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Do AP Exams Impact College Admissions?

Do AP Exams Impact College Admissions?

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

April 23, 2019

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...



Carlos Barrera, Reporter

April 8, 2019

Us is a movie that has something it wants to say, and writer/director Jordan Peele has once again identified horror as the best way deliver that message. Like his previous film, Get Out, this movie has underlying allegories allowing you to experience it long after leaving the theater.   On...

The Ultimate Burrito Showdown

The chicken burrito from Chipotle, which received a final rating of 3 out of 5.

Anne Johnakin, Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

March 29, 2019

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 ...

Keep it (College) Confidential

Anne Johnakin, Editor

March 25, 2019

Within my friend group, I am known as the College Confidential master. Ask me a question about any college and I can find the answer in minutes. My skills come from hours of late night anxiety exacerbated by the online forums, because that’s just kind of person I am. If you’ve never had the l...

Please Clap!

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

March 25, 2019

The Please Clap Improv show on Friday, March twenty-second was phenomenal. The crowd was small in number but extremely enthusiastic, with audience members coming up with rather… funky suggestions for places and quirks like “an abandoned Arby’s” and “uses air quotes incorrectly, all the tim...

An Apology to Alita: Battle Angel

Theatrical Release Poster

Carlos Barrera, Reporter

March 15, 2019

I will be honest, when I first saw the trailer for Alita, I already pinned it as a failure. Past history with terrible adaptations such as Ghost in the Shell has soured my opinion of anime adaptations. To my surprise, the movie was very well put together. The eyes, which I found weird and inhuman,...

Forge’s Opinion on Governor Northam

Forge's Opinion on Governor Northam

Anne Johnakin, Editor

February 25, 2019

Recently, Governor Ralph Northam has come under fire after his 1984 yearbook surfaced with a racist image on his personal page. Virginia Democrats have revoked their support for him and many people are calling for his resignation, resulting in protests in Richmond. During his press conference, Northam said he...

Bird Box Vs. A Quiet Place

Sara Michel, Reporter

January 28, 2019

-WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD- The critically acclaimed movies “Bird Box” and “A Quiet Place” are both a hit on Netflix and the box office. “A Quiet Place” was released in theaters on April 6, 2018, while the movie “Bird Box” came out on December 13. Both of these movies have been very popula...

Touring the Campus of VCU

Touring the Campus of VCU

Amanda Lineweaver, Reporter

January 24, 2019

Inside of Richmond’s urban landscape, lies Virginia Commonwealth University, an environment that embraces diversity, tolerance, and growth. People from all walks of life and backgrounds come to VCU with both contrasting and similar goals. The city community makes you feel like you are a part of som...

Students Give Their Thoughts On The Government Shutdown And The Border Wall

Kayliah Kendrix, Reporter

January 11, 2019

"So now my dad has to go into work for free because he works in the Secret Service. For Christmas, I couldn’t get everything I wanted. That was last minute when the government shutdown first started, so I was told I had to wait for stuff, and I still haven’t got it. [Trump]'s so extra. It’s not that big of a deal;...

The Week of Movies!(sorta)

Carlos Barrera, Reporter

January 9, 2019

Hello, readers of the Talon, I hope you all had a good winter break. I spent break back home in NYC, where I immersed myself in movies. This is what created The Week of Movies, where I'll be spending each day reviewing one of the movies I watched. Today, I'm ranking the movies in order and by what score I am gi...

A Ranking of Aynsleigh’s Favourite Christmas Movies

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

December 18, 2018

Love, Actually Home Alone E.L.F. A Christmas Story Jim Carrey Grinch   Love, Actually (2003) My favourite Christmas movie of all time is Love, Actually. The movie documents progression of nine different relationships; as the movie goes on, more is revealed about the connection...

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