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.

CHS is National Runner Up in No Barriers Challenge

From left to right: Nick Visco, Jackson Lee, Isabella Olson, Kyla Staton, Kayla Hampton, Eleanor Clark, Nichole Noel and Jordan Smith hold up their winnings. Photo by Ella Terry.

A team of nine Carrboro High students has won National Runner Up in the No Barriers Global Impact Challenge. The team, called Spectrum Unfiltered, includes Eleanor Clark, Jarrad Cotten-Fox, Kayla Hampton, Jackson Lee, Nichole Noel, Isabella Olson, Jordan Smith, Kyla Staton and Nicholas Visco: a diverse group of students spanning several grade levels.

The No Barriers Global Impact Challenge is a national challenge where groups of students create projects to increase inclusion and diversity in their communities and break down barriers, hence the name. Spectrum Unfiltered planned a film festival that will showcase films that raise awareness of the issues that people face every day and how by facing those challenges, they’ve become stronger people. The film festival aims to start conversation in the Chapel Hill- Carrboro community involving people of all races, orientations, abilities and origin.

The idea for this film festival originated at CHS’s Culture Fest with newcomer students, according to Melissa Barry, a CHS teacher who works with students who have disabilities.

“In the audience there were newcomer students who were getting excited when their country was coming up, but then the entire movie was about facts about the country from a very American perspective, and many of the students were sharing that it wasn’t capturing all of [the countries],” said Barry.

After Culture Fest, Spectrum Unfiltered decided to continue the idea of the film festival. The team interviewed several different people in the community to get different perspectives and have conversations about discrimination and acceptance.

Barry thinks that the interviews really solidified the students’ desire to continue with the project.

“I think that that kind of the foundation for this project is how much value each of us has, layered with all of the things that make us human. Layered with our imperfections, layered with our struggles, layered with our challenges that we all have such value,” said Barry.

The monetary compensation and the project being recognized on a national level is very encouraging for the team.

“We didn’t know if we were going to win anything or not, and the fact that we get this money, and we get to actually make a difference in our community means a lot to me and the rest of us,” said Kayla Hampton, a CHS sophomore.

Even without this money, the team still planned on doing this film festival, but now they’ve got a head start.

“Having the foundation to be able to start [the project] with some of the prize money and the recognition is really really cool,” said Jordan Smith, junior.

What’s next for the team? They want to be done filming the movies by June so that they will be able to edit over the summer and ideally have them done for teacher training in August. This will help teachers get an idea of their students and go into the year with ideas of acceptance. August is also an optimal time for showing the films at public venues that the team has looked into because the weather will still be nice.

Congratulations to this hardworking team for winning national runner up!

CHS Celebrates CTE Month, Promotes Benefits of CTE Courses

CTE students working in Ms. Francis’s class. Photo by Ben Tignor.

This February, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and school districts across the nation celebrated CTE Month.

At Carrboro High School, teachers and students marked the occasion with presentations around the school. For each week of February, the CTE department showcased one of four program areas with large posters and displays positioned in each wing.

The CTE department provides students access to a number of different programs covering subjects including engineering, business, design and other applicable real-world skills.

As Beth Landis, who teaches Adobe software, says, the courses prepare students for “a career, rather than a field of study.” Students are constantly considering what their path will be after graduation, and CTE courses can equip them with experience they may not otherwise gain in a high school setting.

“By taking career and technical education courses while you’re in high school, you get the chance to try out different types of things for free before you go off to a school and are paying tuition to do it,” said Sarah Mack, CTE Populations Coordinator.

While core classes offer students the background knowledge for broad disciplines, CTE courses offer the experience necessary to perform in the workplace. As the job market evolves, so do the demands placed on students entering the workforce. One important function of CTE programs is in closing the “skills gap,” which refers to the difference between the skills that employers are seeking, and the skills the workforce offers. Mack said that Carrboro High School has “historically done an excellent job of promoting academic achievement and pushing people to try harder, apply to really good schools, and get their GPA up, but it’s not enough anymore. What we need to do now is to have that academic rigor along with the skills that students need.”

Students looking to get involved in CTE programs have a number of different available routes to do so. “The best way is, during registration, to sign up for a CTE course,” Mack said. Available fields of study include textiles, engineering, design, electronics, and more throughout the district.

“If you’re not sure which course you want to take, there are some career assessments you can do through Naviance,” said Landis.

Students can also speak to their Career Development Coordinator or a CTE teacher to learn more about pursuing CTE courses. In addition to registering for classes, students can join clubs like DECA, Skills USA, Carrboro Robotics and other career and technical organizations throughout the district.

