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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...

The good and bad of AP season: yearly review

The good and bad of AP season: yearly review

By Allison Jacobs and Andrew Chan, News Editor and Sports Editor

June 5, 2019

AP season marks the time from around mid-April to mid-May when preparation for AP exams goes into full swing, with teachers handing out review guide after review guide, and the cramming begins for many. AP season also means that stress is going to be a constant feeling when thinking about the classes...

New product provides the key to safety

New product provides the key to safety

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

June 5, 2019

For teens, especially young women, the threat of harassment on the street is a sad reality that many have to live with. Especially when alone, high school girls can be seen as easy targets by people with less than pure intentions. It is for this reason that many self-defense or protection products exist,...

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...

Getting to Know Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Getting to Know Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

With Asian Americans making up 25% of the WCHS student body, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May is an important time to celebrate the different cultures and ethnicities. Asian Pacific Americans play a large role in American history and continues to advance our country in many different ways....

AP classes provide challenge, give college credit

AP classes provide challenge, give college credit

By Julia Lescht, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

April: ‘tis the season to begin preparing for AP exams both in and out of the classroom. But, while many WCHS students participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout the school year, not all of them follow through with taking the corresponding exams. There are many reasons students decide...

Students Compete in E Sports

Students Compete in E Sports

By Bryan Fletcher, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

Given the recent increase in popularity of video game franchises like League of Legends, Super Smash Bros and Fortnite, it is not surprising that many gaming fans have found a way to add a competitive atmosphere to these otherwise light-hearted games. Competitive video games, often referred to colloquially as ‘E-...

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...

Celebrity videographer, 2kforbes, edits the DMV

Celebrity videographer, 2kforbes, edits the DMV

By Max Kandel, Jackson Resnick, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

With just over 9,000 followers on Instagram, his own merchandise and people all around the DMV screaming his name, 2kforbes has built up quite a following as a talented basketball filmer and editor. The ‘Hoop Mixtape’ has always been a staple of basketball and hip-hop culture. It has been around...

Black History Month blends celebration with education

Black History Month blends celebration with education

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

June 4, 2019

February is known for many things: it is the shortest month, it has a leap year once every four years, and it includes Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. But possibly the most enriching thing about February is that it is Black History Month. According to a 2010 History article, Black History...

Parched Madness

Parched Madness

By Eli Gordon, Brandon Li, Joe Raab, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

When you chow down on a sandwich or sub for lunch, choosing an appropriate drink to complement your meal is often difficult. To find out which drink the WCHS community prefers, we created a 16-team bracket, in the spirit of the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournament, to see which drink comes out poppi...

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