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How to make the most of high school, from a graduating senior

How to make the most of high school, from a graduating senior

Alaina Ceynowa, Community Editor

April 4, 2019

High school is the last time where you get to be a kid. Period. But sometimes it doesn’t feel like that. It can be hard to keep up with the social pressures of high school, especially in the fast-paced and affluent Northern Virginia area. This is why learning how to actually slow down and enjoy hi...

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The Virginia Issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The Virginia Issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial

March 28, 2019

In the story of the United States, Virginia is the first page. Virginia has long served as a model for the rest of the country: it birthed the first colony, it created the first successful economy and its founding fathers provided the framework for our democratic government. Yet Virginia’s hist...

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 ...

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The Application Issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The Application Issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial

February 12, 2019

This article was originally published in the Jan. 30 print edition of The Hawk Talk.  Over the years, the college admissions process has changed in a variety of ways. More institutions have shifted to the holistic review philosophy, in which factors beyond just standardized test scores and grades a...

A New Year’s Resolution for all: Realize there is no “War on Christmas”

A New Year’s Resolution for all: Realize there is no “War on Christmas”

Stephen Desmarais, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2019

For many, the first day of December marks the first day it’s acceptable to play Mariah Carey’s hit single “All I Want for Christmas is You.” However, it also signifies the reemergence of a more sinister movement that vocalizes itself around this time of year. Ever since Starbucks started putting...

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The free press issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The free press issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial

December 11, 2018

During a White House press conference, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta questioned President Donald Trump’s characterization of the migrant group approaching the United States border, which Trump had previously described as an “invasion.” When Trump avoided giving him a direct answer, Aco...

“Crazy Rich Asians” opens doors for Asian Representation in Hollywood

Spencer Todd, Entertainment Editor

November 13, 2018

Following the release of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Hollywood opened its doors to Asian representation in films. The movie was the first to star a lead Asian female in 25 years, since the release of “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993. Although Asians have been prominent in producing films, they have stru...

New AP World curriculum excludes centuries of world history

New AP World curriculum excludes centuries of world history

Jordan Roller, Features Editor

October 29, 2018

This article was originally featured in the Oct. 19 print edition of The Hawk Talk. China’s Han Dynasty, Islamic caliphates, the Gupta empire, the Olmecs, Ghana. All are influential civilizations that the College Board is removing from the AP World History curriculum beginning in the 2019-2020 sch...

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: Why we shouldn’t read the Bible in AP English Literature

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: Why we shouldn’t read the Bible in AP English Literature

Editor-in-Chief Editorial

October 23, 2018

This article was originally featured in the Oct. 19 print edition of The Hawk Talk. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits Congress from establishing a state religion, but nowhere does it mention a specific “separation of church and state.” The phrase was coined by fou...

This is why you should vote in the 2018 midterms (if you’ll be over 18)

This is why you should vote in the 2018 midterms (if you’ll be over 18)

Caroline Scheider-Williams, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2018

The midterm election is right around the corner, taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. According to various sources, including The New York Times, CNN and Fox News, it is expected to be a wave election. This is when there is a huge shift in political power from one party to another. This year the Democrats are favored to wi...

Online classes provide alternative option for core courses

Online classes provide alternative option for core courses

Alexa Clark, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 24, 2018

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offer online alternatives to almost every class at Madison, even certain electives. Some students complete physical education online for the free period at the end of the day, or the opportunity to take an extra class. However, many students may be unfamiliar with...

Why protests are important for change

Krutika Joshi, In-Depth Editor

April 5, 2018

On July 26, 1774 in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, four men opened fire in Pontiac's Rebellion School. The principal was killed, as were nine, or according to some reports, 10 children. This was the earliest known American shooting to occur on school property. Since then, thousands of  innocent lives h...

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