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IB art leaves a legacy

IB art leaves a legacy

Megan Goodell, Keyli Ruiz, Staff Reporters

October 18, 2019

When you walk down the hallways at school you see beautiful unique murals filled with color instead of boring, gray walls. Most of the murals are done by the students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts II class. This year, however, the class faced a special challenge because of the name c...

Lights, camera, camera, camera, action!

Lights, camera, camera, camera, action!

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2019

If you have been haunted by the “back to school” signs at your local Target for the last couple of weeks, know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. September annually signifies the release of Apple’s newest technological creations. Although in past years there have been some underwhelm...

School calendar shift

School calendar shift

Julia Van Lare, Managing Editor

October 17, 2019

Since the 1980s, Virginia schools have opened after Labor Day because of a law nicknamed the “Kings Dominion Law.”  This law has nothing to do with improving education outcomes; rather, it was designed for the benefit of the tourism industry by extending the time teens could visit amusement par...

Tall Girl falls short

Talley Schroeder, Design Editor

October 16, 2019

This past September, Netflix released their new teen romance film “Tall Girl”. The film received a score of 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and criticism before it even officially came out. The arrival of yet another teen rom-com sparked controversy and backlash due to what critics consider a lack...

Bakeshop provides a unique job opportunity for students

Bakeshop provides a unique job opportunity for students

Julia Van Lare, Managing Editor

October 15, 2019

When Bakeshop first opened in 2010, owner Justin Stegall viewed the gray pillar in its center as an eyesore, a necessary evil that blocked the open feel of the shop. When Stegall received his first few cards of thanks from children and neighborhood residents, he realized the pillar would be an ideal pl...

Young people are angry, and rightly so

Young people are angry, and rightly so

Sophie Muir, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2019

Across the globe fires are burning, destroying the Amazon rainforest and other vital wildlife and lands. Glaciers are melting at alarming rates, contributing to the rise of the sea level. Hurricanes, such as Dorian, are devastating communities and accelerating the refugee crisis. Biodiversity is shrinki...

Is overcrowding at school what it seems?

Hannah Kennedy & Emily Newman, Staff Reporters

October 12, 2019

Overcrowding in Washington-Liberty high school has been a major topic of discussion  for a while, but this year student numbers aren’t affecting overcrowding. As student numbers continue to stay consistent, or even decrease, each department of staff has lost at least one teacher. Inevitably, it is ...

Spider-Man: Far from over

Spider-Man: Far from over

Luke Holland, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2019

After two painfully-long years since everyone’s favorite web slinger starred in a standalone Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, finally swings back to theaters in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film introduced a new villain and developed existing characters, as well as establis...

Advice from a senior

Holland Forsythe, Social Media Editor

October 9, 2019

Dear Freshmen, Start off strong. First off, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through middle school. That’s impressive stuff. Although you’re no longer the top dogs of the school, you’re about to embark on a new and exciting journey. These next four years are going to fly by, so ...

Beaches and benches

Beaches and benches

Talley Schroeder, Design Editor

October 9, 2019

  When school ends and summer begins, students find themselves with a lot of free time for vacationing, relaxing and pursuing activities they would not have time for during a busy school year. On top of all these new activities, students may want to continue, or begin, their fitness journeys....

Work it!

Work it!

Karina Lazorchak and Annabel Phoel

June 4, 2019

As the school year wraps up, another tradition approaches for the school’s seniors— Senior Experience. Instead of going to class, students must complete 75 hours of work during the three weeks, whether they spend it at an internship, job or use the time to accomplish something noteworthy, like writ...

Sophomore diagnoses medical mystery patient

Sophomore diagnoses medical mystery patient

Julia Van Lare, Lifestyles Editor

April 30, 2019

Sophomore Alana McBride has a patient. She has several, actually. She considers every person she comforts and delivers flowers to in her job at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus to be a patient of hers. However, one patient is unique because McBride was able to diagnose her when 35 other doctors could n...

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