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Band ends season at Semi-State

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

Marching band finishes their season at Semi-State with their heads held high, having lost by just 0.2 points.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, GC’s very own took the field in competition. They performed as they would any competition with the added pressure of advancing to state or not. Although all of them were excited to be there, they had to remain a certain professionalism to represent Greenfield Central well. “We were super excited, yet we were very composed. We had our eyes on the prize,” said Liahona Lukens, 12, Color Guard.

After hours of practicing earlier that morning, they had worked out the mess-ups and mishaps. They worked through the show many times to fully prepare themselves. By the time they got to the competition they were prepared and ready to compete. Lukens claimed, “That was the best showing of the Cougar Pride that has ever been.”

The anticipation and excitement of awaiting scores is high. It all comes down to 6 judges. Lukens said, “If they don’t like you idea or the execution, you will not advance.”

When judges announce state advancers, they go in order of performance order. When they passed of GC Cougar Pride, there was a lot of confusion and many emotions. “I was honestly more confused and a little angry,” said Jackson Sipes, 11, brass. 

Jonathan Barber, 12, said the results were surprising.

“I think the hard part for us as a group was to think how to win a regional and get 11th at semi-state so it’s just kind of like we were in a lot of shock.“

Garrett Bice, 12, said the band’s performance was good but wondered if it was good enough. “It was high caliber but I wouldn’t say it was the best we could have given. There was definitely a little more that could have been given.”

Barber said, “There was never a time where I felt like that a person wasn’t trying their best. You kind of got to trust the guy next to you.”

The band had a strong season with many first places. They practiced hard for hours through the hot summer and the cold autumn. It all came down to six judges at every competition and for these judges the show was ultimately not able to be performed at state.

 

GC wishes Goshen well in move

Interviews by: Shelby Wallace

GC is sad to see Mrs. Janelle Goshen, art teacher, move on due to her husband’s new job in Florida, but happy for her new opportunities. Goshen was here three years.

Goshen said she will miss GC. “I liked how passionate and caring the staff was, how excited the students were to learn and grow,” she said.

Mrs. Lisa Sears, Goshen’s colleague in the art department, also enjoyed working with Goshen. “She is a ray of sunshine,” Sears said. “She is a great listener and always up for shenanigans.”

Jeff Weiland, art department, agreed. “I could always count on her to brighten up the day. Her bubbly disposition was always good for a laugh or two.”

Sears said Goshen is passionate about her art. “It shows in her teaching. She is constantly trying new things, learning from her failures and building on her successes.”

Weiland said one of Goshen’s best qualities is her strong motivation to explore and implement new ideas in the classroom. “She had very little fear of the unfamiliar,” Weiland said.

With such a close department, three years was plenty of time for memorable moments.

Sears said they were roommates in Italy on a trip with students in 2016. “One morning (Goshen) was having trouble waking up, so I stole her blankets and she stuck her arms down her sweatpants.”

Weiland mentioned that PLC meetings were interesting. “They were always multitasking for her–eating her breakfast, working on curriculum, all while doing her make-up,” he said.

Goshen said one of her students, Katrina Hembree, 11, had a particular memorable moment for her. “(Hembree) told me her favorite thing in the school year was hearing me sing from class all the way into the hallway, so I’ll never forget that one,” Goshen said.

Former Ag teacher Joe McCain even featured in one of Goshen’s memories of GC. “ I came in my room and there was a seven-foot stuffed dragon on my floor,” she said. “I think he got it from Madrigal.”

Goshen’s former colleagues wish her well.

“Yoshi-Goshi is an amazing person,” Sears said. “She is enthusiastic, kind, and hardworking. Any school will be lucky to have her.”

“She came to Greenfield-Central as a new teacher and has moved on with a great deal of experience and confidence in the visual arts and teaching skills she possesses,” Weiland said.

 

Homecoming parade shows array of clubs at GC

by Hailey Hall/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Blue Fusion members dance in the Homecoming Parade Sept. 15. 

The annual Homecoming parade makes its route through Greenfield the Friday before Homecoming. The parade is a fun experience for almost everyone in the family.=

Many after school activities participate in the parade, as well as Homecoming court members and other groups in the community.

Lily Richardson, 9, is a part of FCCLA, and helped with the assembling of the float and was in the parade.

“The theme we chose was Hawaiian,” Richardson said. “We chose a Hawaiian theme because we liked the central idea of family, vacations, and bringing people together.”

Even though it was a group discussion on how the theme would be chosen, some ideas can be left out. “I was pretty certain on the theme we were doing,” Richardson said. “Although we did talk about making it a little more elaborate.”

“We wanted to make more decorations for the float,” she said, “We also should have made sure the decorations we did have on the float were in better places, because the kept falling off.”

Sometimes parades can be stressful and hectic for the people designing, walking, and putting the float together. “I was a little anxious about being in front of so many people, but after a few minutes it was fine and I had a lot of fun,” Richardson said.

“Parades are a great way for schools and local businesses to interact with the community and they are  something fun for the families as well,” Richardson said.

