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Sideline cheer readies for basketball season

by Olivia Herbert

The next time that you’re at a basketball game, you may notice a group of students beaming with school pride, students dressed in uniform supporting their schools athletic activities. This group of teenagers are the Sideline Cheerleaders, and they take a great amount of time out of their personal lives to work on stunts, flips, and other things they need to be performance-ready. These girls work hard to be loud and proud so they can encourage the student sections to be loud with them. Haley Holden, 12, stated, “For basketball season, we are cheering on the teams and trying to lead the students.”

Along with supporting the basketball teams, they also support the football teams and compete against other schools cheerleading squads. Although competition season has ended and starts back up in the fall, the cheer team is already getting ready for it. Haley Holden, 12, said, “We are working harder on stunts and going to tumbling classes in order for the team’s next season to be amazing.” One of their main goals is to improve and learn more stunts that impress the crows. “We work at practice to get to know new skills that will look really cool in front of a crowd,” said Braelyn Couch, 9.

There are a lot of struggles to incessantly working on new stunts to perfect in order to display to a crowd of people. “During competition, we all sometimes struggle being positive when stunts don’t hit, or when people get hurt. Mainly because even when the smallest inconveniences happen it impacts the whole routine,” Couch said.

Even though there are some difficulties with learning new skills, there are a lot of positives as well. “My favorite thing about cheer is probably being a part of a team and making new friends,” said Grace Kelley, 10. There is a lot of hard work behind the scenes that many people don’t take into consideration.

Volleyball supports cancer awareness

by Adam Bright/Staff Writer

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott once said during his fight with cancer “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” October is Cancer Awareness Month, and several volleyball players wanted to support the cause.

On Oct. 6 the team did a cancer awareness Walk-A-Thon at Riley Hospital. The Walk-A-Thon is used to support Riley Hospital’s fight to end pediatric cancer. Brenna Bonek, 9, said, “The walk, to me, is just a way to go out and have fun with the team while also supporting Riley Hospital in their fight against pediatric cancer. It means a lot to me, and I’m excited to participate.”

The team said they got the idea from their coach who works at Riley Hospital. They also thought it would be great chance for the team to bond.  Lauren Silcox, 9, said “Well beside thinking that this would be a great team bonding opportunity my coach works there, and thought it would be a great idea for us to do.”

The walk got the team involved in the community. Anastasia Papadopoulos, 11, said, “I like the fact that GC JV Volleyball can go out into the community and show that we are more than just a group of girls focused on the sport. We are very much a team that is about community involvement and an event like this is a great opportunity to show that we care about our community and enjoy giving back just as much as we love being on the court.”

 

The team believed that more teams should get involved in the community. Silcox stated, “I think it would be great if all sports could do something like this instead of just focusing on sports they will get a chance with helping others as well.” Papadopoulos confirmed this when she said “I think that the chance to show involvement in the community is important for every team. Scheduling and availability is sometimes difficult for many teams, depending on when opportunities arise during the season, but if teams are available then I 100% believe it’s an amazing thing all the teams at GC should strive to be involved in.”

The team appreciated the chance to be able to show their support for children who have been diagnosed with the disease and at the same time bond and have fun with their team. Papadopoulos said, “As a team, we always focus on being the best we can be, and having the opportunity to give other people a chance to do that is something that is very appealing to the JV team. We also have a saying, ‘There is no I in team’ and being able to show the kids with this disease that they aren’t alone and will be supported with a team of people is an important part of fighting such a tragic diagnosis.”

 

GC discusses fall favorites

by Caitlin Marks-Chockley/Staff Writer

 Photo Caption: Mallorie Fultz, 10, Ashley Swango, 11, and Grace Silcox, 11,  work on fall crafts./Photo by Caitlin Marks-Chockley

From the air and the colors to the food, fun, and entertainment, fall is an amazingly popular season. It is a favorite to many people for many reasons. So what makes fall so amazing? Maybe it’s how “everything is just a much more vibrant, beautiful color,” as Star Caldwell, 10 said.

There are many favorites of fall, one of them being food. “I love food and all types of flavor during fall. Pumpkin spice, apple cider, and there’s new Bath and Body Works scents,” said Ava Anderson, 9.

