The Power of Thanks: Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 4, 2015
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The Power of Thanks: Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week, May 4 – 8, is Teacher Appreciation Week! One of the most amazing, yet often overlooked aspects of going to CCHS is walking out of a class and hearing your classmates thank the teacher for the lesson or even test that they just had. The satisfying “aha!” moments that we have in in class are all due to our wonderful teachers. We may not be aware that every day we leave our classes having learned something new. Our teachers teach because they love it, and simply taking a few seconds to show your appreciation for them can be really rewarding for both you and your teacher. Our school teachers aren’t the only teachers in our lives who deserve our gratitude. Our teachers can be friends, writers, and family. Anyone who has inspired or imparted...
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CC Lax Is In It to Win It

May 4, 2015
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CC Lax Is In It to Win It

Despite facing the difficult challenge of filling team spots at the beginning of their season, the CC girls’ lacrosse team has had tremendous success so far. They seem to be defying all odds, and their new players have easily stepped into the shoes of the seniors who graduated last year. Right now, they stand at a remarkable 11-0, having beaten opponents such as Weston, Wayland, and LS. They next play tomorrow on their home turf against A-B, who they have already defeated this season in an 11-7 match-up. With 7 games remaining in the regular season, they look to improve upon their impressive 15-2-1 record from last year. Boys lacrosse, though not undefeated, is also on a roll this season. They hold a record of 8-3, and while they still have some tough opponents to face, they are optimistic. They will also...
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Student Government Election Season Wraps Up

May 4, 2015
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Student Government Election Season Wraps Up

This past weekend was election season for three grades at CCHS.  Students were able to log on and vote for their favorite candidates to fill the positions of class president, vice president, treasurer, secretary as well Senate secretary and Senate moderator, which are school-wide positions.  For the first time this year the runner-up for the presidential position was made an equal and second vice president in each grade.  This decision was recently made by the student government after the idea was proposed in the student senate. The class of 2016 race was especially tight this year with six candidates for president.  In the end, however, Julia Bailey-Wells ’16 came out on top, marking her second consecutive election win.  There were only two candidates for vice-president with three-term VP John Davidian ’16 being named to the...
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How to Survive AP Week!

May 4, 2015
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How to Survive AP Week!

  It’s that dreaded time of the year again. Hordes of students are frantically hitting the books in an attempt to do well on a variety of AP exams. For many students, especially those who dislike standardized tests, APs can be an incredibly stressful experience. Nevertheless, there are several important strategies that students can take to smooth out the AP experience! The first thing that all students should do, regardless of whatever test they might do, is stay well hydrated, eat well, and sleep. Students should not short-change sleep in favor of more studying! While it can seem that squeezing every last minute of studying is the best option, it will only exhaust you. Furthermore, it is incredibly important that you eat well and stay hydrated. Not only will it improve exam performance, but...
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Students Getting “Hangry” In the New School

May 4, 2015
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Students Getting “Hangry” In the New School

The transition to the new building has been relatively smooth, as students quickly settled into navigating four stories, finding the best hangout locations, and most importantly, locating bathrooms.  For the most part, reviews of the school have been positive, as most praise the natural lighting and improved air quality.  However, there is one issue that is starting to make the student body “hangry” (a combination of hungry and angry): we can’t eat in classrooms. I understand the desire to keep our beautiful new school as pristine as possible, and to be fair, the constant litter of food wrappers, crumbs, and soda cans in the classrooms was pretty disgusting.  Yet for many students, making it through a long class is only survivable while sipping on coffee or eating a snack.  Eating in class is just good time management...
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Age of Adaline Falls Short of Expectations

May 4, 2015
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Age of Adaline Falls Short of Expectations

Walking into the theatre with my ticket, despite there only being about fifteen other people there, I was still holding onto a hope that Age of Adaline would be a movie worth paying eleven dollars to see. It was clear within the first ten minutes, however, that the new drama would not live up to my optimism. The first half of the movie focused entirely on Adaline’s (portrayed by Blake Lively) life in San Francisco, and dragged painfully with the inclusion of extraneous details and plot points. The storyline certainly had the potential to be fascinating, but, in my opinion, would have been far more engaging had director Lee Toland Krieger opted to simply leaving out the lengthy explanation of the miraculous phenomenon that would forever protect Adaline from aging. Instead, the director included a narrator, present...
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Go Set a Watchman

May 4, 2015
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Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee is releasing a new novel after 55 years of relative silence in the literary community. Her last book was the famous To Kill a Mockingbird, a bildungsroman concerning the trial and subsequent death of an innocent African-American man accused of assaulting a white woman, as seen through the eyes of the young and rambunctious Scout Finch. It has since become known as a colorful Americana period piece of sorts and an indictment of a viciously racist Southern culture. However, the release of a new book by the reclusive author, who has given few interviews since the 1960 release of To Kill a Mockingbird, has been surrounded by controversy. There are those who believe the 89 year old Lee may not have the capability to handle her literary estate, something which her lawyers and personal...
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Pros and Cons of the New Building

May 4, 2015
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Pros and Cons of the New Building

As we’ve transitioned to the new building, I’ve started to evaluate how it compares to the old school, still visible through some class windows. Here’s a list of pros and cons I’ve observed from the past week:          Cleaner No rats, birds, chipmunks, spills, mold, or plumbing issues/ bathrooms in general Far bigger Double chem labs, less hall congestion Safer No leaky ceilings, no crumbling walls, no broken desk, fully functional doors/windows  Comfortable AC, heating, soft seating around the building, Travel No longer must we travel outside to reach classes on time (avoid the rain, the mosquitos and the frostbite), easier to get from class to class on stairs Aesthetically pleasing  The sunrise-sunset color scheme makes school a calming and peaceful environment, a great view New technology 1-1 means new laptops, the improved...
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