Crazy Scholarships You’d Never Think to Get

By Maria Kihega

A lot of people believe that there are only two way to earn a scholarship, athletics or academics, but they don’t realize that there are scholarship for some very rare activities. For instance, there is a $500 scholarship in Michigan for owning a llama that can be renewed each year of the student’s higher education career.  Maybe there’s one like that for Indiana?

There are also scholarships for “marble shooters,” people who compete in marble competitions and show off their marbles skills and tricks. For example, there are scholarships from $1,000-$2,000 for winner who compete in a four-day marble tournament in Wildwood,  New Jersey. That isn’t a game that comes to mind when you think of competition scholarships!

If you’re tall and insecure about it, don’t be: there’s a chance you could be offered a $1,000 scholarship from the Tall Clubs International Scholarship Program. This prize goes females 5’10 and over and males who are 6’2 and over money for college.

Even though prom is the night to dress in fancy suits and dresses, there are couples that dress in duct tape instead. They compete in shows in which judges review their duct tape clothing on the basis of workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories, and amount of tape used for the chance of each individual to get a $3,000 scholarship. Perhaps Greenfield-Central would be interested in adopting this at our prom?

Last on our short list, there is a chance for students to earn a $5,000 scholarship if they pass the Common Knowledge Scholarship Test, which is a series of random questions about random things. Look into these scholarships and others-who knows what wacky way you can find to pay for college?

An Athlete and a Scholar

By Maria Kihega

Since graduation is right around the corner, many seniors have been deciding where they want to go for college, some have already applied, and some received scholarships to go to a college. There are a handful of seniors at G-C that are on an athletic scholarship to a college, but two students, Jamie Beaver and Rachel Irbe, have earned substantial scholarships to go to college while playing the sport they love.

“I’m super excited to play for East Michigan. I feel like everything I’ve worked so hard for has finally paid off,” said Irbe.

“Trine offers a lot of what I want to do with my future and the best part about it is that I get to do what I love,” said Beaver.

The last match of Irbe’s high school career resulted in 21 kills, 33 digs, and 3 serve receptions at G-C’s second volleyball match for sectionals. Beaver’s last soccer game ended with a defeat against Fishers 2-3.

“I will always remember my teammates and the amount of support I got while playing for G-C that got me where I am today,” said Irbe.

“I know my teammates will come out and support me during my college career and I will do the same for them. I won’t ever leave them behind me,” said Beaver.

Other seniors such as Amanda Flora, Zach Bishop, Tommy Brock, Savannah Girolami, Tate Hall, and Darcie Huber all have athletic scholarships and G-C wishes the best for these students as they continue on their path of sportsmanship and adulthood.

Book Review- Islands in the Stream

By Bailey Shelton, Editor-in-Chief

Ernest Hemingway passed away in 1961 of self-inflicted injuries. His wife and publishing house set out in the years following to sort through his writings and leave a legacy of the works he left behind. Islands in the Stream was the first posthumous published work released, a beautiful tale of life on the Caribbean islands. It follows the life story of a man named Thomas Hudson in his life-long trials and tribulations, self-discovery, and tragedy.

So a little bit of background before you crack that spine: this is a classic novel, by a classic author. When you read it the language is a bit dated, and the paragraphs are a bit extensive. By “a bit extensive” I mean, for example, at one point a bartender goes on talking about a painting for a page and a half. It’s very eloquent, but be warned. Secondarily, Ernest Hemingway was what could be considered as a textbook example of a “salt of the earth” kind of guy. That means when he wrote the next great American novel, he penned beautiful phrases about scenic ocean landscapes, yes, but he also held a fondness for gin and brawling and curse words. Also, it was the 1950’s, and few had yet acknowledged publicly that racial slurs were not acceptable to say or write in literary works, so be aware that some political incorrectness is included.

That being said, as far as the actual novel goes, if you have a stomach for all of the previously mentioned factors, this is the perfect post-winter read. As school comes to a close I find myself looking more and more out of windows, hoping for some sunshine and some time off, and this book appeals to all of that. Throughout, Hemingway goes deeply into detail describing the landscapes and the lighting that set his story, and when he does so it immerses the reader in a way that earns his reputation for such description.

Above: The island of Bimini, just off of the coast of Cuba and Florida, is where Hemingway’s novel begins. The main character, Thomas Hudson, lives out his life in a house that is built into the shoreline. The novel later takes him through Cuba during World War II and out to sea in search of German sailors. Hemingway is known for his eloquent descriptions of natural landscapes, and Bimini is no exception.

Aside from that it’s an extremely action-filled piece, with fighting, war, and conflict. In proper fashion, Hemingway even lets some fights go on for multiple pages, describing every hit as if it is a miniature story in itself, with its own peaks and valleys.

