Oakton Outlook

A STEMtatstic Weekend for Cougar Science

Clare Sparling, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under Feature, Oakton News, Oakton students, Web exclusive

“Reason can answer questions but imagination has to ask them,” as once said by scientist Ralph W. Gerard. This quote was the theme for the 2018 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Oakton sent twenty five students to the fair which is composed of over 400 projects. The fair is divid...

Trump fires Tillerson

Trump fires Tillerson

Sahithi Jammulamadaka, Editorial Board

March 23, 2018


Filed under National News, News, Politics

`On Tuesday March 13th, President Donald Trump announced that he fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. He will be nominating the CIA director Mike Pompeo as his successor, replacing his top diplomat during a time of a potential sit down between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Tillerson...

SchoolGuard: A New Way To Combat the Mass Shooting Epidemic

Abel Berrocal, Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under National News, News

Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, the number of in-school active shooters has increased at an alarming rate. With no apparent effort from legislation to keep students safe, one of the parents of à columbine victim took it upon himself to develop SchoolGuard.   With the increasing number of attacks o...

School-shooting survivors ‘Stand up’

School-shooting survivors ‘Stand up’

Courtney Te, Editorial Board

February 26, 2018


Filed under Events, Feature, National News, News, Politics

   CNN was able to give a voice to the survivors of the mass school-shooting that occured in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week on February 14th. Students were able to talk about their feelings about the national debate brought up by this tragic event over the cour...

Spring into Action

Jessica Marshall, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2018


Filed under Feature, Oakton News, Oakton students, Sports, Web exclusive

   Saying goodbye to the Winter Sports’ season means saying hello to the new teams of Spring Sports at Oakton. This past week, tryouts were held almost every day for teams including Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Cross Country, Baseball, and Softball. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the players push...

The Repercussions From a Major Event

The Repercussions From a Major Event

Rebecca Woodhouse, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2018


Filed under National News, News, Web exclusive

   There were warning signs for Nikolas Cruz before he committed the school shooting on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida. Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School about a year before, but this was not the only sign.    Starting back in middle school, Cruz had discipl...

Celebrating Presidents’ Day

Celebrating Presidents’ Day

Ishika Jain, Editorial Board Member

February 23, 2018


Filed under National News, News, Web exclusive

Every February, Americans celebrate in joy as they get a day off for Presidents’ Day. The weekend is filled with sales and families taking a break from their routine.  When it comes to Presidents’ Day, Americans are very happy but not because they are celebrating Presidents’ but because they ...

Students in the Spotlight

Clare Sparling, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under National News, Oakton News, Oakton students, Politics

The deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School has shaken the nation to its core. Yet despite the horrors that have occurred, the students of Stoneman Douglas have risen up in the face of adversity and are ready to tackle the issue of gun control. Students such as Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and ...

Resonating Chinese Culture: Oakton’s First Chinese New Year Celebration

Amy Dai, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under News, Oakton News

The newest honor society at Oakton is making its mark on the school community and has not disappointed. In honor of Chinese New Year, the Oakton Chinese Honor Society hosted a school wide celebration in the cafeteria last Thursday, February 15, complete with activities, live entertainment, and food. L...

Administration on Attendance

Administration on Attendance

Katie Thompson, Editorial Board Member

February 23, 2018


Filed under News, Oakton News

   Are you the type of kid that strolls into first period at 8:15, 8:20, or later? Then watch out because Oakton is starting to have a serious crackdown on attendance. In previous years, there has only been one teacher in charge of meeting with students and checking up on repeated tardiness. Howev...

AP European History: A Look into the Past and Present

AP European History: A Look into the Past and Present

Jessica Marshall, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Oakton News, Oakton teachers, Web exclusive

With course selection days quickly approaching, it's time to start planning out the classes and electives you may want to take next year. It is important to take into account course rigor, with a range of honors and AP classes, and with one to two electives to add into the mix. When deciding which to...

Advisory’s Purpose

Clare Sparling, Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Feature, Oakton News, Oakton teachers, Opinion

Advisory, a dreaded word for many at Oakton. As students we love to complain about the loss of cougar time and forced time spent with students that just so happen to have a last name that is alphabetically near ours. However, what if there was another side to this issue. A reason for this system that w...

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