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Activities: Quality Over Quantity

Activities: Quality Over Quantity

By Observer Opinion

June 13, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

Captain of a varsity sports team, a position on the student government, president of several clubs, skilled artist, member of numerous honor societies, over 200 hours of volunteer work, a multi-AP class course load and straight A’s. It seems impossible, but this is the goal of many CHS students who...

‘Fake News’ Talk Forces Media Consumers to Wise Up

‘Fake News’ Talk Forces Media Consumers to Wise Up

By Laura Sneller, Print Opinions Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

“Fake news.” On Jan 11, 2017, President Donald Trump uttered this phrase, and a phenomenon was born. The public has become increasingly familiar with this phrase as the country treads in the unknown territory that is Trump’s presidency. As the phrase establishes itself into the American public’s...

Internet Safety a Risk Despite New Features

Internet Safety a Risk Despite New Features

By Nora Holland, Print Arts Editor

June 6, 2017


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Recently, the popular social media app Snapchat came out with a new feature called “My Eyes Only.” This feature allows users to save pictures taken on Snapchat to a folder, and lock the folder with a password, so only the user can see the pictures. Features like “My Eyes Only” raise questions...

Autism Awareness: An Inside Perspective

By Adam Gruner, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Uncategorized

Society likes to put people with different religions, races, genders, ethnicities and disabilities into categorized boxes. April was Autism Awareness month, and ironically, this is exactly how somebody with autism is stereotypically portrayed Therefore, a big question to think about during Autism Awareness...

Say Yes: Teach Affirmative Consent

May 26, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Recently, Montgomery County made headlines for a rape that occurred at Rockville High School. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one out of every five American women have been victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Furthermore, on college campuses, one...

AP Classes Should Weigh More than Honors Counterparts

By Harry Wang, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017


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As a National Blue-Ribbon high school, CHS has many hard-working students who take several Advanced Placement (AP) courses each year. However, the MCPS policy of weighing AP and Honors classes as the same credit value in student’s weighted grade point average (GPA) is unfair. It hurts the students...

Minority Enrollment in APs Must be Addressed

By Eugenia Cardinale, Senior Writer

May 26, 2017


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The achievement gap is an issue that constantly plagues CHS, and MCPS as a whole. A large contributing factor to the achievement gap is the fact that most Advanced Placement (AP) classes at CHS are majority white. Public schools in the United States are currently more segregated than they were in...

Why MCPS Should Teach Everyone to Code

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

April 19, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Online Exclusives, Opinions

Technology. It's the wave pushing future progress. Infinite sources of information--both credible and incredible--are available at the click of a button. Robots are taking over the jobs of people everywhere you turn. Americans no longer need to leave their homes in order to get dinner. It makes somewhat...

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

By Observer Opinion

March 29, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

College is an expensive investment into a student’s future. At CHS, most of students’ daily lives and choices revolve around earning amazing grades and outstanding test scores so they receive admittance to their dream school. But as college tuitions continue to rise, the cost of the college application...

Stress Undermines Enjoyment at School

By Bryan Fletcher, Art Director

March 29, 2017


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Between juggling class schedules, extracurricular activities and trying to sleep for eight hours, almost every student at CHS is trying their best to reduce the everyday stress that accompanies school. Unfortunately, many students remain overwhelmed by the amount of work they are given, spending hours...

Precaution Necessary for CHS Students Behind the Wheel

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Getting a permit and learning to drive is something that almost every teenager anticipates excitedly, as it marks the beginning of adulthood and independence for many high school students. Unfortunately, many of these same student drivers tend to abuse their power and find themselves in dangerous...

Mol Gen Delivers Real World Science

By Eugenia Cardinale, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2017


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In December, The Observer published an article about how MCPS was considering a change in the science curriculum that would possibly cause cancellations of certain classes, including Molecular Genetics. However, despite confusion, the class will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. Molecular...

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