Oakton Outlook

The increase of mail-in voting this year

How will it affect the outcome of the election?
November 3, 2020

As of October 27th, only a week before the presidential election, over 64 million Americans have already casted their ballots. Over half of these votes are in primary battleground states - such as...

How to fill out the FAFSA form

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The primary way to get financial aid from your colleges
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...

The problem with the rising popularity of thrifting

How thrift shopping in poorer communities can lead to gentrification
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...

New York Times releases President Trump’s tax returns

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Breaking down the important pieces with Oakton's AP Economics teacher, Ms, Lawver
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...

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting the Beauty World

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...

Is the College Board Creating Fake Accounts to Catch Cheaters?

Is the College Board Creating Fake Accounts to Catch Cheaters?
Students theorize that the College Board has created a fake account on Reddit in order to catch students cheating on AP exams
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...

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap
A close look at gap years and their perception in American Society
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...

Jeopardy GOAT

Jeopardy GOAT
January 22, 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...

Zero waste living and America’s overconsumption problem

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,...

Your Personality Might Determine Your Academic Success

Your Personality Might Determine Your Academic Success
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...

Animal Cruelty in the Beauty Industry

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...

The Effect of Fast Fashion on Human Rights and the Environment

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:...

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