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 junior Bradley Levinson shows frustration as he attempts to use the new StudentVue home screen user interface

WCHS community confused over latest Synergy update

By Maximus Wang, Opinions Editor June 10, 2024

Towards the end of the third quarter, MCPS students, teachers and parents alike were caught off guard by a sudden overhaul in Synergy, the system that serves as the center for students’ most important...

Prince Georges County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has been the face of efforts to reduce youth crime in her County since 2018. Following late Aprils teenage brawl at National Harbor, Alsobrooks has spoken out against the melee.

Fight for your right to party? Not in PG County

By Maximus Wang, Opinions Editor June 6, 2024

Eight year old children beating each other, stealing from local businesses and smoking marijuana seems like a scene out of a dystopian sci-fi novel. However, that became reality last month when about 800...

The MCPS Total Operating Budget has seen both increases and decreases since 2005, but has been sharply increasing since FY2022

Budget outrage: A call to action for civic engagement

By Maximus Wang, Opinions Editor May 30, 2024

On May 23, 2024, the Montgomery County Council approved a $7.1 billion budget for Montgomery County’s fiscal year 2025, which is higher than the gross domestic product (GDP) of at least 42 countries,...

Muscular monstrosity Mikhail Tolstikov fires his howitzer cannon into a cluster of Union soldiers during the 16th reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Sending scores of blue uniformed men to their maker, Tolstikov can be heard shouting TALYHO, LADS as he fires another 12-pound iron all from his cannon.

Students learn how to really fight through reenacting the Battle of Gettysburg

By Maximus Wang, Can't Hear You, Airpods Are In April 16, 2024

When one thinks of school punishments, they think of office referrals, or phone calls home or even suspensions. Yet, an inventive new punishment has taken WCHS by storm. An experimental policy, first implemented...

A member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Clubs inner circle hoisting Punxsutawney Phil up for the crowd, 2018.

Groundhog Day: early spring and PETA on the way

By Maximus Wang, Promotions & Subscriptions Manager March 1, 2024

Every year, on Feb. 2, a furry rodent crawls out of his den to the bated breath of thousands of people, ready to predict the upcoming weather. His name is Punxsutawney Phil, and according to legend, this...

Though fatalities in car accidents are rare, accidents are prevalent enough to still cause millions of accident-related deaths every year.

As long as the self-driving system doesn’t crash, cars won’t crash either

By Maximus Wang, Promotions and Subscriptions Manager February 1, 2024

To enter Garrett County is to enter melancholy and dismay. On January 9, a car crash near Exit 4 of Interstate 68 forced authorities to close down the highway in the town of Friendsville, creating significant...

Cursive is an old art form found commonly on many historical documents. Teaching and learning cursive in schools is essential for students to continue to comprehend old texts.

Faceoff: Cursive should be taught at school again

By Maximus Wang, Promotions and Subscriptions Manager December 18, 2023

Once upon a time, learning proper cursive was an essential part of any school curriculum. However, in modern days, it has become the exception. Only 21 states now require school curriculums to teach cursive...

WCHS administration, security and students take in the aftermath of an incident in which one student jokingly slammed a cake into another students face.

Trash Talk: student responsibility at lunch

By Maximus Wang, Promotions & Subscriptions Managers October 18, 2023

The bulldog statue near the media center had to witness a terrible sight during lunch on Sept. 8, as a “fight” broke out right next to him, leaving icing on the floor and cake in a student’s face....

In 2021, about 75% of adolescent overdose deaths were attributed to fentanyl. The opioid has become more common in schools recently, leading to more risk, and in many cases, preventable deaths.

Decisive action needed to eradicate substance use

By Maximus Wang, Staff Writer May 20, 2023

The heartbreaking stories are numerous and overwhelming- a bright young student losing their life to a substance they, whether intentionally or not, consumed. This killer always seems so far away, until...

Students performed in front of a large audience at Strathmore.

CHS students in MCYO and YAA perform in concert at Strathmore

By Emily Wang, Circulation Manager March 13, 2015

MCYO, All State, All County and YAA; it can be a little confusing for CHS students who do not play an instrument when their musician friends start using their own lingo. Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra...

The hero of Mockingjay: Part One is Katniss Everdeen, a traumatized young woman struggling to lead a rebellion.

‘Mockingjay: Part One’ delivers a powerful punch

By Emily Wang, Circulation Manager November 25, 2014

It seems as if the final movie of every popular teen series is always split into two parts, and the first part always seems worse than the second.  For example, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part...

Need help? Observer lists five must-know CHS places

Need help? ‘Observer’ lists five must-know CHS places

By Emily Wang, Circulation Manager September 23, 2014

The start of the new school year is always chaotic with students racking their brains to try and remember the basics of school. Freshmen and forgetful upperclassmen often do not know, or do not remember,...

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