Oakton Outlook

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...

Should American Citizens Consider Age in the 2020 Election?

Kinsey Clements, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Throughout the very controversial 2020 presidential campaign, debates over many different issues have arisen among the Democrats and Republicans. One dispute in particular is over Democratcic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden’s, old age and his memory loss associated with that. As per usual, Democr...

Why I Strike

Wendy Gao, Editorial Board

September 16, 2019

Anyone who knows me knows that I follow the rules, color inside the lines, and come to a complete halt at stop signs. Few things scare me more than authority. However, this Friday I’m breaking the rules and I’m skipping school. Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s #SchoolStrike4Climate, I’m goin...

How to Enjoy Senior Year While Dealing with College Apps

Alexandra Martschenko, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

As the end of your high school career approaches, it can be easy to get caught up in the panic and excitement of college, the future and all the possibilities that await you once you leave Oakton. It's hard to keep your mind on the present when the future's so close, but it's important to find little w...

Should we be Worrying About What Others Post on Social Media?

Joe Wong, Staff writer

September 16, 2019

According to the The Harvard Crimson (Harvard’s school newspaper), Ismail B. Ajjawi flew to the US to attend the fall 2019 semester at Harvard but was denied access by a Customs and Border Protection agent. Why? Simply because of something his friend posted on Facebook that was deemed “Anti-America...

For the Most Part, I’m Loving Taylor Swift’s New Album

For the Most Part, I’m Loving Taylor Swift’s New Album

Haley Longfellow, Staff Writer

September 15, 2019

Back in the day, Taylor Swift’s music was the pinnacle of pop culture for little girls. Her charming 2006, 2008, and 2010 country albums were innocent and clever, perfect for family car rides and impromptu dancing in the living room. In 2012, Taylor released Red, a more pop-oriented collection of ...

Feeling Pressure from Older Siblings

Eileen Lincoln, Staff Writer

September 15, 2019

Three siblings, all attending Brown University. Coming from a family of high expectations, my parents expect nothing less than an A, countless extracurricular opportunities, and more than eight AP classes during high school. While this may only be my first year at Oakton, I am already beginning to feel ...

The True Cost of National Security: Our Privacy Online

Chris Hillen

June 5, 2019

Civil liberties and individual rights have long been prized possessions of the American people, from the formation of the U.S. Constitution to the ratification of the 19th amendment. While this ideology hasn’t changed throughout multiple centuries, the mediums in which we express ourselves have dram...

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 ...

A sheltered life in Northern Virginia

A sheltered life in Northern Virginia

Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

June 4, 2019

In my English class, my teacher often projects bellwork prompts and assigns the class to inquire about our insight and scribble down our thoughts. Often we are asked to answer methodical questions that gauge our understanding of the class content or simple and surface questions that relate to iden...

The Dangers of Pro-Choice “Armchair Activism”

Emily Bach, Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2019

When Alabama passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban in decades, it was almost impossible to miss the outrage on social media. Colorful pro-choice illustrations emerged in almost every corner of the internet, from the bans like Alabama's will not be tolerated. Taking away the effectiven...

Why the History of Our Past Will Dictate Our Future

Cole Starmer, Staff writer

May 7, 2019

The ideal student is a well-rounded individual who is knowledgeable about many subjects and can make wise predictions about the future using information learned about the past. Optimally this info is learned in history class, but despite being a long-standing core class, recently it seems to be doing m...

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