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Your Stories: Mental Health Awareness

Information compiled by: Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Green ribbons symbolize support and awareness for others.

Despite what many people think, mental health disorders are common in teens. One out of five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder; this includes depression disorders, anxiety disorders and severe behavior problems. (https://www.teentreatmentcenter.com/teen-mental-health-statistics) 112 of the 170 responses to a survey answered by students at GCHS recently said that a student, or someone they know, deals with depression. From the same survey, 120 out of those 170 responses answered that they, or someone they knew, dealt with anxiety.

Spreading the word about how people manage daily with a mental health issue is important in the the steps to making that rate go down. It can be beneficial to hear others’ stories and to get help to change yourself because of them. The following anonymous stories are real stories of students here at Greenfield- Central. They are stories of the students who were strong enough and brave enough to come forward and share what happened. (Please see mental health resources and phone numbers to call to get help at the end of this article.)

Without further ado, the anonymous stories of your peers:

Some days I wake up and I don’t want to get out of bed. It’s not like the typical “I’m too tired. I don’t want to go to school.” It’s like I physically can’t find the will to get out of bed. It’s the constant search to find a reason to live. Most days, I come home from school and stare at my ceiling for hours because I feel hopeless and I can’t find the motivation to do anything with my life because I’m in constant fear of failing more. I wish that my teachers knew that when I don’t get my work done; it’s not because I don’t want to do it. It’s because I can’t find the motivation to even eat some days, let alone do my school work.
I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for more than half of my life. In junior high, I started self-harming. That led to two suicide attempts and hospital visits. While I was in the hospital, I learned to channel my feelings into music. When I started high school band, the feeling of constant emptiness and numbness went away for a little while. Even though I’ve found coping skills that have kept me clean for two years, I still struggle everyday. I’m not the typical person that seems like they would struggle with this. Most people don’t know the constant fight that I’m having with myself because all they see is someone who tries hard in school, seems pretty friendly, and never gets in trouble. I wish that people didn’t form a stereotype for what those with mental health issues have to look like and act like. – Anonymous

Sixth grade was the time when I got diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Both of my parents have both of those issues, so I am clearly very likely to be stricken with it. I wrote a note to one of my friends at school saying how she “shouldn’t be friends with someone who’s going to end up dying anyway”, indicating myself. She told the teacher about the note, and long story short, I ended up going home early from school. My mom was so distraught, we had a looooooong talk when I got home. She was scared for me. I eventually was taken to the doctor and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, with corresponding anti-depressants. Now, several years later, I don’t so much struggle with my depression anymore (I usually more so in the winter months), but still my anxiety will act up easily, even with taking the anti-depressants. My mind will wonder with so many “what ifs” and far-fetched possibilities that will probably not even happen. I’ve let that mindset pull me back from doing things I could’ve had the time of my life doing. What I’ve learned with having these mental issues is that the fact of HAVING them does not make you a stronger person. It’s how you still DEAL with everyday problems like a normal person would, not letting your mental issues be a crutch to fall back on or an excuse. – Anonymous

Growing up I felt pretty worthless. Like maybe I just annoyed everyone. I felt guilty for feeling certain ways. Several years ago, I started to self harm after a bullying incident. I kept to myself shutting family and friends out. I thought it would be best that way. Keep others away from me. I thought I was protecting them. I hated myself and who I was. I was able to go to a really good retreat in 2016 and tell my parents about my problem. I was never clinically diagnosed with depression until recently. I went to counseling for a couple of months and that helped a lot. I thought I was done with all of that. But life hit me again. I started feeling lonely. My eating and sleeping patterns changed drastically, and still I kept to myself. The feeling of guilt kept coming back to me. I thought maybe I was just feeling a little sad and it will pass. This went on for a few months. Finally I got to the point where I almost committed suicide. I was so close, but I talked myself out of it. Like maybe if I waited a little longer I will be ok. Those extra few minutes saved my life. Couple days later I felt so wore down by keeping this secret that I told my parents. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think it is for anyone. Because you still have this feeling of guilt, but you know that getting help is the best option for everyone. So recently I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety. It hit me hard and I was scared of what was going to happen. I was scared of what others would think of me. I was already self conscious of who I was and this just added on to it. I started taking the medication and my diet and sleep improved a ton. I’m still battling the war inside my head everyday. It’s exhausting because every day I have to fight with the monsters inside me. Because of my mental illness I’ve learned to be more compassionate, kind, and open minded. Yes it’s sucked, but in a way I wouldn’t change myself for the world. Kindness is so important in this world today, especially with the rise of teen depression. So smile at others in the hall and compliment each other best you can because what you say can make someone’s day. – Anonymous

I was abused as a child and I struggle with many mental issues including but not limited to the ones aforementioned. Some days are harder than others and with mental issues comes bad thoughts which makes it hard to even get through the day. I am currently on medication for my depression. I’m getting help, and I have a family who supports me. The only person who can fix/adapt mental issues is you. There is no miracle cure, just work within oneself to overcome struggles both inside and out. – Anonymous

