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Should CBD be so easily accessible?

Harvest Dispensary, located in Bethesda, Maryland, features many CBD infused creations.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

May 14, 2019

With vaping becoming more popular by the day, people need to be aware of the overall effects that drugs put on their body. CBD, the non psychoactive version of marijuana, has become the newest craze. Many seem to want to try it out and many stores and businesses hope to gain popularity from the th...

Foreign language class should be mandatory for all years

Being proficient in different languages allows people to have a multicultural perspective on issues and to be able to communicate with others living around the world.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

May 14, 2019

Currently at WCHS, the minimum requirement of foreign language credits that are needed to graduate is three. There are some universities in the country that make foreign language classes mandatory as well. Though these credits were put in place to encourage students to learn another language, many ar...

Country music is more explicit than people may think

Randy Houser is a country singer and many of his  previous songs have contained references to drug use.

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

May 9, 2019

Parents traveling with little kids will often switch the station when a rap song comes on to a “safer” genre, like country, to avoid exposing them to controversial topics. However, changing the station to country music does just the opposite. While country music may seem to be clean, many songs in the genr...

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

Cabin John Shopping Center is a very popular destination for WCHS students who go out for lunch.

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 9, 2019

Five days, 35 hours or 2,100 minutes is typically how long WCHS students spend within the walls of school each week. With the exception of seniors, students are not permitted to leave school grounds during lunch even if they are able to drive or receive a ride from someone else. Some may think that it...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students have enjoyed the luxury of not having final exams, but that may actually be hurting them in the long run.

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

Oscars receive backlash from #MeToo supporters

The 2019 Oscars took place Feb. 24 and had no host for the first time in 30 years. They were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

By Kathy Hu, Advertising and subscriptions manager

April 11, 2019

The #MeToo movement came into light in 2017 and has taken the world by storm ever since. With the 2018 Oscars, which included many accused men being nominated for awards, the #MeToo hashtag blew up on Twitter, and women from all parts of the country came together to speak out against the men of Hollywoo...

Teachers strike to create change

Teachers across the nation organize various strikes, hoping to create change within the education system.

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

April 8, 2019

Funding is decreasing for schools across the country, with no heating in classrooms, art and music programs being shut down, damaged textbooks and unfair wages for teachers. But does all of this allow teachers to take time out of instruction to protest for their own benefit? Teacher strikes create tension between teach...

Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

Apps like Uber provide a cheap and safe alternative to driving.

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

April 8, 2019

We’re all guilty of trying to find the cheapest option to get from one place to another, whether it be through Uber or Lyft, but are these modes of transportation really the best option? Uber and Lyft are on demand transportation companies that, in the past couple of years, have risen to the top of ...

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

By Caitlyn Jennings and Jackson Resnick

April 5, 2019

A 1570 SAT score, straight A’s all throughout high school, a boatload of extracurricular activities and a diminished high school social life. This is the typical academic resume that the average Yale University student boasts. In 2018, 32 WCHS students applied to Yale, most of whom possessed the aca...

Colleges need to change policies to equal playing field

Colleges need to change policies to equal playing field

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2019

The college admission scandal that broke out March 12 has put a massive spotlight on the inequity of the college admission process, and the absurd lengths parents would go to get for their child to receive admission into an elite university. In total, 50 people were charged in the scam, including admissio...

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

The feeling of leaving school before a day off is one of excitement and relief, and is not felt enough by the WCHS student body.

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions manager

April 5, 2019

From Feb. 19 to April 16, MCPS will not have any days off from school. This is the longest period with no days off in the entire year, beating the strait from Sept. 20 to Nov. 6 by more than two weeks. The situation has been accepted as ‘how it works’ by most, but that needs to change as it depr...

All in the stars? Don’t live your life by celestial movement

All in the stars? Don't live your life by celestial movement

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

We’ve all heard how Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers, but what exactly does that mean aside from their ill-fated love affair? For those who believe in astrology-- and the control stars have over human destiny-- it means everything. Astrology is the study of the influence of c...

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