The Observer

Boys lacrosse focused on postseason success

Boys lacrosse focused on postseason success

By Amna Farooqi, Staff Writer

May 2, 2012

It was the last day of school before spring break. While most kids were getting ready for vacation or celebrating, the Bulldogs were getting ready for a crucial game. A win would continue their streak; a loss would halt their momentum and ruin the start of vacation. Eye-black on, in the zone, senior...

U.N. statehood debate sparks student discussion: Palestine should be a state

U.N. statehood debate sparks student discussion: Palestine should be a state

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2011

 Anyone who has taken World History or Global Issues knows the tension that seeps into the room when the issue of Israel-Palestine relations comes up. On one side are the students who are die-hard Israel supporters, on the other are die-hard Palestine supporters, and in the middle are students who do...

Is it just me, or is everybody doing it?

By By Amna Farooqi and Nicole Weltmann, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer

November 21, 2011

Last summer, junior David* pulled up to a parking lot. He stopped the car and motioned for a girl he knows, another CHS student, to get in the backseat. Obligingly, she climbed in, he joined her, and they exchanged some brief conversation. After about 10 minutes of talking, she went down. That girl no...

CHS mourns loss of two staff members

CHS mourns loss of two staff members

By Amna Farooqi and Joe Haynes, Editors-in-Chief

November 21, 2011

The CHS community is mourning the loss of two dedicated teachers. Special Education teacher Ruth Checker passed away Nov. 14 after a long battle with cancer, and math teacher Craig Whyte passed away Nov. 15.   Checker taught in the Special Education department for seven years, and according t...

In Pakistan, Bihari refugees’ plight forgotten

By Amna Farooqi Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2011

They have no country. Nearly 64 years ago, they fled everything they knew to come to a better place for freedom and a better life, but they are still waiting. The Bihari refugees left India during the creation of Pakistan in 1947 to come to East Pakistan, which later became Bangladesh. Also known...

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...

Japan earthquake and tsunami hit home at CHS

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2011

A massive offshore 8.9 earthquake hit Japan March 11, triggering a 23-foot tsunami that devastated cities near the coastline, primarily the city of Sendai. The earthquake, one of the largest in history, continued to cause more destruc­tion after the initial tremor with over 50 large aftershocks reaching...

Acutane sparks medical debate

March 1, 2011

Accutane, a popular acne medication used by teenagers and adults, has been involved in a number of lawsuits in the past 10 years, the most recent of which was in February 2010 when Alabama resident Andrew McCarrell won $25 million in damages from the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. after...

Does College Board make a game of admissions?

By By Amna Farooqi, News Editor, and Justine Stayman, Staff Resources Manager

October 28, 2010

$47 for the reasoning test.  $21 for taking one subject test, and $10 per additional test.  $13 for the PSAT.  $87 for each AP exam.  $25 for the initial CSS Profile Application and $16 per school the application is sent to.  $15 to submit AP scores to colleges, and $10 to submit SAT reasoning and...

You Oughta Know: Pakistani flood catostrophic

By By Amna Farooqi, News Editor

September 30, 2010

  Pakistan has experienced severe flooding since July which has left over 2,000 people dead, millions of homes destroyed, over 17 million acres of fertile crops submerged, and over 21 million people homeless and stranded. The worst flood in 80 years, the disaster has caused more damage than the H...

Younger students enroll in advanced classes

By By Amna Farooqi, News Editor

May 28, 2010

In advanced classes, there are always those genius freshmen who get great grade, and are ahead of everyone. Their purpose, it seems, is to make everyone else feel stupid. But lately they seem to be increasing in number. Within the past 10 years, the number of students taking honors and AP classes...

New Maryland bill restricts all cell phone use while driving

By By Amna Farooqi, News Editor

May 6, 2010

Maryland banned the use of cell phones while driving April 9 when the state legislature passed a bill declaring talking on a phone while driving officially illegal. MD will become the seventh state to ban cell phones while driving if Governor Martin O’Malley signs the bill, which will go into effect...

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