The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

Taking AP Exams have many benefits for students such as receiving college credit and standing out to colleges. However, the early registration deadline places unnecessary limitations on students abilities to take exams.

Observer Opinion: An Advanced Placement inconvenience

By Caitlin Murphy, Copy Editor December 2, 2022

Every fall, high school students across the country are forced to make a choice: whether or not to register for AP Exams. Along with it being the start of a new month and an early action college application...

To de-stress and collect her thoughts WCHS senior Sophia Danpino writes in her journal. Journaling as a coping mechanism is a positive outlet for her feelings.

Students combat the stigma against mental health

By Ananya Pandit, Assistant Features Editor December 2, 2022

Cloudy afternoons, heavy backpacks and late nights chipping farther and farther into sleep. With the knee-deep stresses of the end of the first quarter, these patterns begin to set in. For some, the routine...

Most colleges and universities use the 4.0 scale where earning zeros will not hurt one’s grade nearly as much as the standard high school grading system

“50% Rule” for assignments: dope or nope?

By Julia Levi, Assistant Observations Manager December 2, 2022

A student shakes their head in disbelief as they anxiously stare at the test in front of them, puzzled by the questions. Having mistakenly read the wrong chapter of a textbook, the student anticipates...

A news conference was held at the MCPS office on Sept. 21, 2022, revealing the new athletic events security plans. This conference went into detail about athletic event guidelines that have now gone into effect.

WCHS new tight athletic regulations force students to go to extreme measures

By Brianna Frank, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager December 2, 2022

Following the fight between the Gaithersburg and Northwest High School football teams and coaches, MCPS has tightened security at all athletic events, specifically football games. The new security rules...

SAT and ACT studying resources are stacked on top of each other in abundance, on Oct. 31, 2022.  Should self-studying be the major form of preparation for these standardized tests, or should high schoolers opt for paid tutors?

Students can do well on the SAT without the price tag of a tutor

By Amir Abbas-Yazdi, Assistant Opinions Editor November 15, 2022

Standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT have always been a hot topic of discussion for high school students. Students are constantly concerned about how well they can score on these tests so that they...

Tutors give students an abundance of practice test to do at home to strengthen their test taking skills.

SAT/ACT tutors are a worthwhile investment in a student’s future

By Nate Levine, Promotions Manager November 15, 2022

It is common knowledge that SAT/ACT scores play a large role in college admissions. While the SAT/ACT are largely regarded as poor tests of intelligence, many colleges look at the scores as one of the...

Gap years, a time before high school and college, are a great time to experience the world and find yourself.

Gap years offer positive time to recover from academic burnout

By Leah Kreisler November 11, 2022

After four grueling years of high school, many WCHS graduates go onto four more years of demanding education in college. While for some this transition is healthy and productive, a break from homework...

Most WCHS classrooms have predominantly right-handed desks which do not accommodate left-handed students.

WCHS is anti-lefties

By Julia Levi, Assistant Observations Editor November 9, 2022

Using spiral notebooks, cutting with scissors and dealing with ink smudges while writing are just a few of the struggles that left-handers have to deal with. Navigating a world with man-made objects primarily...

On October 12, 2022, high school juniors across the U.S. took the PSAT. Many question the necessity of the test and whether it will be useful for college admissions.

Is taking the PSAT essential?

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor October 28, 2022

More often than not, standardized testing ranks high on lists of student grievances. From state standardized testing to College Board exams, high school students are relentlessly hit with a train of testing...

Travis Hawkins, the head coach at Northwest, pictured standing on the sidelines during a football game. Since the fight on Sept. 16, his job has been vacated.

Rule of law: even those with high titles need to be held responsible for their actions

By Caroline Harless, Observations Editor October 25, 2022

By now, most people know about the fight that broke out at the football game between Northwest Highschool and Gaithersburg Highschool on Sept. 16. In response to the fight, MCPS has put new safety guidelines...

The WCHS Philosophy and Ethics club holds their first meeting on September 26, 2022.

WCHS should limit club total, focus on quality

By Tafa Nukator, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager October 20, 2022

Seconds after the lunch bell rings, students flood the halls. With the school year now in full swing, many of them are headed to club meetings. From activism to speech and debate, the number of choices...

Personal finance, taught by Mrs. Brown, is a social studies class in which students learn about financial literacy.

Show me the money: Is Personal Finance essential?

By Vaughn Malamut, Online Editor October 20, 2022

Personal finance is a vital part of understanding and managing financial needs. After high school, students enter adulthood and are put to the test of living on their own finances. Thus, knowing how to...

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