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NicoTEEN addiction

NicoTEEN addiction

Holland Forsythe, Opinion Editor

March 7, 2019

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 32.3 percent of sophomores and 37.3 percent of seniors admit to vaping. Based on the data provided by NIDA, the majority of the chemicals these reported teens, especially seniors, are vaping contain nicotine. In a small W-L survey conducted in...

A First Year For IB English SL

A First Year For IB English SL

Hugo Bell, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2019

The 2018-19 school year is the first year that English 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard Learning (SL) has become available at the school, and two English 11 Advanced Placement (AP) teachers have added a new class to their roster. Ms. Erica Larsen, who teaches both AP Language and Literature...

“Legally Blonde” rehearsals begin

“Legally Blonde” rehearsals begin

Julia Van Lare, Lifestyles Editor

February 27, 2019

“Legally Blonde”, the school’s largest theater production of the year, has finished casting and begun choreography and music rehearsals. “Legally Blonde” is the story of a valley girl, Elle Woods, who applies to Harvard University to be with her college boyfriend who she thinks she loves, ...

Clubs to think about!

Clubs to think about!

Sophia Bailey, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

The school has over 175 clubs within it. Clubs involving politics, service, academics and hobby related topics. The “Operation Smile” club, the “She’s the First” club and the “It’s Academic!” club are only some examples of the extensive amount of clubs at the school. The Operatio...

Congested Classes

Congested Classes

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

Junior Ella Taylor sits uneager to learn in the back of an International Baccalaureate math studies class. Taylor would much rather be taking a class that she would be challenged in that would push her academic limits. Instead, she takes the class a grade level below the one she took sophomore year, al...

Why Canvas is growing on me

Why Canvas is growing on me

Gus Nathanson, Online Editor

February 19, 2019

The new school software has been a subject of debate ever since it was released at the beginning of last school year. When Canvas was introduced, I, like most people, wondered why Google Classroom had to be replaced. I was angered by the fact that Arlington Public Schools (APS) decided to replace a perf...

A step in the right direction

A step in the right direction

Abigail Presson, Managing Editor

February 8, 2019

On November 6, the American people elected their most diverse Congress yet. The 116th Congress will have more women and people of color than any past session. The 2018 midterm elections were a step forward toward an accurate representation of the American people in their government, but there is still ...

Interview with Dean Fleming

Interview with Dean Fleming

Abigail Presson, Managing Editor

December 18, 2018

As the process to change the name of the school progresses, the issue has proven divisive within Arlington. While some people in the school community believe that Robert E. Lee’s name should be removed from the school, others, like many alumni, are in favor of maintaining the name. When asked for a comm...

A boatload of money

A boatload of money

Karina Lazorchak, Staff Reporter

December 14, 2018

At the back of the cafeteria, rowing machines, called ergometers (ergs), wait in rows. The late afternoon sun trickles in through the wall of windows. The clock chimes 3:30 P.M. and a group of girls begin stretching. Off to the side, boys stand talking and laughing, preparing to begin weight lifting. As the...

The Native American Outreach Club supports tribes in quest for equal treatment

The Native American Outreach Club supports tribes in quest for equal treatment

Sophie Muir, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2018

Native Americans are marginalized throughout the United States. The new Native American Outreach Club addresses this by giving support to Native American tribes that continue to face adversity today. “The club hopes to raise awareness of some of these struggles as well as raise money for the St...

A season of success

A season of success

Gus Nathanson, Online Editor

December 10, 2018

It is rare to see any sports team at any level have a season of complete, sustained dominance. This fall, the varsity girls volleyball team had a season like this. The team achieved great success during the regular season, and this success, players say, translated directly to the playoffs. On October 25,...

Ballston Quarter begins soft opening

Ballston Quarter begins soft opening

Julia Van Lare, Lifestyles Editor

December 10, 2018

After a period of renovation, the brand-new Ballston Quarter has begun to open shops in the last few weeks. The mall offers clothing stores, entertainment and lots of dining. It is conveniently located only a few minutes away from the school, and is easily accessible to public transportation to the Ba...

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