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Senior Hannah Zozobrado poses at East High, the fictional high school from the High School Musical franchise. She holds up a paper plate, a signature activity of many banquets.

Senior Banquet – 2020

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor May 14, 2020

Ah, high school. I’ve seen so many movies about it.  At five years old, I remember watching “High School Musical” in the living room of my cousins’ house, enjoying the iconic end scene where...

~how im feeling~ was officially released on Mar. 6, 2020, however the hype for the album began months prior to its availability on streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music. Posted on his instagram account @lauvsongs on Jan. 24 this year, Lauv shares his tour dates with his 1.6 million followers

“~how i’m feeling~” album paints different versions of Lauv

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor March 12, 2020

The Hopeless Romantic (blue), The Existentialist (purple), The Playboy (orange), The Eccentric (red), The Jokester (green), The Optimist (yellow): these are the different versions of Lauv that portray...

WCHS senior Markus Silvertree paints in his 4th period class, AP Art Studio, for his sustained investigation. On this large sheet, a compilation of ideas for new and potential pieces are mixed into one consolidated and designed brainstorming board.

Student Art Spotlight: Markus Silvertree

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor February 4, 2020

It is commonly said that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but what they don’t say is that as the apple falls down, it gets closer to the tree’s roots. In the case of senior Markus Silvertree,...

As viewers walk into the Arena Stage venue, they are handed this play program book with Derril Lark, the main character of the play, in the center.

“Right to be Forgotten” is a must see for WCHS students

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor December 3, 2019

A young, awkward and naive high school boy named Derril Lark is infatuated with a girl, Eve Selinsky. Desperate to ensure she’s safe and well, he follows his newfound love home day after day, unaware...

Dressed up in his white lab coat and blue gloves, Nathan Slotnik makes the most of his SciTech Scholarship as he holds a micropipette in the laboratory, ready to contribute to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

SciTech Technion international program fosters new experiences

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor November 28, 2019

William Shakespeare had once said “the world is your oyster,” but in a world of billions of people, it may be hard to stand out against the abundance of competition. However, for some people, standing...

Senior Jeremy Ashe (left) stands along Constitution Ave. for the Nationals “Nats” Parade, sporting the baseball team in support of their recent World Series win.

Washington Nationals Fans celebrate World Series victory

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor November 9, 2019

It is no secret that recently, Washington D.C. has been the hub of sports championships: the Washington Capitals witnessed their first Stanley Cup win in 2018, the Washington Mystics received their first...

Just outside the Capitol stands a group of WCHS juniors after walking out of school on Friday, Sept. 20, the day of the D.C. Climate Strike. Holding their handmade posters, they take their picture to commemorate the day they fought for environmental regulation, a controversy similar to that being fought in Brazil regarding the Amazon.

Lungs on fire: Amazon news encourage environmental action

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor October 11, 2019

The ongoing fires in the Amazon are a prime example of an environmental crisis that has been fueled by a political and economic agenda. As the Amazon is the most biodiverse area on earth and additionally...

Many students begin on JV teams and move up to varsity teams as their skills improve.

Moving up from JV teams to varsity teams brings students excitement

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor June 6, 2019

Most WCHS students grow up playing with their siblings, from biking together to playing random sports, but sometimes those sports can become an even bigger part of  their future. For junior Cammy Buckingham,...

As the number of students in cohort increase per school year, graduation rates decline. The correlation between the two exist as the number of students per school year include students of potential language barriers and homelessness.

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor June 4, 2019

For the past 3 years, graduation rates among Montgomery County Public Schools have experienced a gradual decline. The statistics in the 2017-2018 school year have decreased to 88.4%, the lowest in graduation...

The student directed production, She Kills Monsters exceeds expectations in its premiere at WCHS.

‘She Kills Monsters’ relates to teen audience

By Hannah Zozobrado , Arts Editor May 10, 2019

In every typical high school movie, there are the gamer geeks, the jocks, the popular cheerleaders, the annoying freshmen and of course the drama that comes with the social divide. However, WCHS’ spring...

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