The Observer

WCHS seniors register to vote in the 2020 presidential election

For the 2021 election, many first time voters have decided to vote using a mail-in ballot, instead of the traditional in-person polling method. Although there are concerns about the accuracy of mail-in ballots, they are an effective way to stay safe and avoid contracting COVID-19.

By Ava Freeman, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2020

Voting for the first time is an exciting milestone in any 18-years-old’s life. It is an opportunity to voice one's opinion in politics and be a part of a decision that will affect the future of the U. S. With this year's election in full swing, some students in the class of 2021 are of age to vote, but...

Feminine products should be free…period.

Feminine products should be free...period.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2020

An average woman will have over 500 periods in her lifetime, each one lasting between three to seven days according to a Feb. 2020 Netdoctor article. Each day she should use between three to seven pads or tampons, where an average tampon costs about 60 cents each. Dollars and Sense approximates that a w...

Students hit snooze on the new attendance policy

With WCHS's new attendance policy in place, students will need to make sure to arrive on time to class. This especially means, no ignoring your alarm clock and sleeping in during first period.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

March 3, 2020

There are countless reasons students may not be within their classroom’s door frame at the second the bell rings commencing the beginning of a period. Whether they have to use the bathroom before class, carpool to school with siblings, can’t find parking or get stuck in the sometimes unpredictable ...

Location tracking apps are not the right snap

Snap Maps is a feature on Snapchat where locations can be shared with friends while using the app. This technological feature can hurt teens' mental health as they can see when they are being left out from an event which can lead to the feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety.

By Riley Hurr, Editor-in-Chief

March 3, 2020

To what lengths will parents go to express their love for their children? As we ride into this new technological era, social media tracking apps are becoming more and more popular. With features such as Snap Maps, Life360 and Find My, technology has been a little too Big Brother.  When children are...

Early Decision: a binding commitment worth rejecting

The increase in acceptance rates for Early Decision applications puts pressure on students and families to apply somewhere ED. This can pose a heavy financial burden on families, as ED doesn't allow students to see the different financial aid packages they could be offered.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

February 3, 2020

In today’s incredibly accomplishment-driven society, a college degree is vital to succeed in life. Most jobs require at least graduation from an undergraduate college, while many also require additional education in graduate school. When college has this much of an impact on the rest of a student’s li...

Valentine’s Day: not so sweet for the environment

The Walgreens in Potomac Woods Plaza has begun stocking the iconic chocolate heart boxes of Valentine's Day. Most of this chocolate will not be bought or eaten, and as displayed by the pile of boxes on the cart, creates waste. The quantity of candy available in early January also prompts thought on the fossil fuels necessary to make all of these products and transport all of them to thousands of stores throughout the country.

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

February 3, 2020

There is no better way to show how much you love someone than  presenting them with a bouquet of roses, a heart shaped box of chocolates and a plush teddy bear. But these flowers die in a week or so, the chocolates are left half-uneaten and the teddy bear gets shoved into a closet corner never to b...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

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...

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