Lake Braddock's Independent Student Newspaper

The Bear Facts

Nonfiction Book Reviews

Marcell Subert, Copy Editor

June 1, 2017


Filed under Arts

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright This Pulitzer-Prize winning account of the rise of one of the most notorious terrorist organizations in modern history eloquently pieces together a truly compelling narrative. The story provides valuable insight into how a lone surge...

The Crucible

Nathan Reiff, Art Editor

May 25, 2017


Filed under Arts

While many students readied themselves for the bright neon lights and boisterous music of Uproar, the Lake Braddock Theatre was preparing under bright lights of a different kind,  ending its 44th season with Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible. Taking place in 17th Century Salem, the story cent...

Not So Fine Arts

Jadyn Spradlin, Staff Writer

May 1, 2017


Filed under Arts

“Each student is entitled to an excellent education that meets his or her individual needs. FCPS prepares all students for the world of the future by giving them a broad spectrum of opportunities to prepare for education and employment beyond high school. FCPS provides opportunities for all its students and emp...

The OA Junior Ian Thompson Stars In The Latest Netflix Original Series

The OA Junior Ian Thompson Stars In The Latest Netflix Original Series

Peter Bashaw, Arts Editor

February 1, 2017


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Before all this started, his name was Ian Thompson. It still is, of course, but more and more he’s known for his stage name Alexander. He’s well known in the LB chorus, despite (and because) his quitting the department last year. He’s one of a number of transgender students who made this decision,...

Poetry Out Loud

Megan Harwood, Staff Writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Arts

Poetry out loud has impacted the lives of many students, nationwide. The competition is based on a student's ability to memorize a poem and recite it with feeling and understanding. Founded in 2005, this competition has been helping students with speaking skills and confidence ever since. Students compete...

A Look Backward and a Look Forward in the Arts

A Look Backward and a Look Forward in the Arts

Peter Bashaw, Arts Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Last Friday the annual arts auction returned to the school library. The auction functions as a fundraiser for the art department, selling students’ works to raise funds. The works include ceramics, photos, paintings and drawings and were available for purchase by art students and teachers. The auction...

Whitewashing in Hollywood

Soniya Madhavan, Staff Writer

November 11, 2016


Filed under Arts, Opinion

Since the Golden Age of Hollywood, cultural appropriation has been a hallmark of the film industry. In the upcoming movie Dr. Strange, there are lots of issues of “whitewashing.” Whitewashing is when an actor who is white portrays a character who is not of Caucasian descent, such as the Native American...

Read this next: Nonfiction book reviews for the spring

Read this next: Nonfiction book reviews for the spring

Marcell Subert, Managing Editor

April 7, 2016


Filed under Arts

As the season of AP and final exams come around, the idea of what to do with all of the free time that follows exams seems daunting. Here are a few non-fiction book recommendations to fill the end-of-schoolwork void.   The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1...

Pop, lock and drop it at Kazaxe

Pop, lock and drop it at Kazaxe

Yaitza Lopez, Profile Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Arts

The Hispanic Student Association (HSA) will hold a two-day event called Kazaxe, instructed by senior Sachio Vigil. Kazaxe by Azuka Boutcher, the creator of the high-intensity workout, is considered a “boot camp of dance fitness.” “The HSA club decided that we wanted to hold an event similar ...

Texting and relationships: Too much of a good thing?

Texting and relationships: Too much of a good thing?

Jake Wartel, Opinion Editor

April 5, 2016


Filed under Arts

The perils of school divide young lovers physically for almost eight hours a day. A remedy for this chasm of anxiety for couples is the buzz of a text. The age of cell phones, and to a lesser extent smartphones, has given couples young and old a method of constant communication. Much of the time in ...

LB band continues to achieve excellence

LB band continues to achieve excellence

Steve Hong, Editor in Chief

March 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Ever since the Virginia Band and Orchestra Association instituted a rating system 34 years ago, LB has earned the rating of “superior” each year. “Band is certainly one of the bigger activities here,” junior Ben Clark said. “We’re taken a lot more seriously here than at other schools, and ...

What It Takes to Maintain a Superior

What It Takes to Maintain a Superior

Steve Hong, Editor In Chief

March 5, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Ever since the Virginia Band and Orchestra Association instituted a rating system 34 years ago, LB has earned the rating of “superior” each year. “Band is certainly one of the bigger activities here,” junior Ben Clark said. “We’re taken a lot more seriously here than at other schools, and ...