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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, Print Editor-in-Chief

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...

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...

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 ...

Madison reacts to Bryce Harper’s new contract with Phillies

Madison reacts to Bryce Harper’s new contract with Phillies

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2019

Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Bryce Harper signed a new contract on Feb. 28, agreeing to an MLB-record 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper’s legacy in Washington, D.C. is a complicated one. The face of the franchise, Harper has been one of the most recogn...

Record number of women announce candidacies for 2020 presidential election

Record number of women announce candidacies for 2020 presidential election

Jasmine Braley, Staff Reporter

February 25, 2019

When Hillary Clinton ran against Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and almost won, it turned heads across the country. This game-changing election paired with current political tensions inspired six women of multi-ethnic backgrounds to declare candidacy for the 2020 presidential election:...

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Leah DeFreitas and Christina Luckett

February 13, 2019

Each day, over 180,000 students make their morning trek to a Fairfax County public school for their seven-hour school day. For many families, their daily routine is marked by after-school practices, homework sessions, and carpool, but getting a decent meal is rarely a concern. For the almost 24,000 ...

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 career in review: 12-time varsity athlete John Finney reflects on high school athletics

A career in review: 12-time varsity athlete John Finney reflects on high school athletics

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019

“Joo-ohn Finn-ney!” Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap. “Joo-ohn Finn-ney!” Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap. The crowd chants in excitement of the play. It does not matter whether it is a football game and Finney has just scored a touchdown, or if it is a basketball game and he has just made a three poi...

Warhawk Dance wins East Coast Regional Dance Competition

Warhawk Dance wins East Coast Regional Dance Competition

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2019

The Madison Varsity Dance Team competed in the East Coast Regional Dance Competition at West Springfield High School on Sunday, Jan. 27. The Warhawks won first place in the categories of Hip Hop, Jazz and Pom. These three routines were the highest scoring routines in the entire competition, with Hip...

My story: Struggling with mental health

My story: Struggling with mental health

Madeleine LeTendre, Sports Editor

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 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, In-Depth Editor

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...

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...

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