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

Paws for Thoughts: new year, new EICs

Paws for Thoughts: new year, new EICs

By Cecilia Bernstein and Leah Kreisler, Editors in Chief June 8, 2024

L: AP season has come to a close, shorts are now a staple in everyone’s closet and you know what that means: It’s time for a new Observer staff! Amidst too many AP exams, Cecilia and I took on our...

Many WCHS spring sports teams had a great record during the 2024 spring sport season, boys tennis had a clean sweep of 12-0.

2024 Spring Sports in review

By Leah Kreisler, Editor in Chief June 6, 2024

Varsity Boys Volleyball (12-0) The Boys’ Varsity Volleyball team, led by Coach Rajesh Rathnam and captained by senior setter JP Chin and sophomore outside hitter Cian Tenney, had an undefeated regular...

Juniors Alex Demitz and Morgan Branch use their glasses to watch the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Solar eclipse dims the nation while brightening minds

By Leah Kreisler, Editor-in-Chief May 29, 2024

On April 8, 2024, the world went black. For the first time in nearly seven years, a solar eclipse stretched from coast to coast of the US, its path of totality carving a track of darkness through the eastern...

Civil War, directed by Alex Garland, was released on April 24, 2024 and has since been the subject of an intense controversy online. Although set in a politically and physically divisive civil war, the movies commentary is more so on the power of journalism than the current political landscape of the USA.

The Civil War as a riveting exploration of journalism in conflict

By Leah Kreisler, Editor in Chief May 15, 2024

When the world is going up in flames, make sure to grab a camera. That seems to be a recurring theme in Alex Garland’s new movie, “Civil War”, a blockbuster that has received both criticism and acclaim...

Pictured from left to right on the top row are Ms. Zitnik, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Imperial. Pictured from left to right on the bottom row are Sra. Steele, Mr. Savett and Ms. Aghion. All are WCHS teachers when they were younger.

When I was your age

By Leah Kreisler and Cecilia Bernstein March 6, 2024

Decorated hallways. Blast. Glow dances. These are just some of the traditions that define the WCHS experience and have become memories that students will hold onto for the rest of their lives. So what...

As part of the Blueprint for Marylands Future, the Maryland State Department of Education is conducting expert site reviews of schools all across the state to ensure they are fulfilling the goal of transforming education across Maryland.

Unveiling the future of education: MSDE site reviews

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor March 4, 2024

On Jan. 10 and 11, 2024, WCHS underwent a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Expert Review Team (ERT) site visit. MSDE is conducting these school reviews to assess how well schools around the...

The WCHS Bulldogs had a very successful season with two division champions, two MCPS team champions, three individual MCPS champions, three regional champions, one individual region champion, one state quarter finalist, one state semi finalist and two state runners up.

Fall sports in review

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor January 5, 2024

Varsity Cheer While the cheer team is arguably best known for elevating school spirit during football games, they also compete in tournaments. The team, led by coaches Sheila Saunders and Bryanna Simpson...

Junior Julia Bloise logs onto her AP classroom account to ensure she is registered for this years free AP exams.

Blueprint for Maryland’s Future gets students career-ready

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor November 17, 2023

By now, the news has spread through WCHS: this year’s AP exams are free. The 2024 MCPS fiscal year operating budget now includes a provision covering the cost of AP testing for students and their families....

On Nov. 2, 2023, The Beatles released Now and Then, a song that has been dubbed the last Beatles song, bringing their history to a close nearly 55 years after they split.

The Beatles’ final encore gives listeners a final song after 55 years in the shadows

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor November 17, 2023

One of the most famous rock bands of all time has officially come to a close. On Nov. 2, 2023 The Beatles released “Now and Then,” a single that has been dubbed as “the last Beatles song,” officially...

An estimated 50,000 referees have stopped officiating since the 2018-19 football season, creating a serious referee shortage in high school athletics.

Nationwide referee shortage affects WCHS athletics

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor November 14, 2023

Perhaps one of the most critical participants on the field during a sporting event is the one that goes primarily unnoticed, the one who gets no praise or cheers but only boos and arguments: the referee....

Both the Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer teams were featured on the Churchill Athletics website in honor of their being awarded the High School Team Academic Award by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) organization.

Kickin’ it in class: WCHS soccer teams score success

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor October 18, 2023

Everyone knows the stereotype: the jock with the letterman jacket. The one who doesn’t do well in school, who blows off studying in favor of extra sports practice and the one who somehow manages to move...

Restorative justice is known for its restorative circles where the two parties in a conflict come together to discuss what happened and how to move forward.

Restorative justice mediates conflict, one talk at a time

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor June 6, 2023

Detention. Grade reduction. Suspension. These are decades-old punishments commonly used in schools to keep students in check, but they have gradually faded. Instead, many school systems, including MCPS,...

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