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Hit snooze, it’s healthier: The controversy over AM classes

Hit snooze, it’s healthier: The controversy over AM classes

Alice Bell, Features Editor

April 27, 2016

The majority of students’ days extend from 8:19 a.m. to 3:01 p.m. However, four classes, known as A.M. classes, meet beginning at 7:30 a.m., and allow their students out a full period early every other day. Those students make a trade off, promising to secure their own transportation and arrive at...

God’s not dead. Or is He?

God’s not dead. Or is He?

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2016

A sequel to the 2014 film God's Not Dead has aired a sequel. God's Not Dead 2 came to theaters on April 1. The earlier movie invoked a lot of controversy because of its anti-Islam, anti-Atheist and very pro-Christian messages. The second movie created the same buzz as well. Both films were headed by dire...

Go race for Ellie tomorrow

Go race for Ellie tomorrow

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

April 22, 2016

Each year, English teacher Katrina Reed's husband, Joe Reed plans a 5K to help raise funds for Ellie McGinn, a student in his class, who suffers from leukodystrophy, an exceptionally rare and sadly terminal mitochondrial disease. He also plans an auction that took place last Friday, April 15th. Because of the d...

Signature in the Schools “295N” tackles a prominent issue

Signature in the Schools “295N” tackles a prominent issue

Jasmine Ben Hamed

April 14, 2016

Signature in the Schools, put on by the Signature Theatre in Shirlington has been a student production based in Arlington for years. This year's production held on March 7, called 295N, tackled the widespread topic of police brutality. The play overall received much praise throughout all points, even the...

Thirty-six states and counting

Thirty-six states and counting

Alice Bell, Features Editor

April 14, 2016

In three short months, Americans will know the final contestants on the great modern game show of who will become the next president of the United States. However, each party uses a slightly different delegate system, a difference that is critical to tracking the machinations of the parties and their...

Brussels bombing hits close to home

Brussels bombing hits close to home

Will LeHardy, Staff Reporter

April 12, 2016

Sophomore Christopher-Thomas Cordero was supposed to spend his spring break on a leisurely trip in Brussels, Belgium, returning to the United States at the end of the week. These plans fell through, however, when three coordinated suicide bombings occurred at Brussels Airport and at the Maalbeek met...

Religious freedom laws spark outrage

Religious freedom laws spark outrage

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 11, 2016

Last June, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage across the nation. The landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, was a breakthrough for the LGBT community. Since then, however, they have faced major setbacks, such as multiple states’ refusal to comply with the ruling an...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the box office, not our hearts

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the box office, not our hearts

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

April 11, 2016

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, an American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman, came to theaters on March 25. It is a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel which, like the more recent movie, was written by David S. Goyer and directed by Zach Snyder. The film stars Ben ...

Business as usual

Business as usual

Marisa Sydnor, Staff Reporter

March 28, 2016

While some students start clubs, others start businesses. Senior Dylan Cunningham and sophomore Rose Kula-McGough came together and founded Avo, an organization that makes and sells hand-crafted, made to order t-shirts. Avo was generated in early 2016, and its mission is to produce quality clothing ...

House Basketball: Spotlight on team “Girl Bowling”

House Basketball: Spotlight on team “Girl Bowling”

Callie Randall, Lifestyles Editor

March 28, 2016

Sponsored by the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Organization, house basketball is a youth league sports program offered to students in third through twelfth grades. The season starts around early January and ends with playoffs in March. Being a recreational sport, all who sign up and pay the fee...

College Tour De Force

Alice Naland, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2016

        Spring is right around the corner, which means high school students across the nation must say goodbye to snow days and hello to college visits. While taking standardized tests, gathering letters of recommendation and writing personal essays are major components essential to a student's colleg...

Reign of terror wreaks havoc on the world

Reign of terror wreaks havoc on the world

Olivia Sklenka, Staff Writer

March 28, 2016

Terrorism has been present throughout history, and it has become the biggest threat toward the safety of Americans. Growing up in a military family, I may be more bias on the issues surrounding terrorism, especially having been exposed to one side of the issue my entire life. That being said, I reache...

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