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Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2020

For high school students, nothing is more annoying than when other students get the answers for a test that you spent the whole night studying for. Cheating is clearly unfair but with modern technology, it is only becoming easier to get away with it and harder for school administrators to prevent.  ...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

Should there be more serious consequences for those who bribe their kids way into college?

Should there be more serious consequences for those who bribe their kids way into college?

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

January 4, 2020

What are the consequences for individuals who are charged with involvement in bribery to get their unqualified children into prestigious  colleges?  Many of these scandals happen with celebrities. One of the most well known incidents is the one involving Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade. According to Fox N...

Do college rankings determine future success?

Do college rankings determine future success?

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

December 19, 2019

Students in high school often feel pressured to get into high ranking colleges or universities, but do these rankings really determine future success? These rankings often take into account multiple different factors, including academic quality, incomes of graduates, sports, campus atmosphere and quality o...

CGI should not live on screen after death

CGI should not live on screen after death

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2019

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man.” In the words of James Byron Dean, he is a prime example of a great man. He is not only an acting legend but also remembered as a cultural icon for perfecting the typical rebellio...

Increased social media use will better communication

Increased social media use will better communication

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

December 17, 2019

Social media is a great communication tool at WCHS. Social media can be used by teachers and WCHS employees to communicate important events and raise school spirit. Brandice Heckert, the principal of WCHS, uses social media to communicate with parents, students, teachers and the community about WCHS ev...

Half days only leave room for half of the learning

Half days only leave room for half of the learning

By Ohio Meshanko, Advertising & Subscription Manager

December 17, 2019

With the first quarter of the MCPS 2019-2020 school year over and done with, many students rejoiced at the beginning of a new chapter for the year. Students were also happy to spend time at home, due to the fact that the normal half day that coincides with the quarter’s end was extended this year to i...

Y the new ABC song for LMN-tary schoolers?

Y the new ABC song for LMN-tary schoolers?

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

December 17, 2019

“A B C, easy as one, two, three; simple as Do-Re-Mi,” The Jackson 5 once sang. Yet, the gaining recognition of the new alphabet song has everyone in shock and disdain for its new rhythm and beat. Sung by Matt of the Dream English Kids youtube channel, he rids of the confusion for the 5 letters that ...

Better to beat the holiday shopping madness by finishing early

Better to beat the holiday shopping madness by finishing early

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

December 17, 2019

With the start of this year’s holiday season, many stores have begun selling holiday items earlier than ever before, some even before Nov.. However, many customers feel overwhelmed by the early addition of holiday decorations, even though early shopping itself can be helpful in many ways during the...

New AP payment policies create stress

New AP payment policies create stress

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

December 17, 2019

Advanced Placement exams have their obvious stressors: allocating enough time to study and retain a year’s worth of information, taking practice tests, mentally preparing for a multiple hour exam and now, mandatory payments required seven months in advance. The pressure of AP tests has always hit stud...

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 ...

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