Badminton Club Formed

June 9, 2014
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Badminton Club Formed

Recently, a new club has joined CCHS. Founded by Aaron Li ’16, Carlos Piedad ’16 and Paris Clachar ’16, the CCHS Badminton Club meets every Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 in the lower gym. The atmosphere was casual and inclusive, with students participating at their leisure. The club seeks to introduce kids to badminton, a sport somewhat similar to tennis and often played in gym classes. One Monday afternoon, Daniel Lu and I decided to visit the new club. We were greeted by a couple kids enthusiastically playing. Soon Jacob Nickerson ’16 and I squared off against Daniel Lu ’16 and Carlos Piedad ’16.  After an intense match, Lu and Piedad managed to gain an edge over us. Although the atmosphere was casual, the club had an atmosphere of friendly competitiveness, and players seemed to enjoy the spirit...
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PARCC Not Recreation

June 9, 2014
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PARCC Not Recreation

Two weeks ago, four Honors Sophomore English classes were chosen to take the PARCC test as a sample to gain feedback. This two section, 45 question test challenged students with a variety of English comprehension questions. I thought the test was actually pretty good. It was much shorter than I expected, and we even got free ice cream at the end. In general, the PARCC test was definitely much harder than the MCAS, which made it a bit more annoying to take.  However, I believe it’s actually good that we’re going to have more difficult standardized tests. In the future it might make standardized testing a little more meaningful for students. Others also found the PARCC test surprisingly short. Most of my class finished each session in less than 40 minutes. The questions were more complex than the MCAS though,...
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Good Morning America interviews Caitlin Lawlor ’14

June 9, 2014
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Good Morning America interviews Caitlin Lawlor ’14

I’m sure that everyone has watched, or least heard of the program Good Morning America. Recently one of our own students, Caitlin Lawlor ’14, appeared on the show. Seen by millions, Lawlor appeared on this show because of a book called Thinfluence, c0- written by her mother, Malissa Wood, which discusses how the lifestyles of our families, friends, and coworkers affect our own lifestyles. Based on several studies, the book talks about how people surrounded by healthy people are more likely to be healthy. If we are surrounded by unhealthy people, we are more likely to be unhealthy. It soon gained the attention of Good Morning America. In response to being on such a widely watched show, Lawlor explains how it was a really cool experience. She says “I only had a few hours of notice before I was...
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Environmental Field Studies Group Releases Blanding’s Turtles

June 2, 2014
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Environmental Field Studies Group Releases Blanding’s Turtles

Last Friday, CCHS’s Environmental Field Studies Group released its four Blanding’s turtles, a local endangered species, into the wetlands of Estabrook Woods. The turtles, which came to CCHS in the fall as young hatchlings and were cared for by EFSG members over the winter, were raised as part of a statewide effort to improve the status of Blanding’s turtles in Massachusetts by increasing the chance of survival of individual baby turtles. After a winter of regular dining and shelter from predators, coddled 9-month-old turtles Rarehog, Echo, Walden, and Mega returned to the wild the size of 6-year-old wild Blanding’s turtles. Thanks to EFSG’s work, the turtles are larger, stronger, and better equipped to fight off predators. With the help of local biologist and project coordinator Bryan Windmiller, the turtle release went smoothly. EFSG members brought...
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Yes, Senioritis Is Contagious

June 2, 2014
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Yes, Senioritis Is Contagious

Senioritis (n):  Feelings of intense laziness and unwillingness to focus on school, due to a growing lack of concern about one’s grades. Common among second-semester seniors already into college, and deemed acceptable by most teachers. This disease, which has already stricken the senior class, is rapidly spreading to the lower grades, who have now become afflicted by freshmeningitis, sophomoric syndrome, and chronic juniorism.  Watching seniors celebrate leaving school, looking wistfully at photos of them on the beach, and saying goodbye to the seniors in your classes, means that the thought of being a senior is never far from anyone’s mind.  The seniors’ attitude trickles down to the rest of the school, who can’t help but get caught up in the festive atmosphere.  This, coupled with feelings of exhausted after a long school year, and the scant three...
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Take a Walk in the Woods!

June 2, 2014
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Take a Walk in the Woods!

This spring, I have found myself venturing out into nature on numerous occasions.  This past weekend was no exception.  I found myself relaxing in my yard, in my neighbor’s yards, and even taking a spooky sunset walk in the woods at dusk.  Today, as I walked through the halls and attended my various classes, I felt a soothing calm within me that opposed my usual Manic Monday unease.  Upon some reflection, the idea came to me that perhaps my increased time spent in nature resulted in my overall peaceful sense of self today. Reminiscing on my past experiences in the wild, it is evident that they have a positive impact on my overall psyche and that I can be a better, more mindful person as a result of them.  Indulging in the natural world allows...
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Moot Court Final at CCHS: A Historic Draw

June 2, 2014
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Moot Court Final at CCHS: A Historic Draw

Every year students have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the court of law during the Denis Cleary Moot Court competition, named for former Social Studies teacher and department chair Denis Cleary. Students act as lawyers in 5-4 Supreme Court cases, and get to show their skill in argumentation and  legal knowledge. Each team of two must deliver opening statements defending their side of the case and then respond to questioning from a panel of judges. This year, after a long and difficult competition, two teams emerged as the finalists: Abby Newell ’14 and Isabella Tilles ’14 against Christie McGrory ’14 and Margot Cohen ’14. The students were arguing the yet undecided U.S v. Wurie case. The case revolves around the legality of police searching suspects’ phones without warrant, even after they have been lawfully...
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The Health Nut: Brain Food For Finals!

June 2, 2014
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The Health Nut: Brain Food For Finals!

Finals week is quickly approaching and we all know that it brings a ton of stress and requires a lot of mental power. At such difficult times it is often too easy to reach for indulgent snacks that ease the pain of studying. However, junk food does not fuel your brain and it can make you sluggish and tired- effectively draining you of your brain power and curtailing your critical study time. We need to feed our bodies with foods that promote brain function and boost our energy so we can stay focused. Here are some tried and true snacks that will hopefully help you crush those finals and feel great on the inside!       Blueberries- These fun berries have been in the spotlight lately for good reason! Not only are they delicious, but they also...
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