By Pearl Newman ('17)
The Bullis community was in for a surprise on the 24th of October, as this sublime day marked the first Bullis Founders Day. Both students and staff were enlivened to uncover the past of their school throughout the day.
by Miyah Power ('16)
Last Saturday, over the span of an evening a gunman went on a brutal shooting spree, killing six people and injuring two.
by Alexandria Ligon ('16)
During the winter of our school year, Bullis offered yoga as an after-school activity. The 2015-16 school year was the second year in which this activity was offered. Ms. Ramella was the yoga instructor, and the activity consisted of about 12 students.
By Darby Trimble ('17)
The classroom was crowded with students from all grades, eager to argue hot topics in the country right now.
The Debate club is run by five juniors, Aryemis Brown, Thabi Cooper, Alec Samuels, Digmel Espinoza, and Gavin Rudman. The club takes place during club meeting every other Wwednesday . Although Sports Debate club is already existent in the Bullis community, Debate Club is a time when students can debate topics other than that differ from sports. The classroom was crowded with students from all grades, eager to argue hot topics in the country right now.
When first arriving to the club, the topic of the day had not been settled, and many ideas such as the Iraq war, gun control, and legalization of marijuana were suggested for potential debate material. The students then voted on which idea they felt most intriguingintriguiging and argumentativeargumenative, and so they settled on the issue of marijuana legalization. legalization of marijuana.
When arguing why marijuana should be legal, several interesting points were brought to the table. One point included that many developed countries have already legalizedleagalized it, and as an effect saw dramatic and significantsignifigant drop in drug use and abuse. Another point included that if you were to legalize it, putting a high tax on the drug would benefit the country and prohibit people from purchasing it often. Lastly, marijuana is known its medical advantages, and health- wise it not that much different from tobacco.
Although the opposing team was slightly smaller, they made some strong points on why marijuana should not be legalized. One point included that in order to legalize it, authorities we should have some sort of driving evalouation to see if people are high when driving. Another point was that the exposure of marijuana, in forms such as edibles, could be harmful to kids and infants. Lastly, that by may legalizing marijuna, it could be become extremely more common in culture and daily life, and kids will start experimenting at a younger age.
The club ended on a solid note- and theyn discussed topics to be debated in future meetings. These topics included gun control, iraq war, and abortion. If any interest in these topics, debate club is a great way to express your opinion in a safe and fun environmentenviorment!
By Robyn Mackenzie ('16)
Bias is prominent in our everyday lives- whether it is judging someone based on their appearance or subconsciously evaluating others based on their ethnicity, religion, or gender. Bias is also prominent In the Bullis community, where students can be judged by the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, or where they live.
The goal of the advisory meeting on Friday, February 19th was to help students acknowledge their bias and make steps to overcome it. The Hosmer advisory meeting, located in NH104, was composed of twelve students and one teacher and focused on identifying different biases in our everyday lives.
“There's a bias that Potomac kids have it easier than Prince George's county kids” stated Monique Muse (‘16) who opened up the floor for other students to share the biases they noticed.
“When there's a new student and they're black a lot of people assume they are there for an athletic scholarship rather than their academic talent,” explained Armon Mohebbi (‘17).
Other students quickly joined the conversation and created a list of biases including if someone is tall they are assumed to be a basketball player, and how the public school curriculum is seen as less challenging than a private school one. The conversation soon turned to whether a uniform helps reduce bias and whether private schools have more or less bias.
“The uniform is good,” one student exclaimed, “it puts everyone on the same level”.
“In public school the bias is worse because you have to plan your outfit for the whole year,” stated Derek Tangelo (‘17), “you can’t repeat outfits or look bad”.
The advisory meeting ended with Mrs. Hosmer encouraging students to, “Deal with your bias rather than ignoring it. Confront it”.
The advisory will not meet again to discuss bias; however, the students are certain to remember the discussion and take steps to reduce their own bias.
By Miyah Powe ('16)
According to a recent report by the College Board, SAT scores have fallen to an all time low since 2005. In 2005, the College Board introduced a new SAT that was meant to prepare students for the growing demands and competitiveness in the country’s top universities. This was the first time in over fifty years that the structure of the test had been changed. As the American college process enters a gradual reconstruction, the SAT is changing again after January 2016. Why is the test changing? Perhaps it has something to do with scores that have seen gradual declines in the last five years and have raised alarm among some colleges and other academic institutions and organizations.
By Allison Peel ('16)
On December 26, a group of fourteen Bullis students (including myself) and two staff members will travel to Cambodia to participate in an international community service project. The participants include four seniors, five juniors and two sophomores along with our trip leaders Mr. Zimmer and Ms. Ewing.
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.