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Unexpected fire alarm disrupts class

By Joe Haynes, Editor-in-Chief Stacey Stein, Online Breaking News Editor

September 15, 2011

An unexpected fire drill disrupted 6th period classes today, Sept. 15, around 12:45 p.m. Students waited outside approximately half an hour before they were allowed back inside the building. According to a staff member who wishes to remain anonymous, the fire alarm in zone seven, which includes the...

CHS gets new computers

By Online Opinions Editor, Emilie Plesset

September 8, 2011

With every new school year come changes and this year CHS students discovered new flat screen computer monitors in place of the old CRT monitors and an upgrade to the computer program Windows 7. According to Media Services Technician Scott Selman, MCPS schools receives new technology every four yea...

SSL needs revamping, current procedures tedious

By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

The current process students must undergo to acquire the necessary 75 student service learning (SSL) hours for graduation is complicated, and the policy on acceptable activities is too restrictive.   To obtain SSL hours, students are required to fill out a preapproval form which must be submitted...

Supreme Court case could break the glass ceiling

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Many consider workers’ rights to be an outdated issue considering how much of U.S. history was spent fighting for labor rights. Since the enactment of the eight-hour workday, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the formation of numerous labor unions, many citizens believe that workers’ rights are guaranteed...

The myth of the Ivy: Is reputation overrated?

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-In-Chief

May 13, 2011

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Yale. The Ivy League. To some, they are the most prestigious; they receive the most money, and they are the schools many students spend their high school careers dreaming of. Students believe that if they get into...

U.S. kills Osama Bin Laden, mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks

May 1, 2011

President Barack Obama has confirmed that Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. troops earlier today. Bin Laden was the founder of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, which took responsibility for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that killed over 3000 Americans. Check back for updates.


April 29, 2011

Here are this year's Senior Superlatives! 1. Best Smile: Mariah Healy and Evan Tassis 2. Best Personality: Jeanette Perthel and Marcus Brown 3. Most Stylish: Arleigh Banner and Alex Zohore 4. Best Class Project Partner: Jasmine Siudzinski and Julian Debenedetti 5. Class Clown: Jeanette Perthel...

Congress holds hearings on radical Islam in America

By Mona Mohebbi, Staff Writer

April 11, 2011

 House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R-Long Island), held a trial March 10 to discuss the factors that drive American Muslims toward terrorism. According to a March 23 article from Globalia Magazine, King held the trials because he believed that the Muslim-A...

Dormify brightens college rooms

By Brittany Goodman, Archive &Staff Resources Manager

April 11, 2011

Fun, sophisticated and fashion-forward dorms are hard to come by when students are limited to the dull décor provided for them by their university. Dormify, an ecommerce website created by CHS parent Karen Zuckerman, offers a solution to these problems.  After her oldest daughter, CHS‘09 alumna...

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...

For the Love of the Game

By Joe Nolan, Online Political Columnist

April 11, 2011

Amidst all of the confusion and seemingly esoteric rhetoric between the NFL’s owners and players, it is clear that America’s beloved sport has grown up from its humble beginnings of leatherheads and actual pigskins. Unfortunately, it has followed the path of so many other professional leagues nowadays,...

International reporting has occupational hazards

By By Allie Curwin and Nicole Weltmann, Staff Writers

March 23, 2011

International reporting has occupational hazards. Neat piles of paper and a tall glass of water sit on a shiny, brown desk. While these images are what the public may see on a typical daily news show, there are many unseen challenges and dangers that come with reporting. International conflicts are...

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