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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.”


Exchange students discuss holiday traditions

by Jesse Meeks and Audrey Martin

The GC foreign exchange program started around 1994. “Every year about nine students from other countries come to Greenfield Central High School to see what our school and the United States is all about. They stay for a full school year with families from the school called ‘host families,’ said Mrs. Myra Dye from the counseling department.

The students do not all come from the same country. They are spread throughout the world. Robin Siminski, 11, for example, is from Cologne, Germany. Siminski explained his holiday traditions at home. “Our Christmas traditions start on Dec. 1. Most families have a calendar that has 24 tiny doors and on each day through the 24th you get to open one of those doors and it has chocolate or a little present behind it. On Dec. 5, the little children of Cologne put their clean shoes in front of a door or in front of a fireplace and overnight their parents put little presents and a chocolate ‘Santa Claus’ in their shoes. This is based on Saint Nicholas from Turkey who was a famous, compassionate priest.”

American Christmas traditions are a new and different experience for some exchange students. Aziza Shamyrbekova, 11, for example, is from Kyrgyzstan. In her country only about 15% of the population is Christian; the rest is Muslim. Instead of their big holiday being Christmas, their big celebration at this time of year is on New Year’s. “We have something in common with America because we also decorate a tree. It looks the same as a Christmas tree, but we don’t exchange gifts. We have a family dinner on the Dec. 31 watching New Year’s TV shows and movies until 12 AM. Once the clock hits 12, we celebrate and start to listen to the live TV program about how our president wishes good things for next year. After this, we do fireworks outside in the yard.”

Another student whose traditions are different are Lutfiye Cam. “My country (Germany) does celebrate christmas, but my family does not because of my religion. I am a Muslim, and we don’t celebrate any holidays beside New Year’s in December.”

Another example of how end-of-the-year holidays can be different between America and other countries is that in Germany, instead of saying “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” some families say, “Merry Everything and Happy Always.”  

Ignacio Molina, 11, said, “In Spain, Christmas is very different from America. We are Catholic, so we follow Catholic Christmas. We don’t have (Santa), we have the Three Magic Kings.”

In regards to what host families are doing for the holidays, It’s both similar and different. For Cam, this is her first experience of an American Christmas. “This is a very new and exciting experience for me. As far as I know we are decorating the Christmas tree, decorating the house with lights, making a gingerbread house and buying presents for each other.”

“I am very excited to be spending Christmas with my host family this year. We will be having a big family dinner and doing a gift exchange,”Shamyrbekova said.

Holidays away from home can be tough for anyone, but for exchange students being away from their culture for a year can make being away for the holidays harder. Molina was upbeat about it, though. “It’s hard being away for the holidays but when we had our first holiday this year, Thanksgiving, instead of being sad I stayed positive and thought about how it reminded me of my family.”


World Language cook-off presents food, fun

by Mariam Elassal/Staff Writer

Every year, Greenfield Central’s World Language teachers host an annual cook off. This cook off counts as extra credit towards students enrolled in a language class. Students cook foods ranging from French and German to Latin dishes. Many students and teachers look forward to this event every year.

The annual cook off takes place the week before Thanksgiving, and it was originally proposed to the language department by Ms. Sonja Jaggers, Spanish teacher. “The cook off is an event we look forward to and it gives students an opportunity to prepare a dish from a country that speaks the language that they are studying in class,” Mrs. Paula Perry stated. The students can also go around and sample food from around the world as well as meet the international students.

The dishes are judged on taste, appearance, and authenticity. This year’s winners were Jasmine Andis, 12 with macaroons for French; Chloe Pike, 11 with apple crisp for German; Thomas Fralich, 10 with pork and chicken tacos for Spanish; and Elaine Hilton, 11 with tres leches cake for Spanish dessert.

To prepare for this event, the language teachers split up the preparation tasks. They get flags for the international students to carry in the flag ceremony, and they take pictures to frame and hang in the international courtyard. “We publicize the event, arrange for judges, print materials, get prizes for our winners, buy supplies, decorate the cafeteria, etc.” Perry said.

Jasmine Andis was one of the winners of the competition with her macaroons. “I personally love macaroons, so when I signed up I thought about making something that I love for other people to love as wel,” Andis stated. She also mentioned, “It is my senior year and I thought it would be a great stress reliever.”  

Anna Scott, 11 made Mexican cinnamon cookies. “I thought there were a lot of people this year, and a big variety of food,” she said.

Danielle Zell, 11 who made guacamole, stated, “There was a big turn out, and people from all grades were there.”

