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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.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald- Amazing or Too Action Packed?

By Rachael Gilkison/ Staff Writer

The second installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has gripped the attention of readers since it came out on November 16. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald picks up where the first movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them leaves off. In this film, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) continues being a mother to his “Fantastic Beasts” while also slowly falling in love with Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and maybe even Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz).

Newt begins the movie by meeting his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) at the French Ministry of Magic. During this meeting, he discovers that the obscurus Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) had survived the incident in the train station in the previous movie. It is revealed that Credence is living in Paris with a maledictus named Nagini (Claudia Kim). Because of Credence’s importance to the the the pureblood movement, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) practically begged Newt to go track him down and keep him out of Gellert Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp’s) clutches.

Though some may feel that this movie had too much action for it only being the second movie, many fans like how how fast paced it is. There was never a slow moment, and every plot twist left you on the edge of your seat with suspense. There were relationship issues left and right, ranging from a non-consensual love hex to an article looking too far into a close friendship.

One of the obvious best parts of this movie is Jude Law’s portrayal of younger Dumbledore. Law tapped into Dumbledore’s rebellious streak perfectly. He also was a great Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Dumbledore. He played the role of a supportive, loveable, and loyal friend to Newt and his other students flawlessly.

Another great actor in this movie is Callum Turner, who plays Theseus. Though Newt and Theseus don’t exactly have the best relationship, Callum emanates the big brother tough love vibe perfectly. Even though Theseus is marrying Newt’s childhood best friend that he clearly liked, he still manages to always look out for what is in Newt’s best interest.

On top of all of the great actors, this movie also helped expand some relationships between the characters. We got to see Newt and Tina’s relationship stretched, and Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob’s (Dan Folger) relationship fluctuate as the movie goes on. We also get to see how the characters interact around each other. The audience sees how Newt and Theseus and Leta all act when they are together versus apart. There is obviously history between Leta and Newt even though his brother plans on marrying her. There is also tension between Newt and Theseus for some unknown reason.

The best thing about this movie is all of the tie-ins to the Harry Potter series. Nagini, one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, was shown as a main character during the movie, giving us insight into her past. The audience also learns more about the Lestrange family background through Leta.

Wrestlers note ‘family’ vibe of teammates

by Abby Hurst/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Livia Quigley practices pinning down her partner during a wrestling practice.

The wrestlers are looking forward to more competition this season. They have had four meets so far, placing third in the Elwood invitational, and they placed eighth at the Yorktown invitational. They lost to Pendleton Heights, but beat Franklin Central.

Logan Condrey, 10, had a positive outlook on the season. He stated, “So far this season I have really enjoyed watching myself grow as a wrestler and becoming more competitive.”

Chase Gardner, 9, also stated, “I’ve really liked working hard with my teammates and getting better, I’m looking forward to doing great things with this team.”

Dakota Herald, 9, also said, “I can tell a huge improvement over the course of the past couple of months and I can’t wait to see it pay off. I am looking forward to the big tournaments such as sectionals and regionals because I want to see our improvements since our first few meets.”

Livia Quigley, 9, also stated, “I lost my first match, but it gives me the determination to get better and show what I can do.”

The wrestlers are doing a lot to prepare for the season. Herald stated, “I am currently trying to gain weight. I have been eating around 2,500 – 3,000 calories a day and going to the gym once I get home from practice. Herald later stated, “Everyone wants to win so when they come to practice they give 110%.”

Quigley also stated, “I have been mentally preparing and working my hardest at practices. I have been working out, conditioning, and making sure I am in shape and able to give it my all at practices. I have been putting my health first.”

Jonah Fletcher, 10, stated “I like the progress that I have made. I have worked really hard this year.”

The team had positive comments about their head coach, Coach Josh Holden. Herald stated, “What I like about Coach Holden the most is that he constantly pushes us to do our best. He isn’t afraid to give us honest feedback.” Joshua VanOsdol 9, stated, “I like Coach Holden because he knows a ton about wrestling and he teaches it to us in a way that is easy to understand.”

