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What Senior Retreat Meant To Me

What Senior Retreat Meant To Me

February 12, 2020

This year, Mercy seniors were told to pack our things, drive forty minutes to Sparks, Maryland, to the O’Dwyer Retreat House for senior retreat. Although I hate to admit it, sometimes I live for retreats. I love looking inwards, healing everything that needs healing. I love connecting with others, ...

True Crime

True Crime

Sara Matvey, Editor

February 12, 2020

Influxes of true crime movies, tv shows, podcasts, and Youtube channels are being mass produced to fill American's desire for crime entertainment. True crime is a genre of movies and tv shows that features true stories of murder, serial killers, and abductions. They delve into the minds of the perpetrators...

Little Women – How Greta Gerwig Captures Womanhood

Little Women – How Greta Gerwig Captures Womanhood

Olivia Barry, Author

February 3, 2020

Caution: Spoilers for the 2019 film Little Women As we shift into the new decade, the fight for female representation in Hollywood, both onscreen and off, is beginning to feel stale. We've been here before; in fact, it feels as if we've stayed stagnant, stuck in the same spot in regards to women ...

Being A Cheerleader in the Mercy-IND Big Game

Being A Cheerleader in the Mercy-IND Big Game

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

January 27, 2020

The Mercy-IND game is the most competitive game of the school year. Teachers sit front row to watch the action, students sit in the student section, and family members watch from the top of the stadium,  pretzel and a coke in hand. Students can be seen cheering from the sidelines, and parents join in...

The Uprising of TikTok

The Uprising of TikTok

Sara Matvey, Editor

January 22, 2020

TikTok was released in the US in 2017. Its predecessors were Vine and Musical.ly, which both took the world by storm. On TikTok, users can create three to sixty-second looping videos where they dance, do skits, lip synch, and show off their talents. Over 1 billion people have downloaded TikTok since...

Shazam! – The Importance of Not Taking A Movie Too Seriously

Shazam! – The Importance of Not Taking A Movie Too Seriously

Olivia Barry, Author

January 10, 2020

Superhero movies - they're inescapable. Since Marvel's Iron Man hit theaters in 2008, superhero movies have dominated the box office. This past July, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame surpassed 2009's Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all-time, garnering 2.798 billion dollars. Thus far in 2019,...

Mercy’s Generous Donation to the Hoffberger Breast Center!

Mercy’s Generous Donation to the Hoffberger Breast Center!

Heather Shanty, Editor

December 16, 2019

“On Tuesday, December 10, the Sophomore Women in Medicine students delivered a check for $650.00 to the Hoffberger Breast Center. The money was collected throughout the month of October and included earnings from bake sales, out of uniform days, and pink out games. The staff at Hoffberger Breast Center...

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...

How Strange TV Shows on Nickelodeon Shaped Gen-Z

How Strange TV Shows on Nickelodeon Shaped Gen-Z

Sara Matvey, Editor

December 4, 2019

I don’t know much about shows on Nickelodeon currently; however, I do know that all the shows from my childhood are strange. Shows like the Drake and Josh, iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush, and Spongebob all shaped the way that Gen-Z acts and reacts. Below is some brief information about each show. ...

The Last Christmas

The Last Christmas

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

December 2, 2019

The ginger doll rests on my lap. Her eyes are an ice blue, like mine, and her pink booties are tied tightly ‘round her ankles. And as the fire spews an ember towards the hardwood floor and leaves it with a black hole, the candles burn bright, overflowing with wax. I turn to the little boy staring at...

Heading to a Ravens Game?

Heading to a Ravens Game?

Kelley Scott, Author

November 25, 2019

Are you going to a Baltimore Ravens game anytime soon? Never been? Here is some important things to know. What do I do before gameday? Whether the game is on Sunday, Monday, or Thursday, you want to make sure you are rested the night before so you are prepared for the day ahead. Getting a good...

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

November 18, 2019

Reader, Today we're taking a look at gratitude--the ancient language of happiness. From early humans to current ones, gratitude has shaped the mentality of so many people in countless positive ways. Recently, psychologists have taken an interest in how gratitude can change lives. From "gratitude journals,"...

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