Carrboro Community Dinner Recap


On February 7, Carrboro High School hosted its annual Community Dinner in the Cafe Commons. The dinner’s purpose was to celebrate black culture, excellence and history through various speakers from our student body and community.

“This night is important because it gives the CHS community the opportunity to hear every voice that’s here at Carrboro High School because some voices are louder than others, and we have a tendency in Chapel Hill to pretend that racism doesn’t exist here and it does, and denying it just makes it that much worse,” said Beverly Rudolph, CHS principal, adding that, “I’m excited for tonight, I think at times we’ll hear hard things, but they are hard things that are truthful and need to be addressed.”

The event consisted of a catered dinner, special speakers and a student discussion panel to focus on minority voices and reflect on Black History Month.

The student discussion panel was moderated by Matt Murchison, a CHS English teacher. Students on the panel included Jarrad Cotton-Fox, Connor Hall, Kayla Hampton, Aniyah Harris, Jacobie Lewis, Chris Thompson and Kameron Walker.

“Tonight is a night to give the minority part of Carrboro a voice. The panel gives us a chance to let teachers know what minorities feel throughout the day and how classes feel for them, giving them an insight of what we feel. My favorite part of tonight is the student panel; it’s nice talking to teachers and being asked what I think of things,” said Lewis, a Carrboro senior.

   Keynote speakers at the event included former Chapel Hill mayor Howard Lee, and Reverend Albert Williams.

Lee has spent the past few years working with schools all over the state, setting up special programs, and motivating young people about the opportunities awaiting them in the world.

“I’ve spent the last six years telling young people, don’t become deflected by things that simply will do nothing more than get you away from your primary goal. You have a voice, use it. No adult worth his or her soul would ignore what you have to say,” said Lee, who was also a former senator in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Lee made history in 1969 when he became the first black mayor of Chapel Hill, as well as the first black mayor of a majority-white Southern city.

“If you have thoughts, express them, don’t apologize for challenging policies, don’t apologize for questioning decisions made by the school board, principal or even the superintendent. People like me make policies, but people like you inherit those policies. Don’t become enslaved by history, but learn from history,” said Lee concerning the voices of today’s minority youth

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..

Political debate at CHS

Talking politics is often a sensitive topic. Whether at the dinner table with family or the lunch table with friends, someone is bound to have an opposing view. Following President Trump’s inauguration, politics became an increasingly polarizing subject of discussion in America.

With that shift came a change in the way people talk about political issues; some try to avoid them, while others love talking politics. Although Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. have historically had widely dif- fering opinions on political and social issues, the division between the two groups has widened even further since the 2016 election.

At Carrboro High School, senior Jonah Perrin created the very popular Young Republicans and Teen Dem- ocrats Debate Club in order to hold open debates, during which students can share their opinions on various social and political issues. In past meetings — they meet every Thursday in Chris Beichner’s room — they have discussed issues such as gun control, abortion, the Pledge of Allegiance and immigration.

“We decided this year to make a Google Doc that people can add their topic ideas they want to discuss during the debate. It’s shared with all the members of the Debate Club and open to anyone who has an idea,” said Jacob Steinert, CHS senior and Vice President of the Republican side of the

Debate Club. “We decided this would be a lot better than us, the club leaders, choosing the topics. So we could actually debate and have civilized discussions that students at the school ac- tually care about.”

On November 28, the Young Republican and Teen Democratic Debate Club had their first debate of the year on gun control.

“I was excited and surprised to see so many people attend the first debate; it’s one of those clubs that really thrives in numbers. Many students showing up, whether or not they participate, is a huge part of the club. A good debate is better when there’s more people,” said Perrin, president of the club.

More than 60 people attend the debates weekly; therefore, the club has easily become one of the most popu- lar clubs at CHS. Many students often have trouble finding a chair, instead sitting and standing wherever they can find space.

“It’s really cool to see students at CHS having civilized discussions about really controversial issues and being able to share political opinions without fearing backlash from other people — something you don’t usually get to do at school,” said junior Josh Coyne.

In today’s modern political climate, open discussion — like that found in Carrboro’s Young Repub- licans and Teen Democrats Debate Club — is ever more important.

