Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, Editor
Mon. May 25, 2020
The George Washington University Online High School’s Competitive Debate Team is making history, not only within the school but also in the online school world. The GW Debate Team was established in September of 2019. Since the beginning of the current school year, the GW Debate Team has been determinedly training to achieve their goal of competing in a national debate tournament. As an online school, the GW Debate Team has faced several obstacles. Brick and mortar schools have had several advantages over the online debate team, such as meeting weekly together in a classroom and having the ability to travel together as a school to competitions. With the GW debaters located all across the nation, they have faced challenges in working as a team in the traditional manner. However, despite several obstacles, the team has creatively developed strategies to work together as an online team.
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Nyma E., senior reporter
Forty-three percent of the world’s population can speak two languages fluently. Bilingualism presents obvious benefits, such as being able to communicate with many more people. However, does being bilingual actually make one smarter? Bilingual people have a stronger executive function which results in a heightened ability to switch between tasks, a more efficient monitoring system, and a heightened cognitive ability. Adults aren’t the only ones who experience these benefits; infants, children, and the elderly can benefit as well.
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Lily McLean, editor
This article was completed on April 16th and many of the students polled submitted their answers as early as mid-March. Some information will not be current due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation.
On March 16th, 2020, it was announced that millions of Californians, spread across several counties, would be required to shelter in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the drop of a hat, everything changed. Businesses closed, people lost their jobs, and everywhere, citizens were contemplating the prospect of being trapped within their homes for an indefinite period of time. Governor Gavin Newsom extended this order three days later to cover the entire state. Since then, 45 states have announced at least partial shelter-in-place orders, putting normal American life on hold. As the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, news outlets have covered the myriad of ways it affects citizens, from record numbers of people filing for unemployment to a dangerous shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). In this article, we give students the chance to explain how they have been affected by the coronavirus in their own words.
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Emma D., journalist
According to the Middle States Association, one of the top regional accreditors of educational institutions in the country, the George Washington University Online High School was “by far the best online school…ever visited”. Since I was one of the few students that was a member of the GWUOHS re-accreditation team, I was ecstatic to receive this news. Still, when people hear that I attend the George Washington University Online High School, I receive mixed reactions. Some react positively, remarking that my decision is unique and interesting, while others react negatively, commenting that my decision is unusual and a bit strange. Whatever the reaction I come across, after having spent the last four years at GWUOHS, I have never once looked back.
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Alexa W., journalist
In times of stress or uncertainty, most people tend to look toward humor as a coping mechanism. Such remains true of the response to the coronavirus which currently affects the entire world. Although making jokes and poking fun at the disease helps to lighten the mood and make the situation more bearable, it remains important to consider some of the more serious matters at hand amidst the pandemic.
Continue reading “A Look into the COVID-19 Effects on Refugees”
Safiye S., editor
On April 7th, the world saw the largest supermoon of 2020: the “Super ‘Pink’ Moon”. This full moon was the first full moon of this spring and with the sense of global community being needed more than ever people around the world rejoiced at the sight of this month’s supermoon.
Continue reading “April’s Pink Supermoon.”
The Circular Economy
Nyma E., journalist
As our planet faces an environmental crisis, many people are wondering what can be done to save the environment. The answer is not a simple one, but one that will take time and effort to implement. Switching to a circular economy could possibly solve the environmental crisis, however, it would be a long process.
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Arya S., journalist
On February 18th Oxford Economics estimated that the coronavirus would cost the global economy more than one trillion dollars. If the virus were to be declared a pandemic today, most governments would be happy to take a trillion dollar loss since most corporations and notable investors—such as Ray Dailo—estimate that corporate losses would hit four trillion dollars in the US alone.
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By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, Editor
Sat March 10, 2020
(GW CHRONICLE) — As high school students, it is essential to give back to communities to implement long-term habits of community service, sharing kindness, and making impacts on the lives of others. Students in the online school community take community service into their own hands and give back to their home-town communities, all while sharing their experiences through a highly connected network of online school friends. Students of George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) gathered in late January to give back to the medical community and visited the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Gryffin Penn, journalist
Easy to identify, but not easy to catch, a little red-bearded man in a green coat and top hat is at the center of St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to snare one of those sneaky leprechauns, he will grant you three wishes.
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