Homecoming Pride Week Fashion

by Chrissy Higgins and Makayla Sexton, Journalism 101 students, and Paije Maas, staff reporter

Once a week every year we have different people dress up to show their school spirit,  with special spirit themes in which students and staff dress up. With a potential 1,608  students dressing up, the top three most popular spirit days were Friday’s theme of Blue/Gold Day, second, Twin Tuesday, and last, Meanie Monday where students wore the opposing team’s colors to jinx them in the Homecoming football game.

New student Chase Higgins, 9, said, “It’s a great opportunity for people to show their school spirit and show that they support our team. I like the idea of the cookout and games during school and the support for the football team. Other than that the spirit days don’t really interest me.”

Higgins said, “(Dress up days are) a waste of time. I don’t see why people dress up and look ridiculous. Unless there’s rewards for best dressed each day of the week.”

Peyton Bousman and Trey Plisinski, both 10, both dressed up for Spirit Week. Peyton who dressed up for Twin Day on Tuesday with Bobby Holt, 12, said, “I really like participating in school activities because it gives me some school spirit and something to be proud of. So why not look ridiculous with your friends on spirit day?”

Plisinski explained his strategy for dressing up on Wacky Wednesday. He said, “Honestly, I chose random clothing. I wanted it to not match at all, and seem like I got dressed in the dark. I like Spirit Week this year a lot better than last year just because I had more of an idea of what to do and what to wear.”

Plisinski had an opinion on whether there should be prizes given during Spirit Week. “Yes, contests and voting would be pretty cool and I think they would get pretty popular fast,” he said.  “I feel as if more people would participate if there were prizes for each grade level to compete for. School spirit would be bigger.”

Holt stated his opinion on this year’s Spirit Days.  “As a senior I’ve liked spirit days each year but I haven’t quite felt like participating in them because I don’t like the themes they choose,” he said. “I’d personally change the kind of spirit days they’ve picked because they don’t seem to be very creative this time around. I expected a little more as I got older just because I was really hoping for spirit days that would make students compete for the best outfit within their grade. I always thought that would be an interesting concept for a spirit day.”  

Holt participated in Twin day. “I decided to twin because twinning is winning and plaid is pretty popular so I knew the chances of someone else wearing plaid would be high.”

How Much Do You Care About Homecoming?

by Tyler Combs, Staffer

Homecoming week is often regarded as the most festive of the year, but the staff of the Cougar Review and the students in Journalism were curious: does the image hold with reality? To answer this question, we sent out a poll to the entire student body of Greenfield-Central asking just how people feel about the week of spirit days, pep rallies, and high-profile athletic events. Three hundred seventy-four students responded with how much they care, why they do or don’t care, and suggestions for improving Homecoming.

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 What we found was that the majority of students do indeed care. Out of the respondents, 79% said that they cared at least somewhat. Most  like Homecoming because they think it is fun and they enjoy the activities, such as the football game, the cookout, and the pep rally.  However, many students do not care about Homecoming because they say it is boring and that there are not enough fun things to do.  Also, some people don’t care about sports, but most of the Homecoming activities are sports-related.  

According to the student suggestions in the poll, Homecoming could be made better by having different spirit days every year. Also, the dance could have been promoted better. One student even suggested that we should try an idea from Mt. Vernon that increases involvement for Spirit Days among the student body. In this method, there are fifty ideas to start. Then, the student body decides on the top fifteen.  Next, the senior class picks the top five for the whole week.  Also, it was suggested more recognition during pep rallies and events should be given to the fine arts students, since they work hard to promote school spirit and the school, too.

Ultimately, although they found some aspects that need improvement, the student body does indeed feel enthusiasm for Homecoming. G-C does indeed have school spirit, as exemplified by the wacky wear of Spirit Week and the thundering roars at the pep rally. Perhaps some of the suggestions that students posed will be adopted, and Homecoming will become even more joyous in the future.

 

Meet the Homecoming Court Members

by Tyler Combs, Staffer

Katie Nowling & Lindsey Pope, Journalism Students

Freshmen:

Gabe Miller: Gabe Miller was initially nervous about being Freshman Homecoming King, but was fine after filling out the form and figuring out an outfit. He is not currently in any clubs or sports, but attends Brandywine Community Church. He enjoys hanging out with friends, fishing, and trying to stay fit.