Condrey also stated “He [Coach Holden] helps me be a better wrestler everyday by pushing me, and he also helps teach me be a better person by teaching us respect and the right way to do things.” Gardner also stated “I like how Coach Holden pushes us to get better and believes in every one of us.”

The team shows a lot of camaraderie. Quigley, stated, “I love my team, they push you through anything and motivate you to keep going.”

Herald also stated, “The teammates are the friendliest people you will ever meet, except when they are wrestling on the mat. Once you become dedicated to the team, they become your second family.”

Fletcher stated “I like that he [Coach Holden] pushes us to our limits. He treats us like a family.”

Condrey also stated “I have been on this team for almost two years now, and my favorite thing is the bonding with the people around me.With all the work we put in together we get very close.” Gardner also stated “I like being on the team because we all try to make each other better.”

 

 

Girls volleyball celebrates record-setting win

by Abby Hurst/Staff Writer

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Greenfield Central Volleyball team holds the trophy triumphantly after winning sectionals.

They accomplished something that hadn’t been achieved in over three decades.

The Lady Cougars volleyball team won sectionals for the first time in 31 years, battling both Mt. Vernon and Pendleton Heights to do so. “We did so many different things this year- breaking records, forming new traditions, and winning sectionals,” Ava Antic, 10, stated.

The girls worked really hard this year to be on top. Mary Voigt, 12 stated, “We were hungry for the win and by grinding it out through this season and playing together, as a team, in the end was what made this win so spectacular.”

Hannah Burkhart 12, stated, “Being able to spend my last year in the sport with them was a dream come true.” She later stated that winning sectionals meant something to her family as well as everything else to her. “This year’s sectionals was so special to all of us because we have been working so hard for so long and overcome so many obstacles to get there. For me specifically, my mom was on the the last sectional champion team in 1987 so being able to be right next to her on the banner is something that I’ve been working for as long as I can remember.”    

Now that the season is over, the girls miss getting on the court everyday. Voigt stated, “These girls became someone of my best friends and people who I loved playing and competing with. We all grew super close and I miss seeing them everyday.” Voight later stated, “I feel like the girls really did become a huge, dysfunctional family and I will always remember how happy I was playing with my team, through the losses and victories.”

Burkhart also stated, “I liked how close we were. We constantly had dinners together and would always be friends on and off the court. Everything we’ve gone through together has made us who we are today and I am so lucky to have a team like them full of wonderful girls.” Antic went on to say “Every member of the team contributed to our success”.

All three ladies said that the team had great chemistry and were all close to each other, with Burkhart saying, “The chemistry between the team was very good this season. I feel as if we are closer than ever and we are all very open with each other about personal, school and volleyball issues any of us have.” She continued on, saying, “I’m so proud of every single one of those girls and how much of a family we truly are. I love all those girls.”

 

‘The Sacrifice Box’ novel provides intriguing premise but lacks fast action

by Kaitlyn Koehler/Staff Writer

What would you do if you found a magic box in the woods that was capable of death? In The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, Arkle, Sep, Mack, Lamb, and Hadley all find themselves in this eerie situation.

The setting is 1982 Scotland. Five friends find themselves surrounded by icy wind and an ancient box hidden in the woods. The rules were simple: never come to the box alone, never open it after dark, and never take back your sacrifice. After the five friends offered up their sacrifice, an object they care about deeply, they depart and make their way back to their chilly homes.

Flash forward to four years later. Sep, otherwise known as September Hope, and the outcast in this story, makes his way towards his school. He is stuck between choosing to go to the mainland for college, or to stay in his cramped town, which he hated. Headmaster Tench who was obsessed with fishing and Sep’s mother, Daniels, the bully, and mean old Mrs. Siddiqui were the only things that pushed Sep to fill out his mainland college application. What Sep doesn’t know is that something truly awful has happened: the box had been opened.

After learning of the constant deaths of people acquainted with the teens, the five friends reunite in order to find out who has broken the rule. They each go back to the woods to discover something they will never forget.

