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Paws for Thoughts: Bring back class rankings!

Paws for Thoughts: Bring back class rankings!

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief November 13, 2023

To the disillusioned directors of Hollywood, here’s a reality TV show plot just waiting to be born at WCHS: announce on the first day of junior year that 1) class rankings have been reinstated and 2)...

Pictured from left to right are the boba drinks from Kung Fu Tea, Tiger Sugar, Boba Pop, and Gong-Cha.

Sip, Savor, Score: Boba Ratings

By Ha-Yeon Jeon and Caroline Harless October 18, 2023

Boba. Bubble Tea. Pearl Milk Tea. These are all names for the delicious drink characterized by tea with tapioca pearls, offered at countless locations within Montgomery County. At WCHS, many students love...

In order to be relevant and meaningful, student publications must be uncensored and unafraid to discuss controversial topics.

Student publications should be uncensored

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief October 4, 2023

Although perhaps an ironic question, it is arguably the most important: what even is the point of a high school newspaper? It is difficult for such publications to be harbingers of breaking news or mind-boggling...

Observer Opinion: Is a block schedule better?

Observer Opinion: Is a block schedule better?

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief June 8, 2023

More of these: well-paced classes, time to ask questions and in-class learning. Less of these: homework, wasted time and excessively required self-studying. Currently, the daily WCHS schedule suffers from...

Students protested math homework and tests in a staged walkout this past March, with the slogan Stop the Math!

“Stop the Math!” Students shut down Math Dept.

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor June 2, 2023

It had been brewing for years, but this year’s annual WCHS Pi Day celebration was the final straw. Even as Mu Alpha Theta, the WCHS mathematics honor society, sought to cultivate a school environment...

With more research continuously coming out about the negative consequences of dairy consumption, traditional cows milk is increasingly being eschewed in favor of plant-based alternatives.

Choosing milk that’s best for consumers is udder chaos

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief May 30, 2023

Do you know what is udder-ly bad for you? Regular cow’s milk. Moreover, milk and other dairy products have long been flagged for their high levels of saturated fat and their outsized role as a causative...

A student logs in to their MyMCPS account, which is the portal through which they access all of their Dual Enrollment courses at Montgomery College.

True or false? Dual Enrollment misconceptions

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor May 15, 2023

Dual Enrollment, Dual Education, Dual Excitement. From Organic Chemistry to Philosophy in Literature, or Modern Military History to Advanced Object-Oriented C++ Programming, the 518 courses available at...

In honor of Dr. Seuss Day, now rebranded as National Read Across America Day, students can visit various language-related attractions in Washingtonn D.C. Pictured above, the Planet Word museum offers a unique and interactive way of examining the history of the written and spoken language.

The “Word” is out: Spring into these D.C. events

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor March 30, 2023

Compare the two choices: stuck inside all day long as various social media platforms endlessly clamor for your attention, or enjoying the fresh spring air while exploring the hidden gems of D.C. As the...

Sara Nemati, a biology teacher at WCHS, attends a lantern festival to make a wish for her IVF journey. Her lantern reads I want a baby girl.

An IVF Journey: a bumpy road of highs and lows

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor March 28, 2023

IEP. GPA. ASL. These three-letter acronyms are so often used in the academic environment that students do not have to pause to register their meanings. In the AP Biology class at WCHS, however, an unfamiliar...

The three members of the Bridge to Wellness team, Maria Bruno, Alex Metral, and Dominic Elliot, stand in front of their Bridge to Wellness room poster.

Bridge to Wellness connects students to positive mental health

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor March 21, 2023

$8,000,000: the Montgomery County Council’s special appropriations for expanding High School Wellness Centers (HSWCs) into every MCPS high school. Although Montgomery County has attempted a wide variety...

This past February, the Educational Policy Department of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA) held a community forum to discuss mental health resources in MCPS. Many students brought up the gaps that they saw and why they thought improvements were necessary.

MCPS’ wellness resources: a good effort but ineffective

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor March 2, 2023

A, B, C: Advisory classes, Be Well 365 and counselor lessons on restorative justice, mindfulness and more. MCPS boasts a plethora of programs for its K-12 students that aim to address the gaps in social...

Titled Marshall with Family and the World, this is one of the pieces by the eight contemporary artists showcased at the Kinship exhibit, newly opened on Oct. 28, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Explore the mind and new art this fall with DC’s exhibits

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor December 2, 2022

If someone were to draw a Venn diagram of “fall” and “art”, most people would likely put Jack-o’-lanterns in the middle and then be stumped; what else could there be in the overlap between fall...

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