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From the past publications, print or not, here are the archived stories of the cougar review.

Senior athletes head to college

by Ella Hunsinger/Staff Writer

As graduation approaches, many seniors are preparing to go off to college and pursue their hobby, or future career of sports. Their stories and past experiences have shaped the players and people they are today. Not only are they going to college to continue their sports, but they are also continuing their education. Their commitments to sports have paved the way for their bright and promising futures.   

Sydney Williams, a senior softball player, has signed to Indiana Tech,  to continue her softball career. Sydney stated, “I have always loved the game of softball, and my passion is what keeps me playing.” Sydney began playing baseball at the age of five, then switched to softball at the age of seven. When asked if this was more of a hobby or career, Sydney stated, “I would consider this both a hobby and career. This is a hobby because it is voluntary and I love doing it, but it is also a career because of the work that is put into it, and the money I am receiving in scholarships.” There is little doubt that Sydney is dedicated to her sport, as well as passionate about it.

Ethan Kile, a senior on the swim team, is signed to Wheaton College to expand his swimming career. He stated, “I am excited to be a part of a team that has the same love and passion for swimming as I do.” Ethan also explained that he wants to “swim at nationals, even if it it’s just a relay.” His favorite aspect of being a part of the swim team has been the bonds and friendships he has made.

Will O’Connor is a senior basketball player, who has signed to Indiana University South Bend, to continue his passion for the sport. Will has been playing basketball for ten years, and he started the sport when he was eight years old. He stated, “I was always really good at basketball, and I love the competitive nature.” While at college, Will wants to find a major and get a degree, as well as have a successful basketball career.

Brandon Murphy is a senior soccer player, who will be attending Trine University to further his soccer career. Murphy said he is “looking forward to having fun and improving his athletic abilities.” While attending college, Murphy wants to pick his major, as well as become a starter for the soccer team. While looking back on his time in high school, he stated that his favorite memory was “winning sectionals last year- we were the underdogs and winning felt so good.”

 

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.

 

‘Infinity War’ does not disappoint

by Aden Kropp/Staff Writer

Imagine half of the universe gone with the snap of someone’s fingers. Now imagine that that someone is none other than the most powerful being in the universe and you, with the help of some of your colleagues, have to defeat him. This is the premise of the movie Avengers: Infinity War.

Infinity War stars many heroes from the other Avengers movies, as well as heroes from other movies. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord are just a few actors of the all-star cast in Infinity War.

The movie takes place some time after the last Captain America movie, Captain America: Civil War. At the end of Civil War, the Avengers split up due to conflicting ideas of how to deal with a multitude of problems. When Infinity War takes place, the group is still in shambles. However, when Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, tries to eliminate half of the population of everywhere, The Avengers must reunite to take him down.

The entire movie revolves around Thanos trying to kill half of the population so as to eliminate the ever-increasing problem of overpopulation. The movie stars Thanos as less of a villain, but more of a misunderstood hero, who truly believes that the answer to overpopulation is to kill half of everybody. He tries to complete his goal by collecting all of the infinity stones, all of which contain great power.

The movie is loaded with everything you would want to see in a superhero movie. It has a powerful hero, and an even more powerful villain. The battles were very epic. All in all, the movie was good. My only complaint would be that the movie ends in a large cliffhanger. I won’t tell you what the cliffhanger is, but I will state that the movie has an obvious sequel. The sequel is unnamed for right now, but will be coming out in  2019. The next movie is a must-see for people who watched Infinity War so they can know how the amazing saga ends.

To get a better understanding of the Avengers saga, you should see the previous movies. As Infinity War combines almost all of the heroes from many different movies, following the routine of viewing all the other movies might be a difficulty. The big movies that should be watched to fully understand Infinity War include: Doctor Strange, Spiderman Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2.

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.”

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.

War on Terror continues, affects GC families

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Private Jacob Ramey, picture taken after his graduation from boot camp in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The War on Terror, while it may be mentioned a lot in America, is a subject that many people may not fully understand. Many others may also not realize how the war affects a soldier’s family.

The War on Terror was declared by President George W. Bush after the horrific happening of the 9/11 terrorist attack, as the United States was left stunned from the outcome of the attack. President Bush wanted to make sure terrorists knew the U.S. wouldn’t stand for it nor would they let it hurt their patriotism. The declaration of war was aimed towards the end of terrorism in America, specifically the group al Qaeda. The terrorists were in a few countries in the Middle East already, so the idea was to stop it before it spread out even more.

Although we were triumphant over al Qaeda, another well known group came to light, ISIS. There are many other smaller terrorist groups in the Mid-East, too. Our attempts of abolishing terrorism are far from complete, but we will continue to fight against it until it is terminated. Even if that means gaining help from unlikely sources.

The old saying goes: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The U.S. is using this as one of their tactics against terrorism. U.S. troops have made accommodations with the Taliban to help rid the Mid-East, and everywhere for that matter, of ISIS. The Taliban is working in Iran to create a buffer zone where ISIS cannot go to war in Iran. “Iran has contributed troops, weapons and funds to counter ISIS since the jihadists’ lightning advance in 2014, making it a reluctant, yet effective partner of the U.S,” wrote Newsweek writer Tom O’Connor in a July 10 article, “U.S., Iran, Syria and Russia finally agree: Iraq’s victory over ISIS praised around the world.”

