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Shakespeare: to be or not to be taught in English classes

Shakespeare: to be or not to be taught in English classes

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

December 8, 2019

“The dram of [evil] / Doth all the noble substance of a doubt / to his own scandal.” This line from William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, is meaningful yet confusing. Undoubtedly, a great theme of the play hides behind the early modern English. Students worldwide have been asked to ‘t...

Bike accidents skyrocket in lieu of helmet-less riders

Bike accidents skyrocket in lieu of helmet-less riders

By Nur Yavuz, Assistant Observations Editor

December 8, 2019

A lesson that is annually drilled into the heads of little kids all across the world: “Wear your helmet while riding your bike to prevent head injury.” However, according to recent studies, the number of bicycle accidents due to not wearing helmets is skyrocketing. Maybe little kids should not be...

WCHS students woahed by TikTok

WCHS students woahed by TikTok

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

December 3, 2019

From selfies to memes, social media has a fair impact on our daily lives, whether we notice it or not. However, one specific age group is so deeply attached to it, many call them addicted: teenagers. For as long as we can remember, teenagers have been said to have their own “culture,” their own tr...

Trendsetters: teens taking after celebrities

Trendsetters: teens taking after celebrities

By Ohio Meshanko and Victoria Park

December 3, 2019

One of the most important aspects of teen lives is the clothing they wear. Brand names, color, price, design, celebrity endorsements and many other factors all influence the clothes they buy. Fashion-forward teens follow the changing trends of every season and also change the way they shop to develop th...

The end of Fortnite, another marketing game

The end of Fortnite, another marketing game

By Nur Yavuz, Assistant Observations Editor

December 3, 2019

With the black empty screens of Fortnite users plastered everywhere on the Internet for more than two days and no sign of Epic, a leaked chapter 2 trailer, everyone was on edge. Fortnite set up to have the map destroyed by rockets and sucked into a black hole, but why?  It was as if the game had vanished into thin...

SciTech Technion international program fosters new experiences

SciTech Technion international program fosters new experiences

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

November 28, 2019

William Shakespeare had once said “the world is your oyster,” but in a world of billions of people, it may be hard to stand out against the abundance of competition. However, for some people, standing out may come naturally; after undergoing the application process, WCHS senior Nathan Slotnik had ...

Tips and tricks for the Black Friday experience

Tips and tricks for the Black Friday experience

By Ella Kaminsky, Features Editor

November 20, 2019

As Thanksgiving rolls around, not only do we prepare to get stuffed, but many prepare to empty their wallets. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become a cultural phenomenon: the day when stores go all out with sales. Many take advantage of these sales and spend the day splurging on various it...

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

November 20, 2019

Empathetic, passionate and energetic- these words perfectly describe WCHS AP Psychology and Physical Education teacher Katelyn Blanken. This year Blanken is teaching three classes of AP Psychology and two classes of Physical Education.  Blanken was first inspired to become a teacher when she was a hi...

Mixing of Thanksgiving cultures is the perfect recipe

Mixing of Thanksgiving cultures is the perfect recipe

By Charley Hutton, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

November 20, 2019

Ever since the very first one, the ‘traditional’ American Thanksgiving has been evolving and changing to welcome new cultures and backgrounds. With its immigrant-rich population, Montgomery County is known for being full of diversity and different cultures, and WCHS with first-generation Americans...

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 20, 2019

Royal blue. Kelly green. WCHS students proudly rock our colors—and it turns out that we can definitely rock pink, too. WCHS’s school-wide Pink-Out Day was last Friday, Oct. 25. The amount of support for breast cancer awareness and school spirit displayed among students was apparent. Special pink-o...

Prescriptions of oxycodone are becoming a norm

Prescriptions of oxycodone are becoming a norm

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

November 11, 2019

    In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on one of America’s greatest enemies: drugs. It claims thousands of lives each year, even more than guns or car crashes. Opioid use has skyrocketed in the past few decades and so have the policies and movements enacted to put a stop to this deadly ad...

Washington Nationals Fans celebrate World Series victory

Washington Nationals Fans celebrate World Series victory

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

November 9, 2019

It is no secret that recently, Washington D.C. has been the hub of sports championships: the Washington Capitals witnessed their first Stanley Cup win in 2018, the Washington Mystics received their first WNBA championship earlier this year and, of course, let’s not forget to mention the groundbreaking v...

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