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Class of 2020 graduate questions administration’s lack of acknowledgement on Black Lives Matter, staff diversity; Principal Hood apologizes for response, commits to change

Young's first car sign.

Christina Luckett, Editor-in-Chief

June 16, 2020

At Madison’s drive-thru senior celebration on June 3, Keisha Young (’20) asked Principal Greg Hood to comment on a sign she had written on her car window. Young later posted a video of her interaction with Hood on Twitter, which led Hood to apologize for his response in a June 7 email to Madison st...

University of California system votes to eliminate SAT and ACT requirements by 2025

University of California Los Angeles.

Mehru Adnan, Hawk Talk Intern

June 8, 2020

The Board of Regents for the University of California (UC) system voted to phase out the SAT and ACT admissions requirements within the next five years on Thursday, May 21. The board made the decision after a teleconference call where they discussed the disadvantages standardized testing imposes on low income s...

Class action lawsuit filed against College Board after online testing failures

Class action lawsuit filed against College Board after online testing failures

Jillian Geib, Community Editor

May 31, 2020

Due to widespread school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board administered online Advanced Placement (AP) exams to millions of students around the globe from May 11 to May 22. Now, they are faced with a class-action lawsuit. Tensions first arose when the first week of testing ended...

Fairfax County proposes possible scenarios for beginning 2020-21 school year

Fairfax County proposes possible scenarios for beginning 2020-21 school year

Krutika Joshi, In-Depth Editor

May 30, 2020

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board has begun discussing possible options for how to begin the school year in the fall of 2020. As the 2019-20 school year nears its end and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic persists indefinitely, FCPS is considering three main options: A virtual start t...

Northam leads Virginia into Phase 1 of reopening plan

Northam leads Virginia into Phase 1 of reopening plan

Rachel Schlueter, In-Depth Editor

May 9, 2020

Virginia is set to move into its first phase of reopening on Friday, May 15 after an announcement from Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday, May 4.  “Everything you have done has truly made a difference,” Northam said in the press conference on Monday. “We flattened the curve [of COVID-19 cases] an...

Joe Biden becomes presumptive nominee in wild primary race

Joe Biden becomes presumptive nominee in wild primary race

Josh Brown, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

The Democratic nomination process was full of history. It featured 27 candidates and an extremely diverse and young field filled with politicians and changemakers from across the country. In the end, a different kind of history will be created, as former Vice President Joe Biden rose from the verge o...

What are primary elections and caucuses?

What are primary elections and caucuses?

Erin McCormick and Sonia Samantaroy

March 25, 2020

*This article was intended for publication in our March print issue, which will no longer be distributed due to Covid-19 school closures.  Presidential primary elections and caucuses are part of the process for nominating candidates for United States presidential elections. In primary elections, voters cast their votes in private. A caucus, a...

Trump administration adjusts Obama’s public school lunch policies

Trump administration adjusts Obama's public school lunch policies

Jordan Roller, Features Editor

March 25, 2020

*This article was intended for publication in our March print issue, which will no longer be distributed due to Covid-19 school closures.  The Trump administration is rolling back several regulations placed on the food served at public schools, which will provide schools with more flexibility wh...

Super Tuesday and a Recap on Biden’s Big Win

Super Tuesday and a Recap on Biden's Big Win

Caroline Scheider-Williams, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign pulled off a major upset in the Democratic primary elections on March 3, also known as “Super Tuesday”. “Super Tuesday” is objectively the most important day for party nominees when running for president, as it typically indicates who will get a party...

Cross-Curricular Program Piloted with Freshman Students

Cross-Curricular Program Piloted with Freshman Students

Trish Truong and Rachel Schlueter

December 6, 2019

This past summer, three Madison teachers designed a brand new curriculum for a program that would approach teaching and learning in a new and non-traditional style in order to better equip their freshmen students with skills they could use beyond their high school careers. This program is called the Cros...

What Madison Students are Looking Forward to Most this Year

What Madison Students are Looking Forward to Most this Year

Caroline Scheider-Williams, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2019

Almost one quarter into the school year, students have started to form routines that they will follow for the rest of the year. While there are still months to go until we even take our first SOL, AP test, or final exam, it is never too early to start looking into the future. One student from each c...

Record number of women announce candidacies for 2020 presidential election

2020 presidential candidate Kamala Karris (D-CA) speaks at a Families Belong Together March in Los Angeles in 2018.

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:...