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A Deep Dive into Russophobia: Promoting Punishment Without Prejudice

A Deep Dive into Russophobia: Promoting Punishment Without Prejudice

Zainab Rentia, News Editor March 31, 2022

A decline in sales. Cities devastated. Hateful messages. Innocent civilians murdered. Distraught athletes. Homes obliterated. These are all the factors one must consider when making the difficult moral...

Defining the Upper Class: Seniors Deserve Exclusive Privileges

Defining the Upper Class: Seniors Deserve Exclusive Privileges

Lecya Santiago, Opinion Editor March 31, 2022

After 12 years of wobbly desks, mystery meat lunches, and standardized tests, the senior class is ready for an extended break from their younger counterparts. Senior skip days, trips, and leaving class...

Work Smarter, Not Harder: The Truth Behind Grind Culture

Work Smarter, Not Harder: The Truth Behind ‘Grind Culture’

Emelia Crump, Staff Writer March 31, 2022

As a lifeguard, one of my jobs is to clean out the pool skimmers. The contents of each skimmer are emptied into a bucket that is dumped over the fence. Originally, I could barely reach the top of the...

Specialized Schools: The Future of High School Curricula

Specialized Schools: The Future of High School Curricula

Cavan Griffin, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

Schools have changed dramatically since 1944, and with the introduction of new technology such as computers, schools can be taught more efficiently than ever before. Though it still has not fundamentally...

The Price of Love: Have We Lost the Meaning of Valentines Day?

The Price of Love: Have We Lost the Meaning of Valentine’s Day?

Emelia Crump, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

Valentine’s Day: a love-based holiday symbolized by pink and red hearts, comically sized balloons and a rich assortment of chocolates. Stores' favorite colors become pink in order to match patrons' expectations,...

Social Media Propels Mental Illness and Elusive Body Standards

Social Media Propels Mental Illness and Elusive Body Standards

Mackenzie Pham, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

Ding. Ding. Buzz. The sound of post notifications fills the lives of adolescents in America today, accounting for, on average, 8 hours of screen time per day. Popular social media apps such as Instagram,...

FCPS Must Heighten COVID Protocols

FCPS Must Heighten COVID Protocols

Zainab Rentia, News Editor January 31, 2022

As students shared what they did over Winter Break, the frequent declarations of “I got COVID” were met with little reaction from the rest of the class. Teachers described their bouts with the infection...

Are Woodsons Exposed Instagram Accounts Encouraging Bullying?

Are Woodson’s ‘Exposed’ Instagram Accounts Encouraging Bullying?

Adia Elcock, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

With social media, privacy can be challenging, especially when nearly everyone has a phone with a camera. As such, many “expose” accounts have appeared across the country. “Expose” accounts often...

Soulmates and Serious Dating: Helpful or Harmful for Adolescents?

Soulmates and Serious Dating: Helpful or Harmful for Adolescents?

Emelia Crump, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

Relationships are part of everyday life, and they’re just as important and fulfilling as any friendship or partnership shared between two or more people- but when should young adults start taking things...

Group Projects Must Rebuild Accountability and Inclusion

Group Projects Must Rebuild Accountability and Inclusion

Vy Nguyen, Opinion Editor December 16, 2021

Being left on “read.” Promises are like Cinderella’s slippers, shattering after an 11:59 p.m. deadline. Unrelenting spouts of “he said, she said.”  While the mere thought of some of these...

Teachers Can Have An Unintended Impact On Students Futures

Teachers Can Have An Unintended Impact On Students’ Futures

Lecya Santiago, Opinion Editor December 16, 2021

A teacher tells a student that their choice of college major is “useless,” ensuring that the student will never follow their passions again. Teachers are a part of the formative years of every...

Hall Sweeps: A Futile Solution to a Stubborn Problem

Hall Sweeps: A Futile Solution to a Stubborn Problem

Annabella Agosto, Feature Editor November 30, 2021

Sprinting through the halls at 8:09 a.m. was never anyone's first choice. A short glance at the Woodson hallways and parking lot a minute before the bell rings will show the daily panic of students desperate...

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