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Photo Opinion: What Are You Looking Forward To In 2020?

By Ella Maciel/Staff Writer
We asked some students about what they are looking forward in 2020, here are their answers:

1. August Breedlove, 12:  “I am looking forward to graduating high school and starting a new chapter of my life.”

2. Dylan Thomas, 12: “ I am excited to go to the army and boxing there.”

3. Meghan Brown, 12:  “ I am looking forward to college and deciding what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

4. Julianne Hatcher, 11:  “I am looking forward to meet my last set of high school teachers.”

5. Makaela Bailey, 11: “ I am looking forward to senior year and the fun things it brings.”

6. Erin Kelly, 9: “I am looking forward to spending more time with friends and family.”

7. Elayna Morris, 10:  “I am looking forward to my license because then I can drive.”

8. Claire Bodell, 12:  “ Looking forward to going to college and being on my own.”

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

By Trinity Fields/Staff Writer
It’s almost the end of 2019, which means New Years is coming up, which also means New Year’s resolution lists will be made. Many people make New Year’s resolution list to start the new year off having goals and being motivated. Here are some of GC’s students’ New Year’s resolution list, and their opinion on these lists.
Ashley Ellison, 9, was asked for three things that she would put on her New Year’s resolution list. Ellison said, “I want to work out more, be nicer to myself, and work harder in school.” Ellison was also asked why she would put those things on her list. She said, “I put those things on my list because I want to make my mental and physical health stronger.” Ellison’s response to her opinion on the Resolution List is, “They only work if you follow them from day one.” Ellison said she put to work out more and eat healthier on her last New Year’s resolution list.
Marissa Grigsby, 11, was also asked what three things she would put on her list. Grigsby said, “I would put a more fit body, become a happier person, and improve my family relationships. I would put these on my list because I’m not happy with my body, I hate how sad I am, and I want to heal my family relationships.” Grigsby was then asked for her opinion on New Year’s resolution list. She said, “I think a New Year’s resolution list is a good sign for new goals.” Grigsby said she usually makes New Year’s resolution list, and she said she put gain more friends and go out more for her last resolution list.
Savannah Harlow, 10, answered with her three things that she would put on her list. Harlow answered with, “I would put work on my grades, spend more time with family, and help out around the house more.” She said she would put those things on her list because, “I do those things, but I feel like I should do more of them.” Harlow’s opinion on New Year’s resolution list is, “I think a New Year’s resolution list is a good idea, as long as you actually go through with it.” Harlow was also asked if she usually makes resolutions. She replied with, “The last time I made one was when I was around ten years old.” She then continued with, “I think I put to be more nice and help others more.”
Mya Wilcher, 9, was the final person to give her answer to the question, ‘What are three things that you would put on your New Year’s resolution list?’ Wilcher said, “I want to get better grades, think more positively, and try harder in violin.” When asked why she would put those things on her list, she replied with, “I want to better myself.” Wilcher’s opinion on New Year’s resolution list is, “Normally people don’t actually do them, so they aren’t entirely useful.”

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Best Recipes For Thanksgiving

By Staff Writer Kylie Gibson
Have you ever wanted to make a good dish to your family’s house on Thanksgiving, but you aren’t the best cook or you just don’t know what to make? Well, I’ve got the best and easiest recipes for your Thanksgiving family dinner.

First we have Fried Mashed Potato Balls.
For this you will need:
2 cups cold mashed potatoes
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup real bacon bits
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
Oil for frying

Directions:
Place mashed potatoes in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the egg, cheese, onions and bacon bits. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in bread crumbs. Let stand for 15 minutes.
In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Serve warm.

For my next dish we have cornbread, pictured on the display page. Cornbread is an easy sweet food to make for any event.
For this you will need:
1 1/2 c. yellow cornmeal
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. light brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. whole milk
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 large eggs
3 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled slightly

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° and grease a 9″-x-13″ baking pan generously with butter. In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.In another large bowl, whisk together milk, buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a fork until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake until top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Let cool slightly before serving.
Hope this has been helpful! Have a great holiday.

Is It Too Early To Play Christmas Music?

