Candidates hold Presidential Town Hall

Presidential candidates Isabel Simmons (top left) and Jonathan Osborne (bottom right) debated today at lunch in the media center.

When was the last time you witnessed a debate that didn’t end with anger or rivalry? Whether it be in class for an assignment, a national election on TV, or even just a conversation with your friends about which sports team is better, someone always walks away more annoyed and set in their ways than when the conversation started.

This was absolutely not the case at the Presidential Town Hall on Thursday, April 25 in the CHS library. Both candidates had nothing but praise for each other and the accomplishments of SGA as a whole.

“It’s pretty apparent to most people that [Isabel Simmons] is passionate about what she does…I think her hard work would make her a very qualified SGA president,” said presidential candidate Jonathan Osborne, whose sentiment was reiterated by Simmons moments later.

Osborne’s campaign is centered around improving the representation and transparency of student government. If elected, he promises to increase student input in the decision-making process within SGA.

Simmons’ campaign highlights the importance of making CHS more environmentally friendly. Her goals if she takes office are to build water bottle drinking fountains and increase the number of compost bins around the school.

Both candidates also stressed that SGA and Carrboro as a whole can become more inclusive by reaching out and communicating in multiple different languages.

“I think a super easy but effective way to go about starting [to increase inclusivity] is making sure every social media post we do is in the various languages of the students that are spoken at our school,” said Simmons.

Both candidates have been involved in SGA before, Simmons as the 2018-19 Secretary and Osborne as a 2017-2018 Freshman Senator.

“I think both candidates are extremely qualified…both of them have been very active in student government and have helped out with tons of events,” said incumbent president Ojas Patwardhan.

Voting will take place on Friday, April 26 in English classrooms. For more information about either of these candidates or candidates for another position visit the SGA Instagram (@chsstudentgovt) or the candidates’ individual profiles.

ICYMI: Sports Update

Every week the JagWire will recap the sporting events from the past week. Check below to see the winners and scores from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19.

Men’s tennis traveled to the Conference tournament hosted by NCSSM. Two singles players, Aidan Chung and Cal Baruch, and two doubles teams John Blobe/Jake Twer and Will Brady/Miles Dolan advanced to the semifinal rounds and qualified for the Regional tournament to be played in May.

Women’s lacrosse hosted Senior Night on Monday versus Jordan High School. Despite the final score, the seniors played a strong game and led the team to 12 goals. The team had two other tough games against St. Mary’s and away at Jordan, but the team was able to hold their own scoring a combined 16 more goals.

Men’s lacrosse had a close game at home versus Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Despite the eventual loss, the team fought hard and even scored one final goal as time expired. The team remains undefeated in conference play and will look to continue that streak in coming games.

Baseball won two conference games this week against Graham and DSA before losing to East Chapel Hill on Thursday. The team’s next games are away at Reidsville and DSA.

Softball had two big wins over Granville on Tuesday and Thursday thanks to a strong performance by sophomore Emily Collier. The team then continued this momentum by defeating DSA 21-6 which improved their overall record to 9-4 (7-3 in conference play).

Women’s soccer won all three of their games against Bartlett-Yancey, Reidsville and Graham this week, adding to their undefeated record in conference play. The team’s dominant performance not only resulted in three more wins but in three perfect games in which they did not allow a single goal.

Track and field hosted a Senior Night on Thursday, before their meet against Bartlett-Yancey, Franklin Academy and Voyager. Both men and women’s track performed well, dominating on the distance side, and winning the meet overall. Men scored 85.5 points and women scored 110 to secure the win.

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

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