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“Two Sentence Horror Stories” spooks watchers

February 4, 2020

What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences? This prompt sparked a Reddit thread in 2013, accumulating over 15,000 comments. Inspired by the thread, Vera Miao created the new-to-Netflix...

Student Art Spotlight: Markus Silvertree

WCHS senior Markus Silvertree paints in his 4th period class, AP Art Studio, for his sustained investigation. On this large sheet, a compilation of ideas for new and potential pieces are mixed into one consolidated and designed brainstorming board.
February 4, 2020

It is commonly said that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but what they don’t say is that as the apple falls down, it gets closer to the tree’s roots. In the case of senior Markus Silvertree,...

Bethesda arts festival displays work of numerous artists

A view of the entrance to the Bethesda Arts Festival.
June 5, 2019

Imagine a festival that celebrates the arts and accomplishments of various artists. Such a festival exists, and were held on May 11th and 12th called the Bethesda Arts Festival. It was hosted along the...

Student Arts Spotlight: Julia Maa

Senior Julia Maa has been invested in the arts of illustration and animation for many years now, and she uses her skills to create unique pieces that express her thoughts and emotions.
March 6, 2019

Learning and mastering even a single medium of art is already impressive on its own, but finding a balance between multiple forms might as well be an otherworldly ability. Yet this is just the everyday...

Trump Budget Threatens Arts Establishments

CHS Sophomore Josie Bourelly performs at a variety of area theatres which could be impacted by budget cuts.
June 5, 2017

In March, President Trump released his proposed outline for the 2018 budget. Trump’s new budget includes spending cuts for many government programs such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

Ice Cream Trend Rolls Into Rockville

An example of what one can order and personalize at Class 520 ice cream shop that just opened in Rockville.
October 3, 2016

Class 520, a popular dessert hangout, just opened in Rockville. The shop sells Thai ice cream rolls, a trend that is popular in New York and other major cities, and has now been brought to Maryland.   Thai...

Annual Art Festival Highlights Students’ Work

Senior Josie Scriven's painting of various parts of the body being stretched was awarded with the best artwork award.
May 14, 2016

The artwork of CHS students at this year's Art Festival displayed some of the most creative and inspirational pieces from students of all grade levels. The Art Festival has improved annually in attendance...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Returns for Season Two

Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy Schmidt in the second season of the Netflix original show.
April 17, 2016

The highly-anticipated return for the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt finally arrived April 15 with our favorite quirky characters and jokes. Season two jumps right into the hot mess of problems...

Popular North Carolina Donut Chain Coming to Rockville

Duck Donuts will open location on Rockville Pike across from Best Buy.  Students who have been to the Outer Banks are familiar with the chain.
March 22, 2016

Duck Donuts, a well-known donut chain that began in North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 2007, is set to open on Rockville Pike in early spring. Duck Donuts gets its name from Duck, N.C. “I am excited...

Glenstone: Local Art Museum is Worth a Visit

Richard Serra’s Sylvester provides viewers with an interactive exhibit they can observe and walk through.
March 22, 2016

Interested in modern art museums but don’t want to make the trek to D.C. or New York City? Look no further than Glen Road. Spanning 200 acres of natural landscape, contemporary art and architecture,...

Annual Arts Festival Draws and Displays Talent

Art Department resource teacher Brendan Roddy displays original pottery that will be raffled off during the Arts Festival  April 19-29.
March 22, 2016

The opportunity to see stunning photographs, paintings, sculptures, one-act plays, orchestra performances and fashion shows will be available to the CHS community at the annual CHS Arts Festival, held...

Student Art Spotlight:

Junior Libby Spriggs has helped design costumes for CHS performances since freshman year. She plans to continue fashion in the future.
March 22, 2016

Although often overlooked, fashion has a major influence on show business, and junior Libby Spriggs dedicates her time to ensure that all the actors and actresses of CHS look their part. Spriggs has...

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