A Day Without English

On Tuesday, April 23, the National Spanish Honors Society is having a Day Without English, or the Spanish-a-thon. This day is to challenge students in Spanish classes to only speak Spanish from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Organizers hope to raise funds for National Spanish Honors Society projects, however, only members are raising money. This leaves the challenge open to other Spanish students to practice their conversational skills.

The members of Spanish Honors Society are getting pledges from students and parents who will support them on their day of only speaking Spanish.

While the monetary incentive only benefits the National Spanish Honors Society, Arwen Helms, one of the three co-presidents of the Society, thinks that this challenge will be beneficial to all students enrolled in Spanish classes.

“If you only speak Spanish for a little bit of your day, you’re never really going to learn it. [For example,] you might learn ‘if they give me this word, I can tell them what the word is in Spanish,’ but you won’t be able to converse, and that’s the most important part of learning a language to me,” Helms said.

Despite the fact that this challenge will make in communicating with teachers and other non-Spanish speaking students, Helms highlighted the importance of being able to go a day speaking Spanish.

“To actually translate [speaking Spanish] into the real world in the future, I should be able to go a day speaking Spanish, because if I want to travel to Spain or something I want to be able to communicate,” she said.

If you want to participate in the Day Without English and challenge yourself, all Spanish teachers have sign-up forms. Make sure to sign up before Tuesday!

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.

CHS’ Biannual Blood Drive

From left to right: junior Alissa Dunn, sophomore Praveen Puviindran, sophomore John Duncan, sophomore Daniel Kapner, sophomore Chris Smith, sophomore Lily Gallardo and junior Megan Cubell pose in the gymnasium. Photo by Elsie Baker

On April 4, 2019, Carrboro High held a blood drive in their gymnasium. All student donors who were under 18 were required to bring a form signed by their parent or guardian. The American Red Cross brought their equipment at the beginning of the school day, and drew blood from donors all day.  

Praveen Puviindran, CHS sophomore, from the Carrboro Red Cross club, volunteered to help donors recover after they gave their blood.

“After each donor gave blood, we were in charge of making sure they didn’t show any signs of fainting like losing color in their face or slurred words. Then, we would give them any food or drink they wanted. They could go back to class around 15 minutes after they gave blood,” said Puviindran.

The club was started over five years ago, and the presidency has been handed down to rising seniors each year. Currently, Megan Cubell and Alissa Dunn are the presidents and the advisor is is Nurse Hancock.

Two blood drives are held every year, one in the fall and one in the spring. It’s held to receive blood to give to the American Red Cross Association. This last spring the blood drive received 42 donors.

“It’s important to me to volunteer at the blood drive because I know that even if I’m not old enough to donate myself, I know I’m helping people who are in need of help. One donor can save four lives,” said Puviindran.

If you’re interested, sign up to donate next year. If you are under 16, you can always join the club and volunteer like Puviindran.

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.

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’s First Mental Health Fair

On Monday, April 8, Carrboro High School hosted a Mental Health Fair in the back of the library. The purpose of this fair was to bring awareness to mental illnesses, ways to get involved in the community and the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Both psychology and health classes visited the fair, hoping to learn more about mental health.

The fair hosted several individuals and organizations to speak about careers in mental health, how to help others, how to get resources and how to fight the stigma against mental health.

Dr. Allen O’Barr, the director of Counseling and Psychology services at UNC, along with two resident psychiatrists, informed the students about the field of psychiatry.

Four different organizations visited the school, hoping to provide resources for students to help themselves or people around them.

HopeLine is a Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention organization that runs a hotline for people who want to talk about their issues.

Mental Health First Aid is a course that helps you recognize and respond to situations of mental health crises.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an advocacy group that educates, supports and advocates for people living with mental illness and the people surrounding them.

The Faith Connections on Mental Illness is an organization that works with faith communities to advocate and become more comfortable with the fact that there are people with mental illnesses in their community.

Lauren Hobgood, a member of Active Minds, a nonprofit organization at UNC that works to raise mental health awareness among college students, organized the event. Hobgood doesn’t remember seeing anything like the Mental Health Fair when she was in high school. Having seen more resources available in college, she wanted an accessible way for high schoolers to view all of the potential resources that they can use or recommend to a friend.

A driving factor that many of the organizations pushed was being accepting and aware of mental illnesses. If you or anyone in your life needs mental health help, feel free to go to any of these organizations to get accessible services.