By Staff Writer Trinity Fields

Thanksgiving is less than nine days from now. That means Christmas is just around the corner. There’s an argument that Christmas isn’t allowed to start until after Thanksgiving, which means no Christmas tree, no decorations, and no Christmas music. However, the counterargument is that people shouldn’t have to wait to start their Christmas festivities until after Thanksgiving. Here are some people’s opinions on this Christmas argument.
Lauren Blasko, 9, gave her opinion on if it is too early to play Christmas music. Blasko said, “I don’t think it’s too early to play Christmas music.” When asked when is it too early to play Christmas music, Blasko said, “I think when Christmas music is played too early it is when it’s the end of October going into November. In the middle of November I think it’s roughly around the time you should listen to Christmas music.” Blasko’s response to her favorite Christmas song is, “My favorite Christmas song is ‘Drummer Boy’ by Pentatonix or ‘Let It Snow’ by Pentatonix.”
Hailee Thompson, 11, gave her opinion as well. When asked if it is too early to play Christmas music, Thompson said, “Yes, I think it is too early to play Christmas music. I think around November 25th is a good time to listen to Christmas music. It’s just about a month before Christmas.” Thompson’s response to if she likes Christmas music is, “I love Christmas music. The song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is my favorite.”
Paige Tesky, 10, spoke on this topic as well. Tesky said, “I do not believe it’s too early for Christmas music. I started playing Christmas music after Halloween.” When asked when should Christmas music start playing, she said, “I think Christmas music should be played after Halloween.” Tesky continued to say, “Christmas music puts people in a joyful mood and gets people excited for Christmas.” Tesky was then asked if it is ok to get into Christmas festivities before Thanksgiving. She answered, “Yes, especially if your family does lots of activities.”
Parker Suddeth, 9, was asked for his opinion on Christmas music. Suddeth said, “It’s never too early to play Christmas music.” Suddeth was then asked if Christmas festivities should start before Thanksgiving. He answered, “No, Christmas festivities should not start before Thanksgiving. You should not put up the Christmas tree until after Thanksgiving.” Suddeth said he likes Christmas music, but he continued, “I don’t really have a favorite Christmas song, but I like a certain group that makes Christmas music. I like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.”
Tiffany Going, 11, is the last person to give her opinion on this argument. Going was asked if it is too early to play Christmas music. Going said, “Maybe a little bit too early, simply because Thanksgiving is still a great holiday. But I must confess that I’ve already listened to some Christmas music.” Going was then asked if she liked Christmas music. And if so, what is her favorite Christmas song. Going answered, “Yes, I love Christmas music! I don’t know what song, though. I really like ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ by Bing Crosby.”
GC students gave their opinion on this Christmas argument. Each of their opinions are different. Everyone can have a different opinion for this argument. Honestly, there is not an exact time in which Chrtmsas music should be played, or when Christmas festivities should start. Getting into the Christmas spirit is really up to people’s own preference.
People can decide when they want to listen to Christmas music. People can decide when they should put up the tree. It is up to them to decide when they want to start focusing on Christmas. It could be after Thanksgiving because they want to focus on making the perfect meal. However, it could also be before Thanksgiving because they are just too excited to wait until after Thanksgiving.
The most important thing is celebrating how people want to celebrate, or perhaps not celebrating at all, and not judging them on how or when they celebrate. What they do, or when they do it, is their decision and no one else’s. Enjoy the holidays!

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What’s Under Your Skin?

