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Rentable scooters show future of transportation

Rentable scooters show future of transportation

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

April 8, 2019

The future of transportation has arrived, and despite how many thought 2019 would be like twenty years ago, it is not hovercrafts, but instead electric scooters. The motorized scooters, rentable via mobile phone app, cost $1 to unlock and around 15 cents per minute to ride, and have been hailed as t...

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

By Eliza Asbury and Jenna Greenzaid

April 8, 2019

Just when we thought social media could not possibly captivate our attention, energy, and time any longer, the Instagram story feature scrolled into our lives. The circles sit right at the top of the screen when you open the app, begging to be opened. Instagram has long since become a regular social media platform ...

Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

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 ...

Roommate search stresses rising college students

Roommate search stresses rising college students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

Some say it’s more stressful than applying to college. Some say it’s harder than writing all those essays. It’s more than proving yourself; it’s making yourself seem chill, smart, desirable and fun all at once. It’s the search for a college roommate. For seniors opting out of the random roommat...

Elite academy reinvents teaching styles

Elite academy reinvents teaching styles

By Janneke Kovoor, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019

Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire is arguably the most elite prep school in America, with an endowment of over one billion dollars and a list of notable alumni that includes Mark Zuckerberg. Exeter’s website claims that the academy will “change your life” and seems to have made ...

Facebook struggles with privacy issues

Facebook struggles with privacy issues

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2019

For the past year, Facebook has been struggling with the government in regard to their data collection activities, and many people are aware of the scandals associated with the company. However, that’s not stopping users from agreeing to give up their digital privacy for some cash. It has been ...

Bao film impresses WCHS students

Bao film impresses WCHS students

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 3, 2019

Pixar has recently become an avid supporter of cultural inclusion through its films like “Sanjay’s Super Team” portraying Indian culture, and “Coco” portraying Latino culture. To add another one to the list, “Bao” is an eight minute short film taking a bite into Chinese culture in a way t...

Allied softball teaches students importance of teamwork

Allied softball teaches students importance of teamwork

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2019

When you think of a typical WCHS spring sport, lacrosse, tennis or baseball may come to mind. However, with a co-ed team that unites to value teamwork and team spirit over individual statistics and results, one spring sport is unlike the rest: allied softball. Allied softball is playing its fourth...

Athlete of the Month: April 2019

Athlete of the Month: April 2019

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2019

Freshman Jaden Selby has set a new standard as a young wrestler on the mat, taking on opponents two or even three years older than him and still dominating each match. He was also one of only three wrestlers on the team to qualify for states. Selby has been wrestling for nine years and was one of...

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 1, 2019

As of now, the Montgomery County Council has a plan in place to expand the Kids Ride Free program. However, they must wait to see if Montgomery County allocated enough money to allow expansion. Currently, the Kids Ride Free program allows students 18 and under to ride the Ride On buses for free with...

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

April 1, 2019

Thousands of high schoolers walked out of their classrooms and onto Pennsylvania Avenue March 14 to protest gun violence. With posters reading “Enough is Enough” and “Policy and Change” which caught the eyes of many, students from all over Montgomery County and beyond exercised their First Amendment...

Brooklyn Nine-Nine impresses WCHS students

Brooklyn Nine-Nine impresses WCHS students

By Olivia Yasharoff, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019

“Noice.” “Smort.” “Cool, cool, cool.” These phrases can all be used to describe NBC’s hit comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in addition to being the lingo that the characters on the show (and its fans) love to use. Starring comedian Andy Samberg, actor Andre Braugher and actress Melissa Fumero...

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