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Students take closer look at past two years with Class of 2023

by Drew C. Smith and Jeremiah Edwards/Staff Writers

Initial Reflections from the Writers:

Drew C. Smith – There was a rush of excitement when I first learned that we would be out of school an additional week following spring break. Of course, that additional week turned into a sprawling two months of uncertainty and restlessness that felt like it would turn into an eternity of Google Meets and nights spent up until the early hours of the next day. Was it fun to be out of school for essentially four-and-a-half months? It was fun in the same way that dessert is fun; every once in a while, I like to have dessert after dinner, but I do not want dessert for every meal. This fourth quarter has been my first full fourth quarter of my high school career; in my freshman year, I of course spent the entirety of my fourth quarter at home due to COVID-19, and my sophomore year, I broke my leg three weeks into the quarter and once again spent the rest of the fourth quarter at home. It’s nice to be back and in for my first full year of school. Socially, I’ve been way more engaged and it’s just nice to be able to actually reach the conclusion of a full school year, which I have not felt since eighth grade. And, knocking on wood, hopefully my senior year will be entirely uninterrupted. 

Jeremiah Edwards – To be honest, not going back to school after spring break made it feel like an extended summer, I really enjoyed that at the time. Though once school started, I was not ready at all. My love for school turned into dread and irritation. My sleeping schedule was so unhealthy to the point where I had no motivation to go to school. Of course, once the hybrid schedule was established it made things easier but I quickly learned that it was not beneficial to academic success. I’m glad things are returning to normal and that this fourth quarter has been my first full fourth quarter. I feel like I missed out on growing socially due to not having a full, normal, not virtual-driven school year. I’ve always felt that the fourth quarter is the best time of the year. That’s when my relationships with my peers have flourished and when I’m able to be the most engaged in my academics. Being able to finish out the school year normally has prevented me from losing connections that I value. I believe my senior year will be the absolute best year and I’ll be able to enjoy school the way I used to and experience things I’ve always wanted to. 

High school can be argued as being some of the most exciting or some of the most important years of one’s life. Though for students currently in high school, the past couple of years have been dreadful. How does the Class of 2023, at Greenfield Central High School, feel about their high school experience, so far, and how do they feel about their future at G-CHS? We (Drew and Jeremiah) sought to find this out and get direct answers from juniors, soon-to-be seniors, on this topic. We sat down with Preston Wise, Paige Rutledge, Michael Runions, Paisley Slunaker, and Cooper Cox to gather their thoughts on the shift into senior year and how they reflect on quarantine. 

Q: It has officially been over two years since the school year was cut short by the coronavirus. How do you reflect back on the two years and how has your perspective changed on quarantine?

A (Preston Wise): So, I think it’s weird to reflect on that I haven’t seen, ever since two years, that we went from not seeing anyone for a quarter, to then only seeing half the kids, and to then get everyone back with no masks. Looking back on it, it feels super quick, like we were just on top of it, but at the same time, going through it, it felt like forever. I feel like most of my sophomore year, thinking back on it, half the school was out for my time there.

A (Paige Rutledge): Well, I think it was a lot easier throughout quarantine, mostly because teachers just kind of gave up. And, I don’t think that anyone actually cared, but now that everyone is back, I feel like it’s a little harder to get back on track and do things, cause after so many years of not doing anything, no one cares.

A (Michael Runions): I reflect on the two years as a learning experience. I learned a lot about myself and I had to grow as a person, get out of my comfort zone of being at home. My perspective on quarantine was that it wasn’t too bad. I had a routine and I stuck by it every day. It was easy. 

A (Paisley Slunaker): My perspective really hasn’t changed because when it first started, I felt it was boring, and I still feel it was boring. 

A (Cooper Cox): During my freshman year, during fourth quarter in quarantine I really had no idea what to do when it came to online school. And I think most of us didn’t either; it was just too much to keep track of. So, I think the school handled it well when it came to grades. And, during our sophomore year when we had hybrid, I know it helped a lot to reduce the amount of COVID cases, but on the other hand lots of people were struggling mentally because of the isolation. So, in that regard I’m glad we’re fully back. 

Q: This is your first fully in-school fourth quarter, and it’s happening as a junior. How do you feel about that? 

A (Preston Wise): It feels weird. I mean, like freshman year, there wasn’t much I missed out on because for freshman you don’t go to prom, obviously you’re not graduating. I don’t feel like I missed out on much, other than that transition into being a sophomore. I feel like with this year, especially though, it’s going to hit me that I’m going to be a senior.

A (Paige Rutledge): It’s really stressful actually. I have a final in every single class and it’s kind of just cramming all of the information in the last three weeks. It’s very stressful. 

A (Michael Runions): It’s good to see progress and to know that things are continuing to become normal again.

A (Paisley Slunaker): I feel I have missed out on a lot of activities and what high school is really about, the social part, spending time with people. 

A (Cooper Cox): I don’t really mind that this is the first time we’re getting a full end of the year, as juniors, I’m just glad that this school year has felt mostly normal. There’s no doubt it’s not a normal high school year, and I think that I did miss out on quite a lot. But there’s no way I can get that back, so I move on. I loaded my senior year with classes so I really do hope we can stay in person, because it’s much harder to focus outside of school.

Q: Do you feel that you have missed out on the full high school experience? Do you feel like you have been cheated out of valuable time with friends and classmates?

A (Preston Wise): Like I said, before, I feel like I didn’t miss out on much freshman year. Sophomore year they didn’t have homecoming or prom, so I do feel like I missed out on homecoming. But yeah, only seeing the kids on one half of the alphabet, it was tough having friends on the other half, because I didn’t get to spend time with them and sort of drifted away. 

A (Paige Rutledge): I mean, a little bit. Since I’m in theater, we usually have traditions where we go out and hang, but for like the past two years- this is the first year we could actually go out and be with each other, to get that “high school experience.”

A (Michael Runions): I feel like I haven’t missed out on the full high school experience. I’ve spent a lot of time with classmates and friends, even with all of the restrictions. 

A (Paisley Slunaker): Yes, kinda. 

Q: How do you feel about senior year, now that, hopefully, it will not be complicated by COVID-19 restrictions?

A (Preston Wise): I feel pretty good about it. I feel like it will be a pretty solid ending to my high school career. Everyone’s back, I feel like it will be like a normal high school experience.

A (Paige Rutledge): Actually, I feel a little bit better about it, my senior year should be pretty breezy, cause I got nothing to really do, just two more classes. If everything goes well, minus the COVID, I think it should be fine. 

A (Michael Runions): I feel that my senior year is gonna be the best one. I’m happy to have a full year without any issues with COVID-19. It’s gonna be a fun last year.

A (Paisley Slunaker): I think it will be fully packed with as much stuff as I can do, cause I did not get much in the previous years. 

