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McLeans rock was painted in a rainbow pattern to celebrate pride month and McLeans LGBTQ+ community. The rock was painted after school on June 10.
GSA paints rock in honor of Pride Month
JJ Steeg, A&E Editor • June 11, 2024

On June 10, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) met together after school to paint McLean’s rock. The...

Students threw their caps into the air following the symbolic turning of their tassels. Led by Senior class president Aiden Shaughnessy, the class of 2024 celebrated their graduation.
McLean graduation ceremony celebrates class of 2024
Aaron Stark, Editor-in-Chief • June 6, 2024

McLean held its graduation for the class of 2024 on June 4. The ceremony, which featured a speech from...

The quiz bowl team poses by the NAQT National Championships sign at the tournament held in Atlanta, Georgia. With a top-50 finish, it was a strong end to the season.
Quiz bowl ends season strong
Lauren Wood, Sports Editor • June 5, 2024

After a year of success in the regular and early championship season, McLean quiz bowl finished off their...

Newly elected Sully District school board representative Seema Dixit speaks during the May 23 school board meeting. Multiple renovations from the elementary to high school level were on covered during the meeting.
FCPS approves suite of upgrades for schools countywide
Zakareya Hamed, Editor-in-Chief • June 4, 2024

As the Fairfax County School Board gears up to adjourn until August, the board reviewed and awarded multiple...

A donation box for menstrual products from this school year located at one of the community centers in McLean. The menstrual product drive is one of the many events that the GLC plans to bring back next year.
Girls Leadership Committee looks ahead
Audrey Link, A&E Editor • June 4, 2024

As the end of the school year approaches, many clubs around McLean are working on wrapping up their events...

The McLean PTSA has worked throughout the school year to support McLeans teachers and students. The new leadership plans to work over the summer to organize events for the 2024-25 school year.
McLean PTSA wraps up its yearly events
Allie Deutsch, Managing Editor • June 3, 2024

After a successful school year, the McLean Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) has announced new...

Produce to Page: Farmers Markets feature more to purchase than what meets the eye.
Back in town
Nimera Shanil, Opinions Editor • June 8, 2024

Falls Church Farmers Market Open every Saturday from April to December, there is much to see at the Falls Church Farmers Market. The market is divided into two seasons: the Summer Market from May...

Individuals accusing others of cultural appropriation despite not being a part of the culture themselves can cause more harm than good. It is important for people to do their research and consult those who belong to the culture at hand before leaping to potentially damaging conclusions.
Ignorant accusations of “cultural appropriation” are detrimental
Sakura Mogami, Features Editor • June 6, 2024

Accompanied by vibrant maximalist visuals clearly embracing the kawaii subculture, alongside Japanese dancers and filmed in the heart of Harajuku (the trendy pop culture hub in Tokyo), the 2000s rockstar...

Senior volleyball player Adrienne Long prepares to serve at a high school game. She will continue her volleyball career next year at Union College.
Spiking a college deal
Lauren Wood, Sports Editor • June 6, 2024
Released in April of 2024, the new Amazon Prime series Fallout–based on the video game of the same name–is proving to be widely successful among critics and audiences alike.
Fallout extraordinarily executes dystopian science fiction
Sakura Mogami, Features Editor • June 6, 2024
The street view of Luzmilas, a traditional Bolivian restaurant located in downtown Falls Church.
Comfort comida
June 6, 2024
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Backroom Banter Episode 12: 2023-2024 Year in Review
Aaron Stark and Ryan Kang June 8, 2024

In this episode of backroom banter, Aaron and Ryan break down and review various notable events that occurred this school year.  

Highlanders win baseball state finals for first time in McLean High School history

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