The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School


The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School


The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School


Mariel Carr, Campbells understudy, sings during the opening act of Bring It On!  / Lola Jeanne Carpio

ACHS Theatre Department reaches new heights- literally

Julia Gwin, Staff Writer April 12, 2024

Although ACHS spring musicals never disappoint, this year’s production of Bring It On! promises to be even more impressive than years prior. The show definitely has some bangers, but choreography seems...

The Teen Wellness Center has two examination rooms for patients to visit.

A Look Inside Alexandria City’s Teen Wellness Center

Ivey Malleck March 21, 2024

ACHS’s Teen Wellness Center was the first clinic for teens located within a high school in Virginia. Since its opening in September of 2010, the Wellness Center and its staff have helped countless teens,...

Governor Glenn Youngkin says the Senate is making a mistake by rejecting the financing for a plan that would allow a newly created statewide authority to own the proposed arenas land and lease it to Monumental Sports and Entertainment. / Photo by Michael Lee Pope

Arena Deal In Jeopardy After State Legislature Blocks Funding

James Libresco, Editor March 13, 2024
The bid to bring two professional sports teams to Alexandria is in serious trouble now that Virginia legislators did not enable funding for the proposed $2.2 billion arena in the state budget.
The proposed Potomac Yards Entertainment District is expected to generate $8.4 million for City programming in its first year, 2030, with revenue growing each year. The project still needs approval from the Virginia state legislature and the Alexandria City Council. / JBG Smith

Apprehension Mounts As City Council Considers Arena Proposal

James Libresco, Editor March 8, 2024

The proposed $2.2 billion future home of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals would be an economic boon for Alexandria and help expand the commercial real estate tax base, according to a recent...

Four volunteers at Career Con explaining to high school and college students what their career involves. /  Image courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Griffin Vision Media

Everything You Need to Know About CareerCon

Sofia Barile, Staff Writer February 12, 2024

 CareerCon’s annual gathering will take place in the King Street auditorium on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. The four components of this event, which debuted only last year, will come in handy...

Concept chart with the phrase “pathways” in the middle with lines breaking off and leading to question marks.

Making Sense of Pathways

Casey Donahue, Editor February 12, 2024

In the 2024-25 academic school year, ACHS is launching a new initiative for student academic achievements. The school will be broken into six academic academies which are then divided into more refined...

Book Bans Booming

Book Bans Booming

Nadja Duss, Staff Writer February 12, 2024

Towards the end of 2023, a Pen America report was published that recorded that an astounding 3,362 books were banned in schools and libraries across America during the 2022-23 school year. This was a 33%...

School Board members and employees in the Collective Bargaining Committee meet in the boardroom at ACPS’ Central Office on January 25. Outside the circle, various community members and teachers look on. Board Chair Dr. Michelle Rief, Abdel Elnoubi, Dr. Ashley Simpson-Baird and Meagan Alderton sit around the table. Lawyers from the Isler-Dare firm sit at the side. / Screenshot from the ACPS TV live Zoom recording.

Collective Bargaining in ACPS Reaches New Tipping Point after Draft Resolution Released

Yahney-Marie Sangaré, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2024

At the January 18 public hearing for the next school year’s proposed budget, David Paladin-Fernandez took the final slot for public comment. Wearing a Titan’s Wrestling hoodie -- the Jefferson Houston...

A picture of Louis Kokonis and a wreath displayed on stage.

Honoring Louis Kokonis: A Celebration of Historical Service

Zoe Sermons, Features Editor February 2, 2024

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, Alexandria City High School hosted a memorial for Louis Kokonis. At 91, Kokonis passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2024. He spent over 60 years teaching math in Alexandria...

Graphic by Yahney-Marie Sangare

Proposed ACPS Budget Stirs Controversy Surrounding Teacher Pay

James Libresco, Editor January 31, 2024
The ACPS community is upset about COLA, and they don’t mean the carbonated beverage...
PROSPECT PARK - Simone (Kit Vontz) is approached by Noa (MC Finegold-Sachs).

1 Act Play Photo Story

Rozalia Finkelstein, Staff Writer January 31, 2024

Henry Kissinger pictured on the phone, 1975 / National Security Archive

Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead: Henry Kissinger Deceased at 100

Max Carpenter, Staff Writer January 31, 2024

Henry Kissinger, known by many as Richard Nixon’s right-hand man, passed away on November 29th, 2023 in Kent, Connecticut. Kissinger knew many prominent world leaders in his lifetime, and his influence...

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