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Words of wisdom

Words of wisdom

Hannah Rosman, Editor-in-Chief

September 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Top Stories

Go For It Dear Freshmen, Welcome and congratulations on getting through middle school! Regardless of your experiences during the past three years, things only get better from here. During high school, you will not only make new friends and grow as a student, but you’ll develop skills that will...

Jimmy Kimmel has yet to apologize for his questionable past

Jimmy Kimmel has yet to apologize for his questionable past

Julia Van Lare, Lifestyles Editor

July 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Top Stories

The episode opens on a busy street, with a young boy selling beer for twenty-five cents. The camera crew catches him marketing his beer to random pedestrians, some who ignore him and some who question him for his illegal behavior. He yells to one woman waiting for the street light to change, “This...

Cardi B good or Cardi B bad

Cardi B good or Cardi B bad

July 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Before Cardi B was the famous and talented female rapper she is today, Belcalis Almanzar was a club dancer from the Bronx who participated in a lot of gang activity, which is where she got her mental toughness and confidence that she uses in her music. Cardi B lived a difficult life with domestic viol...

TMI to IT Industry

TMI to IT Industry

Anika Bahl, News Editor

July 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Anyone who has even been taking the occasional peak at the headlines on any major news outlet in the last few months knows the meaning of the phrase ‘Cambridge Analytica’. It is the name of the company who, during the 2016 election cycle, gained access to the private information of more than 87 million Facebook users, which was later used to target them with digital advertisements. This leaves us, the generati...

Teens can’t kick their caffeine habits

Teens can’t kick their caffeine habits

Holland Forsythe, Opinion Editor

May 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Students at the school are constantly being warned of the effects of abusing both illegal and prescription drugs. However, they almost never hear about the implications of being a regular coffee drinker. The differences between using drugs and caffeine may not be as far off as people believe, especial...

A Samsung a day keeps the Apple away

A Samsung a day keeps the Apple away

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Top Stories

With all the recent success and hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone 8 and the marvelous iPhone X, it is no shocker to see the public so consumed by some of Apple’s newer work. In the down time since the release of these power phones, some major contenders have entered the ring in hopes of encapsulat...

GlobalProtect doing more harm than good

GlobalProtect doing more harm than good

Abigail Presson, Lifestyles Editor

January 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Top Stories

After computer re-imaging at the end of the 2016-17 school year, a new program called GlobalProtect was installed by Arlington Public Schools (APS) on all student Macbook Airs. The software is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) developed by Palo Alto Networks, and was designed to provide a layer of security ...

Plans for middle school boundaries disregard demographics

Plans for middle school boundaries disregard demographics

Julia Van Lare, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Top Stories

Middle school boundaries are in the process of being changed by the Arlington County School Board due to overcrowding and the addition of a new middle school. The change is made in the shadow of the board’s previous high school redistricting plan, and much like the high school change, worsens the state of...

To be or not to be Washington-Lee

To be or not to be Washington-Lee

Julia Van Lare, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The school has been discussing the possibility of changing its name for over 16 years. The name “Washington-Lee” is a tribute to two famous Virginians: George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The “Lee” part of the name is concerning, however, as Robert E. Lee is a well known Confederate general ...

Veteran tips for survival

Veteran tips for survival

Will LeHardy, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To the freshman class: Welcome to high school! These next four years will either be the best or the worst years of your life: you decide whether you want to look back on high school with a smile or a frown. Speaking from experience, I can say that freshman year was easily the best year of high school s...

Debate over year-round school

Debate over year-round school

Abby Presson

July 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When faced with the issue of overcrowding, many school systems and even individual institutions, such as Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington County, have turned to a year-round or modified academic schedule. Arlington Public Schools (APS) has been considering all options, including year-round schedules,...

The problem with palm oil

The problem with palm oil

Caroline Cunningham, Guest reporter

June 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Palm oil can seem to be in almost everything (food, makeup, even shampoo), but what exactly is it? Palm oil is oil extracted from palm trees, and is most commonly harvested in Indonesia. Unfortunately, the many unsustainable palm oil plantations have disastrous consequences for our environment; specifically,...

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