Opinion

Current Media Shapes Our Future

Through social media and pop culture, various TV shows and movies have gained popularity among teenage groups, including the students at FHS. Many of these shows portray a specific occupation as the basis of the plot line such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds” and “Making a Murderer.” Although these shows do not show the reality […]

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Volunteer Hour Requirement Does Not Encompass Intristic Reason for Service

Being well rounded is the one of many goals high school students push to achieve in order to pursue their dreams of getting into college. Feeling the need to take part in extracurriculars, sports, AP classes and various other commitments including community service, students strive to follow the popular belief that it is vital to […]


If You Can’t Bear the Thought of Losing Koalas, Here’s What to Do

More than one billion animals have been killed by the Australian fires. While mild, natural bushfires in Australia are familiar to the nation’s diverse group of wildlife, Australia has never seen fires at this large of a scale or this early in the year. When this nation is home to species that can’t live sustainably […]


“Frozen 2” Review: Let it Go or Dive Into the Unknown?

Spoiler Warning: This article contains minor spoilers. Mysterious voices, hidden forests and elemental spirits teased a more-than-ready family friendly audience for “Frozen 2.” In addition, seven new songs were added to this wintry franchise. The movie opens during Arendelle’s fall festival, showcasing a happy kingdom and closer than ever sisters. However, this merry band is […]


The Need for Everyday Diplomacy

It is where Model UN delegates rise and fall: the unmoderated caucus. Some delegates cut off others to get a point in in front of the judge, while others choose to run quieter operations as they pick off others to form a smaller group. Some delegates choose to write down the ideas of others to […]


A Higher GPA at the Cost of Creativity

From culinary arts to ceramics, the opportunities are endless at Freedom. But the restricting and pressuring society of Northern Virginia keeps students like me from enrolling in them. Transitioning from the structured middle school schedules to the freedom in high school, the creative classes that seemed beneficial and educational were appealing to me. I have […]


Are We Too Busy for Dinner Anymore?

The typical picture of a perfect American family normally includes the traditional white picket fence life, including hard working parents, siblings who never fight, and a sit-down family dinner in the evening where everyone discusses their day. This was considered a way to bond as a family and spend time together after a long busy […]


College Board Exploits Students

College Board: the bane of every high schoolers existence. We think we need it, but we know we hate it. College Board tests are pretty much mandatory for anyone who wants to go to college, which results in people ignoring the issues. If someone has a problem with it, there’s not much he/she can do. […]


Is Public Schooling Truly Free?

As the school year begins, there are many opportunities that students are encouraged to be involved in. Although, sports, clubs and organizations all come with an additional cost. Attempting to be involved, I signed up for various activities but was taken aback at the total cost of the groups. The dues commonly include t-shirts and […]


What makes a good class?

There is sort of a checklist in my mind that creates an enjoyable class for me. The first is the actual course material. While I genuinely enjoy learning, STEM subjects do not appeal to me as much as the social sciences and other writing heavy classes. As such, my course schedule is dominated by these […]


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