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

Crime Junkie is an example of a true crime podcast. There has been controversy over whether it helps spread awareness about niche cases or demeans the victims.

Caution: True crime ethics may be suspicious

By George Chang, Features Editor March 1, 2024

Throughout the last decade, the development of “true crime” as a form of entertainment has resulted in media from podcasts to novels to Emmy-winning television shows. However, this popularization comes...

Students rush to seventh period on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2023 to avoid being swept in a possible hall sweep.

WCHS’ controversial ‘Hall Sweep’ policy prompts student frustration and parent concerns

By Julia Levi and George Chang January 10, 2024

While the occasional reprimand from a security guard or disapproving glance from a teacher were the typical consequences for tardiness, WCHS is now introducing a new ramification: hallway sweeps. Starting...

Open from 6:00 A.M - 9:00 P.M during weekdays, McDonalds in Cabin John Village is a social hub for hanging out, celebrations and quick eats.

Cabin John Village McDonald’s gets McRescued

By George Chang, Features Editor December 15, 2023

Whether perfectly salted fries, cheap prices or kind staff, the McDonald’s in Cabin John Village (CJ) has been a community cornerstone for years. Earlier in November, however, Store Reporter announced...

The New York Times has a diverse selection of games that range from Connections, which is a logic deduction and trivia puzzle, to Sudoku, which focuses on numbers and patterns.

Breaking news: The New York Times games you can’t miss

By George Chang, Features Editor November 27, 2023

Forget CoolMathGames or .io websites; the puzzles and brainteasers that The New York Times (NYT) offers are the latest trend for WCHS students. The multitude of minigames—ranging from words to math to...

The eighth period yearbook class is seen brainstorming, compiling, and designing the pages that make up the fall spreads of the WCHS Finest Hours yearbook on Oct. 25, 2023.

Behind the lens: crafting high school memories with WCHS’ yearbook staff

By George Chang and Julia Levi October 26, 2023

It is the last week of school: senioritis cases are high, motivation for homework and assignments is low, and the WCHS yearbook is all around. Turning through the crisp pages of the new yearbook to find...

The football field is an expansive and gorgeous space for all types of events and gatherings, including graduation. It has been the source of long-lasting memories and camaraderie amongst students.

Faceoff: Stick with what works: the grass field

By George Chang, Features Editor October 18, 2023

As a joyous occasion with caps in the air and heartwarming commencement speeches, the thought of graduation is on the back burner for many WCHS seniors, whose priorities currently lie in finishing their...

WCHS will begin to administer online hall passes during fourth quarter. This is what teachers will see when a student requests a pass from them.

Online passes put an end to bathroom breaks

By George Chang, Hates Cheese June 6, 2023

Survey the hallways at any given moment—between classes, during classes—and the sight will stay the same: crowds of students, furiously typing away on their phones or chatting up a storm with their...

Participating in the Palme d’Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival, “The Sweet East” (directed by Sean Price Williams) is a sweeping and dynamic drama  starring Talia Ryder, Earl Cave and Simon Rex.

7 must-see films from Cannes Film Festival

By George Chang, Features Editor May 30, 2023

Founded on September 20, 1946, the Cannes Film Festival has been a curator of taste and a harbinger of film trends for actors, directors and cinephiles all around the world. Along with its prestigious...

A part of Tristan Cais exhibit, this photograph depicts a houseboy with a European boy sitting on his lap. The usage of halftone color separation and intricately arranged solid colored dots allow for new details and ghosting effects to emerge at different viewing distances.

Travel to Asia with these AAPI month area attractions

By George Chang, Arts Editor May 15, 2023

In 1841, 14-year-old Nakahama Manjirō was forced to become the man of his family after his father passed away. To support his family, he found work as a fisherman and joined a crew of brothers to catch...

A red-tinted polaroid of Riyaan Mendiratta acts as the album cover for his new record, Wallflower. It was released on Jan. 6, 2023, and it can be streamed on popular music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and more under the name RYIN.

Student Art Spotlight: Riyaan Mendiratta

By George Chang, Arts Editor March 30, 2023

WCHS sophomore Riyaan Mendiratta communicates with melodies and harmonies: synths that swirl and oscillate, guitar licks that are paired with fragile vocals, reverb-drenched bass that pulsates to the beat....

These recently-installed thermostat sensors allow WCHS teachers to warm or cool their classroom by two degrees.

Too hot, too cold: WCHS’ never-ending Goldilocks problem

By George Chang, Arts Editor March 21, 2023

Even though it is nearing the dead of winter—with excitement in the air over snow flurries and holiday break—WCHS junior Ana Grazziani finds the heat unbearable.  On the flip side, WCHS history...

Black Cat, a concert venue in Washington D.C., opened on September 1993 as a means to discover and support local bands and rising stars in the indie scene.

Upcoming concerts to keep an eye (and ear) out for

By George Chang, Arts Editor March 11, 2023

Imagine the warm spring breeze as you plan the perfect path to the front of the venue, the fluorescent lights bathing the audience in soft reds and blues, the coy grin before the artist sings the first...

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