The Roar

Democrats take the House, Unleashing New Energy and Diversity into Congress

The 2018 midterm elections unleashed a wave of energy which helped women gain more seats in congress and in governorships. In January, the Democrats will take the House of Representatives, while the Republicans will keep the Senate with an...

Early Signing Day: 14 things you need to know about Nov. 14

Every year on Nov. 14 select students sign early to seal the deal with their future college program. ONE: For athletes who plan on playing a sport at the collegiate level, Nov. 14 is the official date for the “early signing period”. TWO:...

Forensics Frenzy

 A resurgence of interest has led to the return of the Potomac Falls Forensics Team. When most people think of a forensics team, the image that likely comes to mind is one of a group investigating a crime scene and testing DNA evidence. However,...

A Comprehensive Look at the Football Season

With a five wins and five losses, Panther Football is starting playoffs tonight at 7 p.m. at Falls Church against the Falls Church Jaguars, but first here’s a look back at the season. The varsity football team kicked off the season on Aug....

Fhockey’s Post-Season Performance

Girls Field Hockey Won the District and Region but Fell Short At States The varsity field hockey team started off their post-season journey, ranked third in the district but ended up being number one. On Oct. 22, they started off with a 4-0...

Opinion: The Mind of Shane Dawson

On the internet, between the heated arguments in chat rooms and comment sections, between the pro-memers and social medialites,  a new question is arising. What is going on with YouTube? Once a hotspot for creativity and ingenuity, YouTube...

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Opinion: Another DC Flop?

The new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to come out in 2019, but will it be another DC flop? Due to the dramatic increase in anti-hero movies and television shows, the numbers have shown that there is a high demand in new anti-hero movies. My question is: will the upcoming standalone Joker film, set to come out in 2019, starring Joaquin phoenix be DC Comics’ way out of a fast decline...

Opinion: High School Diplomats, The Best 10 Days of My Life

Two and a half months ago, a deep buzz filled the air as everyone’s energy electrified the atmosphere. I along with 39 others lined the streets of Princeton waiting to reunite with our Japanese roommates. When their bus arrived, a chorus of cheers erupted as we were ecstatic to see our Japanese counterparts in person-some of us for the first time. When I saw Ayuka come off that bus, we ran into each...

A Little Can Go a Long Way

The UNICEF Club aims to make a difference and help those who need it the most The Potomac Falls UNICEF Club starts another year of fundraising, and plans to add even more new original activities to its lineup. An extension of the United Nations Children’s Fund, members are student ambassadors and participate in several different fundraisers to support the organization. The club, sponsored by teacher,...

Students Sign Up for Job For A Day

Upperclassmen take advantage of Job for a Day on Nov. 5 Juniors and seniors all around the school are participating in “Job For A Day,” an event where they get to shadow a certain profession for a day and experience what it’s like to work in that environment. The event took place today, Nov. 5. There were a plethora of professions available to shadow in several career clusters, including Science,...

The More You Know: SOFA Show

The 11 Sofa members took the stage on Oct. 26 for their first show of the year. SOFA is an improvisation club that does comedy with suggestions from the audience, and originated when the school first opened in 1997. For the past 21 years, they have been using their talents to make the community laugh through their spontaneity and wittiness. This group of 11 students meets each Wednesday to prepare...

A Halloween Treat

Students submit photos of their dogs getting festive and dressing up for Halloween From hot dogs to boy scouts, students enjoy dressing up their pets in costumes for the Halloween season. Get to know the 8 dogs and one cat that celebrated the holiday. Name: Bear. Age: 1 ½. Costume: Hotdog. Enjoys: Going to the park and playing tug-of-war. Photo submitted by Mary Delaney.   Name:...

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Cont. from the Roar Magazine: Bean Crazy: Coffee in Loudoun Count

Eight places where NoVA gets their caffeine fix In the US, coffee came in “waves.” The first wave - the profiteration of Folgers - served as the drink’s introduction. The second wave came as chains that introduced a higher quality product, like Starbucks and Peet’s. Now, the third wave is in full force: further attention is given to the subtle aspects and differences of coffee, often with...

