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TOPSHOT - People gather at the unveiling of artist Kenny Altidor's memorial portrait of George Floyd - who died 25 May in Minneapolis with police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes - painted on a storefront sidewall of CTown Supermarket on July 13, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Policing Force in America Should Be Reimagined

Rebecca Heimbrock, Staff Writer May 10, 2021

For nine minutes and twenty-six seconds, Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck as the restrained man pleaded for his life, repeatedly saying ‘I can’t breathe'. While videos taken...

Books Assigned in School Influence Character

Books Assigned in School Influence Character

Annabella Agosto, Staff Writer May 10, 2021

No matter what age you are, you can probably remember one book from your childhood that you loved. Whether it was something as simple as The Cat in the Hat, or something as complex as Moby Dick, one thing...

FCPS Needs to Revamp the AAP Program

FCPS Needs to Revamp the AAP Program

Vy Nguyen, Staff Writer March 27, 2021

I used to hate Fridays.  Back in the day, they were reserved for the elite class of third-graders — an elite class I did not belong to. Every Friday, before independent reading time, the so-called...

FCPS-Issued Laptops Need More Restrictions

FCPS-Issued Laptops Need More Restrictions

Jackson Steiner, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

FCPS issued laptops to students as a result of more curriculum being taught through online resources. To make sure that the laptops were used for academic purposes only, a number of restrictions were put...

The Type of Fan Base Determines Forgiveness for Canceled Celebrities

The Type of Fan Base Determines Forgiveness for Canceled Celebrities

Karina Gonzalez, Feature Editor March 1, 2021

The internet: a welcoming, creative, scary place. Like any middle school P.E. teacher will say: once something is on the internet, it’s there forever. As children, this warning had little effect as social...

Foreign Films Should Be Promoted in the United States

Foreign Films Should Be Promoted in the United States

Lecya Santiago, Staff Writer February 28, 2021

Parasite, a South Korean film won an Oscar for best picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, being the first foreign film to win the most esteemed award at the ceremony. Many people had not seen Parasite and...

Maintaining a Scholarship Requires Dedication

Maintaining a Scholarship Requires Dedication

Vivian Jung, Staff Writer February 28, 2021

A scholarship is one of the best achievements a high school student can make that not only looks great on their resume but also has numerous benefits to their immediate future. Whether that scholarship...

Brexit Will Be a Mistake

Brexit Will Be a Mistake

A.J. Wang, Staff Writer February 1, 2021

Proving a hot-button topic in not only Britain, but in all of Europe, Britain’s shocking vote to separate from the European Union (EU) will undoubtedly leave a historical mark. The 2016 vote will mean...

Performative Activism is Useless

Performative Activism is Useless

Reid Rizk, Staff Writer '21 February 1, 2021

The idea that we can perpetuate a change through organized protest has been around for decades, but more often than not, the protests that have effected the most change are not the ones that have been...

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Are the Limitations on School Days Helpful?

Vy Nguyen and Jackson Steiner December 20, 2020

Jackson Steiner and Vy Nguyen discuss their opinions on snow days, asynchronous Mondays and more.

Limitations on school days are beneficial

Jackson Steiner, Staff Writer December 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led schools to adapt to a virtual setting. Consequently, many limitations have been set in place by FCPS, such as a lighter workload and less in-person instruction. However,...

Limited school days are detrimental

Vy Nguyen, Staff Writer December 19, 2020

The world is over. AP Exams? Possible failure. Dream school? A likely rejection. Mental health? Unstable. It seems that your continuity of academic success has met its end at erratic Wi-Fi, less teaching...

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