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Oakton Outlook

The student news site of Oakton High School

Oakton Outlook

The student news site of Oakton High School

Oakton Outlook

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Senior Internships

TJ Parrillo, Staff Writer | April 8, 2024

It's the time of year when seniors decide if they would like to complete the last parts of their education or begin their first steps of adulthood by getting an internship. It's an important decision as it will determine how you will be spending...

AP African American History

Nyla Kathuria, Staff Writer | February 29, 2024

   The Virginia Department of Education approved the AP African American Studies course, now offered as a pilot course. Late last year, College Board’s AP African American Studies course was approved and received the green light to be taught across...

The Spotlight Shines on Innovate Student Directors

Katie Sullivan, Staff Writer | February 29, 2024

   Seats fill, lights dim, and adrenaline rises as Oakton students prepare to display their complex student-directed One-Act Plays (One Acts). The One Acts have been an Oakton tradition for many years, building a large community of creative leaders.  ...

Eager for college? No, AVID for college.

Brielle Long, Staff Writer | December 11, 2023

     Everyone has ups and downs in their life where they don’t quite know how to move forward. No one is alone in this. Whether it be in school or at home, there are solutions. AVID is just one example, a class where students are prepared for college...

Discovering Indigenous Heritage

Layla Al Jallad, Staff Writer | December 11, 2023

Winter Break: A Blip on the Radar or a Mini Vacation?

Tyler Donaldson, Opinion Editor | November 20, 2023

For the last several years, winter break has been set at two weeks. However, this seems not long enough for some students. In my opinion, winter break should remain at its current two week length, because increasing it would take time away from summer...

Cougz at Concerts

Aubrey Leverett, Online Manager/ Social Media Manager | October 17, 2023

What do Snoop Dogg, Morgan Wallen, and the Backseat Lovers all have in common? They gave summer memories (and Instagram-worthy moments) to teens from all over Northern Virginia, with music artists from all genres, from underground rap to alternative rock....

Suicide Prevention Month

Elsie Anderson, Staff Writer | October 17, 2023

Suicide Prevention Month is a worldwide event to memorialize the lives lost to suicide and promote awareness against it. This national observance occurred on Sunday, September 10th - Saturday, September 16th, 2023. As we take a closer look at what Oakton...

Cougar Connect

Evie Kehoe, Staff Writer | October 6, 2023

       Every year, third period's name changes and has slight changes to how it operates. This year, however, a major change was made as the class is no longer a combination of grades 9-12. Instead, one’s class is made up of only people in their...

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Incoming Freshman Tips

Evie Kehoe, Staff Writer | September 21, 2023

Starting high school can be an overwhelming experience at times, especially if one doesn’t know what to expect beforehand. The transition from middle school to high school may be jarring as classes get harder and the school seems bigger compared to...


Layla Al Jallad, Staff Writer | September 21, 2023

  After FCPS’ hybrid schedule in 2020-2021, requirements for all students and staff were to wear masks at all times and keep their distance from one another. This stayed the same through the following year until March 1st when regulations...

Vertical Farming: Something Worth Arguing?

Vertical Farming: Something Worth Arguing?

Layla Abshire, Editor-in-Cheif | June 7, 2023

Whether it be known for what it is, or for the stress that it put students through, vertical farming is a hot topic in the halls of Oakton. On the 2023 AP Language and Composition Exam, Juniors awaited three essays, and most notably, for the synthesis...

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