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The Revolution

SAT Changes Coming in 2016

March 27, 2014


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The Spring SAT in 2016 will be completely redesigned and restructured, according to collegeboard.org, mostly to the benefit of the student. Currently students lose points for wrong answers, must write an essay in 50 minutes and face irrelevant words such as “regatta.” After 2016 this will all...

Embracing Our Stupidest Years: Ignorance Is Bliss, and Boy, Are We Ignorant!

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

March 27, 2014


Filed under Editorial, Julia Writes Something, Opinion

A Ke$ha song from 2010 plays on the radio so loud it shakes the beige Honda Civic filled with over-caffeinated high school girls that I find myself crushed into. It is 12 a.m. as my friends and I pull into the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. For a brief moment before I order six “whatever-donuts,” I...

How Adolescent Depression Is Like That Person You Aren’t Really Into Anymore

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

February 27, 2014


Filed under Editorial, Julia Writes Something, Opinion

Your iPhone chirps and you look down to find yourself staring at a text from That Person You Aren’t Really Into Anymore, “r we still on 4 2nite???” You recall when you were young and naive (about a month ago) and you paid no attention to the way That Person You Used To Be Sort-Of Into texted like...

Mel’s Healthy Living: Reading Food Labels

Melanie Arthur, Managing Editor

February 27, 2014


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Who remembers Capri Sun juice pouches? I remember there was always one in my lunchbox up until fourth grade when my mom stopped buying them because of their terribly unhealthy ingredients. “They’re junk,” she’d say, and that began my health food journey. So what exactly is this junk that I...

“Sociopath, Mouth-Breather, Misogynist,” How Generalizations Hurt Us In More Ways Than One

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

December 19, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Julia Writes Something, Opinion

Thrown into a fluorescently-lit, carpeted conference room packed with other confused and socially traumatized adolescents, I am asked to sit down and begin working on my first assignment at the writing convention I was so eager to attend until this moment, “Describe yourself in six words.” Pencils...

Why We Need Chat Every Day

Bailey Bush, Online Editor

December 19, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Recently there has been a lot of discussion over CHAT versus reinstalling 8th period. Both times are valuable for student/teacher collaboration, but CHAT is the better option for students and teachers. Some might even suggest the implementation of more CHATs a week, maybe even CHAT every day. For...

Constructive Criticism

Bailey Bush, Online Editor

October 10, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Unless you’re new to Albemarle, or just unobservant, you’ve probably noticed the changes in the library. From new furniture to a whole new room known as the Writing Center, the amount of money spent on this project was a whopping $75,000.             The “modern” changes are part of a county-wide program ca...

Outlining vs. Feeling the Touch of the Sun’s Warming Rays: The Adolescent Dilemma

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

October 10, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Julia Writes Something, Opinion

How ironic that I write this article while I’m sitting in a dark room with my windows closed, even though it’s a 74-degree evening, my lap burning from an overheated laptop. Although a hypocrite, I understand that just outside I could be taking a quiet walk with no shoes and no iPod, just enjoying...

Is College Board actually beneficial?

Jessica Vickerman, queen editor

May 17, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Now seniors have ended their three-year, excruciatingly painful and expensive relationship with the College Board, it's time to look back over our time spent together. Has the organization really improved any of our lives or have they simply eagerly taken our (well, realistically, our parents') money?...

Julia Hates Something: The Reality of High School

Julia Hates Something: The Reality of High School

Julia Harrison, Staff Reporter

May 17, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Julia Writes Something, Opinion

Breakfast Club (1985), Clueless (1995), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Mean Girls (2004), High School Musical(s) (2006-2008)—collectively these movies led me to believe that high school was four years of clichéd bliss: filled with the stereotypical punk groups that smoked cigarettes in the back...

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