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Colleges see record low acceptance rates

Lauren Kostakis, News Editor June 2, 2023

It’s no secret that college admissions are a nightmare, especially when applying to top schools. Having a 4.0 GPA, playing varsity sports and completing hundreds of hours of community service is no longer...


Former President Donald Trump arrested

Lara Hans, In-Depth Editor June 1, 2023

Former president Donald Trump was arrested on April 4 for 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The case centers on hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels; Trump’s then-attorney...


Potential TikTok ban brings attention towards security and privacy across online media platforms

Alexandra Wong, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

A U.S. congressional hearing on potential legislation to ban TikTok was held in March. This meeting was held as a result of growing government concerns regarding the safety of user data on TikTok, and...

Teachers leaving Madison

Anika Chandra, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

The end of the school year signifies a goodbye not only to seniors but also to some beloved Madison faculty members. Among them, Madison will be sad to see English teachers Sam Kinsey and Katie Newman...


Silicon Valley Bank crashes

Bella Gustafson, In-Depth Editor June 1, 2023

The ghost of seventh grade United States history came back to haunt the U.S. economy in March when the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) crashed amid eerie parallels to the bank runs and stock market fluctuations...

DECA attends state convention in Virginia Beach

Emma Defot, Lifestyle Editor March 30, 2023

Madison's Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) team went to the Virginia Beach Convention Center on March 3 for the 78th Annual Virginia DECA competition where they competed with hundreds of...

FCPS responds to fentanyl overdoses in several county high schools

Cate Langhorn, Editor-in-Chief March 28, 2023

Rescue crews rushed to Fairfax High School on Monday, March 13 after a student was suspected to have overdosed on fentanyl, according to 911 dispatch obtained by NBC Washington. Fairfax County Fire...

New Virginia law prompts FCPS and other districts to create policies on ‘sexually explicit’ materials

Eamon Carew, Opinion Editor March 28, 2023

Earlier this school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that, in accordance with a new Virginia law passed in April of 2022, the county would be screening instructional materials (primarily...

FCPS approves calendar for ’23-’24 year

Lara Hans, In-Depth Editor March 28, 2023

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) approved a calendar for the following three school years. This calendar is an amended version of the draft Blue calendar that many FCPS staff and students voted for...

Political unrest in Brazil mirrors Capital insurrection

Zara Javeri, Staff Writer February 20, 2023

An estimated 5,000 supporters of Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the congressional building in Brasilia on Jan. 8, immediately drawing comparisons to the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection. This...

FTX files for bankruptcy, CEO faces fraud

Mac Lewis, Sports Editor February 20, 2023

Founded in 2019 by CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX, known as “Futures Exchange,” hit its peak as a company in 2021. In November of 2022, Bankman-Fried was accused of fraud and arrested on charges. The...

McCarthy cedes power in historic House vote

Grace Holland, Staff Writer February 20, 2023

Republican Kevin McCarthy was sworn in as 55th Speaker of the House in early January after a tumultuous 15 rounds of voting. His victory followed first female Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepping down after...

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