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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

 

 

Food culture in Greenfield

by Schyler Slunaker/Staff Writer

Lilly Frazier, Virginia Caballero, Aubrey Ewing, Lilly Ward, Brie Matney pose by their Iron Chef chicken dish.

According to the website lexicon of food, “Food culture refers to the practices, attitudes, and beliefs as well as the networks and institutions surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food.” Food culture can be found in all places around the world, even where you least expect it. Just like here in Greenfield, you may not know it but we have food culture just like New York City or Chicago would have.

“My favorite dish as a child and even now is my mom’s pork chops and corn on the cob. She puts the cream of mushroom on them and bakes them and it’s amazing. Plus I can eat corn on the cob every day of my life so that’s a plus too.” Addie Coil, 11. Knowing where you come from is huge because it helps you figure out who you are, or apart of you is.

“ My family and friends always love lots of bread and cheeses but even more so dessert. Growing up, at every family function, there was always dessert.” Laken Rosing, GCHS English teacher. The foods you eat as a kid can shape what you eat as an adult also. For example, when families make specific foods for a holiday such as a turkey at Thanksgiving or ham at Christmas. This can mold what you do for a holiday when you are an adult yourself and what you choose to make for your family then.

Special events such as Riley Days or the Strawberry festival and who we are with can impact what food choices or food-based decisions we make. “In my family, whether it is a funeral or holiday, we revolve around eating. Food is a thing that is required to live and it’s something everyone has to do so you might as well do it together,” said Coil.

Janelle Keusch, the Nutrition teacher at GC says, “ Food brings people together. It is a sign of welcome and hospitality around the world. Many times people gather around food because it is something we are all familiar with and can share together.” Food is very versatile and can work with any social event. It can help people that are grieving and even be there in times of celebration.

Effects of third shift on health

by Lilly Combs/Staff Writer

Third shift has many advantages and disadvantages.  Many families are drawn to this schedule because they can find more time to spend with their children.  However, this can have a negative impact on the social interaction of the families and it can also harm a person who is working thirds.  Jessica Combs, a third shift worker, that works as an x-ray technician at Anderson Hospital, said “ Sometimes lack of sleep makes me short tempered, which probably makes my children anxious around me.”  As you can see the children in the family get the brunt of the disadvantages.

Along with many social impacts on the families, there is also an impact on cognitive performance for the person working third shift.  “Sleep is essential for cognitive performance, especially memory consolidation,” according to ncbi.com, which is the National Center for Biotechnology Information.  Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood, memory, and health in a negative way. Sleep is essential for the body to function. Combs said that even though she has been working third shift her entire career, her body is still not used to enduring sleep deprivation.  This tells you that the body will never get used to or adapt to lack of sleep.

According to Dawn Hanson, corporation nurse for Greenfield- Central, there are many physical complications that stem from lack of sleep (working third shift).  These conditions can include a higher potential for cardiovascular problems, obesity, diabetes, respiratory disease, and increase in inflammation. Ultimately, lack of sleep can lead to earlier death.    

Working third shift has an extensive impact on the children in the family.   Payton Wilson, 10, has a mom who works third shift as a surgical nurse. He said that he doesn’t interact with his mom as much as he would want to.   He is also very worried about the amount of sleep his mom is receiving. “She works from 8:00-8:00 every other day. When she comes home she has a 1 year old baby to take care of.  She doesn’t get the sleep that she needs to fully function,” Payton said.

According to sleepfoundation.org, which is the National Sleep Foundation, shift work disorder can increase the risk of mental health problems.  Combs said that she has noticed that more and more her positive mood is slowly deteriorating, and that she thinks she is developing mild depression.  Unfortunately, depression is common with people who work thirds. This is yet another negative impact of working third shift.

Along with effects on the person working thirds, it can also affect the place in which they are working.  “Sleepiness leads to slower reactions and interferes with decision making,” according to the National Sleep Foundation.  This can be very dangerous for the patients who are being worked on in a hospital, because some people working in hospitals are working on very little sleep.            

There are some advantages of working third shift.  “You have the opportunity to get more money, and you don’t have to work with lots of other people and there is less drama,” said Combs.  Combs said that it also eases stress at work.

Overall, the disadvantages of working third shift outweigh the advantages.  Working third shift can be very damaging to a family’s social interaction and everyday life.   Lack of sleep makes people more susceptible to viruses because their immune system is not as strong.  So, if you were planning on working third shift in the future, make sure to contemplate the advantages and disadvantages of this.  It is not worth the health problems that would stem from sleep deprivation.

   

 

Affordable Getaways in Indiana This Summer

by Andrea Lenser/Staff Writer

Don’t have any trips planned for this summer? Look at our list of ten locations in Indiana that could be an ideal getaway this summer for those who don’t want to spend their entire life savings on one trip.

