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WCHS students woahed by TikTok

TikTok is a social media app that has been sweeping teen culture.

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

Angela Ren, a senior at WCHS, draws inspiration from fashion icons like John Galliano and Thom Browne.

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 first piece of evidence from Fortnite and EA since the black hole incident made players believe the game could have really come to an end.

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

Dressed up in his white lab coat and blue gloves, Nathan Slotnik makes the most of his SciTech Scholarship as he holds a micropipette in the laboratory, ready to contribute to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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

Tysons Corner Mall is a very popular shopping location for Churchill students, especially during the holidays.

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

Blanken poses for a picture with her award. Blanken, an AP Psychology teacher, has been at WCHS for 13 years.

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

The dining table is set fora typical Thanksgiving dinner.

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

Juniors Brian Hung and Grace Merola rock the pink-out sweatshirts during world history class. The pink-out sweatshirts were worn by many 
WCHS students.

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

Oxycontin is a drug produced by Purdue Pharma. It is slow releasing as compared to oxycodone, which releases into the user's bloodstream immediately. It is intended to be less addictive, but as seen by the opioid crisis of the last few decades, its slow release does not prevent patients from becoming addicted.

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

Senior Jeremy Ashe (left) stands along Constitution Ave. for the Nationals “Nats” Parade, sporting the baseball team in support of their recent World Series win.

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

WCHS alumn Kavya Bhattiprolu takes a walk in forest during the fall. The leaves turn orange at the trees which is a sign that winter break is rapidly approaching.

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

Projectors that were used many years ago serve no purpose in this day and age as all they do is sit and collect dust.

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...

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