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Elections offer new opportunities for WCHS students

Because WCHS students have direct access to our nation’s capital, there are many opportunities for them to get involved politics. Instead of just attending marches and walkouts. students now have the chance to work as an Election Worker.

By Charley Hutton, Advertising & Subscription Manager

June 4, 2019

“Do More Than Vote”, and get paid while doing it. Teens are constantly being urged to get involved in the community, and becoming an Election Worker is a great way to do so. With the close proximity to D.C, WCHS students are right near the heart of politics. What students may not know is that...

MCPS votes for new SMOB

Tinbite visits classes throughout WCHS to talk about policies he hopes to inplement if elected as the next SMOB.

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019

Junior Nate Tinbite of Kennedy High School was elected to be the 42nd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) April 24. The SMOB provides a connection between MCPS students and the Montgomery County Board of Education by representing students’ issues at board meetings. Sophomores and juniors are eligi...

Will no likes be disliked by many?


The Instagram logo is very famous for it’s various changes in color, shape and overall appearance.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

May 15, 2019

Instagram has recently been testing out a new idea that involves removing the ability to view likes on a post. The goal would be for users to stop focusing on popularity and clout, and more on the content they are posting to make themselves happy, instead of worrying about what others think. Instagram...

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

Diego Escalante wants to join the Navy and would go through training at Navy Academy in Annapolis, Md.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 10, 2019

Many students immediately think of college as life after high school; however, what is often overlooked is the option of enrolling in the military. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test is a multiple choice placement test that helps prospective military recruits find what career...

Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

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By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 10, 2019

Teasing is an inevitable part of growing up: almost everyone goes through it. However, when this teasing becomes repetitive with the intent to hurt someone, it becomes a more serious issue. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, over one in five children and teenagers report to have...

Md. Minimum wage increases beginning 2020

The Maryland General Assembly passed two new bills that aim to increase minimum wage and to allow public school districts to choose when to start school. The two bills were met with opposition from Gov. Larry Hogan, who vetoed both bills but were both overridden by the State House and Senate.

By Brandon Li, Senior Writer

May 9, 2019

When looking for a part time job, most will value salary over enjoyment and experience. However, with the new increase in minimum wage, that tradeoff may not exist anymore. The Maryland General Assembly (MGA) approved a bill March 20 that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over...

Scholars go for gold in Russian Olympiada in Baltimore

(Left to right) Jackson Will, Amiel Bengert, Gloria Herman, Veronica Starchenko and Anastasia Avrine, all level 3 Russian students, stand with a Russian Soviet Flag at Russian Olympiada.

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

May 9, 2019

Zdrastvuyte! That is Russian for “hello,” and if you think that is difficult to pronounce, just ask one of the many WCHS students taking Russian to help you. Their skills were recently tested on Apr. 2, when 11 students participated in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian at the Friends School of Baltimore. The...

MCPS redistricting considered to quell inequity issues

MCPS total enrollment is predicted to rise to 168,480 students by 2022. Redistricting will resolve this issue.

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2019

Montgomery County Public Schools such as WCHS have consistently ranked among the best in the country and are growing at high speeds, though a great divide exists between schools in wealthy areas and schools in less wealthy ones. Recently, this divide has sparked debate over whether or not Montgomery...

Administration attempts to puff out vaping


The use of vapes and e-cigarettes at WCHS have grown into a harmful and dangerous situation, and for this reason the administration is considering taking new precautions to prevent their use at school.

By Bryan Fletcher and Benjamin Pham

May 8, 2019

Following recent, notable events at school involving THC addictions and the use of vape pens, the WCHS administration is looking into new policies restricting the presence of drugs on school grounds and in classrooms. With now being a better time than ever to initiate discussions about the hazards...

Moco For Change organizes another walkout

Moco for change gave out free pins to students who attended the march.

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 5, 2019

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

The feeling of leaving school before a day off is one of excitement and relief, and is not felt enough by the WCHS student body.

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions manager

April 5, 2019

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


Rideonbus drives in downtown Rockville.

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 1, 2019

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...

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