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Sophomore Zara Kanold-Tso (left) talks with her friends affter a Track meet on June 1st. Although masks are no longer required, Kanold-Tso prefers to keep it on as an extra safety precaution.

Montgomery County begins to lift COVID-19 restrictions

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Copy Editor June 14, 2021

Montgomery County entered Phase 3 of reopening on May 28, lifting restrictions on face coverings, social distancing and capacity limits just in time for Memorial Day weekend. This final phase removes limits...

WCHS junior Dani Primerano smiles behind here mask after recieving her COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a cool narwhal bandaid was an added perk to finally getting the shot.
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WCHS junior Dani Primerano smiles behind here mask after recieving her COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a cool narwhal bandaid was an added perk to finally getting the shot.
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Vaccine eligibility eases student concerns

By Rachel Mattison, Online Editor May 17, 2021

Needles and fear: for many WCHS students those two words are synonymous. In normal years, students dread having to get shots, but everyone knows this year is not normal with desperation setting in to receive...

As a person who loves to travel and spend time with loved ones, Bartlebaugh does not let the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of finding creative solutions to spending free time.

TOTM: Riley Bartlebaugh

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager May 7, 2021

Despite beginning their first year at WCHS online, Riley Bartlebaugh has made their positive and lively presence widely known among AP language and composition students. Known as Mx. B to their students,...

At WCHS, sophomore Sydney Willich walks to her class in Portable 3. Portables are a new addition to WCHS this year to accommodate all students.

Portables create a unique learning experience at WCHS

By Kaylen Chang, Assistant Social Media Manager April 30, 2021

Next to the WCHS carpool loop, wooden ramps lead students to an odd learning environment: trailers crammed together like puzzle pieces, better known as portables. These portables are detached from the...

Apps like Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast have made it easier then ever to find and enjoy podcasts.

Podcasts gain popularity and WCHS students cash in

By Liam Klein, Assistant Online Editor April 26, 2021

Podcasts have seen a massive boom in popularity over the past few years. As podcasts like the “Joe Rogan Experience,” “Reply All,” “Crime Junkie”, “the Ben Shapiro Show” and “The Daily...

This May, the senior class SGA will be hosting WCHS' first ever drive-in movie. The purpose of this is to both celebrate seniors and give them the opportunity to safely reconnect before graduation.

Drive-in movies fill the void left behind by with the absence of senior events

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager April 26, 2021

No longer do seniors have roaring crowds at Friday night football games sending them off in the fall. Nor do they get to dress up, dine and dance with their friends on a Saturday night in spring. Senior...

The Young Artists Music Society's logo on their website. YAMS is a student-led group that aims to spread greater access to music education.

Young Artists Music Society connects aspiring musicians virtually

By Olivia Yasharoff, Arts Editor March 22, 2021

Music has provided an outlet to inspire, uplift and connect people, even during a time when it is not safe to be physically close to others. It can serve as an escape, and with the help of the Young Artists...

The Asian American Festivals Committee put together goodie bags for every teacher in order to celebrate The Lunar New Year during the pandemic.

The Asian American Festival Committee ensured this Lunar New Year was one to remember

By Charley Hutton, Advertisements and Subscriptions Manager March 19, 2021

The beginning of a new year offers a fresh start for anybody who seeks it, and an opportunity to welcome a year of happiness, good fortune and, especially this year, good health. Feb.12 marked the Lunar...

WCHS classrooms have been arranged to accommodate the CDC guidelines with desks 6 feet apart. With 12-15 desks per classroom, students who go back to school can feel safe.

WCHS families express mixed feelings over school reopening

By Caroline Harless, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

Virtual school is not something anyone could have expected. Joining classes everyday through Zoom, doing school at home and not being able to see friends and teachers would have sounded bizarre a year...

Many teachers have expressed frustration with the vaccination process. Appointments have been very hard to book and teachers often have to rely on friends, family, and colleagues for information on registration.

Teachers share concerns about COVID-19 vaccine distribution

By Allison Fan, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

When it comes to priority in getting vaccinated, teachers are relatively high on the list. According to Montgomery County’s COVID-19 information website, teachers in Montgomery County are priority group...

MCPS associate superintendent Essie McGuire speaks at a board meeting on March 9th. Board members will meet on March 23rd to finalize the new schedule.

MCPS proposes alternative to 2021-2022 school calendar

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor March 16, 2021

Last year, The Observer wrote an article on the number of days of school for the upcoming year. In that article, it was noted that MCPS had significantly reduced the number of days off, while keeping start...

WCHS's Model UN team is hosting their first ever conference in April. Students and teachers work together to make this event a reality.

WCHS prepares to host its first Model UN conference

By Ela Jalil, News Editor March 16, 2021

Virtual school has not only changed the way that students learn, but also how they do their extracurricular activities. Participation is waning for many WCHS clubs, due to the lack of incentives, such...

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