Aquila Eye The Student News Site of Owings Mills High School Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:41:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cooking With Kay: Six Summer 2021 Vegetarian Recipes Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:37:27 +0000 These recipes come from a variety of different magazines and sites focused on healthy eating. Here are six recipes that I’ve tried out. They are highly rated and not difficult to make. Whether you are a young chef in the making or learning how to cook, these recipes are for you!


1. Cucumber, Radish and Chopped Tomato Salad


  • ½ a cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ a cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • A tablespoon of chopped chives, save some for a topping
  • A tablespoon of chopped dill, save some for a topping
  • A tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ¼ a teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ ground pepper
  • A diced cucumber
  • 1 bunch of diced radishes
  • ½ of a diced, medium size red onion

Cooking Instructions:

Get a large bowl and add in the mayonnaise, dill, feta cheese, chives, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk them together and then add the cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, and onions. Add the extra chives and dill as a topping (optional).


2. Roasted Bell Pepper Salad with Mozzarella and Basil


  • 4 medium size sweet bell peppers, cut into quarters and without seeds
  • 4 ounces of cut mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of basil leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • A tablespoon of balsamic dressing
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/8 a teaspoon of ground pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat a broiler to high. Then broil the peppers for ten minutes until they are soft and darkened slightly around the edges. When the peppers are soft enough add the mozzarella, basil, oil, balsamic dressing, salt and pepper to the top.


3. Spinach Blueberry Salad



  • ¼ a cup of raspberry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • ½ a cup of canola oil
  • A teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ a teaspoon of salt


  • 12 cups/ 10 ounces of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ a cup of chopped toasted pecans

Cooking Instructions:

Mix together the first five ingredients in oil until they have been blended. Then add in the salad ingredients.


4. Penne Pasta With Veggies and Black Beans


  • ¾ a cup of uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/3 a cup of sliced zucchini
  • 1/3 a cup of sliced carrots
  • ½ of a small green pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 4 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
  • A minced garlic clove
  • ½ of an onion, sliced into thin strips
  • ¼ a teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 a teaspoon of pepper
  • ¼ a teaspoon of oregano, basil and thyme (separately)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • A cup of black beans, rinsed and then drained
  • ¼ a cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons of minced parsley

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta (based on directions provided on its packaging) while sauteing the zucchini, green peppers, garlic, carrots, mushrooms and onion in seasonings. This should be done in about one teaspoon of oil until the vegetables are a little bit crispy. Then add the beans.
  2. After draining the pasta, add the vegetable mix to it along with tomatoes and olive oil. The Parmesan cheese and parsley can be added as a topping.


5. Honeydew and Cucumber Salad with Burrata


  • 1/4 a teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 4 cups of baby arugula
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of honey
  •  3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  •  1/4 a teaspoon of salt 1/4 chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups of cubed honeydew melon
  • A burrata ball (about 3 ¾ ounces), sliced
  • 1 ½ cups of cucumber
  • ¼ cup of toasted pepitas


Cooking Instructions:

Put the lemon juice, honey, salt, oil and pepper into a bowl for whisking. After whisking has been completed add the basil. At this point the arugula should be placed in a large bowl and have the tablespoon of vinaigrette added to it.  The last step is to put the honeydew and cucumbers on it, as well as the burrata slices, pepita and any remaining vinaigrette.


6. Wraps with Mint Pea Hummus and Beetroot


  • 20g chopped walnuts
  • 30g crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 160g frozen peas (defrost before using)
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • 160g, or two large cooked sliced beetroots
  • A large garlic clove
  • 85g of self raising flour (if your gluten free, buying a wrap from the store is easier then trying to make one with gluten free flour instead of the normal flour)
  • 1 teaspoon of rapeseed oil
  • A sliced small red onion
  • About two handfuls of baby leaf salad
  • A lemon, ½ of it should be cut into wedges and the other ½ should be juiced (this is an optional ingredient).

