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Unique gifts boosts teachers’ spirits

Mr. Antonucci stands in his office holding his gift of a Peppa Pig and the soysauce while he is surrounded by the written cards all over the walls.

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

January 5, 2020

Each year students struggle with finding the ideal gift for others. They browse the web and wander into stores at the mall in hopes of finding the perfect present whether it be for a friend or a teacher. They cannot be cliche or boring, but what about crazy? Often times teachers receive the craziest...

English Honor Society changes 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

January 5, 2020

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,...

Harry Styles walks a Fine Line in his second solo album

Pop icon Harry Styles released his highly-anticipated sophomore album on Dec. 13, 2019

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

January 5, 2020

Former One Direction member Harry Styles walks a fine line. He doesn’t follow the mainstream. He crafts his own unique style. Back in 2017, Styles released his self-titled debut album. He was the heartbroken ex-boyfriend. He was the lovesick teenage boy. In 2019, Styles has released his second ...

Should there be more serious consequences for those who bribe their kids way into college?

Lori Loughlin (right) and daughter Olivia Jade (left) were involved in one of the largest college scandals in 2019.

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

January 4, 2020

What are the consequences for individuals who are charged with involvement in bribery to get their unqualified children into prestigious  colleges?  Many of these scandals happen with celebrities. One of the most well known incidents is the one involving Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade. According to Fox N...

Creative and great ways to make money as a teenager

One of Sarah Genn's responsibilies as a retail workers at My Best Friend's Closet is to model the clothing for Instagram. This was a post from Nov. 3 promotting some of the store's newest winter styles.

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

January 3, 2020

Making money as a teen seems like a difficult task. Often, companies prefer to hire adults with years of experience or someone with at least a high school degree. However, this does not have to be the case as nowadays there are many opportunities for high schoolers to work or make money. Here is a l...

Team captains play an important role in sports

Varsity cheerleading captains Kathy Hu, Cat Gilligan, Danielle Probert, Ally Salzberg and Peyton Kanstoroom help run practices and promote teamwork throughout the seaon.

By Kathy Hu, Online Editor

January 3, 2020

Many high schools have vastly different sports but one thing these sports all have in common is the role of the captains on these teams.  Although every sport varies in the number of captains on the team, ranging anywhere from one to five, the impact the captain(s) have on the team is similar thr...

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

At the meeting, there were seven posters that explained different facts about MCPS districts and the timeline that was going to be followed. This poster explained the different phases as well as showed the other future meetings for audience members to see.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

December 27, 2019

On Weds. Dec. 4, MCPS hosted a meeting at Gaithersburg High School to discuss the topic of redistricting. This was the first of six meetings planned to keep families up to date on the topic of redistricting, and the meeting was focused on phase one of the process. In phase one, MCPS is focused on data an...

Sasha Sloan concert does not disappoint fans

Singer-songwriter Sasha Sloan performed at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on November 23. This is a photo of her singing “Older.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

December 27, 2019

She’s the girl at the party, trying to fit in. She’s the girl you can rant to at three in the morning, and she’ll understand. She’s the girl with the sad songs, the soft voice and a love for all things normal.  Sasha Sloan, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter, has a knack for confessional songwrit...

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” honors beloved TV show host Fred Rogers

On Nov. 22 2019, the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was released into theatres all over the United States. Based on the friendship between journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys) and  Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), this drama highlights the importance of kindness and acceptance during hard times.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Editor

December 27, 2019

Starring Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” introduces the true meaning behind the TV show “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood” and the importance of kindness in everyday life.  Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and directed by Marielle Heller, this inspiring drama is based on the friendship...

It’s time to movie into the holiday spirit

The movie poster from the classic

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

December 27, 2019

Whether it be a human who thinks he is an elf, or two strangers that have to pretend they are a couple to trick their families for the holidays, Christmas movies never fail to entertain. For some families, watching specific Christmas movies is an annual tradition. Whatever the occasion, Christmas movies ...

Phones should be used for helping, not filming

 A view of Winston Churchill High School on a sunny afternoon. A student suffered a medical emergency on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and needed an ambulance, while students filmed it.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, a WCHS student whose name has not been revealed by Principal Heckert suffered a “medical emergency.” Much remains unknown about what happened, but in her email to parents, Heckert said that an ambulance had come to treat the student. This email was sent out on Tuesday night. ...

Shakespeare: to be or not to be taught in English classes

Books such as this copy of Hamlet are simply scripts of plays, which were meant to be watched live

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

December 8, 2019

“The dram of [evil] / Doth all the noble substance of a doubt / to his own scandal.” This line from William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, is meaningful yet confusing. Undoubtedly, a great theme of the play hides behind the early modern English. Students worldwide have been asked to ‘t...

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