Q: Finally, what advice would you give to the underclassmen and students coming into the high school? Would you encourage them to enjoy their time in the school or would you tell them something else?

A (Preston Wise): Don’t be stupid, enjoy your time here, but don’t be reckless and ignorant. Just respect the rules and have fun. 

A (Paige Rutledge): I would tell them please don’t be annoying. I don’t mean it in a mean way, but if you want people to respect you, don’t start out by being annoying. Just be with your friends and have your fun, but just don’t be annoying. 

A (Michael Runions): Underclassmen: have fun and enjoy every day, because you never know if you’ll be taken out for a very long time. Enjoy your time in school and outside of school like at football games, events, or dances. 

A (Paisley Slunaker): I would say do as much as you can to get involved and join clubs, get active. 

A (Cooper Cox): I would suggest joining a club or sport after school. They really help when it comes to building relationships with people and I regret not doing it.

The Class of 2023 experienced a not-so-normal high school life, facing challenges like quarantine, hybrid schedules, and masks. It seems, for now, they have high hopes and a positive outlook for their senior year after facing an obstacle along the way. They certainly have much more gratitude, now, for being in person at school. We (again, Drew and Jeremiah) are optimistic about the future and look forward to a (knock on wood) normal senior year. 

Drew and McKenna Movie Challenge 2

by William McKenna/Guest Writer

DREW MOVIE CHALLENGE 2

# 1 Dune 2021

I have been told about how great the Dune series of books is for over 40 years and I have yet to read them and likely never will. Even when I was in the Sci-Fi book club I avoided it. Why… way too much work. Trying to keep up with the House of this and the House of that and the trade routes and the spice. I’ve seen the David Lynch version of the book from 1984. I have also seen the great documentary Jodrowsky’s Dune which I highly recommend… so I am quite aware of the Dune universe. YES I know that George Lucas was inspired by some of the things from Dune when he made Star Wars. I get it…people love Dune. People love 50 Shades of Grey and I haven’t read that either. I’m more of a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy type of person. So to each his own. I will try and enjoy the movie all the same.

The film features the dreamy Timothee Chalamet as some sort of chosen one type character who is thrust into a quest on the planet Arrakis. It’s the only planet that has the SPICE which I guess gives people super powers or something? The rest of the cast is rounded out by various cast members from the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe. Aquaman has pretty solid part as some sort of ultra tough warrior. Big surprise there. Mary Jane from Spider-Man I guess is the love interest. Never saw that coming? The cast is fine as they spout such epic lines as

“This is worm territory” and “worm time warning”. I guess there is a worm problem on planet Whatever.

The good guys are all nice looking people while the villains are bloated gross people with horrid table manners. I’ve never seen a movie where the characters who were disgusting when they eat were not the villain. The main villain is channeling his best Marlon Brando as he mumbles his lines and gobbles down squishy, sloppy, nasty food. He even looked like Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. “The Horror…The Horror.”

The problem with the film is that it is boring. The screenplay uses way too much exposition. Characters walk in the room and describe various this and that so the viewer can understand why the heck we should give a flip about the SPICE or fear the sand worms. A novel works in its own universe and often does not translate to screen. Dune is a prime example of a book that just doesn’t translate cinematically. Though Star Wars covers many similar themes it is written specifically for the screen and works great. The screenplay for Dune a is like a long walk in the desert because the story spends a long time with characters talking about the desert and walking and occasionally running around in the endless desert avoiding the giant worms.

The film has the expected cinematography and production design. The special effects look like stuff you have seen in other movies. The desert scenes are OK but the entire film is shot too dark. I kept wondering why nobody ever turned on a light. I guess space people can see in the dark.

The film ends with out any sort of climax as that has to happen in the next film. The novel is long and dense and the 2 hour 35 minute running time for the film isn’t enough time to tell the story. So I guess I will have to wait till the next film to find out why I should care about anything that happened in this film. Timothee never even rides the giant worm…oops that’s a spoiler for the next film.

The film is fine overall; it’s just not a movie that interested me. I’m still not sure what the story is really about outside of people really loving them some SPICE and be careful or you might get eaten by a giant worm.

# 2 A Taste of Honey 1961

This is a film about a school girl left to take care of herself when her mother remarries. It’s directed by Tony Richardson. This is a gritty drama for it’s time and features a bi-racial romance that would have been controversial in 1961.

Well-shot and directed the film moves along at a good pace but finds a way for the viewer to connect with the characters. Jo, played by Rita Tushingham, carries the film as she plays a 17- year-old just trying to feel loved in the little spot she occupies on the planet. She has a relationship with Jimmy who is a sailor that leads to a pregnancy. He ships out and there she is by herself to have a baby alone.

Jo quits school gets a job and befriends Geoffrey, played by Murray Melvin, who is gay which also would have been controversial in 1961. The two form a little family that brings some needed stability to Jo. Though Geoff is gay he is dedicated to Jo and is willing to marry her though they are not in love.

The stability is shattered when Jo’s mother returns after her recent marriage collapses. The mother chases off Geoff and Jo is once again trapped in the cycle of disfunction with her awful mother with the only person who cared about her gone.

The film uses upbeat childlike music throughout which is interesting as the situations the characters are in seem hopeless. Jo is a child and it works almost like an inner monologue reminding us that even though Jo is pregnant and taking care of herself…she is just a child.

Many scenes in the film feature children playing games and doing kid things. Jo is a kid herself but her situation keeps her from being in that world even though she wishes she could. Jo is frightened of the responsibility being a mother brings as she has never had any stability in her own life.

Will there be a happy ending for Jo and her child? That’s a question that is not answered as the film ends. All that is certain is that Jo is on her own just as she was when the film began.

#3 Spencer 2021

On August 31st 1997…I know exactly where I was when Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash in a tunnel in Paris. I had come in and worked a Saturday at WRTV 6. Though it was Sunday the 31st in Paris, the time difference made it only Saturday in Indianapolis. I recall clear as day just before we were going to air the producer that night, Jenny, in a voice of shock saying “Oh, my God, she’s dead!” We stayed with network from then on out. That’s an important story to keep in mind as I give my thoughts on Spencer, a movie about Princess Diana’s fictional Christmas with her awful husband and in-laws. I have no interest in royal people…I think it’s absolute nonsense. Princess Diana, on the other hand, had been a kindergarten teacher and seemed to be just a regular normal person trying to do her best every day. By her own accounts she just wanted a family and be a good mother and wife. Unfortunately, she was involved with the wrong man for that. I’m not likely to give the royal family a break in this review.

The film opens with Princess Diana, played as best she can by Kristen Stewart, arriving late for a Christmas weekend at a cold English estate. She does what she can with the accent and the immaculate style of Diana. Stewart controls every scene she is in and demands attention as it’s all happening from her point of view. It’s a tough role as Princess Diana meant so many different things to so many different people. I’m guessing nobody will ever be able to really capture how complex Princess Diana actually was but Stewart is all in on her effort.

