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

Phones in the classroom: Yay or nay?

by Austin Tserlentakis/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Jessica Harris, 9, uses her phone in the classroom to supplement her learning.

Phones in the classroom have their ups and downs. They can either benefit students or do the complete opposite. According to most people it does the opposite. Some students abuse their right to have a phone in class and use it when they shouldn’t. There are also kids who do use their phones appropriately for academic purposes. 

Phones can provide many benefits if used appropriately. Mrs. Laken Rosing stated, “I try to teach students how to use them in an adult way.” If students use phones in a way that doesn’t interrupt class or distract themselves. They can be used effectively and possibly even produce positive results. Jerimiah Edwards, 9, stated, “Phones can be used well if kids don’t have their iPads and their phones could replace it.”

There are times when phones are definitely a no go. Rosing stated, “There is no reason to have it out during presentations, tests, quizzes, and etc.” Then Ms. Jennifer Holzhausen also goes on to state, “My general expectation is for phones to be put away at all times.” These expectations are guidelines that are usually set in most classrooms, especially on tests and such because they are, of course, assessments. 

A common issue is deciding whether or not that there should be a wide school policy with phones. Right now GC does not have one in particular. Rosing and Holzhausen both thought that a blanket policy wouldn’t really work because it depends on maturity. Freshmen are more likely to use their phones more while juniors are more likely to understand that it isn’t appropriate. Dessy Taulman-Franklin, 12,  stated, “In the end it is really about maturity and how you as a person can handle yourself.” On the other hand Ms. Michelle Rennier stated, “There should be a policy that if they are caught using their phones inappropriately that they should be taken away.” 

Another thing Rennier touched on was how phones affect life outside of the classroom. Conflict is a big issue that most of the time happens on phones that then transfers to real life. This also affects the inside of the classroom because this drama that usually happens on the phone puts this student in a bad mood, making them subject to not doing their class work or not doing anything at all. 

According to Holzhausen, “Banning the phones in the classroom hasn’t shown great improvement, but it does decrease the amount of cheaters.” Cheating is another big reason why phones can be an issue in the classroom. Cheating is a prevalent issue that doesn’t show real improvement in a student. This also causes teachers to view the use of phones negatively.

One of the biggest problems for phones in the classroom is the issue with social media. Edwards believes that if social media wasn’t available, phones would be a lot less of a distraction. Taulman-Franklin also expresses her opinion on social media on phones being a distraction. She said, “Yes because it would be less of distraction and help more academically.”

 

Boys track anticipates season

by Ashton Gillam/Staff Writer

While the boys track and field season is upon us, so are the grueling workouts and dedication that come along with it. The team is in full swing and are already off to a great start which began on Saturday, March 7  against Hamilton Southeastern High School. Most of the meets held during the winter months are indoors and vary from 5 to 12 laps to the mile in size. Other activities include running, jumping for height and distance, pole vaulting, and throwing for distance.

Last season the team finished strong. Tate Helm, who graduated last year, won the county meet with a distance of 48’10’ in shot put and started the HHC Championships with his personal best of 53’. Helms crushed his record at Warren Central High School to 54’4 ¾” and it automatically sent him to the state finals. Helms placed ninth at state finals. He said he would have liked to have done better, but still feels good about leaving with hardware. Adam Lee, also a 2019 graduate, finished 10th in the pole vault at state.

For this season a new set of freshmen will come into this sport with a new set of skills and a competitive edge. Michael Runions, 9, stated he believes a good runner can classify himself as such not because of how well they do compared to others but more about how they tried their absolute best to push themselves to the max. “Whenever they are running, practice or not, and they can walk off the track saying ‘I ran my best,’ then I believe that, that is a good runner.”  Runions participates in the 400m and 4×400 practicing both indoors and out. Winning conference, county, and then going to state last season are his favorite memories because he was the first at the junior high to do this.

Adam Bright, 10, who also participates in cross country, runs in the 1600 and 3200 meter races. He runs track because he thought it would be great training for the XC season.  Bright had his own opinions on what makes a good runner. “Many things make up a ‘good’ runner,” he said. “Most may believe it is just about your time and place in the races, but it is also about your character and willingness to work and learn.” 

