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Madison's beloved teacher and rockstar Daniel Blanchet

Madison’s beloved teacher and rockstar Daniel Blanchet

Mia Pisani, Lifestyle Editor March 2, 2021

Daniel Blanchet is a father, band member, Back to the Future fan and high school history teacher. He has been teaching for 17 years, ten of which he spent in Boston before moving to Northern Virginia....

Black History Month Special Part 1: SGA's Louize Bingi interviews Black staff at Madison

Black History Month Special Part 1: SGA’s Louize Bingi interviews Black staff at Madison

Hawk Talk Staff February 28, 2021

As we celebrate the final day of Black History Month, we would like to highlight the stories and experiences of various Black staff members at Madison. The Hawk Talk is collaborating with Madison's Student...

Teachers' Thoughts on Returning to School

Teachers’ Thoughts on Returning to School

Aida Araia, News Editor February 25, 2021

When the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were approved in the United States, demand far exceeded supply, which meant only certain people could be vaccinated. The trick was figuring out who. This...

Spotlight on College Admissions during COVID-19

Spotlight on College Admissions during COVID-19

Mehru Adnan, News Editor February 23, 2021

Each fall, the college application season descends upon a frenzied pack of seniors and parents. For many, this time has been months in the making, since the arduous process often begins spring of junior...

Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight to Combat Voter Suppression

Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight to Combat Voter Suppression

Joshua Brown, In-Depth Editor February 23, 2021

After a grueling 2018 campaign that garnered national attention, Stacey Abrams fell short against Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia gubernatorial election. The closest governor’s election in Georgia...

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Social media sites’ “Trump Ban” remove a major source of misinformation

Madison Dietrich, News Editor February 23, 2021

Egregious typos and all capitalized threats don’t normally appear on a president’s social media page. Then again, very little was normal about former President Donald Trump’s tenure. Following the...

The State of Biden's Cabinet

The State of Biden’s Cabinet

Madison Dietrich, News Editor December 17, 2020

Following his election victory over President Donald Trump, President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet is starting to take shape. While the president has the final say on many decisions, his cabinet is responsible...

Madison Students Volunteer as Election Pages

Madison Students Volunteer as Election Pages

Rachel Schlueter, Opinion Editor December 17, 2020

Madison students used the opportunity of the historic 2020 presidential election to work as Fairfax County election pages. Election pages are essential volunteers that allow for the election to proceed...

A Coronavirus-Safe Holiday

A Coronavirus-Safe Holiday

Anna Long, Staff Reporter December 17, 2020

Most people plan to go out of state or sometimes even out of the country to be with family on holidays like Christmas or NewYears. But with the coronavirus travel bans and safety measures that have...

Madison Clubs Go Virtual

Madison Clubs Go Virtual

Kirsten Carl, Lifestyle Editor November 7, 2020

James Madison High School has always been a place of success and achievement, and that has not changed despite these trying times during distance learning. Students are not only tackling a new way...

Teachers Run Online Classes While Also Being Full-time Parents

Teachers Run Online Classes While Also Being Full-time Parents

Sophie Shayne, Editor-in-Chief November 7, 2020

The global pandemic has drastically changed the workplace of millions of people, including teachers, who all have to overcome the distractions and uncertainty of a new work environment. Online school poses...

Grape Team Leads a Local Environmental Initiative

Grape Team Leads a Local Environmental Initiative

Sonia Samantaroy, Features Editor November 5, 2020

Since Fairfax County has stopped curbside glass recycling, Griffin Jiron, a Madison senior, took the issue into his own hands and founded the The Grape Team.  “I felt that we were living in a ‘repost...

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