Carrboro Celebrates Mother’s Day

Many people agree that their parents do a lot for them. They often balance busy work schedules with taking care of themselves and their kids, while finding time to go above and beyond expectations. For high school students, parents can offer words of encouragement when students are stressed or tired, and help make sure that students’ days and years run smoothly.

On Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, people of all ages appreciate these parental contributions. This year, Mother’s Day was Sunday, May 12. Many students at Carrboro took time to celebrate their moms in a variety of ways.

“I walked my dogs for my mom, so she could go out bird-watching,” said Cici Sullenger, senior.

Many teachers at Carrboro are also parents themselves, and they too were recognized this Mother’s Day.

“My kids made me a strawberry shortcake,” said Robin Bulleri, CHS science teacher. “That was one of my favorite parts.”

Students agree that moms play an important role in their lives and in the Carrboro community.

“I appreciate that my mom is always caring and always there for me,” said Sullenger.

Even though Mother’s Day is only one day a year, moms’ work is year-round, and there is a lot to appreciate no matter what day it is.

Quizzed up Carrboro

Senior Nick Carney, center, poses questions to both Quiz Bowl teams

On Friday, April 5, students in Carrboro’s Quiz Bowl team competed with teachers in a student versus staff trivia contest. Questions, asked by senior Quiz Bowl member Nick Carney, covered a variety of topics from math to history to literature.

After buzzing in, students and teachers could confer with their team before providing an answer. An incorrect answer would cost the team points.

By the end, teachers were in the lead, winning by 160 points to the student team’s 50.

This is just one event the Quiz Bowl student team has participated in. The team has already had a busy year, earning second place at regionals and collecting several second and third place finishes at states. The team also looks forward to attending nationals later this spring.

Senior Arun Chakrabarty is one of the club’s members. He encourages students to join Quiz Bowl if they know a lot of trivia or want to learn more.

“[You can] expand your basic knowledge and get acquainted with a group of people that’s enthusiastic about learning,” said Chakrabarty, adding that, “if you have a competitive nature it’s pretty fun.”

Nick Carney also recommends that students join Quiz Bowl.

“It encourages you to seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge,” said Carney.

Students interested in joining can talk to a Quiz Bowl member or go to club meetings, which are held Fridays at lunch in Mr. Beichner’s classroom. Quiz Bowl also has a booth at Jaguar Jump-In for prospective team members to get information and ask questions.

As Quiz Bowl prepares for the national tournament, other students can stay updated by listening to the announcements for Quiz Bowl results.

Carrboro “Springs Forward”

This spring, we set the clocks forward an hour, losing an hour of sleep for some. Photo courtesy Federico Respini via Unsplash.

Daylight Savings Time brings mixed responses from students and teachers. “Spring Forward” brings an especially large amount of controversy. In Spring Forward, clocks move forward one hour, and people disagree on whether the extra hour of sunlight is worth the confusion and loss of sleep.

According to National Geographic, Daylight Savings Time started in Germany with the goal of saving coal energy in World War I. In 1918, the United States also decided to start the biannual time change. Although many sources suggest that Daylight Savings no longer saves energy, the U.S.—except for Arizona and Hawaii—still springs forward today.

Starting Sunday, March 10, Standard Time changed to Daylight Savings Time, and people throughout Carrboro and the U.S. have had to adjust.

A major problem with Spring Forward is the negative impact on sleep. The sudden change in time conflicts with people’s natural circadian rhythms, which take a few days to adapt. The week after Spring Forward, many students say they feel tired and have trouble going to sleep early enough.

Students and teachers often find the sudden change hard to adjust to.

“I think it’s more disruptive than it is beneficial,” said CHS science teacher Robin Bulleri.

For many Americans, this sleep disruption can have dangerous consequences. CNN reported that Spring Forward correlates with an 8 percent increase in strokes, a 10 percent increase in heart attacks and an unusually high number of injuries and car accidents in the few days after the time change.

However, after a few days, people’s circadian rhythms adjust to the change, and this increase in risk falls again. At this point, many students enjoy the additional hour of sunlight at the end of the day.

“I love having more sunlight in the afternoon because I can sit outside and do my homework, and it doesn’t get dark during track practice,” said Elly Hensley, senior.

Many students agree that later sunsets make them less tired while doing their homework and playing sports in the evening. In the long-term, this extra evening sunlight makes them appreciative of Daylight Savings Time.

“It improves my overall mood so much,” said Hensley.

After a few days of adjustment, most of CHS is starting to get back to a regular sleep schedule. Students and teachers can look forward to even sunnier evenings as we approach summer.

Preview of Rescheduled Spirit Week and Homecoming Events

Because of the canceled school days during Hurricane Michael, the planned spirit and Homecoming week festivities have been rescheduled.

The week of November 5 to 9 is the second Spirit Week, with new themes for Monday and Wednesday. Monday was  Character Day, which is similar to Meme Day but includes a broader range of characters. According to Mr. Severance, SGA Faculty Rep, this spirit day is an opportunity for students to wear their Halloween costumes to school or dress up as a character from a movie, game or cartoon.

“The idea behind Character Day was, it’s right after Halloween, so we wanted to give people opportunities to use their Halloween costumes,” said Severance.

The next day, Tuesday, was  a teacher workday, but students  will be back in school for Wacky Wednesday on November 7. This theme was the second most popular choice in the student survey used to decide the first spirit week’s themes.

Thursday and Friday will keep their originally scheduled themes: Jersday Thursday and Class Color Day, respectively. For Class Color Day, the colors will still be gray for freshmen, purple for sophomores, black for juniors and white for seniors.