Cooking Instructions:

Put the flour in a small bowl and add the oil. Add in 60ml of warm water to make a soft dough which should be rolled out as flatly as possible to fill the bottom of a pan. The wraps should be in the oven for two minutes on each side. Once the wrap itself is ready it can be cut in half to make two wraps. Next the peas, lemon juice, garlic, mint and 2 tablespoons of yogurt should be added together and blended to make a puree. After spreading this puree onto the wraps, add the onion, salad leaves and beetroot. Place the feta, walnuts and leftover mint on top with the leftover yogurt. The lemons are optional but can be placed inside or drizzled overtop.

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The Podcast Project Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:22:38 +0000 This is this first episode of the OMHS Podcast, Senior Kelvin Dagadu, speaks to a few of Owings Mills finest.

In this episode, three high schoolers are going to tell all about their high school experience pre-COVID, during COVID, and now.


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Online Learning vs In Person Learning Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:25:33 +0000 Online Learning and In-Person Learning, though they serve the same purpose, are very different. Online learning isn’t new, and luckily the world is experiencing this shift to online learning in a time when we have the latest technology provided, and many students are familiar enough with computers that they can learn from home. Online learning is traditionally used with college and universities, which makes sense since many people who attend college and university have jobs and can’t attend physical school. However, for school aged children, physical school is much more beneficial. 

Both styles of school have their benefits and disadvantages, whether you’re a teacher or student. For students, Some students learn better in person with paper, and the teacher there physically to help them. Other students thrive in an environment where they are able to do the work when they want and submit it by the due date. For teachers, do they like their own teaching space with children physically present, or do they prefer teaching from a screen in the comfort of their homes? English teacher Rachel Waxman shared which platform she prefers,  “I definitely prefer in-person teaching. Not only is it easier, but it feels more purposeful. Part of the reason I became a teacher was because of the way my teachers were able to connect with me as a student. I feel like online teaching really takes away from that aspect of teaching. That being said, I don’t HATE online teaching.”

 “I think, if you look at the numbers, in-person teaching is much more beneficial to students across the board. Students are more likely to come to class and pay attention. They don’t have to rely on an internet connection or help younger siblings–they get to worry about themselves. In-person, students are able to develop a better relationship with their teachers, they feel more invested in class and are more likely to advocate for themselves (ask questions) and otherwise engage with the content being taught and, most importantly, they are able to interact with their peers. Students, I believe, look forward to making connections with their classmates and that’s simply just not as easy in a virtual environment.” 

She also gave insight on what Online teaching has been like for teachers. “ Online teaching has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life. Never have I worked so hard making sure content is understandable and accessible with, and without, my guidance. From what I’ve gathered, the same is true of my teacher colleagues. I think we should keep an element of virtual teaching when we return to in-person teaching though. Teachers, across the board, including myself, have seemed to really enjoy having time to check-in with students Wednesdays.” “ In-person teaching just seems to reach students in a different, more meaningful way. Another aspect of online learning I’ve noticed is that students are having a hard time managing the workload and holding themselves accountable. I think being in a physical classroom helps them enter a “school-mindset” and being stuck at home never allows them to enter a similar mindset to navigate the demands of virtual learning.”

Pros and Cons of each.  “  Pros of in-person teaching: Student/teacher connection, students will ask more questions, teachers can tell when students are struggling or need help or are just lazy, students get to make connections and interact with their peers, students are more engaged in lessons, students seem less distracted, teachers can help focus students.

Cons of in-person teaching: Commuting to work/school, students misbehave and get other students off track, fire drills… (that’s all I got for right now… I miss working in school)

Pros of online teaching: flexible schedules, no commuting, no paperwork, no student misbehaviors

Cons of online teaching: Insane workload, grading takes so much longer, internet connectivity issues, internet sites literally going offline, barely there engagement from students “ 

After interviewing some other students, they think online learning is better because it is  the safest option as of now. “With virtual learning during this pandemic, I feel it is difficult to keep up with my AP classes, dual enrollment classes and college applications”. They explained how the experience helped them to grow and develop skills such as time management, studying more efficiently, and persevering in the face of challenges. 