The cook off is an event that many students look forward to in their language classes every year. “This is a great event and I wish I would have done it sooner because it is amazing,” Andis stated.

Mrs. Erika Amador, Spanish teacher, said “I think it went really well. We had a good number of students. It was a lot of fun.”  

Perry also stated, “It is an event we look forward to every year and it continues to get bigger and bigger each year.”


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.


Homecoming parade shows array of clubs at GC

by Hailey Hall/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Blue Fusion members dance in the Homecoming Parade Sept. 15. 

The annual Homecoming parade makes its route through Greenfield the Friday before Homecoming. The parade is a fun experience for almost everyone in the family.=

Many after school activities participate in the parade, as well as Homecoming court members and other groups in the community.

Lily Richardson, 9, is a part of FCCLA, and helped with the assembling of the float and was in the parade.

“The theme we chose was Hawaiian,” Richardson said. “We chose a Hawaiian theme because we liked the central idea of family, vacations, and bringing people together.”

Even though it was a group discussion on how the theme would be chosen, some ideas can be left out. “I was pretty certain on the theme we were doing,” Richardson said. “Although we did talk about making it a little more elaborate.”

“We wanted to make more decorations for the float,” she said, “We also should have made sure the decorations we did have on the float were in better places, because the kept falling off.”

Sometimes parades can be stressful and hectic for the people designing, walking, and putting the float together. “I was a little anxious about being in front of so many people, but after a few minutes it was fine and I had a lot of fun,” Richardson said.

“Parades are a great way for schools and local businesses to interact with the community and they are  something fun for the families as well,” Richardson said.

Clio Inman, 9, who has been in past parades, said, “Being in the parade was probably my favorite part of being in junior blue fusion, I loved seeing the people sitting outside just to watch the parade.”

Float design can potentially be the hardest part of preparing for a parade. “I think the hardest part was trying to make something creative and original for the float,” Inman said. “Trying to make a unique float can get difficult when you participate in the parade every year.”

There are always ups and downs to parades. “It was really great when I got to see my friends and family standing there watching the parade,” Inman said. “It was hard not to go up to them and talk to them, but when you’re actually in the parade you have to keep walking. You don’t have time to sit and chat.”  

“Parades are a really good way to show teamwork, like putting together an idea and making it into something real is hard. It’s difficult but it turns out great in the end and it helps build teamwork,” Inman said.  

“It’s fun to be in parades because you can see the joy in the crowd, and in their smiles. It’s also so much fun to throw the candy and watch the kids catch it,” Alexis Inman, 11, said.

The Jungle Book opening soon at GC

By Halle Wynn and Collin Wood/Staff Writers

Photo Caption: Dominic Lanham, 9, and the cast of The Jungle Book go over lines early in the rehearsal schedule. 

Lights, camera, action!  GC Troupe 2961 has been on their A-game this year.  Their children’s play “The Jungle Book” is coming up soon.

 Tanner Hord, 12,  says, “This show will be a delight for the kids.”

“The Jungle Book” features a young boy named Mowgli (Dominic Lanham, 9) who is raised by animals in the wild.  A frightening tiger named Shere Khan (Tanner Hord) is Mowgli’s arch enemy. Shere Khan attempts to make Mowgli and his peers’ life as dreadful as possible.  Baloo (Jules McGuire, 10) and Bagheera (Jackson Smith, 11) save Mowgli and sends him to the city to keep him away from Shere Khan.   

This year seems to be flowing along and the sound crew is trying new things. So far, many of the actors and actresses have their lines memorized. Alex Johnson, 12, said, “This play is doing really really well, other than supply, from a tech perspective, everything has been amazing, the set is fabulous, we are going to be more than ready for this show, at least on my end.”  

In addition, Dharma Tilley, 12,  talked about costuming and GC’s costuming resources. “We’re lucky enough to be allowed to borrow some costumes from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theatre,” Tilley said. “The rest of the costumes are coming from our loft or we are making them ourselves.”  

Being in theatre takes “devotion, patience, and a funny bone,” Hord said. Jarrod Harris, 12, joined theatre because he needed something to do after school. Harris has made many friends due to being involved in theatre.  

Tilley stated, “My mom is the choreographer for Hancock’s Children’s Theatre program which I was in from 4th to 8th grade. So, once I got to high school, I knew that I would want to continue with theatre”.  Some people inherited the talent of acting, whereas some joined simply because they wanted to. Johnson got involved in theatre because of his brother who has been in 27 shows throughout his theatre career.

For many reasons, GC can support and watch GC’s portrayal of “The Jungle Book”  coming up Sept. 29-30 at 7:00 pm and Oct. 1 at 2:00 pm.