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How to Tame the College Application Monster

How to Tame the College Application Monster

Lauren Nguyen, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under News, News In-Depth, Showcase

Applying to college is a grueling, intimidating process. Post-high school education is a step closer toward joining the real world as an adult. However, with the right approach, applying to college is a beast which can be tackled. Thinking about college can start long before the physical process actually...

The real lives of bus drivers

The real lives of bus drivers

Sarah Paquette and Ryan Mullins, Staff Writers
April 5, 2016
Filed under News, News In-Depth

Throughout Fairfax County, there are over 1,600 bus drivers, each responsible for safely transporting children to and from school. They work to ensure that each student reaches school in a secure and timely fashion every morning and afternoon despite various traffic situations and accidents. While often take...

Say It Ain’t Snow

Say It Ain’t Snow

Dinali Dassanayaka and Megan Cantwell
February 3, 2015
Filed under News In-Depth, Uncategorized

On Jan. 6, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) made the decision to open on time despite the possibility of a “slight dusting” of snow. The snow, however, soon became heavier and caused an immense problem for students, teachers and administrators attempting to get to school. Many students came i...

Not Another Life To Lose

Not Another Life To Lose

Kinaya Hassane, Staff Writer
December 16, 2014
Filed under News In-Depth

The Sept. 28 death of Cara Golias, a junior at Fairfax High School, “took everybody by surprise,” her father, Michael, said in an interview with the Washington Post. Golias was a gifted student-athlete with a 4.3 GPA and a passion for science. Since September, at least three students in Fairfax...

New states join legalization process

New states join legalization process

Kinaya Hassane, Staff Writer
November 24, 2014
Filed under News, News In-Depth

On Election Night 2014, Washington, D.C. was added to the ever-growing list of places where marijuana is now legal. Initiative 71, a ballot measure legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Washington, D.C., won by an overwhelming majority on Nov. 4. Under this new law, adults over the age of 21...

Change to Bruin Block ignites controversy

Change to Bruin Block ignites controversy

Megan Cantwell and Dinali Dassanayaka
October 7, 2014
Filed under News In-Depth

The ring of students’ laughter echoes through the empty hallways as the bell rings. Students frantically run to their destinations while clutching all their heavy textbooks in their arms and hauling their massive backpacks on their shoulders. The sound of the bell fades away as the students quickly...

Blast from the Past

Dinali Dassanayaka, Staff Writer
April 25, 2014
Filed under News In-Depth

40 years ago, high school students traipsed through the narrow hallways of this school, setting the precedence for the future. Like today, students excelled in sports and academics, while also preparing for the SATs and ACTs. Interests varied slightly; however, in the end, the students still joined the s...

After years, the Wade family reunites

After years, the Wade family reunites

Dinali Dassanayaka, Staff Writer
November 14, 2013
Filed under News In-Depth

Standing in the crowded airport, families anxiously waited for their loved ones. Gloomy, dark clouds filled the grey sky; however, they did not reflect the brightness in the eyes of a child looking for her father. Suddenly, a figure dressed in green camouflage appeared out of the shadows.  Seni...

Eagle, Globe and Anchor

Eagle, Globe and Anchor

Ben Concepcion, Staff Writer
November 14, 2013
Filed under News In-Depth

During a particularly long and grueling night, Jim McLellan and his crew were in a cold, dark tent at the side of the flight line. They sat in the tent eating Ready-to-Eat Army Rations in sleeting conditions. Everyone felt pretty miserable, until a fellow by the name of Captain George Nolte looked around...

Pride in Uniform: Strom looks back

Pride in Uniform: Strom looks back

Katie Vinson, Assistant In-Depth Editor
November 14, 2013
Filed under News In-Depth

In high school, one thing was absolutely clear to Jesse Strom: service to your country is one of the duties of an American citizen. When the time came, he was not drafted nor forced to enter. In 1972, at a young age Strom did what he was taught was the rights and duty of an American citizen and joined...

From the Bruin Rumble to the Golden Girls

From the Bruin Rumble to the Golden Girls

October 22, 2013
Filed under News In-Depth

I believe!” screams varsity cheer from their spot on the track. “I believe that we,” reply the Dance Team. Soon enough, the whole crowd is joining in as one voice to show their spirit. “I believe that we will win!” chants Bruin Nation, letting everyone know that they came to win. “Cheerleaders...

Friday Night Sights

Friday Night Sights

Sara Kim, In-Depth Editor
October 22, 2013
Filed under News In-Depth

It was 52 degrees on Friday night. The lights shine down on Joe Darsey. He stands on top of a trash can in the bleachers holding an air horn on one hand and a football in the other. Tonight, he’s not in his typical cargo shorts and t-shirt—his body is painted gold, his hair is pushed back with a...