The Falls Church News-Press has partnered with George Mason High School’s award-winning newspaper, The Lasso, to bring its readers some of the top articles appearing in the student-run digital paper. This regular feature will appear monthly in the News-Press during the school year. The Lasso can be found online at www.gmhslasso.org.
5 Jobs for Students in Falls Church
By Caroline Perez
Interested in earning some money but not sure where to look? Falls Church has many opportunities for this. Check this out for some ideas on where to look for a job. Keep in mind that anyone under 16 must obtain a work permit. Good luck!
Come help out at this local restaurant as a host or server. Dogwood has hired many Mason students in the past, and they are currently looking to hire students.
Fill out the online application at www.dogwoodtavern.com/employment.
Many students have worked at this popular smoothie shop. It is currently looking for students to work this spring and summer, so they ask that applications be submitted this mid to late March. You must be 16 years or older.
Contact the store at www.robeks.com/connect/contact-us.html if you’re interested.
What better work perks than free frozen yogurt? Sweet Frog is looking for “hard-working and enthusiastic” people who are able to help customers, work the cash register, and prepare the toppings and yogurt.
Check out sweetfrog.com/employment-opportunities/store-team-members to start the application process.
Many local pools are getting ready for summer and looking for lifeguards. You will need certified lifeguard training among other certifications to be eligible. Contact your pool to see if it is hiring and to find out what the other qualifications are.
Who wouldn’t want to work at a place where you would be surrounded by toys? Although they are not currently hiring, students from Mason have worked here. You should be able to help with customers and work the cash register. Contact the store at [email protected] if you are interested.
Mason Students Readily Exercise Their Voting Rights
By Nhari Djan
This year, a record number of Mason students became registered voters in January with the help of the Falls Church League of Women Voters who volunteer at George Mason annually for this cause.
It’s gratifying to the League to see the students taking such an interest in the elections and in registering to vote. We hope that the interest will be sustained and students will continue to be involved in the political process at all levels,” said Ellen Salsbury, president of the League of Women Voters chapter in Falls Church.
During a presidential election season, higher numbers of people registering are expected, but what we may be seeing is a little extra enthusiasm coming from our peers here at our high school.
“It’s our first time voting, so everyone wants to have their say because they haven’t had a say in eighteen years. This election is also important because there are so many candidates and the field is so diverse in opinions,” said junior Nico Ferrara.
Ferrara voted in the Virginia primary and intends on voting in Fall.
“I think more students have registered to vote for this election because it’s been more publicized and readily available to young people because of social media,” said junior Manaal Khwaja, who intends on voting in the 2016 general election.
She’s right. Whether you’re casually scrolling through your timeline on Twitter, reblogging posts on Tumblr, or even shuffling through geofilters on Snapchat, the presidential election is inescapable. Just last week the Conservative Solutions Pac (who endorsed Marco Rubio) created their own geofilter on Snapchat that attacked Donald Trump by calling him a “con artist” and saying, “Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.”
“A lot of candidates are trying to appeal more towards the younger vote because turnout has been increasing more with younger voters in recent years,” said senior Vicky Addo-Ashong. “A lot of their policies and campaign promises relate to younger generations.”
One of these policies is college tuition. On the Democrats’ side especially, candidates are discussing the affordability of post secondary school education for students nowadays. One unique promise standing out to students is Bernie Sanders’ suggestion to make state universities tuition-free.
“It’s especially critical at our age because we’re going to college soon… and we’re choosing what’s going to happen to us in the next four or eight years,” said senior and registered voter Diana Kim.
Many students participated in the Virginia primary on March 1st. The school encouraged first time voters to share pictures of social media with the lengthy hashtag, #FallsChurchFirstTimeVoter.
“It was an interesting experience. It was my first vote along with my brother, so it was a family event,” said Matthew Puentes, senior. “People are understanding that it’s their civic duty to vote and it’s something that they need to be doing. No one [here] wants Donald Trump in office, that’s a really big deal.”
“I appreciated being able to participate in government and help change the future. I’m a little disappointed with the results, but there’s still so much fun politics to come,” said senior Laila Zoghi. “I think our grade has been very big on politics and they understand it and they discuss it all the time. I think most people that could vote did and those who didn’t still encouraged others to vote and encouraged people to get out there and participate.”
Those who did not make the age requirements certainly felt it. Sydney Marple, a junior, expressed that the right to vote is more crucial to young people, especially teenagers, than anyone else.
“I feel like we should be the ones who vote and not old people who are just going to die and have it not affect them. They’re leaving it to us and it’s going to affect us so we should be the ones voting on it. It’s a defining election for our generation,” said Marple.
Whether the election frenzy comes from excitement, anxiousness, or disappointment, there’s no doubt that students will be discussing and following the 2016 race to the White House all the way to the end.
These articles plus more from The Lasso available at www.gmhslasso.org.