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AP exams are usually taken in a large test booklet that students write in, but with virtual AP exams, its harder to do some types of questions, especially ones that require students to show work.

AP exams will be offered in virtual and in-person settings

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor March 1, 2021

With the recent MCPS decision to return to in-person school, students and teachers alike are now having to adjust to the reality of changing plans and finishing school in-person. Early in the year many...

Broken glass scatters on the ground outside of the Kung Fu Tea store in Columbia, Md. that was burglarized early morning on Feb. 12th, 2021, the day of Lunar New Year. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian American hate crimes skyrocket during COVID-19

By Jeremy Chung, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

On Feb. 12, three Asian-owned restaurants at Columbia Mall in Howard County were looted and vandalized. This was heartbreaking for the Asian community since it occurred during the Lunar New Year, a holiday...

The main enterance at Winston Churchill High School in October 2020. WCHS, like all Montgomery County Public Schools, has been closed since Mar. 13, 2020.

Montgomery County Board of Education votes to re-open schools in March

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor February 15, 2021

Lunches have been at home. Sports have been virtual. Classes have been taken over Zoom. It has been nearly one year since students in Montgomery County, Md. have been to school, due to COVID-19. Montgomery...

The SAT’s parent company, the College Board, announced it will discontinue the SAT Subject Test and end-test optional SAT Essay. The decision comes in a year of incredible change and security within the world of standardized tests for college admissions.

College testing changes spur controversy

By Quinn Cook, News Editor February 15, 2021

To take, or not to take the SAT optional essay: that has been the question for students approaching the college admissions process of standardized testing. This question, and the identical one about SAT...

A graphic from CCAN’s plunge website displays the three suggested ways that plungers can participate at home or locally: doing an ice bucket challenge, running into a local body of water like a creek, or jumping into a kiddie pool or bath tub at home.

Annual Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser adapts to virtual environment

By Quinn Cook, News Editor January 27, 2021

As global temperatures climb, participants' temperatures will fall for a couple chilly moments as they experience true winter bliss. Polar bear plunge fundraisers, in which people pledge to run into icy...

Lynne Harris poses for a picture. The board of education member ran a successful student-centered campaign.

New Board of Education member stands out with progressive policies

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor January 4, 2021

This year's election brought major changes on the national and local level. Elected on Nov. 3, Lynne Harris is the newest elected member of the Board of Education. If all goes well, Harris’s policies...

This is the ASL official logo. American Sign Language is a widely recognized sign language and many in the US are beginning to start learning it. WCHS' ASL Honor Society focuses on spreading awareness on the language.

American Sign Language Honor Society focuses on outreach and awareness

By Andrew Chan, Editor-in-Chief December 23, 2020

One of the world’s most unique languages has amassed a large community within WCHS. The American Sign Language Honor Society has been a big part of the language department at WCHS since 2006, educating...

The homepage of the Canvas page for the Culture of Respect training. Students can access this training, which can earn them two Student Service Learning hours, by using Canvas.

Culture of Respect Training provides necessary information on how to recognize bullying and harassment

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison December 14, 2020

In 2018, high school athletes at Damascus High School in Damascus, Md. were hazed and sexually assaulted, emphasizing the need for change and promotion of respect. The conclusion of the investigation led...

The three guidance questions that students discussed during the first day of the virtual study circle. The questions allowed students the opportunity to discuss current events, including COVID-19 and the protests about race in America.

The Restorative Justice and Student Coalition sparks important conversations during advisory

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison November 30, 2020

Scheduled at the beginning of B-days for WCHS students, advisory periods have been filled with various lesson plans including note-taking, self-advocacy and mental health. However, none have encouraged...

A copy of the official SAT study guide for 2020. Seniors in Montgomery County, Md. can take the test for free in November and December.

Free SAT offerings ensure seniors are given the opportunity to test during COVID-19

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison November 5, 2020

When the Scholastic Assessment Test was canceled in the spring and summer due to COVID-19, many high school seniors were left with few options. Some had not even taken the test, while others were looking...

Junior Bridget Kelly (right) walks into the Potomac Community Center on Oct. 28 for her assignment as a poll worker. Kelly's shift runs from 6 am until 11 pm and consists of setting up the precinct, checking voters in and helping them vote.

Student volunteers gear up for 2020 presidential election

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor November 1, 2020

As Nov. 3 gets closer, it's not a surprise that this year has provided more challenges than past presidential election years. Election workers, a key but often undervalued group on Election Day, has also...

An offical drop box from the state of Maryland for the 2020 election sits outside the main enterance at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. on Oct. 18.

Drop boxes provide safe alternative to in-person voting

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor November 1, 2020

When COVID-19 struck during an election year, the question raised was how would people vote safely. Drop boxes became the answer. These boxes have turned community centers and local high schools, including...

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