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Is being grateful unappreciated?

Is being grateful unappreciated?

Jennifer Coon
November 25, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Thanksgiving, one of the best times of the year, is one of the most underrated holidays.  On the last Thursday of November, the family gathers around the table, says a few a words, and feasts on turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and even more Thanksgiving delicacies.  Thanksgiving is also one of the...

When is it too early to celebrate?

When is it too early to celebrate?

Ashley Shepard
November 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

From the beginning of October to the end of January, many religions and cultures celebrate holidays. Whether it's Halloween, Eid Al-Adha, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or more; basically everyone has a holiday to celebrate. But when is it too early to start getting in the spirit of things? Obvio...

Leadership: The students who create the fun

Morgan Cooper
November 11, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

As you may know, Oakton’s Leadership class works extremely hard to appeal to all audiences in the student body. When crisis occurs, such as Hurricane Joaquin postponing homecoming, the students gather together in “committees” to resolve the problem. Each committee is a collection of four to five...

Thoughts on driving at a young age

Thoughts on driving at a young age

Jessica Marshall
November 9, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Many students at Oakton High School can drive, and many are just beginning to get their permits and start driving. But isn’t 15 pretty young to be driving on the real road? Driving can be very scary, and teens/new drivers especially need to be paying attention to being a safe driver. There have been...

Time to turn back the clock? New start times don’t work as well as expected

Time to turn back the clock? New start times don’t work as well as expected

Andrew Lokay
October 28, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Before their adoption by the School Board last October, later start times were hailed as a panacea for practically all of high-school students’ problems. Fatigued teenagers would get a desperately needed hour of sleep; students would be more focused in class and would earn better grades. Unfortunately,...

What is the proper role of technology in the classroom?

What is the proper role of technology in the classroom?

Sam Rutzick
October 28, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Oakton has always been at the forefront of technological innovation, wholeheartedly adopting new techniques for properly educating students. Blackboard is a necessity, and in ever more classes, teachers are having students use their phones and computers. The old attendance system was phased out, being...

Cell Phones: A Valuable Learning Resource or a Distraction to the Learning Environment?

Cell Phones: A Valuable Learning Resource or a Distraction to the Learning Environment?

Jessica Marshall
October 28, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Cell phones can be seen as a distraction to students’ learning, but they can also be seen as a valuable learning resource. Whether teachers allow use of technology in the classroom or not, most students continue to go on their phones. In a poll asking 30 teachers whether they allow cell phones or not,...

Failing the Test of Time: Is It Time to Move All Standardized Exams Online?

Failing the Test of Time: Is It Time to Move All Standardized Exams Online?

Ethan Sullivan
June 14, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

In today’s digital age, seemingly everything we do has gone online. From reading books, to playing games, to checking what the homework was, activities that had traditionally been in the real world are increasingly moving to an online platform. In many of these instances, the move online has proven...

Baseball’s cure-all: the designated hitter

Baseball’s cure-all: the designated hitter

Ethan Sullivan
May 19, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Sports, Web exclusive

More so than almost ever before, Major League Baseball is in need of a serious offensive pickup. With a youth fan base that is growing more and more disillusioned, the need for change in baseball is absolutely screaming. As is the case with any big sport, nothing draws up more excitement than offense,...

AP Courses: how many is too many?

AP Courses: how many is too many?

Kathryn Tatum
May 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Forty-five percent of students at Oakton are currently enrolled in AP, or Advanced Placement, courses. This number speaks for itself –taking AP’s has become extremely common at Oakton. AP courses are college-level classes offered in high school. By performing well on AP exams, students have the opportunity...

Timber! Time to retire “Old Hickory”

Timber! Time to retire “Old Hickory”

Andrew Lokay
May 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Andrew Jackson should be removed from the $20 bill The nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, has been on the $20 bill since 1928, when his portrait was placed on it by the Treasury Department. While the Treasury’s exact reasons for choosing Jackson have been lost to history, he did enjoy a ...

What a word we live in

evanheitman
April 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

We don’t have enough appreciation for words. Or to be more specific, we take words for granted. Every day of our lives is flooded with words. Words we say, words we hear, words we read, words we think. We are exposed to such a perpetual, overwhelming torrent of words, through social media, books, conversations,...

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