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

WCHS sophomore Lingyufei Peng looks at chats from an Instagram account, jamesmarsden_jpm, who asks her for help to recover his account. He wants to send a verification code through a different account using a phone number.

Beware! Social media scams unleash bot-tastrophes

By Anne Ma, Staff Writer March 1, 2024

From finding a random mutual spewing random promotions on their Instagram story to receiving messages from friends asking to help troubleshoot their suspicious “dilemma,” bots and scammers are found...

Influencers can set unrealistic beauty standards and preconceived notions of what ones life is supposed to look like.

The dark side of teenage influencer idolization

By Kalena Yee, Features Editor March 1, 2024

In the age of social media, it is now easier than ever to “jump on the bandwagon” on whoever and whatever is trending. With just a short viral picture or video, influencers can gain an instant, strong...

Many WCHS students start their days by checking their phones, opening social media, and scrolling through to see if they missed anything eventful while they were sleeping.

Teens posting politics on social media should be careful

By Lily Chadwick, As. Sports Editor, Photo Manager November 17, 2023

View, heart, repost. Three seemingly harmless actions that millions of Americans perform daily. With many current events crowding news outlets, from the Israel-Hamas war to the Russia-Ukraine war, students...

Defense wins championships

Half baked has no regrets on his journey through WCHS

By Jack Gans, Social Media Manager September 12, 2023

As I reflect on my time in the Churchill Observer, I realize just how much this experience has impacted my life. When I first signed up for the class, I had no idea what to expect. I was simply looking...

Sophomore Julieta Matus scrolling through Tik Tok on her phone. Matus has a screen time of at least three hours a day on just tik tok. Constantly on the phone scrolling through different social medias.

Social media trends jump from the screen into real life

By Nataly Behnia, Internal Communications Manager February 13, 2023

Many say that social media is influential in lots of different ways: fashion, food, our dialect and more. But oftentimes, the impact social media has on people’s day-to-day lives is overlooked, as it...

WCHS junior Agata Dolinska poses with her friends in the student section at the Blake vs. WCHS football game on September 9.

Two minutes on the clock. It’s time to BeReal

By Kalena Yee, Arts Editor October 20, 2022

The crushing crowd packed the stands under the bright Friday night lights on September 9. At exactly 8:19 p.m., the WCHS student section erupted with cheer. Did the football team score a touchdown? No,...

Student Member of the Board Hana O’looney at the Feb. 24 Board of Education meeting. At the meeting, O’looney advocated to keep the mask mandate in schools which caused her to face lots of negativity online.

SMOB Hana O’looney faces unfair cyberbullying for speaking up

By Caroline Harless, Photo Manager March 21, 2022

The role of the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) comes with engaging in issues prevalent in MCPS: having a say on the Board of Education (BOE) and advocating for the student body. However, when current...

Thoughts on Online Learning ft. Trevor Gardemal- Ep 3

Thoughts on Online Learning ft. Trevor Gardemal- Ep 3

By Melissa Redlich, Features Editor January 29, 2022 On the latest episode, we chat with Trevor Gardemal, the Observer's social media manager, about how the 2020-21 school...

A screenshot of Andy Jiangs TikTok account with about three and a half million followers. Jiang was only a senior at WCHS when his rise in fame started.

Where is the famous TikToker, Andy Jiang, now?

By Jack Gans, Assistant Features Editor December 1, 2021

In April 2020, former WCHS student Andy Jiang’s TikTok career kicked off.  Jiang started TikTok when his friend, Jeff Yee, bet him that he could not get 1,000 followers in two weeks. He took on the...

These words are representative of the body positive movement. They promote self love and feeling confident in your own skin.

The use of Photoshop creates impossible beauty standards

By Ava Freeman, Online Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2021

“Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes” is the motto for the body positivity movement that took off on TikTok this year. More and more influencers have aimed to showcase their imperfections and emphasize...

The fate of Cara Dune, which is Gina Caranos character in The Mandalorian, is still unknown to fans. However, most suspect shell either be killed off or recast.

Social media contributes to celebrity cancel culture due to offensive posts

By Ryan Weiner, Assistant News Editor March 19, 2021

The day was Feb. 10, 2020 when “Star Wars” fans across the country woke up and checked their Twitter feeds, anxious for some news about the ten shows as well as numerous movies that were announced...

While depression and anxiety are often the most common and talked about teen mental illnesses, many teenagers struggle with a multitude of other illnesses. It is important for parents, teachers, and teens themselves to not overlook mental health, and to take the necessary steps to prevent and combat mental illnesses, such as limiting social media.

Social media damages teens’ mental health

By Caitlin Murphy, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat all have one thing in common: they are forms of social media. Social media has many benefits for teens, such as keeping them in touch with friends, building communication...

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