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Cross-Curricular Program Piloted with Freshman Students

Cross-Curricular Program Piloted with Freshman Students

Trish Truong and Rachel Schlueter

December 6, 2019

This past summer, three Madison teachers designed a brand new curriculum for a program that would approach teaching and learning in a new and non-traditional style in order to better equip their freshmen students with skills they could use beyond their high school careers. This program is called the Cros...

Veg Club Plans to Raise Awareness this School Year

Veg Club Plans to Raise Awareness this School Year

Katie Bartlett, Entertainment Editor

November 1, 2019

Living a plant based lifestyle, whether it be vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian, has numerous benefits. Cutting meat out of your diet has been connected to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease. It is also environmentally beneficial, because the meat and dairy industries a...

What Madison Students are Looking Forward to Most this Year

What Madison Students are Looking Forward to Most this Year

Caroline Scheider-Williams, Entertainment Editor

October 30, 2019

Almost one quarter into the school year, students have started to form routines that they will follow for the rest of the year. While there are still months to go until we even take our first SOL, AP test, or final exam, it is never too early to start looking into the future. One student from each c...

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, Staff Reporter

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, Lifestyle Editor

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, Fact Checker

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, Staff Reporter

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, Staff Reporter

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, Entertainment Editor

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, Staff Reporter

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...

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