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Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Recently, celebrities have made their political beliefs known to the public.

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018

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

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

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

This spot outside cafeteria  is where many CHS students go during an evacuation.

By Eli Gordon, Sports Editor

October 24, 2018

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

Sexual education should be an important part of every high school curriculum. The need to teach students about consent is evident with recent movements such as #metoo and the Kavanaugh investigation.

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

October 24, 2018

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...

WCHS teachers need to follow the testing schedule

Many CHS students are faced with having their hardests tests all assigned on the same day. The testing schedule was designed to eliminate this.

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

October 23, 2018

Tests: a major contributor to the stress that comes along with high school. In hopes of eliminating stress and sleepless nights, CHS has created a testing schedule for departments to follow. Each department has specific days of the week they are allowed to schedule summative tests on. This way, students wo...

Sexism is evident in professional sports

Sexism is evident in professional sports

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions editor

October 19, 2018

While male athletes are drawn with over exaggerated muscles, Naomi Osaka is drawn as slender and curvy. In comparison, Serena Williams, who is one of the most fit athletes, is shown as overweight A recent cartoon drawn by cartoonist Mark Knight depicts a monstrous Serena Williams in a fit of anger w...

Standardized tests do not represent academic aptitude

Standardized tests do not represent academic aptitude

October 19, 2018

Nothing stresses high school students more than grades, AP tests and the SAT/ACT, since these factors are a large part of college applications; but is it really fair to let a couple Saturday mornings determine whether a student is fit for acceptance into a school? Since 1962, standardized tests like...

Students should not be graded based on their participation

Students in high schools across the country are graded on their participation in classes.

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 19, 2018

“You are expected to participate in class discussions.” At the beginning of nearly every school year, teachers preach this expectation to students along with the usual mentions of kindness, work ethic and class rules. But, does it really belong on the course syllabus? Should the amount of tim...

MCPS should provide pregnancy tests

MCPS should provide pregnancy tests

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

October 18, 2018

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.S....

Sierra Burgess is a Loser: not worth the controversy

Actress Shannon Purser, who plays Sierra Burgess, poses at the 2017 San diego Comic con.

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

October 8, 2018

From “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” to “Clueless”to “Love Actually”, Netflix features all the favorite romantic comedies However, it’s newest addition to the rom com series, “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” has stirred up quite a bit of controversy regarding the bad morals and examples por...

Scandals highlight Youtube beauty guru community

Jeffree Star is a popular beauty guru on YouTube with 10 million subscribers and also created his own line of cosmetics. A few years ago, racist videos from Star’s past were released to the public, causing him to lose subscribers and business. He has since made a video apologizing for his actions, but still remains controversial in the beauty community.

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

October 2, 2018

Whether it be for a night out or just laying in bed with nothing to do, people turn to YouTube beauty gurus for product  reviews, makeup tutorials, lifestyle videos and even comedy. The beauty community is dominated by the same, well-known YouTubers for years. However, with racist tweets resurfacing ...

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