Claire Koenig


Name: Claire Koenig
Position: Print Managing Op/Ed Editor
Graduation Year: 2000


Stories (14)


Pro/Con: Should MCPS raise the high school dropout age from 16 to 18?

By Peter McNally Claire Koenig | March 14, 2012, 12:10 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

The place of a parent

By Claire Koenig | March 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

The Latin expression in loco parentis gives schools and institutions the right to speak for their students' best interests in dire instances. Administrations in schools have saved lives in crises and protected students when their parents could not. But although our schools can shoulder that legal burden while we are behind their gates, does it hold that they should keep it with them at all times?

Inspirational epics

By Claire Sleigh Claire Koenig | March 13, 2012, 2:28 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Second semester seniors can smell the end of the school year from months away. It's the light at the end of the tunnel; a carrot dangling from a very, very long stick. And sometimes the tantalizing taste of oh-so-close freedom can be a little…distracting. We lose the drive, the focus. We loaf.

It takes two: when clubs work together, everyone benefits

By Claire Koenig | Nov. 17, 2011, 11:45 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

It's in the symbiotic give-and-take of the natural world and the mutually beneficial handshake-deals executed in thriving businesses. In the bonds of a healthy marriage and the well-tuned chords of a veteran rock band. Cooperation works - just ask a few of Blair's clubs.

New attendance policy: recycled and unimproved

By Claire Koenig | Oct. 28, 2011, 11:31 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

False names, masked intention, danger disdained - the circular sweeping of a school system remembering the steps to a waltz they left behind.

When 'English' doesn't mean 'European': A diverse curriculum

By Claire Koenig | June 8, 2011, 11:14 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

Pro/Con: Weast's Retirement

By Simrin Gupta Claire Koenig | June 2, 2011, 11:30 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

Cruisin' cuisine

By Claire Koenig | March 10, 2011, 11:35 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Washington, D.C., is quickly becoming one of the food truck capitals of the country, with over 30 trucks roaming the city streets today and at least seven more getting ready to open up shop in the next year or so. The culinary concept behind each of the trucks is unique and tasty; ranging from Canadian poutine on hot dogs to gourmet french fries and milkshakes, the trucks' interesting choices span several continents. So next time you're looking for a fast, satisfying bite to eat downtown, spring for these quirky alternatives.

Pro/Con: Should student service learning hours be mandatory for high school graduation?

By Simrin Gupta Claire Koenig | March 10, 2011, 11:33 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

As of the 2010-2011 school year, MCPS requires all students to complete 75 hours of community service to graduate, instead of the 60 hours necessary in past years. Though some students find the requirement relatively easy to complete, others with more rigorous schedules question its necessity.

Changing education standards without lowering the bar

By Claire Koenig | Feb. 9, 2011, 2:33 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

One of the greatest educators of all time is a high school dropout. Temple University awarded him his bachelor's degree based on "life experience” after he had started working toward his master's degree, and his PhD dissertation was titled "An Integration of the Visual Media via ‘Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids' Into the Elementary School Curriculum.”

Edison and Wheaton possibly to merge

By Claire Koenig | Feb. 9, 2011, 12:07 p.m. | In Print News »

The MCPS Board of Education is examining potential plans to combine the Thomas Edison High School of Technology with Wheaton High School. If Superintendent Jerry Weast and the U.S. Board of Education (BOE) approve one of the arrangements proposed to integrate the schools, Wheaton may offer a new vocational Magnet program through Edison. Wheaton officials hope this arrangement would simultaneously allow more students to participate in the popular Edison program and solve under-enrollment issues at Wheaton, according to Edison Network Operations teacher Jesse McGee.

Subtracting math acceleration adds to learning

By Claire Koenig | Dec. 16, 2010, 2:40 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

I've got a problem for you. No need to take out scratch paper, it shouldn't be too hard. If 50 elementary school students are placed in an accelerated math class, and 10 of them learn none of the basic concepts they need to succeed in higher levels of math, how many of these students should not have been in the course in the first place?

Community garden plans blossom

By Claire Koenig | Dec. 16, 2010, 12:14 p.m. | In Print News »

Plans for a new Silver Spring community garden on Fenton Street are underway, with high hopes for an opening in April. The Montgomery County Parks (MCP) service has collected a soil sample from the potential garden space at 7904 Fenton Street to ensure that the soil is safe and fertile enough for plant growth.

The underage bureaucracy: Students enter the political arena

By Claire Koenig | Nov. 11, 2010, 12:13 p.m. | In Print Features »

Adults everywhere bemoan the apathy and laziness of the new teenage generation. Cries of "When I was your age" call attention to apparent ignorance in teens, especially where current events are concerned. This opinion was quashed somewhat when Obama's 2008 campaign revitalized and motivated young people, using more student volunteers than any election ever before and bringing back issues that pertain to students. But according to the PEW research center, the number of young Americans that are deeply invested in politics is dwindling. But although this generalization rings true for many high school students today, it's certainly not the case with all of them.



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Photo: Takorean

By Claire Koenig | March 14, 2011, midnight