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Jammin Java offers intimate concert-going experiences

Jammin Java offers intimate concert-going experiences

Sophie Shayne, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Style

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


Filed under Features, Showcase

“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


Filed under Features, Showcase

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


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Features, Showcase

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


Filed under Features, Showcase

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, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

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


Filed under Features, Showcase

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...

Madison’s online presence expands in digital age: Bloggers

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Student Art, Style

Just a few weeks ago, Ansley McGuire (’20) made the decision to start a blog. Her blog, entitled “ansley elisabeth,” serves as an outlet for her to share her thoughts that she does not share anywhere else. McGuire enjoys writing about anything and everything that she thinks or feels, so her...

Madison’s online presence expands in digital age: YouTubers

Beck Inglese and Grace-Lauren Richmond

April 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Student Art, Style

Luke Pohlman (’19) is one of several Madison students with a YouTube channel. He posts videos about his life, traveling, activities he participates in and other things he thinks people would find interesting. “I officially started my YouTube channel in sophomore year, but I have been making v...

Flashback: Russian spy captured in Vienna

Thomas Blackburn, Features Editor

April 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

On Feb. 18, 2001, over 17 years go, Robert Hanssen, a longtime FBI special agent, was arrested for passing classified information on to the Russians through the use of several “dead drop” sites at many local Vienna parks. Hanssen lived on Talisman Drive, only a short walk away from Wolftrap Element...

Debate team tackles current events

Debate team tackles current events

Chamberlain Zulauf, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Features

Every Monday after school, one can find the Madison Debate Team discussing the latest month’s topic. The team of about 37 practices in mock debates, holds in-depth discussions of current events and works on writing speeches, all in preparation for the month’s tournament. “The individuals that inv...

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