OHS Observer

Student Profile: Beyond Writing with Cassidy Kao

Cassidy Kao chats with some of her students.

Ikera Olandesca, Staff Writer

September 6, 2019

Inside the classroom of a bilingual school in Taiwan, thirty students are gleefully penning poetry in a creative writing workshop, their teachers scurrying everywhere to take photos. It's an exciting opportunity for them, to learn about poems from a self-published author who is also a seasoned creative writing teacher, a CEO and believe it or not, a freshman.

Student Profile: Madison T. “seas” Turtles

Madison holds up baby sea turtles at Dr. Cray's lab at the University of Miami.

Nicole Wu, Staff Writer

November 28, 2017

It's 9 P.M. on a Florida beach. Madison Toonder, clad in military-grade night-vision goggles, crawls on her hands and knees in the sand towards a sea turtle. Her stealth approach pays off and she successfully draws blood from the sea turtle. It is a big deal, the validation she needed after working fo...

New Teacher Profile: Ms Hamaoui

Marie Hamaoui is a new instructor at the OHS

Pallas Lemarchand, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017

Peanut? No not the food, the pug! The Physics Pug! Not every physics teacher has a physics pug, but Marie is not your typical physics teacher. For one, she doesn’t mind being called her first name, Marie, by students and teachers alike. Marie Hamaoui teaches Inquiry-Based Physics and Honors Physics ...

New Teacher Profile: Dr. Hendrickson

New Teacher Profile: Dr. Hendrickson

Nicole Wu, Staff Writer

September 28, 2017

He’s been to prison many times, but don’t worry, he was only there to teach literature. Helping the inmates there get a quality education, Thomas Hendrickson taught at San Quentin State Prison while he was a student at UC Berkeley and talked about literature with the men serving their time at th...

New Teacher Profile: Dr. Tillman

Micah Tillman is a new Core teacher at the OHS.

Ryan Lee, Staff Writer

September 26, 2017

Some people listen to songs for the music, others listen for the lyrics, but one person listens for the philosophy. A new core teacher at the OHS, Micah Tillman is that person. Dr. Tillman has been teaching for almost a decade in the Washington DC area. Here at the OHS, he teaches “Methodology o...

Chatting with Rachel Chaffin

Rachel Chaffin (’16) is a sophomore at the OHS. In addition to her volunteer work, she enjoys playing piano and tennis, reading and writing, and participating in competitive speech and debate.

Observer Staff

April 15, 2014

Observer: What kind of service do you do and how does it help the environment, economy, etc.? Chaffin: The service work I participate in focuses on training young students, particularly grades 6-9, in competitive speech and debate. I have been competing in speech and debate tournaments since I was ...

An Unlimited Vision: An Interview with Henry Elkus

Henry Elkus, entrepreneur and OHS student

September 10, 2013

Henry Elkus, a current senior at the OHS, embodies many of the traits that make OHS and its students stand out among other schools. He is not only a dedicated student and a talented ski racer, but also a promising entrepreneur. “Skiing, learning, philanthropy, and clothing are my passions right n...

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