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Newseum leaves more than a black and white legacy

The Newseum may no longer exist, but its spirit and dedication to exceptional journalism has inspired generations of Americans to value the freedom of speech, expression and press.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

February 12, 2020

After 11 years and 10 million visitors, the Newseum closed Dec. 31, 2019, due to unsustainable operating costs and was sold to Johns Hopkins University. First opened by the Freedom Forum in 1997, the Newseum was a well known museum that strived to teach visitors the role of free press through a multitu...

See the new year with 2020 vision

Sophomores Juli Magud and Maddie Reeve pose with handmade posters at a protest for gun control in D.C. They made it a goal to be more politically active.

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2020

Every January, people always promise themselves that they will be a better person in the upcoming year. They often vow to go to the gym everyday, to eat healthier foods or to spend less money. All of these goals sound good in theory but are rarely successfully executed. Instead of assigning yourself i...

Academic dishonesty takes root at WCHS

Recent cheating scandals have shed a light on the dishonest, unfaithful habits of some WCHS students.

By Ella Kaminsky, Features Editor

January 31, 2020

WCHS is known to be a high pressure, high achieving school. Being highly ranked comes with high test scores and other academic achievements that have set the bar high.  “There are families that move specifically into the WCHS community because of the reputation that we have.” WCHS Principal Br...

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

Many students like Austin Betz (above) took advantage of the popularity of Maryland Tik Toks, and made a viral video that got on many students for you pages.

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

Mr. Antonucci stands in his office holding his gift of a Peppa Pig and the soysauce while he is surrounded by the written cards all over the walls.

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

One of Sarah Genn's responsibilies as a retail workers at My Best Friend's Closet is to model the clothing for Instagram. This was a post from Nov. 3 promotting some of the store's newest winter styles.

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

Deb Haaland, of Native American heritage, ran for Congress in 2018 representing New Mexico.

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

Olivia Meshanko poses for a picture with her maternal family. She has had a split custody schedule since her  parents got divorced when she was in sixth grade.

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

Ellen Zhang waits patiently to speak with congressmen Jamie Raskin regarding gun control in order to get his take on the issue.

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

The thumbs up icon represents a

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

The organization Extinction Rebellion holds a climate strike outside the World Bank in Washington DC. Many students have become climate activists over the decade and attend these protests.

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

Books such as this copy of Hamlet are simply scripts of plays, which were meant to be watched live

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...

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