>>  Slippery Situations

A look into the situation keeping all athletes on their toes, or maybe even causing them to slip.

BY: Michael Peer

We all love watching athletes perform in adverse conditions, however, many coaches and athletes themselves think differently. For most of us at Stonewall who are football fans, field hockey, or even volleyball fans, we’ve all seen various conditions throughout fall, and we all love fall football, but there’s been one clear disrupter this fall, the rain.

>>  Not your Average Marching Band

An inside look to the world of the Stonewall Jackson Marching Band

BY: Alex Kelly

“Trust the process”, and “Counting is part of your visual performance”, are phrases students will hear walking to their cars in the student parking lot. When the Stonewall Jackson Marching band is practicing, It’s the sound of SJHS’s band director Vince Bryk hard at work making sure the marching band is in tip-top shape for competitions and performances.

>>  Don’t be late G!!!

SJHS' opinions on the new tardy policy.

BY: Kiersten McDonald

Stonewall Jackson has come up with a new, not so popular, way of ensuring that students get to class on time.

If you have been attending Stonewall for at least two-years now, you probably know that there is a new tardy policy that has been installed. When asking people about their opinions and feeling on the new tardy policy, most, if not all of them had not so wonderful things to say about it.

>>  PSAT Week

Prepping for the SAT

BY: Matthew Brown

The PSAT's are something every student dreads, but for teachers, the PSAT's do not put as much stress on them as it might seem. PSAT is a pre-SAT. The SAT is very important for college applications, as it shows colleges what type of student you are. The PSAT's in return, put a lot of stress on the students taking them.

>>  PWC Police coming to SJHS

A class that is new exciting and full of criminology.

BY: Brandy Posada

Forensics science is a new and refreshing science that is offered to students that have taken chemistry. The class explores topics that are commonly seen in crime scenes and are studied in criminology. The class is taught by Mr. Kaplan and Ms. Ahrens.

>>  A step to end discrimination, hatred,

sexism, stereotypes, etc.

Peer diversity explores the diversity between students and their cultures.

BY: Daniella Davila

Have you ever heard of peer diversity at Stonewall? It’s a club that focuses on teaching students about stereotypes, prejudices, racism/discrimination, and other topics. Peer diversity is run by Mrs. Mcguigan, a French and Spanish teacher here at Stonewall, along with many student officers. Their meetings are usually held once month, on a Wednesday. To get more information, visit Mrs. Mcguigan in room 2004.

>>  Learn more about our new teachers!

New year, New faces

BY: Pilar Andaracua

Every year, Stonewall Jackson High School receives new teachers and staff, so I decided to interview some teachers to get to know them better and asking how and why they are here. This is Mrs. Stearman’s fourth-year teaching, all of them at Stonewall. She mainly teaches freshmen and sophomores, but last year she did Creative Writing 2 and it had students in grades 10-12.

>>  Homecoming Weekend at SJ

Stonewall's homecoming weekend is an annual thing but this homecoming had a different flare to it

which made it spectacular.

BY: Alex Kelly

Stonewall Jackson started their homecoming weekend with a Bang ! as Friday classes capped with a pep-rally lead by the marching band parading through the halls letting students and teachers alike know it’s time to have some fun in the spirit of Stonewall.

>>  Why it’s important to register to vote

Some students who want to vote can’t because of their age, but those who are old enough don’t

have an interest in it.

BY: Brandy Posada

At the moment Virginians have very important elections that are very critical. In November the seats in the House of Representative are up for vote which can be important for us even as high schoolers.
If anyone follows politics then they must know that in the House of Representatives it’s a majority republican as it also is in the Senate.

>>  No school November!

November is going to be filled with days off.

BY: Daniella Davila

November is going to be a laid-back month for students and some teachers. The joy of any student is only attending school for a few days, and November is going to be exactly that month for students. We only attend school for 16 days the entire month.

>>  PSAT

Cost Effective or Nah G?

BY: Kiersten McDonald

It’s that time of year again, where students all over America take the PSAT. More importantly, at Stonewall Jackson High. When asking five students the questions, “Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to pay for people who want to take the PSAT?” And “Doesn’t it make sense to only pay for the students who want to take it over making everyone take it?” The first student named Daniella Davila (12th grade) said, “I feel like they could have asked the students or made them sign up if they wanted to take the PSAT. There are some kids who already know they don’t want to go to college, so what’s the point in paying for the test if kids aren’t going to go to college.”

