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MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

A MCPS school bus, used to drive elementary, middle and high school students, does not include seat belts, which is a possible safety hazard.

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

President Barack Obama and his cabinet staff participate in a moment of silence after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 2012.

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 at a March 2018 protest hold up signs against the proposal of a law that mandates school teachers to be armed.

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 of classics are taking over movie theaters everywhere.

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

The infamous “gilet jaune” with the French word for revolution taped on the back disrupts a popular

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...

Movie sequels revive previously iconic films

Movie sequels revive previously iconic films

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor

December 20, 2018

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

Juniors Katie Stanish and Brooke Buckingham embrace each other at the WCHS walk for Breast Cancer awareness Oct. 17 during school. Many students wanted to participate in the walk but felt that they could not, for they feared missing out on educational time.

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

December 12, 2018

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

A student is listening to music, which could be distracting them from their learning.

By Kathy Hu, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

December 7, 2018

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

This picture shows typical high school students. This relates to the story, since these are who metal detectors in schools are affecting.

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018

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

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...

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