With the team encouraging Lucus Tutrow, 10, to keep pushing harder and harder through the tough moments while running his race, he sees them more as a family than as a team. Tutrow stated, “Coach Smith is hands down the best coach I’ve ever had and he helps us improve everyday. He works hard to give us a variety of workouts to help every aspect of our running.”  If this doesn’t prove to you that they feel closer as a family than a team then I don’t know what will.

 

The Academy offers support, opportunities for students to earn diplomas

by Hailee Martin/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mr. Todd Grimes works with a student at the Academy. 

The Academy isn’t something that gets noticed as much as it should. People think of it as just another part of the school, but this place gives struggling students a one-on-one experience. 

Students from the Academy all had positive comments for the academy. Hailey Shively, 12,  stated, “I don’t really dislike anything about the academy. I love how helpful they are. I like the programs we get to be involved in with volunteering.” 

Sarah Morales, 12, stated, “I like that I can work at my speed, I can work extra one week and slack the next. I dislike that on two hour delays we have to stay an extra hour because I feel that it’s not our fault the weather is crappy and I have to pick up my daughter at certain times and it throws my day off.” 

Joseph Trusty, 11, stated, “I like that you can work at your own speed, and I only have to go Half days. I don’t really think  that I dislike anything about the Academy. It’s amazing.”

Last but not least, teacher Mr. Brent Oliver stated, “I think it is an excellent place for students to earn credits in a non-traditional setting—if they use it correctly and wisely.” 

The Academy helps teens with one-on-one attention and an alternative schedule. One important factor about the academy is students still get their diploma and they still get to walk across the stage with their class. 

Footloose Publicity Crew Goes to Work

by Abby Morgan/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: David Hull, 10,  Jessica Rudd, 9, Elizabeth Harris, 12,  and Camden Fitzgerald, 9, are in the publicity crew for the drama club.

The publicity crew is as busy as ever, setting up for Footloose, with setting up locker decorations, making the playbill, and putting up posters around the school. Elizabeth Harris, 12, is the head of this crew and loves her job. Some of her favorite parts of this position are decorating the lobby before shows, leading her fellow peers, and meeting new people every year. With the nice parts, there are always the downsides. “For me, I’m in the show, co-head of paint, and head of publicity so it’s really important that I have other people to rely on for work to get done,” Harris said.

This crew usually does the same things for every show, just different things to spice it up and make it unique. Another big help is Mrs. Carolyn Voigt, the drama director. “I like working with her because she’s really nice and helps bring everything together. She also helps come up with ideas for us and helps with the playbill because it’s so difficult to make and put together,” said Harris. 

Almost every show, there are new faces running around either in the crews or as actors on stage. Harris said, “I really like working with new people, it’s exciting because you obviously get to meet new faces and help them with their work.” 

Addie Coombs, 9, has never been in publicity before; instead she has been in paint. “I originally decided to join publicity just in case my main crew choice, paint, was full but now that I’ve worked with Elizabeth for a while I’ve stayed to help give the show as much good publicity and attention as possible.”  Coombs also adds, “I don’t believe the publicity crew gets enough recognition, but then again all of the tech crews in drama productions don’t get recognition just because all of the crews are the basis of such a good show and back up actors.”

Of course, this crew is needed just as much as any other crew. Without them, you would not see posters, hear announcements, or see locker decorations. Camden Fitzgerald, 9, is also doing publicity for the first time this show. “I think my favorite part is most likely the people because they make it so much fun while doing the (sometimes tedious) work.” 

With rehearsals only starting a few weeks ago, this crew has already put in many hours of work. With the show being in May, they will work toward getting the job done.

Sunshine Society works to fundraise for community

by Tuesday Olson/Staff Writer

“Before I joined the Sunshine Society, I just thought that they were a bunch of hippies,” Alyssa McFall, 12, said, laughing, “but when I joined I found out that it was just a bunch of people wanting to help raise money for Riley (Children’s Hospital).” 

