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Despite only six MCPS high schools offering it, the need for financial literacy courses increases. With the resolution on track to be officially finalized in January 2022, this goal could soon come   true

Board of Edu. passes financial literacy graduation requisite

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor November 23, 2021

On Nov. 9, the Board of Education (BOE), in a unanimous vote, passed a resolution to include financial literacy as one of the required courses to graduate. However, this resolution does not mean it is...

Junior Jack Gans completes schoolwork on his personal MacBook. Instead of bringing his issued Chromebook to school, Gans brings his own computer because he is more used to it.

Enforced Chromebook usage is unnecessary

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor November 3, 2021

Chromebooks: small, slow and unreliable laptops all WCHS students must use. When students returned to in-person instruction, they had to adapt to numerous changes implemented by the WCHS administration....

Senior Miranda Chung poses with a prom proposal sign. Because in-person school was cancelled so early, many seniors did not get to do/receive the promposals they had dreamed of.

Prom/Promposals – 2020

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor May 14, 2020

Who knew for my last article, I would be committing a cardinal sin of the J and breaking the AP style number one rule: writing in the first person.  As a second semester senior, I’m more than ready...

Colleges that have early decision allow seniors to destress early as they know that they are going to college.

Yes to early decision

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor March 4, 2020

The deadline to apply early decision to college has passed and students have received their admission letters. Early decision is a college admissions process in which high school students send their application...

Although they were originally designed to help addicts quit smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes have found a new and dangerous use among youth.

Administration works to fight against vaping epidemic

By Miranda Chung and Ohio Meshanko October 18, 2019

To date, more than ten teenagers have been confirmed dead as a direct result of e-cigarettes, or vapes. Last spring, some anonymous WCHS students were found intoxicated in a bathroom due to vaping. One...

Being proficient in different languages allows people to have a multicultural perspective on issues and to be able to communicate with others living around the world.

Foreign language class should be mandatory for all years

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor May 14, 2019

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....

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

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...

Facebook struggles with a lack of privacy and security.

Facebook struggles with privacy issues

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor April 5, 2019

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...

 the Oscar award winning short film, Bao, is depicted of a the mother with her baby dumpling.

Bao film impresses WCHS students

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor April 3, 2019

Pixar has recently become an avid supporter of cultural inclusion through its films like “Sanjay’s Super Team” portraying Indian culture, and “Coco” portraying Latino culture. To add another...

A park ranger is applying elephant snot graffiti remover to a rock that has been vandalized with spray paint amid the government shutdown. Removing graffiti is tedious work that requires training, approved cleaning materials, and heavy equipment.

National parks vandalized because of govt. shutdown

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor January 23, 2019

As of Jan. 9, the 2018-2019 U.S. government shutdown is now the longest in history, breaking the 1996 record. An estimate of 380,000 government employees have been granted leaves of absence and another...

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

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

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...

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

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,...

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