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CHS student & alum create summer study spot

CHS student & alum create summer study spot

By Bryan Fletcher, production Manager

November 13, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

While summer break is usually thought of as a time for vacation and relaxation for students and staff, a dynamic duo formed by a CHS student and alumnus found a way to give back to the community while being productive with their time off from school. The Crescent Lake Club (CLC) is an educational...

Bindeman Center presents bullying documentary

Bindeman Center presents bullying documentary

By Julia Heimlich, Features Editor

November 20, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Behind their caked-on makeup and pearly whites, girls can be vicious creatures. Because of their ability to cover up whatever drama goes on behind the scenes, situations in which a girl is both the bully and the victim is not always taken as seriously as it should be. A showing of the 2011 documentary...

CHS Students Think Big

CHS Students Think Big

By Katie Clem, Production Manager

March 27, 2014


Filed under Features

From the cycling club to the chess club, CHS has a variety of activities students can join that offer fun and cultural experiences, but there are few clubs that teach skills that can be used in the future. Juniors Anand Upender and Sriya Movva co-founded the Think Big Club, an entrepreneurially-based...

CHS alumnus directs video series about college life

CHS alumnus directs video series about college life

By Dana Harris and Ben Fox

March 21, 2014


Filed under Features

The music starts, the drinks are poured, and two attractive college students introduce over a million viewers to the world of I’m Shmacked. The YouTube documentary web-series, which focuses on the party scene at some of America’s biggest universities, has built a huge national following over the co...

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...

Let’s Get Down to Business

By Julia Reagan, Arts Editor

October 1, 2013


Filed under Features

The CHS student body is unstoppable.  From selling cookies to teaching Zumba classes, students know how to turn a simple idea into a moneymaking machine. Thanks to the rise of social media and the ease of promoting one’s talents through the Internet, many students have recently chosen to turn thei...

All you need to know about college recommendations

By Skylar Whitman, Staff Writer

October 1, 2013


Filed under Features

College application deadlines are quickly approaching, and students are left with unanswered questions about the proper etiquette for asking and reminding teachers about recommendations. Here are some tips for the students who need a little help in their hunt for the perfect recommendation. Who? Wit...

Classrooms: You’re hot then you’re cold

By Alissa Li, Production Editor

October 1, 2013


Filed under Features

Bundled up in heavy winter jackets, students brace themselves for the storm to come—inside their classrooms. Extreme room temperatures, whether they are freezing or sweltering, are a frequent issue at CHS. According to William Butler, supervisor of the MCPS Energy Management Department, each school is divi...

‘Observer’ guide for how to be Employee of the Month

By Sammi Silber, Observations Editor

October 1, 2013


Filed under Features

When CHS students come to school, many expect to have to juggle homework, classwork, tests and quizzes. However, some students have to handle something else along with their schoolwork: a job.  Jobs come with not only a ton of work, but they can also come with bosses to impress. Having and keeping...

Club Superlatives: The Popular, Productive and Unique

Club Superlatives: The Popular, Productive and Unique

By Jeanine Liu, Contest Manager

October 1, 2013


Filed under Features

Every year on Club Night, prospective students scour the rows of tables and walls of poster board in the crowded cafeteria to find clubs that suit their interests. The sheer number of clubs and members vying for students’ attention may be overwhelming, so here are some of the most well-known, prod...

Teachers improve lives with Wellness Initiative

Teachers improve lives with Wellness Initiative

By Madison Hurr, Production editor

September 24, 2013


Filed under Features

Since the formation of a countywide wellness program a few years ago, teachers have taken up the challenge of practicing healthy living and have encouraged others to do the same. This September is Self Improvement Month and several teachers will honor this month with their participation in the CHS Tea...

Observer Observes WJ Rumor

Observer Observes WJ Rumor

By Sammi Silber and Erica Spaeth

September 13, 2013


Filed under Features

Rumors have been going around throughout CHS, claiming that Walter Johnson High School (WJ) students are not allowed to attend the Sept. 16 football game between WJ and CHS. However, the Observer has learned that this fact is actually fiction.  According to Assistant Principal John Taylor, altho...

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