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Transgender athletes in sports

Transgender athletes deserve the ability to compete Living in fear of losing a job, being denied rights, and being killed because someone does not agree with the decisions you have made should not be a worry for individuals. Many people in the transgender community live in a constant dismay of these things when trying to […]

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Coming together to save Black Lives Matter murals

On May 25, 2020, many people witnessed the final moments of George Floyd’s life; his neck pinned under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. His death, along with many others, ignited a worldwide movement of protests for equality and justice for Black Americans.  During the protests, stores were boarded up and the streets and many monuments […]

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COVID-19 vaccine: our road to recovery

Having lived through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for the past year, the distribution of a vaccine comes as a relief for many Americans. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have received authorization for distribution.  This rapid vaccine development and distribution is the result of Operation Warp […]

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A comparison of the 2020 presidential election candidates

We are in the concluding weeks of one of the most tumultuous elections in our country’s history. Throughout this election, there have been critiques on both sides as to how the candidates handled both themselves and their campaigns.  Republican candidate and incumbent Donald Trump showed immaturity and lack of forethought throughout his campaign, constantly displaying […]

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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 […]