Friday, November 9, is a big day for CHS, as there will be several homecoming events at the end of the school week. SGA will hold a  pep rally n the gym at the end of the school day. After school, the Homecoming Game will run from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, with the Homecoming Dance following from 9:00 to 11:30 pm in the Cafe Commons at CHS.

Because of the rescheduling, Student Government hopes to use the additional planning time to make the week’s events even more enjoyable for Carrboro students. They have worked hard adding activities to ensure that school spirit is at a peak during the pep rally and the week of Homecoming.

“We’re just trying to use all the ideas we can to try to increase school spirit and just provide outlets for students to have fun on Homecoming Week,” said Severance.

With these changes, the Student Government team wants to make sure that students and teachers enjoy the rescheduled Spirit Week and Homecoming events as much as they can. It is clear that CHS students can look forward to a busy and exciting week.

Another Fun-Filled Festifall: Recap of 2018 Festifall

As the weather finally begins to cool down, Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s community events are just starting to warm up.

Every year, Chapel Hill-Carrboro residents gather on Franklin Street to enjoy an afternoon filled with local art and food. Called the Festifall Arts Festival, or just Festifall for short, the day includes booths displaying art from around the Triangle, live music from local bands and a mix of different food trucks. Some of the highlights of this year’s Festifall, held on October 7, were a facepaint station, a customizable mural and the characteristic fall-themed chair, a favorite spot for photos every year.

Artists from Chapel Hill to Raleigh came to display their artwork, including woodworking, paintings and ceramic products. One artist, Emily Schmidt, sold handmade journals that she makes in her company, The Plum Umbrella Studio. When asked about her favorite part of Festifall so far, Schmidt emphasized the energy of the crowd.

“They clearly know what they’re looking for and they like a good product when they see it, which is very fun,” said Schmidt.

Some artists enjoy Festifall so much that they return year after year. One returning artist, Faith Beery, displayed framed butterflies to help people appreciate the patterns different butterflies have, while also raising awareness of rainforest conservation. Beery also enjoys the energy of Festifall.

“It’s well organized, the heat is probably not my favorite, but you know, it’s fun. It’s just a fun day,” said Beery, co-owner of That’s Nature’s Way.

Beyond the many booths displaying artwork, musicians and dancers showcase their art at Festifall too. Carrboro High’s own Arwen Helms performed at the festival with her clogging team, the Cane Creek Cloggers.

“It’s a very traditional dance and Festifall seemed like a good place to do that,” said Helms, a tenth grader, about clogging.

Although Helms’ team has performed at Festifall in past years, this was her first year at the event. She liked the relaxed feeling of the community gathering.

“I liked the atmosphere. It just is very homey,” said Helms. “We’re having fun, we’re enjoying music and food.”

This is the kind of atmosphere that Festifall’s organizers hope to create. Susan Brown, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Executive Director for Community Arts and Culture, oversees events like Festifall. Her goals with the annual event are to bring people together to appreciate the arts.

“Festifall’s a great event. It’s a community festival, it’s a street festival, and we also focus on the arts,” said Brown. “So we hope that folks come out and enjoy some local artists, hear a band, and just sort of be downtown.”

Overall, the 2018 Festifall was a success, with festival-goers enjoying the art, music and beautiful weather. If you missed it this year, make sure to mark your schedules for next October’s Festifall. In the meantime, keep an eye out for other community events in the Chapel-Hill Carrboro area, as they are a fun way to take a break and get outside.

Dear Freshmen,

With a new school year comes a new class of freshmen. The move from middle to high school involves many changes, but luckily, the Class of 2022 is not alone in this transition. In addition to the teachers and counselors helping freshmen, seniors are another resource available for advice.

Current Carrboro seniors reflected on their own experiences moving from middle to high school and offered advice to freshmen on how to succeed at Carrboro.

A common message from seniors was that freshmen should take advantage of opportunities to get involved. High school offers a variety of clubs, sports and other activities, and seniors agreed that freshmen should explore their interests.

“Try as many things as possible, and just try to be interested in as many things as possible. Try to explore everything from sports to arts; anything,” said Elijah Jones.

“Coming here as a junior, I wish I had done a school sport or participated in more school activities so I could have gotten to know people more quickly,” said Ella Shapard.

Another change that comes with moving to high school is the increased time commitments. The combination of extracurricular activities and homework can be overwhelming for many students. Seniors offered advice about how students can balance their time.

“Stay focused, and always remember to do your work. Always turn in your classwork on time,” said Sindely Castaneda.

“I would suggest getting involved in activities, and also taking online classes, because those give you enough time to worry about your other classes that you might have to deal with,” said Spenser Barry.

Seniors also offered their opinions on what makes Carrboro High School different from other schools. They cited the students and their diverse interests as aspects of Carrboro that have contributed to their positive high school experience.

“Something that makes Carrboro unique is the really vibrant student body, because we’re all into all these different things, and we’re really passionate about them,” said Bonnie Stolt.

Finally, seniors also shared their opinions on what members of the Class of 2022 have to look forward to. Seniors pointed to the opportunities to pursue different interests that come with an increased variety of classes.

“Freshmen definitely have a wide range of classes to look forward to, so as you go up through high school and college, you get to kind of figure out what you’re interested in and do more of what you’re interested in, which is something really special,” said Cici Sullenger.

Although the move from middle to high school can seem overwhelming at first, most Carrboro seniors seem to agree that they have found new opportunities in high school. Getting involved in activities, balancing extracurriculars and classwork and taking a variety of classes are a few things that freshmen, and all Carrboro students, can do to make sure they make the most of these opportunities.