The SAT: Boon or Bane?

December 8, 2014
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The SAT: Boon or Bane?

If you ever asked a high schooler to list all of the stressors in their life, there is a good chance that standardized testing will appear somewhere on that list. Indeed, junior year is the time for the ACT or SAT, and students are gearing up for what many consider to be “high stakes testing.” With many criticizing the value of standardized testing, and questioning whether it has any relevance to high schoolers’ educations, it is important to discuss the necessity of the SAT. Ultimately, the SAT is an ineffective measure of students’ learning. One of the biggest arguments against standardized testing is the simple fact that it often fails to correlate with high school education. Grammar has disappeared from the English curriculum, yet is still tested as the primary factor of the SAT writing. The SAT also offers...
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The SAT: How to Approach Studying for It

December 8, 2014
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The SAT: How to Approach Studying for It

Here are some of my top tips for smart SAT studying: My best advice for everyone when it comes to the SAT is to start early. Many people do not start until their junior year but by that time the stress of studying for school and the SAT becomes a daunting task. Starting in the summer is a great choice for many since the amount of stress is much lower. While it may not sound appealing to study during your summer,  just a few hours a week can make a huge difference. Compared to spending a several hours a day in school, a couple of hours of studying here and there is nothing! I’m not only talking about the summer before junior year – the summer before sophomore year is also a prime time to...
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Interstellar: A Long Journey into the Future

December 8, 2014
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The Interstellar Theatrical release poster

SPOILERS AHEAD, BEWARE!!   This past Thanksgiving break, after much pressuring from my friends, I decided to go watch Interstellar.  Going into the theatre I had heard A LOT about Interstellar; it seemed like the only thing people wanted to talk about.  I figured the hype around the movie had to be about more than Matthew Mcconaughey’s good looks, so I definitely went in with high expectations. The movie is set sometime in the future; a plague has struck Earth and has made it impossible to grow any crops except for corn.  Matthew Mcconaughey plays a retired NASA pilot turned rural corn farmer named Cooper, who lives on a farm with his father in-law (John Lithgow) and his two children: Murphy (Jessica Chastain) and Tom (Casey Affleck).  The first hour or so of the movie serves mostly as an...
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What Not To Wear: CCHS Edition

December 8, 2014
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What Not To Wear: CCHS Edition

  As a student At CCHS, or any high school for that matter,  it is obvious that most students put a heavy emphasis on clothing choices and personal style. The way we dress has the power to determine our social standing and the way we are perceived by our peers. However, the control over how we dress does not solely lie in peer pressure, but also in the rules of our school. Most students are under the impression that our school has no dress code, or at least none that’s enforced, but are these students correct? The School Handbook states that “hile there is not a formal dress code at CCHS, there are certain expectations regarding grooming and dress.” But what exactly does this mean? The word ‘expectation’ implies a strong belief that something will happen,...
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CCHS Students Earn 37 Spots at Eastern District Music Festival!

December 8, 2014
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CCHS Students Earn 37 Spots at Eastern District Music Festival!

  Each autumn, as the air begins to assume its winter chill, music students of all ages at CCHS practice voraciously in anticipation of the third Saturday of November, the Eastern District Festival Audition Date.  This competitive festival entails the preparation of an assigned piece as well as 10 different scales.  Fortunately for the CCHS music department, Band, Orchestra, and Chorus students proved their skill and talent this year with 37 acceptances into the festival.  Below is a list of  students accepted into each ensemble and their instruments: Band  Suzy Balles (flute) Samantha Redmond (flute) All-State Recommendation Michelle Chen (clarinet) 1st chair, All-State Recommendation Phoebe Parker (clarinet) All-State Recommendation Grace O’Neil (clarinet) Cyrus Dastangoo (alto saxophone) All-State Recommendation Meg Davis (alto saxophone) Valerie Zhu (alto saxophone) 1st chair, All-State Recommendation Julia Fritz-Endres (French horn) All-State Recommendation Teddy Storrs (French horn) Helen Wargelin (French...
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2014 AMA Red Carpet: Neon Bananas and Tight Pants

December 8, 2014
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2014 AMA Red Carpet: Neon Bananas and Tight Pants


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Angelina Jolie: An Inspiration to All

December 1, 2014
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Angelina Jolie: An Inspiration to All


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Katherine Bishop ’17 Slides to Success

December 1, 2014
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Katherine Bishop ’17 Slides to Success

Katherine Bishop used to be your classic high schooler: going to school, hanging with friends, and doing homework. She still does all this, but now along with her new sport, luge, the fastest sport on ice. She became interested in luge through the “slider search,” a committee that came to Carlisle at the beginning of her 8th-grade year. The slider search crew selected her to join the first stage ‘screening camps’ which were meant to expose kids to the gist of luge, and filter out others. Twenty to forty kids were at four different cities for screening. These kids were selected by the slider search.  From this, Bishop went on to another camp at Lake Placid in New York. Twenty-five kids in total were selected to slide at the track for ten days. This process was the way to make final...
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