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Yearbook team faces challenges with COVID-19 safety concerns

This page of the WCHS yearbook from last school year displays the
November 29, 2020

In 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his constituents to keep pushing forward, so that one day they would be praised for their courage.  “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties,...

COVID-19 takes a toll on student mental health

Dillian George mental health has gone down the drain because she misses school sports and doesn't have motivation to do her school work.  She procrastinates in school and wants to have that social interaction that she had on school and the relationships with her teachers.
November 29, 2020

Since the start of the school year, students around the country have been participating in online school which has affected their mental health in many ways for the better or worse. In some cases, the...

Early College Program gives students edge in college career

A view of a building at Montgomery College's Rockville campus. Because of COVID-19, classes in the Early College Program are being held virtually, instead of on campus.
November 29, 2020

Like most American 16-year-olds, Ariadne Dimitoglou is doing her schooling from home. Unlike most of her classmates, who are learning material from their junior year of high school, she is learning at...

Big businesses take action with clean energy initiatives

Wind farms like the one pictured are part of the future of clean energy. Soon, large corporations across the globe will use these to power stores, cell towers, and even homes.
November 19, 2020

In an effort to slow climate change and lower carbon footprint, many big corporations from all industries such as Apple, Starbucks and Disney have created environmental initiatives. These initiatives range...

WCHS alumnus Rachel Nichols inspires student journalists

Los Angeles Lakers NBA finals MVP Lebron James stands next to reporter Rachel Nichols as the two hold his newly won NBA Finals Larry O’Brien Trophy. Nichols was the main sideline reporter covering the game in which Lebron won his fourth ever championship, and has built a strong relationship with players like Lebron over her many years reporting on the league.
November 11, 2020

As millions watched Lebron’s post-game interview after capturing his fourth NBA Championship, fans were also looking at a WCHS graduate. Interviewing one of the sports world’s most dominating figures...

WCHS clubs adapt to virtual meetings

Elyssa Shenker holds a digital meeting of her club, Purposefully Repurposed. Shenker has been forced to adapt to the challenges of virtual school.
November 11, 2020

As of the 2020-2021 school year, there are 157 active clubs at WCHS. Ranging from Kpop Dance Club to Women in Politics, there is truly a fit for every student. In a normal, in-person school year, it is...

Pumpkin spice products reemerge in annual season craze

Some key ingredients of what is now known as pumpkin spice where found on ancient Indonesian pottery dating back as far as 3,500 years.
November 11, 2020

In recent years, pumpkin spice has become somewhat of a holiday tradition. There are seasonal pumpkin spice lattes (PSL) from Starbucks and all things pumpkin-spiced elsewhere, including pumpkin spice...

Solidarity Masks promotes safety and social justice

Solidarity Mask team members and students Meredith Eby, Lily Geshelin, Sofía Noguera and Carolina Noguera have all been working together to run the non-profit since May of 2020.
October 28, 2020

For those tired of wearing blue surgical masks and looking for a more sustainable, impactful and trendy option, Solidarity Masks is the answer. Solidarity Masks, co-founded by WCHS junior Carolina Noguera,...

New teachers arrive at WCHS for 2020-2021 school year

These new teachers joined the WCHS staff department this fall.
October 28, 2020

Since schools closed due to COVID-19, there have been many new teachers in the WCHS community. In total, 28 new staff members are new to WCHS; 23 of them are teachers. Due to remote learning, it has been...

Virtual art and gym classes adopt new techniques


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Gym classes are still a great way for students to get moving after long class periods of sitting down. Through videos and demonstrations, students have been able to get some of the gym experience during this period of distance learning.
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Gym classes are still a great way for students to get moving after long class periods of sitting down. Through videos and demonstrations, students have been able to get some of the gym experience during this period of distance learning.
October 28, 2020

With in-person school closed, art and gym teachers especially have had to adapt and adjust this school year. From curriculum changes and connections issues, it has been a whirlwind of new experiences....

WCHS teachers battle anxiety during virtual learning

Due to the sudden switch to distance learning, teachers have had to adjust how to teach their lessons during the pande
October 28, 2020

No one was prepared for the extreme set of obstacles that the pandemic hurled at us. Teachers were especially taken aback in the spring by the switch to distance-learning, scrambling to modify their classes...

WCHS teachers switch from Google Classroom to myMCPS


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Before the pandemic, teachers used Google Classroom as the main platform for online teaching and resources. Now educators use Canvas which students and teachers are beginning to get used to.
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Before the pandemic, teachers used Google Classroom as the main platform for online teaching and resources. Now educators use Canvas which students and teachers are beginning to get used to.
October 28, 2020

Last year during the fourth quarter, teachers were frantically trying to instruct classes using Zoom and Google Classroom. Eventually, it was decided that the first semester of the next school year would...

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