>>  New and improved school

Changes happening to SJHS

BY: Matthew Brown

As you may or may not have noticed, Stonewall Jackson High School is changing. There have been many improvements, and new additions to the school. One change of which was the new tile on the third floor that happened over the summer.

>>  Michael Jackson Allegations

Recently a documentary of the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, aired about the misconduct of

the raining superstar with younger fans coming forward speaking on how Michael Jackson sexually

abused them when they were kids.

BY: Alex Kelly

In the news recently, Michael Jackson “The King of Pop” has been across the headlines after an HBO documentary aired about Mr. Jackson’s conduct behind closed doors of Neverland, and how he sexually abused young kids he called his friends.

>>  Amazing Women

Women’s history month focuses on the many women that have accomplished things that could not

have been done many years ago.

BY: Daniella Davila

The month of March is dedicated to honor the many women that have contributed in society and to celebrate their achievements. This month is very important, as it shows how much women have achieved. Such as things they were not given the opportunity to do because of their sex. Not only does this month focus on the women with political status, but also women in the entertainment industry and average women.

>>  In Stonewall Jackson High School

something exciting is happening pretty soon

The modeling club has its final members

BY: Brandy Posada

It was announced about a month and a half ago that there would be an interest meeting for the modeling club and a lot were interested in it from the beginning. There was people that were signing up purely out of curiosity and others that were really interested in being a part of the club.

>>  Momo

The story behind and the dangers of the Momo internet challenge.

BY: Kiersten McDonald

If you have been up to date on social media, you might be aware of the Momo Challenge. The Momo Challenge is a hoax/ urban legend about a social media challenge that started on Facebook. The challenge slowly started seeping out to other outlets. The challenge is aimed at children and entices them to do harmful acts to themselves. The acts include putting forks into electrical sockets, turning gas stoves on, and even killing themselves. 

>>  SOL's

It's about test time at SJHS

BY: Matthew Brown

SOL time is a time of stress, cramming and a whole bunch of tests. Testing time stresses students out so much some of them can’t sleep until the SOL is done. The SOLs have been coming earlier and earlier giving kids less time to sleep. This has gotten to the point where some students flat out hate the tests and procrastinate.

>>  Alabama Tornadoes

Storms sweep across the US

BY: Pilar Andaracua

One week ago, a deadly string of tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia. Twenty-three people died in the twisters in Beauregard, ranging in age from 6 to 89. Ninety were injured and as of Thursday, four remained in critical condition in three area hospitals but were expected to recover. One family, who met with President Donald Trump when he toured the area on Friday, lost 10 members of their extended family to the tornado.

>>  Spring Break

Spring Break is just around the corner and students and teachers are counting down the seconds until

the final school bell on April 15th for time away from school, relax, spend time with friends and family,

going to the beach and let your hair down.

BY: Alex Kelly

With Spring Break right around the corner, students and teachers are getting excited as we get closer to spring break. A time for students and teachers alike to relax, catch up on sleep, visit family, and go on vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle from their daily routines.

>>  The Night Most Seniors Anticipate

2019 Prom

BY: Brandy Posada

This year prom will be held on April 6th on a Saturday. The theme has been announced to be “A night under the Blossoms” and many people are anticipating it. Tickets will go on sale March 27th and they will cost $40 and increase each following week. There are a lot of people that said that they started announcing things too late and others said that its on par with past years.

>>  Tragedy Strikes New Zealand

A mosque in New Zealand was attacked by an armed man killing and injuring many Muslims.

BY: Daniella Davila

On March 15th, an armed man in New Zealand walked into two mosques and shot everyone in sight all while live streaming it on Facebook. The live stream was approximately 17 minutes long, and throughout the 17 minutes no one had reported it nor called the authorities. It has since been deleted by Facebook. The live stream was uploaded after he had written a 73-page manifesto where he had expressed his anti-immigration and anti-Muslim views.

