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

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....

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...

In an attempt to increase club attendance, flyers with QR codes to track club participation are being put around WCHS.

Observer Opinion: Club Overkill

By Caroline Harless, News Editor February 1, 2024

Juvenile Arthritis Club. Feminist Literature Club. Aeronautical Club. It is no secret that WCHS has hundreds of clubs covering all topics — 172 to be exact. With the option to create a new club for the...

This seemingly harmless speaker plays music that is universally disliked among the WCHS community.

Observer Opinion: revamp the hallway music

By Nate Levine, Social Media Manager November 17, 2023

Have you ever found yourself wanting to listen to the same song four times a day, five days a week? Maybe if it’s your favorite song, right? Well, at WCHS, you can listen to a song you don’t want to...

On the official College Board, as seen above, information on the new Digital SAT can be found. Although SAT test centers in the U.S. still administer the traditional paper test, that will change in the spring of 2024.

Observer Opinion: The digital SAT is inferior

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor October 18, 2023

For the last century, the College Board has administered the SAT on paper. But, in recent years, the College Board has begun to digitize the exam. All students outside the U.S. have been exclusively taking...

Observer Opinion: Is a block schedule better?

Observer Opinion: Is a block schedule better?

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief June 8, 2023

More of these: well-paced classes, time to ask questions and in-class learning. Less of these: homework, wasted time and excessively required self-studying. Currently, the daily WCHS schedule suffers from...

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...

Taking AP Exams have many benefits for students such as receiving college credit and standing out to colleges. However, the early registration deadline places unnecessary limitations on students abilities to take exams.

Observer Opinion: An Advanced Placement inconvenience

By Caitlin Murphy, Copy Editor December 2, 2022

Every fall, high school students across the country are forced to make a choice: whether or not to register for AP Exams. Along with it being the start of a new month and an early action college application...

WCHS students sitting on the bleachers during PE class on September 30th.

Observer Opinion: Credit for school sports is a slam-dunk

By Collin Chen, Online Editor October 20, 2022

Currently, one of the high school graduation requirements in Maryland is one full year of physical education. However, is it necessary to spend a whole school year learning to be physically active? Could...

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

End busy work and reduce stress during AP exam season

By Jeremy Chung, News Editor April 17, 2022

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....

Students sit at graduation ready to move on to the next part of their life. In order to get to this moment students often stress themselves out jam-packing their schedule with extracurriculars in order to get into college.

Students should stack their experience, not their resume

By Rachel Mattison, Online Editor January 2, 2022

Although the WCHS school day ends at 2:30 p.m., most students’ days do not end until much later. Much of this time is taken up by various extracurriculars that are meant to be a way for students to express...

Students complete the SAT in four sections that include reading, writing, language and math. The majority of questions are answered in multiple choice form.

Bubble in A: Why to abolish the SAT

By Nate Levine, Photo Manager December 1, 2021

The 154 question test is expected for college admissions. Do well, get into the college that is desired. But do poorly, and the opposite might happen. This is the SAT. Some will say that the SAT is...

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