Oakton Outlook

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...

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, Editorial Board

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...

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