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Phones should be used for helping, not filming

Phones should be used for helping, not filming

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, a WCHS student whose name has not been revealed by Principal Heckert suffered a “medical emergency.” Much remains unknown about what happened, but in her email to parents, Heckert said that an ambulance had come to treat the student. This email was sent out on Tuesday night. ...

The struggle is real: college applications

The struggle is real: college applications

By Sapna David, Features Editor

November 13, 2019

As soon as AP exams are over, students flood their teachers rooms asking just one question: “Is there any chance you would be willing to write my teacher recommendation?” Teachers are used to this; many teachers have their own system to pick students and some have their own forms for  students ...

NCAA athletes should be paid like the pros

NCAA athletes should be paid like the pros

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

November 13, 2019

Since the dawn of time college athletes being able to make money was forbidden by the NCAA. The debate has roared on and college athletes finally may be on the verge of compensation. The NCAA rules state that athletes are not allowed to be paid by their schools, make money off endorsements or have agents...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

New updates diminish the value of ACT

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2019

Every year, we seem to be catering to an increasingly apathetic student body. First was the elimination of high school exams. Then, a localized failed but notable attempt at a “no zero grading policy.” Now, an ACT that allows students to complete their test in multiple sittings-- because it is simply...

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

November 13, 2019

On any given Saturday from 8-12 AM, certain high schools are packed with students taking standardized tests. However, soon this entirely too long process can become a lot shorter for many students. The new change to the ACT, which will allow students to take sections of the test individually starting...

Political bias proves risky for brands

Political bias proves risky for brands

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

November 13, 2019

There is a new trend in the shopping world, and it is not the latest shirt or shoe, but rather the disclosure of a company’s position on social and political issues.  According to a 2018 Eldman Earned Brand study, 64 percent of consumers worldwide take into account a brand’s stance on politic...

Parent Observation Day must go out the door

Parent Observation Day must go out the door

By Austin Vinner, Photo Editor

November 12, 2019

With the turnout at last month’s Parent Observation Day being low, the purpose of this event comes into question. On the outside, Parent Observation Day seems like a great idea that allows parents to have a larger role in their child's education, but it can also have some negative effects that migh...

Is senior skip day really worth it?

Is senior skip day really worth it?

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 10, 2019

It’s Friday, Nov. 1: senior skip day. There are just 6 kids in my Research Project class today, and 8 in AP Statistics. Nineteen have showed up to AP Spanish—out of a class of about 30—but only four are seniors.  I ask senior Sharol Hsieh in Honors World why she came to school today. “Why not?...

School violence threats must be taken seriously

School violence threats must be taken seriously

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 10, 2019

Last year’s bomb threat left WCHS students evacuated from the building and contained within the football field stadium for hours. This past month’s shooting threat left students in their regular classes as if attending a normal day of school. Threats of school violence are becoming increasingly common. Alt...

Justin Bieber needs a new purpose

Justin Bieber needs a new purpose

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 9, 2019

For all the Beliebers out there, there might be a treat coming sometime this Christmas: Justin Bieber is working on a new album. But, as you might suspect, there’s a catch: Bieber asked fans for 20 million likes on one of his latest Instagram posts. On Oct. 27, Bieber posted an all-pink photo with the words, “I...

Free football games will increase school spirit

Free football games will increase school spirit

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 27, 2019

On Friday nights, there are many different activities for WCHS students to go to -- shop at the mall, watch a movie, hang out with friends and attend school events. Also, WCHS students can go to football games every Friday in the fall, either at home or away.  But, not all students go to games. S...

A little larger than usual: overcrowding at WCHS

A little larger than usual: overcrowding at WCHS

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

October 21, 2019

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, students noticed that classes felt a little bigger than usual. In fact, classes are a lot bigger than usual. WCHS now suffers from an overcrowding problem in some classes, a huge issue that must be dealt with for the sake of the quality of education tha...

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