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Adieu to Ballou after 36 years of greatness

Adieu to Ballou after 36 years of greatness

Matthew Ng

June 15, 2017


Filed under News

The record for career years worked at Mason is 37. Only one man, John Ballou, came close to that record with 36 years. Mr. Ballou, who was hired to teach art in 1981, has taught film studies, computer graphics, robotics, 3D modeling, engineering design, and various art classes at George Mason for 36 yea...

Three seasons, three sports, one Reinfurt to play them all

Three seasons, three sports, one Reinfurt to play them all

Matthew Ng

April 25, 2017


Filed under News

George Mason High School, with all seasons combined, offers sixteen sports each school year. Usually a student might play one or two a year, but there are a select few who play in all three seasons. Senior Daniel Reinfurt is one of them. During the final moments of summer, when Virginia weather is swe...

It’s the snowy season

It’s the snowy season

Matthew Ng

February 17, 2017


Filed under Sports

The Mustang swim team is a tight knit group of very competitive swimmers, but even they are no match for team mother nature. Since the start of their swim season in November, they’ve only completed five meets. This has been due to the unpredictable weather complications here in the Washington D.C. are...

Rogue One: a Star Wars review

Rogue One: a Star Wars review

Matthew Ng

December 28, 2016


Filed under Features

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the second major “Star Wars” blockbuster churned out by Disney in the last two years, opened this past weekend, and was a good (not great) addition to the canon; heavy on visuals and light on character development. “Rogue One” ends minutes before the even...

Moments from the Halloween Hootenanny

Moments from the Halloween Hootenanny

Matthew Ng

November 15, 2016


Filed under Features

Mason’s SCA invited parents and children of all ages to come and have fun with some spooky surprises they whipped up for the Halloween Hootenanny. The festivities at the Hootenanny this year included games, Chick-fil-a sandwiches and a scary haunted house maze. The Hootenanny games area in the Maso...

Is YouTube closing the freedoms of you?

Is YouTube closing the freedoms of you?

Matthew Ng

September 20, 2016


Filed under Features

Recently, YouTube has started demonetizing certain videos from both small and famous creators. As a result of YouTube’s new terms of services, advertisers are no longer putting up ads on channels that aren’t kid friendly, thus removing the ability for creators to make any money off of them. Non-kid ...

Scenes from 2016 Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Fun Run

Scenes from 2016 Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Fun Run

Matthew Ng

June 13, 2016


Filed under News

This year’s Memorial Day Fun Run and parade was something you didn’t want to run out of time to miss. So, incase you did, here are some of the scenes from the run and and its best moments! ...

Finance or Felony? Your choice…

Finance or Felony? Your choice…

Matthew Ng

June 13, 2016


Filed under Gear Up Gaming

The latest GTA V DLC has brought with it much destruction and illegal activity as you can possibly imagine. The new content also includes many new ultra fast cars and armored vehicles... wink wink, nudge nudge.  Time for some trafficking jobs y'all! All the players that have downloaded the new ...

The Fate of the Iron Lords?

The Fate of the Iron Lords?

Matthew Ng

June 13, 2016


Filed under Gear Up Gaming

On June 9th, Bungie is going to reveal the next major DLC for Destiny that will probably come out next September of this year. Yes the Rise of the Iron Lords is coming to Destiny! There really isn't much to say other then the speculation that us Guardians might be able to meet the Iron Lords themselves!...

Why the FCCPS budget keeps growing

Matthew Ng

May 30, 2016


Filed under Uncategorized

The 2017 School Board and Superintendents school budget found itself motivated by many things. The raising enrollment of students, the rising costs of health insurance, retirement, and maintenance as well as keeping our teacher salaries competitive with our neighboring districts. Known enrollment...

This is crazy! Are you Overwatching this?!

This is crazy! Are you Overwatching this?!

Matthew Ng

May 13, 2016


Filed under Gear Up Gaming

The Overwatch open beta came out on May 5th and was supposed to end on May 9th but was extended to May 10th. Most of the people that played the open beta for the Overwatch game must think ... this game is amazing, and I must agree with those people. Considering that about 9.7 million people played...

Mrs. Dean-Pratt: An English teaching life

Mrs. Dean-Pratt: An English teaching life

Matthew Ng

May 11, 2016


Filed under Uncategorized

Mrs. Bridget Dean-Pratt is a well known English teacher throughout George Mason High School, and a lively one at that. Is it that her energy comes from a love for the subject she teaches, or past experiences that incentivise teaching? Maybe it’s a mix of her passionate love for her subject and he...

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