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GC band members advance to State Solo and Ensemble

     By Halle Wynn/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Cameron Hale, 10, Tuba, went to state for ISSMA as a Group 1 solo.

     ISSMA solo and ensemble was a big hit for the band at GC. About half the band participated in Solo and Ensemble.

   Cameron Hale, 10, tuba, played a Group I solo at Solo and Ensemble and advanced to state. Hale chose such a high solo level because he “wanted to improve in the art of playing music”. Not only does he play tuba as his main instrument, Hale also plays trumpet, trombone, French horn, drums, piano, and guitar.

    Lily Lauer, 10, is going to state as well with her quartet and solo.  “My solo is ‘Sonata’ by Saint Saëns. My quartet is a suite for four clarinets, but there are two clarinets and flutes, and my sextet is a church sonata in which I play bass clarinet.”

    “I started clarinet in 7th grade,” Lauer said. “My sister played clarinet when she was in school and I wanted to as well. I practiced daily for my solo and met up with my ensembles after school or during band class to rehearse our pieces.”

Mikayla Langley, 12, looks forward to performing at state. She will be performing “Reflections”by Katherine Hoover. She has been playing the flute since seventh grade.

   

 

Class scheduling continues

by Adrian Lotshaw

Photo Caption: Mrs. Sherri Foster talks with a GC student about her schedule.

Class scheduling for the current freshman, sophomores, and juniors started Monday, Feb. 6. The counselors are calling students in during their enrichment block. If the student does not have an enrichment block then they will be called down during a different class period.

Kim Kile, head of the Greenfield Central High School counseling department, says that there are mandatory classes that each grade level has to have. The classes you have to have are English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and health. You will take these classes until they meet the requirements for the diploma you are wanting to earn.

There are new classes that are being offered here at the high school says Sherri Foster, another counselor at the high school. These classes are AP Art History, AP Computer Science Principles, Web Design, Principles of Business Management, Principles of Marketing, and Honors Geometry.

Saylor Leal, 9, is planning on doing Human Body Systems (HBS), ACP Chemistry, and Radio and TV. Leal hopes to be joining an extracurricular activity sometime next year.

David Lopez, 11, plans on attending Pre-Cal, Jazz Band, and psychology. He is planning on doing marching band and indoor winds as an extracurricular activity for this coming up year.
Zach Perkins, 9, says, “I am looking forward to the new AP Computer Science Principles and the Web Design classes.” Perkins is wanting to take those classes for his dream to be a businessman.

GCHS Choir Solo and Ensemble students have ‘huge success’

by Lucy Conner / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Alli Horton, 9, performed a solo at the Solo and Ensemble contest.

 

On Feb. 4, G-CHS choir had their 2016-17 solo and ensemble competition. With the help of Mr. Grizzard, Mrs. Warner, and Mr. Hanson, 35 students that competed had a good time following with success.

Jacob Eddington, 11, Courtney Long, 12, Schuyler Jensen, 11, Ian Cole, 11, Evan Fontaine, 11, John Schaeffer, 9, Dharma Tilley, 12, Nathan McBride, 9, and Tayler Ballenger, 12, will continue onto state to compete.

“It was a huge success. G-CHS had the most entrants of all the schools in our district and all our students got Gold or Silver,” said Grizzard.

Many of the students said they had a special tie to the song they were practicing.

“This song was one I remember my great grandmother sang to me when I was little,” said Emily Royster, 9. She sang ‘All My Trials.’

“I liked my song because it was upbeat and about God,” said McBride. He sang ‘Ride on King Jesus.’

With such triumph, “It was a great experience and I would love to do it again,” said Grace Silicox, 9. She sang ‘Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man.’

Grizzard said there were a few obstacles to preparing for Solo and Ensemble, but the students took up the initiative to work through them. “It was difficult for me to find enough rehearsal time with each participant. Yet, the students were given recordings to practice with and they worked very hard on their own.”

Prom preparations underway

By Maria Kihega/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Sarah Kelley, Ms. Amanda Brown, and Haidyn Goodwin are just a few members of the prom committee, which is planning for Prom April 29. 

Prom is coming up on the calendar and students and faculty are excited to hear about the preparations to make the wonderful night happen.

The prom theme this year is Enchanted Forest and is being held at the Hyatt in downtown Indianapolis on April 29. Of course, there are fundraisers going on currently to help raise money for the location and decorations to make the whole event come together. The prom committee is doing their best to make prom one night to remember.

