The Observer

Student Art Spotlight: Alex Zarynow

Alex Zarynow poses with Congressman John Delaney at the Congressional Art Competition. Zarynow has achieved much success through his photography.

By Sarah O'Brien and Balbina Yang

May 28, 2016

For some people, it’s all about the music, the dance moves or the food. However, for senior Alex Zarynow, it’s all about the pictures. Although he is in Photography 1, Zarynow is self-taught and began taking photos during his junior year at CHS. Ever since, he has won awards, such as in the Congressional...

Turning on Your Technology Can Be a Turnoff

Technology has changed romantic relationships, making face-to-face interaction less frequent and communication more impersonal.

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

February 25, 2016

There is no question that technology is influencing high school teens. From online relationships to newly coined terms of endearment, such as ‘ily’ (I love you), ‘imu’ (I miss you) and ‘bae’ (before anyone else) sent via text, technology has changed the way we view our love lives. “Every...

No Need to Break Out in Tears Over a Break Out on Your Face

Many students resort to various creams and gels to attempt to manage their acne.

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

December 23, 2015

Acne: a chronic skin condition that produces bumps and painful red spots because of hormones, genetics, and stress. Acne is aperfectly normal thing to have, especially when one is a teenager, yet this is usually not viewed as such. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most...

CHS bands represent in All-State, All-County

Students perform in the All-State Band performance in Feb. 2014.Some students are part of the CHS, All-County and All-State bands.

By Emily Wang and Balbina Yang

December 22, 2015

With over 30 percent of all CHS band students involved in either All-State or All-County Band, it is no wonder that CHS has won many awards for its performing arts. Beginning practice in January and February of 2016, the All-State and All-County Bands are just a few of the many outside ensembles...

Rice water revealed to have rejuvenating effects

A bowl of rice water that can either be drank or used as a toner for the face.

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

October 20, 2015

With school well under way, students’ stress levels are at an all-time high, leading to fatigue and breakouts. While it is difficult to get enough hours of sleep and combat acne, it is not impossible, thanks to rice water. According to, a health and food website, there are many...

Excused Absences Too Much of a Hassle for Students

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

September 29, 2015

CHS may be 24th in the nation for college readiness, but its confusing and intensive process of approving excused absences makes for a less successful learning environment, as it discourages additional educational endeavors and promotes dishonesty. Whether it’s due to a college visit or a religious...

May the 4th be with you every year

May the 4th be with you every year

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

May 14, 2015

With a day dedicated to it, there is no doubt that Star Wars is considered to be one of the most epic and influential science fiction movie series of all time. Also known as Star Wars Day, “May the fourth be with you,” the pun of the famous Yoda saying, celebrated its 36th anniversary last Wednesday. ...

Must-read novel twists typical story of teen love

Simon must decide what to do when a kid from his school blackmails him after discovering Simon's secret relationship with his crush.

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

April 28, 2015

Many young adult (YA) novels rarely remain in the reader’s head after he or she turns the last page. However, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, with its perfect blend of teenage angst, friendship and romance, does the complete opposite and even manages to remain in readers’ hearts...

Mandatory PARCC affects scheduling, class time

Information Technology specialist Robert Jones and assistant principal Joshua Neuman-Sunshine have overseen PARCC implementation this year.

By Emily Wang and Balbina Yang

March 23, 2015

More than 500 CHS students participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests this month. According to a February 2015 MCPS letter, PARCC provides a better measurement of whether students are prepared for college once they graduate from high school. “The...

Athlete Commits: Eunbbie Kim

Athlete Commits: Eunbbie Kim

By Balbina Yang, Advertising Manager

February 25, 2015

Congratulations to senior Eunbbie Kim who recently committed to play golf at Bucknell University next year. “I started playing golf when I was around 9 years old.” Kim said. “I loved the game, but I actually didn’t play often and started competitive golf only right after eighth grade.” Even...

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