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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...

Students look forward to fall into autumn

Students look forward to fall into autumn

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

November 7, 2019

Fall can be an exciting time for many people, but with all the holidays and winter break rapidly approaching, it is easy to get distracted from school work. However, many students claim that Fall is their favorite season. Some of the Fall activities include Halloween and visiting Field of Screams...

Tech updates needed within this technological age

Tech updates needed within this technological age

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

November 6, 2019

In recent years, many MCPS classrooms have been completely overhauled to accommodate a modern learning and teaching experience. The widespread adoption of Promethean boards and chromebooks, specifically, have allowed for lessons to be planned and organized faster and  cleaner than with markers or ch...

International Day of the Girl allows people to honor those who have impacted the world

International Day of the Girl allows people to honor those who have impacted the world

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 6, 2019

Girls run the world. It is a truth that we have been singing amongst ourselves ever since the iconic artist Beyoncé released “Run the World (Girls)” in 2011. Even though it seems like a fact now, it hasn’t always been this way. International Day of the Girl was created to honor girls, to reco...

Money transaction apps and credit cards are on the rise

Money transaction apps and credit cards are on the rise

By Jordyn Green, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2019

    In the past, when you go out to lunch with a friend and you need to pay them back, cash is the easiest option. However, with the rise of popularity of credit cards among teens, and the skyrocketing of money transaction apps such as Apple Pay and Venmo, it’s never been easier to pay someone back...

Chanel Miller speaks out

Chanel Miller speaks out

By Sapna David, Features Editor

October 23, 2019

Many people have heard of the Brock Turner case, the Stanford swimmer accused of assault with intent to rape an unconscious girl after a frat party, but for years she was known as “Emily Doe.” Four years later, she shares her story, as Chanel Miller on Sept. 22 on CBS “60 Minutes.” The in...

Spooky seasonal favorites revive Halloween spirit

Spooky seasonal favorites revive Halloween spirit

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

October 23, 2019

    It is finally time for fall--let the sweater-wearing, leaf-falling and candy-eating traditions commence. Along the journey of intense buildup to the special day of Halloween, there are a variety of Halloween-related customs, one of them being the binge watching of seasonal movies. Halloween is u...

A blast from the past: the revival of 90s trends

A blast from the past: the revival of 90s trends

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

October 23, 2019

    Fashion, music and TV shows often work in cycles. What was completely outdated and “uncool” last year may be all the rage the next, and what is currently popular can go out of style in an instant.  In 2019, the phrase “a blast from the past” could not be anymore true with many of the m...

Live like Jake, love like Jake

Live like Jake, love like Jake

By Riley Hurr and Fatima Yazdi

October 21, 2019

     Jake Cassell was always known for his upbeat personality and contagious smile. Attending our WCHS events as the school mascot, Cassell’s spirit will forever live on in our memories. Cassell had to put a smile on anyone’s face effortlessly, through his kind hugs, high fives and knock knock j...

Homecoming planning stresses WCHS students

Homecoming planning stresses WCHS students

By Kathy Hu, Online Editor

October 11, 2019

Homecoming is an event that garnishes a lot of attention every year; the flashy skits and the colorful murals hung up around the halls of WCHS help get students in the homecoming spirit. While this is a time of excitement and celebration, to many members of SGA, homecoming is the most stressful time of t...

Friendship between teachers strengthens WCHS community

Friendship between teachers strengthens WCHS community

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2019

Friendships are said to reduce stress, prevent loneliness and provide support through tough situations. At WCHS, students are not the only people who need friends.  When teachers find someone in the building that shares similar interests, is in a situation similar to theirs or someone they have a ...

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