The Observer

New year and new principal escalate spirit

New year and new principal escalate spirit

By Julia Lescht and Jenna Greenzaid, Online Editor-in-Chief, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2018


Filed under Features

CHS students start each school year with the same jokes about their usual lack of school spirit. This year, however, the change in school spirit is no joke. Since the beginning of her term, Principal Brandice Heckert has made it a point to foster a welcoming, spirited and enthusiastic atmosphere....

All WCHS sports should have a junior varsity team

All WCHS sports should have a junior varsity team

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

This year, WCHS swim and dive coach Christopher Tappis decided to add a junior varsity (JV) swim team. Traditionally, swim and dive was one of WCHS’ few sports that did not have both varsity and JV teams. This change should encourage the rest of WCHS athletics to add a JV team if their sport does not...

NHS inducts new class of bright members

NHS inducts new class of bright members

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories, Uncategorized

CHS National Honor Society (NHS) inducted the rest of its members for the 2018-2019 school year Thursday, Oct. 4. The ceremony took place in the CHS auditorium and was led by NHS sponsor and social studies teacher Jamie Frank and the NHS officers. While half the society was inducted last May, a new ...

CHS senior goes global with cultural immersion trip

CHS senior goes global with cultural immersion trip

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2018


Filed under CHS Community, Features, Top Stories

Yeah, we all take at least two years of foreign language instruction within the walls of CHS, but how many people travel all the way to a foreign country to learn its language by living completely immersed in its society and culture? Senior Hana Mangat is participating in the National Security Language...

TBH, honesty apps are just asking for trouble

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

There’s a well known saying: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. To accommodate the digital age, this should be changed to, “If you can’t say it to someone’s face, then don’t say it at all.” Anonymous sites and apps are dangerous for individuals...

Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes its way to college campuses

Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes its way to college campuses

By Julia Lescht and Max Kandel

January 2, 2018


Filed under Local, National, News, Top Stories

Throughout the last few years the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement has become prevalent among U.S. college campuses as various Student Senate groups hold votes on whether to enact or promote BDS at their universities. Most of the time, these resolutions are non-binding, as in the college ...

CHS should not prioritize senior parking spots

CHS should not prioritize senior parking spots

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Every teenager knows, or at least envies, that, victorious tangible symbol of entering adulthood—a driver’s license. Nothing seems better than to finally drive to and from school by your own will. However, for those juniors whose birthdays are early enough to get their licenses before the school...

Assembly warns seniors ‘Better to be Safe than Sorry’

Assembly warns seniors ‘Better to be Safe than Sorry’

By Jamie Lescht, Senior Writer

April 30, 2014


Filed under Features

With the notorious prom and beach week creeping up on students, CHS is working to raise drug and alcohol awareness through a new campaign that teaches seniors that it is “Better to be Safe than Sorry.” Local psychiatrist Susan Rich started The Better Safe Than Sorry (BSTS) campaign in order to...

The play’s the thing for elementary school students visiting CHS

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

January 30, 2013


Filed under Observations, Online Exclusives

Students from Rock Creek Forest Elementary School and Crest Haven Elementary School came to CHS Jan. 30 to see CHS students perform Peggy and the Pint Size Pirates. According to drama teacher Lynda Scionti, the elementary school students were doing a unit on plays but did not have enough money to...

Imagine Dragons stumbles but shows promise

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

 The upcoming band Imagine Dragons released their debut album Night Visions Sept. 4, providing an alternative indie sound that contrasts with present mainstream music. The album starts with "Radioactive," a song with an interesting  and unique sound. "Radioactive" begins with a chorus of guitars strumm...

Facing Phobias

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

May 18, 2012


Filed under Features

Sophomore Jamie Bonan lives in constant fear of a simple object: a balloon. Instead of being able to turn her head away at the sight of this inflatable item, she begins to panic and loses her composure. This is no normal fear, it is known as a phobia. The term phobia is generally associated with words like claustrop...

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