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Yorktown Sentry

The student news site of Yorktown High School

Yorktown Sentry

The student news site of Yorktown High School

Yorktown Sentry

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The Future is Bleak For Marymount’s Mulch Pile

The Future is Bleak For Marymount’s Mulch Pile

Olivia Pang, Staff Reporter January 27, 2023

On November 29, a public meeting was held in Marymount University's Reinsch Auditorium to discuss a possible plan for the 18.4 acres of land on 26th Street and Old Dominion. This space is currently occupied by a mulch pile and salt dome, but the university...

Behind the Scenes: Elf on the Shelf

Behind the Scenes: Elf on the Shelf

Harper Kois, Staff Reporter December 17, 2022

The phenomenon Elf on the Shelf has taken over Christmas in many houses since 2005. The Elf on the Shelf instituted a worldwide demand when the children's picture book 'The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition' was published by Carol Aebersold and...

How the Grinch Found His Christmas Spirit

How the Grinch Found His Christmas Spirit

Carrie Finn, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

It’s a cold Saturday morning in mid-December. Your entire family packs into a minivan and drives to the mall, eager to get some holiday shopping done. A lengthy line of children waits for their chance to tell Santa what they want this year while Mariah...

Mensch On The Bench And Chinese Food: Jewish Christmas Traditions

Mensch On The Bench And Chinese Food: Jewish Christmas Traditions

Elijah Dale, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

This year, Christmas falls on the seventh night of Hanukkah, an eight-day-long Jewish holiday known as the ‘Festival of Lights.’ Hanukkah celebrates the 200 BCE Jewish reclamation of the Holy City Jerusalem from a Greek empire. While millions of ...

Sweet St. Nicks

Sweet St. Nicks

Matthew Wagner, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

Seeing Santa in your local mall is a staple of the holiday season for people nationwide. Despite mall Santas’ broad reach, the origins of this esteemed tradition and the costumed people running the show are often overlooked by visitors.  This holiday...

A Guide To The Perfect Christmas Tree

A Guide To The Perfect Christmas Tree

Brendan Schmitt, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

The elusive yet perfect Christmas tree is something many have dreamed of but few have found. Every year, people go to farms, Home Depot, garden stores and pop-up shops to buy Christmas trees. If this search is not timed right, you could be left with the...

A Look into the Downtown Holiday Market

A Look into the Downtown Holiday Market

Scarlett Gray, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

Lights twinkle as bundled up families stroll down the street, inspecting each tent filled with goods. The ambiance can only mean one thing: The Downtown Holiday Market is back! In its 18th year, the market runs daily from November 18th through December...

A Brief History Of Christmas And Its Commercialization

A Brief History Of Christmas And Its Commercialization

Mason Wolverton, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

For many people, the Christmas season means ornaments hanging from trees, stockings lining fireplaces and joyful music filling the air. In addition, millions brace themselves for the month of constant marketing messages and spending. This hasn’t always...

The Best Holiday Treats In Arlington

The Best Holiday Treats In Arlington

Lily Dezfulian, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

The sharp taste of gingerbread in your mouth. Peppermint wafting through the air. As the holidays approach, these delicious smells and tastes surround us. But where to get the best holiday treats? Never fear, I will be your guide through Arlington’s...

Yorktown’s Unique Holiday Traditions

Yorktown’s Unique Holiday Traditions

Samson Schneider, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

There is no shortage of rich culture and unique traditions throughout the world. Looking deeper into the holiday traditions here at Yorktown, many joyful and exciting traditions can be found within our student body. At our school, the celebration of...

The Best and Worst White House Christmas Ornaments

The Best and Worst White House Christmas Ornaments

Ajay Allman, Staff Reporter December 15, 2022

Entering the holiday season, Christmas trees nationwide are being adorned with conglomerations of twinkling lights, garlands and ornaments. Placed in the midst of many of these quintessential American Christmas trees are countless variations of the White...

The Glaring Issue In Every Christmas Movie

The Glaring Issue In Every Christmas Movie

Reese Colbert, Staff Reporter December 15, 2022

As Christmas rolls around every year, what’s better to do than watch your favorite Christmas classics? From The Polar Express to Home Alone, there is no better way to connect with the Christmas spirit than by enjoying holiday films. That is, as long...

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