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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 communica...

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...

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...

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...

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, technolo...

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 ...

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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 it,...

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 is a ...

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 stu...

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, Po...

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 years, he ...

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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 aga...

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 Leadersh...

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 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...

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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 ...

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...

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