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

Mr. Christopher Forney smiles while he stands in front of a white board drawing of himself, holding his teacher of the month certificate. He has been teaching MCPS students in subjects such as psychology and world history for 26 years.

Teacher of the month: Christopher Forney

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor May 29, 2024

On the surface: a three-time “Teacher of the Month” award winner. A social studies guru. A certified voyager. Beneath the surface: an artiste. An active listener. A kind-hearted human. These are some...

A WCHS senior is taken by surprise when he is chosen randomly to take a lie detector test on April 1, 2024. His identity is kept anonymous for his own safety.

Seniors sweat over pre-graduation lie dectector test

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, "Artisti" April 23, 2024

Hold onto your caps and gowns seniors, because WCHS is about to turn the dial on graduation stress. The administration is putting seniors through lie-detector tests to confirm that everyone has truthfully...

This parking spot in the main student parking of WCHS lot sits empty in the middle of the school day. Due to half-day schedules, absenteeism and the skipping of class, empty parking spots are too common of an occurence. That is one of the factors that makes seniors who have street parking wish that parking was on a first come, first served basis.

Faceoff: First come, first served will optimize parking

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor March 1, 2024

Parking spots – those infatuating asphalt rectangles – hold a peculiar power in the WCHS ecosystem. They symbolize freedom, responsibility and, most importantly, seniority. But, this privilege is not...

The graph above shows the declining student enrollment trends in MCPS schools between Fall of 2017 and Fall of 2022, which could be in part due to the decline in the perceived quality of MCPS schools.

Major changes needed as schools tumble post COVID-19

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor December 18, 2023

As the dust begins to settle after the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a stark reality has emerged—the quality of American schools is experiencing a striking decline. All across...

Sam Bawden at the second round of states on Oct. 25, where he finished 30th out of 130 golfers.

Athlete of a Month: Sam Bawden

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor November 17, 2023

Golf is a game of patience, focus and resilience. These characteristics are exemplified in the WCHS Varsity Golf team. One of the team’s most successful and consistent golfers is WCHS sophomore Sam Bawden,...

In the Emergency Preparedness information on the official MCPS website, a playlist of videos about the topic is shown. Yes, it is on their website, but resources like these need to have more exposure to students, staff, and parents.

MCPS must do more to keep their students safe

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor October 27, 2023

In the face of a world fraught with unforeseen challenges, the safety of our students should be non-negotiable. However, it is disheartening to observe that students and schools within MCPS often fail...

On the official College Board, as seen above, information on the new Digital SAT can be found. Although SAT test centers in the U.S. still administer the traditional paper test, that will change in the spring of 2024.

Observer Opinion: The digital SAT is inferior

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor October 18, 2023

For the last century, the College Board has administered the SAT on paper. But, in recent years, the College Board has begun to digitize the exam. All students outside the U.S. have been exclusively taking...

Seen above is the symbol of the Montgomery County Council of Maryland. The MOCO Council continues to debate over County Executive Marc Elrichs proposed budget, allocating $239.9 million for the new fiscal year.

Schools squeezed: budget cuts threaten education’s vital foundation

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor May 31, 2023

Schools are more than mere buildings; they serve as the bedrock of the community, shaping future leaders and innovators. So why has the Montgomery County Council approved a plan for over $25 million in...

On December 5th. 2022, several WCHS students are seen enjoying an intense World Cup knockout game between Japan vs Croatia, while working in the library.

He shoots and he scores! World Cup wins big at WCHS.

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi and Graeme Finley May 16, 2023

These past few weeks, one thing has remained on the mind of WCHS students, teachers and staff: the 2022 Qatar World Cup. WCHS has an extremely diverse student body, and every team partaking in this global...

Inside the Rockville Pike location of Hangry Joe’s Restaurant, their spicy chicken sandwich is photographed with a side of seasoned waffle fries, Diet Coke and the signature “hangry sauce.”

DMV’s top halal spots worth the stop

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Assistant Opinions Editor May 3, 2023

The DMV area is unofficially known for its diverse food scene, and halal restaurants are no exception. Now that Ramadan is over, Muslims are no longer fasting during the day which makes it a great time...

WCHS principal intern, Patrick Bilock, stands in the middle of the administration meeting room on Oct. 28, 2022. Bilock is projected to fill Principal Taylors position before the end of 2022 .

What is a Principal Intern and who is Mr. Bilock?

By Amir Abbas-Yazdi, Assistant Opinions Editor November 15, 2022

WCHS Principal John Taylor has only been on the job for one full school year but before the start of the second-semester principal intern, Patrick Bilock, will be taking his place. How is this process...

SAT and ACT studying resources are stacked on top of each other in abundance, on Oct. 31, 2022.  Should self-studying be the major form of preparation for these standardized tests, or should high schoolers opt for paid tutors?

Students can do well on the SAT without the price tag of a tutor

By Amir Abbas-Yazdi, Assistant Opinions Editor November 15, 2022

Standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT have always been a hot topic of discussion for high school students. Students are constantly concerned about how well they can score on these tests so that they...

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