The most remarkable aspect, though, is the author’s dry wit throughout. It’s a very subtle humor, but from cover to cover Hemingway slips in small jabs at his own characters. If you’re lucky enough to catch it, these jokes make the book.

If there is anything more to be said about this novel, it’s the kind of read that appeals to your action-starved senses while simultaneously making you long for a beachfront. It’s perfect for any pre-break slump in which you might find yourself, and it helps you look forward to your own spring adventure.

JSA Experiences Democracy in Action in Washington

By Bailey Shelton, Editor-in-Chief

With the G-C branch of JSA flying back from Washington D.C. and the Winter Congress, another year of student based political discussion is slowly being wrapped with a tight bow.

Every year, the Greenfield-Central chapter of JSA travels to Washington, DC to meet with other chapters around the country. They hold an annual mock congress to simulate political discourse in modern politics.

The mock congressional discussions brought one Greenfield-Central-sponsored bill to the floor on the weekend of Feb. 11, a potential law proposing the abolition of minimum wage while allowing low wage workers to unionize more easily. The proposition, written by JSA Chapter President Tyler Combs,12, was shut down quickly once it made its way to the floor. The other bill proposed by G-C, which stated that all convicted sexual assault criminals should be sentenced to a life in prison, did not even make it that far. The legislation proposed by Lydia Wasson, 12, and Emily Grant, 10, fizzled before being passed through to the pseudo-congressional floor.

Since our bill wasn’t picked to be presented, I was selected to be a senator. I could talk and ask any questions about the bill if I wanted to,” said Grant.

As a senior, this was James Colter’s final time attending the conference that initially sparked his interest in the club. “It was definitely not only seeing all of the sights but also just seeing all my friends from the years before. If you’re in JSA you see the same people again from year to year, so at conference the draw (to the congress) isn’t just the debates; it’s the people and seeing DC as well.”

The conference came to a close on that coming Sunday, and after a visit to a few national monuments and adviser Sarah Ketchum’s first visit to the National Gallery of Art, the Greenfield members of JSA packed up for the bus ride home. However, the anticipated respite didn’t last forever. That coming Monday, the newest candidates for the clubs elections took the podium.

This year, sophomores Frances LaBore and Emily Grant have declared candidacy for chapter president, both on platforms to raise club attendance. LaBore is taking the angle of a vetted member of the club, saying experience makes her qualified for the position. Grant, on the other hand, is running at the tail end of her first year in JSA, and said she can bring outsiders in from that angle.

“I can definitely see progress coming for GC’s JSA chapter over the next few years,” said Grant.

Other campaigners include Steven Coffin, 10,  and Tyler Elam, 9, for vice-president, with John Scott, 9, Steven Bass, 9, and Marissa Macy, 10, for secretary. The elections heavily mimic real life processes and Ketchum says there are strict guidelines to make the campaign trail even.

“Campaigns in JSA are done in a regimented way. Candidates have a spending limit for campaign materials. There is also a very strict “no mud-slinging” policy. Candidates focus on the positive things they will do, rather than trying to degrade their competitors,” said Ketchum.

The JSA chapter grew heavily in numbers this year, more than doubling attendance with the addition of underclassmen members. Although the end of this year will see the graduation of members Lydia Wasson, Noah Hite, James Colter, Hannah Edwards, and chapter president Tyler Combs, 12, the club has hope for a bright future in these young starters.

“They will definitely be missed. With that being said, however, I have great hope for the future of the chapter. We have an excellent group of sophomore students who have really stepped up when it comes to chapter leadership,” said Ketchum.

The Greenfield-Central chapter of JSA will be hosting its own conference on March 12 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m in the Cougar Meeting Room at G-C. The title of the conference is PCon, and it will dive into subjects of diversity, tolerance, and free speech on college campuses. The event is open for public attendance, and several teachers will be offering extra credit to come. Contact Tyler Combs at [email protected] or Mrs. Ketchum at [email protected] for more details.


Senior Play Approaches

In picture: The cast of And Then There Were None read their parts.

By Tyler Combs, Staff Reporter

This year, the Greenfield-Central Theater Department is adding a unique performance to their calendar of plays. They will perform a play based on British author Agatha Christie’s famous mystery novel And Then There Will None on March 11, with the twist that the cast will consist entirely of seniors.

“It’s a chance for seniors to have their moment to shine,” says director Sarah Robinson, a longtime drama member and herself a senior. In her view, it is particularly a good opportunity for seniors who haven’t had many chances to act in the spotlight before they graduate.

Veteran drama member Rachel Sherman, 12, agrees. Normally she works makeup and costuming, but she will be playing Emily Brent in the play. “Usually, you are battling for parts with underclassman, and there are so many of them,” she says, “but with this show you are up against your peers, and there aren’t many people to go against for parts, which makes it more likely for someone to get a part.”

