The Woodgrove Outlander

Former WHS Athletes ‘Lace up’ Beyond High School

Written by Anna Lockhart, Ashleigh Moffett, Kayla Norsworthy, and Logan Johnson

January 17, 2020

Being a high school athlete has its challenges, but becoming a collegiate athlete takes a whole different level of dedication and drive. Known for its sports, Woodgrove has had many athletes play at the collegiate level and even a few at the pro level. Some of these athletic stand outs share their experiences. Brittany Basinge...

Editorial: Opinions on the Construction of Route 9

Editorial: Opinions on the Construction of Route 9

Written by Maryam Khan and Jordan Fiala

January 17, 2020

Running through the historic town of Hillsboro, Virginia, Route 9 is a major road used by thousands for regional commuting. Over the past two decades, this commuter road has experienced increased traffic, deteriorating road conditions, and water safety risks. The town of Hillsboro is moving ahead with...

Lovettsville Falls Silent After a Shooting at the Lovettsville Post Office

Lovettsville Falls Silent After a Shooting at the Lovettsville Post Office

Written by Meghan Dunster, Aidan Leahy, and Megan Murphy

December 20, 2019

A gunshot was heard in the quiet town of Lovettsville on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at approximately 9 a.m. when an undercover police officer fired at 32-year-old Nelson Clark Jr., a postal employee who was allegedly stealing packages at the post office. Packages had been reported stolen around Lovettsville...

New Diverse Classroom Libararies Spark Controversy

New Diverse Classroom Libararies Spark Controversy

Written by Benjamin Alter, Maryam Khan, and Ashleigh Moffett

December 19, 2019

This past summer, Loudoun County Public Schools carried out an initiative to better represent students of a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds by introducing “diverse classroom libraries” into schools throughout the county. These libraries, a collection of culturally responsive and diverse...

Transgender Student Pushes for Equality Despite Pushback

Transgender Student Pushes for Equality Despite Pushback

Written by Annie Gilbert, David Hamady, and Carissa Vegeres

December 19, 2019

When transgender student Hannah Hurt spoke to the Loudoun County School Board urging protection against the discrimination of the LGBTQ community, she never imagined that she would later be featured in YouTube videos by the conservative action group known as The Public Advocate of the US. In February,...

Construction on Route 9 Poses Inconvenience for Students and Staff

Construction on Route 9 Poses Inconvenience for Students and Staff

Written by Mia Cammarota, Ainsleigh Shipp, Robbie Showers, and Emma Tetreault

December 19, 2019

Route 9, a road that allows over 17,000 vehicles to commute daily, is going to be shut down for reconstruction that could take at least 12 months. This will not only affect traveling for West and Northern Virginia commuters, but also many of the staff and students’ Woodgrove. The road passes through the old town...

‘Safe2Talk’ App is Introduced to Help LCPS Students

‘Safe2Talk’ App is Introduced to Help LCPS Students

Written by David Hamady

December 6, 2019

To promote school-related safety, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and LCPS have joined forces, creating the “Safe2Talk” app. This app allows students to anonymously report issues that could endanger the school environment. Safe2Talk is available for free download through the App Store...

Marching Band’s Dedication Pays Off with Win

Marching Band’s Dedication Pays Off with Win

Written by Ashleigh Moffett, Logan Johnson, and Ryan Wright

November 13, 2019

From dark, foggy mornings to late scorching summer evenings, marching band knows all too well of what hard work and persistence means. Band camp, in late summer, is ten hours for two weeks straight. Practice during the school year can be up to three hours or more, including body warm ups, marching pract...

Meet Woodgrove’s New Theater Teacher, Ms. Addie Schafer

Meet Woodgrove’s New Theater Teacher, Ms. Addie Schafer

Written by Logan Johnson, Ashleigh Moffet, and Ryan Wright

November 13, 2019

With the school year successfully in motion, the Woodgrove Fine Arts Department has welcomed a new addition to the theater sector. Woodgrove’s new theater director, Addie Schafer, has taken the role for Woodgrove’s long time theater teacher, David Noland, who is now teaching at the newest Loudoun...

Police Officers Sue Town Of Purcellville

Police Officers Sue Town Of Purcellville

Written by Jordan Fiala, Maryam Khan

November 13, 2019

Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister and Officer Kristopher Fraley have both filed lawsuits against the Town of Purcellville and former interim Town Manager Alex Vanegas. Both suits were filed within three months of each other. McAlister filed her lawsuit on July 22, 2019 while Fraley filed his...

Woodgrove Enforces Parking Policy for Student Lots

Woodgrove Enforces Parking Policy for Student Lots

Written by Kylee Harrell, Ryan Wilkinson, and Robbie Showers

November 11, 2019

Many students have taken issue with the enforcement of the $200 fee to park in distant lots on school grounds. Upon investigation, The Outlander has found that there has been no change in policy, just greater enforcement of the rules. This has caused much confusion amongst students who assumed they...

Samuel Hermens’ Verdict Decided Almost a Year Later

Samuel Hermens’ Verdict Decided Almost a Year Later

Written by Annie Gilbert and Kildea McMahon

November 7, 2019

Samuel Hermens, a teaching coach employed by Loudoun County Public Schools, was sentenced to two years in prison in July after his conviction on unlawful filming of female students at Woodgrove High School. According to the Loudoun Times Mirror, there may be as many as twenty victims. Hermens was...

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