Diana is completely aware that Prince Charles is having an affair with another woman. He even gives his lover the same gifts he gives his wife. He has no problem humiliating her. Diana is a strong but abused woman. She entered a marriage with the proper intentions but her husband did not.

The story unfolds with preposterous ceremony in a family Christmas weekend, everything so formal and lifeless. Diana was just too bright a light for the pompous, cold, dark royal family. The estate is poorly lit with centuries of old artifacts. The dinner scene with the family is so formal and soul-sucking I was hoping somebody might pass gas to lighten the mood.

The production design is top-notch. Even though it takes place in a large estate, the environment gives off a stifling claustrophobia that closes in on Diana in every scene. As soon as she enters the house she is in by all accounts a haunted house of horrors. This help set the mood for Diana’s state of mind thoughout the weekend. It’s known that Princess Diana had mental health issues intensified by her environment.

The rest of the cast fulfills their roles as best they can. The royals come off as cold, lifeless ghouls. That is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s how they exist in the story as it unfolds around Diana. The actors who play the help are the only people Diana connects with on a human level. Sally Hawkins as Maggie is Diana’s only friend and confidant and she is great in the role.

The best scenes are with Diana and her children William and Henry. Above all else Diana wanted to be a good mother and her children are the only family she has that weekend that loves her. She was suffering through it all in hopes things would work out for the children.

Scenes with Prince Charles are tense as would be expected under the circumstances. It’s a thankless role as he is truly the villain in this relationship . He keeps trying to control his wife while living as he pleases. There is simply no love. Charles goes on about doing things for the good of the country but is willing to do nothing for the good of his family.

There are lots of really good scenes as Diana begins to break free from the confines of royal life. An unapproved visit to her childhood home reminds her of her joyful youth. She simply has to be her own person. By the end of the film she gathers her children and returns to London. In a call back to an opening scene where Princess Diana pulls an old coat off a weathered scarecrow as a sort of contrast to her immaculate image, she drives past it and this time the scarecrow is dressed in her clothes. She is leaving it all behind. The film ends with Diana not knowing what her future would be. Of course I know what happens so it makes the events of the film that much sadder.

This is not a movie I would usually be interested in but Stewart is so engaging that it’s really pretty good. The directing is fine but it’s the power in Kristen Stewart’s performance that drives the film. It’s stylized and at times borders on hallucinatory but feels real at the same time. That is tough to do.

#4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire …2019

Portrait of a Lady On Fire is like any film where a painter comes to paint the portrait of a person on an island. From the start you know they are going to end up in a romantic entanglement . This film is very predictable from the very start. Marianne arrives on the island to paint the portrait of Heloise who is about to be forced into a marriage to some guy she doesn’t love. Has there ever been a movie or story been made about a beautiful young woman being forced to marry some guy by her family where the viewer is like “Yeah, this is great”?

The film is directed by Celine Sciamm. The production design and setting is spectacular and enhances the story of forbidden love that is being presented. The film is a period piece that takes place sometime in the 18th century. The women are stunning in the fashions of the day, all of which informs who the characters are and their status in the strict social structure.

The film is interesting in that it is strictly from the women’s point of view. The story is about women and the relationships they form with each other and the value society puts on them. Heloise does not want to sit for her portrait as she knows when it’s finished she will have to get married and she will have to compromise her own identity to fit social norms of the day. Marrianne also has few options as a woman of her era to be free as she would like to be as well. Over time the two women embrace their own desires and enter into a relationship. It’s not presented as something salacious or vulgar but as two people who genuinely fall in love. Though the story is very predictable and been presented in other films where usually the male painter pursues the female subject, this film focuses more on two people finding each other as people, not just objects of lust. There are many quiet moments of the women together where the attraction grows in a much more organic and fulfilling manner.

The women only have a few days together when the mother of Heloise is away from the island where they can be free. At a gathering at a bonfire with other women Heloise’s dress briefly catches fire and she appears as a phoenix for just a brief magic moment. This of course becomes the painting the title of the film comes from as it is a symbol of the fire like passion the woman have for each other. Though the fire burns only for a short time it burned brilliant like their love.

Marrianne finishes the painting as Heloise mother returns and has to leave the island. As she leaves she turns back to see Heloise in her wedding gown. This is the last time the women will be able to show how much they love each other as both know they will be less than they could be as they will now be apart.

This is not a movie I would usually seek out but it’s a cut above the painter falling in love with the subject trope. The story is completely predictable but the directing and performances rise above the basic story elements.

#5 Happy Lazzaro 2018

This is an Italian drama directed by Alice Rohrwacher and stars Adriano Tardiolo as Lazzaro. I can tell by the grit of the film that it is well shot on 16 mm film. This gives the film a strong visual presence that informs the viewer there will likely not be many funny bits in this film. The Italian village where the film is shot looks really lived in and the grain of the film enhances the environment of these characters.

The story revolves around a group of isolated people who are being swindled by a land baron to work on a farm. The story is a kind of fairy tale. The people in village are so isolated that they do not know sharecropping is illegal and they are being exploited. The story is based on something that actually happened. They are exploited and just continue about their daily lives as best they can with little hope of improving their place in the world.

Through a series of events the villagers discover they are being swindled by the land baron. Lazzaro falls off a cliff and becomes unconscious as the other villagers are rescued from servitude. Lazzaro becomes a Rip Van Winkle figure.

Time passes and Lazzaro wakes up having not aged at all. When he goes to his old village it is abandoned and run down. He finds his way to the city where all the old villagers now live. They have fallen into terrible poverty, much worse than they had in their days of servitude in their old village. Lazzaro is very confused by what is happening and wants things to be the way they were before he went into his Rip Van Winkle sleep. He is a young man lost in time as all he knows is gone and all his friends have become old or died as he has stayed young and somewhat innocent.

Lazzaro is desperate to try and return things to the way they had been before and ends up in a bank asking that the old land baron be given back his fortune so he can return to his village. The people in the bank think it’s being robbed and beat Lazzaro to death.

The film ends with a wolf maybe running through the city into woods back to the old village…this being Lazzaro’s spirit, I guess.

Not sure what the big takeaway from the story is as things go from bad to worse to dead. The film is very well-done and shows the human spirit can be crushed in more ways than one. Not even the innocence of a good-natured young man is enough to overcome unfortunate situations. A wise man once told me, “Life is a poop sandwich and each day you take another bite. “ Poor Lazzaro and his villagers had the misfortune of actually having to eat two poop sandwiches.