I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and severe anxiety since I was a pre-teen. It has progressively gotten worse as the years go by and I have been on a few different medications. I cry very often and feel hopeless most days. I really just wish that I could handle my emotions like a normal human being. I feel so isolated from everyone and I feel that no one truly understands me and that I’ll never have true friends. I feel judged and disliked by nearly everyone at school and finding the motivation to get out of bed is a struggle. I feel that I push people that care about me away because I am so afraid of being hurt. I recently told my ex-best friend about my eating disorder and she basically just told me to eat and that it would go away. She didn’t even want to hear it. I am struggling through each and everyday and I feel so empty. I hope that someone can read this and maybe relate and not feel so alone. – Anonymous

I am 16 and have already gone through so much in my life. The problem is that no one wants to listen for that reason. Because I am young my problems aren’t taken seriously. They are shrugged off as being “just that age” or that it is “something everyone has.” I have Bipolar disorder and can’t help when I lash out. I can be incredibly happy one moment, frustrated for no reason the nest, or wanting to not leave my bed all day. It doesn’t help my family at all and I try to apologize. They just don’t get it. They can’t see that when I can’t leave the bed it isn’t because I am lazy, but rather not able to shut my head off about negative thoughts. I weigh 130 pounds and I am 5’6. I get called fat on a constant basis by my peers because I have this very little amount of bloating in my stomach every morning. It goes down after a while, but the comments said by others don’t. I have to make sure now that when I look in the mirror that my stomach isn’t “clinging” onto the fabric because it isn’t toned. I can’t wear shorts because then my stretch marks from growing will show and I am immediately labeled as fat. I have scars all down my back and can’t let them show because they are ugly. This is why kids today are having problems. People aren’t making a effort to try and understand what’s happening. People only want to hear what they want and give you their unneeded comments along with it. – Anonymous

My childhood was kinda rough. My parents were divorced when I was three and when I was five my dad’s girlfriend at the time had abused me.Then everything calmed down after a few years. Until everything had caught up with me in junior high. My father hasn’t really been there for me that much and I had found out why my parents had gotten a divorce. Once I got to high school I got a boyfriend and we were fine for awhile until he pressured me into sex and then he would mentally and physically abuse me. We were off and on until i was fed up with him hurting me. I don’t know where a lot of my depression came from. All I remember is it just slowly coming on and my anxiety happened at the end freshman year and the beginning of sophomore year – Anonymous

I wasn’t diagnosed with both anxiety and ADHD until the third grade. I was bullied and felt like I didn’t fit in until I got treated for both things which is medication. I have to take medication everyday for my ADHD and if I forget to take it I become very agitated with myself and others which causes the anxiety. I have learned to cope with both things by take a minute if needed to calm down and to collect my thoughts. ADHD causes what I call swimming thoughts, which in the mind is like having 3,000 tabs open at once which slows the brain down just like it would with a computer.  Then that causes agitation because you are trying to focus on to many things at once which then causes the anxiety but I have learned to cope by taking medication and then taking a minute to collect my thoughts. – Anonymous

These are the stories of your peers, your students, your friends, etc. There are nearly 100 more stories of people who have dealt with certain mental health issues, some since they were pre-teens. It is a real issue and many are afraid to speak up. Thank you to those who responded. Thank you to those who help someone with a mental health issue. Thank you for being strong enough to share your story.  Even though you can’t necessarily see the internal struggle in someone, people can be dealing with many issues in their lives.

Please, if you need help: on the school home page click Safe Schools to anonymously report an issue:

Suicide/Crisis Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK

Crisis Texting Hotline – 74141

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

DCS hotline: 1-800-800-5556

Here are some local resources for you to use as well.  All of these places accept numerous insurance plans:

  • The Landing (Healing Hearts program, Rise Above it events, SMART recovery program, etc.)
  • Mental Health Partners (teen support group)
  • Healthy 365 (http://www.behealthy365.org/)
  • Community Behavioral Health (offers weekly support group meetings for mental health)
  • Oases Counseling (offers mental health and addiction treatment)
  • Families First (offers mental health therapy in groups or individual sessions)


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.”

‘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.

 

Track, baseball start season

By Gavin Hudson/Staff Writer

Photo: Adam Lee, 11, pole vaults during a recent track meet.

What’s that delicious smell? Ah, the smell of hot dogs and nachos from the baseball and track meets, of course! With the upcoming seasons for the GC track team and baseball team are ready! Starting with the baseball team, Adam Hutchison, 10, who you can find in left field or pitching, said, “I feel like this season will be a pretty good season. We lost a couple of people, but I feel like some of the freshmen that have come in will help a lot.”

         As far as GC’s rivals are concerned, Hutchison said, “I feel that the biggest competition will be New Pal this year. We split them last year in conference, and they have also lost a few players.”

The track team is also excited about their season. Adam Lee, 11, who runs the 200m and is also a pole vaulter, said, “I believe this track season will come around short for the boys as usual. However, I do expect us to place higher in county and conference this year.”

Lee considered several teams as rivals for the Cougars. “As a full team (our competition) will be Mt. Vernon, New Pal, Shelbyville, and Pendleton.”

Lee mentioned that his personal rival was a pole vaulter from Shelbyville, Jae Eull, 11.