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Influencers can set unrealistic beauty standards and preconceived notions of what ones life is supposed to look like.

The dark side of teenage influencer idolization

By Kalena Yee, Features Editor March 1, 2024

In the age of social media, it is now easier than ever to “jump on the bandwagon” on whoever and whatever is trending. With just a short viral picture or video, influencers can gain an instant, strong...

This parking spot in the main student parking of WCHS lot sits empty in the middle of the school day. Due to half-day schedules, absenteeism and the skipping of class, empty parking spots are too common of an occurence. That is one of the factors that makes seniors who have street parking wish that parking was on a first come, first served basis.

Faceoff: First come, first served will optimize parking

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor March 1, 2024

Parking spots – those infatuating asphalt rectangles – hold a peculiar power in the WCHS ecosystem. They symbolize freedom, responsibility and, most importantly, seniority. But, this privilege is not...

Paws for Thoughts: Snowplow parenting

Paws for Thoughts: Snowplow parenting

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2024

“How dare you give my precious, precocious genius a failing grade?!!” the unnamed parent screams as they storm in through the classroom door, waving the offensive paper marked with a tiny red ‘B+’....

The test-optional policy implemented in most colleges during the pandemic has been shown to have negative consequences and should therefore be eliminated.

Sit down and take the SAT: Fair and Effective Way to Prove College Readiness

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor February 26, 2024

A crucial step in the gauntlet that is the college application process has always been the SAT. When the majority of schools went test-optional in 2020, most high school juniors and seniors breathed a...

Poltics and current events can be taught in class in an effecitve manner, but WCHS is going to have to meet that challenge with dedicated teaching.

Too vital to ignore: we need to talk politics

By Dehab Deglel, Promotions and Subscriptions Manager November 27, 2023

Worse than when a teacher knows nothing about the subject they are teaching is when they discuss topics unrelated to the class. This is especially true when it comes to classes that are not about current...

Politics and current events could come up in any class at any time, but that doesnt mean that they should. These topics need to be restricted in classes, otherwise it could cause serious negative effects .

Sticky politics don’t belong at school

By Amari Suissa, Internal Communications Manager November 27, 2023

Worse than when a teacher knows nothing about the subject they are teaching is when they discuss topics unrelated to the class. This is especially true when it comes to classes that are not about current...

Many WCHS seniors spend their classtime working on their college applications rather than taking notes and paying attention.

Teachers can ease college application stress for seniors

By Sneha David, Online Managing Editor November 17, 2023

As high school seniors embark on their final year, the journey to college approaches. It is a time filled with hope, excitement and, often, a crushing amount of stress. Moreover, the stressors seniors...

WCHS senior Lyndee Sklute dresses up as a vampire for Halloween on the night of Oct. 31.

Halloween Costumes: The Lack of Uniqueness Over The Years

By Clara Young, Copy Editor November 13, 2023

Halloween. A night meant to be filled with gut-wrenching horrors and blood-curdling screams. However, what is seen is the complete opposite. People used to wear terrifying costumes to ward off ghosts in...

In the Emergency Preparedness information on the official MCPS website, a playlist of videos about the topic is shown. Yes, it is on their website, but resources like these need to have more exposure to students, staff, and parents.

MCPS must do more to keep their students safe

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor October 27, 2023

In the face of a world fraught with unforeseen challenges, the safety of our students should be non-negotiable. However, it is disheartening to observe that students and schools within MCPS often fail...

The grade inflation at WCHS may present more threats than students realize.

Grade inflation doesn’t get the A

By Tafa Nukator, Assistant Opinions Editor October 17, 2023

As college application season comes into full swing, WCHS seniors are more concerned with their GPAs than ever. Many of them are thankful for grade-boosting policies that both the school and the county...

WCHS senior Eric Bomfim using his MacBook during class to complete assignments. The continual use of personal laptops is something WCHS is trying to eliminate.

WCHS cracking down on the PMD policy is beneficial

By Caroline Harless, News Editor October 3, 2023

Implemented in the 2022-23 school year, the Personal Mobile Device (PMD) Policy aimed to prevent student use of personal devices—including cell phones, personal laptops and headphones—during class...

Seen above is the symbol of the Montgomery County Council of Maryland. The MOCO Council continues to debate over County Executive Marc Elrichs proposed budget, allocating $239.9 million for the new fiscal year.

Schools squeezed: budget cuts threaten education’s vital foundation

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor May 31, 2023

Schools are more than mere buildings; they serve as the bedrock of the community, shaping future leaders and innovators. So why has the Montgomery County Council approved a plan for over $25 million in...

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