Students’ Thoughts on Return to Campus in January

In an email sent out to the Concord Academy community on December 14th, 2020, Vice Head of School Sarah Yeh announced that hybrid learning will resume again on January 11th. Boarding will also open for STAC 4, and boarders can choose to return to campus on January...

New COVID-19 Variants: What We Know So Far

Just as vaccines began to offer hope for the end of the pandemic, Britain raised a sudden alarm about a highly contagious new variant of coronavirus, called B117, circulating in England. South Africa has also reported a new variant, named 501.V2, believed to be...

Winter Break in the Middle of STAC 3

In this year’s new schedule, STAC 3 is split by winter break, turning the year into something even more unlike the norm. STAC 3 began on December third, and ends January twentieth, with break falling between the twenty-third of December and the fourth of January....

What CA Students Hope for 2021

With the arrival of 2021, four CA upperclassmen share their new year wishes with the community. What do they have on their minds and what are they looking forward to?  "My biggest hope for 2021 is that everything would be back to normal. I wish that the virus...

A Beginner’s Review of From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking

One rarely finds a book review of a reference book. The review industry holds a stigma against them, as the modern conception of “reference book” has been pervaded by the dread of classrooms: textbooks. Though I hold no love for textbooks, finding them brash and often...

What 2020 Has Taught Us

This past year has been one of the most unpredictable years in recent memory. As the year comes to a close, the world looks more different than we could have ever imagined. In addition, Concord Academy looks more different than we ever expected. CA has had to make a...

Pandemic on the Other Side of the Globe

As cases in the U.S. reach a new high point with 280,514 cases on December 11th, Asia, on the other side of the globe, seems to be experiencing the “final stage” of the pandemic. Today, Lisa Liu ’22 from Shenzhen, China and Cherie Jiraphanphong ’21 from Bangkok,...

COVID-19 Vaccines

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world look forward to the advent and distribution of vaccines. The vaccination effort for the coronavirus has become the biggest in history as well, and on Friday, December 11th, the FDA granted its first...

Winter Recipe: Cardamom Knots

Image Courtesy of Isabella Ginsburg '23 Dough ½ cup all purpose flour  2 ¼ cup strong white bread flour  ¼ cup granulated sugar  ⅔ cup milk, warmed slightly  2 teaspoons salt  2 teaspoons ground cardamom  2 ½ teaspoons instant yeast  4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at...

The Platform Review

As customers nowadays fight for food and toilet paper in grocery stores all over the world, the Spanish sci-fi movie The Platform illustrates a much darker truth lurking beneath the phenomenon of resource distribution. The story is set in The Hole, a vertical...

Features

Students’ Thoughts on Return to Campus in January

In an email sent out to the Concord Academy community on December 14th, 2020, Vice Head of School Sarah Yeh announced that hybrid learning will resume again on January 11th. Boarding will also open for STAC 4, and boarders can choose to return to campus on January...

Upcoming Student Life

Almost every weekend since September, CA has offered spaces for students to connect, both online and in-person. Although academic schedules have switched between virtual and hybrid settings, these events are places where students can have fun, spend time with peers,...

Student Highlight: Rohin Nguyen

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen several members of the Concord Academy community step up and become leaders in their perspective fields. One of these students is Rohin Nguyen ’21, whose path I will highlight from freshman to senior year. Rohin’s biggest...

What CA Students Hope for 2021

With the arrival of 2021, four CA upperclassmen share their new year wishes with the community. What do they have on their minds and what are they looking forward to?  "My biggest hope for 2021 is that everything would be back to normal. I wish that the virus...

Departmental Study: A Tour of an Endangered Language

The word “Occitan” may be unfamiliar to many; it is an endangered language now spoken in southern France, Monaco, and northern Spain. It is also the central topic studied in Coco Huang ’21’s Modern and Classical Languages Department Study last semester, reading some...

How To Stay Positive After the Holiday Slump

2020 was a very difficult year for everyone, so it was no surprise that the holiday season proved uplifting for many people. However, as we all turn the page to the new year, it can be difficult to stay positive and find motivation, especially when the end of the...

News

The Georgia Senate Runoff Elections

With judicial nominees, a stimulus deal, infrastructure, health care measures, and tax policies all on the line, the Senate runoff elections in Georgia had an intensity that rivaled that of the presidential election. Early voting during the Georgia runoff elections...

