CCHS Moot Court Competition Amazes!

June 1, 2015
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CCHS Moot Court Competition Amazes!

CC’s Denis Cleary Moot Court Competition is an extracurricular competition like no other.  Established by retired Social Studies teacher Denis Cleary, the contest offers students the unique opportunity to learn an incredible amount about the Supreme Court and the intricacies of constitutional law. Not only are competitors expected to develop a mastery of legal precedent, but they also acquire a great deal of knowledge about the American legal process and effective presentation skills. After a long and intense competition this spring, two teams of finalists were finally selected. The two teams were Johanna O’Neil ’16 and Scout Boynton ’16 as well as Danny Murphy ’15 and Jack Confrey ’15. The two sides were arguing the case Van Orden v. Perry (2005). The case was centered around establishment of religion and pertained to a monument in the state capital of...
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Alesso: The Face Behind the Music

June 1, 2015
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Alesso: The Face Behind the Music

If the name Alesso sounds familiar, it’s probably because he has been a key figure behind the success of many other singers, songwriters, and bands.  His full name is Alessandro Lindblad, and he made his way to fame as a Swedish DJ and an electronic dance music producer.  He is known for working within the progressive house genre (a style deriving from trance).  In 2011, he became famous worldwide, both because of his original work and remixes of songs from artists like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and other well-known DJs.  He did a remix of the song “Pressure”, and it was one of the most frequently played EDM (Electronic Dance Music) songs of 2011.  Alesso debuted on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list in 2011, and earned the 70th spot.  He was one of the most...
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Summer Reading Selections!

June 1, 2015
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Summer Reading Selections!

As the heat builds and the school year wraps to a close, some of us bibliophiles already have our summer reading lists prepared. I couldn’t possibly name all of the books on mine because that might take up four or five pages. Many students, however, feel that the summer is a time in which they finally have the time to read just for pleasure, but don’t quite know where to start, so I’d like to make a few recommendations. In honor of June being the LGBT pride month, I would recommend Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, a story about a gay man dying of AIDS in the New York City of the 80s. It is incredibly well written, with dialogue that zings off the page, as well as a deft blend of comedy and tragedy into something...
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Spring Sports Succeed!

June 1, 2015
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Spring Sports Succeed!

CC has had another great run in several different sports! Here is a sampling of the success of various different CC athletic teams. Boys Lacrosse The Concord Carlisle boys lacrosse team ended their regular season with a record of 13-4.  They are entering the playoffs as the number 3 seed and have a first round bye.  They will compete in their first playoff game on June 4 against 6th seed, Hopkinton. Girls Lacrosse The Concord Carlisle girls lacrosse finished their regular season with an outstanding record of 16-1-1.  Their only loss was to Acton Boxborough on May 5 (12-9) and their only tie was with Lincoln Sudbury on May 27.  The team enters the state tournament as the first seed and has a bye for the first round, set to take place on June 1.  They...
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Helping Solve the Problem of Pet Homelessness

June 1, 2015
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Helping Solve the Problem of Pet Homelessness

Pet homelessness has always been a large problem in the United States. Over 100 million stray dogs and cats roam the streets with no home, either because they are unwanted at birth, or because they have owners that are financially or emotionally unable to care for them. Animal restrictions on residences such as apartment buildings also contribute to the growing ranks of these homeless animals. Stray animals are far less likely to be spayed or neutered than pets, thus contributing further to the problem of overpopulation. Over 7 million animals are brought into shelters each year. Of these, a mere 35% are adopted and about 30% are euthanized. Though many euthanized animals are put down using a quick and painless injection, some are not afforded this luxury, and are instead killed in far less humane ways such as by...
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Murder, Love, Betrayal: Chicago Is a Hit

May 18, 2015
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Murder, Love, Betrayal: Chicago Is a Hit

The CCHS Theater Company’s production of Chicago over this past weekend proved to be a huge hit, filling the theatre for each of the four shows. I attended the show on Saturday night, and the auditorium was sold out. With enticing elaborateness and drama, the musical lit up the stage with talent of all sorts. Before I review the CCHS production, let me give a bit of history on the musical itself: Chicago is based on the city’s obsession with murders committed by women in the 1920s. The press would pounce on these stories, captivating the eager public. Trials veered further and further away from fact as the personal lives of those accused were disclosed through the media. Main characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly are based on real-life accused-murderers Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner,...
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Should Seniors Skip “Skip Day?”

May 18, 2015
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Should Seniors Skip “Skip Day?”

At last, in its final week of classes at CCHS, the graduating class of 2015 is beginning to reach for the freedom that lies ahead.  The traditional “Senior Skip Day” proceeded today, the 18th, renewing the annual controversy between underclassmen and faculty. I, for one, was surprised to see so many seniors about the halls today.  Last year, I remember being shocked for the opposite reason; practically no seniors bothered to come to school for Skip Day. Teachers have written off Skip Day as meaningless, unnecessary, and a poor excuse to catch up on a few hours of sleep.  Seniors look forward to the day, for obvious reasons.  To many, it means sleeping in, missing a grueling series of classes, or taking a break from extracurriculars for the day.  However, a respectable amount of the grade braved...
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Save the Bees!

May 18, 2015
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Save the Bees!

Farmers have long been aware of a worrying trend among their bee hives. Bees, who are important pollinators for a wide variety of crops, are disappearing in record numbers. Researchers have still not been able to pinpoint the cause for the decline of bee population, but have placed blame on poor nutrition, parasites, and pesticides. Recently, the Bee Informed Partnership explained that beekeepers had lost around 40% of their colonies as compared to the normal 10% colony loss. Scientists are particularly shocked given that the summer period is typically seen as a strong time for bees. Also concerning is the fact that bee death seemed to be higher in the summer period then the winter period, given that winter is a time of distress for bees. Bees also serve a highly important economical function, providing...
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