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The Comeback of Drive-In Movie Theaters

As Traditional Theaters Lose Customers Amidst Pandemic, Drive-in Theaters see a Boom in Business

By Jaria Butler

Photography Editor

The movie theater industry was a big source of entertainment before the pandemic hit. Now lots of them are losing money and are in desperate need of clientele. Most AMC and Cinemark theaters have opened back up in our area following strict COVID-19 policies that can be accessed on their website. According to No Film School, AMC is joining the movie theater rental game. For just $99, you can host a personal screening for one, or make it a private party for up to 20 people in total. 

Junior Becca Kampmann expressed her opinion on AMC’s rental policy, commenting, “I think that’s a pretty good idea because [you can see a movie] with everyone you know and it helps the theater make money. I wouldn’t participate in it because that is a lot of money but for someone else, that’s a good idea if they are okay with the cost.”

Despite new safety guidelines, experts say movie theaters are high risk. According to Healthline, Dr. Vinisha Amin, a hospital medicine physician with the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, says that as more cities and counties think of opening their movie theaters, it’s important to note the medical data about how COVID-19 spreads: through respiratory droplets.

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How Stressed are Hammond Seniors about College Applications?

By Halimah Kargbo

Features Editor

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Two words: 

College. Applications. 

These two simple words invoke both fear and excitement in high school seniors everywhere. Each year, seniors count down the days until their first application is due, and this year is no different. Despite the drastic changes in day to day life, the stress that comes with applying to college continues to loom large for seniors.

“The deadline seems to be approaching so quickly and with schoolwork, I feel like I don’t have enough time to do everything I need to,” senior Ada Wang says. This feeling of being overwhelmed is, unfortunately, not an unusual sentiment. 

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Activities to Do While Social Distancing: Having Fun While Staying Safe

By Melina Guth

News Editor

Source: Open Data Institute

Cabin fever, everyone suffers from it from time to time, however, it is worse for some more than others. A leisurely walk or bike ride around the neighborhood can be refreshing for your mind and body. But, the fun doesn’t have to stop there.

Are you an artist, chef, painter or writer? Now, more than ever, is a perfect time to get that creativity flowing and show off your artsy side, as well as improve on any skills you’re interested in gathering. Online schooling and social distancing doesn’t limit you to the computer or TV screen all day long. Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest that engagement in brain-stimulating activities, such as exercise, helps to “build your cognitive reserve”, simply meaning that regular activity can help improve your resilience and flexibility as a person.

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Hammond Students Comment On The Possible Return To School

By Kosta Magoulas

Editorials Editor

Face masks and screens: What a return to school looks like around the  world, in pictures | National Post

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For seven months, our lives as we once knew them, were changed forever. Facilities, corporations, schools, social gatherings, and many more public places were closed. Now as things finally start to reopen, one central question is being asked: Is it safe for us to go back? Sure enough, schools are being one of the largest topics in question. With the current status of this pandemic, numbers of cases are still projected to continue increasing. This profound case of trepidation strikes the conversation as to whether or not the risks of going back to school outweigh the rewards.

According to Howard County’s Covid-19 statistics, only about half of the current 5600 total infected (recorded October 18, 2020) have recovered. Although these numbers are good, it is evident that there are still a lot of people who have not recovered.

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Your 2020 voting guide: Here’s what you need to know to vote in Maryland

By Sarah Meklir

Managing Editor

Source: WPRG 2020 Voter Guide

HEY SENIORS! Voting is a fundamental responsibility to uphold our democracy. The Hammond community can play a huge role in both voter participation and the education of voters. Here’s what you need to know to vote this November.

Mark your calendars, Voting Day is November 3.


Potential voters need to be registered before they can cast a ballot. You can register in person while early voting or on November 3rd at your local voting location.

There are two ways to vote in Maryland: in-person or by mail. 

Voting in person:

You can vote as soon as October 26th in Maryland with early voting. Voting takes place at early voting centers from October 26 to November 2. You can find an Early Voting Center here.

To vote on November 3, go to your local Election Day Voting Center. They will be open from 7am to 8pm. Here’s a link to find your local voting center.

Only a small portion of Hammond’s senior class will be old enough to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

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Calling All Hammond Students: Rainbow Vision 2021 Submissions Now Open

By Uma Ribeiro


In May 2020, the first-ever edition of the Rainbow Vision literary magazine was released around the time of the first Howard County Rainbow Conference which occurred on May 15th. Copies of the magazine were free of charge and mailed to the homes of any conference attendees who requested a copy. 

