NHS hosts first annual Midnight Mile for Anna’s Celebration of Life

Kelsey Osbourne | Staff Writer

This past friday, NHS put on a brand-new event called the Midnight Mile, a fundraising event for the non-profit Anna’s Celebration of Life. The Midnight Mile is basically walking a mile around the track at midnight, but the hours leading up to it are filled with games, activities, music, and more.

“My favorite part of the event was getting to support Anna’s Celebration of Life while spending time with my friends,” junior Chloe Walsh said.

The event was held in the football field from 10pm to midnight, when the field lights were turned off and everyone walked or ran a mile around the track. The theme of the night was neon, featuring lots of glow-in-the-dark items and colorful clothes.

“I really enjoyed being with my friends and supporting a good cause,” junior Mahek Agrawal said. “It was also super fun to have it on the football field at night with the neon theme.”

Part of the event was the kickball tournament, where teams that students put together played against each other throughout the night leading up to the mile.

“It was pretty fun to play kickball with the team that I had put together that day, and we only scored one run, but it was better than we thought we would do,” junior Carter Dills said.

Junior Katelyn Jansen was also on a kickball team.

“My favorite part of midnight mile was getting to organize a kickball team and then getting to dominate and have fun playing with my friends,” said Jansen.

For its first time being held at Center Grove, the midnight mile attracted more than 200 people, including those who are not in NHS.

“Before the midnight mile, I was already hanging out with friends somewhere else and I ended up deciding to go on a whim,” junior Olivia Oliver said. “It ended up being a lot of fun because everyone was there to have fun, and it was a really good break from all the stress surrounding upcoming finals and AP testing.”

The Midnight Mile was able to raise over $2000 for Anna’s Celebration of Life, and the event allowed to students to support a charity while having a good time.

 

Early College seniors awarded with Core 30 diplomas and associate degrees

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

After four years of hard work, many students will now be able to earn a degree: an associate’s degree that is. Tonight, the school’s Early College program will hold a recognition night for the class of 2019 in the auditorium. The program will honor the forty-two students who earned an associate’s degree from Vincennes University(VU) and the fifty-one students who earned their Statewide Transfer General Education Core(STGEC), which meets the general education requirements of all public Indiana universities.

Students felt that earning their associate’s degree was important because it would allow them to have a head start on their post secondary education.

Associate’s degree recipient Meghan Barber said, “For me, getting my associate’s  degree was so important because I could get it at the high school where it cost less and it would help me get a head start in college.”

Fellow associate’s degree recipient Madison Watson said, “I would say that it was important to me because I wanted to get a head start for college and see what I was capable of.”

Earning an associate’s degree required students to overcome several hurdles.

The main challenge in earning this degree for Barber and Claire Endris was making the room in their schedules for the required VU classes.

“The biggest challenge of getting the associate’s  degree was having to not take non-VU classes that I wanted to take,” Barber said. “Many of the dual credit classes I took were in junior and senior year, which made it especially difficult”.

Endris said, “The biggest challenge I came across was trying to cram all of the +VU classes I needed to take into my class schedule while making sure I would still end up with my associates degree when I graduated.”

Watson’s toughest challenge was the rigor of the dual credit courses themselves.    

“The biggest challenge I have faced while earning my degree is that these courses require a lot of effort and work, so sometimes your motivation or effort can diminish at times,” Watson said.

Overcoming these academic and scheduling  challenges and earning an associate’s degree will benefit these students in several ways.

Barber and Watson both feel that earning their associate’s degree and taking VU classes has prepared them for college.

“I think that by having this degree going into college, I will be more prepared for a college workload and the expectations that come with going to higher education,” Barber said.

“I think getting this degree in high school is very beneficial because it allows you to take college level courses in an environment that is more comfortable for you,” Watson said. “It helps prepare you for college, as well as give you options about what classes you can take that will most benefit your major.”

Endris thinks that her associate’s degree strengthened her as a student and will also give her the opportunity to have a head start on her post secondary education.

“I definitely think that earning my associates degree has opened up several opportunities to pursue my major faster; it has allowed me to get most of my general study courses out of the way that I otherwise would have to take if I was not in early college,” Endris said. “Earning my associate’s degree further strengthened my work ethic, expectations for academic success and my communication skills with others.”

The students being recognized tonight will join a multitude of students who have earned college degrees since Center Grove Early College program was started in 2011.

Meet the Junior Class President

Nick Wilson | Staff Writer

Q: What are your plans as a president? What do you want to focus on/improve?

A: There are a lot of really exciting things that Macy (Vice President) and I are looking forward to next year. One of those is just raising school spirit in general. We feel as though the student body isn’t fully engaged and excited about the school and the many opportunities that it provides. We are hoping to increase student support at under-attended sporting events as well as club activities in order to accomplish the goal of getting every student involved here at CG in some capacity. Another idea we are really excited about is getting the community involved in school functions. Outside of sporting events themselves, we see a gap in the connection between the school and the community. We love the support clearly seen at sporting events and would like to see that carry over to both club, and administrative events. Our goal is to see our student body actively engage the community in a variety of activities and events, in order to promote school spirit, as well as encourage and strengthen community within the Center Grove area. These are just a couple things me and Macy have been discussing and are looking forward to in this upcoming school year.

Q: Have you started to think about prom? That is the biggest thing Juniors plan  

and take part of.

A: Yes absolutely! Prom is a highly anticipated event for all of us as students here at CG, so we have already been thinking and planning ahead for it. All of our profit from homecoming ticket sales last fall, will go towards renting out the venue for next year’s Prom. We as an officer team have also run coat check at prom the last two years. This has helped us get a feel for the venue as well as observe what changes we might want to make in order to make Prom an enjoyable experience for all students. Through running coat check we have also made some money that will be put back towards paying for Prom as well.

Q: What does your role include?

A: I lead any class meetings we have, as well as meet with fellow officers to discuss any and all StuGo topics and events. At times we may meet with with teachers and administration to discuss upcoming activities or possible ideas for future events. As class president I also try to carry myself in a way that best represents the school.

Girls tennis opens sectional tournament against Franklin Grizzlies

Emma Red | Staff Writer

The girls tennis team opens sectional play tonight at 4:30 p.m., taking on Franklin, a team they beat 3-2 just last week to win the county title. Last year, when moved away from CG’s defeated Franklin 5-0 at the indoor facility.

  “We’ll be playing Franklin as a team during our first round, and its important that we win,” Abby Hoard ‘20 said. “A loss means we are out of the state tournament, so we’ve been having some really focused practices in preparation.”

  Previously this season, the team has placed second at both the Zionsville Invite and the MIC tournament, finishing as runner up behind No. 7 Zionsville and No. 3 Carmel.

  “Our key to success is confidence in ourselves and believing that we can win a match,” Hoard said. “You always have to take a deep breath and just remember the hard work that you’ve put in.”

  Franklin is coached by Rusty Huges, a former college tennis coach with numerous “Coach of the Year” awards under his belt. Under his guidance, Franklin has had recorded seven 5-0 wins this month alone.

  “We’ve trained really hard and prepared specifically for teams that we know will be tough to beat during the tournament,” Hoard said. “We just have to be prepared and believe in ourselves.”

  “We want a lot of momentum going forwards into these state tournaments,” Jenna Boha ’20 said. “Last year and the year before we made it to state, and since we’ve been so aware and focused on our games with Franklin, I have a positive outlook about the tournament.”

JV track teams close out season with final home meet

Claire Schultz | Staff Writer

Click on the pictures to learn more about each athlete at last night’s meet. 

Girls softball looks to avenge last season’s loss and reclaim county title

Kennedy Bader | Staff Writer

After losing to Franklin Community in the 2018 county tournament, the softball team is hungry to avenge their loss this year when they begin county tournament play tonight. Many were shocked last season when the team was upset, ruining their undefeated season.

“The Franklin Community game of county is so important because we lost to them last year in county, so it’s a big game to get revenge and earn our county title back this year,” pitcher Abby Herbst ‘19 said. “The hardest aspect of the game will definitely be hitting off of their pitcher; they have a really strong pitcher so making adjustments will be hard.”

So far this season, the team is 16-3 and has accomplished many goals; one being their 15-2 run-rule win against Cathedral. However, this season has been different because of a coaching change that led to a new atmosphere for winning.

“We have focused on the process more than the outcome and how we respond to certain situations,” starting shortstop Piper Belden ’19 said. “Coach Coleman pushes us to improve mentally; she doesn’t care about the outcome as long we are bettering ourselves as players.”

