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Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

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 Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

CGI should not live on screen after death

CGI should not live on screen after death

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2019

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man.” In the words of James Byron Dean, he is a prime example of a great man. He is not only an acting legend but also remembered as a cultural icon for perfecting the typical rebellio...

Increased social media use will better communication

Increased social media use will better communication

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

December 17, 2019

Social media is a great communication tool at WCHS. Social media can be used by teachers and WCHS employees to communicate important events and raise school spirit. Brandice Heckert, the principal of WCHS, uses social media to communicate with parents, students, teachers and the community about WCHS ev...

Half days only leave room for half of the learning

Half days only leave room for half of the learning

By Ohio Meshanko, Advertising & Subscription Manager

December 17, 2019

With the first quarter of the MCPS 2019-2020 school year over and done with, many students rejoiced at the beginning of a new chapter for the year. Students were also happy to spend time at home, due to the fact that the normal half day that coincides with the quarter’s end was extended this year to i...

Y the new ABC song for LMN-tary schoolers?

Y the new ABC song for LMN-tary schoolers?

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

December 17, 2019

“A B C, easy as one, two, three; simple as Do-Re-Mi,” The Jackson 5 once sang. Yet, the gaining recognition of the new alphabet song has everyone in shock and disdain for its new rhythm and beat. Sung by Matt of the Dream English Kids youtube channel, he rids of the confusion for the 5 letters that ...

Better to beat the holiday shopping madness by finishing early

Better to beat the holiday shopping madness by finishing early

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

December 17, 2019

With the start of this year’s holiday season, many stores have begun selling holiday items earlier than ever before, some even before Nov.. However, many customers feel overwhelmed by the early addition of holiday decorations, even though early shopping itself can be helpful in many ways during the...

New AP payment policies create stress

New AP payment policies create stress

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

December 17, 2019

Advanced Placement exams have their obvious stressors: allocating enough time to study and retain a year’s worth of information, taking practice tests, mentally preparing for a multiple hour exam and now, mandatory payments required seven months in advance. The pressure of AP tests has always hit stud...

The struggle is real: college applications

The struggle is real: college applications

By Sapna David, Features Editor

November 13, 2019

As soon as AP exams are over, students flood their teachers rooms asking just one question: “Is there any chance you would be willing to write my teacher recommendation?” Teachers are used to this; many teachers have their own system to pick students and some have their own forms for  students ...

NCAA athletes should be paid like the pros

NCAA athletes should be paid like the pros

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

November 13, 2019

Since the dawn of time college athletes being able to make money was forbidden by the NCAA. The debate has roared on and college athletes finally may be on the verge of compensation. The NCAA rules state that athletes are not allowed to be paid by their schools, make money off endorsements or have agents...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

New updates diminish the value of ACT

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

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

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...

A little larger than usual: overcrowding at WCHS

A little larger than usual: overcrowding at WCHS

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

October 21, 2019

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, students noticed that classes felt a little bigger than usual. In fact, classes are a lot bigger than usual. WCHS now suffers from an overcrowding problem in some classes, a huge issue that must be dealt with for the sake of the quality of education tha...

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