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Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

By Observer Opinion

March 29, 2017

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...

Focusing on Character Won’t Lead to More Compassion

Focusing on Character Won’t Lead to More Compassion

By Fiona Asbury, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2016

College admissions officers face a daunting task: they must take piles of paper and weave them into a qualified, enthusiastic and cohesive student body, a group of students who will band together and change the world. As admissions officers sift through applications, they look for individuals with a...

CHS musicians work to attain college scholarships

By Peter Durand, Social Media Editor

October 29, 2015

Scholarships often bring to mind thoughts of athletics, internships, and academic merit. However, music is a significant means of attracting prestigious schools and scholarships. Many of Churchill’s top musicians go on to pursue music in college, with about five percent of seniors in the music program...

Early High School Recruiting: Not as Effective

Early High School Recruiting: Not as Effective

By Cristian Edwards and Nathan Gertler

October 29, 2015

For most high school athletes aspiring to further their athletic experience, the next step is to play in college. However, the cruel realities of college recruiting serve as a daunting process for students. Each sport has its own unique rules, regulations and flaws in terms of the high school recruiting...

New program to replace Common Application

New program to replace Common Application

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

October 29, 2015

Come next summer, there will be another option for applying to college to rival the Common Application, an organization that has been used by college applicants for 40 years to apply to over 600 institutions worldwide. Current juniors and sophomores will most likely not be affected, but freshmen and...

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

By Rebekah Sklute, Circulation Manager

October 29, 2015

If a student skips class, he or she is more likely to get into the college of his or her choice. Given the choice between attending University of Michigan’s college presentation or an AP class, a student is stuck with a tough decision. He has the desire to learn about the university and how to...

College endowments should be taxed

College endowments should be taxed

By Yash Nigam, Senior Writer

May 21, 2015

While the American tax code has always had loopholes, political and financial analysts across the country have found what seems to be a gaping crater in tax regulation: college endowments. It may come as a shock to many when they see a list of the endowments of the top 10 American colleges. If one ...

College campus visits are vital in decision making

By Fiona Asbury, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2015

Every spring break, social media is inundated with pictures and posts chronicling students’ vacations around the world. For many college-minded sophomores, juniors and admitted seniors, these vacations include at least a few college visits. Though spring break is a very common time for students...

Future Terps eager for next basketball season

Future Terps eager for next basketball season

By Hannah Yasharoff, Senior Writer

April 28, 2015

It’s only April, but anticipation for the upcoming 2015-2016 season of the University of Maryland Men’s Basketball team is at an all-time high. With the newly-announced returns of freshman guard Melo Trimble and junior forward Jake Layman, along with the addition of five-star center recruit Diamond...

New website personalizes college applications

New website personalizes college applications

By Daniel Miyares, Business Manager

November 20, 2014

Senior Michelle Yuen opens up her computer, navigates to an all-too-familiar page and blankly stares at the text box before her. The activities section of the common application, as daunting as it is restrictive, allows little room to describe much of anything in detail, let alone her extensive extracurricular...

The Observer’s guide to college research

The Observer’s guide to college research

By Alissa Li, Observations Editor

September 11, 2014

Once students graduate from their “underclassmen” status, they are suddenly burdened with a lot more stress. Not only do they have to worry about keeping their GPA afloat, they need to start researching the next step of their lives: college. As seniors are busy worrying about submitting their...

College admissions shouldn’t favor race

College admissions shouldn’t favor race

By Katie Clem, Production Manager

June 3, 2014

Fifty years ago on July 2, the iconic Civil Rights Act was passed. This act was the first and most well-known attempt at creating equality among people of different races. However, three years before that, the first mention of affirmative action was in John Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925. Affirmative...

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