However, the senior play is also drawing in students who have never participated in Theater before. Onur Tunç, 12, will be portraying Dr. William Armstrong, but that wasn’t how he initially planned on participating. “I knew I was good at doing makeup since everyone has been impressed by the zombie makeup I do [for Halloween], so I decided to ask Mr. Jacobs if I could do makeup for the senior play.” However, the theater teacher instead encouraged him to audition to act, which he did by portraying Yoda from Star Wars in his monologue.

Robinson, Sherman, and Tunç are but three of the many eager seniors who will be doing their part to bring Agatha Christie’s magnum opus to the stage. If you would like to follow the mysterious twists of And Then There Were None, the play will be performed at 6:30 PM on Friday, March 11.


Lady Cougars Triumph at Sectionals

By Maria Kihega

In picture: Madison Wise,11 on the foul line shooting a free throw against Mt. Vernon along with Jessica Ferrell,10 and Savannah Girolami, 12 at the sides. Wise led the game with 35 points.

The gym was full of cries and cheers from the crowds as the G-C women’s basketball team ran onto the court for the sectional championship. On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Lady Cougars were victorious over the Lady Marauders. This is the first time the Cougars have won a basketball sectional championship in 3 years.

The first and second quarter were very close. The score was 14 to 13 during halftime with the Lady Cougars winning by one. During the second half, the Lady Cougars come back raising the finishing score with 61 to 43 with Madison Wise scoring 35 points, Katie Helgason with 12 points, Savannah Girolami with 7 points, Amanda Flora with 5 points and Jessica Ferrell with 2 points.

The girls had huge smiles on their faces when they huddled after the game along with the rest of the students that were there at the game cheering them on.


What to bring to college: the list begins

by Megan Warren/Staff Writer

College Checklist

Whether seniors like it or not, college is coming. Most seniors have made their decisions for where they are going and how they plan on living, but many have not started their plan of attack to pack and bring every necessity.

Of course the usual toiletries, extra jackets, and two sets of sheets with be stressed when packing, but this checklist has been formed to remind those on their way to their new home of things looked past when packing, but will be 100% useful.

Number one on this list is a power strip. While outlets will be awaiting you, a block of six extra power sources certainly will not go used. This could make it so that mini fridge or microwave will be able to live in harmony with your charging laptop without battling for the same outlet.

The next looked-past necessity is duct tape. When struggling students need to fix something, duct tape will certainly do the trick. Many college grads themselves have explained their duct tape stories on

“I had broken my drawer handle,” an anonymous story teller explained, “I wasn’t sure how to put a new knob or anything back on, so I used the next best thing. Duct tape.” This story is one of many handy ways to use duct tape that could inspire the inner low-cost innovator in anyone.

The third up on the list is simply an umbrella. It will totally be useless until you absolutely need it. A day that decided to torrentially downpour right before your class that is neatly placed the farthest away from your dorm will really put a damper on your morning. Umbrellas are easy to keep, easy to store, and easy to maneuver. Plus, you can pull a brigade of friends with umbrellas and stay drier than ever.

Last on this must have list would be a first aid kit. You never know when you will get bumps or scrapes let alone if your floormates decide it would be a great idea to skateboard down the hallway and flips their board. This, again, will be an item that will not always be in use, however, it will be incredibly useful when it is being used. This just needs to be the necessities like bandages, gauze, tape, tweezers, and quick snap ice packs.

This short list will help a massive amount in situations you were not quite ready for, and are not your everyday needs.

Seniors of Greenfield Central were asked what they were most excited for while preparing for college. Tyler Kennedy, 12, is looking forward to some new technology for his dorm. “I am excited to buy my new laptop for college!”

Kennedy explained, “I haven’t decided what type of laptop to purchase, though. I need to remember to pack an alarm clock with me! I tend to sleep through my alarms so I need something loud enough to wake me up.”

Katey Addison, 12, was also asked what about her life preparing for her dorm life at Ball State and while she is unsure about who she is rooming with, decor and room setup has been on her mind. “Pictures! I have so many to put up. I plan to hang them with clothespins on wire throughout my room.”

College is right around the corner for the class of 2016. The time for checklists and a slew of new items is upon us.


Cougar Connection up for debate?

by Maria Kihega/Staff Writer

Cougar Connection was a seventeen minute homeroom that many students and teachers enjoyed, whether it was because of the teacher they had or the relationships they had with the other students in that room.  CC has been retired this year due to longer learning blocks and more time with the new technology that we are provided with, but there may a glimmer of light in the tunnel. There has been talk among administrators and and the Cougar Leadership Team about bringing CC back.

“There has been talk about bringing Cougar Connection back, but there hasn’t been a for sure decision,” said Noah Ramsey, 10.

