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Live-action ‘Cinderella’ proves to be the perfect fit

Live-action ‘Cinderella’ proves to be the perfect fit

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

March 20, 2015

Cinderella’s infamous glass slippers have seen the silver screen six times since the movie’s original release in 1950, but Disney fans never seem to tire of them. After theatrical successes Maleficent and Into the Woods, Disney continues its live-action trend with the release of Cinderella, directed...

CHS winter play ‘Almost, Maine’ has shows cancelled

CHS winter play ‘Almost, Maine’ has shows cancelled

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

March 5, 2015

The recent slew of winter weather has led to delays and school cancellations, but it has also had an adverse effect on extracurricular activities. CHS’ winter play Almost, Maine almost went off without a hitch, but inclement weather caused cancellations for the Feb. 21 and March 1 performances....

Athlete Commits: Eunbbie Kim

Athlete Commits: Eunbbie Kim

By Balbina Yang, Advertising Manager

February 25, 2015

Congratulations to senior Eunbbie Kim who recently committed to play golf at Bucknell University next year. “I started playing golf when I was around 9 years old.” Kim said. “I loved the game, but I actually didn’t play often and started competitive golf only right after eighth grade.” Even...

CHS students can’t wait to travel ‘Into the Woods’

CHS students can’t wait to travel ‘Into the Woods’

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

December 19, 2014

Be careful what you wish for, especially if what you wish for is a mash-up of famous fairy tales such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Originally a Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods, to premier Dec. 25, is Disney’s latest...

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ plants seed for program’s success

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ plants seed for program’s success

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

November 20, 2014

Rock music, Motown and a giant, talking plant don’t often mix, but with the help of a talented cast, they are brought to life in Little Shop of Horrors, CHS’ fall musical. Little Shop of Horrors was performed Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15, and it will be performed Friday, Nov. 21 and Satur...

Want to be a novelist? Seven tips for certain success

Want to be a novelist? Seven tips for certain success

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

October 24, 2014

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an international challenge for people to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November. If successful, writers are rewarded with free copies of their books, as well as access to online writing resources. It may seem daunting, but never...

CHS celebrates Banned Books Week

CHS celebrates Banned Books Week

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 25, 2014

Classics like The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird might not seem as if they have much in common with popular young adult novels such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, but all of these books, and many more, have at some point been banned or challenged. Banned Books Week is being celebrated from...

Nerdfighters await more Green on the big screen

Nerdfighters await more Green on the big screen

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 23, 2014

After The Fault in Our Stars grossed over $48 million in the box office its opening weekend, two more John Green novels, Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, began their journeys from award-winning books to film adaptations. While Paper Towns’ film rights were optioned in 2010 and Looking for Al...

‘Maze Runner’ film adaptation ensnares avid fans

‘Maze Runner’ film adaptation ensnares avid fans

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 23, 2014

Mazes are good for the mind and a fun way to pass the time unless you live in the world of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner where the Glade sits as the only safe haven in an enormous maze filled with lethal monsters. All the while, the amnesiac teenage boys who inhabit it are challenged to survi...

Arts Academy members prepare Capstone projects

Arts Academy members prepare Capstone projects

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

May 29, 2014

Ever since she joined the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, senior Leslie Sterling has been preparing to complete her senior capstone project—building her portfolio of photographs, choosing a theme and designing a poster to advertise her display. Seniors in the Visual Arts focus of the Arts...

Weast plans to retire

By By Joseph Kim, Production Editor

September 30, 2010

After an 11-year career in MCPS, Superintendent Jerry Weast will retire at the end of the school year, leaving a long legacy of reform during his time as superintendent including one of his primary goals, decreasing the inequality gap among students. "Equity among diverse groups of students progre...

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