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Celebrities mistake fame for political influence

Celebrities mistake fame for political influence

By Victoria Park, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

In times of turmoil and trouble, America looks to its celebrities to bless their wisdom upon the people and guide them to peace… not. After the election of Donald Trump, more and more celebrities have not only started publicly supporting political candidates, but also hinted at running for office...

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

By Emily Zhang, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


Filed under Arts, CHS Community, Features, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Interested in art, but do not know where to start? One of WCHS’ many clubs, i-Illustrate is the right place to express one’s creativity. Every Thursday during lunch in room 276, WCHS students can drop by to enjoy some relaxing art sessions. Juniors Claire Yang and Kristin Zhu run the club as Co-President...

High cost of AP exams hinders students

High cost of AP exams hinders students

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Taking AP classes at WCHS can mean high-intensity classes with hours of studying, but it can also mean another thing students don’t always think about until March: a high price tag. For students who take AP classes, there is only one true endgame: pass the AP exam in May. While there’s the go...

Top Grammy performances of 2019

Top Grammy performances of 2019

By Cherri Tung, Photo Editor

March 11, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

From Camila Cabello and Ricky Martin scaling the replicated streets of Havana, to Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton’s soaring pipes and vocal highways, the performers at the 61st Grammy Awards blew the roof off of Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb.10. But the question is, which one was the best of the e...

Comfort zones allow WCHS student to shine

Comfort zones allow WCHS student to shine

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

March 11, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Features, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Everyone has a comfort zone, an environment where one has a sense of familiarity, safety, and security, and there is something to be said for stepping out of it. When students step out of of their comfort zone, they accomplish things that they aren’t necessarily comfortable doing, with higher levels of st...

Marie Kondo innovates cleaning techniques

Marie Kondo innovates cleaning techniques

By Kathy Hu, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

March 11, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Marie Kondo is seen by many as the ‘Queen of Organization,’ after the popularity of her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” blew up and she was awarded her own Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” The series shows how she declutters and organizes peoples’ homes. She ha...

Boys varsity swim and dive brings home state championships

Boys varsity swim and dive brings home state championships

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Sports, Top Stories

The boys varsity swim and dive team conquered the state championships on Feb. 24. This is the second year in a row that the boys have brought home a state title. They were led by captains Steven Mendley, John Nguyen and Sean Nguyen. “Our team was very successful this year because of how big this year’s team was...

Hostless Oscars create memorable night

Hostless Oscars create memorable night

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives

The Oscars was a night filled with talented musical performances, comical ad-libs and a lack of a host. The flow of this show, however, was what made it so exceptional: the ceremony felt special and smooth, and was very personable. The Oscars was held on Feb. 24th, with, according to Time Magazi...

Netflix’s You reveals the dark side of human nature

Netflix’s You reveals the dark side of human nature

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Sept. 9, Netflix released the show You, an intense and steamy drama. The show takes place in New York City, and throughout the ten episodes, a sinister relationship forms between the two main characters, while we find out more about each of their scary pasts. The acting and shocking plot has brough...

WCHS Boys Lacrosse prepares for a winning season

WCHS Boys Lacrosse prepares for a winning season

By Eli Gordon, Sports Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Sports, Spring

The WCHS boys lacrosse team is excited and ready for the 2019 season. They were one of MCPS’ best teams last year, making it all the way to the state finals for the second year in a row. They unfortunately lost in overtime. Regardless, they finished as the second best boys lacrosse team in MD....

Different cultures welcome in holidays

Different cultures welcome in holidays

By Victoria Park, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives

What do crackling fireworks, bubbly champagne (or apple cider for the kids), a kiss at midnight, 2019 LED glasses, and 4 wooden sticks have in common? Most Americans recognize New Year’s as a time to make resolutions and watch the ball drop, but other cultures welcome the year in much different ways...

National parks vandalized because of govt. shutdown

National parks vandalized because of govt. shutdown

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 23, 2019


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives

As of Jan. 9, the 2018-2019 U.S. government shutdown is now the longest in history, breaking the 1996 record. An estimate of 380,000 government employees have been granted leaves of absence and another 420,000 are expected to work without pay for the duration of the shutdown, halting progress in federal dep...

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