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Madrigal dinner continues proud tradition

by Esther Bell/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: From left to right, Tyler Swango, 12, Zeke Holden, 12, Matthew Royster, 12, Ethan Bittinger, 12, Hunter Stine, 12, Bryce Kinnaman, 12, Ethan Hollis, 12, Michael Runions, 12 and others rehearse “Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl” in the choir room. Photo taken by Ariana Bell.

The Madrigal dinner is a yearly tradition the Madrigal choir does, which consists of a funny medieval skit with songs to go with it, the dinner itself, and a five-song concert at the end. There is a lot that goes into it, and it is something that means a lot to many people. “It is a big tradition,” says Paul Grizzard, the GC choir director, “and so a lot of people have been coming to these for years and years. They were in it when they were in high school, and now their kids are in it, and so it is a huge deal and it’s just so cool to see that carry on from generation to generation.” 

For some of the choir members, it is a joy to simply see the audience’s reactions to their performance. Jaclyn Layton, this year’s Queen of the dinner and senior, says that her favorite part of it is “being part of the skit and performing for a different group of people each night, and just seeing everybody’s faces light up whenever we’re singing or laughing at ourselves.”

There is a lot that goes into the dinner, though. The preparations start immediately after the fall concert. “Even though we had tons of time,” says Grizzard, “I auditioned this dinner in September so that we knew who’s doing what part.” On top of that, the costumes have to be ready early. “I’ve had plenty of these,” Grizzard explains, “where you have somebody who’s trying on their dress the first time, the opening night, and then everybody’s freaking out. So, I’ve learned you gotta give people time.”

Many people help with the preparation and making of the Madrigal dinner. “I do have a nice army of parents who help out,” says Grizzard. “This year we have Mrs. Jen Steele, who is our music department secretary. This is her first year of doing it, so she’s already asking me, sending me all these emails about questions, because she has never done one before (and she wants to make sure it goes smoothly).” Grizzard continues on about the parents who help with the dinner. “It’s usually just Madrigal parents,” he says, “but we do need a lot of support, that often we have parents of freshmen and sophomores who might not have kids in the Madrigal choir who still help out.” Grizzard finishes by saying that without these parents, they could not pull it off.

The main part of it, though, is the choir’s songs and skit. There is even a drinking song in the show that the gentlemen sing. “It’s called ‘Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl’,” says Grizzard, “and it’s all about filling the flowing bowl.”

That isn’t the only type of song being performed, though. “We also have a lot of songs,” says Ethan Bittinger, this year’s King of the dinner, “that are really pretty and melodic songs, which I do enjoy listening to a good, melodic slow piece.” 

“Adoramus Te” is one of these, a song sung every year, and what Grizzard says is his all-time favorite song. “Like the blessing before the meal,” he explains. Along with that, Madrigal sings “Silent Night,” surrounding the audience. “We get candles,” says Grizzard, “and then we kill the lights to the place so that you just see candlelight, and it’s such a cool effect.”

The main attraction of the dinner is, of course, the skit performed for the “peasants,” or the audience. “The Madrigal dinners is a concert as well as a play,” says Grizzard, “and so there’s a theater part in there.” He goes on to talk about the funny skit with jester as the main character. Along with that, two seniors in Madrigal take the roles of King and Queen. “This year,” says Layton, “I am the Queen, so that is a big difference than last year’s Fredrica Ferducci (the character she played last year), and even though it’s not as big of a speaking part I’m very excited to sit back and watch the skit play out, and just see how things go, being in that leader role.”

Bittinger adds on to this. “I think [the skit] is where we have the most fun with being ourselves,” he says, “because you can really do whatever you want, and you get to portray someone who you’re not used to doing, and it’s a good outlet for being safe, and understanding: ‘Hey, I can go be whoever I want here, fit in with this dinner.’ It’s also a really good way to connect with the community, because you see a lot of people from other counties that hear about these dinners, and they’ll come, and they’ll watch, and I think it’s overall just a really good bonding time, especially with the fellow people in the choirs, just to get closer together,” he finishes.

There’s one part that Bittinger really enjoys. “I really like how during our intermission times we have a time where all of the cast and singers are allowed to walk around the dinners, and interact with the peasants, the people who showed up to watch the performance,” Bittinger says. He goes on to talk about a fun tradition that happens when someone pulls out modern technology during the dinner. “And it’s always good, because there’s always someone in the audience [we call a “witch,”] with their phone out, and it’s really good just to interact with them and that’s probably the most fun part about it.”

