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Do Schools Place too Much Emphasis on Testing?

Andrew Lichtblau, Business Manager

June 3, 2019

Filed under Staff Commentary, Uncategorized

Albert Einstein once claimed that a man’s intelligence is not distinguished by his knowledge but instead by his imagination.The words of the man admired as one of the world’s greatest intellectuals of the past century certain...

Building Your College List: “Dream,” “Ambition,” and “Comfort”

Andrea Darmawan, Staff Member

April 30, 2019

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

Three summers ago, I drove down to southern Virginia with my family and toured my dream school.  After the third quarter ended, I traveled to Pennsylvania to tour my “ambition” school. Over spring break, I met my “comfort”...

Which Music App Does Everyone Have

Leo Villavicencio, Staff Member

February 12, 2019

Filed under Opinion

Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, YouTube are all platforms that you can listen to your favorite songs to. Some have more special features of them that others don't. Some of these features can either make the app better or worse th...

Which Music Genre is More Popular?

Daniel Martin, Staff Member

January 9, 2019

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

As a student and teen, music is a big part of my life. Whether it is studying or just relaxing on the couch music shapes my mood and my point of view on the world, because music is so important I decided to dig deeper. My que...

Rams Weigh in on Having a Job

Andrea Darmawan, Staff Member

January 9, 2019

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

As a high-school junior, I’ve always pondered getting a job. College costs are ridiculously high, after all, and I would love the freedom to spend money I’ve earned instead of having to ask my parents for spending money. Las...

How to Not Mess Up Your College Application, According to Admissions Officers

Andrea Darmawan, Staf Member

October 17, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Last year, I had numerous friends in the graduating class, and I would grill them to the point of exhaustion about what they were experiencing as they went through the college application process. I do not personally know many...

Why Pandora Plus Is a Better Splurge Than Apple Music

Andrea Darmawan, Staff Member

October 4, 2018

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

I adore music. I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift since I was ten, and I’ve been known to blast Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, and/or Florida Georgia Line from my iPhone while doing algebra. But last year, when I hit a music...

Are Language department trips worth it?

September 27, 2018

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

Late march of 2018, I am in an airport wondering about this very question.  “Are language department trips worth it?” At the time I had no idea, as I searched around the busy terminal for familiar faces.  A group begins to gath...

Why STEM Shouldn’t Have the FCPS Crown

Andrea Darmawan, Staff Member

September 14, 2018

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

When I think about third grade, happy images of Girl Scout meetings and gaining confidence in my ability to write through winning second place in a short-essay contest come to mind. (Life was so simple back then.) Unfortunately,...

The Death of Writing – and Why We Must Bring it Back to Life

Andrea Darmawan, Student Opinion

April 13, 2018

Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

I plop down on my couch after a long day of classes. I unlock my iPhone, open the News app, and start perusing the latest fashion and beauty articles. Finding one about Amazon’s most popular beauty products, I click on the story...

Why are Kenyans Such Good Runners?

Harry Marson, Student Blogger

December 14, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Student Blogs, View from the Sidelines

A country in east Africa with 4.1 million people dominates competitive running. Most of the amazing runners Kenya produces come from a specific region called the great rift valley. The Kenyan runners have bird like bodies....

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