Oakton Outlook

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?

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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...

RHYTHM+FLOW: The Voice According to Cardi B., Chance The Rapper, And T.I.

Claudia Messina, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

The Netflix original Rhythm + Flow is an uncensored alternative to the more family friendly singing competitions like The Voice. Being an avid follower of the rap and hip hop genre, I found this show intriguing because it gave an in depth behind the scenes of what it takes to make this music. Released on...

The Necessity of Flexible Mental Health Plans

Emily Bach, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2019

“How many of you are scared to go back to school?” Alia, the resident counselor asks the group. Before her lies a small circle of teenagers, each plucked from seemingly polar ways of life, united solely by the darkness that lies within them and the hospital’s four walls. A sea of hands meets her question, though I raise m...

It’s okay to say no

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Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2019

When I started taking my education more seriously, I formed study groups with my friends, made efforts to talk to my teachers, and in applying myself I developed an academic rhythm that I became confident in. This was all I needed to succeed, I thought. And within these confines, I developed a comfortab...

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 ...

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