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Chaumont, Haute-Marne

Chaumont is a commune of France, the capital of the Haute-Marne department. As of 2013, it has a population of 23,011; the city stands on the river Marne and is situated on the railway linking Paris and Basel, which runs over a 52 m tall and 600 m long viaduct built in 1856. The seat of the Counts of Bassigny and of Champagne, Chaumont was the venue of an offensive treaty against Napoleon I signed by the United Kingdom, Austria and Russia in 1814. Chaumont was bombed in 1940 and 1944 during World War II. From 1951 to 1967, the United States Air Force under NATO operated the Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base on the outskirts of the city. Edmé Bouchardon, sculptor Lucie Décosse, judo player Nicole Rieu and director Luc Chatel, politician Denis Decrès, Minister of the French Navy Jean Masson, politician Louise Michel, anarchist Christian Pineau, politician André Godard and archaeologistLucien Lantier, painter stayed here in 1918 during the birth of his son; the Chaumont Volley-Ball 52, is a volleyball club playing in Pro A, created in 1996.

The club became champion of France in Ligue A during the 2016-2017 season. She twice finished second in 2018-2019 seasons. On April 2, 2017, for the first time in its history, the CVB52 became a finalist in the 2016–17 CEV Challenge Cup. On October 7, 2017 in Mulhouse, the CVB52HM won a second title by becoming champion of the French Supercup; the club participated in the CEV Champions League and CEV Cup. The Chaumont FC, is a football club, created in 1957. Which spent 16 seasons in the second division under the name of E. C. A. C, she finished second in the 1971 season. ECAC Rugby Chaumont, created in 1968. Playing in the 1st Grand-Est Series for the 2018-2019 season; the club finished second in the Burgundy Championship 2nd series 2018 and second in the Grand-Est Championship 2nd series 2019. The Chaumont Handball 52 or ECAC Chaumont Handball, created in 1963. Playing in the National 2 women's season since 2018-2019. ECAC Basket Chaumont, created in 1946. Playing in Regional Championship 2; the Phénix de Chaumont, is an American football club playing in the Grand-Est Regional Challenge, finalist of the 2018 Grand-Est Regional Challenge championship.

La Chaumontaise Gymnastique, is a gymnastics club founded in 1883 under the name of "Gymnastics and Shooting Society". The Tomb Raiders of Chaumont, is a Roller in-line hockey club; the Vélo Club Chaumontais is a cycling club created in 1923. The association is one of the oldest in the city. Chaumont is twinned with: Bad Nauheim, Germany, since 1992 San, since 1995 Oostkamp, West Flanders, since 2005 Baillif, France, since 2010 Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom Owasso, United States, since 2017 Communes of the Haute-Marne department INSEE commune file Official website Picture of Chaumont Basilica

Walter Payton College Prep

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School is a public 4-year selective enrollment magnet high school located in the Old Town neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, United States. Walter Payton College Prep, founded in 2000, is part of the Chicago Public Schools system; the school, located on Chicago's near north side, is one of the city's nine selective enrollment high schools. It was named after football legend Walter Payton, a former member of the Chicago Bears who died shortly before the school opened; the school colors are orange, the colors of the Chicago Bears. After principal Gail Ward left the school in 2006, Ellen Estrada became principal. In 2011, a new administration was formed under Timothy Devine with D'Andre Weaver and Michelle Washington as Assistant Principals. In May 2006 the Confucius Institute in Chicago was opened at Payton, as a partnership between Chicago Public Schools, the Office of Chinese Language Council International and Shanghai's East China Normal University it is the only Confucius Institute in the world housed in a high school.

On January 21, 2011, President Hu Jintao of China visited the school, where he saw the KAM and AP Chinese classes, invited 20 faculty and students to China for the upcoming summer. The Payton Choir was one of eight US choirs to travel to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In September 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to build a new annex behind the original building to house more students; the annex was opened by the beginning of the 2016 school year. The annex features a black box theater, it cost $17 million to build. In May 2019, Principal Timothy Devine announced plans to reprint all of the yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year due to its contents showing students displaying the "ok" sign with their fingers below the waist, with the intention of getting others to look; this is known as the "circle game". Reprinting of all of the yearbooks cost the administration $22,485; the website 4chan associated the "ok" hand gesture as being a symbol of white supremacy, the usage of this symbol has been reported many times throughout popular media.

According to an October 2019 news article published by WBEZ, a Chicago-area news station, the school has dealt with a number of racial incidents, including black students being called the N-word and bananas being thrown at them. In the same article, Principal Tim Devine claimed that the incidents were a natural product of students from different backgrounds being brought together; the school's black enrollment has dropped by 14 % between the 2018-19 school years. Walter Payton College Prep is 43.4% White, 22.3% Hispanic, 16.6% Asian, 12.2% Black, 5.5% other. 33.0% of students are from low-income households. Walter Payton was ranked first in the state, for the academic year 2008-2009, by The Chicago Tribune based on the percentage of students who met or exceeded state expectations on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, it was rated the second best high school in the state, following Northside College Preparatory High School, by the Chicago Sun Times in 2009, based on average Prairie State Achievement Exam scores.

In 2013, Walter Payton ranked ahead of Northside College Prep as the best school in the state. In 2017, Payton was ranked the best public high school in the US by Niche.com. Walter Payton was the winner in two categories for the 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction awards, it won the high school award for Excellence in Mathematics and the Star Innovator Award for incorporating technology into classes, collaborative lesson and course planning, for the use of Japanese Lesson Study. In total the awards should net Payton $175,000 in cash and prizes. Payton competes in the Chicago Public League and is a member of the Illinois High School Association. Official website

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project in Botswana. The animal shelter was established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros, restore the historic wildlife populations and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. Covering 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhinos as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds. In 1989 a group of Serowe residents conceived the idea of a wildlife reserve near Serowe. Serwe Pan a cattle post, had been a traditional hunting area teeming with wildlife; the residents wished to re-establish it to its earlier state. In 1993 the Ngwato Land Board allocated the land around Serwe Pan to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust; the Sanctuary is home to other wildlife which have settled or been translocated in. This includes zebra, blue wildebeest, eland, impala, kudu, duiker, red hartebeest, ostrich, African wild cat, small spotted genet, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, brown hyena.

Over 230 bird species have been identified at the sanctuary. Including Abdim's stork and the bearded woodpecker; the main conservation project undertaken by Khama Rhino Sanctuary is the rhino breeding program. To date, the sanctuary has relocated 16 rhinos to different places within the country from a founder population of four animals; the long term goal of the Sanctuary is to let the rhinos safely breed within its borders and re-introduce them into their natural wild habitats. The rhinos within the sanctuary are secured by anti-poaching patrols carried out by the rangers and the Botswana Defense Force