Many people also like the chill in the air during this time of year. “It’s not hot, but it’s not freezing either,” said Taylor Johnson, 10.  

The weather is a really popular part about fall. “The weather is just right. It’s a nice cool temperature. I love wearing sweaters and hoodies in the fall but the weather and the look outside in the fall is just as beautiful as the other seasons,” said Ivy Rowe, 12.

“I can bundle up and not get hot. I can crawl into my bed and layer as many blankets as possible and hide myself from the world,” said Anniah Dibbern, 10.

It’s just something about leaves falling off trees and the transition from summer to winter that makes fall a good season. “The smell and feel of the air just feels nice,” said Gavin Sims, 10.

Many people believe that when fall comes around, it’s the end of fun. Well, that’s when creative minds get to work. “I like raking leaves and then jumping in them,” said Tyler Douglas, 10.

Whether it be bonfires, leaves, or sports, there is always time to make memories. “I like playing in the leaves. I make memories with my family,” said Hailee Martin, 9.

Sports and activities seem to be a favorite of fall. “It’s when the NBA season and college basketball season starts and it’s the time when the temperature is just right outside for the marching band to practice and go to competitions and be the best they can be,” said Dakota Atkinson, 11.

The chill air can be good and bad; it just depends on who you are. “I like the cold weather and being able to show school support without dying of heat,” said Jesse Meeks, 10. However, Abigail Hurst, 9, disagreed. “I like summer so much better than fall. I don’t like fall because it is too cold and I like the radiance of summer,” she said.

Drama director encourages family environment

by Rachael Gilkinson/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mae Griffin, 12, Miss Voigt, and Dean Camacho, 12, discuss One Acts. 

Current GC theatre director Carolyn Voigt may not have been teaching or directing long, but she has some big plans for Drama Club.

Voigt is at school every day, sometimes until 9 during tech week, to make sure that all of her productions work like a well-oiled machine. Not only does she spend most of her time focused on drama, but she also teaches English in her Harry Potter-themed room. Brooke Bonek, 11,  referred to her as “the ringmaster of responsibility” because of her incredible ability to manage over 100 teenagers and still have time to grade papers. Though many know of her, few have actually taken the time to dig into her past. So, who exactly is our theatre director, and why do so many teenagers think of her like a mother?

Voigt moved from Arizona to Indiana after her freshman year. She became heavily invested in Greenfield’s drama department during her sophomore year. After she graduated from GC, she continued her education at Ball State University. She majored in teaching and minored in theatre. Though Voigt had planned at teaching at a smaller school to put some experience under her belt, when the job at GC opened up she took it right away. She has been working at GC for almost a full year as of Aug. 22.
   
Dennis Cole, (D.C.), leader of the tech crew, describes working with her as “like spending time in the shop with my daughter.” Voigt wants to make sure that  students feel like they have someone to come to if they ever need help. She is often on stage working with her actors, helping them learn how to accent certain words in order to get the vibe they are looking for across to the audience.

Voigt has always been passionate about theatre. D.C.’s daughter was best friends with Voigt during their high school days. D.C. said, “She used to come over to my house when she was a teenager and would have dance parties at my house. There were probably twenty girls at my house at the time. They recruited the soccer team, and the soccer team realized that they were pretty good at the theatre so they stuck around. I would have to send them down to the basement because they were shaking my floors so much.”

Voigt has worked to create a safe environment for all kids. D.C said, “I’m most excited about trusting each other to be more than we believe we are capable of.” One of Voigt’s main goals for this year is to unify the set workers with the actors, and then bring the community together with the drama department. She plans on having group trips to sports events to show that the drama department cares about what goes on outside of their lives. “My hope for this year is that the techies will feel like they are just as important as the rest of us, then to put ourselves out there more using our #wereallinthistogetherGC,” Voigt said. 

Exchange student adapts to new school, sport

by Abby Hurst/Staff Writer

Photo of Virginia Caballero taken by Izan Caballero Vazquez, Virginia Caballero’s brother.

Exchange student Virginia Caballero will be attending GC for the entire school year. Caballero, 11, is from Mexico. This is her first time visiting Greenfield.

