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Celebrity videographer, 2kforbes, edits the DMV

Remi Ali, better known as 2kforbes, has become a local celebrity among DMV high school students. Ali’s Jan. 17 video edit of senior Tarrus Richardson brought WCHS’ attention to his social media full of an infusion of basketball shots and creative edits.

By Max Kandel, Jackson Resnick, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

With just over 9,000 followers on Instagram, his own merchandise and people all around the DMV screaming his name, 2kforbes has built up quite a following as a talented basketball filmer and editor. The ‘Hoop Mixtape’ has always been a staple of basketball and hip-hop culture. It has been around...

Black History Month blends celebration with education

Kids who attended Family Day Feb. 9 were exposed to an interesting perspective on old folktales and African American art.  They also learned how to draw in traditional styles.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

June 4, 2019

February is known for many things: it is the shortest month, it has a leap year once every four years, and it includes Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. But possibly the most enriching thing about February is that it is Black History Month. According to a 2010 History article, Black History...

Parched Madness

After studying and ranking each drink, the J staff came up with a winner for Parched Madness.

By Eli Gordon, Brandon Li, Joe Raab, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

When you chow down on a sandwich or sub for lunch, choosing an appropriate drink to complement your meal is often difficult. To find out which drink the WCHS community prefers, we created a 16-team bracket, in the spirit of the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournament, to see which drink comes out poppi...

TOTM: Yih Lee

By Victoria Gunawan, Senior Writer

May 27, 2019

When choosing a language to learn at WCHS, many students think of Spanish or French, yet there is one language that is unique and taught with extraordinary knowledge: Chinese. A member of the language department, Yih Lee teaches Chinese 4 through 7 and AP Chinese. Growing up, Lee had no intentions ...

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Many students get very stressed out over standardized tests and don't believe the tests are an accurate representation of who they are.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

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 ...

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

Chick-Fil-A features a new frosted key lime pie milkshake for the spring season.

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscription Manager

May 9, 2019

Flowers are blooming. People are sneezing. Iced Coffee is making a comeback. Spring is officially here, and with that comes many little events that people wait for all year. One of which, is the release of new seasonal foods and drinks that chain restaurants create each year. Starbucks Lemon Cake ...

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

Cabin John Shopping Center is a very popular destination for WCHS students who go out for lunch.

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 9, 2019

Five days, 35 hours or 2,100 minutes is typically how long WCHS students spend within the walls of school each week. With the exception of seniors, students are not permitted to leave school grounds during lunch even if they are able to drive or receive a ride from someone else. Some may think that it...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students have enjoyed the luxury of not having final exams, but that may actually be hurting them in the long run.

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

SAS: Brandon Bland

Senior Brandon Bland specializes in personal photography and strives to capture people's emotions in his work. He draws inspiration from his own life, such as his encounters and relationships.

By Laura Sneller, Senior Writer

May 8, 2019

When watching the beautiful WCHS theater productions, the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and during rehearsal is easy to overlook. Senior and student producer Brandon Bland is an integral part of WCHS theater, but his interests extend beyond just high school shows. Bland began his inte...

Senior Bucketlist

Will Hyland, Sophie Liss, Max Kandel, and Joe Raab smile for a picture together during Homecoming 2017.

May 8, 2019

No senior wants to leave high school with regrets or feeling unfulfilled. Everyone wants to get all of their bucket list items checked off before the last bell rings on the last day of school. We have a checklist of some things that have become tradition at WCHS for you to ensure that your last fe...

Observer alumni pass the torch to new editors

When Jamie Lescht was on the Observer, their journalism class took a trip to learn more in San Francisco.

By Emma Chen and Vicky Gunawan

May 8, 2019

As we transition editors for the Observer, it is time to recognize crucial contributions to our paper, and honor the amazing writers and editors that came before us and have shaped the paper into what it is today. One of these editors is Larry Tanenbaum. A former writer for the Observer in 1968 and...

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