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Teens can’t kick their caffeine habits

Students drink coffee regularly despite negative health effects.

Holland Forsythe, Opinion Editor

May 1, 2018

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

The  full body of the Samsung s9, showing off it's infinity display

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2018

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

Sophomore Rebecca Stewart uses her school computer during class. Many students have had difficulties in connecting to the Internet due to GlobalProtect.

Abigail Presson, Lifestyles Editor

January 4, 2018

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

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Julia Van Lare, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2017

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

Freshman Anna Erskine participating in Girls' Cross Country

Julia Van Lare, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017

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

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

Image courtesy of Victor O'Neill Studios.

Sophomores Draken Garfinkel, Lily De Benigno, Julia Billera and Reilly Halvorson work in Latin class.

Abby Presson

July 3, 2017

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

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Caroline Cunningham, Guest reporter

June 9, 2017

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,...

Tips for Senior Experience

Senior Experience coordinator Mrs. Sandy Munnell visits 2016 Graduates Lydia Cawley and Morgan Romero at their job at the Boulevard Grille last year. Service jobs like Romero and Cawley's are the most popular route for seniors during the four weeks leading up to graduation.

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2017

Starting on May 20, hundreds of seniors will leave the confines of the classroom and venture off into the real world to work, intern or volunteer during Senior Experience. Senior Experience is an annual program that allows 12th graders the opportunity to make money and gain skills in lieu of going to...

Yooka-Laylee: Worth the hype?

Yooka-Laylee: Worth the hype?

Myles Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 8, 2017

The game Yooka-Laylee, developed by Playtonic Studios, is doing its fair share of dividing audiences across the Internet. Reviewers everywhere like to express wildly different opinions, as is the case with video game journalism, but with Yooka-Laylee, the reception is either referring to it as a true c...

Restriction of high school journalists

Restriction of high school journalists

Holland Forsythe

May 5, 2017

Journalism plays an imperative role in maintaining a well informed society and has done so for hundreds of years. Despite their impressive impact, journalists are continually restricted and ridiculed. Today only 10 out of the 50 states include laws to protect high school journalists, Virginia is not on...

Corruption or just business?

UVA rotunda on campus quadrangle

Fiona Turner, Opinion Editor

April 18, 2017

In the process of writing his novel, Virginia Politics & Government in a New Century: The Price of Power, author Jeff Thomas used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain records of past admissions decisions and unknowingly exposed a secret about the University of Virginia (UVA) admissions proces...

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