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Media Bias in the Modern World

Media Bias in the Modern World

Meg Kennedy, Author

December 9, 2019

As we grow into young adults in a world brimming with information, it becomes less about the search for knowledge and more about the sort. Try to type a random topic into Google. You will find thousands if not millions of resources available at your fingertips; however, choosing the right resource be...

The 2020 Winter Forecast has Arrived!

The 2020 Winter Forecast has Arrived!

Kelley Scott, Author

October 28, 2019

It may only be October, but winter is just around the corner. So far, North Dakota has been hit with a major snow storm. The National Weather Service recorded that up to 30 inches of snow had fallen as of October 12. What a way to start fall! As for the rest of the United States, winter will not of...

Saying Goodbye to Ms. Gerwin

Saying Goodbye to Ms. Gerwin

Heather Shanty, Author

May 28, 2019

From introducing mindfulness and brain breaks to being the coordinator of the Peer Educators program to being a reliable listening ear to all, Ms. Gerwin has become a friendly face in our Mercy community. After four years as our school guidance counselor, Ms. Gerwin is leaving to pursue her dream of...

20 Things You Should Know For Sophomore Year

20 Things You Should Know For Sophomore Year

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

May 22, 2019

  As my sophomore year comes to a close, I have taken time to reflect and come up with a list of twenty things that upcoming sophomores should know. Sophomore year has been the hardest and most stressful year of my education, thus far. Throughout the year I have gained new knowledge on what not...

Sensory Sensitivity

Grace La Count, Author

May 13, 2019

Mercy High School's first ever sophomore personal project assignment provided a unique insight into the interests and ideas of the class of 2021. One sophomore's project that really stood out was Natalie Vancura's analysis on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Natalie spent time working at White Oak Elementary School to help better unde...

College Application Advice from a Senior

College Application Advice from a Senior

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

May 13, 2019

After going through a long and involved college process myself, I decided to compile the kind of list I wish I'd had when I began my college search and decision journey. While some of the headers may seem obvious, I would still recommend reading the information below each header to give you some more...

The Sophs Get Personal: Personal Projects!

The Sophs Get Personal: Personal Projects!

Heather Shanty, Author

May 8, 2019

This past March, as part of the IB curriculum, the Sophomores had their Personal Project fair. After a year of brainstorming and research about a topic of their choosing, they were finally ready to unveil a final product that showcased their skills and achieved a clear purpose. “The purpose of the...

Quitting the Social Media that Makes You Unhappy

Quitting the Social Media that Makes You Unhappy

Savannah Collins, Managing Editor

May 6, 2019

Unlike most of my friends, I was not very exposed to social media in my middle school years, mostly due to the decision my parents made about allowing me to use it. Later, in my high school years, I made some executive decisions regarding my use of the internet. I made a SnapChat and an Instagram during...

Global Warming is Real

Global Warming is Real

Sara Matvey, Contributer

April 10, 2019

Global warming, we have all heard it but no one really knows what it means. Is global warming only when temperatures rise or general temperature change? Is it the same as climate change? What effect does it have on us? Will cars be banned to reduce emissions? Will the world end? These are all common...

Interfaith Institute: Evangelical Christianity, American Politics, and the State of Israel

Interfaith Institute: Evangelical Christianity, American Politics, and the State of Israel

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

March 25, 2019

On March 11, Ms. Rebecca Hogg brought eleven seniors to the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to attend the 59th Annual Interfaith Institute. Each year, the event has a new topic relating to an interfaith issue, and this year’s topic was “Evangelical Christianity, American Politics, and the State of Isr...

Let’s Get Ethical!- Mercy Students Participate in the Regional Ethics Bowl

Let’s Get Ethical!- Mercy Students Participate in the Regional Ethics Bowl

Heather Shanty, Author

February 19, 2019

On Saturday, February 2, the University of Baltimore held the Maryland High School Ethics Bowl. Contrary to a debate competiton, the High School Ethics Bowl is a unique opportunity for high schoolers to think deeply about pressing social issues and to work collaboratively and cordially to identify the...

Opinion: Republican Principles are Up Against the Wall

Opinion: Republican Principles are Up Against the Wall

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

February 13, 2019

After writing my last article, “A Perversion of Strength,” I thought about other ways that President Trump’s attitude toward border security has uprooted a more traditional political approach. Beyond altering the diplomatic use of the word “strength,” Trump has challenged a fundamental principl...

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