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Boys Basketball team Prepares for Sectionals

By Mariam Elassal/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Basketball cougars are on the defense

With only 5 games left in their season and an overall record score of 4-13-1, the boys basketball team and coach are practicing hard to end their season on a high note. With their main goal to make a run in and win sectionals- the team is practicing different drills and creating game plans to increase skill level and their chance of winning.

The boys basketball practices generally consist of breaking down a game plan, scrimmaging, as well as various shooting drills and free throws all led by coach, Lukas Haworth.

During a game, it all comes down to how the athletes play on the court, but behind that needs to be a close team featuring a tight bond. Brian Long, 12, states “The way we get to where we want to go as a team is by staying locked into what we’re doing, believing in ourselves and one another, as well as competing every time we take the floor.” Long also states he has a strong bond with everyone on his team and he has created friendships that will last a lifetime.

Matt Turner, 12, says “My team is family, being a senior, I feel like I know everyone on the team and are very close with them, including all the trainers and managers; we are all one big family and I love em all.”

Will O’Connor, 12, also has a special bond with his team, “We are all really good friends. Us 5 seniors have been playing together for a long time, we even hang outside of school. The team chemistry is really good and we are really close.”

Prior to a game, Turner prefers to keep to himself and to try not to do too much physical activity. Long likes to listen to music to block out noise and distractions. O’Connor, 12 likes to go over the game plan and focus on how they will play.

“The Mt. Vernon game has stuck in my mind because that was a four-overtime game. It was cool because I hit the pull up shot to send into over time.” O’Connor states and also mentions senior night, “Senior night was a lot of fun, we won by a lot and I got to play with my brother who is a freshman, it was really cool.”

With the end of the season approaching, the boys basketball team is practicing hard to ensure a win in sectionals and achieve that season-long goal.

Shakespeare Monologue Competition turns 20

By: Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Aubree Brinkruff, 9, and Emma Hilton, 9, posing in their fairy costumes

Greenfield Central’s Annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition took place on Jan. 29. Mrs. Schoeff’s Gifted and Talented Language class puts on this competition every year where competitors of all grades 9-12 perform a monologue in the hopes of making it to state.

The Gifted and Talented class does extensive research overall topics in the Elizabethan Era. They write a research paper, study the lifestyle, and get a sense of life at the time. The class works for 2 months to prepare for the final show. The night of the competition, the students have costumes that represent the people, food that represents their meals, and music and dancing that represent the entertainment of the Elizabethan Era. There is a setting for actors to perform in that represents a place you are likely to see at the time. There are also fairies who run around and tease the audience as they would do in Shakespeare’s plays.

Each section of the show is managed by one student; a student will manage the food, one for the instruments, one for the singing, and so on. The leader of the vocal groups Elysabeth Davenport, 9, said: “I feel that, because of the attention to detail that went into choosing music by composers of the era, that they accurately reflected the Elizabethan Era of England.”

All performers choose and rehearse a monologue to the best of their ability. They add character and feelings to their monologues. While performing, they attempt to represent the character and all they embodied in Shakespeare’s plays. These performers have as much as 1 month and as little as two weeks to prepare themselves for the night of the competition. Before they perform their monologue, they must give a brief explanation of the play up to the point of their speech.

Megan Ward, 12, was one of the nearly 20 performers that night. “I practiced my monologue a lot.  In front of the mirror, in the car, everywhere. I think people started to get annoyed.  But my hard work paid off,” said Ward.

Judges watch and take the emotion, character, and the play up to the point of the chosen monologue into account. They are judging on the performance and ability of the actors. The judges are the most important piece of this competition, for it is them who choose who advances.

The night goes through a series of events starting with an introduction of the time, some music while the audience chooses their seat and a trumpet interlude. The performances commence and after about an hour of different monologues from different plays and unique performances, the judges head off to choose the top 3 places.

During the time that the judges are gone, the food and beverages are served, singing and instrumental representations of the time are performed, and some dancing of the people is all a part of the show. Upon the return of the judges, everyone sits and a hush falls over the audience. The third and second place winners are announced. Finally, the first place winner is announced and awarded a medal.

This year’s winner was Megan Ward. The first place winner will proceed to state, where she will perform her monologue again and also add a memorized sonnet to the performance. Ward said, “Winning this competition is amazing. It was a great experience, and I love that I get to go to state, and hopefully represent Greenfield at Nationals!  The best part will be seeing other actors bringing feedback to next year’s competitors.”

