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Facebook struggles with privacy issues

Facebook struggles with privacy issues

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

For the past year, Facebook has been struggling with the government in regard to their data collection activities, and many people are aware of the scandals associated with the company. However, that’s not stopping users from agreeing to give up their digital privacy for some cash. It has been ...

Politicians should be held accountable for previous actions

Politicians should be held accountable for previous actions

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

April 4, 2019


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A picture is worth a thousand words. The picture in Va. Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook is worth one: unforgivable. The governor recently stumbled into the spotlight after his yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical school resurfaced, causing an uproar of anger. The picture dep...

JoJo Siwa dances over haters to build successful brand

JoJo Siwa dances over haters to build successful brand

By Trevor Gardemal, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019


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Jojo Siwa doesn’t care what the haters say. “I'mma come back like a boomerang,” she says in her song, “Boomerang.” And she does. Jojo Siwa, born Joelle Joanie, made her television debut in 2013 on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. In 2015, she joined Dance Moms for seasons 5 and 6. From ...

Fyre Festival proves duality of internet

Fyre Festival proves duality of internet

April 4, 2019


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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...

Ted Bundy docuseries accurately depicts his life

Ted Bundy docuseries accurately depicts his life

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

April 1, 2019


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A simple guy next door, with striking blue eyes and suave confidence, Ted Bundy often used his natural appeal to his favor. At first sight, nobody would have thought anything about the man except for that he obviously had a bit of an ego. Netflix’s new “docuseries” exploring the life of Ted Bundy...

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


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

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...

Celebrities mistake fame for political influence

Celebrities mistake fame for political influence

By Victoria Park, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

In times of turmoil and trouble, America looks to its celebrities to bless their wisdom upon the people and guide them to peace… not. After the election of Donald Trump, more and more celebrities have not only started publicly supporting political candidates, but also hinted at running for office...

High cost of AP exams hinders students

High cost of AP exams hinders students

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Taking AP classes at WCHS can mean high-intensity classes with hours of studying, but it can also mean another thing students don’t always think about until March: a high price tag. For students who take AP classes, there is only one true endgame: pass the AP exam in May. While there’s the go...

A moral compass is a necessary guide for everyday life

A moral compass is a necessary guide for everyday life

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

March 7, 2019


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Being respectful toward others: is it an unwritten rule or an optional trait? This was the question asked when Damascus High School student Brandon Salvador had his picture taken while using the urinal at school. The incident occurred in the boy’s bathroom when Salvador was using the bathroom ...

Emphasis on STEM hinders creativity

Emphasis on STEM hinders creativity

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

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...

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

February 26, 2019


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The seemingly perfect report card on WCHS student’s fridges might really be leaving them unprepared for the grading systems in college--where grade inflation simply doesn’t exist. As WCHS enters the third quarter of its school year, the nationally ranked school attributes its student’s academic...

Classic Christmas song causes controversy

Classic Christmas song causes controversy

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

The #MeToo movement has spurred a wave of sexual harassment claims, causing many to feel offended by pictures, videos, and in this case, song lyrics, that suggest any trace of harassment. The 1944 song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been banned by several radio stations across the country, includin...

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