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The Virtual Academy that was announced on the MCPS website includes an infographic explaining different aspects of the new schooling option. These include who is eligible, which teachers will teach virtually and how to enroll.

The “Virtual Academy” should be more accessible

By Austin Vinner , News Editor June 14, 2021

Over the past year, virtual school has become an important point of contention across the country. It is hated by some due to the learning difficulties it poses and revered by others as an easier way to...

This Ink drawing entitled All Together Alone was created by WCHS Junior Julian Silva. This work is desplayed on the front page of the County Wide Art Show website.

MCPS creates a website to display pieces of art for an online art show

By Austin Vinner, News Editor May 3, 2021

Over the past year, MCPS has done its best to provide as many normal experiences to students as possible. Many events have undergone changes to account for adequate social distancing and other precautions,...

Students eagerly get back on the field to play sports after over a year long break due to COVID restrictions in the county.

WCHS sports teams prepare for an in-person spring season

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor March 22, 2021

With the increased distribution of vaccines, a select amount of students are beginning to return to school. This not only provides improved learning for many students, but it also brings the excitement...

AP exams are usually taken in a large test booklet that students write in, but with virtual AP exams, its harder to do some types of questions, especially ones that require students to show work.

AP exams will be offered in virtual and in-person settings

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor March 1, 2021

With the recent MCPS decision to return to in-person school, students and teachers alike are now having to adjust to the reality of changing plans and finishing school in-person. Early in the year many...

Switching teachers for the second semester was much easier with in person school as students received schedules like the one shown at the beginning of the year. In virtual learning, students had to search for new classes on Canvas and make sure they could find all of their new Zoom links.

Students adjust to new schedules for their second semester of virtual learning

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor February 7, 2021

As the first semester comes to a close, students and teachers alike are facing another challenge. One that has not been an issue since September and one that many members of the school community hoped...

With many families opting to stay home during winter break, video chatting is the easiest way to stay connected. Families like the one shown here organize Zoom calls to catch up and stay socially connected.

COVID hinders people from celebrating a normal winter break

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor January 20, 2021

When the school year started in August, students and teachers alike had hoped to be back in person by early January. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and what is normally one of the best times of the...

As online school becomes the new normal, students are learning to reap the benefits of virtual learning. Many students join school from the comfort of their beds, a definite improvement from previously having to wake up in the early morning to get to school.

MCPS should not return to in person learning

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor December 10, 2020

After over eight months of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it finally seems like a vaccine for this deadly illness is almost ready for public consumption. With the prospect of things returning...

The Boys Basketball team at WCHS had a great last season and they were disapointed to here that they will most likely not be meeting in person this season.

As the winter approaches, sports continue to be online

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor November 17, 2020

With the first quarter over, the 2020-2021 school year is heading into the winter season. Students have adjusted to virtual learning but have many unanswered questions concerning extracurricular activities...

The WCHS Ambassadors have been creating graphics to advertise their virtual socials. This particular graphic advertised for the Halloween themed social on October 14th, which involved a game of Mafia and Skribbl.io.

Virtual socials connect new and returning students during online school

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor October 26, 2020

As the second month of school comes to a close, students are finally getting used to the virtual format, thanks in part to the hard work of the school administration. While the administration has done...

Animal Fostering and pet adoption has increased greatly over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic with one family adopting 2 dogs, 6 month old Poppy (on the left) and 11 week old Pico (on the right).

Families should adopt animals during quarantine

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor May 29, 2020

During this crazy quarantine, pets have become a huge part of many people's lives. Whether it is rekindling an old routine of walking your dog or welcoming a new animal into the family, pets influence...

People know that being an adult is not all that kids think it is. It comes with many challenges and local organizations like the one pictured above use this idea to make drivers laugh as they pass this sign.

Adulting classes should be offered at WCHS

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager March 11, 2020

Classes in school on subjects that are useful in real life were once only a wish, but recently, classes on how to be an adult have begun to be offered at some schools. While this class does exist, there's...

Cabin John Mall is among the many places where students at WCHS look for jobs. One of the places that has been popular recently is Playa Bowls which employs mostly highschool students.

High school students kill time with summer jobs

By Austin Vinner, Photo Editor March 7, 2020

High school can be a time to explore and learn new things, where teens are granted the freedom to decide what interests them. That is why so many high schoolers look to get jobs either during the school...

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