“Cougar Connection making a comeback has been taken into consideration many times, but there is still a debate where we either bring it back and cut off class time or keep rolling with the schedule we have now,” said Mr. Jeff Jackson, Social Studies Department.

“The administration is still on the fence about having it next year, but it will be revisited again whether it’s in the near future or a long time from now,” said Mr. Brent Oliver, assistant principal.

Cougar Connection time was originally designated for work on homework, reading, etc. while the teachers take attendance and check their grades. It was also made to create a bond between the student and teacher.

“I loved Cougar Connection. I definitely think that it should come back and I’m pretty sure a lot of other students want it back too,” said Ramsey.

I did enjoy my CC class so I would not mind bringing CC back,” said Mrs. Sarah McCall, Math Department.

Even though it would be nice to have CC back, there is a curiosity of something being given up in order to bring it back. On the first day of school this year, it was said that CC was retired in order to have the Macbooks. The question is, would we have to give something up in order to bring CC back? Would there be any reason to bring it back?

“If we brought it back, it would be so that students can form a relationship with a teacher over the four years that they are here. This relationship will hopefully help students, give students a teacher they feel comfortable going to with questions throughout high school, and ultimately help more students graduate because they have a constant teacher pushing them along the way. If we did not bring it back it would probably be because most students saw that time as not important in their day and often skipped class. So many students were out roaming the halls during CC. Teachers struggled to ever get their classes to do anything that they asked,” said McCall.

“Class time would have to be shortened down to have time for Cougar Connection,” said Ms. Jill Jenkins, English Department.

A good majority of students and teachers would love to have Cougar Connection back. It gives more time for homework, reading, and a good bond between the teachers and students, it took a nice break during the school day, and teachers would also check grades at the end of every week to update the students on their classes. It remains to be seen what will happen with this 17-minute period.


School Away From Home: Pros and Cons of Living out of District

By Maria Kihega, Staff Reporter

High school can be hard enough on its own, but some students have a unique problem because they go to GC, not in their home district. It can sometimes be a little tough dealing with not seeing friends from school as often, or making new friends around your area, but there are advantages to it, too.

“An easy thing about living outside of Greenfield is that I got to meet new neighbors and kind people that may not go to my school, but they live in my neighborhood and it’s always nice to meet new people,” said Ethan Starkey, 10.

While for Starkey the move to his new home in the Mount Vernon district provides a new community for him to experience, Chloe Love, 11, says that living in New Palestine has allowed for her to interact with different students that are her own age.

“I’ve gotten to know a lot of new friends and I see it as a good thing to not see them at school, because it would make it a much better feeling of seeing each other when we both get home,” said Love.

Because of the inherent obstacle that living out of district presents, these student commuters often resort to solutions such as meeting up with their friends half way, or scheduling events for certain days to make life easier. Especially with inclement weather, the drive from point A to point B requires a bit of forethought, as Starkey explains.

“I’m just starting to drive and especially in the winter, it gets in the way a lot. It may be one of the most frustrating things to deal with. Also, whenever my friends and I want to make plans to hang out, we always have to make plans in Greenfield which is awful for me, because I have to make a drive all the way out there,” said Starkey.

Whether it be in finding alternative solutions for hanging out with friends, or providing extra time from point A to point B, these students have managed to work around their alternative locations. The commute to G-C might not always be easy but these students are making it work.


VEX Readies for State Qualifiers

The Cougar Review’s second club profile is about G-C’s VEX robotics team. VEX is an international competition in which over 10,000 teams from 32 countries design and build robots to complete a variety of tasks. These competitions tests the design, construction, programming, and strategic skills of middle school, high school, and college students.

G-CHS’s VEX club has been competing for many years, the last four under the direction of engineering teacher Nick Kerkhof. “We’ve been doing well this season,” he says. “We’ve made it to two semifinals and a few quarterfinals.” Although none of the club’s teams have qualified for state yet, Kerkhof has reason to be confident; one of the teams made it to the world finals competition last year.

VEX members work on their robots in preparation for competition. They’re hoping to qualify for the state tournament in the coming weeks. They meet in Mr. Kerkhof’s room on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

The club’s members are eager to compete, driven by their passion for robotics. This love of engineering was what led sophomore Cole Hoffman to join last year. Hoffman’s team captain, senior Rachel Visnack, shares this love, which was inspired in part by watching her older brother compete in VEX when she was in middle school. Describing the design of their robot, she says it “is a cannon that can spin 360 degrees around so we can shoot from any part of the field.”

Any engineering student is welcome to participate in VEX. If you would like to watch them compete, G-C’s teams have state qualifier tournaments at KIDS Inc. in Indianapolis on Feb. 6 and at Beech Grove High School on Feb. 20.