Oakton Outlook

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Sitota Mesfin, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

Summer has disappeared and fall has shown its colors. With the leaves falling and the weather cooling, what better time is there to make some pumpkin bread? Get ready to surprise all of your friends and family with some incredible pumpkin bread, making them wonder how homemade could taste so good! W...

Opting-out of AP exams

Opting-out of AP exams

Portia Dai, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Many sophomores and the majority of upperclassmen are taking advanced placement (AP) classes this school year. The pinnacle of stress always culminates towards the end of the year in the form of AP exams. While most students will end up taking the exams, there are a select few who choose to opt-out. Why ...

The Danger of an Impeachment Media Storm

Charlie Williams, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

September 24, 2019-- the fate of American politics was thrown for a loop when President Trump, amid accusations of attempting to investigate a potential rival in the 2020 election, released declassified transcripts of his conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. It included a quot...

The problem with social media’s reaction to tragedies and crises

The problem with social media’s reaction to tragedies and crises

Payton Wozny, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

People generally have one of two reactions to the trending of controversial: either being very adamant about sharing their opinions and raising awareness or complaining about the spam of different topics on their Instagram Stories feed. While there are problems with both, it is critical that as a societ...

The Reality of the New Retake Policy

The Reality of the New Retake Policy

Riya Jain, Editorial Board

October 31, 2019

As a senior that enjoyed the flexibility of retaking up to the highest score that I received on my retakes for the past three years, I was worried, along with other students, when I heard that Oakton would be implementing a new retake policy starting from the 2019-2020 academic year. Instead of stude...

The Stresses of Senior Year

Joe Wong, Staff writer

October 31, 2019

So! As a freshman, you learn that high school just gets harder. You take harder classes, more extracurriculars and you still need to find time to spend with friends and family to stay sane as the years go on. One thing we learned in high school is that senior year is a breeze. A well-deserved break f...

First Chinese American SNL player — too little, too late?

First Chinese American SNL player — too little, too late?

Emily Richardson, Editorial Board

October 31, 2019

On Sept. 28 of this year, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” returned for its 45th season boasting three new featured players— Shane Gillis (who has since been fired for racially insensitive comments made in the past), Chloe Fineman, and Bowen Yang, the first Chinese American player to be cast in the show’s run. ...

Why the NBA Needs to Change the Playoffs

Jacob Rutzick, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

It’s a cool evening in mid-May. NBA playoff basketball is back and you want to watch a game. However, the only game on is a Pistons vs. Bucks game. You do what any person should and turn off the tv. The NBA playoffs have become boring, and there is a simple fix for this problem. The NBA needs t...

RHYTHM+FLOW: The Voice According to Cardi B., Chance The Rapper, And T.I.

Claudia Messina, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

The Netflix original Rhythm + Flow is an uncensored alternative to the more family friendly singing competitions like The Voice. Being an avid follower of the rap and hip hop genre, I found this show intriguing because it gave an in depth behind the scenes of what it takes to make this music. Released on...

The Necessity of Flexible Mental Health Plans

Emily Bach, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2019

“How many of you are scared to go back to school?” Alia, the resident counselor asks the group. Before her lies a small circle of teenagers, each plucked from seemingly polar ways of life, united solely by the darkness that lies within them and the hospital’s four walls. A sea of hands meets her question, though I raise m...

It’s okay to say no

It’s okay to say no

Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2019

When I started taking my education more seriously, I formed study groups with my friends, made efforts to talk to my teachers, and in applying myself I developed an academic rhythm that I became confident in. This was all I needed to succeed, I thought. And within these confines, I developed a comfortab...

Advice to Freshman

Lizzie Thompson, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Though I am only a sophomore, I have still found things that I wish I had known as a freshman, or tips that would have made my freshman year go a lot smoother. So, for all of the freshman, here a few tips to help you start your high school experience off on a good note. The first tip is to use this tim...

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