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WCHS Art History and Ceramic Sculpture teacher Leonard Dermont   is the November 2021 TOTM, an award he earned through his engaging lessons and close connections with students.

Teacher of the Month: Leonard Dermont

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2021

After over 30 years of teaching, and 20 of them at WCHS, Art History and Ceramic Sculpture teacher Leonard Dermont has finally received the coveted Teacher of the Month award. His devotion to art and teaching...

Pictured are the winners of the WCHS Gardening Club’s pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 25. The designs pictured from top to bottom are “Monsters Inc.” character Mike Wazowski, a Bulldog paw print and the meme “loss.”

Blossoming Gardening Club takes root at WCHS

By Olivia Yasharoff, Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2021

Good thymes and green thumbs: the new WCHS Gardening Club is planting the seeds for a successful first year.  The formation of the club stemmed from the co-founders’ appreciation for plants, produce...

Seniors Aryaan Duggal (right) and Ryan Jen (left) show off what they did at Potomac Day on Oct. 23. Duggal manned the stand at Kicks Karate, while Jen led the WCHS drumline in the parade.

WCHS students drum up support at Potomac Day

December 1, 2021

From a parade -- complete with the WCHS drumline -- to dozens of stands representing local businesses, Potomac Day 2021 marked a return to the annual October tradition.  It began with a parade featuring...

A WCHS staff member monitors the front doors by the Bulldog Lobby out into the bus loop to make sure that only seniors who show their lunch passes are eligible to leave at lunch.

WCHS opens a door to new teacher responsibilities

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager October 26, 2021

WCHS staff guarding exterior doors before school and during lunch left many questions up in the air regarding the COVID-19 in-person learning plan, and was not a detail that was overlooked by students....

Erin Brown, an AP World and European History teacher, poses with her Teacher of the Month sign in front of her French flag and historical memes. Her walls are decorated with the flags of different countries in Europe and around the world.

Teacher of the Month: Erin Brown

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief October 26, 2021

In green Sharpie, Erin Brown writes her name in all capital letters on the paper, adding a personal touch on the sign she will hold as Teacher of the Month. After that, her picture was taken. Even with...

The portables were a new addition to WCHS in order to accommodate the growing number of students. Pictured is Portable 1, where many students have AP NSL class.

Portables prompt problems for WCHS students and teachers

By Caroline Harless, Photo Manager October 26, 2021

You’ve probably noticed the tan-colored structures with walkways and a courtyard outside of WCHS. However, do you know what they are? Well they’re called portables: new classrooms that were added in...

Sophomore Zara Kanold-Tso (left) talks with her friends after a Track meet on June 1st. Although masks are no longer required, Kanold-Tso prefers to keep it on as an extra safety precaution.

Montgomery County begins to lift COVID-19 restrictions

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Copy Editor June 14, 2021

Montgomery County entered Phase 3 of reopening on May 28, lifting restrictions on face coverings, social distancing and capacity limits just in time for Memorial Day weekend. This final phase removes limits...

WCHS junior Dani Primerano smiles behind here mask after recieving her COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a cool narwhal bandaid was an added perk to finally getting the shot.

Vaccine eligibility eases student concerns

By Rachel Mattison, Online Editor May 17, 2021

Needles and fear: for many WCHS students those two words are synonymous. In normal years, students dread having to get shots, but everyone knows this year is not normal with desperation setting in to receive...

As a person who loves to travel and spend time with loved ones, Bartlebaugh does not let the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of finding creative solutions to spending free time.

TOTM: Riley Bartlebaugh

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager May 7, 2021

Despite beginning their first year at WCHS online, Riley Bartlebaugh has made their positive and lively presence widely known among AP language and composition students. Known as Mx. B to their students,...

At WCHS, sophomore Sydney Willich walks to her class in Portable 3. Portables are a new addition to WCHS this year to accommodate all students.

Portables create a unique learning experience at WCHS

By Kaylen Chang, Assistant Social Media Manager April 30, 2021

Next to the WCHS carpool loop, wooden ramps lead students to an odd learning environment: trailers crammed together like puzzle pieces, better known as portables. These portables are detached from the...

Apps like Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast have made it easier then ever to find and enjoy podcasts.

Podcasts gain popularity and WCHS students cash in

By Liam Klein, Assistant Online Editor April 26, 2021

Podcasts have seen a massive boom in popularity over the past few years. As podcasts like the “Joe Rogan Experience,” “Reply All,” “Crime Junkie”, “the Ben Shapiro Show” and “The Daily...

This May, the senior class SGA will be hosting WCHS first ever drive-in movie. The purpose of this is to both celebrate seniors and give them the opportunity to safely reconnect before graduation.

Drive-in movies fill the void left behind by with the absence of senior events

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager April 26, 2021

No longer do seniors have roaring crowds at Friday night football games sending them off in the fall. Nor do they get to dress up, dine and dance with their friends on a Saturday night in spring. Senior...

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