Announcement of PARCC removal spurs mixed emotions among teachers and students

By Madison Jurek

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a standardized test, currently in 6 states, will be phased out in Maryland by the 2019-2020 school year. At Arundel, students, teachers, and administrators have reacted to the planned change with mixed emotions. While many are happy to see the day PARCC is replaced, others have expressed skepticism regarding whether the change will bring improvement.

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The annual Homecoming Dance: a memorable night

By Kirstin Nichols

On Saturday, October 6th, the building excitement from a week of dressing up, a parade, a football game and a pep rally ended in the annual Homecoming dance.

Although many students spent the morning and afternoon competing on athletic teams, by the evening they were looking their best and ready for a night of fun. Continue reading “The annual Homecoming Dance: a memorable night”

Arundel football looks to keep record up in coming weeks

By Alexa Baker, Alexa Hoyer, and Taj Wooten

Varsity Football won by 44 points against North County high school last Friday, October 5, with a final score of 56 to 12. Student athletes such as Jordan Andrews, who ran 84 yards, and RJ Chandler, who ran 120 yards, played a memorable game.

The game was representative of how most of their season has gone. At 5-1, the Wildcats are cruising. Continue reading “Arundel football looks to keep record up in coming weeks”

Arundel stomps North County for Homecoming

By Rianna Overton

On Friday, October 5th, the Arundel Wildcats came in and showed out in their homecoming game against North County High School, cruising through the opposing defense, resulting in a 56-12 victory against the Knights.

The Wildcat offense was led by Junior Quarterback Austin Slye, who threw 15 of 19, 177 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Senior RJ Chandler, being Slye’s favorite target, had 7 receptions for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jumping to a 36-6 lead at the half, Sophomore Mitchell Soumah took the place of Slye, leading the senior Linebacker, Gereme Spraggins, who had 4.5 tackles and 1 interception.

The Knights’ offense was led by Deontez Parker who had a total of 82 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

The 5-1 Wildcats look to face-off against the 4-2 Annapolis High Panthers at Annapolis High School on Friday, October 12th.


Annual Pep Rally mixes new traditions with old favorites

By Natalie Adams

On Friday, October 5th, the annual Homecoming Pep Rally was held at Carroll Field from 1:20 p.m. to 2:18 p.m. There were several events including a performance from the Marching Band and Color Guard, the Dance Company, the Cheer Squad, the Prancing Wildcats, the Clash of the Classes competition, announcement of Spirit Week winners, and presentation of the Homecoming Court.

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Jungle’s “For Ever” album sent me to disco purgatory

By Leah Ogden

Released on September 14th, Jungle’s “For Ever shows off a fresh twist on not only Hi-Fi funk, but their own personal sound. This was their first release since their self-titled debut in 2014, but they have yet another in the works. Emerging in 2013, Jungle was founded by two childhood friends known as J and T. Placing great value on the artistic presentation of their image, they eventually became a 7-piece band with a gnarly reputation for their live performances.

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Arundel Theater and JV Cheer floats highlight annual homecoming parade

By Sierra McFarlane

On Wednesday, October 3rd, the annual homecoming parade was held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. It started on Hammond Lane by Arundel Middle, and ended at the front of Arundel High. After the parade, a block party was held in the G-hall parking lot from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Decades old vintage planes: Douglas DC-2 and DH-88 Comet

By David Burgess

Two legendary aircraft are famous after the MacRobertson Air Race in 1934. Both are still operational, have a history, and are airworthy.

In the MacRobertson Air Race in 1934, a twin engine propliner operated by KLM called Uiver, which was a Douglas DC-2, placed second, while another aircraft, a DH-88 Comet called Grosvenor House placed first. Uiver is one of the only 2 surviving DC-2 aircraft, as well as Grosvenor House, with Black Magic being restored. Uiver can still be seen and flown in Aviodrome in The Netherlands, while Grosvenor House, which has been restored, can be seen at Old Warden in the United Kingdom.

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Redistricting for Crofton High School begins

By Natalie Adams

On Tuesday, September 25th, the first of six meetings concerning redistricting for the new Crofton High School was held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Arundel High auditorium. It was an organizational meeting, a time for attendees to ask questions about the redistricting process, and the chairman and Recording Secretary of the committee were chosen.

The basic process for redistricting is that the first meeting on September 25th is for organization. All meetings after that will be “working” meetings, at which time the committee actually starts to draw the lines. After about six weeks, the committee will send their proposal–or proposals–to the Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Dr. Arlotto, in November. Dr. Arlotto will then present the proposal to the board in December, who will make the final decision on how to redistrict based on the committee’s proposal. The final plan will be adopted in April after public hearings.

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Five things to know about Homecoming

By Arman Orlando Buyukacaroglu

It’s that time of year again! Homecoming is here, and these are five things to know about the upcoming festivities.

1. Spirit Week is the time to show your wildcat pride through fashion.

Spirit week starts on Monday, October 1st with ‘Merica Monday, a day when everyone shows their patriotism by wearing red, white, and blue. Tuesday, October 2nd, is Tropical Tuesday, a day when students wear Hawaiian shirts. Wednesday, October 3rd, is Character/Meme Day when everyone dresses up as a T.V. or movie character, or as someone from a vine or meme. Thursday, October 4th, is Throwback Thursday when everyone dresses like in the the old days–colorful sweat-bands like it’s the 80’s, a greaser from the 50’s, etc. Friday, October 5th, is Class Colors Day, when students wear white if they’re a freshman, black if they’re a sophomore, green if they’re a junior, and a toga–the tradition of which is still unknown–if they’re a senior.

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