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Seniors reflect on being eighth-graders

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InfanteMariaMoving up from middle school to high school can be a big transition for most students. The homework load is larger, the classes are harder, and the people seem bigger. The class of 2012 certainly remembers what it was like to be in that position, so class of 2016 you’re not alone.


Every senior interviewed had something that they wished they had known as an eighth-grader. Hopefully hearing from them and taking their advice will be a helpful survival guide to surviving eighth-grade and years to come.


Many seniors stressed the importance of getting good grades, such as senior Danny Sedita who said that “[he] wished [he] knew that you actually had to get good grades in eighth-grade and freshman year because it hurts you in the long run if you don’t.”


Besides grades, many students also mentioned that they wish they had joined more extra-curricular activities as an eighth-grader.


“Don’t waste your time; establish a club or start volunteering somewhere you enjoy as early as you can so you have time to help it grow,” said senior Alex Valentino.


Senior football player Stephen Lubnow said that he wished he knew “to enjoy each sports season, don’t look forward to the next one, they go by too fast to do that.”


Although upper classmen may seem big and scary, Alyson Augerrebere said that as an eighth-grader she wished she knew that “the upperclassmen aren’t as scary as they look.”


As seniors look forward to the next phase in the their lives, several seniors such as Rachel Bell said it would have been nice to know “that working hard in school was extremely important and would eventually pay off when you start applying to college.”


But overall, as their high school careers come to an end, the class of 2012 agreed that they wished they knew how fast high school would fly by and that they savored each year a little more.


Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

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By Tara Holman , Erin McFall, and Nicole Zorniak   

The Lasso is calling all junior and senior class members. Prom Night is scheduled for May 10. Have you found your prom dress, tuxedo or shoes? Have you planned the perfect way to ask that special someone? If not, The Lasso has created a series of Pinterest boards to spark your interest.

Below you will find a collection of Pinterest boards created to inspire students with prom dresses, tuxedos, women and men hairstyles, jewelry, shoes, promposals and more.

Stay tuned for more Prom themed articles on The Lasso. Also, don’t forget prom tickets go on sale on Monday April 7. 


Mason cracks down on illegal parking

Threats of towing become a reality for the student drivers of George Mason

By Julie Smith  

Are you parking in a school parking lot without a pass? If so, you should probably pay for one, unless you want to have your car towed. The threat of towing cars without the shiny red and white George Mason parking pass sticker has been passed around for years, the only difference is that now, it’s actually being enforced.

“I walked out to the junior lot after school and spent like five minutes looking for my car till I realized what had happened,” said Annie Wilson, junior, a recent victim to Mason’s parking crackdown. “I didn't have a chance to talk to anyone before getting towed; it was a total surprise.”

Wilson was not contacted while her car was getting towed. She lives on the opposite end of town and had no immediate alternative way to get home. Later on she was forced to make the trek to Henry’s Towing in Merrifield to get her car back, and on top of that, once you are towed you are required to pay a towing fee of $125 in addition to the fee already required for a school parking pass.

“I didn't get a pass earlier because I think it's ridiculous to pay that much,” said Wilson. “Other sch...


Podcast Episode 2 - Snow storms, spring sports, SATs, Oh My!

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By Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall

Co- news editors Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall sit down for a second episode of the newly named, “Melerin” podcast series. Although it has been a while since the first podcast, Melissa and Erin sit and talk about the past couple weeks involving the many snow storms, starts of spring sports, and the newly revised SATs coming out soon.  

Check out Episode 1

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By Megan Jenkins

After a poll asking Lasso readers which book-movie coming out in 2014 is most popular ( The Fault in Our Stars , Divergent , The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ), The Fault in Our Stars won with 11 total votes, or 42%.

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The movie centers around two teenagers (Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters) who meet at a cancer support group. Throughout the book, the two fall in love.

Booklist reviewed this book as: “Green’s best and most ambitious novel to date. In its every aspect, The Fault in Our Stars is a triumph.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was a close second to “The Fault in Our Stars” with 10 votes out of a total 26 votes.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is part of trilogy a (First book being The Hunger Games and second book Catching Fire) about a dystopian world where children ages 12-18 are forced to fight to the death until one survives. The story takes readers through the journey of a past victor, Katni...