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Seniors recall favorite high school memories

By Chloé Westra and Steven Coffin / Staff Writers

 

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“The memory that I think will stand out most when I look back at high school in 10 years would probably have to be all of the friendships I made, all of the good and bad times I went through, and just all of the fun I had throughout school. There isn’t one memory that stands out more than the other because they were all great memories. The moments, people, and relationships I met and made throughout high school are some of the greatest moments I could have ever asked for. I am and will always be blessed and privileged to have been able to call myself a leader in the school and I will be forever proud to call myself a Cougar.” -Austin Graddy, 12

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“I think a collection of funny memories will stand out in 10 years, mostly messing around in Mr. Weiland and Mrs. Goshen’s art class.” -Francois Smith, 12

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“I honestly don’t have any memories that stand out to me and all I’ll remember from this school is that you’ll lose people, you’ll meet people, you’ll win games, you’ll lose games, you’ll succeed, you’ll fail, but that’s just life.” -Morganne Denny, 12

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“My favorite memory from my high school experience would be winning runner-up at state for marching band my senior year.” -Dalton Blake, 12

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“My favorite senior memory would have to be when I arrived to Greenfield Centra High School, and I ending up meeting so many new people. It was a great feeling, and I’m sad I am leaving, but I’m going to look back on all the high school memories and be very blessed that I came here”. -Jerrica Bew, 12

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“I would have to say that my favorite memory from high school would have to be the pep rallies. Not really one specific but it was always awesome coming together as a school and showing some Cougar pride”. -Keaton Rizor, 12

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“My favorite memory is probably during one of the Spirit Weeks. My freshman year Homecoming Spirit Week was probably one of my favorite times and probably what I have my fondest memory of.” -Meghan Batka, 12

GC shows appreciation for Mr. Bryant’s commitment to students, faculty

By Halle Wynn / Staff Writer

After 18 years, Mr. Bryant, the current principal of our school, has decided to retire this year. Over the years, Mr. Bryant has helped our school greatly,including both students and teachers.

“I think Mr. Bryant is wonderful! What I most admire about him is the way he cares for people and students.  He helps students perform to the best of their abilities. He helps them when they are hurting.  He praises all of us for our accomplishments.  He always goes out of his way to make sure that we all feel appreciated,” Mrs. Janeen Gill, science teacher, said.

“I have met and worked with hundreds of principals and I have never seen one as good as Mr. Bryant,” said Mr. Jason Cary, incoming principal here at GC.

Being a part of the school by serving as the principal is one thing but having a good a team spirit is also highly regarded. Kaylee Tompkins, 10, said, “When they announce it was a great night for sports events and other extra curricular activities’, he was there helping us succeed and watching us win”. Mr. Bryant makes sure to always support GC. The band and color guard at GC highly appreciate him being there at their shows and helping them along the way.

Katherine Hilligoss, 9, color guard member, stated, “He has helped the color guard by being there and cheering us on and he has paid for our meals after WGI. It meant a lot to us for him to be there.”

On May 11, Mr. Bryant had the honor of getting an award named after him that was known as the “Promise Keeper” award. The “Promise Keeper” award goes to a person in our community that puts effort into our school, promotes our programs and supports us in all the activities we do. The first time this award was given, Mr. Bryant earned it.

Schuyler Jensen, junior, states “Mr. Bryant leads with example and keeps his head up, making sure his career effort did not diminish through the years

“No one will be able to replace Mr Bryant, he might be retired but he is forever in our school,” Ian Cole, 11, said.  

Next year, Bryant strives to travel and adventure on a Mediterranean cruise with his wife. He will occasionally come to GC to watch his grandson play football and baseball.

Mr. Bryant stated, “I cherish every day I have with students and staff at GC and hate to see all of it end.”

Greenfield-Central band competes in ISSMA

by Adrian Lotshaw / Staff Writer

 

The Greenfield Central Bands are competing in the ISSMA Contest. The Intermediate band competition is being held at Decatur Central on April 7th. The Advanced Band will be competing on April 28th at Warren Central.

The Intermediate band is performing four pieces and one of those is a piece the members have never seen before. They will be sight-reading the fourth piece. The band is performing Tricycle, Rain and American Riversongs.

The Advanced band is preforming four pieces as well as the Intermediate band. One of the four will be sight-reading. The other pieces that are being performed is the Third Suite, Free Lance March, and Perseus.