“We[prom committee] are hosting chuck-a-duck during half-time during basketball games and hosting fundraisers are Dairy Queen on Thursdays,” says Haidyn Goodwin, 11.

“We are still coming up with more alternatives to raise money for prom, which will happen when the date gets closer, but for now, chuck-a-duck and Dairy Queen is what is happening,” says Sarah Kelley, 11.

Jewelry is also being sold for those that are looking for accessories and hand-me-down dresses and tuxes are being sold for the Fairy Godmother donation for those that can’t afford a dress or in need of a last minute selection.

“There are really nice selections of jewelry this year and there are many pieces that can go with many different colors of dresses,” says Haidyn Goodwin, 11.

“We are willing to accept prom dress donations and tux donations to help those that can’t afford one. The price range will depend on how old the dress is and in what condition it is in, but we are looking at placing them around ten to twenty dollars at most. Last year’s donation was really nice and helped a lot of people out,” says Kelley.

For those that are willing to go out and buy a new dress, there are multiple stores to choose from. A big hit is Raelynn’s Boutique in Greenwood and David’s Bridal. Some others include Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Windsor. For the gentleman, shops that sell nice tuxedos and suits are Men’s Wearhouse, Louie’s Tux Shop, and Sophia’s Bridal, Tux & Prom.

 Other than getting dolled up, one of the best parts of prom are the decorations. Last year’s theme was Masquerade, which made the scenery have lots of blue, white, and pink. There may have not been many masks, but many students seemed to enjoy themselves. So, what kinds of colors and other decorations can expect for this year’s prom?

“There will be lots of pastel colors, because we want the room to feel magical and enchanting,” says Ms. Amanda Brown, prom committee leader.

Blue Fusion heads to state competition

by Grace Gray / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Blue Fusion celebrates after they competed at Westfield High School.

 

The GC Blue Fusion Dance Team has quite a list of accomplishments. In 2009 they finished first in the state in the now retired Production category. In 2014, Blue Fusion went to the state competition and earned second place in advanced varsity pom and fourth place in JV pom. Their latest big title is the IHSDTA 2016 2a Pom State Champions.

After having so many victories in the past two years, they have had a target on their back. “We’ve had to step up our game as far as skills and routine difficulty. We couldn’t enter the season with something like we did last year, because that’s what our competitors would expect,” said Coach Brittany Nigh.

Kaelie Kinder, 9, said, “We work really hard and we’re constantly making changes to our routines to keep them fresh and winning.” The team is currently trying to come back after ending their undefeated streak from December 2015 to January 2017.
“The rest of the season is just preparing for regionals and state. We have two full weeks to practice before this time. This is the most stressful time of the year, but also still the most fun time of the season for the girls,” said Coach Nigh.

Nigh continued, “The girls have been number 1, 2, or 3 at state every year since we’ve been a team here. That’s all they know.”
Dyanna Dorman, 11, said, “I think we have the potential to win at state. I think you’ll be hearing about our win there soon.” The team will be competing at the IHSAA state competition at New Castle on March 11.

FFA Week: Fun-filled phenomenon

By Sam Kihega/ Staff Writer

FFA week has been something that a lot of people have been ready for. Starting with some spirit week in our school, to a teacher breakfast, to drive your tractor to school day. “FFA Week is a week filled with fun activities for not just FFA members, but their school to get involved and see what FFA is,” said Calista Overman, 11, FFA president.

“During FFA week, we have a different theme for each day throughout the week. Not only do we have themes, but we have other activities going on that day also, whether it be fun or community service,” said Maggie Bova, 11.

FFA week is a lot of fun for the whole school and not just the members, but it does have a meaning behind it. Some members said the meaning of the week is becoming more as one whole group, giving back to our community, and growing with the chapter. “I hope to take away from this week that more people are wanting to be involved in FFA,” said Emily Jones, 12.

Many people like to believe that you have to come from an agricultural background to be able to join FFA, when really it is open for anyone.  What FFA wants people to know is that the group is very accepting of anyone.

“FFA week is open to participation for non-FFA members, too,” said Jones.

You don’t have to come from an agricultural background, or live anywhere near the country. It’s all about what your interests are. I don’t live on a farm and I’m still in FFA,” Bova said.

