Fun Things to Do Over Spring Vacation BY EMMA MALARDO
Truthfully, no single list could hold the vast amount of opportunities here in our state to make this spring break the best one yet, but these are just a really great few to consider! For those like me who have birthdays that typically fall over spring break especially, make up for it by celebrating early and looking into one of these super fun events to cheer up.
Upcoming Movies BY HAZEL DUROSS
With the 3rd quarter done and summer on the horizon, new movies have begun to spring up. From fantasy adventure to horror sci-fi, you can't deny that some of these movies could be fun to watch.
The Eras Tour Review By Keely Sullivan
The story starts almost exactly three years ago when the world was stopped due to Covid-19. Taylor Swift had just released her seventh studio album, Lover, and was about to begin her tour. Then everything came to a halt. We started hearing words like pandemic and quarantine, and the Loverfest was canceled.
Where Has the Time Gone? By Christiana Votta
Do you ever stop and think, "Where has the time gone?” One minute it's September and the next it's 70 degrees and summer vacation is underway. But why does time seem to flow so fast, especially this year?
Have You Heard of the Oaker Pantry? BY SUMMER MASON
Interview with Ms. Cone about the CHS Oaker Pantry
Reviving the Oaker Connect Program By Isabella St. Angelo
Have you ever felt as though your achievements, hardwork, and kindness in school go unnoticed by your teachers? The Oaker Connect program seeks to reward those kids who embody what it truly means to be an OAKER.
CHS Community Celebrates Free Speech BY SAMUEL HIERS
Be prepared for some exciting and inspiring events going forward in the week of February 6th! During morning announcements for all of this week and throughout the halls of your school, you will hear and see quotes by various authors and figures throughout history that draw attention to freedoms of speech and the power of the press. Courtesy of your lovely Entry staff, these quotes have been well-chosen to promote our club’s goals and spread awareness of the articles and content we bring to you regularly. More importantly, we hope that these quotes will inspire you to communicate ideas and information more openly without the fear of being prosecuted for what you believe.
Album Flashback Review by Peyton DeFilippis
HS1, released May 12th 2016, was Harry Styles’ first album after leaving the famous band One Direction. This is my personal favorite album out of the three that are currently out because of how personal it is.
A Conversation About Whiplash By Olivia Fung
Whiplash is very possibly one of the best movies I’ve seen in my limited time on this earth. I can’t tell if you're going to love it, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be in awe. It’s not something you enjoy, it’s something you appreciate. It’s art.
Valentine’s Day Book Recommendations By Keely Sullivan
Here are some good books that I would really recommend checking out before Valentine’s Day or even beyond. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy reading!
How to Avoid Oversleeping BY Hazel Duross
Here are the top research-based tips that could help you wake up early and avoid being late for school and/or work.
Returning to the Thrills, Chills, and Alien Abductions List By Isabella Carlow
This is part two of the book reviews for the Thrills, Chills and Alien Abductions list, a list of books put out last year that can be found in the school library. In my last review, I talked about the book Wilder Girls by Rory Power. This time, I'll be talking about Hell Follows With Us by Andrew Joseph White. Once I saw the cover of this book on the list, I didn't even need to read its description and already knew I wanted to do a review on it.
Unearthing Something Louder BY EMMA MALARDO
Oddly enough, this experience sparked my great interest in writing. I needed an outlet to express the courage I couldn’t speak, and writing did the trick for me. I put my deepest passions and resentments into fine print in hopes that they could one day change the ways of the world, and inspire those like me to speak their minds the way our minds speak to us
Walter Clarke: Coventry Alumnus, Vietnam Veteran, and Local Hero By Riley Clarke
You may or may not be familiar with the little stone plaque in front of the football field, a few of you might even think it’s a gravestone (it’s not). It’s not the plaque that’s important here, but the name on it. If you look closely enough, you’ll read the words: Walter Clarke Athletic Complex.
Marching Onward: Honoring CHS Band By Samuel Hiers
My experiences in the band during all of my time here at CHS have been fond memories and have deepened not only my appreciation for music in general, but has empowered me to bring together my community and share gifts to as many as possible. Music is a remarkable art form that deserves a place in the world and can help make us happier.
WCVY: Coventry High School’s Hidden Gem By Josephina Johnson
Radio has gone out of style, replaced by Spotify and social media. Yet radio offers much that these lack, including a sense of history and culture missing from your phone. Like a record player, listening to music on the radio offers you a different type of sound, with a nostalgic buzz often hovering in the background. But unlike vinyl records, radio is free.
Finding a Reliable First Car By Harrison McMahon
Since many of us are coming to the time in our life for a first car, here are some reliable and cheap first cars to think about purchasing.
Reading My Way through the CHS Library’s “Thrills, Chills, and Alien Abductions” List BY ISABELLA CARLOW
I was super lucky to happen to come across this book, and I really hope the next one I review will be just as good, if not better! Next month, my book review will be on Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White, be sure to check out that one as well!
Festive Places to Visit in the Winter BY KEELY SULLIVAN
These are only a few of the many festive places in Rhode Island, there are so many more! I really recommend stopping by Wickford, Santa’s Magical Drive-Through Christmas Display and Music Light Show, and Wood Estates to get into the holiday cheer. I hope you enjoy these places as much as I did and have an amazing holiday season.
Mirror, Mirror BY OLIVIA POULOS
My childhood self would never recognize the confident young woman I now observe in the mirror. For a long while I internally existed within a place of great discomfort; I simply did not like myself. Around second grade I began to see my body change in unfamiliar and daunting ways. Waking up before school, I’d notice patches of acne sprinkling my face, seemingly multiplying each day. Suddenly, I was setting my alarms thirty minutes earlier, reperforming makeup tutorials with a trembling hand as I concealed my flustered shame; ‘I just want to look pretty’.
Applying Like A Pro: Tips and Tricks to the College Application Process BY JUSTIN CURRAN
With my senior year underway, perhaps the biggest obstacle my fellow seniors and I face is the college application process, a process full of complications, career considerations, creativity, and lack of certainty. With this, I would like to share my experience, what has gone well and what hasn’t, and shed light on what I believe to be the best tips and tricks to the college application process as a whole.
Giving Thanks By Christiana Votta
People don't always fully realize what they have till it's gone. It sounds cliche but it is true. We take for granted what we have, the people around us that we love, and our education.
Returning to “Normalcy” at CHS By Christiana Votta
It was the start of the year 2020 when the world was first overtaken by Covid. As a culture, we had to learn to adapt to the changes that came with this serious situation. It has now been over 2 ½ years since the start of covid-19, and society is still trying to find that bit of normalcy.
CHS Homecoming Parade By Isabella Carlow
The floats looked great, and the whole parade itself was well put together and entertaining. Both teachers and students worked hard to organize this event and make it possible. From the people marching in the parade to the police officers blocking off roads, the town worked together to hold this event. Overall, the parade was a success as it brought the community closer and reminded us of the importance of having fun.
How the New Monday Schedule is Affecting CTE Programs By Riley Clarke
As a second-year culinary student, my class period is a double block, being about three hours on a normal day, but on a Monday? Only ninety minutes. You might be thinking, wow, ninety minutes? That’s a lot. But in reality, it actually isn’t.
Taylor Swift Album Review Part 2 By Justin Curran
It's me, hi! As you may or may not know, Taylor Swift released her tenth studio album Midnights on Friday, October 21st. As a pretty new fanboy of Taylor Swift, who has listened to all of her previous albums more times than I’d like to admit, this album really blew me away. I knew right away that as a dedicated writer and music lover, I would share my thoughts on the album as well as some great things that stood out to me!
Taylor Swift Album Review Part 1 By Keeley Sullivan
Taylor Swift’s newest album, Midnights, was released on Friday, October 21st. I’ll admit, I didn’t have the highest expectations for it. I mean, how can you beat the All Too Well 10-minute version? You can’t. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited, but I didn’t think that it was going to be as good as Red, Lover, or Folklore.
Varying Opinions on the New Monday Schedule By Josephina Johnson
Homecoming has come and gone, the leaves are changing color, and the hunt is approaching; all signs that quarter one is about to close. Yet as the school year settles in, one thing still feels out of place to me: the Monday schedule. Although I'm already a junior, I've yet to spend the entire year on one schedule, so it's not surprising that I'm finding our timetables a little confusing. But when it comes to the Monday schedule, I'm not the only one displeased.
Two Minute Savers Saga BY Josephina Johnson
I imagined a choir of angels serenaded me as I clumsily unlocked the door and presented myself for my mother's inspection. The whole saga probably lasted about two minutes, but the sudden panic sears through my memory and marks it as the most frightening moment of my life.
Reflecting on My Russian Heritage during the War in Ukraine BY MAYA KAPLUN
I hope the war will end and a whole new generation of children will once again witness the transformation of weapons of destruction into tools of comfort and creation.
How One CHS Student Turned a Negative Label into Positive Motivation BY BIANCA GONCALVES
For two years following that day, I studied extra hard in and out of school. I would spend hours doing my homework regardless of how difficult it was for me. When fourth grade came around, I had gotten rid of my Individual Education Plan for good. I was no longer the “stupid little girl” I had been labeled in the early days of my education.
CHS Has a New Dungeon and Dragons Club BY ISABELLA ST.ANGELO
Dungeons & Dragons is an extremely inclusive game, and the D&D club at our school is the same. Club leader Savannah Smith said, “It's an honor to be with these amazing people, and honestly amazing to me how I started a club here at our school. I want to thank all of the lovely people that joined and are dedicating themselves!”
New Scary Movies Just in Time for Halloween BY HAZEL DUROSS
As you all know the new Hocus Pocus 2 came out recently, but there are other movies coming out and some of them are one you should probably consider watching.
Quality Education Comes in Many Forms BY Justin Curran
After three years of taking Mrs. Clift's Education Studies class, as well as Mrs. Boyle's Foundations of Education class last year, senior year threw me into the real world, interning with teachers to get hands-on TA experience. I hope to shine some light and give you a highlight reel of how great being a teacher's intern is and what it's all about.
CHS’ English Curriculum is Changing: Here’s What You Need to Know BY ELLIOT MANN
Your school's English curriculum is something that you may take for granted. You may not think about how the books you read are chosen, or who decides how it is taught, that’s just the way it is. However, other students down the road may have a completely different English class to you, where they read different books, and use different resources. The CHS English Curriculum will be undergoing some major changes, and they are already being piloted in classes.
Paradise Lost, Paradise Found with New Horizons’ Latest Update BY CHRISTINA LANCELLOTTA
I think any additions to the game were welcomed by the community. I loved the new content and the holidays that were added and while I’m sad to see it was really the last big update for the game, I still think there is a lot of good content they packed into the last update, and I love playing the DLC as a whole different game. These updates were all good for themselves and the game. I argue that they saved the game from being merely mediocre and turned the game into something more worthwhile to play.
How to Prepare for Final Exams BY Mrs. Murgida (from CHS Guidance)
Due to the pandemic, most CHS students may feel a little out of practice in preparing to take final exams in a few weeks. Read on for tips compiled by CHS guidance counselor, Mrs. Murgida, to help you navigate your Final Exams.
A Banner Day for CHS BY GRACE PETRARCA
This past April 1st marked a momentous moment for The Unified Oakers and CHS. After having received Banner School recognition almost two years ago, the Coventry community was finally able to come together and celebrate the tremendous honor of becoming a National Unified Banner School.
Good News for Thrifters: Coventry Gets New Second-Hand Store BY FINNEGAN JOHNSON
Many CHS students may be interested in this new arrival in town, because with second hand stores comes the prospect of scoring a nice or interesting find on the cheap, but how does Northern Thrift stack up against the competition?
The Pros and Cons of Being a Social Media Artist By Christiana Votta
Social media is a great way for artists to share their work and grow an online presence. However, it can also leave a negative influence on artists' mental health, such as hurting their self-worth and leading to Imposter Syndrome. But, how can something like social media have such a wide range of positive and negative effects on artists?
Emptiness: A Poem BY A CHS Student
It's like no one notices because my mask conceals the truth
CHS Wrestling Is BACK!
