Brandon Level, Editor

Brandon Level is a Sophomore at Centreville High and enjoying his second year on the Journalism staff. He joined the Journalism program because he has always liked to research political topics and report on them. Outside of school, Brandon likes to hang out with his friends and go to his favorite restaurant, Bacio Pizzeria. In the future, he hopes to become an Urban Planner and open up an Urban Planning company.

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Centreville High school in Centreville, Virginia.

Exclusive Interview: Principal Lehman highlights goals, achievements, and challenges at Centreville HS

Brandon Level and Jack Brillantine
May 30, 2024

Principal Lehman has led Centreville highschool for over 5 years now, starting his role at the beginning of 2019. At the center of our school community, Lehman led over 3,000 students through the Covid-19...

The first debate of the 2020 Presidential election cycle.

Trump and Biden Agree to Debates; RFK Jr Left off Stage

Brandon Level
May 30, 2024

Both President Joe Biden and former President Trump have agreed to debate each other on two separate occasions ahead of this year's presidential election cycle. Hosted by CNN, the two will face off on...

Former President Trump at a campaign rally in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. March 2, 2024.

Trump Seeks To Overturn Immunity Ruling w/ Conservative Supreme Court

Brandon Level
March 13, 2024

Former President Trump's defense team filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court on Monday. The appeal comes days after the D.C. Appeals Court ruled that the former President doesn’t have immunity...

Immigrants seeking asylum along the U.S. Southern border.

Supreme Court to Rule on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Controversial Immigration Law

Brandon Level
March 13, 2024

Texas and its Republican Governor Greg Abbot are in a massive legal battle that could have lasting implications on the way immigration law is enforced in America going into the future. The Supreme Court...

Ugandan troops being trained by US Army instructors in 2008.

War Escalates in Sudan; Migration Crisis on the Rise

Brandon Level
May 10, 2023

After the devastating toppling of the Sudanese civilian government in 2021 by both the paramilitary rapid support forces (RSF) and the Sudanese army, tensions began to rise in the region. There are...

The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia; Review of CNN Films HQ Trivia Documentary

The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia; Review of CNN Films HQ Trivia Documentary

Brandon Level
March 30, 2023

In 2017, the mobile game HQ Trivia made its debut and became an instant sensation. The live trivia game, where players competed for real money, attracted millions of users from around the world. However,...

Chinese Balloon Shot Down by F-22 After Days Traversing the U.S.

Chinese Balloon Shot Down by F-22 After Days Traversing the U.S.

Brandon Level
February 27, 2023

A Chinese surveillance balloon was shot down on February 4th, at around 60,000 feet by an F-22 six miles off the coast of South Carolina. This came after days of collecting information about Alaska, Canada,...

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McCarthy Elected Speaker of the House

Brandon Level
February 21, 2023

After 14 votes, Kevin McCarthy was finally elected to the position of Speaker of the House. 20 Republican holdouts had been preventing McCarthys election since Tuesday, January 3rd, when the newly elected...

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Michigan State University Shooting Leaves 2 Dead; 3 Injured

Brandon Level
February 15, 2023

On Monday, February 13, just after 8 p.m., a shooter opened fire on the Michigan State University campus, killing three and wounding five. The shooter showed no remorse. Anthony McRae, 43, was the sole...

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Republican National Committee Leadership Elections Heating Up; Ronna McDaniel Under Attack

Brandon Level
January 17, 2023

On January 23rd, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its 168 delegates from around the nation will vote for the next RNC chairman. Currently, Ronna McDaniel holds the position of Chairwoman of...

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Walmart Manager Goes On Violent Rampage; Kills 7 In Break Room Shooting

Brandon Level
November 26, 2022

On Wednesday, November 22nd, just days before Thanksgiving, Andre Biggs purchased a 9mm handgun and proceeded to carry out a shooting in the breakroom of a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart. He ended up killing...

Governor Youngkin speaks in State Capitol prior to signing Executive actions.

Youngkin Traverses Country; 2024 Presidential Run Looms

Brandon Level
September 27, 2022

Last year, Virginia elected Glenn Youngkin as the state's first Republican Governor since 2004. From the moment he was elected, Youngkin has been in the headlines every so often, and his governing strategy...

FCPS Welcomes New Misgendering and Deadnaming Policy to Punish Students (Update)

FCPS Welcomes New “Misgendering” and “Deadnaming” Policy to Punish Students (Update)

Brandon Level
June 1, 2022

On May 26th, the Fairfax County Public School Board is considering rules that could suspend or expel students that “maliciously misgender”, or “maliciously deadname” other students. The policy...

Controversy Surrounding Newly Elected FCPS Superintendent

Controversy Surrounding Newly Elected FCPS Superintendent

Brandon Level
May 6, 2022

On April 18, the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) board made their decision to appoint Dr. Michelle Reid, from Washington State, as the next FCPS superintendent. Their search for a superintendent...

Truck stops ahead of the U.S. Capitol Building (Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Fear Of Capital Beltway Blockage Looms as Trucker Protests Grow Near

Brandon Level
March 9, 2022

Multiple groups of truckers, or “trucker convoys”, are headed to Washington D.C. for Joe Biden's State of the Union Address this week.   This move comes after the recent protests in the...

Snow sits upon the Olympic rings in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympics.

US Boycotts Chinese Winter Olympics

Brandon Level
February 22, 2022

White House and its Allies Announce Beijing Winter Olympic Boycott On December 6th of last year, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki held a press conference detailing the new Beijing Olympics Diplomatic...

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Virginia School Boards SUE Governor Over No-Mask Mandate + Exclusive with Virginia Secretary of Health

Brandon Level
February 15, 2022

Just last week an Arlington judge temporarily halted Governor Youngkin's executive order making masks optional across the state.  In Youngkin's 2021 gubernatorial election bid, he promised parents...

Plastic bag tax advertised on the fairfaxcounty.gov website

New Grocery Bag Tax Rolling Out Across Virginia

Brandon Level
February 15, 2022

Last year the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill that effectively required all shoppers to pay 5 cents per plastic bag utilized during checkout. That bill went into effect at the beginning of the...

Jack Dorsey, Former Twitter CEO (Photo By: REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Twitter CEO and Founder Jack Dorsey Resigns

Brandon Level
January 13, 2022

On Nov. 29, 2021, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, resigned from his position as CEO. He will still have a big role in the company as Chairman of Twitter's Board until at least next year, around May. After that,...

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FCPS Struggles With Overwhelming Bus Driver Shortage

Brandon Level
November 30, 2021

On August 23rd, Fairfax County Public School officials asked parents to either drive or walk their students to and from school. This comes after school bus driver shortages in the county and around the...

School Clock (By: Getty Images)

OPINION: K-12 Schools Start Too Early

Brandon Level
October 29, 2021

At around 8am, most high school students in most Fairfax County take their seats for their first period of the day--that is after a commute that could take anywhere from just a few minutes, to over an...

Image: “Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire.” via nteractioninstitute.org and madewithangus.com.

Is Critical Race Theory Being Taught in FCPS?

Brandon Level
October 26, 2021

In November of 2017, The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board (FCPS), constructed and adopted a “joint social and racial equity policy”. Ever since then, FCPS has been in the headlines...

Father Applies Mask to Daughter Outside (Photo by: Getty Images)

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise and How FCPS Could Be Affected

Brandon Level
October 14, 2021

March 13th 2020, is a day Americans alike will remember. The deadly COVID-19 virus crept up on the United States from Wuhan, China. President Trump declared a national emergency over the coming virus while...

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