Social Commentary

Brenda Reyn, Graphics Editor

February 23, 2015

Statesman embraces the privilege to comment on the significant. Our experiences lead us to reflections and speculations surrounding aspects on students’ lives. The staff hopes our readers will find these insights enlightening and relatable. I am a stereotypical Stevenson Junior. I crammed my schedule...

Online class offers new learning methods

February 23, 2015

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Stevenson will offer AP U.S. Government to seniors as an online course, becoming the first of its kind in Stevenson history. According to the course description, there will be no physical class meeting time­­­­­—although a minimum of 60 minutes a week of...

Pros & Cons (The Gluttony of Holidays)

Cindy Yao and Joylyn Yang, Staff Reporters

January 25, 2015

Consumerism has become an increasing component of our culture, particularly around the holiday season.  With a large part of this being shopping and gift giving, Statesman discusses the gluttony and capitalism behind holidays, and whether these have taken a toll on traditional holiday values and celebrations.   Pro: What...

Absenteeism creates days off school, not holidays

January 25, 2015

Starting next year, rather than stating the name of a religious holiday, the Montgomery County, Maryland school district calendar will read “no school.” Students will still have the same days off—the only thing missing will be the names. The school district voted to remove holiday names from...

Virus outbreak elicits national concern

November 19, 2014

Ebola is a lethal hemorrhagic fever that was rarely seen before 2014. Without a known cure, Ebola has been causing widespread fascination and panic throughout America. The 2014 Ebola epidemic has been the largest in the history of Ebola itself, affecting several countries in West Africa and bringing...

Fundraising tips designed for Give-A-Thon

Kayla Guo, Copy Editor

November 19, 2014

Tip #1 Just because homemade goods are prohibited, doesn’t mean the holidays are ruined. Instead, raise money for Give-A-Thon by selling highly requested products such as styluses and study guides since the average student’s index finger is too thick and clumsy to take proper notes on the iP...

Social Commentary

Stephanie Namkoong, Features Editor

November 18, 2014

I try to always leave home with a kiss and hug goodbye from my mother. Sometimes, regrettably, I do forget to or leave the house slamming the door because of an argument. There’s a reason, though, why I try so hard to avoid those mornings. It’s scary when one realizes just how little time we have...

Fall Pie Reviews

Izabela Zaluska, Copy Editor

November 18, 2014

It’s that time of year again when store shelves are stocked with pies, pies and more pies. I was unfortunately given the horrible task of going into stores and trying out different types of pies. Horrible, right? Everywhere I turned there was either a pumpkin, apple or cherry pie calling my name. Let...

Pilgrim reflects on social predicaments surrounding modern Thanksgiving

Easton Self, Managing Editor of Design

November 17, 2014

I’m sure all of you know the pilgrim story: the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, Leptospirosis, exploitation of an indigenous people. You know, the usual. So, I’m not going to waste my time explaining the details that you all learned in fourth grade, and instead addressing the real problem that America...

The Truth About Senioritis

Fathma Rahman, Managing Editor of Production

October 26, 2014

And once again, it’s a Sunday night and I am slumped over the kitchen table, surrounded by eraser shavings, crumpled scratch paper, iced coffee and more incomplete assignments than I’d like to admit. I didn’t mind it for the first few weeks of school, because I thought that this was normal....

How to achieve a perfect ACT score

Easton Self, Managing Editor of Design

October 16, 2014

Are you ready for the test that determines the rest of your life? Sure, you’re only 16 years old but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a perfect score like your neighbor who took it four times. If you want to know the secret behind checking the ACT website and scrolling down to a glorious 36, follow...

Why we are not ready to transition entirely to paperless education

Alexandra Shafran, Graphics Editor

October 10, 2014

As all Stevenson students have received iPads as a school resource and tool for learning, they have had to adapt and possibly even reshape the way that they learn in order to be successful in a more technologically driven learning environment. As Stevenson started the paperless route a few years ago,...


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