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Ellen Degeneres and wife, Portia De Rossi, are featured on an Amazon Alexa ad that was showcased during the superbowl.

March Adness

By Emma Chen, Ohio Meshanko, and Maya Bhattiprolu March 11, 2020

Super Bowl season has come and gone, every year it is American tradition that many companies bolster their marketing budgets to bring us some of the most scrutinized commercials of the year. Some are funny,...

Based on the video game character,

“Sonic the Hedgehog” races into theaters

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager February 25, 2020

Video games, as popular as they are, have had a spotty history when it comes to film adaptations. While franchises like Pokémon have had success with animated features and with the recent success of Detective...

Astounding special effects and beautiful cinematography set this sci-fi franchise's newest film into an universe that is both colorful and terrifying. The end of the modern Star Wars trilogy,

A Star Wars movie that’s not quite out of this galaxy

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager February 4, 2020

On Dec.18, audiences worldwide were taken back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with the release of “Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker.” In less than a month, the long-anticipated...

Books such as this copy of Hamlet are simply scripts of plays, which were meant to be watched live

Shakespeare: to be or not to be taught in English classes

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager December 8, 2019

“The dram of [evil] / Doth all the noble substance of a doubt / to his own scandal.” This line from William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, is meaningful yet confusing. Undoubtedly, a great...

Angela Ren, a senior at WCHS, draws inspiration from fashion icons like John Galliano and Thom Browne.

Trendsetters: teens taking after celebrities

By Ohio Meshanko and Victoria Park December 3, 2019

One of the most important aspects of teen lives is the clothing they wear. Brand names, color, price, design, celebrity endorsements and many other factors all influence the clothes they buy. Fashion-forward...

Although they were originally designed to help addicts quit smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes have found a new and dangerous use among youth.

Administration works to fight against vaping epidemic

By Miranda Chung and Ohio Meshanko October 18, 2019

To date, more than ten teenagers have been confirmed dead as a direct result of e-cigarettes, or vapes. Last spring, some anonymous WCHS students were found intoxicated in a bathroom due to vaping. One...

The college application process is stressful and contains lots of forms to fill out, and being required to wait only adds to that stress.

Delays in college applications add to the pressure

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager June 6, 2019

The college application process is long, complex, and often frustrating for many rising WCHS seniors. It includes asking teachers for recommendations, writing long, personal essays, and taking several...

The Comfort Key’s simple design and inconspicuous appearance lends to its ease of use in dangerous situations.

New product provides the key to safety

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager June 5, 2019

For teens, especially young women, the threat of harassment on the street is a sad reality that many have to live with. Especially when alone, high school girls can be seen as easy targets by people with...

The feeling of leaving school before a day off is one of excitement and relief, and is not felt enough by the WCHS student body.

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions manager April 5, 2019

From Feb. 19 to April 16, MCPS will not have any days off from school. This is the longest period with no days off in the entire year, beating the strait from Sept. 20 to Nov. 6 by more than two weeks....

Nate Tinbite testifies in front of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The John F. Kennedy High School junior spoke in favor of an unbiased study.

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager February 8, 2019

The Montgomery County Board of Education held a hearing Jan. 7 to discuss potentially changing the boundaries for each of its 206 schools. The move was proposed as a solution to the disparity in socioeconomic...

The EHS book fair sells books of every genre so that all readers will find something to choose from.

WCHS English Honors Society hosts book fair

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager December 21, 2018

On Dec. 13, the WCHS English Honors Society (EHS) held its third annual charity book fair. The fair offered over 500 books, all of which cost less than $5. Preparations started at lunch the day before,...

WCHS movie night draws big crowds

WCHS movie night draws big crowds

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager October 5, 2018

On Sept. 27, the class of 2020 hosted a Movie Night to provide a fun opportunity to raise funds. An important component of movie watching is the accompanying snack, and CHS Movie Night served up a...

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