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‘The Book Thief’ Will Sneak up on You

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist May 24, 2024
The small town of Molching was struck by famine, hanging by their fingertips on the cliff of starvation.
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Erling Haaland

By: Josue Palma, Journalist May 21, 2024
Erling Haaland is 23 years old. He was born in England, but his parents took him to live in their native country, Norway. Haaland wanted to be a soccer player like his father was.
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Five Tips for Doing Well on Your SOLs

By: Liam Eckerman, Journalist May 17, 2024
5 tips on how to do well on the SOL.
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A picture of the TSA group with Ms. Breeza(left) and Mr. Kim(right).

TSA State Conference

By: Adelaida Romero, Journalist May 15, 2024

    The past weekend has been a big one for LJMS, specifically for the Technology Student Association (TSA) team. Why is that? On May 4th and 5th, there was a TSA state conference....

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Kylian Mbappé

By: Josue Palma, Journalist May 15, 2024
Kylian Mbappé is 25 years old; he plays for Paris Saint Germain this summer; he leaves his current team and will play for Real Madrid F.C.
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‘The Maze Runners’ Adrenalizing Truth

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist May 15, 2024
I originally read 'The Maze Runner' during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Luther Jackson MIddle puts on Matilda to accolades.

Everything You Need to Know About the Recent Musical

By: Brenna Brickley, Journalist May 14, 2024
As you may have heard, our incredible cast and crew of the recent musical Matilda worked very hard to complete the show. But learning anything about the play can be difficult if you've been struggling to find information. But don't worry; the Jackson Journal has your back. We've compiled a list of everything you need to know about Luther Jackson's Matilda!
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UEFA Champions League

By: Asa Keller, Journalist May 14, 2024
The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest soccer club tournaments in the world. The European Soccer Club tournament takes teams from European leagues like Premier League and La Liga.
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How Was Netflix Created?

By: Olivia Brophy, Journalist May 14, 2024
Back in 1997, Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph founded Netflix. At the time, they had this brilliant idea to create a DVD rental by mail service.  They would arrive in your mailbox, and it was an overall pretty innovative concept.
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Lonnie Johnson, A Life Of Engineering And Adversity

By: Jacob Bloom, Journalist May 13, 2024
The giant squirt gun, the Super Soaker, which has been the center of summer fun since 1989 was invented by a NASA engineer named Lonnie Johnson.
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Risks of Natural Disasters

Risks of Natural Disasters

By: Giselle Silveira, Journalist May 8, 2024
Since 1980, the United States has experienced 378 weather and climate disaster events with total damages/costs of $1,000,000 or more (including 2024 CPI adjustment).
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The 2024 NBA Playoffs

By: Asa Keller, Journalist April 30, 2024
The NBA playoffs have recently started and they are in the middle of the first round.
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LJMS Is Getting Its Very Own Robot

By: Liam Eckerman, Journalist April 29, 2024
This year, LJMS is receiving a robot dog for use in the school. The robot was donated by the manufacturer so that LJ can find ways for this robot to be used in other schools.
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Interviewing Mr. Tickle

By: Edwin Romero, Journalist April 26, 2024
The Jackson Journal interviewed Mr. Tickle on how it's like to be a counselor. Check out the video embedded in the story for the full interview!
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The Republic of Yemen

By: Hind Mahmoud, Journalist April 25, 2024
Yemen is an Arabic country. The history of Yemen stretches 3000 years, and its unique culture is still evident today in the architecture of its towns and villages.
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Baltimore Bridge Collapses

By: Danna Juarez, Journalist April 24, 2024
On March 26, 2024. A large cargo ship hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. This caused the bridge to collapse.
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How Were Pyramids Built?

