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Cicadas emerge every 17 years to reproduce, and some people seize the opportunity to try them.

Cicadas make their way to backyards and dinner tables

By Michael Demske, Assistant News Editor June 14, 2021

A nuisance or a delectable snack? The brood X cicadas have risen from their 17 year hiatus underground. Most people are disgusted and annoyed as these large insects infest all outdoor areas, but others...

Online schooling was not perfect and had it's shortcoming, however it proved to be a viable option.

Three different school formats all have their pros and cons

By Liam Klein, Opinions Editor June 3, 2021

The past year and a half has been extremely turbulent, filled with uncertainty in all walks of life, especially in schooling due to COVID-19. Students have gone through three or four different versions...

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many classes being left empty. However now, 16 months later, students around the world are heading back to their classrooms, while major differences still separate them.

Follow up – “Column: looking through the eyes of high school students around the world”

By Melissa Redlich, Features Editor June 2, 2021

In October of 2020, I wrote an article for The Observer titled “Column: Looking through the eyes of students around the world.” This article covered what it was like to live in a different country...

COVID-19 has made many individuals realize that the things they did pre-COVID were very unsanitary. Cleaning has become something people are thinking about now more and more.

The Observer Staff’s Take on Pre-COVID Activities

By Sylvia Thomson, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager May 30, 2021

There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Throughout this entire pandemic, this is what I learned. Before COVID-19 hit, we touched door knobs, elevator buttons, and school railings without a second...

Over the past year, lots of students at WCHS have had to get used to the online learning setup. They always have to remember to charge their laptop and to get ready for school.

Students are split on going back in person or staying online

By Elijah Savett, Sports Editor May 17, 2021

While students at WCHS have begun to go back to school as COVID cases and restrictions decline, other students are continuing to learn from the comfort of their homes. Because of this new schedule, a wide...

Two high school sophmores decide to challenge themselves by doing a 24 hour Digital Detox. Their opinions and thoughts are completely different, but shed light on the overuse of devices.

24 hour digital detox challenges students to shut off their screens

By Melissa Redlich and Sylvia Thomson May 6, 2021

Experiencing life burnout? You are not alone. Screen usage has skyrocketed since the pandemic started, and not just in teens. Partaking in a digital detox could be a crucial step towards refreshing your...

Student Lens Club is open membership where members work on videos in a variety of subjects, from STEM to humanities. Anyone looking to learn more about filmmaking and video editing is encouraged to join.

Take a look through the lens of filmmaking with this WCHS club

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor April 26, 2021

From local and national competitions to helping the community, filmmaking is a unique way to explore vast opportunities in a variety of different niches. Inspired by their time at Eastern Middle School,...

Bark Social's extensive food and drink menu offers dog owners entertainment as they watch their dogs have the time of their lives!

Close the distance between your furry friends at Bark Social

By Ally Salzberg, Opinions Editor April 23, 2021

This past year in quarantine has not allowed us humans to be very social, but does that really mean that our furry friends have to be isolated as well? Bark Social, Pike and Rose’s newest addition, allows...

Megan thee Stallion smiles for the cameras on the red carpet as her photo is taken. She swept the Grammys this year, winning 3 awards.

2021 Grammy Awards show celebrates artists during COVID-19

By Ella Kaminsky, Opinions Editor April 22, 2021

Every year music fans gather around their TVs to watch their favorite award show of the year: The Grammys. This year Trevor Noah, popular millennial talk show host, hosted the show.   Many of the...

Shown is what a typical Zoom class may look like during the 2020-2021 school year, in which there are almost no cameras on entirely.

Virtual classes give students a new perspective on the most beneficial way to learn

By Justin Greenzaid, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2021

The blaring radar of the default iPhone alarm is a common sound for many WCHS students in the morning (unless they have changed their alarm sound due to the trauma it may cause). But, looking back at a...

MCPS held a Business Pitch Challenge in late March for students to participate it. Ambitious students from across the county worked on products to present to the business sponsors.

MCPS Business Pitch Challenge offers future entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their ideas

By Charley Hutton, Advertisements and Subscriptions Manager April 21, 2021

Years spent in high school are typically thought of as preparation for college. High school is usually not viewed as a period of time to start developing a career. That preparation usually comes around...

WCHS senior Ella Kaminsky started her own tie dye clothing brand called Sets and Sweats. Using Etsy to sell her product, Kaminsky now makes tie dye sweat sets as well as tank tops and college apparel.

Flashback to early quarantine with these memorable trends

By Allison Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2021

Everyone remembers sitting in class, buzzing at the thought of a two week spring break. Almost a year later, COVID-19 has forced people to lose family, opportunities, memories and normality. While COVID-19...

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