Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

A profile photo of Salam Mustafa, our new Student Life Director.

Salam Mustafa: Interview With OHS’s New Director of Student Life

Susie Yang, Staff Writer February 21, 2024

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to achieve that failure because it was a milestone to be even considered!” Salam Mustafa, the new Director of Student Life at OHS, says regarding...

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A standard 3x3 Rubik’s cube invented by Hungarian architect Erno Rubik

The Difference Between 10 and 9 Seconds Can Be Two Years of Practice

Tei Kim, Staff Writer February 2, 2024

Unveiled in 1974 by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik, the Rubik’s Cube is more than just a toy: it is a cultural icon that has both puzzled and fascinated millions. The puzzle captivates you with its...

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OHS students pose together at the 2023 Homecoming Dance. Photo provided by Student Life.

Pixels Enjoy Homecoming 2023

Susie Yang, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

November 17 and 18, Stanford OHS held its traditional Homecoming event in Boston, Massachusetts. This year, Boston welcomed the Homecoming with pleasant weather and bright autumn leaves. More than 200...

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Sylvia Plath, the highly-acclaimed poet and author of The Bell Jar, is known to have struggled with mental health. (Bettmann / Getty Images)

Life Imitating Art: Our Culture’s Glamorization of Mental Illness

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

A few years ago, I remember being wrapped up in a fluffy blanket, my nose in a copy of The Bell Jar, looking into the frayed pages like they were a mirror. Written by the notoriously turbulent writer Sylvia...

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Neha Gadde (left) and Hridha Mathuria (right) posing with boxes filled to the brim with clothes that had been donated to 12k. (Source: Gadde and Mathuria)

Battling Hunger One Can at a Time: The 12k Project

Yolaine Lafevre, Staff Writer December 10, 2023

“You would think that companies would want to help out a nonprofit that just wants to do a good thing,” says Hridha Mathuria, a junior at Thompkins High School in Houston, Texas, “but just convincing...

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Does starting out earlier at OHS result in increased access to high-level classes?

Rajalakshmi Sriram, Staff Writer December 1, 2023

Stanford Online High School (OHS) is a platform for students to engage in higher learning earlier in their academic careers. Many aspire to get admitted to OHS as early as possible, aiming to delve into...

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A notebook and laptop illustrate the mix of OHS online and in-person learning.

Managing Work as a Dual-Enrollment OHS Student

Harmehel Singh, Staff Writer November 30, 2023

For  one anonymous OHS freshman, Stanford Online High School was the perfect solution to their search for rigorous education. Especially after the 2019 COVID pandemic had pushed their previous school...

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“In ninth grade, I was unsure as to what I wanted to study in the future. BECA would have been a good opportunity to explore the different fields, says BECA co-founder Naiya Mody.

BECA Initiative: Driving Student Experience in Business, Economics, Computation, and the Arts

Annika Ross, Staff Writer November 9, 2023

BECA—Business, Economics, Computation, and the Arts—is an organization founded by Stanford Online High School students Hannah Xie, Naiya Mody, and Nascha Martinez in 2023 dedicated to connecting students...

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Villalobos works on the prosthetic
arm for Jesse who requested it to be turquoise and black.

Augustine Villalobos: On the Bounds of Biology and Engineering

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer November 9, 2023

Behind the workings of a turquoise-black prosthetic arm — sized to precision, hand opening and closing, shipped all the way to Portugal — is OHS student Augustine Villalobos (‘23), a high-school...

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An OHS student peers through a telescope on an Astrobiology assignment.

Life Among the Stars: OHS’ Astrobiology With Ms. Tock

Jonathon Forder, Staff Writer October 23, 2023

Picture the unending vastness of the universe. Millions of billions of galaxies, with each in turn containing billions of stars and planets. Each planet stretching on for thousands of miles, each being...

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Caption: The Science Fair Club at OHS collaborates, explores, and pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge!

Unleashing the Curiosity: Igniting a Passion for Science Through Engaging Science Fairs

Aanya Gupta and Tanisha Gupta May 12, 2023

Science fairs are a feared and overlooked experience by many students, but at the heart are really just an opportunity for students to work by themselves or with others to solve a problem or make an observation....

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The Olympic-sized swimming pool located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

My History with Racing Anxiety

Lester Wessels, Staff Writer May 7, 2023

I hear the second whistle, indicating for me to step up onto the diving block. My feet feel the block’s rough surface, and I think to myself, “I wish I could just finish this race as soon as possible.”...

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