Hammond to Host First Ever LGBT Conference in May

By Uma Ribiero

Co-News Editor

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Thanks to the planning and organization of Ms. Danielle DuPuis and the support of the other SAGA club sponsors, Ms. Holly, Ms. Hart, and Ms. Reisman, Howard County’s first-ever Rainbow Conference will be held on May 15, 2020. Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the conference will now be held online and registration will remain open until May 12th. Registration is free and open to all. To fill out registration forms, go to the Rainbow Conference website, bit.ly/HCPSSRainbow. Registration is quick and easy!

Those who have already registered must register again for the online conference. The majority of the originally scheduled conference session presenters will be attending the online conference as well. The conference will celebrate pride among members of Howard County with LGBTQ activities and resources. Students and teachers from all Howard County schools along with family members and friends are all welcome to attend the conference. 

There are fourteen sessions to choose from, with panels focusing on a variety of topics, from LGBTQ literature and games to behind the scenes of the LGBTQ movement, activism, and experience. Those who register have the option of attending seven sessions, from nine am to four in the afternoon or choosing a few sessions throughout different times of the day. Registration also gives the option of receiving a free copy of the first edition of the Rainbow Vision Literary Magazine, complete with creative writing, artwork, photography, and additional resources. 

The conference not only gives Howard County residents a chance to celebrate their pride, but also allows for LGBTQ students and other members of the community to gain important resources and learn more about the LGBTQ-based events and activities which take place within Maryland. The conference also gives allies an opportunity to learn more about how they can support their LGBTQ friends and family as well. will be distributed to attendees,

Ms. DuPuis, who has been organizing the Rainbow Conference and securing sponsors, commented on what inspired her to plan this event. “Over the years at SAGA meetings, students would comment how they would love to meet up with other students from other schools, and also, as a sponsor, I was kind of like “I feel pretty in-the-know about a lot of things,” but I was also learning a lot of new things from students, like things that were going on around the school, and I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a conference that could bring students from other schools here, so other LGBTQ students and their allies could meet up, get together, and meet one another and plan, but also that would inform these students as well as other educators about LGBTQ issues in and outside of the school system. I feel like it’s one of those things that you don’t know what you don’t know and the more that we bring awareness to these things, the better. For instance, I had not even heard about non-binary genders until like two years ago, so…to be able to have other teachers and educators come and not feel judged for maybe not knowing proper [LGBTQ] protocol and be able to attend these sessions that are going to be offered that will help them in the classroom and just in general, I think is going to be good.”

Hammond students have been looking forward to the conference for months. Sophomore Kelly Kujawa commented, “I am really excited for the Rainbow Conference because it provides an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community to be surrounded by members of the Hammond and Howard County community who support them!”

Sophomore Jordan Galeone added on, “I’m looking forward to the Rainbow Conference…because of the opportunities it holds for me.”

For more information and updates about the conference, be sure to follow @hcpss_pride on Instagram and Twitter.

Hairspray Live: A Swingin’ Good Time

By Chinyere Godfrey

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Hairspray live is a musical that takes place in Baltimore, in the year 1962. It is about a plus-sized girl, the perfect boy, an ambitious mean girl and an African American boy who struggle together to discover themselves.

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Tracy decides to fulfill her long lasting dream: to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. Though all odds are against her, she qualifies for the role in the show and becomes a celebrity overnight. She meets a colorful array of new characters which includes: perfect boy, Link, ambitious Amber, African American boy, Smooth Seaweed, and last but not least, Motormouth Maybelle, who change her life forever. The conflict is centered around Tracy’s idea to integrate the all-white Corny Collins Show.

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“Never Have I Ever”: Not Your Average Coming-of-Age Story

By: Anna Tache

Editorials Editor

If you’ve been as bored as I have during this quarantine and you have a Netflix account, you have most likely stumbled across the new teen comedy-drama created by Mindy Kaling entitled “Never Have I Ever.” The show follows 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar, a first-generation Indian American, while she deals with school, her love life, and friendships, all while trying to navigate the traumatic death of her father.


