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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...

Different cultures welcome in holidays

Different cultures welcome in holidays

By Victoria Park, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019

What do crackling fireworks, bubbly champagne (or apple cider for the kids), a kiss at midnight, 2019 LED glasses, and 4 wooden sticks have in common? Most Americans recognize New Year’s as a time to make resolutions and watch the ball drop, but other cultures welcome the year in much different ways...

Giving back during the holidays

Giving back during the holidays

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

February 5, 2019

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with the holidays comes the time for giving back to the community. At WCHS, students are not only giving back to the community during the holidays, but during other times of the year as well. Whether it be through fundraisers, volunteer work or startups,...

National parks vandalized because of govt. shutdown

National parks vandalized because of govt. shutdown

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 23, 2019

As of Jan. 9, the 2018-2019 U.S. government shutdown is now the longest in history, breaking the 1996 record. An estimate of 380,000 government employees have been granted leaves of absence and another 420,000 are expected to work without pay for the duration of the shutdown, halting progress in federal dep...

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

January 23, 2019

As part of WCHS’ Advanced Programming class, students are able to opt out of the class’s curriculum and instead participate in the Zero Gravity Robotics competition. Both MIT and NASA sponsor the international competition for high schoolers. WCHS made it to the finals in 2014, before the competition was o...

New phone game, BitLife, sweeps WCHS hallways

New phone game, BitLife, sweeps WCHS hallways

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor-in-Chief

January 10, 2019

You may have heard students in the hallways of WCHS yell things like, “I’ve won the lottery!” or, “I had 26 kids yesterday!” and wondered what they meant. As strange as these sentences sound, they are all common phrases in the immensely popular new phone game BitLife. The game revolves a...

English dept. leads teacher meditations

English dept. leads teacher meditations

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2018

English teachers Jeffrey Savett and Samantha McEvoy have began department-wide meditation meetings, where they lead English teachers in guided meditation. They meet in Savett’s classroom twice a week during the school day. The meetings began two weeks ago, and this is the first year either of the...

Anonymous apps elicit more harm than good

Anonymous apps elicit more harm than good

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

December 14, 2018

‘Hey, a friend added you on After Hours! Join the fun!’ a text message reads, indicating yet another anonymous app has been created. Marketing itself towards high schoolers, anonymous social media websites revolve around giving compliments, who’s hot (and who’s not), confessions, parties, hook-ups...

Juuls are now more prominent than ever among students

Juuls are now more prominent than ever among students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2018

About 3.5 inches long, sleek, black and looks more similar to a flash drive than anything else, the Juul is everywhere. Walking into the bathroom, you are sure to meet someone puffing out flavored smoke, which, while seemingly harmless, has hooked lots of WCHS students. As with all fads, Juuling...

New year and new principal escalate spirit

New year and new principal escalate spirit

By Julia Lescht and Jenna Greenzaid, Online Editor-in-Chief, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2018

CHS students start each school year with the same jokes about their usual lack of school spirit. This year, however, the change in school spirit is no joke. Since the beginning of her term, Principal Brandice Heckert has made it a point to foster a welcoming, spirited and enthusiastic atmosphere....

Kamasine

Kamasine

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

November 26, 2018

From babysitting to shoveling snow in the winter time, WCHS students have many ways of making their own money. However, senior Maya Hatoum has done something truly exceptional in creating Kamasine, a clothing site run solely by high school students. Kamasine is an online clothing site run by high...

WCHS Students Embody Entrepreneurialism

WCHS Students Embody Entrepreneurialism

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

November 26, 2018

For some WCHS students, a typical Sunday evening may consist of a nice stack of homework and family dinner. For others, their Sundays include tutoring, baking a batch of cupcakes or coming up with new choker designs. Whether it be jewelry making, babysitting or tutoring, WCHS students have found easy...

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