Clio Inman, 9, who has been in past parades, said, “Being in the parade was probably my favorite part of being in junior blue fusion, I loved seeing the people sitting outside just to watch the parade.”

Float design can potentially be the hardest part of preparing for a parade. “I think the hardest part was trying to make something creative and original for the float,” Inman said. “Trying to make a unique float can get difficult when you participate in the parade every year.”

There are always ups and downs to parades. “It was really great when I got to see my friends and family standing there watching the parade,” Inman said. “It was hard not to go up to them and talk to them, but when you’re actually in the parade you have to keep walking. You don’t have time to sit and chat.”  

“Parades are a really good way to show teamwork, like putting together an idea and making it into something real is hard. It’s difficult but it turns out great in the end and it helps build teamwork,” Inman said.  

“It’s fun to be in parades because you can see the joy in the crowd, and in their smiles. It’s also so much fun to throw the candy and watch the kids catch it,” Alexis Inman, 11, said.

The Jungle Book opening soon at GC

By Halle Wynn and Collin Wood/Staff Writers

Photo Caption: Dominic Lanham, 9, and the cast of The Jungle Book go over lines early in the rehearsal schedule. 

Lights, camera, action!  GC Troupe 2961 has been on their A-game this year.  Their children’s play “The Jungle Book” is coming up soon.

 Tanner Hord, 12,  says, “This show will be a delight for the kids.”

“The Jungle Book” features a young boy named Mowgli (Dominic Lanham, 9) who is raised by animals in the wild.  A frightening tiger named Shere Khan (Tanner Hord) is Mowgli’s arch enemy. Shere Khan attempts to make Mowgli and his peers’ life as dreadful as possible.  Baloo (Jules McGuire, 10) and Bagheera (Jackson Smith, 11) save Mowgli and sends him to the city to keep him away from Shere Khan.   

This year seems to be flowing along and the sound crew is trying new things. So far, many of the actors and actresses have their lines memorized. Alex Johnson, 12, said, “This play is doing really really well, other than supply, from a tech perspective, everything has been amazing, the set is fabulous, we are going to be more than ready for this show, at least on my end.”  

In addition, Dharma Tilley, 12,  talked about costuming and GC’s costuming resources. “We’re lucky enough to be allowed to borrow some costumes from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theatre,” Tilley said. “The rest of the costumes are coming from our loft or we are making them ourselves.”  

Being in theatre takes “devotion, patience, and a funny bone,” Hord said. Jarrod Harris, 12, joined theatre because he needed something to do after school. Harris has made many friends due to being involved in theatre.  

Tilley stated, “My mom is the choreographer for Hancock’s Children’s Theatre program which I was in from 4th to 8th grade. So, once I got to high school, I knew that I would want to continue with theatre”.  Some people inherited the talent of acting, whereas some joined simply because they wanted to. Johnson got involved in theatre because of his brother who has been in 27 shows throughout his theatre career.

For many reasons, GC can support and watch GC’s portrayal of “The Jungle Book”  coming up Sept. 29-30 at 7:00 pm and Oct. 1 at 2:00 pm.

Band heads toward competition

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

GC’s Marching Band has been hard at work for their show Echoes Reflected since July. Through 12 hour band camps and performances at half time, they are readying themselves for a challenging competition season, trying to get better than last year’s State Runner-up placement.

There are many parts to a marching band: the woodwinds, the brass, the percussion, and the color guard. All have a major role in the final show you see out on the field. They create a vision and they achieve that vision and take it to competition.

Before anyone can be competition-ready, they must practice and practice until they get the show down. Here at GC, our band has practices all throughout July. They go from 3 hours to 6 to 9 to 12 hour practices. When the school year starts, they not only have practice almost everyday after school, but the band and color guard also practice in class during the school day. “At the end we get to perform something that we’ve worked really hard on which makes it mean more,” said Seth Graber, 9.

“I feel like we have a really solid show for the competition season this year,” said Sean Burton, 10. In their show Echoes Reflected, they are playing a mix of classical music, similar to last years Bach piece, and the visual is that they are seeing their reflections. They are prepared to take their show to competition as they did in Lafayette Jeff.

Nerves run wild during competitions. Performers all have their go-to thoughts that get their head into the game. “I think about pretending we’re back at GC. The only thing different between a competition and a practice is the location. I’ve done it a million times, I can do it one more,” says Allison Gwin, 12.

At competitions, the band must perform in front of massive groups of people all there to support their kids and friends from other schools, as well as our own. With such a large crowd, it puts quite a bit of pressure on the students to do well for the judges. Pressure does occasionally cause mess-ups. Graber said, “When I mess up I just try my best to recover and get back into the groove.”

Although they’ve had just one competition up to this point, the band is confident that they will do well in the competitions to come. The judges are unknown and it’s impossible to know if they’ll even agree with the show; however the marching band is feeling optimistic. “I think we are doing pretty good. You never really know how competitions will go. If judges don’t like your show, they judge you harder and you also never know what other schools are doing,” said Gwin, 12.

