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Successful Mock Trial's Season Ends as Students Win Multiple State Awards

By: Katelyn Czajkowski

Months of intense preparation and after-school practice have culminated in a successful 2020-2021 season for the Conard Mock Trial Team.  On February 26th, the second round of trials hosted by Civics First High School Mock Trial took place,

March 1st, 2021

Conard Adapts To Save The Musical And More

By: Ethan Mathieu

Conard Performing Arts has announced that they will be putting on a show: Little Women, a classic coming-of-age era story that follows the progression of four sisters. To get more information on how Drama is adapting, I corresponded with Nora Wilson, the Stage Manager.

February 5th, 2021

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The Conard Debrief

Last Updated: 2/5/21

  • 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.

  • Winter Sports Has Begun! 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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A Follow-Up: An Examination of the Conard Chieftain

By: Alexandra Bernstein-Naples

In this article, I will analyze the process of change that took place in 2015 through the perspectives of Brian Wilson, student leader of the movement to retain the mascot, Rachel Yousman, student leader of the movement to eliminate the mascot, and Tim Decker, science teacher at Conard High School and a proponent of the compromise to retain the mascot while eliminating the imagery. I will then employ their perspectives in order to gauge the broader implications of the 2015 controversy, and the necessary next steps to be taken in order to make the Conard Community more inclusive and equitable. 

Eating at School in the Midst of a Pandemic: Is It Safe?

By: Rebeccah Fleischmann

As the clock inches towards 1 pm, my body aches for food. Yet, I persevere through my stomach rumbles and growls until school ends. Being hungry is a small price to pay for not catching COVID.

More From the Winter Issue

Mindfulness in School | Gabriela Nobou

Redditors Take On Wall Street | Julia Hoesk

The Origins of Our Strife | Connor Reardon

Uganda and the U.S: A Tale of Two Elections | Ryan Lafferty

+ Much More!

The Persistent Prejudice of the SAT

By: Samantha Bernstein-Naples 

This article will explore the extent to which racial prejudices undermine the credibility of the SAT by focusing on the origins of the exam as well as the discrepancies between the educational resources available to Black and White students in order to acquire a better understanding of the effectiveness of the SAT as a primary criterion for college admissions. 

The College Admissions Process Needs To Change

By: Andrew Maglio

By trimming what it is not necessary to college applications and emphasizing other more genuine, personal areas, college admissions may become a less stressful process for all students.

Students Restart Environmental Club

By: Clare Gilles

Passionate on the issue of climate change herself, Conard High School junior Molly Brown wanted to help spark change on a local level and help get Conard more involved. After realizing that the environmental club had been inactive for a few years, she decided to restart it

February 5th, 2021

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