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

Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief

Ela Jalil is a senior and the Online Editor-In-Chief. This is her fourth year taking journalism. Outside of the Observer, Ela enjoys advocacy work, and is an officer of the English Honors Society. Ela loves watching rom-coms and sit-coms (especially “Clueless” and “Parks and Rec”) as well as hanging out with friends. She is so excited to have her final year in journalism be in-person!

All content by Ela Jalil

Athlete of The Month: Mariam Coulibaly

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief
July 19, 2022
A concerned student protests a couples display of affection in the hallway.

Affection deflection: SOLO students kiss PDA good-bye

By Ela Jalil, Head of Party Planning Committee
April 4, 2022
WCHS senior Gabriella Ward enjoys taking her pictures outdoors.

Student Art Spotlight: Gabriella Ward

By Ela Jalil, Editor-in-Chief
March 17, 2022
This student made poster promotes the new APIDA Studies course being implemented in MCPS next year. Seven pilot schools including WCHS will offer this class.

New course highlights Asian-American diversity

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 25, 2022
Cafeteria manager Brenda Tam distributes a variety of lunch options to students. Although all options are free, they are required to get a meal and a fruit to make sure they get all of the nutrients they need.

MCPS dishes out free lunches to all students

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 2, 2022
Nina Dobrev stars as Natalie Bauer, an unlucky with love journalist who is taken on a journey of romance and self acceptance. Released on Nov. 5 2021, Love Hard is a diverse watch for the holidays.

Netflix’s “Love Hard” can be hard to watch

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief
December 9, 2021
WCHS Art History and Ceramic Sculpture teacher Leonard Dermont   is the November 2021 TOTM, an award he earned through his engaging lessons and close connections with students.

Teacher of the Month: Leonard Dermont

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2021
Election features Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick as an overachiever willing to do whatever it takes, with only one person willing to stand in her way being her history teacher played by Matthew Broderick. This is an iconic high school movie that all seniors should watch before graduation.

Top 10 movies to watch before graduation

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor in Chief
June 2, 2021
2020 has been a crazy year filled with events from the coronavirus to social justice movements, to a contentious election.

2020 wrap up

By Trevor Gardemal and Ela Jalil
December 22, 2020
WCHSs name has undergone scrutiny after a petition created by Students for Real Heroes created a petition asking for a name change.

WCHS’s name should be changed

By Ela Jalil, News Editor
October 21, 2020
Feminine products should be free...period.

Feminine products should be free…period.

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
March 3, 2020
Senior Noah Rutberg has been swimming since he was nine years old, and now he has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Athlete of the Month: Noah Rutberg

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
February 1, 2020
The movie poster from the classic Home Alone holiday movie draws viewers in. The movie is a fan favorite and a must see during the holiday season.

It’s time to movie into the holiday spirit

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
December 27, 2019
Senior Michael Castelli started dancing when he was entering high school, and is completely self trained. He is the co dance captain of BLAST and Showstoppers, as well as a choreographer in the school musical Legally Blonde.

Student Art Spotlight: Michael Castelli

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
December 3, 2019
Officer Amy Homrock is the schools SRO, which is part of a program that the police and school have to keep students safe

Shooting threat sparks community response

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
November 15, 2019
Ben Platt stars in the new hit dramedy, The Politician. The first season is available on Netflix.

The Politician embodies current political issues

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
October 26, 2019
Freshman Aliki Dimitoglou works on the chromebook. Taking Health online is one of the three choices that tenth graders have to complete their mandatory credit.

Summer health program clears up space in schedules

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor
June 10, 2019
Rebel Wilson is the main character in the new movie, “Isn’t It Romantic” which came out on February 13.

Isn’t It Romantic inspires viewers

By Ela Jalil, Staff Writer
March 14, 2019
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