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March TOTM: Yih Lee

March TOTM: Yih Lee

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

March 6, 2019

When choosing a language to learn at WCHS, many students think of Spanish or French, yet there is one language that is unique and taught with extraordinary knowledge: Chinese. A member of the language department, Yih Lee teaches Chinese 4 through 7 and AP Chinese. Growing up, Lee had no intentions ...

Recent events incite action from administration

Recent events incite action from administration

By Bryan Fletcher and Fatima Yazdi

March 6, 2019

Following the recent events involving N-Word usage passes being handed out to students, principal Brandice Heckert and WCHS administration are taking new measures to fight against bigotry, racism and insensitivity at school. The incident, which has since reached national news headlines, has drawn...

WCHS English teacher publishes young adult novel series

WCHS English teacher publishes young adult novel series

By Jeremy Fredericks, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

If you’ve had English 9 teacher Grant Goodman, you may be familiar with his work as an author. Goodman is currently working on the fourth book in his series “Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve,” in addition to a sci-fi novel for high school students. Goodman first pursued his passion for writing in...

Movie memes take over social media platforms

Movie memes take over social media platforms

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019

The modern day movie watching experience goes as such: Movie. Meme. Repeat. You see a movie, and when you go home to check Instagram or Twitter, you see the thousands of memes created about said movie. Recently, movies of all genres have been subjects of the meme world. For those who have not gotten...

WCHS’ best of 2018

WCHS’ best of 2018

By Bradley Furgerson and Jackson Resnick

February 27, 2019

Best Artist: Ariana Grande Ever since exploding onto the music scene in 2013, Ariana Grande has been one of the biggest names in pop music. Recent years have been kind to the former Nickelodeon star, as she has had hit single after hit single almost every year except 2017 when she did not release a...

Netflix’s You reveals the dark side of human nature

Netflix’s You reveals the dark side of human nature

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2019

On Sept. 9, Netflix released the show You, an intense and steamy drama. The show takes place in New York City, and throughout the ten episodes, a sinister relationship forms between the two main characters, while we find out more about each of their scary pasts. The acting and shocking plot has brough...

Students teach the community about Sikhism

Students teach the community about Sikhism

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2019

An organization at WCHS is striving to educate the community on a religion known as Sikhism. Many Sikhs are often mistaken for other religious groups or mislabeled. Sikh Kid to Kid was created to help spread awareness on the Sikh religion throughout the MCPS community. Sikh Kid to Kid’s main goal is...

WCHS basketball prepares for memorable playoff run

WCHS basketball prepares for memorable playoff run

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

February 8, 2019

With another season filled with excitement and energy, the WCHS girls varsity basketball team continues to dominate its competition. Continuously practicing hard six days a week, the team is 13-1 as of Jan. 23. Winning most games by a wide margin, they are still constantly looking to improve their plays...

Legalization of marijuana lessens strict negative stigma

Legalization of marijuana lessens strict negative stigma

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

February 8, 2019

Marijuana has historically been labeled as a “gateway drug” by health classes all over the world. Recently, about 33 states have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and 10 of those states, including the District of Columbia, have adopted laws allowing recreational use. Marijuana...

Karate fosters self-defense and increases exercise

Karate fosters self-defense and increases exercise

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

February 8, 2019

WCHS does not offer karate as a class or an extracurricular activity, but that does not stop students like senior Matthew Dilsizian from pursuing the sport during their free time. Dilsizian began karate when he was in fourth grade.At first, he had trouble keeping up with the other students in the...

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

February 8, 2019

The Montgomery County Board of Education held a hearing Jan. 7 to discuss potentially changing the boundaries for each of its 206 schools. The move was proposed as a solution to the disparity in socioeconomic status between various schools and clusters. However, some are worried that it will have several...

Coach inducted into Potomac Hall of Fame

Coach inducted into Potomac Hall of Fame

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2019

WCHS has been home to a successful lacrosse program for many consecutive seasons. This continued success is due in no small part to longtime coach Jeff Fritz. Fritz, who has helped WCHS varsity lacrosse teams dominate for years, is soon to be honored as an inductee into the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter...

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