By Nicky Petkevich ('16)
This past Saturday, early in the morning in Paris, ISIS plotted and executed a terrorist attack in six locations to put fear into the eyes of the world and show their dominance. According to President Barack Obama, ISIS “Is the face of evil” and “we need to do everything we can to protect against more attacks and protect our citizens.”
By Hannah Melrod ('16)
Earlier this year, it was announced that by January of 2016 there will be a new way to apply to college. Coined the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, the new program allows high school students beginning in 9th grade to build a digital portfolio of work from all four years in high school.
The idea behind the program is to engage low income and underrepresented students and minimize differences faced by high school students without counselors. This new program hopes to level the playing field by focusing more on a students' pieces of work from school rather than standardized test scores, which are usually impacted by more wealthy students hiring tutors. The new application also allows students to receive feedback on their portfolios.
80 colleges so far have agreed to join the Coalition including Ivy leagues, liberal arts colleges, and top public institutions. Specifically, some of the schools are Stanford, University of Virginia, Amherst, College of William and Mary, Cornell, and Duke to name a few. To be a part of the Coalition, colleges and universities must have a 70% 6-year graduation rate. In addition, public universities must have affordable in-state tuition, and private universities must have a commitment to meet full, demonstrated financial need for admitted students.
While this seems like an excellent way to engage students in the college process from earlier on, there are some potential downfalls. For instance, students may feel more pressure as ninth graders than ever before, knowing that their work will used in their college application. Also, it puts international students at a disadvantage because they may not decide to apply to U.S. colleges until late in to high school.
While this new program will become available, the Common Application will still remain an option.
By: Andrew Goldberg ('16)
On Air Editor and Social Media Manager
The Republican debates are conducted like a cage match between everyday citizens and world heavyweight boxers.
There are a few candidates who lead in the polls and dominate time after time when placed behind the podiums under the intense light of the stage, while others are just there to fill empty space, getting very little speaking time. When candidates, such as Paul Ryan or John Kasich, do get a small amount of time to answer questions, they are mocked by the candidates that are dominating the pact. We as Americans crave the antics of people like Donald Trump or Ben Carson’s off kilter analogy to Nazi Germany when talking about gun control in America. The more off center, the better.
By Nicky Petkevich ('16)
On Thursday November 5th, Marc Steren, the head of the entrepreneurship program at Bullis introduced the 2015-2016 Shark Tank groups during Upper School assembly.
By Robyn MacKenzie ('16)
If I asked you right now what the winter activity credit options are would you be able to name them?
There are seventeen sports and activity options available to students in the second trimester; however, upon being interviewed not a single student could name all of the options. Out of the twenty students interviewed the lowest number named was six while the highest was twelve. The average student could only name eight out of the seventeen credit options. The lack of exposal of the options available causes confusion amongst students as they try to find the credit that suits them best. Most students interviewed could name the majority of the sports options while very few could name the activities.
“They advertise the sports, but they don’t advertise the activities.” explained Nicole Kittay (‘16).
“People know more sports than activities but there are more activities available than sports,” added Nay Nay Shariah Dunwell (‘17).
All Upper School students are required to complete two activity credits throughout the school year. One of these credits has to be a sport while the other can be an activity like managing or robotics. The sports options and schedules are listed on the Bullis website , while the activities are found in the student handbook.
The sports options for the winter are:
The activity options for the winter are:
*have limited numbers
By Andres Lopez ('17)
Bullis students were informed that during their study hall, they will no longer have the privilege of choosing where they would like to sit and now have to follow a seating arrangement assigned to them by their study hall proctors.