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Feminine products should be free…period.

Feminine products should be free...period.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2020

An average woman will have over 500 periods in her lifetime, each one lasting between three to seven days according to a Feb. 2020 Netdoctor article. Each day she should use between three to seven pads or tampons, where an average tampon costs about 60 cents each. Dollars and Sense approximates that a w...

Late artists deserve peace and respect

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

February 3, 2020

From Lil Peep to XXXTentacion to Mac Miller, there have been numerous hip hop artists who have passed away within the last few years, devastating fans. The most recent rapper to pass is Jared Anthony Higgens, better known as Juice Wrld. On Dec. 8, 2019, Higgens suffered a seizure at Chicago’s Midwa...

New AP payment policies create stress

New AP payment policies create stress

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

December 17, 2019

Advanced Placement exams have their obvious stressors: allocating enough time to study and retain a year’s worth of information, taking practice tests, mentally preparing for a multiple hour exam and now, mandatory payments required seven months in advance. The pressure of AP tests has always hit stud...

Political bias proves risky for brands

Whether they are conservative or liberal, modern day consumers are considering a brand's stance on social and political issues as a factor in their purchasing decisions. Though it is an effective marketing strategy, companies need to think twice before publicly announcing any stance.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

November 13, 2019

There is a new trend in the shopping world, and it is not the latest shirt or shoe, but rather the disclosure of a company’s position on social and political issues.  According to a 2018 Eldman Earned Brand study, 64 percent of consumers worldwide take into account a brand’s stance on politic...

Create culture of love and tolerance

15 year old Alabama High School student Nigel Shelby leaves a legacy of love and tolerance.

By Dani Miller, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

On April 16, 15 year old Alabama High School student Nigel Shelby died by suicide after being relentlessly bullied for being gay. This story made national headlines, as many were taken aback that a kid who presented himself as so vibrant, and frankly happy, could be pushed to such drastic means. However,...

Women should have the right to chose what to do with their body

WCHS Students Caitlyn McCabe, Ethan Greenstein, and Jackie Verba attended the protest for abortion rights in DC on Tuesday May 21st.

By Sapna David, Features Editor

June 5, 2019

Many WCHS students have heard about the new Alabama anti-abortion law that was signed this Wednesday, May 15th, by Governor Kay Ivey. It has sparked a worldwide conversation, causing many to speak up on social media about their opinions as well as starting conversations between friends, families, and ...

Fyre Festival proves duality of internet

Festival goers expecting to have the time of their lives, were instead met with a scene of disaster.

April 4, 2019

It all started with a video shoot—Big name supermodels, including Bella Hadid and other models represented by her agency, ran around on a beach formerly owned by an associate of Pablo Escobar to promote a new, luxury, all-inclusive music festival that was billed by the organizers as being “a once i...

Guns in the hands of teachers don’t lead to safety

Guns in the hands of teachers don't lead to safety

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2019

Imagine turning in a paper and seeing a gun on your teacher’s desk, or running to your next class and accidentally bumping into a police officer carrying a loaded gun. Due to the many incidents involving gun violence in schools, these frightening scenarios may soon become a reality. Recently, in Balt...

Emphasis on STEM hinders creativity

Emphasis on STEM hinders creativity

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

March 7, 2019

WCHS offers a variety of interesting and creative electives. However, despite these courses catering to almost every interest, not many WCHS students decide to enroll in them. The highly-competitive environment at WCHS causes students to believe that only core curriculum classes are important, and electi...

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

A MCPS school bus, used to drive elementary, middle and high school students, does not include seat belts, which is a possible safety hazard.

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 21, 2018

The Oct. 8 limo crash in New York is considered to be the deadliest U.S. car accident in nine years according to the New York Times. After killing 20 people, including the driver of the vehicle and two pedestrians, the horrifying incident directed much needed attention on transportation safety.   ...

Moments of silence allow communities to heal

President Barack Obama and his cabinet staff participate in a moment of silence after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 2012.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

December 21, 2018

Around the world, the moment of silence is practiced when a tragic event occurs as a way for communities to come together, mourn the loss of loved ones and provide support to all who were impacted by the tragedy. The shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Fla., the Capital Gazette i...

College acceptance videos create stress

College acceptance videos create stress

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2018

As the student opens his application portal and types in his password, a swarm of his friends watch intently with looks of worry written all over their faces. After a seemingly infinite stretch of silence, screams erupt from everyone as the room turns into a mosh pit. He got in. This is a description...

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