Dear JagWire Judy…

I like this boy, but I’m too scared to say anything because I am really shy. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even know I exist. Anyway, I really need advice, because I have liked him since second grade. I’m a senior now, and I want to just go for it! But like, yikes! Help me!

-Scaredy Cat

Aw, honey; don’t overthink this! I don’t even know who you are. but I bet guy would be lucky to have you. And remember: it’s 2017! Girls can make the first move! If you’ve liked this boy since second grade, and now it’s senior year, my best suggestion is to form a friendship and see how things play out.

High School is a very stressful time for young adults, and with all the school dances and happy couples, you might feel pressure to get a boyfriend, but trust me, sweetie: boys aren’t everything. You don’t need a man to make you happy!

That being said, remember that if you don’t ask him out, you basically guarantee y’all won’t get together.

Senior year is a time to have many adventures, sleepovers, late night talks with your best friend and to just live your life to the fullest. A year from now, you won’t be able to make these memories again.

-JagWire Judy

How do I juggle all my commitments junior year without overdoing it and while still making time for friends and family? Also, how do I know when to sign up for everything that I need to apply to college, like ACT/SAT sessions, tutoring, scholarships, etc?

-Super Stressed Out

Junior year is hard, but it’s not the end of world. Remember to take time for yourself. Perhaps you can set aside at least 30 minutes after school to listen to some music or eat your favorite food. Or you can try to eat dinner with your family whenever possible; dinner is a great time to take a break from work and have a nice conversation with your loved ones.

Balancing everything that life throws at you will be hard and very stressful at times, but trust me: it gets better. The best advice I can give you is explore the websites of the colleges you’re planning to apply to. Try to understand exactly what your top college choices expect from you — try making a checklist!

Also, listen to your teachers because, believe it or not, they have your best interests at heart. Finally, those emails from colleges you might disregard can actually be chock full of information on upcoming visits and information on how to apply.

-JagWire Judy

Grad policies face future changes

Carrboro High School graduation policies are changing for the upcoming school year. Next year will be the first year that CHS valedictorians won’t give speeches during the official graduation ceremony at the Dean Dome.

At CHS, valedictorians are students who have received a 4.0 unweighted average throughout all four years in high school and have not taken any classes for a pass/fail grade. In the past, the administration would allow each valedictorian to give a short speech during the graduation ceremony.

However, with the recent change in the grading scale from a seven-point scale to a ten-point scale, the number of valedictorian positions has rapidly increased according to Dr. LaVerne Mattocks, CHS Principal.

In 2016, only eight students were named valedictorian, a stark contrast to the 22 whom the school will honor this year.

Because of this increase, CHCCS decided to create a new ceremony, honoring the individuals for each school.

“It has become a technical reason for us needing to change the ceremony. We need to sort out goals, either represent and honor the valedictorian students’ high achievements or to have each student give a one minute speech that’s crammed,” said Dr. Mattocks.

Next year, CHS will hold a special ceremony at the school strictly for valedictorians, and families can attend. This will give recognition to all valedictorians without taking time away from the general graduation for all CHS seniors.

Previous graduations featured speeches from valedictorians, but this will change next year. Photo courtesy Adam Alfieri

PDA: no way!

School starts on August 29 and ends June 9. That is exactly 284 days out of a 365-day year. Of those 284 days, there are 204 weekdays and 40 weekends.

That means you have at least 40 weekends to spend with your significant other outside of school, sparing people from seeing your very public—and unwelcome—displays of affection.

Public displays of affection (PDA) have been shown in movies, television shows and social media throughout history in exaggerated ways.

From the famous Titanic kiss scene to lovey-dovey couples on Instagram, this exposure to excessive amounts of PDA has normalized the act, making kids think it’s okay to smother their lovers in school.

But, honestly, it’s just cringy, inappropriate and makes people uncomfortable.

At CHS, there is no doubt that some couples are very confident in their relationships and often express that confidence by being very physical with each other in plain sight.

“Whenever I walk out of class, I often see couples who are too close for comfort, and it makes me feel super uncomfortable. Honestly, it makes me not want to be in that area of the school,” said Kelley Gosk, sophomore.

