Oakton Outlook

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting the Beauty World

Eileen Lincoln, Staff Writer

June 5, 2020

What is considered essential? Within the few months of the coronavirus pandemic, many people’s concepts of necessity have drastically changed. Simple aspects of life that used to hold much importance - such as clothing, fashion, and beauty - are no longer mandatory in the big scheme of things. Now the mos...

Is the College Board Creating Fake Accounts to Catch Cheaters?

Is the College Board Creating Fake Accounts to Catch Cheaters?

Shevany Moharir, Staff Writer

May 25, 2020

Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, College Board announced in late March that they will still be administering its AP exams in May in a new shortened online format. Besides the last-minute change in format - a 45 minute, one or two free-response question test - which caused chaos among the nearly 2.7 mill...

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

Shevany Moharir, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

Most high school students are used to hearing the question “What do you want to study in college?” This question can be quite daunting, especially for those who don’t have a definitive answer. It also leaves out the possibility of possibly not going to college, or at least not right away. A gap ...

Jeopardy GOAT

Jeopardy GOAT

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

Three of Jeopardy's best players of all time faced off in a “Greatest of All Time” tournament, also referred to as the Jeopardy GOAT tournament. James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter had all made Jeopardy history in the past, and starting on January 7, they faced off to prove who was trul...

Zero waste living and America’s overconsumption problem

Eileen Lincoln, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Each year, the average American creates around one million pounds of trash; the equivalent of filling over 63,000 garbage trucks everyday. Unfortunately, all of this waste can not just disappear either, and usually gets sent to one of the 1,908 landfills throughout the United States. While it is diff...

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...

Animal Cruelty in the Beauty Industry

Eileen Lincoln, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

A few years ago, one of the most popular beauty brands in the world was exposed in a scandal for the mislabelling of their cosmetics: Loreal Paris marketed themselves as a 100% vegan, cruelty-free brand despite manufacturing products in China, where animal testing is required. However, while the brand receiv...

The Effect of Fast Fashion on Human Rights and the Environment

Eileen Lincoln, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Imagine walking into a mall on Black Friday. Hundreds are crowding the entrances of stores, trying to get ahold of the numerous deals and sales. Some of the most popular clothing brands in the world: H&M, Forever 21, Zara - have over 30% off discounts. While thousands try on and purchase man...

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 ...

Colleges Reforming the System

Payton Wozny, Editorial Board

September 15, 2019

   As the college application process grows increasingly more important and stressful for juniors and seniors, many students are stressing over SAT or ACT scores. In the United States, standardized testing plays a major role in determining students' capabilities and an even bigger role in determin...

Screens Before Sleep

Screens Before Sleep

Caroline Kearns

June 9, 2019

With all of the time I spend being on my phone, I was completely unaware of the affects it has on my overall health and happiness. Recent studies are showing a dangerous continuing trend of insufficient sleep across children and young adults- the culprit? Screens. According to data from the American Acade...

What does movie violence portray to today’s youth?

What does movie violence portray to today's youth?

Thu Pham

June 5, 2019

For someone who grew up in Vietnam, I basically was raised with the notion that violent movies are ruinous to your mental health and will make you a bad person. And growing up, I believed that. At face value, it makes sense that there should be a correlation between indulging inappropriate films and turning...

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