Coventry High School has returned to its former glory in wrestling! At the Providence Career & Technical Academy on February 27th, Coventry claimed victory over wrestling like they had in the past. At one point, our wrestling team won seventeen years in a row, claiming dominance over Rhode Island. However, it would take twenty-four years before we could see ourselves win another trophy again.
Unified Oakers Taking the 2022 Plunge By Grace Petrarca
The Unified Oakers move into their busiest time of the year as we prepare for the annual polar plunge. The polar plunge is hosted by Special Olympics of Rhode Island as their main fundraiser of the year to support Special Olympics and Unified programs throughout the state of Rhode Island. Students throughout the state of Rhode Island raise money as a school team, competing with other schools, all culminating in a plunge into the freezing ocean during the month of March together as one unified group. This year's plunge is Saturday, March 19th at 11 am at Roger Wheeler Beach.
Exploring the Magical World of Encanto: A Critical Analysis By Josephina Johnson
What is it that makes Encanto enjoyable to a vast age range? Is there something in the movie that is truly deep and meaningful, so that it can touch all age groups, and perhaps, eventually, touch future generations if Encanto becomes a classic? Or is it a commercial and consumeristic aspect of marketing and catchy songs?
Celebrating CHS Talent at the Varsity Revue By Samuel Hiers
This year’s Varsity Revue was filled with tons of variety and many exciting acts. Whether it was singing, duets, instrumentals, or even crazy yo-yo tricks, no one performance failed to disappoint on any level.
A Recap of Spirit Week 2022 By Liz O’Brien
Since we were at the tail end of Covid protocols, like having to wear masks and complete contact tracing, there was quite a bit of participation for spirit week this year.
Valentine’s Day: The Origin of a Special Day By Christiana Votta
Valentine's day is a day that comes around once every year on the fourteenth of February. It's a renowned holiday where couples or friends exchange gifts and cards. For instance, chocolates and flowers are one of the first gifts that come to mind when we think of this holiday. However, what is the legend that surrounds this love-filled day that we celebrate?
How Can We Spread the Joy of Christmas? By Samuel Hiers
Does anyone know what Christmas is all about? What does it really mean? Well, you can think of it however you interpret it, but maybe it could be about helping others and giving to those who need help or are struggling. Maybe we could spread holiday joy by giving to those who are not so fortunate.
WCVY Making Waves Once Again By LAWRENCE MARK CABBABE
Radio Station back up and running 24/7! 91.5 WCVY Coventry High School.
Unified Oakers Spread Kindness During the Holiday Season By Grace Petrarca
The Unified Oakers have had a productive month as they continued to promote acts of kindness and inclusion, while also emphasizing that true kindness is unconditional.
Addressing the Holiday Blues By Kerry Medeiros
People tend to feel sad or dissatisfied during the holidays, especially with the pressure to meet certain expectations. In order to ease some of these emotions, it is important that we all take the time to check in on our friends this holiday season.
Considering the CHS Dress Code BY SONIA JOHNSON
Over the past few years, conversations surrounding school dress codes have rapidly increased. More people have begun to express that they believe dress codes inappropriately sexualize children and promote a culture of sexism. In the school year of 2021-22, the CHS dress code only takes up less than a page in our student handbooks, but quite a bit more space in our minds.
Why Do We Always Hear the Same Songs Around the Holidays? BY FINNEGAN JOHNSON
You may have noticed every year around this time, as you're walking through a store, flipping through the radio, or at a holiday party, that the songs playing are the same you’ve heard in years prior. The school held its Winter Concert this month on the 14th, among the songs played are Silver Bells, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, and Jingle Bell Rock, all songs long familiar to the public (there were other, less familiar tunes performed however). It’s rare that there are any notable changes to the Christmas song canon; we hear the same songs every year, to some people’s chagrin and to other’s delight - Why is this?
Achieving New Year’s Resolutions By Christiana Votta
Usually, people make a list of what they want to improve on in the upcoming year, whether it is dieting or reading more books. However, not everyone fulfills the goals they create for themselves. Sometimes the goals we set for ourselves are too difficult or unrealistic to achieve all at once, which leads to not staying true to our goal. So it's very important that when we create a New Year's list, we keep in mind that the goals should be realistic.
A Time for Giving: Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas By Chris Zaccaria
The time for giving is right around the corner and, as the stores and markets clear out with the endless flurry of rushed shoppers, you are still debating what to get for your family or friends. Despite your desperation to purchase the perfect gift, you just can’t settle on the exact present you need. You may not know what they prefer or desire. Luckily for you, this author has prepared a list of 5 simple — yet effective— holiday gift ideas for that excruciatingly difficult person to shop for.
The Recycling Club Makes a Difference at CHS By Teresa Oliveira
“Seeing how much trash is placed in the recycling bins will inspire you to educate yourself and others about what they can do to make an impact in the school. It is important that we all learn how essential recycling is and how it’s important to do it the right way.”
One Step at a Time By Adam Lamy
Curiosity has always been a part of my life. I’ve always sought what I can and can’t do. I tested my body’s physical limit. Whether it be learning to sing and play piano, or solving Rubik's cubes, I have always tried to see what I'm capable of.
Literature Is My Utopia BY Lily Chace
I know that as I grow older reading will always be a part of my life. My story, which I continue to write and revise, is only just beginning. I am thankful for the guidance and friendship of books and the people around me who love them too!
How Being Part of Unified Changed my Life BY Sophia Dottor
Being a part of the Unified Community has opened my eyes and given me a voice on a platform I feel deep in my heart. I never want anyone to feel left out or judged. I have a role and understanding of my actions as helping to create positive experiences everyday for those around me. It's time to finally break down the barriers once and for all and lead others to understand the importance of inclusive communities.
More than a Game BY Christian Lassahn
Football is not just about the suffering and hard work which it takes to be successful, it is about the physical and mental toughness it gives people, and most of all to me it is my pride and joy in my high school life. Through the hellish practices and hard work, time and time again I find myself leading and uplifting my teammates as a captain, and inspiring others with the same passion for the sport that I have. My confidence skyrocketed and allowed me to make many of my lifelong friends, however, football also gave me a skill which I believe I could not have found anywhere else, and that is the ability to persevere through adversity and lead others through nearly impossible situations.
Planning for a Life in the U.S. Military BY Matthew Capwell
Overall, my goal for a while now has been to join the military; I pretty much resigned myself to the thought of college not really being for me, but I’ve come to the realization that college may become one of the only ways to further me on my journey in life. It will afford me new opportunities in life never available to me if I don't take the leap and further my education. College will be yet another important hurdle. Continued education would provide chances for promotion, better salaries, and perhaps even job opportunities after my time in the military. Education may open life changing doors for me. Despite my past childhood remarks on education, I’m finally ready to sign my name and enroll on my own terms.
Class of 2024 Struggles to Reconnect to CHS Activities By Josephina Johnson
While it is clearly time for the Class of 2024 to rediscover CHS, our plight is not necessarily isolated. Many CHS students lost touch with old hobbies and activities because of Covid-19. As more of our community becomes vaccinated, we all have the chance to reconnect with our school, and we shouldn't let it pass by. It's not too late to join new clubs.
Unified Oakers Are Going Strong BY Grace Petrarca
As we move through these unpredictable times, we must always remember what it means to be an Oaker: Open minded, Accepting, Kind, Encouraging, and Respectful.
Being Quarantined Is Not as Great as You Might Think BY Justin Curran
Quarantined learning really wasn’t for me. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a pretty social person, and I thrive off of interaction and class environments. I was the only one quarantined in my classes for a majority of my quarantine this year, and so the Google Meets were typically just my teacher and myself. If you’re like me, this is your worst case scenario.
The Healthy Benefits of Music that is Surely “Pop” for the Soul! BY Samuel Hiers
Music is, indeed, one of the most highly developed art forms in culture. Yet we often go about listening to music so much that we take for granted what it is doing for our greater good, something better than just enjoying it. That is, music has a variety of different impacts on our physical and mental health, which I think is worthwhile to share with the world. So sit back and relax, plug in your earbuds, find a soothing track, and enjoy a gift from me to you - learn what roles music can “play” in you?
Finding One’s Artistic Voice By Christiana Votta
The first step to truly finding your "artistic voice" is to create things that make you feel good, and therefore helps bring you personal fulfillment.
Unified VolleyBall Makes Oaker Nation Proud BY GRACE PETRARCA
For the second year in a row our CHS Unified Volleyball team had a successful season, and, despite this year’s challenges with Covid 19, the Oaker spirit prevailed against all odds. As this year’s season comes to a close, we would like to thank our amazing seniors, Devin Favino, Shawna Charpentier, Connor Macomber, Nicholas Kanaczet, […]
Pushing the Limits with APUSH BY CHRISTINA LANCELLOTTA
With only a short time left until the Advanced Placement United States History exam, students are definitely feeling the pressure. The exam will be challenging, especially considering all the students have had to go through the past year and a half of distant, hybrid, and in-person learning. The Entry asked questions to both students enrolled […]
Don’t Need Much BY JENNA FARBER
The world has a close minded view of cool, Success is measured by money and fame, In hope to be known we become a fool, One day respected, the next quite lame. I am a mouse sitting in the corner, Searching for a dream like a block of cheese, Lost, finding my way like […]
A Brief Conversation with CHS Nurse Mrs. Plante By Ryan Connelly
Being a nurse is a difficult job. However, being a nurse during Covid has certainly created added stress. I talked with Mrs. Plante, a school nurse here at Coventry High School, to check-in and gain her perspective.
CHS Student Kimberly Rodrigues Receives Honors for App Design by Grace Petrarca
Congratulations to Coventry High School’s own Kimberly Rodrigues for placing second in The RIDE App Design Competition! Through the use of computer programming, Kimberly created the app Convo. This app could be used to better define emotions to help individuals determine how they feel.
The Importance of Music and Mental Health by Lawrence Cabbabe
Around this time last year, Coventry High School went into Lockdown from Covid-19, changing how students, teachers, and the world could operate. The sudden changes in lifestyle brought more stress into people’s lives, causing them to look for new outlets to deal with stress. One popular source they used was music.
“A Year” by Sarah Chaudhry
March 13th, 2020
Though far away
Seems like yesterday
¡Bienvenidos, Welcome, World Language Club 2021! By Justin Curran
The World Language Club is a blast! We’re glad to be back and we hope you consider joining!
Congratulations to the Oakers CyberPatriot Team! by Stephen Russo
In the age that we’re all currently living in, not many competitions of any kind are happening. However, did you know that our CyberPatriot team just finished a very high-stakes competition for CHS?
Distance Learning at CHS: An Interview With Principal Macomber By Zachary J. Preiss
I have been telling teachers and students from the very beginning to make sure you're asking for help. If you're feeling overwhelmed or you don't understand something, just ask for help. There are so many people available to offer assistance in all areas whether it is academic, social, or emotional. We have the staffing and capacity to help everyone out. Take a breath and relax. There is so much happening in the world right now. School is very important, but when you look around and see what's happening, you just need to put it into perspective.
Not the End to Senior Year the Class of 2020 Ever Expected BY CONNOR MCKAIG
We now learn from our computer screens at home, rather than in the classroom surrounded by our friends. We now practice our spring sports alone, instead of on the field with our teammates. And, most painful of all, we may never share the full experience of the senior prom, senior supper, or graduation at the Ryan Center, events that are meant to be cherished and remembered fondly for years to come.
Behind the One Behind the Frontline: Being the Child of a Healthcare Professional during a Pandemic BY SARAH CHAUDHRY
The most stressful aspect of being the child of a surgeon during the pandemic is, no doubt, fear for my father's well-being. Every time he goes to work, the possibility of him contracting the virus permeates my thoughts. I always think of his health, but this pandemic adds another level. He is not the only person I worry about, as the new infections and the death toll rises each moment. We've been especially vigilant, but what will be when precautions are no longer enough?
An Island Getaway awaits You in Animal Crossing: New Horizons BY CHRISTINA LANCELLOTTA
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been dominating social media in the past few months. The long-awaited next entry in one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises not only offers fun and unique gameplay, but for many players, it offers something they need during this time- an alternate reality, completely created and customized by themselves.
