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Alexandra Buddendeck

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief

Alex Buddendeck has been a member of 'The Verdict' for three years, growing from Staff Writer to Editor-in-chief. Alex's favorite part about the newspaper is conducting interviews and designing the layout of each page. Outside of journalism, Alex plays soccer and loves to read. Her favorite book is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, but is always looking for recommendations. She also loves music, especially Taylor Swift. Her favorite albums are Speak Now and Red (Taylor's Version).

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Letter from the Editor

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published June 2, 2023

It is nearly impossible for me to sum up my time at Justice High School, nonetheless, The Verdict, in one mere letter, as it cannot account for all the stressful after-school layout sessions and the celebratory...

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Why Isn’t Traffic Safety a Way Bigger Deal?

Recently, Justice junior Lesly Diaz-Bonilla was fatally struck at the intersection where Columbia Pike meets Tyler Street. At this same spot in 2018, a mother and her daughter were injured by a hit-and-run...

Up in Lights: Broadway Desserts

Up in Lights: Broadway Desserts

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published February 23, 2023

On Feb. 18th, Justice High School Choral Ensembles held its annual Broadway Desserts production, featuring songs from top musicals such as Hamilton, Grease, Dear Evan Hansen, and more. Guests sat down...

New Model Policies Affect VA Students

New Model Policies Affect VA Students

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published November 7, 2022

On Sept. 16th Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration proposed new model policies for 2022 with a new focus on transgender students and their gender identity expression, in addition to parental...

SGA Spotlight: Selam Demeke

SGA Spotlight: Selam Demeke

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published May 12, 2022

Sophomore Selam Demeke was voted as the junior class president for the 2022-2023 school year. Demeke plays soccer and basketball at Justice as well as being the historian of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Club. This...

SGA Spotlight: Melat Gebre

SGA Spotlight: Melat Gebre

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published May 12, 2022

Junior Melat Gebre was elected as senior class president for Justice High School in the 2022-2023 school year. Gebre is a member of both the varsity girls basketball and lacrosse teams as well as the...

SGA Spotlight: Lauren Lai

SGA Spotlight: Lauren Lai

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published May 12, 2022

Junior Lauren Lai was elected as Justice High School’s Executive President for the 2022-2023 school year. Lai participates in schoolwide activities such as Chamber Orchestra, Winter Track & Field,...

Standardized Testing: Is It Worth It?

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published March 23, 2022

On Jan. 25th, the College Board announced that the SAT would be delivered digitally beginning in 2024. The test is said to be shorter, allowing students to be done within two hours. It further provides...

Poll taken via theverdict_jhs on instagram in which 161 students voted.

Wolves Weigh in on the Repeal of Mask Mandates

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published February 10, 2022

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order to end the mask mandates across schools in the state on January 15th. The order grants parents the ability to "elect for their children not to...

Athlete of the Issue: Abdullah Mohamed

Athlete of the Issue: Abdullah Mohamed

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published December 16, 2021

Senior Abdullah Mohamed has been selected as athlete of the issue. As a three-sport athlete, Mohamed has been a member of the Justice High School wrestling and lacrosse teams since his freshman year...

Justice Served for Justice Park

Justice Served for Justice Park

Reem Aziz, Alessandra Simmons-Robles and Alexandra Buddendeck
Published October 31, 2021

On Sept. 24, Fabio Zuluaga, the Region 2 Assistant Superintendent announced that “[Fairfax County Public Schools] will not be using the [Justice] park for parking spaces” in an email sent out to all...

Prom Returns

Prom Returns

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published May 28, 2021

On Saturday May 22nd, Justice High School held their annual prom. Due to the state of the pandemic, prom was cancelled last year. Although the pandemic is still affecting us, Justice figured out a way...

The Effect of Online School on Students

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published March 19, 2021

One full year of living with COVID-19 is approaching. Justice High School students have now completed a semester of online school, which began last spring. However, online school has gotten a variety...

Tips and Tricks to Improve Sleep Quality

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published February 12, 2021

Sleep quality plays a huge role in one's mental and physical health, however, both teens and adults tend to struggle with getting a good night's rest. This can result in negative effects on hormones,...

Student & teacher workspaces

Student & teacher workspaces

Alexandra Buddendeck, Editor-in-chief
Published November 12, 2020

Both students and teachers at Justice High School have been adjusting the way that they’ve been staying organized during this new and different period of online school. They have seemed to agree that...

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