“I would like for people to know that FFA isn’t just for students with an agricultural background or interests. It’s for anyone who wants to better their leadership and personal growth along with their career success,” said Overman.

“You don’t want to miss out on the fun that FFA week holds,” Jones said.

Personality Profile: Education consultant balances family, work

By Jackson Smith/Staff Writer

Not many people have to consistently wake up at five in the morning, and even fewer have to get on an airplane and fly for up to six hours to get to work. Then of course, there’s maintaining a social life and taking care of the kids at the same time. For most people this would be criminal. Who would be willing to do this? This is the life of education consultant Marci Smith.

Marci was born February 8th, 1967 to Marilyn Harbison and Dave Needler. “From a young age, I always wanted her to be a hard worker,” Harbison said. “Before I knew it, both of my daughters were going to Purdue. I never really thought they’d get in if I’m being honest,” she elaborated. Marci went on to major in elementary education and met her future husband, Jess Smith III. Jess said ,“We lived in Cleveland for a while for my work, but after she became pregnant with Kylie,  we moved back to Indiana.”

In December, 1995 the first child, Kylie, was born, and Marci almost raised her single-handedly for the next 3 years because Jess still was working in Dayton. “I was trying to find law work in Indiana, but I still had to keep my Dayton job before then. Marci still would make the 2 hour drive every day with Kylie to see me,” Jess said. “It was just in her nature. She was going to make that work.”

By the time Jackson was born in 2001, Marci had gotten out of elementary education and became an education consultant at Breakthrough Literacy. This job saw her traveling around the state, trying to sell education programs to various schools. “I could never of done that, especially with such a small company,” said Lisa Johnson, her sister. The traveling of this job would end up becoming a routine in her life for the next 16 years, as Breakthrough was bought by McGraw Hill and Marci worked there as a per diem (Basically a paid intern).

“I’d say she’s traveled over 10,000 miles for her job, and all of it was for the kids,” Harbison said. At a point when she was paying for her own gas, Marci began to even travel out of state for her job. When the economic downturn of 2008 began, this became even more imperative because everyone was out of work. Marci and Jess had to work very hard to keep the life we were living. “Mom and Dad are very hardworking people, and I honestly couldn’t imagine what life would be like without that,” Kylie said.

In time, Kylie was in her final years of high school and Marci and Jess had divorced. Even without their marriage, they made it work with her kids. It was always very amiable, and there were few if any problems. “Finally, I became fully employed at McGraw Hill, and they gave me a company car and a card for gas,” Marci said. Marci still works to this day, and is currently in Lansing, Michigan.“It’s been very hard to make this work, but to me it’s all worth it. I love this life, and I wouldn’t change one thing,”  Marci said.

Personality Profile: Greenfield fire chief prioritizes helping the community

by Hailey Dodds/Staff Writer

As a child, everyone is told to stay away from fire, but Chief Jimmy Roberts has made a career out of being on the fire department.

Being a firefighter isn’t always about fighting fires; there is so much more to it than that. At Station 21 in Greenfield, Indiana, Roberts never takes a break. He’s on duty three days a week, but that doesn’t stop him from helping the community in anyway that he can. He involves himself in the Indiana Firefighters Association (IFA) by attending meetings and donating goods to whatever it is the organization needs.

Co-worker and personal friend Bryan Marr, a member of Greenfield fire department, had nothing but good things to say about Chief Roberts and the rest of the Greenfield Fire Department. Marr repeatedly mentioned Chief’s selflessness and leadership skills. “He would do anything at any time to help out with the community as much as he possibly can,” He continued, “He does things that inspires me to be more like him.” Chief Roberts is involved with multiple organizations outside of the department. He said that his favorite is the annual Hancock County Riley Day parade. He, and the rest of the Greenfield Fire Department, get involved for the week-long parade. They host food stands and give tours of the fire station. They even allow kids, to climb into the trucks to get a feel for the thrill.

Jeffrey Dixon, who is also a member of Greenfield’s fire department, states that after working with Chief Roberts for a total of just over 25 years, that “Chief does things that most members can’t admit to doing.” Dixon said that Mr. Roberts goes out of his way to help people of the community, one of which is by volunteering at the IFA meetings.  

