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Seniors Christine Duong, Sophia Nguyen, and Kayla Nguyen attend a socially distanced senior event on the school basketball court.

A Senior Year Stolen

Max Miracle, Editor-in-Chief February 13, 2021

They remember the last time they heard the school bell ring; the last time they stepped foot inside the building; the last time they lived in a world where prom and graduation were guaranteed. The Class...

Social (Life) Distancing

Social (Life) Distancing

Thomas Vu, Managing Editor February 13, 2021

This past fall, our bleachers stood empty on Friday nights, a grim, solemn reminder of the lively social opportunities that students nationwide have sacrificed as we face covid-19. As with every element...

An FCPS employee prepares for socially distanced in-person school

Some Teachers Reluctant to Return

Erik Judy, News Editor February 13, 2021

Desks clumped together, students crowded in the doorway, sheets of paper passed back and forth across the classroom: the typical schoolroom is compact and alive with activity. Many teachers fear that upon...

Yearbooks from previous years included hundreds of photos taken on school grounds that are now nearly impossible to compile.

Yearbook Strives to Memorialize an Unprecedented Year

Victor Simionato, Staff Writer February 13, 2021

During the last few days of school, there’s an item you see buzzing around in almost every classroom—the yearbook. Students go from period to period, gathering signatures from friends and teachers...

Thinking Outside the B(Ox)

Thinking Outside the B(Ox)

Nancy Nguyen, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese or Vietnamese New Year, falls on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. It welcomes the onset of the year of the Ox, but pandemic safety guidelines mean it will look different from...

Teaching a Torn America

Teaching a Torn America

Max Miracle, Editor-in-Chief December 4, 2020

The question comes at the end of AP Government class, dominating the Google Meet screen: “The electoral college—what are our thoughts?” Behind their computers, students’ eyes light up as they type...

The Reqs for a Good Rec

The Reqs for a Good Rec

Erik Judy, News Editor December 4, 2020

Every fall, students make pilgrimages to their favorite teachers to request letters of recommendation. However, because most applicants never see their letters, many don’t understand the complex process...

TJ Admissions-Reform Polarizes County

TJ Admissions-Reform Polarizes County

Leo Miracle, Sports Editor December 4, 2020

The scratch of a pencil, rustle of paper, and screech of moving chairs—those were the sounds of the Thomas Jefferson (TJ) High School admissions exam. But now that Fairfax County has scrapped the test...

Biden Victory Brings End to Tumultuous Campaign Season, Start to New Era

Biden Victory Brings End to Tumultuous Campaign Season, Start to New Era

Max Miracle, Editor-in-Chief November 8, 2020

Coming four long days after the polls closed, the AP’s projection on Saturday that Joe Biden will win the presidency brought closure to many students. “It‘s a wrap,” said Emmitt James (12). Many...

Pandemic Scares Some out of Halloween Plans as Others Party

Pandemic Scares Some out of Halloween Plans as Others Party

Max Miracle, Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2020

Halloween night—a time of spooky getups and frightening candy consumption—was even scarier than usual this year for many Jaguars. “Covid is out tonight,” said An Dao (12). “I’m wearing a mask.” Whether...

Rancorous Presidential Debate Frustrates Students

Rancorous Presidential Debate Frustrates Students

Max Miracle, Editor-in-Chief October 15, 2020

After 90 straight minutes of name calling, incessant interruptions, and blatant falsehoods, last night’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden left many...

Students Applaud Columbus Day Name-Change

Students Applaud Columbus Day Name-Change

Max Miracle, Editor in Chief October 15, 2020

On July 23, 2020, in the midst of a national reckoning on racial justice, the Fairfax County School Board voted to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the official school schedule, with...

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