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Madison senior AJ Arnolie offered acceptance to Stanford, MIT, Duke, other top schools

Madison senior AJ Arnolie offered acceptance to Stanford, MIT, Duke, other top schools

Lulu Dawes, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2019

When it came time for AJ Arnolie (’19) to start choosing which universities he would apply to, the thought “why not just go for it?” crossed his mind. Seeking to major in electrical engineering and computer science, Arnolie began his application process by looking at the list of best engineeri...

Kase’s Experience: Why the proposed defunding of Special Olympics is unacceptable

Kase’s Experience: Why the proposed defunding of Special Olympics is unacceptable

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2019

This weekend, I finished my second season of coaching Special Olympics basketball. My team had a third place finish in the Marymount Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, enjoying a Sunday of playing hard, dancing and singing to music during game breaks and eating frozen yogurt together. Today, I woke ...

My story: Struggling with mental health

My story: Struggling with mental health

Madeleine LeTendre, Sports Editor

January 24, 2019

Disclaimer: this article contains descriptions of self-injury, anxiety, and depression. If you are in crisis, please see the resources at the bottom of the article. Not a ton of people expect a 12-year-old to suffer from addiction. Until recently, I didn’t realize that what I have been going throu...

A eulogy for the Vienna Taco Bell

A eulogy for the Vienna Taco Bell

Abbey Gastrock, Staff Reporter

January 8, 2019

After months of controversy over whether our favorite Mexican restaurant would be replaced by yet another Starbucks, the time has finally come to say goodbye. The Taco Bell on Maple Avenue has officially closed and is set to become a drive-thru Starbucks. I have been confused since April, a.k.a. the beginni...

Jammin Java offers intimate concert-going experiences

Jammin Java offers intimate concert-going experiences

Sophie Shayne, Sports Editor

December 3, 2018

Child TV star Drake Bell recently performed at Jammin Java in Vienna, and a number of Madison students attended his performance. “Drake Bell could respond to the audience if someone yelled because he could actually hear us,” Leah Litman (’22) said. “Since it was not scripted, he just chose ...

Review: ‘Noises Off’ brings laughs, fascinating entertainment and astonishing talent to Madison High School

Review: ‘Noises Off’ brings laughs, fascinating entertainment and astonishing talent to Madison High School

Spencer Todd, Entertainment Editor

November 10, 2018

“Noises Off” by Michael Frayn is a comedic farce that follows the production crew of a play entitled “Nothing On” starting the day of their opening night performance. There’s only one problem: everything is going wrong. The play follows the characters in three acts as mayhem consumes their pro...

Devan Fink (’19) visits Newseum for journalism conference

Devan Fink (’19) visits Newseum for journalism conference

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2018

This article was originally featured in the Oct. 19 print edition of The Hawk Talk. I spent a week of my summer with one student journalist from every state. If that sounds like a unique experience, that’s because it was. Fifty-one student journalists, exactly one from each state (plus Washington, D.C.)...

Madison swimmers named USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans

Madison swimmers named USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans

Eva Ponos and Krutika Joshi

October 22, 2018

On Sept. 18, USA Swimming announced the 2017-18 Scholastic All-America selections. Two Madison students, Anna Keating (’20) and Elizabeth Khulkin (’20), both qualified for the 2018 USA Swimming Girls Scholastic All-America. “Not a ton of kids are able to achieve this so I’m so honored that I did,...

Meet Madison’s new faculty

Meet Madison’s new faculty

Bridget Levesque, Entertainment Editor

October 18, 2018

The beginning of every school year brings along with it many familiar faces. Most students, with the general exception of freshmen, return to school for a new year. The same, for the most part, is true of the staff. But, alongside all of the familiar faces are some new ones, both among students and sta...

School Board celebrity Ryan McElveen visits Madison in first ‘MADTalks’ of year

School Board celebrity Ryan McElveen visits Madison in first ‘MADTalks’ of year

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2018

Madison’s student-led speaker series, MADTalks, conducted its first live interview of the 2018-19 school year on Thursday, Sept. 27. Sky Zoom (’19) interviewed Ryan McElveen, an At-large School Board Member for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Approximately 80 Madison students attended the t...

Warhawk Buddies to Best Buddies

Warhawk Buddies to Best Buddies

Krutika Joshi, In-Depth Editor

September 24, 2018

One of Madison’s most popular clubs, the Warhawk Buddies club, recently became a chapter of the international organization Best Buddies. This change was executed by the new club president June Reese (‘20). While affiliation with the organization will bring some changes to the club, it continue...

I hit an animal with my car

I hit an animal with my car

Leah DeFreitas, In-Depth Editor

September 4, 2018

Sunday morning, it was me and my lead foot, music loud, engine revving. Seventeen years old and allowed full custody of the 4,000 pound murder weapon that is my Honda Pilot. It felt like my car had struck a wooden box. At 5:00 a.m., my densely-wooded neighborhood was pitch black. Silence seeped eerily into the m...

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