The Observer

Motivational messages create smiles, lift self-esteem

By By Natalia Derechin Production Editor

November 23, 2010


Filed under Features

Walking into the smelly bathroom at 7 a.m. while tired and sleepy might not seem like the most exciting activity to many students, but lately many girls at CHS are making time for an unnecessary trip to the bathroom to see the colorful and inspirational sticky notes that are posted on the mirrors. Two...

Do Church and State Coexist at Churchill?

By By Sarah Reitzes Fact Checker

November 23, 2010


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Last month, Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell claimed that separation of church and state was not in the Constitution. She was immediately ridiculed, despite the fact that she was correct. Many people assume that separation of church and state is in the Constitution, but the phrase...

New, legal hallucinogenic drug gains popularity

By By Zach Potter Archive Manager By Sushen Thyagarajan Online Breaking News Editor

November 23, 2010


Filed under Features

It is 2:30 in the morning and sophomore Sam* decides to go for a smoke with a couple of friends.  Sam is 16 and is not smoking tobacco, marijuana or any other illegal substance.  He is smoking Salvia. Salvia divinorum, a legal hallucinogenic herb that is smoked in a way similar to marijuana, is quietly...

Help exists for students who want to stop smoking

By By Paige Gross Circulation Manager

November 23, 2010


Filed under Features

I walked into CVS the other day, planning to buy body wash and mascara, when suddenly I was approached by a few sophomore boys asking me to buy them cigarettes. I thought to myself: Why would these kids even consider smoking and why would they ask a random girl to buy them a pack? Coming from someone...

Junior wins bronze medal at Special Olympics

By By Danny Weiss Staff Writer

November 23, 2010


Filed under Features

Junior David Kopperman competed in the Special Olympics Oct. 23 and won a bronze medal in tennis. Kopperman started training with sophomore Lauren Perrine in August and prepared to play a doubles match with her in the competition. “We met through the Special Olympics, and ever since then we’ve...

Alum runs 100 mile race, reaches new heights

By By Amanda Vinner Features Editor

November 23, 2010


Filed under Features

Question: What is 12,600 feet high, 100 miles long and run all over? Answer: The Leadville Trail 100 Race in Leadville, Colorado, that CHS alumnus, Bryan Sperry, completed this past summer. Sperry, who graduated in 1981, began running the race Aug. 21 at 4 a.m. and did not stop until 8:47 a.m. the following...

Hallway greetings call for new handshake practices

By By Luke Frentsos Sports Photo Editor

October 29, 2010


Filed under Features

In the past decade, many things at CHS have happened.   But something has changed at CHS over the past decade too: how people say hi to classmates in the hallway. In the past, students just said hi to each other.  But with this new and ever-changing generation of teens, greetings range from very...

Teens benefit from new law eliminating overdraft fees

By By Emily Hall Production Manager Andrea Mirviss Editor-In-Chief

October 29, 2010


Filed under Features

With the average American household bearing $15,700 in credit card debt each year, and only 53 percent paying their balance in full each month, it is no surprise that both the U.S. government and consumers are seeking new ways to remain financially afloat in the struggling economic climate. The Federal...

Rituals not just for athletes

By By Amanda Vinner Features Editor

October 29, 2010


Filed under Features

Senior Emily Shapiro waits expectantly in the girls’ locker room before a soccer game. She receives a single piece of paper, and now she is ready to play. Whether it is wearing a special bracelet, having team dinners, dressing up or listening to a specific mix of songs before a game, many sports teams...

Is there truth behind the POWER BRACELET trend?

By By Thomas Geenen Staff Writer

October 29, 2010


Filed under Features

Throughout the halls of CHS, there seems to be an abundance of students sporting something on their wrists that looks like a hybrid between a watch and a white livestrong band. Others wear a nest of tangled material around their necks and wrists. What are these new accessories? Up-and-coming companies...

Trendy store undergoes drastic makeover, expansion

By By Julie Kracov Business Manager Olivia Parven Contest Manager

October 29, 2010


Filed under Features

If you walked into Forever 21 last year, you, like most patrons, might have felt crazed by the cramped atmosphere. But this year, the store brings something new to the table. The luminous staircase, sparkling chandeliers and glistening tiles all represent Forever 21’s new and improved look.  After...

Age-appropriate alternatives to trick-or-treating

By By Megan Scanlan Staff Writer

October 29, 2010


Filed under Features

The days of trick-or-treating are over.  Every year when Halloween rolls around, students look for something fun to do without resorting to walking around the neighborhood begging for candy. It turns out that there are many options for Halloween related activities. Markoff’s Haunted Forest Markoff’s...

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