In closing I would like to say I have enjoyed the journey of watching these films that Drew has picked. Most are films I most likely never would have discovered. In a time where most kids his age think Jason Momoa talking to a digital fish is high art… it’s good to see a young person finding real stories to watch. It seems that for the most part Drew likes films that are kind of downers where the characters get kicked in the head a lot by the world around them. Yes, life does have a lot of hard knocks…that is for sure. But there is also a great deal of love and happiness. Perhaps pepper in a few Steve Martin comedies from time to time to offset the misery of life films.

Profile: JAG Coordinator Turner helps students with job skills

by Jeremiah Edwards and Alex Smith/Staff Writers

Photo Caption: JAG students check prospective job-seeking students into the job fair on April 22.

Mr. Darren Turner shares his experiences as JAG Coordinator 

Q: How long have you been teaching JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates)?

A: This is my first year teaching JAG.  I began this position on July 5, 2021.

Q: Who was the most influential teacher in your life and why?

A: Looking back, I had many influential teachers throughout my school years.  But, the most influential people in my life were my parents and my mentor, former Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club, Jim Andrews.

Q: What’s your favorite part of being the JAG teacher?

A: JAG has given me the opportunity to work with juniors and seniors and, hopefully, pass on information that they will be able to utilize throughout their life.

Q: How do you balance your work and home life?

A: In the past, my career was pretty much my life.  By that I mean that I could not go anywhere without someone asking me a question that referred to my job and that I was basically “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Since I left that career, I have had a much better balance in regards to work vs home.  When I am home these days, I enjoy my home life.  Of course, there are still times that I do work on items while at home. That is the nature of the beast in these type of positions.  

Q: What do you do outside of teaching JAG?

A: When I am not working on JAG, I spend the majority of my time at home with Michelle and our two rescue dogs, Bella and Jasper. and my daughter, Kayla, when she is around.  I enjoy working on puzzle books, watching sports and movies, and going to auctions.

Q: What is your least favorite part of being the JAG teacher?

A: Hands down, it is all the reports that I am required to complete for JAG and the state.  I would much prefer to use my time with the students.

Q: What is the most memorable moment in your teaching experience?

A: That moment has not happened yet – it will be when the seniors I currently have, graduate and move on to start their careers.

Q: Teaching can be a stressful job. What makes it worth it?

A: Honestly, I handle stress very well.  I had a lot of experience in my previous career in learning early on how to handle stress and not let it affect me.  I enjoy seeing my students work to improve themselves.

Q: What do you want kids to remember about you?

A: I do not necessarily want them to remember me.  It is more important that they remember the discussions we had over the career and life competencies we covered.  The students know that they will always be able to contact me for any advice or assistance they may need once they graduate.

Q: How have you handled teaching JAG during a pandemic?

A: I was fortunate that I really did not have to teach during the majority of the pandemic like most teachers.

Q: What do you want kids to learn in JAG? What’s your number one goal?

A: Students have 37 competencies dealing with career and life issues that are covered in JAG I.  We have many important competencies that are covered, but the most important to me is not actually one of them.  My number one goal for every student is to know that they can have the career that they want to have – it might take a lot of effort, a lot of time, and a lot of preparation. (Hopefully, they use the lessons learned in JAG to find that career.)

If you find the career that you want and it makes you happy, then you will be a success.  Success is not always fame or fortune; success is determined by each individual’s own definition.

Q: How do you keep the kids engaged?

A: I hope that I keep them engaged by changing up their class activities.  

We have defined times in which I lead and times in which the students lead.  Students are given many opportunities to lead (entire class or small group), to give their input and ideas and to collaborate on projects.

Q: What is your favorite lesson or activity to do with the kids and why?

A: My favorite activity with students is any time we have discussions, no matter the topic.  This is two-fold. I can actually find out if the lessons we worked on actually sink in and it allows me the opportunity to learn more about each student.

A couple students share their experiences with JAG and Mr. Turner.

What is your favorite thing about JAG with Mr. Turner?

Jonah Hord: Learning world problems and solutions 

Megan Clark: I love how helpful Turner is. Asking him for help, even if it’s 15 times, is super easy!

What does Mr. Turner do to help you learn?

Jonah Hord: He talks with us personally, to make sure we know 

Megan Clark: Turner is patient and doesn’t mind explaining how things work. He does fun games and lets us run the class sometimes.

What is your least favorite thing about JAG with Mr. Turner?

Jonah Hord: Learning all the finance stuff, i find math boring 

Megan Clark: I honesty don’t have a least favorite thing about his class. If I had to choose, it might be the deadlines. He’s understanding though, so it’s never really the worst thing about that class!

What does Mr. Turner do to make JAG fun?

Jonah Ward: He’s gets involved, makes things more personal, makes it feel like its a student to student interaction instead of a teacher to student interaction 

Megan Clark: To make class fun, he lets us lead to discussion. He also gets us involved in interactive games and away from the tablet. It’s refreshing to not be staring at a screen for an hour and a half.

Tell me a memorable story about JAG with Mr. Turner.

Jonah Hord: Probably when we went to the students in action leadership program, it was a lot of fun, we did breakout sessions and games 

Megan Clark: My favorite story is probably when we had to analyze bigger vs. smaller pictures. We did a guessing game where was had to figure out how they knew what color we choose, and I got super into it!!

What will you remember the most about JAG with Mr. Turner after you graduate?

Jonah Hord: The fun we had in the classroom. 

Megan Clark: I’ll probably remember how understanding he was. I’ve had a class with him every year for the past 4 years of being here. I grew very fond of coming to him with most of my problems. He’s not difficult to get along with, and he is super chill. I’ll definitely be missing morning meetings with him and the JAG association.

What has Mr. Turner taught you about in JAG this year?

Jonah Hord: I learned how to write a resume, cover letter, and reference sheet. 

Megan Clark: Turner definitely helped me learn more about communication and hard work this year. If there was anyone in this school who held me accountable it was him. I looked forward to his class, and I would recommend him in a heartbeat. I learned how to compose myself without losing my cool is bad situations, and I learned how to set deadlines for myself and how to stick to them.

GC Athletic department gives insight to daily activities in sports

by Tyler Young/Staff Writer

The athletic director’s of the school do a lot more in a school day than someone may think. This story is to show people a common day as described by them.

Starting with the head athletic director, Mr. Jared Manning has been the head athletic director at Greenfield-Central since 2014 and he has revealed more about what he does at that position. Manning discussed how the sports schedules are made, since that is an important behind-the-scenes decision. Manning said, “We have a system event line that helps us manage events if we have an opening in the schedule. The IHSAA limits contests per sport. For example, for baseball we have 28 games at max with 14 conference games and 14 non-conference games so we just call and email different schools and post about needing games. We also send a contract to the schools. Spring this year is a 1 year contract deal though it usually is longer. If a school cancels they have to pay a fee that is in the contract.” 