There are some difficulties that go along with doing the dinner, too. Some of that, as Layton and Bittinger say, is keeping expression and trusting those around them to do their jobs, but another one is singing in a different environment than usual. “For [the Madrigal Dinner],” says Grizzard, “if you’re a soprano, you’d have a tenor in one ear, you’d have a bass in another ear, and I’m nowhere to be seen.” He explains that the whole performance is done without him.

Even with these difficulties, Grizzard says he feels great about the dinner. “I get everybody,” he says, “I give them a little pep talk, and then I give the cue for the first song, and then off they go.” He builds on this later. “Teaching is a stressful job,” Grizzard explains, “and it is a lot of work for me, but then to just be able to sit back and to see kids tear up for the last concert and to see how much it means to them just makes it worthwhile.”

“Key” to success in girls’ basketball

By Della Hedge/staff writer

Photo Caption: The girls basketball team at early morning practice, getting ready for winter ball 2022 season. 

“We had a really really good spring and a great summer,” girls basketball head coach Mr. Bradley Key commented on the upcoming season. He is very excited for the three seniors this year; he’s looking forward to seeing them lead their team as the winter approaches. 

    Mr. Key has many goals for his team and players. “I think the goal, the longer I have been doing it, is to produce better basketball players. Even better than the week before,” he said. He wants wins but more importantly he wants them to grow and a team, and this year with more experience he thinks they can get those wins and produce better basketball players along the way. “You always hope they are ready,” Key said.

He thinks they have gotten better but the team is never really ready until you play.  “We are down to 5 weeks until game time,” Key said. He is excited; he’s ready for the girls to take the court. He said that the girls are in a totally different place, they have worked and worked to get to this point. He is ready for game time and is striving for success for the girls this year. 

     Key talked about his new coaches, and he speaks very highly of them. “It’s been great having two new coaches. Megan Dawson has been with me for 8 years now.”

Kynsey Hasty, sophomore and second year team member, said of Dawson, “She has helped me improve my personal game, she is always there giving me feedback and helping me push through hard days.” Key also hired two new coaches, including Megan Henderson. “She was super good at basketball and the girls love her.” Henderson is from Alexandria, which is where Mr. Key went to high school. Also Coach Maggie Walters was his JV coach at New Castle, and the girls get along really well with her as well. 

    “I just hope we play a good version of basketball,” Key said. His aim is to prepare his girls as best he can mentally and physically. 

    “My first year of high school basketball was an eye-opening  experience,” Chaney Brown, sophomore and second year varsity member, said.

As a freshman starter she had so much pressure on her to perform well, but this year for her is different. “This year we are finally playing good basketball, we are doing things we should’ve done last year,” Brown said. Brown had very big goals like to beat New Pal and make it through the first round of sectionals. She also had personal goals like average more this year and step up and be a leader. 

    The girls will be ready to take the court this winter with the help of their coaches’ leadership. They are all very excited and ready to show everyone just who the Lady Cougars are. 

Cougar Pride appears at first competition

By Lillian Kurek/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: On September 15, is the overall front view of the marching band practicing for the competition for September 17.

Marching band had their first competition of the year on September 17 vs Pendleton Heights and New Palestine at Northwestern High School by Kokomo. Mr. Chris Wing, director of the marching band, stated they are playing several different pieces and the show this year is about time travel titled as GodSpeed. “So we open the show up with a melody from the Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’ and we use a couple of different pieces in there, the piece from the movie Tron and a couple of concert band pieces used in there as well.” 

Mr. Wing also stated about their choreography, “Well, right now we’re still early in the production of that but you know one of the things is, marching band has changed over the last 15, 20, 30 years. It gotten to be more theatrical, so what used to be marching like you see in a parade turned more into theater type stuff you will see on a stage, that type of movement.” Mr. Wing said about their uniforms is that the band will wear what they always wear and the color guard wears a kind of magenta airplane jumpsuit.

The marching band’s overall feeling for this competition is positive. Mr. Wing said, “We’re excited. We’ve been practicing for about 4 months and again we’ve done some other smaller performances for football games, parades, or things but we’re excited to load up the buses, load the trucks, and go on the road for are first time since November.” 

Zachary VanDyke, sophomore tuba player, said, “I feel confident that we’re able to do it and that we can get all the way through but we will have a lot of mistakes.” Sam Fralich, senior alto saxophone player, said, “I’m very excited for my first competition this year, overall excited, a little nervous but mostly excited.” 

