The Observer

D.C. school vouchers hurt lower-income families

By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

April 11, 2011

MCPS may be considered one of the best school systems in the country, and CHS one of the top 100 high schools, but right next door the D.C. public school system is considered one of the worst. If House of Representatives speaker John Boehner’s bill to revive D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program...

Face off: Cougars on the prowl not welcome at CHS

By Carly Rotter, Staff Writer

April 11, 2011

Looking at a picture of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, something seems wrong. It’s not the fact that I am not the girl holding Justin’s hand. It’s the fact that Selena Gomez looks like his babysitter.   Gomez is what we call a cougar, a woman who prefers the companionship of a younger male,...

Face off: Double standard limits females’ quest for love

By Spencer Levy, Public Relations

April 11, 2011

There’s no denying it, CHS. I am a cougar, and I have taken a lot of heat for it, but I stand by my decision. Despite the hate and opposition, there is nothing wrong with this way of life. The population of cougars at CHS has been on the rise lately, especially in the senior class, and there is nothing...

The Cook Book

By Charles Cook, Columnist

April 11, 2011

Congratulations, lucky reader, you have just turned to the grandest article to ever be printed in the Observer, the first of my new column series: The Cookbook. From here on out, this page will consistently be graced with love, laughter and literary excellence.   Now, seeing as how first impressions...

Nuclear energy effects dramatized by media

April 11, 2011

In the wake of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, less than half of the American public is in favor of nuclear energy. According to a March 22 CBS News poll, only 43 percent of Americans approve of building new nuclear power facilities, a 14 percent decrease from 2008. While the situation in Japan is...

Kyle in Context

By Kyle Edwards, Online Humor Columnist

April 11, 2011

Hi my name is Kyle Sebastian Edwards. My favorite hobby is playing basketball, my favorite feeling is warmth and I, just like everyone else in the world, cannot finish a roll of Chap Stick without losing it. The previous paragraph may not have let you get to know me perfectly, but hopefully a diary...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Congressional actions hamper medical treatment

By Andrea Mirviss, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2011

Movie fans all over the nation are familiar with the scene: Juno, a rambunctious, outspoken and feministic teenager, waddles up to the entrance of her local Planned Parenthood.  She rolls her eyes at a solitary Pro-Life protestor, but when the protester explains to her that her unborn child has developed...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Program lacks support, should not have public funding

By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

March 22, 2011

It is nothing short of irresponsible to pour the American people’s money into a controversial and inefficient organization that performs procedures the public cannot agree on. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, Americans are split right down the middle on the abortion issue, with 46 percent of Americans...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By Ben Hollander, Columnist

March 21, 2011

Snapback hats, name-brand pastel collared shirts and Sperry’s as far as the eye can see: lacrosse season is once again upon us during this special time of the year, bro. Lacrosse’s popularity has boomed in the past decade. U.S. Lacrosse reports that lacrosse has grown 138 percent in the past 10...

Zero tolerance policy harms all students

March 21, 2011

Mistakes and second chances are common themes teenagers experience.  As most grow up, they are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from each good or bad choice because the reality is that most depend on mistakes as learning opportunities and use these missteps to discover and grow.  They often seek...

Lack of paved walkway to field may violate law

By Ben Schick, Staff Writer

March 21, 2011

For CHS baseball spectators, the only way to reach the baseball field directly from the parking lot is to walk along a steep, uneven, gravel pathway, which poses difficulties for those who want to watch baseball and softball games and have trouble walking or use handicap equipment. Nancy Miller, a CHS...

County lacks standards for Edline updating

By Spenser Easterbrook, Advertising Manager

March 21, 2011

Students agree: the creation of Edline is a great advance in modern education. Edline provides students with one convenient place to check their grades, their homework and their lessons from class. But there’s a catch. In practice, Edline isn’t being used for all of these purposes at CHS. MCPS has...

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