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TOTM: Curtis Hart-Southworth

TOTM: Curtis Hart-Southworth

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

February 8, 2019


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It’s not easy to teach multiple subjects, sponsor a club and raise two sons, but Honors Algebra 2 and MV Calculus teacher Curtis Hart-Southworth fulfills his responsibilities with an enviably calm demeanor. A member of the math department, Hart-Southworth began his career at WCHS in 2006, and this...

Upcoming NHS Fundraiser

Upcoming NHS Fundraiser

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Observations, Top Stories

The Churchill National Honor Society is hosting a family night Feb. 8 at WCHS in partnership with the Hope for Henry foundation. The organization collects donations that go to ill children in hospitals and their families. The family night will consist of food, games, crafts, raffles and more carnival-like...

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

WCHS’ Robotics team makes finals

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

January 23, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Observations, Online Exclusives

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...

December TOTM: Rebecca Smith

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

January 4, 2019


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Not every teacher at WCHS can say that they have taught all high school grade levels, but as AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) becomes increasingly popular, AP CSP teacher Rebecca Smith has become one of those teachers. A member of the Computer Science and Technology department at WCHS, Smith...

Technology grant awarded

Technology grant awarded

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

December 20, 2018


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Throwing together a full high school musical is no small task, and no one can vouch for this more than Media Services Technician and Technical Director Benjamin Schnapp and the WCHS tech crew, responsible for creating the sets seen in our theater performances. Fortunately, in an effort to obtain more...

WCHS homes decorated in spirit of the holiday season

WCHS homes decorated in spirit of the holiday season

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

December 20, 2018


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With the holiday season right around the corner, WCHS families begin to flood their front yards with a multitude of bright lights, inflatables, garlands and more. One WCHS family that fills their front yard with Christmas decorations are the Fentons. This house, located on Trailridge Terrace, has over 4...

THRIVE club strives to improve CHS mental health

THRIVE club strives to improve CHS mental health

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School

Recently, mental health has become a major issue in Montgomery County, especially among high schoolers. The WCHS Thrive Club has taken it upon itself to shed more light on mental health, taking steps to try and help alleviate students’ stress. “Thrive Club’s main goal has always been to raise awareness ...

CHS students represent school on television

CHS students represent school on television

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under Observations, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Have you ever thought, “I can do that,” while watching Jeopardy? On Nov. 10, three WCHS students participated in the first round of the It’s Academic quiz show for the 2018-2019 school year. Sponsored by Giant and Morgan State University, It’s Academic is not just any quiz show; it’s the longes...

Contest boosts spirit

Contest boosts spirit

By Kathy Hu, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

November 21, 2018


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To Kill a Mockingbird and “Toy Story” are two examples of the many intriguing themes teachers have used in past WCHS door decorating contests. Every year, along with many other WCHS homecoming festivities such as floats and skits, teachers from each department compete in a door decorating con...

TOTM: Scott Rivinius

TOTM: Scott Rivinius

By Max Kandel, News Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Observations

Teaching in three different states and being an athletic director are not simple tasks, but Personal Finance and AP Comparative Government teacher Scott Rivinius has been able to juggle it all. A member of the social studies department, Rivinius has taught a wide range of courses including U.S. History, Wo...

Instagram account mocks poor WCHS parking jobs

Instagram account mocks poor WCHS parking jobs

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observaions Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Observations, Top Stories

“Just back up to the car behind you. You can do it. I believe in you,” reads the caption the Instagram account @churchillshi**yparkers posted Sept. 24, for the first time. Pictured were two examples of cars parked in front of WCHS that left too much room while parallel parking, effectively ru...

Pipe burst floods WCHS with problems

Pipe burst floods WCHS with problems

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Monday, Oct. 22, Michel Baker, a computer science teacher at WCHS, walked into his classroom only to discover the entire room flooded. This is the result of a pipe burst in the computer science hallway. All of the classrooms were affected by the water. “The room had a lot of water on the f...

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