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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


Filed under Local News, News

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


Filed under Local News

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


Filed under Local News, Student News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Local News, Top Stories

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as well as many local African American groups, were met with success, after a 6-1 vote in the Leesburg Town Council rescinded a proposal leasing Sycolin Cemetery to local businesses.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...

New Nicotine Regulations On the Way in Virginia

New Nicotine Regulations On the Way in Virginia

Written by Ryan Wilkinson and Mark Blevins

March 4, 2019


Filed under Local News

The Virginia State Legislature is currently pushing through a bill to raise the sale age for Nicotine products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 2748, won the majority, with a 67-31 final vote by Virginia House of Delegates. The new law received bipartisan support and is expected to be signed into law by Democrat...

Online Shopping: The Downfall of Department Stores

Online Shopping: The Downfall of Department Stores

Written by Mia Cammarota, Dillon Holdridge, and Carissa Vergeres

December 20, 2018


Filed under Local News, News

In recent years, stores such as Sears, Target, and many other department stores have made an online store for their retailed products, and for a lot of them, it has caused more damage to their businesses than good. Internet shopping has taken the world by storm, and because of this, more people are...

LCPS Faces Security Concerns

LCPS Faces Security Concerns

Written by Connor Grahamn, Kylee Harrell & Lorallye Partlow

December 20, 2018


Filed under Local News, Student News, Top Stories

Sam Hermens, a LCPS itinerant specialized facilitator for reading who works for Loudoun County, was caught taking pictures up the skirts of female students. A Woodgrove staff member noticed the unusual behavior of Hermens, whom he originally perceived to be a student, and immediately escorted him to...

Is this the Fall of Football?

Is this the Fall of Football?

Written by Casey Abashian, Maryam Khan, and Ryan Wilkinson

October 25, 2018


Filed under Local News, News, Student News, Top Stories

The homey, familiar aroma of fresh-cut grass consumes each breath as the impact of a bone-crushing tackle is heard throughout the audience. A packed house, filled to the brim with students, parents, and coaches alike erupts in approval, united over a common American pastime. Football remains the country’s...

Woodgrove’s Proposed Parking Plan is Passed

Woodgrove’s Proposed Parking Plan is Passed

Written by Daniel Alvarez and Connor Graham

October 25, 2018


Filed under Local News, News, Student News, Top Stories

Imagine rows and rows of cars, all occupied by students that have just been in school for hours on end, wanting to get home and relax. The only thing stopping them from reaching their destination is the immense amount of traffic that clogs the exit every day. Every vehicle coming out of the parking lot...

Just So: Just So: Woodgrove Drama Plans their Fall Musical

Just So: Just So: Woodgrove Drama Plans their Fall Musical

Written by Rebecca Faletti and Meghan Dunster

October 25, 2018


Filed under Local News, News, Student News, Top Stories

The Woodgrove Drama department is kicking off their season with a relatively unknown show: Just So, a Drewe and Stiles musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s short stories. It’s unusual for the fall show to be a musical, but this particular change was the result of a reaction of the students to...

Loudoun Secures Reputation as Tech Giant

Loudoun Secures Reputation as Tech Giant

Written by Ben Alter and Chris Tuttle

October 25, 2018


Filed under Local News, News, Student News, Top Stories

Mastodon of online sales, Amazon, is scouting for a suitable location for their second headquarters, and Loudoun County is one of the final candidates. The number of candidate cities and regions for the location of Amazon’s ‘HQ2’, as it is coined, has dropped from 238 proposed cities inside the...

Coach Coon Transcends to the Varsity Level

Coach Coon Transcends to the Varsity Level

Written by Myla Baouna and Katherin Gomez

March 20, 2018


Filed under Local News, Sports

This time last year, Coach Travis Coon was coaching the Woodgrove girls freshman basketball team but has now transcended to the varsity level for the 2017-18 school year. Coon is a special education teacher at Woodgrove High School, who transferred to Woodgrove during the 2016-2017 school year. That...

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