MoCo Student

The MoCo Student (www.mocostudent.org) is an independent, countywide news network created in 2012 to share fresh and relevant information written by youth to the wider Montgomery County student body. Since its creation, the organization has been entirely student-run. Today, the MoCo Student is staffed by over 60 selected writers, artists, filmmakers, and editors from more than 20 MCPS middle and high schools. In this blog with MyMCMedia, the MoCo Student will channel insights and perspectives of youth on the many facets of MoCo culture and politics. Specifically, we will focus on student responses to policy changes and controversies in our county’s education systems. All questions or concerns should be directed to editors@mocostudent.org.

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The One Thing You Should Do Before I Leave High School

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It’s in the news, in our literature and in our own homes. Depression takes the lives of thousands of teenagers every year, and a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that the percentage of teenagers suffering from major depressive episodes in the United States continues to increase. Suicide remains a leading cause of […]

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Stuck Finding the Right College? Tips from a Rising Senior

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As the end of the year approaches, juniors are beginning to start their college applications and seniors are finalizing which college they plan to attend. However, before you can make such a momentous decision, you have to decide what you want from a college. You must remember that wherever you choose will most likely be […]

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Why Do Students Dread Coming to School?

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Five days a week, nine months a year, all students in Montgomery County have the opportunity to learn at one of the many prestigious schools in our area. These are the same schools that make our county one of the most high-achieving educational districts in the country. The educational professionals and resources we have at […]

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Securing The Safety and Comfort of Trans Students

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Going to the bathroom in school is rarely enjoyable. However, for transgender students in MCPS, answering nature’s call can be a stressful or at times dangerous process. For a long time, our school board has failed to address this important aspect of student safety and well-being. The Human Rights Campaign defines transgender or trans* to […]

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Skimming the Surface: The Merits of High School Rankings

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Recently, 14 Montgomery County High Schools were ranked among the top high schools in the U.S. News and World Report 2015 Best High School list. Schools were judged based on “college readiness indexes” and test performance. While good test scores and high graduation rates help heighten the prestige of any educational institution, it is crucial […]

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Manners Matter

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“Being at Old Orchard Mall kind of reminded me of being home in Africa, by the watering hole, when the animals are in heat,” remarked Cady Heron about her fellow classmates as the scene in “Mean Girls” flashed to a group of students: a boy on all fours, a group of students acting like monkeys, […]

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Mikulski to Retire After Decades of Service to Maryland

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In March, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not be seeking reelection in 2016, effectively ending her long time career as a Congresswoman. The Democratic Senator for Maryland has shattered so many barriers in the male-dominated arena of Congress and has a hefty list of accomplishments to her name. She holds the record for […]

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Pearson Monitors Student Social Media Accounts Following PARCC Tests

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Following concerns about student question sharing online, Pearson, the education company that offers the PARCC assessments, recently began monitoring student social media accounts to ensure there are no security breaches. Their decision was met with public backlash, as many thought it was no less than spying into the lives of students. “I do feel uncomfortable […]

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The Search for the New Superintendent

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School start times, student workload, cell phone policies, and standardized testing are just a few of the discussions that Montgomery County Public Schools’ superintendent leads. This past February, Joshua Starr stepped down as MCPS superintendent.  His four years as superintendent were highlighted by efforts to reduce amounts of standardized testing across the nation. To this […]

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MCPS Seniors Evaluate the College Admissions Process

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Following graduation, many MCPS seniors consider attending college as their “next big step.” Prior to matriculation, however, the college admissions process is often considered a major challenge. From asking for recommendations to writing essays to sending SAT/ACT scores, college admissions is a lengthy, and also costly, process. Application fees for schools average around $40, and […]

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