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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.”

‘A Quiet Place’ captivates viewers

By Halle Wynn/Staff Writer

Frightening viewers with all the suspenseful and horrifying scenes, A Quiet Place leaves individuals blown away. As a matter of fact, this film truly brings out the meaning ‘be dead silent.’ Sitting with anticipation, viewers of A Quiet Place are encouraged to be dead silent, too.

The Abbott family struggle to survive in their post-apocalyptic world, trying their best to avoid the deadly aliens who decimated their world’s population. These aliens, or so-called monsters, attack any object or person, able to make noise. Over the course of the movie; the monsters cause death and terror.

       To survive, the Abbotts’ come up and must abide by three simple rules: do not make a sound, never leave the path, and if you see red, run. The monster’s are distinctly sensitive so even the drop of a toy could trigger them.

Tension builds as the youngest member in A Quiet Place accidently gets killed by inserting the batteries into a noisy toy airplane. Earlier in the movie, the father took away the airplane’s power source in fear of noise. Though he is not supposed to, Beau, the boy, sneakily hides the batteries in his jacket. While returning back to the house, Beau inserts the batteries and the airplane sound effects maneuver. Before his parents can save him, a monster, alerted by the noise, grabs and kills Beau.

Further in, mother Evelyn experiences terror while birthing another child. The family now has to take care of the newborn and make sure the baby remains both safe and alive. Who will survive and who will perish?

Director John Krasinski, shows off his excellent directing skills in A Quiet Place by featuring unique ways communication techniques. The Abbott family communicates with each other through sign language.

In addition, Krasinski involves deaf actress, Millicent Simmonds to play the role of daughter Regan in A Quiet Place. Krasinski as Regan’s father creates personal technological devices using sound frequency to deafen monsters, due to her inability to scream. Over the course of the movie, the Abbotts prove just how important the factor of sound is.

Not only has Krasinski directed A Quiet Place, but also The Hollars and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men as well. Krasinski includes actress Emily Blunt (also his wife) as the mother and himself as the father role in this particular film.

Blunt shows her marvelous acting skills by portraying dramatic emotions in A Quiet Place. Blunt can also be found acting in The Devil Wears Prada. Edge Of Tomorrow, Into The Woods and The Girl On The Train. Krasinski appeared as an actor in American Dad, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Office and many more.

Rated PG-13, “A Quiet Place” is well worth watching. In addition, the tension-filled and dramatic film leaves the audience asking what is approaching next.

Teacher Appreciation: Teachers balancing motherhood, career

by Hannah Rains/Staff Writer

In addition to working many hours at school and after school, many teachers also have a family. Balancing both aspects of life can be difficult, but many teachers have found ways to make it manageable.

Mrs. Heather Berrier, biology teacher, explained, “I think balancing work life and family life is something you have to work at no matter what career you choose.”

Berrier also gives herself time to have a little break from everything. She said, “ Giving myself a ‘break’ is something that I struggle with. I like to read at night, which is something everyone in my family does, and I also like to go to a Zumba class once a week.”

She also explained that she and her husband help each other out at home. Berrier said, “My husband and I are a very good team.  We split household chores 50/50 and with having four children we have to drive separately to sporting events at times. We also know the importance of having a date night at least once a month where we are not allowed to talk about work or the stresses of our schedules.”

Among the chaos of handling work and four kids, there are also obviously some bonuses to it.

Berrier said, “My most favorite thing about being a mom is the complete love I feel in my heart.  I did not truly understand what love was until I had my first child. I love watching them succeed and helping them through struggles that I myself went through when I was younger.  There is nothing like coming home from work and hearing my children scream, ‘MOM’S HOME!!!!! and getting pretty much tackled with hugs.”

She said, “There are highs and lows, but it is the best rollercoaster I have ever been on.”

Mrs. Leigh Anne Stringer is the librarian at GC. Stringer said, “The most important thing for me is to be present with my kids. When I leave school, I try to leave work behind. I’m lucky that being a librarian doesn’t involve much work from home-other than reading! Even that can be difficult because I can’t read while they are awake, and by the time they all go to bed, I have to clean.”

