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Prom/Promposals – 2020

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.
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...

Yes to early decision

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

Administration works to fight against vaping epidemic

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

Foreign language class should be mandatory for all years

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.
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
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 privacy issues

Facebook struggles with a lack of privacy and security.
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...

Bao film impresses WCHS students

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

National parks vandalized because of govt. shutdown

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.
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...

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.
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
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,...

Shell Shockers video game cracks into classrooms

Shell Shockers video game cracks into classrooms
June 13, 2018

As soon as one signs up to play, there is banner on the screen that says, “Welcome to Shell Shockers, the world’s most advanced egg-based multiplayer shooter! It’s your favorite battlefield game...but...

“Before My Eyes” is a must-read for CHS students

May 15, 2018

  In Before My Eyes, author Caroline Bock perfectly captures the societal problems of today, by weaving her story very closely to reality. It is a new thought-provoking young adult novel featuring...

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