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FCCLA Takes States

FCCLA students take home first and second place honors at the state competition Recently, the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, FCCLA, team competed at the state competition in Virginia Beach. The Potomac Falls team had 13 t...

Around the World and Back

Global Ambassadors programs across Loudoun County host delegates from all over the world For 10 days, students from all over the globe came to the United States to learn about our country, improve their English, solve an issue in their country,...

Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

What’s not to love about a world full of magic and mystery, surprises and unforeseen romance? Caraval by Stephanie Garber has all of that and more. It describes how a seemingly unbreakable bond between two sisters gets tested on the islan...

Students Demand Change

Today, April 20, students participated in the National School Walkout Earlier this year, there was a nationwide walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Then there was the March For Our Lives, which filled the streets w...

Making a Pep Rally

Most know the games and the cheering, but only a few select students understand the work that goes into the celebration of panther pride Every high school student knows the spirited scene of a pep rally; full of games, performances, and the ...

Girls Soccer Remains Undefeated

Opening the season with six wins and one tie, the girls varsity soccer team looks to keep the momentum going Less than halfway through the season, and with six wins, one tie and zero losses, the girls’ varsity soccer team has already improved...

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Movie Review: Why I Loved ‘Love, Simon’

The recently released movie Love, Simon, directed by Greg Berlanti and produced by Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Pouya Shabazian, Isaac Klausner hit theatres on March 16, 2018. The film was such a hit that people are still raving about it – months later. This PG-13 rom-com, coming- of-age tale is inclusive to all people and tells the story about a teen boy grappling with parts of his identity. The director and producers did a wonderful job of creating and sharing a movie that tells a story many movie producers have been hesitant to tell. The main character Simon (Nick Robinson) leads a particularly normal life, but he has a big secr...

Ong the Way to Nationals

Junior Sydney Ong takes her culinary management team to nationals Aspiring culinary arts major, junior Sydney Ong and her team from Monroe Technology Center attended the Virginia ProStart Invitationals, a culinary competition focusing on two categories – restaurant management and culinary skills, on March 9. Students were assessed not only on behind the scenes kitchen work but also front-of-the-house presenta...

Tears, Lead Smudges, and Eraser Shavings: It’s AP Season Baby

The comprehensive guide for underclassmen about Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the exams that follow them As a nonprofit organization with the purpose of expanding access to higher education, the College Board offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses to high school-age students who want to challenge themselves with college-level material. Each course has a corresponding exam that a student would co...

Year of the Wolfe

After being principal of PFHS for a year, Dr. Brandon Wolfe reflects on his experience On March 27 2017, Dr. Brandon Wolfe had his first day as the Potomac Falls principal. Over a year later, he is just beginning to see the school he envisioned emerge. “All high schools are crazy busy. Every place you go there’s always a different vibe, the way you feel when you walk in,” said Wolfe. “Eve...

Opinion: The Fatal Flaws of the Educational System

Are grades more important than our health? As a high school senior, one thing has become increasingly clear to me throughout my career as a student: the educational system is flawed. From an early age, students are told that the grades they receive are more important than their mental and physical health. I can remember the first time that I took an SOL in third grade. Third grade! I wasn’t more tha...

Putting the M in STEM

Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer speaks to students about the relevance of math On Friday March 23, Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, a professor from George Mason University, spoke to students at PFHS about STEM as a part of the U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty Program, which is designed to bring science and math educators to high schools to talk to students. “He basically tried ...

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From #Challenge to Movement

These social media challenges flooded the internet and the people who did them gained the spotlight Fame is something that a lot of people desire but only few ever obtain -- mostly because achieving it is so difficult. Well, today, people can find fame easily on social media. Let's be honest, everyone walks around with their phones glued to their hand; people look at their phones constantly. Social m...

Around the World in 10 Days

Potomac Falls Global Ambassadors hosts their first Opening Ceremony for the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit As the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit grows closer, Potomac Falls Global Ambassadors prepares for an action packed 10 days, which will kick off with an Opening Ceremony at Potomac Falls on April 10. As a lead up to the Summit, the Opening Ceremony recognizes the inte...

Putting the Madness in March Madness

A recap of the March Madness tournament that had everybody's bracket busted March Madness has historically been a grand theatre of drama, underdogs, and glory for NCAA Basketball. Every year, there is a fair share of upsets and dramatic finishes, all leading up to crowning a national champion; but this year had a whole new level of ridiculous moments and bracket busting upsets. This year’s tourname...

Young Educators on the Rise

Educators Rising club members attended a conference to better understand being an educator On Mar. 14, members of Educators Rising attended a conference at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA that included several workshops that helped the students gain experience in education, giving them a glimpse of what the field is really like. Educators Rising is a volunteer club that goes to ...

Spring Sports: Where They’ve Been and Where They’re Going

From defending state champions to young teams searching for a win, the spring sports athletes have all taken the field ready for competition. Now a week into April, spring sports are in full swing. Some spring sports are hoping to improve from previous seasons while other are hoping to maintain their winning records. For the past two years girl’s lacrosse has absolutely dominated their competit...

A Focus on Flexible Seating

Offering students flexible or alternative seating styles in classrooms may improve learning environment Our world is constantly advancing and improving itself. Through its advancement, many ideas come and go. One of the latest ideas for educational improvement is flexible seating. This is a recent educational theory in which students can sit on a surface other than a traditional chair – some sea...

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Swapping Music: Taylor on Kyra

Who doesn’t love screaming in your ear? Well, even if you answered that question, I wouldn’t be able to tell with my hearing half gone. To be honest, I didn’t think that this mixture of rock and punk would offer new songs that I like. While these songs are far from my preferences but they have a great combination of instrumentals and vocals. And a lot of them do in fact have good lyrics. I can’t...

Swapping Music: Kyra on Taylor

My experience started with an ad, which was honestly the best thing I heard during this endeavor. I’m kidding. I actually really liked a lot of these songs, which was surprising to me because I’m pretty pretentious when it comes to music and only listen to the same five albums on repeat. This was a huge step outside my comfort zone since these calm, happy indie bands are the complete opposite of what ...

Freshman to Watch: Janika Perezous

Breaking records in just ninth grade, freshman Janika Perezous shows incredible speed, leadership, and attitude on the swim team. With her first season under her belt, her Coach Katy Touve expects great things from Perezous in her next four years here. Perezous’ contagious energy is why Coach Touve nominated her as the swim team’s Freshman to Watch. What are her strengths? Coach Katy Touve: “She has ma...

Fortnite: Overview of an Obsession

For avid video gamers, late nights filled with the unique video game, Fortnite, are almost too familiar. For everyone else, here’s what the hype’s about. Too often, as you scroll through your snapchat stories, almost every boy ever has some sort of self-praise, Battle Royale, winning post. Fortnite, a new sensation taking over the lives of avid video gamers everywhere, has become one of the most popular...

Hall Passes: You Need One

A new semester brought many changes to CORE The new semester brought a clean slate for students and new developments for CORE. After reassessing the needs of the school at the semester, the CORE committee, along with administration, decided traffic in the hallway during class needed to be controlled. Instead of having two teachers split a CORE block, several second half teachers were reassigned a new du...

United Against Violence

One month after the Parkland Florida shooting, students walked out of class as a part of the nation-wide protest All across the nation, students of all ages stood up at 10 a.m. on March 14 and left their respective schools. At Potomac Falls, students surrounded the panther statue and huddled in silence for 17 minutes to honor the lives lost during the Parkland school shooting. Organized by junior ...

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