We are extremely proud of senior Rachel Brooks' unbelievable accomplishment of having a paper accepted for publication in the prestigious medical journal, Rheumatology!
She explains, "In October, my research abstract was featured as a poster presentation at the international Ehlers-Danlos Society ECHO Virtual Scientific Summit for Medical Professionals. . . . Recently I received notification that my paper, titled “Prevalence of Gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular, Autonomic, and Allergic Manifestations in Hospitalized Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome,” has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed medical journal Rheumatology. Published by Oxford University Press, Rheumatology is one of two official journals of the British Society for Rheumatology. I am the first author of the research paper, as well as corresponding author."
Science Department Chair Dr. Dan Cote writes, "It is hard for me to overstate the magnitude of Rachel's accomplishments related to work that began as part of her junior science fair project. The acceptance of the work of a high school student into these prestigious journals is virtually unheard of. Many would have set aside their projects after the science fair was complete. But Rachel has persevered, continued her research, made important contacts with fellow researchers, and achieved a very high level of visibility for her important work. I look forward to hearing about the fantastic work that I am sure Rachel will do in college and career. I am sure the entire CHS community joins me in congratulating Rachel on a job well done."
December 7, 2020
Dear CHS Community,
I hope you all have been well! This past weekend, 19 CHS students (Matthew Agate; Alexandra Angelini; Caleb Augustin; Aidan Bradley; Kathleen Bryan; Paulo Dos Santos; Jeremiah Harrington; William Kneen; Marcos Lopez; Lauren Marshall; Nathan Nagel; Adam Opp; Sam Palomba; Jesiah Reinmund; Isabela Reyes; James Sikora; Gabriel Silva; Raines Smith; Claire Snyder) attended this year's Yale Model Congress conference and spent a combined 23 hours alongside 450 students from 32 high schools across the country introducing bills, making speeches, writing amendments, caucusing, and learning from each other.
This year's YMC was held completely online and all conference activities were conducted over Zoom. For an extracurricular activity like MC that holds so much of its appeal in its overnight trips and opportunities to travel, it was quite moving to see so many CHS students choosing to engage this weekend in what initially felt like a "stripped down" version of MC. Those taking a cursory glance of our students taking conference calls from home this weekend for an average of eight hours a day while dressed in western business attire might think that our kids signed up for four days of work.
In many ways, YMC was exactly that: work -- that which mirrors the weightiness and magnitude of the real-life, nation-shaping work that congresspeople on Capitol Hill are engaged in right now. This weekend, our students decided to engage in that work. It is true that at Model Congress, the legislation is hypothetical and the roles are a fancier version of playing pretend. However, the debates and the human connections made are real in every way, and I am so proud of our students for seeing the value in that and choosing to put their 100% into this weekend.
YMC 2020 was highly competitive this year. Congratulations to Adam Opp '21 (and MC co-president) who was an awarded an Honorable Mention in the Blue House Full Session. Well done!
Lastly, in the absence of the (literally hundreds of) photos that are typically taken at every conference, CHS students recorded a vlog documenting their time at YMC this year. As I'm working on editing the final cut of this vlog together (will be made available for viewing after December 20th, once I'm done with finals!), I can't overstate how special it is to see how our students truly thought of YMC as something they experienced together, despite being physically apart. It shows that unity and community are written into the identity of our school; that challenging, transformative events like Model Congress conferences still retain their impact in the age of distance learning so long as students continue to reach out to each other.
Again, congratulations to the 19 students who participated in Yale Model Congress this year and represented our school with pride and honor. 15 students will be headed to Harvard Model Congress (which will also be held virtually) this coming February. As preparations for HMC begin this month, please continue to keep these extraordinary young people in your prayers during this season.
Turkey Drive Update - Thank You CHS!
Virtual Turkey Results
Lower School Winner: Grade 2
Middle School Winner: Grade 6
High School Winner: Grade 12
277 Turkeys Donated, for a Total of $5,543
That’s $2,543 More Than Our Goal!
Goal Set Upper School:$1,500; Raised $2,155
Goal Set Lower School:$1,500; Raised $3,388
Total Goal Exceeded By: $2,543
Number of Virtual Turkeys purchased: 277
Most generous award: CHS Parents!
TEDxChristianHeritageSchool LIVESTREAM EVENT
Join us on Monday, November 2, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for TEDxChristianHeritageSchool, an independently organized TED event. The theme of our livestream event is “Impact IlluminaTED”:
Too often we are blind to what is happening in the world and even in our own communities. When we recognize how others are transforming ideas into influential action, we begin to alter our own perceptions. New avenues are exposed in service, innovation, creative endeavors, and elsewhere. Gaps between disparities are bridged. Barriers are broken. Voices are heard. An impact illuminated forces us to consider how others are defying boundaries, and how we can make a difference ourselves.
The goal in hosting this event is to create community conversations whose influence spreads locally but whose ideas are also globally applicable.
Former CHS Athletes talking about CHS and our Athletic program.