 

Turkey Run State Park (Featured in Cover Photo)

Turkey Run State Park is located in Marshall, Indiana, which is about an hour and a half west of Indianapolis. This park has 11 trails ranging from easy to very rugged. The main attractions are the suspension bridge and the rugged ladder trails. The entrance price is $7 per car. Book a stay at the Turkey Run State Park Inn for a weekend of hiking adventures!

 

Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is located near the heart of Indianapolis. No matter how old you get, visiting the zoo never gets old. You can enjoy the interactive exhibits and shows available and view a plethora of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and much more. If you need something to do this summer but don’t want to travel a long distance, then consider visiting the Indianapolis Zoo.

 

Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes is a national park located in northern Indiana near Charleston. Here you can enjoy the beach without having to spend thousands traveling to the coast. Other attractions include hiking trails over the dunes and a plethora of survival escape rooms. The admission is only $7 per car for a one-of-a-kind experience at the dunes.

 

Bluespring Caverns

The Bluespring Caverns are located 45 minutes south of Bloomington. Here you get the chance to board a boat and travel along an underground river through the caverns. Admission is $10 for youth aged 3-15 and $18 for adults. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to discover this peculiar underground world.

 

New Harmony Labyrinth

The New Harmony Labyrinth is 40 minutes northwest of Evansville. This maze allows you to challenge yourself while relaxing and having fun. This tourist attraction is free of charge and quick activity to partake in if you are in the area.

 

 

Exotic Feline Rescue Center

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center is half an hour east of Terre Haute. The rescue center accommodates all kinds of wild cats that can’t survive on their own in the wild. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. If you are a cat-lover, consider taking a trip to this unparalleled attraction.

 

French Lick Resort

The French Lick Resort is located about 45 minutes south of Bedford. This resort is home to two hotels with a ton of activities to partake in. Trailblazing, horseback riding, foot golf, and swimming are a few examples of the many outdoor activities available here. There are also exciting activities to do inside, such as enjoying the luxurious spa services or going bowling. If you want to enjoy a resort without leaving the comfort of Indiana, then consider staying at French Lick for a few days this summer.

 

East Race Waterway

The East Race Waterway is an artificial whitewater course located in the heart of South Bend. The course is 2,000 feet long and waves can reach heights of up to 6 feet. General admission is only $6 for three rides. Consider taking part in this recreational activity if you crave adventure, but don’t want to travel all the way to the Colorado River rapids.

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located in Speedway and is home to the Indianapolis 500. One common misconception about the track is that its only purpose is to host IndyCar and NASCAR races, but it offers much more than that. There is a museum located on the property and tours available. You can learn about the history of the track and even go inside the famous Pagoda. If your an avid racing fan, then this is the perfect excursion to take this summer.

 

Indiana Beach

Indiana Beach is a theme park located on Lake Shafer about 45 minutes north of Lafayette. It has plenty of rides and roller coasters for those who are daring enough to go on them. It also has scenic views of the lake and the forests beyond the boardwalk. If you want some adventure, consider taking a trip to Indiana Beach.

 

The Wall that Heals coming to Greenfield in July

by Morgann Couch/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Juniors Rita Aguye-Cots, Anais Burgoa Zeballos, Evan Todd, Noah Dudley,  and Eliza Hawkins take a picture with  Vietnam Veterans Bob Workman,  Mitch Pendlum, Ralph Sweet, Frenchie Legere, and Doug Good who spoke to the junior class at GCHS on April 4.

November 1, 1955 is a date that some say is the beginning of the Vietnam War. Although there is still debate over when the war actually started, this date is the earliest day that qualifies soldiers who died in Vietnam for formal remembrance on the Vietnam Wall. The Vietnam war ended in 1975, with approximately 58,320 U.S. military casualties. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall displays the names of those men and women, soldiers and nurses.

This wall, built in 1982, is meaningful to many people, including families and fellow veterans.  But some are unable to travel to it, so a model of the wall and an education center were built to travel around the country, beginning in 1996. This is called the Wall that Heals. On July 11-14, Greenfield will host The Wall that Heals.

With the wall coming soon, people have begun to talk about it, and excitement is rising. Ms. Lisa Kraft is a junior English teacher whose students study the Vietnam War. She commented on the wall traveling to Greenfield.

“Greenfield is in the center of Indiana, which is in the center of the US. This is a very centrally located spot,” Kraft said. “There are many veterans in this area and Greenfield is a very accessible town. Also, we are a welcoming and patriotic town as well.”

Mrs. Krysha Voelz, also a junior English teacher, said, “It is important to many because it is very important that we help heal the damage that this country did to our Vietnam Vets. By having a traveling wall, those vets who have not been able to see it in person in Washington, D.C. will be able to have the experience. This is very valuable. Anything we can do as a nation to help these men heal and to show them the value that we have for them needs to be done.”