Voigt brings new energy to theatre department

by Mariam Elassal/Staff Writer

Students and teachers have been welcoming Ms. Carolyn Voigt,  the new theater and English teacher to GC. With plenty of previous experience and planning, she hopes to unite the theater program to bring  showstoppers to the GC auditorium.

After joining the theatre troupe at Greenfield-Central, Voigt loved the theatre community. “I loved the overwhelming sense of community that the department had to offer, especially since I was going through a tough time at that point in my life. Once I realized that the Theatre Education program was an option, I went for it!” She also stated that through the GC theatre program, she was able to audition for an All-State show at the Indiana State Thespian Festival, which led to the start of her work with Michael Deahn, Professor of Theatre Education at Ball State University.

Voigt’s passion for theatre is derived from the endless possibilities to keep teaching fresh and compelling. “We could discuss the history of theatre from Ancient Greece to the Italian Renaissance, or explore how costumes were drastically different depending on the time in history. We could design our own light shows or orchestrate sound clips for production. The possibilities are endless,” Voigt said.

Voigt has performed in a total of twelve productions in the past seven years. “I have directed and assistant directed eight shows, including a few popular titles like Shrek: The Musical (performed at Burris Laboratory), Cinderella: The Musical (performed at Flat Rock River, and The Boxcar Children (Performed at Muncie Civic Theatre),” Voigt stated.

As a new teacher, Voigt has her own goals for the theater program. “My overall goal is to really unite the theater department by establishing myself as a new presence in the department while also getting to know the kids.” She is eager for the Spring Musical entitled Once Upon a Mattress which will feature eccentric characters, witty humor, dancing, and catchy tunes.

Like their teacher, students are most excited for the spring musical because it is one of the most publicized events of the year. Students and teachers are looking forward to watching the theater program evolve and expand with the help of Ms. Voigt.


One Acts take the stage

by Megan Schoonover/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Peyton Bousman, 12, does Abigail Martin’s hair for the “Mouth of Babes” One Act. 

    Despite the name One Acts has 4 separate acts all taking place at one show. The acts are, “Mouth of Babes”, “When God Comes for Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast”, “Superhero Sanitarium”, and “Just Desserts”. Every act has its own separate actors, directors, set, and story. However, every show that’s a part of One Acts is a comedy.

    Mina Dobbins, 10, who is an actor for “Mouth of Babes”, explained, “I like how each show is different. Now that sounds like an obvious answer, but I find it very interesting to hear about what my friends and classmates are working on when I’m not a part of it.”

    The “Mouth of Babes” is one of the shows in One Acts. This act is about two little boys and a little girl who are at a daycare and are plotting to overthrow the monitor. One may wonder how teenagers could pull off being toddlers but this act appears to pull it off. The main character (a 6 year old boy) is played by Mina Dobbins.

    Dobbins, 10, stated, “Well, my character is a 6 year old boy, and I’m a 15 year old girl, so there are obviously differences between my character and I. I assume I can relate to him in the way that the other characters seem to think he’s irrational, which I get a lot.”

    Elaine Hilton, 11, director for Mouth of Babes, said in regards to what she likes to focus on when directing, “When working with my actors I like to help them understand why their characters say and do what they do. This allows the actors to play the roles to the best of their ability.”

    The second show is “When God Comes for Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast”. In this show it is a normal occurrence for God to come to breakfast sometimes. However, things keep going wrong because the wife keeps burning the toast. But in the end things aren’t always what they seem.

    Hayden Botorff, 11, plays Harry Katzman in this act. “What I like most about my show compared to other ones is that the cast is only 3 people, so bonding and connecting is a lot easier, although getting in the way of productivity.”

    The third show is “Superhero Sanitarium”. In this act a journalist investigates happenings at an asylum where four mentally disabled men claim to be superheros.

 Cameron Going, 12, who plays Dimbulb in this act, said, “What I like most about my show is the overall goofiness of its plot. I am a goofy person at heart so I relate to it more. This show is one of the most ridiculous shows I’ve ever done. Some of the things we say and do in this show are so far in left field that I don’t think I’ve ever done I another show before.”

Due to the men claiming to be superheroes, they wear bright, colorful and interesting costumes.

    Dharma Tilley, 12, who’s in charge of costumes, said, “The shows are all present day so the costumes fairly came easily. However, each show has its own style. For example, “From the Mouths of Babes” and “Just Desserts” have costumes that reflect the different personalities of each of the characters, in “When God Comes to Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast” the characters are wearing pajamas most of the time, and “Superhero Sanitarium” consists of colorful tights, capes, and masks.”

