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Album Reviews: Camila Cabello and First Aid Kit release new music

Album Reviews: Camila Cabello and First Aid Kit release new music

By Aaron Titlebaum

February 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Music, Showcase

Former standout member of girl group Fifth Harmony Camila Cabello released her self-titled debut album Jan. 12. Folk-Americana duo First Aid Kit released their fourth album “Ruins” Jan. 19.

Mass shootings evoke trauma among victims, fear in students

Mass shootings evoke trauma among victims, fear in students

By Eva Herscowitz

February 15, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

For some students, the Las Vegas shooting has confirmed their worst fears about safety at outdoor concerts: that a DMV concert may be the next target of a mass shooting. Some apprehensive students who frequent concerts now face an important decision: attend and risk the event of a mass shooting, or avoid them altogether.

Teachers married to teachers: an inside look

Teachers married to teachers: an inside look

By Thomas Mande

February 14, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

When English teachers Elizabeth Keating and Todd Michaels met in 2003, they didn’t like each other at all. Michaels thought that Keating was a bit cold and distant, and Keating thought Michaels was full of himself and overly confident. They never even really talked, Keating said. Yet over a shared planning period, the two gradually became friends, got closer and eventually started dating. Two years later, on March 21, 2007, they got married in Washington D.C.

Entertainment industry widens disabled representation

Entertainment industry widens disabled representation

By Julia McGowan

February 9, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The movie “Wonder,” based on the book of the same title, does just this. Released Nov. 17, the film follows 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, a boy whose facial disfigurements—caused by a genetic mutation—leave him a victim of bullying and stereotypes.

Test prep: how much does it help?

Test prep: how much does it help?

By Shehrez Chaudhri

February 4, 2018


Filed under Feature

SAT and ACT test prep classes often cost thousands of dollars, and with countless different classes, companies and tutors available, it can be hard for students and parents to determine which is the most cost-effective. Test prep companies and private tutors claim to raise their students’ scores, but students who’ve taken standardized tests have mixed opinions.

Don’t wing it: best deals on Super Bowl Sunday wings

Don’t wing it: best deals on Super Bowl Sunday wings

By Matthew van Bastelaer

February 3, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

When it comes to wings, people often stick to places like Buffalo Wild Wings or their local supermarket, but there are many underappreciated spots for your party platters that should not be ignored tomorrow.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Groundhog Day festival draws D.C. residents

Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Groundhog Day festival draws D.C. residents

By Eva Herscowitz and Maddy Frank

February 2, 2018


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Feature, Showcase

Potomac Phil made an appearance this morning at the annual Dupont Circle Groundhog Day in NW D.C.. After an introduction and a moment of intense silence, Phil, standing tall and proud, made his prediction: six more weeks of blistering cold.

Streaming services grow in popularity

Streaming services grow in popularity

By Elyssa Seltzer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

As music and TV streaming services have reached the forefront of the entertainment industry, they’ve also become a main source of entertainment for teachers and students alike.

Former high-ranking NSA official reflects on life after whistleblowing

Former high-ranking NSA official reflects on life after whistleblowing

By Zoe Kaufmann

January 31, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The former NSA senior executive, Air Force veteran and security technology expert has been both vilified and deified for his exposure of the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping of domestic surveillance program, massive wastes of funding and intelligence failure regarding 9/11.

Q&A: Social media personality Amanda Rome West

Q&A: Social media personality Amanda Rome West

By Julia McGowan

January 30, 2018


Filed under Feature

Local social media personality Amanda Rome West explains how she uses social media, vlogging and yoga instruction to increase her fanbase and make career advancements.

LGBTQ+ students find community, activism in youth chorus

LGBTQ+ students find community, activism in youth chorus

By Zoe Kaufmann

January 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

GenOUT is the youth outreach program of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and is open to every LGBTQ+ teen and straight ally aged 13-18; no audition is necessary. This year, membership includes 26 singers from 17 schools around the DMV. Under the direction of conductor Paul Heins, members attend both performances and activist meetings, fusing members’ passion for music and for social advocacy.

On (Sound)Cloud nine: Whitman rappers find audience, success online

On (Sound)Cloud nine: Whitman rappers find audience, success online

By Thomas Mande

January 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

For two weeks last June, rapper Chris Bartholomew and producer Leo Ritter, both sophomores, spent every afternoon working on a rap song to post on SoundCloud. Neither thought much of the finished product, a song they called “Beach,” but it’s been played almost 27,000 times since being released on Sou...