photos by Hannah Bumps and Carson McCracken
By Brea McDougal
Alyssa Mocas ‘18 is a beauty and lifestyle vlogger who operates a fully functioning YouTube channel where she creates original looks involving hair, makeup, and occasionally fashion. She began the account two years ago with a “Braided Cheer Hair Tutorial,” which received over 40,000 views.
Mocas advertised her first video on her public social media accounts and was recognized by many. “I’ve always loved watching makeup / beauty gurus on YouTube, but when I realized how far YouTube has taken some people, it really motivated me to create a channel and see where I could go with it,” Mocas said.
She aspires to create similar videos of content and quality to other beauty gurus.
“My biggest inspirations would be Nicole Gueirrero, Jacyln Hill and NikkiTutorials,” Mocas said. “They are all very funny, beautiful and creative makeup artists who have all come so far from YouTube. They’ve all branched out and created their own makeup line, which I’d love to do one day.”
However, Mocas has to balance a life of academics and athletics.
“School comes first, always. If I have a test or homework, I’ll always study and finish my assignments before or after practice. Cheerleading actually helps me with my channel because a lot of subscribers are cheerleaders, so I can easily do a cheer video and it’ll get a lot of views and comments,” Mocas said.
She normally films on Saturdays in her free time and often uploads on Sundays.
Mocas isn’t limited to the world of filming; her makeup talents apply in her real life.
“I get asked about makeup tips and tricks all of the time! I will get direct messages asking for makeup help almost every day. I’m always very happy to help, I actually did eight girls’ makeup for prom this year,” Mocas said.
Follow @alyssam.makeup on Instagram for pictures of her prom and daily looks.
By Madey Jacks and Jessica Richardson
Walk Date: 09/10/2016
Walk Location: Celebration Plaza-White River State Park
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/10/2016 at 2:00 pm
Walk Begins: 3:30 pm
Walk Ends: 5:00 pm
The CG Lifesavers team is an organized group walking in the Out of the Darkness Walk on September 10, 2016. The Out of the Darkness walk is a community event sponsored by the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The CG Lifesavers team has already raised $385 out of their $1,500 goal. This year’s walk is unique because students are joining forces with staff to raise money and spread awareness about this important issue.
“This is the first year we have asked for student involvement because it’s something that affects a lot of students,” Mr. Daniel Weems, CGHS social worker, said.
Suicide claims the life of an American every 12.77 minutes.
Suicide is an issue that is the second leading cause of death in Indiana’s youth.
“Each year one out of six Indiana students seriously consider suicide, with one out of eleven attempting,” Dr. Lindsey O’Haver, CG School Psychologist, said. “[Indiana is] ranked first in the nation for teens thinking about suicide and second in the nation for teens that attempt suicide.”
While the walk aims to raise money to fund suicide research and educational programs, it hopes to spread awareness of the issue.
“The hope this year and moving forward, especially moving forward, is to have a huge involvement from the student body,” O’Haver said.
Many times a student only becomes involved in suicide prevention if they know a close friend or family member dealing with these issues. However, there are students who deal with these issues every day and never say a word. If you are a student struggling with thoughts of suicide or have a friend who is, please reach out. Resources are available.
“The first thing they need to do is to talk to someone and hopefully an adult in the building,” O’Haver said. “If it’s while they are here at school and they could go to any adult in the building and that adult could get them to the appropriate person.”
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*Due to the graphic nature of this topic, viewer discretion is advised.*
The Friday before ‘Senior Week’ is better known by its thigh squeezing, quad exposing, infamous counterpart- Jorts Day.
Even the name makes the most seasoned teachers cringe, striking fear into the hearts of those who dare to venture the halls on this day.
“I can’t un-see what I see on Jorts Day,” English teacher Casey Tedrow said.
Participating boys descend upon the Hall of Excellence like a pack of wolves. The potency of their jean shorts is concentrated by traveling together. Their goal? Maximum eye damage.
If you spot a native jorts wearer, remain calm. They sense fear and will prey on your disgust.
Like any hot-button topic, Jorts inspires multitudes of feelings.
“[Jorts Day] is like Vanilla Ice, a stain on American Culture,” History teacher John Frank said.
A few senior boys would counter, arguing that Jorts are a pillar of American virtue.
“Jorts are the beautiful backbone of this country,” senior Bailey Barrett said.
To the senior boys, Jorts Day is the inaugural event in the celebration of high school graduation.
“Jorts bring out the beauty within us all,” senior Hunter Dotson said.
The day is continually celebrated by chants during passing periods and a massive gathering of all Jort-wearers in the Hall of Excellence at the 2:50 bell.
“Denim: it brings people together usually but when coupled with too much thigh exposure it drives us apart,” Spanish teacher Adam Gaff said.
Prepare yourself Center Grove, the Jort-pocalypse is upon us.
Update 5/13/2016: Jorts Day 2016
Pictures by: Chloe Tyson
By: Julia Lawson
Pictures provided by: Kevin Foley
Music for many is a hobby, something to listen to when bored. But for junior Kevin Foley it is more than a casual extracurricular; it is a passion.
Focusing the majority of his free time on percussion, Foley plays the marimba, which is similar to the xylophone, for the marching band in the fall and for indoor percussion in the winter.
“It just felt so unique, and I felt so special playing it,” Foley said of the instrument. “It has such a big range of notes and I can play anything on it.”
Foley has been a part of indoor percussion since freshman year and has fond memories of spending time with his fellow percussionists.
“When we were at [WGI World Championships] we were making forts and having nerf wars in our hotel,” Foley said with a laugh.
It is not all fun and games, though. The indoor percussion ensemble is a mix of several different percussive instruments.
“I love that there are a bunch of instruments that can play a lot of different sounds,” Foley said.
Just like mix of sounds the instruments in the ensemble can make, the marimba also plays a wide variety of sounds and notes. The multiple different ways to play and produce sound are what drew Foley to the marimba in the first place.
“One of the things that hooked me on marimba was how much you could develop from the basic level,” Foley said. “I learned my scales and learned them to heart, learned new grips to hold mallets and new styles of producing quality sound, including learning how to hold four mallets. It seems like there is always something to work on and get better.”
It takes time and work to master all the styles and techniques required to play the marimba, but unlike many musicians, Foley does not practice at home to polish up his playing style.
“Due to the impracticality of having your own marimba at home, I can’t practice like I could here at school,” Foley said. “I spend the time here at school wisely and take advantage of what time time I have to practice, including right before and after school starts and also during most study halls and some STaRs.”
All the practice Foley puts in will be helpful if one day humanity is faced with its worst fear.
“If a zombie apocalypse was to come, I would build a fort out of all of our instruments and learn war chants to fend them off. The refugees in our hideout would learn to play music so obnoxiously that it would fend off the zombies. We would win in the end, obviously,” Foley said.
Zombie apocalypse or not, Foley will continue playing the marimba. It’s his passion, afterall.