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

Titled Marshall with Family and the World, this is one of the pieces by the eight contemporary artists showcased at the Kinship exhibit, newly opened on Oct. 28, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Explore the mind and new art this fall with DC’s exhibits

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor December 2, 2022

If someone were to draw a Venn diagram of “fall” and “art”, most people would likely put Jack-o’-lanterns in the middle and then be stumped; what else could there be in the overlap between fall...

On October 12, 2022, high school juniors across the U.S. took the PSAT. Many question the necessity of the test and whether it will be useful for college admissions.

Is taking the PSAT essential?

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor October 28, 2022

More often than not, standardized testing ranks high on lists of student grievances. From state standardized testing to College Board exams, high school students are relentlessly hit with a train of testing...

The WCHS Autism Program provides specialized academic support, vocational training, life skills practices and speech or occupational therapy.

Autism program brightens future for shining stars

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor October 20, 2022

“Smile, don’t stare!” is an apt statement for what the WCHS Autism Program would like the community to know. Coined by the Lollipop Kids Foundation, it aims to explain that when faced with someone...

The WCHS GSAs club meetings are meant to provide a safe space for all students to be themselves. Meetings include making GSA posters, playing board games, and making new friends.

Gender identity sets its presence in classrooms

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor October 20, 2022

When Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill was announced, students thought it was the peak of anti-LGBTQ+ hate in schools. Since then, however, the number of states that ban transgender students from...

There have been multiple collisions in MCPS in recent years, several fatal, where students were hit by vehicles while waiting for or getting off of their school buses.

Recent MCPS crashes rekindle need for action

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor June 9, 2022

$570. 54,458. 100,000. These numbers represent the Maryland fine for ignoring the red flashing lights on a stopped school bus, the number of citations issued by Montgomery County in the 2018-2019 school...

Composting programs are low-effort but high-yield. MCPS schools, including WCHS, need to take bigger steps to establish their own.

Waste not, want not: composting offers green solutions

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor May 23, 2022

Composting, food waste and the environment: three buzzwords that are always linked together in vague speeches trying to convince everyone to compost. But what is composting really, and why should schools...

In a blend of in-person school learning and virtual learning, MCPS students will be given more course options in 2022-2023 school year to combat the countywide education gap.

MCPS expands virtual classes for upcoming year

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor May 8, 2022

Robotics. Animation. Biotech. German. Italian. Although these five courses are not available at WCHS, WCHS students will still be able to take them in the 2022-2023 school year. How? Through one of MCPS’...

WCHS alumnus Pmurt Dlanod recently discovered a planet that shows remarkable signs of being inhabitable, and now is the legal owner.

In a galaxy far, far away…

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Spelling Bee Champion April 4, 2022

Elon Musk. NASA. SpaceX. For the past few years, these three words have been most associated with American progress in space exploration. However, with a recent astonishing discovery by a first-year astronomer...

Daylight Savings Time(DST) has long been an issue of scrutiny for its outdatedness. Both expensive and the cause of health problems, DST needs to be abolished.

It is time to stay sprung forward

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor March 18, 2022

$434 million each year. What is the U.S. spending this money on? Expanding the reach of education to under-resourced districts? Investing in improvements to nationwide infrastructure? Developing green...

As May approaches, students are beginning to organize their study plans for the upcoming AP exams. For freshmen and sophomores, this stretch can become overwhelming and exhausting.

WCHS underclassmen prepare for looming AP tests

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor March 9, 2022

As the calendar flips closer and closer to May, many students are beginning to make their study plans for the upcoming AP exams. In comparison to the relative experience of the juniors and seniors, this...

As a voting member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, the SMOB has the ability to push for the changes backed by students. The issues highlighted in their campaign are often the focus of their advocacy.

As SMOB election season unfolds, new ideas arise

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor February 15, 2022

Give me an S! Give me an M! Give me an O! Give me a B! What does that spell? SMOB! As the SMOB Nominating Convention on Feb. 16 quickly approaches, student campaigns are beginning to pick up steam to see...

The MCEA (Montgomery County Education Association) has branches in every school, with two teacher representatives at WCHS.

What is the Teachers Union?

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor January 10, 2022

“I went to school, so I can teach just as well as you!” is something that many teachers hear, but it could not be further than the truth. Teachers are highly-educated professionals trained for their...

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