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The joint Mary Ellen Henderson (MEH) and George Mason (GM) Campus Steering Committee vigorously work to discuss the future of GM and possible construction of a commercial development. Students are encouraged to partake in discussions such as this as Student Representatives on the School Board Committees. (Photo Credit: John Brett)

Zach Witzel acts as the Student Liaison to the Falls Church City Public School (FCCPS) system's School Board. In his role, he discusses various issues presently affecting the school community as well as worked in conjunction with adult members to discuss the future of the school system. Recent involvement has ranged from visioning for the GMHS of the future to creating a new Triennial Plan.

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(Photo Credit: Eugenia Smith)

Each George Mason High School student has received a MacBook Air primarily for academic use. Members of The Lasso staff stand out amongst those students as they must utilize the technology for production as well as academia.


As the Editor-in-Chief of an online newspaper with the vision for redefinition, I have come to realize the definition of an online newspaper is not quite not synonymous with that of a digital publication. The most considerable difference lies with the production of content, rather than the sole production of articles. Unlike written-based work, content includes, but isn't limited to, photographs, videos, podcasts, infographics, polls, social media interaction, etc. Content allows for ingenuity. Articles allow for tradition.

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Seniors cheer on their "Volleyboys" team during the annual spirit week at GM. Despite intense grade rivalries every year, students continue to remember that as a school we are one, and we have high respect for one another. (Photo Courtesy of Angelika Johns)

I have been at GM for three full years going on four (eighth grade year included) and I have to praise the student safety at GM. What I mean by that, is I don't walk into school worried that someone is going to shove me in a locker, I don't worry that a fight might break out during mustang block or lunch time. As a female student at five feet even and petite, never have I felt unsafe or threatened by other students.

I realized the safe experience that I have had at GM, as my youngest sister entered her freshman year this past September. The months leading up to her first days of high school were full of nerves for her and her friends. I remember they would share the stereotypical fears of being a freshman in high school. Such as, if they would get beat up by walking through the senior hallway, or if fights breakout during the school day. In answering those fears as an upperclassmen it was nice to be able to say, "yes you can walk through the senior hall, no one will shove you into a locker," and "fights are not common to break out at any point of the day."

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The walls of the A- hall may be feeling a little empty, but if a student wants to post an announcement, make sure to contact GM Activity directors Ms. Julie Bravin or Ms. Jennifer Parsons. Plus what is better than the GM becoming a more environmentally friendly school. (Photo by Cecilia Bonner)

By The Lasso Reporter Cecilia Bonner

In a new initiative to reduce both paper waste and misinformation in the Mason community, the George Mason High School Activity and Club Directors Ms. Julie Bravin, and Ms. Jennifer Parsons, respectively, have started a paperless walls policy.

When asked to comment, senior Environmental Club leader Meghan Basnight said, "It's an important step that Mason is taking in the direction of becoming an environmentally friendly school."

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George Mason students prepare for the annual fall musical, The Phantom of the Opera. (Photo Credit: Noah Hayne)
By The Lasso Reporter Gabriel Brown

"Remember there are worse things than a shattered chandelier..." the Phantom explains.

George Mason's 2014 annual Fall musical is Andrew Lloyd Webber's, "The Phantom of the Opera." The show is in the GM auditorium at 7:30 on Thursday, November 20th through Saturday November 22nd. Tickets will be sold at the door.

In this chillingly beautiful production, a hauntingly vengeful man in a mask terrorizes an opera house and it's inhabitants, including his attempts in finding affection with one of the chorus girls, Christine Daae. The show is frightful, romantic and has been on Broadway for over 25 years, holding the current record for the longest show on Broadway.

Mr. Shawn Northrip is directing and Mrs. Lauren Carpell is the musical director. They chose this production for our school because they found the proper talent acquired for this difficult show.

"We decided to embrace the challenge" Mr. Northrip said.

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10/20/2014 07:00 - 08:00
Drivers Ed Presentation - mandatory for 10th grade students and parents

10/22/2014
Early Dismissal -- 1:45

10/23/2014 08:30 - 09:30
MYP Information Sessions

10/23/2014 07:30 - 10:30
Fall JV Show

10/24/2014 07:30 - 10:30
Fall JV Show

10/30/2014 07:00 - 08:00
Ed Tech: Mac 101

10/31/2014
First Quarter Ends

10/31/2014 08:00 - 01:00
Make-Up Portraits for Underclassmen

10/31/2014 07:00 - 10:00
Pep Band (vs. Clark County)

11/03/2014
Professional Day - Schools Closed/Day Care Open

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