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Are YOU Radio Rebel?

By: Sydney Phillips

Co-A&E Editor

With the talk of Debby Ryan and some of her former roles recently, I figured we should bring back one of her most popular Disney Channel original movies: Radio Rebel. In addition to Ryan, this movie stars Adam DiMarco, Merritt Patterson, and Serena Parmar. Taking place in a high school, this movie provides something for everyone as a drama, family and teen movie.

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King Kong Movie Review

By Chris Parris

Staff Writer


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In the early 1930s, RKO Pictures was hit hard by the Great Depression and was struggling financially. At the same time, filmmaker and adventurer Merian C. Cooper was shopping around his idea for a movie about a gigantic ape fighting a komodo dragon. Cooper soon found himself getting employed at RKO. While working on a live-action adaptation of The Most Dangerous Game, Cooper came across test footage of a movie about dinosaurs titled Creation, a project headed by stop-motion animator Willis O’Brien. Recognizing stop motion as the best possible way to bring his gorilla epic to life, Cooper convinced RKO to greenlight his movie. During production, the movie was known by many names. Examples include The Beast and The Eighth Wonder. By the end of production, the movie was called King Kong. This movie would go on to change the art of cinema.

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Out of School, But Not Forgotten

By: Chris Parris

Staff Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible for shutting down many locations within the past two months; malls, restaurants, businesses, and schools. For Hammond High School and other schools in Maryland, the last time we had regular classes was on March 13th. Everybody left school that day with the mindset that life was going to resume within a few weeks. But that wasn’t the case. School has been canceled for the rest of the academic year and all classes are now virtual.


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Outer Banks: Get Drawn into the Mystery

By Leah Russell

Social Media Coordinator

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“Our mission this summer is to have a good time, all the time.” By the title of the series, you may have already guessed where they live, but if you haven’t I’ll give you a hint, reread the title! One of the newest shows to come out on Netflix, the cast features many relatively new faces in television including Chase Stokes as John B. Routledge and Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron. Outer Banks follows a young teen and his friends through a dangerous all-summer treasure hunt inspired by his missing father. With lots of action and drama, it’s almost impossible to turn this show off! This show has something for everyone, plenty of relationships, and funny moments.

Off-screen, the cast gets along extremely well, and it is reflected on-screen with their authentic friendship. It is obvious that the cast had fun creating such an intriguing and action-packed storyline for viewers to follow. The show opens up with a storm brewing on the coast of the town. Knocking out all electricity and destroying buildings, the storm also uncovered secrets. From the first episode, I was drawn in by the mystery of John B.’s dad’s disappearance, and the mysterious boat the friends find. The problem with the friends finding things they should not have found is the danger that it causes them. It seems like no matter where they go, the police are suspicious of them, and even people they have never met are looking for them. We later find out that John B.’s father went missing in his search for $400 million in gold, from the shipwreck of The Royal Merchant. Do they find the gold? And what kind of danger do they get themselves in in the hunt for it? With mysterious plot twists around every corner, this show will keep you up all night trying to figure it out.

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Dangerous Lies: A Netflix Original Movie Review

By Marissa Yelenik

Co-News Editor

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Dangerous Lies was released on Netflix on April 20, 2020, as a Netflix Original Film. It was directed by Michael Scott, and is tagged as an ominous and suspenseful thriller movie on the site, with a running time of an hour and thirty seven minutes.

The movie follows the likeable and intelligent Katie Franklin, played by Camila Mendes, as she navigates her way through a life filled with mystery and struggle. The movie begins with Katie and her husband Adam Kettner, played by Jessie Usher, in a financially unstable position. Katie works as a caretaker to the rich and old Leonard Wellsley, played by Elliot Gould, while her husband remains unemployed. Katie and Leonard’s relationship is quickly defined as something more than caretaker and employer, the two care deeply for each other. Katie loves the man for his sweet and loving personality, and to Leonard, Katie begins to feel like the family he was never able to have. 

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