By: Hind Mahmoud, Journalist April 24, 2024
Imagine a structure that has stood the test of time for over 4500 years. That's the age of the pyramids, colossal monuments crafted with about 5.5 million tonnes of limestone, 8,000 tonnes of granite (transported from Aswan, 800km away), and 500,000 tonnes of mortar.
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Bone Shard Daughter

By: Lirian Davidson, Journalist April 18, 2024
I personally enjoyed this book.
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Service Dogs

By: Asa Keller, Journalist April 17, 2024
Some people are born with disabilities that they will need help to get around with such as blindness.
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Cicadas 2024?

By: Stephanie Juarez, Journalist April 17, 2024
It's not just you, many of us thought cicadas only emerge every 14 years. However, it's been confirmed that these fascinating creatures are about to make their return, marking a unique and natural cycle.
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Sumatran Rhinoceros’ Are At High Risk For Extinction

By: Olivia Brophy, Journalist April 17, 2024
As we approach the year 2024, a stark reality looms-numerous animal species are on the brink of extinction. The primary culprit? Human activities. The reasons are manifold, ranging from habitat destruction and climate change to poaching, pollution, and the introduction of invasive species and diseases.
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Nameless Queen

By: Lirian Davidson, Journalist April 16, 2024

Characters 10/10   Each character has a unique personality that is shown well. They all have interesting and understandable motivations. The character relationships make sense and the dialogue...

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By: Gilmar Chihuantito, Journalist April 16, 2024
Messi started playing for the local club Grandoli at the age of 6, From a tender age of 6, Messi's passion for football was ignited by his grandmother. This early spark of interest soon transformed into an unstoppable champion's spirit.
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Elf Cosmetics

By: Stephanie Juarez, Journalist April 16, 2024
I’m pretty sure most people have heard of Elf Cosmetics, as it is one of the best-selling drugstore brands, with about 990 million sales yearly.
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What Is Henna?

By: Xavier Mucher, Journalist April 16, 2024
A lot of you guys have seen people with a brownish-red design on people's hands, especially after Eid, or maybe you even got the design done on your hand. Henna is a reddish die prepared from henna trees.
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Interviewing Officer Green

By: Helen Pham, Journalist April 12, 2024
Jackson Journal Interviewed Officer Green about what he does in the school and how it matters to the students. Check out the video embedded in the story for the full interview!
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He Killed Over 300 Girls and Got His Freedom in Return

By: Brenna Brickley, Journalist April 12, 2024
110 girls. At the very, very least 110 girls were taken from this world, all by the hands of one horrible excuse for a man. However, 110 is just a minimum estimate, for this man claims to have killed over 300 young women.
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2024 Total Solar Eclipse

By: Danna Juarez, Journalist April 9, 2024
A Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun's face entirely. On April 8th, 2024, a Total Solar Eclipse will occur across the United States, and its line of totality will diagonally intersect the Midwest and South.
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Igari Makeup

By: Sara Zalewski, Journalist April 8, 2024
Igari makeup originated in Japan and is primarily known in Asia compared to the rest of the world. Igari is basically no makeup or clean girl makeup but with more blush.
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Isle Of The Gods; Not Too Cliché

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist April 8, 2024
Selly has been working for months, trying to see her father again. She is currently a deckhand under the somewhat well-known captain, Rensa. Selly has been trying to leave the port of Kirkpool forever, and she may finally find her big break.
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Flooding In Brazil

By: Giselle Silveira, Journalist April 4, 2024
Stormy weather on 21 February 2024 swept over southern parts of the state from late 21 February 2024. Just one hour early on 22 February, the Recredit dos Bannermanites neighborhood in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro recorded 42.8 mm of rain, and the neighborhood of Bangu, also in the West Zone, recorded 43.2 mm.
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Women’s History Month 2024

By: Danna Juarez, Journalist April 3, 2024
March is Women's History Month. We spend this month remembering the great accomplishments of historical women across the world.
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Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571

By: Tiger Deng and Yash Kini April 3, 2024

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. The crash and the resulting 72-day ordeal of the survivors led to the deaths of 29 of the 45 people on board, until two...

