The Hawk Talk

Coach Lenny Schultz’s impact lives on following tragedy

Lenny Schultz greets Wiley Counts after a play.

Grace-Lauren Richmond, Business Manager

October 24, 2017

Coach Lenny Schultz had a profound impact on the Madison community. Schultz graduated from Madison in 1983, starring in both football and wrestling. He would attend North Carolina State University to play the former. After returning to Madison to teach Madison’s special education classes, he took on ...

Madison junior exchanges Vienna for Madrid

Alex Costanza (middle) poses with her host family siblings in front of the Almudena Cathedral. (Top to bottom: Pablo, Maria, Costanza, Nacho)

Mark Young, News Editor

October 16, 2017

Alex Costanza (’19) , a student of James Madison, has recently departed from her home country to participate in a foreign exchange program, one situated in Madrid, Spain. The program, American Field Exchange (AFS), was formed shortly after World War 1 as a volunteer based ambulance service, and de...

Human-caused global climate change causes more violent hurricanes

On Sept. 7, 2017 the Western Atlantic was host to three hurricanes: Katia in the Gulf of Mexico, Irma in the center, and Jose to the right.

Alaina Ceynowa, Community Editor

October 3, 2017

Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and violent with each passing season. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Center, the amount of hurricanes since 1995 has gone up significantly; six more storms on average per season to be exact. The percentage of cat...

Samantha Lane builds brighter futures

Samantha Lane builds brighter futures

Bailey Moskowitz and Sofia Ponos

December 5, 2016

Committed Girl Scout and James Madison high school student, Samantha Lane (’18), earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts which requires an innovative act of community service,  in May 2016 by designing a project that educated underprivileged girls in the Dominican Republic about de...

Students reflect on new President-Elect

Madison students protest in front of the Trump hotel.

Matthew Ziegelbauer, Guest Writer

November 29, 2016

17 months ago, Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for the President of the United States. From the beginning of the campaign, Trump, a very successful businessman and real estate developer, was not taken seriously, because he had no prior experience serving in the government or military. Now, a ...

Boys basketball hopes for redemption in the coming season

Boys basketball hopes for redemption in the coming season

Sofia Ponos, Editor-In-Chief

November 17, 2016

The line of cars up James Madison Drive. The rowdy, obnoxiously loud rap music blaring out of rolled down windows, despite the cold weather. Fans flood through the gym doors, student-passes in one hand and a fathead of the captain’s face in the other. Friday nights in the winter are reserved for Mad...

All about that bass; Madison senior chosen for Virginia Honors Choir

All about that bass; Madison senior chosen for Virginia Honors Choir

Emma Rooney, Editor-In-Chief

November 17, 2016

The soft hum of students warming up their vocal chords resonates throughout the rehearsal room. Seniors from all over the state gather and prepare for their heavily anticipated performance. After going through rigorous auditions, the honor of getting to perform at the Virginia Music Educators As...

Bombay Bistro

Bombay Bistro

Alexa Skotzko, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2016

As I walk into the restaurant, Bombay Bistro, I can hear Indian music playing in the background while the host takes me to my seat. There are festive decorations around the restaurant from India, making the experience more authentic. It is dimly lit with colorful bursts of light emerging throughou...

Deadwood Dick captivates Madison

Deadwood Dick captivates Madison

Jace Juliano, Staff Reporter

November 11, 2016

Anyone familiar to the Drama department knew that choosing “Deadwood Dick” as both the fall play and show Cappies critics would review for award consideration was risky. The melodramatic farce is much different than last year’s main stages: “Rumors” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spell...

New workout studio on Church Street

New workout studio on Church Street

Jackie Stein, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2016

With the cold weather approaching staying active can become challenging. A fresh, fun way to burn calories is at SourceCore, a new fitness studio on Church Street, located on the right side behind where Nielsen's Custard use to be. The studio offers a wide variety of different and expanding classes for all a...

Unique activities you will fall for

Unique activities you will fall for

Lulu, In-Depth Editor

October 28, 2016

Now that the long-awaited autumnal season has come upon us, the fall festivities have begun. With only a few short weeks left, make the most of this season before the frigid winds of winter blow away the chance for outdoor activities. As the days get shorter and the leaves start to fall, here are a l...

New library features engage students

New library features engage students

Jace Juliano and Brandon Stafford

October 25, 2016

On the first day of school, Madison students noticed changes in the library. For many it had previously served as a place to check-out books, quietly read, hold club meetings or complete work during a class. But now, due to several additions, the library holds many more purposes. The librarians ar...