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“The Hate U Give” is a must see to understand white privilege

By Aliki Dimitoglou and Ari Dimitoglou

June 22, 2020

NAACP Image Award-Winning drama for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, “The Hate U Give,” starring Amandla Stenberg, offers its audience a more realistic perspective as to how white privilege is prevalent in the United States, and how staying silent only worsens the results of oppression.  ...

Educate yourself using these anti-racism resources: movies, shows, books and more

Looking for more? Netflix has created a Black Lives Matter Collection that features TV shows and movies that highlight important issues and creative stories.

By Olivia Yasharoff and Melissa Redlich

June 18, 2020

As the WCHS community joins the rest of the country in searching for ways to help others during Black Lives Matter protests, The Observer is here to help. These movies, TV shows, books and podcasts can help those who want to find resources learn more about the history of racism in America and how to...

Netflix’s “Outer Banks” almost hits the jackpot

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By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor

June 1, 2020

The Outer Banks. Paradise on Earth. Love, guns and war between two social classes. And $400 million worth of undiscovered gold.  Set in North Carolina, Netflix’s “Outer Banks” follows John B (Chase Stokes) and his crew: JJ (Rudy Pankow), the abused teen always down for an adventure; Pope (...

Top 5 Books to Read During Coronavirus

The covers of each of the top 5 books to read during coronavirus stacked on top of each other. While none of them are about a pandemic, they all have topics that can relate to this time.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor

May 29, 2020

For those lucky enough to not have to fight the coronavirus on the front lines, there seems to be a lot more free time than usual. Watching TV, Facetiming, doing puzzles, and going on walks are starting to get old. Now is the perfect time to pick up a good book and pass the hours.  While these rec...

Student Arts Spotlight: Ruby Howard

For junior Ruby Howard, creating art, like this self portrait, has always been one of her passions.

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor

May 29, 2020

Featured in the congressional art show and WCHS’s literary magazine, junior Ruby Howard's art is her creative outlet. Howard has been making art her whole life. From creating  watercolor paintings in preschool to now, she has always been a pseudo-artist and now hopes to become a professional one. ...

Music provides a safe haven during COVID

After receiving a lot of positive attention from millions of viewers, the first Disney Family Singalong that broadcasted on Apr. 26 was given the opportunity for its sequel of live Disney-related performances for Mother's Day. With this follow-up, famous artists from all around the world used the power of music to participate in building a sense of community through these trying times.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Senior Writer

May 21, 2020

Students have witnessed a shift in their vision of the world. Cancellation of the rest of the remaining school year, cancellation of highly anticipated events and cancellation of large group gatherings with friends are just a few of the changes that make up the cancellation of a typical student life. This...

Spring theater cancellations saddens WCHS seniors

The dance ensemble for the Blast 31: Spectrum performance of Kacey Musgraves' Rainbow rehearse their dance choreographed by senior Michael Castelli and junior Sydney Rubin.

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2020

Seniors have looked forward to this year since their freshman year of high school, or maybe even longer. Senior year is the year where you get to celebrate all the work you have put in over the years by dancing at prom, walking across the stage at graduation and, for 52 WCHS seniors, participating in ...

Stuck at Home? Check out Conan Gray’s New LP

Singer-songwriter Conan Gray released his debut studio album,

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

May 3, 2020

Conan Gray believes that if he were an animal, he would be a crow. Perhaps all of us have two sides to ourselves; perhaps for Gray, a crow perfectly represents his inner and outer personas—his carefree and serious sides. “You’re a crow,” Gray’s best friend told him once, inspiring his title of ...

Netflix rom-com excites viewers with a sequel: P.S. you will love it

Based on the New York Times Best-Seller,

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

April 26, 2020

The hit romance that appeared on Netflix in 2018, “To All the Boys I Loved Before,” stole the hearts of its audience and seemed to have had the most perfect and satisfying ending. The movie wrapped up with Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor, finally revealing her love for Peter Kavinsky, played by N...

“Birds of Prey” flocks to the top

By Liam Klein, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Superhero,” probably a six-foot-tall cut white guy, and not Margot Robbie. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) or its new names as of Feb. 10 Harley Quinn is the newest installment in a Warner Brothers DC extended universe....

“~how i’m feeling~” album paints different versions of Lauv

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

March 12, 2020

The Hopeless Romantic (blue), The Existentialist (purple), The Playboy (orange), The Eccentric (red), The Jokester (green), The Optimist (yellow): these are the different versions of Lauv that portray themselves throughout the album "~how i'm feeling~". The album cover has Lauv sitting in white attir...

“Emma” brings a modern flair to Jane Austen classic

Jane Austen's beloved rom-com

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

March 11, 2020

There is no single term that can quite define Emma from Jane Austen’s beloved rom-com “Emma” but wide-eyed, analytical, single-person-turned-lover, neat-freak and lover-of-all-things-beautiful are fitting descriptors. From the get-go, Emma (Anya Taylor-Joy) shows that she is a woman of order,...

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