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New and improved vending machines make it to WCHS

New and improved vending machines make it to WCHS

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager

March 9, 2020

Many WCHS students tend to satisfy their daily hunger with snacks from the vending machines spread throughout the school. With multiple machines and a variety of contents in each, it is hard to be unhappy with the selection.  However, after recent replacements of the vending machines, students have start...

SMOB nominating convention: the final two

SMOB nominating convention: the final two

By Quinn Cook, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

On Feb. 12, delegates from schools around the county went to the annual nominating convention for the 43rd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) position. Held at Watkins Mill Elementary School, the convention decided the final two candidates in the SMOB race. The SMOB position allows a Montgomery County stud...

Churchill for Climate raises awareness for a hot issue

Churchill for Climate raises awareness for a hot issue

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

March 4, 2020

Recently, climate change and environmental issues have caused a sense of panic. From threats of the world ending in 50 years to never-ending forest fires, climate change and environmental issues are a constant topic of discussion. Many are always asking what they can do to stop climate change or help ...

MCPS continues to fight to keep summer short and sweet

MCPS continues to fight to keep summer short and sweet

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

March 3, 2020

In Aug. of 2016, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a mandate requiring school to start after Labor Day, denying the Montgomery County Board of Education the power to give each county the freedom to make their own decision in regards to school start dates.  In early 2019, the Maryland State Senate Committee voted on a bi...

Plunge into the campaign for two ply toilet paper

Plunge into the campaign for two ply toilet paper

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

March 3, 2020

With the MCPS operating budget being $2.8 billion, many would think that replacing the current one ply toilet paper in schools with two ply would not affect the county’s finances. However, this has proven to be a difficult task, as the transition to two ply would cost the county an additional $31,15...

Early voter registration allows students to prepare for the future

Early voter registration allows students to prepare for the future

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...

Mental health awareness week comes to WCHS

Mental health awareness week comes to WCHS

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

February 6, 2020

The week of November 11th at WCHS was Mental Health Awareness week. November as a whole is Mental Health Awareness month, and this was the was WCHS was implementing self care into the students' schedules. On Monday, students and staff wore lime green to show their support for the cause. Even ribbon...

EHS events throughout the year provide good-reads

EHS events throughout the year provide good-reads

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

February 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, Ma...

Serious driving accidents demand action

Serious driving accidents demand action

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

February 3, 2020

Last month, two MCPS students were harmed in vehicle collisions near school bus areas. Both of these incidents have led members of the MCPS community to wonder what safety regulations are needed to ensure that students will be safe on their way to school. On Dec. 12, Sophia Chen, a 9-year-old from B...

English Honors Society gives back

English Honors Society gives back

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...

Wellness Fair encourages mental health awareness

Wellness Fair encourages mental health awareness

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 3, 2020

On Thurs., Nov. 21, the Thrive Club hosted the Wellness Fair. The fair provided students with the opportunity to meet mental health professionals and vendors. Many vendors that attended the event, including One Aum Yoga, Stone Branch School of Art and Every Mind. Thrive Club’s officers, including so...

Substance abuse sparks action within WCHS community

Substance abuse sparks action within WCHS community

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

January 3, 2020

The Substance Use Committee at WCHS is comprised of parents and students worried about the dangers of vaping, and hoping to make some changes around the school. They have hosted two forums, one in Nov. and one in Dec., that showcased important data and touching stories. “The forum was powerful, gut wrenching, an...

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