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A TV screen displays a wear a mask graphic in the hallway. WCHS already implements many health measures, but may create more if increased transmission occurs from the Omicron variant.

Unknown effects of Omicron variant spreads uncertainty

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor January 11, 2022

Nov. 24 was supposed to be a day of relaxation, one spent preparing for Thanksgiving and reuniting with family. But when the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first case of COVID-19 variant...

It is unclear how long the mask mandate will last in MOCO as well as in MCPS. Until then, we must get adjusted to life with medical masks.

Mask mandate should remain until COVID-19 is over

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager December 1, 2021

Effective on Oct. 28, 2021, Montgomery County suspended its mask mandate for places available to the public. Approaching winter months, was lifting the mandate the smartest decision in the first place? MOCO...

At WCHS, sophomore Sydney Willich walks to her class in Portable 3. Portables are a new addition to WCHS this year to accommodate all students.

Portables create a unique learning experience at WCHS

By Kaylen Chang, Assistant Social Media Manager April 30, 2021

Next to the WCHS carpool loop, wooden ramps lead students to an odd learning environment: trailers crammed together like puzzle pieces, better known as portables. These portables are detached from the...

The Greenbelt Metro Station mass vaccination site administers vaccines to local residents. As one of the closest mass vaccination centers to most WCHS students, this location is a popular one to receive the vaccine.

WCHS students receive COVID-19 vaccines

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Copy Editor April 30, 2021

After months of restrictions and anxious waiting, Maryland has accelerated their COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Appointments are now available to anyone ages 16+, and WCHS students are taking advantage...

Megan thee Stallion smiles for the cameras on the red carpet as her photo is taken. She swept the Grammys this year, winning 3 awards.

2021 Grammy Awards show celebrates artists during COVID-19

By Ella Kaminsky, Opinions Editor April 22, 2021

Every year music fans gather around their TVs to watch their favorite award show of the year: The Grammys. This year Trevor Noah, popular millennial talk show host, hosted the show.   Many of the...

The Young Artists Music Societys logo on their website. YAMS is a student-led group that aims to spread greater access to music education.

Young Artists Music Society connects aspiring musicians virtually

By Olivia Yasharoff, Arts Editor March 22, 2021

Music has provided an outlet to inspire, uplift and connect people, even during a time when it is not safe to be physically close to others. It can serve as an escape, and with the help of the Young Artists...

WCHS classrooms have been arranged to accommodate the CDC guidelines with desks 6 feet apart. With 12-15 desks per classroom, students who go back to school can feel safe.

WCHS families express mixed feelings over school reopening

By Caroline Harless, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

Virtual school is not something anyone could have expected. Joining classes everyday through Zoom, doing school at home and not being able to see friends and teachers would have sounded bizarre a year...

Many teachers have expressed frustration with the vaccination process. Appointments have been very hard to book and teachers often have to rely on friends, family, and colleagues for information on registration.

Teachers share concerns about COVID-19 vaccine distribution

By Allison Fan, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

When it comes to priority in getting vaccinated, teachers are relatively high on the list. According to Montgomery County’s COVID-19 information website, teachers in Montgomery County are priority group...

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...

In D.C., Mr. Grant Goodman, left, in a Reading is Fundamental Interview about his series, Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve, in 2019. Series is avaliable on Amazon or https://www.grantgoodmanbooks.com/.

WCHS English teachers release new books

By Kaylen Chang, Staff Writer March 14, 2021

With in-person school starting again soon in MCPS, it may be time for students to catch up on reading. Luckily, two talented teacher-authors from WCHS have been busy throughout quarantine, writing and...

Students are faced with immense stress as they prepare for the AP test in May. Many students have different stress responses to the removal of the Long Essay Question from the exam

Removal of LEQ leaves students with mixed feelings

By Alfonso Arduz, Staff Writer March 14, 2021

As AP exam month creeps around the corner, many students are left wondering what changes will be made due to COVID-19 this year. Although many adjustments have already been made, one has become especially...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 SGA created the Beyond the Bulldog Instagram account. This account celebrates seniors who have committed to colleges.

Beyond the Bulldog showcases seniors’ college decisions

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager March 14, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been harder than ever for WCHS students to communicate with their peers. While this is a challenge for all students, it hits hardest for seniors, especially those committing...

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