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SPICE Club pumps up WCHS students with music

SPICE Club pumps up WCHS students with music

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

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

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.

Let’s talk about periods.

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

TOTM: Bryan Clark

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

Students Welcome Teachers into the Year of the Rat

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

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...

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