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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...

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

On Oct. 11, girls across the country celebrate “International Day of the Girl.”

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

More and more students are using credit cards, as opposed to cash, and this phenomenon could be detrimental if students are not properly educated about credit card usage.

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

Miller wrote a memoir

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

Sarah Jessica Parker (right), Bette Midler (middle), and Kathy Najimy play the iconic witch sisters in the classic

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

These various icons from the 1980s and 1990s are identifiable to both people who were alive during that era and people who were born afterwards.

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

Jake Cassell loved to give back and did so through donating backpacks to Honduras.

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...

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