The Roar

Lucy Greenman is 2018’s Valedictorian

Graduating with a GPA that puts her at the top of the class while juggling her Academy of Science curriculum, senior Lucy Greenman may seem like she is all work and no play, yet Greenman is extremely involved in extracurriculars outside of the...

A Comprehensive Look at the Caps’ Road to the Stanley Cup

As any D.C. sports fan knows, the road to a championship is long, bumpy, and for many teams, seemingly never-ending. This year, the Capitals made history. Washington D.C. has long been a city synonymous with sub-par sports teams. Brief speckles...

Stained-Glass Window Tradition Continues

Carrying out a tradition that has been a part of the school since it opened, senior Helena Howard Wins Once Again Walking into the school, you may have noticed the stained-glass windows hanging over the front doors. Since the school first opened...

Meet Your New SCA Officers

New Student Council officers have their sights set on next year As new SCA officers rise to power for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, they discuss how they plan on changing the school. This new group looks to improve communication and reignite...

The Final Act, cont. from Roar Magazine

Elias Tafwed: Wake-Up Call Why I picked my show: "I felt like it was speaking to me personally, the plot summary is basically my life in one sentence." My favorite part of the rehearsal process: "Working with my cast and having fun with...

Link Looks Back, cont. from Roar Magazine

In case you missed it in the magazine: The transition between middle school and high school can be nerve-racking. It’s common for freshmen to walk into the wrong classroom, worry about who they will sit with during class, and stress over the...

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Opinion: 11 Things I Learned in High School

1. Be inclusive and kind to everyone This is probably one of the most important things to remember. It’s never right to judge someone based on first impressions. You never know what someone is going through, so it’s important to always be kind. You don’t necessarily have to be best friends with everyone, but spread positive vibes and never make anyone feel unwanted. 2. It’s never too...

Swapping Movies: Kyra on Tay

Atonement (2007) So before I watch this movie, I would just like to preface it with the fact that I have only watched two romance movies. I didn’t like the Notebook because the girl in it is super abusive and there were so many communication issues that I was just getting mad. The other was 13 Going On 30 and the only thing I liked about that was Mark Ruffalo. Going into this movie, I’m just excited...

Swapping Movies: Tay on Kyra

Batman & Robin (1997) I vaguely remember this movie, just like how I vaguely remember my childhood and everything before the end of junior year. It’s an issue, so re-watching this isn’t a problem for me in the slightest when I don’t remember anything about anything. Maybe it’ll be like re-watching my favorite movie of all time, Catwoman. Or maybe not, especially when I judge that movie...

Freshman to Watch: Femi Alabi

Freshman Femi Alabi made the boys varsity soccer team due to his determination. He is a starting defender playing alongside two senior captains. His coach Stephane Longchamp noted Alabi’s natural leadership and high expectations as reasons behind what makes him soccer’s Freshman to Watch. Why did you recommend him for this? SL: "He is hardworking, and he expects everyone around him to put...

Opinion: Oh, the Things We Will Miss

As we are heading towards the second half of the fourth quarter, anxiety rises, spring fever kicks into high gear, and freshmen are excited that their first year is ending. On the other hand, the seniors are getting ready to end their last year as high schoolers. May 1 was College Decision Day and most students have already figured out where they will be this fall. June 15 is coming fast, and once...

AET Prepares Students for Life After High School

A firsthand look at the new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program based in Loudoun County, providing students with advanced education for up and coming fields. Academy of Engineering and Technology is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program new to Loudoun County which specializes in Engineering, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Several students...

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Opinion: 10 Prom Life Hacks and Tips that Every Girl Needs to Know

It’s that time of year again: Prom season.  And no matter how many months in advance you’ve prepared for this night, there might be a last minute emergency or something you can do to be more prepared. But not to worry, here are 10 Prom hacks and tips that every girl needs to know: 1. Use shaving cream to get out makeup stains from your dress No matter how careful you really think you are,...

Boys Soccer Gives Back

Each week, the varsity boys soccer team volunteers at a  local elementary school In a new tradition created by coach Stephane Longchamp, the boys varsity soccer team assembles every Thursday at Potowmack Elementary to help students who are struggling with reading. Each player is partnered with a Potowmack student, and spend about 30 minutes working together to improve their comprehensive reading...

Yeh for Graduation

Senior Alice Yeh uses her talent to decorate Graduation Caps for students As the end of senior year approaches, seniors are starting to think about what they want on their graduation caps. Instead of thinking about her own cap, senior Alice Yeh is taking orders to design people’s caps for them. “Last year, I did two of my friend’s grad caps, and I got the idea from that to earn money from...

Review: The Death of Stalin

History lovers should seek out this dark comedy as its limited release makes The Death of Stalin hard to find but worth the watch Last month a movie was released in only select theaters in the U.S. and the U.K. It is relatively unknown, and it has only made six million dollars at the box office, and it might just be the funniest movie that’s come out in the past five years. The Death of Stalin...

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 talented students received first or second place across nine different categories. There are different levels of Family and Consumer Science, FACS, classes that...

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, and enjoy some classic American activities. Each Loudoun County school participating had a few countries that their students were from; and this year, Potomac...

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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 island where anything goes. Scarlett has been writing to Legend, the infamous master and creator of the game Caraval, since her sister’s ninth birthday. After seven...

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 with students and adults alike, all with the same goal of reforming gun laws. Now, there is another walkout on the anniversary of Columbine to show that students...

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 notorious rollercoaster. However, behind the scenes of this break from the school day is the hard work of the Student Council Association and Panther Leadership...

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 upon their four wins, one tie, and 12 loss season the past year. With underclassmen stepping up and upperclassmen giving their last seasons all they got,...

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...

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...

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