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Senior Anna Kronthal poses in Philadelphia after driving on a school day. The Philly Cheesesteak Challenge is a senior class tradition in which students drive up and buy a cheesesteak in one day. The Class of 2020 will not be able to participate in this activity.

Philly Cheesesteak Challenge – 2020

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...

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

Semester class changes are necessary for students

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...

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.

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

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...

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...

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.

Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

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...

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

SAT adversity score is for the better

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...


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

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

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...

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

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

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?...

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

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

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...

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

Students should not be graded based on their participation

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...

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