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Politics have no place in popular sporting events

Politics have no place in popular sporting events

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

March 1, 2020

More than 102 million Americans watched Super Bowl LIV according to Adweek. This means nearly a third of the nation was watching the same channel. The game was filled with suspenseful moments, as the Kansas City Chiefs came back to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to the game, millions of Americ...

MCPS should plan for more snow days

January 8 2020, students throughout montgomery county were sent home from school halfway throughout the day due to potential snow. The next morning, students and faculty awoke to much worse conditions and a larger amount of snow that did not prevent them ffrom missing school, just getting a delay.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

February 23, 2020

Whether it snows or not is completely out of our hands. As much as students may want it to work--flushing ice cubes down the toilet, sleeping with a spoon under pillows or wearing pajamas inside out-- it still might not snow.  In Montgomery County, students and teachers are designated a mere two day...

WCHS should stand in support of inclusion

The commercial for Zola, a wedding registry company, featured a same-sex couple tying the knot. This celebration of love was torn apart by

By Jordyn Green, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2020

The Hallmark Channel is typically a place of love and warmth: this hub of holiday films is a place many WCHS students turn to in order to get into the holiday spirit. However, this year, the channel was bombarded with anti-inclusivity remarks from the conservative group “One Million Moms” after ai...

Redistricting meeting opens eyes to both sides of the debate

At the meeting, there were seven posters that explained different facts about MCPS districts and the timeline that was going to be followed. This poster explained the different phases as well as showed the other future meetings for audience members.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

February 5, 2020

A current prominent issue in Montgomery County is school redistricting and how it will be implemented. Montgomery County has decided that students will be bussed to various schools throughout the county; however, they have supplied no information as to what bussing will be like, causing outrage amongs...

College decisions online are supportive

Senior Emma Chen's Instagram story congratulates her friend after getting into Colorado College with the words

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

February 3, 2020

If you ask any senior what is being referenced with the phrases “my best friend is off to…” or “____ just got so lucky,” they will know exactly what you are talking about. While these phrases may  seem incomplete, they are the epitome of college announcements on social media.  As the ma...

Late artists deserve peace and respect

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

February 3, 2020

From Lil Peep to XXXTentacion to Mac Miller, there have been numerous hip hop artists who have passed away within the last few years, devastating fans. The most recent rapper to pass is Jared Anthony Higgens, better known as Juice Wrld. On Dec. 8, 2019, Higgens suffered a seizure at Chicago’s Midwa...

Early Decision: a binding commitment worth rejecting

The increase in acceptance rates for Early Decision applications puts pressure on students and families to apply somewhere ED. This can pose a heavy financial burden on families, as ED doesn't allow students to see the different financial aid packages they could be offered.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

February 3, 2020

In today’s incredibly accomplishment-driven society, a college degree is vital to succeed in life. Most jobs require at least graduation from an undergraduate college, while many also require additional education in graduate school. When college has this much of an impact on the rest of a student’s li...

Valentine’s Day: not so sweet for the environment

The Walgreens in Potomac Woods Plaza has begun stocking the iconic chocolate heart boxes of Valentine's Day. Most of this chocolate will not be bought or eaten, and as displayed by the pile of boxes on the cart, creates waste. The quantity of candy available in early January also prompts thought on the fossil fuels necessary to make all of these products and transport all of them to thousands of stores throughout the country.

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

February 3, 2020

There is no better way to show how much you love someone than  presenting them with a bouquet of roses, a heart shaped box of chocolates and a plush teddy bear. But these flowers die in a week or so, the chocolates are left half-uneaten and the teddy bear gets shoved into a closet corner never to b...

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

By Sapna David, Features Editor

February 3, 2020

For many WCHS students, early December tends to be a time of lethargy as students look forward to winter break. But for seniors, the weeks leading up to break are the dreaded Early Decision weeks. As the days pass by, many seniors are on edge, anticipating letters from their dream schools.  Gen Z...

Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

WCHS students constantly recieve answers for quizzes and tests on their phones.

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

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.

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?

Lori Loughlin (right) and daughter Olivia Jade (left) were involved in one of the largest college scandals in 2019.

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...

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