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Seniors enjoy annual banquet

Seniors enjoy annual banquet

By Ana Faguy, News Editor

May 2, 2014

CHS seniors gathered at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center for the annual Senior Banquet May 1. The event included a meal, an awards ceremony and a slideshow. Through the organization of the Class of 2014 Executive Board and their advisor Shelly Perrett, the seniors enjoyed a...

Holocaust speaker talks to CHS students about experiences

Holocaust speaker talks to CHS students about experiences

By Eugenia Cardinale, Production Editor

April 29, 2014

Ninety-two-year-old Holocaust survivor Margo Friedlander spoke to a group of CHS students and teachers April 11. Friedlander was finishing a tour for her book Try to Make Your Life. CHS is the only public school in the United States she visited. “This [was] the students first and maybe only c...

Behind Closed Doors: MCPS uses database to record and track inappropriate teacher behavior

By Ilana Berger, Senior Writer

April 28, 2014

MCPS prides itself in having the brightest students and most capable staff in the country. CHS has been a National Blue Ribbon School for years. However, no amount of prestigious awards can cover a serious problem with which MCPS has struggled: incidents of inappropriate staff behavior towards students....

AP freshmen enrollment at record high

AP freshmen enrollment at record high

By Emily Raab, Online News Editor

April 28, 2014

As soon-to-be freshmen finish choosing their ninth grade courses, a lot are choosing AP U.S. History (APUSH) as their social studies. APUSH, the most popular freshman AP course, has seen an increase in freshman students over the past few years. “This year I have three sections of APUSH for ninth...

MCPS pushes for increase in construction funding

MCPS pushes for increase in construction funding

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

April 28, 2014

In an effort to prepare MCPS for the continued growth of the student population that is expected over the next several years, state legislators are considering a bill that would vastly increase the amount of state funding for school construction in MCPS. According to Montgomery County Executive Isia...

Seniors celebrate at senior breakfast

Seniors celebrate at senior breakfast

By Julia Heimlich, Features Editor

April 25, 2014

A swarm of hungry teenagers crowded the CHS cafeteria April 25 to share one of their last big moments together as the class of 2014. The CHS Parent Student Teacher Association (PTSA) runs the annual senior breakfast as a way to commemorate students finishing off their final year of high school. “It’s...

Students face realities of student loan debt

By Ana Faguy, News Editor

April 11, 2014

As the college admissions process comes to a close, CHS seniors have begun to finalize their college plans. Now more than ever, students are forced to look at all angles of the college experience, especially cost. With student loan interest rates increasing and the economy remaining stagnant, students...

CHS families feel effects of Ukraine instability

CHS families feel effects of Ukraine instability

By Dana Harris, Senior Writer

April 11, 2014

Crimean citizens officially voted March 16 to leave Ukraine and to become part of the Russian Federation after the Russia Parliament approval March 1 to send thousands of Russian troops into Crimea. Crimea is southeast of Ukraine, but used to be a part of the Russian Federation before the Russian...

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...

Anti-Semitism apparent outside Potomac bubble

Anti-Semitism apparent outside Potomac bubble

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

March 21, 2014

Two recent incidents of Jewish mistreatment, one in Auschwitz, Poland Jan. 31 and the other in Dallas Feb. 19, have caused several to wonder if anti-Semitism is still present in the world today. Although Potomac’s high Jewish population isolates many from real-world anti-Semitism, these recent events...

Odor invades World Languages hallway

Odor invades World Languages hallway

By Pablo Roa, Staff Writer

March 20, 2014

The foul odor that has plagued the World Language hallway has struck again, and according to students and staff, it is even more prominent than in years past. According to a 2010 Observer article, a 2009 inspection performed by Building Dynamics, LLC, a private consultant hired by the county, determined...

BOE approves Superintendent Starr’s budget

BOE approves Superintendent Starr’s budget

By Katie Gauch, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2014

Focused on closing the achievement gap and overseeing growth in schools, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) approved a $2.32 billion budget Feb. 11 for the 2015 Fiscal Year. The Board’s approval of the budget enables MCPS to control the district’s spending and allows the county to...

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