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Students teach the community about Sikhism

Students teach the community about Sikhism

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

An organization at WCHS is striving to educate the community on a religion known as Sikhism. Many Sikhs are often mistaken for other religious groups or mislabeled. Sikh Kid to Kid was created to help spread awareness on the Sikh religion throughout the MCPS community. Sikh Kid to Kid’s main goal is...

Legalization of marijuana lessens strict negative stigma

Legalization of marijuana lessens strict negative stigma

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Top Stories

Marijuana has historically been labeled as a “gateway drug” by health classes all over the world. Recently, about 33 states have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and 10 of those states, including the District of Columbia, have adopted laws allowing recreational use. Marijuana...

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

February 8, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

The Montgomery County Board of Education held a hearing Jan. 7 to discuss potentially changing the boundaries for each of its 206 schools. The move was proposed as a solution to the disparity in socioeconomic status between various schools and clusters. However, some are worried that it will have several...

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, School

If you are an MCPS student, the phrase “lockdown” likely generates memories of covering classroom windows, locking the door and sitting silently under desks during drills and emergencies. However, MCPS is now making changes to active assailant situation procedures coinciding with the “Maryland...

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

January 23, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School

As part of WCHS’ Advanced Programming class, students are able to opt out of the class’s curriculum and instead participate in the Zero Gravity Robotics competition. Both MIT and NASA sponsor the international competition for high schoolers. WCHS made it to the finals in 2014, before the competition was o...

WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosts annual concert for good cause

WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosts annual concert for good cause

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

January 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Friday Dec. 14, The WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosted their annual Jazz Coffeehouse in the band room. To accompany the music, they provided snacks and refreshments outside. The jazz performance was broken up into two sets, each consisting of four songs, with a brief intermission in between. Senior Tim Ducke...

Stage crew dedicates hard work to school productions

Stage crew dedicates hard work to school productions

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under Arts, News, School, Top Stories

School plays, they’re full of hard work, dedication, music and performances put on by students who have a passion for theatre. It requires countless hours of memorizing lines and practicing. But what do people say about the stage crew? Stage crew has to stay after school really late, to the point wh...

WCHS English Honors Society hosts book fair

WCHS English Honors Society hosts book fair

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Dec. 13, the WCHS English Honors Society (EHS) held its third annual charity book fair. The fair offered over 500 books, all of which cost less than $5. Preparations started at lunch the day before, where EHS volunteers spent the entire period arranging countless stacks of books on carts. ...

THRIVE club strives to improve CHS mental health

THRIVE club strives to improve CHS mental health

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School

Recently, mental health has become a major issue in Montgomery County, especially among high schoolers. The WCHS Thrive Club has taken it upon itself to shed more light on mental health, taking steps to try and help alleviate students’ stress. “Thrive Club’s main goal has always been to raise awareness ...

Q&A with Deborah Schaumberg, Author of “The Tombs”

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

At WCHS, the media center periodically hosts authors to talk to students about their novels as well as the writing process. Deborah Schaumberg, author of ‘The Tombs’ and mother of WCHS alumnae, spoke to students Nov. 13 throughout different classes during the school day. Her novel follows the...

Debate team advances under new sponsorship

Debate team advances under new sponsorship

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

This school year, the WCHS debate team gained three new sponsors: Scott Rivinius, Kevin Doherty and Evan Rosenthal. Previously, the team has gone through two faculty sponsors over the past two years. These three social studies teachers decided to step up and sponsor the team after a conversation during...

WCHS Council combats discrimination in the community

WCHS Council combats discrimination in the community

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

Discrimination exists everywhere, even at WCHS. After several public displays of hate, discrimination has become increasingly easy to spot, so WCHS students and parents formed the Churchill Inclusive Achievement Council to help the situation. The Churchill Inclusive Achievement Council, a group comprised...

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