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WCHS students stay active during quarantine

Senior Michael Castelli has been using dance as a way to cope during quarantine. Him and his friend have started teaching dance classes to help others stay active during this time.

By Ela Jalil, News Editor

May 29, 2020

Amidst this crazy time of the coronavirus quarantine, many people have stayed in their homes for months now. Schools were not the only thing that were shut down on March 15. Some spring sports never even got to begin their season, or just got two weeks of games and practices before school was cancelled.  ...

MCPS student town hall meeting discusses school closures

Students from all around the county came together to attend the virtual town hall hosted by councilman Tom Hucker. The town hall featured many different student activist groups, smob candidates, and student journalists

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2020

On Weds. April 22, Councilmember Tom Hucker and Lynn Harris, hosted a virtual student town hall that allowed student activist groups to introduce their agenda and to answer questions that students had about how Montgomery County is handling the school closures. Councilman Hucker has held a couple of town ...

“Radium Girls” radiates strong messages with female leads

The cast of

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2020

The WCHS drama department promises a “jaw-dropping” performance with the spring play “Radium Girls,” which opened on Feb. 14. Highlighting a true American story that is often forgotten in history, the show has a strong message of female empowerment and fighting for what is right, similar to t...

Athlete of the Month: Noah Rutberg

Senior Noah Rutberg has been swimming since he was nine years old, and now he has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

February 1, 2020

Senior Noah Rutberg has acquired certain fame around school, known as the WCHS student who qualified for the 2020 Olympic trials and for committing to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for swimming.  Rutberg started swimming with his summer swim team when he was only six and started sw...

Maryland has gone viral on Tik-Tok: scary or beneficial?

Many students like Austin Betz (above) took advantage of the popularity of Maryland Tik Toks, and made a viral video that got on many students for you pages.

By Ela Jalil and Olivia Yasharoff

January 14, 2020

TikTok has been sweeping the nation with its viral dance trends, comedy skits and lipsyncing videos. But when WCHS students noticed lots of Maryland and Montgomery County themed videos randomly appearing, they knew something was off.  Picture this: you are mindlessly scrolling through the “For Yo...

Best of 2010’s

The organization Extinction Rebellion holds a climate strike outside the World Bank in Washington DC. Many students have become climate activists over the decade and attend these protests.

By Maya Bhattiprolu and Ela Jalil

December 27, 2019

The 2010s was a time of memorable events -- learning how to ride a bike, entering double digits and getting a driver’s license -- but perhaps the most memorable of them all was the experiences we lived through and how much we have grown. As the decade ends, we look back on the 10 best events of the 20...

It’s time to movie into the holiday spirit

The movie poster from the classic

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

December 27, 2019

Whether it be a human who thinks he is an elf, or two strangers that have to pretend they are a couple to trick their families for the holidays, Christmas movies never fail to entertain. For some families, watching specific Christmas movies is an annual tradition. Whatever the occasion, Christmas movies ...

Student Art Spotlight: Michael Castelli

Senior Michael Castelli started dancing when he was entering high school, and is completely self trained. He is the co dance captain of BLAST and Showstoppers, as well as a choreographer in the school musical Legally Blonde.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

December 3, 2019

As the dancer’s turns begin to grow faster, the audience follows, completely mesmerized. Finally, he leaps into a death drop as the song hits its peak, and the audience cheers loudly. Senior Michael Castelli first gained interest in dance after attending his sister’s dance competitions. Soon, he f...

Shooting threat sparks community response

Officer Amy Homrock is the school's SRO, which is part of a program that the police and school have to keep students safe

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

November 15, 2019

On Oct. 24, a rumor flew around social media about a school shooting threat, causing WCHS students and parents to fear for their safety.  The original message was posted on Snapchat and soon students were posting their reactions on their Instagram and Snapchat stories, explaining how scared they we...

The Politician embodies current political issues

Ben Platt stars in the new hit dramedy, The Politician. The first season is available on Netflix.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2019

How far are you willing to go to get what you want? Is there a difference between being a good person and just doing good things? Netflix’s new dramedy series, The Politician, intrigues watchers with its reflection of current politics in the form of a high school presidential election.  Payton Hob...

Friendship between teachers strengthens WCHS community

Amanda Marshall (right) and Erin Brown (left) have been friends at WCHS for almost 13 years, and enjoy many afterschool activites together

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2019

Friendships are said to reduce stress, prevent loneliness and provide support through tough situations. At WCHS, students are not the only people who need friends.  When teachers find someone in the building that shares similar interests, is in a situation similar to theirs or someone they have a ...

Summer health program clears up space in schedules

Freshman Aliki Dimitoglou works on the chromebook. Taking Health online is one of the three choices that tenth graders have to complete their mandatory credit.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

June 10, 2019

Most WCHS students spend their summer vacationing, hanging out at the pool or going to camp. Going to three weeks of classes during the summer is not an ideal activity, but many rising 10th graders have to make the difficult decision between taking the required course Health over the summer or durin...

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