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Capitol Lockdown

Tony Waltrich
April 14, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

At approximately 2 PM on Saturday, Apr. 11, an unnamed gunman committed suicide by gunshot on the western steps of the US Capitol Building. At the moment, officials do not know the reason for the act, although there is no indication of terrorism. In addition to the shooting, a "suspicious package" was...

CrISIS in the art world

CrISIS in the art world

Andrew Lokay
April 8, 2015
Filed under News

The islamic state destroys priceless antiquities in iraq During the month of March, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has targeted numerous museums and historical sites for destruction. The terrorist organization has been bulldozing and looting areas of cultural or historical signific...

Springing Forward: NoVa’s Weather

Morgan Cooper
April 8, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

For Oakton students and the NoVa area, it seems as if this long winter is finally over. With temperatures in the high 60’s and the sun shining almost every day, springs official arrival has become a reality. On Feb. 2, the infamous groundhog saw his shadow. As the six more weeks of winter continued...

Extra hours of sleep hurt Oakton’s schedule

Extra hours of sleep hurt Oakton’s schedule

Maggie Campbell
March 12, 2015
Filed under News, Web exclusive

The extra hours of sleep gained from two hour delays and snow days are being felt by the Oakton High School community due to changes in scheduling to make up for lost hours of school. Even though Fairfax County built in 12 snow days for the 2014-2015 school year, Oakton only has nine built in. "Collaboration...

Oakton awaits major renovations

Oakton awaits major renovations

Tony Waltrich
March 10, 2015
Filed under News, Oakton News

It’s no secret to Oakton students that our school is quite literally falling apart. Often the subject of jokes, the deterioration of Oakton ranges from dented lockers to shedding roof tiles. Surprisingly enough, the most presentable part of Oakton may well be the bathrooms. All Oakton bathrooms except...

Oakton Team Up for St Jude

Oakton Team Up for St Jude

Tony Waltrich
March 10, 2015
Filed under Feature, News, Oakton students

There are many clubs at Oakton, some well-known and some that fly further under the radar. Although it doesn’t receive the same attention as clubs such as crew, hockey, or Best Buddies, Oakton’s Team Up for St. Jude does a lot of great work for the community. St. Jude is a children’s research hospital...

U.S. reopens diplomatic relations with Cuba

Andrew Lokay
March 10, 2015
Filed under National News, News, Web exclusive

 Obama's announcement ends a 50-year stalemate On Jan. 23, two days of intense negotiations between the United States and Cuba ended with little accomplished. These talks follow President Obama’s December announcement that the U.S. and Cuba had reached a historic agreement, which will begin to thaw ...

Course Selection Chaos

Course Selection Chaos

Ethan Sullivan
February 3, 2015
Filed under News, Oakton News

It’s just that crazy time of year again.   Teachers scramble to fit in midterms and finals in a rapidly closing quarterly window. Coaches and players are gearing up for both the start and finish of many sports seasons. Even the weather is all over the place, with every day bringing some new...

John Ferri: Singing Sensation

John Ferri: Singing Sensation

Tony Waltrich
January 23, 2015
Filed under Feature, Music, News, Oakton students

Senior John Ferri is noted for both his fantastic vocals and his obvious devotion to the art of singing. After years of participating in the Oakton Singers, Ferri has received an invitation to join the Virginia State Chorus. The VA Chorus is regarded as the most highly regarded high school singing group...

Reassessing the reassessment system at Oakton

Reassessing the reassessment system at Oakton

Ethan Sullivan
January 22, 2015
Filed under News, Oakton News

Before this year, choosing to retake an assessment at Oakton was often an extremely unpredictable process. Under the previous retake system, the school had no standards for reassessing, leading to an erratic process filled with disparities between different teachers, even within the same department....

Signing to seal the deal

Signing to seal the deal

Erin Preaskorn
January 15, 2015
Filed under Baseball, Girls Basketball, Girls Lacrosse, Oakton News, Sports, Swim & Dive

National Signing Day occurred during the third week of November, where athletes from various sports all over the country signed their National Letter of Intent. The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a document used to indicate a student athlete’s commitment to take part in athletics at National Col...

Nobel Prize Announcements

Nobel Prize Announcements

Kathryn Tatum
January 9, 2015
Filed under News, World News

Malala Yousafzai, age 17, and Kailash Satyarthi beat many, including the Pope and Vladimir Putin, to the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai is a Pakistani teenager who has been an advocate for girl’s education since she was young. In 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban, a fundamentalist...

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