Get Your Spook On

Student traditions for All Hallow's Eve When it comes to the first few months of the school year, students find themselves excitedly awaiting the influx of holidays approaching. Basked in the bright orange of the pumpkins and black fabric of the monster costumes is Halloween, a tradition filled with the promise of horror, fun, and free candy. Whether it be exploring the streets with bags full of candy,...

Ten Horror Movies That Will Keep You Up This Halloween Night

From classics to modern thrillers, these ten movies are a must-watch for any horror lover.   The Shining (1980) Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play This Stephen King horror story has been a cult classic for years, and for good reason.  The story follows a man (played by Jack Nicholson) who is hired to watch over a hotel for the winter, but gets more than he signed up for...

New Year, New League

After a successful 2017-18 season, winter guard is moving up a division for the first time in school history Last season, the winter guard placed third at the regional Atlantic Indoor Association championships at Mount Vernon High School for the first time since it was created. All of their coaches, especially Carlina Haden, were excited when the team placed at championships because it allows them...

Pep in your Step: Powder Puff Game 2018

During this year’s annual Powder Puff game, the senior girls beat the juniors in an intense and rigorous game. The annual Powder Puff game between junior and senior girls left the seniors with a victory for their class, with a score of 18-6. Despite the rain, which impacted the outcome of spectators, the players on both sides remained in good spirits. Junior Sydney Watson was one of the people representing...

19 DIY Halloween Costumes For Procrastinators

How to pull off Halloween like a last minute pro ‘Tis the season to get spooky. As our favorite candy pilfering, bone chilling, mischief making holiday approaches, a problem arises: we need costumes. Worry not! Here is a list of simple, affordable, do-it-yourself digs for your perusal. G I R L S Rosie the Riveter If you’re looking for a costume that makes a statement, you might like the...

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Joe C’s Must-Sees: New to Stream This Fall

Here's a list of TV shows that you should probably start binge-ing this fall Nowadays, television is one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world. Streaming services are almost always putting out new shows, and the fall season usually means they are putting out the best material in response to the Emmys. With so many shows, some get lost in the shuffle, and it is hard to keep track of...

Swim Team Awaits Announcement of New Coach

Winter sports are just around the corner, and the boys and girls swim team remains in the dark as to who will take on the job as head coach this year. The coach will remain anonymous until Loudoun County Public Schools officially announces his or her hiring, making it uncertain as to when the team will finally learn who will take on the role as their leader for the 2018-2019 season. As the set dates...

The Final Frame of this School Tradition?

Due to the lack of student interest, Art Club is debating closing the Stained-Glass Committee When the doors of Potomac Falls opened in the late summer of 1997, the initial art teacher introduced the idea of creating stained-glass windows as a yearly tradition. The project suggestion received great feedback, leading to the implementation of a new window each passing year. They began above the front...

Freshman to Watch: Owen Copeland

Because of his dedication and skill, Owen Copeland is football's Freshman to Watch Football season is here, and there's a new player to represent the junior varsity squad -- the quarterback. Freshman Owen Copeland is the new J.V. quarterback; according to coaches, he is a student to keep your eye on. Copeland has been playing flag football since fourth grade, and it’s his third year playing tackle....

Preschool Prep

Early childhood students prepare for the arrival of the preschool students in October While most classes at Potomac Falls have settled into a familiar routine by October, Early Childhood Education classes are preparing for a major shakeup: the arrival of the preschool students. The high schoolers spend the first month of school cleaning and decorating the classroom, creating lesson plans, and learning...

Freshman to Watch: Chinmay Vadrev

Senior Drum Major Andrew Thede nominated Chinmay Vadrev as band’s Freshman to Watch due to his dedication, drill knowledge, and helpfulness Chinmay Vadrev has been playing the French horn for four years and is dedicated to mastering his instrument.  He began playing this instrument as it seemed like a complex challenge. Playing has changed his life by giving him new opportunities, friendships,...

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