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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...

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

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...

Homecoming week improvements boost school spirit

Homecoming week improvements boost school spirit

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

November 12, 2019

Cowboys are wandering the halls on Wednesday. Captain America is eating in the cafeteria on Friday. The only time of the year that it is socially acceptable to wear pajamas to school has arrived: Homecoming Spirit Week. This year, vast improvements were made in regards to getting people hyped for spi...

Hola to WCHS ESOL

Hola to WCHS ESOL

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager

October 17, 2019

According to a local reddit user, Montgomery County has 32,000 European immigrants, 124,000 Asian immigrants, and 54,000 African immigrants, the 4th highest of any county in the United States. Needless to say, we live in a diverse region full of different cultures, peoples, and thus, languages. English...

TOTM: Stephan Wilson

TOTM:  Stephan Wilson

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

October 17, 2019

A gym enthusiast, family oriented guy and high school teacher at heart, Mr. Stephan Wilson is a source of light in our school. Wilson is a member of the Math department here at WCHS, and teaches Geometry and Honors Algebra 2. When Wilson was in school, he was inspired to become a teacher after he had...

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