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Mr. Policelli teaches a personal finance class. Policelli received the WISE Gold Teaching Award for achieving a high pass rate on a financial literacy test with his students. Photo by Dylan Johnson.

Andrew Policelli earns the Gold star teacher award

Dylan Johnson, staff writer February 12, 2024

Andrew Policelli earned a WISE (Working in Support of Education) Gold star teacher Award for the 2022-23 school year. Policelli, who teaches personal finance, gourmet foods, and culinary arts, earned this...

A standard orienteering compass. The clear body and magnifying glass makes reading maps easier. Surrounding the flat sides are measurement tools to help calculate scale on maps.

NJROTC Celebrates Victory at Regional Orienteering Competition

Berek Harrison, Managing Editor February 12, 2024

On December 9, 2023, the NJROTC Orienteering team took home first place in the regional orienteering competition, setting them up to break a school record. The team is headed by captain Andrew Wilson...

The Marching Band gathered up in front of the school, smiling proudly after winning first place at the USBands National Championships at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey where they competed against 19 other bands.

The Marching Band Wins National Champions

Karen Martinez and Sofia Hernandez February 12, 2024

Imagine having to perform in front of a huge crowd of people, having people watch you from every side of the stadium. On November 4, 2023 vocalist Gracelyn Daniel and the marching band won first place...

NHS is working on tutoring elementary and middle school students

Dylan Johnson, Staff Writer February 12, 2024

Led by co-sponsors Paige Illig and Jennifer Marden, National Honor Society is continuing to work with elementary and middle school students this year. With Illig overseeing elementary tutoring and Marden...

Dryden dresses in his sloth costume to visit students in their classroom. He posed for a picture with junior Chris Duellman (left), senior Eddie Azzouz (middle), and junior Ben Bilko (right).

School security officer plunges into the numbing waters of Virginia Beach

Sophia Casciano, Staff Writer February 12, 2024

School security officer Jacob Dryden decided to bring his support for the Virginia Special Olympics to County, joining Special Olympics Virginia in raising 1.62 million dollars for Special Olympics athletes...

Math teacher Abby Schutte smiles for the camera, trophy in hand, holding her Teacher of the Month award. The award is voted upon by students to be given to teachers that show excellence in teaching and contribute to making our school a better place. Schutte won Teacher of the Month this past September.

Staff Highlight of the Issue

Karan Singh, Business Manager February 6, 2024

Early in the morning, students walking by room 257 can hear math teacher and senior class co-sponsor, Abby Schutte’s loud and enthusiastic greetings to coworkers, and most importantly to her students....

Charlotte Edmonds (left) and Sela Campbell (right), representatives of the yearbook staff, give a presentation on the basics of yearbook creation, photography, and journalistic writing at the 2023 WILD Student Leadership Conference. The WILD Student Leadership Conference is hosted annually to give students the opportunity to grow their leadership and team building skills. Photo by Lacey Kimbrough.

WILD Student Leadership Conference helps students become better leaders

Karan Singh, Business Manager February 2, 2024

Students file into the room just in time for another breakout session to begin. They take their seats as another student stands in the front of the room, ready to deliver a presentation on public speaking....

Members of the Crow’s Nest Literary Magazine display last year’s VHSL awards. Left to right: freshman Hope Hathaway, senior Beck Jewell, freshman Scarlett Ashford, senior Kai Arcano, and sophomore Karan Singh. Photo courtesy of Valerie Egger.

Creative writing club the Crow’s Nest wins VHSL Savedge award

Scarlett Ashford, Staff Writer February 2, 2024

After waking up and driving to school before some students are even awake, members of the creative writing club make their way to room 203 to begin collaborating on their main task, producing this year’s...

Smile kits are lined up outside the cafeteria, waiting to be packaged and delivered. The kits are given to local female cancer patients to support them as they undergo chemotherapy.

NHS volunteers support community programs with Smile Kits and CyberSlam bags

Evelyn Kuzminski, Editor-in-chief February 1, 2024

On a Saturday morning in mid-December when they could have been sleeping, hanging out with friends, or anything else, dozens of students filled the cafeteria to volunteer their time. A couple of hours...

A history of snow days

First two snow days strike back to back

William Kluttz, staff writer February 1, 2024

Before this article was written, there was another article, fully finished and ready to go, about the lack of snow days this year. Students had been interviewed, and it was fully completed and ready for...

Gertrude Evans following her presentation. Evans attended Douglass School while Loudoun County was still segregated and has since spoken about her experience.

Gertrude Evans, artist and historian, speaks about the integration of Loudoun County and Loudoun County Public Schools

Dylan Johnson, staff writer January 30, 2024

In the 1960s, Gertrude Evans was a young woman. Evans wanted to swim in the Leesburg Fireman's swimming pool, but there was one problem: she was Black, and at the time, Loudoun County was refusing...

Simpson teacher Kimberly Poole poses in front of her classroom door on December 20, 2023. Poole was nominated for Loudoun Countys teacher of the year award a few weeks prior.

Simpson teacher Kimberly Poole nominated for teacher of the year award

William Kluttz, Staff Writer January 28, 2024

During a yearbook meeting earlier this year, J. Lupton Simpson Middle School Introduction to Computer Applications teacher and yearbook adviser Kimberly Poole received flowers and an unexpected announcement:...

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