Laura Anthony

Name: Laura Anthony
Position: Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2011

Stories (12)

Williams announces new after-school security policy

By Laura Anthony, Sarah Schwartz, Ava Wallace | Oct. 29, 2010, 11:07 p.m. | In Local »

Principal Darryl Williams announced a new after-school security policy this morning at the beginning of second period.

Board approves FY 2011 budget

By Laura Anthony | March 11, 2010, 6:45 p.m. | In Print News »

The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the MCPS operating budget for the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 2011) on Feb. 17. The budget includes funds to meet the state's maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement, which mandates that the county spend at least the same amount as spent last year per student. The per capita requirement is approximately $11,249 according to Christopher Barclay, vice president of the Board.

It's not easy being green

By Laura Anthony | Feb. 5, 2010, 4:25 p.m. | In Print Features »

A Christmas tree standing in front of the City Hall in Copenhagen twinkles with thousands of bright, white lights - but the energy powering them is purely green. Every day, a different Danish politician spends half an hour on an exercise bike connected to the tree to provide the mechanical energy to illuminate the tree and light up the city with an enchanting glow.

Beyond the boulevard

By Laura Anthony | Feb. 5, 2010, 12:11 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

From Paris with Love (R) - John Travolta has a goatee, a million different guns and an unorthodox spy mentality to help him stop a terrorist attack in Paris with the help of a low-ranking employee at the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The director of "Taken", Pierre Morel, brings another action movie reminiscent of "Die Hard" and just about every other spy movie out there. But the car chases and explosions are still pretty cool. (Feb. 5)

"Leap Year" is not at all a leap of faith

By Laura Anthony | Jan. 12, 2010, 12:05 p.m. | In Movies »

Whereas a true Leap Year only comes around once every four years, "Leap Year" is no different from typical, romantic comedy films released year after year. With only slightly varied characters and plot, "Leap Year" is a guilty pleasure movie rather than a cinematic work of art. Unfortunately, the overall plot progression of "Leap Year" is quite obvious and too plain to offer any tender, memorable romanticism.

The value of the dollar

By Laura Anthony | Dec. 17, 2009, 8:18 p.m. | In Print Features »

Where only first names appear, names have been changed to protect the identities of the sources. Reality TV shows like "My Super Sweet Sixteen" or "NYC Prep" reinforce the typical stereotype of rich teenagers, giving the impression that affluence means having money and flaunting it. But these shows, despite being advertised as "reality", do not portray the average lives of affluent teens in Silver Spring.

Pro/Con: Is year-round schooling an effective alternative to the traditional calendar?

By Laura Anthony, Olayinka Oladiran | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print Opinions »

At the end of September, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan voiced their support for year-round schooling. They are advocating for schools nationwide to join the approximately 2,800 others who are already on this schedule. Instead of one three-month summer vacation and a few shorter breaks throughout the year, year-round schooling has school throughout the year with several shorter vacations.

Blazers fall to Barons for a disappointing end of season

By Laura Anthony | Nov. 6, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

The girls' varsity soccer team (11-1) ended their season with a disheartening loss to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) Barons 1-2. Their skill and strategy matched that of the undefeated B-CC team, but spirits fell at the final whistle of the hard-fought game.

Blazers overcome Walter Johnson in first playoff game

By Laura Anthony | Nov. 4, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

The girls's varsity soccer team (11-1) won their first playoff game against the Walter Johnson (WJ) Wildcats 2-0, scoring both goals in the second half after a well-matched struggle at the start of the game.

Blazers trample Bengals in senior night game

By Laura Anthony | Oct. 28, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

The varsity girls's soccer team (11-1) ended their season with a triumphant 7-0 victory over the Blake Bengals. The constant rain throughout the game made ball-handling a trickier task. But the weather couldn't dampen the spirits of the players, who huddled together under a bright blue tarp, eager to send their seniors off with love and enthusiasm.

Blazers blast Rockets in girls' varsity soccer

By Laura Anthony | Oct. 21, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

Even their faulty communication and adequate level of play did not prevent the varsity girls' soccer team (9-1) from defeating Richard Montgomery 3-1. While Blazers kept the ball on their half of the field for the majority of the game, their possession was short-lived; they managed only tenuous dominance overall.

The same in sound and silence

By Laura Anthony | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

The loud clash and bang drew sophomore Hannah Jo Mounty-Weinstock into the kitchen. She found her parents smashing pots and pans as they cleaned up. "You'll have to stop doing that," she signed to them. The racket went unnoticed by her parents. After all, Mounty-Weinstock was the only person there who could hear what was happening.