The magazine, created by Hammond media specialist Ms. Danielle DuPuis and edited by Junior Uma Ribeiro, featured the artwork, creative writing, essays, personal narratives, song lyrics, and photography from high school students across Howard County. Submission content ranged from romance and LGBTQ+ pride to coming out experiences, family relationships, and politics. The magazine received dozens of submissions only in its first year, and submissions are now wide open again!

That’s right! Hammond students, as well as students from all other Howard County High Schools, are now able to submit their creative work to the Rainbow Vision literary magazine to be featured in the 2021 edition. All work must be submitted to the Rainbow Vision by March 1st, 2021 at the latest. However, students are encouraged to submit their work as soon as possible. There is no submission fee and most submissions are accepted. To learn more about submission guidelines click here. To access the submission form, click here.

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What Will Our Schedules Look Like if We Return to In-Person Learning?

By Sarah Linthicum

Staff Writer

The four model schedule has been something extremely new for all of us, and it has taken some getting used to. There are currently four online classes a day 45 minutes each, a 15 minute break in between classes, and a two hour time slot in the middle of the day to allow room for lunch and extra work time with teachers.

Once the first semester has ended, a new possibly hybrid plan for the second semester is to return to in person classes while continuing with the four class model, which is still subject to change. There are many questions we all have regarding the four class schedule for the second semester, and how it will affect a typical day if we do go back seeing as we have never had this schedule before. 

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The Plague in Our Country

By Ali Ahmed

Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

The USA has been rocked by a virus that was initially underestimated. Going from 2,000 cases to 124,000 cases in the span of a few months, students expressed their own fears with High School Junior Muhammad Masood commenting, “It’s scary how fast it grew and how we had to sit back and just watch as it swept our country.” 

As of right now, in both America and Maryland itself, this virus is slowing down, with an estimated 563 new cases per day in Maryland alone in comparison to the 1,275 new cases a day we received back in May and June. With almost 130,000 cases and almost 4000 deaths, Maryland has a mortality rate of 3%, which may sound small but when talking about death, is actually extreme. For comparison, the Influenza Pandemic in 1918 had a mortality rate of about 2.5%, as reported by Stanford. 

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What Could the TikTok Ban Mean for Us?

By Kosta Magoulas

Editorials Editor

Judge gives Trump administration until Friday to defend or delay TikTok ban  - CNET

After many days of deliberation, the Trump administration has officially stated they will do everything in their power to remove TikTok from app stores in the United State, claiming that the app is stealing the data of its users, making it a national security concern. Many government officials have sided with Trump, and have come out to say that the information garnered by Tiktok is being accessed and used by the Chinese government.

An important question in this time is just how accurate and valid are the claims being made by the Trump administration? The majority of the allegations at this time appear to be unfounded, but could this still warrant a ban even if it is all just speculation? The things that we have to further examine are the potential dangers of TikTok and the opinions of students in our community. This will help many gain a better understanding of what TikTok is and if it is worth the download. 

TikTok’s largest demographic falls under the “young adults” category, which ranges from the age of 13 to 24. Ioannis Magoulas, a Freshman, feels very ambivalent about the whole ban. He feels “that it is not right to steal and sell data. However, if they are going to ban TikTok for it, they should ban other social media platforms who have been caught selling data as well.”

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COVID-19’s Impact on College Sports

How colleges are keeping their players and students safe while playing during the pandemic

By Leah Russell

Sports Editor

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Covid-19 has affected all aspects of our lives, and with fall sports season upon us, there are many different tactics that sports teams are using to keep their players and staff safe during the pandemic. The NBA went out of the box to create a bubble for all of their players during the games. The NFL is playing in full swing, but many of the stadiums do not have fans, like Maryland’s own Baltimore Ravens. While some college leagues have decided to postpone or cancel their football seasons, many are just not ready to do that yet. 

As of September 26th, all ten of the conferences in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision have plans to play this fall. The Mid-American Conference and Mountain West Conference being the latest ones added to this list. With so many conferences playing college football currently, it is important to keep players and workers safe. For the Mid-American Conference, keeping players safe involves four mandatory antigen tests a week, and not allowing the general public to attend games.

 The Mountain West Conference however, is allowing individual colleges to determine fan attendance. The Big Ten have decided to have no fans in the stadium for this fall season like the Mid’American Conference. It will be a shock to see Ohio State’s 102,780 capacity stadium or Penn State’s 106,572 capacity stadium empty, but it is a smart move to keep everyone at their schools safer during this pandemic.

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