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Head Over Heels: McLeans best show yet

Head Over Heels: McLean’s best show yet

Tara Pandey and Liz Nedelescu May 1, 2022

Despite countless last-minute challenges that eventually resulted in the show’s official delay, TheatreMcLean was able to put on an incredible first performance of Head Over Heels on Thursday, April...

Hollywoods newest competitor presents a wide selection of titles at any time for any genre. Streaming platforms are taking center stage for their flexible design, especially compared to movie theaters.

Hollywood’s growing competitor: Netflix

Melissa Allegretti, Reporter April 30, 2022

Hollywood has been dominated by entertainment behemoths for decades, but rapidly-growing Netflix is beginning to steal some limelight. Its deep pockets allow it to hire prominent actors and churn out massive...

Energy Drinks: Whats worth purchasing?

Energy Drinks: What’s worth purchasing?

Noah Barnes and Kaan Kocabal April 16, 2022

Bang energy: 3/5 Bang tasted like grape soda. The sickly sweet taste was easy to get tired of, and after a few sips, we did not feel the need to finish the can. The long ingredient list with many...

The social media app TikTok has helped many books quickly rise to fame. BookTok, as it is known, has become one of the most popular subdomains on the app.

BookTok hits: What’s worth reading?

Grace Gould and Hanna Boughanem April 14, 2022

Reading and the social media app TikTok, two domains once  mutually exclusive, have collided into a subdomain known as "BookTok." The niche reading community has become a popular part of the app, influencing...

Chicken sandwich showdown

Chicken sandwich showdown

Josh Bass and Peter Shumway April 13, 2022

Mélange This DC eatery is in a class of its own, as Chef Elias Taddesse blends French and Ethiopian flavors into a classic American burger bar. We tried the “Original Sandwich,” which was one of...

Historical Chinese dramas to binge

April 12, 2022

Many teenagers have probably binged popular Korean shows like “Crash Landing On You,” “True Beauty,” “Squid Game” and “Extraordinary You.” Fans are drawn to their incredible love stories,...

Senior Chloe Zhu promotes her makeup looks on social media. [I took these photos] because I realized that the Band-Aid matched my makeup look, Zhu said.

Beauty industry diversifies

In recent years, inclusive beauty movements have redefined the standards for companies to include people of all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, and ages. With the creation of campaigns that embrace differences...

Olivia poses with her homecoming dress which she purchased from a business on Etsy.

Sophomore model expresses confidence through fashion

Dania Reza, Online Features Editor April 5, 2022

For most students, a typical school day outfit consists of sweatpants and a hoodie. But sophomore Olivia Pamas treats every day like a fashion show, whether she’s working the runway as a model or walking...

Crime Junkie focuses on a different crime case for each podcast episode. McLean students and teachers love hearing the different stories featured each episode.

Staff and student podcast favorites

Layla Zaidi and Mackenzie Chen March 31, 2022

Crime Junkie Via: Spotify Crime Junkie is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on one new case each week. The host, Ashley Flowers, discusses a wide variety of cases including murders, serial killers,...

TheatreMcLean plans LGBTQ+ musical

TheatreMcLean plans LGBTQ+ musical

Isabella DiPatri and Josephine Phillips March 30, 2022

TheatreMcLean has begun promoting its upcoming musical, Head Over Heels, with the Instagram hashtags #mcleangotthebeat and #highlanderoverheels. The department's annual spring musical will feature...

Autographed posters line the hallways leading into the black box stage. The colors in each poster align with the colored lights used to illuminate each of the main air guitarists in the show, a clever inclusion that made the show feel well-planned and intricate.

Finding Airness: A play worth the hype

Tara Pandey and Makda Bekele January 29, 2022

TheatreMcLean’s’ newest show, “Airness,” opened on Jan. 27. With only weeks of preparation, a mere fraction of the months leading up to their preceding show “Little Women,” they put on a performance...

The cover art from Cordaes latest album

Cordae’s “From a Birds Eye View” album review

Paarth Soni, Reporter January 24, 2022

  Final Rating: 4.5/5 Local Maryland rapper, Cordae, explained the story of his life From A Birds Eye View, when dropping his sophomore album, January 14th. Although it is just his second album,...

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