 Some other juniors think that during online learning they are able to focus 100% on themselves and they get the quietness they need and with them being with the teachers on the screen it makes them put their phone on silence and do their work or use the extra break giving them but in person, they don’t get that extra break so they have to wait after school for coach class which some of them can’t because of ride back home. One of the students I interviewed said, “ in person learning is much harder because they are limited to a certain amount of hours per class and whatever they teacher could schedule to teach and do work is what is going to be done for that amount of time and he don’t think it is the best option for students to stop what they are learning and counting  3 days later, it doesn’t help them keep up with what they are learning”.

I interviewed one other student, his name is Prince and he said he prefers in-person learning more than online because with the in-person learning you get to see what the teacher is actually doing like the illustration as well as they get to see what the teacher is writing but the in-person they just pull up the PowerPoint slides and they will be talking about it. Prince also said in-person learning “ I get to see what is actually happening and the examples, also asking people to do examples among themselves but when it comes to online learning the students don’t really pay attention in class”. Sometimes when the teacher asks questions they don’t talk and everyone will be silent which makes the person boring, and also gives people the advantage to cheat that’s why he preferred in-person than online.

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Presidential Election Fri, 11 Dec 2020 15:44:02 +0000  

(Biden vs. Trump: General election battle is now set)
















It’s official, Joe Biden is now our 46th president and we have our first black female vice president Kamala Harris. Joe Biden was vice president for 8 years with former president Barack Obama. Kamala is an American politician and attorney. Her mother was born in India and her dad is Jamaican. She has three children Two girls and one boy and two adult step kids who call her  “momala”. President Biden has three kids and a wife. He has two late kids, a daughter Naomi Biden who died in a car crash and a son Beau Biden who died from brain cancer.


One of the main candidates was trump. Trump was the former president for the last 4 years. Trump was claiming victory before the results were in “Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, many trump supporters were very happy with this statement because they wanted trump to win because they liked his political views and how he was running this country, this got Gen-Z and other people who don’t support trump were furious and they went on social media to mock trump. A tik toker named Spence Wuah (@spencewuah on tik tok ) has a few videos on the app called tik tok to make fun of Trump supporters on the app saying how he doesnt understand how they can be upset that they still have their rights. A student from OM Katie Vargas when asked the question “what did you think about the presidential election?” she responded “what I think about the presidential election is that it was all over the place there was chaos everywhere it was such a close battle no one knew who was gonna win. It was very suspenseful and made everyone anxious”.


The electoral college is an electoral college is a set of electors who are selected to elect a candidate to particular offices. In order to win the presidential election a candidate must win 270 electoral votes. Each state has to vote for a political party that corresponds with a candidate and in this case each state was either a blue state or a red state (republican or democrat). In this presidential election Biden turned many states that were usually red states into blue states. Georgia and Arizona were both red states that turned blue this year and played a part in Biden winning. 


Biden winning will cause a lot of people’s lives to change. We asked Katie V “how has the presidential election affected you personally?” she responded with “the presidential election hasn’t really affected me.I didn’t think either candidates were good for our country, I just hope Biden can help us people of color in this country.” It will give many people to have and keep their rights that they deserve. He is making changes for people in a positive way by believing in science for climate change, taking action for covid-19, raising minimum wage, etc.


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Student Athlete Spotlight Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:34:03 +0000
Amari out on the field playing football

Introducing Amari N’namdi-Hall. Playing a sport at Owings Mills High School is a great privilege. Sports like football are very important to the student. Amari is in 11th grade he plays for the football team. Students like Amari are one of many that enjoy extra curricular activities, he practices every day after school to train and be ready for upcoming games. This is a commitment that he has made to be out on the field doing his best. When asked why he likes playing for Owings Mills his response was, “Because of the coaching staff and the people I play with, I enjoy playing for OMHS team- they make the game I love enjoyable.” Amari is a good example of how to balance school and extra activities. There is a secret formula to his success. In order to be the best on the field and a good student in the classroom, you need to “study, train and rest” because there are the “3 most important things when it comes to being a successful student-athlete.” All in all, Amari is a star athlete and we are proud to have a student like him representing our school on the field and in the classroom.

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Student of The Week Spotlight. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:27:44 +0000 Turon Henry happened to make student of the week, during the week of 10/12. This student enjoys playing basketball. His favorite subjects are lunch and gym, he’s a very active person. Turon has an interest in red black and blues, he also prefers to be around easy-going people. Turon is also a great person, when you meet him it’s not hard to click instantly, at the same time Turon can be very anti-social.

