The Observer

No cise, student language is starting to blow up

By Carly Rotter, Staff Writer, Joseph Kim, Opinions Production Editor

March 1, 2010

Even more popular than “Half Priced Friday’s” at Qdoba is the use of new slang at CHS. Originating here, this new language is spreading throughout the student body like wildfire. The slang features words such as “jaunt”, “cise”, “tryna”, “latenight”, and get nice. At any given...


By Emily Hall, Features Production Editor, Monica Saks, Observations Production Editor

March 1, 2010

A man flies from balcony to balcony more than 50 feet in the air, he dives off the building landing smoothly onto the next, slings himself down the alleyway onto the ground. This man is not a stunt double, a spy, an escaping criminal, or even Spiderman—he’s just practicing his parkour. Parkour...

Board games are far from boring, survey shows

By Lori Koenick, Staff Writer

March 1, 2010

There is nothing fun to do when a snowstorm and power outage leave you stuck at home on a Saturday night with your parents, preventing you from watching TV or playing a video game, right? Wrong. When your technology entertainment options are gone, your night does not have to be boring. There are...

Local salon urges girls to embrace their curls

By Emily Hall, Features Production Editor

March 1, 2010

Wafaya Obdallah sort of takes your breath away—she has rich, coffee color skin and wildly curly hair blossoming out of her head, hair that isn’t just hair but attitude. Wafaya, who runs Oasis, a hair and tanning salon off Rockville Pike and one of the only salons in the area that specializes in...

Teenagers give the final verdict at Teen Court

By Maddy Flax, Staff Writer

March 1, 2010

For most CHS students, a typical Wednesday consists of waking up and going to school, maybe going to an extracurricular activity, and then going home to do homework. However, sophomore Alex Fox’s Wednesday afternoon is much different, because after school, she attends Teen Court. Teen Court, which...

Justin’s Quest searches for a cure for brain tumors

By Jillian Postal Online Sports Editor Zack Potter Online News Editor

March 1, 2010

Break dancing with the DJ at his Bar Mitzvah on Jan. 29, Justin Friedlander was having the time of his life. Celebrating alongside his closest friends and family, the 13-year-old was on cloud nine, almost as if things were back to normal. In March 2009, Justin was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tum...

First annual Churchill’s Got Talent raises money for Haiti

By the Online Editors

February 1, 2010

Students performed in the first annual Churchill’s Got Talent on Thursday Jan. 28, proving that their talents extend beyond the academic environment. After hours of hard work and weeks of preparation, the 17 acts featured in the show fought for the winning title and an encore performance at the...

J.A.W.A.N.J.A. wins Churchill’s Got Talent

February 1, 2010

The Observer sits down with Churchill's Got Talent winner, band J.A.W.A.N.J.A. for an exclusive interview: J-Josh Coyne A-Alex Leventer W-Will Mulhern A-Amin Stephenson N-Nadim Elhage J-John Klien A-Andrew Shebest What did your group do to prepare for your win? We practiced for a mont...

Ed Jurgarau [Shoe Train]

By Emily Hall Features Production Editor

January 4, 2010

In his red, white and blue striped shirt, silver rimmed spectacles and cheery disposition Ed Jurgrau bounces about Shoe Train in Cabin John Shopping center with such a delightful air it is impossible to tell that he spends his entire day inspecting children’s feet. While Shoe Train brings back...

Language translation websites face criticism

By Camille Bachrach Online Opinions Editor

January 4, 2010

You have math homework that you need to understand, history you need to memorize and science theories to analyze, but where does that leave your Spanish essay? Like you’re going to be the one to write it. Your old pal has some homework of its own tonight. Translating websites offer...

Sit back, relax and cram your way to an ‘A’

By Tyler Siegel and Jojo Goldman

January 4, 2010

You planned on studying for your mid-term for the past two weeks. However, because procrastination is a high school student’s finest talent, somehow you never got around to reading your history textbook this semester. Stay calm. We have are some tips from teachers on how to make the best of your...

Students’ stress leads to unpleasant bad habits

By Sara Habibi Circulation Manager

January 4, 2010

From nail-biting to teeth clenching, everyone has bad habits. While it may simply seem like compulsion to some, psychologists say differently. According to an article on, it is estimated that 44 percent of adolescents develop some sort of bad habit, the most common being nail-biting. “I...

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