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Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Students, Top Stories

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

May 10, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Students, Top Stories

Everyone knows that the type of spies that are in movies are not likely to exist to the same degree that they do in the cinema, but other types of spying do exist and one of them is right under your nose. Your internet usage is being monitored, specifically, when you’re are at school. Students in our ...

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscription Manager

May 9, 2019


Filed under Restaurants, Students

Flowers are blooming. People are sneezing. Iced Coffee is making a comeback. Spring is officially here, and with that comes many little events that people wait for all year. One of which, is the release of new seasonal foods and drinks that chain restaurants create each year. Starbucks Lemon Cake ...

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Students

Five days, 35 hours or 2,100 minutes is typically how long WCHS students spend within the walls of school each week. With the exception of seniors, students are not permitted to leave school grounds during lunch even if they are able to drive or receive a ride from someone else. Some may think that it...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Students

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

SAS: Brandon Bland

SAS: Brandon Bland

By Laura Sneller, Senior Writer

May 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Students

When watching the beautiful WCHS theater productions, the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and during rehearsal is easy to overlook. Senior and student producer Brandon Bland is an integral part of WCHS theater, but his interests extend beyond just high school shows. Bland began his inte...

Cool fashion trends for a sizzling summer

Cool fashion trends for a sizzling summer

By Nur Yavuz, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019


Filed under Features

Fashion trends that will appear this spring and summer have already had their debut at events such as New York, Milan, Paris and London fashion weeks. The most unique fabrics have been transformed into a more street-wearable style for a more affordable price. According to the 2019 April Cosmopolitan...

Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 8, 2019


Filed under Features

Teasing is an inevitable part of growing up: almost everyone goes through it. However, when this teasing becomes repetitive with the intent to hurt someone, it becomes a more serious issue. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, over one in five children and teenagers report to have...

Rentable scooters show future of transportation

Rentable scooters show future of transportation

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The future of transportation has arrived, and despite how many thought 2019 would be like twenty years ago, it is not hovercrafts, but instead electric scooters. The motorized scooters, rentable via mobile phone app, cost $1 to unlock and around 15 cents per minute to ride, and have been hailed as t...

New photo album app creates memory videos

New photo album app creates memory videos

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away, cell phones did not exist and people used photo albums to document their lives. Today, we prefer a 365 second video instead. 1 Second Everyday (1SE) is an app created by Cesar Kuriyama where users record a second of their day every day to comprise a video...

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

By Eliza Asbury and Jenna Greenzaid

April 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Just when we thought social media could not possibly captivate our attention, energy, and time any longer, the Instagram story feature scrolled into our lives. The circles sit right at the top of the screen when you open the app, begging to be opened. Instagram has long since become a regular social media platform ...

Positive Friend Groups Boost WCHS Experience

Positive Friend Groups Boost WCHS Experience

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Students

High school is a time for students to build memorable relationships with new friends while cherishing every moment before leaving for college. However, there can be tension or negative energy within a group of friends that can fracture the bonds between each member. On the other hand, a strong, positive...

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