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Blackout leaves us in dark

December 1, 2010

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The Spartans were in the dark about a lot of things on Wednesday, as an area-wide blackout affected lesson plans for about an hour. Computers and lights flickered several times toward the end of 5th period before the power fin...

College fairs lead to higher education

Nicole Brigham, Staff Writer

December 1, 2010

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Big trucks, orange cones, and utter confusion. Ah construction. The unfinished Rolling Road alterations and Fairfax County Parkway extension are making it hard for students to get around. What used to be a small, two lane road...

Rolling Road traffic no longer ‘rolling’ along

Sam Perlstein, Orange Features Editor

December 1, 2010

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Big trucks, orange cones, and utter confusion. Ah construction. The unfinished Rolling Road alterations and Fairfax County Parkway extension are making it hard for students to get around. What used to be a small, two lane road...

Special concert for Special Olympics

Lisa Williams, Editor

December 1, 2010

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Music soothes the soul—and raises money for the athletes of Special Olympics. On November 16, seniors Beth Clapsaddle and Katelyn Crompton put on their “Special Olympics Benefit Concert” to raise money for the cause....

Bakke takes da bait, wins big in Debate

Rita Zevallos, Staff Writer

November 15, 2010

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A future congressman just might be lurking in the halls. Senior Erik Bakke won awards this year for his skill in, essentially, the same type of debate used by members of Congress. This September, he ranked second in his category...

Varsity Cheer proves tradition never graduates

Lisa Williams, Oracle Editor

November 15, 2010

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 After a four-year winning streak, the pressure was really on for the Varsity Cheer squad this year. And they pulled through, winning their fifth consecutive Patriot District Championship title. Team members showed that thei...

New class puts students into the write mindset

Lee Gleason, Blue Sports Editor

November 15, 2010

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Write here.  Write now. The newly-created Writing Center is a place where students can improve their writing by collaborating with trained peer tutors. Students who go to the Writing Center for help can bring essays, resumes,...

Purple-out shows support for LGBT: Students rally to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying

Tiffany Clark, Julie Parisi, and Lisa Williams, Blue Entertainment Editor, Oracle Editor, Oracle Editor

November 11, 2010

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October 20 obviously had a theme. There were purple streamers adorning the hallways, and people passing by sported hues of purple as well. People were encouraged to wear purple on October 20 to make a statement against harassment,...

Running club on track to help high school

Lauren Giery, Blue Page One Editor

November 11, 2010

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Every year, eighth grade graduates filter into high school, many of them athletes looking for a sport to pursue in high school. The new and improved Irving Track Club is getting more students interested in running Cross Country...

XC advances to Regionals

Lisa Williams, Oracle Editor

November 11, 2010

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Third place for all, and for all, a good post-season. The boys’ and girls’ Varsity Cross Country teams raced on October 28 for a chance to run at Regionals, continuing their advancement through the post-season. Both teams...

‘Posse’ gets student feedback in Congress-like setting

Nicole Brigham, Oracle Staff Writer

November 11, 2010

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Principal Paul A. Wardinski has expanded PAW’s Posse this year in an effort to increase student involvement and be more in tune with the student body. In September, one student from each class volunteered to be their seventh...

Dirty hands? Can’t clean them up!

Nicole Brigham, Staff Writer

November 9, 2010

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Think of all of the gross germs we come into contact with daily. What’s the easy fix to the fact that we are in such close proximity with a group of germy teenagers? Washing our hands, but what if there is no soap? Recently,...

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