The Observer

Students actively volunteer at the Potomac Community Center

WCHS students devote time into volunteering at the Potomac Community Center. Left to Right: Beth Coffman, Assistant Director of Potomac Community Center, Luke Sumberg,  Sydney Rodman, Macafie Bobo, Abbey Zheng, Julia Greenberg, Jordyn Reicin, Peter Selikoqirz, Director of Potomac Community Center, Adam Horowitz, Andrew Chan.

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...


Jonathan Lee is June's Teacher of the Month.

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

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

A photo of the Black Eyed Susan voting party at WCHS.

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

Tinbite visits classes throughout WCHS to talk about policies he hopes to inplement if elected as the next 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...

TOTM: Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is the head of the English department and has loved English since she was a kid.

By Riley Hurr, Editor in Chief

May 14, 2019

Always having known from the beginning that English was her favorite subject, this month’s Teacher of the Month loves to continue and share her love of reading, writing and thinking. Having 18 years of teaching experience, all at WCHS, AP Language and English department head, Jennifer Miller, is ...

MCPS Board of Education addresses substitute shortages

MCPS Board of Education addresses substitute shortages

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

April 1, 2019

Substitute teachers are among the least appreciated of teachers. They are called last minute to work, but they are still able to conduct classes with organization and poise. Recently in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), there has been a shortage of substitute teachers. Because of this, the...

TOTM: Gary Rogers

TOTM: Gary Rogers

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

April 1, 2019

Ever wanted to meet a teacher who has extensive knowledge on current events, global warming, pollution, energy conservation or ecological footprints? Well look no further, as WCHS has the teacher for you. A member of the science department, Gary Rogers teaches AP Environmental Science and is a scie...

“Wandraiser” helps to care for animals in need

By Olivia Yasharoff, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019

Mascara wands are usually used to make eyelashes appear longer, darker and thicker, but with the help of WCHS’s Junior Civitan club, they can also be used to save the lives of animals. The Junior Civitan club is currently working with the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge (AWR), a non-profit organization ...

Media Center Hosts Successful Blind Date With a Book

The WCHS media center puts on a blind date with a book display every year.

By Mary Hinton, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019

At this point in the year, most WCHS students, if not all, feel tired, overwhelmed and completely stressed out. A solution to this can be found at a somewhat unlikely location: the media center. At the media center, you can make your way over to the “Blind Date With a Book” section, where you c...

WCHS MSA Participates in MIST

Photo courtesy of Amir Pourmand.

By Nur Yavuz, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is reaching out to WCHS students to join and participate in the 2019 Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST), an educational competition about the religion of Islam, including interesting workshops for students to participate in. As the WCHS community grows in diversity, le...

WCHS snowed in by controversy

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019

For the past couple of months, MCPS has had a plethora of early releases, two-hour delays and days off of school due to weather-related issues. As much as students enjoy the shortened days and weeks, the snow days add up, possibly causing a shorter spring and summer break. Many parents, as well as teachers, supported...

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