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Teen usage of e-cigarettes elevates higher than ever

May 6, 2019 4:16pm | Calista Dugan, '19

The usage of e-cigarettes among teens has risen within the last few years. Many teens believe most forms of e-cigarettes are harmless although they still have cancer causing chemicals and nicotine in them. Teens who use a form of e-cigarette are very likely to start […]

College fair informs students on future options

May 3, 2019 4:14pm | Zenaida Vasquez

Attention all juniors! The time to graduate is drawing near, and it’s time to start planning for the future. On April 5th, Parkdale juniors headed to the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex for a college fair. Over 30 Colleges and universities, all ranging from […]

Cars ruined on Good Luck Road by potholes

May 1, 2019 4:20pm | Carlos Reyes ’19

According to american automobile association, American drivers pay approximately three billion dollars , or an average cost of $300 each, annually to fix car damage caused by potholes.  Because of the potholes up and down Good Luck Road, Parkdale students and staff may be spending […]

Lack of paid maternity leave opens doors to financial and mental health issues

May 1, 2019 3:33pm | Taylor Clark '19

In 1993, Former President Bill Clinton signed The Family and Medical Leave Act into law. The United States labor law required covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, such as pregnancy, adoption, foster care placement of […]

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 […]