The Sacrifice Box was a truly boring, slow-paced book. It got interesting towards the 100th page. That is when the action really came in. I would give this book two stars out of five. I had really high expectations, as the cover looked good and the summary seemed spookily interesting. Reading this book was like watching a movie that was boring for the first hour, and decently interesting for the last thirty minutes. I would recommend this book to someone who likes to really build up to a good ending, because, the ending was pretty good. It was the other 100 pages that were disappointing.

I can say I will try to read this book again someday. Maybe there will be something that I missed, and will find interesting. I encourage everyone to pick up a book and read it. Do it for the fun of it. Sometimes you can be surprised by how mystical a book can be.

 

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Choir, band to perform traditional and diverse songs at concert

by Caitlin Marks-Chockley and Matt Haggard/Staff Writers

As the “most wonderful time of the year” is just weeks away, many families have put up their holiday cheer and many people are getting ready for holiday music. Luckily, GC’s choir program is putting on an annual Christmas concert on Dec. 15. All choirs are going full force learning new songs as the concert is drawing closer.

Choir members discussed what their favorite part of the preparations includes. Ivy Rowe, 12 stated, “I’m looking forward to all the choirs getting together and singing a piece at the end. We do it for every concert for Christmas.” Emma Roberts, 11, stated, “I am most looking forward to being able to show off the talent the choir has gained since the fall concert.” Sarah Going, 11, said, “Performing with everyone is the best part of the concert.”

Rowe went on to say, “For Madrigal, we usually sing two songs from the dinners for the Christmas concert. We don’t know what two songs we will be performing yet but that is decided as a choir which two songs we are going to do for the Christmas concert.” As the public is welcome to attend the concert, many familiar Christmas songs will be sung for all to follow along. “We are performing Christmas songs we have known since we were young and some very hard Christmas songs,” said Roberts.

As many classics will be played at the concert, there is one that Roberts believes everyone will enjoy the most. “I think the audience will like “Hallelujah” most; it is a very traditional song, and I think it sounds very good.” Rowe stated, “We have a Christmas melody prepared, that I think the audience will enjoy the most because they will actually know those songs.” Going continued, saying, “I think they will like our final song with all choirs joined.”

As the holiday season is acclaimed as the “most wonderful time of the year,” many can agree that it is also one of the busiest times of the year. For the choir program, there is no exception. “I think our choir is very well prepared for the upcoming concert,” Roberts said. Meanwhile, Going stated, “We are very well prepared for the madrigal dinners, not so much the Christmas concert”. As the annual Madrigal dinner is just days away, all choirs are set to participate, sing and or serve in the upcoming spectacle. Along with the hard-pressed practicing for the dinner, the Christmas concert is full of holiday classics that all are familiar with.

When asked to describe in three words how the choirs are preparing for the concert, Rowe stated “Madrigal is hardworking, social, and we have commitment. We don’t want to sound bad the night of the show, so we do everything we can to make sure the signs we sing are almost PERFECT! If not, absolute perfection.” Roberts said “Strongly, hard, fast” with Going saying, “Everyone (is) working hard.”

 

GC bands have also been working hard ahead of the band/choir concert. “I know our group is well prepared because we have practiced the songs and perfected them a lot and they are becoming really good. We can still keep getting better, though, because there is always stuff for us to get better at and the music will be near-perfect for the concert,” said Dakota Atkinson, 11.

With not even a month away, the band is definitely putting in some time to prepare. “The songs we are playing do provide several challenges that we are improving upon each time we practice,” said Elyse Allender, 9.

“Every year we do great and put all of our hearts into creating joy,” said Carson Burks, 10.

Not only will a lot of classics be played at the concert but so will some more advanced songs that the band has worked really hard to prepare. “Our group is performing “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” “The First Noel,” and “An American Christmas,” said Isaac Kottlowski, 11.

This Christmas concert will offer some diverse choices. “We are mostly performing medleys of Christmas songs and I believe our theme for this year’s music is music around the world. I also believe we will have some original Christmas music and some jazz medleys for the concert played by our jazz bands,” Atkinson added.

“I think the song that the audience will enjoy the most is A Festival Christmas Celebration,’ which all three of our concert bands will be playing together and will be full of Christmas songs in the medley. This piece is full of energy and life and brings all of the bands together for one great piece,” Atkinson said.

