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Holiday guide to Secret Santa presents

Holiday guide to Secret Santa presents

Kristen Peters
December 15, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

As the holiday season rolls around once again, so does the much-dreaded stress of buying the perfect gift for your Secret Santa(s). For those of you who have no clue where to even begin your everlasting Christmas shopping adventures, follow these steps to finding the perfect present for your Secret Santa: 1....

Winter’s Trends

Winter’s Trends

Nathan Tankel
December 11, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

Winter is the coldest season of the year and a lot of its most popular trends are drawn from efforts to stay comfortable in the cold weather; most famous: hot chocolate. Hot chocolate, a delicious drink, is enjoyed by many Americans. It is  seen as the typical beverage enjoyed after a fun day of frolicking...

So It’s Been Saeed: Pakistani exchange student sets out to shatter stereotypes from around the world

So It’s Been Saeed: Pakistani exchange student sets out to shatter stereotypes from around the world

Ethan Sullivan
December 9, 2015
Filed under Feature

Most would recognize his voice from the daily morning announcements. Many juniors are familiar with his face from their classes together. His presence at Oakton has grown undeniable, but what many do not know about junior Saryal Saeed is the captivating story which has brought him to the school, and...

Marriya Schwarz: National Finalist and Award Winner

Marriya Schwarz: National Finalist and Award Winner

Morgan Cooper
December 9, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

Senior Marriya Schwarz, an Opus Literary Magazine editor-in-chief, designed a flamboyant and intriguing spread for the past year's issue, Silhouette. The spread had a full color giraffe with a green background and a notebook spine down the center of the two pages. To make this design work, Schwarz spent...

It’s always sunny in Fairfax County

It’s always sunny in Fairfax County

aliciakay
December 1, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

On Nov. 23 2015, Susan Stillman and Susan Weltz from the VA Sierra Club gave a special presentation to the JMHS Students for Environmental Action (SEA Club) on how the use of solar energy can be applicable in FCPS. It all started in 2013, when student leaders in Albemarle county schools teamed up ...

Black Friday: A Love/Hate Relationship

Black Friday: A Love/Hate Relationship

Jessica Marshall
November 26, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

Black Friday is known as a crazy day full of busy shoppers hunting for the best sales at stores. Some people who are avid black Friday shoppers go every year, and start shopping at midnight that day. People love getting all their holiday shopping done in one day, at the same time as getting great prices...

Oakton Drama Announces Spring Musical

Oakton Drama Announces Spring Musical

Nina Jacobs
November 23, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

In a widely anticipated announcement, Oakton Drama revealed the spring musical on Oct. 30. Though many thought this year's show couldn't possibly top last year's Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera seems to have done just that. The challenge Phantom presents is greater than any show Oakton has undert...

VOTE for the Best of Oakton Homecoming 2015

VOTE for the Best of Oakton Homecoming 2015

Kathryn Tatum
November 17, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

Which do you think the bestproposal for homecoming was? ...

QR Codes: Yay or Nay

QR Codes: Yay or Nay

Aidan Kuester
November 11, 2015
Filed under Feature, Web exclusive

With the development of the QR code scanner in recent years Oakton has turned to this new technology for a number of things. Recently the vote for members of Homecoming court used QR codes, to a certain amount of controversy. The issue is, as it always is when classrooms use smart phone technology, that...

Oakton Chorus Revives Acapella Groups

Oakton Chorus Revives Acapella Groups

Victoria Grimm
November 1, 2015
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Popularized by TV shows and Films such as "Glee' and "Pitch Perfect", acapella has become a sensation in pop culture as well as a staple in school choral programs. Oakton is no exception, flaunting talented boy's and girl's acapella groups up until two years ago when boy's acapella ended, and last year...

From Skip Bromley to JFK

From Skip Bromley to JFK

Nina Jacobs
October 28, 2015
Filed under Feature

Oakton student performs with the National Symphony Orchestra through the Youth Fellowship Program It didn’t take Xander Day very long to realize that his family’s violin legacy just wasn’t for him. He hated playing the violin “not as an instrument; it just wasn’t very fun for [him].” However,...

Meet this year’s new counselors

Meet this year’s new counselors

Jennifer Coon
October 28, 2015
Filed under Feature

Oakton has welcomed two new counselors this school year: Mr. Quesuan Wigfall and Ms. Alyson Calvallo. Mr. Wigfall loved to hang out with his friends and play outside as a child. He moved around often, for his father was in the military. Some places Mr. Wigfall has lived are Germany, Kansas City, California,...

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