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Thrifting rises in popularity amongst teens

Junior Callie Burd poses in the dressing room of a thrift store with her new finds. Burd has been thrifting for almost three years and loves finding unique items and being eco-friendly.
December 11, 2020

The thrill of buying new clothes, a so-called “shoppers high,” may have a short-term benefit on your mind, but is not always good for your pockets or the environment. With thrifting on the rise, consumers...

“Remote” by Wallows shows how powerful virtual connections can be

Wallows' new EP
December 2, 2020

Despite never referencing their time in quarantine, alternative rock band Wallows shows the world the power of virtual connections with their new EP “Remote,” released on Oct. 23, 2020 from the safety...

Student volunteers gear up for 2020 presidential election

Junior Bridget Kelly (right) walks into the Potomac Community Center on Oct. 28 for her assignment as a poll worker. Kelly's shift runs from 6 am until 11 pm and consists of setting up the precinct, checking voters in and helping them vote.
November 1, 2020

As Nov. 3 gets closer, it's not a surprise that this year has provided more challenges than past presidential election years. Election workers, a key but often undervalued group on Election Day, has also...

“Enola Holmes” brings a new twist to an old story

Netflix Original
October 20, 2020

Her name might spell “alone” backward, but she is anything but. With a twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, Netflix’s “Enola Holmes” smacks down the historically misogynistic stigmas...

Netflix’s “Outer Banks” almost hits the jackpot

Netflix Original
June 1, 2020

The Outer Banks. Paradise on Earth. Love, guns and war between two social classes. And $400 million worth of undiscovered gold.  Set in North Carolina, Netflix’s “Outer Banks” follows John B...

Seniors mourn loss of final spring season

Lauren Kuo (left) and Jessica Bowen (right) get pumped up before their 2019 State Cross Country Meet.  Kuo and Bowen have been on the team since freshman year and were disappointed when their last season was cancelled.
May 30, 2020

Prom, graduation, beach week. Seniors have lost multiple important milestones this year. For senior athletes, they’re missing out on something else too: their final season.  “I was really disappointed...

March Adness

Ellen Degeneres and wife, Portia De Rossi, are featured on an Amazon Alexa ad that was showcased during the superbowl.
March 11, 2020

Super Bowl season has come and gone, every year it is American tradition that many companies bolster their marketing budgets to bring us some of the most scrutinized commercials of the year. Some are funny,...

Disney Plus outperforms their streaming competitors

February 2, 2020

The era of commercial breaks is officially over. With the emergence of streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, viewers can hop on their couch and watch their favorite shows without ads. However, a new...

Best of 2010’s

The organization Extinction Rebellion holds a climate strike outside the World Bank in Washington DC. Many students have become climate activists over the decade and attend these protests.
December 27, 2019

The 2010s was a time of memorable events -- learning how to ride a bike, entering double digits and getting a driver’s license -- but perhaps the most memorable of them all was the experiences we lived...

“Let it Snow” captures the essence of the holidays in a unique way

The cast of Netflix Original “Let it Snow” poses for a photo at the premiere. The movie is based on the book by authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
November 28, 2019

Let it Snow is a classic holiday movie with a twist—there are three different point of views. Told from the eyes of three young adults, Let it Snow allows the audience to get a glimpse into their lives. Based...

Out of season work-outs great for team bonding

Sophomore Sydney Norris practices her dives at her practice during the summer. Norris dives year round and does not have breaks between seasons, allowing for more developed skills.
November 20, 2019

For some WCHS student-athletes, the break between sports seasons isn’t for resting, but for training. The time during offseasons allows athletes to get ready for their next sport, an opportunity many...

Athlete of the Month: Serena Xu

Senior Serena Xu soars high to hit an outside set. Xu is usually the one setting, but she is able to play almost any position due to her high skill level.
October 21, 2019

Six years ago, senior Serena Xu stepped on the court for the very first time. Today, she is a key player in helping the WCHS volleyball team win their games.  “I started playing in sixth grade after...

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