The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

In a blend of in-person school learning and virtual learning, MCPS students will be given more course options in 2022-2023 school year to combat the countywide education gap.

MCPS expands virtual classes for upcoming year

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor May 8, 2022

Robotics. Animation. Biotech. German. Italian. Although these five courses are not available at WCHS, WCHS students will still be able to take them in the 2022-2023 school year. How? Through one of MCPS’...

On Wed., March 16, during advisory, students participated in MCPS Antiracist System Audit. Students are taking the audit to help the school system limit bias, discrimination and racism.

MCPS conducts audit to examine role of racism in policies

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief May 8, 2022

“Race and racism were built into our system from the very beginning,” John Landesman, the Executive Director of MCPS’ Office of Strategic Initiatives, said.  MCPS was founded in 1860 for white...

Ashwani Jain is an alumnus of Winston Churchill High School and graduated in 2007. Now he is running for the position of Marylands governor.

Former WCHS student runs for Governor

By Ela Jalil and Maya Bhattiprolu May 8, 2022

15 years ago, Ashwani Jain stepped out of the doors of WCHS with a high school diploma. Eight years ago, he returned as the first alumni speaker at graduation. Now, he is running one of the most prominent...

Student Member of the Board Hana O’looney at the Feb. 24 Board of Education meeting. At the meeting, O’looney advocated to keep the mask mandate in schools which caused her to face lots of negativity online.

SMOB Hana O’looney faces unfair cyberbullying for speaking up

By Caroline Harless, Photo Manager March 21, 2022

The role of the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) comes with engaging in issues prevalent in MCPS: having a say on the Board of Education (BOE) and advocating for the student body. However, when current...

Students in room 274 during third period on March 9, the first day students in MCPS had the option to go maskless. It was a mixed bag, with some students choosing to go maskless, while others kept them on.

Changing guidance leads to a repealed mask mandate

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief March 20, 2022

On March 8, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously voted to remove the mask mandate in MCPS schools and on the school system’s buses and other transportation services, beginning immediately....

Terry Bell, WCHS security team leader, stands in front of the Bulldog lobby on February 10, 2022, as he watches over movement in the hallway. Security is extremely important, especially after everything that has happened recently.

Tragic events within school district rock community

By Clara Young, Staff Writer March 17, 2022

 Fear is an unavoidable emotion that overcomes many at some point in their lives. Fear made its way through Col. Zadok Magruder High School on Jan. 24 at 12:50 p.m., as the sound of a gunshot rang through...

A restorative justice circle from Dec. 4 at Neelsville Middle School. Students across the county participate in restorative justice workshops to correct their behavior and learn how to better the community.

Restorative justice is the future of conflict resolution

By Caroline Harless, Photo Manager March 17, 2022

Imagine a student who has gotten into a physical altercation on school grounds. As the student is hauled off to the principal’s office, what is the first punishment that comes to mind? Most would say...

The homepage of Julie Yangs campaign website, julieyang.org. Yang is running to represent District 3 on the Montgomery County Board of Education.

WCHS parent Julie Yang runs for BOE seat

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief March 17, 2022

Julie Yang notices the small details instantly. She immediately asks about the background of people she meets with on Zoom, inquiring about their lives and what it shows about them.  Yang worked for...

Review books are extremely helpful in preparing for the SAT, and with new changes to the standardized test, success rates for good scores are more likely.

SAT introduces a digital option for future exams

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager March 17, 2022

A crucial part of the college application process before the emergence of a global pandemic is transforming to be unrecognizable from its previous design. New changes to the SAT have taken a turn for the...

As May approaches, students are beginning to organize their study plans for the upcoming AP exams. For freshmen and sophomores, this stretch can become overwhelming and exhausting.

WCHS underclassmen prepare for looming AP tests

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor March 9, 2022

As the calendar flips closer and closer to May, many students are beginning to make their study plans for the upcoming AP exams. In comparison to the relative experience of the juniors and seniors, this...

WCHS and Blake High School personnel break up the fight that involved both players and spectators. The incident has led to reexaminations of security presence at sports events.

Foul on the court! Fight breaks out at WCHS

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor March 9, 2022

Fights happen at WCHS, but to what extent does it reach a point of concern? Many asked this question after a fight during the WCHS versus Blake High School boys varsity basketball home game on Jan. 31.  After...

WCHS teacher Erin Brown passes out the biweekly MCPS-issued KN-95 masks to her students.

Trial and error: MCPS’ COVID-19 protocols fluctuate

By Jordan Pashkoff, Arts Editor February 25, 2022

Going back to in-person school has presented a new set of challenges for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants while trying to keep students safe...

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