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Farewell to the CHS Oak Tree

Alexis Kahler, Staff

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March 17th marks a day of great loss in the history CHS. A beloved symbol to the school and sports teams was permanently removed. The CHS oak tree was located at the top of the hill by the ramp and tennis courts.

Principal Matt Ames revealed why it was cut down.

“We were contacted by BCPS Facilities and Grounds one month ago to let us know that the tree needed to be cut down because it posed as safety hazard to anyone in that area on our campus,” Principal Ames said.

The historical tree had rotted and was dead, making it a danger to students and property.

Principal Ames said that the oak tree is the only tree that was scheduled for removal and so far the only one that was found to be a safety hazard.

The tree served as a meeting place for the CHS cross-country team for years and since the absence of the tree, Coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler along with the rest of the team has paid their respects.

Coach Mohler shared in a Facebook post, “Today we say farewell to The Oak Tree, the meeting spot of every cross-country team I’ve coached, of the special place we had all our own high school cross-country team photos, the keeper of our water bottles, the provider of shade and a welcomed constant in so many years of change”.

Senior Matt Sebsibe and sophomore Jackson Kistler, both members of the cross-country team, agreed that the oak tree was a living legend and will always be remembered by the cross-country team.

“I think they should have left the truck but cut some of the dangerous limbs that could have fallen and hurt someone. I understand that it was a threat, but the tree was special to the team,” stated cross-country member Pei King.

Although the tree will be missed for its comfort and shade, it will never be forgotten for years to come.

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