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Arena Stage’s “Junk” proves to be quite valuable

Junk, Ayad Akhtar's Shakespearean paced satire, masterfully grips the audience and keeps this grip from scene to scene, while also packing in rife subtext critiquing money's chokehold on our culture.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Senior Writer

May 10, 2019

Four desks, eight chairs and a whole lot of money—millions on millions. This is the minimalistic scene Arena Stage’s “Junk” sets in the first few minutes of the play, though the play is anything but. Ayad Akhtar’s “Junk,” being performed at D.C.’s Arena Stage from April 5 to May 5, chronic...

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

Hando posted a congratulatory photo for senior Halle Pogorelc on her commitment to Wisconsin. WCHS seniors have been using Instagram stories to shout out their friends in honor of their future college.

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 ...

All in the stars? Don’t live your life by celestial movement

All in the stars? Don't live your life by celestial movement

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

We’ve all heard how Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers, but what exactly does that mean aside from their ill-fated love affair? For those who believe in astrology-- and the control stars have over human destiny-- it means everything. Astrology is the study of the influence of c...

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

The current bell schedule would be greatly modified to include the new advisory period.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019

WCHS is implementing a new monthly advisory period that started Feb. 14 for students to voice their thoughts and opinions and for teachers to share news with the student body. The idea came from Principal Brandice Heckert who is bringing the advisory period idea from the other MCPS schools she has worked...

Anything Goes is a big hit on Arena Stage

Arena Stage's Anything Goes takes place on the S.S. American ship and displays the interconnected lives of passengers on their way to London.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

January 10, 2019

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I first went to see Anything Goes, though I can honestly say that what I watched was a hundred times better than anything I could’ve imagined. Anything Goes is a musical (originally from Broadway) that is being performed at Arena Stage in D.C. from Nov...

Q&A with Deborah Schaumberg, Author of “The Tombs”

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2018

At WCHS, the media center periodically hosts authors to talk to students about their novels as well as the writing process. Deborah Schaumberg, author of ‘The Tombs’ and mother of WCHS alumnae, spoke to students Nov. 13 throughout different classes during the school day. Her novel follows the...

New year and new principal escalate spirit

The student section was packed with students from all grades at the Sept. 21 football game against Whitman HS. Students donned Hawaiian attire to partake in the themed game.

By Julia Lescht and Jenna Greenzaid, Online Editor-in-Chief, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2018

CHS students start each school year with the same jokes about their usual lack of school spirit. This year, however, the change in school spirit is no joke. Since the beginning of her term, Principal Brandice Heckert has made it a point to foster a welcoming, spirited and enthusiastic atmosphere....

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

The Anti Defamation League has a very common motto,

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sophie Liss

November 19, 2018

After recent incidents at WCHS in which anti-semitic symbols were drawn on school property and a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, WCHS has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to introduce new forums where students can discuss their thoughts on hate within the MCPS community. Each...

New WCHS athlete commitments make community proud

(From right to left) Seniors Jack Butler, Nick Wagman, and Nick Smyth committed to colleges they’ll be attending in the 2019-2020 school year.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2018

The one thing on the mind of CHS students during the fall of their senior year is college applications: where to apply, when to apply, what you need for each school. For boys varsity football seniors Nick Wagman, Nick Smyth and Jack Butler, their application process for college is slightly differe...

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2018

MCPS has a $2.519 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 to fund operations for the 204 schools included in the county. While MCPS may be adequately funded, there are still alarming disparities within the county concerning planned distribution of resources to schools and funding for such reso...

Self-tanning is burned into the minds of CHS students

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

June 8, 2018

The film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” not only delves into the story of a boy who won a golden ticket, but uses the characters of Oompa Loompas to help tell the tale. While also being quite musical, they manage to showcase a nice orange complexion, sometimes similar (though more extreme) t...

Prom: Then vs Now

Prom: Then vs Now

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2018

Almost every school dance starts the same way: making plans with a group for a limo and dinner, picking the perfect outfit and finding the right spot for pictures—nothing seems to deviate from the norm, or so we think. While it may not seem like it, the differences between prom today versus prom...

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