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The County Chronicle

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Student artist Jocelyn Ortiz perseveres through roadblocks in her art career

Taylor Helfer, staff writer May 26, 2023

Through the strokes of a pencil and the dashes of paint, senior Jocelyn Ortiz has created a vibrant world of color although filled with many challenges. Through learning from her teacher Stephanie...

Captains Playhouse presents unforgettable performance of “Almost Maine”

Alexis Shugars and Jevonte Herron March 31, 2023

Loudoun County’s drama department put on an outstanding performance of “Almost Maine” on February 16-18. This Valentine's Day themed production tells the story of nine different couples within the...

A Look into Parasociality: Katherine Garvey wins Gold Key Award for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Cat Pizzarello, Managing Editor March 31, 2023

“It's the idea of thinking about peering into someone’s life,” said junior Katherine Garvey, in response to the meaning behind her art that won an honorable award through the Scholastic Art &...

Alphonso Young during a performance of “Christmas is coming” from the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack, with the Eric Byrd Trio. He has been performing with them for over twenty years. Photo courtesy of Alphonso Young.

Local guitar teacher and drummer Alphonso Young on being in a band for twenty years, and performing at the Kennedy Center

William Kluttz, Staff Writer March 29, 2023

Students who went to Simpson Middle School will likely remember Alphonso Young, and the nicknames that he gave to students. Young is a guitar teacher at Simpson and Smart's Mill Middle Schools, and a jazz...

Senior Sydney Tamsett (left) with her great aunt, Ada Patroni, and mother, Anasofia Monteblanco, at the exhibition of Tamsett’s work “Decay” on display at the Brambleton Library. Tamsett created the six watercolor panels over the course of a few weeks in her Art III class. Photo courtesy of Sydney Tamsett.

Micro gallery displays students’ creative passions

Evelyn Kuzminski, Layout Editor March 29, 2023

Like many others, senior Sydney Tamsett spent much of her time in quarantine working on a hobby: her art. “I needed something to do,” the senior said. “So I started spending more time on it.” Now,...

Collin Diem (left) and Gabe Cunnington (right) sing and pose during the performance of “Seussical” at Simpson Middle School. Diem is a freshman participating in Loudoun County’s productions and performances. Photo by Collin Diem.

Artist of the Issue: Music captures the heart of musician and performer, Collin Diem

Taylor Helfer, Staff Writer March 15, 2023

As the lights shine and the confidence beams on the stage of County’s auditorium, you will see freshman star, Collin Diem improvising for his theater class. Growing up in a “musical household,” Diem...

Advanced guitar files into seats before their songs at the evening concert on December 7.

Guitar students shine in winter concert

Berek Harrison and Ethan Kopp December 19, 2022

As the lights dimmed and the Winter guitar concert began the large crowd grew silent waiting for the concert to begin. On December 7, the guitar performed their winter concert which had been in preparation...

Emily Banner plays both the bassoon and the piano for P.D.Q. Bach’s “Sonata Abassoonata at the same time during a faculty meeting. Banner had principal Michelle Luttrell play along with the piece’s satirical theme by announcing that the pianist was unavailable and Banner would be playing both parts.

Artist of the issue

Taylor Helfer, staff writer December 15, 2022

Throughout the hallways of County, you may hear the various tunes and melodies of long time student musician player, senior Emily Banner. What originally started as a random suggestion, turned into a lifelong...

Kat Blackwood (left), Jada Venson (middle), and Maxwell McKnight, work backstage to create the advertisement signs for “Alice in Wonderland”

Alice In Wonderland – Behind the Scenes

Liberty Harrison, Editor-in-chief December 12, 2022

Nervous laughter, shouted questions, and friendly chatter echo within the small hallway containing the collection of theater rooms to the left of the stage.   A stagehand, clad in black, alerts...

Five books that will tug on your heartstrings

Hannah Winegar, staff writer November 22, 2022

We all know the struggle of picking a book to read for English class that captivates your interest. These five books will get you through the 15 minutes of reading all while keeping your attention. Give...

Liv Miller,Sharon Manni,Penelope Kern,and Camryn Kolodziej decide to start off their Wednesday making some cupcakes.

Wellness Wednesday Photo Feature

Jevonte Herron, staff writer November 5, 2022

Family and Consumer science teacher Dorene Kuebler hosts Wellness Wednesday to help de-stress students from school. Once each quarter there are different activities for students to participate in for an...

Donovan Claybrooks nails a solo on September 23. The Captain’s football team won 42-14 against Valley, accompanied by the marching band’s performance.

The man in the band

Olivia DeWan, Editor-In-Chief October 30, 2022

  The Captain’s Crew roars, shouting on the top of their lungs and stomping their feet under the Friday night lights, decked out in school spirit. However, it’s not the football team they’re...

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