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 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.

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.”