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Crossing through the walks of life: Bill Abel

Crossing through the walks of life: Bill Abel

Laura Whitaker

April 25, 2018


Filed under Features

Walking to school as an underclassmen was very burdensome at times. Waking up early was only part of it. I would have to make sure my hair was dry so that it wouldn’t freeze on the way to school in the winter, and had to drag along pounds of extra jackets and sports bags along with me, too. About ...

Two months since the tragedy, how much has changed?

Two months since the tragedy, how much has changed?

Laura Whitaker

April 14, 2018


Filed under News

Two months ago, a wave of devastation spread from Parkland, Florida that turned into something quite unusual: power. Students all around the country gathered as one to fight against guns. This started the Never Again movement. Mason was one of 2,500 high schools across the country that participated in a 17 minute long walkout to protest violence...

Less talking, more doing: Politics in America

Less talking, more doing: Politics in America

Laura Whitaker

March 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Let’s talk about politics. There is a lot to address in recent events; the debate surrounding tighter gun restrictions, the threat of another government shutdown, and the uncertainty of DACA’s future. The list could go on, really, and while these topics are certainly pressing for any American conce...

Iconic Duos: Nick and Ethan

Iconic Duos: Nick and Ethan

Laura Whitaker

March 13, 2018


Filed under Features

The long awaited series is finally back. Mason’s most well-known, iconic senior duos will be featured, uncovering all the things that make them so iconic. If you believe that you are a member of an iconic duo or know of one, please email [email protected] Ever heard of the Yin-Yang philosophy ...

Iconic Duos: Chinese Exchange Edition

Iconic Duos: Chinese Exchange Edition

Laura Whitaker

March 6, 2018


Filed under Features

The long awaited series featuring Mason's most well-known iconic duos is finally back. This week's Iconic Duo is particularly unique, as it involves an international companionship between Matthew Lyng and Chinese Exchange student Merlin Xu. If you believe that you are a member of an iconic duo or ...

From jeans to home insulation: Habitat for Humanity’s Denim Drive

From jeans to home insulation: Habitat for Humanity’s Denim Drive

Laura Whitaker

November 25, 2017


Filed under News

George Mason’s Habitat for Humanity Club is holding a denim drive starting Monday, November 27 to pave the way for affordable housing and warm winters for the less fortunate. All jean materials will be transformed into housing insulation by a partner organization to the official Habitat for Humani...

Golf finishes in Conference; individuals finish in Regionals

Golf finishes in Conference; individuals finish in Regionals

Laura Whitaker

November 22, 2017


Filed under Sports

The George Mason varsity golf team (2-7)  did not see all the victories they wanted to see, only winning two matches this season against Madison County High School 206-204 on Monday August 28, and 207-186 on Monday September 18. However the leadership and team dynamic is what set this season apart f...

Mason bids goodbye to some of the greats

Mason bids goodbye to some of the greats

Laura Whitaker

June 15, 2017


Filed under News

  Each year, we must bid farewell to a handful of teachers and staff at Mason who are moving on to their next endeavors in life. Many retire and end their long careers at Mason eager to unwind and journey to distant places, while others relocate for more  personal reasons.   This year,...

After 22 years of maintenance at Mason, Fernandez’s future is wide open

After 22 years of maintenance at Mason, Fernandez’s future is wide open

Laura Whitaker

June 15, 2017


Filed under News

“My mom always says ‘when one door closes, another door opens.’ It might be windows, but I like doors better, I work with them a lot,” said Gabriel Fernandez, longtime FCCPS maintenance specialist. This year marks his 22nd year serving as the electrical specialist with the Falls Church City s...

Scharff: A student for life

Scharff: A student for life

Laura Whitaker

June 15, 2017


Filed under News

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and IB Anthropology teacher Mr. Jamie Scharff has taught at Mason for the same amount of time that the majority of the seniors at George Mason High School have been alive. And as the Class of 2017 graduates, Mr. Scharff is retiring from teaching. Mr. Scharff is known for questioning anythin...

Scenes from Mason’s home track meet 2017

Scenes from Mason’s home track meet 2017

Laura Whitaker

May 2, 2017


Filed under News

The George Mason Track and Field team hosted their first and only home meet of the season. They faced Warren County High School and Central Woodstock High School in the three-hour event and concluded around 8:30 p.m with a senior night celebration for all senior athletes. As a whole, the boy’s tea...

John Lanouette: Sculpting a local tradition

John Lanouette: Sculpting a local tradition

Laura Whitaker

April 25, 2017


Filed under Features

As a journalist, I have too many people giving me unwanted advice for how I should write my stories. It ranges from “make me sound smart” to “let me view and edit your entire piece before submitting it.” Typically I awkwardly nod my head and passively say, “yeah that’s a great idea,” and...

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