Alexandra Hubbard: Alexandra has been looking forward to Homecoming since school started. She is a Junior Varsity cheerleader and is excited to be able to represent the the rest of her team as the Freshman Homecoming Queen. When she’s not cheering, Hubbard spends her free time volunteering at the animal shelter, reading, or hanging out with friends.

Sophomores:

Andrew Leslie: Andrew, a known athlete, has played football this year and last, but plans on joining baseball later this year. His only campaigning method was collaborating with Olivia Fortner to ask people to vote for them. He is excited about his nomination and enjoys hanging out with friends outside of school.

Olivia Fortner: Olivia, a volleyball player and tech cadet, agreed with Andrew’s plan to ask for votes among their peers.  While excited about shopping for a dress, she has other, more adventurous habits: she enjoys horseback riding. She competed in barrel races at the state fair and placed in the state’s top 15.

Juniors:

Spencer Hert: Spencer is an avid athlete, playing on the school’s football and baseball teams. He also strives to be a leader outside of sports, though, through his participation in Student Leadership Academy. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and taking vacations.

Madison Wise: Maddie goes all-out in her extracurricular activities: she’s on the basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams, she’s the junior class president, and she’s a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, GC Rage, and National Honor Society. Despite this busy schedule, she still manages to find time to shop, spend time with her friends, and go on vacation.

Seniors:

Chandler Bean: Chandler is an active leader among his fellow students as a member of G-C Rage, Senior Student Council, and Leaders to Go, in addition to his participation on the basketball team and in National Honor Society and in Spanish Honor Society. Other than these many activities, he enjoys fantasy football, his friends, and just life in general. He wants to play basketball in college while studying business, possibly at Ball State.

Savannah Girolami: Savannah’s life is sports, as shown by her dedication on the varsity basketball and track teams. She particularly hopes to continue the latter in college next year. Her devotion to athletics even extends to her academic career, as she plans on studying exercise science and sports performance during college.

Miranda Mazza: Miranda is a firm believer in service, as evidenced by her participation in Key Club, Cougars and Cubs, and Senior Class Council. This belief extends to her career choice, as she wants to double major in early childhood education and special education in preparation for a teaching career. However, she also plans on indulging her interest in fashion throughout college in the form of a minor.

Blake Robertson: Blake is heavily involved in the student body’s leadership as a member of the Student Leadership Academy, Leaders to Go, and Senior Class Council. He loves to play basketball, and hopes to build on his career on the school’s varsity team to play through college. Although undecided on a university, he knows that he wants to study pre-med and go to grad school so that he can become a physiatrist.

Jacob Keener: Jacob Keener is an active athlete participating in cheerleading, diving, and track. He’s also in German Club. Outside of school, he enjoys watching movies, reading, and hanging out with his friends. He plans to study chemistry at Franklin College or Indiana University.

Olivia McBride: Olivia enjoys giving back to others in the Greenfield community through her participation in the Best Buddies program and the Interact Club. She is also an athlete, competing in cheerleading and track. She plans to study Pre-Medicine at Indiana University after high school.

Tate Hall:Tate is both a basketball player and a member of National Honor Society and GC Rage. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, attending Greenfield sporting events, playing video games, and having fun in general. Tate plans to play basketball at the the University of Indianapolis and become an entrepreneur after majoring in Business.

Bailey Shelton: Bailey stays busy as Editor-in-Chief of the Cougar Review and a director in Drama. She continues her artistic pursuits outside of school as a guitar player, saxophone player, and published author. She loves to travel, and plans to go to college to major in telecommunications and minor in linguistics.

 

The Switch to Semi-Formal

Have you ever been to a homecoming dance where people wear jeans and t-shirts? Well, what if you went to one where you were able to dress up and enjoy the night? GC recently made a change in the dress code for their Homecoming dance. With this change to semi-formal there has been a bigger turn out. The reason behind this change is that not a lot of people went to the dance previously because it was not semi formal.

Emily Diehr doesn’t think that the switch to semi formal made it more appealing than it has in the past years. She thinks it was the change of attitudes of our student body.

“It was also the change to semi formal that helped the student body have a positive attitude towards the dance,”  said Diehr.

The change in the dress code made people feel like it was a special event rather than just hanging out in the school after hours.

“It appealed to the students’ desire to dress up for a fun event,” said senior class president, Lindsay Yeager.

Yeager remembered last year when she went to homecoming.

“There were at most 20 people there and after an hour there were maybe twelve people.”

