OHS Observer

JMP Into STEAMS: All About Mason Chen

JMP Into STEAMS: All About Mason Chen

Lily Sun, Senior Culture Editor

October 25, 2020

Imagine standing in front of hundreds and thousands of professors, Ph.D. students, and industry professionals, presenting your project as a high schooler. Though perhaps a terrifying thought for most students, 15-year-old Mason Chen ‘23 embodies the exhilaration of being able to showcase his undeniable t...

Dr. Gilula: A Dedicated Instructor

Dr. Gilula: A Dedicated Instructor

Andrew Chiang, Science & Tech Editor

October 25, 2020

As an advanced math teacher, Dr. Maxim Gilula sees math as its own world – one that is abstract, separate from real life.  "You don't have to argue about politics," Gilula said. "Real life really biases your thoughts. Like physics, based on what you see, you can have different theories and can be real...

Why are There So Many Ballerinas at OHS?

Why are There So Many Ballerinas at OHS?

Cole Kim

October 22, 2020

As a new student and freshman at OHS last year, while adapting to daily OHS vernacular such as Adobe Connect and Canvas and going through what seemed like endless ice-breaker questions, I found myself seriously contemplating an unexpected question: Why are there so many ballerinas at OHS? Of course...

Ryan The Lionhearted Leader: An Interview with Mr. Lee

Ryan The Lionhearted Leader: An Interview with Mr. Lee

Albert Sandru, Editor In Chief

October 12, 2020

With a sword in one hand and a water bottle in the other, Ryan Lee prepared for battle.   If you’ve been studying at Stanford Online High School for a while, you have likely come across Ryan: he’s been here for a while. One cannot mention Ryan without mentioning his passion for fencing. Ho...

Nikolai Ortiz: Changing the World through Entrepreneurship

Nikolai Ortiz: Changing the World through Entrepreneurship

Maria Lim, Junior Culture Editor

October 12, 2020

Even though his very first entrepreneurship experience, which was selling duct tape folders in the 5th grade, ended up in the principal’s office, it did not stop Nikolai Ortiz from creating his own company years later. Nikolai, a senior at Stanford Online High School, is the founder and president o...

Varsha Venkatram: Compassionate, Considerate, Diligent

Varsha Venkatram, '21

Tanisha Gupta, STEM Beat Reporter

October 12, 2020

Sitting quietly, watching the TV, or watching Youtube are all common pastimes of the typical student. But for Varsha Venkatram, this is a rare moment. Varsha Venkatram is an amazing, determined, and enthusiastic leader. Varsha is the senior class president, leader of the book club, an accomplished Bhar...

Finding Inspiration with Chloe Williams

Finding Inspiration with Chloe Williams

Ester Weinhardt, Clubs, Achievement, and Student Life Beat Reporter

October 12, 2020

Within the first two weeks of school, Chloe Williams had already run for Student Government Middle School Representative and founded the Future Author’s Club. Chloe is in seventh grade and lives in Southern California.  Despite being brand new to OHS and having no previous experience in student go...

Maddy Manning-Bi: Living Life Through Words and Notes

Maddy Manning-Bi, '22

Kaveri Udupa, Admissions, Advising, and College Counseling Beat Reporter

October 12, 2020

Maddy Manning-Bi, ‘22, is a girl in a hurry. A sopranist, cellist, pianist, violinist, and dancer, she’s also a peer tutor, teaching assistant, and a student ambassador at the OHS. She co-leads the OHS Salon and is the leader of the Culture, History, and Civics Club. With regard to writing, she is ...

Alexandria Thomas: Taking every Opportunity

Alexandria Thomas: Taking every Opportunity

Knox Choi, Junior Opinion Editor

October 12, 2020

The Illinois sunlight streamed into the living room as a slight smile crept up her face. She was wearing a dark green sweater which matched the out of the ordinary earth-hued ladder that sat daintily in the background. An aura of light seriousness seemed to surround her. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Alex...

Ikera Olandesca: Leading Through Inspiration

Ikera Olandesca, '21

Ella Blanco, Junior School News Editor

October 12, 2020

Tucked away in the Western Pacific Ocean lies a luscious green paradise with immaculate white beaches and thick, dense rainforests. This piece of heaven is known as the island of Mindanao. Located in the southern tip of the Philippine Archipelago, Mindanao is the Philippines' second-largest island, a popula...

OHS Literary Journal Brings People Together Through Writing

Ikera Olandesca '21

Clementine Zei, Junior Multimedia Editor

October 12, 2020

The start of Covid-19 left many people feeling scared, unsure, and isolated. It brought up many negative emotions from across all ages across the world. To Ikera Olandesca (‘21), Emma Dreispiel (‘21), Alex Cheng (‘21), and many others, writing is a way for people to let their emotions pour out ...

A Talk With Chloe Tsang: The Refugee Crisis, Leadership, and Privilege

A Talk With Chloe Tsang: The Refugee Crisis, Leadership, and Privilege

Janani Chandran Elumalai, Associate Editor

October 12, 2020

The refugee crisis: It’s an issue that occasionally pops up on national headlines but often stays in the periphery of our day-to-day activities. The plight of refugees often seems isolated and very distant from our daily lives as students, but when Chloe Tsang was brought face to face with this very rea...

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