The Observer

Do college rankings determine future success?

Many top tier schools like Harvard are extremely prestigious and dream schools for many highschoolers.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

December 19, 2019

Students in high school often feel pressured to get into high ranking colleges or universities, but do these rankings really determine future success? These rankings often take into account multiple different factors, including academic quality, incomes of graduates, sports, campus atmosphere and quality o...

CGI should not live on screen after death

James Dean, who died in 1955, will be back on the big-screen in

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2019

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man.” In the words of James Byron Dean, he is a prime example of a great man. He is not only an acting legend but also remembered as a cultural icon for perfecting the typical rebellio...

Increased social media use will better communication

Ms. Heckert tweets three photos of the WCHS play:

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

December 17, 2019

Social media is a great communication tool at WCHS. Social media can be used by teachers and WCHS employees to communicate important events and raise school spirit. Brandice Heckert, the principal of WCHS, uses social media to communicate with parents, students, teachers and the community about WCHS ev...

Half days only leave room for half of the learning

The current system in place for halddays leave students with no time for valuable learning experiences, which is a serious problem when reviewing or learning material for big tests.

By Ohio Meshanko, Advertising & Subscription Manager

December 17, 2019

With the first quarter of the MCPS 2019-2020 school year over and done with, many students rejoiced at the beginning of a new chapter for the year. Students were also happy to spend time at home, due to the fact that the normal half day that coincides with the quarter’s end was extended this year to i...

Y the new ABC song for LMN-tary schoolers?

The new alphabet song is not being received well online. Despite there being some benefits for non-English speakers with this newer version, the general creation arguably serves as evidence that in modern day living, pushes children into learning material at a quicker rate to contribute to a collectivist society.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

December 17, 2019

“A B C, easy as one, two, three; simple as Do-Re-Mi,” The Jackson 5 once sang. Yet, the gaining recognition of the new alphabet song has everyone in shock and disdain for its new rhythm and beat. Sung by Matt of the Dream English Kids youtube channel, he rids of the confusion for the 5 letters that ...

Better to beat the holiday shopping madness by finishing early

Seasonal stores such as the Hallmark store in Montgomery Mall set up holiday decorations weeks before the holiday season begins to get customers excited for great holiday sales and deals.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

December 17, 2019

With the start of this year’s holiday season, many stores have begun selling holiday items earlier than ever before, some even before Nov.. However, many customers feel overwhelmed by the early addition of holiday decorations, even though early shopping itself can be helpful in many ways during the...

New AP payment policies create stress

New AP payment policies create stress

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

December 17, 2019

Advanced Placement exams have their obvious stressors: allocating enough time to study and retain a year’s worth of information, taking practice tests, mentally preparing for a multiple hour exam and now, mandatory payments required seven months in advance. The pressure of AP tests has always hit stud...

Phones should be used for helping, not filming

 A view of Winston Churchill High School on a sunny afternoon. A student suffered a medical emergency on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and needed an ambulance, while students filmed it.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, a WCHS student whose name has not been revealed by Principal Heckert suffered a “medical emergency.” Much remains unknown about what happened, but in her email to parents, Heckert said that an ambulance had come to treat the student. This email was sent out on Tuesday night. ...

The struggle is real: college applications

A WCHS student hands a recommendation letter template to give her teacher an idea of what to write.

By Sapna David, Features Editor

November 13, 2019

As soon as AP exams are over, students flood their teachers rooms asking just one question: “Is there any chance you would be willing to write my teacher recommendation?” Teachers are used to this; many teachers have their own system to pick students and some have their own forms for  students ...

NCAA athletes should be paid like the pros

The NCAA logo with clip art of a football player and a baksteball player with money in the background to show how the NCAA has a corrupt policy robbing many athletes of their money that they should be entitled to.

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

November 13, 2019

Since the dawn of time college athletes being able to make money was forbidden by the NCAA. The debate has roared on and college athletes finally may be on the verge of compensation. The NCAA rules state that athletes are not allowed to be paid by their schools, make money off endorsements or have agents...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

A group of students takes the

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2019

Every year, we seem to be catering to an increasingly apathetic student body. First was the elimination of high school exams. Then, a localized failed but notable attempt at a “no zero grading policy.” Now, an ACT that allows students to complete their test in multiple sittings-- because it is simply...

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

Students taking the ACT are often in the testing center for hours on end, but the new change will allow students to only test for one hour or less instead.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

November 13, 2019

On any given Saturday from 8-12 AM, certain high schools are packed with students taking standardized tests. However, soon this entirely too long process can become a lot shorter for many students. The new change to the ACT, which will allow students to take sections of the test individually starting...

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