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And Scene: The Cast Of The Addams Family Reflects On Their Experience

And Scene: The Cast Of The Addams Family Reflects On Their Experience

Melanie Thomas and Brianan Chubb

May 9, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life

On May 2, 3, and 4, Forge Drama performed The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy. The cast members had been working hard for a long time to put their best foot forward. These are some of their favorite memories from the musical this year: Chance Stephens('19) - ("Gomez Addams"): “Seeing all these new people, learning all these new skills,...

5% Teacher Raise Approved on April 30

5% Teacher Raise Approved on April 30

Anne Johnakin, Editor

May 1, 2019


Filed under Features, News, Top Stories

In the past few months, Stafford county teachers have been fighting for a 5% raise that was finally granted on April 30. The School Board passed the motion 6-1.  The Stafford Education Association (SEA) and individual teachers have been showing their support for the Red for Ed movement by wearing...

20 Well-Paying Jobs that don’t Require a College Degree

Melanie Thomas, Reporter

April 25, 2019


Filed under Features

This list contains a number of jobs and careers that are well paying, can fit many interests, and do not require any degree higher than a high school diploma, and sometimes not even that. A college degree is not essential in life or in making a good living and these jobs/careers are just some of many...

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...

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