By Staff Writer/Trinity Fields

The clock strikes twelve. It’s officially October 31st. It’s officially Halloween. Right at this moment, in the local cemetery, the skeletons from below the ground come back alive. They are able to be free again. However, only until the sun rises. As soon as the sun touches the sky, they will go back to being stuck in their coffin again. At least until next Halloween.
The first skeleton to ascend from below the grave was called Malleus. Next came his friends; Scaphoid, Incus, Patella, and Sternum. Next thing you know, there are hundreds of skeletons rising from below their grave. Each one excited for their taste of freedom, albeit small. Even with all of the excitement, the lingering reminder of how long their freedom lasts is still there.
The first thing Malleus does is reunites with his old pals. Malleus spots Patella first. Patella is a relatively new skeleton, with this being only her second Halloween. They both meet up to find the others. They don’t have to look for a long time when they spot the others with each other. Incus, Scaphoid, and Sternum come up to greet Malleus and Patella.
All of the skeletons exchanged their greetings, then began to talk about their Halloween plans. They had approximately five hours until the sun rises. That’s five hours of freedom. The first thing they’ve decided they were going to do was walk the streets. They wanted to see what’s changed in the year they’ve been stuck in that dark, lonely coffin.
Two hours pass until they decide they have done enough exploring. They weren’t sure what to do next. There’s not many things the dead can do while the undead are resting. Incus suggest they meet up with their other skeleton buddies. Since they have nothing better to do, they decide to go meet up with their long time no see buddies. All of the five skeletons walk back to the graveyard. It only took a few minutes until they found their other friends, Fibula and Tibia. Fibula and Tibia are known as elder skeletons. They are best friends and this is their fiftieth Halloween.
They spend the next hour catching up with Fibula and Tibia. The five skeletons decided to go visit their families. The skeletons decided to split up and meet each other back at the graveyard. Malleus’s family was about four blocks away. He misses his family so much. Every single day, in that lonely coffin, he thinks about them. Even though he no longer has a brain or a heart, he still cares for them deeply.
When he arrives at his house, he goes up to the front door. He remembers that there is a key under the sunflower pot. He reaches for it and opens the door. He makes sure to stay silent, so he doesn’t wake anyone up. His first destination is his old dog’s bed. He misses his little buddy. Once he sees his buddy sleeping peacefully, he heads upstairs.
His next destination is his daughter’s room. She would be seven now. He misses his daughter so much. He was so devastated when he realized his daughter would grow up without her father. The last room he decided to visit was his wife’s. He misses his wife the most. They were married for fifteen years before he died in a car accident. Once he takes his last look at his wife, he leaves his home once again.
Malleus makes his way back to the cemetery. He meets up with his skeleton buddies. They have one hour left before the sun rises. Every skeleton spends the last hour dancing to music and laughing with their friends. Once Malleus meets up with Patella, Incus, Scaphoid, and Sternum, they all head to the middle of the cemetery. As soon as they arrive, they already hear the music. They also hear the laughter emitting from the other skeletons. They all look at each, and ran to join the fun. All five of the skeletons danced along with everybody else in the cemetery. They all laughed, and enjoyed their time together. They danced until time ran out. As soon as the sun touched the sky, the cemetery became silent. All of the skeletons returned back to their designated coffin. They will stay trapped once again until the next Halloween.

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Boy’s and Girl’s Varsity Soccer

Trinity Fields/Staff Writer

Photo Credit: Picture by Alison Evans

Kambell Trapp, 11, passes the ball to a teammate.

The Greenfield Central boys and girls varsity soccer teams have started out on a positive note. So far, the boy’s overall record for this season is 5-0. They haven’t lost a single game. The girl’s overall record for this season is 4-2. 

    The girl’s soccer coach, Brandon Steeno, talked about what the soccer team needs to improve on. Steeno said, “ We can improve on everything. Every team has something they can improve on. What we need to work on is learning to play together. Since our team is so young, we really need to work on playing together as a team, but they are doing really well.” Steeno hopes for a successful season. 

    Steeno said the reason he wanted to coach girls soccer is because, “ I love soccer. I want to grow girls soccer teams. I want to make sure that girls have an opportunity to play on a soccer team. I also have a daughter that plays soccer.” 

Steeno said the best part about coaching the girl’s team is, “ Using soccer to teach the girls life skills.” Steeno said one thing he wants the girls to learn by the end of the season is, “ To be leaders. I want the girls to use soccer in their work and adult life.”

Gladys Rodriguez, 9, talked about what has been the best part about the season so far. Rodriguez said, “ The best part has been becoming part of the soccer team.” Rodriguez discussed what she has learned from being on the season so far. Rodriguez said, “ I have learned that you have to work with your team and contribute with your team. I learned that everyone has to put in the sweat, the blood, and the tears. I’ve learned from Coach Steeno that we all have to do ‘one more step.’ One more step to get the ball, one more step to score a goal. We have to push ourselves to get better.” 

Kelsi McLaughlin, 10, talked about how she manages her time between soccer and school. McLaughlin said, “ It’s not easy, but I make sure to have all my homework and stuff done before hand and stay ahead of the game.” McLaughlin talked about her and her team’s goals. McLaughlin said, “ Some of our team’s goals is to win conference and sectionals. I want to score 25 goals and be all conference.” 