How CHS Students Can Stay Positive and Healthy during Lockdown BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
Students are facing challenges during this time and many are experiencing a lot of anxiety. To reduce or even eliminate anxiety Oakers should focus on what we need to accomplish and what we can control. A reminder to students is that we can not control what is going outside during this time of COVID-19, however, we have power over what we can do to reduce stress.
Top 12 Films to Watch during Quarantine By TIARA ROCHON
During our time in quarantine, many are looking for new movies to watch to occupy our time. I have compiled a list of films (in no particular order) from late 2019 into early 2020, as well as some films that have been delayed due to COVID-19 for your consideration. Check them out!
New ROTC Triad Recently Selected: Showing NAVY Spirit during Distance Learning BY GRACE PETRARCA
Even during this time of distance learning, many CHS students are trying to stay positive and are working hard as the school year begins to come to a close. One such group is Coventry High School's Navy Junior ROTC run by Master Cheif Kay. Coventry has a stellar ROTC program achieving accolades for their Marksmanship and Drill Team programs. Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Triad of CO: Senior, Mackenzie Bonang, XO: Senior, Katherine Salemi, and Chief: Junior, Logan Studley for maintaining their success when transitioning to distance learning. This year's Triad, staff, and members of ROTC have all had to adapt to the environment of distance learning and applaud all their efforts to keep the Oaker and Navy spirit embodied each and every day.
CHS Student Council Elections: Words of Wisdom from Current Members by Maya Bouchard
"Have fun with it! No matter what the outcome is you are going to have so much fun running for a role and hopefully fulfilling that position. And support your peers, because it's not easy for everyone to broadcast themselves so it's very important to show support to who you are running against."
Quarantunes By Lawrence Cabbabe
For many people, myself included, music helps them throughout their day whether it be through schoolwork, a bike ride, a drive, and so much more. But since the same songs are played so often on the radio, you listen to the same songs you like so much that you begin to hate them. That is why I tried to make a Spotify playlist that may help introduce you to some new songs, old songs, songs you’ve heard before, and some you may even add to your own playlists.
Life in Quarantine By Stephen Russo
Everyone has had a different experience of life in isolation. Some enjoy it and some are losing their minds during this time of quarantine. Just recently, the Governor lifted the stay at home order on May 8th, but things still aren’t quite back to normal just yet. I would like to share my experience during the quarantine.
A “See You Later” from the Foreign Exchange Students By Inés Alba Vázquez
As the school year comes to an end, people look forward to spring sports, prom, Del’s, and going to Newport when it is sunny. Like everyone else, the foreign exchange students could not wait to cross these things off their lists. Like everyone else, they were not expecting a global pandemic forcing them to be crossing their country’s border a few days later.
Seven Books to Read While Stuck at Home By Adrian Lunardelli
We all find ourselves in the same place in these trying times. Stuck at home. Many have gone through complete renovations of their house, cleaned their rooms, completed yard work, and gone to actual work. But what about when we complete it all? As we near the conclusion of the second month of quarantine we are left with a profound gap, an absence. As we complete tasks that kept us busy, how can we stay occupied? We should take this opportunity and explore the world of books as a means of escape and as a way to occupy the time.
CHS Prepares for a NEASC Visit BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
CHS will be having an important on-site Decennial Accreditation visit on March 1 through March 4, 2020, by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or NEASC. This visit is when CHS will be evaluated by a group from NEASC of teachers, administrators, and one associate director of NEASC to determine if CHS can keep its accreditation. Accreditation is what high schools receive and what colleges use as a judging point of the school to evaluate if they want the student and if they are from a good high school. Accreditation is crucial for college acceptance.
Are You Ready to Take the Plunge for a Unified Cause? BY GRACE PETRARCA
Over the past year, Unified Oakers has been working hard to promote total inclusion in the school and unity within the student body. Currently, we are raising money to support Special Olympics at the upcoming Unified Plunge in March. The plunge is students from Rhode Island's schools and the community getting together to plunge into the ocean to fundraise for Special Olympics. This year half of the money that we raise comes back to the Unified Movement at our school. Our goal is to raise $20,000.
A Preview of CHS Drama’s The Diary of Anne Frank BY SARAH THERESE CHAUDHRY
"Rehearsals are going pretty well. It's moving a lot faster than I expected," says Erin Gagnon, who will play Anne Frank. "We're done with blocking, so we're focused on working with our lines right now and I already have a lot memorized. We're also getting our props together. It's a lot but it's not too much to handle. Everyone gets along really well and our stage chemistry is good."
A Conversation with the Science Fair Winners By Inés Alba Vázquez
Do you think that your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours? Then you may not be flossing enough. Have you always been a firm believer that if something falls on the floor but you pick it up in less than eight seconds it is safe for consumption? Well, you might want to take a look at some of the experiments of our high school’s Science Fair before thinking that it is free of bacteria.
SADD Group Committed to Positive Change at CHS BY SARAH THERESE CHAUDHRY
A new group of CHS students and teachers have recently come together to combat problems haunting the school and its populace. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) may be a new group with a modest size, but its members stand dedicated to its cause.
Worried about the SAT? By Zachary Preiss
The SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test and is a large determinant in one's acceptance to college. Although this may sound daunting, and it may be at times, all will go as planned, with some preparation.
A SHARP ‘KNIVES OUT’ COMMENTARY (Contains Spoilers) BY TIARA ROCHON
Knives Out radiates “Eat the Rich” energy. Those who have the money to go through with their power will only do so if it directly benefits them. The focus on the positive traits of a strong Latina lead sets a great example of the most powerful traits in women. Overall, Knives Out was ‘criminally’ pushed aside during awards season but only received the best of reviews for the topics they cover and the plot.
Get Ready for Spirit Week! BY CONNOR MCKAIG
Spirit Week is approaching fast at CHS! From March 9th to the 13th, all four grade levels will be competing to earn points to try and be this year’s champions.
Learning from Loss and Making a Difference BY EDDY MANZANO
One of the ways that I’m trying to leave a positive footprint on this crazy and active planet is by becoming a senior mentor for not only the freshman at Coventry High School but also for the basketball and lacrosse teams. Another way is that in conjunction with Ms.Cohn, another student and I are trying to create a group in the school to try and help students and their families that are struggling with drug abuse in their everyday lives.
Playing Unified Sports Has Made Me a Better Person BY ERIC GONCALVES
I will always be a Unified Oaker. “Choose to include” is a motto I will always live for the rest of my life as I will always choose to include others no matter if they have a disability or not, everyone should always be included to do anything and everything. Nobody should ever be left out in anything; it isn’t the right thing to do at all. It doesn’t matter who they are.
Celebrating Thanksgiving Traditions By Justin Curran
As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, people will be getting excitedly ready for that special day. They'll wake up to start cooking with their family and to prepare for the special festivities of the day. Thanksgiving only comes once a year, fulfilling these traditions definitely strengthen your bonds with your family and will greatly improve your mood. So, go watch the Patriots game, go watch the parade, the dog show, and anything you want. Think about the history of Thanksgiving, but never forget to give thanks to your family, to your friends, and to everything special in life.
Oakers Lacing Up for Hockey Season BY CONNOR MCKAIG
Oakers Lacing Up for Hockey Season BY CONNOR MCKAIG Winter has finally arrived, and for most students at CHS, that means the holidays will soon be upon us. But for a select group of dedicated athletes, there are no days off if they are to make it to Brown University in March. That’s because, in […]
The UNIFIED Movement Takes Root at CHS BY GRACE PETRARCA
It is important for every student to embody the nature of being a Unified Oaker even if an individual is not involved in the unified programs students every day still should live by the motto of an Oaker: be Open minded, Accepting, Kind, Encouraging, and Respectful.
Stitch It Up Club Makes CHS a Warmer Place BY GRACE PETRARCA
This is a great club to join as you'll be involved with terrific group students where there is time to socialize with other students while learning a new skill, knitting, crocheting or looming. The club also has flexibility with meeting attendance as you can still participate by creating the projects at home Join the Stitch It Up Club to support your fellow classmates in school! Further information, you can contact Ms. Plante or stop by room 508 during the advisory /academic lab.
Is AP Worth the Extra Stress? BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
Are you thinking about AP but worrying if it’ll be too difficult? Two of CHS’s AP teachers, Mrs. Zenion and Mrs. Johansen, sat down with The Entry to provide information about the AP courses and to weigh in on if taking AP classes is truly worth the extra academic stress they are known for creating.
The Future Needs To Be Informed By Zach Preiss
“We the people” are beginning to ignore the need for civic education. As students, citizens of America, and participants of the free world, we must do our very best to maintain the precious democracy we currently possess. As your friend, neighbor, and fellow citizen, I beg for your participation and understanding of our government. We must continue to grow, learn, and evolve in order to keep up with the rest of the world. If our democracy fails, our nation will as well.
Powder Puff 2019 By Ines Alba Vazquez
On Friday, November 15th, after an exciting afternoon of playing, cheering and applauding, the last Powder Puff game ended 6-0, with the victory of the Seniors by just one touchdown. During the event, students from all grades of Coventry High School took part in the games, either cheerleading or playing, and even cheering for their teams in the stands, wrapped in blankets and applauding in spite of the cold.
Navigating Black Friday! By Lawrence Cabbabe
Yes yes, I know. It may only be Thanksgiving, but the Christmas season is in full swing. And there is no better time to buy gifts than Black Friday. Believe me when I say, yes it can be hectic, but it is worth scrambling to get some crazy deals.
My Canadian Adventure: One CHS Student’s Perspective By Elliot Mann
There are a few moments of silence as we are riding back to the High School. I look into the back of the bus to see some people sleeping and others tapping away at their phones. Only six days earlier I knew none of these people, but now we all have a shared experience, an unbreakable bond that will last forever. Whether it’s a silent glance of remembrance or a loud “Hello!” I will remember all of the students who were a part of the 2019 CHS Quebec Trip.
“Lord of the Game” By Logan Case
Clouds of cigarette smoke stain the ceiling of a room of creme lighting and swirling deep red carpets. In the center of the room was a semi-circle poker table, with a thin layer of dust caked on it. Four individuals, the players, walk through the dark wood doors. The dealer, cloaked and masked, waits for them at the table facing the door. On the mask was a strange depiction, swirling lines in an almost uniform fashion; comparable to a Celtic knot. The players held little conversation amongst themselves, a cold air between them.
New Cell Phone Policy Takes Effect at CHS BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
The start of the new school year at CHS came with a new policy regarding the use of cell phones. Assistant Principal, Mr. Chase, recently sat down with the ENTRY to provide knowledge of the policy and the rationale for it.
CHS Drama Brings Magic to the Stage with PIPPIN BY CHRISTINA LANCELLOTTA
Fall is upon us, which means it is time for another CHS Drama Production. This year, the cast and crew present Pippin, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical. Pippin was written in 1972 by three-time Oscar winner and four-time Grammy winner Stephen Schawrtz, who has written other well-known musicals such as Godspell and Wicked. Pippin was revived on Broadway in 2013 and has won many awards, including Best Revival Of A Musical in the 2013 Tony Awards.
The musical is filled with humor, dance numbers, and high energy songs, but will not disappoint in terms of mature themes and ideas on trend with CHS drama teacher, Mr. Wilkinson’s, previous performances.
The GSA Club at CHS: I Exist BY ELIZABETH O’BRIEN
For those unfamiliar with the GSA club, it is club of students and advisors who are working to make a safe space for every student. This group meets during ACLAB every D day. It’s run by Mrs. Clunan, Mrs. Siemao, and Mr. Zannella. This group was made for ALL students of any orientation and or gender.
Tips for Success at CHS BY MAYA BOUCHARD
Tips for Success at CHS BY MAYA BOUCHARD Every year millions of students graduate from high school all over the world, so succeeding in highschool is an achievable task. However, no one is just going to give you that diploma for free. Below you will find the Top Ten Tips for succeeding in high school. […]
Ten Must-See Halloween Movies BY SYDNEY HAMMER
Another October is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Watching Halloween movies is a great way to get into the spooky spirit and begin the Halloween Festivities. Below are some CHS students’ favorite Halloween movies. Kick back, relax, grab some popcorn, and have a Happy Halloween!
