Marketing Fair During Lunch Shifts Today in the Commons

For the first time at Marriotts Ridge, students have gathered together to showcase modern marketing strategies and information about large businesses and companies that are taking over the world. The Marketing Fair is an effective way to show how much these students have been learning this past year and also a great way to expose our students to the marketing world.

This fair is taking place during all of the lunch shifts today, with various booths and student presenters. All of the presenters are part of the Principles of Marketing class, taught by Ms. Miller. This class teaches the students about the principles of marketing and business, and effective ways to showcase communication skills and advertising. The students in the class are passionate about their topics and ideas, and they are willing to share plenty of information about their projects during the fair. Iman Gul, Junior, said, “We are showing people ways to present and to inspire many others to do the same.”

In addition to teaching other students about marketing, the presenters themselves are also learning. Andrew Kim, Senior, said, “We are learning how to promote products as a campaign, and how to present different products.” Iman Gul added, “We are doing this to further our own experience with marketing and to help us in the future.”

Throughout the entire fair, these passionate students display their skills that they acquired throughout the year, and they inspire other students to take this class to help the students of MRHS prepare for a future in the business world.

It’s Time to Prepare for AP Exams

    Abigail Kim – Staff Writer

There’s approximately a month left until AP testing, which means that it’s the time for sweat to drop from the foreheads of any high school student taking an AP class. Students are understandably stressed, as they must score well on their AP exams to earn college credit. In order to avoid dangerous levels of stress, here are some methods regarding studying and time management.

“I normally use practice tests to review what we did in class. This helps me understand what we might do. I also try to look over past assignments and units to refresh my memory,” says Junior Makenna Benson. Though this is considered an old method, it’s a great method. Simply looking through old notes, graded tests, or assignments allows your brain to open up the small gate to your memory. Finding previous tests to practice on will help you form a basis and familiarity with the test you will be taking.

Another useful technique is drawing. In his New York Times article “A Simple Way to Remember Things: Draw a Picture, Tim Herrera claims based off of the studies of Professor Jeffrey Wammes, “The three-act technique of picturing something in your mind, putting pen to paper to draw it, then looking at your drawing is a powerful memory trick that outperforms other ‘strong’ mnemonic strategies when it comes to memory.” In other words, drawing what you learned will help your memory in many ways; even better than just copying notes. Although this technique can’t be used for all of your needs, it does paste the image of what you learned into your mind. If you realize that your methods of memorization aren’t exactly working, then drawing a picture and analyzing will help significantly.

Beyond studying methods, you should also find ways to manage your time. The best thing to do would be to make a schedule. Create a daily planner, and mark which areas of your time are already taken over by other activities. Then, fill in the remaining space with time to study for each of your AP exams.

Sometimes, you may feel stressed even with well-functioning studying techniques and good time management. In such situations, you should take time to relax. “I video call my friends and we keep each other motivated while studying. It’s hard to keep myself stress free, but I remind myself to relax with tv shows or snacks once in a while,” said Junior Hyemin Kim.

“Angst” Screening Tackles Mental Health

Olivia Brooks – Staff Writer

With the pressure of social media and the competitiveness and rigor of school, it is no wonder that many teens across the country suffer from some type of mental illness. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, one in five teens currently live with a mental health disorder, and this statistic is on the rise. Due to this, the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death in all youths.

As part of a growing effort to combat this mental health crisis, there will be several screenings of “Angst,” a documentary that delves into all aspects of anxiety and stress, and highlights interviews with children, teens, parents, educators, and experts on the subject. Mental health is an essential part of students’ wellbeing, and the documentary explores how debilitating disorders can be that affect one’s mental health, as well as the positive results of seeking aid and support from family, teachers, or professionals.

The film is 55 minutes long and geared towards children and teens, as well as their parents and guardians, and afterwards features a panel of local experts representing HCPSS, Horizon Foundations, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, clinicians, and students. The panel will share important information on the documentary and current mental health epidemic, plus answer questions from the audience and provide relevant anecdotes based on their experiences. Attendees will also be able to take home a bundle of resource papers for further help or study.