In Mexico, Caballero spent her daily life going to school, spending time with her family, and playing soccer. She lives on the border, so sometimes one could catch her shopping in Phoenix, AZ.

She is enjoying her time here. She is on the girls’ varsity soccer team. “I like soccer. I play soccer,” Caballero said. Through soccer she is making friends and is able to enjoy her time here. “[My friends] are on my soccer team.” Caballero said. Kelsi McLaughlin, 9, who is on the soccer team also, said, “She is a great defensive player. She was shy her first day because she did not know anyone, but now she has lots of friends.”

Caballero said her favorite classes are her EB class and her drawing class. “I love to draw,” Caballero said.

McLaughlin admires how Virginia handles different situations. “What I like about Virginia is she is really nice, funny, athletic, and always has a positive attitude. She gets along with everyone,” McLaughlin said.

Caballero’s host family include Robbie and Allison Miller. The Millers have two children named Ella and Abby. Caballero communicated with them before she stayed with them. They emailed back and forth twice a week before she came to live with them. When she got to their residence, they gave her a day to rest, and then threw a pool party the next day to make her feel more welcome. Her host mother said, “Virginia is a sweet girl.We love the fact that she picked us to be her host family. She is kind, caring, and devoted to learning about the American culture.”

Greenfield is very different than Mexico, Caballero said. One of the differences Virginia has noticed is the climate. Caballero said, “I live in a desert. So here it’s too green, the temperature is different, and Mexico is really hot. [Greenfield is] cool.” She also said that the school is different as well. “We have one class[room].” She said has been a big transition to have to go from class to class in such a short time period. Caballero also said that the food here is different. “Here [Greenfield] has fast food.”

Another challenge she has had to overcome is missing her family and friends. But McLaughlin said, “She is doing well here and just thinks it’s different.” Her host mother said, “Virginia’s coming to the U.S. has been challenging. She had to give up her culture, family, and friends. She has adapted well and has been a part of our family since day one.”

 

 

Choirs prepare for Oct. 2 concert

by Olivia Herbert/Staff Writer

The GCHS choir groups consist of a large amount of very hard working students. They all have to do their best to memorize up to five songs for every concert. “The hardest thing about choir has to be practicing and making sure our songs are perfect for our concert,” said Hannah Holden. These choir’s typically have concerts every quarter. Teagan Parsons, 10,  stated, “It usually takes a couple weeks at least to memorize them.”

Choir also has a variety of genres they perform, which can sometimes be difficult. “One of the hardest things is usually some of our songs are in foreign languages or the notes are very hard to get right,” said Parsons, who is a part of the GCHS Concert Choir. Along with the different genres they have different choir groups including: pop swing, concert  choir, madrigal choir, etc.

While concert choir involves singing, pop swing challenges students to dance and sing. Haley Holden, 12, stated, “One of the hardest parts about pop swing is remembering every single detail about the dance like footwork.” Despite the fact that pop swing involves dancing and singing, there is a choir group that consists of more work than the others. ”Personally, I don’t think pop swing is harder than madrigal but it is harder than the rest of the choirs,” said Haley Holden.

Being involved in choir is more than just another class grade; it helps students get a better high school experience. “One of my favorite moments from choir is winning gold in sight singing and from our songs, which was hard because only two other schools got gold out of the contest,” remarked Hannah Holden, 10. Along with making memories with other students, singers get to achieve their own goals.

Choir usually has up to six concerts every year. Each concert relates to the season and consists of different songs. The upcoming concert is on Oct. 2. The songs have not been completely decided yet but the concert choir is currently practicing “Si Filemon,” “Carrickfergus,” “Gloria,” “Bile them Cabbage Down,” and “Shoshone Love Song,” and pop swing is working on “Beat It” by Michael Jackson, “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, and “Attention” by Charlie Puth.

One Acts debut student directors

by Tommy Yazell/Staff Writer

Photo: Ms. Carolyn Voigt, theater director, speaks with Mae Griffin, 12, and Dean Camacho, 12, about One Acts. 

