The Observer

WCHS' 2020-21 schedule equipped with some common student commentary.

Online school had positive aspects

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief June 12, 2021

A glass half-full person can find good in any situation. As this crazy school year comes to a close, there’s been a lot of positives, even though it has been easy to find the negatives: a deadly pandemic,...

 The US Capitol Building which houses congress looms over DC just miles from WCHS in Potomac, MD. Despite this proximity, and notable other governmental influences like MCPS’s Board or Montgomery County’s government buildings, The Observer for the most part avoids publishing anything political.

Why high school publications shouldn’t censor politics

By Quinn Cook, News Editor April 22, 2021

Across almost all parts of my life spans politics, government and policy; I follow stories, develop opinions and hold unending and pervasive discourse about all matters scaling neighborhood to national....

In advisory we learn about Time Management skills and Balancing Obligations; however these values taught are incompatible with the schools practiced values.

Is Advisory a good use of time?

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor December 20, 2020

Two months or so ago, I was sitting in my bedroom at my desk staring at my computer screen at 9:15 on a Tuesday morning. My fingers were mindlessly typing on my keyboard, answering the Nearpod questions...

Lots of schools across the globe, including WCHS, have decided to make school virtual, in order to protect the students and educators.

Column: looking through the eyes of high school students around the world

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor October 21, 2020

When I started out with the idea to talk to students around the world, in public and private schools, about their experiences as students during COVID-19, I am not sure what I expected. I guess I thought...

Make this goodbye count

Make this goodbye count

By Erica Spaeth, Senior Writer May 15, 2014

As we get closer to graduation, we seniors have to think about how to spend our time. We have to say goodbye to most of our friends as we are all attending different colleges and leaving some friends at...

Most students buy AP review books, adding to the total amount they pay for AP classes.

AP Exams are too expensive

By Julia Reagan, Arts Editor February 28, 2014

You are at home on a Friday night when your friend calls to see if you want to grab some dinner and see the new Zac Efron movie.  You look into your wallet in search of some cash and frown upon discovering...

The contributions of successful Black individuals should not be considered separately from those of other famous Americans.

Black History Month is divisive, not inclusive

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor February 27, 2014

It is 2014: nearly 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, 49 years since the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1965, and America’s sixth year with a Black president. Yet, despite all...

Geography should be taught more in school

Geography should be taught more in school

By Elizabeth Campbell, Editor-in-Chief February 27, 2014

I can recite the quadratic formula on command, I can plot a graph of tangent, but I can only fill in 27 states correctly on a blank map of the United States. I have had almost 12 years of an MCPS education,...

Starbucks is often crowded, creating a stressful environment.

CHS community needs a coffee shop alternative

By Ilana Berger, Staff Writer February 27, 2014

The CHS second semester senior is a fascinating specimen. Indigenous to Potomac, Maryland, the animal spends the majority of its day sleeping, and upon waking can most often be observed at the local watering...

Snow days caused a delay in the promise of increased police presence to enforce traffic laws.

Safety campaign won’t cure traffic woes

By Fiona Asbury, Advertising Manager February 27, 2014

CHS has recently instituted stricter enforcement for the traffic rules and regulations around the school, including a new electronic sign outside the school aimed at improving the safety of students. According...

MCPS makes a mistake sending students to school

MCPS makes a mistake sending students to school

By Yash Nigam, Production Editor January 10, 2014

MCPS acted irresponsibly by deciding against a school delay Jan. 7, the coldest day of not only this year but also the past two decades. Its inaction and failure to realize that subzero temperatures can...

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor January 10, 2014

Oh man another all-nighter. Three tests, one quiz and an essay all due tomorrow.  I can’t wait for a break this weekend.  Oh wait, it is not a wellness weekend. On special occasions such as Homecoming...

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