This past month, media frenzy erupted over Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C., where droplets of mercury were found on a hallway floor. The sighting of this neurotoxin was a nightmare for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which sent in experts to inspect every inch of the building and test all students for poisoning.
Senior Sam Encarnación attributes it to chance. His friend wanted to go. The casting director wanted an African American who spoke Spanish and liked Encarnación's look. He was hired.
Every failing high-school student's dream will come true next fall:Simply hand in a blank piece of paper (or no paper at all) for any assignment, and automatically get 50 percent credit. While it may seem appealing, this guideline of the new grading policy contradicts everything MCPS is trying to achieve: It will discourage student effort, inflate grades and allow false promotion from one grade level to the next.00
When sophomores Morgan Luker and Emily-Kate Hannapel caught sight of the staggering price tags on skirts at Urban Outfitters, they decided to save 30 bucks and put their own fashion sense to work. A trip to the local thrift store and a dusting off of the old sewing machine has now led to over 25 orders of the designing duo's custom-made skirts. And, much to their surprise, both have taken on a new hobby: entrepreneurship.
In her NSL class, sophomore Nolan Burke's teacher assigns a brainstorming project. The teacher says that someone needs to be the recorder, and Burke's group of mostly boys looks in her direction. "I guess I'll get out some paper,” she says.
Having sex will be much easier when the morning-after pill is available on the shelves of the local CVS. Though the pill provides an alternative to abortions, granting easy access to it with no formal conversation about its repercussions will be harmful.