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Students athletes at WCHS return to practice. By looking to professional leagues, school officials can find inspiration on how to safely reopen sports.

Professional sports leagues COVID-19 precautions can be used to make MCPS sports season run safely

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor March 15, 2021

As students brace for a return to classrooms, there’s one question on every student-athlete’s mind: are we going to be able to safely bring back school sports? To find an answer for this, it’s important...

YouVisit offers students the ability to virtually tour campuses and buildings of colleges they want, like the local University of Maryland College Park.

In-person college visits are moved to virtual to contain the spread of COVID-19

By Nur Yavuz, Features Editor February 17, 2021

College visits-- a crucial part of picking the right school for you. The graduating classes of 2021 and 2022 are forced to find alternatives to seeing the colleges that are at the top of their lists in-person,...

Tova Niles sits on the bus with a friend on the way to sleep away camp. She had attended for five summers in a row before it being cancelled last year.

Students prepare for another uncertain summer due to COVID-19

By Rachel Mattison, Assistant Advertising & Subscriptions Manager January 31, 2021

Camps closed, travel halted, internships canceled and jobs difficult to find--the scene of summer 2020 looked significantly different than anyone could have imagined. Many plans for summer 2020 were put...

With many families opting to stay home during winter break, video chatting is the easiest way to stay connected. Families like the one shown here organize Zoom calls to catch up and stay socially connected.

COVID hinders people from celebrating a normal winter break

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor January 20, 2021

When the school year started in August, students and teachers alike had hoped to be back in person by early January. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and what is normally one of the best times of the...

Casey Meretta's streaming set up is under construction at the moment. However, even the simplest set up allows for him to share his content with his viewers.

Twitch brings gamers together in a time where we are apart

By Nur Yavuz, Features Editor January 19, 2021

Being bound to our homes and computers has inevitably increased the time spent behind our  screens. The extra time we choose to spend during dull days has led to social platforms like Twitch to have a...

It is hard for the different freshmen to connect and form bonds while school is in a virtual environment and they only get interaction over zoom.

Freshmen students struggle with connections during virtual learning

By Rachel Mattison, Assistant Advertisement and Subscription Manager December 10, 2020

Virtual school has caused everyone to be separated from their school friends, activities and communities. Freshmen are now over a quarter into their first year at WCHS and many are still struggling to...

A view of a building at Montgomery College's Rockville campus. Because of COVID-19, classes in the Early College Program are being held virtually, instead of on campus.

Early College Program offers a unique education experience

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor November 29, 2020

Like most American 16-year-olds, Ariadne Dimitoglou is doing her schooling from home. Unlike most of her classmates, who are learning material from their junior year of high school, she is learning at...

The 2020 WCHS Boys Varsity basketball team is shown in the picture with two of their coaches. The photo was taken at the beginning of the basketball season. The text next to the image shows how dominant the team was, starting their season off with a 7-1 record.

Boys basketball team prepares for season

By Justin Greenzaid, Assistant Sports Editor November 22, 2020

After winning the 2020 Regional Championship for 4A West Region 1, the WCHS varsity boys basketball team looks to defend their title this coming winter. With a delayed season scheduled to start on Feb....

Elyssa Shenker holds a digital meeting of her club, Purposefully Repurposed. Shenker has been forced to adapt to the challenges of virtual school.

WCHS clubs adapt to virtual meetings

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager November 11, 2020

As of the 2020-2021 school year, there are 157 active clubs at WCHS. Ranging from Kpop Dance Club to Women in Politics, there is truly a fit for every student. In a normal, in-person school year, it is...

Zoom has quickly become one of the most common mediums of online interaction. Colleges are beginning to utilize Zoom for online tours, information sessions, and now online interviews.

Online interviews are less effective than in-person ones

By Andrew Chan, Editor-in-Chief November 11, 2020

With COVID-19 altering the way the world runs, nearly everything around us has changed. Whether it is getting lunch with friends or taking a unit test over Zoom, major aspects of our lives are drastically...

Junior Bridget Kelly (right) walks into the Potomac Community Center on Oct. 28 for her assignment as a poll worker. Kelly's shift runs from 6 am until 11 pm and consists of setting up the precinct, checking voters in and helping them vote.

Student volunteers gear up for 2020 presidential election

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor November 1, 2020

As Nov. 3 gets closer, it's not a surprise that this year has provided more challenges than past presidential election years. Election workers, a key but often undervalued group on Election Day, has also...

An offical drop box from the state of Maryland for the 2020 election sits outside the main enterance at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. on Oct. 18.

Drop boxes provide safe alternative to in-person voting

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor November 1, 2020

When COVID-19 struck during an election year, the question raised was how would people vote safely. Drop boxes became the answer. These boxes have turned community centers and local high schools, including...

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