CG Choirs Present Spring Spec

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Like the Christmas Show, Spring Spec. will represent all choirs.

By Madey Jacks and Jessica Richardson

Photos courtesy of Center Grove Choirs


The Center Grove Choral Department is preparing for the Spring Spectacular. Although the show is a Center Grove tradition, the department is adding more performances. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12.


“We’re doing the same show, so it’s not necessarily more work in terms of preparation, but the show itself is much bigger than what we have done in the past,” choir director Jennifer Dice said.

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Taylor Ward is playing “The Scarecrow”

Producing a show on a larger-than-normal scale hasn’t completely changed the choirs’ approach, but it has demanded more of the participants.


“There are more intricacies and a little more effort,” Dice said. “It’s just more involved than what we normally do.”


In addition to organizing and planning the on-stage movements, students’ costumes became a concerted effort.


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Sophomore Melanie Shea in Surround Sound will be playing Dorothy.

“Some students got together and went thrift store shopping to find some Ozian looking costumes and others planned way ahead or order costumes online,” junior Ciara Phillips said. “The best things about trying to find your costume separate is waiting to see it come all together days before the show.”


The students have seized their roles to allow them to find joy in the small components of their roles .

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Isaac Evans

Surround Sound member Isaac Evans will be playing the guard at the gates of the Emerald City.


“Being the guard is a lot of fun; I get to be in every number while being a character, also I get to have a cane which is sweet,” freshman Isaac Evans said.


The show has given the choirs to take an experience from New York and share it with the Center Grove Community.


“We’re doing a bigger show because it’s fun,” Dice said.”We went and saw ‘Wicked’ in New York City with all of the varsity kids this year so all of them have seen that part.”


Holding the performance on two nights has allowed the choir to double the potential number of people that can see the Spring Spec.


“There are still going to be seats for both of them, but you’re not going to be sitting in the middle section,” Dice said of ticket sales. “We’ve got a majority [out of 1169 seats in the Performing Arts Center] for both nights.”
The show has currently sold about 1200 tickets between the two showings. Reserved seating is being sold online at


By: Madey Jacks and Jessica Richardson

Construction in the southeast parking lot, or “back lot” as it is commonly referred called, took up eighty parking spots this morning. The cranes that are occupying the spots are being used to remove light poles which will enable the construction of the new visitors’ and home stands.

“They’re taking the light poles down,” Athletic Director Jon Zwitt said. “They’re taking those down because they’re getting ready to pour the concrete pads for the bleachers. [The new stadium is] going to be a lot more compact. Right now we stretch from about the goal-line to goal-line about eleven rows high. The new one will be about from the seven to the seven and twenty-seven rows high. A lot more compact, more up, so you can get a much better view.”

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Despite an email, announcement and Tweet, construction still proved to be a hindrance to student’s timely arrival to school this morning. After the lot was full, students were to park in the baseball parking lot. However, this solution presented problems to some students.

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“I was late because of the parking situation. I combed the parking lots to see if there was a spot, there wasn’t,”  senior Giovanni Vivaldi said.

The weather only added to students’ parking woes.

“I had to walk through a pond to get here! The grass is completely soaked,” senior Mackenzie May said.

One student viewed the inconvenient parking situation as an opportunity to serve their fellow students.

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“I’m pulling in and I realized I’m going to be late, and I don’t want my girlfriend to be late so, I dropped her car off at the baseball parking [and then] I dropped her off at the front,” junior Dan Root said. “Ten other people were walking so I said ‘Hey that’s a shame. Hey, hop in.’ So about ten people hopped in the back of the truck and I drove them here. I saw Williamson sitting at the edge of the parking lot and we made awkward eye contact. He shook his head in disapproval and then I let ten people off at the edge so they wouldn’t be late.”

Root has asked to be referred to as “The Transporter.”

Zwitt offers some advice in case the hundred foot light poles haven’t been removed by tomorrow morning.

“The best thing would be to come a little early and park in the baseball [lot],” Zwitt said. ‘You know, don’t even look for another spot, just go right to baseball. It’s another ninety seconds from the baseball to the east lot.”

Johnson County Community Foundation Surprises Teacher

English teacher Karen Davis received one of the Johnson County Community Foundation Surprise Mini-Grants for $250 today for Teacher Appreciation Day. At about 11:30 this morning, representatives from the JCCF, including intern and CG alumni Cayman Jarvis, arrived to surprise Davis with a $250 check and goodie bag during class.
The surprise grant was offered on Facebook, where Davis’s nomination read, “Karen Davis of Center Grove High School still expects, and usually gets, the very best her students can do.”
Davis said, “I was surprised and excited and appreciative that someone would do that.”
The Johnson County Community Foundation gave eight grants throughout the county today. To find out more about the Foundation’s work, check them out on Facebook or Twitter or on the web at
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Dance Champions Take the Stage at Worlds

Photos provided by Tiffany’s Cheer and Dance Champions

Compiled by Paxton Welton

Burn, Baby Burn!

