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

The Idea of You book by Robinne Lee has sparked popularity with it bringing awareness to relationships with a larger age gap than the typical norm. Therefore, the recent movie adaptation of this book further illustrates the theme of how there is no age gap restriction to love.

Unconventional romance movie sparks new ideas of love

By Isabel Vorabhanda, Opinions Editor May 23, 2024

A romantic, heartwarming and a little bit sappy comedy, starring a 40 year old mom and a boy band member. What happens when problems arise and a group of young teens are at risk of missing Coachella, the...

With AP testing, comes the changed complicated schedule that most WCHS students and staff dislike.

AP Scheduling leaves WCHS students stressed and proves to ineffective

By Cailey Harrington, Assistant Arts Editor May 20, 2024

With the week of Advance Placement (AP) testing on the horizon, stress is increasing for students and teachers. The testing weeks have an adjusted schedule due to morning and afternoon exams. As students...

WCHS sophomores Dahlia Suliman and Lily Meek sit and sulk aout TikTok. They cannot believe that the ban could take place in just 9 months.

Tiktok ban leaves students very “ticked” off

By Anne Ma, Staff Writer May 17, 2024

The threat has been floating above Gen Z’s heads for a while now, just waiting to pounce. A little over a month ago on March 13, 2024, the House of Representatives initiated the first action--with an...

WCHS junior Jeremy Kwon checks his phone during SMOB voting. Voter apathy has caused many students to stop caring about the SMOB or not vote at all.

Observer Opinion: SMOBs do what exactly?

By Isar Uslu, News Editor May 17, 2024

Every year, students across MCPS ask the same question: what exactly does the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) even do? Nobody has an answer. Not even the SMOB seems to know what they do....

There should be assigned parking for seniors to ensure everyone who wants to drive to school has no trouble finding parking on a daily basis.

Faceoff: Assigned parking spots for seniors

By Tafa Nukator, Opinions Editor April 11, 2024

For WCHS students, senior year is synonymous with freedom. The beginning of 12th grade brings more flexible class schedules, off-campus lunch privileges and, arguably most importantly, access to parking...

Since Nov. 2022, streaming platform has imposed a cheaper plan with plenty of ads for users to be bored with.

Streaming companies, let’s skip ads forever!

By Isar Uslu, Assistant News Editor March 13, 2024

For many students at WCHS, all one wants to do after a long day at school is sit down and catch up on their favorite show. From Disney+ to Hulu, many platforms offer a multitude of shows and movies. Despite...

WCHS Multivariable Calc students taking their final exam administered by UMD.

Final exams are necessary for students

By Sneha David, Online Content Editor March 7, 2024

As high school becomes more competitive, the debate over the necessity of final exams in high schools rages on. Because MCPS got rid of final exams, however, many students now lack the skills to take exams...

MCPS´s new color coded system for inclement weather includes ¨Code Purple,¨ which indicates a virtual school day.

Observer Opinion: Snow day dilemma

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor March 5, 2024

To set the scene: the clock strikes 6:30 a.m. as a blaring alarm signals yet another monotonous school day. That is – until a surprise phone notification buzzes – signaling a county-wide school closure...

Influencers can set unrealistic beauty standards and preconceived notions of what ones life is supposed to look like.

The dark side of teenage influencer idolization

By Kalena Yee, Features Editor March 1, 2024

In the age of social media, it is now easier than ever to “jump on the bandwagon” on whoever and whatever is trending. With just a short viral picture or video, influencers can gain an instant, strong...

This parking spot in the main student parking of WCHS lot sits empty in the middle of the school day. Due to half-day schedules, absenteeism and the skipping of class, empty parking spots are too common of an occurence. That is one of the factors that makes seniors who have street parking wish that parking was on a first come, first served basis.

Faceoff: First come, first served will optimize parking

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor March 1, 2024

Parking spots – those infatuating asphalt rectangles – hold a peculiar power in the WCHS ecosystem. They symbolize freedom, responsibility and, most importantly, seniority. But, this privilege is not...

Paws for Thoughts: Snowplow parenting

Paws for Thoughts: Snowplow parenting

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2024

“How dare you give my precious, precocious genius a failing grade?!!” the unnamed parent screams as they storm in through the classroom door, waving the offensive paper marked with a tiny red ‘B+’....

The test-optional policy implemented in most colleges during the pandemic has been shown to have negative consequences and should therefore be eliminated.

Sit down and take the SAT: fair and effective way to prove college readiness

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor February 26, 2024

A crucial step in the gauntlet that is the college application process has always been the SAT. When the majority of schools went test-optional in 2020, most high school juniors and seniors breathed a...

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