The Observer

TOTM: Samantha McEvoy

McEvoy loves working with the English Department and WCHS students. She loves the feeling of successfully helping others.
November 19, 2020

Kind, determined and passionate are three words that perfectly describe Samantha McEvoy, a WCHS Honors English 10 and AP Literature teacher. She has been teaching for four years, which have all been at...

Virtual art and gym classes adopt new techniques


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Gym classes are still a great way for students to get moving after long class periods of sitting down. Through videos and demonstrations, students have been able to get some of the gym experience during this period of distance learning.
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Gym classes are still a great way for students to get moving after long class periods of sitting down. Through videos and demonstrations, students have been able to get some of the gym experience during this period of distance learning.
October 28, 2020

With in-person school closed, art and gym teachers especially have had to adapt and adjust this school year. From curriculum changes and connections issues, it has been a whirlwind of new experiences....

Student Arts Spotlight: Ruby Howard

For junior Ruby Howard, creating art, like this self portrait, has always been one of her passions.
May 29, 2020

Featured in the congressional art show and WCHS’s literary magazine, junior Ruby Howard's art is her creative outlet. Howard has been making art her whole life. From creating  watercolor paintings in...

Student Art Spotlight: Nura Dhar

One part of Nura Dhar's fashion design process is sketching out possible designs for collections.
March 3, 2020

From using watercolors and prismacolor markers for fashion illustration, to sewing with unconventional materials, senior Nura Dhar is passionate in the art of fashion design. At WCHS, Dhar has taken four...

Newseum leaves more than a black and white legacy

The Newseum may no longer exist, but its spirit and dedication to exceptional journalism has inspired generations of Americans to value the freedom of speech, expression and press.
February 12, 2020

After 11 years and 10 million visitors, the Newseum closed Dec. 31, 2019, due to unsustainable operating costs and was sold to Johns Hopkins University. First opened by the Freedom Forum in 1997, the Newseum...

Teacher of the month: Katelyn Blanken

Blanken poses for a picture with her award. Blanken, an AP Psychology teacher, has been at WCHS for 13 years.
November 20, 2019

Empathetic, passionate and energetic- these words perfectly describe WCHS AP Psychology and Physical Education teacher Katelyn Blanken. This year Blanken is teaching three classes of AP Psychology and...

WCHS golf team members swing their way to the top

All 15 members of the WCHS golf team worked hard this season leading to the team’s success.
November 7, 2019

WCHS golf makes a comeback this year, persisting through everything set in front of them this season. The 15 team members were extremely motivated after missing the cut last year at states. “We have...

Student Art Spotlight: Shannon Hu

Shannon Hu enjoys painting, as it is a creative outlet for her to express herself. This is one of the many art pieces that Shannon has completed in the past. She often likes to use a variety of mediums to create her art.
October 21, 2019

Charcoal, acrylic paint and digital- these are a few of sophomore Shannon Hu’s favorite mediums to work with when creating her spectacular pieces of art. For Hu, art’s infinite possibilities provided...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

Students are often stressed  out trying to study for standardized tests.
June 4, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot...

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Many students get very stressed out over standardized tests and don't believe the tests are an accurate representation of who they are.
May 10, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot...

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

Artist Claire Yang at work, painting on canvas for John’s Hopkins's art competition.
March 11, 2019

Interested in art, but do not know where to start? One of WCHS’ many clubs, i-Illustrate is the right place to express one’s creativity. Every Thursday during lunch in room 276, WCHS students can drop...

SGA Holds Carnival

April 28, 2010

The annual SGA Spring Carnival was held April 24 at the football stadium. “Our goal [was] to put on a final [SGA] event that unites the community and showcases the diversity of clubs and activities...

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