Oakton Outlook

Is college really that important?

Is college really that important?

Sally Park, staff writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion

From a young age, the importance of education is stressed on our impressionable minds. Our teachers and parents would pressure the importance of being accepted into a college of a particular rank onto us. The hard work of our four years of high school seems to have boiled down to what college we get acc...

The White House just got a little bit whiter

The White House just got a little bit whiter

Emily Richardson, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under News, Opinion

Every Spring, Summer, and Fall, the White House offers an internship available to young adults who aspire towards a life as a civil servant or as someone who works in  public service. The program boasts an array of young adults coming from all reaches of the United States, hosting anywhere between 90 to ...

Renovations in a different light

Renovations in a different light

Emily Richardson, Staff Writer

April 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If the addition of Cougar Towne and the closing-off of the guidance offices are any indicator, Oakton’s infamous renovations are in full swing. The proposals are huge; if all goes to plan, within a few years, our Oakton High School will be looking like a school of the future. But throughout the long...

Will you #deletefacebook ?

Jessica Marshall, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2018


Filed under News, Opinion, Web exclusive

   Over the past few weeks, the personal data of 50 million Facebook users was compromised and used for political purposes. So how exactly did this happen? Let’s go over some of the facts about this issue and the events that lead it to this point.    A few years ago, Facebook allowed a res...

Dear politicians and lawmakers

Dear politicians and lawmakers

Sally Park, staff writer

March 24, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion, Politics

A personal account of witnessing a shooting

How To Survive the Fourth Quarter

Amy Dai, Staff Writer

March 24, 2018


Filed under A&E, InDepth, Lifestyle, Opinion, Showcase

After months of waiting anxiously for 4th quarter to arrive, we have finally made it - through the grueling first quarter, second quarter exhaustion, sporadic snow days, and third quarter stress as well as spring break. With only one week left until the official end of third quarter and the beginning...

Walking Out at Oakton

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

On Wednesday, Mar. 14, the students at Oakton and all across the nation got up and walked out of class to protest the National Rifle Association, or NRA, and to show our condolences for the victims of the Parkland shooting. This walkout was the second of three that students at Oakton plan to participate i...

Shutting out College Confidential

Shutting out College Confidential

Katie Thompson, Editorial Board

March 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

For most kids at Oakton, whether they’re a senior or a freshman, the process of college admissions and acceptances is shrouded in mysteries and what-ifs. At a competitive school like ours, it’s only natural to seek out information through any possible channels. They range from parents, nosy relati...

Czar of the NRA

Ashley Shepard, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Politics

A day after the Parkland Shooting, the CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre, has already turned this tragedy into a way to pit the american people against one another. In his statement, LaPierre began to slander democrats, claiming that they hate individual freedoms, hate t...

Is hard work irrelevant?

Ashleigh Tain, Editorial Board

February 25, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion

As students, we all thrive under diversity. Everyone is unique in their passions, pursuits, to the way one works. Personally, I do my best work in long periods of time in which I meticulously map out everything and delve into details carefully. At the end of the day, I like to know that I worked hard...

You Should Buy a Smart Speaker

You Should Buy a Smart Speaker

Brendan Bellingham, Staff Writer

February 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

 You’ve probably never wanted a smart speaker. Nobody seems to have an assistant in the home, but all assistants have a smart speaker to accompany them. As assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant move into the home, your options for home assistants are increasing and with the release of the App...

The Best of the Best Short Films

The Best of the Best Short Films

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under Movies & TV, Opinion

Every year, Cinema Arts, a movie theatre in Fairfax, presents select live action and animation short films nominated for Oscars. Last weekend, I saw the live action films, and my mind was blown. I love movies as much as the next girl, but I never really appreciated short films for what they are. Every ...

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