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Conard Students Respond to Unwarranted Online Prom Critique
NEWS

On May 30th, We-Ha’s facebook page posted a photo of ten senior girls on their way to a covid-safe prom. The photos were posted with positive and encouraging words such as a “thank you to all who provided photos” and a mention of the fact that it was “the first West Hartford Public School prom to take place in two years.”

 

Unfortunately, the comments on the post were not as encouraging.

June 11th 2021

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Is a Tweet of Support Enough for Pride Month?

By: Ben Davis

It’s Pride month and we’ve all seen it: companies modifying their logos to include a rainbow flag, tweeting their support for the LGBTQ community, and other seemingly meaningless gestures. With them always follows criticism claiming that it’s merely an act of virtue signalling and that companies are only doing it in the interest of profit.

 

These claims are probably, if not certainly, true.

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Last Updated: 4/5/21

The Conard Debrief

  • Conard Mock Trial Took Home a Range of Accolades. Read the full story here.

  • Conard Drama's Next Play Will Be Little Women. Read the full story here.

  • For two months, starting mid-February, students around CT will be running Hope for Human Rights, a collaborative fundraiser geared towards protecting human rights. Through this fundraiser, groups of students at schools around Connecticut are raising money through various types of fundraisers for two months. It will be almost entirely run by students, with a leadership board of students from each school. At the end of the raising period, the money will be pooled and split between local nonprofits chosen by the leadership board. For a chance to become a leader, be creative, and make a state-wide impact, volunteer for Hope for Humans Rights! You can apply to be on the leadership board or volunteer to be a part of it in any way. Fill out either one of two forms: Leadership Form, General Volunteer.  If you have any questions or know of students at other schools, who would like to get their school involved, email 2022MayaP197@student.whps.org.

  • The Conard Courant hosted a Book Drive! Read the full story here

  • Specialized Performance Study Class is writing a new nonfiction play, The Chieftain Project, which follows Conard's journey with the Chieftain mascot. The play will be put out in the Spring.

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Quick updates paired with Conard journalism

Getting Political in the Classroom
FEATURE

By: Samantha Bernstein-Naples

As the divide between liberals and conservatives continues to deepen, political discussions have become increasingly charged. It has started to feel nearly impossible to engage in conversations with people from across the aisle as political discussions threaten to bring powerful emotions crashing to the surface.  For the nation's youth, it can feel incredibly daunting entering an environment plagued by political polarization. It seems natural that schools, as institutions of learning, would bear the responsibility of preparing students for the heated debates and pressing political matters they are sure to face beyond high school, however, the threat of bias, minority voices being stifled, and passion spilling over into anger and misunderstanding, looms large. ...

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Adelaide: An Oil Paining

By: Sofia Levesque

Explore original art by a Conard sophomore.

CULTURE
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More From the Summer Issue

Art Around Town and At Our School| Andrew Maglio/Sofia Levesque

A Senior Reflection| Gabi Zhalov

A Junior Reflection | Julia Hosek

The Dark Side of Avocados | Sarah O'Leary

+ Much More!

Reflections of a President

By: Connor Reardon

Following a year of organizing the Council, planning initiatives, and executing agendas, Natalie was kind enough to agree to an interview with the Courant to hear her reflections on the hectic months now behind us. The interview was conducted over the phone, with a wealth of fascinating answers.

New Community Art Dots West Hartford Center, Artists Reflect

By: Andrew Maglio

Last summer (the first one in which West Hartford allowed outdoor seating in the Center’s streets), restaurants pragmatically delineated the street from pedestrians eating with concrete jersey barricades. This year, those same barricades are back… but this time with a twist!

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