Paul Elsbury, 11, who worked on The Things They Carried project about the Vietnam War, said learning about the Vietnam War and its veterans is important. “People should know the impact the war had (both on American soldiers and the civilians in Vietnam).”

Aaron Fish, 11, who also did the junior project, said people should know about the many men and women who lost their lives in the conflict, and the families who had to live without them.

Samuel Jennings, 11, commented on what he thought people should know about the Vietnam War. “A lot of people didn’t understand the Vietnam War in general and still don’t. Many families could bring their children to this memorial and maybe explain Vietnam to their children to help better understand America’s history. Many schools don’t even discuss Vietnam so this memorial could help to educate the public and its future.”

Alijah Lewis, 11, said it was important that the traveling Vietnam wall come to Greenfield because “there were people who sacrificed their lives to be brave enough to fight for this country. They did a lot to keep the country protected.”

The Wall that Heals is reminder that as Coach Holden used to say in class, “They go and risk their life so I don’t have to, not for me, but instead of me.”

 

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.”

 

Personality Profile: Indiana author writes murder mysteries

by Andrea Lenser/Staff Writer

He won both the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction twice. His books have been featured on the Best Books of Indiana list and have been translated and sold worldwide in Italian and Turkish. He has been nominated for a Derringer Award and won Elmer Kelton Fiction Book of the Year. No, this isn’t just any given author. These are the accomplishments of Larry D. Sweazy, an author and indexer that lives nearby in Noblesville, Indiana.

When he was a little boy, his favorite pastime was reading. This immense love for reading eventually sparked an interest in writing. “I loved books when I was a kid because I could escape and disappear, so I wanted to at some point figure out how I could do that for other people,” he said.

While he was in middle school and then high school, he discovered his interest in writing. The first piece of writing he ever wrote was a poem in eighth grade. His teacher told him, “You know, you’re a really good writer. You should pursue this, and get better at it.” This was the beginning of a pathway that would lead to a career.

As of now, Sweazy has published 14 books, eight westerns and six mysteries. Some of his most popular books are the ones included in the Marjorie Trumaine series, which include See Also Murder, See Also Deception, and See Also Proof. Allison Lenser, a freshman, has read this trilogy and loves how diverse these books are compared to other mystery books of this era. “Each one was unique in its own way,” she said.

Lenser then went on to explain how other murder mysteries take place in modern-day cities, but the Marjorie series is set in the 1960’s on a farm. This one simple element that was altered caused these books to stand out when compared to other mystery books of this era.

A unique aspect of Sweazy’s is his rather distinct writing style. Most authors make an outline before writing and mull over details until they have created the perfect storyline. Sweazy chooses to instead immerse himself in writing and see where the story takes him. “I just kind of fly by the seat of my pants… So I kind of know what’s going to happen, but I don’t know everything. I don’t want to know everything,” he said.

Writing books isn’t the only activity that Sweazy focuses on. He is also a freelance indexer. Cheryl Lenser, a friend of Sweazy’s, also indexes books for a living. “In several of Larry’s novels, he references his other skill–indexing books. Larry has the organizational ability to keep the characters, events, and timeline in mind as he crafts his stories,” she said. Larry’s exquisite indexing skills help organize his writing so his storyline makes sense.

Aside from writing and indexing, Sweazy also reviews books for a magazine, he is on the board of directors for the Midwest Writers Workshop, and he teaches writing courses at the Indiana Writing Center. “Usually everything I do is related to writing, in one way or another… [but] I do quite a bit of other things other than write.”

Sweazy has plans in the future to write and publish more books, as well as add to his current series. He doesn’t plan on slowing down and aims to feed his craving to write for as long as he can.

“I’ve got some young adult ideas I’d like to do, or some science fiction, or some literary novels. It just depends on if I ever get to them,” he said.

 

Choir heads to ISSMA competition soon

by Zoe Castle/Staff Writer

GC’s choir program will be participating in the ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) competition soon.  Of the six choirs, four will be competing on April 6. Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Freshman Women’s and Freshman Men’s will be those competing. Madrigal will be competing on April 27 and Pop Swing will compete in a show choir competition on March 9.

All of the choirs are getting ready for the competitions and are going to give it their best shot. “I think as a choir we are pretty prepared for ISSMA. We have spent a lot of time working on the songs we are preparing to do and we sound good when we are together,” Peyton Bridges, freshman women’s choir.  

Choir teacher Paul Grizzard believes that his students are ready for the competition and will do well. “All choirs this year are on track for a solid performance.  We will be performing our ISSMA songs for the GCHS Spring Choir Concert on March 7th which serves as good preparation for the competitions,” said Grizzard.

