Aquila Eye The Student News Site of Owings Mills High School Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:14:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bubble Tea, Milk Tea, Slush, Punch & More Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:11:55 +0000 OMHS’s Art Department has been very active this year when it comes to fundraisers, with the most recent one being at Kung Fu Tea at the Metro Center on Dec 3rd . Art educator Maria Anagnostou has been very excited when Kung Fu Tea reached out to her, stating, “Kung Fu Tea had actually reached out to one of my school Instagram pages asking if there was a way that they could get involved in any of our school events. Ms. Garove and I LOVE bubble tea, so we were so excited to ask for a fundraiser night!”

Teachers drinking tea

About 15 students came out to help support the Department, with a few school staff members coming out as well. Students who presented their school ID were given a 10% discount off their beverage. The Bubble Tea Pong Competition, an interactive and fun game to try to get a ping pong ball in the cups on the table, was also at the restaurant as well. 10th grader Yackelyn Solorzano won and was given a gift card for more bubble teas in the future.

Students participating in Bubble Tea Pong Competition

According to Anagnostou, this fundraiser has been the most fun for the Department. “The location was unique, it was a new treat that many were trying for the first time, and there was a competition! Kung fu tea was making samples for the students to try as well, which was really kind of them.” Anagnostou said. Anagnostou actually goes to Kung Fu Tea in her free time and purchases the grapefruit green tea with boba.

Students posing for a picture

The next big event for the fundraiser will be the Annual OMHS Art Show. Anagnostou said, “ The event is free, as are some of the activities (craft making, photo booth, refreshments), however, there are a few activities that can be paid for (henna tattoos, face painting, etc) and funds go towards the art department.” The event will be held Thursday, Mar. 19 (Snow date Friday, Mar. 20.)

For more information on the Art Department, follow their Instagram @omhsvpa or visit Anagnostou in the art wing.

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Musical Achievements At It’s Finest; Tri M Music Honor Society Induction Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:10:39 +0000 A society dedicated to the recognition of academic and musicianship of students and providing leadership and service opportunities to young musicians; this is what Tri-M Music Honor Society has strived to do since 1936starting from the idea of a band director and his wife in the state of Illinois. And now with over 6,200 chapters in several countries, Owings Mills High carries it’s very own Tri-M with the most recent induction of new members. 

 Music educators Allison Smith and Cathleen Russell run OMHS’s Tri-M and with the most recent induction, they installed two members this year; Kaylin Nock, a 12th grade student who plays the violin and Tyson Dixon, another 12th grade student who plays the viola. “During the induction, we congratulate them with a scholarship and achievement, and we also make sure they know they’re part of a network of talented musicians around the globe,” Smith said.  

 In all, there are 16 members part of Tri-M. There are currently 2 officers who are co-presidents with their duties consisting of organizing and running meetings, motivating other members and being the face and voice for the organization. 

 To be a recognized member of Tri-M, a student must be in a music performing class at a Honors or GT- level. To prepare for an audition, the student must demonstrate outstanding skills on their primary instrument and take personal interest in the work that they compose. 

 This year, Smith is looking forward to the creativity that this group holds. Smith said, “I’m looking forward to what this group is creating this year. Their compositions and how they’re able to work effectively together brings a lot to this society.” 

For more information on Tri-M and how to be nominated, visit Russell or Smith in the music wing. 


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Football Team’s GLOWing Homecoming Victory Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:00:28 +0000 On October 18, 2019, at the Owings Mills football stadium, the OMHS Eagles, for their Homecoming game, challenged the Chesapeake High School Bay Hawks. Feeling hopeful, the Eagles played a game that any team would be proud of.

As the clock crept closer to 6:00, the team was feeling hopeful and ready to play as they faced a team that usually puts forth a challenging. The National Anthem rang through the stadium as the crowd rose to their feet. The tune finished, and the crowd started to get excited for the beginning of the game. The Eagles took the field and the ball launched into the air as the game got under way.

According to one of the Assistant Coaches, PE teacher Joshua Leese, the team had “a slower start when they went in”, even though they scored 24 points in the fist quarter and six points in the second quarter. Through the cold and the slow start, the team was able to hold off the Bay Hawks offense keeping the score 30-0 at the conclusion of the first half.

As half time got under way, the OMHS cheerleaders took the field and performed their halftime show for the crowd, giving the teams a chance to talk and prepare for the second half.

Due to the cold and windy weather, many spectators began to leave before the second half began, but that did not stop the Eagles from continuing their run and ultimately taking home a major victory against the Bay Hawks. Even the empty stadium and the cold weather could not put a damper on the teams exciting 60-0 win.




