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 Georgia was the last state to be called in the 2020 election with 16 electoral votes going to Biden. Biden received 306 electoral votes and Trump 232 total.
Former Vice President Joe Biden elected 46th president, Democrats maintain House, toss-up in Senate
Christina Liu, editor-in-chief • November 23, 2020

On Nov. 7th, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected the nation’s 46th president, defeating President Donald J. Trump by a margin...

Joe Biden, the winner of the 2020 presidential election, makes a speech to some of his 78 million supporters.
Presidential election breaks 120-year-old record for voter turnout
Simon Kidane, news editor • November 22, 2020

The presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has been historic in a number of ways. Due to COVID-19, many votes have been cast...

The racial makeup of competitive mathematics, science, and computer science magnet program at Takoma Park MS reveals how Asian and white students are overrepresented in the program, compared to county-wide demographics.
AFEF sues county for discrimination in magnet school admissions
Ellie Cowen, features editor • November 21, 2020

The Association for Education Fairness is suing the Board of Education and Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools Jack Smith for discrimination...

A new logo for the club representing Black Student Union.
Guest Ron Reed speaks at Black Student Union meeting
Julia Lvovsky, staff writer • November 21, 2020

The Black Student Union hosted guest speaker, Unit Chief Ron Reed, on Oct. 26. He spoke about civil rights, hate crimes and law enforcement encounters. Reed...

Senior Ari Glazier wears his Indiana University gear after being accepted.
Senior students start receiving college acceptances
Emma Hoffman, online people editor • November 23, 2020

Applying to college is a stressful process for high school senior seniors. Students are beginning to hear back from colleges, which marks the...

These are four of the many universities that changed their policy regarding standardized testing.
Colleges welcoming a new test optional policies
Nesya Weinsweig, staff writer • November 22, 2020

The rise of COVID-19 caused major changes within education, one of which is universities and colleges becoming test-optional. SAT and ACT...

John F. Kennedy served as the 35th president for less than two years before his assassination.
The Kennedy Assassination: This Day in History
Ethan Lenkin, staff writer • November 22, 2020

Approximately 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22, 1963, now recognized as one of the most consequential moments in American history. A moment in which the youngest...

Freshman Zoe Heller hangs out with her sister, senior Tamara Heller, and her friends, senior Eleni Jones and senior Anna Daraselia, on Halloween night.
Students celebrate Halloween safely during pandemic
Helena Hong, news editor • November 21, 2020

One night a year, people of all ages dress up to celebrate Halloween. Kids walk around in the cold, dark night for hours, going door by door,...

Senior Jillian Pohoryles safely shops online from her home.
Black Friday chaos continues online
Quinn Lugenbeel, managing editor • November 20, 2020

As Thanksgiving is soon to pass, Black Friday is fast approaching. Students prepare to shop for themselves and others, mainly online to follow...

Maryland hits Penn State hard as they get a 35-19 win
Big week in sports gives fans something to watch
Justin Linn, sports editor • November 22, 2020

College football has never been a strong suit for the University of Maryland, while Penn State has always been a power house on the field but...

COVID-19 impacts the leagues schedule as well as players mental health.
COVID's impact on NFL season
Ethan Stoller, staff writer • November 21, 2020

COVID-19 has restricted football fans from attending games and caused numerous games to be canceled and rescheduled, messing with the teams’...

The Army-Navy game will look different this year with limited fans due to COVID.
COVID-19 proves detrimental to college football programs
Mason Berk, staff writer • November 19, 2020

For over 100 years college football has been played in crowded stadiums, with parking lots and surrounding restaurants packed with fans in the...

What it means to be a journalist according to Robert Klemko
What it means to be a journalist according to Robert Klemko
Miller Romm, editor-in-chief • November 19, 2020

As a senior in high school I now know that journalism is my passion. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Robert Klemko, an experienced...

Students sit down and discuss the Minority Scholars Program
Online learning fails to meet expectations; students ponder when a return to in-person learning should happen
Jake Dolan, staff writer • November 22, 2020

As Montgomery County Public Schools aims to safely reopen schools in-person around the start of the second semester, staff and students are left...

Uncertainty surrounds the future of TikTok.
TikTok: No Need to Ban It
November 18, 2020
Riley Rates: Thanksgiving Foods
Riley Jordan, editor-in-chief • November 20, 2020

Ever since the first Thanksgiving in 1621, the American holiday has been an annual event to catch up with family, watch football, engage in level-headed...

Common Sense Podcast Episode 3
Common Sense Podcast Episode 3
November 11, 2020

For the third episode: Welcome to the Common Sense Podcast, episode 3. I am your host Eric Yeh. Episode three is split into three videos that...

Common Sense Podcast Episode 2
Common Sense Podcast Episode 2
Eric Yeh, podcast editor • October 1, 2020

For the second episode: Welcome to the Common Sense Podcast, episode 2. I am your host Eric Yeh. Episode two is split into three videos that...

The Mandolorian meets Baby Yoda for the first time.
The Mandalorian season two receives raving reviews
Jake Hoffman, staff writer • November 23, 2020

The Mandalorian is a T.V. series exclusively available on the streaming service Disney+, starring Pedro Pascal as the Mandalorian or “Mando.”...

Covid CareVids With Josh Freedman
Covid CareVids With Josh Freedman
Joshua M. Freedman, news editor • November 22, 2020

Hello Wootton students! My name is Josh Freedman, and I am currently a junior. Remote learning definitely has its limitations, and in my opinion,...

The Student News Site of Thomas S. Wootton High School
The Student News Site of Thomas S. Wootton High School