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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 report in a recent edition of The Washington Post and has sparked discussions and change county...

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

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, CBD oil has become a major craze, with some critics raving over it and others questioning its eff...

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

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 the freshman, and classes are struggling to modify the curriculum. For teachers, this news is nothing...

2020 Presidential Election Kicks Off

2020 Presidential Election Kicks Off

Written by Connor Graham and Maryam Khan

March 8, 2019

Citizens across the nation are waiting with bated breath for the 2020 presidential election. The tensions for this next election are very high, with much controversy surrounding Trump and his administration. The battlefield is crowding with Democratic candidates declaring their participation in this...

Students Take Part in the Ongoing Fight for Women’s Rights

Students Take Part in the Ongoing Fight for Women’s Rights

Written by River Stone and Lainey Lynch

March 8, 2019

After waves of sexual harassment accusations began making headlines, actress Alyssa Milano ignited the #MeToo movement with a tweet: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Now, over one year later, as International Women’s Day approaches,...

6-1 Vote Concludes Debate Over Preservation of African American Grave Sites

6-1 Vote Concludes Debate Over Preservation of African American Grave Sites

Written by Chris Tuttle

March 8, 2019

Following years of protest and negotiation, the The Loudoun Freedom Center, as well as many local African American groups, were met with success, after a 6-1 vote in the Leesburg Town Council rescinded a proposal leasing Sycolin Cemetery to local businesses. Instead, the historic African American gravesite...

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