CHS Jaguar Hall of Fame

David Veltri 

Veltri has been a wrestler on the Carrboro Wrestling team since 2014. During his time on the team he has collected numerous awards, He will be inducted for All-State Wrestling.

Quincy Monday

Monday has been a wrestler on the Carrboro Wrestling team since 2016. Of his time on the team he has one two state Championship titles. He will be inducted for All State Wrestling.

Destiny Cox

Cox has been an athlete on the Carrboro Varsity team since her Freshman year. Cox has contributed to the team in many ways, playing a role in their past two state championship titles. She will be inducted for All State Volleyball.

Niya Fearrington

Fearrington was a member of the Carrboro Varsity Cheerleading team for four years. Of her time at Carrboro she has served as captain and most valuable cheerleader. She will be inducted for All-American Cheerleading.

Frae Dae Moo

Moo is an AVID member of the Carrboro Varsity Men’s Soccer Team he has attributed to the teams dynamic, through skill, leadership and determination. He will be inducted into the Jaguar Hall of Fame for All State Soccer.

Paloma Baca, Eliot Hunsberger, Audrey Costley and Anneliese Merry were key swimmers on the 2018 Women’s Relay 400 team. Throughout the year they pushed their team to advance in to state meet. This year they will be inducted for swimming state champions.

Civil Disobedience

Protest can take many forms, and, although marches and public displays may come to mind first, civil disobedience is one form that can be often overlooked. Civil disobedience is a type of protest: the act of refusing to comply with laws in a form of protesting. There are many people that have displayed the courageous act of civil disobedience, but there are even more who haven’t and, in a district like CHCCS, I think it’s unfortunate how many are in the latter group.

On March 10, students all over the nation walked out of their schools at 10 a.m. to commemorate the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida and to call attention to the need for more safety within schools. In some schools, students were disciplined for the act of walking out, but in CHCCS, not one student received any sort of discipline.

One could ask, then, if perhaps that lack of punishment was one reason that turnout was so high. There was no civil disobedience involved in the March 10 walkout. People strolled out of class, listened to some speeches, and then went back to class. However, I believe that the next student-led walkout was not same.

April 20 was 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting in Jefferson County, Colorado that saw 12 students killed. On this day, Parkland students involved in the Enough movement planned for students across the nation to walkout again at 10 a.m., but, this time, to not go back. Students were instead encouraged to go to local officials and push their demands regarding gun laws and safety in school.

Well, walking out of school for the entire school day is considered skipping. So I wondered how many students would express interest in this walkout. With athletic games, college transcripts and all around fear of getting in trouble, I doubted that support would be very high. Privileged students are afraid to harm their futures and afraid of actual civil disobedience. I believe that many students are accustomed to having things handed to them. In a competitive district with opportunities to engage and be involved in any- thing that you want, most students have not had to fight for anything more than their GPAs.

After the walkout, my theory was shattered just a little. As predicted, students still managed to try and get around the punishments. People got notes for “educational opportunities” or came back after they rally ended. However, there were some students that believed in and knew about civil disobedience. It’s the acts of these individuals that catch the attention of lawmakers and public officials to decide we need to do something.

So, almost a month later, the conversations have ceased, and the student activist have gone back behind the scenes, but what’s next? Is this enough for one year, for one high school career, or will the conversation continue?

Get Out: A Look Back at the Year’s Impressive Movies

Get Out by far deserves the Oscar for best picture and best original screenplay.

The depth of the content in the movie is unbelievable. Get Out conveys the roots and concepts behind slavery while incorporating modern technology as it relates to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. The satirical film adds horror and comedy to a topic that many people are uncomfortable discussing: race.

In brief, Chris, the main character, and boyfriend of Rose, goes with her to her parents’ house for a weekend getaway. Coincidentally, it’s the same weekend that her family is hosting their annual get-together party with their closest friends. During this time, Chris begins to pick up on the personality and comments of her family and their friends that begin to make him question their intentions. He slowly discovers the “sunken place” and that his lovely girlfriend and his in-laws are not who he thought they were.

