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.

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.


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.