The Observer

Senior Luncheons – 2020

Senior and SNHS president Riley Hurr poses at an SNHS luncheon. Many of these luncheons were dedicated to the senior class, to honor and celebrate their achievements.

By Riley Hurr, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2020

I really don’t know how it is possible to fully encompass my entire high school experience in a few pages, but I’ll try to summon the Sparknotes inside of me to make that happen.  I have loved every moment of the three and a half years I spent at WCHS. Yes, even the stress of finding a spot o...

Keep an eye (and ear) out for our fellow musicians

WCHS home football games would not be complete without Pep Band cheering on our fellow Bulldogs.

By Riley Hurr, Editor-In-Chief

February 4, 2020

One of the biggest supporters at our football games. One of the biggest supporters in our musicals. One of the biggest supporters representing WCHS. Musicians.  From Pep Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band to more, this great group of talented musicians never cease to amaze. With their annual trips to...

C4C donates supplies and warms the hearts of many

WCHS senior Robin Bali travels to Lakeland Elementary School Middle School in Baltimore, Md. to deliver books and other supplies. In the photo, Bali is giving a presentation to students that attend this school and is extremely grateful for their reactions.

By Riley Hurr, Editor-in-Chief

January 3, 2020

Charity 4 the Children (C4C) is dedicated to reducing child poverty in the U.S. by donating educational supplies to impoverished schools in our community and country. Their mission is to empower, equip, and ameliorate the circumstances of economically disadvantaged children, ultimately unlocking their maxi...

Young travelers broaden their horizons

Christopher loves to travel and experience a variety of cultures from around the world. His favorite places he has visited are Laos and Cambodia.

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


On March 14, there was a walkout against gun violence where MCPS students protested in front of the White House.

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

The WCHS varsity girls basketball team takes a photo with their two coaches. The team is led by co-captains senior Kamryn Testa and junior Brittani Martin.

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

Wilder company models during their shoot.

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

Sophomore Emily Tong and senior Janneke Kovoor practice their speaking points and plan their arguement at the Dec. 12 debate tournament at Blair High School.

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

Many CHS students are faced with having their hardests tests all assigned on the same day. The testing schedule was designed to eliminate this.

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

Junior Paula Hayden attended a nursing program this summer, where she learned more about the field of nursing throuigh medical professionals.

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

Brandes cheered on the Class of 2012's girls during their annual Powderpuff game.

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

Shelly Baker (middle) and her children Gabriella (left) and Gina (right) led a team and fundraised over $2,000 at the Out of the Darkness Walk Oct. 28.

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 ...

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