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Olympic rower speaks to CHS crew team

Olympic rower speaks to CHS crew team

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor

September 23, 2012


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

A group of CHS students are gathered underneath a pavilion beside the Anacostia River, eyes wide and smiles broad as they hang onto every word spoken by the young man in front of them. David Banks, a 29-year-old CHS alumnus and rower for the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics, visited the Churchill...

Superintendent Starr’s book club focuses on skills not scores

Superintendent Starr’s book club focuses on skills not scores

By Josh Denicoff and Lara Fu

May 29, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Superintendent Joshua Starr held his third book club meeting April 24 to advocate his desire to encourage MCPS teachers to focus on critical thinking and communication skills instead of simply improving test scores. "I’ve been doing book clubs as a way to introduce some new ideas," Starr said. "Aft...

Fundraising efforts make sign a reality

Fundraising efforts make sign a reality

By Dana Harris, Online Opinions Editor

May 29, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives, Top Stories

After four years of planning and fundraising, a digital sign is set to replace the current brick one at the corner of Tuckerman Lane and Gainsborough Road by the end of May. The digital sign will promote upcoming events as well as create a stronger visual appeal for the community. "Changing the me...

CHS ranked best high school in Maryland

CHS ranked best high school in Maryland

By Julia Greenzaid, Online Breaking News

May 29, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The May 2012 U.S. News and World Report awarded CHS first place out of 232 Maryland High Schools and ranked it 57th in the country for academic performance and preparation of students for college. According to USNews.com, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal to be eligible for a st...

After Prom at Bowlmor Lanes

After Prom at Bowlmor Lanes

By Manisha Singh, Online News Editor

May 14, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The “Celebration 2012” CHS After Prom party will be held at the Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley in Bethesda from 12:30 to 4 am this year instead of in the CHS gymnasium. The PTSA, which provides all of the funding and volunteer work to help organize After Prom, presented the idea for a new location...

Expect South African band to be a hit in America

Expect South African band to be a hit in America

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

May 4, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

They single handedly sold out the Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome to 20,000 people. They were handpicked as the Johannesburg and Cape Town opening acts for Coldplay last year. They’re one of the biggest selling rock bands in South Africa. Who are they? The Parlotones. Though not well known among the...

Class of 2012 Senior Superlatives

Class of 2012 Senior Superlatives

May 1, 2012


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Best Smile: Nikki Jordan and Jack Rome Best Personality: Julie Gelb and Alec Fanaroff Most Stylish: Hannah Cooper and Kenneth Leong Best Class Project Partner: Naomi Gutkind and Brian Bontempo Class Clown: Shannon Quinn and Nadim Elhage Best Physique: Katie Skrzyniarz and Jack Butler Cutest Couple: Nikki Jordan a...

Students honor Nachu Bhatnagar at lunch memorial

Students honor Nachu Bhatnagar at lunch memorial

By Julia Greenzaid, Online Breaking News Editor

April 10, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives

CHS students and staff gathered in the auditorium for senior Nachu Bhatnagar’s memorial service at lunch April 10. The CHS community connected through laughter and tears as friends, relatives and teachers honored Nachu by sharing their memories of him. As a slideshow of Nachu’s life played in...

New glasses will have smart-phone technology

By Julia Reagan, Staff Writer

March 26, 2012


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives

Students will soon be able to leave their cell phones and glasses at home and replace them with a pair of fresh and functional shades by Google. These Smartphone glasses, set to release at the end of 2012, will include all the features of an average Smartphone and will change the way users view the world. According...

Drama department puts on ‘Legally Blonde’

Drama department puts on ‘Legally Blonde’

By By Julie Krakov, Online Arts Editor and Stacey Stein, Online Breaking News Editor

March 26, 2012


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives

This spring, the CHS drama department will put on Legally Blonde as its annual musical instead of Blast which usually takes place in the spring but was held in Dec. The musical is based off of the movie of the same name, where a sorority girl overcomes stereotypes and goes to Harvard Law School to...

Gay marriage bill passes in MD

By By Jane Zankman, News Production Editor

March 26, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives

Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law March 2 allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maryland. The law will go into effect in 2013, but is likely to be voted on as a referendum on the Maryland 2012 ballot. The bill passed in the House of Delegates with a 72-67 win and in the Senate with...

Tennessee law may protect anti-gay bullying

By By Charlotte Scarborough, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

American society has taken great strides toward achieving equality for its citizens in the past few decades. Unfortunately, it seems like basic human rights are now under assault in the state of Tennessee. The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), a conservative organization that believes in...

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