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Moco For Change organizes another walkout

Moco For Change organizes another walkout

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under National, News

On Thursday March 14, the student-led group Moco For Change arranged the movements for a walkout. They protested gun violence and pressured Congress to pass a bipartisan background check bill. Each school has their own representative from Moco For Change organizing the efforts, and they all have their o...

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions manager

April 5, 2019


Filed under Local, Opinions

From Feb. 19 to April 16, MCPS will not have any days off from school. This is the longest period with no days off in the entire year, beating the strait from Sept. 20 to Nov. 6 by more than two weeks. The situation has been accepted as ‘how it works’ by most, but that needs to change as it depr...

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

As of now, the Montgomery County Council has a plan in place to expand the Kids Ride Free program. However, they must wait to see if Montgomery County allocated enough money to allow expansion. Currently, the Kids Ride Free program allows students 18 and under to ride the Ride On buses for free with...

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

Thousands of high schoolers walked out of their classrooms and onto Pennsylvania Avenue March 14 to protest gun violence. With posters reading “Enough is Enough” and “Policy and Change” which caught the eyes of many, students from all over Montgomery County and beyond exercised their First Amendment...

Think Big club hosts fourth annual TEDx event

Think Big club hosts fourth annual TEDx event

By Jackson Resnick, Features Editor

March 14, 2019


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Think Big Club hosted the fourth annual TEDxChurchillHighSchool event. The event was held in the auditorium and featured a few guest speakers, which included some of Potomac’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Lobbyist Abby Smith, entrepreneur Andy Richm...

Amazon cancels plans to create new headquarters in N.Y.

Amazon cancels plans to create new headquarters in N.Y.

By Brandon Li and Joe Raab

March 6, 2019


Filed under National, News, Top Stories

After publicly revealing the creation of two new headquarter locations in Arlington, Va. and New York City, N.Y., Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced Feb. 14 he will cancel the construction of the NYC location. Bezos originally planned to have only one HQ2 location, setting up a wild goose...

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, School

WCHS is implementing a new monthly advisory period that started Feb. 14 for students to voice their thoughts and opinions and for teachers to share news with the student body. The idea came from Principal Brandice Heckert who is bringing the advisory period idea from the other MCPS schools she has worked...

Recent events incite action from administration

Recent events incite action from administration

By Bryan Fletcher and Fatima Yazdi

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

Following the recent events involving N-Word usage passes being handed out to students, principal Brandice Heckert and WCHS administration are taking new measures to fight against bigotry, racism and insensitivity at school. The incident, which has since reached national news headlines, has drawn...

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...

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