The Observer

Student Art Spotlight: Anthony Ratinov

Senior Anthony Ratinov has been playing piano since age 4. He has performed at the CHS Arts Festival, Strathmore and the Kennedy Center.

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

April 29, 2016

Senior Anthony Ratinov began playing piano at the age of 4, and his grandmother has been his teacher ever since. He started playing because his grandmother noticed he was singing along to the piano and decided to give him lessons. "My biggest inspiration, not only in music, has probably been my grandma," Ratinov s...

Journalism Field Trip Worth Missing 3 Days of School

Journalism and Yearbook students take a stroll around the Columbia campus.

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

March 21, 2016

New York really is the place where dreams are made. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) convention was held from Wednesday March 16 to Friday March 18 and it was absolutely the best three days of my life. The bus ride to the convention was extremely fun. My friends and I watched mov...

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

Safdie plays the piano as she records her music video for

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Editor

December 23, 2015

Senior Stephanie Safdie wrote “Silhouettes” about nine months ago. The song is a metaphor for deeply falling in love with someone and then having that person disappear or “ghost” you. A music video for the song, filmed by senior Cameron Ozatalar, is set to come out on Safdie’s YouTube account,...

Band caroling spreads cheer

Band members participate in the yearly winter tradition of caroling around school during the last day before winter break.

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

December 15, 2015

Right before students and staff leave for winter break, on Dec. 23, students from CHS band will spread the holiday cheer by caroling around the school during lunch and afternoon classes. The caroling tradition began three years ago and has been kept alive by students. When she was a freshmen, current...

School Publications Deserve an Arts Credit

School Publications Deserve an Arts Credit

By Emiliana Cardinale and Rebecca Jackson

September 29, 2015

Every day in Newspaper, Yearbook and Literary Magazine, students use their creativity to produce forms of art--writing, photography and design. However, they aren’t rewarded with an arts credit. By eliminating the arts credit for these classes, MCPS not only invalidates the work these students...

‘Jane the Virgin’ offers viewers relatable characters

The Cardinale family kicks back and bonds over Jane the Virgin every Monday.

By Emiliana Cardinale and Eugenia Cardinale

April 28, 2015

Every Monday our family sits down to watch Jane the Virgin, a popular new comedy show on the CW based on a telenovela our parents watched when it ran in Venezuela. Jane the Virgin is the story of Jane, a virgin who gets pregnant when she is accidentally artificially inseminated. After deliberation,...

Class of 2017 raises over $2000 with silent auction

Sophomore Jackie Heller performed Riptide by Vance Joy

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

April 17, 2015

The class of 2017 held a silent auction fundraiser April 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m and raised over $2500. Throughout the auction, parents and students were able to bid on items and enjoy the entertainment and food. “I think the auction went extremely well,” sophomore class president Max Smith said....

Senior races her way past school track record

Srour competes in the mile during the Virginia Tech invitational Jan. 31.

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Editor

February 24, 2015

Senior Lucy Srour finished the Virginia Tech invitational Jan. 31 with a mile time of 5:05, breaking the previous CHS record of 5:06, which Maryam Fikri set in 2008 and held for about six years. “It was super exciting, but it was extra exciting that this happened senior year because it’s my last...

Senior and her horse succeed by leaps and bounds

Senior and her horse succeed by leaps and bounds

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Editor

October 24, 2014

As the competition progresses, senior Shannon Case passes through the three phases of eventing, a discipline of horseback riding, just as she has been doing since the age of 5. The three phases of horseback riding are Dressage, Cross Country jumping and Stadium jumping. In dressage, the rider and...

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