Pink Dance Brings The Enthusiasm

September 29, 2014
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Pink Dance Brings The Enthusiasm

Last Friday night, ten or so members of each CCHS class united in the cafeteria for the Pink Dance, the first official dance of the school year. With my hands free thanks to Mrs. Meeks’s impoundment of my jacket and several of my similarly-liberated acquaintances in tow, I strode into the cafeteria around 8:30, fashionably late but excited about the night ahead. Led by members of the field hockey team, the crowd exhibited unwavering enthusiasm for the DJ’s selections and succeeded in making the room hot and loud despite the small turnout. I spent most of my time standing on the edge of the crowd watching the teacher chaperones retreat to the furthest corners of the room.  However, I journeyed Heart of Darkness-style into the middle of the group on multiple occasions, where I drew...
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Sapporo Junior Jazz School Delivers a Professional Performance!

September 29, 2014
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Sapporo Junior Jazz School Delivers a Professional Performance!

On Sunday, September 28, the CCHS Band proudly welcomed the Sapporo Junior Jazz School for a performance as a part of the group’s Boston area weekend stay. The group arrived late last week from its hometown, the capital of the large northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. On Saturday the Japanese students performed in Boston at the Berklee College of Music. They spent Sunday at CCHS, rehearsing their program and attending a master class with Tiger Okoshi. Tiger is a famous trumpet player who spends most of the year teaching music at Berklee, and the rest of the year he stays in Japan, serving as the Sapporo Jazz group’s mentor. The school is composed of two main groups. One group spans the ages 6 to 12, while the other carries students from ages 12 to 15. We were...
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CC Introduces Mindfulness

September 29, 2014
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CC Introduces Mindfulness

Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging one’s feelings and thoughts.  As we enter this year it is also Concord Carlisle High School’s latest buzzword. Living in the moment can be very challenging, especially during high school. It seems nearly impossible to focus on the current moment and let go of the past and future, but the result can greatly improve your day-to-day life. As our planners fill up and there is less and less time for everything, being mindful can decrease stress and anxiety. During several of our advisories we heard this idea of forgetting last block’s essay grade and not worrying about next block’s test.  We all found ourselves guilty of the same thing: not being mindful enough to benefit from...
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Looking Back on the Cosby Show 30 Years Later

September 29, 2014
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Looking Back on the Cosby Show 30 Years Later

This month, Americans celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of The Cosby Show. The monumental landmark for many adults—and some younger 80’s television aficionados—reminds us of the side-splitting comedy and simultaneous genius of the show, with its clever plot and character development. The Cosby Show is at the same time a “blast from the past” and a very close presence in our modern world.  Beyond the fact that nearly all the original cast members are still living, the show introduced some attitudes that have only strengthened over the past 30 years. Just as some critics have said that Modern Family has normalized homosexuality without overexposing it, so too did Bill Cosby and his supporting cast solidify a firm sense of belonging for African-American families. Looking back through my personal Cosby archives, I found The Best of the Cosby...
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2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Predictions

September 29, 2014
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2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Predictions

If you cared enough to click on this article, props to you for caring about basketball. With the NBA season quickly approaching, it’s that time again to make seeding predictions for each team in its respective conference. This week, we’re only going to cover the talentless conference that has the majority of the league’s horrible teams, also known as the East. These are my predictions for how the East is going to pan out this year. Eastern Conference Predictions Playoff Teams (1-8)   1. Cleveland Cavaliers Last Season: 33(W)-49(L) (10th in East) This Season’s Prediction: 60-22 (1st in East) As everyone knows because ESPN talked about nothing else for a week, LeBron’s talents are back in good old Ohio. He is partnering up with Kevin Love, who has proven to be a huge offensive...
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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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