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Summer Health Program clears up space in schedules

Summer Health Program clears up space in schedules

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

June 10, 2019


Filed under News

Most WCHS students spend their summer vacationing, hanging out at the pool or going to camp. Going to three weeks of classes during the summer is not an ideal activity, but many rising 10th graders have to make the difficult decision between taking the required course Health over the summer or durin...

Time’s up MCPS; Health course must be revamped

By Maya Rosenberg, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

It’s only the first month of 2018, but society has already gone through a huge metamorphosis surrounding sexual assault and harassment. From the #MeToo movement to the Time’s Up initiative, celebrities and public figures are finally acknowledging sexual abuse and shedding light on assault and sexual...

Abortion Education Should be Integrated Into MCPS Health Curriculums

Abortion Education Should be Integrated Into MCPS Health Curriculums

By Sofia Williamson, Opinions Editor

January 4, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

In world history classes, students are taught a wide span of religion views without bias. For instance, In 1962,  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. This case, among others,...

After Concussion, Senior Learns to Love Her Brain

After Concussion, Senior Learns to Love Her Brain

By Kyle Emery, Staff Writer

November 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

Senior Sarah Renberg was playing for the highly competitive girls Pride hockey team when tragedy struck and was illegally hit during a game, receiving a severe concussion. “My head injury resulted in a ton of visual problems including no use in my left eye, blurred vision as well as double vision,...

New Health and Fitness Club introduced at CHS

New Health and Fitness Club introduced at CHS

By Nathan Deychman, Sports Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

Clubs are all but uncommon, but new ones with different ideals are hard to come by. The Health and Fitness Club is a new club debuting this year, and is the first of its kind at CHS. The club was founded on the basis that anyone can be fit. Its officers strive to help everyone develop a healthy lif...

Teachers must lift haze on marijuana education

Teachers must lift haze on marijuana education

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

October 30, 2013


Filed under Column, Opinions

In school there are certain phrases students hear a lot: stay in school, do your homework, stop bullying. One of the most stressed of these commandments is "say no to drugs." For the most part, drugs are bad for you, unless prescribed by doctors, and even then they should only be used as prescribed...

Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill set up wellness centers

By Yash Nigram, Production Editor

September 30, 2013


Filed under Uncategorized

MCPS has established school-based wellness centers at Gaithersburg High School and Watkins Mill High School this school year to raise health awareness and make medical services more accessible to their students. The only other high school in the county with a wellness center is Northwood High School, which has had one since 2008. According to MCPS Spokesman Dana Tofig, the wellness centers provid...

You Oughta Know

By Gil Jacobson and Emily Jin

May 30, 2013


Filed under Uncategorized

HEALTH Plan B One-Step The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step or the "morning-after pill" to be available as an over-the-counter pill to women 15 years or older April 30. Emergency contraceptives are most effective when taken 24 hours afte...

Students promote men’s health with Movember

Students promote men’s health with Movember

By Skylar Whitman, Staff Writer

December 3, 2012


Filed under Features

Many students think of November as a month when it is socially acceptable to let their facial hair grow freely, but a charitable foundation called "Movember" claims to have started this well-known occasion. Movember, founded in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, is a charity event in which men, and some women, s...

Health-New Molecule Delivers Oxygen

Health-New Molecule Delivers Oxygen

By Spenser Easterbrook and Tyler Mead

October 2, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives

John Khier, a pediatric critical care doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital, has recently developed a microparticle capable of oxygenating an organism’s blood for a short period of time. According to a June 28 Huffington Post article, Khier has been using rabbits to test the microparticle, which keep...

Soup companies make transition to BPA-free

Soup companies make transition to BPA-free

By Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

October 1, 2012


Filed under Features

You’ve just come down with the flu, it’s a rainy day and you just had a fight with your parents. It’s one of those days. You usually wouldn’t think twice about reaching for a can of some yummy, hits-the-spot chicken noodle soup—that is, until now. Recent studies have shown that this popular ...

‘Eyeballing’ alcohol causes concern in community

By By Jordan Maser Staff Writer

March 1, 2011


Filed under Features

It is Friday night, and junior John* walks into a house party. He sees a group of people in what appears to be excruciating pain surrounding the bar. They are eyeballing vodka, and he decides to join them−a decision he will soon regret. Eyeballing vodka is when a shot of vodka is poured into the eye...

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