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Teachers from all over West Virginia strike for nine days to get a 5% increase in their wages. Courtesy of John Raby/Associated Press
Teachers from all over West Virginia strike for nine days to get a 5% increase in their wages.

Teachers fight for fair wages

Instead of worrying about if her students would eat dinner or if they have a proper set of gloves, West Virginia teacher, Tiffany Bell, is troubled about how much money she has in her bank account. She wonders what her family will eat for dinner or whether she has enough in her checking account to purchase a winter coat.

Stepping up the game

Sophomore Justin Haddad comes home on a Friday afternoon, packs his fencing gear, and hops on a plane to Portland for his next competition.

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Dedication to animation

Behind the scenes of films such as Mulan, Toy Story, and Coco, there is a team of artists who put their noses to the grindstone in order to achieve the animated prowess displayed in these films. Even the lighting of a candle requires tedious work and close attention to detail. Animating a flame to look even somewhat realistic is a skill that few people have as it is not easy to master, and requires a lot of time and devotion in order to become proficient.

Losing Lockers

As the number of students at Blair is expected to surpass 3,000 students next year and the overcrowding problem is anticipated to grow throughout MCPS, it is clear that the schools must clear the space that lockers take up and use it in a more productive manner.

Snowy solutions

While snow falls and students are sound asleep, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) administrators are up at 3 a.m., racing around and checking the weather forecasts. The seemingly small notification that pops up on the MCPS website before school starts has a big decision making process behind it, and even wider impacts on the community.

The backbone of Blair

"I think sometimes students think they have to do it alone now that they’re in high school, or their friends are the only one they can go to. But there’s a reason that they have a support system, we’re always here to help," says Ms. Binnick, one of the many counselors at Blair, here to provide that extra support that everyone sometimes needs.

DMV athletes to compete in the 2018 winter Olympics

The weather is chilly, snow is falling and the Winter Olympics are back. This year they are being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, from Feb. 9 to Feb. 25. Sports such as bobsled, hockey and short track speed skating will be a part of this worldwide sporting event, featuring some athletes from the DMV.
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"I like to travel with teens because I like to watch them see the world for the first time" - Anne Cullen