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High cost of AP exams hinders students

High cost of AP exams hinders students

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2019

Taking AP classes at WCHS can mean high-intensity classes with hours of studying, but it can also mean another thing students don’t always think about until March: a high price tag. For students who take AP classes, there is only one true endgame: pass the AP exam in May. While there’s the go...

A moral compass is a necessary guide for everyday life

A moral compass is a necessary guide for everyday life

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

March 7, 2019

Being respectful toward others: is it an unwritten rule or an optional trait? This was the question asked when Damascus High School student Brandon Salvador had his picture taken while using the urinal at school. The incident occurred in the boy’s bathroom when Salvador was using the bathroom ...

Emphasis on STEM hinders creativity

Emphasis on STEM hinders creativity

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

March 7, 2019

WCHS offers a variety of interesting and creative electives. However, despite these courses catering to almost every interest, not many WCHS students decide to enroll in them. The highly-competitive environment at WCHS causes students to believe that only core curriculum classes are important, and electi...

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

February 26, 2019

The seemingly perfect report card on WCHS student’s fridges might really be leaving them unprepared for the grading systems in college--where grade inflation simply doesn’t exist. As WCHS enters the third quarter of its school year, the nationally ranked school attributes its student’s academic...

Classic Christmas song causes controversy

Classic Christmas song causes controversy

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

January 8, 2019

The #MeToo movement has spurred a wave of sexual harassment claims, causing many to feel offended by pictures, videos, and in this case, song lyrics, that suggest any trace of harassment. The 1944 song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been banned by several radio stations across the country, includin...

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 21, 2018

The Oct. 8 limo crash in New York is considered to be the deadliest U.S. car accident in nine years according to the New York Times. After killing 20 people, including the driver of the vehicle and two pedestrians, the horrifying incident directed much needed attention on transportation safety.   ...

Moments of silence allow communities to heal

Moments of silence allow communities to heal

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

December 21, 2018

Around the world, the moment of silence is practiced when a tragic event occurs as a way for communities to come together, mourn the loss of loved ones and provide support to all who were impacted by the tragedy. The shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Fla., the Capital Gazette i...

First Amendment should not protect dangerous speech

First Amendment should not protect dangerous speech

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editior

December 20, 2018

A prom photo showcasing a group of 60 senior boys from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin went viral Nov. 12. The photo’s popularity grew out of controversy rather than humor as most viral photos do these days. The boys were pictured holding a "Sieg Heil" salute, most commonly recognized as the Nazi sal...

Teachers deserve to feel safe at their own place of work

Teachers deserve to feel safe at their own place of work

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

December 20, 2018

From an outsider's perspective, teaching is an incredibly difficult career to love. On top of dealing with troublesome students, demanding curriculum and helicopter parents, teachers have to worry about their own safety at school. No teacher should feel unsafe at their place of work, but recent local...

Remakes cannot replace the classics

Remakes cannot replace the classics

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

December 20, 2018

Hakuna matata, just keep swimming, go the distance- all phrases that are guaranteed to bring back a flood of childhood memories. At one point or another, we’ve all experienced the magical sensation one feels while watching a classic Disney movie. However, recently, Disney has been releasing remakes, inc...

French protests should not intervene with tourist destinations

French protests should not intervene with tourist destinations

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

December 20, 2018

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

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...

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