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Senior Banquet – 2020

Senior Hannah Zozobrado poses at

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

May 14, 2020

Ah, high school. I’ve seen so many movies about it.  At five years old, I remember watching “High School Musical” in the living room of my cousins’ house, enjoying the iconic end scene where they dance and sing “We’re All in This Together,” like the multi-talented flash mob of athletic...

“~how i’m feeling~” album paints different versions of Lauv

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

March 12, 2020

The Hopeless Romantic (blue), The Existentialist (purple), The Playboy (orange), The Eccentric (red), The Jokester (green), The Optimist (yellow): these are the different versions of Lauv that portray themselves throughout the album "~how i'm feeling~". The album cover has Lauv sitting in white attir...

Student Art Spotlight: Markus Silvertree

WCHS senior Markus Silvertree paints in his 4th period class, AP Art Studio, for his sustained investigation. On this large sheet, a compilation of ideas for new and potential pieces are mixed into one consolidated and designed brainstorming board.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

February 4, 2020

It is commonly said that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but what they don’t say is that as the apple falls down, it gets closer to the tree’s roots. In the case of senior Markus Silvertree, his roots are planted into the grounds of art and creativity, similar to his parents. “Honestly,...

“Right to be Forgotten” is a must see for WCHS students

As viewers walk into the Arena Stage venue, they are handed this play program book with Derril Lark, the main character of the play, in the center.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

December 3, 2019

A young, awkward and naive high school boy named Derril Lark is infatuated with a girl, Eve Selinsky. Desperate to ensure she’s safe and well, he follows his newfound love home day after day, unaware that his actions may be misconstrued as stalkerish or possessive. However, despite his pure intentions, Ev...

SciTech Technion international program fosters new experiences

Dressed up in his white lab coat and blue gloves, Nathan Slotnik makes the most of his SciTech Scholarship as he holds a micropipette in the laboratory, ready to contribute to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

November 28, 2019

William Shakespeare had once said “the world is your oyster,” but in a world of billions of people, it may be hard to stand out against the abundance of competition. However, for some people, standing out may come naturally; after undergoing the application process, WCHS senior Nathan Slotnik had ...

Washington Nationals Fans celebrate World Series victory

Senior Jeremy Ashe (left) stands along Constitution Ave. for the Nationals “Nats” Parade, sporting the baseball team in support of their recent World Series win.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

November 9, 2019

It is no secret that recently, Washington D.C. has been the hub of sports championships: the Washington Capitals witnessed their first Stanley Cup win in 2018, the Washington Mystics received their first WNBA championship earlier this year and, of course, let’s not forget to mention the groundbreaking v...

Lungs on fire: Amazon news encourage environmental action

Just outside the Capitol stands a group of WCHS juniors after walking out of school on Friday, Sept. 20, the day of the D.C. Climate Strike. Holding their handmade posters, they take their picture to commemorate the day they fought for environmental regulation, a controversy similar to that being fought in Brazil regarding the Amazon.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

October 11, 2019

The ongoing fires in the Amazon are a prime example of an environmental crisis that has been fueled by a political and economic agenda. As the Amazon is the most biodiverse area on earth and additionally provides approximately six to nine percent of the world’s oxygen, its current undoing should be r...

Moving up from JV teams to varsity teams brings students excitement

Many students begin on JV teams and move up to varsity teams as their skills improve.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

June 6, 2019

Most WCHS students grow up playing with their siblings, from biking together to playing random sports, but sometimes those sports can become an even bigger part of  their future. For junior Cammy Buckingham, she started off as a goalie for the sake of her older family members to practice their of...

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

As the number of students in cohort increase per school year, graduation rates decline. The correlation between the two exist as the number of students per school year include students of potential language barriers and homelessness.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

June 4, 2019

For the past 3 years, graduation rates among Montgomery County Public Schools have experienced a gradual decline. The statistics in the 2017-2018 school year have decreased to 88.4%, the lowest in graduation rates since the class of 2013. The public education throughout Montgomery County high schools...

‘She Kills Monsters’ relates to teen audience

The student directed production,

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

May 10, 2019

In every typical high school movie, there are the gamer geeks, the jocks, the popular cheerleaders, the annoying freshmen and of course the drama that comes with the social divide. However, WCHS’ spring play She Kills Monsters comes with a different yet realistic approach of high school life, student revelation and...

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