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College decisions online are supportive

Senior Emma Chen's Instagram story congratulates her friend after getting into Colorado College with the words
February 3, 2020

If you ask any senior what is being referenced with the phrases “my best friend is off to…” or “____ just got so lucky,” they will know exactly what you are talking about. While these phrases...

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful
February 3, 2020

For many WCHS students, early December tends to be a time of lethargy as students look forward to winter break. But for seniors, the weeks leading up to break are the dreaded Early Decision weeks. As the...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

A group of students takes the
November 13, 2019

Every year, we seem to be catering to an increasingly apathetic student body. First was the elimination of high school exams. Then, a localized failed but notable attempt at a “no zero grading policy.”...

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

Students taking the ACT are often in the testing center for hours on end, but the new change will allow students to only test for one hour or less instead.
November 13, 2019

On any given Saturday from 8-12 AM, certain high schools are packed with students taking standardized tests. However, soon this entirely too long process can become a lot shorter for many students. The...

Face Off: Security Upgrades

Face Off: Security Upgrades
January 7, 2014

 Improved security creates safer school environment When tragedy occurs, survivors and spectators are constantly left asking: what more could have been done? Was security too weak? Were there flaws in...

‘8Track’ allows users to create, share mixes

September 27, 2011

For most people, musical taste is as unique as their thumbprints.  Internet radio sites such as Pandora tried to decipher a pattern in such musical preferences, but they failed to be very efficient or...

FACE-OFF: Android vs. iPhone: King Apple reigns supreme

September 27, 2011

Excuse me, may I have your attention please? An imposter, I repeat an imposter, of the Apple iPhone is dangerous and on the loose. My name is Android, and I am infiltrating the minds of children and...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Congressional actions hamper medical treatment

March 22, 2011

Movie fans all over the nation are familiar with the scene: Juno, a rambunctious, outspoken and feministic teenager, waddles up to the entrance of her local Planned Parenthood.  She rolls her eyes at...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Program lacks support, should not have public funding

March 22, 2011

It is nothing short of irresponsible to pour the American people’s money into a controversial and inefficient organization that performs procedures the public cannot agree on. According to a 2010 Gallup...

Faceoff- College has more excitement

March 2, 2010

Back in 2006, The George Mason men’s basketball team won the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots, who were a 13 seed, won their first four games...

Faceoff- pros are superior athletes

March 2, 2010

When you hear of players like Tyler Hansbrough, Adam Morrison, J.J. Redick and Christian Laettner you think of college superstars, but when these players jump to the NBA, you think of bench warmers. These...

Faceoff: Potbelly’s serves scrumptious subs

May 28, 2009

Rotten subs, terrible service and bread with knives in it are some of the complaints Subway customers have expressed over the years. Potbelly’s on the other hand, is a much better sub chain, serving...

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