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How to fill out the FAFSA form

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Sahithi Jammulamadaka, Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2020

FAFSA, or The Free Application to Federal Student Aid, is a form that current and prospective college students fill out to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. That money can be put towards tuition or room and board (if you choose to live on campus). Whether you think you will be a...

The problem with the rising popularity of thrifting

Eileen Lincoln, Editorial Board

October 20, 2020

Over the past few years, the popularity of thrift stores has increased more than ever: with people all over the country looking for cheap deals, unique clothing pieces, and a more eco-friendly way of consuming clothes. While finding a high-end dress in a thrift shop may be exciting for some — for others —...

New York Times releases President Trump’s tax returns

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Sahithi Jammulamadaka, Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2020

On September 27th, 2020 the New York Times released 18 years of President Trump’s tax returns to the public, revealing shocking information. Since Trump’s first presidential bid in 2016, he has been adamant about hiding his tax returns. He claims that since he is under audit he cannot release them, w...

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting the Beauty World

Eileen Lincoln, Editorial Board

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, Editorial Board

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, Editorial Board

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, Editorial Board

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, Editorial Board

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, Editorial Board

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 ...

Meet the Staff
Katie Le
Staff Writer

Hi I'm Katie Le and this is my 3rd year in Journalism. I'm a Junior at Oakton High School, and I love watching Netflix, eating, cheering, and sleeping.

Aubrey Harrell
Editorial Board

Hi, my name is Aubrey and this is my second year as an editor for the Oakton Outlook. I'm a senior and this is my fourth year writing for the newspaper. My favorite kind of stories to write are A&E...

Payton Wozny
Editor-In-Chief

Hey, I'm Payton! This is my fourth and final year with the Oakton Outlook; I'm super excited to be an Editor-In-Chief this year. I love to write feature stories and investigative pieces. You can also catch...

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