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Relax into the weekend thanks to Frantic Fridays

Relax into the weekend thanks to Frantic Fridays

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

This year, the SMOB election comes to 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...

Tardiness task force called to combat attendance issues

By Jordyn Green, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2020

The morning bell rings for WCHS AT 7:45 AM. Instruction begins, and students are expected to be in class. However, this is exactly the contrary. Students arrive 10, 20 even 30 minutes late, flocking the hallways instead of learning. This problem, dubbed “the Tardiness Epidemic,” is one being appro...

TOTM: Catherine Trouteaud

TOTM: Catherine Trouteaud

By Nur Yavuz, Assistant Observations Editor

January 30, 2020

Optimistic, kind, caring and so much more. Honors and AP Physics 1 and JV girls softball coach Catherine Trouteaud has brought light and smiles to the faces at WCHS through her love of teaching. Trouteaud has been teaching for a total of 16 years and two of them have been at WCHS. The beginning of he...

Seal of Biliteracy award symbolizes dedication to mastering a language

Seal of Biliteracy award symbolizes dedication to mastering a language

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

January 18, 2020

There is one thing that sets certain WCHS students apart from the others: biliteracy. Some students can fluently write, speak and understand another language because it is either spoken at home or in the student’s environment in some way. One course of action for these students to gain the recognitio...

English Honor Society changes for the better

English Honor Society changes for the better

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

January 5, 2020

Honor societies are vital to high schools for the standard of excellence they bring to various subjects, including math, spanish and art. One of WCHS’ longest existing honor societies is the English Honor Society (EHS), currently run by english teacher Mary Dempsey and senior officers Clare Tobin,...

Winter heat wave at WCHS

Winter heat wave at WCHS

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

January 3, 2020

The ever changing weather has taken everyone by surprise, including the air conditioning units throughout the school. On the coldest of days, all students want in the morning is to be warmed up as they enter WCHS doors after walking in the cold. Instead, they are greeted with immense amounts of heat ac...

C4C donates supplies and warms the hearts of many

C4C donates supplies and warms the hearts of many

By Riley Hurr, Editor-in-Chief

January 3, 2020

Charity 4 the Children (C4C) is dedicated to reducing child poverty in the U.S. by donating educational supplies to impoverished schools in our community and country. Their mission is to empower, equip, and ameliorate the circumstances of economically disadvantaged children, ultimately unlocking their maxi...

Students share their heritage through ISA club

Students share their heritage through ISA club

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

December 19, 2019

When you are walking through the gym on club day, it can be hard to get a feel for every last club at WCHS. With so many people and all the different clubs trying to get your attention, it’s natural to overlook some of them in the frenzy. There are many important clubs and extracurriculars at WCHS, and...

Honors societies change for the better

Honors societies change for the better

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

December 19, 2019

Honor societies are vital to high schools for the standard of excellence they bring to various subjects, including math, spanish and art. One of WCHS’ longest existing honor societies is the English Honor Society (EHS), currently run by english teacher Mary Dempsey and senior officers Clare Tobin, Ma...

TOTM: Christopher Forney

TOTM: Christopher Forney

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-In-Chief

December 17, 2019

Engaging, caring, dedicated and enthusiastic: all words that accurately describe AP World History and AP Psychology teacher Mr. Forney. Forney has been teaching at WCHS for 12 years now and has since left a positive mark on WCHS and his students. “I like getting to explore content that I emit with students a...

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

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...

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