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Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2020

For high school students, nothing is more annoying than when other students get the answers for a test that you spent the whole night studying for. Cheating is clearly unfair but with modern technology, it is only becoming easier to get away with it and harder for school administrators to prevent.  ...

Seal of Biliteracy award symbolizes dedication to mastering a language

Seal of Biliteracy award symbolizes dedication to mastering a language

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

January 18, 2020

There is one thing that sets certain WCHS students apart from the others: biliteracy. Some students can fluently write, speak and understand another language because it is either spoken at home or in the student’s environment in some way. One course of action for these students to gain the recognitio...

English Honors Society gives back

English Honors Society gives back

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The tables were lined with books of every color, size and genre. There was another table full of cookies and other festive desserts. It was the English Honors Society’s fourth annual Book Fair, held on Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019. The event was spearheaded by English teacher Mary Dempsey, who runs the EH...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

Maryland has gone viral on Tik-Tok: scary or beneficial?

Maryland has gone viral on Tik-Tok: scary or beneficial?

By Ela Jalil and Olivia Yasharoff

January 14, 2020

TikTok has been sweeping the nation with its viral dance trends, comedy skits and lipsyncing videos. But when WCHS students noticed lots of Maryland and Montgomery County themed videos randomly appearing, they knew something was off.  Picture this: you are mindlessly scrolling through the “For Yo...

Unique gifts boosts teachers’ spirits

Unique gifts boosts teachers’ spirits

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

January 5, 2020

Each year students struggle with finding the ideal gift for others. They browse the web and wander into stores at the mall in hopes of finding the perfect present whether it be for a friend or a teacher. They cannot be cliche or boring, but what about crazy? Often times teachers receive the craziest...

English Honor Society changes for the better

English Honor Society changes for the better

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

January 5, 2020

Honor societies are vital to high schools for the standard of excellence they bring to various subjects, including math, spanish and art. One of WCHS’ longest existing honor societies is the English Honor Society (EHS), currently run by english teacher Mary Dempsey and senior officers Clare Tobin,...

Harry Styles walks a Fine Line in his second solo album

Harry Styles walks a Fine Line in his second solo album

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

January 5, 2020

Former One Direction member Harry Styles walks a fine line. He doesn’t follow the mainstream. He crafts his own unique style. Back in 2017, Styles released his self-titled debut album. He was the heartbroken ex-boyfriend. He was the lovesick teenage boy. In 2019, Styles has released his second ...

Should there be more serious consequences for those who bribe their kids way into college?

Should there be more serious consequences for those who bribe their kids way into college?

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

January 4, 2020

What are the consequences for individuals who are charged with involvement in bribery to get their unqualified children into prestigious  colleges?  Many of these scandals happen with celebrities. One of the most well known incidents is the one involving Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade. According to Fox N...

Creative and great ways to make money as a teenager

Creative and great ways to make money as a teenager

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

January 3, 2020

Making money as a teen seems like a difficult task. Often, companies prefer to hire adults with years of experience or someone with at least a high school degree. However, this does not have to be the case as nowadays there are many opportunities for high schoolers to work or make money. Here is a l...

Team captains play an important role in sports

Team captains play an important role in sports

By Kathy Hu, Online Editor

January 3, 2020

Many high schools have vastly different sports but one thing these sports all have in common is the role of the captains on these teams.  Although every sport varies in the number of captains on the team, ranging anywhere from one to five, the impact the captain(s) have on the team is similar thr...

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

December 27, 2019

On Weds. Dec. 4, MCPS hosted a meeting at Gaithersburg High School to discuss the topic of redistricting. This was the first of six meetings planned to keep families up to date on the topic of redistricting, and the meeting was focused on phase one of the process. In phase one, MCPS is focused on data an...

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