• Feature,  News

    Five Seniors, One Junior Named 2021-22 Theogony Editors

    Theogony, the T.C. Williams High School student-run media organization, announced its editors for the 2021-2022 school year.   Five rising seniors—Abigail Ernst, Ethan Gotsch, Nikki Harris, Jacqueline Lutz, and Katie Vastola—and rising junior Nora Malone will lead publishing activities for Theogony on four platforms: print, online, television, and social media. Ernst will continue her coverage of school and Alexandria news. Gotsch’s well-received coverage of the Alexandria music scene will continue along with a focus on local politics and culture. Harris, an Editor this year, will maintain her investigative news coverage. Lutz, a member of the National Scholastic Press Association Honor Roll for 2021, will remain focused on news and feature-writing.  “Our focus…

  • Feature,  News

    Do Teachers At ACPS Reflect The Diversity Of The Student Body?

    The school district has had more success recruiting Black teachers than it has Hispanic teachers. Nikki Harris Hispanic students represent 36.9 percent of the total student population in ACPS, as of 2020. But according to the 2017-2018 report from the School Board, only 7.2 percent of the teachers at ACPS are Hispanic. This contrast reflects a nationwide trend of Hispanic teachers being underrepresented in schools: Only 7.8 percent of the nationwide teaching field is Hispanic, while Hispanic students represent around a quarter of the country’s student population in public schools, according to a 2015 report from the Education Department. (ACPS employees are not required to self-identify their race/ethnicity, and they…

  • News

    New Teacher Profile: Veronica Jackson

    Jackson came to T.C. from Hammond Middle School where she taught orchestra for eight years. Before teaching at Hammond, Jackson taught in Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia from 1994 until 2012 when she moved to Alexandria. This is her 29th year of teaching.

  • Feature,  Multimedia,  News,  Photos,  Sports,  Videos

    The Greatest Game Ever Played

    Titans volleyball takes down Kellam to capture their first state championship Hunter Langley When Kellam High School’s volleyball Coach Janice Johnson walked into The Garden for the first time, it was clear that this game was going to be different than any previous game the Titan girls volleyball team played before. Johnson had state championship rings covering her fingers; Kellam has been a volleyball powerhouse in the Virginia High School League for many years. This could have easily intimidated the T.C. players, but the then 16-0 Titans had proven time and time again that they could play against any team. When the state championship game started, Kellam’s experience in these…

  • News,  Sports

    In a Year Like No Other, Volleyball Dominates the Court

    For the second year in a row, Varsity Girls Volleyball has won the Gunston District Championship. This is the first time in the school’s history that the team has been back-to-back district champions. The team also went on to win the Occoquan 6C Region Championship and is currently undefeated, going 15-0 during the regular and playoff season.

  • Opinion

    Opinion: The Hybrid Experience

    Abigail Fireison If the normal high school experience and the hybrid high school experience were put into a Venn diagram, there would still be similarities where the circles overlap. For one, new students still have to navigate a large school campus, figure out where the  bathrooms are, and sometimes arrive late to class. For another, there are staff members in the halls ready to offer directions and discipline, and you can still order a school lunch. However, the hybrid high school experience is inevitably different from what normal high school would be like. Even with the teachers in person and the staff in the halls, it’s impossible to ignore the…

  • News

    ACPS School Board Changes Distancing Requirements

    Ethan Gotsch Going against the guidance of Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, the ACPS School Board passed a motion on April 8 that will change the physical distancing requirements between students to three feet from six feet when other mitigation strategies are being used, following new guidelines released by the CDC in March. School Board member Michelle Rief made the motion that ACPS move to three feet between desks “to the greatest extent possible” for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, adding, “I am committed to returning as many students as possible to in-person learning this school year.” This motion passed unanimously. According to Julia Burgos, Chief of School and Community…