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The Oscars 2024 Winners

By: Vi Moore, Journalist March 22, 2024
The Oscars, an annual event filled with emotional speeches, hardworking movies, and big winners, just had their 96th ceremony on March 10th, 2024. Lots of heartwarming moments occurred in the newest ceremony. But the big question that everyone has is - who are the winners? Who won in the end? This is a complete list filled with all of the nominees and winners for each category.
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Oil Spill In Trinidad and Tobago

By: Giselle Silveira, Journalist March 22, 2024
On February 23, 2024, at 3:45 pm, Trinidad and Tobago's government confirmed the refined product leaking from a barge that struck a reef and overturned off the coast of Tobago.
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Seventh Grade National Mall Field Trip

By: Mia Franjie, Journalist March 22, 2024
On the 18th of March, all the LJMS seventh graders went on a field trip to the National Mall. The reason behind this? It was to learn more about the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the history of America overall.
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Diverse Fashion Styles

By: Sara Zalewski, Journalist March 21, 2024
Fashion has grown over time, and many different standards have changed. The fashion now is what most people think is the peak of fashion.
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Is TikTok Getting Banned?

By: Olivia Brophy, Journalist March 20, 2024
People have been saying TikTok will be banned for years, but here is an overview of why it might be banned.
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Douyin Makeup

By: Sara Zalewski, Journalist March 19, 2024
Douyin makeup is a makeup style that originated in China but has become popular all around Asia and is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S. Different variations of Douyin makeup are really popular.
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What Transportation Could Look Like In The Future

By: Asa Keller, Journalist March 19, 2024
When most people think of the future, they may think of flying cars and super-fast vehicles.
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Air Pod Pros 2 Or Original Air Pods?

Air Pod Pros 2 Or Original Air Pods?

By: Stephanie Juarez, Journalist March 19, 2024
There are many Air Pods such as the Air Pod Pro 2s and just regular ones but which one should you get?
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Lebron James Or Michael Jordan: Who Is The Greatest Of All Time?

By: Johnie Martinez Goodman, Journalist March 19, 2024
This is a debate on which player is the greatest of all time: LeBron James or Michael Jordan.
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How A Lack Of Sleep Impacts Learning

By: Olivia Brophy, Journalist March 18, 2024
Sleep is essential to our daily routine, allowing our bodies and minds to rest and recharge. However, when we don't get enough sleep or experience consistent sleep deprivation, it can significantly impact our overall well-being.
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Most Trending Makeup Brands

By: Sara Zalewski, Journalist March 15, 2024
Makeup is so widely used among women to make them more attractive, which seems like a bad thing because of insecurities but its also looked as to enhanced your features, so make you feel good about your self.
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The Horrific Serial-Kidnapper Who Could Soon Walk Free

By: Brenna Brickley, Journalist March 15, 2024
John Jamelske seems to be your average senior citizen. That is until he is accused of kidnapping a young 16-year-old girl. However, after launching investigations on him, they realize that he has done a lot more than kidnap a girl. Meet John Jamelske, the monster who may soon walk free.
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A Book and a Change of Perspective; Foul Lady Fortune

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist March 15, 2024
Foul Lady Fortune is a book that takes place in 1931, by 25-year-old author, Chloe Gong. Fortune, one of the most well-known assassins in all of Shanghai, is a young woman aiding the Nationalists.
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2024 Grammy Awards

By: Stephanie Juarez, Journalist March 15, 2024
This year, the Grammy Awards were great; there were some amazing winners. Here are some of the winners!
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Best Roblox Games To Play With Your Friends

By: Stephanie Juarez, Journalist March 15, 2024
Here are some of the best Roblox games to play with your friends in 2024.
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It’s Lent Season!