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VIRTUAL ENRICHMENT: HELPFUL OR USELESS? Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:24:27 +0000                                                                                                            Tessie and Sammyyah Lawal



 pictures on top show different activities student participate in during virtual enrichment. Made by International School of Tianjin.

Virtual Enrichment, activities pertaining to the exploration of hobbies and interests through the internet for students, has been offered to Owings Mills students on some Wednesdays.

As the new academic year starts for students at Owings Mills High School, the staff proposed virtual activities in which student can stay active on Wednesdays. The question now is are those activities beneficial to students?

Elizabeth, a 10th grader at Owings Mills, says, “I feel like clubs are a really good way for students and teachers to bond and communicate with each other.” She implies that through such enrichment activities, the Owings Mills High community are able to stay connected with one another despite the sad times we are in. Elizabeth also says, “Joining clubs is also a good way to form new friendships.” Enrichment is not only for growth hobby wise, but also for creating new friendships to ease our state of being.

On the contrary of enrichment being beneficial, some students voiced that it was a waste of time and not helpful at all. Chris, an 11th grader at Owings Mills says, “Wednesday is for my art, THAT is my enrichment.” This shows that students have other hobbies they pursue out of school and they would participate in those hobbies rather than the one given out at school.

Another student, Trinity, a 10th grader, “I like that the school has a broad range of activities and clubs to join, but I personally feel use Wednesday to make up work for classes and I frankly don’t have time for joining.” From their point of view, enrichment can be beneficial to some, but due to other factors like school- work, outside hobbies, work, and more, enrichment is just not in their bible.

In addition to Trinity’s view, Elizabeth says “I would join a club but due to the stress of virtual learning, I don’t think I would be able to handle it.” Virtual enrichment is seen as advantageous but only to those who have the time.

All in all, enrichment is generally useful, but when it comes down to each individual students, that’s where factors influencing their decision to participate comes in.


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Spirit week themes (Throwback jersey/team apparel day, old school rock day, revenge of the nerd’s day, old school and hip-hop day and character day) Special shout out to Mr. Dorsey for choosing the themes.

Owings Mills High School students and teachers are not attending school in-person but that is not stopping our school spirit. Student Government Association hosted the first virtual spirit week of the school year on Oct. 26-30.

SGA co-moderator Thomas Blumenauer gave information and updates on spirit week, “We tried to publicize via the weekly email from Mrs. Campbell and through Schoology. Anthony Dorsey gave many ideas for the spirit ideas this time around. More spirit days on the way soon.” Be sure to check your email and schoology for upcoming spirit weeks.

The themes for spirit week were chosen by Dorsey, the themes were throwback jersey/team apparel, old school rock day, revenge of the nerds, old school hip-hop and character day. Many students and staff enjoyed the theme days and made the best out of this virtual situation. Students were able to share their school spirit by posting pictures and tagging SGA on Instagram @omhs.sga or Twitter @omhs_Eagles_SGA using the hashtag #OMSpiritWeek. Keep up your spirit!

SGA is doing an amazing job keeping many school events and activities interesting although we cannot attend school, you should check your Schoology activity feed to receive announcements about events.

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Inktober and the Grave Copyright Scandal Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:02:26 +0000  



Inktober is a drawing challenge created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a way to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

This year, the Inktober drawing challenge has continued even though we are all learning online. The Inktober challenge is where students can look at a list of prompts, one for each day leading up to Halloween. They must then create an ink drawing and submit it online.

Unfortunately, since online learning started, the amount of people who participated was nowhere near to when school was in person. To provide further insight on this, art teacher Maria Anagnostou commented that “Student participation was way higher when we were in school in person. Students could see me working on my sketches and that motivated them to want to participate as well. When we were done work early or when we were in National Art Honors Society or whatever, kids would pick up a paper and get to it. I have had a couple students do a few drawings now, but nowhere like it was in the past”. Transitioning to online learning was very difficult for a lot of students and the workload can be overwhelming.

