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CHS students need to learn the difference between cheering and taunting

CHS students need to learn the difference between cheering and taunting

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

March 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

Cheer(v.) - shout for joy or in praise or encouragement. Taunt(v.) - provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks. There is a difference. The job of the student body at CHS games is to cheer; to root for our team, not to bash the opposing team. However, the CHS student body frequently...

Parkland brings out Gen Z’s activism

Parkland brings out Gen Z’s activism

March 7, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

We’ve heard it all before. Regardless of the era, the youth generation always ends up garnering the same stereotypes -- lazy, ignorant and apathetic. Back in the 60’s, the hippies were regarded as jobless and out of touch with reality. Since then, there has been Generation X, angsty 90’s teens,...

Shorter school days should be considered for U.S. students

Shorter school days should be considered for U.S. students

By Fatima Yazdi, Social Media Editor

March 7, 2018


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There are only 24 hours in a day, and in CHS students’ busy schedules, we often wish there was more time in order to accomplish all that must get done. Attending CHS takes up over six hours per day and around 1,080 hours per year in school. It does not have to be this way; students in many schools...

Avoid V-Day heartbreak: simply celebrate love

Avoid V-Day heartbreak: simply celebrate  love

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

March 7, 2018


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In the past, Valentine’s Day entailed heart decorations, decorated cards from classmates and class parties with candy galore. However, in high school, Valentine’s Day is a completely different experience. Instead of feeling the same excitement as they did when they were younger, teens’ definition...

SAT subject tests only elicit stress in students

By Nora Holland, Arts Editor

March 7, 2018


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With the ACT or SAT, AP tests and Required Quarterly Assessments (RQA), it seems as if testing in high school never ends. Even with all these exams to study for, there is another type of testing some students are not aware of: subject tests. SAT subject tests are hour-long exams that allow students...

A Letter to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor

By Will Chai, Guest Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Observations, Online Exclusives

About the Author: Will Chai is a CHS senior interning at Georgetown Medical Center’s Women’s Interagency HIV Study since 2016. He researches HIV transmission by constructing phylogenetic networks that identify HIV transmission clusters and could predict future outbreaks. Preface: Since the early...

Time’s up MCPS; Health course must be revamped

By Maya Rosenberg, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2018


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It’s only the first month of 2018, but society has already gone through a huge metamorphosis surrounding sexual assault and harassment. From the #MeToo movement to the Time’s Up initiative, celebrities and public figures are finally acknowledging sexual abuse and shedding light on assault and sexual...

Looser laws do not lead to greater teen drug use

By Sofia Williamson, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2018


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As we welcomed the new year just a few miles outside our nation’s capitol, Congress and our Attorney General released plans for new federal regulations. Regardless of whether or not Republicans advocate for more state sovereignty, they were making a new decision that would allow the federal government...

Retakes: when it comes to testing, practice makes perfect

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

January 10, 2018


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As some people say, in life there aren’t any retakes; a mistake is a mistake. We have to live with those mistakes, and learn from them. However, there are actually many more retakes than people might think. Driver’s licenses, standardized tests and Bar Exams all have retake opportunities. So why...

Social media use connects teens with depression

By Megan Park, Photo Editor

January 10, 2018


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It’s no secret that social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook have a considerable impact on their users. Many of the effects from platforms have been negative, often triggering depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Depression is on the rise America — and fast. Social...

Case closed: jury duty must accommodate teachers

By Ethan S. Miller, Digital Media Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Sick days, emergencies, car breakdowns. These are some of the most prevalent reasons that teachers miss school. However, there is another conflict hitting CHS students and staff hard: jury duty. Jury duty summons are simply a part of life for U.S. citizens, but this process has caused massive problems....

Net neutrality is necessary for CHS students

Net neutrality is necessary for CHS students

By Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

The internet is an integral part of our society and imperative to our daily lives. It provides a place to share ideas, learn new things and communicate with others. In America, the internet has traditionally been an open and free platform for many uses. The flexibility of the internet is largely...

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