By: Xavier Mucher, Journalist March 15, 2024
What is Lent? Lent is the holy Christian observance, and is 40 days, in which Christians give up something they love, like sweets, social media, and drinks.
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Seven Original Wonders Of The World

By: Stephanie Juarez, Journalist March 14, 2024
There are many interesting places in the world, but have you wondered which ones are the most pondered?
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What We Already Know About Mars

By: Danna Juarez, Journalist March 13, 2024
Mars is one of the closest planets to Earth, though it is just half its size. Mars is the planet that has been explored the most with the help of rovers, which are robotic vehicles that move around the surface—named after the Roman god of war thanks to its rusting iron surface making it look red.
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Natural Disasters In 2024

By: Giselle Silveira, Journalist March 11, 2024
From severe storms to tornadoes, natural disaster statistics reveal that disasters occur more frequently and with greater intensity.
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The Northern Spicebush & Spicebush Swallowtail

By: Lirian Davidson, Journalist March 7, 2024
The Northern Spicebush’s namesake is its signature spicy scent. It blooms in colors of white, yellow, and green. It tends to have few stems and flowers in clusters.
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The Inheritance Games Should be Your Next Read – Here’s Why

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist March 6, 2024
This compelling book by Jennifer Lynn Barns will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
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Mean Girls – 2004 Vs. 2024

By: Vi Moore, Journalist March 6, 2024
Mean Girls is a cult classic and grossed in $129 million worldwide. It was released in 2004, and it was turned into a Broadway musical of the same name in 2018, 12 years later. And now, in 2024, 20 years after the original was released, a new reboot movie based on the original movie and the Broadway musical has released. Like all reboots, some changes are made. These are the 4 most important changes made.
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How High Can We Build?

By: Yash Kini and Salar Nasimov February 26, 2024
Humans have been building tall buildings for as long as we can remember, from ancient pyramids to skyscrapers. But how high can we actually build? The answer to that question is complicated, as it depends on a variety of factors, including the materials used, the design of the structure, and the technology that is at hand. However, there are a few general limits to how high we can build.
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Optimus Gen 2

By: Yash Kini, Vaibhav Saravanan February 26, 2024
Optimus Gen 2 is the latest and improved robot in the Tesla’s Optimus project. The robot was revealed on December 13 of 2023 through a demo video.
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The Man in the Iron Lung

By: Yash Kini and Anna Statz February 26, 2024
Paul Richard Alexander has lived in the iron lung for over seventy years. The iron lung is a medical device used to stimulate breathing when a person cannot breathe on their own.
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Gas Stoves

By: Yash Kini and Christine Nguyen February 26, 2024
Stoves are one of the most important appliances in every household kitchen, as families use them to cook food every day. Stoves have changed over time and many families have switched from old gas stoves to electric and induction stoves.
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Intuitive Machines Lander is Tipped Over

By: Liam Eckerman, Journalist February 26, 2024
On February 15, 2024, the Odysseus lunar lander by Intuitive Machines, launched from the Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to begin its journey to the moon.
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Meet America’s “Damsel of Death”

By: Brenna Brickley, Journalist February 26, 2024
Aileen Wuornos was the first ever convicted American serial killer, taking a total of six to seven lives along a Floridian highway from 1989-1990. Throughout the murders and the hunt to find the killer, Aileen received the nickname "Damsel of Death." However, this "damsel" has a dark past.
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The World’s First Stealth Fighter – F-117 Nighthawk

By: Yash Kini and Andrei Daquioag February 23, 2024
The F-117 Nighthawk, known for its black coating and geometrical shape, is the first to use a radar absorbing material (RAM) and the “faceting” technique, both of which effectively made it invisible to radar.
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Lululemon’s Popularity and Quality

By: Vi Moore, Journalist February 23, 2024
Lululemon has recently blown up with popularity on social media. It claims to be comfy, flexible, lightweight, and sweat-resistant for workouts. But like all corporations, they have their flaws. The question we're answering today is whether Lululemon is really worth the money.
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The Controversy Behind The Hit ‘Yes, And?’

