The Observer

“Frozen 2” creates winter-y excitement among students

By Jordyn Green, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2019

The year is 2013. The WCHS Class of 2020 is 11-12 years old. Barack Obama was the president of the country and the “Harlem Shake” was the dance craze sweeping across the internet. The movie "Frozen" swept across theaters, grossing 1.276 billion dollars in the box office. Flash forward six years-- "Froz...

Student Art Spotlight: Hannah Roberts

Senior Hannah Roberts often often uses her friends as muses when taking photographs.

By Sapna David, Features Editor

December 18, 2019

With the click of a button, the shutter opens and then closes and quickly produces a beautiful piece of art. The art of photography, although overlooked, requires a significant amount of talent.  Senior Hannah Roberts has been carrying around Kodak disposable cameras ever since she was little. As...

“Right to be Forgotten” is a must see for WCHS students

As viewers walk into the Arena Stage venue, they are handed this play program book with Derril Lark, the main character of the play, in the center.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

December 3, 2019

A young, awkward and naive high school boy named Derril Lark is infatuated with a girl, Eve Selinsky. Desperate to ensure she’s safe and well, he follows his newfound love home day after day, unaware that his actions may be misconstrued as stalkerish or possessive. However, despite his pure intentions, Ev...

Court is now in session: “Legally Blonde” debuts at WCHS

The cast of WCHS's fall musical,

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

December 3, 2019

Ever since Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) infamously taught the world how to do the “bend and snap,” the 2001 film “Legally Blonde” has become a household movie, beloved by many WCHS students. Its witty humor, infamous lines such as “What? Like it’s hard?” in reference to getting into Ha...

No Joke: How “The Joker” became a deadly hit

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck in

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

December 3, 2019

Hollywood’s latest comic book story, “The Joker”, has been marked on many people’s calendars for a while, but its dark themes may prevent this R-rated film from being a must-see. Critics called the film a masterpiece on Aug. 28, 2019, when it debuted at the Venice Film Festival. Lately, many hav...

Spread the news: Bethesda’s best bagels are here

The exterior of the new Bethesda Bagels in Wildwood which is located on Old Georgetown Road. First opening in 1982, Bethesda Bagels remains a popular breakfast and lunch spot.

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Being one of several new additions to Wildwood Shopping Center such as Joe & the Juice and Flowerchild, Bethesda Bagels brings New York style bagels to the D.C. area with heart and a side of cream cheese. Though the name might be misleading, Bethesda Bagels actually has five locations, including ...

Sunday Morning Bakehouse opens up in Pike and Rose

A few of the tasty pastries that the Sunday Morning Bakehouse offers, such as the ham and swiss croissant and strawberry jelly brioche donut.

By Andrew Chan, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Aesthetically decorated with a simplistic style, the Sunday Morning Bakehouse has opened up in Pike and Rose. It has quickly become one of the more popular stops in the area, due to its delicious food and excellent service. The interior of the bakehouse is well-decorated and creates a pleasant env...

Student Art Spotlight: Michael Castelli

Senior Michael Castelli started dancing when he was entering high school, and is completely self trained. He is the co dance captain of BLAST and Showstoppers, as well as a choreographer in the school musical Legally Blonde.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

December 3, 2019

As the dancer’s turns begin to grow faster, the audience follows, completely mesmerized. Finally, he leaps into a death drop as the song hits its peak, and the audience cheers loudly. Senior Michael Castelli first gained interest in dance after attending his sister’s dance competitions. Soon, he f...

“Let it Snow” captures the essence of the holidays in a unique way

The cast of Netflix Original “Let it Snow” poses for a photo at the premiere. The movie is based on the book by authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

November 28, 2019

Let it Snow is a classic holiday movie with a twist—there are three different point of views. Told from the eyes of three young adults, Let it Snow allows the audience to get a glimpse into their lives. Based on the young adult book by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson, Let it Snow features...

“Be free or die”: Harriet Tubman’s remarkable story explodes on the big screen

This is the movie poster of the autobiographical film about Harriet Tubman's life. It is currently playing at the Arclight Cinemas of the Westfield Montgomery Mall.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 25, 2019

Lying flat on the ground, her eyes are closed, but her mind sees the nightmarish memories of her past along with flashes of the future. Every time she closes her eyes in prayer, she has the uncanny ability to see the unseen.  This is our first glance of Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) in the latest Ho...

Why people love Karen McManus’s mystery books is no mystery

Displayed on the shelf of the WCHS media center stands Karen McManus' second book, Two Can Keep a Secret. This book follows her first, One of Us is Lying. The series is popular among the teenage audience for its thrill, mystery and relatable high school settings.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 25, 2019

Looking for a great read? With murder? Detention? A twist ending? Karen McManus’ One of Us is Lying, and Two Can Keep a Secret are great books.  The 2018-2019 Black Eyed Susan award-winning novel One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus displays the impact of deep friendships while in an ominous setti...

Lobby Baby: Seth Meyers in this Netflix special lives up to expectations

Comedian Seth Meyers came out with his first stand-up special premiering on Netflix on Nov. 5 titled

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor

November 25, 2019

Joining fellow comedians John Mulaney, Leslie Jones and Dave Chappelle, Seth Meyers debuts his own stand-up comedy special on Netflix, stepping away from his usual desk scene and leaving his suit behind. Being the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers for five years, Meyers mixes things up with his very own c...

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