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English dept. leads teacher meditations

English dept. leads teacher meditations

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, School, Teachers, Top Stories

English teachers Jeffrey Savett and Samantha McEvoy have began department-wide meditation meetings, where they lead English teachers in guided meditation. They meet in Savett’s classroom twice a week during the school day. The meetings began two weeks ago, and this is the first year either of the...

New automated flaggers boost road safety

New automated flaggers boost road safety

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

December 14, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Maryland highway officials are testing a new method of directing traffic in a construction zone. Usually, a construction worker will be holding a sign that says “Stop” or “Slow,” but with the new initiative, an automated flagger assistance device will replace the need for that worker. On the...

WCHS student wins prestigious Russian award

WCHS student wins prestigious Russian award

By Cherri Tung, Photo Editor

December 14, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Sophomore Ilana Trembisky received the award for having the highest score for outstanding achievement in the study of Russia in Md. during this year’s Olympiada of Spoken Russian that took place Feb. 17. The American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) created the Olympiada of Spoken Russian ...

WCHS students do not hear concerns about earbud usage

WCHS students do not hear concerns about earbud usage

By Kathy Hu, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

December 7, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

Many students walk down the halls of WCHS plugged into earbuds or airpods and completely tune out from their surroundings. Even in the classroom, several students listen to music during lectures. However, this culture among students has not always existed. A couple of years ago, smartphones and earbuds...

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

With the hassle of getting out the door in the morning, rush-hour traffic, and school parking, would having to get through metal detectors just an additional excuse for why a student is be late to school?   In light of recent school shootings, public and private high schools around the co...

MCPS considers extending spring break

MCPS considers extending spring break

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Following student and staff input in relation to which holidays the most students are absent, MCPS is considering two proposals for the 2019-2020 calendar. Both have 182 days of instruction, which is two days over the 180 state-mandated number of school days, start on Sep. 3, 2019 and end on June 15, 2020....

New WCHS athlete commitments make community proud

New WCHS athlete commitments make community proud

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Sports, Top Stories

The one thing on the mind of CHS students during the fall of their senior year is college applications: where to apply, when to apply, what you need for each school. For boys varsity football seniors Nick Wagman, Nick Smyth and Jack Butler, their application process for college is slightly differe...

Pipe burst floods WCHS with problems

Pipe burst floods WCHS with problems

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Monday, Oct. 22, Michel Baker, a computer science teacher at WCHS, walked into his classroom only to discover the entire room flooded. This is the result of a pipe burst in the computer science hallway. All of the classrooms were affected by the water. “The room had a lot of water on the f...

WCHS students rally to create breast cancer walk

WCHS students rally to create breast cancer walk

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

Seniors Jenny Dalrymple and Karly Emery organized a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Oct. 17, during second period to campaign for breast cancer.In accordance to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and staff were encouraged to dress in pink and hold up posters during the walk. “I thought the w...

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Julius West Middle School, the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement held the MCPS Mental Health Fair in accordance with Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Month. This fair provided resources and outreach to those suffering from mental i...

WCHS implements new carpool line procedures

WCHS implements new carpool line procedures

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, CHS administrators changed the morning drop off and afternoon pick up rules for students and parents in hopes of lightening the heavy traffic. Last year, major issues included parents dropping students off on the side of Gainsborough Road or going into s...

WCHS students travel back in time at MD Renaissance Festival

WCHS students travel back in time at MD Renaissance Festival

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

With the weather finally signaling the start of fall, many students are looking for ways to go out and enjoy the autumn air. While pumpkin patches are a must, many students have been travelling a little farther away to a land of princes, princesses, elves and fairies.   The Renaissance Festival ...

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