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CHS should update the way homecoming court is decided

CHS should update the way homecoming court is decided

By Nora Holland, Arts Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

With the arrival of yet another homecoming for CHS students also comes the time to once again vote for homecoming court. This high school tradition, paired along with spirit days and pep rallies, dates back to decades ago. Although it has been an ongoing tradition, the original idea of homecoming...

Kneeling during the anthem: the right way to take a stand

By Dani Miller, Opinions Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions

In Sept. 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, dismayed by the constant injustice plaguing society, took a stand for his brothers and sisters by doing the exact opposite-- kneeling. In an act of protest against police brutality and racial inequality, Kaepernick kneeled during the national...

CHS, stop undermining mental illness

October 24, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Mental illnesses: serious, yet stigmatized conditions that impact countless members of the CHS community. But when those conditions are stereotyped or referenced in casual context, it completely undermines the severity of mental health disorders. Despite the rise of mental health issues in America,...

Put your money where the money is when it comes to college costs

Put your money where the money is when it comes to college costs

By Sofia Williamson, Online Editor in Chief

October 5, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories, Uncategorized

CHS students graduate at rates of over 95 percent each year, and if you've read the Observer's senior section, you can also tell by our never ending list of names that over 95 percent of us also go on to receive a college education. Less than five percent of the CHS student population is economically...

Teach girls to value brains, not just beauty

Teach girls to value brains, not just beauty

By Jenna Greenzaid, Features Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

For as long as humans have existed on earth, they have always instinctively emphasized the importance of physical beauty. With that beauty comes societal standards, one of them being the idea that beauty is more important than brains. In society, women are held to the standard and expectation that...

MCPS grading changes prove overwhelming and confusing for students and parents

MCPS grading changes prove overwhelming and confusing for students and parents

By Observer Opinion

October 4, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

The idea that change is a good thing is a well known concept, however MCPS really took that saying to heart. Ending the use of Edline as a way for students to check grades is only the most recent of many changes that MCPS has sprung on the students and staff, leaving us bewildered and overwhelmed. The...

CHS should not prioritize senior parking spots

CHS should not prioritize senior parking spots

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Every teenager knows, or at least envies, that, victorious tangible symbol of entering adulthood—a driver’s license. Nothing seems better than to finally drive to and from school by your own will. However, for those juniors whose birthdays are early enough to get their licenses before the school...

School spirit should not be used as an excuse to show wealth

School spirit should not be used as an excuse to show wealth

By Jake Herman, News Editor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

At the Sept. 8 Churchill vs.Wootton football game, a sizeable, mostly male contingent of the CHS student section strolled through the gates of Wootton High School’s stadium dressed in their “rich” clothes in participation of a “rich-out.” Button-down shirts, blazers, watches and designer...

CHS Students Need to Put Selves First When it Comes to College

CHS Students Need to Put Selves First When it Comes to College

By Jenna Greenzaid, Features Editor

September 29, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

College is a constant thought on CHS students’ minds, and it’s especially intense for juniors and seniors. Students focus so much on themselves and their future during their high school years that it is hard to put forth energy towards other happenings. Although it’s not a bad thing to put yourself...

Marvel and DC: Super Together, Not Apart

By Harry Wang, Staff Writer

June 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

Marvel and DC, two of the biggest comic book companies in the world, have a long-standing rivalry. Classic superheroes such as Marvel’s Spider-Man and DC’s Batman are constantly compared by comic book fans, leading to pointless “fan” fights. These arguments over which comic book company is...

Sexist Dress Codes Sometimes Fall Too Short

Sexist Dress Codes Sometimes Fall Too Short

By Jenna Greenzaid, Features Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

Throughout the history of mankind, there have always been rules—both written and unwritten—governing the way women dress, behave and think. Dress codes are just one of the many rules that unjustly control women. The sexualized stigma surrounding girls’ outfit choices not only affects what they...

Cease College Competition; Pick Right Fit

Cease College Competition; Pick Right Fit

By Maya Rosenberg, Print Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

May 1st is a date that is burned into many CHS students’ minds; it’s the college-commitment deadline for students, with the long-standing tradition of wearing apparel representing their chosen colleges and displaying their up-and-coming school pride. The sight of seniors decked out in their college...

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