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Sophomore Seoin Lee expresses her creativity and emotions through her art, taking pride in the time and effort she puts into her passion. The drawing was created using colored pencils.

Rise of AI generated art concerns artists

Minsong Ha, Reporter January 24, 2023

Recently, artificial intelligence technologies have gained increasing attention, spreading rapidly through social media platforms like TikTok. There are now dozens of different AI art generators on the...

Venchis store in Tysons Corner recently opened for business.

Venchi review

Aileen Wu, Reporter January 23, 2023

With more than 140 years of history, 350 chocolate recipes and 90 gelato flavors, Venchi is a fine Italian chocolate and Gelato boutique. In addition to having 135 locations in over 70 countries, Venchi...

The Dolley Madison library is one of the most popular libraries in the area, for good reason.

Library Faceoff

Elise Walker and Alexandra Kofinis January 18, 2023

Many students at McLean value studies more than most, but often it becomes tiring working in the same places over and over again. If you’re looking to get out of your room and find a new place to be...

Bones and All review

Bones and All review

Ingrid Shumway, Reporter January 18, 2023

Content warning: this article mentions blood and cannibalism. Die hard Timothee Chalamet admirers flocked to the theaters on the weekends of December expecting to watch a typical romance movie. No one...

McLean’s Favorite Music of 2022

McLean’s Favorite Music of 2022

Natalie Vu, Dania Reza and Philip Rotondo January 9, 2023

Throughout 2022, Highlanders spent hundreds of thousands of minutes listening to music. From pop to acoustic to hip hop and rap, a wide variety of music helped make the year memorable. Spotify Wrapped,...

The Starbucks seasonal menu offers a variety of drinks, as well as a multitude of treats.

Starbucks holiday menu review

January 3, 2023

While the holiday season has ended, we all need a reminder of the warm scents and tastes of December. There is no better way to brighten up your January than a quick stop at Starbucks for a taste of the...

Cafe Amouri, located in Vienna.

A Guide to Coffee in McLean

Josephine Phillips, Senior Marketing Manager December 16, 2022

Coffee plays a key role in some students’ lives; it allows us to pay alert attention in school and stay up late to complete homework outside of school. I decided to try four popular coffee shops around...

The cover of SZAs newest album, SOS.

SOS album review

Sabrina Boughanem, Reporter December 14, 2022

Solana Imani Rowe, popularly known as SZA, is an iconic pop artist whose previous album, CTRL, swept the nation, certifying itself as a double platinum album and debuting at top three on the Billboard...

From left to right: Taro Milk Tea, Fresh Milk Tea, Matcha Milk Tea, Green Thai Tea, and Pistachio Milk Tea.

Teas’N You review

Jessica Purevtugs and Aileen Wu December 13, 2022

Located just off Leesburg Pike, a quaint little tea shop attracts dozens of customers every day. Teas’N You is the quintessential cafe, marketing itself as one of the “newest, best, and most innovative...

HEROES & VILLAINS album cover, resembling Pink Floyds album while being engulfed in flames.

HEROES & VILLAINS album review

Khushi Rana, Online Managing Editor and A&E Editor December 8, 2022

American record producer Leland Tyler Wayne, famously known as Metro Boomin, released his ninth album on Dec. 2. Boomin has been a fan favorite with his upbeat melodies and noteworthy production. After...

Much Ado About Nothing Review

Much Ado About Nothing Review

Madie Turley and Tara Pandey December 2, 2022

From Old English to flapper dresses, TheatreMcLean’s Much Ado About Nothing was a play that spanned centuries. Combining the 16th, 20th, and 21st century, the show was a delightful blend of elements...

Cast members pose in a 1920s-style car reminiscent of the setting of the show, which takes place in the roaring 20s.

Much to see with fall play

Tara Pandey and Madie Turley November 15, 2022

TheatreMcLean is taking on the oldest rom-com in the books for its first production of the year, performing "Much Ado About Nothing," a play from the late 16th century written by William Shakespeare. “I...

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