Oakton Outlook

Tests: does Oakton really have it figured out?

Tests: does Oakton really have it figured out?

Courtney Te, Editorial Board

May 9, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Oakton students

   Oakton prides itself on its unique testing system that is unseen anywhere else in Fairfax county. From standardized in-class testing to group testing to take home tests, Oakton has managed to explore each option to figure out what works best for students. That being said, what are the pros and con...

Is college really that important?

Is college really that important?

Sally Park, staff writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion

From a young age, the importance of education is stressed on our impressionable minds. Our teachers and parents would pressure the importance of being accepted into a college of a particular rank onto us. The hard work of our four years of high school seems to have boiled down to what college we get acc...

Snapchat in Moderation

Snapchat in Moderation

Brendan Bellingham, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under InDepth

 Snapchat: The app that connects us all, the service that spams our notification trays daily, and the most used application on our phones. Snapchat’s integral part in not only our society but also our independent lives may seem unimpeachable at first glance but its toll on the mind is concerning ...

Summer break is almost here!

Gracie Mouzavires, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under InDepth

The end of the year is approaching and everyone is counting down the days until summer vacation. The time between spring break and summer break is a rough time for students. There is the pressure of third quarter ending and finishing all of your assignments before the deadline as well as SOL’s, AP...

In a society of stimulated youth

Ashleigh Tain, Editorial Board

April 8, 2018


Filed under InDepth

In our February Print Issue, we covered the idea of stimulated youth on social media platforms and lifestyle. We connected the social implications of maturity and why our youth is considered to be lacking it. However, as these young online users are manipulating social media, the internet is plagued wit...

The tangle of gun control and mental health

Kalina Boshkovska, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under InDepth

Lately, many have noticed how guns have caused great havoc in our nation. The recent shooting in Florida was the event that opened everyone's eyes to the the truth behind gun violence. After over 18 casualties occurring in less than three months, there have been many conversations surrounding how mental health a...

Dear politicians and lawmakers

Dear politicians and lawmakers

Sally Park, staff writer

March 24, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion, Politics

A personal account of witnessing a shooting

How To Survive the Fourth Quarter

Amy Dai, Staff Writer

March 24, 2018


Filed under A&E, InDepth, Lifestyle, Opinion, Showcase

After months of waiting anxiously for 4th quarter to arrive, we have finally made it - through the grueling first quarter, second quarter exhaustion, sporadic snow days, and third quarter stress as well as spring break. With only one week left until the official end of third quarter and the beginning...

The Truth Behind Saint Patrick’s Day

Olivia Garrone, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

The words “Saint Patrick’s Day” likely conjures up images of leprechauns, four leaf clovers, and pots of gold. What is this holiday about really? Most people don’t know who Saint Patrick was at all. Is there any meaning to the often overlooked day, or is it about nothing more than shamrock s...

Why are we so friendly

Why are we so friendly

Jake Neuffer, Editor

February 27, 2018


Filed under InDepth

Imagine this: you're walking down the street with your earbuds in. You’re in the zone, thinking about all the things you have to do today. Suddenly, walking towards you on the same side of the sidewalk, a familiar face appears. Oh no, you know him. You don’t know how you know him, but you definitel...

Is hard work irrelevant?

Ashleigh Tain, Editorial Board

February 25, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion

As students, we all thrive under diversity. Everyone is unique in their passions, pursuits, to the way one works. Personally, I do my best work in long periods of time in which I meticulously map out everything and delve into details carefully. At the end of the day, I like to know that I worked hard...

Hasmik Khoylunts visits from Armenia

Gracie Mouzavires, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under InDepth

Oakton has been changing rapidly it seems like something new is going on every day. Recently there has been teachers visiting us from some foreign countries and speaking during some of our classes. These teachers have been talking about their home countries, Mrs. Tatian shared about Hasmik Khoylunts w...

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