“IT” Chapter Two, Does It Live Up To The High Expectations? By ANGELINA SANTOS
As Halloween approaches, the demand for new scary movies grows. The blockbuster film “IT” (the remake) premiered on September 8th, 2017. With over $700 million made from the film, it was a must-see for everyone. This year the second ‘chapter’ of IT has been released and is currently in theaters, but does it live up to the high expectations?
Do You Know about the Advanced Course Network?? BY NATHALIE FORTIER
Are you planning on attending college after graduation? Do you wish there was a way to make the cost a little more bearable? Do you just want to challenge yourself? Well here is a great opportunity for students just like you: the Advanced Course Network. This program allows students across Rhode Island to earn post-secondary credentials before they graduate high school, free of charge. There are many ways students can participate in the Advanced Course Network, but in order to earn college credit, they must enroll in either dual or concurrent enrollment classes.
Introducing Oakers TV BY CONNOR MCKAIG
Oakers TV is a student-run organization dedicated to providing coverage of all Coventry football games, home or away. Their job includes but is not limited to photographing the team, interviewing players, and even live-streaming games on Instagram for anybody to watch.
Not Every Successful Future Requires College BY EMMA DAVIDSON
These opinions came from people close to me, people whose feedback I usually valued and listened to. I saw where they were coming from; I knew that it sounded like I was taking the easy way out by avoiding going to college and doing a job that seemed easy. But I knew that they were wrong and that cosmetology was something more for me. Cosmetology has always interested me in some way or another.
Reviewing Rainbow Rowell’s Newest Book, Wayward Son BY TIARA ROCHON
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell is the young adult fantasy fiction sequel to Rowell’s Carry On. It was published on September 24th, 2019, and is 352 pages long, with 64 chapters plus a prologue. The story picks up roughly a few years after the events of the previous book. (From this point this review contains minor spoilers)
This Year’s CHS Homecoming Parade Highlighted Oaker Inclusive Spirit BY SARAH LOPES
This year's homecoming parade was definitely one for the books! This year was truly the year for inclusivity in all aspects of the day. The theme for this year's parade was “musicals” to correspond with the masquerade ball themed dance
A Unique View of CHS: Foreign Exchange Students Give their First Impressions by Inés Alba Vázquez
Someone is new to CHS? No problem. They don’t know their way around or their schedules? No one really does at first.
But what if that someone were surprised about the hand sanitizers in every single classroom? What if that someone thought that the cafeteria’s tater tots were fish? Well, then there might be something fishy going on there, and we are not talking about the tots anymore, but the foreign exchange students.
The CHS Dance Team is Ready for a Great Year! By Tyler McNeil
Make sure to support these CHS dancers throughout the year!
Greatest Sports Month by Tyler McNeil
It is officially October, the best sports month of the year. NBA and NHL kicks, College Football is going into the conference-game weeks, NFL is into the bye weeks, and the MLB playoffs roll into action.
Dynasty Freeway by Logan Case
I awoke on the side of a highway. The dry tar ground left imprints on my skin, which was rubbery. On both sides of the highway I saw a dense forest, the trunks of trees forming impenetrable walls The sky shone with a warm yellow, which was complemented by the streaks of bright red that ran through it, ending on the horizon. As I traveled down the highway, I realized what my form truly was. I was short, with a stubby body that had the same shape as a jelly bean. My head was the same bean shape and held two huge eyes without pupils. My arms and legs were thin, they were practically those of a stick figure.
Pixies Album Review by Elliot Mann
The album starts with the promising opening track “In the Arms of Mrs. Mark of Cain”. It has a spooky guitar riff letting the listener know this is going to be a much more gothic album.
Get Ready for the CHS Homecoming Parade! By Sarah Lopes
The parade, a well-known Homecoming activity, will be held on Saturday, September 28th starting at 10 am. This year, the Homecoming Parade starts at Paine Field and leads straight to CHS.
The Facts about the Coventry Budget BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
If this budget does not pass, the town will put forth one more budget which will most likely be the level-funded budget. As Thursday approaches, the outcome is in the hands of voters
Senior Supper 2019 BY NATHAN MACOMBER
Overall, senior supper was amazing. It made me look back on all 4 years of high school and realize what a relationship I’ve made with a lot of kids. It made me excited for the future and excited for everyone else's future. I know everyone in my class will succeed in wherever life takes them.
Advice for the Class of 2020 BY NATHAN MACOMBER
My senior year is sadly coming to a close in the next week or so. And as I look back on this year, I think of all the great memories, friends, and moments that I’ve made. My senior year was honestly the best year ever and I hope the same goes for you next year.
Ways to Make Your Summer Job Search Easier By Amanda McKechnie
As the school year is coming to an end and summer vacation is around the corner, searching for a job could be a top priority. For teenagers, it can often be much harder to find a job because of our age, but with help from Mrs. Siemmao, your job search can be less of a hassle.
Mixed Reviews on the Recent Grade 9/10 Semi Formal BY GRACE PETRARCA
Initially, the planning committee feared a lack of interest in attending the dance would cause it to be canceled. This was a concern because if not enough tickets are sold to the semi-formal, this could affect our budget for prom, which is more worrisome for the sophomores as their junior prom is just next year. However, the night ended up being a success what a great turnout as many tickets were sold on the last day of sales.
EIGHT GREAT RI Summer Destinations to Visit BY CONNOR MCKAIG
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be the most boring! There are many great times to be had here as long as you know where to go. Whether it be thrills, delicious food, or stunning natural beauty, the ocean state has something for every tourist (or native!) to enjoy and experience.
The End of an Era: The Top 15 Moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Voted by CHS BY TIARA ROCHON
The End of an Era: The Top 15 Moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Voted by CHS BY TIARA ROCHON Now that Endgame has been released, many have flocked to see it on the big screen. Phase 4 of the MCU has officially ended, along with the original six Avengers. So what better […]
Are You Ready Preparing for Life after CHS and the College Planning Process? BY NATHALIE FORTIER
Depending on what grade you’re in, you may or may not have already started to feel the pressure of knowing what to do with your life. There are so many options - entering the workforce, enlisting in the military, going to college - and it can be stressful knowing where to go in life and how to get there. For underclassmen, there are still a couple of years ahead to decide, but for upperclassmen it can feel like the pressure is on, especially if you plan on going to college, to have your whole life planned out ahead of you. But not to worry, the stress of the college planning process can easily be brought to a minimum if you break it down into a few simple steps.
Avengers Endgame is the Greatest MCU Entry to Date BY AIDEN WARD
As the second part to last year’s blockbuster hit Infinity War, Avengers Endgame has proven to be one of the most anticipated movies of the decade. In its opening weekend, Endgame made an estimated $1.2 billion, destroying previous records as the first movie to make over a billion dollars upon its debut.
Why the Boston Bruins Will Win the Stanley Cup This Year BY ALEX DiIMASI & TROY SHELDON
The Boston Bruins have finished the season as one of the most feared, respected teams in the league. Their young core mixed with their seasoned veterans along with their all-star talent have proven to a force in the National Hockey League. The NHL playoffs have a reservoir of talented teams, and with the depletion of these talented teams, as the playoffs continue, the Bruins are destined for greatness in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Summer Reading by Rob Petrarca
Summertime is a time for adventure and fun. If you are looking for excitement then journey into the far reaches of space in the far distant future where several factions are at war. These factions are competing for control of the Arakis, home to a substance called spice that is the most wanted and sought after commodity in the entire universe. So join the adventure across the barren deserts of the distant future and read Dune.
Avengers: An Outsider’s Review By Lawrence Cabbabe
Yes, I am not a huge Marvel fan. I don’t read the comics and I haven’t studied the lore. I haven’t even watched every movie!
A Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes of CHS Faculty Oaker Hour BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
A Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes of CHS Faculty Oaker Hour BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE Ever wonder what the teachers really do behind the scenes? How do they think of ideas that will benefit the school? There is a system teachers use called “Oaker Hour.” Oaker Hour was set up by Mr. Chace with the help […]
CHS Juniors and Sophomores Are Ready for SAT/PSAT on April 9th BY NATHALIE FORTIER
As sophomores and juniors at CHS know well, the PSAT and SAT are on their way! On Tuesday, April 9, every tenth and eleventh grader in RI will be taking the PSAT or SAT as part of their annual state testing. For sophomores, the test is simply practice for the real thing next year, so there’s less pressure. For juniors though, the SAT is a big deal, and it can feel overwhelmingly stressful and a bit scary. But worry not! Preparation should have you feeling a bit less stressed!
Getting Our Hogwarts On BY TIARA ROCHON
On Saturday, March 23rd, the Warwick Central Library turned into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This was the first time the library had held this event, and it was received quite well by all who attended. The event was completely non-profit and organized by the library. The Warwick Veterans Memorial Middle School lent their parking lot to the library, and it was sure needed! The event brought in those of all ages from young to old (but young at heart).
Tips on Where to Find the Perfect Prom Attire BY CONNOR MCKAIG
Perhaps the most exciting part of the prom-going experience is the opportunity to dress up in formal attire. After all, who doesn’t want to wear a beautiful dress or tuxedo to look great in their pictures for Instagram? However, with so many options to choose from in terms of design and color, it can be difficult to find a place to start shopping.
College Tips for the Class of 2020 BY NATHAN MACOMBER
Calling all Juniors in the class of 2020! The time is almost here to start applying to colleges. As a current senior, and as someone who has gone through the process, I can give you some tips you can use when applying in the fall. It all comes down to time management and making sure you have everything completed and turned in by your schools’ deadline. I know the process may seem a bit daunting, but don’t worry, it’s actually quite simple.
CHS Students and Teachers Plunge for a Great Cause BY LILY MANCINI
On Saturday, March 23rd, Oakers teamed up along with Ponaganset High School and around fifteen other schools across Rhode Island at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett. Together, there were 31 teams on the beach. Coventry had the biggest team and raised $12,291, beating the goal of $10,000.
TAKING AP CLASSES AT CHS BY: MEI SOWERS
There was a great turnout on March 19th for CHS’s AP Informational Night. Every seat in the library was filled! Lots of students excited to take on new challenges through Advanced Placement. The enthusiasm from teachers, parents, and students was contagious! #oakerpride
Weezer’s Black Album a Disappointment BY ELLIOT MANN
I am a bit of a music geek. I listen to music every chance I get-- walking through the hallways, on the bus, and even in class (sometimes). And Weezer has been one of the bands that helped to develop my taste in music.
Global Climate Change Protest Rallies Students BY MEI SOWERS
On March 15, 2019, the youth of the world protested climate change. About 1.4 million young people from 123 countries skipped school to join the worldwide movement. The youth were striking for the New Green Deal, fair and just transition to 100% renewable energy, and an end to the creation of additional fossil fuel infrastructures.
10 THINGS TO DO DURING SPRING VACATION! BY SARAH LOPES
If you find yourself at a standstill and wondering what to do during your CHS spring vacation/ "staycation," Sarah Lopes offers 10 ideas to kickstart your fun!
Captain Marvel Expands the Marvel Universe by Sydney Hammer
Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel Universe. It acts as a preface to the upcoming and highly anticipated film Avengers: Endgame. On its own, the film is magnificent and features talented actors, a fantastic storyline, and great production quality. Warning: spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk.
Great Reads During Spring Break! by Robert Petrarca
While there are many books out there that are great to read, here are some of the best books to read on spring vacation because they can help broaden your horizon, open up your mind to the world around you, and can provide you with amazing stories to read. So grab a chair, get some sunlight, and let your imagination take flight.
CHS LAX Is Back! BY Connor McKaig
On Monday, March 18th, the CHS lacrosse team held their first practice of the season in preparation to take on the crowded Division II. Ever since the start of the LAX program, Coventry has been a competitive powerhouse, characterized by star players and an unbeatable team spirit.