 How often does Mr. Manning go to the games? “It’s a hit or miss,” he said.  “There are sports that want us there more often and sometimes we don’t go to certain sports because there are often officials that don’t need to be paid or taken care of. We are nearly at 95% of home events. We go to major events that are away games if at all possible.” 

Manning also talked about a common school day for him. “A typical school day we come in and we check email and make sure we have workers and officials for a game and our facilities are running and ready to be used. We have things thrown at us that we weren’t expecting. Our sound system went down in the gym and the scoreboard wasn’t working. We have big items like fall, winter, spring schedules getting made. (There’s a) newsletter and transportation made bus schedules and handled many issues. And we talk to coaches about previous and current events.” He also mentioned his main job as an athletic director. “My primary responsibility is to oversee the sports programs as a whole managing coaches scheduling events, managing events making sure student athletes are academically eligible and the uniforms for sports.”

Manning was asked about the sports he goes to and the programs he is more involved in. “There are three sports that we are most involved in that involve the biggest crowds like football with the special events and basketball boys and girls are another of the most involved because of the number of people that are here for the games.” 

Another question was if he played sports in high school and college himself. “I moved here before high school. I played soccer, basketball, and baseball. I went on to play soccer for 2 years at Franklin College. I decided to quit after I realized I wasn’t going pro so I focused on my degree. I’ve always played sports and been involved with them. I transfered to Purdue for sports management. I managed training officials. I’ve never been out of sports.” 

Another question was the care for athletes. “We have two full-time athletic trainers,” he said. “They get here at 2:00 and are here at practices and games to meet the needs of athletes. They are awesome.” Manning also talked about the sectional brackets. “Most of the sectional alignments are handled by the IHSAA. They do selections; they’re the ones that assign hosts sites. It’s crazy hosting, especially basketball. We have a meeting about how we manage the officials and the workers and the practices and the management of the game. It’s a lot to make it happen.” The last question was about talking with coaches and what they talk about, “We talk quite a bit, we talk as much as possible, they usually swing in and talk about the game before the game next and how the team is doing and what they need for us.”

Ms. Elizabeth Mercer is an assistant athletic director here at GCHS. The first question was about how many sporting events she attends regularly. “I would say 5 out of 7 days a week I attend sporting events after school. Mr. Manning and myself both attend all of the home events and split the responsibilities involved with events.” 

Regarding what a school day is like for her, she said, “Every school day is different! Some days we are working on our computers all day – answering emails, signing game contracts with other schools, working on schedules, game day information, social media, our website, and more. Other days we are out at different facilities working on things or getting them ready for games. Every day seems to bring something new to the table.” 

Mercer also talked about what sports she is more involved with.“I would say that I am more involved in volleyball and basketball due to having coached those sports before coming to GCHS,” she said. “However, I am at most of our teams’ home events. There are multiple sports that have bigger crowds at events, so it takes more people to ensure things run smoothly for those sports.” 

She also talked about what sports she played in high school and college. “I played volleyball and basketball in high school at Western Boone and played basketball in college at IUPUI.” 

The final question was about how often she talked with the coaches of various sports, “We talk with our coaches every day. They stop in our office all the time just to catch up and see how things are going. We also talk to them about their schedules, their games that might be happening that night, their facilities, and also about their athletes specifically.”

Lastly, Mrs. Fowler was the final interview. Ms. Brayana Fowler is an athletic trainer at GC. The first question was about how many games she goes to. “I go to all home sporting events. I am only required to travel with football. However, if everything is covered at home I will travel to sectionals, regionals, and state.” Regarding a typical school day for her, “On a typical school day I get here around 2:30pm, our athletic training room opens at 3 and if there are no games I am out of the building around 730pm. On game days I arrive a little earlier to set things up and leave depending on when the game is over, usually 9/10PM, later for football.” She also talked about the sports she is more involved in, “I am more involved with football. It is the top covered sport at GC as it has the highest rate for injury. I travel everywhere with football as well as covering home events.”

The next question for Fowler was about the sports she played in high school and college, “I played basketball and ran track in high school. I played basketball in college as well.” Fowler also mentioned if she had a job as a trainer before GC, “I am a Certified Athletic Trainer. I have both my bachelors and masters in athletic training. I was employed part time at Marion High School before transitioning full time to GC after having my daughter.” 

The last question for Fowler was about how often she talked with the coaches, “I conversate with coaches daily. It is extremely important to build good relationships with coaches for the best interest of the players.”

Sounds like the athletic department keeps themselves quite busy. Hopefully this article will show how much the athletic department and the people within it really do for athletes and the school.

Senior spotlight: memorable moments, achievements, looking ahead

by Alex Smith and Jeremiah Edwards/Staff Writers

How has your senior year been so far? What stands out to you about it?

Brynn Elliott: It has been great! I think I have made more memories than I ever have before this year.

A.J. Springman: It was really fast, honestly. What stood out to me is how emotional the final choir concert was. I was expecting me and my friends to be in absolute tears hugging each other.

Kathryn Root: Stressful but the most meaningful, the most emotional.

Hunter Reed: It has probably been the best school year of my life. There has been so many fun events that I’ve been to.

What are you looking forward to in the last few weeks of school? Why?

Brynn Elliott: I’m looking forward to senior brunch, I think it will be really fun.

A.J. Springman: Getting closer to graduation

Kathryn Root: Feeling like I officially accomplished a milestone. I’m less stressed than I have ever been and feel proud.

Hunter Reed: Getting out of here.

Are you ready for high school to be over? Why or why not?

Brynn Elliott: Yes I am, I’m just ready to get away from some of these people and start a new chapter in my life.

A.J. Springman: I am but I’m not. I just wanna stick in madrigal and legacy with Mr. Grazzard but in the other hand I’m ready to get out into the world and pursue my dream of acting.

Kathryn Root: Absolutely! I can’t wait to go to college and be more independent. I’m so excited for moving and exploring.

Hunter Reed: YES! Freedom!

What are some memorable events during high school that will stick with you even after graduation?

Brynn Elliott: Definitely all the shows I have been in.

A.J. Springman: The last choir concert and how emotional it was and probably he goofy moments I had with teachers.

Kathryn Root: Drama Club and Choir. The family atmosphere and community in both groups has given me life lessons and irreplaceable memories.

Hunter Reed: Choir concerts, prom, madrigal dinners, homecoming stuff.

How did COVID affect your high school life?

Brynn Elliott: It was a lot harder to get things done because of all the distractions at home.

A.J. Springman: It made my grades plummet

Kathryn Root: I don’t remember two years of it really well but on the academic side, I remember the plays and concerts.

Hunter Reed: Choir concerts, prom, madrigal dinners, homecoming stuff.

How did you feel about the COVID mask mandates coming to a sudden halt?

Brynn Elliott: I was pretty okay with it

A.J. Springman: I honestly couldn’t care much

Kathryn Root: Finally! Hallelujah! This is what life was like!