With a lot on their plate, most people can tell students are putting in the effort to get everything performance-ready. “Every musician is hardworking, diligent, and primed for our concerts. Our group is very eager to see what every band and choir has to offer,” Kottlowski stated.

When asked what she would be looking forward to for the concert, Allender said, “I’m probably looking forward to performing with the choir the most. As a freshman, I’ve never done that before and I think it is going to be really cool.”

So are they prepared? “We just keep playing the music over and over to make sure we fix our mistakes and keep perfecting our music to our greatest ability,” Atkinson added.

 

Boys basketball puts in hard work to start season

by Adam Bright/Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team started their season with an opening game against Beech Grove at home, which was a tough start. Caleb McIntire, 10, stated, “Our first game was a bit rough around the edges. Getting beat by 20 by Beech Grove wasn’t what we were expecting.”

The team’s season has just begun, so they have some goals they want to accomplish during this time. McIntire stated, “With the season just getting off the ground there is a little we need to work on. With that being said, one thing is our defensive rebounding. We struggled against Beech Grove rebounding the ball in the first game.” Jacob Cochran, 11, agreed with this and stated, “We work on this everyday in practice with a drill we do.”

The team said that their goal for the season is to win sectionals and be the best player they can be. Lukas Haworth, the varsity men’s basketball coach, said, “Honestly we are focusing solely on ourselves. Our goal is to be the very best version of ourselves that we can be and whatever results come from that will be fine with us, as long as we know we put the very best version of ourselves out there on the floor.” Also McIntire said, “The team’s goal this year is to definitely win sectionals. We’ve worked so hard over the summer and haven’t let up.”

To win sectionals may be a large goal but when asked how they would achieve this goal Cochran stated, “We can get this if we each other each and everyday in everything we do.”  McIntire stated “The goal is for sure able to be reached with a lot of work on all ends of the game. We just need to work together as a team. We have all the parts needed to reach that goal. We just have to use them in the right way.”

Out of their 25 game season when asked who the team’s biggest opponent Haworth stated, “We just take it one game at a time. Obviously a lot of emphasis is put on conference opponents, but we want to go out, give our best and put ourselves in a position to win every time we take the floor.” Haworth also stated, “We’ll prepare for every game by constantly striving to improve ourselves and what we do best. We want to be a team that forces the opponent to react to us, not the other way around.”

They have been preparing for the season all summer for the season. Haworth stated, “We did a lot of things in the summer (summer league games, team camp, open gyms) as well as a lot of conditioning and skill development in the fall. We also had the largest number of fall sports athletes since I’ve been here and I think that will help us in the long run as well.”

Even though they are just beginning their season, the team is excited to get back on the court and play more basketball. Haworth stated, “We appreciate all the support and encouragement from everyone at the school and look forward to seeing everyone at the gym! Go Cougars!”

 

Holiday survey reflects tradition, family

by Tommy Yazell/Staff Writer

Christmas and Thanksgiving:  two times you can enjoy wonderful foods and some relaxation at the same time. This survey was made in order to celebrate traditions and the favorite foods of some of the more popular holidays. Whether it be turkey or  a good casserole, dinner traditions are something that are loved by many.

Out of the survey, 26.8% of the people enjoy mashed potatoes the best. The closest to the mashed potatoes was the 18.9% who liked ham the best, which is also delicious. Desserts are a must have, especially on Thanksgiving. The two favorite Thanksgiving desserts were pumpkin pie, with a 44.9% and apple pie, with a 15.9%.

Funny traditions and memories are things that we look back and smile on. Some responses stood out among the rest.  “One time my uncle stuck his hand in the sink and when my grandma put the garbage disposal on, he was pretending that his hand was getting cut and taken off,” wrote one student after recalling a funny memory. Another student said, “A food fight between the kids of the family” was particularly unforgettable. Some of the most popular answers for most memorable Thanksgiving traditions were spending time with family or eating. “When I brought homemade Rice Krispies treats to Thanksgiving for the first time, and ended up with them too hard to eat and people still ate them,” was one student’s experience.