For students engaged in CTE programs, the experience can be invaluable. Virgilio Hernandez,CHS senior, compared his experience at CHS to his prior school.

“The previous school where I was at, I didn’t have these opportunities,” said Hernandez. As a result of his experience at CHS, he now plans to pursue a career in programming after he graduates.

Jackson Lee, another CHS student, is a member of the DECA leadership club at the school. He spoke about the way in which experience with a leadership group can provide students with valuable exercise presenting in a professional setting. “It’s really one of the most real-world skills you can possibly learn in high school,” Lee said. “I just think it’s so important for kids to learn this at a young age.”

In addition to offering essential skills, CTE courses provide both an alternative to the “traditional” career route, and a way for students to set themselves apart from others when seeking higher education, according to Julie Francis, Business and Marketing teacher at CHS. Francis spoke on the accessibility of Career and Technical Education programs.

“It gives everybody an opportunity. You don’t have to have the highest GPA. You don’t have to be a senior. You don’t have to have any other credentials. It’s about what you’re interested in, and it’s about driving that passion that you have and making it applicable in the real world,” said Francis.

Students who make the decision to pursue those passions in higher education will also benefit from their CTE experiences when applying for schools. Francis spoke about visiting the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with students, where they found MBA students who had engaged in CTE programs during their high school careers. “They were able to differentiate themselves from other students that were applying for the business school,” said Francis. “When they get into industry, when they get out into the world, they know what the expectation is.”

For students interested in registering for CTE courses in the upcoming registration window, Carrboro High School offers the following courses

  • Apparel and Textile Production I
  • Apparel and Textile Production II
  • PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • PLTW Aerospace Engineering
  • PLTW Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Adobe Visual Design
  • Adobe Digital Design
  • Adobe Video Design

New at CHS: Registration Night

Incoming freshmen and parents line the gym during an icebreaker for Registration Night. Photo courtesy Lucy Carroll

On Monday, March 4, Carrboro High School held its first annual registration night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Registration night allows for any student to come to school and explore different class options for the next year, speak one-on-one with their teachers and let parents interact with teachers.

“The purpose of tonight is to give grade level information for students who will be attending Carrboro High School next year, particularly for students who are rising ninth graders who have never been to Carrboro before” said Ashley Freuler, eleventh grade counselor.

All throughout the school, activities and meetings took place. The commons of the school were filled with posters and signs promoting elective courses for new students to take a look at. The school library and some of the classrooms contained teachers talking to parents and students alike about their upcoming school year.

The school was mainly filled with rising freshman coming to Carrboro High School, exploring the hallways they will soon be walking for the next four years.

In the gym, a huge icebreaker activity took place for freshman students, where staff, students and parents could get to know each other. Two lines were set up running along the perimeter of the gym, and as the two lines moved in opposite directions. Those attending were told to answer questions like “What are you looking forward to?” or “What is your biggest fear about high school?”

“[The icebreaker] was trying to help normalize the experience, parent to parent, of this transition. Most people that came, this is their first child in high school, and it kind of freaks people out sometimes, and so I think it was to minimize that stress, to help people know that there are other people feeling similar things,” said Michael Horton, Carrboro social studies teacher.

A presentation was then given to inform students and family about class information for the upcoming year.

“For freshman academy, they had a specific talk introducing students to information focusing on registration, on courses and sort of general information about Carrboro High School,” said Freuler.

Carrboro’s hope for the night was to give students the information needed to make the best decisions for next year’s class, as well as to become more comfortable with the school and staff in preparation for next year.

We’re hoping that students will feel more comfortable already having been to Carrboro, that they’ll start to feel connected to Carrboro before they even step foot in the door on their first day of ninth grade,” said Freuler.

“You know, before you know it, it will be summer. It will be that time to start back up again, so if we can get as much of it done beforehand, it makes it easier for us to work in it throughout the summer,” said Ken Lathan, twelfth grade guidance counselor.

A look into MLB Opening Day

The off season is almost over, and opening day is coming soon. On March 28, the 2019 MLB season will begin, and all 30 teams will be playing on the earliest opening day in the history of the MLB (besides international openers). Even though opening day is soon, there are still many free agents that are looking to be offered a contract. Some standout players on the list of free agents include Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel. On the other hand, there are some free agents that just recently signed during the off-season. For example, Manny Machado made a $300,000 deal for ten years with the San Diego Padres. This was the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports. Another recently signed free agent is Marwin Gonzalez. He made an agreement with the Minnesota Twins for a two year $210,000 deal. Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal for 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, just recently as well. The other agents hope to be offered a contract soon.