Franklin Community is led by sophomore pitcher Izzy Harrison, who has an ERA of 0.92. This means that she allows around .92 runs per game to be scored on her. Harrison paired with junior Baylee Parker who has a .512 batting average creates a threat for both aspects of the game.

“I think we have been well preparing ourselves throughout the season and through facing many different types of pitching,” Jillian Ransdell said. “If we do that, we will really excel.”

With a win against Franklin Community, the team gains the momentum that will help them finish the season and continue on for their postseason matchups.

“We all just need to be super confident in not only each other but ourselves as well, and we will do great,” Jillian Ransdell ‘20 said.

Art Department showcases student work at Festival of the Arts

McKenna Bryant | Staff Writer & Photographer

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Choirs prepare for their final show of the year

Sophie Freeland and Brenna Emerson | Staff Writers

Tease your hair, do your makeup, and get those rhinestones! That’s right, it’s almost time for our school’s annual Spring Spectacular! Every year show choirs put on a final show for everyone to come and enjoy with something new to offer.

“Each year is a different theme,” junior Sound System member Elena Eberwine said. “A couple years ago was ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ last year it was ‘Chicago’ and this year’s theme is ‘Hoosier Hysteria.’”

The Hoosier Hysteria theme this year includes a mix of old favorites and new pop music.

As a member of Debtones, the all female award-winning choir, Junior Lauren Cooley said that the theme includes “pieces from Indiana’s own,: John Mellencamp, Cole Porter and Michael Jackson. We also include a section dedicated to the Indy 500.”

There is a lot of time, preparation and rhinestones that go into the final show of the year, keeping these students busy.

“We practice just about every day for two weeks on stage to prepare for the show,” Eberwine said.

The show is produced by all of the show choirs together and also accompanied by a special guest to make for a bigger and better performance and experience.

“All of the show choirs will be doing multiple singing and dancing numbers, while ‘CG Singers’ and the beginning choirs will help to feature and sing back up for the guest Josh Kaufman, winner of The Voice,” Eberwine said.

Being the last show of the year, it can be a very emotional one, especially for the seniors.

“The show is typically staged with seniors at the front, to give them a great last show on the high school stage,” Cooley said.

Spring Spectacular is an annual event so make sure to get tickets to assure a seat for an unforgettable experience.

 

 

Students raise money for Champions Together through Chick-Fil-A fundraiser

Graham Kanwit | Staff Writer

Today, students will be able to enjoy sandwiches, salads, cookies and shakes from Chick-Fil-A as part of the Special Olympics’ Champions Together fundraiser. The items will be delivered during STaR, and 20-25 extra sandwiches may be available for purchase during lunch.

“We’re trying to raise money for the Special Olympics’ Champions Together banner,” Unified Track Coach Holly Hirsch-White said. “We have to get $1,500 to get the banner. We’re [as of May 6] about halfway to our goal.”

The money raised will go toward Special Olympics of Indiana. While this money does not directly go benefit the school, donating demonstrates the school’s support for inclusion.

“It shows that we are a school that believes in inclusion and we have activities that allow all types of students to participate,” Assistant Principal Tracy McMahen said.

The banner is one of four requirements to become a Champions Together school; the other requirements include organizing and participating in at least one unified sport, conducting at least one school-wide activity to promote awareness and respect and establishing a leadership program with students who have disabilities. Center Grove has met the other three requirements through unified track, the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign and Best Buddies & peer tutoring.

“We are already doing all the pieces that show we believe in inclusion,” McMahen said. “This fundraiser just highlights [our support] by giving recognition to programs that help people with intellectual disabilities.”

Hirsch-White, who is organizing the Chick-Fil-A fundraiser, agrees.

“Champions Together and Special Olympics pair people with intellectual disabilities with those [without disabilities] in activities. Here all we have is track, but there are lots of other unified sports,” Hirsch-White said. “It’s just a partnership between Special Olympics and IHSAA. We really want to build more community between people with and without intellectual disabilities.”

Besides the fundraiser, students can support athletes with disabilities by joining unified track or the unified sports club next year, or attending the unified track team’s sectional meet at Edgewood on May 18.

Senior ends tennis regular season, prepares for Air Force Academy

Ben Greller | Staff Writer

When senior Ellie Strube steps on the tennis court tonight for her Senior Night match against Bloomington South, it will be her final regular-season tennis competition since she’s decided not to play in college.

For the next four years, Strube, the Trojans No. 1 singles player, will be attending the United States Air Force Academy. She was recently admitted after passing an extreme physical test and showing high ability academically.

When Strube steps on campus in Colorado, she will be surrounded by mostly men. At The Air Force Academy, men make up 79 percent of the enrollment.

“I understand the difference because there is the stigma that men are more strong and they can fill more jobs,” Strube said. “I still feel like there are many things girls can do there and jobs they can fill.”

The Air Force Academy comes with many rules and structures that their cadets must adhere to. For example, cadets must wait until their first-class year to have a television in their room. They must wait until their second-class year to have most electrical appliances, but a third-class cadet may have a coffee pot.

“I guess I’ve always like a structured environment so I don’t mind knowing exactly what I am supposed to do and when I need to be places,” Strube said. “Like they tell you what to wear and I like that stuff so it won’t really bother me much because I know at the end it will be worth it.”

However, Strube has not always been interested in serving in the military.

“I would say my freshman year I didn’t want to serve in the military,” Strube said. “My dad has been in the army for 36 years and we kinda talked about it again my sophomore year and I started to think I could see myself doing that.”

After graduation from the academy, Strube will either owe five years of service or 10 years in total doing flight school. Strube is not positive which route she will go or what she will major in.

“I’ve considered serving until retirement, but we will just see how I like everything and I will decide then,” Strube said.

Strube will be graduating Center Grove as a member of the Top 20 for the class of 2019. She also played tennis at Center Grove, and if she didn’t get into The United States Air Force Academy, she would have gone on to play tennis at either Indiana Wesleyan or Wright State University.

Trayce Jackson-Davis named Indiana Mr. Basketball

Ben Greller | Staff Writer

On Sunday, May 5, Trayce Jackson-Davis became the first player from Center Grove to win Mr. Basketball. The Mr. Basketball award is given to the most outstanding basketball player competing for an IHSAA school. Jackson-Davis finished with 179 out of 302 votes, with the votes coming from high school coaches and media members.

Jackson-Davis is just the third player from Johnson County and the first in 78 years to win the award. Prior winners were George Crowe of Franklin in 1939 and John Bass of Greenwood in 1941. Jackson-Davis joins a group with high-end names such as Glenn Robinson, Rick Mount and Eric Gordon.

“Just being on the same level as guys like Greg Oden, Kris Wilkes, and Kyle Guy is honestly a blessing,” Jackson-Davis said.

Jackson-Davis will also become the 28th player who has won Mr. Basketball to go on to play for Indiana University, joining the ranks of recent winners Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Erica Gordon and Jared Jeffries.

“It’s a blessing joining such an elite group of players like Steve Alford, Damon Bailey and Romeo Langford is really amazing,” Jackson-Davis said.

At the beginning of his freshman year, winning the title seemed more of a far-off thought than a goal.

“It was a goal that Coach Hahn and I talked about, but it was mostly just a thought,” Jackson-Davis said. “It didn’t truly become a reality until my junior season. Coming in as a freshman, I did a lot of back to the basket post work, but I have grown into a very versatile forward with a lot of potential and upside.”

Head Coach Zach Hahn has seen Jackson-Davis’s development into the best player in the state first hand.

“The improvements he made physically and skill wise over the last four years is a testament to his hard work and what we do in our program,” Hahn said.

Jackson-Davis also credits the people surrounding him.

“I think that my parents and siblings were a huge reason why I succeeded,” Jackson-Davis said. “Also my teammates and my coaches really helped me along the way.”

Jackson-Davis will leave Center Grove as the program’s all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocks. As well as winning the Mr. Basketball title, Jackson-Davis was selected as a McDonald’s All-American, selected as a Jordan Brand All-American, voted the MIC’s most valuable player twice, recognized as a USA U-18 team member, and earned multiple All-County awards.

 

Meet the Sophomore Class President

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

Last week, current freshman Sahil Sura was officially elected sophomore class president. As sophomore class president, Sura’s main responsibility will be the planning of the annual homecoming dance.

Q: Why did you decide to run for sophomore class president?

A: “I decided to run for class president because I want to help students with problems and because I want to take input from the students and make them happen in the school.”

Q: Did your sister being senior class president impact your decision to run for sophomore class president?

A:“My sister being senior class president definitely did have an impact on my decision because she told me to try it and that I’d get to make new friends, meet new people and also have a better relationship with my teachers.”

Q: What will your role as sophomore class president be?