She said she’s normally exhausted by the end of the day. Stringer also said she doesn’t really get much time to herself but if she does, then she likes to get pedicures and relax.

Stringer expressed that she has many loves about being a mom. She said “I love to watch their personalities come out. All 3 of them are so different from each other, but it’s great to see them play and grow together as their own people. I never knew how much I could love another person until I had children. It’s an incredible feeling!”

Mrs. Rebekah Cerqua is a science teacher and she as well has many struggles and good times with being a teacher and a mom.

Cerqua said, “I balance being a mom and teacher by trying to separate work from home. I try to leave school work at school, which allows me to focus on my son, Mac, when I get home.”

She said she wants as much time with Mac as possible, so she doesn’t stay at work as late as she used to before she had her child. She likes to take time for herself by getting her nails done at least once a month.

Cerqua’s husband, Mr. Gary Cerqua who is also at the high school, helps out a lot, she explained. “Gary is an all-star and has been from the very beginning. We have patterns set for morning and bedtime that help keep all of us sane. We work together during the day to keep Mac entertained. Mac is a mini-Gary, so they play really well together!”

Clearly, being a mother and being a teacher, or just having a job in general, can be pretty stressful but thrilling all at the same time. These teachers have come up with their own ways of balancing having a family and a full-time job.

 

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ a success for cast, crew

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

Photo: Jacob Eddington, 12, Hayden Bottorf, 11, Tanner Hord, 11, and Rylee Henson, 12, act out a scene from Once Upon a Mattress.

As it comes to the end of the school year, every group is having their ‘lasts.’ Last game. Last performance. Last meeting. Last play. And GCHS’ last production of the year, Once Upon A Mattress, was thought to be an all-around success for the drama department.

After weeks of preparation, the show took the stage. Being like a unique version of The Princess and the Pea, the show was a hit. The narrator of the play began by explaining that the show was the true version of The Princess and the Pea — without all of the fairy tale parts.

The play shows Prince Dauntless and his parents – the king and queen – looking for a suitable princess to marry him. Throughout the story the king is cursed and unable to speak, but the queen never stops. Each time a new contender comes along, the Queen tests the woman of her eligibility and, after twelve failed attempts, Princess Winnifred is the only one able to pass. After she passes and weds the prince, all the workers and noble people of the castle celebrate because they were forbidden to wed until Prince Dauntless had. At the end, the king’s curse is broken and he can speak, but the Queen is unable.

The play makes for a good laugh and an interesting story. It draws you in and holds you there until the end. With multiple different parts working all at the same time to make one larger story, you can’t help but wonder what happens next.

The play is set in a large castle and constantly has something going on. There are many characters on stage and many things happening at once. Spotlights on a few people, while more in the background carry on another part of the storyline. “I am always checking up on my crew and making sure they don’t have any questions and that they understand what they’re doing,” notes head of lights, Kylie Rodgers, 10.

The set has many parts to it as well. Not all moving parts, but all just as important as any other thing happening on stage. If something were to go wrong, the audience would notice, so techies have to keep on their toes even when they’re not moving something on or off stage. “What I like to do personally is inform everyone involved in what happened first, then fix it. If it’s a big item like a desk, I’ll just attach it to my best ability and solve it fully after the show- like a temporary fix!” says co-head of set, Sam Peterson, 11.

As the shows began on Friday, April 13 and ended Sunday, April 15, with one show a day, there was only improvement. With each night, something got better. And to put on a big show like this, with large audiences, the cast and crew can all agree they get something out of it, too. “I love seeing the crowd roll in and when they leave, their smiling faces,” said Rodgers. Although techies backstage aren’t seen, they get equal reward too. “What we get the reward of is creating something and seeing it in action,” said Peterson.

