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The Miss Piggy and Kermit topiary inside of the Morocco pavilion. Photo provided by Jillian Lewis.

Disney’s Flower Power

Written by Jillian Lewis, Online Editor May 14, 2024

Every year since 1994, Disney World’s EPCOT theme park has thrown the Flower and Garden Festival. Throughout the park, guests can enjoy specialty foods, topiaries, merchandise, music, and photo opportunities. The...

An inside look at the new 8000 series Metro car. Photo provided by Creative Commons.

New Metro Cars Unveiled on the Mall

Written by Jennie-Kate Hannis, Staff Writer May 14, 2024

From March 20th to April 3rd, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s new 8000 series rail cars were on display in Washington D.C.’s National Mall. D.C. residents and visitors were able...

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Rich and Flavorful: America’s Chocolatey History

Written by Mya Haines, Staff Writer May 13, 2024

Milk, dark, semisweet, blonde, and cocoa nibs are only a few of many types of chocolate. You can eat it plain, mix it into a baked good, or use it as an edible decoration. Chocolate has been formed into...

A street in Ireland flooded with people celebrating Saint Patricks day. Photo provided by Creative Commons.

Origins of Saint Patrick’s Day

Written by Noah Brown and Evan Kaiser April 8, 2024

Millions of people worldwide prepare their green outfits in anticipation of, arguably, the most-celebrated holiday in March. Saint Patrick’s Day brings parades, festivals, and good luck every year, as...

Woodgrove student poll showcasing the types of caffeine consumed. Graphic provided by Lilly Soska.

The World’s Oldest Buzzword: Caffeine

Written by Lilly Soska March 21, 2024

In an increasingly fast-paced world, it seems everyone is trying to get a buzz these days. While some consider this drug a quick boost, that boost could actually be lethal. Caffeine, a substance used as...

Pink tulips bloom early April. Photo provided by Chelsea Dyke.

Spring Into Growing Season

Written by Nathaniel Leitch, Staff Writer March 18, 2024

Plants offer a variety of benefits to homes such as increasing air quality, adding color or depth to landscaping, and can help alleviate stress. While some plants are fragile and require special care and...

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The SAT in a New Age

Written by Jennie-Kate Hannis, Staff Writer March 18, 2024

In January 2022, the College Board announced that the Scholastic Aptitude Test, commonly known as the SAT, would switch from its physical format to being fully digital by 2024. Now, more than two years...

An Artemis SLS rocket launches in 2022 as part of the Artemis 1 mission. Photo provided by Creative Commons.

“The Next Giant Leap in Space Exploration”

Written by Evan Kaiser and Noah Brown February 28, 2024

The next generation of space exploration is near as the Artemis program, led by the United States' NASA program, intends to reestablish a human presence on the moon. NASA will have a record of some very...

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Primary Pandemonium

Written by Sam Douglas, Online Editor February 21, 2024

The Virginia presidential primaries are fast approaching, and many Woodgrove seniors will be able to vote for the first time. The primaries help decide each party's nominee for the general election on...

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The Evolution of ‘It’ Water Bottles: A Decade in Review

Written by Claire Hudak, Online Editor February 12, 2024

The Stanley Cup has dominated the water bottle scene over the past year, proving its worth by surviving car fires and even inciting fights in Targets over limited edition colors. The rise of “it” water...

Out of Money

Out of Money

Written by Noah Brown and Evan Kaiser February 12, 2024

Following the narrow escape of yet another government shutdown by Congress, the public is left wondering just how much longer it will take for the national debt to truly catch up to the country. The primary...

Punxsutawney Phil and a member of his Inner Circle, 2022. Photo provided by Creative Commons.

A Deep Dive Down the Groundhog Hole: The History of February 2

Written by Sophie Mason, Staff Writer February 7, 2024

Every year on February 2, a counsel of men in tophats appear before an eager audience of thousands. Their leader is a glorified rodent,  said to predict when winter ends and spring arrives. Although...

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