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WCHS graduation festivities begin for the Class of 2019

WCHS graduation festivities begin for the Class of 2019

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

June 4, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

It’s the time of year. seniors are finally ready to graduate and head into summer before embarking on their next chapter. But before they go, WCHS had planned many events for the seniors such as the senior banquet, senior breakfast and so much more. “Looking back though, WCHS provided as much...

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

June 4, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories, Uncategorized

For the past 3 years, graduation rates among Montgomery County Public Schools have experienced a gradual decline. The statistics in the 2017-2018 school year have decreased to 88.4%, the lowest in graduation rates since the class of 2013. The public education throughout Montgomery County high schools...

Elections offer new opportunities for WCHS students

Elections offer new opportunities for WCHS students

By Charley Hutton, Advertising & Subscription Manager

June 4, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

“Do More Than Vote”, and get paid while doing it. Teens are constantly being urged to get involved in the community, and becoming an Election Worker is a great way to do so. With the close proximity to D.C, WCHS students are right near the heart of politics. What students may not know is that...

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...

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...

Think Big club hosts fourth annual TEDx event

Think Big club hosts fourth annual TEDx event

By Jackson Resnick, Features Editor

March 14, 2019


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Think Big Club hosted the fourth annual TEDxChurchillHighSchool event. The event was held in the auditorium and featured a few guest speakers, which included some of Potomac’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Lobbyist Abby Smith, entrepreneur Andy Richm...

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, School

WCHS is implementing a new monthly advisory period that started Feb. 14 for students to voice their thoughts and opinions and for teachers to share news with the student body. The idea came from Principal Brandice Heckert who is bringing the advisory period idea from the other MCPS schools she has worked...

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