CHS blasts off to NASA

Airplanes in the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Chantilly, VA. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman

On April 23, students from the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Aerospace and Engineering classes left for a three-day field trip to visit the NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. Around 20 students of all grades went with advisors Jeffrey Arthurs and Caroline Morais, PLTW teachers.

“This NASA trip will be such a great experience. We will see how the things we are supposed to learn every day are applied to the real world and how actual engineers teach us,” said Hudson Magee, senior.

For several weeks, PLTW students have been preparing for the special trip by creating their own rockets and learning models and programs similar to the software used at NASA.

   On Tuesday, students got to visit the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Along with looking at various spaceships and machines used during past explorations, students got to meet with John Mather; Mather is a famous astrophysicist and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize for his discoveries related to the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE.) He is now the current senior astrophysicist at GSFC.

Along with visiting NASA headquarters, students visited the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives Museum and toured various historical attractions around Washington.

“My favorite part of the trip was walking around the aerospace museum and seeing the Discovery, it was such a fun field trip,” said Cici Lounes, junior.

Included below are student photos from the field trip.

Seniors Hank Hultman (left) and Noah Friedman (right) pose in front of a space shuttle at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman
Senior Josh Coyne (far right) next to Nobel Prize winner and astrophysicist John Mather (center). Photo courtesy Josh Coyne
Students view a map of sea surface temperature at the Goddard Space Center. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman
Students viewed the aircraft Discovery at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman

CHS Athletes Commit

Betts (center) poses with his football team.

On April 17, seniors Brandon Betts and Elise Deshusses each committed to respective colleges in the gymnasium for athletics. Parents, coaches and friends all joined to celebrate the student-athletes.

“I’m proud of Brandon, I’ve played with him for three years now and have seen how hard he works. I’m really proud of him,” said Samuel Rodriguez, senior.

Betts signed for football at Barton College. He has been playing since middle school and has been an All-Conference player for several years. Along with his athletic career, he has a very impressive academic career, receiving the award of excellence for The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists at John Hopkins.

“First I’d like to thank God for giving me the ability to play the sport I love to play, second my coach for helping me through this journey and third my family for encouraging me and raising me,” said Betts.

Deshusses (left) signs with her mom.

Elise Deshusses signed to run track and field at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has been on the cross country and track teams since freshman year. Besides her running, she is ranked 22 in the class and has a weighted GPA of 4.55.

“I’d like to thank all my supporters, my parents, and my coach! I’m really excited and couldn’t have made it this far without them,” said Deshusses.

Athletic Director April Ross commended each athlete in a speech during the signings, while parents and friends looked on. Coaches also made speeches to recognize the two athletes.

Peer Buddy Field Day

On Friday, April 12, the Peer Buddy Program and Special Olympic club hosted their second annual Field Day. The event was held during lunch through the sixth period in the gym, Ms. Barry’s room and the Eco-Garden.

“Today is a special day because its a chance to take a break to get away from the seriousness of school and have fun as a group, with our friends outside,” said Matteo Fulghieri, president of the Special Olympics club at Carrboro.

Participants and volunteers enjoyed making tie-dye, using the art pendulum, decorating cookies and pieing each other in the face.

“Field day is always a great day because we get to see all members of the CHS community come together and have fun in a variety of activities regardless of ability. It’s so great to get to see students accommodate to each other’s needs so that they can all have a fun day off of school,” said Jackson Lee, President of Peer Buddy Club.

During or in between activities, students could congregate in Ms. Barry’s room in Lower D and eat popcorn and hang out with each other.

Included below are photos from the field day.

Students blow bubbles in the Eco-Garden
Student Marco pies Ms. Barry in the face
Students work on tie-dyeing
Students and teachers alike enjoy Field Day despite the cloudy weather

All photos courtesy Olivia Weigle

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 any 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