The Observer

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

November 20, 2019

Empathetic, passionate and energetic- these words perfectly describe WCHS AP Psychology and Physical Education teacher Katelyn Blanken. This year Blanken is teaching three classes of AP Psychology and two classes of Physical Education.  Blanken was first inspired to become a teacher when she was a hi...

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

Pink-out unites WCHS community together

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 20, 2019

Royal blue. Kelly green. WCHS students proudly rock our colors—and it turns out that we can definitely rock pink, too. WCHS’s school-wide Pink-Out Day was last Friday, Oct. 25. The amount of support for breast cancer awareness and school spirit displayed among students was apparent. Special pink-o...

Homecoming week improvements boost school spirit

Homecoming week improvements boost school spirit

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

November 12, 2019

Cowboys are wandering the halls on Wednesday. Captain America is eating in the cafeteria on Friday. The only time of the year that it is socially acceptable to wear pajamas to school has arrived: Homecoming Spirit Week. This year, vast improvements were made in regards to getting people hyped for spi...

Hola to WCHS ESOL

Hola to WCHS ESOL

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager

October 17, 2019

According to a local reddit user, Montgomery County has 32,000 European immigrants, 124,000 Asian immigrants, and 54,000 African immigrants, the 4th highest of any county in the United States. Needless to say, we live in a diverse region full of different cultures, peoples, and thus, languages. English...

TOTM: Stephan Wilson

TOTM:  Stephan Wilson

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

October 17, 2019

A gym enthusiast, family oriented guy and high school teacher at heart, Mr. Stephan Wilson is a source of light in our school. Wilson is a member of the Math department here at WCHS, and teaches Geometry and Honors Algebra 2. When Wilson was in school, he was inspired to become a teacher after he had...

Club day brings convenience to annual event

Club day brings convenience to annual event

By Andrew Chan, Sports Editor

October 17, 2019

On Sept. 25, WCHS put on a Club Lunch in the main gym, allowing WCHS students to showcase their clubs and gain new members. In previous years, the lunch was a Club Night where students would come to WCHS after school hours to see clubs. “I thought Club lunch was way more convenient than a Club Nigh...

WCHS appreciates teachers

WCHS appreciates teachers

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

June 4, 2019

For decades, the first week of May has been dedicated to honoring the impact teachers have made on students and fellow staff members, but what does being a teacher at WCHS during Staff Appreciation Week exactly mean? At WCHS, it is an annual tradition for students to write thank you notes at the...

Students actively volunteer at the Potomac Community Center

Students actively volunteer at the Potomac Community Center

By David Malament, Productions Manager

June 4, 2019

In September 2018, the Potomac Community Center director, Peter Selikowitz, had the idea to start a student advisory board to brainstorm new events and activities for the PCC. “A lot of attendance at the PCC is students, it’s important to hear the ideas of the students in order to make the PCC t...

TOTM- Lee

TOTM- Lee

By Ella Kaminsky, Features Editor

June 4, 2019

Although Honors Chemistry is known to be a very difficult course, Mr. Jonathan Lee has made learning effective yet enjoyable for his students. Lee has taught at WCHS for five years. Students every year boast about his impressive teaching style and his unmatched relatability. Before working as a teacher, Lee graduated f...

TOTM: Yih Lee

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 ...

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan nominees are released

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan nominees are released

By Andrew Chan, Sports Editor

May 17, 2019

Typically, students have to search long and hard just to find a decent book. But imagine if there was a list with the best books of the year specifically tailored for high schoolers. Such a list exists, and it is called the Black Eyed Susan novels list. Each year, a group of librarians choose seve...

MCPS votes for new SMOB

MCPS votes for new SMOB

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019

Junior Nate Tinbite of Kennedy High School was elected to be the 42nd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) April 24. The SMOB provides a connection between MCPS students and the Montgomery County Board of Education by representing students’ issues at board meetings. Sophomores and juniors are eligi...

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