Valor Dictus

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....

Start Your Student Blog Today!

Chris Moore, Adviser

December 7, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Student Blogs

Any student at Robinson is welcome to create a blog and update it regularly at Blogs may be about any subject, may contain photography or videos, and writers are encouraged to express their opinions about anyt...

Free from School, but No Free Lunches

Khadeejat Lawal, Staff Writer

June 16, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

Free and reduced-priced lunches are something most school districts offer to students in need. Approximately 28% of FCPS students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program their school offers, according to This means...

Tech Upgrade

Tech Upgrade

June 3, 2017

Trump Protests

Michael Harris, Guest Writer

February 27, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Republican Robinson, Student Blogs

“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” “This is what democracy looks like!” “Make America gay again!” “Make America High again!” “NOT MY PRESIDENT!” Above are some of the many things I heard while browsing...

Letter to the Editor: Less Homework Won’t Help Students Get More Sleep

Antonio Maravilla, Guest Writer

February 24, 2017

Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

By Antonio Maravilla, 9 The “Lack of Sleep Stunts Student Success” article in the latest edition of the Valor Dictus magazine resonated with me. However, there are many points that I do not agree with on the article. The first e...

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