The Observer

Bomb threats lead to evacuation

Bomb threats lead to evacuation

By Dana Harris, Senior Writer

April 29, 2014


Filed under News, Online Exclusives

Gun violence and bomb threats led to evacuations at Northwest High School and Northwood High School at around 9:50 a.m. on April 29. “Once police received the threats both schools were evacuated as a precaution,” MCPS spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said. According to the Washington Post, police...

CHS families feel effects of Ukraine instability

CHS families feel effects of Ukraine instability

By Dana Harris, Senior Writer

April 11, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Crimean citizens officially voted March 16 to leave Ukraine and to become part of the Russian Federation after the Russia Parliament approval March 1 to send thousands of Russian troops into Crimea. Crimea is southeast of Ukraine, but used to be a part of the Russian Federation before the Russian...

ACT test to be offered online starting in 2015

ACT test to be offered online starting in 2015

By Dana Harris, Features Editor

February 27, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Beginning in 2015, the ACT will be offered through a computer-based program in states that offer the ACT on a school day to fulfill the requirements of their district, state or school assessment programs. Students will be able to take the online version of the ACT on tablets, computers or laptops. ...

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor

January 10, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

Oh man another all-nighter. Three tests, one quiz and an essay all due tomorrow.  I can’t wait for a break this weekend.  Oh wait, it is not a wellness weekend. On special occasions such as Homecoming and Prom, CHS awards us with a wellness weekend.  This is essentially a homework free weekend,...

Driver service phone app is ‘Uber’ convenient

Driver service phone app is ‘Uber’ convenient

By Jordan Maser and Dana Harris

January 7, 2014


Filed under Features

My family tends to play musical cars, and I am unfortunately most often the one left without a ride. When I am without cash and in serious need of transportation, my "go-to" option is Uber. The Uber application, released in San Francisco in 2009, is a unique taxi cab service that is dedicated to ma...

The Quarter Exam Guide

The Quarter Exam Guide

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor

October 30, 2013


Filed under Uncategorized

Well CHS, it is that time of the year again.  The leaves are turning a vibrant orange, and we are beginning to finalize our Halloween costume.  But what are those dreadful tests that mark then end of the first quarter and the end of October?  Quarter Exams. The tedious multiple choice tests that...

Dysautonomia researchers work to raise awareness

Dysautonomia researchers work to raise awareness

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor

October 28, 2013


Filed under Features

Along with being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is also Dysautonomia Awareness month.  In order to support the cause, students are wearing turquoise to raise awareness. Approximately one out of every 100 adolescents will experience a form of Dysautonomia, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syn...

Students have mixed reactions to armed police officer: Officer vital to safety

Students have mixed reactions to armed police officer: Officer vital to safety

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor

October 1, 2013


Filed under Column, Opinions

Within the past few years, reports of school shootings have flooded the national media.  Too many innocent lives have been cut short by ill individuals.  These incidents may have turned out very differently had there been an armed police officer on the campus at all times. At the beginning of the school year...

UN shows its true colors, they are not blue and white

UN shows its true colors, they are not blue and white

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor

May 1, 2013


Filed under Column, Opinions

The United Nations (UN) was created after World War II, once the League of Nations failed.  This world-renowned organization tries to keep peace between rival nations, provide humanitarian aid, assist in providing solutions for political and economic problems that arise and more.  Although this or...

Transitioning back to school

By Dana Harris, Online Opinions Editor

October 2, 2012


Filed under Uncategorized

It’s only the second month of school and I’m already counting down the days until summer. How did it go so quickly? We need a “transition period” back into the requirements of high school.  It’s too difficult to go directly from summer fun to classroom assignments, homework and cafeteria...

What to do during Exam Week

What to do during Exam Week

By Dana Harris, Online Opinions Editor

June 4, 2012


Filed under Uncategorized

Here we go, round two.  The grueling exam week is about to begin in t-minus (1) day.  All-nighters, study sessions with friends and trying to avoid procrastination on Facebook.  All of the vicious events school throws at us students.  So, to help you bear through the exams, I am going to give you...

A day in the life of Dana Harris

A day in the life of Dana Harris

By Dana Harris, Online Opinions Editor

May 11, 2012


Filed under Uncategorized

It’s very early, and music is playing in the background.  It’s the mesmerizing Lady Gaga and the melody makes me smile.  Suddenly a loud noise rudely interrupts my bliss.  I reach over to get its attention so it will stop.  It’s peaceful again for about five minutes, but then the vicious cycle...

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