Oakton Outlook

The Truth Behind Genetic Modification

The Truth Behind Genetic Modification

Tal Saadia

June 5, 2019

Humans have been altering foods to their liking ever since the Prehistoric Era. Crops have been cross-bred with other plant species to create a more desirable product to satisfy ever-evolving tastes and desires. The culture of alteration changed forever when scientists Cohen and Boyer were the first ...

This is the sixth extinction

Wendy Gao, Editorial Board

May 12, 2019

This past Monday, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released their global assessment on the current ecological state. In their report, the committee of scientists revealed the obvious - humans are, indeed, killing the Earth. Their stateme...

Is Stress Stressing You Out?

Payton Wozny, Editorial Board

May 12, 2019

Many people are constantly looking for ways to manage their stress. Although stress affects us in many obvious ways, like causing procrastination, it actually has major effects on our physical health, so it’s critical to avoid stressors and manage unavoidable ones. With finals season swinging into ful...

How too much screen time affects your health

Child laying on stomach watching a blank tv screen

Aubrey Harrell, Editorial Board

May 6, 2019

There are warnings everywhere about the dangers of technology. Starting in elementary school it’s preached to us through guidance counselors health classes that technology can be a dangerous tool used to bully and a field day for suspicious strangers to deceive impressional youths, but perhaps less discus...

The Stress That’s Trying to Help

claudia messina, Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

Every student knows or has experienced the stress related to the end of the school year. With final exams, end of year projects, AP testing, and keeping up with classes, there's a lot to stress over. On top of  that, there are also the SOL’s. SOL stands for standard of learning, it is a state inst...

Has media made it easier to forget?

Courtney Te, Editorial Board, Publicity Manager

April 21, 2019

Media has a habit of looking for the newest trends or news and forgetting about other stories they deem irrelevant. It is the age we live in—refreshing the page over and over again until something new sparks our interest. The internet has molded all of us into having short attention spans; typically...

FAQs About Starting the College Process

University of Virginia Campus

Olivia Garrone, Editorial Board

April 11, 2019

Questions about college cross every Oakton student’s mind. For juniors especially, the time has come to get serious. Even for sophomores and freshman thinking, it’s never too early to start researching college! If you have questions about how (and when) to start the process, have no fear. All of t...

Can you buy your way into college?

Can you buy your way into college?

Courtney Te, Editorial Board, Publicity Manager

March 13, 2019

In the midst of college admission season comes the question of the role of meritocracy in the process. While all colleges claim that their admissions department is fair and fully based on wholistic review (let's be honest, there's no real college who would say otherwise), there have been numerous cases...

Daylight Saving…More Like Daylight Ending

Payton Wozny, Editorial Board

March 11, 2019

At 2:00 A.M. EST on March 10, we all time traveled. Not actually, but we set our clocks forward seemingly traveling through time. What I’m referring to is daylight saving time(DST), which is everyone’s favorite day of the year in which the entire country essentially gets one hour of jet lag withou...

Stress in High School Students

Veronica Preaskorn, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

Many adults look back on their high school days with fond memories and fun anecdotes, but they don’t remember how much stress is involved. As children, students are taught the 95210 rule: nine hours of sleep, five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, etc. For younge...

The Student Agenda

Payton Wozny, Editorial Board

March 1, 2019

High school is a very competitive environment with students all battling for, seemingly, the same thing; colleges. Although there are schools for everyone, students still feel immense pressure to take on extra curriculars and difficult classes to do anything that will set them apart from the rest of...

Egg-citing start to 2019

Egg-citing start to 2019

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

January 22, 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have most likely heard about what many are referring to as “The Egg,” or “That one Egg,” or occasionally, “That world record egg.” This egg took Instagram by storm with the goal of beating out Kylie Jenner for the most liked picture on Instagram...

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