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No, the ‘Liberal Arts’ aren’t dying

Marlboro College, a liberal arts school in southern Vermont, nearly shut down before merging with Emerson College, based in Boston. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

December 13, 2019

My first college fair was one of the most intimidating and claustrophobic experiences of my life. Scores of students crowded around the tables of big state schools, grabbing for brochures and business cards. Parents pushed their kids aside to shout questions at admissions officers, or not-so-subt...

Top 10 college mascots

Top 10 college mascots

Sam Mostow, Advertising & Social Media Editor

April 2, 2019

College mascots are the crown jewel of a school. As seniors are making decisions about where they'll spend their next four years, don't forget about the faces of these colleges: the mascots. There are more than 5,300 colleges in the United States, but here are the top ten mascots of those schools: ...

Abusing your privilege doesn’t pay off

A college campus

Fernanda Molina, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2019

There are students across the country that wake up early in the morning to go to that extra morning class, go to work after school, are active members of school clubs, earn exceptional grades, come home late at night from a sport to a pile of homework for the next day, all trusting that, with hard wo...

The truth about College Board

College Board depicted as a Monopoly game

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

January 3, 2019

It's that time of year again. As a junior, I can’t spend more than five minutes in the hallway without hearing my friends anxiously comparing PSAT results, and debating what constitutes a “good score,” or what qualifies for “National Merit Scholarship.” Eventually, they get tired of co...

Our future is haunting our present

Teens show stress levels that rival those of adults. Teens’ stress levels have been found to increase during the school year, reaching average stress levels of 5.8 compared to 5.1 for adults. Additionally, more than 30% feel depressed, sad, and/or overwhelmed due to stress. (Photo Courtesy of American Psychological Association (APA))

Sneha Parthasarathy

May 20, 2018

Ever since I was five years old, family, friends, and strangers have asked me what I want to be when I grow up. First, I would have answered “an astronaut.” Over time, my answer changed to a teacher, then a scientist, and so on. Now, I’m no closer to deciding my career path than my five-year o...

Three sports, one athlete: ‘Athletic Freak’ Roou

Senior Finn Roou plays football, lacrosse and does wrestling at Mason. He has received numerous achievements throughout his four seasons on varsity football and lacrosse, and placed fifth during his first year on the wrestling team. (Photo collage by Jack Felgar)

Jack Felgar

April 6, 2018

The Friday night lights shine down on the Mustang star football player as he runs through defenders. The crowd cheers the 195 lb wrestler pins his opponent. The stands unleash a worrisome “ooooh” as the Mason lacrosse defender levels an opponent who unwisely chose to take him on.   All of th...

From the court to the Naval Academy: Shaun Rodock

Senior Shaun Rodock gets ready to serve the ball during a home George Mason volleyball game. Rodock’s volleyball skills earned her first team All-District and All-conference awards (Photo by Sierra Sulc).

Evelyn Duross

November 16, 2016

At George Mason High School, our principal, Mr. Matt Hills, set a standard in the school for all students to excel in mind, body, and character. In this series, The Lasso looks for students who excel in these different yet equally valuable areas. This week, The Lasso digs deeper with senior Shaun Rodoc...

The stress of applying to college

A poster for Common Application.

David Martinez

November 13, 2016

November is now upon us, and as the autumn leaves sink onto the yellowing grass, high school seniors all around the country sink into aging office chairs to continue the college application process. Each new year brings new surprises, and often the same old problems. “I work with my dad, and sometimes I have ...

New college counselor takes over as college season ramps up

New college counselor Ms. Jennifer Fletcher meets with a student to discuss their plans for the future. Fletcher’s counselor experience of eight years in three different colleges further aids her in guiding high school students to finding the right college for them.  “Have fun, make it real and put yourself into the shoes of others [to see which college] is the right fit for you,” Fletcher said, in regards to advice to the rising juniors who are beginning to look at colleges. (Photo Credit: Allyson Kryk).

Allyson Kryk

April 5, 2016

Spring is here and GMHS students are flocking to meetings with their counselors to prepare for the next school year. Between class schedules and college recommendations to SAT’s and ACT’s, our newest college counselor, Ms. Jennifer Fletcher tackles these questions while learning the ropes of Mason. Flet...

Mason expands opportunities with new Dual Enrollment options

Mason expands opportunities with new Dual Enrollment options

Dorian Charpentier

March 3, 2016

The price of college is climbing every year and daunting for parents as they look into college for their students, however, GM is now offering the opportunity for students to obtain a General Education Certificate while still in high school. This certificate is equivalent to one year of college allowing...

To wanderers with new horizons

Two students laughing in the hallway

Gabriel Brown

January 6, 2015

College visits can overwhelm and excite The point of a college visit is to see if you will like your possible future home and school. It??s all about picturing yourself happy and comfortable there. If you can??t do that, then the college probably isn??t a good match. When thinking about college visits, be sure to keep some questions and tips in mind. As a teen go...

Why Mason does not rank its students

List on wall of Principal's Scholars

Dorian Charpentier

January 1, 2015

George Mason High School does not send anyone??s class rank to colleges because ranking can hurt good students. Mason is an exceptional school, and as such, many have high GPAs. So, anyone with a slightly lower, but still high GPA would see a lot of students rank before him or her. ??We??re tryi...

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