Is the marching band ready for this competition? Mr. Wing said, “No, I think one of the things that is true of any activity is you’re never quite ‘ready’ when you start but you got to rip the Band-Aid off and go do it. As we go through the process we find the things were not very good and the things were still struggling with.” Students’ feelings about having their first competition the first time or last seem to be different depending on how many times they have been involved with a show. VanDyke said, “Being nervous is ok and that it good to be nervous.” Fralich said, “It is very bittersweet knowing it’s my first last competition. I really enjoy marching band, and all the work we put into it but it kinda stinks it is the first last time.”

  Marching band’s overall feeling if they’re going to win or lose is that it doesn’t really matter to them. Mr. Wing said “I don’t have any idea if we will do well or not because we don’t know what anyone else has done and this will be are first one out. Hope we do well, we win, great, but we will make sure we do what we do.” VanDyke said, “It doesn’t really matter if we win or lose because either way it still means the same thing.” Fralich said, “I have no idea if we will win or lose. We really try not to focus on that especially at the beginning of the season but we will do our best like we try to do.” 

They overall have hardly any worries for this competition. Mr. Wing said, “I don’t know that I am worried about anything. Any time you put 150 students and 50 adults and 5 buses, a semi, trucks, and all that on the road, any time there is always a little worry that everything gets there and everything is well and we get there and have everything ready to go. I think that the biggest thing, you know it is a bit different than some other activities, that we don’t only move a large student group, we move 5 trucks worth of equipment up there as well.” 

VanDyke said one of his worries is, “People not knowing what we’re doing and going the wrong direction but, what I am not worried about is people forgetting their instruments.” Fralich said, “I’m not worried about anything performance wise. I most worry about logistics and stuff but I think we will be fine. I really worry about the bus ride because it is a long bus ride and we haven’t done a single bus ride. I’m not worried about people around me doing their best and I’m not worried about performing. I think we all try our hardest.” 

Mr. Wing also noted, “I’m not worried about the students. I think one of the things we gotten really good at around here is when show time we’re ready to go and I think that will be true tomorrow.” 

To continue the story, the marching band placed second in their first competition. It was great for them for their first competition. Mr. Wing said, “Competition when every well. Kids were great.” Their overall feelings about this are positive from doing well for their first competition. Mr. Wing said, “It was good, earlier in the year is always a challenge because we’re still learning things and getting better at things, so there were some things we hoped gone better but overall it was very good.” VanDyke said, “It felt pretty good.” Fralich said, “I felt really great about the first competition. I felt like we did our best, we didn’t necessarily place as well as we all wanted to but we still did our best and felt good about it.” 

There wasn’t really anything big they wanted to do differently for this competition. Mr. Wing said, “No, it’s just part of the process of getting better as the year goes on.” VanDyke said what he wanted to do differently is “Not trip over my shoes.” The students’ experience of having their first competition was different depending on the person. VanDyke said, “It was really long, it was really hot and we could have been more compared if we had more time.” Fralich said, “I always have fun. No, I love it all.” 

They all think it was a great start for this year. Mr. Wing said, “Yep, very good start and we go to Avon this weekend and hopefully we’ll be a little bit better.” VanDyke and Fralich agreed it went well. Fralich said, “Yeah, I feel like we actually started strong. We were really prepared, really motivated, really positive this year.”

Profile: Officer Mullins impacts school, community

by Madi Short/Staff Writer

One of the overlooked an perhaps underestimated staff member of GC is the Resource Officer. Officer Josh Mullins is one of Greenfield Central’s main resource officers. He is well liked by staff, students, and the administration alike.

Principal Jason Cary, when asked what he thought Officer Mullins’ greatest quality was, he said, “His personality. He is very easy to talk to, he is very relatable, and he has great relationships with kids. Officer Mullins does a great job of using his common sense and working with us and our kids. He treats them with respect, but they also know he is here to keep us safe.”

Cary also stated, “He takes his job keeping us safe very seriously, but he is very easy to get along with and work with. He is an integral part of our team, and we are happy to have him here every day.”

Photo Caption: Officer Josh Mullins talks to Mrs. Amanda Slattery, front office secretary.

Officer Mullins, who became a police officer in 2009, always wanted to help people out. “I would say that is a really cliché answer, but it was more that when a certain person from the community relies on you it makes you feel good inside. I come to work everyday thinking how can I impact my community and school.”

