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Those who take a knee for the anthem should stand down

By Ethan C. Miller, Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions

During the last National Football League (NFL) season, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem. His actions sparked numerous protests by athletes across the nation that intended to bring about awareness of racial inequality and injustice. After several controversial...

Student JUUL addiction poses multiple risks

Student JUUL addiction poses multiple risks

By Rebecca Jackson, News Editor

November 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

A senior walks out of the bathroom, leaving a cloud of smoke in his midst. He checks to make sure no teachers are nearby, and walks back to class. What he was puffing was neither a cigarette nor marijuana, but a JUUL. JUULs are e-cigarettes for over-21 year olds that contain flavored water vapor and...

MCPS, give students, staff a break

MCPS, give students, staff a break

November 21, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

Once again, the MCPS school board is altering the school year schedule. For the 2018-19 year, election day and Jewish holidays cut into the schedule. In response, there were five schedule proposals created. The chosen model only has two professional days and shortens spring break to a mere four days...

“Me too” trend creates necessary virtual community for victims

“Me too” trend creates necessary virtual community for victims

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

After sexual assault and harassment allegations toward movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have surfaced, women around the world are taking to social media to share their own stories in regards to rape and sexual harassment using the handle #MeToo. The hashtag first gained popularity when actress Alyssa Milano...

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...

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