Dean Camacho, 12, Meghan Brown, 12, and Jules McGuire, 11, are directors for the theater department’s upcoming One Acts on Sept. . 28-30. The One Acts are three smaller shows that all happen on one night and they are going to be student-directed.
Camacho’s show is called So Alike and is about two very good friends who are at a birthday party. Throughout the play you find out more about them. Brown’s show is Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibility and is about superheroes and their normal lives.
Camacho said that the hardest part of directing his show is trying to make sure everyone is on the same page and everything is going smoothly. Camacho said that his favorite part of directing the show so far is “seeing my ideas that started out on paper come alive through the actors.”
Brown said that the hardest part of directing her show is trying to “stay committed to my actors so that they can learn and put on a good show, but I also have to talk with costumes, hair, and sound, etc. My favorite part has been being able to see the growth in my actors.”

All of the directors have acted in at least one show before and have enjoyed it. Camacho has acted in three shows and Brown has acted in every show since her freshman year. All three directors agree that the best night to come is Sept. 29, Saturday night, because that is when the actors are typically most confident and it is the best night for the shows. The head of the costume department is Serena Ashley-Yazell,  12. She is in charge of the entire costume department and of making sure that all of the costumes for the One Acts get made. Ashley-Yazell said that the hardest part is getting to be in charge and be creative as well as the pressure to get all of the costumes done in time and the pressure to close the show. Ashley-Yazell’s favorite costume she has ever made is Pippin’s armor from the show Pippin that the theater department did last year.

Humane society offers pets, pet supplies

by Adam Bright/Staff Writer   

If you have ever wanted to adopt a cat, the Hancock County Humane Society is the place for you. The Hancock County Humane Society has many cats to adopt from kittens to older cats. One of these is Wylie who has been with them for almost 8 years.

   The Hancock County Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. They’re completely funded by donations and staffed by volunteers. Beverly Reece, the Humane Society’s treasurer, stated, “The main goal of the Humane Society is to find pets new homes and to reunite lost pets with their owners.”  

Since they are a no-kill shelter, all well-tempered and healthy cats at the Humane Society have a home there until they are adopted, no matter how long it takes. Heather White, the vice-president of the Humane Society, said, “The cats at the Humane Society have a permanent home here until they can find them a permanent and safe home to live in. The longest current resident, Wylie, has been with us for almost 8 years.”

   They only currently take cats, though. White said “We don’t have enough room and volunteers to have dogs. Dogs need more constant care and space.” The shelter staff does refer people who bring in dogs to other local organizations.

The Hancock County Humane Society currently has an estimated 30 cats at their shelter and more in foster homes. The Humane Society has been finding cats homes since their founding in 1977. According to Reece, the Hancock County Humane Society has an estimated 30- 40 volunteers who work to give cats the daily care and attention they need.

The Humane Society also has a pet food pantry to supply pet food to people who can’t afford it. According to their website, they gave away 4,000 pounds of dog food and 2,000 pounds of cat food in 2017. They also recycle aluminum cans at their faculty.

The Humane Society holds low-cost vaccination clinics with local veterinarians to provide pet owners with low-cost vaccines. Also, they promote education in the community of responsible pet ownership and spaying and neutering.

The Humane Society could always use more donations and volunteers from the local community. Anyone above the age of 13 can volunteer at the Humane Society. According to their brochure, they need donations of cat food (IAMS), scoopable and non-scoopable cat litter, heavy duty paper towels, bleach, 42+ gallons contractor bags, and 30-gallon heavy duty trash bags. They also need newspapers to line the cages, litter boxes, and under food bowls. Cash donations are also needed to pay the Humane Society’s bills.

The Humane Society has been caring for and finding animals new permanent homes for many years. Their motto is “Kindness to Animals Inevitably Leads to Kindness to People.”

Students, teachers make busy summer plans

by Mariam Elassal/Staff Writer

With only a couple weeks left of school, summer is around the corner; everyone is beginning to make their summer plans. With either going on a vacation to a sunny beach, staying at home and relaxing, or having a productive summer, there is much anticipation for the upcoming months.

Lisa Sears, art department, has planned a trip to France and Spain. She is taking many GC students with her and many students are excited. Sears is most excited to see the Prado in Madrid. There is an itinerary with plans to visit the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, The salvador Dali Museum, and Las Ramblas.

After her much anticipated trip, “I need to paint every room in my home! And paint paintings of course.”

