The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Chantilly High School
Changes to school calendar support diverse student body
News

Shreeja Tangutur | September 27, 2022

Controversy stirred after several Northern Virginia counties such as Prince William, Loudon and Arlington closed school on Nov. 4, 2021, for Diwali, an important cultural celebration celebrated by many…

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Northern Virginia debates growth of data centers
News

Gaby Gutierrez | May 13, 2022

Known as the World’s Data Center Capital, Northern Virginia (NoVA) contains 70% of the world’s internet traffic. Not only is Virginia home to both the beginning of the internet and early online…

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True crime takes criminal toll on psychological health
Opinions

Mahika Sharma | April 13, 2022

Eerie music plays behind grainy surveillance footage of a figure fleeing through a parking lot until, suddenly, the clip cuts out—only to be replaced with a photo of the same scene splattered in blood….

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Personal column: stigma harms those with food allergies
Opinions

Katelyn Chu | April 5, 2022

Beep beep. The microwave buzzed, signaling that my food was ready. I sat down with my bowl of maple oatmeal, exhausted from practice and online school. I took one bite and then another. Almost immediately,…

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Vilas Iyer dances his dreams on stage
Arts & Entertainment

Nayana Celine Xavier | April 4, 2022

The dark stage becomes inundated with light. The audience looks upon the stage, quietly awaiting the performance. When the music begins to play, onto the stage runs senior Vilas Iyer. He portrays an elf…

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Recycling revisited: inefficiencies expose system’s challenges
Features

Christine Cheung, Gaby Gutierrez, Maddie Bernet | March 23, 2022

During the 2022 Super Bowl, the American Beverage Association promoted its “Every Bottle Back” initiative to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to drink from plastic water bottles since their plastic…

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Call me what I am: When the uneducated become unkind
Opinions

Delaney Brooks | March 14, 2022

As I fidget with the elastic on my white cane, I’m often tentatively questioned about my “vision problem,” “situation” or “challenges.” I know what people are trying to hint at—they’re…

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FCPS goes to court with Gov. Youngkin on mask-optional order
News

Irene Si | February 23, 2022

Totaling almost 67 million cases and nearly 851,000 deaths, COVID-19 cases have surged in the U.S., with the Omicron variant making up nearly 98% of nationwide cases within the past 30 days, the Centers…

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Living with ADHD: medical, social struggles need to be recognized
Opinions

Blake Jocuns | February 15, 2022

“That just sounds like you don’t want to do the work.”

This is a statement I often hear whenever I express my struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I’ve heard similar…

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Diverse but divided: Racial cliques split students
Features

Aarthika Krishnan | January 12, 2022

The faces that make up CHS come from every corner of the world. With 64.6% of the student population consisting of racial minorities, the student body represents numerous cultures and backgrounds. This…

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Different political views must be respected
Opinions

Shivani Sethu | January 12, 2022

Though our community prides itself on embracing the right to free speech, students have become increasingly insensitive towards those with different political views—specifically conservative ones.

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Girls wrestling looks to tackle disparity in participants
Sports

Terra Nagai | January 7, 2022

Wrestling, for most of its history, has been seen as a male-dominated sport. The same applies to high school wrestling. According to a 2016 survey taken by the National Federation of State High School…

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Please speak more slowly, I’m not a native speaker
Opinions

Sixuan Wu | January 5, 2022

Imagine yourself in a foreign land, timidly asking questions in a language that is not your native tongue, while the people around you never seem to consider the hardship you might be going through. 

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‘Chantilly Lace’: school theme song faces backlash over lyrics
News

Mahika Sharma | November 30, 2021

For decades, the 1958 record “Chantilly Lace” by American musician Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., better known as The Big Bopper, has been the CHS theme song. However, many are calling for change in light…

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Staff Ed: LGBTQ+ books should stay in school libraries
Opinions

Shivani Sethu | November 18, 2021

Explicit scenes have no place in a school library, especially if they are between two people of the same gender. This belief led two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) parents to speak up against graphic…

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Gender gaps: sports culture demotes girls athletics
Sports

Katelyn Chu | October 21, 2021

It’s the night of the boys basketball game against a rival school and the noise is deafening. With fans from both schools cheering and supporting their team, the players feel encouraged and proud.

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War on Justice: U.S. criminal justice system fails to uphold liberty for all
Features

Shary Ali | May 10, 2021

“With liberty and justice for all.” 

“Justice.” This term seems to be repeated everywhere in American society — the pledge, textbooks and history classes; it seems as though America is always…

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Hispanics reflect on America’s controversial portrayal of Cinco De Mayo
Features

Gurpreet Singh Gujral | May 5, 2021

The holiday that celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French during the Battle of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo has become a large commercial selling point and misunderstood holiday in the U.S….

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Mental health stigma leaves Asian American community vulnerable
Opinions

Katelyn Chu | May 5, 2021

Stress overcomes an Asian American student: school, sports and club activities consume her time, leading to sleepless nights and panic attacks. But no matter how trapped she feels, she is unable to turn…

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New term “super straight” causes harm to transgender community
Opinions

Gray Jones | April 21, 2021

Back in February, the term “super straight” was coined by TikTok creator Kyle Royce to emphasize how he is solely attracted to cisgender women. This term has started to gain popularity recently, as…

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World Autism Awareness Day: celebrating neurodivergence
Opinions

Cassandra Barnes | April 5, 2021

Every April 2, the world celebrates Autism Awareness Day, yet so many people are unfamiliar with the characteristics of it. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that…

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American foster care still leaves room for children to be mistreated
Features

Catherine Xu | March 3, 2021

In 2017, there was a rate of 3.4 per 1,000 children for cases of abuse or neglect in Virginia. In the welfare system, frequent horror stories of continued neglect and abuse reveal rampant issues in the…

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Boys volleyball continues to lack in high schools
Sports

Shary Ali | February 12, 2021

A young middle school boy is appointed as captain of his club volleyball team. He is a great leader with incredible talent and hopes to one day play at the pro-level. Upon entering high school, he is thrilled…

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Gaming landscape changed in era of pandemic
Arts & Entertainment

Finn Geary | December 9, 2020

Lockdown is restarting, millions have lost their jobs, people feel further from their family and friends than they have in years, but for many, there exists one reliable escape: video games. While quarantine…

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One student finds their way to self-acceptance
Features

Gray Jones | December 2, 2020

“My name is Milas Metzinger. It wasn’t always Milas, but that’s the name I settled on after coming to terms with myself.”

Upon first glancing at senior Milas Metzinger, their vibrant pink hair…

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Teachers support students with learning disabilities
Features

Aarthika Krishnan | November 12, 2020

For those with learning disabilities, the virtual environment can pose academic challenges. Some students have difficulty processing visual or auditory information or remembering material presented in…

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Starting fresh: pandemic results in new eating patterns across the nation
Features

Anjali Ashok | November 4, 2020

The past six months have modified eating habits throughout the nation. Not only has the pandemic changed the way we work, socialize and travel, but it has also impacted the way we eat.

According to…

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