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Black Lives Matter: The worldwide movement for racial equality

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was created in 2013 after 17 year old Trayvon Martin was murdered by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was part of a neighborhood watch party that had successfully been catching burglars in their neighborhood. On a personal errand, Zimmerman saw Martin in a grey hoodie walking around the […]

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Going virtual in the college and life readiness process – blessing or curse?

Though students are stressing about returning to an online school year, could there be hidden benefits to seniors going virtual in the college and life readiness process?  While the shift to virtual school has seemingly flipped public education, the college application process, and almost everything else upside down, this change also brings new opportunities. “I […]

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Lack of PPE

As of Jan. 31, the United States had been declared in a state of emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human Services due to Covid-19 (White House).  Soon after many states have been put on quarantine and were given strict stay at home orders, in hopes of containing the rapid spread of Covid-19. Many […]

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How online work has effected student worth ethic

On March 23, Governor Ralph Northam declared that K-12 schools would be closed in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, because of this, the school system’s new online learning platform took effect.   With online learning, school work ethic is bound to change.  “Quarantine has worsened my work ethic, mostly because of how different everything is scheduled,” […]

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It’s time to fix the problem we’ve created

Australia started the year in smoke.  Towards the end of last year, the world watched as the Brazilian Amazon was engulfed in flames. Once more, the world watches as large areas of land burn, only this time, the flames are found in Australia.  Beginning in 2020, fires blazed across the New South Wales area, Mallacoota, […]

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A beacon of hope in a sea of hate

On Dec. 10, 2019, the Rumors of War statue found its permanent home at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). It stands 27 feet high and about 16 feet wide, and was sculpted by Nigerian-American portrait painter Kehlinde Wiley. Though the statue finds itself situated in Richmond today, the monument was originally unveiled to […]

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Letter from one of last year’s student vandals apologizes to the GHS students and community

On the night of May 12, 2019, two Godwin students spray-painted hateful symbols on the front of Godwin. The vandalism included racist and threatening symbols that shocked not only Godwin students but the community as a whole. “When I first heard of the symbols spray-painted on the school, I was shocked and disheartened,” said Godwin […]

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More than just a natural disaster

The burning Amazon is no accident – it has a cause and action needs to be taken now The Amazon is in a state of emergency. The forest is located in South America, and it is spread out across nine countries. However, 60 percent of the vast forest is in Brazil. I lived in Brazil […]

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Our climate should not merely be political

Regardless of politics, climate change is our problem to solve Climate change, whether we like it or not, is a problem that is beginning to seriously affect the planet. Scientific evidence for climate change is now “unequivocal” according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and research shows that humans cause a lot of the […]

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Believe the victim before we protect the accused

If we want women to speak up, we must support them when they do In an era where the #MeToo movement is prevalent and more and more light is shone upon victims of sexual assault, one would believe we would see a larger number of rapists being convicted and jailed for their crimes. Despite this, […]