The Observer

Positive Friend Groups Boost WCHS Experience

Omar poses with the rest of the track team after their meet against other schools in MCPS.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019

High school is a time for students to build memorable relationships with new friends while cherishing every moment before leaving for college. However, there can be tension or negative energy within a group of friends that can fracture the bonds between each member. On the other hand, a strong, positive...

Sibling Bonds Grow Despite Inevitable Change

LeAnh Duckett rides on the back of her brother, Tim Duckett on a foggy day during a trip.  The WCHS freshman will miss her brother when he leaves for college soon.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

April 8, 2019

Older siblings may consider their younger siblings annoying, immature and even embarrassing. Likewise, younger siblings often consider their older siblings to be bossy and mean. Eventually, however, the older sibling will go off to college, leaving an absence that the younger child is not used to. As...

Students Compete in E-Sports

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

April 5, 2019

Given the recent increase in popularity of video game franchises like League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. and Fortnite, it is not surprising that many gaming fans have found a way to add a competitive atmosphere to these otherwise light-hearted games. Competitive video games, often referred to colloquially...

How to survive college: a guide for incoming freshmen

WCHS Class of 2018 alumna Francesca Moore and her friends attended a football game at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2019

The thought of college can be scary for students of any age, especially since many do not know what to expect. College is supposed to be an amazing experience that gives young adults the chance to become independent, choose a career path and have fun, but it is also a lot to handle. The first semester...



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...

WCHS students aspire to be involved in military

Senior Patrick Cousins holds his squadron's flag.

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscription Manager

October 18, 2018

Having a perfectly made bed, being extremely obedient, having constant room inspections and enlisting in the military purely to serve or harm people are common misconceptions that people have about those who want to join the military. However, these stereotypes are not always true. Senior Patrick...

CHS students celebrate Black History Month in style

CHS students celebrate Black History Month in style

By Bryan Fletcher, Art Director

March 7, 2018

With the return of Black History Month this Feb., CHS students and staff have spent the past month commemorating the event through different activities, including the hanging of decorations across the school and the specific clothes that many are wearing.   Each year, Feb. is celebrated as National Bl...

Not just an after school job; CHS EMTs save lives

Not just an after school job; CHS EMTs save lives

By Jake Herman and Becky Wolfson

January 10, 2018

From athletics to clubs, and everything in between, extracurriculars can shape one’s high school experience. However, for student Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), an after-school activity can mean saving lives.   Seniors Taylor Kline and Bridgette Warner are among the CHS students who...

Shovel Buddy: a business fit for winter weather

Shovel Buddy: a business fit for winter weather

By Jenna Greenzaid, Features Editor

January 9, 2018

Kids savor the joy of seeing snow fall and completely cover their driveway and the roads, effectively canceling school for the day, while parents groan at the fact that they are the ones that will be doing the shoveling. However, parents can lay back, relax and experience the same feeling of joy that...

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