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Students participate in a snowball fight on the football field Tuesday, Jan. 4. Schools were closed due to inclement weather for the entire week.
Fairfax County postpones return to school
Ariana Elahi and Ghada Moussa January 8, 2022

With the new year came the biggest snowstorm in recent history in the NOVA area amidst the spiking rates...

UNICEF Club leadership participates in a blue-out for Childrens Day. The blue-out happened to coincide with the final day the club was accepting donations for their donation drive.
McLean UNICEF Club holds donation drive
Philip Rotondo and Haley Riggins November 23, 2021

McLean’s UNICEF club held a winter clothing donation drive for Afghan refugees this week. Following...

Senior Einmon Tha gets her blood drawn in the dance room on November 15th. “I decided to donate blood because I heard about this through [the] leadership [class], since we had to advertise and help people sign up,” Tha said. “I just thought it was a really great way to give back.”
McLean hosts blood drive
Emily Friedman and Andy Chung November 16, 2021

Blood. Needles pierced through McLean student’s skin as they watched a pint of their own blood drain...

Virginias gubernatorial election experienced higher voter turnout among rural Republicans.  Democrats on the other hand appeared more apathetic about voting, leading to McAuliffes loss.
Virginia swings back to red
Grace Gould, Arts and Entertainment Editor • November 3, 2021

On Wednesday morning, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe delivered a concession speech in the 2021...

Seniors and juniors gathered in the auditorium for a college session with a guest speaker from UVA. 28 percent of UVAs admitted students applied without testing.
Test-optional policy reduces student stress
Natalie Vu , Online News Editor • October 26, 2021

After spending half of their sophomore and entire junior year online, the McLean class of 2022 has returned...

McLean students get ready for their PSAT and SAT for the in school testing day. Many students have studied countless hours for this test.
Preparation underway for in-school PSAT and SAT
Kaan Kocabal and Andy Chung October 12, 2021

As seniors get ready to finalize their college applications, McLean High School and Fairfax county added...

How to make Dr. Reillys pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
How to make Dr. Reilly's pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Haley Riggins, Reporter • December 18, 2021

Giving has always been a big part of the holiday season for Principal Ellen Reilly, and this year she’s sharing her famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Reilly has been baking ever since she was...

Few fans filled the bleachers to watch the girls varsity game against Langley. A COVID-19 case spike has discouraged students from attending the highly anticipated game.
Opinion: McLean prioritizes basketball game over student safety
Tanner Coerr, Sports editor • December 17, 2021
International Pop Songs to Play On Repeat
International Pop Songs to Play On Repeat
Vanessa Popescu, Designer • January 10, 2022
In typical Weeknd fashion, Abel Tesfaye dresses up and embodies a certain character in order to promote his album. For his previous album After Hours, he dressed up in a red suit and a heavily bandaged face. Now, he swaps the gore prosthetics for an aged version of himself, complete with wrinkles and grey facial hair.
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FCPS made a premature decision with in-person learning
FCPS made a premature decision with in-person learning
September 19, 2021

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