By: Jessica Richardson and Madey Jacks

Students in the Human Body Systems class went beyond a Keynote to gain hands-on experience today. In a lab for treating and understanding burns, students used makeup, gelatin, dirt and tissues to replicate burns. After they had given their victims a burn, students would swap patients in order to take vital signs and formulate a treatment plan.  

Ethan Duke receives a fake road rash from a "motorcycle accident."

Ethan Duke receives a fake road rash from a “motorcycle accident.”

“We hope to learn the differences between the types of burns that happen and how they happen,” junior Alyssa Tapy said.


The class offers practical learning for future medical professionals. Through the realistic replication of burns, students are able to experience what a burn would look like and how it could affect the body.


“You can actually see it by creating it. It’s more hands on than just looking at a video of some burns,” sophomore Sydney Snyder said.


Male students had an interesting take on having makeup products, such as lipstick and eyeshadow placed on their bodies.

Junior Alyssa Tapy is in the beginning stages of a neck burn.

Junior Alyssa Tapy is in the beginning stages of a neck burn.

“I’m actually a girl now,” sophomore Ethan Duke joked about having lipstick on him.


While the lab provided a fun break from traditional learning, the experience gained in the classroom has the opportunity to go beyond the walls of Center Grove High School.


“A lot of us want to go into the medical field. We like taking the class for what we learn,” sophomore Melanie Shea said. “Why I do it? I want to be in the medical field; I want to be a nurse, so I love learning about it.”

Sutton’s Snapshots

Written by Annie Gillum

Photos Courtesy of Shayfer Sutton

You can catch her behind a camera taking pictures like she has been doing it for years. Shayfer Sutton has the eye for capturing unique pictures and making a photo seem larger than life.

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“I really like being able to capture moments, whether that be things like a sunset or people at an event. Photography for me is art,” Sutton said.

She loves being able to think of new messages through her photos, and to create something interesting when she takes pictures.

“Anyone can hold a camera and take a picture, but it takes a different eye to create something interesting,” Sutton said.

Sutton has been doing photography class since junior year and since has mastered the art. She got her first digital camera in eighth grade but didn’t really get involved with photography junior year. She loves how many different opportunities there are with photography.


Family portraits


“There is so much you can do with photos whether that be portraits, events, objects, or more artistic things,” Sutton said.

One of Sutton’s greatest achievements is her series project for photography class. She had to come up with different shoots to combine into one project as the final product. Shayfer had six shoots in one weekend for it and it included painted, hot wax and ink splatter with ink pen. At the end she put all of the photos she took on a wood stand. She entered her series project into the Scholastics competition in hope for a high ranking. Once they received her project, it was sent to Butler for judging. She earned a silver key award. Sutton also received another silver key for a portrait of Holyn Huizinga.

“I was so excited once I found out that both of my projects did well in the competition, and I felt really accomplished,” Sutton said.


Sam Meier Senior Photo

Sutton has been able to get so many opportunities because she does what she loves. She has shot senior pictures, family pictures, weddings, bridal showers, headshots for auditions, baby’s first year pictures and couples photos. Sutton usually takes the photos for around $100. She is saving up to buy new equipment for her work. She finds inspiration on the internet that gives her ideas for her own pictures.

“I have a lot of photographers on Instagram that I constantly get inspiration from,” Sutton said.

During one of the weddings Sutton shot, she partnered with Erin Feldmeyer. It was really hot the day of the wedding but also muddy. Since the wedding was on the Duke’s farm, they were just on dirt which was straight mud. The bridesmaids, groomsmen and even the bride and groom had mud all over their dresses and tuxes.

“The best part of everyone being muddy was that no one cared. The people were just happy to see the wedding,” Sutton said.

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Engagement Photos

Sutton enjoys being outside taking photos of nature and landscapes. She has more of a passion for taking pictures of people, but she still loves nature photos. Her love for taking these kind of photos makes her imagine photography being in her future but maybe not a full time job. She will continue to keep this as a hobby and to open up more of her time to take photos.  

“I will definitely continue this. I plan on majoring in business and minoring in photography. If it doesn’t end up being my full time job, I will still have it as a part time,” Sutton said.

Even though Sutton doesn’t plan on making a career out of photography, her artistic vision will continue to shine through the lens of her camera.



Robotics State Competition

Photos and Captions by: Malaya Lee

On Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, Red Alert Robotics won the Team Spirit Award at the Robotics State Competition in Kokomo, Indiana.

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