The Observer

Young travelers broaden their horizons

Young travelers broaden their horizons

By Riley Hurr and Fatima Yazdi

May 15, 2019

Traveling is an escape from reality, allowing one to experience different cultures all while creating lifelong memories and adventures along the way. Many WCHS students and teachers love to travel during breaks in order to relax and de-stress from school. From every corner of the globe, diverse coun...

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

April 1, 2019

Thousands of high schoolers walked out of their classrooms and onto Pennsylvania Avenue March 14 to protest gun violence. With posters reading “Enough is Enough” and “Policy and Change” which caught the eyes of many, students from all over Montgomery County and beyond exercised their First Amendment...

WCHS basketball prepares for memorable playoff run

WCHS basketball prepares for memorable playoff run

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

February 8, 2019

With another season filled with excitement and energy, the WCHS girls varsity basketball team continues to dominate its competition. Continuously practicing hard six days a week, the team is 13-1 as of Jan. 23. Winning most games by a wide margin, they are still constantly looking to improve their plays...

Giving back during the holidays

Giving back during the holidays

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

February 5, 2019

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with the holidays comes the time for giving back to the community. At WCHS, students are not only giving back to the community during the holidays, but during other times of the year as well. Whether it be through fundraisers, volunteer work or startups,...

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 teachers need to follow the testing schedule

WCHS teachers need to follow the testing schedule

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

October 23, 2018

Tests: a major contributor to the stress that comes along with high school. In hopes of eliminating stress and sleepless nights, CHS has created a testing schedule for departments to follow. Each department has specific days of the week they are allowed to schedule summative tests on. This way, students wo...

NYU covers full medical school tuition cost for students

NYU covers full medical school tuition cost for students

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

October 19, 2018

The New York University (NYU) School of Medicine announced Aug. 16 that it will cover the full tuition, roughly $55,018, of all current and future students regardless of financial need or merit. The goal is to help encourage all students to pursue their dreams without student debt getting in the way. In...

CHS assistant principal Doreen Brandes retires

CHS assistant principal Doreen Brandes retires

By Riley Hurr, Circulation Manager

February 8, 2018

After working in two states and three counties, CHS assistant principal Doreen Brandes plans to retire Feb. 1 after leaving a lasting impact on CHS for the past 10 years.   Brandes started her career off as a middle school English teacher in New Jersey, to being a principal at an alternati...

Suicide awareness walk steps towards prevention

Suicide awareness walk steps towards prevention

By Riley Hurr, Circulation Manager

November 21, 2017

On Oct. 28, people united together for a common cause by walking in D.C. to raise suicide awareness and change the conversation; the “Out of the Darkness Walk” was put on by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP). Many CHS students participated in hopes of this mission, as well ...

Potomac Day delivers yet again

Potomac Day delivers yet again

By Riley Hurr, Circulation Manager

October 30, 2017

There’s one day out out of the entire year where the streets of Potomac are closed off and the whole community comes together to celebrate: Potomac Day.   The 35th annual Potomac Day was Oct. 21. Located around the Potomac Village, a huge parade, incorporating the entire community, kicks off ...

Long-awaited Divergent sequel finally flies into theaters

Long-awaited Divergent sequel finally flies into theaters

By Madison Hurr, Arts Editor

March 20, 2015

Tris Prior’s world is a post-apocalyptic Chicago where everyone is categorized into five different factions based on their personalities. If you lived alongside her, would one faction define you or are you divergent? Insurgent, the long-awaited sequel to Veronica Roth’s Divergent, is being released...

Places, places! Senior successful as cinematographer

Places, places! Senior successful as cinematographer

By Madison Hurr, Arts Editor

December 19, 2014

Lights. Camera. Action. Senior Aidan Gray does them all. A skilled cinematographer, he tells unique stories from behind his camera, turning mere ideas into complete cinematic works. While most students are sitting in their sixth period class, Gray leaves school after his half schedule and starts working. ...

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