A vital point to remember is that despite the increase in teen mental health disorders, there are always ways to boost one’s mental stability. Teens have a plethora of resources available to them, including aspects of self care they can fulfill at home. Senior Hana Cho suggested that “stressed teens can exercise or walk outside.” Junior Gloria Cai said, “I take naps when I feel tired or stressed.”

“Angst” will be screened at 6:30 on Tuesday, April 2 at Howard High School; Thursday, April 4 at Hammond High School; Tuesday, April 9 at Glenelg High School; and Wednesday, April 10 at Mt. Hebron High School. The screening is free to attend. For additional information, visit the Howard County Public School System website.

Prom Fashion & Trends

by Himaja Mallampally

Prom Season is coming up fast, which means that dresses and Prom wear will be out and ripe for the picking. There are thousands of designs that you can pick and choose from. Sometimes it can get overwhelming trying to find that perfect dress. This guide to prom fashion can help you pick the perfect dress for your magical night.
  

The two main types of prom dresses are maxi and midi. Midi style prom dress come to around your knees and sometimes shorter or longer. Midis are perfect for heavy dancing and moving around because it is a cute and lightweight dress. Midis are usually paired with higher heels, or sandals. Maxi dresses are beautiful dresses that come to bottom of your legs. Most maxi dresses are on the heavier side, but also very regal and elegant. They are perfect for a grand or glam look. Maxis are also paired with heels, because they can be very long.

Jessica Pedroza, a Junior, said, Maxi dresses are beautiful and perfect for the prom because they are formal as well.” Both styles are definitely popular for Prom night, but also appropriate for other formal events so you could wear your Prom dress for another event.

Another popular style is two piece dresses that are very glamorous and beautiful. They come with a top and a long or short skirt. Two pieces mostly expose your midriff, but sometimes may be covered with tulle or a transparent mesh fabric. Maria Somali, a Junior said, “For my first Prom, I want to wear a two piece dress because the style is perfect for a glam look.” These dresses are perfect for a night of dancing or pictures with your friends.
   

Prom Dresses come in many different styles, have a large range of prices, and colors that you can choose from. If you can’t find the right dress for you, then you can have a dress custom made for you. However, sometimes the cost for custom made dresses can be expensive.


If you have a Prom date, a fun and popular idea is to match your dress color with your date. Matching outfits for prom is a super cute way to make memories and make the perfect fashion statement. As your Prom day approaches, make sure that you are prepared for the wave of colors and styles so that you can find your perfect dress and stand out for the perfect night of memories and magic.

MRHS Performs The Sound of Music

by Abby Kim

The famous musical The Sound of Music was performed by the MRHS Theater Department in a fun and exciting manner from March 21st through the 23rd.

Students were really impressed with the quality of the performance. “It was really good. There was a diverse cast that portrayed the original movie really well,” exclaimed Anna Ottman, freshman.

“Their hidden talents were showcased and it was really fun to watch! Mariah was such an amazing character and I love the way she was portrayed,” explained Srinidhi Arumugam, freshman.

Although the audience can only see what happens on stage, there are many different aspects that make a musical the amazing spectacle that it is meant to be.

“The cast and crew worked alongside each other throughout the preparation for the musical. The crew handled all of the action that happened behind the scenes, while the cast is made up of the main roles and the ensemble,” explained Lacee Adams, member of the ensemble.

The play contained the classical songs from the original musical; each song with its own choreography and individuality that took a lot of rehearsals to perfect. “I’m really proud of the choreography this time—everything is well done,” exclaimed Emmy Mako, sophomore and member of the ensemble.

” The musical was so much fun and it was great to be part of such an iconic show!” said junior Ellie Parks.

Although stress-inducing, the members of the theater department who are participated in the creation of the musical were enthusiastic about the final performances and the display of their hard work.

“I think I enjoy working up towards the final product where all the cast is in costume and the props have been set up. I was looking forward to the first performance!” said Hashini Amarasinghe, who played Sister Sophie.

“The practices went well, and we were on track for four amazing performances! The music quality was also amazing,” said Matty Barbera, who played Friedrich.

“The play was really fun to be a part of! I’m extremely glad it turned out so well and I’m thankful that my family was able to come see us perform,” said sophomore Elizabeth Ottenritter.