 The Sunshine Society is one of the many student-led clubs at GC. Current members are McFall (President), Andrea Thompson (President), Amanda Thompson, Lily Enriquez, Meadow Duncan, Corbinn Ailes, Jesse Meeks, and they would like to have new members. They work year-round to help the community and school. 

A lot of people don’t know what exactly the Sunshine Society does. The main point of their club is to raise money for Riley and other non-profit organizations. Currently there are only two fundraisers a year. McFall also said, “Something that I would like for the club to do in the future is to have more fundraisers, since right now we only do two.”  The two fundraisers that they do are the Boo grams (cauldrons + treat bags) in October and the Crush cans in February. They work very hard to raise money through these fundraisers and even raised over $100 through the Crush cans. “I think it makes an impact because it brings the school together as a community and raises money for Riley and families who need it,” McFall stated.

The members of the club work very hard to raise money for these non-profit organizations.“We have seven members total, but we only have about five that actually participate and go to all the meetings,” Andrea Thompson said. “And it’s very hard when there’s so few members because if someone can’t run the table at lunch one day, it’s most likely that no one is going to run it and we won’t be able to raise money that day.”

When the club gets more people to join, it is most likely that they will be able to do more fundraisers and raise money for more than just Riley and get the word out more. “In the future I would like the club to continue to grow and get more people because it was originally only for girls so getting some boys would be great,” Mrs. Lisa Sears said. “If anyone wants to join there will be a meeting held on April 10th after spring break.” 

When the club members were talking about what they wanted their fellow students to know, this is what they had to say, “We want people to know that when we do fundraisers that they should actually donate because it’s going towards a good cause. And we want to make a positive change in the community,” Andrea Thompson said.  The Crush cans and Boo grams aren’t just going on to give the school more holiday cheer, they’re also here to help the community and raise money for a good cause. “We also want to start a new fundraiser where you can buy a paper hand for two dollars, and all the hands collected will be made into a piece of art. Also there will be a name drawn from who bought a hand and their table will get pizza for lunch,” said Sears.

The members in the club hope to have a positive influence on the school and community, but it also has an impact on the students in the club. “My favorite thing about the club is that we get to see people who you wouldn’t expect to donate, donate,” McFall said. “It also has opened my eyes to the fact that there are good people out there willing to help”  

Andrea Thompson said that the club made her more of a genuinely happy person and generally more positive. She said it also has helped her with communication and leadership skills. “What I like about the club is that it has a very family oriented atmosphere and once you join you feel like family.” 

Amanda Thompson added, “I’ve become a lot more open with my problems and we all grew really close.” Sears also said, “I’ve gotten to know some of them really well and I don’t have them in my class, so I wouldn’t have gotten to know them otherwise.”

“What I want people to think of when they see Sunshine Society is that we are good people wanting to help out our community and the people in it,” Amanda Thompson said.

Profile: Rosing balances school life, home life

by Mya Wilcher/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mrs. Rosing helps Lauren Blasko, 9, with an essay on her iPad.  Photo by Mya Wilcher

Mrs. Laken Rosing has been learning even more about time management than she already knew as the days go by. She is an English teacher and a coach for the high school’s cheerleading team as well as an expectant mom of twins. Learning to juggle her home life, her school life, and her pregnancy has proven to be a new challenge. 

Rosing went to school in Kentucky and found a love for teaching. Carah Brown, 9, is one of her students. Brown said, “I think others could learn simple kindness from Mrs. Rosing.” Brown said that being in Rosing’s class is very good and will be very useful in future years. Brown also said, “One thing that I love about her class is that she always makes me personally feel welcome and that I actually belong in her class.” 

Another one of Rosing’s students, Anna Kunkel, 9, has a very good relationship with her. Kunkel said that Rosing uses her time well and teaches or lets the students work for the class period. “She has her classes well organized with a structured agenda.” Students have had many writing assignments throughout the school year in her class and have grown as writers said Kunkel. Her students have learned how to write good essays and manage their work.