The Gender Equity Task Force

On December 21, the Gender Equity Task Force (GETF) gave a presentation detailing their recent progress and future plans. Formed roughly two and a half years ago, GETF’s mission, as stated in their presentation,  is “to reimagine Concord Academy's reliance on a...

Freshman Orientation and the Future of CA Events

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across the state of Massachusetts, many new students in our community have not yet had the opportunity to make the vital connections within the grade Concord Academy prides itself on. Brett Kelly, Concord Academy's Student...

COVID-19 Vaccines

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world look forward to the advent and distribution of vaccines. The vaccination effort for the coronavirus has become the biggest in history as well, and on Friday, December 11th, the FDA granted its first...

On-Campus Activities During STAC 3

Last August, when members of the Concord Academy administration announced that the school would adopt a STAC schedule for the upcoming year, they also mentioned that all STAC 3 classes would be conducted remotely. Although much about CA’s plan has changed in the past...

Opinions

Our Very Own American Horror Story

On January 6th, 2021, around one in the afternoon, all eyes turned to the thousands of aggressive Trump supporters claiming election fraud without evidence. They swarmed around the United States Capitol Building as Congress actively attempted to finalize the results...

The Presidential Transition

Last Wednesday, the United States witnessed a domestic event typically thought of occurring in developing countries and autocratic societies: an insurrection. Invigorated by a speech given by President Trump, a mob of Trump supporters marched to the Capitol and...

Winter Break in the Middle of STAC 3

In this year’s new schedule, STAC 3 is split by winter break, turning the year into something even more unlike the norm. STAC 3 began on December third, and ends January twentieth, with break falling between the twenty-third of December and the fourth of January....

My New Year’s Resolution

For as long as I can remember, I have always made New Year’s resolutions. Although setting goals for myself motivated me to work harder, I often overworked myself. I was hard on myself when I did not reach the goals mapped out for myself. New Year’s resolutions have...

The History of Race and Vaccines in America

According to the New York Times “Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count”, on January 2nd, the United States reported 291,384 new COVID-19 cases and 2,373 deaths. Happy New Year! Late last year, many found comfort in the approval of the ​​​​Pfizer-BioNTech...

The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a scene straight out of a movie. Fakhrizadeh was a former general in the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and at the time of his death was Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist. On November 27th, 2020, Fakhrizadeh...

Arts

The (American) Movies of 2020

2020 was an odd year for movies. Cinemas closed; festivals were canceled; an entire world of film shifted virtual. Almost every anticipated production to be released in 2020 was halted, such as Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Toward the...

CA’s HUE and Classism

CA’s fashion club CAFE has in recent months created its website, HUE. CAFE’s Co-Head, Carter Wood ’22, described HUE as a platform used to explore CA’s style and to lead discussions about the fashion world as a whole. However, in order to discuss the...

Performances through Zoom

In previous years at Concord Academy, there would be countless performing arts productions, ranging from music performances in the chapel, mainstage productions in the PAC, to Dance Project shows in the dance studio. However, it would be impossible for CA to hold...

Science and Tech

Tesla: The Perfect 16th Birthday Gift for You?

Tesla, Inc., the American electric automaker with the 49-year-old chief executive officer (CEO) Elon Musk behind the wheel, is nothing short of impressive. The year 2020, one for history books, was quite a challenge for many because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In...

New COVID-19 Variants: What We Know So Far

Just as vaccines began to offer hope for the end of the pandemic, Britain raised a sudden alarm about a highly contagious new variant of coronavirus, called B117, circulating in England. South Africa has also reported a new variant, named 501.V2, believed to be...

Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine

At the time of writing, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has reached 21.1 million, with more than 357,000 resulting deaths. Vaccines, a long term strategy, are crucial to stop the pandemic. Currently, two COVID-19 vaccines—one manufactured by...

Sports

Wrestling in a Pandemic?

It’s hard to imagine how wrestling would work during a pandemic. It’s a sport with skin-to-skin contact, and where wrestlers share sweat (and perhaps a bit of blood) with their opponents. Across the nation, many institutions have suspended their athletic seasons and...

How I Stayed Fit during Winter Break

Staying active is always challenging in the winter, and with people avoiding gyms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year will be even more difficult. As tempting as it sounds, however, this season should not be spent vegging out until the warm weather arrives....

Cat's Corner

Hey CA cat lovers! If you want to show off your quarantine kitty in the next issue of The Centipede, email me pictures of your cat! Cats of all shapes and sizes warmly accepted!

Email: callum.chertavia@concordacademy.org