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Rituals bond cross country teams throughout season

Rituals bond cross country teams throughout season

By Victoria Giron, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Va.

November 21, 2014

A team is bonded by its traditions and rituals, and the cross country team is no exception. The boys and the girls cross country teams are two separate entities, and therefore each have their own traditions. Cross country is an individual sport, so there are some athletes who have their own pre-meet...

School responds to federal crackdown on unhealthy snacking

School responds to federal crackdown on unhealthy snacking

By Ellen Kan, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

September 22, 2014

A federal mandate may threaten to alter what many students hold close to heart: food.

Virginia governor visits school’s cafeteria

Virginia governor visits school’s cafeteria

By Brenna Cowardin, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, Va.

September 17, 2014

It isn’t every day you can find the governor of Virginia eating in the Skyline Middle School lunch room, but Monday, Aug. 25, was one of those days. Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe stopped by the middle school to discuss HCPS’s local school lunch program and how to expand...

Journalism is not (usually) a bloody sport

Journalism is not (usually) a bloody sport

By Mia Karr, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Va.

March 12, 2014

“Do you need anything?” the woman says to the young man with the bandage on his forehead. “I think I might need stitches,” he says. You and me both, buddy. I stop eavesdropping on the conversation and then I hear the lady say “...has to have happened within the last six hours...” So...

A capella country band Home Free releases stunning debut album

A capella country band Home Free releases stunning debut album

By Ellen Kan, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

February 5, 2014

An astonishing sensation swept the nation when the fourth season of "The Sing-Off" finally returned in December 2013 after a two-year hiatus. This unexpected but enthralling magic came in the form of Home Free, the world’s first country a capella ensemble. Originally from Minnesota, Home Fre...

From kids to elderly, everyone finds a place at the library

By Mia Karr, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Va.

January 29, 2014

The old lady in the green jacket isn’t supposed to be in the children’s department. She sits at a table next to a shelf of elementary-level nonfiction holding a yellow backpack and smiling. Even though her bushy hair is snow white, it’s clear she’s no one’s grandmother. The other visitors...

‘Youth!’ will delight fans of South Korean indie music

‘Youth!’ will delight fans of South Korean indie music

By Leon Kim, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

December 18, 2013

Fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Justice are in for a treat as rising South Korean indie band Glen Check recently released their new studio album titled “Youth!” on Nov 19. A rising rookie band in Korea, Glen Check is composed of singer/guitarist June-One Kim, synth player Huk-Jun Kang, and ...

Virtual currency Bitcoin gains popularity

Virtual currency Bitcoin gains popularity

By Mustafa Bal, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

December 16, 2013

A new type of online virtual currency, Bitcoins, is becoming more and more popular in the public eye. Bitcoins work like any other type of currency, but contain many remarkable differences from the cash we’re used to. “I learned about bitcoins last year when they were worth $14 each,” sophomore...

Social studies students learn how life was in colonial Williamsburg

Social studies students learn how life was in colonial Williamsburg

By Mia Karr, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Va.

November 21, 2013

Fifteen students now know what’s it’s like to march in the colonial army during the American Revolution, attend a trial for a woman accused of witchcraft and watch a musket be fired. Students in the AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. History, and Dual-Enrollment U.S. History classes got to experience history...

Smart phones go underutilized in classrooms

By Jarod Golub, Annandale HS, Annandale, Va.

September 9, 2013

From Twitter to Instagram, most students at AHS rely on their smartphones to get through the school day. With the rise of technology, in this day and age students of all ages are more likely to respond better with the use of gadgets in the classroom. “My phone is really important in helping me get thr...

Pep Train raises school spirit

By Sandra Webb, Annandale HS, Annandale, Va.

September 9, 2013

Teachers abandon their lessons, students flee from their seats, and shouts mingle with music that echoes down the hallways: the Pep Train has begun. The Pep Train is a decades-old tradition at AHS. Cheerleaders, football players, and dance team members cheer their way down the halls led, of course, ...

Virginia school to be a trial soda-free zone

By Tommy Lunn, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

September 4, 2013

During the school day, Thomas Jefferson High School students often turn to the soda machines for a burst of caffeine, a little sugar or just for a drink to quench their thirst. However, Fairfax County Public Schools announced on Aug. 20 that seven schools in FCPS would be getting rid of regular so...

‘Legend of Zelda’ concert brings video game soundtrack to life

‘Legend of Zelda’ concert brings video game soundtrack to life

By Bailey Oliver, Annandale HS, Annandale, Va.

September 1, 2013

I don’t go to concerts very often. In fact, I’ve been to very few. However, being a diehard fan of the Legend of Zelda series, the The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert caught my attention. The Legend of Zelda video game series has collectively sold over 62 million copies, with...