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College sport recruiting gives student-athletes a different application experience

Hill signed to play women's basketball for Princeton University. After three years of hard work, she ended up committing to one of the first schools she talked to in the recruiting process.
January 15, 2021

College application season usually entails countless hours of writing essays and waiting to hear back from a long list of schools. However, for student-athletes - like seniors Kaylin Yeoh, Mary James and...

Social media negatively affects the college freshmen experience

Facebook groups have been formed to connect incoming college freshman. To be featured, students can post a collection photos and a short description about themselves directly to the page.
December 11, 2020

In today’s digital world, it seems like almost everyone is a “friend of a friend” or connected in one way or another. From a young age, Generation Z has created their own digital print, which is...

Early College Program offers a unique education experience

A view of a building at Montgomery College's Rockville campus. Because of COVID-19, classes in the Early College Program are being held virtually, instead of on campus.
November 29, 2020

Like most American 16-year-olds, Ariadne Dimitoglou is doing her schooling from home. Unlike most of her classmates, who are learning material from their junior year of high school, she is learning at...

Yes to early decision

Colleges that have early decision allow seniors to destress early as they know that they are going to college.
March 4, 2020

The deadline to apply early decision to college has passed and students have received their admission letters. Early decision is a college admissions process in which high school students send their application...

WCHS athletes prepare for future in the NCAA

Noah Rutberg, Madison Cuthbert, and Leah Rubino all express themselves through their  sports and are able to continue doing so in college.
March 3, 2020

For most athletes, the last game they play in their senior year can seem like the end of an era. But for some WCHS sports stars, it is just the beginning.  Being able to play the sport that you love...

College decisions online are supportive

Senior Emma Chen's Instagram story congratulates her friend after getting into Colorado College with the words
February 3, 2020

If you ask any senior what is being referenced with the phrases “my best friend is off to…” or “____ just got so lucky,” they will know exactly what you are talking about. While these phrases...

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful
February 3, 2020

For many WCHS students, early December tends to be a time of lethargy as students look forward to winter break. But for seniors, the weeks leading up to break are the dreaded Early Decision weeks. As the...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.
January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the...

SAT adversity score is for the better

Students take SAT tests every year to send scores to colleges in hopes of gaining admission.
June 5, 2019

WCHS students monitor their scores religiously, hoping to improve their chances of admission into top tier universities. SAT/ACT scores, College Board subject test scores, AP exam scores: all common tests...

AP classes provide challenge, give college credit

With AP exams coming up, students tend to stock up on review materials. AP classes provide students the opportunity to get college credits, but are often stressful and extremely challenging.
June 5, 2019

April: ‘tis the season to begin preparing for AP exams both in and out of the classroom. But, while many WCHS students participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout the school year, not...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

Students are often stressed  out trying to study for standardized tests.
June 4, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot...

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Many students get very stressed out over standardized tests and don't believe the tests are an accurate representation of who they are.
May 10, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot...

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