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Watch out binge watchers: Netflix is changing its pace

Watch out binge watchers: Netflix is changing its pace

By Nur Yavuz, Assistant Observations Editor

October 21, 2019

Will Netflix be changing your binging habits for you? Netflix’s new pacing schedule is going to keep binging habits to a minimum. Binge watching devalues shows and gets rid of the concept of suspense, so not only will this be healthier for the younger audiences who have too much time on their hands, b...

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

June 4, 2019

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...

Pet Sematary rises from the dead

Pet Sematary rises from the dead

By Mary Hinton, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

The 2019 version of “Pet Sematary” may be a remake, but it still manages to be fresh and original in its premise to draw in new viewers, as well as the old. “Pet Sematary,” originally a Stephen King novel published in 1983, was made into a film in 1989. Although the film never quite reac...

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 10, 2019

Many students immediately think of college as life after high school; however, what is often overlooked is the option of enrolling in the military. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test is a multiple choice placement test that helps prospective military recruits find what career...

The release of posthumous music is disrespectful

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

April 11, 2019

With the recent deaths of XXXTentacion, Lil Peep, Avicii and Mac Miller, fans mourn the loss of some of their favorite artists. However, many are longing for all the unreleased music that never made it into the public eye before it was too late. As a result, these artists’ record labels have been releasing ...

Oscars receive backlash from #MeToo supporters

Oscars receive backlash from #MeToo supporters

By Kathy Hu, Advertising and subscriptions manager

April 11, 2019

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...

“Be More Chill” appeals to WCHS students

“Be More Chill” appeals to WCHS students

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor in Chief

April 8, 2019

A Broadway musical review seems a far off discussion for a piece in a Potomac high school’s newspaper. A science fiction comedy makes for an even less likely candidate. However, the new musical “Be More Chill” presents an ever relevant and relatable perspective on the modern high school expe...

April TOTM: Gary Rogers

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

April 3, 2019

Ever wanted to meet a teacher who has extensive knowledge on current events, global warming, pollution, energy conservation or ecological footprints? Well look no further, as WCHS has the teacher for you. A member of the science department, Gary Rogers teaches AP Environmental Science and is a scie...

Captain Marvel impresses

Captain Marvel impresses

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

April 3, 2019

A comic book hero turned into film? Check. Shooting laser beams from her wrists? Check. Nice battle scenes and great chemistry? Check. And Marvel’s first female-led superhero film? Check. The story of a fighter pilot turned superhero hit theaters March 8. Co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck,...

Jordan Peele’s “Us” uses horror to critique American life

Jordan Peele’s “Us” uses horror to critique American life

By Dani Miller, Production Designer

April 3, 2019

Rabbits, Sewers and Scissors, oh my! On the heels of his widely successful (and brilliant) 2017 directorial debut, Get Out, director Jordan Peele’s sophomore project, Us, tells the story of a modern day family placed in thrilling circumstances when confronted and attacked by their bitter clones....

Documentary highlights the dangers of social media

Documentary highlights the dangers of social media

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019

Social media is here to stay and that is a fact. How we use it, however, is constantly changing. The IndieFlix Original documentary “LIKE,” released Oct. 2018, highlights the modern effects of social media and technology on our generation and future generations. The 48 minute documentary covers...

Athlete of the Month: February 2019

Athlete of the Month: February 2019

By Max Kandel, News Editor

February 8, 2019

With an solid record and consistently improving players, this year's varsity boys basketball team is starting to make some noise. This is due in part to senior John Mbeng. Finishing up his final season with the Bulldogs, Mbeng’s path to success was unlike many star players. While Mbeng was not a...

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