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Students Welcome Teachers into the Year of the Rat

Sophomores Jessica Qiu and Serena Shi enjoy attending the Lunar New Year event in Room 126 on Jan. 31, 2020.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

February 26, 2020

As of Jan. 25, 2020, a new Chinese new year began, signaling the start of the Year of the Rat. Six days later, WCHS students in the Asian American Festival Committee hosted the Lunar New Year Breakfast for WCHS staff. The event was sponsored by the PTSA and took place in Room 126 from 7:30 a.m. to 9...

Early voter registration allows students to prepare for the future

Junior Liz Porter is registering to vote at WCHS during lunch. The Montgomery County Board of Elections registered students three days during lunch.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 26, 2020

For three days at lunch, the Montgomery County Board of Education had a table at WCHS to allow students over the age of 16 the opportunity to register to vote.   While you have to be 18 to vote, Maryland citizens can register when they turn 16. Maryland joined 11 other states, including Californ...

Ben Phillipe’s new book guides students through high school

With its powerful friendships, stories and characters,

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 25, 2020

If only there was a guide to high school. What to do. How to do it. What to say. Dating, crushes, jobs, friendships, schoolwork and fitting in would be among the topics covered.  While there is no such thing as a “guide to high school,” there is a book that could serve a similar purpose. New...

“Sonic the Hedgehog” races into theaters

Based on the video game character,

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

February 25, 2020

Video games, as popular as they are, have had a spotty history when it comes to film adaptations. While franchises like Pokémon have had success with animated features and with the recent success of Detective Pikachu, this is the exception rather than the rule.  When it was announced that Sega would be pro...

MCPS should plan for more snow days

January 8 2020, students throughout montgomery county were sent home from school halfway throughout the day due to potential snow. The next morning, students and faculty awoke to much worse conditions and a larger amount of snow that did not prevent them ffrom missing school, just getting a delay.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

February 23, 2020

Whether it snows or not is completely out of our hands. As much as students may want it to work--flushing ice cubes down the toilet, sleeping with a spoon under pillows or wearing pajamas inside out-- it still might not snow.  In Montgomery County, students and teachers are designated a mere two day...

“How to Be Safe” explores gun violence in America

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 23, 2020

The world is not always a safe place. There are robberies, drugs, alcohol and shootings. It is hard to be safe all the time, and Tom McAllister’s “How to Be Safe” certainly shows what it is like in 2020. The book starts off with a school shooting, a horrible and senseless act devastates the sm...

Calling all single ladies: put your hands up for GALentine’s Day

Dove chocolates are the perfect treat for both you and your friends to enjoy on Valentines Day.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

February 13, 2020

Despite Valentine’s Day being the holiday of love, not everyone has found that special someone to celebrate with. This holiday has a unique way of making single people feel lonely and even depressed with its constant barrages of hearts, cupids and roses everywhere. The biggest thing to remember is th...

Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

WCHS students constantly recieve answers for quizzes and tests on their phones.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2020

For high school students, nothing is more annoying than when other students get the answers for a test that you spent the whole night studying for. Cheating is clearly unfair but with modern technology, it is only becoming easier to get away with it and harder for school administrators to prevent.  ...

Seal of Biliteracy award symbolizes dedication to mastering a language

Maryland is one of 36 states that offers the Biliteracy Seal to its students, allowing them to prove their proficiency in languages other than English. On Dec. 18th, WCHS administered the Biliteracy Seal Test.

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 Honors Society gives back

 Sophomore Jessica Lin and her friends attended the EHS' fourth annual book fair. Lin bought ten books./Photo 2: Students browse the books at the EHS Book Fair. There were many different genres of books including fantasy, historical fiction and test-prep books.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The tables were lined with books of every color, size and genre. There was another table full of cookies and other festive desserts. It was the English Honors Society’s fourth annual Book Fair, held on Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019. The event was spearheaded by English teacher Mary Dempsey, who runs the EH...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

Maryland has gone viral on Tik-Tok: scary or beneficial?

Many students like Austin Betz (above) took advantage of the popularity of Maryland Tik Toks, and made a viral video that got on many students for you pages.

By Ela Jalil and Olivia Yasharoff

January 14, 2020

TikTok has been sweeping the nation with its viral dance trends, comedy skits and lipsyncing videos. But when WCHS students noticed lots of Maryland and Montgomery County themed videos randomly appearing, they knew something was off.  Picture this: you are mindlessly scrolling through the “For Yo...

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