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SAT subject tests only elicit stress in students

By Nora Holland, Arts Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

With the ACT or SAT, AP tests and Required Quarterly Assessments (RQA), it seems as if testing in high school never ends. Even with all these exams to study for, there is another type of testing some students are not aware of: subject tests. SAT subject tests are hour-long exams that allow students...

A Letter to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor

By Will Chai, Guest Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Observations, Online Exclusives

About the Author: Will Chai is a CHS senior interning at Georgetown Medical Center’s Women’s Interagency HIV Study since 2016. He researches HIV transmission by constructing phylogenetic networks that identify HIV transmission clusters and could predict future outbreaks. Preface: Since the early...

Time’s up MCPS; Health course must be revamped

By Maya Rosenberg, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2018


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It’s only the first month of 2018, but society has already gone through a huge metamorphosis surrounding sexual assault and harassment. From the #MeToo movement to the Time’s Up initiative, celebrities and public figures are finally acknowledging sexual abuse and shedding light on assault and sexual...

Looser laws do not lead to greater teen drug use

By Sofia Williamson, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2018


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As we welcomed the new year just a few miles outside our nation’s capitol, Congress and our Attorney General released plans for new federal regulations. Regardless of whether or not Republicans advocate for more state sovereignty, they were making a new decision that would allow the federal government...

Retakes: when it comes to testing, practice makes perfect

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

January 10, 2018


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As some people say, in life there aren’t any retakes; a mistake is a mistake. We have to live with those mistakes, and learn from them. However, there are actually many more retakes than people might think. Driver’s licenses, standardized tests and Bar Exams all have retake opportunities. So why...

Social media use connects teens with depression

By Megan Park, Photo Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

It’s no secret that social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook have a considerable impact on their users. Many of the effects from platforms have been negative, often triggering depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Depression is on the rise America — and fast. Social...

Case closed: jury duty must accommodate teachers

By Ethan S. Miller, Digital Media Editor

January 10, 2018


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Sick days, emergencies, car breakdowns. These are some of the most prevalent reasons that teachers miss school. However, there is another conflict hitting CHS students and staff hard: jury duty. Jury duty summons are simply a part of life for U.S. citizens, but this process has caused massive problems....

Net neutrality is necessary for CHS students

Net neutrality is necessary for CHS students

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

The internet is an integral part of our society and imperative to our daily lives. It provides a place to share ideas, learn new things and communicate with others. In America, the internet has traditionally been an open and free platform for many uses. The flexibility of the internet is largely...

CHS students: stop silence, speak out on sexual assault

CHS students: stop silence, speak out on sexual assault

By Bryan Fletcher, Art Director

January 10, 2018


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With the seemingly never-ending stream of sexual harassment allegations emerging throughout Hollywood and politics, now is a more crucial time than ever for CHS students to understand the gravity of sexual assault. Based entirely in privilege and entitlement, the abusive behaviors of people in power...

TBH, honesty apps are just asking for trouble

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

January 10, 2018


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There’s a well known saying: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. To accommodate the digital age, this should be changed to, “If you can’t say it to someone’s face, then don’t say it at all.” Anonymous sites and apps are dangerous for individuals...

MCPS must mend mental health

MCPS must mend mental health

January 10, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

“I don't wanna be alive, I don't wanna be alive, I just wanna die today, I just wanna die.” These words, written by Grammy-nominated rapper and MCPS native Logic, have tragically proven to ring true for many MCPS students. In light of the tragic suicides at Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman High...

New Star Wars movie promotes inclusion

New Star Wars movie promotes inclusion

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

The new Star Wars movie brings an influx of worldwide excitement as people come to watch the next installment of their favorite movie series. With new characters, beautiful scenery and awesome lightsaber duels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for the duration of...

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