The most popular response to favorite December holiday tradition was decorating. Some of the other responses were, “Waiting until 6-7 a.m. and making cinnamon rolls. Then waiting till those are done, eating, and opening presents.” The best gifts that people said they got were money, video game consoles, or being with their families. The most popular place to see the lights is the Circle of Lights, and the second most popular choice was Christmas at the Zoo.

Lady Cougars set goals, face challenges on court

by Destiney Wray/Staff Writer

The girls’ basketball season has started and varsity has a good start so far, 3-2.

Hannah Farrell, 11, has said her personal goals for this season is to make the Indiana Junior All-Star team. She stated, “To achieve my goal, I need to have a strong season all year long.”  Farrell said that their team goal is to get into sectionals and win.

Farrell and Lydia McIntire both think that New Palestine will be their biggest opponent. McIntire said New Pal will be their biggest opponent because they are one of their biggest competitors every year. Farrell said New Pal is coached well, they have a solid team, and they’re in their conference.

“They have always been a strong team, and there is always that conference rivalry,” stated Samantha Kihega, 11.

Kihega has been on varsity for 2 years. This is her first year of really playing the floor. Kihega said her personal goal for this season is to try and become a player that coach can count on. Basketball isn’t her only sport, but she does want to be someone that Coach Key can put in to do a certain job.

The Lady Cougars have prepared for the season by practicing really hard in the fall and also being diligent during the season. They have a new coach this year, Coach Bradley Key.  McIntire has had three different coaches in her four years of high school. She said that the changes have made them a stronger team. She said it’s been challenging but they’ve all stuck together and it’s worked out.

Kihega also mentioned some challenges along way this season.  “Developing to a new coaching staff (has been a challenge) because we aren’t used to any of it, and another would have to be that a lot of us try to do too much sometimes, when we should just do the simple things first,” Kihega said.

McIntire said varsity is challenging because of the pressure. “The games are faster, the team scouting is more enforced on varsity,” McIntire said.

“The season this far has been going pretty well,”  McIntire said. They still have things they need to work on, but most teams do. “We’re getting better everyday and will never stop getting better; that’s our goal,” stated McIntire.

 

Powerful film addresses social concerns

by Halle Wynn/Staff Writer

Full of emotion and heart-warming moments, The Hate U Give describes one sixteen-year-old’s life and two substantially different worlds. As the story develops, this eye-opener movie brings out the issue of social inequality and crime in today’s society.

Amandla Stenberg acting as Starr Carter is locked between two worlds, the poor and the wealthy. The main character, Starr has been attending a private school called Williamson for six years and has maintained a reputation as a successful student. When the school bell rings at the end of the day, Starr releases herself from her preppy school life and travels back into reality.

In the beginning, Starr attends a party where she reconnects with her childhood friend, Khalil. After the party, Khalil offers Starr a ride home. After failing to signal while changing lanes, the two get stopped by a police officer.

The officer makes Khalil wait outside while he goes and checks his vehicle information. After reaching down into his car to check to see if Starr is content, Khalil is shot and killed by the officer.

After the tragic death of her friend, Starr exhibits signs of post-traumatic stress. Trying to speak up for Khalil’s death, Starr struggles to obtain a voice going against the police brutality that she witnessed.

Law enforcement tries to blame the killing on other factors, but Starr is the only one who knows the truth. Encouraging Starr to take a stand for justice, her friends and family comfort and support her.

Director George Tillman Jr recreates Angie Thomas’s novel with this drama-packed film. Not only has Tillman directed The Hate U Give, but also The Longest Ride, Faster and the powerful biography, Notorious. In addition, Tillman is known for his directing skills by exaggerating even the simplest of scenes with dramatic lines and lots of action.

The Hate U Give features many relatable moments, focused around today’s society as well as today’s music. The movie’s soundtrack includes “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar, “Everybody” by Logic and much more. The music contributes to the movie by expanding the audience’s emotions with all the action-packed scenes.

Amandla Stenberg presents this tremendous character who pulls the audience’s attention to her by fully expressing her emotions. The Hate U Give has hit the billboards hard and opened eyes to the topic of racial justice. In the end, The Hate U Give leaves viewers speechless as they exit movie theaters.