Jared Coyle, freshman and a trombone player in the intermediate band, says “to be completely honest, I am not really that nervous about the contest because I know that we will walk out with a gold.”

David Lopez, sophomore, and  a trombone player in the advanced band, says “I know that we will do great and come home with gold ratings.”

Mr. Wing and Mr. Basso has announced that the Intermediate band has gotten a gold rating on both the concert and in sight reading on April 7. Basso said, “The judge for the sight-reading has told us that we were the best that they have seen throughout the whole day.” The advanced band will be performing their pieces on April 2 at Warren Central.

Marvel Netflix’s Iron Fist review

by Erick Morales / Staff Writer

Iron Fist’s Danny Rand (Finn Jones) demonstrates his power on the Netflix series.

Marvel Netflix have done an extraordinary job in the eyes of critics and fans everywhere with their 3 series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Besides complaints such as pacing, the trio of shows have been well received.

Netflix released Iron Fist back in March and it was instantly met with criticism and displeasure with the series. Whenever I got the chance to see the series for myself, I wondered how Marvel and Netflix could’ve made Iron Fist an atrocity in the eyes of critics.

After watching all 13 episodes of Iron Fist I could understand why the media has been hating on the series.

I agree with people all over social media complaining about Iron Fist’s slow pacing. The action scenes were there, but they weren’t as remarkable or plentiful as Daredevil’s iconic hallway fight scenes.

This will contain spoilers for the first season of Iron Fist. Honestly, there’s not many spoilers worthy of being plot twists or remarkable. Iron Fist barely delivers much- if anything -to the Marvel Cinematic Universe- or MCU.

The show starts off with Danny Rand, billionaire son of the wealthy entrepreneur Wendell Rand, coming back home to New York to take back Rand Enterprises from his former friend who took over the company.

This show is just asking for it. Most of the scenes are just people in suits and ties talking about business. The arc with the Meachum’s taking over the family business was not very action oriented and quite frankly very boring. Not to say that the TV show should always have action, but considering it’s a Superhero Crime show I’d expect the show to have battles often.

The first 6 episodes consist of some very slow build-up to the big bad of the season- The Hand; an organization seen in Daredevil season 2. Not much happens other than Danny meeting Colleen Wing and later befriending her.

Colleen was one of the actors I respected on the show and her scenes were good, but they definitely had a lot of wasted potential.

Colleen and Danny later train and Danny hones his skills in using Chi, a magical energy force strong in those who use Kunlun, to heal others and using the Iron Fist to burst open a couple faces and a few doors. For an overpowered “Street-Level Marvel Hero,” he certainly seems vulnerable.

After binge watching the show, I felt it harder and harder to watch it. I would’ve liked it if the show had been 8 episodes rather than 13.

The Meachum plot was too stretched out and I could see the twist of Ward’s father being the antagonist and betraying Danny from a mile away. The show takes an interesting concept, but the execution is bland and boring to watch in one sitting.

The parts I really enjoyed were the parts where the Hand was a threat. The battle with the 3 warriors was fun to watch, but not much to go off of.

I really expected more fleshed out characters, a more interesting Danny Rand, and a more mystic atmosphere from the MCU.

Also, it should be noted that the past 3 good Marvel shows and Iron Fist will team up in the upcoming series Defenders in August 18, 2017.

Instead of Defenders being 8 episodes and Iron Fist being 13, it should’ve been the other way around. Iron Fist just didn’t have much material to go by. They can’t show too much of the Hand and Iron Fist in the comics isn’t that appealing either.

In the end, I don’t recommend watching Iron Fist, but the last 3 Marvel shows did a fantastic job at capturing those characters.

GEM adresses gender equality

by Chloé Westra / Staff Writer

Hailey Ayers, 11, addresses GEM club members.

 

Among the many clubs at GCHS, a new one has risen, GEM (Gender Equality Movement). GEM is a club for both genders aimed to spread awareness and educate students on the issues facing gender equality.

Hailey Ayers, 11, is not only the founder of GEM, but also the designated club president. The inspiration for the creation of GEM came from several factors for Haley.

“The inspiration was a combination of research, personal experience, and general frustration,” says Ayers, “… I could talk about the inspiration for the club for hours …”

When Ayers enrolled Marnie Abram, 11, to assist in the development of GEM, the two of them agreed to discuss it with Mrs. Jill Slinker, English teacher at GCHS.