Mullins, when asked what the best part of his job at GC being a police officer was, stated, “I would say connecting with the students. I think a lot of the time police officers are misunderstood on who or what we are. Yes, we do take people to jail, (sometimes,) but we are human and people just like you. So giving advice to students to help them in situations outside of school  to maybe prevent them from getting into trouble or just helping with general  questions. I also coach basketball here at GC, so being arounds the athletes at another level lets them know I am more than a police officer and not always here trying or looking to get the kids in trouble.”

Officer Mullins’ advice to teenagers wanting to go into his profession is to first, know that being a police officer’s job is not for everyone, and it requires a certain personality. Second, shadow an officer and see what they do, what they deal with, and how they deal with it. Third, realize there it is a good thing to be an officer, but there is some negativity to it, so be prepared for both.  

Mullins wanted to become a basketball player, until a major injury unfortunately ended it. Another occupation other than a police officer that he considered was a veterinarian. However, he didn’t really understand how much time and studying was needed to become one.

Finally, when asked who his hero was, he said his father. “Definitely my dad. He passed away 5 years ago. He set standards for me when I  was a child that I try to instill into my kids to this day. My father always told me that if you want something in life, you have to go take it. He told me nothing is given and have to work your tail off if you want to succeed. My dad showed what it was like to actually be a father and take care of your family, that family comes first no matter what!”

Comedysportz kicks off season

By: Megan Bundy

Photo Caption: The 2022-2023 ComedySportz team during a workshop to prepare for matches in the spring semester.

ComedySportz, the improv team at G-CHS, is entering its 2022-2023 season, having been a part of G-CHS for many years. Improv (short for improvisation) is where one makes up things on the spot, typically in a comedic manner. ComedySportz uses this but in a competition setting, and involves the work of students to bring it all together.

Mrs. Carolyn Voigt, the ComedySportz sponsor, describes the student members of ComedySportz as hardworking and great at teamwork. “They’re very collaborative and good with working on teams. We want people who are very positive and are organized.” Voigt also commented on the student captains of ComedySportz, Trey Smith, 12, and Jordan Kuker, 11. “The captains really help to teach the other students about the games. There is very heavy student leadership.” When asked what she is most excited about this season, Voigt said, “I’m excited for the matches this spring. I really love whenever we have veteran students who are on the team that then turn around and teach all the newcomers the games, tips and tricks, it’s really cool and rewarding to watch that process.”

For both Smith and Kuker, this is their first year of being a captain for ComedySportz. Smith has been participating in ComedySportz since his sophomore year, while Kuker has been in it since her freshman year. When asked if being a captain was scary for them, both commented on the struggles of leading a group of other students, as well as the planning portions. “I think the thing that scares me the most is probably figuring out the logistics and stuff, like making the team and planning matches,” Smith said. “It’s definitely intimidating, having to lead a whole group of people in front of an audience, and having to remember all the little things on behalf of your teammates. But you eventually get used to it, and it really isn’t as scary anymore,” Kuker added on.

Smith is looking forward to improving his skills and working with the team this season. Kuker is looking forward to meeting new people at away matches. Both heavily encourage people to try out for ComedySportz in coming years. Smith said, “I always tell people that the worst thing that can happen is not trying out at all. If someone is worried about embarrassing themself, they shouldn’t be because being silly is pretty much the point of ComedySportz. I would also recommend that people who tried out but didn’t get on the team to keep trying. My freshman year, I didn’t make the team, but I tried again my sophomore year and made it. Basically, try out and keep trying out because if you don’t, you might miss an awesome opportunity.”

Voigt encourages people to come to watch the ComedySportz team. “I always wish that more people would come out and watch ComedySportz matches.” Voigt commented on how not many know what improv comedy is, although she tries to publicize as much as she can. Tickets are $2 for students.

Therapy dogs bring joy to students

by Dylan Ramirez/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Kye and Kaden pose for a picture.

Dogs have been brought to Greenfield Central for all students who love dogs. Kye, a 5-year-old male and Kaden a 3-year-old male are two brand new dogs that get to work at Greenfield Central High School. Kye has been a therapy dog for 3 years; Kaden has been for 3 months; he just got his license. 