A: “As class president, I will be responsible for asking students what ideas they have for Homecoming and combining those ideas to make something greater.”   

Q: What has prepared you for being class president?

A: “A previous leadership position I had was being on the drivetrain sub-team for robotics. This has prepared me for being class president because I had to talk to the mentors about the drivetrain and communicate with my teammates and other teams from around the state. Being in student council and NJHS in middle school helped me become the leader I am today because it made me realize that I could help the school and community in anyway I could.”

Q: What plans do you have for your term as class president?

A: “I have already thought about some specific themes for Homecoming. Other than Homecoming, I do have some plans in mind for my class and maybe even the school if allowed.”

Students plan to travel all over the state for post-prom festivities

Nick Wilson | Staff Writer

Everybody knows the excitement surrounding the biggest high school event of the year: prom. Including the well known group prom pictures, the usually expensive dinner, a limo ride to the party and a long night of dancing and fun, the post prom the following day is now hitting prom-goers as a modern tradition. Here at CG we do not have a required, school sanctioned after-party, which gives the students the liberty of choosing what they want to do after prom. This opens up a variety of spring time activities and day excursions to allow students to enjoy the weekend.

Gabby Ellis ‘20 plans to spend the day at the lake and soak up the sun.

“I would rather spend the day outside than do something inside,” Ellis said. “The weekend of prom is usually a turn in the weather and it’s supposed to be super warm.”

Yet a day at the lake isn’t the only option. Hiking at Brown County or at Turkey Run seem to have been pretty popular choices over the past few years. Brown County is also home to plenty of local, hometown shops that seem to be huge tourists attractions along with some restaurants including Big Woods Pizza Co., Hobnob Corner, and The Farmhouse Cafe and Tea Room.

Carter Zuch ‘20 plans to kayak at Turkey Run State Park. Zuch said, “It’s enjoyable to be outside the day after prom, especially since it’s supposed to clear up and be pretty warm, so my girlfriend and I thought it would be nice to hang out at the park and walk the trails, and kayak on the river beside it.”

Other students may stay local and spend the day at Independence Park or even have an after party in their own backyard.

Amusement appeal is also a key factor when students decide their post-prom activities. Sebastian Martin ‘19 plans on spending the day up in Fishers. The city of Fishers could fill up an entire day’s worth of fun with their newly opened Topgolf, the popular Portillo’s restaurant, and even a nice tour of the massive IKEA for only a short drive and bit of money. If you’d want a mixture of amusement or hanging out outside, Fishers is also home to several state parks and reservoirs, including Fort Harrison State Park. More local amusement activities could include a day at the Greenwood Mall, downtown Indy, or a trip to the movie theater. A few newly released movies at the time of prom will be Avengers: Endgame, The Intruder, and Long Shot.

Another popular post-prom activity is to head east to Cincinnati or Mason, Ohio. King’s Island tends to be a fairly expensive excursion, but pays out with an enjoyable day filled with sunshine and roller coaster thrills. Cincinnati also provides plenty of activities including the nationally-famous Cincinnati Zoo, the Newport aquarium, or even a Reds game at the Great American Ball Park, where tickets can be as cheap as $12. The Reds play the San Francisco Giants at 4:10 p.m. on May 5, the day after prom.

Regardless of what you do after prom, remember that it’s a day centralized around fun. However, being the last Sunday before AP tests, studying for your AP tests should come prior to Prom, so you can have ample time set aside to have fun at prom and post-prom activities.

Early College seniors take part in first ever Regency Ball

Lindsey Shaffer | Staff Writer

On Friday, April 26, early college seniors had a hands-on activity to reflect what they learned in class.

“It’s a Regency Ball for our ‘Pride and Prejudice’ unit for World Lit,” Ethan Stanley said. “We all brought in food from the period and we learned some dances from the time period.”

This is the first year the class held this event. “We decided we would learn some of those dances and live the way that the characters live a little bit through the dances,” teacher Lesley McDougal said. “Dancing in that time period is such a huge part of life for them.”

Along with early college students, select choir students were also invited to the event.

“We were asked by Mrs. McDougal, because we’re in Sound System, to put on some costumes, teach dances and work with Mrs. Mueller to help the kids understand what’s going on and help them feel more comfortable,” senior Morgan Jackson said. “There are three of us that are helping that are in Early College as well, so we know all of these kids because we have classes with them on the daily.”

The students spent hours rehearsing in the library learning the dances for the ball.

“I had seen the dances they were doing today and I was not sure what it would look like,” McDougal said. “But they’re picking up on it really well.”

“I’m most excited for the food everybody brought,” Stanley said. The students all had to make treats from the regency era based off of recipes.

McDougal still enjoyed the dancing most. “Just seeing them laugh and have fun and get into their roles was fun,” she said.

 

Student government to host annual leadership workshop

Kaia Hunter | News Magazine Editor

StuGo is hosting their annual spring workshop this upcoming Friday, April 26.

“The workshop is a student government event where we invite different schools to learn about their student governments and how they run them, grow as leaders and hear from a speaker that has leadership experience and can teach us how to become a better leaders in our council,” workshop committee chair Madison Gloyeske ‘20 said.

The workshop is a full day commitment where students facilitate a variety of activities.

“At the workshop, we do a few icebreakers with students and break them up into groups [mixed up between schools] where leaders from our school partake in different leadership activities with the students,” Gloyeske said. “Then, [we] have Kevin Wanzer, a nationally renowned speaker do a leadership workshop with the students and teach them about leadership.”

In addition to having a guest speaker, there are a lot of other activities aimed toward leadership skills.

“We have speakers, large group activities and small group activities. All our activities are geared to making people think and work together, so we make sure they are using and growing leadership skills,” committee chair Mahek Agrawal ‘20 said.

This workshop is not only beneficial for students here, but also for students at other schools.

“There are eight schools coming this year: Warren Central, Plainfield, Park Tudor, Pike, Lawrence North, Thomas Carr Howe, Beech Grove and Whiteland,” Gloyeske said.

Students from schools come together to generate ideas and work on improving their programs.

“It’s an event to grow as a leader and make our school better,” committee chair Kristen Garrison ‘20 said. “We host the workshop to get ideas from other schools for our StuGo.”

Overall, the workshop is an opportunity for all involved to become better leaders in their schools.

“We host the workshop for our student government because it allows students in the council to grow as leaders and learn what makes a leader,” Gloyeske said. “It also allows them to network with others in different schools’ councils.”

Students excel in multiple languages

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

According to a 2017 Census Bureau American Community Survey, 21.6% of people nationwide spoke a language other than English at home. Several CG students are a part of this 21.6% and speak another language at home.

Sophomore Hemaksi Vats is fluent in two languages along with being familiar with several other languages.

“I speak Hindi and I can understand and read a couple of other languages from Asia,” Vats said.

Freshman Homero Matzenbacher, who is currently in Spanish 4, is fluent in three languages.

“I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English,” he said. “I’ve learned all of these languages by moving from one country to another.”

Matzenbacher has lived in China, Brazil, Mexico and the United States.

Vatz and Matzenbacher have differing opinions on how speaking more than one language affects them outside of their households. Vats does not feel that being bilingual has a meaningful impact on her life outside of her home.

“To be honest, it’s pretty neutral being bilingual because I just don’t have any use for those certain languages in the American education system,” Vats said. “I just don’t speak it outside of a respective community or my household.”

On the other hand, Matzenbacher feels that his views on life have been impacted by speaking more than one language. “Speaking more than one language is really interesting as you see many points of view and take a different approach to things,” Matzenbacher said.

Being fluent in both English and another language has been known to have several cognitive benefits. Children who are fluent in two or more languages have been found to have better problem-solving skills and creative thinking than children who only speak one language; furthermore, being fluent in more than one language has been found to improve one’s ability to focus and one’s ability to remember lists and sequences.

Both Vats and Matzenbacher agree that there is at least some cognitive benefit to knowing more than one language. “It just makes it easier for me to understand different concepts in different languages,” Vats said.

Although many students were not brought up speaking another language, it does not mean that it is too late for them to reap the benefits of knowing other languages.

Taking foreign language courses allows one to improve their cognitive abilities along with widening their point of view. While one might never become fluent in a language other than English, just having a background knowledge in another language can make one smarter and offer a different perspective on life.

 

Riley Club raises money for Children’s Hospital

Meg White | NewsMag Editor

As music provides the backdrop for dancing, games and activities, the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital were awaiting a major donation that Center Grove High School makes every year. On April 12th, from 5pm to 11pm, Riley Club carried on that tradition.

