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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 ...

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...

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...

LIKE documentary highlights dangers of social media

LIKE documentary highlights dangers of social media

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2019

Social media is here to stay, and that’s a fact. How we use it, however, is constantly changing. The IndieFlix Original documentary LIKE, released Oct. 2018, highlights these modern effects of social media and technology on our generation and future generations. The 48 minute documentary cover...

WCHS alumni continue their athletic careers

WCHS alumni continue their athletic careers

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2018

For most WCHS athletes, there will be a last shot, dribble, hit, stroke or pass. They will step off the field one last time in high school and move on to a new chapter in their lives. However, a select few get another four years to play, and even fewer get a shot to continue after college. Each year,...

Juuls are now more prominent than ever among students

Juuls are now more prominent than ever among students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2018

About 3.5 inches long, sleek, black and looks more similar to a flash drive than anything else, the Juul is everywhere. Walking into the bathroom, you are sure to meet someone puffing out flavored smoke, which, while seemingly harmless, has hooked lots of WCHS students. As with all fads, Juuling...

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Julius West Middle School, the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement held the MCPS Mental Health Fair in accordance with Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Month. This fair provided resources and outreach to those suffering from mental i...

CHS students need to learn the difference between cheering and taunting

CHS students need to learn the difference between cheering and taunting

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

March 16, 2018

Cheer(v.) - shout for joy or in praise or encouragement. Taunt(v.) - provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks. There is a difference. The job of the student body at CHS games is to cheer; to root for our team, not to bash the opposing team. However, the CHS student body frequently...

Retakes: when it comes to testing, practice makes perfect

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

January 10, 2018

As some people say, in life there aren’t any retakes; a mistake is a mistake. We have to live with those mistakes, and learn from them. However, there are actually many more retakes than people might think. Driver’s licenses, standardized tests and Bar Exams all have retake opportunities. So why...

‘The Fault in our Stars’

‘The Fault in our Stars’

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

June 4, 2014

As the countdown until summer vacation comes to an end, another countdown reaches its final days; the number of days left until The Fault in our Stars movie is released. The much-anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel is set to premiere June 6, causing much excitement among ...

Girls start frisbee team

Girls start frisbee team

By Fiona Asbury, Staff Writer

March 1, 2013

It has been over 40 years since Title IX, the bill allowing women to participate in all sports, came into effect. However, co-ed teams allowing both genders are often dominated by males, making it intimidating for a girl to join the team. This was the case with the CHS ultimate frisbee team until two femal...

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