The Observer

Student Arts Spotlight: Ruby Howard

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

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor

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 preschool to now, she has always been a pseudo-artist and now hopes to become a professional one. ...

Student Art Spotlight: Nura Dhar

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

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 years of fashion design, as well as AP Art History, and now interns in the new architecture course ...

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.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 was a well known museum that strived to teach visitors the role of free press through a multitu...

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.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 two classes of Physical Education.  Blanken was first inspired to become a teacher when she was a hi...

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.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 won the county regular season, county tournament and county scramble. With one of the two days comple...

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.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 her the ability to express herself.  Hu’s art journey all started when she was fairly young. Her pa...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

Students are often stressed  out trying to study for standardized tests.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

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.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

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 of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

I-Illustrate club allows students to express their creativity

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

By Emily Zhang, Staff Writer

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 by to enjoy some relaxing art sessions. Juniors Claire Yang and Kristin Zhu run the club as Co-President...

SGA Holds Carnival

By Christina Zhang

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 that Churchill has to offer,” SGA president senior Meenu Singh said. The SGA charged $1 for admission...

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