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Trendsetters: teens taking after celebrities

Trendsetters: teens taking after celebrities

By Ohio Meshanko and Victoria Park

December 3, 2019

One of the most important aspects of teen lives is the clothing they wear. Brand names, color, price, design, celebrity endorsements and many other factors all influence the clothes they buy. Fashion-forward teens follow the changing trends of every season and also change the way they shop to develop th...

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 20, 2019

Royal blue. Kelly green. WCHS students proudly rock our colors—and it turns out that we can definitely rock pink, too. WCHS’s school-wide Pink-Out Day was last Friday, Oct. 25. The amount of support for breast cancer awareness and school spirit displayed among students was apparent. Special pink-o...

Tech updates needed within this technological age

Tech updates needed within this technological age

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

November 6, 2019

In recent years, many MCPS classrooms have been completely overhauled to accommodate a modern learning and teaching experience. The widespread adoption of Promethean boards and chromebooks, specifically, have allowed for lessons to be planned and organized faster and  cleaner than with markers or ch...

Delays in college applications add to the pressure

Delays in college applications add to the pressure

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

June 6, 2019

The college application process is long, complex, and often frustrating for many rising WCHS seniors. It includes asking teachers for recommendations, writing long, personal essays, and taking several state and national tests many times in order to maximize scores. Senior year, much like any other schoo...

Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

A high school teacher from San Francisco has gone viral after making a poster that allows students to indicate how they are feeling mentally with colorful post-it notes. This innovative type of mental check-in begs the question: would something like this be beneficial at WCHS? High-school teacher...

Social media becomes a battleground for political views

Social media becomes a battleground for political views

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 4, 2019

WCHS students have the privilege of being close to Washington D.C., allowing them to attend many political marches. These marches can make for some pretty cool Instagram photo-ops with posters in hand. But this Montgomery County student’s recent post at a local pro-life march just went viral. Holy...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

June 4, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

May 10, 2019

Everyone knows that the type of spies that are in movies are not likely to exist to the same degree that they do in the cinema, but other types of spying do exist and one of them is right under your nose. Your internet usage is being monitored, specifically, when you’re are at school. Students in our ...

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

By Emily Zhang, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

Interested in art, but do not know where to start? One of WCHS’ many clubs, i-Illustrate is the right place to express one’s creativity. Every Thursday during lunch in room 276, WCHS students can drop by to enjoy some relaxing art sessions. Juniors Claire Yang and Kristin Zhu run the club as Co-President...

Comfort zones allow WCHS student to shine

Comfort zones allow WCHS student to shine

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

March 11, 2019

Everyone has a comfort zone, an environment where one has a sense of familiarity, safety, and security, and there is something to be said for stepping out of it. When students step out of of their comfort zone, they accomplish things that they aren’t necessarily comfortable doing, with higher levels of st...

Educational Foundation funds school initiatives

Educational Foundation funds school initiatives

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

February 8, 2019

With such a wide array of highly productive and innovative students and staff at WCHS, a source for funding of school projects and events has become quite the necessity. For many years now, funding for some of the school’s largest endeavors has come from the WCHS Educational Foundation. The Educational...

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