“GEM was actually created one day during winter break. Hailey and I had been thinking about starting a club like this for awhile, but we hadn’t really done anything because neither of us knew others wanted a club like GEM,” says Abram, recollecting on the process of forming GEM, “Then in January, we officially started working out the details about the club when we had a talk with Mrs. Slinker.”

With the creation of GEM came many questions about the purpose of the club and the direction it was going. Students may lack a true understanding of GEM, but Ayers and Abram are more than happy to clarify.

As for the purpose of GEM, Ayers says that issues or topics are held to a vote at one meeting, and at the next meeting, participants “compile information, [and] then discuss what causes the issue and ways to combat the issue in ourselves and the community.”

Ayers and Abram encourage both genders join GEM, though many believe the club is meant only for women.

“GEM stands for Gender Equality Movement, so it’s not just a female only club. We have three male officers,” says Abram, explaining what GEM truly represents, “We don’t have female only based discussions, the topics normally consist of issues that affect both genders …”

Ayers says, describing the roles of men and women in GEM, “Both genders can become involved in GEM by attending meetings, contributing to future fundraisers, or checking up on our website, and reading some of our featured articles. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive space. Anyone is more than welcome to join.”

Alex Carlson, 11, is a designated ‘boy whisperer’ for GEM. He says his job is to “encourage the male side to join despite the fact that it may seem like it is just for women, which it isn’t.”

Carlson says, “There is no fear in going because you are going to have a voice, even if you are not a female. We feel like there are a lot of issues that must be addressed by both sides. Just show up and share your opinions, as long as you won’t be negative to others.”
GEM is a  club at GCHS that is meant to educate and take action on topics pertaining to gender inequality. It is open to both genders, and is meant to be “a safe place,” as Carlson says.

Senior commits continue to college

by Maria Kihega / Staff Writer

Drey Jameson, 12, sets up at bat.

G-C has its fair share of talented athletes and some should be recognized for committing to continue their sport into their college career. There are multiple students who are going to a wide variety of universities to play the sport they love.

There are so many things I can credit my Coach and Coaches for. Coach Laker has taught me, as well as all of his players, to do things ‘the right way.’ This is so important in basketball, but more importantly, in life. I am forever thankful for the life lessons Coach Laker has taught me, and any school will be so lucky and blessed to have him as a Coach,” says Madison Wise, 12.

Madison Wise, 12, is committed to playing basketball at Iowa State and has scored over 2,000 points and made over 1,000 rebounds in her high school career.

“I have learned a lot from my high school career. Some things include battling through adversity, and becoming a better player and person thanks to my coaching staff. These things will stick with me forever, and I hope to do the same at Iowa State University. I will miss the coaching staff, they were the best in the country. Coach Laker is second to none,” said Wise.

Another star athlete is Drey Jameson, 12, who is committed to Ball State University for baseball, and who currently holds the record for most home runs and strikeouts this year for the Cougars.

High school sports have had a huge impact on me,” James said. “Not just the sport in general but the coaching behind it. All my coaches are more worried about the people we become then the athletes we are. So they have made me a better person which have made me become a better athlete. This will help me not just in college but after college as well. I am looking to play baseball past the college level. College is to prepare me for the next step of baseball and what I am going to do after my baseball career.”

Jameson also played basketball for G-C, which also impacted the type of athlete he is today. Not only did he learn from his baseball coaches, but also from his basketball coaches as well.

“I was always told that you can’t teach toughness and I think that is a huge part in any sport. If you don’t have toughness you don’t have heart, passion for the sport, and you won’t grind when you need to. This was told to me by Coach Lewis. Coach Lewis has had a huge impact on me my last three years here at GC,” said Jameson.

This proves that it doesn’t have to be just one person who teaches you new morals or lessons; it can be numerous people along the way to give you new motivation. Not only did that occur with Jameson, but also Morganne Denny, 12, who is committed to Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne University for softball. Denny currently holds the school record for most home runs and earned defensive MVP as a sophomore.

“Coach Stewart has taught me a lot about the game and the mental part of it, but Coach Laker has also taught me to never fall down and to always stay up, which is why I think I’m as tough as I am now. I will definitely miss the all the teammates and friends I made and especially my sophomore year when the softball team won sectional and broke five school records,” said Denny.

Other GC athletes who are continuing their sport in college include seniors Emily Jones, Spencer Hert, and Emily Diehr, have also set records and have seen their hard work pay off.  

