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Kindergartener Sam Werfel plays on his chair as he listens to his teacher during virtual school. Focusing during online learning has been a challenge for many young students.
Virtual school provides unique challenges for young learners
Maeve Sanford-Kelly, Print News Editor • June 15, 2021

A year and a half feels a lot longer when you’re seven than when you’re 17. For elementary school students in MCPS, this time away from the classroom has had a dramatic...

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As vaccines continue to roll out, feeling of hope and progress increase.  What comes next in this year.
It's been a year, what comes next?
Rafael Friedlander, Layout Editor • June 15, 2021

Friday, March 13, 2020, is a day we will remember for the rest of our lives. The last day of perceived normalcy. The most recent day of full in-person education at Montgomery...

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Students signed up for in-person schooling gather in the auxilary gym to attend Zoom classes for their teachers who opted to stay online due to health concerns. In-person schooling will not look like what it is now as MCPS is planning on returning to the full 5-day schedule at normal capacity for the 2021-2022 school year.
The impacts of COVID: What schooling looks like next year
Caeden Babcock, Senior News Editor • June 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic completely distressed school systems around the United States in March; online classes over Zoom replaced in-person instruction for almost a year. However,...

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Millions of students preparing for standardized tests face the decision of whether or not to enroll in test preparation courses.
Are SAT prep classes worth taking?
Niki Mallik, Photography Editor • June 15, 2021

It’s testing season. WJ juniors are nose-deep in test prep books. It isn’t uncommon for parents to invest thousands of dollars into increasing their child’s chances...

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Cicad-apocalypse
Walker Prince, Staff Writer • June 15, 2021

Picture this: It's a beautiful May day and you’re going for a walk around your neighborhood, when all of a sudden you feel sickening crunching noises under your feet....

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Juniors have been preparing to take the standardized test before beginning the college application process. Testing sites have been cancelled due to the pandemic. "It feels like I
SAT frustration and cancellation
Ellie Eastep, Social Media/Marketing • June 15, 2021

For the Class of 2021 and 2022, standardized testing has been a huge struggle. For those who are unaware, the majority of colleges enacted test optional policies for the class...

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Countdown to Graduation
Status Quo and what comes next
Benicio Balignot, Print Editor-in-Chief • June 15, 2021
Emma Saltzman
Emma Saltzman's Senior Reflection
Emma Saltzman, Print Managing Editor • June 15, 2021

My fellow editorial board members and I often talk...

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A student's perspective on returning to school
Olivia Zaid, Staff Writer • June 15, 2021

After more than a year of virtual school, you would...

Senior Elana Renbaum
Elana Renbaum's Senior Reflection
Elana Renbaum, Print Managing Editor • June 15, 2021

The Pitch has been one of my few constants during high...

WJ softball huddles together after their loss to Catonsville in the state quarterfinals. It was a record breaking season for the team.
WJ softball's historic season ends with 3-0 loss to Catonsville.
Alex Wolfson, Print Editor-in-Chief • June 18, 2021
Varsity soccer takes advantage of a second chance at a season, getting to play an abbreviated schedule in the spring.
Fall, spring athletes get second chance
Alan Gahart, Staff Writer • June 15, 2021

The last year has been different than anything anyone...

The MLB started using cardboard cutouts in lieu of absent fans during the 2020 season.
A Look Back on Sports playing through Covid-19
Nathan Krauzlis, Staff Writer • June 15, 2021

The MLB started using cardboard cutouts in lue of absent...

Oscar Guerro watches his team from the sidelines of their final Jefferson Cup game. Guerro started coaching his first son Diego 15 years ago. This is his second team for his second son Anderson.
Meet PG County's State Cup Wizard
Alex MacDonald, Print Sports Editor • June 15, 2021

Oscar Guerrero is one of the unsung heroes of the DMV...

There have been many books that are adapted into movies. Harry Potter is one franchise that is successful in both domains.
From page to screen: books that have been adapted into movies
Tissa Amaira, Online Feature Editor • June 15, 2021
Gingham print will take over the streets this summer.
Popular clothing trends taking over summer 2021
Josephine Meriot, Photography Editor • June 15, 2021

Finally, after all the online shopping and time spent...

Junior Yun Ji Choi wins the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Representative Jamie Raskin’s 8th district. 17 other students out of the 125 total students who participated in the competition were also awarded second-place honors.
Junior wins Raskin’s Congressional Art Competition
Casey Kenreich, Special to The Pitch • June 15, 2021

Junior Yun Ji Choi was declared the winner of the 2021...

Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo’s Rise to Fame
Raquel Daley, Print A&E Editor • June 15, 2021

While she is often considered the next Taylor Swift,...

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