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March 21, 2017 by Anica Moran

Francesca Gormas is a junior with a very interesting family history that others would never have guessed. Her grandmother, along with other family members on...


March 10, 2017 by Rachel Hayes

Juliette King is a sophomore at Millbrook High School, whose family has immigrated to the United States from over four thousand miles away. Her paternal...


March 8, 2017 by Laurel Biedrzycki

Noah Thomas is a 10th grader with rather interesting roots. He has a strong background of social awareness and is interested in the subject, especially...


March 8, 2017 by Dylan Boyer


March 8, 2017 by Luke Rangel

One of the factors that makes our country exceptionally great is that every person possesses a different story. Sophomore Alex Stone has an interesting story...


March 7, 2017 by Abby Varricchio

The American Conservative Union each year holds a political action conference called CPAC. CPAC is an anagram, which stands for Conservative Political Action Conference. The...


March 7, 2017 by Luke Rangel


March 6, 2017 by Luke Rangel


March 6, 2017 by Laurel Biedrzycki

As a musician or band, there’s more to getting known in the local scene than simply being talented and writing good music. Before any of...


March 3, 2017 by Rachel Hayes

Olivia Escalante is a well-known sophomore at Millbrook High School who is on the Varsity Cheerleading team and in choir. However, behind her friendly personality,...


March 2, 2017 by Abby Varricchio

It is so rare that one will agree with everything that an elected official does. I believe it is my duty as an American to...


March 1, 2017 by Dylan Boyer

Mike Frazier and the Dying Wild are getting ready to head out on tour. Their first stop is at a local venue in Winchester called...


February 23, 2017 by Anica Moran


February 15, 2017 by Laurel Biedrzycki

Recently, the Winchester punk band, Destructo Disk released a new album called Punk Rock for Kids Who Can’t Skate. The new album includes I Wish...


February 14, 2017 by Luke Rangel

Millbrook is home to a large student body, all of whom come from different places. Each student also has their very own unique origin story...


February 13, 2017 by Abby Varricchio

On February 7th, 2017, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bernie Sanders (I- VT) debated on CNN about the future of the Affordable Care Act, better...


January 20, 2017 by Abby Varricchio

At noon today, Michael R Pence of Indiana was inaugurated to the office of the Vice President of the United States. Vice President Pence put...


January 19, 2017 by Abby Varricchio

On January 10, President Obama gave his farewell speech to Americans as he prepares to leave office on January 20. The speech was given in...


January 13, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

The ten hour drive to Markham, Ontario, Canada was, though relatively uneventful, snowier than we were anticipating, which seemed to be the theme for our...


January 10, 2017 by Dylan Boyer


January 9, 2017 by Abby Varricchio

On Friday, January 6, a joint session of Congress was held to officially count the Electoral College votes. A majority of the Republican Senate from...


December 31, 2016 by Dylan Boyer


December 22, 2016 by Francisco Ramirez-Ramos


December 21, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

On December 14, 2016 the Frederick County Board of Supervisors met for an agenda meeting. Among the items on the agenda was the approval of...


December 19, 2016 by Dylan Boyer


December 14, 2016 by Dylan Boyer


December 13, 2016 by Luke Rangel


December 9, 2016 by Luke Rangel


December 8, 2016 by Dylan Boyer


December 6, 2016 by Luke Rangel


December 5, 2016 by Laurel Biedrzycki

Along the cluttered line of shops on Boscawen Street, Valley Cat Studios stands out amongst the drab of Old Town Winchester on such a cold...


December 5, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

Cuba, unlike the United States, is governed by a single party Communist regime called the Communist Cuban Party (CCP). Communism prevents all free market trade...


November 25, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

On Friday night, November 18, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway hit musical, Hamilton. Hamilton follows and tells the story of the life of...


November 22, 2016 by Collin Boyer

On the evening of November 20, Mike Frazier, X-Ray Cat, Swiss Army, and Destructo Disk played at Hopscotch Coffee Roasters, a local coffee shop that...


November 22, 2016 by Luke Rangel


November 21, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby


November 15, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing that the 2016 election is the “end of America” or other derogatory terms. For everyone that is...


November 9, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

November 8, 2016 was a highly anticipated day for America. Americans had many choices to make on their ballots, especially for President. Polls opened at...


November 7, 2016 by Gwen Zirkle


November 1, 2016 by Tia Asti

Is traveling your thing? Well it’s definitely Mr. Griffis’. On behalf of EF (Education First) Nathan Griffis was sent to Berlin, Germany for three days...


