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Cool fashion trends for a sizzling summer

Eli Langer (freshman) with denim shorts, minimalistic white button down with black and white converse and slim black cat-eye sunglasses.

By Nur Yavuz, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

Fashion trends that will appear this spring and summer have already had their debut at events such as New York, Milan, Paris and London fashion weeks. The most unique fabrics have been transformed into a more street-wearable style for a more affordable price. According to the 2019 April Cosmopolitan...

Rentable scooters show future of transportation

Electric scooters in Finland provide clean and safe transportation alternatives.

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

April 8, 2019

The future of transportation has arrived, and despite how many thought 2019 would be like twenty years ago, it is not hovercrafts, but instead electric scooters. The motorized scooters, rentable via mobile phone app, cost $1 to unlock and around 15 cents per minute to ride, and have been hailed as t...

New photo album app creates memory videos

The new 1 Second Everyday (1SE) app will allow people to turn second-long video snippets into cohesive memories that they can have forever.

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

April 8, 2019

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away, cell phones did not exist and people used photo albums to document their lives. Today, we prefer a 365 second video instead. 1 Second Everyday (1SE) is an app created by Cesar Kuriyama where users record a second of their day every day to comprise a video...

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

Hando posted a congratulatory photo for senior Halle Pogorelc on her commitment to Wisconsin. WCHS seniors have been using Instagram stories to shout out their friends in honor of their future college.

By Eliza Asbury and Jenna Greenzaid

April 8, 2019

Just when we thought social media could not possibly captivate our attention, energy, and time any longer, the Instagram story feature scrolled into our lives. The circles sit right at the top of the screen when you open the app, begging to be opened. Instagram has long since become a regular social media platform ...

Positive Friend Groups Boost WCHS Experience

Omar poses with the rest of the track team after their meet against other schools in MCPS.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019

High school is a time for students to build memorable relationships with new friends while cherishing every moment before leaving for college. However, there can be tension or negative energy within a group of friends that can fracture the bonds between each member. On the other hand, a strong, positive...

Sibling Bonds Grow Despite Inevitable Change

LeAnh Duckett rides on the back of her brother, Tim Duckett on a foggy day during a trip.  The WCHS freshman will miss her brother when he leaves for college soon.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019

Older siblings may consider their younger siblings annoying, immature and even embarrassing. Likewise, younger siblings often consider their older siblings to be bossy and mean. Eventually, however, the older sibling will go off to college, leaving an absence that the younger child is not used to. As...

Roommate search stresses rising college students

Senior Sophia Vezis posts a collection of photos and a short bio in the University of Maryland 2023 Facebook group in order to find a roommate.

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

Some say it’s more stressful than applying to college. Some say it’s harder than writing all those essays. It’s more than proving yourself; it’s making yourself seem chill, smart, desirable and fun all at once. It’s the search for a college roommate. For seniors opting out of the random roommat...

Students Compete in E-Sports

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

April 5, 2019

Given the recent increase in popularity of video game franchises like League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. and Fortnite, it is not surprising that many gaming fans have found a way to add a competitive atmosphere to these otherwise light-hearted games. Competitive video games, often referred to colloquially...

Elite academy reinvents teaching styles

Phillips Exeter Academy, founded in 1781, sends a third of its students to Ivy League schools.

By Janneke Kovoor, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019

Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire is arguably the most elite prep school in America, with an endowment of over one billion dollars and a list of notable alumni that includes Mark Zuckerberg. Exeter’s website claims that the academy will “change your life” and seems to have made ...

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

Artist Claire Yang at work, painting on canvas for John’s Hopkins's art competition.

By Emily Zhang, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

Interested in art, but do not know where to start? One of WCHS’ many clubs, i-Illustrate is the right place to express one’s creativity. Every Thursday during lunch in room 276, WCHS students can drop by to enjoy some relaxing art sessions. Juniors Claire Yang and Kristin Zhu run the club as Co-President...

Comfort zones allow WCHS student to shine

Julia Maa displays her piece of art that was painted, depicting a unique portrait.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

March 11, 2019

Everyone has a comfort zone, an environment where one has a sense of familiarity, safety, and security, and there is something to be said for stepping out of it. When students step out of of their comfort zone, they accomplish things that they aren’t necessarily comfortable doing, with higher levels of st...

WCHS English teacher publishes young adult novel series

Former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey recently wrote a novel titled “Larry Felder, Candidate”.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

If you’ve had English 9 teacher Grant Goodman, you may be familiar with his work as an author. Goodman is currently working on the fourth book in his series “Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve,” in addition to a sci-fi novel for high school students. Goodman first pursued his passion for writing in...

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