Category: Opinion

At new club, students explore the ska music genre

Photo by Kirstin Nichols

By Sahara Portlance

If you’ve looked at the Arundel Clubs list or even looked up at the walls while walking in the hallway, you may have noticed the Ska Club. The club is new to Arundel and was started by our school’s music director, Ian Burns. Mr. Burns has a passion for ska music and thought that ska club would be a nice way for students that share his passion to express themselves and maybe even get other students interested in the genre. 

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Wildcat Music Live! showcases Jazz Band, talented students, and much more

By Josh Kirk

It was Saturday, April 6, 2019. Arundel High School’s Music Department held their first annual Wildcat Music Live! event. It took place at Community United Methodist Church in Crofton. It was a casual event with musical performances by student musicians, plenty of food, and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. The styles of music at this show ranged from jazz, classical, pop, rock, and even folk.

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College admissions, scholarships, and overall well-roundedness: why class rank is still important

By Ian Dinmore

Recently, it has been proposed that the class rank system in Anne Arundel County be abolished. The champion of this issue is our student representative on the school board, Josie Urrea. Urrea, a senior at Severna Park High School, the current Student Member of the Board (SMOB), and Vice President of the Board of Education (BOE), claims that class rank creates a toxic environment where students are pitted against each other, saying this occurs across the county. Her solution is to terminate the class rank system, with it the valedictorian and salutatorian awards, and focus more on the cum laude honors system that was implemented in 2017.

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Que tan importante es para mi?

Por Julisa Murcia

Es un hecho confirmado y muy cierto los medios de comunicación y las redes Sociales se han convertido en una distracción para adolescentes y adultos jóvenes ha tenido muchos efectos a nivel escolar y social, pero nadie se pregunta qué efectos tiene un teléfono celular en una persona que tiene su familia lejos y tiene muchos años sin verla bueno lo diré aunque nadie me lo pregunte. Para una persona extranjera como yo el teléfono me permite comunicarme con mi familia y cada vez que hablo con ellos es algo muy especial porque siento que estoy con ellos cuando estamos lejos de nuestra familia solo queremos estar en constante comunicación con nuestros seres queridos y en algunas ocasiones queremos recordar lo divertido y lo hermoso que era tener muchas aventuras con ellos.

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Arundel Theater Company’s production of West Side Story highlights Arundel’s talent

By Josh Kirk

Arundel High School is known for having a theater company bursting with awe-inspiring talent and truly unforgettable productions. Their recent spring musical production of West Side Story is certainly no exception. The legendary musical romantic tragedy, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins, is easily one of the greatest musicals ever made. Staying true to the original Broadway version was Arundel’s main goal for this production. Luckily, they have a top-notch production crew to help out the student cast and tech. That crew features director David Jennings, choreographer Jamie Eacker Jennings, producer Eleanor Minor, vocal director Andrea Brumbach, and orchestra director Ian Burns.

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Arundel Theater Company to perform West Side Story

By Josh Kirk 

Arundel High School’s talented theater company knows how to leave audiences amazed with their spring musical. This is evident in their recent productions of 2016’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2017’s Les Miserables, and 2018’s All Shook Up. This school year, the theater students have been rehearsing and preparing for a production of the legendary 1957 romantic musical tragedy West Side Story, which is looked at by critics and musical theater fans as one of the greatest musical tragedies of all time.

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Wildcat Ink: Arundel students share their tattoos and experiences

By Evangeline Fox

Expression at a young age is vital to growing up. When people learn how to be vulnerable from a creative standpoint, they can also learn how to become confident and grow. Tattoos are one of the many ways people choose to express themselves. Body art can hold secret meanings or defining stories which showcase the individual in a deeper way. At a young age, several Arundel students have gotten pieces on their bodies to cater to their own personalities and share a side of them that outside perspectives might not ever know.

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Jeff Tweedy’s album “WARM” provides listeners with a detailed view of his life struggles

By Josh Kirk 

Wilco is known as one of rock music’s most inventive bands. Adored by critics and fans alike, the Chicago-based band has been able to create a unique blending of sounds and overcome several obstacles, including being dropped by their former label, Reprise Records,  but most importantly, the struggles of their acclaimed front-man and lead singer Jeff Tweedy.

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Alternative songs from 2018 that are still worth a listen in 2019

By Leah Ogden

Despite last year being filled with new music that I mostly found myself indifferent towards, there were still a few releases that I think are worth writing about. These artists are ones that I would recommend in general, but I’ve collected some  recent triumphs and tracks from Jeffrey Lewis, Darcy Clay, The Mountain Goats, Jeff Rosenstock, and the Artic Monkeys that I find entirely worth checking out in 2019.

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