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Affordable housing crisis in NOVA affects FCPS staff

Alexandra Wong, Entertainment Editor January 3, 2024

The price of living so close to the nation’s capital has always been expensive, and it’s getting even higher. Those looking to buy homes in the Northern Virginia (NOVA) housing market are deep in the...

Local animal rescue organization provides opportunities for students

Sammy Bryant, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

In a heartwarming initiative to provide homes for loving furry companions, students have begun taking charge and getting involved in the community to help find animals homes. The not-for-profit organization...

Students studying abroad explain contrasts to American school system

May Kisner and Fiona Holtaway December 15, 2023

Given how close Madison is to our Capital, Washington D.C., it’s no surprise that there are dozens of students at Madison who have lived abroad. They have experienced first-hand how daily life in another...

Highly caffeinated drinks prove dangerous, potentially fatal

Rachel Brown, In-Depth Editor December 11, 2023

Amidst the daily buzz of teenage life, a closer glance at the seemingly innocent companion, caffeine, reveals unnoticed dangers for the adolescent mind and body.  Teenagers can easily access sources...

Of mice and Madison (satire)

Darius Bagherian, Designer December 11, 2023

The mice are absolutely going to hate this announcement, but the mice don't run this school, we do. My investigation began on a regular, supposedly vermin-free morning, when social studies teacher Theresa...

The struggle to separate identity from academic validation

Norah Vaudo, In-Depth Editor November 14, 2023

A thick fog of academic fatigue hangs over the Madison hallways as the school year creeps closer to AP exams in May, marking another year of students losing their identity to a letter grade. Students’...

The legacy of Madisons band director, Mr. Hackbarth

The legacy of Madison’s band director, Mr. Hackbarth

Simon Wong, Opinion Editor June 3, 2023

Four state championships. Three Commonwealth Cups. A Bands of America Regional Championship. A Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist. A John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor recipient....

Available jobs for teens this summer

Audrey Bhagi, News Editor June 2, 2023

With summer right around the corner, you may be interested in what jobs are available to earn some summer-spending money. Luckily, Vienna consistently provides an array of options. But remember, it’s...


Classified U.S. documents leaked on Minecraft

Ava Bartolone, Entertainment Editor June 2, 2023

Jack Teixeira, a 21 year old Air National Guardsman, was arrested recently following the leak of highly classified military documents in a Minecraft chat room, raising concerns regarding United States’...

The state of press freedom in the U.S.

Connor Foote, Aidan Jones, Mallory Vaudo & Cate Langhorn, Editors-in-Chief March 28, 2023

Following the derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, journalist Evan Lambert was detained for covering the incident, charged for criminal trespass and resisting arrest,...

In Honor of Black History Month: Notable Figures

February 16, 2023

In celebration of Black History month this February it is important to note those who shaped our community. Louis Archer, Christyl C. Johnson, and Kwame Alexander are three leaders who influenced local...

Deaths of Influential People in 2022

Lauren Kostakis, News Editor February 16, 2023

Pele October 23, 1940- December, 29, 2022 “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love what you are doing or learning to do.” ...

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