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Conard's Response to My Sexual Assault: Why We Need Change

By: Ally Bernstein-Naples

I have always believed in the strength of the Conard community. When I’ve written for the Conard Courant in the past, my articles have always been to challenge our school to work for all of its students. I talked about the harmful effects of Conard's former native mascot and the racial disparities in honors and AP enrollment. I always had faith in our strength to grow. This year, when I was raped, Conard’s system failed me. I am writing this article in hopes that once again the Conard Community can step up, and ensure this never happens again.

May 26, 2022

Sharks: Predator or Prey

By: Ella Garbarsky


The word “shark” alone is enough to startle anyone who hears it. The stereotype of sharks is that they are bloodthirsty monsters. Many hold the flawed perspective that every time we set foot into the ocean, a shark is going to eat us. The truth? Sharks are one of the most misunderstood animals in the ocean--maybe even on the planet. The only thing scarier than seeing a shark in the ocean, is not seeing one at all.

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Last Updated: 5/24/22

The Conard Debrief

  • A senior, Maya Palanki, was selected as one of Connecticut's two 2022 Presidential Scholars. She is one of 161 recipients of this award nationally, selected from a pool of roughly 12,000.

  • Conard Drama held the play Footloose earlier in the year. Their production is now a 2022 Nominee for Best Musical by the Sondheim Awards.

  • The Conard Visual Arts Department is holding their annual spring Art show the evening of June 1st.

  • The Conard Courant held its annual book drive starting March 21st. Read about last year's drive here.

  • In February, the West Hartford Board of Education voted to remove the names Chieftains and Warriors in official school branding following decades of controversy. Visit the Conard Courant Archive page to read a two-part backstory of the issue.

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Historic Conard Coach Retires After 2021 Fall Season

By: Noah White

“You can’t win here" are the words Coach Adam Linker was told by a staff member when he first took the job as the Conard Varsity Boys Soccer coach. Coach Linker was doubted and challenged throughout his stint coaching at Conard but continuously exceeded expectations and took the Conard program to uncharted territory.

Who was Dee Dee Blanchard?

By: Jawahir Mohamed

Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a victim of munchausen by proxy, was sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence for killing her mother (Dee Dee Blanchard). But what was actually happening behind all of the attention, donations, and heartfelt from society? 

More From the Spring-Summer Issue

A Guide to College Visiting | Gabriella Nobou​

Senioritis | Samantha Bernstein-Naples

Cassie Howard | Emma Callahan

+ Much More!

Conard Spring Sports Season: A Curtain Call

By: Noah White

The birds are chirping, the weather is warming, and just as every year, Conard spring sports are back! After a 2021 spring sports season which included limited spectators and rescheduled matches, spring sports have returned in full swing. A season which signifies the closing of a lengthy and tiring academic year is currently fostering ten different teams all experiencing some level of success.

To go along with the early season success of the spring programs, the winter programs also finished since our last published issue with two teams competing in state semifinals or farther. Here is a recounting of closing of the winter athletics season and an update on the current state of Conard spring athletics.

Sports Schmooze: The Current State of National Sports

By: Noah White

Since the last publishing of the Conard Courant a variety of developments have occurred throughout the sports world. A historic coach lost to his rival to end his career, the preseason NBA title favorite traded a star player and lost in the first round, and the MLB figured out how to actually play. A lot has changed since early February. Here is a review of recent major sports events and their resulting impacts.

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