Hunter Reed: (The mask mandates) made junior year miserable for me.

What do you wish you could’ve done differently during high school?

Brynn Elliott: I wish I would have done more with friends. I used to not find time for them and I wish I would have.

A.J. Springman: I wish I tried to enjoy my time in high school more.

Kathryn Root: Stress less and sometimes not care so much about the small things.

Hunter Reed: Getting better grades I suppose.

What are some achievements that you’re proud of? What else are you looking to achieve?

Brynn Elliott: I’m proud that I was apart of our theatre department. I want to achieve my goal of making it through college.

A.J. Springman: Being casted into a TV show, getting a trophy for legacy. I’m looking forward to being casted into my productions

Kathryn Root: Being a Tech Head and Stage Manager of Drama Club. I can’t wait to keep building.

Hunter Reed: I’ve made so many friends and I’ve became far more popular than I was in high school, so I’m definitely proud of that.

What are your plans for life after high school? Are you excited about it? Why or why not?

Brynn Elliott: I am going to be a musical theatre major at Oakland University and I am so so excited. I can’t wait to meet so many new people and start living independently!

A.J. Springman: I ship out for basic training in Fort Leonard wood. Honestly it’s alright

Kathryn Root: I’m going to the University of Dayton to study Civil Engineering. I will then later focus on Structural Engineering. I can’t wait to go do labs and literally break and build stuff all day.

Hunter Reed: I plan on forming a rock/metal band, and/or I plan on getting into wrestling.

GC admin looks back at ups, downs of momentous year

by Kaydence Ham/Staff Writer

             As the end of the school year approaches swiftly, a look back at all GC’s progress seems appropriate, especially after the chaos of the pandemic. The masks, social distancing, and contact tracing have all slowly come to an end. This year was the first semi-normal year since the 2019-2020 school year. GCHS had Prom, Homecoming, field trips, award programs, and other extracurricular activities reintroduced for the first time in two years. 

School administrators and staff have had a difficult job navigating the past couple of years. As this time period is coming to an end, it would be reasonable to address these issues with the school administrators. The biggest issue over the past few years has been the pandemic. Dr. Olin said, “As the superintendent of schools, I believe it was (and still is) my job to ensure that our schools were as safe as possible for our students and staff.  Therefore, my team and I were in constant communication with the Hancock County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Health officials to help us craft our policies and procedures to navigate the tumultuous waters of the pandemic.  I felt as though we were constantly walking the tightrope between that which was too restrictive and that which was too passive.  We did not always get it right, and we definitely did not make everyone happy.  That being said, I am grateful for the grace that most of our students, staff, and families exhibited throughout the year.” 

Coming out of the pandemic has definitely brought about change, as the district tries to adjust to some sort of normal. Mr. Cary stated, “It really seemed like two different school years: one in the pandemic and one after the pandemic.  We wanted to prioritize the health of our staff and our students, while also keeping an eye on the learning loss our students experienced during the pandemic.” Mrs. Coleman agreed. She said, “I really see this year in two different years. We have August to February where we still had to deal with COVID, the absences and all the craziness that the pandemic brought us. I have loved the year since March! I have gotten in more classrooms, gotten to interact more with teachers and students and it has just been a different atmosphere. I think the pandemic has taught us all about perseverance, patience and life. We’ve had to rely so heavily on family and friends, and educators.” 

Although GC has had a very divided year due to the pandemic, students and administration have managed to sneak in some highlights this year. Mr. Cary stated, “There were quite a few highlights for the year: Band winning State again, having Prom for the first time in a few years, the first day of school with the Senior Turnaround, etc.  It wasn’t a normal year, but we had a lot of normalcy along the way.”

Dr. Olin also discussed some important highlights for the district. He said, “Winning back-to-back state championships in marching band was the most exciting moment for me.  Seeing 150+ students coming together to perform something that is creative and beautiful never gets old. Being told that Eden Elementary School had the third highest math passing rate in the state. Receiving the support of our community to build the auditorium was also quite special. Receiving the Family Friendly designation from the Indiana Department of Education for all eight schools was very rewarding. And of course…Dropping the mask mandate and returning to normalcy in the spring semester was definitely a highlight as well.  Seeing our students at Prom for the first time in three years was quite special.”  

GC has also had some challenges along the way. Dr. Olin stated, “We had a number of challenges filling teacher vacancies due to absenteeism during the pandemic.  It is our goal to provide high quality education in the classroom each and every day.  That was difficult to fulfill when we could not find the substitute teachers that we needed.” Many teachers even stepped in themselves and gave up their prep periods to help fill in a teacher’s position.

When asked about other challenges, Mr. Cary said, “I think the easy answer is COVID and the masks/contact tracing.  The other big answer is that we had one less administrator after Mr. Beal retired.  That meant a lot of work on the 3 of us instead of spread out amongst the four of us.  At the end of the day, we prioritized what we could and made the most of the time we had.” Mr. Beal was with GC for 23 years, most of those at the high school before his retirement. 

As the 2021-2022 school year comes to an end, GC is looking forward to many things next year. Mr. Cary says, “I am looking forward to adding another assistant principal to our office. We just hired Mr. Steve Wherry, who is the principal at Knightstown High School.  He is going to make us so much better, and we are going to tackle some initiatives that have been put on the back burner during the pandemic.  I also am looking forward to more normalcy than we already have.” 

Seniors will be graduating June 5 and Mr. Cary wants them to know: “I hope they enjoy the last few weeks and make us proud in whatever they do moving forward.” Mrs. Coleman also had an encouraging piece of advice. “My advice for seniors is to never stop learning and growing. Whatever path you take next year, have confidence in that path. College isn’t for everyone but be sure you never give up on learning. Learn how to change a tire. Learn how to cook a recipe. Learn a new language. Just keep learning. And, don’t forget your roots. Be proud to be a GC graduate and come back and visit often!” 

NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH PROFILE: ALBION FELLOWS BACON

Photo caption: Albion Fellows Bacon is referred to as Indiana’s Municipal Housekeeper.

By Jeremiah Edwards/Staff Writer

The Progressive Era, from the 1890s to the 1920s, was an era of intense social and political reform aimed at making progress towards a better society. During this era issues such as labor rights, women’s suffrage, economic reform, environmental protections, public housing reform, and the welfare of the poor were all addressed. Indiana had its own reformer, someone who wanted to better the spaces people lived in, a woman who would become Indiana’s Municipal Housekeeper: Albion Fellows Bacon.

Bacon was an American reformer and writer. She’s largely remembered for her efforts to improve public housing standards. Bacon was very involved in tenement reform and was vital in the passage of legislation to improve housing conditions in Indiana in 1909, 1913, and 1917. 

