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Students at Mason come from a variety of backgrounds all over the world. The Lasso interviewed the students and faculty this year to find out: What is Mason doing for Thanksgiving? "My family is Russian so we don't really do Thanksgiving," Sophomore Valentina Anfinogenova said. "We're probably going to [someone else's] house for dinner." (Photo Credit: Melissa Johnson)

At Mason, in the melting pot of NoVa, it's common to find students who don't celebrate the traditional American Thanksgiving. With our close proximity to D.C., Mason gets new students each year from all over the world with different traditions than us "Lifers" in Falls Church. This year The Lasso investigates: What is Mason doing for Thanksgiving?


Students and hired musicians get ready to start a rehearsal in the GM auditorium pit. The orchestra started rehearsing about a month ago, meeting more often and eventually everyday after school as the days of the show come closer. "I am thoroughly impressed with the progress the orchestra has made. They promise to knock it out of the park on the nights of the performance," Orchestra Director Mary Jo West said. (Photo by Ellen Rhee)

George Mason's annual Fall musical is finally here. On November 20, 21, and 22, GMHS students will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" in the GM auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $5 for students and $10 for adults, and there will be an intermission.

The cast, led by Mr. Shawn Northrip and Mrs. Lauren Carpell, and the orchestra for "The Phantom of the Opera" conducted by Mrs. Mary Jo West, have been rehearsing together for weeks to execute the music at its best for the cast and audiences.





Additional Lyrics by RICHARD STILGOE


Originally directed in Broadway by Harold Prince

Original Broadway production by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group

Based on the novel “Le Fantome de ‘l’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux

Orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Additional lyrics to the song “The Phantom of the Opera” by Richard Stilgoe and Mike Batt

George Mason High School students and City Council members gather to induct 17 Youth Representatives to the various city commissions and committees.
(Photo By: Ariadne Autor)

The City Council of Falls Church recognized the accepted Youth Representatives to the various boards, commissions and civic organizations on October 27, 2015. After receiving various applications and undergoing several interviews, the City Council accepted 17 Youth Representatives. Of the 17, one is a freshman, one is a sophomore, two are juniors and five are seniors.

Youth Representatives will not participate in closed sessions, nor will they have the ability to vote. However, Youth Representatives will provide committees with diverse viewpoints and assist in carrying out ideals.

Senior Annie Wilson joins as the Tree Commission and Village Preservation and Improvement Society Youth Representative and stated that she was interested in "getting a broader involvement in our community and see how our local government really runs."

Organizations include, but are not limited to, the Architectural Advisory Board, Environmental Services Council, and Village Preservation and Improvement Society.

Current terms run from November 1, 2015 to October 1, 2015 and the Youth Representatives Recommendation Committee (YR2C) will work with senior class students to modify the terms. The YR2C will begin accepting applications for 2015-2016 Youth Representatives in Spring 2015.



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