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Senior Superlatives

You voted, seniors, and here were the results!

Photos by Adam Bright, Zoe Castle, and Schyler Slunaker

Most Athletic

Mackenzie Polster


Noah Evanoff

Most School Spirit

Taylor Kiemeyer

Gavin Rose

Most Original

Hayden Botorff and Mary Voigt

Most Likely to Be President

Elaine Hilton

AJ Dougherty


Animal Whisperer

Megan Woods

Adam Lee

Most Opinionated

Estella Woods

Adam Lee

Most Likely to Become a Rock Star

Rowan Stewart and Ivy Rowe


Best Dressed



Most Likely to be a Doctor or Nurse

Maya Gutierrez

Nick Capen


Most Likely to Become Comedian

Lexi Rankin

Tate Helm



Girls track team sets, meets high goals

by Zoey Starks/ Staff writer

Photo Caption: Kenzie Polster, 12, performs the high jump. 

The GC girls track team is ready for their season.  Coach Reuben McCracken talked about how he thinks the season is going to go.  He said, “I am thinking based on who we have competing this year, we will have a good year. The meets we want to do well in are the county and conference meets and we should have an improved place over what we did last year.

McCracken also discussed what he thinks his team needs to work on the most this season, and he says,  “One thing I would like them to work on is doing the little things correctly. Every little thing we can do right, that is a little bit we are going to get better. It all adds up in the end.”

McCracken commented on what he is looking forward to in the season, and he said, “I am looking forward to us being better than we were last year. Several of the girls have some high goals and I am excited to see them accomplish their goals.”

Audrey Brinkruff, 10,  is one of those girls. “The one thing I want to work on the most for the season is increasing speed. I need to be able to run at a faster pace for the shorter races,” she said. “By the end of the season,  I want to have broken both the 1 mile and 2 mile records.”

On March 2, Brinkruff ran the fastest 3200 meter (2 mile) time in school history with an 11:49.03. It is an indoor record and is faster than the outdoor record by almost 10 seconds.

Brinkruff then broke the GC 1600 meter run, the mile, with a time of 5:22 on April 9.

Hannah Burkhart, 12, talked about her goals as well. “I would like to work on bettering my distances in discus this year in preparation for county, conference, and the state events such as sectionals, regionals, and, hopefully, state,” she said. “By the end of the season, my only goal is to make it to the state meet and compete there.”

McCracken talked about their team’s biggest competition. “In both county and conference, our biggest competition will be New Pal and Mt. Vernon. New Pal is a great team and we will challenge them in spots. I think we are more on a level with Mt. Vernon and it will be very competitive between us and them for second place in county and conference,” he said.

McCracken also commented on the challenges they will face during the season. “We will travel to a few meets where will be competing with some of the top teams in the state. We have to take the right approach into those meets that we can compete with them and it will make us better doing so,” he said.

Burkhart commented on the team’s attitude going into the meets. “I am looking forward to the atmosphere meet day brings to the team; it’s very energetic and the anticipation of results is contagious. I believe that the team just simply needs to work on the cocky vs. confidence debate. We can’t walk into a meet cocky or else we will fail; we must just be confident in our abilities, not obnoxious about our successes.

Brinkruff  shared what she was looking forward to this season. “I’m looking forward to warmer weather without rain or wind. One thing I think our team needs to work on is learning how to pace ourselves and finding the extent to which we can push ourselves,” she said.

McCracken talked about his coaching style. “I try to keep my coaching style relaxed. I don’t want to be the type of coach that has to scream and cuss at the kids to get them to respond. I’m not perfect. I do get upset and yell. But in my mind I know that is not the most effective way to coach. My goal is for them to trust in what I am saying and respect me enough that they just do it.”

He continued, “The girls usually have a good mental focus. So long as they keep in their mind that they can’t be happy with what place they get, but continue to get better each time they compete.”


Students Compete in Book Contest

By Adam Bright/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Riley Phelps, Lucas Horsman, Mackenzie Willett, Lauren Silcox, and Lilly Ward, all 9, pose after they won third place at the Battle of the Books competition.

Emily Dickinson once said, “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” Battle of the Books is team competition to get students into reading. The annual Battle of the Books competition is coming up on April 17 and the team is ready.

Battle of the Books is a team competition where students read a list of books and answer questions about those books. Mackenzie Willett, 9, said, “Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading competition for grades 3-12; our library only hosts the contest for grades 8-9. The reason for Battle of the Books is to get kids to read and enjoy the books. After they read the books, they are quizzed on it; and if your team wins you get a prize. The prize for winning is a gift card and a free book.”

There are variety of books in the ten book list. Willett said, “What I like about Battle of the Books is the variety of books that are given. All of the books are from a different categories and selected for a reason, because of this you know that none of the books are going to be awful. It is so hard to pick out a good book that you  know will be interesting, but with Battle of the Books all the books are unique and interesting. As I said the books are chosen for a reason.”

Battle of the Books is very great way to get students to work to together in a group and read stories they would otherwise not read. Kelly Swain-Leswing, the Battle of the Books sponsor, said “My main objective for Battle of the Books participants is to read for enjoyment. Students are so busy with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and jobs that there is little time left for them to just sit and relax with a good book. I hope the lure of competition is an incentive for kids to set aside time to read.”

Being a five person team can cause issues for the team, though. Riley Phelps, 9, said “We have to make sure all the books have been read at least twice and within the past two months to make sure people remember it. It’s a bit challenging with only five people but I think we’re up to the challenge!”

Swain-Leswing said, “The main preparation is a lot of reading. Participants have been reading the selected books for several months and are now cramming in as much reading before the competition as they can. We do meet every Blue Friday morning during second semester to touch base as a group to see who has read which books and where our weaknesses as a team might be. However, 99% of preparing for this competition is just reading and trying to remember as many details about the books as possible. The questions posed at the competition are usually extremely detailed.”

The Battle of the Books team is very excited for their competition and are doing as much as they can to prepare. Swain-Leswing said, “My favorite part of the program is watching groups of students come together to discuss literature. There are many opportunities for kids with athletic ability to compete and show off their skills, but those who are strong academically don’t often get that opportunity. Battle of the Books allows kids to show off their academic strengths in a collaborative and fun environment.”