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Winter heat wave at WCHS


Junior Jet Raaj wears a sweatshirt and shorts during the freezing months of Decmeber in order to not overheat during the school day.

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

WCHS senior Robin Bali travels to Lakeland Elementary School Middle School in Baltimore, Md. to deliver books and other supplies. In the photo, Bali is giving a presentation to students that attend this school and is extremely grateful for their reactions.

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

Queen Balina tells her story by posting this photo on the ISA Facebook page. She wants others to know how she feels about her culture, as shown by the book, and encourages others to share as well.

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

Senior Mary Hinton (left) and Junior Trevor Gardemal (right) join EHS student board member Jonathan Silverman (middle) to discuss Ray Bradbury’s short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” on Nov. 21st. These book club meetings occur around once a month and members can request which books to read and discuss.

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

Blanken poses for a picture with her award. Blanken, an AP Psychology teacher, has been at WCHS for 13 years.

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

Juniors Brian Hung and Grace Merola rock the pink-out sweatshirts during world history class. The pink-out sweatshirts were worn by many 
WCHS students.

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

Mr. Rosenthal, David Miskin, and Jay Wood pose with an American flag in spirit of USA day.

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

WCHS started taking ESOL students this year for the first time since the beginning of the programming. Throughout the school, there are 25 students in total.

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

Stephan Wilson, math teacher at WCHS.

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...

Club day brings convenience to annual event

The poster for the new Spikeball Club that was displayed during Club Lunch at WCHS.

By Andrew Chan, Sports Editor

October 17, 2019

On Sept. 25, WCHS put on a Club Lunch in the main gym, allowing WCHS students to showcase their clubs and gain new members. In previous years, the lunch was a Club Night where students would come to WCHS after school hours to see clubs. “I thought Club lunch was way more convenient than a Club Nigh...

WCHS appreciates teachers

WCHS appreciates teachers

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

June 4, 2019

For decades, the first week of May has been dedicated to honoring the impact teachers have made on students and fellow staff members, but what does being a teacher at WCHS during Staff Appreciation Week exactly mean? At WCHS, it is an annual tradition for students to write thank you notes at the...

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