Tea time

Photo by HOLLY GRACE, Crimson Review Staff

Senior Elizabeth Donlon sits in Commons D before class starts Wednesday, March 19, chatting with her friends and classmates and sipping her tea brought from home.

Chess Club open to new members

Photo by ALYSSA PELLIGRINI, Crimson Review Staff

Aaron Cerrato, 17, makes his final move against opponent and fellow Chess Club member Kyle Mann, 17. Cerrato ended up beating Mann, going undefeated on the night with a 3-0 winning streak. The Chess Club, started by CHS senior Emily Spencer and juniors Ian Scura and Mattias Lambert, meets Wednesdays after school, this time at Dos Amigos Burritos on Main Street. Scura said he helped start the club because he and others "wanted to play chess with other people who enjoyed it, and we thought it would just be fun," adding, “I like that chess is a game of strategy and it forces me to try and understand the way other people think.” Anyone interested in joining the Chess Club can contact Spencer, Lambert or Scura.

Salad days

Photo by ERIKA SCHAPER, Crimson Review Staff

Concord High School alumna Kimberly Thomas feeds the photographer's bearded dragon, Frog, who eagerly accepts the dark, leafy chunk of Romaine. Along with the lettuce Frog ate some small crickets and mealworms. Thomas, who loves animals, volunteers at both Petco and Concord’s SPCA, where she feeds, cleans and bonds with cats.

Scholar athletes shine for CHS

Photo by JULIE KUKLA, Parent Contributor

A number of Concord High seniors were recognized Monday at the Division I Scholar Event held at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Recipients nominated by Principal Gene Connolly maintain at least a B+ grade point average. Other criteria include being currently active in at least two varsity sports, participation in community service activities and serving as role models to peers. Front row, left to right: Ryan Donnelly, Michael Alexander, Rachel Stevenson, Annie Mullen, Katharine Tebbetts, Molly Waite and Elizabeth Donlon. Second row: Cole Patoine, Liam Healy, Joshua Pifer, Marc Gaudet, Megan Reese, Jessie Bean, Smita Boesch-Dining, Grace Orzechowski, Sabrina Williams and Nicholas Battles. Third row: Nathan LaTourette, Devon Ferland, Benjamin Bengston, Sean Larner, Tyler Kukla, Adam Godbout, Timothy Weinhold, Hagan Otto and Connor Reid.

Taking another look

Photo by ALYSSA PELLIGRINI, Crimson Review Staff

Concord High School freshman Ethan Dupre stares at the massive bonfire flaming before his eyes on Friday, February 7. The Varsity Club, of which Dupre is a member, put on its second annual bonfire for CHS community. Members of the club were instructed to bring sunglasses and wear them while taking care of the fire due to the extreme brightness. It also added to the group's cool factor. Students, teachers, and families listened to music from CHS’s own talented musicians as they watched the blaze. Performers included Paul Lovely, Lovestone, Strawberry Embassy, and the Consumers. For information on joining Varsity Club or performing at next year's bonfire, contact club advisor Christine Boezeman in Commons D.

Cow's about a kiss?

Photo by ERIKA SCHAPER, Crimson Review Staff

Concord High School alumnus Josh Thomas, '09, enjoys kisses from a young heifer named Edith at Spaulding Youth Center in Northwood on a rainy Saturday afternoon. A farmer and distributer at the local homeopathic Brookford Farm in Canterbury, Thomas spends his days caring for the animals at the farm and at the youth center. The cows help provide holistic educational benefits for children learning about the local agriculture initiative now sweeping the Northeast. Thomas said that despite the incredible amount of manual labor involved, he enjoys his job because it has enlightened him as to how grateful he should be for the foods he eats. He has also learned the health and economic benefits of locally grown and consumed agricultural products in comparison to those of conventional agriculture.

Making the grade

Photo by ASHISH BHATTARAI, Crimson Review Staff

Concord High School junior Ashish Kharel works on his AP Chemistry homework during a recent open period in the library. “We just started this chapter yesterday and I need to get my work done,” he said, adding that studying hard is necessary if he is going to attain his American dream. Kharel, 17, came to the United States five years ago from a refugee camp in Nepal, where every dream seemed bound not to happen. “Coming to America has itself been a dream come true,” he said.