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Sydney Herz

Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief

Sydney Herz is senior at SPHS and is beginning her second year as Editor-in-Chief of the Talon Newspaper. She has been on staff for three years and enjoys writing all types of articles, but sports and news specifically. When not in school or writing for the Talon, Herz enjoys spending as much time as possible outside in nature, with her family or with her dog. Herz also loves to watch any sport that is in season, especially baseball, which her twin brother Luke plays. After high school, Herz plans to attend college and hopefully travel the world and explore new places and cultures.

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Being identical twins, Scott and Tyler Engleman have grown up side-by-side. They have been in classes together, as well as sports. This year they are even on the same track and field team. Separating next year will give each of them the ability to discover their identity without being asked which brother they are. ¨My whole life its been that people meet me as a twin,¨ Tyler Engleman said. ¨But now when I meet people theyll have no idea and kind of just know me as an individual.¨

Twins Separate for College

Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief
May 4, 2022
April Print Edition

April Print Edition

Sydney Herz, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2022
The February print issue of the Talon was distributed the week of Feb. 12.

February Print Edition

Sydney Herz, Editor in Chief
March 23, 2022
Ashley Falk has been a part of the theater community for many years before she entered Severna Park High School. Now as lighting director, Falk has gained a lot of responsibility and joy out of having a leadership role in each production, one in which she hopes to hand over to another young student when she graduates. “I would recommend [that] anyone after me should not be afraid to take charge,” Falk said. “There needs to be a leader in the department and it really helps everything to run smoothly.”

The Student Behind the Lights

Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief
March 8, 2022
SPHS senior Gus Bachmann has been participating in soccer for over a decade. Over the course of this time, he has crossed paths with many who made a lasting impact on him and aided in his development as a player and a person. “I’d really like to thank my teammates for making these last four years of high school soccer such a great time,” Bachmann said. “I’d also like to show appreciation for Coach Ryan Parsi, who has always been a kind mentor to me in soccer, as well as [in] life.”

Gus Bachmann

Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief
February 3, 2022
¨West Side Story¨ originally hit theaters in 1961 and won ten Oscars, making it the musical with the most Academy wins. Steven Speilberg´s remake had a lot to live up to, as it is a much more modern interpretation of the classic.

“West Side Story (2021)” Review

Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief
January 12, 2022
December Print Edition

December Print Edition

Sydney Herz, Editor in Chief
December 21, 2021
During Covid and virtual classes, many students could roll out of bed five minutes before class began. This year, though, the only thing getting seniors to come to school is the fear of missing valuable information in one day of their AP classes. “Calculus is the reason I slug out of bed in the morning,” senior Jackson Miller-Lyman said.


Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief
December 2, 2021
The front cover the print edition of the October paper.

October Print Paper (PDF)

Sydney Herz, Editor in Chief
November 2, 2021
The September print issue of the school paper, The Talon, is now available online and in the stacks.

September 2021 Print Issue

Sydney Herz, Editor in Chief
September 8, 2021
The June print issue has hit the stands, the last print issue for the school year.

June Print Issue

Sydney Herz, Editor in Chief
June 8, 2021
In 2020, schools all over the world were shut down due to COVID-19 and students weren’t able to go to school or visit the schools they had hoped to attend after they graduated high school. This year, seniors are doing their best to make their final decisions for their futures. “2020 had an impact on travel and I was unable to go on as many [college] visits as I would have liked,” senior Zach Plummer said. “But hopefully I can be able to do that in 2021 so that I can make the best possible decision for my future.”

2021 New Year’s Resolutions

Sydney Herz, Editor-in-Chief
February 5, 2021
Along her journey, Symmes has met countless amazing people who have inspired and motivated her to keep writing for others, and that is what she plans on doing in her future. Not only does Symmes enjoy assisting those struggling now, but she hopes to make a career out of it someday. “I plan to become a psych major in college and work with adolescent eating disorders and trauma therapy,” Symmes said.

Student Author at SPHS

Sydney Herz, Editor-in-Chief
January 15, 2021
Founded in 2018, Hons Honey offers products that are made by women who are recovering from traumatic events in their past. Members and directors of the organization have seen tremendous support from the community in support for these women. “We really believe that when you can reach a woman, it affects the entire community because it trickles down into her children and makes a much larger impact,” director Erin Allison said.

Hons Honey of Baltimore, Maryland

Sydney Herz, Editor-In-Chief
December 2, 2020
In past years, residents and students from Severna Park have travelled to other states to see family or had family come visit to share the special holiday together. However, with Covid-19 still prevalent and dangerous, families have created new ways to have fun and interact with their families on Zoom or Facetime calls while still keeping everyone safe. “This year we are taking precautions and we won’t be able to see family for Thanksgiving,” sophomore Ally Weaver said.

Virtual Thanksgiving

Sydney Herz, Editor-in-Chief
November 19, 2020
Before all these new shows and movies came out, people would see what was live on tv or go to a movie with a friend. Today there’s a new reality. Online streaming services have become increasingly popular and it can be difficult to decide which one is best to spend your money on for you and your family. “You have to find the one that has a lot of pros and not a lot of cons” said senior Jake Powell who personally enjoys Netflix over the other services.

To Watch or Not To Watch 

Sydney Herz, Staff Writer
May 14, 2020
In the past, students have learned about major turning points or epidemics such as the Black Plague, Spanish Flu, and 9/11. Today, the Coronavirus has sparked up similar reactions and efforts as these past events while the world is in isolation. “Once this is over we will never take another day for granted and will live everyday to the fullest” senior Parker Cross said, “We will cherish our time with our friends, family, and coworkers and will learn to celebrate life.”

The Future of COVID-19

Sydney Herz, Staff Writer
May 13, 2020
COOK A MEAL: Creating a themed dinner or simply just making dinner is a great way to have
something to look forward to every day. You can test out new meals and get your family together every night to enjoy dinner all together. Cooking is a great pastime and now you have time to perfect your craft and make your meals even better.

Quarantine Activities

Sydney Herz, Staff Writer
April 27, 2020
Junior Caleb Robinson warms up in the outfield before practice begins.  This is Robinsons first year playing varsity under Coach Eric Milton.


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March 28, 2019
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