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Teacher doppelgangers at Madison

Teacher doppelgangers at Madison

Trish Truong, Opinion Editor March 29, 2022

From Nina Dobrev and Victoria Justice to Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, many celebrities have uncanny resemblances to each other, but many teachers at Madison have their own celebrity doppelgangers that...

The Word(le) on the Street

The Word(le) on the Street

Rachel Schlueter, Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2022

ADIEU? CRANE? STARE?  To some, these may seem like ordinary five-letter words, but to a dedicated Wordle player, these are the lifeline to achieving the fewest number of guesses possible.  Wordle...

Madisons SGA pictured in August 2021, prior to the 2021-2022 school year.

SGA makes changes to promote equity at Madison

Luke Kurcina, Staff Writer March 21, 2022

Over the past several years Madison’s Student Government Association (SGA) has initiated and encouraged a number of efforts to promote equity, inclusion and diversification within the Madison community. For...

History behind St. Patrick’s Day

History behind St. Patrick’s Day

Sylvia Dixon, Entertainment Editor March 17, 2022

To many, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day simply means wearing green or going out to an Irish Pub for the night. But the thousand-year-old holiday has a much more rich cultural history than that. The...

In the Ukrainian city Kharkiv, Russian forces have bombed and destroyed numerous residential and community buildings, including this school.

“I started crying because I thought that this was it.” Ukrainian teenager Liza Lindholt details her perspective of the Russia-Ukraine war

Erin McCormick & Sonia Samantaroy, Editors-in-Chief March 2, 2022

Liza Lindholt was driving home from her night job, listening to the radio, as she always does on her commute. But suddenly, an announcement came on. It confirmed Lindholt’s greatest fear. Tears began...

A breakdown of JMHS Instagram Joke accounts

A breakdown of JMHS Instagram “Joke” accounts

Naarada Samarasinghe, Opinion Editor February 17, 2022

Instagram is no stranger to anyone at James Madison High School (JMHS), with nearly every student, teacher, club, team and even class having an account (@JMHSHawkTalk for anyone asking). Recently, however,...

A nutritional guide to school lunches

A nutritional guide to school lunches

Kirsten Carl, In-Depth Editor February 17, 2022

Cardboard pizza, mystery meat and styrofoam lunch trays have taken over pop culture as a cliche on high school life in America. This theme is present in coming-of-age blockbuster films such as High School...

Staff members who save the day

Mallory Vaudo, News Editor February 15, 2022

Every year, Madison recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week, a time dedicated for students to express their gratitude towards teachers with gift cards, letters and treats. The week is all about making sure...

A deemphasis on standardized testing

A deemphasis on standardized testing

Naarada Samarasinghe, Opinion Editor January 13, 2022

As college application deadlines approach, much of the class of 2022 is rushing to complete their last standardized test. Whether it be the SAT or ACT, these tests are immensely important to many students...

The sophomore cohort listens to a presentation during the Nuclear Diplomacy simulation.

Cross-Curriular Cohort program breaks tradition by encouraging interdisciplinary connections

Aidan Jones and Cate Langhorn, Features Editor January 13, 2022

The Madison Cross-Curricular Cohort program, currently available to students in grades 9 and 10, combines english, history and science curriculum to offer students a unique, project-based, real-world alternative...


Madison subs bring enthusiasm, passion to the classroom

Sonia Samantaroy, Editor-in-Chief December 6, 2021

After battling through the swarms of bodies in the hallways, one of a student’s favorite feelings is the moment they walk into a classroom and see a substitute teacher. Whether it be a surprise or already...

Labor shortage strikes Vienna businesses

Labor shortage strikes Vienna businesses

Rachel Schlueter, Editor-in-Chief November 5, 2021

When you walk into Foster’s Grille, you’ll hear the sizzle of the grill, smell the fresh batches of french fries and see district manager Bronwyn Phillips behind the counter, greeting you with a smile...

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