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Gerrymandering: The defect of democracy

Gerrymandering: The defect of democracy

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2018


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Thirteen years after his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech, Patrick Henry and his Anti-Federalist colleagues drew the boundaries of Virginia’s 5th congressional district in an attempt to keep James Madison out of the House of Representatives. This was the first instance of gerrymanderin...

Teenagers experience three times the national average of dating abuse

Teenagers experience three times the national average of dating abuse

Anna Brinkhuis and Madeleine LeTendre

October 24, 2018


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This article was originally featured in the Oct. 19 print edition of The Hawk Talk. This year, nearly 1.5 million high school students will be victims of dating abuse, and only a third of them will get help according to LoveIsRespect, an organization dedicated to the prevention of abusive relationsh...

Gun control debate moves forward in wake of recent shootings

Gun control debate moves forward in wake of recent shootings

Matthew Nguyen and Stephen Desmarais

April 23, 2018


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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” the Constitution asserts in its Second Amendment. Through the creation of the Constitution and the subsequent ratification of the Bill of Rights, Americans...

Coinciding with county, Madison takes strides toward sustainability

Coinciding with county, Madison takes strides toward sustainability

Ellie Renshaw and Bailey Moskowitz

March 11, 2018


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On Jan. 15, 2017, the 13 members of the Fairfax County School Board met to hammer out the details of the Capital Improvement Program, which plans for the county’s facility needs for the next five years. The cycle of introducing, discussing and voting on amendments to the plan was routine; one amend...

The Common Affluence: supplementary educational services provide advantages to students from high-income households

The Common Affluence: supplementary educational services provide advantages to students from high-income households

Lulu and Madeleine LeTendre

February 14, 2018


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A handful of the 1.7 million American students taking the SAT sit in a high school classroom, each possessing a different level of preparation for what is to come, each about to face the exam that plays one of the most central roles in their applications to attend college. Questions of readiness float ab...

Political polarization shapes distinct student views, identities

Political polarization shapes distinct student views, identities

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017


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The room is tense. Questions are fired across the room; students are probing one another on their views. The discussion, although polite, becomes heated at times. At the conclusion of the discussion, AP United States History (APUSH) teacher Christina Palo asks the daunting question, “How many of you ...

Focus on what diversity Madison does have, eliminate lack of understanding between races

Focus on what diversity Madison does have, eliminate lack of understanding between races

Philana Quan, Guest Writer

November 13, 2017


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To the Editors (but really everyone): The Snapchat story in response to October 2017’s in-depth article entitled “fake news” was wholly unnecessary. Flipping through that story I could tell very few of those people actually read the article. I was not a fan of how the article was framed either...

Insufficient diversity impacts students’ global perspective, educational opportunities

Insufficient diversity impacts students’ global perspective, educational opportunities

Elsa Scott and Thomas Blackburn

November 13, 2017


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Diversity is one of the most celebrated aspects of American culture. Throughout history, the American dream has inspired millions to come to America in search of a better life. This country was built by immigrants, and their different heritages, ideas, cultures and experiences have shaped the foundations of ...

Humanities teach life lessons

Dan Blanchet, Guest Writer

October 31, 2016


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I can’t really imagine what my life would be without my decision to pursue a major in the humanities. As an optimistic 18 year old, I had aspirations of going to law school as vehicle for an eventual career in politics. But as I entered college, presented with a seemingly unlimited array of options,...

Future employment anxiety pushes students toward STEM studies

Siena Ferrick and Ellie Renshaw

October 31, 2016


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The age-old saying that encourages people to be who they want to be is seen today as merely a mantra; both impractical and unattainable. Society posits that students can achieve success by simply following their dreams, but the reality is that they are confronted with two very separate paths for their...

Calling all future Picassos

Melanie Tse and Rachel Mah

October 22, 2016


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Madison’s Art Department provides a multitude of opportunities for students to be creative in its classes such as Photography, Studio Arts, 3D Arts and Computer Graphics, but enrollment has decreased, by roughly, five classes in the past two years according to Studio Arts teacher Brandy Carter. ...

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