Jeremy Lin: A Rising Star

March 12, 2012
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Having led many consecutive wins for his team, Jeremy Lin has been a rising star in the NBA. During his high school and college years, he has been an outstanding basketball player. During his high school career, Jeremy Lin led his high school, Palo Alto High School, to an impressive record of 34-1, and the team won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II State Title. Although he did very well during his high school career, he did not receive any athletic scholarship offers. Instead, he attended Harvard and played basketball there. During his college career, Harvard set many records such as home wins, road wins, and neutral wins because of Lin’s excellent performance. After college, where he majored in economics, Lin joined the Dallas Mavericks for mini-camp and their NBA Summer League team...
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The Tree of Life: Large in scope, minuscule in execution

February 27, 2012
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The Tree of Life: Large in scope, minuscule in execution

After hearing about the plot of The Tree of Life and the extreme reactions to it, I was naturally intrigued to see it. Almost everyone I asked  said it was good but had a lot of problems, mostly people just told me they had mixed feelings about it. Last weekend, I finally saw it. The plot is practically nonexistent. It is purposefully confusing, and for some reason, it has the need to splice nature and galaxy clips in between the action, complete with whispered voiceovers and operatic music. It almost feels like two plots meshed into one. In one, we see a nature program about the evolution of life, while the other has three brothers terrorized by their overly stern father, played by Brad Pitt. The movie is of course too busy showing us galaxies and...
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2012 MMEA Eastern Senior District Festival

February 15, 2012
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The MMEA Eastern Senior District Festival is a highly selective band, orchestral, and choral festival featuring the top musicians in our region, and it took place on January 7 this year. Students begin practicing their audition pieces as early as June, and auditions take place in late November every year. Instrumentalists and vocalists alike perform scales, sight-reading, and their audition piece for auditions. Last year, the Eastern Senior District implemented a new and highly debated audition method: the blind audition. Students are assigned anonymous serial numbers and audition behind a cardboard partition, never speaking to the judge. The benefits of this method is that it eliminates possible prejudices judges may have towards students, whether based on race, gender, appearance, or any variety of reasons. The anonymity of such auditions ensures more fair judging – judging based on...
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Muckraking: Documentaries vs. Books

February 13, 2012
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Muckraking: Documentaries vs. Books

I used to think that nonfiction books were just a banal version of movie documentaries. I used to think that I could get the same depth of information from both mediums. Just recently, I read Eric Scholloser’s book Fast Food Nation and watched the documentary he produced, Food, Inc. I was shocked to find out that my previous opinion was wrong, although it did have some reason behind it. The book supplied much more information that, if it were to be put into video, would bore most viewers. Books contain a much more flexible amount of information than movies.  I was able to read about many more personal stories than the few included in the documentary. In this type of nonfiction book, learning about the atrocities of food production is crucial. To truly begin to...
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CC Swim and Dive DCL update

February 13, 2012
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CC Swim and Dive DCL update

In the DCL meet last weekend, both boys and girls teams participated and swam really hard. The girls team competed on Friday, February 10th and finished with a total point number of 245.5, which placed them fifth out of the eight teams. The girls team went ninth in the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 200 free relay, and fifth and ninth in the 400 free relay.  Sarah Poirier ’13 finished eighth in the 200 free while Abby Gramaglia ’14 came in sixth in the 500 free. The Patriots did well in the one-meter diving with Jordan Ursch ’12 finishing fifth and Meghan O’Brien’15 right behind her. The boys team did pretty well in the DCL meet but finished out of the top four. The team did not finish on top, but there were a few indiviuals that did very well. Drew...
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Voices in the Caf: Valentine carnations?

February 13, 2012
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Voices in the Caf: Valentine carnations?

What do you think about the Valentine’s Day carnations at CCHS?                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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Chinese New Year celebration

February 6, 2012
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Chinese New Year celebration

Happy Chinese New Year! As a way to celebrate the lucky Year of the Dragon, Teacher Jean Lee, or Lee Lao Shi, as her students call her, successfully organized a celebration luncheon at the Asian Gourmet Restaurant in Concord. She enthusiastically greeted around thirty students who attended the event with a welcoming Xin Nian Kuai Le or saying Happy Chinese New Year. Students sat down in an open hibachi-styled table, eager to eat and fascinated by the zodiac table mats in front of them. Lee Lao Shi arranged a nine-dish meal consisting of a variety of traditional Chinese cuisines. It was exciting to eat the food that we had already learned about in Chinese class. Lee Lao Shi encouraged students to speak to the waiters in Chinese, which was very gratifying when the waiters...
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Student Spotlight: Emily Chen

February 6, 2012
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This is an interview with Emily Chen ’12, who is an aspiring singer at Concord Carlisle High School. She has an amazing YouTube channel of her song covers. (Visit it here and the Facebook page here.) How long have you been singing/when did you first go to YouTube? I remember singing in the shower when I was in elementary school, but I didn’t actually start taking singing too seriously until about eighth grade. It’s only been these past two years though that I’ve really undergone a growth spurt as a singer-songwriter. Something that drastically furthered my growth was deciding to teach myself how to play the guitar back in my sophomore year. Why do you like singing? I like singing for so, so many reasons. I’ve always been musically inclined—growing up playing the piano,...
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