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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...

Painting For Beginners: Part 1

Amanda Lineweaver, Reporter

April 2, 2019


Filed under Student Life

Painting on a fresh new canvas or starting any project can be very intimidating. It may be overwhelming and difficult to know where to begin. Creating artwork is all about following processes and breaking your work down into steps. It is important to start with the right materials depending on h...

Keep it (College) Confidential

Anne Johnakin, Editor

March 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Student Life

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...

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...

GMU Tour

GMU Tour

Amanda Lineweaver, Reporter

March 1, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life

South of D.C., in Fairfax County, resides George Mason University. The university was founded as a part of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. The average price of tuition at the university per year after aid is $19K. George Mason’s campus is stro...

The Coffee Chronicles

The Coffee Chronicles

Anne Johnakin, Emily Imes, Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

February 19, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

Overall rating: The drink ordered was an almond milk latte with vanilla syrup. The three of us can’t have dairy, which is why we used almond milk. We chose to drink a vanilla latte because, in the grand scheme of corporate coffee, a very popular drink is the vanilla latte. Rating something people ar...

Learn & Serve Collecting Cans For Canstruction

Learn & Serve Collecting Cans For Canstruction

Connor Merk, Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

Our school has participated in Canstruction for several years. Last year, students from our school built an American flag-themed structure that was completely made out of canned food. The Canstruction event that is occurring in our region this year is February 16 - 17 at the Spotsylvania Mall. C...

Do You Even BuJo, Bro?

Do You Even BuJo, Bro?

Anne Johnakin, Editor

February 4, 2019


Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

Taking social media by storm is a trend called bullet journaling, named for the special bulleting system it uses to keep track of your to-do list. It’s a combination of a planner, to-do list, diary, sketchbook, and much more, created to suite the individual user’s needs. The main tenets of bu...

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