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Expand your summer reading list with these books

Expand your summer reading list with these books

By Alissa Li and Katie Clem

May 27, 2015

As summer rapidly approaches, students not only buckle down for the final stretch of school but they also begin to make plans for the upcoming break. Whether you find yourself sightseeing in Europe or simply lounging around at home, a book is sure to be good company. The Observer has picked out a couple...

Track and Field Runs through Opponents at Regionals

Track and Field Runs through Opponents at Regionals

By Katie Clem, Senior Writer

May 18, 2015

CHS competed with some of its toughest rivals at outdoor track and field’s regional competition, beginning Wed. May 13 through Thurs. May 14 The final outcome portrayed a mix of both joyful victories and bitter losses for CHS across all events. Members on the girl’s team acquired state qualifications,...

Boys will be boys, girls will be girls, despite proximity

Boys will be boys, girls will be girls, despite proximity

By Katie Clem, Production Manager

April 22, 2014

My experience on the girls tennis team has been crazy, just like any other girl on an all-girl team. We gossip, we tee-pee houses, we even sing badly when no one is around. Yet as soon as boys enter the picture, we girls on all-girl teams will close off and be much tamer than we were before. This f...

CHS Students Think Big

CHS Students Think Big

By Katie Clem, Production Manager

March 27, 2014

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...

The Observer’s guide to Winter Break

The Observer’s guide to Winter Break

By Katie Clem, Production Editor

December 20, 2013

Christmas break is approaching which means visiting family or traveling abroad. However staying home this break does not mean it has to be boring. Here are some suggestions of what to do here in the DMV area. Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas: Music fanatics have a chance to listen to traditional...

CHS honors staff members who served the US

CHS honors staff members who served the US

By Katie Gauch and Katie Clem, Production Editors

December 4, 2013

The Observer thanks all CHS veterans for their service. English Teacher Haroot Hakopian U.S. Army, 1987-93   Chemistry Teacher Wesley Russ Missouri Army National Guard, 1979-82   Assistant Principal John Taylor Marine Corps, 1993-96   Bridge Teacher Bruce Krohmer U.S....

Atheltes question club status, vie to be official

By Katie Clem, Production Editor

October 30, 2013

For three hours a week, junior crew member Michelle Dan takes a 45-minute bus ride to the Anacostia River. Crew is a competitive and physically demanding sport that Dan dedicates much of her time to, yet it is not considered an athletic team in Montgomery County. According to Principal Joan Benz, i...

Cheer coach has teams bond

Cheer coach has teams bond

By Katie Clem, Production Editor

September 30, 2013

With the start of another season, the cheer squad returns with the hope of keeping its Division I seed with their new coach, Margo Hopkins, at the helm. Hopkins started cheerleading with her middle school team and then went onto cheer in her high school and at Towson University. She helped found th...

MCPS expands student run newspaper

MCPS expands student run newspaper

By Katie Clem, Production Editor

September 30, 2013

In the fall of 2012, the organization MoCo Student was founded by a group of six students. This year, the creators plan to expand. For those who have never heard of it, MoCo Student is a student-run online paper who encourages students at CHS and other schools to submit their personal work. “Inspired...

Students can help stop the violence: What we learned from the Boston Bombing

Students can help stop the violence: What we learned from the Boston Bombing

By Katie Clem, Emily Jin, Production Editors

May 31, 2013

The fear that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, instilled during the Boston Marathon bombing has led many to question whether stricter gun regulation will put an end to the acts of violence and terror. The true threat lies not with the weapons, but within the people behind the weapon...

Fracking worthy of recognition as clean alternative

Fracking worthy of recognition as clean alternative

By Katie Clem, Staff Writer

April 5, 2013

Water seeps into the rock fractures below Earth’s surface. Slowly a gap opens and widens as high pressure is applied.  With the influx of pressure, the natural gas trapped in shale deposits is released. In a matter of minutes, a new energy source cleaner than coal or oil is available for use. Maryl...

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