“We were trying to raise money to help the families at the Riley Children’s Hospital by standing for those who can’t at this 6-hour event,” said Kaia Hunter ‘20, a member of the club. While the name indicates 6 hours of non-stop dancing, it is not quite the perfect description. Along with music, attendees of the event enjoyed lots of food, games, activities, and a drawing to win a prize.

The admission cost of $10 included 10 tickets to enter for the drawing, and with each person, got the Riley Club that much closer to their goal. Last year, the event raised $12,581.36, and based on that value, this year’s goal was $13,000; Riley Club ended up raising $11,647.63. As the event’s motto states, it is all For the Kids.

 

Innovation center holds job fair for seniors

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

The Center Grove Alumni and Friends Job Fair will be held in the Center Grove Innovation Center today. The fair will be open to seniors ages 18+ and the community from 3:30-7:00. From 2:30 to 3:00, the fair will have a special session available in order to help current seniors transition out of high school.  

The fair will have a variety of job opportunities for students seeking full time work after graduation “There will be more than 15 companies represented from all types of career pathways,” CTE Advisement Coordinator Tammera Walker said. “Students can walk around and talk to as many companies as they would like.”

A few of the companies who will be in attendance at the fair are Cummins, Honey Grove Education Center and Franciscan Health. These companies will be able to answer any questions that students have and take applications for full time and internship positions.

Before one comes to the job fair and takes advantage of the  job opportunities available, students should be prepared. “Students should come dressed nice and professional,” said Walker. “Students should also bring a resume if they have one.”

Being able to get a full-time or part-time job is not the only way that this job fair will be beneficial to students.

“It is always helpful to talk with companies to see what they are looking for in employees,” Walker explained. “This will help students understand the careers that are available and the skills they need to land the career or job they want. Job fairs are great for networking.  Companies can put a face with the name on a resume. This is always helpful!”
Use this link to sign up for the job fair: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea8ad23a2f85-2019

ASB Election & Announcements

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Because of ISTEP, we are not having CGTV broadcasts this week. Here is the announcement slide to post.
For 9th and 11th grade STaRs, this is an important week for STUGO. The All Student Body elections are approaching, and we have the election video. Please show it to your STaRs.
For 10th grade STaRs, please show it as you can this week. The video is nearly 8 minutes, but we may have time on days the test ends early. Also, the video will be posted on www.centergrovepublications.com.
Here is the link for ASB Elections: https://youtu.be/9I65qAnLmmg
Vote here
Thank you,
Casey, Melissa, CG Publications Staff, with STUGO

Senior balances leadership positions in three clubs

Claire Schultz | Staff Writer

A leadership role in a club can be time-consuming, let alone in three clubs. Senior Will Pack knows this all too well, as he is the president of Business Professionals of America, Model United Nations and Cultural Unity Club.

“Business Professionals of America is a professional development club where students can interact with different business programs that they choose to be involved in,” Pack said. Such programs include digital communication and design, finances and accounting, management information systems, business administration, among others.

During the BPA season, Pack had to balance running the club and making the extensive presentation for his competition.

“As the president, I’m responsible for organizing pretty much everything. The other officers and I set up the newsletter and interactions with Mrs. Nolan and Mr. Bowers to kind of make sure everything’s organized,” Pack said. “It’s my responsibility to be the top officer and make sure everyone else does their job and gets everything done.”

The responsibilities that come with being the leading officer of BPA are also apparent in Model UN, where Pack serves as president.

“Model United Nations is a club where we go to two conferences a year. We go to IUMUNC and IUPUI MUN, and we simulate the model United Nations there,” Pack said. “When we go we will represent certain countries or people, depending on the circumstance, and then we just kind of simulate political debate and a United Nations environment, but it’s obviously a simulation and it’s just really fun. We go for a weekend and have a good time.”

Cultural Unity is the third club where Pack presides as president, this time with co-president senior Lucas Kroll.

“By leading with other people in clubs, I’ve really learned how to manage people,” Pack said. “A lot of times I want to do everything, but it’s really important that I train other people on how to do stuff because I’m not going to be here next year and it’s important that they have the skills that they need to be able to run the club in my absence.

Although his leadership terms will be ending after this year, Pack hopes he will be able to take the management and business skills he has learned with him to college.

Students compete downtown in BPA state conference

Lucas Kroll | Staff Writer

On Sunday through Tuesday, 22 student representatives went downtown to compete in the Business Professionals of America state leadership conference at the Indianapolis Marriott.

Business Professionals of America, BPA, is a nationally recognized business club at Center Grove. Around the United States, there are over 2,300 chapters in 23 different states with an estimated membership of over 43,000 students.

“We competed all throughout Sunday and Monday doing our events, going to leadership sessions, and taking open tests. Then we had our awards ceremony on Tuesday,” Victor Gastelum ‘19 said, who competed in digital marketing and business and financial management.

BPA State is not solely about competing in business events, it is also about meeting people from other schools and networking, time-management, and enjoying what downtown has to offer.

“At BPA we spend much of our time going to different places to do events, eat, and hang out,” president of BPA, Will Pack ‘19 said, who competed in economic research and won in digital marketing. “We meet various different people from throughout the state of Indiana. Also, we have to be responsible for ourselves and getting to our events on time.”

Every year, the top performers in the competitions at State qualify for Nationals which is held in a different location every year. Center Grove had around 20 members participating at the State conference, with nine members qualifying for the national leadership conference in Anaheim, California.

“Qualifying for nationals was an exciting experience,” Phillip Golder ‘20 said, who won in legal office procedures. “To do well you had to type legal documents quickly and accurately. I practiced quite a bit, and even though I will not be attending nationals, I am still glad to qualify.”

Sophomores Christina Monev, Andy Lam, Dhrumil Patel, Parthiv Patel and Vaibhava Potturu competed and won as a group in computer animation during last week’s BPA state convention.

All five will be attending the National Leadership Conference from May 1-5 in Anaheim. There, the group will compete to rank nationally among other high school BPA chapters.

Theatre department begins working on spring play

Emma Red | Staff Writer

The theatre department is kicking into gear this week, working on its spring production of “Paradise Lost and Found.” This time around, though, there will be some big changes for the cast, crew and directors.

“Paradise Lost and Found’ is a comedy set in the modern day, and the whole show is set in the lost-and-found department,” Drama Club Director Ashlee Vitz said. “The fall play was a huge production and a musical, but this is a straight play. Something really cool about this production in particular is that most of the cast is underclassmen, which doesn’t usually happen. It was really cool to see so many freshmen and sophomores up on stage ready to put their best out there for us. We also have understudies this year, which has never happened before as far as I know.”

Freshman Katie Pinkus said the audition process was comfortable and calm, winning her the role of an understudy for a lead in the show.

“Auditions were set up really nicely, so it wasn’t scary, and I think I did really well because of that,” she said. “Being an understudy is preparing me to play a lead in the future and is teaching me what I need to learn and what I need to do better. I’ve had so much fun doing it. I definitely want to continue with theatre in high school because of this opportunity.”

Along with changes for the cast, changes are also taking place for the crew as they get used to operating a smaller show for the spring.

“I’ve been upgraded to stage manager this year,” said junior Brianna Limbruner, who usually takes on the role of crew coordinator backstage. “So much of this show is just lights and sound because there’s a lot less moving parts, so I am the only stage manager. Even though this role is only temporary for me, I’m really glad that I’m being trusted to take it on. Everything is really different, so I’m excited to learn through it. We’re getting to be pretty organized in our new positions, so I think it’ll be a really funny and great show.”

“Paradise Lost and Found” was written by Pat Cook and will be performed thrice by students at Center Grove High School starting on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. It will run at the same time on Saturday, April 6 before closing on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

 

Junior excels in improv, participates in ComedySportz

Graham Kanwit | Staff Writer

In many sports, one moment can mean the difference between victory and defeat. As junior Isaac Outland knows, this is also true of ComedySportz–one bad joke and the entire audience can turn against you. However, as one of the more experienced members of the team, Outland is always prepared to bring his best to ComedySportz matches.

  “I’ve been doing comedy sports camp for 5 years,” Outland said. “But, I’ve been to matches and had experience with comedy sports since I was five.”

  Since 6th grade, Outland’s schedule has been filled with ComedySportz camp and other theater ventures.

  “I come from a theater background,” Outland said. “Improv is just one of the many ways of theater. It helps me step out of my comfort zone and molt out of my shell, if you will.”

  Outland’s theater background comes from his mother, who inspired Outland to try the sport for himself.

  “I was looking up to my mom, who started it before me,” Outland said. We were sitting in Joe’s Diner, when she randomly asked me if I thought she should do comedy sports. She tried it and got in. Her experience inspired me. I wanted to try it, and to my surprise, I was actually okay at it.”

