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PRIDE - Jax Downey, Kalie Van Order, Micro Alexander, Mia Gerson, and Josey Kanach pose at DC Pride last year. Each year the Capital Pride Parade takes place in DC.

DC’s annual Pride festival

Mia Barnes, Contributor June 11, 2024

As June rolls around, DC’s LGBTQ+ community is preparing for their yearly Capital Pride Parade and festival! This parade aims to commemorate the evolution of LGBTQ+ people in the city and their influence...

Beyond the classic black and white cookie sandwich: Ranking Target’s unique Oreos

Eva Solomon and Esme Nooruddin June 11, 2024

In the aisles of the Tenleytown Target, one would be surprised at the variety of Oreo flavors available. The diverse assortment ranges from the original flavor that will never get old, to limited edition...

SPANISH EXCHANGE - students explore the city of Alicante before heading off to Madrid.

From the plane to Spain: 2024 exchange trip

Noa Gordon and Kalpana Shipler June 11, 2024

We’re back, and we’re here to give you the long-awaited Spain exchange student trip recap. Before we get into it, we can’t go on without thanking our wonderful chaperones, Mr. Vela and Ms. Conklin.  On...

National Signing Day: A surprising twist with the former first lady Michelle Obama

Duy Nguyen, Junior Editor June 11, 2024

The inaugural National Signing Day at Capitals One Arena was packed with so many athletes ready to sign their scholarships. The event included many notable guests, from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Washington...

Class of 2024 leaves their mark with senior assassin

Dani Wallace, Managing Editor June 11, 2024

No, we’re not trying to start a new trend and no, we’re not joining the swim team. Once you are at our grown age, you will understand the art of the senior assassin and the vital use of swimming goggles....

JSU event celebrates Jewish American Heritage

JSU event celebrates Jewish American Heritage

Javi Thompson and Sarah Wiesenfelder June 11, 2024

On Wednesday, May 22, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) hosted an event at lunch with special guests to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Four students from Walt Whitman High School, the Jewish Day...

Students attending colleges in swing states recognize the importance of their vote

Students attending colleges in swing states recognize the importance of their vote

Devan Mehta, News Editor June 11, 2024

Going to a high school in the nation’s capital, Jackson-Reed students are exposed to American politics and major current events daily. Though we may not realize it, many of the students at our schools...

Farewell Class of 2024

Farewell Class of 2024

Adler Amolsch and Samantha Shapiro June 11, 2024

Investigation, art, reporting, medicine—the diverse passions of our senior class are nothing short of impressive. As we bid farewell to the class of 2024, it's clear that Jackson-Reed has nurtured a...

DC celebrates pride

Clara Durante and Andrew Dellabella June 11, 2024

June 1 begins Pride Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the LGBTQ+ community. Students had the opportunity to attend several events in the DC area to celebrate and show their pride. The...

DMV outdoor activities guide

Isabelle Posner-Brown, Written Content Editor June 11, 2024

School's ending and the nice weather is here to stay (knock on wood). In the spirit of summer, jump into some fun adventures with this guide of the best outdoor activities in the DMV area! In no particular...

On the grind: student summer jobs

Daniel Kaye, Contributor June 11, 2024

After months of being strapped for cash, students must find a way to replenish funds for the upcoming summer months and next school year. For if not, how could we survive without snacks from Wawa? This...

Changes in course selection process leave room for improvement

Daniel Raviv, Junior Editor May 19, 2024

Selecting courses for the next school year can be a very stressful process. Balancing the desire to take rigorous courses while maintaining a manageable schedule Is challenging for many. Is five APs too...

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