Creating Art Together- Figuratively

Francesca R., journalist

As is common knowledge, COVID-19 was officially characterized as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.  Following this, emails and news stories announcing the cancellations of various performances, classes, and even the closing of studios as a whole flooded into artist’s inboxes. Before we all knew it, everyone’s calendar was emptier than a grocery store’s toilet paper aisle. However, rather than being excited and looking at this as an extended spring break, this brought about significant panic. Artists already get paid very little, would they be paid during this time? And as it is so difficult to “make it,” in a career in the art industry, every minute of practice is of the essence for students. How would they receive proper instruction and training? Fortunately, because of modern technology, continuity in training and a continuation of practice in the arts has been made possible.

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Why GWUOHS is the perfect school for me

Emma D., journalist

According to the Middle States Association, one of the top regional accreditors of educational institutions in the country, the George Washington University Online High School was “by far the best online school…ever visited”. Since I was one of the few students that was a member of the GWUOHS re-accreditation team, I was ecstatic to receive this news. Still, when people hear that I attend the George Washington University Online High School, I receive mixed reactions. Some react positively, remarking that my decision is unique and interesting, while others react negatively, commenting that my decision is unusual and a bit strange. Whatever the reaction I come across, after having spent the last four years at GWUOHS, I have never once looked back.

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Art During an Epidemic

Hank T., journalist

Background:

On March 12, 2020 every Broadway show currently running was shut down by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This was a response to stop the spread of COVID-19. Initially, the theaters were only supposed to be shut down until April 12. However, this date has been extended to June 7, the day the Tony Awards were supposed to be broadcast. Although this response is completely appropriate and helpful in stopping the spread of Coronavirus, it is leaving many people in the entertainment industry in need of money and supplies. So, many people with industry jobs are turning to an organization called The Actors Fund.

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Chernobyl Wildfires Increase Radiation Levels

Emre S., journalist

Ukrainian firefighters have reported a wild forest fire near the abandoned nuclear plant of Chernobyl. Radiation levels are considerably lower than they were after the 1986 accident but the radiation still poses risks. Now that the smoke is going up the levels of radiation are getting higher.

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The Economic Effects of COVID-19

Arya S., journalist

On February 18th Oxford Economics estimated that the coronavirus would cost the global economy more than one trillion dollars. If the virus were to be declared a pandemic today, most governments would be happy to take a trillion dollar loss since most corporations and notable investors—such as Ray Dailo—estimate that corporate losses would hit four trillion dollars in the US alone. 

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Authenticity

A global problem

We live in an age of authenticity. 

We have all been told to be ourselves, urged to express our feelings, and freely voice our opinions. We are encouraged by society to be our authentic selves, unabashed of who we are, and where our core principles lie. In a sense, it all sounds like empowering advice, but in truth, authenticity is quietly distorting our sense of self-value and twisting the ways we view one another.

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Helping Those in Need: Students Giving Hope

Image By Share Charlotte

By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, Editor

Sat March 10, 2020

(GW CHRONICLE) — As high school students, it is essential to give back to communities to implement long-term habits of community service, sharing kindness, and making impacts on the lives of others. Students in the online school community take community service into their own hands and give back to their home-town communities, all while sharing their experiences through a highly connected network of online school friends. Students of George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) gathered in late January to give back to the medical community and visited the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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A Guiding Hand Through Hardship

Kyla W., journalist

Goshen, Orange County, NY — As many towns in upstate New York prepare for the frigid temperatures expected to arrive in late January, those living in destitution worry about how they’ll be able to warm their houses. Startling statistics reveal that in regions such as Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster County, the rate of poverty among the civil population is over 13% – just below the national poverty line. However, for these citizens, all hope is not yet lost. An organization known as Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster has been tirelessly committed to aiding such citizens overcome hardships such as homelessness, unemployment, and addiction. For many individuals, Catholic Charities has been a beam of light in their world of misfortune.

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