“Untold Stories Of Pearl Harbor”

Franklin Roosevelt described it as “a date which will live in infamy”…but there’s still a great deal about Pearl Harbor that isn’t widely known.

Chapel Hill High School history teacher and author Bill Melega is giving a free lecture on “The Untold Stories of Pearl Harbor” Saturday, January 23, from 10:30 am to noon at the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill. Melega will share personal stories of survivors, talk about the events leading up to the attack, and answer frequently asked questions.

Bill Melega (and Sondra Komada of the SECU Family House) spoke this week with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


Melega is the author of “Bringing the Great War Home, Volume IV,” part of a series on World War I, as well as an SAT review book for Barron’s Publishing. He’s also been widely recognized for his teaching skills: he was CHHS Teacher of the Year in 2007-08, and in 2010 he was named the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Teacher of the Year.

The lecture is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Sondra Komada: sondra@secufamilyhouse.org.

Located at 123 Old Mason Farm Road, the SECU Family House provides low-cost housing for patients at UNC Hospitals, as well as their families.


CHHS Selects New Volleyball Coach

Chapel Hill High School has selected 20-year college volleyball veteran, Jody Brown to replace North Carolina’s winningest high school volleyball coach, Sherry Norris.

Brown coached at Florida Atlantic University for 18 years, during which he received A-Sun Coach of the Year honors, Brown and his family moved to Chapel Hill, when his wife, Michelle, was hired as UNC’s Director of the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes.

Following the successful legacy of Norris, Brown has now been brought on and says he is confident about the atmosphere of entering into the volleyball program.

“When somebody does something right, going into their gym is a little bit easier,” says Brown. “They have things in place; they have a winning attitude; they have a winning spirit with the school.”

Brown also says he admires Norris and the impact that she has left on the program and the athletes.

“I have such great deal of respect for what she has done here, and so do the athletes, and so do the parents,” says Brown. “I am just in support to be a part of that.”

Brown says that desires to keep the passion for volleyball alive in these athletes long after their high school careers.

“My ultimate goal is to get these kids to fall in love with volleyball,” says Brown, “so that they keep playing it until they are 60, 70 years old.”

***Listen to the full interview with Brown***


Recent CHHS Grad Hit And Killed Tuesday Night

CHAPEL HILL- Authorities have released the name of the man killed by a car when walking along Bethel-Hickory Grove Church Road on Tuesday night.

Greg Powell was 19 years old at the time of his death. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School this June, where he was a  wide receiver and defensive back on the football team.

Head Coach Issac Marsh said that he was told the news of Powell’s passing Wednesday and was left in shock.

“We’re coping. We are taking each day as it comes. Each day is getting better,” Marsh said. “The kids were devastated when they got the news Wednesday that they had lost a [former] teammate and a friend. We just taking it day by day here at the school.”

Marsh recounted coaching Powell for fours years: “He was very dependable. He started his junior year in a couple of games. He started his senior year.”

The State Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident, but the woman who was driving the car that hit Powell is not likely to be charged.


CHHS JV Football Cancelled; Live Local High School Football; Project Connect

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill High School JV football team will cancel its first game against South Granville for this Thursday 8/29/13.  The team does not have enough players at the moment to field a full JV football team.

CHHS is anticipating that more young men will come out for the JV team now that school is back in session.  The schools says it hopes to field a team for the rest of the season.


For the first time ever, WCHL and Chapelboro.com are teaming up to bring you live play-by-play coverage of two local football games each week.

Last Friday night kicked off the action as your local radio station and multi-media website continue to be your home for Chapel Hill, Carrboro, OrangeCounty, and ChathamCounty schools’ high school football games Friday night.

Your local schools have never before received this kind of coverage.  Each Friday night, you’ll find a link to the games being broadcast at the top of Chapelboro.com. In Orange, Chatham, Wake, Alamance, and Durham you can listen to one of the two games on 97.9 FM and 1360 AM.

For all the local teams’ schedules-including broadcast plans- weekly results, and full game replays, click here.


On October 10, the HargravesCommunity Center will host Project Connect, a one-day, one-stop center to connect the homeless with a broad range of short and long term services.

Since 2007, the event has helped more than 900 people in OrangeCounty; the event is a key strategy of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness.

More than 50 social service agencies and 300 volunteers will serve an expected 300 guests and provide them with information on services that could help out.

Project Connect takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the HargravesCenter on North Roberson Street in Chapel Hill.

For more information you can click here.


CHHS Graduation Honors Students

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill High School class of 2013 officially received their high school diplomas Saturday afternoon at the Dean Smith Center.

Here’s interim principal Melodie Parrish

“They’re just stellar, not only in academics, arts, athletics,” says Parrish, “but every one of our seniors completed their 25 hours compulsory service learning hours, which means they volunteered in the community. They are willing to accept challenges and put in the work to see it completed.”

Although students have finished their careers at Chapel Hill High School, many will remain in the area to attend UNC in the fall, including valedictorians Norman Archer, Claire Nielsen, Christopher Reeder, Chiara Salemi, and Jonathan Siekierski.

In the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School system, instead of merely honoring the student with the highest GPA, all students who receive all A’s are granted valedictorian status.

Archer and Reeder also received the prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship. The scholarship is a fully-funded, merit-based program for four academic years in addition to four summer enrichment trips—the first of its kind in the United States.

Reeder says that he had always wanted to make a speech in the Dean Dome, albeit in a slightly different context.

“It was a typical dream of any typical Tar Heel fanatic,” says Reeder. “I’d be a 6’6” shooting guard announcing my decision to enter the NBA Draft after four championship-filled years at UNC.”

Valedictorians Arun Ganesh and Zachary Visco will remain in the Triangle to attend Duke University, a point Visco made as he joins the other half of the Tobacco Road rivalry.

“It’s somewhat ironic and sacrilegious that a future Duke student–a future Cameron Crazy—is standing here addressing you from the Dean Dome, the pinnacle of UNC’s campus,” says Visco. “But we’ll have to make due.”

Michelle Jin rounded out the eight CHHS valedictorians and will attend Penn in the fall.

Despite the diversity of college choices of the entire class, Ganesh says he confident this class will produce something special.

“I do not know what my future, or the future of anyone else here, has in store,” says Ganesh. “But based on the four years I have spent getting to know every one and seeing and being apart of what they have done, I know that the people in this room are going to change the world.”

In all, 321 students received their diplomas and turned their tassel to begin the next step in their life, wherever or whatever that may be.