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Editorial: We stand in support of the @unheardvoicesoffcps Instagram account

Editorial: We stand in support of the @unheardvoicesoffcps Instagram account

Hawk Talk Staff

June 17, 2020

Madison graduates Tinielle Carson (’20), Melena Durham (’19), AJ Arnolie (’19), Paige Perkins (’20), Sammy Lee (’20), Ava Bagherian (’20) and Beau Lages (’20) created the @unheardvoicesoffcps Instagram account after seeing Tweets about an interaction between recent Madison graduate Keisha Young (’20) and Principal Greg Hood and the presence of the Vienna Police Department at the June 2 senior celebration, which, according to account managers Carson and Durham, “brought back emot...

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...

7 Black-owned restaurants you can support in NoVA & DC

7 Black-owned restaurants you can support in NoVA & DC

Mehru Adnan, Hawk Talk Intern

June 10, 2020

With the recent nationwide protests and Black Lives Matter movement, many people have been wondering how they can help the cause. One of the more underrated ways to do your part is supporting Black-owned businesses. And what better business to support in a pandemic than a restaurant? Ordering from Bla...

Kansas City Zoo penguins take field trip to art museum

Two penguins roam the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Erin McCormick, News Editor

June 8, 2020

The Kansas City Zoo has been closed for visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak. Humans are told to stay inside and social distance from each other, however, they are not the only ones missing human interaction.  On May 6, a couple of penguins from the Kansas City Zoo went on a field trip to th...

A guide to some of NoVA’s most popular slang terms

A guide to some of NoVA's most popular slang terms

Eva Ponos, Lifestyle Editor

June 8, 2020

Many Virginians can agree that Northern Virginia (NoVA) and the rest of the state are two completely different places. With a population of roughly 3 million, NoVA’s proximity to Washington, D.C. makes it is a fast-paced environment. The southern part of Virginia is characterized more by rural tow...

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...

How to take real action in the wake of George Floyd’s death—even if you cannot attend a protest

How to take real action in the wake of George Floyd's death—even if you cannot attend a protest

Josh Brown, Sports Editor

June 6, 2020

The viral video of the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police has rocked the world. Protests have spread from the Twin Cities to all 50 states and even around the world to places such as London and New Zealand. It’s hard to make sense of all of the chaos, and many people want...

2020 Hawk Talk Senior Special

2020 Hawk Talk Senior Special

Hawk Talk Staff

June 2, 2020

To view, click on the bullseye icon. The special is best viewed on a horizontal screen. https://issuu.com/thehawktalknewspaper/docs/senior_special_final_9541b5197480fe

4 of the deadliest pandemics in history

4 of the deadliest pandemics in history

Sonia Samantaroy, News Editor

May 31, 2020

Throughout history, pandemics have ravaged the world, often changing the course of events and sometimes ending civilizations. It has been a couple of months since the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world with major social, political and economic effects, but some of the long-term consequences are stil...

Pandemic leads to spike in domestic violence cases

Pandemic leads to spike in domestic violence cases

Aida Araia, Business Manager

May 31, 2020

Americans have been stuck at home for the past few months to slow the spread of COVID-19, and sure, some people are bored and lonely, but at least they are safe--which is hard to say for others. Home is not a safe place for everyone, and for domestic violence victims, the pandemic has managed to mak...

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...