Through the things that Chief Roberts does with and without the fire department by his side, such as being involved with the sports and programs his children are involved in, he has the fire department behind him with whatever it is that he decides to do, and the fire department is definitely his number one way of helping the community as much as he can. From the point of being a first responder, he has the opportunities to save the lives of innocent people throughout the community.

Chief Roberts has made a lasting impression on those he works with and on those throughout the Greenfield community. He has stepped up and taken a difficult role in the fire department. Although that occupation might be quite challenging, considering that it takes a lot of patience to help people that may be distressed or unaware of their surroundings, he has managed to do an outstanding job. He will continue to inspire and motivate those around him.

Chief Roberts has made a career out of the fire department. His selflessness helps people through the community and through the fire department, and anyone could agree that he will not be leaving for a while; unless it is to help someone in the community.  Marr said, “He would definitely do anything to put another person’s life before his own. It’s not because his job tells him to, it’s just the kind of person he is. That’s the kind of person this community needs.”

Personality Profile: GC freshmen create website, graphic design company

by Adrian Lotshaw/Staff Writer

Zachary Perkins, a Greenfield-Central freshman, has created a company called Deranged Computing, along with Greenfield freshman friends, Zach Wolfe and Dylan Thomas

This business makes website and graphic designs, along with website hosting and search engine indexing.

Perkins said, “I have always wanted to start a business in high school. As a freshman, I made that dream come true.”

The main things that he had to know when starting a company was that  as a company leader cannot keep letting people bring you down. One must keep pushing forward. With that in mind, if it means dropping a worker, one must drop a worker.

Perkins is the owner and main coder for Deranged Computing.

Perkins stated, “The hardest part about running our company is keeping enough stamina to keep pushing forward. This is because there are constant anchors in our way, from a management standpoint.”

The plan for the future of Deranged Computing is taking it day by day. All Perkins expects from the company is being able to run a successful company and end up selling it by his senior year of high school for money for college.

Thomas is included in the production of this company by being the graphic designer for Deranged Computing. He says that he has always loved art and creating things. Thomas said joining Zachary in the creation of Deranged Computing was a great way to start off his career.

Wolfe is the supervisor in the company. His job is to help out Perkins in maintaining and making the websites they create. He stated that his interest in scripting websites and the ability to solve complex problems made him want to join the business of Deranged Computing.
Perkins said that there are many things to look forward to in the production of the company. He said, “There will be times where I just want to give up but I know that it is not the right thing to do.”

Personality Profile: Senior tech head remembers time in theatre

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

With seniors on their way to college, what they did in high school is what they will remember most. For Meghan Batka, she will remember her time at theatre.

Throughout one school year, GCHS’ theatre department puts on four productions. Meghan Batka has been involved in every show since the beginning of her freshman year. Batka is a Tech Head; they are the “boss” of the set crew, they get the set design and layout and put it into motion. They are the ones who teach new members how to properly build a set and get the layout just right. Often the set changing occurs during intermission; that is done by Tech Heads and the members of set crew.

Throughout Batka’s time at theatre, a lot has changed. Her freshman year was more easy going and fun, but now with her position, it feels like more of a job with all of the responsibility. She said, “It’s still a lot of fun and there are still a lot of great people here who dedicate their time. I think the program will continue to grow in a very delightful way.”

Batka has the extra stress of conflict with realizing she is in charge and has to keep everyone safe. She is aware that it is her responsibility if a member of the set crew is hurt. Even with the stress, Batka has most of her social life in theatre. “She is the one who will talk to you if you are upset, she makes sure everyone is doing okay before she worries about herself. Meghan is just genuinely a caring person,” said Cassidy Tapp, 9.

Because of her kindness and generosity towards others, Batka has made many friends that support her fully through things that may come her way. She returns the love and support as much as possible. “I hope that I have made people’s lives more positive for the people in theatre and hope they can be that person for the people to come when I am gone,” said Batka.

Batka said that theatre most affects the mind set she has towards doing things; she is more on track with her homework and she gets to be social. New member Brooklyn Harpold, 9, agreed in her statement. “It affects me in a way which makes me happy to be at school.” 

Theatre has changed Batka’s work ethic; she has matured since she began her time in theatre, and she is now able to see the reality of things. “Not everything is black and white, I have seen some definite gray areas,” said Batka. Even with those gray areas, she knows the problem-solving and base-building skills will help her in college. Batka plans on going to college for fashion design. She hopes that her problem-solving skills from theatre will help her.