GCHS Choir Solo and Ensemble students have ‘huge success’

by Lucy Conner / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Alli Horton, 9, performed a solo at the Solo and Ensemble contest.

 

On Feb. 4, G-CHS choir had their 2016-17 solo and ensemble competition. With the help of Mr. Grizzard, Mrs. Warner, and Mr. Hanson, 35 students that competed had a good time following with success.

Jacob Eddington, 11, Courtney Long, 12, Schuyler Jensen, 11, Ian Cole, 11, Evan Fontaine, 11, John Schaeffer, 9, Dharma Tilley, 12, Nathan McBride, 9, and Tayler Ballenger, 12, will continue onto state to compete.

“It was a huge success. G-CHS had the most entrants of all the schools in our district and all our students got Gold or Silver,” said Grizzard.

Many of the students said they had a special tie to the song they were practicing.

“This song was one I remember my great grandmother sang to me when I was little,” said Emily Royster, 9. She sang ‘All My Trials.’

“I liked my song because it was upbeat and about God,” said McBride. He sang ‘Ride on King Jesus.’

With such triumph, “It was a great experience and I would love to do it again,” said Grace Silicox, 9. She sang ‘Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man.’

Grizzard said there were a few obstacles to preparing for Solo and Ensemble, but the students took up the initiative to work through them. “It was difficult for me to find enough rehearsal time with each participant. Yet, the students were given recordings to practice with and they worked very hard on their own.”

ISTEP replaces ECA

by Mariam Elassal / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Students review key concepts prior to ISTEP test in Mr. Smith’s College Entrance Prep class.

 

Sophomores in Indiana will have to take the ISTEP+ this year as a replacement of the ECA.

Some people support the change, but others say the test is more difficult than the ECA was last year. After gathering and comparing some opinions from not only teachers, but students as well, opinions are very mixed.

Aaron Smith, math teacher at GC, doesn’t see it as a stressful test, but rather that it is a test to show what students know. He tells his students to relax, and if they don’t know the answer, to just make an educated guess. Smith also said that if students pay attention in class and listen to their teachers, they will be fine during this test as it is just a review of what they learned before. Nothing new or unseen will show up.

“Looking at last year’s test, the ISTEP+ did seem more rigorous than the ECA. It covers a more broad range of question, it has both Algebra and Geometry whereas the ECA only had Algebra, and the questions go more in depth. Again, if students are listening to their teachers, and putting forth the effort to understand the concepts, they will be fine no matter what test they are taking,” Smith said.

Krysha Voelz, English teacher at GC, stated, “ISTEP+ differs from ECA in format, subjects tested, and in the nature of its questions. Therefore it may be perceived by some to be more difficult. However, both tests require students to read critically and write fluently. As long as students stay engaged, read actively, and write with supporting details, they should perform well.” Voelz also encourages her students to get a good night’s rest along with a proper breakfast. While taking the test, Voelz recommends that students “pace themselves, check their responses, and use all their allotted time on the test.”

Blue Fusion heads to state competition

by Grace Gray / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Blue Fusion celebrates after they competed at Westfield High School.

 

The GC Blue Fusion Dance Team has quite a list of accomplishments. In 2009 they finished first in the state in the now retired Production category. In 2014, Blue Fusion went to the state competition and earned second place in advanced varsity pom and fourth place in JV pom. Their latest big title is the IHSDTA 2016 2a Pom State Champions.

After having so many victories in the past two years, they have had a target on their back. “We’ve had to step up our game as far as skills and routine difficulty. We couldn’t enter the season with something like we did last year, because that’s what our competitors would expect,” said Coach Brittany Nigh.

Kaelie Kinder, 9, said, “We work really hard and we’re constantly making changes to our routines to keep them fresh and winning.” The team is currently trying to come back after ending their undefeated streak from December 2015 to January 2017.
“The rest of the season is just preparing for regionals and state. We have two full weeks to practice before this time. This is the most stressful time of the year, but also still the most fun time of the season for the girls,” said Coach Nigh.

Nigh continued, “The girls have been number 1, 2, or 3 at state every year since we’ve been a team here. That’s all they know.”
Dyanna Dorman, 11, said, “I think we have the potential to win at state. I think you’ll be hearing about our win there soon.” The team will be competing at the IHSAA state competition at New Castle on March 11.