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ALTERNATE THEMES TAKE OVER OM SPIRIT WEEK Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:11:14 +0000 During the week of Oct. 11, Owings Mills High School held their annual Spirit Week. The school’s SGA chose the theme days for students and teacher to participate as the school anticipated the upcoming Homecoming football game and Homecoming Dance.

The original themes chosen by SGA were: Monday- Flag Day, Tuesday- Sports Jersey Day, Wedneday- College T-Shirt Day and Thursday- OM Spirit Day. There was no theme for Friday as schools were closed for the annual MSDE conference. As students began walking into school on Monday Oct. 11, there was an obvious difference in the spirit clothes the students were wearing compared to what the theme was suppose to be.

Unhappy with the chosen spirit days, a group of students at Owings Mills created an alternate spirit week theme: Monday- Pajama Day, Tuesday- Character Day, Wednesday- 90s Day, and Thursday remaind the same OM spirit day.  Students came to school representing these alternate themes, but these themes still did not seem to encourage more students to participate in spirit week. Across all grades, it seemed that participation in spirit days was low, and most students chose to just wear normal clothing attire rather than participate in spirit days.

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One Acts canceled due to low student involvement Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:00:52 +0000 Earlier this school year, OMHS hosted the student directed one act shows: “The Lottery” and “The Summer People”; both of which were sponsored by English teacher Lindsay McCumber. With lots of people auditioning, it was looking very promising; however, they were eventually cancelled.

The shows were set to perform on Oct. 25 and 26 but had to be cut short before then. The main reason for their cancellation, according to McCumber, is that there wasn’t enough cast participation. “We weren’t able to get full attendance at rehearsals, so we weren’t able to prepare.”

Along with a greater attendance, if the shows had happened later in the school year the likelihood of them being successful would have been much higher. It would have allowed “more time to rehearse, less conflict with sports, and more freshman involvement.”

However, if you were looking forward to the one acts, don’t worry, there will be another show. The One Acts Drama Club will be performing their own show in April.

“Next year, the theatre department may host a one act show again. We will have to wait and see what interest we have from the students,” McCumber said.

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ESOL numbers rise as the 2019-2020 school year begins Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:00:52 +0000 The population of the ESOL students (English Speakers of Other Languages) at Owings Mills High School has increased tremendously since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

At the start of the school year, the Owings Mills community was surprised at the rapid increase of ESOL enrollment, even SGA advisor and Science Department Chair, Thomas Blumenauer commented on how amazing the increase of diversity is at the school. Currently, there are 434 ESOL students enrolled; that’s roughly about 1/3 of the school’s total population. ESOL Coordinator Marga Ugarte-Caffyn claims that she’s “been here for 21 years, and this has been the highest percentage [of ESOL students] I’ve seen, and the principal, Ms. Campbell is doing all she can for resources.” According to charts, 126 of these students are from El Salvador, the remainder of the students are from Honduras, Guatemala, Nigeria and other countries.

Why does the school’s population keep growing? Owings Mills High is a center school for the Northwestern area of Baltimore County. This means students who are normally districted to attend Milford Mill Academy, Franklin High School, New Town High School, Randallstown High School, and Pikesville High School come to Owings Mills for their ESOL programs and services.

As the enrollment number continues to rise, problems such as over crowded buses and OMHS reaching its maximum capacity could arise.


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INTRODUCTION OF THE CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS HERE AT OMHS. Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:00:44 +0000 Owings Mills High School has many diverse opportunities for students to become involved in the school community and explore their passions. The school has over 34 different clubs and organizations for students to participate. These range from class officer and grade involvement to clubs such as GSA, Yearbook, and International Club.

Many of these organizations meet frequently and plan events that include the entire school community.

In order for our school to have a memento at the end of each school year, the Yearbook club, moderated by new teacher Alethea Watkins, meets frequently after school to cover various events, photograph interesting things happening at school, and enjoying time as they create the OMHS yearbook.

One of the more active organizations at Owings Mills High School is GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance). This club is a welcoming group open to all students and provides a place where students are free to express who they are without judgement and celebrate the person they are. Students come together and support each other as they discuss their questions and issues regarding sexual and gender identity.

The organization, moderated by Social Studies teacher Lena Amick, meets every Thursday from 2:00-2:30 pm after school. This year, the GSA has begun to host movie events where they watch current films relating to the LGBTQ community. There next movie event that they will be hosting is Love, Simon and it will be held after school on Thursday, Nov.14.

One of the unique parts about the Owings Mills community is how diverse the student population is. The OMHS International Club is an organization that celebrates all of the various cultures and diverse students at Owings Mills High School. This organization is responsible for the very popular International Dance held every spring, and they are actively working toward spreading their knowledge about different cultures with the school community. Lead, by ESOL Department Chair Rebecca Alvarado, the International Club meets every Tuesday in room 212B.

