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New SMOB for MCPS

New SMOB for MCPS

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Local, Observations

Junior Nate Tinbite of Kennedy High School was elected to be the 42nd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) April 24. The SMOB provides a connection between MCPS students and the Montgomery County Board of Education by representing students’ issues at board meetings. Sophomores and juniors are eligi...

Will no likes be disliked by many?

Will no likes be disliked by many?

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

May 15, 2019


Filed under National, News, Online Exclusives

Instagram has recently been testing out a new idea that involves removing the ability to view likes on a post. The goal would be for users to stop focusing on popularity and clout, and more on the content they are posting to make themselves happy, instead of worrying about what others think. Instagram...

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Many students immediately think of college as life after high school; however, what is often overlooked is the option of enrolling in the military. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test is a multiple choice placement test that helps prospective military recruits find what career...

Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

Teasing is an inevitable part of growing up: almost everyone goes through it. However, when this teasing becomes repetitive with the intent to hurt someone, it becomes a more serious issue. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, over one in five children and teenagers report to have...

Md. Minimum wage increases beginning 2020

Md. Minimum wage increases beginning 2020

By Brandon Li, Senior Writer

May 9, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

When looking for a part time job, most will value salary over enjoyment and experience. However, with the new increase in minimum wage, that tradeoff may not exist anymore. The Maryland General Assembly (MGA) approved a bill March 20 that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over...

Scholars go for gold in Russian Olympiada in Baltimore

Scholars go for gold in Russian Olympiada in Baltimore

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

Zdrastvuyte! That is Russian for “hello,” and if you think that is difficult to pronounce, just ask one of the many WCHS students taking Russian to help you. Their skills were recently tested on Apr. 2, when 11 students participated in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian at the Friends School of Baltimore. The...

MCPS redistricting considered to quell inequity issues

MCPS redistricting considered to quell inequity issues

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

Montgomery County Public Schools such as WCHS have consistently ranked among the best in the country and are growing at high speeds, though a great divide exists between schools in wealthy areas and schools in less wealthy ones. Recently, this divide has sparked debate over whether or not Montgomery...

Administration attempts to puff out vaping

Administration attempts to puff out vaping

By Bryan Fletcher and Benjamin Pham

May 8, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

Following recent, notable events at school involving THC addictions and the use of vape pens, the WCHS administration is looking into new policies restricting the presence of drugs on school grounds and in classrooms. With now being a better time than ever to initiate discussions about the hazards...

Moco For Change organizes another walkout

Moco For Change organizes another walkout

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under National, News

On Thursday March 14, the student-led group Moco For Change arranged the movements for a walkout. They protested gun violence and pressured Congress to pass a bipartisan background check bill. Each school has their own representative from Moco For Change organizing the efforts, and they all have their o...

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions manager

April 5, 2019


Filed under Local, Opinions

From Feb. 19 to April 16, MCPS will not have any days off from school. This is the longest period with no days off in the entire year, beating the strait from Sept. 20 to Nov. 6 by more than two weeks. The situation has been accepted as ‘how it works’ by most, but that needs to change as it depr...

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

As of now, the Montgomery County Council has a plan in place to expand the Kids Ride Free program. However, they must wait to see if Montgomery County allocated enough money to allow expansion. Currently, the Kids Ride Free program allows students 18 and under to ride the Ride On buses for free with...

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

Thousands of high schoolers walked out of their classrooms and onto Pennsylvania Avenue March 14 to protest gun violence. With posters reading “Enough is Enough” and “Policy and Change” which caught the eyes of many, students from all over Montgomery County and beyond exercised their First Amendment...

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