Juniors begin to feel stress of future

by Mariam Elassal/Staff Writer

Caption: Sara Lucas, 11, and Rylee Klivansky, 11, work on homework during their busy day.  Photo by: Matt Haggard

With the school year coming to an end, juniors are beginning to plan their futures by taking the SAT/ACT or filling out college/job applications. There is a lot of pressure and stress on the junior class to plan for their future correctly. On top of planning for their futures, juniors are trying to manage their class load including honors or AP classes, along with after school clubs or sports and even jobs.

“I have felt the most stress during the course of my junior year versus any other year of schooling thus far,” Kayla Hunsinger, 11, stated.

Since there are only about 5 weeks left of school, juniors are beginning to prepare for finals and get ready for senior year. By filling out college applications and thinking about their futures, juniors can begin to lose patience from wanting everything to be perfect and go their way.

“College applications can be very tedious and I feel that mine needs to be perfect, which stresses me out,” Jenny Eicher, 11, said. With plans to attend Butler University, Eicher is unsure what she wants to study.

A lot of juniors and seniors have decided to begin their college journey with an undecided major, but there are many with their entire futures planned out. Darian Gossett, 12, runs Cross country and Track. The stress of performing well in sports and in the classroom is overwhelming. She plans to attend Purdue university in the Fall of ‘18 to major in animal science.  

Brenna Ditto, 11, said she deals with stress with her plans to graduate a year early and join the Indiana National Guard. While preparing for basic training, graduation, and college, “I feel like an emotional breakdown is around the corner every moment of my life,” she stated. To prepare for basic training, Ditto does different exercises and runs 5 miles daily. Ditto is taking AP Calculus and AP Language, and said she feels a great deal of stress. To deal with pressure and anxiety, Ditto resorts to dying her hair every so often.

Sara Lucas, 11, said that she is stressed out this year because her graduating status depends on it. When asked how she balances school and work, she said, “Very carefully. You have to have certain days dedicated to school.”

Evan McLaughlin, 11, said he doesn’t feel more stressed out this year compared to any other year. He is taking two ACP classes, Chemistry and History. He plans to go to IU and then medical school for anesthesiology.

The feeling of stress is a common part of life that everyone feels. By controlling and taking the proper steps to relieving anxiety is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. Everyone should have something they like to do when they feel stressed to relieve the feeling.

 

Winds, percussion finish competition season

by Aden Kropp/Staff Writer

With Winter Winds and Indoor Percussion coming to a close, it’s a good time to look back and see how the people in both of these groups have done in their shows.

Winds’ show, named “The Heist,” has had an undefeated season so far, and they placed second at Worlds competition recently. Their show was about a robbery, hence the name, “The Heist.” The instrumentalists acted as the robbers, trying to steal a suitcase. The suitcase was encased in a giant dome. The dome was a sturdy prop that the cast used to show their acrobatic prowess. The show told a small story that ends up with the case stolen, and the criminals gone.

“It has been a really good season,” Harley Hatcher, 11, stated. “We’ve been undefeated all season and I believe our band has grown closer as a family.” Harley had a visual solo in the show; she stole the case that the show is revolving around.

This effort was not without some obstacles. She said, “I had multiple challenges in the show. I had to learn some challenging music. Also, since I’m a visual soloist I’ve had the challenge of learning to perform with good technique, facial expressions, and grabbing an audience’s attention.”

Jackson Sipes, 11, started off the show with a bang, and was the first person that appeared on stage. “I am very proud to be a part of this show and it is honestly one of my favorite seasons to date.”

Indoor Percussion’s show, “Watching You,” has been doing well also. Their show was a kind of message that people are always being watched through the internet. From security cameras to phone cameras, one can never escape. The message was a profound one, and the show made great use in the front ensemble and the battery. “The season is great,” said Cael Savidge, 10, “we got second at state in open class, which is the best we have ever done in school history.”

With every show, lessons were almost always learned. Dustin Brewster, 12, played the snare drum, and was a soloist in the percussionist’s show. “I learned that you have to learn to trust other people for something with a team, and that not everything can be solved by just doing it yourself.”

