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Do AP Exams Impact College Admissions?

Do AP Exams Impact College Admissions?

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

April 23, 2019


Filed under Features, Opinion, Top Stories

Applying for college in the twenty-first century is a strenuous process. Seniors have to select, tour, and apply to schools and even once they apply, they still have to keep up good grades and activities as well as handle the stress caused by waiting for decisions. The process isn’t entirely a senior-specif...

Life as a Dancer

Life as a Dancer

Melanie Thomas, Reporter

April 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life

Olivia Burton (‘19), the Colonial Forge Dance Team captain, has had a passion for dance since she was one and a half years old. Her dream has always been to make a living in the professional dance world as a backup and Broadway dancer. She works hard toward that dream, spending about 42 hours per week...

Boys Varsity Soccer Has Team Spirit

Boys Varsity Soccer Has Team Spirit

Brianan Chubb, Reporter

April 4, 2019


Filed under Features, Sports

“Do it for yourself and not for anyone else” said Coach Spinelli.   Starting out the soccer season, our varsity boys soccer team has a spirited attitude.    “We all go to the locker room and play music and just chill and get ready for the game” said Jack Lausten(21). ...

The Ultimate Burrito Showdown

The Ultimate Burrito Showdown

Anne Johnakin, Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

March 29, 2019


Filed under Features, Opinion, Top Stories

We (Aynsleigh and Anne) have decided to embark upon the ultimate quest: find out which burrito reigns supreme. Everyone has their favorites, but which one is actually the best? We decided to try out the three most popular burrito places in Stafford County and give our honest reviews. To maintain an ...

March Athlete of The Month: Mackenzie Watterson (’19)

March Athlete of The Month: Mackenzie Watterson (’19)

Emily Imes, Reporter

March 29, 2019


Filed under Features, Sports

Since there was no female Athlete of the Month selected for March 2019, the staff of The Talon has chosen one of our own: We would like to congratulate Mackenzie Watterson (‘19), gymnast and scholar, for being our AoM. Mackenzie has been doing gymnastics since she was two years old, and started compet...

How To Register To Vote

How To Register To Vote

Connor Merk, Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Rules: Be a citizen of the United States Be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct in which you want to vote Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any in...

Down The Rabbit Hole of The Mandela Effect

Connor Merk and Sara Michel

March 25, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Features

*This is a theory, not fact. The Mandela Effect refers to the conflict between the past and peoples’ memory of the past. The idea was constructed by Fiona Bromme, a paranormal consultant in late 2009. Fiona Broome and many others believe that the Mandela effect originates from the passing from one a...

Karen Jonas: From Open Mics to Music Festivals

Karen Jonas: From Open Mics to Music Festivals

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

March 25, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Features, Top Stories

Fredericksburg has its fair share of musicians, many of whom are from various genres. One of the most prominent genres in the downtown music scene is Country, with venues such as the Colonial Tavern and Old Silk Mill commonly hosting musicians like Karen Jonas. Karen Jonas has been on the scene for around...

Winners, Competitors, and Organizers Discuss Forge Assassin 2019

Winners, Competitors, and Organizers Discuss Forge Assassin 2019

Sara Michel, Reporter

March 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

Players of Forge Assassin, a game that has risen in popularity among Forge upperclassmen, must constantly watch their backs and hide their locations. Every time that they are outside of school, their home, or their car, is an opportunity for them to be attacked. Participants are pitted against and have to ...

Orchestra Class Trip to New York City

Orchestra Class Trip to New York City

Anne Johnakin, Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

The orchestra took a class trip to New York City on March 1 through 3. While there they had a workshop with Broadway musicians, went to see Phantom of The Opera, and explored New York. On the first day, the groups explored Times Square then went to dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. The evening closed out w...

All You Need To Know About the Glow

All You Need To Know About the Glow

Connor Merk, Editor

March 1, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

The class officers have been planning the first annual glow dance since the summer, and the event is fast approaching. Senior Class President Erin Liebe ('19) has taken the lead on this dance and has been a part of the planning process. Why did the class officers come up with the glow dance? Liebe: There...

Jack Lausten (’21) Looks Forward To A Strong Soccer Season

Jack Lausten (’21) Looks Forward To A Strong Soccer Season

Brianan Chubb, Reporter

March 1, 2019


Filed under Features, Sports

Varsity soccer captain Jack Lausten (‘21) is pushing through tryouts this week with his team. Lausten has been playing for Forge since his freshman year, and he’s coming back for his second season. Not only is it his first year on varsity, but he is also one of the team captains. Lausten expec...

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