GDS Art Program Rakes In 95 Scholastic Awards

The GDS arts program, which has attracted much outside attention from locals and is prided for its strength within the GDS community, collected a remarkable number of Scholastic awards in both literary and arts honors this year. This year, GDS collected a total of 95 honors: 24 literary awards and a special nomination, and 71 awards on the arts side. The literary awards included Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions received by 12 students grades 9-12, and a special nomination, one of five American Voices nominees in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. area. Scholastic awards given to GDS

Review of Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel recently passed the $1 billion mark in the box office, making it one of the most commercially successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies to date. It was also the first Marvel movie headlined by a woman, but, honestly, I was not that excited to see it. First, there are too many MCU movies, and going to see them has started to feel like a chore. Second, I am a big comics fan, and I do not like Captain Marvel much as a character. I saw Captain Marvel because it was necessary for Avengers: Endgame. However, it is a

The Augur Beat: Apollo: The Ins and Outs of Producing Music

As many of us know, senior Brion Whyte creates Soundcloud music with his partner in music, recently graduated Rasheed Conteh, class of 2018. The pair, who call themselves Astro and Apollo, created their first piece of music in the fall of 2017. They currently have six tracks on their public page on the online audio distribution platform Soundcloud. Whyte began writing his own music to serve as an outlet for his emotions, since finding someone he could talk to whom he trusted proved to be difficult. “I’ve kind of kept to myself a lot,” Whyte said, “so instead of holding

GDS Jazz goes to Reno

On the weekend of January 10, several excited musicians embarked on a several hour journey to the other side of the country, to Reno, Nevada, dubbed “the biggest little city in the world,” to participate in the annual JENerations Jazz Festival at the Jazz Education Network Conference. At the festival, three GDS bands played, including the Honors Band Combo, a Big Band (Artie Saul and his Slime Dribblers) and an outside-of-class group (the Xander Davies Quartet). The 33 students entertained themselves at the hotel’s bowling alley and casino and dined at the West Coast’s famous In-and-Out Burger. Sophomore saw player

The 2019 Academy Awards Show: Controversies, Favorites, and What was What

Teachers, students, parents and faculty alike, gather around, if you enjoy watching movies, it’s that time of year! The 91st Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, took place on February 24. This year, for the first time in history, the Oscars went on without a host, after Kevin Hart resigned from his spot due to controversy surrounding past homophobic comments. Aside from the controversies, the Oscars were a must-watch, not only for film lovers but also for anyone interested in understanding today’s world, the media, and the current political climate. Have you wanted to watch the Oscars but haven’t

The Process of Selecting New Fata Morgana Heads

What is it really like to be in Fata Morgana? Behind the scenes, it’s not the perfectly choreographed dances you see in the final show. The selection of new heads has caused tensions to spike after the fall season. The new heads, junior Hallie Lancz and sophomore Mckenzie Jameson, were announced after the last show in 2018, a dramatic end to the year. The process for aspiring heads begins with an interview with the current heads of the club and Maria Watson, faculty advisor to Fata. They ask what traits one would bring to Fata and why one is fit