She also stated, “The almost two hundred people was definitely an improvement from the previous three years if not more.”

Emily Diehr recalled that some of her good friends go to different schools where they dress up for their homecoming dance. “It always made me sad to think that I wouldn’t be able to dress up for homecoming, so I wanted to make a change,” Diehr recalled.

In the past years at GC, the dance was always right after the homecoming football game. People would go to the game and then right after go to the dance.

“ I think that switching the dance to the night after the homecoming game helped with how many people wanted to go and did go because girls could do their hair and look nicer rather than coming to the dance right after the game,” said Diehr.

Overall with the change to semi formal, it made the student body at GC have a whole new experience and it made it more memorable.

Throw Like a Girl, Hit Like a Man.

by Katie Nowling & Lindsey Pope, Journalism Students

Powderpuff is a girls football game played during Homecoming pitting different classes against each other. Most students who play during Homecoming enjoy their time, and lasting memories.

Freshmen playing for the first time experienced the game differently than seniors who are playing for their last time. “Freshman year was probably the best year for me because we were all new to the sport,” said Savannah Girolami, 12.

Seniors enjoy the game, especially because it is their last opportunity to play. It’s a game where all the girls acctually bond and have the moments they’ve been waiting for. Before the game, Savannah predicted the score and that the seniors would win. She was right!  “I wish it was a real sport,” said Girolami. “We’re like on our own team. You have to play to fully understand.”

Greenfield Powderpuff is usually an event that these girls look forward to, whether they are freshmen or seniors. A new beginning or a last chance can make a life-lasting memory.

 

Men’s volleyball can be a fun experience for many students during Homecoming week.

Owen Smith, 12, said, “It is my first year playing. It was a great experience to play in front of the school with all of my senior friends. Good friendly competition.”

Men’s volleyball is one of the best games to watch during homecoming. The teams practice and enjoy the game a lot. “I enjoyed it alot, and I am going to play next year and the years to come!” said Sam Hunt, 9. It’s not about if you win or not, it’s about the experience with it. Teamwork is also a big part in this too. It’s about coming as a team to face huge challenges.  “I think we played well, we passed the ball, and communicated very well.”, said Sam Hunt, 9.  

At the end is was end for the seniors who lost the game. But not everyone has to be disappointed. “Great, environment but disappointing outcome, and i felt like our team was not at all prepared but that’s what made it interesting and more enjoyable,” said Smith. Girls’ volleyball player Alli Underwood, 12, has coached the male volleyball teams for several years. “The most memorable moment with the team is when we played the faculty my junior year.”

New Generation of Voters Can Shift the Tide of Apathy

by Tyler Combs, staff reporter

Today’s youth is maligned for many things: their supposed addictions to smartphones, disrespect for elders, and lack of care for the world around them. While the first one is plausible, and the second situational, a trip through the halls of Greenfield-Central casts some doubt on the last criticism. The drama of the 2016 presidential campaign has aroused the intrigue of many students.

“I would say they’re moderately interested at this point,” says social studies teacher Mrs. Kelsie Davenport, instructor of the school’s required course in United States government. “As we get closer to the election, their interest is rising.”

 

It’s not hard to see why. With 22 declared candidates and a few more who are still weighing their options, the field is one of the largest in American history. The candidates themselves are colorful characters, ranging from controversial businessman Donald Trump and embattled former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to firebrand Senators Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul.

Graph from Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Graph from Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Some students who will be able to vote in the upcoming election already have candidates chosen. Junior Kaylan Bacon plans on voting for Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. “He has a lot of views I agree with. And he’s not Donald Trump,” Bacon said.

Others, like senior Gavin Vermilye, are less certain. “I need to look into the candidates and their policies before I make a decision. I’m super-undereducated on the candidates right now.”

However, lost among the passions, debates, and sheer entertainment of the presidential candidates is an arguably even more vital election: United States Congressional seats. Thirty-four Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats. A President can get little done without Congress, and the struggle for power in the legislature is one of the most important in the nation. That struggle is playing out over national news networks right now, as President Obama attempts to rally votes for the Iranian nuclear deal against opposition from the majority of the Republican Party, which gained control of both the House and Senate following the 2014 midterm election.

However, few members of Congress are acting with the formal assent of the people. The 2014 midterms had the lowest voter turnout in generations, with Indiana having the lowest at 27.8% of legal voters. This is even more pronounced by the turnout among youth (those aged 18 to 29), at 15.7%. This number has been on a downward spiral for decades; youth turnout was 37.6% during the 1982 midterms. While turnout for presidential elections has also been on a downward trend (49.4% to 41.1), it hasn’t been nearly as severe.

