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Childhood fame can leave a high toll on those who experience it

By Ava Freeman, Online Editor in Chief March 16, 2021

All American pop sensation, Britney Spears', rapid rise to fame may have started off as a dream come true, but it soon turned into a nightmare. The new documentary that was released Feb. 5 on Hulu, “Framing...

The hallways and stairwells of WCHS have been marked with arrows to guide students and staff in the safest manner possible when reopening begins.

Returning to school poses a greater risk than reward

By Nur Yavuz, Features Editor March 8, 2021

COVID-19 continues to unleash its wrath upon the globe, affecting millions of jobs and the education of our youth. One year has passed since the start of the country’s fight with the pandemic, marking...

While depression and anxiety are often the most common and talked about teen mental illnesses, many teenagers struggle with a multitude of other illnesses. It is important for parents, teachers, and teens themselves to not overlook mental health, and to take the necessary steps to prevent and combat mental illnesses, such as limiting social media.

Social media damages teens’ mental health

By Caitlin Murphy, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat all have one thing in common: they are forms of social media. Social media has many benefits for teens, such as keeping them in touch with friends, building communication...

The counseling department made this one pager to easily show resources to use if you or someone you know is going through mental health issues.

SOS lessons on depression are out of touch

By Allison Jacobs, Editor in Chief March 1, 2021

At the end of the first semester, juniors and seniors had SOS lessons focused on depression in their English classes. The lessons included a video, as well as a presentation and a discussion from the counselor...

Many prominent social media companies, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have banned users that do not follow their user policy. Tech giants have an obligation to suspend the accounts that violate their guidelines.

Social media companies should ban inappropriate users

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor January 27, 2021

Twitter, Instagram and other major social media companies banned President Trump and his fellow supporters from their platform days after the horrifying Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot, sparking controversy...

Sienna Mae Gomez, a teenager who is most known for her confidence and embracing her body, encourages her followers to be confident in their own bodies as well. She posts photos of her  true self, not just the most perfect pictures of the batch.

Body positivity is necessary to break beauty norms

By Ally Salzberg, Opinions Editor January 27, 2021

The time period that we live in comes with an exorbitant amount of technological advances. One thing that has come out of these advances that has become a very controversial topic over the years is social...

Due to virtual school, snow days may become obsolete- and that's a good thing.

Snow days are not logical during virtual learning

By Ela Jalil, News Editor January 27, 2021

Imagine a time where you don’t have to go to school past June 16. A time where Spring Break isn’t cut short to make up for the missed learning due to snow days. This is now the reality and it should...

Snow piles up during a snow storm in Potomac, Md. during the winter of 2016.

Snow days provide normality during COVID-19

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor January 27, 2021

Sleeping in late, staying in pajamas all day and drinking hot chocolate are synonymous with two things: snow days and the first semester, at a minimum, of the 2020-21 school year. The line has blurred...

A senior stands smiling as she holds up her acceptance letter to University of Southern Florida. Although some feel overjoyed when they receive letters, these sentiments are not shared with all seniors.

College acceptances are over romanticized and unrealistic

By Allison Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief December 23, 2020

It’s your sophomore year and your favorite YouTuber just posted a video. You quickly click on the title “College Acceptances 2020: How did I do?” You watch as the senior giggles and claps, calling...

Harry Styles decided to debut his beautiful ballgown for his photoshoot with Vogue as he finds himself to be captivated by the intricacy and detail of women's clothing.

Harry Styles breaks gender stereotypes with Vogue magazine cover

By Ally Salzberg, Opinions Editor December 23, 2020

On the morning of Nov. 13, Vogue revealed singer and actor Harry Styles as their December issue cover star. Vogue, a magazine that, for 128 years, has only featured solo women and duos or groups including...

WCHS spend each week on Zoom classes to be given more online homework to do. Being on a computer for this long is very stressful and exhausting for students and makes it harder for students to really absorb the information from homework assignments.

Virtual learning homework is ineffective and stressful

By Jordan Pashkoff, Assistant Online Editor December 23, 2020

Ever since the pandemic hit and schools went fully virtual in March 2020, schools have had to adapt their curriculums and change the way they teach to fit being on Zoom. Teachers are trying to incorporate...

In advisory we learn about Time Management skills and Balancing Obligations; however these values taught are incompatible with the schools practiced values.

Is Advisory a good use of time?

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor December 20, 2020

Two months or so ago, I was sitting in my bedroom at my desk staring at my computer screen at 9:15 on a Tuesday morning. My fingers were mindlessly typing on my keyboard, answering the Nearpod questions...

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