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CHS students do not hear concerns about earbud usage

CHS students do not hear concerns about earbud usage

By Kathy Hu, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

December 7, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

Many students walk down the halls of WCHS plugged into earbuds or airpods and completely tune out from their surroundings. Even in the classroom, several students listen to music during lectures. However, this culture among students has not always existed. A couple of years ago, smartphones and earbuds...

Metal detectors have a place in CHS

Metal detectors have a place in CHS

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018


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With the hassle of getting out the door in the morning, rush-hour traffic, and school parking, would having to get through metal detectors just an additional excuse for why a student is be late to school?   In light of recent school shootings, public and private high schools around the co...

Gen Z must stand up to sexual assault

Gen Z must stand up to sexual assault

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018


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President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s place as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court July 9. Soon after, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her. These two events led to an dramatic pair of test...

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018


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Pop singer Taylor Swift shared her views on political candidates in a lengthy caption that she posted to her instagram. Swift’s picture was liked by over 2 million people. Meanwhile, our president’s inauguration was attended by only 900,000. Recently, celebrities have been impacting politics by promoting ...

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


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In America, a “rubber” is slang for a condom. In Australia, it serves as slang for an eraser. Either way, it seems as if MCPS is soon going to have both of these important tools roaming the hallways. Due to recent reports on the drastic increase of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U....

Athletes must live up to role model standards

Athletes must live up to role model standards

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


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The women’s finals match of the 2018 U.S. Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka has sparked controversy not only in the tennis community, but throughout the sports industry. In a major upset, legendary tennis champion Williams lost the U.S. Open to Japanese player, Osaka. It is not Williams’...

CHS hosts unsuccessful safety day

CHS hosts unsuccessful safety day

By Eli Gordon, Sports Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

On Thurs. Sept. 27, CHS conducted several safety and evacuation drills throughout the course of the day. Teachers were provided with a presentation to give students during third period regarding a drop and cover drill, as well as an evacuation, reverse evacuation and lockdown drill between sixth ...

Consent needs to be taught in classrooms

Consent needs to be taught in classrooms

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

October 24, 2018


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On the surface, Oregon, California, West Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont, New Jersey, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia appear to have nothing in common. According to a 2018 CNN article, however, these are the only eight states in the country that require sexual education classes to mention...

CHS teachers need to follow the testing schedule

CHS teachers need to follow the testing schedule

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Tests: a major contributor to the stress that comes along with high school. In hopes of eliminating stress and sleepless nights, CHS has created a testing schedule for departments to follow. Each department has specific days of the week they are allowed to schedule summative tests on. This way, students wo...

Sexism is evident in professional sports

Sexism is evident in professional sports

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions editor

October 19, 2018


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While male athletes are drawn with over exaggerated muscles, Naomi Osaka is drawn as slender and curvy. In comparison, Serena Williams, who is one of the most fit athletes, is shown as overweight A recent cartoon drawn by cartoonist Mark Knight depicts a monstrous Serena Williams in a fit of anger w...

Standardized tests do not represent academic aptitude

Standardized tests do not represent academic aptitude

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

October 19, 2018


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Nothing stresses high school students more than grades, AP tests and the SAT/ACT, since these factors are a large part of college applications; but is it really fair to let a couple Saturday mornings determine whether a student is fit for acceptance into a school? Since 1962, standardized tests like...

Students should not have to participate in class

Students should not have to participate in class

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 19, 2018


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“You are expected to participate in class discussions.” At the beginning of nearly every school year, teachers preach this expectation to students along with the usual mentions of kindness, work ethic and class rules. But, does it really belong on the course syllabus? Should the amount of tim...

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