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SMOB final candidates Henry Kaye and Hana O’Looney, both current juniors at Richard Montgomery high school, will face off in the SMOB general election in April. Current SMOB, Nick Asante, posted this infographic as a congratulations to the finalists who emerged from a field of ten.

SMOB candidates campaign for 2021-2022 school year seat

By Quinn Cook, News Editor March 14, 2021

In a year with few educational continuities, MCPS students will see one soon: a new Student Member of the Board. With Henry Kaye and Hana O'Looney being chosen as the two final candidates at the SMOB Nominating...

The SAT’s parent company, the College Board, announced it will discontinue the SAT Subject Test and end-test optional SAT Essay. The decision comes in a year of incredible change and security within the world of standardized tests for college admissions.

College testing changes spur controversy

By Quinn Cook, News Editor February 15, 2021

To take, or not to take the SAT optional essay: that has been the question for students approaching the college admissions process of standardized testing. This question, and the identical one about SAT...

A graphic from CCAN’s plunge website displays the three suggested ways that plungers can participate at home or locally: doing an ice bucket challenge, running into a local body of water like a creek, or jumping into a kiddie pool or bath tub at home.

Annual Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser adapts to virtual environment

By Quinn Cook, News Editor January 27, 2021

As global temperatures climb, participants' temperatures will fall for a couple chilly moments as they experience true winter bliss. Polar bear plunge fundraisers, in which people pledge to run into icy...

A venn diagram lays out what sustainability is all about: the necessary intersections of people, profit and our planet. As the holiday season comes, consumers must account for the world’s current existential climate crisis and shop sustainably within the vast green market.

How to shop sustainably for the holidays

By Quinn Cook, News Editor December 11, 2020

With the holiday gift season now in full swing and a pandemic accelerating, consumers are more likely than ever ready to shop online within the safety of their own homes. Meanwhile, the climate crisis’...

WCHS senior Holly Shimabukuro stands outside of the entrance to the Pavilions building complex at the Glenstone art museum. The buildings hold most of Glenstone’s indoor artworks and installations, and has become the de-facto centerpiece of the mixed indoor-outdoor museum.

Glenstone museum provides a safe place to view art during the pandemic

By Quinn Cook, News Editor December 1, 2020

On hundreds of secluded acres found deep in Potomac, Md., sits a world far removed from the Washington, D.C. metro area’s dense suburban sprawl. One filled with rolling meadows, unimpeded streams, winding...

Los Angeles Lakers NBA finals MVP Lebron James stands next to reporter Rachel Nichols as the two hold his newly won NBA Finals Larry O’Brien Trophy. Nichols was the main sideline reporter covering the game in which Lebron won his fourth ever championship, and has built a strong relationship with players like Lebron over her many years reporting on the league.

WCHS alumna Rachel Nichols inspires student journalists

By Quinn Cook, News Editor November 11, 2020

As millions watched Lebron’s post-game interview after capturing his fourth NBA Championship, fans were also looking at a WCHS graduate. Interviewing one of the sports world’s most dominating figures...

WCHS SGA president Jay Wood (front) and another GGSF volunteer help load cars with fresh produce, hot meals, and other food supplies for those dealing with food insecurity and other food needs.

Guru Gobind Singh Foundation donates food to community members

By Quinn Cook, News Editor October 14, 2020

Outside of a Sikh temple located on Travilah Road in northern Potomac, the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (or GGSF) has distributed thousands of pounds of food and meals to those in need. Montgomery County,...

A fanart drawing lays out all of the members of the Bon Appétit test kitchen staff. This mix of personalities and editors appear in and produce the videos that the Bon Appétit Youtube channel features.

“Bon Appétit” serves traditional and modern cooking content

By Quinn Cook, News Editor May 29, 2020

Out of all the new trends and entertainment taking off because of pandemic induced free time, the Bon Appétit (or BA) Test Kitchen Youtube channel stands as the grand winner. The channel seamlessly combines...

Two teams from WCHS’s DECA club pose for a self timed photo at this year’s Maryland statewide event held on Feb. 28th. Farah Baloghlanova (left), Claire Kim (left center), Olivia Meshanko (right center), and Maanika Gupta (right) all made the trip to Baltimore for the event.

DECA opens a door to a new world for high school students

By Quinn Cook, Staff Writer May 11, 2020

DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization that allows students to gain skills in many different clusters of entrepreneurship, economics and business. High school students in...

The final two candidates Vicky Kidder (left) and Nick Asante (right) pose after hearing their nomination for the SMOB general election. The pair are the final two who students will vote on for the position.

SMOB nominating convention: the final two

By Quinn Cook, Staff Writer March 5, 2020

On Feb. 12, delegates from schools around the county went to the annual nominating convention for the 43rd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) position. Held at Watkins Mill Elementary School, the convention...

Conformity in the house tonight for CHS

Conformity in the house tonight for CHS

By By Charles Cook, Staff Columnist December 20, 2011

 I recently saw a news report on television that stated Miley Cyrus made an absurd $25 million in 2009. The anchor went on to say that Cyrus sold 4 million albums that year. Were there really 4 million...

Facebook takes stalking to a whole new level

By Staff Columnist, Charles Cook October 24, 2011

You listen intently while two kids you do not know converse about their insane weekend. You then spy over another girl’s shoulder as she shows her friend her new pictures from spring break. You finish...

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