 Bacon was born on April 8, 1865, in Evansville Indiana. She was the youngest daughter of Reverend Albion Fellows and Mary Fellows and a younger sister to writer Annie Fellows Johnston. 

After the passing of Bacon’s father a few weeks before her birth, Albion’s mother Mary returned to her hometown of McCutchanville, Indiana. Bacon would attribute her early life in a small, rural town as her motivation for her efforts to achieve urban reform. 

Bacon would go on to graduate from Evansville High School in 1883, she would then work for her sister, Annie Fellows Johnston, who would become a professional writer, as her secretary during her tour in Europe. 

On October 11, 1888, Bacon would marry Hillary Bacon, the owner of Woolworth’s shop in Evansville. The couple would have four children together. 

At the turn of the century, Bacon would become very concerned about the effects of industrialization and urbanization. Her main interest was improving living conditions in Evansville. Bacon then became active in her community; she volunteered as a “friendly visitor” for local charities. She helped organize a Flower Mission group, which donated and distributed flowers to poor working girls.  She formed an Anti-Tuberculosis League that would help with preventing the development of tuberculosis, and also a Working Girls’ Association, that helped young women that were working in factories and mills. The association would later affiliate itself with the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) in Evansville. Bacon was also a part of the Monday Night Club, a group of influential individuals interested in charitable work, her focus being its housing committee. 

Bacon showed her dedication and determination to achieve her goals by attending every session of the Indiana General Assembly from 1909 and 1917 due to her agreement with the Indianapolis Commercial Club. The Indianapolis Commercial Club would sponsor her legislation if she attended sessions of the Indiana General Assembly. During her time attending these assemblies, Bacon would garnish support for her legislation from other groups.

Even after achieving her primary goal of establishing a state-wide  law, Bacon would continue working as a social welfare activist. In 1917 she became chair of the Child Welfare Committee, a part of the Women’s Section of the Indiana State Council of Defense. She would then work on the passage of school attendance laws and establish a juvenile probation system.

An organization was named in her honor, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, located in Evansville. The organization currently provides such things as residential and non-residential services, community outreach, primary abuse prevention, sexual assault help, legal advocacy, as well as children’s and crisis response programs.

Bacon would die of heart failure on December 10, 1933, at her home in Evansville. She is praised as a symbol of the housing reform movement and Evansville’s best known and most loved woman. 

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Albion-Fellows-Bacon

Profile: Indiana’s first african american female superior court judge

by Jeremiah Edwards/Staff Writer

A future full of outstanding achievements and breakthroughs was unknowingly made on June 29, 1943 with the birth of Indiana’s first African American female Superior Court Judge, Zilthia Mae Perkins Jimison. Jimison’s life would be a canvas for equality and change. Her voice and attitude would be the light for many then and now. 

At an early age Jimison had developed her beliefs and knew what she wanted to fight for. She wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way. Jimison’s parents didn’t believe in limitations and continued to reinforce that idea. Jimison believed that anything she put her mind to she could accomplish. This mindset would prove to be good for Jimison, as at many points in her life she would smash ceilings. 

In 1963, Jimison would graduate from high school and enter Indiana Central Business college. While working towards her degree she would be working at Apex Finance Center. During this time Jimison would marry the love of her life Robert M. Jimison, Sr, a Union that would go on to last for 43 years. After graduating from business school Mae wanted to further her education, so both her and her husband entered Indiana State University.

Jimison’s time at ISU is nothing short of special. Her leadership skills would prove to help provide and maintain a cultural for African Americans at ISU. Jimison was active in the Black Student Union, first as a member and then as the prime minister in 1972. Jimison’s biggest accomplishment as prime minister was her fight to realize the Afro American Cultural Center. Through her leadership and no nonsense attitude she was able to convince the President of the urgency of the AACC.

In the years following her time at ISU, Jimison would go on to pass the Indiana Bar in 1977 and went into private practice. Jimison would soon rise up the ranks and emerge as an expectational trial attorney. Years later, Jimison served on the Indianapolis City-Council from 1992-1995, with the spirit of giving back to her community. Then in 1995, she took a massive stride and became a mayoral candidate in Indianapolis. Running as a Democrat candidate against Stephen Goldsmith. Jimison was the first African American to win an Indianapolis mayoral primary. Even though Jimison fell short of the required votes for victory, she triumphed in the ways of history, with her stellar campaign, her candidacy would pave the way for future African American mayoral candidates in the city.

In 1988, Jimison was appointed as superior court judge by Republican Governor Robert D. Orr, becoming the first black woman to serve as a judge on the Marion Superior Court. She served admirably from 1988 to 1990. Then in 1996, in a historic election, Jimison was elected to the Marion Superior Court bench and served for six years. This extraordinary achievement would pave the way for other women to enter judiciary in Indiana.

Jimison would be recognized for her outstanding efforts through awards. She would be rewarded with The Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana State University and the State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash Awarded presented to her by former Governor Joe Kernan.

Jimison’s ceiling smashing achievements opened up the door for all those that followed her. Jimison is pioneer, her story deserves to be shared. Jimison was taught to not believe in limitations. If there were limitations, she ignored them. She made her own rules. 

Profile: Students describe Voelz as “patient,” creator of “great conversations”

By: Alex Smith/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mrs. Krysha Voelz, English and Film Literature teacher, helps Chelsea Adair, 9, with her assignment in English 9. Photo Credit: Alex Smith/Staff Writer

Mrs. Krysha Voelz, English and Film Literature teacher, has recently been voted Teacher of the Year for GCHS by her peers. Voelz, who has been teaching English for 8 years at GC, talked about what makes teaching worth all the stress, all the grading, planning, and overall time involved. She said, “It is worth it whenever I see a student feel accomplished and proud of his/her efforts.” 

Voelz mentioned several positive aspects of being an English teacher. She said, “I enjoy multiple aspects of it. I really enjoy forming relationships with teens and watching them mature socially, intellectually, and emotionally throughout high school. I also LOVE analyzing literature with students who discover new meaning and have those ‘Aha moments’!” 

Katlyn Garner, 11, discussed what her favorite thing about Film Literature with Voelz is. She said, “She is a good teacher; she’s really friendly. She really likes to talk about films and it’s nice to talk to her about that sort of stuff.” 

McKenzie Bell, 9, talked about her favorite aspect of English with Voelz. She said, “My favorite thing about Mrs. Voelz is how caring she is about her students’ education and our feelings. She also makes eye contact [with us] when explaining things which shows she’s genuinely communicating.”

Voelz mentioned how she has handled teaching English, Film Literature, and F111, a college composition class, during a pandemic. She said, “It has been extremely challenging. I have had to let some things go and allow myself the same ‘grace’ I give to others. On the flip side, I have discovered new teaching strategies and have added [them] to my ‘wheelhouse.’ “

Bell talked about what Voelz does to help her learn. She said, “Something she does to help me learn is check in occasionally to make sure I’m on track.” Garner discussed what Voelz does to help her learn. She said, “She’s very patient, she’s great at explaining things and creates good conversations.”

