Primary Elections Today

 

It is an exciting year for high school seniors across the state of Indiana. They finally have become adults and will have their voices heard in today’s primary election.

“Wow. Time has flown by. It is crazy to think that we are already adults, and get to exercise our voting rights,” senior Conrad Bomber said.

It is an interesting year for the Indiana Primary because it is actually important this year. Projections have Donald Trump winning the Republican Primary with a shot to earn enough delegates to secure the Republican Nomination. He made Indiana a focal point and visited the state multiple times; various Center Grove students attended the Trump rally.

“I just think he will make America great again, and I think that he will be a great candidate,” senior Nathan Silva said. “He isn’t racist; it was just blown out of proportion.”

But Trump’s views are polarizing.

“I went to the Trump rally to protest, and it really got crazy. I just think he is an unfit leader who promotes an agenda of hate,” senior Blake Williamson said.  

The two other Republican candidates, Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, have teamed up to try to take the nomination from Trump.

“I think that it is a Hail Mary, but I think that it will be able to work,” senior Brian Hamilton said.

On the democratic side of the election, Bernie Sanders faces off against Hillary Clinton.

“I believe that Bernie is the only hope that America has. His free college plan, raising of minimum wage and support of LGBT rights is what is best for this country,” senior Maya Miller said.  

Sanders does not resonate with all students, though.

“I think that Bernie is just a little bit too extreme, and Bill Clinton was the man, so I think that I will be voting for Hillary” senior Dustyn Evans said.

Voting is what makes America great, and what the Founding Fathers fought for. And this year, voting in Indiana may be what determines the nominees for the next president.

 

Growing Pains

This past July a new driving statute was passed by the Indiana Government. It allowed drivers to obtain their license at 16 and 3 months instead of the previous 16 and 6 months.

“I was so happy that they changed the law, waiting to get my license was killing me,” Junior Grace Maher said.

This new law has caused chaos in the parking lot. Upperclassmen who were able to show up right before the tardy bell rang and still get to class on time have been met with an unprecedented obstacle.

“If you are not in the main parking lot by 7:25, you can forget about getting a spot,” Senior Quinton Stirsman said.
A limited amount of spots are available in the back parking lot, but once you have committed to parking in the main lot it is difficult to move to the back lot on time.

“I wouldn’t mind having to go to the back lot if the school just left the gate open. But by the time it takes to go all the way around the school, there is no way you can get to class on time,” Senior Mason Brauchla said.

With all of the these students confronted by the parking lot mess, the amount of tardies has skyrocketed.

“[One morning] I was tardy and there were 40 kids behind me,” Senior Mike Berger said.

Deb Bellian, secretary in the dean’s office, has noticed the increase in tardies. She said the strain of additional students parking in the lot is a likely contributor to the issue.  

Students have been parking illegally to try to get to class on time or just not having the motivation to drive all of the way to the back lot.  In return, the Center Grove Police Department has been vigilant with their violation stickers.   

“I didn’t think I was hurting anyone when I parked in the back of the main lot, but I got a parking violation, and I still haven’t been able to get the sticker residue off,” Junior Nick Davis said.

The frustration over the parking headache has resonated from the students to the administration, but there is no easy fix.  

“The only solution I can give is to get to school earlier,” said Dean Ryan Williamson.

 

Tailgate Clan Catalyst for Sport Team’s Success

Photos Courtesy of Tailgaters

Long before kickoff, the smell of hamburgers and hotdogs wafts not from the concession stand, but the parking lot. Whether it’s tailgating at dawn of the first day of school, home football games, or the soccer state championship game, if it’s a big event, the students of Center Grove will be there. Brian Gudeman is the tailgate czar; he is in charge of making sure that everything runs smoothly before the big game.

Ryan Stemle impresses the crowd with his antics

Ryan Stemle impresses the tailgate crowd

“It all started last year on the last day of school, and it was such a success that we have tailgated everything since,” senior Brian Gudeman said.

Tailgate crew attends Tennis match

Tailgate crew attends tennis match

There is extreme pressure being in charge of the tailgates; trying to organize with teenagers is difficult while trying to outperform the last tailgate can be stressful.

“To host a good tailgate can get pretty pricy, but we have a solid group of guys who always answer the bill,” Gudeman said. “My goal as the czar is to improve one tailgate at a time.”

The tailgaters have organized live performances, corn hole championships, and recently Coach Moore provided food to honor their enthusiasm.  

“Having Matt Hill perform live country music was a complete spectacle that I assume has never been done by Center Grove students before,” Gudeman said. “The competition to earn the WWE belt in the corn hole championships was intense.” 

The tailgate czar himself wanted to clear the air about girls attending the tailgates.

Operation Football

Operation Football

“Girls were allowed to attend the tailgates and we enjoyed their company, but they did not help out with any of the food or the activities so we stopped inviting them,”  Gudeman said.

The tailgaters have one goal in mind: to give our athletics the extra support they need to earn a victory.