ISSMA contest has two parts. One part of the competition is for the choir to perform three memorized songs on stage in front of a panel of judges. The other part is performing sight reading examples in front of other judges. ISSMA has five different divisions choirs can choose to compete in, one being the hardest and five being the easiest. “All choirs competing on April 6 are going Division 3.  Madrigal is going Division 1 State-Qualifier, which is the most difficult level possible.  At this competition, the best choirs are selected to go to State,” said Grizzard.

Bridges believes her choir is ready for the challenge.  “I think if we work hard during the class time we are given to prepare for our songs then we could have a chance of winning, We as a whole group have to push ourselves to the best of our abilities and work hard to be able to win,” said Bridges.

For some of the students, this is their first choir competition. “I’m excited because this feels like a real choir competition compared to when I was in the junior high choir,” said Melony Chappell, freshman women’s choir.

Being in an extracurricular activity for school and competing together can be very beneficial to students and can have positive effects on them. It can help students to feel like they’re part of a team or another family.  “I love choir and it’s one of the only reasons I like to come to school, it’s a great place to be,” said Ella Cloud, 10, Bella Voce. Many Students who start choir freshman year stick with it throughout their high school life. “This is my second competition, and it’s certainly not my last,” said Cloud.

 

 

  

Personality Profile: Teacher accommodates different learning styles

by Allison Hughey/Staff Writer

   Mrs. Julie Young has been teaching for 34 years, and she loves her job. “All my students are my favorite students,’’ she said.

Young loves “helping students understand what they are working on. I think of way to help it make sense, and it takes a lot of practice. When teaching students sometimes they don’t understand what you are teaching them, so I may break it into little parts to help students understand what they are working on,”  she said. She said she likes to see how the students progress and how her students have changed overtime.

She enjoys helping her students with their school work every day, she said.   She wanted to be a teacher to because she wanted to help students learn as much as she loves to learn, she said.

Her students also enjoy her class. “She explains things so well,” said Danny Reier, 9.  

Her peers also appreciate her efforts. “I like that she is quiet but knows how keep control of the class,” said Hannah Linn, teacher’s assistant in the Special Education department. 

Over Young’s career, there have been some changes. She has moved schools a few times. The way she has had to grade papers and do work has also changed over the years. Her least favorite part about her job is “all the paperwork,” said Young.

 

Personality Profile: French teacher encourages confidence with language

by Zoe Castle/Staff Writer

There are three different choices of languages to take at Greenfield-Central. If you chose or have chosen to take French, then you have met Mme. Amanda Brown, French teacher.  

Brown has taught French for 16 years. This is her third year at GC. Brown believes that it is important that students learn a different language in high school. “We live in a global society. Being aware of other languages and cultures can help you in the job field. Learning a different language gives students cultural sensitivity and can help you to put yourself  in other people’s shoes.”

Getting students to put themselves out there and try to learn a different language can be tough. If students feel comfortable in a classroom, they are more likely to not be as afraid to speak French. How does Mme. Brown motivate students to learn?  She answered, “By trying to build relationship with students to where they feel supported. I like to make things fun and goofy in my class.”

Steisha Gary, 12, has been positively influenced by Mme. Brown’s philosophy. “Mme. Brown has helped me to feel more confident when speaking a different language,” said Gary.

Brown has always wanted to be a teacher. “I can remember being in kindergarten and knowing I wanted to teach. I always did well in school, so teaching sounded like the best thing for me.” Although Brown  wanted to teach, she didn’t think she would teach French. “ I always knew I wanted to teach. In college I majored in Chemistry and minored in French. I hated Labs and changed my major to Math, still minoring in French. Then I met Calculus. I then finally decided to major in French.”

Brown has been to France twice, once when she was in high school and once when she was in college. Brown loved French culture, which influenced her decision.

Being a good teacher is about more than just teaching. It’s about the relationships you build with students and how you can help them along the way. “My ability to build good relationships with my students to where they know me and can have fun in my classroom is important to me. I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself or be goofy in front of my students.”   

   Some students on Mme. Brown and her teaching.  “Mme. Brown is a good teacher because she is willing to push her students to be successful. She makes her classroom a fun and inviting place to be,” Gary said.

“Madame actually makes school enjoyable, even to those who don’t like school to begin with,” said Gavin Sims, 10.

Teachers are the sculptors of minds, having a teacher that you can feel comfortable around and be silly with is good. “My favorite thing about Madame is that she’s funny and caring. If you seem upset, she’ll check to make sure you’re doing okay. That’s what makes her a good teacher,” said Gary.   

Brown loves to teach all students, but if she had to choose her favorite year to teach, it’s sophomores. “Sophomores are my favorite to teach. They’re still goofy like freshmen, but have matured more.”