  While Outland’s comedy sports activities started out as just a hobby, it became much more when he got to high school.

  “The high school team blew my mind,” Outland said. “I was lucky enough to make varsity my sophomore year.”

  The varsity team has a rigorous schedule each year. During the first semester, they focus on building the team, and begin playing matches in the second semester. The team has 12-15 members who participate in matches that are an hour to an hour and a half long. These matches involve mini-games such as 4v4 matchups, improv, head to head games and team games. In some games, the ref awards points, while the audience awards points in others.

“The schedule is usually a head-to-head game, then each team does a game by themselves, then another head-to-head, and it repeats. Sometimes there’s also a pun game,” said Outland.

The head to head games typically involve the teams acting out various improv situations against each other, with the winning team being awarded higher points by the judge. There are several different varieties of head-to-head games in each match.

“My personal favorite game is advice panel because it lets you create a character,” said Outland. “You never know how you’re going to use it.”

Advice panel involves three panelists and a host. The host of the game asks the audience if they need any advice questions and the panelists have to answer the questions in character.

“Part of what I like about it is that pretty much every answer is wrong,” said Outland.

  Games like advice panel have become a part of Outland’s regular routine. However, these games are not the only opportunity for him to showcase his improv skills. He also participates in a week-long summer camp each year.

  “The camp is mostly about training your improv skills,” said Outland. “It’s four hours a day for a week. Then we showcase games at the end of the week.”

  Despite the demanding schedule of the sport, Outland is quick to point out the positives of participating.

  “It’s just a fun, open community,” said Outland. “We welcome all different types of people. Anyone can join.”

In a sport where one joke can mean the difference between a win and a loss for a team, an open community atmosphere may be exactly what the team needs.

 

Students attend annual Anime Crossroads convention

Claire Schultz | Staff Writer

Last weekend, the “Anime Crossroads” convention was held at the Wyndham Indianapolis East Hotel. There were panels, a dealers room, shopping opportunities, and guests such as J. Michael Tatum (Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler, Teyna Iida from My Hero Academia), Lauren Landa (Nora from Noragami, Annie Leonhardt from Attack on Titan) and Brandon McInnis (Sohnosuke Izayoi from Danganropa, Samon Gokuu from Nanbaka).

Attendees, including several CG students, were able to play games, listen to guest speakers and talk about pop culture with other fans. There were a variety of different panels for fans to attend such as “Canines in Pop Culture”, “Name that Anime Tune” and “RWBY: BINGO”.

“Most of the panels I went to involved voice actors that I am familiar with compared to other panels that are run by random inexperienced people,” junior Leslie Luong said.

Though some panels were run by con attendees, several are run by special guests, like J. Michael Tatum, an anime voice actor, and “Lauren’s Disney Lip Sync with Guests” which featured a variety of different famous people in the Anime community.

The convention featured a shopping center that sold items that couldn’t be bought anywhere else, so buying merchandise and supporting local artists was a must for many of the attendees.

“At conventions, I love going through Artist’s Alley. This is where most of the artists sell prints, stickers, buttons and other creations, so I always want to go through that area to see what’s there,” senior Michelle Poe said.

Meeting voice actors is also a huge attraction at conventions, some lines to meet them being hours long.

“Going in, there wasn’t anyone in particular that I wanted to meet. I always enjoy meeting voice actors, but no one, in particular, had captured my attention for Anime Crossroads,” Poe said. “When I got there, however, I found out that Lauren Landa voiced Robin in ‘Fire Emblem Awakening’, and then I was very excited to meet her.”

Cosplay was also a large part of the convention. Cosplay is dressing up as a character from a movie, video game or TV show. Even if you don’t cosplay, as it is expensive and requires more preparation before a convention, you can always get your picture taken with cosplayers.

Although Anime Crossroads already happened, Indianapolis is hosting a variety of different pop culture conventions coming up this summer. IndyPopCon is happening June 8-10, and Indiana Comic Con is happening Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

Girls Basketball The girls basketball team concluded a great season this past Saturday, falling  to Bedford North Lawrence 51-33 in the regionals. The Trojans finished 22-4 overall, which was good for second place in the MIC. They were also county and sectional champions, as well as the Columbus North Holiday Tournament champions.

Wrestling At semi-state this past weekend, Center Grove had two wrestlers come out victorious and punch their ticket to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the state wrestling finals. Brayden Littell and Peyton Pruett will wrestle in the first round of the state finals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

Girls Swimming and Diving The girls swimming team also concluded their season as well this past weekend. The relay team of Gracie Marsh, Emma Pawlik, Jaden King and Devin Trammell swam a 3:39.59 to finish 22nd at the state meet, one spot better than their seed time. Diver Kenzie Mills, in her first state finals appearance, advanced to the state semi-finals, finishing 18th overall.

Boys Swimming The boys swimming and diving team will swim in sectional semi-finals this coming Thursday with finals on Saturday. Center Grove has had a great year and will go into Saturday with a chance to win the meet and can undoubtedly send multiple swimmers to the state finals.

Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin) The Trojans (13-7) are coming off a week that included a 85-41 win over Roncalli and an eleven point defeat to No. 4 Lawrence Central. This week the Trojans will look for victory at home against Mooresville (13-6) on Tuesday and on the road against North Central (5-14) on Friday. The Trojans will likely be the toughest competitor Mooresville faces until the tournament, and the Pioneers will be coming into the Vandermeer Gymnasium looking to pull off an upset. Assuming Center Grove can take care of business on Friday night, they should walk away with a road win in the conference.

Boys and Girls Track Both track teams will start their first official practice this week. It should be an amazing season as they are bringing in lots of young talent as well as returning a sprinkle of veterans such as Kiyah Yeast, Julia Riley, Makensie Kramer, Sebastian Martin, Gavin Matheson and Sam Hohlt to help compete in their first meet, Indoor MIC, on March 15.

“The Upside” Movie review

Nick Wilson | Staff Writer

Only five years after the global hit The Untouchables(2011), Director Neil Burger and screenwriter Jon Hartmere create an Americanized spinoff of the French film. The Upside entails a story of a wealthy billionaire, Phillip (Bryan Cranston), who was recently widowed and paralyzed from the waist down due to a paragliding accident. His need for a day-to-day caretaker leads him to hire an unlikely and unqualified candidate, Dell (Kevin Hart), an ex-convict attempting to stay out of jail, as an act of rebellion and fatalism. Despite their opposing lives and struggling differences, the two quickly come across an unlikely bond. Phil introduces Dell to opera, modern art, kumquat, a line of luxury cars, and other stereotypical billionaire things; Dell urges Phil to appreciate the humbler pleasures of his lower class life including hot dogs, weed, and Aretha Franklin. Almost as if two pieces in a puzzle, the pair unables each other to rediscover the upsides to life and live life to the fullest.

While majorly focuses on the comedy and drama aspects of their relationship, The Upside is able to stay similar to its popular predecessor. However, that means that it also brings the flaws from the earlier movie— reliance on stereotypes between white and black, rich and poor, and rotations from comedical irrelevance and longing scenes to dramatic sentimentality and heart-filling encounters. Two strong performances from both Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, however, are able to keep a viewer intrigued in the story’s character development. The undeniable chemistry between Hart and Cranston accomplishes all it can to support the character developments of both Phillip and Dell and allows for the story to unveil toward a heart-warming ending.

It’s uplifting to see another side of Kevin Hart, known most commonly for his comedic talents displayed in his own stand-up series, along with Ride Along(2014), Central Intelligence(2016), and Jumanji(2017). Don’t be alarmed; The Upside is still filled with plenty of Hart’s comedic genius, possibly even too much. Burger attempted to utilize Hart’s talents to the fullest, allowing him to crack the audience up for essentially every scene from the movie, aside for the occasional plot-shifting heart-to-heart scenes that impact the lives of Dell and Phil. Comedy tends to be overused at some parts, however, included a scene that Dell must change a catheter that last for ages and an irrelevant foreign shower scene that just seems out of place and dried out(no pun intended). This overuse of comedy seems to direct the plot off the main topic of attempting to allow Phillip to live his life in joy and for Dell to reconnect with his struggling family who he was forced to leave to do his time in prison.

    The light and elegance of the plot line still somehow shines through across the comedy of the film and still fills the hearts of the audience. An undeniable bromance between Dell and Phil does no less than perfect to save them from their own internal problems, but also provides one of the first feel-good movies of the year with as many high and low moments that can fit into the 126 minutes. It would be hard to imagine The Upside won’t rack up views in the box office and plenty of positive audience reviews.

