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My Experience Hosting a TEDx Conference

The officers of the Think Big club give their thanks to the audience at the end of the 2016 TEDxCHS.

By Madison Hurr, Senior Writer

April 20, 2016

A year ago, I never would have thought that I’d be hosting a TEDx conference. Being up on stage introducing Emmy Award-winning journalists and successful entrepreneurs at an official TED event–it felt surreal. Watching and participating in an event I have been helping to plan all year come to life w...

Glenstone: Local Art Museum is Worth a Visit

Richard Serra’s Sylvester provides viewers with an interactive exhibit they can observe and walk through.

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

March 22, 2016

Interested in modern art museums but don’t want to make the trek to D.C. or New York City? Look no further than Glen Road. Spanning 200 acres of natural landscape, contemporary art and architecture, the Glenstone museum, located a mere four miles from CHS, is the perfect destination for art aficionados...

“Raincheck” to Bring Back Business to Chipotle

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

February 10, 2016

With the recent nationwide E. coli scare at Chipotle, many customers have been refraining from eating Chipotle burritos. Over 500 people in 13 different states fell ill. Stock values for Chipotle plummeted, trading 40 percent lower than its record high last year. After temporarily closing on ...

Emoji Word of the Year Earns a Thumbs Down

This year the Oxford English Dictionary released the “tears  of joy” emoji as the 2015 Word of the Year.

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

January 4, 2016

With the close of the year 2015, Oxford Dictionary released its annual Word of the Year...but wait, it’s not even a word? Oxford Dictionary recently named the “tears of joy” emoji the 2015 Word of the Year, as SwiftKey, a mobile technology business, found it to be the most used emoji this year,...

CHS Students React to New School Start Times

By Madison Hurr and Arjun Swaminathan

September 29, 2015

You’re staring at the clock… it’s 2:09. Just one more minute until the bell rings. Just one more minute until you are free. But wait, you remember that school now ends at 2:30. Since the 20-minute delay in school start times, MCPS high school students have had an extra 20 minutes to sleep in. “To...

Summer House brings West Coast to Bethesda

Summer House's assortment of dishes gives diners the opportunity to experience West Coast food.

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

May 26, 2015

Walking into Summer House: Santa Monica, I was immediately transported to the West Coast. The food and decor earned five out of five stars, as the restaurant offered a wide variety of dishes and a cool, relaxed atmosphere. Summer House: Santa Monica opened in Pike & Rose in North Bethesda about...

Seniors share wisdom with the Class of 2016

Seniors share wisdom with the Class of 2016

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

May 21, 2015

  As the Class of 2015 is getting ready to graduate, the Class of 2016 is preparing to fill their place as the top dogs of high school: the seniors. Most seniors can say that these past four years of high school flew by. The Observer asks this year's seniors for words of wisdom for the inco...

Follow these tips for an Insta-game ‘on fleek’

Follow these tips for an Insta-game 'on fleek'

By Thomas Atkinson and Madison Hurr

April 28, 2015

As Facebook’s popularity is declining, Instagram’s is rising exponentially. Instagram allows anyone with a smartphone to become an amateur photographer. Here are some tips to making your Instagram profile the best it can be. Theme: Square vs. Rectangle To keep your Instagram page consistent and aest...

CHS hosts first Student Author Night

Clarksburg HS senior Dahlia Huh (left) and CHS seniors Sammi Silber and Elina Kapoor (center and right) display their books at Student Author Night.

By Madison Hurr and Arjun Swaminathan

February 7, 2015

The CHS Educational Foundation held a student author book showcasing and signing event Feb. 4 featuring CHS seniors Sammi Silber and Elina Kapoor and SMOB representative and Clarksburg HS senior Dahlia Huh. The student authors discussed the writing and editing process, their inspiration and the plots...

5K’s for the summer

5K's for the summer

By Madison Hurr, Arts Editor

May 30, 2014

If you want to get in shape but think of running as a strenuous, boring activity, think again. 5Ks are the perfect opportunity for getting your cardio workout in while having a blast with friends in a fun environment. Several unique 5K races are coming to the DC area soon. The Observer has compiled a list...

College Board makes much-needed changes to SAT

College Board makes much-needed changes to SAT

By Alissa Li and Madison Hurr

April 21, 2014

Three letters, one test. The SAT. For lucky test takers, this dreaded test that is imperative for college admissions is completing transforming in spring 2016. In early March, College Board announced that it will change the entire structure of the test that millions of students have been tirelessly prepa...

Model UN takes annual trip to D.C. conference

By Madison Hurr, Production Editor

February 25, 2014

The Model United Nations club took its annual trip to the 51st North American Invitational Model UN conference (NAIMUN) in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 13-17. This year will be the club’s eighth year attending the conference. After winning several awards last year and being named a competitive delegation...

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