Charlie Hart: Guitar craftsman

December 17, 2012
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Charlie Hart: Guitar craftsman

Charlie Hart ’14, has been playing guitar for about five years. However, unlike most guitarists, Hart plays guitars that he makes by hand. He has made two entire electric guitars and says that “from the initial design concept to tightening the last screw it is around 200 hours worth of work. For the first guitar, that meant around a year, and the second took around nine months.” Hart was inspired to make guitars from watching videos on YouTube and believed that he could do better than the people in the videos he saw. He was fascinated by the idea and began joining online forums. He bought a book to help him learn and then finally started to make his own guitar. Hart states, “I guess I am not surprised that I started building my...
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CC debate team has success

December 10, 2012
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CC debate team has success

While many people remember sport state finals, the debate state finals are often neglected. Last weekend on Saturday, December 1st, the Debate team completed the Newton South Speech and Debate Tournament where multiple students from Concord-Carlisle High School qualified for state finals. In this tournament there were three CC students, Adam Oriola’14, Kevin Fan’15, and Jenna Wong’16, in a pool of forty other students. The students are given a topic to debate, which in the last tournament was about the presidential election. The contestants are graded on their discussion, whether they took charge in rounds, and whether they were persuasive or not. Last Saturday Oriola placed first, Wong second, and Fan third, out of seven students in the finals. This is the fourth tournament out of sixteen in the year, and students need to...
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CCHS teacher alumni, and why they came back

December 10, 2012
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CCHS teacher alumni, and why they came back

With all the typical stress that students face before the holidays, most students swear that they will never step foot into this school again once they graduate. It is interesting, however, to think that some people do come back. Let’s reflect about some  experiences from teachers who attended this school as students, and decided to return. Concord-Carlisle High School, back in the 1970s, was a whole lot different in comparison to what it is now. Students were allowed to smoke between classes on school property, Social Studies classes were held in Emerson School because of overcrowding, sophomores took gym at the Hunt Center, and gym required uniforms. The expectations for girls and boys was also drastically different; according to English teacher Kate Lee-Dubon, many girls took home economics courses and were not expected to...
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Come to the winter concert for band and orchestra!

December 10, 2012
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Come to the winter concert for band and orchestra!

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, should come to the Winter Concert for Repertory Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz “A” on Thursday, December 20th, 2012! The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your friends, your family, anyone! The concert will be held in the CCHS auditorium at 7 pm. The Jazz Band will be performing “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins, “On the Street Where You Live” by Lerner and Loewe, and “Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise” music by Sigmund Romberg. The orchestra will be performing “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah and “Russian and Lydmilla” by Mikhail Glinka. Repertory band will be performing “Tricycle” by Andrew Boysen, Jr. and “Of Dark Lords and Ancient Kings” by Roland Barrett. The Concert Band will be performing “Machu Picchu” by Satoshi Yagisawa and “Molly on...
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International students at CC

December 10, 2012
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International students at CC

This year CC has a large, diverse class of international students. I recently got to visit their classroom and talk to the students.  They come from a wide array of countries, from Thailand to Iran, China to Brazil.  Some of them are staying with host families, and will leave CC in May or June, but most have come to Concord with their families and will live here permanently. The students say that people at CCHS have been very welcoming and friendly, and that they’ve made many new friends.  When asked about his favorite part of the school, Guych Sytdikov, a junior from Turkmenistan, answered, “Everything.”  Parinthorn Lamroongroj, a junior from Thailand, added, “The people.” Their cheerful attitude continued when I asked them about their classes.  Unlike many students at CC, who gripe about their...
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CCHS presents Rumors by Neil Simon

December 3, 2012
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CCHS presents Rumors by Neil Simon

This year’s fall play was Rumors by Neil Simon, directed by Johnny Woodnal and starring Zoe Gregoric ’13, Lily Hamilton ’15, Sarah Hession-Kunz ’16, Sarah Hutchinson ’14, Jacob Lasorsa ’14, Alex McNulty ’16, Mary Sapp ’15, Emma Schmidt ’14, Joseph Valle-Hoag ’14, Mickey Valle-Hoag ’14. The play begins with Ken Forman (M. Valle-Hoag) and his wife Chris (Hamilton). Both are lawyers are at the tenth anniversary party for their friends Charlie Brock and Myra Brock, neither of whom are seen throughout the entire play. Ken and Chris are in a panic because Myra is nowhere to be seen, Charlie shot himself through the ear, and the staff are missing. Soon the other guests begin to arrive. Lenny Ganz (J. Valle-Hoag) and his wife Claire (Schmidt) are the first, and though Ken and Chris try to keep the predicament a secret, they soon...
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Turkmenistan: A presentation by Guychgeldi Sytdykov

December 3, 2012
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Turkmenistan: A presentation by Guychgeldi Sytdykov

On Thursday, November 29, Guychgeldi Sytdykov gave a speech about his home country, Turkmenistan, to a crowd of around forty students, faculty, and parents. CCHS is one of few – if not the only – schools in the United States to have a sister-school relationship with Turkmenistan, a country most Americans know very little about. So, the opportunity to learn about this little-known country – as well as Guych’s natural charisma – drew quite a crowd. Guych spoke about life in Turkmenistan, touching upon his own experiences and the history of his country. In near-flawless English, he described the history of Turkmenistan from ancient times until now, his PowerPoint slides detailing lists of quick, interesting facts. However, it was Guych’s little asides that were most interesting and fascinating. He spoke with pride of his...
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World news: recent events regarding Palestine and Israel

December 3, 2012
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World news: recent events regarding Palestine and Israel

Lately, there has been much stir in the Middle East regarding Israel’s conflict with Palestine. They are currently fighting viciously over a strip of land between Israel and Jordan, called Gaza. Meanwhile, there has also been much debate over whether or not Palestine is a country. The people who consider themselves Palestinian believe so; however, many countries including the United States argue otherwise and do not recognize it as a state. Recently, the conflict has escalated. Gaza, as well as Israel’s, main cities are beginning to be bombed by Palestine. Previously, only the outskirts of Israel were bombed, but now the major cities with most of the population have been drawn to their attention. As a result, many reporters have had to flee the area. News reporter Anderson Cooper even had been filming live...
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