West Springfield High School Newspaper

The Oracle

West Springfield High School Newspaper

The Oracle

West Springfield High School Newspaper

The Oracle

The Girls Cross Country team posing together for a group photo after competing at the Nike Cross Regionals (NXR). After sweeping first place at Districts and Regionals, they finished third at States and finished third in an unusually small field of 10 teams at NXR.
Girls Cross Country dominance continues
Robbie Kugler, Viewpoint Editor • December 16, 2021
The Boys Cross Country team posing at Regionals. They swept first place at District and Regionals this year, powered primarily by the efforts of their senior runners.
A swan song for XC seniors
Robbie Kugler, Viewpoint Editor • December 16, 2021
George Mason, similar to other programs within the area, faces a new season full of change and challenges.
College basketball tips off locally
Robert Morrison, Sports Editor • December 16, 2021
Mariah Carey’s fourth studio album, “Merry Christmas,” which features seven covers and three original songs. Despite garnering a mixed reception upon release, the album itself has largely become overshadowed by the iconic single “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” ASCAPs number one most-played holiday song in 2020.
The inescapable trap of soulless Christmas music
Robbie Kugler, Viewpoint Editor • December 16, 2021

This year, all I want for Christmas is to not be forced to listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Is that too much...

When high school apply for jobs, they willingly give up a great amount of free time and freedom in exchange for a paycheck which can be used for lifestyle or financial reasons.
Working students' dilemma
Brendan Talbot, ETC. Editor • December 16, 2021
Fall leaf colors of red, orange, and yellow finally revealed themselves in November. Compared to past years where the leaves started to change in October and September, this autumnal tradition arrived late.
Eco-anxiety and students: a dreadful duo
Christina Nies, Features Editor • December 16, 2021

Irregularly high temperatures and extreme weather conditions haven’t been the only things making students sweat. Although climate change may...

Naderpoor gathers diapers, clothes, and shoes for different drives that aim to help Afghan refugees by giving them the different things they need to live a great life here in Northern Virginia.
Students aid Afghan refugees
Abigail Beyene, Editor-in-Chief • December 16, 2021
Another fun seasonal activity to do with family and friends that adds the benefit of yummy treats at the end.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Emma Goldkopf, Scoop Editor • December 16, 2021
 “Happy Home Paradise” includes a new currency, Poki, as well as new scenes, design options, and facilities. It is available for purchase starting November 5th, for $24.99.
Animal Crossing's update energizes fans
Christina Nies, Features Editor • December 16, 2021

The Nintendo game “Animal Crossing New Horizons” (ACNH) has been updated to include many new features for players to enjoy. “I thought...

Deviant Stickers.
Holiday gift-giving guide
Anne Foote, Jr. Sports Editor • December 17, 2021
The sun setting at just 5:13 p.m. One of the most common causes of winter-pattern seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is the shorter days, as that increasing lack of sunlight can have a very negative effect on a person’s health.
‘Tis the season to be depressed
Robbie Kugler, Viewpoint Editor • December 16, 2021
A political cartoon depicting brave soldiers fighting for child voting rights nationwide. If your local community isnt holding any teen voting rallies in the near future, start one.
Declaration of kiddependance
Brendan Talbot, ETC. Editor • December 16, 2021
The Amazon Fresh store in Kingstowne is the only one like it in the Fairfax area, featuring a new way to shop with no lines or checkout, simply walk out. Customers check in with the Amazon Shopping app on their phone, grab their groceries, and exit the store as all items are automatically detected, added to a virtual cart, and charged for later.
Amazon tyranny: a future monopoly in the making?
Chloe Jad, Staff Writer • December 16, 2021