors that are hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It includes the teaching that Jews are inferior, and political efforts that are made to isolate, oppress, or harm them. But what most people choose to ignore is the fact that prejudiced or stereotyped views of Jewish people are forms of anti-Semitism too. When you tell a Jewish person to pick up the penny that’s on the ground, you committed an act of anti-Semitism. When you tell a Jewish person to get in the oven, you committed an act of antiSemitism. When your punchline has to do with the length of one our noses, you committed an act of anti-Semitism. Your “jokes” reinforce the fear that is instilled in Jewish people just because we are Jewish. 2. “Anti-Semitism is just now occurring.” Anti-Semitism due to the JewishChristian conflict has existed since the first century. However, many Americans aren’t aware of its prevalence today, or choose to not see it as an issue. After
World War II, anti-Semitism had a new fuel in the Nazi party. Over 6 million Jews were murdered in one of the biggest genocides in the history of the world. One would think that mass murder wouldn’t be a joking matter, but to some people, it is. Anti-Semitism has only gotten worse since Trump was elected as President. In fact, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, the first year Trump had taken office. Perhaps we can’t fully blame this severe increase on Trump himself, but when an influential figure with power shares and retweets false messages from hate groups and anti-Semites, stereotypes are normalized and hate continues to spread. This cannot continue.
3. “There’s nothing I can do.” People must take action to stand up to acts of anti-Semitism. Responding with silence will result in nothing changing, and nothing changing results in hate, in fear and in danger.
myself to take my hood off. A lot of the time, I could walk through the halls in my hats and hoods without repercussion. But if someone who was a darker skin complexion than I am was wearing a hood, they seemed to be called out a lot more. People who would be only a few feet ahead of me in the halls would get called out, while I would slide by and go unnoticed. I noticed that the hat policy was targeting darker skinned students. My hat was my comfort item, as it is for many people. It keeps me safe and hidden. I can throw a hat on, and my hair looks fine. Having African American hair has been one of my main sources of anxiety. It’s constantly tangled, hair cuts are more expensive and it’s an overall different type of hair than any other ethnicity. Weaves can cost upwards of $300 and braids can be $150 to $200. Hats are simple solutions to hair issues. Even though I have gotten over it now, a more relaxed hat policy would have improved my whole year. It would have taken the stress off of myself and relieved a lot of anxiety. The new policy is great for Wilde Lake because kids can use their freedom of expression in nonharmful ways, they can feel more comfortable and safe in their school environment or, hey, maybe it’s just cold.
THE PAW PRINT STAFF 2018-2019 The views expressed in this issue are not necessarily those of the staff, the students, the administration or the school board. Letters to the editors are encouraged. The Paw Print reserves the right to edit any submissions.
Adviser.............................................Ben Townsend Print Editor-in-Chief.................................Hope Kahn Web Editor-in-Chief................................Rachel Henry Feature Editor........................................Sarah Rubin Photography Editor............................Aenilah Watkins Writers......................................Sydney Cox, Adriana Irizarry-Cruz, Marian Isailovic, Miriam Johnson, Erica Knight, Darae Lyles, Rebecca Nason, Susie Osborne, Bryan Shin, Preeta Singh, Maddie Sommers
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