October 31, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

To read more about LuAnn Bennett’s campaign, go to her website: http://www.luannforcongress.com/    


October 26, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

To read more about Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s campaign, go to her website: https://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/home/  


October 13, 2016 by Nelson G


October 11, 2016 by Laurel Biedrzycki

On the dreary night of September 29, Valley Cat Studios held an exciting show featuring Destructo Disk, Quinn Cicala, Reward, and lastly, Mike Frazier and...


October 10, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

Donald Trump is not the candidate the Republican party should have for the 2016 Presidential election. Mr. Trump is not the unifying force that will...


October 5, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

On October 4, CBSN held the first Vice Presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Republican candidate Governor Mike...


October 5, 2016 by Nelson G


October 3, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

On September 26th, 2016 at 9:00 PM, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, and Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, held the first Presidential debate of the 2016...


October 3, 2016 by Dylan Boyer

Chris Moats is an aspiring musician that is currently looking to start a rock band. He plays the guitar and is looking for a bass...


September 28, 2016 by Nelson G


September 26, 2016 by Laurel Biedrzycki

Gideon Kupka is a determined advocate of the local music scene and is noted for organizing shows, but especially for his involvement in his two...


September 22, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

To start the week off, we traveled to Oxford. Hal is a huge Harry Potter fan, so he had a great time there, as a...


September 20, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

To start off this week, we went to visit family down in Southend. After a train ride and car ride to meet up with everyone,...


September 19, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

Hillary Clinton has had an eventful week in the eyes of the media. She started the week of by calling half of Trump’s supporters a...


September 19, 2016 by Nelson G


September 16, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

Hob Nob in the Valley is a nonpartisan event held by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber each year. The event consisted of a straw...


September 15, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

So we started the week off by spending a day returning back from Durham, arriving back in London and making a pitstop at Platform 9...


September 14, 2016 by Laurel Biedrzycki

A new segment we’ve brought to the BlueXpress is an inside look on the local music scene in Winchester, VA. A variety of musicians from...


September 13, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

On the fourth, we met our mom in the train station in Amsterdam. We had lunch there and wandered around before our train arrived. We...


September 13, 2016 by Nelson G


September 8, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

On our first day in Amsterdam, we visited the Anne Frank house and got information on how to get into the annex, since we hadn’t...


September 8, 2016 by Blake Curry


September 6, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

After Prague, we went to Holland, following our family heritage. We rode two trains, one during the day for eight hours and a sleeper car...


September 1, 2016 by Eliza Grigsby

We began our 6-week trip by flying to London overnight. We had a 4-hour layover in Heathrow, the London airport, before our flight to Prague....


June 12, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


June 5, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


May 29, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


May 22, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


May 8, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


May 1, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


April 24, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


April 17, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


April 14, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

Jetlagged, we woke up around midday and sadly Madison caught a small sickness and was not feeling too well. A rough start to the day...


April 12, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

For the next two days we spent in Rome, we were given much more free time to really experience the culture of the city for...


April 10, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


April 6, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

Before many of my family’s adventures, there has always been an unexpected problem that always catches us off guard. Our problem was my friend’s mother,...


April 3, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


March 27, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


March 20, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


March 19, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

We woke up early our first morning in Europe, and after a quick breakfast consisting of eggs, cereal and orange juice, I was more than...


March 15, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Raphael Gomes is a Portuguese and English Youtuber who lives in London, England. Raphael was born on June 23, 1992, making him 23 years old....


March 13, 2016 by Cliff Campbell


March 10, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Megan Bowen, aka ChoNunMigookSaram, is an American Youtuber who lives in Korea. Chonunmigooksaram means “I’m an American person.” She was born in Illinois on May...


February 24, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Jackie Aina is a 29 year old Nigerian American Youtuber. She first came onto Youtube as LilPumpkinPie05, then changed to MakeupGameOnPoint. Now she has her...


February 8, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

We woke up bright and early once again for another safari drive. This would be our last drive here because we were going to another...


February 4, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

When I last left off on my journey across the Atlantic, I had just spent my final days in Spain touring the great city of...


February 3, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription box. It is $10 monthly. Ipsy was created by Youtuber, Michelle Phan. Each month subscribers will get a “Glam...


February 2, 2016 by campbelc@frederick.k12.va.us

Younique is a makeup company promoting confidence and true beauty.  Founded on family values in September of 2012, Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, brother and...


