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Head Coach Hector Morales receives an award for all he has contributed to the Walter Johnson soccer program. Seniors (from left) Mathew Eisenbrey, Fernando Ibarra, Leo Dobosz, and Alejandro Linares surround him.
Boys varsity soccer coach Hector Morales retires days after reaching historic milestone
Jackson Buss, Online Editor-in-Chief • January 18, 2022

Following the boys varsity soccer team concluded their season with a controversial playoff loss to BCC, head coach Hector Morales announced his retirement. Just a few games...

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After a successful townhall meeting on Dec. 8, student leaders and faculty discuss the plan for the next one. The next townhall they plan on doing will be in partnership with BCC and their SGA to form a better relationship between the schools.
Student-organized townhall addresses allyship
Summer Laird, Layout and Design Editor • January 14, 2022

On Dec. 8, student-run clubs (Black Student Union, Hispanic Latin Culture Club, Minority Scholars Program, GSA, AASU) and Leadership held a virtual town hall surrounding allyship....

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Participants in the Study Circles Program reconvene to move into deeper conversations about race and equity. The work is heavy and draining at times, but the students are what make the efforts worthwhile.  The WJ students were unique in their ability to think critically and deeply; their ability to form connections with each other in such a short span of time, and the coalition and friendship that took place, program facilitator Darwin Wong said.
Study Circles Program returns to WJ with bigger plans
Nour Faragallah, Online Managing Editor • December 22, 2021

On Dec. 7 and 9, Walter Johnson hosted the Study Circles program with a group of 30 students and 10 staff members. The program is built to provide the structures for effective...

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Head Coach Hector Morales receives an award for all he has contributed to the Walter Johnson soccer program. Seniors (from left) Mathew Eisenbrey, Fernando Ibarra, Leo Dobosz, and Alejandro Linares surround him.
Boys varsity soccer coach Hector Morales retires days after reaching historic milestone
Jackson Buss, Online Editor-in-Chief • January 18, 2022

Following the boys varsity soccer team concluded their season with a controversial playoff loss to BCC, head coach Hector Morales announced his retirement. Just a few games...

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Junior Kathleen Winter and her friends enjoy lunch together every day. These moments help break up the school day and make the stresses of academia and socializing much more manageable.
Students find solace in social groups
Katie Campbell and Ruby Topalian January 6, 2022

Television and media depict high school as a disconcerting environment, where everyone is separated between distinct cliques and labeled based on social stereotypes. While...

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Internships are a good way for students to develop their skills and engage with the community around them. Many take the opportunity to learn more about what they are passionate about.
Students navigate internships
Tissa Amaira, Senior Feature Editor • January 6, 2022

As seniors approach adulthood, many have begun to prepare themselves for the workforce through internships and jobs. Not only does it provide a medium for students to experience...

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Novak Djokovic, the 20-time grand slam winner will not be playing in the Australian Open this year. After refusing to get a Covid vaccination, the Australian government deported him.
"Novax" Djokovic deported from Australia after refusing to get vaccine
Rachael Wolfson, Print Opinion Editor • January 17, 2022
Trump supporters stand outside the US Capitol in an act of defiance over the 2020 election results. As a result of Trumps extremist opinions, so much of his base have been entirely radicalized. Conspiracy theories and QAnon became a large source of information for many.
One Year Since Jan. 6: Storming the US Capitol is not patriotism
Ruby Topalian, Print Opinion Editor • January 6, 2022

“We took them by surprise and this year they rigged...

Point/Counterpoint: Does the 5% rule make sense?
Point/Counterpoint: Does the 5% rule make sense?
Alex Wolfson and Jillian Ward January 6, 2022

Anti by Alex Wolfson After an almost entirely virtual...

Students work on an assignment using a Chromebook. Students in MCPS participated in exclusively virtual learning for most of the 2020-2021 school year.
MCPS Enrollment Drop Highlights Expanded Opportunity Gap
Maeve Sanford-Kelly, Managing Editor • January 6, 2022

For the first time in decades, MCPS enrollment has...

Head Coach Hector Morales receives an award for all he has contributed to the Walter Johnson soccer program. Seniors (from left) Mathew Eisenbrey, Fernando Ibarra, Leo Dobosz, and Alejandro Linares surround him.
Boys varsity soccer coach Hector Morales retires days after reaching historic milestone
Jackson Buss, Online Editor-in-Chief • January 18, 2022
NFL Playoff Preview
NFL Playoff Preview
Jackson Buss, Online Editor-in-Chief • January 15, 2022

Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals Prediction:...

Alumni Patrick Okocha and Augustin Meriot showing off the prizes they conquered and accomplished back in 2016.
Alumnus Patrick Okocha returns to help coach wrestling practices
Josephine Meriot, Photography Editor • December 21, 2021

From practices in the wrestling room at WJ to Marine...

The poster for the past WJ S*T*A*G*E production of Shrek hangs in the chorus classroom. The recency of this past production caused students to be surprised when Shrek was announced as the musical for this spring.
Students react to “Shrek” as the spring musical
Sophia Meytin, Staff Writer • January 18, 2022
Released November 24, 2021, House of Gucci stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci respectively. House of Gucci was filmed in Italy, and is the second film in which Gaga has played a major role, with the 2018 remake of A Star is Born being her first.
"House of Gucci" bewilders and bedazzles in a glamorous romp through the family's downfall
Annabella Opipari, Online A&E Editor • January 10, 2022

“House of Gucci” is full of paradoxes. The film...

The Beatles: Get Back soars to the top of most-viewed charts last Thanksgiving weekend with its three-part release, for a total runtime of about eight hours.
"The Beatles: Get Back" restores a hint of humanity to the saga of The Beatles
Ellie Montemayor, Senior A&E Editor • January 10, 2022

In January 1969, The Beatles, by then a global musical...

Junior Ida London shows off her flexibility in her new choreography. She taught a combo in the last dance club meeting.
Dance club spins into action
Raquel Daley, Print A&E Editor • January 6, 2022

Hip-hop dances have gone viral since the creation of...

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