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Josh first, disability second: raising a child with Duchenne and autism

By Rachel Heller

When describing her son Josh, Diane Kirk will tell you five things:

  1. He’s a sophomore at Arundel High School.
  2. He loves music.
  3. He has a knack for cooking.
  4. He exudes kindness.
  5. He has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and autism. Continue reading “Josh first, disability second: raising a child with Duchenne and autism”

County task force addresses growing opioid epidemic

By Isaiah Freeman

In 2014 Anne Arundel County’s local government declared a state of emergency against heroin. A short time afterwards, the heroin action task force was created to address the growing epidemic of opioid addiction and heroin Continue reading “County task force addresses growing opioid epidemic”

Arundel plans school-wide high five wave as part of AACPS “Be Nice” Challenge

Friday, March 17th, students and staff from Arundel High School will be participating in a high five wave as part of the AACPS “Be Nice” challenge. Continue reading “Arundel plans school-wide high five wave as part of AACPS “Be Nice” Challenge”

School cancelled Tuesday; two hour delay Wednesday


Anne Arundel County Public Schools announced that schools will be closed Tuesday with forecasts calling for a snow storm. The county announced the cancellation with statements via their website, social media, and an automated call. Reactions on social media ranged from relieved to jubilant.

The county’s statement included language making it clear that no decisions have been made regarding Wednesday, but laid out an “if” possibility.  Continue reading “School cancelled Tuesday; two hour delay Wednesday”

Arundel High School student government to hold first annual spring dance (updated)


By Briana Mercado

Update: Due to scheduling difficulties the dance has been postponed to April 7th, 2017 from 7:00pm -10:00pm.

Gambrills, MD- The Arundel Student Government Association (SGA) class of 2018 and 2019 is holding its first annual spring dance, the theme being spring fling, in order to fund their respective proms. Continue reading “Arundel High School student government to hold first annual spring dance (updated)”

Theater students put in hard work to prepare Les Misérables

By Katelyn Shibilski


Les Misérables is perhaps one of the most popular musicals in history; the London production of the show is the world’s longest running show, the musical has won over 140 professional awards including Tonys and a Grammy, and it has been translated into 22 languages. Usually people have to travel to New York City to see the show done, but for a limited time the students of Arundel High School will be performing it. Continue reading “Theater students put in hard work to prepare Les Misérables”

That’s So Raven 2?

By Jude D.

Earlier this week the 30 year old Disney Channel star Raven Symone announced that she will be leaving her current show “The View” and going back to work with Disney channel for her That’s So Raven spin off. Raven said that she will be playing Raven Baxter but a more adult version, this character is much older and divorce with 2 kids (son and daughter). One of the kids inherited her ability to see into the future and she has to guide them on the dues and don’ts with this magical gift.

The original That’s So Raven that released in 2003, ran for 4 seasons, and has 100 episodes. Raven played a teenage girl whom just like us went to school with her 2 friends Chelsea and Eddie, but Raven wasn’t an ordinary girl. She had a special magical gift that made her be able to take a glimpse into the future. With this ability Raven got herself, family and friends in some deep trouble along the way.

There might be a little heat that comes along with this show though. Former co-star Orlando Brown (Eddie) isn’t particularly fond of the idea of the That’s So Raven spin off. Orlando posted a video stating that he hasn’t gotten a call about the spin off and that there will be no show without him. He states in the video, “It’s a serious situation, because, you know, we have fans all around the world that love the whole cast”, “We did what we could to make a historical moment happen, I don’t think that would’ve happened without all of us”. I guess we can say Orlando is a little in his feelings about not getting a call from little Miss Raven Baxter on this particular idea. As we the fans wait to see what will happen I think we can all say, the best of luck to Raven Symone and this whole spin off.

Vocal and instrumental skills, bagel jokes shine at Arundel’s Got Talent

By Tessa Rendina

Arundel’s Got Talent, a show presented by Tri-M, Arundel’s music society, featured multiple musical acts, a poetry reciting, and puns about bagels on Friday, September 30th. Prior to the acts, the MCs, Kelley Louder and Dominic Leo, started off with their first and only joke of the night:

“What do you call a bagel that can fly?” asked Louder.

“What?” said Leo.

“A PLANE BAGEL!” exclaimed Louder.

This pun got a few laughs…the first time. Other than the lack of preparation, the MC’s improvised their way through the rest of the show successfully.

While Louder and Leo may not have been prepared, the performers definitely were.  Around 20 acts auditioned for the talent show this year and only 13 made it through.  Jacob Wright and Malachi Miller kicked off the show on the saxophone and piano.  Later on Journey Brown-Saintel recited the famous spoken word poem “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan.  Other performances included Faith Armstead on the ukulele, Kyler Hewitt and Jay on the piano, Robert Smith and Cassie Williams with their duet, part of Men’s Choir singing “I Saw Her Standing There,” and covers of songs sang by Temi Akinsana,  Lauren Orcutt, and Katelyn Shibilski.

Krystal Garay-Rodriguez took first place with “Satisfied” from Broadway Musical Hamilton.  Close behind her Carlo Robles was awarded second for his cover of “So Sick” by Ne-Yo and Katie Mohr received third with her rendition of “Feelin’ Good.”

Stage Director, Su Kim, thinks “it was the best talent show Arundel has had in a long time” and “[hopes] it happens again” next year.

Photos taken by Band Photographer Stephen Barrett

Top 5 Daily Activities to Help Your Physical Health

By Bridget Sherlock  

Edited by Tessa Rendina

1. Daily Exercise like chores or shopping 

As odd as it sounds, just doing things, like laundry or going grocery shopping, elevate your heart rate.

2. Drink enough water

As your body is made of 50-60% water, it would only be appropriate to nourish this as your body loses water through sweating. Keep yourself healthy and hydrated by reducing the number of sugary drinks you have and drink water instead.

3. Take the stairs

We all hate the stairs, but it could help your physique in the long run as it increases your heart rate and makes your legs work.

4. Laugh

Most of us probably know the quote ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ well by laughing it expands and contracts your stomach muscles, therefore effectively working on your abs

5. Taking a ‘break’ from sitting

Our bodies were never meant to sit around all day. Students in high school sit for about 7 hours a day during school and then go home to continue sitting around doing homework or studying. It’s been said that sitting for an excessive amount of time can negatively affect your health in the long run.

How to make a toga (a step-by-step guide for seniors)

Spirit Week kicks off this (‘Merica) Monday, and perhaps the most challenging outfit of the week is the Senior Toga.

If you’re in your final year at Arundel but you’re scratching your head when it comes to how to make a proper toga outfit, our tutorial, featuring the Class of 2017’s very own Kirstyn Dugger, will have you set and looking like a Greek Goddess or God.