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College decisions online are supportive

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

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

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 may  seem incomplete, they are the epitome of college announcements on social media.  As the ma...

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

By Sapna David, Features Editor

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 days pass by, many seniors are on edge, anticipating letters from their dream schools.  Gen Z...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

A group of students takes the

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2019

Every year, we seem to be catering to an increasingly apathetic student body. First was the elimination of high school exams. Then, a localized failed but notable attempt at a “no zero grading policy.” Now, an ACT that allows students to complete their test in multiple sittings-- because it is simply...

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

Students taking the ACT are often in the testing center for hours on end, but the new change will allow students to only test for one hour or less instead.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

November 13, 2019

On any given Saturday from 8-12 AM, certain high schools are packed with students taking standardized tests. However, soon this entirely too long process can become a lot shorter for many students. The new change to the ACT, which will allow students to take sections of the test individually starting...

Face Off: Security Upgrades

Face Off: Security Upgrades

By Ben Fox, Elizabeth Campbell, Sports Editor, Editor-in-Chief

January 7, 2014

 Improved security creates safer school environment When tragedy occurs, survivors and spectators are constantly left asking: what more could have been done? Was security too weak? Were there flaws in the system that could have been fixed? How could one more innocent life have been saved? Recently...

‘8Track’ allows users to create, share mixes

By Elizabeth Chen, Circulation Manager

September 27, 2011

For most people, musical taste is as unique as their thumbprints.  Internet radio sites such as Pandora tried to decipher a pattern in such musical preferences, but they failed to be very efficient or accurate.  Now has stepped up to the plate. is the first Internet radio...

FACE-OFF: Android vs. iPhone: King Apple reigns supreme

By Brittany Goodman, Archive Manager

September 27, 2011

Excuse me, may I have your attention please? An imposter, I repeat an imposter, of the Apple iPhone is dangerous and on the loose. My name is Android, and I am infiltrating the minds of children and parents around the world with my sleek exterior and tempting apps. My crime? I’m tricking innocent...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Congressional actions hamper medical treatment

By Andrea Mirviss, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2011

Movie fans all over the nation are familiar with the scene: Juno, a rambunctious, outspoken and feministic teenager, waddles up to the entrance of her local Planned Parenthood.  She rolls her eyes at a solitary Pro-Life protestor, but when the protester explains to her that her unborn child has developed...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Program lacks support, should not have public funding

By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

March 22, 2011

It is nothing short of irresponsible to pour the American people’s money into a controversial and inefficient organization that performs procedures the public cannot agree on. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, Americans are split right down the middle on the abortion issue, with 46 percent of Americans...

Faceoff- College has more excitement

By By Matthew Brothers: staff writer

March 2, 2010

Back in 2006, The George Mason men’s basketball team won the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots, who were a 13 seed, won their first four games by upsetting top programs in the tournament, leading them into the Final Four. However, this year...

Faceoff- pros are superior athletes

By By Joel Denicoff- staff writer

March 2, 2010

When you hear of players like Tyler Hansbrough, Adam Morrison, J.J. Redick and Christian Laettner you think of college superstars, but when these players jump to the NBA, you think of bench warmers. These college players, turn into benchwarmers when they reach the NBA because NCAA players compared...

Faceoff: Potbelly’s serves scrumptious subs

By Ben Hollander
Public Relations

May 28, 2009

Rotten subs, terrible service and bread with knives in it are some of the complaints Subway customers have expressed over the years. Potbelly’s on the other hand, is a much better sub chain, serving delicious, hot sandwiches, tasty milkshakes, a warm welcoming atmosphere and knife-free subs; and not...

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