The Observer

Q&A with Deborah Schaumberg, Author of “The Tombs”

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2018

At WCHS, the media center periodically hosts authors to talk to students about their novels as well as the writing process. Deborah Schaumberg, author of ‘The Tombs’ and mother of WCHS alumnae, spoke to students Nov. 13 throughout different classes during the school day. Her novel follows the...

Debate team advances under new sponsorship

Debate team advances under new sponsorship

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

December 17, 2018

This school year, the WCHS debate team gained three new sponsors: Scott Rivinius, Kevin Doherty and Evan Rosenthal. Previously, the team has gone through two faculty sponsors over the past two years. These three social studies teachers decided to step up and sponsor the team after a conversation during...

WCHS Council combats discrimination in the community

WCHS Council combats discrimination in the community

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

December 17, 2018

Discrimination exists everywhere, even at WCHS. After several public displays of hate, discrimination has become increasingly easy to spot, so WCHS students and parents formed the Churchill Inclusive Achievement Council to help the situation. The Churchill Inclusive Achievement Council, a group comprised...

English dept. leads teacher meditations

English dept. leads teacher meditations

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2018

English teachers Jeffrey Savett and Samantha McEvoy have began department-wide meditation meetings, where they lead English teachers in guided meditation. They meet in Savett’s classroom twice a week during the school day. The meetings began two weeks ago, and this is the first year either of the...

Students to be excused from school for protests

Students to be excused from school for protests

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

December 17, 2018

As of Dec. 5, MCPS is planning to pass a proposal which would allow students to skip classes to attend political protests. The MCPS Board of Education is expected to pass the proposal as early as Jan. If this proposal gets passed, MCPS will be one of very few school districts in the country that allows...

New automated flaggers boost road safety

New automated flaggers boost road safety

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

December 14, 2018

Maryland highway officials are testing a new method of directing traffic in a construction zone. Usually, a construction worker will be holding a sign that says “Stop” or “Slow,” but with the new initiative, an automated flagger assistance device will replace the need for that worker. On the...

WCHS student wins prestigious Russian award

WCHS student wins prestigious Russian award

By Cherri Tung, Photo Editor

December 14, 2018

Sophomore Ilana Trembisky received the award for having the highest score for outstanding achievement in the study of Russia in Md. during this year’s Olympiada of Spoken Russian that took place Feb. 17. The American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) created the Olympiada of Spoken Russian ...

MCPS considers extending spring break

MCPS considers extending spring break

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

November 21, 2018

Following student and staff input in relation to which holidays the most students are absent, MCPS is considering two proposals for the 2019-2020 calendar. Both have 182 days of instruction, which is two days over the 180 state-mandated number of school days, start on Sep. 3, 2019 and end on June 15, 2020....

Kavanaugh trial has lasting implications on teens

Kavanaugh trial has lasting implications on teens

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s place as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court July 9. Soon after, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her. These two events led to an dramatic pair of testimonies...

New bill lowers college cost

New bill lowers college cost

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

November 20, 2018

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed into law a bill which makes community colleges in the state of Maryland tuition-free for qualifying residents. The legislation will create a $15 million program to provide scholarships for up to 5,000 students from families that earn less than $125,000 a...

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018

A proposal introduced in Aug. suggested that the National Park Service (NPS) should require protestors to reimburse the agency for the support and security it provides during demonstrations. In addition, other proposals would limit the amount of people that can protest and the areas they are allowed ...

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sophie Liss

November 19, 2018

After recent incidents at WCHS in which anti-semitic symbols were drawn on school property and a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, WCHS has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to introduce new forums where students can discuss their thoughts on hate within the MCPS community. Each...

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