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Maryland has gone viral on Tik-Tok: scary or beneficial?

Maryland has gone viral on Tik-Tok: scary or beneficial?

By Ela Jalil and Olivia Yasharoff

January 14, 2020

TikTok has been sweeping the nation with its viral dance trends, comedy skits and lipsyncing videos. But when WCHS students noticed lots of Maryland and Montgomery County themed videos randomly appearing, they knew something was off.  Picture this: you are mindlessly scrolling through the “For Yo...

Unique gifts boosts teachers’ spirits

Unique gifts boosts teachers’ spirits

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

January 5, 2020

Each year students struggle with finding the ideal gift for others. They browse the web and wander into stores at the mall in hopes of finding the perfect present whether it be for a friend or a teacher. They cannot be cliche or boring, but what about crazy? Often times teachers receive the craziest...

Creative and great ways to make money as a teenager

Creative and great ways to make money as a teenager

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

January 3, 2020

Making money as a teen seems like a difficult task. Often, companies prefer to hire adults with years of experience or someone with at least a high school degree. However, this does not have to be the case as nowadays there are many opportunities for high schoolers to work or make money. Here is a l...

Native American Heritage Month creates cultural pride

Native American Heritage Month creates cultural pride

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

January 3, 2020

Native Americans are often disregarded for their role in American history. Native American Heritage Month takes place in Nov. every year and is an important time to remember the lives and culture on which the foundations of America were laid out upon.  For most Americans, the first event taught i...

Holidays through the lens of kids with split parents

Holidays through the lens of kids with split parents

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager

January 3, 2020

In the 2010’s, 40% of marriages ended in divorce. In addition to this, 60% of second marriages and 73% of third marriages ended in divorce too. It can be difficult for children of divorce to navigate their families. This is especially true for junior Ben Bellman, who faced a fair share of turmoil after h...

Student-run website sheds light on many important issues

Student-run website sheds light on many important issues

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

January 3, 2020

From the captivating design of the website to the inspiring articles on humanitarian crises, a student run website named 2 am post, strives to bring global awareness to today’s most pressing issues.  Initially, 2 am post was started by WCHS junior Ellen Zhang and her brother Justin Zhang, afte...

Instagram “like” policy excites WCHS students

Instagram “like” policy excites WCHS students

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

January 3, 2020

The “like” button has been a staple for Instagram ever since it was launched in 2010. The feature was created to give users a way to compliment their friend’s posts with a click of a button. However, what was originally intended to be a self confidence booster has been shown to do the exact oppo...

Best of 2010’s

Best of 2010’s

By Maya Bhattiprolu and Ela Jalil

December 27, 2019

The 2010s was a time of memorable events -- learning how to ride a bike, entering double digits and getting a driver’s license -- but perhaps the most memorable of them all was the experiences we lived through and how much we have grown. As the decade ends, we look back on the 10 best events of the 20...

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...

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