    Tilley, 12, recalled, “During shows I’m mostly just nervous about a costume piece getting ruined in some way and having to find a replacement in the dark. Once an actor’s shoe broke during a show and I had to hot glue it back together as fast as possible so he didn’t miss his next entrance.”

    The last act is “Just Desserts”, and is about a crazy family. In the words of the program for One Acts “Just Desserts”, “Where there’s a will, there’s a relative. This was never truer than in the case of the late Desmond Clairborn. And greed was never better represented than in the relatives of the deceased. There’s a fast-talking nephew, a demented son and his Marilyn Monroe look-alike wife, a starchild niece and two sisters, one feisty, the other senile. This farce has more twists than a pretzel, and half the fun is watching who gets what and the other half is watching them get it.”

    Madison Sample, 10, who plays Delphine Delago in this act, comments,  “I love all of the quirky characters in “Just Desserts”. The other cast just do such an amazing job playing their parts and I hope it will be super fun to watch. Every single character is so awful that it’s comical. For example, my character, Delphine Delago, is the worst grandma in the world. She is just so uptight and rude, it’s such a fun part to play.”

   Jordan Brickler, 12, who is the director for “Just Desserts”, explained her favorite things about directing. “My favorite part about directing is creating something from nothing. All a script is, is words. You’re the one who makes it into something. You choose the actors, set, props, makeup, hair, etc.”

Every single act of One Acts was executed without a hiccup. One can tell how hard everyone works and how much work they’ve put into the entire thing.

    Sample, 10, said, “I love One Acts because it is just kind of a mess. At the beginning of the show you have no idea how this show is going to come together. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, you are an old lady sitting in your deceased brother’s living room with a cigarette in one hand and a bourbon glass in the other. I think it is amazing how the crew can create these awesome sets, how costume and makeup and hair can make you look like your character, and how everyone in the booth can provide flawless sound and lighting. I just love how every member of the crew and the cast work together to make something worth going to see.”


Wrestlers start season strong

by Alexis Sisson/Staff Writer

Photo by Taylor Gibson- Hunter Gulden, 11, takes on his opponent.

The boy’s wrestling team here at GC is off to a great start and feeling positive about the rest of the season. Their season record so far is 3-1. They recently finished with a second place at the New Pal 6-Way Tournament. 

Hunter Gulden, 11, has been on the wrestling team for 5 years now. He is happy with the direction the season is taking. “The season is going very well and we are running through other teams. I’m doing the best I’ve ever done so far,” he said.

Micah Ballenger, 12, has been on the wrestling team for 4 years. He said he likes that the wrestling team works really hard. He also said that a hard-working team not only makes you a better wrestler but makes you a better person. “The biggest obstacle I have faced so far and am still facing is the ankle fracture I had a couple months ago. It has affected my season but i am hoping to get back to wrestling soon to help the team during sectionals.”

Gulden also spoke about the team being close and helping each other. “I like how we’re all family. There’s not a stronger bond than we have.”

Coach Josh Holden thinks that the season is good so far. He said the boys are working very hard and getting better. “I’m always proud of my boys unless they don’t give effort.  I can take losing.  I can’t tolerate giving less than your best effort.  One of the things I love the most about wrestling is that you don’t have to be big or fast or a great athlete.  If you work your tail off and are coachable you usually do pretty well, and that’s something to be proud of.”  Some team goals are to get better every day, be great teammates and win conference and sectionals.

Some of Gulden’s future goals are to make state and hopefully win. “Our team goals are to send at least 6 to state and win our first sectional title under Coach Holden,” Gulden said.

Ballenger’s objectives were along the same lines.  “The only goal I am shooting for the future is to be a state champion,” Ballenger said.

With all the hard-working boys and coaches the boys’ wrestling team is off to a good start. On Nov. 30 they won 59-16 against Franklin Central. Since that event the boys have worked even harder to be better and to win their next event.


Band ends season at Semi-State

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

Marching band finishes their season at Semi-State with their heads held high, having lost by just 0.2 points.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, GC’s very own took the field in competition. They performed as they would any competition with the added pressure of advancing to state or not. Although all of them were excited to be there, they had to remain a certain professionalism to represent Greenfield Central well. “We were super excited, yet we were very composed. We had our eyes on the prize,” said Liahona Lukens, 12, Color Guard.

After hours of practicing earlier that morning, they had worked out the mess-ups and mishaps. They worked through the show many times to fully prepare themselves. By the time they got to the competition they were prepared and ready to compete. Lukens claimed, “That was the best showing of the Cougar Pride that has ever been.”

