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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, Showcase, Top Stories

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 ...

Cancer support through community action

Cancer support through community action

Holland Forsythe and Atashi Barua

November 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Top Stories, Uncategorized

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. According to Breastcancer.org one in eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Students at the school have been personally affected by breast cancer and o...

Students lead school One Acts

Students lead school One Acts

Abigail Presson and Gwen Taplin

November 9, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Style

The One Act plays at the beginning of November gave students a chance to immerse themselves in the process of bringing a production to life on a stage. Students had complete control over designing the One Acts and put a lot of effort into getting them ready for a performance in front of an audience. Pro...

Maggie Jenkins’ tasteful lunch bags

Maggie Jenkins’ tasteful lunch bags

Anika Bahl, News Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Everyday, junior Maggie Jenkins brings a lunch bag from home with a box of filling comfort food on the inside and intricately drawn cartoons on the outside, both made with love by her father. The interaction has become somewhat of a tradition between the two of them. Mike Jenkins, Maggie’s father,...

Marines run this city

Marines run this city

Kate Ford, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

The 42nd Marine Corps Marathon attracted over 20,000 men and women this year. Great running weather became a bit too warm as the day went on but runners of both the marathon and the newer 10k competition raced well. Athletes made their way through the 26.2 mile course in Arlington and DC, leaving th...

Frisbee team celebrates senior night

Frisbee team celebrates senior night

Johnston French and Will LeHardy, Staff Writer and Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

While students tend to come out in droves for Friday night football and basketball games, one team that doesn’t get that much attention is the school’s ultimate Frisbee team. The boys’ and girls’ teams, comprised of students from all grades, had their Senior Night on Thursday, October 19, in a c...

Yarnell goes live

Yarnell goes live

Holland Forsythe, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase, Sports

Senior Sam Yarnell has been working with the broadcast team at the school’s news show, The Daily Dispatch, since his sophomore year. He hosts his own segment, “Generally Great Athletes,” dedicated to informing students on the latest sports information every Thursday. As of last year, Yarnell has ventur...

Teeing up with golf

Teeing up with golf

Liam Holland, Sports Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The golf team has wrapped up their 2017 season after competing in the District and Regional tournaments. Over the course of the season, the team played at various country clubs and tournaments, finishing with a 2-4 record in regular season play and placing fifth out of six in the District tournament....

Cheer team is in full swing

Cheer team is in full swing

Hannah Rosman, Managing Editor

October 20, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

After a long season of hard work, the varsity cheer team had their final competition on October 18. Earlier this month, the team went to Semifinals and got fourth place out of six teams.  After the semifinal competition, all the cheer teams go to Finals, but only the top four move on to Regionals. ...

The end of a good run

The end of a good run

Liam Holland & Matthew Herrity

October 20, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Going into the race at Bluemont Park on October 11 the school was defending a five year championship run on the boys side and Yorktown was defending a two year championship on the girls side. The athletes stood, hands on their watches, adrenaline in their veins and listened to the announcement: ...

Ms. Black’s IB elective is a healthy choice

Ms. Black’s IB elective is a healthy choice

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase

This year marks the fifth year that physical education instructor Ms. Beth Black is teaching IB Sports/Exercise and Health Sciences (IB SEHS), one of the classes that she is most passionate about. This year, she plans on implementing new ideas of hers to further enhance the course, but also reflects o...

IB Topics takes notes from Freedom Riders

IB Topics takes notes from Freedom Riders

Will LeHardy, Editor-in-Chief

October 17, 2017


Filed under Showcase

On September 28, students in Ms. Jennifer Dean’s and Mr. Steven Brown’s IB History Topics classes visited American University to watch some of the original Freedom Riders from the civil rights movement talk to students of the university’s School of International Service (SIS). The event, organ...

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