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Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

Instagram stories captivate WCHS users

By Eliza Asbury and Jenna Greenzaid

April 8, 2019

Just when we thought social media could not possibly captivate our attention, energy, and time any longer, the Instagram story feature scrolled into our lives. The circles sit right at the top of the screen when you open the app, begging to be opened. Instagram has long since become a regular social media platform ...

Positive Friend Groups Boost WCHS Experience

Positive Friend Groups Boost WCHS Experience

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019

High school is a time for students to build memorable relationships with new friends while cherishing every moment before leaving for college. However, there can be tension or negative energy within a group of friends that can fracture the bonds between each member. On the other hand, a strong, positive...

Sibling Bonds Grow Despite Inevitable Change

Sibling Bonds Grow Despite Inevitable Change

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019

Older siblings may consider their younger siblings annoying, immature and even embarrassing. Likewise, younger siblings often consider their older siblings to be bossy and mean. Eventually, however, the older sibling will go off to college, leaving an absence that the younger child is not used to. As...

Roommate search stresses rising college students

Roommate search stresses rising college students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

Some say it’s more stressful than applying to college. Some say it’s harder than writing all those essays. It’s more than proving yourself; it’s making yourself seem chill, smart, desirable and fun all at once. It’s the search for a college roommate. For seniors opting out of the random roommat...

Students Compete in E-Sports

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

April 5, 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...

Elite academy reinvents teaching styles

Elite academy reinvents teaching styles

By Janneke Kovoor, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019

Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire is arguably the most elite prep school in America, with an endowment of over one billion dollars and a list of notable alumni that includes Mark Zuckerberg. Exeter’s website claims that the academy will “change your life” and seems to have made ...

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...

WCHS English teacher publishes young adult novel series

WCHS English teacher publishes young adult novel series

By Jeremy Fredricks, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

If you’ve had English 9 teacher Grant Goodman, you may be familiar with his work as an author. Goodman is currently working on the fourth book in his series “Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve,” in addition to a sci-fi novel for high school students. Goodman first pursued his passion for writing in...

Movie memes take over social media platforms

Movie memes take over social media platforms

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019

The modern day movie watching experience goes as such: Movie. Meme. Repeat. You see a movie, and when you go home to check Instagram or Twitter, you see the thousands of memes created about said movie. Recently, movies of all genres have been subjects of the meme world. For those who have not gotten...

WCHS’ best of 2018

WCHS’ best of 2018

By Bradley Furgerson and Jackson Resnick

February 27, 2019

Best Artist: Ariana Grande Ever since exploding onto the music scene in 2013, Ariana Grande has been one of the biggest names in pop music. Recent years have been kind to the former Nickelodeon star, as she has had hit single after hit single almost every year except 2017 when she did not release a...

How to survive college: a guide for incoming freshmen

How to survive college: a guide for incoming freshmen

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2019

The thought of college can be scary for students of any age, especially since many do not know what to expect. College is supposed to be an amazing experience that gives young adults the chance to become independent, choose a career path and have fun, but it is also a lot to handle. The first semester...

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