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Sophomores Tobin Wilson (left) and Ryan Kang (right) holding their trophies after their success at the Villiger Tournament. The Villiger Tournament is a national debate competition held annually in Philadelphia.
McLean conquers national debate competition
Alex Li, Online News Editor • November 27, 2023

Last weekend, McLean students traveled to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to participate...

Senior officers Aadil Singh (left) and Nico Christofferson (right) announce district results in DECA meeting.
McLean DECA dominates districts
Andrew Lohman, Opinions Editor • November 16, 2023

On Nov. 6 at Oakton High School, 51 McLean students competed in the District Leadership Competition for...

The astronomy clubs upcoming sky-watch will be held at the Dean Howarth Observatory, located inside the cafeteria courtyard. The club holds its sky-watches monthly depending on weather and member availability.
Astronomy Club to host sky-watch Nov. 16
Addie Harris, Features Editor • November 15, 2023

On Nov. 16, McLean’s astronomy club will be hosting a sky-watch at the school’s observatory from...

Race to Erase- Students hurry to fill out schedule change forms before the end of the quarter. If a student drops a class after Nov. 20, it will be permanently displayed on their transcript.
End of quarter forces students to drop courses
Lauren Wood, Sports Editor • November 3, 2023

As the quarter ends this week, students who had been hoping for improvement in difficult courses have...

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species in the United States native to parts of China and Vietnam. It is often identified by its gray wings with red undertones.
Spotted lanternflies return to East Coast
Aileen Wu and Sakura Mogami November 2, 2023

Vibrant red-accented wings and beautiful distinct silhouette–at first glance, viewers can easily be...

Fairfax County has identified a number of assets that reduce individual chances of falling into county-identified risk behaviors.
FCPS Youth Survey shows improvement in student mental health
Zakareya Hamed, Allie Deutsch and Alan Tang November 1, 2023

Have you ever smoked? Do you have a trusted adult? How much time do you spend on homework? These questions...

Government teacher Joshua Henry attends his swearing-in ceremony, inducting him as the mayor of Lewistown, Pennsylvania. His time as mayor fueled his passion for local government and politics.
From mayor to teacher
Sophia Weil and Jessica Purevtugs November 8, 2023

Joshua Henry has been teaching high school government classes since 2001, but many of his students may be unaware of his firsthand experience in local government. Henry worked as a high school teacher...

Student activism needs to change
Student activism needs to change
Aaron Stark, Managing Editor • November 28, 2023

Following the outbreak of war between the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Israel, pro-Palestine McLean students and a dozen other Fairfax County Public high schools orchestrated walkouts to call for...

Senior Caf Eaton looks down the court to stay open for a pass.
McLean boys basketball triumphs over Spartans
Madeleine Stigall, Editor-in-Chief • November 29, 2023
Taylor Swift releases re-recording of 1989, last Friday, Oct. 27.
1989 TV surpasses popular expectations
Julia Schildkraut, Fact Checker • November 2, 2023
Cold Stone Creamery advertises their fall ice cream flavors to customers.
A Scoop for the Season
November 2, 2023
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Nimera Shanil, Philip Rotondo and Sabrina Boughanem November 2, 2023

Nimera, Philip and Sabrina review the new Drake album.

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