>>  Nice Job Aunt Becky

2019 College Bribery Scandal

BY: Kiersten McDonald

Every kid, especially in high school, knows how much their parents love them. We all know our parents want the best for us and want us to get into a good college. Well, with what happened earlier this month, these parents took it way too far. Rich families could hire someone to take the SAT's for their children or bribe the schools into accepting their children into prestigious schools without any fight at all.

>>  The African Genocide of Christians

And what this means for Christians across the globe.

BY: Michael Peer

Since the beginning of 2019, Christian families in Africa have been targeted by Islamic terror groups. The two groups have been reported by CBN as entering villages and hacking down anyone and anything that moved, forcing Christian civilians to recant their faith in Jesus Christ, which most if not all refused. The two militant groups would enter villages, and torch homes, and set up firing squads of families captured according to eyewitnesses of the incidents.

>>  Beto Running For President

Beto has announced he’s running for President, find out more about him

BY: Pilar Andaracua

Beto O’Rourke seems unwilling to place himself on his party’s conventional political spectrum. At the final town hall of his congressional career, the last of more than 100 such gatherings he held, O’Rourke was greeted in December at a local high school by cheerleaders, a mariachi band and supporters wearing T-shirts reading “Beto for President.” In response to a question from POLITICO after the event, O’Rourke would not answer if he considers himself a progressive Democrat.

>>  The 2018-19 NBA Season

The NBA season is starting to wind down, so looking back there were many questions, speculations and

much more news flying around the NBA. This season has been nothing short than one of the better NBA

seasons in recent history.

BY: Alex Kelly

The NBA season began during the NBA draft when young men were drafted to team’s throughput the league like Luka Donici heading to the Dallas Mavericks, Trae Young going to the Atlanta Hawks, Jaren Jackson Jr. going to the Memphis Grizzlies and many more.

>>  Our Last Step as Seniors

The process of writing and giving our senior speech

BY: Brandy Posada

In the past week and a half, a lot of people were told that they had to write and give their senior speech and most people were not happy with that. Most people were so focused on the fact that we’re almost done with high school that they completely forgot that we still have a few responsibilities. Most teachers have different standards in terms of what the speech length and what should be included, but they have the same effect, annoyance. 

>>  Maine, the first state to ban this…

Native American mascots are now banned.

BY: Daniella Davila

Maine has become the first state to ban the use of Native American mascots at public high schools.

In the past years, people have been shaming schools, teams and organizations for their use of

Native American mascots and branding them as ‘racist’ and as appropriating Native Americans culture.

>>  Keanu Reeves is the Goat

Keanu Reeves and how he’s the only good thing left in this cold, dark world.

BY: Kiersten McDonald

Keanu Reeves is the ultimate Goat! Keanu Reeves is an actor commonly known for his role as Neo in

The Matrix trilogy. It’s obvious how talented the actor is, but not a lot is known about his private life.

His censoring of his private life might be due to the numerous tragedies he has faced in his life.

Keanu Reeves’ father was tremendously neglectful due to his addiction to drugs.

Reeves also struggled with dyslexia during his youth.

>>  The Alabama Abortion Bill

And what it means for women.

BY: Michael Peer

On Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, the Alabama state legislature passed a law effectively banning abortions throughout the state. The bill would also in turn punish doctors who perform abortions, causing them to receive up to 99 years imprisonment. The bill was enacted to essentially be a direct challenge to the 1970s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling.

>> Empire

Fox announced that its hit drama “Empire” will end.

BY: Pilar Andaracua

Fox announced that its hit drama “Empire” will end after Season 6 and that there are still no plans to bring back Jussie Smollett’s character. The series recently aired the Season 5 finale after writing him out of the final episodes

Smollett was accused of faking a hate crime attack against himself in Chicago.

He maintained his innocence and the 16 charges against him were ultimately dropped.

Speaking to reporters during a press call Monday, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier revealed that

Season 6 will be the show’s last season.

>>  SOL's

It's about test time at SJHS

BY: Matthew Brown

SOL time is a time of stress, cramming and a whole bunch of tests. Testing time stresses students out so much some of them can’t sleep until the SOL is done. The SOLs have been coming earlier and earlier giving kids less time to sleep. This has gotten to the point where some students flat out hate the tests and procrastinate.