Chris Sullivan, a nurse in the special education department, is the proud owner of these two and mentions these dogs are here to give kids joy. “The dogs are to make students feel calmer and soften the mood. I see many smiles when they see the dogs, even tears.” Mrs. Sullivan explains that during work, they’re in work mode so they don’t ever get or beg for food during the day. But they always have water, of course. “My favorite part about being their owners is coming to work, and getting to bring two special parts of my  life to work, seeing all the kids smile while they’re here,” mentions Mrs. Sullivan. Mrs. Sullivan spends countless hours with these dogs, and loves the reaction she gets from the kids all over the school. The kids just can’t get enough of Kye and Kaden. Mrs. Sullivan wants to give advice for other therapy dog owners. And that is, “To be persistent. No matter how hard, if you really want it, be persistent. Be a great reinforcement, but nothing negative towards them. Find and surround them with wonderful trainers as well for the dogs.” 

Kaylin Christ, grade 11, loved the idea of the dogs being around the school. “I think the therapy dogs are a great benefit for the school, especially for kids who had a terrible day or just need a smile on their face,” she says. Her first thought about the dogs was that it was pretty weird just solely for the fact that the school decided to bring animals inside the building. After a little while, she thought they were a great addition. 

Another student, Kyle Oden, grade 11, loves the idea of the dogs. “They’re adorable dogs, they’re so fun to pet, and they’re always happy being around people,” says Oden. Oden  first thought that it was possibly one of the best ideas the high school has made. He explained, “The dogs bring joy to almost every student they see, and they always go and pet them.” Oden owns one dog, and he says his dog resembles Kaden and Kye, just by the way they are mature and act towards people. Oden concluded with some advice . “Treat your dog with ultimate care, if you’re training them or not. Never over-train them to the point where they hate what they’re doing.” 

Jason Cary, principal of Greenfield Central, said of Kye and Kaden, “The dogs have changed the climate here, and they are just great to be around. All the kids love these dogs. They are a great benefit to our school.”

Daylight Saving time: should we save it?

By: Janna Hopper/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Daylight Saving Time has become a debated topic in the past years. But until something changes, make sure that all your clocks are set to the same time when this day rolls around. Photo by: Janna Hopper

When we “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time each year, that night is full of groans and complaints; that Monday is exhausting and tedious. And when “fall back” comes around we celebrate our regained hour of sleep. But what is Daylight Saving Time for? Are the health effects worth it?

The story we are used to relating to Daylight Saving Time is that it was meant to give extra daylight time to farmers. However, this explanation makes very little sense. Scott Jacobs, the GCHS Agricultural Science and Business Teacher, remarks “Most of the farmers I know don’t care one way or the other about daylight savings time. They realize there will be a certain amount of daylight hours to complete their work. If they have to get up earlier or work later, they will just work until the job is completed.” Changing the hours on a clock would not affect their schedule in the slightest.

So why do we bother with this strange tradition? Is it more of a matter of keeping time zones consistent for better trade and communication? Yet not every state in the U.S. participates. Should we be trying to break out of this habit or is it not worth the trouble?

A healthy sleep schedule is a fragile thing, with benefits we often take for granted. Becky Robertson, the GCHS health assistant, says that there are many benefits that come with consistent sleep. She talks about how having a regular sleep schedule improves your mood, helps keep your blood pressure and sugar healthy, and also helps your heart. She mentions that “The single most effective way to start and stick to a bedtime routine is to make a commitment to yourself and your health.” Effective sleep schedules work best when you don’t use screens in the hour before bed and when you stay consistent with the times you are going to bed and getting up. Daylight saving time forces us to disregard the latter.

Daylight saving time throws off our sleep schedules all at once. This has affects far greater than just making you more tired. While Robertson admits to not being an expert on sleep, she  talks about the negative effects this schedule change can have on us. The first and most noticeable impact is that it throws off our internal clock. “When we aren’t sleeping well, it affects our whole bodies.  Most of us get grumpy, we don’t eat as well, we don’t exercise as much, and can even experience increased anxiety and/or depression” she says. She even mentions how research has found that this sudden change increases the risk for heart attack.

So indeed, this turns out to be quite the serious issue with the broad impact it has on our health and wellbeing. While Jen True from the GCHS attendance office hasn’t noticed a particular increase in tardies in the days following the time change, it is possible that we have managed to turn this into an unhealthy habit; automatically changing our clocks and just trying to work through the side effects. In the opinions of Robertson and many others, we should stop practicing Daylight Saving Time. It is no longer properly serving its original purpose and it is negatively impacting the health of those who practice it.

So as fall blows into full swing, don’t forget that tricky matter of Daylight Saving Time creeping our way once again. Perhaps it’s finally time to get rid of this outdated and unhealthy practice. Just make sure that all of us in the state agree on it; the excuse “I’m not practicing Daylight Saving Time” might not go over so well if you start showing up an hour late.

