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An old building with new habits

An old building with new habits

Ethan Sullivan, Editor-in-chief
October 28, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

Evacuations strike Oakton during after-school activities Students who stayed after school on Monday and Wednesday last week were met with a bit of a surprise when they were forced to evacuate the building and wait outside in the cold. The two incidents together, unusual enough in their own right, s...

Democratic Dropouts: Webb, Chaffee announce end to presidential campaigns

Democratic Dropouts: Webb, Chaffee announce end to presidential campaigns

Ethan Sullivan
October 28, 2015
Filed under News

On Oct. 20 2015, exactly a week after the first Democratic presidential debate, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced he would no longer be seeking the Democratic nomination for president. After numerous comments on Webb being a “closet Republican” many were wondering how much longer he would be...

ACT now… or later. ACT scoring delayed by record number of test submissions

ACT now… or later. ACT scoring delayed by record number of test submissions

Ethan Sullivan
October 28, 2015
Filed under News

For high school seniors already stressing out over the college applications process, things may have just gotten a little crazier. The American College Test (ACT) has announced that, due to an unusually large number of test takers for the September administration of the exam, score results may be delayed...

The STEM of our troubles: does an excessive focus on STEM hinder students?

The STEM of our troubles: does an excessive focus on STEM hinder students?

Sam Rutzick
October 28, 2015
Filed under News

As we reach the end of the first quarter of the school year, a disturbing trend has become ever more common in school curricula across the United States, and right here, in Oakton High School. Ever more often, schools have focused on STEM (science, math, engineering, and technology) as they plan their...

Joaquin or Dancing?

Joaquin or Dancing?

Tony Waltrich
October 28, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

School has been back in session for over two months now and Oakton still has yet to host its annual homecoming dance. Originally scheduled for the Oct. 3, the Grease-themed homecoming dance has been postponed by the weather. This is by no means the fault of Oakton Leadership, as all of their preparat...

Devastating hurricane hits Mexico

Devastating hurricane hits Mexico

Rebecca Woodhouse
October 28, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

On the Pacific coast of Mexico, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere hit on Friday, October 23. Wind speeds up to 201 mph, caused evacuations for many communities where Hurricane Patricia was expected to hit. Huge storm surges with large waves and swells occurred,...

Kunduz Hospital Bombing

Kunduz Hospital Bombing

Ishika Jain
October 26, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

On October 3,2015, an American gunship attacked the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital ( Doctors Without Borders program) in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan. As of now the attack killed at least 23 people, and injured many more. About 12 staff members and 10 patients were killed. The Doctors without...

As if it weren’t hard enough: How the New SAT is Going to Affect You

As if it weren’t hard enough: How the New SAT is Going to Affect You

Ethan Sullivan
October 26, 2015
Filed under News

Students in the United States have been taking the SAT since the early 20th century, and in recent years their numbers have ballooned up to monstrous levels. In 2014, nearly 1.7 million students took the SAT, the highest number of testers which the College Board has ever recorded. The College Board,...

The Center at the CAPTA Conference 2015

The Center at the CAPTA Conference 2015

Kathryn Tatum
October 24, 2015
Filed under Feature, News, Web exclusive

A group of Center tutors, along with advisers Beth Blankenship and Stephanie Lin, attended a CAPTA tutoring conference at George Mason University on Friday, October 2. “CAPTA” stands for Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association. According to their website, “CAPTA exists to build community among secondary...

The Life of Two Heroes After France

The Life of Two Heroes After France

Lindsey Katsaros
October 22, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

This past August, three Americans; Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos, saved a train full of passengers by tackling and disarming a gunman. They have all been viewed as heroes since, and have even been awarded the Medal of Honor by the President. After being seen as a hero, Skarlatos was i...

FCPS Crowdsources Deficit Solutions with Budget Proposal Tool

FCPS Crowdsources Deficit Solutions with Budget Proposal Tool

Sam Rutzick
October 22, 2015
Filed under News

As the Fairfax County Public School System reels from an absolutely devastating round of budget cuts, the administration has resorted to a bit of an unusual source for a solution – the community. Apparently taking a page from Kickstarter, a popular online funding website, the School Board is crowd...

PSAT 2015: The Biggest Inside Joke

PSAT 2015: The Biggest Inside Joke

Katie Thompson
October 22, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

This past Wednesday, Twitter and Tumblr exploded with the hashtag #PSAT. Thousands of sophomores and juniors across the country took the PSAT/NMSQT that morning, and immediately took to social media to turn the secret test content into internet memes. These standardized tests, meant to prepare kids for...

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