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New AP payment policies create stress

New AP payment policies create stress
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...

The struggle is real: college applications

A WCHS student hands a recommendation letter template to give her teacher an idea of what to write.
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;...

NCAA athletes should be paid like the pros

The NCAA logo with clip art of a football player and a baksteball player with money in the background to show how the NCAA has a corrupt policy robbing many athletes of their money that they should be entitled to.
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...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

A group of students takes the
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.”...

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.
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...

A little larger than usual: overcrowding at WCHS

Students in Mr. Lee's fourth period have an extremely large class. WIth over 36 students, the overcrowding in the class can greatly affect Lee's attention and ability to work with all of his students equal.
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...

Yearly concussion tests should be mandatory

A section of the ImPACT concussion test ask students to memorize shapes and choose which shapes was shown seconds later. Through these tests cannot prevent concussions, they can show when  it is safe to clear an athlete.
October 21, 2019

Safety has always been a priority in athletics, especially for those who participate in high school sports. As a result, it is normal to ask, why is it that the WCHS faculty does not consider a yearly...

Watch out binge watchers: Netflix is changing its pace

Although some Netflix shows are changing their pace, Netflix itself isn't changing completely, and shows like
October 21, 2019

Will Netflix be changing your binging habits for you? Netflix’s new pacing schedule is going to keep binging habits to a minimum. Binge watching devalues shows and gets rid of the concept of suspense,...

Writing out traditions of cursive for the future

Students in the U. S. learn cursive in their primary school, but rarely use it after. Teaching cursive is an outdated practice that has been replaced by technology.
October 21, 2019

All of us remember the infamous kindergarten worksheets where students are asked to trace along a dotted line or continuously pencil out ten curly versions of the letter “Q” in a row to learn the cursive...

WCHS should offer self-defense classes for protection

The teaching of self-defense has been subject to much controversy by WCHS students. Self-defense, as useful and important as it is, is not frequently taught in high school P. E. classes.
October 21, 2019

September 16 was a normal day at Walt Whitman High School until a student unexpectedly physically attacked another student with a kitchen appliance: a frying pan. Although the incident was promptly taken...

JoJo Siwa dances over haters to build successful brand

JoJo Siwa taking a selfie at the 2017 Kid Choice Awards, where she won
April 4, 2019

Jojo Siwa doesn’t care what the haters say. “I'mma come back like a boomerang,” she says in her song, “Boomerang.” And she does. Jojo Siwa, born Joelle Joanie, made her television debut in...

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Recently, celebrities have made their political beliefs known to the public.
November 26, 2018

Pop singer Taylor Swift shared her views on political candidates in a lengthy caption that she posted to her instagram. Swift’s picture was liked by over 2 million people. Meanwhile, our president’s...

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