Girls golf continues individual success, teamwork

by Dylan Ramirez/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Sydnie Wherry, 12, finishes up a hole at the county meet on August 30. The girls placed third at this event.

 The girls golf team is one of the most successful sports for Greenfield Central with many accomplishments. With this year speeding up, the girls golf coach and two of their most valuable players answered some questions. So far the team is 1-1-1. Russell Wiley, the golf coach, is a teacher who has been teaching for 15 years at Greenfield Central. He has also coached the girls golf team for 11 years and the boys golf team for 7. “Learning the importance of hard work, building skills, work ethic, and being able to get through something difficult since golf is such a skilled sport,” said Coach Russel Wiley when asked what he wanted his team to get out of being on the golf team. 

   Coach Wiley is always on sight to improve his team any way he can. Some of his goals this year is to “finish better than we started — looking back at our first scores and see how much we improved. Also to make it to regionals is always one of our top goals.”   Coach Wiley doesn’t feel pressure, but when the girls do, he likes to ease the pressure and talk them through and make sure they don’t mess up.

  Sydnie Wherry, 12, one of Greenfield’s most valuable players, has been on a roll. With a great match just a week ago, she shot a 39. Whenever she is under pressure, she likes to “take deep breaths and don’t stress over a ball.”  She talks about what she likes most about being on the team. “The girls. They can definitely be a lot, but a special group of people. They are some of the best people to be around, when they don’t stress me out.” 

   Wherry has golfed since she was small, but started playing competitively since seventh grade. She enjoys going to Grandview Golf course once a month with her family. She also likes Hawks Tail. “I love Hawks Tail, mainly because I practice there a lot and go on my off days. I just know the course by heart.” Wherry offered some helpful words of advice to other golf players. “It is harder to keep composure than stress out and throw a tantrum. Never stress over one ball because if you stay angry at one ball, from there to the next shot or hole, you’re going to fall apart.” 

   Ella Neil, 11, another player on the golf team, enjoys being on the team and getting so close with the girls. She golfs almost every day besides Saturday. She golfs with the team all week, then golfs solo on Sundays. “On days I don’t have required practice, I like to go alone and practice difficult shots or just play a fun 9,” said Neil when asked what she likes to do on off days.  This shows how much work she puts into this sport. Neil loves her 7-iron and her driver; those are her go-to clubs. Neil ended the interview with some more advice for golf players. “Don’t get discouraged, even if you hit a bad shot. Just keep going. It’s not the end of the world,” she said.  

AP teachers provide better understanding Of AP

By: Hunter Baylous/Staff Writer

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When students hear the term “Advanced Placement (AP) classes,” they might think of a hard, boring class that’s always assigning homework and taking notes. Some students will try to avoid these classes because they want to drift through high school without having to do a lot of work to graduate. After asking three teachers here about their AP classes, the hope is to provide a better understanding of taking an AP class.

AP classes are considered college level classes.  In these classes the teachers hold their students more accountable due to the students being considered college students. Within these classes the teachers are required to teach a lot of material as stated by Mr. Phil Leswing who teaches AP psychology. “The one thing about AP is that there is a lot of material, so oftentimes there is material that the students will have to work on outside of class,” he stated. Some students who do take these AP classes are hoping to use what they learn in that class and use it in their future, so taking the class will give them a better understanding of the material. 

Some students will choose to take an AP class because they want to do something with that topic in their career. When asked about this Mrs. Laken Rosing said, “My class (AP Language and Composition) is very much skills-based, so they get to take these reading, and writing, and even speaking and listening skills into basically any career. I have had students email me and say, ‘I have an A+ in my college writing class and I’m still remembering things I learned in AP.’” She has even had students go into STEM professions who tell her her AP class helps even when they didn’t think they would use English in STEM fields.

As stated earlier in the article, AP students are held to greater responsibility or accountability. Mrs. Laura Mann who teaches AP Statistics explained, “The students take on more of an ownership role and I provide feedback as they work through different concepts.” When asked about the teacher’s responsibility Mrs. Rosing stated, “I need to have good content knowledge meaning if they come to me and say ‘Mrs. Rosing I don’t understand this,’ I need to be able to explain it to them in a different way.” A lot of AP teachers’ responsibility is helping the students understand the information or give the students a good starting point for the information.

