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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.

ISTEP replaces ECA

by Mariam Elassal / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Students review key concepts prior to ISTEP test in Mr. Smith’s College Entrance Prep class.

 

Sophomores in Indiana will have to take the ISTEP+ this year as a replacement of the ECA.

Some people support the change, but others say the test is more difficult than the ECA was last year. After gathering and comparing some opinions from not only teachers, but students as well, opinions are very mixed.

Aaron Smith, math teacher at GC, doesn’t see it as a stressful test, but rather that it is a test to show what students know. He tells his students to relax, and if they don’t know the answer, to just make an educated guess. Smith also said that if students pay attention in class and listen to their teachers, they will be fine during this test as it is just a review of what they learned before. Nothing new or unseen will show up.

“Looking at last year’s test, the ISTEP+ did seem more rigorous than the ECA. It covers a more broad range of question, it has both Algebra and Geometry whereas the ECA only had Algebra, and the questions go more in depth. Again, if students are listening to their teachers, and putting forth the effort to understand the concepts, they will be fine no matter what test they are taking,” Smith said.

Krysha Voelz, English teacher at GC, stated, “ISTEP+ differs from ECA in format, subjects tested, and in the nature of its questions. Therefore it may be perceived by some to be more difficult. However, both tests require students to read critically and write fluently. As long as students stay engaged, read actively, and write with supporting details, they should perform well.” Voelz also encourages her students to get a good night’s rest along with a proper breakfast. While taking the test, Voelz recommends that students “pace themselves, check their responses, and use all their allotted time on the test.”

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.

 

Personality Profile: IUPUI student heads #SanctuaryCampus movement

by Erick Morales/Staff Writer

Caption: Hector Morales speaks with the IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar.

Hector Morales, an IUPUI student from Greenfield, became alarmed at the remarks that Donald Trump had made about minorities during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Morales organized a walkout in his college and gathered a large following of students to walk alongside him. He told people to spread the word by using #SanctuaryCampus on Twitter. Many other schools were participating, too. It was not his idea, but he organized it in his campus.

President Donald Trump has been known to make controversial comments towards minorities. The movement was made to make IUPUI a Sanctuary, or a safe place for immigrants, LGBT, people of color, or any minority. It ensured that students will be more open and accepting and to protect immigrants from major changes that Trump might make to the DACA Act, Consideration for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The DACA Act gives immigrated minors a chance for a work permit and protection from deportation.

Hector lives like any college student; he works, pays bills, and he works again. His actions, however, separate him from the norm. He organized and planned the walkout alongside other major campuses.

He went online and made a Google Forum and asked people to sign up for the walk out using #SanctuaryCampus. Only about a hundred or so people signed up, but once he got to the campus over 400 students arrived. The walkout reached their goal and they got to talk to the Chancellor to help make changes to benefit students.

The walkout was to increase awareness to stop discrimination, but mostly it was to help immigrants. After the walkout, the university responded, saying administrators would closely monitor actions taken regarding the DACA Act and any proposed changes to the policy. Hector described the movement, saying “Basically, it was more about a statement to tell the President that America is a diverse country, and any rule- any bill that anyone tries to discredit that America is a diverse country, we are going to fight.”

This movement had a huge impact, according to Morales.  “That day over 42 universities became sanctuary campuses. We were nationally all over the news,” he said. Yale and Harvard were also a part of the Sanctuary Campus movement, along with several other schools.

This, of course, got a lot of exposure. “Even Bill O’Reilly ( a Fox News personality) was talking about it.” Morales said. “Over 136 campuses were involved. This is considered one of the biggest walkouts that we have seen in the 21st century as far as university walkouts is concerned.”
Morales was the face of the walkout and personally talked to the Chancellor of IUPUI. They are working with IUPUI to make school safer for students. IUPUI plans to make the campus safer are still in development and administrators will release information as time goes on. Morales said that this’ll ensure protection and the well-being of minority college students.

Once there’s an opinion, there’s bound to be backlash. Morales said, “There were a lot of negative tweets, but there was a lot of people who didn’t show their faces. I think they were actually helping us to increase popularity via #SanctuaryCampus. They helped us a lot.”

Being a minority himself, a legal Mexican immigrant, he said felt he was the voice for minorities who felt like outcasts or unwelcome in a campus environment. He wants their voices to be heard and understood.

His parents, Maria and Hector Senior, support him, stating, “We are very proud of our boy. He will soon do many great things for our world. We just know it!” His siblings also agree. Emily said, “He’s really brave. To stand up and say something like that takes courage.”

In the end, Morales had only this to say: “The Caucasian community or any person that voted for Trump, we respect. At the end of the day everyone that was involved was aware that they respected the election. That’s what democracy is and looks like. We respect the fact that he’s our President. What we don’t respect is the hate speech of his campaign.”

 

Lady Cougars basketball prepares for sectionals

by Maria Kihega/Staff Writer

The G-C’s women’s basketball team has been playing hard this season against different, tougher teams around Indiana, even some out of state, but Jan. 14 was not any normal game.

Every year, the girls host a game dedicated to cancer survivors and those that are battling through the illness. The girls gathered around the court, while Mr. Oliver read poems about how hard the battle is to defeat cancer. After the reading of the heart-warming stanzas were over, cancer survivors and fighters stood up from their spot on the bleachers while the girls gave each of them a flower to show their appreciation towards their effort of defeating the disease.