Voelz talked about what teachers or mentors that she follows on social media and why. She said, “I chuckle at this question because I am not one for using social media much. However, I do follow one English teacher, Laura Randazzo, on YouTube and Teachers Pay Teachers. She is a high school English teacher about my age who creates fabulous lessons for her students. She also makes some entertaining videos. She is my idol!” She also mentioned who the most influential teacher in her life was and why. She said, “The teacher who impacted me the most was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Barbara Taylor. She was my teacher during my freshman year as well as my senior year. She was tough, funny, and inspired a love for the classics. I was first exposed to classics such as The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as works by Shakespeare in her room.”

Garner further commented on Voelz, “I’ve only had her for a short period of time but she’s just a really good teacher.” Bell told a memorable story about Voelz: “I was struggling with my grades and she noticed so she called me up and talked to me about it and offered to help me which no other teacher has done before.” Voelz discussed memorable moments in her teaching career. She said, “There are so many; however, I am always moved when I receive a card or an email from a student, years after I have had him/her in class, to thank me for making a difference in his/her life.”

Bell talked about what Voelz does to make English class fun. She said, “Something she does to make class fun is letting us work with friends.” As for Film Lit, Garner said, “Like I said, she’s very passionate about films and talking about films and there are good conversations.”

Voelz discussed how she balances her work and home life. She said, “This is tough, as I haven’t fully achieved this balance. It is a juggling act, for sure. Like most teachers, I take a lot home with me. This includes grading, planning, and responding to emails. I go through phases where I am more ‘balanced’ than others. Currently, my husband and I are making an effort to exercise together and get to sleep before 11:00. It always helps to achieve balance when you have someone who provides encouragement and accountability.” She also mentioned what she does outside of teaching English. She said, “I try to exercise regularly and enjoy working out in the gym and outside. I walk, jog, do yoga, and swim. In addition, I spend a lot of time with my family. I have one daughter who lives at home and three other adult children who live in Indiana, whom I see often.”

Garner mentioned what Voelz has taught her about in Film Literature this Semester. She said, “Right now we’re watching a film that’s about history, which is really cool. We’ve watched a lot of different types of films and different styles of films.” Bell talked about what Voelz has taught her about in English 9 this Semester. She said, “She’s taught us about the story Romeo and Juliet and Greek mythology, my personal favorites.” Voelz discussed her favorite lesson or activity to do with the kids. She said, “I really enjoy Socratic seminars. It is extremely uplifting to observe students lead and discuss issues they have independently noted in texts they read for class.”

Bell talked about what her least favorite thing about English with Voelz is. She said, “My least favorite thing is doing work on our own.” As for Film Lit, Garner said, “Most of the reading can be a little bit continuous and the notes can be a bit boring sometimes but there’s good conversations.” For her part, Voelz discussed her least favorite thing about being an English teacher. She said, “My least favorite part is the paperwork (email, etc.) I know it is important to communicate with others, but sometimes it seems to take over my life. Balancing email communication with grading, planning, and teaching is challenging.”

Voelz talked about what she wants students to learn in English class. She said, “My number one goal is for students to realize they are capable of achieving whatever they work to do.” She also mentioned how she keeps the kids engaged. She said, “I typically find that their engagement is related to my enthusiasm. If I enjoy what I am reading or discussing, I usually find that my engagement is contagious. I also think engagement rises as the students have more ownership in the lesson.”

Garner talked about what she is going to remember the most about Voelz. She said, “Probably just the classroom morale and how many movies we watched.” Bell commented on what she is going to remember the most about Voelz. She said, “Something I will remember most is how much she cared [about us] and she is really good at teaching.” Voelz concluded by commenting on what she wants kids to remember about her. She said, “I hope that they remember that I care and that most people in life are willing to help you when you show effort.”

Profile: color guard coach positively impacts students

by Shelby Duncan/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Angie Mayhue, GC color guard coach, and the GC color guard staff celebrate receiving gold at the Winter Guard International competition.

GC color guard coach Angie Mayhue is one of the newest additions to the Greenfield-Central Color Guard, but she has already made a great impact on the students in the guard. Mayhue is very well-known for her talent and creativity in the activity and has been able to share that talent with the GC guard program. She seems extremely   dedicated to the activity and her students. So, how exactly is Mayhue so well known and so great at what she does?

Mayhue started color guard when she was 12 years old in her hometown, North Huntington Pennsylvania. After some convincing from her former directors, she auditioned for DCI (Drum Corp International), a group of individuals that audition for the best talent in guard or band, at the age of 17. She then marched Carolina Crown ‘14, ‘15, and ‘16, and Boston Crusaders ‘17 and ‘18. When she started DCI she became well known on Instagram for her creative choreography she would write.

 Photo Caption: Mayhue performs in her 2017 Pride of Cincinnati show “The Inevitable Direction of My Life.”

Later, she began teaching and writing for many teams, including Greenfield. She strives to always leave a positive impression on her students. Students notice that she is always bringing a great “vibe” or environment where she teaches. Current color guard captain Kylie Huffman, 11, said, “Angie has been able to influence my guard career in many ways. One that stands out to me would be that she has the ability to help me even on my hardest days.”  

You may ask, “How did Mayhue become a coach for GCCG?” When she moved to Greenfield 3 years ago she was supposed to teach Greenfield right away, but she ended up getting another job and the timing didn’t work out. She had been friends with Rico Santiago, the GC guard director, and he always asked her to come in and see how the guard was doing. So, during the 2018 guard year she decided to come in and help him out. It started out as her helping out her roommate, to now being the group she works with most consistently.

One of Mayhue’s favorite moments with GCCG happens to be preliminaries from last marching band season, Ramped Up. Mayhue said, “I was able to realize how much the group had really grown in that moment. Even though the team didn’t make the semi finals I was so proud of the show they had finished on.” She was really glad that they ended with a good show. 

Mayhue absolutely loves teaching. She said she really likes that she is able to influence so many people in the activity. She really enjoys watching her students grow each season, although sometimes teaching can be challenging. Every guard has different techniques and ways of teaching. Every student also learns differently. Mayhue said, “Learning these different ways can be difficult at times, but I always try to adapt and enjoy my students.” 

Mayhue always would like to make a great impact on her students. Mostly, Mayhue said, “I would want confidence to be the biggest thing to get out of the activity. One of the number one things I have learned over time is that the more comfortable you are with yourself, the better you do in front of an audience.” She said it took her a long time to understand the art of performing, but once you are able to find that inner confidence, not only does your performance enhance, but you can apply that to other aspects in life. 

Photo Caption: Mayhue in an Instagram photo.