The Observer

Create culture of love and tolerance

15 year old Alabama High School student Nigel Shelby leaves a legacy of love and tolerance.

By Dani Miller, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

On April 16, 15 year old Alabama High School student Nigel Shelby died by suicide after being relentlessly bullied for being gay. This story made national headlines, as many were taken aback that a kid who presented himself as so vibrant, and frankly happy, could be pushed to such drastic means. However,...

School ranks: the downfall of students?

Winston Churchill High School has prided itself for many years on being one of the best, with their national blue ribbon ranking being displayed in front of the school.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

June 6, 2019

From number one to number twelve, WCHS seems to be on the decline according to US News magazine rankings of the best high schools in Maryland. There are many theories as to how this happened, but the most accepted theory is that WCHS and three other schools across the state were missing crucial info...

Quizzes? Tests? They are not helping anyone

A project in Honors Spanish 3, is the drawing of a spaceship, and writing sentences about the spaceship.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinion Editor

June 6, 2019

Churchill students are used to spending their evenings studying for multiple quizzes and tests. Yet, students aren’t really learning and retaining the necessary information for their respective quizzes and tests. Quizzes and tests are often multiple choice and require knowledge of very specific...

Should teachers be allowed to confiscate your Uber eats?

Some school administrators have banned food delivery services like Uber Eats, calling them unsafe and disruptive.

By Mary Hinton, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

A high school principal in Georgia posted a picture of confiscated food on Facebook, captioning it “You cannot have Uber Eats deliver food to school… think about safety and logistics of 1000 students randomly calling and meeting Uber on the street all times of the day.” This sparked a debate ...

Delays in college applications add to the pressure

The college application process is stressful and contains lots of forms to fill out, and being required to wait only adds to that stress.

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

June 6, 2019

The college application process is long, complex, and often frustrating for many rising WCHS seniors. It includes asking teachers for recommendations, writing long, personal essays, and taking several state and national tests many times in order to maximize scores. Senior year, much like any other schoo...

School administration should stop giving out hall passes

At WCHS, hall passes are required in every classroom.

By Janneke Kovoor, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

Young people have always driven societal change, whether it be protesting the Vietnam War, spearheading the Civil Rights Movement, or creating Black Lives Matter. WCHS students are among those of the newest generation to fight for change. Students participated in March for Our Lives, one of the l...

WCHS clubs administration should crack down on clubs

The ultimate frisbee team is a club at Churchill that meets semi frequently, although the students bond a lot over their shared love of the sport.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

June 5, 2019

There are more than 125 clubs at WCHS, but how many of them actually meet every week? How many of them fundraise? How many of them actually accomplish what they say they will at club night? Clubs at WCHS are known for being constructed as a resume builder, as many students know that the title of club fou...

SAT adversity score is for the better

Students take SAT tests every year to send scores to colleges in hopes of gaining admission.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

WCHS students monitor their scores religiously, hoping to improve their chances of admission into top tier universities. SAT/ACT scores, College Board subject test scores, AP exam scores: all common tests which students are accustomed to preparing for. Now, adversity scores as well. On May 15th, 2019, ...

Women should have the right to chose what to do with their body

WCHS Students Caitlyn McCabe, Ethan Greenstein, and Jackie Verba attended the protest for abortion rights in DC on Tuesday May 21st.

By Sapna David, Features Editor

June 5, 2019

Many WCHS students have heard about the new Alabama anti-abortion law that was signed this Wednesday, May 15th, by Governor Kay Ivey. It has sparked a worldwide conversation, causing many to speak up on social media about their opinions as well as starting conversations between friends, families, and ...

Ted Bundy movie captivates audiences once again

Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy in Netflix’s new release. He is shown to be a loving and doting husband to Elizabeth and father to her child.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

June 5, 2019

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile came out a few months after Netflix unveiled the Ted Bundy Tapes—a collection of episodes retelling of the life, murders, and the interesting legal situation of the notorious serial killer. However, these two Netflix releases could not have told more diff...

Zero waste lifestyles are unrealistic

In order to promote a “low-waste lifestyle” instead of a “zero-waste lifestyle,” students should be encouraged to carry reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones when at all possible.

By Caitlyn Jennings, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

Taking care of the environment has become a new trend. This is a good thing because many nearby restaurants have started to hand out paper straws instead of plastic ones, and stores encourage customers to bring their own plastic bags with them for shopping. While it is quite possible to live a low-wa...

Students should be exempt from jury duty

Students should not be required to fulfill their civic obligation of jury duty. Other alternative options should exist to supplement this obligation.

By Julia Lescht, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019

One of the most exciting times in any high schooler’s life is reaching the age of 18. At this age, one is finally, and legally, an adult. However, what may be overshadowed from the excitement of registering to vote for the first time, proudly exercising this constitutional right, is one of the resp...

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