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Harmony Middle School Principal Eric Stewart receiving his COVID-19 vaccination. Photo provided by Carissa Vergeres.

Teachers of Loudoun County Get Their COVID Vaccines

Written by Ainsleigh Shipp and Lainey Lynch March 19, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on communities and nations this past year, leading most schools to turn to distance learning. However, some schools have gone back with a hybrid schedule where they plan...

A young man having fun while staying safe on Halloween - Photo via VTDigger

Halloween of a Pandemic

Written by Teah Sargent, Mason Vacca, and Haley Oliver October 28, 2020

Trick-or-treating has been a beloved activity for years, but as Covid-19 brings change to America, the popular Halloween activity might not happen in 2020.  With the danger of Covid-19, parents are...

Vice President, Biden’s campaign sign (left) and President Trump’s campaign sign (right) taken in the local area. Photo taken by - Mia Cammarota

Generation Z Voters and 2020 Affecting the Election

Written by Mia Cammarota, Ryan Wilkinson, and Kildea McMahon October 28, 2020

Americans are more polarized than ever, and as the election approaches it seems that Generation Z voters, as well as the recent events of 2020, will be the deciding factor of this year's election.  This...

A photo showing Route 9, located near the Hillsboro Cemtary.

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,...

A close-up of 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...

Advocates preparing to speak at the LCPS school board meeting

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...

“Rethink9” sign posted on the Hillsboro Old Stone School building.

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...

Woodgrove Resource Officer McCarten. Photo by Lorallye Partlow

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...

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....

Equity Issues Provoke County-Wide Concern

Equity Issues Provoke County-Wide Concern

Written by Mia Cammarota and Carissa Vergeres November 7, 2019

New concerns regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in Loudoun County Public Schools surfaced in a recent report submitted to Superintendent Eric Williams. The issues spurred an investigative...

A bottle of CBD oil, commonly applied on the skin. Photo by Creative Commons.

In the Past Year CBD has Become a Popular form of Natural Medicine

Written by Annie Gilbert June 6, 2019

Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is a legal, non-intoxicating extract sourced from marijuana plants that can come in many different forms such as gummies or a lotion. Since its legalization in all 50 states in 2018,...

Students quiz in an AP Calculus class-a class with no associated SOL.

State of Virginia Scales Back SOLs for Juniors and Seniors, Changes Requirements

Written by Rebecca Faletti, Kylee Harrell , and Anna Gilbert March 12, 2019

What has been codified in Virginia law since the 1990s is about to change for the Freshman Class of 2022: the state is pulling back on the administration of official Standards of Learning (SOL) tests for...

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