The anticipation and excitement of awaiting scores is high. It all comes down to 6 judges. Lukens said, “If they don’t like you idea or the execution, you will not advance.”

When judges announce state advancers, they go in order of performance order. When they passed of GC Cougar Pride, there was a lot of confusion and many emotions. “I was honestly more confused and a little angry,” said Jackson Sipes, 11, brass. 

Jonathan Barber, 12, said the results were surprising.

“I think the hard part for us as a group was to think how to win a regional and get 11th at semi-state so it’s just kind of like we were in a lot of shock.“

Garrett Bice, 12, said the band’s performance was good but wondered if it was good enough. “It was high caliber but I wouldn’t say it was the best we could have given. There was definitely a little more that could have been given.”

Barber said, “There was never a time where I felt like that a person wasn’t trying their best. You kind of got to trust the guy next to you.”

The band had a strong season with many first places. They practiced hard for hours through the hot summer and the cold autumn. It all came down to six judges at every competition and for these judges the show was ultimately not able to be performed at state.


GC wishes Goshen well in move

Interviews by: Shelby Wallace

GC is sad to see Mrs. Janelle Goshen, art teacher, move on due to her husband’s new job in Florida, but happy for her new opportunities. Goshen was here three years.

Goshen said she will miss GC. “I liked how passionate and caring the staff was, how excited the students were to learn and grow,” she said.

Mrs. Lisa Sears, Goshen’s colleague in the art department, also enjoyed working with Goshen. “She is a ray of sunshine,” Sears said. “She is a great listener and always up for shenanigans.”

Jeff Weiland, art department, agreed. “I could always count on her to brighten up the day. Her bubbly disposition was always good for a laugh or two.”

Sears said Goshen is passionate about her art. “It shows in her teaching. She is constantly trying new things, learning from her failures and building on her successes.”

Weiland said one of Goshen’s best qualities is her strong motivation to explore and implement new ideas in the classroom. “She had very little fear of the unfamiliar,” Weiland said.

With such a close department, three years was plenty of time for memorable moments.

Sears said they were roommates in Italy on a trip with students in 2016. “One morning (Goshen) was having trouble waking up, so I stole her blankets and she stuck her arms down her sweatpants.”

Weiland mentioned that PLC meetings were interesting. “They were always multitasking for her–eating her breakfast, working on curriculum, all while doing her make-up,” he said.

Goshen said one of her students, Katrina Hembree, 11, had a particular memorable moment for her. “(Hembree) told me her favorite thing in the school year was hearing me sing from class all the way into the hallway, so I’ll never forget that one,” Goshen said.

Former Ag teacher Joe McCain even featured in one of Goshen’s memories of GC. “ I came in my room and there was a seven-foot stuffed dragon on my floor,” she said. “I think he got it from Madrigal.”

Goshen’s former colleagues wish her well.

“Yoshi-Goshi is an amazing person,” Sears said. “She is enthusiastic, kind, and hardworking. Any school will be lucky to have her.”

“She came to Greenfield-Central as a new teacher and has moved on with a great deal of experience and confidence in the visual arts and teaching skills she possesses,” Weiland said.


Girls basketball season underway

by Alexis Sisson/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Jessica Farrell, 12, brings the ball down for a layup. 

The girls’ basketball team is five games into their new season and feeling positive about how things are progressing.

Jessica Farrell, 12, sees the season going well. “We got a new coach this year, but we are all adjusting well to his coaching style,” she said.

Hannah Farrell, 10, said she was also happy with the way practice is going. “I feel like we are getting better and we have a lot of fun while doing it. I think we are going to surprise people.”

Jessica said she likes how positive the new coach, Joshua Means, is.  Hannah said Coach Means brings energy to the court.

Hannah said some goals the team has are to slow down the pace of the game and to have minimum turnovers. Jessica said another team goal is winning their conference. “As a team we are definitely getting better and we are creating a great team dynamic,” Jessica said.

One of Jessica’s goals is to get better after an injury last season. She said,  “My goal for this year is to remain healthy all season, to get better each day and always give (my) personal best effort.  I am looking forward to being out on the floor and playing this year after being forced to sit out all last season from an injury.”

For team-building outside of practice, they plan to have dinner before every conference games, and decorate their lockers. “Inside of practice we try to really be positive and give high-fives. We always break on center court after practice and end with giving everyone high-fives,” Jessica said.

Both Jessica and Hannah think HSE will be among the hardest competitors. Hannah said, “They are very skilled overall and have a great program.”

Jared Manning, athletic director, said that Coach Means brings both playing and coaching experiences to the team. Manning looks forward to seeing the positive growth of the team and the entire program under Means’ leadership.


