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Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal
April 5, 2019

A 1570 SAT score, straight A’s all throughout high school, a boatload of extracurricular activities and a diminished high school social life. This is the typical academic resume that the average Yale...

How to survive college: a guide for incoming freshmen

WCHS Class of 2018 alumna Francesca Moore and her friends attended a football game at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
February 8, 2019

The thought of college can be scary for students of any age, especially since many do not know what to expect. College is supposed to be an amazing experience that gives young adults the chance to become...

College acceptance videos create stress

College acceptance videos create stress
December 20, 2018

As the student opens his application portal and types in his password, a swarm of his friends watch intently with looks of worry written all over their faces. After a seemingly infinite stretch of silence,...

New bill lowers college cost

Photos of MD governer Larry Hogan. Hogan signed the new bill for free MD community colleges to be implemented in 2019.
November 20, 2018

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed into law a bill which makes community colleges in the state of Maryland tuition-free for qualifying residents. The legislation will create a $15 million program...

New WCHS athlete commitments make community proud

(From right to left) Seniors Jack Butler, Nick Wagman, and Nick Smyth committed to colleges they’ll be attending in the 2019-2020 school year.
November 13, 2018

The one thing on the mind of CHS students during the fall of their senior year is college applications: where to apply, when to apply, what you need for each school. For boys varsity football seniors...

Virtual college tours allow students to visit from home

Virtual tours give students the opportunity to experience a college first-hand, all from their bedroom.
November 1, 2017

When our parents were teenagers, if they could not take off work, or could not afford it, they would not be able to visit a college where they planned to apply. But in our technological age, it is now...

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students
March 29, 2017

College is an expensive investment into a student’s future. At CHS, most of students’ daily lives and choices revolve around earning amazing grades and outstanding test scores so they receive admittance...

Focusing on Character Won’t Lead to More Compassion

A new college admissions movement, led by Harvard, seeks to emphasize applicants’ character as much as other qualities.
February 25, 2016

College admissions officers face a daunting task: they must take piles of paper and weave them into a qualified, enthusiastic and cohesive student body, a group of students who will band together and change...

CHS musicians work to attain college scholarships

October 29, 2015

Scholarships often bring to mind thoughts of athletics, internships, and academic merit. However, music is a significant means of attracting prestigious schools and scholarships. Many of Churchill’s...

Early High School Recruiting: Not as Effective

Current College athletes (Daniel Dibono, David Fitzgerald and Kali Becker) signed their binding commitments to play in college.
October 29, 2015

For most high school athletes aspiring to further their athletic experience, the next step is to play in college. However, the cruel realities of college recruiting serve as a daunting process for students. Each...

New program to replace Common Application

Senior Brittney Burwell logs into her Common Application account.
October 29, 2015

Come next summer, there will be another option for applying to college to rival the Common Application, an organization that has been used by college applicants for 40 years to apply to over 600 institutions...

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning
October 29, 2015

If a student skips class, he or she is more likely to get into the college of his or her choice. Given the choice between attending University of Michigan’s college presentation or an AP class, a...

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