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Roddy Ricch’s new album gives excuses “for being antisocial”

Roddy Ricch's new hit album cover

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

February 4, 2020

On Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, Grammy Award nominee Roddy Ricch released his first album since being named a member of the 2019 XXL Freshman class in the summer of 2019.  His album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial contains 16 songs, three of which are on the Billboard Hot 100.  The first song on t...

Netflix show addresses real problems from social media

Penn Badgely plans Joe Goldberg, a huge stalker, on the Netflix hit series

By Sapna David, Features Editor

February 4, 2020

Released less than a month ago, Netflix show “You,” has already gained over thousands of viewers that have spent countless hours binge-watching this addicting and twisted show. Although the show has captured the attention of many teenagers across the country, it points out a dark truth of social medi...

Student Art Spotlight: Markus Silvertree

WCHS senior Markus Silvertree paints in his 4th period class, AP Art Studio, for his sustained investigation. On this large sheet, a compilation of ideas for new and potential pieces are mixed into one consolidated and designed brainstorming board.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

February 4, 2020

It is commonly said that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but what they don’t say is that as the apple falls down, it gets closer to the tree’s roots. In the case of senior Markus Silvertree, his roots are planted into the grounds of art and creativity, similar to his parents. “Honestly,...

Disney Plus outperforms their streaming competitors

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

February 2, 2020

The era of commercial breaks is officially over. With the emergence of streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, viewers can hop on their couch and watch their favorite shows without ads. However, a new service is on the rise and aims to destroy the competition: Disney Plus.  Created by Disney, t...

Selena Gomez’s new album is a rare hit

On Jan. 4, 2020, pop singer Selena Gomez posted a picture of a Polaroid on Instagram as part of the countdown to her newest album.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

February 1, 2020

It’s 2020, and everyone’s hoping for better vision and a better year, including pop singer Selena Gomez. After breaking up with Justin Bieber in 2012, dating The Weeknd in 2017 and learning more about herself in the span of four years, Gomez has decided to deliver a gift to the world to hear, he...

“21 Bridges” sends powerful message to audience

21 Bridges is a powerful, must-see film this holiday season, starring Chadwick Boseman.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2020

Two men plan to steal 30 pounds of cocaine, but instead, they find 300 pounds, where 30 pounds of cocaine is supposed to be. Someone screwed up. Four cops knock on the door, but there’s no response—two stay at the front, two go to the back. Bullets fire and chaos ensues: eight officers are dead, and ...

Harry Styles walks a Fine Line in his second solo album

Pop icon Harry Styles released his highly-anticipated sophomore album on Dec. 13, 2019

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

January 5, 2020

Former One Direction member Harry Styles walks a fine line. He doesn’t follow the mainstream. He crafts his own unique style. Back in 2017, Styles released his self-titled debut album. He was the heartbroken ex-boyfriend. He was the lovesick teenage boy. In 2019, Styles has released his second ...

Sasha Sloan concert does not disappoint fans

Singer-songwriter Sasha Sloan performed at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on November 23. This is a photo of her singing “Older.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

December 27, 2019

She’s the girl at the party, trying to fit in. She’s the girl you can rant to at three in the morning, and she’ll understand. She’s the girl with the sad songs, the soft voice and a love for all things normal.  Sasha Sloan, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter, has a knack for confessional songwrit...

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” honors beloved TV show host Fred Rogers

On Nov. 22 2019, the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was released into theatres all over the United States. Based on the friendship between journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys) and  Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), this drama highlights the importance of kindness and acceptance during hard times.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Editor

December 27, 2019

Starring Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” introduces the true meaning behind the TV show “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood” and the importance of kindness in everyday life.  Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and directed by Marielle Heller, this inspiring drama is based on the friendship...

It’s time to movie into the holiday spirit

The movie poster from the classic

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

December 27, 2019

Whether it be a human who thinks he is an elf, or two strangers that have to pretend they are a couple to trick their families for the holidays, Christmas movies never fail to entertain. For some families, watching specific Christmas movies is an annual tradition. Whatever the occasion, Christmas movies ...

Camila Cabello invites fans to the world of “romance”

On Dec. 6, pop singer Camila Cabello released her highly-anticipated second studio album,

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

December 18, 2019

When the clock struck twelve on Dec. 5, all the world was asleep— that is, except Camila Cabello fans. The pop singer treated her fans with an early Christmas present that night: her highly-anticipated sophomore album, "Romance." With every heartfelt lyric and colorful visual, Cabello introduced fans to the wo...

We’re going matcha green… and that’s the tea

Sophomore Naz Yavuz stands outside of Starbucks at the Cabin John Shopping Center on a chilly night, drinking a hot and iced matcha latte from Starbucks.

By Nur Yavuz, Assistant Observations Editor

December 18, 2019

Looking for a healthy and trendy beverage? Matcha tea might be for you.  Matcha tea powder is young green tea leaves that are grounded into a bright green powder. The best of its kind comes from Japan and is a staple in Japan itself. Japan is where it started, and now its spreading across the gl...

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