Yes, following votes in Congress is harder than following presidential policies. Yes, congressional elections may not have quite as many of the flamboyant personalities and fierce attacks of presidential elections. However, Congress is the central branch of the United States government, where most of the policies and programs that will help or hinder today’s youth in the future are decided. So many aspects of the public’s lives are directly affected by what Congress does; shouldn’t they exercise their constitutionally-granted say over what those effects are?

A Visit to Bell’ Italia

by Elizabeth Ferguson, Staff Reporter

How does one react to the unknown? Well, being human, one would fear it. However, with the help of Education First (EF) Tours, students from around the globe are embracing and even seeking it out! This spring, a group are venturing to Italy for 11 days to explore Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii, and Capri, and also to further their understanding of the unknown and, more specifically, different cultures.

Lisa Sears, group leader and art teacher/enthusiast, has always wanted to travel to Europe, so, when she saw the opportunity, she said she “had to take it.”

Sears said she is more than prepared to immerse herself in the exploration and investigation of the remnants of the Italian Renaissance, which was a period of great cultural and artistic growth.

“I know a lot about the art we’re going to see because I took tons of art history courses,” said Sears, and added, “…The search for knowledge is just exciting. I’m excited to learn about another culture.”

Renee Armstrong, 12, feels the same way.

“Being able to experience a whole new culture fascinates me more than freaks me out,” said Armstrong.

As March, the month of departure, gradually approaches (almost too gradually, the students might say), the excitement grows and thought shifts toward arriving in and adjusting to Italy and  finally getting out of Indiana.

Giorgia Ravasio, Italian exchange student, offers some insight on differences between Americans and Italians. “[One of] the major differences is nutrition. Italians have a Mediterranean diet, and Americans have access to a wide variety of foods,” she explains.

Food is the other aspect of the trip that wholly excites Sears. When she went to Paris for EF’s group leader training, she ate everything considered ‘Parisian cuisine’ and she says her goal is to do the same with Italian cuisine. Giorgia would agree with this philosophy, as she urges trying as much food as possible. “We have all kinds of ice cream, but for the best I would recommend asking [around] for the best gelateria in the city.”

Ravasio also explained the other key difference between Americans and Italians: character. “People are very friendly here, while Italians are reserved.” This doesn’t seem like it would bother Sears, though, as she simply loves to listen to people speak different languages.

When it comes to adjusting to another culture, one may think the communication barrier would be the most difficult aspect to adjust to.

Ravasio seems to have already figured this adjustment trick out, as she simply declares, “With the right timing, I can adapt to everything.” She will be staying in America for a whole year, and the EF tour lasts only 11 days. Some, like Armstrong, haven’t yet considered learning snippets of Italian for the ‘immersion’ trip. For students like her, Giorgia offers one key word: “grazie” (graht-si-eh), which means ‘thank you’ or ‘I don’t know,’ depending on the context. Sears recommends researching Rick Steves’s travel tips and videos on Italy.

Until springtime, the excitement will build steadily. One can only imagine how the students will retain their composure on the approximate 12-hour flight to Milan. Armstrong claims that she won’t mind the plane ride, as she travels often, but who knows if she, other students, and Sears will be able to stand the anticipation?

New Faces For Four-Show Performance at G-C

by Chase Ehlers, staff reporter

A key part of clubs staying alive is a cycle of new members. For the theatre department, the first show of the year is their prime chance to get as many people into the program as possible, and what better way than to put on four shows at once?

One Acts, produced and directed entirely by students, is a series of four smaller plays performed back to back. These plays, aimed to be wittier, faster paced, and shorter than the regular single play, are all produced by the veterans of the GC drama department.

One of the plays, “Love and How to Cure It,” directed by Bailey Shelton,12, is cast with all inexperienced students rather than veteran members of the theatre department.  Both of the leads are freshmen, with Castle Llewellyn, 9, playing a lovesick suitor, and Sylvia Everett-Gough, 9, playing the dancer whom he is madly in love with.

“It’s my first year acting, and I feel weird having to become a different person,” said Everett-Gough.

“Over my Dead Body,” directed by Caymen LePere, 12, is a murder mystery comedy.