To complement the amazing numbers that were in the musical, the MRHS orchestra performed during the play. “We met every Friday to practice, and we added Sundays as well in order to put out the best! The week before the performances was tech week, where everyone stayed at school until 8 everyday to rehearse with the people who will be performing.” explained Heejee Lee, sophomore and member of the orchestra.

Full of effort and long hours of rehearsal, The Sound of Music was a resounding success and a Broadway quality show.

Snow Emergency Plan

Olivia Brooks – Staff Writer

An abundance of snow this year has given Howard County students several days of no school on November 15, January 14 and 30, and February 11 and 20. The school calendar, however, is built only with four inclement weather days and five have already been used. In order to compensate, the academic year has now been stretched to June 21, much to the exasperation of students.

Romina Daraei Baf, a ninth grade student, says, “I don’t think they should extend it to that long since we want to spend our summers freely.”

Making an academic calendar flexible enough to include all of the expected and unexpected circumstances surrounding schools, such as inclement weather, exams, state mandated testing, and even construction, is no easy task, as shown by the process necessary to construct one. The calendar is first developed by a Calendar Committee comprised of representatives for every position in the school system, from parents to principals. The calendar is then presented to the Superintendent, often amended or altered, and is finally given to the Board of Education for approval. It is the Board that makes the final decision.

One important rule factored in is that the state of Maryland mandates that students attend school for a minimum of 180 days, though local Boards of Education can require more days. Teachers, however, often have professional days during the academic year, and according to the Howard County Public School System website, the “current negotiated agreement between the Howard County Board of Education and the Howard County Education Association calls for teachers to work 192 days.”

Even though the intellectual performance of students is of utmost importance, many students point out that cutting into summer vacation is actually detrimental. As eleventh grader Kenneth Haraham points out, “I think that school should not be extended to June 21st, reason being, many people have other important activities to attend (internships, programs, and various other curriculars).”

What occurs in the school building is only a small piece of a student’s overall scholastic career. Many students have outside commitments that require attention over the summer, and denying them this could cause a loss of monetary or academic benefits.

MRHS Parking Lot Thief

Madison Costigan -Staff Writer

Many students at Marriotts Ridge choose to drive to school, but leaving their cars vulnerable during the day may be a problem.

Many students at Marriotts Ridge choose to drive to school, but leaving their cars vulnerable during the day may be a problem.

Students have reported missing items from their cars, as well as seeing someone in the parking lot that they do not recognize. Marriotts Ridge staff have warned students to stay vigilant and lock their cars, so that no one has access to the belongings inside.

In an interview with Marriotts Ridge School Resource Officer, Officer Willingham, he warned students to “always lock and secure your vehicle and do not leave your belongings in plain sight.” Students need to be conscious of how they are leaving their car for the day. “If you take away the opportunity for a crime to be committed, you will not be a target of a crime,” explained Officer Willingham. So by locking cars and putting things away so that no one can see them, students can decrease their chances of being a victim to a thief. And this vigilance can stand for any situation of crime, so students should always be careful and protect themselves and their property to their best ability. Officer Willingham also claimed that the investigation is ongoing, and if any students have any information or see anything unusual, they should tell him or a staff member.

Junior Megan Hughes had a story regarding the thief in the parking lot. “I had left school early one day, and a few days later I was called down to the office, and they asked if I had seen someone in the parking lot,” recalled Hughes. “I had not, but they showed me a video of someone getting into a random car when I came outside, and then getting out and leaving in another car.” It is nerve-wracking to think of a strange person on school property, especially if they have access to students’ cars. Students should be sure to secure their cars and follow the directions of Officer Willingham in order to keep their cars and belonging safe in the parking lot.