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist February 22, 2024
Ariana Grande has received many comments on her personal life. Especially her romantic life and her appearance. How does the public affect the songs that she writes?
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Pinxterbloom Azalea

By: Lirian Davidson, Journalist February 16, 2024
Sounds like a medicine doesn’t it? It’s actually a beautiful flower that also goes by the name Pinksterbloom Azalea or Pinxterbloom Azalea depending on who you ask.
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The Marine Corps

By: Jayden Pepper, Journalist February 16, 2024
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the Navy.
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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Everyday Life

By: Miller Stevenson, Journalist February 15, 2024
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a concept confined to science fiction. It has become an integral part of our daily lives, subtly influencing and enhancing various aspects of our existence.
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Keffiyeh Scarf

By: Xavier Mucher, Journalist February 14, 2024
Have you ever seen a black checkered scarf wrapped around somebody's head? Have you seen more and more people wear a wrap around there head? Are you confused?
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A Report On Super Bowl LVII

By: Miller Stevenson, Journalist February 14, 2024
The Super Bowl of 2024 was a game for the ages, with the Kansas City Chiefs emerging victorious over the San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling overtime match.
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Serial Killer Caught After 13 Years

By: Brenna Brickley, Journalist February 14, 2024
After nearly 13 years of intense investigations, searching only to find nothing, and dead leads, officials believe that the infamous “Long Island Serial Killer” has finally been caught.
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Highest Paying Jobs in VA

By: Danna Juarez, Journalist February 12, 2024
Everybody wants an excellent, high-paying job, but most people need to know which ones will pay a reasonable amount. If you live in Virginia, then these are the highest-paying jobs you can search for.
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The First Natural Disasters Of 2024

By: Giselle Silveira, Journalist February 12, 2024
Three winter storms occurred in the first three weeks of 2024 (Ember, Finn, and Gerri). It brought severe weather to the U.S. mainland, including wind, hail, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures.
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Patrick Mahomes V.S. Tom Brady

By: Miller Stevenson, Journalist February 9, 2024
Mahomes downplays comparison to Brady, but is making a run at his legacy.
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Stanley Cups

By: Adelaida Romero, Journalist February 9, 2024
Ever wonder how the Stanley Cup has become incredibly popular around school? This article covers almost everything you need to know about how and why these cups are the newest trend!
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The Truth About What People Think Happens After Death

By: Clara Steffens, Journalist February 9, 2024
Death is a question that has left the best and the brightest people puzzling. What really happens after you die?
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Teams In Super Bowl LVIII

By: Asa Keller, Journalist February 7, 2024
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in the USA and it is coming up. The Super Bowl will be on February 11th 2024.
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G2 Esports Wins Rocket League Championship Series 2024 Major 1 Qualifiers

G2 Esports Wins Rocket League Championship Series 2024 Major 1 Qualifiers

By: Liam Eckerman, Journalist February 6, 2024
Despite not being the fan favorite, G2 emerged victorious in the RLCS 2024 Major 1 Qualifiers Grand Finals, with an absolute blowout against GenG in front of a live audience of over 40,000 people.
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MLK Jr. Day 2024

By: Parker Heflin, Journalist February 1, 2024
Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure we have all been learning about since elementary school, but what is MLK day really about? Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929, which is why we celebrate him every year on that same day.
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Endangered Deer’s

By: Amari Bibbs, Journalist January 23, 2024
A deer runs onto the freeway, running into cars, getting a man's attention.
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By: Tiger Deng, Journalist January 23, 2024
Luther Jackson’s Model UN programs has been discussing the topic of the Israeli-Hamas war for the past 3 weeks.
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Advisory Timings

By: Rose McLellan, Journalist January 22, 2024
Advisory used to be an entire period; we would have it every other day. A whole period is 90 minutes; we would have a small lesson, and then, if needed, we could go to a different class to work there.
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Lexia at LJ