How Much Do You Know about Our New Interim Principal, Mrs. Macomber? BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
As the school year got underway last fall, students learned of Mr. Hobin’s resignation and were informed that CHS would have a new interim principal, Mrs. Macomber, until a principal can be hired permanently. This all happened pretty quickly and many students did not know what was going on in the main office. Now teachers, parents, and students can know more about Mrs. Macomber and what her vision for the school is as the ENTRY has recently had a chance to sit down and discuss such with her.
Preparing for the PSAT/SAT in April BY AVA MEI SOWERS
Preparing for the PSAT/SAT in April BY AVA MEI SOWERS Everyone stresses over the PSAT/SAT in April. It’s where we take a test that can help us get into colleges or practice that test to get a high score as most colleges love to see high scores. But taking the PSAT/SAT is not like playing […]
Get Ready for Spirit Week! By Sarah Lopes
Spirit week is just around the corner! Here is your one-stop look at all the days.
Bohemian Rhapsody: A Fan’s Perspective Story and Artwork By Tiara Rochon
As a fan of Queen’s music, the movie made me more immersed in the band’s history and Freddie Mercury’s struggle with sexual identity. Being a fan, I respect that Brian May (guitarist of Queen) and Roger Taylor (drummer of Queen) have been working on this film for many years and are publicly very content and happy with the film. The film hopes to keep the memory of their close friend Freddie alive and to tell the band’s story.
Fun With Family and Friends During Winter Break By Sydney Hammer
February break is almost here! Do you have plans? If not, here are five ideas for a fantastic week!
Top Eight Oldies But Goodies To Watch Over February Vacation By Gabriella Cahoone
The ’80s was a pretty wild time period, what with the hair, the clothes, and the talk, (no offense to those who were there for it), but it certainly did produce some amazing films that still bless our screens to this day. Here are eight of the greatest films hits from the 1980s:
Community Service Opportunities for CHS Students by Nathalie Fortier
Are you an upperclassman scrambling to get those last-minute community service hours? Are you just looking for ways to make a difference in your community? It can be difficult to know where to start - so here’s a list of some great places for high schoolers to volunteer.
Varsity Review 2019 Was a Great Showcase of CHS Talent BY NATHAN MACOMBER
Ah - Hoy, Maties! Varsity Revue, Oakers at Sea, was a few weeks ago. Each year, since I was a freshman to now as a senior, being apart of the backstage crew has been really special for me. It was so awesome to help with such a big event that our school holds and I got the best view of all the acts performing! Every year there is so much amazing talent and I hope that Varsity Revue continues to grow within our school.
You Can Be a Part of March Madness Too! By Tyler McNeil
March Madness is an event in which many sports and non-sports fans participate.
Perception Album Review By Stephen Russo
Perception was an album by American rapper, singer, songwriter Nathan Feuerstein, or NF, who is most known for his hit song “Let You Down”. This album was released in October of 2017, but many of the songs from the album have been hitting mainstream radars recently. There were many standout tracks on this album, including […]
Mark Your Calendars for The Diviners! By Rob Petrarca
On March 7th, 8th and 9th Coventry High School will bring to the stage its latest production, a spring play called The Diviners. The play is directed by Coventry High School drama teacher Mr. Mychael Wilkinson and has an amazing cast of several talented actors and actresses. The story is set in the 1930s Indiana during the early days of The Great Depression.
Anthony Davis Should Go to Portland By Tyler McNeil
Indeed, some people think that Anthony Davis should be traded to the Celtics or the Lakers. However, the Celtics and Lakers are teams that have a chance to win the Finals, while the Blazers are one dominant player away from that. Therefore, Anthony Davis should be traded to the Trail Blazers.
How to Minimize Midterm Exam Stress BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
Midterms can seem very intimidating at first but if you approach them with good study habits it can make your midterm studying a whole lot easier.
Is the CCRI Headstart Program Right for You? BY EMILY YANG
Are you aware of the option available to CHS students to complete their senior year by taking classes at CCRI? Many are not aware of this option that could be a good fit for them. This article intends to inform about the program so that students who may consider it know the requirements during grades 9-11 and can prepare to be eligible.
Everything You Need to Know About CHS’ Recycling Program BY LILY MANCINI
There’s no doubt CHS does it’s best to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Every classroom now has a big blue bin inside or outside waiting to be picked up. However, have you ever wondered...where does all our recycling go, and who collects it?
STITCH IT UP Club: A Great Way to Help Others BY GRACE PETRARCA
Stitch It Up is a great club to join as you'll be involved with a terrific group of students where there is the time to socialize with other students while learning a new skill, knitting, crocheting or looming. The club also has flexibility is it allows to still use academic lab time, but you can still participate in the club as you can go home and create your projects. This year, there are some parents working on donations for the club, but they need student participation and support, they need you! Join the Stitch It Up Club to support your fellow classmates in school! Further information, you can contact Ms. Plante or the co-advisor Mrs. DeLuca or stop by room 508 during advisory /academic lab.
Winter Moments By Julia Bentley
A season of giving, a season of love,
Is easily overlooked and not thought of.
Imagine a world where we could be,
So loving and kind and feel so free.
Criminal Justice: A Great Opportunity for CHS Students By Gabriella Cahoone
CHS has many great career and tech programs, and Criminal Justice is one such program. This class is an amazing choice for students interested in law enforcement.
The Night Before Christmas: 2018 Oaker Edition By Rob Petrarca
Attention Oaker Nation! Entry journalist Robert Petrarca, who wrote last year’s Oaker edition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, is happy to bring you a new Christmas tale filled with Oaker spirit, holiday joy, and laughter for students and faculty alike.
WALMART Cartoon BY LAWRENCE CABBABE
Oh, WalMart! Do you think we don't see???
Catcher in the Rye Book Review BY ELLIOT MANN
Catcher in the Rye Book Review BY ELLIOT MANN The tale of a moody teenager who travels through new york may not sound like an interesting idea for a story but it’s one of the best I’ve read. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger follows Holden, an angsty, depressed teenager who only sees […]
Creed II Is Worth Seeing: Movie Review BY TYLER MCNEIL
Creed II is still in Showcase Cinemas due to the extraordinary ratings on this movie. It is a nail-biting, thrilling, and entertaining movie produced by Sylvester Stallone, Irwin, Charlie, and David Winkler, William Chartoff, and Kevin King Templeton. But, Creed II won’t be at the theater for too long. Check out the trailer and the first Creed to refresh your memory.
CHS Drama Presents West Side Story: An In-Depth Review BY STEPHEN RUSSO
West Side Story is a play based on Shakespeare's famous love story Romeo and Juliet. It is about two star-crossed lovers from two rival gangs named Tony and Maria, and one of them ends up dying at the end. In this performance with an approximate run time of two hours with a 15-minute intermission, you follow the tragic story of these young, wild, and free teens that are in love with their own worst enemies.
Winter Ball 2018: Here’s What to Expect BY NATHALIE FORTIER
What can you expect to see? Quidnessett Country Club will be decorated with a Christmas theme and red and gold accents, so it’s sure to be looking like a winter wonderland. Winter Ball is Friday, December 14, so be there in your best formal attire because it’s going to be a fun night!
FIVE Ways to Help People During the Holiday Season BY SYDNEY HAMMER
As the holiday season is now in full effect, it is even more important that we, as a community of young adults, take the time to help others that may not be as fortunate as we are. This time of year presents many opportunities for such actions to be made, and by participating in even the smallest one, you could bring joy and merriment to so many.
The Life of a Freshmen: Myth vs. Reality By Elizabeth OBrien
Take every day one day at a time. If you're having a bad day, just get through it and do what you need to do for the next day. The next day might not be great, but try your best, that's really what most teachers love to see.
Rethinking School Start Times By Elizabeth OBrien
Now how do you feel waking up at 4 AM? Like a zombie? Irritable, moody, depressed?
I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed By Maia Rinker
The government forces us to sit here and learn
Meanwhile, they have little to no concern
It’s 2018 and kids don't feel safe in school
Honestly, I think it’s really cruel
Great Teen Inexpensive Gift Ideas BY Nathan Macomber
Everyone, it’s that time of year again… it’s Christmas season! December is a month filled with Christmas music, decorations, occasional snow, ugly sweaters, and Christmas parties! There are so many fun ways to have a great holiday season. I hope you all are enjoying your December so far. However, with all the fun of the holiday season, there comes a slightly challenging task for some: gift giving. Sometimes you just don’t know what to get someone. Whether it’s a sibling, parent, friend, or teacher, it can be hard to find that perfect present. Here are some cheap/fun gift ideas that you can give to someone…. more specifically, your friends.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – A Book Review BY TIARA ROCHON
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – A Book Review BY TIARA ROCHON Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is a mystery packed story with some romance sprinkled in. It was published in October 2015, and is 521 pages long, with 85 chapters plus an epilogue. The story is about an 18-year-old wizard named Simon Snow and […]
Let’s Keep the Renovated Bathrooms Clean BY SYDNEY HAMMER
How would you like it if you spent a lot of time working on a project, just to have others disregard it and make a mockery of your work? Probably not good, right? Now, put yourself in the teacher's shoes. Imagine working on the bathrooms walls only to have them destroyed by students during the year. Imagine your hard work being completely disregarded.
STAR Scores Matter Now More than Ever BY AMANDA MCKECHNIE
If students make progress they can return to AcLab. “There will be a set of weeks for the student to be in intervention and if they make progress then they can stop intervention,” said Mrs. Hopkins.
Fun Fall Activities By Kylie Whelan
Looking for something fun to do this fall? Here are some fun things to do instead of staying home all day. These activities are great ways to spend time with friends and family!
Behind the Entry: From the Mind of a Journalist By Robert Petrarca
Have you ever read the stories in The Entry? Have you ever been fascinated by what your fellow students have to say about what is going on in our school or the world today? Have you ever wanted to know what inspires a journalist in The Entry to write the stories they write? Then let me tell you about an amazing and enjoyable journey.
Halloween’s History by Lily Mancini
All Hollows Eve started out as a Celtic Festival around 2000 years ago. This festival, called Samhain, was celebrated on the night of October 31st. Since November 1st was their new year, the Celts believed the boundary between the living and dead became weak, making it easy for spirits to visit earth.
Venom Is a Marvel Film Worth Seeing BY STEPHEN RUSSO
The first standalone movie for the Marvel anti-hero, Venom, turned out to be a box office hit over the past few weeks. But “how is it?” is the real question.
Night School Movie Review By Tyler McNeil
If you like comedy movies, Night School is the movie for you. The movie, starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and Anne Winters, runs for 1 hour and 51 minutes and was released on September 28th, 2018.
Goosebumps 2 Movie Review BY GABRIELLA CAHOONE
Halloween springs to life in the film and terrorizes the town of Wardenclyffe, New York after two boys named Sonny and Sam, while looking for junk, come across a treasure chest, holding the unfinished script of R.L Stine's book Haunted Halloween.
Are You Ready for CHS Homecoming 2018??? BY SARAH LOPES
The parade this year is on Saturday, September 29th starting at 11 am. This year the homecoming parade starts at Paine Field and leads straight to CHS.
Lack of Funding for Coventry Public Schools By Josh Bricker
These cuts could very well make Coventry schools lose NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation, making it harder for graduating students to get into college. This leaves many students and parents worried about the future.
Education for its Own Sake: Art at CHS by Margaret Johnson
The main lobby inside of the main entrance of the school sports four giant canvases which display symbolic depictions of elephants, the school’s mascot. A few steps off of the brick patterned floor and onto the linoleum down the main hallway of the school shows even more art, not even school related. Right outside of the main office is a dramatically realistic drawing of a dog’s eye. A few steps down and there’s a painting of an electric guitar, and a portrait of a teenager with a fist raised in joyful victory.
The Mystery Behind State Testing By Katelyn Ferragamo
Students and parents often believe the vague information provided about these tests, and don’t push to figure out more. But, once a student becomes frustrated with the testing process, it often sparks them to ask more questions and wonder, what is the point of these tests anyway?
How to Prepare for Student Loan Debt by Jacob Silverman
You’ve heard it before. Get good grades in high school so you can get into a good college. Get into a good college, so you can get into a good profession. It’s supposed to be a simple formula. That formula, though, has its flaws.