McLaughlin plans on playing soccer in the future. She said, “I plan on continuing playing soccer and play in college.” One thing McLauglin has learned from being on the high school soccer team is, “ Playing on the team requires a lot of teamwork.” 

    Bryce Kinnaman, 9, who is on both the varsity and junior varsity team, talked about some of his and his team’s goals. Kinnaman said, “ Some of my goals as a freshman would be to play in a sectional and regional game. Some of our team goals for the season would be to win regionals and get another perfect conference record. These are goals that will be hard to do, but if we play connected and as a team, we can accomplish.” 

Kinnaman also talked about what he is looking forward to most this season. Kinnaman said, “ Some things, myself as a freshman, that I would like to do is just spend as much time as I can with seniors. I really look up to them and want to learn their ways of pulling off great athletic accomplishments.” Kinnaman continued, “ One thing that I have learned as a freshman on the soccer team is that the varsity team really treats you as a new family member. You make really good connections with the sophomores, juniors, and seniors.” 

    Carson Jones, 11, talked about some of his and his team’s goals for the season. Jones said some of his goals are, “ Some of my goals are to become more of a leading figure on the team and help push my team.” Jones mentioned some of his team’s goals, “ My team’s goals are to not let up on how hard we work. We are a great team with a lot of special talent, and we can not stop working hard. We would like to push past sectionals and regionals, to go for the state title.” 

Jones talked about one thing he has learned for being on the team. Jones said, “ One thing I have learned, which I learned from freshman year, was the meaning of family. Our team is one of the closest teams you could find. We would all give anything for each other, and we are always there for each other no matter what.” 

Profile: Mrs. Laura Mann

Trinity Fields/Staff Writer

       Laura Mann is an algebra and geometry teacher. She also is an assistant coach for the girl’s soccer team. Her home life includes her son, daughter, and husband. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann has a very busy life. She has many things she has to do throughout the day. However, she finds a way to balance her teaching, family, and soccer life. 

        Mrs. Mann has a supportive husband that takes care of their kids, and she likes to plan. Mrs. Mann said, “ I plan out my schedule and I make sure I have time for everything. I would say I am organized.” 

    So why did Mrs. Mann become a math teacher? The answer is simple. She loves math. She has loved math all of her life. Mrs. Mann said, “My favorite thing  about being a teacher is getting to know the students.” She teaches geometry and algebra. She said, “I enjoy teaching algebra over geometry.”

    What inspired Mrs. Mann to teach? She went to college to study engineering. In her senior year of college, one of the soccer head coaches asked her to help him coach the girl’s varsity soccer team. After coaching the team, she realized she wanted to teach. So she finished her senior year, then she got into teaching. Now she is a high school math teacher.

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. She said they are amazing. Mrs. Mann said the best part about teaching them is, “I like to help them develop their problem-solving skills. I like to teach them, and watch them learn. For example, I taught my son, Brody, how to share with others.” Mrs. Mann said the hardest part about raising her kids is, “Letting my kids make mistakes so they can learn from them.” 

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. Does she want to have anymore kids? Mrs. Mann has had two miscarriages. So she doesn’t think emotionally that is her path to take; however she said she would like to adopt. She said, “My husband and I have been thinking about adopting a baby in the future. I wouldn’t want to adopt now, but possibly in the future.” She continued, “Someone asked me what I would do if I had all of the money in the world, and I said I would adopt all of the babies in the world.” Mrs. Mann loves babies.

    Mrs. Mann likes soccer, and we know this because she is an assistant coach. She played soccer from the ages of three to 18. Her son plays soccer, and her daughter will play soccer when she turns eighteen months. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann is definitely a soccer mom.

    Emma Denny, 9, is a current student in Mrs. Mann’s class. Denny said, “My favorite thing about Mrs. Mann’s class is how Mrs. Mann helps us one on one if we need it.” Denny added, “She is a good teacher because she makes sure the class fully understand something and she is very involved.” 

    Mya Wilcher, 9, is a former student of Mrs. Mann. Wilcher considers this the most memorable part of Mrs. Mann’s class, ”All of the jokes everyone made that would make everyone, including Mrs. Mann, laugh.” Wilcher continued, “I enjoyed Mrs. Mann’s class very much. Mrs. Mann is a good teacher because she taught efficiently and was able to connect with the students.”