Owings Mills High School has such a diverse group of students and the organizations that they participate in at school allow the students to shine and truly show their own unique personalities.

Students who are interested in joing a club or organization, use the link provided and talk to the advisor or student participants for more information.


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BCPS votes to begin school after Labor Day for the 2020-2021 year Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:00:43 +0000 At the Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 5, the school board voted on the proposed calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

In 2017, it was decided that all schools would begin after Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Since this change, schools have seen shortened spring break, and less days built into the calendar for snow. Because of this, there have been talks about changing the calendar so that school begins at the end of August again.

In order to get an idea of what the whole of Baltimore County would prefer, there was a survey posted for parents, teachers, staff, and other residents of Baltimore County to vote.

Some teachers believe that this change is necessary. 72% of teachers voted to move the school start date in August due to the shortened spring break, last year.  Some people believe that starting after Labor Day makes it hard to make up for the snow days during the winter times.

On Tuesday, the board approved the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year with teachers starting back August 31 and first day of school for students will be September 8, 2020.

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GSA Movie Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:00:41 +0000 GSA movie afternoon kicks off year long school activities

GSA, Gay-Straight Alliance, is one of the many clubs at Owings Mills High School. Gay-Straight Alliance is a student-led or community-based organization, found in middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities, primarily in the United States and Canada, that is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) children, teenagers, and youth as well as their cisgender heterosexual allies.

At Owings Mills High School, the teacher moderator is Social Studies teacher Lena Amick. During the month of October, GSA hosted a movie event where they showed the film Pariah. Pariah means an outcast. The movie Pariah that is on Netflix (a very popular movie platform) is about 17 year old African American girl, Alike, who hangs out at clubs with her openly lesbian friend Laura. The movie is the story of Alike’s journey as she comes to terms with her identity as a lesbian. Her mother, Audrey, approves of neither her clothes nor her friendship with Laura. Throughout this movie, she goes through a lot- her mother not accepting her, temptation from Bina, and being forced to wear girl’s clothes when she wants to be able to dress the way she wants to.

She goes through a lot just to achieve her goal of being free. She enjoys writing poetry and uses it to help herself because throughout the movie she writes about her challenges. The movie explains how difficult it is to be accepted and the coming out process in this generation. It highlights how many parents or people don’t accept or support their children or others for being openly gay.

GSA’s event went well, and the club will be hosting other movie and events throughout the school year such as a panel for trans people, a week of positivity (positive messages around the school), movie afternoons every month, a day of silence and weekly meetings.

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Positive Decisions and Advanced Safety; SADD Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:00:41 +0000 Empowering young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives; this is what SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has fought to bring to classrooms and schools since 1981. The idea that started from a high school educator and hockey coach in Massachusetts quickly began to spread from state to state, and soon country and country. Now in the year 2019 with over 300,000 students being active participants in chapters has become an international success by teaching kids the dangers of traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety. And here at Owings Mills High, our SADD chapter is run by Robert Horton and Rochelle Harley.

A SADD advisor for the past four years, Horton envisions to empower students to join the club and spread knowledge on the club’s core mission. “Overall, we’re trying to institute different programs within the school that can help students that are struggling with academic help or struggling with something at home or anything else,” Horton added.

Substance Abuse along with Person Health and Safety are two topics being focused in the club this year. Horton said, “Students are at an age as a teenager where they are old enough to make certain decisions but not old enough to realize sometimes the impact that decision is going to have on their life and future. Sexual activity, for example, some students may have made the choice to engage in those activities and not use protection or not waiting until they’re older, possibly transmitting sexual diseases. Kids can also be easily groped in cigarettes, especially now juuls or e-cigarettes. They may start since their friends are using them or they may start since they think it’s cool. And a lot of those times, those companies will add a lot more nicotine than the average in one cigarette, causing teenagers and a younger audience to become more hooked and extremely addicted.”

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Within the club, students are helped and entitled to have an understanding of the consequences of their actions and make responsible decisions as a whole. Abbey Campbell, Principal of Owings Mills High School, has even stated SADD has a very positive outcome in joining kids together and promoting different events/programs into the school to help students to make important decisions. OMHS’s SADD is a registered SADD chapter as well.

“My hope is that students learn and understand there are consequences to decisions and actions that they make, which follows through with them in the real world when they’re out there as adults and understand empathy. And hopefully, they understand how their actions can affect other people,” Horton said

To become a member of SADD or having any interest to learn more, visit Horton in-room 303, or visit or

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