A question that students might ask is, “What are the benefits and downsides of taking AP classes?” With AP classes you gain the opportunity of getting some college credits, some better knowledge going into college, and the chance to use what you learned in school in your everyday life or career. Mr. Leswing stated, “With all the topics it relates to their future whether it’s in the business world or it’s in their social life, or just their personal life.” However some drawbacks may be you may possibly get overwhelmed from the material as it is more advanced than normal high school material. You also have more responsibility in those classes like getting work done outside of class and getting assignments done on time as some classes don’t accept late work at all.

However, despite all this the teachers such as Mrs. Rosing said, “I have tailored the class to meet some of the deficits that I have identified in AP English in high school. ” Some teachers’ interests in their subjects inspired them to pursue teaching AP classes. Mr. Leswing stated, “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to teach it, because I had a psychology class in high school and really enjoyed it. The subject, the students that were in there, the teacher that was there. That’s why I wanted to be able to teach that.” So even though AP classes have a lot of responsibility or material, the people who teach it or know it the most believe if you want a challenge or believe you are ready for it, you should definitely take the class because the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

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Mrs. Laken Rosing assists a student with analyzing the rhetoric of a letter from Abigail Adams in a letter to her son.

Profile: Hudson enjoys teaching film making, editing in Radio/BRoadcast classes

by Lilly Bowman/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mr Jonathan Hudson is in the radio station talking into the mic and adjusting sound.

GC broadcasting teacher, Mr. Jonathan Hudson didn’t originally plan on being a teacher. So how/why is he one now? According to Mr. Hudson, “No, I did not originally want to become a teacher because I did not like school at all. They didn’t have Radio/TV. We had a newspaper but I was very censored in what I was able to write because I felt like I was doing real journalism talking about real world issues.”

Mr. Hudson stated of his time at the Christian school he attended, “Within a Christian school they don’t really want you to discuss things that are controversial. So nothing that I ever did really went out. I eventually made my own newspaper and printed it, but I got in trouble for it. So no, I never really wanted to be a teacher because I didn’t feel like I had the school experience. I didn’t have a me or a Mr. Holtzclaw or Mrs. Bernard. Or someone that kinda inspired or expected creativity. Everyone was very ‘by the book’.”

Mr. Hudson then pursued his own dreams. “So you know, I just wanted to work in this industry. I knew that and that’s what I did before becoming a teacher as a video editor and still do to this day. I’m doing freelance projects with a company named Precise take. I’m an assistant director. So I am getting the best of both worlds.”

He knew he wanted to be in the editing industry so when GC had an opening in the Radio/TV department, Mr. Hudson thought to give it a try. According to Mr. Hudson, “I feel very good about where I ended up being at department head and being fortunate enough to be on the leadership team of the school. It’s really really great. There are a lot of older teachers I feel like should be on it but I was asked to be on it to provide a different viewpoint. So I’m really honored to be doing that stuff.” 

Mr. Hudson also said, “I’ve run into some of my former teachers from Heritage Christian just here and there. Because I still live very close to Heritage, so I’ve run into them at restaurants and just that kinda thing. And I don’t have a bad kind of relationship with anyone. But I tell them I am a teacher and they actually think I’m lying or making a joke. They are like ‘what? You’re a teacher? That’s hilarious’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m actually teaching.’ They are like ‘You hated school,’  and yeah I kinda did. But I always said if I ever became a teacher I would be different. I would think differently, I know I don’t come from an educational background, I didn’t study in college to be a teacher, I just teach what I know and sometimes that comes across as I can be very tough. I can be very demanding but I am an authentic person. And I think kids kinda see that, that ‘hey I know he may be on us about certain things but at the same time he’s done it before he does it now to this day’ and I think a lot of kids respect that. And they like the projects and the environment here. So I think I would just say ‘Hey go with the flow, you know everything isn’t always as it appears to be’ 

Hudson continued, “I always wanted to be a video editor and that’s what I did for like four years; that was my full time job was just editing videos. And it gets really boring because you are just by yourself at a computer screen. So I just really wanted to be interacting with people. I think by nature I’m kind of a social person and I just enjoy meeting people and working with people.”

Everybody has a favorite topic they teach. Mr. Hudson stated, “My favorite thing is film making because I love storytelling. And you guys are doing some of that now, with your 15 shots and you know we are gonna watch your projects (Broadcast class) tomorrow. Just seeing how those turn out and how you guys are starting to think about angles. But ultimately I like telling stories, that’s the thing, I like taking an idea you have in your head and putting it on paper and then being able to tell it visually. I think it is a multi-step process but when you, you know, have your finished project. And I always tell you kids, ‘Save everything you’ve ever done’ because you are going to look back at some of your freshman projects and be like ‘God, that was terrible’  but then when you’re a senior you’ll be able to see how good you’ve become over the years. And so, I think here it’s very easy to quantify ‘Hey, this is where I was and this is where I’m at’ just by literally looking at your earliest projects and looking at some of your work when you are a senior.”