January 20, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Matthew Santoro is a Canadian Youtuber who posts infotainment videos. He uploads twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He is known for his ‘Top...


January 20, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

After falling asleep to hyena howls and the beautiful stars in the sky, we got up at 5:30 am. We ate breakfast then quickly went...


January 13, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Troye Sivan is a 20 year old singer and vlogger on Youtube. Troye is also an actor. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on...


January 8, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

Zoella is a 25 year old beauty vlogger from the UK. Zoella is her Youtube username; her real name is Zoe Sugg. She was born...


January 8, 2016 by campbelc@frederick.k12.va.us

Winter is now here, so the time has come to finally suit up for the harsh weather. There are tons of new trends for snow...


January 7, 2016 by Cliff Campbell

We got up early in the morning to tackle a four and a half hour plane ride to get to our new destination. We arrived...


December 4, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

Time was going by quickly and before we knew it, there were only two days left in Cape Town. For the first time my grandpa...


November 23, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

This time when the alarm went off, we didn’t mind. It was early in the morning and we had a lot planned. My dad, grandpa,...


November 20, 2015 by Anica Moran

On Tuesday, November 17th, France and Russia attacked Syria after the devastating slaughtering in Paris on Friday, November 13th. The French Defense Minister said that ten...


November 20, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Rachel Meyer, aka grav3yardgirl, is an American youtube vlogger. Most people call her Bunny, and she is 30 years old. Bunny’s birthdate is August 3rd,...


November 16, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

Once again the alarm came all too quickly. The time change was 6 hours ahead from Virginia and proved to be a brutal adjustment. This...


November 4, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

After over 20 hours in the air we had finally made it to our destination, Cape Town, a port city located along the coast of...


November 2, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

Craving something sweet? How about an Oreo milkshake? Oreos are one of America’s favorite cookies. Although you could go to McDonald’s to get yourself an...


October 30, 2015 by Anica Moran

On October 22, 2015, a whaling boat sank off the shore of Vancouver Island. It was carrying 27 people when it sailed into bad weather. Five...


October 27, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

The bus ride seemed to never end. People were strewn across their seats, sleeping awkwardly, and in my opinion, some extremely uncomfortable positions. I myself...


October 26, 2015 by campbelc@frederick.k12.va.us

Here is a list of pumpkin flavored items this year to get you in the mood for fall. -Pumpkin Spice Latte -M&Ms -Pringles -Pop Tarts...


October 20, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Marina Joyce is a British Youtuber from North London, England. She was born on February 1st, 1997, making her 18 years old. She posted her...


October 16, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Alexys Fleming, who goes by Lex, is a 22 year old American YouTuber. She was born on February 24th, 1993. Her YouTube channel is MadeYewLook,...


October 12, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

Why not enjoy a blueberry smoothie today? Blueberries are full of antioxidants which help cells from aging too quickly. Also, antioxidants may help reduce the...


October 7, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

It was sad to depart from Spain’s bustling capital of Madrid and the ancient town of Toledo, but with the idea implanted in my brain...


October 5, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

Jenna Marbles, some people love her, some people hate her. Jenna Marbles is a very entertaining lady on YouTube. It is not recommended to show...


September 28, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Connor Franta is an American YouTuber. He was born on September 12, 1992, making him twenty-three years old. Franta’s first video was uploaded in August...


September 22, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

Although Madrid was a spectacular beginning of my trip overseas, there was still much more yet to come, and my excitement was overwhelming. After a...


September 22, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Danisnotonfire, also known as Dan Howell, has been making YouTube videos since October 16, 2009. He is a British youtuber, who lives with his best...


September 15, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Phil Lester, also known as AmazingPhil, is a British Youtuber. His style of videos are mainly vlogs (video blogs). Phil was born on January 30th,...


September 11, 2015 by Cliff Campbell

For my first article written for the BlueXpress last year, I wrote about a trip that two Millbrook teachers, Mrs. Merschan and Mrs. Hillyer, embarked...


September 11, 2015 by Anica Moran

Everyone has their favorite artists and getting to see them in concert is exciting. Alex Ganse and Meg Hann went to two concerts this summer,...


September 8, 2015 by Sabrina Castillo

Nathan Zed (TheThirdPew) is an eighteen year old Ethiopian, East African, YouTuber and Viner. Nathan posted his first YouTube video, Annoying StereoTypes, on December 3rd,...

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