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Black History Month blends celebration with education

Black History Month blends celebration with education

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

June 4, 2019


Filed under Features

February is known for many things: it is the shortest month, it has a leap year once every four years, and it includes Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. But possibly the most enriching thing about February is that it is Black History Month. According to a 2010 History article, Black History...

Parched Madness

Parched Madness

By Eli Gordon, Brandon Li, Joe Raab, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019


Filed under Features

When you chow down on a sandwich or sub for lunch, choosing an appropriate drink to complement your meal is often difficult. To find out which drink the WCHS community prefers, we created a 16-team bracket, in the spirit of the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournament, to see which drink comes out poppi...

TOTM: Yih Lee

TOTM: Yih Lee

By Victoria Gunawan, Senior Writer

May 27, 2019


Filed under Awards, Observations, Teachers

When choosing a language to learn at WCHS, many students think of Spanish or French, yet there is one language that is unique and taught with extraordinary knowledge: Chinese. A member of the language department, Yih Lee teaches Chinese 4 through 7 and AP Chinese. Growing up, Lee had no intentions ...

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

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

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Students, Top Stories

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...

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

May 10, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Students, Top Stories

Everyone knows that the type of spies that are in movies are not likely to exist to the same degree that they do in the cinema, but other types of spying do exist and one of them is right under your nose. Your internet usage is being monitored, specifically, when you’re are at school. Students in our ...

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

New items appear on restaurant menus this spring

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscription Manager

May 9, 2019


Filed under Restaurants, Students

Flowers are blooming. People are sneezing. Iced Coffee is making a comeback. Spring is officially here, and with that comes many little events that people wait for all year. One of which, is the release of new seasonal foods and drinks that chain restaurants create each year. Starbucks Lemon Cake ...

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

Students should have the freedom to go out for lunch

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Students

Five days, 35 hours or 2,100 minutes is typically how long WCHS students spend within the walls of school each week. With the exception of seniors, students are not permitted to leave school grounds during lunch even if they are able to drive or receive a ride from someone else. Some may think that it...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Students

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

SAS: Brandon Bland

SAS: Brandon Bland

By Laura Sneller, Senior Writer

May 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Students

When watching the beautiful WCHS theater productions, the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and during rehearsal is easy to overlook. Senior and student producer Brandon Bland is an integral part of WCHS theater, but his interests extend beyond just high school shows. Bland began his inte...

Senior Bucketlist

Senior Bucketlist

May 8, 2019


Filed under Features

No senior wants to leave high school with regrets or feeling unfulfilled. Everyone wants to get all of their bucket list items checked off before the last bell rings on the last day of school. We have a checklist of some things that have become tradition at WCHS for you to ensure that your last fe...

Observer alumni pass the torch to new editors

Observer alumni pass the torch to new editors

By Emma Chen and Vicky Gunawan

May 8, 2019


Filed under Features

As we transition editors for the Observer, it is time to recognize crucial contributions to our paper, and honor the amazing writers and editors that came before us and have shaped the paper into what it is today. One of these editors is Larry Tanenbaum. A former writer for the Observer in 1968 and...

Cool fashion trends for a sizzling summer

Cool fashion trends for a sizzling summer

By Nur Yavuz, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019


Filed under Features

Fashion trends that will appear this spring and summer have already had their debut at events such as New York, Milan, Paris and London fashion weeks. The most unique fabrics have been transformed into a more street-wearable style for a more affordable price. According to the 2019 April Cosmopolitan...

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