Prom night approaches

by Ella Hunsinger/Staff Writer

As prom approaches, the school, as well as people attending prom, are preparing for the big night. Prom is a great way to celebrate and dance with friends. However, there are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes, to make the night go as planned. Staff and students all work hard to make the decor, music, lights, and food exceptional.

Staff members are a big part of the planning and assembling process that goes into prom. This being said, students also help by gathering information from other students to make sure the music, food, and so on are up to par. This is known as the prom committee. They are the reason prom is as great as it is. On a different note, students who are attending prom, but not helping plan it, also have jobs to fulfill. This includes getting their dress or tux, pictures, transportation, and dinner reservations (if applicable.)

Ms. Kristin Harker and Ms. Trisha Louden, both a part of the math department, are also junior class sponsors who help to plan prom. Both had a favorite part about planning the event. Harker stated, “Choosing the theme was the most exciting part.”

Louden, who is in her first year at Greenfield, stated, “My favorite part of planning prom was getting involved in the community and meeting some of the amazing parents that are willing to help out!”

Lydia McIntire and Hailey Dodds, both on the prom committee, had positive outlooks on the upcoming prom. McIntire said, “I am looking forward to seeing it all put together. And to make it the best prom yet.”

Dodds stated, “The thing I am looking forward to the most on the night of prom, is seeing that everything the committee has worked so hard to put together, has finally come into place and making it a memorable night for all students attending.”

Aubree Cole, 12, will be going to her last prom at GC. Cole said her advice to other seniors attending their last prom was, “Go all out, especially since it’s senior year. You only get to experience prom so many times in your life.”

Cole said, “My favorite thing about prom is dressing up with all of my friends and breaking it down on the dance floor with them!”

The importance of becoming “greener”

by Halle Wynn/Staff Writer

Photo: Charles Lawrence, 9, demonstrates the importance of recycling. 

Saving the planet is as easy as turning off your lights, right before you leave for a long night. Turning off your lights can not only decrease electric bills, but save energy that individuals can utilize later on. People have to understand that the planet is polluted by trash and pollution  acts at a constant rate. Mr. John Rihm, science department, provided his definition of pollution as, “any substance that is introduced into the environment that is harmful.” In addition, Ms. Rebecca Fields, science department, added, “Pollution is an overabundance of something that is natural in the system or something that is unnatural in a natural system.”

Have you ever come in contact with a green or blue bin that features a “chasing arrows” symbol that is located on the center of the bin? These are recycling bins. Recycling bins help encourage people throughout the world, to recycle their waste. In schools, these bins are positioned in every classroom and every office. When a student is handed back a paper and does not feel the need to keep it, the student should go over to the recycling box. Putting reusable papers in the trash kills more trees and injures the land that we call home. Additionally, many towns, cities, and even organizations, promote this healthy behavior by advertising slogans and signs. In example, “Reduce, reuse, and recycle” is an old slogan that Rihm said is still valid.

Not only is technology one of the major priorities to humans, but technology destroys our planet from the 1970’s when the first mobile phone was produced, to this generation’s Apple’s iPhone. To that extent, when a cell phone becomes a “dinosaur” or outdated, it is trashed, which then adds to the endless pile of pollution. Ms. Candy Smith, science department, said, “Technology has added to that trash pile with outdated devices.” To prevent more pollution; Fields suggested, “educating individuals so that they are not persuaded by the misinformation that technology gives.” If America provides education about what is happening to our planet, the youth would think differently and criticize the actions that they might or might not, choose to act on. As a matter of fact, Smith also added, “The youth better realize that the trash they produce now, will be here the rest of their lives.”

Although most of America has clean water, countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cambodia, Ghana, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mexico, do not, according to a recent US News article. Water is necessary for a human being to survive. When citizens are provided with dirty water, it leads to not only diseases, but destruction as well. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, about 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 11% of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five and means that about 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases.  If people in developed countries  were to donate just a few cents to those who are not as privileged, the world would slowly become a better place. According to Wateraid, 844 million people do not have clean drinking water and that is a big problem that could turn into an even greater conflict that could eventually wipe out third world countries.