“This is my favorite game to host not just for the girls, but for the real fighters that deserve recognitions and appreciation,” said Doug Laker, women’s basketball coach.

For some players, this is their first experience being a part of cancer night and the feelings they received made them realize how important it is to give back and remorse the ones that weren’t as lucky as them.

“I’ve been to a couple of the past cancer nights to watch my older sister play, but actually being a part of it just gives me the feeling of wanting to give back, because they’ve been through a journey of pain and suffering that they couldn’t control,” Hannah Ferrell, 9.

The team also celebrated a huge win from the Hall of Fame tournament that was hosted in Connorsville. There were teams from all over the country, but nothing stopped the Lady Cougars from coming out on top.

“Plainfield was definitely our biggest competition there. We played them in Regionals last season and it was a close game, but the girls pushed through the pressure and got the win,” said Madison Wise, 12.

“There were a couple times where we had to call a time-out and have everybody settle down and focus on the play instead of focusing on the scoreboard,” said Katie Helgason, 12.

Along with the team’s success, Madison Wise has hit her 2000th career point against the Yorktown Tigers on January 24, which was a very special event, but not from just her breaking her record. That Tuesday was senior night for women’s basketball where the senior players get to play their last home game of their high school career.

“After I hit my 1000 point, I wanted to hit another thousand, and what a better way to do that than on my senior night? It was an amazing night,” said Wise.

The girls will be playing Richmond on Jan. 31 as their first round of sectionals at home.

JSA Winter Congress set for February

by Halle Wynn/Staff Writer

Caption: GC JSA president Frances LaBore, 11, and James Fitzgerald, current JSA member, speak at a recent JSA meeting.

JSA, formally known as the Junior State Of America, hosts many conventions and events that members are allowed to attend. In Greenfield Central High School, there is a chapter of JSA that strives to spread critical thinking, the development of arguments, source analysis, and the art of public speaking. The club itself allows students to elaborate their love of politics and discuss thoroughly, important world issues.

 

Winter Congress is known as an “incredibly interesting” experience, as Frances LaBore, current JSA chapter president, described. Winter Con is a trip where students involved in JSA get the chance to explore and test their debating skills.  “It is my favorite event because the members write the bills and defend them. One truly gets to see the large amounts of interests like environmental concerns, taxes and the economy, and human rights”, LaBore stated. According to various members in the Junior State Of America at Greenfield Central High School, Winter Congress is wonderful and seeing the sights is absolutely beautiful.

 

Mr. Kevin Potter, JSA teacher advisor who is serving his first year of teaching at Greenfield stated, “this is a great opportunity for students to meet and interact with like minded peers from across the country. When we go on our trips (whether to Cincinnati as we did this Fall or Washington DC later this Winter) students get a chance to make new friends and network. The social side of JSA should definitely not be overlooked”.

Starting February 17th till the 19th, students get to explore Washington D.C, including all the monuments and political buildings. Students apart of the Junior State Of America meet, socialize, unite at gatherings, play fun games, and create new friendships.Tyler Elam, 10, JSA member at GCHS said, “WInter Con gives me a chance to meet new people and enjoy both, fun and educational experiences”. At Winter Congress you will experience everything from back room logrolling to the fiery speeches made on the floor of the House and Senate. Overall, Winter Congress for the Junior State Of America, is the event to attend.

 

Seniors take in last semester as GC Cougars

by Samantha Kihega/Staff Writer     

The 2017 class is in the midst of their last semester  as GC Cougars.   Many great athletes will move on from GC this year, including Morganne Denny, Joshua Mundell, Austin Mullins, Madison Wise, Katie Helgason, and many more.

According to Joshua Mundell, 12, “Senior year is bittersweet. I am excited for the next step but at the same time I am going to enjoy my final stretch of high school,” said Mundell.

Madison Wise, 12, said, “It is sad to know I only have a few months left with the people I’ve grown up with, but also exciting to move on to the next chapter in my life.”

Denny, 12, said that she is very excited to get out in real world and see what it is holding for her.

After high school Mundell will attend college in the fall, but undecided on the university. He added that one possibility is to play basketball at Hanover College after high school.

Wise will be attending Iowa State University to study business and continue her career in basketball. Wise has committed to play basketball at Iowa State for the next 4 years.

Denny will continue her career as a softball player at IPFW and that during the summer she will enjoy her last season getting to play travel softball. “I guess I could thank all of the coaches I have ever had in my life (from softball to even basketball) because without their knowledge and their work ethic in getting me to become a hard-nosed player, then I wouldn’t have the chance in playing in college. And also shoutout to all of my past teammates for also pushing me. Love you fam!!” says Denny.

With leaving GCHS after this semester, Mundell said, “I will miss my friends and the close-knit environment that only high schools possess.”

Denny said, “What I will miss most about GCHS is the community, honestly. Many students have changed my life in positive and even in negative ways, but without my experiences at GCHS I wouldn’t be the person I am today. It may sound a bit cliché, but it’s the truth.”

Wise said,“What I will miss most about GC is all of the people I grew to know over the years.”