“Center Grove athletics have been extremely successful so far, and I would have to say they have used our energy to propel them to all these dubs,”  Gudeman said.

The tailgaters do not just support football; they want every team to be the best.

“We love every team who dons the red and white; we plan on tailgating even after football season concludes,” Gudeman said.

Fall Break Trip

On Sunday Oct. 11 a group of 25 students packed the busses and headed up to Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, Mich. to do volunteer work around the camp. This fall break trip has been going on for nine years, and it is led by Spanish teacher Adam Gaff. Their primary goal each year is to leave the camp in pristine condition for future YMCA campers.

“It was really exciting to help the workers at the camp, because this camp creates memories that will last a lifetime for the children,” senior Sam Meier said.

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Fall break trip student Brian Hamilton

Services that the high school students participated in while they were at the camp included log splitting, raking, mulching and cleaning the horse stables.

“The community service was not exactly exciting but it felt good to see the fruit of our labor,” senior Eli Baker said.

In addition to community service, the students did team building activities, ran the sand dunes and competed in small groups.

“My favorite part of the trip was playing capture the fire,” senior Zach Griffith said. “The part where I grew the most [as an individual] was running the sand dunes; it was a challenge for me after eating a delicious meal at Redamak’s.”

Seth Piercefield and friend in the sand dunes

Seth Piercefield and friend in the sand dunes

The students were at the camp for three days and spent the nights in dorms on the campgrounds.

“The dorms were great for team bonding, I met a lot of new people and we got extremely close sleeping together in the mega bed,” senior Brian Hamilton said.

The students who attended the trip enjoyed the activities grew as people and highly recommend that other students go on this trip in the future.

“The trip is a blast, I am a better person than I was before fall break, and it’s a trip that all students would like.” freshman John Gudeman said.

The Battle of the Pants

The biggest fashion debate among boys in the last couple of years at Center Grove High School is a matter of style: cargo shorts or flat fronts?

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Flat-Fronts

“I am a big fan of cargo shorts, all of the extra pockets help me carry all of the materials I need to attack a work day,” senior Jon Duncan said.

Even though cargo shorts have enough pockets for people to carry everything they need, some students think they are out of style.

“Cargo shorts are the aboveground pool of clothing, it disgusts me when people wear them,” senior Ross Williams said.  “Every student needs to change to flat fronts in order to be able to be cool and get [ladies].”

It is not scientifically proven that flat fronts cause you to get more women, but many students in the senior class seem confident that it does.

“Flat fronts have 1/10th the amount of pockets, but you will get 10 times the amount of chicks,” senior Ryan Stemle said.

Some students are taking this debate to new heights. A couple of passionate individuals have even burned shorts of the opposite side.

Senior Dustyn Evans has attended quite a few cargo bonfires.

Cargo Shorts

Cargo Shorts

“At a Cargo Embargo we will burn cargo shorts to be able to use them for heat to melt my s’mores because they are so out of style I will never wear them again,” Evans said.

As for girls stance on the fashion debate, many are surprised that guys are arguing about clothes.

“I am surprised that guys care so much, but I do think that flat fronts look much classier, and that guys should make the switch,” junior Emma Lemasters said.  

Not all girls seem to think that the shorts a guy wears matters as long as they treat them with respect.

Senior Lacey Siderewicz said, “I honestly can not tell a difference between the two, because all that matters is what [kind of person they are], and not what they wear.”  

As this debate rolls on it looks like flat fronts are winning the battle, more and more people are switching over from cargos, it will be interesting if cargos can stage a counter attack and win the war on boy’s style.

A Sadie Hawkins Homecoming

Homecoming 2015 will be unlike any other in the school’s history. There will be great times and unforgettable experiences of course, but this year, the ladies must ask the gentlemen to the dance.

“I didn’t realize how hard it was to get the courage to ask someone,” Senior Greta Anderson said. “The guys really have it tough.”

Some guys around Center Grove were late to receive the memo about how the dance was Girls-Ask-Guys and were confused on why they were getting rejected when they asked. Most guys are excited for the change, and they are interested to see if they will have any secret admirers.  

Sophomore Sophia Strain has rejected a few invitations. “It’s not that I do not want to attend the dance,” Strain said. “They have to know the rules. It is Girls-Ask-Guys.”

With the girls asking the guys this year, the level of originality and creativity has improved. The girls are all competing with each other to see who can have the coolest proposal. 

“I’m quite impressed with the level of originality the girls are displaying with their proposals to homecoming,”  senior Eli Baker said. “My favorite proposal was when Jacyln Lohman asked John Nystrom with personal Daylight Donuts that spelled out ‘HOCO’.”  

The homecoming proposals are becoming more and more elaborate with the influence of social media. The girls see how other girls are asking their significant others and want to up the ante.

“Girls are going after favorites and likes, and want to impress their date and show that they are excited for the dance,” Junior Gus Caito said.   

The Homecoming dance is Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.