       Furthermore, rising sea levels are currently occurring in tropical areas of our world. This increase in water is a result that is caused by global warming. In fact, Oxford Living Dictionaries defines the phrase of global warming as “a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere…” Therefore, global warming is a dangerous aspect that is surprisingly not only damaging our world, but soon destructing the earth as a whole.

Smith believes, “Very few recycle.” This worldwide issue has increased throughout the years, starting with the third-world countries such as Haiti. Looking at all the worldwide issues that individuals face in the world today, poverty and pollution are at the top of the list.

“We have to figure out a way to recycle more,” added Smith. In society today, finding more ways to save the planet seems like a difficult task to accomplish. Although this world struggles, with all the damage stationed around, a low majority of people commit their time to making the planet a better and safe place for us to live in.

Some ways that those citizens commit their time to help protecting Mother Nature include: reusing their containers, recycling their ink cartridges, buying rechargeable batteries, buying cloth bags instead of paper or plastic, donating to charity, utilizing cloth towels rather than paper towels, and purchasing recyclable items that citizens can reuse in the further future. Overall, people should contribute their time to earthly actions that could help the world and help Mother Nature become more and more healthier, each passing day. As a matter of fact, Stephen Hawking once said, “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

 

Source: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/publiced/earthday/what.htm

 

Band and guard groups ready for competition season

The Cold Seasons

by Aden Kropp and Matt Haggard/Staff Writers

Photo: Indoor Percussion practices for competition. 

Blaring music, a wonderful beat, and the sight of beautiful flags flying in the air. This all is happening today, just not at the same time. Winter winds, indoor percussion, and guard are all practicing extremely hard to be the very best in the world.

Winter winds consists of all instruments that you use your breath to play, hence the latter part of the title, winter winds. Jackson Sipes, 11, and a key player in the wind’s show, named “The Heist,” commented on how the season is going. “I feel the season is going great,” he says, “Compared to past seasons we are doing quite well. The show is better and all of the kids are playing better.” Winter winds are working tirelessly every Tuesday and Thursday to prepare themselves on their way to the top.

Evan Fontaine, 12, said, “I think the season is progressing really well. A lot of us are working hard, practicing really hard.

Jenna Parsons, also 12, said, “I think the season is going really well. I’ve been in it all four years and I’ve seen, obviously, how each year goes, and I think this year we started at a higher level than we have in the past and we are still continuing to grow and get better.”

Fontaine talked about the group’s goals. “I think our goal is to keep progressing so that we don’t plateau or steadily get worse. I think our main goal is to progress and get better at the same rate with the same intentions.

 

Parsons said, “Obviously we want to win all the points and win all the shows, but like Evan said, ultimately, our goal is to get better and to grow as people and as musicians and as performers so even if we don’t win all the points we can still be growing and continuing to get better.”

Both Parsons and Fontaine mentioned their pride in their groups.

Fontaine said, “I am proud of the awareness that failure can bring, a lot of success because you can just try again, try different things to learn from your mistakes and just get better.”

Parsons said, “I’m proud of seeing how far, not only how far I’ve come in percussion but how far other people have come. I remember in my first season, obviously it was not very good, and just knowing how much I’ve grown each year. I’m really proud of that and i’m also proud of seeing how our younger members start they start out and how they grow each season, even like within one season how they start and how they finish.”

Indoor percussion has beating drums, delicate bells, and pretty much anything you use your hands to play. Dustin Brewster, 12, also thought the season is going very well. “We have a lot of exciting concepts and really talented people to work with.” They work every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to train for their show, “Watching You.” This training seems to be paying off, as they have placed first at almost every competition so far, with a minor bump in the road last Saturday. Hopefully, this trend in success will continue as they continue to improve their spectacular show.

When you see flags soaring through the air, you think of one group, guard. The Guard’s season, named “Out of the Darkness,” is having a very interesting season. They have gone to 5 or 6 shows so far, each with mixed results.