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The test-optional policy implemented in most colleges during the pandemic has been shown to have negative consequences and should therefore be eliminated.

Sit down and take the SAT: Fair and Effective Way to Prove College Readiness

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor February 26, 2024

A crucial step in the gauntlet that is the college application process has always been the SAT. When the majority of schools went test-optional in 2020, most high school juniors and seniors breathed a...

Graduating highschool is an exciting and stressful time. The college admissions process, especially rolling admissions, can make it that much more stressful.

Rolling admissions, more harmful than helpful to WCHS students

By Nate Levine, Social Media Manager January 9, 2024

Most people view rolling admissions in a positive light, but should they? Rolling admissions can subject students to prolonged periods of stress and pressure. According to US News & World Report,...

Without doubt, college is expensive. This is why WCHS must offer students guidance on money-saving tactics such as scholarship opportunities.

Easy to get lost in the sea of scholarships: WCHS should spread financial aid opportunities

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor December 11, 2023

From August through November, WCHS seniors are on the grind. As college applications and extracurriculars replace downtime, the pressure remains to take challenging courses and maintain impressive grades. As...

Typing on her computer, WCHS senior Jaehee Lee drafts ideas for a diversity prompted supplemental essay on Oct. 1 2023.

Admission anxiety heightens per affirmative action ban

By Kalena Yee, Features Editor October 18, 2023

The college admissions process has drastically changed over the past decade, including a sharply increased number of applicants, lowered acceptance rates, lasting effects of COVID-19 and the most recent...

The College and Career Information Center is a great place for students who need help with the college application process.

College counselors are not worth it

By Nate Levine, Social Media Manager October 18, 2023

Picture this: an average student gets their essay written for them, and it is so good that the student gets into colleges that they never would have gotten into by themselves. Realistically, all a student...

Make everyday of highschool count

Coffee says make the most of each moment of highschool

By Diya Kachoria, Photo Manager June 14, 2023

When it came time to sign up for junior year classes, I knew exactly the class I wanted to take. I powered through AP Computer Science and Ceramics as an underclassman, but quickly realized neither of...

WCHS students diligently work during their classes. Although time consuming, this work does not benefit them the way it should as MCPS’ rules and standards do not truly prepare students for college.

How well does MCPS actually prepare their high schoolers for college?

By Clara Young, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Over the course of 12 years, students are consistently being molded into preparation for their next level of education. Expectations become higher over time in order for students to understand what will...

WCHS seniors Sanaz Wycoff and Hannah Schulsinger pose together outside of the school building in shirts with their colleges on it on May 1, 2023.

May 1st: a day to celebrate Seniors

By Rachel Mattison, Online Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2023

Left and right, surrounding the front entrance outside of the school, phones could be seen everywhere taking pictures of friends touting shirts announcing their plans for after graduation. May 1st is the...

Jennifer Inglisa (left) and Jennifer ODonnell (right) work together as a dynamic duo to run Write In 2 College which provides students with thorough help throughout the college admissions process.

WCHS community gets help from “Write In 2 College” to navigate the college admissions process

By Justin Greenzaid, Sports Editor May 1, 2023

As May 1 quickly approaches, high school seniors around the country will be deciding how to spend the next four plus years of their lives. The accumulation of the past few years of work is finally going...

WCHS sophomore Eva Lee, a visual learner is reviewing a topic for her AP class by looking at a picture that provides a demonstration on April 16, 2023.

Beyond the celebrations: the controversy surrounding ‘Bed Parties’ for college acceptances

By Michael Demske, Sports Editor May 1, 2023

The typical reaction students have when they receive an acceptance letter from their dream college or university is to celebrate with friends and family. This concept is foreign to some, though, as they...

Protestors stand outside the Supreme Court on Oct. 30, a day before the beginning of arguments regarding the status of affirmative action at U.S. colleges.

Controversy sparks over new affirmative action case

By Clara Young, Assistant News Editor March 21, 2023

Racism is deeply ingrained into this country’s history, and the decades of systematic oppression cannot be easily reversed. Affirmative action was originally intended to reduce discrimination in the...

Students in Ms. Dinus English classes keep their computers open. Some work on classwork but some do their college applications during that time instead.

Best use of English class: To apply or not to apply?

By Rachel Mattison, Online Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2022

WCHS prides themself on their elite academics alongside its positive student culture. They boast an impressive 98% college attendance rate post graduation and emphasize the need to prioritize mental health...

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