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Maryland bill to outlaw energy drink sales to minors

Maryland bill to outlaw energy drink sales to minors

By Natalie Cortez, Public Relations

March 21, 2014

Maryland legislators are considering banning the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18. The bill was introduced at the Maryland General Assembly by Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery County). The Maryland House Economic Matters Committee met to discuss the bill March 7. Although the bill...

Unsung heroes of CHS improve our community

Unsung heroes of CHS improve our community

By Natalie Cortez, Public Relations Manager

February 26, 2014

Every year, the popular award show CNN Heroes recognizes and awards unsung heroes—everyday people who change the world through charitable acts. CHS has its fair share of heroes. Two students, in particular, have reached out to make our community a better place. Although just a freshman, Madeline St...

“Karmin” rocks the Fillmore

“Karmin” rocks the Fillmore

By Natalie Cortez, Public Relations Manager

February 10, 2014

Though not yet a household name, the Boston-based pop-duo by the name of Karmin sure deserves it after their electrifying high-energy performance at the Fillmore Silver Spring Feb. 7.   The down-to-earth couple, now engaged, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan first gained popularity when they reached...

The Slang of the Selfie Generation

By Natalie Cortez and Catherine Goohs

January 8, 2014

Several teenagers are conversing at lunch when one cries out: "Selfie!" Within mere seconds, the crowd moves like a choreographed dance into a huddled position, each member smiling at the the lens of a camera phone. The word "selfie" showed so much prominence in the English language this year that, as ...

CHS sits down with creator of Reactr

CHS sits down with creator of Reactr

By Natalie Cortez, Public Relations

December 17, 2013

Here at CHS, sending “lol” provoking pictures to friends is a popular and reccurring phenomenon. However, one is constantly bombarded with the redundant “omg” or “haha” responses from people.  If only one could see the look on their face when they open the message. Luckily, now one can. The...

New Privacy Settings Affect Teens on Facebook

New Privacy Settings Affect Teens on Facebook

By Natalie Cortez, Public Relations and Social Media Editor

October 29, 2013

Facebook had loosened its privacy setting for its teenage users. The new privacy setting took effect Oct. 17. Originally the networking site restricted 13 to 17 year olds to sharing posts to friends of friends by default. Teens were prohibited by the site to share all information to the general public. However,...

The Observer’s Declassified College Survival Guide

By Natalie Cortez, Public Relations

May 30, 2013

College life is right around the corner for the Class of 2013. Even underclassmen  will have to experience true independence sooner than they think. Although seniors might be ready for the academic and social aspects of college, many will struggle with the basics of independent living. Whether students st...

Junior presents research

Junior presents research

By Natalie Cortez, Contest Manager

February 28, 2013

Congratulations to junior Daniel Liu for winning the $1,500 second-place scholarship award in this year’s regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) and the chance to present his original research at the National JSHS in Dayton, Ohio. Liu is one of 200 high school students who competed at Georgetown...

Maryland schools rank 1st: State earns B-plus average

Maryland schools rank 1st: State earns  B-plus average

By Natalie Cortez, Contest Manager

February 27, 2013

Maryland public schools, for the fifth consecutive year, remain the highest ranked in the nation, according to a national report released Jan.10. According to Education Weekly, the nation’s leading education publication, the state received an 87.5 B-plus grade with Massachusetts only 3.4 points behin...

Senior earns scholarship

Senior earns scholarship

By Natalie Cortez, Natalie Cortez

February 27, 2013

Congratulations to senior Adrien Bossogo-Egoume for receiving a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Posse Foundation. The Posse program recognizes high school students with exceptional talent and leadership qualities. Bossogo-Egoume is one of 23 students from Montgome...

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