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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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Maya Roskes, Junior Editor

All content by Maya Roskes

A history of cheerleading

Maya Roskes, Junior Editor December 18, 2023

Have you ever seen one of the Bring It On movies and wondered how the act of cheering at a game became a competitive sport? Because same. Cheerleading used to look completely different, down to the predominant...

JR student jobs: Busser, receptionist, referee

Maya Roskes, Junior Editor November 21, 2023

Here at Jackson-Reed, students have an abundance of choices on how to spend their free time. Many students have decided to undergo the difficult yet rewarding task of balancing both their tedious school...

Five fall foods to get you back into school

Maya Roskes, Junior Editor October 12, 2023

While no one needs the reminder, it bears repeating: fall is just around the corner! The crisp cool air brings with it a new wardrobe focus, beautiful scenery, and most importantly, food.  Mini Pumpkin...

Faculty Favorites! Recipe Edition: Mr. Salas’s Gallo Pinto

Maya Roskes, Junior Editor March 10, 2023

Spanish teacher Javier Salas has a yummy, hearty, and easy breakfast recipe for anyone with basic cooking skills. It is a Costa Rican breakfast dish called “gallo pinto,” which translates to “spotted...

Bollinger’s keeping it hot: get to know Jackson-Reed’s tea club 

Edith Corrigan Conaty and Maya Roskes January 24, 2023

When your mug full of hot tea gets taken by security in the morning and you’re left with nothing to wake you up, Jackson-Reed’s new Tea Club has your back. Every Tuesday, about 20 students gather in...

Community service around DC

Maya Roskes, Junior Editor October 16, 2022

Now that COVID exemptions are gone, Jackson-Reed students once again need one hundred community service hours in order to graduate. There are countless opportunities around DC, even within Jackson-Reed.  Students...

100 word fashion rants

Leila Boser and Maya Roskes May 3, 2022

No More Leather By: Leila Boser Leather needs to go. Serious question, who likes leather? Tell me honestly, who genuinely likes to put on too tight, too small, and frankly too sticky pants or jackets?...

Faculty Favorites: Mr. Walters sends me to Fancy Radish

Faculty Favorites: Mr. Walters sends me to Fancy Radish

Maya Roskes, Junior Editor February 14, 2022

Vegan restaurants are notorious for their small portions, misleading food descriptions, and high prices. So I was curious to try vegan art teacher Avram Walters’ favorite restaurant, Fancy Radish, located...

DCPS evaluation system frustrates teachers

Gil Leifman and Maya Roskes December 17, 2021

With impending teacher evaluations, Wilson staff members have expressed mixed opinions regarding “IMPACT: the DCPS Evaluation and Feedback System for School Based Personnel.” Evaluations are conducted...

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