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As a person who loves to travel and spend time with loved ones, Bartlebaugh does not let the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of finding creative solutions to spending free time.

TOTM: Riley Bartlebaugh

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager May 7, 2021

Despite beginning their first year at WCHS online, Riley Bartlebaugh has made their positive and lively presence widely known among AP language and composition students. Known as Mx. B to their students,...

Two high school sophmores decide to challenge themselves by doing a 24 hour Digital Detox. Their opinions and thoughts are completely different, but shed light on the overuse of devices.

24 hour digital detox challenges students to shut off their screens

By Melissa Redlich and Sylvia Thomson May 6, 2021

Experiencing life burnout? You are not alone. Screen usage has skyrocketed since the pandemic started, and not just in teens. Partaking in a digital detox could be a crucial step towards refreshing your...

A map of where the Follows traveled during their documentary ,

James and Deborah Follows explore small towns across America in “Our Towns”

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2021

In Americana, a small town is the ideal place -- full of nights spent at the ballpark, outdoor plays reflecting the small town’s heritage and a sense of community. Yet, many don’t get to see this part...

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MCPS creates a website to display pieces of art for an online art show

By Austin Vinner, News Editor May 3, 2021

Over the past year, MCPS has done its best to provide as many normal experiences to students as possible. Many events have undergone changes to account for adequate social distancing and other precautions,...

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Missed the show? These are the best and worst moments of the 93rd Oscars

By Ela Jalil and Olivia Yasharoff May 3, 2021

The 93rd Oscars was a night of bold fashion choices and historical firsts, with changes to the original way of doing things that left the audience confused and shocked. For those who missed out on watching...

At WCHS, sophomore Sydney Willich walks to her class in Portable 3. Portables are a new addition to WCHS this year to accommodate all students.

Portables create a unique learning experience at WCHS

By Kaylen Chang, Assistant Social Media Manager April 30, 2021

Next to the WCHS carpool loop, wooden ramps lead students to an odd learning environment: trailers crammed together like puzzle pieces, better known as portables. These portables are detached from the...

The Greenbelt Metro Station mass vaccination site administers vaccines to local residents. As one of the closest mass vaccination centers to most WCHS students, this location is a popular one to receive the vaccine.

WCHS students receive COVID-19 vaccines

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Copy Editor April 30, 2021

After months of restrictions and anxious waiting, Maryland has accelerated their COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Appointments are now available to anyone ages 16+, and WCHS students are taking advantage...

WCHS’s Model UN team hosted their first conference on April 16th-17th over Zoom. Students and Teachers put in countless hours of work to make this conference be the best it could despite the virtual environment.

WCHS Model United Nations Club hosts its first conference

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor April 30, 2021

While many of WCHS’s clubs have decreased meetings or simply stopped club activities due to the challenges that the virtual environment presented this year, WCHS’s Model United Nations (MUN) Club has...

This May, the senior class SGA will be hosting WCHS' first ever drive-in movie. The purpose of this is to both celebrate seniors and give them the opportunity to safely reconnect before graduation.

Drive-in movies fill the void left behind by with the absence of senior events

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager April 26, 2021

No longer do seniors have roaring crowds at Friday night football games sending them off in the fall. Nor do they get to dress up, dine and dance with their friends on a Saturday night in spring. Senior...

On senior Nathan Varner's interactive map of WCHS, students can check out different locations -- including classrooms, the gym, the auditorium and hand sanitizing stations.

WCHS senior Nathan Varner creates an interactive map of school to help students

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor April 25, 2021

As students return to the building for the first time in over a year, and for some, the first time ever, it is not a stretch to say some people have forgotten where they are going. While the lifeblood...

Bark Social's extensive food and drink menu offers dog owners entertainment as they watch their dogs have the time of their lives!

Close the distance between your furry friends at Bark Social

By Ally Salzberg, Opinions Editor April 23, 2021

This past year in quarantine has not allowed us humans to be very social, but does that really mean that our furry friends have to be isolated as well? Bark Social, Pike and Rose’s newest addition, allows...

 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....

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