If you thought that synopsis was a cliffhanger, just watch the movie. You’ll be even more shook at the ending.

CHCCS School to Prison Pipeline

What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘school-to-prison-pipeline?’ Education, teachers, the justice system or America? Some could probably guess as to what it is, but many people don’t know the denotation of the phrase, never mind how it affects students in our district.

The term school-to-prison-pipeline was coined in the 1990s when “zero tolerance” was beginning to be a part of the chain that led students of color into jail or prison. This idea refers to practices like a zero tolerance for fighting, zero tolerance for insubordi- nation or zero tolerance for vandalism.

This practice creates policies that push students of color specifically into the juvenile justice system. When students were found guilty of infractions like these, they were automatically suspended. Typically, black students were suspended for more non provable offenses like insubordination, while white students would only be suspended for probable offenses.

This became a nation-wide issue, and over the past years, different schools have begun to create new policies to reverse the problem. Some schools are taking away zero tolerance and putting in restorative justice practices some schools are creating equity teams, and students are beginning to create clubs and organizations to help solve the issue.

Restorative justice is a form of talking about a conflict or incident with all the parties involved in order to discuss why the event happened and how to prevent it in the future.

Mintzy Paige, chair of the Equity Team at Carrboro High, believes that restorative justice can be a good practice if the moderator leads the session well.

In Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools, the term ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ has been used more often in the past five years. According to the Daily Tar Heel, in the 2015-2016 school year, black students were ten times more likely to get suspend- ed than white students for short-term suspensions. Following these alarmingly-high numbers, people across the boards started
to address the root of the issue, especially as the numbers continue to grow.

One of the main groups that is beginning to play a larger role and get more attention is the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN). This group is a national organization formed in districts with high achievement gaps to create coalitions of students who work to eliminate racial disparities in their districts. Within CHCCS, Lorie Clark and Sheldon Lanier serve as advisors for this organization, which consists of over 20 students. The work of MSAN over past years consisted of trying to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline through restructuring the student code of conduct.

Stephanie Lopez, senior at CHS and member of MSAN, believes that the work of MSAN is transforming the fu- ture for the district.

“Our main goal is to restructure the code of conduct; it’s not fair for students of color to be disproportionately affected. The voice should come from the students,” said Lopez.

Even with all of the groups, teams and organizations, there is still a lot of work to be done. This includes starting with the education of others about what the pipeline is and whom it effects. A decrease in the school-to-prison pipeline can have positive effects on the achievement gap and the environment of a school.

Illustration by Ryx Zan

Whose Streets

Whose Streets, a documentary directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, portrays the uproar after the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the protests that occurred in the community after his death. On Monday, January 29 at 7 p.m., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Chapel Hill Branch will be hosting a screening of the film at no cost and open to the public at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street.

Some Carrboro students have already seen the film. Last March, eight Carrboro High students, along with two advisors, traveled to Columbia, Missouri for the True/False Documentary Festival. This event is an annual celebration for the town to acknowledge art through dance, music, media and more. During the trip, the students viewed a series of films from a variety of angles ranging from fireworks in Mexico, to dash-cam footage from car crashes in Russia to injustices in communities of color.   

Whose Streets stood out to many of the students. The documentary focuses in on two women and others in the community. Their dedication to fighting for justice in a town that has a long history of bias in the black community from law enforcement.

Elijah Jones, junior, was one of the students who travelled with the group to Missouri. He reflected on the film and being able to speak with the filmmakers after viewing it.  

“It was impactful, the opportunity of getting to speak with Damon Davis, was also very enlightening,” said Jones.

After the film there will be a panel discussion with Chris Blue, Chapel Hill Chief of Police; Angaza Laughinghouse, staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; and Maya Little, the Silent Sam Sit-In Organizer. This is great opportunity for the town of Carrboro/Chapel Hill to learn about other communities while advocating for their own.

Flyer credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP

Tight Basketball Games last Tuesday

The women’s Varsity Basketball played Reidsville High School on January 2 at home.

