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

In order to obtain their license, students drivers are required to complete six hours of in-car driving instruction using driving school-provided cars.

Observer Opinion: Driver’s Ed must be accessible

By Kalena Yee, Arts Editor March 24, 2023

Beep beep! Getting a driver’s license is arguably one of the most defining moments in a high schooler’s life. Although it may seem like just a plastic card to some, a driver’s license gives students...

Theodor Suess Giesel, also known as Dr. Suess, is shown next to his two books, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street and If I Ran The Zoo. Both well-known books have been included on an updated list of six banned Dr. Suess books, deemed too offensive for publications.

Dr. Suess must be reframed for his previous racist work

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi and Graeme Finley March 24, 2023

March 2nd marks the birthday of one of the most well-known and influential authors of all time: Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Throughout the early to mid 1900s, Dr. Seuss created some...

There are numerous ways of listening to and exploring indie music, whether it be through earbuds or streaming services. For example, Spotify is a great vehicle to get personalized music recommendations for every genre.

Has indie gone past the point of no return?

By George Chang, Arts Editor March 24, 2023

January 26th, 2010, from Paste Magazine: “Is Indie Dead?” January 16th, 2012, from The Guardian: "Indie rock's slow and painful death." October 25th, 2017, from Vox: "The life and death of the indie-rock...

Chopt and Boulangerie Christophe are two new stores in the Cabin John shopping center, but the shopping center is still not all that is needed.

Cabin John Shopping Center has improved, but is not everything students want it to be

By Nate Levine, Promotions Manager March 21, 2023

The frustrating reality is that Cabin John Village simply isn’t good enough for most WCHS students. Something needs to be done. For many students at WCHS, Cabin John Village is the go-to destination...

Ben Affleck is seen pretending to be a Dunkin’ Donuts employee in the 2023 Dunkin’ Donuts Super Bowl commercial.

Are Superbowl ads worth the expense?

By Kendyl Groisser, Assistant Online Editor March 13, 2023

Nearly 100 million people sit down to watch the biggest American football game in the US. Most watch for the game or the halftime show, but some watch for the intriguing commercials. These commercials...

While many students’ families compost at home, both the environment and economy would benefit from school wide composting.

Composting efforts should be used to improve MCPS’s footprint

By Leah Kreisler, Online Photo Mangager March 11, 2023

Every year, approximately 268 million tons of waste are produced in the United States alone. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this means every American produces roughly 4.4...

This past February, the Educational Policy Department of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA) held a community forum to discuss mental health resources in MCPS. Many students brought up the gaps that they saw and why they thought improvements were necessary.

MCPS’ wellness resources: a good effort but ineffective

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor March 2, 2023

A, B, C: Advisory classes, Be Well 365 and counselor lessons on restorative justice, mindfulness and more. MCPS boasts a plethora of programs for its K-12 students that aim to address the gaps in social...

The past years overdose statistic have continued the alarming trend of overdoses rising. The number of overdoses reached an all time high in 2022.

MCPS and the media must change the narrative to curb overdosing

By Liam Klein, Opinions Editor February 23, 2023

Prince, Tom Petty, Mac Miller, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Tyler Skaggs, Juice WRLD, Heath Ledger, Len Bias, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley. What do all of these incredible...

WCHS sophomore’s Maithri Verma and Michaela Levy compare their new second semester schedules on StudentVUE.

Second semester schedule changes cause unnecessary disruptions

By Brianna Frank, Adverising and Subscriptions Manager February 21, 2023

January 30th, 2023, the day everyone dreads: semester two schedule changes. Students scramble to find out who their new teachers are and which friends they have in their classes. It feels like the first...

A “Keep Calm and Get a 5 on the AP Exam” poster designed to encourage AP Exam Prep Club members to succeed.

How can WCHS help students prepare for AP exams?

By Collin Chen, Online Editor February 7, 2023

It’s almost that time of the year again. Students busting out their textbooks, reviewing Khan Academy, making quizlets, and doing whatever it takes to cram a year’s worth of knowledge for one special...

With packed assignment schedules all throughout the month of December, it can be draining for students to take tests right before a long break.

Tests before break: Yay or Nay?

By Ryan Weiner, Editor-in-Chief January 4, 2023

It’s 7:45 am on Dec 19. The bell ringing symbolizes the start of what many consider to be the longest four days of the school year, the week before Winter Break. While many students simply want to show...

On Naviance, a college and career preparation website used by WCHS, students can see where they fall on an SAT/ACT score and GPA scattergram. Not only do these graphs make students feel a sense of inferior, they are also an inaccurate representation of what is needed to get into that college.

Naviance scatters students’ perceptions on college

By Jordan Pashkoff, Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2022

A 1430 SAT and 4.61 weighted GPA. 1540 and 4.74 weighted. Both are marked on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor scattergram for WCHS applicants. Who got in? Who got rejected? Why would someone with...

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