Due to recent events in Afghanistan, political action has taken place. The biggest non-nuclear bomb the US has was dropped on ISIS, ordered by Pres. Trump. He said that he is determined to end the war in Afghanistan “by committing more US troops” to the cause, according to an Au. 22 Telegraph article, “Donald Trump commits more US troops to Afghanistan and calls on Britain to follow suit.” He has called upon the United States’ NATO allies, such as Great Britain, to increase their troop numbers the same as the U.S. Trump’s bold decisions have upset some, but made others more comfortable with their loved ones being overseas in the Mid-East.

Many of our own students here at GC have a family member, a friend, or a significant other in the military. Although not all soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan, the students are all still affected in some way.

Cole Gwin, 10, has both his father and brother in the military. “My house is fairly empty and it leaves my mom to deal with most of our problems alone,” he said.

Having not one, but two family members in the military makes a change in the overall function of the household. Ethan Kile, 12, has a brother and soon-to-be brother-in-law in the military. Kile says, “Active duty often gets in the way of family functions, it is weird not seeing them there.”

Not having a close family member with you at family outings can be difficult at times. Even though the soldiers are gone, their families still have a somewhat hard time adapting to the changes. After acclimating with the soldier not being there, the families must get used to the lack of contact.

The families don’t usually get to see or even contact their soldier often. The soldiers only have so much time when they are able to talk. Gwin said, “Hypothetically I can talk to them whenever I need to, although talking in person is a few times a month, sometimes less.” Not seeing or speaking to a family member for months can, at times, be challenging. The same goes for soldiers who are across seas that aren’t able to speak with their family or friends as much as they used to.

Private Jacob Ramey is a former student at Greenfield-Central who decided to go into the infantry in the army after graduation. Ramey said the separation from family is tough. “The lack of talking to family brings down the morale around here.” When a soldier doesn’t speak to their family and friends for extended amounts of time it can make them feel isolated.

When troops are in war torn countries, the government must have a plan to keep them safe while achieving the goal of them being there. Ramey said, “Our plan is just to push ISIS back to Pakistan so we don’t have to worry about them being in Afghanistan.” The idea is to push ISIS into Pakistan and prevent them from going over into Iran. Iran and the Taliban have teamed up in some ways to get rid of ISIS, creating a buffer zone that prevents the violent terrorists from going into Iran.

Gwin stated, “While the cause is something we need to pursue, after so long, this way of going about it can not continue without revision.” The new plan of just pushing ISIS back is a revised one, as for how well it’ll work in the long run, it cannot be anticipated.

The War on Terror, which is mostly centered in Afghanistan at this time, has been ongoing for the past 16 years. “There are currently around 6,000 US troops on ground in Iraq and Syria, according to Military Times, though even that number does not tell the whole story since the Pentagon assigns troops to the region on a ‘temporary’ basis that does not contribute to its total count,” wrote Business Insider writer, Paul Szoldra. With this many troops in war torn countries, it’s difficult not to be concerned about the War on Terror. The war is still a serious one, however it is doesn’t have the attention it used to. The ongoing war has changed over time and has escalated in different ways due to technological advances. The need for troops in these Middle Eastern areas affects the soldiers and their families in many ways.

 

Seniors recall favorite high school memories

By Chloé Westra and Steven Coffin / Staff Writers

 

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“The memory that I think will stand out most when I look back at high school in 10 years would probably have to be all of the friendships I made, all of the good and bad times I went through, and just all of the fun I had throughout school. There isn’t one memory that stands out more than the other because they were all great memories. The moments, people, and relationships I met and made throughout high school are some of the greatest moments I could have ever asked for. I am and will always be blessed and privileged to have been able to call myself a leader in the school and I will be forever proud to call myself a Cougar.” -Austin Graddy, 12

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“I think a collection of funny memories will stand out in 10 years, mostly messing around in Mr. Weiland and Mrs. Goshen’s art class.” -Francois Smith, 12

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“I honestly don’t have any memories that stand out to me and all I’ll remember from this school is that you’ll lose people, you’ll meet people, you’ll win games, you’ll lose games, you’ll succeed, you’ll fail, but that’s just life.” -Morganne Denny, 12

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“My favorite memory from my high school experience would be winning runner-up at state for marching band my senior year.” -Dalton Blake, 12

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“My favorite senior memory would have to be when I arrived to Greenfield Centra High School, and I ending up meeting so many new people. It was a great feeling, and I’m sad I am leaving, but I’m going to look back on all the high school memories and be very blessed that I came here”. -Jerrica Bew, 12

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“I would have to say that my favorite memory from high school would have to be the pep rallies. Not really one specific but it was always awesome coming together as a school and showing some Cougar pride”. -Keaton Rizor, 12

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“My favorite memory is probably during one of the Spirit Weeks. My freshman year Homecoming Spirit Week was probably one of my favorite times and probably what I have my fondest memory of.” -Meghan Batka, 12

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.