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Students should be exempt from jury duty

Students should be exempt from jury duty

By Julia Lescht, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Opinions

One of the most exciting times in any high schooler’s life is reaching the age of 18. At this age, one is finally, and legally, an adult. However, what may be overshadowed from the excitement of registering to vote for the first time, proudly exercising this constitutional right, is one of the resp...

Should CBD be so easily accessible?

Should CBD be so easily accessible?

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

May 14, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

With vaping becoming more popular by the day, people need to be aware of the overall effects that drugs put on their body. CBD, the non psychoactive version of marijuana, has become the newest craze. Many seem to want to try it out and many stores and businesses hope to gain popularity from the th...

Foreign language class should be mandatory for all years

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

May 14, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Currently at WCHS, the minimum requirement of foreign language credits that are needed to graduate is three. There are some universities in the country that make foreign language classes mandatory as well. Though these credits were put in place to encourage students to learn another language, many ar...

Country music is more explicit than people may think

Country music is more explicit than people may think

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Music, Opinions, Top Stories

Parents traveling with little kids will often switch the station when a rap song comes on to a “safer” genre, like country, to avoid exposing them to controversial topics. However, changing the station to country music does just the opposite. While country music may seem to be clean, many songs in the genr...

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Students

Five days, 35 hours or 2,100 minutes is typically how long WCHS students spend within the walls of school each week. With the exception of seniors, students are not permitted to leave school grounds during lunch even if they are able to drive or receive a ride from someone else. Some may think that it...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Students

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

Oscars receive backlash from #MeToo supporters

Oscars receive backlash from #MeToo supporters

By Kathy Hu, Advertising and subscriptions manager

April 11, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Uncategorized

The #MeToo movement came into light in 2017 and has taken the world by storm ever since. With the 2018 Oscars, which included many accused men being nominated for awards, the #MeToo hashtag blew up on Twitter, and women from all parts of the country came together to speak out against the men of Hollywoo...

Teachers strike to create change

Teachers strike to create change

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

Funding is decreasing for schools across the country, with no heating in classrooms, art and music programs being shut down, damaged textbooks and unfair wages for teachers. But does all of this allow teachers to take time out of instruction to protest for their own benefit? Teacher strikes create tension between teach...

Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

We’re all guilty of trying to find the cheapest option to get from one place to another, whether it be through Uber or Lyft, but are these modes of transportation really the best option? Uber and Lyft are on demand transportation companies that, in the past couple of years, have risen to the top of ...

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

By Caitlyn Jennings and Jackson Resnick

April 5, 2019


Filed under Opinions

A 1570 SAT score, straight A’s all throughout high school, a boatload of extracurricular activities and a diminished high school social life. This is the typical academic resume that the average Yale University student boasts. In 2018, 32 WCHS students applied to Yale, most of whom possessed the aca...

Colleges need to change policies to equal playing field

Colleges need to change policies to equal playing field

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under Opinions

The college admission scandal that broke out March 12 has put a massive spotlight on the inequity of the college admission process, and the absurd lengths parents would go to get for their child to receive admission into an elite university. In total, 50 people were charged in the scam, including admissio...

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...

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