Addressing the Bullying Problem by Laken Messier
Bullying in any way is wrong and hurtful. We should all think before we act and we should remember that we all have someone we love and we wouldn’t want to see them bullied. Bullies are known to be weak, so let’s be strong and help each other instead of hurting each other.
Maneuvering Through the CHS Parking Lot By Kaitlyn Osberg
Lyndsey Ward, a CHS junior, and a new driver since November, said, “Yes, it is hard getting out of the parking lot because of how many people drive to school and not only that, but half of them don’t even have parking passes so it makes it 100 times harder” to get out.
Benefits of Expanding the Foreign Language Program By Hailee Reilly
With the world rapidly evolving into a cultural and linguistic melting pot, the ability to understand others should increase as well, leading many people at Coventry High School to wonder if the foreign language programs should evolve as well?
The Financial Burden of Senior Year by Courtney James
Senior year is a stressful time for students. Not only do college applications and decisions come into play, there are also countless events to participate in. When it comes to school events, students are forced to make a difficult decision: money or experiences? Many students in Coventry High School feel the need to choose some events over others due to a lack of money to pay for both.
Working and Learning By Darrien Martin
These days it is not uncommon for a student to have a part time job. With rising costs for insurance and gas, it’s becoming harder and harder for parents to pay for those things and allow their kids to focus on school. Here at CHS, a number of students have after school or weekend jobs, jobs that often lead to long shifts and less time each week for homework or studying.
The Pros and Cons of Homework by Bailey DiRaffaele
Parents, students, and teachers throughout the country have recently taken a look at the amount of homework assigned and have begun to question whether or not homework should be distributed and what is considered a good amount of work.
District Budget Cuts Cause Teacher Layoffs COMMENTARY BY SARAH LOPES
On our last day of school, students may just have to leave CHS wondering why 42 teachers are not coming back next year. 42. That is unless we can get the Town Council members to do something to help at their next meeting on June 12th. Keep your ears open for ways to help.
Kanye West, Childish Gambino and the Art of Creating a Political Dialogue BY DJ Lopes
Childish Gambino’s “This is America” has found a way to create a dialogue that Kanye was not able to replicate, and Kanye may end up seeing the harsh realities of what it’s like to be a modern contrarian in today’s politically divisive society.
CHS Students Travel to Beautiful Spain BY RITA STUBBS
The trip was a wonderful experience and would not have been the same without our amazing leader, Mrs. Macomber, and all of the other teachers who accompanied us.
Fortnite is taking over the world… and CHS BY ALLISON SHINSKEY
Fortnite. Chances are, you have heard the name. Perhaps you know that is is a popular video game. You might even play it yourself. No matter how familiar with it you are, it seems that nobody can deny that Fortnite has quickly taken the gaming world by storm, and CHS is no exception. While the game is mostly harmless fun at first glance, like many other video games, there is always the question of how addictive it is, and whether it is affecting students’ concentration in school, especially since it is available on mobile phone. To answer this, we will go over in detail what makes Fortnite so popular, and find out what both CHS students who play the game, and teachers think about this cultural phenomenon.
Helpful Tips to Prepare for Final Exams By Nathan Macomber
When preparing to study, plan out how you want to approach studying. You can make flashcards on Spanish vocab for a language final, review quizzes and tests and refresh your memory on the different formulas for the math final, and even reread the chapter on WWII for the history final.
CHS Students Visit France By Kacie Boeglin
Our first night in Paris was amazing. We left the hotel and walked alongside the Eiffel tower. Our eyes discovered the beautiful Seine River and the mystifying atmosphere. People were singing, playing guitars, rollerblading, skateboarding and having a great time with their friends.
The Hate U Give Book Review By Rob Petrarca
Have you ever wondered what racism has done to our community. What about the impact it has on the black community and the people it hurts? All of these questions are fully explored in Angie Thomas’s debut young adult novel The Hate U Give.
The CHS Music Department Visits Six Flags By Lily Mancini
The Coventry High School jazz band and chorus recently participated in the Music in the Parks Music Festival on April 27, 2018. The performances were held at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, Massachusetts while the ceremony was held at Sixth Flags in Agawam, Massachusetts. After performing, students from the schools spent the day at Six Flags Amusement Park awaiting the awards ceremony.
AP Classes Offer Opportunities at CHS By Allie Shinskey
Advanced Placement courses at CHS are becoming more popular, especially this year with many more being added. According to students and teachers, taking these courses are worth it for the right people.
AN INSIDER’S LOOK INTO THE SPRING PLAY: CHECK OUT NEIGHBORHOOD 3 By AUDREY BUFFI
Three reasons to go see “Neighborhood 3”, which will be performed at Coventry High School on March 8, 9, and 10, at 7:30 p.m.:
The play serves as “an eye-opener for kids and teens” to see an alternate perspective of the technology debate.
Not only is the play relatable for kids, “but parents can also relate to the parents in the show as well.”
“It will make audiences laugh, it will freak people out, and it will remind them of themselves in a lot of ways.”
COVENTRY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADOPTS A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN By AUDREY BUFFI
On February 12th, members from Coventry Public Schools presented the details of a strategic plan for the district - a process which has been ongoing since the spring of 2017. The strategic plan is a three-year framework for the school district which members of the community worked together to develop. Over 40 participants, including parents, teachers, principals, students, and staff exchanged ideas and feedback. Those ideas were drafted into a comprehensive plan by members of the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity.
According to Craig Levis, superintendent of Coventry schools, the plan “isn’t meant to be a linear rulebook”, but rather “a guide to shape the curriculum for the future.”
SOCIAL MEDIA: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY By ROB PETRARCA
While the world sits and watches social media make its mark on society, we must remember that no matter what we say or do in the moment, “Things can live forever in cyberspace … “.
HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT AND WELCOME THE WORLD INTO YOUR HOME By NATHAN MACOMBER
“You will never be completely at home again because part of your heart will always be somewhere else. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place” ~ Unknown
Tired of wondering what could happen to our world one day when technology becomes a part of our constant need? This puzzling question can now be explored by reading The Circle by Dave Eggers.
WHY IS THE DAY OF LOVE SO HATED? By LILY MANCINI
It seems as any person you meet has different emotions about Valentines Day. Whether they think it’s stupid, a great way to celebrate a love, or too commercialized, the controversial holiday remains unsettled. Many will complain of sadness from looking at couples, or think it’s pointless as it is only one day. As everyone has a different idea, Valentine's day has a variety of origins and meanings worth exploring.
Addressing the Dress Code by Nathalie Fortier
The dress code states that it prohibits clothing that could “distract other students or teachers” or “disrupt the educational process”. Many of the items prohibited, such as too-short shorts or shirts with spaghetti straps, do not seem terribly distracting or disruptive. They do, however, seem directed toward girls. As a society, should we really be teaching impressionable young women that their bodies are distractions?
New Cell Phone Laws are Headed to Rhode Island by Maia Rinker
In Rhode Island, new cell phone laws for distracted driving will be in effect June 1, 2018 due to the high rate of fatalities and accidents connected to cell phone use. This new law includes talking on the phone and driving, unless emergency personnel is needed.
Dealing with the Problem of Vaping at CHS by Sierra Ricci
Doctors and scientists are concerned with vaping because of the growing numbers in data suggesting that vape pens and e-cigarettes are not good for your body. They are also concerned because teenagers don’t care about the effects.
Music Genre Spotlight By Kaicie Boeglin
Characteristics of deathcore can be blast beats, down tuned guitars, growled lyrics, breakdowns and then metal riffs and tuning. Low growls and deep shrieks may not be every listeners perfect tune, but these vocalists deserve some credit. It takes talent and practice to be able to control your vocal cords in such a way that one would be able to manipulate their voice in varying octaves.
Battling the Bullying Problem by Joshua Tavares
Every day more students are affected by bullying. Intervening in bullying and not just being a bystander can help the cause drastically. What will you do to bring this to an end? Will you just watch as this problem never gets better, or do something about it and make a difference? Be brave just like Hunter Canis and others who will make the world a better and kinder place.
Music and the Brain: How Musical Training Can Help One’s Learning Abilities By Lily Mancini
Coordination and auditory discrimination skills can be increased through playing an instrument. Music requires many factors to play one note, including hand eye coordination to the instrument, reading the sheet swiftly and correctly, hearing what the note sounds like and should sound like in pitch and tone to the rest of the band, and being able to change that sound through the mouth or hand in exact timing. Over time, this builds tremendous reading and listening skills as well as coordination.
Why Don’t We See Teens Reading As Much as We used to? By McKenzie Murphy
“It’s very likely that teenagers, attached to screens of one sort or another, read more words than they ever have in the past. But they often read scraps, excerpts, articles, parts of articles, messages, pieces of information from everywhere and from nowhere,” Denby writes.
CHS Hockey Team’s Improvement By Dylan Williams
When asked how the team has improved from last year to this year, Kyle W. said, “we didn’t lose anybody, we got stronger, and the team’s chemistry has improved greatly.” The team chemistry improvement can be seen by watching the passing this year compared to last and the assist totals are far greater than of last years at the midpoint of the season. When watching the team you can see a different competitive energy and drive to win it all that you couldn’t see much of last year.
Why Do People Believe in Groundhog Day? By Sydney Taylor
The idea of the phenomenon comes from German settlers in the 1700s when they brought a tradition known as “Candlemas Day”. If the sun came out on February 2nd (halfway between winter and spring) it meant 6 more weeks of winter were coming.
Mr. Hobin Spreads Oaker Pride in China By Allie Shinksey
“You can communicate over email easily, but to look a person in the eye was important to do,” Hobin says. “These parents want to meet the principal who their child may go to school with thousands of miles away. You don’t realize that until you get there.”
CHECKING IN WITH OUR PAL LUCIAN BY KYLE DANTE
If you ask most CHS students, they will likely tell you that Mr. Joseph Lucian was one of the absolute best assistant principals. Recently, I was lucky enough to interview Mr. Lucian for old times sake and to get the update on his new experiences.
CHS’s Own Mrs. Hopkins Wins an “Oscar of Teaching” BY RITA STUBBS
For those unaware, Mrs. Hopkins recently won the Milken Award, also known as the “Oscars of Education”. Even through a brief conversation, her passion and love for teaching were very obvious, showing how deserving she is of this award. This award is presented to teachers across America every year, and Mrs. Hopkins was the only teacher from Rhode Island to be chosen this year. This is quite an honor as the recipient of the award not only becomes part of the Milken family, but also receives a prize of $25,000.
Winter Ball: Fun Times with Great Friends By Sydney Taylor
The venue was beautifully decorated with garland and red bows hanging from the ceiling to celebrate the beginning of Christmas cheer. The beauty was simply wonderful! When you first entered the building, a large Poinsettia tree took up the center of the room and it had a great wow factor. It also provided a great photo op.
Varsity Revue 2017 Was a Safari Adventure By Sarah Lopes
This year’s show had two amazing emcees. Lauren Hart and Viviana Ruggieri led the show with amazing impressions, funny bits, and surprising props. Some of the bits included a personally choreographed cheer, as well as band props that included a live hedgehog named Ernie.
Livin’ Like a Local Part 2 By Kaicie Boeglin
This column is about exploring new music and finding new expressions that you believe bring out the true you. Maybe you agree with some words. Maybe you get down with some beats. Either way, let's select something new that gets us on our feet.
A Very Merry Dickens Christmas By Rob Petrarca
This new holiday film is a splendid, spectacular salute to Charles Dickens. The story shows how he has impacted our lives and changed the way we celebrate Christmas today.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: Coventry Oaker Edition By Rob Petrarca
Attention! Attention! Due to recent complaints of a lack of an original Christmas song for the Oaker community, Entry journalist, Robert Petrarca, proudly presents a cheap, low budget version of the 12 Days of Christmas edited for Coventry High School. For today only, follow the greatest song with a twist of holiday comedy about the Oaker community.
The Top Five Films of Christmas By Rob Petrarca
Every holiday season there are movies that are either touching or humorous. Here are the five best holiday films to watch before the holiday season comes to an end.
