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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,...

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...

Let’s Stop Glorifying Obama – and All Politicians For That Matter

Amelia Gulding, Online Editor

January 19, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

As we mentally prepare to inaugurate Donald Trump as the 45th president of the U.S., many people, particularly liberals, are feeling nostalgic over the last eight years of Obama. There are definitely reasons to feel a sense of...

Do’s and don’t’s of college essays

Rachel Keith, Staff Writer

December 6, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

College essays can be a tumultuous ordeal, filled with stress and indecisiveness about how to respond to a prompt that seems designed to be horribly vague. However, English classes have helped students tackle this issue through...

Homecoming was a hit

Faith Schweikert, Staff Writer

November 22, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

What happens in Vegas certainly didn’t stay in Vegas, but only because unlike previous years, this year’s homecoming was one to remember. Props to you, SGA. The major change: location. When the original idea to have the...

5 Tips for Having a Productive Spring Break

Hiba Ahmad, Business Manager

April 19, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

1. College Visits: Conveniently, high school spring break does not coincide with college spring breaks, which makes it a perfect time to go tour a few colleges. It also gives you enough time to also look at out- of- state colleg...

Valentine’s Day is exaggerated, other holidays should have higher priority

Nick Runkel, Online Editor

March 4, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

February 14.  For anyone who grew up or lives in these United States this date means paper hearts, red or pink themed clothing and endless declarations of affection.  Valentine’s Day is a day of love; for some.&nbs...

The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts

Riker Lawrence, Staff Writer

February 13, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Staff Commentary

It is February, a month full of flowers, chocolates and love. Couples get their special day and singles feel extra lonely. Some gifts go to the extreme, but some couples like the simple things, such as a card or a box of chocola...

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