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What Students Who Can’t Vote Want to Tell Students Who Can

Students unable to vote have a lot to say about the upcoming election.
November 2, 2020

  Every single high school student will be old enough to vote in 2024. But, as of now, only a handful of current high school students are able to vote. Much like in 2016, many fear the upcoming...

How Nice is Pumpkin Spice?

How Nice is Pumpkin Spice?
Pumpkin spice desserts are appearing in most grocery stores and cafes in preparation for the fall season.
October 30, 2020

Cafes and grocery stores are reintroducing pumpkin spiced treats at their locations this fall to welcome the autumn season. We’ve judged six pumpkin snacks with careful consideration and gave each one...

Socially Distanced Classrooms Miss the Mark

A first look at what socially distanced classrooms could look like. Photo courtesy of FCPS.
The latest proposal from the Fairfax County school board is representative of a larger problem.
May 27, 2020

This story was last updated on May 28. On Monday, May 18, Fairfax County Public Schools released a 47-page document titled “Returning to School: Options and Considerations for Summer and Fall 2020.”...

Why Both Sides Lost the Kavanaugh Confrontation

November 7, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on October 7, 2018, in the White House. The circumstances regarding his confirmation were controversial to say the least. He was accused of sexual assault...

Political Ads and Subtle Psychology

October 30, 2018

In the months leading up to any sort of election, whether it be midterm or presidential, the average American citizen is bombarded with political ads that are no more than thinly veiled acts of deception....

Teaching the wrong thing to high school girls

Teaching the wrong thing to high school girls
June 1, 2017

The high school dress code serves as a protection between self expression and disruption of students’ best interests, but what happens when problems arise and the protection of students becomes the ridicule...


April 27, 2017

Idealism has a place in society. Possessing a set of beliefs that can energize oneself and other individuals to foster rapid change can be a very powerful force. However, idealism, especially in the political...

How Effective Are Online Classes

How Effective Are Online Classes
March 28, 2017

With so much technology at hand, opportunities are emerging for students to learn entirely in an online environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting. Online classes are readily available,...

What the Curriculum isn’t Teaching

February 1, 2017

The post high school life is something that every student stresses about. Questions about where to go to college, the logistics of a gap year and the pressure to find a job all weigh heavily on students....

The FCPS Epidemic

February 1, 2017

According to the 2015 FCPS student survey, over a third of all students were under a great stress during the month prior to the survey. “Unrealistic expectations, I think that is the major contributing...

A Pointless Protest

December 21, 2016

On November 8th, Donald Trump pulled off a political upset of historic proportions. The media had left him for dead, with almost every major news outlet projecting that Hillary Clinton would win by a wide...

Whitewashing in Hollywood

November 11, 2016

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...

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