Zoe Faith, 11, plans on having both a fun and productive summer. She plans to work and attend summer school as well as summer gym the first month, and then she plans on having fun the second month. “We just moved into this neighborhood with a pool so I’ll be swimming a lot. And I’m going to Kings Island the second month of summer.”

Hayden Bottorff, 11, plans on having a relaxing summer. “I’m going to visit some family but I’m looking forward to hanging with friends.”  

Jozee Jaussaud, 12, looks forward to napping, tanning, swimming, the drive-in, and staying out late. “I’m going to live every day like it’s my last. I’m going to pull all nighters.”

Tate Helm, 11, looks forward to workouts, camps for seniors, sleeping, and hanging out with friends and family. “I’m mostly just looking forward to not having to wake up and go to school every morning.”

Phil Leswing, psychology teacher, looks forward to visiting Salt Lake City, Grand Teton National park, Yellowstone National Park, Orlando, Florida, 4th of July trips and celebrations, visiting Alabama, and coaching volleyball camps. “I don’t have one day off the entire summer,” he said.

 

Seniors prepare for graduation

by Lillian Kajer-Oszuscik/Staff Writer

As the school year dwindles to a close, many seniors are preparing for graduation. Some might be filling out scholarship forms like Violet Overstreet, finding summer jobs like Noah Graber, or saving up for a vacation like Ender Kyrie.

Graduation also brings up other areas of planning, such as what’s going to happen the next year.

“I’m taking a gap year to save for college, then I will attend Ivy Tech for a two-year degree.” said Kyrie, while Overstreet said she’ll be attending Ball State in the fall for architecture.

Graber said, “I am attending IUPUI for their Healthcare Technology program.”

It’s well known that Ender Kyrie is very young to be graduating. Since he was only 15 for most of the school year, that can be a challenging experience. He explained the way he felt about the year. “I feel very smart, but also very out of place and lonely.”

When leaving high school for adulthood, Graber said it’s stressful and that it’s the biggest comfort zone to leave. “ I think I’m ready but you can’t really tell until it’s time, I guess,” he said.

Overstreet summed up how she was feeling about leaving. “I am looking forward to graduation, but I am also nervous about my future after high school. It will be a big change,” she said.

Kyrie stated that he is nervous and not ready, but excited for all the sleep that is to come with leaving high school.

Kyrie kept it short and simple when asked if he think he’s ready to graduate by saying, “As I’ll ever be.”

Both Overstreet and Graber said that they are ready to graduate. Overstreet said, “I think I have been prepared well for college academics, but I do not think I am prepared for adult life after high school. I think college is a good place to get used to what adult life will be like after college.”

Graber said, “Yes I do (think I’m ready to graduate.) I’ve worked hard to get to where I am and I’ve earned it in my mind at least. I’m ready to be done with high school.”

The seniors said they were going to miss some of the people they wouldn’t see everyday. Overstreet stated, “I will definitely miss all the friends I have made and my theatre family next year. I plan on coming to as many of the theatre productions as I can. I’ll also miss the teachers who have taught me for the past four years.”

Overstreet also said “Of course, I will try to (keep in touch with friends) but most of them will be attending different universities than Ball State.”

Graber said “Oh yeah, definitely, I’m going to miss a lot of my teachers and people I see in the hallways. Love it or hate it, you meet a lot of interesting people in high school.”

He also said, “Of course I am (going to miss my friends.) My friends are family to me and i’ll always keep in touch.”

Kyrie also said he was going to miss the people he sees everyday, and that he’ll definitely keep in touch with “several, but not all” of his friends.

Most seniors have graduation parties and when asked if they would have one, Overstreet, Graber, and Kyrie all said that they would have a graduation party.. Both Overstreet and Kyrie are having  their parties near graduation, and Graber is having an open house at a coffee shop in FIshers.

Some said they would miss high school and some said they would not. “No, after all the drama, bullying, and gossip I don’t think i’m going to miss it,” Graber said. “High school is a miserable place and it made me miserable up until senior year.”

Overstreet said “I will miss some parts of high school, but I think college will have plenty of opportunities for fun. I don’t think I’ll miss all my classes, but maybe a few.”

Kyrie said he would miss “the people, not the place.”