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Memories Last Forever

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on Memories Last Forever
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By Hannah James

An unknown author once said, “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last forever.” Teenagers often feel like high school will never, ever end. These four years – an almost insignificant amount of time compared to a lifetime of years – seem to drag on forever. Day after day, students are put through their paces in the same schedule, seeing the same people, doing the same things. But, by the time they are seniors, they realize how quickly their time in high school has passed, and how they have made so many unforgettable memories with their friends during their high school years.

Now, let’s be honest, by the time you’re a high school senior, it’s hard to remember every single person you’ve become friends or acquaintances with during the last four years. Enter the yearbook. A window to the past. A representation of the spirit of youth. A compilation of pictures, stories and quotes that causes feelings of nostalgia and happiness. The yearbook is a summary of the past school year, a reminder of forgotten memories that many high school students are eager to possess. … Continue Reading

It’s Almost That Time of the Year Again

May 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on It’s Almost That Time of the Year Again
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By Hannah James

“Summer-mode” is a term used loosely to describe the attitude most students get toward the end of a school year. Easily defined and understood, “summer-mode” is a characterized by actions such as skipping class, excessive day dreaming and not completing homework assignments or studying. Students fall into this anomaly of both despair and anticipation soon after spring break or mid-April. This “just about but not quite” mood that blankets the atmosphere of schools is terrible for both the grades and general happiness of students.

Summer-mode is much like senioritis, the only difference being that senioritis lasts the entire year. The Class of 2013 has much to look forward to this summer. Beach week with his senior class, Young Life camp and a long vacation in California are just the main highlights of what Joey Lehning plans to do in last summer before college. He is especially excited to spend so much time with friends. … Continue Reading

A Teacher Affects Eternity

April 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on A Teacher Affects Eternity
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By Hannah James

Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

It’s an accepted fact that the younger a person is the more impressionable. This makes teachers, who spend huge amounts of time with their students every week, some of the greatest influencers of the younger generations. Teachers, whose job description is to cultivate a learning environment, often turn out to be much more than simply brains of knowledge. When a student finds a connection with their teacher, the strict teacher-student relationship is frequently abandoned. The pair takes time to get to know each other on a more personal level, and their previous relationship turns into a friendship. … Continue Reading

March Madness

March 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on March Madness
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By Hannah James

With the weather getting warmer, more and more teenagers are seen frolicking in the fields … actually, upon closer observation, one can see that they are actually hard at practice for their next athletic event. Coaches are yelling, players are sweating, and balls of all sizes and colors are flying. Spring sport season has begun.

Spring sports season officially started at the end of February. Lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, baseball, and track and field are some of the common spring sports. Many students participate in these extracurricular activities, for many different reasons. … Continue Reading

The Perfect Place To Study the Future

February 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on The Perfect Place To Study the Future
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By Hannah James

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one of the most commonly asked questions of youth. A firefighter, a policeman, a teacher, a doctor are some of the frequent answers. As the children grow up, the once normal question becomes infrequent, that is, until perhaps the sophomore year of high school. Then, once again, the question is a center point of many conversations, causing flexible plans to be drawn. … Continue Reading

To Work or Not To Work?

January 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on To Work or Not To Work?
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By Hannah James

Walk into the mall and teenagers are everywhere. Shopping here, browsing there, wreaking havoc everywhere – especially right after the Christmas season. But young people aren’t just seen spending money; often high school students are the people working to provide assistance at stores.

Teenagers, most of them full time students, sometimes seek out part time jobs. This can add up to a lot of extra working time in the limited hours a student is not in school. However, many kids have a single motivation for losing their free time: money. “I want to save for the summer and a car and stuff,” said junior Robin Duke. Common examples of “stuff” include presents, clothes, music, and food. Students also save for college, vacations, and even the general future. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

3 Jun 2015

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Dr. Mike, I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road

6 May 2015

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There’s one guy out here who proudly informs all visitors arriving at his locked gate (at the end of a short driveway) that he owns a firearm and a backhoe; I’ve got a mental note to avoid this address at …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Good Character Takes Work

3 Jun 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

1 Apr 2015

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Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts …

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Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

3 Jun 2015

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By Chuck Hedges Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends. I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 …

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Lifestyle

Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

1 Jul 2015

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Purcellville’s fourth annual Wine & Food Festival will be Saturday, July 18 from 3 – 8 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. This popular event was awarded the Visit Loudoun 2014 Tourism Event of the Year. To help offset some of the many fees associated with the event, Town Council set a $5 general admission fee. Children under …

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Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

18 Jun 2015

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Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s …

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Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

12 Jun 2015

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Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

6 May 2015

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse Team is off to a strong 5-2 start this year with their recent victories over district foes Dominion and Park View. After losing seven starters to graduation off last year’s state runner up campaign, Coach Tracey Albro has been busy rebuilding her …

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Mary Rose Lunde

The Summer Semester Is No Break

3 Jun 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier …

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Sarah's Closet

Summer White Out

3 Jun 2015

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By Sarah Nearis Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable. White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple …

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Letters

Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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