GC’s band has climbed through the ranks over the years and last year they achieved State Runner-Up. Hoping to return to state and be state champs this year, they’ve got a long road of hard work ahead of them.

Dixon, Stump win Homecoming Court

by Kendra McKinney/Staff Writer

Homecoming Court

One of the major events of Homecoming week is Homecoming Court. Court members dress for the parade and then are presented at the game. This year the senior candidates consist of Ethan Stump with Kori Dixon, Zach Kennedy with Alexis Zell, Brian Long with Haidyn Goodwin, and Jacob Eddington with Anna Kurtz.

Ethan Stump and Kori Dixon are dating and both nominated to be on senior court. Both never expected to be nominated and happy that as a couple they are put up there together. “It’s something that you think about your whole high school career. I never expected to be nominated, so it was a nice surprise to see that me and my girlfriend, Kori Dixon, were both nominated to the senior court!” Stump said.

Dixon had a similar response,” I never would have expected to be nominated, but I am flattered that people chose me.”

Haidyn Goodwin and Jacob Eddington were both excited to be nominated.

Goodwin said she would be happy with who ever wins. “Very exciting! Because I love all of the girls up there, I’m going to be happy no matter who wins!”

Eddington likes the feeling of support from everyone who has nominated him. Eddington said, “It feels swell to have the support of my friends and peers that nominated me for it.”

 

Sarah Grace Overby Memorial

By Hailey Dodds/Staff Writer

Sarah Grace Overby, 17, was born February 7, 2000 and passed early in the morning of May 2 in a car accident. The next morning, students and teachers gathered at the flagpole to honor Sarah. This was led by Gretchen Miller, Joshua Teager, and Chris Aguilar, whom all stood hand-in-hand, as did many other students.

Also Wednesday night, there was a memorial held at Calvary Baptist Church, the church Sarah had attended with her family for the majority of Sarah’s life. The following Saturday was Sarah’s showing and funeral at Park Chapel. Friends, students, and teachers attended all of the events in memory of Sarah. Some students attended barefoot in honor of Sarah constantly taking her shoes off, so “nothing could come between her and the world,” as she would say.

Classmates have had many positive things to say about Sarah. Joshua Taeger, 11, who had known Sarah since he had moved to Greenfield three years ago, knew Sarah very well. He says that they were so close that there were moments where Sarah had known him better than he had known himself. Taeger described Sarah as a “free spirit, who was all about the thrill, with nothing to hold her back.”

Tanner Hord, 11, said Sarah was a “very kind soul. She was adventurous, caring, and she obviously enjoyed art.” Sarah’s art was on display at her showing and funeral on Saturday. “She just had that aura of love that permeated through everyone,” said Hord.

Gretchen Miller, 11, said that Sarah was “beautifully complex. She craved the outside world and seeing what it had to offer. She was constantly wanting to be outside and wanting to embrace nature’s energy that, without fail, always wrapped around her and captured her heart.”

Friends such as Teager and Hord used “hippie” to describe their close friend. As memories were being talked about, Hord told the memory of he and Sarah traveling to a pumpkin patch in their elementary years, and Sarah had jokingly gotten upset. She had thrown a pumpkin at Tanner’s head. Even in high school, they continued to joke about that day. Teager recalled how he introduced Sarah to male music artist, Jon Bellion and his song “Luxury.” They would sing it together, no matter the time or place.

Miller had too many memories to pick just one but said she “cherished every moment with her.”

In loving memory of Sarah Grace Overby, friends wanted people to remember her by this quote: “I belong wherever I want to be.”

GC remembers Andrew Hall

By Jackson Smith/ Staff Writer

Andrew Hall, a 15-year-old sophomore from GC, tragically passed away after a car accident on March 15th, 2015. Friends, teachers, and the G-C community remember him this May, which would have been his graduation year.

Close friend Keenan Lewis, 11, said, “Andrew was the type of person who was always trying to make everyone laugh. Being around him just made people happy, and that’s what he loved to do.”

Andrew was also a good student, star baseball player for GC’s team. Mr. Bill Hacker, GC Junior High English teacher, said, “Everyone liked Andrew.”

The morning after his passing, over 500 students wearing blue walked in the school together in memorial of his life. He has been dearly missed around GC, and we can only hope to wonder about his dreams and aspirations, as he had planned to attend Ball State.

Lewis shared with us her favorite memories of Andrew and her thoughts on how he’s been remembered, “I was wearing a Red Hot Chili Pepper shirt, one of his favorite bands, and I vividly remember him saying, “nice shirt.” After that, I knew we had to be friends because of his music taste and we just ended up bonding over everything imaginable.”

Lewis continued, “Although I can’t speak for everyone, Andrew Hall was remembered, at least by the people who knew him as a type of light in the dark. On good days and bad days, he was always there and ready to attempt to turn your day around. He was loved by many and friends with even more. He’s always going to live in the hearts of the people who knew him and will be remembered by the people who went to school at Greenfield-Central High School on the day of March 16th, the day after he passed.

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

By Halle Wynn / Staff Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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