The first half was very , the score bouncing back and forth between the Jags and the Rams. Deja Tucker, senior point guard, contributed offensively and Gabby Adams, senior guard, made a buzzer beater three at the half. Jags wrapped up the half down by five points, 20 to 25.  

“I cannot believe I made that,” said Adams after the game.

The Jags came back at the half ready to fight. Maria Negro- Sacristan, junior small forward, tied up the game 25 to 25 with five minutes left in the third half. Riley Croasmun, freshman small forward, brought the Jags to a lead with a two-pointer. The Rams came back with the lead with a minute left in the third quarter. Tucker brought the score back to a tie, ending the quarter 30 to 30. At the beginning of fourth quarter, Cameron Farrar, senior small forward, hit a powerful three to bring the Jags back to their lead.

The last minute was filled with constant timeouts and foul shots, with both teams trying to get the lead. The Jags fought hard, falling short two points ending the score at 43 to 41.

Following the women’s game, Varsity boys took the the floor. The first shot of the game was a three pointer made by Neel Mahadevan, senior guard. Shamel Partridge, junior forward, pushed out hard rebounds the entire first quarter. The quarter wrapped up with the Jags down by one point.

The Jags returned from the quarter break fired up, getting them a lead in the second half. Chris Thompson, junior forward, contributed with an and-one and a strong block on defense. Partridge and Nick Jones, senior guard, made three pointers.

The second half started with the Jaguars leading 43 to 25. Jones and Will Riggs, junior point guard, dominated the three-point line. A two pointer from DeAndre Burnette, junior forward, with a minute to go in the third quarter brought the Jags to a 21 point lead. The third quarter ended with great defense from both sides with a score of 48-64.

Fourth quarter began with the first points from Thompson with a step and slide to the basket followed by an and-one. The Rams closed the gap to one point with two minutes and 40 seconds left. The score bounced back and forth with a one point lead with 40 seconds to go. Zachary Anderson, senior forward, attempted a lay-up and received a foul, leading the Jags to a two point lead and a tight 40 second game. With one second left, Jones received a foul and made the final foul shot, leading to the 78 to 76 win for the Jags.

Photo by Niya Fearrington

2017 CHS Culture Fest

Anticipate food, friends and a special video from the Unity Club and about what diversity means at CHS. On December 1 at 6:30 p.m, CultureFest will be held in the commons. CultureFest is a popular annual event for students and families at CHS to attend.

The celebration is an opportunity for students and families to engage with different cultures through posters, food and music. Students bring in a dish to represent their culture or the foreign language course they’re learning, and many of the foreign language classes have performed songs that are popular in the culture — like the Spanish classes singing “Chiquirritin” the past two years.

Historically, students, CHS faculty and the Academy of International Studies (AIS) Program jointly organized the event. This year, Jamie Schendt, social studies teacher and the new AIS coordinator, is bringing some new features to the table for the event.  One of the main goals that Schendt wants to achieve is a balance between education and culture.  

“It will be a balance of gathering as a school but also educating each other about who we are as a school and what cultures we bring to the school each day,”  Schendt said in an interview.   

Culture Fest is an event that CHS families look forward to.  Come out and explore the world!

 

CHS receives sixth consecutive Wells Fargo Cup

Last Friday, September 22, Carrboro High school received their sixth consecutive Wells Fargo Cup. The Wells Fargo Cup represents excellence in sports, academics, leadership and sportsmanship.  

Beverly Rudolph, principal of CHS, expressed how this cup represented the school.

“I think it shows the diversity of our athletes and how we’re not good at just one sport, and it shows how our kids are just good student athletes, and we have character, and it represents good student athletes and coaches,” said Rudolph.

Destiny Cox, a current senior volleyball player, values the role she has played in helping win this cup.

“It feels really good to win and play a sport that I love with people that I love and to represent. It feels good winning another Wells Fargo cup knowing that I did something to contribute to it,” said Cox.

Modesta Hurd felt honored to present the cup on behalf of Wells Fargo Banking.

“It feels amazing to be a part of an organization such as Wells Fargo and to be able to support the schools and athletes and give to the children is really inspiring,” said Hurd.