Oakton Outlook

The Real Cost of Prom

The Real Cost of Prom

Sameeha Khan, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

 Prom: an American rite of passage. Though it is only February, Oakton students have already begun planning what is supposed to be an evening of a lifetime. Prom groups, prom dates, prom dresses, prom shoes: the list goes on. But for many, prom is more than just an elaborate school tradition, it is a...

I Did Not Love P.S. I Still Love You

I Did Not Love P.S. I Still Love You

Shevany Moharir, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

On February 12, Netflix released a sequel to the extremely popular romantic comedy film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, just in time for Valentine’s day. P.S. I Still Love You is the second installment in the franchise, based on the books of the same name by Jenny Han. The film picks up after the event...

In Order to Teach Black History, We Need to Rethink Teaching History Itself

February 12, 2020

As a senior at Oakton, I’ve listened to Martin Luther King’s speech on Washington four times in AP history courses, but I never learned that his true message was one of economic revolution for wealth redistribution. I’ve learned about the Black Panthers as a “radical revolutionary group”, but nev...

A sustainable future in Davos?

Wendy Gao, Editorial Board

January 24, 2020

Amidst the tumult of the Senate impeachment trials occurring on the Hill in real-time, President Donald Trump is far from Washington, D.C. as 50 Senators preside as jurors to decide the fate of his presidency. While all American eyes are on the Senate floor, environmentalists and climate activists have thei...

Speaking (youth) truth to power

Wendy Gao, Editorial Board

January 24, 2020

At the close of business on New Year’s Eve, Newseum visitors found their way to the exits of the museum, and staff members began to shut down exhibits - as they had done for 11 years. Only this time, the Newseum would not open the following morning. The glass doors of the Newseum closed for the l...

Non-compromising habits to decrease your carbon footprint

Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

January 24, 2020

While more ethical and carbon resistant lifestyles have been emerging, it has become increasingly evident that we as Earth's humans need to take responsibility and change our lifestyles to ensure the integrity of our future. I've often been inspired by several social media influencers and emerging corpor...

The Rise and Fall of the Women’s March

Emily Bach, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2020

Pink pussyhats painted the grounds of Freedom Plaza this Saturday, as thousands of women and allies came together for the 2020 Women’s March. Accompanied by a slew of clever protest signs, they united around a desire for change, advocating for issues from Trump’s impeachment to disability righ...

Opinion: How Youth Activists Handle Technology is the Question of the Century

Emily Bach, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2020

24 hours after Donald Trump chose to strike Gen. Soleimani, a choice that was considered by some to be an act of war, a collective of over 50 youth activists from across the country began organizing student anti-war protests. United only by online video calls and the muted chirps of their phones, they...

World War III Turned Tik Tok Spoof

Alexandra Martschenko, Staff Writer

January 18, 2020

Recent tensions between Iran and America stemming from Trump’s authorization of the killing of General Suleimani have caused Americans to turn their attention to what their futures might look like. Unsurprisingly, many teens and young adults have gone to social media platforms such as Twitter and T...

A Jewish Perspective on Christmas Culture

A Jewish Perspective on Christmas Culture

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

January 16, 2020

Every year, around mid November, America goes through a visible change. Christmas music starts playing in every store. Christmas lights pop up at every house. Christmas trees in what seems to be every window. It’s unavoidable.The holiday cheer is contagious, so of course everyone gets into the spirit, ...

Your Personality Might Determine Your Academic Success

Your Personality Might Determine Your Academic Success

Sameeha Khan, Staff Writer

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 system today, however, is very similar to that of the education system in the 1900s. In the U.S, schoo...

The Commercialization of Christmas

Alexandra Martschenko, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Walk into any big chain store between Black Friday and Christmas and the descent of a beloved holiday into commercialism will be dreadfully evident. With ads portraying the idea that the more expensive the gift the deeper the love, Christmas has become nothing more than an overly advertised money trap w...

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