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College prestige and brand names steer students away from finding their “best fit”

College prestige and brand names steer students away from finding their “best fit”

Molly Carrigan, Editor-in-Chief December 12, 2023

No matter your perspective on the American education system, you’d be crazy to say that there is not an exorbitant amount of pressure on today’s young people to make critical decisions about the rest...

The harmful impact of hyperinflated GPAs

Lara Hans, Opinion Editor December 12, 2023

Over the past decade, high schools and colleges across the country have experienced rampant GPA inflation, with Madison being no exception. With a four point grading scale that is essentially out of five...

Disparities in funding between Northern and Southern Virginia public schools

Disparities in funding between Northern and Southern Virginia public schools

Natalie Hosage, Staff Writer December 12, 2023

Have you ever had a moment as you are taking a trip through Virginia when you realize that you are actually in the South? Living in Northern Virginia, we tend to forget about the millions of acres of farmland...

The importance of art education in high school

Maddy Lehman, Staff Writer December 12, 2023

Art is essential in society today. Art can reflect more than what meets the eye, such as people’s personalities, styles, cultures and more. There are so many different styles of art, and there are still...

FCPS needs to reconsider outdated substance education curriculum

Eamon Carew, Editor-in-Chief November 8, 2023

At the time of writing it is 15 minutes after Warhawk Time has ended. How many times were drugs or alcohol mentioned during Warhawk Time? Whether you overheard the conversations, a friend told a story...

FCPS inconveniences students with excessive website banning

Megan Hutchison, Staff Writer November 8, 2023

Nothing's more annoying than trying to research something, finding a really good source, clicking the link, and seeing that darned black and blue screen saying “blocked”. FCPS has blocked countless...

Both modern and classic literature essential to a well-rounded education

Megan Mills, Entertainment Editor November 8, 2023

Reading literature opens a gateway into new worlds and cultures and can be a way for people to see into another person's life and experiences from a different era or different part of the world; this is...

Students vary in opinions on Madison’s new grading system

Fredric Reese and Matt Tadle November 8, 2023

Over the past few years, Madison has made various changes to its grading system and the ways it fosters student learning; some more drastic than others. As students adjust to their new classes this year,...

Republicans to experience rocky road in 2024 with Trump as nominee

Adam Aldacushion, Staff Writer November 8, 2023

Reeling from a tough loss in 2020, Republicans are hoping to reclaim control of the Oval Office in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. Joe Biden’s presidency has been full of fumbles and failures,...

Madison ranks Halloween candy

Elizabeth Rose, Staff Writer November 8, 2023

Often when we think of Halloween, candy is instantly brought to mind. The tradition of trick-or-treating brings joy to people of all ages, whether through giving or receiving candy. Everyone has a favorite...

Students rank AP English and history courses as favorites

Bella Gustafson, Editor-in-Chief November 8, 2023

AP English Language and Composition AP World History (Modern) AP United States History AP European History* AP Comparative Government and Politics* AP 2-D Art and Design (& all AP...


The lack of a ban on assault weapons is the reason for continued shootings

Eamon Carew, Editor-in-Chief June 2, 2023

“You guys want to ban books–dead kids can’t read,” said Rep. Jared Moskowitz, following a March school shooting in Nashville. His attack was targeted at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Republican...

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