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From the board: students must restrict cell phone use during classroom instruction

From the board: students must restrict cell phone use during classroom instruction

February 23, 2014


Filed under From The Board, Opinion

At the beginning of this school year, the administration loosened the rules of the Personal Electronic Device policy allowing for headphones and cell phone use during in the hallways. However, recent phone use has inhibited instructional time, as students take advantage of the PED policy to use the...

Riding the bus as a senior not the end of the world

Alexa Amster, editor

January 27, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Even as a senior in high school, I can still vividly recount my experiences of riding the big yellow bus to and from school each day. At 6:30 a.m. I would wait in anticipation of seeing the bright luminescence of the bus’ lights as it traveled down the hill to my bus stop at the top of my street. In...

Not learning English in English class

Sachi Jain, news editor

December 11, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Sentence structures, prepositional phrases, the subjunctive, subject-verb agreements: all expressions undetected in the walls of public high school. The last time I was assigned to practice sentence structuring or identify prepositional phrases was four years ago. Since then, the only training...

From the board: New school security policies promote ease of mind

From the board: New school security policies promote ease of mind

November 15, 2013


Filed under From The Board, Opinion

Within the past few years, schools across America have felt less secure with the increasing prevalence of school shootings and break-ins. Last week’s school lockdown created similar fear. No one was harmed in the wake of the lockdown, and the administration and security team assured our safety....

Websites, online photos do not compare to value of physically visiting colleges

Charlotte Smith, print editor

November 14, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Growing up, my best friend’s family incorporated college visits into all of their vacations. Wherever they went, they made a point to visit at least one university in the area. Although this may have had something to do with their obsession with college football, by the time we were 11, my best frien...

Guest commentary: South Lakes-why we are the best

Christian Vagonis

November 13, 2013


Filed under Opinion

South Lakes is, bar none, one of the best public high schools in the country for a variety of reasons. I am fortunate enough to have been part of many of South Lakes` traditions and activities during and even before my entry into school. Students, faculty, or guests are always welcomed by the positive...

Redskins name is an ‘offensive line’

Alexa Amster, editor

November 12, 2013


Filed under Opinion

If only the offensive line could protect RG3 as much as owner Daniel Snyder defends the Redskins name. While the entire D.C.-Metropolitan Area community is not yet on board to change the name, Native American tribes across the country have expressed their displeasure with the name, most notably the Oneid...

Actively participate to make senior year memorable, not disappointing

David Freeman, opinion editor

November 11, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Senior year is supposed to be the highlight of high school. The prime of the four years, the "we rule the school" year.    South Lakes has been our home for the past four years. Four homecoming weeks, four Baron Cameron Bowls, and many more great memories along the way. But this year has seemed differ...

Academic pressure turns high school into a war-zone

Grace Erard, online editor

November 10, 2013


Filed under Opinion

When I first heard about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for promoting female education, my initial thought was that we take our schooling for granted in the United States. I could not comprehend why Americans tend to see compulsory education as a punishment rather...

Seahawk Seminar changes show potential but lack flexibility

Seahawk Seminar changes show potential but lack flexibility

October 16, 2013


Filed under From The Board, Opinion

In the past four years, South Lakes has used four different formats for fourth period. Ultimately, the latest change brought Seahawk Seminar back to its roots with fourth period split into two, following a schedule rotation for students. While we praise the change and removal of Teacher Advisory and...

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