The Observer

Boys varsity swim and dive brings home state championships

John Nguyen explodes off the blocks as he begins to swim.

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

March 8, 2019

The boys varsity swim and dive team conquered the state championships on Feb. 24. This is the second year in a row that the boys have brought home a state title. They were led by captains Steven Mendley, John Nguyen and Sean Nguyen. “Our team was very successful this year because of how big this year’s team was...

Amazon cancels plans to create new headquarters in N.Y.

Amazon’s proposed HQ2 location in NYC was shut down by local activist groups. The groups argued Amazon would drive the cost of living up, hurting the surrounding New Yorkers.

By Brandon Li and Joe Raab

March 6, 2019

After publicly revealing the creation of two new headquarter locations in Arlington, Va. and New York City, N.Y., Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced Feb. 14 he will cancel the construction of the NYC location. Bezos originally planned to have only one HQ2 location, setting up a wild goose...

Changes to athletic department boost school spirit

The new WCHS logo is donned on the uniforms of the WCHS varsity football team.

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

January 10, 2019

If you feel a sudden rush of school spirit and you aren't quite sure why, it may be because of the new changes that the athletics department has made to the look of the school. The bulldog logo on top of the scoreboard was updated to match the official WCHS logo. This was just one of many projects do...

Poor weather rains on CHS Girls Varsity Soccer’s parade

Niamh Haynos dribbles the ball down the field.

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

September 28, 2018

The girls varsity soccer team was cruising through the season, until a few storms sent them hydroplaning into uncertainty. Recent and frequent storms have hindered the team’s smooth start of as many team activities have been cancelled, including a rivalry game against Wootton, which has been re...

Sports fanatics snap highlights with Rapid Replay

Photo by Joe Raab

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

May 11, 2018

The CHS athletic department has started to use a new app that allows the crowd at sport events to share videos and highlights in a platform that gives access to parents, athletes and other students.   The app is called Rapid Replay, and was created by five former Division 1 athletes who w...

CHS senior starts personalized shoe business

CHS senior starts personalized shoe business

By Emily Raab, Production Editor

February 24, 2015

With final college decisions right around the corner, seniors have begun preparing for the next stage in their life. Beneath the pile of paperwork, everyone can finally get excited for the school they will be spending the next four years at, which for many students, means adding spiritwear to their closet....

Powdered alcohol: an easier way to sneak a drink?

Powdered alcohol: an easier way to sneak a drink?

By Emily Raab, Production Editor

May 29, 2014

Alcohol in a powdered form may seems like a dream come true for a rebellious minor: it’s such a simple way to sneak a drink into a school dance or a party, right? Well, not exactly. Mark Phillips originally created powdered alcohol, or “Palcohol,” as a lighter and more compact alternative to...

Top five technical difficulties of modern history

By Matt Raab and Ben Schick

March 1, 2013

The 49ers, the Ravens and fans all over the country were in despair  during this year’s Superbowl as they watched their favorite players try to stay loose while they awaited the return of the lights. The short-lived turmoil and vast media coverage of the lighting mishap at Super Bowl XLVII got Matt ...

Future UMD students react to Big 10 switch

By Lara Fu and Matt Raab

December 20, 2012

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, the old proverb goes. For Terps fans come 2014, a bizarrely warped version of this wisdom will have to apply as the University of Maryland parts ways with traditional rivals Duke University, North Carolina State and Florida State of t...

Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the Month

By Matt Raab and Zoe Forster

December 3, 2012

Most talk of athletes generally begins with discussion of statistics. But for senior football captain Dominique Williams, the problem is where to start. Williams is a star on both the football and basketball teams, and his contributions to each of these sports is difficult to measure. Dominique w...



By Katie Gauch, Production Editor

November 30, 2012

The club hockey team came out on top with a dominating win against Walter Johnson Nov. 16 to start the season, extending last year’s undefeated regular season streak. "We won 10-1 and obviously played pretty well, but we didn’t play a very good team," senior captain Zach Satin said. After a 10-...

Football steams through Springbrook at Homecoming

Football steams through Springbrook at Homecoming

By Ben Schick and Matt Raab, Online Sports Editor, Sports Editor

November 8, 2012

The football team has continued its run of dominance in the 4A South division, holding a 4-0 record among division teams and a 6-2 record overall with two games remaining in the regular season. "The guys are confident," head coach Joe Allen said. "They are starting to learn how to win and come in to e...

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