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Students rush to seventh period on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2023 to avoid being swept in a possible hall sweep.

WCHS’ controversial ‘Hall Sweep’ policy prompts student frustration and parent concerns

By Julia Levi and George Chang January 10, 2024

While the occasional reprimand from a security guard or disapproving glance from a teacher were the typical consequences for tardiness, WCHS is now introducing a new ramification: hallway sweeps. Starting...

WCHS students and teachers work hard to make sure that in May, the scores are high. The work pays off as WCHS was recognized for their efforts as they were added to the AP School Honor Roll.

WCHS’ AP School Honor Roll award is APplause worthy

By Cecilia Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor December 15, 2023

“Students at WCHS are all naturally smart and do not have to work for anything,” as many would say when asked about WCHS students. While only a stereotype, WCHS’s reputation around MCPS has always...

Open from 6:00 A.M - 9:00 P.M during weekdays, McDonalds in Cabin John Village is a social hub for hanging out, celebrations and quick eats.

Cabin John Village McDonald’s gets McRescued

By George Chang, Features Editor December 15, 2023

Whether perfectly salted fries, cheap prices or kind staff, the McDonald’s in Cabin John Village (CJ) has been a community cornerstone for years. Earlier in November, however, Store Reporter announced...

Junior Julia Bloise logs onto her AP classroom account to ensure she is registered for this years free AP exams.

Blueprint for Maryland’s Future gets students career-ready

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor November 17, 2023

By now, the news has spread through WCHS: this year’s AP exams are free. The 2024 MCPS fiscal year operating budget now includes a provision covering the cost of AP testing for students and their families....

Police cars are stationed outside Montgomery Blair High School on Oct. 16 after a bomb threat was made to the school. This would be one of three bombs threats made to the school, including one of nine threats from numerous MCPS schools, all within the month of October.

Recent bomb threats wreak havoc in MCPS

By Jeremy Chung, Editor-in-Chief November 13, 2023

John F. Kennedy High School, Montgomery Blair High School (MBHS), Oak View Elementary School, Silver Spring International School, Rockville High School, Albert Einstein High School, Springbrook High School...

MCPS SMOB Sami Saeed presenting his Safe Schools Resolution to the BOE on Oct. 26. One of Saeeds biggest goals as SMOB is to increase safety and security in s

Safe Schools Resolution raises the bar for school security

By Caroline Harless, News Editor November 13, 2023

In a world where mass violence is all too common in schools, it is no surprise that many students often feel unsafe in class. From individuals carrying guns in schools to countless bomb threats, MCPS has...

On Oct. 11, 2023, Principal John Taylor sent out an email to the WCHS community about the cancellation of the PSAT.

MCPS PSAT test cancellation: online exam mayhem

By Kalena Yee, Features Editor October 23, 2023

In less than a year, yet another digital standardized test administered by the College Board has crashed for WCHS students. On Wednesday Oct. 11, many WCHS students were around 45 minutes into PSAT, when...

WCHS senior Kira Bernstein checks into the main office per the new attendance rules. Now, attendance is handled in the main office instead of the previous attendance office.

Don’t skip this one: WCHS updates the attendance policies

By Sneha David, Online Content Editor October 18, 2023

At any MCPS classroom at this moment, there would be empty seats. However, these seats have increased in the past two years, causing alarm among the MCPS community. As schools across the county have...

Typing on her computer, WCHS senior Jaehee Lee drafts ideas for a diversity prompted supplemental essay on Oct. 1 2023.

Admission anxiety heightens per affirmative action ban

By Kalena Yee, Features Editor October 18, 2023

The college admissions process has drastically changed over the past decade, including a sharply increased number of applicants, lowered acceptance rates, lasting effects of COVID-19 and the most recent...

Copy-Plus, MCPS program to centralize document copying and distribution, has been plagued with delays during the start of the 2023-24 school year. This has resulted in severly disrupted classes and schedules at WCHS and across the county.

The new pandemic plaguing WCHS: tech issues

By Isar Uslu, Assistant News Editor October 18, 2023

Broken copiers. Slow Wi-Fi. Old laptops. These are just some of the issues WCHS students and staff face daily. In an ever-digitizing school system, dependence on functioning technology becomes increasingly...

Registation for the MCPS Central High School Program (CHSSP) is now available. Students may now register to complete one full-credit course over the summer.

Soak up the sun and knowledge at MCPS summer school

By Catherine Chan, Assistant Online Editor June 6, 2023

Sunshine. Travel. Beach. Friends. Ice cream. These are often the words that come to mind when students think about summer. However, for other students, summer reminds them more of pencils, paper and Zoom...

From left: WCHS juniors Alexander Wei, Soham Jinsi, Eric Zhou, Justin Zacharia and Garion Cheng eat at California Tortilla after their AP Chinese exam abruptly crashes on May 3.

Lost in translation: AP Chinese exam crashes for students

By Jeremy Chung, Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2023

Imagine paying 100 dollars and studying for months for a test that can give you college credit, only for the test to be canceled due to poor management. This is exactly what happened to all WCHS students...

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