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Junior Julia Bloise logs onto her AP classroom account to ensure she is registered for this years free AP exams.

Blueprint for Maryland’s Future gets students career-ready

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor November 17, 2023

By now, the news has spread through WCHS: this year’s AP exams are free. The 2024 MCPS fiscal year operating budget now includes a provision covering the cost of AP testing for students and their families....

An estimated 50,000 referees have stopped officiating since the 2018-19 football season, creating a serious referee shortage in high school athletics.

Nationwide referee shortage affects WCHS athletics

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor November 14, 2023

Perhaps one of the most critical participants on the field during a sporting event is the one that goes primarily unnoticed, the one who gets no praise or cheers but only boos and arguments: the referee....

Both the Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer teams were featured on the Churchill Athletics website in honor of their being awarded the High School Team Academic Award by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) organization.

Kickin’ it in class: WCHS soccer teams score success

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor October 18, 2023

Everyone knows the stereotype: the jock with the letterman jacket. The one who doesn’t do well in school, who blows off studying in favor of extra sports practice and the one who somehow manages to move...

The WCHS Varsity Field Hockey team smiles for a team picture after one of their game day morning team breakfasts. The team is dressed in red, white and blue for their USA theme day. Team breakfasts and dressing up for school on game days are some of this teams oldest traditions and contributes to the closeness of this team.

WCHS’ field hockey team faces pressure to do well

By Claire Moylan, Assistant Features Editor and Photo Manager October 16, 2023

To most students at WCHS, the Varsity Field Hockey team is a powerhouse. From winning six consecutive regional championships to competing in back-to-back state finals, the team is seen as a unified front...

WCHS recent sports success has filled the trophy case of the school where the accomplishments of WCHS athletics are on display. Awards range from State championship plaques to individual player awards.

Winning streak increases WCHS spirit and unity

By Rachel Mattison, Online Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

WCHS has long been known for strong academics proven by its many accolades over the years such as being a National Blue Ribbon School and ranked as the best high school in Maryland based on academic performance....

WCHS Girls Varsity Tennis player, Allison Chan plays in a WCHS tennis match on Tuseday April 18 against Montgomery Blair HS at home. The final score was 7-0.

Girls’ tennis is serving up big wins this season

By Cailey Harrington, Staff Writer May 20, 2023

The WCHS Girls' Varsity Tennis team is coming off a county championship win from the 2022 season and currently has a 5-2 record(will change before publication). This was the first year for the Class of...

Kisney Gunn (right) wraps student Summer Polhemus ankle before her varsity lacrosse game on April 20, 2023. This is one of the many responsibilities of Gunn during a sporting event at WCHS.

Meet Kinsey Gunn, WCHS’ new athletic trainer

By Claire Moylan, Staff Writer May 16, 2023

On the surface, an athletic trainer is someone who deals with the orthopedic injuries of athletes. However, WCHS’ athletic trainer, Kinsey Gunn takes the job to a whole new level, taking on the expected...

Mr. Portnoy is excited to begin his preparation to educate students on sports betting.

Sports betting: a gamble?

By Liam Klein, Can't Hear You, Airpods Are In May 15, 2023

AP classes are a staple of students' schedules at WCHS. Classes like AP Statistics, AP Modern World History, AP Literature, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Computer Science and more keep students busy from...

With many schools around the county already committing to have a Power Slap team next winter, WCHS will slap its competition.

This new WCHS team slaps out all competition

By Cecilia Bernstein, #1 Swiftie May 15, 2023

As unusual sports have gained popularity over the years and now WCHS is hopping on the bandwagon. In the coming weeks, Principal John Taylor and athletic director Jesse Smith plan to announce the start...

WCHS sophomore Aida Sadjadpour helps to defeat Poolsville High School 3-1 during this WCHS soccer game. Sadjadpour plays soccer for WCHSs girls varsity team.

Play Ball! Athletics, no matter where, benefit participants

By Rebecca Dean, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

When most WCHS students think about sports, they picture students wearing the WCHS blue, green and white as they defeat opposing schools. But this isn’t the reality for some students. Many WCHS students...

WCHS junior Hallie Muniez running the 5k at cross country states where she  placed 15th.

Athlete of the month: Hallie Muniz

May 15, 2023

Running cross country after moving across the country, WCHS junior Hallie Muniz has become an important member of WCHS’ cross country and track teams. Although this is her first year running for WCHS,...

Arnav Juneja bursts into a sprint at track practice. The WCHS junior trains for his third competitive season on the track & field team.

Track and field vs cross country: which running sport is right for you?

By Gabi Shewchuk, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

With the school year coming to a close, many students may be thinking about trying out for sports for the next school year. For students who love to run, track and field or cross country would be great...

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