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COVID-19 challenges couples to stay connected

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Before the pandemic hit, Sperling and her boyfriend cuddle up at Lake Seneca in New York as a vacation together. 
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Before the pandemic hit, Sperling and her boyfriend cuddle up at Lake Seneca in New York as a vacation together.

By Allison Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2020

COVID-19 has provided more than enough challenges for society to deal with, more than anyone could have ever expected. However, one problem that some have forgotten about, yet still affects many, is trying to maintain, or even start a relationship during the pandemic. High school couples have had to...

Fall sports take on virtual seasons

Katherine Yi and her varsity field hockey teammates play against the Wootton team during the 2019 fall season. Unlike previous years, the virtual fall season in MCPS does not allow for in person practices and games.

By Jordan Pashkoff, Assistant Online Editor

October 19, 2020

This time last year, many WCHS students were in the midst of their fall sports season. Whether it was soccer, field hockey, volleyball, football or cross-country, the junior varsity and varsity teams practiced everyday and competed against other schools. This year, since school is fully virtual, fall s...

Guru Gobind Singh Foundation donates food to community members

WCHS SGA president Jay Wood (front) and another GGSF volunteer help load cars with fresh produce, hot meals, and other food supplies for those dealing with food insecurity and other food needs.

By Quinn Cook, News Editor

October 14, 2020

Outside of a Sikh temple located on Travilah Road in northern Potomac, the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (or GGSF) has distributed thousands of pounds of food and meals to those in need. Montgomery County, like many places, has been economically rocked by the Covid-19 pandemic, and one of the largest problems...

WCHS students find creative ways to spend their free time

Dribbling a basketball towards a defender, Zack Mantz (left) plays basketball during his freetime at Cabin John Middle School against some of his closest friends.

By Justin Greenzaid, Assistant Sports Editor

October 13, 2020

From wanting to go to your favorite sports games to being optimistic about finding a store that has Lysol in stock, Covid-19 has made life significantly more challenging. There are many pressing matters in the world right now, like politics and climate change, but one thing teenagers around the coun...

Quarantine allows time for self reflection and improvement

The time in quarantine allows for more people to relax and improve their mental health. Meditation, journaling, and reading are some options to lift your spirits.

By Fatima Yazdi, Senior Writer

May 30, 2020

It's been two months and counting in quarantine, and we are all on the edge of our seats, wondering how, and when this nightmare is going to end. Life is uncertain right now, and aside from protecting each other and staying safe, there is nott more we can do. It can be unsettling to feel like you hav...

NFL Draft virtually broadcasts top picks

Joe Burrow, the LSU quarterback who led his team to a National Championship, was drafted first overall by the Cincinatti Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.

By Allison Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2020

Due to social distancing and Coronavirus, the 2020 National Football League (NFL) Draft was broadcasted on TV, but was executed via Facetime calls from team coaches to the players being drafted. The first round of picks started on April 23rd, the second and third rounds on April 24th and the fourth th...

Zoom meetings connect Principal Heckert and students

During the Tenth Grade Zoom on May 7, Principal Brandice Heckert explained the options for how MCPS would give students second semester grades. The zooms have been held with each grade level and allowed students and stafff to reconnect, and ask questions.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor

May 29, 2020

Three months ago, Zoom was a virtually unknown app. Now, it is being used to host events and meetings throughout the world. It has become so popular that Principal Brandice Heckert is using it to reconnect with WCHS students and staff in grade-level meetings.  These half-hour sessions include Principal H...

Top 5 Books to Read During Coronavirus

The covers of each of the top 5 books to read during coronavirus stacked on top of each other. While none of them are about a pandemic, they all have topics that can relate to this time.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor

May 29, 2020

For those lucky enough to not have to fight the coronavirus on the front lines, there seems to be a lot more free time than usual. Watching TV, Facetiming, doing puzzles, and going on walks are starting to get old. Now is the perfect time to pick up a good book and pass the hours.  While these rec...

WCHS students stay active during quarantine

Senior Michael Castelli has been using dance as a way to cope during quarantine. Him and his friend have started teaching dance classes to help others stay active during this time.

By Ela Jalil, News Editor

May 29, 2020

Amidst this crazy time of the coronavirus quarantine, many people have stayed in their homes for months now. Schools were not the only thing that were shut down on March 15. Some spring sports never even got to begin their season, or just got two weeks of games and practices before school was cancelled.  ...

Chloe Ting workouts boost in popularity

Fitness youtuber Chloe Ting is notorious for her free workout programs. All of her workouts and programs are on her website for anyone to follow.

By Nur Yavuz, Features Editor

May 29, 2020

Since many places are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and many are in quarantine, there is more than enough time in the world to focus on feeling good and looking good. Fitness youtuber Chloe Ting has provided content to help anyone who wants to get in shape, while gyms around the country remain ...

Covid Cadets volunteer to help those in need

RMHS sophomore Christina DeFiore (left) is joined by other RMHS students, helping the DMV community by volunteering with the Covid Cadets. The Covid Cadets collect donations from doorsteps and front porches, taking them to So What Else, an organization that donates toys, games, clothes and many more to low-income families in the area.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

May 29, 2020

Everyone is asking about Covid-19. Where did it start? What can I do to stay safe? What will happen to my business and family? How can I help? There is an answer to the last question: students from around MCPS have stepped in to help their community, through a volunteer program called the Covid Cadets...

WCHS students help communties affected by pandemic

WCHS junior Cat Gilligan irons fabric that she will later sew to make face masks for those who need them during the pandemic. With the help of WCHS students and families, Gilligan has been able to craft and donate many masks to patients at local hospitals that are unable to get them on their own.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

May 29, 2020

Since the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, WCHS communities have been instructed by Gov. Larry Hogan to stay home and self-quarantine as the virus continues to spread. While the quarantine has kept people separated, it has also brought them together in many new ways.  As a way to help oth...

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