Kunkel said, “Students can learn from her not only English, but how to keep your thoughts and work organized. She helps kids learn how to be more productive and manage their time well.” Rosing’s class has plenty of material and assignments to keep students on their feet. Kunkel said that if students were to not do their work, their grade would certainly show it. Kunkel also said, “I love how she doesn’t baby us. She talks to us as adults, and in the last few minutes of class we can almost always have a polite conversation about anything. She can go from talking about how stupid Romeo and Juliet are, to having a debate with us over what Disney princesses are original and which ones aren’t.” 

Rosing said that her first year of teaching was very different, because she didn’t teach at Greenfield; it was in Louisville, Kentucky. The school was much larger, the demographics were different, and they also had seven classes a day unlike the four classes at GC. In general her first year was more stressful. Teaching is something that one must know they want to truly put themselves into, she said.  Rosing said, “I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I graduated high school. I knew that I always wanted to work with people and provide a service for people. I love writing and English and that just made the most sense to me. I also really liked reading at a young age.” 

Teaching also comes with struggles as anything else does. Rosing said that one thing she has found to be challenging is balancing boundaries. It’s taken her some time to learn when she can say no to things as she likes to try to do it all. And now that she is married and is expecting children, it’s something that she has learned that needs boundaries for personal life too and to make sure everything is distributed, she said. 

One very bright side of a teacher’s career is the memories and connections with students. Rosing said, “One thing that I really love is when I get an email from a student who is in college telling me that they have good grades and thanking me, when they’re able to reflect on the class.” 

She also recalled, “One year I came in and my students had thrown me a surprise birthday party. It was a great personal memory and my students were very thoughtful.” 

Some students come into the class excelling in English and more, said Rosing. So she tries to push them even further with their skills. This can sometimes be a challenge for her as well as the student as she has to find new ways to help that student grow from their previous knowledge. 

Since Rosing is expecting children, there have been some extra challenges that she has had to navigate. When she goes home, she has to decide whether to grade some assignments, or go relax and she has to make decisions based on what is better for the babies. “I’ve just given myself schedules. On one day, I’ll grade this many things, and on this day I’ll grade this many things. As long as I meet those schedules, then I haven’t met any situations where I felt like I stayed up too late.” 

All of this and more had led Rosing to where she is now. Through all the successes and struggles she has continued to thrive and juggle her home life with her school life. Using time management and schedules as she stated has aided her in this process.

GC gives back during holidays

by Kylie Burnett/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Sam Hall, 10, Parker Stanley, 11, Alli Bowman, 11, and Nora Johnson, 9, take a moment while discussing an SLA project. 

There are many ways a community gives back. One of them happens to be through the school, and at GC, students and staff members are working hard to give to those in need. Student Council, SLA, and many other organizations around this time of year try to give back. SLA has participated in many service-oriented projects. 

One sponsor of SLA, Ms. Elizabeth Mercer, said, “SLA is student-driven and each team gets to choose how and where they give back. We encourage them to give back to their school community and beyond.” Encouraging students to be themselves or to help out other is important for a strong school. 

Mrs. Krysha Voelz, also a group leader for SLA said, “Our first one is next Friday after school. We are assisting an organization which helps families who request assistance at Christmas time. Our group members will load and unload delivery trucks.” In addition, Ms. Kristen Harker’s SLA group organized a shoebox toy drive in G4 classes called Operation Christmas Child, which was for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. 

Mercer noted that fundraisers can be difficult when you have a number of students involved. “Working around the kids’ crazy schedules on the team can be a challenge for organizing whatever project they choose to complete that is part of their fundraiser.” 

One of the many projects the Student Council has participated in Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots takes toys that people donate and give to kids in need around the holiday season. This program is a great way to give back to kids, and an easy way for students to participate. In addition, Student Council donates money from Trick or Treat for Riley to Riley Children’s Hospital after the event. 

