Roach’s Rhythm

Most of us listen to a song and are amazed by the vocals, the smooth guitar, the beating drums or the powerful lyrics.  Few of us take the time and think about everything that had to be put into that song, the person behind the scenes who puts everything together like a conductor to an orchestra.  That person does not usually get much love even though he brought all the elements together to create the songs that we all love listening to.  Junior Blake Roach is one of those few people who is passionate about creating music, producing it from start to finish.  

“I started freshman year,” Roach said. “I was always fascinated with how people created music and I wanted to do it myself.”

Although he produces different genres, his favorite is hip-hop.

“Freshman year was also when I started getting heavily into hip-hop and rap music; I loved it and I wanted to see if I could make beats like the ones I was hearing,” he said.

Much like how different mediums of art are used to portray different emotions, different types of moods produce different music for Roach.

“When I’m sad, I like to make softer beats that show emotion, and when I’m angry, I tend to make more aggressive sounds that show darkness,” Roach said.

Roach draws many inspirations from people in the industry today. He was first inspired by Young Chop and now he draws from classic producers like J Dilla, Madlib and FlyingLotus.

“I really would like to do this forever, probably on the side and see where it takes me,” he said.

You can check out Blake Roach’s music on Soundcloud at blakeroach12.

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.


Testing Travesty

Unsuspecting sophomores arrived to school last August ready to learn and do well in the new school year. However, a surprise awaited these students. The ISTEP test they had been taking since they were third graders and had been told ended for them as eighth graders, now extends to tenth grade.


Many parents, students and teachers wonder if the test was valid and necessary and if it truly does benefit students.


“According to the state, the ECA test is the graduation requirement test as of now,” assistant principal, Tracy McMahen, said. “But as of next year the ISTEP test will be the graduation requirement exam that they will have to pass in order to graduate high school.”


The ISTEP test does align better with AP exams and the material on the SAT but many are still questioning the reasoning behind reinstating the ISTEP. Lawmakers recently approved a repeal that will end ISTEP in 2017 and will find a replacement.  


“The ISTEP could be considered a better test than the ECA because it does provide teachers with more data on their students progress and academic needs. The ISTEP was also created by the same individual who wrote the Common Core and the new SAT,” English teacher Casey Tedrow said. “For the first time AP, ISTEP and Common Core curriculum are all lined up.”


Unlike the ISTEP, the ECA is a different test with a unique style from most of the other standardized tests that students were required to take. The ECA also did not provide teachers with any information on specific topics where students struggled.  


“The ECA scores would just state that a student struggled with reading, but this isn’t specific. Does this student struggle with making inferences, finding main idea, or answering questions that ask about a character’s motivation? Teachers just needed more information,” Tedrow said.


Sophomores this year are in the middle of finishing three rounds of NWEA progress tests, two rounds of ISTEP, one round of ECA’s–all of which occurred after the PSAT test. This puts the minimum amount of required tests for tenth graders at a grand total of seven. This does not include the AP exams, Accuplacer tests and the SAT or ACT exams that many sophomores will take. In one year, a sophomore student will be subjected to an average of nine rounds of testing.


“We don’t like taking the tests because people just get so bored of it which causes them to not do well because they don’t feel like trying,” Michael Morgan, a sophomore, said. “Plus they don’t test you on what you are learning now. I’m taking geometry right now and all of the questions on the ISTEP were from Algebra, which I took last year.”


Strong possibilities of decreased progress might result from the prodigious amount of tests given to students. Test fatigue and general frustration with the test content may have an impact on test scores.


“It helps that the tests show our progress and problem areas to teachers, but it is a lot of tests,” sophomore Dharma Allen said. “I know that a lot of the students get tired and just click through the tests and pick random answers to get it over with which doesn’t provide teachers with the most accurate results.”


There are many pros and cons that have been debated and discussed by lawmakers, board members, students, parents and teachers about the new standardized testing requirements. In essence, the standardized tests are given to help students prepare for college and careers. However, what is still unclear is if these tests truly are helpful to a student’s performance or whether the drawbacks overshadow the benefits.

Junior Cheerleader Lives the Best of Both Worlds

“The whole thing about it is knowing that I did it.  It makes me feel accomplished.”


Junior Riquel Cantleberry is not talking about cheerleading.IMG_0459


Cantleberry has practiced amateur photography since she purchased her first camera, a Canon EOS 60D, in middle school.  A few years later, she received photo editing software, Coral Paintshop Pro, from her parents as a Christmas gift.  Cantleberry has never taken a photography class, so she had very little experience with the software.


“When I first got it, I was basically clicking everything and seeing what it did,” Cantleberry said.


Cantleberry was able to teach herself how to use her camera and photo editing software through experimentation and tutorials.  After she learned the basics, her creativity took over.


“I’ll just randomly get a thought in my head,” Cantleberry said.  “I’ll picture it in my mind, and I will see it come to life.”


When Cantleberry took a photo that she liked she would post it on social media. She received her first customer sophomore year.


“When she came to me, I was so excited,” Cantleberry said.  “But I also had to show her that I know what I’m doing.”


Cantleberry did her first photo shoot with then-senior, Kianne Laureano, last year.  Despite it being her first professional shoot, Cantleberry made sure that Laureano’s photoshoot was a success. Cantleberry’s business blossomed from there.


“I wanted to give her the chance to show people her work,” Laureano said.  “It was so fun just being able to laugh and not be awkward while getting my pictures done.”