The toll on students’ mental health could have been a reason for the lack of participation, but there is another reason why students may not have been as inclined to participate. An anonymous student said that “I’ve tried but I lost interest, I lose track of the days. It’s fun to others but I’m not a big fan of drawing with a prompt”.

Being in quarantine may be inspiring students to explore their creativity and find new hobbies, so coming up with ideas themselves could be more interesting than using a prompt.

Another reason for a lack of participation this year is the Inktober copyright scandal. Parker created Inktober in 2009, and after years of having Inktober spread throughout the world he decided to create a copyright claim. Inktober had become a worldwide event because of other artists sharing the idea of following prompts to create ink drawings in October. However, the activity created for artists to participate in was hijacked by the creator of Inktober himself.

At first it seemed reasonable for him to have a copyright claim since he is the creator, yet over time he began to manage what others were using Inktober for way to closely. For example, he prevented authors from publishing books with Inktober as part of the title. These authors and artists were the very same ones which helped to spread the word about Inktober and make it popular. This copyright claim created a divide in the art community, some artists siding with him and others boycotting Inktober completely.

On Parker’s website he states that his intentions are not to stop other artists from profiting from their Inktober drawings, he just wants them to follow the guidelines of his copyright claim. This may have been believable if Alphonso Dunn had not released a YouTube video exposing how Parker had copied the contents of his book and released it in a different format.

He compared his book ‘Pen and Ink Drawing’ to the Inktober prompts and they were almost exactly the same. Naturally, Parker went on to deny that he had plagiarized Dunn’s work, claiming that since they were both focused on ink drawing, they were bound to be similar.

Anagnostou said “I was really disappointed to learn what I did about Jake Parker and the issues behind Inktober. It definitely changes my perception of the challenge, and I think that I am not going to promote it like I once did. Thankfully, it is easy to find many other prompt lists to follow and keep up the fun! “Inktober” can still be a yearly practice with or without him being the head of it”.

This year the Inktober challenge was a flop, yet the artists who want to have a fun October drawing challenge can do it without supporting Parker. Together, they could even create a new challenge!


Photo Source-  Andrey LaBrague (student at Owings Mills High school).



‘The Telescope’, article name ‘The Entire Inktober Controversy’ by Alexis  Espinoza.

‘Digital Arts Online’, article name  ‘Is Inktober in Peril? By Giacomo Lee.

‘Mr. Jake,’ article name ‘A Statement About Inktober by Jake Parker’.






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We Have A Dream; Black History Month and OMHS’s Commitment Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:35:49 +0000 With February being Black History Month here in the U.S., hundreds and thousands of African Americans take this time of the year to celebrate and observe strong and intellectual black leaders and pioneers who came before us. But many people don’t question how Black Month History really came to be. Who created Black History Month, what purpose did it initially serve, what has something formed over a hundred years shaped out today?

Strong Black Leaders

In September 1915, after half a century of the Thirteenth Amendment coming into place, Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded ASNLH, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, an organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of African-American History. Better known as ASALH today, (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) a national Negro History week was sponsored in 1926. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

African American and The Vote

Decades following after the Negro History week, mayors of cities across the U.S. furnished yearly rulings acknowledging Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, with impact from the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on numerous college campuses.

Members of the film collective The Black Aesthetic

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.

Here at Owings Mills High, African Americans make up the majority of the student body. As far as celebrating Black History Month, morning announcements each day talk about a significant black figure from history and their impact on society. The front office has made a Black History Month bulletin board with black figures, eras, and locations. The Learning Common has set out a Black History Month table full of books with titles such as Malcom X: His Life and Legacy by Kevin Brown, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis and Black Boy by Richard Wright. The Learning Common also has many African sculptures, portraits, masks, furniture, and clothing to celebrate this month. On Tuesday, February 25, music educator Bishop Moore held the “A Celebration of Music: Commemorating Black History” event for the public.

Even though Black History Month is only put into 28-29 days out of the entire year, black history is all around us. Many people argue that one month of Black History isn’t enough and should be embedded in America’s history. People believe “it should not have to be dug for or searched for. We should not have to wonder about its existence. It should be easily accessible and available. Textbooks, reference materials, and media should all be a melting pot for our history.” So society remembers black people are achieving great things and to celebrate them and let people know.

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