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Friday, May 1, 2009

CCHS students excel outside the classroom

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Principal Peter Badalament had good things to say about student extracurricular accomplishments at the April 14 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC).

Badalament announced that CCHS has received the Dual County League Sportsmanship Award for both the fall and winter seasons. When reached by phone, CCHS Athletic Director Barry Haley explained that, at the end of a season, all the coaches of that season’s sports vote for the team that has shown the most sportsmanship over the season. Haley said he was extremely pleased that CCHS has been given the award two seasons in a row and praised CCHS coaches and students for their conduct.

Badalament also recognized the Concert Band for achieving their eighteenth consecutive gold medal in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival. The Repertory Band won a silver medal and two CCHS chorus groups were awarded bronze medals.

Badalament then praised those that put on the CCHS spring musical, Miss Saigon, saying he “was privileged to see one of the best performances in my 20 years in education.” Artistic Stage Director and Producer of “Miss Saigon” George Kendall thanked the RSC and the community for their support. Kendall told the RSC that the students have a high level of maturity, they work hard and they approach the production seriously. He praised the members of the pit orchestra, the tech crew and the actors.

Several members of the tech crew, cast and pit also spoke at the meeting. Shivani Bhatia played bassoon and violin in the pit orchestra. She said, “The pit is the backbone of the show. We have to be on our toes for the entire two hours of the show. We have a lot of fun.” Sara Li said this was her first production. She played six different Asian flutes and said she was happy to bring her Chinese background to the play. Many of the actors and actresses said that being in the show was “an amazing experience.”

CCHS senior Samantha Gloria was the stage manager and said, “It was an amazing play.” She told the RSC she was one of only ten students to be accepted into the tech program at Wagner College on Staten Island. She said it was directly related to the high level of technology that was used in the CCHS play, such as the FogScreen projection screen. ∆

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