A Look Ahead to The Lacrosse Season

On Wednesday, March 6, the men’s lacrosse season kicked off with an early road test against the Jordan High School Falcons. The Jags fell in a hard-fought 14-10 game, but have much more lacrosse to play. Senior captains Tommy Holt and Joseph Kelly have high hopes for the rest of the season.

“Our team looks good this year. We graduated a large senior class last year, but developed the underclassmen to mesh with the veterans so we’ll be able to win a lot of games”, Kelly states.

Going into his last year of high school lacrosse, Kelly hopes to win Goalie of The Year for a back-to-back season, but more importantly, he’s focused on being a good captain and setting an example for his younger teammates.

Holt also expressed thoughts about the underclassmen.

“The team will be good in the future with young talent like Mason Cox and the Osborne brothers, Nick and Jonathan,” said Holt.

Kelly and Holt both professed the big goals for this year’s team, which include beating rivals Chapel Hill and East, winning the conference championship and making a deep run in the state playoffs.

On March 11, the Jags hosted Cedar Ridge for their home opener. Led by Mason Cox, the Jaguars won in an easy 16-6 effort.

Into the theatre for Into the Woods

This Thursday, March 14, through Saturday, March 16, Carrboro High School will be putting on their spring musical, Into the Woods, originally directed by James Lapine on Broadway. The musical will take place in the Carrboro High School auditorium at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $5 for Carrboro students, $10 for adults and free for Carrboro staff.

The musical follows multiple main characters who are making wishes for things they want, like a baker and his wife wishing for a child, or Cinderella wishing to go to the King’s Festival. When a witch tells the baker and his wife a curse was placed on their family, the two go off on a journey in hopes of reversing the curse. Along the way, the couple meets many other characters, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.

The students participating in the musical, whether it be acting or working with tech, have been working on the production since auditions in January.

Don’t miss the spring musical! Tickets can be bought at the door or reserved online at jagtheatre.seatyourself.biz.

First track meet runs smoothly

Senior Roman Perone (left) runs the 100m hurdles with sophomore Brian Buck (right). Photo by Jade Simpson

On Thursday, March 7, Carrboro competed in its first track meet against North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM). The team ended strong with the women winning 76-29, while the men lost 58-64.

Track meets are scored per event, so each athlete gains points for their team by placing highest in their events.

The meet went smoothly despite having three new coaches, Kenneth Cunningham, Riley Mulhern and Coach Dale, Carrboro’s football coach.

They have the rest of their conference season to look forward to, as well as their non-conference regional season.

Mimi O’Grady, the team’s central coach, talked about improvements to the team over a text interview.

“The men’s and women’s teams [were] both very strong; Carrboro men can quickly dominate the conference by pulling together focused relay teams,” said O’Grady.

The next track meet will be Thursday, March 21, against Durham School of the Arts and Graham home at Carrboro, starting at 4:30 PM.

A blue-blood rivalry

UNC will face-off against Duke tomorrow in one of the toughest basketball rivalries in basketball history. Illustration by Nina Scott

This Saturday, March 9, UNC and Duke will face off again in one of the most anticipated sporting events in college basketball. The last time the two teams faced off, on February 20, Zion Williamson was pulled 33 seconds into the game – due to a knee sprain as the result of busting through his shoe.

Williamson has not played in a game since the incident in late February, and he has not announced whether he will play in Saturday’s game.

Ticket prices are nearing $9,000, and will continue to rise as the game approaches. Ticket prices for the previous game rivaled ticket prices for the Super Bowl.

President Obama and Phil Ford were in attendance at the previous match up. There hasn’t been word of who is thought to be attending Saturday’s game, but UNC students have been camping out since Thursday, in anticipation. Fans look forward to rushing Franklin Street, should the Tar Heels pull out another win.

Duke was favored by nine points at the previous matchup, but UNC ended up winning by 16. The stakes for tomorrow’s game are much higher, since whoever wins is likely to be a one seed heading into the NCAA tournament.

Matt Cone, a CHS social studies teacher, says that, “[Coach K’s] team will get dominated.”

March 9 is also Senior Night for the Tar Heels. Sunday will be the last game in the Dean Dome for seniors Kenny Williams, Cam Johnson and Luke Maye, and potentially for freshmen Nassir Little and Coby White.