Giving back whether that be by helping kids, veterans, or soldiers active now is important for a solid community. Even outside of the community charities like Helping Missionaries, Love Inc, and Hancock County Community Foundation. All of these groups focus on making the area, and the people in that area better. Having a solid foundation for a community whether that be charities or schools can create a safer environment for everyone. Hancock County Community Foundation or HCCF focuses on leadership by encouraging the community to be more active in learning, and civic engagement. They work with caring citizens and loving families to create growing funds. According to their website, givehcgrowthhc.org it says, “simply put, we help people achieve their philanthropic dreams.”

There are even simple things you could do to show compassion to others, like helping a neighbor with yard work or working with different soup kitchens. Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen is a local kitchen that opens everyday all week. The kitchen feeds less fortunate people or families and helps them have a great holiday season! People can donate food for money to them, or helping out by working at the kitchen itself is a great way to give back. 

In the season of giving these are some local charities you can look into to help make your own community better. Or through your school look into different companies that the school corporation works with and support your school. The holiday season is about loving one another and giving back. It’s a perfect time to show your own compassion to people in need around you. 

 

Review: Starbucks Holiday Drinks

by Abby Mulligan/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Peppermint mocha was my favorite of the seasonal offerings. 

 

Every year around the month of December, Starbucks features an exclusive menu. When holiday drinks become part of the seasonal menu, almost everyone has a preferred drink that reminds them of Christmastime. Starbucks releases a total of six specialty drinks. These include: peppermint mocha, toasted white chocolate, caramel brûlée, chestnut praline, and eggnog latte. All of these are available hot, iced or blended, and of course, come in a festive holiday cup.

First of the lineup, I tried peppermint mocha, both in the hot and Frappuccino form. This was by far my favorite drink. The peppermint flavor blended nicely with the chocolate, and it altogether reminded me of the holiday season. I personally preferred to have it hot over cold, but either way it was an enjoyable drink.

Next I tried the caramel brûlée. This drink did not quite measure up to the way I felt about peppermint mocha. To me, the mix of a bitter espresso coffee and the sweet sensation of the caramel did not blend well. If ordering it again, I would probably order it without whipped cream, because the iced coffee and whip did not mix well either. Overall, I did not have a very strong desire to order the drink again. The worst aspect of it being a holiday drink was I could see no relation to how it tied into the holiday festivities.  

Another drink that I tried is available year-round, but still gives a reminder of the holiday season. Starbucks’s hot chocolate was very enjoyable. I ordered the classic version. However, the franchise offers varying flavors such as peppermint hot chocolate, toasted white hot chocolate, peppermint white hot chocolate, salted caramel hot chocolate, white hot chocolate, and the regular. While I’ve personally only tried the regular version, I’m sure that the others are just as delectable.

Overall, of all the drinks I tried, my favorite was warm peppermint mocha. It reminded me the most of the holiday season, and I enjoyed it flavor more than any others I tried. I prefer it in the warm form for two reasons. One being that warm drinks are more preferable when it is cold outside, as it currently is. Another reason is that in the Frappuccino form, the peppermint flavor was not as strong. However, both are a good option, and I highly recommend this drink to anyone looking for a new holiday favorite.

Holiday Story: A Day in the Life of an Elf

by Emily Rigney/Staff Writer

Journal Entry 1:

Today was the day! I finally finished all my mapping for Santa’s route and deliveries for Christmas Eve. It’s been months of hard work and planning to make sure he gets where he needs to be at the right time. Lots of time, effort, and dedication was put into these maps for months now. I’m so glad to say it’d done! Tomorrow my best elf friend, Evan is going to check over them for me and see if there’s anything wrong with them. Hopefully things work out!

 

Journal Entry 2:

Today was not at all exciting. Just minutes ago Evan came to me saying all the papers are gone! I can’t find them anywhere at all! After finishing them, I don’t even remember where I put them. The last thing I remember is showing them to Evan. Both of us have decided that tomorrow morning, we set out to retrace our steps and find them. We can’t lose them this late into the month! We will need to visit every place I went to yesterday so I can retrace my tracks and hopefully find the papers. 

