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Washington Capitals lose to Boston, crushing my hope for Stanley Cup – again

by Brynne McKinney, Reporter May 21, 2021

My favorite team is definitely the Washington Capitals. I have been a  Caps fan for as long as I can remember; however, I really started to watch and enjoy the game of hockey in 2018 when the Washington...

A photo collage of our parents, class of 1985, 86, 89, and 92 in high school!

Back to the Future: What would our parents have done in a pandemic?

Back then, online school was just a science fiction dream of the future.
by Emily McNally and Marissa DePalma March 1, 2021

Our parents always have stories to tell us about their high school experiences--the cars, the dances, the classes, and more.  What will we tell our children about? Masks? Virtual school? Problems with...

Teachers split the main call into many smaller meets.

How effective are breakout rooms?

by Lexli Nicholas, Reporter January 14, 2021

With Covid taking over the world, schools have been moved to electronic learning for close to a year. Breakout rooms, which started in FCPS in November, can be beneficial for teachers and students--but...

Erica Blockinger practices checking blood pressure on her dog, Bear.

Lancer Spotlight: FCC night classes offer Blockinger a pulse-ible way to study nursing

by Emily McNally, Managing Editor January 14, 2021

Imagine your dream of getting into the medical field and COVID strikes, leaving you to figure out how to accomplish your dream during a nationwide pandemic. Erica Blockinger dealt with something similar...

Journalism teacher Mrs. Rebetsky shows students what a typical google meet looks like through her screen.

Skittles on and cameras off: Not the sweetest choice for teachers

Something as small as seeing another face really brightens teachers' days.
by Caroline Hobson and Ashlyn Martin December 2, 2020

On a typical virtual school day,  students roll out of bed just in time for their first 8:30 class. These online classes are filled with lectures, notes and breakout rooms. They are greeted by teachers...

We need a vaccine as soon as possible, but fears about vaccines create additional worries.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Which is the greater risk? Getting sick or getting the vaccine?

"I don’t want to be a test monkey because I don’t want to risk anything going wrong."
by Matt Nyandjo, Reporter October 28, 2020

In the early months of 2020, the COVID-19  pandemic has ruined the lives of those all over the world. The virus has closed down stores, businesses, schools, and many public facilities. If you think we...

Graphic made to represent the iconic voting sticker people receive after casting their ballots.

Social media attracts Generation Z to vote in the 2020 election

“One vote can make all the difference”
by Caroline Hobson, Editor October 8, 2020

Since 1971, all U.S. citizens over the age of 18 have had the freedom to vote. It is a way for us to use our voices and be one for a strong government. We can control who goes in and comes out of office...

Cindy Hanlon welcomes the community to the 2020-2021 school year.

Lancer Spotlight: Principal Cindy Hanlon tackles hybrid leadership

How does a leader motivate a community when the primary method of delivery is through screen time?
by Ashlyn Martin and Caroline Hobson September 30, 2020

Principal Cindy Hanlon visits Google Meets and says hello to students. She greets all with a smile, while learning the names and faces. It’s not the same as  the reliable image of the principal in a...

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