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TOTM: Gregory Gherman

Mr. Gherman keeps his classes interested by cracking an occassional joke. This takes some of the stress off his students and allows them to feel more relaxed in his class.

By Ryan Weiner, Assistant News Editor

October 28, 2020

An avid reader, painter, and role model, Mr. Gregory Gherman is a key factor in the success of over 100 students at WCHS. Gherman, who is a member of WCHS’s math department, teaches Honors Pre-Calculus and AP AB Calculus. Although he has been a teacher for a number of years, Gherman has only been at...

WCHS VIBE club immerses members into the world of business and economics

Instagram graphic advertising the VIBE club's October speaker, James Choi.

By Nur Yavuz, Features Editor

October 26, 2020

The Valued International Business and Economics club is thriving with new opportunities for students to engage in instruction with professors from all over the country to learn about business and economics. The club is a place where students interested in business and economics can come together to ...

Students explore creative ways to socialize in the midst COVID-19

A graph showing that 67.5% of students consider themselves inside a bubble.

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor

October 22, 2020

At the beginning of this year, the social lives that WCHS students enjoyed were pretty normal. Students would see their friends on the weekends, after school and on days off. But on March 13, everything changed. The COVID-19 pandemic hit and teenagers were forced to make life-threatening decisions abou...

Quarantine puppies lift student’s spirits during online school

Since Sammy is still a young puppy, she requires a lot of exercise. The Kutsons take her outside multiple times a day and she absolutely loves it.

By Ally Salzberg, Opinions Editor

October 19, 2020

We all expected to be home from school for a mere two weeks, but that’s not how it turned out. Being stuck in the same house with the same people doing the same thing day after day gets boring really fast. What better way to be entertained than to get a dog? It seemed as though everyone was driving acr...

DECA opens a door to a new world for high school students

Two teams from WCHS’s DECA club pose for a self timed photo at this year’s Maryland statewide event held on Feb. 28th. Farah Baloghlanova (left), Claire Kim (left center), Olivia Meshanko (right center), and Maanika Gupta (right) all made the trip to Baltimore for the event.

By Quinn Cook, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization that allows students to gain skills in many different clusters of entrepreneurship, economics and business. High school students in the organization can join local chapters and through these chapters participate in competitive even...

SPICE Club pumps up WCHS students with music

Every Friday a student official of the key club attaches their phone to the PA system and plays music. This makes every Friday calming and exciting for the students.

By Melissa Redlich, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Sophomore Elizabeth Qiu looks up at the clock to see that there are five minutes left of the third period. She rushes to the teacher, showing him a slip of paper and dashes out the door. Qiu makes her way to the front office, slips into a room and plugs her phone into a machine. Seconds later, music...

Basketball team toasts teachers with an a.m. caffeine fix

Members of WCHS varsity basketball team pose with their teachers in the media center during an appreciation coffee for staff.

By Kiran Krishnan, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

Teacher appreciation week is not until the first week of May, but some students are already showing their gratitude. On Feb. seventh, the varsity basketball teams honored their teachers by hosting a staff coffee in the media center. Staff members arrived in the morning and were greeted by members...

Let’s talk about periods.

Donations from the period club sit on a table. The club tries to donate period products to women in need.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

March 4, 2020

To think that all the WCHS Period Club does is talk about periods would be a mistake--and the club leadership will not let you forget it. “Of course talking about periods is an important goal of ours, but we also focus on bringing awareness to period poverty and donating products,” senior Maggie...

TOTM: Bryan Clark

Mr. Clark poses for a photo with his award. The government teacher graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree.

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

March 4, 2020

Social studies classes are some of the most engaging and interesting courses to take at WCHS, especially because of the passionate teachers in the department. AP Comparative Government and AP NSL teacher Bryan Clark is no exception, as students know him for being chill, funny and knowledgeable.  A...

Students Welcome Teachers into the Year of the Rat

Sophomores Jessica Qiu and Serena Shi enjoy attending the Lunar New Year event in Room 126 on Jan. 31, 2020.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

February 26, 2020

As of Jan. 25, 2020, a new Chinese new year began, signaling the start of the Year of the Rat. Six days later, WCHS students in the Asian American Festival Committee hosted the Lunar New Year Breakfast for WCHS staff. The event was sponsored by the PTSA and took place in Room 126 from 7:30 a.m. to 9...

Relax into the weekend thanks to Frantic Fridays

Mr.Sanz has implemented the Frantic Friday program to help his orchestra students de-stress. On Fridays, students have the chance to study for classes, catch up on homework or even take a nap.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

January 30, 2020

School and the workload can be overbearing to students and with the added weight of sports and other extracurriculars, it can be easy for students to feel like they are drowning in a swirling sea of tests, homework assignments and sports meets. Luckily, there is a solution for orchestra students: Frantic...

This year, the SMOB election comes to WCHS

WCHS President Jay Wood preparing to speak for his SMOB announcement video in the halls of WCHS.

By Andrew Chan, Sports Editor

January 30, 2020

The SMOB is the Student Member on the Board of Education in Montgomery County, and he or she has a vote on many crucial issues in the county. The last time Montgomery County has had a SMOB from WCHS was 30 years ago. However, this could soon change. Jay Wood, the current WCHS president, recently announ...

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