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Students actively volunteer at the Potomac Community Center

WCHS students devote time into volunteering at the Potomac Community Center. Left to Right: Beth Coffman, Assistant Director of Potomac Community Center, Luke Sumberg,  Sydney Rodman, Macafie Bobo, Abbey Zheng, Julia Greenberg, Jordyn Reicin, Peter Selikoqirz, Director of Potomac Community Center, Adam Horowitz, Andrew Chan.

By David Malament, Productions Manager

June 4, 2019

In September 2018, the Potomac Community Center director, Peter Selikowitz, had the idea to start a student advisory board to brainstorm new events and activities for the PCC. “A lot of attendance at the PCC is students, it’s important to hear the ideas of the students in order to make the PCC t...

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

This is Dani and other members of Moco4Change at a protest of the NRA at the NRA headquarters. The new potential protest law will limit student activists’ ability to show their opinions

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018

A proposal introduced in Aug. suggested that the National Park Service (NPS) should require protestors to reimburse the agency for the support and security it provides during demonstrations. In addition, other proposals would limit the amount of people that can protest and the areas they are allowed ...

Bill Expands SMOB Power

By Rebecca Jackson, Circulation Manager

March 22, 2016

The Maryland House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 87, which will significantly expand the voting rights of the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for Montgomery County. If passed in the Maryland Senate, this bill will be enacted July 1, increasing the SMOB’s voice and effectiveness in...

CHS welcomes foreign exchange students from France

Foreign exchange students enjoy a day in the city.

By Sara Heimlich, Public Relations Manager

November 10, 2015

From Nov. 4 through Nov. 14, CHS students enrolled in French classes have the opportunity to get involved in an exchange program and host students from Lycée Célonie (Célonie High School) in Aix-en-Provence, France. “The purpose of the exchange is to experience cultural similarities and differences...

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...

The ‘G-word’ sparks a flame, splits gingers

By Tyler Mead, Observations Production Editor

February 24, 2012

The G-word, or “ginger,” was popularized in a 2005 episode of South Park in which Eric Cartman, a character on the show, reported that “gingers” have no souls and were basically vampires. Since the episode aired the term has spread like wildfire. The Observer sat down with two of CHS’...

Getting an allowance isn’t all about the money

Getting an allowance isn't all about the money

By Lori Koenick, Features Editor

February 24, 2012

Food, movies, clothes, gas—a small sampling of a teenager’s budget. Every teen has needs and wants, but deciding who pays for what—the options being the child or parent of course—is frequently up for debate. When the child pays, the money he or she is using probably came from one of the three...

Student EMTs make a difference in community

November 28, 2011

Firefighters, doctors and policemen are only a few examples of the people who sacrifice their time to protect us and sometimes save our lives. CHS is proud to claim multiple everyday heroes of our own— Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Many students are either in training to become EMTs...

Is it just me, or is everybody doing it?

By By Amna Farooqi and Nicole Weltmann, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer

November 21, 2011

Last summer, junior David* pulled up to a parking lot. He stopped the car and motioned for a girl he knows, another CHS student, to get in the backseat. Obligingly, she climbed in, he joined her, and they exchanged some brief conversation. After about 10 minutes of talking, she went down. That girl no...

Foreign exchange students experience CHS culture

By Jordan Maser Staff Writer

October 27, 2011

  It is not a secret that a good number of American students have a soft spot for foreign exchange students because of their accents, sense of style and interesting backgrounds. Typically there are at least two foreign exchange students at CHS, but this year there are three.   Sophomores M...

Therapy provides outlet for teens under stress

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2011

During the developmental years of adolescence, it’s safe to say that life is ruled by stress. Whether it’s the stress of academics, the stress of group drama or the stress of relationships, stress seems to be the recurring theme in everyone’s life. For teens, it seems that dealing with the stress...

Colleges upgrade security, alert systems as students make safety a priority

By Allison Srour, Features Editor and Katy Verboncoeur, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

With the fourth anniversary of the tragic Virginia Tech shootings approaching, the increased attention on college campus security has changed the college experience for many students. In response to the April 2007 shooting, many colleges have upgraded their security systems by adding campus emergency...

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