Thursday, March 28: all times are in Eastern Time, subject to change

1:05 pm: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

1:05 pm: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

2:10 pm: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

3:05 pm: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

3:37 pm: Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays

4:00 pm: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays

4:05 pm: Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers

4:07 pm: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

4:10 pm: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

4:10 pm: Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins

4:10 pm: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

4:10 pm: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

4:10 pm: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

4:15 pm: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

7:08 pm: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners

*All games will be available to watch on MLB.TV

Be sure to tune in on March 28 for the beginning of a new and exciting MLB season.

What happened at the Oscars?

Did you miss The Oscars this year? Catch up below to see what happened, including some commentary about selected awards. Winners are in bold.


Best Picture: This was a shock to many. Most people predicted “Black Panther” or “BlacKkKlansman” to win Best Picture given their captivating stories and diverse casts. The New York Times points out that it was the Academy’s mistake to award “Green Book” for Best Picture after years of making similar mistakes. The reputation of #OscarsSoWhite, a hashtag that came about as a result of the years with primarily white winners, was diminished slightly by the numerous wins in acting and categories for Costume Design, Cinematography, and best Director. But, the Best Picture award was given to “Green Book,” comprised of white male directors. According to The New York Times, “The academy couldn’t resist another film in which American racism is neatly resolved through a white character’s proximity to a black one”.

  • “Black Panther”
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “Green Book”
  • “Roma”
  • “A Star Is Born”
  • “Vice”

Lead Actor: Many believed Rami Malek was well deserving in this Oscar Award, for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” His speech was also one of the most emotional of the night, and spoke about young confused boys like Freddy Mercury are stories that people want to be told. Christian Bale, “Vice”

  • Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
  • Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
  • Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
  • Christian Bale, “Vice”

Lead Actress: Olivia Colman won in her role in “The Favourite”. Glenn Close is pointed out over the media for being the person with the most Oscar nominations without a win. Olivia Colman even said “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long,” in her acceptance speech.

  • Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
  • Glenn Close, “The Wife”
  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
  • Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actor: Many believed this was a well deserved win by Mahershala Ali. “The 2019 Oscars broke records for most wins by black nominees ever,” according to IndieWire.

  • Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
  • Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
  • Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams, “Vice”
  • Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director:

  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
  • Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature: Spider-Man: “Into the Spider-Verse” seemed to be the obvious pick for best Animated Feature given its overwhelming popularity since its recent release to theaters.

  • “Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
  • “Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
  • “Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short: The animated short film, Bao, was the obvious win in many people’s opinions after seeing the short in theaters before watching Incredibles 2. The cute story centers around a mom whose son goes off to college, leaving her lonely until her dumpling turns into a child she can watch grow up again.

  • “Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
  • “Bao,” Domee Shi
  • “Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
  • “One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
  • “Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • “BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
  • “A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

  • “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
  • “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Vice,” Adam McKay

Cinematography:

  • “Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
  • “The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

  • Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
  • Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
  • Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
  • RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

  • Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
  • End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
  • Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
  • A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
  • Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film:

  • Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
  • Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
  • Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
  • Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  • Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • Capernaum” (Lebanon)
  • Cold War” (Poland)
  • Never Look Away” (Germany)
  • Roma” (Mexico)
  • Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

  • BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
  • Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
  • The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

  • Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
  • First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
  • Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Production Design:

  • Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
  • First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
  • The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
  • Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
  • Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

  • BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
  • Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
  • If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice won an Oscar for best song for “Shallow.” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed the Oscar winning song before winning the award. Lady Gaga was overjoyed after winning the award and was emotional on stage delivering her speech.

  • All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
  • I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
  • “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Vice

Costume Design:

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
  • The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

ICYMI Sports Update

Every week the JagWire will recap sporting events that took place over the past week. In case you missed it, see below for the results from Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22.

Women’s basketball played Durham School of the Arts on Monday in the first round of the Midstate Conference Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately, the team lost 64-37, which ended their season.  

Men’s basketball also traveled to Cummings to play Graham on Tuesday as the third ranked team in the Midstate Conference. The team advanced past the Red Devils 84-41 in the first round, then beat Reidsville 58-59 in the semifinals. The Jags will face off against Bartlett Yancy tonight in the finals. Tipoff is at 7:30, be sure to show out and show your support.

Women’s soccer will get a chance to start their season strong with a home scrimmage against Leesville Road High School this Friday.

Despite the relatively light week, Spring Sports are underway as they prepare for the start of the Spring Season.

Be sure to check back next week for another sports update.