Foreign Language Honor Societies learn traditional folk dances

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

Last Thursday, members of several foreign language clubs learned folk dances in the Media Center. Members of Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, French Club and German Club were all present.

Former eighth grade science teacher Mrs. Fohey instructed students in a variety of traditional dances from different countries. Fohey taught students the national dance of Venezuela, a fisherman’s dance from Japan and dances from Ireland, Jamaica, Bolivia and France.

Students went to the event for a variety of reasons.

“I went because it sounded like fun and the French teacher said we would have a good time,” said French National Honor Society and French Club member Kyleigh Miklos. Of all the dances, her favorite dance was a French dance in which students got into groups of three.

Freshman and French Club member Natalie Bender attended to spend time with friends. “ I went because I have some friends in foreign language classes, and I thought it’d be something fun to try,” said Bender. “The best part was everyone just working together and laughing at our mistakes doing the dancing and just having fun as a group.”

No matter what a student’s reason, the activity provided foreign language students the opportunity to broaden their cultural experiences while having fun.

 

 

AP Government becomes year-long class

Izzy Burks | Staff Writer

AP Government has always been a one-semester course, but next year it is changing to a year-long class. Due to its crammed, fast-paced schedule, teacher Cale Hoover and social studies department head Cindy Cullom decided to stretch it out.

“We’ve been discussing this for a few years because College Board has always recommended AP Government be a full year,” Hoover said. “The social studies classes have been going through redesigns, and in November, I went to an AP conference at Butler and started learning about how things had changed. That was kind of this fighting factor I needed to convince myself that I needed to come back and work to get this changed.”

Because of this change, the class’s schedule will be at a slower pace, giving students longer to learn and retain each lesson.

“In the past, we covered 17 chapters,” Hoover said. “The concern is that we were basically teaching the material in 13 or 14 weeks because in the last few weeks of school they’re taking the AP test. This gives us the chance to take a deeper look into things now; I think it will be a better course for the kids.”

Along with the slower pace, there will also be other changes, including a few standards that have been altered.

“The college board made the requirements more specific,” Hoover said. “Just as one example, we are now required to teach 10 specific primary sources, and in the past, I only taught about half of them. Some of them are really challenging, so it’s good that we get extra time. There are more requirements that are more specific, too. The other major change is that in the past, there were four FRQs on the AP test, all formatted the same. Now there are four different types of writing that we have to teach.”

Juniors who planned on taking AP Government for one semester now have to plan on it being all year. Hoover feels that the class being year round will attract more juniors because the pace will be less intimidating.

“I thought it was frustrating because now I have to adjust my schedule accordingly, but it’s also nice because the information will be delivered at a slower pace,” junior Athulya Nair said. “I was still determined to take the class, but I know of other people who chose to take the one-semester non-AP class instead because of it.”

Some juniors have chosen to drop the class, but many see it in a positive way.

“I think the class will definitely be less stressful since the material is more spread out,” Nair said. “We will probably be able to focus more on important topics which will be good.”

AP Government becoming year-long means more time to learn and a deeper focus, and it may show in the number of next year’s seniors who take the class.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

IMG_2259Girls Basketball The Lady Trojans claimed the sectional championship this past Saturday. It was a hard fought 45-36 win over a tough Franklin Community squad. The Trojans will now move onto the regional against Bedford North Lawrence (22-5). As a fan, I would expect to be attending the games Saturday and seeing the Lady Trojans come out on top of both. The second game will be at 7:30 Saturday night against the winner of the Castle (21-4) and Bloomington South (21-3) game. Throughout the entire season, the Lady Trojans have prided themselves on playing team basketball, bringing defensive intensity each game, and having great backcourt play from seniors Emma Utterback and Ella Thompson. Expect that to continue and for the Trojans to be crowned regional champions this Saturday.

Girls Swimming and Diving This past weekend at sectionals, the relay team of Jaden King, Emma Pawlik, Gracie Marsh and Devin Trammell moved themselves on to the state meet. They will be swimming at the IUPUI natatorium at 1:00 on Saturday. Kenzie Mills also advanced in the diving portion of the sectional meet this past weekend. She will be diving tonight at Bloomington North in the regional meet at 6:00 with a berth in the state finals on the line.

Wrestling Six CG wrestlers will be moving onto the semi-state round after this past weekend’s regional. Senior Peyton Pruett and junior Brayden Littell were regional champions and will look to continue their dominate seasons. Michael Tharpe, Hayden Watson, Drake Buchanan and Jordan Latham will also be moving on to Evansville this weekend where the top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the state finals.

IMG_3422Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin)- The boys basketball team will take on the Roncalli Rebels Tuesday night in a makeup game, as well as the Lawrence Central Bearcats on Friday. The Trojans are coming off of a 14-point loss to defending state champion Warren Central last Thursday and looking for a better outcome against a Roncalli team that has a losing record. Friday’s competition will be a bit tougher, as the Trojans take on a Lawrence Central team that lost to Warren Central by only four points.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

img_1938Girls Basketball- This week is sectionals for the girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans recently had their 19-game winning streak snapped at Lawrence North this past Friday. It was an amazing regular season for the Lady Trojans and I would expect nothing less in their postseason run. They face a hard-nosed Martinsville team tonight for the third time this year, looking to make it three wins vs. the Artesians. It’s hard to beat a team three times in a year, but I see the Trojans overcoming the challenge and ending the week posing for pictures with the sectional championship trophy.

img_9856Girls Swimming and Diving- It is sectional week for the ladies swimming and diving team as well. Their hardest competition this week will be Franklin Community, which has won the last three sectional crowns. Look for the Trojans to send multiple athletes to the state meet including the 400 freestyle relay team of Emma Pawlik, Gracie Marsh, Jaden King and Devin Tramell.

Boys Swimming and Diving- With two weeks left in the season, the boys swimming and diving team will look to end their regular season with a home win over Bloomington South tonight. Looking forward, the team will have a chance to win the sectional championship this year. They will also face the powerhouse that is Franklin Community swimming, but they have a chance to take them down this year as a team.

Wrestling-  The wrestling team lost by a half point to Franklin Community at sectionals last week. However, they will move nine wrestlers onto the regional championship including sectional champions Michael Tharpe, Hayden Watson, Brayden Littell and Peyton Pruett.  Individual qualifiers for the Regional Meet also include Drake Buchanan, Sam Howe, Jordan Latham, Owen Green and Musa Ogega. The Trojans will look to avenge last week’s showing with a team regional title this weekend.

Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin)- After last week’s nine point loss to Lawrence North, the boys basketball team is 13-5 overall with a 1-3 conference record. This Thursday, they will look to improve their record in a contest against defending state champion Warren Central. The Warriors are 18-1 on the season, with their only loss a ten point defeat at the hands of Lawrence Central. When the Trojans met Warren previously in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic, Center Grove lost 52-50 in overtime. Thursday night, they will look to McDonald’s All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis to lead them to victory in what has the potential to be an excellent contest of two top notch basketball teams.

Best Buddies hosts first ever shootout during boys basketball halftime

McKenna Bryant | Staff Writer

During halftime of the boys varsity basketball game against Lawrence North last Friday, Best Buddies had the opportunity to have a shootout of their own.screen shot 2019-01-28 at 10.55.50 am

“We were trying to come up with something different for our January out of school event, and we always try to make sure our buddies participate in a typical high school event,” senior Molly Surface said.

The members of Best Buddies approached Coach Zach Hahn with the idea and worked with Hahn and other Center Grove Basketball regulars to figure out when they could hold the event and recognize the buddies.

“I think it’s important because the more people who volunteer and play with the kids, then the more the kids will play basketball and have fun,” senior Lexie Hoskins said. “They don’t want to do it if no one comes, and I know they have a better time with more people around and encouraging them.”screen shot 2019-01-28 at 10.55.57 am

The event showcased a competition between two different teams to see who could make more free throws in three minutes. Club members wanted to be prepared, so they practiced their shooting skills twice last week during STaR.

The club’s goal was to help the buddies get involved with the school and bring more awareness to their group.

“I believed we accomplished some quality basketball, some quality fun, and some quality inclusion,” Teacher Adam Gaff said.

Five Star Trayce Jackson-Davis named McDonald’s All-American

Ben Greller | Staff Writer

Yesterday Trayce Jackson-Davis was named a McDonald’s All-American, the first Center Grove student to earn this honor.

Each January a comittee of writers and media members come together and select the nation’s top 24 high school basketball players. The 24 players are divided into two teams and play in the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday, March 28 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The McDonald’s All-American game has a rich history as it has featured some of basketballs brightest stars since the game was first played in 1977. Jackson-Davis will join names such as Lebron James, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett to have played in the game.