Usually, I wouldn’t mind if I accidentally see someone kissing, but it happens everyday, and on multiple occasions, PDA has turned my daily school experience from semi-positive to gross.

Once, it was raining pretty hard, and I had all my electronics with me in my backpack. Like most underclassmen, I have to take the bus home, so I did a little half-jog to my bus from the the school, only to end up soaking wet because a couple was standing in front of my bus kissing.

While I’m sure it was a very Nicholas Sparks-like moment for the couple, it was an annoying obstacle that made me cold and threatened the life of my laptop.

Before you assume that I’m a terrible person or the Grinch of love, let me explain. A quick peck in between classes or a hug is totally acceptable and potentially cute.

However, if you and your girl- or boy- friend are walking slowly down the hallway holding hands, batting your eyes at one another and blocking people from getting to class, it becomes an issue that needs to be addressed.

Affection in private is sweet, but in public settings it can be obnoxious and irritating—even hazardous at times. School is a place for learning, not a place for romantic interaction.

So next time you and your special partner decide to profess your love for one another publicly, try to be a little more considerate of people like me, who don’t want to be your involuntary third wheel.

CHS prepares for Boro Blowout

Slip and slides, dunk tanks, soccer, food and tie-dye. For students, Boro Blowout on April 28 will provide a day to relieve stress and have fun with friends.

SGA has stationed representatives at tables in the Commons to aid with online sign-up for sessions during the day. Each session will be a 50-minute block, with time to change in between sessions.

Students can coordinate their sessions with friends or choose sessions with activities that best suit their interests; at Boro Blowout, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. For dance fans, there’s the so-called Dance Battle of the Decades, and students who would rather be outside can enjoy inflatables, soccer or ultimate frisbee.

“The dodgeball tournament is my favorite thing about Boro Blowout. It’s time when you see students getting competitive and really creative in forming their outfits to team names,” said SGA President-Elect Niya Fearrington. “I think it’s important for students and teachers because it’s a perfect opportunity for students and teachers to have a stress free day with no academics right before we prepare for finals.”

SGA and students alike look forward to Friday’s event, and those looking for more information about Boro Blowout can refer to social media outlets for CHS.

 

Focusing on Schoolwork? There’s an App for That

Using your phone during school may not be typically associated with academic success, but these apps are here to change that. Here are four apps that some teachers and students are using to stay focused and succeed.

Pocket Points

Photo courtesy App Store

Have you ever wanted a reward for not being on your phone during class? With the app Pocket Points, you can get rewarded with free food and sales on local and chain businesses for simply not being on your phone. Pocket Points is an app created to keep students off their phone during class hours. It’s available for almost all touch screen phones and has four simple steps. Download the app, make an account, choose your school and turn your phone screen off. Every hour that you’re off your phone, you earn two points which can easily start adding up with the option of gaining 14 points per day.

Offtime

Photo courtesy Google Store Play

Unlike the app Pocket Points, Offtime doesn’t force you completely off your electronics, but it does filter what you can and can’t see. With this app, available for phones and computers, you can filter notifications from friends and social media apps that could be distracting while working. This allows you to work distraction free, or just stop you from occasionally glancing at your phone when you’re with family or friends. Offtime also tracks what apps you spend most of your time on and how often you’re on your phone. This app is currently only available for iOS and An- droid users.

FlipD

Photo courtesy Google Play Store

If you have a hard time separating yourself from your phone, FlipD is the app for you. It’s a more aggressive approach to going off the grid. Flipd lets you lock your phone for a certain period of time, and once you set the lock time there’s no going back. Even restarting your phone won’t disable the app, so it’s impossible for you to cheat. Another feature that’s helpful is that other users can shut off your phone. This could help during group projects to make sure teammates are focused. FlipD is currently only available for Android users.

Moment

Photo courtesy PacMac

Moment isn’t as extreme as other apps, however it’s still very effective. Moment is a new iOS app that allows you to track your device usage and lets you set daily limits of screen time. If having a self timer with an alert isn’t enough, you can also use a setting that “forces” you off the app by sending repetitive alerts telling you that you’ve gone over screen time. These continuous alerts encourage users to turn off their phone and get back to life.