New Art Exhibition in CCHS Visual Arts Gallery

September 22, 2014
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New Art Exhibition in CCHS Visual Arts Gallery

The CCHS Art Gallery, located across from the Learning Commons, is now featuring the independent summer works of the 2014-2015 Advanced Placement Art students! The students produced a wide array of creative works including paintings, pencils, and collages. This project was an excellent opportunity for the students to explore their artistic interests that can be developed and expanded upon throughout the school year. The independent work is centered around the idea of developing an artistic vision and pursuing aesthetic inquiry. If you haven’t checked out the gallery yet, you most definitely should! These interesting pieces are just a precursor for all of the talented works to come this year. A few notable piece include a painting by Kasey Lee titled, “Let me Enjoy my Ramen in Peace!”, a large pencil sketch of an elk...
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Movie Review: Divide in Concord

September 22, 2014
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Movie Review: Divide in Concord

Last Friday evening, Concord townspeople gathered in the place where it all began.  Or at least where the talk about the divisive article to ban the sale of single serve plastic water bottles began.  However, contentious debate and hard feelings had no place this time, where community members sat together to watch the Concord premiere of Divide in Concord, the documentary following the events of the revolutionary water bottle ban in Concord. Although I may be biased from the excitement of having a movie made about a controversial issue in my own town, I found this movie to be truly scintillating.  Throughout the film, the director drew comparisons between Concord’s rich history and Concord’s revolutionary movement away from destructive products, such as disposable water bottles.  The film begins and ends with a picturesque scene of a minuteman playing a fife...
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How Should We Combat the Islamic State?

September 22, 2014
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How Should We Combat the Islamic State?

The death toll in Iraq continues to rise. The past summer has followed a haunting course. Roughly every two to three weeks, the terror group that calls itself the Islamic State circulates a gory video of the execution of a Westerner, and debuts another potential victim. Seeing a captive relative in mortal peril, the family of the next prisoner on death row issues a desperate international call for pardon, for release, or for military aid. Several days later, the hostage is murdered, and the cycle begins again. Those who live outside of the immediate danger zone—primarily restricted to Syria and Iraq but not excluding Turkey, Lebanon, and Iran—very poorly underestimate the threat of these terrorists. As world news stations blare these captivating and yet horrifying headlines across their programs, people around the world are wondering, how do...
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A Strong Start for CC Girls Volleyball

September 22, 2014
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A Strong Start for CC Girls Volleyball

After an outstanding season in 2013, the CC Girls Volleyball team, led by captains Ellie Blue ’15 and Katrina Judicke ’16 hopes to rebuild the the team after losing six key seniors. Captain Katrina Judicke 16′ says “The team dynamic is starting to grow. Even though we have a very young team, we’re learning to work well on and off the court.” Meg Davis ’17 says that “considering that we lost so many seniors, we want to have a good successful transition with the new people joining varsity.” Their goal for this year according to Caroline Harmon ’15 and Ellie Honan ’16 is to win DCL’s and go to states again. Sophia Kaplan ’16 says she “just wants the team to work together.” The volleyball team’s current record is 4-2, after sweeping their arch rivals...
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iPhone 6: A Revolutionary Product?

September 22, 2014
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iPhone 6: A Revolutionary Product?

Apple has had an history of wowing critics and consumers alike. Yet many have thought that their fire for creativity and passion for excellence has died and that Apple’s recent string of products has been disappointing. Indeed, the iPhone 5c and 5s drew heavy criticism for being too similar to their predecessors and the iPad Mini was panned for being a clone of Samsung’s “tablets”. However, many think that Apple has once again found its stride in the revolutionary iPhone 6. When it comes to features, the iPhone 6 outclasses the competitors. Featuring a stunning new Retina-HD display, the iPhone boasts a screen resolution that allows pictures and videos to be more crisp and clear. Apple has included new screen features in contrast and color and has created a unique screen layout that allows for...
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Fall Music Picks

September 22, 2014
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Fall Music Picks

As the summer transitions to autumn and the leaves begin to fall from the trees, we exchange our shorts for comfy sweaters. In this season of changes, we also tend to get tired of our music and begin searching for new bands to listen to.  For all of you looking for inspiration, here are my top albums and songs for the season:    1. “Strange Desire” by Bleachers This album is perfect. Most of the songs make you want to run out of class, throw yourself in a car, and whiz around town with the songs blaring.  Jack Antonoff, who is in the band “fun”, also founded this band, and he hasn’t let us down with this first album.  2. “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance This song is about a man who is depressed because “they’ve” taken his girlfriend away from him, although...
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“The Giver”: An Experience You Don’t Want to Miss

September 22, 2014
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“The Giver”: An Experience You Don’t Want to Miss

Some of you may have already seen The Giver, the film adaptation of the classic children’s book by Lois Lowry.  It is the story of an adolescent boy named Jonas, who lives in a so-called utopian society.  The authoritarian government closely structures daily routines, which includes injections of mysterious medication at set meal and bed times. If a person does not adhere to these basic principles of the society, they are cast out to the outside world, known as “Elsewhere”.  From the day you are born to the day you die, you have no free will.  Your family is assigned to you as an infant and your job is chosen for you by a committee.  Unfortunately, no one realizes how restricted their life really is.  Jonas seems to be living a normal life surrounded by his “family unit” as well as his...
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It’s Not All About That Bass

September 22, 2014
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It’s Not All About That Bass

It’s a typical car ride in the Wong household, meaning that I’m screaming along to pop songs at the top of my lungs and my sister is videotaping me – no doubt for later blackmail material.  For probably the thousandth time, Meghan Trainor’s new hit, “All About That Bass”, comes on.  But this time, as I’m singing (read: yelling) the lyrics, I suddenly realize what they’re talking about, and I stop cold.  At first, the song seems innocuous, even empowering.  “Every inch of you is perfect, from the bottom to the top”, Trainor claims, and her lyrics have been praised as a new anthem for body acceptance. I agree that as a society, we have an unhealthy fixation on our appearance, especially our weight.  Women have to fit a specific look to gain acceptance...
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