CHS in the Spirit of Giving BY ALEX LANSBERRY
It’s that time of year again, everyone is running around trying to find the perfect gift. In all the hustle is can be easy to forget the most important thing about the holidays, giving back to others. Lucky for students at CHS there are a number of ways that we can give to the needy this year
Welcome to the CHS Administrative Team By Allie Shinskey
Whether they are new to the school or new to their position, all three say that they are willing to help make a difference in the lives of students at CHS. “For me, it’s all about connecting students to what they are learning. I am working hard on getting to know everyone, and building relationships and trust,” Mr. Chace says.
The Heathers are Coming! By Rita Stubbs
"Because the musical satirizes the characters and events of high school life, Heathers is a glorious example of what not to do, and maybe a production should be required in every single high school across the country. Perhaps now more than ever before, we need lessons on how to treat people better everywhere!”
The 2017 Hunt at CHS By Rita Stubbs
On October 28th, Coventry High School held the Hunt, an annual event that all upperclassmen love. This event consists of a costume parade, scavenger hunt, and then pizza and sundaes.
French Exchange Students Enjoy Visit to CHS By Audrey Buffi
Sarah Mazer commented that although it was difficult for her to fit in another school system than the one she was used to, the students, teachers, and families of CHS are “very welcoming people” and that it’s “wonderful to discover another culture and way of life.”
HOW TO WRITE YOUR DREAM INTO REALITY BY DANIEL LOPES
At first, I was apprehensive about writing for the school newspaper. I mean, writing was something I did to make sure I didn’t fail. Once I realized I was writing for an audience of readers, I started actually enjoying writing articles. I wrote about movies, music, sports, anything I could watch, listen to, or get my hands on. I was hooked on journalism to the point where the words just flowed from my hands onto the computer screen. As hard as writing can be, it felt relatively effortless to fill the paper with all of the thoughts that populate my mind. My Word documents became my haven, a mental space where I could go when I was inspired, curious, or anxious.
WE’RE ALL DOING THE BEST WE CAN: REFLECTIONS ON THE VIRTUES OF BEING DIFFERENT BY MARGARET JOHNSON
They didn’t like reading. They didn’t go to church. They didn’t like to learn. But they were impressive and bold and funny in their own ways, and they had a good time. I made some really good friends, and I started to understand that their difference from me didn’t make them inferior to me. They were people, and we were all just doing the best we could to make it through the school day.
HOW YOU CAN SHOW KINDNESS TO THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY (Commentary) BY JENNA FARBER
Between middle school and high school, students begin to discover who we are and become comfortable with our identities. Be prepared if someone close to you is to ever come out to you, welcome them with love and understanding as they embrace who they are. If they are coming out to you, know that means they have a large amount of trust in you and a negative reaction could make them hesitant to come out in the future.
Livin’ like a Local: New Bands to Check Out BY Kaicie Boeglin
All acts start somewhere and develop into something bigger. Through a long and hard working journey, musical artists gain a fanbase and it can take anywhere from a couple months to years in the local scene before a band goes anywhere big. The following are local bands that have unique sounds and travel close enough to home, in the hopes that you will come experience and enjoy their passion.
Ten Under $20 Fall/Holiday Activities By Lily Mancini
Although summer has come to an end, fall brings on a whole new kind of fun. Colorful foliage, changing weather, and the sweet smell of pumpkin will always be sure to heighten spirits. Here are ten events and activities you can do from early November to Christmas (or year-round) for under 20 dollars!
The Perks of a Great Read! By Rob Petrarca
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is the best book that I have ever read because the story provides us with the message that in life it is okay to stand out in the crowd and be different from everyone else.
SENIOR SUPPER 2017: Making Memories to Last a Lifetime BY CAITLYN NICHOLS
After hours of entertainment, the senior class congregated on the dance floor and continued to dance the night away to our favorite songs. In that moment, I realized Dr. Seuss has perfectly described my sentiments with words when he said, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
THE TEACHER WHO CHANGED MY LIFE BY KYLE DANTE
Throughout Coventry High School, I’ve considered Mr. Wilkinson an inspiration to my overall growth as a person. When I first met him, I felt terrified and wanted to make a good impression; while drama was a hobby, I didn’t think much of it originally. However, the decision to learn under his wing proved to be my finest decision. He’s looked out for me like an extra parental figure due to whenever I’ve felt down and has given me advice to persevere. From the three years of knowing him, drama itself has been representative of reality itself: there’s a start, middle, end, goals, and obstacles on a journey through life. As a result of meeting him as an individual and having him as a teacher, Mr. Mychael Wilkinson is my favorite teacher for his contributions to the fine arts committee and heart shown to me during a rather tumultuous time.
Debating School Start Times By Grace Childress
School hours can affect our biological clocks, which can make learning hard for students and affect their mood negatively. Teenagers are the most likely to suffer from sleep deprivation. The recommended amount of sleep is nine and a half hours, while teens on average get about seven.
The Mind: An Athlete’s Greatest Strength or their Greatest Weakness? By DJ Lopes
10-time MLB champion Yogi Berra once famously said, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.” While his math may be off, his point is tried and true. In baseball, a sport that is slow-moving and strategic, a good mindset is the key to success. However, a bad mindset can mean failure.
Junior/Senior Prom Was a Night to Remember BY SYDNEY TAYLOR
Junior/Senior Prom Was a Night to Remember BY SYDNEY TAYLOR On the night of May 5th, the classes of 2017 and 2018 came together for a night of celebration at the junior/senior ball. Held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, the event began at 6:30 pm. Within the venue there was a photo booth […]
SINE WAVE MURAL PROJECT: WHERE MATH MEETS ART BY RITA STUBBS
Many students are excited about this idea, and eager to involve other classes. Not only is this project great for students who are more hands on, but it also keeps the information regarding sine waves fresh in our minds.
Young Adult Literature Class Is a Space for Student Choice BY RITA STUBBS
In her class, students pick which book they want to read. Then, they are given fun assignments to do which correlate with the book. In addition, there is much discussion of texts in class.
Should Golf Become a Fall Sport? By Jacob Martin
“My game really started to pick up towards the end of the season because I had been able to practice more and the course was in better shape,” said Nick Wallbank when asked why players scores tend to get better as the season progresses.
Lack of inclusion for LGBTQ+ Youth By Sophia Smerkar
LGBTQ+ students are often denied a privilege to common sex education that many of their straight peers experience. This often enforces heteronormativity and homophobia in public schooling.
The Link Between Student Athletes and Their Grades By Michele Picozzi
While there is no comprehensive data to compare student athletes’ grades to those of their non-athlete peers, it is clear that the difference really comes down to personal drive, determination, and ability to organize and balance. If the student doesn’t balance their schedule and make enough time for school, then they are most likely in a bad place.
What Does it Mean to be a Senior? By Allie Shinskey
In just a few short months, the current juniors will be walking back into CHS as seniors themselves. As a result, many of them are questioning what it will be like to be a senior, and some, like Mariah Rietzel, believe they may have a good idea. “To me, being a senior means maturity and responsibility,” she says. “It’s the year you finally turn eighteen, and it’s all about learning to be an adult.”
NEHSJC: Opportunities for Hopeful Journalists By DJ Lopes
This year, 16 students were selected, from multiple places in New England, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Their talents range from illustrations, to writing, to photo and broadcast journalism. Luckily enough, I can call myself one of these 16 members.
Ten Things to Do This Summer BY Sarah Lopes
Ten Things to Do This Summer BY Sarah Lopes We have worked hard this year and are getting ready for some downtime. Here are some great ideas to make the most of our summer days. Check them out! Sleep We all know it has been a long year and sleeping was not a part […]
SENIORS LIP SYNC WIN A PRECURSOR TO SPIRIT WEEK DOMINANCE? By Rita Stubbs
SENIORS LIP SYNC WIN A PRECURSOR TO SPIRIT WEEK DOMINANCE? By Rita Stubbs Instead of being held during Spirit Week, Lip Sync 2017 was instead held on February 17th. In between each classes’ performance, mini games were played. These not only created some more competition between each class, but were lots of fun. The acts […]
Spirit Week 2017: A Preview By Allie Shinskey
Spirit week may have a few more changes to it than recent years, but what has not changed is just how much students, and even the school clubs this year, are waiting in anticipation.
CHS Students Join the Berklee Jazz Festival By Audrey Buffi
The festival, held in Boston, Massachusetts, was hosted by the Berklee College of Music. Over 200 high school jazz groups participated in the event, coming from states across the country as well as from Puerto Rico. Representing CHS were seniors Gage Blanchflower, Tom Corey, Tristan Ethier, and Tyler Ferrara; junior Julia D’Antico; and sophomores Greyson Ramsay and Max Riley.
Unified Theater at CHS By Sophia Smerkar
Unified Theater is a program that promotes leadership, creativity, and teamwork by letting students lead and design the show.
Two-O’Clock Tea By Brenna Griswold
There I sat, completely still in the cool and thick darkness. I could hear the kettle beginning to cry out, as if in pain from the boiling water within it. Shortly she would return, as it was growing near to two-o’clock, to choose her tea and pour the water. It wasn’t an unpleasant thing to experience, but it wasn’t something I looked forward to.
CHECK OUT CHANCE THE RAPPER’s COLORING BOOK BY DJ Lopes
This album is an excellent showcase for the Chicago born rapper, and the Grammys, in my opinion, are very well deserved. If you haven’t already listened, I highly suggest it. If you have listened and didn’t like it, I implore you to give it another, closer listen, and really get to appreciate the ins and outs of the album. If you have listened and loved it, much like me, why not give it another listen or 100? It’s definitely worth it for any fan of rap to listen to and even for those who aren’t fans to give it a try.
CHECK OUT WCVY, CHS’s PUBLIC RADIO STATION BY Alexander Lansberry
Are you tired of the same five songs being played to death on the radio? Or are you tired of feeling like the radio host just doesn’t want to play the songs you like? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should check out CHS's student-run radio station. Rita Stubbs and Dan Lopes run the station,WCVY, on Mondays from 2-5 pm, broadcasting on 91.5.
DOES THE NBA FORCE PLAYERS TO CHOOSE $$$ OVER EDUCATION? By DJ Lopes
Even in cases of college athletes, many don’t care much for their education, rather looking forward to their future in sports. According to the official NCAA website, the absolute minimum GPA required to stay on the team is 1.8 (on a 4.0 scale). In the case of number one pick in the 2016 NBA draft, Ben Simmons, he outright stopped attending classes as the NCAA season started. He showed no real love to anybody at his college, LSU, and claimed to keep no friends at the college. In fact, the only reason he attended LSU was because his godfather was an assistant coach, who now no longer works for LSU, with Simmons in the NBA.
THE AMAZING PATRIOTS COMEBACK INSPIRED CHS FANS By Jacob Martin
“I almost cried tears of joy when the Patriots scored the winning touchdown! That was easily one of the best days of my life!” said one CHS student while another stated that he was not a Patriots fan yet “It was a great comeback. Even though I am not a Patriots fan, it still was one of the most entertaining.”
CHS Junior Abigail Desrosiers to Sing at Carnegie Hall BY Sarah Lopes
A 17th birthday isn't the biggest birthday you will ever have, but, for local junior Abigail Desrosiers, hers will be one to remember. On Sunday, February 5th Abigail will be performing with the Honors Women Choir at Carnegie Hall.Talk about an amazing birthday present! Performing at Carneige Hall is a once in a lifetime achievement and we are all proud that someone from CHS gets to experience it.
Crocheting for a Cause By Sienna McCulley Artwork By Amanda Mulvey
“Stitch It Up” was organized to teach students to crochet, knit, and/or loom, and has encouraged them to create hats and scarves to benefit community members in need.
Quebec Through the Eyes of Two CHS Juniors By Rita Stubbs
In the month of November about forty students and three teachers got to experience what one would say was an “an experience of a lifetime”
The Moment You Know You’re a Grown Up BY Kathryn Sutton
My simple six hour shift was absolutely miserable, though I felt mentally better than I had in awhile. I felt as though I had accomplished something bigger than fighting an illness. I didn’t take the easy, immature way out, and I had accepted my inevitable transformation into adulthood.
