World News Briefs: Nov 22


Money raised to help support Zhang family
Junior Charlie Zhang was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological condition in which the width of the spinal cord is inflamed. Within the past two months, a GoFundMe page was created to raise money to help the Zhang family. So far, $23,565 has been raised. In an effort to raise awareness and show support for Zhang, a student-staff basketball game was played on Nov. 10, and all funds for the game went toward supporting the Zhang family. Each grade got an opportunity to play against the staff. The seniors, lead by senior Joey Voyta, were able to get a victory in overtime and the juniors were able to get a win as well. The freshmen and sophomores were less successful and didn’t get a win over the staff. “The game was a great opportunity for the school to show support for Charlie and I wish him the best of luck in his recovery,” senior Jared Fishman said.

Ribbon-cutting to celebrate new bus route in Rockville
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Nov. 15 at the TobyTown Community Center in honor of the new bus route that runs from Rockville to TobyTown. The new route, known as Route 301, was a 20-year process that now provides a route for students to get to and from school. The new route has been effective since Oct. 2 and has been helpful to students. The route covers Travilah Road, Wootton Parkway, Falls Road and Great Falls Road, according to Route 301 will operate seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to The need was brought to attention by former teacher Randy Alton, who, with the help of local residents, eventually got this route created. During the initiation period, the bus will be white with the Montgomery County logo. In approximately one to two months, the bus will be replaced with a normal Ride-on-bus, according to

Trump to appoint new members of cabinet as new President elect
One of the first duties of becoming President is selecting new people to serve as his cabinet for the upcoming four year term. Donald Trump is required to select new people at positions such as Attorney General, Secretary of State and more. The decisions Trump makes on who to select, is one of the more important things at the beginning of his presidency. On Nov. 18 Trump selected Senator Jeff Sessions to be the new Attorney General. The Attorney General is the head of the Department of Justice, as well as the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. Sessions, the senator of Alabama is a conservative who became close to Trump after endorsing him early in his campaign, according to Sessions, previous track record as United States Attorney in Alabama is likely to become an issue for democrats and civil rights groups. Sessions has faced scrutiny for racial comments and actions he has made in the past, according to While Senator of Alabama, Sessions has made comments regarding the N.A.A.C.P. saying that it is “un-american” and “communist inspired”, according to
– Radley Ellenbogen, news editor