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Game of Thrones Returns for Sixth Season

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke will return to star as Jorah Mormont and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively, in the sixth season of the HBO show.

By Arjun Swaminathan, Senior Writer

April 23, 2016

It may be spring, but winter is coming. HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its sixth season April 24, promising a new set of storylines filled with drama, mystery and violence.  The excitement is palpable as fans at CHS prepare to watch as their favorite characters return to television for the ne...

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

Kendrick Lamar's new album Untitled Unmastered receives a 9.5/10.

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

March 20, 2016

9.5/10 In Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar reasserts his dominance of the hip hop genre through complex lyricism, captivating social commentary and euphonious instrumentals. The rapper released the compilation album by complete surprise March 4, nearly a year since the critically acclaimed To...

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

Kayne West's new album

By Arjun Swaminathan, New Editor

February 28, 2016

8.9/10 With introspective lyrics and outstanding production, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo effectively captures and combines the full range of his musical ability, but the album is not without its flaws. Preceded by the release of his songs “Wolves,” “Real Friends” and “No More Parties...

Logic’s “The Incredible True Story” Review: 9.5/10

Gaithersburg native  rapper Logic releases new hip hop album, The Incredible True Story.

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

November 16, 2015

Featuring thunderous lyrics, stellar production and a brilliant concept, Logic’s The Incredible True Story is a tour de force and an outstanding follow-up to his debut record Under Pressure. The Gaithersburg-born emcee released the album Nov. 13 to great fanfare. Preceded by singles “Young Jesus,...

Seventh Star Wars movie gathers hype

The new The Force Awakens  poster graces theaters worldwide.

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

October 26, 2015

This Dec. 18, the movie franchise that has defined the childhood of millions makes its return to the big screen. The Force Awakens will be the seventh installment in the Star Wars series, set 30 years after the events of the original trilogy of movies. The film will follow a new set of characters...

CHS Students React to New School Start Times

By Madison Hurr and Arjun Swaminathan

September 29, 2015

You’re staring at the clock… it’s 2:09. Just one more minute until the bell rings. Just one more minute until you are free. But wait, you remember that school now ends at 2:30. Since the 20-minute delay in school start times, MCPS high school students have had an extra 20 minutes to sleep in. “To...

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists receive recognition

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists receive recognition

By Arjun Swaminathan and Isabel Dibble

September 15, 2015

CHS honored its National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for their performance on the 2014 PSAT on Sept. 11. Out of the 1.5 million juniors nationally who take the PSAT, only 16000 are selected for this recognition. As much as 32 million dollars in scholarships are handed out as rewards for student...

A five on the AP should merit an A in the class

If students receive a 5 on an Advanced Placement exam, some AP teachers will bump their semester grade to reflect their content mastery.

By Arjun Swaminathan and Yash Nigam

April 29, 2015

Currently, a student at CHS can receive the highest possible AP exam score, a five, and not receive an A in said AP class. This is unacceptable. A student who shows mastery on the AP test should receive a “bump” in letter grade for his or her accomplishment. Certain AP teachers in the school will...

New and improved Google Classroom replaces Edline

Senior Constantine Kutson works on Google Classroom during a class.

By Arjun Swaminathan, Online Arts Editor

February 24, 2015

The first step towards replacing Edline in MCPS has begun with the implementation of Google Classroom, a brand new interface that is already taking root in CHS classrooms. The idea to include Google Classroom in the curriculum originated at the level of the MCPS superintendent.  As an educational...

CHS hosts first Student Author Night

Clarksburg HS senior Dahlia Huh (left) and CHS seniors Sammi Silber and Elina Kapoor (center and right) display their books at Student Author Night.

By Madison Hurr and Arjun Swaminathan

February 7, 2015

The CHS Educational Foundation held a student author book showcasing and signing event Feb. 4 featuring CHS seniors Sammi Silber and Elina Kapoor and SMOB representative and Clarksburg HS senior Dahlia Huh. The student authors discussed the writing and editing process, their inspiration and the plots...

Long-awaited Wi-Fi now available for public use

Long-awaited Wi-Fi now available for public use

By Arjun Swaminathan, Online Arts Editor

September 23, 2014

Before the installation of Wi-Fi at CHS, biology teacher Wendy Saoutis had to take her students to the computer lab whenever they needed to do research.  Now, Saoutis just has to tell her students to take out their cellphones. Students and faculty can now use the wireless internet connections MCPSstudent,...

‘Blast’ cast, crew ensures 25th anniversary show will go on

By Arjun Swaminathan, Productions Editor

February 24, 2014

Blast 25: Mixtape features a mix of songs from both the past and present and will run from Feb. 21 to March 21. Choral director Matthew Albright, the director of this year’s production, made artistic decisions and chose songs and ticket prices, among other responsibilities.  The decision to choose the n...

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