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Nov 06 2017

FCPS extracurricular activity fee

Fairfax County Public Schools recently adopted an extracurricular activity fee as a way to generate funding. The county approved the fee as a part of their 2018 Approved Budget, requiring any student involved in athletics or clubs to make a one time 50 dollar payment. Junior and varsity field hockey player Alyssa Maynard said the …

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Nov 06 2017

On-the-spot admissions aid persuasion and speaking skills

Colleges across the country allow students to speak with an admissions officer that accept or deny accordingly. This process still requires students to be prepared with a copy of their transcript, standardized test scores and teacher recommendations. “They usually do them at high schools, but I’ve seen them done at Panera or even at college …

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Latest from Features

Nov 06 2017

Working out the week

In One Week is a feature where one or more staff members take on a new habit for a week. In this IOW, a staffer works out every day before school. Monday Today was my first day of working out before school and I am looking forward to this experiment. I’ve been trying to become …

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Nov 06 2017

Service dog arrives to the classroom

There are 565 freshmen this year, but only one wags her tail when she’s happy. On the first day of school, freshman Christopher Thompson introduced his classmates to KitKat, a 1-year-old Goldendoodle that works as Thompson’s service dog. At home, Thompson said KitKat is a regular pet, but during school hours, Thompson said she is …

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Latest from Opinion

Nov 06 2017

Breathalyzers violate privacy of attendees

In one of the enduring moments in the legal battle for student’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas delivered the line “it can hardly be argued that students […] shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” His majority opinion in the case Tinker v. Des Moines set a …

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Nov 06 2017

Juniors, seniors debate relative pain of school

Senior year, despite the stereotype that it is easy, challenges students as much if not more than junior year. Seniors deal with the constant torment of worrying about life after high school and multiple IB assignments on top of the the work and social pressure of normal student life. The meticulous process of applying to …

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Latest from Sports

Nov 06 2017

Boys lacrosse fundraises for spring break trip

The boys varsity lacrosse team will head to Tampa, Fla. during spring break for the chance to play high competition teams. But with an estimated cost of $40,000, the team is getting a head start on fundraising. “We have a big challenge ahead of us because we have a lot to raise, but I think …

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Nov 06 2017

Juniors rally for win in annual Powderpuff game

The junior class broke an eight year losing streak with a 28-14 win over the senior class in the powderpuff football game on Oct. 11. “To be honest, I didn’t really think we were going to win,” junior Peyton Emory said. “But it felt really great especially considering that there were more senior girls playing …

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Latest from Arts & Style

Nov 06 2017

IB English standards restrict freedom with course books

While free choice books promote engagement and better discussion, they are a restricted option due to the English department’s focus on IB style learning. Choice reading can stimulate more insightful evaluation during class discussion. Sophomore Eric Prindle said that the benefits of choice reading outweigh those of assigned reading. “I would actually like to have …

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Nov 06 2017

Sahgal breaks fashion stereotypes

For the past three years, senior Mohit Sahgal has been pursuing his dreams in the field of fashion design both at Marshall and at the Fairfax High School Academy. Although the dream of one day designing clothes has been the driving force behind Sahgal’s enrollment, being a boy in an exclusively female classroom has posed …

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