 

Journal Entry 3:

It’s the first day of starting to find the maps.  Evan and I woke up early so we could feed the reindeer. That way they could walk us around all day. Evan asked me all the places I went to after completing the routes yesterday. I told him I only went to three places after I left the workshop. I went to find him and tell him about the completion of routes, went to get some hot cocoa, and then home. He said we should go to the part of the workshop that he works in, so I could look around there; since it was the last place he and I saw them. That’s where we went today. 

Cupid, our reindeer, took us there, while we tried to think of places it could be. When we got there, we looked everywhere. We searched the place head to toe but still couldn’t see any of the papers with the routes on them anywhere. That’s when we decided it couldn’t possibly be there. So we thought we should go home and try again tomorrow.

 

Journal Entry 4: 

Stress is all I have felt again today! We are getting closer and closer to Christmas and I haven’t found the papers. Evan came by to wake me up early, so we could search the cafe. I got hot cocoa at the cafe the other day, when I lost my papers, so it could possibly be there. Cupid took us to the cafe today, and we searched the whole place! Again, it was useless. We went home, without any luck, and got ready for work. Work was super stressful since I needed that time to find my papers! Tomorrow I will search my house; the last place I was that day. Evan will visit again as well.

 

Journal Entry 5:

My day started off with Evan coming by with Cupid again. Before we started to search my place, we feed Cupid in case we needed him to take us somewhere today. After that, we started working on the first room of my place. We slowly went to each room and searched through them all. From head to toe, the room was not left untouched. Still, we had absolutely no luck when it came to finding the maps. At this point, I was very devastated. There was no way we could find them before Christmas Eve. What was I ever going to tell Santa? That’s when me and Evan decided it was pointless to keep going though the house when nothing was there.

 We went outside to take Cupid back to the rest of the reindeer. You will never believe what happened next. Cupid stomps his feet on the ground to get our attention. On his reindeer food is where he continued to stomp. I was so confused, so I ran my hand through his food. That’s when I found them. The papers! The maps! All the routes were back into my hand at once! Then it came to me; I rode Cupid the day I lost the papers! I must have dropped them when I was getting off! I was so filled with my at that moment, that me and Evan went out for some cocoa. This time, I made sure to keep the maps into a safe place that I knew I would remember for Christmas Eve!

 

Students celebrate ways GC encourages creativity

by Macey Mekos/Staff Writer

I asked myself this question: Do I think GCHS allows any creative freedom? I didn’t know what the answer seemed to be, so I decided to think more on the topic. First, I defined creative freedom. To me, I would say creative freedom means that we are allowed to create things independently; we are allowed to make things without following many rules or constraints. 

The obvious examples of freedom to be creative would be in the art classes. The art classes tend to encourage an independent sense of creativity. Emma Wasson, 11, expressed, “You have free rein to all of the materials and they let us create what we want.” Expression of our minds is appreciated in those classes. Yes, there are assignments and projects that we have to complete, but those projects have so much leniency to the point that they don’t feel like a chore. The stress of getting those projects done isn’t present like it is with any other classes and assignments. 

More traditional classes, such as math, science, and English tend to stick with a course that is given to them and usually don’t stray far from the path. Before high school you were given set instructions to every assignment, but I’ve noticed at the high school the teachers try their best to give students freedom in the work we’re assigned. For example, some English teachers frequently give a writing prompt and students are allowed to write whatever they like that has relation to the prompt. I think that’s a great example of creative freedom because the teacher gives a topic to write about and our imagination is allowed and encouraged when we write. 

I also asked myself if the school encourages creativity. I believe the teachers give us as much freedom as is appropriate and they make an effort to encourage us to express ourselves. Mr. McKenna, Radio/TV teacher, added, “We do allow creative freedom that is appropriate for the setting we are in with the wide range of students we have.” Another way of encouragement the school has shown would be the display cases that showcase the paintings, drawings, and sculptures that have been made by students. This is a way to show that being artistic is something to be appreciated. 

I believe I can conclude that the school does allow originality and encourages creative freedom. “The teachers are usually more accepting than students,” Summer Griffin, 9, stated. Teachers here at GCHS have a more open-minded approach to education than any other school I have attended. I, along with many other students, can say that GCHS definitely  encourages creativity.