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Athletes should be given more flexibility with homework deadlines

Athletes should be given more flexibility with homework deadlines

by Bailey Spore, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

Participating in high school sports is not easy. With practices every day and games or meets once or twice a week, many student-athletes struggle to balance school work and sports. I have had track meets where I don’t get home until 10:00 at night. By the time I shower and eat dinner, it’s 11:30. A...

Class of 2022 shares their first impressions

Class of 2022 shares their first impressions

by Emily Lotito, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

On September 4, the Class of 2022 started their four-year journey in high school. Students got lost in the halls. Teachers handed out their syllabi and their new rules and expectations for the class.  “I expected to get hazed a lot by upperclassmen and get pushed around a lot.  I also didn't ex...

Nike’s “Dream Crazy” ad featuring Kaepernick receives backlash, but proves a good business move

Nike’s “Dream Crazy” ad featuring Kaepernick  receives backlash, but proves a good business move

by William Quansah and Erich Miller

September 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Nike, the worldwide leader in the sports industry, has been under fire for their recent ad “Dream Crazy,” celebrating the 30 year anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign. The ad is narrated by professional football player Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick tells the stories of athletic giant...

No sweat: Gym should not be required for athletes

No sweat:  Gym should not be required for athletes

by Emily Webb, Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Amidst all of the excitement of the new school year, one thing has not changed -- gym class. For decades, students have replaced school clothes with running shoes and braved a semester of enforced physical activity. From haphazard volleyball games to the dreaded PACER Test, gym class is familiar to all...

As weather cancellations increase, moving outdoor sports inside might be the answer

As weather cancellations increase, moving outdoor sports inside might be the answer

by Ethan Hart, Managing Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This fall 2018 sports season, at least one sporting event a week has been canceled. The constant postponement of games and practices has had a negative effect on all teams, ranging from their on-field performance to their chemistry. Given that these weather cancellations are becoming more common with t...

Juniors beware: Are you ready to face these trials of junior year?

Juniors beware: Are you ready to face these trials of junior year?

by Dana Kullgren, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

My fellow juniors: It’s a universally-known fact that junior year is the toughest year in high school. It can seem like everything is happening at once, that you have a mountain of work to do to prepare for college, and that your future is approaching at break-neck speed. It is true that juniors are...

Breakfast of champions: Why we need to eat in the morning

Breakfast of champions: Why we need to eat in the morning

by Haley Enders, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

I learned about the importance of breakfast the hard way. I don't have a degree in health and nutrition (or anything for that matter), but I can tell you from personal experience that not eating right has had negative consequences. Up until freshman year, I never ate lunch or breakfast, and eventually I ...

Backpacks are causing permanent damage to students’ backs

Backpacks are causing permanent damage to students’ backs

by Sean Alvarado, Reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Boston University estimates that over 79 million students wear backpacks to school for academic purposes. These backpacks are filled with heavy laptops, textbooks, binders, and other essential needs for school. However, if used incorrectly carrying a backpack can be dangerous and potentially result in m...

Why FCPS should start school later

Why FCPS should start school later

by Sean Alvarado, Reporter

April 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Waking up early can be challenging for most high school students.  I've noticed the majority of the students who actively participate in classes tend to be silent or uninvolved until second or third period. However, during a two-hour delay, there will be a significant difference in student participa...

Protecting the American people — What we need to do next

Protecting the American people — What we need to do next

by Bridget Murphy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Spring 2018

I should feel safe when I walk into school, the place where I go to learn and grow. I should feel safe when I go to see a movie premiere with my family or to see a concert with my friends. I should feel safe when I go to church on Sundays with my grandmother and mother. I should feel safe when I ...

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