By: Liam Eckerman, Journalist January 18, 2024
Lexia is a website program designed to help kids with their English skills. This year, Lexia is required for all students at our school.
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The Most Important School Subjects

By: Emma Sarria, Journalist January 11, 2024
No matter who the person is, everyone always needs to learn about the 4 main school subjects. English, history, science, and math. These subjects are required for every student to learn in order to go to the next grade and have a successful future.
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Predictions for 2024

By: Emma Sarria, Journalist January 11, 2024
It's the start of a new year and many predictions have already been made about how this year might look like.
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13-Year Old Beats Tetris

By: David Judy, Journalist January 11, 2024
A 13-year-old, Willis Gibson, made gaming history(wow) and was the first person to "beat" Tetris, the game where you try to create horizontal lines using four types of blocks.
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Reinstating Class Pets

By: Olivia Arnold, Journalist January 11, 2024

When you were younger, you might've been lucky enough to have a beloved class pet. However, those beloved pets were left behind in elementary school.  But, why don't we have any class pets for middle...

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Snow Days

By: Rose McLellan, Journalist January 9, 2024
The FCPS county had 5 snow days last year and the rest of the days of school would've been online. In this past month FCPS has decided to not have online snow days and to only to have the days completely off.
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Media Communications Elective

By: Sabrina Remy, Journalist January 5, 2024
If you're trying to figure out what electives to take, one that students highly recommend is Media Communications.
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Hiring Qualifying Teachers

By: Raya Derdesawi, Journalist December 15, 2023
Many people blame students' need for more knowledge on the pandemic, but that's not the only reason many students have fallen behind in the past four years.
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Public Speaking

By: Khue Vu, Journalist December 15, 2023
Public speaking, often seen as one of the most stressful activities, is an invaluable skill that can elevate your personal and professional life.
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School Should Start Later

By: Rose McLellan, Journalist December 15, 2023
Should school start later? Yes, for several reasons.
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Making Friends In A New Environment

By: Khue Vu, Journalist December 14, 2023
Making friends in a new school can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. It involves navigating through unfamiliar social landscapes and making connections with unfamiliar faces.
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The Benefits Of Listening To Music

By: Khue Vu, Journalist December 13, 2023
Have you ever gotten distracted while studying or doing your homework? Music can help you with that. Music can motivate you, lighten your mood, help you relax, and help you focus.
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America’s Favorite Chocolates

By: Raya Derdesawi, Journalist December 13, 2023
America is a nation with diverse foods and cultures, including candies. With that being said, there are a bunch of chocolates Americans love.
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The War Is Back On

By: David Judy, Journalist December 5, 2023
The ceasefire has ended between Hamas and Israel. And now it seems like the truce never even happened.
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The Spring Musical At LJMS

By: Emma Sarria, Journalist December 5, 2023
We know that the fall play here at Luther Jackson (Gravestone Manor) has just been wrapped up. Lots of hard work was put into the show, and it was a success!
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Do We Need Service Hours?

By: Olivia Arnold-Godoy, Journalist December 4, 2023
In the majority of schools, you have to have a minimum of around ten service hours, but how do those hours really benefit those in need?
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Using Our Snow Days Wisely

By: Raya Derdesawi, Journalist December 1, 2023
Last school year, it only snowed once. It wasn't enough for a snow day. It melted away the same day it came. We used 0/5 snow days last year.
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Thanksgiving Break In FCPS

By: Raya Derdesawi, Journalist November 30, 2023
Thanksgiving break was five days this year. A few years ago, you used to have an early release on Wednesday, and then you were off the rest of the week.
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LJMS Band Program

LJMS Band Program

By: Yash Kini, Journalist November 29, 2023
Whether you want to learn an instrument, have learned an instrument, or are proficient at your instrument, there is a place for you in the Luther Jackson Band!
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