Get Healthier and Happier in Time for Warmer Weather

Claire Giannino – Opinions Editor

It’s that time of the year again with prom coming up and spring break a little closer than you think. It’s time to whip your mind and body back into shape! Here are some effective tips on how to live a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Exercising. It’s a tricky thing to say the least. You either love it or you hate it. Regardless of your immediate thoughts when you think about any form of exercise, it is good for you. Not only to remain an active healthy person, but to make you happier. There have been numerous studies that show physical activity will raise your serotonin levels, subsequently making you more motivated and less irritable. Senior, Clare Reynolds, says “I try to work out as much as I possibly can. Although there are times where I just don’t feel like it, once I’m out there I feel much better about myself.” Do yourself a favor and hit the gym, your body will thank you later. Don’t feel like getting up and going to the gym? Well, lucky for you, in this day and age, you have absolutely no excuses. There are apps, YouTube videos, tapes, and so much more that you can use to exercise in the comforts of your very own home.

Meditation is another perfect way to calm the mind, body, and soul. This falls more under the category of a happy a lifestyle. Keeping up and maintaining a positive attitude leaves a ripple effect of good fortune in one’s life. Meditation is known to reduce negative thoughts, increase imagination and creativity, and more importantly, increase patience and tolerance, which we all need towards the end of the school year. Just like exercising, there are plenty of ways to learn how to meditate properly. Free apps like Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep have different types of meditation exercises that require only 3 minutes from your day, and they can help reduce any kind of negativity in your life and guide you on your new spiritual journey.

Lastly, and probably the hardest, eating healthy! We all know how the temptations go, especially when you’re on route 40. A Big Mac sounds so good in almost every scenario, but for the sake of this article let’s try not to think about it. The way you eat has almost a direct relationship with how you feel mentally. If your diet consists of fried food that is  rich in saturated fats, you’re not going to feel so great about yourself. From eating like this, you will most likely gain a significant amount of weight that could lower your health and happiness. Avoiding fast food at all costs and trying to eat more fruits and veggies will surely make you feel better about yourself and will make you look good too! Definitely a win-win situation.

When thinking about the next couple of months, keep these things in mind if you want to feel better about yourself in the warm weather!

Girls Lacrosse Hopes to Continue Dominating

Jack Liparini

As the flowers start to bloom and the rainy season comes, we are all getting ready for girls lacrosse season.  With each season comes new challenges and things to overcome.

    A prominent Junior Player, Gracie Kennedy had this to say looking forward to the season, “The upcoming lacrosse season has a really good outlook. We have a returning senior captain, Victoria Hensh, getting us back into the grind of things and the team is looking great. After our disappointing loss to Glenelg in playoffs, we’re ready to come back and give everything we have to not experience that again!” This positivity runs deep throughout the team.

    There seems to be a lot of returning stars this season including our very own Victoria Hensh. The team should have a good shot at the State Championship as in the past they have been a pretty reputable team in this girls lacrosse landscape. The team definitely seems highly motivated and ready to work this coming season. There should be a lot to see out of this team.

     This year’s Girls Lacrosse team will have the willpower to overcome any obstacles and  bring in another State Championship for our Mustangs!

Boys Lacrosse Hopes to Build off of Last Year’s Success

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor

The 2018 season ended with a win for the first time in the schools history and they hope this will not be the last. The team finished with a 17-2 record, a Regional championship and a State championship.

Offense

The team was filled with talent on the offensive side of the field. This included 6 seniors and 1 freshman. This years offense will be filled with a lot of new faces as they hope to continue the success they had last year. The team received two transfers, John Miller from Loyola Blakefield and Tommy Ruddo from Glenelg. Both play attack and look to help out the team immediately. The midfield position will not return one player from last year. This group looks to step up and fill the shoes of the players before them.

This side of the field will have a lot of new faces and they look build off of the success that recent Marriotts Ridge teams have had.

Defense

This side of the ball returns every player from last year and more. They will have a 4 year varsity starter, Colin Kelley, in goal. They return Senior Ricky Fedorchak and Juniors Andrew Page and Patrick Greene. They also added another transfer form Loyola Blakefield, Senior Ben Ward and he looks to make an immediate impact. At long stick middie, Quinn Kelley looks to continue his success from freshman year. The defense was one of the strongest position groups this team has had in recent years and they look to be even stronger this year.

Head coach, Coach Incontrera will have a new challenge this year as his team will have a target on their back day in and day out. Every team will be looking to knock off the Mustangs after winning a state title a year ago. The road will not be easy for the Mustangs but they look to weather the storm and end their season with a win, 2 years in a row.