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Why do we celebrate Hanukkah?

Why do we celebrate Hanukkah?

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under A&E, InDepth

Every December, many families comes together to exchange gifts, sing festive songs, play fun games, and eat delicious food during an exciting holiday. No, I am not referring to Christmas, but the ever forgotten Hanukkah. Everyone has heard of the classic “festival of lights,” 8 day celebration w...

An Everlasting Christmas Icon: Mariah Carey’s Impact

An Everlasting Christmas Icon: Mariah Carey’s Impact

Courtney Te, Editorial Board

December 14, 2017


Filed under A&E, Music

   There’s probably not a person in the world who doesn’t know Mariah Carey. She’s a household name—whether known as a world renowned singer of the ‘90’s or a person who’s a little bit too full of herself. Inarguably, her career is most accredited to her wildly popular Christmas songs like...

How Loud Can Poetry Be?

Wendy Gao, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under A&E, Art, Oakton students

Poetry Out Loud has come and gone, but there is still much to recap. Last week on December 7th, a number of Oakton’s poets, sonneteers, and rhymesters competed in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest. Poetry Out Loud is an annual competition hosted by Mr. Lawless that encourages students to write...

Addicted to the screen

Addicted to the screen

Emily Richardson, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under A&E

What do mobile games such as Flappy Bird, Candy Crush, and Pokemon Go have in common? They’re all impossible to put down; they’re borderline addictive. What makes them so addictive, though? What is the constant at play that keeps people glued to their phone screens? The number one factor th...

10 Christmas hacks you need to know

December 12, 2017


Filed under A&E, Art, fashion, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

As we get older, it seems like our Christmas spirit diminishes as well. From a DIY candy cane lip scrub, to last minute Christmas gifts, here are 10 Christmas hacks to help you get through the season in style.   Make your own minty lip gloss. Crush a couple mints in a ziploc bag until it rea...

Naps: A blessing or a curse?

Ashley Shepard

November 28, 2017


Filed under A&E, Lifestyle

It’s that time of year when teachers are cramming assignments in before break and students try to juggle it all while staying sane. But that takes A LOT of energy, and that doesn’t even include extracurriculars, homework, time with family and friends, and keeping a consistent sleep schedule. For ...

Where should your next Christmas vacation be?

Juvianna Mullings, Staff Writer

November 25, 2017


Filed under Lifestyle, Uncategorized

‘Tis the season for gifts and joy to the world! Preparation for Dec. 25 has began and stores have started selling Christmas themed decoration since Halloween ended. With Thanksgiving around the corner, flights are being booked and the hottest new gifts are out and ready to be purchased, but, deep down,...

Miley’s Back and Younger Now

Miley’s Back and Younger Now

Jessica Marshall, Editor-in-Chief

November 23, 2017


Filed under A&E, Music, Web exclusive

After releasing "Bangerz" in 2013, Miley Cyrus took a break and focused more time on herself and her relationship with serious boyfriend and now fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Now, four years later, she is back into her music career and just released her newest album, "Younger Now" at the end of September....

Teen Vogue ceased in print; the end of a golden era?

Teen Vogue ceased in print; the end of a golden era?

Ashleigh Tain, Editorial Board

November 22, 2017


Filed under A&E, Lifestyle

At a young age, Teen Vogue Magazine opened a new realm of maturity and culture to my life. It made reading more adventurous and purposeful, I felt like an accomplished adult, and honestly a crisp stack of Vogue magazines really does make your bedroom look that much better. But on a more serious note...

RIP Snapchat?

RIP Snapchat?

Payton Wozny, Staff Writer

November 22, 2017


Filed under A&E, News

Facebook and Instagram might be making the Snapchat ghost a little too literal.  Although Snapchat is part of most of our daily lives, Facebook and Instagram are stripping Snapchat of its users leading to a large decline in Snapchat’s income.   Surprisingly, Insta-stories are doing its part in taking users f...

Disney Movies Leaving Netflix

Disney Movies Leaving Netflix

Brendan Bellingham, Staff Writer

November 22, 2017


Filed under A&E, Movies & TV

  The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest media companies in the entire world. They produce multi-million dollar animated children's movies through Pixar, popular children's television shows on Disney Channel, and the movies that crush the box office year after year with the Star Wars series ...

Shows Leaving Netflix

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

November 22, 2017


Filed under A&E, Movies & TV

When I first heard that my absolute favorite show, How I Met Your Mother, was leaving Netflix, I was more than disappointed. Many people I have talked to have agreed that this is a tragedy, but no big deal, right? After all, it is only one show. Well, not exactly. As I continued to look into it, I found m...

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