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Austrian exchange student gets taste of American life at Parkdale

March 28, 2019 7:39pm | Carlos Reyes Rivera, '19

Parkdale’s student population is made up of people from El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Philippines, just to name a few. Add to that: Austria. Sophomore Josef Dirlinger is one foreign exchange student from Austria who has been in America for seven months and Parkdale for […]

Hate crimes on the rise in recent years

March 8, 2019 6:05pm | George Reddon, '19

With the election of President Donald Trump came a disturbing rise in general hate and malice in America. From violence at Trump rallies to swastikas painted on the side of homes, many have attributed this outward and open hate to the rhetoric of the President. […]

Drug usage increasing; shows shocking similarities with past

March 8, 2019 5:18pm | Taylor Clark

In 1971, President Richard Nixon identified drug abuse as “public enemy number one in the United States.” On October 26th, 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. A year later after President Trump’s remark, the U.S. was officially home to the […]

Kamala Harris runs for 2020 election

March 4, 2019 5:15pm | Yanci Zavala, '19

On January 21, which was also the U.S.’s observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, California Senator Kamala Harris announced she would be running for president in 2020. Her campaign “For The People” consists of Medicare for all, progressive tax reform, green energy, and more. […]

Teen parenthood presents many challenges

March 4, 2019 4:57pm | Ashley Vazquez Ramos, '20

Although parenthood at Parkdale may not appear to be very common, PGCPS has a program called the Adolescent Single Parent Program that provides resources to young parents to help them stay in school.      “The services are available for students [but] I feel like one […]

Lack of technology poses problem in classrooms

March 1, 2019 6:14pm | Divine Okon, '20

With the ever-growing dependence on technology in everyday life, it is no surprise that devices have become a huge part of academics, as well.  But what happens when a course is technology-centered but doesn’t have the materials needed for students to succeed? According to the […]

Students and teachers differ over importance of homework

March 1, 2019 6:05pm | Treasure Nesbitt, ‘20

Students today are facing large amounts of stress, deriving from depression, anxiety, and family and/or relationship issues. As if these weren’t enough things to stress out students, the overbearing weight of academic performance is forcing some of them to crack under the pressure. In “By […]

Abortion missing from PGCPS health curriculum

March 1, 2019 5:53pm | Calista Dugan, ‘19

On January 29th,  New York passed a new law called the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which will allow women to get an abortion up to 24 weeks, or six months, into their pregnancy. In 26 states in the country, including Maryland, abortion is prohibited beyond […]

Financial literacy class hopes to decrease risk of debt in students

February 21, 2019 5:53pm | Neziah Osayi, '20

Around this time of year, Parkdale students are deciding on what classes they might want to take next year. Whether that would be Psychology or Team Sports, students are just looking for a class that best fits what they’re looking for. However students often overlook […]

Increasing number of school bomb threats lead to desensitization of students

January 31, 2019 4:38am | Taylor Clark

According to the Prince George’s County Public School Code of Student Conduct Memorandum of Understanding, making a bomb threat can result in a level-three offense, mostly handled by extended suspension, although sometimes the students are charged as adults. In January 2019, Parkdale along with two […]