CC Mens Basketball makes it to playoffs for the first time in six years!

March 4, 2013
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CC Mens Basketball makes it to playoffs for the first time in six years!

Our CC Basketball team certainly had a good season this year. With an impressive regular season record of 15-7, they looked to be a power player in the playoffs. This is the first time CC Mens Basketbal has made it to playoffs in six years. The team was ranked seventh seed in their division prior to the playoffs. According to freshman Eric Sellew, “We were conditioning and working on our offense; determination is key.” Confidence in the team was very high, with freshman Austin Hoey saying, “We will not be denied.” Everyone was extremely excited and focused going into the first playoff game. Senior captain Chris Sellew said, “Woburn is definitely a tough team, but if we play our game we can beat them.” The team’s impressive regular season record bought them a first...
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2013 Grammy’s top moments!

March 4, 2013
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2013 Grammy’s top moments!

  On Sunday February 10th, millions of music fans across the country tuned in to watch the 55th annual Grammy Awards. The event was hosted by singer and actor LL Cool J. The night opened with a performance by Taylor Swift, with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” off of her relatively new album Red. This song was nominated for Record of the Year, though the award went to “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra. Other nominations included Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and Fun’s “We Are Young.” Following Swift was a performance by Elton John and Ed Sheeran, who did a rendition of Sheeran’s “The A Team.” Though this song was nominated for Song of the Year, the award was given to Fun’s “We are Young.” Fun also...
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Parking Garage to be Built in the New School

March 1, 2013
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A sketch of what the garage will look like finished

If you have heard the recent rumors of the parking garage being built on the site of the new high school, you will be pleased to know these rumors are true!  In the last few months, nothing has been more apparent than the upperclassmen’s complaints of a lack of parking, in addition to the long-established dissatisfaction with the outrageous ($300 per year) price of student parking.  All this is set to change with the construction of the new parking garage.  Principal Peter Badalament says that “our new parking facility was designed and funded in response to the obviously poor parking situation at CCHS,” and adds that “we are trying to incorporate more student requests into the new school in general.”  As of right now, the garage is scheduled to be finished about this time...
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S***, C***, F***, and other words I’m not allowed to say

February 25, 2013
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S***, C***, F***, and other words I’m not allowed to say

In the past, our school has performed several controversial winter musicals, such as The Producers and A Little Night Music.  We have displayed sex scenes, cross-dressing, and even swastikas to entertain the audience. Compared to past years, this winter’s musical A Chorus Line is tame. But this year, as a preventative measure to avoid conflict and parental outcries, all potentially salacious references to female sexual anatomy is censored. While “tits and ass” becomes “this and that,”  other phrases in the show that make reference to “boners,” premature ejaculation, and rampant male sexuality are condoned. The show also keeps intact language like that represented by asterisks in the headlines.  While these changes may be intended to prevent the blatant objectification of women, they have an unsettling undertone of sexism. This censorship not only implicates that women...
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The stagnant state of the State of the Union address

February 25, 2013
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The stagnant state of the State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama hit several high points in his hour-long State of the Union speech, rallying the crowd to drive his points home, and he seemed more focused now than four years ago.  It’s time, as his promises seem to indicate, to roll up his sleeves and get down to work.  With only four years remaining, Obama laid out an ambitious list of goals, encompassing everything from the war in Afghanistan to education reform.  The rhetoric became tiring and clichéd at times, but digging past it, Obama addressed numerous important topics addressed.  Here’s a rundown of his new policies, and my take on what they mean for America. Economic Growth Obama, predictably, started off his speech on a positive note, mentioning the 6 million new jobs created in the past four years, heightened...
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Visiting the Virtual High School

February 25, 2013
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Visiting the Virtual High School

March is approaching, a time not only known for its lack of school holidays, but also of class scheduling for the coming year. Recently the Virtual High School courses have become more relevant in the class scheduling process. VHS is a company that has an online program that “provides the opportunity to take courses not offered at CCHS, or courses that cannot be scheduled.” Its popularity has particularly increased this year, although it has been at the school since 2009, because it provides an opportunity for students taking Rivers and Revolutions to stay with the school track and take regular classes. VHS is also appealing to students who want to double up on courses or students who need to make up for credit losses. It also allows for students to take classes that may...
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It is an AP French revolution!

February 25, 2013
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It is an AP French revolution!

The French Advanced Placement (AP) course has a completely new worldwide program and curriculum. The new program includes guest speakers, French pen pals and a variety of projects and films. It focuses more on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication, both verbal and written, and also on French culture. This program still helps students prepare for the same AP exam but also teaches them to be global citizens. Students taking this class will now “learn about contemporary Francophone societies and cultures by examining their products, practices and perspectives through thematic study,” “use authentic sources such as newspaper and magazine articles, websites,  films, music, video clips, blogs, podcasts, stories, and literary excerpts in French to develop language skills and communicative proficiency in real life settings” and “build communication skills through regular class discussion, one-on-one conversation, collaboration...
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The JSA experience: Winter Congress

February 25, 2013
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The JSA experience: Winter Congress

On  Thursday, February 7th, a troupe of CCHS students traveled by plane to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., to attend the Junior State of America Winter Congress conference over the weekend. The ten students, myself included, are members of the Junior State of America club. The club, which is the largest student-run high school club in the United States, aims to explore democracy and allow students engage in debates, formal and informal, and discuss current topics of interest and public policy issues in the US today. Students are given challenges in leadership and in communicating effectively and preparing to be politically active citizens in this country. The club itself meets weekly in “thought-talks,” each week on a different topic of the club’s choosing, which is generally followed by impromptu debates on less serious topics. There are...
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