The Hawk Talk

‘The Bachelor’ portrays an unhealthy example of love

Mia Pisani, Lifestyle Editor

May 29, 2020

“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and other “Bachelor” spin-offs are widely watched shows throughout Madison and the United States, but is competing for love really an example we want to follow? “The Bachelor” focuses on one man, the bachelor, and 30 cont...

5 small businesses in Vienna you can support during the pandemic

Bear Branch Tavern is currently offering contact-free order pick up at their location on Maple Ave.

Madison Dietrich, Business Manager

May 14, 2020

With the outbreak of COVID-19 prompting stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures, small businesses around the world have been forced to lay off workers, pause service temporarily or even shut down permanently. In Vienna, small businesses are the backbone of the community, and to ensure they r...

Evaluating Biden’s running mate options

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada.

Josh Brown, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

The presumptive next step for Biden is choosing a running mate, which will be even more important given his age. If Biden gets elected and chooses to stay for only one term, he would likely throw his support behind his running mate, adding the stakes to his pick. He has already announced he is choosin...

Five Simple Acts That Can Help Save the World

Five Simple Acts That Can Help Save the World

Aida Araia, Business Manager

February 26, 2020

Our environment is in ruins, there is no secret about that, but what are we doing to help it? Unfortunately, we’re not doing much. However, if we all individually contributed with simple acts, we could make a huge difference. In this case, the key is power in numbers. As a plus, it doesn’t require...

Why We Should Warm Up to the 4.0 Scale

Why We Should Warm Up to the 4.0 Scale

Aida Araia, Business Manager

December 4, 2019

Madison has taken a grand step forward in regards to its grading scale, as I’m sure most students have noticed. In the hopes of making grading more equitable for students, Madison has slowly been replacing the old 100-point grading scale with a new 4.0 grading scale. The transition is supposed to b...

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

Hannah Kase (far left) poses with the Turbocats after winning a game at a tournament on Feb. 3.

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

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...