Oakton Outlook

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 ...

Are School Lock down Drills Effective

Aubrey Harrell, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Politics

None of us are strangers to school drills. Since kindergarten, the protocols designed to protect us in event of immense danger have been ingrained into our heads. In light of recent events in Parkland, Florida however, drills, more specifically lockdown drills, have come into question about their effec...

The Honest Truth

The Honest Truth

Rebecca Woodhouse, Editor-in-Chief

February 4, 2018


Filed under A&E, Books, Opinion

Chapters one through 5 are due on Thursday. Have up to part three read by the 20th. Section two is due next class. Any student in high school is no stranger to assigned reading and mandatory books. In addition to this, any student is also no stranger to the online resources that also exist. However...

Advisory’s Purpose

Clare Sparling, Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Feature, Oakton News, Oakton teachers, Opinion

Advisory, a dreaded word for many at Oakton. As students we love to complain about the loss of cougar time and forced time spent with students that just so happen to have a last name that is alphabetically near ours. However, what if there was another side to this issue. A reason for this system that w...

Stop being surprised when Trump says something terrible

Stop being surprised when Trump says something terrible

Jake Neuffer, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Politics

On Thursday, January 11, Donald Trump said in a meeting behind closed doors that he was fed up with people coming to the US from “sh*thole countries.” This was said in reference to a proposal that would have given more visa lottery slots to people from Haiti and Africa. Cue shock from audiences al...

Figure Skating Nationals a Bust for Ashley Wagner?

Figure Skating Nationals a Bust for Ashley Wagner?

Zoe Sauger, Editorial Board

January 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On February 8th, 2018 the Winter Olympic Games will begin in South Korea. USA picks the individual figure skaters that will go to the games at Nationals. Typically, the top three finishers go and compete and the fourth place finisher becomes the alternate. Wagner expected to be a returner on the Olympic...

Truly, the greatest showman

Wendy Gao, Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under A&E, Movies & TV, Opinion

This winter, director Michael Gracey brings to life the true story of the greatest showman to ever live. The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his dream of starting a show where people can see things they’ve never seen before. He gathers acrobats, trapeze artists, animals...

Speaking Up: the #MeToo movement is changing the workplace and empowering women

Jessica Marshall, Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Opinion, Web exclusive

In recents weeks, the #MeToo movement has sparked a huge national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace, different industries, and throughout office culture. The hashtag was created by famous actress Alyssa Milano so that women could share their stories on Twitter and develop a safe space...

Who rules the slopes?

Who rules the slopes?

Payton Wozny, Editorial Board

December 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion

If you ask a skier if snowboarding is better than skiing, they will all tell you that skiing is much better. If you ask a snowboarding if skiing is better than snowboarding, they will all tell you that snowboarding is much better. So, I’m going to settle the argument.   Which is easier...

Have Americans Forgotten the True Meaning Behind Christmas?

Amy Dai, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

The widely accepted idea is that Christmas is a holiday designated for friends, family, and most importantly,  appreciation for the life we are given. Christmas is a time for benevolence and appreciation towards our loved ones. As the holiday was celebrated throughout the years, its traditions have ...

WONDER how good this new movie is?

WONDER how good this new movie is?

Zoe Sauger, Editorial Board

November 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Wonder was originally a book by R.J. Palacio. Many people read this book for school and immediately fell in love with it. It is about a boy named Auggie; Auggie has a facial distortion and the book goes through his journey of starting fifth grade and going to an actual school for the first time. I re...

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