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5% Teacher Raise Approved on April 30

5% Teacher Raise Approved on April 30

Anne Johnakin, Editor

May 1, 2019

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...

Heron (’19) and Alshammari (’19) Participate In Student Government Day

Heron (’19) and Alshammari (’19) Participate In Student Government Day

Connor Merk, Editor

May 1, 2019

On April 18, students from all five Stafford County high schools visited the George L. Gordon Jr. Government Center to shadow several government departments and employees. The day began with a welcome in the boardroom from Supervisor Coen. Coen placed a heavy emphasis on the need for young people to kno...

Leo Club Pancake Breakfast: Saturday April 27

Leo Club Pancake Breakfast: Saturday April 27

Connor Merk, Editor

April 25, 2019

The Leo Club is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 27 in the Colonial Forge cafeteria. The event will be held between 9am and 12pm. There will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet containing pancakes, bagels, fruit, and more. There will also be raffle prizes, such as gift cards to...

The Road to Endgame

The Road to Endgame

Carlos Barrera, Reporter

April 23, 2019

Over this Spring Break I took the time to prepare for Endgame by watching all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, looking back on each phase and seeing how they stack up today. I will be giving quick reviews of the movies and posting the ranks and the end of each chapter. Each phase will be rev...

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...

The Ultimate Burrito Showdown

The Ultimate Burrito Showdown

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 ...

How To Register To Vote

How To Register To Vote

Connor Merk, Editor

March 27, 2019

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...

Karen Jonas: From Open Mics to Music Festivals

Karen Jonas: From Open Mics to Music Festivals

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

March 25, 2019

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

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 ...

Why did Sirius Black have to die?

Aynsleigh Escher, Editor

March 15, 2019

Out of the three questions I have been asking since I first read the books in second grade (for what probably was the worst and longest book report my teacher ever had and will ever have to read) is “Why did Sirius Black have to die?” Black has been my favourite character, tied with Remus Lupin, since I ...

Orchestra Class Trip to New York City

Orchestra Class Trip to New York City

Anne Johnakin, Editor

March 15, 2019

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...

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