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Varsity field hockey wins in overtime

Varsity field hockey wins in overtime

Kate Ford, staff writer

September 19, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

On Thursday, September 14, the school’s varsity field hockey team lit up the home field during their late night spirit week game against the McLean Highlanders. A suspenseful and intense first half kept the score 0-0 after multiple close saves by junior goalkeeper Isabella Frymoyer. Coach Beth Prange pus...

Location chosen for new high school

Location chosen for new high school

September 19, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

At a meeting on June 29, the School Board approved a plan that will add 1,300 new high school seats to Arlington Public Schools (APS). The seats will be located at the Career Center and the Education Center and can be found next to the David M. Brown Planetarium behind Washington-Lee High School, bot...

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...

Students anticipate unusually early Homecoming

Students anticipate unusually early Homecoming

Anika Bahl, News Editor

September 8, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

One of the most classic traditions in the back-to-school season, Homecoming week, comes early this year, with spirit days starting on Monday. In fact, it will be taking place on the second week of school itself. As the school’s Homecoming festivities usually take place the latest in the county, as ev...

Did you know, D.C.?

Did you know, D.C.?

Olivia Sklenka, Lifestyles Editor

July 24, 2017


Filed under Did you know, D.C.?, Showcase

Washington, D.C. is one of the few places in America that writes history on a day-to-day basis. Many students within the school and all over Arlington have a unique opportunity to witness this history take place. However, the district has hidden facts that even the people who have been raised in this...

Offseason preparations: Generals ready to rumble into fall season

Offseason preparations: Generals ready to rumble into fall season

Will LeHardy, Editor-in-Chief

July 17, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The varsity football team’s season this past fall culminated in the defeat of rival Yorktown High School and a spot in the Liberty Conference playoffs. With many seniors graduating this year, it is up to the returning players to lead the new team to a successful year next fall, beginning with training...

Outcry over 13 Reasons Why

Outcry over 13 Reasons Why

Holland Forsythe, Opinion editor

July 10, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

  Arlington Public Schools (APS) sent an email to parents on Friday, April 21 cautioning the viewing of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The email mentions that critics who have said the show “romanticizes or glamorizes suicide but gives no healthy alternative to kids struggling wit...

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,...

Expanding Arlington

Expanding Arlington

Abigail Presson, Lifestyles Editor

June 21, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

This month, the School Board will vote on a plan to add 1,300 new high school seats in order to lower overcrowding in the Arlington Public School (APS) system. Enrollment in APS is expected to continue to grow, which is why the school system has begun to take measures to add elementary and middle school...

New SCA presidents prepare for year ahead

New SCA presidents prepare for year ahead

Hannah Rosman, Managing Editor

June 19, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase

The student body elected rising senior Alex Pascocello Student Council Association (SCA) President on May 26, along with all of the other class leaders positions for next year. Pascocello has been apart of SCA for three years. He started as Third Vice President, then moved up to be Second Vice President as ...

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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