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From pop to indie to EDM, Billie Eilish strikes new fans

From pop to indie to EDM, Billie Eilish strikes new fans

By Nora Holland, Senior Writer

May 10, 2019


Filed under Arts, Music

You press play and immediately hear the slurping sounds of a pair of Invisalign being taken out of a mouth as Billie presents her album. Despite the lighthearted and quirky entrance, you are quickly submerged into a world of darkness, demons, tears and pain. This is “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE...

Country music is more explicit than people may think

Country music is more explicit than people may think

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Music, Opinions, Top Stories

Parents traveling with little kids will often switch the station when a rap song comes on to a “safer” genre, like country, to avoid exposing them to controversial topics. However, changing the station to country music does just the opposite. While country music may seem to be clean, many songs in the genr...

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscription Manager

May 9, 2019


Filed under Restaurants, Students

Flowers are blooming. People are sneezing. Iced Coffee is making a comeback. Spring is officially here, and with that comes many little events that people wait for all year. One of which, is the release of new seasonal foods and drinks that chain restaurants create each year. Starbucks Lemon Cake ...

SAS: Brandon Bland

SAS: Brandon Bland

By Laura Sneller, Senior Writer

May 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Students

When watching the beautiful WCHS theater productions, the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and during rehearsal is easy to overlook. Senior and student producer Brandon Bland is an integral part of WCHS theater, but his interests extend beyond just high school shows. Bland began his inte...

“Be More Chill” appeals to WCHS students

“Be More Chill” appeals to WCHS students

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor in Chief

April 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Top Stories, Uncategorized

A Broadway musical review seems a far off discussion for a piece in a Potomac high school’s newspaper. A science fiction comedy makes for an even less likely candidate. However, the new musical “Be More Chill” presents an ever relevant and relatable perspective on the modern high school expe...

Bao film impresses WCHS students

Bao film impresses WCHS students

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Pixar has recently become an avid supporter of cultural inclusion through its films like “Sanjay’s Super Team” portraying Indian culture, and “Coco” portraying Latino culture. To add another one to the list, “Bao” is an eight minute short film taking a bite into Chinese culture in a way t...

Captain Marvel impresses

Captain Marvel impresses

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Movies and Television, Uncategorized

A comic book hero turned into film? Check. Shooting laser beams from her wrists? Check. Nice battle scenes and great chemistry? Check. And Marvel’s first female-led superhero film? Check. The story of a fighter pilot turned superhero hit theaters March 8. Co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck,...

Cycling studio pedals to CJ

Cycling studio pedals to CJ

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Arts

In February, Biker Barre opened a new studio at Cabin John Shopping Center. The franchise started off as the first-ever indoor cycling and barre studio in D.C., but with rivals like Soul Cycle and Zengo Cycle, it’s certainly had its fair share of competition in the area. Biker Barre offers a variety...

Student Arts Spotlight: Claire Yang

Student Arts Spotlight: Claire Yang

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Arts

After receiving an honorable mention in the Johns Hopkins Curiosity Art Competition and a silver medal from the Scholastic National Art Competition, junior Claire Yang is an artist with a promising future ahead of her. Her unique and thought-provoking art meshes personal experiences with relatable emotions. Yang...

Jordan Peele’s “Us” uses horror to critique American life

Jordan Peele’s “Us” uses horror to critique American life

By Dani Miller, Production Designer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Uncategorized

Rabbits, Sewers and Scissors, oh my! On the heels of his widely successful (and brilliant) 2017 directorial debut, Get Out, director Jordan Peele’s sophomore project, Us, tells the story of a modern day family placed in thrilling circumstances when confronted and attacked by their bitter clones....

Blast 30 brings WCHS students to center stage

Blast 30 brings WCHS students to center stage

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2019


Filed under Arts

Outstanding solo performances, catchy songs, sparkling lights and talented dancers. Blast 30: Blast From the Past included all of these aspects and more, and it definitely proved to be a memorable show for the audience. Similar to years past, this year’s Blast included a theme, which was Blast from...

Brooklyn Nine-Nine impresses WCHS students

Brooklyn Nine-Nine impresses WCHS students

By Olivia Yasharoff, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

“Noice.” “Smort.” “Cool, cool, cool.” These phrases can all be used to describe NBC’s hit comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in addition to being the lingo that the characters on the show (and its fans) love to use. Starring comedian Andy Samberg, actor Andre Braugher and actress Melissa Fumero...

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