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...

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,...

‘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...

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...

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...

Woodgrove Bids Farewell to Theatre Director Mr. David Noland

Woodgrove Bids Farewell to Theatre Director Mr. David Noland

Written by Dominique Cruz, Hope Davison, and Rebecca Faletti

May 15, 2019

After teaching at Woodgrove for nine years, long time Theatre Director David Noland will be moving on to Independence High School in Ashburn, VA as the new Theatre Director and Fine Arts Department Chair. Noland helped build Woodgrove’s Theatre program, opening the school in 2010. He has led a successful...

Woodgrove Theatre Presents: Chicago

Woodgrove Theatre Presents: Chicago

Written by Dominique Cruz, Hope Davison, and Rebecca Faletti

May 15, 2019

A Broadway classic graces the stage at Woodgrove this spring as the drama program finishes the year with a production of Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s Chicago. The musical follows two female leads, Velma and Roxie, played by juniors Julia Condie and Colleen Clark. As both of the women end up in prison,...

Hernandez and Stevens Win Woodgrove Idol

Hernandez and Stevens Win Woodgrove Idol

Written by Katherin Gomez

April 22, 2019

In pursuit of the title of Woodgrove Idol, 11 students performed in the annual vocal competition held on March 21 in Dentime. Brendon Hernandez and James Stevens took home the grand prize, a microphone-shaped trophy. The duet performed a song by country artist, John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country...

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