Swim team prepares for another high-achieving season

by Hailey Hall/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Daniel Joven, 11, practices on the swim team after school.

The GC girls swim team, sectional winners four times in a row now, is preparing for their new season. Their first meet is Nov. 18 at 10:00 am, the Turkey Breast Invitational. 

Alexis Zell, 12, a veteran of the swim team, and Anna Seal, 9, who is new to the girls swim team, are among the many people participating on the girls swim team.   

When you’re on a team such as swim, having goals for yourself and the team is very important, especially when the team is also a two-time Hoosier Heritage Conference winner. 

“My individual goals for this season are to break 1 minute in the 100 free and 26 seconds in the 50 free. As a team we hope to win a 3rd conference title and 5th sectional title, as well as send multiple individuals to state,” Zell said.

“My individual goal would be to get a proper stroke to get faster times. As for my team goals would be it would be to get to state,” Seal said.

While having goals is always good, it can be tough to achieve those goals.

“To attain these goals my teammates and I will continue to practice both in and out of the pool. We will work to build our endurance and technique in order to be our best in competition.” Zell said.

“Both the men and women’s swim teams recently made goal boards with each one of each team member’s’ goals written on them. When goals are put in writing it easier to hold yourself and your teammates accountable.” Zell said.

According to Zell , the girls swim team’s biggest competition is Pendleton; they played very well last year.  

Being mentally prepared for the upcoming season is very important as well.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve done to mentally prepare for this season is to consider my goals and focus on having fun while still working hard to achieve those goals,” Zell said.

Staying focused on your goals can be challenging.  “My team stays focused on our goals by helping and encouraging each other before and during every practice and reminding each other that we are always there for one another,” Seal said.



Season 8 TWD premiere, “What’s all the hype about?”

by Megan Schoonover/Staff Writer


Review, Cast Thoughts, and Character Development

AMC’s The Walking Dead premiered with its first episode of season 8 on Oct. 22. This episode marked their 100th episode and there has been tons of hype. There have been many interviews with members of TWD’s cast, including NYC 2017’s Comic Con.

   Austin Amelio (who plays Dwight) in an interview at Comic Con disclosed, “I think this is the most action packed season we have had. It’s going to be an insanely good season. The show is relentless, man.”

   Last season we saw Rick being crushed under Negan’s power. Rick went from being a powerful leader to being under Negan’s thumb. Now this new season is all about Rick rising up and fighting Negan.

   In question to this new season The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick asked, “Is Rick back now?”

   Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) replied, “I’m going to unpackage pain. In fresh and unimaginable ways on the doorstep of Negan.”

   We saw in last season that Carol withdrew from everyone, until she was told what was going on.

   Hardwick inquired, “Is Carol ready to fight now. She seems pretty ready?”

   Melissa McBride (who plays Carol) responds happily with, “She’s ready to fight…”

   So in this upcoming season we will get to see her character develop to be an even stronger fighter and perhaps the relationship between her and Daryl ( played by Norman Reedus) will flourish.

   “He’s the closest to her than I think any of them are,” McBride suspected in a recent episode of The Talking Dead.

With the death of Maggie’s (played by Lauren Cohan) husband Glenn (played by Steven Yeun) she was devastated. Leading up to this season she started to become vengeful and work her way into being a leader for Hilltop. In this season she has become the leader for Hilltop and we had one of the best scenes in this show. The scene was between her and Rick preparing for all out war. It had such a huge impact of emotion.

   However with that said, of how much she has grown as a character, has anyone noticed how something else isn’t growing? Judith (Rick’s daughter played by over 16 actresses) is getting older and growing but pregnant Maggie’s stomach isn’t? Yet they reference in the first episode that she is in her second trimester? We aren’t sure if this will somehow connect to the story or not, but nevertheless Maggie is ready for this war.

  In a review on rollingstone.com, “The Walking Dead Season 8: Everything You Need to Know,” writer Noel Murray commented, “Get ready for what could be a grueling ‘all out war’.” To review, the “all out war” is between Negan and Rick.

   The first episode of this new season has us excited for what Rick will do next and if he will overpower Negan. I will tease a bit; Rick has completely changed. He has turned all this pain and shame into wrath against Negan. If you watch just the first episode you will understand.

   It is very worth watching. Last season’s first episode was crazy and this season’s was not as off-the-wall but was so much better substance-wise. We get to see all these characters developing (ie. Rick, Carol, Maggie). I promised not to have any spoilers so you just have to see for yourself!

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