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Some students may not have access to computers or a stable internet connection, which makes it extremely difficult for them to learn on a virtual platform.

Online school has many negative effects

By Allison Fan, Assistant Features Editor June 4, 2021

As the unprecedented 2020-2021 school year comes to an end, many are now wondering what comes next. While MCPS is planning to fully return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, they are...

WCHS freshman Megan Demske works at her computer over the weekend. The MAP tests add one more thing students have to worry about.

Students express frustration with MAP testing

By Michael Demske, Assistant News Editor May 21, 2021

Run by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a standardized test typically administered in three sections (fall, winter and spring) every year. This month,...

Student Lens Club is open membership where members work on videos in a variety of subjects, from STEM to humanities. Anyone looking to learn more about filmmaking and video editing is encouraged to join.

Take a look through the lens of filmmaking with this WCHS club

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor April 26, 2021

From local and national competitions to helping the community, filmmaking is a unique way to explore vast opportunities in a variety of different niches. Inspired by their time at Eastern Middle School,...

Shown is what a typical Zoom class may look like during the 2020-2021 school year, in which there are almost no cameras on entirely.

Virtual classes give students a new perspective on the most beneficial way to learn

By Justin Greenzaid, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2021

The blaring radar of the default iPhone alarm is a common sound for many WCHS students in the morning (unless they have changed their alarm sound due to the trauma it may cause). But, looking back at a...

WCHS's Model UN team is hosting their first ever conference in April. Students and teachers work together to make this event a reality.

WCHS prepares to host its first Model UN conference

By Ela Jalil, News Editor March 16, 2021

Virtual school has not only changed the way that students learn, but also how they do their extracurricular activities. Participation is waning for many WCHS clubs, due to the lack of incentives, such...

The WCHS Reading for All Club's logo, created by President Dan Wei Zuo, shows three students on computers. The club involves its members reading to elementary school students virtually.

The WCHS Reading for All Club gives back to local elementary school students

By Jordan Pashkoff, Assistant Online Editor December 7, 2020

For young children a huge part of learning comes from reading stories. Unfortunately, virtual school has ensured that kids today do not get to experience it the same way. To help students experience reading...

Elyssa Shenker holds a digital meeting of her club, Purposefully Repurposed. Shenker has been forced to adapt to the challenges of virtual school.

WCHS clubs adapt to virtual meetings

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager November 11, 2020

As of the 2020-2021 school year, there are 157 active clubs at WCHS. Ranging from Kpop Dance Club to Women in Politics, there is truly a fit for every student. In a normal, in-person school year, it is...

WCHS's name has undergone scrutiny after a petition created by Students for Real Heroes created a petition asking for a name change.

WCHS’s name should be changed

By Ela Jalil, News Editor October 21, 2020

Winston Churchill is finally undergoing the scrutiny he deserves and calls to change WCHS’ name have caused both great outrage and happiness in our community. @StudentsForRealHeroes on Instagram led...

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...

Churchill for Climate members smile with representative Jamie Raskin, as they hold posters with reasons as to why they participated in the polar plunge

Churchill for Climate raises awareness for a hot issue

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor March 4, 2020

Recently, climate change and environmental issues have caused a sense of panic. From threats of the world ending in 50 years to never-ending forest fires, climate change and environmental issues are a...

Junior Liz Porter is registering to vote at WCHS during lunch. The Montgomery County Board of Elections registered students three days during lunch.

Early voter registration allows students to prepare for the future

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor February 26, 2020

For three days at lunch, the Montgomery County Board of Education had a table at WCHS to allow students over the age of 16 the opportunity to register to vote.   While you have to be 18 to vote, Maryland...

Therapy dogs were at school Tuesday and Thursday roaming the halls and provided a much needed stress relief for students.

Mental health awareness week comes to WCHS

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor February 6, 2020

The week of November 11th at WCHS was Mental Health Awareness week. November as a whole is Mental Health Awareness month, and this was the was WCHS was implementing self care into the students' schedules. On...

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