Having a job and a home life can be very difficult to most people, but to Mr. Hudson, he said, “It’s been a little bit tougher since I have had a daughter because you wanna be there for all the moments, you do. And that’s kinda the first thing I do when I get home. I try to do it, I change clothes so I don’t bring germs home and I wash my hands and my face and all that because babies grab everything. I go home and I pick up my daughter and I play with her and tell her I love her. And she is always happy to see me, so it’s like I feel like deep down even though she is a baby, I think she knows that I have to leave for work and I have to go make a living and provide. But then when I come home it’s like ‘Thank you, Dad, for doing what you do’. And that is not gonna last long, when she is your age she’s gonna be like ‘What’s up? Where is my money? Money I need for this and that.’ So I am just trying to enjoy this time while she is just happy to see me. It’s the most basic level of love and affection I feel like you get from a baby.”

 While he is happy at his job and at home, he is not alone on this journey in either place. One of Mr. Hudson’s former senior students, Mr. Max Holtzclaw, is now helping side by side with Mr. Hudson in this class. How does it work with two teachers in one classroom? Mr. Holtzclaw stated, “Mr. Hudson is a blast. I got to experience him as a teacher for my senior year of high school, and now I am working with him. It is a different transition but still fun, he is just the down-to-earth kind of guy. So I enjoy that aspect and he is a good mentor as well.” Mr. Holtzclaw also said, “I didn’t originally train to become a teacher, so a lot of things that I am learning now are things that he has kinda guided me along the way to do. So for example, when I was here we didn’t have the iPads especially so working with those have become a bit more of an experience for me. And so if I have any questions Mr. Hudson is always there to give me some guidance with it. So it’s really nice he is always there working side by side helps both of us too. It kinda splits the workload so we are both able to not be overwhelmed by it too.”

Hudson and Holtzclaw work together very well. Mr. Hudson has stated, “I mean, we have small classes and I think when there’s two of us, I know in the upcoming weeks I’ll be a lot more behind the scenes. I think a lot of that is by design, I don’t wanna get in his way, I don’t want him to feel like he has to teach the way I do, I want him to do things his own way. And that’s what our past teacher, (Mr. Bill McKenna) who was here before Mr. Holtzclaw, and I kinda decided ‘Hey, we think we want him to be the replacement.’ We don’t want him to be another version of what we do so I want him to be his own teacher and do his own thing. So I think to do that I need to step  out of the way.”

Hudson continued, “Now for example, it does help to have two of us  because I know that I can work with any student individually that’s struggling or just you know, helps to have two people look at projects because we look for different things. Given our background, yeah, I think it’s a class where two people are definitely needed, two people are definitely helpful. And with our after school responsibilities, we have so much we have to do that if one person had to try to do all the Nine Star productions and all the WRGF video stuff and all of our legal things we have to do would be a whole lot of work. That’s why we have two of us.”

The first day of school is difficult when you’re a student. But what about being a teacher? What’s the difference between the two? Mr. Hudson discussed his first day of teaching. “(It went) smoothly, I am not going to lie. I was confident that I could be a good teacher going into it. Alot of first year teachers doubt themselves, I feel like. And I feel like a lot of that comes from the stresses of being an education major and you hear these horror stories. I feel like when I started, I didn’t start here, I started at a different school. I was just kind of a blank slate, like no one really told me about teaching or how to teach or what to do. So I just did it the way that I wanted to so there was kind of a peace that I didn’t have to be like this robot teacher, I could just kind of come in and just do the things that I saw fit. So I think it went really well. My dad is a pastor and before I was a teacher I would spend a lot of time working with the youth group so I was always comfortable around teenagers. So it was actually a fairly easy transition for me.”

Mr. Hudson is known as big hearted and very friendly and outgoing. Students say they really enjoy the class not just by the extra help but from what they learn. Dugan Rowe, 10, stated, “Personally, I like when there is more than one person to help around. I enjoy mainly learning how to film and the new friends I made in the class make it better. I have learned many things but mainly to be more comfortable with being in front of the camera and how to film.”