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French protests should not intervene with tourist destinations

French protests should not intervene with tourist destinations

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

The Arc de Triomphe is an iconic piece of French history and culture. With its beautiful design and rich history, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the country. However, this monumental structure has been defaced with graffiti as a result of what has been deemed one of France’s worst ...

College acceptance videos create stress

College acceptance videos create stress

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion

As the student opens his application portal and types in his password, a swarm of his friends watch intently with looks of worry written all over their faces. After a seemingly infinite stretch of silence, screams erupt from everyone as the room turns into a mosh pit. He got in. This is a description...

Movie sequels revive previously iconic films

Movie sequels revive previously iconic films

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Opinions

The first Disney movie appeared in theaters in 1937—81 years ago. Amelia Earhart had set off on her flight around the world, J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” had just been published and Morgan Freeman was born. Old films offer a lens into the world of another era, but remakes and sequels are a w...

School time should be put aside for student walks

School time should be put aside for student walks

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

December 12, 2018


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Seniors Karly Emery and Jenny Dalrymple hosted a walk for Breast Cancer Awareness during second period Oct. 17. Students and staff were encouraged to leave class, walk a lap around the track, then return back to class. However, some teachers did not encourage their students to leave class or continued...

WCHS students do not hear concerns about earbud usage

WCHS students do not hear concerns about earbud usage

By Kathy Hu, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

December 7, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

Many students walk down the halls of WCHS plugged into earbuds or airpods and completely tune out from their surroundings. Even in the classroom, several students listen to music during lectures. However, this culture among students has not always existed. A couple of years ago, smartphones and earbuds...

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

With the hassle of getting out the door in the morning, rush-hour traffic, and school parking, would having to get through metal detectors just an additional excuse for why a student is be late to school?   In light of recent school shootings, public and private high schools around the co...

Gen Z must stand up to sexual assault

Gen Z must stand up to sexual assault

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018


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President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s place as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court July 9. Soon after, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her. These two events led to a dramatic pair of testi...

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018


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Pop singer Taylor Swift shared her views on political candidates in a lengthy caption that she posted to her instagram. Swift’s picture was liked by over 2 million people. Meanwhile, our president’s inauguration was attended by only 900,000. Recently, celebrities have been impacting politics by promoting ...

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under Opinions

In America, a “rubber” is slang for a condom. In Australia, it serves as slang for an eraser. Either way, it seems as if MCPS is soon going to have both of these important tools roaming the hallways. Due to recent reports on the drastic increase of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U....

Athletes must live up to role model standards

Athletes must live up to role model standards

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


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The women’s finals match of the 2018 U.S. Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka has sparked controversy not only in the tennis community, but throughout the sports industry. In a major upset, legendary tennis champion Williams lost the U.S. Open to Japanese player, Osaka. It is not Williams’...

WCHS hosts unsuccessful safety day

WCHS hosts unsuccessful safety day

By Eli Gordon, Sports Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

On Thurs. Sept. 27, CHS conducted several safety and evacuation drills throughout the course of the day. Teachers were provided with a presentation to give students during third period regarding a drop and cover drill, as well as an evacuation, reverse evacuation and lockdown drill between sixth ...

Consent needs to be taught in classrooms

Consent needs to be taught in classrooms

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

On the surface, Oregon, California, West Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont, New Jersey, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia appear to have nothing in common. According to a 2018 CNN article, however, these are the only eight states in the country that require sexual education classes to mention...

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