‘New Voices’ Law Protects Student-Journalists

Lizzy Hermosilla ’23 The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition the government, and freedom of press. A cornerstone of American democracy is the free press that informs the public as well as acts as a watchdog for the public to hold the government accountable. High school newspaper publications are in theory … Read More

Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Much Unanswered about Cyberbullying

by Reade Fenner ‘22 Freedom of speech in schools has been a prevalent issue for decades, made more controversial and contentious by the invention of social media. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Mahonoy Area School District vs. Levy, and although the court’s decision in favor of the student has significant implications on the extent to which … Read More

What College Board Isn’t Telling You

by Jena Le ‘23 The College Board is a modern-day monopoly that has cornered the education market for grades 9-12. Because of this and the added benefits of being categorized as a non-profit, the College Board has become a massively wealthy organization that is able to charge its customers almost whatever it wants for its entrance exams and AP exams. … Read More

Virginia Governor’s Race Worries Democratic Party

By Dylan Sondike ‘24 With the 2021 “off-season” elections just around the corner, one race in particular will give a good idea of what to expect for the 2022 midterms that determine which party controls the U.S. House and Senate. Next Tuesday on November 2,businessman Glenn Youngkin will attempt to become the first Republican Governor in Virginia in 12 years … Read More

For The First Time, CDC Will Research Toll of Gun Violence

by Tatiana Rodriguez ‘23 According to data found from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “over 100 people, on average, are killed by firearms in the U.S. everyday.” Despite such statistics, there is wide political disagreement about the accessibility and prevalence of guns in the United States. In addition to those that believe that there is a constitutional … Read More

Crucial Step … or Optics?

Solaiman Hassanin ‘23 From the murky skies of Beijing, the decision was made: China would no longer build coal power plants in other countries. For some, it was a monumental step in the direction of true climate action. It was a pathway out of the dark into a world where struggling nations would receive help and expertise in renewable energy, … Read More

Reagan Shooter Released from Mental Hospital

by Matthew Kauffman ‘23 Forty years ago, he was the most notorious man in America but today most teens couldn’t tell you who he was if you said his name. John Hinckley, the man who shot former President Ronald Reagan and three others on March 30, 1981, was recently approved for unconditional release from a mental hospital. The ruling made … Read More

Change-makers and News-shakers: David Simon

by Lizzy Hermosilla ‘23 In May 2021, Texas enacted the strictest abortion law in the nation. In September, the Supreme Court declined to review the Texas law that would ban all abortions after the heart beat can be heard, around six weeks, which is before many women know they are pregnant. The law has no exceptions in cases of rape … Read More

Afghanistan Women Brace for the Future

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 In the years after 2001, when the United States invaded Afghanistan and the Taliban collapsed, women’s rights in the country began to improve, particularly in urban areas of the country. Women not only began to run for public offices but their participation in politics was ensured through a 2004 constitutional article requiring that 27 percent of … Read More

Texas Law Creates Uncertainty Concerning Legality of Future Abortions

by Alex Braun ‘23 A new Texas law called the Texas Heartbeat Act was enacted on September 1, 2021. It has pushed to the forefront of the debate on the constitutionality of abortions, and has sparked a heated legal battle between all levels of government on the legitimacy of the act. There is no doubt that the result of this … Read More