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For the 2021 election, many first time voters have decided to vote using a mail-in ballot, instead of the traditional in-person polling method. Although there are concerns about the accuracy of mail-in ballots, they are an effective way to stay safe and avoid contracting COVID-19.

WCHS seniors register to vote in the 2020 presidential election

By Ava Freeman, Online Editor-in-Chief October 14, 2020

Voting for the first time is an exciting milestone in any 18-years-old’s life. It is an opportunity to voice one's opinion in politics and be a part of a decision that will affect the future of the U....

Feminine products should be free...period.

Feminine products should be free…period.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor March 3, 2020

An average woman will have over 500 periods in her lifetime, each one lasting between three to seven days according to a Feb. 2020 Netdoctor article. Each day she should use between three to seven pads...

With WCHS's new attendance policy in place, students will need to make sure to arrive on time to class. This especially means, no ignoring your alarm clock and sleeping in during first period.

Students hit snooze on the new attendance policy

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor March 3, 2020

There are countless reasons students may not be within their classroom’s door frame at the second the bell rings commencing the beginning of a period. Whether they have to use the bathroom before class,...

Snap Maps is a feature on Snapchat where locations can be shared with friends while using the app. This technological feature can hurt teens' mental health as they can see when they are being left out from an event which can lead to the feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety.

Location tracking apps are not the right snap

By Riley Hurr, Editor-in-Chief March 3, 2020

To what lengths will parents go to express their love for their children? As we ride into this new technological era, social media tracking apps are becoming more and more popular. With features such as...

The increase in acceptance rates for Early Decision applications puts pressure on students and families to apply somewhere ED. This can pose a heavy financial burden on families, as ED doesn't allow students to see the different financial aid packages they could be offered.

Early Decision: a binding commitment worth rejecting

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor February 3, 2020

In today’s incredibly accomplishment-driven society, a college degree is vital to succeed in life. Most jobs require at least graduation from an undergraduate college, while many also require additional...

The Walgreens in Potomac Woods Plaza has begun stocking the iconic chocolate heart boxes of Valentine's Day. Most of this chocolate will not be bought or eaten, and as displayed by the pile of boxes on the cart, creates waste. The quantity of candy available in early January also prompts thought on the fossil fuels necessary to make all of these products and transport all of them to thousands of stores throughout the country.

Valentine’s Day: not so sweet for the environment

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor February 3, 2020

There is no better way to show how much you love someone than  presenting them with a bouquet of roses, a heart shaped box of chocolates and a plush teddy bear. But these flowers die in a week or so,...

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.

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...

James Dean, who died in 1955, will be back on the big-screen in

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...

Ms. Heckert tweets three photos of the WCHS play:

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,...

The current system in place for halddays leave students with no time for valuable learning experiences, which is a serious problem when reviewing or learning material for big tests.

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 new alphabet song is not being received well online. Despite there being some benefits for non-English speakers with this newer version, the general creation arguably serves as evidence that in modern day living, pushes children into learning material at a quicker rate to contribute to a collectivist society.

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...

Seasonal stores such as the Hallmark store in Montgomery Mall set up holiday decorations weeks before the holiday season begins to get customers excited for great holiday sales and deals.

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...

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