I Have Finally Accepted that Different Is Good BY Gillian Contillo
I am very blessed for the life I have and I feel that, without the family situation I have right now, I would be a completely different person. I didn’t understand as a child why my family had to be different but everything worked out for the best in the end. “It’s what was meant to be”. This life lesson will carry on into my future, reminding me to become the best version of myself without the fear of judgment by others as I travel along my own open journey through life.
Get Knocked Down, Get Back Up BY Cole Ferguson
Looking back on it, everything happens for a reason. In my case, my failure making the basketball team made me that much more hungry to succeed. It taught me to never give up and to always turn the negative things in life into positives. I pushed myself to a new level, one where anything is possible, and my potential feels limitless. Making the freshman team wasn’t such a bad thing after all. After taking a shot to my pride and being a bit jealous of my twin brother, I learned that I am strong enough to keep going when the going gets tougher.
Great Teen Gift Ideas BY Matthew Lansberry
This list is short but great for those who have run out of ideas or for those who need cheaper gifts for the people they care about.
Donald Trump’s Presidency Could Affect CHS Policies By Allie Shinskey
There are more than two factors to consider when running a vast country, and one of them includes education. How will Trump’s views on education and his pick for secretary of education affect Coventry High School in the near future?
The Spirit of Giving Is Alive and Well at CHS BY Ricky Leonard
From those CHS students polled on the various giving initiatives, all seem united in feeling pride in the idea of helping the community. CHS students feel like it is not just an attempt to make the school look good, people are giving on their own and from the heart.
A Tribe Called Quest: Remembering Phife Dawg and “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” By DJ Lopes
The album is a perfect tribute to the “5 foot 3 assassin” himself, and I’m sure if Phife were here, he would be very proud of the job the group has done this year.
Top TEN Favorite Hip Hop Albums BY DJ Lopes
From early years in my life, being introduced to groups like Run-DMC and De La Soul to now, I’ve been a huge hip hop fan, and it’s helped shape me into who I am today. I love a great beat with some clever lyrics thrown into the mix. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at my top 10 favorite hip albums of all time. (Disclaimer: most of these albums contain explicit content. If that’s not your kind of thing, I’d suggest trying to find a clean version)
10 Holiday Recipe Ideas for the Upcoming Season By Sydney Taylor
For those who like to bake, there are a number of delicious options for creating holiday pastries and desserts.
CHS Students Reflect on the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade BY Sydney Taylor
Although new to some, a plethora of students watch the Thanksgiving parade as a kick off to the festivities every year. For example, Cassie Capezza, said she used to watch it all the time when she was little with her family, and although some may have grown out of the habit, she still certainly enjoys getting to see what is to come from time to time. Whereas in other cases, such as Maddy Catlow’s, she continues to watch it year after year as a tradition on Thanksgiving Day.
Homecoming Tailgate a Success BY Rita Stubbs
The Homecoming Parade is an event that everyone in the school has the opportunity to participate in. Usually, the parade is held the Saturday of the Homecoming Dance. This year that was not the case due to lots
Jason Hoskins is on a Mission by Sienna McCulley
Jason Hoskins, a 17 year old senior at Coventry High School, is spending the week of October 22-29 in the Dominican Republic with an incredible cause. The Entry was fortunate enough to speak with Jason about his mission, and learn some eye-opening facts about his trip.
The Hunt was ON! By Allie Shinskey
On Saturday, October 29 from 5:00 to 9:30 pm, Coventry High School hosted The Hunt for the juniors and seniors as a way to celebrate Halloween. The big winners this year were team "Musketeers." Best costume props went to the "Laundry" team.
Joe Lachance’s Eagle Project Soles4Souls By Ruby Nguyen
Joe has made a difference in many people's lives and he “surely hopes to continue working to better this world.” Joe is a true inspiration and the entire CHS community should commend him for his good work.
Avenue Q Comes to CHS By Sienna McCulley
Avenue Q explores the social issues of today’s world, including racism, homosexuality, relationships, and finding one’s purpose, as it follows a whimsical cast of characters through their lives in New York. While many of the primary characters are portrayed as Sesame Street style puppets, the roles of Brian and Christmas Eve, played by Ray Thibeault and Hannah Lanoue, are the only “humans” in the entire play.
Get in the Fall Spirit BY Sydney Taylor
Get in the Fall Spirit BY Sydney Taylor Although Rhode Island’s weather can be a bit unpredictable, fall has officially arrived and is in full swing. So, if you are a fan of the changing leaves, autumn festivities, and spooky halloween adventures then you have come to the right place. Here The Entry offers […]
An Evening Around the World: 2016 Homecoming Dance BY Autumn Messier
Most students who attended the dance seemed to have a great time. Alaina Furtado said, “The decorations were really cool and I had a fun time!”
Turning a Nightmare into a Dream BY Tarah Dawley
We have a motto at my high school that, for me, rings true. Ad astra per aspera is the latin saying meaning, “To the stars through difficulty.” My experience as a loved one to a cancer patient has taught me how truthful this saying actually is. It has taught me that every second spent breathing is a blessing, and should be used to follow my true passions. Without the nightmare of my mother becoming sick, I would never have been able to discover the enthusiasm that I have for medicine, or the excitement I feel at the prospect of helping others.
Life Lessons of a CHS Surfer BY Kaylen Grossi
After confronting my fear, the ocean now welcomes me regularly with open arms. Surfing has defined me as an individual in ways I never could have imagined, leaving me with the continual desire to be thrilled for life. The ocean is a teacher of patience, courage, and persistence, all traits which I wish to reflect when working in a hospital as a nurse in the future.
Check Out These Scary Halloween Movies! By Charles Leonard
The month of October is known for many great activities such as pumpkin and apple picking, corn mazes, and, of course, Halloween events. CHS students seeking entertainment during this season by way of horror movies may want to view some classics. What are your top Halloween movies? Here are some fan faves to consider adding to your Halloween flick lineup.
Is There Equity in the CHS Sports Program for Girls AND Boys? By Audrey Buffi
If there is no equivalent girls’ team, a girl may join the boys’ team in a sport. Football, for example, is a co-ed sport at the high school, although Hobin said it’s uncommon for a girl to join the football team.
From Mr. Pendola I Learned that Attitude Is Everything BY Jacob Laurence
Without Mr. Pendola’s timely guidance and motivation as I entered high school, I would not have made the decisions that I made to succeed. With the help of this educator, I am now able to look at my past mistakes, and use them to make better decisions in my future. The key is not to dwell on the past, but to focus on the present, always putting my best effort forward and keeping the future constantly in mind. Changing my attitude has changed my life, marking my transition from childhood to adulthood.
No Longer Stuck between Two Cultures BY Victoria Kaplun
As a child, I often felt stuck between two cultures. Growing up the daughter of immigrants encompassed more than putting up with some mispronounced, accent-riddled words at parent-teacher conferences. I didn’t know the words to common nursery rhymes like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and I didn’t recognize many young children’s books like Goodnight Moon. I didn’t wear the same clothing brands, and my lunches didn’t consist of the typical peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In my earliest years, I felt behind and confused, feelings I didn’t enjoy. I knew I could do better, so I strived to excel. I pushed myself to learn the alphabet before the teacher even taught it to us.
Remembering Jose Fernandez BY Daniel Lopes
José was a ball of energy, always running around and smiling and celebrating emphatically. He was a greatly respectful man, with Mets manager Terry Collins commending him for his treatment of staff and other players. He was a well loved player by almost everyone that met him, and respected by many.
“The Sky’s the Limit for CHS Graduates” BY Caitlin Nichols
Although the 2016 graduates will be attending prestigious colleges around the country and some studying abroad, the class of 2016 as well as the underclassmen share a familiar home: Coventry High School.
Oakers Unified Win State Championship By McKenzie Haynes
Led by Coach McKanna the Unified Basketball team successfully completed their campaign for a perfect season, defeating Hope High School on a neutral floor at LaSalle Academy to win the RIIL DI Unified Basketball Championship
CHS Drama’s “The Face Is the Place” Wins RI Drama Festival BY Rita Stubbs
As CHS Drama performs this week at the New England Exposition as the RI delegate, the ENTRY took a few moments to speak to Mr. Wilkinson, CHS drama "sensei" and director of "The Face Is the Place."
CHS Graduation Rate is Up BY Alison Shinskey
Getting a 100 percent graduation rate has quickly become a national goal, with people seeing it as perhaps the key to being able to compete with other nations throughout the world.
Top Ten Sports Moments of ALL TIME BY Daniel Lopes
TOP TEN SPORTS MOMENTS OF ALL TIME BY Daniel Lopes For my whole life, I’ve been an immensely big sports fan. My main love has always and will always be baseball, but I’ve found plenty of enjoyment in watching any sport. And there have been moments that no matter how many times I watch or […]
Why I Am Not Interested in Going to China Anytime Soon BY Jordan Brochu
As Americans, I'm sure we’ve all heard something bad or different about China before, but, in my English class while reading Orwell’s Animal Farm, I’ve learned some new, interesting, and quite disturbing facts about what is going on in China currently. The main thing I learned is that China is restricting many internet websites from their people using a “great firewall.”
Best Buddies Ball Was a Blast BY McKenzie Haynes
The room was fun filled with upbeat music, positive vibes and a photo booth that kept people smiling and laughing for hours. Members from the Best Buddies programs across Rhode Island attended the ball.
The SAT Test Has a New Look BY Alexander Marr
If you haven’t already taken the test, it’s about time for you juniors and seniors to start thinking about the SAT. We all know the feelings of anxiety you get just thinking about tests, but fortunately, there is a bright side to the new SAT.
Meet Mr. Levis, Coventry’s New Superintendent BY Rita Stubbs
Mr. Craig Levis is the new Assistant Superintendent of the Coventry School System, and I was recently given the privilege of meeting with him to discuss his goals for our district and most importantly our high school.
CHS Burpees for the Brave Event Raises $5165 for Intrepid Heroes BY Shivani Mulahoo
BY SHIVANI MULAHOO Students, teachers, coaches, veterans and friends rose to the challenge — the Burpees for the Brave challenge, which took place in December at CHS in an effort to raise funds for the Intrepid Heroes Fund which helps injured veterans. The event was organized by Mr. McKanna, a CHS PE teacher, who […]
Students are Putting down Books and Picking up Tablets BY Audrey Buffi
Technology seems to be gradually replacing the popularity of reading among young adults. Moreover, reading between the lines shows that students are losing the ability to read between the lines.
Students Work Together to Beautify the Library
The eye-catching panels, which were constructed and designed from October through December of 2015, were a labor of love for students from the art and technology departments.
PARCC Test Scores Raise Concerns
Along with students across the country, students at Coventry High School received concerning test scores on the PARCC exams after scores were released this past December. Most students turned out to be almost meeting or below the standard, and many students complained that the test was extremely difficult.
GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE: A CONVERSATION WITH HANNAH CURRAN
This club was created to promote healthy relationships between the straight members of Coventry High School and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ+). So far, the club has created unity between everyone who comes to the meetings.
Primal Need for Teen Health
After a year of attending Primal, I had a revelation. I was no longer the meek, self-conscious person with slumped shoulders who stepped into Primal that destined June evening. I had grown into something akin to the majestic mammoth. I possessed incredible strength. Strength to persist, strength to dig deep, strength to be positive in trying times, and even strength to squat two hundred pounds.
Class of 2018 Student Commits to Towson University in Sophomore Year
Jess DaBreo took just over a month to make the decision to commit. She is chasing after her D1 dream and making it a reality. Many may believe it is too early to make such a life long decision, but Jess knows what she wants and is going to chase it.
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- MAJ P. on The Healthy Benefits of Music that is Surely “Pop” for the Soul! BY Samuel Hiers
- MAJ P. on Planning for a Life in the U.S. Military BY Matthew Capwell
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Fashion Through The Years By Isabella Carlow
When you think about it, clothes are a big part of everyone's life; I mean, you wear clothes every day. Throughout the years, this fact stays the same, yet the style of clothes and what is fashionable during different times is constantly changing.