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Why doesn’t Thanksgiving have music?

A Charlie Brown float hovers over Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade onlookers in New York, New York in 2012. Charlie Brown has become one of the few faces of Thanksgiving due to A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2016

The holiday season is almost upon us, and soon food, festivities and decorations will be thrust upon us until late December. It seems that the day after Halloween, the focus shifts almost instantaneously towards Thanksgiving; dinner plans are made, turkeys are bought and kindergarteners start preparing...

Star gazing at its peak this week

Image courtesy of NASA.

Abigail Presson, Staff Writer

November 17, 2016

Throughout history, the human race has had a fascination with space.  People looked up at the moon, and they went there.  They studied the stars and planets. We can get used to some of the incredible views we see in the sky, but sometimes astronomical events happen to once again draw our attention. ...

Quiz: What holiday are you?

Quiz: What holiday are you?

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

November 12, 2016

One with nature: Fall excursions you shouldn’t miss

One with nature: Fall excursions you shouldn't miss

Paloma Paras, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2016

Not many places have the ability to undergo each of the four seasons to the full extent, however in Virginia, the weather becomes cold and the leaves turn red as summer transforms into fall. There are many places for outdoor activities that let people enjoy the current season and connect with nature....

Q&A with royalty

McLean @ Washington-Lee Varsity Football (Image taken by Patrick R. Kane on 21 Oct 2016 with Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at ISO 3200, f5.6, 1/125 sec and 55mm)

Fiona Turner, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2016

What does it mean to you that you were nominated for homecoming court? Carolyn: Homecoming queen means that I get to keep the journalism royalty legacy alive, and that’s important for me. (Note: “legacy” refers to the fact that for the last three years the Homecoming king or queen has been f...

How do teens celebrate Halloween?

How do teens celebrate Halloween?

October 31, 2016

Every year on October 31, people around the world celebrate Halloween with neighbors, friends and family. Children enjoy many different Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins, but there may be an age when they start to grow out of it. As teenagers grow up, they may start to cele...

Pumpkin, spice and everything nice

Pumpkin, spice and everything nice

Abigail Presson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2016

The return of pumpkin spice flavored foods and drinks is anxiously awaited every year.  The flavor seems to have become an autumn staple, like the leaves changing color or the weather getting cooler and crisper.  It didn’t take long for businesses to catch on to the trend, dropping pumpkin-flavor...

“Hidden Figures” steps into spotlight

Abigail Presson, Staff Writer

October 20, 2016

Hidden Figures seems to have been on the fast track to success from the beginning.  Before the book was even published, a movie was in the works, which is something that you don’t normally see - after all, you’d probably want to know how people react to the book before you start paying to make a m...

“And I Darken” Gleams

October 13, 2016

Set years in the past, Kiersten's White, “And I Darken,” is a work of historical fiction that combines well-developed characters and a cunning plot, weaving them together to create a wicked story. It follows the lives of Lada and Radu, sister and brother as they struggle to find a place for them...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the box office, not our hearts

One of the many Batman v Superman promotional posters.

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

April 11, 2016

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, an American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman, came to theaters on March 25. It is a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel which, like the more recent movie, was written by David S. Goyer and directed by Zach Snyder. The film stars Ben ...

College Tour De Force

Alice Naland, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2016

        Spring is right around the corner, which means high school students across the nation must say goodbye to snow days and hello to college visits. While taking standardized tests, gathering letters of recommendation and writing personal essays are major components essential to a student's colleg...

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