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

With this year’s AP Exam season, students were left to study for exams, while also managing an arduous workload from classes.

WCHS can help reduce stress during AP season

By Jeremy Chung, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

It is no secret that WCHS has one of the most rigorous academics in the county. With 32 AP courses offered, most WCHS students will take at least one AP course and exam in their four years of high school....

All Boys Arent Blue by George M. Johnson was the second most banned book of the 2021-2022 school year with 29 bans. Luckily, WCHS students have access to it at the media center.

Book banning: a slippery slope straight to censorship

By Sabrina Chou, Staff Writer May 20, 2023

From coming-of-age comics to biographies on the civil rights movement, the WCHS media center has it all. It’s so simple: go to the library, scan the shelves, and check out a book that piques your interest....

Observer Opinion: start school earlier, end earlier

Observer Opinion: start school earlier, end earlier

By Paige Tasin, Social Media Manager May 20, 2023

Most students spend more time wandering the halls during the last few weeks of school than sitting in their classrooms. With content dwindling during the last few weeks, it is very common for a school...

In 2021, about 75% of adolescent overdose deaths were attributed to fentanyl. The opioid has become more common in schools recently, leading to more risk, and in many cases, preventable deaths.

Decisive action needed to eradicate substance use

By Maximus Wang, Staff Writer May 20, 2023

The heartbreaking stories are numerous and overwhelming- a bright young student losing their life to a substance they, whether intentionally or not, consumed. This killer always seems so far away, until...

Racing towards the finish line at the WCHS track, Arnav Juneja practices for the next upcoming track meet. The junior prepares for the 200 meter and 400 meter races as a mid-distance sprinter.

AP overload: two tests in one day is unrealistic

By Ryan Weiner, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

Pens scribbling on test booklets, timers ticking down on boards, and students inevitably stressing at each turn of a page. When AP season kicks off across the nation on May 1, these are things one can...

Freshman Cailey Harrington works on an assignment for her English class to make sure she gets it in before the next deadline.

New deadlines are increasing productivity in students

By Lily Chadwick, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

“One week till the end of the quarter!” That line is enough to send many WCHS students into a frenzy. It is easy for assignments to pile up between all seven classes, especially for students who are...

WCHS sophomore Blythe Cook attempts to use ChatGPT to reply to an email sent by her email teacher.

AI isn’t for the future: the downsides of AI

By Isabella Ngwana, Internal Communications Manager May 3, 2023

From the first iPad in 2010 with a built-in assistant Siri, to Amazon Alexa in 2014, artificial intelligence has shown that it’s here to stay. WCHS students can now go onto the internet and search for...

Yom Hashoah, the Israeli Holocaust Rememberance day which this year began the evening of April 17 and ended the evening of April 18 is commemorated by Jews all over the world.

Holocaust education is essential for understanding the past

By Leah Kreisler, Online Photo Manager May 1, 2023

On May 8, 1945, the allies celebrated VE-day, also known as Victory in Europe Day, as the day Germany officially and unconditionally surrendered to end the European theater of World War II. Today, not...

While water polo isnt a sport thats offered at WCHS, its a very popular team sport that many students would try if offered to them.

Think outside the court: why MCPS needs more unconventional sports

By Cecilia Bernstein, Photo Manager May 1, 2023

Football, basketball, hockey and cheerleading are some of the most popular sports at WCHS. But also among WCHS’s large sport collection stands archery, fencing, water polo and ultimate frisbee, sports...

WCHS sophomore Eva Lee, a visual learner is reviewing a topic for her AP class by looking at a picture that provides a demonstration on April 16, 2023.

Beyond the celebrations: the controversy surrounding ‘Bed Parties’ for college acceptances

By Michael Demske, Sports Editor May 1, 2023

The typical reaction students have when they receive an acceptance letter from their dream college or university is to celebrate with friends and family. This concept is foreign to some, though, as they...

Fields such as the one pictured below at Richard Montgomery, are not accessible to students and must be open to everyone.

Is MCPS taking protection over their fields too far?

By Michael Demske, Sports Editor April 27, 2023

OpiEvery athlete's worst nightmare is having no place to practice their sport, or be able to play sports with their friends. It is becoming harder and harder for teenagers to access the athletic fields...

WCHS Sophomore Jenna Piggot sleeps on her desk during class. A free period would have helped her overcome this tiredness.

Productivity is self-care and self-care is productivity

By Nataly Behnia, Internal Communicatons Manager March 28, 2023

A free period during the school day can be incredibly beneficial for students for a variety of reasons. These periods provide an opportunity for students to take a break from the rigors of academic work,...

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