Oakton Outlook

To rename or not to rename high schools in FCPS?

Wendy Gao, Editorial Board

February 19, 2020

From its birth as the first colony to its now renowned reputation for producing presidents, Virginia has played a pivotal role in shaping America’s history since the beginning. But its past is not one of pristine patriotism, and like many other former Confederate states, Virginia’s story is one battered by...

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Haley Longfellow, Staff Writer

January 24, 2020

In an ideal world, a long, rejuvenating break would bring about a strong urge to return to the security of daily routines. With the mind aching for the comforts of reality, an individual would quickly rejoin society and devotedly immerse themselves in work, school, or any other organized efforts.  ...

Student veganism: balancing change and comfort

Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

January 24, 2020

In the past weeks, Oakton’s AP Environmental Science class has been studying the waste unit by embracing action and challenges. After tracking and measuring daily waste for a week, they were assigned an optional challenge of pursuing veganism. A majority of her students pursued this, some being Aditi ...

Speaking (youth) truth to power

Wendy Gao, Editorial Board

January 24, 2020

At the close of business on New Year’s Eve, Newseum visitors found their way to the exits of the museum, and staff members began to shut down exhibits - as they had done for 11 years. Only this time, the Newseum would not open the following morning. The glass doors of the Newseum closed for the l...

“Junioritis:” a Form of Procrastination Inspired by Fear

Charlie Williams, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Every student on their final leg of learning at Oakton is familiar with the idea of “senioritis.” With the end of the second quarter, most seniors have either gotten into college or finished the worst of the submission process. As the suffix implies, senioritis is a psychological affliction that infects seniors with a profound lack of mot...

Your Personality Might Determine Your Academic Success

Your Personality Might Determine Your Academic Success

Sameeha Khan, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Personality often determines learning style, and with a diversity of personality, it is almost impossible to formulate a curriculum that fits every student, and every personality. The current education system today, however, is very similar to that of the education system in the 1900s. In the U.S, schoo...

Governor’s School

Portia Dai, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Governor’s school is something many students may not have heard of unless they are in the arts (orchestra, band, or chorus) and although it offers programs in the arts, it also provides programs in academics such as medicine, agriculture, and math. This month-long program takes place during summer break...

Good Non-Online Electives to take

January 14, 2020

Oakton High School boasts an extensive catalogue of electives to take, from leadership training to learning the inner workings of the human mind. However, it’s not always easy to know what electives to take, especially when there’s no longer an elective fair to attend, so Ms. Osbourne was interviewed...

How You Can Prepare for Your Midterms

How You Can Prepare for Your Midterms

Max Dolinh, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Winter break is over and the first semester is over in a couple of weeks, which, as bad as it seems to think about, means your midterm exams will be happening soon as well. While it’s likely that you will only have a midterm in a select few if not only one of your classes, just having one still is anothe...

Clothing Exchange Drive

January 14, 2020

With the recent events happening in our world, from the amazon forest burning down to the millions of animals killed in the Australia fires,  it’s good to see some positivity happening in our community that positively impacts the ecosystem we’ve damaged. The Oakton Highschool environmental club h...

The Struggles of a Crew Kid

Holland Cogan, Staff Writer

January 6, 2020

The Oakton Crew team is infamous for their intense winter conditioning in preparation for water season. Students practice on erg machines for weeks before rowing, and the practice is a necessity to get their minds and bodies ready for the harsh conditions that come with the Occoquan environment. Howev...

The Season of Giving

Courtesy to the Jubilee Soup Kitchen

Sitota Mesfin, Staff Writer

December 17, 2019

It’s that time of the year again! Hot cocoa on a chilly afternoon, fresh snow on the lawn, ice skating outside. All activities that are automatically thought of during the wintertime. But what about being kind and helping those in need? Winter may bring gifts and snow to play with, but it also bring...

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