Oakton Outlook

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...

Pumpkin Bread

Courtesy of Delish

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...

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