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A student addresses the crowd using a megaphone during the demonstration on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Students walk out in protest of Youngkin’s new “alienating” policies regarding transgender students

Hawk Talk Staff September 27, 2022

Students organized a walkout on Tuesday in protest of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s new proposed policies regarding transgender students and “parent rights.” The “2022 Model Policies on the Privacy,...

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Library’s Book Madness Tournament returns

Grace Holland, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

Every year, the Madison library participates in their own version of March Madness but with books. Librarians Alice Pleasants and Liz Liebman hold the competitions for months throughout the school year.  Book...

The setup for Jacob Diehl and Adam Ismalls project comparing calcium lactate and alginate in edible water bottles.

Students’ science fair projects reach Regionals

Callie Harkins, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

Every spring, Madison sophomores taking Honors Chemistry are presented with the opportunity to compete in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. The competition begins here, where Madison teachers...

Five-cent plastic bag tax floats into Vienna

Five-cent plastic bag tax floats into Vienna

Orion Luera, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

All disposable plastic bags at grocery, convenience and drug stores in Fairfax County now come with a five-cent tax. The tax, which went into place on Jan. 1, 2022, will not apply to bags used to wrap,...

FCPS removes mask mandate

FCPS removes mask mandate

Lara Hans, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) sent out an email on Feb. 18, recognizing their legal obligations to follow Governor Youngkin’s Senate Bill 739, which eliminates mask mandates for all Virginia schools.  Senate...

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...

Omicron variant rampages the U.S.

Omicron variant rampages the U.S.

Madison Dietrich and Audrey William February 15, 2022

The new and highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19, first detected in November 2021 in Botswana and South Africa and first recorded in the U.S. in December, has spread rapidly over the past several...

2022 Winter Olympics kicks off with promising athletes amid Chinese government controversy

2022 Winter Olympics kicks off with promising athletes amid Chinese government controversy

John Williamson, Staff Writer February 11, 2022

The stage is set for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and athletes are preparing to take part in one of the biggest competitions for winter sports. Here are some of the highlights for the upcoming games. Shaun...

Polar bears migrate to Russia due to climate change

Polar bears migrate to Russia due to climate change

Joshua Brown, Editor-in-Chief February 11, 2022

As global warming becomes an increasingly prevalent issue in society, polar bears have been migrating to Russia from Alaska in search of more suitable living conditions due to a lack of summer sea ice. Polar...

Brabrand urges students, faculty, parents to “stay the course,” as FCPS files lawsuit against Youngkin’s mask-optional order

Brabrand urges students, faculty, parents to “stay the course,” as FCPS files lawsuit against Youngkin’s mask-optional order

Rachel Schlueter, Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2022

Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand hosted a virtual town hall Monday night to discuss the county’s decision to continue enforcing universal masking requirements and take questions from the FCPS community.  The...

Young Life organization failed to protect members and employees from sexual misconduct

Young Life organization failed to protect members and employees from sexual misconduct

Katrina Swan, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

Former members of the Christian youth group Young Life accused the organization of failing to protect employees from sexual misconduct in its programs earlier this fall.  According to its website,...

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Worker strikes flare up across the nation

Audrey William, Community Editor January 13, 2022

Low-wage worker strikes have swept across the nation in order to advocate for equal workers’ rights.   Worker strikes are a mass refusal by employees to work due to criticism about the workplace,...

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