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WCHS students help communties affected by pandemic

WCHS junior Cat Gilligan irons fabric that she will later sew to make face masks for those who need them during the pandemic. With the help of WCHS students and families, Gilligan has been able to craft and donate many masks to patients at local hospitals that are unable to get them on their own.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

May 29, 2020

Since the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, WCHS communities have been instructed by Gov. Larry Hogan to stay home and self-quarantine as the virus continues to spread. While the quarantine has kept people separated, it has also brought them together in many new ways.  As a way to help oth...

Early College Program graduates students with new skills

Students can now take college courses at Montgomery College while also being enrolled in their home high school. This allows students to not only graduate from college early, but to become better exposed to career opportunities that will suit their interests.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Editor

March 5, 2020

Since 2018, WCHS students have been able to complete their last two years of high school at Montgomery College under the Early College Program. With this program, students are exposed to a new environment that gets them ready for college and possibly their future career--along with over 200 classes that are ...

Capitol Hill Classic: 968 teams, 122 courts

Athletes prepare for an exciting tournament in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic. Players from all over the country and even athletes from Canada, Holland, China and Puerto Rico have come to participate in one of the most exciting and unforgettable events of the year.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

March 3, 2020

Step up to the court. Take a deep breath. Listen to the spectators behind you cheering you on. Toss the ball into the air above your head. Wait for that perfect moment. Now. Serve the ball and send it flying over the net. The game has begun.  That’s just what most servers experience as they step up to th...

Relax into the weekend thanks to Frantic Fridays

Mr.Sanz has implemented the Frantic Friday program to help his orchestra students de-stress. On Fridays, students have the chance to study for classes, catch up on homework or even take a nap.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

January 30, 2020

School and the workload can be overbearing to students and with the added weight of sports and other extracurriculars, it can be easy for students to feel like they are drowning in a swirling sea of tests, homework assignments and sports meets. Luckily, there is a solution for orchestra students: Frantic...

Freshman Chris Hacopian commits to Wake Forest

As only a freshman at WCHS, Chris Hacopian committed to Wake Forest University for baseball.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

January 30, 2020

One may wonder how a freshman baseball player from Maryland gets noticed by one of the best universities in the nation. Shortstop for the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox, Chris Hacopian, knew in his heart that he wanted to play baseball from a very young age. Starting at the age of four, Hacopian discovered hi...

Seal of Biliteracy award symbolizes dedication to mastering a language

Maryland is one of 36 states that offers the Biliteracy Seal to its students, allowing them to prove their proficiency in languages other than English. On Dec. 18th, WCHS administered the Biliteracy Seal Test.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

January 18, 2020

There is one thing that sets certain WCHS students apart from the others: biliteracy. Some students can fluently write, speak and understand another language because it is either spoken at home or in the student’s environment in some way. One course of action for these students to gain the recognitio...

Spirits are high as WCHS athletic teams build bonds

Runners on WCHS varsity cross country engage in a team huddle up before a race. They whisper words of encouragement and hype up their fellow Dawgs.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

December 17, 2019

The WCHS family is built on many things, but one strong foundation of the Bulldogs community is athletics. Sports teams give a sense of belonging, spirit and connection with other students and these qualities are especially present when teams succeed. This past season, many WCHS teams have taken the ...

Students, teachers take side on later school start time debate

On any given morning, WCHS students come to school on buses. Buses would come later, if school start times are pushed back.

By Jeremy Fredricks and Ari Dimitoglou

November 15, 2019

For students in California public high schools, start time will be later beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. After Governor Gavin Newson signed a law for later start times, California will become the first state to legislative start times for public schools with high schools starting at 8:30 AM. ...

Spooky seasonal favorites revive Halloween spirit

Sarah Jessica Parker (right), Bette Midler (middle), and Kathy Najimy play the iconic witch sisters in the classic

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

October 23, 2019

    It is finally time for fall--let the sweater-wearing, leaf-falling and candy-eating traditions commence. Along the journey of intense buildup to the special day of Halloween, there are a variety of Halloween-related customs, one of them being the binge watching of seasonal movies. Halloween is u...

Crew team rows into their successful season

Members of the Montgomery Boat Club carry a shell to the water at the previous practice location, the Anacostia River. Practicing here was difficult due to the long travel times, which led to a short amount of time in the water and late arrivals, as well as the limited space available for them to prepare for races.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

October 21, 2019

Major changes have been made to the WCHS crew team, setting rowers up to reach their full potential for this season and many more to come. Being a part of the rowing team allows students to work on their leadership skills, develop new friendships and participate in a competitive sport that they might...

2019 Emmy Awards inspires audience members

The 71st Emmys award ceremony was filled with heartfelt speeches and inspirational messages, making this year’s ceremony historical.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising and subscriptions manager

October 8, 2019

For the fourth time in Emmy history, the Primetime awards ceremony held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, was without a host (except for the augmented-reality-style Homer Simpson who opened the show before getting flattened by an animated piano). The 71st Emmy Awards ceremony was held on Se...

WCHS appreciates teachers

WCHS appreciates teachers

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

June 4, 2019

For decades, the first week of May has been dedicated to honoring the impact teachers have made on students and fellow staff members, but what does being a teacher at WCHS during Staff Appreciation Week exactly mean? At WCHS, it is an annual tradition for students to write thank you notes at the...

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