“Watching that game when I was little seeing Lebron dominate that game and now is one of the greatest in the NBA is actually pretty awesome to think about,” Jackson-Davis said. “It is such a high honor that took a lot of hard work that makes me want to work harder.”

With Jackson-Davis’ selection, Indiana has now produced at least one McDonald’s All-American in each of the last 10 years. Jackson-Davis is the 49th overall player from Indiana selected to play in the prestigious high school basketball event.

“Just to keep that streak alive I think is really cool. I feel as if some of the best players have played in that game and to be honored with that is just extremely humbling,” Jackson-Davis said.

Jackson-Davis is also committed to play basketball at Indiana University next fall. He is the 31st player in their history to be selected to play.

“Indiana has had a lot of great players, even Hall of Famers on that list. It makes you think of what you can get to with hard work, and I know that coaching staff will push me to that,” Jackson-Davis said.

Jackson-Davis has received an outpouring of support from the Center Grove community in wake of his selection. The community has watched him grow as a player, as well as help grow the basketball program.

“This is one of the highest honors you can receive as a high school basketball player,” basketball coach Zach Hahn said. “An unbelievable accomplishment. CG Basketball and the community have been fortunate to be a part of his fantastic high school career. It shows the growth and development of Trayce as well as the CG Basketball program. The volume in which he improved and matured over the last four years is a testament to his willingness to work.”

 

Red Alert Robotics team plans for upcoming season

Kelsey Osborne | Staff Writer

Challenge. Accepted.

This is the motto of the Red Alert Robotics team. Every year the team builds a different robot to compete in a game that has specific tasks to complete.

The game for this year is called Destination: Deep Space. As with every game, it poses a series of challenges that the team will have to overcome in order to compete well and win events.

“[The game] is essentially six rocket ships on the field, and there are spots to put cargo and hatches onto the ships. At the end of the game there’s a habitat platform that you have to climb onto,” junior design captain Chase Rivas said. “That’s going to be the biggest challenge is getting onto the platform, the biggest one is going to be a foot and ten inches off the ground so we have to find a way to get the robot onto it.”

With competition season fast approaching, the team is quickly beginning to build their robot. The team will have six weeks to design, program and build the robot.

“At the end of the six weeks, we have to literally put the robot in a bag, and we can’t touch it until we get to our first competition,” senior team captain Veronica Strange said.

Because of the limited timeframe, the robotics team breaks into smaller teams in order to divide the work and work more efficiently.

“We have four sub-teams that are each responsible for a part of the robot and they coordinate with each other to create the whole thing,” junior shop manager Josh Stevenson said. “Then we CAD them so we can machine the robot well, and then we build a replica of the field that we can use to test our robot on.”

Strange works with the other captains in order to make sure the robot gets completed. During the first couple of weeks, her main focus is helping Rivas make sure the design of the robot will be effective and efficient.

“Our biggest thing that we focus on during the build season is designing the robot in our program system, CAD, and working with the rest of the team to design and come up with the best ways to build the robot and make it complete the challenge,” Rivas said.

Even though building the robot is the biggest concern during build season, Red Alert’s media team is also hard at work.

“I am in charge of making the t-shirt’s and designing them, and we make buttons and sticker and stamps to give out at competitions, which we do during build season,” senior media captain Gabby Scifres said. “We also have a YouTube channel and upload a segment of Red Alert on air each week to give updates on the build season. We have a website that is called redalert1741.org along with many social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.”

Center Grove will be hosting their first robotics competition on March 29-30 in the Vandermeer Gymnasium. The competition is free and open to everyone.

Visual Communications students design and create custom shirts

Brenna Emerson and Sophia Freeland | Staff Writers

Visual communications is an art class offered to students that teaches them the basics of creating digital artwork. As the second semester starts, students have been creating their own t-shirts.

Some of the projects students have completed include stickers, album covers, business cards and digital illustrations. The t-shirt project is one of the later projects in the year for the students.

“By this time students have an understanding of how to make different types of art digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator,” Visual Communications teacher Kadi Miller said.

Making these custom t-shirts is an opportunity for students to be even more creative compared to previous projects.   

“For the t-shirts, it’s kind of a more open project where they get to pick the process they use to design a t-shirt that describes something about who they are,” Miller said.

Every student’s shirt is unique to themselves.  Junior Alyssa Terrell’s inspiration for her shirt comes from her passion for the outdoors.

“My design is a puzzle of nature. There are pieces missing with a quote in the empty spaces. The puzzle pieces are incorporated because I love puzzles,” Terrell said.

Not only do the students get to design and create their own custom t-shirt, but they also do a photoshoot in the shirts.

“With the photos we take, we do digital magazine covers and magazine layouts so they learn about that process as well throughout the project,” Miller said.

By completing this project students show off skills they’ve been learning in a creative way.

Free events to visit on MLK day with the donation of canned goods

Tori Sykes and Dylan Godsave | Website Editors

On Monday, Jan. 21, students have the day off of school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

Many Indianapolis museums will be offering free events or admission with the donation of a canned good. If you’re looking for something to do on the day off, consider visiting one of these locations:

  1. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day but will be offering free admission today  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  2. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an exhibit dedicated to MLK and will include a performance by The Griot Drum Ensemble on Monday. Their hours of operation are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  3. The NCAA Hall of Champions, open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., will allow free entry with canned food donations on Monday. All exhibits will be open including a screening of The Game of Change, interactive sports simulators, and trivia challenges to name a few. Indianapolis Indians’ players and the mascot Rowdie will be on site from 11 a.m. until noon to visit with attendees.
  4. From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Conner Prairie is hosting free theater performances to honor MLK, along with their traditional activities such as candle making, Discovery Station, Tree of Dreams and more.
  5. While the Indianapolis Zoo is typically closed on Mondays in January, they are open this Monday in honor of MLK. All indoor activities, the dolphin show and some outdoor exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  6. The Indiana State Museum also offers free admittance to whoever brings canned goods to donate to Gleaners Food Bank. In addition, the IMAX within the museum is hosting a free screening of the movie “Selma” at 7 p.m.

Ultimate frisbee team begins their indoor winter season

Carter Franklin | Staff Writer

Center Grove Ultimate frisbee team began their indoor winter season last week. Winter season games are held at the Gathering Place on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the season is a gateway for the team as they transition into the spring season starting in March.

In March, the winter season will transition into the spring season where the team will compete for their 10th overall state title, their 9th in a row. Indoor winter games help new players gain experience before the tournament season begins.

“Winter is a microcosm of spring, and it helps players get used to the speed of spring games on a smaller fields,” said Brian Story.img_8339

Winter season is a locally-competitive indoor season for high school teams to come and compete with each other. The IUF (Indiana Ultimate Foundation) oversees the league which is played on both the north and south sides of Indianapolis.

“It’s nice to learn the dynamics of the game and get prepared for the spring season with the hopes of making the A team,” said TJ Feitl.

At the end of the six-week indoor season, both sides of the league will meet up together at the Sports Zone on the north side and play a day-long tournament to decide the overall winner.

“Winter conditioning is to get movements dialed in to load patterns and get players prepared in general physical preparedness and Cardiac fitness,” said Brian Story.

The south side of the league currently has six teams, four are from Center Grove, along with a team from Warren Central and Whiteland.

The teams compete every Monday at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“I’m really looking forward to playing my first indoor winter season. This is my first year. After playing the past fall season, I hope to make the A-team this season,” said Ben Kemp.

Theatre department’s play auditions are coming to a close

Izzy Burks and Dylan Godsave | Contributors

It’s that time of year again. The spring play is coming up, and callouts and auditions have been taking place for the past week and a half as director Ashlee Vitz finalizes the preparations.

The play, “Paradise Lost and Found,” is a comedy. “We do musicals in the fall and straight plays in the spring, because spring is show choir competition season, so we don’t get a lot of those kids,” Vitz said. “Their schedules are crazy, so for the spring plays we have a lot of people who are more into the acting part.”

“Paradise Lost and Found” features a comedic storyline of the Paradise Bus Company’s confusion about a big-shot’s visit and the mystery of a young girl, which makes for an interesting and amusing script to keep audiences laughing.

Vitz has a strong vision for the cast. “I’m looking for people with a good sense of humor,” she said. “The cast is really small, and auditions are stressful and I respect that, but if they can understand the comedic parts to what’s going on, that is a huge deal for me. I’m looking for a group that’s responsible, hard-working, and can be funny.”

With this script and plot, humor is important to Vitz when looking for cast members.

Vitz said, “The script is there, and there’s a frame for you to work with, but every new cast makes a show that just takes on a life of its own.”

