Recap: Women’s Basketball Home Opener

December 3, 2018 was the first women’s home basketball game featuring the Jordan Matthews’ Jets in a big showdown. The game was a thrilling start to the Jaguars’ season, leaving some players excited to think about team dynamics and the future of their program.

 

Ana Leigh, junior guard, sees a lot of success ahead for the team.

 

“I expect that throughout the season we will develop a lot of chemistry and meet the goals that we set, and I think that we will be successful, and we’ll have a good time,” said Leigh.

Nichole Noel, junior small forward, is excited for the team to showcase their skills in conference play.

 

“I expect that we will continue to work hard and improve, and when we play people in our conference, we will be more competitive.”

 

The game started off a bit slow with the other team breaking away with a big lead. But the Jags had some time to think during halftime, and they had a strong third quarter. Even though the Jags lost, they learned what they need to work on to be more successful in future games.

 

“Our first home game did not go as we planned, we didn’t execute plays correctly, and we weren’t happy with how we were doing, but at the end of the game we picked it up and ended strongly,” said Leigh.

 

Leigh has also thought about potential strategies that the team could work to incorporate into their next game.

 

“We need to work on making layups and free throws and encourage people on the court more from the bench,” said Leigh.

 

Leigh thinks that having a strong fan base and support system can improve player performance and raise the spirit of the team.

 

“Definitely, 100 percent, people need to show out; we could definitely use more support,” said Leigh.

 

The team’s next home game is on December 20 against Bartlett Yancey, and the Jags are excited for another chance to showcase their work as a team.

 

CHS Holds It’s Annual Red Cross Blood Drive

On December 17, 2018 the CHS Red Cross Club held its annual blood drive in the gymnasium. An estimated 50 members of the Jaguar community signed up, with participants including teachers, students and parents. The whole process for donating blood takes around one hour and each person who donates saves an estimated three lives. At the end of the process donors receive snacks, drinks and a shirt to reward and refuel them after having their blood drawn.

The club started preparing at the beginning of December for the event, setting up a sign-up station outside of the media center encouraging peers to volunteer.

“I had so much fun meeting and talking to everyone who volunteered. It was great to see so many people taking time out of there day to donate blood,” said Alyssa Taylor, Red Cross Club member.

Bridget Kelley, Olivia Hall, Lina Bruno, Alyssa Dunn and Praveen Puviindran members of the Red Cross Club.

If you didn’t sign up for the winter blood drive the Red Cross Club encourage anyone who can to sign up for the spring blood drive, typically held mid April.

Carrboro Swim Team Makes A Splash

Carrboro swim team participated in their second official swim meet of the season, called “Paws in the Pool,” following their freshman-sophomore meet, November 17, the previous week. On November 11, CHS swam against rivals Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill High School at Homestead Aquatic Center. With over around 100 kids participating, it was a great opportunity for first time swimmers to get ready for conference, and a fun meet overall.

CHS women came first in the following events: 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200-yard freestyle, 100 fly, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay, and 100 breaststroke, along with many notable second & third places from the men.

Impressive swimmers who participated in the meet were Lindy Bilden, Audrey Costley, Paloma Baca, Annelise Merry, Eliot Hansberger, and Ian Ward all finishing top 3 or above in their races.

Heritage Aquatic Center, photograph taken by junior, Gemma Pekar.

“It was my first meet of high school swimming; I haven’t swam in 5 years and was really nervous, but I pulled through with the help of my teammates and it ended up being really fun,” said freshman Aaron Faircloth.

Overall CHS came in second behind East, with 177 points combined from the men and women’s scores. Chapel Hill followed in third place. Stay current on swimming and other CHS sports through the JagWire’s weekly sports update..

Blended Classes and Block Schedule: Good or Bad?

This year marks the first school year that both blended classes and block schedule are being implemented in the classroom. Many students had their initial doubts about the changes coming to CHS, but the freshmen students now conclude that the changes were for the best.

Rekiyah Bobbitt, freshmen, likes blended classes because she appreciates that the honors students, who have been through standard classes before, can help out the standard students.

“In marketing class, and all my other classes but marketing especially, whenever I have trouble, some honors students help me,” said Bobbitt.

Bobbitt also believes that blended classes create a more inclusive and less stressful school environment.

“If it was separated ㅡ only standard in one class and honors in the other ㅡ it would make children feel excluded or not as smart if they weren’t in honors,” said Bobbitt.

Katherine Stephens, freshmen, thinks that blended classes bring many people together in an inclusive and accepting way.

“I think it’s nice that we can interact with a more diverse group of people,” said Stephens.

“It’s not like the honors kids sit together and the standard kids sit together; it’s really mixed. The only way that you can really tell who’s in the different classes is which papers they get when the teachers hand them out,” said Stephens.

Bobbitt understands that block schedule is an effective way to allow freshmen to adjust to high school.

“I feel that it’s a little less stressful, and there are less due dates since it’s less classes to take. You can really focus on the five subjects you have. It’s less homework, and you get to know your teachers better,” said Bobbitt.

However, Bobbitt says she would prefer to not have block schedule for the rest of high school because she thinks that after freshman year, she will be adjusted to high school and would rather have classes with different people.

“I think we should go back to all seven periods, so we can see different people in our different classes,” said Bobbitt.

Stephens acknowledges that blocked schedule means that students have less homework. However, she doesn’t like the way that the classes are grouped together.

“It’s kind of nice because we don’t have as much homework because we only have five classes rather than seven. I don’t like that now, we have social studies and language arts because those are my two favorites, and in the spring, we have biology and gym, which I don’t like as much,” said Stephens.

Stephens also worries that the students are less likely to remember the material from the classes they took in the first semester.

“The classes you have in the first semester, you might not remember as well the next year because you learned it all in the first half of the year, and then, you get your exams over with,” said Stephens.

The freshmen have exposed that there are many pros and cons to the block schedule and blended classes system. However, they think that the pros outweigh the cons and look forward to what their sophomore year will structurally look like.