“It’s nice that I don’t have to memorize lines, but strange having to organize absolutely everything else,” said Caymen LePere, a first time director but veteran actor.

The experience he has gained with acting since his sophomore year has given his cast an edge when it comes to “character development and timing”. The play, about the richest man in England whose family can’t wait for him to “kick the bucket” so they can claim their inheritance, has a relatively evenly split cast, but is led by Chase Klenotic,12, who plays Lord Grabbit.

Klenotic is interestingly enough also a lead in another show, “Crush,” a comedy directed by Nicki Garcia, 12. “Crush” is about the story of a man, named Tom Algren, played by Chase Klenotic, 12, who fantasizes ridiculous scenarios about the woman of his dreams, Rhonda, played by Katelyn Robinson, 11.

The fourth play, “Scuba Lessons”, directed by Kylie Hager, is about Martin, played by Harrison Kern,12,  and Kelly, played by Amalia Moss,11, who get their boss to set them up on a blind date. The show focuses on how their date goes and how they interact with each other.

One Acts will be a show to remember as it captures laughs and thrills through each play. This performance will kick off the the start of the play season with a bang.

Wanted: School Spirit

By Bailey Shelton, Editor-in-Chief

With the final Homecoming for the Class of 2016 on the horizon, and the friendly competition of that week to look forward to, Student Council, athletic teams, and student body alike are preparing for a blast from the past.

This year, the theme is Decades, with the Seniors representing the 80’s, the Juniors, the 70’s, Sophomores with the 90’s, and Freshmen with the 60’s. The classic theme was chosen so that people could easily show their spirit, says student body president Hannah Edwards, 12.

“Our goal in Student Council is to have the best homecoming that we’ve ever had,” said Edwards.

This presents a challenge, though, as this year’s senior class has yet to win or even come in second for the past three Homecomings. Also, this year has such strong underclassmen, with the junior class winning second their freshman year, and with the new class of 2019 coming in. The senior class might have to put forth significant effort to avoid an upset this year.

“It is all about buy-in. The more members of the class who commit to events, dressing up, and participation overall, the better the chances,” said Ms. Laken Peal, senior class sponsor.

As graduation draws closer, the senior class can look forward to events such as the senior campout and an Out-to-Lunch day, but in first semester, the Class of 2016 must look for different events. However, Peal says that senior council members will be planning class-based events earlier in the year. On top of the senior favorite men’s volleyball match during Homecoming, the Class of 2016 may be looking forward to other events to unite the class.

Peal said that these events will be advertised as it happens, but for now she believes that as a school there’s a connection and personality that will make this year and this Homecoming great, not only for the seniors, but also or the student body as a whole.

“I would say it definitely changes from year to year; however, I have seen some great things,” said Peal.

With that, Homecoming is in the works for planning, with a full schedule already out. As that draws closer and closer, only time will tell if the Class of 2016 and the rest of Greenfield-Central High School will be up to the pride challenge.

JSA Debate: The One-to-One Argument

By Zoe Anthony, Staff Reporter

In the Blue and Gold room a special  club has just started, and they debate about specific things that all students in our school either have a problem or completely agree. This club is called JSA and this week they debated about the one-to-one technology our school has.

They started out with a four corner activity. There was an agree, disagree, strongly agree and strongly disagree corner for each of the members to choose from.

“one-to-one technology gets more kids engaged in what they’re learning.”Lydia Wasson, 12, said from the strongly agree corner.

It was, “making students tired,” and “it is unhealthy to stare at a computer for more than two hours a day,” said a student from the strongly disagree corner. This young debater is basically stating that it is not ok to sit at a computer for about 8 hours a day and go home and use the computer for even longer for homework.

 “Today’s one-to-one technology also has students learning more about the new technology, but this could also lead to mishaps in the workplace,” said Elizabeth Ferguson, 12.

The way most students get answers is from the common search engines. When they are working and don’t know the answer to something such as a simple math problem, they would just pull out their phone and this shows that they wouldn’t learn how to figure out the problem on their own. Most people would think that it is the more efficient way to accomplish things, but as some of the debaters mentioned, “it isn’t always the most sufficient way.”

The agree corner had mentioned that there are many good things about the one-to-one technology. The computer usage saves paper usage for students and teachers, making it easier to do work. It also connects you with the rest of the current world.

This week’s debate was a very modern and exciting debate. There were many people who went, and they want more people to come. These debates are very interesting when stated in a teenager’s perspective and make the debate more intriguing.