“Paradise Lost and Found” auditions are coming to a close; the cast list will be posted tomorrow for the auditionees. Students can see the show April 5-7.

Students find ways to make their wardrobes unique

Meredith Cole | Staff Writer

While most high school students tend to shop at traditional retail stores like Hollister, PacSun and American Eagle, some students try to find unconventional ways to make their wardrobes unique to them.

Buying second-hand clothing has become widely popular. Avid thrifter and senior Leia Castile can be found at thrift stores almost every weekend.

“I started thrifting in middle school because I wanted to save money on clothes and have my own unique sense of style,” Castile said. ”I really wanted to move away from wearing Hollister and VS Pink every day. The best thing I’ve found at a thrift store is my Tommy Hilfiger jeans.”

While most people think of think of thrifting at stores like Goodwill, some students have found better luck getting more unique and cheaper pieces at alternative stores.

“I feel like Salvation Army is way better for thrifting than Goodwill because I can get a lot more clothes for less money, and their selection is much better than goodwill,” senior Zoey McLeod said. “Since everyone shops at Goodwill the Salvation Army selection is less picked-over.”

Although finding a good item takes a lot of time and patience, junior Haileigh Stevens believes you must keep looking and not give up even if you have to go to a couple different stores to find what fits your style.

“Don’t pass up looking through everything that the thrift store has to offer,” Stevens said. “I went to a place and was looking through the shoes and a found a pair of white patent leather doc martens in good condition for only twenty dollars.”  

French club goes downtown for ISO performance

Graham Kanwit | Staff Writer

Tonight, the French Club will travel downtown to Hilbert Circle Theatre to see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Dance Kaleidoscope collaboration, Paris Festival.

“We try to go see the festival once every couple of years,” said Madame Chris Frampton, the sponsor of the club. “It’s just a small group of about 14 students.”

The fair will include symphonies by Mozart, French composer Claude Debussy and a piece called An American in Paris by George Gershwin.

“All of the music is about Paris,” Frampton said. “It’s all about Paris or composers who wrote about being in Paris.”

While the performance will be useful for all of Madame Frampton’s students to better understand French culture, it will also be beneficial for French club students who play an instrument, as they will be studying the symphony to improve their own techniques. One of these students is junior Isabelle Laroque, who has been in French since eighth grade and orchestra since sixth.

“This opportunity was something that mixed two of my passions,” Laroque said. “I couldn’t pass up such an amazing experience. It’s important that trips like these happen so we can experience some of the culture we learn about first hand. Getting a chance to connect with whatever you are studying is always beneficial in so many ways.”

Tonight’s performance will provide French students with an opportunity to learn more about French culture and Parisian-inspired music.

College and career fair held for current juniors

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

On Wednesday the school held a college and career fair for current juniors and their parents. There was also a presentation on what juniors should expect for their senior year of high school.

“We want juniors to start thinking about what their plans after high school might be,” Guidance Department Chair Connie Poston said. “They will have an opportunity to start thinking about options of where to apply or what jobs and apprenticeships are out there.”

  The fair had over 30 tables that included both colleges, businesses offering jobs and businesses offering apprenticeships.

  “Wabash, IUPUI, IUPUC, Alabama, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian University, IBEW Apprenticeship, LIFT Academy, FedEx and C-9 were in attendance at the fair,” Poston said.

  The fair allowed students to become informed about all their options for life after high school, whether they planned to pursue secondary education or not.

 

Futsal club marks 3 years

img_3910Lucas Kroll | Staff Writer

Futsal, a variation of soccer played on an indoor court, has been a club at CG for three years. The club was formed during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year by then sophomores Lucas Kroll and Chris Santillan-Paiz during PE class.

“I had the idea and right away turned to Lucas. Together, we worked hard to turn the club from an idea into a reality and found a perfect sponsor with Mrs. Gant that helped us out a ton,” senior co-president Santillan-Paiz said.

Since the club’s founding, the number of members has grown from around 10 to almost 30 players.

“I joined the club as a sophomore when it was first created,” senior Will Pack said. “Since then, we have had tremendous amounts of people join each year, which is great because it allows us to meet new people and competition to play against.”

Officially, futsal is a five-a-side sport and is played with a smaller-sized soccer ball. At Futsal Club, the rules have been adapted to fit the club’s style. Each meeting the players split up into three separate teams and then play short six-minute games with the winner staying and playing the other team.

“My favorite part about futsal is being able to come once a week to play soccer with my friends who can advise me on how to improve my soccer skills. The club also helps keep me in shape,” sophomore Jonah Ellinger said.

Futsal may be a recreational club, but many of the meetings turn highly competitive. With the winner-stays rule, many times the games go down to the wire with 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 scores being very frequent.

“Futsal gets pretty competitive, but not in a negative way,” senior Sarah Bettenbrock said. “It’s always craziest when we play with three teams and the winner stays on because everybody wants to get the most playing time possible. In the end, we’re all there to have some fun and be with our friends. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

The club, which meets every Tuesday, is open to new members all year.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

D045ABBA-1BA6-4EB4-84A0-1BB3C859BDD5Wrestling 

It is a big week for the wrestling squad. With a new coach and a very young team, they have seen success early on. This past week the wrestling team finished runner-up in the Zionsville invitational. CG had three wrestlers going undefeated in addition to Brayden Littell taking home most valuable wrestler. This week will be a good test for the young Trojans. On Wednesday they will welcome Carmel and Saturday they will travel to Indian Creek for the Johnson County tournament. I see the them winning both matchups. Carmel is not nearly as deep and winning county has proved to be a normal thing over the past six years for Trojans. Expect a great week for the young Trojans.

Girls Basketbal

On Tuesday the girls basketball team will take on a solid Martinsville team that is 9-1. Martinsville does not have a standout victory, but 9-1 is no joke. I think the lady Trojans will take care of them, but you can expect the Artesians to put up a solid fight. After Tuesday’s matchup, they will welcome the Red Devils of Pike High School on Saturday. Pike has a solid squad that has had a back-and-forth year including a victory over the #1 ranked Warren Central Warriors. Pike has been much better on the road than they have been at home, but I expect the Trojans to take care of business at home and cap of a great week.

Swimming

It will be a hard week for both swim teams this week. Tuesday they will go up against a strong Avon team who will provide some hard competition. It will be a home meet and would provide as a great win for both teams. After Avon will be the county meet also at Indian Creek. This will be another tough matchup for both teams as the county meet has been dominated by Franklin community over the past couple of years. I see this week as being a great test for both teams and both meets being fun to watch.

D0C90D36-07BE-4E7F-BCE1-CCF3B56B19C4Boys Basketball

After a couple of losses last weekend, the Trojans are back in action against Whiteland (2-2) on Friday and Avon (3-3) on Saturday. Friday’s game will be on the road, in a Whiteland arena that will be packed with home fans hoping for an upset against likely the highest ranked opponent the Warriors will face all year. If the Trojans limit unforced errors, however, they should walk away with a win. Playing Avon is slightly more challenging, but again the Trojans are strong favorites after having shown competitiveness against one of the top teams in the nation, La Lumiere, last weekend. The Orioles will be coming to Center Grove Saturday after what will likely be a challenging game for the Orioles against Brownsburg on Friday night. If the Trojans come to play, there is no reason they shouldn’t leave this weekend with two more tallies in the “W” column.

Senior signs with modeling agency, plans to be professional model

Hannah Hatfield | Staff Writer

Feature image courtesy of Polina Osherov Photography

Senior Emma Smith has a passion for modeling and is on the way to being a professional.

At 15, Smith began to realize that she had a serious passion for modeling, and she started searching for a way to find some connections in the industry.

“My modeling career started when I was scouted at the Keystone Fashion Mall by a model scout,” Smith said.

Soon after she was scouted, Smith began meeting with different agencies and setting up photo shoots. The first agency Smith signed with was SEEN models.

“I loved working with SEEN but I needed to get out of Indy,” Smith said. “I am in the process of signing with an agency in LA. I see a lot more potential for me with this agency.”

After working with SEEN, she hopes that other agencies will be interested in her work.

“A dream of mine would be to model for Victoria Secret,” Smith said. “I would also love to walk for Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and Louis Vuitton. I definitely do think if things go as planned in my modeling career I could get there.”

While Smith has had some success, she believes her looks could get in the way of future jobs.

“I have brown hair and brown eyes which are very common features for models, Smith said. “It can be hard to get into shows, shoots or other agencies because of stuff like that.”

However, she does not plan to let that stop her anytime soon.

“You have to be confident,” Smith said. “It’s a key in modeling to have power and strength. You will have bumps in the road, but when you fall down, you have to get right back up and work hard.”