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AP exams are usually taken in a large test booklet that students write in, but with virtual AP exams, its harder to do some types of questions, especially ones that require students to show work.

AP exams will be offered in virtual and in-person settings

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor March 1, 2021

With the recent MCPS decision to return to in-person school, students and teachers alike are now having to adjust to the reality of changing plans and finishing school in-person. Early in the year many...

Broken glass scatters on the ground outside of the Kung Fu Tea store in Columbia, Md. that was burglarized early morning on Feb. 12th, 2021, the day of Lunar New Year. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian American hate crimes skyrocket during COVID-19

By Jeremy Chung, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

On Feb. 12, three Asian-owned restaurants at Columbia Mall in Howard County were looted and vandalized. This was heartbreaking for the Asian community since it occurred during the Lunar New Year, a holiday...

Natural Highways is the perfect solution to that stir crazy feeling you have been experiencing during the pandemic. Their organization provides opportunities to get exercise and connect with peers. Check out their Instagram for more information.

Natural Highways encourages individuals to spend time outdoors

By Sylvia Thomson, Assistant Social Media Manager March 1, 2021

49 weeks have passed since students could attend school without a Zoom link. Individuals have been confined to their homes for almost a year, so it is understandable that restlessness has settled in as...

The counseling department made this one pager to easily show resources to use if you or someone you know is going through mental health issues.

SOS lessons on depression are out of touch

By Allison Jacobs, Editor in Cheif March 1, 2021

At the end of the first semester, juniors and seniors had SOS lessons focused on depression in their English classes. The lessons included a video, as well as a presentation and a discussion from the counselor...

One of the reasons that it may be dificult for the county to reopen schools is because of the low supply of COVID vaccines around the country.

Is going back to school worth it?

By Elijah Savett, Sports Editor March 1, 2021

As the deadline for a decision to reopen schools in Montgomery County nears, questions have risen throughout the community. Students, parents and teachers are questioning the safety of going back to school...

A graphic displaying the 2021 Golden Globe nominees for best actresses. Out of the 20 slots, the only two women of color nominated are Viola Davis and Andra Day.

The Golden Globe nominations lack diversity and disappoint communities everywhere

By Olivia Yasharoff, Arts Editor February 25, 2021

And once again, the winner is… white, neurotypical and straight. With the release of the 2021 Golden Globe Awards nominations, entertainment fans were left frustrated by the overwhelmingly white nominees...

Books like The Midnight Library by Matt Haig can be read on Kindle or paperback. The unique plot will surely make time pass quickly.

The best books to read during quarantine boredom

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor February 24, 2021

Bored in quarantine? Sit back and enjoy being transported into another world. Here is a list of four books from a variety of genres perfect for some quarantine binging.  “The Midnight Library”-...

Released on Feb. 12, 2021,

“To All the Boys: Always and Forever” stays true to romantic-comedy cliches

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor February 24, 2021

The “To All the Boys” franchise comes to a bittersweet conclusion in the third installment  “To All the Boys: Always and Forever,” a heartfelt movie that hinges on being excessively sentimental...

HBO Max offers a wide variety of new movies, and often cycles through them every two to three weeks. Fortunately for subscribers, there are multiple award winning movies offered at any time.

New streaming services offer viewers ways to watch their favorite programs

By Ryan Weiner, Assistant News Editor February 23, 2021

When COVID-19 forced people across the nation to stay indoors, many industries lost customers and more importantly, revenue. However, the media industry, more specifically network television, received...

An infographic posted by the Free the Slaves Club Instagram advertsing their partnership with Solidarity Masks and displaying the houndstooth pattern of the

Free the Slaves club helps raise awareness for human trafficking

By Olivia Yasharoff, Arts Editor February 22, 2021

While most WCHS clubs raise money by holding Chipotle fundraisers, the Free the Slaves club sets itself apart by partnering with the student-run, non-profit Solidarity Masks to raise money and awareness...

A promotional poster for the upcoming season of

Diversity in ABC’s “The Bachelor” has increased but still has a long way to go

By Rachel Mattison, Assistant Advertising & Subscriptions Manager February 22, 2021

43 leads, 41 seasons, 18 years, two formats and one franchise that millions love. The Bachelor franchise, composed of the shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” has amassed millions of fans...

Pop for a Cause, created by Amanda Kossoff, offers popcorn in many flavors, such as zebra and kettle, in many different sizes for all type of gatherings or parties.

Pop for a Cause: a healthy, delicious way to give back and make a difference

By Jordan Pashkoff, Assistant Online Editor February 22, 2021

Drizzled in chocolate or caramel, sprinkled with crushed Oreos or plain, air-popped popcorn is one of the most versatile snacks. WCHS sophomore Amanda Kossoff, who started Pop for a Cause, uses that to...

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