The Observer

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

Many students use VPN apps during school so they can access social media and other sites that are blocked during school hours.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

May 10, 2019

Everyone knows that the type of spies that are in movies are not likely to exist to the same degree that they do in the cinema, but other types of spying do exist and one of them is right under your nose. Your internet usage is being monitored, specifically, when you’re are at school. Students in our ...

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

Artist Claire Yang at work, painting on canvas for John’s Hopkins's art competition.

By Emily Zhang, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

Interested in art, but do not know where to start? One of WCHS’ many clubs, i-Illustrate is the right place to express one’s creativity. Every Thursday during lunch in room 276, WCHS students can drop by to enjoy some relaxing art sessions. Juniors Claire Yang and Kristin Zhu run the club as Co-President...

Comfort zones allow WCHS student to shine

Julia Maa displays her piece of art that was painted, depicting a unique portrait.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

March 11, 2019

Everyone has a comfort zone, an environment where one has a sense of familiarity, safety, and security, and there is something to be said for stepping out of it. When students step out of of their comfort zone, they accomplish things that they aren’t necessarily comfortable doing, with higher levels of st...

Educational Foundation funds school initiatives

The Educational Foundation hosted a fundraiser with the Harlem Wizards last March in order to raise money for future projects.

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

February 8, 2019

With such a wide array of highly productive and innovative students and staff at WCHS, a source for funding of school projects and events has become quite the necessity. For many years now, funding for some of the school’s largest endeavors has come from the WCHS Educational Foundation. The Educational...

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

The Zero Robotics competition hosts teams from around the globe, including WCHS.

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

January 23, 2019

As part of WCHS’ Advanced Programming class, students are able to opt out of the class’s curriculum and instead participate in the Zero Gravity Robotics competition. Both MIT and NASA sponsor the international competition for high schoolers. WCHS made it to the finals in 2014, before the competition was o...



By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

November 26, 2018

From babysitting to shoveling snow in the winter time, WCHS students have many ways of making their own money. However, senior Maya Hatoum has done something truly exceptional in creating Kamasine, a clothing site run solely by high school students. Kamasine is an online clothing site run by high...

WCHS Students Embody Entrepreneurialism

Nautical pendant chokers are part of the sea jewelry collection.

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

November 26, 2018

For some WCHS students, a typical Sunday evening may consist of a nice stack of homework and family dinner. For others, their Sundays include tutoring, baking a batch of cupcakes or coming up with new choker designs. Whether it be jewelry making, babysitting or tutoring, WCHS students have found easy...

Fast Fashion Leads to Environment Concerns

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018

Need a cheap yet fashionable outfit fast? Never fear! Look no further than Forever 21; it has everything you could possibly hope for and more, as long as you do not mind contributing to water pollution and supporting the brand’s violations of federal law. Fast fashion, by definition, is a term used...

WCHS student & alum create summer study spot

The lobby of Cresent Lake Club (CLC), the non-profit educational program designed by senior Junghyen Lee and alumnus Bill Wu.

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

November 13, 2018

While summer break is usually thought of as a time for vacation and relaxation for students and staff, a dynamic duo formed by a CHS student and alumnus found a way to give back to the community while being productive with their time off from school. The Crescent Lake Club (CLC) is an educational...

Amazon Wardrobe feature facilitates flexible shopping

Amazon now offers a free try on clothing initiative known as Amazon Wardrobe. Customers have the ability to order up to eight articles of clothing per order and try them on for a week, completely free of charge.

By Brandon Li and Joe Rab

October 18, 2018

Do you want to buy new clothes, but do not have time to try anything on? Do you wish you could order online items and only pay if you decide to keep them? Amazon Wardrobe might be your answer to these questions. Amazon Wardrobe, Amazon’s latest addition to its enterprise, began in late June. The...

Depression rises among CHS students

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

May 24, 2018

Teenager moodiness seems normal to most parents, but is it really just mood swings? Adults often gloss over the fact that an individual is suffering from depression and leave the situation overlooked and untreated. At CHS, many students get frustrated because they believe that school has made it i...

CHS senior goes global with cultural immersion trip

CHS senior goes global with cultural immersion trip

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2018

Yeah, we all take at least two years of foreign language instruction within the walls of CHS, but how many people travel all the way to a foreign country to learn its language by living completely immersed in its society and culture? Senior Hana Mangat is participating in the National Security Language...

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