Photography is not an easy hobby, and Cantleberry gets frustrated at how difficult it can be.  She sometimes regrets not taking a photography class.


“I know it would’ve taught me way more than I already know,” Cantleberry said.  “Even though I’m confident with it, it’s always good to learn more from professionals.”


Cantleberry has reflected on her early days and wants to make a career out of her business.


“It was a good starting point for me, and I can always look back and see that’s how I started, Cantleberry said.  “That was when I realized this is what I want to do.”

Center Grove HS Show Choirs Sweep Awards

Indianapolis, IN March 8, 2016 – The Center Grove varsity show choirs and concert choir all came away top finishers at the North Central Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, March 5th.  Congratulations to The Debtones for winning Grand Champion in the Unisex Division, Sound System on winning Grand Champion in the Mixed Division and CG Singers for winning Grand Champion in the Concert Choir Division.

The group’s shows thoroughly entertained the packed auditorium. The Debtones collected caption awards for Outstanding Visual, Outstanding Vocals, and Junior, Sydney Hurst was named Outstanding Performer.  Sound System received awards for Outstanding Visual, Outstanding Vocals and Senior, Elyse Haskell won Outstanding Performer.

Center Grove’s Concert Choir, CG Singers also was awarded Grand Champion for their Outstanding Vocals in the Concert Choir Division.

The Center Grove choirs are directed by Jennifer Dice and Jared Norman, choreographed by Andy Haines, and accompanied by Greg Sanders.  Center Grove Junior Varsity and Varsity Show Choirs will be performing at their last competition this Saturday, March 12th at Shelbyville High School.  Please visit for more information.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Dice,, Jared Norman or Renee Skipper, CGHS Music Department Secretary, 881-0581 ext. 4190.

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Tips for the 2016 Blood Drive

By: Lacey Siderewicz

InterACT is sponsoring a Blood Drive on March 10 and 11. For many, giving blood is not easy, especially if they are donating the standard one pint.  People are prone to getting sick or feeling faint when they give  blood. However, there are ways to prevent this.

“Just drink a lot of water before and eat healthy stuff the day before you donate,” junior Daniel Root said. “It’ll help you not feel as sick during and after you give blood.”

It is recommended that students increase their water intake in the 24 hours leading up to a donation.  The extra fluid helps the veins become more prominent and easier to tap (meaning students won’t have to get stuck by the needle multiple times).  

  For many students, the decision to give blood is difficult because while they want to help, they also have a fear of some part of the process.

“I recommend that you do not watch when they are taking the blood,” senior Alicia Otto said.  “It’ll make you sick and feel worse if you just sit there and watch it, especially if blood scares you.”

During the process, it is important to consciously remain relaxed.  This will keep muscles from tensing up.

            “During donation, my nurse told me to alternate flexing each of my quad muscles because my arm was losing too much blood,” junior Bailee Leathers said.  “I was definitely heading toward passing out, so that tip was a big help.”

Reading a book or talking to the other donors can also help keep the donor distracted.

“I recommend listening to music while you’re giving blood so that it keeps your mind focused on something else and helps you stay calm.” junior Haley Miller said.

After donating, it is crucial to eat and drink as soon as possible.  Eating after will help to replenish the body and to get sugar levels back up to normal.

“Make sure you eat and drink right after you’re done,” junior Blake Jarosinski said. “Drinking water and eating some cookies or snack foods as soon as you get done is important.”

Drinking water, eating healthy before, keeping calm and refueling after are all ways to help students feel better while giving blood. Donating blood is not for everyone, but those who are bodily able can be encouraged by these tips.


To participate, students must fit all requirements:

-Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent)

-Weigh at least 110 pounds

-Be in good general health


If you are an athlete, it’s recommended that you do not practice the night after donating.  


If you are able, sign up to help this great cause during lunch this week.

Daughters of American Revolution Winner: Sabrina Maristela

Written by: Samantha Roycraft    

   This year senior Sabrina Maristela was awarded first place for the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR). She was given the award in February, and since she was not even aware that the award existed, it was a complete shock to her.

  “I did nothing to get the award,” Maristela said. “I didn’t know it was a thing. My teachers nominated me and an email was sent to the whole senior class and they voted. I found out that I was nominated for this award through other students telling me that they voted for me.”

  The DAR is a very prestigious award given to those who make a difference in their communities and their fellow student’s lives.

  “Daughters of American Revolution promotes patriotism and good citizenship,” Maristela said. “It recognizes good character and hard work in the community. You are not only being recognized as a scholar or an athlete; you are being recognized as a good example and good person.”

  Being awarded first place for the DAR award was a big accomplishment for Maristela. She was happy to be viewed by her fellow students as a good person.

  “Personally, it is the award I am most proud of because it is good to know you are smart, but it is better to know you spread joy, and you are viewed as a role model by your peers,” Maristela said.

  Considering the award qualifications, Maristela knows that she was not the only nominee who could have been chosen.

  “I was shocked when I found out that I had won the award because the other candidates were great too, and I could have seen it going to anybody,” Maristela said.

  Being awarded the DAR will not only stand out to her peers, but on applications for college as well.

“It is nice to have proof that I am a good candidate for colleges; it stands out in the application,” Maristela said.

  She plans to attend Purdue University to major in Physics and possibly major in Spanish. Maristela hopes to eventually work with black holes and dark matter.