Oakton Outlook

WHO is Behind the OHS Thoughts Page?

Charlie Williams, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Image courtesy of twitter With the daily stresses of school, friends, and family weighing down on every student at Oakton, it can be important to have a place to go to rant, vent, or simply express one’s opinions as a way of relieving some of that stress. And that, in a nutshell, is the purpose of the student-run OHS Thoughts Instagram page. The page was founded, presumably by a student at Oakton, this year, and has already garnered an impressive amount o...

A Study Guide for Studying

A Study Guide for Studying

Sameeha Khan, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

Even in just high school, a good work ethic coupled with proper study habits can dramatically improve people's academic performance. Natural intelligence may not play as large of a part into school as one may think, and instead it is work ethic that can change success both inside and outside the classroom.The...

Cultural Exchange at Oakton

Cultural Exchange at Oakton

Haley Longfellow, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

Cultural experiences can be fascinating, offering people a glance into the day-to-day lives of others. They can shed light on the differences between simple things; say, shopping for groceries in California versus Egypt, or finding transportation in Laos versus Spain. To an outsider, these differences can define...

The Key To Good Grades

Nour Al-kaaby, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

   It happens the same way every time: you are sitting in the front of the class, bottom numb in the old wooden chair. The teacher is passing back thick test packets to class, and you are next. She hands you the test and you read the look in her eyes. When she hands you the packet you quickly sear...

Underdog Colleges that Should be on your List

Underdog Colleges that Should be on your List

Brendan Bellingham, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Virginia holds a great deal of excellent public and private institutions. The larger schools are widely known for their football teams and low acceptance rates. These universities develop cult-like alliances and form traditions that many families cherish. However, In the shadow of these huge organizati...

The Reality of the New Retake Policy

The Reality of the New Retake Policy

Riya Jain, Editorial Board

October 31, 2019

As a senior that enjoyed the flexibility of retaking up to the highest score that I received on my retakes for the past three years, I was worried, along with other students, when I heard that Oakton would be implementing a new retake policy starting from the 2019-2020 academic year. Instead of stude...

Trendy Fall Shoes at Oakton!

October 31, 2019

As fall is picking up, new shoes are beginning to make more of an appearance in the halls. It’s always hard to keep up with the next trend: Converse to Vans to Air Forces, and it seems like there’s always a new style to keep up with. But how do these shoes become so common? Why does everyone want ...

Therapy dogs

Grace Park, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

On October 24, 2019, five adorable therapy dogs came to Oakton High School during all lunches. They were so gentle and students loved them. A lot of students went to meet them and had a good, relaxing time. However, the majority of students do not know what exactly therapy dogs are. Plus, some students h...

A Revolutionary Brand New Gene Editing Technique

Elene Lipartiani, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

A Revolutionary Brand New Gene Editing Technique    Safely cutting and editing DNA is now easier than ever with prime editing! In the past, scientists have depended on CRISPR technology in order to edit genomes and explore the possibilities of correcting genetic defects, as well as treating and preve...

Living Through a Screen

Holland Cogan, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

If a person were to walk through an Oakton hallway on any given day, the first thing they’d see is a flood of students with their eyes glued to their phones. Whether it be at school or at home, there has been an increase of teenagers spending more time on their phones than off of them. From watching...

What’s with the Stuffed Animals?

What’s with the Stuffed Animals?

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Why do so many students suddenly have stuffed animals? Why are they covered in little pieces of tape? Is it for a class? If you are a student at Oakton, it is likely that you’ve found yourself asking one of these questions this past week. As it turns out, the explanation is fairly simple. Anatomy ...

How to Enjoy Senior Year While Dealing with College Apps

Alexandra Martschenko, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

As the end of your high school career approaches, it can be easy to get caught up in the panic and excitement of college, the future and all the possibilities that await you once you leave Oakton. It's hard to keep your mind on the present when the future's so close, but it's important to find little w...

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