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Black Lives Matter is not an Instagram trend

As of June 2020, there were over 24 million posts for the  #blackouttuesday. However, posting a black square for the Black Lives Matter movement is unhelpful and should not be a trend.

By Ela Jalil, News Editor

June 26, 2020

Last month, Instagram feeds were flooded with black squares on posts and stories. In some of the  stories, users would use the hashtag “BlackLivesMatter” and then tag three more people to repost the same message on their own stories. This trend was meant to bring awareness to the important issu...

Families should adopt animals during quarantine

Animal Fostering and pet adoption has increased greatly over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic with one family adopting 2 dogs, 6 month old Poppy (on the left) and 11 week old Pico (on the right).

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor

May 29, 2020

During this crazy quarantine, pets have become a huge part of many people's lives. Whether it is rekindling an old routine of walking your dog or welcoming a new animal into the family, pets influence many of our lives. It is important to remember that we influence our pet’s lives as well. The c...

Lockdown protesters need to focus getting rid of Covid-19

Protestors rally in Ohio, urging for the state to open up again, protesting the current stay at home order.

By Sapna David, Features Editor

May 11, 2020

As a result of the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Md., Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order--basically a lockdown. For the past few weeks, Marylanders have been holed up in their homes, uncertain of what lies ahead, and when life will return to normal. As families and friends...

Should MCPS implement the “pass/fail” grading system for semester 2?

The MCPS board of education will be holding a meeting May 12 to decide on the marking period 2 grading system.

By Ella Kaminsky, Features Editor

May 11, 2020

Eight weeks ago, life for everyone in the United States took a turn for the absolute worst. As the Coronavirus continues to sweep the globe, not only is it severely affecting many people’s health, but each and everyone’s everyday lives have been altered. From being quarantined in our houses and n...

States shouldn’t reopen until they have a plan

 While Maryland is among the states that are still shut-down or have restrictions (gold on the map), other states like Georgia, Iowa and Montana have at least a partial reopening (dark green). Orders are lifting soon in Pennsylvania and North Carolina (pale green), even though no U. S. state has had their cases decrease for 14 days, something President Trump's plan recommended before Governors should reopen their states.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 11, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per day starts to plateau and shrink across the country, there comes the question, “What’s next?” For millions of unemployed Americans, they hope to return to work; just like students and teachers returning to the classroom environment.  Governors now...

Adulting classes should be offered at WCHS

People know that being an adult is not all that kids think it is. It comes with many challenges and local organizations like the one pictured above use this idea to make drivers laugh as they pass this sign.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

March 11, 2020

Classes in school on subjects that are useful in real life were once only a wish, but recently, classes on how to be an adult have begun to be offered at some schools. While this class does exist, there's a catch: it's only offered at select colleges. This class should be offered at WCHS as well. While school does ...

Semester class changes are necessary for students

Students walk to their new classes after being given changed schedules for the new semester. At WCHS, this happens once a year.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

March 7, 2020

The beginning of the third quarter is not just the start of a new marking period-- it is the start of new teachers, new classmates and even new courses. At the beginning of the second semester, WCHS students receive completely new schedules. Although this change can make students have to complete...

Yes to early decision

Colleges that have early decision allow seniors to destress early as they know that they are going to college.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

March 4, 2020

The deadline to apply early decision to college has passed and students have received their admission letters. Early decision is a college admissions process in which high school students send their application to their preferred college early in the admissions cycle and receive a decision from the ...

Feminine products should be free…period.

Feminine products should be free...period.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2020

An average woman will have over 500 periods in her lifetime, each one lasting between three to seven days according to a Feb. 2020 Netdoctor article. Each day she should use between three to seven pads or tampons, where an average tampon costs about 60 cents each. Dollars and Sense approximates that a w...

Students hit snooze on the new attendance policy

With WCHS's new attendance policy in place, students will need to make sure to arrive on time to class. This especially means, no ignoring your alarm clock and sleeping in during first period.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

March 3, 2020

There are countless reasons students may not be within their classroom’s door frame at the second the bell rings commencing the beginning of a period. Whether they have to use the bathroom before class, carpool to school with siblings, can’t find parking or get stuck in the sometimes unpredictable ...

Location tracking apps are not the right snap

Snap Maps is a feature on Snapchat where locations can be shared with friends while using the app. This technological feature can hurt teens' mental health as they can see when they are being left out from an event which can lead to the feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety.

By Riley Hurr, Editor-in-Chief

March 3, 2020

To what lengths will parents go to express their love for their children? As we ride into this new technological era, social media tracking apps are becoming more and more popular. With features such as Snap Maps, Life360 and Find My, technology has been a little too Big Brother.  When children are...

Fast fashion is hurting the earth at an alarmingly rapid rate

Photo by Miranda Chung.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

March 3, 2020

With the earth’s average temperature rising annually, young people all over the world are leading the fight against climate change and global warming. From using metal straws to building composts to going vegan, many are changing their habits in the attempt of living a more sustainable and environm...

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