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Young and in Love

By Catherine Goohs, Online Arts Editor

February 26, 2014


Filed under Features

We all start off as little kids, experiencing the world with fresh perspective and all-encompassing curiosity. In our first few years we find out what passions we have, what we want to learn more about and whom we like to be around. As the month of February brings back the Hallmark holiday of love and...

The Slang of the Selfie Generation

By Natalie Cortez and Catherine Goohs

January 8, 2014


Filed under Features

Several teenagers are conversing at lunch when one cries out: "Selfie!" Within mere seconds, the crowd moves like a choreographed dance into a huddled position, each member smiling at the the lens of a camera phone. The word "selfie" showed so much prominence in the English language this year that, as ...

Studies show grateful outlook leads to happier life

By Catherine Goohs, Online Arts Editor

December 3, 2013


Filed under Features

"Thank you." These two simple words not only make the receiver feel appreciated, but they also have a profound effect on the thanker. Studies have shown a connection between those who practice gratitude and those who live happier lives. "The trend is that people who practice gratitude show more positive ...

‘Hunger Games’ makeup line pushes boundaries

‘Hunger Games’ makeup line pushes boundaries

By Catherine Goohs, Online Arts Editor

October 28, 2013


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

A bold, new makeup line has taken center stage at cosmetic counters. Covergirl’s Hunger Games-inspired makeup collection features fearless shades of blue lipstick, scarlet eyeliner and electric emerald eye shadows. The line was released on Oct. 1, the same day movie tickets for the film’s sequel, Ca...

What would happen if ‘The Purge’ came to CHS?

What would happen if ‘The Purge’ came to CHS?

By Catherine Goohs, Online Arts Editor

October 2, 2013


Filed under Features

The beginning of the school year is a time when students return to a scheduled lifestyle and follow CHS rules. Theses regulations exist for very important reasons, but what if, for one single day, all CHS rules were thrown out the window? A similar situation is the focus of the film The Purge, release...

There’s no place like home: Seniors discuss returning to Potomac after college

There’s no place like home: Seniors discuss returning to Potomac after college

By Catherine Goohs, Online Arts Editor

May 29, 2013


Filed under Features

As the end of May draws closer and closer, so does the graduation of the Class of 2013. Whether these soon-to-be alumnae are headed for foreign countries clear across the globe or 15 minutes away, all are planning on discovering some new terrain after high school graduation. But how many will end up back in Po...

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

By Catherine Goohs, Archive Manager

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television

 When I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I expected the typical high school coming-of-age film. The movie did have many qualities relating to that genre—a quirky main character, disastrous relationships and awkward teenage encounters. But despite expectations, Wallflower proves to carry more me...

Maryland Renaissance Festival returns this fall

Maryland Renaissance Festival returns this fall

By Catherine Goohs, Archive Manager

October 1, 2012


Filed under Arts, Top Stories

Autumn not only brings colorful foliage, but also jousting, fortune telling, face painting and merriment, for the Maryland Renaissance Festival is back in town. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Renaissance Festival.  Located in Crownsville MD, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. e...

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