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Senior Anna Kronthal

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

May 14, 2020

When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me that high school would be the best four years of my entire life.  When I got to high school, I had to ask-- this was really as good as it ever gets? Because with three tests on Monday and the extracurriculars that I stayed in five days a week to differentiat...

Semester class changes are necessary for students

Students walk to their new classes after being given changed schedules for the new semester. At WCHS, this happens once a year.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

March 7, 2020

The beginning of the third quarter is not just the start of a new marking period-- it is the start of new teachers, new classmates and even new courses. At the beginning of the second semester, WCHS students receive completely new schedules. Although this change can make students have to complete...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

School violence threats must be taken seriously

School violence threats must be taken seriously

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 10, 2019

Last year’s bomb threat left WCHS students evacuated from the building and contained within the football field stadium for hours. This past month’s shooting threat left students in their regular classes as if attending a normal day of school. Threats of school violence are becoming increasingly common. Alt...

Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

Students in high schools around the country are opening up about how they are feeling and about their mental health to help those around them.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

A high school teacher from San Francisco has gone viral after making a poster that allows students to indicate how they are feeling mentally with colorful post-it notes. This innovative type of mental check-in begs the question: would something like this be beneficial at WCHS? High-school teacher...

SAT adversity score is for the better

Students take SAT tests every year to send scores to colleges in hopes of gaining admission.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

WCHS students monitor their scores religiously, hoping to improve their chances of admission into top tier universities. SAT/ACT scores, College Board subject test scores, AP exam scores: all common tests which students are accustomed to preparing for. Now, adversity scores as well. On May 15th, 2019, ...

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage


The stereotypical classroom of wooden desks and chairs awaits high school students.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

February 26, 2019

The seemingly perfect report card on WCHS student’s fridges might really be leaving them unprepared for the grading systems in college--where grade inflation simply doesn’t exist. As WCHS enters the third quarter of its school year, the nationally ranked school attributes its student’s academic...

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

This picture shows typical high school students. This relates to the story, since these are who metal detectors in schools are affecting.

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018

With the hassle of getting out the door in the morning, rush-hour traffic, and school parking, would having to get through metal detectors just an additional excuse for why a student is be late to school?   In light of recent school shootings, public and private high schools around the co...

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Recently, celebrities have made their political beliefs known to the public.

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018

Pop singer Taylor Swift shared her views on political candidates in a lengthy caption that she posted to her instagram. Swift’s picture was liked by over 2 million people. Meanwhile, our president’s inauguration was attended by only 900,000. Recently, celebrities have been impacting politics by promoting ...

Students should not be graded based on their participation

Students in high schools across the country are graded on their participation in classes.

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 19, 2018

“You are expected to participate in class discussions.” At the beginning of nearly every school year, teachers preach this expectation to students along with the usual mentions of kindness, work ethic and class rules. But, does it really belong on the course syllabus? Should the amount of tim...

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